HJRP1115 – Managing NPCs
Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Hosier Rob
Show Notes! Listener Matthew kindly asks listeners to take his survey for his PhD work at memetechnology.org. We remind our kind listeners to join us live on Friday at 8:30pm Pacific, 10:30pm Central, 11:30pm Eastern, 0430 GMT. You can hear the show at happyjacks.org/live.
We begin the show discussing managing NPC information. The chat room suggests a few software solutions for NPC management: Liquid Story Binder and Realmworks. Note: none of the hosts have reviewed either of these.
DJ urgently emails asking for advice about his L5R/Topaz championship game. James from New Zealand (who donated a mic mute — ie a Cough Drop — thank you very much) writes in to lets us know that our show inspired him into GMing. Hope you had a nice Waitangi Day. Next year, we’ll try to remember to sing to you and your countrymen.
Captain Kiwi writes in about providing the “Willy Wonka Dilemna” where the players are presented in a well-defined decision point. He also suggest that players do not hide their plans from the GM (so he or she can properly prepare).
Ozarkbibliophile asks for advice for getting his players to try something besides 2nd DnD. Coincidentally, Stevan from Serbia writes in as to how he sold his players on a new system.
And finally Robey from Precinct Omega writes in with a gaming story that could have been a nightmare, but ended up being a story of a great, satisfying RPG session. He also admonishes us for stereotyping wargamers as bad or terrible role-players (he also takes us to task about our W40K hygene stories).
Thank you to our emailers, those who joined the show in the chat room and you for listening.
See you next week.
HJRP1114 – Live at Orccon 2014
This episode was recorded live at Orccon2014. Thank you to the Strategicon staff for their hospitality.
HJRP1113 – with special guests from Fear the Boot
Your host: Stu, Stork and Jib, plus Dan and Julia from Fear the Boot.
Show Notes! Orccon 2014 is St. Valentine’s Day weekend. Got to Strategicon.net for more info.
Jackercon III, the on-line con phenom, runs March 15th through 21st. Go to happyjacks.org/forum for info.
And Fear the Con runs June 13th and 14th. More info is at fearthecon.com.
Alex from Los Angeles writes in with a question about a pair of players who always play broken or very ineffectual characters, as asks for help. The discussion turns to Fear the Boot’s group template, which Dan demonstrates.
James from 1d4 Cast writes in to plug 1d4 Con, which runs April 25th, in Winchester Virginia. He also asks for some tips about co-GMing.
Sir Guido writes in with a question about his Gummi Bears game at the last Jackercon. Yehuda from Israel asks about a time travel game. Goodmush reminds us that we still have a listener in Idaho, and asks about branching out into other genres.
Timothy writes in for tips about creating a good actual play podcast, and Jonas sends us a gaming confession.
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina and SirGuido.
Show notes! We discuss both Pathfinder Society and DnD Encounters organized play. The positives, negatives, etc.
Joe Crack writes in to talk about L5R, what’s meant by “when my character’s story is over, I’m finished with the game,” keeping players’ minds fresh between sessions, and a couple other topics that will be covered later.
J asks about running a convention game in a large communal room (as opposed to private rooms). Jimto asks about that “magic moment” when we started thinking about story over combat. Adam writes in with a ridiculous munchkin story. Marcello writes in with an update and tells why he doesn’t play RPGs any more.
Michael from Indiana writes in with a couple suggestions to get kids interested in RPGs (Newbie DM’s RPG Kids and Fuzzy Heroes). Iain writes in with the opposite of a gaming nightmare.
System: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition
Players: Stork, Kimi, Tyler, CADave
This is the first session session of Part Two of Saga of the Inukai. We join the Inukai family nearly thirty years after the events of Part One. The family says goodbye to the last of the PCs, Daimyo Inukai Roukai. A tide of political uncertainty rises. An unexpected family visit. Dark forces linger.
System: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Ed
Players: Stork, Kimi, CADave, Tyler.
NOTICE: Our actual play episodes are UNEDITED. This session will contain interruptions, tangents, breaks for food, etc.
If you haven’t check out Tyler’s other podcast, Your Book is Why Daddy Drinks, you should. Each month this intrepid band of podcasts tackle one horrible novel and review it. Hilarity ensues.
Show Notes! We welcome Curtis (DT Pints on our forum). We revisit the topic of on-line gaming, the domination of Google + Hangouts, Roll20.net and where on line gaming is going.
Rabbiddoggie writes in to discuss how he’s rekindled an old campaign with (mostly) new players. Riff writes in to ask which game he should run, considering the fact that his players want to run one, and he wants to run something else.
Trent writes in to tell us about Monster Hearts and asks about complicating the PC’s lives in a social setting. Yehuda writes in with a question about his Edge of the Empire game.
Slye writes in to spend a bit of time defending DnD4e. And Tom the Pedantic writes in to describe how he brought back an old retired PC as an NPC.
Show Notes! We discuss sources of inspiration for story hooks. Oscar writes in to ask about RPG gift ideas, and suggests Tenra Bansho Zero. Jimbo Hawkins writes in to caution about the honor mechanic in Legends of the Five Rings. He also suggests an NPC repository, which Grant from Saving the Game has already done.
Andreas writes in about a number of topics, but mainly about the tendency of players to play a “unique” character that bends or breaks the main campaign concept. He also recounts a bit about the last Jackercon.
Timothy in Australia writes in about discovering some of his younger relatives are interested in RPGs, and he asks for some GMing tips. Jacob from Alabama writes in with a bizarre dream.
And finally, Bakomusha writes in about the most the most vengeful fat-beard we’ve ever heard of.
Show Notes! Captain Kiwi writes in to ask about balancing his want to run a certain type of game with player agency.
Croano writes in with a brief railroading confession. Michael writes in about the Pathfinder beginner’s box and AC. Eric writes in to urge us to give DnD Next a chance (which we will). PC Slayer asks about the interlude mechanic in Savage Worlds. Peter from Hampshire asked us to talk about player types — this has been tabled for a future episode — though we did cover it in Season 01 Episode 02.
Chris from Osaka writes in with a Gateway 2013 recap, and Karsten from Germany writes in with his latest convention experience there.