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Pain in the Dice

Pain in the Dice

By Terry Robinson

A podcast exploring RPGs including the industry, table experience, and development process from the team behind Systematic Understanding of Everything, Mage the Podcast, and The Story Told.
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Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 1

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Book Talk - Scion 2e Book Three: Demigod
Book Talk - Scion 2e Book Three: Demigod
Demigods ply a path that results in either godhood or death in a brutal up-or-out challenge to Fate. Chazz and Terry talk new pantheons, building demigod narratives, and the underworld in Scion 2e Book Three: Demigod. Scion Second Edition Book Three: Demigod
01:19:45
October 24, 2022
AI Art and the RPG Industry with Jason Pitre
AI Art and the RPG Industry with Jason Pitre
Midjourney, Dall-E, and Stable Diffusion are poised to disrupt the market for commissioned art. How do these technologies work and how might they effect RPG publishing? Jason Pitre of Genesis of Legend Publishing joins to discuss. Midjourney Bot home -Web interface for the Midjourney model Stable Diffusion - Local or cloud image generation Artbreeder - Image modification tool Monkey Selfie Copyright case - The macaque who didn't own a copyright Jason on Mage the Podcast - In which we talk about belief mechanics Noir World - Noir Powered by the Apocalypse Sig: City of Blades - Totally not Sigil Carry - A game about the Vietnam war Poser - a 3D Rendering program Todd Lockwood - Artist Egon Schiele - Artist Peter Mohrbacher - Artist
01:08:06
September 24, 2022
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 3
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 3
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion: Hero Second Edition! The third of three episodes in which we discover that sometimes swimming is an interesting action and that Enhancement is a lovely way to accrue successes.
01:03:56
September 15, 2022
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 2
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 2
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion: Hero Second Edition! In which what is obviously a villain is revealed and we discuss Josh's truck.
55:52
September 15, 2022
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 1
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion, Part 1
Pain in the Dice Plays Scion: Hero Second Edition! This is the first of three parts in which Chazz storyguides for various people and a train is involved.
57:24
September 15, 2022
So Whatcha Playin' - Mage LARPing and Fall of Magic
So Whatcha Playin' - Mage LARPing and Fall of Magic
Terry LARPs for the first time and Chazz plays Mork Borg and Fall of Magic. Hear if they'll ever do either ever again. Fall of Magic - The big scroll game Mork Borg - an OSR artbook game Jackalope Studios - The company whose staff put on The House of the Glass Atlas
54:55
August 26, 2022
RPGnomics - The Fall of TSR with Slaying the Dragon Author Ben Riggs
RPGnomics - The Fall of TSR with Slaying the Dragon Author Ben Riggs
TSR made the most popular RPG of all time yet was 30m in debt entering 1997. How did it get there? What mis-steps did it make and what can learn from them? Ben Riggs, author of Slaying the Dragon (out July 19th, 2022) tells its tale. Plot Points Podcast - Ben's regular podcast Pre-order for Slaying the Dragon - Ben's book Book plate for pre-orders - if you pre-ordered, sign up to get a book plate here
45:32
July 14, 2022
RPGNomics - Economics of Actual Plays with Patrick McNamara
RPGNomics - Economics of Actual Plays with Patrick McNamara
What goes into a kitting out an actual play? What equipment do you need? How do you balance the books? Patrick McNamara from Dogfood Studios joins to talk Mage of Sail and how to make it as an actual play.  Patrick McNamara on Twitter Patrick McNamara on Patreon Patrick McNamara on Twitch Equipment discussed: Shure SM7B - High quality desktop mic Shure SM58LC - A more manageable XLR Yeti Blue - A perfectly fine mic
01:08:53
May 21, 2022
Book Talk - Hundred Devils Night Parade for Exalted 3e
Book Talk - Hundred Devils Night Parade for Exalted 3e
Do you need stats for a wall of snakes, a candleflame that makes heart's explode, bears wearing armor, a mile tall elemental, or a sentient dead house? Hundred Devils Night Parade has it and Chazz and Terry walk you through it. Hundred Devils Night Parade - This book  Exalted 3e Core - The core book for Exalted Systematic Understanding of Everything - Our previous Exalted explainer podcast
01:18:13
February 03, 2022
Our (Late) 2021 Look Back and 2022 Resolutions with Monica Speca
Our (Late) 2021 Look Back and 2022 Resolutions with Monica Speca
Time is meaningless and is both passing rapidly and also at a crawl. So let's talk about what we did in 2021! Chazz and Terry are joined by SUoE cohost Monica Speca to talk what we did and what we hope to do.
38:08
January 26, 2022
RPGnomics - Michael Parker on What RPG Distributors Do
RPGnomics - Michael Parker on What RPG Distributors Do
Guest Michael Parker walks us through what an RPG distributor does, their role in the market, and how they've adapted to the rise of Amazon, digital distribution, Kickstarter and the changing nature of local game stores.
01:08:38
December 21, 2021
Book Talk - Heirs of the Shogunate for Exalted 3e
Book Talk - Heirs of the Shogunate for Exalted 3e
Heirs to the Shogunate outlines cadet houses, forest witches, outcastes, notable Dragon-Blooded, new charms, a civil war, and more. Chazz and Terry walk through what the book offers and how they think it fits into the evolving 3rd Edition.
01:02:13
December 14, 2021
RPGnomics - Kickstarter Shipping and V5 Community Content Rollout
RPGnomics - Kickstarter Shipping and V5 Community Content Rollout
Josh and Terry discuss the rollout of Vampire the Masquerade 5th Edition on the Storyteller's Vault, their latest kickstarter adventures, and truth in shipping estimates. Links! Planebreaker Follow Me Down Ice and Dice Chew Lupines V5 STV Morra Kickstarter
35:23
November 29, 2021
Book Talk - Titanomachy for Scion 2e
Book Talk - Titanomachy for Scion 2e
Scion is an urban fantasy game set in a richly polytheistic version of our world where the gods, or at least their minions walk the earth. Titanomachy provides antagonists and goes into the motives and methods of their escalating war. Titanomachy - This book Scion Hero Second Edition - The core book for Scion along with Origins
01:07:53
November 16, 2021
RPGnomics - Drivethrurpg Reprints on Ebay
RPGnomics - Drivethrurpg Reprints on Ebay
Terry had a bunch of old DTRPG reprints that he'd replaced with originals so he went to Ebay to sell. He shares his experience while Josh considers Ebay ethics and the glories of offset print runs.
43:46
October 26, 2021
Learning From Not Our Favorite Games
Learning From Not Our Favorite Games
Chazz and Terry talk what they've learned from recent games that maybe weren't their favorites and what makes for a game they're glad to play vs a game they're glad to have played.
35:38
October 26, 2021
Introducing Pain in the Dice
Introducing Pain in the Dice
Welcome to Pain in the Dice! A project by Chazz and Terry of Pain in the Dice games. We'll be launching a few projects in the coming weeks so I figure I should introduce them.  So Lets Try which documents one shots by first timers who have a fair amount of experience with other games as well as our experiences learning the system. RPGnomics which explores topics in the RPG business How We Game where we discuss topics pertaining to the table experience and conversations with our friends and contacts who've thought about games. Our goal is to release something roughly twice a month but we'll see how it actually works out. In the mean time, if you have any questions, shoot us a message at questions@paininthedice.com, I'm @terryrobinson on twitter and Chazz is @storytoldchazz
01:14
October 26, 2021