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Mass Combat – Ep89

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


Striking it Big – Ep64

Can wealth and fame drive a wedge between members of a group?

You have just slayed the dragon and taken its hoard, now what? No single thing has ruined campaigns faster than the quick accumulation of vast wealth.


We talk about some alternatives to monetary rewards that can be used to keep a campaign from getting too out of hand or boring.


Striking it Big – Ep64


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


Running Time – 35:15


00:00     Intro: Dan

00:31     On to the Topic

00:50     TANGENT: Wait, we must bitch about Mike’s treasure

01:24     Back to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun

04:09     TANGENT: The Economist’s View

04:54     Returning to the Topic

Items Mentioned: My Name is Earl, Brewster’s Millions

12:43     TANGENT: Mark hates dungeon-crawls?

13:19     Again to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Discworld, Legend of the Five Rings

17:27     TANGENT: Going to Dante’s Inferno

18:30     Again, back to the Topic

21:20     TANGENT: Playing Mundanes and Cowboys

Items Mentioned: Aces & Eights, Jeremiah Johnson

24:51     Finally back to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Heroes, Wheel of Time, Game of Thrones, Conan, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Fable, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age: Origins, Community, Star Wars

34:33     Outro: Eric




Romance – Ep59

Flirting With Mike
We can't quit ya, Mike!

As in real life, romance can be a profound enhancement to a character’s life. Adding that dynamic can change a blah game into a truly emotionally charged campaign. The problem is that romantic hooks are difficult to implement without feeling contrived.


We look at some aspects of this often ignored and/or misused tool of collaborative storytelling.


Romance – Ep59


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


Running Time – 32:19


00:00     Intro – Eric

00:30     On to the Topic

Item Mentioned:  Werewolf the Apocalypse

03:01     TANGENT: Boys Playing Girls

Items Mentioned: Wheel of Time, Dungeons & Dragons

05:18     Back to Topic

Item Mentioned: Shadowrun

06:13     TANGENT: Liquid Cable Dispenser

07:09     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: TMZ, X Men, 90210, Degrassi Jr. High, My So Called Life, Sixteen Candles

12:06     TANGENT: Playing House

Item Mentioned: House MD

12:59     Return to Topic

Item Mentioned: Highlander

15:31     TANGENT: Mark and Kagematsu

Item Mentioned: Kagematsu

16:06     Back to the Topic

Items Mentioned: World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ultima Online

22:16     TANGENT: Men in MMO and the Women They Know

Items Mentioned: DC Online, City of Heroes, The Guild

27:50     Return to Topic

31:37     Outro – Eric