053 Challenges Killing Player Characters in RPGs

Challenges killing player characters, is it tougher to do with today’s roleplaying games?

Episode 53 Show Agenda

Reading from Curt Thompson’s G+



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

Moe Tousignant re: Weird on G+

Darcy Ross re: Weird on G+

Victor Wyatt comment on G+

Voicemail from Joe

Matt Bohnhoff on ep 52 – “Gear” via G+


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Topic of Discussion

How hard is it to kill a PC? Inspired by Angela Murray via her response to ep 44 (Fudging Die Rolls):

“[Fudging Dice] discussions talk about killing the characters with a die roll, but no one ever mentions how hard it is to actually kill the characters in most modern games. I’m sure there’s some OSR style games that take the old school lethality to heart, but for the most part, I haven’t played a game where it’s easy to die in ages, and I honestly prefer that.”

  • “modern” game v. an OSR game?
  • do what system mechanics are there to protect PCs
    • HP
    • Saving Throws
    • AC
    • “you get to go to negative HP before you die”
    • Magic (e.g. status spells, distance healing)
    • Bennies, chips, etc
  • Should games be more deadly?
  • Is it all about “the type of game/story you want?”

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


  1. Fantasy Flight acquires Ledgend of Five Rings – https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/9/11/a-new-emperor-rises/
  2. Orcs of New York – https://www.facebook.com/orcsofnewyork?fref=nf
  3. The Last Prayer of the Dying – a KS that looks pretty good (Bruce Cunnington called this one out for us)  – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1839381666/the-last-prayer-of-the-dying-a-dandd-5e-adventure


  1. Chris Tulach WotC The Public Dungeon Master http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/public-dungeon-master
  2. Minneapolis LongCon Oct 23-25 One game. One table. Three days. Minnesota Long Con is a small gaming convention where gamers get together and play one game with the same table over the course of a weekend.?https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_574Ce–o1iajBwaXBscHJHMzQ/view (pdf)
  3. FX Series premiere 9/15 of The Bastard Executioner http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-bastard-executioner/episodes

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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.