029 Pursuing the Perfect RPG System

Why do gamers keep buying new RPG’s? Sean thinks its the pursuit of the perfect RPG rule system. We talk about it and a GaryCon wrap up.

Episode 29 Show Agenda


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No Gen Con for Brett this year 🙁

Random Encounter – emails, voice mails, social media from listeners

  • Erik Frankhouse better explains his PC background tool on our website (check ep 28 comments)
  • Sean’s Gary Con After Action Report


Greyedout Productions. Buy a dicebag and use promo code GAMINGANDBS to receive 10% off your order.

Topic of Discussion

How much analysis of your current game system(s) do you do, and what are you looking for?

  • Analysis of current games
    • rules/mechanics
    • “feel” / “fun level”
    • setting
    • core activity
  • What the hell are we looking for in “the next best thing?”
    • Light or Crunchy
    • Speed of play
    • Adaptability/Hackability
    • Dedication to a specific “core activity”

Die Roll – 2-4 miscellaneous points of gaming or geekery we want to share with you.


  1. Mice and Mystics board game (http://www.amazon.com/Mice-and-Mystics-Board-Game/dp/B009TNOF9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427340846&sr=8-1&keywords=mice+and+mystics)
  2. Odyssey Con in Madison, 4/10 – 4/12 (http://www.odysseycon.org/)
  3. Had to throw John Harper some cash – I’m in on the Blades in the Dark KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark/description)


  1. Celtic dice Bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and rough feel. http://www.shapeways.com/product/4ULHM67SD/celtic-dice-set ,
  2. Lankhmar to be produced by Goodman Games.
  3. Gaming Hoopla April 24-26 http://www.gaminghoopla.com
  4. Primetime Adventures kickstarter.


About the Author
The 'S' of Gaming and BS podcast. Besides producing and hosting the show, Sean enjoys long walks on the beach, running rpg's, and killing player...characters.