Listen now
CW: 36:40-37:10 Single reference to rape and sexual coercion in the context of the Vampire trope. Philippa Mort joins me to talk about the varied and wonderful topic of aesthetic. The discussion starts around the different approaches to TTRPG and campaign design; a different perspective to the typical top down/bottom up paradigm. How does one approach "visual design", and how does it differ from "mechanical design"? Philippa shares her experience in designing from visual prompts, and we talk through the various pros and cons when compared to my own meticulous, detail-centric process. A solid campaign aesthetic not only aids world building and provides a strong identify, but it can also help guide players through character creation. 01:10 - Aesthetic Design Process 08:16 - Mechanical Design Process 13:15 - How to Design for a Specific Aesthetic 21:13 - How Clear Theming Supports Character Creation 25:36 - Two Sessions Zeroes 33:12 - Safely Leveraging Tropes 40:16 - Catharsis, not Therapy 49:19 - Flavouring your Table Find Philippa (@MortPhilippa) on: Linktree: Twitter: DMs Guild: DriveThruRPG: Find me on: Website: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: References: 'Romance' episode of Thinking Critically The Crystal Maze Uncaged Anthology Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod
More Episodes
I'm once again joined by Bart Wynants (a.k.a. @critographer), this time to talk about how to write TTRPGs. As with many tasks, mind set and habit formation is of upmost importance for success. Bart suggests embodying different 'roles' when writing TTRPG content: The "Architect" for big picture,...
Published 07/22/22
This episode I'm joined by Andrew & Vesna Gronosky from Shewstone Publishing, who leverage their extensive knowledge to discuss the implications of having a "history" in your TTRPG setting. The different lifespans of races can have a profound impact in their culture and what they consider...
Published 07/08/22