Antagonists: Thallain, the Shadow Court, and Adhene

September 15, 2017

Turning to the darkest corners of the Dreaming, today Victor and Simon discuss the groups written to be monsters for “Changeling: the Dreaming” characters: the Fomorian-born and corrupt Thallain, the messy Shadow Court, and the ancient and powerful Adhene lurking just off the Silver Paths.

 

The readings from this conversation were from “One for Sorrow, Two for Joy” by Nathan Dorey, “The King” by Harry Weir Boland, “Jack of Kinrowan” by Charles deLint, and “Mary’s Letter” from Silent Hill 2.

The music from this episode was “Creepy Atmo” by David Szesztay, “Where the Demon Sleeps”, by Kate Covington, a remix of “The Music Box” by Akira Yamaoka, and  “LSD” by Monplaisir.

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Gen Con Recap And Other Banter

September 2, 2017

We're going off of our regular release cycle to get this conversation that Simon and I had about Gen Con out to everyone while it's still timely. This isn't going to slow up our regular episodes, but there was some Changeling news at Gen Con, and at the end of the episode I give a recap of the C20 session I ran for the Wrecking Crew. This is somewhat less structured and produced than our normal episodes, but we still thought people would appreciate some news and recap from the most ridiculous 4 days in gaming.

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Conversation 9 — CtD in Turkey

September 1, 2017

Join us today with our guest Salih, with whom we discuss storytelling and playing Changeling: the Dreaming in his Istanbul. In this conversation we talk about what regional myths and stories fit into the kiths, common misconceptions held by outsiders, and the somewhat awkward place a game about half-human/half-spirit beings occupies in cultures that have possession but not a concept like “changeling”.

 

The readings from this conversation were from Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

The music from this episode was You, yourself and the main character” by Komiku, and LSD by Mon Plaisir.

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That’s What Sidhe Said!

August 15, 2017

Elves, elves, elves! Join Victor and Simon today as we discuss the Sidhe, their place in Concordia and in storytelling Changeling, and some of their more often overlooked elements such as their trouble with linear time. We get into their roles in Court politics, their Houses, and their political Impulses. We also veer off into their origins in real world mythology, so buckle up -- one whole episode devoted to only one and a half kiths!

 

The readings from today’s conversation were “The Hosting of the Sidhe” by William Butler Yeats, and “Fool’s Luck: the Way of the Commoner”. The music from today’s conversation was LSD by Monplaisir.

 

Bonus Round!

House descriptions left on the cutting-room floor:

Aesin Disney Princesses
Ailil Sneaky bastards
Balor Runs a Satyr child prostitution ring. I’m not even joking.
Beaumayn Scathach’s ugly cousin
Dairaenn Hannibal Lector
Danaan Traditional enemies of the lost House Yoplait
Dougal The Consensus of Parts
Eiluned No you may not enter my home, officer.
Fiona Overly Attached Girlfriend
Gwydion M’Lady *tips fedora*
Leanhaun Go stand in the corner with Balor and think about what you did.
Liam Handsy LDS missionaries with pointy ears.
Scathach Spoilers make everyone angry, but that’s no excuse to kill people.
Varich Zhu Li! DO THE THING.

 

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C20’s New Commoners

August 1, 2017

Bad news folks! As we all know the entire game is about the Sidhe and how wonderful they are and how they’d never do anything at all even remotely evil or ethically questionable. We know we said at the end of the last episode that were were going to spend this conversation praising our glorious sharp-eared overlords but that was recorded before C20 landed. C20 introduced three new commoner kiths and they’re awesome. Before we get to the beneficent and not at all wicked lords and ladies of dream we’re going to finish off talking about the commoners with the three new Kithain: the Clurichauns, the Piskies, and the Selkies.

We’re sorry to elf-tease you. Next time we’re talking about the Sidhe for realsies. Pinky-swear.

The readings from this conversation were from American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Legend land Being a collection of some of the old tales told in these Western part of Britain served by the Great Western Railway now retold by Lyonesse, and Selkie by Robin Robertson.

The music from this conversation was LSD by Monplaisir and Late Snows of Winter, written by Mark Seibert and arranged and recorded by JMR.

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Commoners

July 15, 2017

 Join us today as we discuss the core commoner kiths from 2nd edition Changeling. Here we talk about each of the kiths, their place in the game and the game’s society, and highlight the stories that they’re drawn from. We get in depth about what works and doesn’t work for us and our games with the kiths’ designs.

The readings from this episode were from “War for the Oaks” by Emma Bull, “Changeling: the Dreaming Player’s Guide”, “ReBoot”, “Book of Lost Houses: The Second Coming”, Völuspá, “The Homeric Hymn to Pan”, and “Caravanserai” by Loreena McKennitt

The music from this episode was “LSD” by Monplaisir, "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

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Queer Themes in Changeling: the Dreaming

July 1, 2017

In this conversation we discuss the ways Changeling: the Dreaming reflects the queer experience with our guest Erika. We discuss finding inspiration for storytelling Changeling in queer and minority life, the slow death of the soul of being a minority in a mainstream professional space, the recursive loop of playing queer characters in Changeling, and how Simon might be an unseleighe boggan who ravages his coworkers.

As this is a minority topic, we sometimes slip into slightly arcane langauge. If you find yourself confused with some of the terms being used, you may wish to listen to the minisode preceeding this conversation: Defining Terms for Queer Themes. You might prefer to use Urban Dictionary. May the search be ever in your favor, brave netizens.

The reading from this conversation was “Little Jack Frost” by Kate Rusby.

The music from this episode was “LSD” by Monplaisir.

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Minisode: Defining Terms for Queer Themes in Changeling: the Dreaming

July 1, 2017

Our first minisode is a brief discussion of terms we used during the following conversation (Queer Themes in Changeling: the Dreaming) that may be unfamiliar to people in the queer community. If you're familiar with this community you can get by skipping this episode, but you may want to listen anyway as these are the understandings we were working from in the course of the discussion.

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Chimerical Reality and The Dreaming

June 15, 2017

In this conversation we discuss Changeling: the Dreaming’s layered reality and spiritworlds. Confused by why Changeling has both a spirit world and chimerical reality? Having trouble finding ways to use the deep dreaming? Want help with weaving the mythic into the mundane? Here we are, friends.

The readings from this conversation were “the I Love You Song” from 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and an unnamed poem by Saigyo Hoshi.

The music from this episode was “LSD” by Monplaisir.

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Changeling the Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Review

June 1, 2017

Simon and Victor discuss their initial thoughts about the Changeing the Dreaming 20th Anniversary early release pdf.  We go through our favorite changes, some of the things we are confused by or would rather be handled a little bit differently and offer one or two small tweaks that we think will make portions of the game a little more approachable.

This episode is a less produced piece, and unfortunately Victor was using a new mic and didn't realize the levels/quality didn't quite match Simon until the full audio was downloaded from the online audio collaboration tool we use.  We appologize for the audio quality on this particualr file, and are hammering this out so it won't be an issue in future episodes, but we wanted to get our review out so people can listen with some time before they decide if they want to make a Changeling purchase when the full release hits DriveThruRPG.  The full release can be purchased at Drivethrurpg.

The music from this episode was LSD by Monplaisir.

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