Jul 7, 2017

Episode 32 - Made Men: World of Darkness Mafia [Reader’s Companion]

Mafia.jpgBK and Pete don their pinstripe suits and go to the mattresses to review World of Darkness: Mafia.  These Good Fellas discuss the themes of a good Mafia game, draw similarities between organised crime and the Masquerade, and consider whether the supernatural has any place in a setting like this.

In between chronicle ideas, you'll find a list of great movies, documentaries, and books as inspiration for Mafia-inspired stories, and some suggested old World of Darkness books to accompany this title.

Congratulations to Diesel_Van84 who won the first Midnight Express Story Seed Competition and recieves a voucher for Drivethrurpg.

You can add any information to the V5 forum thread here.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues or Stewart Wieck as we pause to pay our own respects.  Stewart's work inspired many a good tale and fired the imagination - his legacy of purple books will not easily fade.

The show notes links are (as promised) ready to rival the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings, so here we go:

Podcasts

Check our Affiliates, Blogs, and other Podcasts page. 

Gaming Books (please use the affiliate links to support the show)

Ascension's Right Hand, The Risen, Killing Streets, Project Twilight, Unknown Armies, Trail of Cthulhu, W20 Cookbook.

Movies & Documentaries

The Godfather, Good Fellas, The Sopranos, Gangs of New York, The Untouchables, The Departed, Casino, Cocaine Cowboys (by Billy Corben).

Other books

The Power of the Dog, The Cartel, Chasing the Scream, Donnie Brasco

See you in thirty!

Hosts: BK & Pete

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 11, 2017

Episode 31 - Arcadia: the Eternal Rage

tarot-2114403_1920.jpgNo, it's not the latest Onyx Path Kickstarter, but rather an in-depth discussion about White Wolf's three card games by BK and Beckett.  

The show opens with some discussion about The Silver Crown, The Song of Unmaking, and Changeling 20th Anniversary Edition (use the embedded links if you want to buy these; every purchase helps the show).  BK sheds some light on a fantastic new podcast 'Walking Away From Arcadia'.

Beckett interrogates BK about the nature of each card game, the links to the RPG lines, and some tips for those wanting to explore the games further.

You can find the accompanying strategy guides for each game at Drivethrurpg (Vampire: the Eternal Struggle, and Rage).  Join us next month for another White Wolf Magazine episode, with more Mage goodness in the works (and a special guest planned).

Hosts: BK and Beckett. 

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Apr 16, 2017

Episode 30 - Dial ‘M’ for Metaplot

full-moon-2097326_1920.jpgAs 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.

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Feb 16, 2017

Episode 29 - It’s all in the reflexes, or Palace of the Jade Demon [Shard of Darkness]

china-1031557_1920.jpgIn the latest Shard, Darling_Rose and BK find Big Trouble in the shape of the the Jade Demon (aka Lo Pan) from The Book of Chantries.  They discuss the history of the Jade Dragon, and how to use this Nephandi and his minions for Mage (with some ideas for Kindred of the East, Vampire, and Werewolf for good measure).  

The recommended books for this Shard are The Book of Chantries, The Book of Madness, The Thousand Hells, and The Book of Crafts.  Remember that any titles purchased through our affiliate links help out the show.

The message boards mentioned by Darling_Rose can be found here and here.  You'll also find the links over at the Forum post for this episode.

As usual, drop by the Forum, the Facebook page, or send us an email via midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com.  Listener feedback is always appreciated, and we do acknowledge it on the air.

Next time, Pete and I suit up as wartime Consigliere to review a World of Darkness title and announce the first of our ongoing competitions - oWoD source books could be yours!

Hosts: BK and Darling_Rose.

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Jan 26, 2017

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

man-1519665_1920.jpgBK 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 

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