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Biggus Geekus

By Joe Hardin and Randy Nichols
Randy and Joe talk RPGs past and present, general roleplaying topics, gaming news, the occasional rant, RPG design and Worldbuilding.
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13th Age Deep Dive Part Finale ... Part 1
Episode 72 Tuesday, January 25,2022 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands 1. Call-ins and Emails – John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries 2. DC shooting themselves in the foot or are they? https://bleedingcool.com/comics/dc-comics-cancels-and-kills-off-the-justice-league/ and the New JLA?: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/19/e8/d6/19e8d691b6f2d5be601586a668d73163.jpg ( thanks to Eric Sciver: https://youtu.be/gp0WJoIvzJU for a great overview) 3. Cthulhu Awakens by Green Ronin: https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/cthulhu-awakens/news/cthulhu-awakens-rpg-green-ronin 4. 13th age SRD: https://www.13thagesrd.com/ and the ARCHMAGE engine pdf: http://pelgranepress.com/media/SRD/CombatRules.pdf Main Topic: 13thAge Deep Dive Part 3 The New One Unique Thing (OUT) Relationship Points [RP] Background Points [BP] Failing Forward Weapon & Armor Categories, Damage and Goods Rallying Rest and Re-charges Full Heal Ups Fleeing 1 Random Question: Is the GM just a player? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money PayPal: paypal.me/biggusgeekus Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Discord: https://discord.gg/bhyYkAz4 Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:36:01
January 27, 2022
13th Age Deep Dive Part 2
Episode 71 Tuesday January 18, 2022 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands 1. Emails and call – ins? John Alan Large (Red Dice Diaries): call in 2. Venger Con in trouble?: https://youtu.be/QFcpO9ghBfI 3. Free D&D Adventure: Work at Strixhaven's Firejolt Café in 'No Tears Over Spilled Coffee!': https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1118-free-d-d-adventure-work-at-strixhavens-firejolt 4. Mudsword: thoughts on the session and the game 5. Unpainted Tiamat: https://enjoysubway.com/dungeons-dragons-tiamat-miniature-is-now-available-unpainted-get-your-brushes-ready/ 6. YouTube Appearances and shout-outs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLnVwzOad4c https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXdOeid6BtTy-Z-q1wzxjQ https://youtu.be/xlM7UHZYniM at 00:45:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh0dbbwWDhA&t=20s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBvQ43VP14k Main Topic: 13thAge Deep Dive Part 2 This is the first of a foray into the mechanics of 13th age. Here we will focus with some familiar type of rules and next time we will focus more on the Indie Aspects of the rules of 13thage. The Familiar: Classes, Races, Stat Gen, HPS, Defenses, Combat The Less Than Familiar: Death and Dying, Conditions, Spellcasting, The Escalation Die, Tiers of Play, Class Talent & Feats, Recoveries Final Question: Response Videos? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money PayPal: paypal.me/biggusgeekus Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Discord: https://discord.gg/bhyYkAz4 Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:17:02
January 20, 2022
13th Age Part 1: Icons and Setting
Episode 70 Tuesday January 11, 2022 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands 1.) Call ins from Taylor of Clerics Wear Ringmail 2.) Discussion with live chat 3.) Industry news:     a) Champions of the Realm     b) Strixhaven Credit Omission     c) Removing slavery from TTRPGs 4.) Message from PedantryInMotion on twitter Main Topic: 13thAge, Part 1 A.) 13thage by Rob Heinsoo & Jonathan Tweet (2013) Overview · It is similar to dnd: race/class/level and it is a d20 rolling game · Has plenty of supplements, free adventures · Used to have organized play: Tales of the 13th age · Has lots of free stuff available: PreGens https://13thage.org/ The Archmage Engine B.) Layout and look · 321pages, color and decent art, trying to find things for PC creation can be quite annoying and if you know 3.X some confusion commences. It could use a good re-editing pass and a re-organization · not the best of editing nor a good index · useful charts and character sheet near pp.309-310 C.) Setting and Tone · The setting is the Dragon Empire, and the icons are what make it tick. · The quotes for each Icon, their allies and enemies, common knowledge, how they relate to the pcs (through the Relationship Points- story game element/resource), and True Dangers. · High Adventure setting · The world contains 13 ages so far and that 13 is the default one · World described vividly and rife with adventure in mind · PCs are Big Damn Heroes from the jump. · Wide open to individual interpretation and encouraged to make it your own · No gods defined. But they discuss how you could do it if you want. (pp.196-199) · The Land is a big flat disk with oceans all around · The civilized area is the Dragon Empire, map purposefully incomplete · The 7 Cities (p.260) are Icons’ centers of power, and a smattering of small towns. · At least two possibilities are mentioned with many entries, not expected to follow canon. (EX: The Dire Wood pp.264, and Gorogan’s Maw, pp.269) · Some of the more exotic elements:   o The Living Dungeons pp. 265-66   o The Flying Realms pp.266-67   o Hellholes pp.269-70   o Migration Trail of the Koru Behemoths pp.272-74   o The Sea Wall pp.279-80 · The Overworld and Underworld are mentioned, but not given as much detail Random Question: Do we need to rant? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com PayPal: paypal.me/biggusgeekus Discord: https://discord.gg/bhyYkAz4 Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share, and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:25:52
January 13, 2022
The Hickman Manifesto/Are You Too Old For RPGs
Episode 69Tuesday January 4,2022 From Silent Josh 1. The END of DC & Marvel too! https://youtu.be/tsO7g3Lp8YA Superman Abused 2. Session 0 stuff: https://roleplayersrespite.com/dnd-session-0-checklist Main Topic (Part 1): The Hickman Manifesto & Revolution The Hickman Manifesto: 1. A player objective more worthwhile than simply pillaging and killing. 2. An intriguing story that is intricately woven into play itself. 3. Dungeons with an architectural sense. 4. An attainable and honorable end within one to two sessions playing time. a.) https://muleabides.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/manifesto-of-the-hickman-revolution/ b.) https://grognardia.blogspot.com/2012/03/roots-of-revolution.html c.) https://grognardia.blogspot.com/2008/12/scrappy-doo-and-hickman-revolution.html d.) https://monstersandmanuals.blogspot.com/2012/03/hickman-revolution-and-frustrated.html e.) http://www.kungfuology.com/andybest/2012/08/35-dd-theory-the-hickman-revol.html f.) https://youtu.be/dCmKwSzXMAE g.) https://youtu.be/gKyr1uQqWJQ h.) https://youtu.be/awf2FrPZGgw by OG GM Segment #3: (Twofer) Am I just too old for this game? As we become well-aged and well-cured gamers, is learn new games, complex games, or just different games (mainly rpgs but can apply this to any) too much of a chore and simply not worth it? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money PayPal: paypal.me/biggusgeekus Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Discord: https://discord.gg/bhyYkAz4 Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:20:01
January 06, 2022
Pros & Cons of Spellcasting Systems In Your TTRPG
Episode 68 Streamed Live Tuesday December28, 2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands None Silent Josh Presents: Weird Frontiers: https://www.enworld.org/threads/weird-frontiers-takes-dcc-west.684619 New Dragonlance Novel: https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2021/12/dd-theres-a-new-dragonlance-trilogy-in-the-works-for-2022.html Main Topic: Pros and Cons of Spellcasting Systems Main Types 1. Vancian: fire and forget Dungeons and Dragons 2. Sub-category of Vancian such as spell slots limited but adjustable: Arcana Evolved 3. Spell Points: Savage Worlds 4. Stat Drain: Cypher System 5. Spell check system: Dungeon Crawl Classics Consequences for Spell Casting 1. DnD: hit while casting lose spell or can’t move during round that you cast. 3.x: AOO’s 2. Price for power: CoC and DCC spell check and bad fail means bad news…sucked through a portal, grow four tentacles, etc. 3. 5e practically no way for spells to fail other than if they are counter-spelled. 4. Loss of abilities: Draining Stats (Cypher System), backlash (Savage Worlds) or physical damage or stunned (Shadowrun), etc. What are pros and cons of each system? Which systems to spellcasters seem the most powerful or the least powerful? Segment #3: Gaming Goals for 2022 A year end discussion of what plans Biggus Geekus has including plans for podcast/livestream, gaming, Mudsword, Joe: 1) Play more games 2) Run some games 3) Get to writing more rules and setting for Mudsword Randy: 1.) Play the crap out of Mudsword 2.) Have a working pdf ready to publish on DriveThru in time for Christmas purchase for 2022. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:10:13
December 30, 2021
The Right Game for the Right Job
Episode 67 Tuesday, December 21,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands 1. Call ins and emails: No Call ins and 1 email 2. RPGPundit discussion on what’s wrong with most 5e players and really the big difference between story games and RPGs: https://youtu.be/oDacPZsirRs 3. More on the Lore deletion from WOTC Main Topic: The Right Game for the Right Job 1. Which system is the right one? 2. One system to rule them all? Should you choose a system designed for a specific type of game over a game you are familiar with and just try to manipulate it to make it “work”? Does it just “depend” or do you have strong preference one way or the other? 3. Have you ever thought a game would be better served by a different system? 4. Have you ever played a hacked version of game to run a style which the rules didn’t cover? 5. Are generic systems the solution? They cover all genres, right? Go GURPS, HERO SYSTEM or Savage Worlds! Do these systems struggle doing some genres well? 6. Do the physical components or design of mechanics fit certain ideas better? d20, dice pools, percentile only, etc. Gaming Wishes- wherein we wax fondly of the possibilities 1. If you could, what non-RPG game would you like to play that you don’t seem to ever get to 2. What RPG would you like to GM though you never seem to get to 3. What RPG would you like to play take part in as a player, but never seem to get to Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, Share and Rate us in all the places that you find us.
01:46:33
December 23, 2021
Save or Suck /Die in Dungeons and Dragons
Episode 66 Tuesday December 14,2021 With special guest co-hosts OG GM and Bruce Lombardo of Dix Division Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Call-ins & emails: Email from Web Warrior. To be addressed with Randy 1. Nu-TSR is at it again and then they are not:https://techraptor.net/tabletop/news/tsr-crowdfunds-campaign-to-stop-wizards-of-coast and then https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2021/12/bews-tsr-voluntarily-dismisses-legal.html 2. WOTC erases its own lore: https://twitter.com/alienropeburn/status/1470586389821542401?s=21 Main Topic: Save or Suck 1. What are these things called “save or suck”? 2. DnD editions had plenty of these until 3.5, 4e (and Pathfinder to a lesser extent) & 5e. 3. Alternatives:    a.) Gradual effects    b.) Maybe lots of damage    c.) Hit Point Threshold 4. How bad do they suck or do they just force other interesting challenges/choices? 5. Do the “save or suck” spells imply a certain style of game vs the others? If so, what are the main differences? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Discord: https://discord.gg/zXHncnJJ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com| Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:23:10
December 16, 2021
RPG Campaign Nuts & Bolts: Procedural Play
Episode 65 Tuesday, December 7,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands No Emails and Call ins … Sad Silent Josh Presents 1. Critical Drinker reviews MoTU Part 2: https://youtu.be/u9lXAt8gyJk 2. Tis the season: https://www.enworld.org/threads/gift-ideas-for-game-masters.684006/ Quick review of World of the Lost Sun, by RPGPundit https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/336819 Contest of Champions Update Main Topic: Campaign Nuts & Bolts: Procedural Play- Sandbox/Hexcrawl Procedural generation is a type of creation based on an algorithmic set of variables to produce a randomized but logical set of data. from this reddit post: https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/how-procedural-generation-for-sandboxes.834914/ Articles Related to the Discussion 1.) https://psionicblastfromthepast.blogspot.com/2020/11/designing-content-with-hierarchical.html 2.) 2nd Comment- response to question- *https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/2miqiy/sandbox_campaigns/ 3.) The Alexandrian* Hits it hard (as usual) : https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/17308/roleplaying-games/hexcrawl Why Sandbox? Why Not Sandbox? 1. How to Sandbox? 2. Using/creating Maps 3. Player Choice as a guide not a strait jacket 4. Keep Good if not Meticulous Notes 5. Modules are still helpful 6. The World Goes on With or Without the Players involvement 7. Prepping for Procedural Play 8. Hexcrawls (https://welshpiper.com/hex-based-campaign-design-part-1/) Playing in the Mud: Should we have a more sandbox play test instead of modified module approach? It could reveal questions we’ve yet to consider in the design process. It could allow players to pursue the parts of their PC that they find interesting and might show us places we need to work on or shore up. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Discord: https://discord.gg/zXHncnJJ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Anchor: https://anchor.fm/biggusgeekus (click 'message' to send a voice message) Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
01:45:01
December 09, 2021
Campaign Nuts & Bolts: Using Published Modules, Part 1
Episode 64 Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Call Ins From Taylor of Clerics Wear Ringmail Silent Josh Presents: 1. Supes is finally “OLD”: https://screenrant.com/superman-action-comics-1036-redesign-gray-hair/ 2. Roleplaying as a crow: https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/be-like-a-crow/news/be-like-a-crow-solo-rpg-kickstarter?fbclid=IwAR2i9is3LF5Jd53AS4Dl9oqaWdrcJ3M5zCebQMsOIL7RV64VdnEQ6sznZhQ 3. DnD Themed Restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI possibly in 2024: https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/2021/11/19/dungeons-and-dragons-lake-geneva-restaurant-experience-being-planned/8650011002/?fbclid=IwAR2Yta0Pt-23uxkc3rvQlZGL3obKY1qFKLlwQYuFzgZHS8JK6wxZxoryQK0 Main Topic: Campaign Nuts & Bolts: Using Published Modules 1. You’ve got your system…What now? 2. Collect a series of modules or just pick one you like and start 3. Preparing to run the module 4. What if the published adventure is not ‘appropriate’ for your PCs? 5. Weaving the modules together 6. Photocopy maps, adventure specific art in book as well as NPC/monster pics 7. Running the module 8. Some Modules are harder to run than homebrewed adventures. Like it, Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud: Last session: Campaign mistakes, spellcasting and movement, spell update Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Discord: https://discord.gg/zXHncnJJ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:05:49
December 02, 2021
Potpourri with Patrick: A Special Wizard Analysis Edition
Potpourri with Patrick Special Edition - Class Analysis: The Wizard Episode 63 Tuesday, November 23,2021 See what Patrick is up to at: www.pointyhat.games buy his stuff especially Elemental Conflux! Main Topic: Class Analysis: The Wizard Wizard defined: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/wizard 1.) Throughout DnD Editions OD+D:  The Magic User is described as the most powerful characters in the game BECMI: The Magic User is a ‘human’ character, fears damage AD+D 1e: Mentions that MU’s need high intelligence AD+D2e: Wizard Group: mages & specialists 3.x: NOW FORMALLY CALLED WIZARDS - cautious adventurers 4e: powers and stuff, Balance attempted 5e: Cantrips be bad, Balance attempted 2.) Item creation: potions, scrolls and permanent items through the editions. 3.) Has any edition of DnD gotten the Wizard right? 4.) How do Wizards compare in other games? Playing in the Mud: We discuss Wizard design considerations for Mudsword. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the inter-webs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us.
02:55:07
November 25, 2021
On the Clock: Tracking Time In Your DnD Game
Episode 62 Tuesday, November 16 ,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Calls-ins from Taylor of Clerics Wear Ringmail Contest of Champions Silent Josh Presents: DnD Movie: https://www.slashfilm.com/658391/dungeons-dragons-release-date-cast-and-more/ DnD TV Show: https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-g4-tv-show-announced/ Willow TV Show: https://tvline.com/2021/11/12/willow-tv-series-video-warwick-davis-cast-disney-plus/ Marvel Crumbling: https://cosmicbook.news/marvel-crumbling-disney-bob-chapek-rejects-kevin-feige-woke-content Joe Has A Rant: There are many ways to run your Dungeons and Dragons Campaign Main Topic: On The Clock: Tracking Campaign/Adventure time: Tracking actions, initiative & spells When is it time to end a campaign/session? Character aging and “believable high-level PCs. Is there a time to stop playing a character in a game/campaign besides at death? Too many games and not enough time Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please visit the many places you can find us on the interwebs: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Voicemail on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/biggusgeekus click “Message” PayPal:  paypal.me/biggusgeekus Share this show with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen or watch that we could support better. Please Subscribe, Like, share and rate us in all the places that you find us! We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) Legion of Myth
02:03:33
November 18, 2021
Is the DM Just a Player?
Episode 61 November 9, 2021 This week on Biggus Beekus we talk about the role of the Dungeon Master in you DnD game, and more broadly in tabletops RPGs: Is the DM just a player? We dabble a bit in Project Mudsword: Is the current iteration of the game rules fun? We also have the usual call ins and hobby news, including a new Actual Play: Battle for Beyond (https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1099-join-the-battle-for-beyond-a-6-part-dungeons) --See More-- Our Links: Website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com click on support for ways to give us your money PayPal:  paypal.me/biggusgeekus Email: thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com MeWe: www.mewe.com/i/biggusgeekuspodcast (new!) Odysee: https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3 Twitter: @biggusgeekus Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biggusgeekuspodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Voicemail on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/biggusgeekus click “Message” Please Subscribe, Like, Share and Rate us in all the places that you find us!
02:10:19
November 11, 2021
The Narrative or the Dice: Which Rules Your Game
Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Call Ins from John Alan Large New Contest of Champions Winner Announced: We reached 100 YouTube subs Paizo drops the word “phylactery” Bugs and company get Ad& D stats…back in the day Main Topic: The Narrative and/or the Dice Which is more important: (1) what the dice determines or (2) what the story “needs” Perspective: Are the players the heroes in the story? Are the dice sacrosanct? Narrative control as in 13th Age and other games makes the game more about a group story. Does a changing party composition over its duration take the steam out of a campaign? Is this a necessary result of Binary mechanics? ---Click for More---
02:23:53
November 04, 2021
How High is too High to Play?
Episode 59 Tuesday October 26,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Call-ins from: Jason, Taylor and John Allan Large Interesting article: Arneson's Hit Points for Characters http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/ Contest of Champions #2 Wizard Tower Games “Controversy” https://twitter.com/realwizardtower/status/1452767531798781955/photo/1 Main Topic: How High is Too High to Play? FOCUS: DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS 1.) Preparing for High level while playing low or mid-levels: Plant the seeds 2.) Understanding the characters: wizards v fighters v clerics v rogues 3.) Understanding the limitations of the rules: Usually No Official rules beyond level 20 4.) Understanding the limitations of players: how bad do you want it? 5.) Understanding the motivations of your PC: It’s time for my close-up Mr. DeVille! 6.) Understanding the Power of Magic: He who casts Time Stop first, wins! 7.) Understanding High level foes and challenges: It cannot be the Tarrasque every week! 8.) Differences at high level depending on Editions 9.) Other Fantasy Games at high levels: Savage Worlds, 13th age, Warhammer, others Like it Love it or Leave it Dig this Setting: The 7 Spheres Campaign: A Case Study (Homebrew/House Rule?) Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) |Legion of Myth
02:17:56
October 28, 2021
It’s Time to Level Up!
Episode 58 Tuesday October 19, 2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands 1.) Call-ins & Emails 2.) Truth, Justice and … eh whatever: https://variety.com/2021/film/news/superman-new-motto-dc-fandome-1235090712/ 3.) Contest of Champions #2- how goes it? 4.) THAC0 the clown Main Topic: It’s Time to Level Up! “definition”: To "level" or "level up" means to gain enough XP to reach the next level. Character Improvement/Advancement What should “leveling up” mean practically? Is it necessary? What should it look like going from level 1 to level 2, or Novice to Seasoned? Should there be a cap on advancement? Pacing and Types of Advancement Should you level in big chunks, small bits or incrementally and steady? Should you use XP Charts such as classic DnD? Incremental advances? Milestones: DM caveat/fiat or when the story requires/allows it? When your PC uses their skills? Fail Example- Dungeon World: https://a-dungeon-world.fandom.com/wiki/Leveling Success Example: Call of Cthulhu GAMES with No Advancement I would assume most TRAD games use some sort of advancement, but would games with no advancement be any fun/interest? Elysium Connection: what about the small band of levels…6-10? Like it Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud: wherein we discuss our progress and experiments with the OSR and our quest for a better DnD game- Mudsword the RPG We played on Saturday…2ndlevel. Tested Saving throws (used ability mods). Joe’s PC failed a poison save (slow death…worked out narratively a way to save him). Not sure how I feel about it. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) Legion of Myth
02:18:36
October 21, 2021
The Ultimate Topic: Alignment- yes no or maybe
Episode 57 Tuesday October 12,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands 1.) Call Ins     Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast     Taylor of Clerics Wear Ringmail 2.) Old email address 3.) New mail? 4.) Finally a Tarrasque figure: https://www.ign.com/articles/dnd-tarrasque-mini-statue-reveal-wizkids but of course $399.99...yeah, pass. 5.) Gay Johnathan Kent 6.) Arkhaven 7.) Eric July, RipperVerse Main Topic: The Ultimate Topic: Alignment- yes or nor or maybe? 1.) What is alignment for? 2.) The Various Dungeons & Dragons Alignment Systems along with a few others OD+D: Character Alignment, Including Various Monsters and Creatures AD+D 1e,2e, and 3.x DnD: 9 alignment system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(Dungeons_%26_Dragons) 4e DnD:  A character’s alignment (or lack thereof) describes his or her moral stance 5e DnD: https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/5e_SRD:Alignment Palladium Alignment system: https://imgur.com/gallery/DmKvb Pendragon:series of personality trait scales. WOD: A morals system that just rates 1-10  3.) The Paladin & other alignment centered characters 4.) Favorite System or do we even want/need it? Like it, Love it or Leave it A Cabin Con Moment The Business meeting is going to be Saturday, November 13th, 2021 What is its purpose? How does it actually go? Is I still useful after 15 years? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) Legion of Myth
02:20:24
October 13, 2021
Bringing Your World to Life
Episode 56 Friday October 8 ,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands John from Red Dice Diaries Jason from The Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast News from the Silence (news from Silent Josh): 1.) Juiblex Figure 2.) Superman's Boyfriend? 3.) Metric System in DnD? 4.) https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-counterspell-5e-statblock-changes/ 5.) https://screenrant.com/tabletop-rpg-campaigns-non-violent-apocalypse-world-pacifist/ 6.) https://www.wargamer.com/dnd/alignment-rules-changes 7.) Legion of Myth: gatekeepers Episode 1: https://youtu.be/T19Tyl1Vqcw 8.) Critical role makes the bucks: https://youtu.be/UndkdHKgdl0 Main Topic: Bringing your world to Life (sparking interest longevity and enjoyment at the table for your campaign) Players 1. Gather people who can commit and want to play the game you are running 2. Let them play what they want within the framework of the world. 3. Share Spotlight Time 4. Watch to see what is most interesting to each player 5. Make the PCs the stars DM 1. Create cool and hate-able villains 2. Create interesting/exotic locations 3. Create memorable NPCs 4. Create challenging opponents (monsters) 5. Every so often, try to surprise the players 6. Make sure any rules changes are stated up-front Like it Love it or leave it Playing in the Mud: Joe didn’t get to play in the mud, but Randy did. Had 2 experienced Mud-sword wielders and 3 newbs Thursday night. Here is Randy’s report on undead/turning and Spell Saves. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support.   Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg) and Odysee (https://odysee.com/@biggusgeekus:3).   Please Like and Subscribe.  Rate us on Apple iTunes or your favorite podcatcher.   Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) https://reddicediaries.com/ Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) https://anchor.fm/jason376 Shadow of the GM (Barry) https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) https://clericswearringmail.blogspot.com/ Legion of Myth https://www.youtube.com/c/LegionofMyth
02:28:56
October 08, 2021
The Con Game
Episode 55 Wednesday, September 29,2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast John of Red Dice Diaries A.) Joe cheated on Randy: https://youtu.be/RdQN0RNyT0U Links on Dungeons and Dragons History https://followmeanddie.com/2017/05/11/review-dave-arnesons-true-genius-robert-j-kuntz/ https://nerdvanamedia.com/gaming/fact-check-lorraine-williams-destroyed-not-created-tsr/13825/ https://dmdavid.com/tag/tag/lorraine-williams/ https://archive.org/details/60_minutes_on_dungeons_and_dragons/60_minutes_on_dungeons_and_dragons.flv B.) Contest of Champions #2: and the winner is… hockeypuckjr C.) Next edition of DnD announced?  50th anniversary 2024…5.5E? https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-2024-sixth-edition-fifth-edition/?fr=operanews Main Topic: The Con Game Planning, creating, and running a game at Conventions: Big cons, not-so-big cons, and CC 1) Timed or not 2) Pre-gens or not 3) Crunchy or Rules Light 4) Experienced Players or Newbs allowed 5) Scenarios: unique, challenging, not like most home scenarios 6) Managing the table 7) To Kill or not to Kill, is that even a question 8) Safety Tools Like it, Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud: We didn’t get to play this past Saturday, but we discuss Turning Undead, Saving Throws, Spell descriptions, and Clerics.  Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) Legend of Myth (Max and Heathendog)
02:38:25
September 30, 2021
OOC Player Choices, FrogGate, DnD 5e is Flawed?
Episode 54 Wednesday September 20, 2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Call Ins: Jason of Nerd’s RPG variety Cast and John of The Red Dice Diaries Contest of Champions 2: Out of the Abyss (5e DnD hardback), Codex Infernus (Savage Worlds guide to Hell), or Maximum XCrawl (PF 1e version of X-Crawl) Game Coming up this weekend. Gen Con: GenCon 2021 Report from Greg D. FROG-GATE: https://youtu.be/JtAoAWc7ObY Kotaku Article Requires Discussion: https://kotaku.com/d-d-5th-edition-is-deeply-flawed-so-why-not-play-somet-1847698975 Main Topic: OOC Player Choices 1) In-depth vs little planning vs No planning for PC backgrounds 2) Splitting Treasure: who gets what and when/group decision 3) Choosing a Character to play 4) Meta-game knowledge usage 5) Party leader 6) Keeping secrets/being the sneaky guy 7) Stealing from the party/self-interest or group interest Like it, Love it or Leave it Dig this Setting: Golarion - the world and setting for the Pathfinder RPG. Our discussion will be purely from a reference of 1st edition material. https://www.tribality.com/2015/08/28/try-pathfinders-golarion-for-your-next-campaign-setting/ http://hastur.net/wiki/Golarion https://www.enworld.org/threads/summary-or-intro-paragraphs-about-golarion.276843/ Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) Legion of Myth https://www.youtube.com/c/LegionofMyth
02:32:50
September 23, 2021
DnD Campaign Design: Top-down vs. Bottom-up
Episode 53Wednesday September 15,2021. Call ins & Emails from the Outlands We played last Friday…together and it was Mudsword V.1 Contest of Champions 2 Call ins:   Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast Taylor of Cleric's Wear Ringmail podcast Pat of Pointy Hat Games 5 quick treats (courtesy of our very own Silent Josh) Tier and Levels in Dungeons and Dragons Stupid THACO? Descent again 50 Riddles for DMs Becoming a Pro DM Main Topic: Top-Down or Bottom-Up Campaign Design? scrivthebard noblecrumpet Advantages and Disadvantages Played and/or run both Some of the other types such as: Reactive, Mad libs, Randomization & Three-Beat Premise Are Outside-In and Inside-out really different? Top 10 inspirational Music Like it, Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud After-action report from September 11 game Used the RC- as a basis- it’s a bit weird if coming from AD&D Stat Mods for Races < Stat Max/Min for races The Rogue may need help: Momentum (13thage) or Gaining The Edge Flexible weapons: a mace = sword = hammer = battle axe The “Saving Throw” from White Box/S&W Hit points The Campaign World - if we build it will they come? Difficulty/Danger level should be high Sleep spell is BOSS! Spell descriptions are better when short as possible The place for game lore – mixed with rules or separate Got up and running quick would be quicker with familiarity Death rule is good Cleric healing just enough to stave off death for a time Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Feel free to send any questions or comments to or Email. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat with Eric Tenkar Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
02:36:48
September 16, 2021
Naming Conventions in RPGs
Episode 52 Wednesday September 8, 2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Call ins from Jason and Joe We talk about Randy’s recent gaming and Joe’s lack, office work, and: Ed Greenwood’s new campaign setting Kickstarter for 5e D&D EnWorld’s rabbit hole discussing New School and Old School playstyles. Naming Conventions in RPGs Definition: A naming convention is a convention (generally agreed scheme) for naming things. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_convention How important is it in tabletop roleplaying games? If a GM decides on one, what should the players do? What about a DM just following the players lead? How Tolkien do we want to get? Middle Earth Naming Guide Elven Customs Does it seem that most players/DMs even care? Like it, Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud - Re-visiting coinage economics and encumbrance Silver vs gold piece standard? How much money is enough? Accounting vs. abstraction? How many coins weigh a pound? What can you buy with your money? Fallacy of the Adventurer's Backpack Encumbrance and Treasure Extra: The latest online bruhaha: The List Shameless Plug Time: Please help get the word out and check out our website. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Feel free to send any questions or comments to our email. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
02:00:24
September 09, 2021
Dungeons and Dragons Class Analysis: The Gish (The Multiclassing Question)
Episode 51 Wednesday September 1, 2021 Call ins & Emails from the Outlands Jason Taylor Nod to Joe Richter- dropped his MOTU calls as we were arguing past one another in many cases and are gonna have to agree to disagree and move on…because neither of us are changing, Props to him for quadruple Bible reading however. Main Topic: Class Analysis: A Gish (and Multi-classing in general) Where we discuss the history and define terms relating to the gish and multiclassing in general and through the carious editions of Dungeons and Dragons. Definition: https://www.wordsense.eu/gish/ Good/Bad/Ugly Is Multi-classing necessary? Is Niche protection problems (3.x/Pathfinder)? Favorite Rules edition for multiclassing? Thumbs up or thumbs down for multiclassing? Like it, Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud - Mudsword the RPG 1) The setting question again, and here is what I’m thinking: 2) Rules we’ll Be trying Hollywood Sucks and hates the fans that made certain IPs popular https://twitter.com/CultureCrave/status/1431361812243439619 Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
02:44:09
September 02, 2021
A BG Retrospective: Rules, Rulings, and Roles
A BG Retrospective: Rules, Rulings, and Roles Episode 50 Wednesday August 25,2021 Special Guests: Patrick from Pointy Hat Games Taylor from Clerics Wear Ringmail Call Ins and messages: Jason Taylor Josh The Positive Material Plane Played 5e 1-shot last Saturday…much fun…no short rest…pretty deadly challenging! Main Topic: Rules, Rulings & Roles 1. After 50 episodes: A.) Technical side B.) Letting each other speak: Joe, Randy & Guest(s) C.) Show Focus D.) Our journey to OSR Adjacent E.) Mud-sword the RPG 2. Rules and rullings A.) Rule Zero B.) Is Game Balance same or different from having a CR system? C.) Is the GM “just a player”? D.) Safety tools E.) Resource Management The Contest of Champions Contest Winner: Taylor! Congrats! Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
03:17:53
August 27, 2021
Top 10 Inspirational Books For Your TTRPG
Episode 49 Wednesday August 18, ,2021. Call ins and Emails Jason of The Nerds RPG Variety Podcast Our friend Josh shared WizKids announces sprue-based minis The Positive Material Plane The Contest of Champions is next week…Episode 50! Enter Here Main Topic: Top 10 Inspirational Books Can we categorize them as to what RPG it best helps us with? How do books motivate you? Should you try to mimic Books at the table? How about stealing the plot? How valuable are Books for gaming research? Do you ever read books specifically to get in the “mood” for a game/campaign? Like it, Love it or Leave it Dig this Setting: Eberron https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eberron Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) --See More--
02:18:34
August 19, 2021
A Biggus Geekus One Shot
Episode 48 Wednesday August 11,2021. Joe is out this week due to illness The Plane of Concordant Opposition (The Outlands) Laurel Hubbard apology. Friend’s daughter no like-y our show … and that is fine! The Contest of Champions Update The prizes: Waterdeep Dragon Heist, Feng Shui 2, or (Labyrinth Lord) Advanced Edition Companion. Game Review: Ankur- The Kingdom of the Gods Soon to be on KS as of September 1staccording to its author, Chris Miller. Mono-Gamy or Poly-Gamy - which is better? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
01:06:58
August 13, 2021
Dragons in Fantasy RPGs
Episode 47 Wednesday July 28, 2021 Call ins & Emails Taylor John Jason The Positive Material Plane Great Minds think alike: we both picked “In the Name of the King” for Jason’s give-away competition. Update on our 50thepisode/ viewership YouTube GIVE-AWAY? Played Deadlands last week also, ran a short 13th age scenario Dragons in Fantasy RPGs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon Iconic: HALF OF THE NAME of the most famous of RPGS: Dungeons & Dragons We discuss Types, Sizes, Rarity, Magic usage, Alignment, Combat, Dragons Beyond combat, etc. Like it, Love it or Leave it Dig this Setting: The World of Darkness https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_of_Darkness We’ve not played this a lot... Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) The Negative Material Plane Salvatore and knee bending Crawford’s canon comments RPGPundit’s take He-Man and the Masters of the Universe- Revelations on Netflix Sandy Pederson roasted for “transphobic comments”
02:01:25
July 29, 2021
Resource Management: Abstraction or Accounting
Episode 46 Friday July 16 ,2021 Call ins & Emails Jason Tim The Positive Material Plane Upcoming Contest, New twitter account Resource Management in RPGS: Abstraction vs Accounting https://edowarsblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/supply-points-abstracting-resource-management-in-dd/ Systems to consider: OD+D – 5e, Savage Worlds: EX: Deadlands vs Necessary Evil, Post-Apocalyptic: Zombie Apocalypse vs RIFTS, 13th Age, others? Why is it that "mundane" resource management (rations, fatigue) is generally seen as tedious, while "fantastic" resource management (power uses, item charges) isn't? Would you want to play a game where "mundane" resource management takes center stage, and is as important to the game as the "fantastic" resource management is in games like D+D?  [ https://www.enworld.org/threads/resource-management-in-rpgs.258753/ ] Is resource management fun in RPGs? Do abstract mechanics for resource management make the story hollow or less complete? In fantasy games, is mundane resource management just a part of the game at the lowest levels? Like it, Love it or Leave it Dig this Setting: RIFTS The core conceit of the setting is that dimensional rifts have opened all across Earth, letting through amazing and horrifying creatures from any possible plane of existence. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifts_(role-playing_game) Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
01:28:03
July 21, 2021
How Do You Roll (DnD styles)?
Episode 45 Wednesday July 14, 2021 Call ins & Emails Josh John Taylor The Positive Material Plane 50th episode/YouTube subscriber contest We played last week, Deadlands, Twitter account How Do You Roll (DnD styles)? The Crawls: Dungeon, Mega-Dungeon, Hex, Point, Urban https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_crawl https://www.runagame.net/2014/03/the-hex-crawl.html Jaquaying the Dungeon https://slyflourish.com/pointcrawls.html http://hillcantons.blogspot.com/2016/02/hexcrawls-vs-pointcrawls.html The Drives: Character Driven Plot Driven Homebrew DM Plotted Character driven/Pure Sandbox GM managed: Limited Sandbox https://youtu.be/hDxoI2uBzH0 Episodic/ Module of the Week/Month Adventure Paths One Shot Like it, Love it or Leave it Playing in the Mud Experiment #1- the game last Thursday Slow weapons, skill checks via backgrounds from 13th age, wizard spells, modifiers, and the one thing I studied in detail and didn’t really put in the adventure. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) The Negative Material Plane More Call-Ins, Kickstarter, Covid Fear/Risk assessment failures
02:26:26
July 15, 2021
What Type of Gamemaster Are You
Episode 44 Wednesday July 7, 2021 Call ins Jason John Joe Andy The Positive Material Plane Going to play some OSR- Swords and Wizardry running one of the Classic Adventures reincarnated as a starting point tomorrow. Main Topic: GM Types Do GMs GM different games differently? I.E., do you GM Deadlands differently than 3.5 DnD? Do you fit into one or more of these types? Creator, Director, Fanatic, Manager, Opponent, Player, and Romantic: https://gnomestew.com/what-type-of-gm-are-you/ On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) how important is the following characteristics for a GM Builds or Buys scenario and/or setting Prepares the adventure Upkeep on campaign elements for consistency Considers the players preferences and their character types Sets appropriate challenges for the players Ability to Improvise Ability to read the room Ability to pace the game Knowing when to fudge rules or dice rolls Understanding that it is about the players Varies encounters Rule consistency Notify ahead of time of house rules Well-read within the game rules Well-read within the genre/setting/fluff DM Test DMs as alignments Like it, Love it or Leave it Back in My Day The Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon (1983-85) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeons_%26_Dragons_(TV_series) Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Rate us on your favorite podcatcher such as iTunes, or Stitcher. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) The Negative Material Plane The new-new TSR and all the nonsense of the kerfuffle.
02:33:59
July 08, 2021
Top 10 Inspirational Movies for RPG Gaming
Episode 43 Recorded on Tesday June 22, released on Wednesday June 30, 2021 Call ins Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast Andy of Expedition to The Grizzly Peaks The Positive Material Plane Playing Swords & Sorcery Whitebox Got Lion & Dragon in hardback Main Topic: Top 10 Inspirational Movies for RPG Gaming Joe’s List: Superman, Blade, Dune, The Holy Grail, The Dark Crystal, The Three Musketeers (1978), Iron Man, Army of Darkness, Wrath of Khan, Willow Randy’s List: LoTR, Aliens, Princess Bride, Tombstone, Army of the Dead (Netflix), Conan, Hellboy, Star Wars, The Magnificent 7 & The Avengers Honorable Mention: The X-men 1+2, Dog Soldiers, The Hateful 8, Blade Runner, Conan the Destroyer, The 13th Warrior, Ladyhawke, Shaun of The Dead, Near Dark, Mission Impossible, Unbreakable Like it, Love it, or Leave it Each Host asks other Host 3 questions Dig this Setting: X-CRAWL!! Think Pro Wrestling, Running Man, Let’s Make a Deal, & DnD all mixed together (3e, PF1) Currently in a Beta version using DCC rules (free download at Goodman Games: https://goodman-games.com/blog/2020/10/08/xcrawl-classics-beta-rules-now-available/ ) Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out asnd check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Rate us on Apple iTunes or your favorite podcatcher. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
01:21:47
June 30, 2021
Class & Role: Fighter Analysis
Episode 42June 16,2021 Call ins John Alan Large Joe Richter Taylor The Positive Material Plane 50th episode contest Taylor has a podcast! Main Topic: Class and Role: Melee Analysis Warrior:  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrior DnD Focus : Through the DnD editions Recall the old adages? Do you like to play them? Have they lost their luster in later editions? If so, why? Which DnD version of Fighter is your favorite one? Why? Opinions on fighter sub-classes/variants What might be some fun variants? Like it, Love it, or Leave it: Hosts each get 3 questions Dig this Setting: Necessary Evil Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out asnd check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Rate us on Apple iTunes or your favorite podcatcher. Our email is thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor) The Negative Material Plane 1.) Anchor App sucks! 2.) WOTC again! Launched survey on 6/14/21 Monday and took it down yesterday (Tuesday 6/15/21) . Hmmm…some folks got the NDA to answer survey questions?...about a VTT Tenkar’s Tavern Chat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTl-PgeMX8Y&t=105s
02:08:14
June 23, 2021
Playing the Whole Game
Episode 41 June 15, 2021 Call ins Jason John Alan Large The Positive Material Plane Our hobby now allows such an easy entrance to producing/designing RPG products. Main Topic: Playing the Whole Game Level 1 (beginning) and level 20(max level) or Open-Ended (no end in sight or planned) Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd3Bc_6ks3U Like it, Love it, or Leave it - Getting to Know your Hosts: 3 questions for each of us Dig this Setting: Rippers Victorian era Monster Hunting for Savage Worlds RPG – We both dig it! Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on Youtube and Odysee. Rate and review us on your favorite pod-catcher. Free to send any questions or comments to thegeeks@biggusgeekuspodcast.com. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few things that we like Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
01:40:31
June 15, 2021
Class and Role Analysis: The Cleric
Episode 40 Tuesday June 8, 2021 Call ins Taylor Jason Andy The Positive Material Plane: Further savage antics We are Now on Odysee Class and Role: Divine Analysis Healer discussion 1.) Focus: The Cleric Through the DnD editions 2.) Recall the old adages? Do you like to play them? 3) Are they too good? Are they too generic? 4) Which DnD version of Cleric is your favorite one? Why? 5) What might be some fun variants? 6) What are some final thoughts on Clerics if any? A Cabin Con Moment How long until you start thinking about CC16 with gusto? Like it, Love it, or Leave it (our thoughts on things) No Negative Material Plane This Week Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out asnd check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube and Odysee.  Please Like and Subscribe. Rate us on Apple iTunes or your favorite podcatcher. Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog (Taylor)
02:11:31
June 09, 2021
RPG Collections & Downsizing
Episode 39 Wednesday June 2, 2021 Call Ins Andy Patrick The Positive Material Plane 1)We played the Sanctuary game- good times- dumb wizard, serial killer, assassins guild, and ghosts, oh my! 2) Taylor from Clerics Wear Ringmail Blog in response to us being “noisome”: 3) T-shirt idea: “Biggus Geekus, you just have to smell it to appreciate it” RPG Collections & Downsizing Collector mentality - do you have it or not? Buying new RPGs: got to get it all or not? If you have space, then why ditch it? A Cabin Con Moment Downsizing at CC. Advantages & Disadvantages of larger groups. Dig this Setting: DEADLANDS! Wild west meets zombies while magic & technology collide. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube now as well. Rate us on Apple iTunes or other pod catchers. Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane Ravenloft Re-visit: Xenophobia Represent! Gatekeeping: Myth, False Narrative, or Choose your friends wisely? Definition of gatekeeping first hit on inter webs: It simply means someone who feels as if they can judge the right or wrong way to do something. The idea of gatekeeping goes far beyond tabletop role-playing games, but for the purposes of this article, we'll keep it to just how it affects Dungeons and Dragons and other pen-and-paper games. Many links: https://bagamesco.com/gatekeeping-and-table-top-gaming/ https://www.dungeonmash.com/what-does-gatekeeping-mean-in-rpgs/ Believes Gatekeeping is a thing to worry about: https://youtu.be/Fg9BJ9S3tTc https://youtu.be/ZewXLUwEjXo Believes Gatekeeping is not a thing: https://youtu.be/Me72G6v-EI0 https://youtu.be/VJSI1oul36Q Believes the SJW crowd/Woke are the Gatekeepers https://youtu.be/jZ4hXkfRsFk
01:53:35
June 03, 2021
What Does Evil Do
Episode 38 Wednesday May 26, 2021 Call ins Jason Andy Tim The Positive Material Plane Back to Sanctuary/SW game this coming weekend? New Article Up: Orcs are Not Human Main Topic: What Does Evil Do? Definition of evil- profound immorality and wickedness, especially when regarded as a supernatural force 1) The 7 Deadly Sins 2) How to Portray Evil as a GM? 3.) Which Deadly sins map onto the various villain archetypes above? 4.) It is ok to use very simple/cliched villains or villainous plots to 5.) Avoid detailed descriptions of acts of Extreme/grotesque Evil 6.) Generic evil might be worthwhile to use early on in a campaign until you know what makes the PCs tick. A Cabin Con Moment The post cabin con sadness…is it a thing? I immediately start thinking about next year and what I will do/run. Ideas: CC swap meet (blanket barter- Joe), Dungeon Mastery Workshop, Teaching a Game Workshop, & 20+ player RPG 1-shot. Beat This Game (in the ground): Swords & Wizardry Whitebox Pros and Cons Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out asnd check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube as well. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Rate us on Apple Itune or other podcatchers. Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane 1. Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft again: (Raven-Woke) Text Reviews: https://www.polygon.com/22430494/dungeons-dragons-van-richtens-guide-to-ravenloft-review https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2021/05/dd-van-richtens-guide-to-ravenloft-the-bols-review.html Video Reviews: Arron The Pedantic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1zvj2hIPDg&t=1043s Prof DM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3qLgrt1kgk 2. Drow Lore retconned to stupid level (woke much?) https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2021/05/dd-wotc-adds-three-new-types-of-drow-retcons-drow-lore.html
02:24:43
May 27, 2021
Extreme PCs
Episode 37 May 19, 2021 Call-ins: Jason of Nerd’s RPG Podcast John of The Red Dice Diaries Taylor of the Clerics Wear Ringmail blog Patrick of Pointy Hat Games The Positive Material Plane Reviews: “5”: ‘Highly Recommended: Excellent, Funny, and Entertaining ‘ “1”: ‘Mouthbreathers: Their views are pretty rancid. Shame as they have some good things to say about games but they just can’t get past the whinging bitterness about their hobby being stolen’ Main Topic: Extreme PCs 1. The comparison character: Fighty -Mc Fighter Man, Mr. Wizard, Holy HealBOt, and Sneaky Thief Dude- standard template 2. Cowardly or overly cautious 3. The Lone Wolf 4. The Unique Snowflake 5. Destiny’s Child 6. The Insanely Brave A Cabin Con Moment CC15 debrief! OSR love Thanks to Patrick for videos and photos! Dig this Setting: The Dragon Empire Pros: highly evocative geographical, political, monstrous, & cultural features: Cons: Almost too many extremes for one small land mass Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on Youtube now as well. Rate us on Apple ITunes or other podcatchers. Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like. Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane Pronoun issues on DrivethruRPG Venger Satannis & RPGPundit revisited Roll’in Bones with Ryan Howard interview with Venger Satannis
01:52:31
May 19, 2021
The Elusive Game Balance
Episode 36 Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Call ins The Positive Material Plane Cabin Con starts tomorrow. How can we rationally talk about anything else? The Elusive Game Balance What is Game Balance? "a state of equilibrium between two or more elements of a game." https://evil-plan-banjo.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-first-question-of-game-balance.html 1) Is it an illusion? Pro: https://mythcreants.com/blog/four-reasons-balance-matters-in-roleplaying-games/ Neutral: http://evil-plan-banjo.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-first-question-of-game-balance.html Con: https://ruscumag.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/rpg-design-the-illusion-of-game-balance/ 2) Within rules mechanics 3) Within the RP/Story part of the game 4) What does it mean for a game or mechanic to be broken 5) With your life A Cabin Con Moment Again, CC and balance. Elysium did we ever achieve it. Did it even matter? Dig This Setting Planescape Sigil the city of doors is a waystation to access to all the planes. “Listen up CLUELESS and I’ll LANN you to the CHANT of the CAGE and all the BARMY SPIVS and BLOODS you may meet out on the planes.” Pros:  made the planes playable, Sigil, the Factions, The Blood War!!!, The Cant, the unrivaled variety of the planes Cons:  The Planar CANT*, politics, shades of gray re: alignment and philosophy. Shameless Plug Time: 1.) If you would like to support our show you can     a) Share this podcast with your friends, especially on social media     b) Check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. 2.) Check us out on YouTubewhere we now have a channel: 3.) Feel free to send any questions or comments to questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com Please check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play): Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar): 1) Blog: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ 2) Podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat 3) Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdpAASpAI7vu-bZx6pP_mQ Why so many? He is the Czar of the OSR after all! Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane Re-visit Dice Are Screaming Podcast episode: “Au Revoir OSR” Responses by Keep off the Borderlands and Down in a Heap podcasts Comments on Keep off the Borderlands about “bad actors” such as Venger Satannis and RPGPundit…not sure why this is?
01:51:16
May 12, 2021
Wasting Time At the Table?
Episode 35 Wednesday May 5, 2021 ( J ) The Call-In Segment Jason of Nerd’s RPG Podcast John of The Red Dice Diaries The Positive Material Plane 1) It requires math and reading. Yes! 2) We have a YouTube channel now: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg 3) Jeff Goldbloom and Dark Dice Actual Play Wasting Time at the Table of Time Sometimes it’s the player’s fault. Sometimes it’s the DM’s fault. Sometimes it’s everyone’s fault. A Cabin Con Moment How do we waste time at CC? How can we fix it? Dig This Setting: Ravenloft Pros and Cons Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please help get the word out and check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support. Share with your friends and let us know if there is another way that you listen that we could support better. Check us out on YouTube now as well: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVze8TfIB16j0PdmE4lOJg Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard( with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane Ravenloft, the Domain of Wokeness??? Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft (5e) The Vistani are gypsies… SO what? Here we go again with MCU Idiocy
02:31:10
May 06, 2021
Potpourri With Patrick Part Deux
Episode 34 Wednesday April 28, 2021 The Positive Material Plane Call ins: Jason, Patrick, John, and New Caller Taylor! Other: Our hobby invites all manner of participants: highly committed, casual and all flavors in between. Potpourri With Patrick II 1.) Dealing with Player conflict at the Table 2.) Homebrew vs Pre-Fab- adventures/campaigns/rules 3.) Fudging Dice rolls: Yay or Nay 4.) Interrupting the DM’s monolog, can it be justified? 5.) Splitting the Party: Yay or Nay 6.) Let the Players Help A Cabin Con Moment How to deal with Player conflict at CC? Splitting the party at CC? Segment #4: Dig this Setting (alternate segment) Dark Sun: 1991 2nd ed release, desert world/survival/city-states/Magic-ravaged/psionics more common campaign setting Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard( with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry)
02:24:56
April 29, 2021
Gaming Inspiration
Episode 33Wednesday April 21,2021 The Positive Material Plane Call-ins: Jason has a whopping 33 We are in a Golden Age of Options: Crowdfunding collection Gaming Inspiration Both Direct and Indirect Movies, Books, Comics, Other Games, Miniatures, Maps, Not playing, Discussion of RPGs with friends, Browsing Internet, Other Podcasts, Biggus Geekus, YouTube, Music, Blogs A Cabin Con Moment What is inspiring about CC? Which is greater Before or After? What inspires you to prepare for CC? Dig this Setting: The Forgotten Realms (1987 1e, 2e, 3e, 4e, and 5e): Shameless Plug Time A Changeup… Please share the podcast with your friends.  We really just want to get in people's ears. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane Comic books…I’ve lost that lov’in feeling. Though there is some hope -creator owned,now watching Comic Book Men interested to see if they ever touch modern comics- woke/sjw/tokenism There are also indie artists like ComicArtistPro Secrets on YouTube creating competition
02:48:52
April 22, 2021
Managing the Known vs the Unknown
Episode 32 Wednesday, April 14, 2021 The Positive Material Plane Call-ins (Jason Connerly, and John Alan Large) Good news? Making games and making game systems Managing the Known vs the Unknown 1)Player knowledge vs character knowledge 2) How does DM keep what he knows from influencing 3) How much of the campaign setting to share with the players 4) GM Screens- is all about The Known vs the Unknown 5) The Impact of Knowing vs NOT Knowing A Cabin Con Moment What do we know about CC15 so far? attendees, theme, games offered, Trivia Family Feud style, Biggus Geekus Youtube every night/day? Dig this Setting - The World of Greyhawk Discuss pros and cons, best/worst aspects, our experiences, memorable sessions/adventures/ campaigns, and rank it Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends.  Its available most places you can get your podcasts.  If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry) The Negative Material Plane A.) POC Gamer/Panzer Lion requests name removed from Candlekeep Mysteries and More Here B.) Multiple gendered pronouns on Wizkid miniatures C.) General annoyance of folks coming into gaming and trying to change it with social agendas/woke idiocy…especially from those who don’t even play…see RPGPUNDIT
03:27:16
April 15, 2021
Game & Gamer Mindsets
The Positive Material Plane Call ins: Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast 3 great things about our hobby Game & Gamer Mindsets Def. of Mindset:a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how to interpret and respond to situations. Games and Their Mindsets:  Dungeons and Dragons (Clones +OSR, 13th Age , Pathfinder,Warhammer, Shadow of the Demon Lord, Rolemaster)  TSR vs WOTC Dungeons and Dragons  1. Definitional Characteristics of TSR/OSR vs WOTC DnD  2. 3e and the FEEL of DnD Savage Worlds (GURPs/Gurps-lite, Cortex System, Hero System)  RIFTS (Paranoia, Gamma World, Over the Edge)  Call of Cthulhu (Trail of Cthulhu, Alien the RPG)  Vampire and World of Darkness  Fate (other highly narrative games Dungeon World, Blades in the dark, Genesys)  Amber Diceless (Dragonlance fifth Age, Marvel Super Adventure Game) Gamers and Their Mindsets GM presents challenges and the PCs overcome them/GM must have balanced encounters The world is open and dangerous … you never know what you might encounter. GM is god in his world. His game – his rules The GM is just a player/he is bound to the fate of the rulebook as well. Player Agency is paramount. No railroading at all! We’re here to play a game/run a module/play an adventure…get on the train No restrictions on characters/all player ideas are perfectly fine and valid. Building an elaborate back story is paramount to a good game experience. GM is the enemy. Adversarial GM- I am trying to kill your character. We are creating a shared story. Rule of cool only thing that matters. PCs should only die at appropriately dramatic moments Your character does not matter until he gets to the table. Let’s just roll dice and kill stuff. What is my motivation in this scene? Balance is the key to the game. Chaos and Randomization baby! A Cabin Con Moment What is your mindset at CC? Beat This Game 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons (2000) Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends.  Its available most places you can get your podcasts.  If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) Shadow of the GM (Barry)
02:32:11
April 08, 2021
Discussing & Playing RPGs And How to Even it Out (twofer)
Episode 30 of our podcast and the date is Wednesday March 31, 2021. The Positive Material Plane What have you done this week related to RPGs that has been a net positive for you and why? Discussing vs Playing RPGs and how to even it out 1) Ignoring the podcast time, which do you/we do more of? 2) What do you think most gamers do more of, talk about or play? 3) Why don’t we play more? 4) Is discussion ever preferred over playing? 5) What is your preferred ratio of playing to discussing? It’s Just a Game why make as big deal over it?* 1) Is it just a game? 2) Does the fact that it’s a hobby matter? 3) When is this phrase* correct/appropriate to say and when isn’t it? 4) Does it matter if such a phrase* comes from a fellow gamer or non-gamer? 5) I think it may be a lifestyle hobby, at least for us. 6) Hobbies are important A Cabin Con Moment Is cabin con a con? Is it just friends getting together to just play games? Is it just a vacation with pals? Or is it something more? Beat This Game (in the ground) 4e Dungeons and Dragons Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason)
01:20:27
April 01, 2021
Making High Level Play Playable (updated)
Episode 29 Wednesday March 24, 2021 The Positive Material Plane “Something positive about TTRPGs that we have learned over the years” We get to be heroes! Call-Ins & Sundry Jason from Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast John from Red Dice Diaries Making High level Play Playable (in D & D) 1. What are the issues? 2. Why this topic? OSR friends, recent discussions on Tenkar’s Iron Rations 3. Making the campaign open to higher level play at the start. 4. Skip the temptation to make it Monty Haul. 5. Managing player expectations. Defining/Clarifying PC goals. 6. Respect, expect, and encourage the use of your PCs awesome abilities! 7. Taking breaks: You can’t save the universe every other month nor can you defeat Smaug once each summer. 8. De Planes De Planes!!! Class/Level vs Point-Buy System is the Wrong Argument A package of “benefits” vs You want a granular advancement without a path. A Cabin Con Moment High level at Cabin con. What are the moments? Was Elysium high level? Beat This Game (in the ground) 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons (not 3.5 nor 3.x nor Pathfinder) Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason)
01:57:02
March 30, 2021
Potpourri with Patrick
Episode 28 Wednesday March 17, 2021 Call Ins Our man, Jason C with some truth bombs! Check out Iron Rations podcast from 3/12/21 “Why 5e Doesn’t teach how to DM” The Gaming NEWS: 1) 3-D Printed Minis 2) Greg Gillespia’s Barrowmaze: Dwarrowdeep 3) The Terminator RPG Kickstarter is up 4) Encyclopedia Kickstarter is live- for DM’s & 15 different cities 5) Obvious leftist article on why DnD is dropping alignment 6) “Cook”-y Monster is up to it again- The Darkest House A Potpourri of Gaming Topics 1) Erik Tenkar on The Most influential Edition of DnD EVA!!! 2) Player & DM Expectations & The Matt Mercer Effect real or not? And is Critical Role scripted? Does it matter? 3) Downtime- oh what to do? Should we bother. 4) Minis or Theater of the Mind? Toys or no toys, that is the question. 5) Death Rules: good/bad/ugly A Cabin Con Moment It’s almost time. What are most looking forward to? What are we running? What Games for this year’s Con? THE T-SHIRT!!! Beat This Game (in the ground) - Pathfinder 1e pros and cons, best/worst mechanics, favorite sessions/campaigns/settings Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat & all its related livestreams (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason)
02:21:38
March 18, 2021
Shorties Episode 3
Episode 3, Sunday March 14, 2021 Call Ins Fun times with Jason from NERDS RPG Variety Jason discusses issues such as Player Agency, Bennies and other Hero Points, Our website (such as it is) and many other topics. Wing’in It! We discuss Race n Dungeons and Dragons, and how it has lost its savor.
59:57
March 15, 2021
Player Agency & Bennies (A Twofer)
Episode 27 Wednesday, March 10, 2021 We open with our usual intro and we talk about recent and future games. The Gaming NEWS KS cancels Perfect RPG Campaign: Zak Smith sues Gencon and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-3HX1-wrlQ DnD Survivalist Guide KS with Douglas Niles A Twofer 1) Player Agency - this is one of those terms like RPGs and replayability that is tough to define.  We give it the Geekus treatment. Stack Exchange: What is Player Agency and what is it good for Ask Angry: Stealing Agency 2) Bennies, Hero Points and all that Jazz. What are they good for? When should you get them? Yadda yadda. A Cabin Con Moment Is player agency a consideration at CC? How does it work well with such a convention style? Beat This Game (in the ground) 13th Age pros and cons, best/worst mechanics, favorite sessions/campaigns/settings Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends.  Its available most places you can get your podcasts.  If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason)
02:18:20
March 11, 2021
Shorties episode 2
Sunday March 7, 2021 Call Ins Fun times with Jason from NERDS RPG Variety Cast -His GM stuff -SW: edges his only negative (btw: we are old as well - 54) -Re-skinning trolls/don’t say the name/ -Group think/Sourcing for certain skill checks -No such thing as GM metagaming? -GM keeps sheets behind lots of work -Games as Therapy John and Hannah from the Red Dice Diaries -chuckled at our mention of her LARP experience Wing’in It! How different should different tasks look in the rules:  e.g.: skill checks vs combat? Face to Face is Da Bomb!
01:01:37
March 08, 2021
The Obligatory Meta-Gaming Episode
Episode 26 Wednesday March 3, 2021 We begin with our typical intro and talk about upcoming games. The Gaming NEWS Big Money KS DnD Gets New Division at Hasbro WOTC Gets a New Logo WOTC Levels Up at Hasbro WOTC Makes More Money Than Hasbro’s Toy Division Production update for New DnD Movie and Magic TV Series 6 Things The New DnD movie needs, according to Dicebreaker Hugh Grant in as villain for movie When should GMs ask for dice rolls Play D &D to Discover your Gender ID (actually … don’t do that) Meta-Gaming Lengthy Definition or “using ooc knowledge to make ic decisions” Reference articles: Respect the Meta-Game Dear GMs: Metagaming is your fault Metagaming: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly A Cabin Con Moment Has metagaming been a concern of at CC? Have you even heard it bandied about? Beat This Game (in the ground) Savage Worlds: We talk about: · the pros and cons · best/worst mechanics · favorite sessions/campaigns/settings Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard ( with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (Jason) 
02:00:01
March 05, 2021
CR & Predictability
Episode 25 February 24, 2021 1st Year Anniversary (roughly) Our usual intro and gaming blather… Special Guest Glen Halstrom of Radio Grognard The Gaming NEWS Another roll20 ranking this week (I think I know what Uncategorized is) And even more Pericle RPG Ravenloft …again…: and again Beadle and Grimm Strikes Again with Finger Puppets(?) ONLY $359!!! Jon Peterson’s Other book Main Topic: CR & Predictability in RPGs We discuss: Challenge Ratings and appropriately challenging encounters. Angry GM CR, There’s a Better Way (Part 1) Angry GM CR, There’s a Better Way (Part 2) Balance Challenge and Antagonism Encounter Balance A Cabin Con Moment CR & Encounter Building in the old Elysium game- Building A Better Gaming World Should OUR RPG/setting at least pay lip service to CR? Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard(with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar) Nerds RPG Variety Podcast (Jason- not Hobbs nor cousin)
01:50:50
February 25, 2021
Shorties Episode 1
Tuesday February 16, 2021 We do our usual intro and discuss recent gaming. Call Ins Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast calls in to discuss various points relative to episode 23. Wing’in It! A rambling discourse of many RPG topics Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us.
33:43
February 21, 2021
PC Progression: Zero to Hero … OR NOT?
Episode 24, Monday February 15, 2021 We do our usual intro and briefly talk about home games. The Gaming NEWS: Savage Pathfinder Q & A Free League’s One Ring 2e KS good start (but read this short article) We’re #2!! We’re #2!! …are you really? A Mathematics Moment We (or Randy to be honest) goes deep into the math of 5e’s advantage/disadvantage mechanic.  Some reading can be found here Main Topic: PC Progression: Zero to Hero … OR NOT? We discuss RPG character progression (or advancement) types: Zero-to-Hero as described at Gnome Stew Hero to Superhero, Static and Others defined by us. A Cabin Con Moment We try all sorts of games at our private Con, the origin of which we detail. Building A Better Gaming World Zero to Hero in our game.  Also Hero to Super Hero.  So There!!! Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends.  Its available most places you can get your podcasts.  If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Send questions and comments to questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar)
01:45:08
February 16, 2021
5E DnD a Belated Review
Episode 23 February 10 ,2021 Call In: From Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast The Gaming NEWS: Jon Peterson continues to provoke good discussion: “Does System Matter?” Recall: The Blood War Shadow of the Demonlord (been around a while) 1 on1 RPG play Pathfinder spells to SW Powers Keith Baker’s Eberron Remember the win Main Topic: 5E Dungeons and Dragons- A Belated Review We start with the Players Handbook: Rollout, Production Value, and Readability WOTC’s replacement site for bad first printings Phil, Joe and Randy State Their 5 Positives and 5 Negatives for DnD 5e Char Gen, Classes and Races, Ability Scores, Spellcasting, Conditions, Bounded Accuracy Bounded Accuracy explanation 1 (long read),  Bounded Accuracy Explanation 2  A Cabin Con Moment 5E at CC … reception, preferences etc. Building A Better Gaming World 5E things that we’d like to steal. Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar)
02:09:29
February 11, 2021
OSR ReDux
Episode 22 Recorded on Wednesday February 3, 2021 The Gaming NEWS: Rob Kuntz, TLB Games and Legends of Roleplaying Additional Info Free Sunken City Map Package Immersion and Roleplaying Zinequest 3 Call Ins We really appreciate the praise! Red Dice Diaries- John Alan Large comments on episode 20 and about the OSR Hobbs & Friends of the OSR - Jason Hobbs [Low Fantasy Gaming] comments on episode 21: Railroad vs Sandbox Min-Topic - OSR Redux Re-cap and re-hash our discussion on 3D with E.Tenkar and G. Halstrom on the Dungeons, Dragons , & Discourse livestream last week. General thoughts on the 4-man Livestream:  good fun and even better company  the OSR is a welcoming DIY community in the best sense Negatives to OSR games(maybe): Vancian magic, Low Level Play Another Mini- Topic: The +1 [Newbie Player Advice] …First Timer Vs General newbie Tl;dr don’t overdo it A Cabin Con Moment Old guard; OSR in the house! Building A Better Gaming World OSR is in the future. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends.  Its available most places you can get your podcasts.  If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Tavern Chat (with Eric Tenkar)
01:50:44
February 04, 2021
The Railroad vs The Sandbox
The RR vs The Sandbox Episode 21. Wednesday January 27, 2021 We do the usual intro and chit chat. The Gaming NEWS: Dragonlance Classic Announced The Rise of Offensive Games And Virtue Signal The Game of Social Justice The Origins of Rule Zero What’s an RPG? Main Topic: The RR vs the Sandbox We define the terms from the interwebs: Railroad Linear game design Carrot-and-stick Sandbox Game Design We discuss these definitions, and a number of questions with respect to hoe these terms coincide with module play, our preferences and experience. A Cabin Con Moment Do we do RR or Sandbox at Cabin Con? Building A Better Gaming World We discuss level of campaign detail. Shameless Plug Time If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. Things We Like: We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play) Special Announcement: We will be on Erik Tenkar’s Tavern Chat Livestream with Glen Halstrom (of Old man Grognard/Radio Grognard fame) this Friday evening at 8 pm EST called: Dungeons, Dragons, and Discourse
01:53:22
January 28, 2021
Is This OSR?
Is this OSR? Episode 20. Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 We do our usual intro and recent gaming reports. The Gaming NEWS: DnD TV Show in the works: and  oh and The Origins of Rule Zero A Bit more news on Savage Pathfinder:  It launched today [ 1-19-21]. Did you back it? How to roleplay? Main Topic: Is this the OSR? We define and discuss various aspects of OSR play, what we like and don’t like. We hope its an accurate decription. A Cabin Con Moment We really haven’t played any OSR game at cabin con, but many are nostalgia types. Segment #4: Building A Better Gaming World OSR influence in our game? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that’s unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com feel free to send any questions or comments to us. We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play)
01:10:14
January 20, 2021
Player Burnout
Episode 19 Wednesday January 13, 2021 We have our usual intro and gaming situations. The Gaming NEWS: Candlekeep Mysteries (announced 1-12-21) Really just the Korvair Map Rug Is this the way? Origins pushed back to fall in hopes of F2F Con Free maps New Dragonlance Novel Announced? Main Topic: Player Burnout (in RPGS) We define burnout and talk about how to recognize it. We also talk about solutions, and other deeper things. A Cabin Con Moment Do you think we will ever tire/grow out of/burnout on CC? Building A Better Gaming World Will we burn out of a game that we make for ourselves or others? Support: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that is unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play/rpg discussion
01:14:33
January 14, 2021
Combat in RPGs
Episode 18 Recorded on Wednesday January 6, 2021 We have our usual intro and gaming situations. The Gaming NEWS: ENWORLD is 20 years old Diversity woes for WOTC Playing for Two Main Topic: Combat in RPGs We get into the nitty gritty of combat: initiative, movement, terrain, length, PC roles, PC vs Player skill, and a host of other questions. Initiative types taken from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Initiative_(role-playing_games) Some Questions taken from: https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/7040/how-do-i-make-and-use-tactically-interesting-terrain/7044#7044 A Cabin Con Moment A short bit on combat in Cabin Con games Building A Better Gaming World Potential combat systems in our game Support: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that is unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com We would also like to encourage you to check out a few podcasts that we like: Red Dice Diaries (with John Alan Large and his wife Hannah) Radio Grognard (with Glen Halstrom) The Tale of the Manticore (a unique dramatized quasi-actual play/rpg discussion)
01:26:31
January 07, 2021
If You Build Them We Will Play - Making PCs
Episode 17 Recorded on November 28, 2020 for release on December 31, 2020 We have our usual Intro and moaning about the lack of in person gaming. Back in My Day We talk about the Talisman board game from way back. Main Topic: Making PCs in DnD We compare and contrast how PCs are made in the various editions of DnD. In situations where our experience is limited and/or it is from Eons ago quotes were taken from https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/13212/what-are-the-big-differences-among-the-dd-editions We also name preferences and compare to some other popular RPGs A Cabin Con Moment Character building for Elysium, pros and cons. Building A Better Gaming World We discuss our preferences (so far) for our far off, near fictional game. Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that is unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:43:22
December 31, 2020
What We Love about RPGs
Saturday November 28, 2020 pre-recorded for Wednesday December 23rd, 2020 Our usual intro and gaming situations No Gaming News because we prerecorded Main Topic: What we love about RPGs Wherein we discuss the many things that draw us to RPGs. From escapism to socializing with our pals. The kinds of games and game genre we like best. Also, we discuss our who and where gaming preferences. A Cabin Con Moment Our favorite things about our favorite gaming event of the year Building A Better Gaming World Shall we continue building? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that is unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:20:52
December 24, 2020
Get Off My Domain
Wednesday December 16, 2020 Our usual intro and gaming situations The Gaming News: Chris Pine to star in new Dungeons and Dragons movie Seems a little late for the DnD Beyond App to just now get a dice roller LotFR has something other than Samurai to play. It’s in the top 20 for 2020 at GeekNative. Things We Actually Like: Tale of The Manticore New Financial Backer!!! Thank you to Amy and Trent. You guys are great!!! Main Topic: Get Off My Domain! We discuss the inclusion of a player’s domain. As in a castle, tower, or keep. A Cabin Con Moment We had a keep like structure for the glaives in Elysium. Mostly GM controlled. Building A Better Gaming World Should we include this as a feature? An Option? Shameless Plug Time: If you would like to support our show, please check out our website at: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support Any contribution is much appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Please share the podcast with your friends. Its available most places you can get your podcasts. If you have an app that is unsupported, let us know! Our email is questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:33:39
December 17, 2020
Wealth in RPGs
Wealth in RPGs Episode 14, Wednesday December 9,2020 We do the usual, the intro and we lament the lack of gaming for the week. The Gaming NEWS: Free League to release Colonial Marines Supplement Cypher Creator System Gift Ideas for Players Wealth in RPGs (and their value) We discuss tracking wealth, what we do with it as players, and it’s utility as a part of the game (or not). Some useful articles: https://theangrygm.com/nothing-here-but-worthless-gold/ https://mythcreants.com/blog/three-ways-of-handling-money-in-roleplaying-games/ http://bigballofnofun.blogspot.com/2009/12/rpg-wealth-lets-not-be-vague.html A Cabin Con Moment Gold issues with Elysium. And how it went awry. Building A Better Gaming World Money in our game system that is admittedly way out in the future, if ever. Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc. If you’d like to support out show then please Check out our website: www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com and click on the support tab. Any contribution is appreciated and we thank you for your consideration. Please remember that sharing this podcast is the most help you can give us. Thanks. For questions Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:31:35
December 10, 2020
PC Power Disparity and How to Handle it
Thursday December 3rd, 2020 We opened with our usual intro but deviated the norm to play a few messages from John of The Red Dice Diaries. These were great and we appreciate the time he took to listen and comment. Thanks John!!! Shout outs to Tenkar’s Tavern and Roleplay Rescue as well We went on to discuss Randy’s lack of gaming and my excess of gaming. The Gaming News: Clarification #1: Comparing “Free League, the company who is responsible for Alien RPG/Tales from the Loop etc.) Revolutionary League (Anarchists) vs the Free League (the Indeps). Clarification #2: GF9 made Korean Version-WOTC’s translator OK’d it but ended up having issues as well as issues with the French translations. 1.) Pinnacle to Savage Pathfinder (and Rise of the Runelords): 2.) Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything is the Beginning of ch-ch-ch-changes for D&D 3.) And more dumbness/Uggghhhh 4.) And EVEN more foolishness! 5.) WOTC to be sold…maybe???...nah…we will see 6.) Darth Vader has truly fallen 7.) Holiday gifts for your GM PC Power Disparity And How To Handle It At The Table Defined as “a great difference”, we discuss its implications in tabletop play with Dungeons and Dragons as well as other games. We discuss its importance or lack thereof and whether, or not it is just a player issue or a system issue. A Cabin Con Moment Cabin Con had its own issues with disparity, we talk about that too. Building A Better Gaming World We determine that we at least want to acknowledge disparity when designing our game/world Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:37:58
December 04, 2020
GM & Player RANTS
Recorded Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 We open with the usual intro and talk about the next session of Savage Worlds The Gaming NEWS 1. GaleForce 9 sues WOTC breach of contract…another one?   And another? 2. Sweet towns and taverns maps 3. Pop-up terrain 4. Mophidius (of Conan fame- 2d20 system?) shows some art from the new DUNE RPG 5. The Yawning Portal ($350 price tag…YIKES!) 6. Tasha’s Cauldron Of Everything is Out Rant Time: Frustrations with GMs and Players from the perspective of a Player and a GM We discuss quite a few pet peeves about players and GMs. Chiefly, honesty, game mastery, and being “in the game” at the table. A Cabin Con Moment We discuss Cabin Con annoyances, or more accurately, the absence of them. Building A Better Gaming World Avoiding many setting issues, such as over development, anachronistic, features, and leaning too heavily on Tolkein. Shameless Plug Time Special thanks to Glen at Radio Grognard and THACO’s HAMMER podcasts for giving us a listen and a shout out. Glen gives some good advice on gaming in general and is an old school gamer. Thanks a bunch Glen! Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
02:02:49
November 25, 2020
Newbie GM Advice
November 19th, 2020 Intro and gaming catchup where Randy and Joe talk about their latest in person Savage Worlds Fantasy game together. The Gaming NEWS: 1) Fun and annoyance with swords 2) New Old Survey for DnD 3) Reorg at Asmodee shuffles Star Wars mini games away from FFG 4) Free League is on Fire 5) Traveller Box Set on the Horizon 6) Blue Rose Quickstart 7) Vampire changes owner? 8) Non profit VTT 9) Nominate your fav rpg podcast New GM Advice: Highlights: Play with friends, keep it simple, don’t fear mistakes or modules. Link discussed: Don’t Prep Plots…prep situations: https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/4147/roleplaying-games/dont-prep-plots A Cabin Con Moment First time GM failures and successes Building A Better Gaming World Newbie friendly setting advise Support Biggus Geekus!!! Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
02:03:35
November 20, 2020
Magic systems and Making Magic Magical
Episode 10: Magic systems and Making Magic Magical This is Episode 10 and the date is Thursday November 12, 2020. We had a special guest to our podcast, our good friend, fellow CabinCon attendee, and CEO of Pointy Hat Games: Patrick Demo! Pointy Hat Games can be found here. After our usual intro and recent gaming catch-up, Joe waxed poetic about HackMaster! The Gaming NEWS: 1) Beginner Box for PF2 2) RPG Dice Accessories Folding Tower 3) Starfinder Bundle of Holding 4) The Terminator Quick Start Rules out next month 5) Wizkid announces 2-D miniatures for 5E 6) Black Friday DnD 5e Gift Set reduced 25% 7) Wrath of the Immortals free to download from Drivethrurpg 8) Goodman Games Castle Amber reincarnated 9) Aliens Destroyer of Worlds HC 10) Starfall: DnD 5e adventure 11) Alternity by sasquatch Games 12) Heroes of the Cypher System The Main Topic Part 1: Magic Systems: How we Grade Them (Good/bad/Ugly) Various Types for of magic systems for RPGs were discussed with Vancian getting the lowest grade and Hybrid with spell points being the most popular. Part II. Making Magic Magical How does the setting evoke a magical feel. We discussed some ways rules can help and well as evocative descriptions. A Cabin Con Moment We ruminated about size and how the last one was better that some previous cons. Building A Better Gaming World How magic interacts with the world is vital. We discuss what we would like if we had our druthers… 1.) Please like, share and/or review our podcast on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher, etc. 2.) If you’d like to support out show then please check out our website www.biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have various ways for you to help keep the podcast going. Any support is appreciated and we thank you for your consideration. 3.) Questions can be sent to: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
03:06:11
November 13, 2020
Who Are You as a TTRPG Gamer
November 5, 2020 Intro and Our recent game together! The Gaming NEWS: Dungeons and Dragons Live Action Show in the works at Hasbro (Thanks to Josh Z for the tip) Magpie Games-Urban Shadows 2e( Dresden-esque/WOD and is PbtA game) Mutants and Masterminds 3e releases The Super team Handbook Beadle & Grimm’s Character Chronicles The Dungenerator Randy kicked this one. Main topic: Who Are you as a TTRPG Gamer? Joe and I answer a potpourri (~12 that is) of questions related to who we are as TTRPG gamers. Seeing as how we just played a session this past weekend and it seemed that everyone had fun, for the most part. We discuss this survey: http://captainjoy.chunkyboy.com/RPGs/PlayerQuiz.html Our Results: Randy Power Gamer: 25% Butt-Kicker: 21% Tactician: 58% Specialist: 29% Method Actor: 58% Storyteller: 63% Casual Gamer: 58% Joe Power Gamer: 42% Butt-Kicker: 42% Tactician: 50% Specialist: 38% Method Actor: 46% Storyteller: 46% Casual Gamer: 21% We also discuss Robin Laws Gamer Styles (via ENWORLD: https://www.enworld.org/threads/what-kind-of-gamer-are-you.317745/) Some Questions from US: Player & GM perspectives Randy and Joe answer a baker’s dozen questions from Randy. A Cabin Con Moment We dare try to categorize our CabinCon crew by Robin Laws gamer styles. Building A Better Gaming World Where we brainstorm class roles as they pertain to game design Support Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Sticher, etc. If you’d like to support out show then please check out our website: biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support and click on the donate link. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Also, you can support us by doing your online shopping by clicking the Amazon link at the bottom of the page. Please direct all questions to: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:48:38
November 06, 2020
Let's Start a Campaign
October 28, 2020 Intro: The usual intro and the obligatory gaming catch-up Gaming news: 1)New Pathfinder Board game- competitive/monster fighting (to be crowdfunded) 2)New Terminator RPG coming out by Nightfall games 3)Curse of Strahd Revamped: deluxe version $99(?) 4)The Dungeon Hobby Museum and FB site what is this? Hmmmmmm…… Main Topic: Let’s Start a Campaign We discuss starting up a campaign. DM decision or group discussion. To have Session Zero or not. X Cards; what are they and do we need them. This and more in our main topic A Cabin Con Moment Elysium- a shared campaign world issues(*?) World Building: To Balance or No to Balance- a PC’s story Support Biggus Geekus!!! Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:48:41
October 29, 2020
Handling PC death
“It’s Worse than That, He’s Dead Jim” (handling PC death) October 22, 2020 The usual intro and the obligatory gaming catch-up The Gaming News: Hickman & Weis have sued WOTC for breach of contract Sexism/racism accusations at WOTC recently Nazi Dracula Must Die! Kickstarter Main Topic: Handling PC Death Is PC death a thing that should be at the gaming table?  Sure it sucks, but is that a bad thing? How does player investment figure in?  How about resurrection?  How about no resurrection?  Does system matter?  The geeks discuss these and other points. A Cabin Con Moment Death In Elysium: The Milk baths (movie: Wanted with A.Jolie and J. McElvoy) The Infamous Banshee Incident D&D 4-EVA CR sucks! I want a world that lives and breathes and PC ‘s can choose to bite off more than they can chew if they want. I also like a fleeing mechanic. World Building: Tiers of Play. Low level: gritty, life is cheap. Mid-levels: well-known heroes of a region. High level: world renown heroes/travelers of the world and the planes. Should the game change at different tiers of play. Some ideas on if, why, and what. Support Biggus Geekus!!! Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, Google Podcasts, and PocketCasts. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:24:41
October 23, 2020
D&D Through The Ages
Wednesday September 30th, 2020 We open with the usual intro and talk about the next session of Savage Worlds The Gaming News: 1) Fans (with some help) have made the final episode of DnD cartoon: REQUIEM 2) Power Rangers RPG coming out soon (5e rules) 3) Hellboy RPG coming (5e rules) Main Topic: Dungeons and Dragons though the Ages Old DnD: OD&D (1974-1977) + Greyhawk (’75) Holmes Basic (77’), Moldvay Basic set (81’) and D. Cook’s Expert creates B/X Mentzer’s BECMI (83’-85’)à Rules Cyclopedia (AARON Allston revised BECMI in 1991): Advanced DnD: 1E AD&D (77’-79 all 3 core different years through 1989 2E AD&D (1989-2000) note: 2.5/Players Options (1995-2000): 3e DND (2000-2003) (WOTC) (4 yrs), 3.5 (2003-2007) (5 yrs)| 4e DND (2008-2010) (3 yrs) and 4.5 Essentials (2010-2014) (5 yrs) 5e DND (2014- present [2020]) Interesting Comparisons: https://rpg.stackexchange.com/questions/13212/what-are-the-big-differences-among-the-dd-editions A Cabin Con Moment Favorite game this past Cabin con and why? Sling’in M.U.D.D. (My Ultimate DnD) Hit Points again Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:07:33
September 30, 2020
The Prep Scale
Thursday, July 30th, 2020 We open with the usual intro and talk about the next session of Savage Worlds Segment #2: The Gaming NEWS: 1. On the D&D Celebration 2 Batman Gotham City Chronicles: The Role Playing Game, Main Topic: The Prep Scale 1. How much is too much? And how much is too little? 2. Is there a ratio for hours played vs prepped? Both in general and for you specifically? 3. What kind(specifically what items)/how much do you do when you run a game? What is your process? 4. Can players tell if a GM has prepped? If so, what are clues? 5. What Level of prep would you prefer your GM do? What do you think makes for a better game or is that even a thing? 6. Do certain genres and/or systems require more or less prep? 7. Is Low/Medium/High Prep more important than Quality vs Wasted* A Cabin Con Moment Covid Con Report from June 11-14, 2020 Attendance: 11 out of 23-25-ish last year +1 Dog- Brego/tree doom My Ultimate DnD Wizards & spellcasting- Randy's latest thought with credit to DungeonCraft Professor Dungeon Master for the thought…love the idea of wizards learn spells, cast all they want, at a cost Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
57:38
July 30, 2020
High vs. Low Fantasy
Saturday May 9th, 2020 We open with the usual and talk about not gaming. Listening to podcasts. Main Topic: High and Low Fantasy We come up with some definitions, then compare and contrast. Fantasy literature and other media are also brough to bear. A Cabin Con Moment New date announced: June 11-14, 2020 We discussed games we prepped and COVID19 related attendance issues The Gaming NEWS Free League doing Twilight 2000 4e Also doing Aliens and recently got LOTR No Worldbuilding this time around!!! Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:04:07
May 09, 2020
What Is Adventure?
Saturday, May 9th, 2020 We open with the usual intro and talk about preparing for CabinCon, and our short-lived Deadlands game. Also Randy’s harrowing cellar escapade. What is Adventure? We defined it and spoke at length about that and how to flavor it with heroism. How Lord of the Rings, Conan, and John Carter are a kind of foundation. Also how western culture figures in. A Cabin Con Moment We talk schedule and number of attendees with respect to our governor’s restrictions. The Gaming NEWS No News this time around Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:22:51
May 02, 2020
Campaigns vs. One Shots
Wednesday, October 7th, 2020. This episode replaces Episode 2 from Sunday, April 5, 2020 due to it being lost. We open with the usual intro and talk about how we are not gaming much. The Gaming News Monte Cook’s Diamond Throne RPG Kickstarter BG 3 Early Access yesterday 10/6/20 Campaigns vs. One-Shots: Campaigns and One-shot games are defined, compared and contrasted. The we say what we like about them. We express our general preference for campaigns while providing some good uses for one-shots. A Cabin Con Moment The end of one campaign, Elysium. Transition through another, the Black Blades. Culminating in a “West Marches” style campaign. D.N.D. 4. EVA.(Our Magnum Opus) Hit Points, we talk about them. World Building The need for the game world to be dangerous and mysterious is discussed Shameless Plug Time Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:25:55
April 05, 2020
A Very Special Episode
Tuesday, October 7th, 2020 This episode replaces our lost episode from March 1. Lost because I failed to download it from Skype before it was deleted. This is one of 2 that was lost in the same manner. We open with the usual intro and lament at the lack of gaming in our lives. The Gaming News: 1. As the holiday season approaches GAMA has a cool charity 2. WOTC has an update to sage advice 3. Human teeth dice 4. Pelgrane to release 3 new books Politics and Gaming 1. Is it needed? 2. Is it there when it seems not? (western culture tropes) 3. Must keep out modern political issues 4. Kill progressive (regressive) IDPol with FIRE!!! 5. Strong white male imagery missing 6. Skinny girl barbarian with giant sword 7. Equal representation in game text (male/female) 8. Diversity!!! The word race is problematic … somehow 9. This is tiresome. A Cabin Con Moment: The end of an era - Elysium Destroyed. Sling’n M.U.D.D. (My Ultimate DnD) Fighter/Wizard disparity. Is it really a problem? Where we talk about character roles and how that could solve this disparity at design-time. Other character types are discussed. Worldbuilding Where we discuss mile-high design topics like points of light v/s heavy civilization, and the ratio of humans to non-humans Shameless Plug (or lack thereof): In this early episode we were daft and failed to encourage our listeners to help us out. Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com The intro and outro music is Game Over by Jacob Lizotte at Dark Cabin Studios
01:16:36
March 02, 2020
Our First Time
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 Opening: This is our inaugural episode attempting to tell you a little bit about how we got into RPGs and the gaming hobby as well as what we hope to cover in this podcast. Then we discussed our progression through the editions of DnD. We then discuss other games we tried…how our play changed and what helped form it. Questions: 1) What do you recall of your first time? 2) What drew you to DnD? 3) What do you remember the most about our early games…say the first few years: BECMI through AD&D 1e 4) What other games do you recall us trying? Why do you think they never stuck? 5) Your thoughts on 2e, 3.X( Pathfinder 1e) , 4E and now 5E? 6) Your thoughts on the Editions of RPGs in general? 7) What are you up to now RPG-wise? Cabin Con:once/year in the great white north of Michigan…actually not even in UP…the REAL BEST 4 Days of Gaming…not Gencon… Joeseppie’s Rants: What’s bugs ya about DnD/RPGs in general? (Joe can’t rant on cue!!!) The Gaming News: Companies cut ties with Judge’s Guild owner after racist/antisemitic comments One of the offending comments Love Domain 5e issues Shameless Plug (or lack thereof): In our early episodes we were daft and failed to encourage our listeners to help us out. Please share, like or review our podcast on Anchor, Breaker, Apple Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, etc. If you’d like to support the show then please go to biggusgeekuspodcast.com/support where we have several options. Any contribution is appreciated, and we thank you for your consideration. Email us at: questions@biggusgeekuspodcast.com
01:07:48
February 27, 2020