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.

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Bear's Grove #13: Game with Me, Character as Self, Sex Magick

Show Notes:

News & Notes:
Misfit Brew podcast, and the show Sam has an essay in is Episode 9.
Shadowdance podcast

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
Wikipedia links:
Aleister Crowley

Amazon Links:
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!


Blogger KJToo said...

Sam, I wanted to let you know that I'm using iTunes as my podcatcher and when it downloaded The Bear's Grove #13, I got Misfit Brew #9 instead. The tag and filename indicated BG13, but the audio was MB9. I downloaded (and am now listening to) BG13 using the link from the blog and it's working fine. Not sure what the issue with iTunes is.

11:11 PM  
Blogger The Bear's Grove said...

D'oh. Freshman mistake, and here I am a Sophomore.

I referenced Misfit Brew #9 in my initial shownotes, which is a no-no if you want your enclosure to be right.


I fixed it.

11:30 PM  

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