Haste! Fear of Girls, D&D’s Living Rules, Backstory Cards and More!

Episode 116|


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


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?


@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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  1. Another great podcast, Chaps! Backstory cards seem quite interesting. I probably won’t invest because we don’t really have much of a problem with players coming up with backstories. Most of them tend to get into doing it. I think it would probably work will with AD HOC NPCs in the game though.
    With the wide use of SRDs and a rich back culture of HOUSE RULES in play, I don’t REALLY “get” the “LIVING RULESET” idea. It seems a bit unnecessary.
    As for girls, our group is all male presently, but we have had a girl and I have played in other groups with girls. There have never been any issues. Perhaps banter round the table is sometimes slightly different, but generally the game always flows smoothly. I have never encountered any SEXISM problems, although I can appreciate that issues MAY occur.

    The SPECIAL item is almost a given in any game I run. I agree with the fact that it either needs some relevant history or some strange power that is more distinctive than a PLUS TWO but I have never ever heard of anyone NOT liking the inclusion of a special item, whether it is an heirloom handed out at the start of the game, (I always give one of these, rolling d100 for each character to see who has it, or taking a cue from the character history) OR whether it is something earned in the game as a reward for KOOL adventuring. It’s always EXTRA. It’s always SPECIAL and it’s ALWAYS appreciated.

  2. Just want to mention, I found this KS separately from Haste, and I actually backed the braille dice for the 3D files, and they were done in October. Most of the other rewards were also filled by the end of the year (based on the updates on KS). While I haven’t had a chance to get them printed, I think this was a worthy Kickstarter and I’m glad you helped spread the word.