When it comes to themes in Changeling, there are plenty of possibilities for discussion: the bittersweetness of time, the necessity of balance, alternative forms of horror (which we talked about back in Episode 24). Two closely aligned ones that interest us are queerness and kinship. The experience of the former is often paralleled by many of the game’s core ideas, and the various forms of the latter come to the foreground in the game’s setting. This episode is kind of a meditation on those two themes, drawing a lot on our personal experiences. It’s a discussion that could take several more hours… for now, though, we kept ourselves to one (more or less) where we muse about some of the more prominent connections we see. Hopefully it will provide you with some food for thought!
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Josh Hillerup (any pronoun) sometimes uses the term “faemily” into conversation just to see what kind of impact it has on others.
Pooka G (any pronoun/they) favors incorporating glitter into as many cantrip Bunks as possible.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers, and me.
—Kermit the Frog, “Rainbow Connection”