In this episode of the Two Simple Psychs podcast, I am joined by the creator or Elthos and the Mythos Machine, VB Wyrde. We talk about the origin of Elthos RPG, how to build worlds with the Mythos Machine, custom skills, Proto-worlds, passion for cooking, the two camps of RPG’s, define OSR, and how to let mechanics support the genre of your RPG.
In the second half, in the Psychology of Gaming section, VB and I discuss the article ‘Come to think of it, fuck combat’ by Cannibal Smiley on RPG.net. We discuss the good GM fallacy, mode switching, the infancy and future of RPG’s, fairness in arbitration, and meaningful risk.
We finish this episode up with Fireball community questions, Manifest it spells, and VB and I close out on what psychology can do for gamers.
For anyone who wants to see the raw, unedited video, check it out here:
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02:15 Elthos and the One Die System
04:00 TSR is going to sell more rulebook
04:30 Elevator pitch for Elthos RPG/Mythos
07:00 Elthos for new players vs Veterans
08:45 How to build a Mythos world
11:30 Barriers to entry
21:30 Proto worlds
24:00 Passion for cooking?!
30:00 Teach me what my options are
31:00 Dreams as a way to safely explore
31:50 Flux status of bloat/free range
32:30 RPG as two camps
36:00 What is OSR?
39:30 Your way of playing is not ‘fun’ / OSR counter-revolutionaries
42:30 Your game mechanics should support your genre
48:00 F$%^ Combat
55:00 Good GM fallcy
100:00 Switching from GM combat mode vs GM storyteller mode
102:00 Why don’t we question D&D more? ‘We are in the infancy of role playing games. I think we will be in the infancy of role playing games for the next 50 to 100 years…’
106:00 Language of ruffled feathers
107:00 Without rules, PC’s can’t be killed. “Excitement comes from meaningful risks…’
108:00 Tactical war games makes gameplay fair, ‘YOU killed my character!’
111:00 Closing thoughts on combat, Fireball questions
116:00 Manifest it
117:30 VB flips the interview
121:00 ‘The players, through the course of their decision making, are really reflecting a great deal about their inner psychological landscape.’
122:00 Hawke Robinson and therapeutic RPG’s/RPG bus
123:00 Professional Game Masters Society, Tarot astrology
Musical tracks are provided via:
MK2-Far Away (Sting)