Gaming and BS RPG Podcast
By Brett and Sean
Brett and Sean (BS) are two of your friends talking about tabletop roleplaying games. We don't take ourselves too seriously and don't always agree. That's our charm. Segments include Random Encounter to field comments from listeners, Main Topic, and Die Roll which is 2d4 links to gaming-related stuff.
Streaming on a Saturday morning, the boys got together to talk about some stuff. === Join Sean on Saturdays at 8am CT: http://how2rpg.com Discord: http://gamingandbs.com/discord Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/seanpkelley
January 13, 2023
Announcement: BSer Con 2
BSer Con 2: Electric Boogaloo is happening! Back by popular demand, we will be holding our virtual online #ttrpg convention in January 2023. Event submission and badge registration is open now. Head over to http://gamingandbs.com/bsercon for badges, dates, and more!
November 19, 2022
Until We Meet Again
The final episode of the show, we chose to do an AMA format. Thank you for all the questions. Special thanks to John for keeping us on the mics for just a little longer. Thank you to all the BSers! This one is dedicated to you. Random Encounter Voicemail from Jason Hobbs Mirko the Digitalhobbit...
June 30, 2022
What Have We Learned
We look back and reflect upon things we’ve learned over the last 7+ years. Random Encounter Chris Shorb calls in about Are They Lying? Email from my friend Chris D. Follow up email from Roger Brasslett about hanging it up Audio from Harrigan, friend and moderator of our Discord Die Roll Dwarven Fiasco Covenstead: A...
June 15, 2022
Are They Lying?
How the hell do you deal with lying in your rpgs? Lying NPCs that is, or lying PCs perhaps – not talking about out of game lying (e.g. “I swear it was Sean that took the last beer!”), but lying in your games. Announcements First episode of GM Mastermind dropped today. Go subscribe Random Encounter...
June 01, 2022
GBS Finale Trailer
Gaming and BS trailer leading up to the final episode – #384. Submit your questions for the AMA: https://gamingandbs.com/ama Join us LIVE on June 27th at 8pm CT/1am GMT
May 12, 2022
RPG Starter Sets
Is getting a rpg starter set worth purchasing or should you go straight to the core book? Announcements Thank you carlclare for the kind review GM Mastermind! Random Encounter Matt aka mgr comments on the last episode Duet Gaming Forrest comments on Duet Gaming Die Roll Trailhead from Discord: 150 Toothless Skulls in Mexico, Ancient...
May 11, 2022
Duet RPG Play
Duet gaming, or one game master and one player. Announcements End is near. After 7+ years and what will be 384+ episodes of the show, B and I have decided to retire. Random Encounter DM Cojo voicemail on save or die Die Roll Caught in the Backrooms – a little something by our friend Chad...
April 26, 2022
Brett GMs, Sean Player
Brett assumes the role as game master as Sean plays two characters in this short adventure. Only this time Brett talks about the decisions he makes and why, and he does it in real-time. Subscribe on iOS or Android so you don’t miss our next episode where we have a big news to share....
April 24, 2022
Vaesen, An Overview
Vaesen, a nordic horror rpg by Free League Publishing. You will find out why we like this rendition of a curated role-playing game. Fancy talk for what we’re about to divulge. Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail from Todd Crapper of Broken Ruler Games Jim F. emails about ep 377 using lore and setting...
April 02, 2022
Using Lore and Setting to Solve Issues
If you want the Players to engage with your lore/setting/cool stuff – you need to make that stuff part of the solution to their problems. The lore must be relevant to the adventure. If they can solve everything with their character sheet, they don’t need your setting. Unless the player(s) really like learning your lore,...
March 19, 2022
Story and Drama
Of all of the things that we steal from other art forms (e.g. movies, novels, TV, etc.) for our games, one of the things that would be most helpful would be to understand story structure, drama, and pacing. Developing and tuning our senses for these things will help us not only as GMs, but also...
March 04, 2022
Motivation, Believability, Immersion
We talk about making a setting/world believable for us/our players – helping to keep the verisimilitude working. But do we know what we need/want? I mean, what does it take for us to believe? What about the other players in the game? Perhaps we need to provide different things to different players to help them?...
February 20, 2022
RPG, The Rough Draft
One of the things we like to compare RPGs to is to novels, screenplays, etc. One of the things that we need to really understand and appreciate about this is that those products are HEAVILY edited, managed, and modified before they come to us. When we create an rpg adventure, campaign, or even a simple...
January 28, 2022
X-over Third Floor Wars
A special crossover episode. This week we feature an episode from Craig Shipman’s podcast Third Floor Wars. In this episode Craig interviews Sage LaTorra, co-creator of Dungeon World. Enjoy. Find more Third Floor Wars: Website: https://thirdfloorwars.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThirdFloorWars Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thirdfloorwars Subscribe on iOS or Android so you don’t miss our next episode. GamingandBS.com/Discord GamingandBS.com/Forums GamingandBS.com/Games...
January 14, 2022
Rival Adventuring Party
Rival adventuring party in your role-playing game, do you use them? How do you use them? It is obvious to the players they are a rival group? Announcements BSer Con event registration opens Jan 10 at noon CT Random Encounter Voicemail from Old School DM Warden sounds off on last episode DnD Success with a...
January 08, 2022
Random Encounter – 5e Success with Setback
An extended Random Encounter segment as we talk more about 5e success and failure. Announcements Change in release schedule Intro the show – sign up BSer Con Evercon – website Arcadia – website Random Encounter Stephen Dragonspawn phones in a couple – bad dice Edwin emails us about Bad Dice Old School DM comments on...
December 30, 2021
Multiple NPC’s in the Same Scene
Multiple NPC’s in the same scene can cause the game master to have a conversation with themselves. The players will want to know who is who. Thanks Edwin Nagy for inspiration on this one. Announcements BSer Con – submit your events. Event submission closes Jan 3rd. https://gamingandbs.com/bsercon Random Encounter Eric J comments on Good Dice...
December 23, 2021
When Good Dice Go Bad
What do we do when the dice turn on us? How to have fun even if the randomizer of choice fails us. Announcements BSer Con – event submission closes Jan 3, 2022 Introsignup Die Roll The Wachterhaus Crypt, dnd5e adventure. Expands on events from St. Andral’s Feast in Curse of Strahd on DMs Guild ...
December 16, 2021
Confusion Ignorance Discovery
One of the things that can be very frustrating for our players is when they feel confused or ignorant. Sometimes though, being ignorant and working towards clarity is pretty necessary for the game to work. Announcements BSer Con – submit your events. Random Encounter Rory comments on episode 368 Hack Job or No Voicemail from...
December 11, 2021
RPG Hack Job or No
Do we only want a solid core mechanic and then we lean on outside skills or ideas? In short, how much do we like to tinker/develop mechanics ourselves? We talk about the RPG hack job. Announcements BSer Con – Submit your events! Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail from DM Cojo Edwin Nagy writes...
December 03, 2021
Choose, RPG Setting or System
What makes us interested in a tabletop rpg? Is it the role-playing game setting(s), or is it the rpg system? Announcements BSer Con Random Encounter Gabe comments on ep 366 handling multiple expectations at the table Davy W writes in Laramie comments on Limiting PC Creation Options for Sake of Tone LordBob comments on Limiting...
November 24, 2021
Multiple Expectations at the RPG Table
What happens when you have more than one set of expectations/desires at the table? Have one person who doesn’t care if their PC dies early or often, another never wants to die, another wants to just have combat encounters, someone else only wants to role-play…. Announcements BSer Con badge registration and event submission open now...
November 12, 2021
Limiting PC Options to Preserve Tone
Maintaining tone in a #ttrpg is one of the hardest things to maintain – Sometimes creating limits to player character generation options can help enforce and maintain this through the campaign. Announcements BSer Con – submit your events. Random Encounter Matt Bohnhoff emails us on The End is Near Voice mail from Chris Shorb Die...
November 05, 2021
Save or Die!
Brett is running some AD&D and one of the features (bugs?) in this game is the Save or Die situation. Some folks hate this and others enjoy it. Where are we? Announcements BSer Con is underway with registration and event submission!! Head to gamingandbs.com/bsercon . It’s virtual/online Jan 28-30, 2022. Random Encounter Jim, inspiration for...
October 29, 2021
How Do We Organize as GM’s
How are Sean and Brett organizing their GM stuff? campaigns, sessions, etc. Anything not working? How much is a matter of having to use the tools and use the tools (practice)? Thanks to patron Jim I. for the inspiration! Announcements IntroSignUp – Thank you Angus, check out Kirby’s Kids Podcast: https://bit.ly/3Gjv6My Project BS: Delta Green...
October 21, 2021
The End is Near
What are the Up and Down sides to knowing when a campaign is going to end? “Well… this is the last session so…” “We only have X more sessions” Does any of this impact how we plan, play, run? Announcements Project BS Random Encounter Bob L. writes in on episode 361 and Brett’s Dungeon E...
October 08, 2021
End Goal in Mind
Location Encounters are sometimes a bit of a special beast. How in-depth do we make them? How big? How much time does that party want to spend here? How many game sessions are we ready have in this location? Sean and I got to talking about building and using dungeons and other such locations where...
September 30, 2021
No Right Answer
One of the key things that make a TTRPG a TTRPG is that there is no “Right Answer” for nearly everything. By that I mean – when you have any encounter, there are quite nearly unlimited options for how you will solve it. No two groups will play through the same adventure the same way....
September 23, 2021
Don’t Tell Me What Play
How do we nicely discuss the topic of “you should play X game instead of Y game” so that we don’t come across as snobbish assholes? “I want to play X type of game with Y system” is often met with, “Then you shouldn’t play that system, you need this better system.” Announcements Project BS:...
September 18, 2021
You Meet in a Tavern
It’s a classic rpg trope. You all meet in a tavern, but it doesn’t have to be boring or the same every time you use it. Besides, there are other ways to bring your role-playing game party of characters together. Announcements Project BS: The Delta Green Experiment Sign up for some games Random Encounter Harrigan...
September 11, 2021
Always Be Prepping
Always be prepping rpg’s. Many people don’t think Brett does any prep for his games, but that’s not necessarily true. Announcements Delta Green Experiment – we’ve chosen Hourglass (print / pdf) as our adventure. Next phase: Pick the dates and times for the game Gameholecon.com Random Encounter Chris Shorb leaves voicemail on dedication vs serious....
September 03, 2021
Using an image to portray the scene. Montage boards, throwing a picture down on the table or simply describing it to the players. Announcements Project BS: The Delta Green Experiment Third Floor Wars hosts Streets of Avalon game with Brett. Friday, Aug 27th at 8pm CT US Random Encounter David B. emails on homework and commitment...
August 27, 2021
Player Homework RPG’s
Players in rpg’s don’t read the handouts, or read the GM notes about the setting or home rules, how much homework should they do? Announcements Event registration is under way for Gamehole Con Avalon game – Friday, June 27th at 8pm on Twitch Random Encounter Harrigan, Rory, Vece and FeelinGoodLouis comment on Delta Green Initiative...
August 21, 2021
BS To Run The Same RPG
Sean and I have been talking about running the same game with the same adventure to see who’s better… actually, just to compare notes on how things are going, talk about how we’re approaching things, and see if we can learn from each other.So, let’s see if we can setting on a system and an...
August 12, 2021
Dedicated vs Serious RPG’ers
Sean and I take this hobby seriously – more seriously than some other folks do. What happens when there are differences in dedication between folks in a group? Should folks like Sean and I cut some slack to those who don’t take it as seriously/dedicated as we do? Announcements Gamehole Con events – 10 under...
August 07, 2021
RPG Player Feedback
RPG player feedback is not often considered. It is a little different from giving game masters feedback. We talk about it. Announcements Gamehole Con Random Encounter Stephen Dragonspawn emails us on Retcon Deputy Dragonspawn, of the BSPD I believe that you may have forgotten to mention that players often times have the ability to retcon...
July 29, 2021
Breaking the Fourth Wall
Getting information to our players and to our GMs can be challenging. We want to do it in character, or as a character. Sometimes it’s just easier to break the 4th wall. Announcements Gamehole Con Random Encounter Timothy Stone calls one in Timothy Stone calls one in Edwin emails us on hex crawls Edwin emails...
July 23, 2021
RPG Retcon, revise. A piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events. Announcements Sean submitted a game for Gamehole Con Brett has submitted 3 games for Gamehole! Email sent out. You didn’t get it? Sign up here Edwin Nagy is needing BS’er feedback, go here to provide it Random Encounter...
July 17, 2021
Pull Mechanics In From Other RPG’s
You appreciate the thing that one rpg does but you prefer to run another game. Why not pull in a mechanic from one system into another? Thanks Cojo for the inspiration. Announcements Sean and Brett submitting games to Gamehole Con Email about to go out. Sign up here Random Encounter Timothy Stone calls in about...
July 08, 2021
The Thing About RPG Editions
Thing about rpg editions is we look back at older editions and find things familiar, that we miss. Newer editions could bring ingenuity, a certain pragmatism or mechanics that make better sense. Announcements Gamehole Con registration opens July 1st! Random Encounter Email from Ty Email from Ty Hey guys I really love the show. As...
July 01, 2021
Lessons Learned Running an RPG
Brett wonders what kind of lessons did Sean learn when running one his most recent games. A GM’s journey is never over. Announcements Let’s play! Topic on Discord and Forums. Gamehole Con, come have fun! Random Encounter Sky comments on Discord about episode 345 modifying combats on the fly Sky comments on Discord about episode...
June 28, 2021
Being a Better TTRPG Player
Being a better ttrpg player, it doesn’t have to always fall to the game master to produce a great gaming experience. Announcements Let’s play! Topic on Discord and Forums. Jim Fitzpatrick will be running a Sign Language game at Gamehole Con 2021! Random Encounter Todd Broken Ruler Games comments on modifying encounters on the fly...
June 21, 2021
Modifying Combat Encounters on the Fly
You plan a combat encounter, but the party walks through it, or it knocks them down too quickly. We talk about modifying encounters on the fly. Thanks to Eric Salzwedel for the inspiration! Announcements Gamehole Con register an event under Gaming and BS. Official plushie is the Blink Dog! Random Encounter Todd Crapper comments on...
June 10, 2021
Streaming or Recording Actual Play
Streaming or recording rpg actual play takes a different approach to how might run your game. It all depends on why you want to do it. Announcements Get your events into Gamehole Con. Consider running under GBS banner! Random Encounter Email from Mark Tasaka Email from Mark Tasaka Hi Sean, I would like to wish...
June 07, 2021
Expecting Too Much from RPG’s
RPG’s, source of joy, friendship, creativity, and much more. But for some of us they can become an obsession and possibly a crutch. We try and find the perfect game. Are we expecting too much? Announcements Let’s play! Topic on Discord and Forums.Submit events to Gamehole Con under GBS banner Random Encounter Voicemail from Timothy...
May 28, 2021
Changing the RPG Setting
Jared Rascher broke Brett’s Avalon cosmology by changing the rpg setting! Why isn’t Brett mad about that? Let’s talk about what Jared did, why it’s pretty cool, and what ideas/lessons we can learn from this. Changing the RPG setting can be done. Make it your game. Will the changes make sense? Does it matter? We...
May 20, 2021
Overview of Symbaroum by Free League Publishing
Overview of Symbaroum, the dark, gritty, and deadly tabletop rpg by Free League Publishing. We briefly touch on the mechanics and the setting. Announcements Let’s play! Want to try a new game, or play with other members of the BS community? Forbidden Lands – Year Zero Engine on How2RPG youtube channel Random Encounter Jared Rascher...
May 12, 2021
The Game Master Saying No
A game master can say no when running a tabletop rpg. It doesn’t always have to be ‘yes and’ or ‘no but’. For the sanctity of the game! Announcements Let’s play! Topic on Discord and Forums. Gamehole Con even submission opened May 1st. Third Floor Wars runs Brett and Sean through Blades in the Dark,...
May 06, 2021
Horror, Tension, Suspense
Games with horror, tension and suspense are not always easy to run, or play. Setting the tone of these games is not always that easy given that many of us play games outside the genre and for fun. Whereas these games may need a level of seriousness in order to ‘get it right’. Announcements GameholeCon...
April 29, 2021
The Game Group
The rpg game group, dynamics can make or break your game – be it one shot or long-term campaign. Casual conversation on game groups. ad: The Streets of Avalon Random Encounter Beerleaguer comments on Beyond Your Table Beerleaguer comments on Beyond Your Table Sean and Brett: First off, big thanks for the Podcast and the...
April 23, 2021
Beyond Your Table
Implementing something new into your home group’s role-playing game may be different than incorporating it into a game somewhere else. Announcements Let’s play! Topic on Discord and Forums. Sean is playing Mork Borg Saturday, April 17th – 9am CT gamingandbs.com/twitch Gamehole Con – start thinking of games you want to run Random Encounter Welcome first...
April 15, 2021
POWER of the MOOK
Power of the mook in rpg’s. They can be cannon fodder, but let us get creative in how we use mooks in our games. Announcements Gamehole Con – let us know if you’re willing to run a game under our banner. We’ll ensure your game is full, and maybe a token of appreciation. Random Encounter...
April 08, 2021
World of Darkness
World of Darkness, a tabletop rpg that Brett ran for 15 years. He talks about the setting, the mechanics and why it appeals to some gamers. Announcements Gamehole Con, housing options opens April 1, 2021 Brett’s interview on Third Floor Wars podcast Random Encounter Mark ‘official BS archivist’ Dawson on Why all the Hate Mark ‘official BS...
April 01, 2021
Why All the Hate, Sean?
Why does Sean hate D&D 5th edition? There has to be a reason for this. Maybe it’s the skills, classes or races. Does he really hate it? Announcements Gamehole Con has ordered posters and plans an in-person convention this fall. Random Encounter Akodoken comments on RPG’s that Influenced Our Play Akodoken comments on RPG’s that...
March 25, 2021
RPG’s That Changed Our Play
You play D&D, but then you come across that one rpg, or two, or three, that really changes how you play or run a role-playing game. Thanks to Blake Ryan for the inspiration. Random Encounter Tom comments on RPG PURGE Tom comments on RPG PURGE I’ve done this twice. Once when I realized my RPG...
March 18, 2021
The mighty rpg purge. How do you determine what to keep and what to unload? Sometimes it’s easy to decide. Simply look at the role-playing games you haven’t played in a while or have lost it’s luster, sell, trade or donate them. Do you ever have regrets on getting rid of that rpg? Why do...
March 12, 2021
You are about to play a supers game, but aren’t into comics of movies. That’s just an example. Do you do anything special when you’re about to play in a genre or system unfamiliar to you? Thanks to Jim Fitzpatrick for the topic! Announcements Let’s play! Topic on Discord and Forums. Visit gamingandbs.com/games Arcadia Magazine...
March 05, 2021
Moving Past the Example in RPG’s
A rpg player gets stuck. GM says “you could do…” The player now hangs on to GM’s example. How do you get the player to move past the example? Announcements Find a game, run a game. Link Brett was a guest on Craig Shipman’s “THIRD FLOOR WARS – Tabletop Talk” – due out in April/May...
February 25, 2021
Inject Homewbrew into Prepublished Adventures
Using prepublished adventures are handy, but may not facilitate the character development you seek. But you can inject homebrew elements into your prepublished module and make it your own. Announcements Gaming Moot and Roundtable help you find a new game to play and meet other BS’ers. Link. Brett will be a guest on Craig Shipman’s...
February 18, 2021
Slow Burn vs Hot Start in RPG’s
Slow burn lay out everything up front. Hot start or in media res, getting right into the action. Opening an rpg with either has its benefits. Random Encounter The Warden comments on Deploying Lore The Warden comments on Deploying Lore There are typically two approaches I like to use when it comes to providing setting...
February 13, 2021
BBS021 Forbidden Lands with Phil Vecchione
Forbidden Lands is a tabletop RPG by Free League Publishing. Sean is about to run a short campaign and taps Phil Vecchione to provide some insight. Phil has been running Forbidden Lands for over a year and the original player characters are still alive. Phil Vecchione is no stranger to Gaming and BS. He’s been...
February 06, 2021
Right? Plot coupon, where you have to go around and collect a plot point from NPC’s before you can move to the next step in an rpg scenario. It’s one of Brett’s favorite things to do in tabletop role-playing game! Random Encounter Voicemail from Kyle on Deploying Lore Voicemail from Kyle on Deploying Lore Email...
February 06, 2021
Not So Supers
Sean is not a fan of supers rpg’s. Brett is not a fan of the hex crawl. We ask ourselves why and would there be any way to open up our minds. Random Encounter - Voicemail from Craig Shipment, and an offer! - Voicemail from Kyle - DM Cojo on Playing Pretend - Deploy the love... email from Stephen Dragonspawn - Matt H. on pre-written adventures vs homebrew Die Roll - Craig’s Youtube – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYOGZIpC-07NtWr-xBm8zm9aV3oA4HPM7 - Akodoken’s product – https://adventureaweek.com/shop/5th-edition/5e-fantasy-grounds/5e-mini-dungeon-157-hadrims-maze-2/ Subscribe on iOS or Android so you don’t miss our next episode. Join Us... GamingandBS.com/Discord GamingandBS.com/Forums GamingandBS.com/Patreon GamingandBS.com/Twitch GamingandBS.com/Youtube
January 28, 2021
Ways to Deploy Lore
Conveying rpg lore to your players. You can give them the mongo journal you created, but there may be other ways to deploy lore in your tabletop rpg. Thanks to Billarnold on the forums for the inspiration on this one. Random Encounter DM Matt emails us on Brett using different ability for skill checks DM...
January 14, 2021
Playing pretend allowed us to be a cop or robber or doctor or superhero when were kids. Now we play role-playing games and sometimes forget we’re taking on a role. Lets go back and play pretend! Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo Voicemail from DM Cojo Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail from Chris Shorb Email...
January 09, 2021
Spot Hidden, Perception, Notice
Spott hidden in Call of Cthuhlu, perception in Dungeons and Dragons, maybe it’s notice in other games. Some game masters will find these skills to be a royal pain in the ass. You tell the player that they need to roll the skill to see or hear something. What if they fail the check, and the failure brings the...
January 01, 2021
Team spirit, yes we have it, how bout you? Is Dungeons and Dragons a team game? Certainly it is a collaborative rpg. You need to rely on different class abilities in order to overcome obstacles and have your character survive. Little argument there, but what about being an actual team game, with mechanics, or incentives,...
December 25, 2020
Codified Rules in RPG’s
Some tabletop role-playing games can have a LOT of rules and mechanics. We can often use them or not. Pick what you want, leave what you don’t. But! There may be advantages to codifying rules for your rpg. Announcements New Avalon product on DTRPG – Avalon Trinkets Exploring Eberron giveaway, enter your email here: https://gamingandbs.com/explore-eberron ...
December 12, 2020
Healing in Table-top RPG’s
Every PC hurts, sometimes. Healing in table-top role-playing games. You can use spells, scrolls, potions, but then there’s the long and short rests. A combat lasts 2-3 minutes. The party is wasted. You hear it come from the players, “we rest!” Are there other ways to handle the 5 minute work day of an adventurer?...
December 03, 2020
Some Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
Brett throws some Advanced Dungeons & Dragons at his home group and realizes how it is turning his game into something different. This isn’t to talk about the rules of AD&D, but to offer insight into how the game provides a different experience for his game group and how Brett runs the fantasy rpg. Announcements Giving a...
November 27, 2020
Audio in Tabletop Role-playing Games
Audio in tabletop role-playing games can certainly help with immersion. You can use looping music for background ambiance, or you can use sound effects for things occurring within your game, examples include the crackle of a fire place, sounds of laser guns, battle noises with swords clanging and much more. Does it ever become too...
November 13, 2020
Game Master Screen Today
Game master screens, we talked about them in the past. Do we use a GM screen or do we not? But times have changed as we start to do more gaming via online – Zoom, Discord, Skype…has the purpose of the GM screen changed with the times? Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb on GM...
November 06, 2020
Game Master Is Not A Player
Of course the game master is considered a player in a traditional tabletop role-playing game. They just have a different role with different duties and responsibilities. Seriously, being the game master is no joke. You schedule games, maintain order at the table, paint the picture, become well-versed in the rules, create or present the setting....
October 29, 2020
Cursed items in tabletop role-playing games can make for some pretty shitty situations for player characters. “OH! Yeah, you’re always at minus two to hit.” That can suck. However, there are other ways to make cursed items quirky, fun, laughable yet not too obnoxious. Thanks Ahzad for the inspiration! Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration...
October 22, 2020
Losing in RPG’s
Losing in RPG’s, some say it’s not a thing. But aren’t there times when we feel like we lose in tabletop role-playing games? Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Random Encounter Feedback from the forums on Changing How You GM Idahogamer Great episode gentleman! I enjoyed hearing the ideas on how...
October 16, 2020
Changing How You Game Master
An introspective episode on how Sean wants to become a better game master. Maybe you’ve considered making a change. What would lead you to change how you game master? What things do you want to eliminate from your style? What aspects would you want to start incorporating more into your role-playing games? Do you have...
October 08, 2020
Game Mastering on the Fly
Game mastering a role-playing game on the fly is not easy. Familiarity, practice and some brief quiet time certainly helps. Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail from Chris Shorb Matt V. comments on GM’ing for Money Matt V. comments on GM’ing for Money Hey guys, hope life finds you well! Keep meaning to write...
October 03, 2020
Game Mastering for Money
Game mastering for money. Turning your passion for roleplaying games into a profession. How much to charge. What to expect. Thanks to Dayminkaynin for posting it on our forums. Random Encounter Todd Crapper of Broken Ruler Games sends in a voicemail on Descriptions on Demand Todd Crapper of Broken Ruler Games sends in a voicemail...
September 23, 2020
We spend a lot of time talking about dealing with different issues, problems, players, and styles at the rpg table, but we don’t often talk about Trust. How important is it for the group? Let’s talk about it. Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Voicemail...
September 19, 2020
Easy Wins in RPG’s
Easy wins are not about killing the big bad. But we do spend a lot of time talking about “The Big Bad” in our games, helping to make those encounters/fights/etc the best they can be. But, how much value do we put on those easy or quick wins in our games? Those times the party...
September 10, 2020
Descriptions on Demand in RPG’s
Descriptions on Demand in tabletop rpg’s. We’re not always comfortable, especially in a new game, when the GM gives us the talking stick and asks us to make something up on the spot about their game world. Here’s an article that references this approach: https://thealexandrian.net/wordpress/44891/roleplaying-games/gm-dont-list-11-description-on-demand So… what do we think about this? From Roger Brasslett...
September 04, 2020
Making Thieves Interesting
Making thieves in tabletop rpg’s more interesting is going beyond just picking pockets and opening locks. Inspired from a post from Grotonomu. Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Heroes Save Villages, charity game on August 29th at 4pm cdt on Hobbs665 Twitch channel,staring Jason Hobbs (Hobbs and Friends), Kevin Madison (Dungeon...
August 29, 2020
Brett Takes D&D Survey
Producers of Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast, put out a survey to better understand tabletop gamers and their preferences. Sean thinks it would be interesting to have Brett take the survey. If you have not taken the rpg survey, we encourage you to do so, but feel free to answer the questions out loud...
August 22, 2020
Why Do Player Characters Wander Off
We talk about this all the time, the idea that player characters like to go off the map, make a choice that sends the GM scrambling for what to do – they want to get off the Sean Train and take a tour of the forested hills “Over there, that spot on the map…” Why...
August 14, 2020
RPG Campaign Talk
You want to run an rpg campaign. Your players roll up characters and you do a few intro adventures but realize you don’t have anything long-term. Setting up an rpg campaign. Thanks to Tom for bringing this up. Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Delta Green: Music from a Darkened Room...
August 07, 2020
Dungeon crawls. Confined spaces for your rpg player characters to adventure through. The concept Brett comes up with doesn’t mean it has to be a dark, dank, underground structure. Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Delta Green starts July 30th with session zero, tune in on Twitch.tv/gaming_and_bs at 8pm cdt Random...
July 31, 2020
Monsters as Monsters
Sometimes, it’s ok to have monsters simply be monsters that need to be fought. Not everything the PCs go up against needs to be fraught with moral dilemmas. There are times when we treat monsters as monsters. Announcements Virtual Gamehole Con event registration and badges available now. Sean won an all inclusive copy of Burn...
July 15, 2020
Build Your Own RPG System
The topic of GM Style has lead Brett down a potentially dangerous path – the poor bastard is thinking of building his own rpg system! *shudder* So, let’s ask ourselves – why the hell would anyone do such a thing? Announcements Chases coming to How 2 RPG please subscribe. Gamehole Virtual Con moves forward for...
July 11, 2020
Relying on NPC’s
I’ve been thinking about PCs relying too much on NPCs. In a couple games I’ve been running/playing in, it seems like almost every time a question gets asked or a decision has to be made, the PCs say, “What does the NPC think? Does the NPC know the solution?” Basically, the PCs want to follow...
July 02, 2020
Game Master Style
Game Master’s style, it’s not about whether a game master is good or bad. It’s about the things they do. One GM may be strict rules-as-written, another may go with the flow at the table. We all have our own style. Random Encounter Mike Watkins sends in voicemail about spell components and resources Mike Watkins...
June 26, 2020
All About Resources Part 2
Episode 296 it was all about the resources in tabletop rpg’s. We talked about the idea of tracking gear and food and such as a possible way to help make certain adventures/stories fun. Now let’s see if we can come up with some methods for tracking this stuff so it’s not too much work. Random...
June 20, 2020
BS’ers Are Smarter Than BS
This episode is full of good feedback on previous topics. It proves BS’ers are smarter than BS.
June 13, 2020
All About the Resources
Ok, I have 3 torches; rations, iron, 2 weeks; 1 waterskin and 20 arrows. We know the ruins are a week’s journey, one way. Time passes. Now you are down to 5 arrows, no water, and the bear ate your food, what do you do? This is a different type of game, but what challenges does it present to players? What now drives the direction? Instead of taking the road, we should probably travel along the river, but we know what lurks near the river… Connect with us... GamingandBS.com/Forums GamingandBS.com/Twitch GamingandBS.com/Twitter GamingandBS.com/Facebook GamingandBS.com/Instagram GamingandBS.com/Discord
June 06, 2020
Applying Pressure on PC’s, Part 2
In episode 294 we talked about applying pressure to the player characters in order to add a sense of tension. We never outlined how to apply pressure and tension. We make an attempt at doing that in this episode. Next Episode Subscribe on iOS or Android so you don’t miss our next episode. GamingandBS.com/Forums GamingandBS.com/Twitch...
May 30, 2020
Applying Pressure to PC’s
Walking through the woods and you come across a “insert creature here”. Fight it, win. But what about applying more pressure to pc’s? “You are in a spaceship, the engines are out, there’s a creature making its way down the corridor and you have been poisoned with the antidote three decks below you.” Keep things...
May 22, 2020
Skill Piling in Tabletop RPG’s
Skill piling in tabletop rpg’s, the fail and subsequent “I check” from another player, and another, and another. We list examples, determine if it’s a good idea, and whether it apply to all role-playing games. Announcements Event registration for Gamehole Con is live. Nov 5-8th, 2020 Con of Champions, May 23-25, online. Proceeds go to...
May 14, 2020
Low Fantasy Gaming the RPG
Low Fantasy Gaming is the title of an actual role-playing game by Pick Pocket Press. We have Jason Hobbs from Hobbs ‘n Friends podcast to provide us some insight to this cool fantasy rpg. Is this an OSR type of game? System only – no setting? The Midlands, Adventure Frameworks Versions of the game (“standard/original” v....
May 09, 2020
RPG Campaign Not The Same Across Groups
“This is something I’ve fallen prey to. If you decide to run a campaign for your group that you’ve previously run for another group…be very careful. Your expectations are going to run along with what the previous group did. I can guarantee you the new group will probably go in a direction you never thought...
May 02, 2020
In D&D 5e, what does a shortbow, spear, javelin, trident and hand crossbow all have in common? That’s right, they do the same amount of damage. Why do we, in certain games, have such “detail” of weapon types that all do the same damage? While we start with weapon damage, we get off that a...
April 25, 2020
Mothership Sci-Fi Horror RPG
Sean has talked about Mothership before, and is/has run a game for some BS’ers so let’s dig into this game and see what we can learn from Sean. Mothership is a tabletop role-playing game of sci-fi horror published by Tuesday Night Games. If you like John Carpenter’s The Thing, or Alien(s) movies, you’ll appreciate Mothership. Announcements Brett running Streets of...
April 18, 2020
Changes for Playing Tabletop RPG’s Online
We are going to be running some games for Patrons of the show, and lots of folks are running tabletop rpg’s online, so we wanted to talk about some of the behaviors that gamers need to be aware of, and possibly change, to help make these on-line sessions the most fun they can be. Need...
April 11, 2020
GM’s Making Die Rolls for Players
Sometimes it may be a better idea for the GM to roll some dice for the players – like those time when your ninja is trying to move silently, or your Street Samurai is trying to hear if anything is behind the door, or maybe your wizard is trying to spot the book that has...
April 04, 2020
Non-combat Encounters in RPG’s
Non-combat encounters in RPG’s… Don’t make encounters about “combat”. What are our thoughts on that? Asks Sky. Create an encounter, it’s up to the players if they make it combat-based…but not always. We also touch on resolving the encounter, typically social in nature. https://forums.gamingandbs.com/t/286-non-combat-encounter-design/524 Announcements Survey to gauge interest in playing online with Brett, Sean...
March 24, 2020
Ideal Game Group
The ideal game group for role-playing games is more than just the perfect amount of participants. It encompasses a wide array of things like types of players, the games you play, whether you game master or play, whether you have game masters as players. Of course we don’t want bad players at the table, but...
March 20, 2020
Innovations in RPG Delivery and Presentation
The year? 2020. The tabletop industry at its core is still books, pen, paper, and dice. PDF’s are just electronic versions of role-playing game books. With all the technical advances in today’s modern era, are there different ways of delivering and presenting rpg’s? Announcements Survey to gauge interest in playing online with Brett, Sean and...
March 14, 2020
Audio in RPG’s
Brett and Sean had a couple people comment on our forums, here, and here, about the use of audio for your rpg. Whether it is a soundtrack that helps paint the scene or if it’s ambient sound that sets mood…we touch on it. Announcements Brett steps down from Evercon Leadership role. Survey to gauge interest...
March 08, 2020
Practice Playing RPG’s
Sometimes, there’s no shortcut for experience. We talked with Tim D about this a bit when we had him on to talk AS&SH. We need to try and do and keep trying and doing to get good at something. It’s been said you need 10,000 hours to be proficient at a skill. Does this apply...
March 01, 2020
Player Character Health
We’ve chatted about player character health before, but Brett thought he’d bring it back up as part of the “things I learned” from his Delta Green game around lethality and tracking damage. When a game is lethal it seems to be logical for GMs and Players to want to know exactly what part of a...
February 23, 2020
Brett’s New Approach To His Upcoming Role-playing Game
Brett is trying something new with his upcoming home game. We start with talking about campaign length but divert to the aforementioned change in Brett’s rpg. Random Encounter Laramie on Folklore Foes Laramie comments on the forums about Folklore Foes COMMENTS!!! I know I for one don’t really care when the show is recorded or...
February 16, 2020
Folklore Foes – how can we use the aspects of folklore monsters/foes to make our encounters new and fresh? Take a creature and give it different immunities and vulnerabilities. Inspired by Zee Bashew’s video on youtube. Random Encounter Josh Wallace writes in his favorite house rule Hail and well met! I’m a bit behind on...
February 08, 2020
Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea
We talk about Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea role-playing game, by Jeffrey Talanian. But we need some help so we enlist our friend, and big fan of the game, Tim Deschene! From Hyperborea.TV: “Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea is sword-and-sorcery role-playing at its pinnacle. Now in its second edition, AS&SH™ has been expanded to...
February 02, 2020
Backing an RPG Kickstarter
A lot of role-playing gamers have backed a gaming/rpg product on Kickstarter. What products are available? Why do you choose to back a specific rpg Kickstarter project? Thanks to Peter and Alex for the suggestion! Announcements Avalon Adventures on DTRPG Random Encounter Harrigan writes in to clear up GM intrusions Alright, just to set something straight...
January 25, 2020
Sean Writes In
Sean realizes just how complicated running an RPG encounter can be for anyone, but especially those new to the hobby. This and Random Encounters! Announcements Avalon Adventures on DTRPG #5 Tabletop RPG Talk Podcast of 2019 on EnWorld Random Encounter Sean comments on the forums Check it here. As I was running the group through this...
January 19, 2020
Books for Game Masters In Your Toolbox
What system neutral GM aids you keep in your toolbox, to help you craft your games and worlds? Do you have any that you find yourself coming back to time and again? Announcements Avalon Adventures on DTRPG Random Encounter Gabe aka Eirvit on our forums commented on about The Next Game The metaphor I devised for...
January 12, 2020
The Next Game
“The fallacy that ‘the next game’ is the one that will make you happy. It’s nearly identical to the consumer fallacy that the next thing you buy is the thing that will make you happy. Until you ‘fix’ the game you are in and learn how to have fun NOW, the next game is simply...
January 01, 2020
Consequences in Role-playing Games
Consequences in role-playing games. We talk a lot about how “If the PC or Player does something ‘stupid’ they should pay the price for it’ – but is one way of doing this better than another? Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great to have more! Grab a copy...
December 26, 2019
House Rules Part 2
Last episode (271) we spoke about house rules in rpg’s. We got some pretty good feedback on the topic. Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great to have more! Grab a copy of IRON SHOES and BLACKSMITH’S FOLLY written by Bart Bochinski Random Encounter George Sedgwick hit us up...
December 22, 2019
House Rules in Role-playing Games
House or home rules. What games do you implement your house rules? Do they make the game system better. Are there times that a house rule works across different role-playing games? Thanks to Peter Isaacs for the suggestion. Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great to have more! Avalon...
December 14, 2019
How Much Role-Playing Game Prep?
Has tabletop role-playing game prep changed for us over the years? If so, why? It depends on the game. Be it a one shot, a campaign or con event, game prep may be different for each. Thanks James for posing the question. Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great...
December 03, 2019
Team Player or Lone Wolf
PCs Operating as a Team v. as Individuals Some games seem to promote individual play as much as group play – some players seem to thrive/enjoy doing private adventures in and amongst other groups. What are our experiences with this? Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great to have...
November 29, 2019
What Do We Want To See Out of New RPGs
We often talk about mechanics, settings, options, and features of an role-playing game system that we like or don’t like, but is there something that we wish was out there that we’ve not found yet? I mean… what’s the next development in gaming that we’re waiting to have someone build? Announcements Evercon.org – some BSer’s...
November 16, 2019
Learning from a Con and Book Formats
Not a recap of Gamehole Con, but we learned some things. We also talk about book formats in the rpg hobby. This latter piece inspired by Ray Otus. Announcements Thank you to all the BSer’s Evercon.org – some BSer’s are running games at the con, be great to have more! Avalon Random Encounter Trevor Davis...
November 09, 2019
Now Hold It Right There
Running a role-playing game for young teenagers presents a certain set of challenges. DM Cojo has a voicemail where he shares his observations. “No, Little Johnny, you can’t be a half-orc barbarian. Ok, little Sally, you can’t just fly”…or can you? Announcements Evercon.org – Robert is running Five Torches, DCC, and AS&SH Avalon KS –...
October 31, 2019
Tracking Player Character Wealth
Tracking wealth, aka the treasure, of player characters, is it needed? How do you do it? “Tired of tracking coins and individual purchases for player characters in role-playing games, I’ve experimented with several other methods that abstract wealth. It’s more a matter of what standard of living the PCs can afford. Anything appropriate to that...
October 24, 2019
Description Expectations in RPG’s
Descriptions in rpg’s. How to align the way the game master and players exchange information. An example: “I’m looking for any irregularities in the walls, drafts, breaks in the mortar” versus “I search the room”. Thanks to Matt Seiberlich for the topic suggestion. Announcements Evercon.org Random Encounter From Mike H. – looking for advice Jello...
October 19, 2019
Sub-Optimal Play in RPG’s
Sub-optimal behavior is core to tabletop role-playing games. Matt Colville mentions this in his Running the Game #56 and I figured we should discuss it Random Encounter Jared Rascher comments on Why So Serious? Steve Orlik has an epiphany and character sheets Goblins Henchmen calls in all serious Chris Schorb calls in about strongholds and his...
October 13, 2019
Brett’s Delta Green
“I started my Delta Green game”, says Brett. Oooh, that sounds fun. What do you have going on? Announcements Evercon.org – Events, T-shirts, and discounted badges Random Encounter Blake Ryan on RPG Character Sheets Jeff Goad replies to Why So Serious? DM Cojo asks how to help a younger player GM for adults Die Roll...
October 01, 2019
Why So Serious?
RPGs can be taken very, very seriously. Sometimes, we don’t even understand that someone at our table is taking it as seriously as they are. We share our personal perspectives and we touch on whether you can separate the art from the artist! Random Encounter Laramie Wall on RPG Character Sheets Ian writes in about...
September 28, 2019
RPG Character Sheets
The mighty role-playing game character sheet. It’s at the core of almost every rpg that has been published. There’s the presentation of the character sheet. Some help you understand the game. We talk about them. Announcements Sean put up an unboxing of Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set on Youtube Random Encounter John M writes...
September 21, 2019
Sean’s Cthulhu Game – 2
Brett wanted to check in on Sean’s Call of Cthulhu role-playing game as he continues to get players through the greatest rpg campaign ever written, Masks of Nyarlathotep! Announcements Forums! Evercon.org Gameholecon.com Random Encounter Laramie writes in about cheating at the table Al Evans on the forum had interesting story about a cheater Ray Otus...
September 10, 2019
Genre Blending in Role-Playing Games
Cojo asked us to talk about Genre Blending in role-playing games: “I wanted to get your opinion on blending genres in your gaming… Personally, I am a huge fan of genre mash-ups. I love games that mix genres such as Rifts, Dungeon Crawl Classics, the Spelljammer campaign setting, or Call of Cthulhu. I am also...
September 07, 2019
Cheating in Role-Playing Games
Cheating in rpg’s, or as Brett puts it “what the f#$% is wrong with some people?” We talk about different ways people have tried to cheat and how you can approach people you know, not suspect, is cheating. Announcements FORUMS! Are here! Go get your username and introduce yourself. Be sure to check your spam...
August 31, 2019
Art in Role-Playing Games
Art has has such an impact on the rpg hobby. It not only conveys what the game may be about, but it evokes a feeling. It can be space ships, adventurers, discovering treasure, combat, action, and much, much more. It also ties a brand together. Be sure to look at your podcatcher as you listen...
August 24, 2019
BS’er Feedback aka Random Encounters
We were set to talk about art in role-playing games, but had to call an audible. Sean got shot at, Brett played some games, and we field some great Random Encounters. Announcements Gameholecon.com Evercon.org Avalon KS Update Random Encounter Comment from Jared of House Rascher on Temple of Elemental Evil episode Comment from Joe T....
August 14, 2019
Temple of Elemental Evil
Brett wants to talk about one of the few modules he actually runs. It’s the Temple of Elemental Evil. A 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons module by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer. But like many of our shows the topic morphs a bit into module design. Announcements Gameholecon.com Avalon KS Update Random Encounter Old School...
August 09, 2019
Terrain in Role-Playing Games
From Peter – Tabletop terrain. I’m not sure if you gents have tackled this topic yet. Referring to maps, Dwarven Forge, 3D printing, Hirst Arts and so on. I’m currently creating 3D terrain using Hirst Arts molds. Extremely slow process but very stunning. So…. How do we deal with terrain in our games? Random Encounter...
August 01, 2019
Vehicles and Mounts in RPGs
Care and feeding as well as combat – how do we use mounts and vehicles in our role-playing games? Announcements Gameholecon.com Random Encounter John drops us a quick comment on Dragonlance MRM1138 comments on Game Master Metagaming Laramie ‘Brick’ Wall comments on a few episodes Judge of House Brandon emails us a topic suggestion Edwin...
July 27, 2019
How prepared are you for your games? Hopefully your better prepared than Brett is for this podcast… but let’s say you need to run an rpg, like right now, and you’ve done no prep. How would you do it? Announcements Gameholecon.com Avalon KS Update Random Encounter Blake of House Ryan writes in about Dragonlance Jared...
July 19, 2019
Dragonlance, it was an idea by Tracy and Laura Hickman that became a D&D game at TSR. It ultimately went on to be adventure modules, books and even a movie. Announcements Sean’s content on Patreon Random Encounter Jared of House Rascher comments on GM meta Matt of House of Bohnhoff on Metagaming vs Immersion Blake...
July 11, 2019
Game Master Meta Terms
Metagaming, we covered it. This is more meta terms the game master may use in a game. An example, “That’s a side quest, it’s not part of the main plot.” Announcements Gameholecon.com Evercon.org – 20th Anniversary! AwesomeDice.com final giveaway Winner for June is Peter. Avalon KS – Hard copy process update: waiting for proofs Ran...
July 05, 2019
Suspending Belief in Role-Playing Games
“Your PC falls 120′ and suffers 60 points of damage”. No problem, I still have 60 left. Sometimes it’s a small thing that throws us off, and sometimes it’s something bigger. What are the boundaries/levels of “Suspension of Disbelief” that we’ll put up with and where does it break, and ruin a game for us? ...
June 29, 2019
Con Game Excitement, Bring It Home
A while back Brett brought up the idea of running home games more like convention games – asking why we don’t do that. We’re going to revisit this topic but with a slightly different angle that I think should be more useful: Using the con game magic to bring back the wonder in your home...
June 19, 2019
Gaming in Small RPG Groups
Ok, so what is a small role-playing game group? What games might be played and what do you have to keep in mind when you’re playing with a small group of players. Announcements Avalon KS AwesomeDice.com GameholeCon Evercon Random Encounter Roman emails us on Hindrances James on meta currencies and inclusivity Bret goes back to...
June 13, 2019
PC Hindrances, some systems you take them in order to gain extra points to be converted to boons, buffs and edges. But what if your players take them, but they don’t end up being a hindrance. Announcements Avalon KS If you backed at a level that grants you a PDF you should have gotten your...
June 04, 2019
Dark Trails and the Weird West
Dark Trails is a role-playing game inspired by HP Lovecraft and authored by David Baity. We have him on to talk about his new game and the weird west. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gamehole Con! – Run under our banner. Just...
May 28, 2019
All Random Encounters this week. Well to include Die Roll too! Announcements Join our email list – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gamehole Con! Evercon! Random Encounter Vmail from Chris of house Shorb about meta currencies. Nick of house Hopkins episode 175 and 177 George from House Sedgwick messages us...
May 26, 2019
Being Inclusive with Paige Leitman
How can we be better about welcoming everyone that is not like Brett & Sean into the hobby? It can be difficult if you see things through the same lenses every day, so we tapped Paige Leitman to help us gain some perspective. Links Paige Leitman on Twitter Nahual – rpg of Mexican urban...
May 18, 2019
Meta currencies like bennies in Savage Worlds, momentum in Star Trek Adventures, light and darks side points in FFG’s Start Wars, FATE points…we talk about them. Thanks to Peter Skanes for the topic! Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. James Sweetland, you win for April! Gamehole Con! Event registration opened...
May 10, 2019
Consuming RPG Setting Material
Read it all. Skim it. Take notes. How do you consume RPG setting material? Thanks Jim Fitzpatrick for the point of inspiration! Announcements Sign up to our email list, be entered to win set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Gamehole Con! Evercon! Gaming and BS on Instagram Random Encounter Matt of House V. comments on Recovering...
May 01, 2019
Recovering From A Bad Game
It can be a little bit intimidating and difficult to recover after you run a bad game. How do you engage the players again? Do you discuss issues with the game at that point? Do you just move on? Dow do you approach resolving or improving? Questions posed by Tony Baker, we try and tackle...
April 27, 2019
Tekumel and Empire of the Petal Throne
Victor Raymond joins Sean to talk about the OSR, MAR Barker – author of Empire of the Petal Throne, and Tekumel! Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gamehole Con! Event registration opened up April 14th. Consider running a game under our banner! Random Encounter...
April 21, 2019
Waterborne Adventures Part 2
Waterborne adventures. Ships! Pirates! Storms! Dragon Turtles! We talked about this a bit back on episode 219, but now we’ve got an expert in such things on hand to help us out! Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Winner of set of...
April 13, 2019
Puzzles in games. How do we set them up? How do we use them? Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Sean’s raising money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – click here on ways to help. Deadline June 1st, 2019. Random Encounter Audio...
April 05, 2019
TEE PEE KAY
TPK or total party kill. Is it ever a good time for a TPK? Announcements Join our email list. Be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Random Encounter Comment from Matt of House V. Sky of House Slayton emails us T of house Monger writes Cory Welch writes us about Call of...
March 30, 2019
Sean’s Venture Into Call of Cthulhu
Brett wants to know more about Sean’s venture into Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game by Chaosium. Announcements Join our email list and be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Random Encounter Email from Judge Brandon Comment from Crimfan Comment from Matt V. Peter Skanes on Zones Voicemail from GM Cojo Die Roll...
March 23, 2019
Do Players Make Good Game Masters?
We flip the tables this episode, as Brett says, and talk about players becoming rpg game masters. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Post Gary Con review Sean eats crow, not literally, he doesn’t know how to properly prepare it. Random Encounter...
March 16, 2019
RPG Campaign Updates
We talk about some recent happenings in our RPG campaigns. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gary Con Random Encounter Email from the Monger – GM’s as good players and zones Matt Voegtli comments on playtesting. Matt Martinez emails us – design...
March 08, 2019
Do GM’s Make Good Players?
Do game masters make good players? Well, do they? Announcements Join our email list, get entered to win from AwesomeDice.com Gary Con Avalon KS Update Random Encounter Email from Laramie Wall: bad endings and things you don’t know Louis H emails us: loose ends, discovery Monger P emails us: Gumshoe? Topic idea Matt Voegtli leaves...
March 01, 2019
Inspired by Aaron C., we talk about playtesting. Announcements Sign up for our newsletter, be entered to win dice from Awesomedice.com or place an order using promo code in the show to get 15% off your order of $10 or more We are still headed to GaryCon. Random Encounter Dan G. emails us to cover...
February 20, 2019
Things You Cannot Know
The unexplainable. The mysterious. Sometimes there are things your player character in your rpg will just not know. Announcements Sign up to our email list, you will be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gary Con Avalon KS status update Wishing JR good luck while he’s in the hospital Random Encounter We...
February 15, 2019
Tactical in RPG’s Redux
We re-address the tactical part of rpg’s since Brett started a new Pathfinder game. Announcements Sign up to receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. January’s winner announced! Gary Con Housing opens up for Gamehole Con 2019 Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo Corey G. emails us...
February 07, 2019
Random Encounter Catch Up
We had a topic, but we also had a LOT of feedback from role-playing gamers. It’s an extended Random Encounter episode! Announcements Gary Con Avalon KS status update Sign up to join our email list! Random Encounter Vmail from Chris Shorb Michael Drescher clears up his email via Twitter Email from Gabe Dying Matt V....
February 01, 2019
Two New RPG Campaigns
Both Brett and Sean recently launched role-playing game campaigns. How did it go? Announcements Avalon KS has ended Sign up for our email newsletter on GamingandBS.com and get entered to win free set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Random Encounter Voice mail from DM Cojo, rebooting a campaign Email from Michael Drescher Email from Goblins Henchmen...
January 23, 2019
Chases in RPG’s
RPG chases. Not rules per se, but well, you know. Announcements Avalon KS has ended Join our email list! Receive updates, insights, deals – be entered to win a set of dice from AwesomeDice.com. Gary Con Web updates to GamingandBS.com Random Encounter Saul Morales emails us Todd Crapper pitches his game in an impressive way....
January 19, 2019
Reload A Previous Save
Going back – would you ever reboot one of your own rpg campaign-stories but revised with the lessons learned? Why/why not? Would you change role-playing game system or setting or neither? Inspired by Blake Ryan. Announcements Head to GamingandBS.com and sign up for our email list, you’ll be entered to win dice from AwesomeDice.com Avalon...
January 14, 2019
A stranger approaches you. I detect evil. GM sighs. Announcements Evercon – Last Call Join our mailing list, be entered to win set of dice from AwesomeDice.com Mark-Antony Benedetti is the winner of the set of Dice for January The Streets of Avalon Kickstarter still going strong Random Encounter Todd Crapper emails us. Offers to...
January 03, 2019
Getting Info from Players – Pre-session Zero
Soliciting information from your players before session zero can give you some insight into their tabletop role-playing game preferences and play style. It will help you have a successful rpg campaign! What questions do you want to ask and why. Announcements Evercon.org Holy Kickstarter Batman – Streets of Avalon KS Give us your email, be...
December 26, 2018
Kids on Bike vs Tales from the Loop
Kids on Bikes and Tales from the Loop, two RPG’s that take you back to youth. RPG’s inspired by Stranger Things and The Goonies, we go over traits of each game to include character generation, overall mechanics and nuances that separate the two from each other. Announcements Evercon – You can still get your discounted pre-reg badges Streets...
December 20, 2018
Organized play, what is it and why would anyone want to explore participating in it. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter is live on December 18th! Evercon – get your events in before the 16th, and get your discounted weekend badges now! Join our email list and get entered to win a free set of dice from Awesome...
December 14, 2018
Seafaring Adventures in RPGs
Ahoy my maties! We’re talking about getting your sea legs into your RPG play. It’s about seafaring adventures! Announcements Evercon! Avalon KS – on track for mid-Dec go live Gary Con in March, 2019 Patreon change Random Encounter Voice mails from Jason R., his experience with kids at Gamehole Con DM Cojo advice on kids...
December 07, 2018
Old School Renaissance. Old School Role-playing. Old Students Rebelling. OSR. Announcements Evercon! Avalon KS – on track for mid-Dec go live Patreon going to monthly vs per episode, starting December! Random Encounter Michael Drescher – running games for kids BS’ers talking about online games Carl Davis Andy Hall Sky Slayton – for character portraits https://www.etsy.com/shop/SilkyNoire Random...
November 28, 2018
Gaming with Childrens
We believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them play rpg’s. We talk about gaming with children. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! Evercon This show brought to you by fans of the show, like you. Support the show. Become a patron! Next Episode Subscribe on iTunes or Android so you don’t miss our next...
November 21, 2018
Playing Role-playing Games Online
We talk about playing role-playing games online via a virtual tabletop. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! Evercon Random Encounter Thank you to everyone from Sean. Email from Abram Nothnagle Die Roll Sean Getting started on DM’s Guild, per the Gnomestew 5 Steps to Writing a Killer PC Backstory, on Geek & Sundry Listeners...
November 15, 2018
Brett talks about his Streets of Avalon rpg campaign setting which is targeted for a December 2018 Kickstarter. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! (Early/Mid) Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo Audio from Goblin’s Henchmen Matt V. writes in about MapTools Christopher Grey emails us about Cursed Items Forrest Aguirre continues...
November 07, 2018
Fear Energy Drain
We talk a bit about undead and how energy drain or similar super damage can really put the fear into players. Announcements Avalon Kickstarter coming in December 2018! (Early/Mid) Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo about mapping Jason emails us about maps Stephen Dragonspawn points us to another great mapper – see...
October 24, 2018
Cursed Items in RPG’s
Cursed items in your rpg, they can really throw your players for a loop. But it doesn’t always have to be the typical cursed sword. In memory of Greg Stafford. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Email from Peter Skanes Die Roll Brett Greg Stafford, founder of Chaosium, involved in Glorantha, RuneQuest, Ghostbusters, and Pendragon...
October 17, 2018
Maps in RPG’s
Maps, a staple in many tabletop RPG’s. Whether it’s to find treasure or to lay on the table so players can put their miniatures upon it, we talk about maps. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Comments from G+ Community – Jared, Laramie Mike P. emails us Saul writes in Die Roll Brett Evil Hat Cuts...
October 10, 2018
Tomb of Horrors is one example of what we would call a ‘killer adventure’. These are adventures that are really gunning to kill rpg characters. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Email from Roman Ted writes us Reply from Hawk Sparrow on Smash Cut Shane Freeman replies to 210 We Greyhawk It/LooT Die Roll Brett...
October 03, 2018
We Greyhawk It
How much does loot matter in the games we like to play? Do we like finding gear and goodies? Why or why not? You will want stick around until the end when Sean poses an encounter to Brett to see how he would handle it. Announcements Ed Nagy still has openings for Gatsby and the...
September 27, 2018
Smash cuts, spotlight moves, scene flips? Keeping the action moving cutting from one situation to the next in your role-playing games. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Edwin Nagy emails us on Episode 208 Comments on 208 from G+ Die Roll Brett Cave Dwelling Crocs in Gabon Spiders blamed for broken siren playing creepy nursery...
September 19, 2018
Random Encounter Segment
We discuss emails, feedback and comments from some of our listeners. Announcements Brett brags about QCC Matt Mercer is a special guest at Gamehole Con 2018 Evercon Random Encounter Email from Thomas Hook Email from Bill Durfy Email from Blake Ryan Comments from Brian Ross Tony Baker poses a question Mike P. emails us This...
September 12, 2018
I Want My PC To Die This Way
Your player character dies. What happens at the table? Thanks to George Sedgwick on this one. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon Random Encounter Jared Rascher and Michael Phillips comment on G+ Die Roll Brett Dry summer in England reveals some hidden archeological sites Sean Svilland campaign setting, free to download demo Burn Byte playtest on Roll20...
September 05, 2018
Magic and Eberron
Manifest Zone co-hosts Wayne Chang and Kristian Serrano join us to clear up low magic, high magic and touch on Eberron and how it’s NOT high magic. Announcements Gamhole con Evercon QCC Random Encounter Voicemail from Chris Shorb Email from George Sedgwick Die Roll Sean Handbooker Helper, a new show by Critical Role that goes...
August 29, 2018
What We Stopped Doing In Our RPG
Over time our rpg ame mastering style or the way we play has changed. We talk about some things we stopped doing. Announcements Queen City Conquest – Sept 7, 8, and 9 Gamehole Con! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Vmail from Joe Cwik Thomas from Beholders Horde emails us Crimfan comments on 204 Email...
August 22, 2018
PC’s Differ via Advancement
Some games allow you choices through advancement, and many of us may confuse that those choices with character optimization. But what if it’s just a way to differentiate your fighter from another fighter? Announcements Queen City Conquest – Sept 7, 8, and 9 Gamehole Con! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Vmail from Blake Ryan...
August 15, 2018
RPG Campaign Settings
We have skimmed the surface of rpg campaign settings every once in a while. While we don’t go into detail on any one specific setting, like every week, we express our thoughts around this part of role-playing games. Announcements Gamehole Con! Evercon submissions are open! Pemberfoot, get well. Random Encounter Crimfan comments about suboptimal characters...
August 08, 2018
Less Than Optimal, Stats
Playing characters with low abilities, aka stats for rpg pc’s. Good? Bad? Hopeless? Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Die Roll Sean Car Wars step aside for Gaslands! By Osprey Games. Read more about it on Geek & Sundry. Manifest Zone, podcast on Eberron, covers Wayfinder’s Guide to...
August 01, 2018
Low Level Play in RPG’s
Inspired by DM Cojo, we talk about low-level play. Only this time we have someone help us define it and stay on track. Chris Sniezak from Misdirected Mark/Encoded Designs provides some additional insight. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Die Roll Sean Dave Hanlon was interested to know what...
July 25, 2018
Meta Gaming Again
Meta gaming round 2 with Alex. Then it’s Random Encounter, Die Roll and a special thank you. Announcements Evercon submissions are open! Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! New Guests – Check Facebook and Twitter for upcoming announcement Thanks to Derek Pennycuff for the list of destinations for Brett to hit on his way...
July 18, 2018
Dilly! Dilly! BS’ers. We tackle a few Random Encounters, but the main topic is pretty thin to nonexistent. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Pete Wyeth comments on Facebook on ep 198 Christopher Grey on 198 – Character Evolution Email from Hot Dog the Barbarian regarding episode...
July 11, 2018
Player Character Evolution
Let’s talk about why it’s important to have a PC change as the campaign happens. The idea of “My character wouldn’t do that” is, IMO, often built on the idea that the character will not learn or change or adjust based on the things they encounter in the world. So, let’s dig into this. Announcements...
July 04, 2018
Game Like It’s A Convention Game
Game events at gaming conventions often times exude a certain level of excitement. Some people may actually play differently when they’re at a convention. Maybe there’s a way to bring the positive components to our home games. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Brett got his Black Cube Avalon...
June 27, 2018
Run Away or Surrender
There’s a time and a place that’s good for your player character to either run away or surrender in your rpg. Or is there? dot dot dot Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Free RPG Day Random Encounter Jim Fitzgerald tweets Thomas Hook emails us on Tweaking Monsters Blake...
June 20, 2018
Making Tweaks To Monsters
We take a couple monsters each and tweak them just a bit. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter John Steve comments on Brett Feels Crimfan comments on Part-time Gods Email from Thomas @ Beholders Horde Die Roll Brett Chained Grave Sean So you want to run a...
June 13, 2018
Brett shares his not-so-good experience with his long-standing game group. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Evercon submissions are open! Random Encounter Voicemail from DM Cojo Blake Ryan emails us about Cold Shadows Vece Young emails us Ron Bishop leaves us a comment about Cold Shadows Die Roll Sean How Tolkien created Middle...
June 06, 2018
Cold Shadows Espionage RPG
We go over the rules of Cold Shadows. An espionage role-playing game by Gallant Knight Games. Announcements Gamehole Con submissions for events is open! Die Roll Rob Wieland did an article on Cold Shadows over on Geek & Sundry Tabletop Radio Hour podcast did an actual play – spoiler. Gallant Knight Games, publishers of Cold Shadows...
May 30, 2018
Playing Gods in Your RPG
Playing gods in your rpg. Who better to help us w