The Shrieker Podcast 010: Freeman Faust

Public defense attorney Freeman Faust joins us to talk about something we have all dealt with, whether we’ve thought about it or not: Social Contract. The agreements, whether explicit or implicit, define what behaviors are expected and acceptable in a group of any size. When these contracts are breached, when expectations do not line up, people tend to get upset. By talking together and clearly establishing a contract before playing, the group will hopefully be able endure for longer  and keep players happier. Episode #156 of the Misdirected Mark Podcast does a good job of breaking down a gaming social contract into the logistics of getting a group together and the campaign framework, which guides the story and playstyle of the game.

For your downloading pleasure, Freeman drafted an actual social contract, containing many of the topics that your tables social contract might include that you can force your players to sign. Remember, it’s not legally binding unless you have it stamped by a notary.

The Free RPG Society: Rewind: Temporal Tales is a pay-what-you-want RPG that handles time looping stories like Groundhogs Day. It’s written primarily for one player and one GM and works very well for that. It also has suggesting for using an oracle mechanic for solo play, though I didn’t find that very satisfying. Look for a full a review on the Geeks Rising blog.

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Podcastage Ep. 77: New Mexico & Nicole Arbour

Greetings everyone.

On todays episode of podcastage, we cover a lot of ground. First we talk about old relationships and ex girlfriends who have children now. Then we go into the always fun Let's Learn Our Country, where we cover the state of New Mexico, even though we already have listeners in NM. And as I promised, I have included the video that I discuss in the news portion, in this post.

At around 16 minutes I go on another diatribe regarding public shaming in regards to Nicole Arbour. I think what has happened in this situation is Nicole Arbour was attempting to gain traction as an actress by gaining a large social media following by creating controversial youtube videos. By gaining a higher online following, she can leverage this when looking for new roles. People who are overweight (myself included) have had enough. We were made fun of one too many times and we snapped, unleashing all our anger and frustration onto a single person. All that anger we have is not caused solely by Nicole Arbour. It has accumulated over the decades that we have been treated poorly and picked on.

I think that Nicole Arbour made an unfunny, insensitive video in attempts to gain traction in an entertainment system that is horrible and exploitative, and that the public shaming ensued because overweight people have had enough. Nicole Arbour was just the unlucky one to be the straw the broke the camels back. 

Enjoy the episode, and for the love of the few good things left in this world, treat each other kindly please.