RPPR Episode 75: Plot or Polish

News: Check out the new Raillery episodes, where the RPPR crew dusts off the Xbox version of the Warriors for hobo gang fights on the rooftops of 1970s New York. Not to be missed!

Also make sure you subscribe to the blog at Hebanon Games for access to the scenarios from the No Security Kickstarter.

Synopsis: Role playing games cannot simulate everything perfectly nor should they. Yet when a particular campaign or scenario visits a conflict not well handled by the rules, what should happen? How fair is it to run a game where the rules are ill-defined at best? Is it better to run a well-polished but simple game or a complex yet clunky game? Tom and I try to strike a balance between plot and polish. We also have a unique letter from Tom and a letter from a listener, plus shout outs of course.

Shout outs:

  • Lone Survivor: Awesome survival horror computer game, with a unique plot and soundtrack.
  • DayZ: The super popular zombie apocalypse survival multiplayer mod
  • Superbrothers Swords and Sworcery EP: Indie retro-style adventure computer game for iOS and Steam
  • Breath of Death: A tongue-in-cheek RPG from the creator of Cthulhu Saves the World
  • Nimona: Funny new webcomic about a supervillain’s new sidekick
  • Alpha Flag: Intriguing mystery webcomic of a man trying to recover his mind.
  • Dadtucks: What if the D&D cartoon was played out as a RPG scenario?
  • Godel’s Deliveries: See RPPR regular Thad hock pizzas in a dystopian plague-ravaged world!
  • Aliens vs Predators CCG: Play as human, alien or predator in this dead but fun card game.

Music: The Plot by the White Rabbits.

Liked it? Take a second to support RPPR on Patreon!


  1. You’ll burn for this one Payton! Defamation of the SWAT Kats will not stand! I’m so angry that I’ve forgotten what a nice episode this was with unusually disverse opinions and dialogue between the hosts!

  2. Hey thanks for the feed back.

    Update well nicks first pathfinder Character is being turned into a npc. He has a new one now. Ill be on the forums posting some of my eclipse phase ideas I am looking to get fleshed out. Forum name gambitraven
    Anyways Thanks again for the feed back.

  3. On Sword & Sworcery, there is a game mechanic that will allow you to adjust the moon phase within the confines of the game, rather than by manipulating the system clock. You can obtain the Moon Grotto Key by traversing the Dream any time the moon is neither full nor new. You chase the Boor, beat him up, and gain the key.

  4. Author

    @Dawnsteel – I got the Dark Moon Trigon first, which splits the tree open and makes it impossible to get the moon grotto key.

  5. Ah. Well. That’s fucking broken, then.

  6. Author

    No, that’s how the devs intended the game to be. From http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2665944

    “Hey folks,

    This is how the game is intended to be. There are parts of the game that, when played out of moon phase or out of order, result in other parts being missable.

    If you split the tree & fight the dark moon trigon first, you can’t fight the boor. “

  7. I’m a big mass effect fan and was wonder where the play by post game tom was taking about. I would like to read it the game.

  8. Big fan of your podcast guys, I’m the guy that plays Des in the play by post game Tom was talking about and I just wanted to say that you guys are a lot of fun to listen to.

  9. Where do you play? I want to read this.

Leave a Reply