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To Be a Hero – Ep116

What does it take?
What does it take?

What does it take to play a hero in a roleplaying game? Is it as simple as writing a “good” philosophical outlook on your character sheet, or is there more to it?


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


Cast – Eric, Mike, Mark, Dan, Shannon, Dave, Jayson & Shawn


Intro: Shawn
Outro: Dan

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Items Mentioned:
Mutants & Masterminds, Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, Superman, The Incredibles, Star Wars, Grand Theft Auto, Firefly, Die Hard, Jack Reacher, Harry Potter, Torchwood, Game of Thrones, American Psycho, Community


  1. Brian
    Brian July 2, 2013

    I’m no Joseph Campbell, but personally I feel there are 3 Major Aspects to a Hero in my book:
    1.) Willful (Courageous) Defiance
    2.) Self Sacrifice (be it for others or an ideal)
    3.) Defining Moment (or situation)

    You see there will always be people in the world who want to put you in a box and assign you a role to play. Sit down, Shut up, Submit.
    A hero rises when others fall.
    A hero stands when others kneel.
    A hero faces a moment where he chooses to stand against the tide, the current that pulls us into expectation, and chooses a different direction despite the cost.

    A hero, reclaims the promise of humanity that we can choose our own fate.
    A hero makes a choice not to submit to the current and fall, but to turn into and charge the very waters of apathy.

    When they say that the villain is the hero of his own story, this is the very defiance they are talking about.
    -B.K. Scott

    • this_is_Dan
      this_is_Dan July 2, 2013

      Just where the hell were you when we were recording. We totall could have used all those points, way better than us fumbling arround for 30 minutes.
      As always,
      Thank you for listening and the input.

      • Brian
        Brian July 2, 2013

        Where? Stuck here in swamp-ass Texas wishing the hell I was up there with you guys! And I’ll have you know the fumbling around is exactly why I listen to you wankers! Don’t start changing things now damn it. 🙂

  2. David McBride
    David McBride July 3, 2013

    In order to get a good grasp on the topic at hand what you needed to do was define what a hero is. Then proceed to talk about how heroes can be “evil” or not “evil”. Simply put Heroes are defined as “a man admired for being courageous or noble” For instance Jayne was admired by the townspeople in the Jaynetown episode because they admired his courageous/nolbe act of given them the money he was stealing.

    I would suggest that next time you define first then discuss.

    I am a big fan and you guys normally have great conversations. I think you guys meandered a little on this one. However I enjoy the podcast and the actual plays. Keep up the good work.

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable July 3, 2013

      You hit the nail right on the head David. This episode was us showing that we can eventually get there, it just take us time to get our minds straight.

      Defining the topic is an awesome start and we definitely dropped the ball in that regard. This was more like an organic discussion than a topical one.

      We enjoy all feedback, even critical.

      Thank you for that & thanks for listening.

  3. nanoboy
    nanoboy July 3, 2013

    I just wanted to note that you were somewhat incorrect in asserting that George Washington was the only man who turned down a crown for patriotic reasons. He is neither the only nor the first to do so. Did you know that the city of Cincinnati is named after George Washington? Sounds nuts, right? Well, in his day, learned folks compared Washington to the ancient Roman hero Cincinnatus. He led the revolt against the Roman monarchy and installed the Republic. While he was offered a dictatorship, he turned it down, insisting that Rome’s problems could be solved by a Republic.

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable July 3, 2013

      Not somewhat incorrect, flat out wrong.

      Thank you for pointing that out. We actually looked up Cincinnatus before recording because several had not heard of him.

      • Jayson
        Jayson July 5, 2013

        I say the nay! I was not incorrect. It is true that Washington was compared to Cincinnatus when George was alive, for being selfless and giving up power when it as offered to him. But specifically stated that the Father of Our Country is the ONLY leader of a successful REBELLION or REVOLUTION that voluntarily walked away from power (he wasn’t assassinated, dethroned, etc) after defeating the Powers that were in charge. He was offered a crown – he refused it. Long after the war was over he ran for President, twice, won both times, and retired when his terms expired. He went home to be a farmer. Compare that to Castro, Batista, Minh, Kai-shek, Zedong, Hitler, Cromwell and Kim.

        Cincinnatus was asked to be Dictator of Rome to stop an invasion of enemy tribes and again to put down a man who tried to crown himself king. When both enemies were defeated, he went home to be a farmer.

        Both are heroes without peer in my book. That is some selfless stuff that we should all strive towards.

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