RPPR Episode 141: Out of the Can

News: We are running a giveaway of five copies of Rise of the Dungeon Master, a graphic novel biography of Gary Gygax. If you want to enter, post a picture of your favorite D&D character sheet in the comments or tweet it @rosspayton with the hashtag #DnDRPPRCharacterSheet. We will pick the winners on May 10.

Synopsis: Running published (or canned) adventures is often fun but challenging. Dan, Tom, and I discuss what we like in published scenarios. I focus on the last six Delta Green scenarios I ran from our recent Working Group Icarus campaign from Kali Ghati to Observer Effect. There will be no post mortem of Icarus because they were just published scenarios strung together but this is as close as we’ll get to it. We also have shout outs and anecdotes!

Shout Outs

  • Rise of the Dungeon Master: A fascinating look into the life of D&D’s creators and how the game came to be.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: New season is finally on Netflix! Check it out!
  • Radio Free Deimos: A HC SVNT Dracones podcast
  • Microscope: A RPG/storytelling game about creating a civilization or community.
  • Conan Exiles: A survival action game set in the world of Conan the Barbarian.
  • Gantz 0: A CGI animated sci-fi horror movie based on a long running manga series. Shit is nuts.
  • Stellaris: A 4X sci-fi computer game from Paradox.
  • X-Risks: The newest Eclipse Phase book is now out in print!
  • Bestiary 6: I haven’t had time to review it yet but it does have stats for Krampus. He is CR 21.

Song: Midnight Resurrection by The Hunt

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  19 comments for “RPPR Episode 141: Out of the Can

  1. Astro
    April 21, 2017 at 5:43 am

    an idea I just had about a DG campaign is you could start it off with a star chamber-esgue scenario where the PC’s have to pass judgement on a group of agents that have gone through some shit and follow it up with adventures specificly making the players question the judgement they made against those agents.

    Could be neat.

  2. April 21, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Hey Dan, I’m available for editing duties; your scenario should be released into the wilds! The fans desire to give you monies!

  3. Teapot
    April 22, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Gate 9!

  4. trekie140
    April 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    If you’d like to use Microscope to build a setting for an RPG, there’s an expansion called Microscope Explorer that has a chapter specifically about doing that. It also has some alternate gametypes about building family trees and focusing on smaller locations.

  5. JebboTheDoggo
    April 22, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Here ya go Ross! I dont have a twitter so im posting my D&D Character here 😀


  6. Teapot
    April 22, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    In defense of Last things last it was a shotgun scenario.

  7. April 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  8. April 23, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  9. April 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Oh man! I’ve never heard the term “morality pet” before! That’s great! 🙂 Where’d that one come from?

  10. April 26, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Not sure, I think we made it up. I remember using it for the Jovian section of our Eclipse Phase campaign Duality.

  11. Adam Makey
    April 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  12. Trevor Hirst
    April 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Alright Ross, I just sent my first tweet ever (thanks to you), with a pic of my character sheet. I am posting this message because it might not have worked.

  13. April 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    One element of Last Things Last that I was trying to set up was foreshadowing the thanklessness and probable misery of a DG op. Even one who survived to reach a ripe old age and die of natural causes was alienated from his family and inescapably burdened by this time with the group. I hope it works better in an actual campaign rather than an ersatz one. Regardless, I enjoyed hearing the crew run through it.

    Also the footlocker is basically a “dump plot seeds here” invitation. 😉

  14. April 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    @Trevor – I assume this is your entry? https://twitter.com/thirst138/status/858412663243763713

  15. Trevor Hirst
    April 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Yes, that is mine

  16. Scribbleykins
    May 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    I give you… Garret Nimble.


    Also known as the gold standard of what a rogue ought to act like among my real life tabletop group, to the extent other players have produced copycat Garrets since.

    He was my first – and, on account of getting locked into the GM slot, definitely my last – 3rd Ed DnD character to be played for more than two sessions. He is also the only character I’ve played who’s tried to, and gotten away with both IC and OOC, keeping loot from the rest of the party (in order to finance his quest for a riding pony).

    I still fondly remember a dungeon crypt we entered having a corridor being described as filled with stacked-up coffins and corpses, at which point I cheerfully commented “Well, this is a dead end.”

    We had to revive the GM, he was laughing so much.

  17. Tim
    May 9, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Woo Stellaris!

  18. May 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Jebbo and Scribbley: you both win a copy! Email rpprpodcast at gmail with your mailing address.

  19. Trevor Hirst
    May 22, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Thanks Ross! Glad you liked that old character sheet. The book already arrived! Good read.

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