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Saving the Game
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A Christian podcast about tabletop RPGs and video games.
A Christian podcast about tabletop RPGs and video games.

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Fear the Con organizer (and friend!) Adam Gottfried joins us to discuss planning conventions! Plus, we've got the official announcement of Fear the Con 11's 2018 dates! Also: Obscure media we want to turn into games; the Bishop of Jerusalem and Jerusalem Syndrome; and everything that goes into creating a successful mid-size gaming convention.
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We're delighted to welcome Jack Berkenstock Jr. of +The Bodhana Group Inc back onto the mics with us! Jack previously joined us on STG 25, when he introduced us to the idea of roleplaying games as an adjunct therapeutic tool for children who were victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, among others. This time, he’s here to talk more about RPGs in treatment for social skills, grief, loss, and more. He's also got news about Save Against Fear, Bodhana's annual gaming convention, which is coming up in October this year.

Plus: A conversation about which Saturday morning cartoons we'd turn into RPGs; Jack's insatiable appetite for Ghostbusters; /r/ChristianDnD; and much, much more!
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Adam Davis and Adam Johns from +Wheelhouse Workshop join us to discuss how and why they use Dungeons & Dragons in social skills therapy! Their Seattle-based organization has been doing this for a couple of years now, and they’ve got a lot to say. (We’ve also worked with Adam and Adam previously on some Game to Grow content.) We also tackle a question from Patreon supporter Francisco (of the Retro Rewind Podcast) about replacing our favorite RPGs with board games in a pinch, and Grant briefly describes his trip to Electric City Comic-Con 2017 and his terrible-but-awesome decision to help his daughter get into the Pokémon TCG.

Adam and Adam then discuss Wheelhouse Workshop’s work: Why RPGs in general, and D&D in particular, are useful therapeutic tools; how a game session in their offices differs from your usual tabletop session; their house rules for their games; some success stories and interesting moments; and much more. Also, we mention in passing Monte Cook Games’ The Strange and Microscope, both of which are excellent games.

For more information about Wheelhouse Workshop, visit their website or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Scripture: Numbers 23:8, Mark 2:15-17, 1 Peter 5:6-10
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We need morally re-arming stories and myths.
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Our Weekend Reading series (brought to you by our Patreon backers) continues with a curated selection of articles—and a few other things—from around the Internet that interested us this week!

This week: Barats and Bereta Productions' "Bible in a Minute" series; the Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group; Prague's Clementinum Library; randomization in prison where dice are banned; Dan Carlin - Hardcore History and "The Celtic Holocaust"; Martin Junge and Ruth Pfau; Speculative Faith and defining ourselves as members of a community; Richard Bartle and why players quit games; and encoding malware into DNA to attack gene-sequencing computers.
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Matthew Surber, Program Director at the West River Center, joins us to discuss applying good counseling principles to our games! Trust, safety, bonds, empathy, and saying 'yes'—how ought we work these into our games? Plus, a question from a Patreon backer about broad skills and narrow skills; Canada's nuclear wildlife; and more.

Be sure to check the full show notes for links to everything mentioned during the episode!

Scripture: Jonah 2:2, Psalm 119:76, Mark 2:15-17
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Waypoint's "At Play in the Carceral State" series. The Sabbath. Book thieves and book smugglers. And more, and more—it's your Weekend Reading!
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Our series on the Ten Commandments continues with a discussion of the Sabbath! What "keep the Sabbath" means and for whom; why it's in this list of God's commandments; and how this idea of holy, restorative rest applies to our games and our lives. We also spend a little time on Patreon updates; Jenny has some Battletech errata to issue; and we tackle a supporter's question about our favorite RPG characters.
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