Podcast Episode

RPPR Episode 140: Games Within Games

News: Arc Dream needs GMs to run games at Gen Con. Get awesome rewards like a Delta Green raid jacket! Check out the details here.

Synopsis: With most of the RPPR crew out of town, Bill and I got together to discuss ways to add mini games inside a RPG. We’ve done it before in various RPPR games, but we haven’t fully explored the concept. Turning lock picking from a single skill roll to a puzzle can make the game more engaging for every player. However, figuring out what kind of mini game to add and how to integrate it can be tricky. We discuss some examples and how they work with the 8 types of fun, ranging from puzzles to board games or even other RPGs. We also have shout outs and anecdotes.

Shout Outs

  • I Am A Hero: Zombie apocalyptic character study manga. First 2 volumes are great.
  • You: A novel by Greg Stolze. Very Unknown Armies.
  • Young Justice: Teenage superheroes go on secret missions because Batman said so.
  • GM Word of the Week: A short weekly podcast by the Angry GM.
  • Fragged Empire: A post post-apocalyptic sci-fi RPG with great art and interesting rules.
  • Nuclear Throne: Fight to sit on the nuclear throne!
  • The Grizzled: A co-op WW1 themed card game. Try to survive until the war’s end.

Song: Here Comes the 8-bit Empire by Ozzed

RPPR Episode 139: Chains of Command

News: To celebrate the release of the first episode of our first Base Raiders campaign, I have put the main book on sale! Get Base Raiders in print for 30% off!

Synopsis:Instead of being lonely murderhobos, player characters can start and lead organizations in many games. Tom, Dan, and I discuss how to run a campaign about building an organization and how it differs from a standard campaign. The degree of new game mechanics necessary to run such a game varies so it’s possible to run this style of campaign in nearly any RPG. However, picking a game that has focused mechanics may result in a more engaging game. We also have shout outs and anecdotes!

Shout-outs

Song: Unfinished Business by Hong Kong Express

RPPR Episode 138: Murphy’s Campaign Concept

News: RPPR is going to PAX South. Tweet @rosspayton if you want to meet up.

Synopsis: Murphy’s Rules are a long standing tradition in RPGs. The rules of the game have unintended consequences and can be interpreted in ways that create…unique situations. I created a list of some Murphy’s Rules from this thread on the SA forums so I could share them with you and Caleb.We talk about how these ideas could be mined for use in a RPG campaign. We also have shout outs and an anecdote from Caleb!

Shout Outs

Song: Pink Mist by GUNSHIP