20 episodes

The Hard Move is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG discussion podcast. Each episode a guest and I focus on a single move, diving into how the move works mechanically, how players can use it narratively to drive the fiction, and how GMs can react to the move. Join me every Wednesday as I welcome a new guest to name their move and play to find out what happens.

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The Hard Move Matthew Gravelyn

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    • 5.0, 14 Ratings

The Hard Move is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG discussion podcast. Each episode a guest and I focus on a single move, diving into how the move works mechanically, how players can use it narratively to drive the fiction, and how GMs can react to the move. Join me every Wednesday as I welcome a new guest to name their move and play to find out what happens.

Please subscribe on Anchor, iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you find podcasts. Also consider supporting the show on Patreon. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehardmove/support

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

TheDarkFiddler ,

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The Hard Move really zooms in on what, mechanically, is most important about PbtA games and in doing so touches on something much more. By taking a deep dive on a specific move, we really get to look at what works, and why, and just asking these questions reveals so much about how and why we game. Add to that a good way to just a sample of a number of PbtA games and of course I HAVE to recommend this podcast.

JoelWRuiz ,

Great Resource for Anyone Who Likes PbtA

I found out about this system in the last year or so and I love it! From the OG Apocalypse World down to the newer Masks and Monster of the Week, it is so fun. This podcast is great because it talks about specifics from each system. The actions and moves in these games can be very open, so it's nice to hear some informed opinions on these.

DM Lord Neptune ,

An excellent resource for learning about PbtA games!

This new podcast came to my attention when the host asked me to guest on one of the episodes, and it was such a phenomenal experience! Matthew is a very gracious and knowledgable host who you can tell has a passion for everything Powered by the Apocalypse, and even dives into some of the PbtA inspired systems like Blades in the Dark and Turn. The guests are all fantastic and knowledgable and they all have a sort of glee in their voice when talking about their favorite moves. This is a great podcast that lends itself well to the "interesting people geeking out about something they love" genre of podcasts, but it also has some great, teachable moments when it comes to both playing and running PbtA games. It's especially great for newer game designers who are writing a game for the Powered by the Apocalypse system and could use a bit of inspiration for their own ideas. All in all, this is a great show that I'll be adding to my normal rotation of listening. Definitely worthwhile to check out!

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