11 episodes

Tabletop Garden is an actual-play podcast where we collaborate on short, self-contained stories about interesting characters, and we do it with an agenda. Throughout each campaign we discuss values, techniques, and how to play with intention.

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Tabletop Garden is an actual-play podcast where we collaborate on short, self-contained stories about interesting characters, and we do it with an agenda. Throughout each campaign we discuss values, techniques, and how to play with intention.

    02.05: Ego Driver – Yetnikoff

    02.05: Ego Driver – Yetnikoff

    CW: Strong language, violence.



    Back in Niederdorf, our Ego Drivers are about to receive their next assignment: discover where the Jacko Gang is getting their technology! But how is their next target connected to Comet? Why has Jones taken up demolishing buildings? Is it really that easy to win over Vake? And can Karloff put the fear of himself in them?



    Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the fifth episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order.



    A shout out to RPG Casts, an excellent directory of roleplaying game podcasts created by Tess of I Am Hear, who puts particular focus on marginalized voices and accessibility. Tabletop Garden is newly listed in their site!








    Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

    • 58 min
    02.04: Ego Driver – Smooth Criminal

    02.04: Ego Driver – Smooth Criminal

    CW: Strong language, violence.



    Our Ego Drivers were sent to take out Smooth Criminal, but it looks like his partner might be more trouble than he is! Can Vake survive an encounter with her rifle? How good is Jones’s throwing arm? Has Karloff started offering tours of the countryside? And will Comet manage to keep her feet on the ground?



    Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the fourth episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order.



    We also discuss disability in postapocalyptic fiction. Why is it so prevalent and how do you present it well?






    Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    02.03B – A Brief Break

    02.03B – A Brief Break

    One of our players had a sudden family issue, so we’re skipping this week. We’ll see you all next Wednesday!

    • 27 sec
    02.03: Ego Driver – Ruining the Barbecue

    02.03: Ego Driver – Ruining the Barbecue

    CW: Strong language, violence.



    Our Ego Drivers are ready to assault Smooth Criminal’s band of raiders. Can they get the drop on him? What sort of car is that he’s driving? And is his partner even more dangerous than he is? Jones engages Operation: Land Shark. Karloff checks footwear. Comet goes beyond reverse. Vake seeks inner peace.



    Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the third episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order.



    We also discuss our second agenda item for the campaign, “Make it look good.” Is there a conflict between strategy and drama?






    Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

    • 53 min
    02.02: Ego Driver – Niederdorf

    02.02: Ego Driver – Niederdorf

    CW: Strong language, violence.



    How will our Ego Drivers survive the final assault of Beat It? How can they tolerate the oasis of Niederdorf after their battle in the wasteland? And who’s their next target? Jones goes underground. Vake refuses an invitation to a gathering. Karloff makes small talk. Comet resupplies.



    Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the second episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order.



    We also discuss the rules system and the tradeoffs of systems that require guidance and high fluency with their specific ruleset.






    Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

    • 1 hr
    02.01B: A Dry Spell

    02.01B: A Dry Spell

    A brief note that we’re skipping a week due to scheduling and technical issues. See you next week! In the meantime, check out Gregory’s essay “Actual Play Podcasts Do Not Portray Actual Play, Actually” over on their personal blog.

    • 1 min

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