First week off

Hey guys!

We’re taking a week off from publishing this week due to technical difficulties. We’ll be back on August 16th with more Apocalypse World though, so be sure to check back with us next week!

100th Episode!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to the 100th episode of Wednesday Night Game!

*The Peasants Rejoice*

Today the Wednesday Night Crew and I have got something a little different to share with you.  Tonight we’re going to talk about gaming and our favorite moments from the stuff we’ve played on (and off) air for you guys over the past 100 episodes.  Please be aware that there are spoilers in this episode for all currently released content as well as some that’s coming out still, so I suggest skipping this week if you aren’t caught up or if your sensitive to spoilers.

However, if you don’t mind a little peek into stuff that’s to come, join us as we enjoy a night of talking about our favorite moments, what we’ve learned about gaming, and get a glimpse into our lives as gamers and not just entertainers.

Thank you all so much for listening to our content!  We love seeing your comments, feedback, likes, and just the viewership results from the website and we wouldn’t be doing this show if it weren’t for you guys.

Please, enjoy the show!

Blades in the Dark: Session 01 – Side C

Hello!

Please join the Wednesday Night Game Crew for the last part of our first session of Blades in the Dark! Blades in the Dark is a game of daring scoundrels performing Scores in the industrial fantasy setting of the Shattered Isles; specifically in the haunted streets of Doskvol, a major port city in Akoros where the Leviathan hunting fleets are strong.  Alex, Elspeth (who is new to our group!), Kaetlyn, Kolton, and Matt joined me to further darken the streets of Doskvol and to make a name for their cult, The Eternals, and their Forgotten God, The Reconciler.  Please join us as we finish up our first session, completing our first score (though to be fair I should probably have done this as free play and not a score) and going through the XP process for the first time.

Please enjoy the show!

 

The Burning Wheel Session 03 – Side B

Hello!

Welcome to Side B of Session 03 of The Burning Wheel as presented by Wednesday Night Game!  Tonight we continue the adventure with Alex, Kaetlyn, Kolton, and Matt bringing back their performances of Folter, Renova, Straighten, and Marius Broseph as they make land-fall, bash down trees, and generally have a great time pursuing small endeavors.

Please be aware that I take a liberty and create a skill during this session for the PCs to use their Harpies Wings magic items.  Forgive me for my impropriety; we needed a skill to use the magic items with. 😉

Please, enjoy the show!

 

WNG: After Gaming

A Quick Intro: I’ve been wanting to start posting some ‘After Gaming’ articles on the blog for a while now, so this is the beginning of that series of posts.  These posts/articles/whatever will mostly be related to my thoughts on the games we’re playing and the experiences we have when not at the table.  I might talk about my prep process, GM advice, player advice, observations, experiences, or anything that I’m feeling like talking about.  I’m not a writer so my grammar, syntax, sentence structure, and punctuation may not be perfect.  Also, please forgive me if these posts get a little ramble-y, it’s just the way I process my thoughts.  Please enjoy the article!


Something awesome happened at the end of our recording session of Burning Wheel this week.

Flashback: I’ve been continually asking my players to give me feedback about our games. The first time I asked them for feedback it was like pulling teeth. Nobody had ever asked them to think critically about gaming before so they gave me generalities like “it was fun” or “yeah, good game” which just wasn’t helpful. But I wasn’t going to give up. I decided to keep at it so I could get the feedback I desperately wanted out of them. I would ask them immediately after the session or during the week, through IM, texts, or in person, and prompted them with specific questions about how they like gameplay elements or NPCs that I portray, whatever; just stuff.

Most importantly I started talking to them about game theory. How games are designed with an agenda to push, how certain mechanics cause the narrative to play out differently, what point economies do to effect the flow of power in game and what that means to the narrative, etc. You know. Pretentious designer shit. 😉

The Present: This week, I asked them “So what do you guys think of Burning Wheel so far?”

I immediately regretted this phrasing as it felt a little too vague a question to get good feedback from the players as they had historically not been very forthcoming with opinions, thoughts, or insights about their play experience.

They surprised the shit out of me by not only giving me real feedback about how the game was playing for them but took control of the post-game discussion!

They told me how felt the struggle was real with regard to writing good Beliefs and Instincts that would be fruitful to their characters during play. They told me that they are split on how much they (dis)like the advancement system in the game. They told me that they were having fun, but then backed that up with reasons! This was the discussion I’d been trying to cultivate for about a year. It was immensely satisfying.

Most (personally) importantly they told me that they recognized how fucking complicated the game is and that they appreciated the job I was doing as a GM.  Matt, who has run Mouse Guard for us and is a fun GM to play for, flat out told the group that he wouldn’t have run this game due to the level of complexity.  He also said that he now understands why there are some gamers who have expressed the opinion ‘Mouse Guard is absolutely not Burning Wheel lite.’  His understanding in this regard feels especially validating since he’s basically our second GM for the podcast*, and has the most experience (outside of myself) in running games.  I appreciate that all of my players understand how hard running Burning Wheel for the first time is and I doubly appreciate that they told me they think I’m doing a good job managing our game at the table.

Final Thoughts: This series has taught me a lot (generally) about Burning Wheel.  Most importantly, it has armed me (because it is absolutely a fight with this game) with a better understanding on how to set up a game, manage the rules, and run the stories that The Burning Wheel is good at telling!  This is despite the fact that I still do not feeling like I’ve even scratched the surface of the nuance required to be good at it using this rules set to tell great stories; just that I’m closer now than I was when we started.

Not only has it taught me a lot about gaming, it’s also the game where my players were finally comfortable enough as a group and with the ideas behind game design and playing games to take control of the post-game conversation!  If nothing else, Burning Wheel will have my thanks because it’s provided the group with the final push to really express their feelings and opinions about the system that we’re using to tell our stories at the table.

The players (despite some initial reservations) have all agreed that they would all absolutely play The Burning Wheel again.  Not only would they play again, but with what we all have learned with this first series, we could play a much tighter and more satisfying game of Burning Wheel next time.

No lie: I’m pretty excited that there’s gonna be a next time!

Thank’s for reading!

– GMColin


* Kaetlyn ran a game of Dungeon World for us recently and said she’d be willing to run other sessions and games in the future!  Watch out for some of those to hit the podcast sometime in the future.

Masks Session 04 – Side C

Hello!

Welcome to the last installment of Session 4 of our Masks actual play.  Alex, Kaetlyn, and Kolton continued playing Dreadlock, Terraform, and Scarchain.  I, Colin, continued my role as GM.  Terraform then deals with the shitstorm that is Dreadlock and Scarchain without the guidance of Senpai.  It was an interesting portion of our session to say the least.

Please enjoy the show!

Masks: Session 01 – Side B

Hello!

Welcome to the Wednesday Night Game Podcast!  This week we continue our broadcast of our first session of Masks.  Alex, Kaetlyn, Kolton, and Matt were still playing this and I, Colin, continued my role as GM.  We had a lot of fun getting to know the characters in this game and (since the recording session was the same as the one from last week) we were still having some organizational issues (mostly having enough of the correct copies of the players handouts).  I was able to largely remove those through edits, so they don’t really slow down the episode even though they kinda slowed us down during the recording session.

Please enjoy as our group of super-teens deal with the fallout (emotional and otherwise) that comes from the tussle they started last week!

Masks: Session 01 – Side A

Hello!

Welcome to the Wednesday Night Game Podcast!

It’s finally here.  The moment you’ve all been waiting for!  It’s the first actual play session of Masks that isn’t character creation!!! Wooo!

So we have Alex, Kaetlyn, Kolton, and Matt as players this time around and I, Colin, acted as GM.  We had a lot of fun getting to know the characters in this game but we had a couple organizational issues that came up.  I won’t bore you with those details as I was able to largely remove those through edits.  Please enjoy as our group of super-teens get to work saving the city… er… museum… or city block… you’ll see!

Mouse Guard Session 05 Side C

Hello!

Welcome to Side C of our Fifth session of Mouse Guard!  Now, while this was our last full session of Mouse Guard for this story arc, we did play a Winter Session the week after this recording session so we have one more episode of Mouse Guard to go here on Wednesday Night Game. For Side C of Session 5 we have Alex, Kolton, Kaetlyn, and myself playing and Matt acting as our faithful GM.  In this session Patrol Leader Tarwe, Patrol Guards Max and Heather, and Tenderpaw Kole wrap up their mission to root out the rat pirate menace in the Mouse Territories and then begin making preparations. Winter is coming. We must be ready.

I hope that you enjoy the show!  Thank you for listening.  Remember to always have fun!

-Colin and the Wednesday Night Game Group

Side C