Jim, Doc, and Chris discuss the Japanese storytelling format kishōtenketsu and its applications to game mechanics and narratives. Plus, Jim talks Nier: Automata, the crew discusses how disempowering the player can actually enhance a game when done right, and Backward Compatible contributor Nick Krueger writes in for a new Inbox. If you want to comment on this episode, ask a question, share some info, voice an opinion, or request a topic, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we may feature you on a future episode of the podcast. Subscribe to the Backward-Compatible.com Podcast on iTunes: bit.ly/backward-compatible. You may also enjoy "Role With It," the show where the Backward Compatible crew and their guests tell improvised stories through roleplaying games. Check it out on SoundCloud (@role-with-it) or subscribe on iTunes (bit.ly/role-with-it).