020 Experience Points & Character Advancement

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Incentive for level-based roleplaying game systems is typically experience points. We talk about player character advancement and how pacing goes back to game balance. How do you handle character advancement in level-based systems?

Episode 20 Show Outline

Intro including music and Darktheatre.net

Announcements

Gamehole Con, met with director Alex, and we’re sorting out our plans.

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

Email from listener Scott W.

Comments from episode 19 – Homebrew RPG Settings https://gamingandbs.com/2015/01/20/episode-19-homebrew-rpg-settings/#comments

Topic of Discussion

How do you advance characters in your game?

  • By the rules (aka as written)
  • Modified system
  • alternate method? ad-hoc?

Advancement for Characters

  • Power climb
  • New skills

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. GenCon prep for my group – so far, so good
  2. Spy Game – think I need to run one, might try Top Secret for it
  3. Need a board game for 9yr old boys – Need it to be fast to pick up, and not too complex. Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.

Sean

  1. Modular paint workshop http://www.hobbyzone.pl/en/wsm/
  2. Four hour cut of the hobbit https://tolkieneditor.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/i-have-recut-peter-jacksons-hobbit-trilogy-into-a-single-4-hour-film/
  3. Habit RPG https://habitrpg.com/static/front

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019 Homebrew RPG Settings

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Brett and Sean talk about homebrew RPG settings versus prepublished ones. Is the mystery lost when players have access to the world atlas and details? What’s your preference?

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Topics of Discussion – Homebrew RPG Settings

Published = Everyone Knows

  • Anyone can read the source if the buy it
  • Arguments over how to use the setting “right”
  • When the world is known/set there’s an official source to “tell you how it is”

No one knows but you and your group

Build Options

  • Build and then tell/share
  • Build as a group
  • Hybrid – using group/player input to help

When it’s yours it’s new

  • When it comes from you and the group it’s new and the wonder and exploration feeling are there
  • This is the same for any setting or genre
  • Brett does this for horror, fantasy, sci-fi, historical
  • Even if you just take an existing setting and “break it” and get buy in from your group that you’re not going to follow cannon (Hell, Ed Greenwood doesn’t!)

Cannibalize everything (You’re not selling this world – It’s just for you and your group)
You don’t need to be original in all things swipe:

  • Maps
  • Adventure ideas
  • NPC names and stat blocks
  • Gods

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

I can’t seem to force myself to get rid of games I know I’ll never play…

Packers play Catan! (http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-packers-of-catan-green-bays-board-game-obsession-1421346102)

School of Night (http://pelgranepress.com/site/?p=16106)

Sean

Wargaming Hall of Fame member and creator of Squad Leader, John Hill passes http://www.consimworld.com/post/107950723641/csw-is-saddened-to-report-the-passing-of-john-hill

Choose your own adventure using Twitter accounts http://qz.com/325808/someone-built-a-choose-your-own-adventure-game-out-of-twitter-accounts-and-its-surprisingly-cool/

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018 Re-Alignment, In and Out of Game

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We circle back to episode 17 where we initially talked about alignment. We address listener feedback and elaborate a bit more on the topic.

Episode 18 Show Outline

Intro including music

Announcements

Brett is in news coverage of EverCon: http://www.waow.com/story/27815978/2015/01/09/gamers-come-out-for-evercon

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

Sean – this! is why I appreciate the gaming community, different angles and considerations, experienced players and GM’s and systems!…

Follow up discussion from ep 17 – Alignment

Email from Adam Muszkiewicz

G+ Post from Kristian Serrano

G+ Post from Austin

Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/gamingandbs/status/552527595552907266

Topics of Discussion – Re-Alignment

3 Alignment system

  • DCC and new OSR systems
  • Basic D&D – Moldvay & Mentzer do this (Holmes did NOT – he had the AD&D setup)

It’s How You Use It

  • Guideline
  • Railroad for morality
  • In-world or in-system impact to shifts of alignment
  • Excuse to be a dick

How to be a group with mixed alignments?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy – what they were before and what they became together
  • Develop the bonds and connections and goals that the group agrees on (ie. the “quest” they are on)
  • Those that act “in character” in a way that harms the group get booted out “in character” – adventures aren’t stupid.

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. EverCon recap – Live Pathfinder
  2. EverCon recap – OSR Challenge

Sean

  1. How fight with a dagger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bteyMFfeaYk
  2. Telescope, futuristic short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yid59_nd9-8 ,
  3. GURPS Calculator http://www.gurpscalculator.com/Account/Login?returnUrl=%2FAccount

Closing/outro