bsides_volume3News: RPPR B-Sides Volume 3 is now available! Help support our podcast and get 20 actual play episodes, including Tom’s Pathfinder campaign and a Fiasco game with Thad.

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Synopsis: Player characters develop relationships with other during the course of a campaign. They can help or hinder the campaign itself. Faust, Shaun, Tom, and I discuss how to build them in games and what kind of complications arise as a result. Keeping the narrative focused while balancing screen time between all players can be difficult. We also have shout outs and anecdotes!

Promo: The Redacted Files, an actual play podcast.

Shout Outs

  • Welcome to Night Vale: A novel based on the podcast, just as surreal and humorous.
  • Vagante: An indie platforming rogue-lite now on Steam.
  • Jeeves and Wooster: A hilarious Brit-sitcom based on the P.G. Woodehouse stories.
  • Barkley Marathons: A documentary about the world’s most grueling ultra-marathon.
  • The Big Short: A film about the people who predicted the 2008 financial crisis and profited from it.

Song: MAMAIA_2084 – Side A – She Used to Be Mine/Fresh Start  by MAMAIA_2084 & ~senpai vaporwave

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Synopsis: We’ve talked a lot about campaign structure in the past but in this episode we discuss a new way to think about your campaigns. Namely, how to make a character-focused campaign as opposed to a sandbox or central plot focused game. We use long standing TV series to illustrate the differences and use our own personal experiences to provide helpful advice about it. We also have special guest, Thad from the AP podcast, show up. No letter from Tom, but we do have three letters from listeners and shout outs!

Shout outs:

  • Soundless Mountain: Well-made demake of Silent Hill 2
  • Adventure Time: We’re spirits of inquiry and BLOODLUST!
  • Juan of the Dead: This is the best zombie movie of 2012, at least so far. Cuban zombie comedy masterpiece!
  • Artemis Spaceship Simulator: We’re going to play it for real and record it for you!
  • Rimward: The newest Eclipse Phase sourcebook, focusing on the outer solar system.
  • Apocalypse Codex: The newest Laundry novel from Charles Stross. Cthulhu plus computers!
  • The League: Hilarious comedy series about fantasy football.
  • Twilight Imperium: Insanely long and complex sci-fi conquest board game that is generally awesome.
  • Roll20: New virtual tabletop system that looks pretty cool.

Music: Hyrule’s Angel The Sleeping Beauty – Zelda cover by Game Over