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CROSSING DARKNESS EPISODE 5: FOOD, META AND CATS

April 14th, 2018

Welcome to another epsidoe of Crossing Darkness.  Today Amber, Moto and Frozen sit down to hang out with some kittens, eat some food and talk about the high level Meta in their Madison Under Siege game!

 

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CROSSING DARKNESS EPISODE 4: So many LARPs!

April 7th, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of Crossing Darkness.  Today Moto Rory and Frozen Fallout sit down and talk about the LARPs Frozen Fallout has been visiting for the past month.  Moto Rory starts out with some general questions and then they move back in time to review the Underground Theater, One World by Night and Second Act LARPs.

 

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BONUS EPISODE 4: Underground Theater Crosses Darkness

April 4th, 2018

Hello everyone,

 

And welcome back to another bonus episode of Crossing Darkness, a World of Darkness Podcast.  Today we visit the Sabbat of the Underground Theater in their adventure to kill a Demon.  There is a twist to this plot however, and after the demon is slayed the Kindred of the Sabbat learn that a powerful Vampire of old had made a pact with the Sabbat of Madison and may be a great allie or rival.

 

Thank you to Underground Theater for allowing me to watch such a cool game and I hope I wasn't that much of a disruption.

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes, Please feel free to leave comments and we really look foward to any feed back you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running and at what conventions we will be attending and just get our general updates that we do through out the year.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com 

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CROSSING DARKNESS EPISODE 3: RICK HEINZ TURNS THE TABLES

March 31st, 2018

Join Josh for an interview with Rick Heinz starting off with a leading question of ”What have you done in the Gaming World?”.  Rick explains he is the developer of the game setting 7th Age and has written a book for his setting, you can also get his book on Audible.com.  He also writes the GM tips articles for Geek and Sundry.

 

They then get into what their favorite games are to run.  Shadowrun was number one on the list due to how easy the setup for players is and how you can run a fun oneshot when needed.  Eclipse Phase is also one of Rick's favorite systems as it has drastically changed his GMing style. Interestingly Rick currently is running a 5th Ed D&D game set in his 7th Age setting, even though, like Josh, he had in the past sworn off the D&D.  Wraith is also talked about and seemed to be a passion for both Josh and Rick.

 

Rick then turns the tables on Josh and asks him how he has been liking the org LARPs he is attending. Leading them into a conversation about how LARPs can improve their new player experience. The basics being to put a spotlight on your new players, giving them a dedicated ST and make their actions felt.  Rick and Josh both run their own creation that merged Tabletop and LARP. Madison Under Siege and 7th Age,  although different in many aspects, would seem to have been built from the same creative vein.

 

Josh and Rick then talk about some tips for players.  Josh feels that players should try and leave fear at the door and jump right into the fun.  Rick suggests that players have conviction in what they do and make sure you have fun with what you are doing.  Sidenote for all, as GMs need to read their players, players need to also read their GMs. Make sure everyone is having fun and believe it or not you will have fun.

 

They then dream of the things they would love to do, if they could do anything in the world of gaming!

 

The Ep wraps up by giving a few tips for writers and podcasters on how to get off the ground.

 

Special Shout out to Midnight Express Podcast, Rick Heinz, Midwinter Convention, Onyx Path, Second Act, and White Wolf creator of the World of Darkness

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes. Please feel free to leave comments and we really look forward to any feedback you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com

 

- Host: Josh

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BONUS EPISODE 3: What do players think when you cross Tabletop with LARP?

March 29th, 2018

Join us for another bonus episode.  Today we look back at a game played at Gen Con 50 were the GMs mixed LARP and Tabletop and tried to create something that would bridge the gap between the two play styles. They also mixed 4 different gamelines from oWoD, Hunter, Mage, Vampire and Werewolf   This is the wrap up for the night and gives you a little insight into what players thought of a Mix of syle and games that are tested to the limit.

 

Here is the game description for the Mage Game:

 

The creation of a Pact between Mages, Vampires, Werewolves, and Hunters of Madison has recently been formed and it hasn’t been a smooth ride. An official meeting of the Gahara Pact has been set to vote on a charter for this fragile alliance. Will the Nephandi be able to take advantage of the infighting and destroy the alliance before it had time to really form? This is a game that focuses on role playing and politics. We have created custom rules using the D10 system to help enrich your political actions. Four Gen Con events will be running concurrently in the same room. Actions at one table will impact circumstances at another.

 

Here is a basic breakdown of the game setup:

 

Hour 1:

Gamer gathering

 

 

All characters meet with each other and soft LARP in this time before Hour 2.  This is prep time to get everyone ready.  This normally wraps up quicker then 1 hour but we say an hour just to be safe.

 

Hours 2-3:

Combat Time

Players should be walking in with a plan writen into their charactersheet so at the table have everyone will present a plan of what they want to do for this upcoming combat.  This should be a large scale epic assault type stuff. Each player will be given a plan going into the assault meeting but it's up to the player to convey any of the greater details of their combat plan.  Some might opt to not tell anyone what they are planning. 

 

Give players 30 min to plan, give them a hard deadline.

 

Plan on 3 rounds of combat giving players 2 min per turn to explain their action.  These should be epic actions that can take up to 10 min in character.  

 

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Hour 4: Half hour downtime for people to get ready for the faction meeting

 

Let players relax and do some soft RP. This is where we hand out Tokens of influence to be traded and bartered for the upcoming votes.  Players should be aware of what different things there character wants to vote for and what things they are on the fence about.

 

 

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Hour 4.5 - 5: Faction Meeting

 

(Example of the Mage Vote)

 

Who will be Rep:  The Representative of a supernatural faction to Gahara will act as Diplomat and Judge on matters that relate to the other factions in the Gahara Pact.  They will also be the Face of that group. Although anyone can become the Representative, currently the people with support are Lea, Lacy and Glory.

 

 

Who will be Leader: The Leader of the Council is responsible for setting up meetings for the Mages of Madison, breaking any tie votes, and the representative to the Gahara Pact for the Mages will report directly to the Council Leader.  Currently the leader is voted into office once a year and can hold the position for as long as they continue to get voted in.

 

What paradigm does Madison Embrace:  Madison has a very open paradigm locally.  If there was a scale of 1 to 5 of how accepting it is of magic, the world would have 3 in tech, and 1 in Magic maybe a bit higher depending on the place, Faith may have an edge and be around 2 or maybe even 3 in some places.  Madison is around 2.5 for Faith and Magic, while it has about 3.5 for a bit of Superscience. This is a major over simplification and the philosophical debate of reality isn't so simple.

 

To move away from a mechanic like system it's more about; do you support the Free Wifi of Madison and the Digital Web Sector that supports a very unique setup in Madison or do you wish to free people for the blinders of technology.  This vote cannot switch the reality on a dime but is more about what do the resources of Madison go into. Getting or giving support is more about who is pushing what. Make sure to reach out to other supernaturals for tokens to support these causes.

 

Hour 6: Downtime

Players are free to take a break and soft RP.

 

Hour 7-8 :

Gahara Pact Summit

 

Gahara Pact Meeting big vote, Each rep will present the proposed changes and each character will vote using tokens

 

Gahara Vote:

 

Border Policy:

Open: Voting for this Policy would bring down the magical Barrier and allow for any supernatural to come and go as they please based on the policies and rules of that faction.  There would be no magic keeping people in or out. This is not a fully open border and the nuances of how open the border would still be is up for debate but would signify the lowering of the magical barrier.

Closed: This calls for a magical solution to keep out unauthorized supernaturals.   All factions would contribute to the magic of the barrier and access would be granted only with a 3 to 1 vote by Reps.  How the barrier effects supernaturals is still up for debate but this would signify keeping up the magical barrier.

Republic Vs Democracy:

 

Republic: Backing the Republic form of government would create a hierarchy system of government with a chain of command and a system of compartmentalized information that would reside in Representatives and the like.  This would establish a formal form of government for the Gahara Pact and go beyond the basic system of diplomatic communication. These Representatives and newly created positions within the Fahara Pact would be able to pass new laws and make changes to the Gahara Pact.

 

Democracy: A Democratic form of government would be more of a of a system of freedom of information for all members of the Pact not just the Representatives and would allow all individuals a direct voice in the matters of the Gahara Pact.  Other than a basic system for meeting, communicating, and a loose set of agreed upon laws plus the system to enforce said laws, the Gahara Pact would have less direct influence over supernaturals and would also be more open and transparent to all individual members.  

 

In matters of changes to law or the Pact itself each Faction would get 1 vote that is decided on by a system decided by that faction.  What comes up for vote can be presented by anyone needing 3 out of the 4 factions to agree.

 

Last 30 Min: shoutouts and wrap up.

 

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I would like to give a shout out to Gen ConWhite WolfDriveThruRPG and Onyx Path. I would also like to thank our players and listeners, you make this worth doing!

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes, Please feel free to leave comments and we really look foward to any feed back you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running and at what conventions we will be attending and just get our general updates that we do through out the year.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com 

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Comments on BONUS EPISODE 2: FIRST ATTEMPT AT CROSSING INTO THE OWBN LARP (The RP Home)

March 28th, 2018

Josh tries out something different and listens to his podcast while creating some commentary.  This bonus episode is just a test of an idea and we hope you enjoy.

 

I would like to thank all of our players and listeners! I would also like thank White Wolf and Onyx Path for making such a great game!

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes, Please feel free to leave comments and we really look foward to any feed back you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running and at what conventions we will be attending and just get our general updates that we do through out the year.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com 

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Bonus Episode 2: First Attempt at Crossing into the OWbN LARP (The RP Home)

March 28th, 2018

Due to a sound issue we have built a little story around the roleplay I had with my character!

 

 

Join us as we listen to the RP of two very experianced Role Players. Get ready as Frozen Fallout and Akira give us a taste of their characters!

 

 

I would like to thank:  Midnight Express Podcast, for getting me into Podcasting, Rick Hienz for joining me for an Interview on our Next official EP, Midwinter Convention for getting me back into LARPing, Onyx Path for rocking the new books, Second Act for letting me ST for LARP and One World By Night for running this game. Check out their Facebook Group

 

 

Special thanks to the Akira and Mike who helped me out a ton and really got me a fun character to RP.

 

 

I would also like to thank all of our listeners.  Not sure how you are breaking the wards but welcome and join us for more attempts to cross darkness on future eps and spread the word. Please leave any comments even the Trolls would be a welcome sight and give me something test me at the very least.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page

 

 

Beware this has hard words and is to be considred all OOC.  I am not here to ruine games.  4 out of 5 Stars OWbN is great!

 

 

Thank you all for stopping by! 

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes, Please feel free to leave comments and we really look foward to any feed back you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running and at what conventions we will be attending and just get our general updates that we do through out the year.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com 

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Comments on BONUS EPISODE 1: FIRST ATTEMPT AT CROSSING INTO THE OWBN LARP

March 28th, 2018

Josh tries out something different and listens to his podcast while creating some commentary.  This bonus episode is just a test of an idea and we hope you enjoy.

 

I would like to thank all of our players and listeners! I would also like thank White Wolf and Onyx Path for making such a great game!

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes, Please feel free to leave comments and we really look foward to any feed back you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running and at what conventions we will be attending and just get our general updates that we do through out the year.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com 

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Bonus Episode 1: First Attempt at Crossing into the OWbN LARP

March 27th, 2018

Due to a sound issue we have built a little story around this review of One World by Night!  This is a first time character and what most would call a Table Top GM walking into the Unknown and coming out alive and smarter for it.  Good luck breaking the protection spell on this one.  They really had their wards up this time.

 

 

Follow the Journey of Malkavian waking from a long nap to find the world a bit different then he expected. We start off with my oral character creation and then join Akira for the drive over.  He gives me some good input into the game.  He speaks of Keith Baker mixing Eberon and Mixing Dread character sheets.  You should also check out Advanced-Dimensional-Green-NinjaEducational-Preparatory-SuperElementary-Fortress-555 

 

The Malkavian character is approved and quickly finds himself talking with a bunch of Malks and something old. 

 

 

This is the end of our tale for now. Tune in tomorrow for the next Bonus Ep.

 

 

I would like to thank:  Midnight Express Podcast, for getting me into Podcasting, Rick Hienz for joining me for an Interview on our Next official EP, Midwinter Convention for getting me back into LARPing, Onyx Path for rocking the new books, Second Act for letting me ST for LARP and One World By Night for running this game. Check out their Facebook Group

 

 

Special thanks to the Akira and Mike who helped me out a ton and really got me a fun character to RP.

 

 

I would also like to thank all of our listeners.  Not sure how you are breaking the wards but welcome and join us for more attempts to cross darkness on future eps and spread the word. Please leave any comments even the Trolls would be a welcome sight and give me something test me at the very least.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page

 

 

Beware this has hard words and is to be considred all OOC.  I am not here to ruine games.  4 out of 5 Stars OWbN is great!

 

 

Thank you all for stopping by! 

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Crossing Darkness Episode 2: Midwinter Remembered

March 24th, 2018

Join Josh and Mike as they take you down memory lane and explore their journey of Midwinter.  They jump right into their experience finding and signing up for Midwinter. They then go over the different events they attended at the convention starting Thrusday and give you a day by day break down.

 

They start off on Thursday with Midwinter's Gaming Industry and how cool it was to meet people who are working in the Gaming Industry.  They then talk about the Q&A with Onyx Path and how awesome it was to attend a round table with the CEO and some of the developers.

 

That wrapped up Thursday and on to Friday they talk about their meeting with Rick Heinz and the Panel they attended called Storytellers Guide to Not Sucking. They then made their way to the Exhibition Hall and give a small review on a geme they tested out called CAPERS created by Craig Campbell.  The end of their Friday night was wrapped up with a game of Werewolf: The Apocalypse LARP run by Second Act. They spend a good amount of time giving a review of the game from a Tabletoppers point of view and joining a LARP at a Convention.

 

Saturday and Sunday Mike and Josh spent time playing the Dread game and then wrapped up the Convention with the Wrecking Crew events, playing Changeling the Dreaming on Saturday night and Trinity on Sunday night.

 

Special Shout out to Midnight Express Podcast, Rick Hienz, Midwinter Convention, Craig Campbell, Onyx Path, Second Act, and the Wrecking Crew and everyone we played with over the Convention.

 

Please don't forget to follow and like us if you enjoy our episodes, Please feel free to leave comments and we really look foward to any feed back you can give us.  You can also join our Facebook Group and Follow us on the Madison Under Siege Facebook page, if you want to get updates on what events we are running and at what conventions we will be attending and just get our general updates that we do through out the year.  You can always contact us at MadisonUnderSiege@gmail.com 

 

Next week we have a few interviews and look forward to talking more about the World of Darkness created by White Wolf and how to cross the Meta of all the game lines and how to cross the streams of different games, like adding the Dread system into your World of Darkness game.

 

- Hosts: Mike and Josh

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