Episode 111 – LARP and the Psychology of Play (with Dr. Sarah Lynne Bowman)

Psychology researcher, professor, and LARPer Dr. Sarah Lynne Bowman joins us for a fascinating discussion of LARP and the psychology of play and roleplaying! Sarah had an enormous amount of information to pass along to us about different styles of live-action roleplay, terminology and concepts in LARP and in the psychology of play, the seeming dichotomy between tabletop and live-action play, and so much more. It’s a bit less organized than many of our episodes, simply because we let Sarah take charge of much of the conversation, but we definitely think it turned out better for that! (And check below for a long list of links Sarah provided for us.)

We also answer a question from Patreon supporter Paige, who wanted to know how much time we spend each week on tabletop gaming; briefly discuss Overwatch; and mention

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Episode 110 – Spiritual Warfare (with Rev. Derek White)

The Rev. Derek White, longtime friend of the show and known to the Internet as “The Geekpreacher”, joins us once again to discuss spiritual warfare! After introducing Derek (and letting him plug GaryCon), we turn our attention to some important information about fake beards and Fear the Con. Peter and Jenny will be wearing fake beards (ridiculous, nonsensical fake beards, to be clear) to Fear the Con in support of Pat Roper (one of Fear the Boot’s hosts) and his ongoing treatment for Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. We also pass on the news of a listener’s new game,

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Tale #7 – Role & Ritual

We use the word ‘ritual’ to describe everything from the silly to the sublime. We use it to describe wearing the same pair of socks until our team makes it through the playoffs, as well as the means by which we connect to our Creator in worship. In this tale, … Continue reading

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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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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