HJRP1401 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 01

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Show Notes! We start off talking again about sidebars. Akshay asks for some help with developing a campaign around a single city. Tim from Green Bay asks about restarting a game after a very long hiatus.

Matthew asks us how to run initiative in a Savage Worlds game online. Ben writes in about an incident where PCs disagreed about the course of action. Jon writes in about an adventure that took an unexpected turn.

David writes in with a gaming nightmare.

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SWT02 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play Star Wars Traveller Session 02

SWT02 – Star Wars Traveller Actual Play

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System: Mongoose Traveller

GM: Bill

Players, Elspeth, Stork, CADave, Tyler and Stu.

This is the second session of Bill’s Star Wars Traveller game.

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HJRP1220 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 20

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Do you wear small, medium, large or 2-x-large t-shirts? You should get a Happy Jacks shirt then at the Angryfolk.com Store.

Shownotes! Ryan writes in asking about using real life events as game inspiration. We discuss. Bruce asks a few questions about recording actual plays.

Eric from New Jersey bugs us about Fate and Dungeon World and asks how to integrate two new players into his game. Muntjack writes in with a GMing mistake an asks us about ours. Chris asks about presenting local culture to the players and treats us to a gaming horror story. And finally, Friar Greg tells us about some of his favorite villains.

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SWT01 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play Star Wars Traveller Session 01

SWT01 – Star Wars Traveller Actual Play

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System: Mongoose Traveller

GM: Bill

Players, Elspeth, Stork, CADave, Tyler and Stu.

This is the first, introductory session of Bill’s Star Wars Traveller game.

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HJRP1219 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 19

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Note: this is Episode 19, not 18 as mentioned at the top of the show.

Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler and Gina

Show Notes!  Plug: JackerCon V: In Space, No One Can Hear You… The online virtual game con. Held via Google+ Hangouts. November 1 through November 9. The forum link: happyjacks.org/jackercon.

Zac from West Virginia writes in to ask how to handle proactive and reactive players. John from Texas asks how to make a setting for his next session interesting. Heavy Metal Jess asks how to screen prospective players. Hyvemind suggests we try an Apocalypse Hack.

SirGuido asks us about leaving a group and player poaching. Morgan sends us a game success story about his version of Stu’s Ghostbusters actual play. TruckerRob tells us about his one encounter with Rolemaster. Jeff in Maryland tells us about his Gencon experience.

 

 

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HJRP1218 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 18

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Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tyler

Show Notes! Joel in Sweden didn’t like a comment we made about GM fun vs Player fun. We discuss this in-depth.

Andrew asks for some ways to freshen up the Tolkien races. Goodmush asks about building scenes. ET writes in about games that use dual hit point systems. Useless Trivial Man gives us a report from Xenocon about his Grindhouse gladiatorial game.

Andrew from Yorkshire sets us straight on English caravaning. Dan writes in with some GURPS love. James from Michigan treats us to a nightmare.

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HJRP1217 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 17

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Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Kimi

Email us at happyjacksrpg at gmail dot com.

Show Notes!  We get a brief recap of Gateway 2014. Anthony writes in about a conundrum where his players are going through a location of great interest, but he doesn’t want them to get distracted from their current goals.  Clockwork Monk asks for some advice about running an online game (via Google Hangout). Jeff in Appleton asks for some GURPS specific questions, and here are two links Stu mentioned:

The Natural Encyclopedia (a free monster manual like document for GURPS 4th).

The GURPS 4th Edition Sorter (this tool allows you to determine which advantages, disadvantages and skills are either required, allowed or forbidden in your game, after you’ve gone through the list, it produces a document you can hand your players so they know what’s legal).

Nate in Oklahoma asks us about handling space ship battles in a hard science fiction setting, and especially, how to keep the whole party involved. Moonday asks us how to handle a DnD Encounters player who sulks when his character dies. Goodmush ask how to make player backgrounds meaningful in a military game.

DJ presents us with a video entitled the Shandification of Fallout, which explores the linear and nonlinear storytelling. Willow asks us what game to run at her work’s “funtivity” for non-gamer co-workers. And Grant from Saving the Game asks us how to make a gaming story interesting.

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HJRPPE01 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Penalty Episode 01

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Your host: Stu

This is a solo episode I recorded about six weeks ago. I’m putting it up now, as a few listeners have suggested people who only listen to the show (and do not engage us on the forum or social media) might think we podfaded. This is not the case.

The show will restart when I am able to make it happen.

– Stu

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HJRP1216 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 16 Live from Gateway 2014

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This episode of Happy Jacks was recorded live at Gateway 2014. Our normal show schedule will resume on Friday, September 19th.

NOTE: At about 85 minutes, the audio recorder filled up, and Bill recorded the last 11 minutes or so on his iPhone.

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HJRP1215 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 15

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happy_jacks_all_ages300x300-150x150Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina

Show Notes! We discuss preparing for the unprepared — for those moments when the preparation for the game you thought you were going to run suddenly becomes irrelevant.

Len from Miami makes the statement: players who intentionally throw wrenches in the GM’s plans are douchebags. We discuss. Michael writes us about his take on distracted players. Rob writes in about finding it difficult to get enthused about an ongoing Pathfinder game.

Charles writes in about GM Burnout. The Reverend Doctor Minnesota Gooch writes in with his mathematical analysis of the advantage/disadvantage dice mechanic in DnD 5E. His analysis can be found on a PDF linked on our forum.

George writes in about playing with a group that doesn’t really want to role-play and also asks for some advice about running a campy pulp SciFi Ocean’s 11 type game.

Aaron writes in with a gaming success story and Robbie writes in with a gaming nightmare.

 

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