We’re back with an episode topic selected by our Patreon supporters: That old adage, “the ends justify the means”—in other words, consequentialism! First, a few announcements: Grant now regularly streams the editing process for these episodes over on Mixer, so come hang out if you want to chat with him while he does that. Also, to help wrap up our “summer of mental health” focus, Jenny and Grant have pulled together a few mental health resources; we’ve got those listed below.
Our Patreon backer question this week is from Doug Hagler, who asks us about using a board game to introduce or set the scene for a tabletop roleplaying game. We struggle a bit with this one, admittedly, but we do manage to come up with a couple of ideas!
Then we settle into the main topic: Consequentialism, a philosophy we all know from that “the ends justify the means” adage. We describe it and address its shortcomings, then move on to how to use this idea in our games without ending up with unbearable characters! We also plug The Sci-Fi Christian along the way, which you should definitely be listening to as well.
Mental health resources:
- USA: The Suicide Prevention Lifeline; Our Fractured Minds (podcast); GoodTherapy.org
- Canada: Canada’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Site; Healthy Minds Canada’s mental health resources page.