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This episode was recorded 8th April 2021 and includes lots of swearing, puns, and memes. You have been warned! For this extended episode I gathered the cast of Cosmopunk, the actual-play homebrew Starfinder podcast, to discuss friction. Now, we do spend an awful lot of time talking about coffee, but nestled betwixt the brilliant puns and segues are nuggets of insight, raucous laughter, and life lessons. To begin, we discuss how drama between characters can cause friction at the table, and we talk though our various methods for dealing with it. The other side of the same coin is interaction between the players, and how that's fraught with it's own unique problems, exacerbated by playing remotely. Humans are social creatures, and so the lack of legitimate face-to-face communication can have a negative impact on TTRPGs. Eventually we get on to the topic of friction within a scientific context, and how that differs between fantasy (D&D) and science-fiction (Starfinder) settings. Don't worry, I got an 'E' in A Level Physics so the content is perfectly penetrable! Finally, listen to us realise in-situ that any friction between player characters and NPCs is, by extension, friction between the players and their DM. What this means for the game, and how you can use it to "fail forward", is discussed by this roguish group of experienced TTRPG'ers... and I'm also there. 07:27 - Character drama 23:44 - Friction bleed from PC to player 41:28 - The physics of friction in a made up universe 51:22 - Style dissonance - how to align expectations 01:01:33 - PC-NPC relationships: inherently antagonistic? Find the Cosmopunk crew on: Twitter: Website: Scifer's Twitter: Scifer's Website: Ty's Twitch: Find me on: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: References: Beanies Flavoured Coffee Reformat music Spectre in the Fog actual-play podcast "British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why" YouTube video by Tom Scott Monmouth Coffee Company Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod
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