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RPPR Episode 88: Heroes of New Arcadia Post Mortem Round Table Discussion

2013-06-27 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Just to clarify something about RPPR B-Sides: each volume will be released for free after a 1 year delay. Volume 1 will be released to the public on August 14, 2014. If you want to listen to the 20 AP episodes contained in Volume 1, then you can donate $20 to RPPR. Simple as that! I also want to give a shout out to comic artist David Faught for his contributions to Base Raiders, which is now in layout. Also, Hebanon Games is now blogging about game design and RPGs on a regular basis. Synopsis: The Heroes of New Arcadia campaign is now concluded. In 29 episodes, a ragtag group of self-made superheroes saved the world and ultimately determined its fate. Find out how the concept came to be and what the players thought about it – highlights of the games, surprises, and more. No shout outs or anecdotes this episode because our discussion went long. Song: We Heroes by Within the Giants Related posts: RPPR Episode 86: Know Evil Post Mortem RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2 RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 …

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RPPR Episode 87: Fantasy with a Horror Chaser

2013-06-08 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Actual Play fans can rejoice! RPPR B-Sides provides early access to archived and unaired AP episodes that will NEVER make the AP podcast. Check out RPPR B-Sides to learn more. In other news, we’ve redesigned Role Playing Public Radio and will eventually get to RPPR Actual Play. The design is not 100% final, so there may be tweaks here and there. Also, Base Raiders is still in production. Finally, the Know Evil Fan Creation Contest ended, so check out this post on the RPPR forums to see who won! We would like to thank everyone who entered but we only had 5 posters to give away. Synopsis: Mixing genres in games (like fantasy and horror) can be fun but it can also turn your game into a mess. Tom and I discuss how we approach genre mashups and what kind of pitfalls we have learned to avoid. Tom provides examples of his own campaigns and I pontificate like the published author (and horrible monster) that I am. You know, the usual stuff we do for episodes. Instead of a letter, I give an extended review of Grimoires, an excellent history of books of magic and how real life books [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 79: Horror in the Here and Now RPPR Episode 08: The Role of Rules RPPR Episode 16: Help Me To Help You …

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RPPR Episode 86: Know Evil Post Mortem

2013-04-30 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: If you’re a fan of Eclipse Phase, check out the Kickstarter for the next Eclipse Phase book, Transhuman. Don’t forget about the Know Evil Fan Creation Contest. The deadline for entries is May 10. Synopsis: After the conclusion of Caleb’s epic Know Evil campaign, Tom and I wanted to hash out how the campaign came to be, what changed during play, and what lessons were learned from it. It’s not often a role playing campaign ends with such a satisfying conclusion, so we wanted to make sure you would have a ‘director’s commentary’ for Know Evil. We also have shout outs and anecdotes. Shout Outs Spaceteam: hilariously fun iOS game – command a spaceship with randomly generated controls and yell at your friends! A winning combination. Elder Sign: New Cthulhu Mythos based dice and iOS game – like Arkham Horror but with more randomness and quicker pace. Gloom – Edward Gorey meets card game strategy – the most miserable and dead family wins. Rot and Ruin: YA horror novel series. It turns out life after the zombie apocalypse is not all that fun. Prophet: Crazy ass science fiction comic. MEATPUNK. Glory: Even Rob Liefeld original characters can be redeemed. [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 Eclipse Phase panel at Gencon 2011 RPPR Episode 68: Phases that are Eclipsed …

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RPPR Episode 85: We Three Games

2013-04-10 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Check out Caleb and I shooting up (space) zombies in Dead Space 3! Be sure to subscribe to Raillery’s Youtube channel for all the latest from us. Base Raiders is progressing nicely but it was slowed down a bit so I could contribute to Eclipse Phase’s newest book – Transhuman. There’s an open playtest for some of the material right now - read it and give them your feedback. And of course, the Know Evil Fan Creation Contest is still ongoing! Synopsis: Tom, special guest Caleb, and I each came up with 3 ideas for standalone RPGs and pitch them to each other. From mythos warlords and gods the weird west and beyond, we talk about games about making movies, fighting magic with technology, and life inside video games. If you like the ideas or hate them, let us know in the comments! Shout Outs Idle Red Hands Podcast: podcast about gaming and Japan by expat gamers in Japan. Haste Podcast: Silver Ennie award winning gaming podcast. Graphic Canon Volume 1: The classics of world literature told in comix format. The Night Lands, A Story Retold: the weird fiction classic rewritten so mortals may understand what the hell is [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 03: When Games Go Bump in the Night RPPR Episode 58: The Games of Tomorrow RPPR Episode 75: Plot or Polish …

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Interview with Micah Wedemeyer of Obsidian Portal

2013-03-29 :: Ross Payton
Length: 55s

Obsidian Portal, the campaign tracking website, has launched a Kickstarter to pay for site upgrades. I talked to the programmer behind Obsidian Portal, Micah Wedemeyer, who is also co-host of the Haste podcast. In this interview, we talk about Obsidian Portal, Kickstarter, and crowdfunding in the RPG industry. Be sure to take a look at Greg Stolze’s Kickstarter: Mask of the Other!   Related posts: RPPR Episode 74: Kickstart my Heart RPPR Interview with Sean Jaffe: Blood Dimmed Tides & ZG RPPR Episode 77: Gencon 2012 Wrapup …

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RPPR Episode 84: Murphy Rules

2013-03-05 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: The Know Evil Fan Creation contest is well underway and the deadline for entries has been extended. Tom has started a Pathfinder campaign, which will be recorded. I have a short story in The Unspeakable Oath 22 – read “Message in a Bottle.” Also, I want to thank every RPPR donor who helps keep this site up and going! Synopsis: Murphy’s Rules were a long standing comic in Pyramid magazine that pointed out the quirks of various RPG systems. Recently, I found a hilarious thread on the SA forums carrying on that tradition by explaining how jumping really high in D&D 3.5E can make you really popular or how a priest wouldn’t be able to recognize his own god in the flesh. This episode deals with this disconnection between reality, game rules, and genre conventions and how to deal with them in games. Is this even a problem? What do you do when a player finds a way to break the game or its genre? After the main discussion, Tom has a letter for us and shout outs and anecdotes. Shout outs The Quiet Year: Post apocalyptic map making and story telling game. Great stuff! Crackerjack: a Die Hard [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 08: The Role of Rules RPPR Episode 78: Base Raiding 101 RPPR Episode 27: Grand Theft Apparatus of Kwalish …

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RPPR Episode 83: Maps and Legends

2013-02-05 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Fallout Without End, a new scenario of the No Security ransom pack from Hebanon Games is now available! We’re still cranking out videos at Raillery. The map is part of the Zombie Factory, a chapter in the upcoming Base Raiders RPG. Synopsis: Travel and exploration is adventurous in real life but not in role playing games. Someone like Marco Polo is a major figure in history, yet in Dungeons and Dragons, his accomplishments would be minor compared to the average 10th level fighter. Tom and I try to tackle why exploration in games fails to capture the sense of adventure it does in reality and how it can be made to do so. We even tackle random encounter tables, sense of place, and other tangentially connected topics. Instead of a letter, Tom discusses his trip to Seattle and of course shout outs and an anecdote or two. Shout outs Ship Breaker: Good YA dystopian sci-fi novel about a kid living as a salvager of old oil tankers – bleak but well written. Great setting too. Nemesis: A totally insane cyberpunk action film with more gunfire than the Matrix. For reals. Also, check out this gif. Great White Space: An [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 50: Danse Macabre 2: Electric Boogaloo RPPR Episode 32: Show and Tell – Maps and Minis RPPR Episode 69: Critique of Cthulhu …

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RPPR Episode 82: Back That Story Up

2013-01-10 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: I’ve redesigned Raillery as a Video Game Actual Play podcast/Youtube channel. Check out our new videos! In Base Raiders news, the Pariah ebook has been released to Kickstarter backers. It will be made available on Amazon and Smashwords in the near future for people that missed the Kickstarter. RPPR is pleased to announce a Know Evil Fan Creation Contest! Between now and the end of the Know Evil Eclipse Phase campaign on RPPR Actual Play, any fan that submits a bit of fan art or fan fiction will be entered into a contest to win a Know Evil poster, signed by Caleb, Ross and other RPPR regulars!  Read this thread on the RPPR forums for more details. Synopsis: Player character back stories and motivations are a tricky subject in RPGs. Meta gaming motivations or creating inappropriate or useless back stories an hinder a game.  Tom is out of town, so Caleb, Aaron, and I discuss our thoughts on player motivations vs PC motivations and back stories in general. We also have shout outs and Caleb shares a special anecdote about the ‘Fun Factory’. Shout outs The Phantom of Wilson Creek: A RPPR listener, Max Writer on our forums, published [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 74: Kickstart my Heart RPPR Episode 13: The Awesome Action Packed Alliterative Adventure RPPR Episode 51: Info Dump …

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RPPR Episode 81: Mega-Damaged

2012-12-15 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Check out the newest Story Bundle! My book, Zombies of the World, is one of the bonus ebooks you can get if you pay the average of $8 or more. The bundle also features F. Paul Wilson and other great authors! I also wrote up a detailed post-mortem of my recent Call of Cthulhu one shot based on the indie video game, Hotline Miami. Synopsis: I asked Tom what he wanted to do an episode on and he chose the Palladium game system. So here we are. After going over our history with the system, we go over the game, from its mechanics to the setting of Rifts. It’s not pretty, but hopefully entertaining. Tom’s letter is about Rifts of course, and we have shout outs, a listener letter, and an anecdote. Shout outs: Story Bundle: Buy these ebooks! They make great Christmas gifts SSSSSSS: A 1970s horror movie about people being turned into giant snakes because of reasons. The Drift: New SG-1 Stargate novel. Interesting plot, characterization, and excellent attention to detail. A Monster in Paris: CGI animated film about a monster (in Paris). Miskatonic River Press and Punktown Kickstarter: Get Lovecraftian games and fiction! HP Lovecraft books [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 56: But the Railroading’s on Time RPPR Episode 21: So You Want to Create a Campaign RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks …

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RPPR Episode 80: A Good Clean Fight

2012-11-15 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Base Raiders, the new RPPR Kickstarter is nearing completion. Help us meet a few more stretch goals!  Contribute now! Learn more at the Base Raiders website. Synopsis: Combat is the heart and soul of many RPGs but running exciting combat is harder to pull of than it seems. It often descends into tedious “I hit you you” dice rolling contests or incoherent arguments over stunting and other combat rules. How do you balance those extremes? Tom and I discuss how we keep fights interesting in a game and what players can do their part. Instead of a letter from Tom, we read two listener letters, plus shout outs and an anecdote! Shout outs: Hotline Miami: Brutal, fast-paced combat and great music. Game of the Year 2012! The Curse and Curse 2: Crazy 1980s horror movies with good special effects Miami Connection: The best movie of the 198s0. Cocaine ninjas and Dragon Sound! Drive: Brilliant neo-noir thriller about a driver who makes some poor life decisions. Kicking It: Want to run a successful Kickstarter? Monte Cook has some good advice. Godzilla the Half Century War: a Godzilla story about the poor saps in the tanks shooting at Godzilla. Invasive Procedures: [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 79: Horror in the Here and Now RPPR Episode 78: Base Raiding 101 RPPR Episode 24: GO GO GO! and other Action Movie Cliches …

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Alternate History in Superhero Games at Gencon 2012

2012-11-10 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Check out the new RPPR Kickstarter for Base Raiders, a standalone RPG about superpowered dungeon crawling! Synopsis: This seminar with Dennis Detwiller, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey and Greg Stolze is about historical superhero games. Arc Dream has two games along those lines: Godlike and the Progenitor setting for Wild Talents, so they have some background in the topic. If you’ve ever wanted to run an alternate history game, even without superheroes, this panel would be a must listen! Related posts: RPPR Presents: Zombies in Gaming Panel at Gencon 2012 RPPR Episode 77: Gencon 2012 Wrapup RPPR Episode 36: Gencon 2009 Wrapup …

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RPPR Episode 79: Horror in the Here and Now

2012-10-28 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Support RPPR by contributing to the Base Raiders Kickstarter.Get at least the PDF and you’ll gain access to 10 preview RPPR Actual Play episodes upon the conclusion of the campaign. RPPR friend Cody Walker has his own Kickstarter up for Noir City. Help bring his comic to life! Synopsis: It wouldn’t be October without at least one horror themed episode of RPPR. Tom and I discuss what makes a horror story set in the here and now unique (2012). Isolation is no longer geographic thanks to smartphones with GPS but it is still possible to isolate players in different ways. Furthermore, we have new trends in horror storytelling, like the emergence of the creepypasta subgenre. Marble Hornets and the SCP Wiki are great material for your next horror game. Of course the real horror comes from real life. Aside from isolation, we have a growing panopticon, the ongoing global economic crisis, the rise of fascism, and online stalking/bullying. This makes the year of the Mayan Apocalypse a great place for a horror story. Plus Tom reads a letter and we have shout outs an anecdote. Read the SCP Wiki. The image on the left is from SCP 701. Shout [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 47: Adventures in the Real World RPPR Episode 42: Sense of Wonder RPPR Episode 74: Kickstart my Heart …

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RPPR Episode 78: Base Raiding 101

2012-10-18 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Base Raiders, the new RPPR Kickstarter is now online. Contribute now! Learn more at the Base Raiders website. Take the Zombie Survival Quiz at Zombies of the World Former RPPR regular Cody Walker has his own Kickstarter up for Noir City, a comic book. Check it out! The RPPR crew is just terrible at Artemis Spaceship Simulator. Watch! Synopsis: The newest RPPR Project, Base Raiders, is about dungeon crawling in a world of superheroes. But many players find that type of game boring. Dungeons are usually thought of as endless stone corridors, populated with traps and monsters but a dungeon can be so much more. You can use them in practically any genre, even modern ones. Tom and I discuss how modern ruins and abandoned places can be made into exciting dungeons for your games and what makes an evocative dungeon versus a boring one. We even design a modern dungeon on the fly for your use. Hopefully this episode will give you a new perspective on dungeons. Tom has a letter of course, and I talk about my experiences playtesting the new Dungeons and Dragons system. Shout outs: American Royal BBQ Fest: A celebration of KC style barbeque. [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 79: Horror in the Here and Now Alternate History in Superhero Games at Gencon 2012 RPPR Episode 13: The Awesome Action Packed Alliterative Adventure …

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RPPR Presents: Zombies in Gaming Panel at Gencon 2012

2012-10-07 :: Ross Payton
Length: 51s

At Gencon this year, I was part of a panel with Kenneth Hite, Dennis Detwiller, and George Vasilakos to discuss zombies in gaming. We talked about many topics, from favorite films, to the symbolism of zombies and how to use them in games. If you’re a zombie fan, you should give it a listen! In other news, check out the new Zombie Survival and Risk Analysis Quiz on Zombies of the World. Find out how well you would do in a zombie attack! Related posts: 1001 uses for Zombies seminar at Gencon 2011 RPPR Episode 77: Gencon 2012 Wrapup Eclipse Phase panel at Gencon 2011 …

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RPPR Episode 77: Gencon 2012 Wrapup

2012-09-01 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Sponsor: For the latest news covering the entire tabletop role-playing industry, turn to Roleplayers Chronicle at roleplayerschronicle.com! Synopsis: This was our best Gencon ever and we have a lot to show for it. We won best podcast at the Ennies this year! A very special thanks goes out to every fan that voted for us. This podcast wouldn’t be anything without the support of our fans. Thanks!  I also shot some video at Gencon this year, a special four part series called The Oregon Trail Question. All four episodes are online now and feature the following game designers and writers: Part 1: Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy from Pagan Publishing, and Jack Graham. Part 2: Bob Arens, Tim Shaw, Brandon Aren and Wayne Smith. Part 3: Kenneth Hite, Robin Laws, Shane Ivey, and Seth Larson. Part 4: Steve Long, Jim Pinto, Brian Jelke, and Jolly Blackburn. Tom, Aaron, and I discuss the highlights of Gencon for us this year including new games we tried, events we attended and what loot we got from the trip. Plus, Tom has a letter and we have anecdotes of course. Shout outs: Law of the Geek: An Ennie nominated podcast – fascinating legal analysis [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 RPPR Episode 19: Gencon 2008 Wrapup RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2 …

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Interview with Kenneth Hite on Night’s Black Agents

2012-08-22 :: Ross Payton
Length: 25s

We had a blast at Gencon 2012 and we have a ton of new material for you, starting with this interview with Kenneth Hite about his new game, Night’s Black Agents. It’s a horror/spy thriller game that Mr. Hite designed more or less to give players an excuse to slay the undead while being total badass secret agents. It’s based on the GUMSHOE game engine but has new rules appropriate for the spy thriller genre. It’s out now, so if you think you might want to try the game out, check it out here. Related posts: Interview with the Eureka writers …

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RPPR Episode 76: GM with a Thousand Plot Hooks!

2012-08-02 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Sponsor: For the latest news covering the entire tabletop role-playing industry, turn to Roleplayers Chronicle at roleplayerschronicle.com! Synopsis: We’ve talked a lot about campaign structure in the past but in this episode we discuss a new way to think about your campaigns. Namely, how to make a character-focused campaign as opposed to a sandbox or central plot focused game. We use long standing TV series to illustrate the differences and use our own personal experiences to provide helpful advice about it. We also have special guest, Thad from the AP podcast, show up. No letter from Tom, but we do have three letters from listeners and shout outs! Shout outs: Soundless Mountain: Well-made demake of Silent Hill 2 Adventure Time: We’re spirits of inquiry and BLOODLUST! Juan of the Dead: This is the best zombie movie of 2012, at least so far. Cuban zombie comedy masterpiece! Artemis Spaceship Simulator: We’re going to play it for real and record it for you! Rimward: The newest Eclipse Phase sourcebook, focusing on the outer solar system. Apocalypse Codex: The newest Laundry novel from Charles Stross. Cthulhu plus computers! The League: Hilarious comedy series about fantasy football. Twilight Imperium: Insanely long and complex sci-fi [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 75: Plot or Polish …

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Vote for Role Playing Public Radio as best podcast!

2012-07-20

Voting for the Ennies has begun and Role Playing Public Radio has been nominated for Best Podcast. If you’re a fan of the show, please vote for us! Select Role Playing Public Radio as 1 in the Best Podcast category. Related posts: Announcing Role Playing Public Radio: second edition RPPR Episode 08: The Role of Rules Vote for Road Trip at the Ennies! …

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RPPR Episode 75: Plot or Polish

2012-07-12 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Check out the new Raillery episodes, where the RPPR crew dusts off the Xbox version of the Warriors for hobo gang fights on the rooftops of 1970s New York. Not to be missed! Also make sure you subscribe to the blog at Hebanon Games for access to the scenarios from the No Security Kickstarter. Synopsis: Role playing games cannot simulate everything perfectly nor should they. Yet when a particular campaign or scenario visits a conflict not well handled by the rules, what should happen? How fair is it to run a game where the rules are ill-defined at best? Is it better to run a well-polished but simple game or a complex yet clunky game? Tom and I try to strike a balance between plot and polish. We also have a unique letter from Tom and a letter from a listener, plus shout outs of course. Shout outs: Lone Survivor: Awesome survival horror computer game, with a unique plot and soundtrack. DayZ: The super popular zombie apocalypse survival multiplayer mod Superbrothers Swords and Sworcery EP: Indie retro-style adventure computer game for iOS and Steam Breath of Death: A tongue-in-cheek RPG from the creator of Cthulhu Saves the World Nimona: [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 64: Adventures in Adventuring RPPR Episode 10: Filling in the Flavor Text …

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RPPR: The Rifts movie script reading – part 2

2012-06-28

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RPPR Episode 74: Kickstart my Heart

2012-06-17 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Caleb’s added a stretch goal for his No Security Kickstarter. Check it out. We’ve also added a few guest games on RPPR Actual Play. What do you think of them? Synopsis: Kickstarter, the new crowdfunding platform and social network, has taken the gaming world by storm. Both video and tabletop game developers have used Kickstarter to fund games like a sequel to the classic CRPG Wasteland to a tabletop RPG based on Meso-American mythology. Also, Dolphin based RPGs. Of course, this has led to criticism of the site, as some believe that it’s only a fad or that backers or project creators are being ripped off by Kickstarter. So in this episode, we talk about our views on this recent wave of crowdfunding games. No letter from Tom but we do have anecdotes and shout outs. Shout outs Kick Saver: Site that shows you Kickstarters about to end that only need a little more money to succeed. Save that Kickstarter! RPG Kickstarters: A Tumblr that lists new tabletop RPG Kickstarters Shit Starter: The worst Kickstarters, for your entertainment and D: Kicktraq: New stat tracking tool for Kickstarter City of Clocks: A Fantasy systemless setting from RPPR friend James Knevitt. [...] No related posts. …

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RPPR: The Rifts movie script reading – part 1

2012-06-12

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RPPR Episode 73: The Complexity Complex

2012-05-25 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: No Security, a horror scenario anthology set in the American Great Depression, written by RPPR regular Caleb Stokes, is up on Kickstarter. If you enjoyed Bryson Springs or Lover in the Ice, consider contributing to it. Synopsis: My recent trip to China got me thinking about complexity. RPGs are often very reductive, very simple worlds, but adding a bit of complexity to a game can greatly enhance it. Of course too much complexity can be awful especially in the wrong areas, but tweaking a specific aspect like a setting detail or a single game mechanic can make an average game into a great one. I also reveal my idea for a new Iron Heroes campaign, plus a letter from Tom, shout outs and an anecdote: Shout outs Liminal States: A genre-bending novel of immortality and Lovecraftian horrors and highly recommended by Caleb. China Road: A journalist travels across China, seeing the highs and lows of the country. The Weird: A massive anthology of weird fiction from around the world. Over 1000 pages of weirdness! Black Books: A hilarious sitcom starring Dylan Moran. Book of Cthulhu: A great anthology of Cthulhu mythos fiction. Nyarko-San: An insane anime recommended to us [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 56: But the Railroading’s on Time RPPR Episode 54: Immerse Me! …

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RPPR Presents: The Otyugh Sketch

2012-04-16

Selling monsters door to door is hard work. Loosely inspired by an incident from the RPPR D&D campaign, The New World. This skit was entirely improvised. Special thanks to Nathan Shelton and Kevin Keppy for helping out! Listen to the original ‘who wants to buy an Otyugh’ http://slangdesign.com/rppr/RPPR-Otyughs.mp3 I will be out of town for the next few weeks. I’ll be blogging about my trip to China at slangdesign.com. I’ll post photos, videos and observations about my experiences overseas. No related posts. …

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RPPR Episode 72: It’s a Dark Dark Dark Dark World

2012-04-06 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

RPPR News: The first RPPR video is now online. Check it out! RPPR friend, Pagan Publishing has a Kickstarter going on. Take a look at it. Arc Dream has a Kickstarter for Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man, a Call of Cthulhu Dreamlands campaign. Synopsis: The World of Darkness is a massive family of role playing games spanning from 1991 to today. We invite Jason and Aaron, both regulars from the RPPR AP podcast, to discuss the wide range of horror games. As we are more familiar with the old World of Darkness than the new, we spend more time discussing that the new World of Darkness but neither side is neglected. We also discuss how to jump in the World of Darkness, common pitfalls for running games in this universe and some of our favorite books or settings for it. Oh and of course, the metaplot. Tom also has a letter, and we have shout outs and a horror related anecdote from a listener email. Shout outs: Drifter Broken Road: A post-apocalyptic Western. Shoot outs in the ruins of a bombed out world. Kindred the Embraced: An ill-fated television show based on the role playing game, Vampire: The [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 48: Under A Dark Sun …

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RPPR Episode 71: You’ve got Wild Talents

2012-03-17 :: Ross Payton
Length: 2s

News: I’ve published the first part of my new fantasy serial, The Heretic Cycle. Follow the saga of an immortal villain in a world of dark magic and corrupt mortals! Available on Amazon (for Kindle) and on Smashwords (for all other ebook formats). Killsplosion: First Edition is out! The ransom model player vs player RPG you supported is now available as a free PDF download here. More content will be coming this year. I was a guest on the Drunk and Ugly podcast to answer some questions on game design. Synopsis: Wild Talents is a great One Roll Engine superhero RPG developed by Greg Stolze and we give the game a deep analysis in this episode. Tom and I discuss our experiences with it. Tom compares it to Mutants and Masterminds and learning the system. I also interviewed the game’s designer, Greg Stolze, about Wild Talents; its origins, running and playing it and the Progenitor setting. We also talk about his fiction and latest ransom projects.Be sure to look at Greg’s fiction and his new ransom project, a short story called Falling. Tom has a letter, and we have shout outs and an anecdote. Shout Outs Brick: Great and unique [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 50: Danse Macabre 2: Electric Boogaloo …

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RPPR Episode 70: There are Monsters in the School Tom

2012-02-17 :: Ross Payton
Length: 2s

News: I’ve released a new ebook, Zombies in Afghanistan. Find out what happens when the Taliban meets the undead! As an RPPR experiment, the fine folks at Subscriptorium have created a transcript of this episode. If you like having a transcript of RPPR, please let us know! RPPR is now listed on Stitcher, the mobile podcasting app for Android and iOS. If you don’t like iTunes, give Stitcher a look. It’s free. Original RPPR video content is on the way, with a special 3d intro made by Tobyn Manthorpe of Cedar Hills Games. We’ll post an update when our first video is up. Don’t forget to check out the RPPR Minecraft Server. There’s also a new episode of Unspeakable, the Call of Cthulhu podcast that I made with Scott Glancy, Shane Ivey and Greg Stolze. Synopsis: Monsters and Other Childish Things is a game near and dear to my heart. It was my introduction to the One Roll Engine and the source game for my first two books, Curriculum of Conspiracy and Road Trip. So in this episode, Tom and I discuss playing the game. It’s a great system but it has several quirks that take some getting used to [...] Related posts: RPPR Interview with Benjamin Baugh, creator of Monsters and Other Childish Things RPPR Episode 19: Gencon 2008 Wrapup RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks …

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RPPR Episode 69: Critique of Cthulhu

2012-01-15 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: The Killsplosion alpha rules are out! If you contributed to the ransom and selected playtesting as a reward, you should have them. Also, we have a RPPR Minecraft server. Check it out on Jan 22 3 to 5 pm CST for our first RPPR Minecraft event! Synopsis: Call of Cthulhu is an institution of role playing, but few gamers truly appreciate it for what it is. Tom, Caleb and I break down the game mechanics, meta-game issues and themes of the Cthulhu Mythos in order to explain the good, bad and ugly of this venerable game. Many players dismiss Call of Cthulhu as a very rigid and narrowly focused game, but it offers a far richer gaming experience if you know how to play and more importantly run this game right!.  Tom also has a letter, shout outs and an anecdote! Shout outs Instant City: A study in urban sprawl, globalization and politics. The Tunnel: Freaky horror movie with an urban exploration angle. Maniac Mansion 2: A classic adventure game with a twisted sense of humor. Horse ebooks: The funniest twitter account in existence. Too many horses. Throw a horse away. Fake iphone text: Generate iphone conversations as a [...] Related posts: RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – Wrath of Cthulhu Game 73 RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – A Murder of Crows RPPR Episode 27: Grand Theft Apparatus of Kwalish …

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1001 uses for Zombies seminar at Gencon 2011

2012-01-09 :: Ross Payton
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At Gencon 2011, I ran a seminar on how to use zombies in role playing games – not just as low level enemies to fight but as elements of drama. I also went into how to world build with zombies. They can be used in nearly any genre as enemies, obstacles or even unlikely allies. Enjoy! I’ve also included the two handouts I made for the seminar: 1001 uses for a zombie in role playing games If you liked this, then perhaps you might be interested in buying my book?   Related posts: RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 Eclipse Phase panel at Gencon 2011 RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2 …

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RPPR Episode 68: Phases that are Eclipsed

2011-12-15 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

This episode is sponsored by Audible.com. Sign up today for a free audiobook and 14 day trial! Synopsis: This episode will begin a new series of episodes, each focusing on a particular game system. This time, we talk about the transhuman sci-fi game, Eclipse Phase. Caleb joins Tom and I to discuss our reactions to reading, playing and running the game. The game can be intimidating at first, especially with the exotic technology and setting. Even once you get used to the game, there are more subtle pitfalls that can unbalance a game.Plus Tom has a letter, shout outs from all three of us and an Eclipse Phase anecdote about robbing a bank ON THE MOON If you liked this discussion, comment on what game we should talk about next! Shout outs RPPR Minecraft Server: Join us! Just don’t be a douche. Eclipse Phase Character Generator: Download the most recent version. Eclipse Phase NPC Files: Essential for anyone running a game of EP. Spirit of Redemption: Mass Effect serial fanfiction. Next Time on Lonny: Hilarious web series that must be seen. Dog Moon told me so. Hunger Games – Training Days: A Hunger Games board game. Bubbles and Troubles: A [...] No related posts. …

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RPPR Episode 67: Be a Better Player

2011-11-30 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: The Killsplosion Kickstarter is a success! I’ve acquired a HD camcorder so we’ll start recording videos soon. The Artemis Spaceship Simulator will take some planning to figure out but we will do it. I’ve also set up a RPPR Minecraft server! Check this thread for the address. Synopsis: We usually focus on advice for GMs creating or running games. This time, we want to focus on providing advice for players. So we’ve come up with a Be A Better Play Challenge. We want you to determine one thing you can do in your game to make yourself a better player. To help you along, Tom and I discuss some ways in which you can improve your game such as writing a better PC back story, table etiquette and playing against type. Tom also has a new letter and of course anecdotes and shouts. Shout outs: RPPR Minecraft server: Join us! A new world of adventure and jackassery await Rare Exports: Batshit insane movie about Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas Skyrim: Because of reasons Night’s Black Agents: Espionage and vampires in a RPG War of the Undead: A graphic novel about Nazis, zombies and more Black Crusade: [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 06: The Bad Player RPPR Episode 31: Be A Team Player …

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RPPR Episode 66: Building Better Worlds

2011-11-03 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Support the Killsplosion Kickstarter and get 10 new preview RPPR AP episodes! Zombies of the World Episode 4 is online. Watch it here. Synopsis: World building is an important skill for GMs but it’s a tricky skill to learn. It’s easy to get lost in the details, obsessing over minor elements that will never see the light of day. Tom and I discuss how we approach world building and the pitfalls we’ve learned to avoid. Tom also has a short story that will be used in the Killsplosion RPG called Clucking Hell. You can read the story on Kickstarter as well. Shout out: Killing Floor: It has a chicken suit skin for players. YES. The Stuff: In 1980s horror film, yogurt eats you! Danger 5: New and insane web series from the people that did Italian Spiderman Black Roses Rock music causes demonic possession apparently. Metachaos: 1/1d6 SAN loss experimental short film. Carnosaur: A cheap cash-in dinosaur horror movie with a weird subtext. McMafia: A great breakdown of current global crime syndicates. Music: Blood Brothers: First Blood by Mad Decent Related posts: RPPR Episode 65: Fear in the Long Haul …

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RPPR Episode 65: Fear in the Long Haul

2011-10-23 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

This episode is sponsored by Audible Books. Sign up today and get a free 14 day trial and audiobook. News: Check out the newest RPPR Kickstarter: Killsplosion! A rules light competitive PvP tabletop RPG. Get 10 preview RPPR Actual Play episodes when you contribute $20 or more. Zombies of the World on sale! Get your print copy autographed by the RPPR group or get the PDF for only $2.99 Synopsis: We’ve been talking about adventure and campaign design lately, so we thought it would be appropriate for an episode on horror campaigns and how to run them. The pacing for a horror campaign is different because characters in these games tend to wear down through attrition. Thus, you have to take into account their reduced capabilities when designing adventures or plan for a new way to insert new player characters when the existing ones die or go mad. Furthermore, less is more when it comes to horror. A slight aberration from the mundane is often more terrifying than random tentacle monsters. Tom did not write a letter but we do have shout outs and anecdotes. Shout outs: Nostalgic Critic: The Haunting – find out which was the best version of [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 22: Get Your Fear On RPPR Episode 23: Halloween Tricks and Treats RPPR Episode 24: GO GO GO! and other Action Movie Cliches …

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RPPR Episode 64: Adventures in Adventuring

2011-10-08 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: This episode is sponsored by Audible Books. Sign up today and get a free 14 day trial and audiobook. Zombies of the World is on sale during October! Save $5 off the print edition or $2 off the ebook edition. Synopsis: Adventure design for long term campaigns is different than designing for a one shot scenario. Keeping up with the entirety of a complex ruleset is impossible for a campaign so you must determine what rules to keep track of and what to ignore. Adventures have to be geared to specific player characters. You can’t keep adding on new elements into the campaign. Instead, you must provide closure for the plot elements you do introduce. We discuss all of these topics and more. Furthermore, Tom has a new letter, shout outs and more. Shout outs: Com Truise: Ultra chillax 80s style electronic music. Check out the ultimate 80s cyberpunk music video. I Sell the Dead: Grave robbers sell corpses to doctors. Undead appear. Hilarity ensues. Shadow of a Dead Star: Sci-fi horror novel delving into the depravities of the cybernetics black market. Adventures of Pete and Pete: One of the great shows made by Nickelodeon in the 90s. Z.N.A: [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 47: Adventures in the Real World RPPR Episode 23: Halloween Tricks and Treats RPPR Actual Play: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus …

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RPPR Episode 63: Stylish Substance

2011-09-19 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Ad: Critical Miss magazine edited by Jonny Nexus. Synopsis: Adventure design is a complex topic so we’d thought we would delve into it once again. In this episode, Tom and I discuss the difference between good design choices and style choices. While good design is applicable to any genre of RPG scenario, it is possible to make choices in creating an adventure that only work under certain circumstances. The choice to emphasize one aspect of a game over another isn’t necessarily right or wrong. It’s a style choice. Hack and slash versus political intrigue? Style. Dungeon crawling versus mass battles? Style. Tom also has a new letter entailing the virtues of various cinematic firearms. Shout outs: Americus: A graphic novel about a student dealing with a book banning. Excellent writing and art. Island of the Fishmen: Bizarre Italian horror flick about fishmen. Cthulhu Dark: An ultra rules light RPG of Cthulhu inspired insanity. Messiah of Evil: Public domain 1970s Lovecraftian zombie horror film Bastion: Amazing indie RPG with unique setting, art and music Cargo: The most Eclipse Phase-ish sci fi movie I’ve seen in a while Seven Minutes in Heaven: Hilariously awkward interviews. Check out Elijah Wood’s interview. Song: PonPonPon [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 54: Immerse Me! RPPR Episode 27: Grand Theft Apparatus of Kwalish RPPR Episode 58: The Games of Tomorrow …

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RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2

2011-08-27 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Check out Raillery Redux, my new video game focused podcast. Synopsis: In this episode, we bring in Aaron and David to discuss their experiences at Gencon 2011. Aaron ran three sessions of a Monsters and Other Childish Things game based on the Secrets of NIMH while this was David’s first Gencon. David cosplayed as an anime character, so he had a different experience. We also go over our purchases at Gencon and share more anecdotes from con games. Shout outs: The Last Lovecraft: A horror-comedy about the Cthulhu Mythos and H.P. Lovecraft. Stealing Cthulhu: the perfect resource to jumpstart your next Cthulhu mythos based game The Noodle Company: Holy shit they have great noodles 7 Wonders: A board game of skill and strategy LFG volume 2: If you like the webcomic, you’ll like this print collection Hobomancer: Magic hobos fight crime or evil or some junk. Awesome name for a game Arkham Horror: It’s still the best Cthulhu themed board game ever Shane Ivey: Keep up with the Arc Dream publisher on Twitter Adam Scott Glancy: BUY HIS BOOKS Mutuk Wolfsbreath Hard Boiled Shaman: Film Noir meets Siberian shamanism. AND IT WORKS The Hunger Games: Battle Royale as a [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 RPPR Episode 36: Gencon 2009 Wrapup RPPR Episode 77: Gencon 2012 Wrapup …

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RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1

2011-08-14 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

This year’s Gencon was so great, we will have to do two episodes to cover it all. In this episode, we bring RPPR regular Caleb to discuss his first impressions of the con and the games he ran and played in. We all talk about the newest games we picked up and Tom discusses the game he ran and other things he did. I also interviewed George Strayton, creator of The Secret Fire, a new fantasy RPG. It’s a short interview but I added in place of Tom’s letter. He discusses the design philosophy behind the game, his background as a screenwriter and more. Shout outs Panopticon: The newest Eclipse Phase supplement. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A hilarious book by Patton Oswalt. Old School Hack: Awesome free rules-light RPG and gold Ennie winner. Delta Green Gencon Panel: Listen to the informative Delta Green/Unspeakable Oath panel recorded at this Gencon. Cthulhu Invictus: Cthulhu in ancient Rome. A winning combination! Song: Zombie by Anssi 8000 and Maria Stereo Related posts: RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2 RPPR Episode 36: Gencon 2009 Wrapup 1001 uses for Zombies seminar at Gencon 2011 …

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Eclipse Phase panel at Gencon 2011

2011-08-09 :: Ross Payton
Length: 49s

I recorded a panel discussion of Eclipse Phase designers Rob Boyle and Adam Jury as they discussed their current plans for the transhuman sci-fi horror RPG. In this discussion, they go over planned releases, their business model and the themes behind Eclipse Phase. If you’re curious about what’s in store for Firewall and the rest of transhumanity, this would be a good listen. Related posts: RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 RPPR Episode 36: Gencon 2009 Wrapup RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2 …

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RPPR Episode 60: It’s not a cliche!

2011-07-19 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

News: Vote for Monsters and Other Childish Things: Road Trip (Cubicle 7/Arc Dream Publishing) in the best adventure category. Be sure to vote it as #1! Zombies of the World products now have free US shipping. Order your copy today. Synopsis: THIS IS A NSFW EPISODE. Tom remembered a horribly boring dungeon crawl campaign he suffered from in his youth. He wanted to take the cliches he saw in that game and make them actually fun. So, we discuss how to take cliches like traps, prisoners and treasure in dungeons and make them new and exciting. Also, because we are horrible, horrible monsters we read another excerpt from the rpg.net FATAL review. Also, Tom was too busy to write a letter. Be sure to let him know that you like his letters. Maybe he’ll grace us with a letter again. Maybe. Shout outs: Emissary of War: An iOS RPG created by a RPPR listeners. Check out the trailer Re: Old Spice – Cthulhu wants to talk about deodorant. Plus a brain in a jar. Calypsis:  Post-apocalyptic dystopian novel written as a wiki. SVK: Warren Ellis wrote a unique comic that utilizes ultraviolet light and ink. The Presidents: History Channel TV [...] No related posts. …

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Vote for Road Trip at the Ennies!

2011-07-15

The awards are here http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/ My book, Road Trip, is up for an Ennie.  They’re the biggest awards in the tabletop rpg industry. The nominees are chosen by a panel of industry veterans but the actual awards are chosen by online voting. Vote for Monsters and Other Childish Things: Road Trip (Cubicle 7/Arc Dream Publishing) in the best adventure category. Be sure to vote it as #1! Related posts: Vote for Role Playing Public Radio as best podcast! RPPR Episode 60: It’s not a cliche! RPPR Episode 19: Gencon 2008 Wrapup …

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Ruins of Lemuria – A New World Campaign Sourcebook

2011-07-12 :: Ross Payton

The New World is the grave of Lemuria, the greatest of all nations. The barbaric tribes that live in the New World now walk upon its bones, the ruins of temples and palaces, ignorant of the wisdom and power buried beneath their feet. When a colony from the kingdom of a distant continent settles on the shores of the New World, whispers of Lemuria flutter through the winds. Adventurers from the colony find the ruins and marvel at their beauty. Scholars listen to the legends told by tribal elders and connect them to ancient stories of a lost empire. Native warriors and mystics commune with spirits awoken by the colony’s arrival. The Ruins of Lemuria stir the blood of the ambitious and curious. Soon expeditions will be mounted to crack open the dusty tombs leading into the Stygian depths to learn their secrets and plunder their treasures. Little do these adventurers know that the doom that befall mighty Lemuria waits to greet them. The Ruins of Lemuria describes a massive network of ruins that spread across the entire continent of the New World, the remnants of a powerful civilization more advanced in science and magic than any other in the [...] Related posts: Codex of War – A New World Campaign Sourcebook The Goblin Hulk – A New World Campaign Sourcebook The New World Campaign Primer …

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RPPR Episode 59: Bildungsroman

2011-07-08 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Zombies of the World is now available in print, PDF and Kindle format! My book, Road Trip, has been nominated for an Ennie! Synopsis: Bildungsroman is a fancy way of describing the ‘youth to adulthood’ genre – stories like “to Kill a Mockingbird” where the character grows from a child to become an adult or closer to an adult. Role playing games are often like these stories – characters grow from being relatively weak and naive to eventually becoming epic badasses of destiny. However, many game systems do not encourage character growth – advancement is slow, ponderous and mechanically difficult. Furthermore, most campaigns are relatively short – interrupted or abandoned for myriad reasons. If you want players to grow at a faster pace, what should you do? How is mechanical growth different from role playing growth? Tom and I discuss these issues and more. Plus, instead of a letter, Tom and I read an excerpt from the infamous rpg.net review of FATAL. It’s definitely NSFW. Shout outs Attack the Gas Station 1 and 2: Hilariously insane Korean comedies. The Eliminators: An action sci-fi movie with ninjas, mandroids, cavemen, robots and time travel. Follows the conventions of RPGs coincidentally enough. Ugly [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 20: Random Character Advice Generator RPPR Episode 46: PvP is tearing us apart RPPR Episode 24: GO GO GO! and other Action Movie Cliches …

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RPPR Episode 58: The Games of Tomorrow

2011-06-11 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Synopsis: Science fiction is an under appreciated genre in role playing games. Fantasy (Dungeons and Dragons) and horror (World of Darkness) dominate RPGs and most of the popular sci-fi games out there aren’t really science fiction or are horribly anachronistic. Tom and I discuss the state of science fiction and how it is different than fantasy or horror. As the literature of ideas, sci-fi should play differently than other genres. Everything from thematic content to the design of the game should be affected. We also have a letter from Tom, shout outs, an anecdote and reader letters. Shout outs: Phenomena: A dreamlike horror fairy tale from Dario Argento. Dinosaur Rap: A Whitest Kids You Know comedy sketch The Found Footage Festival: The most bizarre and surreal videos of the past. Behold the Clown Ministry and weep Unspeakable! A podcast about Call of Cthulhu and Delta Green. Episode 1 is online Magicka: Nippon and Marshlands: new DLC for Magicka Risking it all: Pakistan – documentary about the risks truck drivers make in the treacherous mountains of Pakistan. Black Black Jobs: First scenario anthology for The Laundry RPG Music: Science Fiction by the Cobra Dukes. Related posts: RPPR Episode 03: When Games Go Bump in the Night RPPR Episode 02: When Games Implode RPPR Episode 56: But the Railroading’s on Time …

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Unspeakable! A new podcast for Call of Cthulhu

2011-05-31

I collaborated with Shane Ivey (publisher of Arc Dream) and Toren Atkinson (The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets) to create a new Call of Cthulhu monthly podcast. We will talk about gaming in CoC, Cthulhu mythos related news and review games as well as interview notable designers and writers. We talk to John Tynes, one of the creators of Delta Green, in our first episode. Check it out here! Related posts: RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – Wrath of Cthulhu Game 73 RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – A Murder of Crows RPPR Actual Play: Tom’s Call of Cthulhu WW2 playtest …

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RPPR Episode 57: Read the Fine Print

2011-05-17 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Watch Zombies of the World episode 1: Migration and learn how it was made on the ZOTW blog. If you want to contribute art for the Lemurian Ruins – email rpprpodcast@gmail.com. Synopsis: Game balance is a tricky thing. While in some cases, it’s easy to spot an unbalanced system like Palladium or Synnibarr but other times, a game’s imbalances won’t be revealed until you’ve played it for a while. So what do you when you find out that the game you’re playing is unbalanced? We discuss how to deal with these situations. It’s possible to change systems, house rule it so that it’s balanced or use the social contract to keep things fair. Also instead of a letter, Tom talks about having a cyst cut out of him. It’s really gross (NSFW link do not click this) Shout outs: Linotype: An upcoming documentary about the linotype machine. Tucker and Dale vs Evil: Very funny horror-comedy about college students vs. hapless hillbillies. Rubber: A movie about a psychic killer tire. Why is this great? No reason. Hobo with a Shotgun: Rutger Hauer murders bad guys with a shotgun. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT Mortal Kombat 9: Old school controls with brand [...] No related posts. …

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RPPR Episode 56: But the Railroading’s on Time

2011-04-16 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

RPPR News: We have a mirror of all of our episodes on archive.org. Catch up with our older episodes or send the link to a friend to introduce them to us.  I’ve also updated the Zombies of the World blog going behind the scenes on how I created it. Synopsis: Running a game in a timely manner is a daunting task. Many convention games fail to finish in 4 hours and a lot of players think that 6-12 hours for a single session is normal. We here at RPPR get shit done and want to help you also get shit done. How can you keep a game running without wasting a lot of time? Tom has a letter, shout outs and an anecdote from Tom’s latest Call of Cthulhu game. Shout outs: The blog of Ab3: The writer behind the Ab3 rants has his own blog with new material. Check it out! Marble Hornets DVD: One of the freakiest things I’ve seen in a long time now on DVD. Get it or Slender Man will take you. Jane’s Flighter Anthology: old flight sim. Blow up or fly Air Force One. Tenebre: Masterpiece giallo from Argento. A serial killer stalks a [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 40: First Time GMing RPPR Episode 29: Time of Judgment RPPR Episode 46: PvP is tearing us apart …

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RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks

2011-03-27 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Preorder my new book Zombies of the World and get a free poster and shipping! The RPPR Forums now support the iPhone and Android app Tapatalk. Post wherever and whenever you want. Go nuts! Synopsis: Every once in a while in a campaign, you need to shake things up with a big event – an epic boss fight or jaw dropping action scene that ties up a campaign or story arc. Of course, in order to make things memorable, you need to up your game as a GM. But how do you go above and beyond? Tom and I discuss ways to psyche the players up, prep for a big event and run it. Plus Tom has a letter, shout outs and anecdotes. Shout outs Operation Family Secrets: This family is nothing but secrets and lies! SECRETS AND LIES We didn’t playtest this at all: An insanely fun card game with an honest title Zombies of the World: BUY MY BOOK The Music Scene: Chillax album from Blockhead Music: My Skateboard will go on by Anamanaguchi Related posts: RPPR Episode 24: GO GO GO! and other Action Movie Cliches …

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RPPR Episode 54: Immerse Me!

2011-03-03 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Immersion is a tricky element of tabletop RPGs. In order to achieve it, a GM must first design a good scenario. In this episode, Tom, special guest Caleb and I discuss how we design adventures and other related topics. The effects of a game system on immersion and how to deal with players that lose immersion in a game. Tom also has a letter and of course shout outs and anecdotes. Shout outs RPPR Community AP Podcast: If the main RPPR AP podcast isn’t enough… Elephant Men Vol 1: A sci fi noir comic series of mutated soldiers Amnesia Dark Descent: A creepy Lovecraftian horror video game. Custom dice from Ean Moody: Get awesome skull dice! Lucid Chart: Flow chart program The Brain: 80s horror film about an evil man eating brain Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Zombies are serious business Videodrome: ALL HAIL THE NEW FLESH Rebuild: A Flash Zombie post apocalyptic RTS Andrew Vachss: Incredible crime novelist and inspiration for Andrew’s Fortune Teatro Grottesco: An anthology of Thomas Ligotti short stories. Podcast Promo: Redline Theatre - radio theater podcast Other podcasts (I couldn’t find promos to play from you guys): Zero Fortitude, Drunk and Ugly and Booster [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 58: The Games of Tomorrow RPPR Episode 63: Stylish Substance RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks …

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Interview with Jolly Blackburn

2011-02-19 :: Ross Payton
Length: 39s

Jolly Blackburn is the creator of the comic Knights of the Dinner Table and one of the principal game designers behind Hackmaster and Aces & Eight. He was at Visioncon 2011 and I got to sit down with him to discuss what’s new with Kenzer Company, the tabletop rpg industry, the Old School Renaissance and of course, KODT. No related posts. …

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RPPR Episode 53: You Lie! Rhetoric and Large Groups

2011-01-25 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Thank you RPPR listeners! The Ruins of Lemuria PDF Ransom was a success! We are hard at work behind the scenes creating many cool things for you and running games over Skype for the ransom contributors. Synopsis: Rhetoric is a divisive issue in tabletop games. Where do you draw the line between a player’s skill in speech and the PC’s ability? Tom and I discuss how rhetoric touches on game design, running a game and player vs. player conflicts. I’ve also started a superheroes campaign, using Wild Talents for the rules, and this time around we have seven players. A large group presents quite a few interesting challenges so we discuss how to run a game with a huge number of players. Shout outs Zombie Panic: Free zombie themed multiplayer FPS mod for the Source Engine The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games: Critical analysis of RPGs By Dawn’s Early Light: Like Dr. Strangelove without the comedy. Debris volume 1 and 2: Insane montages of the most obscure and crazy  films and video footage EVER Angry Joe Show: It’s a review show. Tom likes it. Comic Jumper: Xbox live arcade game about comic books. It’s funny and pretty hard [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 32: Show and Tell – Maps and Minis RPPR Episode 49: Morality Role Play RPPR Episode 50: Danse Macabre 2: Electric Boogaloo …

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RPPR Episode 52: Holiday Dash

2010-12-13 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

CONTRIBUTE  TO THE RUINS OF LEMURIA KICKSTARTER TO GET 10 PREVIEW AP EPISODES OR A SEAT A SKYPE GAME RUN BY ROSS PAYTON! Synopsis: Chase scenes are an underutilized element in many games. A staple of action stories but RPGs focus on social scenes and combat. This is because it’s hard for a GM to make a chase scene actually exciting. Special guest RJ joins us as we discuss ways to make a boring chase scene into an epic one. Tom does not have a letter, but we do have many special holiday shout outs and a few anecdotes. Forum Shout Outs: My Rifts Experiment: Palladium offers a grab bag of random products. I promise to run a game based on what they give me. Junk Mail Novel: Spam is like poetry, man. Ruins of Lemuria Kickstarter: Learn what kind of games I’ll run over Skype and if you have any questions about the PDF then ask them here. Holiday Shout Outs below the fold Song: Chase Scene Through DNA Wormholes by Rubber Band Banjo Fear The Boot: Thanks for mentioning us and glad you enjoy the APs! Octopus Pie: A print collection of a funny and well drawn web [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 24: GO GO GO! and other Action Movie Cliches RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks RPPR Episode 51: Info Dump …

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RPPR Episode 51: Info Dump

2010-11-22 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Synopsis: In fiction, revealing too much information right away is a sign of bad storytelling. In role playing games, it’s often essential for a good session. Game masters have to realize that what they think the players should know is often not enough for the players to actually understand what’s going on. We discuss the importance of information and how to make sure that everyone know what’s going on. Tom has a letter and we have shout outs and an anecdote. Shout outs Rise Again – a zombie novel with evil mercenaries Police Squad – a funny as hell TV comedy The Unwritten - A meta-fantasy epic comic from Vertigo Gamma World – Gonzo sci fi role playing game The Walking Dead - an amazing TV show about surviving a zombie apocalypse Forum Shout outs Order66 Tribute: A very special tribute for a very special forums member Pick the Best of RPPR: Help us pick the very best RPPR material for Youtube Pirates and Cthulhu: a winning combination! Music: The Information Age by Anthony Fiaumano Related posts: RPPR Episode 28: Great. Expectations. …

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RPPR Episode 50: Danse Macabre 2: Electric Boogaloo

2010-10-21 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Halloween is right around the corner so we are once again talking about running terrifying games. RPGs can’t really provide shocks like film or TV, but it’s still possible to run a truly scary game by keeping a few principles in mind. Specifically, a GM should focus on presenting ambigious information, giving players some but [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 23: Halloween Tricks and Treats RPPR Episode 65: Fear in the Long Haul RPPR Episode 28: Great. Expectations. …

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RPPR Episode 49: Morality Role Play

2010-09-26 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Morality and alignment are two of the trickiest issues in tabletop RPGs. Every player has their own perspective, beliefs and biases and they frequently come out during play. How do you deal with conflicts over moral dilemmas? We go over several possible reasons why this occurs and how to resolve it. Tom forgot his letter [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 08: The Role of Rules Actual Play: Wushu Dodgeball – To Save The World RPPR Episode 50: Danse Macabre 2: Electric Boogaloo …

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RPPR Episode 48: Under A Dark Sun

2010-08-30 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

My campaign for Monsters & Other Childish Things, Road Trip is out!  Buy your copy now. Cody has a new blog, Popgun Chaos. Read his reviews and essays about comics and bask in his glory. The Get Aaron to Gencon Kickstarter was a success! Listen to Aaron’s game. If you contributed enough to get a [...] Related posts: Actual Play: GURPS Modern League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Episode 2 RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 RPPR Episode 62: Post Gencon 2011 Wrapup part 2 …

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RPPR Episode 47: Adventures in the Real World

2010-07-26 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

My campaign for Monsters and Other Childish Things, Road Trip is available for pre-order! Buy it here! The Codex of War is out! Download it here. If you like our AP episodes, donate to the ‘Get Aaron to Gencon’ Kickstarter to get early access to 5 AP episodes. The real world holds just as much [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 64: Adventures in Adventuring RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks Interview with Jonny Nexus of Critical Miss and author of Game Night …

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Codex of War – A New World Campaign Sourcebook

2010-07-20 :: Ross Payton

At long last, the Codex of War is finished! This is the third book in the New World Campaign setting. The colony has survived its first winter in the New World, a testament to the courage and fortitude of its inhabitants, but now a greater threat looms over the fledgling settlement. While nearby native tribes [...] Related posts: Ruins of Lemuria – A New World Campaign Sourcebook The Goblin Hulk – A New World Campaign Sourcebook The New World Campaign Primer …

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Interview with Adam Scott Glancy of Pagan Publishing

2010-07-04 :: Ross Payton
Length: 2s

Adam Scott Glancy is one of the co-authors of Delta Green and is the man behind Pagan Publishing. I talked to him over Skype about the newest Delta Green book, Targets of Opportunity, a collection of new DG antagonist groups and M-EPIC, a Canadian anti-mythos organization.  We also talk about the resurrection of The Unspeakable [...] Related posts: Unspeakable! A new podcast for Call of Cthulhu Actual Play: Delta Green Eyes Only – A Night on Owlshead Mountain RPPR Episode 61: Post Gencon 2011 wrapup part 1 …

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RPPR Episode 46: PvP is tearing us apart

2010-06-02 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Role playing is a collaborative hobby but conflicts between players and the GM inevitably arise. Cody, Dan, Tom and I discuss how adversarial gaming can affect your game and how to deal with it. RJ and I also talk about the new online tabletop section of the RPPR forums and we get into a discussion [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 59: Bildungsroman RPPR Episode 51: Info Dump RPPR Episode 53: You Lie! Rhetoric and Large Groups …

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RPPR Presents: 3 Fan fictions as read by Cody

2010-05-19 :: Ross Payton
Length: 14s

RPPR regular Cody reads 3 classics of fan fiction: The Music Destroyer, Guess Who, and Napoleon Dynamite in the Outer Space. This is accompanied by Beethoven’s Concerto no 5 in E flat major. Related posts: RPPR Presents: A Trio of Fanfiction readings RPPR Presents: My Immortal RPPR Presents: Doom – Repercussions of Evil …

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RPPR Episode 45: Of Dice and Men

2010-05-03 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

For this episode, we have Cody and RJ as guests and we discuss how to deal with improbable and implausible player devised plans. While heist movies are based on elaborate schemes, does every game need a 20 step plan in order to slip past a single guard? We also talk about current RPPR projects. The [...] No related posts.…

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RPPR Episode 44: Don’t Hate the Game

2010-04-13 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

In this episode, we have a special guest: Mike from Bear Swarm. We discuss why edition wars and hating on games in discussions is a pointless endeavor and why people endlessly flame each other over them.  We also talk about Catalyst Game Labs and of course, Tom has a letter. Shout Outs: Triangle: A great [...] No related posts.…

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RPPR Episode 43: Forcing Friends and Brainwashing Enemies

2010-03-26 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Codex of War Ransom! In this episode, Cody, Tom and I discuss the use of social skills against other players, because of this blog post. When I ran a game at Fear the Con, I disallowed a player to use a persuasion skill against another player. We disagree [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 50: Danse Macabre 2: Electric Boogaloo RPPR Episode 40: First Time GMing …

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RPPR Episode 42: Sense of Wonder

2010-03-08 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

New Rewards for the Codex of War Ransom! Have Ross run a game of YOUR CHOICE over Skype! In this episode we discuss how to add a sense of wonder to your game. Tabletop RPGs are only limited by your imagination yet too many games are dull dungeon crawl affairs of 10 foot wide corridors [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 41: The Smoking d20 RPPR Episode 43: Forcing Friends and Brainwashing Enemies …

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RPPR Presents: A Trio of Fanfiction readings

2010-02-28 :: Ross Payton
Length: 10s

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT RPPR AND THE NEW WORLD CAMPAIGN! GET 10 PREVIEW ACTUAL PLAY EPISODES. HAVE YOUR CHARACTER WRITTEN INTO THE NEW WORLD CAMPAIGN. LISTEN TO CODY’S UNEDITED READING OF MY IMMORTAL! In this fanfiction reading, Chris, Jason and I each read a timeless classic. Jason reads Batman: Nemesis Fight a tragic tale of [...] Related posts: RPPR Presents: Doom – Repercussions of Evil RPPR Presents: 3 Fan fictions as read by Cody RPPR Presents: My Immortal …

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RPPR Episode 41: The Smoking d20

2010-02-16 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

Zombies of the World: a web series from RPPR co-host Ross Payton. Visit the Zombies of the World website and tell your friends about it! The Codex of War: A New World Campaign PDF ransom is up! Donate now to make sure we meet the goal! Synopsis: Running a mystery based game is far different [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 28: Great. Expectations. RPPR Episode 59: Bildungsroman RPPR Episode 55: One for the Recordbooks …

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RPPR Presents: My Immortal

2010-01-27 :: Ross Payton
Length: 9s

My Immortal is one of the most infamous fanfictions on the Internet. Cody reads the first four chapters, the opening of a goffik epic.  I can’t really add on to that. Prepare for the darkest, most dramatic saga of this generation. Or not. Related posts: RPPR Presents: A Trio of Fanfiction readings RPPR Presents: 3 [...] Related posts: RPPR Presents: A Trio of Fanfiction readings RPPR Presents: 3 Fan fictions as read by Cody …

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RPPR Episode 40: First Time GMing

2010-01-18 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

In this episode, we have two guests, Cody and Aaron, to help us dispense advice for newbie game masters and share stories of our novice attempts at running a game. Plus the usual letter from Tom, an anecdote and an explanation of the phrase “There’s monsters in the school, Tom.” Promos Fear The Con: We’ll [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 56: But the Railroading’s on Time RPPR Episode 29: Time of Judgment …

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RPPR Presents: Doom – Repercussions of Evil

2010-01-13 :: Ross Payton
Length: 1s

During the holidays, we got together to record some classic fanfiction for your enjoyment. First off is Tom reciting Doom: Repercussions of Evil a classic story of horror and rocket missiles. Read the entire story below the fold. John Stalvern waited. The lights above him blinked and sparked out of the air. There were demons [...] Related posts: RPPR Presents: 3 Fan fictions as read by Cody …

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RPPR Episode 39: 2009 Year in Review

2009-12-31 :: Ross Payton

In this episode, Tom and I review 2009 in terms of gaming. The most memorable moments, games we played, games we wished we played and more. We also go over some of what we have planned for 2010 and Toms has some ‘anti-resolutions’ for New Years in his letter. Shout Outs Eclipse Phase Quick-Start Rules [...] Related posts: RPPR Episode 36: Gencon 2009 Wrapup RPPR Episode 44: Don’t Hate the Game RPPR Episode 57: Read the Fine Print …

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Ab3 Rant 01: The Team That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

2009-12-25 :: Ross Payton

THE GUY WITH A JETPACK AND A HIGH POWERED RIFLE: When combat broke out he would zoom up into the air and start sniping. He had a kind of code against killing, he only killed villains if they fought back, or sassed him. Ab3′s first proper rant is now immortalized by RPPR! Listen to find [...] Related posts: Death by Thumbs Ab3 Rant #17: The Bad Rifts Project Ab3 rant #18: The D&D Session That Mostly Wasn’t …

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RPPR Epsiode 38: Fight me or Give me a Quest

2009-11-19 :: Ross Payton

If you are a fan of our Actual Play episodes, head over to the brand new RPPR Actual Play Podcast. It will feature a new AP episode every single week! We’ve already got over 11 hours of Call of Cthulhu ready for download. Don’t forget to comment on the episodes or post about them in [...] No related posts.…

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The Goblin Hulk – A New World Campaign Sourcebook

2009-11-07 :: Ross Payton

The Hulk has arrived! The Goblin Hulk has dropped anchor! Weighing in at over 17,000 words, this campaign sourcebook details the inner workings of the goblin hulk, a massive ship supporting an entire horde, bent on despoiling and looting everything of value in the new world.  Learn the secrets of the engineers and shamans who [...] Related posts: Preview of the Goblin Hulk – The Albino Grippli RPPR Actual Play: 4E Dungeons and Dragons – The New World Campaign Game 10 Call for artists for the Goblin Hulk Module …

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RPPR Actual Play: 4E Dungeons and Dragons – The New World Campaign Game 13

2009-10-21 :: Ross Payton

The Paragon Tier begins! A year has passed since the destruction of the thieves’ guild. The Water Barons now control Border Town, the second settlement of the colonial government. With their new power comes new challenges and new allies. A dragonborn sorcerer joins their ranks, played by Bill. What else happens? You need to listen [...] Related posts: RPPR Actual Play: 4E Dungeons and Dragons – The New World Campaign Game 12 RPPR Actual Play: 4E Dungeons and Dragons – The New World Campaign Game 07 RPPR Actual Play: 4E Dungeons and Dragons – The New World Campaign Game 08 …

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RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – Divine Fire playtest 2

2009-10-10 :: Ross Payton

A group of prisoners has been shipped to a remote laboratory in Nazi Germany during the final days of World War 2. But when they arrive, their guards disappear and they are left to their own devices. The lab is deep within the wilderness and a raging snowstorm makes escape on foot impossible. What happened [...] Related posts: RPPR Actual Play: Tom’s Call of Cthulhu WW2 playtest RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – A Murder of Crows RPPR Actual Play: Call of Cthulhu – Wrath of Cthulhu Game 73 …

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RPPR Actual Play: The Age of Masks 3

0000-00-00 :: Ross Payton

A group of vigilantes has learned about a secret project codenamed Long Stairs by the US military.  They’ve found the base and must plumb its depths to find the truth behind the mystery of all masks, both good and evil. What dark secrets will be un…

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RPPR Episode 37: Set the Pace

0000-00-00 :: Ross Payton

Pacing is vital to form of storytelling, yet it seems to be overlooked in role playing games. After running a dozen games at Gencon and Dragoncon this year, I realized how important a proper pace is for a RPG. Tom and I discuss the importance of pacing, h…

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RPPR Actual Play: 4E Dungeons and Dragons – The New World Campaign Game 12

0000-00-00 :: Ross Payton

SHIT JUST GOT REAL It’s time for the final battle between the Thieves Guild and the heroic ragtag army of underdogs (i.e. the players)! Who will live? Who will die? Who will die, then live because the players bitch enough to make me change my ruling…

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