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, March 19, 2006

The Bear's Grove #12: Swashbuckling, Femme Gamers, and Sex!

The Bear's Grove #12

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!

Segment: Swashbuckling

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!

Segment: Feedback

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Music Show Notes

Our music today is from the Podsafe Music Network at, 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.


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