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


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.


  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)


  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.


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


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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


  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


  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


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025 Break Time and RPG Group Size

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Sometimes we need to take a break from gaming and the reasons may vary. It could be GM burn-out or a player that just isn’t into the game. We also talk about Brett’s 10 person gaming group and how a smaller, more intimate, group can be more beneficial. There’s also different ways to handle rpg group size.

Episode 25 Show Agenda

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


Now on Youtubes! https://www.youtube.com/gamingbs

Thank you to Phil and Chris for the shout out in episode 144 of Misdirected Mark podcast. They mention the cold and how people in Wisconsin are probably running around in t-shirts. We don’t know what they’re talking about, scroll down to see how Sean & Brett show their appreciation.

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Topics of Discussion

Taking a Break

  • As a GM do you ever take breaks between running games?
  • As a player to you ever take breaks between gaming?

Size of Your Group – What’s the “sweet spot” for # of players?

  • GM perspective
  • Player perspective
  • Regular campaigns vs one-shots or Con games
  • Ever Co-GM a game?

Die Roll – 2-4 misc points of gaming and geekery.


  1. OOP Goodies – Found Lure of the Liche Lord for Warhammer RPG (2nd ed)
  2. Spock passed – I feel for those who are connected in the Nerd-sphere
  3. Looking forward to some RPG time on the other side of the screen


  1. Congrats to all Golden Geek award winners and nominations http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1326066/2014-golden-geek-awards-winners
  2. Kingsman: The Secret Service http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802144/
  3. The Man from UNCLE http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1638355/


Caught reading AD&D's Fiend Folio
Sean caught reading AD&D’s Fiend Folio


Brett enjoying a frosty one on a balmy Wisconsin day.
Brett enjoying a frosty one on a balmy Wisconsin day.