Words In The Dark http://blog.obsidianportal.com The Official Blog of Obsidian Portal Tue, 24 May 2016 05:47:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2The Official Blog of Obsidian Portal Obsidian Portal clean 2011-2013 Obsidian Portal The Official Blog of Obsidian Portal Words In The Dark http://blog.obsidianportal.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/iTunes_New.jpghttp://blog.obsidianportal.com The Internet! Weekly Haste – Hanging Up The Dice Baghttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-hanging-up-the-dice-bag/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:15:39 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2984 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-hanging-up-the-dice-bag/#comments | Episode 129| Announcements This is a special episode of Haste that I hope you'll all listen to and provide any feedback on that you might have. Thanks folks!Topics End of An Era Hey there listeners, special episode of Haste for you this week. I'm sure some of you saw this coming but, I felt it was necessary to start the conversation and get the info out there. I'd appreciate any feedback, questions, or commentary you all might have.I hope you all understand, and I hope you continue to tune in for our upcoming final episode, and whatever podcast comes next for Obsidian Portal.As always, and from the very deepest recesses of my gazebo shaped heart, thanks for listening.Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | | Episode 129|

Announcements

This is a special episode of Haste that I hope you’ll all listen to and provide any feedback on that you might have. Thanks folks!

Topics

End of An Era

It's a shame that Master Blaster costume will ever come to fruition!Hey there listeners, special episode of Haste for you this week. I’m sure some of you saw this coming but, I felt it was necessary to start the conversation and get the info out there. I’d appreciate any feedback, questions, or commentary you all might have.

I hope you all understand, and I hope you continue to tune in for our upcoming final episode, and whatever podcast comes next for Obsidian Portal.

As always, and from the very deepest recesses of my gazebo shaped heart, thanks for listening.

Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste w/ Jason Marker – Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police Storyhttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-jason-marker-thin-blue-line-a-detroit-police-story/ Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:19:31 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2977 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-jason-marker-thin-blue-line-a-detroit-police-story/#comments | Episode 128| Announcements No announcements today, we're just jumping right into the show with Jason, we hope you enjoy!Topics Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police Story Tonight we're joined by the wonderful Mr. Jason Marker. Freelance game designer who has done work on Warhammer 40k, the new Star Wars games, and a lot more. I bug him all about his new game and Kickstarter for Thin Blue Line. Tune in to find out:What is the typical day in the life of a psychic detective? Why Savage Worlds? The history behind the Corktown police department Book size, art, backer levels, other goodies A bunch of other stuff, just listen!Be sure to check out Melior Via press, and stalk Jason online on twitter and facebook.Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | | Episode 128|

Announcements

No announcements today, we’re just jumping right into the show with Jason, we hope you enjoy!

Topics

Thin Blue Line: A Detroit Police StoryCorktown Police Dept.

Tonight we’re joined by the wonderful Mr. Jason Marker. Freelance game designer who has done work on Warhammer 40k, the new Star Wars games, and a lot more. I bug him all about his new game and Kickstarter for Thin Blue Line. Tune in to find out:

  • What is the typical day in the life of a psychic detective?
  • Why Savage Worlds?
  • The history behind the Corktown police department
  • Book size, art, backer levels, other goodies
  • A bunch of other stuff, just listen!

Be sure to check out Melior Via press, and stalk Jason online on twitter and facebook.

Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste Returns! Talking All Things Demon Lord with Rob Schwalb!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-returns-talking-all-things-demon-lord-with-rob-schwalb/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:21:51 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2970 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-returns-talking-all-things-demon-lord-with-rob-schwalb/#comments | Episode 127| Announcements Today we're re-launching the Haste podcast, of course with a few changes pending yesterday's news. Micah will no longer be a part of the show, but I'm currently in the works of setting up my new co-host. The format of the show may undergo a few tweaks and changes but nothing too major. In the meantime I'll be doing interviews and news blurbs as usual until we get back to a 100% regular structure and release schedule.It's good to be back!TopicsShadow of the Demon Lord Tonight we're joined by the illustrious Mr. Rob Schwalb to talk all about Shadow of the Demon Lord as we kick the podcast back into action. We go in depth about Rob's new game, asking all the whys and the hows. Tune in for a great show!What are the basics of the game? What are groups and adventures like? What is the power curve like? What kind of monsters will we fight? Why make your own game? Anything we haven't seen yet on the Kickstarter What's next for Demon Lord and Schwalb Entertainment Questions from the internet!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | | Episode 127|

Announcements

Today we’re re-launching the Haste podcast, of course with a few changes pending yesterday’s news. Micah will no longer be a part of the show, but I’m currently in the works of setting up my new co-host. The format of the show may undergo a few tweaks and changes but nothing too major. In the meantime I’ll be doing interviews and news blurbs as usual until we get back to a 100% regular structure and release schedule.

It’s good to be back!

TopicsShadow of the Demon Lord

Shadow of the Demon Lord

Tonight we’re joined by the illustrious Mr. Rob Schwalb to talk all about Shadow of the Demon Lord as we kick the podcast back into action. We go in depth about Rob’s new game, asking all the whys and the hows. Tune in for a great show!

  • What are the basics of the game?
  • What are groups and adventures like?
  • What is the power curve like?
  • What kind of monsters will we fight?
  • Why make your own game?
  • Anything we haven’t seen yet on the Kickstarter
  • What’s next for Demon Lord and Schwalb Entertainment
  • Questions from the internet!

Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Iron Kingdoms Unleashed, Dungeonscape, the new DMG and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-iron-kingdoms-unleashed-dungeonscape-new-dmg/ Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:31:07 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2943 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-iron-kingdoms-unleashed-dungeonscape-new-dmg/#comments | Episode 126| Announcements Tonight we're hoping you all had a great turkey day, we're well rested and ready to chat about some serious RPG stuff. Come join us![Note: There were some audio anomalies on Micah's end with this episode. During recording I thought this was just distortion on the call we were on, as that is common on skype/G+, however it turns out that it wasn't and I did my best to scrub the audio but there are still some rough spots. -Jerry]Topics Iron Kingdoms UnleashedThere's a new standalone RPG in the Iron Kingdoms universe headed our way. Be sure to check out Iron Kingdoms Unleashed, complete with an awesome boxed starter set coming next year. More info every Friday from Privateer Press! Dungeonscape Lives?! Just as soon as it was declared dead, Dungeonscape has risen from its own ashes like a phoenix. There's a great interview up between the DS crew and The Id DM. Be sure to check it out as well as some coverage over on ENWorld. It looks like there's still a lot to speculate about but there is a future! The DMG Is Coming That's right folks, the third and final puzzle piece of the D&D core set, the Dungeon Master's Guide, will be releasing very, very soon. We've already got our hands on a copy and it sure is gorgeous. We dish about the DMG, and we'd like your thoughts too! Question @d20Monkey asks: We know some items can kill a campaign. What are a few you feel could SAVE a campaign?Tune in to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | | Episode 126|

Announcements

Tonight we’re hoping you all had a great turkey day, we’re well rested and ready to chat about some serious RPG stuff. Come join us!

[Note: There were some audio anomalies on Micah’s end with this episode. During recording I thought this was just distortion on the call we were on, as that is common on skype/G+, however it turns out that it wasn’t and I did my best to scrub the audio but there are still some rough spots. -Jerry]

Topics

maxresdefaultIron Kingdoms Unleashed

There’s a new standalone RPG in the Iron Kingdoms universe headed our way. Be sure to check out Iron Kingdoms Unleashed, complete with an awesome boxed starter set coming next year. More info every Friday from Privateer Press!

Dungeonscape Lives?!

Just as soon as it was declared dead, Dungeonscape has risen from its own ashes like a phoenix. There’s a great interview up between the DS crew and The Id DM. Be sure to check it out as well as some coverage over on ENWorld. It looks like there’s still a lot to speculate about but there is a future!

The DMG Is Coming

That’s right folks, the third and final puzzle piece of the D&D core set, the Dungeon Master’s Guide, will be releasing very, very soon. We’ve already got our hands on a copy and it sure is gorgeous. We dish about the DMG, and we’d like your thoughts too!

Question

@d20Monkey asks: We know some items can kill a campaign. What are a few you feel could SAVE a campaign?

Tune in to find out!

Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste: Guest host Rob Schwalb talks Shadow of the Demon Lord, and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-guest-host-rob-schwalb-talks-shadow-demon-lord/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:04:28 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2937 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-guest-host-rob-schwalb-talks-shadow-demon-lord/#comments | Episode 125| Announcements Tonight we're joined by famous game designer Rob Schwalb to talk to him about his new game Shadow of the Demon Lord. You can get all of the latest information and more on SotDL on Rob's website, and on Schwalb Entertainment's blog. Also, be sure to check out the Cthulhu: Strange Aeons Kickstarter, which Rob is also a part of.Topics Shadow of the Demon LordWe sit down and talk with Rob about what to expect from Shadow of the Demon Lord. I grill him about story, combat, mechanics, Kickstarter plans and more. Be sure to keep tuned to all things SotDL by following their various channels such as Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and of course the official blog.Dungeon Scape Is No MoreIn a sudden, and unexpected turn of events Trapdoor Technologies has announced that they will no longer be working on Dungeonscape alongside WotC. Dungeonscape was the to-be premiere set of digital tools for 5e D&D. This leaves a lot of questions, to which we have no answers but must speculate upon!Horror In Your Games / Pathfinder Occult PlaytestRob and I discuss the awesomeness that is running horror in your games, he gives some tips and pointers and we also discuss the latest Pathfinder Occult Playtest that sync'd right up with Halloween. If you're a Pathfinder player you should definitely be checking these out! Tip Keep your eyes glued on Shadow of the Demon Lord! Question @CyberSonzai asks: Most entertaining in-character excuse you've made up for a player that can't make it that week?Tune in to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | | Episode 125|

Announcements

Tonight we’re joined by famous game designer Rob Schwalb to talk to him about his new game Shadow of the Demon Lord. You can get all of the latest information and more on SotDL on Rob’s website, and on Schwalb Entertainment’s blog. Also, be sure to check out the Cthulhu: Strange Aeons Kickstarter, which Rob is also a part of.

Topics

Shadow of the Demon LordShadow of the Demon Lord

We sit down and talk with Rob about what to expect from Shadow of the Demon Lord. I grill him about story, combat, mechanics, Kickstarter plans and more. Be sure to keep tuned to all things SotDL by following their various channels such as Facebook, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, and of course the official blog.

Dungeon Scape Is No More

In a sudden, and unexpected turn of events Trapdoor Technologies has announced that they will no longer be working on Dungeonscape alongside WotC. Dungeonscape was the to-be premiere set of digital tools for 5e D&D. This leaves a lot of questions, to which we have no answers but must speculate upon!

Horror In Your Games / Pathfinder Occult Playtest

Rob and I discuss the awesomeness that is running horror in your games, he gives some tips and pointers and we also discuss the latest Pathfinder Occult Playtest that sync’d right up with Halloween. If you’re a Pathfinder player you should definitely be checking these out!

Tip

Keep your eyes glued on Shadow of the Demon Lord!

Question

@CyberSonzai asks: Most entertaining in-character excuse you’ve made up for a player that can’t make it that week?

Tune in to find out!

Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Extra Life, New Players, Describing Combat, “Chess Is Not An RPG” and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/extra-life-new-players-combat-and-chess-is-not-an-rpg/ Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:48:41 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2934 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/extra-life-new-players-combat-and-chess-is-not-an-rpg/#comments | Episode 124| Announcements Jerry is gaming for 24 hours straight this Saturday in order to help raise money for sick kids by taking part in the Extra-Life fundraiser. His team, Team Gazebo is comprised of himself, Dustin from Baldman Games, his wife, and a few local friends. They are raffling cool prizes off including D&D stuff, board game stuff, and PC games.Hit the link for the team page for all the info on the raffles, their schedule, and where to watch their live stream! Topics Due Diligence on New PlayersHow much prep, interviewing, stalking should you do on a new player that is coming to your table? Micah and Jerry discuss, do you agree? Let's hear it in the comments!Don't Describe CombatA guest article up on Gnomestew talks about not describing combat, and letting your players do it themselves. While this may work for some groups, we're not sure it would work in ours. Would it work in yours?Chess Is Not An RPGSo, "Chess is Not an RPG" is getting a lot of play around the internet, so Micah and Jerry decided to take a stab at their opinion on the whole deal. Trying our best to not go into rant mode, we talk about the topic. Failed on avoiding rant mode, unfortunately. Tip Don't be afraid to have new players take part in an intro session, knowing that they haven't been included in the gaming group just yet. It may save you a lot of time and headache! Question @Kilogex asks: How do you not be a GM in a game you're not running? Is it possible to not be a "bad player" after tasting so much power?Tune in to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | | Episode 124|

Announcements

Jerry is gaming for 24 hours straight this Saturday in order to help raise money for sick kids by taking part in the Extra-Life fundraiser. His team, Team Gazebo is comprised of himself, Dustin from Baldman Games, his wife, and a few local friends. They are raffling cool prizes off including D&D stuff, board game stuff, and PC games.

avatar_team_15980Hit the link for the team page for all the info on the raffles, their schedule, and where to watch their live stream!

Topics

Due Diligence on New Players

How much prep, interviewing, stalking should you do on a new player that is coming to your table? Micah and Jerry discuss, do you agree? Let’s hear it in the comments!

Don’t Describe Combat

A guest article up on Gnomestew talks about not describing combat, and letting your players do it themselves. While this may work for some groups, we’re not sure it would work in ours. Would it work in yours?

Chess Is Not An RPG

So, “Chess is Not an RPG” is getting a lot of play around the internet, so Micah and Jerry decided to take a stab at their opinion on the whole deal. Trying our best to not go into rant mode, we talk about the topic. Failed on avoiding rant mode, unfortunately.

Tip

Don’t be afraid to have new players take part in an intro session, knowing that they haven’t been included in the gaming group just yet. It may save you a lot of time and headache!

Question

@Kilogex asks: How do you not be a GM in a game you’re not running? Is it possible to not be a “bad player” after tasting so much power?

Tune in to find out!

Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! with guest Ben McFarland of Kobold Presshttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-guest-ben-mcfarland-kobold-press/ Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:22:02 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2930 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-guest-ben-mcfarland-kobold-press/#comments | Episode 123| Announcements Tonight, we're joined by freelance Game Designer Ben McFarland to talk about Kobold Press's Southlands Kickstarter, and lots more. Don't forget that you can follow Ben on twitter at @Brickk. Let's jump in now!Topics  Southlands Setting for Pathfinder Ben McFarland sits down to talk to us about adventuring in the mysterious, hot, and perilous Southlands! Lots of African and Arabian inspiration here for Pathfinder fans, and anyone else who enjoys great setting material. Be sure to check it out and support the project! Converting 2e to 5e Realms Up on NewbieDM's blog we've got a great piece about converting older 2e D&D material into 5e. There's not a ton of hard math here but it's a great jumping off point for anyone who's looking to do the same thing. Be sure to check it out and tell us what you think! Game Master = Schedule Master? Over on Reddit, we came across a thread about how the GM always also seems to be the person who decides the scheduling of game time. All of the when/where/how a game group is meeting seems to always fall on their shoulders. It can be a lot of added stress, but does it always have to be this way? Tune in as Ben and I muse about our youth, and actually solving this problem! Tip Check out the Southlands Kickstarter! Question Brian White (via Facebook) asks: Can surrealism or absurdism ever work coherently in an RPG?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 123|

Announcements

Tonight, we’re joined by freelance Game Designer Ben McFarland to talk about Kobold Press’s Southlands Kickstarter, and lots more. Don’t forget that you can follow Ben on twitter at @Brickk. Let’s jump in now!

Topics 

photo-mainSouthlands Setting for Pathfinder

Ben McFarland sits down to talk to us about adventuring in the mysterious, hot, and perilous Southlands! Lots of African and Arabian inspiration here for Pathfinder fans, and anyone else who enjoys great setting material. Be sure to check it out and support the project!

Converting 2e to 5e Realms

Up on NewbieDM’s blog we’ve got a great piece about converting older 2e D&D material into 5e. There’s not a ton of hard math here but it’s a great jumping off point for anyone who’s looking to do the same thing. Be sure to check it out and tell us what you think!

Game Master = Schedule Master?

Over on Reddit, we came across a thread about how the GM always also seems to be the person who decides the scheduling of game time. All of the when/where/how a game group is meeting seems to always fall on their shoulders. It can be a lot of added stress, but does it always have to be this way? Tune in as Ben and I muse about our youth, and actually solving this problem!

Tip

Check out the Southlands Kickstarter!

Question

Brian White (via Facebook) asks: Can surrealism or absurdism ever work coherently in an RPG?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! w/ guest host(s) Exploding Rogue Studios!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-guest-host-exploding-rogue-studios/ Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:24:08 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2920 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-guest-host-exploding-rogue-studios/#comments | Episode 122| Announcements Tonight, we're joined by Brian Patterson and Tracy Barnett of the newly formed Exploding Rogue Studios! Tune in as we talk about Karthun, and lots more. Be sure to hit up their website for all the details on stalking them online!Also, don't forget that our friends over at Roll20 are hiring. Beyond that, let's get on with the show!Topics  Karthun Campaign Setting Brian Patterson, creator of the d20Monkey comic is running a Kickstarter to fund fully fleshing out his awesome world of Karthun alongside Tracy as one of the first major projects for Exploding Rogue, tune in as we chat about the setting, the Kickstarter, and lots more good stuff about their current and upcoming projects. WizKids to "Take Over" D&D Board Games We talk about the recent ICv2 article that stirred up the internet about the D&D board games and we also speculate on the marvelous possibilities of said mystery board game(s) coming down the pipe from WotC. Why You Also Need To Be A Player More top notch stuff from Gnome Stew as always, in an article regarding just exactly how important it is to visit both sides of the GM screen. We talk at length about the positive benefits of walking a mile in each others gaming shoes. Tip GMs - Be sure to take the player seat every now and then, and players, be sure to sit behind that big bad screen every so often. It will only improve your games! Question @DeuceDM asks: Have you ever incorporated TCGs/boardgames into an #rpg session?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 122|

Announcements

Tonight, we’re joined by Brian Patterson and Tracy Barnett of the newly formed Exploding Rogue Studios! Tune in as we talk about Karthun, and lots more. Be sure to hit up their website for all the details on stalking them online!

Also, don’t forget that our friends over at Roll20 are hiring. Beyond that, let’s get on with the show!

Topics 

Karthun KickstarterKarthun Campaign Setting

Brian Patterson, creator of the d20Monkey comic is running a Kickstarter to fund fully fleshing out his awesome world of Karthun alongside Tracy as one of the first major projects for Exploding Rogue, tune in as we chat about the setting, the Kickstarter, and lots more good stuff about their current and upcoming projects.

WizKids to “Take Over” D&D Board Games

We talk about the recent ICv2 article that stirred up the internet about the D&D board games and we also speculate on the marvelous possibilities of said mystery board game(s) coming down the pipe from WotC.

Why You Also Need To Be A Player

More top notch stuff from Gnome Stew as always, in an article regarding just exactly how important it is to visit both sides of the GM screen. We talk at length about the positive benefits of walking a mile in each others gaming shoes.

Tip

GMs – Be sure to take the player seat every now and then, and players, be sure to sit behind that big bad screen every so often. It will only improve your games!

Question

@DeuceDM asks: Have you ever incorporated TCGs/boardgames into an #rpg session?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! w/ Guest host Steve Hammond of Lost Papyrushttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-guest-host-steve-hammond-lost-papyrus/ Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:30:15 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2915 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-guest-host-steve-hammond-lost-papyrus/#comments | Episode 121| Announcements Tonight, we're joined by Steve Hammond of the Lost Papyrus website and we're talking to him about his awesome tools for Obsidian Portal and more. No other announcements this episode, but we'll have some soon! Now, on with the show.Topics  Lost Tools We talk to Steve about how Lost Papyrus and the tools therein got started, how you can use them to better your game, and a lot more. It's a really great site, you should all give it a look! Dealing With Player Hiatuses Recently on Reddit there was some good discussion about how to handle players leaving either for short periods or longer. Steve and I discuss ways to handle this in your own games, but most importantly we'd like to hear from our listeners about how you guys handle this kind of stuff! Target Mapping w/ Monster Manual A really brilliant post by GeekyLyndsay over on Critical Hits recently made some waves across the twitter pond with some great ideas on world building with the Monster Manual. You should check it out, listen to Steve and I discuss, and then give us your feedback. Maybe even tell us what cool things you can/will do with something like this Tip Use Lost Tools to get the most out of your Obsidian Portal campaign! Question @MikeyGeek via twitter asks: If you had time to choose and run a new game, which one would it be and why?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 121|

Announcements

Tonight, we’re joined by Steve Hammond of the Lost Papyrus website and we’re talking to him about his awesome tools for Obsidian Portal and more. No other announcements this episode, but we’ll have some soon! Now, on with the show.

Topics 

Lost Tools

We talk to Steve about how Lost Papyrus and the tools therein got started, how you can use them to better your game, and a lot more. It’s a really great site, you should all give it a look!

Dealing With Player Hiatuses

Recently on Reddit there was some good discussion about how to handle players leaving either for short periods or longer. Steve and I discuss ways to handle this in your own games, but most importantly we’d like to hear from our listeners about how you guys handle this kind of stuff!

Target Mapping w/ Monster Manual

A really brilliant post by GeekyLyndsay over on Critical Hits recently made some waves across the twitter pond with some great ideas on world building with the Monster Manual. You should check it out, listen to Steve and I discuss, and then give us your feedback. Maybe even tell us what cool things you can/will do with something like this

Tip

Use Lost Tools to get the most out of your Obsidian Portal campaign!

Question

@MikeyGeek via twitter asks: If you had time to choose and run a new game, which one would it be and why?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! On Adventure Writing Hacks, Signature Monsters, and Depressionhttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-adventure-writing-hacks-signature-monsters-depression/ Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:27:57 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2911 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-adventure-writing-hacks-signature-monsters-depression/#comments | Episode 120| AnnouncementsVanguard wrap up, huge thanks to all who participated and congrats to Wolfhound on winning the huge prize pack. Bits and pieces will be on their way soon! New Backgrounds are up, more soon! Having just recovered from con crud, we will be judging the Summer of Flames contest soon.Topics  Chatty's Adventure Writing Hacks Over on Critical Hits, we explore Phil's idea of constructing adventures on the fly from a series of note cards, it sounds great, but would it work for you? A nice low-tech solution for jotting down thoughts as they come to you. What do you guys think? Signature Monsters As part of Troy's Crock Pot over on Gnome Stew we visit the idea of using signature monsters/bad guys in your game. This is a really great way of driving home a centralized idea and making things memorable for you and your players. Have you used a "signature" monster in campiagn of yours before? If so, how did it work out? Roleplaying and Depression On a more serious note, we discuss depression among gamers as written about over on Stargazer's World. With the recent loss of Robin Williams it has been on a lot of community members and bloggers minds. It's a real thing and a lot of people feel it needs to be discussed more. We're not experts in this area by any means, and would appreciate any feedback you guys might have. Question @Jbeeh asks: in your fantasy games do you feel magic items, even basic ones, need to have a price for the power that they grant?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 120|

Announcements

  • Vanguard wrap up, huge thanks to all who participated and congrats to Wolfhound on winning the huge prize pack. Bits and pieces will be on their way soon!
  • New Backgrounds are up, more soon!
  • Having just recovered from con crud, we will be judging the Summer of Flames contest soon.

Topics 

Chatty’s Adventure Writing Hacks

Over on Critical Hits, we explore Phil’s idea of constructing adventures on the fly from a series of note cards, it sounds great, but would it work for you? A nice low-tech solution for jotting down thoughts as they come to you. What do you guys think?

Signature Monsters

As part of Troy’s Crock Pot over on Gnome Stew we visit the idea of using signature monsters/bad guys in your game. This is a really great way of driving home a centralized idea and making things memorable for you and your players. Have you used a “signature” monster in campiagn of yours before? If so, how did it work out?

Roleplaying and Depression

On a more serious note, we discuss depression among gamers as written about over on Stargazer’s World. With the recent loss of Robin Williams it has been on a lot of community members and bloggers minds. It’s a real thing and a lot of people feel it needs to be discussed more. We’re not experts in this area by any means, and would appreciate any feedback you guys might have.

Question

@Jbeeh asks: in your fantasy games do you feel magic items, even basic ones, need to have a price for the power that they grant?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Tact-Tiles Return, Breaking D&D is Bad, and is Ragequitting Okay?http://blog.obsidianportal.com/tact-tiles-return-breaking-dd-bad-ragequitting-okay/ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:19:49 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2895 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/tact-tiles-return-breaking-dd-bad-ragequitting-okay/#comments | Episode 119| Announcements Congrats to our Fool contest winner, we had to pick 4 instead of 3 because it was so hard to decide! Our winning NPCs are Roger Larrabee (telepath), Barkley (fey guardian), Craig the Battle Droid (butler artillery), and Terrence McGoven (awkward helicopter pilot).Additionally, we've got a brand new d20Monkey Caption Contest up, also be sure to check out Brian's new "Whining Is Coming" edition war T-shirt design.Lastly, if you consider yourself a D&D history junkie be sure to read Ambush At Sheridan Springs - a story about how Gary Gygax lost D&D.Topics  Tact-Tiles Are Back! Modular dry erase boards, great for numerous reasons, and pretty much far better than a roll up dry erase mat. However, they are expensive...it's up to you whether you're wanting to throw down the cash to pick some up, but their Kickstarter is live and still needs funding, check them out! D&D Breaking Is Bad Another great article from Shawn Merwin over on Critical Hits is up, and this time he's talking about how Breaking D&D is bad, for D&D. It sounds redundant but it's a pretty simple idea. We need to stop breaking our games in efforts of min/maxing and cheating the system, it's just bad for the hobby. Controversial? Maybe, but we just think it's a great read. Ragequitting Players A reddit tale of a Ragequitting C0C player has brought us to discuss all things rage-quitt-ey. Is it okay to ragequit? If so, when? In this particular instance, what could the DM and the Player have done differently to have avoided the situation? We may not know all of the facts, but we're here to speculate and discuss! Question @Bartoneus asks: (Video) Game Design question: What is the point of having "magic" items require identification/decoding?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 119|

Announcements

Congrats to our Fool contest winner, we had to pick 4 instead of 3 because it was so hard to decide! Our winning NPCs are Roger Larrabee (telepath), Barkley (fey guardian), Craig the Battle Droid (butler artillery), and Terrence McGoven (awkward helicopter pilot).

Additionally, we’ve got a brand new d20Monkey Caption Contest up, also be sure to check out Brian’s new “Whining Is Coming” edition war T-shirt design.

Lastly, if you consider yourself a D&D history junkie be sure to read Ambush At Sheridan Springs – a story about how Gary Gygax lost D&D.

Topics 

photo-mainTact-Tiles Are Back!

Modular dry erase boards, great for numerous reasons, and pretty much far better than a roll up dry erase mat. However, they are expensive…it’s up to you whether you’re wanting to throw down the cash to pick some up, but their Kickstarter is live and still needs funding, check them out!

D&D Breaking Is Bad

Another great article from Shawn Merwin over on Critical Hits is up, and this time he’s talking about how Breaking D&D is bad, for D&D. It sounds redundant but it’s a pretty simple idea. We need to stop breaking our games in efforts of min/maxing and cheating the system, it’s just bad for the hobby. Controversial? Maybe, but we just think it’s a great read.

Ragequitting Players

A reddit tale of a Ragequitting C0C player has brought us to discuss all things rage-quitt-ey. Is it okay to ragequit? If so, when? In this particular instance, what could the DM and the Player have done differently to have avoided the situation? We may not know all of the facts, but we’re here to speculate and discuss!

Question

@Bartoneus asks: (Video) Game Design question: What is the point of having “magic” items require identification/decoding?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Minsc and Boo Get A Comic, 5e Starter Set Hands On, Survive The Nighthttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-minsc-comic-5e-starter-set-survive-the-night/ Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:31:10 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2884 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-minsc-comic-5e-starter-set-survive-the-night/#comments | Episode 118| Announcements The d20Monkey caption contest has found itself a winner, be sure to stop by and check out the winning line, and also stay tuned for a new caption contest very soon. Also, if you enjoy Brian's work and want to help him transition into becoming an artist full time, please go check out his Patreon page and consider chipping in.Also, our friend Justin Mason is part of the Adventure A Week Snow White Kickstarter which seems pretty cool if you ask us. Check it out and be sure to pass it on to any fellow Pathfinder players you might knowTopics  Survive The Night You all probably know by now that Micah and I are party game snobs, so you'll be pleased to know that we've come across one that seems genuinely fun. Bonus: it's free. Be sure to check out Survive the Night and snag the free PDF while you can, seems very Fiasco-like, but with even less prep and rules, and slightly more ridiculousness.Tell us: How would you Survive The Night against this lineup (above) with these weapons? Hands On w/ D&D Starter Set With the D&D 5e starter set recently hitting shelves and Jerry personally getting his hands on an advance copy, we go into detail about just what's inside and whether it's worth your hard earned cash. Tune in for some thoughts on the first official 5e product! Baldur's Gate Minsc Comic! As if there weren't enough things to get excited about with all of the new D&D stuff buzzing around, they had to go and make a comic about Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster. Micah and I discuss things assuming everyone knows who this character is, what makes a good Baldur's Gate comic, and more. Question Richard Rouillard via Facebook asks: Players whose characters are very two-dimensional. No solid background or back story that could enhance their roleplaying. Is it the DM's job to assign background, personality, etc?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 118|

Announcements

The d20Monkey caption contest has found itself a winner, be sure to stop by and check out the winning line, and also stay tuned for a new caption contest very soon. Also, if you enjoy Brian’s work and want to help him transition into becoming an artist full time, please go check out his Patreon page and consider chipping in.

Also, our friend Justin Mason is part of the Adventure A Week Snow White Kickstarter which seems pretty cool if you ask us. Check it out and be sure to pass it on to any fellow Pathfinder players you might know

Topics 

Survive The Nightphoto

You all probably know by now that Micah and I are party game snobs, so you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve come across one that seems genuinely fun. Bonus: it’s free. Be sure to check out Survive the Night and snag the free PDF while you can, seems very Fiasco-like, but with even less prep and rules, and slightly more ridiculousness.

Tell us: How would you Survive The Night against this lineup (above) with these weapons?

Hands On w/ D&D Starter Set

With the D&D 5e starter set recently hitting shelves and Jerry personally getting his hands on an advance copy, we go into detail about just what’s inside and whether it’s worth your hard earned cash. Tune in for some thoughts on the first official 5e product!

Baldur’s Gate Minsc Comic!"Butt kicking, for goodness!"

As if there weren’t enough things to get excited about with all of the new D&D stuff buzzing around, they had to go and make a comic about Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster. Micah and I discuss things assuming everyone knows who this character is, what makes a good Baldur’s Gate comic, and more.

Question

Richard Rouillard via Facebook asks: Players whose characters are very two-dimensional. No solid background or back story that could enhance their roleplaying. Is it the DM’s job to assign background, personality, etc?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Game Night Noms, Subraces, Dungeon World, and Using 3rd Party Materialshttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-game-night-noms-subraces-dungeon-world-using-3rd-party-materials/ Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:24:54 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2881 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-game-night-noms-subraces-dungeon-world-using-3rd-party-materials/#comments | Episode 117| Announcements Caption contest will be finalized by our next episode, new comic is coming! Aside from that let's jump in and get talking!Topics  Game Night Noms A good discussion over on Reddit recently spurred us into action in talking about game night grub. What is cost effective, and possibly not as redundant as pizza and nachos, tune in as we discuss the magic of slow cookers! Keith Baker Talks Subraces Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings all get sub-races with added bonuses, why don't humans? We discuss some of Keith Baker's thoughts on subraces and subraces as a whole in RPGS, are they just vehicles for mechanical combos? Do you use them in your games? A D&D Lover's Guide to: Dungeon World An awesome analyzation of Dungeon World by Shawn Merwin is up over on Critical Hits and we're really enjoying the article. Putting things into "D&D terms" really clicks with a lot of us. We discuss DW based on Shawn's article and it really sounds like we need to get on playing some DW! Question Orion Gigliotti asks: How do you feel about using third party published material versus official supplements? My group won't even consider it.Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 117|

Announcements

Caption contest will be finalized by our next episode, new comic is coming! Aside from that let’s jump in and get talking!

Topics 

a47c5b93bcdf07e5c1fd951bd6fae365Game Night Noms

A good discussion over on Reddit recently spurred us into action in talking about game night grub. What is cost effective, and possibly not as redundant as pizza and nachos, tune in as we discuss the magic of slow cookers!

Keith Baker Talks Subraces

Elves, Dwarves, and Halflings all get sub-races with added bonuses, why don’t humans? We discuss some of Keith Baker’s thoughts on subraces and subraces as a whole in RPGS, are they just vehicles for mechanical combos? Do you use them in your games?

A D&D Lover’s Guide to: Dungeon World

An awesome analyzation of Dungeon World by Shawn Merwin is up over on Critical Hits and we’re really enjoying the article. Putting things into “D&D terms” really clicks with a lot of us. We discuss DW based on Shawn’s article and it really sounds like we need to get on playing some DW!

Question

Orion Gigliotti asks: How do you feel about using third party published material versus official supplements? My group won’t even consider it.

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Fear of Girls, D&D’s Living Rules, Backstory Cards and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-fear-of-girls-dnd-5e-living-rules/ Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:34:43 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2879 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-fear-of-girls-dnd-5e-living-rules/#comments | Episode 116| Announcements We stumbled across these RPG Dice for the Visually Impaired, tell us if they are useful or not, we'd really like to know!Topics  Backstory Cards There's a pretty cool Kickstarter that involves Ryan Macklin and generating backstories for your characters. Check this one out and pitch in if it seems like you'd put them to good use! D&D 5e's Living Ruleset We discuss the malleable rules of D&D Next, how do things like "official houserules" make you feel? Would you put them to use? Are you in favor of these living rules or not? Let us know! Fear of Girls In a most unfortunate trip to Reddit, we came across a user who is having an issue with his players and their fear of having a girl introduced to their gaming group. In true internet fashion, not much good advice is given so we decided to take some of it upon ourselves. How would you guys handle this? Question @Forbestay asks: What's the best way to make magic items special in game? Or gear for other systems that lack magic?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 116|

Announcements

We stumbled across these RPG Dice for the Visually Impaired, tell us if they are useful or not, we’d really like to know!

Topics 

photo-mainBackstory Cards

There’s a pretty cool Kickstarter that involves Ryan Macklin and generating backstories for your characters. Check this one out and pitch in if it seems like you’d put them to good use!

D&D 5e’s Living Ruleset

We discuss the malleable rules of D&D Next, how do things like “official houserules” make you feel? Would you put them to use? Are you in favor of these living rules or not? Let us know!

Fear of Girls

In a most unfortunate trip to Reddit, we came across a user who is having an issue with his players and their fear of having a girl introduced to their gaming group. In true internet fashion, not much good advice is given so we decided to take some of it upon ourselves. How would you guys handle this?

Question

@Forbestay asks: What’s the best way to make magic items special in game? Or gear for other systems that lack magic?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Codename Morningstar, Stealing from Games, Stealth and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-codename-morningstar-stealing-games-stealth/ Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:12:44 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2876 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-codename-morningstar-stealing-games-stealth/#comments | Episode 115| Announcements New features! Character & item filters, sortable adventure log dates, bug fixes and more.Topics  Codename Morningstar The next iteration of D&D's digital presence has emerged at Origins this year, it's called Codename Morningstar, for now at least. Be sure to check out the progress and what we know so far (via ENWorld). Stealing from Games A great bit from Dave over at Critical Hits on stealing from games while making games. Is it bad? We don't think so, tune in to find out why and give us your thoughts! Stealth In Your Game Everyone does stealth a little differently in their games, this Reddit thread is full of a bunch of good examples. We discuss stealth in general, and we'd love your feedback on how you get it done as well. Tip Check out our new campaign backgrounds, free and paid members should have an array of new ones to choose from! Question @TALLama asks: I’ve let my campaign’s plot sprawl a little too widely. How to move forward: Ignore uninteresting bits, or reintegrate?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 115|

Announcements

New features! Character & item filters, sortable adventure log dates, bug fixes and more.

Topics 

Codename Morningstarpng

The next iteration of D&D’s digital presence has emerged at Origins this year, it’s called Codename Morningstar, for now at least. Be sure to check out the progress and what we know so far (via ENWorld).

Stealing from Games

A great bit from Dave over at Critical Hits on stealing from games while making games. Is it bad? We don’t think so, tune in to find out why and give us your thoughts!

Stealth In Your Game

Everyone does stealth a little differently in their games, this Reddit thread is full of a bunch of good examples. We discuss stealth in general, and we’d love your feedback on how you get it done as well.

Tip

Check out our new campaign backgrounds, free and paid members should have an array of new ones to choose from!

Question

@TALLama asks: I’ve let my campaign’s plot sprawl a little too widely. How to move forward: Ignore uninteresting bits, or reintegrate?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! D&D Starter Box and Organized Play, and Countdowns In Your Game.http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-dd-starter-box-organized-play-countdowns-game/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:00:51 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2866 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-dd-starter-box-organized-play-countdowns-game/#comments | Episode 114| Announcements Congrats to our final Birthday Contest winner Lyle, with The Golden Dawn, also check out the Elicpse Phase bundle of holding!Topics  D&D 5e Starter Box Details! Thanks to WotC, we recently learned about the adventure inside of the starter box for D&D. What do you guys think of it? Let us know! Using Countdown Mechanics Have you ever used a coutndown (or up) timer in your game? It can serve a lot of purposes, tune in as we discuss how to get thinking about using them during your encounters. D&D 5e Organized Play Sounds like WotC has some pretty cool stuff in store for players who take part in D&D organized play this year. From epic mega-battles, to persistent stats and certificates for your characters in one big ongoing story. All the details are here. Question @KiloGex asks: How would you run an assassination mission in D&D/Pathfinder? 4E-esque skills challenge, more narrative, or other?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 114|

Announcements

Congrats to our final Birthday Contest winner Lyle, with The Golden Dawn, also check out the Elicpse Phase bundle of holding!

Topics dmg

D&D 5e Starter Box Details!

Thanks to WotC, we recently learned about the adventure inside of the starter box for D&D. What do you guys think of it? Let us know!

Using Countdown Mechanics

Have you ever used a coutndown (or up) timer in your game? It can serve a lot of purposes, tune in as we discuss how to get thinking about using them during your encounters.

D&D 5e Organized Play

Sounds like WotC has some pretty cool stuff in store for players who take part in D&D organized play this year. From epic mega-battles, to persistent stats and certificates for your characters in one big ongoing story. All the details are here.

Question

@KiloGex asks: How would you run an assassination mission in D&D/Pathfinder? 4E-esque skills challenge, more narrative, or other?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-dd-starter-box-organized-play-countdowns-game/feed/ 9 | Episode 114| Announcements Congrats to our final Birthday Contest winner Lyle, with The Golden Dawn, also check out the Elicpse Phase bundle of holding! Topics  D&D 5e Starter Box Details! Thanks to WotC, | Episode 114| Announcements Congrats to our final Birthday Contest winner Lyle, with The Golden Dawn, also check out the Elicpse Phase bundle of holding! Topics  D&D 5e Starter Box Details! Thanks to WotC, we recently learned about the adventure inside … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 37:40
Haste! New D&D Info, PC Death Alternatives, and those damned ELVES!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/5e-dnd-info-pc-death-damned-elves/ Fri, 30 May 2014 17:52:47 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2863 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/5e-dnd-info-pc-death-damned-elves/#comments | Episode 113| Announcements No announcements this show, we're jumping right into the fray of 5e, dead characters, and hating elves. Tune in now!Topics D&D 5e Information Round Up! Jerry has put together a post on his blog he's regularly updating with all that you need to know about the upcoming D&D releases. Jerry and Micah discuss in depth and talk a lot about the free Basic D&D PDF. Character Death Provides Opportunity We take a page out of ChatyDM's book after reading part of his article over on Critical Hits about characters dying to the Lich King. What other ways can we make death more dynamic and interesting in our games? Those Damned Elves! Micah and I discuss trump card races/classes/groups in tabletop RPGs. Why do the PCs even need to exist if the elves/jedi's/etc. can always just run in and save the day? Possibly also a bit of a rant about the barrel riding scene in the latest Hobbit film. Give us your thoughts! Tip Per Reddit: Testing out a new system with your group? Use pregens instead of going through character creation, save that for after you're invested in the system. Question @DM_Nel asks: How long do you think this edition of D&D will last, given the 3.0, 3.5, 4e & essentials trend? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 113|

Announcements

No announcements this show, we’re jumping right into the fray of 5e, dead characters, and hating elves. Tune in now!

Topics dmgD&D 5e Information Round Up!

Jerry has put together a post on his blog he’s regularly updating with all that you need to know about the upcoming D&D releases. Jerry and Micah discuss in depth and talk a lot about the free Basic D&D PDF.

Character Death Provides Opportunity

We take a page out of ChatyDM’s book after reading part of his article over on Critical Hits about characters dying to the Lich King. What other ways can we make death more dynamic and interesting in our games?

Those Damned Elves!

Micah and I discuss trump card races/classes/groups in tabletop RPGs. Why do the PCs even need to exist if the elves/jedi’s/etc. can always just run in and save the day? Possibly also a bit of a rant about the barrel riding scene in the latest Hobbit film. Give us your thoughts!

Tip

Per Reddit: Testing out a new system with your group? Use pregens instead of going through character creation, save that for after you’re invested in the system.

Question

@DM_Nel asks: How long do you think this edition of D&D will last, given the 3.0, 3.5, 4e & essentials trend?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/5e-dnd-info-pc-death-damned-elves/feed/ 5 | Episode 113| Announcements No announcements this show, we’re jumping right into the fray of 5e, dead characters, and hating elves. Tune in now! Topics D&D 5e Information Round Up! Jerry has put together a post on his blog he’s regularly updating … #L... | Episode 113| Announcements No announcements this show, we’re jumping right into the fray of 5e, dead characters, and hating elves. Tune in now! Topics D&D 5e Information Round Up! Jerry has put together a post on his blog he’s regularly updating … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 34:49
Haste! Boring Can Be Good, Joylessness, and Treasure First Adventure Design!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-boring-can-good-joylessness-treasure-first-adventure-design/ Fri, 16 May 2014 13:20:06 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2851 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-boring-can-good-joylessness-treasure-first-adventure-design/#comments | Episode 112| Announcements Last chance to caption the D20Monkey comic is today! We've also hired a background image designer so you'll be seeing some new campaign backgrounds on OP in the near future!We also discuss Firstbloom, our second birthday/holiday contest winner by GM Matt_Caulder!Topics  When Boring Is Good We discuss a good read over on Monte Cook's blog about playing some OD&D and how sometimes boring can be good. It all boils down to knowing the game you're playing, let us know what you think! Micah's Rebuttle We discuss the "joylessness" Micah was accused of and elaborate on the angle on gaming that we take here on the Haste podcast. Treasure First Adventure Design We really got a kick out of a recent installment of Troy's Crockpot on Gnome Stew about designing a dungeon/adventure by thinking up the treasure first and then everything else afterward. A bit "inverse" for the norm we think, and a lot of fun too! Question @svdpress asks: What strategies do you have for making dungeon maps more interesting or unconventional? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 112|

Announcements

Last chance to caption the D20Monkey comic is today! We’ve also hired a background image designer so you’ll be seeing some new campaign backgrounds on OP in the near future!

We also discuss Firstbloom, our second birthday/holiday contest winner by GM Matt_Caulder!

Topics 

OriginalDnD-254x300When Boring Is Good

We discuss a good read over on Monte Cook’s blog about playing some OD&D and how sometimes boring can be good. It all boils down to knowing the game you’re playing, let us know what you think!

Micah’s Rebuttle

We discuss the “joylessness” Micah was accused of and elaborate on the angle on gaming that we take here on the Haste podcast.

Treasure First Adventure Design

We really got a kick out of a recent installment of Troy’s Crockpot on Gnome Stew about designing a dungeon/adventure by thinking up the treasure first and then everything else afterward. A bit “inverse” for the norm we think, and a lot of fun too!

Question

@svdpress asks: What strategies do you have for making dungeon maps more interesting or unconventional?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-boring-can-good-joylessness-treasure-first-adventure-design/feed/ 4 | Episode 112| Announcements Last chance to caption the D20Monkey comic is today! We’ve also hired a background image designer so you’ll be seeing some new campaign backgrounds on OP in the near future! We also discuss Firstbloom, | Episode 112| Announcements Last chance to caption the D20Monkey comic is today! We’ve also hired a background image designer so you’ll be seeing some new campaign backgrounds on OP in the near future! We also discuss Firstbloom, our second birthday/holiday … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 29:50
Haste! Player Wealth Alternatives, Custom Dice, Spinelessly Winding Down A Campaign, and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/player-wealth-custom-dice-spinelessly-ending-campaign/ Mon, 05 May 2014 13:35:51 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2835 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/player-wealth-custom-dice-spinelessly-ending-campaign/#comments | Episode 111 | Announcements During a prior discussion on haste regarding racial slurs, we forgot about humans! Thanks for the reminder Reddit! Congratulations to GM Ashtmw on being one of our 3 winners for our Birthday contest with his holiday Year's Dawning. It's simple, and chock full of adventure hooks. He's won a year of Ascendant membership, some OP schwag, and $25 to spend at DriveThruRPG! Tune in next week to hear about our second winner!Topics  Alternatives To Player Wealth Going by a discussion on reddit, Micah and I discuss some alternative systems for wealth in RPGS. Are they better, do your players want them? Lots of stuff to consider but definitely possibly another option for eliminating minutiae. Custom Dice Kickstarter You've still got some time to snag a bundle of totally custom D6's with this great Kickstarter we stumbled across. We suggest you make something personal for you and your players, a great way to really customize or commemorate your campaign. Check it out! Lasers and Feelings Micah has recently started playing Lasers and Feelings as an offshoot to his regular group, and we're here to talk about his first impressions with the system and also a few tidbits of advice. He's also began documenting his game on OP, so be sure to check it out. Question @Deuteriumice asks: Are there any recommendations you wind down a dysfunctional RPG group? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 111 |

Announcements

During a prior discussion on haste regarding racial slurs, we forgot about humans! Thanks for the reminder Reddit! Congratulations to GM Ashtmw on being one of our 3 winners for our Birthday contest with his holiday Year’s Dawning. It’s simple, and chock full of adventure hooks. He’s won a year of Ascendant membership, some OP schwag, and $25 to spend at DriveThruRPG! Tune in next week to hear about our second winner!

Topics 

sg_20050311a_medAlternatives To Player Wealth

Going by a discussion on reddit, Micah and I discuss some alternative systems for wealth in RPGS. Are they better, do your players want them? Lots of stuff to consider but definitely possibly another option for eliminating minutiae.

Custom Dice Kickstarter

You’ve still got some time to snag a bundle of totally custom D6’s with this great Kickstarter we stumbled across. We suggest you make something personal for you and your players, a great way to really customize or commemorate your campaign. Check it out!

Lasers and Feelings

Micah has recently started playing Lasers and Feelings as an offshoot to his regular group, and we’re here to talk about his first impressions with the system and also a few tidbits of advice. He’s also began documenting his game on OP, so be sure to check it out.

Question

@Deuteriumice asks: Are there any recommendations you wind down a dysfunctional RPG group?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/player-wealth-custom-dice-spinelessly-ending-campaign/feed/ 2 | Episode 111 | Announcements During a prior discussion on haste regarding racial slurs, we forgot about humans! Thanks for the reminder Reddit! Congratulations to GM Ashtmw on being one of our 3 winners for our Birthday contest with his holiday Year’s... | Episode 111 | Announcements During a prior discussion on haste regarding racial slurs, we forgot about humans! Thanks for the reminder Reddit! Congratulations to GM Ashtmw on being one of our 3 winners for our Birthday contest with his holiday Year’s … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 35:14
Haste! WoD MMO Cancelled, Ryan Dancey talks OGL, and Physical Props.http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-wod-mmo-cancelled-ryan-dancey-talks-ogl-physical-props/ Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:16:18 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2831 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-wod-mmo-cancelled-ryan-dancey-talks-ogl-physical-props/#comments | Episode 110 | Announcements Don't forget that the d20 Monkey contest is going on and that you've still got a little bit of time left to submit to our April’s fool contest! Also, be sure to check out part 2 of our interview with Rob Schwalb. Also - we're hiring a Background Image Designer! Lastly, check out adventureaweek.com, of which our good friend Justin Mason is a part of. A continual source of adventures for your D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder game. $10/mo to subscribe to ongoing content creation. Really cool stuff!Topics World of Darkness MMO Cancelled It bums us out to have to bring you this news but, the upcoming World of Darkness MMO has been cancelled per some big changes and layoffs at CCP games. Aside from the game itself, we ponder what this means for White Wolf? Ryan Dancey Discusses the OGL, DnD, Pathfinder A recent post over at The RPG Site has brought our attention toward some thoughts Ryan Dancey of Paizo/Goblinworks has left regarding the success of D&D, Pathfinder, and more. It's a good read, and we'd like your thoughts on it too. Player handouts - Bang for Your Buck Recently while stalking Reddit we came across a post regarding material props in your game. We were wondering which ones get you the most bang for your buck, which are the ones that will wow your players and be memorable as opposed to passed over and forgotten. Tell u s your thoughts after you listen to the segment, we want to hear stories! Tip You can reply by email to your forum posts! Many people don’t realize this, but if you just click reply and type your response at the top, it will post in the forum and be emailed out to everyone else. It’s a very quick and easy way to keep the thread moving. Question @GmsMagazine asks: In Fantasy, should game religion be based on real-life religion with all of its tenants and morals, biblical or otherwise? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 110 |

Announcements

Don’t forget that the d20 Monkey contest is going on and that you’ve still got a little bit of time left to submit to our April’s fool contest! Also, be sure to check out part 2 of our interview with Rob Schwalb.

Also – we’re hiring a Background Image Designer!

Lastly, check out adventureaweek.com, of which our good friend Justin Mason is a part of. A continual source of adventures for your D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder game. $10/mo to subscribe to ongoing content creation. Really cool stuff!

Topics 

world-of-darkness-mmo-revealed

World of Darkness MMO Cancelled

It bums us out to have to bring you this news but, the upcoming World of Darkness MMO has been cancelled per some big changes and layoffs at CCP games. Aside from the game itself, we ponder what this means for White Wolf?

Ryan Dancey Discusses the OGL, DnD, Pathfinder

A recent post over at The RPG Site has brought our attention toward some thoughts Ryan Dancey of Paizo/Goblinworks has left regarding the success of D&D, Pathfinder, and more. It’s a good read, and we’d like your thoughts on it too.

Player handouts – Bang for Your Buck

Recently while stalking Reddit we came across a post regarding material props in your game. We were wondering which ones get you the most bang for your buck, which are the ones that will wow your players and be memorable as opposed to passed over and forgotten. Tell u s your thoughts after you listen to the segment, we want to hear stories!

Tip

You can reply by email to your forum posts! Many people don’t realize this, but if you just click reply and type your response at the top, it will post in the forum and be emailed out to everyone else. It’s a very quick and easy way to keep the thread moving.

Question

@GmsMagazine asks: In Fantasy, should game religion be based on real-life religion with all of its tenants and morals, biblical or otherwise?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-wod-mmo-cancelled-ryan-dancey-talks-ogl-physical-props/feed/ 7 | Episode 110 | Announcements Don’t forget that the d20 Monkey contest is going on and that you’ve still got a little bit of time left to submit to our April’s fool contest! Also, be sure to check out part 2 of … #LINK# | Episode 110 | Announcements Don’t forget that the d20 Monkey contest is going on and that you’ve still got a little bit of time left to submit to our April’s fool contest! Also, be sure to check out part 2 of … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 33:38
Haste! Sticking with Stereotypes, PC Wealth:Creativity Ratio, and Hero Machine!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-sticking-stereotypes-pc-wealthcreativity-ratio-hero-machine/ Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:40:03 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2802 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-sticking-stereotypes-pc-wealthcreativity-ratio-hero-machine/#comments | Episode 109 | Announcements Our Birthday contest is over, check back during the next episode for our winners! Also, we've got a new caption comic up so be sure to check it out! Lastly, if we had a voicemail box for you to submit questions to the show would you put it to use? We'd like to have some user questions actually on-air, so let us know what you think. Now, on with the show!Topics Hero Machine! While exploring our options for character portrait generation recently, we stumbled upon Hero Machine. It has been around for a while but it serves its purpose quite well, and it also can make for hours of laughter when pressing the "randomize all" option. You should probably check it out. Does Creativity Rise or Fall as PC Wealth Increases? Do poor characters get more creative because they're forced to make do with less? Or do wealthier characters have the resources to be truly more creative than others? We debate after seeing a thread on reddit discussing the topic, we'd like you to weigh in too! Sticking with Stereotypes We normally highlight Gnome Stew articles because they are spot on and we mostly agree, however this evening we re-visit some thoughts on breaking tropes and how stereotypes really aren't all that bad as we explore a blog post on avoiding the familiar.  What do you guys think? Questions @Clampcontroller asks: Do you do anything in between sessions to keep players engaged in the story/world/their PC's? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 109 |

Announcements

Our Birthday contest is over, check back during the next episode for our winners! Also, we’ve got a new caption comic up so be sure to check it out!

Lastly, if we had a voicemail box for you to submit questions to the show would you put it to use? We’d like to have some user questions actually on-air, so let us know what you think. Now, on with the show!

Topics 

Storm Trooper Wizard Extraordinare!

Hero Machine!

While exploring our options for character portrait generation recently, we stumbled upon Hero Machine. It has been around for a while but it serves its purpose quite well, and it also can make for hours of laughter when pressing the “randomize all” option. You should probably check it out.

Does Creativity Rise or Fall as PC Wealth Increases?

Do poor characters get more creative because they’re forced to make do with less? Or do wealthier characters have the resources to be truly more creative than others? We debate after seeing a thread on reddit discussing the topic, we’d like you to weigh in too!

Sticking with Stereotypes

We normally highlight Gnome Stew articles because they are spot on and we mostly agree, however this evening we re-visit some thoughts on breaking tropes and how stereotypes really aren’t all that bad as we explore a blog post on avoiding the familiar.  What do you guys think?

Questions

@Clampcontroller asks: Do you do anything in between sessions to keep players engaged in the story/world/their PC’s?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-sticking-stereotypes-pc-wealthcreativity-ratio-hero-machine/feed/ 5 | Episode 109 | Announcements Our Birthday contest is over, check back during the next episode for our winners! Also, we’ve got a new caption comic up so be sure to check it out! Lastly, if we had a voicemail box for you to … #LINK# | Episode 109 | Announcements Our Birthday contest is over, check back during the next episode for our winners! Also, we’ve got a new caption comic up so be sure to check it out! Lastly, if we had a voicemail box for you to … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 29:57
Haste! The Latest D&D 5e Info, Dark Dungeons, and D&D Attack Wing!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/latest-dnd-5e-next-info-dark-dungeons-attack-wing/ Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:54:47 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2799 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/latest-dnd-5e-next-info-dark-dungeons-attack-wing/#comments | Episode 108 | Announcements Our Birthday contest over on the blog, it ends March 31st so be sure to get in on it! We've also made some good progress on the file uploads stretch goal, you'll be seeing a blog update regarding reforging stretch goals coming soon as well. Beyond all that, on with the show!Topics Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing The GAMA trade show recently gave us our first glimpse of the new D&D Attack Wing miniatures game. In the same vein as Star Trek Attack Wing and the Star Wars X-Wing game from Fantasy Flight, this one promises to set itself apart with flavor of all kinds. Latest D&D 5e Information from GAMA We have found a series of live tweets from the show, and now have a few juicy tidbits about what D&D 5e is going to be like. Beyond the fact that there's a Fire Giant on the MM cover and a Beholder on the PHB here's what else we rounded up:Starter set in the summer, PH to come later, no prices just yet 5e “white box” will be more like the starter set than the PF beginner box “What would Gary and Dave do?” has been their guiding light Stories and memories if play will be more important than mechanics No multiple players handbooks They will still print 4e until interest goes awayDark Dungeons the Movie Gets A Trailer The recently Kickstarter funded film about how D&D will lead you into a witches coven and allow you to start casting real magic finally has a trailer released on its official site. Be sure to check out this 100% non-satirical *wink wink* glimpse at the film, as well as the rest of its equally hilarious website. Questions @Steelsteve asks: How do you do traps? How suspenseful do you make them? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 108 |

Announcements

Our Birthday contest over on the blog, it ends March 31st so be sure to get in on it! We’ve also made some good progress on the file uploads stretch goal, you’ll be seeing a blog update regarding reforging stretch goals coming soon as well. Beyond all that, on with the show!

Topics 

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Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing

The GAMA trade show recently gave us our first glimpse of the new D&D Attack Wing miniatures game. In the same vein as Star Trek Attack Wing and the Star Wars X-Wing game from Fantasy Flight, this one promises to set itself apart with flavor of all kinds.

Latest D&D 5e Information from GAMA

We have found a series of live tweets from the show, and now have a few juicy tidbits about what D&D 5e is going to be like. Beyond the fact that there’s a Fire Giant on the MM cover and a Beholder on the PHB here’s what else we rounded up:

Dark Dungeons the Movie Gets A Trailer

The recently Kickstarter funded film about how D&D will lead you into a witches coven and allow you to start casting real magic finally has a trailer released on its official site. Be sure to check out this 100% non-satirical *wink wink* glimpse at the film, as well as the rest of its equally hilarious website.

Questions

@Steelsteve asks: How do you do traps? How suspenseful do you make them?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Kickstarter Dungeon Tile Faceoff, and Is Hobby Gaming on the Rise?http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-kickstarter-dungeon-tile-faceoff-hobby-gaming-rise/ Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:23:24 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2793 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-kickstarter-dungeon-tile-faceoff-hobby-gaming-rise/#comments | Episode 107 | Announcements We're 8 years old, be sure to check out our Birthday contest over on the blog! Other than that, let's get on with the show, it's a little long this week!Topics  Blue Dungeon Tiles vs. Dwarven Forge Caverns There's a duo of dungeon tiles up on Kickstarter right now, one for throwback-esque blue and white 2D tiles, and yet another Dwarven Forge one for some 3D cave terrain. Micah and I discuss the pros and cons of each, and rally for our favorites. Hobby Gaming on the Rise? According to ICV2 it is, however Micah and I are slightly skeptical (as usual), but we mainly want to know what you think. Also, they list some of the top selling RPGs as well, do you agree? Star Wars and Fate Core are beating out D&D, but for how long? What Games Make Your "List?" Recently, Adam Koebel, co-creator of Dungeon World tweeted about his pitch-book of sorts full of games he could/would run for his friends. This brought us up to think what makes a game make your list, which games would be in your GM portfolio? Questions@d20monkey asks: Will the long-held (and outdated IMHO) belief that RPGs are players vs. GM ever fade or will it last until we are 90? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 107 |

Announcements

We’re 8 years old, be sure to check out our Birthday contest over on the blog! Other than that, let’s get on with the show, it’s a little long this week!

Topics 

Blue Dungeon Tiles vs. Dwarven Forge Caverns

There’s a duo of dungeon tiles up on Kickstarter right now, one for throwback-esque blue and white 2D tiles, and yet another Dwarven Forge one for some 3D cave terrain. Micah and I discuss the pros and cons of each, and rally for our favorites.

Hobby Gaming on the Rise?

According to ICV2 it is, however Micah and I are slightly skeptical (as usual), but we mainly want to know what you think. Also, they list some of the top selling RPGs as well, do you agree? Star Wars and Fate Core are beating out D&D, but for how long?

What Games Make Your “List?”

Recently, Adam Koebel, co-creator of Dungeon World tweeted about his pitch-book of sorts full of games he could/would run for his friends. This brought us up to think what makes a game make your list, which games would be in your GM portfolio?

Questions

@d20monkey asks: Will the long-held (and outdated IMHO) belief that RPGs are players vs. GM ever fade or will it last until we are 90?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! D&D Next Gets A Price Tag, Drops The “Next”. OP Birthday Contest, and Can Gaming Extend Your Life?!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/dndnext-price-tag-birthday-contest/ Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:37:54 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2788 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/dndnext-price-tag-birthday-contest/#comments | Episode 106 | Announcements Tabletop Audio has a few new tracks, be sure to go check them out if you haven't already, also be sure to participate in our birthday contest where you can win prizes just for creating a holiday event in your game and posting it on your campaign wiki. Speaking of holidays in game...our first topic should get you going!Topics  Holidays In Your Game As part of our birthday contest, Micah and I discuss using holidays in your game. Whether they are birthdays, events, memorials, or whatever - holidays can have huge potential for fun in your game, and they don't have to really last more than one session. Tune in as we discuss and hopefully get your creative juices flowing! Gaming Can Extend Your Life Over on Critical Hits, Mike Shea elaborates on how gaming can improve and extend your life in a warm and fuzzy editorial with plenty of research to back up his claims. Has gaming improved your life? Even if it was known to shorten your life, would you still do it? How many years would you be willing to lose over good times at a table? D&DNext Prices Leaked There was a big hoopla last week regarding the "leaked" price tags for D&DNext, which is now just called "Dungeons & Dragons" and dropping the 'Next' moniker. Looks like a starter set and a PHB so far, the PHB was listed at $50 retail and the internet is ablaze! Join Micah and I as we discuss this tantalizing topic! Questions @BallsnBullets asks: what's the point of re-rolling a d20 on a natural crit hit? Other than making the already rare 20 even more rare? and @TALlama asks: exactly how long do you think it takes me to set up for combat? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 106 |

Announcements

Tabletop Audio has a few new tracks, be sure to go check them out if you haven’t already, also be sure to participate in our birthday contest where you can win prizes just for creating a holiday event in your game and posting it on your campaign wiki. Speaking of holidays in game…our first topic should get you going!

Topics 

Holidays In Your Game

As part of our birthday contest, Micah and I discuss using holidays in your game. Whether they are birthdays, events, memorials, or whatever – holidays can have huge potential for fun in your game, and they don’t have to really last more than one session. Tune in as we discuss and hopefully get your creative juices flowing!

Gaming Can Extend Your Life

Over on Critical Hits, Mike Shea elaborates on how gaming can improve and extend your life in a warm and fuzzy editorial with plenty of research to back up his claims. Has gaming improved your life? Even if it was known to shorten your life, would you still do it? How many years would you be willing to lose over good times at a table?

D&DNext Prices Leaked

There was a big hoopla last week regarding the “leaked” price tags for D&DNext, which is now just called “Dungeons & Dragons” and dropping the ‘Next’ moniker. Looks like a starter set and a PHB so far, the PHB was listed at $50 retail and the internet is ablaze! Join Micah and I as we discuss this tantalizing topic!

Questions

@BallsnBullets asks: what’s the point of re-rolling a d20 on a natural crit hit? Other than making the already rare 20 even more rare?

and

@TALlama asks: exactly how long do you think it takes me to set up for combat?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! D&DNext Debate, Racial Slurs, Epic D&D Origin Story Winner & More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/dndnext-rules-racial-slurs-dnd-story-winner/ Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:09:14 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2782 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/dndnext-rules-racial-slurs-dnd-story-winner/#respond | Episode 105 | Announcements As of February 28th, Obsidian Portal is 8 years old now, so happy birthday to us! Stay tuned next week for a contest where you can win some of our birthday loot! We also share the same birthday as gaming great Wolfgang Baur, make sure to wish him a happy one too!Topics  (Fake) Racism Is Fun! While browsing Reddit's RPG section lately we came across a discussion about using racial slurs in your game and we found some funny ones to boot. Ever call a troll a "bridge sitter"? We discuss using odd racial slurs in your game to make things more fun, while also seeming slightly more flavorful. D&D Next "What Worked, What Didn't" We take to breaking down one of Mike Mearls's more recent L&L posts regarding D&DNext about the rules that came and went. Is the advantage mechanic really that great? Are we really simplifying anything? Tune in and tell us what you think, especially if you are one of the play testers. The Epic Reading of D&D's Origin Story We have finally chosen a winner for our re-write D&D's origin story contest winner and Micah takes some time on the podcast to do it's epic read-aloud. I'd post the text here but we think you should listen to find out! Tip This one comes from Dustin aka @WolfStar76 of Baldman Games from Winter fantasy, and the tip is simple: remember to have fun. Sounds crazy but I think we forget this one sometimes. Question Jacob Ebelher (@Blackknight1239) asks How does one move players from mechanics first RPGs, to fiction first RPGs like Dungeon World and Edge of the Empire? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 105 |

Announcements

As of February 28th, Obsidian Portal is 8 years old now, so happy birthday to us! Stay tuned next week for a contest where you can win some of our birthday loot! We also share the same birthday as gaming great Wolfgang Baur, make sure to wish him a happy one too!

Topics 

(Fake) Racism Is Fun!

While browsing Reddit’s RPG section lately we came across a discussion about using racial slurs in your game and we found some funny ones to boot. Ever call a troll a “bridge sitter”? We discuss using odd racial slurs in your game to make things more fun, while also seeming slightly more flavorful.

D&D Next “What Worked, What Didn’t”

We take to breaking down one of Mike Mearls’s more recent L&L posts regarding D&DNext about the rules that came and went. Is the advantage mechanic really that great? Are we really simplifying anything? Tune in and tell us what you think, especially if you are one of the play testers.

The Epic Reading of D&D’s Origin Story

We have finally chosen a winner for our re-write D&D’s origin story contest winner and Micah takes some time on the podcast to do it’s epic read-aloud. I’d post the text here but we think you should listen to find out!

Tip

This one comes from Dustin aka @WolfStar76 of Baldman Games from Winter fantasy, and the tip is simple: remember to have fun. Sounds crazy but I think we forget this one sometimes.

Question

Jacob Ebelher (@Blackknight1239) asks How does one move players from mechanics first RPGs, to fiction first RPGs like Dungeon World and Edge of the Empire?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/dndnext-rules-racial-slurs-dnd-story-winner/feed/ 0 | Episode 105 | Announcements As of February 28th, Obsidian Portal is 8 years old now, so happy birthday to us! Stay tuned next week for a contest where you can win some of our birthday loot! We also share the same … #LINK# | Episode 105 | Announcements As of February 28th, Obsidian Portal is 8 years old now, so happy birthday to us! Stay tuned next week for a contest where you can win some of our birthday loot! We also share the same … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 31:14
Haste! Tabletop Audio, Romance In Games, Ley Lines Midgard Fiction Contest & More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-tabletop-audio-romance-games-ley-lines-midgard-fiction-contest/ Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:40:56 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2780 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-tabletop-audio-romance-games-ley-lines-midgard-fiction-contest/#comments | Episode 104 | Announcements We're back from Winter Fantasy! Unfortunately we were unable to have the Baldman crew on the show due to technical difficulties. We recorded one heck of a podcast...and then lost it! They will be on the show in the future though so stay tuned and let's jump into the episode! Oh, also we're working on the file upload stretch goal, it will take a little while, but it’s coming!Topics  Tabletop Audio We have often discussed audio tools and how to use them at your table, how they can become cumbersome or have their usefulness counter weighted by additional prep, but we think we've found the sweet spot here. Tabletop Audio is a great, quick and easy to use tool that we can see you jumping on over to in a flash to enhance your game. Check it out! Ley Lines, Kobold Press Contest There's a pretty cool short fiction contest going on over at the Kobold Press blog called Ley Lines, winner gets some fame, some books, and a paid commission for their story. Time is of the essence, so go check it out and submit some Midgard fiction! Running Romances in game Walt from Gnomestew has a good article up on using romance in your games, we're a little late for Valentines day but this is still relevant stuff any time of the year. Often discussed or danced around both in-game and on the podcast, Micah and I discuss at length some of these great tips. Tip This one comes from Dustin aka @WolfStar76 of Baldman Games from Winter fantasy, and the tip is simple: remember to have fun. Sounds crazy but I think we forget this one sometimes. Question Kurt S. via email asks: How do you guys feel about subverting tropes (Dwarves who don't mine, bloodthirsty elves, kind Inquisitors in 40K)? Should subversions be done in a big way, like in Dark Sun where all usual expectations are turned upside down, or in only a few cases (either individually or species-wide) in an otherwise "standard" fantasy setting? Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 104 |

Announcements

We’re back from Winter Fantasy! Unfortunately we were unable to have the Baldman crew on the show due to technical difficulties. We recorded one heck of a podcast…and then lost it! They will be on the show in the future though so stay tuned and let’s jump into the episode!

Oh, also we’re working on the file upload stretch goal, it will take a little while, but it’s coming!

Topics 

Tabletop Audio

We have often discussed audio tools and how to use them at your table, how they can become cumbersome or have their usefulness counter weighted by additional prep, but we think we’ve found the sweet spot here. Tabletop Audio is a great, quick and easy to use tool that we can see you jumping on over to in a flash to enhance your game. Check it out!

Ley Lines, Kobold Press Contest

There’s a pretty cool short fiction contest going on over at the Kobold Press blog called Ley Lines, winner gets some fame, some books, and a paid commission for their story. Time is of the essence, so go check it out and submit some Midgard fiction!

Running Romances in game

Walt from Gnomestew has a good article up on using romance in your games, we’re a little late for Valentines day but this is still relevant stuff any time of the year. Often discussed or danced around both in-game and on the podcast, Micah and I discuss at length some of these great tips.

Tip

This one comes from Dustin aka @WolfStar76 of Baldman Games from Winter fantasy, and the tip is simple: remember to have fun. Sounds crazy but I think we forget this one sometimes.

Question

Kurt S. via email asks: How do you guys feel about subverting tropes (Dwarves who don’t mine, bloodthirsty elves, kind Inquisitors in 40K)? Should subversions be done in a big way, like in Dark Sun where all usual expectations are turned upside down, or in only a few cases (either individually or species-wide) in an otherwise “standard” fantasy setting?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-tabletop-audio-romance-games-ley-lines-midgard-fiction-contest/feed/ 7 | Episode 104 | Announcements We’re back from Winter Fantasy! Unfortunately we were unable to have the Baldman crew on the show due to technical difficulties. We recorded one heck of a podcast…and then lost it! They will be on the show … #LINK# | Episode 104 | Announcements We’re back from Winter Fantasy! Unfortunately we were unable to have the Baldman crew on the show due to technical difficulties. We recorded one heck of a podcast…and then lost it! They will be on the show … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 34:02
Haste! Tyranny of Dragons, Timewatch, and Playing To The Averages Pt. 2http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-tyranny-dragons-timewatch-playing-averages-pt-2/ Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:52:45 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2766 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-tyranny-dragons-timewatch-playing-averages-pt-2/#comments | Episode 103 | Announcements A big congrats and good luck to our friends at Roll20 who are taking the plunge and making Roll20 their full-time gig! Now, on with the show!Topics  Tyranny of Dragons In another article that is rather scant on details, WotC has unveiled the big multi-platform D&D event going along with 5e's release called Tyranny of Dragons. Looks like it includes Tiamat and a bunch more to come. Does this tie in with The Sundering? We discuss! Timewatch! The Time Travel RPG A Kickstarter for Kevin Culp's new game, TimeWatch, is going strong and we think you should check it out. To be published by Pelgrane Press, the game promises to cover every time-travelling-trope you can possibly think of. Be sure to check it out, you can even chip in just a buck to check out the playtest materials already. Playing To The Averages Micah and I discuss the "playing to the averages" mentality discussed in a previous show, we got off on the wrong foot and came across overly negative. We'd like to clear the air a bit and provide some positive examples of playing to the averages. Tip Put a link from your Google + profile (in the list of links in your profile data) to your OP campaign homepage. AND link your OP account to Google (from your OP edit profile page) We embed Google authorship data in the campaigns and it will make your G+ avatar image show up next to your campaign pages in Google search results. Question @EldritchFire asks: How do you get players to accept the facts of a setting that restrict or deny actions that they are used to?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 103 |

Announcements

A big congrats and good luck to our friends at Roll20 who are taking the plunge and making Roll20 their full-time gig! Now, on with the show!

Topics 

Tyranny of Dragons

In another article that is rather scant on details, WotC has unveiled the big multi-platform D&D event going along with 5e’s release called Tyranny of Dragons. Looks like it includes Tiamat and a bunch more to come. Does this tie in with The Sundering? We discuss!

Timewatch! The Time Travel RPG

A Kickstarter for Kevin Culp’s new game, TimeWatch, is going strong and we think you should check it out. To be published by Pelgrane Press, the game promises to cover every time-travelling-trope you can possibly think of. Be sure to check it out, you can even chip in just a buck to check out the playtest materials already.

Playing To The Averages

Micah and I discuss the “playing to the averages” mentality discussed in a previous show, we got off on the wrong foot and came across overly negative. We’d like to clear the air a bit and provide some positive examples of playing to the averages.

Tip

Put a link from your Google + profile (in the list of links in your profile data) to your OP campaign homepage. AND link your OP account to Google (from your OP edit profile page) We embed Google authorship data in the campaigns and it will make your G+ avatar image show up next to your campaign pages in Google search results.

Question

@EldritchFire asks: How do you get players to accept the facts of a setting that restrict or deny actions that they are used to?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-tyranny-dragons-timewatch-playing-averages-pt-2/feed/ 3 | Episode 103 | Announcements A big congrats and good luck to our friends at Roll20 who are taking the plunge and making Roll20 their full-time gig! Now, on with the show! Topics  Tyranny of Dragons In another article that is rather … #LINK# | Episode 103 | Announcements A big congrats and good luck to our friends at Roll20 who are taking the plunge and making Roll20 their full-time gig! Now, on with the show! Topics  Tyranny of Dragons In another article that is rather … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 35:26
Haste! Learn Tabletop RPGs, MTG Movie, D&D’s Birthday, and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/learn-tabletop-rpgs-mtg-movie-dnd-birthday/ Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:04:33 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2763 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/learn-tabletop-rpgs-mtg-movie-dnd-birthday/#comments | Episode 102 | Announcements Winter Fantasy is coming, Haste episode from the show this year, will be covering who is there and what is going on. LFR, PF Society, D&DNext, lots more.Topics  Learn Tabletop RPGs In lieu of all of our talking about the fictional or semi-fictional people who are seeking out RPG knowledge, this week we bring to you Learn Tabletop RPGS and I argue with Micah that these people do exist! D&D's Exact Birthday Still A Mystery There's a good article up over at Playing At The World about the exact date of D&D's release some 40 years ago, it's a shame the jury is still out on when that day was. As it stands, it looks like we've collectively declared it to be the last Sunday in January. The origin story of D&D is...like many other gaming stories...kind of boring, so we've got a contest for you! Listen to the show for the details!Mini-Contest Details: In the comments below, tell us in about a paragraph or less what you'd like the real origin story of D&D to have been. Go nuts! We'll recite your story during a future podcast and also toss you some free Ascendant time and an Obsidian Portal T-shirt! M:TG Movie In The Works Yes, a Magic: The Gathering film is being created. First learned here and later confirmed by WotC we now know the very first trickles of info regarding the movie. Micah and I discuss gaming related films and he puts me on the spot and demands my opinion/predictions on the film along with what I would need it to be "Magic: The Gathering" on screen. Question @Forbestay asks: being a gamer I'm a bit over weight. How can I incorporate health lifestyle choice with my gaming activities?Tune in to find out! Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 102 |

Announcements

Winter Fantasy is coming, Haste episode from the show this year, will be covering who is there and what is going on. LFR, PF Society, D&DNext, lots more.

Topics 

Learn Tabletop RPGs

In lieu of all of our talking about the fictional or semi-fictional people who are seeking out RPG knowledge, this week we bring to you Learn Tabletop RPGS and I argue with Micah that these people do exist!

D&D’s Exact Birthday Still A Mystery

There’s a good article up over at Playing At The World about the exact date of D&D’s release some 40 years ago, it’s a shame the jury is still out on when that day was. As it stands, it looks like we’ve collectively declared it to be the last Sunday in January. The origin story of D&D is…like many other gaming stories…kind of boring, so we’ve got a contest for you! Listen to the show for the details!

Mini-Contest Details: In the comments below, tell us in about a paragraph or less what you’d like the real origin story of D&D to have been. Go nuts! We’ll recite your story during a future podcast and also toss you some free Ascendant time and an Obsidian Portal T-shirt!

M:TG Movie In The Works

Yes, a Magic: The Gathering film is being created. First learned here and later confirmed by WotC we now know the very first trickles of info regarding the movie. Micah and I discuss gaming related films and he puts me on the spot and demands my opinion/predictions on the film along with what I would need it to be “Magic: The Gathering” on screen.

Question

@Forbestay asks: being a gamer I’m a bit over weight. How can I incorporate health lifestyle choice with my gaming activities?

Tune in to find out! 


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Playing to the averages, the truth about D&D and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-playing-averages-truth-dd/ Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:23:51 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2762 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-playing-averages-truth-dd/#respond | Episode 101 | Announcements Seth Roby (@TALlama) has a response to last week’s “How to break up with your gaming group” question. He says we really flubbed the answer. Obviously, we disagree, but see his response for an alternate view! Topics  Playing to the Averages Micah discusses something we cover on the podcast a lot but have never actually covered straight-up. Playing to the averages in your game for optimal success and player expectations. "The Truth about D&D" A great youtube video regarding our hobby emerges, but do videos like this really sway anyone? Do they make a difference? We debate. Tip Enter your mobile number on your OP profile. Try to get your players to do this as well! It’s ONLY for showing to other members of the campaign (we won’t call you or sell your number). That way nobody needs to call around to try and get someone’s phone number. Plus, as a bonus, if you view your player list on the campaign dashboard on a mobile phone, there are little buttons to call or text someone right from there.Question @DLtheDM asks: in your opinion as a dm should you plan the whole #rpg session or just the beginning and leave things to chance?Tune in to find out! Hint: the answer is cowardice.Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 101 |

Announcements

Seth Roby (@TALlama) has a response to last week’s “How to break up with your gaming group” question. He says we really flubbed the answer. Obviously, we disagree, but see his response for an alternate view!

Topics 

Playing to the Averages

Micah discusses something we cover on the podcast a lot but have never actually covered straight-up. Playing to the averages in your game for optimal success and player expectations.

“The Truth about D&D”

A great youtube video regarding our hobby emerges, but do videos like this really sway anyone? Do they make a difference? We debate.

Tip

Enter your mobile number on your OP profile. Try to get your players to do this as well! It’s ONLY for showing to other members of the campaign (we won’t call you or sell your number). That way nobody needs to call around to try and get someone’s phone number. Plus, as a bonus, if you view your player list on the campaign dashboard on a mobile phone, there are little buttons to call or text someone right from there.

Question

@DLtheDM asks: in your opinion as a dm should you plan the whole #rpg session or just the beginning and leave things to chance?

Tune in to find out! Hint: the answer is cowardice.


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-playing-averages-truth-dd/feed/ 0 | Episode 101 | Announcements Seth Roby (@TALlama) has a response to last week’s “How to break up with your gaming group” question. He says we really flubbed the answer. Obviously, we disagree, but see his response for an alternate view! Topics  … #LINK# | Episode 101 | Announcements Seth Roby (@TALlama) has a response to last week’s “How to break up with your gaming group” question. He says we really flubbed the answer. Obviously, we disagree, but see his response for an alternate view! Topics  … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean 26:22
Haste! D&D Next Launches this Summer, New Year New Game, Gaming Resolutions.http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-dd-next-launches-summer-new-year-new-game-gaming-resolutions/ Mon, 06 Jan 2014 07:23:58 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2757 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-dd-next-launches-summer-new-year-new-game-gaming-resolutions/#comments | Episode 100 | Announcements Congrats to Scott H, @Katokatonian, and @ProducerKeeper0 on winning the Baldur's Cheer contest! Now, onto the show! Topics  New Year New Game Contest Gnome Stew is having another NYNG contest this year, we should be seeing more details on it soon so keep your eyes peeled. It's a great way to get people to break out of the box and try something new for the new year! Gaming Resolutions for 2014 Micah and I discuss our gaming resolutions for the new year, I'd hate to give them away in a topic blurb so I guess you'll have to listen up! D&DNext Launching Summer 2014 After 2 years in playtesting, with over 175,000 participants, D&DNExt will finally launch this summer. More details will be coming from WotC in the near future but for now we'll just have to sit tight. Sounds like more than just a tabletop game too, Micah and I discuss! Question Manda Collis (@Mandariffic) asks: How do you break up with a gaming group?Tune in to find out! Hint: the answer is cowardice.Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stand Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 100 |

Announcements

Congrats to Scott H, @Katokatonian, and @ProducerKeeper0 on winning the Baldur’s Cheer contest! Now, onto the show!

Topics 

New Year New Game Contest

Gnome Stew is having another NYNG contest this year, we should be seeing more details on it soon so keep your eyes peeled. It’s a great way to get people to break out of the box and try something new for the new year!

Gaming Resolutions for 2014

Micah and I discuss our gaming resolutions for the new year, I’d hate to give them away in a topic blurb so I guess you’ll have to listen up!

D&DNext Launching Summer 2014

After 2 years in playtesting, with over 175,000 participants, D&DNExt will finally launch this summer. More details will be coming from WotC in the near future but for now we’ll just have to sit tight. Sounds like more than just a tabletop game too, Micah and I discuss!

Question

Manda Collis (@Mandariffic) asks: How do you break up with a gaming group?

Tune in to find out! Hint: the answer is cowardice.


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stand Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Chromecast for Gaming, Physical Puzzles, Elusive “Feel” of D&D Classeshttp://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-chromecast-physical-puzzles-dnd-classes/ Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:53:24 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2751 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-chromecast-physical-puzzles-dnd-classes/#comments | Episode 99 | Announcements No announcements this week, aside from our kick ass Baldur's Cheer, Baldur's Gate holiday contest we've got going on. Aside from that, it's time to get on with the show! Now, back to 30(ish) minutes or less! Enjoy. Topics  Chromecast for Gaming Over at Stargazers World, Sunglar discusses using Google's Chromecast as a gaming aide, and we' think it's a great idea! It might not be a replacement for many things but it could surely provide lots of possibilities and may be a really cheap alternative to projector setups or having a remote player. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think! Using Physical Puzzles A recent reddit thread exploring the possibilities of using physical puzzles and dexterity challenges for in-game traps and puzzles is pretty thought provoking. Micah and I discuss the possibilities here and also cover some pros, cons, and frequency of using stuff like this in your games at home. The Elusive "Feel" of D&D Classes Mike Mearls was talking about the "Feel" of classes in 3e, 4e, and what he hopes/expects for 5e regarding class types, sublclasses and a lot more. Be sure to read the Legends & Lore article and listen to what Micah and I have to say and feel free to strike up some healthy debate! What do you think about class feel over the iterations of D&D? Tip Corner Use OP on your mobile device to reply to a forum post or schedule/RSVP the next session. It looks so much nicer on phones now and is a treat to use!Question Taylor Forbes (@Forbestay) asks: themed holiday adventures good idea or not? Should I mention real world holidays in game even if the don't line up in game?Music Credits | Intro: "Xmas Remix" | Outro: "Xmas Remix" | by Plastic3 | Episode 99 |

Announcements

No announcements this week, aside from our kick ass Baldur’s Cheer, Baldur’s Gate holiday contest we’ve got going on. Aside from that, it’s time to get on with the show! Now, back to 30(ish) minutes or less! Enjoy.

Topics 

Chromecast for Gaming

Over at Stargazers World, Sunglar discusses using Google’s Chromecast as a gaming aide, and we’ think it’s a great idea! It might not be a replacement for many things but it could surely provide lots of possibilities and may be a really cheap alternative to projector setups or having a remote player. Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

Using Physical Puzzles

A recent reddit thread exploring the possibilities of using physical puzzles and dexterity challenges for in-game traps and puzzles is pretty thought provoking. Micah and I discuss the possibilities here and also cover some pros, cons, and frequency of using stuff like this in your games at home.

The Elusive “Feel” of D&D Classes

Mike Mearls was talking about the “Feel” of classes in 3e, 4e, and what he hopes/expects for 5e regarding class types, sublclasses and a lot more. Be sure to read the Legends & Lore article and listen to what Micah and I have to say and feel free to strike up some healthy debate! What do you think about class feel over the iterations of D&D?

Tip Corner

Use OP on your mobile device to reply to a forum post or schedule/RSVP the next session. It looks so much nicer on phones now and is a treat to use!

Question

Taylor Forbes (@Forbestay) asks: themed holiday adventures good idea or not? Should I mention real world holidays in game even if the don’t line up in game?


Music Credits | Intro: “Xmas Remix” | Outro: “Xmas Remix” | by Plastic3 |

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Haste! w/ guest Highcove: DM’ing with Charisma, Resurrecting Old Campaigns, and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-guest-highcove-dming-with-charisma-resurrecting-old-campaigns-and-more/ Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:27:56 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2736 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-w-guest-highcove-dming-with-charisma-resurrecting-old-campaigns-and-more/#comments | Episode 98 | Announcements Tonight we're joined by Kickstarter backer Highcove, he's here to talk with us about his blog DM'ing With Charisma, and I Podcast Magic Missle, as well as all things gaming so tune in!Also, a very special shout out and get well to our friend Brian Patterson, aka @d20Monkey who has recently hurt his knee pretty badly and is laid up. If you've never read d20Monkey now is the time to catch up while Brian recuperates, and be sure to send him some well wishes while you're at it. Get well soon Brian!Topics  The Joy of Withholding Again this week we talk about another blog post from Rob Schwalb entitled The Joy Of Withholding about the level of descriptive-ness in your GM'ing speech. How much is too much? Too little? We debate! DM'ing with Charisma Highcove talks with us about differing DM types, including those who use CHA as their primary stat. What kind of DM are you? Dusing Off An Old Gem Last but not least, Phil over at Gnome Stew has written up another great piece, this time on dusting off an old campaign. According to him there are several ways to do it, what are your thoughts? Tip Corner None tonight, for the sake of brevity, we already know we're over our time limit! Question @SharnDM asks: My group is in a funk. New systems, old systems, nothing holds the interest. One guy doesn't even talk when we play! What tricks have you all used to bring back interest in tabletop gaming? As a side note we've gamed together for over a decade, it wasn't always like this. Listen to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Christmas Remix" | Outro: "Christmas Remix" | Episode 98 |

Announcements

Tonight we’re joined by Kickstarter backer Highcove, he’s here to talk with us about his blog DM’ing With Charisma, and I Podcast Magic Missle, as well as all things gaming so tune in!

Also, a very special shout out and get well to our friend Brian Patterson, aka @d20Monkey who has recently hurt his knee pretty badly and is laid up. If you’ve never read d20Monkey now is the time to catch up while Brian recuperates, and be sure to send him some well wishes while you’re at it. Get well soon Brian!

Topics 

The Joy of Withholding

Again this week we talk about another blog post from Rob Schwalb entitled The Joy Of Withholding about the level of descriptive-ness in your GM’ing speech. How much is too much? Too little? We debate!

DM’ing with Charisma

Highcove talks with us about differing DM types, including those who use CHA as their primary stat. What kind of DM are you?

Dusing Off An Old Gem

Last but not least, Phil over at Gnome Stew has written up another great piece, this time on dusting off an old campaign. According to him there are several ways to do it, what are your thoughts?

Tip Corner

None tonight, for the sake of brevity, we already know we’re over our time limit!

Question

@SharnDM asks: My group is in a funk. New systems, old systems, nothing holds the interest. One guy doesn’t even talk when we play! What tricks have you all used to bring back interest in tabletop gaming? As a side note we’ve gamed together for over a decade, it wasn’t always like this.

Listen to find out!


Music Credits | Intro: “Christmas Remix” | Outro: “Christmas Remix” |

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Haste! w/ guest host Shane Tyree. The Writhing Dark, Dungeon White Space, D&D Rules Elegance, and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-with-shane-tyree-the-writhing-dark/ Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:09:31 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2728 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-with-shane-tyree-the-writhing-dark/#comments | Episode 97 | Announcements Tonight we're joined by Shane Tyree to talk to him about his Kickstarter, The Writhing Dark. Jump in and join us as we discuss Cthulhu, Dungeon White Space, and "that thing Mike Mearls said this week". We have no formal announcements this week, so on with the show! Topics  The Writhing Dark Art Wizard Shane Tyree join us tonight to talk about his great Kickstarter, The Writhing Dark. A Big beautiful Cthuhlu themed tarot deck, playing cards, and a bunch more cool stuff, definitely a must-see for any discerning gamer, or Lovecraft fan. There's a lot of dynamic stuff going on within it as well, it's not like any Kickstarter we've ever seen! Elegance in D&D Rules Recently Mike Mearls posted a Legends & Lore talking about the elegance of rules in D&D. When to pare them down to a single, simple mechanic or when to cut them out entirely. There's a lot to discuss here, be sure to tune in and tell us what side of the fence you lie on. Dungeon White Space A great blog article by Rob Schwalb about getting to the core of the 'good stuff' in your games and cutting out all of the white space (hallways, empty rooms, boring crap no one cares about) gets our attention this week. It's a great read and we discuss the concept of dungeon design white space as well as a few other aspects of game mastering. Tip Corner Check the “last login at” time on the OP dashboard. If they haven’t logged in for several days (or weeks), ask what’s keeping them away. Why aren’t they checking in? Use this to help motivate your players and find out what they Question @Dulenheim asks: I'm running a pathfinder game and I'm trying to make Armor as Damage reduction work, have you guys tried this, or have tips?Listen to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Christmas Remix" | Outro: "Christmas Remix" | Episode 97 |

Announcements

Tonight we’re joined by Shane Tyree to talk to him about his Kickstarter, The Writhing Dark. Jump in and join us as we discuss Cthulhu, Dungeon White Space, and “that thing Mike Mearls said this week”. We have no formal announcements this week, so on with the show!

Topics 

The Writing Dark - Shane TyreeThe Writhing Dark

Art Wizard Shane Tyree join us tonight to talk about his great Kickstarter, The Writhing Dark. A Big beautiful Cthuhlu themed tarot deck, playing cards, and a bunch more cool stuff, definitely a must-see for any discerning gamer, or Lovecraft fan. There’s a lot of dynamic stuff going on within it as well, it’s not like any Kickstarter we’ve ever seen!

Elegance in D&D Rules

Recently Mike Mearls posted a Legends & Lore talking about the elegance of rules in D&D. When to pare them down to a single, simple mechanic or when to cut them out entirely. There’s a lot to discuss here, be sure to tune in and tell us what side of the fence you lie on.

Dungeon White Space

A great blog article by Rob Schwalb about getting to the core of the ‘good stuff’ in your games and cutting out all of the white space (hallways, empty rooms, boring crap no one cares about) gets our attention this week. It’s a great read and we discuss the concept of dungeon design white space as well as a few other aspects of game mastering.

Tip Corner

Check the “last login at” time on the OP dashboard. If they haven’t logged in for several days (or weeks), ask what’s keeping them away. Why aren’t they checking in? Use this to help motivate your players and find out what they

Question

@Dulenheim asks: I’m running a pathfinder game and I’m trying to make Armor as Damage reduction work, have you guys tried this, or have tips?

Listen to find out!


Music Credits | Intro: “Christmas Remix” | Outro: “Christmas Remix” |

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http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-with-shane-tyree-the-writhing-dark/feed/ 4 | Episode 97 | Announcements Tonight we’re joined by Shane Tyree to talk to him about his Kickstarter, The Writhing Dark. Jump in and join us as we discuss Cthulhu, Dungeon White Space, and “that thing Mike Mearls said this week”. … #LINK# | Episode 97 | Announcements Tonight we’re joined by Shane Tyree to talk to him about his Kickstarter, The Writhing Dark. Jump in and join us as we discuss Cthulhu, Dungeon White Space, and “that thing Mike Mearls said this week”. … #LINK# Obsidian Portal clean
Haste! No Evil Options in D&DNext PHB, Playsets, Plot, and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-evil-options-ddnext-phb-playsets-plot/ Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:04:02 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2727 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-evil-options-ddnext-phb-playsets-plot/#comments | Episode 96 | Announcements We're back, sorry for podfading! We've got a regular recording schedule now so rest assured you'll be hearing from us on the weekly again. There's still some time to caption the d20Monkey comic too, so get to it before it's too late! Now, on with the show! Topics  Because Plot is Not Enough Another great article on Gnomestew about how plot is not good enough reason, and how if you railroad your characters into your plotlines you're just going to make a mess of things for everyone. While not exactly a fresh topic, the article here has a really good take on how to approach these things and makes some good comparisons, although Micah still disagrees with one of them. Playsets A recently funded Kickstarter for a new kind of virtual tabletop app called Playsets has us talking. It's a really slick looking app but we're a little confused on the message it sends, regardless we're pretty excited about it. Let us know what you think! No Evil Character Options in D&DNext PHB While we're not typically ones to report news based on tweets from people, it's a pretty significant bit of info for the D&D world that Mike Mearls revealed earlier last week that the 5e PHB will not have options for PCs of evil alignment, or options like the antipaladin and that these things will be in the DMG. Micah and I discuss why were are fully in favor of this. Tell us what you think! Tip Corner Use the top search bar, luke! The search bar at the top is incredibly powerful now, allowing you to insta-jump to characters, wiki pages, and all kinds of stuff just by typing part of a name or tag. If you’re not using it, you’re probably clicking too much to get where you need to be! Question Scott Hardy‏ (@Gamesdisk) asks: How to deal with people not marking off items on their sheets after they use em?Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 96 |

Announcements

We’re back, sorry for podfading! We’ve got a regular recording schedule now so rest assured you’ll be hearing from us on the weekly again. There’s still some time to caption the d20Monkey comic too, so get to it before it’s too late! Now, on with the show!

Topics 

Because Plot is Not Enough

Another great article on Gnomestew about how plot is not good enough reason, and how if you railroad your characters into your plotlines you’re just going to make a mess of things for everyone. While not exactly a fresh topic, the article here has a really good take on how to approach these things and makes some good comparisons, although Micah still disagrees with one of them.

Playsets

A recently funded Kickstarter for a new kind of virtual tabletop app called Playsets has us talking. It’s a really slick looking app but we’re a little confused on the message it sends, regardless we’re pretty excited about it. Let us know what you think!

No Evil Character Options in D&DNext PHB

While we’re not typically ones to report news based on tweets from people, it’s a pretty significant bit of info for the D&D world that Mike Mearls revealed earlier last week that the 5e PHB will not have options for PCs of evil alignment, or options like the antipaladin and that these things will be in the DMG. Micah and I discuss why were are fully in favor of this. Tell us what you think!

Tip Corner

Use the top search bar, luke! The search bar at the top is incredibly powerful now, allowing you to insta-jump to characters, wiki pages, and all kinds of stuff just by typing part of a name or tag. If you’re not using it, you’re probably clicking too much to get where you need to be!

Question

Scott Hardy‏ (@Gamesdisk) asks: How to deal with people not marking off items on their sheets after they use em?


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! w/ Special guest Smiles. Gamer Wisdom, DDI Goes Dark, Tabletop SFX, and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-ddi-goes-dark-gamer-wisdom-tabletop-sfx/ Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:38:51 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2719 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-ddi-goes-dark-gamer-wisdom-tabletop-sfx/#respond | Episode 95 | Announcements The Vanguard program is coming, full blog post explaining the details soon. There's a Halloween caption contest that you should all be rushing to get funny on, and finally - the Reforging launch will be this Monday, October 28th! Topics  Reflections on Playing 75 RPGs A recent article up on Gnome Stew explores the many pros of playing tons of different tabletop RPGS. Martin Ralya has played 75! He reflects on things to learn from playing different games and encourages us all to do the same and never stop. How many games have you played? Do you think multiple games makes you a better gamer? Let us know! DDI Goes Dark? A recent post on the WotC forums indicates that Dungeons & Dragons Insider will no longer be posting or upkeeping 4e material after March of 2014. We speculate wildy about what this may mean for the future of D&D. More Sound Effects from Platemail Games The second Kickstarter from Platemail games is live, it's full of awesome sound effects and some more ambient tracks for your games. If this is your thing, definitely swing by the Kickstarter and pledge. We discuss the logistics of actually using stuff like this in your game. Tip Corner: Reforging Update Micah discusses the reforge launch, slated for Monday, October 28th! Question @ClampController asks: Do you guys have any interesting tricks for highlighting environments key to certain classes (ie Ranger/forest)?Listen to find out our answers!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 95 |

Announcements

The Vanguard program is coming, full blog post explaining the details soon. There’s a Halloween caption contest that you should all be rushing to get funny on, and finally – the Reforging launch will be this Monday, October 28th!

Topics 

Reflections on Playing 75 RPGs

A recent article up on Gnome Stew explores the many pros of playing tons of different tabletop RPGS. Martin Ralya has played 75! He reflects on things to learn from playing different games and encourages us all to do the same and never stop. How many games have you played? Do you think multiple games makes you a better gamer? Let us know!

DDI Goes Dark?

A recent post on the WotC forums indicates that Dungeons & Dragons Insider will no longer be posting or upkeeping 4e material after March of 2014. We speculate wildy about what this may mean for the future of D&D.

More Sound Effects from Platemail Games

The second Kickstarter from Platemail games is live, it’s full of awesome sound effects and some more ambient tracks for your games. If this is your thing, definitely swing by the Kickstarter and pledge. We discuss the logistics of actually using stuff like this in your game.

Tip Corner: Reforging Update

Micah discusses the reforge launch, slated for Monday, October 28th!

Question

@ClampController asks: Do you guys have any interesting tricks for highlighting environments key to certain classes (ie Ranger/forest)?

Listen to find out our answers!


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Reaper Bones 2, Numenera Licensing, Reforging Updates!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-reaper-bones-2-numenera-licensing-reforging-updates/ Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:36:13 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2710 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-reaper-bones-2-numenera-licensing-reforging-updates/#comments | Episode 94 | Announcements None, on with the show! This one's a juicy one! Topics  Reaper Bones Kickstarter II Reaper has done it again with another Bones Miniatures Kickstarter, this one funded...in 2minutes. Should you back it? Are we backing it? We discuss in depth and want to know your thoughts! Numenera Licensing Several blog posts have arisen regarding Monte Cook Games's policy on licensing for Numenera. There's a fan guidelines as well as a legit license policy online and have generated some interesting posts so far, ranging from the positive to the negative there's surely a lot of discussion going on. Tune in to find out more. Reforging Mini-Campaign Update Since the Reforging Micah has been playing around in the Deadlands as opposed to his usual Dark Heresy campaign. He gives us an update on how that's going. Hint: Players don’t need to know the rules was a bad idea. A better idea was to assign each player a different set of rules to know. Everyone is loving SW/Deadlands, will they go back to DH?! Tip Corner: Reforging Update We’re in the final stretch, almost everything has been ported over. Micah has bee running his new Deadlands campaign on the test site for a while now and he's loving it. We plan to launch sometime in October, shooting for the 20th or the 27th! Question @BeerStarGames asks: Which of your characters has had the best beard?Listen to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 94 |

Announcements

None, on with the show! This one’s a juicy one!

Topics 

jpegReaper Bones Kickstarter II

Reaper has done it again with another Bones Miniatures Kickstarter, this one funded…in 2minutes. Should you back it? Are we backing it? We discuss in depth and want to know your thoughts!

Numenera Licensing

Several blog posts have arisen regarding Monte Cook Games’s policy on licensing for Numenera. There’s a fan guidelines as well as a legit license policy online and have generated some interesting posts so far, ranging from the positive to the negative there’s surely a lot of discussion going on. Tune in to find out more.

Reforging Mini-Campaign Update

Since the Reforging Micah has been playing around in the Deadlands as opposed to his usual Dark Heresy campaign. He gives us an update on how that’s going. Hint: Players don’t need to know the rules was a bad idea. A better idea was to assign each player a different set of rules to know. Everyone is loving SW/Deadlands, will they go back to DH?!

Tip Corner: Reforging Update

We’re in the final stretch, almost everything has been ported over. Micah has bee running his new Deadlands campaign on the test site for a while now and he’s loving it. We plan to launch sometime in October, shooting for the 20th or the 27th!

Question

@BeerStarGames asks: Which of your characters has had the best beard?

Listen to find out!


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Gencon Takeaways, Campaign Hiatuses, WotC Community Site and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-gencon-takeaways-campaign-hiatuses-wotc-community-site-and-more/ Thu, 12 Sep 2013 23:07:59 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2697 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-gencon-takeaways-campaign-hiatuses-wotc-community-site-and-more/#comments | Episode 93 | Announcements A big and many thanks to all who voted for us in the ENnies this year and to those whom came out to hang out with us at Gencon - it was a blast! Also, be sure to check out Chris Pramas's Indiegogo project Cadaver Bone, it's a very cool and very personal project (he's using it to raise money to help pay for surgery). Topics  Gencon Takeaways Micah and I discuss things we did at Gencon this year differently than previous years and the things we learned from them. Hopefully some of our advice helps some of you. Also, what did you do differently this year? Short Campaign Hiatuses Having to put a game on hold always sucks, even if it's just for a little bit. Micah and I discuss plans for doing so using his own Dark Heresy game as an example. Have you got any suggestions for us, and what would you do if yo uwere in this situation? New WotC Community Site Wizards of the Coast has recently refurbished their community portal site and it looks really great. The bad part is that despite it's shiny new facade, the overwhelming disdain for D&DNext still seems to shine right through on the front page. We discuss community sites and more, tune in and give us your two cents! Tip Corner Micah gives us some updates on the reforging progress, tune in to see how it's going!Question @Shammond42 asks us how to introduce a new player to a setting without a ton of boring exposition Listen to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 93 |

Announcements

A big and many thanks to all who voted for us in the ENnies this year and to those whom came out to hang out with us at Gencon – it was a blast! Also, be sure to check out Chris Pramas’s Indiegogo project Cadaver Bone, it’s a very cool and very personal project (he’s using it to raise money to help pay for surgery).

Topics 

Gencon Takeaways

Micah and I discuss things we did at Gencon this year differently than previous years and the things we learned from them. Hopefully some of our advice helps some of you. Also, what did you do differently this year?

Short Campaign Hiatuses

Having to put a game on hold always sucks, even if it’s just for a little bit. Micah and I discuss plans for doing so using his own Dark Heresy game as an example. Have you got any suggestions for us, and what would you do if yo uwere in this situation?

New WotC Community Site

Wizards of the Coast has recently refurbished their community portal site and it looks really great. The bad part is that despite it’s shiny new facade, the overwhelming disdain for D&DNext still seems to shine right through on the front page. We discuss community sites and more, tune in and give us your two cents!

Tip Corner

Micah gives us some updates on the reforging progress, tune in to see how it’s going!

Question

@Shammond42 asks us how to introduce a new player to a setting without a ton of boring exposition

Listen to find out!


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! How Technology Is Changing RPGs Panel from Gencon 2013http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-how-technology-is-changing-rpgs-panel-from-gencon-2013/ Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:49:54 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2684 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-how-technology-is-changing-rpgs-panel-from-gencon-2013/#comments | Episode 92 | Announcements We are back from Gencon and are happy to announce that we've won yet another Silver ENnie for Best Podcast! This episode is simply an audio capture from our How Technology Is Changing RPGs panel from Gencon this year, which runs about one hour and fifteen minutes. Quite a departure from our normal episode but we wanted to put this out there for those who couldn't attend and can't watch the video. Stay tuned for a fresh episode next week! Topics  How Technology is Changing RPG's On this year's panel we have:Micah Wedemeyer of Obsidian Portal Paul Grosse of PCGen John Gregory (JPG) of Fantasy Grounds / Smiteworks John Reyst of d20PFSRD.comTune in now to listen to the full panel as we talk business models, online conventions, free products vs. pay and more!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 92 |

Announcements

We are back from Gencon and are happy to announce that we’ve won yet another Silver ENnie for Best Podcast! This episode is simply an audio capture from our How Technology Is Changing RPGs panel from Gencon this year, which runs about one hour and fifteen minutes. Quite a departure from our normal episode but we wanted to put this out there for those who couldn’t attend and can’t watch the video. Stay tuned for a fresh episode next week!

Topics 

How Technology is Changing RPG’s

On this year’s panel we have:

Tune in now to listen to the full panel as we talk business models, online conventions, free products vs. pay and more!


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Of Dice And Men, D&DNext’s Inspiration Mechanic, Gencon, and More!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-of-dice-and-men-ddnexts-inspiration-mechanic-gencon-and-more/ Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:59:05 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2679 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-of-dice-and-men-ddnexts-inspiration-mechanic-gencon-and-more/#comments | Episode 91 | Announcements ENnies voting is over, Gencon hotels are booked, and we're looking forward to the con. Be sure to stop by our Kickstarter backer party if you've got time Friday night, we'd love to meet as many of you as we can in person. Also, be sure to check out our post full of what we've got going on at Gencon too, hopefully you can make it to our panel! Topics  5 Room Dungeon We've dug up quite an old blog post about running 5 room dungeons, and it's fantastic. The formula applies to "encounter areas" to put in system neutral terms and makes for a nice set of building blocks for either a small simple session, one shots, or basically whatever else you can think of. It covers all of the bases, what do you guys think? Of Dice and Men Entitled "A Book On The History of D&D and The People Who Play It", Of Dice and Men is already being called the "Moneyball of D&D". Aiming to peel back the layers of mystery D&D is wrapped in, the book is aimed at the folks out there who don't quite know what the game is about. It's got a great positive spin, and David Ewalt makes sure to inject anecdotal fun bits from his own home games within the pages. Are you excited about this book? We are! Inspiration Mechanic in D&DNext Per a recent Legends & Lore article, it seems that D&D may be taking a page from other recent RPGs with building in some role playing rewards right into the system. This feels a lot like bennies from Savage Worlds from what we've read, Micah and I discuss its mostly positive possibilities. What are your thoughts? Tip Corner EIIA Finalist Showcase - Platemail GamesQuestion Gino Rodrigo AKA @reverseg asks: How do you deal with mopey, overly introspective players? Listen to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 91 |

Announcements

ENnies voting is over, Gencon hotels are booked, and we’re looking forward to the con. Be sure to stop by our Kickstarter backer party if you’ve got time Friday night, we’d love to meet as many of you as we can in person. Also, be sure to check out our post full of what we’ve got going on at Gencon too, hopefully you can make it to our panel!

Topics 

5 Room Dungeon

We’ve dug up quite an old blog post about running 5 room dungeons, and it’s fantastic. The formula applies to “encounter areas” to put in system neutral terms and makes for a nice set of building blocks for either a small simple session, one shots, or basically whatever else you can think of. It covers all of the bases, what do you guys think?

Of Dice and Men, by David M. EwaltOf Dice and Men

Entitled “A Book On The History of D&D and The People Who Play It“, Of Dice and Men is already being called the “Moneyball of D&D”. Aiming to peel back the layers of mystery D&D is wrapped in, the book is aimed at the folks out there who don’t quite know what the game is about. It’s got a great positive spin, and David Ewalt makes sure to inject anecdotal fun bits from his own home games within the pages. Are you excited about this book? We are!

Inspiration Mechanic in D&DNext

Per a recent Legends & Lore article, it seems that D&D may be taking a page from other recent RPGs with building in some role playing rewards right into the system. This feels a lot like bennies from Savage Worlds from what we’ve read, Micah and I discuss its mostly positive possibilities. What are your thoughts?

Tip Corner

EIIA Finalist Showcase – Platemail Games

Question

Gino Rodrigo AKA @reverseg asks: How do you deal with mopey, overly introspective players?

Listen to find out!


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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Haste! Red Aegis, ENnies Expose, Shadowrun and more!http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-red-aegis-ennies-expose-shadowrun-and-more/ Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:00:09 +0000 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/?p=2671 http://blog.obsidianportal.com/haste-red-aegis-ennies-expose-shadowrun-and-more/#comments | Episode 90 | Announcements The Excellence In Innovation Award finalists are up, check them out! Now, onto the show! Topics  Red Aegis Red Aegis is an age-spanning RPG currently being Kickstarted that you should check out. You'll control an entire house/clan/dynasty and take them through the ages in a finite-sessioned RPG experience with rotating GMs. Lots of talented folks are part of this project, check it out! ENnies Expose An expose piece over at The Iron Tavern reveals what it is/was like to be an ENnies judge, and has sparked a lot of discussion amongst the RPG industry. Micah and I weigh in on some aspects of the article, be sure to read it and give us your two cents too.Update: Hans Cummings, ENnie Awards Submission Coordinator & Publisher relations, responds to Chris Gath's assertions in the comments. In particular, he points out a few things:The expose author is a former judge who has had no relation to the ENnies since 2009. Judges discussions are private, but there is more to the Edge of the Empire debate than is revealed in the expose. Steve Jackson Games won 3 ENnies in 2012. Perhaps they are not as anti-ENnies as the expose makes them out to be.Read Hans's comment to get the full story, and thanks Hans for providing more information. Shadowrun 5e & Video Game 5th edition Shadowrun is out and available for consumption, as is Shadowrun Returns, the new video game from the Shadowrun franchise. Go out and grab this stuff if you haven't already, let us know your thoughts too! Tip Corner EIIA Finalist Showcase - Adventure-A-WeekQuestion Brian White via Facebook (Jerry)Given my schedule as a student, summer campaigns have become the norm for me. If you had the span of a summer break to run a campaign, what would you do to keep it from being three months of raiding a couple of wimpy kobold camps? In other words, how would you make such a short campaign epic in its own right?Listen to find out!Music Credits | Intro: "Prelude" | Outro: "Stande Alone" | by LukHash | Episode 90 |

Announcements

The Excellence In Innovation Award finalists are up, check them out! Now, onto the show!

Topics 

Red AegisRed Aegis

Red Aegis is an age-spanning RPG currently being Kickstarted that you should check out. You’ll control an entire house/clan/dynasty and take them through the ages in a finite-sessioned RPG experience with rotating GMs. Lots of talented folks are part of this project, check it out!

ENnies Expose

An expose piece over at The Iron Tavern reveals what it is/was like to be an ENnies judge, and has sparked a lot of discussion amongst the RPG industry. Micah and I weigh in on some aspects of the article, be sure to read it and give us your two cents too.

Update: Hans Cummings, ENnie Awards Submission Coordinator & Publisher relations, responds to Chris Gath’s assertions in the comments. In particular, he points out a few things:

  • The expose author is a former judge who has had no relation to the ENnies since 2009.
  • Judges discussions are private, but there is more to the Edge of the Empire debate than is revealed in the expose.
  • Steve Jackson Games won 3 ENnies in 2012. Perhaps they are not as anti-ENnies as the expose makes them out to be.

Read Hans’s comment to get the full story, and thanks Hans for providing more information.

Shadowrun 5e & Video Game

5th edition Shadowrun is out and available for consumption, as is Shadowrun Returns, the new video game from the Shadowrun franchise. Go out and grab this stuff if you haven’t already, let us know your thoughts too!

Tip Corner

EIIA Finalist Showcase – Adventure-A-Week

Question

Brian White via Facebook (Jerry)

Given my schedule as a student, summer campaigns have become the norm for me. If you had the span of a summer break to run a campaign, what would you do to keep it from being three months of raiding a couple of wimpy kobold camps? In other words, how would you make such a short campaign epic in its own right?

Listen to find out!


Music Credits | Intro: “Prelude” | Outro: “Stande Alone” | by LukHash |

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