Episode 190 – The Starting Player Tale

Ben and Marcus talk about some of the mechanics involved with starting characters and why somethings are more important than others at low XP amounts.

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Friends Like These Act 4, Episode 2 – “Vanishing Point”

In this episode plans are made, naps disturbed, ships defaced, sports invented, and goodbyes said.

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Episode 189 – The Tale Vs Darkside

Ben has Marcus on to talk about his Force and Destiny podcast he creates with his kids and the lessons that can be learned from there. So much of the advice can be well used for bringing in any new player. Continue reading “Episode 189 – The Tale Vs Darkside”

Friends Like These Act 4, Episode 1 – “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

As Sclavos falls silent, our Heroes face some difficult decisions. None more so than Neema Talemy, who finds herself with everything she ever wanted. Is there another reason for her to fight or does her story follow a different path from the rest of her squad?

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Episode 188 – The Tools Tale

Ben and David talk about preparation tools for GMs and players as well as communication and character creation. Continue reading “Episode 188 – The Tools Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 8 – “When Puffer Pigs Fly”

With the revolt in full swing, Neema and AMP fight to keep the Zygerrian slavers occupied. Meanwhile, Matu and Kith put their borrowed jetpacks to use entering the Prince’s tower, but will they be able to deactivate the slaves’ explosive implants in time?

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Episode 187 – Map Tales

Ben has guest Leslie on to talk about ways to use maps and things to consider when using maps in person and online for your players. Continue reading “Episode 187 – Map Tales”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 7 – “Fight for Freedom”

With several paddocks of slaves freed and the alarm sounded, our Heroes have to move quickly to liberate the city of Sclavos from Prince Molec. Fortunately a little help has arrived of the Mandalorian variety.

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Episode 186 – The Surprised GM Tale

Kristine and Ben talk about what they do when the players surprise them and leave them wondering what to do next. Continue reading “Episode 186 – The Surprised GM Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 6 – “Beat It”

With Baron Sevelle held at sword point, a group of Twi’lek slaves freed, and a Mandalorian gladiator at their side, our Heroes have to move quickly to silence the other two slave camps before they alert the city and the Prince.

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Episode 185 – The Backgrounder Tale

We talk about some of the ideas and issues of starting a player character and how much background is too much, as well as how much is not near enough. Continue reading “Episode 185 – The Backgrounder Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 5 – “The Fourth Trial”

Under the cover of darkness, our heroes set their sights on the Karazak Slavers’ Cooperative compound and Baron Dorn Sevelle, a slaver who recently took possession of a priceless Mandalorian sword.

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Episode 184 – The Villainous Tale

Ben and David talk about villains and how to present them to your players as fallible beings who can be defeated. Continue reading “Episode 184 – The Villainous Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 4 – “Party Crashers”

While Mattie and the Droid Guy take the stage at the Prince’s auction reception, Neema and R4-M1, posing as buyers, make the rounds in the hopes of meeting Prince Molec himself. As they gather information in order to take down the vile slave empire of Scla–hey, has anyone seen our Bothan?

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Episode 183 – The Absent Player Tale

We’ve all had players missing a game or having to leave the game, Kristine and Ben talk about how to make the blow softer and strategies to make it more fun for you and your group. Continue reading “Episode 183 – The Absent Player Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 3 – “Makeover”

With the Prince’s reception in a little over an hour, our Heroes face their most daunting challenge yet: getting ready for a party.

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Episode 182 – The Genesys Tale

Ben and Kristine discuss with David what we’ve taken away from the Genesys core book and some of the interesting tidbits we are looking forward to for the system. Continue reading “Episode 182 – The Genesys Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 2 – “Mandalorian Rhapsody”

While Neema, Kith, and AMP secure invitations to the Prince’s reception, Matu explores his feelings through song.

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Episode 181 – The Deep Force Tale

Ben has Chris Ing from Silhouette Zero and Heroes on to talk about the force and some of the deeper things you can look at when using the force in your games. From what is light and dark, to the different force traditions we have ideas on how to make the force deeper in your games. Continue reading “Episode 181 – The Deep Force Tale”

Friends Like These Act 3, Episode 1 – “Mean Streets”

Leaving Vlemoth Port behind, Neema, Matu, AMP, and Kith turn their sights towards the jungle world of Kowak and the Zygerrian slavers who call it home.

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Episode 180 – The Everything is Terrain Tale

We talk about space combat and a few issues that can come up as well as a few unintended consequences of putting mechanics before narrative. Continue reading “Episode 180 – The Everything is Terrain Tale”

Genesys “Voyage Above the Boiling Sea” Part 2

Learning that the airship¬†Bonaventure¬†is in danger of crashing, con man Percival Q. Stalwart and his ward Crumpet descend into the engine room to find a way to keep them airborne. Meanwhile passengers Gabrielle Graves and Emaline Penny O’Brien race to the engine room themselves in pursuit of a bunny/dog/stoat creature they found in their room.

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Episode 179 – The Low Resource Tale

We talk about how to run an adventure with few player resources and how to make it so player ingenuity is welcome when you take their toys away. From survival to horror to investigations we talk about ways of a few things to expect and ways to make it awesome. Continue reading “Episode 179 – The Low Resource Tale”

Genesys “Voyage Above the Boiling Sea” Part 1

Flying far above the Boiling Sea, the airship Bonaventure makes its maiden journey with passengers Gabrielle Graves and Emaline O’Brien and stowaways Percival Q. Stalwart and his ward Crumpet aboard.

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Episode 178 – The Fail Tale

We talk about failure in your game and how to make it feel like that isn’t the end of the action or the story. We show how there is always effects after an action even if they aren’t the desired ones.

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