007 Interview with Alex from Gamehole Con

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Brett is out for this one so Sean interviews the Director of  Gamehole Con, Alex Kammer.

Episode 7 Show Outline

While Brett spends time in the woods of northern Wisconsin Sean flies solo but not without the help of Alex Kammer, Director, of Gamehole Con.

Topic of Discussion – Alex Kammer of Gamehole Con

Our first interview, we talk to Alex about his collection of roleplaying games and rpg material, Gamehole Con and what it means to put on a convention. We also put Alex through our first iteration of Skill Check!

Skill Check

Player or GM?

  • Screen or no screen
  • Modules or original content
  • Game balance or no game balance
  • Favorite genre to run

006 RPG Settings

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RPG Settings (aka Location, Location, Location). Homebrew vs prepublished. Does one take more work than the other?

Episode 6 Show Outline


  1. Gamehole is coming! (https://www.gameholecon.com/)
  2. Call the BS line 929.BIG.DICE (929.244.3423)
  3. I learned how to pronounce Moe’s last name!  (it’s pronounced: 2 Sin O – in English.)  And here’s a link to this Windsor Gaming Resoruce page (http://w-g-r.blogspot.ca/)
  4. As penance for failing to pronounce Moe’s name right last time, he’s asked that we pimp the RPGgeek 24 Hour RPG contest voting. Voting ends on the 22nd and I’m hearing they need WAY more people to get involved and vote (only 12 last time I checked)!  The theme this year is Travel. My entry is called A Fantasy Trip and it’s a mash-up for Traditional Fantasy RPGs like D&D and the classic road trip game Eye Spy. http://rpggeek.com/thread/1245378/2014-rpg-geek-24-hour-contest-vote-now
  5. Robin Law’s mother passed away on 9/29 durring his Feng Shui 2 KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasgames/feng-shui-2-action-movie-roleplaying-game-by-robin).

Random Encounter

From Nick A. on G+ in response to Episode 05 – Systems:

Hey guys – just finished listening to episode 5. If you have an interest in science fiction in the dark future check out Fantasy Flight Games. Two books in particular – Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader – look really good. I haven’t played it – but the system is really simple. The biggest caveat; the system is focused on bringing 40k to life. If you don’t like that particular genre you won’t like the books at all.

Brett – If you want to mix politics and gaming in your posts be prepared for what will happen – arguments, fights, hate, etc. Sean helps explain best Google plus circle setup.

Topics of Discussion – RPG Settings

  • Homebrew vs Published
    • Why one over the other?
    • Home RPG Settings
      • Custom designed for you and your group and the stories you want to tell
      • Players usually have more input into what is canon
      • The group become masters of the setting together
    • Published RPG Settings
      • Less work (yes/no?)
      • Potentially lower “cost of entry”
      • Support by the publisher – adventures, races, classes, etc
  • RPG Settings that go along with the system
    • Pelgrene Press’ Gumshoe games
    • “Anything” by Robin Laws
    • CoC, Delta Green
    • Pendragon
    • Amber
    • Houses of the Blooded
    • Shadows of Esteren
  • Licensed IP
    • Star Wars
    • Firefly
    • Marvel/DC
    • Star Trek
    • Rune
    • Middle Earth
    • Mouseguard
    • Dresden Files (FATE)
  • Fantasy
    • TSR/WotC/Paizo
      • Dragonlance
      • Planescape
      • Birthright
      • Dark Sun
      • Greyhawk
      • Forgotten Realms
      • Ravenloft
      • Golarion
      • Eberron
    • Warhammer Fantasy
    • 13th Age
    • DCC
    • Dungeon World
  • Modern
    • Era 1920’s – current (Espionage, pulp)
    • Night’s Black Agents
    • Call of Cthulhu
    • Delta Green
    • World of Darkness
  • Super Heroes
    • Champions
    • Godlike
    • Icons
  • Scifi
    • See Licensed IP
    • Numinara
    • Star Frontiers
    • Mutant City Blues
    • Dying Earth
    • Warhammer 40K
    • Traveller
    • Cyberpunk
      • Cyberpunk 2020
      • Shadowrun
      • Corporation
      • Interface Zero (Savage Worlds)
  • Savage Worlds – all about settings since SW is a system
    • Deadlands
    • Rippers
    • Solomon Kane
    • Streets of Bedlam
    • Weird Wars
    • Deadlands – DL Noir
    • 50 Fathoms
    • more
  • GURPS Worlds – same reason as SW
    • GURPS licensed settings (e.g. Hellboy, Deadlands)
    • GURPS Sci-Fi
    • GURPS Fantasy
  • Brett’s favorite – published and homebrew
  • Sean’s favorite – published and homebrew

Die Roll


  1. Old School Red Box D&D with my kids
  2. Oldest son started TKD with me and my two youngest kids
  3. This next weekend and week – gaming, gaming and hunting!


  1. Fantasticon – Milwaukee’s comic con: http://www.fantasticonmilwaukee.com/FANTASTICON/Home.html
  2. Lockheed Martin’s skunk works make progress on nuclear fusion: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/lockheed-martin-fusion
  3. American Horror Story http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/american-horror-story/episodes

005 RPG Rule Systems Matter

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System matters? A high level overview of whether system matters or not in roleplaying games. Sean’s 5E game kicks off, sort of. Die roll: Brett takes notes! Sean mentions some sci-fi games and settings.

Episode 5 Show Outline


First itunes reviews. Thanks to Zave! and Kevthuhlu!

Shout outs to: Chad Knight and Moe Tousignant!

Random Encounter

Email from Chad Knight – Re: Episode 04 – How did you get into gaming?

Sean’s Roll20 5e kick off session

Topic of Discussion – System Matters

  • Does system matter?
    • why
    • why not
  • Define ‘system’
  • Define ‘role playing game’ – touching on John Wick’s article (http://johnwickpresents.com/games/game-designs/chess-is-not-an-rpg-the-illusion-of-game-balance/) and why its important not to take anyone’s writing too far before you ask grown-up questions.
  • Different types of systems
    • Difference between generic and nongeneric systems
    • d20
    • GURPS
    • FATE
    • Savage Worlds
    • Edge of the Empire/FFG Star Wars
    • d6 Star Wars
    • Gumshoe – Esoterists, Trail of Cthuhlu
    • Hero
    • Basic Roleplaying
    • OSR
    • Indie games
      • Fiasco
      • Primetime Adventures
      • Dogs in the Vineyard
      • Apocalypse World
      • Sorcerer
  • What does a system do/provide? A mechanism to have collaborative fun?  Something else?
  • If you’re not abiding by the system – are you playing the game?

Die Roll


  1. Sci-Fi – need to do a sci-fi game with my group. This group hasn’t done one so I need to do that after this current game wraps up.
  2. Alpha’s wedding celebration
  3. I take notes in game now – ‘cause I’m old…
  4. Bone Armor – http://io9.com/remarkable-3-900-year-old-suit-of-bone-armor-found-in-s-1632366327


  1. Scifi space theme
    1. Interstellar movie, Nov 7th, Christopher Nolan & Matthew McCaughnehey
    2. Stars Without Number – old school d&d rules, space setting
    3. The Last Parsec – Savage Worlds on Kickstarter
    4. Star Frontiers
    5. Traveller