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The Hard Move is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG discussion podcast. Each episode a guest and I focus on a single move, diving into how the move works mechanically, how players can use it narratively to drive the fiction, and how GMs can react to the move to find out what happens. Join me every Wednesday as I welcome a new guest to name their move and play to find out what happens. Please subscribe on Anchor, iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you find podcasts. Also consider supporting the show on Patreon. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehardmove/support

The Hard Move is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG discussion podcast. Each episode a guest and I focus on a single move, diving into how the move works mechanically, how players can use it narratively to drive the fiction, and how GMs can react to the move to find out what happens. Join me every Wednesday as I welcome a new guest to name their move and play to find out what happens. Please subscribe on Anchor, iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you find podcasts. Also consider supporting the show on Patreon. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehardmove/support
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The Hard Move is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG discussion podcast. Each episode a guest and I focus on a single move, diving into how the move works mechanically, how players can use it narratively to drive the fiction, and how GMs can react to the move to find out what happens. Join me every Wednesday as I welcome a new guest to name their move and play to find out what happens. Please subscribe on Anchor, iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you find podcasts. Also consider supporting the show on Patreon. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehardmove/support

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Episodes

Ep. 8 - Risk Roll

12/12/2018
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Jesse Ross and I delve into the mysterious and dangerous forest of Trophy to discuss the Risk Roll, one of only three in the game. It mechanically encapsulates navigating tricky situations and the risk involved, both physical and mental. This move drives the bulk of the story forward and offers players nearly complete narrative control. The GM can also entice the players to push their luck to achieve their goals at the risk of falling prey to the ominous forest. You can follow Jesse on...

Duration:00:39:28

Ep. 7 - Attune

12/5/2018
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Ross Payton and I focus our minds on Scum and Villainy as we dive into the move Attune. From telekinetic powers to psychic visions to handling dangerous artifacts, this move offers a mechanical basis for a vast array of mental powers as well as narrative reward and consequence for opening your mind to the Way. We also discuss questions the GM can ask to help keep things flowing given the breadth of possibilities. You can follow Ross on Twitter at twitter.com/rosspayton and check out Role...

Duration:00:44:13

Ep. 6 - Blow Off Steam

11/28/2018
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Meghan Dornbrock and I explore the shadow-filled world of The Watch and look at how the move Blow Off Steam gives deep meaning to downtime. This move mechanically helps you reduce Weary and gain Camaraderie, two tracks that determine how strung out or connected your character is. Narratively this move helps give guidance and importance to downtime activities that might otherwise go overlooked. For the GM, we talk about how giving control of the story to the players in these moments can pay...

Duration:00:36:20

Ep. 5 - Turn Someone On

11/21/2018
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Adam West and I get hot and heavy as we discuss the move Turn Someone On from the game Monsterhearts 2. This move is at the core of Monsterhearts gameplay and mechanically powers Strings, the economy of relationships used to power other moves in the game. We also talk about how this move narratively opens up limitless doors to explore teenage sexuality and identity as well as tips for how GMs can support such deep character exploration. You can follow Adam on Twitter at twitter.com/hoobuk or...

Duration:00:48:49

Ep. 4 - Mind Your Manners & Be Understood

11/14/2018
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Brie Sheldon and I struggle with our inner beasts as we take a look at both Mind Your Manners and Be Understood from their game Turn. These moves represent how characters handle the instincts of their beast and human selves as they attempt to navigate their everyday lives. Mechanically these moves can contribute to Exposure, leading characters closer to being revealed as shapeshifters and provide a springboard for endless narrative opportunities. We also talk about the GM principles in Turn...

Duration:00:47:57

Ep. 3 - Burn

11/7/2018
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Jason Mills and I get into the move Burn from the Nova Playbook in the game Masks. We talk about the mechanical importance of this move as the only Playbook option for the Nova, how the choices made in this move are critical at driving the Nova’s narrative, and how the GM can grapple with the seemingly infinite possibilities of this move. You can follow Jason on Twitter at twitter.com/ItsProbablyOK and find out more about Happy Jacks RPG at happyjacks.org Content featured in this episode is...

Duration:00:40:55

Ep. 2 - Detachable Body Parts

10/31/2018
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Eric Lee and I break down the move Detachable Body Parts from the Constructed playbook in Monster of the Week. We talk about how deceptively simple the mechanics of this move are but how out of hand (or arm, or leg) this can get narratively. We also talk about how a GM can lean into the seemingly limitless power of this move to still create a tense and engaging story. You can follow Eric on Twitter at twitter.com/EricLeeeeeee and find out more about Table Tales on Twitter at...

Duration:00:33:46

Ep. 1 - Unleash Your Powers

10/24/2018
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Aabria Iyengar and I discuss the move Unleash Your Powers from Masks. We explore what this move means mechanically as a barely controlled burst of superpowers, what it means narratively as teens find untapped power they didn’t know they had, and how it contrasts with the adult move Wield Your Powers. We also talk about how open-ended this move is and some options the GM has to respond to this move. You can follow Aabria on Twitter http://twitter.com/quiddie and find out more about Happy...

Duration:00:29:12

Trailer

10/9/2018
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Hello, I'm Matthew Gravelyn and I love Powered by the Apocalypse games! Join me every week as I welcome a new guest on to name their move and we’ll play to find out what happens. This is The Hard Move. Subscribe on anchor.fm/TheHardMove or wherever you find podcasts. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehardmove/support

Duration:00:01:07