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Dec 6, 2018

“The planet’s famous red colour is from iron oxide coating everything. So it’s not just a desert. It’s a desert so old it’s literally rusting.” 
― Andy Weir, The Martian

A colony on Mars resembles more of a human landfill than a viable foothold on the planet.

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

The characters for this game:

Em "Momo" (Eric Mersmann) - The scavenger who braves the wastes for new supplies.

Two "Deuces" (Jeff Dietlere) - The second child of the Mars Eternity colony, maintainer of the life-sustaining tech.

Madam Gisela "Shaman" (Ken Breese) - The naturalist healer that passes for a doctor on this rock.

Bizz Alden "Capatain" (John Holt) - The aged pilot of this doomed expedition.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Outpost - a Martian colony 5 years since landed on the planet and out of communication with earth.

Main Location: Eternity - a termite hill of natural caves supplemented with scavenged hip tech and low-quality colony support equipment.

Aspects (2nd Age):
Perpetual Storms
We are Expendable
There might be Something out there We're at the mercy of the "Upstaters"

Aspects (3rd Age):
Perpetual Storms
We are Expendable We are being hunted
We're at the mercy of the "Upstaters"

The Language:
Sump - the act of working.
Dispo - the waste recycling unit we all depend on.
Posit - A marker of time, roughly twelve hours, based on when the machine needs waste inputs.
Upstate - Dying, specifically the act of walking out into the wastes to die - now used hyperbolically.
Aftaxu - The name adopted by the Upstaters.
Tight
 - A ritual when the upstaters/Aftaxu come to demand tribute, in the form of food, festivities and drugs.
Blue Skies - A bright and positive future.
Red Sand - Inevitable doom/Rebellion.
Shareholders - Traitors who's interests align with the corporate colonists.

Find Eric Mersman @presenteric

Find Jeff Dietlere @excitingjeff

Time is up to back their successful LARP in Zine form - My Jam  but keep an eye on their twitter for where you can get the .pdf version!

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!

 

Nov 29, 2018

“We came back [from Mars]," Pris said, "because nobody should have to live there. It wasn't conceived for habitation, at least not within the last billion years. It's so old. You feel it in the stones, the terrible old age.

A colony on Mars resembles more of a human landfill than a viable foothold on the planet.

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

The characters for this game:

Em "Momo" (Eric Mersmann) - The scavenger who braves the wastes for new supplies.

Two "Deuces" (Jeff Dietlere) - The second child of the Mars Eternity colony, maintainer of the life-sustaining tech.

Madam Gisela "Shaman" (Ken Breese) - The naturalist healer that passes for a doctor on this rock.

Bizz Alden "Capatain" (John Holt) - The aged pilot of this doomed expedition.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Outpost - a Martian colony 5 years since landed on the planet and out of communication with earth.

Main Location: Eternity - a termite hill of natural caves supplemented with scavenged hip tech and low-quality colony support equipment.

Aspects (1st Age):
Perpetual Storms
We are Expendable
There might be Something out there

The Language:
Sump - the act of working.
Dispo - the waste recycling unit we all depend on.
Posit - A marker of time, roughly twelve hours, based on when the machine needs waste inputs.
Upstate - Dying, specifically the act of walking out into the wastes to die.

Find Eric Mersman @presenteric

Find Jeff Dietlere @excitingjeff

Time is running out to check out their kickstarter for a LARP in Zine form - My Jam

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 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

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!

 

May 9, 2018

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

The platform of a space elevator houses the electronic brains that control the drones on the planet below. They are tasked with cleaning up the Earth for the eventual return of the humans.

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

The characters for this game:

HLN 3618N2-4 "Helen" (Iris Explosion) - The very proper administrator.

PCO-800 "Seev" (Patrick Cartelli) - The supply and aquisitions unit.

Atmospheric Oversight 35,73.11.B "Atmos" (Kelsey Hercs) - The air cleaning unit with a strong sense of purpose.

LSM-748 "Fleshwise" (Ken Breese) - Genetics and organics unit in charge of repopulating the fauna.

B33DL3 (John Holt) - The excavation and reclamation of subsurface ecology.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Earth has been left uninhabitable and the humans left, leaving a team of robots to rejuvenate the planet and await the return of the humans.

Main Location: Laika Station, a platform at the top of a Space Elevator. It is rooted in continental Asia.

Aspects:
Doubt: WILL they/SHOULD they come back? (the humans)
Task: Reverse Catastrophic Climate Change
Creation: Art from (attempted?) Reproduction

The Language:
Completion - The return of the humans
Post-Completion - A time after the humans return
Plete - An expletive, a blaspheme against the sacred eventual end
PreZero - A theoretical time before the task began
Standby - A term used to buy time while gathering thoughts before speaking, before continuing to speak
Rubrik - The guiding principles of our combined programming (Over-Prime)
Over-Prime - The combined goal of the tasks we are programmed to complete
Prime - The task we are programmed to perform
Variable Prime - An alternative task, The theory that a root task can shift based on interpretation of programming
"THE PRIME IS OURS" - An declaration of ownership over ones self and identification as one of the group
Indo - A vice where in you deliberately neglect maintenance so that repair requires extra effort. 
Sleep
- A state of profound sadness, either born out of inactivity or leading to lethargy and inactivity
EOM - An honorific, denoting that you have performed the most efficiently over the last Lunar cycle
ATMOSEOM - A term for those that lord their efficiency over their peers
Motaxu - The offspring of the drones and minds, constructed from organic and inorganic parts, sentient and outside the hive mind
Mollies - A derogatory & dismissive term for the Motaxu
Molly Maker - An insulting term for a member of the hive mind who creates and encourages the Motaxu
Augmentation - Ritualistic offerings to the hive mind by the Motaxu
The Disconnected - Anything outside the focus of the Rubrik, impossible to control or interface with, the unknown
The Variable - A thing from outside Earth, not covered under programming or instruction, a complication
VEOM - A religion of the Motaxu based on worship of the Variable
Elysium - A satellite of decrepit hive minds

Go check out Kelsey's play "Can't You Tell"  encore showing on July 7th, 2018. We'll update our social media when we have a specific link and you can follow her directly for updates!

Find Kelsey on twitter @zforzelma & instagram @zforzelman and her website kelseyhercs.com

Find Iris Explosion on twitter @IrisExplosion & instagram @1risexplosion and her website irisexplosion.com

Iris will be with d20 Burlesque at GenCon 2018 this year!

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!

May 2, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Dialect by Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu. Purchase a copy here at Thorny Games.

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

To play you'll need:
Index Cards (20-30),
Writing Utensils,
The Language Deck (Printable from the PDF or available for purchase from the publisher),
A Surface to play on.

Dialect is a GMless game where your will play an isolated community. You will grow a language based on your commonalities and that language will shift and eventually die along with the collapse of your isolated group.

We recommend picking the PDF and or Physical copy from the publisher.

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 2, 2018

"Maria: HEAD and HANDS need a mediator. THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART!
Worker #1: But where is our mediator, Maria - ?
Maria: Wait for him! He will surely come!
Worker #2: We will wait, Maria...! But not much longer - - !"
- Metropolis (1927)

The platform of a space elevator houses the electronic brains that control the drones on the planet below. They are tasked with cleaning up the Earth for the eventual return of the humans.

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

The characters for this game:

HLN 3618N2-4 "Helen" (Iris Explosion) - The very proper administrator.

PCO-800 "Seev" (Patrick Cartelli) - The supply and aquisitions unit.

Atmospheric Oversight 35,73.11.B "Atmos" (Kelsey Hercs) - The air cleaning unit with a strong sense of purpose.

LSM-748 "Fleshwise" (Ken Breese) - Genetics and organics unit in charge of repopulating the fauna.

B33DL3 (John Holt) - The excavation and reclamation of subsurface ecology.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Earth has been left uninhabitable and the humans left, leaving a team of robots to rejuvenate the planet and await the return of the humans.

Main Location: Laika Station, a platform at the top of a Space Elevator. It is rooted in continental Asia.

Aspects:
Doubt: WILL they/SHOULD they come back? (the humans)
Task: Reverse Catastrophic Climate Change
Creation: Art from (attempted?) Reproduction

The Language:
Completion - The return of the humans
Post-Completion - A time after the humans return
Plete - An expletive, a blaspheme against the sacred eventual end
PreZero - A theoretical time before the task began
Standby - A term used to buy time while gathering thoughts before speaking, before continuing to speak
Rubrik - The guiding principles of our combined programming (Over-Prime)
Over-Prime - The combined goal of the tasks we are programmed to complete
Prime - The task we are programmed to perform
Variable Prime - An alternative task, The theory that a root task can shift based on interpretation of programming
"THE PRIME IS OURS" - An declaration of ownership over ones self and identification as one of the group
Indo - A vice where in you deliberately neglect maintenance so that repair requires extra effort. 
Sleep
- A state of profound sadness, either born out of inactivity or leading to lethargy and inactivity
EOM - An honorific, denoting that you have performed the most efficiently over the last Lunar cycle
ATMOSEOM - A term for those that lord their efficiency over their peers
Motaxu - The offspring of the drones and minds, constructed from organic and inorganic parts, sentient and outside the hive mind
Mollies - A derogatory & dismissive term for the Motaxu
Molly Maker - An insulting term for a member of the hive mind who creates and encourages the Motaxu
Augmentation - Ritualistic offerings to the hive mind by the Motaxu
The Disconnected - Anything outside the focus of the Rubrik, impossible to control or interface with, the unknown
The Variable - A thing from outside Earth, not covered under programming or instruction, a complication
VEOM - A religion of the Motaxu based on worship of the Variable
Elysium - A satellite of decrepit hive minds

Go check out Kelsey's play "Can't You Tell"  encore showing on July 7th, 2018. We'll update our social media when we have a specific link and you can follow her directly for updates!

Find Kelsey on twitter @zforzelma & instagram @zforzelman and her website kelseyhercs.com

Find Iris Explosion on twitter @IrisExplosion & instagram @1risexplosion and her website irisexplosion.com

Iris will be with d20 Burlesque at GenCon 2018 this year!

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!

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