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Let the Dice Roll

Let the Dice Roll

By Banjo Fox
Each week best friends, and co-hosts Raspathir, and Banjo try to tell a story or two about gaming sessions past. They use a very informal, converstation-style format as they try to share some background about the topic for the week, as well as their opinions before diving into the juicy story bits. Coverng largely tabletop roleplaying, they do also delve into board games, and other social-focused games.
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Social Isolation Series - EP01 - Just Chatting
Hey everyone! Terribly sorry for the uh.... unexpected hiatus, but we are back!   Mostly... well we are 100% back but doing a more casual thing for the moment, just because of the whole... situation going on.  ANYWAYS, we are going to do periodic updates, which are less focused on a particular thing, but more just whatever comes up.  Here's a hint, it will almost always be gaming-themed ;) Please enjoy the first episode of the Social Isolation series :D
49:02
April 24, 2020
EP 31 - Ultimate Game Night
It's game night, everyone is still trying to settle in, some are growing restless.  Why not kick things off with a light warm-up?  Well Bezier Games got you covered.  The One Night series of games has simple rules, can be finished in about 20 minutes, and with the use of the apps, requires no moderator!  With a variety of options, such as Werewolf, Vampire, Aliens, and Supervillains, something is bound to be popular.  These are great for family game night (we'd give it a PG-13), or for roleplaying groups that are improv-heavy.  Grab one, or two and have a few laughs :) Bezier Games Homepage https://beziergames.com/ One Night Werewolf Online App http://onenightwerewolf.com/ Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
44:42
March 21, 2020
EP 30 - One Shot Wonders
Sick and tired of campaigns that take FOREVER?  Bored with your current game?  Are you looking for something NEW, and EXCITING!?  Well have we got good news for you!  Iiiiiiiits ONE SHOTS!  The perfect solution for any gamer that is looking to try something else, but doesn't want to get bogged down with long-term contracts. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
35:20
March 8, 2020
EP29 - Rolling Twenties
Unlike what you may be thinking.  This episode is actually about twentieth anniversaries.  Specifically the one for the World of Darkness 20th Anniversary edition books.  Raspathir, and Banjo spend a good bit of time reviewing the books, the contents, as well as providing a lot of commentary on the World of Darkness as a whole.  They.... mostly kept on topic this time ;) Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
54:06
February 29, 2020
EP27 - The Painted Monk (Lost Episode!)
Raspathir regales us with the continuing story of Silas the artistically-inclined monk.  Just as in many Dungeons & Dragons games questionable decisions are made, monsters are slain, and injuries are inflicted.  Once in a while, things get more serious.  Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
46:36
January 4, 2020
EP28 - Weave
After a long a long, and unexpected break.  Raspathir, and Banjo are finally behind the microphones once again.  This time they're taking it a little easier, but they do manage to have a short discussion about a card-based roleplaying game called Weave. Weave https://weave.game/ Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
42:45
December 15, 2019
EP26 - Building Character
After a BRIEF recap of Keyforge, Raspathir, and Banjo have a lovely chat about character creation as it pertains to the roleplaying hobby.  This is not an episode about how to fill out a sheet though.  This is more about how to create a -character-. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
53:58
November 26, 2019
EP25 - Keyforge
Keyforge is a collectable deck game that hopes to solve many of the issues that Magic: The Gathering(tm), and similar games have.  Designed by Richard Garfield (of M:TG, and RoboRally fame), this game focuses on creating balance while giving players a fulfilling deck battling experience.  Many of the concepts in this game will be familiar to CCG players but there are enough important differences to make it unique. Keyforge Homepage (Fantasy Flight Games) https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/keyforge/ Keyforge Deck Vault https://www.keyforgegame.com/ Keyforce Online Play https://www.thecrucible.online/ Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
46:32
November 17, 2019
EP24 - D&D vs. Everyone
This episode was a long-time coming, and we have finally cracked.  With so many tabletop RPG titles out there one would think that it would be fairly easy to find folks that wanted to play something other than "Popular Fantasy RPG(tm)".  But no.  At least not in our experiences.  So far most folks want to play that fantasy RPG that they see everywhere, and may not even be aware that other genres of gaming exist. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
40:52
November 10, 2019
EP23 - How to be a Murder Hobo
It has been several weeks since the last update on Raspathir's D&D game so here it is!  If you haven't guessed by the title.  Things went horribly wrong.  We almost got away with it too, but the players just -had- to ruin that... Six Signs you are a Murder Hobo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5E8wzwjO2U 10 Ways to Deal With Murder Hobos as a GM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMpVxtTWqbc Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
43:07
November 3, 2019
S02-Halloween Special: The Color Out of Space
This is an extra special episode, as we are presenting it uncut, and commercial free (as the saying goes).  What you are about to hear, is an audio rendition of H.P. Lovecraft's story "The Color Out of Space".  Narrated by Donalb, and uploaded to The Internet Archive by Toby_Doggle. Please support the Internet Archive, and leave a review for Donalb for his excellent reading of the story.  Links are available below. Internet Archive https://archive.org/ The Color Out of Space (As read by Donalb) https://archive.org/details/The_Colour_Out_of_Space Additional Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "Wretched Destroyer" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
1:09:10
October 31, 2019
EP22 - The Call of Cthulhu
Way ahead of schedule we enter the second of our spoopy edition episodes.  Call of Cthulhu is a roleplaying game that takes a slightly different approach to the "horror" aspects.  For those uninitiated, this game is based off of the "Cthulhu Mythos" published by H.P Lovecraft.  There is also a bit of how to run a better horror game  In the second half. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
54:28
October 27, 2019
EP21 - This is a Dark Place
WARNING: This game contains mature themes! In typical late fashion, we kick off a "Spoopy" series of episodes that focus on more horror-themed games.  This one is all about "In Dark Alleys".  A game of modern horror by independent publisher Vajra Enterprises.  This game has loads of interesting character options, dark plots that put black holes to shame, and a system (Organic Rule Components), which can add hyper realism to any campaign. In Dark Alleys Info Page https://www.vajraenterprises.com/new/?p=44 Organic Rule Components https://www.vajraenterprises.com/new/?p=132
43:57
October 26, 2019
EP20 - Cleanse the Palate
Sometimes games run too long, players get bored of the same old thing, and you need a change of pace.  That was the plan anyways.  But as usual with this podcast, Banjo takes the opportunity to check in with Raspathir (self-care reminder!).  That leads to YET ANOTHER cathartic rant, but fortunately the boys are able to use that energy in the second half to get back on topic.  A palate cleanser for the hosts, as well as actual advice for gaming. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
1:02:40
October 17, 2019
EP19 - Banjo Ranting
Banjo has a VERY bad week, and needs to tell you about it.  If you like to hear him go off on tirades about stuff GREAT!  This episode is just for you.  Otherwise... well we deeply apologize for what you are about to hear.  Except if you skip this one.  That is okay too. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
40:33
October 11, 2019
EP18 - Acting the Part
Banjo must conquer his emotions for this special listener requested episode as he can Raspathir discuss The Actor(tm). Yes folks, this entire episode is dedicated to the NPC that makes Banjo & Friends twitch with enthusiasm. Get ready for a lot a whimpering, and even a couple of revelations. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
47:37
September 28, 2019
EP17 - CheapassGames
Tired of paying too much for board games?  Do you have too many  bits and pieces from games that you hardly ever play? Well have we got a solution for you!  Let the Dice Roll is proud to present you with: Cheapass Games!  A vendor that specializes in low-cost games that also make use of game components you already have lying about the house.  Horray! Banjo also shares his feelings on anniversary editions that go well above, and beyond their original production quality. Cheapass Games Homepage https://cheapass.com/ Cheapass Games - Originals (Including Kill Doctor Lucky) https://cheapass.com/free-games/originals/ Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
37:28
September 22, 2019
EP16 - Big Box Games
Tired of board games that are too small, too "family friendly" or dare we say it... easy to play?  Well throw down a big wad of cash on one of these fine titles!  All jokes aside, we are talking about board games that are very much in a category of their own.  For fans of the genres they represent, they offer a LOT of gaming enjoyment.  Both in duration of play, as well as depth of strategy.  Some of them even have RPG elements baked right in!  No DM required. Games in this Episode: Sid Meier's Civilization https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3633/sid-meiers-civilization-boardgame Twilight Imperium https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/233078/twilight-imperium-fourth-edition Cthulhu Wars https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/139976/cthulhu-wars Descent: Journeys in the Dark https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17226/descent-journeys-dark Kingdom Death: Monster https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/55690/kingdom-death-monster Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
39:58
September 14, 2019
EP15 - Betrayal at the What on the Where?
Finally something the whole family can play! ... well, sort of. Betrayal at House on the Hill is a boardgame for ages 12+ and features a bit of mild horror and a LOT of suspense. During the course of the game, players take turns exploring a mysterious house, and uncovering mysteries. At some point though one of them becomes a traitor! Will it be you? Betrayal at House on the Hill https://avalonhill.wizards.com/avalon-hill-betrayal-house-hill Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
48:37
September 7, 2019
EP14 - Session Zero
Session Zero is a very important aspect of every roleplaying game. Whether it be for a one-shot, or a multi-year campaign. It is a time where the game host, and players can get to know one another, what they want to play, and even get a bit of a preview for what is to come. While it may not always be necessary, it can certainly clear up a whole bunch of questions. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
48:45
August 31, 2019
EP13 - Bad Medicine
Raspathir has gathered together a number of friends to play in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. The setting is called "Curse of Strahd". In this game, Banjo plays a chaotic neutral Tiefling that also happens to be a -very- knowledgeable cleric. This causes problems because the players only see her as a healer... it makes for some interesting roleplaying. Curse of Strahd https://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabletop-games/rpg-products/curse-strahd Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
45:50
August 24, 2019
Intermission - The one betwixt S01, and S02
Not one to leave folks hanging, Banjo has done gone off script and recorded an entire episode BY HIMSELF and uncut!!!  Oh the horror, such woe, et. al!!!  We are not at all kidding either... Banjo sits down, with a glass of adult beverage, and just talks into the microphone.  There is a bit of behind-the-scenes stuff, motivations for the podcast, and a whole lot of him ranting.  Will this keep him from ranting endlessly in other episdoes?  Possibly.. fingers crossed! Both boys will be back for Season 2 in a little while (next week hopefully!).    This episode has been marked "explicit" for some foul language, but really it's just a couple of naughty words that would probably make it a T for Teen rating (the usual).   Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
39:37
August 17, 2019
EP12 - The Worst Season FINALE Ever
Following close on the heels of the Worst Episode Ever is the unexpected Season Finale! Unexpected because we had planned at least another episode but time, and other factors came up.  Blah blah blah. In THIS episode we have a mix of topics, a -very- unscripted grab bag if you will. We are dark next week, but after that we are going to come back with Season 2! Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
45:30
August 13, 2019
Episode 11.5 - Appologies!
Hey everyone!  We DO have a proper episode 12 finale coming in, but time got lost, dice were obliterated.... yeah... TOMORROW I should have the next installment ready, then after a short intermission we are into SEASON TWO!
00:45
August 12, 2019
EP11 - Worst, Episode, Ever
Has this ever happened to you? The party is moving along nicely, everyone knows their part in the plan, then SUDDENLY, everything is on FIRE. Well, we have the solution for you! Actually.... no. That is a lie. But! We DO talk about how things can go badly, and offer a few small words about how to handle those situations. Additionally: As Banjo says in the cold open, Ratkin are organized by "Aspects" and not "Plagues". Le sigh.. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
44:30
August 3, 2019
EP10 - The Trouble with Godliness
What started out as a nice conversation about Scion: Hero, a game in which players get to create direct offspring of their favorite gods, turned into a rather anxiety-inducing origin story about a recurring antagonist which Banjo, and his fellow players love to hate. Mind you there is a bit of ... mild language so this episode has been marked explicit accordingly. Scion: Hero
43:35
July 27, 2019
EP09 - Of LARPs, and Nerds
Just when you thought it was over, Banjo comes back with another long, presumptive rant. This time it leads to a couple of stories about Live Action Roleplaying (LARPing). Yes, ACTUAL STORIES! It does come at the cost of learning a bit about the nerdiest way to play a game though... Amtgard https://amtgard.com/ Green Cloaks https://www.greencloaks.co.uk/ Minds Eye Theater Minds Eye Theater Core Rules(DriveThruRPG) Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
42:44
July 21, 2019
EP08 - The Journey of Sylas (Part 1)
Taking a break from ranting, Banjo lets Raspathir have a turn at the microphone with tales about a D&D game he is currently part of.  His character, Syalas the Open-Palm monk, joins up with a party of adventurers that have already had a few encounters of their own.  Together they go forth, but find trouble along the path to their next destination.  Unable to help himself, Banjo does have a SHORT rant about the lack of dragons in the game, thus birthing the term "introductory dragons".  To be continued...?
1:07:54
July 21, 2019
Bonus 01 - Listener Shoutout & Season 2!
Thanks to everyone that listens, and special thanks to Thalia Q. for the 5-star review on Apple Podcasts! Season 2 Coming Soon! (tm)
01:20
July 13, 2019
EP07 - Dice, Love, Gaming
This week Banjo goes on one heck of a rant about his gaming addiction, and tries to warn others against the danger. Thankfully, Raspathir is able to provide a glimmer of hope that newer gamers won't end up in the same trap.  There is also a LOT of chat about dice; collecting, laying down rules, and even how to "teach" them what not to do.   Chessex Dice http://chessex.com/ Mongoose Publishing https://www.mongoosepublishing.com/ Vajra Enterprises http://www.vajraenterprises.com/ Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
40:45
July 6, 2019
EP06 - Yet to be Played
Taking a break from the ever-present burden of knowledge, Banjo decides to talk about game books that he owns but has never played.  Raspathir, on the other hand, actually knows quite a bit about the games that he has never played.  What follows are links to the various games discussed in this episode :) Ryuutama: Natural Fantasy RPG http://kotohi.com/ryuutama/ Strontium Dog (Mongoose Traveller System) https://rpggeek.com/rpg/4290/strontium-dog Burning Wheel Fantasy RPG (Gold Revised) https://www.burningwheel.com/burning-wheel-gold-revised/ Ironclaw (Anthropomorphic RPG) http://www.sanguinegames.com/ironclaw/ HoL Fan Wiki https://whitewolf.fandom.com/wiki/HoL:_Human_Occupied_Landfill Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
48:26
June 29, 2019
EP05 - Say Yes to Friend Computer
Banjo nearly bursts at the seams as he finally gets a chance to gush over Paranoia (the RPG) which takes up nearly half the episode.  In the second half, they start a healthy discussion about how to say "yes" to the players, and explore the benefits and consequences of doing so.
44:30
June 22, 2019
EP04 - Changeling It Up
Banjo and Raspathir finally see some very colorful lights as they finish up their World of Darkness series with Changelings in London.  The boys also comment on the values of online, open world roleplaying (often referred to as RPG chats).  Finally, they are both left wondering what would have happened if the players were allowed to do what they wanted.
44:20
June 15, 2019
EP03 - Anana-what?
Banjo and Raspathir finally get around to explaining what Ananasi are, including Banjo's first in character encounter with one.  Banjo also shares what it was like to be ghouled by a vampire.  Finally they wrap up with some tidbits about the other things that creep around in the World of Darkness.  Warning: This episode may contain spiders.  Lots, and lots, and lots of spiders.
51:59
June 10, 2019
EP02 - How Not to be a Werewolf
Banjo, and Raspathir reminisce about their first time gaming together.  The game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse (Revised World of Darkness).  Some bad stuff happened, lessons were learned but never applied, and recurring characters would be introduced! Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io: "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
49:32
June 6, 2019
EP01 - The Beginning
Welcome to the very first episode of Let the Dice Roll!  To get things kicked off Raspathir, and Banjo introduce the podcast, and reminisce about how they got started on tabletop gaming.  There is also some brief chatter about Dungeons & Dragons. Attribution: Music from https://filmmusic.io: "As I Figure" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
55:38
June 6, 2019