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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? 
***********************************************

 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 1, 2018

On October the 13th join us at the Hinterlands in Brooklyn starting at 1pm to play and learn RPG games! LEARN MORE HERE

Also In October we're having a drawing. Deadline is on October 25th. Go to our Boredghost.com or the direct link here: https://www.boredghost.com/bored-ghost-october-drawing/ and leave your name and email to join our drawing with the following prizes:

1st place:
• Children of the Fall, physical copy as provided by Gareth Graham of Frenzy Kitty Games.
• Adventure Mixtape Vol. 1, pdf & mp3 bundle of four D&D Adventures including one designed by our own Ken Breese.
• Fiasco Mobile App, an app for mobile from Tim Rodriguez

2nd & 3rd place: Children of the Fall (pdf), Adventure Mixtape Vol. 1 (pdf/mp3), and the Fiasco Mobile App.

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

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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

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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!

Jul 4, 2018

“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”
– Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

 

This colony base with its military mission teeters on the edge of disaster.

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

Quest: The Colony

A generational colony ship has been sent to do an end run around the inhabited worlds of a species the humans of Earth have declared war upon. They are tasked with establishing a colony as a beachhead to launch attacks on the enemy flank. An engineering team has been sent in a smaller ship, the Lightbearer-Alpha just ahead of the colony ship to establish the infrastructure for the landing.

The challenges: Hostile Megafauna in an Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere as well as Dissent & Disagreement amongst the team.

The Characters:

(Dalton)
Main Character: Sibin Ukker (the Youth) - A brash young person who wants to uphold the Earth traditions, to never forget where they come from and desires respect from Jorges.
Minor Character: Nils Gezzun (the Homesteader)

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Shar-Banu (the Freethinker) - A documentarian who wants a new society, free of Earth's norms and desires Sibin's help in presenting the data to that end.
Minor Character: Milow Beans (the Builder/Engineer)

(John Holt)
Main Character: Jorges Cao (the Visionary/Planner) - A driven engineer and architect who wants to tame the land and build a shining city while desiring Shar-Banu's help in keeping the others convinced that all is going well.
Minor Character: Kana (the Loner)

The Challenges:

(1) Deal with Dangerous Wildlife - a 3 week task
(2) Treat a disease afflicting the colony - a 2 day task
(3) Prevent Schism in the Community - a 2 week task

Find Dalton Gray on twitter @Daltonomous and learn more about what he's up to @StateofPlayNYC, Come Out & Play and the Adventure Society

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!

Jun 27, 2018

“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”
– Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

This colony base with its military mission teeters on the edge of disaster.

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

Quest: The Colony

A generational colony ship has been sent to do an end run around the inhabited worlds of a species the humans of Earth have declared war upon. They are tasked with establishing a colony as a beachhead to launch attacks on the enemy flank. An engineering team has been sent in a smaller ship, the Lightbearer-Alpha just ahead of the colony ship to establish the infrastructure for the landing.

The challenges: Hostile Megafauna in an Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere as well as Dissent & Disagreement amongst the team.

The Characters:

(Dalton)
Main Character: Sibin Ukker (the Youth) - A brash young person who wants to uphold the Earth traditions, to never forget where they come from and desires respect from Jorges.
Minor Character: Nils Gezzun (the Homesteader)

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Shar-Banu (the Freethinker) - A documentarian who wants a new society, free of Earth's norms and desires Sibin's help in presenting the data to that end.
Minor Character: Milow Beans (the Builder/Engineer)

(John Holt)
Main Character: Jorges Cao (the Visionary/Planner) - A driven engineer and architect who wants to tame the land and build a shining city while desiring Shar-Banu's help in keeping the others convinced that all is going well.
Minor Character: Kana (the Loner)

The Challenges:

(1) Deal with Dangerous Wildlife - a 3 week task
(2) Treat a disease afflicting the colony - a 2 day task
(3) Prevent Schism in the Community - a 2 week task

Find Dalton Gray on twitter @Daltonomous and learn more about what he's up to @StateofPlayNYC, Come Out & Play and the Adventure Society

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!

Jun 20, 2018
“I have come here from my city,
I have descended from my nome;
I have built a house, set up (its) doors,
I have dug a pool, planted sycamores.
The king praised me,
My father made a will for me.
I was one worthy ---
One beloved of his father,
Praised by his mother,
Whom all his brothers loved.
I gave bread to the hungry,
Clothing to the naked,
I brought the boatless to land.
O you who live upon earth,
Who shall pass by this tomb
Going north or going south,
Who shall say: "a thousand loaves and beer jugs
For the owner of this tomb,"
I shall watch over them in the necropolis. 
I am an excellent equipped spirit (akh),
A lector-priest who knows his speech.
As for any man who enters this tomb unclean,
I shall seize him by the neck like a bird,
He will be judged for it by the great god!
I was one who spoke fairly, who repeated what was liked,
I never spoke evilly against any man to his superior,
Never did I judge between two [contenders]
In a manner which deprived a son of his father's legacy.
Harkhuf” 
― Miriam LichtheimAncient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms

 A sealed inter-dimensional way-station has become nothing more than a tomb.

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

The Tomb:

A Winding affair beneath the surface of a vast desert. The only visible surface element is a massive black cube. In the heart of the tomb is a sphere of glossy black rock, hovering and rotating slightly in place.

The Characters:

Arrow-Shield (Ken Breese) - The warrior who still stands guard.

Headless (Kelsey Dionne) - The religious leader of a cult forgotten.

Tattered Cloak (John Holt) - An acolyte of the keepers of this place.

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

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!

Jun 13, 2018
Lieutenant Kawalsky: [Jackson sneezes hard] "Cold?"
Dr. Daniel Jackson: "Allergies: always happens when I travel."
-Stargate

 A sealed inter-dimensional way-station has become nothing more than a tomb.

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

The Tomb:

A Winding affair beneath the surface of a vast desert. The only visible surface element is a massive black cube. In the heart of the tomb is a sphere of glossy black rock, hovering and rotating slightly in place.

The Characters:

Arrow-Shield (Ken Breese) - The warrior who still stands guard.

Headless (Kelsey Dionne) - The religious leader of a cult forgotten.

Tattered Cloak (John Holt) - An acolyte of the keepers of this place.

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

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!

Jun 6, 2018

“In his dream she was sick and he cared for her. The dream bore the look of sacrifice but he thought differently. He did not take care of her and she died alone somewhere in the dark and there is no other dream nor other waking world and there is no other tale to tell.”
― Cormac McCarthyThe Road

A small band of children huddle in a graveyard on the outskirts of a city fallen to ruin.

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

The Tribe:

•An Unnamed group of about 13 children, a medium sized tribe, with no clear leader.

•Two months after the fall the tribe is holed up in a graveyard outside Indianapolis.

•They have an abundance of shelter, building material and tool. There is a dearth of food.

•In the short-term Tornado season is approaching, it is dangerous even with shelter, and with food in short supply they can't easily just hunker down. In the long-term the larger will supplied rural tribes, further out from the city could swoop in to do the tribe harm.

•The graveyard sits to the east of the city, between the graveyard and the city is a major big-box store. To the immediate east of the graveyard is a river or canal. To the north is a large forested area, and to the south a road that leads from town and out into the countryside.

The Mission:

•A Project to build up a Tornado Shelter & supply it.

•Tornados could strike at any moment so time is of the essence. The tribe will need to complete the project in the next couple of weeks. Smaller storms have already driven the fallen out of the city and added to the danger.

•Lack of food and fuel makes it hard to complete, we have many mouths to feed and our compassion has lead us to bring in children who are too young to help with food gathering and major works.

The Characters:

•Kelvin, the Innocent: a 12 year old who carries around a fish in a baggie.

•Jaques, the Martyr: a 15 year old goth, fascinated by death.

•Penny, the Hunter: A 15 year old tasked with doing the wetwork for the tribe.

Find Christopher McFarland on the second season of Jessica Jones on Netflix!

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!

Jun 6, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Children of the Fall by Gareth Graham. Purchase a copy here.

Recommended number of players: 3-5 players, Play time around 2-4 hours.

To play you'll need:
Rulebook
Printouts from the Rulebook,
Writing Utensils,
Blank Paper,
Tokens (2 per player).

Children of the Fall is a GMless game that can be played in a single session or in multiple sessions, with each session playing out in a mission over 4 acts. The tone is a dark apocalypse where the survivors are all children, as the adults have turned into dangerous maniacs and those that age into adulthood will suffer the same fate.

We recommend picking the PDF on Drive Thru RPG and or Physical copy from Frenzy Kitty Games.

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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!

 

May 29, 2018

“As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd, what happens in a world without children's voices.”
― Children of Men

 A small band of children huddle in a graveyard on the outskirts of a city fallen to ruin.

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

The Tribe:

•An Unnamed group of about 13 children, a medium sized tribe, with no clear leader.

•Two months after the fall the tribe is holed up in a graveyard outside Indianapolis.

•They have an abundance of shelter, building material and tool. There is a dearth of food.

•In the short-term Tornado season is approaching, it is dangerous even with shelter, and with food in short supply they can't easily just hunker down. In the long-term the larger will supplied rural tribes, further out from the city could swoop in to do the tribe harm.

•The graveyard sits to the east of the city, between the graveyard and the city is a major big-box store. To the immediate east of the graveyard is a river or canal. To the north is a large forested area, and to the south a road that leads from town and out into the countryside.

The Mission:

•A Project to build up a Tornado Shelter & supply it.

•Tornados could strike at any moment so time is of the essence. The tribe will need to complete the project in the next couple of weeks. Smaller storms have already driven the fallen out of the city and added to the danger.

•Lack of food and fuel makes it hard to complete, we have many mouths to feed and our compassion has lead us to bring in children who are too young to help with food gathering and major works.

The Characters:

•Kelvin, the Innocent: a 12 year old who carries around a fish in a baggie.

•Jaques, the Martyr: a 15 year old goth, fascinated by death.

•Penny, the Hunter: A 15 year old tasked with doing the wetwork for the tribe.

Find Christopher McFarland on the second season of Jessica Jones on Netflix!

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!

May 23, 2018

"Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone."
— J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

 An abandoned factory turned Stasi prison is abandoned and ripe for development when the wall falls. What will be unearthed from beneath the layers of history?

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

The Setup:

•brooding & investigative horror

•The former East/West divide in Berlin, Late 1980's/early 1990's

•Main location: Abandoned Car Factory that later served as a Stasi secret prison, now empty

•Additional Locations: a Beirhall on the Western side of Berlin, A rocky quay on the banks of the Rhine, A tiny Catholic church near the main location.

•The Witness: Anna Schmidt - A developer, she scouts for real estate deals for a big french firm. She is here to check out the abandoned factory for possible purchase, demolition, and development. Anna is persistent and practical. She has face in progress and that gives her an optimistic philosophy.

The Clues:

•The Demon Key - it arrived in a black envelope and has teeth

•The Ledger of Names - a stained tome with hundreds of names and coded annotation.

•The Photo of a group of people taken at the factory - One person has their eyes open, they all resemble one another and each person in the photo is labeled with strange coded annotation.

•A Large Inky Pool - a black liquid that seems to absorb the light, it is spilled out over the factory floor.

•The Black Door - a massive barred portal, ringed with writing

•The Body of a Person - It resembles the figures in the photo

•The Clay Figure - a crude representative figure with a spiced odour

•The Demonic Magic Circle - a face in the floor of the room behind the black door

Find Sharang Biswas on twitter @SharangBiswas, and check out his game Mad Science Foundation

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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