Episode 125 – When Players Do the Unexpected

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Episode 125 - When Players Do the Unexpected
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What do you do when your players make in-game choices you weren’t expecting? Should you try to shift them back onto your planned course, or appreciate the challenge they’re throwing your way? Chris listens as Andy describes a recent adventure that went awry (albeit in a fun way) and they discuss what could have been done differently.

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  • The Monstrous Kickstarter by Cloud Curio games

Episode 124 — Do You Require Your Players To Read the Rules?

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Episode 124 — Do You Require Your Players To Read the Rules?
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How much rules mastery do you ask of your players? Chris and Andy discuss the unique challenge that roleplaying games present, with their often-massive rules tomes and the complicated relationship between rules and roleplaying that takes place at the game table.

Episode 123 – Live at Roll For Topic Con!

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Episode 123 - Live at Roll For Topic Con!
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Our first live episode in front of a studio (con) audience! Andy runs us through his annual Roll For Topic Swap Table Quiz. Take the quiz while listening and see you how do!

Episode 122 — How Do You Encourage Your Players to Roleplay Among Themselves?

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Your players probably interact with you, the GM, in character from time to time. But do they roleplay with their fellow players? What does that look like at the table?

Episode 121 — What Makes a Good Flawed Hero?

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What makes for a good flawed player character? Chris and Andy explore what it means to be an interesting flawed or anti-hero. But before they do that, they check in on Andy’s “Masks of Nyarlathotep” campaign and talk about what makes “Masks” unique in a hobby full of great campaigns.

Episode 120 — Choosing the Right Convention Game

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Episode 120 — Choosing the Right Convention Game
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In a break from the usual format, Andy and Chris talk through the process of choosing the right game to run for a convention one-shot. Together, they go through the half-dozen games on Andy’s list of possibilities until they narrow down the one that will work best. On the way, they talk about spies, mechs, and many other RPG genres.

Episode 119 – Audio Equipment, Mysteries, Aliens, and Repetition

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Andy and Chris fail to roll on the table for a topic, but of course have plenty to talk about. Listen as they talk about wrangling audio equipment for a live taping, Brindlewood Bay thoughts, Alien worries, and playing the same games over and over again.

Episode 118 — How to Make Small Towns in Your Fantasy Setting Memorable

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Episode 118 — How to Make Small Towns in Your Fantasy Setting Memorable
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Andy’s back from a cross-country road trip, and he’s eager to talk about all weird and wonderful claims to fame that small, rural towns celebrate. In this episode, Chris and Andy talk about how to make the small towns in your fantasy setting quirky and memorable places to travel through. But first they take time to talk about high-concept and gimmicky sci-fi, and how that might be implemented in a tabletop RPG.

Episode 117 – How do You Steal from Movies and Books?

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Andy and Chris are thieves! Everyone likes reading books and watching movies, but have you ever lifted a scene or character from them for your campaign?

Episode 116 — What Goes Into a Great Online TTRPG Experience?

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Episode 116 — What Goes Into a Great Online TTRPG Experience?
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We cover a lot of ground in this episode! We talk about health and injury rules, the quirky LitRPG genre, and rethinking alien species in tabletops RPGs. And of course we move onto our main topic: what has the last few years taught us about what makes for a great virtual RPG?

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