040 Cliches & Tropes in Roleplaying Games

Cliches and tropes in roleplaying games, are they a tiresome plot devices or are they just good old fun?

Episode 40 Show Agenda


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Austin on Ep 39 – https://plus.google.com/101015865554540697816/posts/5APzepKejaA

Victor Wyatt on G+ re: Ep 39 Game Group Size https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/+Gamingandbscom/posts/SqGK1cK9VEo?cfem=1

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Topic of Discussion

Cliches and Tropes – why they’re fun, and why comfortable is just fine sometimes

  • What cliches and tropes do we use?
  • Why are we using them?
    • Fun
    • Comfort
    • Predictable is sometimes good – can help with new players
    • Setup for the twist
  • Is there a reason to avoid them?
    • does using them make you a “bad” GM or player?
    • does using them who a lack of creativity?

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


  1. FTC dropping the hammer on failed kickstarter The Doom That Came to Atlantic Cityhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/11/the-ftcs-first-crowdfunding-enforcement-is-over-a-failed-board-game-on-kickstarter/
  2. Chaosium SALE! – http://chaosium.com/
  3. Christopher Lee died – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/11666316/christopher-lee-dies-live.html


  1. Geek & Sundry Wil Wheaton’s Titan’s Grave ep 1 premieres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8HbkYV5ZaY
  2. Knights of the Dinner Table ep 1 premieres https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g41Dj-bEV4o
  3. Beyond the Bundle Noir bundle, A Dirty World, Killshot, One Last Job, Streets of Bedlam. http://beyondthebundle.com/2015-06-11/deadly-games/


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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.