9❦ Secretly a Raccoon

“I’m sorry, that particular Shadow object is not allowed h — 

“No, when I said the thing about the light from all of the Suns, I absolutely did NOT mean —

“It’s an entirely different thing! If Void is what has gathered them, all the colors cease to have meaning. Out and apart with you! Can’t you read!?

NO KALEIDOSCOPES OR PINEAPPLES, clear as an Indigo day.”


Join me this evening for a multi-beverage chat with Brie Sheldon, who is on the cusp of making the world a better place by (among many other things) successfully Kickstarting his new game, Turn, a “slice-of-life supernatural roleplaying game with quiet drama about shapeshifters in small, rural towns.” I know: until this moment you neither knew such a thing existed, nor that you needed it. But now you do, and must.

If you hang around til the end of the show, you’ll also discover a new segment, “The Streets of Satyrine” — in which I’ll regale you with stories about the personal games I am running. Tonight we’ll kick off with a little in-world fiction from The Truth Bleeds at Twilight.

HONORED GUESTS

Brie “Beau” Sheldon (@BrieCS)
Brie is a game designer, thinker, and writer. All kinds of good info over at BrieCS.com, or read his blog Thoughty.

SHOW NOTES

Turn is in its final 2-day stretch on Kickstarter. The game (and 3 stretch goals!) have been funded — as I write this, the campaign is currently just $318 away from a fourth, which will invite Gerrit Reininghaus to create the rural community of Halver, in West Germany, as an add-on for the game.

Spoiler alert: Brie says on the show that if we can reach the final posted $20K before tomorrow night, he’ll add a personal, additional stretch goal to sweeten the deal.

$15 bucks gets you a PDF of the game, flavored also with essays, poetry, and lovely artwork. Well worth it.

Other contributors to the project include visual designer John W. Sheldon, developmental editor and consultant Tracy Barnett, illustrator Rhis Harris, poet A.J. Odasso, and essayist Alicia Foster-Scales.


The Truth Bleeds at Twilight has finished Season 1 — you can find all 8 (no, 9) episodes in the archives at Monte Cook Games’ Twitch Channel.

Also, my co-GM for the project Ian Smith has recently obtained Twitch affiliate status as IanGameSmith and has big plans for future streaming. Go follow them for updates!

SPONSORS

Gamers Giving logo: heart, inscribed on a d20, with angelic wings

This episode was sponsored by Gamers Giving (@gamersgivingco), a Denver-based 501(c)3 charity by gamers, for gamers. Gamers Giving organizes events and fundraisers which benefit members of the gaming community who have experienced tragedy.

AUDIO DESIGN

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

Sound Effects ©2018 BBC


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.

6❦ Changing Shape

“One final piece of advice: given the means of your arrival here, you obviously didn’t speak with Quiss when you arrived… if such a thing is even still possible. As such, it’s probably the Triumvirate who are keeping track of your time here. It’s not documented anywhere, but most folks agree 8 days seems a good upper limit.

“You do NOT want to overstay your welcome.”



When The Secret Cellar opened its doors, we quietly spread the word in the expected places: Markus, of course, and Grey Memories; the Castle of the Lie; various prosodies frequented by the Apostate crowd… Our regulars are mostly vislae who take solace in the proximity of this space to the Grey.

But, more rarely, there is another type of guest who finds their way here: the Traveler from Shadow, who has one way or the other taken advantage of the proximity of this space… to Indigo.

Our guest tonight is one such wanderer: Rich Howard (@umbralwalker), whom you may recognize as the concept lead for Descent Into Midnight, of Episode 5 fame.

Role-playing gamers allow us, for just a moment, to change our shape… which can be more impactful than you might realize. I learned a lot from Rich tonight.

ALSO! If you’re the nerdy Invisible Sun type, stick around for my analysis of the structure & signifance of the Sooth Deck. There are still many Secrets to be discovered, but I may just drop some Hidden Knowledge on you. 🤫

HONORED GUEST

Rich Howard (@umbralwalker)

SPONSOR

Gamers Giving logo: heart, inscribed on a d20, with angelic wings

This episode was sponsored by Gamers Giving (@gamersgivingco), a Denver-based 501(c)3 charity by gamers, for gamers. Gamers Giving organizes events and fundraisers which benefit members of the gaming community who have experienced tragedy.

AUDIO DESIGN

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

Sound Effects ©2018 BBC

SHOW NOTES

These show notes can’t hope to capture all of things Rich is involved in, but you should at very least follow him on Twitter, start digging into the podcast archives of Whelmed: The Young Justice Files, Lear more about Descent Into Midnight, and read more about his other work. Also, maybe just ask him impossible questions, point blank and without warning. It worked for me.

Descent into Midnight is an amazing, and deeply human (which is ironic, considering) RPG. Follow @DiMRPG and its creators, Rich Howard (@umbralwalker), Richard Kreutz-Landry (@rkreutzlandry), Taylor LaBresh (@leviathanfiles), and Brandon Leon-Gambetta (@drcaptainkobold).

Rich drinks Jing Tea, and perhaps you should, too. 😉

If you want to learn more about the Sooth Deck, or really anything about Invisible Sun, you should absolutely be listening to Incantations Podcast, hosted by Dr. Scott Robinson (@agonseer; no relation) and Dave Hanlon (@tex_red).

I am honored to be co-GMing the Invisible Sun Actual Play “The Truth Bleeds at Twilight”, in cooperation with Monte Cook Games. We’ll be streaming episode 4 next Friday (September 14) at 7pm on the MonteCookGames Twitch channel, and biweekly thereafter until Thanksgiving. You can also follow The Crepuscule Notion on Twitter or read and contribute at the Notion website.


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.

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.