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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Episode 177 – The Allied NPC Tale

This week we talk about NPCs why some get elevated, how to deal with the mechanics for those that do get elevated, and why some people make full PCs for an NPC. Continue reading “Episode 177 – The Allied NPC Tale”

Episode 175 – The Way to End Tale

We talk about how to end a session and a scene. With tips and examples of dramatic situations to leave your players in, the hosts have some deep thoughts about coming to that brick wall. Continue reading “Episode 175 – The Way to End Tale”

Episode 174 – The Behind the Scenes Tale

Kristine and Ben talk about the ways that you can use the in between session times to make your games better and keep engagement going when you have ideas that just need to get out. Continue reading “Episode 174 – The Behind the Scenes Tale”

Episode 173 – The Split Party Tale

Splitting the party can be treacherous for a GM, from boring other players to finding there’s just too much going on to keep track of. We have ideas on making it make more sense and a few tricks on keeping everyone engaged.

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Episode 172 – The Failed Crafting Check Tale

We talk of how to make a failed crafting check mean something, what comes from not making something, and how to make it become a part of the story. Continue reading “Episode 172 – The Failed Crafting Check Tale”

Episode 171 – The Home Brew Tale

We talk about making a setting up for yourself. From new adversaries and minions to new pieces of equipment. This can broaden your horizons so much we wanted to give our initial takes on how to grow beyond the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Continue reading “Episode 171 – The Home Brew Tale”

Episode 167 – The Threatening Tale

We start talking about social encounters and then expand to talk about how to bring threats and advantage to the table in more narrative ways than just boosts and setbacks going into the next roll. Continue reading “Episode 167 – The Threatening Tale”

Episode 166 – The First Tale

We slip from idea to idea as we talk about learning what your players want to do and giving them the tools to do it. Continue reading “Episode 166 – The First Tale”

Episode 165 – The Round Table Tale

We look into some of the ways to save a flagging group from having co GMs to genre swapping on a regular basis. Continue reading “Episode 165 – The Round Table Tale”

Dead in the Water Epilogue – The Force and Matu

When Matu fell into his Force vision, it wasn’t just a simple thing. He soared among the stars and found a calling to several worlds before him. As well as a person he never expected to find.

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Episode 163 – The Party’s Problem Tale

We talk about how to make adversaries and villains build in power, how to make them build in threat relevant to your player characters, and how to make these characters be more of an actual character to your players than just cardboard cutouts. Continue reading “Episode 163 – The Party’s Problem Tale”

Episode 162 – The Obligation Tale

We have Kristine Chester on to talk about obligation and ways to braid it into your plots so they don’t become plot derailing intrusions into your story and complement the characters that are there.

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Episode 161 – The Mysterious Tale

We talk about building mysteries and setting hooks for players to get interested in the adventure you have planned. From disappearing children to a penpal that wants to meet we have ideas on how to make a plot hook into that consuming little thing that drives players wild. Continue reading “Episode 161 – The Mysterious Tale”

Episode 160 – The Creature Tale

We talk about several ways to make creatures matter to a scene and how to make sure they don’t get lost in normal role-playing. From keeping tracking of characters to helping them set scenes. Continue reading “Episode 160 – The Creature Tale”

Episode 159 – The Party Starting Tale

We talk about getting the players to be hooked for an adventure lead and how to make them more of a player party instead of just players. From discussing other RPGs to how to manage disagreements we have a jam packed episode for you today. Continue reading “Episode 159 – The Party Starting Tale”

Episode 158 – The Home Brew Tale

We talk about some of our different approaches of rules at the table, from how powerful the force is, to how much experience we give out at the table. It’s fun to see our different approaches and how varied our styles are. Continue reading “Episode 158 – The Home Brew Tale”

Episode 157 – The Silhouette Zero Tale

Chris Ing has been a part of Heroes almost from the start, but Ben wanted to talk to him about his other podcast Silhouette Zero and two person gaming in general since it isn’t the typical way to run Star Wars RPG from FFG

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Episode 156 – The Street Fighter Tale

For our three year anniversary David and Ben talk about making brawling and mêlée characters that can keep up for damage, as well as looking at ways to build up specializations that don’t normally get a light on the cool ways they can be in a fight. Continue reading “Episode 156 – The Street Fighter Tale”