The Bear's Grove
This is the blog for the podcast called "The Bear's Grove" by Sam Chupp. Sam holds forth on roleplaying game design, writing, running and playing with special focus on kids & RPG advocacy, romantic roleplaying, and other storytelling-focused aspects of RPGs.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Sorry to all my listeners - we'll restore service ASAP.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
The Bear's Grove #16: Listener Survey Results, GM Game Prep, Blacpool Behind the Scenes
I give a reporting of the initial results of the listener survey. There's still time, though, to cast your votes if you have a Live Journal.
Dragonkin is my kids and RPG podcast now, and all of the kids and RPG stuff that would normally have gone to The Bear's Grove is going there.
We are now text searchable by Podzinger.
Go to the Harping Monkey website for more information about Mythic MUSH, where you can take a virtual tour of the Bear's Grove.
Check out Podiobooks, a really cool audio book website. I'm currently listening to 7th Son by Hutch and Mur Lafferty's collection of podcast short stories, Voices.
Romantic Snapshots: some examples of romance playing a part in my past stories.
The Storyteller's Circle: how to prepare for a game by immersing yourself in beauty and wonder.
The Game Designer's Workbench: A behind-the-scenes tour of Blacpool
The feedback question for this week is: What is the most imagination inspiring music you've ever heard? It's best if you can give us artist and title, but I'll take anything.
Monday, April 17, 2006
The Bear's Grove #15: The Generic Edition, NWoD Rant, Religious Holidays, Gaming Agreements, Game With Me, Feedback
Don't forget to take our listener survey here, (free Live Journal membership required)
Religion in Gaming
Interfaith Calendar (for ideas)
The Storyteller's Circle
Some Etiquette Hints from the TechnoMom
Game With Me: A trip through the seamier parts of Blacpool
With your host, Tash Oakbin, a Sydalian scout. He's a scout, okay? not a thief. A scout. Not a rogue. OK? A scout. He scouts things.
Special thanks to Soulsong and Andrew for feedback!
The feedback question of this week is:
What do you do to prepare for your games?
No music this week - we're trying out Generic!
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Bear's Grove Listener Survey
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The Bear's Grove #14: Diceless RPGs, Blacpool Tour, Gender in RPGs
Show Notes & Links
I tried to find something about UU Paganism that reflected my own personal beliefs but couldn't.
Basically, I am a Well-Grounded UU Pagan. I believe that all religions have elements of truth to them, and that rationalist / humanists also have a handle on truth. For myself, I connect best with a more animistic, numinous, immanent Divine rather than a transcendant one.
The Unitarian Universalist Association web page
Check out my blog for something about Well-Grounded Pagans
Pagan Podcasting Network
Electronic Freedom Foundation
The Forge's Provisional Glossary
Erick Wujcik's Diceless RP article
A website about Gender as a Continuum
Jackie Cassada (White Wolf page ) (Pen & Paper Database)
Teenagers from Outer Space (TFOS)
Torchomatic's The Glass Roof
Natives of the New Dawn's Good Day
So, for this week, I wanted to try and get some feedback for next week.
I'd like to ask you guys a question and hope to get some response.
The questions you can choose from are:
Have you ever played a diceless RPG?
Have you ever run into any challenges or difficulties with gender in your roleplaying games?
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Dragonkin Podcast try #2
The file you may have received for Dragonkin was truncated due to problems with the initial upload.
As a result, I am re-releasing the file on this feed as it was supposed to go out on the feed nice and complete.
The first bit you should hear is the music and my voice.
Thanks to a loyal listener for pointing this out!
Monday, April 03, 2006
The Bear's Grove #13: Game with Me, Character as Self, Sex Magick
News & Notes:
Misfit Brew podcast, and the show Sam has an essay in is Episode 9.
Gaming With Me segment
- Characters are heroes. They have enough power and enough ability to get things done. They didn't just fall off the turnip truck. They have stuff that helps them be heroes. What they do and what they say matters. I like for people to really like their characters.
- The stories revolve around the characters. I create stories for your character to be a part of. I go into your character's background and find plot hooks that will help flesh out the stories that are taking place.
- The bad guys think of themselves as the heroes of their own stories.
- Things happen as a result of what heroes do and the world continues to change around them, outside of the story bubble.
- I do story arcs. This means I set up a story in what might be thought of as a throw-away scene. There are several seemingly throw-away story scenes but things eventually come to light.
- All hope is never lost, but sometimes heroes can stray from the path.
- Did I mention I tend to do big, epic stories?
- I like stories in which the characters actually change over the course of time.
- We play a blended-diceless game, and it has a passing resemblance sometimes to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition, but that is just because I have been too busy or lazy to create the Cora Ni Roleplaying Game, which is what should really happen.
Please note: if you want to game with me and you live in the Atlanta area, there is a monthly D&D meet that I attend. Email me seperately for information.
The Character as Self Segment
Robin Laws talks about avoiding GM'ing "mannerisms," which is basically what I'm talkinga bout here.
Sex and Magick
The Mists of Avalonby Marion Zimmer Bradley
Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry Books
Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel books
A History of Sex Toys - ADULTS ONLY
Special Thanks to JJ "Working Man" Lanza for your feedback and good luck with your podcast!
Our music has been, in the Goblin Broadcast Network bumper the song "Hellish Dreams" by the Leechmaster Project in the opening Fumitaki Anzai's Forest in the Morning
, Sascha Ludwig's Tribute to Mozart opened up the Game With Me section, Patrick Gorman's Bella opened up the Character as Self section, the song Lost Times by Tom Byrne opened the Sex and Magick section, and finally, the Brobdingnagian Bards will end our podcast with their music homage to The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings.
If you enjoyed the music today, I encourage you to visit the musician's website, buy their CDs, and let them know that The Bear's Grove sent ya.
Click here to download the show!
Monday, March 27, 2006
Dragonkin Podcast No. 1
It's at its feed, which is http://feeds.feedburner.com/dragonkin
If you would like to hear more, by all means subscribe via that feed as this podcast feed will not carry Dragonkin beyond this first episode.
Music is from Mark Heimonen, "Tranquility."
Special thanks to Libsyn for hosting me.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The Bear's Grove #12: Swashbuckling, Femme Gamers, and Sex!
In This Episode:
News and Notes
I'm going to Dragon Con, are you? Last year the podcasting panel was awesome.
Promo: The Vintage Gamer
The Vintage Gamer is a podcast by Jim Van Verth and is about really cool, older games you may have missed playing. Check it out!
Special thanks to the Word Detective for providing the definition of "Swashbuckler" for us:
Segment: Part 3 of the interview with Cynthia, my partner
Quotes from her segment:
- "It was something that happened in a dreamspace. It was a vision quest - we ended a game session with my character in a coma, trying to reach out to her life partner who was dying."
- "We have propiniquity - we are available to each other."
- "It was an escape for both of us - something we could do together."
- "I think it was a really good thing for us over time - it's something we can do to escape together."
- "We've joked about Bed LARPing and some people think we're just making out in character and we're not JUST making out..."
- "I wanted to stretch. I wanted to be different than the good, sweet light characters I've played before to see if I could."
- "That game helped me a lot - I had worried that part of the reason I was comfortable was that I know your universe so well."
- "I really really hate character creation. So the one-off thing is great for me because I don't have to do any character creation."
- "My character had children in game and she was breastfeeding before she handed them off to a nurse to go off to adventure. It's just a natural part of life - he was also offended by my giving another woman a footrub in person."
- "If someone has major value differences, if they get really offended that sex comes up, they should let you know."
- "If we're going to play adult games, actually, why don't male characters get raped (as much as female characters)?"
- "I don't want to know what color the viscera is."
- "You make it the World of Mostly Dimness"
Segment: Sex in Gaming Part 1
Always remember: consent is #1!
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Music Show Notes
Our music today is from the Podsafe Music Network at music.podshow.com, and included:
To Victory! by DJ Topshelf
which Opened up our Swashbuckling section and Isin Laulu from Mark Heimonen opened up our interview with Cynthia and
Romany Dance Gitano Flamenco by hellozero started off the segment on sex in gaming. Finally today we have the song Learning to Fly by Josh Woodward to close out the podcast. Until next time, keep your mind, heart, and spirit open and have sweet dreams when you get them.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The Bear's Grove Short Promo
Sunday, March 12, 2006
The Bear's Grove #11: Visual Game Design Tools, Gamer Girl Interview Part 2, "Nothing," and Delayed Sexual Gratification
Promo this week
Gamer the Podcasting
The Game Designers Toolkit
ArtRage, available for download free from here
The GIMP, available at http://www.gimp.org/
There are Windows installers specially available for the GIMP at http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/
The Hero Machine, Free Edition: http://www.ugo.com/channels/comics/heroMachine2/heromachine2.asp
The Hero Machine, paid edition:
Quotes from the Interview with Cynthia
"How important is it that you know all the rules?"
"Most rolls were a d20 anyway."
"There was something that could be screaming, or it could be laughter."
"He would come and sit in our laps and feed me popcorn."
"They respected our game because we respected theirs - they got sacred gaming time because we got sacred gaming time."
"I asked you first to do some one-on-one time outside the campaign."
"I wasn't looking for experience points, I was looking for the character to tell me who she was."
Quotes from Alan Braden's "Nothing" segment
"Turn your QVC Addiction into an asset for the team!"
"Town B was known only as a brief stopping point for caravans."
"Players don't want to stare at a dice screen."
"They squirm. That can be fun to watch for a little while."
"Sometimes we look for our players to perform definitive actions."
"...creating moments of warm fuzzy that will help tide their characters over later when we make their lives a living hell."
Music this Episode has been, on the Podsafe Music Network:
"Triumph" by Mark Heimonen
Geoff Smith's "Not on the Radio"
Lorena Mire's Everything
This podcast released under a Creative Commons 2.5 license, attrib, no-deriv, no-commercial-use.
No sex this week. Try back next week. Thanks, Phil and Dixie!
Monday, March 06, 2006
The Bear's Grove #10: The Super Hero Edition!
As you can probably tell this week is our Super Hero themed episode. And we have a few features this week having to do with our theme.
We have a piece about the private lives of super heroes by our visiting columnist Alan Braden called "By Day..." and I have a piece about my experiences with super hero gaming.
Then we'll have the first half of a "female gamer" interview with my partner, Cynthia, and then I'll finish up the Religion in Gaming segment I started last week.
As always, the music from this podcast is from the Podsafe Music Network at music dot podshow dot com.
We are a proud member of the Goblin Broadcast Network at gbncom.com, where you'll find so many gaming podcasts that stick shaking won't enter into it in any way. We are also part of the Science Fiction Podcast network at tsfpn dot com, and the Gaming Podcast Network at gamingpodcastnetwork dot com.
And a new announcement! In the interests of welcoming diversity to the practice of storytelling and roleplaying, we've joined the Q-Podder network as a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-friendly podcast. Welcome to our new Q-Podder friends!
If you like The Bear's Grove and would like to contribute to its continuance, please do not hesitate to click the Donate button at our website at http://bearsgrove.blogspot.com. Alternatively you may wish to purchase our special edition Bear's Grove podcast t-shirt at the Cafe Press store in the Grove.
If you'd prefer not to contribute, that's fine, I just ask that you tell someone else about the podcast, and also go and vote for the podcast at Podcast Alley and add it to your favorites at Podcast Pickle.
Music in this podcast has been:
In the opening, The Dudes in the Car by Vincent Van Go Go and Forest in the Morning by Fumitaki Anzai
Luna by Fumitaki Anzai was the music that opened Alan's column. Opening the interview with Cynthia was a song called "Hell of a Boy" by the Lascivious Biddies. And finally the music "Celebration" by Mark Heimonen. We will finish out today's podcast with a song called "The Spirit World" by Josh Woodward.
All of this music is available for download by podcasters at the Podsafe Music Network, music dot podshow dot com, and very soon non-podcasters will be able to slip the artist some change and come away with a lovely song in exchange.
As always, this podcast comes to you under a Creative Commons License 2.0, Attribution, No Derivatives, No Commercial Use.
Please join us in 7 days when the Bear's Grove number eleven will have the second half of our interview with Cynthia, a column about Nothing from Alan Braden, the continuation of our Game Designer's Toolkit series, and our special feature, which will be about SEX in gaming. Look forward to seeing you then, and sweet dreams when you get them!
Sunday, February 26, 2006
The Bear's Grove #9: Brokeback Balrog & the Cult of Orielle
News and notes: we have a Frappr map.
We have a Cafe Press store.
A rant about people who don't get kids involved in gaming, talking a bit about the Old Gamer's Home.
Then the "Gryphon's Guide to the Galaxy" promo, and why Sam loves "I Hate George."
Alan Braden does his segment, called "Brokeback Balrog," about the experience of being a gay man who is into roleplaying games.
Sam's Game Designer tool segment talks about organizational tools such as Wikis and Mind Maps.
ELOTHTES, the wiki about the Penny Arcade spinoff
Freemind Mind Mapper
Then Sam's Religion in Gaming has a segment on the religions in his game world, one of them is the Cult of Orielle, a goddess of healing, love, sex, and fertility. The first of two segments closing out our Religion in Gaming series.
Next week's podcast will be our Super Hero Theme edition.
Closing out the podcast with the song "Betty" off of the Lascivious Biddies' album "Get Lucky."
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The Bear's Grove Bardic Circle #0!
This is the Episode 0 podcast of "The Bear's Grove: Bardic Circle"
Located at http://feeds.feedburner.com/bardscircle, with the show notes at
http://bardscircle.blogspot.com, the Bardic Circle is a spoken-word / dramatic reading podcast of original RPG, gaming and game-related fantasy, horror and science fiction.
This week's story is "Sweet Pain Free," by Sam Chupp, voiced by Juliann of the It Won't Kill You podcast. This story was originally written for the ShadowNEssence website / forum. It is a horror story in the "Wraith: the Oblivion" universe and really should be rated PG-13 or R - so it is NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR AROUND KIDS.
Music is by Fumitaki Anzai and Brother Love. We return to our regular format next week. Thanks!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The Bear's Grove #8
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Brief Apology Update
Sorry about this - things have been chaotic as heck and I have not yet been able to release the next podcast.
Hope to have it up soon, though!
Hang in there for me and if you know any anti-chaos magic, please send it my direction.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
The Bear's Grove #7: Honor, Kid's LARPing, Game Design Toolkit
Kid's LARP links:
The Masquerade Mind's Eye Theatre rules. Yes, there is a new set of rules out - this is two generations ago, but I feel like for those of you who are adapting, you don't need to spend a lot of money to buy the book and adapt it for your own use. You can get a used copy of The Masquerade rules for $.98 + S&H on Amazon.
Remember, I'm not advocating that kids play Vampire. I think that's a PG-13 game at best. But if you take the rules as listed in The Masquerade, and use them for a kid's LARP you create from scratch, it works really well.
Game Design Toolkit links:
Here are some examples for you:
Steve Zeck's Chinese Portrait
Tantaene animis caelestibus irae (Are there such angers in the celestial minds?), a wiki for a Nephilim game, each character listed has its own Chinese Portrait.
You can get a free office suite here
Bell Curve Wikipedia reference
Four Aspects of Religion we cover:
Dogma: What spiritual, ethical, and moral teachings the religion espouses
Priesthood: The structure and politics of the religious leadership
The Priestly Creed: The religion leaders' own beliefs and practices
The Faith & the Faithful: What the body of believers actually believe and practice
Here is a (not exhaustive) list of Big Questions your fantasy religion should answer:
Where did the world we live in come from? Why was it put here? Who is in charge? Where did we come from?
What is right and good? What is wrong and evil? Or are there many shades of gray?
What famous holy people have been a part of our tradition? What did they teach, and what were they famous for?
How should we conduct our everyday affairs? What shall we do about money and charity?
Who is considered an adult? Who is eligible for marriage? What kind of marriages are there? Who is eligible for the priesthood? What rights and privileges does the priesthood have? Who is in charge of the church? Who decides what the church believes?
What are the spiritual teachings of the church? Are there spiritual beings who either help or hinder the church or its believers? Is there a supernatural opposition to the church?
Who are the enemies of the church? Who are the friends? What is the position of the church on other religions or deities?
What happens when people die? Is there a different afterlife for the faithful? What is the meaning of life?
Romance & Roleplaying segment:
The Kushiel Legacy Trilogy
Jacqueline Carey page on Amazon
Jacqueline Carey Homepage
Patricia Kenealy-Morrison's Amazon page
Patricia's pretty touchy about providing information on the Internet about her, so you'll just have to read the books if you want to know more - her website, Lizardqueen.com, has vanished.
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Home Page
Order Liaden books from Meisha Merlin
Well, I said in the podcast that it was put out by Green Knight publishing, but apparently that website has gone down, too.
Here is a link for you to get some Pendragon resources.
Amazon link to buy it
Vampire the Masquerade
Second Edition This is my favorite edition.
Changeling: the Dreaming
Changeling: the Dreaming
Laurell K. Hamilton
Today's music has been:
In the intro segment, we have "Forest in the Morning" by Fumitaka Anzai
For the Kids' Corner, the song "Forest Birds Fantasy" by Trespass
For the Game Designer's Workbench this week, the song "Innovation" by Mark Heimonen
The music before the Religion segment is called "Goddess" by Melissa Cox.
Finally, the music for the bumper before the Romance segment is called "Aerstream" by G.Org.
Our outro music this week is a song called "Coffee Shop" by Smallfish. Because everybody needs a little Caffienasation!
Friday, October 28, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
The Bear's Grove #6: Romance, Religion, LARPs
This week's podcast
Sorry we're late! Life happened!
Bear's Growl: Tolerance
Kid's Corner: Kids in LARPs
Promo: The Seanachai
Storyteller's Circle: NPCs, Deus Ex Machina, GMPCs
Religion in Gaming: Divine Inspiration
Romantic Roleplaying: Starting your Romantic Relationship Roleplaying (R3) game
Today's music has been:
In the intro segment, we have
Forest in the Morning by Fumitaka Anzai
For the Kids' Corner, the song "Incomplete Dream" stood in for us by Gary from Chub Creek.
The music beneath the Religion segment is called Aerstream by G.Org
Finally, the music for the Romance segment is called "One Wish" by Atlanta native and Lilith Fair performer Jessica King. Rock on, Jessica!
The Bear's Grove is released under a Creative Commons 2.5 license: attribution, no derivatives, no commercial use.
Monday, October 10, 2005
The Bear's Grove #5: Serenity Sci Fi Episode
Special thanks to the Naked Accounting Department and the Two Warm Fuzzies for moral support (and excellent studio scenery).
The link for the Kids-RPG list is:
Our music today was the following:
For our intro, I used "Elements of the Paw" by Sub-level 03
For the Kid's Corner, I used "The Dudes in the Car" by Vincent Van Go Go.
For the Storyteller's Circle, I used "Triumph" by Mark Heimonen
For our Romance in Roleplaying segment, I used "Did you Think" by Adrina Thorpe
For our Science Fiction Special segment, I used the song "Where She Wept" by Octobris.
And finally, I'd like to leave you by playing a song that gives me a Firefly / Serenity geek gasm: Mal's Song by permission from the filk group "Escape Key."
Monday, October 03, 2005
The Bear's Grove #4
Brief non-spoiler Serenity movie review
Girls in Roleplaying
Outside the "PC Bubble"
How to foster romantic roleplaying in your group
A shout-out to "All Games Considered" for featuring my podcast on their show, along with my Ars Magica review.
Music in this episode:
"Forest in the Morning" by Fumitaki Anzai
"Lucky Girl" by the square root of eleven
"Awakening" by Anne Davis
"She Rests Her Head" by Jessica King
"Tiger Lilly" by Fake Tan
The Bear's Grove is released under a creative commons license:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
The Bear's Grove Promo
Saturday, September 24, 2005
The Bear's Grove #3: Rant, Kids, Love & Marriage!
This podcast contains:
1.) A rant about older gamers who just "don't have the time" to play RPGs anymore.
2.) How and when to get kids involved with RPGs
3.) How to accomodate a new player into a regular RPG session.
4.) What wonderful drama can arise through such romantic-related things as marriage, childbirth, parenthood, and family?
Lorena Mire, "Movies in my Head"
Olivia Greer, "Rhyme & Reason"
Don't Harrass Betty, "I-95"
Vincent Van Go Go, "Just Add Beans"
Fumitaka Anzai, "Forest in the Morning"
Jessica King, "She Rests Her Head"
My Odeo Channel (odeo/151b315dbebcb604)
Sunday, September 18, 2005
A Surprise Update! Podcast #2!
The next edition of The Bear's Grove podcast is now up.
Special thanks to our new iTunes listeners and to Liberated Syndication for hosting me!
Music used in this program:
"Fly, Fly, Fly" by Adrina Thorpe
"Forest in the Morning" by Fumitaka Anzai
DJ AKid's Love Mission 1.0
"Aerstream" by g.org
"The Kite Song" by The Egerton Boyz
If you are interested in becoming a Knight of Thespis, please email me at bearsgrove at gmail dot com with the statement,
"I hereby swear or affirm to uphold the spirit and the letter of the Good Gamer's Manifesto!"
And you're in. It's that easy.
Friday, September 16, 2005
My first podcast - The Bear's Grove #1!
Issue Number One
A shout-out to my favorite podcasts:
Mur Lafferty's Geek Fu Action Grip & I Should Be Writing
Patrick McClean's The Seanachai
Steve Eley's Escape Pod
Look 'em up on Podcast Pickle or Podcast Alley, or search them out in iTunes - they're great.
The music from this episode of The Bear's Grove is from a band called Trespass, a song called Forest Bird Fantasy