Profile

Cover photo
Grant Woodward
356 followers|238,895 views
AboutPostsCollectionsPhotosYouTube+1'sReviews

Stream

Grant Woodward
owner

Episode Discussions  - 
 
New episode! Enjoy, folks.
 
After answering a short, fun, and humorous Patreon backer question, Grant and Peter dig into one of the most fascinating, important, and gameable events in all of church history: the First Council of Nicaea. In addition to establishing a lot of church orthodoxy that has lasted to the present day, it also gave us the Nicene Creed, and it was a unique and fascinating event in the history of the world.
Scripture: Isaiah 40:12, John 1:1-5
1 comment on original post
1
1
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward
owner

Episode Discussions  - 
 
We've gotten some amazing guests lately.
 
Rev. Chris Ode—pastor, actor, and religious consultant for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment—joins us in a VERY personal episode this time around. Chris is a Lutheran pastor, and an actor and religious consultant for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. We cover a lot of ground in this discussion, including: Zombie Orpheus’s new project, “Attacking the Darkness” (Kickstarting now!); ZOE’s “Dark Dungeons” movie (an adaptation of the original anti-D&D Chick tract); the lingering effects of Dark Dungeons and other anti-RPG material on the Church, gamers, and gaming; scapegoating; and our own Patreon campaign. (We’re on Patreon now—check out the video for more information!)
Scripture: Isaiah 44:22, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Ephesians 4:31-32
View original post
2
Jared Rascher's profile photoFaithdrawn Studios's profile photoGrant Woodward's profile photoDevin Parker's profile photo
4 comments
 
+Jared Rascher In their defense, I've read a lot of accounts from people who were pretty badly treated in their childhood and teen years because of the Satanic Panic; people who were either not entirely committed to following Christ themselves but had grown up in church, and people who encountered representatives of the church who used the Satanic Panic as justification for their abusive actions (and yes, in some cases we're talking physical bullying). I think it's entirely reasonable for a young person to see people in the church - a place that's supposed to be a safe haven, promising fellowship, love, and truth - spouting absolute nonsense about RPGs, and come to the conclusion that if these people don't even know the first thing about an innocuous hobby, how can they be trusted to know the deep, complex truths of life and the universe? And when they convince your own parents to freak out and throw out all of your cherished (and expensive) books and hobby materials, maybe chucking them into a fire, I don't imagine that's a blow one soon forgets or forgives.

Even in my own life, I remember back in the 80s when our youth pastor was filling our heads with conspiracy theories about backward masking in rock music and devil-worship in D&D. It convinced my brother to stop playing for a month or so, and my parents to question us about our game. Thankfully, my parents were level-headed (my mother being a teacher and my father being a Freemason, so he knew what it was like to be vilified by moral panics). But a lot of people didn't get off as easily as I did. At least I got to keep my gamebooks and keep playing.

I don't know if I'd say it was "cool" to be an atheist in the geek community so much as it's just more acceptable than in mainstream society (or, at least, moreso than it used to be), and so more people are comfortable coming out and saying "Yeah, I'm an atheist, too." They find camaraderie in their shared experiences, frustrations and beliefs. I mean, I wholly acknowledge that there is an aggressive strain of people in atheism who have become every bit as dogmatic and obnoxious about their beliefs as many of the people who spread the Satanic Panic in the first place. But, not only do many atheists acknowledge that this strain exists (and have expressed exasperation with that crowd), again, I don't know that I can entirely blame them. After all, this is what they were subjected to from segments of the church community (or those claiming to represent Jesus in order to justify their bullying - I've personally met one of those people, too) for much of their lives. And it's not as though being an atheist makes life easier outside of the geekosphere, either. They know they don't stand a chance of getting very far into political office in America, for example...

I think that if we're to have meaningful relationships with these people, we have to be honest and contrite in dealing with this sordid bit of church history, and take them at their word when they talk about the things that happened to them. Even though it was many decades ago, every few months I see a thread in my Google+ or Facebook feed where someone posts "Dark Dungeons" or the infamous "60 Minutes" episode where they got a reaction from Gary Gygax and says, "Remember when this happened?" And then all the anecdotes start pouring out again... It clearly left a mark on some people's hearts.
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
"“But Peter,” you might say, “you at Saving the Game have always resisted taking money from listeners. Why now? What’s changed?” The short answer to that is “my mind.” You see I, Peter, have been the major road block on the road to taking donations."

If you're so inclined, you can now support Saving the Game via +Patreon! Peter wrote a great blog post talking about our Patreon campaign (and why we're doing it now.) You can also find out more at patreon.com/savingthegame and stgcast.org/patreon. Thanks!
2 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward
owner

Episode Discussions  - 
 
Of all the episodes we've done this year, I think this one might be my favorite. It's very personal and very honest, and I think it's the most explicitly spiritual episode of the year. Enjoy, folks!
 
This is one of our most personal episodes to date: A discussion of healing, injury, miracles, and the calling to care for others, as well as all the problems most RPGs have in presenting those difficulties and the story opportunities found there. Plus, more information about Game to Grow; a heads-up on our upcoming Patreon campaign; and some love for other podcasts. Check the show notes for links as usual, and enjoy!
1 comment on original post
1
Jared Rascher's profile photoShawn Stauffer's profile photoJustin Lowmaster (Chivalrybean)'s profile photo
5 comments
 
I'd enforce spell components and make them hard to get, or expensive, so you have to work hard to get them. 
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward
owner

Everything Else  - 
 
Hey folks! We'll talk about this more in our next episode, but we're collaborating with a number of figures and organizations who focus on clinical research and therapeutic uses of tabletop RPGs for a new video series. It's pretty exciting to work with these folks—they're very intelligent people approaching games from a fascinating viewpoint. Watch the video, and if you like what's promised, subscribe to the YouTube channel and stay tuned!
 
For the past couple of months, we've been working with The Bodhana Group, Wheelhouse Workshop, and others on a fantastic new project: "Game To Grow". It's a monthly video cast focusing on the therapeutic and beneficial uses of tabletop roleplaying games, featuring a rotating panel of experts in various mental-health fields and researchers focused on roleplaying games of various sorts. We'll be participating in those panels, and leading discussions on strengthening character, moral decisions in games, and more. Check out this introductory video to meet the participants!

Game to Grow promises to be awesome, and we're incredibly excited to be part of this project. You can find out more at gametogrow.com; and of course we'll share episodes and news on our feed as well.
View original post
3
William Carson's profile photo

Grant Woodward
owner

Episode Discussions  - 
 
What an episode! *James Wyatt*—well-known D&D and Magic: the Gathering writer, and former Methodist minister—joined us to talk about fantasy pantheon design. It turned out to be a riot, but James also provided a wealth of detail and knowledge that really turned this into a fantastic episode. Enjoy, folks!
 
Former Methodist minister and current Wizards of the Coast writer James Wyatt joins us to talk about designing pantheons for fantasy settings! James is a long-time D&D writer with a multitude of major credits, and he’s currently writing for the Magic: the Gathering creative team. That experience shows in this conversation, which covers the qualities of well-designed pantheons, their essential natures, and a multitude of design details relevant to your campaign world. Enjoy!
View original post
4
1
Christopher Ruthenbeck's profile photoTodd Zircher's profile photo
2 comments
 
Given that you all liked ad-libbing the deity/pantheon creation bit. Why not play a game like Microscope before the campaign to flesh out the pantheon as part of game play?
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
356 people
Krissi Woodward's profile photo
Shark Bone Podcast's profile photo
Paul Woodward's profile photo
Jeffry Willis (Jeffrywith1e)'s profile photo
Jonathan Henry's profile photo
Aethera's profile photo
Devon Kelley's profile photo
Alistair McNear's profile photo
Michael Gentile's profile photo

Grant Woodward

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Rev. Chris Ode—pastor, actor, and religious consultant for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment—joins us in a VERY personal episode this time around. Chris is a Lutheran pastor, and an actor and religious consultant for Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. We cover a lot of ground in this discussion, including: Zombie Orpheus’s new project, “Attacking the Darkness” (Kickstarting now!); ZOE’s “Dark Dungeons” movie (an adaptation of the original anti-D&D Chick tract); the lingering effects of Dark Dungeons and other anti-RPG material on the Church, gamers, and gaming; scapegoating; and our own Patreon campaign. (We’re on Patreon now—check out the video for more information!)
Scripture: Isaiah 44:22, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Ephesians 4:31-32
View original post
1
Willie Gross's profile photo
 
I'm definitely stealing "Get out of here. You're dead! You don't exist anymore." 
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward
owner

Everything Else  - 
 
 
"“But Peter,” you might say, “you at Saving the Game have always resisted taking money from listeners. Why now? What’s changed?” The short answer to that is “my mind.” You see I, Peter, have been the major road block on the road to taking donations."

If you're so inclined, you can now support Saving the Game via +Patreon! Peter wrote a great blog post talking about our Patreon campaign (and why we're doing it now.) You can also find out more at patreon.com/savingthegame and stgcast.org/patreon. Thanks!
2 comments on original post
1
1
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
This is one of our most personal episodes to date: A discussion of healing, injury, miracles, and the calling to care for others, as well as all the problems most RPGs have in presenting those difficulties and the story opportunities found there. Plus, more information about Game to Grow; a heads-up on our upcoming Patreon campaign; and some love for other podcasts. Check the show notes for links as usual, and enjoy!
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
For the past couple of months, we've been working with The Bodhana Group, Wheelhouse Workshop, and others on a fantastic new project: "Game To Grow". It's a monthly video cast focusing on the therapeutic and beneficial uses of tabletop roleplaying games, featuring a rotating panel of experts in various mental-health fields and researchers focused on roleplaying games of various sorts. We'll be participating in those panels, and leading discussions on strengthening character, moral decisions in games, and more. Check out this introductory video to meet the participants!

Game to Grow promises to be awesome, and we're incredibly excited to be part of this project. You can find out more at gametogrow.com; and of course we'll share episodes and news on our feed as well.
View original post
1
1
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward
owner

Episode Discussions  - 
 
 
Grant and Peter discuss Peter’s new job, Grant’s new hobby, and the impact those sorts of life changes and callings can change the inner lives of your characters, how they can be reflected (or not) mechanically, and how they can affect the way your game progresses. Also, painting and the One Shot RPG Podcast's "Tenra Bansho Zero" actual play series!
View original post
2
1
Justin Lowmaster (Chivalrybean)'s profile photoDevin Parker's profile photo
2 comments
 
Funny, I started listening to ONE SHOT's actual play of Tenra Bansho Zero just this week! The game was translated from Japanese to English by +Andy Kitkowski and Kotodama Heavy Industries Games (the same folks who brought us Ryuutama and Shinobigami. TBZ is available in both print and PDF:

http://www.tenra-rpg.com/
Add a comment...

Grant Woodward

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Spoiler Warning: Minor spoilers for Wolfenstein: The New Order and Spec Ops: The Line.

I ran into an interesting roadblock recently while playing Wolfenstein: The New Order. At the end of the first chapter of the game, you’re presented with a sadistic choice by the villain and the game is pretty insistent that you actually make it...
View original post
1
Add a comment...
Grant's Collections
People
Have him in circles
356 people
Krissi Woodward's profile photo
Shark Bone Podcast's profile photo
Paul Woodward's profile photo
Jeffry Willis (Jeffrywith1e)'s profile photo
Jonathan Henry's profile photo
Aethera's profile photo
Devon Kelley's profile photo
Alistair McNear's profile photo
Michael Gentile's profile photo
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Saragon
Story
Tagline
Proud father, "Saving the Game" co-host, and software support technician for Condrey Corporation
Work
Occupation
Software Support
Links
Other profiles
Contributor to
Grant Woodward's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Unknown Armies 3 Playtest Session 1
roleplaybbb.blogspot.com

This session we went through the cooperative world building and character creation. Some of that is happened by email between me and the pla

Five Gaming Podcasts That You Should Totally Check Out
castinglotsblog.blogspot.com

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! It's been a long week at the brick plant and I've been spending the three hours of the day I have that a

We're All Mad Here -- My Experience as a First Time Gamer, Part 2
livingonthebackburner.blogspot.com

Previously, I began to take a pensively reflective look at my experience at Fear The Con 7, a roleplaying game convention put on by the folk

Basic Instructions - Basic Instructions - How to Deal with a Problem
basicinstructions.net

As always, thanks for using my Amazon Affiliate links ( US , UK , Canada ).

Untappd - Discover Beer
market.android.com

Get ready to drink socially with Untappd!Untappd is a social discovery and check-in network for anyone that enjoys beer. It gives you the ab

Pixel Dungeon
market.android.com

Píxel Dungeon es un juego tradicional tipo picaro con gráficos pixel-art de última generación y una interfaz simple.Explora las profundidade

Tactics, Recoil, and Single-Shot Guns
shadowrungm.blogspot.com

I sat on this post for a good long while, mostly because I wanted to try and find a way to explain what I was seeing, and thinking, with the

Biblia
market.android.com

En más de 100 millones de dispositivos móviles alrededor del mundo, las personas están leyendo, escuchando y compartiendo la Biblia a través

Plume for Twitter
market.android.com

Plume is a beautiful and completely customizable Twitter app that will revolutionize the way you use Twitter! Brought to you by the authors

Gmail
market.android.com

Gmail is built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. And maybe even fun. Get your email instantly via push no

Save Against Fear
www.saveagainstfear.com

The Bodhana Group presents Save Aganist Fear

My Singing Monsters
market.android.com

Welcome to My Singing Monsters! A world inhabited by strange creatures for you to collect, breed, play and control! Marvel as your monstrous

Starbound Biome Diversity Demo
www.youtube.com

A demonstration of the variety of biome you're able to find in Starbound. This is just a small selection of the kind of worlds you'll encoun

The Doom Kickstarter: My Response |
keith-baker.com

Yesterday, Erik Chevalier of the Forking Path announced that he has cancelled the Kickstarter to produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City

Maps
market.android.com

Explore new places, discover local favorites, and navigate your world with Google Maps. Available on Android phones and tablets with a simpl

WordPress
market.android.com

Write new posts, edit content, and manage comments on your WordPress blog.WordPress for Android is an Open Source app that empowers you to w

Google+
market.android.com

Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot sim

Spotify
plus.google.com

Listen to music for free on Spotify

I think this might be the best barber shop in Greer. Just got my hair cut here for the first time—I asked for a big change in my appearance and they did a great job. There was a bit of a long wait, but that was due entirely to how busy they seem to be on a Saturday; once my turn came up, I got a very professional haircut with due attention to detail and very little wasted time. The large number of customers ahead of me turned out to be a solid testament to their quality. Good price, great product, great experience. I'll definitely be back.
• • •
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Fox's Pizza is very quick (I've never waited more than 15 minutes for a pickup order, and usually it's been waiting for me for a while by then.) I'm very fond of their cheese sticks, and their pizza is of very good quality. Their non-pizza offerings are also excellent, especially the stromboli. They've got a very friendly staff and are always polite on the phone -- rarer than you'd think, and worth appreciating. My only complaint, and it's not exactly a fair complaint so I'm not knocking a star off, is that Fox's IS a franchise, and as such it doesn't really have the flexibility to offer anything truly unique to that particular location. For what it is, though, you'd be hard-pressed to find better pizza anywhere in Greenville.
• • •
Public - 6 years ago
reviewed 6 years ago
3 reviews
Map
Map
Map
When my brother-in-law's florist failed to get anything together in time for his fiance's bridal portraits, we called Expressions Unlimited in a rush. They had a bouquet together in an hour - can't get better service than that.
Public - 7 years ago
reviewed 7 years ago