Today I want to share a trio of podcasts with you, shows that I’ve been listening to lately. These are some great podcasts to add to your commute schedule as a way to improve your games after work. In addition to checking out amazing podcasts like Mistconceptions and Protean City to improve your GMing, try these podcasts out to exercise your creative muscles.
Short update today but it involves some homework. I’ve been a longtime fan of the One Shot Podcast Network which features a whole constellation of great shows with amazing actors, master GMs, and great alternative viewpoints. The most recent (I think?) podcast on the network is Character Evolution Cast and the first episode features James D’Amato talking about character voices.
You guys. It’s great.
The first 28 minutes is about James’ gaming philosophy and experience which is a great listen, but the best part for me was the second two thirds where he reviews voice acting tips and demonstrates techniques. I was worried that this would be too abstracted and dry but it was a fascinating listen and had me practicing various character voices in my car on the way to work. An amazing episode and I highly, highly recommend giving it a listen even if you don’t think you’re someone who wants to do character voices.
The game engine called Powered by the Apocalypse has spread far beyond it’s original form as a post-apocalyptic game of sad struggle. It’s even changed beyond the logical extension of Dungeon World which took those powerful stories and placed them in a fantasy world like D&D. Given the storytelling focus of the game engine, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the game would eventually iterate into film genres but the level to which it gels with noir film is amazing. Allow me to outline for you the amazing game called Noir World by John Adamus.