048 Realism in Roleplaying Games

Realism in roleplaying games, we talk about falling off a 100 story tower and surviving. Real? Well it is a world of elves and magic.

Episode 48 Show Agenda


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Apologies to Ben Blanding on G+. He called in N. Phillip Cole to say we started mentioning his game in a past episode but then moved on. Been meaning to come back to it. I’ll elaborate in Die Roll.

50th Episode is coming up. If you’d like to give us a shout out, we’d love to play it on our 50th episode.

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

Nathan Panke via G+ re: Ep 46 Money https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/+NathanPanke/posts/A2cZqomsRr8?cfem=1

Michael Phillips commented on our website on a few episodes.

Timothy Stone on G+ comments re: Ep 46 Money: https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/+Gamingandbscom/posts/QyvPbL5SmBn?cfem=1

Shane Freeman on G+ community posts: https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/118076423831914208823/posts/1E8w7jYsYCB

Moe Tousignant on G+ comments on the Money ep https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MoeTousignant/posts/gLnCgnzy5Dp


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Topic Intro and Discussion

Realism in your RPGs  – How real do you like it?

  •  Reality of what?
    •  encumbrance
    •  combat – fights, damage, etc
    •  physics v magic/superpowers/super science/etc
  •  Genre Reality – Do genres have a level of reality that fit better than others?
    • fantasy
    • sci-fi
    • horror
    • modern
    • supers
  • How do you alter/fix/invoke reality levels in a system that doesn’t provide the reality that you and your group are looking for?
  • What do you think is the right amount of reality?
    • Systems that “go too far”
      • Phoenix Command
    • Systems that “play it loose”
      • D&D
      • Nights Black Agents
    • Systems that “are just right”
      • CoC and Gumshoe
      • GURPS


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


  1. Another D&D movie – http://tribality.com/2015/08/03/dungeons-dragons-movie-officially-announced/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tribality+%28Tribality%29&utm_content=FaceBook
  2. Delta Green RPG coming to KS in Sept – http://www.delta-green.com/2015/08/delta-green-the-role-playing-game-coming-from-arc-dream-publishing/?utm_content=buffer4af38&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


  1. Moto Bushido http://nathanaelcole.com/ag/motobushido/  Motobushido is the newest offering from Alliterated Games, featuring the art of the talented Rick Marcks combined with a fresh new approach to dueling mechanics. It is a tabletop role-playing game about brotherhood, sacrifice, and death – all part of the Motorcycle Samurai lifestyle. In this game, you and a group of your friends play a pack of motorcycle-riding samurai in the years after a great war ravaged the land – a war that your side lost….
  2. Star Trek cruise to launch in 2017 very first officially licensed Star Trek cruise that will offer fans 6 days and 6 nights of unique experiences — including dramatic performances, comedy shows and concerts. According to the press release, the cruise will be hosted by the one and only William Shatner and also include other Star Trek actors such as Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, James Darren, and Denise Crosby http://www.treknews.net/2015/08/07/star-trek-the-cruise/
  3. Extra Life tabletop Starting on Friday, October 2 and lasting until Sunday, October 4, Extra Life is holding its inaugural Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend with the support of tabletop communities across the globe! With just over one month until the official Extra Life Game Day (Nov. 7th), we’ll be encouraging the Extra Life community to get out and play their favorite tabletop games For The Kids at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. It’s going to be a special weekend highlighting the relentless life-saving support of the tabletop community, complete with special announcements and tabletop themed incentives for you to unlock.  If you are heading this up and are a listener of GBS, please let us know and provide a link to your donation page and we’ll post it in our show notes. http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1210


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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.