episode 36 – glamour and banality

Changeling the Podcast
Changeling the Podcast
episode 36 – glamour and banality

There are a few different ways to summarize Changeling: the Dreaming and its themes. “You’re a faerie in a human body” and its variations are a common starting point; “it’s about the struggle to keep imagination alive” might be another. The conflict (or is it, really?) between Glamour and Banality is our topic for this week, as we try to take a holistic view of them as metaphysical forces, game systems, descriptive elements, and things in need of complication for a more nuanced game. We’re trying to be pretty broad in our strokes here, but remember that this is our own take on the subject. Use as much or as little of it as like—su mesa es su mesa.

And of course, if you have a different take on Glamour and Banality, you’re welcome to share your thoughts with us via the following media:

None of what we say is gospel, after all. Maybe Changeling doesn’t get quite the same level of philosophical debate as Mage, but there’s still plenty to chew over, as the fan community has done for the last few decades. For our part, we’re throwing ideas out there like spaghetti, to see what sticks to the wall of discourse. (Because that’s what podcasting is all about!)

your hosts

Josh Hillerup (any pronoun) carries a never-ending hip-flask Treasure that continually refills with maple syrup dross.
Pooka G (any pronoun/they) faces a Banality trigger whenever someone uses the words “untranslatable” or “thusly”.

The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
—Elie Wiesel