Rolling for Change returns with the next episode of our Cricket Falls play-through. This episode was originally close to 3 hours long with debriefing, so we broke it into 2 sessions. Thank you for listening.
Rolling For Change
It has been some time since we have presented you guys with something new. We were on a brief hiatus so that yours truly (Woody) could start a new job and 2 more just to be safe. However, we will start getting those episodes out again as quickly as we can.
Today, we return to Cricket Falls for the second episode of our Shrinks on Bikes podcast. Perhaps later in time, this podcast will have its own feed, but for now, RFC is the best outlet for this stuff and if you do not want to listen to a play through, I promise we will have new RFC episodes in the next few weeks.
Best wishes to you all.
In this episode, Josue and I meet with Adi Singal, a good friend, and now the producer of his own Hebrew board game review channel. In English its called Victory Point. Adi talks about what brought him to making his Youtube Channel, his love for linguistics, and of course games. Here is a link to see Adi’s channel for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbawdIniF0E
As we started our social distancing and lockdown experience, Tim Grant, Brennan Jordan, Brian Quinones, and myself (Woody Harris) started a game of Kids on Bikes both as a way of helping me get used to Gming, and as a way of passing our indoor time. We had the notion that this story would play out as a podcast. This is the first episode of that strange adventure. We are going on 16 weeks of this story now. It has been an immense learning curve for me as GM, but mostly it has just been an incredible joy to participate in story collaboration with these guys. Although this may eventually find a different home than Rolling For Change, I wanted anyone who is interested to get a listen to this crazy story. As a new GM, I think what is amazing is how the improvisation and worldbuilding played out. There are certainly some logical inconsistencies, and we may mess names up here and there, but as a tool for understanding the potentials in an RPG, I think it was a rather amazing event. I don’t think I would have made it through our social isolation with much sanity left were it not for spending time with these guys. I hope you all enjoy it and I look forward to feedback and input.
That title is a very simplistic picture of the discussion Brian, Josué, and Woody had with Sarah Lynne Bowman. In this interview with Sarah, we discussed how role-playing can have transformational potential. We discussed creating games and environments with intentionality and the benefits of using a game as a container for vulnerability and personal growth. Bringing her vast experience of role-playing, her background in psychology, and her understanding of the games we play, Sarah shows us a depth hidden in the games we play that we are rarely aware of. It was truly an honor to be able to have this discussion, and it will likely send ripples into the future of RFC and my own trajectory through gaming. It will do that for you as well.
However, what is offered here is just the tip of a very deep iceberg. Be sure and visit sarahlynnebowman.com for more details about Sarah’s work.
Role playing has been a pretty common area of discussion for Rolling for Change in recent times. The fact is role playing is one of the most open ended mechanics in gaming, allowing for exploration of self, group dynamics and processing of conflict. It really is one of the most malleable tools we have in terms of formalized play. Our guest in this episode, Rabbi Menachem Cohen discusses how we can further extend that malleability to spiritual development. You can find out more about his work at http://whatmakesyoucomealive.net/ But before you go there, go ahead and listen to our discussion. Menachem offers some really amazing insights with regard to personal growth and spiritual progress through gaming.