Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mandatory Metallica, er, Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff

If you're the sort to listen to podcasts (or even if you aren't, really) and you're not listening to Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, you should rectify that as soon as possible. Ken Hite and Robin D. Laws, two of the most erudite and inventive gaming writers working today, sit down for an hour every week and talk about, well, stuff. It's mostly gaming-focused, but they do branch out into other topics like movies, food, time travel...

It's easily the best gaming-related podcast I've ever listened to. Episode 21 (the most recent) opens with a 30-minute discussion of how to be a better player that I think should be mandatory listening for every gamer - player and GM alike. Even if you don't agree with what they have to say (I myself am no huge fan of Laws' approach to what makes game rules "good"), there's always plenty of interesting food for thought to chew on. Here's one, also from the most recent episode, roughly paraphrased:
[Talking about the holy grail of old school play, the sandbox free of any built-in story.] "The GM designing his dungeon says to himself, 'These four rooms will be less dangerous, this fifth room will be super-dangerous.' You're telling a story with your dungeon design!"


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