The Quest https://rpgsc.org Advancing the Art of Gaming Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:52:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 As consummate Geeks, Nerds, Dweebs, and Dorks, we at Studio Tembo have a bit of a fond spot for Role-Playing. Everything from sitting around the table in the basement playing D&D, to full on Live Action Role-Playing in the woods for 10 straight days of mosquito infested swamp camping.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> The Quest is or way of giving back to the gift that kept on giving, our imaginations.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> We will talk about anything, and maybe everything, Role-Playing, from getting started in Table-Top all the way through CosPlaying at conventions, and even retiring from the gaming world. With more than 8 score years of combined experience spanning the last 30 years of Role-playing, we would not call ourselves “experts”, but we might be fairly high level. StudioTembo clean episodic StudioTembo jareth21@gmail.com jareth21@gmail.com (StudioTembo) 2017 Studio Tembo, LLC | All Rights Reserved Advancing the Art of Gaming The Quest https://rpgsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Artboard-1.jpg https://rpgsc.org jareth21@gmail.com As consummate Geeks, Nerds, Dweebs, and Dorks, we at Studio Tembo have a bit of a fond spot for Role-Playing. Everything from sitting around the table in the basement playing D&D, to full on Live Action Role-Playing in the woods for 10 straight days of mosquito infested swamp camping.<br /> <br /> The Quest is or way of giving back to the gift that kept on giving, our imaginations.<br /> <br /> We will talk about anything, and maybe everything, Role-Playing, from getting started in Table-Top all the way through CosPlaying at conventions, and even retiring from the gaming world. With more than 8 score years of combined experience spanning the last 30 years of Role-playing, we would not call ourselves “experts”, but we might be fairly high level. TV-PG Ann Arbor Weekly 124029579 Constellations: The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky https://rpgsc.org/constellations/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 23:05:18 +0000 https://rpgsc.org/?p=1220 https://rpgsc.org/constellations/#respond https://rpgsc.org/constellations/feed/ 0 <p>We are joined by Dr Dante Lauretta whose debut game, Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration, was launched on Kickstarter in October 2015. The game met with huge success, being named a Best Family Board Game for 2016 by Good Housekeeping magazine, a Top-5 STEM Toy by City Kids magazine, an Awesome Math Game by MathsInsider, the Top Solar System For Kids Science Toy from Fractus […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/constellations/">Constellations: The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> We are joined by Dr Dante Lauretta whose debut game, Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration, was launched on Kickstarter in October 2015. The game met with huge success, being named a Best Family Board Game for 2016 by Good Housekeeping magazin... Kickstarter in October 2015. The game met with huge success, being named a Best Family Board Game for 2016 by Good Housekeeping magazine, a Top-5 STEM Toy by City Kids magazine, an Awesome Math Game by MathsInsider, the Top Solar System For Kids Science Toy from Fractus Learning, and more! Xtronaut has received positive reviews from players and parents. Based on this success, Dante and his team have launched Constellations: The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky
Humans have gazed into the night sky since the dawn of time. Dreaming, wondering, and developing stories around patterns of stars. These star patterns are now associated with some of the most intriguing and well-known creatures from mythology and nature.
With the introduction of telescopes, we have learned so much more about stars. They have different sizes, colors, locations, and characteristics. This knowledge has made looking at constellations all the more fun. We developed the Constellations game to bring our amazing sky, with its rich history, mythology, and science to your game-playing experience!
In this game, players are stargazers, exploring the night sky and collecting stars to define constellations. They compete to find the right stars to fit the needed pattern -- are B-type stars or F-types required to complete the constellation? Players compete with each other to strategically collect the right stars, reserve patches of the sky for observation, and explore the universe. Once you have your constellation, add it to the map of the night sky being assembled right in front of you. The closer you get to putting together the actual map of the heavens, the more points you score!
Here's the Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/827615927/constellations-the-game-of-stargazing-and-the-nigh?ref=discovery
Overview of Constellations
The game involves drawing Star Cards, which represent the seven types of stars classified by astronomers. Each constellation requires a unique combination of star types to place in the sky. As the game progresses and more constellations fill up the night, players must use their puzzle skills to fit the hexes on the board to score the most points. The player with the most constellation points at the end of the game wins!
The game also includes an educational workbook about stellar evolution, star classification information, and the history and mythology of the real constellations.
Each Constellation Hex has two sides: the Illustration Side and the Information Side.
Setup
Setup is easy. Players tailor the length of the game to time available and age groups -- shorter and simpler versions are available -- or you may choose longer and more advanced gameplay.
Based on the desired length of the game, players randomly select a subset of the Constellation hexes for that round. Players start the game by placing a Zodiac or Milky Way hex in the middle of the table, illustration side up. This hex is the starting point for future placements.
Players shuffle and deal five Star Cards to each player. Then, they place five cards face up in a row.]]>
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Xtronaut:: The Game of Solar System Exploration https://rpgsc.org/xtronaut-the-game-of-solar-system-exploration/ Sat, 26 Nov 2016 02:07:48 +0000 http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/?p=1812 https://rpgsc.org/xtronaut-the-game-of-solar-system-exploration/#respond https://rpgsc.org/xtronaut-the-game-of-solar-system-exploration/feed/ 0 <p>Welcome back to the quest. I don't sound like I have a ton of energy in this episode (was fighting the plague), but I got to sit down and talk with Dante Lauretta, the creator of a new board game, Xtronaut, that is really taking off (pun intended). The audio gets a little cattywampus in a couple of spots, but it was a good time […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/xtronaut-the-game-of-solar-system-exploration/">Xtronaut:: The Game of Solar System Exploration</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Welcome back to the quest. I don't sound like I have a ton of energy in this episode (was fighting the plague), but I got to sit down and talk with Dante Lauretta, the creator of a new board game, Xtronaut, that is really taking off (pun intended). Welcome back to the quest. I don't sound like I have a ton of energy in this episode (was fighting the plague), but I got to sit down and talk with Dante Lauretta, the creator of a new board game, Xtronaut, that is really taking off (pun intended). The audio gets a little cattywampus in a couple of spots, but it was a good time none the less!<br /><br /> So, what is Xtronaut?<br /><br /> Capturing the real-world thrill and challenges of planetary exploration, XTRONAUT™: The Game of Solar System Exploration gives 2 – 4 players ages 7 and up the chance to develop space missions and explore the solar system. The game is based on real planetary missions and rocket science. It also contains elements of politics and strategy that are inspired by the real-life situations that space missions face.<br /><br /> <a href="https://i1.wp.com/thequest.geekfeedshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Xtronauts.jpg"></a><br /><br /> How do you complete your space mission?<br /><br /> Each player selects a Mission Card from the deck. This card determines the player's mission – the mission destination, type of spacecraft needed, the amount of Delta-V needed to achieve the mission, the potential to obtain gravity assists, and the points earned for completing the mission. Delta-V stands for change in velocity, and as applied to space missions and this game, it means the change in velocity necessary for a spacecraft to complete a selected mission.<br /><br /> Game play is straightforward. On their turn each player draws a playing card, plays up to three Action Cards, trades with other players, and places components on their game board. The Action Cards add real-life issues to the game that space missions often encounter - project cancellations, audits, government shutdowns, and other exciting twists and turns.<br /><br /> To complete a mission you must populate your game board with the right combination of cards for mission success. Each player needs to collect the Playing Cards that give them the right spacecraft, first and second stage rockets, and matching fairings. Gravity assist and solid rocket booster cards are available to provide additional Delta-V if needed to complete the assigned mission. Once the mission is complete, the player earns the points for the mission, which varies based on the size of the spacecraft and the target, and starts work on their next mission. The first player to score 10 points wins.<a href="https://i0.wp.com/thequest.geekfeedshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/xtronaut-game-toy-fair.jpg"></a><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.xtronaut.com/">Xtronaut Home Page</a>:<br /><br /> Xtronaut on <a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/185302/xtronaut-game-solar-system-exploration">boardgamegeek.com</a>:<br /><br /> Buy Xtronaut on Amazon.com!<br /><br /> Good Housekeeping Award Winning game that captures the real-world science, technology, and challenges of planetary exploration. XTRONAUT: The Game of Solar System Exploration is a board game that is easy to learn, and gives 2 – 4 players ages 7 and up the chance to develop space missions, build authentic rocket systems, and explore the solar system. Designed by Professor leading major NASA OSIRIS-REx space mission, the game is fun and engaging, but also exposes players to space science concepts related to planning and undertaking a real space mission -- complete with full color education workbook that explains game scientific concepts.<br /><br /> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Xtronaut-Game-Solar-System-Exploration/dp/B016VA9F30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480124144&sr=8-1&keywords=xtronaut">Click HERE, or the image below to get Xtronaut on Amazon.com</a>!<br /><br /> <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Xtronaut-Game-Solar-System-Exploration/dp/B016VA9F30/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480124144&sr=8-1&keywords=xtronaut"></a><br /><br />  <br /><br /> More about Dante Lauretta:<br /><br /> <a href="https://i0.wp.com/thequest.geekfeedshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/maxresdefault. Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1100-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1100 Folklore: The Affliction (Interview with Will Donovan) https://rpgsc.org/folklore-the-affliction-interview-with-will-donovan/ Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:51:00 +0000 http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/?p=1803 https://rpgsc.org/folklore-the-affliction-interview-with-will-donovan/#respond https://rpgsc.org/folklore-the-affliction-interview-with-will-donovan/feed/ 0 <p>I talk with Will Donovan of Twinfire games about their new game, Folklore: The Affliction, a new project they are working on with Greenbrier games! We have a few technical difficulties, but this sounds like a great game. Embark on a cooperative epic adventure that is Folklore the Affliction. Find and destroy the source of the evil spreading its claws into the heart of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/folklore-the-affliction-interview-with-will-donovan/">Folklore: The Affliction (Interview with Will Donovan)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> I talk with Will Donovan of Twinfire games about their new game, Folklore: The Affliction, a new project they are working on with Greenbrier games! We have a few technical difficulties, but this sounds like a great game. I talk with Will Donovan of Twinfire games about their new game, Folklore: The Affliction, a new project they are working on with Greenbrier games! We have a few technical difficulties, but this sounds like a great game.<br /><br /> Embark on a cooperative epic adventure that is Folklore the Affliction. Find and destroy the source of the evil spreading its claws into the heart of the land, decimating its people and resources. Free the denizens from the scourge of vampirism and lycanthropy and expand your power and abilities. Are you a survivor, or will you play as your ghost? Will you fall to the bloodlust or the taint of lycanthropy yourself?<br /><br /> Folklore: The Affliction is an expandable ongoing horror RPG board game for 1-4 players that focuses on immersive storyline, strategic combat, character development and intense character customization elements. Your successes and failures, encounters and challenges can affect the entire group raising the ante and fueling interaction. Play one of six customizable and unique characters in a quest to gain Lore by conquering the supernatural Afflictions. Travel the land and enter dark locations where the action becomes a miniature based dungeon crawl. Uncover deeper and more intriguing storylines as you go further into darkness in your quest to drive the evil back into the hell it came from.<br /><br /> Dying in Folklore is not the end for your character... dead characters play on as their ghost with ethereal powers to strike down your foes from beyond the grave. You are never truly out of the action. Customizable abilities even include those that can strengthen your character in the afterlife!<br /><br /> If you want to learn more, go to the Folklore: the Affliction Kickstarter page!<br /><br /><br /> <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gbg/folklore-the-affliction-0" target="_blank">https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gbg/folklore-the-affliction-0</a><br /><br /> Folklore on Facebook:<br /><br /><br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FolkloreTheAffliction?fref=ts" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/FolkloreTheAffliction?fref=ts</a><br /><br /> Greenbrier Games:<br /><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.greenbriergames.com/main/" target="_blank">http://www.greenbriergames.com/main/</a><br /><br /> Boardgame Geek<br /><br /><br /> <a href="https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/159504/folklore-affliction" target="_blank">https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/159504/folklore-affliction</a><br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1101-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1101 Revisiting Realm Works (With Liz Theis) https://rpgsc.org/revisiting-realm-works-with-liz-theis/ Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:48:24 +0000 http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/?p=1797 https://rpgsc.org/revisiting-realm-works-with-liz-theis/#respond https://rpgsc.org/revisiting-realm-works-with-liz-theis/feed/ 0 <p>I am joined, once again by Liz Theis, the Community Development Manager over at Lone Wolf Development. Liz was on the show WAY back in April 2014 to talk about Realm Works, a tool designed to help managing your campaigns. You can find our original interview at http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/liztheis (and I’ll have a link in the show notes to that) Let’s talk about the Player edition: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/revisiting-realm-works-with-liz-theis/">Revisiting Realm Works (With Liz Theis)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> I am joined, once again by Liz Theis, the Community Development Manager over at Lone Wolf Development. Liz was on the show WAY back in April 2014 to talk about Realm Works, a tool designed to help managing your campaigns. I am joined, once again by Liz Theis, the Community Development Manager over at Lone Wolf Development.<br /><br /> Liz was on the show WAY back in April 2014 to talk about Realm Works, a tool designed to help managing your campaigns. You can find our original interview at <a href="http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/liztheis">http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/liztheis</a> (and I’ll have a link in the show notes to that)<br /><br /> Let’s talk about the Player edition:<br /><br /> Why would someone want the player edition?<br /><br /> Can a players notes be seen by the GM?<br /><br /> My group of players is fairly easily distracted. I mean, it’s a great GM resource, but having 4 or 5 people sitting around the table looking at their electronics can really derail a game.  How does Lone Wolf see players using this software?<br /><br /> Web Version:<br /><br /> I know online gaming is a big growth area right now, and a lot of people could use Realm Works to great advantage. You have been working hard on the Web Version of the software. Tell us a little about what the Web Version is.<br /><br /> So, what’s different between the player and the web version? Why would someone get the Player version instead of just waiting for the Web Version?<br /><br /> General Questions:<br /><br /> Realm Works can really seem big and intimidating. There is a lot of open potential on it can be a bit overwhelming. I know several people that have purchased the software but who don’t use it. What advice would you give to people that are just starting out, or have grown frustrated with the software?<br /><br /> On your KickStater page you announced that the Cloud Service has been expanded. Can you talk about that, explain why it was extended and who it effects? (READ MORE: http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/2015/04/30/realm-works-important-news-cloud-service/)<br /><br /> Do you have an estimate on when the Content Market will be made available?<br /><br /> So, what’s next for Realm Works?<br /><br /> GenCon:<br /><br /> GenCon is right around the corner, and while I, unfortunate, cannot make it down there this year, Lone Wolf is defiantly going to be there. What, if anything, special do you guys have planned for GenCon 2015?<br /><br /> You can find Lone Wolf Development on Facebook at facbook.com/RealmWorks & their on Twitter @lonewolfdevel. You can also catch them on the web at <a href="http://www.wolflair.com/">www.wolflair.com</a>! You can also get more about RealmWorks at <a href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks">www.wolflair.com/realmworks</a>.<br /><br /> See more about the RealmWorks/Syrinscape team-up here: http://www.wolflair.com/news/newsletter/gencon-august-2015/<br /><br /> Syrinscpare can be found here: https://syrinscape.com/<br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1102-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1102 Revelations of Jeff Combos https://rpgsc.org/revelations-of-jeff-combos/ Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:37:59 +0000 http://thequest.geekfeedshow.com/?p=1788 https://rpgsc.org/revelations-of-jeff-combos/#respond https://rpgsc.org/revelations-of-jeff-combos/feed/ 0 <p>We are back! And we are kicking off our new series with a interview of the creator of Hollow Earth Expedition RPG. We talk about everything from his formative years through his newest release, Revelations of Mars. Learn more here: Purchase Hollow Earth Expeditions Exile Games Studio "A dying world plagued by ceaseless conflict smolders in the night sky, home to the revelations of Mars. This […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/revelations-of-jeff-combos/">Revelations of Jeff Combos</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> We are back! And we are kicking off our new series with a interview of the creator of Hollow Earth Expedition RPG. We talk about everything from his formative years through his newest release, Revelations of Mars. We are back! And we are kicking off our new series with a interview of the creator of Hollow Earth Expedition RPG. We talk about everything from his formative years through his newest release, Revelations of Mars.<br /><br /> Learn more here:<br /><br /> Purchase <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=hollow%20earth%20expedition&linkCode=ur2&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahollow%20earth%20expedition&sprefix=hollow%20earth%20expedition%2Caps%2C148&tag=dancinggimet-20&url=search-alias%3Daps&linkId=FQ37Y6AUAYC3JNYR" target="_blank">Hollow Earth Expeditions</a><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.exilegames.com/" target="_blank">Exile Games Studio</a><br /><br /> "A dying world plagued by ceaseless conflict<br /><br /> smolders in the night sky,<br /><br /> home to the revelations of Mars.<br /><br /> This sourcebook expands Hollow Earth Expedition to include Mars, a dying and dangerous planet filled with strange aliens, bizarre creatures, and vast, inhospitable wastelands. Fight for survival or vie for supremacy as a marauding sky pirate, powerful robot bodyguard, or conniving Martian noble. Experience Hollow Earth Expedition from an outside perspective—one that wields powerful weapons and hungers for earthly treasures as much as any terrestrial power.<br /><br /> Inside you will find everything you need to run out-of-this-world adventures or give your existing Hollow Earth games a bizarre twist: guidelines for creating robot and alien player characters; new and expanded psychic powers; an unearthly bestiary and equipment list; and details on strange Martian inhabitants and extraterrestrial  locations.<br /><br /> Hollow Earth Expedition: Discover a whole new world of adventure!"<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.drivethrurpg.com/metal.php?affiliate_id=57893"></a><br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1103-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1103 Firefly RPG https://rpgsc.org/firefly-rpg/ Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:17:22 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=1547 https://rpgsc.org/firefly-rpg/#respond https://rpgsc.org/firefly-rpg/feed/ 0 <p>I know the sound quality isn't great on this episode...I am working to figure out the problem. The post Firefly RPG appeared first on The Quest.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/firefly-rpg/">Firefly RPG</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> I know the sound quality isn't great on this episode...I am working to figure out the problem. I know the sound quality isn't great on this episode...I am working to figure out the problem.<br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1104-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1104 Tips for GMing https://rpgsc.org/tips-for-gming/ Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:07:14 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=1423 https://rpgsc.org/tips-for-gming/#respond https://rpgsc.org/tips-for-gming/feed/ 0 <p>The Quest is back (Sorta)! I know it has been a long time since we had an episode up, but today I am here to give a few tips about GMing. Before we talk a lot about that though, lets talk about the future of the Quest. This show has a lot of potential content we can talk about in the future, but I think […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/tips-for-gming/">Tips for GMing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> The Quest is back (Sorta)! I know it has been a long time since we had an episode up, but today I am here to give a few tips about GMing. Before we talk a lot about that though, lets talk about the future of the Quest. The Quest is back (Sorta)! I know it has been a long time since we had an episode up, but today I am here to give a few tips about GMing.<br /><br /> Before we talk a lot about that though, lets talk about the future of the Quest. This show has a lot of potential content we can talk about in the future, but I think for the most part, my general coterie of companions have talked themselves out about RPG. We have left a lot of subjects open though...there is lots more we can talk about in regards to storytelling and GMing, LARPing, Cosplays, video game RPGs and more. I would like to do some shows that really delve into specific game systems and settings as well as review various RPG books, indie games and talk game theory.<br /><br /> I would like to get industry guests on the show to talk about their games, what got them into gaming, and all the sorts of things that can help you understand the wonderful word of Role-Playing.<br /><br /> If you, or someone you know, wants to be a part of the discussion, or there is something you want us to talk about, a rule you want advise on, or anything like that, email me at <a href="javascript:DeCryptX('2r2q2f0c3d1t3w3C3l2t1o1f3u3g1j2x3r1s0e1/0c2q0m')">podcast [at] irnerdivore [dot] com</a>!<br /><br /> We have also started doing panels at conventions, so if you would like us to be at a convention near you, let us know! If you are part of a programming team for a convention, we would be more than happy to come out to your show and do a live show for you. We can record shows for the Quest, IRNerdivore, or The Dark Match Podcast, and we can cover just about any topic! We love doing conventions and we look forward to each and every show!<br /><br /> GM TIPS<br /><br /> <br /><br /> * Names are important.<br /><br /> * Players love familiar faces and places.<br /><br /> * Dice rolling is boring.<br /><br /> * Offer distinct options from which the players can choose.<br /><br /> * Reward player cleverness, don’t punish it.<br /><br /> * Don’t add crazy just for the sake of crazy.<br /><br /> * Plan one significant character moment for every two hours of play.<br /><br /> * Make each character a hero in every adventure.<br /><br /> * Let the mundane events take place ‘off stage’.<br /><br /> * Take the game as serious as you want the Players to take it.<br /><br /> * Let the Characters’ strengths override the Players’ weaknesses.<br /><br /> * Always keep a current copy of the Players’ characters.<br /><br /> * Manage time like it were a precious element.<br /><br /> * If you aren’t having fun, no one will have fun.<br /><br /> * You can’t make all the Players happy all the time.<br /><br /> * Immediate reward and player complicity<br /><br /> * Side boarding when conflict arises (with follow up)<br /><br /> * Player participation in rules interpretation<br /><br /> * Be consistent.<br /><br /> * Admit mistakes as soon as you can. GMs all do it.<br /><br /> <br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1105-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1105 New GM Tashi https://rpgsc.org/new-gm-tashi/ Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:00:45 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=1246 https://rpgsc.org/new-gm-tashi/#respond https://rpgsc.org/new-gm-tashi/feed/ 0 <p>I am your host, Dr RPG Jeff Harvey and you can follow me, and the show, on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore. We didn't have much of a plan for this one...so the notes are lame. Just listen up and I hope you enjoy the show. The post New GM Tashi appeared first on The Quest.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/new-gm-tashi/">New GM Tashi</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> I am your host, Dr RPG Jeff Harvey and you can follow me, and the show, on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore. We didn't have much of a plan for this one...so the notes are lame. Just listen up and I hope you enjoy the show. I am your host, Dr RPG Jeff Harvey and you can follow me, and the show, on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore.<br /><br /> We didn't have much of a plan for this one...so the notes are lame. Just listen up and I hope you enjoy the show.<br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1106-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1106 Interview with Liz Theis about RealmWorks https://rpgsc.org/interview-with-liz-theis-about-realmworks/ Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:55:09 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=1244 https://rpgsc.org/interview-with-liz-theis-about-realmworks/#respond https://rpgsc.org/interview-with-liz-theis-about-realmworks/feed/ 0 <p>I am your host, Dr RPG Jeff Harvey and you can follow me, and the show, on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore. Today I have got a great guest for y’all! I am joined today by Liz Theis, the Community Development Manager over at Lone Wolf Development, and she is here to talk a little bit about a great new tool for all you GM’s out […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/interview-with-liz-theis-about-realmworks/">Interview with Liz Theis about RealmWorks</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> I am your host, Dr RPG Jeff Harvey and you can follow me, and the show, on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore. Today I have got a great guest for y’all! I am joined today by Liz Theis, the Community Development Manager over at Lone Wolf Development, <br /><br /> I am your host, Dr RPG Jeff Harvey and you can follow me, and the show, on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore.<br /><br /> Today I have got a great guest for y’all! I am joined today by Liz Theis, the Community Development Manager over at Lone Wolf Development, and she is here to talk a little bit about a great new tool for all you GM’s out there, call RealmWorks.<br /><br /> Realm Works is the tool for managing your campaigns. It allows you to spend less time preparing, more time creating, and focus on sharing the story with your players! It’s built by a team of experienced GMs, so they know what a GM wants and what a GM needs. RealmWorks allows you to really get in there and create and manipulate your world so that you can keep all your super-awesome stories straight, and so your players can keep it straight too....it looks like a great tool to help you tell a really collaborative story...and as you guys know, thats kinda my gimmick...kinda what this show is all about!<br /><br /> You can find Lone Wolf Development on Facebook at facbook.com/RealmWorks & their on Twitter @lonewolfdevel. You can also catch them on the web at <a style="line-height: 1.6em;" href="http://www.wolflair.com">www.wolflair.com</a>! You can also get more about RealmWorks at <a href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks" target="_blank">www.wolflair.com/realmworks</a>.<br /><br /> The digital download version of Realm Works is only $49.99 and includes 6 months of free standard tier <a href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/features/the-power-of-the-cloud/">cloud service</a> (a $24.99 value).<br /><br />  <br /><br /> <br /><br /> * <a title="System Requirements" href="http://www.wolflair.com/redirect/rwsysreqs.htm">Realm Works System Requirements</a><br /><br /> * <a title="The Power of the Cloud" href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/features/the-power-of-the-cloud/">What is the Cloud Service?</a><br /><br /> * <a title="Realm Works Overview" href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/features/realm-works-overview/">Learn More About Realm Works</a><br /><br /> * <a title="Realm Works Pricing" href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/get-realm-works/pricing/">Pricing</a><br /><br /> * <a title="Realm Works Download" href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/get-realm-works/download/">Download Realm Works</a><br /><br /> * <a title="Frequently Asked Questions" href="http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/support/frequently-asked-questions/">Frequently Asked Questions</a><br /><br /> <br /> Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1107-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1107 Being the GM https://rpgsc.org/being-the-gm/ Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:04:50 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=1221 https://rpgsc.org/being-the-gm/#respond https://rpgsc.org/being-the-gm/feed/ 0 <p>This episode is brought to you in part by, audible.com. With more than 150,000 titles to choose from, there is something for everyone! You can listen to all your favorite audiobooks on your iPhone, Android, Kindle or other mp3 device, and now, Audible is going to give you a 30 days free trial AND you get a FREE audiobook download, just for listening to this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/being-the-gm/">Being the GM</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> This episode is brought to you in part by, audible.com. With more than 150,000 titles to choose from, there is something for everyone! You can listen to all your favorite audiobooks on your iPhone, Android, Kindle or other mp3 device, and now, <br /><br /> This episode is brought to you in part by, audible.com. With more than 150,000 titles to choose from, there is something for everyone! You can listen to all your favorite audiobooks on your iPhone, Android, Kindle or other mp3 device, and now, Audible is going to give you a 30 days free trial AND you get a FREE audiobook download, just for listening to this show. just go to <a style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;" href="http://www.audibletrial.com/IRNerdivore">www.audibletrial.com/IRNerdivore</a> and sign up today.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Additional funding provided by, Geek Fan Expo. Uniting Geeks in 2014. Learn more at <a href="http://www.geekfanexpo.com/">www.geekfanexpo.com</a>.<br /><br /> And by the support of listeners like you!<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Welcome to the Show<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Hello and welcome to The Quest! I am your host, “Dr. RPG” Jeff Harvey, and you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter @IRNerdivore, or visit us on the web at <a href="http://www.irnerdivore.com/">www.irnerdivore.com</a>. Thank you for hitting the download button and listening to the show. If you just happened to stumble upon us, you can subscribe to the show on iTunes, just search of IRNerdivore, and if you like what you hear, we would sure appreciate it you’d give us a good rating and check out our other shows.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> This week, we are gonna talk a little bit about GMing your game. I have some tips, tricks, and suggestions for both the lazy GM and the overpreper. With any luck, you will be able to learn a little something…but since it’s me talking…don’t count on it.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> <br /><br /> I don’t have anyone joining me this week as peoples schedules just didn’t align. So the next…however long, you get to just hear me blabbing into the microphone. With any luck I won’t bore you.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Before we get to deep into the conversation today though, I wanna give you a heads up about a bit of a format change. The Quest is the second podcast I created…the first was a weekly show about a play-by-post Wrestling RPG called the Virtual Championship Wrestling Federation. Well...the efed has since ended, and I only did 10 episodes of that show.<br /><br /> Well, then I came up with this show, and I learned a ton about podcasting in the fairly short time I have been doing this one. And of course, now we are doing a total of 3 regular shows…the Quest, IRNerdivore, and the all new DarkMatch Podcast for wrestling fans.<br /><br /> I have learned some of what works, and what doesn’t…and one of the segments that works good ok for some shows, but not this one, is the News. Doing the RPG news can be fun…but it is rarely anything worth listening too, and we often struggle to get anything worth reading…so…I am gonna go ahead and cut that from the shows.<br /><br /> We will still talk about important releases and big news, but nobody really wants to know about somebodies kickstarter. Maybe I’m wrong…if you guys like the news, and want us to keep it in…I’ll do that, but y’all are gonna need to let me know!<br /><br /> Hopefully, by cutting out the news, we can have a little more time to get a little deeper into our topics, get you a little more insight into the wonder that is role-playing!<br /><br /> Also…I have a couple of interviews coming up…so hopefully I can give you guys more time with our guests…help you to get to know them and what they come on the show to talk about!<br /><br /> Anyway…let’s get this show underway!<br /><br /> <br /><br /> What is a GM<br /><br /> <br /><br /> So…what exactly is a Gamemaster?<br /><br /> The gamemaster is the author of the novel, director of the movie, teller of the tale! He (or she) guides the story and controls the game session, describes the events taking place and decides on the outcomes of players' decisions. The gamemaster also provides the setting through the cunning use of non-player characters (NPCs, random encounters, Jareth21 clean <iframe width="320" height="30" src="https://rpgsc.org/?powerpress_embed=1108-podcast&amp;powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe> 1108 World of Darkness https://rpgsc.org/world-of-darkness/ Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:02 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=1058 <p>Introdution Hello and welcome to the Quest; the show where we talk about role-playing in all of its forms, from table-top to LARP and even Cosplay. This is where we offer tips and trick to role-players, new and old, hero or GM, and where we share our passion for role playing and collaborative storytelling with you. I am your host, Jeff Harvey.  You can follow […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/world-of-darkness/">World of Darkness</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Introdution Hello and welcome to the Quest; the show where we talk about role-playing in all of its forms, from table-top to LARP and even Cosplay. This is where we offer tips and trick to role-players, new and old, hero or GM, Introdution<br /><br /> Hello and welcome to the Quest; the show where we talk about role-playing in all of its forms, from table-top to LARP and even Cosplay. This is where we offer tips and trick to role-players, new and old, hero or GM, and where we share our passion for role playing and collaborative storytelling with you.<br /><br /> I am your host, Jeff Harvey.  You can follow me on Facebook and twitter @IRNerdivore, I am joined with Brandan, Laura, and Evelyn.<br /><br /> Thanks for joining us! If you like to show, you can subscribe through iTunes, or you can get the network feed directly from <a href="http://www.irnerdivore.com/podcast">www.irnerdivore.com/podcast</a>.<br /><br /> News<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/132589-Dungeons-Dragons-Next-Release-Date-New-Product-Leak-Update" target="_blank">Dungeons & Dragons Next Release Date, New Product, Leak - Update</a><br /><br /> <a title="Neverwinter Launches In Brazil" href="http://irnerdivore.com/neverwinter-launches-in-brazil/" target="_blank">Neverwinter Launches In Brazil</a><br /><br /> DON'T BE A &@# $@^* MURDER HOBO!!!<br /><br /> Did the very first d20 rolled at the very first GaryCon crack in half?<br /><br /> <a title="Mobile Game to Improve Attention and Planning in Teens with ADHD" href="http://irnerdivore.com/mobile-game-to-improve-attention-and-planning-in-teens-with-adhd/" target="_blank">Mobile Game to Improve Attention and Planning in Teens with ADHD</a><br /><br /> Discussion<br /><br /> In this episode we talk a bit about the White Wolf Word of Darkness setting and system.<br /><br /> We do a little rules comparison, and we talk about the various incarnations, from Classic WoD to New WoD.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=World%20of%20Darkness&linkCode=as2&tag=dancinggimet-20"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=Vampire%20the%20requiem&linkCode=as2&tag=dancinggimet-20"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=Vampire%20the%20Masqurade&linkCode=as2&tag=dancinggimet-20"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=Scion&linkCode=as2&tag=dancinggimet-20"></a><a style="line-height: 1.6em;" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&index=aps&keywords=Aeon%20Trinity&linkCode=as2&tag=dancinggimet-20"></a><br /><br /> We are all big fans of the WoD settings and systems, as we have mentioned many times in other shows. We talk a lot about the different settings and how we prefer the new WoD system to the old one, but that the classic setting was, in many ways, far superior.<br /><br /> Comment & Support Us<br /><br /> We would love to hear from you about any of our topics, show ideas, rants, whatever you got, we wanna hear it. You can leave us a voicemail online by going to <a href="http://www.irnerdivore.com/">www.irnerdivore.com</a> and clicking on the icon on the right side of your screen, record you message, and we will listen to it, and might even share it with the rest of our listerns right here on the show. You can email the show at you’re your feedback at <a href="javascript:DeCryptX('1q0o3g2e1b1t3w2B1J3U1O0e0r2f3l3y3r0r0e203f0o0m')">podcast [at] IRNerdivore [dot] com</a>.<br /><br /> We want to bring you the best possible show every week, and so we need to hear from you and know what you want to hear, and your ideas about how we can make the show better. Don’t forget to tell two of your friends about us, and have them tell two friends. That’s the best way to grow the show.<br /><br /> If you like what you hear, and you want to support the show, you can go to IRNerdivore.com and click on our Amazon banners. Jareth21 clean 1109 The Quest Season 2 Episode 4: Superhero RPGs https://rpgsc.org/the-quest-season-2-episode-4-superhero-rpgs/ Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:19:38 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=993 <p>In this episode we talk about the pro's and con's of the SuperHero gaming genre. I am joined by Derek, Laura, and Evelyn. News Here is a link to the Vin Diesel interview we shared: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=609850602429012 We talked about Ice Cube's reaction to reading a D&D novel. Well, here is a follow-up, because Ice wants you to know that he's cool with Gary Gygax's crowning achievement. "I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/the-quest-season-2-episode-4-superhero-rpgs/">The Quest Season 2 Episode 4: Superhero RPGs</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> In this episode we talk about the pro's and con's of the SuperHero gaming genre. I am joined by Derek, Laura, and Evelyn. News Here is a link to the Vin Diesel interview we shared: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php? In this episode we talk about the pro's and con's of the SuperHero gaming genre. I am joined by Derek, Laura, and Evelyn.<br /><br /> News<br /><br /> Here is a link to the Vin Diesel interview we shared: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=609850602429012" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=609850602429012</a><br /><br /> We talked about Ice Cube's reaction to reading a D&D novel. Well, here is a follow-up, because Ice wants you to know that he's cool with Gary Gygax's crowning achievement.<br /><br /> "I want to give a special shoutout to all the Dungeons & Dragons people...y'all have been phenomenal."<br /><br /> "I have nothing against dungeons and dragons, geeks, or nerds I told you I just hate dumb fucks."<br /><br /> "What wouldn't Ice-T like about a dungeon…or a motherfuckin' dragon? That shit sounds dope to me."<br /><br /> You can also take a look at the "LARPs"preview as we promised.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> SuperHeros RPGs<br /><br /> There are a lot of things to keep in mind when playing in a superheros game. We talk about a few different systems and some of the Pro's and Con's of both hero and villain games.<br /><br /> We also talk a little about what our one super power would be, if we could have only 1!<br /><br /> The discussion was a little short on this one, but we had a lot of fun, and we hinted at an upcoming topic," Us Games",<br /><br /> If you could have any 1 super power, what would it be?<br /><br /> #Marvel #superhero # TheQuest # Podcast #nerd #Geek #SolomonGrundyWantLiveGirlToo #RPG<br /> Jareth21 clean 1110 S2-E3: Live Action Role-Playing! https://rpgsc.org/s2-e3-live-action-role-playing/ Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:34:26 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=642 <p>News Darkest Dungeon dev launches $75K Kickstarter (Original Article) Ex Ubisoft, EA Devs Reveal Ambitious RPG: ReRol (Original Article) Live Action Role-Playing! Google Search this stuff! There is a world of information. We talk about the fear of LARPing, the community of LARPing...and so much more! LARP Related Amazon goodies! The post S2-E3: Live Action Role-Playing! appeared first on The Quest.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s2-e3-live-action-role-playing/">S2-E3: Live Action Role-Playing!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> News Darkest Dungeon dev launches $75K Kickstarter (Original Article) Ex Ubisoft, EA Devs Reveal Ambitious RPG: ReRol (Original Article) Live Action Role-Playing! Google Search this stuff! There is a world of information. News<br /><br /> Darkest Dungeon dev launches $75K Kickstarter <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/2/10/5398954/darkest-dungeon-kickstarter-red-hook-studios-75k" target="_blank">(Original Article)</a><br /><br /> Ex Ubisoft, EA Devs Reveal Ambitious RPG: ReRol <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/02/03/ex-ubisoft-ea-devs-reveal-ambitious-rpg-reroll" target="_blank">(Original Article)</a><br /><br /> Live Action Role-Playing!<br /><br /> <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=LARP&oq=LARP&aqs=chrome..69i57j0j69i61l3j0.1108j0j4&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">Google Search this stuff!</a> There is a world of information. We talk about the fear of LARPing, the community of LARPing...and so much more!<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=live%20action%20role%20play&linkCode=ur2&sprefix=Live%20Action%20%2Caps%2C261&tag=dancinggimet-20&url=search-alias%3Daps" target="_blank">LARP Related Amazon goodies!</a><br /> Jareth21 clean 1111 S2E2: The Quest – Powergaming https://rpgsc.org/s2e2-the-quest-powergaming/ Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:26:00 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=619 <p>News D&D turns 40 this February! Here a good article ABC News D&D Yoga report! There should be some major nerd rage about how this article starts out! GET-EM!!! FFG Age of Rebellion Set to be released in Q2....my guess is around June. And that means Force and Destiny should be in Beta by August!!! Here is a link to the FFG Release General Discussion […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s2e2-the-quest-powergaming/">S2E2: The Quest – Powergaming</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> News D&D turns 40 this February! Here a good article ABC News D&D Yoga report! There should be some major nerd rage about how this article starts out! GET-EM!!! FFG Age of Rebellion Set to be released in Q2....my guess is around June. News<br /><br /> D&D turns 40 this February!<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20140127/NEWS01/301270019/Granddad-role-playing-games-Dungeons-Dragons-celebrates-birthday" target="_blank">Here a good article</a><br /><br /> ABC News D&D Yoga report!<br /><br /> There should be some major nerd rage about how <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/dungeon-master-meets-namaste-role-playing-yoga/story?id=22286337" target="_blank">this article</a> starts out! GET-EM!!!<br /><br /> FFG Age of Rebellion<br /><br /> Set to be released in Q2....my guess is around June. And that means Force and Destiny should be in Beta by August!!!<br /><br /> Here is a link to the <a href="http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4635" target="_blank">FFG Release</a><br /><br /> General Discussion<br /><br /> This episode we try and talk a little bit about powergaming...but really what we did was ramble a lot and fall asleep partway through the show! Stupid gas leaks...could'a kilt someboty!<br /><br /> All in all, we felt this episode was a little lacking and the subject worth revisiting at a later date! We do get some good points across though, and you should listen to us fail at podcasting!<br /> Jareth21 clean 1112 S2E1: The Quest – Gaming Culture https://rpgsc.org/s2e1-the-quest-gaming-culture/ Sat, 01 Feb 2014 20:23:58 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=578 <p>Hello and welcome to Season 2 of The Quest! New music, new way of doing things, same old non-sense! Lets get right to it! News Apparently a new documentary is on its way that explores the origin of the game, and the story of its creators, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The film is called The Great Kingdom, and there is currently no release date, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s2e1-the-quest-gaming-culture/">S2E1: The Quest – Gaming Culture</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Hello and welcome to Season 2 of The Quest! New music, new way of doing things, same old non-sense! Lets get right to it! News Apparently a new documentary is on its way that explores the origin of the game, and the story of its creators, Hello and welcome to Season 2 of The Quest! New music, new way of doing things, same old non-sense!<br /><br /> Lets get right to it!<br /><br /> News<br /><br /> <a href="https://i1.wp.com/irnerdivore.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/1503482_274271932730130_466712022_n-590x330.jpg"></a><br /><br /> Apparently a new documentary is on its way that explores the origin of the game, and the story of its creators, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. The film is called The Great Kingdom, and there is currently no release date, but you can check out the trailer and info updates on their Facebook page.<br /><br /> Star Wars RPG<br /><br /> Fantasy Flight Games has announced they are preparing to release the Age of Rebellion Beginner Box. The set is available for order on the Fantasy Flight website and it is expected to ship later this year.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite_sec.asp?eidm=254&esem=2" target="_blank">Fantasy Flights AoE Beginer Box</a><br /><br /> <br /><br /> New RPG on Kickstarter<br /><br /> There is a new tabletop project on Kickstarter called DeadQuest that is set in the American Southwest in the wake of a Zombie Apocolypse.<br /><br /> <iframe width="640" height="480" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452396741/deadquest-a-zombie-tabletop-game/widget/video.html" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe><br /><br /> <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452396741/deadquest-a-zombie-tabletop-game?ref=live" target="_blank">Kickstater link</a><br /><br /> Eve Battle<br /><br /> Space MMO EVE Online has been providing stories of corporate espionage and massive space battles for years. A battle began yesterday that's the biggest one in the game's 10-year history. The main battle itself involved over 2,200 players in a single star system. The groups on each side of the fight tried to restrict the numbers somewhat in order to maintain server stability, so the battle ended up sprawling across multiple other systems as well.<br /><br /> Now, EVE allows players to buy a month of subscription time as an in-game item, which players can then use or trade. This allows a direct conversion from in-game currency to real money, and provides a benchmark for estimating the real-world value of in-game losses. Over 70 of the game's biggest and most expensive ships, the Titans, were destroyed. Individual Titans can be worth upwards of 200 billion ISK, which is worth around $5,000. Losses for the Titans alone for this massive battle are estimated at $200,000 - $300,000. Hundreds upon hundreds of other ships were destroyed as well.<br /><br /> How did the battle start? Somebody didn't pay rent and lost control of their system.<br /><br /> <a href="http://games.slashdot.org/story/14/01/28/2143259/largest-yet-eve-online-battle-destroys-200000-worth-of-starships" target="_blank">Original story</a><br /><br /> Discussion<br /><br /> Gaming culture comes with a little more than its fair share of stigmas. There are a lot of stereotypes, some justly deserved, some not.<br /><br /> We discuss the “basement dwelling”, and actual play podcasts…and how we all suffer a little from the stereotypes.<br /> Jareth21 clean 1113 S1E11: The Quest – Inter-player Relationships https://rpgsc.org/s1e11-the-quest-inter-player-relationships/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:25:05 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=566 <p>In this episode we talk a little bit about how players interact with each other and how their characters feel about each other and their NPC counterparts. The show notes for this episode are very bad...I know. Here is a copy of the FFG Star Wars RPG Age of Rebellion Beta book: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ffgbta006.html I did not do a "final thought" for this episode, but here it […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e11-the-quest-inter-player-relationships/">S1E11: The Quest – Inter-player Relationships</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Relationships between players and characters is what separates RPGs from other types of games. Without those relationships, we might as well be playing Monopoly or Poker. Take your relationships in game seriously, In this episode we talk a little bit about how players interact with each other and how their characters feel about each other and their NPC counterparts.<br /><br /> The show notes for this episode are very bad...I know.<br /><br /> Here is a copy of the FFG Star Wars RPG Age of Rebellion Beta book: <a href="http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ffgbta006.html">http://www.miniaturemarket.com/ffgbta006.html</a><br /><br /> I did not do a "final thought" for this episode, but here it is:<br /><br /> Relationships between players and characters is what separates RPGs from other types of games. Without those relationships, we might as well be playing Monopoly or Poker. Take your relationships in game seriously, and work hard to understand and expand those eras of your game. The reward is, almost, always worth it!<br /> Jareth21 clean 1114 S1E10: The Quest – NPC’s https://rpgsc.org/s1e10-the-quest-npcs/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:21:43 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=564 <p>The show notes for this episode are lackluster due to time constraints. We recorded on Friday September 20th and I needed to get the show up quickly and had little time to edit and all that...so sorry for the abridged notes! Will do better next show. The Quest for News! http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/14/78356/ Melior Via has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund Accursed, their fantasy RPG […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e10-the-quest-npcs/">S1E10: The Quest – NPC’s</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> In this episode we talk a little bit about Non-Player Characters and what it means to be in the head of the PC's advisory. This weeks guests are Laura, Evelyn and Erik, who joins us for his first show! We get a little off topic, as always, The show notes for this episode are lackluster due to time constraints. We recorded on Friday September 20th and I needed to get the show up quickly and had little time to edit and all that...so sorry for the abridged notes! Will do better next show.<br /><br /> The Quest for News!<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/14/78356/">http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/14/78356/</a><br /><br /> <a title="Melior Via" href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1231173913/accursed-rpg" target="_blank">Melior Via</a> has launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund Accursed, their fantasy RPG setting book for Savage Worlds system where the monsters show that they need love, too.<br /><br /> A dark fantasy tabletop RPG setting for the Savage Worlds game system, where heroic monsters fight for redemption.<br /><br /> In a world of dark fantasy and perilous adventure, the forces of evil have triumphed. Those who remain uncorrupted by wickedness must rely upon monsters to fight against the darkness. Witches have ruled the land since the last battles of conquest, but their Grand Coven has been sundered, leaving behind remnants of a once-mighty army. The remnants of the horde include captured citizens of the conquered nations that fought as the Witches’ shock troops.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/10/78114/">http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/10/78114/</a><br /><br /> <a title="Pyre Studios" href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pyre-studios/encounter-dice-adventure-in-full-colour" target="_blank">Pyre Studios</a> have created a new tool for DMs/GMs to help create NPCs on the fly during games via their new Encounter Dice. They’re looking for funding over on Kickstarter.<br /><br /> Simply put; dice with full colour RPG tropes on them that allow you to quickly and inventively generate NPCs, characters, adventures, items, treasure, locales, monsters, bosses etc…<br /><br /> In our initial set, the focus of this campaign, we have a set of six dice covering the following concepts/characters and items; Race, Class, Alignment, Weaponry, Armour and Loot. With these dice you can create NPC archetypes for your party to encounter and also add a character’s demeanour, intent and with the “item” dice add some variety to chests, drop treasure etc…<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jul/29/after-40-years-popularity-tabletop-gaming-ri/">http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jul/29/after-40-years-popularity-tabletop-gaming-ri/</a><br /><br /> On a blue-sky summer afternoon, 10 teens are gathered on the second floor of the Chattanooga Public Library, sitting around a pair of tables littered with books, sheets of paper and pencils. The big-screen TV behind them is dark, and the video game consoles connected to it as lifeless as the unplugged “Ms. Pac-man” arcade cabinet a little farther down the wall. To some, the idea of teens ignoring their 360s and PS 3s in favor of a style of gaming that first became popular the ’70s and ’80s might seem like a surprising anachronism. Yet D&D and other tabletop games have persisted for 40 years in the face of increasingly sophisticated competition from high-tech forms of entertainment. In a 2000 survey, Wizards of the Coast — the current owners of the D&D universe of products — estimated that 5.5 million people in the U.S. regularly play tabletop roleplaying games.  Tabletop gamers, new and old alike, say they are drawn to the freedom of a game system that doesn’t limit their choices.<br /><br /> Final Thoughts<br /><br /> Be mindful of NPC's. they are not just background fluff to be kicked around but the big damn heroes. NPC's are people too!!!<br /> Jareth21 clean 1115 S1E9: The Quest – Building Your Campaign https://rpgsc.org/s1e9-the-quest-building-your-campaign/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:18:38 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=562 <p>The Quest for News From RPGNEWS.com Last Man Standing (1 of 16 in UNFASHIONED CREATURES) Hey, you got Zombies in my Frankenstein! In the midst of an undead apocalypse, one scientist tries to sustain the human race by cloning himself (again.) Unfortunately, things don't work out exactly as planned. But then, do they ever? In Last Man Standing, writer Monica Valentinelli and artist Josie Pi […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e9-the-quest-building-your-campaign/">S1E9: The Quest – Building Your Campaign</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Building a campaign can be fun and exciting for both the GM and the players. In this episode we talk about some of the ideas you can use to start your campaign off on the right foot. With special Guests Derek, Evelyn and Laura, The Quest for News<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.rpgnews.com/comics-news/last-man-standing-1-of-16-in-unfashioned-creatures/" target="_blank">From RPGNEWS.com</a><br /><br /> Last Man Standing (1 of 16 in UNFASHIONED CREATURES)<br /><br /> Hey, you got Zombies in my Frankenstein! In the midst of an undead apocalypse, one scientist tries to sustain the human race by cloning himself (again.) Unfortunately, things don't work out exactly as planned.<br /><br /> But then, do they ever?<br /><br /> In Last Man Standing, writer Monica Valentinelli and artist Josie Pi Grant do a modern twist on the first, great literary zombie. The digital download includes a BONUS page from "Monsters and the Monsters Who Make Them," a mini-series written by James McGee and illustrated by Alex Cormack.<br /><br /> UNFASHIONED CREATURES, A Frankenstein Anthology, is a collection of original comic art and stories inspired by Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus." Edited by Enrica Jang.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/11/78214/" target="_blank">From TABLETOPGAMINGNEWS.com</a><br /><br /> Mage Company has launched their Kickstarter campaign for The Amityville Project, a miniatures game where you’re trying to play on the fears of the other players, trying to become the dominant personality inside an asylum patient.<br /><br /> Phobos is a Horror Strategy Miniature game for 2-4 players. Each player takes on the role of one of these personalities which were created in the detective’s mind. Your goal is to eliminate the personalities of your opponent(s). Once accomplished then your personality prevails allowing you to control the detective.<br /><br /> Each of you chooses a Mentality board, 8 Ghost Miniatures, 12 Mentality Tokens, a D12 Die and 3 Action cards. Players then each get 3 Phobos cards (from 12 different possibilities) and keep these face down.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.tabletopgamingnews.com/2013/09/13/78319/" target="_blank">From TABLETOPGAMINGNEWS.com</a><br /><br /> Fantasy Flight Games has released their Wave 3 ships for their Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game. Four new starship expansions have now arrived to forever redefine the dramatic space battles of X-Wing™!<br /><br /> The Lambda-class Shuttle, HWK-290, B-Wing, and TIE Bomber Expansion Packs each feature a detailed model, faithfully rendered at 1/270 scale, as well as a maneuver dial, and all the ship cards, upgrades, and tokens you need to make these starships a dynamic part of your X-Wing battles. Head to your local retailer today to pick up your copies.<br /><br /> Building Your Campaign.<br /><br /> A great place to start thinking about a campaign is your players. A good place to start to learn how to be a great GM, John Wick's book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ACIWA0/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003ACIWA0&linkCode=as2&tag=dancinggimet-20">Play Dirty</a>!<br /><br /> Another great resource for helping you set up a campaign is a system created for the 7th sea RPG, called "The Other Hundred Points". The idea was you give the players a list of options regarding your campaign and let them rank each option on how much they would enjoy each aspect and then you build your game around those suggestions.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Here is a link to the <a href="http://www.alderac.com/7thsea/resources/7thsea-gmcampaignsetuphandout.pdf" target="_blank">AEG 7th Sea GM Sheet for campaign building</a>:<br /><br /> Also, here is an e-bay link for the <a href="http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5575059655&toolid=10001&campid=5337385215&customid=&icep_uq=D%26D+Birthright&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg" target="_blank">AD&D Birthright Campaign</a>.<br /><br /> Final Thoughts<br /><br /> Use your players as a resource to build a campaig... Jareth21 clean 1116 Special Episode: The Quest for a Happy Birthday! https://rpgsc.org/special-episode-the-quest-for-a-happy-birthday/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:15:50 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=560 <p>We wanna wish a Happy birthday to Laura! Yeah, Saturday is the actual day, but whatever! The post Special Episode: The Quest for a Happy Birthday! appeared first on The Quest.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/special-episode-the-quest-for-a-happy-birthday/">Special Episode: The Quest for a Happy Birthday!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> We wanna wish a Happy birthday to Laura! Yeah, Saturday is the actual day, but whatever! We wanna wish a Happy birthday to Laura!<br /><br /> Yeah, Saturday is the actual day, but whatever!<br /><br /> <br /> Jareth21 clean 1117 S1E8: The Quest – Death and Dying https://rpgsc.org/s1e8-the-quest-death-and-dying/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:13:17 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=558 <p>This episode DOES contain SPOILERS!!!! This episode was recirded on Friday September 6th, 2013! We had a lot more planned for this eppisode, but my Joss Whedon rant took up a lot of time. We will cover this topic again in season 2! The Quest for News http://mashable.com/2013/07/01/lucas-cultural-arts-museum/ Lucas has been working behind the scenes on his proposed Cultural Arts Museum — not just a […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e8-the-quest-death-and-dying/">S1E8: The Quest – Death and Dying</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Many times death of a character can mean some of the most motivating factors for other characters. George R.R Martin kills lots of characters in the Song of Ice and Fire. som of these deaths are almost meaningless, This episode DOES contain SPOILERS!!!!<br /><br /> This episode was recirded on Friday September 6th, 2013!<br /><br /> We had a lot more planned for this eppisode, but my Joss Whedon rant took up a lot of time. We will cover this topic again in season 2!<br /><br /> The Quest for News<br /><br /> <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/07/01/lucas-cultural-arts-museum/">http://mashable.com/2013/07/01/lucas-cultural-arts-museum/</a><br /><br /> Lucas has been working behind the scenes on his proposed Cultural Arts Museum — not just a home for all the art he's collected over the last four decades, but a place to tell the story of visual storytelling.<br /><br /> The <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/04/25/george-lucas-museum-facebook-likes/" data-crackerjax="#post-slider">Lucas Cultural Arts Museum</a> is one of three finalists competing for a coveted spot in the San Francisco Presidio, right by the waterfront, with a commanding view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The three have been whittled down from an initial 16 proposals.<br /><br /> Lucas insiders say that if the Presidio doesn't choose his proposal, he won't look elsewhere in the Bay Area — he'll build it in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emmanuel awaits with open arms. "It'll be a nice wedding present for Mellody," the former Lucasfilm chief has said.<br /><br /> Though San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has come out in favor of the Lucas proposal, the Trust's decision is no slam dunk. Lucas faces some stiff competition in the form of the <a href="http://www.parksconservancy.org/park-improvements/current-projects/san-francisco/proposed-presidio-exchange.html" target="_blank">Presidio Exchange</a> — an "open source" and partly open air museum that would host many kinds of free events and act as a cultural center for the Presidio. The third proposal is a Sustainability Institute; read about that <a href="http://www.presidio.gov/about/Documents/2_Chora-WRNS.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> [PDF link].<br /><br /> Check out the videos on mashable, for more.<br /><br /> <a href="http://palladiumbooks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=651%3Aprepare-for-invasion&catid=53%3Aproduct-features">http://palladiumbooks.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=651%3Aprepare-for-invasion&catid=53%3Aproduct-features</a><br /><br />  <br /><br /> Robotech® RPG Tactics™ – Coming Fall 2013<br /><br /> If you’re a Robotech® fan, this is the game you’ve wanted for decades, with beautifully sculpted, in scale, game pieces and the fast action of Robotech®.<br /><br /> Robotech® RPG Tactics™ is a fast-paced, tabletop combat game that captures the action and adventure of the Robotech® anime. Two or more players can engage in small squad skirmishes or scale up to massive battles. Relive the clashes of the First Robotech War, engage in stand-alone tactical games or use the dynamic game pieces to enhance your Robotech® RPG experience. Or simply collect your favorite mecha from an expanding range of top notch game pieces.<br /><br /> Mecha vs Mecha. Take command of the fighting forces of the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) valiantly defending Earth from alien annihilation. Or lead the massive clone armies of the Zentraedi Armada to recover an alien artifact of immense power and enslave humankind.<br /><br /> Go to Palladium.com for a detailed list for the boxed set.<br /><br /> <a href="http://oceanicgamer.com/2013/09/swtor-game-update-2-3-2-full-patch-notes/">http://oceanicgamer.com/2013/09/swtor-game-update-2-3-2-full-patch-notes/</a><br /><br /> Game Update 2.3.2 Patch Notes<br /><br /> 9/4/2013<br /><br /> Highlights<br /><br /> <br /><br /> * New Vehicle! The Desler Nomad is a new rare drop from the final boss of all level 55 Hard Mode Flashpoints.<br /><br /> * Vendor Update! Emergency Medical Table and Mood: Outraged have been added to the Bounty Supply Company Vendor. Each item is bind on pickup and available for 1 credit to all players, regardless of Bounty Supply Company Reputation rank.... Jareth21 clean 1118 S1E7: The Quest -Conflict Changes Characters https://rpgsc.org/s1e7-the-quest-conflict-changes-characters/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:10:26 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=556 <p>The Quest for News From: EscapistMagazine.com Minecraft has been a work in progress for its entire existence.  In the current version, the many different terrain biomes are often placed awkwardly next to each other, with deserts randomly juxtaposed against arctic tundra. Meanwhile, massive oceans interrupt the typical brick-breaking gameplay and force players to either avoid them or slowly sail through. In a blog update, lead […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e7-the-quest-conflict-changes-characters/">S1E7: The Quest -Conflict Changes Characters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Conflict in role-playing games, like in life, is how we grow as people and characters. In this episode we talk a little, and ramble a lot, about some of the different types of conflict and how players and characters can react to them. The Quest for News<br /><br /> From: EscapistMagazine.com<br /><br /> Minecraft has been a work in progress for its entire existence.  In the current version, the many different terrain biomes are often placed awkwardly next to each other, with deserts randomly juxtaposed against arctic tundra. Meanwhile, massive oceans interrupt the typical brick-breaking gameplay and force players to either avoid them or slowly sail through. In a blog update, lead developer Jens Bergensten  mentioned three specific issues that he intends to address: oceans being too large, uneven biome placement, and lack of variation. To fix that, Mojang's overhauling the code that generates the maps. Future Minecraft worlds should have far less oceans, logical biome placement, and alternate configurations of those biomes for variety.  Along with the new terrain maps, players can also expect new biomes, new rare and uncommon biome variations, and new flowers and trees to look at/harvest along the way.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/127304-Minecraft-to-Overhaul-the-World-with-1-7-Update">http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/127304-Minecraft-to-Overhaul-the-World-with-1-7-Update</a><br /><br /> From: Geek.com<br /><br /> Few game franchises have been as consistently loved over the years as DOOM. Even with years in between installments, fans still can't wait to get their paws on a new DOOM game. in typical fashion, DOOM 4 has been in development for a long, long time, but you can tide yourself over with these nifty pewter miniatures of all your favorite DOOM monsters from Bethesda. The first run is already gone, but you can sign up for email notifications. Even at $200 these miniatures are hot.<br /><br /> There are 15 miniatures including all the classics — the cyberdemon, Arch-vile, Hell Knight, our anonymous protagonist, and all the rest. These miniatures are re-castings of a set originally sold by Reaper Miniatures in the late 90's.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.geek.com/games/bethesda-is-offering-a-doom-pewter-miniatures-set-for-200-1569092/">http://www.geek.com/games/bethesda-is-offering-a-doom-pewter-miniatures-set-for-200-1569092/</a><br /><br /> From: GameSkinny.com<br /><br /> Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, set for release on August 27, has received quite a few inquiries from players in the MMORPG community about the possibility of marriage.<br /><br /> Same-sex marriage, in particular, is causing quite the stir. Recent developments within the LGBTQ community and their fight for marriage equality, such as the repeal of Prop 8 and DOMA, have definitely softened the taboo for some of these issues to be discussed within certain industries, and in this case, the gaming industry.<br /><br /> The folks on the development team, when asked about marriage in the game, stated:<br /><br /> “As for same-sex marriage, this is an extremely controversial topic that has been under discussion in the MMO world for the past few years. First we would like to start out with opposite-sex marriage, and then consider the feedback from our players in order to make a careful decision.”<br /><br /> Although I do respect them for at least considering the idea of equality, I can’t help but think of the other games out there that already allow for same-sex relations. Mass Effect and Fable 3, for example, did just fine despite having this option.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.gameskinny.com/x59ao/final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-to-allow-same-sex-marriage">http://www.gameskinny.com/x59ao/final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-to-allow-same-sex-marriage</a><br /><br /> Conflict Changes Characters<br /><br /> Games within Games<br /><br /> Many games give you opportunities to play, well, games inside of the. A prime example is Star Wars: Knights of te Old Republic's Pazzak or Legend of the Five Rings Go. These games can be mundane and menial, but they can also be great opportunities for growth as a character and story advancement. Jareth21 clean 1119 S1E6: The Quest – PhysReps and Gaming Aids https://rpgsc.org/s1e6-the-quest-physreps-and-gaming-aids/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:07:57 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=554 <p>Physical Representations & Gaming Aids While I don't normally use minis in games I run, they can certainly have an enhancing effect for many players. Don't let them become the focus though. Minis are intended to make the game more fun, not to become the game. If you hvae ever seen it, take a look at HeroQuest! Fun game, although a littly pricy now-a-days. http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1311.R1.TR8.TRC1.A0.XHeroQuest&_nkw=heroquest&_sacat=0&_from=R40 […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e6-the-quest-physreps-and-gaming-aids/">S1E6: The Quest – PhysReps and Gaming Aids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> Using physreps can add a lot to your game, but they can also make it feel more mechanical and limit your imagination. Before you get too carried away, take stock of what you actually need and how much those physreps can really bring to your game. - Physical Representations & Gaming Aids<br /><br /> While I don't normally use minis in games I run, they can certainly have an enhancing effect for many players. Don't let them become the focus though. Minis are intended to make the game more fun, not to become the game.<br /><br /> If you hvae ever seen it, take a look at HeroQuest! Fun game, although a littly pricy now-a-days.<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1311.R1.TR8.TRC1.A0.XHeroQuest&_nkw=heroquest&_sacat=0&_from=R40">http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1311.R1.TR8.TRC1.A0.XHeroQuest&_nkw=heroquest&_sacat=0&_from=R40</a><br /><br /> Using a Virtual Table to play a game has been a fun experiance, something relitivly new to any of my groups. The only real drawback has been getting everyone's technical issues sorted.<br /><br /> Live Action<br /><br /> Costuming is king in a LARP. It is the ultimate gaming aid, and you need to invest a conciderable amount of though, if not money, into your costume, weapons and armor. It really can make or break your gaming experiance.<br /><br /> I recomment The Ren Store, or your local Ren Fair for starting out.<br /><br /> <a href="http://stores.renstore.com/StoreFront.bok">http://stores.renstore.com/StoreFront.bok</a><br /><br /> CosPlay<br /><br /> The devil is in the details...CosPlay is often less about the RP and more about the costumeing. Its like LARP Lite on Steroids.<br /><br /> Some judges will rob you of points for store bought items, so know your CosPlay judges and what is expected. If you are just doing it for the fun of a little lite RP at a con, go with what works and don't worry so much about handcrafting every little bit.<br /><br /> BUT...never underestimate how much more awesome it is to be the person that shows up in a handmade, articulated Iron Man outfit!<br /><br /> Virtual<br /><br /> Die rollers can be convinent, but nothing beats the sweet, sweet sound of a die bouncing off the table and the collective death rattle of your players when they score a critical faliure!<br /><br /> Fillable character sheets can be nice...but it can lead to deforstiation. Save the planet!<br /><br /> Character Generators do make life a little easier. Here are some links to CG's we mentioned in the show:<br /><br /> AD&D Core Rules - <a href="http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=heroquest&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAD%26D+core+rules+program&_nkw=AD%26D+core+rules+program&_sacat=0">http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=heroquest&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.XAD%26D+core+rules+program&_nkw=AD%26D+core+rules+program&_sacat=0</a><br /><br /> L5R CM - <a href="https://code.google.com/p/l5rcm/">https://code.google.com/p/l5rcm/</a><br /><br /> And...while not a "CG" as such, HeroMachine is still cool - <a href="http://www.heromachine.com/heromachine-3-lab/">http://www.heromachine.com/heromachine-3-lab/</a><br /><br /> Other ideas<br /><br /> [advanced_iframe securitykey="ffbb85f20fc6148b7a31a7a4a8e81381f99050ed" src="http://rcm-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/cm?t=dancinggimet-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B00ADW4I9O&ref=tf_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" height="240" width="320" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"]<br /><br /> Final Thought<br /><br /> Using physreps can add a lot to your game, but they can also make it feel more mechanical and limit your imagination. Before you get too carried away, take stock of what you actually need and how much those physreps can really bring to your game.<br /><br /> You can end up spending a lot of money on physreps, make sure they are things you are actually gonna use. There is nothng like having thousands of dollers worth of gaming equipment you are never gonna use again. Your imagination can be one of the greatest assets you have in gaming, don’t waste a lot of money suppressing it.<br /> Jareth21 clean 1120 S1E5: The Quest – Distractions in Role-Playing https://rpgsc.org/s1e5-the-quest-distractions-in-role-playing/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:05:36 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=552 <p>Distractions There are a lot of things that can cause distractions. Infact...we were so distracted with this episode, we didn't even do hardly any prep and only managed to get about half a show! More will come though...so don't fret. Mitigating Distraction TURN THE TV OFF Don't be a dick! You know... Final Thoughts LISTEN TO THE SHOW....I did bad show notes this time. Sorry! […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e5-the-quest-distractions-in-role-playing/">S1E5: The Quest – Distractions in Role-Playing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> This show is all about distractions...and its fitting that we were very distracted when making this show. Really, things turned out a good, but this show might be one of the best we do. It was fun but short and widely off target. Distractions<br /><br /> There are a lot of things that can cause distractions. Infact...we were so distracted with this episode, we didn't even do hardly any prep and only managed to get about half a show!<br /><br /> More will come though...so don't fret.<br /><br /> Mitigating Distraction<br /><br /> TURN THE TV OFF<br /><br /> Don't be a dick!<br /><br /> You know...<br /><br /> Final Thoughts<br /><br /> LISTEN TO THE SHOW....I did bad show notes this time. Sorry!<br /> Jareth21 clean 1121 S1E4: The Quest – Gaming Systems https://rpgsc.org/s1e4-the-quest-gaming-systems/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:02:53 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=550 <p>We found some nice treasure while Questing for the latest RPG related news: Here is some quick RPG News! CCP Games CCP Games, creators of the successful space MMORPG EVE Online, have announced they will be harvesting stories from within the game to create comic books, a TV series, and possibly even films set in the EVE universe. EVE has never set records for the size of its userbase, but it's […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e4-the-quest-gaming-systems/">S1E4: The Quest – Gaming Systems</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> The key to any good game is role-playing and storytelling. The system is how you interact with the world and with that story. System does matter, but in truth, the characters are what makes the game the most fun. We found some nice treasure while Questing for the latest RPG related news:<br /><br /> Here is some quick RPG News!<br /><br /> CCP Games<br /><br /> CCP Games, creators of the successful space MMORPG EVE Online, have announced they will be harvesting stories from within the game to <a href="http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/eve-online-to-become-a-television-show-and-comic-book-inspired-by-the-stori">create comic books, a TV series, and possibly even films set in the EVE universe</a>. EVE has never set records for the size of its userbase, but it's long been known as a game that generates some of the best emergent gameplay in the industry. From battles involving <a href="http://games.slashdot.org/story/13/01/29/2157234/how-eve-online-dealt-with-a-3000-player-battle">thousands of players</a> to in-game confidence schemes involving currency worth <a href="http://slashdot.org/story/06/08/23/1918246/eve-online-rocked-by-700-billon-isk-scam">tens of thousands</a> of <a href="http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/08/15/1951230/eve-online-ponzi-scheme-nets-50k-worth-of-in-game-currency">real dollars</a>, it's likely you've heard about players' exploits even if you haven't played the game. CCP is now looking to bring the EVE universe to a wider audience, and rather than having a group of writers dictate all of the lore, they're letting the players take part. They've set up a site where users can <a href="https://truestories.eveonline.com/">share their tales and vote on those of others</a>. CCP has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to make a comic book out of the stories, and with a production company to make a live-action TV show.<br /><br /> SWOTR:<br /><br /> <a href="http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/07/16/bioware-teases-swtors-2-4-pve-and-pvp-content/">http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/07/16/bioware-teases-swtors-2-4-pve-and-pvp-content/</a><br /><br /> WIZARDS OF THE COAST:<br /><br /> <a href="http://company.wizards.com/content/magic-2014-core-set-launches-today">http://company.wizards.com/content/magic-2014-core-set-launches-today</a><br /><br /> The Nature of Attributes<br /><br /> Your attributes are how your character's make-up is defined. The gifts you where born with, your physical and metal charactirisitcs.<br /><br /> There is a sweet spot for attrubutes though, nobody wants to be the guy who is stupid, ugly and physically impared. By the same token, playing Adonis isn't as much fin as one might think either, and its not fun to run games for.<br /><br /> You can play any attributes scores, but you may have to change your core concept.<br /><br /> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(role-playing_games)">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(role-playing_games)</a><br /><br /> Do you need skills in an RPG?<br /><br /> Generally speaking, skills are needed in most RPG's. These are how you, as a character seperates themselves from the pack. What you can do in the real world help define your role in sociaty, and skills in an RPG are no different.<br /><br /> Don't let skills dictate the role-palying though. They are there to enhance your experiance, not define it.Skills should be used as a way to help tell the story but if you if can out RP the NPC, then good on you!<br /><br /> Don't get carried away either. Some games can have to many skills. As a GM you don't want to spread out the need for skills to much because it will overly complicate not only your storytelling and slow down your characters effectivness.<br /><br /> Combat<br /><br /> While not every game NEEDS combat, conflict is almost always inevitable in some stories. After all, how do we grow without overcoming adversity?<br /><br /> Comabt can become a problem though. It slows down te flow of games and can become overly mechanical. You need to keep the players engaged in the story. You can do this through narration or just speedy combat systems like the New World of Darkness system.<br /><br /> As a player or GM, Jareth21 clean 1122 S1E3 – The Quest: Parties & Characters https://rpgsc.org/s1e3-the-quest-parties-characters/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:00:07 +0000 http://irnerdivore.com/?p=548 <p>We found some nice treasure while Questing for the latest RPG related news: http://www.talltalesrpg.com/ http://www.l5r.com/2013/07/19/q-workshop-and-aeg-announce-l5r-dice/ http://www.margaretweis.com/shop#!/~/product/category=5447006&id=22891059 Alignment Remember that your alignment is a tool to help you role-play, not a leash to limit you. There are aspects of alignment that will restrain your character and make you, the player, consider that the actions you are contemplating might not be what your character would do. Role-playing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org/s1e3-the-quest-parties-characters/">S1E3 – The Quest: Parties & Characters</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://rpgsc.org">RPGSC</a>.</p> We talk about what makes up a party of adventurers, how to change your character, and what is in a name! We found some nice treasure while Questing for the latest RPG related news:<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.talltalesrpg.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow nofollow">http://www.talltalesrpg.com/</a><br /><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.l5r.com/2013/07/19/q-workshop-and-aeg-announce-l5r-dice/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow nofollow">http://www.l5r.com/2013/07/19/q-workshop-and-aeg-announce-l5r-dice/</a><br /><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.margaretweis.com/shop#!/~/product/category=5447006&id=22891059" target="_blank" rel="nofollow nofollow">http://www.margaretweis.com/shop#!/~/product/category=5447006&id=22891059</a><br /><br /> Alignment<br /><br /> Remember that your alignment is a tool to help you role-play, not a leash to limit you. There are aspects of alignment that will restrain your character and make you, the player, consider that the actions you are contemplating might not be what your character would do.<br /><br /> Role-playing is about being someone else, and alignments can help you define who that someone else is and guide you through their life and decisions, rather than your own.<br /><br /> Many, many games have alignment systems. Look at games other than the one you are playing when considering how to RP your alignment.<br /><br /> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(role-playing_games)">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(role-playing_games)</a><br /><br /> Unbalanced vs Balanced Parties<br /><br /> Having a balanced party goes beyond class and level. Your personalities can conflict and cause an unbalancing of a group.<br /><br /> You can run a balanced game of like characters with great success. Don’t limit the role you choose to play in a game based on what others are playing, but keep in mind how you will be able to interact with them.<br /><br /> The traditional D&D party can be a good start, but isn’t needed, and can get a little boring to play over and over. Think outside the box.<br /><br /> Avoid being a Mary Sue! <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Sue</a><br /><br /> Playing the Sidekick<br /><br /> Not everyone always gets to be the hero, and sometimes the sidekick can be the most fun to play. Whether you are Dick Grayson or Sancho Panza, the sidekick is always in intractable part of the story, even if not the focus.<br /><br /> Sidekicks can be some of the most beloved characters in a story as well. Han Solo is, in essence, a sidekick to Luke Skywalker for much of the story. Sure, it can be argued that Han is a “co-hero”, but really, that comes a little later.<br /><br /> Few people remain the sidekick forever.  Han becomes one of the main heroes of the Star Wars universe, Dick Grayson becomes NightWing.<br /><br /> How Easy Should it be to Change Your Character in a Game?<br /><br /> This is a complex question, and the variety of answers is just as complex.<br /><br /> The most important thing to think about before making any changes to your character is, “can I change this through role-play?”<br /><br /> While changing a character can be a mechanical change on a character sheet, the intent of role-playing games is to experience life, and life can change us as people. Let the game change your character, roll with the changes, and if you don’t like something about the character, role-playing the character trying to change that thing about themselves.<br /><br /> Character Naming<br /><br /> What’s in a name? The answer can be harder than one may think.<br /><br /> <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130724-names-psychology-meaning-royal-baby-william-kate/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20130724news-namebab&utm_campaign=Content">http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130724-names-psychology-meaning-royal-baby-william-kate/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20130724news-namebab&utm_campaign=Content</a><br /><br /> Jareth21 clean 1123