015 Scifi Roleplaying Games

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Scifi rpgs, is space handled like Firefly or Star Wars? We talk about the challenges of a scifi game. Hard science and how ‘crazy’ do you get when you offer a scifi rpg to your players?

Episode 15 Show Outline

Intro

Announcements

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

Phil Vecchionne, blogger at Gnome Stew, Engine Publishing – contributor for both  Eureka: 501 Dramatic Plots to Inspire Game Masters and Masks: 1000 Memorable NPCs For Any Role Playing GameIn 2012 I released my first solo book: Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master’s Guide To Session Prep, weighs in on Episode 12’s – Game Balance: http://www.gnomestew.com/gming-advice/the-real-issues-with-encounter-balance/

Email from Austin

Hey guys, I was thinking, over the last few episodes there has been a lot of talk of stuff like Evercon where it’s run by younger gamers, and a few times Brett has talked about running for his kids. I’d be interested to hear you guys talk a bit about the ways gaming has and is changing through it’s new gamers, and what has changed, for better or worse for people trying to get into the hobby. Thanks, Austin

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Topics of Discussion

  1. Picking up our discussion on sci-fi rpgs
    1. define – Star Wars is not scifi? what makes an rpg scifi?
    2. popularity – fantasy seems to be big in rpg’s why not scifi?
    3. expectations – transhuman, what is possible? what is too crazy?
    4. munsters can be tricky, fascinating
  2. Popular scifi rpgs
    1. Stars Without Number
    2. GURPS Transhuman Space
    3. Last Parsec – Savage Worlds
    4. Traveller – original and Mongoose
    5. Eclipse Phase
    6. Star Trek
    7. Serenity/Firefly ?
    8. Star Frontiers
    9. Gamma World
    10. Ashen Stars

 

Die Roll 

Brett

  1. Holiday games – as in having holidays in your game world
  2. My kids love NPCs
  3. Happy holidays to folks

Sean

  1. Theories on Time Travel & Wormholes http://www.space.com/28000-physicist-kip-thorne-wildest-theories.html
  2. Black Hole comparison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgNDao7m41M

 

Closing/outro

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014 Tech at the Gaming Table

Technology at the gaming table, what do you allow? Laptops ok or are they a distraction? “Hey man, can you put away your cell phone for a second. It’s your turn.”

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Guest Chad Knight joins us to talk about EverCon.org. tech at the table, Die Roll, and Skill Check!

Announcements

Poll results – How many cons do you attend?

Website: 75% 2-3, 25% 1-2

Google Plus: 80% 1-2, 10% only 1, 10% 4+

Facebook: 100% 1-2

Guest – Chad Knight talks about EverCon (http://evercon.org)

Topic of Discussion – Technology at the Table

What types of tech do you allow, encourage, tolerate at the table?

  • tablets
  • phones
  • laptops

Why do you allow/tolerate it?

  • PDFs
  • Apps (dice, character sheets, etc)

What tech don’t you allow and why?

What about projectors or LCD TV’s turned into high-tech gaming table?

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Die Roll 

Brett

  1. Last game for 2014 for my group
  2. Space Hulk Deal!
  3. Pathfinder Unchained – could be cool (http://paizo.com/products/btpy97vo?Pathfinder-Roleplaying-Game-Pathfinder-Unchained-Hardcover)

Sean

  1. Gamers Behaving Badly a venture of Chris Hussey https://plus.google.com/+ChrisHussey/posts check it out: http://www.tabletalesseries.com/index.php/archives/category/gamers-behaving-badly
  2. One Book Shelf owner of DriveThruRPG removes item. Posted only on G+? https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DriveThruRPG/posts/RjNqnw6yn8q

Skill Check – Chad performs skill check!

 

GM or Player?

Player

  1. Fighter? Magic User? Thief? Cleric?
  2. PC Death – great for story? please don’t kill my guy?
  3. Rules lawyer? power gamer? ac TOR?
  4. Rule zero or “I’m a player and I have equal rights!”
  5. Favorite rpg?

Closing/outro

013 It’s How You Use It – Following Rules in RPGs

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Brett and Sean discuss playing an rpg, but not necessarily playing by the rules-as-written? Huh, what? Then why play that game?

Episode 13 Show Outline

Intro

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Topics of Discussion

It’s not what system you choose, it’s how you use it that matters. Brett and I talk about playing roleplaying games but not adhering to the rules as written. If a system forces us one way, it won’t work for us. Sean’s argument would be, “then why play that game with those rules?”

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. Saw the SW trailer.  I was… unmoved. <sean> did you see the real one or a spoof? (Wes Anderson or Lucas version – many tie fighters)
  2. EverCon Olde School Challenge and D&D with a live audience (http://evercon.org/events/rpg/)

Sean

  1. Custom Star Wars miniatures table w/LED! http://www.starwars.com/news/fully-operational-fandom-incredible-custom-x-wing-miniatures-gaming-table
  2. 3d print your own working Stargate – rotates and has LEDs http://io9.com/3d-print-your-very-own-working-stargate-1666385136
  3. Terminator Genisys – Summer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSuc
  4. Asteroid Day campaign launched Dec 3rd. Wants to mark June 30, 2015 as Asteroid Day. THat day would be the 107th anniversary of the Tunguska Event. On June 30, 1908, a near-Earth object (NEO) thought to be about 130 feet (40 meters) wide exploded above the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Siberia, destroying 800 square miles (2,072  square kilometers) of forest. “If that event had taken place 6 1/2 hours later, Berlin would have rotated into the object’s path, and that would have utterly changed the course of human civilization,” said Bill Nye, former TV “Science Guy” and CEO of the nonprofit Planetary Society, who joined today’s news conference via videoconference from New York. http://www.space.com/27921-asteroid-day-dangerous-near-earth-objects.html

Closing/outro