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Themed Campaigns and Characters – Ep41

I know what Dan's next themed character is going to be...

If you have been gaming for a while, the concept of themed campaigns should not be a new one. Setting parameters for character creation and a focused direction for a campaign can be very rewarding.


In this episode we discuss the themes we have used and plan on using in the future.


Themed Campaigns and Characters – Ep41


Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark and Shawn


Running Time – 33:13


00:00     Intro

00:30     Topic: Themed Campaigns and Characters

Items Mentioned: Dungeons and Dragons, Harry Potter, Al Qadim, Hackmaster, Rolemaster, Mutants and Masterminds, True 20, Batman

06:38     TANGENT: The Legend of Butcher Boy

Item Mentioned: Hero System

09:50     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Gen Con, Shadowrun, World of Greyhawk, Call of Cthulhu

20:58     TANGENT: The Origin of the Sea Princes Campaign

21:40     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Conan, Legend of the Five Rings, The Last Samurai, Ken Watanabe, Heroes of Rokugan, Legend of the Burning Sands, Victoriana

27:07     TANGENT: Meeting at a Bar

Item Mentioned: Star Wars

28:00     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Singham, Dr. Who, Ravenloft, Krull, Carl’s Jr.

32:31     Outro




  1. this_is_Dan
    this_is_Dan January 24, 2012

    Well i don’t know about themed characters but a Bollywood movie night is top of my action list!

    • Jayson
      Jayson January 24, 2012

      Well, it’s too bad I wasn’t there to defend myself. Lovely how you pigeonhole me as unimaginative and incapable of doing things differently. I do not agree with this premise – at all. Valkaun was the last “barbarian” I played – 10-15 years ago? Rando, a halfling thief? Crey, a middle aged human rogue? Amahd – Baklunish swordsman? Cuahto – a savage ranger/pirate? Cowboy – physical adept gun slinger? Turnabout – a hormonal teenage girl with issues? I’ll grant you that I like my star wars scoundrel – sue me – I enjoy it, I don’t care for playing Jedi. I also don’t care for always playing the “smartest guy/wannabe leader – Moe” (Dan), the quiet chick (Mike), the thief (Shawn – which you casually dismissed immediately after you ridiculed me for it), the statted/nerfed/brooding/smoker (Mark), or the “complete bastard” (Eric). We’re all guilty of rehashing stuff – its human nature. You may believe your new pirate is uniquely badass, and unlike what you’ve done before – but you’re fooling yourself and no one else.

      I’m disappointed that my friends think so little of me.

      Rant over.

      • Eric
        Eric January 25, 2012

        Sounds like we need to rehash this topic at some point.

        • Jayson
          Jayson January 25, 2012

          Okay, I’ve calmed down a little bit since I heard this last night while working out after a shitty day at work. But I’m still a bit peeved. I think the only thing my/our characters have in common is that they’re played by me/us in the same setting. You mentioned different cultures in our current campaign and the variety that can be found in it. My PC is the only non-Flanessian (is that a word?) on the whole damn boat! I’ve played Oerdians, Suels, Rhenee, Bakluns, Flan, halfling, dwarven and elven characters. All of them culturally different from one another, with different habits, customs and quirks. I tend to play Good characters and the rare Neutral now and then – Evil? Maybe once or twice – it just doesn’t appeal to me. Saying that I play the same fighter with a named two handed sword or “how many times can you make a Viking” in every campaign is simply incorrect.

          I’d be happy to re-hash this. Shitheads.

          • Jayson
            Jayson January 25, 2012

            Oh yeah, I have a username…

  2. Jayson
    Jayson January 26, 2012

    Sorry guys. Definitely an overraction on my part. Having a bad day isn’t an excuse for that.

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