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The Jank Cast



A round table discussion podcast about gaming of all kinds.



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Actual Play: Masks Part 8

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:19:11 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo In the home stretch, our second to last episode of Masks!


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Actual Play: Masks Part 7

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:59:41 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd Todd joins the crew to play Crucible in the next episode of our Masks AP!


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Episode 230: Gencon 2017 Discussion

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:39:09 +0000

Hosts: Jason, Jenn, Todd We have on guy-you’ve-probably-never-heard-of-just-kidding-you-love-his-work Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games to talk with Jenn and Todd about Gencon 2017. We discuss a number of games including Limbo, Let’s be Dinosaurs, Poutine, Circles of Power, and more. … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Masks Part 6

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:38:19 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo The adventures of the Baywatch gang continue!


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Actual Play: Masks Part 5

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:26:04 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo The next installment of our AP of Masks.


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Episode 229: Twists and Other Narrative Devices in Gaming

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:38:24 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd After a summer hiatus due to Megan and Todd moving, we’re back with a new episode that looks at how some narrative conventions for providing information are useful or not useful in gaming. Enjoy!


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Actual Play: Masks Part 4

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:46:24 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo The Baywatch crew continues their exploits in our newest episode of Masks. Enjoy!


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Actual Play: Masks Part 3

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:29:38 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo We’ve been a bit slow because Todd has been moving back to Illinois. Hooray! But he’s settled now, so we’re going to get back to getting you that sweet, sweet content. Here is the … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Masks, Part 2

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:59:35 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo The second installment of our AP of Masks. In this episode, the gang takes on their first real challenge. If you’re interested in Masks, you’ll get to hear the combat mechanics in action, here.


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Episode 228: SCUPcast!

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:34:42 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Tom, Todd In this episode, we discuss The Sword, The Crown, and The Unspeakable Power, Tom and Todd’s game that is currently Kickstarting. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can do so here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wheeltreepress/the-sword-the-crown-and-the-unspeakable-power Enjoy!


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Episode 227: Forge Recap

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:34:22 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Todd We went to Forge! We round up all the cool games we got to play. Also! In case you haven’t heard, we’re Kickstarting The Sword, The Crown, and The Unspeakable Power! We talk about it a … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Masks, Part 1

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:49:56 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo In our latest AP, the Jank Cast tackles a campaign of Masks by our friend Brendan Conway. Masks is a teen superhero roleplaying game and this episode covers character creation and the building of … Continue reading


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Episode 226: Dreamation 2017 Wrap Up

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:06:36 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe Jenn and Joe went to Dreamation 2017. They talk about all the fun new games they played, including Power Button and The Watch. Enjoy! SPOILER ALERT: From about 1:01:00 to about 1:07:30 Jenn talks about Here is … Continue reading


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Episode 225: Superhero Games

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:51:41 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Scott, Todd We talk about superhero games and how most of them involve rolling giant fistfulls of dice and, as such, present an interesting window into thinking about design.


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Episode 224: We Spin a Yarn [Insert Other Knitting Puns Here]

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:08:20 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Sarah, Tania, Todd In this cast, we discuss HEROES OF YARNIA, the KRPG (Knitting RPG) with its creator Tania Richter as well as Sarah Richardson who is playing, along with Megan and Jenn. Todd asks total basic … Continue reading


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Episode 223: Gaming Style (Todd Hates Pandas)

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:56:00 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Todd In this episode, we discuss a recent quiz on board gaming styles. It turns into us talking about the degree to which we like and dislike conflict at the table under different circumstances. Links- The quiz … Continue reading


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Episode 222: Metatopia Recap

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:48:07 +0000

Hosts: Alex, Jenn Jenn is joined by friend of the show Alex Roberts to talk about Metatopia. They discuss games they played, panels they were on, and what it’s like playtesting something at a con that’s all about playtesting.


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Actual Play: Poutine Part II

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:30:36 +0000

Players: Adam, Jenn, Todd Just in time for Janksgiving, we do our second and final AP of Adam’s game Poutine. Who DOESN’T like some Poutine for Janksgiving?


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Actual Play: Poutine

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:35:02 +0000

Players: Adam, Jenn, Todd We play a playtest version of Adam Robichaud’s super fun Canadian story game Poutine. This is the first of… maybe 2 or 3 sessions? We’ll find out!


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Episode 221: Language in Games II

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:21:32 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Kathryn, Todd A few years ago, Todd, Evan, and Rob talked about language in games. You can listen to that cast here: http://jankcast.com/archives/2602 We decided to return to the topic because Kathryn Hymes has been working on some … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Downfall Part 2

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:57:45 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Todd The thrilling conclusion to Jenn, Joe, and Todd’s actual play of Downfall. WILL THE SOCIETY HAVE A DOWNFALL? I mean…. yes. That’s the point of the game. BUT HOW?


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Episode 220: Sociology and Gaming

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:23:47 +0000

Hosts: Kat and Todd Todd is joined by special guest Kat Jones to talk about sociological theories that can help us understand gaming and gaming communities.


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Actual Play: Downfall

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:50:22 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Todd This is Part 1 of our AP of Caroline Hobbs’ game Downfall. This episode contains the world/character creation and the first set of scenes. In the next episode we’ll wrap up with the final scenes, culminating … Continue reading


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Episode 219: Gencon 2016 Recap!

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:58:52 +0000

Hosts: Alex, Jenn, Scott, Todd We have Gencon Industry Insider Alex Roberts (www.helloalexroberts.com) on to talk about our experiences at Gencon! We discuss some of the panels, as well as talk about D&D, Sign by Kathryn Hymes, and Group Date … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Time Cellist!

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:42:42 +0000

Players: Colin, David, Eric, Tina, Todd (with an appearance by a wandering Megan) Megan and Todd released a game this year called Time Cellist. A handful of listeners wanted to know more about it, so we ran it for some … Continue reading


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Episode 218: Twosie Games

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:44:22 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Josh, Scott, Todd If you’ve been following our twosie AP series, we’re capping it off this week with a cast on twosie games featuring Josh Jordan. 3:55- What’d we play? 17:35- Topic 46:39- Rants We also end … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Breaking the Ice

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:37:01 +0000

Players: Jenn and Joe In the final of our twosie series, Jenn and Joe play Breaking the Ice, a game about two people going on a series of dates together. Enjoy! More about the game here: http://www.blackgreengames.com/shop/breaking-the-ice-pdf


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Episode 217: Mechanical Dissonance

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:01:38 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd We talk about when mechanics don’t sit quite right with you, which we call “mechanical dissonance.” Enjoy! Sh’notes: 5:50- What’d we play. 15:35- Topic


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Actual Play: 183 Days and The Sky is Grey and You Are Distressed

Fri, 27 May 2016 18:10:26 +0000

Players: Jenn, Todd We return to our twosie AP series with two twosies! Jenn and Todd play two short games about relationships and feelings: 183 Days and The Sky is Grey and You are Distressed. 183 Days starts at 5:00 … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Threadbare

Thu, 19 May 2016 16:22:42 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Timo, Todd Following up on our interview with Stephanie Bryant, we take a break from our twosie AP series to release this AP of Stephanie’s game Threadbare. Threadbare is currently in beta so some of the rules … Continue reading


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Episode 216: Interview With Stephanie Bryant

Tue, 03 May 2016 18:51:17 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Stephanie, Todd We sit down for an interview with the creator of the soon-to-be-Kickstarted RPG Threadbare, Stephanie Bryant. We talk about violence in games, mental illness in games, stitchpunk, and what goes into designing a particular feel. … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Murderous Ghosts

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 17:50:53 +0000

Players: Scott, Timo Part two of our twosie series is Murderous Ghosts by Vincent Baker: http://theunstore.com/index.php/unstore/game/128


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Episode 215: Forge Recap

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:05:39 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd We recap our trip to Forge Midwest, which is always fun. Games mentioned: Paradox Time Cellist The Sword, The Crown, and the Unspeakable Power The Warren Sparkle, Baby Urban Shadows Microscope Bacchanal Marrying Mr. Darcy … Continue reading


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Episode 214- Lines and Veils and X Cards, Oh My

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 18:56:29 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, John, Scott, Todd In this episode we invite John Stavropoulos (and butcher his name) to talk about content and consent in games, including lines, veils, and X cards.


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Actual Play: S/Lay With Me

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:02:54 +0000

Players: Megan, Todd LET THE GREAT TWOSIE GAME EXPERIMENT BEGIN! Megan and Todd play Ron Edward’s groundbreaking S/Lay With Me (link NSFW) to kick off a series of Actual Plays where we will play two player (TWOSIE!) games, culminating in … Continue reading


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Episode 213- Games Addressing Social and Personal Issues

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:22:23 +0000

Hosts: Clyde, Todd Todd sits down with the esteemed and eminent Clyde Rhoer of Theory From the Closet renown to discuss gaming as a way to deal with or confront personal and social issues. Clyde drops knowledge. Like what you … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Bluebeard’s Bride Part Two

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:59:22 +0000

Players: Ben, Joe, Megan, Sarah The thrilling conclusion of Bluebeard’s Bride! Please see the content warning at the beginning of the episode. Shit gets gnarly.


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Episode 212- Character Identification

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:05:09 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Todd In this episode, Jenn and Todd talk about character identification and slay ALL THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. Seriously, they’re edited out, but everything went wrong as we recorded this cast. It’s a miracle we didn’t literally explode halfway … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Bluebeard’s Bride Part I

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:24:11 +0000

Players: Ben, Joe, Megan, Sarah This is an actual play of Whitney Beltràn, Marissa Kelly, & Sarah Richardson’s Bluebeard’s Bride, run by Sarah herself. Joe and Megan sit down to play her game with her along with our friend Ben. … Continue reading


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Episode 211: Art and Design in Games

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 21:16:53 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Nathan, Sarah (and GHOST TODD!) We bring on the esteemed Nathan Paoletta and Sarah Richardson to talk about art and design in games. Todd is there but can’t say anything because technology. Or is it art?


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Actual Play: SOTH FINALE

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:49:41 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Tom, Todd, with special guest Dr. Boyfriend Our conclusion of SOTH! BTW, this is where the spoilers kick in. You are forewarned. Also, be forewarned, content continues to be gnarly, including lots of violence. … Continue reading


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Episode 210: Characterization

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:18:15 +0000

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Todd In this episode, we discuss how characters are built in games, from the mechanics, to emergent stuff that happens in the game, to the backstory you bring to your character. Sh’notes! 2:30- What have we played. … Continue reading


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Episode 209: Gaming Groups, Pros and Cons

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:12:54 +0000

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Todd In this episode, we examine the pros and cons of gaming group monogamy (where you have one, long term group you always play with) or gaming with lots of different ad hoc groups. We also talk … Continue reading


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Actual Play: SOTH Part 2

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:01:15 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Tom, Todd, with special guest Dr. Boyfriend A bunch of us at the Jank Cast and our friends got together over Turkey Day weekend to play a six hour long session of Steve Hickey’s … Continue reading


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Episode 208: Information in Game

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:39:21 +0000

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd Prodigal Jank son TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMO returns to us to talk about information in game. How much information do the players have? How much can they get? How does that shape the game? No sh’notes because … Continue reading


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Actual Play: SOTH Part 1

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:36:28 +0000

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Tom, Todd, with special guest Dr. Boyfriend A bunch of us at the Jank Cast and our friends got together over Turkey Day weekend to play a six hour long session of Steve Hickey’s … Continue reading


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Episode 207: Play by Post II, The Postening

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:29:10 +0000

Hosts: Adam, Jenn, Todd Literally, right after we put up the last cast on play by post, we thought of a bunch of stuff we didn’t talk about that we should have. Additionally, a few listeners brought up some topics … Continue reading


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Episode 206: Play By Post

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:21:07 +0000

Hosts: Adam, Jenn, Todd After a short break due to lost of traveling for the hosts, we’re back! In this episode, we sit down with our friend Adam to discuss the ins and outs of play-by-post role playing. Sh’notes: What’d … Continue reading


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Episode 205: The Jank Cast Does LARP!

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:00:38 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Kat, Megan, Todd We talk about LARP (FINALLY!) with the insightful and interesting Kat Jones, author of many LARPs including the upcoming Revived. Enjoy! Sh’notes: 6:20- What’d we play? 14:30- Topic 56:53- Rants


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Episode 204: What We Did On Our Summer Break

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:21:30 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Todd WE’RE BACK! And in this cast, we fill you in on what we did with our summer hiatus, including Gencon and other cons, as well as PbP gaming! Whoo-hoo! We also plug ValorCon and EnWorld Game … Continue reading


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Episode 203: Audiences, for Game Chef 2015

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:47:45 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Josh, Megan, Todd In this episode, we have Josh T. Jordan, one of the runners of this year’s Game Chef, and all around decent type, to talk about the theme of this year’s Game Chef: audiences. We look … Continue reading


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Episode 202: A Chat With Jason Pitre About Spark

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:24:12 +0000

Hosts: Jason, Jenn, Todd Jenn and Todd just played in a campaign of Jason Pitre’s game Spark, so they sit down with him to talk about some of his inspiration as well as how the mechanics work.


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Episode 201: Forge Midwest Recap

Tue, 26 May 2015 17:54:43 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan Our pretty much yearly recap of all the new hotness at Forge Midwest. There’s a lot of talk about larping, and a fair amount of cat meowing.


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JANK 200!

Tue, 05 May 2015 17:26:37 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Todd Here it is, folks! Our 200th episode! Whoo! So we decided to do something a little fun for this one. Megan is starting up a series of interviews with gamers on why they game. … Continue reading


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Episode 199: Con Wrap Up!

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:27:43 +0000

Hosts: David, James, Jason, Megan, Patrick, Todd Megan and Todd recently went to Gamicon and Gottacon respectively, and we brought some folks on to talk about what we’ve been doing at those cons. Enjoy!


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Another Larry and Todd (and Alex and Jason!) Bonus Episode!

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:47:41 +0000

In this cross posted episode with RPG Design and Tabletop Superhighway, Todd, Larry, Alex, and Jason talk about what being a podcaster teaches you about gaming. META!!!!


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Bonus Episode: Todd and Larry Talk about the Reputation of “Indie Gaming”

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:21:30 +0000

Hosts: Larry, Todd In this episode, which we are crossposting with Tabletop Superhighway, Larry and Todd talk about the reputation of “indie gaming” and what we think of that. FYI, Todd is a little muffled at the beginning but we … Continue reading


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Episode 198- What’s Up With Licensed Games?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:31:59 +0000

Hosts: PK, Scott, Todd In this episode, we talk about licensed properties with friend of the show PK Sullivan. PK knows a little about licensed properties having worked on the Firefly RPG. Additionally, PK and Scott LURVE them some Star … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Lady Blackbird, Part II

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:36:13 +0000

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Timo, Tom The second installment of My Life With Blackbird… I mean, Lady Blackbird. Minor content warning: there is a scene where it somewhat implied there was a sexual assault, although it (a) happens off … Continue reading


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Episode 197.5- Time Cellist!

Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:11:57 +0000

Hosts: Megan and Todd In this shorter than usual episode, Megan and Todd take a little bit of time to talk about Time Cellist and plug their ongoing Kickstarter for the game, commenting a little bit on what they were … Continue reading


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Episode 197: What's Wrong With Bein' Sexy?

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:20:56 +0000

Hosts: EVERYONE! Aka Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd Recently, Gaming as Women published an article on asking “is he hot” about an NPC. People read it. People discussed it. It got us thinking: how do you know in game? … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Lady Blackbird Part I

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:04:32 +0000

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Timo, Tom Two ways to get your fix of the awesome game Lady Blackbird from the Jank Cast! First, you can go here to read the play by post game Todd is playing in right … Continue reading


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Episode 196: New Year’s Gaming Resolutions!

Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:04:43 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Todd A full crew sits down today to talk about gaming new year’s resolutions! Here’s a link to the indie+ anthology Jenn is in/mentions: bit.ly/2014antho Sh’notes: 6:05- What’d we play? 17:30- Topic 47:16- Rants


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Episode 195: Franchise Mashup Challenge!!!!!!

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:18:34 +0000

Hosts: Kevin, Megan, Scott Kevin from The Walking Eye stops by to talk about his idea for the franchise mashup challenge! Star Wars is discussed. Much, much discussed. Sh’notes: What’d we play?- 4:40 Topic- 30:45 Rants- 1:14:23


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Jank Cast Listener Survey!

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:10:23 +0000

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Episode 194: WE ARE CONTROLLING YOUR THOUGHTS!

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:20:05 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Todd In this episode, we discuss mind control mechanics. Also, our rants go a leeeeeeetle off the deep end on this one. Also also, there’s a weird popping noise sometimes. No idea what it is. We’ll look … Continue reading


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Episode 193: JANKSGIVING TWENTY FOURTEEN!

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:35:16 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd Just in time for the holiday, we talk about what we’re Jankful for! Sh’notes- 12:50- What’d we play? 27:00- Topic 57:10- Rants!


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Episode 192: Challenge Accepted!

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:28:38 +0000

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd In this episode, we discuss whether or not a game has to be challenging, which becomes a meta-discussion of what challenge even is. Also… you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from Jenn and Joe … Continue reading


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Actual Play, Dream Askew Part II

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:07:02 +0000

Players: Dana, Dylan, Joe, Megan, Todd More of AP of Avery McDaldno’s awesome new game Dream Askew with Dana from I Podcast Magic Missile. CONTENT WARNING: There’s a discussion of an implied sexual assault in this session. It’s not on … Continue reading


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Episode 191: Virtual Gaming

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:17:35 +0000

Hosts: Megan, Rich, Todd In this episode, we bring on the esteemed Richard Rogers of Indie+, Cannon Puncture, and the gaming internets in general to talk about all manner of virtual gaming. Richard drops knowledge. Sh’notes: 7:20- What’d we play? … Continue reading


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Episode 190: Theory vs. Practice (Theory AND Practice?)

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:31:10 +0000

Hosts: Larry, Todd What’s this? A new episode of the Jank Cast? Yes, after a crazy two months of traveling, cons, having life stuff in the way, etc., we return with what will hopefully be the beginning of more regular … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Dream Askew, Part I

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:25:29 +0000

Players: Dana, Dylan, Joe, Megan, Todd Hey all. We’ve been a LEEEETLE slow on the new regular episodes lately due to Gencon/work/life/traveling but we’ve got some stuff in the pipeline, I promise. In the meantime, enjoy an AP of Avery … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Hell 4 Leather, Part II

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:54:42 +0000

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Megan, Rob, Timo Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand part II. buy levitra cheap


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Episode 189: How to Kickstart a Game w/ Andrew Medeiros

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 04:58:21 +0000

Hosts: Andrew, Todd As Megan and Todd start Wheel Tree Press, we all thought it would be a good idea to invite game designer/publisher types on to talk about different aspects of the design and publishing process. We’re kicking off … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Hell 4 Leather, Part I

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:57:22 +0000

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Megan, Rob, Timo Part I of an AP of a game we at the Jank Cast all love, HELL 4 LEATHER! Usually, in H4L, you play a group of bikers. For this game, the gang decided to … Continue reading


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Episode 188: Meta-Genres

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:31:05 +0000

Hosts: Megan, Todd In this episode, we talk about what Todd is calling “meta-genres,” or the sort of storytelling logics beneath (or perhaps across) different genres of storytelling. Also, Megan and Todd make an announcement! That announcement is WHEEL TREE … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Kingdom, Part II

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:06:35 +0000

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Rob, Tom The gang finishes up their session of Kingdom. Whoo!


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Episode 187: Emotional Metagaming

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:49:53 +0000

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Todd The esteem-worthy Joe Beason joins us to talk about emotional metagaming, a term we’re using to talk about playing a game based on your specific emotions. Content note: the conversation gets somewhat heavy as, you know, … Continue reading


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Episode 186: Format/Setting/Mechanics (Headspace?)

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:30:47 +0000

Hosts: Dana, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd On this episode, we recreate the episode we lost a few weeks ago, but even BETTER because we got Dana from I Podcast Magic Missile! The topic is how format, setting, and theme (and … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Kingdom Part I

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:08:31 +0000

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Rob, Tom This week, the gang tries their hand at Ben Robbins’s game Kingdom. This episode features world/character creation and half the game session. The next episode will cover the second half of the game … Continue reading


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Interview Meg McGinley (aka Meg Gameologist)

Tue, 27 May 2014 16:43:45 +0000

So there was no episode last week. We had something all recorded and then audacity went and ate it. Curses! But this week we’re back with an interview with Meg McGinley. You may know her from the Brilliant Gameologists podcast. … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Monsterhearts Session 4-2

Thu, 15 May 2014 18:49:47 +0000

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Todd This is it! The thrilling and gory finale of our Monsterhearts game! Woo! As Alice rages, Raphael schemes, and Longman passive-aggressively mopes, the question must be asked: WHO WILL SURVIVE AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT … Continue reading


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Episode 185: We Are All Designers Now!

Mon, 05 May 2014 17:22:57 +0000

Hosts: Joshua, Megan, Timo, Todd On this episode, Joshua A.C. Newman, of much game design renown, joins us to talk about how the proliferation of DIY game design has changed the community and the way we play. Eventually, we get … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 4-1

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:44:19 +0000

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Todd Our final session of Monsterhearts, part I! We split it into two shorter episodes because it was near four hours. In this session, Megan returns as Alice, and we have some fairly eventful monster on … Continue reading


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Episode 184: Forge Midwest Recap!

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:57:20 +0000

Hosts: Dr. Boyfriend (Eric), Jenn, Megan, Todd In this episode, we recap Forge Midwest, talking about the various games people played. Megan is now a LARPer. Also: Jenn realized she got someone’s name wrong! She wanted to say sorry Kate, … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Monsterhearts Session 3

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:20:06 +0000

Players: Joe, Rob, Timo, Todd We’re back with Monsterhearts Session 3! Megan was busy for this one, so instead we get some focus on Bastian the Beast. The Usual Disclaimer: Monsterhearts is a NSFW game. In particular, this session features … Continue reading


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Episode 183- Play Aids With Jesse Butler

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:53:03 +0000

Hosts: Jesse, Megan, Todd In this episode, we have Jesse Butler, of and Calico Games. We give him a chance cheap viagra canada to talk about Short Order Heroes, and then we also talk about some of the other play … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 2

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:37:56 +0000

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Todd PLEASE READ BELOW FOR IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT CONTENT! Here is the second session of our Monsterhearts campaign! Whoo! More monstrous teenage behavior, particularly from the regular old human, who is the most monstrous of … Continue reading


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Episode 182: Role-playing vs. Storytelling

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:04:53 +0000

Hosts: Megan, Meg, Todd This week, we have guest host Meg Baker, game designer and mastermind behind Night Sky Games, to talk about the similarities and differences between role-playing and storytelling. Are they two different things? Are they two sides … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 1

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:43:40 +0000

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Todd This is our first session of Avery McDaldno’s Monsterhearts. We explain the game early on, so if you’re not familiar with it, you’ll get a nice little summary of it. A quick note: Monsterhearts is … Continue reading


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Episode 181: Collaborative World Building

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:05:34 +0000

Hosts: Jason, Timo, Todd First off, we’ve been nominated for a Golden Geek! Whoo-hoo! Voting closes today (February 17, 2014) so if you can, go vote. Thanks! This week, we have on Jason Pitre, designer of The Spark, to talk … Continue reading


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Episode 180: What Have You Learned From Games You Didn’t Enjoy?

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:59:53 +0000

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Scott, Todd Recently, Joe and Megan played Burning Wheel and didn’t enjoy it very much. We thought this might be a nice opportunity to take a look at what we’ve learned from playing games we didn’t have … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Our Last Best Hope, Part II

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:34:29 +0000

Players: Joe, Rob, Timo, Todd …And we finish up our Our Last Best Hope game. Spoilers: it gets rough!


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Episode 179: Choice (or lack thereof) in Video Games

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:40:14 +0000

Hosts: Megan, Timo, Todd In this episode, we talk about how video game topics allow you to create story and feel connected to your character given their pre-programmed nature. We also talk about what tabletop games/gamers can glean from this. … Continue reading


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Actual Play: Our Last Best Hope, Part I

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:58:25 +0000

Players: Joe, Rob, Timo, Todd We sit down to play a 2-session game of Our Last Best Hope, a game about a team of people trying to save humanity from some crisis. In this session, we mostly make characters and … Continue reading


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Episode 178: Holiday Mini Topic Roundup!

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 07:37:36 +0000

Hosts: Megan, Scott, Todd Happy new year, all! In this cast, we do a round-up of holiday themed topics, including: -What’d we play over the holidays! (Thrills! Excitement!) -What are good games to play with your non-gamey friend and family … Continue reading


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Episode 177: Capturing a Particular Mood or Feeling With Mechanics

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:56:48 +0000

Hosts: Megan, Nathan, Todd, and Scott (for the first 10 minutes) In this episode, we break down how some cool games capture a particular mood or feeling with their mechanics. Traditionally, when a game wanted you to play in licensed … Continue reading


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Episode 176: Disassociating from Being Evil

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:01:51 +0000

Hosts: Scott, Timo, Todd Scott’s back! In this episode, we discuss how one mentally disassociates from playing awful people when gaming. We also ask: SHOULD we do this? Is it a cop-out to do that? Note: there’s a little ambient … Continue reading


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Episode 175: Language in Games

Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:30:00 +0000

Hosts: Evan, Rob, Todd In this episode, we talk about language use in games, revolving around three topics: 1) The language we use to talk about games. 2) The instrumental language of gaming, that makes the rules go, so to … Continue reading


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