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The Jank Cast

A round table discussion podcast about gaming of all kinds.

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Actual Play: Lady Blackbird Part I

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Timo, Tom Two ways to get your fix of the awesome game Lady Blackbird from the Jank Cast! First, you can go here to read the play by post game Todd is playing in right … Continue reading →

2hr 28mins

16 Jan 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 206: Play By Post

Hosts: Adam, Jenn, Todd After a short break due to lost of traveling for the hosts, we’re back! In this episode, we sit down with our friend Adam to discuss the ins and outs of play-by-post role playing. Sh’notes: What’d … Continue reading →

56mins

10 Nov 2015

Rank #2

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Actual Play: Dream Askew, Part I

Players: Dana, Dylan, Joe, Megan, Todd Hey all. We’ve been a LEEEETLE slow on the new regular episodes lately due to Gencon/work/life/traveling but we’ve got some stuff in the pipeline, I promise. In the meantime, enjoy an AP of Avery … Continue reading →

2hr 4mins

13 Sep 2014

Rank #3

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Actual Play: Bluebeard’s Bride Part Two

Players: Ben, Joe, Megan, Sarah The thrilling conclusion of Bluebeard’s Bride! Please see the content warning at the beginning of the episode. Shit gets gnarly.

1hr 54mins

15 Mar 2016

Rank #4

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Actual Play: Bluebeard’s Bride Part I

Players: Ben, Joe, Megan, Sarah This is an actual play of Whitney Beltràn, Marissa Kelly, & Sarah Richardson’s Bluebeard’s Bride, run by Sarah herself. Joe and Megan sit down to play her game with her along with our friend Ben. … Continue reading →

1hr 30mins

26 Feb 2016

Rank #5

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Episode 217: Mechanical Dissonance

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd We talk about when mechanics don’t sit quite right with you, which we call “mechanical dissonance.” Enjoy! Sh’notes: 5:50- What’d we play. 15:35- Topic

1hr 3mins

6 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Actual Play: Monsterhearts Session 4-2

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Todd This is it! The thrilling and gory finale of our Monsterhearts game! Woo! As Alice rages, Raphael schemes, and Longman passive-aggressively mopes, the question must be asked: WHO WILL SURVIVE AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT … Continue reading →

2hr 12mins

15 May 2014

Rank #7

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Episode 230: Gencon 2017 Discussion

Hosts: Jason, Jenn, Todd We have on guy-you’ve-probably-never-heard-of-just-kidding-you-love-his-work Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games to talk with Jenn and Todd about Gencon 2017. We discuss a number of games including Limbo, Let’s be Dinosaurs, Poutine, Circles of Power, and more. … Continue reading →

1hr

28 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 208: Information in Game

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd Prodigal Jank son TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMO returns to us to talk about information in game. How much information do the players have? How much can they get? How does that shape the game? No sh’notes because … Continue reading →

1hr 5mins

23 Dec 2015

Rank #9

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Episode 231: All Girl Punk Podcast

Hosts: Alex, Banana, Jenn Jenn welcomes Banana Chan and Alex Roberts to talk about what they’ve been playing and making lately, including their trips to Big Bad Con and Metatopia. Also, everyone is sick, so Todd had the joy of … Continue reading →

52mins

29 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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Actual Play: Lady Blackbird, Part II

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Joe, Megan, Timo, Tom The second installment of My Life With Blackbird… I mean, Lady Blackbird. Minor content warning: there is a scene where it somewhat implied there was a sexual assault, although it (a) happens off … Continue reading →

2hr 28mins

20 Feb 2015

Rank #11

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Episode 201: Forge Midwest Recap

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan Our pretty much yearly recap of all the new hotness at Forge Midwest. There’s a lot of talk about larping, and a fair amount of cat meowing.

1hr 3mins

26 May 2015

Rank #12

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Actual Play: Hell 4 Leather, Part I

Players: Dr. Boyfriend, Megan, Rob, Timo Part I of an AP of a game we at the Jank Cast all love, HELL 4 LEATHER! Usually, in H4L, you play a group of bikers. For this game, the gang decided to … Continue reading →

1hr 16mins

29 Jul 2014

Rank #13

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Episode 210: Characterization

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Todd In this episode, we discuss how characters are built in games, from the mechanics, to emergent stuff that happens in the game, to the backstory you bring to your character. Sh’notes! 2:30- What have we played. … Continue reading →

1hr 5mins

29 Jan 2016

Rank #14

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Actual Play: Murderous Ghosts

Players: Scott, Timo Part two of our twosie series is Murderous Ghosts by Vincent Baker: http://theunstore.com/index.php/unstore/game/128

36mins

19 Apr 2016

Rank #15

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Episode 197.5- Time Cellist!

Hosts: Megan and Todd In this shorter than usual episode, Megan and Todd take a little bit of time to talk about Time Cellist and plug their ongoing Kickstarter for the game, commenting a little bit on what they were … Continue reading →

37mins

11 Feb 2015

Rank #16

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Episode 192: Challenge Accepted!

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd In this episode, we discuss whether or not a game has to be challenging, which becomes a meta-discussion of what challenge even is. Also… you’ll be hearing a whole lot more from Jenn and Joe … Continue reading →

1hr 13mins

5 Nov 2014

Rank #17

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Episode 215: Forge Recap

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Todd We recap our trip to Forge Midwest, which is always fun. Games mentioned: Paradox Time Cellist The Sword, The Crown, and the Unspeakable Power The Warren Sparkle, Baby Urban Shadows Microscope Bacchanal Marrying Mr. Darcy … Continue reading →

1hr 13mins

11 Apr 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 186: Format/Setting/Mechanics (Headspace?)

Hosts: Dana, Megan, Scott, Timo, Todd On this episode, we recreate the episode we lost a few weeks ago, but even BETTER because we got Dana from I Podcast Magic Missile! The topic is how format, setting, and theme (and … Continue reading →

1hr 35mins

9 Jun 2014

Rank #19

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Episode 199: Con Wrap Up!

Hosts: David, James, Jason, Megan, Patrick, Todd Megan and Todd recently went to Gamicon and Gottacon respectively, and we brought some folks on to talk about what we’ve been doing at those cons. Enjoy!

40mins

10 Apr 2015

Rank #20