Episode 123 – Making Mass Combat Interesting

(Fixed audio.) This episode’s conversation about mass combat—a topic selected by our Patreon supporters—turned out to be so big, we’re following this one up with another episode on a related topic next time! Before that, though, we’ve got a lot of other things to discuss: The holidays, and especially all the games we played and picked up over the Christmas break. We talk a bit more about our Patreon and the need to change things somewhat as we move forward into 2018 (leave your comments on that below.) We also send our congratulations and prayers to Mike Perna and his family as they welcome their son into the world; and we send our condolences to the family and friends of Pat Roper, longtime […]

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Tale #20 – A Father’s Blessing

As I am literally days away from welcoming my son Noah into this world – I couldn’t help but pause a bit and reflect on all the fathers who stood before their sons, offering blessings that would aid and guide the rest of their lives. While my blessing to my … Continue reading

Episode 122 – Battered Group Syndrome, Part 2

As promised in Episode 120, we’re tackling “battered group syndrome” in this episode and the next! Yes, it’s a two-parter, because we had so much to say on this topic we couldn’t keep the conversation short enough for a single episode. We lead off with two quick plugs: One for Grant’s appearance on the Gameable Saturday Morning Podcast to talk about Exo Squad (Part 1Part 2, and the horror of a Gameable AU involving Palladium’s Ninjas & Superspi […]

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Episode 121 – Battered Group Syndrome, Part 1

As promised in Episode 120, we’re tackling “battered group syndrome” in this episode and the next! Yes, it’s a two-parter, because we had so much to say on this topic we couldn’t keep the conversation short enough for a single episode. We lead off with two quick plugs: One for Grant’s appearance on the Gameable Saturday Morning Podcast to talk about Exo Squad (Part 1, Part 2, and the horror of a Gameable AU involving Palladium’s Ninjas & Superspies); and one for

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Episode 166 – InnRoads Unplugged

In this episode – we take obnoxious scheduling difficulties and make lemonade with them. That’s how this works right? This is a solo-mike episode where I spend some time talking about my whirlwind tour of PAX Unplugged, the people I … Continue reading Continue reading

Episode 120 – Six Clickbaity GMing Traditions We Need To Stop

We’re back with our angriest, most rant-filled episode yet! Well, not really—but there’s a lot of passion in this episode, because we’re talking about GMing traditions the gaming community still seems to support despite being destructive, uncomfortable, and simply wrong. First, though, we’ve got a question from Patreon backer Paige Lowe about how blatantly one should steal from other media when planning a game. After that, we tackle our Scripture as usual before diving into six common behaviors we still see: Adversarial GMing; monopolizing narrative control; turning exceptional successes into failures; misunderstanding metagaming; harming characters to punish players; and creating in-game penalties for missed gaming sessions.

Also: Grant was recently on the Gameable […]

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Tale #18 – Daddy’s Little Snowflake

You’ve probably seen it if you find yourself on any form of social media. Somebody shares their hurts, frustrations, or expectations and they get called a “snowflake.” Well – I’m here as one of those snowflakes, and I’m gonna tell you some stories from my life that remind me that … Continue reading