RPPR Episode 112: Campaigns I Shan’t Be Running

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Synopsis: Caleb and I discuss various campaigns we’ve thought about and have realized we will probably never run. Of course, Charles Stross came up with the idea first. From Night’s Black Agents (check out the Prezi for his campaign here) to dungeon crawling, there are quite a few games we won’t be playing in the future (most likely). Find out why and what we’ve learned about it. No letter from Tom, but we do have some shout outs and great anecdotes!

Shout Outs

  • Dead Sea: A nautical horror novel about an extra-dimensional Sargasso Sea.
  • Wolf and White Van: a literary novel about play by mail RPGs and a lot more.
  • Annihilation: What if Roadside Picnic was even weirder? Let’s find out!
  • Jazzpunk: A short but funny satiric video game. Also, Wedding Qake.
  • Hotline Miami 2: Crazy hard, but amazing soundtrack and intriguing story. We still like hurting other people.
  • Witch: A dark fantasy RPG Kickstarter – play a lich right out of the gate!
  • Necropolis: An upcoming roguelike video game from Hare Brained Schemes.
  • The Pyramid: Decent horror film about a pyramid. Also, death traps.
  • Guy In Your MFA: You know, THAT guy.

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  54 comments for “RPPR Episode 112: Campaigns I Shan’t Be Running

  1. Caleb
    May 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    @hansbrackhaus

    I gave the author the benefit of the doubt with that sentence, though I’m not crazy about how the construction invites the perfectly valid interpretation that the work comes from a place of historical ignorance. I’m assuming the paper meant to imply the Native Americans are unique in that they have experienced the intentional destruction of culture AND have survived into a historical age with the technology and politics willing to record their struggles, without succumbing entirely to cultural assimilation or extinction.

    In that light, I think the sentence is a pretty accurate observation, especially within the continental US, which has certainly and gleefully destroyed many more cultures than those listed in the paper. I doubt that author has forgotten about the Hittites or Philistines, but there aren’t a lot of those guys left around to interview.

    My biggest beef with the paper comes from the perpetuation of the “evil white destroyer” myth. Don’t get me wrong: there were a lot of evil white people, and they destroyed the hell out of everything, but a great many Native cultures were strong enough to withstand the storm…or would have been if not afflicted with diseases that killed 9/10 of the population. The “apocolypse” of PASS started like movie apocalypses do: there was a biblical plague, and THEN the asshole raiders came.

  2. hansbrackhaus
    May 13, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    There are lots of modern groups that have experienced the intentional destruction of culture and have survived into a historical age with the technology and politics willing to record their struggles. Russian and Soviet governments went after a lot of neighboring cultures in the 19th and 20th centuries. Different groups have been trying to destroy the Yazidi culture at least since the Ottomans, and people are still at it today. Chinese states have waged war on cultures as well as governments from the present back to who knows when. Europeans in Africa and Southeast Asia sometimes respected cultures or just ignored them and focused on profits, but they also tried to destroy cultural practices and beliefs all the time. Both Christian and Muslim proselytizers have tried to eradicate other religions countless times.

    I brought up Biblical groups because it seemed like those would be the ones a religious scholar would have the least excuse for ignorance of.

  3. January 31, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Can I steal some of these ideas?

  4. Hostile V
    July 9, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Welp, Caleb did in fact end up running that game about helping a collapsed post-apocalyptic society survive. Congrats on how good Nagalisitu turned out!

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