Episode Archive

121 What’s in a Player Character’s Name?

Peeneel Testiclees! Yes, we’re talking about what’s in a player character’s name in this episode. How do you handle those players that insist on have a player character with a goofy name? It could be as easy as saying, “seriously? you want to name your character Peeneel Testiclees? No.” Or, you could roll with it...

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120 Goals for 2017

The new year, 2017, is upon us and this is the last show of the year. We talk about what we’d like to accomplish, as it pertains to role-playing games, for 2017. Whether it’s playing new games or GM’ing ones we haven’t received yet, we’re looking forward to some great things. We even share some...

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119 Race as Class in RPG’s

Race as class in role-playing games, it goes back to Basic, Expert, Companion, Master’s and Immortal’s (BECMI) sets of Dungeons and Dragons. It is also part of many other rpg’s like Dungeon Crawl Classics, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and many, many, more. Like two guys sitting at the lunch table, we banter a bit about this...

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118 Urban Adventuring Part 2

We revisit urban adventuring.  We had some good feedback on the original episode 116 that we wanted to fill in some blanks. We mention how some city-based prepublished supplements offer tables and encounter charts that may help GM an urban adventure. We talk about the interesting roles NPC’s play and how they can be resources...

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117 Creative Spell Casting

Creative spell casting could be a synergy of spells. Casting grease down a hallway and then a flame-based spell to light it on fire. Brett mentions someone casting climb walls to better pick pocket an NPC. These are just a couple examples of how spell casters can get creative with their craft. How creative do...

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BBS018 Monte Cook Games at Gamehole Con 2016

Recorded at Gamehole Con 2016, a tabletop gaming convention held in Madison, Wisconsin, this bonus episode features Monte Cook and Shanna Germain from Monte Cook Games. This is the unedited seminar that they hosted. 

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116 Urban Fantasy Adventures

What makes for a good urban adventures for our fantasy games? Well, it’s a city, but how does that change the adventure? The surroundings differ, and there are other obstacles to throw at the players.

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115 Gods in RPG’s

Gods in rpg’s, what role to they play in your game? Do they interact with the common player? We talk about whether we incorporate them and what effect it has on player characters that have a religious bend to them. You know, like taking powers away from clerics if the cleric falls out of favor...

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114 Chain of Command in RPGs

Chain of command in rpg’s, it can allow a single player character to have authority over the rest of the pc’s in the group. It can also create drama and a different type of game.

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BBS017 Wizards of the Coast at Gamehole Con

Recorded at Gamehole Con 2016, a tabletop gaming convention held in Madison, Wisconsin, this bonus episode features Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins and Jeremy Crawford from Wizards of the Coast. This is the unedited seminar that they hosted. They discuss Volo’s Guide to Monsters, the differences in settings and the design approach to each one, field Q&A’s from...

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