Episode Archive

Some Advanced Dungeons and Dragons

Brett throws some Advanced Dungeons & Dragons at his home group and realizes how it is turning his game into something different. This isn’t to talk about the rules of AD&D, but to offer insight into how the game provides a different experience for his game group and how Brett runs the fantasy rpg. Announcements Giving a...

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Audio in Tabletop Role-playing Games

Audio in tabletop role-playing games can certainly help with immersion. You can use looping music for background ambiance, or you can use sound effects for things occurring within your game, examples include the crackle of a fire place, sounds of laser guns, battle noises with swords clanging and much more. Does it ever become too...

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Game Master Screen Today

Game master screens, we talked about them in the past. Do we use a GM screen or do we not? But times have changed as we start to do more gaming via online – Zoom, Discord, Skype…has the purpose of the GM screen changed with the times? Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb on GM...

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Game Master Is Not A Player

Of course the game master is considered a player in a traditional tabletop role-playing game. They just have a different role with different duties and responsibilities. Seriously, being the game master is no joke. You schedule games, maintain order at the table, paint the picture, become well-versed in the rules, create or present the setting....

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Cursed Items

Cursed items in tabletop role-playing games can make for some pretty shitty situations for player characters. “OH! Yeah, you’re always at minus two to hit.” That can suck. However, there are other ways to make cursed items quirky, fun, laughable yet not too obnoxious. Thanks Ahzad for the inspiration! Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration...

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Losing in RPG’s

Losing in RPG’s, some say it’s not a thing. But aren’t there times when we feel like we lose in tabletop role-playing games? Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Random Encounter Feedback from the forums on Changing How You GM Idahogamer Great episode gentleman! I enjoyed hearing the ideas on how...

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Changing How You Game Master

An introspective episode on how Sean wants to become a better game master. Maybe you’ve considered making a change. What would lead you to change how you game master? What things do you want to eliminate from your style? What aspects would you want to start incorporating more into your role-playing games? Do you have...

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Game Mastering on the Fly

Game mastering a role-playing game on the fly is not easy. Familiarity, practice and some brief quiet time certainly helps. Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail from Chris Shorb Matt V. comments on GM’ing for Money Matt V. comments on GM’ing for Money Hey guys, hope life finds you well! Keep meaning to write...

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Game Mastering for Money

Game mastering for money. Turning your passion for roleplaying games into a profession. How much to charge. What to expect. Thanks to Dayminkaynin for posting it on our forums. Random Encounter Todd Crapper of Broken Ruler Games sends in a voicemail on Descriptions on Demand Todd Crapper of Broken Ruler Games sends in a voicemail...

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TRUST

We spend a lot of time talking about dealing with different issues, problems, players, and styles at the rpg table, but we don’t often talk about Trust. How important is it for the group? Let’s talk about it. Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail...

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