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Herding Cats: Ludonarrative Dissonance at Gen Con 2017

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This is a panel from Gen Con 2017. Travis talks about Ludonarrative Dissonance (Fludonarrative discobiscuits if you’re hungry).

If you’ve been in the video game blog-o-sphere at some point, you have heard of LND (I’m not typing out the entire word you can’t make me). But is it necessarily the pejorative term as its become in video game circles. Listen to this panel from Gen Con that gives the answer: NO. Most of all if anything LND is a feature most Tabletop GMs and Players are intimately familiar with, but haven’t realized there was a term for. As such, listen in, learn a thing (maybe), and speak up if you have questions. Welcome to Herding Cats: Ludonarrative Dissonance and Players. (Dammit you tricked me into writing the full things again…)

Do you want to take part in a playtest of Gobblin’: The Goblin RPG? Send an email to thedrunkandtheugly@gmail.com

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Carrotia Live Play and Review

You can watch a video of our live play at Gen Con 2017 here!

At the end of Gen Con 2016, we were contacted by Mage Company Games asking if we would review one of their games.  We said yes and took them up on their offer to receive a free copy of Carrotia in exchange for doing a review.  In June of 2017 we finally received the game, and during Gen Con 2017 Matt, James, Travis, Kevin, and friend of the show Clayton played it during off-time at the convention.  You can listen to our first impressions and our actual live attempts to understand the rules and finally play the game.

Our collective takes in summary:

  • We found the game incredibly chaotic and incredibly complicated for what it’s trying to achieve.
    • The need for multiple timers as well as limited turns and access to pieces in order to build the requisite mazes was hectic and unintuitive.
    • The deterministic nature of moving through the pathways towards the exit once the maze was constucted was fairly dull.
    • The random birds placed on the board and their effects led to some level of strategizing, but ultimately the birds didn’t pose much threat as they continually just ran into walls.
    • The rabbit abilities are wildly varied and unbalanced.
    • Neither the main rules nor the errata rules we were sent had any hard or firm victory condition.
  • We were impressed by the level of production value that went into the game and the amount of custom pieces that came with it.
    • We love the art style the game goes for.  We may have picked this game more or less because of the box art.
    • The tiles and player cards are sturdy and well-constructed.
    • Every bird has a custom die that makes it easy to see which one is moving where.
    • 3 hourglasses of differing lengths was intriguing even if ultimately it was pointless.

Despite the high production values and lovely art, we would not recommend this game.  It’s rated for ages 8 and up and we as a group of twentysomething adults were confused and frustrated by its rules, and ultimately we didn’t feel like we had any control over what happened.

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Gen Con 2017 Wrap Up – Walkin the Wok

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Things may be very wrong in the world, but at least we still have Gen Con.  This year we demoed a few games, attended many panels and hosted a few, and played and ran many, many games.  Join us as we begin our 12am recounting of events and James smashes down some fried rice into a greasy pile.

 

During this wrap-up we talk briefly about our new game Gobblin’, a game about being goblins in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  If you’re interested in playtesting this game, please shoot an email to thedrunkandtheugly@gmail.com

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Ugly Talk Episode 15 – Twin Peaks and MICE Quotient

Hello internet!  This is a crosspost from our sister show Ugly Talk!  If you like this episode, be sure to check out the site and listen to the rest, or subscribe via your podcatcher of choice.

Twin Peaks was a TV series by David Lynch and Mark Frost about the murder of the Homecoming Queen Laura Palmer in the sleepy town of Twin Peaks, Washington.  We share the experiences and explore the town through Dale Cooper, a federal agent called in to investigate the murder.

The M.I.C.E. quotient is a writing foundation credited to Orson Scott Card, known most notably for his science fiction series Ender’s Game.  The basic idea as listed in the acronym is that every story seed falls into the categories of milieu, idea, character, or event.  You will have many of these story ideas overlapping and building upon one another in the course of your story, but the important thing is that you resolve them in the reverse of the order you introduce them.

The structure of the early episodes and the subsequent failure of Twin Peaks can be heavily traced to MICE (among other things), and in this episode, we will discuss MICE through Twin Peaks, and how you can apply it to your own writing.

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deadEarth Character Generation

Back in mid-October when the Cubs and Indians were head-to-head in the World Series, Matt made a bet with Greg Bennett of Technical Difficulties:  If the Indians won, Matt would run a game of deadEarth, and if the Cubs won, then Greg would run deadEarth.  In reading through the books fully expecting the Cubs to lose, Matt also shared the books with the rest of the Drunk and Ugly and they wanted to make characters for the game even if they weren’t used.  So we did it.  This is that.

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