BXP 05×08-Does System Matter?

Hello Bonus Babies! 

Rai’s back! Hooray! Rejoice! 

Today Rai and Monica sit down to discuss a favorite internet discourse topic: does system matter? Can you just enjoy any game, regardless of system? Do you even NEED to be a game designer? 

You’ll just have to listen to the whole thing if you want the answer. 

Also discussed in the extended cut: Rai’s patron-only strip journalism, Monica’s queer FLGS, the art of amigurumi and a lot more about Tumblr

Also here’s a link to the CHAOS RPG streamed game

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/07/11/bxp-05×08-does-system-matter/

BXP 05×07-DEEP DIVE: Streamlining Systems

Hello Bonus Babies, 

While Rai sorts out a few life things, D joins us again for another deep dive. Today, Monica and Danielle discuss streamlining game systems – whether you’re doing that on your own for fun or whether it’s a professional job. We talk about the meaning, goals, and methods of streamlining and give some examples of systems we’d fix and systems we wouldn’t. 

Also discussed: praxis songs, reflecting reality in games, and The Lesbian Who Controls Time. 

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/06/20/bxp-05×07-deep-dive-streamlining-systems/

BXP 05×06-The BXP Memorial Day Picnic

Happy Pride, Bonus Babies! 

We’ve really been going through it this year, so when we sat down to record our most recent episode we decided it would be fun and relaxing to just hang out instead. 

Here’s nearly an hour of Monica and Rai talking about… everything and nothing. 

Discussed: 

  • Queer New Year and Gay Parliament
  • the best way to see Multiverse of Madness
  • the problem with superhero movies
  • RPG industry news
  • Siri learning about Exalted
  • David learning about Exalted
  • Winamp skins
  • Napster
  • a crowded house and a music closet
  • crushing season 5 and having an employee
  • finding mental health resources
  • RSD, the Rage Castle, and being aware of your own mental health
  • favorite ice creams
  • the hesitant return to Tumblr

Even more nonsense in the extended cut 

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/06/01/bxp-05×06-the-bxp-memorial-day-picnic/

BXP 05×05-The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Bargain

Hello Bonus Babies,

Oh? It’s Tuesday already? Oh?? Shhhh, time is fake. 

In today’s episode, Monica and Rai sit down to discuss the concept of the hard bargain – a social refusal mechanic that can improve any game. We talk about what they are, how to use them, and how to implement them in your homebrew or professional design. 

Also discussed in the extended cut: Rai’s feelings on mothers, Monica’s money management, preparing for the apocalypse (with Christmas pickles), Discord for aging weebs, the persistent myth of the end of the world and the history of Leonard Bernstein. 

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/05/17/bxp-05×05-the-bigger-they-are-the-harder-they-bargain/

BXP 05×04-DEEP DIVE: Core Systems Loop

Hello Bonus Babies, 

Rai and Monica had a very chaotic two weeks and were unable to get a recording in. However, Margaret had this dusty tape under her desk and was kind enough to edit it for us. (We shudder to think about what else might be lurking under there… best not to consider it too long.)

D joins Monica for another Deep Dive! We discuss the concept of a “core system” loop, aka what central concepts make a game’s system tick. We go in-depth into the mechanics of a handful of our favorite games to demonstrate. 

Enjoy! 

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/05/02/bxp-05×04-deep-dive-core-systems-loop/

BXP 05×03-BXP Talks D&D 4e (feat. David Castro)

Hello Bonus Babies, 

Rai was ill during our usual recording time, so we brought in a friend to help! In today’s episode, Monica is joined by David Castro of Ink Stained Studios to talk D&D 4e: the good parts, the bad parts, its history, and its impact on current design. We’re very pro-4e, in case you’re wondering where we come down on the subject. If you’re looking for hate, this one ain’t it. 

Also discussed in the extended cut: Hot tips for using trash as play aids, the true origins of “video game” powers, opinions about high-math rules and the nature of Monica’s dice magic.

Extra links:  Bonus Experience 5: Games and the Art of Railroading. David’s Twitter, Website, DTRPG, and Patreon

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/04/18/bxp-05×03-bxp-talks-dd-4e-feat-david-castro/

BXP 05×02-Forever GM or Game Ambassador?

Hello Bonus Babies! 

Today Monica and Rai tackle the thorny subject of always being stuck in the GM seat. Is that a good thing? A bad one? Neither? We discuss the ups and downs of being the game facilitator and how to feel less anxious about stepping into the role yourself. 

Also discussed in the extended cut: anime about boys, Kevin the cockatiel, Tony’s Chocolonely, and a variety of recommended activities to do while high. 

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/04/04/bxp-05×02-forever-gm-or-game-ambassador/

BXP 05×01-A Lukewarm Defense of Perception Checks

Hello Bonus Babies! 

Welcome to the official first episode of season 5! 

Today we’re talking about Perception checks – that old chestnut. Are they bad? Are they good? Should we throw them away entirely? What’s even the point of having them? Monica and Rai break down their thoughts on the topic. 

Also discussed in the extended cut: Hershey’s funky taste, different breeds of Girl Scout cookie, Rai’s threshold for being perceived, and Monica’s stoned recommendations. 

Here’s a link to the trad games episode and also the bananas.

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/03/21/bxp-05×01-a-lukewarm-defense-of-perception-checks/

BXP 05×00 – IT’S SEASON FIVE, BABEYYY

WE’RE BACK, BONUS BABIES! 

Did you miss us? Don’t worry, we’re “on” again for the next six months. Drink it up while you can. Tell your friends. Tell your spouse. Tell your kids. Tell your parents. 

…on second thought maybe not those last two. 

This is a launch episode in which we share our plans for the season as well as shout out all our Patrons and let people know what’s going on with us. 

Stay tuned for episode 1! 

All our love,

Monica & Rai 

source http://misdirectedmark.com/2022/03/09/bxp-05×00-its-season-five-babeyyy/

BXP 04×12 – The Joys of Chargen

Hello Bonus Babies,

Character generation is not to be taken lightly–in fact, it can be one of the biggest draws of your game. We discuss why that is, how that is, and our favorite games to make funny little guys for. And for patrons, we talk about Sailor Moons, the twitter TTRPG main character of the week, HERPANGINA, and  the Inverse Property of McElroys in Margaret’s Extended Cut.

This is our LAST EPISODE of season 4! Monica and Rai will be stunting in the off-season until March 2022. Keep an eye on this space, and on our Twitter, and on our Discord, and ALSO DON’T FORGET TO subscribe to our Patreon for off-season events and bonus content!

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source http://misdirectedmark.com/2021/09/29/bxp-04×12-the-joys-of-chargen/