Episode One Hundred And Sixty Three – Starfleet Bagels

Action-Packed Bagel Delivery – They’re the best bagels in the known universe, and your job is to deliver them. Anywhere. Any time. No matter the odds, the bagels will get through.

Pot-Luck RPG – You’re not the great big heroes, you’re having to do the heroic stuff anyway, and the goal really IS to play with your food.

The Bagel Is Everything – For some reason, bagels are locked out of starship replicators. All starship replicators. Nobody knows why, but your orders are to find out, no matter what it takes.

Secretive Bagels – The Starfleet Bagels chain provides delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere. It also provides intelligence data to Star Fleet.

Yes, But Can The Crew Eat This? – Going to new places, finding new things, and trying to work out whether they’re edible. And assuming that it’s edible for enough of the species in the Federation, getting that food supplied to ships in all the strange places Starfleet ships tend to go.

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Episode One Hundred And Sixty Two And A Half – The Audient Mailbag

Hero Roadies – Your job is to make the Hero look good & to not get noticed, which gets more difficult the more heroic their actions become

Just Make Me Look Good – Maybe the Hero’s power is fading, maybe their powers are drastically oversold, or maybe they were just lucky at the right time.
No matter what, they need you to keep them in the spotlight, to keep them relevant, and to keep them alive

Laser Plated Hero – What condiments do you want on your enormous high-tech sandwich?

Hearts & Minds On Mars – Trying to effect political change in a high-tech serfdom


Episode Eighty Seven – Canadian Mind Beams

Episode One Hundred And Sixty Two – Ruins Of The Ancients
Episode One Hundred And Sixty – Laser-Plated Hero

Sky High
Spider-Man: Far From Home

Speed Racer
Episode One Hundred And Forty Two – Power Drift

Masks
Apocalypse Engine

Dread
Star Crossed

Episode Six – Food Court Wars

Star Trek: Discovery

The Uplift War, by David Brin

Paranoia

Episode One Hundred And Sixty One – Cognitive Dissidents

Fate

The League Of Super Redundant Heroes comic John mentioned

Diaspora
This may not be available anymore – I couldn’t find a link which leads to a place to buy the thing ~ T. Jones

Blades in the Dark

Ayn Rand

Kubla KhanSamuel Taylor Coleridge
“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:”

…or maybe these lads?

Marooned In Realtime, by Vernor Vinge

Green Boots

The Expanse

Inside Out

Dashiell Hammett

The Emperor’s New Groove

Starfleet Battles

Episode One Hundred And Sixty Two – Ruins Of The Ancients

The Sphere of Various Dooms: Terrible things are locked away for a reason.
World-destroying remnants of technology are put where they can’t get out.
And now the only hope to save yourselves lies somewhere inside the one place that nobody wants to go.

OAP Apocalypse World – Retirees with limited funds, mobility, and current-day knowledge venture out into the modern world, in search of adventure, or just something better than the retirement home.

Little People, Giant World – Miniature humans exploring the world outside of their home discover the truths & the misunderstandings of their own past.

Combat Xenoarcheology – Looking for relics of previous civilizations, battling other xenoarchaeologists, and trying not to to let the things you find kill you or destroy the galaxy.

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Episode One Hundred And Sixty One – Cognitive Dissidents

A transhuman detective story in which agents are compelled to pursue a number of subversive impulses floating around the network, and behaving in suspiciously familiar ways.

When a young mind is being shaped by a repressive environment, elements within struggle to survive and maintain a precious sense of identity.

Your crack team has a hijacked the protagonist’s nervous system, on the precipice of victory or disaster. It’s just a shame you had plans other than racing to save the world.

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Episode One Hundred And Sixty – Laser-Plated Hero

Knives Out, With Food, In Space

“Plated” has a very different meaning in the Culinary world

For this game, we’ll be playing the “Punk” settings. Every one of them. All at the same time.

I have battled my super-powered nemesis on multiple occasions, and have defended this city for many years, but somehow I can’t shake the feeling that a month ago we both worked in a Starbucks.

Someone has etched the circuitry for superpowers into your skin, and you have no idea who or why. Or even what your powers are.

Will wrote a game based on Ben’s pitch, and kindly allowed us to share it;
I’m Sorry, We’re Out Of Stilton (ISWOOS)
( How did this happen? How did we achieve gaming relevance? It certainly wasn’t what I signed up for. ~ T. Jones )

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Episode One Hundred and Fifty Nine – Apartments Of Catan

Emerging from the shelters and expecting to find a world ravaged by centuries of disaster and destruction, the bunker-folk instead find themselves in the overgrown gardens of a apartment block megastructure; An impossibly tall vertical city, clearly damaged by whatever catastrophe people headed underground to avoid, but still standing, and with some work, still habitable.
And not entirely uninhabited.

Your role in society is both necessary & tightly proscribed.
What you do is vital, and part of a bigger system of interlocking roles, but the Gods are capricious, and success can be as much a matter of luck as of skill.
If everyone would just cooperate, things would be fine, but … That’s really not how people work.

Housing Project: The Managing
These innovative community dwellings will greatly improve the lives of the people who’ll live in them, and if the embedded AI systems can organise the right resources and deal with the problems encountered along the way, maybe they’ll get the chance.
Of course, with the number of things that’re going wrong, some of those embedded AIs are starting to wonder whether there’s something else at play here.

The new ( and only ) residents of an apartment block find themselves trapped by vanishing hallways & bewildered by the regular deliveries of lumber, paving stones, hay, and … sheep?
If they can combine their resources, maybe they can find a way out, or at least move the damn sheep into the inexplicable fields in the apartment next door.

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Into the Mother Lands – An Original Afrofuturist TTRPG Kickstarter

Journey into a brighter, blacker future with Into the Mother lands, a brand-new sci-fi odyssey role-playing game, developed by a fantastic team of POC RPG designers. 

Set on the adopted home planet of Musalia, where humans arrived over 1500 years ago, fans of Wakanda and Star Trek will find a comfortable fit in this universe. Players can play as a descendants of the alien culture that called Musalia home before humans arrived, or as one of the cultures that evolved from the blending of human and alien technology over the centuries. Gameplay focuses on cultures, skills and values, so your character’s abilities are built around what they’re good at and what they care about to ensure a fully invested outcome. 

Into the Mother lands offers amazing POC talent to bring you a tale of interstellar exploration and adventurers led astray many generations past.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter Campaign – Into The Mother Lands

Here’s a link to what I’d describe as the development site? Into The Mother Lands RPG

Former Big Red Coucher Kev put me on to this Kickstart, and it is hitting all of my “I want to go to Wakanda” buttons.
It is also hitting my “I would like there to be more diversity in my hobby” buttons, because I probably don’t need to take my shoes off to to be able to count the number of POC folks I’ve sat at a gaming table with.
~ Craig

“Delvers to Grow” Kickstart

We were contacted about a Kickstarter campaign, and, as so often happens, it fell with surgical precision into the gap between episodes, so there was no way to get it onto the show in time. So, in the interests of boosting the signal, here’s the pitch;


Delvers to Grow
(Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS)

Fast, modular character generation. Would-be heroes from 62 points and higher as player characters, henchmen, or supporting cast.

Zero-to-Hero with the Dungeon Fantasy RPG
Even the mightiest delver started somewhere. An apprentice, a squire or man-at-arms, a backup singer with The Backstreet Bards.

Delvers to Grow allows you to take the part of those starting characters, supporting starting play as low as 62 points. Delvers to Grow provides pre-built modules and packages enabling a player to create a capable, playable character in minutes.

Get gaming. Fast.
Fully compatible with the professional template system in the Dungeon Fantasy RPG Adventurers book, Delvers to Grow lets you start much earlier in the hero’s journey, letting both players and GMs ease into the full breadth of capability that the professional delvers of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG bring to the table.

Explore different challenges or use the modules to effortlessly assemble henchmen…or create a starting character to replace the dearly departed.


At the time of writing they’re maybe £1600 away from their goal, with 11 days to go.

Episode One Hundred And Fifty Eight – My Dear, We’re Out Of Stilton

Escape From Stilton:
In a Steampunk dystopia where both social & geographic movement are ruthlessly suppressed, a small group attempt to escape the manufacturing town of Stilton in their mechanical mole.
Maybe they’ll find freedom for themselves somewhere out there.
Or maybe they’ll find enough friends to have a chance to change things.

Downton Abbey By Way Of John Wick:
When the butler uttered the “Boss Is Dead” code-phrase, all hell broke loose among the formerly peacefully dining assassins, battling for supremacy and survival.
You’ve made it out of the dining room alive; Can you all work together for long enough to survive the rest of the house?

We’re Not In Stilton Anymore:
A group of Doctor Who fans find themselves in an unfamiliar landscape that shouldn’t exist at all, and most definitely shouldn’t exist between Stilton & Cardiff.

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Does Anyone Know How To Exorcise A Shared Hosting Server?

Asking for a friend.

Something went a little strange when Craig finished the show notes for tomorrow’s episode ( My Dear, We’re Out Of Stilton ), and some podcatchers started duplicating Big Red Couch posts.

Not all podcatchers, of course, and not all episodes, because of course it wouldn’t be that easy.
Interestingly, they’re not duplicated in the RSS feed, just in the result on some ‘catchers.

Craig is trying to figure it out.