Critical Theory 3 – Talking Fanfiction, Transformative Works, & RPGs with Meghan & Brandon

Critical Theory 3 – Talking Fanfiction, Transformative Works, & RPGs with Meghan & Brandon

Hello friends, I’m Taylor, and welcome to another episode of the Riverhouse Games Podcast. We’ve got a super cool episode today with two really rad people. We’re talking with Meghan Dornbrock from the Modifier podcast and Brandon Leon-Gambetta from Stop Hack and Roll podcast about fanfiction, transformative works, and fan created RPGs. We talk a little bit about what fanwork is and what it does for the art of roleplaying games and the community who loves them. We even assign our first bit of homework to one of our guests! Before we get into it I want to tell you about cons! I’m going to two of them, GenCon in August and Acadecon in November. If you’re going to either, give me a shout & let’s meet up! With the intro out of the way let’s jump straight into this Critical Theory episode with Meghan and Brandon

If you want to get in on the fanfiction recommendations party, tweet at me (@LeviathanFiles), Brandon (@DrCaptainKobold) or Meghan (@Meglish) with your fic recs and use the hashtag #BranFic!

We didn’t mention it in the show, but check out this episode from the Design Games Podcast with Nathan Paoletta & Will Hindmarch for more cool talk about hacking & Modding games, especially about designing games with the intent of them being hackable.

Critical Theory: A literary analysis of a game’s text & practice, going over the questions raised by the text or the way the game plays. Cross-disciplinary approaches to tabletop gaming, or close reading of specific pieces of game text.

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From Scratch 3 – The Warren Live From Geekly Con 2016

From Scratch 3 – The Warren Live From Geekly Con 2016

Hello friends! And welcome to another great episode of The Riverhouse Games Podcast. We’re breaking our Games Closet streak to bring you an episode of From Scratch, our podcast about learning new games! We’re live from GeeklyCon in Portland Oregon, playing The Warren by Marshall Miller. I didn’t expect a large turnout since we were booked at the same time as the big larp but we had almost twice as many people as I expected show up! Shoutouts need to go to everyone who was there, Jaime, Millie, Dustin, Kevin, Monica, James, Jason, Alaina, and Kurt! Obvious disclaimer that this is a live show and the audio is not going to be as good as our normal episodes. The first few minutes of audio is very bad but as soon as I remember to turn the usb mic on it should get better. Let’s go be rabbits!

Minneapolis would be great for Geekly Con, just saying…

Stay tuned for the upcoming Riverhouse Games/The Leviathan Files Patreon!

From Scratch: I’ll be bringing a friend or two on each show, giving them five or so random games out of my list of  “Games I Haven’t Played Yet”, and having them choose which one sounds good to them. We would then learn the game together from scratch and we would record both our learning of the game as well as a tiny actual play of the game in progress. A lot of people talk about how you can really only get into gaming via the “older cousin” route – someone has to teach you, you don’t usually just pick up a book & learn. This is a way to pick up new games while at the same time exploring the ways we learn how to play.

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