Social Skills – Ep120

Social Skills – Ep120

With the right points spent you can be like our friend Graz’zt here and land a really cool chick.

One aspect of roleplaying games that has grown in fashion with us is the concept of the “social skill”.

Where we used to role play situations, now we roll a die add a modifier and move on. Has this game mechanic changed how we play? Are we playing the wrong games?

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, Greg and Shawn

Intro: Mark

Outro: Dan

Items Mentioned:

Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Iron Kingdoms, Mutants & Masterminds, Big Bang Theory, Legend of the Five Rings, Vampire the Masquerade & Requiem, Savage Worlds, Hero System, Shadowrun, Gen Con, Illuminati

Mass Combat – Ep89

Mass Combat   Ep89

All I know is that I wanna be the guy with the frickin triceratops!

Many moons ago, roleplaying games were begotten from strategy based miniature battles. With this background in war games, and the propensity of massive battles in many of the tropes of fantasy and sci-fi,   it is not surprising when you look at a lot of older RPGs and see systems for massive battles.

 

Then a funny thing happened, games started going away from the complicated strategy based mass combat systems and toward abstract rules for battles.

 

We discuss our perspective on conducting mass combat in your RPGs.

 

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

 

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

 

Intro: Eric

Outro: Dan

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Shows Featured in the Outro:

Monkey in the Cage

Carpe GM Gamecast

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

 

 

Items Mentioned:

Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Excalibur, World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Warhammer 40K, Iron Kingdoms, Settlers of Catan, Legend of the Five Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire: Dark Ages, Blood Bowl, Battle System, Birthright, Magic the Gathering, Song of Ice and Fire, Savage Worlds, Traveller, Twilight 2000, Shadowrun, Only War, Enemy at the Gates, Star Wars, Exalted, Wheel of Time, Burning Empires, GURPS Mass Combat

Samurai – Ep88

Samurai   Ep88

The Crane… grace, beauty and perfection.

What is a Samurai, and why the hell would anyone play one? That is the question we asked ourselves, at least some of us did, when confronted with the opportunity to play a game that focused on these enigmatic warriors.

 

Is it important to steep ourselves in the legends and lore of the culture, or can you play a samurai game casually? We still ask ourselves this before we play any game based on Eastern culture.

 

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

 

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

 

Intro: Shannon

Outro: Shannon

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Podcasts Mentioned in the Outro:

Action Nerds: Go!

Dragon Fisters Podcast

Walking Eye Podcast  

 

Items Mentioned:

Legend of the Five Rings, Dungeons & Dragons, Oriental Adventures, Bushido, Land of the Rising Sun, Chivalry & Sorcery, The Blossoms are Falling, Burning Wheel, Blood & Honor, John Wick, John Woo, Heroes of Rokugan, Rounders, Shadowrun, Ghost Dog, William Gibson, Star Wars