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Episode 303 – the gamification of an RPG

2013-06-26 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 47s

* (0:29) How movies once made songs famous, but now seem to generally select songs that are already famous.  You’re The Best by Joe Esposito. * (2:50) Thrift Shop, Pat, a stripper, and his son. * (6:43) The gamification of an RPG.  What the term means in business or learning, and how it can be [...]…

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Interview 30 – Greg Stolze

2013-06-20 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 54s

* (0:28) Introducing Greg Stolze. * (2:38) An introduction to Better Angels.  An explanation of its premise and the balance between pure and corrupted traits.  You can find the game in print or in an electronic version. * (14:29) How Better Angels handles the exploration of evil.  The relationship between comedy and horror.  The Gambler’s [...]…

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Episode 302 – resurrecting dead things

2013-06-12 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 39s

* (0:28) How Chris perceives time. * (3:42) Chris resurrects a dead campaign.  How meta-game techniques can give players a sense of freedom about how well (or poorly) they remember the game.  Helping everyone recall concepts and get back into the flow after being gone for so long. * (24:35) Re-purposing old campaign ideas.  The [...]…

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Episode 301 – coyote ugly

2013-06-05 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

* (1:19) St. Louis food trucks.  The real name of Panera Bread.  An upcoming food truck rally at Laumeier Sculpture Park. * (8:11) Chad’s coyote character radically alters the course of a game.  The courtesy of handling such shifts in light of plans made by the Game Master or other players. * (21:34) Rolling with such [...]…

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Episode 299 – crunch

2013-05-30 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 48s

* (0:40) The Nazi Occult by Ken Hite. * (3:13) Fear the Minicon: East.  It will be hosted in Raleigh, NC on August 10th at Game Theory.  You can find the details and get signed up here. * (4:20) Fear the Con 7 will most likely be June 12th – 14th of 2014. * (8:17) [...]…

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Bonus Episode 50 – Bedtime Stories 5

2013-05-23 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:50) A big thanks to Nick for the bonus episode intro music! * (1:15) If you can’t get Happy Jacks, you probably need to update your feed.  You can find more info here. * (1:55) A big congrats to Jake and Erick! * (2:50) Postcard winners, you have not been forgotten. * (4:46) Wayne [...]…

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Episode 298 – the scale of a game

2013-05-14 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 50s

* (0:24) Chad forgets how to podcast. * (2:28) Chris meets a person and is impressed by the event. * (8:38) Telling a story at varying levels of epic-ness.  What it means for a story to be epic.  The importance of the small stories, even when told in the context of larger events.  Keeping the [...]…

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Episode 297 – captivity

2013-04-25 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:30) Fear the Con 6!  Sign up for the games you want to run or play.  Also, be sure to get your ticket ordered so we can give you a badge on Wing Night and skip the lines on Friday morning. * (2:03) A discussion about why Tex and Dan used to hate Chris [...]…

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Episode 296 – small groups in big battles

2013-04-18 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 58s

* (0:28) You can find Fear the Con 6 t-shirts and other items on our CafePress store. * (0:57) Issues of responsibility.   Within a roleplaying group, who buys the books?  How do you fairly divide materials and labor?  Whether hosting the event or running the game should count toward those social obligations. * (36:48) [...]…

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Interview 29 – Mark Dynna, part 2

2013-04-11 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 41s

* (0:20) How Shadowrun 5th edition is adapting to the shifting relevance of cyberpunk’s central themes.  The personal information site I mentioned is Radaris. * (12:04) The matrix and its way of breaking up the party.  The steps Catalyst is taking to make deckers a bigger part of the primary story instead of an isolated [...]…

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Interview 28 – Mark Dynna, part 1

2013-04-10 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 44s

* (0:40) A toast to Spc. David Tyler Proctor. * (1:43) You can find information on Fear the Con 6′s official charities here. * (4:18) Introducing our guest, Mark Dynna. * (5:54) What Shadowrun’s PACs are and why we love them. * (8:26) Shadowrun 5th edition as a case study on how large and mid-sized game companies [...]…

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Bonus Episode 49 – achievements

2013-04-02 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:43) Dan was a guest host over at The Established Facts.  You can find that episode here. * (2:38) The Kickstarter for Hyperreality. * (6:05) Dan versus Grey Goose.  Dan wins. * (9:38) Chris versus audio.  Nobody wins. * (11:51) Giving players really advanced notice of a game session. * (15:27) Chris invites someone [...]…

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Fear the Con 6′s charities

2013-03-30

As promised, here are some details on the charity running at Fear the Con 6. There will be an onsite raffle (more on that below), but I hope these are causes you’ll consider supporting even if you’re not able to attend the convention. Retired Military Working Dog Assistance Organization http://www.rmwdao.org/ Retired Military Working Dog Assistance [...]…

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Episode 295 – failure

2013-03-21 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:30) The Orson Welles recordings.  You can find the original here and the surprisingly similar parody here. * (1:29) Thoughts and prayers for Jake and his brother, Erick.  You can send wishes to his forum account, Pinofski.  (You’ll need to be logged in to our forums for that link to work.) * (2:26) Registration [...]…

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Episode 294 – forced success

2013-03-12 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:28) I don’t even know how to describe this.  Even Wayne was at a loss for words. * (9:14) A shout-out to the guys who have put out a Matrix RPG. * (10:40) Sign-up for our own convention, Fear the Con, is still running. * (10:49) If you’re interested in a convention on the [...]…

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Bonus Episode 48 – one question personality tests

2013-03-08 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:17) Dan doesn’t know his own show. * (1:44) Introducing the one question personality tests. * (4:32) People that don’t own TVs. * (6:10) Red, green, or blue? * (8:52) Protoss, Terran, or Zerg? * (10:05) Dwarf, human, or elf? * (12:15) Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion? * (13:22) Summer or winter? * (16:47) [...]…

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Episode 293 – disability

2013-02-27 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 54s

* (0:29) Nut up and GM! * (3:35) An update on the postcard contest. * (4:17) Fear the Con is coming up.  If you’re arriving early for the tourism, please send an email to Dan with your contact information, arrival time, and method of travel, so we can keep you in the loop.  Failing that, [...]…

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Episode 292 – zero to published, part 2

2013-02-20 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 48s

* (0:24) The traits to expect from a good editor.  Determining the kinds of edits you’re looking for.  Separating style and other subjective choices from genuine problems with the writing. * (9:32) Choosing traditional publication versus self-publication. * (18:08) Name placement on a list or bookstore shelf. * (20:17) The importance of marketing your book [...]…

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Episode 291 – zero to published, part 1

2013-02-14 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 52s

* (0:27) Introducing our guests and setting up the discussion.  You can find the relevant links at the bottom of this post. * (11:18) What motivated each author to get started. * (17:18) Tips for seeing a project through to completion.  Collaboration, accountability to an audience, and the danger of relying on a “future self”. [...]…

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Episode 290 – the persistence of RPGs

2013-02-06 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 54s

* (1:05) Dan blames Chris for the burpee.  Jackie Joyner-Kersee and fartleks. * (5:49) Fear the Fruit. * (6:38) Boots the Pegasus t-shirt orders. * (7:38) Signup for Fear the Con 6 rolls on, and tickets are now available for purchase! * (9:45) The death of a bard.  Just how much a Game Master should [...]…

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Episode 289 – abstracting injury

2013-01-31 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 49s

* (0:28) Registration is running for Fear the Con 6. * (0:57) John makes a Shadowrun character. * (7:26) The various models roleplaying games use for representing damage to your character.  Shaken, stunned, and otherwise losing control of your character. * (11:49) What damage actually represents: injuries versus the loss of will to fight. * [...]…

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Episode 288 – separating the character

2013-01-23 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:51) Sign-up is open for Fear the Con 6!  There are some changes to the scheduling this year, which are detailed in the podcast.  Ticket sales will be available soon. * (5:37) Chad takes umbrage with Wayne’s comments about spelling errors in his games.  If you want to check out his free one-shotters, you [...]…

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Episode 287 – wealth

2013-01-10 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (1:15) Voting for the postcards contest rolls on!  Be sure to get your votes in here. * (1:37) Gaming New Years resolutions for 2013. * (22:01) The various approaches to personal wealth and the broader economy of a roleplaying game. * (25:44) A quick update on the new things we’ve learned about soap baby. [...]…

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How Pathfinder Online Squeezed Blood from a Stone

2013-01-05

I’ve heard that in marketing, the population is segmented by how much people are willing to pay for a product of a given type. In intellectual property, entertainment, computer programs, any sort of digital bits, there’s always a large segment of the population that has a maximum price point of zero. In other words, they’ll [...]…

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Bonus Episode 47 – Fifty Shades of Wayne

2013-01-04 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:05) This was originally going to be the next Bedtime Stories before Wayne happened.  Regardless, we start with Julia’s misunderstanding of what we mean by “bedtime stories”. * (1:23) You can find Chad’s free games through Morning Skye Studio. * (2:29) Dan guest hosted on two other shows: Dragonlance Canticle and MasterCast. * (3:17) [...]…

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Interview 27 – Mark Kalmes, part 2

2012-12-26 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 52s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:20) John’s Bloodmoon Goblins Pathfinder supplement is now available for sale as a PDF, with print soon to follow. * (2:22) The  ecology and agenda of monsters in Pathfinder Online. * (3:42) The nature of existing (and eventually expanded) “theme park” content as opposed to the “sandbox” content. [...]…

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Bloodmoon Goblins Now Available

2012-12-21

Booters, Last year I ran a Kickstarter campaign to produce a Pathfinder supplement called “Bloodmoon Goblins”, which is a small campaign setting for goblin player-character adventurers. With the gracious support of our community, the project was funded. In the months since that time myself, Dan, Keith Curtis, and Ruben Smith-Zempel have written, rewritten, arranged, and [...]…

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Interview 26 – Mark Kalmes, part 1

2012-12-19 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

You can find a transcript of this show here! If you’re interested in backing the Pathfinder Online Kickstarter, you can do so here. * (0:43) The postcards contest is ready for your vote to pick the grand prize winner!  Get your votes in here! * (1:08) Some breaking news on the Pathfinder MMO: Mark tells us [...]…

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Episode 286 – maintaining focus

2012-12-14 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 59s

* (0:28) If you want to ask Maniah about a Boots the Pegasus t-shirt, you can find that information on our forums. * (1:50) You can find the details on Fear the Fruit here. * (2:27) Voting on the postcard grand prize winner will begin soon!  I’m just waiting on one more show to get [...]…

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Episode 285 – obfuscating a 1

2012-12-10 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 56s

* (0:28) Announcing our pick for the Postcards from the Dungeon contest!  You’ll be able to see the postcard we picked when the poll goes live later this week. * (2:32) The existence or absence of critical miss rules in various systems, and whether they’re needed to add parity to critical hits. * (20:18) Why [...]…

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Bonus Episode 46 – get out of my game

2012-11-29 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 49s

If you need an extra dose of Fear the Boot this week, Dan was a guest on two other podcasts.  First, he appeared on Saving the Game to talk about the moral dimension of folklore and re-imagining tabletop fantasy in a monotheistic paradigm.  Second, he appeared on Pros & Cons to talk about the nitty [...]…

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Episode 284 – listeners’ game pitches

2012-11-22 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 54s

* (2:12) The first pitch. * (9:49) An update from Fear the Boot’s Election Center. * (11:03) The second pitch. * (19:58) Another update from the Election Center. * (20:27) The third pitch. * (23:56) Results just came from Iowa, and CNN is calling it for… * (25:40) The fourth pitch. * (29:06) Another few [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, post-game commentary

2012-11-18

If I were to describe the XCOM Saga in a single word, it would be “unexpected”.   As I said back in the introduction article, this was mostly an attempt to recreate something I did back in 1995 as two friends watched me play through the original game.  Now well into adulthood, none of us have that [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, epilogue

2012-11-18

Karla, I apologize for the emotional distress my departure likely caused you and the team. If I had any less faith in our friends — or any less urgency about the task before me — I would have stayed behind to see everything through to the end. Several months ago, I was possessed by an [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 36

2012-11-18

March 20th, 2016 (afternoon)… The Sky Ranger flies over the temple ship, the vessel stretching out as far as the passengers can see in every direction. Adam guides the pilot to a particular landing point.  When the Ranger descends, it doesn’t seem to be landing in a ship so much as the middle of a [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 35

2012-11-17

March 20th, 2016 (morning)… As there’s no telling how the aliens will react to an assault on the temple ship, the entire base is put on high alert.  Every soldier is given their battle kit, and non-essential personnel are moved to secure areas.  Power is also cut to the alien device in the Gollop chamber. [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 34

2012-11-17

March 14th, 2016… The chairman relays a message from the Canadian government.  Rumors abound of aliens performing mass excavations of cemeteries.  They reports had been dismissed in favor of simpler explanations such as vandalism or insurance fraud, but Calgary police have just caught them in the act. Commenting he has to see this one for [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 33

2012-11-17

March 1st, 2016… Nigeria has requested some of our nano-fiber armor for military research.  As always, we agree and ship out the samples. On March 6th, a well-armed and heavily staffed supply barge lands in Montana.  Dan insists on a very specific team to raid the vessel.  Tex will lead Jimmy, Scott, John, Adam, and [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 30, RP interlude 14

2012-11-17

When I played through the new XCOM for the first time, I noticed a hidden plot within the game.  It may just be my own imagination connecting some storytelling quirks into an unintended narrative.  Or maybe it’s supposed to be there.  I contacted Firaxis’ press agency to ask for an interview, but my questions were [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 32

2012-11-17

February 15th, 2016… XCOM receives an emergency alert.  London itself is under attack by alien ground forces. Tex will lead Chad, Chris Hussey, Scott, Beth, and Rachelle into combat.  Dan will run C3, though under Ryan’s observation.  Chris and Scott will be field-testing suits of Ghost armor. The scene is London looks like something straight [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 31

2012-11-17

February 4th, 2016… A South African pharmaceutical company requests a sample of our combat stims.  They believe there might be some use for treating fatigue or even cardiac conditions.  Though the drugs have never been used by the team, Dan allows a batch to be constructed and shipped out. By February 7th, the third round [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 30

2012-11-16

January 27th, 2016… With only 17 hours left on the second round of psi-testing volunteers, a saucer is spotted landing in Washington state.  Dr. Shen indicates that a prophet is part of their crew. Tex will lead this mission himself.  The team will consist of Chris Ings, Beth, John, and the two LIGHTNING units.  Ryan [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 29

2012-11-16

January 17th, 2016… Lacking options, Tex opts for a brute force approach to the mission.  Chris Hussey will lead Jimmy, Chad, Rachelle, Adam, and Scott.  Tex will operate C3. The team lands right by a rail station.  Spotting familiar, green devices, Tex informs the team they’re priming mechanisms.  They can follow them to the bomb, [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 28

2012-11-16

January 1st, 2016… As most of the base rings in the new year, Dan is still in the infirmary.  Karla remains by his side, and some of the party eventually migrates into his hospital room, despite the objections of the attending nurse.  Dan seems lost in his own thoughts, sometimes having to be addressed multiple [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 26, RP interlude 12

2012-11-16

“The fact is that we did it, and I then came to the conclusion that I have held very firmly ever since, that if we had been left to ourselves there would never have been another shot fired.” — Sir Howard Kingsley Wood As written by Dan Krenzke… The morning ritual of popping joints and [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 28, RP interlude 13

2012-11-16

It’s always hard to know how you would really react to a series of outlandish and deeply traumatic events.  Sometimes you just don’t know until you get there.  But after a great deal of thought, I came to a conclusion about where I’d be at this point in events.  I considered writing an explanation of [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 27

2012-11-16

December 26th, 2015… The whole world has watched the massive alien ship for days, but it still has yet to do anything.  No bombardments, no pollutants, no troops disgorged…it just hangs there, menacing but silent.  Dan stared at the image for nearly an hour, trying to put himself in the aliens’ shoes.  Why bring it [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 24

2012-11-14

December 1st, 2015… With no other resources to manage, Dan begins reviewing the inventory of alien technology the team has collected.  He notes quite a few objects that have been categorized as “damaged” or “no project value”.  He forwards the list to science and engineering.  When Dr. Vahlen and Dr. Shen both respond with their [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 23

2012-11-14

November 28th, 2015… Dan elects to lead the assault on the alien craft himself. Kenzke needs to get back in the field.  From his own recovery, Dan knows that nothing restores your sense of power over the aliens quite like killing a few.  Adam and Chris Hussey will complete the team.  Dan also asks for G3 and [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 26

2012-11-14

December 20th, 2015… Any debates over the nature and sanctity of human life are cut short by a priority alert.  Aliens are attacking Bangalore, India. Ryan is given control of the mission.  He chooses Chad, Julia, John, Beth, and Krenzke to complete the team. Dan gives Tex C3 before retreating to his office.  With an [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 25

2012-11-14

December 14th, 2015… At 12:39pm, the team’s lunch is interrupted with news from the science and research departments.  Apparently the Hyperwave Relay went a bit nuts.  They argued over whether to unplug it or not, though before they could reach a decision, it registered its first contact: a medium-sized saucer over the UK.  Dan looks [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 22, RP interlude 11

2012-11-13

A brief bit of life around the base before we get back to the war… As written by Dan Krenzke… Ryan glanced up at the medical room ceiling.  The drugged induced haze began to wane just enough for clear thoughts. He glanced over to see Krenzke sitting at his bedside. “Welcome back,” said Krenzke, giving [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 22

2012-11-13

November 23rd, 2015… The council sends an urgent request to XCOM command.  The aliens are moving to intercept a military supply convoy in Pretoria, South Africa.  We’re being asked to save it.  South Africa, again?  Command starts to wonder if something more is going on there. Tex is put in charge of the mission.  He [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 21

2012-11-13

November 15th, 2015… Dan visits Dr. Vahlen in the science lab.  He asks if there are any outstanding projects her team could pursue.  She didn’t get two syllables out before he added, “And I don’t mean the closed ones.”  She assures him that transhumanism isn’t her current passion but rather the flower-like device they recovered [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 20, RP interlude 10

2012-11-12

Ryan (the real one) suggested an interesting cogency to the mind control attacks, but I’m not ready to endorse it just yet.  In the meantime… As written by Dan Krenzke… Long before anyone heard the craft, Rufus perked up and his nub of a tail vibrated to life. He grinned as the craft came in [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 20

2012-11-12

November 1st, 2015… The first part of the month passes without incident.  Apparently the aliens learned we’re capable of dealing with a quick succession of attacks and decided to reevaluate their plans. On November 10th, a large scout craft is spotted over North America. With the Firestorms in transit to other parts of the world, [...]…

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Episode 283 – military round table, part 2

2012-11-12 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:24) Maintaining and expressing individuality while in a command structure.  The story of Roy Benavidez. * (3:17) The details of military rank structure and the protocol for addressing other soldiers.   The importance of how you got your rank, and the subcultures that creates.  A survey of military ranks, histories, etymologies, etc, can be found [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 19

2012-11-11

October 21st, 2015… With Dan fatigued and Ryan needed for troop orientation, Tex takes this mission himself.  He calls for Chad, Jimmy, Beth, Karla, and Adam to join him in the launch bay. The Sky Ranger sets down in the middle of a thunderstorm.  It looks like the aliens are attacking a major road.  Abandoned [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 18, RP interlude 9

2012-11-11

My contribution to this interlude has probably been the most difficult one to write yet.  It’s odd how I can readily estimate my response to aliens and ray guns, but not a personal confrontation.  I don’t think it’s because one is more foreign than the other, but rather that one is more “clean”.  Shooting grays [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 18

2012-11-10

October 14th, 2015… Dan selects Chris Hussey, Julia, John, and Adam to accompany him on this mission.  Chris Ings will also be joining the team — sans SHIV units — simply for the combat experience. The squad arrives at the crash site in the UK.  The state of the craft is stunning.  Holes are blasted [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 16, RP interlude 7

2012-11-10

With the XCOM project facing an inevitable escalation in the war, a traumatized (and possibly compromised  soldier, and the temptation of transhumanism as a way forward, I asked the real people behind my teammates for their input.  Here’s what I got. As written by John Grana… John’s thoughts are clouded by the encounter with the psychic [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 16, RP interlude 8

2012-11-10

Ryan sent me a pretty lengthy contribution that bounces back and forth in time, giving a sense of how he arrived at a particular place, mentally speaking.  Since he was the victim of the biggest shift in recent plot, I felt it was only fair to let him say his piece. As written by Ryan [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 17

2012-11-10

October 13th, 2015… Looking over the duty roster, Dan notes the project has 13 soldiers and 2 SHIVs.  While the aliens have been quiet since the base assault, they typically attack several times each month.  Bringing in fresh blood means exposing more people to the traumas the team has endured, but not doing so means [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 16

2012-11-07

October 7th, 2015… As the team assembles for the base assault, Dan has very little to say.  “We have no idea what we’ll encounter in there.  And you’re all aware of the team members we’ve lost and the importance of the tasks still ahead of the XCOM team.”  He looks for something more, but the [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 15, RP interlude 6

2012-11-07

The following are events that occurred around the prior mission. Chad’s occurred just before lift-off and Chris Mais’ occurred upon return. As written by Chad Wattler… As the strike team gets to the Sky Ranger, Chad stands there in full battle gear. Dan notes aloud that sniper duty will be done by Julia and Ryan. [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 15

2012-11-07

September 21st, 2015… China requests a sample of our scatter lasers.  Since we’ve replaced them with alloy shotguns, we happily ship off our old gear. The council sends an emergency communique.  A scientist helping the German government track UFO activity has come under attack.  The request seems legitimate enough, though there’s always a certain degree [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 14

2012-11-06

September 1st, 2015… A small UFO has been spotted over Canada.  Time to try out our plasma cannons. An interceptor is scrambled.  After spotting the saucer, it brings it down in a single shot.  Back at base, the team applauds.  It feels like a great weight has been lifted just knowing that we just might [...]…

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The XCOM Saga, part 13

2012-11-06

August 20th, 2015… To avoid making our team do any long runs in the open, the Sky Ranger is instructed to land as close as it can to the alien craft.  The pilot either takes the orders quite seriously — or just wants to show-off — and brings the VTOL to a halt within sight [...]…

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Episode 282 – military round table, part 1

2012-11-04 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:33) Introducing our guests: Cape, Dan, and Ryan. * (8:13) Fear the Boot salutes everyone wearing the real boots.  Also, a special shout-out to Sgt. Rose and the 82nd Airborne. * (10:20) A final reminder that you have until November 10th to get your postcards in for the contest.  The complete rules can be [...]…

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Episode 281 – making online games work

2012-10-24 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:40) Two new prizes have been added to the postcard contest (a copy of Ultimate Toolbox and World’s Largest Dungeon).  The deadline has also been pushed back to November 10th.  You can find the complete rules on the forums. * (3:26) The absolute horror of the Sesame Street aliens and singing statue. * (7:54) [...]…

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Episode 280 – too much group template

2012-10-16 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 47s

* (0:35) Whether women can accurately predict who men will find attractive. * (8:13) Rearranging the hosts’ paychecks.  Also, hair dye and care tips. * (14:59) When a group template can backfire, creating a fence that makes it harder to integrate new characters.  How the group can work together to integrate a new character and [...]…

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Episode 279 – shame, friendship, and gaming

2012-10-04 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

* (0:36)  Postcards!  Postcards!  Send in your postcards and win free stuff! * (1:08) Shock websites and the other horrors of the internet Chad intentionally seeks out. * (12:44) Real-life shame (or the lack thereof) and how that impacts the way we approach roleplaying games.  The “Cerebus rant” can be found here.  FAIR WARNING: The [...]…

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Episode 278 – pitching a game, part 2

2012-09-29 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 57s

* (0:28) The video that explains the intro. * (1:13) Pitching campaign ideas as a practice exercise, and then grading the pitches. * (1:49) Chris’ pitch. * (12:17) Pat’s non-pitch, which turns into further deconstruction of Chris’ approach. * (19:54) Dan’s pitch. * (31:49) Julia’s pitch. * (40:25) Chad’s pitch. Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Julia, [...]…

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Episode 277 – pitching a game, part 1

2012-09-20 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 57s

* (0:37) Be sure to get your postcards in for our contest! * (0:53) Chris gives a shout-out for a rather unusual gift. * (4:45) What we each feel is missing in our current gaming groups or would like to see in a new player. * (21:07) The art of selling a game idea to [...]…

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Episode 276 – GMing for the first time

2012-09-11 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 58s

* (0:28) Introducing yet another Adam. * (2:45) The postcards contest is still awaiting your entry! * (4:57) Batman, Superman, Iron Man, a dinosaur, and Toy War 2.  You can see the fight that started it all here. * (18:45) Getting a new Game Master started in the art of running RPGs.  The experiences of [...]…

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Episode 275 – dark characters, part 2

2012-08-29 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 47s

* (0:24) Earth tones! * (1:03) The origin and cogency of evil within real people, and why that makes it hard for some of us to play dark characters.  Why it’s easier to play a dark NPC than PC.  The Joker’s boner (link is SFW despite the name). * (17:34) Picking “acceptable evils” to help you find [...]…

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Episode 274 – dark characters, part 1

2012-08-22 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 38s

* (0:29) Welcoming Adam from Kicked in the Dicebags: Player’s Edition. * (1:35) Announcing our first cross-show promotion with Kicked in the Dicebags, Postcards from the Dungeon, and THE ESTABLiSHED FACTS.  You can find the complete rules and mailing address right here. * (6:39) Adam drags us down by his mere presence. * (8:43) Defining [...]…

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Episode 273 – knowing what you want

2012-08-16 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 53s

* (1:19) An upcoming, cross-show contest. * (2:37) The expiration date on spoilers. * (16:28) As a Game Master, knowing what you truly want out of a game.  Trying to get what you want while still taking into account the players’ wants and needs.  (EDITOR’S NOTE: Around 34:50, Pat makes a comment about being able [...]…

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Episode 272 – games within games

2012-08-07 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

* (0:47) Fear the Boot vs Fear the Boot.  The ENnies weren’t even in the room! * (1:53) Wayne falls in love with the idea of games that have a story self-contained story arcs. * (4:30) Music and other in-character distractions from the game.  Roleplaying in sidebars. * (21:16) Blah, blah, blah, InSpectres.  You can see [...]…

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Interview 25 – James Lowder

2012-08-02 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 58s

* (0:28) Introducing James.  How little we used to know about the names associated with the games we played. * (2:50) Johann must ask the hard-hitting questions. * (6:02) The degree of freedom RPG fiction writers have in shaping their own work.  The distinction between good prose and good game writing. * (10:50) Writing shared [...]…

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Interview 24 – Keith Baker

2012-07-25 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 52s

* (0:29) Introducing Keith Baker. * (2:01) The origin of Eberron and how its publication impacted Keith’s career. * (9:49) Traveling around the world, staying with other gamers, and running the same game 54 times.  What he would like to run and play within his own group. * (19:54) Maintaining mystery in a game setting. [...]…

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Episode 271 – improv GMing

2012-07-17 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 52s

* (0:50) Tips and techniques for running a fully improvised game.  We start by setting the boundaries for the discussion. * (5:16) Why improv at all? * (6:50) Asking the right questions to get things started.  In the broadest sense, what sort of game experience do the players want to have?  Setting boundaries and building [...]…

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Episode 270 – mixing your mythoi

2012-07-04 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 51s

* (0:35) Handling interrogation in a roleplaying game.  Allowing the PCs (or NPCs) to get the information they want without degrading into senselessly graphic scenes.  Passing off misinformation or allowing the target of interrogation to manipulate the situation. * (23:17) Characters that don’t quite fit in.  While this could come from clashes of personality or power level, we [...]…

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Bonus Episode 45 – toe shoes

2012-06-29 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 56s

* (0:04) 4th of July comes early! * (0:46) One of our Twitter users correctly observes what makes this show work. * (2:56) Wayne does a brilliant transition that fails, losing out to Trendy Top, shorts with writing on them, and Chad’s hat. * (8:28) Being dressed by your parents. * (10:31) Dan’s praise for [...]…

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Episode 269 – pre-game

2012-06-20 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

* (1:08) This year we’ll be attending San Diego Comic Con instead of Gen Con.  However, there may still be some FtB community-sponsored events at Gen Con.  Expect details on the activities at both conventions soon! * (1:46) John is a bad, bad man.  Adding romance to a game while also dealing with its consequences. [...]…

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Episode 268 – quitting the field

2012-06-13 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:30) Fear the Boot sans Dan.  Pat makes me proud by his treatment of Chris. * (5:17) Some love for the Darker Days podcast. * (6:13) Free RPG Day coming up on this Saturday, June 16th. * (8:53) The lessons learned from a nearly-dead online game.  Setup time, scheduling, and social awkwardness. * (24:30) [...]…

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Episode 267 – large gaming groups

2012-06-06 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 57s

FAIR WARNING: The first part of this episode is a bit crass.  If you’re offended by that sort of thing, just skip forward to the 18 minute mark and begin listening there. * (0:30) Welcoming guest hosts, Chris Mais and Julia.  Julia’s struggles as a gaming girl.  Chris Mais proves he can out…whatever…Chris Hussey.  A [...]…

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Episode 300 – Hooray for early!

2012-06-05 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 2s

Just to make up for how late we released episode 200!…

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Interview Episode 23 – Monte Cook

2012-05-30 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 57s

* (0:40) Welcoming Monte Cook.  His first RPG book and the story of how he broke into the industry 24 years ago.  How he made it to D&D and what happened to the Marvel stuff he wrote along the way. * (8:36) The culture of TSR during its “bloat” and decline.  How the focus of [...]…

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Episode 266 – vivid storytelling

2012-05-23 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 45s

* (0:00) Don’t worry.  We’ll stick with podcasting. * (2:07) May 5th?  Wow, I’m behind on getting these episodes out.  But for those of you that didn’t make it, welcome to Fear the Con V!  We start by introducing the podcasts represented on this episode. * (2:55) The winner of the Power 16 III! * [...]…

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Interview Episode 22 – Stuart Robertson

2012-04-27 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 56s

* (0:30) Who Stuart is and what he’s been up to lately.  His blog, Strange Magic, and his micro-RPG, Weird West.  His Deviant Art profile can be found here. * (2:00) Stuart’s participation in the one-page dungeon design competition.  The mental exercise of paring content down to just what’s really needed.  The virtue of succinctness [...]…

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Fear the Noun for charity

2012-04-27 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 30s

Fear the Boot is joining up with Kicked in the Dicebags to promote some great charities Derek is running at Fear the Con this year.  All the links you need are below! Information on the forums: http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=15442 Gamers Outreach: http://gamersoutreach.org/ If people want to write their own letter, please address it to “Dear Soldier” and place it [...]…

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Episode 265 – helping without hurting

2012-04-18 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:40) If you’re coming to Fear the Con V, please note the wandering nature of the street the con center is on. * (1:54) Much love for Anime Eggroll!  If you’re in the St. Louis area and looking for a good anime shop, we give them our highest recommendation. * (2:29) An upcoming crossover [...]…

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Episode 264 – adapting an IP

2012-04-11 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 53s

* (0:28) Fear the Con V‘s tourism events will begin the evening of Sunday, April 29th.  If you’d like to join the communication hub, please send your name, cell phone number, and arrival time (if applicable) to TOFtBCH@feartheboot.com. * (2:49) An update from John on the status of Bloodmoon Goblins. * (3:43) The more obscure movies [...]…

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Episode 263 – setting bloat

2012-04-05 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 53s

* (0:43)  Three charities at Fear the Con V for Gamers Outreach.  There will be a raffle for an iPad, letters to the troops, and a Pathfinder Society tournament.  You can find more details or ask questions in this thread. * (4:30) Second round results from the Power 16 III.  You can vote on the third [...]…

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Bonus Episode 44 – red, green, or blue

2012-03-27 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 46s

* (0:05) Caribbean or Caribbean?  Dan’s dream of killing a legally protected cryptid. * (3:45) We try to start talking about video games that horribly disappointed us, but somehow end up talking about Juggalos.  How do they work? * (12:25) Video games that went horribly off the ranch via plot, character development, or setting.  While [...]…

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Episode 262 – faith

2012-03-21 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:29) First round results from the Power 16 III.  You can vote on the second round here.  Second round voting ends at 6:00pm Central time on Tuesday, April 3rd. * (6:32) A (hopefully unnecessary) disclaimer. * (7:06) Dan’s impeccable moral clarity regarding urban fantasy.  I’ll let you guess who writes these show notes! * [...]…

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Episode 261 – topics from Twitter

2012-03-17 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 52s

* (0:33) Fear the Con V! * (1:25) The Power 16 III is still up and running!  You can vote here.  Round one will end at 6:00pm Central time on March 20th. * (2:02) We’re delaying the discussion on faith until Wayne and Chris are both on the mics.  This obviously requires a test to make sure Wayne [...]…

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Episode 260 – recovering a game

2012-03-08 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 51s

* (0:30) Dan got his copy of Impotent Nerd Rage by Mikey Mason. * (1:40) The Power 16 III is now up and running!  You can vote here.  Round one will end at 6:00pm Central time on March 20th. * (3:54) We’re proud to announce the release of the Narratavius app — written by Michael [...]…

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Episode 259 – realism and consistency

2012-02-29 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 57s

* (1:04) The hosts versus social media. * (7:51) Fear the Con V is still on its way and looking good!  If you’re a GM, we could use your help.  If you’re a player, then just be sure to grab the good games before they’re gone. * (11:33) A discussion about fantasy fiction, mostly focusing [...]…

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Bonus Episode 43 – RPG origin stories

2012-02-23 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 52s

* (0:05) Dan falls victim to the flu.  If you need a visual of how bad it is in our area, check out this map from the CDC! * (2:02) Fear the Con V could use some more Game Masters, if you’re willing to run a game.  A flyer is also available if you’re interested in [...]…

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Episode 258 – adapting to player styles

2012-02-15 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:24) Managing different player styles as a Game Master through such approaches as simultaneous solutions, varying your approach to the game, and setting forth expectations about how the game will go.  Check yo self before ya wreck yo self, by understanding your character’s likely impact on the group. * (40:29) When the GM walks [...]…

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Episode 257 – a not-so-grand experiment

2012-02-08 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 40s

* (0:44) It feels good to be back, though Chris is sorry for calling Chad names. * (3:25) A big thanks to Wizards of the Coast columnist, Tracy Hurley, for mentioning us in an article on Gamer Resolutions! * (4:56) At Fear the Con V, Chris Ings will be running a Bloodname tournament for the [...]…

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Episode 256 – GMing styles

2012-02-01 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:48) Fear the Boot + Pat – (Dan + Dan’s job) = episode 256 * (1:36) Wayne will be posting his first game for Fear the Con V this Friday.  If you’re interested in passing out flyers or hanging them up in your local game store, you can download them here. * (6:21) Our [...]…

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Bonus Episode 42 – naughty or nice to Chris

2012-01-11 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

* (0:12) Johann is an audio freak of nature. * (1:17) Introducing our new game, Naughty or Nice to Chris.  We setup the background topic, explain the rules, and have an tangent on “sentient” versus “sapient”. * (7:42) Chris restarts the episode.  I’m not sure why, but he’s in control. * (9:12) We discuss player [...]…

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Episode 255 – after a player character death

2012-01-07 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 47s

* (0:31) A big thanks to Luna for the Secret Santa gift!  You can see a scan of it here and her online gallery here.  We also talk about some original Battletech art we have. * (4:44) Handling the logistics of a PC death.  We don’t debate whether characters ought to die but instead how [...]…

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Bonus Episode 41 – things we’ve never done

2012-01-02 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 37s

I apologize in advance for this episode.  It was a bonus show recorded on New Years Eve, and nature pretty much just took its course.  I have another (regular) episode in the hopper, which I will release later this week to make up for missing last week completely and then off-loading this on you today. [...]…

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Episode 254 – social events

2011-12-21 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 42s

* (1:52) Wayne tries to one-up John by rolling a method 0.25 character. * (3:52) Dan offers Chris some unsolicited PR advice. * (5:10) Following a suggestion from forum user, Concise Locket, we discuss going outside of the game-provided mechanics to resolve actions within a game.  How other metaphors can enhance or distract from the [...]…

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Episode 253 – significant others

2011-12-14 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

* (0:29) You, me, them, us, and other difficult pronouns. * (1:10) Fear the Con 5 registration is still up and running quite nicely. * (1:32) An invitation to our Old Republic guild. * (2:18) Method 0.5 character creation meets John’s bard. * (4:02) Pat goes for Husband of the Year with his (properly placed) [...]…

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Interview Episode 21 – jim pinto

2011-12-08 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 59s

* (0:29) What jim’s been up to since we last talked with him.  You can find his current blog at Post World Games. * (3:34) jim must defend his name, Y, and W. * (6:05) Pat goes for Father of the Year by taking a break from World of Warcraft to devastate his kid in [...]…

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Episode 252 – knowing it all

2011-11-30 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 50s

* (0:30) Dan’s first two games for Fear the Con V have been posted.  Be sure to create or sign up for anything that interests you! * (1:39) Chad and Pat’s horrifying idea for episode 300. * (7:04) Yet  again, a “minor” topic unexpectedly dominates the show!  Wayne’s opportunity to defend his bard against the [...]…

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Episode 251 – shopping

2011-11-17 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 49s

* (0:31) If you’re interested in playing the Old Republic MMO, Fear the Boot has a guild forming on the official game site.  You can see details and sign up to run with us here! * (3:12) Chris is writing Skies of Glass serial fiction. * (4:37) We give Pat a chance to prep for [...]…

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Episode 250 – campaign-level play

2011-11-09 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 50s

* (0:47) The website for Fear the Con 5 is up and ready for you to start creating and joining games!  If you’re looking to split a ride or room, be sure to check the thread on our forums where people are working out those arrangements. * (1:27) Fear the Boot is co-sponsoring a cruise through Gamer Adventures on March 24 through April [...]…

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Episode 249 – caster supremacy

2011-11-01 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:59) An extremely deep, philosophical, scholarly debate over the hottest chick on Star Trek. * (13:07) Using Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings as a jumping off point for a discussion on “upward” versus “downward” fantasy and which trope more accurately describes the average [...]…

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Episode 248 – micro-focus

2011-10-26 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (2:09) The website for Fear the Con 5 is up and ready for you to start creating and joining games!  If you’re looking to split a ride or room, be sure to check the thread on our forums where people are working out those arrangements. * (7:44) Zingers. [...]…

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Interview Episode 20 – Erik Mona

2011-10-20 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:24) Introducing guest host, Willie. * (0:49) Introducing Erik Mona. * (1:34) The size, state, and explosive growth of the Pathfinder game and Pathfinder Society. * (3:23) Erik’s more thorough introduction, including his resume in the gaming industry. * (6:35) We ask Erik to explain exactly [...]…

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Episode 247 – not overwhelming a new gamer

2011-10-12 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 55s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:30) Welcoming Adam from Kicked in the Dicebags. * (1:40) The March of Dimes charity auction — with prizes sponsored by Gnome Stew — is still in progress.  Be sure to get in your bids! * (2:03) Show transcripts are still being made for our episodes. [...]…

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Interview Episode 19 – Joe Wetzel and Keith Curtis

2011-10-05 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:35) Wayne tries to hijack the show to talk about Superman.  You know what that means: we talk about Batman instead!  The blog post on the hosting arrangement can be found here. * (3:07) Alex (aka Lizard Farmer) is creating transcripts of the show.  Check the [...]…

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Interview Episode 18 – Kenneth Hite

2011-09-28 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 57s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:37) Introducing Ken Hite. * (1:39) Contrary to what I said in the episode, This Just In…From Gen Con! is still editing the show I guested on.  I’ll post a link here as soon as it’s ready to go. * (1:54) Our video game giveaway is [...]…

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Episode 246 – Group Design

2011-09-22 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

You can find a transcript of this show here! * (0:30) Happy birthday to Chris! * (1:38) John announces the closing of Bloodmoon Goblins’ fundraiser and explains where things are headed next. * (2:21) Quick updates on GAME convention and Fear the Con 5. * (2:39) FlatCon is coming up on October 21-23, 2011 in [...]…

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Bonus Episode 40 – Chris and the Crimson Pumpkin

2011-09-14 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 38s

DISCLAIMER: While profanities were censored from this episode, the subject matter is still a bit more crass than what Fear the Boot normally covers.  Personal discretion is advised. * (0:00) A bonus episode disclaimer, followed by an explanation of why they don’t really work. * (2:23) Explaining the so-called crimson (or scarlet) pumpkin.  You can [...]…

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Episode 245 – small topic round-up

2011-09-06 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 46s

* (0:30) John provides an update on the still-running Bloodmoon Goblins Kickstarter. * (2:05) Fear the Boot still plans on attending the GAME Convention in Springfield, Missouri, October 7 – 9, 2011. * (2:42) If you’re interested in playing the Old Republic MMO, Fear the Boot has a guild already forming on the official game [...]…

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Episode 244 – invasion stories, continued

2011-08-31 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 1s

* (0:24) Imagining an insufficient universe. * (3:22) Pat has a gift for Wayne’s birthday.  This leads to a conversation about comic collections, older comic storylines, and related tangents. * (7:41) John’s Bloodmoon Goblins Kickstarter is still going strong and accepting donations, pre-orders, and other reward purchases! * (8:35) With Wayne’s story concluded, Chris has [...]…

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Interview Episode 17 – Ryan Dancey

2011-08-24 :: FearTheBoot.com
Length: 53s

* (0:36) John’s Bloodmoon Goblins Kickstarter is still up and running.  John has also expressed his willingness to stay up and run games for people in timezones different than our own. * (1:55) Introducing (or reintroducing) Ryan Dancey. * (7:16) Ryan has been writing a series of columns for EN World.  The links are provided [...]…

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Episode 243 – invasion stories

2011-08-17 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:52) On October 7 -9, 2011, Fear the Boot will be attending the GAME convention in Springfield, MO.  We hope some of you can join us!  This leads to reminiscing about Gorf and Logo. * (7:28) If you’re playing Champions Online, consider joining the Fear the Boot guild, Awkward Confessors.  You can find out [...]…

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Bonus Episode 39 – random pre Gen Con silliness

2011-08-15 :: FearTheBoot.com

DISCLAIMER: While profanities were censored from this episode, the subject matter is still a bit more crass than what Fear the Boot normally covers.  Personal discretion is advised. * (0:47) Why we’re doing a bonus episode, and Pat’s favorite (non-existent) Care Bears. * (1:34) Introducing Bloodmoon Goblins, a Pathfinder supplement John is creating.  He needs [...]…

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Episode 242 – bringing dungeons to life

2011-08-03 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:44) Some details on the progress and release schedule for Mikey Mason’s new album, Impotent Nerd Rage. * (4:48) Integrating a comedic character in a serious campaign, without that character disrupting the flow and feel of the game.  The actual play Wayne’s involved in is Knights of Reignsborough. * (17:59) Kyle sends in a [...]…

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Epiosde 241 – juggling campaigns

2011-07-26 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (1:13) Fear the Boot is co-sponsoring a cruise through Gamer Adventures on March 24 through April 1, 2012, and we hope you’ll join us. * (3:03) Do geeks have an unusual habit of raging against the things they love the most, simply out of perfectionist zeal? * (14:11) Being involved in multiple campaigns at [...]…

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Episode 240 – zero to published, part 2

2011-07-19 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (1:26) Congratulating Atomic Array and Kicked in the Dicebags on their ENnie nominations.  This leads into a question about the role awards play in consumer decision-making versus content producers simply enjoying the recognition. * (11:43) The guests pay more attention to the outline than the regular hosts do. * (12:53) Art, layout, and page [...]…

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Episode 239 – zero to published, part 1

2011-07-13 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:29) Introducing our guest hosts, Derek and Ed. * (2:52) Chris gives a shoutout to his nephew who’s landed the leading role in Highlander: The Musical.  If you’re interested in learning more, you can check out their website.  The reason Split Second needs a musical (some NSFW language). * (9:26) With Gen Con coming [...]…

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Episode 238 – collaborating on antagonists

2011-07-06 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:31) Welcoming our guest host, Michael, to Fear the Boot! * (1:06) Fear the Boot will be sponsoring This Just In…From Gen Con! during the 2011 convention.  Be sure to catch that show for some excellent convention coverage. * (1:30) The Con Planner site is now ready to go for our activities at Gen [...]…

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Episode 237 – picking up the mantle

2011-06-29 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:30) Pointless trivia about Wayne’s introduction on each episode and Chris’ struggles with Left for Dead 2. * (5:27) Fear the Boot will be at Gen Con 2011 with more events organized through our illustrious TOFTBCH network.  Expect details to follow in the next episode!  We’re also sponsoring This Just In…From Gen Con! which [...]…

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Episode 236 – rewarding player characters

2011-06-21 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:28) Straightening out our seating arrangement. * (3:00) The upcoming reset and renumbering of DC comics.  Why we individually think it’s a good idea, bad idea, or mixed bag. * (14:10) Rewarding the player characters in your RPG. We start by exploring the various ways of rewarding them such as roleplaying opportunities, personal goals, [...]…

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Episode 235 – gaming with family

2011-06-14 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:55) Fear the Boot and female hosts. * (2:49) Dan’s first awkward confession, plus Unicron, Arcee, and a seven-inch Voltron. * (6:51) Pat rages against 3D movies, and the rest of us pretty much agree. * (12:51) After a brilliant segue, Pat gives his take on the movie incarnations of Mystique. * (16:47) Gaming [...]…

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Episode 234 – themes

2011-06-08 :: FearTheBoot.com

* (0:30) Battletech, the map case, and why we’re hesitant to let certain people play characters of another gender. * (5:24) The start of the next March of Dimes charity auction.  You have 10 days to bid on a complete Dresden Files set with a GM book, several player books, and plenty of Fudge dice.  [...]…

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Episode 233 – organized play

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* (0:30) The first auction is over!  The second auction will be for a collection of Dresden File books, signed by Fred Hicks, Rob Donoghue, and the FtB cast.  It will start when episode 234 drops next week. * (5:10) Free RPG Day is coming up on June 18t…

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Episode 232 – narrative combat

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* (0:41) The first March of Dimes charity auction is still in progress.  You have a few days left to get your bid in! * (1:35) Using narration instead of rules to resolve combat.  Being fair without dice to serve as an arbiter.  How to make it work wit…

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Episode 231, lying part 2

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* (0:37) Bubba mows his lawn in the middle of the night.  We won’t call him, but we contemplate calling the D&D help hotline.  In case you’ve never heard of it, here are some highlights from the Butterball turkey hotline. * (4:18) Kickin…

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Bonus Episode 38 – gaming stories

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A mix of gaming stories, best characters, and worst characters, drawn from the collective history of the hosts in attendance.  FAIR WARNING: While all of the outright profanities are bleeped out, some of the content in this episode is a bit more coarse t…

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Episode 230 – lying, part 1

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* (1:10) Chris asks what we each want from the grocery store, which turns into an illustration on roleplaying styles. * (5:50) When a game, movie, novel, or TV show is taking a long time to get good, how long do you stick with it before giving up? * (22:2…

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Interview Episode 16 – Chris Kluwe

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* (0:25) Less Dan and more Pat! * (0:57) Welcoming Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings.  Discussion about his history with Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and MMOs.  You can find his own band, Tripping Icarus, on their Facebook page. * (13:34) Chris’ exp…

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Episode 229 – from non-gamer to gamer

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* (0:30) The March of Dimes charity auction is still in the works.  Post your suggestions on the blog or the forums. * (1:23) Mikey Mason needs your help to get his geek comedy album finished.  You can make a donation and collect a bounty of prizes from…

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Episode 228 – homebrewing

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* (0:30) Chad and Dan finish off a bottle of Pannepot donated by Danger Brewery. * (1:19) A coupon code good for 15% off any Arc Dream product purchased through their online store.  This code is good until May 1st.  Simply enter “feartheboot”…

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Episode 227 – leading questionnaires

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* (0:30) A big thanks to Chris Ings for the Fear the Boot themed ‘Mechs! * (2:41) Some love for the many podcasts that came out to support Fear the Con through promotion, attendance, and on-site coverage!  Be sure to check their feeds for actual pl…

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Interview Episode 15 – Shane Ivey

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UPDATE: Shane has provided our listeners with a discount code good for 15% off anything at the www.arcdream.com online store until May 1. The coupon code is “feartheboot” (without the quotes).  So if you’re interested in trying out any …

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