Dice in Mind
Episode 57: The ARE the Droids You’re Looking For

Episode 57: The ARE the Droids You’re Looking For

July 4, 2022

This week, we dive into the question of how to play a robot/android/droid as a PC or GM one as an NPC. It is a topic we have been thinking about for more than a year and finally had the time between interviews to record. Whether it be in the roleplaying worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Dune, Android, Starfinder, Dungeons & Dragons, or Red Dwarf (anyone? anyone?), we explore what it means to not be human behind the dice.

And now for something completely different, in the GM corner this week:

Midnight: Legacy of Darkness

Welcome to Dice in Mind, a weekly podcast in which we explore the meaning of life through the lens of RPGs!  In each episode, we will consider everyday stuff like science, religion, philosophy, and economics…through the lens of a specific roleplaying game and its dice mechanic.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod courtesy of Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 license (https://www.youtube.com/c/kmmusic/featured).

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Episode 56: Karen Twelves

Episode 56: Karen Twelves

June 27, 2022

We are pleased to bring you this week our interview with author, editor, and improv-er (is that a word?) Karen Twelves. As you will hear, Karen has keen insight into the potential of improv to improve our game not only at the table, but also in the real world. She is also a dynamic and lovely individual. Enjoy the chat!

Please also out Karen's creative work:

Improv for Gamers (workshops)
Improv for Gamers (gamefound)
Improv for Gamers (2nd ed.)

Also mentioned:

Leadership from the Ready Room
Leadership for a New World

Karen Twelves has been teaching improv for over a decade for theater companies, corporate workshops, and through the GoogleArts program. She teaches her Improv for Gamers workshop series at conventions across the country, including Big Bad Con, Origins Game Fair, and GenCon. Karen is also an editor, and has worked on games such as Fiasco, Dialect, Blades in the Dark, and Thirsty Sword Lesbians. She loves playing one-shot games with epic wins and disastrous fails, and will tell you all about her Duelist character from a truly epic "Kingmaker" Pathfinder campaign.

Welcome to Dice in Mind, a weekly podcast in which we explore the meaning of life through the lens of RPGs!  In each episode, we will consider everyday stuff like science, religion, philosophy, and economics…through the lens of a specific roleplaying game and its dice mechanic.

If you like what you hear, consider buying us a cup of coffee or becoming a patron.  You can also join the conversation by following us on Facebook.

Music by Kevin MacLeod courtesy of Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 license (https://www.youtube.com/c/kmmusic/featured).

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Episode 55: Tim Pratt

Episode 55: Tim Pratt

June 20, 2022

This week we chat with the prolific writer Tim Pratt about his work in science-fiction and fantasy.  Along the way we discussion short stories, poetry, and of course roleplaying games.  If you love any of those things, or living in Berkeley, this episode is for you!

Please also out Tim's creative work:

Homepage
Short Stories on Patreon
Tim on Twitter

Tim Pratt is a Hugo Award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, Philip K. Dick, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others.  He is the author of more than thirty books, most recently multiverse adventures Doors of Sleep and Prison of Sleep.  His stories have appeared at Tor.com, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and other nice places. He's a senior editor and occasional book reviewer at Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field. Since 2013 he's published a new story every month on Patreon, and he tweets incessantly.  Tim lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and kid.

Welcome to Dice in Mind, a weekly podcast in which we explore the meaning of life through the lens of RPGs!  In each episode, we will consider everyday stuff like science, religion, philosophy, and economics…through the lens of a specific roleplaying game and its dice mechanic.

If you like what you hear, consider buying us a cup of coffee or becoming a patron.  You can also join the conversation by following us on Facebook.

Music by Kevin McCleod courtesy of Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 license (https://www.youtube.com/c/kmmusic/featured).

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Episode 54: Leadership Trek Update

Episode 54: Leadership Trek Update

June 13, 2022

And now for something completely different. This week Brad interviews Jason and his friend and collaborator Aaron as they share an update on their upcoming book, which explores leadership through the lens of the grand captains of Star Trek, and will be published by McFarland. Please join us as we dive deeply into how Trek can inform our own leadership. And if you are interested in the book, drop us a note. Aaron and Jason would love to talk with you.

In the meantime, you can check out these relevant links:

Leadership from the Ready Room
McFarland & Company Publishers

Aaron M. Peterson, Ed.D., is an active researcher and most recently was an assistant professor of educational leadership as well as higher education and student affairs leadership at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. His research explores conflict engagement best practices for higher educational leaders, students and also the private sector.

Jason A. Kaufman, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a professor of educational leadership and director of the institutional review board at Minnesota State University, Mankato and a licensed psychologist. His teaching uses a lean and lab-rich approach to promote scientific thinking. His research explores how nature-based and mind-body interventions can promote human functioning and academic success. He co-hosts the podcast Dice in Mind.

Welcome to Dice in Mind, a weekly podcast in which we explore the meaning of life through the lens of RPGs!  In each episode, we will consider everyday stuff like science, religion, philosophy, and economics…through the lens of a specific roleplaying game and its dice mechanic.

If you like what you hear, consider buying us a cup of coffee or becoming a patron.  You can also join the conversation by following us on Facebook.

Music by Kevin McCloud courtesy of Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 license (https://www.youtube.com/c/kmmusic/featured).

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Episode 53: Shamini Bundell

Episode 53: Shamini Bundell

June 6, 2022

This week we chat with Shamini Bundell, an individual who truly works (and plays) at the intersection of science and RPGs.  When not producing a short film, recording an actual play podcast, or writing for theatre, you can likely find Shamini seeking out accoutrement for her next cosplay.  Join us as we explore how these various activities can meaningfully inform one another!

Please also out Shamini's creative work:

Science and Dragons
DIY Film Club
Shamini on Twitter (you definitely want to follow her account)
RPGeeks

Shamini Bundell is an award-winning science video journalist. After several years working on television documentaries she now makes short films for a major scientific journal. In her spare time, Shamini writes plays and performs in tabletop roleplaying games, podcasts and streams - including co-founding RPGeeks. Her many other interests include cosplay, musicals, and community theatre.

Welcome to Dice in Mind, a weekly podcast in which we explore the meaning of life through the lens of RPGs!  In each episode, we will consider everyday stuff like science, religion, philosophy, and economics…through the lens of a specific roleplaying game and its dice mechanic.

If you like what you hear, consider buying us a cup of coffee or becoming a patron.  You can also join the conversation by following us on Facebook.

Music by Kevin McCloud courtesy of Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 license (https://www.youtube.com/c/kmmusic/featured).

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