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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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Now displaying: April, 2019
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!

Apr 3, 2019

"How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly he spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!" 
— Lewis Carroll

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

During the setup Julia recommended the book Deathless by Catherynne M Valente. It is a telling of the Koschei the Deathless tale. 
https://www.amazon.com/Deathless-Catherynne-M-Valente/dp/0765326302

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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