Andy and Chris try very hard not to step on Brian Jacques toes while designing an adventure for a mouse!
Episode 91 — Design a Door that Both Terrifies and Intrigues Your Players
What kind of door would simultaneously beg players to open it, yet fill them with dread at the prospect of doing? Chris and Andy devise a creepy-yet-compelling door sure to cause your players to argue about whether and how to open it.
Episode 90 – Design a sequence of devious dungeon traps
Oh no! Andy and Chris walk fail their investigation check and walk right into a trap! As penance they have to design a series of traps for a technomancer’s dungeon.
Episode 89 — Design the Coolest Boat for an RPG
What would you say is the coolest boat there is? Andy, Chris, and guest GM Nate put their minds together to try and create a really cool boat you can drop into your tabletop RPG.
Episode 88 – Design an Arena Boss Rush
Listen as Andy and Chris continually fail to not reference videogames as they design an arena boss rush! This question was sent into us by Ryan out in Korea. Thanks, Ryan!
Episode 87 — Design an Interesting Shop
Can Chris and Andy design a shop for a roleplaying game that’s actually interesting to visit? Listen as they brainstorm a quirky shop that provides not only items for your players to purchase, but opportunities for investigation and adventure.
Episode 87 appendix (aka show notes):
- The Deep House, a horror movie that takes place entirely underwater
- Dillman’s Dungeon, the “Air D&D” venue that recently funded on Kickstarter
- An example of the “Youtubers exploring scary locations” niche
Episode 86 – Create a Festival!
Test your might and win the prize of listening to this episode where Chris and Andy take on the design challenge of: “Create a festival” (a topic added by Tim Saucer)!
Chris reminisces way too much his stint in Indiana and Andy relives some memories of horrible footwear. Then they imagine a totally normal festival with absolutely no creepy stuff set in 80s/90s small town America.
- Dutch Festival in Escondido, CA
- James Dean Festival in Indiana
- Small Town USA Festival in Alexandria, Indiana
- Vonnegut’s bibliography
- The Wee Free Men
- The Sandlot
Episode 85 — Space Anomalies That Beg to be Investigated
What space object or event would be so insanely interesting that even the most dedicated PCs will divert course to go check it out? Chris and Andy brainstorm three space anomalies that even the least curious characters couldn’t stop themselves from investigating.
Episode 84 — Underwater Adventures (That Are Actually Fun)
Big news in this episode! Roll for Topic isn’t on its own anymore–we’re now part of a brand-new podcast network. After discussing this news (and nerding out about Michael Moorcock’s Elric novels), Chris and Andy puts their GM brains together to come up with an idea for an underwater adventure that sounds not just workable, but fun.
Episode 83 — AMBUSH! (with Peter Dillman)
Andy and Chris ambush Peter Dillman, creator of the Dillman’s Dungeon: A Gamer’s Retreat Kickstarter campaign, and force him to design an ambush scenario for a fantasy roleplaying game. Along the way we learn all about Peter’s amazing vision for an “Air D&D” venue to host gaming getaways.
- The Dillman’s Dungeon Kickstarter campaign.
- The Dillman’s Dungeon website.
- Follow Peter on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.