029 Pursuing the Perfect RPG System

Why do gamers keep buying new RPG’s? Sean thinks its the pursuit of the perfect RPG rule system. We talk about it and a GaryCon wrap up.

Episode 29 Show Agenda


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No Gen Con for Brett this year 🙁

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

  • Erik Frankhouse better explains his PC background tool on our website (check ep 28 comments)
  • Sean’s Gary Con After Action Report


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Topic of Discussion

How much analysis of your current game system(s) do you do, and what are you looking for?

  • Analysis of current games
    • rules/mechanics
    • “feel” / “fun level”
    • setting
    • core activity
  • What the hell are we looking for in “the next best thing?”
    • Light or Crunchy
    • Speed of play
    • Adaptability/Hackability
    • Dedication to a specific “core activity”

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


  1. Mice and Mystics board game (http://www.amazon.com/Mice-and-Mystics-Board-Game/dp/B009TNOF9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427340846&sr=8-1&keywords=mice+and+mystics)
  2. Odyssey Con in Madison, 4/10 – 4/12 (http://www.odysseycon.org/)
  3. Had to throw John Harper some cash – I’m in on the Blades in the Dark KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark/description)


  1. Celtic dice Bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and rough feel. http://www.shapeways.com/product/4ULHM67SD/celtic-dice-set ,
  2. Lankhmar to be produced by Goodman Games.
  3. Gaming Hoopla April 24-26 http://www.gaminghoopla.com
  4. Primetime Adventures kickstarter.


028 Listener Voicemails, Maps and Character Background

We address listener voicemails that ask how we maps in roleplaying games and comment on player character backgrounds in this role playing game podcast episode.

Episode 28 Show Agenda

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Working out some colaboration with the Misdirected Mark team (http://misdirectedmark.com/)

Random Encounter & Topic of Discussion
VM from Chris Hussey – maps

VM from Erik Frankhouse – PC background idea

Email from Scott

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Die Roll


  1. Thank you to Mike Rigsby – tried to get us a bottle or two of Rogue Brewing’s Right Hand of Doom red ale (http://buy.rogue.com/rogue-hellboy-right-hand-of-doom-red-ale/)
  2. Picked up the Small World board game from I’m Board in MSN (http://www.imboardgamestore.com/index.php)
  3. Elemental Evil Players Companion for 5e (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/145542/Elemental-Evil-Players-Companion-5e?affiliate_id=8220)
  4. Blades in the Dark KS – Those MM boys just might get me to try another KS… (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark)


  1. Mission Impossible 5 Rogue Nation July 31st trailer. Simon Pegg, Cruise, Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNPZGc0WmfM
  2. Forge Midwest April 24th-26th Free. Can drink. https://forgemidwest.wordpress.com/
  3. Now hiring: Vikings 8000 extras needed. http://lovebelfast.co.uk/2015/03/19/ever-fancied-joining-a-viking-army-now-you-can-8000-extras-needed/


027 Handling RPG Rules at the Table

We answer our first voice mail from Chris Hussey, how do you handle rpg rules at the table? Update from Gameholecon and Die Roll.

Episode 27 Show Agenda

Intro including music – DarkTheatre.net Home of the Character Folio


Great Feedback on Episode 26 – love the input!

  • Karl Keesler’s uses Magic Cards and an old 7th Sea method to help build backgrounds.
  • Shane Freeman, Austin, Kevin, and others use Images from Google for inspiration.
  • Chad and others will fight for their agency against the tyranny of Sean!


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This Just in from Gamehole!

Latest update from the Gamehole team

Random Encounter

VOICEMAIL! WHOOHOO! – Thank you Chris Hussey!

  • Rules Questions in game – how do you deal with them?

Topic of Discussion

Rules Questions at the Table – How do you deal with ‘em?

  • Look it Up?
  • GM Calls it?
  • Group Conference?

Die Roll – 2-4 misc points of things we think you should know regarding the hobby or misc topic of geekery.


  1. My oldest son Connor runs D&D for my youngest son and me, and then Ilana wanted in.
  2. Started reading Of Dice and Men – ok so far.
  3. Re-read Chaosium’s Basic Role Playing system.  I think I want to give it a run with a fantasy setting.
  4. Sir Terry Pratchet died – he was only 66 (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156)


  1. NBC Nightly News does segment on board games. Pimps Tabletop. Talks about standard Milton Bradley type games, but still some exposure http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/board-game-renaissance-in-full-swing-412520003928
  2. Tron 3 to start shooting in fall? Bridges not confirmed. http://www.blastr.com/2015-3-11/rumor-day-looks-tron-3-will-finally-start-shooting-fall
  3. Edx course The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture, one of the instructors is Stan Lee!! https://www.edx.org/course/rise-superheroes-impact-pop-culture-smithsonianx-popx1-1x
  4. Misdirected Mark a tabletop rpg podcast by Chris Sniezak and Phil Vecchionne, check them out! We like ’em.