News: The Know Evil Fan Creation contest is well underway and the deadline for entries has been extended. Tom has started a Pathfinder campaign, which will be recorded. I have a short story in The Unspeakable Oath 22 – read “Message in a Bottle.” Also, I want to thank every RPPR donor who helps keep this site up and going!
Synopsis: Murphy’s Rules were a long standing comic in Pyramid magazine that pointed out the quirks of various RPG systems. Recently, I found a hilarious thread on the SA forums carrying on that tradition by explaining how jumping really high in D&D 3.5E can make you really popular or how a priest wouldn’t be able to recognize his own god in the flesh. This episode deals with this disconnection between reality, game rules, and genre conventions and how to deal with them in games. Is this even a problem? What do you do when a player finds a way to break the game or its genre? After the main discussion, Tom has a letter for us and shout outs and anecdotes.
- The Quiet Year: Post apocalyptic map making and story telling game. Great stuff!
- Crackerjack: a Die Hard ripoff that is the most 1990s of movies.
- Cam Scanner: Scan documents with your smartphone! Great for keeping track of character sheets.
- Cool as Ice Rifftrax: Oh yeah. We went there. Deal with it.
- Nexus 7 Tablet: It’s neat! Please don’t start a iOS/Droid flame war.
- Reel Physics: Web series about physics in movies.
- Knights of Pen and Paper: Fun RPG for iOS and droid with pixel art and a tabletop RPG theme.
- Army of Darkness Defense: Free game for iOS/droid based on the movie.
- Zombie Run! Jogging app that uses zombies to motivate you to keep moving.
- How Did This Get Made? Funny podcast about bad movies. Entertaining guest stars like Patton Oswalt and Kevin Smith pop in on occasion.
- Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land - WW1 turn based strategy game – fight the Mythos during the Great War
News: Fallout Without End, a new scenario of the No Security ransom pack from Hebanon Games is now available! We’re still cranking out videos at Raillery. The map is part of the Zombie Factory, a chapter in the upcoming Base Raiders RPG.
Synopsis: Travel and exploration is adventurous in real life but not in role playing games. Someone like Marco Polo is a major figure in history, yet in Dungeons and Dragons, his accomplishments would be minor compared to the average 10th level fighter. Tom and I try to tackle why exploration in games fails to capture the sense of adventure it does in reality and how it can be made to do so. We even tackle random encounter tables, sense of place, and other tangentially connected topics. Instead of a letter, Tom discusses his trip to Seattle and of course shout outs and an anecdote or two.
- Ship Breaker: Good YA dystopian sci-fi novel about a kid living as a salvager of old oil tankers – bleak but well written. Great setting too.
- Nemesis: A totally insane cyberpunk action film with more gunfire than the Matrix. For reals. Also, check out this gif.
- Great White Space: An interesting if flawed Lovecraftian horror novel about a doomed expedition.
- Apocalypse World: An indie post-apocalyptic RPG that’s all the rage with the Seattle scene apparently.
- The Upper Berth: A ghost story with the best framing device ever. More cigars and champagne!
- The Devil’s Rock: A New Zealand made WW2 horror film. I did Nazi that coming. Okay I’ll go now.
- Speed Tribes: A book about the different subcultures of the younger generations in Tokyo. A bit dated, but still a great read.
- McBain: A Rifftrax where Christopher Walken sleepwalks through an action film that makes literally no sense. Highly entertaining! Aaron recommends it.
- Todd and The Book of Pure Evil: A 2 season comedy horror TV show on Netflix about high school, cults, and heavy metal. What’s not to love?
News: I’ve redesigned Raillery as a Video Game Actual Play podcast/Youtube channel. Check out our new videos! In Base Raiders news, the Pariah ebook has been released to Kickstarter backers. It will be made available on Amazon and Smashwords in the near future for people that missed the Kickstarter.
RPPR is pleased to announce a Know Evil Fan Creation Contest! Between now and the end of the Know Evil Eclipse Phase campaign on RPPR Actual Play, any fan that submits a bit of fan art or fan fiction will be entered into a contest to win a Know Evil poster, signed by Caleb, Ross and other RPPR regulars! Read this thread on the RPPR forums for more details.
Synopsis: Player character back stories and motivations are a tricky subject in RPGs. Meta gaming motivations or creating inappropriate or useless back stories an hinder a game. Tom is out of town, so Caleb, Aaron, and I discuss our thoughts on player motivations vs PC motivations and back stories in general. We also have shout outs and Caleb shares a special anecdote about the ‘Fun Factory’.
- The Phantom of Wilson Creek: A RPPR listener, Max Writer on our forums, published this monograph through Chaosium. Congratulations!
- Synnibarr Kickstarter: Yes, I backed it. I am a horrible monster.
- Danger Club: Watch out olds, the sidekicks are kicking ass and taking names. A good comic.
- FATE Core Kickstarter: FATE is a neat RPG system and the Kickstarter for it offers crazy good rewards. Check it out!
- Hellboy in Hell: Pretty much what you would expect.
- Saga: An epic fantasy comic about a young couple, their baby, and some crazy fantasy bullshit. Read it. It’s great!
- Neocolonialism: Kickstarter for a new video game about global economics. The tagline says it all – Ruin Everything.
- Title Builder: From the Doug Benson podcast.
- Wrath of the Lamb: DLC for the Binding of Isaac.
- AMV Hell 6: Animu is funny with silly music.
- Rifftrax shorts: Find out what is more dangerous than dynamite.