RPPR Episode 87: Fantasy with a Horror Chaser
News: Actual Play fans can rejoice! RPPR B-Sides provides early access to archived and unaired AP episodes that will NEVER make the AP podcast. Check out RPPR B-Sides to learn more. In other news, we’ve redesigned Role Playing Public Radio and will eventually get to RPPR Actual Play. The design is not 100% final, so there may be tweaks here and there.
Also, Base Raiders is still in production.
Finally, the Know Evil Fan Creation Contest ended, so check out this post on the RPPR forums to see who won! We would like to thank everyone who entered but we only had 5 posters to give away.
Synopsis: Mixing genres in games (like fantasy and horror) can be fun but it can also turn your game into a mess. Tom and I discuss how we approach genre mashups and what kind of pitfalls we have learned to avoid. Tom provides examples of his own campaigns and I pontificate like the published author (and horrible monster) that I am. You know, the usual stuff we do for episodes.
Instead of a letter, I give an extended review of Grimoires, an excellent history of books of magic and how real life books of magic can be great game fodder for many kinds of role playing games. As an example, check out the Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses. It’s a public domain grimoire so feel free to use parts of it as a handout for your next horror game or whatever.
Finally we have shout outs and an anecdote, as always!
- Grimoires: As stated above, it’s a great book.
- Cities XL: a computer game about building a city that actually works. Crazy, right?
- Attack on Titan: Horrific manga and anime series about man eating giants and crazy steampunk soldiers who fight them.
- Tomorrow’s Harvest: Like creepy ambient music? Boards of Canada has got your back with their new album. Check out the music video for Reach for the Dead.
- Let’s Play Deadly Premonition: A cult classic 360 video game covered by an excellent LP of a 100% run.
Song: Creepy Doll by Jonathan Coulton
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