002 Metagaming in RPGs

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Metagaming in rpgs! We talk about posting on Google+ and how some people seem to spam their info all over the place. Once the banter is over, we get to metagaming, which was originally spurred from our first episode. We define it in our own terms – essentially player knowledge and manipulating the game through your character within the roleplaying game. Some players will even stipulate that they are talking OOC or ‘out of character’. However, you may allow metagaming to some degree in your game. One example is if there is a scene with a single player character and there are multiple players making suggestions on what to do. This could be the inner voices speaking to the character and mimicking inner turmoil.

What are your thoughts on ‘metagaming’?

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  • Sean – Playing FFG Star Wars Edge of the Empire – he’s a diplomat who’s the “talky talk” guy of the party, if the SW GM doesn’t show he runs 5e

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  3. Camping and gaming – next weekend with my boys

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  3. Frank Mentzer – was guest of honor at Paizo con

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001 Pilot: Narrative Control in RPGs

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Narrative control is our first ‘main’ topic of discussion. Sean touches on the approach that the Star Wars Edge of the Empire by Fantasy Flight Games takes with narration and how some systems or groups approach narration differently based on the game, or is it how they play? But before that we talk about Warhammer 40k, and why we started this podcast. Our first iteration of Random Encounter is not the same as it is in later episodes. Originally positioned much like what becomes Die Roll.

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