050 GBS Five Oh, RPG Players

It’s our 50th episode! We talk about tabletop rpg players, a surprise and listener well wishes.

Episode 50 Show Agenda

Episode 50 – Good Players


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Topic of Discussion

What makes for a good table top rpg player?

As a GM:

  • What skills do you want your rpg players to have?
    • “get into their role”
    • Know the world
    • Be engaging with the other players at the table
    • Understand that fun is everyone’s responsibility and not just the GMs
  • What level of rules mastery do you expect?
    • Eventually enough that it’s not disruptive to the game.
  • Do you as GM mind coaching and helping players?
    • Tips, tools, tricks for this
    • Do you ever lean on other players to fill this role for you?

As a rpg player:

  • What skill(s) do you need to work on?
    • The idea of moving the game forward, not a skill I need to work on but something everyone should keep in mind.
    • Being engaged and involved with what everyone else is doing even when I’m not a part of the action. (I get bored)
  • This is the mirror of what Focal Point talks about for GM’s
    • Be a good guest
      • Show up on time
      • Be prepared
      • Engage other players
      • Dont make a mess, and clean up when you are done
      • Make sure others are having fun
    • Be a good character in the story
      • Make moves that makes the story more interesting
      • Spotlight other players with your actions
      • Have a plan for where your character is going in the campaign (goals, wishes, etc)
      • Give your GM something to hook you with or hang a story on (no lone wolves)
    • Be a good team member
      • Pay attention
      • Know all the rules surrounding your character
      • Know what you are going to do on your turn
      • Collaborate with the table
      • Don’t break safety, piss people off, etc
      • Help out with some of the other jobs at the table (initiative, minis, etc)
  • How are you developing and improving?
    • Practice – I (Brett) am a player at the table more now than I have been in years
    • Q&A with GM or other players
    • Reading articles/books

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


  1. 2nd Ed AD&D core starting to show up at DriveThruRPG – http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/16868?src=DTRPGG+
  2. Aliens 5 to ignore 3 and Resurection – http://www.scified.com/site/alien5/michael-beihn-confirms-alien-5-will-ignore-alien-3-and-alien-resurrection


  1. Give credit to Mr. Star Wars – Wayne Humfleet. Dungeon Painter is web-based map design tool. VERY cool. Check it out. Nuff said. http://pyromancers.com/dungeon-painter-online/
  2. d20 Stained glass clock or lamp http://nerdapproved.com/gaming/d20-stained-glass-clock-and-lighting-for-your-dd-shrine/


  1. Carolina Game Tables Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1830353071/carolina-game-tables)
  2. Design Game Podcast (http://designgamespodcast.tumblr.com/)


  1. Into the Ninth World – Into the Night, Into the Deep, and Into the Outside, each an all-new 160-page hardcover supplement. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/montecookgames/numenera-into-the-ninth-world?ref=users
  2. Star Wars Stuff: Mostly from D23 http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/32317/star-wars-d23-news-round-up
  • Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has been announced as the director for Star Wars:  Episode IX
  • Rian Johnson will direct Episode VIII – Looper
  • The Rouge One Cast was announced with Donnie Yen, Honk Kong action Superstar and Alan Tudyk are in the film.
  • And Disney also announced gigantic new Star Wars attractions for two U.S. theme parks:  Disneyland in Anaheim, and Walt Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.  At 14 acres each, they will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever.  Three pieces of concept art were released.

Each will include two signature attractions:  a new Star Wars planet which puts guests into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and a Millennium Falcon experience in which guests take the controls on a customized secret mission.

  • That killer poster of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, and Han



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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.