Episode 42 — How Do You Create Memorable NPCs?

Episode 42 — How Do You Create Memorable NPCs?

 
 
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What’s the key to making NPCs who are memorable, interesting, and possibly even beloved by the players? Chris, Andy, and John discuss. And as a bonus, Andy breaks out a brand-new GM challenge for his co-hosts. Listen and judge their on-the-spot GMing decisions!

Episode 40 — How Do You Build or Choose a Setting for Your Game?

Episode 40 — How Do You Build or Choose a Setting for Your Game?

 
 
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Do you like running games set in established, well-defined settings? Do you prefer coming up with setting details on the fly? Something in between? John and Andy talk through the big topic of finding or building the right setting for your game.

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Episode 38 — How Do You Use Maps in Your Game?

Episode 38 — How Do You Use Maps in Your Game?

 
 
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What role do maps play in the games that you run? While Chris is taking a few weeks of parental leave, Andy is joined by guest co-host John Corey to discuss the wonderful topic of maps.

Note: the audio quality on this episode is a bit lower than our usual standard, for which we apologize; we’ll do better for the next episode. There’s a noticeable echo effect. If it helps, imagine that we’re recording the podcast from deep within a gloomy dungeon!

Episode 34 — Social Distancing Special: How Do You Run an Online Game?

Episode 34 — Social Distancing Special: How Do You Run an Online Game?

 
 
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If you’re a GM stuck at home during this time of social distancing, you’re almost certainly giving some thought to running your favorite RPG online. What should you know going in? Andy and Chris are wondering the same thing, so they’ve convened a special panel discussion with returning guests Kyle and Murph to talk through a wide assortment of issues related to running good games online.

Episode 33 – How do you run games when your group is just one or two players? (with Shel Kahn)

Episode 33 – How do you run games when your group is just one or two players? (with Shel Kahn)

 
 
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We’ve all been there. It’s game night and over the course of the day everyone is cancelling until you only have 1 or 2 players. Do you cancel? Do you play a board game instead?! Or do you embrace the smallness and see what happens?

Shel Kahn joined us this week to roll on the table and talk about running games for small groups! This was a fun conversation and we hope it brings you some inspiration during these times of social distancing: