023 What Have RPGs Done For You?

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We touch on the benefits of roleplaying games in our professional lives. Then we get off the beaten path…. Die roll is still included and Sean goes on rant over bad experience registering for events for GaryCon.

Episode 23 Show Agenda

Intro – Sponsored by Dark Theatre, home of the character folio!

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Topic of Discussion

What about your life can you attribute to your involvement in the RPG hobby?

Brett

  • Reading / Appreciation for stories
  • Leadership – I run meetings like I run games – got a good idea of what’s supposed to happen and improv the rest
  • Public speaking

Sean

  • Creativity
  • Vocabulary

Die Roll – 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. Gaming with Frank Mentzer at the Gamehole – Thanks to Alex!
  2. Gaming Tools and & Magazine – http://wizardawn.and-mag.com/tool_world.php
  3. “The War” KS finally came through

Sean

  1. Drivethru rpg has D&D products on sale. Rule Cyclopedia is $4.99 http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/featured.php?promotion_id=DnDC2YearAnni
  2. Letterforms dry erase notebook http://www.letterforms.org/store.html
  3. Podcast Awards, previously mentioned, lets get an rpg/tabletop show nominated! http://podcastawards.com/
  4. 100 Finalists have been chosen for one-way trip to Mars http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2015/02/16/100-finalists-have-been-chosen-for-a-one-way-trip-to-mars/

Sean vents about his experience registering for events at GaryCon

Closing/outro

022 RPG Wikis and Dissemination of Info

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We start out talking about how Brett organizes his campaign info using a wiki and then slide into disseminating campaign information using social media. How do you manage getting information to your players?

Episode 22 Show Agenda

Intro including music – DarkTheatre.net Home of the Character Folio

Announcements

Gamehole NewsThe Rodneys!The what? Yes, The Rodneys. This is the name for our just launched Gamehole Con game design award. If you look at any of our annual logos, you will see an armored fellow squaring off against some foe. At Gamehole Con command central, we have always called that guy, Sir Rodney. So, that will be the name of our game design awards.As this will be our first year offering this award, it will be limited to two categories – RPG Adventure and Board Game. We are partnering with our friends at The Game Crafter to run this contest. The long and the short of it is that the winner in each category will receive a $100 cash prize among other prizes and will receive an award created for us by our friends at Albion Swords. This is pretty cool people! For all of the details, please click here.

Random Encounter

Brett’s thoughts to responses to episode 21 on gender:

All good stuff and I really like the approaches that our listeners told us about.  And I like that everyone kept the discussion reasonable and above name calling (except for Chad – I’ll kill his next 5 characters in petty vengeance).

Topics of Discussion

What are you using to organize your gaming?

Tools for the GM

  • Brett’s use of a Wiki
    • Our own wiki site
    • Also used Obsidian Portal
  • G+ Communities
    • One for the group
    • One for each campaign
    • FB could also be used – a buddy of Brett’s uses FB

Die Roll – 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. Piercer attack!

Sean

  1. Wanted PT Game Master, Roll20.net http://blog.roll20.net/post/110188978920/were-hiring ,

Closing/outro

021 Gender Mixing, Male Players Playing Female Characters

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Males players playing female characters in roleplaying games, that’s the topic. Do you allow it? Is it a big deal?

Episode 21 Show Outline

Intro including music – DarkTheatre.net Home of the Character Folio

Announcements

Submitted Gaming and BS to rpggeek.com. Thanks to Moe Tousignant for the suggestion.

10th annual podcast awards at NMX in Vegas. Nominate your show now and have RPG podcasts represent! http://www.podcastawards.com/  having ‘Gaming’ category, but past winners are video game shows!

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

Email from Josh W., talks about our episode on experience points as well as some suggestions on board games for Brett.

Email from friend of the show, Wayne Humfleet – weighs in on awarding experience points and leveling up.

Email from friend of the show Scott W.  who has emailed us before and is hanging out in Austria. He’s also a member of the SinCitySavages podcast. Check out the savages and his youtube channel Disemvowel.

Topics of Discussion

Players with a PC that is an alternate gender than what they are

Do you do it?

Do your players do it / Do you allow it?

Any issues with it?

Die Roll – 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. D&D with my kids.
  2. Sci-Fi game kick off – so far so good

Sean

  1. Great resource for DnD 5e character sheets on ENWorld http://www.enworld.org/forum/rpgdownloads.php?categoryid=23 ,
  2. Fantasy Flight Games’ End of the World Series: Zombie Apocolypse: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=275

Closing/outro