The version of episode 92 I downloaded had the extreme stereo-ness again.
We have been plagued with nothing but technology problems these last few weeks. :-/ Though, that one was me trying to release in joint stereo instead of mono. Apparently, I fucked it up. Whoops, sorry about that.
Pretty good stuff, though I have some quibbles. People don't have to start an improv acting troupe if they like highly-immersive play. They just have to find other people they want to game with. Also, they should play jeep, a Northern European LARP-like way of gaming that's a hell of a lot of fun.
Yeah, Paul and Eric were all over the straw man. I tried to call them out, but didn't do a great job of it.
Ok, first-off, personally I do find that narrative control mechanics ala FATE and Burning Wheel (and their granddaddy Adventure!) can be pretty fantastic depending on one's group, game and genre.
Second, I've been a subscriber to the show and big fan since the early days.
That said, I wasn't a big fan of the condescension, rambling and somewhat incoherent put downs of other players, play styles and experiences.
I mean, barring telepathic powers or omniscience, neither Eric or Paul know how other players experienced using narrative mechanics. Nor was there anyone representing that perspective on the podcast. There wasn't even a particular blog post or essay being critiques.
For this listener, the result was a good 20 minutes of straw-man burning and generally slagging people who weren't there to defend themselves or their viewpoints. Honestly, whatever they intended, I found that Eric and Paul came across as bullies.
I know you joke about it as a whole, but with the exception of the Dresden review (which was fantastic, by the way), the podcast really has taken a swerve into the insulting, negative and bitter lately, and I have to say I'm not crazy about it.
Sorry if this comes across as harsh, but I figure this board is here for listener input, right?
I try and walk a fine line with this particular complaint. We use a lot
of straw men arguments on the show. Moreso than I'm comfortable with, honestly.
I don't follow RPG.Net, The Forge or the Story Games forums like the other hosts do. Personally, I have never once seen the comment that you "can't role-play in 4th ed.". While I realize that's not exactly what you're talking about, it's representative of a lot of things we talk about.
As to the general level of snarkiness on the show, I know it's been increasing lately. I can cite a few reasons for this. We're reaching our two year mark. Luke and I (mostly me) have been doing it non-stop for two full years now sans a vacation. Usually, I work pretty hard to keep myself stress free about this stuff, but lately, the stress has been piling on, mostly because....
Our recording schedule is boned. Hard. It seems like every holiday, every non-gaming social event and everything that happens in St. Louis, apparently, happens on a Sunday. I try and stay an episode ahead to give us some breathing room in terms of the release schedule, but that has been nigh impossible. Seriously, we've missed almost every other week in our schedule, and having to scramble on days not set aside from that to come out with content, really puts a strain on me, personally.
Again, look at this way: Mother's Day, Father's Day, my birthday and July 4th are all on Sundays this year. We likely won't record on any of those days (Luke says he'll be there this weekend, but I expect him to bail later this week).
Usually, when I have to scramble to do that, I get in a bad mood. The weeks that I'm in that bad mood, we usually record. Since I'm always on the mics, that usually does come across.
So, I'll try harder? I guess that's the only takeaway I can leave on the table for this discussion.
That and Paul and Eric are just dicks.
i'm interested in hear how burning empires game goes. i have had the game for a few years now but its done nothing but collect dust on my bookshelf. it's just so big and just so meaty that i'm afraid to touch it. that and i just done have time to sit down and read it all right now.
Burning Empires has the distinction of being the one game that has been so completely different than my expectations that midway through I thought we were playing it wrong.
Expect further discussions on Burning Empires.