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, February 26, 2006

The Bear's Grove #9: Brokeback Balrog & the Cult of Orielle

The Bear's Grove #9

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.

Edit Me
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!

Welcome to this very special edition of The Bear's Grove!

This is the Episode 0 podcast of "The Bear's Grove: Bardic Circle"
Located at, with the show notes at, 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!