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A deeper look at the play experience and the finer details of running and writing tabletop games.

Bonus Experience Rai Witter Cole, Monica Speca

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A deeper look at the play experience and the finer details of running and writing tabletop games.

    BXP 05x11 - Mage, Exalted, and D&D (feat. Terry Robinson)

    BXP 05x11 - Mage, Exalted, and D&D (feat. Terry Robinson)

    Hello Bonus Babies,



    Terry (of Mage: the Podcast) joins Monica to talk about the wild experience of teaching Mage to new people and Monica commiserates about her experiences with teaching Exalted to beginners. We discuss the interesting cultural baggage that comes with most folks pop understanding of the hobby and what it's like to show folks new games.



    The topic goes all kinds of interesting places past that. Even more rambling can be heard in the extended cut.





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    • 41 min
    BXP 05x10-Games Without Randomizers feat. Chazz

    BXP 05x10-Games Without Randomizers feat. Chazz

    Hello Bonus Babies,



    Rai had to tap out of hosting early this season, so Monica set up a lobster trap outside her house in order to catch a few new co-hosts.  The last few episodes of Season 5 will be Monica + a friend. Join our Patreon or Discord for details about the nonsense we have planned for the off-seasons!



    Here's the long-awaited new episode. Chazz of Pain in the Dice, OPPCast and Systematic Understanding of Everything joins Monica to discuss games without randomizers. No cards. No dice. No coin flips - just a variety of narrative resolutions. We break down what we like about these games and what makes them work and (most importantly) what's worth stealing for your own homebrew. 



    Here's a few links to games we discussed: 



    Fall of Magic: https://heartofthedeernicorn.com/product/fall-of-magic-revised-edition/





    Wanderhome: https://possumcreekgames.com/pages/wanderhome





    Sleepaway: https://possumcreekgames.com/products/sleepaway





    Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/134196/Chuubos-Marvelous-WishGranting-Engine?affiliate_id=22805





    Mobile Frame Zero: Firebrands: https://payhip.com/b/nhBY





    Also referenced: Our deep dive about social mechanics - https://bxpcast.com/2020/10/26/bxp-3x13-danielle-monicas-deep-dive-social-mechanics/





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    • 1 hr 9 min
    BXP 05x09-So, You’re Playing D&D for the First Time…

    BXP 05x09-So, You’re Playing D&D for the First Time…

    Hello Bonus Babies,



    We are so very sorry for the silence and lack of updates for a while there. Things have been rough for the whole BXP crew, but we're BACK. 



    Monica overheard a conversation about someone being nervous to play D&D for the first time and their worries about how to be a good player, so here's today's episode. Rai and Monica hang out to discuss what sort of things are good to keep in mind when you're a player for the first time - no matter what game you're playing. 



    We forewent the usual outline structure this time in favor of a more conversational episode, so please enjoy the chaos that comes with that. For even more nonsense, check out the extended cut.



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    • 41 min
    BXP 05x08-Does System Matter?

    BXP 05x08-Does System Matter?

    Hello Bonus Babies! 



    Rai's back! Hooray! Rejoice! 



    Today Rai and Monica sit down to discuss a favorite internet discourse topic: does system matter? Can you just enjoy any game, regardless of system? Do you even NEED to be a game designer? 



    You'll just have to listen to the whole thing if you want the answer. 



    Also discussed in the extended cut: Rai's patron-only strip journalism, Monica's queer FLGS, the art of amigurumi and a lot more about Tumblr



    Also here's a link to the CHAOS RPG streamed game. 



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    • 43 min
    BXP 05x07-DEEP DIVE: Streamlining Systems

    BXP 05x07-DEEP DIVE: Streamlining Systems

    Hello Bonus Babies, 



    While Rai sorts out a few life things, D joins us again for another deep dive. Today, Monica and Danielle discuss streamlining game systems - whether you're doing that on your own for fun or whether it's a professional job. We talk about the meaning, goals, and methods of streamlining and give some examples of systems we'd fix and systems we wouldn't. 



    Also discussed: praxis songs, reflecting reality in games, and The Lesbian Who Controls Time. 



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    BXP 05x06 - The BXP Memorial Day Picnic

    BXP 05x06 - The BXP Memorial Day Picnic

    Happy Pride, Bonus Babies! 



    We've really been going through it this year, so when we sat down to record our most recent episode we decided it would be fun and relaxing to just hang out instead. 



    Here's nearly an hour of Monica and Rai talking about... everything and nothing. 



    Discussed: 



    Queer New Year and Gay Parliament

    the best way to see Multiverse of Madness

    the problem with superhero movies

    RPG industry news

    Siri learning about Exalted

    David learning about Exalted

    Winamp skins

    Napster

    a crowded house and a music closet

    crushing season 5 and having an employee

    finding mental health resources

    RSD, the Rage Castle, and being aware of your own mental health

    favorite ice creams

    the hesitant return to Tumblr





    Even more nonsense in the extended cut 



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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

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Fun and smart

Smart and fun

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Smart, fun, and more than a little salty!

Fathick ,

I podcast I never new I needed!!

Most of the way though this podcast library and I’m hooked! Real life down to earth queer women telling how it is in their world! There is some amazing insights, dissections and conversations on the systems, styles and skills of storytelling!
I laugh out load at least one episode and am about to get some podcast drop when I run out of past episodes in a day or two!
Thank you Monica and Rei!!!

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