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Tabletop Garden is an actual-play podcast where we collaborate on short, self-contained stories about interesting characters, and we do it with an agenda. Throughout each campaign we discuss values, techniques, and how to play with intention.

Latest Episodes

MECHANICAL ORYX- To the Dome

In the solarpunk post-apocalypse, someone is raiding the food stores of the Dome. In response, the humans have armed themselves and diverted a river. The situation draws the attention of Tragos, Trial, Overrun, and Tancho, four mechanical guardians who travel to the Dome to find out who is threatening the peace of the region. In our pilot campaign,Brendan,Lucy,Melissa, andZoëjoin Gregory for a short game ofMECHANICAL ORYXbyGrant Howitt. We also discuss the core agenda principles ofTabletop Garden. In this episode, we talk about honestly playing diverse characters. This is the first of three episodes in this campaign. 先週引いた風邪ですが、大分回復しました。頭痛は収まり、後は鼻喉の咳が残っている感じです。皆様もお体ご自愛ください~( ´ ▽ ` )ノ pic.twitter.com/jE4Vf5KHOj— 帝国少年~( ´ ▽ ` )ノ (@tksn4tt) July 1, 2018 The “solarpunk” image linked during the episode has no properly-licensed source online, but the first image in this tweet has a similar mood and is by the same arti...

69 MIN2018 DEC 13
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MECHANICAL ORYX- To the Dome

MECHANICAL ORYX - Waiting for Nightfall

Overrun has addressed some of the Dome’s food needs, while Tragos has discovered that the people have become distressingly willing to commit violence in defense of their town. Trial sits in wait for whoever is attacking the food stores and Tancho has learned that its marshes are disrupted due to the town’s new moats. In our pilot campaign,Brendan,Lucy,Melissa, andZoëjoin Gregory for a short game ofMECHANICAL ORYXbyGrant Howitt. We also discuss the core agenda principles ofTabletop Garden. In this episode, we talk about pursuing healthy play practices, which leads to a discussion of some problematic tropes used by Mechanical Oryx. This is the second of three episodes in this campaign. Our theme song for this campaign is “Amphibian Circuits” fromthe eponymous albumbyDirtwire, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You canbuy the album on Bandcamp.

55 MIN2018 DEC 19
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MECHANICAL ORYX - Waiting for Nightfall

MECHANICAL ORYX - Into the Dark

As tensions between the Dome and nearby villages escalate, a strange mechanical beast has appeared and begun destroying food stores. Tragos has lost trust among some humans, Overrun has caused an outbreak of fruit, Tancho has acquired help with its marsh, and Trial is ready to pass judgment on the one responsible for the crisis. In our pilot campaign,Brendan,Lucy,Melissa, andZoëjoin Gregory for a short game ofMECHANICAL ORYXbyGrant Howitt. We also discuss the core agenda principles ofTabletop Garden. In this episode, we talk about crafting story with social responsibility, which leads to a discussion of colonialism in Mechanical Oryx. This is the last of three episodes in this campaign. Our theme song for this campaign is “Amphibian Circuits” fromthe eponymous albumbyDirtwire, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You canbuy the album on Bandcamp.

47 MIN2018 DEC 26
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MECHANICAL ORYX - Into the Dark

Ego Driver Teaser

In the year 2050, the thirteen white ships of the Subaltern Constellation arrived in Earth orbit. In response, Earth’s governments launched their entire nuclear arsenal. The Constellation was destroyed and the atmosphere was poisoned. Twelve Terror Engines fell to Earth and are now the only power sources capable of supporting civilization.In 2113, the Earth is a wasteland. The only people who live away from the Terror Engines are mutants, bandits, and the Ego Drivers who battle the inevitable. When the world is your enemy, the only thing you can fight for is yourself. Our next campaign is Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic car action game using the BESM 3 rule system. We’ll have some returning cast and some new faces. Expect it early this year. The theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland” by Phantom Elite, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

1 MINJAN 2
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Ego Driver Teaser

Ego Driver - Beat It

ECW: Strong language, violence. A ragtag band of Ego Drivers does battle in the open roads of the wasteland against a contingent of the Jacko Gang. Jones smokes out a car. Vake tells someone to be quiet. Karloff provides tow truck service. Comet plays the siren. In the first episode of our new campaign, Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for Ego Driver, an original story of postapocalyptic, postcolonial, vehicular combat using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss one of our principles for this campaign: “Save yourself. The world is your enemy. Be ruthless. Even your allies are expendable if it means fighting for another sunrise.” What responsibilities do we have when playing amoral characters or exploring questionable situations? This is the first episode in a short campaign projected to last 7-10 episodes. Zoë’s rendition of her Ego Driver character, Comet “Baby Teeth” Sharps Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,av...

61 MINJAN 23
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Ego Driver - Beat It

A Dry Spell

A brief note that we’re skipping a week due to scheduling and technical issues. See you next week! In the meantime, check out Gregory’s essay “Actual Play Podcasts Do Not Portray Actual Play, Actually” over on their personal blog.

59 sJAN 31
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A Dry Spell

Niederdorf

CW: Strong language, violence. How will our Ego Drivers survive the final assault of Beat It? How can they tolerate the oasis of Niederdorf after their battle in the wasteland? And who’s their next target? Jones goes underground. Vake refuses an invitation to a gathering. Karloff makes small talk. Comet resupplies. Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the second episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss the rules system and the tradeoffs of systems that require guidance and high fluency with their specific ruleset. Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

60 MINFEB 6
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Niederdorf

Ruining the Barbecue

CW: Strong language, violence. Our Ego Drivers are ready to assault Smooth Criminal’s band of raiders. Can they get the drop on him? What sort of car is that he’s driving? And is his partner even more dangerous than he is? Jones engages Operation: Land Shark. Karloff checks footwear. Comet goes beyond reverse. Vake seeks inner peace. Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the third episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss our second agenda item for the campaign, “Make it look good.” Is there a conflict between strategy and drama? Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

53 MINFEB 14
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Ruining the Barbecue

A Brief Break

One of our players had a sudden family issue, so we’re skipping this week. We’ll see you all next Wednesday!

26 sFEB 21
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A Brief Break

Smooth Criminal

CW: Strong language, violence. Our Ego Drivers were sent to take out Smooth Criminal, but it looks like his partner might be more trouble than he is! Can Vake survive an encounter with her rifle? How good is Jones’s throwing arm? Has Karloff started offering tours of the countryside? And will Comet manage to keep her feet on the ground? Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the fourth episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss disability in postapocalyptic fiction. Why is it so prevalent and how do you present it well? Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

63 MINFEB 28
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Smooth Criminal

Latest Episodes

MECHANICAL ORYX- To the Dome

In the solarpunk post-apocalypse, someone is raiding the food stores of the Dome. In response, the humans have armed themselves and diverted a river. The situation draws the attention of Tragos, Trial, Overrun, and Tancho, four mechanical guardians who travel to the Dome to find out who is threatening the peace of the region. In our pilot campaign,Brendan,Lucy,Melissa, andZoëjoin Gregory for a short game ofMECHANICAL ORYXbyGrant Howitt. We also discuss the core agenda principles ofTabletop Garden. In this episode, we talk about honestly playing diverse characters. This is the first of three episodes in this campaign. 先週引いた風邪ですが、大分回復しました。頭痛は収まり、後は鼻喉の咳が残っている感じです。皆様もお体ご自愛ください~( ´ ▽ ` )ノ pic.twitter.com/jE4Vf5KHOj— 帝国少年~( ´ ▽ ` )ノ (@tksn4tt) July 1, 2018 The “solarpunk” image linked during the episode has no properly-licensed source online, but the first image in this tweet has a similar mood and is by the same arti...

69 MIN2018 DEC 13
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MECHANICAL ORYX- To the Dome

MECHANICAL ORYX - Waiting for Nightfall

Overrun has addressed some of the Dome’s food needs, while Tragos has discovered that the people have become distressingly willing to commit violence in defense of their town. Trial sits in wait for whoever is attacking the food stores and Tancho has learned that its marshes are disrupted due to the town’s new moats. In our pilot campaign,Brendan,Lucy,Melissa, andZoëjoin Gregory for a short game ofMECHANICAL ORYXbyGrant Howitt. We also discuss the core agenda principles ofTabletop Garden. In this episode, we talk about pursuing healthy play practices, which leads to a discussion of some problematic tropes used by Mechanical Oryx. This is the second of three episodes in this campaign. Our theme song for this campaign is “Amphibian Circuits” fromthe eponymous albumbyDirtwire, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You canbuy the album on Bandcamp.

55 MIN2018 DEC 19
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MECHANICAL ORYX - Waiting for Nightfall

MECHANICAL ORYX - Into the Dark

As tensions between the Dome and nearby villages escalate, a strange mechanical beast has appeared and begun destroying food stores. Tragos has lost trust among some humans, Overrun has caused an outbreak of fruit, Tancho has acquired help with its marsh, and Trial is ready to pass judgment on the one responsible for the crisis. In our pilot campaign,Brendan,Lucy,Melissa, andZoëjoin Gregory for a short game ofMECHANICAL ORYXbyGrant Howitt. We also discuss the core agenda principles ofTabletop Garden. In this episode, we talk about crafting story with social responsibility, which leads to a discussion of colonialism in Mechanical Oryx. This is the last of three episodes in this campaign. Our theme song for this campaign is “Amphibian Circuits” fromthe eponymous albumbyDirtwire, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You canbuy the album on Bandcamp.

47 MIN2018 DEC 26
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MECHANICAL ORYX - Into the Dark

Ego Driver Teaser

In the year 2050, the thirteen white ships of the Subaltern Constellation arrived in Earth orbit. In response, Earth’s governments launched their entire nuclear arsenal. The Constellation was destroyed and the atmosphere was poisoned. Twelve Terror Engines fell to Earth and are now the only power sources capable of supporting civilization.In 2113, the Earth is a wasteland. The only people who live away from the Terror Engines are mutants, bandits, and the Ego Drivers who battle the inevitable. When the world is your enemy, the only thing you can fight for is yourself. Our next campaign is Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic car action game using the BESM 3 rule system. We’ll have some returning cast and some new faces. Expect it early this year. The theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland” by Phantom Elite, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

1 MINJAN 2
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Ego Driver Teaser

Ego Driver - Beat It

ECW: Strong language, violence. A ragtag band of Ego Drivers does battle in the open roads of the wasteland against a contingent of the Jacko Gang. Jones smokes out a car. Vake tells someone to be quiet. Karloff provides tow truck service. Comet plays the siren. In the first episode of our new campaign, Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for Ego Driver, an original story of postapocalyptic, postcolonial, vehicular combat using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss one of our principles for this campaign: “Save yourself. The world is your enemy. Be ruthless. Even your allies are expendable if it means fighting for another sunrise.” What responsibilities do we have when playing amoral characters or exploring questionable situations? This is the first episode in a short campaign projected to last 7-10 episodes. Zoë’s rendition of her Ego Driver character, Comet “Baby Teeth” Sharps Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,av...

61 MINJAN 23
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Ego Driver - Beat It

A Dry Spell

A brief note that we’re skipping a week due to scheduling and technical issues. See you next week! In the meantime, check out Gregory’s essay “Actual Play Podcasts Do Not Portray Actual Play, Actually” over on their personal blog.

59 sJAN 31
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A Dry Spell

Niederdorf

CW: Strong language, violence. How will our Ego Drivers survive the final assault of Beat It? How can they tolerate the oasis of Niederdorf after their battle in the wasteland? And who’s their next target? Jones goes underground. Vake refuses an invitation to a gathering. Karloff makes small talk. Comet resupplies. Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the second episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss the rules system and the tradeoffs of systems that require guidance and high fluency with their specific ruleset. Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

60 MINFEB 6
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Niederdorf

Ruining the Barbecue

CW: Strong language, violence. Our Ego Drivers are ready to assault Smooth Criminal’s band of raiders. Can they get the drop on him? What sort of car is that he’s driving? And is his partner even more dangerous than he is? Jones engages Operation: Land Shark. Karloff checks footwear. Comet goes beyond reverse. Vake seeks inner peace. Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the third episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss our second agenda item for the campaign, “Make it look good.” Is there a conflict between strategy and drama? Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

53 MINFEB 14
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Ruining the Barbecue

A Brief Break

One of our players had a sudden family issue, so we’re skipping this week. We’ll see you all next Wednesday!

26 sFEB 21
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A Brief Break

Smooth Criminal

CW: Strong language, violence. Our Ego Drivers were sent to take out Smooth Criminal, but it looks like his partner might be more trouble than he is! Can Vake survive an encounter with her rifle? How good is Jones’s throwing arm? Has Karloff started offering tours of the countryside? And will Comet manage to keep her feet on the ground? Ben, Jim, Lucy, and Zoë join Gregory for the fourth episode of Ego Driver, a postapocalyptic road war using the BESM 3 system by Guardians of Order. We also discuss disability in postapocalyptic fiction. Why is it so prevalent and how do you present it well? Our theme song for this campaign is “Wasteland,” a single by Phantom Elite,available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 license. You can buy the song on Bandcamp.

63 MINFEB 28
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Smooth Criminal