The Hard Move

The Hard Move

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The Hard Move is a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG discussion podcast. Each episode a guest and I focus on a single move, diving into how the move works mechanically, how players can use it narratively to drive the fiction, and how GMs can react to the move. Join me every Wednesday as I welcome a new guest to name their move and play to find out what happens. Please subscribe on Anchor, iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you find podcasts. Also consider supporting the show on Patreon. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehardmove/support


Make A Challenge
Mar 13 • 62 min
Becky Annison and I dive into her upcoming game Bite Me! and explore the complicated dynamics of werewolf pack authority. The move Make A Challenge is used as a mechanical device whenever someone willingly, unwillingly, or even unknowingly challenges the…
Act Under Pressure
Mar 6 • 41 min
Rev Deschain and I check out the move Act Under Pressure from Monster of the Week. This seemingly generic move is used whenever there is risk or doubt about the success of an action and offers a wide assortment of both mechanical and narrative outcomes.…
Take A Powerful Blow
Feb 27 • 48 min
Lloyd Gyan and I expand on a Twitter conversation by discussing Take A Powerful Blow from Masks. In a game where super humans battle it out with fists and wits, the concept of harm is replaced with systems of conditions and narrative outcome. This move…
Transform
Feb 13 • 44 min
Jonah M. Jackson and I launch into Uncharted Worlds to discuss Transform, a move from the Shaper playbook found in the Far Beyond Humanity expansion. This move is mechanically light, relying on another basic move for its trigger, but offers amazing…
Keep Your Cool
Feb 6 • 44 min
Marsie Vellan and I head back into Monsterhearts 2 to check out another pivotal move for any teen monster, Keep Your Cool. Mechanically it’s simple: you try to keep your wits about you in a tense situation and, if you’re cool enough, you could come out…
Stand Strong in Your Convictions
Jan 30 • 45 min
Lauren McManamon and I talk about her game Girl Underground as we discuss the move Stand Strong in Your Convictions. At the heart of this game is a sense of empowerment and discovery by The Girl who is striving to turn imposed manners into personal…
Mesmerism
Jan 23 • 38 min
Kyle Gould and I look into his first PbtA game, Blades in the Dark, and explore the move Mesmerism from the Slide playbook. Mechanically this move augments the Sway action, allowing the Slide to trick their victims into not remembering the experience.…
Express Your Love Passionately
Jan 16 • 66 min
Brandon Leon-Gambetta and I get steamy and talk about Express Your Love Passionately from his forthcoming game Pasión de las Pasiones. Mechanically we talk about modifying rolls by answering move and playbook questions as well as the outcome of such…
Oops!
Jan 2 • 35 min
Renee Rhodes and I stumble into the move Oops! from Monster of the Week. This move comes from the Mundane playbook and offers the player a mechanical way to luck into finding some crucial information for them to share with the other Hunters. Narratively,…
Embrace Your Chimera & The Power of Friendship
Dec 26, 2018 • 35 min
Ryan Boelter and I explore the genre-bending world of Chimera by looking at the basic move Embrace Your Chimera and the genre move The Power of Friendship. After an overview of the system, we talk about how the genre move gives more mechanical and…
Preparedness
Dec 19, 2018 • 28 min
Murphy and I gear up for another visit to Monster of the Week by analyzing the Expert Playbook move Preparedness. This move represents the Expert’s vast knowledge and stockpile of gear, trinkets, and artifacts and mechanically lets the player access them…
Risk Roll
Dec 12, 2018 • 39 min
Jesse Ross and I delve into the mysterious and dangerous forest of Trophy to discuss the Risk Roll, one of only three in the game. It mechanically encapsulates navigating tricky situations and the risk involved, both physical and mental. This move drives…
Attune
Dec 5, 2018 • 44 min
Ross Payton and I focus our minds on Scum and Villainy as we dive into the move Attune. From telekinetic powers to psychic visions to handling dangerous artifacts, this move offers a mechanical basis for a vast array of mental powers as well as narrative…
Blow Off Steam
Nov 28, 2018 • 36 min
Meghan Dornbrock and I explore the shadow-filled world of The Watch and look at how the move Blow Off Steam gives deep meaning to downtime. This move mechanically helps you reduce Weary and gain Camaraderie, two tracks that determine how strung out or…
Turn Someone On
Nov 21, 2018 • 48 min
Adam West and I get hot and heavy as we discuss the move Turn Someone On from the game Monsterhearts 2. This move is at the core of Monsterhearts gameplay and mechanically powers Strings, the economy of relationships used to power other moves in the game.…
Mind Your Manners & Be Understood
Nov 14, 2018 • 47 min
Brie Sheldon and I struggle with our inner beasts as we take a look at both Mind Your Manners and Be Understood from their game Turn. These moves represent how characters handle the instincts of their beast and human selves as they attempt to navigate…
Burn
Nov 7, 2018 • 40 min
Jason Mills and I get into the move Burn from the Nova Playbook in the game Masks. We talk about the mechanical importance of this move as the only Playbook option for the Nova, how the choices made in this move are critical at driving the Nova’s…
Detachable Body Parts
Oct 31, 2018 • 33 min
Eric Lee and I break down the move Detachable Body Parts from the Constructed playbook in Monster of the Week. We talk about how deceptively simple the mechanics of this move are but how out of hand (or arm, or leg) this can get narratively. We also talk…
Unleash Your Powers
Oct 23, 2018 • 29 min
Aabria Iyengar and I discuss the move Unleash Your Powers from Masks. We explore what this move means mechanically as a barely controlled burst of superpowers, what it means narratively as teens find untapped power they didn’t know they had, and how it…
Trailer
Oct 9, 2018 • 1 min
Hello, I’m Matthew Gravelyn and I love Powered by the Apocalypse games! Join me every week as I welcome a new guest on to name their move and we’ll play to find out what happens. This is The Hard Move. Subscribe on anchor.fm/TheHardMove or wherever you…