Dec 10, 2010
This episode I've got Rob Donoghue and Judd Karlman on skype
talking about the NewHotSexy Apocalypse World.
Hosts: Sean Nittner, Rob Donoghue and Judd Karlman
[00:27] Sean sits down with Judd
Karlman and Rob Donoghue to talk about Apocalypse
[01:03] What about Apocalypse World sparked interest?
[01:28] Short answer: Vincent Baker, the author of Apocalypse
[02:55] On Vincent's writing style and how it informs the
[04:30] Enumerating your tools so you can use them
[05:39] Judd feels Vincent moves share a kinship with Bangs
[06:17] These principles work in other games as well.
[08:35] It's OK to ponder what happens next as the MC.
[08:55] Judd and Rob compare Apocalypse World to Dogs in the
, Vincent Baker's previous game.
[10:36] Using examples in game text.
[11:10] Examples of not only how to do things right, but how
things might go wrong.
[12:30] Writing for player versus player.
[13:33] The Apocalypse World character dynamic: "We're not
talking about a party"
[15:30] Rather than attacking the character directly,
assaulting their interests.
[18:04] The Apocalypse World conflict system. Greater
costs means every conflict matters.
[20:05] A core conceit of Apocalypse World: playing your
character like a real person.
[21:33] Curing indifference through giving players stuff.
[22:08] Relationships emerging in Judd's game
[23:13] Encouraging the MC to ask probing questions.
[24:39] Two player trends: Focusing on the narrative versus
focusing on the moves.
[27:59] Some of the vagaries of the system: highlighting
certain moves for experience.
[29:13] "The ability to change what's the focus of the
character that session is huge."
[30:15] The process of choosing what stats get highlighted.
[33:49] Visible experience makes it easy to identify which
players have had the spotlight for a while and which need more
[36:43] A D&D example: negotiating a truce with an enemy
army. "Well we defeated them. So we want their
[37:16] Apocalypse World avoids XP shenanigans by making every
[40:36] Some final tips from Rob and Judd for running
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