79 episodes

Modifier sits down with designers of all stripes and looks at what it takes to make a great game! With a focus on homebrewing and otherwise modifying existing games to meet your storytelling needs, these interviews dig deep into how changing the rules enables better storytelling. Hosted by Meghan Dornbrock.

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Modifier sits down with designers of all stripes and looks at what it takes to make a great game! With a focus on homebrewing and otherwise modifying existing games to meet your storytelling needs, these interviews dig deep into how changing the rules enables better storytelling. Hosted by Meghan Dornbrock.

    79. Burnout with Tracy Barnett

    79. Burnout with Tracy Barnett

    Return guest Tracy Barnett is here in friend capacity this week for a heart-to-heart with Meghan about burnout, asking for help, and where they are right now in that journey.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    78. Into the Heart with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor

    78. Into the Heart with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor

    Grant and Chris are back, and things have only gotten weirder. Below the Spire lies the Heart, an ever-changing district of chaos and horror where you really shouldn't be going. You're going anyway? Of course you are. We talk about why that's a terrible, terrible idea. (CW: Body horror)

    • 58 min
    77. The San Jenaro Co-Op with Dyer Rose

    77. The San Jenaro Co-Op with Dyer Rose

    Dyer Rose is a member of the San Jenaro Co-op, a creator-owned group that makes RPGs together. Dyer fills me in on how the structure works, what games they have in production, and what industry issues they're trying to address with their approach.

    • 43 min
    76. Quietus with Oli Jeffery

    76. Quietus with Oli Jeffery

    Quietus is a melancholy horror RPG that uses the Blades in the Dark system to tell heart-wrenching narratives in a one-shot. Game designer Oli Jeffery shares how he utilized the system to take full advantage of the genre.

    • 43 min
    75. Afterlife: Wandering Souls with Liz Chaipraditkul

    75. Afterlife: Wandering Souls with Liz Chaipraditkul

    In Afterlife: Wandering Souls you play as a Wanderer collecting memories of your life and discovering who you were when you were alive. Liz Chaipraditkul talks about discovering your character over the course of the game and how the mechanics evolved to support this unique and affecting player experience.

    • 43 min
    74. The Orpheus Protocol with Rob Stith

    74. The Orpheus Protocol with Rob Stith

    The Orpheus Protocol is an RPG as well as an actual-play podcast. Creator Rob Stith takes us through the evolution of the game and how running an AP as a living playtest has affected his process.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

gray darling ,

thoughtful, in-depth, and compassionate

Incredibly thoughtful, considerate conversations on a wide variety of topics relating to making games work for you. I began listening for the amazing episodes on accessibility concerns with guest Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, and was delighted to find that every other episode went just as in-depth with its chosen topic. There's a real sense here of wanting to do right by an expanding, complicated community, and to lead the way with compassion and support. Modifier is a great bunch of people as well as a great resource for sparking thought and new opportunities in how you play games.

Observer138 ,

Wonderful Insight on Game Design

Modifier is a delightful interview show about the thoughts and ideas that go into tabletop and LARP design, with a focus on reshaping the rules to give everyone the best experience possible. This show is for anyone who has ever made a house rule in a game, and offers a lot of insight on how to make the hobby more friendly and accessible to everyone.

Riverhouse Games Taylor ,

Stop, Hack, and Listen to this podcast!

This review is long overdue. Meg talks to all sorts of talented game designers about their work and how they view the role of hacking or modifying tabletop games. It’s an insightful look into the minds of some of the hobby’s most gifted talents and is invaluable for anyone interested in game design.

Meg’s passion for the craft and eagerness to jump into hearing about everyone’s projects is a huge draw. It’s so compelling hearing a host who’s as genuinely excited about what they do as Meg is. The projects themselves cover a wide range of topics and you really get a great sense of depth to each.

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