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

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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

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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

027 Handling RPG Rules at the Table

We answer our first voice mail from Chris Hussey, how do you handle rpg rules at the table? Update from Gameholecon and Die Roll.

Episode 27 Show Agenda

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

Announcements

Great Feedback on Episode 26 – love the input!

  • Karl Keesler’s uses Magic Cards and an old 7th Sea method to help build backgrounds.
  • Shane Freeman, Austin, Kevin, and others use Images from Google for inspiration.
  • Chad and others will fight for their agency against the tyranny of Sean!

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This Just in from Gamehole!

Latest update from the Gamehole team

Random Encounter

VOICEMAIL! WHOOHOO! – Thank you Chris Hussey!

  • Rules Questions in game – how do you deal with them?

Topic of Discussion

Rules Questions at the Table – How do you deal with ‘em?

  • Look it Up?
  • GM Calls it?
  • Group Conference?

Die Roll – 2-4 misc points of things we think you should know regarding the hobby or misc topic of geekery.

Brett

  1. My oldest son Connor runs D&D for my youngest son and me, and then Ilana wanted in.
  2. Started reading Of Dice and Men – ok so far.
  3. Re-read Chaosium’s Basic Role Playing system.  I think I want to give it a run with a fantasy setting.
  4. Sir Terry Pratchet died – he was only 66 (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31858156)

Sean

  1. NBC Nightly News does segment on board games. Pimps Tabletop. Talks about standard Milton Bradley type games, but still some exposure http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/board-game-renaissance-in-full-swing-412520003928
  2. Tron 3 to start shooting in fall? Bridges not confirmed. http://www.blastr.com/2015-3-11/rumor-day-looks-tron-3-will-finally-start-shooting-fall
  3. Edx course The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact On Pop Culture, one of the instructors is Stan Lee!! https://www.edx.org/course/rise-superheroes-impact-pop-culture-smithsonianx-popx1-1x
  4. Misdirected Mark a tabletop rpg podcast by Chris Sniezak and Phil Vecchionne, check them out! We like ’em.

Closing/outro

026 Player Character Backgrounds in RPGs

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Player character backgrounds in roleplaying games, how do you handle them? Do you incorporate them into your story? Brett and Sean share their thoughts.

Episode 26 Show Agenda

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

Announcements

Volunteer for ACD’s Games Day. Go here for more details.

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Random Encounter

Thanks to Chris Hussey for shout out on his site TableTalesSeries.com: http://www.tabletalesseries.com/index.php/stuff-chris-loves

Topic of Discussion

As a GM

  • How much effort do you expect character creation?
  • What do you like to see?
  • How much control (e.g. limitations on class, race, etc) do you impose on your players?
  • What do you forget to use in game?

As a Player

  • How much effort do you put into your character creation?
    • personality and history
    • long and short term goals
  • Are there any bits of your character that you “always seem to forget?”
  • How much work do you expect the GM to put into helping you develop your character?
    • Something each session?
    • certain goals you assume should be brought to some sort of close?

Die Roll

Brett

  1. GenCon – I’m going, shall we meet up?
  2. Free to view HPL movies (http://lovecraftzine.com/2015/03/06/some-really-great-lovecraftian-movies-that-are-free-to-watch/)
  3. Lost Ralph Bakshi LotR footage found – http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/22/5536430/ralph-bakshi-son-discovers-lost-footage-1978-lord-of-the-rings

Sean

  1. Fantasy Flight Games is hiring https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/3/5/fantasy-flight-games-is-now-hiring-2015-03-05/
  2. OSR Today features Map Monday by Monkey Blood Design – free maps: http://osrtoday.com/author/monkeyblooddesign/
  3. Matt Jackson Maps: http://www.msjx.org/
  4. Savage Worlds combat flow chart: Link to thread: https://www.peginc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33050&sid=e9300987ecffa6102e563c8d090fdafcLink to PDF http://www.andrewgronosky.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/SavageWorldsCombatFlowChart.pdf
  5. Rocketbook: Cloud-Integrated Microwavable Notebook https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocketbook-cloud-integrated-microwavable-notebook


Misc

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko

Boryan Radakovich on Twitter, producer of Tabletop

Closing/outro