Friday, March 17, 2017

Incantations Episode 14 - Collaborative Surreal Storytelling

We've got an interesting show for you today. We've only got one segment this time and we're talking to an actual human for it. We're talk to Mike Q. Hanlon who is teaching a class in which his students are using automatism to write a surreal play. Perhaps there's something us RPG players can learn from him.



Incantations Show Notes

Collaborative Surreal Storytelling

Sorry, no notable links this time people.

About Incantations

We can be contacted via email at incantationspodcast@gmail.com.

You can also get in touch with us on the Invisible Sun G+ community.

Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games.
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Friday, March 3, 2017

Incantations Episode 13 - The Grey Sun and The Allegory of the Cave

Walk the Path of Suns with us again as we stop in at the Grey Sun. We continue our discussion of shadows as we talk about Plato's Allegory of the Cave and Theory of Forms and how we can use that in our Invisible Sun games.



Incantations Show Notes

The Grey Sun

  • The Grey Sun -- (link)
  • Nightside of the Grey Sun and Shadows -- (link)
  • The Invisibles -- (link)

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and the Theory of Forms

Sorry, our boy Plato doesn't really have a Twitter account or a website.
  • The Republic -- (link)

About Incantations

We can be contacted via email at incantationspodcast@gmail.com.

You can also get in touch with us on the Invisible Sun G+ community.

Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Incantations Episode 12 - Goetics and Surreal Libraries

On this episode of Incantations we'll be talking about the Order of Goetics. We also talk about how to make libraries surreal in order to fit them into an Invisible Sun campaign.



Incantations Show Notes

The Order of Goetics

  • A New Goal, and the Order of Goetics -- (link)
  • Invisible Sun Q&A Part 5: Goetics -- (link)
  • Story Cubes -- (link)
  • Noisy Person Cards -- (link)
  • Non-player cards -- (link)

Surreal Libraries

  • Dethklock recording on water -- (link)

About Incantations

We can be contacted via email at incantationspodcast@gmail.com.

You can also get in touch with us on the Invisible Sun G+ community.

Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games.
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Incantations Episode 11 - The Indigo Sun and Design Diary 3

We are walking the Path of Suns again, this time we've moved on to the Indigo Sun. After that we get into the details of Monte Cook's third Invisible Sun design diary.



Incantations Show Notes

The Indigo Sun

  • The Indigo Sun -- (link)
  • Satyrine -- (link)

Invisible Sun Design Diary 3

  • Invisible Sun Design Diary 3: Visual and Tactile Design -- (link)

About Incantations

We can be contacted via email at incantationspodcast@gmail.com.

You can also get in touch with us on the Invisible Sun G+ community.

Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games.
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Numenera Audio Track

I wanted to give everyone a quick heads up about a new kickstarter from Wes Otis.  He has been nice enough to allow us to use clips of his music in our podcast.  Furthermore, I have used his clips in games I have run on roll20 in many sessions.  They are great background music for games.  In fact, they are designed for that purpose with a few functions that differentiate them from using movie soundtracks or other traditional approaches.


  1. Themed for specific RPG settings and circumstances -- you can quickly scan for a name that fits the setting or tone you are looking for.  Most cases, you will be right.
  2. Looping -- the tracks loop so that you can set one up and let it run for a long period of time (until you want to change).  You don't have to worry about creating a list long enough for your session
  3. Tonal consistency -- You can select a track and not worry about there being a massive change in tone or volume (as you might with a movie soundtrack when it switches to the chase scene - or whatever).  

NOTE:  This kickstarter is for Numenera-inspired tracks.  I suspect they will be sufficiently general to serve well in a fantasy or other setting RPG.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Incantations Episode 10 - Makers and the Sandman

We have another Order of the Invisible Church to discuss, the Makers. We also talk about the first collected volume of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, Preludes and Nocturnes.


Incantations Show Notes

The Order of Makers

  • Makers -- (link)
  • Invisible Sun Q&A Part 4: Makers -- (link)

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman

  • Preludes and Nocturnes -- (link)
  • Good Omens (the title Scott forgot) -- (link)
    • And now Good Omens is getting a TV miniseries adaptation -- (link)
  • American Gods [winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel] -- (link)
  • Scott meant to say "House of Secrets", not "House of Suspense" - as recompense, he recommends checking out the recent House of Secrets series by Seagle -- (link
  • An example of the (recolored) depiction of Hell in Sandman -- (link)
  • Sam Keith's The Maxx -- (link)

About Incantations

We can be contacted via email at incantationspodcast@gmail.com.

You can also get in touch with us on the Invisible Sun G+ community.

Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Incantations Episode 9 - Design Diary 2

Monte Cook published a second design diary, this time focusing on the experience points you can gain in Invisible Sun.



Show Notes


Segment One - Design Diary 2 (The Careful Gaze of the Grigori)
  • Design Diary 2: Acquiring Different Abilities with Different Experience Points -- link
  • Hamlet's Hit Points, by Robin D. Laws -- link
  • Review - Hamlet’s Hit Points -- link

We can be contacted via email at incantationspodcast@gmail.com.

You can also get in touch with us on the Invisible Sun G+ community.

Music in the episode was drawn from the song "Beyond" by Wes Otis and Plate Mail Games. It is available at DriveThruRPG.

Invisible Sun is the intellectual property of Monte Cook Games.
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