Spurred by listener Steve Orlik, his original email to us follows

Hello BS-ers! I have a question/possible topic for you. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on who really controls the game, the gm or the players. I guess this is geared more towards Brett since we all know Sean has that train thing going on.

As a gm and a player, I prefer my games to be story rich and role play heavy. I prepared the current campaign I’m running to be just that. Unfortunately, the players at the table just won’t take it there. One of the players is more concerned with being the class clown at the table, cracking jokes and other shenanigans. Another is too busy playing host, making coffee, grabbing snacks, and constantly leaving the table. Yet another player is playing through Skype which brings challenges of its own. The last player is a veteran who has been playing and gm-ing for 30+ years who was willing to buy in, but gave up trying because of the other players’ antics.

With all the distractions and momentum killers, the type of game I want to run is near impossible. The table dynamic is what it is. That’s what got me wondering about this subject.

We then point out 7 questions to ask before you start an RPG

  1. What game are we interested in playing?
  2. Does everyone own the game and is it necessary to have a copy?
  3. Who wants to game master?
  4. How long do we want this game to last? in months as well as hours
  5. How often are we going to play?
  6. When are we going to begin?


Bonus BS with Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games  where we talk about his Pip System KS

Brett was on Dead Games Society to talk MERP on Episode 40

Random Encounter

Blake Ryan shares a story on dragons.

Mike P. mentions getting back into hobby and wizardawn.and-mag.com

Kristian Serrano gives us tips on voices.

Christopher Grey goes full on magenta sharing a story about a potion.

Jared Rascher can speak dwarven – which is Scottish, Irish and Russian

Die Roll



  • Wizards of the coast enters digital age by releasing an official app to support your D&D campaign.
  • RPG Management sim Kingsway is the offspring of Windows 98 and a D&D dungeon manual.


  • Moe the Gamefather pointed out this KS:  MapForge
  • Eli Kurtz has a wonderful blog post on Better Character Voices
  • Pure Mongrel (and a few others) told us about this Awesome Templar Cave
  • Shane Freeman found these excellent 2 Sentence Horror Stories we can all use for game plots
  • Listener Michael Drescher is looking to run some FATE – hit him up on G+ if you’re up for an on-line game

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The 'S' of Gaming and BS podcast. Besides producing and hosting the show, Sean enjoys long walks on the beach, running rpg's, and killing player...characters.