Where’s Judd?

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These are the places you can regularly hear and/or see me talking about gaming or doing the thing and streaming some play. Links are both in the pictures and in the text beneath.

Here’s the link where I store my links.

I’ll update this as more comes up.


The logo for my podcast, Daydreaming about Dragons

In which I have a conversation with you about techniques that are shaking out at the tables where I sit and inspirational media.

Daydreaming about Dragons Podcast


In which Jason and I discuss the Trophy RPG and in doing so end up talking about game culture and techniques that link up to all kinds of tabletop RPG’s.

The Sixth Ring, a Trophy Podcast


I’m often gaming on the Actual Play twitchstream channel.

World of Dungeons, Twitch.com/ACTUALPLAY

MARDUK FOREVER Title Card

My first time getting back to Marr’d since I playtested the Dictionary of Mu almost 2 decades ago.


I’ve been honored to play so much on the Actual Play channel, a place where I’ve made wonderful friends and played wondrous games.


I have a Threadless shop, all artists’ proceeds go to amazing causes. My hope is that my nerdery will make the world a better place somehow. Design examples below:

Cyberpunk Thoughts with Daniel


Having just recorded an episode of Daydreaming about Dragons about finding common ground in your genre expectations, this video spoke to me. We probably should have had this conversation before we started playing but I was eager to get a move-on and try this asynchronous thing. We got a little lucky in our cyberpunk thoughts aligning but there’s also a bunch of years of friendship and play in the mix.

As we began play I listened to the Neuromancer Audiobook, read Neon Leviathan, and rewatched Blade Runner. I’m listening to the Burning Chrome audiobook.

The first NPC we met was an AI who Daniel named, Stat. I’m thrilled that he decided that Lip considers AI people and wants to save Stat from corporate indentured servitude. Lip has a bit of an exhausted nurse’s cold streak; I really didn’t know what he’d do.


The game continues as Lip meets with a freelance broker for the Stat Job in a local Mongolian food joint. The Cyberpunk Nurse youtube playlist is here.

The rules we are using are from the Apocalypse World: Burned Over Hackbook.


More Campaign Book Covers

Sean has our Bina Janos Burning Wheel Campaign from a youtube playlist to a podcast. He’s breaking it down into bite-sized chunks and offering commentary as he goes. If AP is your thing please check it out.

The ribbons coming off the wheel might be my crowning artistic achievement. You’ve gotta start somewhere.


Lip, the Cyberpunk Nurse, is at TTI HQ, talking to a mid-level exec and getting a feeling that not all is well. Playlist here.


Ell, the Mars Operator, is caravaning through a dried out riverbed and hoverbikes are attacking; shit is getting Fury Roadish. Playlist here.


Cyberpunk Nurse and Mars Hustle were made with templates from Canva.com and then turned into old books with Affinity.

The Ballad of Bina Janos was made with the following pixabay items and then turned into an old book with Affinity:

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Mars Times / Financial Predator

Just one of those things where you play with Affinity by putting city lights on Mars, start playing an AW Burned Over game via video play-by-post and then you look at Canva.com again and there are magazine templates and here we are…

…in-game magazines.


Mars Operator Playlist


Cyberpunk Nurse playlist


Attribution

Picture of Mars: Image by Alexander Antropov from Pixabay

City lights torn from 3 different images by skeeze from Pixabay

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay (altered heavily with Affinity)

Magazine Templates from canva.com


Links for Reply Show Summertime and Livin’ Ain’t Easy

Black Lives Matter Global Network |

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019 |

Black Trans Covid-19 Community Response Grant |

https://blacktrans.org/campaigns/coronavirus-grant/ |

Black Voters Matter |

https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/ |

Links from Episode Reply Show Ain’t Easy

Intro

Luke Speaks and Reply

Outro Links

Reply Show Ain’t Easy

Asynchronous Cyberpunk with Apocalypse World’s Burned Over Zine

Asynchronous Cyberpunk with Apocalypse World’s Burned Over Zine

Please join us! Jump on in to the playlists and let us know what you’re thinking. Cheer the protagonists, hiss at the villains and gasp at the complications as apocalyptica is barfed forth, questions are asked/acted upon and fuckery is dealt out.

It is an average night in the Mouse Peninsula when Nurse Lip gets a call to extract a mid-level corporate asshole, Mr. Roark, from a firefight in the courtyard of a storybook castle.

Click here for the Cyberpunk Nurse Youtube Playlist


Ell wakes up in his Trenchtown crash-pad to find out that he is a finalist for the prestigious Trenchtown Adventurer’s Grant for the Betterment of Mars. This is a guy who knows all of the angles, watch him work them all in the not-quite terraformed Martian hellscape.

Click here for the Mars Operator Youtube Playlist


For those asking, “Judd, what the eff is this?”

I’m MCing two games in a kind of video-play-by-post and I’m surprised at how much fun it is. At first I was all about keeping it fast and loose. Quickly, I wanted my lighting to be better and to have it look and sound cool for the video recording. I’ll get over it.

Another shock is how good the Burned Over Zine is. The Apocalypse World 2e text is a leap over the original and now the Bakers are vaulting over that with these new moves and playbooks. The new Barter rules are tight.

At the end of the day, the game comes first. I’m glad this kind of play is this much fun. If you give it a go and play this way, please let me know how it goes for ya. If you give our games a listen, please leave comments and ask questions.

With video it kinda feels like play-by-post and it kinda doesn’t. I’ve enjoyed play-by-post games in the past and it was through those games that I realized how much I really love writing. That said, it is a ton of time and effort to play a game like that with lots of keyboard sweat. I’m hoping the quick nature of video responses will keep the sweat factor down and keep the games going where other pbp games tend to fall to the wayside. Also in our favor is the 1 MC/1 PC dynamic that will cut down on exhausting lag. Time will tell.


Daniel and Jay are amazing people. Please support their work.

Daniel rocks out with cool game design at Highmoon Press.

Jay is the man behind the amazing Diceology podcast and the Madjay Zero Hustle Patreon.


Too Much Judd

I’m all over the place this week and thought I’d get the links all in one place in case you are on the road and need to hear me prattle on about games for a few hours but don’t have my cell phone number.

Daydreaming about Dragons, episode 57

AP: When not to game

IG: Book covers and back cover blurbs as a way to chronicle your game

Guest on the Grizzly Peaks with Andy

We talk a bunch about old Sons of Kryos days, being around indie RPG’s when the Forge was a thing and gaming in general from pbta to 5e. Andy was a lovely host with a cool podcast. Check it out.

The Sixth Ring, Beginnings

I was sincerely honored to be asked to co-host this podcast about Trophy games with Jason Cordova of Gauntlet fame. The podcast is about Trophy Gold and Dark (and more?) but many of the techniques discussed are usable all over the table and cool monsters are cool monsters. If Monsters from the World’s Birth sound interesting to you, check it.

Reply Show Garden

I had most of a reply show done and figured, why not make it 4 podcasts in one week.

The Cyberpunk Nurse

Daniel and I are playing Cyberpunk A.W. using the Burned Over Zine rules with asynchronous video and I’m totally digging it. It is like video play-by-post. The link above is the playlist where you can find it all.

It is not often I’m gaming and think, “Shit, this feels new to me,” but this game is odd and new. I’m digging it and cyberpunk feels like the perfect genre for it. Daniel is a real-life nurse and he’s bringing to the table.

If folks would like, I could post when we get updates under the twitter hashtag #cyberpunknurse.

https://shopofjudd.threadless.com/collections/monster-manual-heraldry

This design and more in the Monster Manual Heraldry Collection.

Cyberpunk A.W. – B.R.E.A.M. Barter Rules Everything Around Me

Cash, Rules, Everything, Around, Me
C.R.E.A.M.
Get the money
Dollar, dollar bill y’allIt’s been twenty-two long hard years, I’m still strugglin’
Survival got me buggin’, but I’m alive on arrival
I peep at the shape of the streets
And stay awake to the ways of the world ’cause shit is deep
A man with a dream with plans to make C.R.E.A.M.

Wu-Tang Clan

Yesterday in our Cyberpunk Nurse Asynchronous Video Play by Post game, Daniel agreed to take Mr. Roark (fuckin’ Roark, man) to an underground hospital so he could avoid corporate assassins out to get him. He agreed to pay him.

Nurse Lip agreed to take payment in old school Trauma Team International gear but what if he went for the creds?

Here’s the move, inspired by the Burned Over zine and Apocalypse World.

Cash or Creds

When some assholes agrees to pay you in cash or credstick, talk to the MC and decide which if the payment is:

Some cash, a nice tip

Take +1 Forward on your next Barter roll

Stupid money, really opulent, more money than you are used to seeing in one place.

Take +1 Forward for Barter and Act Under Fire +Barter if what you purchase could hurt or infringe on the territory of someone else or give you an advantage over a threat, if you fail the +1 is gone.

Fuck-you-money, a monarch’s ransom, some Scrooge McDuck shit.

Buy whatever you want whenever you want but once you buy anything out of the norm word hits the streets. Threats are going to circle you.

If you should buy something really huge and game-changing (aircraft carrier, Manhattan, a spaceship, a satellite, a space elevator, a giant kaiju-punching robot, etc) scale down from Fuck-you-money to Stupid money.

Now I’m going to do my best D. Vincent Baker/Meguey Baker impression with a play example. This makes me nervous because the AW2e book has my favorite play examples ever.

An Example with further thoughts

“More money than I can count? Fuck it, I buy an aircraft carrier with jets and shit. Let’s do this.”

“Cool! Let’s talk about what buying an aircraft carrier looks like in this neon apocalypse.”

“I dunno. usedaircraftcarrier.gov?”

“Let’s think about it. There are U.S. Navy aircraft carriers for sale. Shit, there are some sailing around out there, floating without orders since the Elevator Wars looking for a place to get fuel and supplies. Every so often you hear about a coastal town getting ransacked by one.

“Your local arms dealer, Dremmer has a bodyguard with a Marines tattoo. Word is he served on one and got away. He might know how to purchase such a thing. Maybe ask him to set up a sit-down?”

“Shit, I’m not going to be able to just order one online am I?”

“Want to jack into the net and see if there is a place to buy one online? Sounds like Open Your Brain…”

See what I’m doing there? I’m not telling the player no. Shit, I think the game becomes MORE interesting if they purchase an aircraft carrier. The contact, the sales and the negotiation will be interesting to me and put lots more threats on the map.

I’m not putting hurdles in their way. I’m barfing forth cyber-apocalyptica (raids from off-shore aircraft carriers desperate for supplies…niiiice), thinking off-screen and responding with fuckery.

What I’m not doing is telling them that it is impossible or shrugging and saying that they have no idea how to go about doing that. I’m offering ideas that I think will lead to cool shit happening if they decide to follow up.

An Example That Jumps To It

“Cal wants to buy an aircraft carrier.”

Cool. Cal hands the jingle over to Captain Dustwich who heads into the Baltimore/Atlanta/Indie Triangle with a small fortune and several platoons of loyal marines. She salutes and hands Cal a saber. The people who have lived and worked on the carrier are looking up at you and your posse…”

A Mistake Example with Correction

“Brushfire wants to buy an aircraft carrier with this Fuck-You-Money.”

“No way. Fuck that. That is ridiculous.”

“Could we talk about it? If it really bugs you I’ll find something else to do. I don’t want anyone to feel unsafe if aircraft carriers are a trigger but I think it could be a fun hardhold and getting to the purchase could make for some fun moves.”

Shit, yeah. Give me a few minutes to think this over. I was so surprised that I just knee-jerked a negative. Let’s take a break, let me digest and come together and talk about what that would look like, ask each other a bunch of questions.”

I don’t know what they want from me
It’s like the more money we come across
The more problems we see

The Notorious B.I.G.

Cyberpunk AW: black market thrills

I am the magic man. I am your link to the subconscious. I have what you want. I can get you what you can’t have.

Strange Days

I’ve been daydreaming about playing a cyberpunk game using the Burned Over AW rules and listening to Neuromancer while I do chores around the house.

Augury

Augury is a drug put into a bath and soaked into the skin that allows the user to drop their consciousness into chaotic blend of digital networks, personal metadata and AI playgrounds that lurk behind everyone’s eyes. The trip is an Augury roll while the character is unconscious and helpless.

Coming down off it, even after a successful Augury roll, the character should Act Under Fire, using +Hard rather than +Cool to deal with the side-effects. If the user has done an Augury without the drug before they can choose to use +Weird instead.

A successful Act Under Fire roll means nothing worse than a headache and a hangover, -1 forward until you hydrate and get a decent meal in you.

Make sure someone you trust is watching you while you have a shared hallucination in a bath tub.

Brain Hitch

Brain Hitch is a neurological device being developed to gain access to information in someone’s brain and now is used to store and sell memories like old fashioned mix tapes. For the right price, you can live someone else’s thrill – from robbing a bank to a L.E.O.R.P.L. (Low Earth Orbit Re-Entry to Parachute Landing) to sex. There are said to be side-effects for having your memories recorded.

Tower Elites are known to use this drug to slum it and see how the downside live.

Aggravation

Aggravation is a combat drug made during one of the countless nameless wars of the past decade, designed to switch off empathy, pain receptors and fear responses. When you take Aggravation, choose:

When you take Aggravation, choose, however many you’d like. MC Holds 1 for every one you choose:

  • When you Do Battle, +1 Harm inflicted
  • When you Do Battle, -1 Harm for an hour
  • When You Do Battle, +1 Hold

MC can spend these Holds to do any of the following when the time is right:

  • Tell the player that they feel no fear about a given situation, even though they should. +1 XP if the table agrees what they are doing is batshit dangerous.
  • Inflict more Harm than the character intended, including turning stun or psi harm into killing harm.
  • During a stressful situation, the character blacks out and wakes up covered in blood. Ask the player whose blood it is.

S.O.B.

Sex Only Better is a pill that intensifies both emotional connections and physical pleasure receptors.

When you have sex on S.O.B., go to the old Apocalypse World book and choose a Sex Move. That happens.

Memories are meant to fade. They’re designed that way for a reason.

Strange Days

AW Cyberpunk: Technological Leap Clock

“Night City was like a deranged experiment in social darwinism, designed by a bored researcher with his thumb on the fast forward button.”

Neuromancer, William Gibson

Whenever something comes up that you’d prefer not to decide by personal whim and will, don’t.

Apocalypse World, D. Vincent Baker and Meguey Baker

Inspired by one of my favorite games, Shock: Social Science Fiction by Joshua A.C. Newman.

Let’s put our thumbs on the fast forward button.

A technological leap clock is always ticking with the next big change that science brings. It is coming, a six-count clock. It will change the world.

Yes, the world has ended. World governments are gangrenous limbs rotting in the sun. The earth is dying. But still corporations are looking for ways to get their shareholders and CEO’s into the Towers. Rogue scientists are still plugging away in their black market laboratories. Power supplies are still available and digital lines of communication are still in place.

If the apocalyptic world we see is a corpse, technological leaps are the hair and toenails still growing while it rots in a coffin.

When do we advanced a technological leap clock?

  • When a player makes an advance.
  • When a significant amount of time goes by (a week, let’s say).
  • When a player does a job or hands over a resource to the team behind the technological leap.
  • Whenever you start a new session.
  • When the fiction demands.

There is always at least one technological leap clock ticking. When one is resolved, start another. Players can be as involved as makes sense. They can

MC, make up one (or choose one from the list below) and don’t speak its name. Maybe make up a few but only the one with a working clock is the next one. Perhaps the players begin doing work for a lab that is working on a different one. Give that one a clock too.

If you don’t have any ideas, choose from our list or ask the players, “What technological leap is rumored to be out there almost ready to roll out that your character is afraid of or is interested in?

My instinct is to try not to fuck with scarcity too much. I’d stay away with fast-growing food or hydroponic tech that turns every one room apartment into a verdant farmland or replicators that pipe out hot Early Grey tea on the cheap. That said, what the fuck do I know? Try it and let me know how it goes.

Think about how this will change the world, the players’ jobs, the way humans interact.

Will the elites in their Towers take interest? If so, make another clock for when elites send untouchable stormtroopers to swoop in to take it away.

Technological Leaps

  • Bodies can be cloned on the cheap, costs about as much as a car
  • Accessing orbit is about as cost effective as owning a jet
  • Drugs can make folk telepathic for a short stint with side effects, costs about as much as a designer drug
  • A human brain can be downloaded into a digital medium, costs about as much as high-end cosmetic surgery
  • Solar energy gathered from Mercury’s craters can now power 10 earths
  • A signal is recorded from a deep space array that can only be a sign of alien life
  • Accessing the bottom of the ocean for building and living becomes affordable, costs as much as land on the surface.

These are just suggestions. Go wild and get strange.

Using AW to play a cyberpunkish game? What?

Here’s the first blog post about the idea.

Credits

Computer board background

Skull Image by Alois Wonaschütz from Pixabay

Gas Mask Image by Tim Lay from Pixabay

Post Script