019 Homebrew RPG Settings

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Brett and Sean talk about homebrew RPG settings versus prepublished ones. Is the mystery lost when players have access to the world atlas and details? What’s your preference?

Show outline

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Topics of Discussion – Homebrew RPG Settings

Published = Everyone Knows

  • Anyone can read the source if the buy it
  • Arguments over how to use the setting “right”
  • When the world is known/set there’s an official source to “tell you how it is”

No one knows but you and your group

Build Options

  • Build and then tell/share
  • Build as a group
  • Hybrid – using group/player input to help

When it’s yours it’s new

  • When it comes from you and the group it’s new and the wonder and exploration feeling are there
  • This is the same for any setting or genre
  • Brett does this for horror, fantasy, sci-fi, historical
  • Even if you just take an existing setting and “break it” and get buy in from your group that you’re not going to follow cannon (Hell, Ed Greenwood doesn’t!)

Cannibalize everything (You’re not selling this world – It’s just for you and your group)
You don’t need to be original in all things swipe:

  • Maps
  • Adventure ideas
  • NPC names and stat blocks
  • Gods

Die Roll – 2-4 misc points we want to bring up at end of cast. Should be short and sweet, could be a plug, something to check out, etc. Limited time to spout off.

Brett

I can’t seem to force myself to get rid of games I know I’ll never play…

Packers play Catan! (http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-packers-of-catan-green-bays-board-game-obsession-1421346102)

School of Night (http://pelgranepress.com/site/?p=16106)

Sean

Wargaming Hall of Fame member and creator of Squad Leader, John Hill passes http://www.consimworld.com/post/107950723641/csw-is-saddened-to-report-the-passing-of-john-hill

Choose your own adventure using Twitter accounts http://qz.com/325808/someone-built-a-choose-your-own-adventure-game-out-of-twitter-accounts-and-its-surprisingly-cool/

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018 Re-Alignment, In and Out of Game

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We circle back to episode 17 where we initially talked about alignment. We address listener feedback and elaborate a bit more on the topic.

Episode 18 Show Outline

Intro including music

Announcements

Brett is in news coverage of EverCon: http://www.waow.com/story/27815978/2015/01/09/gamers-come-out-for-evercon

Random Encounter – messages from audience via email, G+ community or Twitter

Sean – this! is why I appreciate the gaming community, different angles and considerations, experienced players and GM’s and systems!…

Follow up discussion from ep 17 – Alignment

Email from Adam Muszkiewicz

G+ Post from Kristian Serrano

G+ Post from Austin

Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/gamingandbs/status/552527595552907266

Topics of Discussion – Re-Alignment

3 Alignment system

  • DCC and new OSR systems
  • Basic D&D – Moldvay & Mentzer do this (Holmes did NOT – he had the AD&D setup)

It’s How You Use It

  • Guideline
  • Railroad for morality
  • In-world or in-system impact to shifts of alignment
  • Excuse to be a dick

How to be a group with mixed alignments?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy – what they were before and what they became together
  • Develop the bonds and connections and goals that the group agrees on (ie. the “quest” they are on)
  • Those that act “in character” in a way that harms the group get booted out “in character” – adventures aren’t stupid.

Die Roll – 2-4 misc points we want to bring up at end of cast. Should be short and sweet, could be a plug, something to check out, etc. Limited time to spout off.

Brett

  1. EverCon recap – Live Pathfinder
  2. EverCon recap – OSR Challenge

Sean

  1. How fight with a dagger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bteyMFfeaYk
  2. Telescope, futuristic short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yid59_nd9-8 ,
  3. GURPS Calculator http://www.gurpscalculator.com/Account/Login?returnUrl=%2FAccount

Closing/outro

017 Alignment In Fantasy RPGs

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We talk about alignment, primarily in D&D/fantasy roleplaying games. How do you handle alignment in your game?

Intro including music

Announcements

Sean submitted event for GaryCon.com in March. Running One Minute to Midnight, a Spycraft d20 scenario.

Brett will be at EverCon.org next weekend and is all set to go.

Random Encounter – messages from audience via email, G+ community or Twitter

Had a few folks chime in on G+ and the website about props.

Josh W. writes: I’m enjoying the podcast and I see that iTunes has episodes 7-16 available. What does a guy need to do to hear the first six episodes?

Two little bits of feedback:
1) the intro and outro music is time consuming and I find I skip it pretty much every time. I want to listen to B & S bs about gaming, not some music track.
2) I grew up in northern Minnesota and I’m digging the slight north woods accents that come through, particularly while Brett talks about hunting.

Topics of Discussion – Alignment

  • D&D
  • Other systems
  • What does it help with?
  • What does it get in the way of?
  • How “strong” do you use alignments in your games?
  • Adventurers are insane…

Die Roll – 2-4 misc points we want to bring up at end of cast. Should be short and sweet, could be a plug, something to check out, etc. Limited time to spout off.

Brett

  • Got my copy of Hobbit Tales – think I’ll bring it to EverCon and give it a try if I have time (Cubicle 7 Entertainment makes it)
  • Got a new (used) vehicle and a free iPad Air with it so now my youngest son has an iPad and the first new thing he asked for was a copy of the OSRIC rules

Sean

Closing/outro