012 Game Balance in Roleplaying Games

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We talk about game balance, challenge ratings, encounters and throwing a lich up against a party of first level pleebs! Is it necessary? Let us know.

Episode 12 Show Outline

Intro

Announcements

DMG released! (that’s 5e folks)

Added to Master List of Podcasts on Table Top Podcast Community https://plus.google.com/+MoeTousignant/posts/H5fyeqxtQv3 Thanks Moe!

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Random Encounter – messages from audience via email, G+ community or Twitter

Comments to Game Stores episode from GamingandBS.com: https://gamingandbs.com/2014/11/25/episode-11-game-stores/#comments

Moe Tosignant

This is a bit of a contentious topic locally as of late.

The big FLGS of the area closed. The owner had planned to start fresh with something new. A secondary store really stepped up to the plate to fill the gape. Went from LGS, and really Magic the Gathering and CCG store that also had Warhammer to a true hobby game store that also earned the F in front of FLGS.

Now since then something went bad for the initial FLGS owner and his plans didn’t work out. He’s now back in the LGS business hooking up with the local UFLGS (Un-Friendly Local Game Store). Now since joining up he’s doing an awesome job getting rid of that U. The problem is that there’s bad blood between all these store owners.

So now the local gaming community is starting to remind me of high school RPG groups where there are relationship issues. I’m sure you’ve all gone through that at some point and know what it feels like.

Added to this mess are a couple of really cool out of towners (though they’ve now been here long enough they can’t really be called out of towners anymore) who have plans to open a new store next year.

Feedback from Liz C. on G+. Liz, thanks for the feedback. re: Brett’s affinity for clicking mouse during show. We have restrained him.

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Topic of Discussion

  1. How do Brett and Sean define Game Balance
  2. What’s the big deal?
    1. Up front Power
    2. Potential Power
    3. Encounters that “match”
  3. Stuff that RPGs try and emulate that are NOT balanced
    1. Fictional characters (movies, books etc)
    2. Myths
    3. Real life triumph over adversity
  4. Who’s job is it to ensure some form of balance?
    1. GM – provide a setting and options that allow for more than just “you are evenly matched in combat/skill/abilities”
    2. Players – running away is an option, creative choices
    3. RPG Authors – set up the game to start on equal footing

Die Roll (5 min) – 2-4 misc points we want to bring up at end of cast. Should be short and sweet, could be a plug, something to check out, etc. Limited time to spout off.

Brett

  1. KS rage – I’m not happy with how this is going…
  2. Gaming with my kids – how awesome it is to have every description of every monster be new again

Sean

  1. Star Wars-Force Awakens Trailer
  2. Holiday movie season: In Exodus-Gods and Kings, The Hobbit-Battle of Five Armies, The Imitation Game (Turing), American Sniper (Eastwood), Unbroken (Jolie)-track star, 47 days at sea, rescued by Japanese
  3. Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals

Closing/outro

011 Roleplaying Game Stores

Bad roleplaying game stores get our blood pressure up, but it’s because we want them to thrive. Let us know why your game store rocks via email: [email protected] or call 929.BIG.DICE and leave us a message!

Episode 11 Show Outline

Intro

Announcements – updates to website, news, events, links, etc

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Random Encounter – misc rants

What kind of ASSHOLE knocks over a guys motorcycle?!?  I want that guy’s head on a pike.

Message – messages from audience via email, G+ community or Twitter

Topics of Discussion – Girth of the show, links, blurb, references, etc.

WARNING to Listeners – Sean is totally gonna lose his shit in this episode

  1. Benefits to local game store
    1. meet other gamers
    2. events
    3. order stuff
    4. support local economy – employs people, etc
    5. promotes the hobby
    6. may be able to purchase something on the spot to include impulse buys
  2. What makes a good game store
    1. good inventory – define ‘good’
    2. friendly & knowledgeable staff
    3. clean store
    4. good communication
    5. loyalty programs
    6. pre-orders
    7. makes use of social media
  3. What makes a bad game store
    1. crappy customer service
    2. shit inventory
    3. dirty game store – garbage, signs done in MS word using word art.
  4. Location
  5. What challenges do game stores have in today’s market
    1. pdfs
    2. publishers selling direct
    3. kickstarter
    4. too many products
    5. staffing – specifically events

Die Roll 

Brett

  1. Saw a bear this trip  – seems I’m upgrading from wolves?
  2. Get to have one last gaming session with my group before the end of the year -never easy to get this last one in but we’ve got it on the calendar!
  3. Ken Hite’s Dracula Dossier for Night’s Black Agents is going strong on KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1721105501/the-dracula-dossier) – this is one KS I’m thinking of putting mone into as I’m confident they will deliver a solid product.
  4. Thanksgiving is my favorite family holiday. Hope all the US listeners have a good holiday!

Sean

  1. Stan Shin – 5e rules summary in both landscape and portrait formats https://plus.google.com/+StanShinn/posts/eso3h2RCKpq,
  2. Fantasy Flight merges with Asmodee Group http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=5212

Closing/outro

010 Game Master Mistakes in RPGs

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Getting impatient with players? Not ‘yes, and’ing? B & S Divulge some of their GM mistakes in roleplaying games. It’s all learning, right?

Episode 10 Show Outline

Announcements

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Official podcast of Gamehole Con III in 2015!

Random Encounter

  • Happy post Canadian Thanksgiving to Moe and others! (it was Nov 13th)
  • Happy soon to be Thanksgiving to the US listeners!
  • Wayne Humfleet posting to his stream of 7200 people and G+ Tabletop RPG General Discussion community w/13000+ members! Thank you Wayne!  https://plus.google.com/+WayneHumfleet/posts If you’re a rpg gamer, veteran, Star Wars buff, consumer of fine beers…follow Wayne. He’s also @lumrunner on Twitter.

Topics of Discussion 

  1. Sean and Brett’s Biggest Mistakes
    1. Our screw ups as GMs:
      1. Brett –
        1. GM angry
        2. over explain
        3. Letting players make whatever they want
        4. Not dealing with a problem player because I didn’t to hurt their feelings
      2. Sean – Sean makes no mistakes, but if he did
        1. Getting impatient with players
        2. Ensuring things are communicated properly, “you said you were going into the room.” “no i didn’t”
        3. Not allowing the ‘yes, and’ scenario
        4. Not asking the players exactly what they want to get out of the game.
    2. Our screw ups as Players:
      1. Brett –
        1. PC that doesn’t fit the story
        2. Put up with problem players and expect the GM to fix it
      2. Sean –
        1. Giving nothing to the GM to work with/entertain me
  2. How They Got Better

Die Roll

Brett

  1. Back to the woods – heading back to the UP to hunt, bringing my oldest son with me this time.
  2. Does 3 = a collection?  My buddy Henry gave me a sword.

Sean

  1. Dreamworks and Hasbro to merge? http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/30189.html  http://deadline.com/2014/11/dreamworks-animation-hasbro-merger-negotiations-in-works-1201282751/
  2. Philae Lander touchdowns on comet 67p https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/GxZRN3tbLHn

Closing/outtro  – final goodbye of episode