005 RPG Rule Systems Matter

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System matters? A high level overview of whether system matters or not in roleplaying games. Sean’s 5E game kicks off, sort of. Die roll: Brett takes notes! Sean mentions some sci-fi games and settings.

Episode 5 Show Outline

Announcements

First itunes reviews. Thanks to Zave! and Kevthuhlu!

Shout outs to: Chad Knight and Moe Tousignant!

Random Encounter

Email from Chad Knight – Re: Episode 04 – How did you get into gaming?

Sean’s Roll20 5e kick off session

Topic of Discussion – System Matters

  • Does system matter?
    • why
    • why not
  • Define ‘system’
  • Define ‘role playing game’ – touching on John Wick’s article (http://johnwickpresents.com/games/game-designs/chess-is-not-an-rpg-the-illusion-of-game-balance/) and why its important not to take anyone’s writing too far before you ask grown-up questions.
  • Different types of systems
    • Difference between generic and nongeneric systems
    • d20
    • GURPS
    • FATE
    • Savage Worlds
    • Edge of the Empire/FFG Star Wars
    • d6 Star Wars
    • Gumshoe – Esoterists, Trail of Cthuhlu
    • Hero
    • Basic Roleplaying
    • OSR
    • Indie games
      • Fiasco
      • Primetime Adventures
      • Dogs in the Vineyard
      • Apocalypse World
      • Sorcerer
  • What does a system do/provide? A mechanism to have collaborative fun?  Something else?
  • If you’re not abiding by the system – are you playing the game?

Die Roll

Brett

  1. Sci-Fi – need to do a sci-fi game with my group. This group hasn’t done one so I need to do that after this current game wraps up.
  2. Alpha’s wedding celebration
  3. I take notes in game now – ‘cause I’m old…
  4. Bone Armor – http://io9.com/remarkable-3-900-year-old-suit-of-bone-armor-found-in-s-1632366327

Sean

  1. Scifi space theme
    1. Interstellar movie, Nov 7th, Christopher Nolan & Matthew McCaughnehey
    2. Stars Without Number – old school d&d rules, space setting
    3. The Last Parsec – Savage Worlds on Kickstarter
    4. Star Frontiers
    5. Traveller

004 ‘Role’ Play It Again Sam

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GMs overusing the same concepts, schticks and being predictable in rpgs. Players playing the same character. How did you get in hobby? – vote! Gumshoe, 5E, and NewGameapalooza. Check out Darktheatre.net/llc.

Episode 4 Show Outline

Announcements

Darktheatre will be pushing out an update to their Character Folio app at the end of the year (Dec) www.darktheatre.net/llc/

Random Encounter

Poll Results!  We asked folks how they got into gaming and this is what an untold number of people reported:

  • A friend of mine – 5/33.5%
  • Found on my own – 5/33.5
  • Relative other than sibling (mom, dad, uncle cousin) – 4/27
  • Sibling introduced me to them – 1/7

Sean & Brett talk about how they got into RPG’s.

Topic of Discussion – Overused Tropes, Images, Concepts, etc

  • What have we used one too many times that we can no longer use with our regular gaming groups?
    • Brett – dead babies, evil cults, NPCs who start as friends who turn on the players, crushing any PCs loved ones to make them squirm, “You all meet in a tavern”
    • Sean – gain pc’s trust, turn on them
  • Is it really bad to be “that predictable” sometimes? Does anything good come of it?
    • How do players start to react to what they know is coming?
  • How do you make the old and overused new again?
    • New twists to the old such as:
      • Change setting and/or genre
      • Get the players in on the action
  • What about players and not changing it up?
    • Same cake, different frosting
    • Allow players play what they want

Die Roll 

Brett

  1. Gumshoe – the best Investigation system out there (http://www.pelgranepress.com/)
  2. Held my kick off game with my group – brief bit on how it went.
  3. D&D 5e – I think I can hold out until the DMG hits and then I’ll cave.

Sean

  1. Northeast Wisconsin Gameapalooza (aka Oshcon) Oct 10-12 at UW-O http://newgameapalooza.com/
  2. Movie – Fury, opens Oct 14. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2713180/
  3. Our opinions of gaming in this podcast – reply to the ‘you’re doing it wrong’ crowd
  4. Kicking off a new game on 10/10

003 Player Character Death in Roleplaying Games

Player character death in rpgs! How do you handle it? Doesn’t it contribute to the story? Leave us review on iTunes. Our first listener email – Thanks Zave! Brett would make a bad dwarf, buys a sword, and preps for new game. Ben Gerber games 24 hrs straight for charity, sponsor his effort. Shout outs to Michael Althauser for spreading the word on G+ and David Reichgeld for helping with our logo. Many thanks!

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