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Aug 21, 2019

“And down I went to fetch my bride:
But, Alice, you were ill at ease;
This dress and that by turns you tried,
Too fearful that you should not please.
I loved you better for your fears,
I knew you could not look but well;
And dews, that would have fall'n in tears,
I kiss'd away before they fell.” 
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Regina & Hunter.

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

Note that the new version of Fiasco is Kickstarter just in time for its 10th anniversary! Get over and get in on the Kickstarter HERE!
 

The Characters:

Mason Pearl (John Holt) - A plus one with no real connection to anyone at the wedding, except his date who brought him along to keep up appearances.

 

Ava Lansing (Audrey Lazaro) - Officiant and college friend of the groom.

 

Gary Sheldrake (Dan McCoy) - Brother of the bride, on leave from the commune.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Audrey on instagram @aud_rae

Find Dan McCoy on twitter @dankmccoy

Find Dan's podcast The Flophouse on the flophousepodcast.com and on the MaxFun network. You can also follow the podcast on twitter @theflophousepod. The Flophouse has a number of live shows coming up this Summer and Fall so be sure to check them out if they're in your area!

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 14, 2019

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
― John Keats

Three kids and a harried coach find a being of legend.

To learn more about how Home By Dark is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Coach Dan Clover (John Holt) - Older brother and caretaker for Donny. Works at the mini golf place and as a Phys Ed teacher at the local high school.

Donny Clover (Ken Breese) - 13yr old high school kid, parents died and now he's being raised by his harried older brother.

Ishmael "Ish" Berkowitz (Eric Silver) - 16 and a half year old high school kid who works at mini-golf place and keeps his army jacket on.

Alex Sparrow (A Sarr) - A precocious 10yr old that has skipped a couple grades.

The setup for this game:

The Setting: Summer 2020, Thunder Village - an upstate NY ski town, around the "Hot-a-ween" celebrations.

The Secret: The Alucard, an ancient benevolent being that takes the shape of a pig, or wild hog, with pale skin reddened by the sun. It has the power to heal, but is weakened by darkness.

The Pursuer: Dr. EJ Thunder, heir to the Thunder name - a family that founded the town, also carries the family illness. He seeks to harness the healing power of the Alucard. Further Dr. Thunder works for Brovartus, a pharma company that would kill to get their hands on a healing pig.

The Danger: Extreme Drought, it is a crazy hot summer, hottest Thunder Village has ever experienced.

Assets:
2006 Acura MDX
Mom's Cellphone
Tool Kit
Hunting Rifle

Locations:
Bruce Springsteen K-12, school with an name officially sanctioned by the Boss.
Lightning Springs, Ski Slopes and Lodge.
Thunder Road Teen Center.
Playground, hot asphalt old swings, big jungle gym and thankfully some big sprinklers.

Find Eric on twitter @el_silvero and learn more about his work with Multitude Productions (multitude.productions), including his RPG audio show Join the Party (jointhepartypod).

Find A Sarr on twitter @a_sarr and take a listen to his music

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 7, 2019

“But looking back on the next day, I can tell you that happy endings are possible, even in situations as fraught with complications as this one was.”
― James Howe

Three kids and a harried coach find a being of legend.

To learn more about how Home By Dark is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:



Coach Dan Clover (John Holt) - Older brother and caretaker for Donny. Works at the mini golf place and as a Phys Ed teacher at the local high school.

Donny Clover (Ken Breese) - 13yr old high school kid, parents died and now he's being raised by his harried older brother.

Ishmael "Ish" Berkowitz (Eric Silver) - 16 and a half year old high school kid who works at mini-golf place and keeps his army jacket on.

Alex Sparrow (A Sarr) - A precocious 10yr old that has skipped a couple grades.

The setup for this game:

The Setting: Summer 2020, Thunder Village - an upstate NY ski town, around the "Hot-a-ween" celebrations.

The Secret: The Alucard, an ancient benevolent being that takes the shape of a pig, or wild hog, with pale skin reddened by the sun. It has the power to heal, but is weakened by darkness.

The Pursuer: Dr. EJ Thunder, heir to the Thunder name - a family that founded the town, also carries the family illness. He seeks to harness the healing power of the Alucard. Further Dr. Thunder works for Brovartus, a pharma company that would kill to get their hands on a healing pig.

The Danger: Extreme Drought, it is a crazy hot summer, hottest Thunder Village has ever experienced. 

Assets:
2006 Acura MDX
Mom's Cellphone
Tool Kit
Hunting Rifle

Locations:
Bruce Springsteen K-12, school with an name officially sanctioned by the Boss.
Lightning Springs, Ski Slopes and Lodge.
Thunder Road Teen Center.
Playground, hot asphalt old swings, big jungle gym and thankfully some big sprinklers.

Find Eric on twitter @el_silvero and learn more about his work with Multitude Productions (multitude.productions), including his RPG audio show Join the Party (jointhepartypod).

Find A Sarr on twitter @a_sarr and take a listen to his music

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!

Jul 31, 2019

"If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember."
— Terry Pratchett

The kingdom of cats rules their floating island of luxury with the iron claws of fashion.

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

The characters for this game:

Rabbi Rainbow (Lucian Khan) - The Perspective

The Honorable Judge Butter Cup (John Holt) - The Power

Narcissa the Lean (D Gailey) - The Touchstone

Chester McStuffin  (Ken Breese) - The Touchstone

The Kingdom:

Meowtropolis a floating city of bounty (a garbage scow on the Hudson). Felines rules this land, they compete for social status and the trapping that brings. 

Locations:
1) The Mane Drag - a ruined head of a carousel horse, bar/club
2) Crystal World - a crystal lake of fresh water leaking from a pipe over a bed of glass fragments
3) Catwalk - the rusted remains of a railing where the talent show is staged
4) Skybox - the posh restaurant at the top of the garbage heap, where food it dropped
5) Sluice Pipe - a wooden chest that once held costumes that is now full of glittering compost where the catnip opiate is grown
6) Snake Den - an scary old freezer 
7) Temple Meowse Synagogue - the galley of the barge where the cats observe
8) Dump Gardens - a hi-rise of posh box-condos

Find Lucian on twitter @theogony

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

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 24, 2019

"I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
— Winston S. Churchill

The kingdom of cats rules their floating island of luxury with the iron claws of fashion.

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

The characters for this game:

Rabbi Rainbow (Lucian Khan) - The Perspective

The Honorable Judge Butter Cup (John Holt) - The Power

Narcissa the Lean (D Gailey) - The Touchstone

Chester McStuffin  (Ken Breese) - The Touchstone

The Kingdom:

Meowtropolis a floating city of bounty (a garbage scow on the Hudson). Felines rules this land, they compete for social status and the trapping that brings. 

Locations:
1) The Mane Drag - a ruined head of a carousel horse, bar/club
2) Crystal World - a crystal lake of fresh water leaking from a pipe over a bed of glass fragments
3) Catwalk - the rusted remains of a railing where the talent show is staged
4) Skybox - the posh restaurant at the top of the garbage heap, where food it dropped
5) Sluice Pipe - a wooden chest that once held costumes that is now full of glittering compost where the catnip opiate is grown
6) Snake Den - an scary old freezer 
7) Temple Meowse Synagogue - the galley of the barge where the cats observe
8) Dump Gardens - a hi-rise of posh box-condos

Find Lucian on twitter @theogony

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

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 17, 2019

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

The island is blissfully unaware of the approaching darkness. The protectors can feel their dark selves looming.

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

The characters for this game:

Pulla (Ken Breese) - The Explorer

Pit / The Discarded (Tim Rodriguez) - The Jester

Shifting Light / The Dancer (John Holt) - The XX

The Isolation:

Turtle Island: A tranquil place of natural balance that is the focus of the growing dark hunger.

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging

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 10, 2019

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

The island is blissfully unaware of the approaching darkness. The protectors can feel their dark selves looming.

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

The characters for this game:

Pulla (Ken Breese) - The Explorer

Pit / The Discarded (Tim Rodriguez) - The Jester

Shifting Light / The Dancer (John Holt) - The XX

The Isolation:

Turtle Island: A tranquil place of natural balance that is the focus of the growing dark hunger.

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging

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 3, 2019

“I became Iggy because I had a sadistic boss at a record store. I'd been in a band called the Iguanas. And when this boss wanted to embarrass and demean me, he'd say, 'Iggy, get me a coffee, light.'" - Iggy Pop

 

The record store is in trouble, the boss is keeping it afloat cause music is still his passion, but today will make all the difference.

To learn more about how Damn the Man Save the Music is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Aaron (Christopher McFarland) - The Aspiring Poet.

 

Afrodieter (Ken Breese) - The Flirt.

 

Dusty (Patrick Cartelli) - The Space Case.

 

The Setup:

The Boss: Steven Brick, a shady flaky hard ass with a soft spot for starving artists and strays.

The Bigshot: Kitchen Head (originally Mitchell Herd), once a member of The Heads, is trying to launch his solo career.

Find Patrick on twitter @patcartelli and check out his podcast Repeater

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 26, 2019

“The record store was a place of escape. It was a library and a clubhouse” - Cameron Crowe

The record store is in trouble, the boss is keeping it afloat cause music is still his passion, but today will make all the difference.

 

To learn more about how Damn the Man Save the Music is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Aaron (Christopher McFarland) - The Aspiring Poet.

Afrodieter (Ken Breese) - The Flirt.

Dusty (Patrick Cartelli) - The Space Case.

The Setup:

The Boss: Steven Brick, a shady flaky hard ass with a soft spot for starving artists and strays.

The Bigshot: Kitchen Head (originally Mitchell Herd), once a member of The Heads, is trying to launch his solo career.

Find Patrick on twitter @patcartelli and check out his podcast Repeater

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 26, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Damn the Man Save the Music by Hannah Shaffer (on twitter @handbandit). The game is published by Make Big Things.

Recommended number of players: 4-5, Play time from 3 hours

To play you'll need:
Rulebook
4 white 6-sided dice
4 black 6-sided dice
Standard playing card deck w/ Jokers removed
Character Sheets
Index Cards
Writing Utensils

Damn the Man Save the Music is a GM'd game that has you playing employees at a failing record store in the '90s.

We recommend picking the physical copy at your friendly local game store or from Make Big Things.

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!

Jun 19, 2019

"What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine." — Friedrich Nietzsche

The child of maths and magic summons a creature from beyond to catch a cat.

 

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

The Lead:

A Demon, generous and helpful (Lucas Sandford-Long)

 

The Follow:

Betram Crowley III, a bright and diligent student of magic (Sharang Biswas)

 

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 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!

 

Jun 12, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Star Crossed by Alex Roberts (find her on twitter @muscularpikachu). The game is published by the great team over at Bully Pulpit Games

Recommended number of players: 2, Play time around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

To play you'll need:
Rulebook,
Scene Cards,
Tumbling Block Tower,
Character Sheets,
Writing Utensils.

Star Crossed is a GM-less game for two people who play as characters on either side of a conflict that keeps them apart, though they are attracted to one another.

We recommend picking the physical copy at your friendly local game store or from Bully Pulpit 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!

Jun 12, 2019

"If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels."
— Tennessee Williams

The child of maths and magic summons a creature from beyond to catch a cat.

 

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


The Lead:

A Demon, generous and helpful (Lucas Sandford-Long)

 

The Follow:

Betram Crowley III, a bright and diligent student of magic (Sharang Biswas)

 

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 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!

Jun 12, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of For The Queen by Alex Roberts (find her on twitter @muscularpikachu). The game is published by Evil Hat Games

Recommended number of players: 2-6, Play time from 45 minutes to 2 hours

To play you'll need:
Story Card Deck.

For the Queen is a GM-less game with minimal setup that is a great entry into collaborative story telling and worldbuilding.

We recommend picking the physical copy at your friendly local game store or from Evil Hat 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!

Jun 5, 2019

"Do not be afraid; our fate
Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift." 
— Dante Alighieri

The three join to spin, measure and cut a handful of lives that span time and worlds.

 

The Fool's Journey is designed by Cheyenne Wall-Grimes and published by Glittercats Fine Amusements. Check out our rules primer here.

The Framing:

We're assuming the roles of the three fates, Atropos, Lachesis, and Clothos and using the following script for our framing.

One Player: We are the three, sometimes called women, sometimes goddesses, sometimes one who is three, sometimes three who are one. Those who have loved us call us the Graces, those who fear us the Furies. They have called us the Parcae, Matronae, the Norns, the Moirai, the Fates.

1st: The first of us, youngest and oldest, is Clotho - the spinner, who creates the thread from the raw stuffs

 

2nd: The second of us, the eternal and ever-changing, is Lachesis - the allotter, who measures the thread and tests its strength

 

3rd: The last of us all, the oldest and the youngest, is Atropos - the unturnable, who cuts the thread and marks the end.

 

1st: Sisters, we have come to the table to tell a life

Hand each player a suit of cards and place the Major Arcana Aside

2nd: Sisters, we begin as all lives begin, a fool at the start and a death at the end

Place the Death Card to the right and the fool card to the left, shuffle the rest of the arcana

3rd: Sisters, we will take measure of this life and test its integrity

PHASE ONE

1st: Sisters, we can stir the pool before the child emerges. I choose to...


2nd: Sisters, we can adjust the slope of the path before the child steps. I choose to…


3rd: Sisters, we can darken the sky before the child opens their eyes. I choose to…

PHASE TWO.

UNISON: This life is spun, measured, and cut.

The Tarot:

We're using the Aquarian Tarot from David Palladini

Find Joe DeSimone on twitter @iheartfargo 

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 29, 2019

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." 
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The three join to spin, measure and cut a handful of lives that span time and worlds.

The Fool's Journey is designed by Cheyenne Wall-Grimes and published by Glittercats Fine Amusements. Check out our rules primer here.

The Framing:

We're assuming the roles of the three fates, Atropos, Lachesis, and Clothos and using the following script for our framing.

One Player: We are the three, sometimes called women, sometimes goddesses, sometimes one who is three, sometimes three who are one. Those who have loved us call us the Graces, those who fear us the Furies. They have called us the Parcae, Matronae, the Norns, the Moirai, the Fates.

1st: The first of us, youngest and oldest, is Clotho - the spinner, who creates the thread from the raw stuffs

 

2nd: The second of us, the eternal and ever-changing, is Lachesis - the allotter, who measures the thread and tests its strength

 

3rd: The last of us all, the oldest and the youngest, is Atropos - the unturnable, who cuts the thread and marks the end.

 

1st: Sisters, we have come to the table to tell a life

Hand each player a suit of cards and place the Major Arcana Aside

2nd: Sisters, we begin as all lives begin, a fool at the start and a death at the end

Place the Death Card to the right and the fool card to the left, shuffle the rest of the arcana

3rd: Sisters, we will take measure of this life and test its integrity

PHASE ONE

1st: Sisters, we can stir the pool before the child emerges. I choose to...


2nd: Sisters, we can adjust the slope of the path before the child steps. I choose to…


3rd: Sisters, we can darken the sky before the child opens their eyes. I choose to…

PHASE TWO.

UNISON: This life is spun, measured, and cut.

The Tarot:

We're using the Aquarian Tarot from David Palladini

Find Joe DeSimone on twitter @iheartfargo 

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 29, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of The Fool's Journey by Cheyenne Grimes (find them on twitter @cheyennergrimes). Purchase a copy here. Find more about their design company Glitter Cats Fine Amusements on twitter @PlayGlittercats and online here.

Recommended number of players: 2-4 players, Play time around 30 minutes.

To play you'll need:
Rulebook,
Tarot Cards (any standard deck will do- the art can inspire the tales so you can play with different flavor using different decks),
A pool of six-sided dice.

The Fool's Journey is a GM-less game of lightly competitive bidding to control a timeline, followed by a round of storytelling, much like a campfire tale telling session.

We recommend picking the PDF or Physical copy from Indy Press Revolution.

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!

May 22, 2019

"When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?" 
— Shel Silverstein (A Light in the Attic)

 

The streets and canals of Amsterdam run red, and it isn't a trick of the light.

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

The Setting:

Modern-Day Amsterdam, a red light district street abutting a Canal.

The Killer:

Slugs from outer space.

The Characters:

Lars the laughing conspiracy theorist.

Geoff the MBA student.

Becka the sorority president.

Maud the miraculous mail-carrier.

Bunz the Carefree Riverboat Captain.

Isabel the social worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Lisa the sarcastic comedian.

Brad Jorgenson the arrogant architect.

Olsen the hairy canal dweller.

Bran the impotent bag man.

Horace the plucky street cat.

Danielle the high powered attorney.

Kirsten the girl who loves doing mushrooms.

Steve the shy effeminate tennis player.

Uve the German astrophysicist. 

THE FINAL GIRL:

Yanel the innocent escort.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find Chris on twitter @manapot_studios 

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 15, 2019

"The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of."
— Bram Stoker (Dracula)

The streets and canals of Amsterdam run red, and it isn't a trick of the light.

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

The Setting:

Modern-Day Amsterdam, a red light district street abutting a Canal.

The Killer:

Slugs from outer space.

The Characters:

Lars the laughing conspiracy theorist.

Geoff the MBA student.

Becka the sorority president.

Maud the miraculous mail-carrier.

Bunz the Carefree Riverboat Captain.

Isabel the social worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Lisa the sarcastic comedian.

Brad Jorgenson the arrogant architect.

Olsen the hairy canal dweller.

Yanel the innocent escort.

Bran the impotent bag man.

Horace the plucky street cat.

Danielle the high powered attorney.

Kirsten the girl who loves doing mushrooms.

Steve the shy effeminate tennis player.

Uve the German astrophysicist.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find Chris on twitter @manapot_studios

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 8, 2019

“There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria, or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man, who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens." - Battlestar Galactica 1978

A handful of colony ships fly from a despoiled Earth seeking a new home. Other colony ships fled the dying homeworld, but as far as these ships know they are all that is left.

Last Fleet is a game by Black Armada games. In the current state it is Powered By The Apocalypse. As of our recording it is in playtesting. Josh Fox provided us a copy to run through. Please check out Black Armada for more of their well-designed games.

The Characters:

• Tank - Scorpio (Ken Breese) - An engineer on the ship, in charge of prepping the defense mechs.

 

• Jake Oxnard - Aquarius (Richard Ruane) - Officer and Advocate in charge of fleet personnel related incidents and investigations.

 

Find Richard on twitter @Arr_Roo find out more about the convention he works on Gauntlet Con. He contributes to the Gauntlet's Codex magazine learn more one twitter @GauntletRPG

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 1, 2019

“Living creatures, if nothing else, have the right to life. It is their only truly precious possession, and the stealing of life is a wicked theft”
― Jack Vance, Mazirian the Magician

A handful of colony ships fly from a despoiled Earth seeking a new home. Other colony ships fled the dying homeworld, but as far as these ships know they are all that is left.

Last Fleet is a game by Black Armada games. In the current state it is Powered By The Apocalypse. As of our recording it is in playtesting. Josh Fox provided us a copy to run through. Please check out Black Armada for more of their well-designed games.

The Characters:

• Tank - Scorpio (Ken Breese) - An engineer on the ship, in charge of prepping the defense mechs.

• Jake Oxnard - Aquarius (Richard Ruane) - Officer and Advocate in charge of fleet personnel related incidents and investigations.

Find Richard on twitter @Arr_Roo find out more about the convention he works on Gauntlet Con. He contributes to the Gauntlet's Codex magazine learn more one twitter @GauntletRPG

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!

 

Apr 24, 2019

“Helena: Will they be happier when they can feel pain?
Dr. Gall: On the contrary. But they will be technically more perfect.”
― Karel Čapek, R.U.R.

Three high school kids, in a suburban wasteland at the foot of a mountain range, try to keep things together in the early-nineties.

 

To learn more about how Things from the Flood is played check out our primer episode.

To get a sense of where these characters started take a listen to our Tales from the Loop story:

 

The World: Pittsfield and the Lenox Loop.

 

Pittsfield, MA - in the Berkshire mountains on the border of NY and Western MA. In the 1940’s GE, MIT and a Federal Research Facility carved a particle accelerator into the deep rock beneath the mountain range just south in Lenox, MA. They also carved cooling towers from the rock itself. The loop passes just under Pittsfield proper. The center of the city the large GE plant has long since been abandoned and retrofitted into housing for refugees from the lowlands.

To the south, a mile or two down South St, HWY 20 is the turn off to Bousquet Mountain, a ski area. A bit further south are the cooling towers and the subsurface labs.

In ‘89 two things happened- the wall fell, ending the cold war, and the flood came. The Loop and its labs are suspected as causing the flooding, which spread out from the hills and turned the middle of New England into a massive tidal floodplain. Under severe scrutiny over its part in the flood GE and facing massive fines, declared bankruptcy.

Normally the death of the industry would kill a town like Pittsfield, but all the displaced people from Boston and the farmlands moved en-masse into the Berkshires, or neighboring upstate New York. Service industry sprung up along with real estate and other infrastructure works, the once sleepy, lightly industrial nearly rural Pittsfield, has become a bustling suburb to Lenox to the south.

Lenox itself has become a large city, though the cooling towers and structures of the now flooded and abandoned labs are given wide berth. The once spread out development south of Pittsfield center is now a dense suburban development. The ski lodge has been converted to Condos and year-round living.

The other big event to note, in 90/91 rifts began to open in the swamps to the East. Emerging from these rifts came the Beasts- large dark shapes in crystalline armor. The government scrambled and with the help of a quintet of mysterious giant robots, were able to repel the waves and waves of creatures. This threat has become a part of life after the Flood.

The Teens:

Ollie Barker - Lone Wolf (Dan McCoy) withdrawn and serious, sets themselves outside.

 

Chad Dawson - Party Animal (Stuart Wellington) drinking and partying his way through high school, assuming he every gets out.

 

Rush McKenzie - Hacker (Ken Breese) from exploring the outdoors to now exploring the wilderness of the early internet, he's put on weight and lost himself in conspiracy theory.

 

Find Dan McCoy on twitter @dankmccoy

Find Stuart Wellington on twitter @flophousecat

Find Stuart and Dan's podcast The Flophouse on the flophousepodcast.com and on the MaxFun network. You can also follow the podcast on twitter @theflophousepod. The Flophouse has a number of live shows coming up this Summer and Fall so be sure to check them out if they're in your area!

Find Stuart's podcast Till Def Do Us Parrdy on soundcloud and through itunes. You can also follow the show on twitter @tilldef

If you're in NYC make sure to get over to The Hinterlands, Stuart's bar in Kensington, Brooklyn and their new bar in Sunset Park, Brooklyn- Minnie's

If you want to play some games we host a regular game night on Tuesdays at the Hinterlands.

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!

Apr 17, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting an a rules summary of  Things from the Flood by Modiphius Entertainment. modiphius.net

Note that Things from the Flood is a stand-alone game but also a sequel to Tales from the Loop - the mechanics are the same so check out our Tales from the Loop primer for a more granular look at game mechanics.

Recommended number of players: GM and 2-4 players, Play time 2-4 hours on average.

Things from the Flood is a GM'd game that encourages the players collaborate with the Game Master to tell the story.

We recommend picking the PDF and or Physical copy from publisher. The character types can be printed and you only need a handful of 6-sided dice to roll against trouble.

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!

Apr 17, 2019

"We Boys and Men need to know how to Love. Though It may sometimes hurt, we need to persevere and party it out."
— JUVENALIUS

Three high school kids, in a suburban wasteland at the foot of a mountain range, try to keep things together in the early-nineties.

To learn more about how Things from the Flood is played check out our primer episode.

To get a sense of where these characters started take a listen to our Tales from the Loop story.

The World: Pittsfield and the Lenox Loop.

 

Pittsfield, MA - in the Berkshire mountains on the border of NY and Western MA. In the 1940’s GE, MIT and a Federal Research Facility carved a particle accelerator into the deep rock beneath the mountain range just south in Lenox, MA. They also carved cooling towers from the rock itself. The loop passes just under Pittsfield proper. The center of the city the large GE plant has long since been abandoned and retrofitted into housing for refugees from the lowlands.

To the south, a mile or two down South St, HWY 20 is the turn off to Bousquet Mountain, a ski area. A bit further south are the cooling towers and the subsurface labs.

In ‘89 two things happened- the wall fell, ending the cold war, and the flood came. The Loop and its labs are suspected as causing the flooding, which spread out from the hills and turned the middle of New England into a massive tidal floodplain. Under severe scrutiny over its part in the flood GE and facing massive fines, declared bankruptcy.

Normally the death of the industry would kill a town like Pittsfield, but all the displaced people from Boston and the farmlands moved en-masse into the Berkshires, or neighboring upstate New York. Service industry sprung up along with real estate and other infrastructure works, the once sleepy, lightly industrial nearly rural Pittsfield, has become a bustling suburb to Lenox to the south.

Lenox itself has become a large city, though the cooling towers and structures of the now flooded and abandoned labs are given wide berth. The once spread out development south of Pittsfield center is now a dense suburban development. The ski lodge has been converted to Condos and year-round living.

The other big event to note, in 90/91 rifts began to open in the swamps to the East. Emerging from these rifts came the Beasts- large dark shapes in crystalline armor. The government scrambled and with the help of a quintet of mysterious giant robots, were able to repel the waves and waves of creatures. This threat has become a part of life after the Flood.

The Teens:

Ollie Barker - Lone Wolf (Dan McCoy) withdrawn and serious, sets themselves outside.

 

Chad Dawson - Party Animal (Stuart Wellington) drinking and partying his way through high school, assuming he every gets out.

 

Rush McKenzie - Hacker (Ken Breese) from exploring the outdoors to now exploring the wilderness of the early internet, he's put on weight and lost himself in conspiracy theory.

 

Find Dan McCoy on twitter @dankmccoy

Find Stuart Wellington on twitter @flophousecat

Find Stuart and Dan's podcast The Flophouse on the flophousepodcast.com and on the MaxFun network. You can also follow the podcast on twitter @theflophousepod. The Flophouse has a number of live shows coming up this Summer and Fall so be sure to check them out if they're in your area!

Find Stuart's podcast Till Def Do Us Parrdy on soundcloud and through itunes. You can also follow the show on twitter @tilldef

If you're in NYC make sure to get over to The Hinterlands, Stuart's bar in Kensington, Brooklyn and their new bar in Sunset Park, Brooklyn- Minnie's

If you want to play some games we host a regular game night on Tuesdays at the Hinterlands.

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!

Apr 10, 2019

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” 
 J.M.Barrie

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 West the Village. A stone alter and a configuration of stones rests near the edge of the pond closest to the village.
On the South side of the pond where the sea threatens to enter the pool, is a cannonball sunk in the silt. On Eastern bank a massive albino crocodile makes its home. Along the shore large poles are sunk into the sand and mud. They are topped with winding sheets that snap in the ocean winds.

The Characters:

Rurik (Amanda McLoughlin) - An aspect of moonlight, she wears flowers in her hair and ages with the phases of the moon, yo-yoing between a child and crone.

 

Marichka (Julia Schifini) - An aspect of tides, she has flowing seaweed for hair and jagged shark teeth.

 

Semyon (John Holt) - An aspect of sorrow, she is a paper thin spirit with tattered flaking edges.

 

Bohdana (Ken Breese) - An aspect of ghosts, her face is masked and her dress flows behind and seems to have no end.

 

Find Amanda on twitter @shessomickey and on her website amandamcloughlin.com.

Amanda is also a member of the RPG podcast series Join The Party, learn more on their site jointhepartypod.com and follow them on twitter @jointhepartypod

Find Julia on twitter @juliaschifini and on her website juliaschifini.com she is currently a cast member on the Tides audio series, listen here tidespodcast.com

Amanda and Julia are founding members of the Multitude production collective. Find out more about Multitude's at their site multitude.productions and on twitter @MultitudeShows.

They are also hosts of the mythology, folklore, and urban legend podcast, Spirits. Learn more on their site spiritspodcast.com and on twitter @SpiritsPodcast.

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!

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