Tale #6 – The Dunning-Krueger Imposter

In the world of self-perception, there are two extremes that are equally wrong. The Dunning-Krueger effect says that those who are woefully incompetent will greatly overestimate their skill, and imposter syndrome is the idea that those who are qualified and highly successful will often feel like they are moments away from … Continue reading

Episode 109 – Visual Character Descriptions, Part 2 (with Krissi Woodward)

We continue our discussion with Krissi Woodward about clothing and visual character descriptions! We pick back up with discussions of cultural and vocational costume, and move on to the effects of technology on what people wear and look like. We then spend a fair bit of time on modesty (and fair warning: While we don’t get obscene, this section does get fairly frank about the human body, so if you’re particularly sensitive keep that in mind.) Then after a few more notes (and mention of the Aghori, who are absolutely fascinating; Poche Posh and

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Episode 152 – A Completely Different Page

Daniel and I start off this episode talking about International Tabletop Day – bringing up his son’s first board game purchase, my opportunity to get a new game to table, and some of what made ITTD great this year. As … Continue reading Continue reading

Tale #5 – We’re All In This Together

We use the word “community” a lot around here. In this episode, I spend some time looking at the various Bible passages that inform the concept of community and its important place in the daily application of the Christian faith. We can’t do this alone – and the “It’s just … Continue reading

Episode 109 – Visual Character Descriptions, Part 1 (with Krissi Woodward)

Krissi Woodward—Grant’s wife and costume designer—joins us once again to discuss visual character descriptions in our game, and especially clothing! We have a couple of announcements related to our Weekend Reading series and our Patreon question rewards. Then we tackle a question from Patreon backer gfactor, who asks about electronic apps or devices which might enhance the tabletop play experience.

With that handled, we begin breaking down the importance of describing character appearances in our games. Grant leads off with a potentially controversial statement about character portraits and minis, which leads us into why players are often hesitant to delve into this at all. Then we go deep into the rabbit hole […]

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Tale #4 – Redemption Stories

I have always been a sucker for redemption stories. This is particularly true during the Easter season, when we not only tell stories that involve a character’s redemption – but recount the redemption story at the heart of our faith. The one where God redeemed, and is still working out … Continue reading

Episode 108 – The Third Commandment (Ten Commandments, Part 3)

Grant, Peter, and Jenny return to discuss the Third Commandment! There’s quite a lot of banter and catching up to do first, of course, and we banter about illness, the forthcoming Amonkhet set in Magic: The Gathering, Snafu Brewing and TRAPPIST-1, and more. We also have a doozy of a question from Patreon backer Richard, who asks us for our favorite stories from the table. Thankfully, we get to respond in kind! (This also gives us an excuse to mention Tooning Japanese in passing, by the way. […]

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