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Why We Roll is a streaming show and podcast about designing tabletop roleplaying games, hosted by Chris Pickett (Danse Macabre) and Wythe Marschall (Stillfleet).
Chris and Wythe host in-depth conversations with professional game designers with a focus on contemporary indie TTRPGs. They also occasionally run actual-play sessions and offer behind-the-scenes looks at the games they’re developing.
Topics covered to date include game-design inspirations and best practices, the politics of games, illustrating game concepts, cards as mechanics, character backstories, party formation, eco-catastrophes, epic powers and “boss fights,” espionage in games, faction rules, genres, “medieval” settings, hit points versus wounds, “madness” rules, safety at the table, solo RPGs, the OSR or even the NSR, what makes a game a game, what makes a system a system, product development, the business of indie RPGs, and so much more!
Why We Roll is recorded in Brooklyn and Queens, NYC.

Why We Roll Chris Pickett & Wythe Marschall

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Why We Roll is a streaming show and podcast about designing tabletop roleplaying games, hosted by Chris Pickett (Danse Macabre) and Wythe Marschall (Stillfleet).
Chris and Wythe host in-depth conversations with professional game designers with a focus on contemporary indie TTRPGs. They also occasionally run actual-play sessions and offer behind-the-scenes looks at the games they’re developing.
Topics covered to date include game-design inspirations and best practices, the politics of games, illustrating game concepts, cards as mechanics, character backstories, party formation, eco-catastrophes, epic powers and “boss fights,” espionage in games, faction rules, genres, “medieval” settings, hit points versus wounds, “madness” rules, safety at the table, solo RPGs, the OSR or even the NSR, what makes a game a game, what makes a system a system, product development, the business of indie RPGs, and so much more!
Why We Roll is recorded in Brooklyn and Queens, NYC.

    WWR 14 ☉Playing Blister Critters, Part II: The Maltese Owhll

    WWR 14 ☉Playing Blister Critters, Part II: The Maltese Owhll

    Roach and Dillon McDermal are back, baby! On this very special episode we are again joined by the creator of Blister Critters, Tony Grasso and Discord buddy Lex!
    Make sure to check out play.blistercritters.com to check out the game and to back it on Kickstarter!
    To learn more about Stillfleet, report to Stillfleet.com
    To learn more about Danse Macabre, make a pilgrimage to timespace.place

    • 1 hr 46 min
    WWR 13 ☉Qadida w. Ian Derk

    WWR 13 ☉Qadida w. Ian Derk

    Wythe & Chris talk TTRPG supplements and spies with Ian Derk, author of the espionage-themed Stillfleet gazetteer, QADIDA.
    From Stillfleet.com: What happens when a rival organization—the anarchic Honourable Company—finally takes power from the Worshipful Company? Can half of a domed city on a dwarf planet survive alone? Is Free Qadida slipping into authoritarianism, or is that just more Worshipful Co. propaganda? Find out in Qadida: Spy Planet! (Successfully backed on Kickstarter in the summer of 2023!)
    To find out more about Stillfleet, requisition a form at Stillfleet.com
    To find out more about Danse Macabre, make a pilgrimage to timespace.place

    • 1 hr 10 min
    WWR 12 ☉Playing Blister Critters w. Jenn de la Vega & Anthony Grasso

    WWR 12 ☉Playing Blister Critters w. Jenn de la Vega & Anthony Grasso

    WWR 11 ☉ Playing Blister Critters w. Jenn de la Vega & Anthony Grasso!
    Join Wythe, Chris, and very special guests Jenn de la Vega (Fun City Ventures, Replay) and Tony Grasso (creator of Blister Critters) as they delve into the cartoonishly hilarious TTRPG, Blister Critters, now on Kickstarter!
    In this innovative and surreal game, you play as a small animal who can wield bizarre mutations called Blisters as well as physics-bending Nonsense powers. These strange abilities—artfully developed within the Grit System—will help you survive in a vast, cruel suburbia populated by fellow Critters and their feral counterparts, Beasts.
    To learn more about Blister Critters, and to back it on Kickstarter, visit play.blistercritters.com
    To learn more about the wonderful Jenn de la Vega, check out randwich.es
    To learn more about Stillfleet Studios, take your local stillworks to Stillfleet.com
    And to learn more about Danse Macabre, simply venture to timespace.place

    • 1 hr 47 min
    WWR 11 ☉ Blister Critters w. Anthony Grasso

    WWR 11 ☉ Blister Critters w. Anthony Grasso

    WWR 11 ☉ Blister Critters w. Anthony Grasso
    Join us as we chat Blister Critters with the game's creator and illustrator, Anthony Grasso! Blister Critters is an upcoming TTRPG from Stillfleet Studios of Saturday morning cartoon mutant animal antics and adventures. In this episode, we delve into designing a game from the ground up, illustration informing mechanics, the aesthetics of 90's cartoons, and more!
    Find out more about Blister Critters at blistercritters.com and download the Quickstart at stillfleet.itch.io/blister-critters-quickstart
    Find out more about Stillfleet at Stillfleet.com
    Find out more about Danse Macabre at timespaceplace.itch.io/danse-macabre

    • 1 hr 21 min
    WWR 10 ☉ Tabletop Music w. Will Savino

    WWR 10 ☉ Tabletop Music w. Will Savino

    WWR 10 ☉ Tabletop Music w. Will Savino
    Wythe & Chris talk about music at the tabletop, system agnosticism, and world building with Will Savino of Music d20 and Borough Bound.
    To find out more about Will's work, go to boroughbound.com and patreon.com/musicd20
    To find out more about Stillfleet, go to Stillfleet.com
    To find out more about Danse Macabre, go to timespace.place/game

    • 1 hr 8 min
    WWR 09 ☉ Extra Spooky w. Leo Andrade

    WWR 09 ☉ Extra Spooky w. Leo Andrade

    WWR 09 ☉ Extra Spooky w. Leo Andrade
    Wythe & Chris chat with translator, games writer, and producer Leo Andrade about his latest project, Death Sentence, as well as all things horror, language, translation, and anti-colonial heist gaming!
    Find out more about Leo and Death Sentence at leoandradewriter.com and leonalfr.itch.io/death-sentence
    Find out more about Stillfleet at Stillfleet.com
    Find out more about Danse Macabre at timespaceplace.itch.io/danse-macabre

    • 1 hr 7 min

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