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We’re joined by special guest Stephen Dewey, designer of the Ten Candles roleplaying game, to talk parties! Episode CW for discussion of alcohol and Stanford rape case.
Intro Segment & Media Check-in
- Alanna: 500 Days of Summer expectations vs. reality party scene (shown above)
- Alanna: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Where the Wild Things Are episode
- Hannah: Love, from Judd Apatow and Paul Rust, on Netflix
- Stephen: How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman, full text here. And the Dark Horse comic version!
- Stephen: Don’t Say Goodbye, Just Ghost, Slate article by Seth Stevenson
- The party shark, the party jellyfish, the party sea cucumber
- And the aquarium keeper herself!
Parts of the Game We’re Most Interested In
- The art of hosting
- The delicate game of bringing someone else to a party
Designing the Party Game
- Why don’t parties, like game conventions, have community guidelines?
- Hidden objective games
- The game of Clue, and moving from room to room
- We almost argue about LARP vs theater
- Cats at parties
I had to cut down the episode for time, which means that Stephen’s final analogy about the game Two Rooms and a Boom didn’t make it into the final version! Not only is it a party game, but it’s the perfect gamified version of a party. In Stephen’s words:
- You have to move around and talk to people. Even if you don’t want to, that’s just how you do it.
- Everyone has their own hidden objective. You have no idea how any individual person is expecting the night to end.
- You may have friends, but not know where they are. Even if you find them, they may go off to another room leaving you behind.
Stephen was a fantastic guest. Support the heck out of his work!