Episode 8

by Brian on November 15, 2006

Back on our own after a series of guests, we chat some recent games, a good bit about upcoming GenCon SoCal, and discuss Backstory – a technique for fleshing out PCs for convention, oneshots, and regular play. Chris gets surprised with a question about experience, and we round out with a review and discussion of Wushu: the Ancient Art of Action Role-playing.

Liner Notes

Introduction [0:38]
Looking forward to GenCon SoCal [1:43]
Backstory [6:30]
40 minutes of action [20:54]
Experience in RPGs [28:14]
Review: Wushu [37:21]
Wrap-up and Exit [48:46]


GenCon SoCal
Weapon of the Gods
Federation Commander
Wushu Open
The Wushu Wiki

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Justin Evans December 1, 2006 at 3:20 pm

I really enjoyed your discussion about ‘Backstory’. I definately plan on trying it out.

Dread (by Epidiah Ravachol), uses a similar character creation mechanic to help players immediately identify with their characters. It this case they fill out a questionaire about their characters that help them uncover their motives and secrets. It works particularly well for Con games or one-shots where you want to engage your players quickly (much like your Backstory mechanic).

Here’s a link to Dread on Indie Press Revolution:

And here’s a review:

Thanks for the great show.

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