9 – Roleplaying Imitating Film Imitating Roleplaying

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Mike and Chris discuss the difficulty in recreating popular storytelling tropes like main characters, mentors, and prophecies in roleplaying. They highlight TV shows with tropes that make them feel like tabletop campaigns, and swap stories about how resourceful and willful players can be.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton

Show Notes:

Firefly Roleplaying Game

The Hero’s Journey

Trope: Never Split the Party

Fiasco Role Playing Game

Primetime Adventures

Burning Empires (Burning Wheel)

Mouse Guard by David Petersen

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

Trope: Escort Mission

Burning Wheel

Trope: Woobie


Harry Dresden from Dresden Files

Mage: the Awakening (White Wolf)

Eberron D&D Setting

Cowboy Beebop

Firefly TV series, episodes Ariel and War Stories

Conan the Barbarian

Hocus Pocus

Supernatural TV series

Hunter, the Vigil (White Wolf)

Leverage TV series

Spycraft Roleplaying Game

Agents of Shield TV series

Shows that started poorly: Star Trek: The Next GenerationBabylon 5Stargate SG1

River Tam from Firefly

Dean Winchester from Supernatural

Sokka, Katara, Aang, and Toph from Avatar: The Last Airbender

D&D Exotic Weapon Proficiency

Cleric in D&D fifth edition

Trope: Genre-Savvy

Cabin in the Woods

Yo-Saf-Bridge from Firefly

Trope: Ghost Ship

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