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if you asked Ben's brain about gaming, this is what it would say

LUG Con Microscope Interview

Great interview with Tre’ and Pete for LUG Con (“Let Us Game”), an online gaming convention. We pre-recorded it back in August, but it just went online.

We were supposed to talk for 30 minutes but we got on a roll and time slipped by and then the sun came up.

Tre’ also hosted a Cthulu-themed horror Microscope game that just got posted.

“You’d know because your flesh would start to melt from your bones!”

Seriously, that’s how they explained D&D to me. Listen to the interview, it’ll make sense.

Ben Robbins Interview with Bad Wrong Fun

This interview brought to you courtesy of Alex Guzman, mastermind of Bad Wrong Fun. They’re running an insane campaign combining Microscope and West Marches. I warned them there were Things Man Was Not Meant To Know but they’re doing it anyway. Brave, brave souls.

It’s only 15 minutes long but we cover a lot of ground: a beginner’s guide to spotting Gelatinous Cubes, Monopoly, bringing in new gamers and the social impact of GMless games, hidden motives of game design, memories of Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp, and (of course) Microscope.

Talking ’bout Story Games

Jay Loomis put together a great video interviewing folks from the Seattle-Olympia story games family, including yours truly, flanked by ducks.

“Play more! Less talk, more play! More play!”

“It was a gaming pyramid scheme.”

When the fine folks at RPG Geek asked me to do an interview, they may not have expected to hear the terrifying tale of how I first got started playing D&D. We’re talking a boxed set that came with cardboard chits instead of dice. Seriously, chits. When you made an attack you had to pull one out of a tea cup to see if you hit.

RPG Industry Professional Interview: Ben Robbins

See? Terrifying. And no, I never did game with the Gelatinous Cube guys.

“There’s a much better randomizer that we use: human beings”

Want to listen to me rant for forty minutes about D&D camp, playtesting M&M, GMing or not GMing, Microscope, and how actually playing games trumps just sitting around talking about them? Then this is your lucky day!

Ben Robbins Interview (BAMF Podcast)

Really fun interview. Thanks to Mike Lafferty for having me on. Yeah, I get pretty fired up once I get going. What can I say: gaming is exciting stuff!