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In which Dixie and Matthew interview Dave Brookshaw about all things Mage the Awakening.

* We can hear each other! Hooray!
* A little talk about the Chicago by Night Kickstarter
* Shout-out to "Mirthful" Mike Chaney
* Mage: The Awakening is Adamantine level on DriveThruRPG!
* Dave got into RPGs through choose-your-own-adventure books
* His relationship with Mage the Ascension
* Generations of freelancers
* Dave has worked on (just about) every Chronicles of Darkness game
* Taking over Mage the Awakening
* Why Mage?
* References, both real and fictional
* Talking Signs of Sorcery and Night Horrors
* #jerkassacanthus
* What gets left out of the books
* A bit about Tome of the Pentacle
* A bit about Fallen World
* A bit about Deviant: The Renegades
* Dave's nicknames
* Matthew had to drop out, so that's why he's a bit quiet
* Sticking to one line
* Accents
* Eddy takes a moment to talk about audio quality for convention episodes
* PAX Unplugged! Dragonmeet! Midwinter!

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In which Matthew, Dixie, and Eddy discuss what games they'd love to work on, and the struggles of making such games.

* Starting off with awkward silence!
* We're all Rich's children, according to Matthew
* Eddy talks about genre for a while, and Dixie zones out
* The struggle of making a Sherlock Holmes game
* Dixie talks about Saga, Charlotte Bronte, and Kushiel's Dart
* The Blue Rose RPG!
* Matthew talks about Dickens, Fatale, and Transmetropolitan
* Musing on Scion: God, Dies the Fire, and Broken Runes
* Dixie talks about ElfQuest, She-Ra, and Battle Royale
* Eddy talks about Killer, John Wick, and Space Rat (although he forgot the name at the time)
* "Downton Abbey" LARPs
* Dixie is looking for more to read
* Video games: Ace Attorney, Fallout, Borderlands, BioShock, Metroid, and Legend of Zelda
* Quick Fire: What are the biggest dream projects we DID get to work on?
* Matthew is scary!

Some Links:
* Boyfriend Dungeon: http://www.boyfrienddungeon.com/ 
* Hatoful Boyfriend: http://clione.halfmoon.jp/hatoful-boyfriend/english.html 
* James Bond 007 RPG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond_007_(role-playing_game) 
* Doctor Who RPG: https://cubicle7.co.uk/our-games/doctor-who-aitas/ 
* Saga: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/saga 
* Jane Austen MMO: http://everjane.com/ 
* Kushiel's Dart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushiel%27s_Dart 
* Blue Rose: https://blueroserpg.com/ 
* Dickensian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dickensian_(TV_series) 
* Fatale: https://imagecomics.com/comics/series/fatale 
* Transmetropolitan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transmetropolitan 
* Dies the Fire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_the_Fire 
* ElfQuest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfquest_(role-playing_game) 
* She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She-Ra_and_the_Princesses_of_Power 
* Battle Royale: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royale_(novel) 
* Killer: http://www.sjgames.com/killer/ 
* John Wick (movie series): http://www.johnwick.movie/ 
* Space Rat: https://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=13520 
* Ace Attorney series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_Attorney 
* Fallout series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_(series) 
* Borderlands series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderlands_(series) 
* BioShock series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BioShock_(series) 
* Metroid series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroid 

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In which Eddy and Dixie talk with Jason Carl about Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition, L.A. by Night, and what got him here.
(Note: Jason's audio wasn't amazing for this episode, and there are a couple of gaps in the audio. We tried to normalize it; our apologies.)

* Predictive text converstations
* Jason's history with RPGs
* His work with Wizards of the Coast
* Magic: The Gathering organized play
* WotC and TSR
* How Jason got involved with White Wolf
* Advice for writing RPGs
* Streaming and Geek & Sundry
* On players surprising you
* The nature of fun
* We love Matthew
* Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition
* Connecting with Vampire fans
* L.A. by Night
* Chicago by Night, Camarilla, and Anarchs
* Obligatory Bloodlines references!
* Jason's plans for the future
* Mission statements
* L.A. by day
* Another love fest!
* We talk about getting known for A Thing
* Dixie ruins everything
* Halloween!
* Stay tuned after the credits

Jason Carl: https://twitter.com/vampiresnvino 
Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade 
L.A. by Night: https://geekandsundry.com/shows/la-by-night/ 

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In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew throw together an emergency extra-long episode using listener questions and a game design panel from Save Against Fear!

* EMERGENCY EPISODE
* Introductions from the panel
* What's the process when you start to design a game?
* When do you reinvent the wheel or reskin something else?
* The X-Card and other safety mechanisms
* How do you merge theme and mechanics?
* Handling feedback
* Favorite mechanics
* How would you design a game for players new to tabletop RPGs?
* One thing that starting game designers should know
* Imposter syndrome: "Shut up Stamford!"
* Designing for disability and impairment
* Instead of outro banter, we do an ad-hoc Q&A!
* Questions from iceblade44: Sothic turns, relationship with vampires, and the Spilled Blood book
* Apollo is unhelpful
* Question from George Lemke: Can we get a Storypath deep dive?
* Eddy has seen a lot of pictures of birds with arms
* Question from Yoidan: What are our dream games?
* Leave us your questions on the blog at theonyxpath.com!

Links:
* Save Against Fear: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-convention 
* Retrostar: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/168254/Retrostar-Rulebook 
* Kids on Bikes: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/231938/Kids-on-Bikes-Core-Rulebook 
* Pugmire: https://realmsofpugmire.com 
* Project Biomodus: http://www.projectbiomodus.com/ 
* Onyx Pathcast blog: http://theonyxpath.com/category/projects/onyxpathcast/ 

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In which we discuss what we as individuals have gotten out of RPGs, and what other people can get from them.

* We now have a lost episode!
* Dixie was an awkward child/teen/adult
* RPGs helped her find "her people," her aesthetic, and confidence
* Eddy was a similarly awkward kid, and RPGs helped him, too
* On being "not enough" for certain subcultures/communities
* Surprise, Matthew was also awkward!
* Another surprise, RPGs helped his confidence, too!
* Speech therapy for all (three of us)
* Vampire/character voices
* Two digressions in quick succession
* RPGs as therapy tools
* The Wraith: The Oblivion curse
* How RPGs can affect players and GMs
* RPGs and trauma rules/The X-Card
* Which Onyx Path games are the most emotionally heavy?
* What does "fun" mean?
* Learning real-world things via RPGs
* We all love Britain
* Eddy and Dixie are going to conventions
* Stay tuned after the music for your new favorite ringtone

Links:
* Windows 10 bug: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2018/10/06/microsoft-confirms-windows-10-update-mistake-was-your-data-lost/#472b15a9665b
* Anthrax & Public Enemy - Bring the Noise: https://youtu.be/kl1hgXfX5-U
* Nicholas Briggs Interview: https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/doctor-who-voice-of-the-daleks-nicholas-briggs-interview/
* iThrive: http://ithrivegames.org/
* Bodhana Group: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/
* A Theory of Fun for Game Design by Raph Koster: https://www.theoryoffun.com/
* Save Against Fear: https://www.thebodhanagroup.org/about-the-convention
* High Level Games Con: https://hlgcon.com/

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In which Dixie and Eddy interview Neall Raemonn Price about Exalted, Scion, and working for free.

* We talk about... Scooby-Doo?
* A little about Scion
* A little about Kieron Gillen
* A little about Scarred Lands
* How Neall got started
* Why you shouldn't work for free
* Neall lists everything he's worked on (mostly)
* Writing on different lines
* Neall's wry sense of humor
* Eddy still hasn't seen "What We Do in the Shadows"
* Joking and the blending of professional or personal
* Neall's half of working on Beckett's Jyhad Diary
* Using metaplot
* Explaining mode of play
* Why Neall didn't write the Salubri in Beckett's Jyhad Diary
* Neall is a Redemption apologist
* How Neall became Scion line developer
* Respecting faith
* The delays on Scion
* Harlem Unbound and representation
* A little about system evolution
* A little about playing games as a game professional
* Matthew pledges to run a game for Dixie
* A little about our convention schedule

Links:
* Scion Pre-Order: https://scion-2nd-edition-tabletop-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders 
* Ask Neall forum thread: http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/main-category/main-forum/scion/518351-ask-neall 
* V20 Beckett's Jyhad Diary: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/225322/V20-Becketts-Jyhad-Diary 
* Harlem Unbound: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/218062/Harlem-Unbound 

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In which Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew talk about horror and vampires in popular culture, and forget some obvious examples.

* Eddy goes right into an apology for the sound issues in last week's episode.

* (Like with our video game episode, we're only going to list references that are relevant to the discussion.)

* Buffy the Vampire Slayer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer

* War for the Oaks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_for_the_Oaks

* The X-Files: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_X-Files

* The Lone Gunmen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lone_Gunmen_(TV_series)

* "Mythology" vs "monster of the week" episodes and how it inspired roleplaying games

* Forever Knight: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_Knight

* Dark Shadows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Shadows

* Kindred the Embraced: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindred:_The_Embraced

* The soap opera formula of the 90s

* Twin Peaks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Peaks

* Reading horror as a child

* Point Horror books: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Horror

* Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scary_Stories_to_Tell_in_the_Dark

* Goosebumps: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goosebumps

* Fear Street: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_Street

* Coraline: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coraline

* It: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_(novel)

* Psychological horror and serial killers

* Sharp Objects: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharp_Objects

* Liane Moriarty (author): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liane_Moriarty

* Silence of the Lambs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silence_of_the_Lambs_(film)

* The Blacklist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blacklist_(TV_series)

* Profiler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profiler_(TV_series)

* American vs British season/series structure

* Jekyll: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jekyll_%28TV_series%29

* Ultraviolet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultraviolet_(TV_serial)

* Ripper Street: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripper_Street

* Edge of Darkness: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edge_of_Darkness

* Breaking Bad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad

* Games with a built-in ending

* True Blood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Blood

* Southern Vampire Mysteries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Southern_Vampire_Mysteries

* The Walking Dead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walking_Dead_(TV_series)

* Do the problems of the Walking Dead impact Dystopia Rising?

* A Paradise Made In Hell: https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Built-Hell-Extraordinary-Communities/dp/0143118072

* Drama-driven vs character-driven stories

* How Buffy has aged well

* Underworld series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underworld_(film_series)

* Yes, we talk about the Underworld lawsuit

* What We Do in the Shadows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_We_Do_in_the_Shadows

* Matthew quotes the movie, and we end on that note

* What do you want to hear from the Pathcast?

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In which Matthew interviews Satyros Phil Brucato, the developer for Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition.

* Content Warning: Phil discusses his experience with rape and abuse (33:00 to 40:00 and 43:00 to 45:30)

* Matthew talks about how the process works between him as in-house developer and Phil as Mage 20 developer

* Phil writes a lot on his own books. How does he stay objective?

* The Mage brain trust

* Phil gives some writing advice

* How to get into Mage 20

* Book of the Fallen and working with uncomfortable material

* How to run stories of mages coming into their power

* How Phil started on Mage and what he would do differently

* A quick peek at Gods and Monsters

* The Trio recap

* What books and media make you uncomfortable?

* Blooper after the music!

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In which Dixie, Matthew, and Eddy talk about Beckett's Jyhad Diary and other bits of Vampire: The Masquerade

* Dixie asks Eddy and Matthew about their first Masquerade projects

* What is Beckett's Jyhad Diary? It's a celebration of 25 years of Masquerade metaplot

* The role of humor in the project

* Bloodlines is the new wrestling reference (RIP wrestling jokes)

* Who is Beckett? What is the Jyhad?

* The Book of the Grave War

* The look of the book

* Easter eggs and references

* The complication of what Activision owns

* The co-developer relationship

* The problem of silly Malkavians and the Joker

* Linguistics!

* Our favorite part about the book

* "Book boyfriend"

* Eddy asks everyone's favorite clan

* Is this the new running gag?

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In which Eddy talks with the core of Eschaton Media about Dystopia Rising: Evolution

* Matthew is out this week. Probably self-reflecting.

* Ashley Zdeb and Michael Pucci of Eschaton Media

* Eddy admits to an error in the Kickstarter

* The history of Dystopia Rising

* Trying to do creative work while holding another job

* The merging of tabletop and LARP canon

* The shifting focus of rules over the past decade

* How Eddy and Onyx Path came into the picture

* Faithful licensing vs "throw it all away if you want"

* Disability as post-apocalypse trope

* The struggles of introducing inclusivity over the past decade

* The push and pull of abstracted social tension vs community building

* Games that work on two levels at the same time

* Passionate LARP fanbases

* New LARP system and the three year jump

* The switch from 20+ Strains to 8 Lineages

* Changes to resurrection

* It's (emotionally) hard to change things

* Sometimes we'll make mistakes

* Dixie talks about her experience about Dragon Con

* Eddy works in a wrestling AND Sailor Moon reference (but it's Xavier Woods, so that's pretty easy)

LINKS

* George Romero: https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/george-a-romero-pioneering-horror-director-dead-at-77-198502/

* Dystopia Rising Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/dystopia-rising-evolution-tabletop-rpg 

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