4❦ Grey Areas

What does its arrival mean for the Grey? What does it mean for Grey Havens, like this one? No divination in the Actuality can make that clear. Time, alone, will tell.”

Today I chat with Alexei Othenin-Girard about the historical Surrealism movement as a basis for understanding and telling stories within Invisible Sun — but more interesting, Alexei takes issue with some elements of the setting. What is really going on in the Grey?

I also perform a (spoiler-free!) virtual unboxing of the Directed Campaign for Invisible Sun.

CREDITS

Honored guests:
Alexei Othenin-Girard (@voxexmachina)

Audio Design:
Casey Ross (@caseyrawz)
https://www.rawzstudios.com

Sound Effects ©2018 BBC

SHOW NOTES

Alexei teaches game design at Balboa High School in San Francisco.

His podcast, Carpe DM, chronicles the adventures of Meredith, who is learning to GM by planning a D&D campaign.

You can read his tweetstorm/article on “Surrealism and Invisible Sun” on Medium.


Invisible Sun’s Directed Campaign is currently available for purchase.


Monte Cook Games (@montecookgames)
http://montecookgames.com

Invisible Sun
http://invisiblesunrpg.com

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games, with whom Zeros.Bar and the Secret Cellar have no affiliation.

3❦ Deeply Personal Choices

Spying, Scrying, I don’t care what you call it. What happens in the Cellar stays in the Cellar.”

Tonight we talk with improv comedian Alan Linic, who recently played Wayne on OneShot RPG’s A Woman with Hollow Eyes, about the intersections of improv, tabletop, and tech — and why Invisible Sun as a system leads to deeply personal character choices. You’ll also meet Talbert Tso, who will be playing Zearonith in my upcoming home game.

We’ll also hear from Rourke Bywater, who created Suns & Circles, a 2-player game which utilzes the Invisible Sun Sooth Deck, and can be either either in- or out-of-world.

This podcast is enhanced with links and images; use a player such as Overcast (iOS) or Pocket Casts (Android) to view them.

CREDITS

Honored guests:
Alan Linic (@alanlinic)
Talbert Tso

The lovely independent press who sponsored this episode:
Razorgirl Press

Audio Design:
Casey Ross (@caseyrawz)
https://www.rawzstudios.com

Sound Effects ©2018 BBC

SHOW NOTES

Alan plays (and teaches) for Second City in Chicago.

His podcast, TL;DM, discusses D&D DMing, from both sides of the DM screen.

OneShotRPG recently wrapped season 1 of A Woman with Hollow Eyes, in which Alan played “angry, self-defeating hubris-man” Wayne.

OneShot also produced Dungeon Dome, the pro-wrestling D&D 5E mashup.


Talbert Tso played Weaver Xion Sumisu (Zianillion Luminariste Smith) in my Invisible Sun beta compaign, and will be playing his uncle, Zearonith Illuminix Smith, in our upcoming home game.


Monte Cook Games (@montecookgames)
http://montecookgames.com

Invisible Sun
http://invisiblesunrpg.com

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games, with whom Zeros.Bar and the Secret Cellar have no affiliation.

2❦ Apostate

Yes. Yes, I understand. We’ll take steps to ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again. And here’s the… item I promised. Thank you for your subtlety in this matter.

Tonight we talk with author & real-life Apostate Erin Stalcup (erinstalcup.com) about how to smash with compassion, in both Grey & Indigo.

We’ll also hear from Rourke Bywater, who created Suns & Circles, a 2-player game which utilzes the Invisible Sun Sooth Deck, and can be either either in- or out-of-world.

This podcast is enhanced with links and images; use a player such as Overcast (iOS) or Pocket Casts (Android) to view them.

CREDITS

Honored guests:
Erin Stalcup (erin.stalcup@gmail.com)
Rourke Bywater (@rourkebywater)

The lovely independent press who sponsored this episode:
Razorgirl Press

Audio Design:
Casey Ross (@caseyrawz)
https://www.rawzstudios.com

Sound Effects ©2018 BBC

SHOW NOTES

The rad local spots on Erin’s water bottle (Next time you’re in Flag, let’s do this):
Diablo Burger
Wanderlust Brewing
Mother Road Brewing
Fratelli’s Pizza

And, the literary magazine she edits:
Waxwing
The Tunnels

You can read her work at:
ErinStalcup.com

Waxwing Magazine and Erin’s website were designed by Beautymark Design Studio.

You can purchase her books on Amazon (affiliate links, to support this show):
And Yet It Moves, a collection of short stories
Every Living Species, a novel

Read a bit about Paulo Freire (who is in fact from Brazil!)

Monte Cook writes a bit about Apostates in the actuality in this Kickstarter update.


Rourke Bywater is the creator of Suns & Circles, a game for two players that uses an Invisible Sun Sooth Deck.

You can find her on Twitter at @rourkebywater or say hi on Twitch as Rourke9.


Monte Cook Games (@montecookgames)
http://montecookgames.com

Invisible Sun
http://invisiblesunrpg.com

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games, with whom Zeros.Bar and the Secret Cellar have no affiliation.

1❦ Elegant Madness: The UX of Invisible Sun

I’m happy you found us down here. I hope you’ll return. Next time, please do refrain from casting.

A look at Invisible Sun through the lens of UX and game design. Honored guest: Ian Smith.

This podcast is enhanced with links and images; use a player such as Overcast (iOS) or Pocket Casts (Android) to view them.

CREDITS

Honored guest:
Ian Smith (@iangamesmith)

An organization I’d like you to know about:
Lawful Good Gaming

Audio Design:
Casey Ross (@caseyrawz)
https://www.rawzstudios.com

Sound Effects ©2018 BBC

SHOW NOTES

The orange bitters I’m digging on:
King Floyd’s Orange Bitters

John Gruber (@gruber) writes as Daring Fireball and broadcasts on “The Talk Show with John Gruber”.

Dr. Scott Robinson (no relation; @AgonSeer) and Dave Hanlon (@tex_red) host the Incantations podcast, devoted to all things Invisible Sun. Incantations is hosted on the CypherCast Network.

Darcy Ross (@DarcyLRoss) and Troy Pichelman (@TroyP23) host the Cypher Speak podcast. Cypher Speak is part of the Misdirected Mark family of podcasts.

Benjamin Ellinger, Digipen Institute
Personal site: http://zenrhino.org
Engagement Theory: http://faculty.digipen.edu/~bellinge

Monte Cook Games (@montecookgames)
http://montecookgames.com

Invisible Sun
http://invisiblesunrpg.com

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games, with whom Zeros.Bar and the Secret Cellar have no affiliation.