Gaming and BS RPG Podcast

Gaming and BS RPG Podcast

gamingandbs.com
Brett & Sean talk about tabletop role-playing games.


Non-combat Encounters in RPG’s
Mar 24 • 71 min
Non-combat encounters in RPG’s… Don’t make encounters about “combat”. What are our thoughts on that? Asks Sky. Create an encounter, it’s up to the players if they make it combat-based…but not always. We also touch on resolving the encounter, typically…
Ideal Game Group
Mar 20 • 70 min
The ideal game group for role-playing games is more than just the perfect amount of participants. It encompasses a wide array of things like types of players, the games you play, whether you game master or play, whether you have game masters as players.…
Innovations in RPG Delivery and Presentation
Mar 14 • 78 min
The year? 2020. The tabletop industry at its core is still books, pen, paper, and dice. PDF’s are just electronic versions of role-playing game books. With all the technical advances in today’s modern era, are there different ways of delivering and…
Audio in RPG’s
Mar 7 • 64 min
Brett and Sean had a couple people comment on our forums, here, and here, about the use of audio for your rpg. Whether it is a soundtrack that helps paint the scene or if it’s ambient sound that sets mood…we touch on it. Announcements Brett steps down…
Practice Playing RPG’s
Feb 29 • 63 min
Sometimes, there’s no shortcut for experience. We talked with Tim D about this a bit when we had him on to talk AS&SH. We need to try and do and keep trying and doing to get good at something. It’s been said you need 10,000 hours to be proficient at a…
Player Character Health
Feb 22 • 57 min
We’ve chatted about player character health before, but Brett thought he’d bring it back up as part of the “things I learned” from his Delta Green game around lethality and tracking damage. When a game is lethal it seems to be logical for GMs and Players…
Brett’s New Approach To His Upcoming Role-playing Game
Feb 15 • 62 min
Brett is trying something new with his upcoming home game. We start with talking about campaign length but divert to the aforementioned change in Brett’s rpg. Random Encounter Laramie on Folklore Foes Laramie comments on the forums about Folklore Foes…
Folklore Foes
Feb 8 • 62 min
Folklore Foes – how can we use the aspects of folklore monsters/foes to make our encounters new and fresh? Take a creature and give it different immunities and vulnerabilities. Inspired by Zee Bashew’s video on youtube. Random Encounter Josh Wallace…
Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
Feb 1 • 94 min
We talk about Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea role-playing game, by Jeffrey Talanian. But we need some help so we enlist our friend, and big fan of the game, Tim Deschene! From Hyperborea.TV: “Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of…
Backing an RPG Kickstarter
Jan 25 • 66 min
A lot of role-playing gamers have backed a gaming/rpg product on Kickstarter. What products are available? Why do you choose to back a specific rpg Kickstarter project? Thanks to Peter and Alex for the suggestion! Announcements Avalon Adventures on DTRPG…
Sean Writes In
Jan 18 • 51 min
Sean realizes just how complicated running an RPG encounter can be for anyone, but especially those new to the hobby. This and Random Encounters! Announcements Avalon Adventures on DTRPG #5 Tabletop RPG Talk Podcast of 2019 on EnWorld Random Encounter…
Books for Game Masters In Your Toolbox
Jan 11 • 66 min
What system neutral GM aids you keep in your toolbox, to help you craft your games and worlds? Do you have any that you find yourself coming back to time and again? Announcements Avalon Adventures on DTRPG Random Encounter Gabe aka Eirvit on our forums…
The Next Game
Dec 31, 2019 • 59 min
“The fallacy that ‘the next game’ is the one that will make you happy. It’s nearly identical to the consumer fallacy that the next thing you buy is the thing that will make you happy. Until you ‘fix’ the game you are in and learn how to have fun NOW, the…
Consequences in Role-playing Games
Dec 25, 2019 • 56 min
Consequences in role-playing games. We talk a lot about how “If the PC or Player does something ‘stupid’ they should pay the price for it’ – but is one way of doing this better than another? Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the…
House Rules Part 2
Dec 21, 2019 • 63 min
Last episode (271) we spoke about house rules in rpg’s. We got some pretty good feedback on the topic. Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great to have more! Grab a copy of IRON SHOES and BLACKSMITH’S FOLLY written by…
House Rules in Role-playing Games
Dec 14, 2019 • 74 min
House or home rules. What games do you implement your house rules? Do they make the game system better. Are there times that a house rule works across different role-playing games? Thanks to Peter Isaacs for the suggestion. Announcements Evercon.org –…
How Much Role-Playing Game Prep?
Dec 3, 2019 • 60 min
Has tabletop role-playing game prep changed for us over the years? If so, why? It depends on the game. Be it a one shot, a campaign or con event, game prep may be different for each. Thanks James for posing the question. Announcements Evercon.org – some…
Team Player or Lone Wolf
Nov 29, 2019 • 72 min
PCs Operating as a Team v. as Individuals Some games seem to promote individual play as much as group play – some players seem to thrive/enjoy doing private adventures in and amongst other groups. What are our experiences with this? Announcements…
What Do We Want To See Out of New RPGs
Nov 16, 2019 • 73 min
We often talk about mechanics, settings, options, and features of an role-playing game system that we like or don’t like, but is there something that we wish was out there that we’ve not found yet? I mean… what’s the next development in gaming that we’re…
Learning from a Con and Book Formats
Nov 9, 2019 • 74 min
Not a recap of Gamehole Con, but we learned some things. We also talk about book formats in the rpg hobby. This latter piece inspired by Ray Otus. Announcements Thank you to all the BSer’s Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great…
Now Hold It Right There
Oct 31, 2019 • 48 min
Running a role-playing game for young teenagers presents a certain set of challenges. DM Cojo has a voicemail where he shares his observations. “No, Little Johnny, you can’t be a half-orc barbarian. Ok, little Sally, you can’t just fly”…or can you?…
Tracking Player Character Wealth
Oct 24, 2019 • 67 min
Tracking wealth, aka the treasure, of player characters, is it needed? How do you do it? “Tired of tracking coins and individual purchases for player characters in role-playing games, I’ve experimented with several other methods that abstract wealth. It’s…
Description Expectations in RPG’s
Oct 19, 2019 • 69 min
Descriptions in rpg’s. How to align the way the game master and players exchange information. An example: “I’m looking for any irregularities in the walls, drafts, breaks in the mortar” versus “I search the room”. Thanks to Matt Seiberlich for the topic…
Sub-Optimal Play in RPG’s
Oct 13, 2019 • 68 min
Sub-optimal behavior is core to tabletop role-playing games. Matt Colville mentions this in his Running the Game #56 and I figured we should discuss it Random Encounter Jared Rascher comments on Why So Serious? Steve Orlik has an epiphany and character…
Brett’s Delta Green
Oct 1, 2019 • 67 min
“I started my Delta Green game”, says Brett. Oooh, that sounds fun. What do you have going on? Announcements Evercon.org – Events, T-shirts, and discounted badges Random Encounter Blake Ryan on RPG Character Sheets Jeff Goad replies to Why So Serious? DM…
Why So Serious?
Sep 28, 2019 • 78 min
RPGs can be taken very, very seriously. Sometimes, we don’t even understand that someone at our table is taking it as seriously as they are. We share our personal perspectives and we touch on whether you can separate the art from the artist! Random…
RPG Character Sheets
Sep 21, 2019 • 75 min
The mighty role-playing game character sheet. It’s at the core of almost every rpg that has been published. There’s the presentation of the character sheet. Some help you understand the game. We talk about them. Announcements Sean put up an unboxing of…
Sean’s Cthulhu Game – 2
Sep 10, 2019 • 82 min
Brett wanted to check in on Sean’s Call of Cthulhu role-playing game as he continues to get players through the greatest rpg campaign ever written, Masks of Nyarlathotep! Announcements Forums! Evercon.org Gameholecon.com Random Encounter Laramie writes in…
Genre Blending in Role-Playing Games
Sep 7, 2019 • 63 min
Cojo asked us to talk about Genre Blending in role-playing games: “I wanted to get your opinion on blending genres in your gaming… Personally, I am a huge fan of genre mash-ups. I love games that mix genres such as Rifts, Dungeon Crawl Classics, the…
Cheating in Role-Playing Games
Aug 31, 2019 • 67 min
Cheating in rpg’s, or as Brett puts it “what the f#$% is wrong with some people?” We talk about different ways people have tried to cheat and how you can approach people you know, not suspect, is cheating. Announcements FORUMS! Are here! Go get your…
Art in Role-Playing Games
Aug 24, 2019 • 70 min
Art has has such an impact on the rpg hobby. It not only conveys what the game may be about, but it evokes a feeling. It can be space ships, adventurers, discovering treasure, combat, action, and much, much more. It also ties a brand together. Be sure to…
BS’er Feedback aka Random Encounters
Aug 14, 2019 • 56 min
We were set to talk about art in role-playing games, but had to call an audible. Sean got shot at, Brett played some games, and we field some great Random Encounters. Announcements Gameholecon.com Evercon.org Avalon KS Update Random Encounter Comment from…
Temple of Elemental Evil
Aug 9, 2019 • 95 min
Brett wants to talk about one of the few modules he actually runs. It’s the Temple of Elemental Evil. A 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons module by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer. But like many of our shows the topic morphs a bit into module design.…
Terrain in Role-Playing Games
Aug 1, 2019 • 72 min
From Peter – Tabletop terrain. I’m not sure if you gents have tackled this topic yet. Referring to maps, Dwarven Forge, 3D printing, Hirst Arts and so on. I’m currently creating 3D terrain using Hirst Arts molds. Extremely slow process but very stunning.…
Vehicles and Mounts in RPGs
Jul 27, 2019 • 73 min
Care and feeding as well as combat – how do we use mounts and vehicles in our role-playing games? Announcements Gameholecon.com Random Encounter John drops us a quick comment on Dragonlance MRM1138 comments on Game Master Metagaming Laramie ‘Brick’ Wall…
Never Prepared
Jul 19, 2019 • 73 min
How prepared are you for your games? Hopefully your better prepared than Brett is for this podcast… but let’s say you need to run an rpg, like right now, and you’ve done no prep. How would you do it? Announcements Gameholecon.com Avalon KS Update Random…
Dragonlance
Jul 11, 2019 • 86 min
Dragonlance, it was an idea by Tracy and Laura Hickman that became a D&D game at TSR. It ultimately went on to be adventure modules, books and even a movie. Announcements Sean’s content on Patreon Random Encounter Jared of House Rascher comments on GM…
Game Master Meta Terms
Jul 5, 2019 • 50 min
Metagaming, we covered it. This is more meta terms the game master may use in a game. An example, “That’s a side quest, it’s not part of the main plot.” Announcements Gameholecon.com Evercon.org – 20th Anniversary! AwesomeDice.com final giveaway Winner…
Suspending Belief in Role-Playing Games
Jun 29, 2019 • 63 min
“Your PC falls 120′ and suffers 60 points of damage”. No problem, I still have 60 left. Sometimes it’s a small thing that throws us off, and sometimes it’s something bigger. What are the boundaries/levels of “Suspension of Disbelief” that we’ll put up…
Con Game Excitement, Bring It Home
Jun 19, 2019 • 64 min
A while back Brett brought up the idea of running home games more like convention games – asking why we don’t do that. We’re going to revisit this topic but with a slightly different angle that I think should be more useful: Using the con game magic to…
Gaming in Small RPG Groups
Jun 13, 2019 • 69 min
Ok, so what is a small role-playing game group? What games might be played and what do you have to keep in mind when you’re playing with a small group of players. Announcements Avalon KS AwesomeDice.com GameholeCon Evercon Random Encounter Roman emails us…
PC Hindrances
Jun 4, 2019 • 67 min
PC Hindrances, some systems you take them in order to gain extra points to be converted to boons, buffs and edges. But what if your players take them, but they don’t end up being a hindrance. Announcements Avalon KS If you backed at a level that grants…
Dark Trails and the Weird West
May 28, 2019 • 71 min
Dark Trails is a role-playing game inspired by HP Lovecraft and authored by David Baity. We have him on to talk about his new game and the weird west. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from…
Random Encounters
May 26, 2019 • 72 min
All Random Encounters this week. Well to include Die Roll too! Announcements Join our email list – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gamehole Con! Evercon! Random Encounter Vmail from Chris of house Shorb about meta currencies. Nick of…
Being Inclusive with Paige Leitman
May 18, 2019 • 100 min
How can we be better about welcoming everyone that is not like Brett & Sean into the hobby? It can be difficult if you see things through the same lenses every day, so we tapped Paige Leitman to help us gain some perspective. Links Paige Leitman on…
Meta Currencies
May 10, 2019 • 64 min
Meta currencies like bennies in Savage Worlds, momentum in Star Trek Adventures, light and darks side points in FFG’s Start Wars, FATE points…we talk about them. Thanks to Peter Skanes for the topic! Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights,…
Consuming RPG Setting Material
May 1, 2019 • 69 min
Read it all. Skim it. Take notes. How do you consume RPG setting material? Thanks Jim Fitzpatrick for the point of inspiration! Announcements Sign up to our email list, be entered to win set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Gamehole Con! Evercon! Gaming and…
Recovering From A Bad Game
Apr 27, 2019 • 70 min
It can be a little bit intimidating and difficult to recover after you run a bad game. How do you engage the players again? Do you discuss issues with the game at that point? Do you just move on? Dow do you approach resolving or improving? Questions posed…
238 Tekumel and Empire of the Petal Throne
Apr 21, 2019 • 128 min
Victor Raymond joins Sean to talk about the OSR, MAR Barker – author of Empire of the Petal Throne, and Tekumel! Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gamehole Con! Event…
237 Waterborne Adventures Part 2
Apr 13, 2019 • 68 min
Waterborne adventures. Ships! Pirates! Storms! Dragon Turtles! We talked about this a bit back on episode 219, but now we’ve got an expert in such things on hand to help us out! Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win…
Puzzles
Apr 5, 2019 • 59 min
Puzzles in games. How do we set them up? How do we use them? Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Sean’s raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – click here on ways to…
TEE PEE KAY
Mar 30, 2019 • 76 min
TPK or total party kill. Is it ever a good time for a TPK? Announcements Join our email list. Be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Random Encounter Comment from Matt of House V. Sky of House Slayton emails us T of house Monger writes Cory…
Sean’s Venture Into Call of Cthulhu
Mar 23, 2019 • 60 min
Brett wants to know more about Sean’s venture into Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game by Chaosium. Announcements Join our email list and be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Random Encounter Email from Judge Brandon Comment from Crimfan…
Do Players Make Good Game Masters?
Mar 16, 2019 • 69 min
We flip the tables this episode, as Brett says, and talk about players becoming rpg game masters. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Post Gary Con review Sean eats crow, not…
RPG Campaign Updates
Mar 8, 2019 • 57 min
We talk about some recent happenings in our RPG campaigns. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gary Con Random Encounter Email from the Monger – GM’s as good players and zones…
Do GM’s Make Good Players?
Mar 1, 2019 • 77 min
Do game masters make good players? Well, do they? Announcements Join our email list, get entered to win from AwesomeDice.com Gary Con Avalon KS Update Random Encounter Email from Laramie Wall: bad endings and things you don’t know Louis H emails us: loose…
Playtesting RPG’s
Feb 20, 2019 • 58 min
Inspired by Aaron C., we talk about playtesting. Announcements Sign up for our newsletter, be entered to win dice from Awesomedice.com or place an order using promo code in the show to get 15% off your order of $10 or more We are still headed to GaryCon.…
Things You Cannot Know
Feb 15, 2019 • 73 min
The unexplainable. The mysterious. Sometimes there are things your player character in your rpg will just not know. Announcements Sign up to our email list, you will be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gary Con Avalon KS status update…
Tactical in RPG’s Redux
Feb 7, 2019 • 70 min
We re-address the tactical part of rpg’s since Brett started a new Pathfinder game. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. January’s winner announced! Gary Con Housing opens up for…
Random Encounter Catch Up
Feb 1, 2019 • 70 min
We had a topic, but we also had a LOT of feedback from role-playing gamers. It’s an extended Random Encounter episode! Announcements Gary Con Avalon KS status update Sign up to join our email list! Random Encounter Vmail from Chris Shorb Michael Drescher…
Two New RPG Campaigns
Jan 23, 2019 • 91 min
Both Brett and Sean recently launched role-playing game campaigns. How did it go? Announcements Avalon KS has ended Sign up for our email newsletter on GamingandBS.com and get entered to win free set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Random Encounter Voice…
Chases in RPG’s
Jan 19, 2019 • 54 min
RPG chases. Not rules per se, but well, you know. Announcements Avalon KS has ended Join our email list! Receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gary Con Web updates to GamingandBS.com Random Encounter Saul…
Reload A Previous Save
Jan 14, 2019 • 68 min
Going back – would you ever reboot one of your own rpg campaign-stories but revised with the lessons learned? Why/why not? Would you change role-playing game system or setting or neither? Inspired by Blake Ryan. Announcements Head to GamingandBS.com and…
Detect Evil
Jan 3, 2019 • 91 min
A stranger approaches you. I detect evil. GM sighs. Announcements Evercon – Last Call Join our mailing list, be entered to win set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Mark-Antony Benedetti is the winner of the set of Dice for January The Streets of Avalon…
Getting Info from Players – Pre-session Zero
Dec 26, 2018 • 77 min
Soliciting information from your players before session zero can give you some insight into their tabletop role-playing game preferences and play style. It will help you have a successful rpg campaign! What questions do you want to ask and why.…
Kids on Bike vs Tales from the Loop
Dec 20, 2018 • 77 min
Kids on Bikes and Tales from the Loop, two RPG’s that take you back to youth. RPG’s inspired by Stranger Things and The Goonies, we go over traits of each game to include character generation, overall mechanics and nuances that separate the two from each…
Organized Play
Dec 14, 2018 • 61 min
Organized play, what is it and why would anyone want to explore participating in it. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter is live on December 18th! Evercon – get your events in before the 16th, and get your discounted weekend badges now! Join our email list…
Seafaring Adventures in RPGs
Dec 7, 2018 • 71 min
Ahoy my maties! We’re talking about getting your sea legs into your RPG play. It’s about seafaring adventures! Announcements Evercon! Avalon KS – on track for mid-Dec go live Gary Con in March, 2019 Patreon change Random Encounter Voice mails from Jason…
OSR
Nov 28, 2018 • 113 min
Old School Renaissance. Old School Role-playing. Old Students Rebelling. OSR. Announcements Evercon! Avalon KS – on track for mid-Dec go live Patreon going to monthly vs per episode, starting December! Random Encounter Michael Drescher – running games for…
Gaming with Childrens
Nov 21, 2018 • 42 min
We believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them play rpg’s. We talk about gaming with children. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! Evercon This show brought to you by fans of the show, like you. Support the…
Playing Role-playing Games Online
Nov 15, 2018 • 69 min
We talk about playing role-playing games online via a virtual tabletop. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! Evercon Random Encounter Thank you to everyone from Sean. Email from Abram Nothnagle Die Roll Sean Getting started on DM’s…
Brett’s Avalon
Nov 7, 2018 • 89 min
Brett talks about his Streets of Avalon rpg campaign setting which is targeted for a December 2018 Kickstarter. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! (Early/Mid) Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo Audio from…
Fear Energy Drain
Oct 24, 2018 • 71 min
We talk a bit about undead and how energy drain or similar super damage can really put the fear into players. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! (Early/Mid) Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo about mapping…
Cursed Items in RPG’s
Oct 17, 2018 • 49 min
Cursed items in your rpg, they can really throw your players for a loop. But it doesn’t always have to be the typical cursed sword. In memory of Greg Stafford. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Email from Peter Skanes Die Roll Brett Greg…
Maps in RPG’s
Oct 10, 2018 • 64 min
Maps, a staple in many tabletop RPG’s. Whether it’s to find treasure or to lay on the table so players can put their miniatures upon it, we talk about maps. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Comments from G+ Community – Jared, Laramie…
Killer Adventures
Oct 3, 2018 • 65 min
Tomb of Horrors is one example of what we would call a ‘killer adventure’. These are adventures that are really gunning to kill rpg characters. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Email from Roman Ted writes us Reply from Hawk Sparrow on…
We Greyhawk It
Sep 27, 2018 • 80 min
How much does loot matter in the games we like to play? Do we like finding gear and goodies? Why or why not? You will want stick around until the end when Sean poses an encounter to Brett to see how he would handle it. Announcements Ed Nagy still has…
Smash Cut
Sep 19, 2018 • 56 min
Smash cuts, spotlight moves, scene flips? Keeping the action moving cutting from one situation to the next in your role-playing games. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Edwin Nagy emails us on Episode 208 Comments on 208 from G+ Die Roll…
Random Encounter Segment
Sep 12, 2018 • 57 min
We discuss emails, feedback and comments from some of our listeners. Announcements Brett brags about QCC Matt Mercer is a special guest at Gamehole Con 2018 Evercon Random Encounter Email from Thomas Hook Email from Bill Durfy Email from Blake Ryan…
I Want My PC To Die This Way
Sep 5, 2018 • 55 min
Your player character dies. What happens at the table? Thanks to George Sedgwick on this one. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Jared Rascher and Michael Phillips comment on G+ Die Roll Brett Dry summer in England reveals some hidden…
206 Magic and Eberron
Aug 29, 2018 • 87 min
Manifest Zone co-hosts Wayne Chang and Kristian Serrano join us to clear up low magic, high magic and touch on Eberron and how it’s NOT high magic. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon QCC Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Email from George…
205 What We Stopped Doing In Our RPG
Aug 22, 2018 • 65 min
Over time our rpg ame mastering style or the way we play has changed. We talk about some things we stopped doing. Announcements Queen City Conquest – Sept 7, 8, and 9 Gamehole Con! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Vmail from Joe Cwik Thomas…
204 PC’s Differ via Advancement
Aug 15, 2018 • 76 min
Some games allow you choices through advancement, and many of us may confuse that those choices with character optimization. But what if it’s just a way to differentiate your fighter from another fighter? Announcements Queen City Conquest – Sept 7, 8, and…
203 RPG Campaign Settings
Aug 8, 2018 • 76 min
We have skimmed the surface of rpg campaign settings every once in a while. While we don’t go into detail on any one specific setting, like every week, we express our thoughts around this part of role-playing games. Announcements Gamehole Con! Evercon…
202 Less Than Optimal, Stats
Aug 1, 2018 • 55 min
Playing characters with low abilities, aka stats for rpg pc’s. Good? Bad? Hopeless? Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Die Roll Sean Car Wars step aside for Gaslands! By Osprey Games. Read more about…
201 Low Level Play in RPG’s
Jul 25, 2018 • 69 min
Inspired by DM Cojo, we talk about low-level play. Only this time we have someone help us define it and stay on track. Chris Sniezak from Misdirected Mark/Encoded Designs provides some additional insight. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events…
200 Meta Gaming Again
Jul 18, 2018 • 99 min
Meta gaming round 2 with Alex. Then it’s Random Encounter, Die Roll and a special thank you. Announcements Evercon submissions are open! Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! New Guests – Check Facebook and Twitter for upcoming announcement Thanks…
199 Dilly Dilly!
Jul 11, 2018 • 64 min
Dilly! Dilly! BS’ers. We tackle a few Random Encounters, but the main topic is pretty thin to nonexistent. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Pete Wyeth comments on Facebook on ep 198…
198 Player Character Evolution
Jul 4, 2018 • 79 min
Let’s talk about why it’s important to have a PC change as the campaign happens. The idea of “My character wouldn’t do that” is, IMO, often built on the idea that the character will not learn or change or adjust based on the things they encounter in the…
197 Game Like It’s A Convention Game
Jun 27, 2018 • 83 min
Game events at gaming conventions often times exude a certain level of excitement. Some people may actually play differently when they’re at a convention. Maybe there’s a way to bring the positive components to our home games. Announcements Gamehole Con…
196 Run Away or Surrender
Jun 20, 2018 • 68 min
There’s a time and a place that’s good for your player character to either run away or surrender in your rpg. Or is there? dot dot dot Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Free RPG Day Random Encounter…
195 Making Tweaks To Monsters
Jun 13, 2018 • 63 min
We take a couple monsters each and tweak them just a bit. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter John Steve comments on Brett Feels Crimfan comments on Part-time Gods Email from Thomas @…
194 Brett Feels
Jun 6, 2018 • 69 min
Brett shares his not-so-good experience with his long-standing game group. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo Blake Ryan emails us about Cold Shadows Vece Young…
193 Cold Shadows Espionage RPG
May 30, 2018 • 77 min
We go over the rules of Cold Shadows. An espionage role-playing game by Gallant Knight Games. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Die Roll Rob Wieland did an article on Cold Shadows over on Geek & Sundry Tabletop Radio Hour podcast…
192 Playing Gods in Your RPG
May 23, 2018 • 83 min
Playing gods in your rpg. Who better to help us with such a topic than the person that created Part-Time Gods rpg, Eloy Lasanta! Checkout Eloy’s kickstarter for Part-Time Gods 2nd Edition happening up until June 10, 2018. Third Eye Games New Agenda…
191 True Dungeon
May 16, 2018 • 58 min
True Dungeon, showing up at major cons in the U.S., and something more than escape room. We talk to the founder and creator of this immersive live-action, walk-through, Dungeons & Dragons adventure set, Jeff Martin! True Dungeon at Origins! True Dungeon –…
Dynamic Bad Guys in Your RPG
May 9, 2018 • 52 min
Last minute change in topic leads us to talk about dynamic big bad evil guy (BBEG) in your rpg. To make a boss fight ‘interesting’, we talk about pulling punches or buffing them on the fly. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Queen…
189 Brett’s Approach to Building an RPG Encounter
May 2, 2018 • 64 min
Brett is going to walk us through how he goes about building an rpg encounter while Sean questions and snipes from the sidelines. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Queen City Conquest KS Random Encounter Edwin Nagy emails us Todd…
188 Sean’s RPG Encounter
Apr 25, 2018 • 66 min
Sean is going to walk us through how he goes about building an rpg encounter while Brett questions and snipes from the sidelines (don’t worry, roles get reversed next episode). Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Support the QCC!…
187 Using Creatures from Other Games
Apr 18, 2018 • 67 min
Inspiration from Blake Ryan. Blake poses the question, “have you ever used something from one game setting or system to another. For example using Githyanki/Githzeri/Mind Flayers in Conan or Lankmar? Something not part of the setting but not hard to…
186 Too Many Options in RPG’s
Apr 11, 2018 • 69 min
We’ve talked about limits in our games before, but I wanted to focus on this a bit further. I mean, it’s fine to say something like “limiting options is good” but is that all the time? Only during PC generation? How about during gameplay? Let’s discuss…
185 Can I Make a Check Too?
Apr 4, 2018 • 60 min
Skill roll limits in your rpg: Those times when everyone wants to make a Perception check to try and ensure that the group “wins” and gets the information. Announcements 2018 Listener Survey Will end on 4/15 – 77 responses so far compared to 29 the last…
184 Hex Crawl
Mar 28, 2018 • 69 min
Hex crawl! We enlist some help from Eric Hoffman and Jason Hobbs to talk about this type of adventuring in your rpg’s. Announcements 2018 Listener Survey – 77 responses so far compared to 29 the last time we ran it. Eric Hoffman from Stormlord Publishing…
183 Narrative Permission in RPG’s
Mar 21, 2018 • 67 min
Inspired by a post by Jared Rascher, we take a look at rolling dice or just succeeding based on the actions of the player character in your rpg. In other words, if you narrate your situation well, should you just succeed? Announcements Congrats to…
182 Conversion Dilema
Mar 14, 2018 • 53 min
Let’s talk about those “old” settings, adventures, and so on – the ones that are for the previous edition of your favorite game, but you want to use them with the newer version. Do you really need to do the work to convert them, can you just use them “as…
181 Made for the Player Characters or Not
Mar 7, 2018 • 74 min
When we setup a campaign how to we want to deal with the PCs’ actions – We all know the player character’s are the most important people in the game, but is this about the world working around the PCs and their backstories, or about the PCs imposing…
180 Adversarial Players in RPG’s
Feb 28, 2018 • 83 min
After we talked about Adversarial GMing Andy Hall asked us to chat about Adversarial Players. This may be just as hard to define as Adversarial GMing, but let’s see what we can do with this. Lets talk about adversarial players in rpg’s. Random Encounter…
179 Energy In Our RPG’s
Feb 21, 2018 • 68 min
Inspired by Pure Mongrel’s inquire on creating energy in our rpg games, we talk a bit about it. Maybe point out some things that will make you enthusiastic to play. Random Encounter crimfan comments on ep 177 Feedback on 178 Immersion on G+ Pure Mongrel…
178 Immersion In Our Games
Feb 14, 2018 • 89 min
We actually define immersion, thanks dictionary! Then we go into what it means for our role-playing game, and some things you can do to be immersed. Announcements Paladinhood Henry Grady from Heroes & Adventurers. Based out of Nova Scotia, Heroes and…
177 Adversarial GM’ing
Feb 7, 2018 • 71 min
Like many topics we try to define it, adversarial game-mastering in your rpg, but you know how that goes. Random Encounter Crimfan comments on the site re: Sanity Check BS’ers chime in on G+ Robert Nemeth’s Point campaign journal Kyle Winter comments on…
176 Sanity Check
Jan 31, 2018 • 67 min
Sanity. Some games have it, some games don’t. We certainly don’t. We even touch on having some fun as a Keeper, Game Master, DM when you want your player’s character to start losing it. Aside from Call of Cthulhu how do you use sanity in your rpg?…
175 Hidden Hit Points
Jan 24, 2018 • 75 min
Brett references John Wick’s Play Dirty and a concept of not using numbers for hit points but rather describing the damage to reflect the condition of your pc. Cool concept or sheer madness? Random Encounter Erik Frankhouse calls into the show Emails from…
174 What We Want In Our RPG
Jan 17, 2018 • 72 min
Consider this a pre session zero where Brett wants to know what we want in our rpg. Announcements GaryCon Paladinhood Lawful Good Gaming (Facebook, Twitter) James Walls (Twitter) Random Encounter Feedback on episode 173 Mooks & Minions to include Jared…
173 Mooks and Minions in RPGs
Jan 10, 2018 • 52 min
Mooks and minions in your tabletop RPG. They are fun to mow down, but can it be too much? We know Savage Worlds and Fantasy Flight Games Genesys-based system rpg’s have them, but what about using them in games that don’t have mechanics to deal with them?…
172 You Meet in a Tavern
Jan 3, 2018 • 58 min
You meet in a tavern and have no connection with other player characters in your role-playing game. But what is your motivation young thespian of rpg’s? Come on, do you really need one? Announcements Happy New Year! Evercon 2018 January 5th, 6th, and 7th!…
171 Making Exploration Fun!
Dec 27, 2017 • 67 min
Thanks go out to Andy Hall, we discuss exploration in rpg’s. We share our thoughts and ideas on how to make it more fun than ‘you travel, you travel, and travel some more’. Announcements Brett pimps Evercon Random Encounter Emails from Michael Drescher,…
170 Emergent Character Creation
Dec 20, 2017 • 70 min
For character creation you start with your character name and minor details, but build it as you proceed in an adventure. Craziness. Announcements Evercon 2018 January 5th, 6th, and 7th. Discounted Pre-Reg and Event Submissions closed – but you can still…
169 Inside RPG Industry – Rob Wieland
Dec 13, 2017 • 87 min
This week we have Rob Wieland, author, blogger, writer and game designer. His credits include Shadowrun, Star Wars Saga Edition and Firefly RPG. Creator of Camelot Trigger, Mafia Century, Encore, Save Game and Girls’ Heist Out. Other projects include…
168 Burning Hands…On Sean
Dec 6, 2017 • 61 min
Sean has been dragging feet getting his West Marches-style rpg campaign up and running. Brett has decided to provide some ‘guidance’ and light a fire under Sean. Announcements Evercon 2018 January 5th, 6th, and 7th- Submissions and Pre-Reg still open – Be…
167 All in the Family
Nov 29, 2017 • 62 min
Brett’s group often keeps family out of character backgrounds. Why? Because he’ll kill them off, torture them, or use them as means to putting pc’s in a difficult predicament. They wonder if they’re alone. We talk about family in role-playing games.…
166 Combat Adding to Story
Nov 22, 2017 • 66 min
Brett and Sean have a Jason Hobbs from Hobbs and Friends of the OSR podcast to talk about how combat in rpg’s don’t have to be ‘I hit ’em with my sword. Fourteen, did I hit? Take 3 damage’ rinse, repeat. There may be things you can incorporate into combat…
165 Like Night and Day
Nov 14, 2017 • 48 min
“After Gamehole con I realized something that I could do which should drastically change up and, I hope, improve my Iron Shoes adventure: Changing the Time of Day/Night that it takes place. So I figured I’d talk through that and we’ll see where that leads…
164 Post Gamehole – GBS Unplugged
Nov 7, 2017 • 68 min
Yes, we recap Gamehole Con 2017, but the conversation isn’t simply a rehash of what we did. We talk about a GM’s experience at the con as well. Announcements Evercon – Submissions and Pre-Reg Open! Looks like Alex Kammer is going to attend to run some…
163 Play By Post RPG
Oct 31, 2017 • 63 min
Michael Parker asked us about Play by Post rpg’ing, so we figured we’d dig into this a bit and see what thoughts, ideas, and/or advice we have around it. Announcements Evercon – Submissions and Pre-Reg Open! Looks like Alex Kamer is going to attend to run…
162 West Marches RPG
Oct 24, 2017 • 74 min
While some may have run games like this since they were children, Ben Robbins fleshed out the nuances of what he eventually called The West Marches. Matt Colville had a great youtube video about it so we wanted to bring it to your attention because it…
161 Brett’s Upcoming RPG
Oct 17, 2017 • 81 min
Last week we talked about Sean getting a game up and running, this week we talk about Brett’s upcoming RPG. Announcements Evercon – Submissions and Pre-Reg Open! Looks like Alex Kamer is going to attend to run some games for us! Random Encounter Feedback…
160 Sean’s Next RPG
Oct 10, 2017 • 72 min
In an exercise in futility, Brett decides to put the screws to Sean in order to help(?) him figure out what he’s going to run for his next rpg. Announcements Evercon – Submissions and Pre-Reg Open! #GamerVsHarvey – GBS was able to donate $383, and help…
159 Re-Energizing Your RPG
Oct 3, 2017 • 62 min
The rpg you’re running is starting to get stale. Maybe it’s the same ole tropes, story and routine. Brought on by a conversation Brett had with Tom Flanigan from Knights of the Night and Streets of Avalon, we talk about some things to consider to…
158 Writing versus Running an RPG Adventure
Sep 26, 2017 • 85 min
Forrest Aguirre brought this topic to our attention via Twitter. What are the differences between Writing and Running an RPG adventure? So, we brought Forrest onto the show to help Sean and I talk through this. Announcements Event registration for…
157 Wear and Tear on Arms and Armor
Sep 19, 2017 • 67 min
For some reason, arms and armor never seem to get “used up” or replaced, unless it’s to get better stuff that we found in a dragon’s horde, pulled off an NPC, or upgraded from the store. Why is that? Is there any reason why we’d want to deal with the…
156 Point Buy Tweaking
Sep 12, 2017 • 59 min
‘Point buy’ may not be the right words. We talk about buffing a player’s character beyond what is a standard starting point. This works out better in a point-based character progression than a level based one. We’re curious of what you think after hearing…
155 Brett’s Recent RPG Mistakes
Sep 6, 2017 • 69 min
We all make mistakes in our rpg’s and Brett is not immune. He comes to the table and confronts those mishaps in hopes of becoming a better game master. Meanwhile, Sean lends an open ear and helps console the fragile Brett. Announcements Event registration…
154 Player Series – Games With No Classes
Aug 29, 2017 • 64 min
How to make a character in a game with no classes. I think this merits a discussion as players new to this style of game often have difficulties forming a concept. Thanks to Tony Baker for the topic. Announcements Sean was at Geekcon in MSN Event…
153 Gaming with the Feels
Aug 22, 2017 • 58 min
Gaming with the feels, aka emotional bleed. There are times when the story is deep and rich, the interactions with NPC’s is turned up to eleven and we become immersed in play. Emotions will heighten and inevitably impact the game and the players. We…
No New Show, Explanation and Thank You!
Aug 16, 2017 • 77 min
No new episode this week?!! Gasp! Well, let me explain while also extend a thank you to all of you. After a brief explanation we’ll be rewinding it back to September 17th, 2014.
152 Getting Back Into The Hobby
Aug 8, 2017 • 88 min
We’re glad you’re getting back to rpg’ing. It’s never too late. We try to settle your nerves with words of encouragement…and maybe some advice. Announcements Event registration for Gamehole Con opens Sept 2nd Avalon KS – Looking at Sept/Oct 2017 star…
151 Back to NPC’s
Aug 1, 2017 • 64 min
We go back to NPC’s because we wanted to chat about why it’s important to have non-player characters with personality. Announcements Sponsor: Gamehole Con Avalon Kickstarter still being kicked around.
150 Mega Dungeons
Jul 25, 2017 • 66 min
Mega dungeons, you know, the big ones. There’s Undermountain, Castle Greyhawk, Barrowmaze and many more. We talk about ’em. Announcements 28 games being run by friends of ours at Gamehole Con. Board and card games are also welcome. More talk about Brett’s…
149 Lapse Between Game Sessions
Jul 18, 2017 • 69 min
More commentary on this one. Some of us have consistent weekly games and some of us play with a group every few months. We share our experiences with how frequent we play. Announcements Sponsor – Gamehole Con Thanks Ray Otis for doing up the Zip Zaps art!…
148 Unveiling the Mystery
Jul 11, 2017 • 73 min
Mystery, or the unknown, is a good trope to incorporate into your RPG. But, how far do you go before the players hit a brick wall of frustration and don’t know what to do or what path to pursue? Inspired by an email to us from Michael Drescher, we take a…
147 Mass Combat
Jul 4, 2017 • 73 min
Mass combat, we’re not talking specific rules or mechanics. More high level than that. We explain our definition and the tie into miniature war games. A topic suggested by Gabe Dybing. Announcements OSR Contest Winners! Random Encounter Blake Ryan,…
146 Tips for Tactical Combat
Jun 27, 2017 • 78 min
Are your players neutralizing your combat encounters in rpg’s quicker than you can say “save or die”? Well our friend Walt has just those players. But fear not, Walt! We’ll give you some tips on how to beef up a tactical encounter so it’s challenging for…
145 Pregen or Roll Your Own
Jun 20, 2017 • 62 min
Pregens are good for one shots and con games. Roll your own pc is good for campaigns, but what if you flip it? Is there a time when pregens could be used for an rpg campaign? :gasp: How about rolling up characters for a convention game or one shot?…
144 Character Development
Jun 13, 2017 • 61 min
As part of a character concept, we pose different questions you can ask yourself when creating your player character. Inspired by feedback on our player series from Jim Fitzpatrick. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions…
143 Kids Track at Cons
Jun 6, 2017 • 70 min
We have Alex Kammer, Director of Gamehole Con, come on so we can ask him about the kids track that they have in place for this year’s event. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! So let us know what you’d like…
142 Supernatural Horror and Mystery
May 30, 2017 • 60 min
Chris Lange wrote us: “…my question is, when your players know they are playing a supernatural horror game, what are some ways to rend their understanding of the world, to, hopefully, make them uncomfortable due to lack of understanding the world, much as…
141 Super Villains
May 23, 2017 • 61 min
Super villains and ultimate baddies in role-playing games can be all full of cliches. Inspired by listener George S., we talk about those trope and maybe give you some ideas on how to make them better. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at…
140 Player Series – Thieves & Rogues
May 16, 2017 • 75 min
We talk about playing thieves and rogues. Be it sneaky sneak thieves, trap detector and disabler, swashbuckler Robin Hood Musketeer type or even scoundrels, it’s all about the sinister class of the thief. Or shall we say rogue? Announcements Want to run…
139 Building Stuff in RPG’s
May 9, 2017 • 70 min
Building, or creating, things in role-playing games. It could be a keep, a kingdom or magic items. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! So let us know what you’d like to run Brett in Origins next month Old…
138 Skills Game
May 2, 2017 • 71 min
Some rpg systems have skills list for player characters. Examples of these are 3.x and 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Champions, Basic Role-Playing, and quite a few more. Whereas there are some older games as well as some modern OSR-based games…
137 Session Zero
Apr 25, 2017 • 69 min
Session zero, we talk about how we handle it for our games. We don’t cover every detail, and you will find ways unique to your games and gaming style. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! Brett is going to…
136 Player Facing Die Rolls
Apr 18, 2017 • 54 min
Player facing die rolls. Do they fix something that is missing from some tabletop rpg’s? Spurred by listener, Ace’s, email we talk about why we do or don’t like them. We hit a goal on Patreon so you’ll hear Sean show off his accent skills. Announcements…
135 Learning A New Game
Apr 11, 2017
Learning a new game, there’s a few ways to approach an rpg. The obvious way is to read the book. There can be other ways, certainly. 00:01:18 Announcements Gamehole Con event submission opens April 16th 2017 for the Nov 2017 show Evercon 2018 dates – Jan…
134 Speaking Cypher System
Apr 4, 2017 • 112 min
We invite Darcy and Troy from the Cypher Speak podcast to come on and educate us on, what else, the Cypher System rpg by Monte Cook games! How does it all work? What are the upsides of the system? There’s player facing die rolls, GM intrusions, cyphers…
133 Dynamics of Game Cons
Mar 28, 2017 • 47 min
Recorded at Gary Con 2017, we talk a bit about our experience at the con as well as the dynamics of game conventions. Sorry, not Random Encounter or Die Roll this week.
132 Player Series – Clerics
Mar 21, 2017 • 73 min
Another entry into our Player Series, this week we talk about clerics. Strengths, weaknesses, how to play them and how they are servants of a deity or ideal. Announcements Gary Con is upon us Sean is on future episode of Hobbs and Friends of the OSR…
131 Who Runs The RPG?
Mar 14, 2017 • 64 min
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…
BBS020 Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games
Mar 10, 2017 • 52 min
Join us as we talk with rpg designer Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games about his latest kickstarter (launched March 7th, 2017) for Pip System Corebook. You can find Eloy online at the following… Third Eye Games Facebook Twitter
130 Adding Voice To Your RPG
Mar 7, 2017 • 79 min
We’re not talking about voice as in perspective, but actually tweaking how you speak in first person as your player character or npc. It helps with immersion, but you also have to be conscious of insulting someone at the table by taking a genuine speech…
129 Potions
Feb 28, 2017 • 78 min
Potions, brew them, drink them, stick ’em in a bottle. Announcements We’ll be at GaryCon! Random Encounter James Carruthers emails us and calls BS on our Dragons episode. Jason comments on G+ re: Social Encounters Michael Drescher emails us. George takes…
128 Player Series – Fighters
Feb 21, 2017 • 83 min
First installment of our Player Series, we’re talking about the Fighter. The fighter has a purpose, it’s to smash faces. We also provide some ideas on how to actually role-play the combat intensive fantasy class. It’s not all fun and games, they do have…
127 Social Encounters Redux
Feb 14, 2017 • 77 min
Someone called BS on us for our original episode that covered social encounters so we’re revisiting the topic. We even give some examples of how we’ve setup a social encounters. Announcements Azrael Arocha our Venezuelan friend living in Canada is…
126 Dragons!
Feb 7, 2017 • 66 min
Dragons! They are ancient creatures of legend causing fear in player characters throughout the years. Claw, claw, tail, bite attacks. “Save versus breath weapon” and the feeling of impending doom sets in as you pick up the d20, rolling it inside your fist…
125 Wilderness Encounters
Jan 31, 2017 • 58 min
Brett goes full on Ranger as we go on to talk about wilderness encounters. You can come across interesting things while walking around in the woods, and the night can make you lose your way. We share some of our own wilderness encounters. Announcements…
124 Politics in Role-playing Games
Jan 24, 2017 • 64 min
The politics in gaming, the politics ooo feeling good. We touch on law, but tie it into politics and that doesn’t make any sense. Politics is full of intrigue, plotting and scheming. We hit it at a high level, of course. Random Encounter Patron Pure…
123 Social Encounters in RPG’s
Jan 17, 2017 • 71 min
Social encounters in role-playing games. There’s the ongoing debate on how to handle a not-so-social player playing a type-A rpg character and how mechanics and/or oratory skills play into the encounter. Announcements Streets of Avalon AP with Chris, Tom,…
BBS019 Ed Greenwood Interview
Jan 13, 2017 • 87 min
Brett interviews Ed Greenwood of The Greenwood Group, and the person behind the origins of the popular rpg campaign setting The Forgotten Realms. Recorded at Gamehole Con 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin.
122 Weather in Role-playing Games
Jan 10, 2017 • 65 min
Talking about weather in role-playing games. After all, we live in Wisconsin and every bit of small talk is about the weather. “Oooh, it’s cold outside.” or “Ufda, it sher is humid out.” Many times we gloss over the thing that can really have an impact on…
121 What’s in a Player Character’s Name?
Jan 3, 2017 • 72 min
Peeneel Testiclees! Yes, we’re talking about what’s in a player character’s name in this episode. How do you handle those players that insist on have a player character with a goofy name? It could be as easy as saying, “seriously? you want to name your…
120 Goals for 2017
Dec 27, 2016 • 90 min
The new year, 2017, is upon us and this is the last show of the year. We talk about what we’d like to accomplish, as it pertains to role-playing games, for 2017. Whether it’s playing new games or GM’ing ones we haven’t received yet, we’re looking forward…
119 Race as Class in RPG’s
Dec 20, 2016 • 67 min
Race as class in role-playing games, it goes back to Basic, Expert, Companion, Master’s and Immortal’s (BECMI) sets of Dungeons and Dragons. It is also part of many other rpg’s like Dungeon Crawl Classics, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and many,…
118 Urban Adventuring Part 2
Dec 13, 2016 • 65 min
We revisit urban adventuring. We had some good feedback on the original episode 116 that we wanted to fill in some blanks. We mention how some city-based prepublished supplements offer tables and encounter charts that may help GM an urban adventure. We…
117 Creative Spell Casting
Dec 6, 2016 • 71 min
Creative spell casting could be a synergy of spells. Casting grease down a hallway and then a flame-based spell to light it on fire. Brett mentions someone casting climb walls to better pick pocket an NPC. These are just a couple examples of how spell…
BBS018 Monte Cook Games at Gamehole Con 2016
Dec 4, 2016 • 66 min
Recorded at Gamehole Con 2016, a tabletop gaming convention held in Madison, Wisconsin, this bonus episode features Monte Cook and Shanna Germain from Monte Cook Games. This is the unedited seminar that they hosted.
116 Urban Fantasy Adventures
Nov 29, 2016 • 69 min
What makes for a good urban adventures for our fantasy games? Well, it’s a city, but how does that change the adventure? The surroundings differ, and there are other obstacles to throw at the players. Announcements Evercon is coming up fast! Random…
115 Gods in RPG’s
Nov 22, 2016 • 77 min
Gods in rpg’s, what role to they play in your game? Do they interact with the common player? We talk about whether we incorporate them and what effect it has on player characters that have a religious bend to them. You know, like taking powers away from…
114 Chain of Command in RPGs
Nov 15, 2016 • 76 min
Chain of command in rpg’s, it can allow a single player character to have authority over the rest of the pc’s in the group. It can also create drama and a different type of game. Announcements Evercon.org Patreon levels updated with new goals. Random…
BBS017 Wizards of the Coast at Gamehole Con
Nov 11, 2016 • 112 min
Recorded at Gamehole Con 2016, a tabletop gaming convention held in Madison, Wisconsin, this bonus episode features Mike Mearls, Christopher Perkins and Jeremy Crawford from Wizards of the Coast. This is the unedited seminar that they hosted. They discuss…
BBS016 Marc Miller of Traveller
Nov 9, 2016 • 68 min
Recorded at Gamehole Con 2016, this bonus episode features Marc Miller. Marc is the person behind the 40 year old role-playing game Traveller. We want to thank Marc for allowing us to record his seminar. [shadowbox]This show brought to you by fans of the…
113 Post Gamehole Con 2016
Nov 8, 2016 • 40 min
Brett and Sean attended the popular tabletop gaming convention, Gamehole Con, in Madison, Wisconsin. A gaming convention that occurred the first weekend of November, the year was 2016. We talk about the games we ran and the crazy good fun we had, the best…
112 Player Character Aging in RPG’s
Nov 1, 2016 • 75 min
Time passes, and player characters are aging in your role-playing games. Or are they? First edition Dungeons & Dragons had the young be strong and dextrous, but as your pc aged you became weaker, wiser and smarter. How often we do find players…
111 What is Heroic in RPG’s
Oct 25, 2016 • 78 min
What does it mean to be heroic in tabletop rpg’s? Aside from sitting as a player in one of Brett’s games, some would argue that having a player character at full strength and rushing into battle is not as heroic as being down to one hit point and entering…
110 Traps in Role-playing Games
Oct 18, 2016 • 77 min
Traps in role-playing games, they’re used for a variety of reasons as a GM, but player characters can also setup traps to ensnare their foes. There is the popular mechanical trap as well as the social trap, “aha! We’ve got you now!” Brett shares a funny…
109 Organizations in RPG’s
Oct 11, 2016 • 68 min
Organizations in RPG’s, inspired by community member Sgt Pemberfoot, we talk about the roles of cults, sects, clubs, fraternities, sacred orders and what you can do with them. Want to build your own? We talk about the elements that make up an organization…
108 Side Quests
Oct 4, 2016 • 69 min
Side quests, how do they fit in to the grand scheme of the story, or does it? What if the party is sent on a side quest, but it doesn’t serve a purpose? Announcements Evercon.org – Come and run games for us! Games on Demand! Gamehole! – you need the G&BS…
BBS015 Gabe and Yggdrasill
Oct 3, 2016 • 14 min
We asked game masters, that are gracious enough to run games under the Gaming and BS banner at Gamehole Con 2016, to give us some insight into what they’re running. This is a segment of that series. In this bonus episode Gabe D. talks about running…
107 Evil Games
Sep 27, 2016 • 60 min
Evil games, or allowing your players to play evil characters. According to Sean, all players are evil. Well, to some degree. Many people may say that alignment/good/evil are all relative. Have you ran an evil group of player characters through adventures?…
BBS014 Forrest Aguirre at Gamehole Con
Sep 26, 2016 • 5 min
We asked game masters, that are gracious enough to run games under the Gaming and BS banner at Gamehole Con 2016, to give us some insight into what they’re running. This is a segment of that series. In this bonus episode Forrest Aguirre talks about…
106 Magic Items and Player Characters
Sep 20, 2016 • 62 min
Magic items, how do you convey the properties of these wondrous items to the player characters? A topic brought up by Kevin Lovecraft, he writes “I wonder how to reveal the properties of such items to players/characters when they discover them. Spout Lore…
BBS013 Roger Brasslett at Gamehole Con
Sep 19, 2016 • 3 min
We asked game masters, that are gracious enough to run games under the Gaming and BS banner at Gamehole Con 2016, to give us some insight into what they’re running. This is a segment of that series. In this bonus episode Roger Brasslett talks about…
105 PC Safe Zones
Sep 13, 2016 • 58 min
PC safe zones, inspired by Ed Nagy. He asks, “Do you allow your PCs somewhere where they can store items without fear, can heal and plot without worry? When do you break that tacit agreement and have robbers hit them at home?” We talk how we have…
BBS012 Jason Raether at Gamehole Con
Sep 12, 2016
We asked game masters, that are gracious enough to run games under the Gaming and BS banner at Gamehole Con 2016, to give us some insight into what they’re running. This is a segment of that series. In this bonus episode Jason Raether talks about running…
104 RPG A Day
Sep 6, 2016 • 78 min
RPG a day is an internet meme done by BrigadeCon and Autocratik that outlines a question a day for the month of August that spurs conversation and talk about our favorite hobby, role-playing games. We go through all 31 questions in this episode.…
BBS011 Venger Satanis at Gamehole Con
Sep 5, 2016 • 4 min
We asked game masters, that are gracious enough to run games under the Gaming and BS banner at Gamehole Con 2016, to give us some insight into what they’re running. This is a segment of that series. In this bonus episode Venger Satanis talks about running…
103 Steal the Plot
Aug 30, 2016 • 70 min
Steal that plot. One of Brett’s favorite GM advice books is Stealing Cthulhu by Graham Walmsley (available at DRPG). Let’s dig into the book’s core idea and see how we can use it to really improve our genre emulation. Announcements Evercon.org – Come and…
BBS010 Tim Virning at Gamehole Con
Aug 29, 2016 • 3 min
We asked game masters, that are gracious enough to run games under the Gaming and BS banner at Gamehole Con 2016, to give us some insight into what they’re running. This is a segment of that series. In this bonus episode Tim Virning talks about running…
102 Gaming Away From The Table
Aug 23, 2016 • 74 min
With the recent Kickstarter from Monte Cook Games where Monte talks about addressing absentee members of the game group yet still facilitate a method of play. We figured we’d want to elaborate on this. Be it a forum where you discuss what your player…
101 At What Cost?
Aug 16, 2016 • 63 min
In this episode we field a question posed to us by Pure Mongrel’s G+ post … I have a pondering for you guys in regards to game tempo and quality over quantity… Understanding that each playing group is different, there is a general consensus that combat…
100 Why We Game
Aug 9, 2016 • 105 min
Why we game. How did we get into gaming? What keeps us in the hobby and why is it important to us? We go into a bit about our motivation for partaking in our favorite hobby – playing role-playing games. We share some personal stories along the way.…
099 Screw the Rules
Aug 2, 2016 • 76 min
Screw the rules. We come across rules that we don’t use, but why do we overlook them. Aren’t they part of the roleplaying game? Maybe it’s a complicated rule that slows down play. Perhaps we have a better way of doing things. We discuss the rules we don’t…
098 OK To Fail
Jul 26, 2016 • 77 min
It’s ok to fail. As a player, we learn from our mistakes. We can admit our shortcomings, well everyone but Sean. We’re working on that. Like many not-so-positive topics we cover, there can be something good on the other side of the die. This is no…
097 Imprisoning Player Characters
Jul 19, 2016 • 60 min
Imprisoning player characters can take away agency from the players, no question. Game masters can certainly present this to the players, but should be careful not to take it too far. Take it too far and players will get frustrated and ruin a game. Just…
096 Character Building Questions
Jul 12, 2016 • 74 min
Character building questions stems from the bonds that rpg Dungeonworld uses to help solidify, or establish, relationships between player characters. It typically starts before kicking off the game and prevents a player character from lacking the…
095 Campaign Creation
Jul 5, 2016 • 62 min
Campaign creation, a topic posed to us by Michael Drescher. We throw in the Fronts from the Dungeonworld rpg as a point of reference and a good way to approach fleshing out your campaign. Our thoughts, or approach, is not the be all end all to creating a…
094 Random Encounters in RPGs
Jun 28, 2016 • 3347 min
Random encounters in role-playing games, they were frequently found in many first edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons modules and adventures. We look back at how we used them or they were used against us. It doesn’t have to be rolling on a table to see…
093 Board and Card Games
Jun 21, 2016 • 77 min
Board and card games, Brett and Sean talk about their preferences and some of the games they play when not playing RPG’s. While they’re certainly fun to play, they are certainly a different type of game to play when compared to roleplaying games. Both…
092 Humor in Roleplaying Games
Jun 14, 2016 • 52 min
Humor in roleplaying games, there’s a time and place for it. It can bring levity, but how much is too much and what happens when it gets out of control? Is it really worth killing a player…character over it? It can depend on the game you’re playing. Some…
091 Powerful Items in RPGs
Jun 7, 2016 • 60 min
Powerful items in rpg’s, game masters give them out from time-to-time. It’s the +5 Holy Avenger or some ancient artifact that can grant Wish or Resurrection spells. You run the risk of breaking your game, or do you? We as Dungeon Masters may regret…
090 Keeping Players Engaged
May 31, 2016 • 72 min
Keeping players engaged, there are a few things you can do. Often times it’s because they’re bored or not engaged. As a GM you can do a few things. Hell, Brett goes as far as doing one-on-ones. “How are you liking your character? What goals are you trying…
089 Interpreting Die Rolls
May 24, 2016 • 55 min
Interpreting die rolls, or do you use degrees of success with systems that don’t facilitate such a mechanic? Of course there are role-playing game systems like Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars RPG or Powered by the Apocalypse Dungeon World, and even Savage…
088 Collecting Role-playing Games
May 17, 2016 • 67 min
Collecting role-playing games, we treasure our beloved tomes of rules, maps and scenarios. We keep things because they can be used as resources. Or maybe it’s nostalgia. But in this episode Brett and I visit Alex Kammer, Director of Gamehole Con…
087 GM Screens
May 10, 2016 • 61 min
GM screens are great for referencing rules without having to page through a thick rpg rule book. Some of us choose not to use them because they can be intrusive and create a physical barrier between the players and the game master. Use them or not, there…
086 Secret Convo in RPGs
May 3, 2016 • 61 min
Secret conversations in rpgs. We pass notes. Game Masters pull players aside to talk about something that may not be privy to the in-game situation. Does it matter if the rest of your group hears these conversations? Sometimes this can take attention from…
085 Counting Coup in RPGs
Apr 26, 2016 • 69 min
Counting coup in rpgs, it stems from an old tradition of the Native Americans. In roleplaying games it can be considered a different way to handle combat. It doesn’t always have to be ‘to the death’! What if a nonplayer character needs the party to do…
084 Inclusion in RPG Hobby
Apr 19, 2016 • 47 min
Inclusion in the RPG hobby, there are times when we are not doing our best at welcoming others into awesome world of role-playing games. Even when interacting with people of other genders, ethnicity, etc, we can say the wrong thing without even being…
083 No Shows at RPG Cons
Apr 12, 2016 • 3558 min
No shows at rpg cons, it happens. Before being perturbed, it is possible that someone had an emergency come up and could not get to to the convention. But what can you do? Well, the con organizers probably have some method of refunding your ticket or…
082 Dedication to System
Apr 5, 2016 • 3055 min
Dedication to system, or system mastery, is often used in the same context. While it may take ‘dedication to an rpg system’ in order to gain mastery of its rules, it’s not always the case. There are advantages and disadvantages to being dedication to sone…
081 Player versus Player
Mar 29, 2016 • 59 min
Player versus player in roleplaying games, without agreement and understanding in advance it can turn out to be a royal fiasco. We specify player versus player and character versus character. Brett talks about how there has been positive gaming…
080 Savage Worlds RPG
Mar 22, 2016 • 108 min
We talk Savage Worlds RPG, and solicit some help from Kristian Serrano and Ron Blessing from the Savage Bloggers Network. Published by Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Savage Worlds’ motto is ‘Fast, Furious, and Fun’. We talk about what makes it fast,…
079 Latency in RPG Combat
Mar 15, 2016 • 60 min
Latency in rpg combat occurs from time to time. Sure there are roleplaying games that have higher rates, or delays, in how combat is resolved. What causes this ‘latency’ we speak of? It could be that many players simply don’t know all the rules. Maybe…
078 Starting the RPG Campaign
Mar 8, 2016 • 71 min
Starting the rpg campaign takes some previous thought. How much depends on a few things, what you’re going to play and how you’ll approach your players are just two thing to consider. There is quite a bit of social contract, knowledge gathering and…
077 Opposed Die Rolls in RPGs
Mar 1, 2016 • 64 min
We typically use opposed die rolls in rpgs to resolve a contest between player characters or between player character and nonplayer characters. We may use skills – my push to your pull, or more like sense motive to the other’s deception. Some systems…
076 Monsters and Non Monsters
Feb 23, 2016 • 65 min
Monsters and non monsters in roleplaying games. As Game Masters we throw them at the players, but the big bad is typically a humanoid or human. That is not necessary true. Is it? By saying this we are considering monsters as just fillers. They may be the…
075 Gumshoe RPG System
Feb 16, 2016 • 67 min
We talk about the Gumshoe RPG system developed by Robin D. Laws and published by Pelgrane Press. Ken Hite, author of Trail of Cthulhu, wrote the game using Gumshoe system because a Call of Cthuhlu game could come to a screeching halt if a player character…
074 Investigative RPG
Feb 9, 2016 • 82 min
Roleplaying games are about discovery and some of that includes some type of investigation. Sure, there are games that have mechanics that help facilitate an investigative game, Gumshoe by Pelgrane Press is just one, but what about the games that don’t…
073 Roleplaying Game Classes or No Classes
Feb 2, 2016 • 67 min
Roleplaying game classes, there are rpg systems that involve classes for their player characters. Examples include fighter, magic-user, thief, etc. Dungeons and Dragons and respective derivatives are ones that lead the way with player character classes.…
072 Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG Part 2
Jan 26, 2016 • 89 min
Part 2 of our coverage of Dungeon Crawl Classics roleplaying game. We didn’t chase off Jen Brinkman from part 1. She joins us again to keep us on track and ensure the info we convey is accurate. In this episode we mention alignment in DCC and skill…
071 Dungeon Crawl Classics Part 1
Jan 19, 2016 • 77 min
This week we talk about the Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) role-playing game by Goodman Games. We ask Jen Brinkman, from Spellburn and Sanctum Secorum podcasts, to help us explain the rules and mechanics of this cool fantasy-based rpg. Inspired by the…
070 Star Wars Edge of the Empire Part 2
Jan 12, 2016 • 85 min
We pick up where we left off in episode 69 as we continue to talk about Star Wars Edge of the Empire roleplaying game by Fantasy Flight Games. Obligation, careers and specializations are just a couple more elements of EotE that we discuss. Of course there…
069 Star Wars Edge of the Empire Part 1
Jan 5, 2016 • 82 min
Part one of two where we discuss Star Wars Edge of the Empire roleplaying game published by Fantasy Flight Games. We talk about the dice, dice pool and the narrative component of the rpg system. We also touch on the force die, light and dark side points…
068 Ending the RPG Campaign
Dec 29, 2015 • 56 min
Ending the rpg campaign. There can be a number of situations why you would want to wrap up your roleplaying game. Whether it is GM or player burn out, the game is falling apart – players not getting along, or you’re being tempted by the new shiny, we talk…
067 Why We Like Dungeons and Dragons
Dec 22, 2015 • 61 min
Why we like Dungeons & Dragons. We get asked “you play rpg’s, but why do you like D&D?” We think it’s a good ‘universal’ fantasy rpg system. Most people are aware of how the game works, many have played it at one time or another, and it contains a fair…
066 Critical Hits and Fumbles in RPGs
Dec 15, 2015 • 56 min
Critical hits and fumbles in tabletop roleplaying games, how do they enrich your game or can they be just plain silly? Some systems have critical hits and fumbles built into it. Most of us may have taken it upon ourselves to incorporate such a system into…
065 RPG Styles and Systems
Dec 8, 2015 • 69 min
RPG styles and systems, a preference on system and how it may tie into system. It’s hard to explain, but we get there…eventually. We’ve been thinking a lot recently about roleplaying game systems that are designed specifically for certain types of stories…
064 Holidays in Roleplaying Games
Dec 1, 2015 • 62 min
Holidays and festivals in roleplaying games, they can bring people together, start plots and story arcs and much more. They also help to enforce seasonal changes and the passage of time. There’s also the real-world holidays and how they effect your game.…
063 Treachery in Tabletop Roleplaying Games
Nov 24, 2015 • 64 min
Treachery in roleplaying games, how do you handle that and betrayal without having players get upset? After Sean and Chris from MM used each other to cheat on Phil and Me, I figured we’d talk about: Treachery in your RPGs! An early Happy Thanksgiving to…
062 Horses, Hirelings & Living Gear in RPGs
Nov 17, 2015 • 61 min
Gear can play a unique role in your rpg. You’re equipped with a horse, to carry your stuff. You hire a pleeb to carry your loot, but how do you really handle these things in your rpg. Inspired by a question posed to The Dungeon Bastard at Gamehole Con…
061 Dark and Gritty in Role-playing Games
Nov 10, 2015 • 56 min
Dark and gritty in role-playing games. A dark and gritty game is probably one you won’t GM to children due to moral quandaries, adult themes, or violence and mature situations. We wanted to compare it to heroic games, but not sure that came across.…
BBS009 Gamehole Con 2015 Day 2 Recap
Nov 8, 2015 • 53 min
Day 2 recap of Gamehole Con 2015. Gamehole Con is a gaming convention held every November in Madison, Wisconsin. We speak with the Director of the con, Alex Kammer. There’s good, bad and improvements to make for 2016’s event. Chad Knight, an organizer of…
BBS008 Chris Perkins WotC at Gamehole Con 2015
Nov 8, 2015 • 90 min
Chris Perkins from Wizards of the Coast (WotC) spoke at Gamehole Con 2015. We recorded it. We think he’s hinting at potential Ravenloft product. Were we right? Next episode Subscribe on iTunes or Android so you don’t miss our next episode when we do a…
BBS007 Dungeon Bastard Gamehole Con 2015
Nov 7, 2015 • 60 min
Bill Cavalier is the Dungeon Bastard. We capture his talk at Gamehole Con 2015.
BBS006 Gamehole Con 2015 Day 1 Recap
Nov 7, 2015 • 35 min
Gamehole Con 2015 recap of day 1 of the tabletop gaming convention located in Madison, Wisconsin. Brett and I talk about Gamehole Con 3 starting with Thursday and Friday, who we met, what we did and how things are going.
060 Surprise Bait and Switch in Roleplaying Games
Nov 3, 2015 • 64 min
Presenting the unexpected in roleplaying games doesn’t come to your players without an element of surprise. Sean has mentioned wanting to start a game and not tell folks what it’s about so let’s discuss how to introduce a change-up or a surprise to your…
059 Fear and Horror in Roleplaying Games
Oct 27, 2015 • 70 min
Fear and horror in roleplaying games, after all tis the season! In this episode we talk about whether you need to scare your players in order to create fear and horror in your rpg. How does mechanics play a role in creating these emotions? There are some…
058 Player Characters Level Up or Bad Ass Beginner
Oct 20, 2015 • 59 min
Player characters level up or bad-ass beginner? Angela Murray inspired us to discuss the topic. Do you start out a wimp where your wizard has 1d4+Con Mod hit points to only die from a pin prick or do you have max hit points and want to be an effective bad…
057 RPG Player to Game Master
Oct 13, 2015 • 70 min
From rpg player to game master, it can be a leap. How did we Brett and Sean start gaming? Was it running or playing rpg’s? Then how we got into game mastering and what made us do such a foolish thing. Topic inspired by Jeff Rademaker, we share some of the…
056 Player Control in Roleplaying Games
Oct 6, 2015 • 70 min
Player control in roleplaying games, some may call it ‘player agency’. Brett & Sean run themselves in circles trying to define it. Chits, points, fortune or luck dice can allow a player to change things, is that giving them too much control? Topic…
055 Roleplaying for Story
Sep 29, 2015 • 60 min
Roleplaying for story, do we do it? First we need to define ‘story’. We, and other like Misdirected Mark, talk about story needs, wants, etc., for our games. If we’re not in it for the story, then what is it? There are dangers in forcing story. Sean Train…
054 Player Character Pain in Roleplaying Games
Sep 22, 2015 • 6 min
Player character pain in roleplaying games. Sean believes that the physical piece is tied to mechanics while the mental pain is tied to roleplaying. Sometimes there are mechanics that help simulate pain. Maybe it’s the condition track in WotC’s Star Wars…
053 Challenges Killing Player Characters in RPGs
Sep 15, 2015 • 63 min
Challenges killing player characters, is it tougher to do with today’s roleplaying games? Episode 53 Show Agenda Reading from Curt Thompson’s G+ Intro Announcements Random Encounter – emails, voice mails, social media from listeners Moe Tousignant re:…
052 Gear in Roleplaying Games
Sep 8, 2015 • 71 min
Gear in roleplaying games may incude a ten foot pole, bag of flower, pouch of marbles and more. How do you handle gear in your rpg. Episode 52 Show Agenda Intro Announcements Gamehole attendees flying in for con. If you give me a heads up AND are flying…
051 Weirdness in Roleplaying Games
Sep 1, 2015 • 75 min
Weirdness in roleplaying games. How weird is too weird? Guest Alex Kammer of Gamehole Con joins us. Episode 51 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Thank you to everyone for listening to our BS up to episode 50! Shout outs to those…
050 GBS Five Oh, RPG Players
Aug 25, 2015 • 83 min
It’s our 50th episode! We talk about tabletop rpg players, a surprise and listener well wishes. Episode 50 Show Agenda Episode 50 – Good Players Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Patreon has launched!! Consider a kind contribution to the…
049 Playing in a Modern World
Aug 18, 2015 • 63 min
Playing an rpg that takes place in the modern world but with no spin on it like horror, sci-fi, monsters, etc. Episode 49 Show Agenda Episode 49 – Modern Settings Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Kristian Serrano and +Ron Blessing from the…
048 Realism in Roleplaying Games
Aug 11, 2015 • 79 min
Realism in roleplaying games, we talk about falling off a 100 story tower and surviving. Real? Well it is a world of elves and magic. Episode 48 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Apologies to Ben Blanding on G+. He called in N.…
047 Monster Ecologies in Roleplaying Games
Aug 4, 2015 • 67 min
Monster ecologies in roleplaying games. We talk a little synergy and if it matters that it make sense having monsters in your encounter. Should the players notice if it belongs or not? Episode 47 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net…
046 Money in Roleplaying Games
Jul 28, 2015 • 79 min
How do you handle money in roleplaying games? There are lots of different ways, we share our thoughts. Episode 46 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Shaintar KS – Brett explains something he thinks is important. Now on Tumblr…
045 Travel in Roleplaying Games
Jul 21, 2015 • 65 min
Travel in roleplaying games. Is it the destination or the journey? You walk, and walk, and walk some more. How do you handle travel in your game? Episode 45 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Random Encounter – emails, voice…
044 Fudging Dice Rolls in RPGs
Jul 14, 2015 • 71 min
It’s often a topic of debate, mostly for game masters. Do you fudge dice rolls or roll in open and let them land where they may? Episode 44 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Bonus BS! interview with Phil got a bit out of hand……
BBS005 Phil Vecchione Surprise
Jul 8, 2015 • 68 min
Interview with Phil Vecchione co-author of Focal Point, the Complete Game Master’s Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions and then all hell breaks loose.
043 Taking It To The Table
Jul 7, 2015 • 71 min
Advice on running a roleplaying game. We dance around the topic, field listener feedback and cover Die Roll! Episode 43 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Blubrry affiliate. One month for free. Promo code GamingandBS. blubrry.com…
BBS004 Inside Gaming & BS Part 2: Work Flow – Bonus BS
Jul 2, 2015 • 2830 min
Part 2 of Inside Gaming BS series. Sean talks about the work flow and technical process of podcast production of an episode in this Bonus BS. BBS004 Show Agenda Operation work flow Google docs easy to share/collaborate show outline/agenda template easy…
042 Taboos in Roleplaying Games
Jun 30, 2015 • 77 min
Is there anything you won’t allow in your game if you’re running a roleplaying game? As a player, is there certain situations or subjects that are taboo and off limits in your rpg? It’s our topic of discussion in this episode. Episode 42 Show Agenda Intro…
BBS003 Inside Gaming & BS Part 1: Planning – Bonus BS
Jun 26, 2015 • 64 min
Are you planning a podcast? We have received some inquiries from listeners asking us how we do the show, who do we use for hosting, and what gear do we use. This is a multipart series providing insight into producing Gaming and BS podcast. BBS003 Show…
041 Improvisation in Roleplaying Games
Jun 23, 2015 • 84 min
Do you do any improvisation as a player or game master in your roleplaying games? We talk about it on this episode. Episode 41 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Happy belated Father’s Day to all the gamer dads out there! Sean…
040 Cliches & Tropes in Roleplaying Games
Jun 16, 2015 • 67 min
Cliches and tropes in roleplaying games, are they a tiresome plot devices or are they just good old fun? Episode 40 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Darktheatre.net Apps for iPad Our Character Folio 2 is live and it’s only…
BBS002 Bonus BS Events Guy Josh Hoyt of Gamehole Con
Jun 13, 2015 • 49 min
Josh Hoyt, Director of Games, making him the events guy at Gamehole Con. Gamehole Con is a yearly tabletop gaming convention held in November in Madison, Wisconsin. This is Gamehole Con’s third year. Their debut event had 200+ events. This year they are…
039 RPG Game Groups – Consistent or Changing It Up?
Jun 9, 2015 • 64 min
We talk about rpg game groups. Is it good to have long-standing relationships with the member? What about switching it up and having new members? Episode 39 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements GaryCon Podcast Seminar – Drink Spin…
OSR aka Old School Renaissance
Jun 2, 2015 • 62 min
OSR What is it? Is this simply the style of play (rulings v rules)? Why should I play a clone if I’ve got access to the original game? A game like DCC – what sets it apart? We talk old school renaissance. You might know it as OSR. We also address listener…
037 Generating PCs, Collaboratively or Not
May 26, 2015 • 63 min
Generating player characters, it can be done together or solo. How do you do it? What makes sense or does it matter? Episode 37 Show Agenda Intro – Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net From the Gamehole! Tom Valley, friend of Gamehole Con is looking for people to…
036 Epic Level, High Level Role-playing Games
May 19, 2015 • 68 min
Is there a difference between epic level and high level gaming? Of course there is. Maybe. Kind of. Sort of. Episode 36 Show Agenda Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Rumors of Sean and Brett being part of a brotherhood of Canadian spies…
035 Out of Print Role-playing Games
May 12, 2015 • 64 min
Out of print role-playing games, sometimes referred to as ‘dead games’, do you still play them? Do you need to play the latest and greatest? Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Happy late Mother’s Day to all the gaming moms, and moms who let…
034 Handling Time in Roleplaying Games
May 5, 2015 • 66 min
Listener email leads us to the topic of handling time in roleplaying games. Do you track time? How? Do you have it effect the aging of player characters? Lets talk about it. Episode 34 Outline Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Sean’s Forge…
033 Espionage Roleplaying Games
Apr 28, 2015 • 78 min
Be it fantasy, modern or far future scifi, you can make espionage a big part of your roleplaying game But what about running a game that is catered to the genre? We talk about it in this episode and we’ll throw in some random encounters as well. Episode…
BBS001 Bonus BS ENnie Awards Lowdown with Hans Cummings
Apr 23, 2015 • 30 min
We get the lowdown on the ENnie Awards from the ENnie Submissions Coordinator and Publisher Relations, Hans Cummings. About Hans He’s the Author/Publisher & tabletop gamer since 1982 He’s recognized as ‘One of Nuvo’s Best Local Authors’ in Indianapolis:…
032 What RPG Do You Want To Run, But Have Not
Apr 21, 2015 • 62 min
Some of us have a few roleplaying games. Many of them we have not played or GM’d. What are those games and why haven’t you run or played them? Episode 32 Show Outline Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Update from the Gamehole!! Gamehole Con adds more…
031 Bards Are For Roleplaying
Apr 14, 2015 • 72 min
Bards, huh! What are they good for? Absolutely roleplaying. Bards are for roleplaying. We skip the crunch and talk about Bards, listener feedback and Die Roll! Episode 31 Show Outline Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Gamehole Con has it’s…
030 Are RPG Campaigns Necessary?
Apr 7, 2015 • 64 min
Do you need an rpg campaign that has a cohesive plot line or can one shots do the trick? Episode 30 Show Outline Intro Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Random Encounter – emails, voice mails, social media from listeners Kristian Serrano’s quote…
029 Pursuing the Perfect RPG System
Mar 31, 2015 • 74 min
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…
028 Listener Voicemails, Maps and Character Background
Mar 24, 2015 • 67 min
We address listener voicemails that ask how we maps in roleplaying games and comment on player character backgrounds in this role playing game podcast episode. Episode 28 Show Agenda Sponsored by DarkTheatre.net Announcements Working out some colaboration…
027 Handling RPG Rules at the Table
Mar 17, 2015 • 79 min
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…
026 Player Character Backgrounds in RPGs
Mar 10, 2015 • 72 min
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…
025 Break Time and RPG Group Size
Mar 3, 2015 • 72 min
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.…
024 Railroading and Sandboxes in Role-playing Games
Feb 24, 2015 • 61 min
Railroading and Sandboxes in role-playing games, Brett and Sean broach the often-discussed topic. Many commentary rpg podcasts typically talk about this, here is our take. Episode 24 Show Agenda Random Encounter A couple of recent emails and posts. Shane…
023 What Have RPGs Done For You?
Feb 17, 2015 • 69 min
We touch on the benefits of roleplaying games in our professional lives. Then we get off the beaten path…. Die roll is still included and Sean goes on rant over bad experience registering for events for GaryCon. Episode 23 Show Agenda Intro – Sponsored by…
022 RPG Wikis and Dissemination of Info
Feb 10, 2015 • 67 min
We start out talking about how Brett organizes his campaign info using a wiki and then slide into disseminating campaign information using social media. How do you manage getting information to your players? Episode 22 Show Agenda Intro including music –…
021 Gender Mixing, Male Players Playing Female Characters
Feb 3, 2015 • 65 min
Males players playing female characters in roleplaying games, that’s the topic. Do you allow it? Is it a big deal? Episode 21 Show Outline Intro including music – DarkTheatre.net Home of the Character Folio Announcements Submitted Gaming and BS to…
020 Experience Points & Character Advancement
Jan 27, 2015 • 70 min
Incentive for level-based roleplaying game systems is typically experience points. We talk about player character advancement and how pacing goes back to game balance. How do you handle character advancement in level-based systems? Episode 20 Show Outline…
019 Homebrew RPG Settings
Jan 20, 2015 • 64 min
Brett and Sean talk about homebrew RPG settings versus prepublished ones. Is the mystery lost when players have access to the world atlas and details? What’s your preference? Show outline Advert from Greyed Out Visit their online store and use promo code:…
018 Re-Alignment, In and Out of Game
Jan 13, 2015 • 57 min
We circle back to episode 17 where we initially talked about alignment. We address listener feedback and elaborate a bit more on the topic. Episode 18 Show Outline Intro including music Announcements Brett is in news coverage of EverCon:…
017 Alignment In Fantasy RPGs
Jan 6, 2015 • 56 min
We talk about alignment, primarily in D&D/fantasy roleplaying games. How do you handle alignment in your game? Intro including music Announcements Sean submitted event for GaryCon.com in March. Running One Minute to Midnight, a Spycraft d20 scenario.…
016 Props in Roleplaying Games
Dec 30, 2014 • 60 min
Props in roleplaying games, it may take work but it can add more to your game. Oh! And it doesn’t have to be something the GM offers! Episode 16 Show Outline Intro including music Announcements Hope those out there that celebrated Xmas had a good time…
015 Scifi Roleplaying Games
Dec 23, 2014 • 65 min
Scifi rpgs, is space handled like Firefly or Star Wars? We talk about the challenges of a scifi game. Hard science and how ‘crazy’ do you get when you offer a scifi rpg to your players? Episode 15 Show Outline Intro Announcements Random Encounter –…
014 Tech at the Gaming Table
Dec 16, 2014 • 67 min
Technology at the gaming table, what do you allow? Laptops ok or are they a distraction? “Hey man, can you put away your cell phone for a second. It’s your turn.” Episode 14 Show Outline Guest Chad Knight joins us to talk about EverCon.org. tech at the…
013 It’s How You Use It – Following Rules in RPGs
Dec 9, 2014 • 61 min
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.…
012 Game Balance in Roleplaying Games
Dec 2, 2014 • 82 min
We talk about game balance, challenge ratings, encounters and throwing a lich up against a party of first level pleebs! Is it necessary? Let us know. Episode 12 Show Outline Intro Announcements DMG released! (that’s 5e folks) Added to Master List of…
011 Roleplaying Game Stores
Nov 25, 2014
Bad roleplaying game stores get our blood pressure up, but it’s because we want them to thrive. Let us know why your game store rocks via email: [email protected] or call 929.BIG.DICE and leave us a message! Episode 11 Show Outline Intro Announcements…
010 Game Master Mistakes in RPGs
Nov 18, 2014 • 73 min
Getting impatient with players? Not ‘yes, and’ing? B & S Divulge some of their GM mistakes in roleplaying games. It’s all learning, right? Episode 10 Show Outline Announcements Friends of the show page on the website. Drop us a line.18 Official podcast of…
009 RPG Convention Game Prep
Nov 11, 2014 • 64 min
RPG Convention game prep: goals of the game, what should players bring, pacing and more. Episode 9 Show Outline Announcements Friends of the show page on the website. Drop us a line. Random Encounter Email from Nick A. Comments from Chad K. Topics of…
008 Fresh Blood Into RPG Hobby
Nov 4, 2014 • 69 min
We talk about getting new people into the tabletop rpg hobby. Be careful of turning-off new players – killing pc’s, ruling with iron fist, and more. Episode 8 Show Outline Announcements VOTE DAMMIT! Topics of Discussion – New Gamers How we got started in…
007 Interview with Alex from Gamehole Con
Oct 28, 2014 • 58 min
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.…
RPG Settings
Oct 20, 2014 • 78 min
RPG Settings (aka Location, Location, Location). Homebrew vs prepublished. Does one take more work than the other? Announcements Gamehole is coming! (https://www.gameholecon.com/) Call the BS line 929.BIG.DICE (929.244.3423) I learned how to pronounce…
RPG Rule Systems Matter
Oct 13, 2014 • 69 min
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. Announcements First itunes reviews. Thanks to Zave!…
‘Role’ Play It Again Sam
Oct 7, 2014 • 65 min
GMs overusing the same concepts, schticks and being predictable in rpgs. Players playing the same character. How did you get in hobby? – vote! Gumshoe, 5E, and NewGameapalooza. Check out Darktheatre.net/llc. Announcements Darktheatre will be pushing out…
Player Character Death in Roleplaying Games
Sep 30, 2014 • 66 min
Player character death in rpgs! How do you handle it? Doesn’t it contribute to the story? Leave us review on iTunes. Our first listener email – Thanks Zave! Brett would make a bad dwarf, buys a sword, and preps for new game. Ben Gerber games 24 hrs…
Metagaming in RPGs
Sep 22, 2014 • 67 min
Metagaming in rpgs! We talk about posting on Google+ and how some people seem to spam their info all over the place. Once the banter is over, we get to metagaming, which was originally spurred from our first episode. We define it in our own terms –…
Pilot: Narrative Control in RPGs
Sep 17, 2014 • 68 min
Narrative control is our first ‘main’ topic of discussion. Sean touches on the approach that the Star Wars Edge of the Empire by Fantasy Flight Games takes with narration and how some systems or groups approach narration differently based on the game, or…