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Narrative control is a podcast to reflect on the gaming experiences on Sean Nittner and his co-hosts. We present our reactions to game sessions, conventions, and other game theory. In turn, we're contributing to the existing conversations presented in podcasts, blogs and forums with our own perspective.

Narrative control is a podcast to reflect on the gaming experiences on Sean Nittner and his co-hosts. We present our reactions to game sessions, conventions, and other game theory. In turn, we're contributing to the existing conversations presented in podcasts, blogs and forums with our own perspective.
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Narrative control is a podcast to reflect on the gaming experiences on Sean Nittner and his co-hosts. We present our reactions to game sessions, conventions, and other game theory. In turn, we're contributing to the existing conversations presented in podcasts, blogs and forums with our own perspective.

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English


Episodes

Narrative Control - Episode 85 - Bluebeard's Bride

10/20/2016
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! This week I'm speaking with Whitney Beltrán about her just released kickstarter for Bluebeard's Bride. Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Whitney Beltrán Length: 29:55 We discussed the origins, the goals, and the play experiences of Bluebeard's Bride. Check out these links: Bluebeard's Bride Kickstarter Bluebeard's Bride G+ Community @BluebeardsBride on Twitter @the_strix on Twitter Sean's AP Report from Origins The conversation continues...Here.

Duration:00:29:54

Narrative Control - Episode 84 - Language in Games

7/15/2016
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! We're talking to Kate and Hakan about how awesome language is and how they use it in their games! Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu Length: 51:05 Inspired by listening to Alex Roberts (Backstory) Games we talked about: Sign - A game about being understood Dialect - A game about language and how it dies Gushing about Dialect: Truckers on Mars - a game that's structure was built around the language we made! Not what I...

Duration:00:51:05

Narrative Control - Episode 83 - What Would John Do?

6/10/2016
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! Over a year later and we're back! John Harper came on the show to talk to me about how his gaming style affects his design and all the pieces of the venn diagram that make for a good times at the game table. Note: There is occasional profanity during the episode, but nothing so egregious that I would add the explicit tag. Also this is a long one, over two hours. We're making up for all the time we missed! Host: Sean Nittner Guests: John Harper Length:...

Duration:02:12:34

Narrative Control - Episode 82 - Iterative Development

3/3/2015
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! This episode I have Rob Donoghue and Vincent Baker on to respond to episode 80 and discus their thoughts on the current state of design. Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Vincent Baker and Rob Donoghue Length: 45:14 [00:26] Introduction to the show. Welcoming Vincent and Rob. [01:46] Vincent’s reaction to episode 80. [08:00] Rob’s reaction. [09:13] Defining Design. Where I get it all wrong. [15:40] Distinction between GMing, Expansibility, and...

Duration:00:45:13

Narrative Control - Episode 81 - Sincere Emotions in Play

2/24/2015
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! This episode was recorded many moons ago (June 2014), lost, found, and released! A bunch of fantastic perspectives on sincere emotions in games. Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Matthew Klein, Avery Alder McDaldno, and Shaun Hayworth Length: 47:52 [00:27] Intro to the show. Amazing experiences gaming with Avery McDaldno, Shawn Hayworth, and Matthew Klein. [03:26] Do you seek to get an emotional response consciously in game, or do you let it occur as a...

Duration:00:47:51

Narrative Control - Episode 80 - Conversations in Design

1/5/2015
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! This episode sparked from a twitter conversation between Luke Crane and I about design intentions. To hack or not to hack, Conversations in Design. Luke had thoughts. An hour of thoughts. Check em out! Note: This is an explicit episode. Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Luke Crane Length: 1:08:21 [00:28] Intro to the show – Interview with Luke Crane. [01:16] Luke prepared for an interview and to say things he probably shouldn’t. [03:03] Design process....

Duration:01:02:08

Narrative Control - Episode 79 - Character Driven Play

6/10/2014
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! This episode I have three awesome gamers that have played in some extremely character driven games with me. I brought them on to discuss what's needed in a game to give players the tools they need to drive a game, how do you keep player antagonism safe at a table, and what external threats are necessary to keep the action moving and prevent the game from turing into a soap opera. Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Jon Edwards, Regina Joyner, and Karen...

Duration:00:30:46

Narrative Control - Episode 78 - Pillars of Prep

6/3/2014
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Hi, and welcome back to the show! This episode I have two phenomenal GMs, Leonard Balsera and Todd Furler, on to talk about the rationale for running games either with low/no or very high prep, as well as their techniques for doing so. Host: Sean Nittner Guests: Leonard Balsera and Todd Furler [00:26] Intro to the Show [01:06] Introducing my guests Todd Furler and Leonard Balsera [02:10] Todd and Lenny represent pillars of best practices for different methodologies for running...

Duration:01:01:10

Narrative Control - Episode 77 - Gaming Close to Home

4/30/2014
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Hi, welcome to the show! This week I’m reflecting on the emotional impact of a particular LARP I was in at GenCon, how to facilitate that kind of play in general, and how to port those experiences to tabletop. My guests are awesome LARPers, and other players in the game Lizzie Stark, Emily Care Boss, and Jason Morningstar. Host: Sean Nittner Guest: Lizzie Stark, Emily Care Boss, and Jason Morningstar Length: 54:10 [00:27] Intro to the show [01:30] Introduce the guests to the...

Duration:00:54:09

Narrative Control - Episode 76 - Talking Torches

4/22/2014
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Hi, welcome back to the show. This week I’m talking torches with Shaun Hayworth, Josh Curtis, and David Gallo. We discussed GMing and playing Torchbearer! Host: Sean Nittner Guest: Shaun Hayworth, Josh Curtis, and David Gallo Length: 1:35:16 [00:23] Intro to the show [01:36] Introducing the guests: Shaun Hayworth, Josh Curtis, and David Gallo [03:48] Keeping suspense in the game. Setting player expectations to expect and enjoy the grind. [09:40] The system is definitely a game....

Duration:01:35:15

Narrative Control - Episode 75 - Back Seat GMs

6/10/2013
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This episode we talked to David McBride about handling a back-seat GM. Hosts: Sean Nittner, Leonard Balsera, and Eric Fattig Guest: David McBride Length: 52:05 [00:27] Intro to the show. Explicit episode in both English and French. [01:26] News: Fattig got a HOUSE! [02:17] Fate Core is at print!...

Duration:00:52:06

Narrative Control - Episode 74 - Hierarchies

5/3/2013
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to Austin Smith about hierarchies in game settings. Hosts: Sean Nittner, Eric Fattig, and Lenny Balsera Guest Caller: Austin Smith Length: 52:26 Show Notes [00:26] Introduction to the show. Brining back Austin Smith from Episode 70. [01:20] Austin’s games. Built into the game setting was a hierarchy. Problems...

Duration:00:52:26

Narrative Control - Episode 73 - Non-violent Opposition

4/19/2013
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to Jamil Walker about presenting non-violent opposition for his PCs. This really touched on a cornerstone of our GMing styles. It’s a good 40 minutes. Have a listen! Hosts: Sean Nittner, Eric Fattig, and Lenny Balsera Guest Caller: Jamil Walker Length: 42.16 Show Notes [00:26] Introduction to the show. Jamil...

Duration:00:42:16

Narrative Control - Episode 72 - The System for Your Game

12/6/2012
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re talking about methos for finding a game that will suit your needs. It's kind of the anti-hack episode (Episode 69) where our goal is to find you a system that will match your epectations without having to re-invent it yourself. We doing something special this year and hosting a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders Hosts: Sean Nittner, Eric Fattig, and Lenny Balsera Guest Caller: Soren Ludwig Length: Show...

Duration:00:41:42

Narrative Control - Episode 71 - Nonconsensual Play

5/31/2012
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to Rich Rogers about a transgressive experience he had playing in a game and review both what he could have done differently and what both GMs and players should watch out for so that they don't cross over boundries inadvetantly. Hosts: Sean Nittner, Eric Fattig, and Lenny Balsera Guest Caller: Rich Rogers, of...

Duration:00:50:27

Narrative Control - Episode 70 - Mysteries

5/12/2012
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to Austin Smith about both dropping clues to your players, keeping them attached to the outcomes, and introducing a rich setting. Hosts: Sean Nittner, Lenny Balsera, and Eric Fattig Guest Caller: Austin Smith Length: 1:01:36 The conversation continues… here.

Duration:01:01:35

Narrative Control - Episode 69 - Hack my Shadowrun

3/27/2012
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to Joe Harney about hacking settings from one game into the system of another’s. In this case we focus on Gordian Knot of Settings: Shadowrun Hosts: Sean Nittner and Lenny Balsera Guest Caller: Joseph Harney Length: 45:07 Show Notes [00:25] Intro to the show – Hacking settings to systems. [00:55] Joe starts the...

Duration:00:45:07

Narrative Control - Episode 68 - Selling players on Complications

3/11/2012
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. This season we’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to David Bozarth talking about selling players on complicating their characters. Hosts: Sean Nittner, Eric Fattig, and Lenny Balsera Guest Caller: Dave Bozarth Explicit. This episode contains a smattering of explicit language. Length: 37:14 Show Notes [00:27] Intro to the show. Dave Bozarth coming on and talking...

Duration:00:37:13

Narrative Control - Episode 67 - IP, setting expectations and understanding your players.

2/28/2012
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Welcome back to Narrative Control, season 3. We’ve taken a break for Gen Con and my very own Big Bad Con and now we’re back in the saddle. Season 3 has a new format. We’re taking calls from listeners and offering up what advice we can about their gaming conundrums. This week we talked to David Miessler-Kubanek from dmkcreative.com. We’re talking about intellectual properties, setting expectations and finding out what’s going on with an unhappy player. Hosts: Sean Nittner and Lenny...

Duration:00:32:00

Narrative Control - Episode 66 - End of Season 2

6/4/2011
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Hi, welcome to the last episode of Season 2. Warning, this one is explicit. This episode is my farewell for a time as well as the bloopers from Season 2. Good times in here! Hosts: Sean Nittner, Justin Evans and Eric Fattig Length: 25:29 Show Notes A few minutes of me talking about the show followed by 20 minutes of our mistakes. Have fun.

Duration:00:25:28