We go back to the realms of tabletop roleplaying games with two special guests in this episode: my good friend Julien of the French speaking podcast I regularly contribute to, Les Voix d’Altaride and Greg Stolze.
Greg is a game designer, writer and novelist - particularly known for his work on tabletop roleplaying games. I was looking forward to this conversation given he co-designed one of my favourite games: Unknown Armies. They recently went through a crowdfunding campaign for the 3rd edition of the game and raised over $250 thousand dollars to bring the project to life and I’m very much looking forward to it (if you're late to the party it's still possible to participate in the campaign to order the game in advance via Backerkit). I played a campaign of Unknown Armies 2nd edition with a group of friends in the South of France last year that was great fun.
We had a brilliant conversation and I’m glad to touched on themes that hadn’t been on the podcast so far, discussing different types of horror games, ethical and moral dilemmas and why it’s fun and/or interesting to include those in games. We also talk about ways to approach game rules and systems according to a setting. As usual, everything is very approachable and – at least I think – interesting for both people into roleplaying games and people who don’t know too much about it, so don’t feel left out if you’re not much of a tabletop player.
I should note, there are a few face off and distortions in speech towards the end – it’s all right, during our call I thought it was a actually worse than it is, and it’s really mostly in the last few minutes, I managed to get most of the conversation OK.
Links / info mentioned in the episode:
Greg Stolze's website & on Twitter
Unknown Armies RPG 3rd edition crowdfunding campaign
Unknown Armies on Backerkit (to order the game if you missed the Kickstarter campaign)
John Nephew - Atlas Games
Cam Banks, Game Designer (Twitter)
The Spindle (stack of cars sculpture)
Dungeons & Dragons - Green Box
Robert A. Heinlein, Fritz Leiber, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King
Over the Edge RPG
William S Burroughs
Once Upon a Time (storytelling game)
The Farm RPG by Jared Sorenson
Steal Away Jordan RPG
The Ritual, Adam Nevill
Delta Green RPG
Game of Thrones
John Tynes, Game Designer
The New Yorker
Robin D. Laws, Game Designer
Strahd von Zarovich
Call of Cthulhu RPG
Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco
Vampire the Masquerade RPG
The Cold War, Epic Story of a Cold War between two Ice Cream Trucks