Holy Happy Hour Batman
Conversations about life and faith with heroes of the game design and geek world.
Next Stream! Holy Happy Hour Batman on Fri, Jun 18 at 6:00 PM Eastern
Alex Roberts
4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM

Ben talks to award winning creator of Star Crossed Alex Roberts about her journey of life and faith, how the pandemic effects gaming and church, and how philosophies of ritual impact both game design and religious practice.
Blaine Martin and Zachary Garth
4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM

Ben's joined by two game designers, podcasters, and friends - Zach Garth and Blaine Martin - to talk about religion in world building, game design, and more!
The Oldest School Dungeons & Dragons: Holy Happy Hour Batman featuring guest Michael Mornard!
4/30/2021 8:44:00 AM

Michael Mornard is the only person to have played in Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, and MAR Barker's original tabletop roleplaying game campaigns, and he's our guest this week on Holy Happy Hour Batman! Michael joins me to talk about old-school Dungeons and Dragons, his origins in the gaming community, Gary Con, early GenCon, his spiritual journey that took him to New York City and seminary, and now his discernment to ordained ministry as a long-time lay leader in the Episcopal Church. Next week's guest is Derek "Geek Preacher" White! Huge thanks to Joshua Wise for my artwork, and my friend Doctor Octoroc for the music in this episode!
Gary Con and the Satanic Panic on Holy Happy Hour Batman featuring Derek White
5/7/2021 10:49:00 PM

It's the fourth installment of Holy Happy Hour Batman for Friday May 7, 2021 and Fr. Ben is joined by Derek "Geek Preacher" White. We discussed his long road to God, what being a geek has meant to him, ministering as a chaplain at Gary Con, and inclusion at the gaming table and the Lord's Table. We also discussed which Dungeons and Dragons edition is the best and at the end really started to geek out. Huge thanks to Joshua Wise for the artwork, and to Doctor Octoroc for the uses of his music off the album 8-bit Jesus.
Holy Happy Hour Batman Pride 2021 Special featuring Ronnie!
6/4/2021 5:00:00 AM

Happy Pride 2021!! Ben's joined by pastor, geekalogian, and author Ronnie to talk about queer identity, coming out, life, faith, gaming, and what a theology of love really means. This one is very powerful so you won't want to miss it!! Buy "Like No One Ever Was" a solo ttrpg adventure with your best friend on Ronnie's itch: https://t.co/i9lGHwqBZ7?amp=1 Huge thanks to Doctor Octoroc for the use of his music and check out his Kickstarter for Soft Bits In: a Tribute to the Flaming Lips. Huge thanks to Joshua Wise for my artwork.
Making Meaning in a Post-Pandemic World: HHHB with guests Greg Loring-Albright and Wes Willison
6/10/2021 11:56:00 PM

In the first half of this Holy Happy Hour, Batman! double shot, Fr. Ben is joined by two academics Greg Loring-Alright and Wes Willison to talk about keepsake games and meaning-making in tabletop game design. Jeeyon Shim and Shing Yin Khor's writings on Keepsake games https://www.patreon.com/posts/keepsake-and-and-47599049 https://www.patreon.com/posts/on-keepsake-and-47599952 Generation Analog conference: https://analoggamestudies.org/generation-analog-tabletop-games-scholarship-virtual-conference-at-gen-con-2021/ Greg's dissertation sign-up https://www.gloringalbright.com/work/dissertation Huge thanks to my friend Doctor Octoroc for the use of his music. Check out his current Kickstarter Soft Bits In: a Tribute to the Flaming Lips. Thanks to Joshua Wise for my artwork and building our platform the All Ports Open Network!
James D'Amato talks Religion and Speir, the World of Campaign Skyjacks
6/11/2021 6:00:00 AM

James D'Amato - President of the One Shot Network, host of the One Shot and Campaign podcasts, and author of the new book The Ultimate RPG Game Master's Worldbuilding Guide - joins Holy Happy Hour Batman to talk about the religious influences on Speir. Speir is the world of Campaign: Skyjacks and Courier's Call. In this extra special episode of HHHB, James talks about his religious upbringing, thoughts on anti-capitalist and anti-colonial world building, piracy, spirituality, human nature, and shares a tremendous amount of Skyjacks lore. If you are interested in learning lore from the world of Campaign: Skyjacks you won't want to miss it! See all our shows at http://www.allportsopen.com Check out Doctor Octoroc's Kickstarter "Soft Bits In: a Tribute to the Flaming Lips" and huge thanks for the use of his music! And tremendous thanks to my APON partner Joshua Wise for making the entire All Ports Open Network platform for our content, and for the awesome artwork I use on stream.