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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

News: Support the Killsplosion Kickstarter and get 10 new preview RPPR AP episodes!

Zombies of the World Episode 4 is online. Watch it here.

Synopsis: World building is an important skill for GMs but it’s a tricky skill to learn. It’s easy to get lost in the details, obsessing over minor elements that will never see the light of day. Tom and I discuss how we approach world building and the pitfalls we’ve learned to avoid. Tom also has a short story that will be used in the Killsplosion RPG called Clucking Hell. You can read the story on Kickstarter as well.

Shout out:

Killing Floor: It has a chicken suit skin for players. YES.
The Stuff: In 1980s horror film, yogurt eats you!
Danger 5: New and insane web series from the people that did Italian Spiderman
Black Roses Rock music causes demonic possession apparently.
Metachaos: 1/1d6 SAN loss experimental short film.
Carnosaur: A cheap cash-in dinosaur horror movie with a weird subtext.
McMafia: A great breakdown of current global crime syndicates.

Music: Blood Brothers: First Blood by Mad Decent