030 Are RPG Campaigns Necessary?

Do you need an rpg campaign that has a cohesive plot line or can one shots do the trick?

Episode 30 Show Outline

Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements

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

Kristian Serrano’s quote from the G&BS post on G+:

“Most players I know don’t actively participate in online communities and just want to play. They don’t necessarily care about the system at hand other than the fact that they want something easy to learn/master and fun to play.”

Sponsor

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

Topic of Discussion

The desire for a cohesive campaign storyline vs. the reality that such a thing may not be possible (e.g. I want to game X times a month and no one can make it).

  • Can you have a non-cohesive campaign?  Episodic sessions that “dump” you from one adventure to another but with the same characters perhaps?
  • Are one-shots the way to go?
  • Redefine what “long term” means for your group (Brett used to run one storyline over multiple years in real time – now it’s shorter)

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

Brett

  1. B-day weekend of gaming!
    1. Board games played: City of Thieves, Space Hulk, 7 Wonders
    2. RPGs run: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1st Ed), Chaosium’s BRP
    3. RPG played: NWoD (Lenny ran)
  2. Games bought: Mice and Mystics Heart of Glorm expansion and The Duke
  3. An all-day gaming event coming up on Saturday – my buddy Zave and I are heading to the Everest Game Club (Evercon folks) to run some gaming seminars and then some games – my boys are coming along.
  4. Bolter Prop for 40k: http://gravengames.co.uk/building-a-warhammer-40k-bolterboltgun-prop/

Sean

  1. Wil Wheaton new rpg series to use AGE system by Green Ronin http://greenronin.com/blog/2015/04/02/press-release-wil-wheatons-new-rpg-series-to-use-age-system/
  2. Simon Rogers from Pelgrane Press writes article for a minimal prep gumshoe game, I use a potted version of the suggestions in the Trail book, that is, work backwards from the Horrible Truth to the Hook. I’ll do this now on the fly. http://pelgranepress.com/site/?p=17564
  3. Lankhamar City of Thieves Pinnacle Entertainment Group https://www.peginc.com/savage-lankhmar-city-of-thieves-now-lurking-very-closely/

Closing/outro

029 Pursuing the Perfect RPG System

Why do gamers keep buying new RPG’s? Sean thinks its the pursuit of the perfect RPG rule system. We talk about it and a GaryCon wrap up.

Episode 29 Show Agenda

Intro

Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements

No Gen Con for Brett this year 🙁

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

  • Erik Frankhouse better explains his PC background tool on our website (check ep 28 comments)
  • Sean’s Gary Con After Action Report

Sponsor

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

Topic of Discussion

How much analysis of your current game system(s) do you do, and what are you looking for?

  • Analysis of current games
    • rules/mechanics
    • “feel” / “fun level”
    • setting
    • core activity
  • What the hell are we looking for in “the next best thing?”
    • Light or Crunchy
    • Speed of play
    • Adaptability/Hackability
    • Dedication to a specific “core activity”

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

Brett

  1. Mice and Mystics board game (http://www.amazon.com/Mice-and-Mystics-Board-Game/dp/B009TNOF9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427340846&sr=8-1&keywords=mice+and+mystics)
  2. Odyssey Con in Madison, 4/10 – 4/12 (http://www.odysseycon.org/)
  3. Had to throw John Harper some cash – I’m in on the Blades in the Dark KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark/description)

Sean

  1. Celtic dice Bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and rough feel. http://www.shapeways.com/product/4ULHM67SD/celtic-dice-set ,
  2. Lankhmar to be produced by Goodman Games.
  3. Gaming Hoopla April 24-26 http://www.gaminghoopla.com
  4. Primetime Adventures kickstarter.

Closing/outro

028 Listener Voicemails, Maps and Character Background

We address listener voicemails that ask how we maps in roleplaying games and comment on player character backgrounds in this role playing game podcast episode.

Episode 28 Show Agenda

Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements
Working out some colaboration with the Misdirected Mark team (http://misdirectedmark.com/)

Random Encounter & Topic of Discussion
VM from Chris Hussey – maps

VM from Erik Frankhouse – PC background idea

Email from Scott

Sponsor
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Die Roll

Brett

  1. Thank you to Mike Rigsby – tried to get us a bottle or two of Rogue Brewing’s Right Hand of Doom red ale (http://buy.rogue.com/rogue-hellboy-right-hand-of-doom-red-ale/)
  2. Picked up the Small World board game from I’m Board in MSN (http://www.imboardgamestore.com/index.php)
  3. Elemental Evil Players Companion for 5e (http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/145542/Elemental-Evil-Players-Companion-5e?affiliate_id=8220)
  4. Blades in the Dark KS – Those MM boys just might get me to try another KS… (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark)

Sean

  1. Mission Impossible 5 Rogue Nation July 31st trailer. Simon Pegg, Cruise, Baldwin, Jeremy Renner, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNPZGc0WmfM
  2. Forge Midwest April 24th-26th Free. Can drink. https://forgemidwest.wordpress.com/
  3. Now hiring: Vikings 8000 extras needed. http://lovebelfast.co.uk/2015/03/19/ever-fancied-joining-a-viking-army-now-you-can-8000-extras-needed/

Closing/outro