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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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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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”
We talk about themes in The Last Jedi and several of the things we ponder about the story, from using bombers to why using force face time would be useful in an RPG setting. Continue reading “Episode 176 – The Last Jedi 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”
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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
We get talking about how to show your gear is your gear. From the care that Mandalorians put into their armour to the lengths that gunfighters will customize their blasters. We also touch upon bringing gear into play with checks beyond just shooting people. Continue reading “Episode 155 – The Gearing Up Tale”
We get talking about how to use some of the other traditions of force use, where you can expand past the ideas of Jedi and Sith. We also talk about how to feel more epic for your power level and how to capture that clone wars feel for Jedi. Continue reading “Episode 154 – The Traditions Tale”
We get talking about how to entice your player onto the plot you’re wanting and what to do when they don’t do what you expect or will not engage with what you put before them. (hint: talk to your players) Continue reading “Episode 153 – The Learning GM Tale”
We start asking how can you bring the narrative from a video game to the table top and get into emphasizing how you can show off narrative choice in letting the players find agency in what their choices mean.