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Dec 12, 2018

"He may not enter anywhere at the first, unless there be some one of the household who bid him to come, though afterwards he can come as he please."
-Bram Stoker

Beneath the frozen northern wastes sits an abandoned factory, now a tomb.

To learn more about how The Skeletons is played check out our primer episode.

The Tomb:

A round wooden hall with a series of stone columns in the center flanking a red sack suspended on a golden cord. Ancient works, tools and conveyance litter the space. 

The Characters:

The Horror (Kelsey Dionne) - a twisted broken thing, that collects and care for the incomplete and flawed things cast-aside.

Big Head (Ken Breese) - The small stature of this being seems to be at home in the scaled down furnishings of the tomb.

The Deer (John Holt) - An acolyte of the keepers of this place.

Find Kelsey Dionne on her adventure website The Arcane Library and on Facebook.

Kelsey's new book is up on Amazon!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Dec 6, 2018

“The planet’s famous red colour is from iron oxide coating everything. So it’s not just a desert. It’s a desert so old it’s literally rusting.” 
― Andy Weir, The Martian

A colony on Mars resembles more of a human landfill than a viable foothold on the planet.

To learn more about how Dialect is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Em "Momo" (Eric Mersmann) - The scavenger who braves the wastes for new supplies.

Two "Deuces" (Jeff Dietlere) - The second child of the Mars Eternity colony, maintainer of the life-sustaining tech.

Madam Gisela "Shaman" (Ken Breese) - The naturalist healer that passes for a doctor on this rock.

Bizz Alden "Capatain" (John Holt) - The aged pilot of this doomed expedition.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Outpost - a Martian colony 5 years since landed on the planet and out of communication with earth.

Main Location: Eternity - a termite hill of natural caves supplemented with scavenged hip tech and low-quality colony support equipment.

Aspects (2nd Age):
Perpetual Storms
We are Expendable
There might be Something out there We're at the mercy of the "Upstaters"

Aspects (3rd Age):
Perpetual Storms
We are Expendable We are being hunted
We're at the mercy of the "Upstaters"

The Language:
Sump - the act of working.
Dispo - the waste recycling unit we all depend on.
Posit - A marker of time, roughly twelve hours, based on when the machine needs waste inputs.
Upstate - Dying, specifically the act of walking out into the wastes to die - now used hyperbolically.
Aftaxu - The name adopted by the Upstaters.
Tight
 - A ritual when the upstaters/Aftaxu come to demand tribute, in the form of food, festivities and drugs.
Blue Skies - A bright and positive future.
Red Sand - Inevitable doom/Rebellion.
Shareholders - Traitors who's interests align with the corporate colonists.

Find Eric Mersman @presenteric

Find Jeff Dietlere @excitingjeff

Time is up to back their successful LARP in Zine form - My Jam  but keep an eye on their twitter for where you can get the .pdf version!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Nov 29, 2018

“We came back [from Mars]," Pris said, "because nobody should have to live there. It wasn't conceived for habitation, at least not within the last billion years. It's so old. You feel it in the stones, the terrible old age.

A colony on Mars resembles more of a human landfill than a viable foothold on the planet.

To learn more about how Dialect is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Em "Momo" (Eric Mersmann) - The scavenger who braves the wastes for new supplies.

Two "Deuces" (Jeff Dietlere) - The second child of the Mars Eternity colony, maintainer of the life-sustaining tech.

Madam Gisela "Shaman" (Ken Breese) - The naturalist healer that passes for a doctor on this rock.

Bizz Alden "Capatain" (John Holt) - The aged pilot of this doomed expedition.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Outpost - a Martian colony 5 years since landed on the planet and out of communication with earth.

Main Location: Eternity - a termite hill of natural caves supplemented with scavenged hip tech and low-quality colony support equipment.

Aspects (1st Age):
Perpetual Storms
We are Expendable
There might be Something out there

The Language:
Sump - the act of working.
Dispo - the waste recycling unit we all depend on.
Posit - A marker of time, roughly twelve hours, based on when the machine needs waste inputs.
Upstate - Dying, specifically the act of walking out into the wastes to die.

Find Eric Mersman @presenteric

Find Jeff Dietlere @excitingjeff

Time is running out to check out their kickstarter for a LARP in Zine form - My Jam

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Nov 21, 2018

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair;
Hover through the fog and filthy air.”
The Weird Sisters

Nothing beats the classics, but that doesn't mean you can't try.

To learn more about how Fiasco is played check out our primer episode.

The Tilt:

Mayhem: An out of Control Rampage & Tragedy: Somebody's life is changed forever in a bad way.

The Characters:

Antony Le Pumato (John Holt) - A work-a-day actor that still considers himself and artiste.

Timothy Thistleton Jr. (Alexi Sargeant) - The director who lives in the shadows of his more famous director father.

Anthony "Wrench" Pomota (Ken Breese) - The theatre's handyman and technical director.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Alexi on twitter @alexisargeant and learn more about Alexi Sargeant's work on his website, alexisargeant.com.

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Nov 14, 2018

“Where got’st thou that goose look?”
The Scottish Lord

Nothing beats the classics, but that doesn't mean you can't try.

To learn more about how Fiasco is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Antony Le Pumato (John Holt) - A work-a-day actor that still considers himself and artiste.

Timothy Thistleton Jr. (Alexi Sargeant) - The director who lives in the shadows of his more famous director father.

Anthony "Wrench" Pomota (Ken Breese) - The theatre's handyman and technical director.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Alexi on twitter @alexisargeant and learn more about Alexi Sargeant's work on his website, alexisargeant.com.

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Nov 7, 2018

"Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange." - Twin Peaks

A death in a remote wooded town brings darkness to the surface.

To learn more about how Tall Pines is played check out our primer episode.

The Victim for this game:

Adam Wexler

The Protagonists for this game:

The Local Sheriff - Anessa Felix

The Soft-Hearted Deupty - Roth P. Mayers

The Privileged Athlete - Parker Jefferies III

The Cherished Eccentric - Simon Vance

The Hardened Criminal - Elizabeth "Liza" Wexler

The Thankless Handyman - Mr. Coffin

Find Kelsey Dionne on her adventure website The Arcane Library and on Facebook.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Go check out the Adventure Mixtape Volume 1, a collaboration anthology of four D&D 5th edition adventures w/ accompanying original  music. Ken and Kelsey are among the 4 collaborators.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Oct 31, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Tall Pines by Ahva & Gaborit Miles Gaborit and published by Self-Critical Hits Games. Learn more at SelfCriticalHits.com

Recommended number of players: 3-6 players, Play time around 30 minutes per player.

To play you'll need:
Rules,
Card Set,
Index Card,
Writing Utensils

Tall Pines is a murder mystery game or surrealism and symbology that evokes Twin Peaks. It is a GMless game.

You can purchase the game as a Print and Play or in a physical edition. It is available on Indie Press Revolution and from the publisher's site SelfCriticalHits.com.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Oct 31, 2018

“I hate slick and pretty things. I prefer mistakes and accidents. Which is why I like things like cuts and bruises - they're like little flowers. I've always said that if you have a name for something, like 'cut' or 'bruise,' people will automatically be disturbed by it. But when you see the same thing in nature, and you don't know what it is, it can be very beautiful.”
― David Lynch

A death in a remote wooded town brings darkness to the surface.

To learn more about how Tall Pines is played check out our primer episode.

The Victim for this game:

Adam Wexler

The Protagonists for this game:

The Local Sheriff - Anessa Felix

The Soft-Hearted Deupty - Roth P. Mayers

The Privileged Athlete - Parker Jefferies III

The Cherished Eccentric - Simon Vance

The Hardened Criminal - Elizabeth "Liza" Wexler

The Thankless Handyman - Mr. Coffin

Find Kelsey Dionne on her adventure website The Arcane Library and on Facebook.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Go check out the Adventure Mixtape Volume 1, a collaboration anthology of four D&D 5th edition adventures w/ accompanying original  music. Ken and Kelsey are among the 4 collaborators.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Oct 24, 2018

“I'm always happy when I'm surrounded by water, I think I'm a Mermaid or I was a mermaid.
The ocean makes me feel really small and it makes me put my whole life into perspective… it humbles you and makes you feel almost like you’ve been baptized. I feel born again when I get out of the ocean.”
― Beyoncé Knowles

In a quiet tidal pool, by a cold dark shore, the spirits of drowned women await mortal petitioners who will accept their gifts.

Rusalka is still in progress and we were honored that the designer, Nick Wedig, allowed us to share a game with our listeners. Go check out his work at his Teapot Games site.

The Map: 

To the South is the Shore. To the North East the Village. A row of scarecrows draped in the skin of flayed sailors stands between the pool and the Village.
On the NW side of the pond is a pool with some jewelry sunken into the bottom. On the north bank is the entrance to a hole where women and girls leave offerings. The ocean threatens to erode the walls and open the pool to the sea to the SE.

The Characters:

Ruslana (Zelma Elm) - An aspect of mists, she wears a veil that clings to her face.

Henka (Ken Breese) - An aspect of tides, she is scaled and has a wide shark-toothed smile.

Natalka (Iris Explosion) - An aspect of reflection, she stands nude in the water, her eyes are mirrors.

Eyesh (John Holt) - An aspect of ghosts, her white hair tangles in the rotting lace of her dress.

Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work

Find out more about Iris on her website irisexplosion.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

The game designer Nick Wedig has a repository of his work at Teapot Games.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Oct 17, 2018

"Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars."
— J.R.R. Tolkien

In a quiet tidal pool, by a cold dark shore, the spirits of drowned women await mortal petitioners who will accept their gifts.

Rusalka is still in progress and we were honored that the designer, Nick Wedig, allowed us to share a game with our listeners. Go check out his work at his Teapot Games site.

The Map: 

To the South is the Shore. To the North East the Village. A row of scarecrows draped in the skin of flayed sailors stands between the pool and the Village. 
On the NW side of the pond is a pool with some jewelry sunken into the bottom. On the north bank is the entrance to a hole where women and girls leave offerings. The ocean threatens to erode the walls and open the pool to the sea to the SE.

The Characters:

Ruslana (Zelma Elm) - An aspect of mists, she wears a veil that clings to her face.

Henka (Ken Breese) - An aspect of tides, she is scaled and has a wide shark-toothed smile.

Natalka (Iris Explosion) - An aspect of reflection, she stands nude in the water, her eyes are mirrors.

Eyesh (John Holt) - An aspect of ghosts, her white hair tangles in the rotting lace of her dress.

Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work

Find out more about Iris on her website irisexplosion.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

The game designer Nick Wedig has a repository of his work at Teapot Games.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Oct 10, 2018

"Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most."
-Ozzy Osbourne

To learn more about how Dread is played check out our primer episode.

 Zelma's Questionnaire: 

1. What is your name?
Gabby Grant

2. When people describe you to a stranger what detail do they always try to include?
They always say, "She seems kind of like an @sshole, but one you get to know her I promise she's really sweet." But usually people don't get there.

3. You play the bass in a band called 'Altered Saints.' Why did you lobby so hard for the name 'Animus Brief' instead?
Having come up in a Catholic school background, I didn't like the strong religious connotations and wanted to get away from that. Animus = Animosity, get it out there that that's what we're about.

4. What sport did you play in high school and what made you give it up?
I was really really good at Basketball, tall, athletic with a long stride. And a split-second knee injury ended that.

5. When the world seems against you, what one thing keeps you going?
It's all about the music. It's the only form of expression that seems to express anything for Gabby.

6. What item are you hiding amongst your personal possessions in the tour band?
A journal filled with original songs and lyrics. Gabby's not the official songwriter of the band and doesn't want to step on any toes, but I think they're really good.

7. Why do you feel you owe your life to Ella, the band's lead singer?
After my knee injury she was the only one at my school who was still my friend. She's the on that asked me to be in her first band and from that band I've discovered music.

8. Which of your family members do you miss the most?
My grandmother, she's the only one who wants me to be happy whatever that form would take, doing something off the beaten path isn't wrong.

9. You like Horror movies. What horror movies can you not deal with?
Demonic Possession, a little part that could be real, from her Catholic upbringing. Also not being in control if her body is really scary.

10.What unusual skill do you have that sometimes has been surprisingly handy?
I can drink a trucker under the table.

11. Which of your tattoos is your favorite?
An elaborate cornucopia on my chest twisting down my sternum.

12. What do you most regret failing to do for a friend? How will you make amends when the tour is over
I didn't go to the funeral of Ella's grandmother. She said that it was fine, but i feel like it's not fine. I promised myself I'd make it up while on tour, but will think of something very special after tour is over.

13. [Secret] What lie have you told so often that you almost believe it?
**********************************************

 

Ken's Questionnaire: 
1. What is your name?
Tiger Fiasco

2. Why did you learn drums and join a band of near-strangers for this tour? Why do you now feel fiercely protective of the bassist [Zelma’s character]?
I learned drums to honor a deceased ancestor's legacy and this was the only band that would have me. I fiercely protect the bassist as she has the most talent.

3. What was your favorite TV show, and why did you have to stop watching?
Kung-Fu the Legend Continues, and since Caradine died I can't see him without weeping.

4. Why are you the black sheep of your family?
I'm interested in following int he footsteps of a deceased ancestor's rocking chaotic life.

5. Whose crucifix is that around your neck?
Belongs to the first girl I french kissed

6. Why don’t you visit museums anymore, even though you had such an interest in Egyptology as a child?
Museum's house the plunder of the authority, which I can't support any longer

7. What daily occurrence reminds you of your ex-girlfriend?
Painting my nails different colors

8. What supplies do you regret packing into the tour van?
Cured Herring

9. Your bandmates think you resent the lead singer Ella because she shot down your idea for a band name (“Set Animal.”) Why are you glad they don’t know the real reason?
If they knew the real reason they'd know that I think Ella's singing won't ever amount to more than being a hack.

10. What do you think you are better at than you really are?
Driving

11. Where did you get that scar?
Major drum Solo accident

12. Which important person in your life have you resolved to reconnect with once the tour is over?
My sister who always secretly supported me

13. [Secret] What lie have you told so often that you almost believe it?
****************************************


John's Questionnaire:

1. What is your name?
Chance "Doubting" Thomas

2. Who do you think of every time you play guitar at a gig on this tour?
My twin brother, a paraplegic - I channel his frustration and move for him.

3. What finally convinced to agree to the band being named “Altered Saints” instead of your top choice, “Praxis of Evil”?
PoE was my cynical play on wanting to be a medical professional, but instead doing frivolous music stuff, Altered Saints actually fits in my morally grey world view

4. Why do you have a picture of someone you’ve never met in your wallet?
It is a WWI soldier two-sided photo. On one side is the soldier with all their disfigurement from the war, and on the other is there face, reconstructed by early prothesis of a sculptor.

5. What game did you always beat your siblings at when you were growing up in Northern Virginia?
Late night summer games of Manhunt (a tag/hide and seek variant)

6. When did you first realize how good you were with animals?
Helping to train and care for my brother's assistance dog.

7. You are very vocal about your hatred of firearms. So why do you have that bullet casing necklace?
It was the casing I impulsively reached out for when me and my class was huddled under our desks during a school shooting in middle school. My movement alerted the shooters to my presence.

8. You didn’t expect that your immediate post-college plans would be touring with this band. What did you think you’d be doing instead?
I thought I'd continue on with my medical training, either going forward on a surgery track towards reconstructive surgery, or at least nursing/hospice care and maybe some overseas medical volunteering.

9. When you have trouble sleeping, what pleasant memory do you focus on? 
Those late summer nights when we were pre-teens running around playing games as neighborhood kids, pretending to be murderers, monsters and ghosts.

10. When was the last time your acute claustrophobia acted up?
A year back, we were the opening act, and I was at the bar after our set when the crowd got out of hand and I was nearly crushed in the press of people. I started flailing and punching, eventually kicking out a window to escape the crowd crush.

11. Why do you find the drummer [Ken’s character] more annoying every day of the tour? Why haven’t you discussed this with Ella, the lead singer and informal frontman?
He's been doing articles and interviews, really pushing promotion and drumming (hehe) up fans - like he believes in the band.  I was hoping this thing would be a over by now. If it was failing I feel like I could quit.

12. What’s in your pockets?
Guitar picks, wallet ($50 cash, license, expired student ID, photo, a bunch of random receipts and ticket stubs), old flip cellphone (or pager depending on time period)

13. [Secret] What experience makes you so sure that the supernatural exists, despite the skepticism of your family? 
***********************************************

 Find Alexi on twitter @alexisargeant and learn more about Alexi Sargeant's work on his website, alexisargeant.com.

Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Oct 3, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Dread by Epidiah Ravachol & Nathaniel Barmore and published by The Impossible Dream. Learn more at Tiltingatwindmills.net. Purchase a copy here.

Recommended number of players: 2-6 players, Play time around 3-4 hours.

To play you'll need:
Rulebook
Jenga Tower,
Writing Utensils,
Blank Paper.

Dread is a horror game. It is a game that requires a Game Master (or Host in the language of the game). The tension of the game is brought by the tension of the teetering of a Jenga tower.

We recommend picking the PDF on Drive Thru RPG and or Physical copy from Tiltingatwindmills.net.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Oct 3, 2018

"Why be boring? Have some fun. Rock shows should be like movies: I don't go to a movie hoping it'll change my life." -Alice Cooper

 To learn more about how Dread is played check out our primer episode.

 

Zelma's Questionnaire: 
1. What is your name?
Gabby Grant

2. When people describe you to a stranger what detail do they always try to include?
They always say, "She seems kind of like an @sshole, but one you get to know her I promise she's really sweet." But usually people don't get there.

3. You play the bass in a band called 'Altered Saints.' Why did you lobby so hard for the name 'Animus Brief' instead?
Having come up in a Catholic school background, I didn't like the strong religious connotations and wanted to get away from that. Animus = Animosity, get it out there that that's what we're about.

4. What sport did you play in high school and what made you give it up?
I was really really good at Basketball, tall, athletic with a long stride. And a split-second knee injury ended that.

5. When the world seems against you, what one thing keeps you going?
It's all about the music. It's the only form of expression that seems to express anything for Gabby.

6. What item are you hiding amongst your personal possessions in the tour band?
A journal filled with original songs and lyrics. Gabby's not the official songwriter of the band and doesn't want to step on any toes, but I think they're really good.

7. Why do you feel you owe your life to Ella, the band's lead singer?
After my knee injury she was the only one at my school who was still my friend. She's the on that asked me to be in her first band and from that band I've discovered music.

8. Which of your family members do you miss the most?
My grandmother, she's the only one who wants me to be happy whatever that form would take, doing something off the beaten path isn't wrong.

9. You like Horror movies. What horror movies can you not deal with?
Demonic Possession, a little part that could be real, from her Catholic upbringing. Also not being in control if her body is really scary.

10.What unusual skill do you have that sometimes has been surprisingly handy?
I can drink a trucker under the table.

11. Which of your tattoos is your favorite?
An elaborate cornucopia on my chest twisting down my sternum.

12. What do you most regret failing to do for a friend? How will you make amends when the tour is over
I didn't go to the funeral of Ella's grandmother. She said that it was fine, but i feel like it's not fine. I promised myself I'd make it up while on tour, but will think of something very special after tour is over.

13. [Secret] What lie have you told so often that you almost believe it?
**********************************************

 

Ken's Questionnaire: 
1. What is your name?
Tiger Fiasco

2. Why did you learn drums and join a band of near-strangers for this tour? Why do you now feel fiercely protective of the bassist [Zelma’s character]?
I learned drums to honor a deceased ancestor's legacy and this was the only band that would have me. I fiercely protect the bassist as she has the most talent.

3. What was your favorite TV show, and why did you have to stop watching?
Kung-Fu the Legend Continues, and since Caradine died I can't see him without weeping.

4. Why are you the black sheep of your family?
I'm interested in following int he footsteps of a deceased ancestor's rocking chaotic life.

5. Whose crucifix is that around your neck?
Belongs to the first girl I french kissed

6. Why don’t you visit museums anymore, even though you had such an interest in Egyptology as a child?
Museum's house the plunder of the authority, which I can't support any longer

7. What daily occurrence reminds you of your ex-girlfriend?
Painting my nails different colors

8. What supplies do you regret packing into the tour van?
Cured Herring

9. Your bandmates think you resent the lead singer Ella because she shot down your idea for a band name (“Set Animal.”) Why are you glad they don’t know the real reason?
If they knew the real reason they'd know that I think Ella's singing won't ever amount to more than being a hack.

10. What do you think you are better at than you really are?
Driving

11. Where did you get that scar?
Major drum Solo accident

12. Which important person in your life have you resolved to reconnect with once the tour is over?
My sister who always secretly supported me

13. [Secret] What lie have you told so often that you almost believe it?
****************************************


John's Questionnaire:

1. What is your name?
Chance "Doubting" Thomas

2. Who do you think of every time you play guitar at a gig on this tour?
My twin brother, a paraplegic - I channel his frustration and move for him.

3. What finally convinced to agree to the band being named “Altered Saints” instead of your top choice, “Praxis of Evil”?
PoE was my cynical play on wanting to be a medical professional, but instead doing frivolous music stuff, Altered Saints actually fits in my morally grey world view

4. Why do you have a picture of someone you’ve never met in your wallet?
It is a WWI soldier two-sided photo. On one side is the soldier with all their disfigurement from the war, and on the other is there face, reconstructed by early prothesis of a sculptor.

5. What game did you always beat your siblings at when you were growing up in Northern Virginia?
Late night summer games of Manhunt (a tag/hide and seek variant)

6. When did you first realize how good you were with animals?
Helping to train and care for my brother's assistance dog.

7. You are very vocal about your hatred of firearms. So why do you have that bullet casing necklace?
It was the casing I impulsively reached out for when me and my class was huddled under our desks during a school shooting in middle school. My movement alerted the shooters to my presence.

8. You didn’t expect that your immediate post-college plans would be touring with this band. What did you think you’d be doing instead?
I thought I'd continue on with my medical training, either going forward on a surgery track towards reconstructive surgery, or at least nursing/hospice care and maybe some overseas medical volunteering.

9. When you have trouble sleeping, what pleasant memory do you focus on? 
Those late summer nights when we were pre-teens running around playing games as neighborhood kids, pretending to be murderers, monsters and ghosts.

10. When was the last time your acute claustrophobia acted up?
A year back, we were the opening act, and I was at the bar after our set when the crowd got out of hand and I was nearly crushed in the press of people. I started flailing and punching, eventually kicking out a window to escape the crowd crush.

11. Why do you find the drummer [Ken’s character] more annoying every day of the tour? Why haven’t you discussed this with Ella, the lead singer and informal frontman?
He's been doing articles and interviews, really pushing promotion and drumming (hehe) up fans - like he believes in the band.  I was hoping this thing would be a over by now. If it was failing I feel like I could quit.

12. What’s in your pockets?
Guitar picks, wallet ($50 cash, license, expired student ID, photo, a bunch of random receipts and ticket stubs), old flip cellphone (or pager depending on time period)

13. [Secret] What experience makes you so sure that the supernatural exists, despite the skepticism of your family? 
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 Find Alexi on twitter @alexisargeant and learn more about Alexi Sargeant's work on his website, alexisargeant.com.

Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Sep 26, 2018

"It's time. It's time. Time for the big giveaway. Halloween has come. All you lucky kids with Silver Shamrock masks, gather 'round your TV set, put on your masks and watch. All witches, all skeletons, all Jack-O-Lanterns, gather 'round and watch. Watch the magic pumpkin. Watch...”
― Silver Shamrock Commercial, Halloween III

A spell has been cast the world is plunged into darkness.

To learn more about how Children of the Fall is played check out our primer episode.

The Tribe:

•An Unnamed group of about two dozen children, a large tribe with the Prophet, Linus, as the leader.

•6 weeks after the fall the tribe is sheltering in a church on a parkway in a southern California urban sprawl.

•They have an abundance of ammunition. There is a dearth of fuel.

•In the short-term a rival tribe has it out for them, the Bike-o-mancers have a beef. In the long-term earthquakes threaten to further weaken their haven.

•The church sits near a shopping plaza with a department store for sundries and further down the way is an overpass that serves as an observation point and place to gather supplies. The crypt beneath the church is a large safe space.

The Mission:

•Search and Rescue.

•Evan wandered off during a patrol the territory and the group wants to find and save him.

The Characters:

•Linus, the Prophet: a 14 year old who claims magical insight. (Ken Breese)

•Jessup, the Stranger: a 14 year old, who claims to know the ways of spellcraft. (John Holt)

•Benson, the Monster: A 12 year old who is cold and dangerous, even without his gun. (Tim Rodriguez)

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging  and Tim's Mobile Fiasco App for iOS on iTunes, and for Android on Google Play. You can find his game company at GalileoGames.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Sep 19, 2018

“I do love a good joke and this is the best ever: a joke on the children.”
― Conal Cochran, Halloween III

A spell has been cast the world is plunged into darkness.

To learn more about how Children of the Fall is played check out our primer episode.

The Tribe:

•An Unnamed group of about two dozen children, a large tribe with the Prophet, Linus, as the leader.

•6 weeks after the fall the tribe is sheltering in a church on a parkway in a southern California urban sprawl.

•They have an abundance of ammunition. There is a dearth of fuel.

•In the short-term a rival tribe has it out for them, the Bike-o-mancers have a beef. In the long-term earthquakes threaten to further weaken their haven.

•The church sits near a shopping plaza with a department store for sundries and further down the way is an overpass that serves as an observation point and place to gather supplies. The crypt beneath the church is a large safe space.

The Mission:

•Search and Rescue.

•Evan wandered off during a patrol the territory and the group wants to find and save him.

The Characters:

•Linus, the Prophet: a 14 year old who claims magical insight. (Ken Breese)

•Jessup, the Stranger: a 14 year old, who claims to know the ways of spellcraft. (John Holt)

•Benson, the Monster: A 12 year old who is cold and dangerous, even without his gun. (Tim Rodriguez)

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging  and Tim's Mobile Fiasco App for iOS on iTunes, and for Android on Google Play. You can find his game company at GalileoGames.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Sep 5, 2018

"Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift."    

-Mary Oliver

In a quiet pond deep in the woods the spirits of drowned women await mortal petitioners who will accept their gifts.

Rusalka is still in progress and we were honored that the designer, Nick Wedig, allowed us to share a game with our listeners.

The Map: 

To the South is the Village. To the North deeper woods.
On the south side of the pond is a path, and cutting across it, a barrier between the village and the pond, is a line of crude stone spears set in the ground. Also on the south side, on a finger that juts in, sits a black stump that has been used as a sacrificial altar. On the Eastern bank a massive frog has made a burrow in the mud. In the West the pond has been diverted towards a reflecting pool, once ringed with stones and spanned by a stone bridge supporting a plinth for wedding ceremonies, the pool has fallen to ruins and the water has begun to form a marsh.

The Characters:

Olen (Zelma Elm) - An aspect of sacrifice, marked with tattoos, and bleeding black blood from a never-healing wound upon her forehead.

Yezibaba (Ken Breese) - An aspect of moonlight, she shifts in age with the phases of the moon.

Larysa (Richard Ruane) - An aspect of ghosts, semi-translucent, she is draped in an old fashioned shift and her lank damp black hair hangs down in front of her bone white face.

Eccha (John Holt) - An aspect of reflection,

Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work

Find Richard on google+ as Richard Ruane

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Aug 29, 2018

"Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The nuclear furnace that baths us with live giving rays has belched out a wave of death. A crew of three are all that stand in between Earth and certain destruction.

To learn more about how Our Last Best Hope is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Dr. Childers Cube (John Holt) the radiation sickness expert Doctor.

Dr. Franklin Cortez (Chris Diercksen) brilliant engineer and conceptual designer of the Allen.

Lt. Cmdr. Red Roberts (Ken Breese) experimental space pilot and veteran of clandestine space wars.

The Mission:

The Crisis - A solar flare is racing towards Earth and will shear away the atmosphere.

The Limit - An experimental solar sail ship is the only vehicle that could be capable of reflecting the brunt of the wave.

The Plan - Get in the path of the wave with enough distance from the Earth to safely deflect the flare for its duration.

The Assets:

Repair Drones

Turbo Octo Boosters

Metallic Fabric Foil

Find Chris on twitter @c_diercks and check out his theatrical group Team Awesome Robot.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Aug 22, 2018

"Twilight, again. Another ending. No matter how perfect the day is, it always has to end."
— Stephenie Meyer

The nuclear furnace that baths us with live giving rays has belched out a wave of death. A crew of three are all that stand in between Earth and certain destruction.

To learn more about how Our Last Best Hope is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Dr. Childers Cube (John Holt) the radiation sickness expert Doctor.

Dr. Franklin Cortez (Chris Diercksen) brilliant engineer and conceptual designer of the Allen.

Lt. Cmdr. Red Roberts (Ken Breese) experimental space pilot and veteran of clandestine space wars.

The Mission:

The Crisis - A solar flare is racing towards Earth and will shear away the atmosphere.

The Limit - An experimental solar sail ship is the only vehicle that could be capable of reflecting the brunt of the wave.

The Plan - Get in the path of the wave with enough distance from the Earth to safely deflect the flare for its duration.

The Assets:

Repair Drones

Turbo Octo Boosters

Metallic Fabric Foil

Find Chris on twitter @c_diercks and check out his theatrical group Team Awesome Robot.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Aug 15, 2018

"Life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated." - Mary Shelley

Within the confines of a long abandoned missile silo a cult of Victorian horror-science performs mad experiments.

To learn more about how Dialect is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Lisa Spillson "Lula" (Ken Breese) - The historian and descendant of Mary Shelley.

Dr. Francis Tine "The Monster" (John Holt) - The head honcho.

Dr. Becker, MD PHD "Vicktor" (Joe Desimone) - A devotee to the teachings and text of Mary Shelley.

The Setup:

Backdrop: A cult built on an interpretation of Victorian science fiction has retreated from the world.

Main Location: The Castle - an abandoned missile silo in a field of such silos in the perimeter of a radioactive accident.

Aspects (2nd Age):
Mary Shelley is our Prophet
Proactive Evolution
Quarantine Zone Fully Buried

Aspects (3rd Age):
Mary Shelley is our Prophet  New Hierarchy of Saints
Proactive Evolution
Quarantine Zone Fully Buried

The Language:
Genesis - The rollout into the future apocalypse. To the cultists; the act of bringing on the end. The the outsiders; genocide.
Swapper - Genetic glue, a tech developed by the cult.
Lula - An expression of love, a term of endearment.
Adams - The subjects of experiment, children raise for this purpose.
Igor - The new messiah.

Find Joe DeSimone @iheartfargo and his Make Room work HERE!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Aug 8, 2018

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”
― Mary Wollstonecraft ShelleyFrankenstein

Within the confines of a long abandoned missile silo a cult of Victorian horror-science performs mad experiments.

To learn more about how Dialect is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Lisa Spillson "Lula" (Ken Breese) - The historian and descendant of Mary Shelley.

Dr. Francis Tine "The Monster" (John Holt) - The head honcho.

Dr. Becker, MD PHD "Vicktor" (Joe Desimone) - A devotee to the teachings and text of Mary Shelley.

The Setup:

Backdrop: A cult built on an interpretation of Victorian science fiction has retreated from the world.

Main Location: The Castle - an abandoned missile silo in a field of such silos in the perimeter of a radioactive accident.

Aspects:
Mary Shelley is our Prophet
Proactive Evolution
Quarantine Zone

The Language:
Genesis - The rollout into the future apocalypse.
Swapper - Genetic glue, a tech developed by the cult.
Lula - An expression of love, a term of endearment.
Adams - The subjects of experiment, children raise for this purpose.
Igor - The new messiah.

Find Joe DeSimone @iheartfargo and his Make Room work HERE!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Aug 1, 2018

"A zoo is a good place to make a spectacle of yourself, as the people around you have creepier, more photogenic things to look at."
David Sedaris

How to make the creatures of the Zoo more profitable?

To learn more about how Fiasco is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Ted Flimshaw (David Slivken) - One of the older Zoo employees, a mammal expert.

Joe DaBiggs (John Holt) - An outside consultant brought in to increase the Zoo's profits.

Drew Dreyfuss (Will Holt) - The lizard house keeper, a reptile obsessive.

The Tilt:

Paranoia: What seems like dumb luck isn't. Things are afoot.
Guilt: Betrayed by Friends.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Will on instagram @nantucket_sommelier

Find David and his travel company on instagram @huckleberrytravel, and online generally at huckleberrytravel.com

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jul 25, 2018

"The noblest art is that of making others happy."
P.T Barnum

How to make the creatures of the Zoo more profitable?

To learn more about how Fiasco is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Ted Flimshaw (David Slivken) - One of the older Zoo employees, a mammal expert.

Joe DaBiggs (John Holt) - An outside consultant brought in to increase the Zoo's profits.

Drew Dreyfuss (Will Holt) - The lizard house keeper, a reptile obsessive.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Will on instagram @nantucket_sommelier

Find David and his travel company on instagram @huckleberrytravel, and online generally at huckleberrytravel.com

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jul 18, 2018

“. . . Kings, aristocrats, tyrants, whoever they be, are slaves rebelling against the sovereign of the earth, which is the human race, and against the legislator of the universe, which is nature.
― Maximilien RobespierreRobespierre

 

Killer trees in the age of reason and the reign of terror.

To learn more about how Follow is played check out our primer episode.

The Setting:

The 18th century France in the summer, the flames of revolution sweep the country.

 

The Killer:

Animated plants, possibly brought to life by an archaeological artifact.

The Characters:

Fromage the hyperactive executioner.

Ovaltine the flirtatious grandmother.

Boothe Van Smeen the tireless gamesman.

Rosalie the haughty milkmaid.

Flemme De'Brooks the half-witted revolutionary.

Morgan the avant-garde revolutionary.

Madamoiselle Satine the saucy maid.

Joulie Moirot the inquisitive youth.

Lil' Jaque the criminal mastermind.

Madame Coraline the true believing astrologer.

Monsieur Fleur the meticulous head of house.

Alain the constipated general.

Find Lucian Kahn on twitter @oh_theogony and find his game Dead Friend for purchase on DriveThruRPG.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Jul 11, 2018

“Kill the king but spare the man.”
― Thomas Paine

 Killer trees in the age of reason and the reign of terror.

To learn more about how Follow is played check out our primer episode.

The Setting:

The 18th century France in the summer, the flames of revolution sweep the country.

The Killer:

Animated plants, possibly brought to life by an archaeological artifact.

The Characters:

Fromage the hyperactive executioner.

Ovaltine the flirtatious grandmother.

Boothe Van Smeen the tireless gamesman.

Rosalie the haughty milkmaid.

Flemme De'Brooks the half-witted revolutionary.

Morgan the avant-garde revolutionary.

Madamoiselle Satine the saucy maid.

Joulie Moirot the inquisitive youth.

Lil' Jaque the criminal mastermind.

Madame Coraline the true believing astrologer.

Monsieur Fleur the meticulous head of house.

Alain the constipated general.

Find Lucian Kahn on twitter @oh_theogony and find his game Dead Friend for purchase on DriveThruRPG.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

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