Two people across the ocean talk worldbuilding and storytelling!
"The possibilities are truly infinite within the worlds built by one's imagination. Two very easily distracted people ponder on the impact and art form of worldbuilding in every medium of creativity, from TV to tabletop games. From New York to the Netherlands, every week we a new topic to the transatlantic table, and afterwards round out the episode with an improvised worldbuilding prompt."
- Merle https://merlefindhammer.com
- Dante https://youtube.com/@WintryRPG
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#74 - Power, Structure, & The Loudest Voice
Today! We reflect on a quote from the Grishaverse author Leigh Bardugo, and the establishing of powers in worldbuilding. How do you demonstrate setting through power dynamics, or utilize mystique to get your players invested? A complicated talk on the essence of storytelling that was very fun to dive into.
Prompt: "Create a prologue that explains to us the most powerful person in the scene."
#73 - Solo Journaling TTRPGs, & A Mundane Gal's Diary
Is a TTRPG really a TTRPG if you play by yourself? Today we discuss the increasingly popular solo journaling genre! A niche within a niche of tabletop games, we break down the boons and banes of a story improvised entirely on your own, and name a couple of our personal recommendations.
Prompt: A journal entry of a mundane girl in a magical world.
#72 - War, & Sounds We Never Hear Again
What is it good for? Well if anything, it makes for lasting stories. Why do people write about war, and why do we connect to such tragedies? Today we're examining the literary weight that conflict brings, and the aftermath that inevitably follows. Stick around for one of our favorite prompts ever!
Prompt: A slo-mo moment in an intense conflict.
#71 - Session One, & How Not To Do It
You've got your players, your characters, your side-table snacks, everything's primed and ready to begin your awesome adventure. But how do you make sure it goes off without a hitch? We kick off Season 7 with our tips on a successful "Session One" for any tabletop campaign.
Prompt: Now again, but notes-less!
#70 - Fan Prompts! The Monsters Next Door!
Happy Halloween! We close out Season 6 with a fan-powered prompts episode, tackling the many monsters you all have concocted. Have a wonderful holiday and rest of the year, we will see you again in 2024!
#69 - Worldbuilding from Past to Present! ft. An Altogether Different River
[Audio fixed!] How do you add depth to a setting? You can outline its culture, its economy, its neighbors...but what about its timeline? Today we use the TTRPG "An Altogether Different River" by Aaron Lim to piece together a setting of our own, and act out the lives of two of its denizens.
Prompt: Play as two characters within your setting!
Each episode is full of fun and whimsy! The ad lib prompts are always entertaining!