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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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Feb 20, 2019

“To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.” 
― Neal Stephenson

In a super-dense metropolis the dutiful locksmith opens a door that should remain closed.

Lovecraftesque is available at Black Armada games, online game retailers and your friendly local game store. Learn more at our primer.

The Setup:

•heroic horror

•Near Future Urban Environment

•Main location: A "Walled City" called Warren Station

•Additional Locations: an Abandoned Blood Bank/Clinic, "Wherehouse" a Mega-Club, and "Street Level" a series of subterranean nutrient farms.

•The Witness: Beat Theremin - A locksmith, they are assigned to maintaining Warren Station. They have deep family obligations and a large extended family all housed in the Warren. After some youthful indiscretion Beat has become very by-the-book in their work. 

The Clues:

•A spiked high heel that is dissolving in a green slime

•An antique door knob and lock in the shape of a fish head.

•A pipe grate that has been 'graffitied' to look like a fish's maw

•A giant pile of orange spoor or eggs

 

Find James Mendez Hodes on twitter @LulaVampiro, and check out his website jamesmendezhodes.com and on mastodon @lula. Find his recently successful Kickstarter for Thousand Arrows 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!

Feb 13, 2019

"My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that." 
— Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

A retinue from the rose kingdom travel to seek an alliance and peace.

For the Queen is expected to release in 2019. Keep an eye out at Evil Hat Games to get your copy. We'll put up a primer episode when the game is publicly available.

The Queen: 

Kindness and love.

The Interview:

We were honored to have Alex Roberts, designer of For the Queen, continue our conversation about design and play.  We've compiled links to subjects that were mentioned if you want to take a deeper dive:

Find Alex on her website at helloalexroberts.com and on twitter @muscularpikachu

Her amazing podcast, Backstory , is on the One Shot network

For the Queen - the landing page for the upcoming release of For The Queen, Alex's latest design published by Evil Hat Games.

Star Crossed - Alex's successfully kickstarted game that mailed to backers in Feb 2019 and is published with Bully Pulpit Games. Look for it at your local retailers and online soon!

Designers mentioned: Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games, Emily Care Boss, Vincent Baker

Games mentioned: LARPs from the Factory, Dialect, Misspent Youth, Burning Wheel, Fiasco, Dread, My Life With Master, Kagematsu, Shock: Social Science Fiction, We Are Here To See The Evil Wizard Kormakur, Last Item on the Agenda, Let's Be Dinosaurs, Nordic LARP

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

Check out her latest performance running mid-February 2019 at the Kraine Theatre in NYC Feb 11th, 12th and 14th:


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 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!

Feb 6, 2019

"For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought." 
— Edmund Spenser (The Faerie Queene)

A retinue from the storm kingdom travels to seek an alliance, or to demand surrender.

For the Queen is expected to release in 2019. Keep an eye out at Evil Hat Games to get your copy. We'll put up a primer episode when the game is publicly available.

The Queen: 

Unknowable and eternal.

The Interview:

We were honored to have Alex Roberts, designer of For the Queen, sit with us for a conversation about design and play.  We've compiled links to subjects that were mentioned if you want to take a deeper dive:

Find Alex on her website at helloalexroberts.com and on twitter @muscularpikachu

Her amazing podcast, Backstory , is on the One Shot network

For the Queen - the landing page for the upcoming release of For The Queen, Alex's latest design published by Evil Hat Games.

Star Crossed - Alex's successfully kickstarted game that mailed to backers in Feb 2019 and is published with Bully Pulpit Games. Look for it at your local retailers and online soon!

Designers mentioned: Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games, Emily Care Boss, Vincent Baker

Games mentioned: LARPs from the Factory, Dialect, Misspent Youth, Burning Wheel, Fiasco, Dread, My Life With Master, Kagematsu, Shock: Social Science Fiction, We Are Here To See The Evil Wizard Kormakur, Last Item on the Agenda, Let's Be Dinosaurs, Nordic LARP


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

Check out her latest performance running mid-February 2019 at the Kraine Theatre in NYC Feb 11th, 12th and 14th

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 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!

Jan 30, 2019


"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, 
in secret, between the shadow and the soul." 
— Pablo Neruda

The gods of darkness and the earth wish to maintain control on creation, but the host of light stand in their way. 

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 Gods

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:

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Stratocaster (god of math and music) - A cloud of equations and musical notes.

Minor Character: Wool Warsh (the Demigod, ferry-man of Death)

(Christopher McFarland)
Main Character: Morgus (the god of Excess & Surplus) - A massive hungry god.

Minor Character: Yuri (a mortal granted immortality by touching the godhead)

(John Holt)
Main Character: The Veil (the god of shadows) - A veiled god, the bringer of death.

Minor Character: Dulcet (the demi-god huntress)

(Zach Norton)
Main Character: Synapse (the god of connections) - A god of humming energy.

Minor Character: Yardik (the spawn brother of Morgus)

The Challenges:

(1) Close the gate to the light - a 12 year task
(2) Destroy a line of hero kings - a 7 generation task
(3) Forge a new land for our chosen - a brief task

Find Zach Norton on twitter @Zmichaelnorton

Find Christopher McFarland on stage and in 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!

Jan 23, 2019

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." 
— Francis of Assisi (The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi)

The gods of darkness and the earth wish to maintain control on creation, but the host of light stand in their way. 

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 Gods

A pantheon of gods has survived the last destruction of their world and now seek to gain support from the mortals they rule over.

The challenges: The mortals resent us and monsters destroy our creation, we destroy them but still they rise.

The Characters:

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Stratocaster (god of math and music) - A cloud of equations and musical notes.

Minor Character: Wool Warsh (the Demigod, ferry-man of Death)

(Christopher McFarland)
Main Character: Morgus (the god of Excess & Surplus) - A massive hungry god.

Minor Character: Yuri (a mortal granted immortality by touching the godhead)

(John Holt)
Main Character: The Veil (the god of shadows) - A veiled god, the bringer of death.

Minor Character: Dulcet (the demi-god huntress)

(Zach Norton)
Main Character: Synapse (the god of connections) - A god of humming energy.

Minor Character: Yardik (the spawn brother of Morgus)

Find Zach Norton on twitter @Zmichaelnorton

Find Christopher McFarland on stage and in 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!

Jan 16, 2019

“Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef.”
― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia


The beast lopes across the face of a barren world. An entire civilization festers beneath its skin.

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

The Haven: 

The Glorge is a gargantuan creature of flesh that lumbers blindly, on multiple limbs, across the face of the world. In the dripping moist layer, between the thick folds of its skin and its oily pulsing muscle and flesh, an entire society has formed.

The Traditions:

Birth: Everyone in the haven can carry offspring and become pregnant. It is a little strange to not be pregnant. The spheres in their bodies of developing children are mirrored in the symbol of the cornucopia spilling grapes and fruits that is ever present in the iconography of the culture.

Communication: The common greeting is to make out with the person you're greeting. In this ritual you also exchange a metallic lozenge with a name etched on it. These are referred to as candies.

Justice: Secrets are the currency of the society. An entire 'secret' police force and the encouragement of gossip makes information a commodity and a liability. This behavior is encouraged by the allocation of sweet vat-grown tongue meat.

Death: A death that explores the heights of delicious pain and pleasure is a good death. There is an oil derived from growths plucked deep from the Glorge that offers altered and heightened perception and is used exclusively for death seeking.

Entertainment: The coming-of-age ceremony begins when the brood of children reaches the age of consent and partakes in a race into the depths of the Glorge to retrieve the largest cysts. The victor is named Master of Flesh and the others who survive the ordeal are granted a name etched metal 'candy' lozenge.

Relationships: It is forbidden to make emotional connections to others. People play games where they toy with others to make them have an emotional attachment. The only way to ceremonially purge this is to grow a vestigial heart and present it to the object of affection.

The Characters:

The Hero: Sheer, a Feel Agent for the secret police, has heightened senses in their tongue. They are a bit different in the society in that they have empathy that draws them towards reciprocation instead of playing games with other people's emotions.

The Fallen:  Master of Tongues, the leader of the secret police, seeks to maintain their control on the society.

The Pillar: Bloom, a peer from the same trial as the hero, works in the processing of the psychotropic Oil Macabre.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

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!

Jan 9, 2019

“People who live in society have learnt how to see themselves, in mirrors, as they appear to their friends. I have no friends: is that why my flesh is so naked?” 
― Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

The beast lopes across the face of a barren world. An entire civilization festers beneath its skin.

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

The Haven: 

The Glorge is a gargantuan creature of flesh that lumbers blindly, on multiple limbs, across the face of the world. In the dripping moist layer, between the thick folds of its skin and its oily pulsing muscle and flesh, an entire society has formed.

The Traditions:

Birth: Everyone in the haven can carry offspring and become pregnant. It is a little strange to not be pregnant. The spheres in their bodies of developing children are mirrored in the symbol of the cornucopia spilling grapes and fruits that is ever present in the iconography of the culture.

Communication: The common greeting is to make out with the person you're greeting. In this ritual you also exchange a metallic lozenge with a name etched on it. These are referred to as candies.

Justice: Secrets are the currency of the society. An entire 'secret' police force and the encouragement of gossip makes information a commodity and a liability. This behavior is encouraged by the allocation of sweet vat-grown tongue meat.

Death: A death that explores the heights of delicious pain and pleasure is a good death. There is an oil derived from growths plucked deep from the Glorge that offers altered and heightened perception and is used exclusively for death seeking.

Entertainment: The coming-of-age ceremony begins when the brood of children reaches the age of consent and partakes in a race into the depths of the Glorge to retrieve the largest cysts. The victor is named Master of Flesh and the others who survive the ordeal are granted a name etched metal 'candy' lozenge.

Relationships: It is forbidden to make emotional connections to others. People play games where they toy with others to make them have an emotional attachment. The only way to ceremonially purge this is to grow a vestigial heart and present it to the object of affection.

The Characters:

The Hero: Sheer, a Feel Agent for the secret police, has heightened senses in their tongue. They are a bit different in the society in that they have empathy that draws them towards reciprocation instead of playing games with other people's emotions.

The Fallen:  Master of Tongues, the leader of the secret police, seeks to maintain their control on the society.

The Pillar: Bloom, a peer from the same trial as the hero, works in the processing of the psychotropic Oil Macabre.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

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!

Jan 2, 2019

“All science is merely a means to an end. The means is knowledge. The end is control.” 
― Milton William Cooper

Someone is controlling people and making them kill. The FBI has sent the duo that handles these odd cases..

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

The Protagonists for this game:

FBI Agent Thersea Mills - The Believer

FBI Agent Alisha Sunderwala - The Rational

Paul Kather - The Student Filmmaker

Randy - The Cherished Eccentric 

Huck Diamond - The Local Sheriff

Ken Zhang - The Best Friend
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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!

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