Welcome to the second episode of series 45, everyone! This series, we welcome Danny Dellinger from Pod of Wonder, to learn about their game, A Christmas Belonging, a Belonging Outside Belonging/No Dice No Masters RPG about creating your own Hallmark style Christmas movie! This episode we create our characters and somehow make our movie even more weird!
Welcome to the second episode of series 45, everyone! This series, we welcome Danny Dellinger from Pod of Wonder, to learn about their game, A Christmas Belonging, a Belonging Outside Belonging/No Dice No Masters RPG about creating your own Hallmark style Christmas movie! This episode we create our characters and somehow make our movie even more weird!
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Ryan Boelter 0:01
Welcome to our actual character creation episode everyone, we are excited to get to making our Christmas story just a ton more weird. But before we get to that, for some announcements,
Amelia Antrim 0:15
just one more reminder, since we record the first two episodes of each series on the same file, this episode is going to have some of the same audio issues as part one. Things will be not much better by part three. I'm very sorry, something weird happened with my track, and I don't know what it is. And for some reason, five minutes later, when we started recording again, it did not do that. So
Ryan Boelter 0:40
and I was so sick. So you're gonna hear nasal Lee Ryan for this whole series. And I really hope that it it clears up for the next one. I'm pretty sure the next one was fine. So yeah.
Amelia Antrim 0:54
So yeah, sincere apologies that I was recording from inside of a submarine or something. Yeah, it just cut off like the top part of my audio. And I don't know what it was doing. So it's better next time. Thank you for bearing with us. I'm really bummed because this is such a great series. But Ryan did clean it up pretty well. And at the best he could so
Ryan Boelter 1:14
yeah. It'll be fine. We'll have this one out for you today. And then we've got the discussion next week, which should sound a lot better. And then and then we've got the the week or two break for the holidays and and who knows, we might have some bonus content at some point within the next couple of weeks or so. And then we are back after New Year's. So for 2022 I'm excited. We've already got a series 46 recorded so look forward to that in a few weeks as well. That's a good one. Absolutely. or Now, bear with us as we get back into the series and see how character creation goes for this game. Enjoy the show.
Ryan Boelter 2:30
On the last episode of Character Creation Cast, we created a small town named goldfund with a bear wearing a bee suit mascot named hibernate, a cybercafe and antique shop, a local diner and a crumbling infrastructure. We didn't get to start character creation quite yet. So we are picking up right where we left off last time. Enjoy.
Amelia Antrim 2:54
Okay, so we have made our town Yes, they have a honey festival. They have a bear in a bee costume named hibernate
Ryan Boelter 3:02
Amelia Antrim 3:06
Danny Dillinger 3:07
think we make
Ryan Boelter 3:08
people Oh, wonderful that we can make some people. Let's make some people to exist in our honey centric world. Oh sweet.
Amelia Antrim 3:20
I hope they have their own like town coffee that like has like honey notes in it. Oh, just thinking that as I'm drinking coffee based on the Madison forward soccer team, what their mascot is a flamingo is why I bought this coffee. So I found it at the grocery stores from the just coffee Co Op. And then I looked up their website and they have this coffee for the maps and forward and their mascot is a flamingo and flamingos are my favorite animal. So of course I bought this coffee is called wafer Flocka supports their like youth soccer fund. So like also it supports charity, whatever. But it made me think that like this town needs their own like be themed coffee with like hydrate, and it has to have like honey notes in it. So we'll have to think of a good coffee pun. Sometime to maybe if we can go absolutely.
Danny Dillinger 4:13
Oh for sure. Yeah,
Amelia Antrim 4:14
if they have a bear themed cyber cafe they should have their own coffee too. To come up with that. Well, we got to stop naming things that we haven't even characters what do we do now?
Danny Dillinger 4:28
Yeah, um, so one thing about characters and maybe you can move this to the useful term section is the the small town versus big city dynamic. This you know, this is the that classic Christmas movie trope of like people from the big city or like this small town people are like this. It's kind of like a three choice alignment chart where like there are there certain prescriptive ideas that problem with being from the small town or the big city or somewhere else, but they're also really just guidelines. Like, if you want to play your character a different way, you don't have to be like this. I am the small town I am like this.
Amelia Antrim 5:14
Is this you officially saying you're not going to come into people's homes and tell them you play the game? Oh, for sure. Not like officially promising not to break into people's houses. Yeah.
Danny Dillinger 5:25
I mean, you've, you're playing the game that like that makes me far happier than anything you could do, like, changing what I've made in in any way. But yeah, but you know, small town characters do usually they they live life at a slower pace, they, they're more community minded, which, you know, is partially because they're surrounded by people who know them. And so, you know, they might gossip about the things that they do. And, you know, they're, they're not necessarily close minded people, but new ideas are slow to take hold. Characters from the big city, you know, they're used to a faster paced life, they, they're more concerned about, like, the needs of an individual or individual person's opinions, not necessarily their own opinions, but like, they don't mind standing out or breaking norms for, you know, if it's for the right reason. And, you know, they city life exposes you to so many people and so many different ideas and viewpoints. So it's kind of hard to take any given one seriously. So, you know, just people from the city, they, if they're in the small town, they tend to have a particular goal in mind and want to focus on that. Okay. Characters from somewhere else are all a little bit different. There's like the secret world T there's that time traveler, they've they're all a little different. But they, you know, they fall somewhere in between that that time city spectrum. That makes sense. That's very good. Yeah. And that that kind of, I've always sort of toyed with, like, does the game need this? But like, ultimately, I decided it kind of does, because it's more trope reinforcement. Yeah. And like, I I come from a small town in rural Virginia, and I currently live in a big city. So like, this is my way of putting a bit of my own experience into a very truck filled game. Oh,
Amelia Antrim 7:28
absolutely. Yeah, I'm from the like, weird, awkward in between of the suburbs. Like, really either like, yeah, you know, Milwaukee is like, 10 minutes, like, at one point, the other side of my street was Milwaukee like, I live right on the line between the Tuesday choices. Um, yeah, it was really weird because Milwaukee does their trick or treating on different days. And we were like, the only house on our side of the street. So nobody came. We did not know that the first year we live there. Yeah, so I'm like, in that it's like, not really a small town because it's, you know, you're close enough that you can just, you have all of the stuff from the city. But like, still, you know, small enough that everybody like freaks out needs to save their spot for the parade five days early, because a big thing was happening, you know, so it's like that weird in between thing of like, it's pretty small, but also like not, yeah, you don't have to drive an hour to get to the city, you can go to whatever restaurant you want. And like, go see a show at, you know, the performing arts center or something like that with no problem at all. Sports? are here.
Danny Dillinger 8:32
Suburbs do not exist in this game. Yes. Yeah. No. There's there's small town and not small town,
Amelia Antrim 8:39
right? Yeah, you are one or the other, then well, then there's like my grandparents who lived in like, small town, small town that didn't have their own fire department. And it was like a 45 minute drive to the grocery store. So you know, that's, that's a whole other kind of small town who was like 10 people that lived there. The population of the town, you know, tripled when we all came for Christmas. So Ryan, you sounded like you maybe had some ideas on what you want to do. I haven't finished scrolling through all of my choices yet. But yeah,
Ryan Boelter 9:09
I mean, I, I'm kind of set on one of the roles and I could I could step into a different role. If somebody really, really wants to follow your heart. Tell me what you want to do. I really want to be the time traveler. Okay. Okay, I really want to be the time traveler into it. Yeah.
Danny Dillinger 9:28
So one thing I kind of noticed is that the the time traveler is sort of defined just by being from a different time period, yeah. So if we wanted to do like a period piece where everyone else is from the like this, the 1800s or whatever, and the time traveler has come in from our time, like that's another another dynamic you can introduce. Did you have a particular viewpoint like whether you wanted to be from a particular time period
Ryan Boelter 9:56
I was thinking, keep keep the modern US setting of this small town like infrastructure. Without all that going on, right, I would say like modern, you know, 2020s ish time period, maybe, you know, slightly in the future slightly in the past doesn't matter. And I think my characters from like, further in the future.
Danny Dillinger 10:24
Ah, interesting. Did you have a year in mind? Like 2030? Or like 3000?
Ryan Boelter 10:30
Ah, no, I was thinking like 60 years in the future. Okay. Yeah. So, like, tactically future, but like, you know, within a lifetime. Hmm.
Danny Dillinger 10:42
That's, that's an interesting dynamic. See you? Are you are you also like from this small towns future? Or are you just, you know, from elsewhere in the future?
Ryan Boelter 10:52
I'm thinking the small town Yeah. Hmm. So you know,
Danny Dillinger 10:55
how certain things are gonna happen? Yeah. Interesting. Interesting.
Ryan Boelter 10:59
I don't want to get too much into it until somebody else selects some stuff. But
Amelia Antrim 11:06
I kind of want to go event planner. I want to follow my heart and do the things that I Amelie as a real person actually struggling concerned going to school for. But my parents said was not really a viable career choice. I would like to point out that my sister is now in school for event planning. learned some things over the last 11 years and they were like, Great choice, Mary. So I still give her a hard time about that. She will be a very good event winner. She's probably better on it than I am. But yeah, I think I would like to I would like to be okay, I would like to be from small town, but have not been here in a really, really, really long time. And then, I would like to come back and plan our honey Festival, which we're having around Christmas time for God knows what reason. Reasons. Exactly. Yeah. Yeah. It's our Christmas honey festival. Exactly. Like you do. So honey festival nothing screams Christmas like me if that's still.
Danny Dillinger 12:07
Okay. Um, I think I will be the closest thing. I think I will be the closest thing Christmas movie has to a villain and play the boss. The boss is someone rich and influential. I'm going to be from the big city. Maybe a part of this whole wind farm scenario. To make some deals and
Amelia Antrim 12:33
you're trapped here. Trapped. Yeah.
Danny Dillinger 12:35
Oh, no. For Christmas. I mean, I don't care too much about Christmas. But I've got a job to do. Oh, of course. I'm sorry. Yeah. Back, you know, back in the real world. In the in the city opolis. From? You've heard of it.
Amelia Antrim 12:54
I love it. I love it. Okay, so, event planner, the boss and time traveler.
Danny Dillinger 13:03
I love it. Okay, so character creation is pretty straightforward. In this system. A lot of times, you're gonna be like filling in a blank for a prompt or picking things off of a list. Each role has a different list to it. Maybe if we want to go through like these things one at a time. Or, you know, back and forth like each person does like their, their create the following for your character. And then we all we all say that we all do the two props together, then we do the choose one things together. However, sounds easiest and best for you. And your editing.
Ryan Boelter 13:43
Yeah, no, absolutely. Um, let's go. Let's just go down the list of because it looks like we've got create the following for your character. If we can do that, for each of us, and then and then go from there.
Amelia Antrim 13:58
Okay. Games and proud. naming things. This game has too many names. leave a review. Also, like I'll still give it five stars because that's important, but I'm gonna say too much naming.
Danny Dillinger 14:13
Things have to be called other things.
Amelia Antrim 14:15
Danny Dillinger 14:18
i Why can't I just gesture vaguely at something right. And people know what I mean?
Amelia Antrim 14:23
Can I just call it a color? Okay, for some reason I want the name Meribel I don't know why. It feels correct.
Danny Dillinger 14:34
It's vaguely festive. Right? There's yeah, there's always the character named like Holly or joy. Yeah, along those lines.
Amelia Antrim 14:43
Yeah. Um, I think because yeah, it has Mary and belts in it. Yeah. So it's like, not quite as on the nose is just being named like no, well,
Danny Dillinger 14:54
yeah, it's a thinker. Yeah.
Danny Dillinger 15:01
Gotta make people work for it.
Amelia Antrim 15:03
I feel like I need like a really generic like Christmas what's a good Christmas movie last name?
Danny Dillinger 15:12
Amelia Antrim 15:13
winters that's excellent amazing Maribel winters
Ryan Boelter 15:19
I went with I went with Rick Nukem or Nukem Nukem oh my god like a honeycomb only new. Oh yeah, he him pronouns
Amelia Antrim 15:31
oh yeah I should say she her yeah
Danny Dillinger 15:34
I think just to to further put the boss in contrast to this pound to this town I'm I'm going to be summer Worthington the fourth and she her pronouns nice summer summer is coming.
Ryan Boelter 15:52
Oh no I love it. So it looks like we've got some other questions that we can answer as well
Danny Dillinger 16:01
do those in the same order Yeah,
Amelia Antrim 16:03
yeah. The the big event you're planning for somebody in town I said it's already the honey festival. The Winter Festival do they have a summer woman as well? Is this a buying?
Ryan Boelter 16:16
Christmas honey festival right Christmas
Amelia Antrim 16:18
honey festival? Yeah. Christmas. Yeah. Like it's not just about honey is about Christmas, Christmas.
Ryan Boelter 16:26
Christmas and honey. was sweeter than Christmas and honey.
Amelia Antrim 16:30
Nothing, literally nothing literally. Yeah.
Ryan Boelter 16:34
So my question is, what, where and when are you from? And how did you get here, basically. So I'm from six years in the future. And I got here via an invention that happened to be created due to due to the technological boom after the wind farm came to the city.
Amelia Antrim 16:57
I don't think I left enough room to read all the stuff. That's okay. Just start putting my my weird session notes on our website too. Oh, yeah. My terrible handwriting my map. Alright,
Danny Dillinger 17:12
so I come up with a high powered job. And I think I'm going to be the the classic land developer. I have ties to business and development and other like vague, like city coded things for like a bad outsider who wants to build to build and change things. Real Estate words. Yeah. I'm in real estate development.
Amelia Antrim 17:40
Nothing. Nothing scarier.
Danny Dillinger 17:43
That's amazing. Yeah, I come in and I say I'm gonna build a new farm and people are very excited a wind farm and they're just gassed. Farming wind
Amelia Antrim 17:57
Danny Dillinger 17:59
You know, it's, it's business. Yeah.
Ryan Boelter 18:02
So I had a follow up question for mine, because I noticed everybody else only has three. So my follow up question was What did you do in the time period or from and and and Rick Newcomb was a beekeeper,
Amelia Antrim 18:17
huh? Oh, a future beekeeper future beekeeper.
Ryan Boelter 18:20
And why is he coming to the past? Yeah.
Danny Dillinger 18:25
Yeah, there's there's a bit more going on with a time traveler. So they needed an extra question. Yeah.
Ryan Boelter 18:29
That makes total sense.
Amelia Antrim 18:32
There. My third question is, what do people notice about you? Um, this is hard. What do people notice about me? I thought I'd answered all of them. But I feel like I just skipped even reading this one. Yeah, I think because I'm from here, people notice how different I am since I left. Like they noticed all of the things that are not small town about me. Like you when you lived here. You used to not care about that. It's like yeah, I know. I didn't care about fast internet because I didn't know the faster internet was a thing. But now it is. Care. So I can't order the placecards for your honey festival if I can't get on the internet. Mm hmm.
Ryan Boelter 19:17
For me, I went with a very like trophy answer of my perfect hair.
Danny Dillinger 19:26
Oh, perfect. Yeah. Probably not.
Ryan Boelter 19:35
In the future, maybe
Danny Dillinger 19:36
in Yeah, beehives look a little different in Yeah. 60 years. I see a lot a lot of beekeeping technology advances. And what people notice about summer I think is that you know, she she talks big, has has a lot of ideas, but she never really makes eye contact with you. Like Not necessarily out of like averting her gaze because like she's awkward about it, but I like she doesn't think you're worth making eye contact.
Amelia Antrim 20:09
Danny Dillinger 20:12
She's here to sell a product to people in power and get out.
Ryan Boelter 20:17
Oh boy. She doesn't belong in this small town of community and iContact. And
Amelia Antrim 20:24
it's very clear that she ain't from around here
Amelia Antrim 20:32
Oh, pick two props.
Ryan Boelter 20:33
Yeah. Oh, amazing. Okay,
Amelia Antrim 20:36
so let's see here, I'm going to read this list because I feel like our listeners need to need to see what my choices are here. A van full of supplies, lots of checklists, something that always calms you down. A team of semi capable assistants, less and less sleep each night clothing with your company logo on it, or something else. Okay, first of all, I'm obviously making lots and lots of checklists, because that's just like, I'm Amelia and I can't not. And then I feel like just for the NPC fun of it, I would like a team of semi capable assistants. Because I think there's a lot of a lot of fun to be had there.
Ryan Boelter 21:18
That's amazing. I see maths, my list of prompts, I've got choices between an old fashioned or futuristic way of giving around a portrait of a loved one, a task to perform in order to go home. A mysterious magical or technological device out of place clothing, so many questions, or something else?
Amelia Antrim 21:43
Right. It's gonna be questions for sure.
Ryan Boelter 21:46
I was thinking about it. But I I think I wanted to, to two different ones. Actually.
Amelia Antrim 21:51
Dare you prove me wrong on the Christmas episode?
Ryan Boelter 21:53
I know. Right. So I want to I think my character has answers, not questions. Oh, yeah. Oh, I know. So I'm going to choose a portrait of a loved one. Which is the age. My current time portrait of somebody current? Oh, yeah. Yeah. A mysterious magical or technological device. So I've got a mysterious technological device, which is my time traveling device.
Danny Dillinger 22:27
Okay. Nice. Nice. So, the props I have to choose from are a put upon assistant, perfectly tailored outfits. hunger for the next big thing. A laptop full of secrets. Lots of connections, a helicopter for something else. A helicopter would solve my problem. I'm not going to go with that. I'm going to go with a put upon assistant and a laptop full of secrets. That's a sinister meaning behind this wind farm. Who knows? I might? Yes. Yeah. I only traveled back in time to before the wind farm was here. You know, for fun?
Ryan Boelter 23:15
for funsies? Not for an actual reason.
Amelia Antrim 23:19
No. Okay. Choose one you're an expert at creating and one clients keep asking you for cooking and cocktails. Big Show pieces, music and dancing. decor and ambience, family friendly entertainment, intimate moments. And, um, let's see here. I am going to say that I'm an expert at decor. Um, and the thing that clients keep asking for people in this town once
Danny Dillinger 23:51
you do the big honey festival, right? I mean, I feel like that's gonna come with some.
Amelia Antrim 23:56
Yeah, family friendly entertainment, probably. But because I'm always going to ask for intimate moments. I feel like I want that to be the answer. Because I feel like that needs to be like that needs to be Oh, like, who's?
Danny Dillinger 24:07
Yeah, what is this a centerpiece of the honey festival? Or maybe like an old superstition. Like, if you you kiss under the big like oak tree or something. You get married eventually. And like the the town makes a big deal about that, like setting up the problem? Yeah,
Amelia Antrim 24:25
like if you meet each other at the honey festival. Yeah, it's, you know, yeah. And so then there's like, always some couples celebrating their, like 60th anniversary at the honey festival and Oh, yeah. Okay. So yeah, we're gonna say I'm an expert at decor but not intimate moments. Yeah, I really do that.
Ryan Boelter 24:44
I like the thought of like a, like a tradition of like, you you taste like the honey. And then you you kiss. So it's like a sweet kiss. Right? Yeah, I'm kind of missing. that'll sort of thing, right? Oh,
Amelia Antrim 25:02
that's a lot of pressure. Except this job. Terrible.
Ryan Boelter 25:07
Amazing. So mine says choose one thing, this time period does way better than your own time, and one you can't get a handle on. So I have choices between food and drink. Science and technology, acceptable social behavior, conflict resolution, fashion, and beauty, art and entertainment. So I'm thinking way better than my own time probably would be maybe acceptable social behavior. Because I think once the once the wind farms and the technology took over, people stopped being like, small town friendly after a while. Oh, gotcha. Um, and then one thing I can't get a handle on? Um, gosh, I'm gonna say the, maybe the science and technology of today. It's all too old fashioned.
Danny Dillinger 26:07
There's too old fashioned. Where the touchscreen? Wait, no, there's even a touchscreen. I can't just like think it and it happens.
Amelia Antrim 26:16
Like doing like mind powers at these like, giant IMAX.
Unknown Speaker 26:21
Like, in the first time, and
Amelia Antrim 26:23
like, I remember my kids realizing that our TV wasn't a touchscreen. I was like, Oh, my God, I won't. Like they were like swiping because they done stuff on iPad. They were like two or three. And they're like standing in front of the TV, just like swiping, and I'm like, What are you doing? And I was like, Oh my God.
Ryan Boelter 26:39
I was like holographic gestures and stuff and talking to the TV of the world. What's going on? Why is this not working? Yeah. I'm sorry to touch.
Danny Dillinger 26:50
Okay, so I have cused one you're known for. And one, you're hiding the truth of EU connection with somebody famous charitable donations, your relationship with your family, how you influence public opinion, your personality, or where you come from. And I'm going to say I am known for where you come from. I'm kind of a city. I'm a city girl born and raised. It's part of my personality, like how people say like, I'm from Chicago, I say I'm from the big city.
Amelia Antrim 27:27
City. Apalis that's what I've decided.
Danny Dillinger 27:31
I'm from city opolis. And a thing that I'm hiding the truth of is my personality. I mean, I you know, I'm in I'm in real estate and development and business I, I need to be friendly and put on a good face and, like sell people on all the benefits of what I'm selling them on. But behind the scenes, I'm just like, a boiling pot of emotions like these rubes they don't understand the big picture. There's important things that need to be happening. And I'm sick and tired of talking to all of them about it. Oh, so
Ryan Boelter 28:08
she she's secretly a shark. Yeah. Oh, fun, fun.
Amelia Antrim 28:13
Nate asked me that yesterday about like, I went to the pharmacy to pick up his medication. And they didn't have it. Like I specifically changed it to like have it at the local pharmacy. And they sent it to like the other one where we used to live. And I was like, Okay, fine. And then I walk away from the counter. And I'm like, I told them not to do that. And they did it. And he's like, why are you so different at the counter? And I was like, what? And he's like, when you talk to them, you're like, oh, okay, it's fine. And then you turn around like, it's not fine. I was like, because it's not her fault. Like, did not call me Medicaid. Like, I'm not gonna yell at her. But he's like, just talks about different two. Different voice now.
Danny Dillinger 28:55
So me amazing. Yeah. That's when you take it back to John Locke and the social contract. Right,
Amelia Antrim 29:01
right. I was like, It's polite. Yeah. We'll get to John Locke in a few years.
Danny Dillinger 29:06
Yeah. Use the poly sigh for something good. Right.
Amelia Antrim 29:12
We talk a lot about infrastructure spending and, you know, trickle down economics.
Danny Dillinger 29:19
Amelia Antrim 29:21
Okay, so I feel like that is all the questions that I have on here.
Ryan Boelter 29:25
Yeah. It looks like we've got relationship questions on your right.
Amelia Antrim 29:30
Scroll down and look at the next page. Yeah, so
Danny Dillinger 29:31
there should be one more question at the bottom of each first page. Oh, yeah. Little character defining girl.
Amelia Antrim 29:42
Why is this event particularly stressful for you? Um, I think because I grew up with it. And because this was my town, it's like, kind of personal and so I, I needed to go well, because I've seen it go well in years past and I also need to like, prove to everybody here That means leaving was still, like, reasonable and that the job that I do is good. So that they're not like, Okay, you're also a crappy event planner on top of leaving. It could be like, No, I learned things and I'm putting them to good use and I am capable.
Danny Dillinger 30:17
Yeah. The Yeah, the the time traveler doesn't have a bottom questions, they got an extra create the following for your character. But maybe I should change that for just for consistency sake. But the boss has the question, why have you accepted the sacrifices your job asks of you. And I'm gonna lean into the trope and say that I need to please my parents. Oh, you know, I, I want to do a good job. I, you know, I had a very cold childhood where I constantly had to be the best and to be impressive. And that has continued well into my adulthood. And I just if I do a good enough job, maybe Daddy will love me. Oh, sad. So, yeah, there's a sad heart to this boss behind all the, the, you know, there's the public facing layer, the private facing layer, and then my deepest desire in my heart, which is just to be accepted.
Amelia Antrim 31:18
So, let's watch all the tropes. Yes. Okay. Ask each question to a different player. Oh, DOH. Mmm hmm. So my first question is, what have you heard about me? That makes you hesitant to attend my events? Either? Have you heard anything about
Danny Dillinger 31:36
me? So you, you went away from the small town? Oh, that's true. Did you go to the big city where I might have met you?
Amelia Antrim 31:44
Well, where else would I go? Those are the only two places in the world. Yeah, I mean, maybe I do plan like corporate events.
Danny Dillinger 31:53
Okay, so maybe I can answer that question then.
Unknown Speaker 31:58
Yeah, that's awesome. Good messages.
Danny Dillinger 32:00
And so I think the, maybe the, the kind of focus on your, the the kind of events that you do is, see because you you're an expert at the decor. Okay, so I think then that what what I'm looking for in an event is a way to like, make connections and talk to people and and do business things. And you, I think you put together a very nice looking event. But you know, it's very, it's very distracting in a lot of ways. Like I'm trying networking. Yeah. This is nice. Like, like, but give me some moments for me to do my thing. Like, like, if I end up attending this honey festival, for whatever reason, it's going to be impossible for me to make deals and do business things.
Amelia Antrim 33:04
Business. That's the technical. Yep.
Danny Dillinger 33:08
I'm doing business. Yeah. The Christmas movie over simplification. Business things.
Amelia Antrim 33:13
Yeah. All right. My other question is, how are you involved in the event? I'm planning, Rick?
Ryan Boelter 33:21
Oh, yeah. Okay, so I definitely makes more sense for you. Yeah. So I'm, gosh, I'm thinking that it has to it has to have something to do with the the bees and the honey. Right. Yes.
Amelia Antrim 33:38
That is what the event is.
Ryan Boelter 33:39
Right. Well, I mean, in terms of either either procuring them or maybe there's something maybe there's something about the bees that I need to fix.
Amelia Antrim 33:51
Ooh, hmm. You are you are posing as a B veteran.
Ryan Boelter 33:56
Danny Dillinger 33:57
Oh B veteran that's amazing. That is like the the exact kind of like made up job for Christmas movie. This this is definitely a person.
Ryan Boelter 34:15
Yeah, so yeah, I'm gonna be doctor as my cover. Yes. And there's something wrong with the bees.
Amelia Antrim 34:26
Oh, no. And I'm like running around like I don't have time I need them to fly in formation make it happen.
Ryan Boelter 34:36
And maybe that's why I came back is because this is the start of something that went wrong with the bees.
Amelia Antrim 34:41
Yeah. Okay. That's gonna write down be Dr. Rick
Ryan Boelter 34:46
be Dr. Rick. Okay. All right. Can
Danny Dillinger 34:49
you call out Dr. Rick and we could just keep walking like, Oh, me. Yeah, yes. I'm a doctor.
Amelia Antrim 35:01
I am so glad you're here. You know, it's like perfect timing.
Ryan Boelter 35:05
It's so informal in this time because I normally go by Dr. Newcombe. But I enjoy Dr. Rick from the locals here
Ryan Boelter 35:16
amazing. Okay, so my questions are, what unknown connection is there between us? And would this apply to the best?
Amelia Antrim 35:27
Well, obviously one of us is your secret future portrait?
Danny Dillinger 35:33
Yeah, yeah, I like that.
Amelia Antrim 35:35
So who is it?
Ryan Boelter 35:36
Who is it? It can go either way. It's true.
Amelia Antrim 35:40
I don't know Rosie sex around.
Ryan Boelter 35:42
Oh my goodness. Should we just leave it up to fate?
Amelia Antrim 35:44
Let's leave it up to fate. Make this I mean I am okay. I guess we should ask Danny. Are you also okay with that being the outcomes? Yes. Please decide who is a love interest? No love interests so far. And it's not Christmas without? Yes.
Ryan Boelter 36:01
Alright. I'm getting that my my dice. They were slightly out of the way.
Amelia Antrim 36:07
here right now.
Ryan Boelter 36:11
There's a nice clicky collect fully free sounds. Okay. Sounds alright. What is that? I should probably decide I haven't looked at it yet. Even are going to be Danny ads or Amelia. Okay. And it is evens. So summer. I've got a picture of you from the future. Chair. And you are one of my loved ones. However, we want that to work.
Danny Dillinger 36:40
Ryan Boelter 36:43
Amazing. Do I have to find your true love to be in order to be born? Yes. Oh, my God.
Amelia Antrim 36:55
Came back to get your parents together. Yeah, telling me I came
Ryan Boelter 37:00
back to save the bees. But then I realized I I want to exist if my parents don't ever meet.
Danny Dillinger 37:07
Oh, like what? Yeah, what if this thing was like, like building the wind farm and it's like the wind farm gets built, and then the you know, the summer will never find love and then you'll never be born or something. Right?
Amelia Antrim 37:19
Because you would not have to stay around this town. If the wind farm doesn't get built a reason to come back here. Well, then I think the obvious answer is that we are the parents.
Danny Dillinger 37:30
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Oh,
Amelia Antrim 37:33
see, you actually have to get us together.
Danny Dillinger 37:36
Oh, amazing. Yeah. If if I my notes are correct. I we both have she her pronouns, though. Yeah. Maybe. Maybe just avoiding any sort of scientific or gender identity questions. We have to eventually adopt you. Yeah,
Amelia Antrim 37:54
yes. Yeah, I
Ryan Boelter 37:55
think that would work out really well. Um, or, you know, adopt my one of my parents. Right, right. I'm 66 years from now. So yeah. My grandparents basically. Yeah. Well, we
Danny Dillinger 38:08
don't know how old the portrait is, though.
Ryan Boelter 38:10
Oh, that's true.
Amelia Antrim 38:11
That's true. And like, how old is Rick? I would say you're from 60 years in the future, but like, you're 20 and that's only 14? Yeah. Like, I don't feel like doing math.
Ryan Boelter 38:21
Yeah, cuz it could be like 30 or so. Right? Yeah. So that could work.
Amelia Antrim 38:28
Ryan Boelter 38:30
Okay, wonderful. So summer is the person in my picture.
Amelia Antrim 38:36
Yes. So you have to get a car and Mariko. Yeah.
Ryan Boelter 38:44
That's my goal. And so Okay, so then this is a question from Meribel What do you think I really am instead of a time traveler,
Amelia Antrim 38:52
ob doctor what is the question like what what are we what do you what do I think you really
Ryan Boelter 39:01
are? Yeah, cuz I'm thinking like a be doctors who I'm posing as Right, right. So you you probably think I'm something else aside from a B doctor.
Amelia Antrim 39:09
Right? Huh? Yeah, I mean, some kind of con man. Oh, interesting. Right. I mean, if I figure out that you're not a beat actor. Yeah. That it's like you're trying to Yeah, I mean, maybe I think that you are working for summer to try and like ruin something in the town to get this wind farm bill or something? You know, because I think eventually like being back I kind of side with the town. Yeah, like there has to be some kind of conflict there where like you and I like cuz obviously we can't get together on opposite sides of this. So So I think that like you are you are helping summer try and get this wind farm built.
Ryan Boelter 39:51
Yeah. I like Okay, I like that. Yeah. So amazing. Yeah,
Danny Dillinger 39:58
I have I The questions What deal could we make together? And I think I will ask that of Marybel
Amelia Antrim 40:10
What deal could we make together? Um, I mean, I think that like, after some time here, we can both agree that like, this town needs something like, it can't stay like this, it won't survive. Even, you know, even for all of the things that I love about it being from here, like it can't, it can't stay this way.
Danny Dillinger 40:29
Yeah. somewhere else, you know, what's out there?
Amelia Antrim 40:32
Right, right. And then like, I know, for their own good, if they want to thrive, they can't, you know, they need some infrastructure. It has crumbling infrastructure. And so I think, you know, we can agree that something has to happen here.
Ryan Boelter 40:45
Danny Dillinger 40:47
Yeah. So maybe like, you you want me to do some development, just not necessarily the wind farm, right. Cuz that's gonna that's gonna just completely mess with the whole beat thing in
Ryan Boelter 40:58
our or maybe even the wind farm could still happen, but it doesn't have to be in that exact location. Yeah,
Amelia Antrim 41:06
right. Right. Yeah.
Danny Dillinger 41:08
Okay. And so my question to Rick, what do you realize about me that no one else does?
Ryan Boelter 41:14
Mm hmm. I mean, I would have known you as our where we go in with parent. Yeah, I
Amelia Antrim 41:22
think so. Don't worry about the math. That's fine. Don't
Ryan Boelter 41:27
worry about that. Yeah. Okay. So yeah, so I would have known you as, you know, one of my moms. Yeah. And, and I would have known like, a different side of you, then I think even you tell yourself that you know,
Amelia Antrim 41:44
oh, because that soft, loving parent side that you want for yourself? Yes. And you don't think anybody cares for like to have from you?
Danny Dillinger 41:54
Yeah. Like I Yes, exactly. Yes. And so you you know that that is in me, but you're not seeing any part of it now?
Ryan Boelter 42:07
Yeah. So I have to try to try to coax it out somehow without like, getting on your bad side.
Danny Dillinger 42:14
Yeah. Like you probably know stories that I've told you. Yeah, like gifts I've given you like this belong to my father who was
Amelia Antrim 42:24
they have to kiss it But honey festival earth over Christmas
Danny Dillinger 42:36
you set that up so well with the honey Kiss? Good.
Amelia Antrim 42:43
Like so excited to
Ryan Boelter 42:47
watch this movie so bad.
Amelia Antrim 42:53
How come TV channels never call us. We have like such great stories here. Yeah. Oh, it's amazing. I ran out of room and my notes are so messy now. But
Danny Dillinger 43:08
yeah, I mean, good news is that's it. That's Character Creation.
Ryan Boelter 43:11
Cast Hall. This is so good.
Amelia Antrim 43:13
That's so great. We
Ryan Boelter 43:14
pretty much set up a whole movie worth of things to do.
Amelia Antrim 43:19
I know I don't even know what we're gonna talk about in our fan fiction section. But we'll figure it out. Like we've
Danny Dillinger 43:23
we've been telling the fans
Amelia Antrim 43:27
Oh, this is so good.
Ryan Boelter 43:29
Amazing. Oh, love it.
Amelia Antrim 43:32
Do you have anything else that you want to say about this character creation before we do our our closing stuff? No. Okay.
Amelia Antrim 43:44
Yeah, Danny, thank you so much for joining us for our Christmas belonging and character creation episodes. This was fantastic.
Danny Dillinger 43:50
Yeah, thank you so much. This is as weird and perfect as I wanted it to be.
Amelia Antrim 43:57
Do you want to remind people where they can find you and what you're up to?
Danny Dillinger 44:00
I'm sure. You can find me on Twitter at Danny plays RPGs you can find the games I make including this one at Danny makes rpgs.h.io and you can listen to my world building podcast part of wonder at pod wonder or wherever podcasts are found.
Ryan Boelter 44:17
Wonderful. Well, thank you again for joining us. And thank you to everybody for listening. Please join us on the next episode for our discussion bloc. Call to Action.
Amelia Antrim 44:33
Yeah, like that. I am so excited for this like, mess that we made this episode. Like this was this was so much fun. It was everything that I hoped this game would be. More or less everything more than that. Yes, it's full of bear puns and honey festivals and secret time traveling love stories. And I mean it was one more thing Do you want for Christmas?
Ryan Boelter 45:01
I know. I really want to see this. This movie Colbert,
Amelia Antrim 45:05
like this. I think that's the thing though. That's really frustrating about this game is that I'm like, Oh, this one isn't a Hallmark movie that I could watch. Like, this is a thing that I made up. You know, this is like a weird fever dream that I had. isn't actually a movie. Call us Lifetime movie network. Seriously, like, Oh,
Ryan Boelter 45:25
yeah. Can you you know, you've got you got time travel? You got a you've got like, a secret, like, festival thing that needs to happen. And
Amelia Antrim 45:39
yeah, friends to me, like enemies to friends. Yeah. I mean, like, secret honey kiss festival. Like,
Ryan Boelter 45:47
I'm sure we could fit fake it dating in there at some point.
Amelia Antrim 45:50
Sure. I'm sure. I'm sure. I'm like, like, I'm almost mad at this game. I had so much fun. But I'm like almost mad at it.
Ryan Boelter 46:03
I did so much more
Amelia Antrim 46:04
to go like this is you know, it was too good. It's not in the same way that I usually do. Usually I want more because I'm like, I want to play this. But now it's like, I want someone to play me playing. Yeah, no.
Ryan Boelter 46:15
I was. I want to watch this. Yes, exactly. To experience it. Yeah, absolutely.
Amelia Antrim 46:22
But before we head out before you go to find some less good Hallmark movie. Let's do some calls to action.
Ryan Boelter 46:31
Absolutely. First off, if you like what we're doing here, check out what we have to offer in the One Shot network Patreon secret archive, you can get there at patreon.com/one Shot podcast. We are hoping to get at least one bonus episode out a month, where we cover a smaller games, character creation and some time to actually play the game. If there's enough time, we'll be getting more of that content coming soon. Just as soon as the holidays aren't as busy for us. But we're really excited to get to record my things together. So
Amelia Antrim 47:06
yeah, we've been having fun with it so far. So you know, as soon as we can not be just completely slammed for the holidays, and moving and sick and all this other things. For games, we will do game stuff.
Ryan Boelter 47:21
Absolutely. And honestly, we had Tracy Burnett on a few times already. And for these bonus episodes, and they brought one of their games with them at one point. And we had a ton of fun with it. So I I'm hoping to lower some more guests that have games in so we can just do some nonsense with our game.
Amelia Antrim 47:44
He's gonna like you're gonna like fill a trap with cookies.
Ryan Boelter 47:47
Game designers, game designers have a good time with some character creation. Just just turn on your microphone, hit the record button. It was what happened.
Amelia Antrim 48:06
Yeah, just like that. Hopefully, hopefully, we will be able to trap some game designers into doing things with us. So far. It's worked great. Yeah. Um, yeah, I'm really hoping that like in the next month or so we'll have something else for you. Absolutely. One thing that I would like to say, are more serious notes for our call to action portion. I have been wanting to kind of save this for a couple of weeks, but I keep like not being really sure how to talk about it. Um, I would like to shout out the walker shot foundation community fund. I'm sure some of you probably heard that there was a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where someone drove through the parade and killed six people and injured about 50 other people. Yeah. Waukesha is very close to where I live. It is also where I work. And where this parade took place is right down the street from the hospital that I work at. And that hospital is where most of these victims were treated. So this is something that is hit pretty hard for me. I was getting notifications from work that like our hospital was in lockdown, and all that kind of stuff. While this was happening. One of the people that was killed was a chaplain at our hospital. So it's just yeah, doctors that I work with where we're working in the emergency room at night. So it's, it's something that's very close to me has hit close to home as a city that I work in. So we're going to put a link to the community fund in our show notes if you're able to give that goes toward helping the families with like their hospital expenses and some of the other things that that they have going on, especially right around Christmas. Yeah, this is a really, a really tough time to lose somebody and especially in that way when you're out at a festivity having fun with your family and friends to go through that kind of tragedy. So it's, you know, fun to help the community kind of recover from this too, because obviously, it hurts all the people around it too. So yeah, we'll put that in the show notes. So if you are able to give or support in any way that would mean a lot to me.
Ryan Boelter 50:17
Yeah, no, absolutely. It really, you know, I'm hour and a half north of Waukesha and just hearing about that happening. just broke my heart and then knowing, like, if I were in that situation, I, I can't even fathom you, right, as a as a father and everything right now. So it's like, going ESEA, if you can, please, please go ahead and give and it really would help a lot of people out. But that's all we have for today's episode. Next time we get into some really great discussion. And really, oh my goodness, we go places with the fan fiction as well a little bit.
Amelia Antrim 51:04
It was fantastic.
Ryan Boelter 51:07
I mean, really, check us out next next week. And you know what, I stay safe everybody. Take care of yourselves. Drink water, get vaccinated and keep making those amazing people. We'll see you next time.
Ryan Boelter 51:42
Character Creation Cast is a production of the One Shot Podcast Network and can be found online at www dot character creation cast.com. 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 cast.com I one of your hosts Ryan boelter and I can be found on twitter at Lord Neptune or online at Lord neptune.com. 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 is 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 platforms 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 game is character creation. So go out there and create some amazing people. We will see you next time.
Amelia Antrim 53:29
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Ryan Boelter 53:36
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Amelia Antrim 53:49
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