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Canon – Ep106

You're doing it wrong.
You’re doing it wrong.

One of our longest running discussions centers around the use of established canon for roleplaying games. Does the official storyline of a game really matter, or is it just another thing that many in our community hold sacred for no reason?


If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.


Cast – Eric, Mike, Shannon, Dan, Mark, Jayson and Shawn

Listen on Spreaker:

Intro: Dan
Outro: Dan


Items Mentioned:
Serenity, Star Wars, GURPS, Hero System, Canonfire!, Star Trek, Wookiepedia, Conan, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, Dungeons & Dragons, Legend of the Five Rings, Harry Potter, Lady Blackbird, Savage Worlds, Hackmaster, Mutants & Masterminds, Aces & Eights, Star Frontiers, Big Trouble in Little China, Ninja, Panda Taco, Rolemaster, Pathfinder, Shadowrun


Editor’s Note:
This episode is sponsored by Dice Pouch.


  1. Hopeless
    Hopeless April 23, 2013

    Spock with a lightsaber?

    Not so much wrong more a really, really good idea but there’s still no way Kirk would ever be accepted as a padawan admittedly he’d probably be considered as seducing with the force the way the original series went!

  2. Skunkape
    Skunkape April 24, 2013

    LOL, I want to be Jack Burton!

    Jack Burton: “One thing Dave, too many people around here been dropping like flies and where’s that getting us huh? No where fast! You know what Jack Burton always says at a time like this?”
    Thunder: “Who?”

  3. Brian
    Brian April 24, 2013

    Funny Stuff.
    I’ve got into a few discussions about this over the years. I believe people get fanatical about their favorite ‘version’ of events sometimes because they want to enjoy and live within that environment. Settings are important because the history BUILT that mythology, Luke blew up the death-star. To retcon that would feel like a lie, or diminishment of what you love. Could we? Sure! But it is better to play within the world we all enjoy. If your player’s are disjointed on the departure, it isn’t adding to the game and shouldn’t be touched.

    I had a friend try to run Vampire for me. I was very excited because I wanted the nostalgia of bringing an old friend back from the character vaults. My nostalgia ended the moment the DM described this would be POST APOCALYPTIC V:TM… totally 100% disappointment as that character was so intimately tied to the politics of the world as written. I’m sure she would have made a great game, but I didn’t want to play it. Broke cannon? It removed everything I enjoyed and thought was cool about the game before I even started. Ugh. Its like playing thru the old starwars movies beside Luke and Han, but being told you’d be playing the role of Jar Jar.

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable April 29, 2013

      Thanks for the great example Brian.

      Something Dan always talks about is the fact that we should never try to rekindle past campaigns or past characters because it seems to always fall flat. I don’t always agree with that, but I have to admit it has been true more often than false.

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