Join us for a special acutal-play episode as GM Chris shepherds a party of guest players through “The Accidental Tomb,” the adventure we brainstormed in episode 53!
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Happy holidays! Andy and Chris welcome guests John Corey and Kyle Latino for a special episode in which they brainstorm a dungeon. Chris will DM this very dungeon in the next episode for a gang of unwitting players. Join us to see what monstrosity of an adventure we come up with!
Chris and Andy create a d10 random table of unexpected things that can happen when the players start a fire—and after some discussion of Andy’s “Alien” campaign and D&D Christmas giving, we launch into our official topic: expectations you place (or don’t place) on your players at the start of a new campaign.
d10 Mysterious/Interesting things that happen when a fire is lit
- Fire creature emerges
- Fire doesn’t put out heat, it puts out cold
- Flames are an unusual color
- The flame is magic and can never be put out
- It spreads unexpectedly
- Smoke starts forming words/symbols
- This fire is connected to another fire
- Attracts attention of something nearby
- Light from fire shows another plane of existence
- Fire violates a taboo
Special guest GM Tim Saucer joins Andy and Chris to discuss the ins and outs of handling inventory, equipment, and encumbrance in roleplaying games. Plus, the gang puts together a special bonus Thanksgiving-themed random table, in case you need some holiday inspiration!
Brace yourselves for a big episode! Chris talks about his experience running a Halloween scenario for two very different groups of players. And then, to cap off the first “season” of the podcast, Andy and Chris brainstorm a new Table of Topics!
All all GMs are wont to do, Chris and Andy continue to break their self-imposed rules and make yet another d6 table on air. This time it’s all about fixing broken control panels on space ships. After that they talk about Andy’s upcoming Aliens inspired game and recap Chris’ halloween one shot.
d6 table for “Something is Wrong with a Control Panel”
- Panel is on the outside of the ship
- Rival faction controls the panel and offers a Devil’s Bargain to gain access
- Aliens/Enemies between you and the panel
- AI thinks you are a threat and locks you out
- Lacking a crucial tool to fix the panel
- Ship full of helpful tech appears
Chris and Andy break all the rules in a special episode centered around Halloween gaming. Listen as we create a d6 table you can roll on to see what scary things are happening in this warehouse (you needed one of those, right?), and then move on to discuss a unique Halloween game that Chris is cooking up.
Listen as Ryan Gough teaches Andy and Chris all about a game played by millions of people that they barely understand. For regular listeners this one is a bit far afield from what we normally do, but we thought it’d be fun to discuss on air. Hope you enjoy it!
Extra special thanks to Ryan for coming on and being a good sport about this!
Do you build encounters and adventures in such a way that players have lots of opportunity to show off their character’s abilities, powers, and personality? Andy and Chris discuss!
Tom Knauss of Frog God Games joins us to discuss the new Lost Lands: Tehuatl Kickstarter. We enjoy an in-depth talk about the process of creating a Mesoamerica-themed setting book, then launch into this episode’s topic: how you care for your physical game books.
Note: the sound quality for this episode isn’t up to our usual standards. Our sincerest apologies, and we’ll do better next time—and we hope you enjoy the episode anyway!
Episode 45 appendix (aka show notes):