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Episode 250: Lightning Round!!!

July 14th, 2017 | Robin

Who would have believed that when they started a podcast two scrappy writer/game designers could make it all the way to episode 250?

You know what that means: time once again for another Lightning Round, in which we fire through as many questions as we can, starting with those posed to us by our indispensible Patreon backers.

And yes, of course Cary Grant, not Jimmy Stewart, stars in North by Northwest. Ken is just testing you.

This anniversary gains a special frisson, as we must also thank ENnies judges for once again nominating us in the Best Podcast category

But that’s enough preamble. Lightning Time is here!

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7 Responses to “Episode 250: Lightning Round!!!”

  1. Ross Ireland says:

    Hi guys

    Thanks again for the answer. Thinking of the Mokele-Mbembe gave me a smile that was greatly needed.

  2. Newimpartial says:

    On the question about public domain RPG content, surely there is something in the oeuvre of H. G. Wells, out of copyright in the Death+70 countries this year, that has not yet been adapted but should be. Shape of Things to Come RPG?

  3. hüth says:

    “No one’s done an M.R. James roleplaying game”

    Anyone interested in this should watch https://sentinelhillpress.wordpress.com/ for some related developments on this front.

  4. Jeff R. says:

    I feel like enough vocal gamers place far too high a value on rules transparency for core mechanics like resolution to be hidden away inside a phone app without an unmanageable backlash.

    It may be a pathological tendency in the player-base, but it’s too prevalent to ignore.

  5. Phil Masters says:

    1. It’s Marcus Rowland. Forgotten Futures being the correct first port of call prior to or during discussion of roleplaying treatments of just-out-of-copyright material.

    (As I recall, Marcus didn’t try doing anything with H.G.Wells because, well, “out of copyright” is a more complex concept than most of us would like to think.)

    2. Cordwainer Smith reference noted and approved.

  6. Newimpartial says:

    Well, outside of the United States, the copyright status of H.G. Wells’ oeuvre is pretty straightforward now I think – all public domain. But I guess the Disney lobbyists still haven’t allowed the last 20-odd years of his career out of copyright, so the Short History of the World RPG is about as far as you can go. On the other hand, thinking about this question has given me some ideas for an alternative 1920s game …

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