Character Creation Cast

Series 41.2 - Micro RPGs with Ourselves (It Wants Souls and Van Gogh’s Ear)

Episode Summary

Welcome to the second episode of series 41, everyone! This series will be a bit different than our normal series. We will be covering two micro RPGs each episode with just Amelia and Ryan at the helm! This episode, we’re going in cold with character creation for Quinn Murphy’s game It Wants Souls and Jenn Ellis and Keith Baker’s game Van Gogh’s Ear, both Micro RPGs from James D’Amato’s book, The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book!

Episode Notes

Welcome to the second episode of series 41, everyone! This series will be a bit different than our normal series. We will be covering two micro RPGs each episode with just Amelia and Ryan at the helm! This episode, we’re going in cold with character creation for Quinn Murphy’s game It Wants Souls and Jenn Ellis and Keith Baker’s game Van Gogh’s Ear, both Micro RPGs from James D’Amato’s book, The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book!


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Ryan Boelter  0:01  

Welcome to the second episode of our micro RPG series. Everyone is just Amelia and myself for this episode again today, but we get to cover a couple more really great games from James de Matos book, the ultimate micro RPG book. But before we get to that, it's time for our normal announcements.


Amelia Antrim  0:22  

We just have one big announcement this week, a catechize. kickstarting right now. As of the release of this episode, there are about nine days left on the campaign. We have always had so much fun. And that convention, like it's such a good time, it's it's friend convention, honestly, it's like, you have time to see people you have time to like play games and just hang out like it's just it's just a wonderful little community. I definitely missed going last year was such a bummer. But hopefully November like Fingers crossed. Yeah, fingers. So they are kick starting right now. We'll put a link in the show notes. If you can take a look. You can get tickets through the Kickstarter. Hopefully, we will see everyone there.


Ryan Boelter  1:13  

Yeah. And if you're unable to go and you want to support the convention anyway. Or if you are regular and want to support it, you can always get a table top. little banner.


Amelia Antrim  1:25  

It's true. And then you can reach for photo ops, you can sign and take a picture your idea with ours.


Ryan Boelter  1:33  

Absolutely. Yeah. So definitely check it out. It's a lot of fun. If things line up, and Amelia and I are both able to attend. There'll definitely be a Character Creation Cast panel.


Amelia Antrim  1:45  



Ryan Boelter  1:46  

Because, of course, we need to make some random character nonsense again. It's been too long. It's been


Amelia Antrim  1:55  

such a good time.


Ryan Boelter  1:56  

Yeah, so keep an eye out for that as well. So we also wanted to point your attention to the one shot network. patreon slash one shot podcast. If you're not yet a patron, now's a great time to sign up as relatively soon, we are actually going to be releasing our first new bonus content. For all the $5 and up patrons. We should have more on that. Probably as we head into August as well. We've had a lot of fun with the series. So you can expect more micro games probably like this from us. More character creation sessions, possibly for games that we've already covered. Who knows what else we'll we'll get up to but we got planned,


Amelia Antrim  2:41  

man, we'll roll on some random tables. Were looking for all kinds of fun things to send out. Honestly, if there's, you know, some kind of weird thing that you'd love to hear. Let us know because we get to the the Patreon episodes are nice because we don't have to follow our regular format. We can kind of just freestyle and do what we want. It gives us a little more wiggle room. So if there's something that you'd like to hear from us that we haven't done to feel free to let us know when we can take a look.


Ryan Boelter  3:11  

Yeah, absolutely. For now, let's get to the show where we will be covering it once solds and Van Gogh's year. Enjoy.


Amelia Antrim  3:53  

Welcome to Character Creation Cast a show where we discuss and create characters The best part of role playing games with guests using their favorite systems. Except today, when we have no guests. I'm one of your hosts, Amelia. And today, my co hosts and Ryan and I are excited to welcome absolutely no one. As we discuss a selection of games from the ultimate micro RPG book.


Ryan Boelter  4:17  

I'm getting some deja vu here.


Amelia Antrim  4:19  

Well, it sounds like very similar to what you said last week.


Ryan Boelter  4:22  

It's very true. We certainly didn't just copy and paste that because you know, we're busy. podcasters Well,


Amelia Antrim  4:28  

we did copy and paste it but then I didn't read what you copied and pasted. So Oh, that's


Ryan Boelter  4:32  

very true.


Amelia Antrim  4:33  

All right. I made it my own professional. Like like a true creative genius.


Ryan Boelter  4:41  

That's right. We are going to be covering a multitude of games this series. And we are actually going to be covering two games per episode. So you get a total of six games this month. was pretty exciting for the price of 101. Yeah, no Right.


Amelia Antrim  4:57  

Which is free because you don't pay us


Ryan Boelter  5:00  

Almost a kind of a metaphor for this whole book because you get 40 games for the price of one,


Amelia Antrim  5:07  

actually less than the price of one, depending on how much that game costs.


Ryan Boelter  5:11  

That's extremely true.


Amelia Antrim  5:13  

Somewhere around the price of one.


Ryan Boelter  5:17  

Absolutely. Um, well, On today's episode, we are going to be covering, it wants souls, a game of horrific possession by Quinn Murphy. So there's probably some content warnings on that potentially, my Beagle get a little spooky for that one. And a van Gogh's ear by Jen Ellis and Keith Baker, which, you know, by the name of it, it sounds like it could be spooky, but it's a game of inadvisable gifts, which is tagged as funny. So I'm excited to figure out what that one's all about.


Amelia Antrim  5:53  

Alright, so we're going to start with it wants souls. What's in a game? Which, yes, does have a content warning. It is labeled as demonic possession for the content. Yes. So just be aware, there's going to be some spooky stuff. It's maybe a little bit more grown up potentially then potentially other games? Not necessarily because it's Brian and I. And last time we made secret agents who cared about cheese. That's true.


Ryan Boelter  6:22  

Yeah, this one's really interesting, though. Because we create a family. And this family is moving into a house for the first time. Yes. And the house is haunted, of course. And then you basically play out between what's called the outsider, which is kind of the insidious ghost figure in the house. And the family. And it looks like it's kind of played in phases, possibly. But it's interesting, because we create our family first, and then we talk about the house and then stuff starts breaking bad.


Amelia Antrim  7:05  

Yeah, we to find out what happens.


Ryan Boelter  7:07  

Yeah, let's find out what happens play to find out play to find out. Let's make some people. Okay, so setup at the outset design, or designate one character as the outsider. This should be done secretly. So only she or he is initially aware of it. Oh, interesting. Well, it's a three to five player game. So this is, this is wild. Um,


Amelia Antrim  7:33  

so we can't really not know. Because, you know, every one of us


Ryan Boelter  7:36  

has to be one of us. But also,


Amelia Antrim  7:39  

we could not tell our listeners So you and I could know and we could not tell the listeners.


Ryan Boelter  7:43  

Oh, that's, that's almost. That's almost cheating. listeners know, we're now clear three inner game. What if the listener we should just roll a D six. And whomever is? One, one through two? For you two or 334? For me and five and six for the listeners?


Amelia Antrim  8:05  

Oh, so listeners


Ryan Boelter  8:09  

do cider in their game?


Amelia Antrim  8:10  

All right. Okay. Okay. Just gonna make it up. Okay. Sure. I'm gonna get my dog in here. Would that help? Peggy can Peggy's the Okay.


Ryan Boelter  8:25  

All right. So we've got the outsider chosen. And we'll reveal it at the end. Because you know, suspense, and all that this this genre, right, right.


Unknown Speaker  8:39  

Yeah, the label is true.


Amelia Antrim  8:43  

Okay. So for each year in the family, including the outsider, right, the following on index cards. Are you a parent, a child, aunt or uncle?


Ryan Boelter  8:55  

Okay, so that's interesting. So, um,


Amelia Antrim  9:00  

what do you think you're going to be here? Hmm. And apparently we have to make one for the audience as well.


Ryan Boelter  9:06  

Yeah. So I'm thinking I almost wanted to say that the audience was a family dog.


Unknown Speaker  9:13  

Is that a choice? Oh, no.


Ryan Boelter  9:15  

I mean, we can make things up, right.


Amelia Antrim  9:18  

They can be in a strange jungle. Oh, okay.


Ryan Boelter  9:21  

Does it have to be a strange though? Let's just say that the audience is a child. Okay. Um, do we want to be the parents?


Amelia Antrim  9:31  

Sure. Oh, that's adorable. You can do you want to be mom or dad?


Ryan Boelter  9:37  

I'm fine with either. Okay. I


Unknown Speaker  9:38  

want to be the dad. Okay.


Ryan Boelter  9:40  

I'll be the mom. Okay.


Amelia Antrim  9:43  

I mean, you could also be a dad if you wanted to. Okay, that's


Ryan Boelter  9:46  

fair. I'll be the the Demi girl mom. Okay. Well, she they pronouns.


Amelia Antrim  9:53  

Or you can be a she's a mom.


Ryan Boelter  9:54  

She's a mom.


Amelia Antrim  9:56  

Okay. Alright, so we got mom, she they dad him. Child, then.


Ryan Boelter  10:02  

Hey man, hey, there you go. Cuz we've got a plural audience, one would hope at this point from last episode,


Amelia Antrim  10:12  

actually, our audience is actually not plural anymore.


Ryan Boelter  10:18  

Okay, so, um, what's your age?


Amelia Antrim  10:23  



Ryan Boelter  10:24  

so I wanna, I want, I want the child to be, like 10 or under. Okay, so let's say


Amelia Antrim  10:31  

like eight. Yeah, roll a D 10. We'll see how young our child


Unknown Speaker  10:38  

we can roll dice.


Amelia Antrim  10:41  

is too too young? Um,


Ryan Boelter  10:45  

no, because if the outsider is the child, that's tremendously creepy.


Amelia Antrim  10:53  

Spooky. That's true. If that is the case. Okay, sorry. Child is two. How old do you want to be? Um,


Ryan Boelter  11:03  

so probably anywhere between 20 and 35. You know what I'm gonna I'm gonna roll a D 20 and add 22 Okay,


Amelia Antrim  11:13  

that's a good call. I will do that as well.


Amelia Antrim  11:21  

Apparently, 25


Ryan Boelter  11:22  



Amelia Antrim  11:23  

Did you married a younger man? Yep. Okay. See your strengths? What are two things that describe your character in a positive way? He's one word descriptions for each strength. Examples. resilient, resourceful, brave, clean, witty, strong, quick. Okay. So you need to pick two of those.


Ryan Boelter  11:49  



Amelia Antrim  11:51  

I think my dad character is going to be handy. Seems like a dad thing. My dad's alright.


Ryan Boelter  11:58  

Um, I'll say Sure. Sure. I am very not handy.


Amelia Antrim  12:06  

I'm not either.


Unknown Speaker  12:09  

But I'm also not as


Ryan Boelter  12:13  

good with computers.


Amelia Antrim  12:15  

My dad is two My dad is also handy and good with computers. So I did right at puns and grilling and like all the dads.


Ryan Boelter  12:22  

I mean, I fake being handy. But I do a bad job at it. Gotcha. So like, I can technically fix things almost. But there's like always something wrong with it. Sounds like a sitcom. Stupid solenoid. So I'm like, okay,


Amelia Antrim  12:43  

so close. I can get 90% of the way there


Ryan Boelter  12:46  

literally logically, I know how this is supposed to go together. But then it's like something's just slightly off in the end. And I'm like, how I follow directions. I can put together IKEA furniture like nobody else.


Amelia Antrim  12:59  

Oh, me too. I actually really enjoy it. I find it like very, like soothing because it's like, there's directions and everything goes the way that it's supposed to. And like, you know, I know people that like can't that cannot do it. And I just don't understand. Just follow the instructions. It's those people that are like our need to read instructions. Actually, you do. Exactly you do. I'm sorry. I need another word for my dad. What's another things that describe your character in a positive way?


Ryan Boelter  13:31  

dependable? Yeah,


Amelia Antrim  13:34  

I want something that's not like a boring dad saying well, you know, okay, not that all dads are the same. But you know, like something that's not like Hallmark greeting card dad.


Ryan Boelter  13:44  

nerdy. How about fashionable? fashionable? Like, I went with her


Amelia Antrim  13:50  

audience child, we can each pick one maybe?


Ryan Boelter  13:52  



Amelia Antrim  13:55  

What are you going with?


Ryan Boelter  13:56  

I'm going with a thorough and empathetic was it good ones?


Amelia Antrim  14:03  

So for the child, I wanted to say creative.


Ryan Boelter  14:07  

Okay, I like that. I'm gonna say like, logical. Okay. Good with puzzles and stuff.


Unknown Speaker  14:17  

Love it.


Ryan Boelter  14:18  

Okay, so now we've got to choose one thing. These are weaknesses. One thing that describes your character in a negative way. Now use one word descriptions of the weaknesses, examples cowardly, small, stubborn, messy, scatterbrained, weak. Almost. Goodness gracious for child we could just say they baby. That's two words.


Amelia Antrim  14:41  

They baby what


Ryan Boelter  14:43  

their baby.


Amelia Antrim  14:46  

Is your weakness is your baby.


Ryan Boelter  14:48  

True? two year olds.


Amelia Antrim  14:51  

Yeah. That's your weakness toddler.


Ryan Boelter  14:55  



Amelia Antrim  14:57  

I would say messy. You probably would be the good Just messy.


Ryan Boelter  15:01  

messy. Makes sense. Yeah. Never met a clean.


Amelia Antrim  15:07  

Sticky would be a great one. They're always sticky.


Ryan Boelter  15:12  

I don't know why quit quinet h2 was very good about cleaning up after himself. Okay. That's a different story.


Amelia Antrim  15:23  

Yeah. No. Like mine ever were. Okay, what is my weakness? I'm gonna say short tempered. Hmm. And you have to say an actual bad thing about your character.


Ryan Boelter  15:37  

I know. I was also thinking short tempered, but like,


Amelia Antrim  15:41  

I can change my if you think like,


Ryan Boelter  15:43  

I was trying to think of something else because I didn't want to go short tempered.


Amelia Antrim  15:47  

Um, what's another could be stressed?


Ryan Boelter  15:51  

Yeah, I like I like that one.


Amelia Antrim  15:53  

stressed, easily stressed or something like that.


Ryan Boelter  15:57  

Alright, fear.


Amelia Antrim  15:59  

Fear. What is the one thing your character is afraid is most afraid of? spiders darkness isolation. Snakes, knives? shows are intense. Okay. Um, I think for our child, it's probably dark. Right? Like, that seems like a reasonable.


Ryan Boelter  16:15  



Amelia Antrim  16:16  

I mean, kids are afraid of like, the dark monsters.


Ryan Boelter  16:20  

But most of the dark Yeah.


Amelia Antrim  16:25  

I'm gonna say dark. I think that seems like the most like we've just made world's most generic


Ryan Boelter  16:32  

might. My child is very creative and logical. They're a bit messy, though. But they are also afraid of the dark. Yeah, got some good things and bad things going for them but their child,


Amelia Antrim  16:43  

your child, and also things that you would think would be alright, so for my dad character, I'm gonna say what is he afraid of? had to be like a thing that you come across all the time, because I want it like, my first instinct was marsupial's, but that's probably not going to come up.


Ryan Boelter  17:07  

It sounds like it would, right? Because it sounds like whatever we choose is probably going to be terrorizing the family.


Amelia Antrim  17:17  

Another good like, you know what, I'm going to be not myself. And I'm going to say that this dad is afraid of blood.


Ryan Boelter  17:23  

Oh, there you go.


Amelia Antrim  17:25  

Like my real dad. It's not like blood or like needles in it, which is really funny because my mom is a nurse. And so she's always like, want to hear about this thing. And he's like, no. Definitely, no. Why


Ryan Boelter  17:37  

are you tormenting me? I went with accidents. From my fear. Oh, that's a good one. All right. All right. So


Amelia Antrim  17:54  

throughout family creation, the outset, it should stay quiet. Your time is coming. Okay. Don't have to worry about that. Because we have very secretly noted who the etc is. And now so now first year, the game is the family's first night in the new home. Use the scene to describe the house, portraying an average night with the family. explore what each character loves about the other members of the family determine any problems the family faces during the scene. The outsider remains quiet. Watching the interactions and answering the following questions on a set of cards. The outsider keeps hidden. Each question on a separate card along with my soul have been trapped here. What part of the house is my soul most bound to? Do? I want a soul to keep here and torment or do I want a soul so I can inhabit the body? whose soul do I most desire? Okay.


Ryan Boelter  18:53  

My first interpretation was the outsider was one of the family members.


Amelia Antrim  18:59  

Yeah, but it sounds like no,


Ryan Boelter  19:00  

it sounds like no, yeah. Okay. Oh, interesting. So for each player in the family, including the outsider raise the following on the index cards. Right? So the outsider does create a family member.


Amelia Antrim  19:14  

Right. That's what I was thinking. Like,


Ryan Boelter  19:16  

but I'm wondering if the outsider is a different family member is not only No, I think the outsider is playing both the family member and the outsider. Cool. Maybe. Yeah, so this is this game is inspired by movies like insidious the country in sinister, I'm guessing.


Amelia Antrim  19:40  

It says designate one character as an outsider, not one player.


Ryan Boelter  19:43  

Yeah, that's true. I am I this is really interesting.


Amelia Antrim  19:48  

Okay. And then for each player in the family, including the outsider.


Ryan Boelter  19:54  

Yeah, your family has moved into a new home and as soon terrorized by being from beyond, you have few clues to its origins or nature, whatever it is, it wants souls. So the family was doing both. Yeah, I think you're doing both at that point. Yeah. Okay.


Amelia Antrim  20:10  

Do we want to go in and like do the house description I know that gets into gameplay and stuff to describe to describe this house like play it as a scene. I would like to describe it.


Ryan Boelter  20:20  

Yeah, we have to describe the house. We have to let's cuz this is kind of the fanfiction portion, right? We created our people. We don't have names for them yet.


Amelia Antrim  20:29  

Their mom, dad and child.


Ryan Boelter  20:31  

Mom, dad and child. Yeah. Like I kind of like the like, the thought of a whole movie like this, where it's literally like, the mom calls the dad dad and the dad calls the mom mom. And in this two year old kid. Yeah,


Amelia Antrim  20:53  

kiddo, buddy. Hey, buddy, heart, honey. Yep, yeah,


Ryan Boelter  20:57  

I just saw all these names. And like, you never get the names, the actual names of the characters that


Amelia Antrim  21:03  

feels so creepy because it's like weirdly impersonal. And like, detached in like a very kind of like,


Ryan Boelter  21:11  

Yeah, but also like generic enough that you can throw yourself into their shoes. Yeah, right. Oh, that's weird.


Amelia Antrim  21:19  

Yeah, I don't want to name them.


Ryan Boelter  21:20  

I don't want to name them either. We haven't we've given them pronouns. And that might be too much.


Amelia Antrim  21:25  

No, that's how you know, because otherwise they have like, Trey somebody in the movie. And you got to kind of like, you know, I


Ryan Boelter  21:30  

mean, that's fair.


Amelia Antrim  21:31  

I guess that definitely doesn't actually matter. Now that I say it out loud, it doesn't actually matter. No. It does help you refer to people though, because referring to them by its true pronouns is is will keep it helpful occasionally. Um,


Ryan Boelter  21:48  

so what's this house look like?


Amelia Antrim  21:49  

What does this describe the house right info on a card? I'm gonna flip it on the back of this little card. info on here. Okay, um, I'm not super familiar with like, architectural styles. Um, so let's start let's, let's maybe like pick, for starters, like, Where? Where is this house? Like, you know, obviously, we live in the United States. So like, that's kind of what you know. It's like it's a coastal thing. Is it us? You know, Southern? Like, well, let's wrap around porch kind of thing.


Ryan Boelter  22:20  

Conceptually. Is this a starter home? Is this. Is this our dream home? Is this like, a step up from our starter home?


Amelia Antrim  22:32  

Okay, so we are 25 and 30. And we have a two year old. Yes. So I don't think it's our dream home.


Ryan Boelter  22:38  

Okay, not yet.


Amelia Antrim  22:39  

I don't think that that's you know, I mean, I know it is a role playing game, but let's be honest, I'm 32. And I don't even have a home yet


Ryan Boelter  22:47  

right now. Although there is something to be said of finally finding the perfect home, forever home and it being haunted


Amelia Antrim  22:54  

being haunted as What? Oh, yeah. You know what? We have somebody whose grandparent maybe passed away and so now we have the money for a down payment. We're gonna spend it in like, really put it into our dream home. Yeah. I like that. We're gonna, we're gonna do it. Okay. So this is our dream home. I think it's like maybe a three bedroom. Right? Because we have one kid


Ryan Boelter  23:21  

to like four bedroom? Because then you've got one for an office.


Amelia Antrim  23:25  

room to grow.


Ryan Boelter  23:26  

Yeah, room to grow. Yeah.


Amelia Antrim  23:27  

Okay. All right. So we're 25 and 30. Buying a four bedroom home. Oh, my God. I just can't even fathom this. I'm in a two bedroom apartment. Well,


Ryan Boelter  23:37  

I'm thinking that we probably have decent jobs, right. Plus,


Amelia Antrim  23:42  

I'm a stay at home dad.


Ryan Boelter  23:43  

Okay, that's fine. I'm the I'm the breadwinner of the family. And the inheritance that we had gotten. Let us go a long way. With this. To get it together. Or forever also


Amelia Antrim  24:02  

say it's 1975. So we can afford whatever we want.


Ryan Boelter  24:07  

Yeah, but it's a nice house. Yeah, basically. So it's a nice house. It's got some nice open architecture and because I gosh, it is just creepy to have like, three rooms. Totally connected by sight line. And like you're in the kitchen and you can see stuff. Like three rooms away happening. And it's dark. Mm hmm. Yeah, that can get spooky. Yeah.


Amelia Antrim  24:39  

I think it has a really big tree in the front yard. And in the living room. There's got to be like a big bay window or big picture window. So that at night this tree can be spooky flailing and you know,


Ryan Boelter  24:51  

oh yeah.


Amelia Antrim  24:52  

Spooky tree shadows. That's important to me.


Ryan Boelter  24:54  

Spooky tree shadows. I think


Amelia Antrim  24:56  

it's important that we move in in the fall.


Ryan Boelter  24:59  

Oh, Absolutely.


Amelia Antrim  25:00  

There's a big tree in the front yard.


Ryan Boelter  25:03  

vaulted ceilings are always nice.


Amelia Antrim  25:08  

A big, big open staircase. Yeah.


Unknown Speaker  25:11  

How are we affording


Ryan Boelter  25:14  

with the inheritance? No, it'll last us at least 10 years and then, you know,


Amelia Antrim  25:19  

I'm just saying, My very wealthy grandpa died and I know extremely wealthy grandpa. Yeah. They probably died in a plane crash. There was some kind of settlement or something. Okay. vaulted ceilings. Big staircase. Obviously, there's an attic. Right? Oh, yeah. There


Ryan Boelter  25:44  

has to be an add on well, like an above the garage attic or like, we're talking attic attic.


Unknown Speaker  25:53  

attic attic.


Ryan Boelter  25:54  

Sure. We can do that. Like half the house addict to attic attic


Amelia Antrim  26:02  

has an attic. I know now it says attic. We said it


Ryan Boelter  26:05  

too many times.


Amelia Antrim  26:06  



Ryan Boelter  26:08  

attic. I also like, like big basement storage room. Okay, like the topic. That's fine.


Amelia Antrim  26:19  

Card basement storage room. Like the one that we had in one house that we lived in where there was a bat painted on the wall that said blood underneath it led the house that I lived in.


Ryan Boelter  26:31  

Yeah, that's something like that. Yeah. That's not spooky at all.


Amelia Antrim  26:35  

No, it's not creepy.


Ryan Boelter  26:36  

It certainly explains a lot


Amelia Antrim  26:38  

about Lily lived there for six months. It's not like it was a formative time of my life.


Ryan Boelter  26:43  

blood magic knows no bounds of time.


Amelia Antrim  26:44  

That's true. You're right, the bat with the fangs and the word blood written underneath that is definitely what did it for


Ryan Boelter  26:50  

me. blood. Blood.


Amelia Antrim  26:55  

Okay, sorry. So what is an average night for this family?


Ryan Boelter  26:59  

Um, I think dinner and then time with the kid. And then putting the child to bed and then afterwards, relaxing time together.


Amelia Antrim  27:13  

Yeah, we watch some TV or a movie or something. catch up on whatever we give yard for the week.


Ryan Boelter  27:17  

Yeah. Yeah. That seems that seems pretty average.


Amelia Antrim  27:21  

Yeah, it seems like a normal fare. That's what normal families do. Dinner. Good time to give the kid a bath. You know? Yep. put them to bed and then TV time. Seems reasonable. I assume. I wouldn't know. It's just me. My ex and I worked opposite shifts. So we were like never both home and evening at the same time. It was my parents actually, again, because my mom's a nurse. She was working like second and third shift. Like we never did like dinnertime, you know, I was just like nothing. Let's see here. explore what each character loves about the other members of the family. Oh, that's nice. and determine any problems the family? Um, okay. I mean, like, What do you say? Like, I really love about my kid. You're just like, it's my kid. I'm genetically predisposed to love them. But Exactly.


Ryan Boelter  28:21  

Well think. Because like it. This kid is two years old. We'd love that. They are not fussy.


Amelia Antrim  28:32  

Oh, man, you have made a dream child.


Ryan Boelter  28:34  

Ryan. I know. Which makes it all the more


Amelia Antrim  28:38  

they don't cry during dinner time. Yeah, even if you go to a restaurant, they don't cry.


Ryan Boelter  28:43  

Yeah. Like they only cry when there's something seriously wrong.


Amelia Antrim  28:56  

Anybody who doesn't have a child like does not understand why we're like that screaming


Ryan Boelter  29:02  

dog cry or otherwise, like they're they're very giggly very like personable. They're, they're, they're getting decent at words, but not like,


Amelia Antrim  29:13  

perfect. To the point where they won't shut up.


Ryan Boelter  29:16  

Yeah, yeah. So I know that.


Amelia Antrim  29:20  

We're such good parents, right? This is like these comments of people who like really have children. I was like, what's the perfect thing? He talks but like not so much. I always tell people that thing like, my kids not saying any words yet. And I'm like, No, I'll follow you around telling you about Pokemon.


Ryan Boelter  29:43  

Yep. One day, that will happen. No, I want I want our child to like, be able to speak to the point where you have to listen closely to fully understand them. Okay, right. So like, if they say something we're like, Are we sure that they said something bad? Oh, yeah. And like That's


Amelia Antrim  30:09  

right. Translation phase. Yeah,


Ryan Boelter  30:11  

that's right for your super shenanigans of the horror variety.


Amelia Antrim  30:15  

Yeah. So good.


Ryan Boelter  30:18  

What did you say? Red Ram? White?


Amelia Antrim  30:24  

Oh, that's just how he says blanket. blanket.


Unknown Speaker  30:30  

Um, okay.


Ryan Boelter  30:32  

And then each other. Yeah. So let's see. I'm gonna say that I love how good you are with the kids with the with the kid. Just the one with the child. We don't have kids. yet. The rapey I don't know.


Amelia Antrim  30:51  

On the way to children. We're already into the horror, right? Let's see here.


Ryan Boelter  31:00  

I almost want the mom to be like, early pregnancy.


Amelia Antrim  31:06  

Oh, that makes it so creepy. Um, I like that. Fair. I don't know what your job is. But I want to say that it's something that you're like really passionate about and really good at and like that is the thing that I really like about you that you have some things that you are good at and proud of? Yeah. And like, you know, like, the way that you light up when you talk about it.


Ryan Boelter  31:29  

It's gonna be a job of like, something where I help people. Right? Yeah. requires a lot of like, bureaucracy and paperwork or something like that.


Amelia Antrim  31:39  

Yeah, so maybe you're like a social worker or something? Yeah.


Ryan Boelter  31:41  

Yeah, I can see that working out. I don't I don't see that like, paying for a dream home possibly but nothing


Amelia Antrim  31:49  



Unknown Speaker  31:50  

for? That's true. We'll get there.


Amelia Antrim  31:54  

And like maybe I maybe I'm not a stay at home dad. Maybe I'm like a work from home. Or like a freelance creative type.


Ryan Boelter  32:03  



Amelia Antrim  32:04  

fashion. That's right. I am very fashionable. Maybe I am. Yeah.


Ryan Boelter  32:08  

Maybe you do some like, design,


Amelia Antrim  32:11  

design work. That's what that extra bedroom is for? That's where I do my design work. I live there. Yeah. And that I'm handy and crafty. Okay. So what problem problems are we having? Yeah, um, I think maybe we had to move to like, move into this dream home. Yeah. And that maybe has been kind of tough. Because you while you're good at your job, and like, all that kind of stuff. You had to move to like, a new city and a new department to be a social worker here. Yeah. And so like, that's put a lot of strain on you and your job and like learning, you know, a whole new sort of, like, system and all that kind of stuff has been really difficult.


Ryan Boelter  32:56  

Yeah. And, and this, this departments not used to the way I do things, right. Like they're kind of graded against me to try to do things their way.


Amelia Antrim  33:05  

Right. And I think like, because I'm working from home, I feel like pretty isolated. Because my friends aren't here. And I don't have like that support network around. Oh, yeah. So it's just been putting a lot of strain, I think, on both of us. I think we both wanted to move, but it's been hard on both of us in different ways.


Ryan Boelter  33:24  

Yeah. And I think both of us are experiencing that, like lack of friendship. Yeah. Cuz like, I'm grading people at work the wrong way. And, you know, everybody else there is like this, like,


Amelia Antrim  33:37  

worst clicky


Ryan Boelter  33:38  

clicky mentality of sorts, and I can't get friends there somehow. Yeah. That's unfortunate. Now sad.


Amelia Antrim  33:48  

This is really sad. Okay, I like don't want these people to be haunted. They're already having a tough time.


Ryan Boelter  33:55  

Lonely in a way, right. But they're at the beginning stages. This is the first time that they're kind of in their dream home now.


Amelia Antrim  34:03  

Yeah. Yeah. Um, so,


Ryan Boelter  34:07  

so the first night in the new dream home. We basically say what the hole was like, right? It probably got we've got boxes everywhere. Because we just moved in. We got our bedrooms set up. The moving companies helped us since we're in a, you know, a completely different city. Right. Um, and, and we're, you know, mid, unpacking so we've we both have time off for this. And we're fresh in this city and fresh at our new jobs and stuff, at least for me. So, during this scene, the outsider remains quiet, watching the interactions and answering the following questions on us. card. The outsider keeps hidden each question on a separate card. Oh, oh, okay. So now the secret outsider will do this process. Okay?


Amelia Antrim  35:14  

Um, let's see here, making terror families start scenes, the outsider interrupts the family. I mean, remember creating the scene by making terror. The outsider describes how things go bad, too, then everyone's going to know the outsiders.


Ryan Boelter  35:31  

I mean, we can kind of quote unquote, give up the ghost at this point, right? Ghost. Because we made our people right now, and we made her house. And this is where we actually get into the gameplay itself. Right.


Amelia Antrim  35:47  

That's true. That's true. So I suppose that like when we go through, I can talk about what I wrote on the cards. Okay. And why?


Ryan Boelter  35:55  

I thought I was the outsider.


Amelia Antrim  35:57  

No, it was the three You said you were wanting to I was three and four. But you were wanting to?


Ryan Boelter  36:02  

That's fine. Whatever.


Amelia Antrim  36:04  

Wait, I mean, if you want to have answers, that's fine. We can both say that week. Why answers? Why? Because I am interested, I guess. Yeah, we could say that we did it wrong. All along anyway. And actually, we're both the outsiders. Oh, and then we can you know, we can tell two different stories there.


Ryan Boelter  36:26  

That's true, too. Oh, I only answered half the questions, though.


Amelia Antrim  36:30  

Okay. Do you want to answer the other two? That's fine. Like, yeah,


Ryan Boelter  36:32  

let me do that. Um,


Amelia Antrim  36:34  

the last two are pretty short, I think, right? They're kinda like, yes or no, but. Right. That's it occurred to you that we're actually like, very good at this.


Ryan Boelter  36:47  

We are very good at this. are really good at this. Okay, so I've got my answers. Yeah, I'm gonna lock those in.


Amelia Antrim  36:56  

Okay. Minor minor written down on card, so I can prove that. There you go. Okay, so we've described our house we made our family, we did our secret role to determine who the outsider was. Yeah. So that the audience wouldn't hear it. We then misinterpreted the role. And both thought we were the outsider. Because Brian couldn't remember who he is. I wish numbers to


Ryan Boelter  37:24  

I have audio evidence of it.


Amelia Antrim  37:27  

I guess. I guess when you edit, you'll find out who was right. I'm pretty sure you said you were wanting to and I was three and four. Right? Um, we rolled a three.


Ryan Boelter  37:37  

So we rolled a three. Yep. Yep. It wasn't you derya. audience for this?


Amelia Antrim  37:44  

Yes. You sweet baby. So if you were following along at home and writing things down on cards, because you have the book and could see what you do to be doing. I'm so sorry. It was not you. Though, do please email us and tell us what you came up with.


Ryan Boelter  38:02  

So we actually both came up with something secretly.


Amelia Antrim  38:04  

Right. Right. So


Ryan Boelter  38:06  

so we've got kind of like parallel universes going on here.


Amelia Antrim  38:10  

Yeah, parallel spooky situations. Missing a card. together. Okay. So for the outsider, you were supposed to answer. four questions, one on each card. The questions How long has my soul been trapped here? What


Ryan Boelter  38:28  

did you write? Right? Since the house was built?


Amelia Antrim  38:31  

Oh, but we didn't say how old the house.


Ryan Boelter  38:33  

Exactly. That's fine. Okay, but just the fact that the house was built. I'm trapped. My soul here.


Amelia Antrim  38:41  

Oh, interesting. Okay, I said 50 years. Okay. Okay. Um, what part of house is my soul most bound to?


Ryan Boelter  38:52  

can be an item. But I chose the basement storage room.


Amelia Antrim  38:56  

Oh, interesting. I chose the big tree


Ryan Boelter  39:00  

outside. Oh, very nice.


Amelia Antrim  39:04  

Huh? Do I want a soul to keep here? Or a body to like, act I want us all to keep here in torment, or do I want to saw so I can inhabit a


Ryan Boelter  39:14  

body? I chose I want to inhabit a body. That's what I chose as well.


Amelia Antrim  39:21  

And the most important question, whose soul do I most desire?


Ryan Boelter  39:26  

I chose the unborn child.


Amelia Antrim  39:28  

Oh, that's spooky. That is not what I picked. No. I did however, pick


Unknown Speaker  39:35  

the mom. Oh, yeah. Okay,


Amelia Antrim  39:38  

so tell me tell me your little ghost story. Do you have a story for your little or did you just answer those questions? Of course you have a backstory here.


Ryan Boelter  39:45  

Yeah. So I was thinking I was like, This house was built upon either the place that this person or entity existed, like the person died here or is better. Right here in this location, right, and then a house was built upon it because suburban expansion, blah, blah, blah. And then because the basement storage room is closest to that grave, or, or if it's a demonic entity that closest to, you know, he doubles hockey sticks itself you've got that basement storage room that's a perfect place for it to kind of seep into. And then inhabiting the body is wanting to experience life again. And the unborn child is to experience all of life occur.


Amelia Antrim  40:44  

Oh, that's really good.


Ryan Boelter  40:47  

So what about yours?


Amelia Antrim  40:49  

Um, I see I was like, what's the creepiest possible kind of ghost you could have? And I was like, that's a spooky ghost kid. Because everybody knows that. Those are like the creepiest. Um, so like, I imagine it just like, kind of like hangs out in the tree. Because like, when you're a kid, you like to climb trees. And so right,


Ryan Boelter  41:08  



Amelia Antrim  41:09  

Um, and I think that like, as a kid you you like, naturally kind of attach yourself to like a mom figure. Like, it's just like, kids love moms. Nuts. They don't love dads, but like, you know, great. I'm like that mothering figure. And so like, I think it wants to, like, be associated with the mom, but not to tormentor B just because, like, once a mom so like, it wants to inhabit her body because then it's like, for real mom. Yeah. Like, can't be a band. Like you can't abandon a thing that's inside you. Right, you know? Yeah. So yeah, I think it's, it's a very, like, childish sort of want and desire, like nothing, necessarily, like super creepy or spooky about it, but just like, it wants to be


Ryan Boelter  42:03  

loved. I wonder if, if this child like, ages ago, you know, 50 years ago, you said was, you know, left to their own accord? Too much.


Unknown Speaker  42:17  

Yeah. And


Ryan Boelter  42:19  

they wanted attention of their parents and you would climb this tree and maybe that's how they met their demise. And that's why they're haunting. Yeah.


Amelia Antrim  42:30  

Yeah. Like I I spent a little time thinking about I'm like, Okay, why is it a ghost? Was it but then I was like, Huh, I don't know that kids kind of weirds me out. And I really want to like, get into that. Yeah. But I want it to have this attachment to the mom and kid ghosts are creepy.


Ryan Boelter  42:45  

Ghosts are creepy


Amelia Antrim  42:46  

ghost. They're creepy. So yeah, absolutely. Yeah. That is creepy. Family haunting. Oh, Lord. But yeah, I love the idea of like, are this child like seeing another child or like, kind of like having this playmate and like, you know? Yeah.


Ryan Boelter  43:06  

It's interesting. Okay. So yeah, terrorists stuff happens. There's stuff about living in the home. After a rival, each character gets a scene in which they are doing something to make life normal. And you get to see how long add the seat, how long after the previous scene, this scene takes place you roll one to six. So it could be a few days, a few weeks or a few months. So you're you're constantly kicking the timeline down everything you do. And then you asked, Does the scene build the family? Or do you discover more about the outsider? news go through this and then you get some sort of roll off at the end of the game?


Amelia Antrim  43:48  

Yeah. And that's part of it. It's like, do you asking like, are you pretending things aren't normal? Are you trying to get like religious help? Do you have scientists come in to figure out what's going on? Like, you spend a little bit of time in the game to trying to like, yeah, determine what's up with the spooky house and the people in the eye like this really strong mix in this game of like, the very mundane of like describing a family dinner. Yeah. And then like, the very creepy of like, you know, what is this outsider doing? Like you roll it's like, does it if possessive family members turn the house against the family, you know, like, all kinds of things.


Ryan Boelter  44:31  

There's a lot of wild stuff that can happen in this game. And then at the end, the roll off is you've got the family gets a number of D sixes based on the number of family members, the number of seen cards without axes, and the number of revealed outsider cards. And then the outsider gets 3d six plus the number of D six based on the number of seen cards with exes and the number of unrevealed. Those hider cards. So then you roll those against each other and whoever has the higher number wins. Either the outsider takes the soul, or, you know, the family gets rid of the outsider. Yeah. Wow.


Amelia Antrim  45:14  

It's very cool. That's very cool. Um, it's an it honestly, for two page game, I think really evocative, like we, you know, again, like some of the games we talked about last week, too. It's just like, we've done a very quick character creation, just running down this list. And then we did obviously get a little bit into gameplay when we start talking about like, what is the normal nights and that kind of stuff?


Ryan Boelter  45:36  

Yeah, little bit of stuff there too.


Amelia Antrim  45:39  

But, like, very evocative for something so small. And I think, I think that's a really exciting thing about micro RPGs is that you have such a limited amount of space and amount of time to really get to the feelings that you want to get to. And so you have to be really smart about what things you have people do and why. Yeah. And I think that this one does a really good job of like, making you feel that kind of like creeping dread. Like I'm making these decisions. What are you going to do with them? What do you what are you going to do to my perfect little house? Yeah, I mean, we obviously added some of that on our own by being like, it's much more creepy if this baby is perfect. But like, It's fun. It's fun to kind of, like creeping sense of dread. Like, I really liked it. This is a good one.


Ryan Boelter  46:37  

Yeah, I really like creating the characters that in a way that will help enhance horror


Unknown Speaker  46:43  

down the right,


Ryan Boelter  46:44  

right, like without even knowing the gameplay and just knowing horror tropes, like okay, this can be exploited very easily. This can be exploited very easily,


Amelia Antrim  46:55  

and chose to not name them.


Ryan Boelter  47:02  

Yeah, so there's a lot of fun stuff going on here. I really like this one.


Amelia Antrim  47:05  

Yeah, this is a good time.


Ryan Boelter  47:07  

So we're gonna completely change tone on everybody. Right now, which is very funny to say, because we're gonna be talking about Van Gogh's ear, and I speaking of tone and listening, and whatever.


Amelia Antrim  47:23  

Good tribal


Ryan Boelter  47:24  

if it was an audio Pon. Sorry, what's in a game complexity one. So this is a playing time of under an hour. And you need a standard deck of playing cards with the Joker's removed. And the genre is comedy. The tone is funny. It's a gym, less game. Content cruel dramatic irony cringingly terrible choices?


Unknown Speaker  47:48  

Mm hmm.


Ryan Boelter  47:49  

Yeah, two pages?


Amelia Antrim  47:51  

Yes. So this one is by john Alex and Keith Baker. I am excited about this one. Absolutely.


Ryan Boelter  48:01  

Um, so


Amelia Antrim  48:03  

obviously, Van Gogh, not a great gift giver.


Ryan Boelter  48:06  



Amelia Antrim  48:06  

nobody really wants us every year. But let's see if we can do any better than


Ryan Boelter  48:11  

him. Let's see. So before making characters work with the other players to define the time and place of your story, choose an option from the following table or make up your own. I like tables. So let's do


Amelia Antrim  48:25  

that. We love a good table.


Ryan Boelter  48:27  

The setting will inform your choices and making your characters and relationships and will provide some sense of what gifts are possible. All right, so we've got a card between Ace through King.


Amelia Antrim  48:41  

Okay, so I will draw one. Yeah. So we're here. Yeah. I have a seven.


Ryan Boelter  48:52  

Okay, so the setting is a fallout shelter The day after? What? Okay. Well, that escalated quickly. Okay. All right. So that's interesting. Okay. Trying to figure out okay, cool. So this is a follow up shelter The day after? I'm assuming the day after the end of the world


Amelia Antrim  49:23  

day after whatever thing forced you into a fallout


Ryan Boelter  49:25  

shelter? Yeah. Could be tomorrow, the day after tomorrow? Was the movie.


Amelia Antrim  49:36  

Your Oh for two on this one.


Ryan Boelter  49:38  

I think I'm hilarious. Let's make some people. Alright, I need to I need cards. I'm going to get up my trusty Sailor Moon deck. Because this


Amelia Antrim  49:49  

book closer to me because I can't read it from my.


Ryan Boelter  49:53  

So now we get to create characters for this follow shelter.


Amelia Antrim  49:57  



Ryan Boelter  49:58  

So we see the chart on the previous page. Next, you should create a character, a blah, blah, blah and define a role, a defining trait, a thing that you love, and a prized possession.


Amelia Antrim  50:14  



Ryan Boelter  50:15  

All right. So I really want to do cards for these ones as well.


Amelia Antrim  50:18  

Yeah, I love a good random draw. So, I'm going to draw from mine. Oops, I'm gonna draw from mine. If you want to draw for yours, and then we can kind of meet back up and explain what we got.


Ryan Boelter  50:29  

Yeah, that sounds great.


Amelia Antrim  50:37  

sure how that works, but that's okay. All right. Oh, Lord.


Unknown Speaker  50:50  



Ryan Boelter  50:52  

all right.


Unknown Speaker  50:53  

Are you ready? Already? Okay.


Amelia Antrim  50:57  

Um, so for my role? Yeah. I am an actor. Oh, my defining trait is that I'm shy. Um, I love romance. Okay. And my prized possession is a child.


Ryan Boelter  51:18  

Okay. So so my character's role is a therapist. defining trait compassionate, that makes sense loves themselves. prized possession is artwork, a portrait or sculpture. And I'm gonna say it's a portrait of themselves.


Amelia Antrim  51:40  

Yes. I want to know how I'm a shy actor.


Ryan Boelter  51:44  

But well, I know what I know a lot of people that do acting that are shy.


Amelia Antrim  51:49  

That's fair to like, kind of get out of that. But yeah, so


Ryan Boelter  51:52  

instead of like, I'm myself, I can be somebody else. And the lines are given to me.


Amelia Antrim  52:00  

I love that you are really selfish, and I love myself. You're compassionate. I'm a really good person. You're a therapist who's compassionate. But you love your portrait of yourself? Yep.


Ryan Boelter  52:17  

It was, it was very nice. Very well done. And, and it really shows off. My best part. wishes like compassionate face.


Amelia Antrim  52:29  

I just wanted my prized possession as a child like twice but in the class case, or like,


Ryan Boelter  52:36  

I mean, could be could be a literal child, it could be a, like a pet that you say is a child.


Amelia Antrim  52:43  

No pet is a different choice. No,


Ryan Boelter  52:46  

that is true. Wow. Okay, price possession child.


Amelia Antrim  52:51  

Because it makes sense that like, you know, like, my child would be a thing that is very dear to me.


Ryan Boelter  52:55  



Amelia Antrim  52:57  

But just, I also like the idea for comic effect of my prized possession, being my child, like I make him get dressed in his little sailor outfit every morning and go stand on that pedestal.


Ryan Boelter  53:09  

All that poor child. Yeah. Well, we are in the follow shelter. So things are a little weird off the bat.


Amelia Antrim  53:16  

That was my one thing that I had to bring with me. You know, they say that like, what one thing would you save in a fire? And yours is your portrait of yourself and mine is my child. It's kind of the same. It's kind of the same. Yeah. Okay.


Ryan Boelter  53:32  



Amelia Antrim  53:34  

You've come up with the basic details, name your character. work to work with the players to your left and to your right to finalize the details and critically to define your connection to each of them. Really just ask so yeah, um, what is a good name for an actor? Name is calpurnia. Winthrop


Ryan Boelter  53:56  

calpurnia. Winthrop? Nice. She her pronouns?


Amelia Antrim  54:00  



Ryan Boelter  54:01  

Let's see. I'm going to go with Elaine Egerton. Oh, also see her? Okay, so we've got our people. Now we have to work together to finalize our details and defined connections to each other. Are you friends, relatives, co workers, lovers, will you or why will you be giving each of these people tragic and wonderful gifts?


Amelia Antrim  54:31  

I think you are my therapist, but I'm an extremely needy patient. Hmm. I like that. And I think maybe you put up with that because you're a fan of my work.


Ryan Boelter  54:42  

Oh, that's very interesting. I like those connections. Goodness. Okay.


Amelia Antrim  54:48  

And now we're talking Fallout. 30.


Ryan Boelter  54:50  

Yeah. So, um, let's see here. It says, each player should introduce their character providing as much or as little detail Unless they choose in mentioning their relationships with the other character, so it was the two of us, we already talked about it together, decide if the gift giving takes place at a special event. If so, where or whether it will occur over a period of time. You can use this table to inspire you. Okay, so we're in a follow up shelter. It's the day after. And we're giving gifts because we survive together. And your child.


Unknown Speaker  55:30  



Ryan Boelter  55:31  

Okay. That's wild. Do it, do it. It's my therapist office, like, have like a follow shelter and a daycare. It's like, you're in therapy, and then everything hits the fan and we have to take cover in my follow shelter.


Amelia Antrim  55:46  

I think my child is actually just adult.


Ryan Boelter  55:49  

Oh, creepy. Okay. Oh, okay.


Amelia Antrim  55:56  

It's my prized possession.


Ryan Boelter  55:57  

Yes, that makes sense. So you have your child with you, in therapy, and therapy? Because you can't leave your child alone?


Amelia Antrim  56:06  

No, that would be irresponsible. I'm in therapy, because I think this child is my child.


Ryan Boelter  56:11  

Right? So


Amelia Antrim  56:14  

just for all of our listeners to be aware that mental illness is a real thing. I have many of them. Yeah, my therapist would look at me weird if I told her adult was my child, though. She says a lot of things about me because I've been seeing her for like 10 years.


Ryan Boelter  56:32  

Okay, so we've got that set up.


Amelia Antrim  56:35  

Now, this isn't for me and a turtle therapy session.


Ryan Boelter  56:41  

For free for free, because it's no one's money anymore. Now that the world is ended,


Amelia Antrim  56:46  

right? Well, you can't build the insurance companies that you're not getting paid.


Ryan Boelter  56:49  

Exactly. Money doesn't matter. We've got our canned food for the next 15 years. Before it's before safe enough to get to the surface and pay for everything and bottlecaps.


Amelia Antrim  57:04  

Okay, so we have to introduce our characters. Yeah. Right.


Ryan Boelter  57:09  

Yeah. So we've done that. And then we've got these other things to answer as well. A few things to consider what does your character have? Us? What sort of things would your character have access to based on your role in the setting? Um, so I guess,


Amelia Antrim  57:26  

I guess the question is, like, how posh is this fallout shelters is like fallout shelter to the stars, or is this like, crap? We didn't know. Anything was coming. Get to the basement.


Ryan Boelter  57:37  

Um, I like the ladder. Okay, like it's like content preparedness, shelter, like, like it's prepared. It's comfortable


Amelia Antrim  57:45  



Ryan Boelter  57:46  

That stuff. It's got room for like, maybe four or five families have enough supply for that many for about 10 to 15 years.


Amelia Antrim  57:56  

Oh, wow. Okay.


Ryan Boelter  57:58  

But it's like all you know, non perishable goods and all that sort of stuff. So it's gonna be a lot of, like, spam and everything.


Amelia Antrim  58:06  

Yeah, a lot of memories.


Ryan Boelter  58:07  

Yeah. Or whatever. Like, we're good enough to we can survive. Okay. And so I probably have my notebooks and all that sort of stuff.


Amelia Antrim  58:20  



Ryan Boelter  58:22  

And you've got whatever probably you took with you to your session.


Amelia Antrim  58:26  

Right. Which I think is like just a truly fabulous outfit. Yeah. It's not like, like not like, you know, like TMZ stars day out kind of outfit. I'm thinking of like 1920s like sparkly flapper dress and like a scarf and like, feathers that like, just like, over the top. Like, I don't know what year it is that we're playing in, but it doesn't matter. That's what I'm wearing. Okay. Um, and my doll is. It's like a little porcelain doll. Hair that's like perfect, like ringlock curls. And like a very roughly Lacy dress. Okay. Yeah, just very fancy. And it is like pristine. Even though I carry it around everywhere. It is like, in remarkably good shake.


Ryan Boelter  59:13  

Yeah. Okay, so what was the thing you love romance?


Amelia Antrim  59:19  

Yes, I love romance. And you love yourself. And I love myself.


Ryan Boelter  59:22  

So now we have to think about what the other character wants. And so it says, you know, what they love in prize? What's the most thoughtful and meaningful gift you could give them? And also, what does this gift cost you? What is the tragics effort sacrifice your character has to make to acquire or create this gift? Wow. So


Amelia Antrim  59:46  

fallout shelter, so no matter what we give the other person like it's from a very limited supply of things.


Ryan Boelter  59:51  

Yes. Right. Yeah. It's gotta be tragic. Gotta be tragic. Okay.


Amelia Antrim  59:58  

I think because I love romance. I'm going to say that like when we're trapped in this fallout shelter, you are the person that I know the best. And I like develop these like romantic ideals for you. So I paint my doll to look like you.


Amelia Antrim  1:00:22  

Okay, and potentially give that to Oh, wow.


Ryan Boelter  1:00:27  

That's that's a really big


Amelia Antrim  1:00:29  

like proof of how much I care about you. And growth as well. Yes, yes. Wow, rid of the dollar thing that you have been asking me to do. Yeah, listening. I was listening.


Ryan Boelter  1:00:40  

sessions. Plus, it's art. Right. So it's like even better. Wow. Okay. not creepy at all. But I like it.


Amelia Antrim  1:00:51  

It was romance. And it was you and it was art. And it was me listening to you as my therapist and getting rid of my doll.


Ryan Boelter  1:00:57  



Amelia Antrim  1:00:58  

And please just love me. Oh, God, please love me.


Ryan Boelter  1:01:01  

You know what, um, let's see here. Goodness. So, romance child. So it's got to be something probably grandiose. Oh, goodness, because we're gonna be stuck down here for like, over a decade. Potentially. Might be might be just us


Amelia Antrim  1:01:23  

might be forever,


Ryan Boelter  1:01:24  

might be forever. So yeah, I think my character would probably reciprocate those romantic feelings. been a fan of yours. I've been a fan of your character. And like, being a little starstruck since the beginning. Like you're like such a brilliant actor. So like, I would probably, like, I would probably try to make a, like, cash, like a like a child doll as well. Out of like, old clothing and stuff. And like stuffing and try to create like a plushy sort of doll. Like, based on one of your characters from one of the one of your earlier pieces or whatever. Oh, cool. Which would be kind of fun. And then it would be like a, like a play. Play pal for your child. Yeah, I've given me pretty good. So like, I can kind of see it being like, we're starting this family.


Amelia Antrim  1:02:43  

I'm so cute. And the first one looks like you


Ryan Boelter  1:02:52  

know, and the second one looks. No, it's yours. The second one looks like


Amelia Antrim  1:02:57  

it's my job. But it looks like you That's how you know that it's also your child. I know. That's true. And my child is our child.


Ryan Boelter  1:03:04  

So the goal is to come up with a gift that is both wonderfully consider it but that also requires a tragic sacrifice on the part of your character. Oh, goodness gracious.


Amelia Antrim  1:03:16  

Well, there's not for you was that you could repaint your painting of yourself to be a painting of us?


Ryan Boelter  1:03:21  

Oh, yeah. And I'm not the greatest at painting.


Amelia Antrim  1:03:26  

painted my dog anyway. No, I


Ryan Boelter  1:03:29  

think I think what it is, is we set you and the two dolls up. And then I paint over my painting to incorporate the two dolls dolls into our family portrait. Oh,


Amelia Antrim  1:03:49  

yeah. Look at our entirely codependent for children. Little gay family.


Ryan Boelter  1:03:58  

RPGs anything


Amelia Antrim  1:04:06  

you want like a family of dogs in a fallout shelter? I got a game for you.


Ryan Boelter  1:04:12  

Wow. We we just played the game I think.


Ryan Boelter  1:04:23  

Oh my goodness. Yeah, so it actually goes on for once every character is given and received two gifts. Then you take a moment to reflect on the final situation. Did anyone actually come out ahead? Despite receiving and giving terrible gifts? Are they somehow better off? Who made the most significant sacrifice and will anyone actually enjoy their gifts? You know what I?


Amelia Antrim  1:04:48  

I think we're both very happy. Yeah, we really did sacrifice something but


Ryan Boelter  1:04:53  

we made the best of the situation.


Amelia Antrim  1:04:55  

We aren't glove.


Ryan Boelter  1:04:56  

Yeah, it's fine. You know what you do what you can at the end of the world?


Amelia Antrim  1:05:02  

It's, it's true. You know, you make that you make the best of what you have.


Ryan Boelter  1:05:06  

Yeah, exactly. Yeah, I


Amelia Antrim  1:05:08  

think we did.


Ryan Boelter  1:05:10  

This is really such a silly game. I love


Amelia Antrim  1:05:14  

seeing this being a lot of fun with like a lot of people, especially if like your connections to each other, you know, like, Oh, yeah, in pairs like that. If they're not in pairs like that you can kind of like, you know, I'm giving you a gift, but you're not reciprocating.


Ryan Boelter  1:05:26  

Yeah. And kind of one upping each other. And yeah, so just because you have to give two gifts or receive two gifts. Right,


Amelia Antrim  1:05:32  

right. Yeah, this would be fun.


Ryan Boelter  1:05:35  

Yeah, this would be a lot of fun. This, this could get super wild. And just the fact that everything was kind of coded because we rolled or we pulled Fallout Shelter The day after for our scenario. Right there. There are so many like you could get the Royal dungeon. prom night. 19th century Paris. There's a whole bunch of different cool options on here.


Amelia Antrim  1:05:59  

Yeah, like office Christmas party. Yeah. Like just terrible secret Santo's? Yeah, could be a lot of fun. A lot of fun. Yeah, this is a very cool one.


Ryan Boelter  1:06:09  

Yeah, this one's really great. complexity is one out of four. So yeah, it's really, really neat. Yes. Cool. Yeah. I don't know if there's much else we can say about this game. I mean, I don't think so. character creation was pretty straightforward. And, and we got some decent thought processes out of that.


Amelia Antrim  1:06:29  

Yeah, I definitely think if you had more people and you went a couple of rounds, it would be a lot of fun to sort of like dig into who these people really are. Yeah. But even just like the base, sort of polls that we made on like, who a person is what they care about, you know, that kind of stuff was pretty evocative. And there's a lot of fun options in there, too. Yeah, this was a good game, because both these games were a lot of fun.


Ryan Boelter  1:06:55  

Yeah. And both were kind of dark in a way, right?


Amelia Antrim  1:06:59  

Potentially. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. This one was obviously a little less dark. But you know, yeah, the idea of like, having to give a gift, like sacrifice to yourself as a person. has the potential to be really sad, too.


Ryan Boelter  1:07:13  

Yeah, exactly.


Amelia Antrim  1:07:13  

You know, even though it's, it's a little bit silly.


Ryan Boelter  1:07:17  



Amelia Antrim  1:07:19  

So that is another week of micro RPGs. And us creating something. We think they were characters. I'm pretty sure they were characters. Pretty sure they were characters. Neil Winthrop is a character.


Ryan Boelter  1:07:32  

Yeah, lane. tankerton. We bought we've got the classy names going on here.


Amelia Antrim  1:07:37  

Absolutely. Yeah. So we will be back next week with two more games.


Ryan Boelter  1:07:43  

Absolutely. We'll see you then.


Ryan Boelter  1:07:50  

Call to


Amelia Antrim  1:07:53  

Yeah, like that.


Ryan Boelter  1:07:54  

I really love this combination of games. I really liked leaning into the horror tropes of late one souls, and then whatever happened in Van Gogh's


Amelia Antrim  1:08:09  

dolls in a fallout shelter? Ryan? I don't know. I feel like it's that difficult to understand.


Ryan Boelter  1:08:18  

This time, so I don't know why I didn't click


Amelia Antrim  1:08:20  

do people fall in love they make each other creepy dolls?


Ryan Boelter  1:08:23  

Yeah, and paint portraits of it. So it's hot. But that games got some wild potential for sure. If you want to check out these games for yourself, and many more like them, you can grab a copy of James tomatoes book that has all of them. And that's linked right in our show notes. Yeah, it's


Amelia Antrim  1:08:41  

a great book. Like we've we've gotten to touch on just a few of the games in there. And they are wild.


Unknown Speaker  1:08:53  

They're so fun.


Amelia Antrim  1:08:55  

Um, I am looking forward also to hopefully doing a couple more of these. In the Patreon bonus feed. They're kind of nice, short, little snippets. So we don't have to do like the full series, the way we do sit down with designers and stuff. And it's easier for us to just do them together by ourselves. Yeah. So hopefully, you will hear a little bit more of those. If you back the one shot network, Patreon. It's slash one shot podcast. And you can sign up at the $5 level and get those. We also would love for you to check out the academy comm Kickstarter, it's still going strong, but there is a little over a week left. And it would be really great to help get it funded and hopefully see you there. And if not, you can definitely sponsor a table. There's a couple other options for helping to fund things outside of just attending the convention. But definitely it would be cool to see people.


Ryan Boelter  1:09:52  

Absolutely. Another really cool thing that you can do to help us out is to leave a five star review for us any Where you can, iTunes is the big one. But pantries or pantries are is really great too, along with stitcher and apps like podcast added to, those are the main places that we can see easily. If you already left us a review, thank you so much. If you want to help out even further, that also doesn't cost anything extra aside from a little bit of time, is to recommend us to people online. If you see somebody asking about ttrpg podcast requests, maybe drop them our handle at Creation Cast and tell them why you'd love listening. We love what we are doing here, and we hope you all do as well. And it really does make us feel pretty amazing when we see people talking about the show. Which leads us to our next review by udaan bullets on punches. They said, I came across the one shot network back in December of last year and branched out to see three in March. Since then, I've pinched about two thirds of their backlog, and it has become one of my top three podcasts. Amelia and Ryan do a great job diving into various ttrpg systems through the lens of character creation. They either have guests who are deeply familiar with the system as fans players are actually podcasters or the creators of the system between the guests and the hosts. Each episode is full of insight into the system of interest. Their character evolution cast episodes are full of insight into the hobby overall, they have a focus on advice for players, but there is advice to take away from a player or GM or even a designer point of view. Obviously, the content on its own is enough to draw any wind in. But the hosts attitude is what really secured this has been one of my favorite podcasts. They approach each game with an open mind, even if it is not normally their style of game. And they always ask great questions that lead to an intelligent discussion. Either listen from the beginning, or pick a series that catches your eye. You can't go wrong with Character Creation


Amelia Antrim  1:12:06  

Cast. That is so nice.


Ryan Boelter  1:12:08  

I know.


Amelia Antrim  1:12:09  

I'm like a little bit weepy. That's fine. That's fine. I'm emotionally stable. No big deal.


Ryan Boelter  1:12:15  

It's it's,


Amelia Antrim  1:12:17  

it's really, really nice and really thoughtful. And I always appreciate when when people comment on like, not just the games that we cover and that kind of stuff, but like, you know, our ability to like have discussion and stuff like that because it just feels nice. Cuz I'm and I like honestly, I'm really proud of the show that we make. I don't feel bad saying that. I like I think we make a pretty great show.


Ryan Boelter  1:12:45  

It is pretty good. Yeah, listen every week.


Amelia Antrim  1:12:47  

It's alright.


Ryan Boelter  1:12:49  

It's okay.


Amelia Antrim  1:12:50  

It's okay. But yes, thank you so much. That was really nice. I really appreciate it. And I'm glad that you're enjoying it.


Ryan Boelter  1:12:58  



Amelia Antrim  1:12:59  

Well, thank you to you. And thank you everyone for joining us for another episode. We will see you next week for two more micro RPG games to finish out this series. Until then, have a lovely week. Take care, stay safe, drink water. Tell people that you love them. Find your favorite creators and tell them that you like their stuff. All that kind of stuff. We'll see you next week.


Ryan Boelter  1:13:49  

Character Creation Cast is a production of the one shot Podcast Network and can be found online at www dot Character Creation add to the website to get more information on our hosts this show and even our press kit. Character Creation Cast can also be found on Twitter at Creation Cast or on our Discord server at discord dot Character Creation I am one of your hosts Ryan Boelter and I can be found on twitter at Lord Neptune or online at Lord Neptune calm. Our other hosts Amelia Antrim can be found on twitter at ginger reckoning. Music for this episode is used with a Creative Commons license, or with permission from the podcast they originated from. Further information can be found within the show notes. Our main theme music is hero remix by Steve combs and it's used with a Creative Commons license. This podcast is owned by us under Creative Commons. This episode was edited by Ryan Boelter. Further information for the game systems used and today's guests can be found in the show notes. If you'd like to leave us a rating or review we have links to various preview plans. forms out there, including Apple podcasts in our show notes. Also check the show notes for links to our other projects. Thanks for joining us. I remember we find that the best part of any role playing games is character creation. So go out there and create some amazing people. We will see you next time.


Amelia Antrim  1:15:35  

Now we got to redo show blurbs show blurbs show show, show blurbs. Character Creation Cast is hosted by the one shot Podcast Network. If you enjoyed our show,


Ryan Boelter  1:15:48  

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