Emma and Gil welcome Banana Chan: game writer, larp/RPG designer, board game publisher, horror movie buff, and pop-up museum aficionado. We talk about writing for all kinds of games, how game mechanisms support intense experiences in larp and RPG, the effects of emancipatory bleed, and the effect of moving roleplay online.
Content warning: we discuss games with intense themes, like human sacrifice.
4m29s: The Spire RPG
5m59s: The Circle is a reality show in which contestants are isolated in their homes and can only communicate with others via a text-based app. They’re free to adopt any persona they wish. You can watch the first episode of the American reboot here.
6m27s: Pork roll vs. Taylor ham (two names for the same kind of processed meat) is a long-running debate in the Garden State.
7m01s: Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit, a legendary play with a classic twist.
10m06s: For those of you just joining Ludology, welcome, and we just covered safety tools in Ludology 227 – Respect the X.
11m27s: To make it clear, bleed is a general term to describe a phenomenon (occurring mainly in larp) where a character’s emotions and identity start mixing into a player’s emotions and identity, and vice versa. It can be extremely intense, and larps usually feature necessary wrap-up sessions where players can talk out feelings that the game brought up. Here is an article with a couple of excellent examples of bleed. Jonaya Kemper, who Banana mentions, has written about emancipatory bleed here. Read more about Kemper and her work here.
11m59s: Here’s Albert Kong’s tweet about emancipatory bleed.
12m21s: More info about the Baphomet larp.
17m29s: Diplomacy is a game that’s long-established for challenging friendships.
18m41s: Banana’s new RPG, Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, co-designed with Sen-Foong Lim
22m44s: Warp’s Edge
24m51s: Angelus Morningstar has a good write-up on cultural appropriation in board games here. (Also, when Gil says “I wish this is something more board games would do,” he means “hire cultural sensitivity readers.”)
31m57s: Cobwebs RPG.
32m19s: Alice is Missing RPG.
35m58s: As We Know It.
38m48s: By “corpse,” Gil is referring to the surrealist writing exercise Exquisite Corpse.
42m28s: Here’s the article Gil mentions that describes the benefits of experiencing a horror movie entirely from its Wikipedia page.
43m02s: Here’s Avery Alder’s body horror RPG, Abnormal.
46m05s: The mangaka Junji Ito.
50m52s: Avery Alder’s Monsterhearts.
52m13: Gil is referring to Ludology 226 – Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, in which Dr. Mary Flanagan discussed how psychological distance helps people better associate with a subject.
53m39s: If you’re interested in Goat-2-Meeting, here are the details.