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By Erik Frankhouse
Erik Frankhouse Presents. A show about freelancing and the tabletop industry. Watch. Listen. Learn. Be a better gamer.
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Ep 29 Interview with Iron GM Necessary Evil


Ep 29 Interview with Iron GM Necessary Evil


EP 46 Covid Gaming
I'M BACK! It has been too long, everyone, so let's dive in cause there is a lot to talk about. Episode 46 is all about Covid Gaming and how I am currently doing it. Of course, there are tips, tricks, and an update on what EFP has been up to! I hope you enjoy this episode and remember to call in with your questions or stories, and I'll put you on the show. TOPICS Camera Connection Start Simple 30 Min Chat VTT & Your Group Stamps! Update Tips & Tricks Closing As always share with your friends and check out our other content below. Our Twitch live shows are the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 7:30PM CST with a  pre-show at 7:10. LINKS EFP DISCORD EFP TWITCH EFP YOUTUBE EFP PATREON EFP MERCH
October 15, 2020
EP 45 Lore at the Table
After running a demi-god game the last 4 months I’ve realized how important Lore is and how much work creating it doesn’t have to be. Watch.Listen.Learn
February 12, 2020
January 29, 2020
January 29, 2020
EP 44 Saying No
Saying No is a tool in the tabletop hobby, but are you abusing its power? In this episode I'll break down its uses along with the transparent set up.
January 29, 2020
EP 43 What is a Living Community
Today I get a little personal on my time being a part of and running living communities. It’s a reflective and informative episode as I go through my thoughts on it.
January 15, 2020
EP 42 Be a Better Player 101
Time to dive into how to be a better Player 101. Topics: Basics, Realization, Actualizing, Tips from Players, GM Player Tips. Closing. Happy New year!
January 1, 2020
EP 41 The Change Up
Does your tabletop game feel stale? Well, this episode is for you. The Change Up goes over tips and tricks on how to liven up your game. So, get something to write with and let’s dive in.
December 9, 2019
EP 40 Monsters
It’s time to talk about my favorite thing in gaming, MONSTERS!
November 25, 2019
EP 39 How to GM pt 2
This is a continuation from EP 30 How to GM. I wanted to give a bit of time and dive a little deeper into my process In hopes it can help you.
May 31, 2019
EP 38 Ship Combat
With the Grimmerspace Kickstarter funded I wanted to dig into ship combat. The topics range from talking to your players to cinematic combat. Watch. Listen. Learn. Be a better gamer.
May 24, 2019
EP 37 Lichdom. What is it good for?
Flipboard • EP 37 Lichdom. What is it good for? • West • Why be a Lich • Plataxian • Bumper • The How • The Phylactery • Battlegrounds & Lairs • Static City Drumline • MmmM • Static City Drumline • Thanks and Demon Dayz • Story Hooks • Gosling • Closing
May 1, 2019
Episode 36 Running Duos
In episode 36 I talk about running a two player game and how to do it. Full of tips and tricks to add to your 5e game or to any game you may be running. Watch. Listen. Learn.
April 18, 2019
EP 35 GaryCon XI Post
Recorded this early early Sunday morning during GaryCon XI. My voice is a bit trashed but I wanted to get my thoughts out while they are fresh. Watch. Listen. Learn. Be a better gamer.
March 14, 2019
Ep 34 Backgrounds
Today I want to talk about Backgrounds from both sides of the screen. I have a few tips and a lot of forgotten backgrounds over my years, so let’s talk about how to make them work for your games.
February 20, 2019
Ep 33 Deep dive interview with iron GM competitor David Benevides about running comic books RPGs.
Comic book tabletop RPGs is the hardest thing for me to run as a GM. With that said I brought in a friend and Iron GM competitor, David Benevides to dig deep on how to make comic book games better. Watch. Listen. Learn.
January 25, 2019
EP 32 Negotiation in RPGs
Welcome back to episode 32 where I dive into running negotiations in tabletop RPGs. Watch. Listen. Learn.
December 10, 2018
Ep 31 Playing Old Games
Today is all about playing old games. I had a blast diving back into Cyberpunk with two of my best friends. I urge you to try the same thing. Watch. Listen. Learn.
September 9, 2018
Ep 30 Learning to GM
Today we dive into leaning to GM and finding a Group. Watch.Listen.Learn
July 24, 2018
Ep 29 Interview with Iron GM Necessary Evil
I’m extremely honored to have the 3 time Iron GM winner, Necessary Evil on for a deep dive interview. I do apologize in advance fro anything he says that may offend you.
July 5, 2018
Ep 28 Rewarding Character Development
In today’s episode is all about rewarding players for character development and the systems I love that already do it. Remember, Watch. Listen. Learn.
June 15, 2018
Ep 27 Setting the Tone
Let’s talk about how to set the tone for your game. Each setting deserves some study to make sure you are doing it justice. Thanks to Drew for the Bumper and remember, Watch. Listen. Learn.
June 10, 2018
Ep 26 Magic is Everything
In today's episode I go over how magic in games is an important piece to a setting. I go over how to ground it into your experience and some of my ideas on free form magic. Remember to call in through the Anchor app and thank you again for listening. Watch. Listen. Learn.
May 19, 2018
Ep 25 Breaking Point
Today I want to talk about when is the right time to change to a new game. We will dive into the ways I handle it and how I bring it to the table. Watch.Listen.Learn
May 15, 2018
Ep 24 player Commitment
Let’s talk about what you can do as a Player to make a better PC in episode 24 of EFP. Watch. Listen. Learn.
May 5, 2018
Ep 23 It's a Trap!
Today we talk traps on both sides of the gaming table. We touch on why the exist. How to use them. Abusing their power and how PCs can use the rules to their advantage. Remember to Watch. Listen. Learn.
April 28, 2018
Ep 22 Stealth in Games
It’s time to dig into the ugly skill in the room, STEALTH. Maybe even find a solution! Watch. Listen. Learn.
April 13, 2018
Ep 21 Designing a Setting
Today I want to talk about designing your own setting and what my process is. Hopefully this will help at least one listener during the creative struggle. Watch. Listen. Learn.
March 29, 2018
Ep 20 Character Development
Today I want to talk about how to create a deeper character. To design something that isn’t just numbers on a sheet. Watch. Listen. Learn
March 22, 2018
EP 18 Narrative
In this episode we go over Narrative in gaming on both the GMs and Players side of the Screen. This is followed up with an announcement I have been waiting for. Go roll some dice and remember to Watch. Listen. Learn.
March 15, 2018
Ep 18 GaryCon X Pathfinder 2.0
My voice is shot, and this is recorded in the car but I wanted to get these thoughts out before they fade. Let’s talk about GaryConX and Pathfinder 2.0.
March 12, 2018
Ep 17 Playing with New Players
Today we talk about how we should approach a table with new players or GMs. Remember to drink, roll some dice and share.
March 3, 2018
Ep 16 Pacing
This is an episode about pacing your tabletop RPGs and storytelling. I hope you enjoy. Remember to call in using the anchor app and follow my patreon for more of my work.
February 22, 2018
Phylactery Session 5 Postcast
Phylactery Session 5 Postcast \u2022 Aftermath \u2022 Research \u2022 Closing
February 19, 2018
Phylactery Session 5 Precast
Phylactery Session 5 Precast \u2022 Precast thoughts \u2022 Upping magic!
February 19, 2018
Ep 15 Combat
Ep 15 Combat \u2022 Basics \u2022 New Idea \u2022 Description \u2022 Damage \u2022 Blackmoor Society \u2022 Death Blow
February 16, 2018
Phylactery Session 4 Postcast
Phylactery Session 4 Postcast \u2022 Part 2 \u2022 Part 3
February 13, 2018
Phylactery Session 4 Precast
Phylactery Session 4 Precast \u2022 Prescast 2
February 13, 2018
Ep 14 Organizations
Ep 14 Organizations \u2022 Organizations \u2022 Development \u2022 PC Side \u2022 Joining \u2022 Kickstarter Strongholds & Streaming
February 9, 2018
Ep 13 All about Story
Ep 13 Story \u2022 Opening \u2022 Why Mechanics \u2022 Like a Movie \u2022 Blackmoor Society \u2022 Narrative World Building \u2022 Out of the Box \u2022 This Week
February 1, 2018
Phylactery Session 3 Postcast
Phylactery Session 3 Postcast \u2022 Overview \u2022 Escaping \u2022 Closing
January 29, 2018
Phylactery Session 3 Precast
Phylactery Session 3 Precast \u2022 Setup \u2022 New Monster \u2022 Game Time
January 29, 2018
Ep 12 Set Pieces
Ep 12 Set Pieces \u2022 The 3 E\u2019s of Set PIeces \u2022 Organizing \u2022 5min Set Piece Design \u2022 Mechanics \u2022 Let's colab! \u2022 Callin Hobbs \u2022 Closing Thoughts
January 26, 2018
Phylactery Session 2 Postcast
Phylactery Session 2 Postcast \u2022 In Watchers Cave \u2022 Down the mountain \u2022 What did I Learn
January 23, 2018
Phylactery Session 2 Precast
Phylactery Session 2 Precast \u2022 Ideas for today\u2019s adventure
January 23, 2018
EP 11 Monster Creation
EP 11 Crafting Monsters \u2022 Why a new monster? \u2022 Where to start \u2022 Mythology \u2022 GM Abilities Secret \u2022 In the dmg \u2022 Thanks for the call in \u2022 Critical Roll and Patreon
January 19, 2018
Phylactery Session 1 Postcast
Phylactery Session 1 Postcast \u2022 I really like D&D 5e \u2022 Post thoughts with thinking music
January 15, 2018
Phylactery Session 1 Precast
Phylactery Pre Show Session 1 \u2022 Missing Player \u2022 New Prep \u2022 New plot webs
January 15, 2018
EP 10 House Rules
EP 10 House Rules • Why do you need them? • When and how to apply them. • Designer House Rules. • How to present them. • EFP! • Answer to Hobbs • Wrap Up.
January 12, 2018
Phylactery Session 0
Session 0 New Setting \u2022 Why the new game. \u2022 Phylactery and campaign ideas \u2022 Magic vs Steel \u2022 Run down
January 7, 2018
EP 9 New Year. New Campaign?
EP 9 New Year. New Campaign? \u2022 Is it time? \u2022 The signs. \u2022 Talk to your group. \u2022 Ideas \u2022 Weave and Conventions
January 4, 2018
Dungeons and Story
EP 8 Dungeons and Story \u2022 Why and Who \u2022 Traps what are they good for? \u2022 Puzzles in tangible ways \u2022 NPCs are important \u2022 Closing Call in!
December 28, 2017
Ep 7 Convention Play
EP 7 Convention Play / GMing \u2022 Getting ready and Table Etiquette \u2022 Immersion and how to do it. \u2022 What I\u2019ll be doing at Midwinter and Non-Con \u2022 Plotted Adventures Season 1 FINISHES! \u2022 Adventure Hooks
December 19, 2017
Ep 6 Transparency Dec 8 2017
EP 6 Transparency Dec 8 2017 \u2022 Organized play and Community \u2022 X-Card in Play \u2022 From the Rocking Chair \u2022 The Last Iron choose your own adventure.
December 8, 2017
Ep 5 West Marches
Ep 5 West Marches \u2022 Why West Marches \u2022 The Breakdown \u2022 Handling rules for your system in WM \u2022 New Releases \u2022 Roll some dice \u2022 Uppercuts. Remember to call in and my Patreon Adventure Releases tonight!
November 30, 2017
Ep 4 New Rules
EP 4 New Rules \u2022 From the Rocking Chair \u2022 Ruler \u2022 Call in from Sean at Gaming & BS. Happy Thanksgiving from EFP. Now go roll some dice and drink a beer.
November 22, 2017
Ep 3 Twitch and Tabletop
In today\u2019s short cast I talk about twitch streaming and tabletop gaming. There is reference to Rollplay and there 5e round table discussion. If you haven\u2019t watched this I highly recommend it. Link below.
November 16, 2017
Ep 2 Brian Berg of TPK Games
Erik Frankhouse Presents a deep dive with Brian Berg owner of TPK Games. We talk bout running a business to how one gets into the industry.
November 10, 2017
Ep 1 Nov 7 2017 GameHoleCon
EFP Nov 9 2017 GameHoleCon \u2022 I love GameHoleCon \u2022 Closing and Podcasts!
November 10, 2017
EFP Nov 9 2017 GameHoleCon
Talk about my time at GameHoleCon and what I love about it. Don\u2019t forget to call in.
November 9, 2017
Drew Staton Voice Acting
Oct 11 2017 Voice Acting • 1hr interview with Drew Staton • Interview with Andrew Staton • Interview with Andrew Staton • Interview with Andrew Staton
October 12, 2017