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Proud father, "Saving the Game" co-host, and software support technician for Condrey Corporation
Proud father, "Saving the Game" co-host, and software support technician for Condrey Corporation

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Psychology researcher, professor, and LARPer Dr. +Sarah Lynne Bowman joins us for a fascinating discussion of LARP and the psychology of play and roleplaying! Sarah had an enormous amount of information to pass along to us about different styles of live-action roleplay, terminology and concepts in LARP and in the psychology of play, the seeming dichotomy between tabletop and live-action play, and so much more. It’s a bit less organized than many of our episodes, simply because we let Sarah take charge of much of the conversation, but we definitely think it turned out better for that! (And check below for a long list of links Sarah provided for us.)

We also answer a question from Patreon supporter Paige, who wanted to know how much time we spend each week on tabletop gaming; briefly discuss Overwatch; and mention Bottlequest, a Golden Cobra two-page LARP game we used in our recent Fellowship game as a one-shot bottle episode mechanic. Plus, a bit more information about fake beards and Fear the Con X!

For a full list of everything we mentioned in passing during this episode, as well as a few other things of interest, check the full show notes. And special thanks to +Peter Martin for editing this one while +Grant Woodward was on vacation—especially given how long the episode went!

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 16:3, Luke 12:2

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Really a wonderful episode. We definitely need to get Dr. Bowman back on the show soon.
Psychology researcher, professor, and LARPer Dr. +Sarah Lynne Bowman joins us for a fascinating discussion of LARP and the psychology of play and roleplaying! Sarah had an enormous amount of information to pass along to us about different styles of live-action roleplay, terminology and concepts in LARP and in the psychology of play, the seeming dichotomy between tabletop and live-action play, and so much more. It’s a bit less organized than many of our episodes, simply because we let Sarah take charge of much of the conversation, but we definitely think it turned out better for that! (And check below for a long list of links Sarah provided for us.)

We also answer a question from Patreon supporter Paige, who wanted to know how much time we spend each week on tabletop gaming; briefly discuss Overwatch; and mention Bottlequest, a Golden Cobra two-page LARP game we used in our recent Fellowship game as a one-shot bottle episode mechanic. Plus, a bit more information about fake beards and Fear the Con X!

For a full list of everything we mentioned in passing during this episode, as well as a few other things of interest, check the full show notes. And special thanks to +Peter Martin for editing this one while +Grant Woodward was on vacation—especially given how long the episode went!

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:7, Proverbs 16:3, Luke 12:2

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The Rev. Derek White, longtime friend of the show and known to the Internet as “The Geekpreacher”, joins us once again to discuss spiritual warfare! After introducing Derek (and letting him plug GaryCon), we turn our attention to some important information about fake beards and Fear the Con. Peter and Jenny will be wearing fake beards (ridiculous, nonsensical fake beards, to be clear) to Fear the Con in support of Pat Roper (one of Fear the Boot’s hosts) and his ongoing treatment for Stage 3 pancreatic cancer. We also pass on the news of a listener’s new game, the KARMA RPG System, funding on IndieGoGo.
With that taken care of, we address a question from Patreon supporter Francisco (of the Retro Rewind Podcast) about our favorite psalms, and any we might have memorized. (Turns out at least half of us really like Psalm 40, either live in concert or from the original album.) Then we settle in on our main topic: Spiritual warfare, in its various forms and interpretations among Christian traditions as well as in our roleplaying games. Derek and Peter both draw heavily from the book Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and Devils for the Disenchanted by Richard Beck for this discussion; likewise, Grant pulls from the PCUSA’s “What We Believe” series, specifically this article on the problem of evil.
Also mentioned in this episode: Gustav Davidson’s A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels; Mayfair’s Role Aids line of RPG supplements; and Daniel Solis‘s Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple.
Scripture:Genesis 3:13-15, 2 Kings 6:15-17, Luke 8:26-31, Ephesians 6:10-13.

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Utterly nonsensical beards. On our faces. At a convention. To help a man fight cancer.
Want to see us in truly, nonsensically outrageous fake beards? Want to help a good man fight cancer? Of COURSE you do.

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Wrapping up our long, two-part episode on clothing and visual character descriptions.
We continue our discussion with Krissi Woodward about clothing and visual character descriptions! We pick back up with discussions of cultural and vocational costume, and move on to the effects of technology on what people wear and look like. We then spend a fair bit of time on modesty (and fair warning: While we don’t get obscene, this section does get fairly frank about the human body, so if you’re particularly sensitive keep that in mind.) Then after a few more notes (and mention of the Aghori, who are absolutely fascinating; Poche Posh and Soviet denim smugglers; and underground Korean tattoos), we quickly mention other aspects of appearance. We then spend some time on what clothing can and should mean for Christians, and how God sees past what we wear into our very hearts. Finally, we wrap up with some useful and recommended tools and means for getting artwork or minis done for your character!
Tools and sites mentioned: Heromachine; Hero Forge; DeviantArt; ArtStation; Emergency Commissions on Tumblr; and the /r/ArmoredWomen, /r/ReasonableFantasy, and /r/ImaginaryCharacters subreddits.
Scripture: Genesis 3:6-7, Exodus 28:15-21, Isaiah 53:2, James 2:1-4

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We had a lot to say about this (and by 'we' I mean +Krissi Woodward) - so much I had to split this episode into two parts!
Krissi Woodward joins us once again to discuss visual character descriptions in our game, and especially clothing! We have a couple of announcements related to our Weekend Reading series and our Patreon question rewards. Then we tackle a question from Patreon backer gfactor, who asks about electronic apps or devices which might enhance the tabletop play experience.
With that handled, we begin breaking down the importance of describing character appearances in our games. Grant leads off with a potentially controversial statement about character portraits and minis, which leads us into why players are often hesitant to delve into this at all. Then we go deep into the rabbit hole with Krissi, talking about clothing (and other elements of our appearance) in a conversation that went so long, we had to split it into two parts!
Scripture: Genesis 3:6-7, Exodus 28:15-21, Isaiah 53:2, James 2:1-4

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Your Weekend Reading list has arrived! This time:

Jenny suggests articles about loving yourself, a single mom championing family-friendly gaming, and Mr. Trash Wheel.

Peter suggests articles on dragons in Scripture, what to do when YOU are the problem player, and exactly how much humanity a robot should have.

And Grant suggests articles on reading Christian and secular fiction, donating to your local library's gaming program, and the evolving meaning of the word 'otaku'.

Enjoy, and please feel free to discuss these articles in the comments! And as always, thanks to our Patreon supporters for making this series possible.

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Your Weekend Reading list has arrived! This time:

Jenny suggests articles about loving yourself, a single mom championing family-friendly gaming, and Mr. Trash Wheel.

Peter suggests articles on dragons in Scripture, what to do when YOU are the problem player, and exactly how much humanity a robot should have.

And Grant suggests articles on reading Christian and secular fiction, donating to your local library's gaming program, and the evolving meaning of the word 'otaku'.

Enjoy, and please feel free to discuss these articles in the comments! And as always, thanks to our Patreon supporters for making this series possible.

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Chicken churches and God's calling in a fallible world. Free tattoo cover-ups for gang members. Robots arrested for buying drugs off the Deep Web. It's your new Weekend Reading post!

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Chicken churches and God's calling in a fallible world. Free tattoo cover-ups for gang members. Robots arrested for buying drugs off the Deep Web. It's your new Weekend Reading post!
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