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Bored Ghost

A storytelling podcast that uses games to drive the stories. We play a variety of games, from Indy Published Collaborative Storytelling games to traditional Role-Playing Games, all with the intent to tell a cohesive and finite story in about two episodes.
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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.

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!

 

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