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Sode #37) Problem Solving 1: Bad Communication (Don’t Kick People Out Pt 2)

March 30, 2009 By: Meg Category: Diplomacy, Season 2, Sodes 2 Comments →

Warm-Up:

Each time we record, we watch a video or find a picture to get us in the mood for the episode. It doesn’t always have anything to do with the episode, but frames our minds, so we’re going to share so you can be appropriately framed as well.

  • Aww!  This dog wants to catch the squirrel of his dreams so badly!
  • Do you remember the Watchmen Saturday Morning Cartoon?
  • We retold our Writer’s Retreat in Las Vegas stories.  Funnier than any link we could follow.

News!:

Meg played:

We ask for feedback

Problem Solving #1) The list of Don’ts

1 – Criticize someone while talking to them

“if you weren’t so lazy or stupid we wouldn’t have these problems.”

criticizing, blame, judgments, put downs, diagnoses

2 – Deny responsibility

Putting responsibility on some thing else (a person thing or institution)

“Daddy and I are splitting up because you cry”

take responsibility for your own actions

3 – Use words that imply evaluation not observation

“I feel raped”

I statements are shit

attacked, blamed, criticized, insulted, isolated

4 – Fail at active listening

No autobiographical statements – don’t “one up” them

“You think you have it bad…”

No inquisitive questions – don’t interrogate them

”really? How far up the ass?”

5 – Try to solve their problems

“What you need to do is grow a beard”

this is “problem solving” not “actually solving problems”

(more…)

Sode #28: Overdone Payouts (System 05)

November 30, 2008 By: Meg Category: Season 2, Sodes, Strategy Comments Off on Sode #28: Overdone Payouts (System 05)

News:

JiffyCon Lowell/ V3 is almost here! Sign up today! Or visit the event on its Facebook Page!

Warm-Up:

Each time we record, we watch a video or find a picture to get us in the mood for the episode. It doesn’t always have anything to do with the episode, but frames our minds, so we’re going to share so you can be appropriately framed as well.

Icebreaker:

Things we used to like that we overdid

Douchebag of the Week:

The Deflater

Overdone Payouts:

Part of our Jargon Series. Part 2 of 2.

What happens when someone gets their payouts at the expense of others at the table?

GNS Theory: Gamist, Narrativist and Simulationist.

  1. Munchkins
  2. Powergamers
  3. Rigamarole Players
  4. Simulation Turds
  5. Stuck in a Fantasy World

Miscellaney

The upcoming Brilliant Gameologists’ game now includes:

  • Captain Kangaroo
  • The Moose
  • Lee Marvin
  • Fred Rogers
  • Daniel the Cat
  • Lady Elane Fairchild

Chicken wing on swords is a joke from You Look Nice Today‘s Aunt Nancy episode. Hilarious.

Some additional info:

1) The answer to last episode’s trivia question is contained! Think you know the answer to this week’s? Post on the thread about this episode here.

Reminders-

Discuss this episode on our Message Boards in THIS thread!

Warning: This episode is tagged Explicit. It is intended for adult audiences.

December 6: JiffyCon Lowell/ One Shot Game Day!

November 29, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 1 Comment →

December 6th: JiffyCon/ V3: One Shot Game Day Trolley

JiffyCon Lowell, combined with Veni, Vidi, Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed) is a chance to come and play a new game with other cool folks- including of course, us! The JiffyCon side will feature one shots of indie games- some published, some not, and the Game Day side will feature some more popular traditional games that you haven’t had a chance to try. There will also be a Board Game Corner so you can be introduced to new and exciting board games you’ve never even heard of!

Where: Middlesex Community College- Lowell Campus

When: December 6, 2008

  • 9:00-10:00 Registration and Game Sign up (when they are full, they’re full!)
  • 10:00-1:00 Game Session #1
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00-5:00 Game Session #2
  • 5:00-6:00 Prizes, recap, hang out, plan for the after party!
  • 6:00-? Hang out with the Gameologists!

Specials!

  • Lunch is included
  • Everyone will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes provided by Myriad Games in Salem, NH.
  • Free copies of a special, new, quarterly newsletter will be given to all attendees!

RPG Games Scheduled so far:

Other Tabletop Games in the Board Game Corner (run by BG Meg):

  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Stone Age
  • Pillars of the Earth
  • Thurns and Taxis
  • Vegas Showdown
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Card Games include: Bohnanza, Citadels, Guillotine, Gloom, and Bang
  • Classics include: Carcassone, Risk, Settlers of Catan
  • Too many more to list!

GM’s Still Sought! Games we’d like to see run include:

  • Burning Wheel (one of the published adventures)
  • Shock
  • Dread
  • Savage Worlds

GM’s get in 1/2 price! Let us know your ideas!

To Register:

  • $10 if you register in advance (Thursday Dec. 4th or before) or $15 at the door. There is no limit to how many people we can host!
  • RSPV “Yes!” on the Event’s Facebook Page or
  • Email Meg at Meg (at) brilliantgameologists.com

Children’s Track

  • If there are 3 or more children (3-11) attending (with their parent or guardian!) we will have a children’s track led by a first aid/ CPR certified teacher. Must know by Wed December 3rd!
  • Cost: Children pay normal admission which will cover the cost of the child care provider.

Any questions?

Email Meg at meg (at) brilliantgameologists.com or post on our forums HERE

Meet the Gameologists!

November 16, 2008 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Meet the Gameologists!

The Brilliant Gameologists will be at two upcoming con events- come and hang out!

November 22nd: New England Fan Experience

Brilliant Gameologists are presenting two panels at NEFE and will be hanging from the Friday night through Saturday night at the con hotel. If you are going, make sure you stop by and say hi!

Where: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, MA

When: November 21-23, 2008

Panels:

10:00 A.M. WILLIAM DAWES B: A Salon on Gameology

8:00 P.M. THOMAS PAYNE A: 7 Words You Can’t Say While Gaming

Check out the full schedule!

December 6th: JiffyCon/ V3: One Shot Game Day

JiffyCon Lowell was rescheduled for December 6 and is now combined with Veni, Vidi, Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed) led by the PodgeCast. A chance to come and play a new game with other cool folks- including of course, us! The JiffyCon side will feature one shots of indie games- some published, some not, and the Game Day side will feature some more popular traditional games that you haven’t had a chance to try- perhaps some Burning Wheel or 4th Edition D&D for example. There will also be a Board Game Corner so you can be introduced to new and exciting board games you’ve never even heard of! This event is proudly supported by Myriad Games in Salem, NH.

Where: Middlesex Community College- Lowell Campus

When: December 6, 9:00 am to Question Mark!


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