Episode 24 – Do You Read the Block Text in Your Adventure? (special guest, Aaron)

Episode 24 – Do You Read the Block Text in Your Adventure? (special guest, Aaron)

 
 
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We’re joined by Aaron this week to talk about reading the written block text from adventures. When there’s block text in the adventure module you’re running, do you read it out loud? Verbatim, do you paraphrase, do you throw it all away because you know best?! Join us as we talk all about narrating at the table!

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Episode 23 – How to Introduce Non-Gamers to Your Game

Episode 23 – How to Introduce Non-Gamers to Your Game

 
 
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This week it’s just Andy and Chris jabbering about how to introduce non-gamers to your game. We talk about such things as: character creation, whether players should have to read the rules cover to cover, and when and how to introduce mechanics into the game.

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Episode 22 — How to Handle Doors in Dungeons (with guest Al McWilliams)

Episode 22 — How to Handle Doors in Dungeons (with guest Al McWilliams)

 
 
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Guest GM Al McWilliams joins Andy and Chris to talk about his Damage Dice Kickstarter, and to talk about the question that’s on every GM’s mind: How do you handle doors in dungeons?

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Episode 21: What Elements from Other Media do You Bring into Your Tabletop Games? (with Audrey Huggett)

Episode 21: What Elements from Other Media do You Bring into Your Tabletop Games? (with Audrey Huggett)

 
 
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Audrey, who was on the show back in Episode 13, came back on to talk a bit about how the AADL RPG Fest went and then to help us think about what stuff from other media (videogames, movies, books, etc.) we bring into our tabletop games. Unsurprisingly a LOT of stuff came up in this one:

Episode 21 Appendix

Episode 20 – The Shortest Episode: Running Halloween Themed Games

Episode 20 – The Shortest Episode: Running Halloween Themed Games

 
 
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Andy is out sick this week so rather than skipping Chris decided to jump on the mic and blab about whatever struck his fancy for a few minutes, which happened to be running Halloween themed games! It’s only September; however, if you’re planning on doing something for Halloween now is the time to start prepping!

We apologize for the short episode and will be back next time with a proper length one with a guest and everything.

Episode 20 Appendix:

Episode 19 — How to Run a Convention Game (with John Corey)

Episode 19 — How to Run a Convention Game (with John Corey)

 
 
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Gamemastering a roleplaying game at a convention is a much different ball game than running for your home group. Guest GM John Corey returns as we discuss the fine art of running games at conventions!

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Episode 17 – Reflections on Gencon 2019

Episode 17 – Reflections on Gencon 2019

 
 
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As a change of pace from our usual format, we’re talking about Gencon 2019, from which Andy just returned! Chris and Andy discuss some GMing takeaways from the con.

Episode 17 appendix (mostly games that Andy played at Gencon):

Episode 16 – How to Send Off a Player Who’s Leaving Your Game

Episode 16 – How to Send Off a Player Who’s Leaving Your Game

 
 
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What do you do when one of your players has to leave the game for good? Hopefully, you give them a fun in-game send-off. Chris and Andy discuss what makes for a good farewell salute to departing players.

Also: we want to hear your suggestions for topics to cover! Drop us a line if you’ve got a great topic you want to hear us discuss!

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Episode 15 – Theater-of-the-mind vs. Maps, Minis, and Other Visual Representations (with Murph)

Episode 15 – Theater-of-the-mind vs. Maps, Minis, and Other Visual Representations (with Murph)

 
 
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We’re joined by Murph to talk about how to bring the action at the table alive. Do you paint word pictures, or slap down some gorgeously painted miniatures?

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