048 Realism in Roleplaying Games

Realism in roleplaying games, we talk about falling off a 100 story tower and surviving. Real? Well it is a world of elves and magic.

Episode 48 Show Agenda

Intro

Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements

Apologies to Ben Blanding on G+. He called in N. Phillip Cole to say we started mentioning his game in a past episode but then moved on. Been meaning to come back to it. I’ll elaborate in Die Roll.

50th Episode is coming up. If you’d like to give us a shout out, we’d love to play it on our 50th episode.

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

Nathan Panke via G+ re: Ep 46 Money https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/+NathanPanke/posts/A2cZqomsRr8?cfem=1

Michael Phillips commented on our website on a few episodes.

Timothy Stone on G+ comments re: Ep 46 Money: https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/+Gamingandbscom/posts/QyvPbL5SmBn?cfem=1

Shane Freeman on G+ community posts: https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/118076423831914208823/posts/1E8w7jYsYCB

Moe Tousignant on G+ comments on the Money ep https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MoeTousignant/posts/gLnCgnzy5Dp

Sponsor

Greyedout Productions

Topic Intro and Discussion

Realism in your RPGs  – How real do you like it?


  •  Reality of what?
    •  encumbrance
    •  combat – fights, damage, etc
    •  physics v magic/superpowers/super science/etc
  •  Genre Reality – Do genres have a level of reality that fit better than others?
    • fantasy
    • sci-fi
    • horror
    • modern
    • supers
  • How do you alter/fix/invoke reality levels in a system that doesn’t provide the reality that you and your group are looking for?
  • What do you think is the right amount of reality?
    • Systems that “go too far”
      • Phoenix Command
    • Systems that “play it loose”
      • D&D
      • Nights Black Agents
    • Systems that “are just right”
      • CoC and Gumshoe
      • GURPS

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Greyedout Productions. Buy a dicebag and use promo code GAMINGANDBS to receive 10% off your order.

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

Brett

  1. Another D&D movie – http://tribality.com/2015/08/03/dungeons-dragons-movie-officially-announced/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Tribality+%28Tribality%29&utm_content=FaceBook
  2. Delta Green RPG coming to KS in Sept – http://www.delta-green.com/2015/08/delta-green-the-role-playing-game-coming-from-arc-dream-publishing/?utm_content=buffer4af38&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Sean

  1. Moto Bushido http://nathanaelcole.com/ag/motobushido/  Motobushido is the newest offering from Alliterated Games, featuring the art of the talented Rick Marcks combined with a fresh new approach to dueling mechanics. It is a tabletop role-playing game about brotherhood, sacrifice, and death – all part of the Motorcycle Samurai lifestyle. In this game, you and a group of your friends play a pack of motorcycle-riding samurai in the years after a great war ravaged the land – a war that your side lost….
  2. Star Trek cruise to launch in 2017 very first officially licensed Star Trek cruise that will offer fans 6 days and 6 nights of unique experiences — including dramatic performances, comedy shows and concerts. According to the press release, the cruise will be hosted by the one and only William Shatner and also include other Star Trek actors such as Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, James Darren, and Denise Crosby http://www.treknews.net/2015/08/07/star-trek-the-cruise/
  3. Extra Life tabletop Starting on Friday, October 2 and lasting until Sunday, October 4, Extra Life is holding its inaugural Extra Life Tabletop Appreciation Weekend with the support of tabletop communities across the globe! With just over one month until the official Extra Life Game Day (Nov. 7th), we’ll be encouraging the Extra Life community to get out and play their favorite tabletop games For The Kids at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. It’s going to be a special weekend highlighting the relentless life-saving support of the tabletop community, complete with special announcements and tabletop themed incentives for you to unlock.  If you are heading this up and are a listener of GBS, please let us know and provide a link to your donation page and we’ll post it in our show notes. http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1210

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047 Monster Ecologies in Roleplaying Games

Monster ecologies in roleplaying games. We talk a little synergy and if it matters that it make sense having monsters in your encounter. Should the players notice if it belongs or not?

Episode 47 Show Agenda

Intro

Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements

G&BS spy network success! Our elite team infiltrated the Misdirected Mark’s Gen Con seminar!

Loved to see the amount of “I can’t make Gen Con but I’m gonna game anyway!” activity on G+

Those who went to Gen Con – Tell us your favorite part – game you played, gear you bought, someone you met.  Tell us about it on our G+ Community.  Let’s see those G&BS Index Cards!

From the Gamehole

VIG event registration went live this past Saturday, Aug 1st. Awesome. See if we can get Royce.

We talk about how slick their event registration is by sharing a comment from someone on Facebook.

 

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

Michael Althauser on G+ re: Ep 44 Fuding Dice Rolls

Moe Tousignant on G+ re: Ep 43 Taking it to the table

 

Roger Brasslet re: Ep 46 Money episode

 

Sponsor

Greyedout Productions. Just like the guys at MM say “Buy a dicebag and use promo code GAMINGANDBS to receive 10% off your order!”  If we’ve got this through to the MM crew we must be doing something right! It’s also interesting how no one will sponsor their show…

Topic of Discussion

Ecologies of monsters and races in your games

  • Understanding the ecologies of critters give you:
    • Better understanding of how the various critters exist together
    • Provides depth to your encounters – e.g. reasons why critters/races do things
    • Gives you a chance to play against type – One shot games, and con games can really shine with this
  • How much do you need?
    • Start small and keep notes
    • Guidelines not rules

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

Brett

  1. Flash Gordon coming soon from Pinnacle for Savage Worlds – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYCroyXZSDs&feature=autoshare
  2. Pelgrane+Delta Green Vietnam is a great combination!  Fall of Delta Green book will be, Per Ken Hite’s FB post: “…a standalone adaptation of the new Delta Green RPG to GUMSHOE, set in the last era that DELTA GREEN was an authorized anti-Mythos agency of the U.S Government — the 1960s. Organizations, Bonds, everything you’re going to love about the new DG RPG, coming soon for GUMSHOE and TRAIL OF CTHULHU-compatible.”
  3. ENnie Award Winners – http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?2792-Congratulations-to-the-2015-ENnies-Award-Winners!#.Vb53mLc1cj7

Sean

  1. Diana Jones Award Guide to Glorantha, a role-playing sourcebook by Greg Stafford, Jeff Richard, and Sandy Petersen, published by Moon Design Publications. http://www.dianajonesaward.org/the-2015-award-2/
  2. Z-Man Games parent F2Z Entertainment has acquired Plaid Hat Games, the companies announced Wednesday.  Plaid Hat is the publisher of hit game Dead of Winter (see “Top 10 Board Games—Spring 2015”), Mice and Mystics, and others.  The new entity will operate out of Dallas, Texas under the name F2Z USA Corp. http://icv2.com/articles/news/view/32188/z-man-parent-buys-plaid-hat
  3. Force and Destiny launches from FFG
  4. Savage Worlds Rifts

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046 Money in Roleplaying Games

How do you handle money in roleplaying games? There are lots of different ways, we share our thoughts.

Episode 46 Show Agenda

Intro

Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements

Shaintar KS – Brett explains something he thinks is important.

Now on Tumblr gamingandbs.tumblr.com

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

From ep 45 https://plus.google.com/b/102903036211520314167/+Gamingandbscom/posts/Jb89rPQeM2L?cfem=1

Phil Vecchione

Tim Jensen

Victor Wyatt

Shane Freeman- Dead Games Society interview with Stephen Sullivan creator of Chill RPG http://dgsociety.net/chill-with-stephen-d-sullivan/

Joe Cwik

Sponsor

Greyedout Productions. Buy a dicebag and use promo code GAMINGANDBS to receive 10% off your order.

Topic of Discussion

How do you like to deal with money in your game?

  • OSR/1st Ed AD&D type of gp = xp
  • BRP style
  • GP v SP standard for “gritty” fantasy games
  • Gems and Jewelry
  • What do you let people buy? Do you play through shopping sessions?

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

Brett

  1. I saw Ant Man – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/marvel/antman/
  2. Never look a gift orc in the mouth – http://www.gnomestew.com/gming-advice/never-look-a-gift-orc-in-the-mouth/
  3. Jeff Dee gets to keep his rights to publish Villaians and Vigilantes RPG – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Villains-and-Vigilantes/110965138921803?fref=nf
  4. Show us your Gen Con pics!

Sean

  1. World War Cthuhlu – Cubicle 7 kickstarter funded https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461807648/world-war-cthulhu-cold-war-for-the-call-of-cthulhu
    • 256-page Core Setting Book – with extra material on the intelligence theatres of the Cold War as well as a section on operations in the UK.
    • Limited-edition, deluxe version, foil-stamped of the Core Setting Book.
    • 6-part campaign – Yesterday’s Men.
    • 6-scenario supplement – Covert Actions.
    • Player’s Guide – Section 46 Operations Manual.
    • A set of die-cut card handouts – Kickstarter exclusive!
  2. #rpgaday in August https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TIuHaeoQ_-s
  3. Anti Gen Con online game con https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JezGordon/posts/42rKtnH21WM

Closing/outro