Everything is True: Episode 1 – Not in Nottingham (Lotfp)

Three adventurers meet in a tavern and search the nearby woods for a missing girl.

I’ve talked about it before, for months in fact, but here it is.  Our Lamentations of the Flame Princess game. We have been playing this game as our ongoing campaign since probably at least 2015.

This audio is old. I recorded it at my old house. I used the built in microphone on my Surface. It must have been cricket season near Andrew. I hope this doesn’t bother you.

Perhaps at some point I can get around to organizing my thoughts on the role playing game campaign. I’ve been thinking about them through the lens of other media, the way people like Scott McCloud talked about comic books through the lens of film a couple of decades ago.

What I mean is – is the role playing game campaign, the long term thing that we all do, is that more like a film or a novel? Or a video game?

If you record it for a podcast, does it then resemble more a radio play?

Sorry, that must sound real pretentious. A few minutes of listening to our podcast should disabuse you of the idea that we are doing something precious. 

There are structural differences between the forms, both mechanically and also in the general ways plots are expected to unfold. I’ve thought about it quite a bit over the past couple of years. I have not cracked this particular nut.

As far as the game itself, we play it using what is probably my favorite game publisher’s products, Lamentations of the Flame Princes, from which we liberally borrow various monsters, gremlins, and goblins. I buy their books because of the production value behind them and as they’ve escalated over the past couple of years.

My conception of the game, such as it was, was to mix the pseudo-historical setting of the core books, somewhat reconcile it with the crazier stuff like A Red and Pleasant Land, and explore a lot of my favorite fantasy stuff.

As the game goes on, hopefully you’ll see what I mean.

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