Skip to main content

The Actual Play: As the Game Lies

Back in June of 2014, I attended my very first gaming convention, when I discovered the joys and camaraderie of tabletop RPGs.

Fear The Con 7, a production of the gaming podcast Fear The Boot, was the setting for my first foray into experiencing the world of role playing games, and I had such a blast that since then, I've been trying to introduce people to new games. Getting an RPG started is no easy task, especially when you're surrounded by people that have never done it before, and your work schedule doesn't leave you with very many blocks of 4-6 hours of free time during the week.

But I'm glad I was able to take in that weekend. I wanted to remember it beyond that weekend, so I recorded the game we played in the Improv for Roleplayers workshop that I ran, a game called News Hole.

Written by Jason Morningstar, creator of Fiasco, and someone else who really loves weblinks (why does that page even have a contents box?), News Hole is an improv-heavy RPG for anywhere from 4 to 8 players and explores family relationships and friendships in the world of newspaper publishing and electronic information. Each scene corresponds to up to 17 written statements that could be conveyed by one or more of the characters in each scene. You can use less than 17 scenes, if you like, and for this game, we used 10.

Anyway, I decided to record the game for an Actual Play broadcast. For those of you that are writers, you can see the potential for collaboration leading to great stories. Or in this case, a soap-opera setup/cliffhanger.

I enjoyed my first RPG experience, and this Actual Play is a reminder of the fun I had that weekend. I hope you enjoy it.

There Is No Box.

Popular posts from this blog

The Top 100 Christian Albums of the 1990s: The Top Ten (plus 1)

So I've learned one thing about writing a blog series: plan better. For instance, don't try to write the last installment the week before Easter when you work at a church full-time. That's just a losing proposition.

Here we are. The pinnacle. The peak. The top of the mountain, the best of the best.
The Top 10 Christian Albums of the 1990s. Forget AC/pop radio, because you're not going to hear mid-30s mommy music here. Unless you were a mid-30s mommy in the '90s and actually listened to this stuff. Then it's totally yours. But these albums, to me, are the most beloved, most artistic, most groundbreaking, most creative, and most important albums from that decade, and they span from the very beginning of the 1990s to the very end.

If you hate spoilers, and you want to revisit the rest of the Top 100 before actually diving into the Top 10, you can find them here:
Honorable Mentions

Now, then . . . here we go.

10. SQUINT - Ste…

The Top 100 Christian Albums of the 1990s: 40-31

When the clock finally strikes midnight on this list, my hope is that those who read this series will be inspired to check out some of the albums listed here, and thus find out more about the goodness of God. Yeah, the music is an example of great, quality musicianship and stellar production, but there are truths about the nature of God inherent in the very music itself. If nothing else, we have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Father with our eyes completely shut.

So, here we go. Continuing the count with #40.

40. WORLDS AWAY - Crumbacher-Duke
I saw a print ad for this album in CCM Magazine, and I liked the fashions that Stephen Crumbacher and Christopher Duke were wearing. Back when many Christian bookstores were doing the "Buy 4 Get 1 Free" sticker promotions, I used the stickers I'd saved to get this cassette for free, and I'm glad I did. It would be several years later when I realized who the "Crumbacher" was in the duo, but I was very glad to hav…

The Top 100 Christian Albums of the 1990s: 20-11

Witty and thoughtful introduction. 
Okay, let's get to it.

20. OUR NEWEST ALBUM EVER! - Five Iron Frenzy
Five Iron Frenzy's frantic, humor-laced ska-core blasted its way onto the scene with Upbeats and Beatdowns, their full-length debut. It turned a lot of heads, and created a fanbase stronger than what you would expect to find with most bands. Then, they had to up the ante.

our newest album ever! brings a sharper production to the fold, and the guys (and girl) in FIF had lost none of their intensity or energy. "Handbook for the Sellout" opens up the album with a comedown on haters who find it hard to like a band after they've blown up big, completely with big, meaty hooks and the pointed lyric, "Do you remember where we all came from?" FIF had a knack for cutting right past the BS and lofty spiritual thinking to address concrete, down-to-earth issues from the same Christian perspective, which is why this song and many others in their catalog appealed to th…