d10 Table of Topics

In each episode of the Roll for Topic podcast, we randomly determine a topic of conversation by rolling a d10 and consulting the table below. Once we’ve discussed a topic, it’s removed from the table and replaced by a new topic.

Roll d10 and consult the table below:

  1. How do you handle romance and shopping in your games? (added by Kyle Latino in Episode 14)
  2. How do you run games when your group is just one or two players?
  3. How to you handle running characters and NPCs with lower intelligence than the rest of the party? (added by Al McWilliams in Episode 22)
  4. What are good things to do in a “session 0”?
  5. Do you read the block text in your adventure? Either the written text, or your own prewritten text? (added by Kyle Latino in episode 4)
  6. How do you set the atmosphere at the table (and how do you get away from the default of “adventure slapstick”)? (added by Matt Wilson in episode 3)
  7. How do you deal with anxiety as a gamemaster? (added by Audrey Huggett in episode 21).
  8. How do you bring a new game to your existing gaming group? (added by Murph in episode 15)
  9. How do you create memorable NPCs?
  10. Pick one from above!

Topic we’ve already covered

Here are the topics we’ve discussed so far:

  • How do you introduce a non-gamer to your game?
  • How do you handle doors in dungeons? (added by Jessica Snyder in episode 6)
  • How do you give a player who is leaving a game a satisfying send-off?
  • How do you use history to inform your quest and gaming?
  • How to run a game in two hours or less (episode 1). Rolled 9.
  • How to handle it when game sessions get derailed (episode 2). Rolled 10.
  • How to use a dungeon master’s screen (episode 3). Rolled 6.
  • Props/handouts and when to use them (epsiode 4). Rolled 5.
  • Bringing elements from other game systems into your game (episode 5.) Rolled 2.
  • Techniques to keep combat moving (episode 7). Rolled 1.
  • How do you deal with severe consequences to player actions (episode 8). Rolled 1.
  • How do you determine the “power level” of your game? Are your players normal people or demi-gods? How do you handle player disagreements about this? (added by Mark French in episode 5). Rolled 2.
  • How do you draw a player back in when they’re bored or distracted? (episode 10). Rolled 4.
  • How do you manage hit points and other fiddly details during combat? (episode 11). Rolled 8.
  • How do you use and introduce randomness into your games? (episode 12). Rolled 4.
  • How much (and what kind of) preparation do you do before running a game? (episode 13). Rolled 1.
  • How do you handle monsters in a game? (episode 14). Rolled 1.
  • Theater-of-the-mind vs. maps, minis, and other visual representations: what the pros and cons of each? (added by Jason Matteson in episode 11). Rolled 8
  • What elements from other media (books, movies, video games, etc.) do you bring into your tabletop RPGs? (episode 21)