029 Pursuing the Perfect RPG System

Why do gamers keep buying new RPG’s? Sean thinks its the pursuit of the perfect RPG rule system. We talk about it and a GaryCon wrap up.

Episode 29 Show Agenda

Intro

Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net

Announcements

No Gen Con for Brett this year 🙁

Random Encounter – emails, voice mails, social media from listeners

  • Erik Frankhouse better explains his PC background tool on our website (check ep 28 comments)
  • Sean’s Gary Con After Action Report

Sponsor

Greyedout Productions. Buy a dicebag and use promo code GAMINGANDBS to receive 10% off your order.

Topic of Discussion

How much analysis of your current game system(s) do you do, and what are you looking for?

  • Analysis of current games
    • rules/mechanics
    • “feel” / “fun level”
    • setting
    • core activity
  • What the hell are we looking for in “the next best thing?”
    • Light or Crunchy
    • Speed of play
    • Adaptability/Hackability
    • Dedication to a specific “core activity”

Die Roll – 2-4 miscellaneous points of gaming or geekery we want to share with you.

Brett

  1. Mice and Mystics board game (http://www.amazon.com/Mice-and-Mystics-Board-Game/dp/B009TNOF9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427340846&sr=8-1&keywords=mice+and+mystics)
  2. Odyssey Con in Madison, 4/10 – 4/12 (http://www.odysseycon.org/)
  3. Had to throw John Harper some cash – I’m in on the Blades in the Dark KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080350433/blades-in-the-dark/description)

Sean

  1. Celtic dice Bronze-infused stainless steel with visible print lines and rough feel. http://www.shapeways.com/product/4ULHM67SD/celtic-dice-set ,
  2. Lankhmar to be produced by Goodman Games.
  3. Gaming Hoopla April 24-26 http://www.gaminghoopla.com
  4. Primetime Adventures kickstarter.

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!

Sponsor

GreyedOut Productions, head to greyedout.etsy.com and use promo code GAMINGANDBS to get 10% off your order!

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

013 It’s How You Use It – Following Rules in RPGs

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Brett and Sean discuss playing an rpg, but not necessarily playing by the rules-as-written? Huh, what? Then why play that game?

Episode 13 Show Outline

Intro

Sponsor

Greyedout Productions – Dice bags. Promo code: GamingandBS gets you 10% off. http://greyedout.etsy.com

Topics of Discussion

It’s not what system you choose, it’s how you use it that matters. Brett and I talk about playing roleplaying games but not adhering to the rules as written. If a system forces us one way, it won’t work for us. Sean’s argument would be, “then why play that game with those rules?”

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. Saw the SW trailer.  I was… unmoved. <sean> did you see the real one or a spoof? (Wes Anderson or Lucas version – many tie fighters)
  2. EverCon Olde School Challenge and D&D with a live audience (http://evercon.org/events/rpg/)

Sean

  1. Custom Star Wars miniatures table w/LED! http://www.starwars.com/news/fully-operational-fandom-incredible-custom-x-wing-miniatures-gaming-table
  2. 3d print your own working Stargate – rotates and has LEDs http://io9.com/3d-print-your-very-own-working-stargate-1666385136
  3. Terminator Genisys – Summer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62E4FJTwSuc
  4. Asteroid Day campaign launched Dec 3rd. Wants to mark June 30, 2015 as Asteroid Day. THat day would be the 107th anniversary of the Tunguska Event. On June 30, 1908, a near-Earth object (NEO) thought to be about 130 feet (40 meters) wide exploded above the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in Siberia, destroying 800 square miles (2,072  square kilometers) of forest. “If that event had taken place 6 1/2 hours later, Berlin would have rotated into the object’s path, and that would have utterly changed the course of human civilization,” said Bill Nye, former TV “Science Guy” and CEO of the nonprofit Planetary Society, who joined today’s news conference via videoconference from New York. http://www.space.com/27921-asteroid-day-dangerous-near-earth-objects.html

Closing/outro