Apr 16, 2017

Episode 30 - Dial ‘M’ for Metaplot

As the thirtieth episode rolls out, Beckett and BK are swept away in the swirling morass that can only be metaplot. The dynamic duo discuss the role of metaplot in RPGs, and the oWoD in particular, offering their views on the successful narratives.

They close out by considering two aspects of metaplot from Vampire and Werewolf, with some alternate approaches to Assamites, Tremere, Stargazers, Ratkin, and Gurahl. Sadly there are no Hitchcock cameos in this episode.

Remember that we're running the first Midnight Express Competition [http://themidnightexpresspodcast.gamerz.co/topic368.html for details] and $20.00 to spend with our friends at Drivethrurpg could be yours! You have until May 6th to be in the running.

Hosts: BK and Beckett.


Jan 26, 2017

Episode 28 - The World of Darkness is… [Storyteller Advice]

BK and Wendell_Burke step onto the mean streets of the World of Darkness to explore notions of darkness in storytelling, hiding the supernatural, and the role of consequence.  This is the first in a series throughout 2017 to examine what the key concepts in the oWoD are, and how to evoke them at the table.

If you have any ideas for the list, post them over at the forum, email them to midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com, or post on the Facebook page.

See you all in two weeks for Episode 29, featuring a new Shard of Darkness!

Hosts: BK & Wendell_Burke 


Nov 3, 2016

Episode 27 - White Wolf Magazine #40 [Storyteller Advice]

In this second solo episode, BK focuses on one article in White Wolf Magazine #40 - namely one on Blood Cults for Vampire: the Masquerade.

He breaks the article down, offers advice and background for creating cults in your own Vampire games, and discusses the motivations of would-be cultists to make it more challenging for your players.  As the community continues to rub off on him, there is even mention of cross-over games in this episode (without prompting).
If you'd like your own copy of this article, please visit our friends at Drivethrurpg using this link (every purchase helps the show).
As always, drop by the Forum, or our Facebook page to interact with the community, or send your emails to midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com.
Host: BK  

Jun 9, 2016

Episode 23 - Commonplace books [Storyteller Advice]

Welcome back to another episode of the Midnight Express!  In this solo recording, BK uses H.P. Lovecraft's Commonplace book of the weird to develop plots for Wraith, Changeling, Victorian Age Vampire, Werewolf: the Wild West, and Werewolf: the Apocalypse.

As always, join the ongoing discussion at the forum, email us at midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com, and check out the latest podcast news at our Facebook page

Host: BK


Mar 11, 2015

Episode 12 - Listener questions and Storyteller advice

Welcome back everyone to another episode of the Midnight Express.  This episode is brought to you by our listener Michael (who generously donated funds to help with our costs - thank you!) and coincides with the one year anniversary of the podcast.

BK and Beckett expand a few of the popular forum topics into a conversation about storytelling; offering some practical advice backed up by examples from our own chronicles.
We do plan more of these types of episodes in the future.  Drop by the forum of our Facebook page and give some feedback - it helps us to plan for the next episode.
Also, you can leave us a review on iTunes and help support the show via the Donate button to the right.  
The last year has been a fantastic experience, and on behalf of both Beckett and I, we'd like to thank the community for their continued support (and we'll try to get more of you on the show soon).  The conversation on the forum is always lively, the emails full of good ideas, and I'm really pleased that we're a part of such a great group of oWoD fans.
We also mentioned Read the Damn Book.  If you haven't read this blog, you need to.
See you in April, where we have something special planned.
Hosts: Adrian BK and Beckett.

Dec 4, 2014

Episode 08 - Prophecy and secret knowledge in the oWoD

In this episode, Beckett and Adrian BK discuss the role of prophecy and hidden knowledge in the oWoD.  They begin with an overview of the Insight power from Time of Thin Blood, then give examples from the other major game lines, and then focus on a couple of non-oWoD examples that could be useful to a chronicle.  As always, the hosts offer lots of tips for using these concepts at your table.  We also pitch an idea for the next oWoD game line for development.

The books referenced in this episode include:

Stay tuned for Episode 09, where we'll do a Game Line Spotlight on Mage: the Ascension.

Hosts: Adrian BK and Beckett.

Nov 14, 2014

Episode 07 - Chronicle Design in the old World of Darkness

Hi True Believers!

BK and Pete are back to discuss the process of chronicle design and share some advice, tips and war stories along the way.  We cover issues such as setting up the first game, how much game prep is necessary, the Storyteller as the 'social glue' of the group and other issues like the ideal group size (it's not nine or eighteen).
The links from this episode:
Pete at PAX AUS (start watching at 1:34:50 for his panel)
You can join in the discussion at the forum, drop by the Facebook page, or send an email via midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com.
See you in thirty, when Beckett and Adrian BK discuss prophecy and secret knowledge in the old World of Darkness.
Hosts: Adrian & Pete.

Oct 9, 2014

Episode 05 - Character Creation in the old World of Darkness

Adrian (BK) and Pete (DJGraveDigga) sit down to discuss approaches to character creation for World of Darkness games.  We cover pitching the game idea, the Storyteller as social glue, and some tips for building creativity during character creation.

The links mentioned in this episode are:
And from Drivethrurpg
This is part of a double feature, so stay tuned for Episode 06, the first book review episode.  You can join the discussion over at our Forum, or email midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com 
Hosts: Adrian & Pete

Sep 4, 2014

Episode 04 - A topic for another night

Pete (DJGraveDigga) and Adrian (Boggan Knight) join forces in this episode to provide commentary about the new releases for the old World of Darkness.  After Pete saves his oWoD book from the (hypothetical) fire, the hosts delve into Ghouls, The Black Hand, Dark Ages, Victorian Age Mage, Digital Web 3.0, Werewolf: Changing Ways, Beckett's Jyhad Diary, Wraith 20 and Changeling 20 - and all in one episode!  

As always, you can send a message via midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com, or join our growing community
You can also hear the GenCon Onyx Path Panel presentation here.
Hosts: Pete & Adrian