HJRP1120 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 20

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Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler and Chris Mais from Kicked in the Dice Bags.

Show Notes! Clockwork Monk writes in about yes, anding and how and when it should be limited. Canadave writes in about running two concurrent, connected Hero system games and our experience with such.

Jimbo Hawkins writes in about GMing a game with a player with impaired sight. Nort writes in with a codependent horror story.

Thanks agin to Chris Mais from Kicked in the Dice Bags for joining us.

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HJRP1119 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 19

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Your hosts: Stu and Stork, and Dan and Wayne from Fear the Boot.

The article Dan mentioned about Social Geek Fallacies.

Listener Jonas’ novel.

Fear the Boot’s speculative fiction anthology, Sojourn.

 

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HJRP1118 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 18

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This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by Crone RPG. Find it on Kickstarter.

Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina

Show Notes! Thank you to our sponsor for this episode, Crone RPG. We discuss what makes a good and useful (for the GM) PC backstory. This topic is spawned from an email from Kyle, who also asks about house rules and mead.

Jerry from Oregon writes in to ask how many games can a GM run. Listener Andrew tells the tale of giving his character more complex motivations and how it plays at his table.

Ed writes in to tell us about a very fun horror game concept (one that many of us will steal, I think). John writes in about Google-fu and RPGs. James from Texas writes in to tell us that we’ve inspired him to try out GMing.

Finally, Francis writes in with a horror story (though it’s really a cautionary tale).

 

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HJRP1117 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 17

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Show Notes! Sorry, it’s faire season.

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HJRP1116 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 16

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HJRP1115 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 15

HJRP1115 – Managing NPCs

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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 RealmworksNote: 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.

 

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HJRP1114 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 14

HJRP1114 – Live at Orccon 2014

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This episode was recorded live at Orccon2014. Thank you to the Strategicon staff for their hospitality.

 

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HJRP1113 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 13

HJRP1113 – with special guests from Fear the Boot

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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.

 

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HJRP1112 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 12

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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.

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INUKAI15 – Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – L5R – Saga of the Inukai Part 2 Session 1

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System: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

GM: Stu

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.

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