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On A Roll

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239: Thankful Gaming
Nov 27 • 57 min
Episode 239: Thankful Gaming This week is our final episode of season 2, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend spend some time talking about what they are thankful for in gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan do some Thanksgiving work and share some love…
238: The Gun Belt
Nov 22 • 68 min
Episode 238: The Gun Belt After two seasons of trying, the Favorite and the Legend finally convince the Curmudgeon to let them talk to him about his independent roleplaying game project. Carie, Jason and Ryan spend some time this week exploring the…
237: Problem DMs
Nov 14 • 59 min
Episode 237: Problem DMs The Curmudgeon and the Legend have talked a lot about problem players, but this week they have a conversation about what happens when the game runner is the problem. Carie and Ryan do a deep dive into how gamers can address and…
236: What the Heck is MUSH?
Oct 17 • 72 min
Episode 236: What the Heck is MUSH? This week, the Curmudgeon and the Legend hang out with Sarah to do a deep dive into what the heck MUSHing is. Carie, Sarah and Ryan discuss the hobby, how it works and what makes it the same and different from other…
235: Ten Things That Will Make Your Character Better
Oct 11 • 65 min
Episode 235: Ten Things That Will Make Your Character Better Continuing the Ten Things lists, this week the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about better characters. Carie, Jason and Ryan assemble a list of the Ten Things That Will Make Your…
234: Ten Things to Make Your Setting Better
Oct 3 • 58 min
Episode 234: Ten Things to Make Your Setting Better This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend investigate some basic approaches to making the setting where your game takes place even better. Carie, Jason and Ryan gleen their experiences to…
233: Don’t Run This, But If You Must…
Sep 26 • 66 min
Episode 233: Don't Run This, But If You Must… There's a lot of talk about offensive topics in games right now, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend examine sexual assault, child abuse, pregnancy, miscarriage and abortion in gaming. Carie, Jason…
232: That New Consent Checklist
Sep 19 • 71 min
Episode 232: That New Consent Checklist Monte Cook Games published a Consent Checklist book this week, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend gave it a read. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss what's in the document, as well as their thoughts on it as…
231: Trolling the Waters
Sep 12 • 54 min
Episode 231: Trolling the Waters With the Favorite off for the week, the Curmudgeon and the Legend examine the six gaming topics most likely to cause troll-ignited dumpster fires. Carie, not-Jason and Ryan talk blackface at larp, professional DMing, the…
230: The Eight Fun Languages
Aug 22 • 58 min
Episode 230: The Eight Fun Languages A group of scholars determined that there are eight types of fun in games. The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend explore these "fun languages." After learning about them, Carie, Jason and Ryan examine how players…
229: Help! I’m a new player!
Aug 15 • 59 min
Episode 229: Help! I'm a new player! After hearing from a friend who played their first D&D game ever recently, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend decided to talk about what new players should think about as they join a game. Carie, Jason and…
228: Ten Things To Make Your Game Better
Aug 9 • 64 min
Episode 228: Ten Things To Make Your Game Better This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend investigate some basic approaches to making your game better. Carie, Jason and Ryan gleen their experiences to compile a list of ten simple things…
227: Maury Brown on New World Magischola
Aug 2 • 79 min
Episode 227: Maury Brown on New World Magischola Maury Brown joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend this week to talk about the massively successful New World Magischola larp and the new Magimundi Bestiary currently on Kickstarter. Carie, Jason…
226: Dice Dice Baby!
Jul 25 • 68 min
Episode 226: Dice Dice Baby Why do people love dice? Gamers have to have all the dice they can get, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend spend some time with Lucia Versprille of Monstrous Incantations to talk about the little plastic buggers. In…
225: RPG Omnibus
Jul 18 • 61 min
Episode 225: RPG Omnibus It's a round robin extravaganza this week, as the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle a ton of topics in rapid succession. Carie, Jason and Ryan plow through the first On A Roll RPG Omnibus!Support On A RollLinks:Jeff…
224: Ethics in Gaming
Jul 11 • 63 min
Episode 224: Ethics in Gaming The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle the difficult but important topic of ethics in gaming this week. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to figure out just what ethics are and how they affect gaming communities, as well…
223: Anatomy of a Power Gamer
Jul 3 • 60 min
Episode 223: Anatomy of a Power Gamer Inspired by something said in an interview on last week's show, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend do a deep dive into power gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan look at the reasons power gamers exist, how they…
222: Live From Goat Larp
Jun 27 • 88 min
Episode 222: Live From Goat Larp The Favorite shares his experiences from Goat Larp with the Curmudgeon and the Legend. Was it everything you'd expect from a larp for goats!?! Jason also talks with attendees and the creators of Goat Larp recorded live on…
221: Plot Arc Planning
Jun 20 • 61 min
Episode 221: Plot Arc Planning Major, long-running plot arcs are the topic this week for the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend. Carie, Jason and Ryan explore the art of crafting and planning story-driven, character-driven and emotion-driven plot…
220: Playing to What?
Jun 13 • 60 min
Episode 220: Playing to What? This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend explore the three generally accepted ways for players to play their character. Carie, Jason and Ryan deep dive into playing to win, playing to lift and playing to…
219: Marketing Your Game part 2
Jun 6 • 56 min
Episode 219: Marketing Your Game part 2 In the second of our two-part episode deep dive on the topic of advertising your role-playing game, marketing expert Jared Powers joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend. Jared informs Carie, Jason and…
218: Marketing Your Game part 1
Jun 2 • 65 min
Episode 218: Marketing Your Game part 1 Marketing expert Jared Powers joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to talk about how to market your game. Jared takes Carie, Jason and Ryan on a deep dive on the topic of advertising your role-playing…
217: Fleshing Things Out
May 23 • 62 min
Episode 217: Fleshing Things Out After the basic concepts of her new game have been decided, the Favorite and the Curmudgeon help the Legend flesh out some cultural details of Adventurers Not Wanted. Carie, Jason and Ryan share the brainstorming process…
216: Shut Up & Listen
May 16 • 57 min
Episode 216: Shut Up & Listen After receiving an email with some valid concerns about Carie's treatment on the show, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend take a look at her experience as a woman who games. Carie leads Jason and Ryan on a journey of…
215: Grease Monkeys
May 3 • 58 min
*Episode 215: Grease Monkeys * Mechanics are important, so this week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend spend some time examining the dice, nuts and bolts in a game and what makes them work (and not work). Carie, Jason and Ryan also discuss…
214: Making Histories
Apr 25 • 67 min
Episode 214: Making History This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend examine the finer points of crafting a history for your characters. Carie, Jason and Ryan deep dive into methods, techniques and tropes for making your character's history…
213: Playing Dead
Apr 18 • 48 min
Episode 213: Playing Dead Jason's off doing work stuffs, so the Curmudgeon and the Legend take on character death. Carie and Ryan examine how your character dying sucks, but also, how it can be good fo you as a player and good for your game!Support On A…
212: Does (Plot) Size Matter?
Apr 11 • 58 min
Episode 212: Does (Plot) Size Matter? Running epic plots is hard! This week, Carie, Jason and Ryan talk about the challenges of huge stories and the difficulty involved in nailing good endings for giant tales.Support On A RollLinks:#Inktober2018 Postcard…
211: Dan Comstock and The Goat Larp
Apr 3 • 62 min
Episode 211: Dan Comstock and The Goat Larp Dan Comstock shows up to talk with the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend about GOAT Larp. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to figure out how to run plots for goats while talking to Dan about the 10,000 attendee…
41: Dakotasaurus on Math
Apr 1 • 24 min
Episode 41: Dakotasaurus on Math APRIL FOOL'S EPISODE 2019 – This week on the Honor Roll podcast, the Professor, the Alumnus and the Teacher's Pet sit down with Dakotasaurus to talk about study techniques and mathematics. Ryan, Carie and Jason take on a…
210: Rare and Unusual Characters
Mar 28 • 66 min
Episode 210: Rare and Unusual Characters After listening to Jason's dramatic prison tale, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend dive deep into the world of rare and unusual characters. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss what makes a character rare and…
209: Burnout!
Mar 21 • 60 min
Episode 209: Burnout What happens when you get burned out? The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend try to figure out the signs of gaming burnout and what causes it. It's up to Carie, Jason and Ryan to come up with ways to avoid and treat player and…
208: Plot Building
Mar 14 • 56 min
Episode 208: Plot Building What does the process of plot building sound like? This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend pull back the curtain on a storyteller meeting. Carie, Jason and Ryan craft a plot for a game off the cuff to demonstrate…
207: Josh Heath on Snowhaven
Mar 7 • 62 min
Episode 207: Josh Heath on Snowhaven Josh Heath from High Level Games joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to talk about the current tabletop RPG on Kickstarter, Snowhaven. Carie, Jason and Ryan learn all about snow-punk, the process of…
206: Live! from Con Nooga!
Mar 5 • 50 min
Episode 206: LIVE! from Con Nooga Con Nooga, the multi-fandom convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to help host panels and record an episode live during the con. Carie, Jason and Ryan answered questions…
205: Matthew, Zak and Other Pieces of Poop
Feb 20 • 66 min
Episode 205: Matthew, Zak and Other Pieces of Poop After an exhausting week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about the gross monsters in the RPG industry. Carie, Jason and Ryan tackle the controversies and consider what we as gamers can…
204: Sandboxes and Narratives
Feb 14 • 57 min
Episode 204: Sandboxes and Narratives This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend take a cue from a listener and discuss the differences between running a sandbox-style game and a narrative-driven game. Carie, Jason and Ryan take a look at the…
203: Engagement vs. Immersion
Feb 7 • 66 min
Episode 203: Engagement vs. Immersion After attending a new local game with lots of costuming, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about the difference between engagement and immerision, and how both are achieved. Carie, Jason and Ryan work…
202: Sensitivity Editing
Jan 30 • 60 min
Episode 202: Sensitivity Editting After a viscious thread in a Facebook group, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle the important topic of sensitivity editing in gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to navigate the angry distance between the…
201: Running The End
Jan 23 • 60 min
Episode 201: Running the End It's the first episode of season two! Since it's the beginning of our new season, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about endings. Carie, Jason and Ryan explore the reasons and requirements for ending a story…
131: Do We Even Need Experience Points?
Dec 5, 2018 • 64 min
Episode 131: Do We Even Need Experience Points? There's a lot of talk about experience points lately, so the Favorite asks the Curmudgeon and the Legend what the point of XP is. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss the problems and benefits of XP, why we have it…
130: Donny Cates and Telling Great Stories
Nov 29, 2018 • 35 min
Episode 130: Donny Cates and Telling Great Stories Epik Comic Show happened recently, and the Curmudgeon and the Legend sat down with Marvel comic's writer Donny Cates. Carie and Ryan find out Donny's story and how he became a comic book author, and then…
129: Jamie Chambers, Historic D&D and A Delve in the Cave
Nov 18, 2018 • 62 min
Episode 129: Jamie Chambers, Historic D&D and A Delve in a Cave Hanging out at PostApocalypticon at Dicehead Games and Comics, the Curmudgeon and the Legend sat down with game designer Jamie Chambers to talk about his new 5th Ed adventure, A Delve in the…
128: Chris Spivey, Diversity and Harlem Unbound
Nov 8, 2018 • 62 min
Episode 128: Chris Spivey, Diversity and Harlem Unbound While at HLG Con, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite had the opportunity to hang out with Chris Spivey, the multiple Gold Ennie-winning designer of Harlem Unbound. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk…
127: Craig Campbell on Indie Game Designing
Oct 30, 2018 • 63 min
Episode 127: Craig Campbell on Indie Game Design Having played Die Laughing at HLG Con, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite invite indie game designer Craig Campbell back to the show to talk about the game. Ryan, Carie and Jason then spend time…
126: ACTUAL PLAY: Die Laughing
Oct 18, 2018 • 103 min
Episode 126: ACTUAL PLAY of Die Laughing Driving across the United States to Atlantic City for HLG Con was tiring, so the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite made it their mission to have as much fun there as they could. Ryan, Carie and Jason wrangled…
125: Running Games for Profit
Oct 3, 2018 • 68 min
Episode 125: Running Games for Profit After reading a heated online discussion, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite dive into the ethics and acceptability of running role-playing games, particularly LARPs, for profit. Ryan, Carie and Jason discuss…
124: Nerdball with Matthew Webb
Sep 27, 2018 • 72 min
Episode 124: Nerdball with Matthew Webb The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite have a sit down with Matthew Webb about his recent article about the concept of LARP as Nerdball. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about how competitive play can be abusive and…
123: Live AMA
Sep 19, 2018 • 71 min
Episode 123: Facebook Live AMA Armed with courage and technology, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take on Facebook Live and hold an "Ask Me Anything"-style show. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about all of the games in Ryan's gaming room and…
122: Snacktastic Help
Sep 11, 2018 • 63 min
Episode 122: Snacktastic Help What sort of things that are NOT the game helps make your game better? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss snacks, locations, music, props and everything else you can add to your game night to make…
121: Make Great Characters
Sep 4, 2018 • 59 min
Episode 121: Make Great Characters Ever wonder what makes a good character great? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite try to figure out what players can do to develop their good characters into characters that are great. Ryan, Carie and…
120: Problem Players part 2: Electric Boogaloo
Aug 29, 2018 • 63 min
Episode 120: Problem Players 2: Electric Boogaloo This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite continue their discussion about problem players. In the second of two parts, Ryan, Carie and Jason break down more types of problem players, what…
119: Problem Players pt. 1
Aug 21, 2018 • 62 min
Episode 119: Problem Players What do you do when one of your players is ruining the game for everyone? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss how to address problem players. In the first of two parts, Ryan, Carie and Jason break…
118: Player Agency
Aug 14, 2018 • 73 min
Episode 118: Player Agency Just what is player agency and how does it work… or not work? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite follow the lead of Drew, one of their Patreon backers, and tackle defining Player Agency and then exploring the…
117: Toxic Fandoms
Aug 7, 2018 • 62 min
Episode 117: Toxic Fandoms Fandoms have become increasingly toxic and broken lately. This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite examine the story of Sherlock Holmes and how even 150 years ago, people were dealing with harassment from fans.…
116: Characters in the Spotlight
Jul 31, 2018 • 65 min
Episode 116: Characters in the Spotlight We all want our character to be in the spotlight from time to time. This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite investigate what players can do to help make sure they can get in the plot and story…
115: Between Games
Jul 17, 2018 • 67 min
Episode 115: Between Games What happens to characters in between games? The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take a look at the between games antics of characters, players and storytellers as they examine downtime actions, online or email scenes…
114: DMing For The First Time
Jul 10, 2018 • 73 min
Episode 114: DMing For The First Time The very first time anyone runs a game can be nerve-wracking. The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite navigate through advice and suggestions to help make running your first game less stressful and more…
113: Constructing Scenes
Jul 4, 2018 • 59 min
Episode 113: Constructing Scenes A great story in a roleplaying game is made up of many different scenes The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite get into the nuts and bolts of what makes a scene work. Examining all of the pieces, Ryan, Carie and Jason…
112: Into The Storyteller’s Vault
Jun 25, 2018 • 61 min
Episode 112: Into The Storyteller's Vault One of our Patreon backers is at the Thief level, meaning one of his characters gets roasted this episode! But first, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite hang out with game designer Josh Heath to talk…
111: Free RPG Day Special
Jun 16, 2018 • 74 min
Episode 111: Free RPG Day Special This special episode celebrates the fun had at Free RPG Day! The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite spent the day at Dicehead Comics and Games in Cleveland, Tennessee, where they played a ton of Dungeons & Dragons,…
110: Villains vs. Bad Guys
Jun 12, 2018 • 65 min
Episode 110: Villains vs. Bad Guys This week's episode is tuned to the key of E vil as the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite explore the differences between villains and bad guys. Ryan, Carie and Jason debate the finer points of constructing great…
109: Great ST Mistakes
Jun 5, 2018 • 62 min
Episode 109: Great ST Mistakes Nobody's perfect, not even the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite. Delving deep into their gaming history, Ryan, Carie and Jason tell the stories of the greatest mistakes they ever made while storytelling for…
108: Building Better Players
May 29, 2018 • 62 min
Episode 108: Building Better Players We are all players. Some of us are better players than others, but what qualities make a player "good?" The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take some time this week to delve into the traits that make a great…
107: Toxicity
May 22, 2018 • 68 min
Episode 107: Toxicity Role-playing game communities, like most communities, have become increasingly aware of issues like safety, inclusion and behavioral problems. This week, The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult and often…
106: Finding Ideas
May 17, 2018 • 55 min
Episode 106: Finding Ideas Where do ideas come from? The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite explore the process of creativity and how great ideas are born. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they talk about coming up with ideas for plots, characters and…
105: Con Job
Apr 29, 2018 • 54 min
Episode 105: Con Job The Favorite had to work, so The Curmudgeon and the Legend went to Lexicon, an amazing gaming convention in Lexington, Kentucky. After playing in some tabletop games there, they bring in the show's first guest, The Pollack, to talk…
104: Don’t Run These Plots
Apr 18, 2018 • 58 min
Episode 104: Don't Run These Plots The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult subject of The Unpermissibles – the triggering topics that should really never be used as plots in your games. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they discuss…
103: Run the Game You Say You’re Running
Apr 10, 2018 • 55 min
Episode 103: Run the Game You Say You're Running This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite talk about the importance of clearly understanding and communicating what the game you are running is to your players to help balance expectation and…
102: Buzzwords
Apr 4, 2018 • 66 min
Episode 102: Buzzwords In their second episode, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss the current epidemic of buzzwords used to market tabletop gaming, LARPing and MUSHing. Accessible, blockbuster, bleed, immersion and transformative are…
101: Firsts
Apr 2, 2018 • 56 min
Episode 101: Firsts In the very first episode of On A Roll, the Curmudgeon shares the tale of his first tabletop rpg and the demon who ran the game, The Legend recalls her first D&D game and The Favorite talks about his first boffer LARP. It's a trip…