The Secret Cellar is a podcast about modern storytelling. Aesthetically set in the world of Invisible Sun by Monte Cook, it explores why and how we humans tell the stories we do.
(The Secret Cellar and Zeros.Bar are not associated with Monte Cook Games.)
Matando a Saudade ❦
In which the Proprietor dreams of a world he visited long ago — and fears he may never find a return. (It's Gen Con weekend, or it would be in a non-pandemic timeline.)
As balm for the saudade, we’re playing a live interview recorded at Gen Con 2019: Ethan Schoonover visits the Cellar to talk about his fascinating #DnDGirls project — teaching D&D Club at Lake Washington Girls’ Middle School in Seattle.
Ethan is an absolute delight — as are these young women who have made D&D their own.
Weaponized Hospitality ❦
In which the Proprietor tells tales of one of his favorite half-worlds, a place of distant memory and deep dreams, far beneath the surface of the sea.
Richard Kreutz-Landry and Rich Howard stop in to discuss the impending Kickstarter for Descent into Midnight — which you heard about long ago, in episode 5.
The discussion also winds (inevitably) toward memory, origami, hospitality, technology, live theatre, and bedsheets.
A Hundred and Seventy Seven Emotions ❦
In which the Proprietor, bleary from travel and a bit out of sorts, welcomes two new guests, who seem nonetheless somehow familiar.
John Harness and Takuma Okada discuss their experiences creating and curating the Emotional Mecha Jam on itch, and ruminate on the role of game design in communicating personal experiences.
Time and place, memory, mortality, melancholy, identity, sexuality, and Giant Robots are all on the menu tonight. It’s a frank conversation, and in moments an adult one.
(Marked explicit for language and adult sexuality)
Sighted Digits ❦
Tonight, Jason talks with Glenn Fleishman about his ambitious Tiny Type Museum project — as well as typography, design, technology, and the weird spaces between digital and analog.
Also, a conversation with Steve Robinson, owner of Wolf Mountain Books, about what makes books so special.
Sponsored by Water ❦
Tonight, Jason talks about Bot Land, an indie game he’s been working on for the past few years — and interviews creator/lead developer Adam Damiano and Illustrator Kendra Hinojosa.
Congratulations & Condolences ❦
The Secret Cellar has been absent, for months. Jason explains why, and what next. My deepest gratitude to my guests for bearing with me as I sort this thing out.
Kate Taylor (@tolkientrash) is a linguist who has constructed a language for use within Numenera — Seaspeak, spoken in the Rayskel Cays far to the West of the Steadfast.
Jim Ryan (@otherdoc) has recently been experimenting with Twitch as a medium for live podcasting of his show The CypherCast — you can follow it (and all of Jim’s other wonderful content) on Twitch or in podcast form.
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Whether youre there for the discussions or looking for insites into Invisible Sun, this is a great podcast with an excelent atmosphere.
Amazing real life stories through a lens of Invisible Sun
If you love Invisible Sun, then you have to love stories. This podcast is what that is all about. It is set in a secret chamber under Zeros and the host interviews real people and you end up getting amazing stories. If you want to learn about the mechanics of Invisible Sun, check out Incantations. If you want to hear amazing stories of real people in gaming, through the lens of Invisible Sun, this podcast is for you.
Fantastic discussions of story
Such a fantastic and evocative way to use the setting of Invisible Sun as a springboard to discuss ideas about storytelling. Less about rules and more about the feelings, thoughts, and philosophies that the game works to capture and inspire.
Has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts and a favorite hangout in the city of Satyrine.