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RPPR Episode 143: Murder She Wrote My Scenario

News: Get Zombies of the World and both Base Raiders supplements for $30! I will also be attending Go Play NW this month. I don’t have a schedule yet for games I will run yet but I will post on social media when I do. Stay tuned!

Synopsis:The small town mystery is an old but still viable subgenre. From Murder She Wrote to Stranger Things, we can’t get enough of local citizens sleuthing brutal murders and occult conspiracies. Shaun, Caleb, and I discuss the genre and how to use it in a tabletop RPG environment and how to apply elements of it in other genres and games. We also have an Unknown Armies anecdote!

Shout Outs

  • Bestiary 6: I finally had time to read the latest monster book from Paizo. Lots of interesting critters that could be used in other games.
  • Cadfael: A TV show about a medieval monk solves crime through deduction. It helps that all the bodies are dumped in the same pond.
  • Outcasts: A sc-fi TV show about a space colony that has to deal with mysteries and surviving in a harsh universe.
  • Belly of the Beast: A tabletop RPG about surviving in belly of a giant monster. An AP is coming!
  • 8 Tracks: Music streaming site that emphasizes playlists created by users.
  • Mystery in Space Volume 2/The Weird: A little known DC hero vs a jerk JLA.
  • The Murderbot Diaries: A great sci-fi novella about a rogue robot that just wants to watch TV but has to keep its free will secret.
  • 28 Days Later Omnibus: a collection of comics set in the same post-apocalyptic universe as the movie.
  • Agents of Dreamland: an excellent new interpretation of the Cthulhu Mythos in the modern era.
  • We also talked a bit about Wonder Woman and Nier Automata. Both are good.

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Interview with Jim McClure about Satanic Panic the RPG

I interviewed Jim McClure, a game designer and fellow RPG podcaster, about his latest Kickstarter, Satanic Panic. It is a tabletop role playing game set in the fictional 1970’s and 1980’s where players take on the role of secret government agents tasked with combating the evils of tabletop. The players work as a team with the common purpose to contain, control, and eliminate the threats to our world. They must do all this while keeping the truth from the public, lest a panic ensue.

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