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Hacked in the Dark

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A talk show that brings on designers to talk about their Forged in the Dark games and hacks, and discusses designing in that space more generally. Associated with the official Blades in the Dark discord, but not with Blades in the Dark, Evil Hat, or One Seven Design.

A talk show that brings on designers to talk about their Forged in the Dark games and hacks, and discusses designing in that space more generally. Associated with the official Blades in the Dark discord, but not with Blades in the Dark, Evil Hat, or One Seven Design.

Location:

United States

Description:

A talk show that brings on designers to talk about their Forged in the Dark games and hacks, and discusses designing in that space more generally. Associated with the official Blades in the Dark discord, but not with Blades in the Dark, Evil Hat, or One Seven Design.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 13: Matching Mechanics to Vast Settings with Vergence

1/16/2021
Today, Justin is joined by a new cohost, Drake, to discuss Vergence with the author David. We talk about the vast, even infinite scope of the interdimensional setting of Vergence, and how he keeps the story rooted and human. We also discuss how to consider what mechanics to keep and what to toss from the core Forged in the Dark rules in order to match a dramatically different setting from Doskvol. This episode was recorded while our actual play series of Vergence was still running. You can...

Duration:00:44:03

Episode 12: Subway Runners and Online Emergent Play

12/26/2020
Today, Justin and Ray are joined by Dan and Kali of Gem Room Games (@GemRoomGames) to talk about Subway Runners and online generated content. We talk about designing a one-shot version of FitD, and how they used the customizable online random generator, Perchance, to make their game fresh and easy. We also discuss embracing the chaos, and we generate some characters and adventures live! You can find Subway Runners and Gem Room Games' other games at gemroomgames.itch.io, or if you caught the...

Duration:00:48:50

Episode 11: The Unusual Suspects Playbook Jam Livestream

12/12/2020
Following the highly successful Unusual Suspects Playbook Jam on itch.io, Justin and Jacob attempted something new: a live, call-in episode of the podcast with you the fans as the guests, talking about your own and your favorite playbooks! After some delay, to give your wallets a rest after all the Kickstarters lately, we're uploading the edited audio of that stream! Since this was done live, it's a bit rougher than our usual episodes, but also more casual and friendly. You can read all...

Duration:01:09:12

Episode 10: Bubblegum in Blades with Slugblaster

11/28/2020
Today, Mikey joins Justin and Mark to talk about his game Slugblaster, kickstarting now! We explore themes of popularity and teenage rebellion, and how to branch away from the typical grim and gritty tones of Blades in the Dark. We also talk about some more ideas for light-hearted games for you to make! You can check out the Slugblaster kickstarter here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/mikeyhamm/slugblaster On twitter: Mikey @mikeymaybe Justin @MothLands Mark @Savemejebu5 You can catch...

Duration:00:47:30

Episode 9: The Fan to Creator Pipeline with The Wildsea

11/21/2020
Today, Justin is joined by Felix to talk about The Wildsea, a fantasy game set on a world with overflowing vegetation. We talk about the games, media, and actual play series that made him want to write a game, and what it's like having an indie publisher publish your first game. The Wildsea kickstarter is ending soon! Check it out here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/mythopoeia/the-wildsea For more info on The Wildsea, check out their website: thewildsea.co.uk Twitter: Felix...

Duration:00:44:16

Episode 8: She Who Ships in Darkness (Nychelle), Lore, and the Discord

11/7/2020
In this special episode, Justin and Mark are joined by Nychelle aka She Who Ships in Darkness aka Mistletoe_Kiss, one of the mods on the BitD discord, to talk about the impact of Lore in a game, both explicitly from the book and determined by the table and community. We also talk about the discord and community that brought this podcast together! Check out Justin at @mothlands and Mark at @savemejebu5 on twitter. Join our discord to say high to Nychelle and all of us here:...

Duration:00:43:08

Episode 7: Sig, City of Blades and Urban Fanatsy

10/24/2020
Today, Justin (@mothlands) interviews Jason Pitre (@Genesisoflegend) about his new game, Sig, City of Blades, Kickstarting now! He talks about the urban setting of Sig, and what makes for interesting urban adventures. He also talks about the faction game that inspired him to merge his setting into Forged in the Dark mechanics. The Kickstarter for Sig, City of Blades is ending soon, so check it out now: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Jagash/sig-city-of-blades?kickstarter.games Want to...

Duration:00:38:44

Episode 6: Playbooks and Masks with Brinkwood

10/10/2020
Today, Erik (@ErikTheBearik) joins us to talk about Brinkwood, a castlepunk game of rebellion. We talk about his take on playbooks - masks - and more generally how playbooks affect players' perceptions of their characters. Erik also talks about the vampires of Brinkwood, and what it means to be a rebel. Brinkwood is being Kickstarted right now and ending soon! You can check it out here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/erikthebearik/brinkwood-the-blood-of-tyrants You can also check out our...

Duration:00:46:19

Episode 5: Factions and Intrigue with Court of Blades

9/26/2020
A Pair of Drakes (@DrakeandDice, @NaviMusing) join Justin and Mark (@Mothlands and @Savemejebu5) to talk about their game Court of Blades. We also dive into factions and the Faction Turn and Social Season mechanics of Court of Blades, and how they evoke intrigue. You can find the Drakes' games here, with more to come soon: itch.io/profile/a-couple-of-drakes You can also watch the Drakes (along with me, your editor @Jacobalso) play Vergence live on Wednesdays at 6:30 EST at...

Duration:00:43:57

Episode 4: Indulgence and Cutting Loose with Beam Saber

9/13/2020
Today, Mark (@savemejebu5) and Justin (@mothlands) interview Austin Ramsay (@notaninn) about Beam Saber and the Cut Loose replacement for reducing stress. We also answer questions asked on twitter (@hackedinthedark) from listeners! What is the best Gundam? You can find Beam Saber here: https://austin-ramsay.itch.io/beamsaber Want to join our community? Join us on the official Blades discord: discord.gg/qzb2y98

Duration:00:47:59

Episode 3: Breaking the Game with Stras

8/29/2020
In this episode, Justin (@MothLands) and Ian (@Antifinity) talk with Stras (@strasa), co-author of Scum and Villainy and Band of Blades, announcing his upcoming new game, Spell and Blade. We discuss how far you can take a hack and keep it Forged in the Dark, and some general design tips (spoiler: coauthors help a ton). We also dip into how Stras plans to handle magic and spellcasters in Spell and Blade. If you're interested in joining the Forged in the Dark community, check out the official...

Duration:00:53:36

Episode 2: Position, Effect, and Deathwish

8/15/2020
This week, Justin (@MothLands) and Ray (@mythopoeians) interview Ian Hart (@antifinity) about his game Deathwish, currently running on the Hacked in the Dark actual-play stream! We get into Position and Effect, what how they shape Ian's approach to Deathwish, and how they might be implemented in your game! You can check out Deathwish, or talk to our cast and community on the official Blades Discord: discord.gg/qzb2y98

Duration:00:42:13

Episode 1: The Sleuth with Justin Ford

7/29/2020
Our first episode, where we interview Justin Ford about his Blades playbook, The Sleuth, and discuss building playbooks to use with Blades in the Dark. The Sleuth is available to download here: moth-lands.itch.io/the-sleuth-playbook Come join the Blades and Forged in the Dark community discord and chat with us! discord.com/invite/r9wDkZy And check out our twitter for updates and information on our streamed games! twitter.com/hackedinthedark

Duration:00:38:55