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Mike Perna of +InnRoads Ministries and Game Store Prophets joins us to talk about a complex problem in both faith communities and geek communities: Gatekeeping. Mike’s joined us before for Episode 33 (“Our Origin Stories”), and he was a perfect fit for this topic in many ways. He previously wrote an excellent article on gatekeeping, and has a lot of wisdom and experience to share with us.  We hit on a lot of small details—’controllers’ vs. ‘facilitators'; gatekeeping in church and in geek culture; comments on “pastoral customs” by Pope Francis; and others—but our focus is on solving the problem when you encounter it, not just documenting it. It’s a rather thoughtful episode, so enjoy, and tell us what you think in the comments!
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Mike Perna of +InnRoads Ministries and Game Store Prophets joins us to talk about a complex problem in both faith communities and geek communities: Gatekeeping. Mike’s joined us before for Episode 33 (“Our Origin Stories”), and he was a perfect fit for this topic in many ways. He previously wrote an excellent article on gatekeeping, and has a lot of wisdom and experience to share with us.  We hit on a lot of small details—’controllers’ vs. ‘facilitators'; gatekeeping in church and in geek culture; comments on “pastoral customs” by Pope Francis; and others—but our focus is on solving the problem when you encounter it, not just documenting it. It’s a rather thoughtful episode, so enjoy, and tell us what you think in the comments!
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Well, if anything random was going to make my day, this is it.
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Grant and Peter are back to talk about non-human player characters—the weirder, the better! After a quick reminder to rate and review us on iTunes or Stitcher, we get on with our main topic. We run through the spectrum of inhumanity: Near-humans, former humans, intelligent animals, and more! Then, we go through questions players (and GMs) need to ask themselves about these sorts of characters to make them effective, believable, and interesting. Enjoy!
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High five from the guy who has played Emerson as a Kalashtar(sp?) and Gamma World (new) as a sentient Swarm of Scrubbing Bubbles Brushed (like from the ads)

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Guess what? We've officially been producing Saving the Game episodes for OVER THREE YEARS now. Three years! That's crazy. And it's the kind of crazy we couldn't have maintained without three years of help and support from friends. guests, and especially listeners (and yes, some of you fall into multiple categories.) Knowing you're out there, getting to meet you and talk with you, receiving critiques and encouragement alike—those are the things that keep us going.

So thank you, all of you. You rock, and you alone really make the show possible. Here's to the next three years!
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I especially want to thank those of you who hang around here and keep this little community of listeners going. You've lent us a lot of strength and encouragement over three years, and you're the folks we think of when we think of a "STG listener community". Thanks for everything!
 
Guess what? We've officially been producing Saving the Game episodes for OVER THREE YEARS now. Three years! That's crazy. And it's the kind of crazy we couldn't have maintained without three years of help and support from friends. guests, and especially listeners (and yes, some of you fall into multiple categories.) Knowing you're out there, getting to meet you and talk with you, receiving critiques and encouragement alike—those are the things that keep us going.

So thank you, all of you. You rock, and you alone really make the show possible. Here's to the next three years!
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3 years!!! Awrsome
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Grant and Peter are back, with Fear the Con 8 behind us and new gaming horizons ahead! Grant’s had some major changes in his local gaming group, which prompt some discussion, but soon enough it’s on to our main topic: Picking a system that works best for the kinds of stories you want to tell while gaming. From universal to simulationist to light-weight indie games, we weigh all the considerations we can to help you pick the right game.
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Our con report is in! Peter and Grant were at Fear the Con 8 this past weekend, and it was just as awesome as we expected. It's a short bonus episode, with a lot of shoutouts to different folks, so enjoy!
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Fear the con 8 was amazing. I'm glad both of you guys made it. I was a little worried on wing night that Grant wasn't going to make it but it all work out. 
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Mike Perna of +InnRoads Ministries and Game Store Prophets joins us to talk about a complex problem in both faith communities and geek communities: Gatekeeping. Mike’s joined us before for Episode 33 (“Our Origin Stories”), and he was a perfect fit for this topic in many ways. He previously wrote an excellent article on gatekeeping, and has a lot of wisdom and experience to share with us.  We hit on a lot of small details—’controllers’ vs. ‘facilitators'; gatekeeping in church and in geek culture; comments on “pastoral customs” by Pope Francis; and others—but our focus is on solving the problem when you encounter it, not just documenting it. It’s a rather thoughtful episode, so enjoy, and tell us what you think in the comments!
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Our next episode will almost certainly be delayed an extra day—Grant's had a busy two weeks! Thankfully, Paeter over at the Spirit Blade Underground podcast (the official podcast of Christian Geek Central) has our backs. He did a nice little interview with us, giving us a chance to introduce STG to some listeners who maybe hadn't heard of us before. Check it out, and spread it around—it's a great episode and CGC deserves the love!
The official podcast of Christian Geek Central! (http://www.christiangeekcentral.com) A review of Pixels and a chat with the hosts of the "Saving The Game" Podcast! Plus, what Geeks have in common with Noah as we continue through the book of Hebrews! SUBMISSIONS/FEEDBACK ...
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Grant and Peter are back to talk about non-human player characters—the weirder, the better! After a quick reminder to rate and review us on iTunes or Stitcher, we get on with our main topic. We run through the spectrum of inhumanity: Near-humans, former humans, intelligent animals, and more! Then, we go through questions players (and GMs) need to ask themselves about these sorts of characters to make them effective, believable, and interesting. Enjoy!
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Guess what? We've officially been producing Saving the Game episodes for OVER THREE YEARS now. Three years! That's crazy. And it's the kind of crazy we couldn't have maintained without three years of help and support from friends. guests, and especially listeners (and yes, some of you fall into multiple categories.) Knowing you're out there, getting to meet you and talk with you, receiving critiques and encouragement alike—those are the things that keep us going.

So thank you, all of you. You rock, and you alone really make the show possible. Here's to the next three years!
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Grant and Peter are back, with Fear the Con 8 behind us and new gaming horizons ahead! Grant’s had some major changes in his local gaming group, which prompt some discussion, but soon enough it’s on to our main topic: Picking a system that works best for the kinds of stories you want to tell while gaming. From universal to simulationist to light-weight indie games, we weigh all the considerations we can to help you pick the right game.
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When I first read Marvel Heroic, I really didn't like it.  I listened to a few actual play recordings of games.  Oddly, a few times I would hear things that I didn't think was quite right based on what I was reading, and it made me keep plugging on with the system.

Once I finally ran the game, it was so much more intuitive in practice than it reads on the page.  It also felt a lot more like the pacing of the narrative of a comic book instead of rules trying to model the physics of a comics world, which is a subtle difference.

I really do love learning new systems, although the more fiddly the system, the more it really has to impress me before it goes on the "want to run or play" docket.  Recently, I've even gotten to play a World of Darkness game for the first time in my very long gaming history.

That said, while I think it's very good to learn new systems, there are people for whom a system just doesn't work.  

When I was running at the FLGS, I had a couple players that really liked my GMing, but those players tended to like games like Pathfinder or D&D more, and the more narrative or lose the rules of a game got, the less comfortable they were with the game.

We had a stint where we played 13th Age, and one of our players, who really liked rolling dice and making characters and wasn't really big on being assertive or roleplaying, enjoyed the game, for the most part, but in 13th Age Organized Play, there is often a part of the adventures where, instead of trudging for two weeks rolling for random encounters, the adventure would call for "tell us something that was difficult in the journey and how you overcame it."  He really hated trying to come up with that sort of thing on the fly.

Even now, while I love Marvel Heroic, I am very interested to try Worlds in Peril as a supers game, since it has a similar, "model the narrative, not the world" feel to it.

That said, I often get really leery of too much "this system can do everything, so it should do everything" that I see creep into gamer thought.  I've seen it happen with d20, Savage Worlds, Hero System, Fate, and most recently, Apocalypse World games.  I want to try out games.  I want to use them over time.  I don't want to find the "one true system" and use that one system to the exclusion of all others from that point on.
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