Carnagecast 16: Nik Palmer and Dominant Species

In episode 16 of Carnagecast, Interview with a Gamer features Nik Palmer, longtime GM and former Carnage board member — and since recording, winner of Iron GM 2012 at TotalCon — talking about the multi-table Call of Cthulhu event which he co-ran at Carnage in Wonderland, using props and aids to fire player imagination, awesomeness versus accessibility, self-publishing and more.

Chuck, Robert and Rod cut into Dominant Species for Autopsy of a Game. Rod likens it to a worker placement game that ebbs and flows as species dominance rises and falls. While enjoying the mechanics, Chuck points out that it’s over-long for such a game, often taking three or more hours. Robert dislikes the whole business, given how a random card can undo all one’s thought and effort. Continue reading

Carnagecast 6: James Carpio of Chapter 13 Press and Sekigahara

In episode 6 of Carnagecast, Interview with the Gamer catches up with James Carpio. When not running role-playing games, James also designs and publishes them, with such diverse titles as Death Race Z and Spookybeans.

Sekigahara comes under the knife in Autopsy of a Game. This episode’s subject is a war game covering the campaign that gave rise to the Tokugawa shogunate in 16th century Japan. Chuck rates it “delightful” while Sarah would agree to play it. Continue reading