Tabletop RPG Discussion & Advice Shows

Happy Jacks RPG has been combining beer, tabletop RPGs and humor to create high quality tabletop RPG content since 2009. We’ve assembled a diverse cast of seasoned entertainers, tabletop RPG experts, and nerds to bring you some of the most engaging tabletop content out there. Our round-table discussions are based on audience submitted emails from all over the world mixed with a healthy serving of alcohol and adult humor! The free-form, unedited nature of the show makes it feel like you are hanging out with friends at your home game or FLGS.

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast

Round Table RPG Talk

Happy Jacks RPG has been combining beer, tabletop RPGs and humor to create high quality tabletop RPG content since 2009. We’ve assembled a diverse cast of seasoned entertainers, tabletop RPG experts, and nerds to bring you some of the most engaging tabletop content out there. Our round-table discussions are based on audience submitted emails from all over the world mixed with a healthy serving of alcohol and adult humor! The free-form, unedited nature of the show makes it feel like you are hanging out with friends at your home game or FLGS.

Each show is complete unto itself, so you can start with any episode that catches your eye. The Backlog is optional.

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Watch on Youtube (Season 17 on)

Individual Episodes:

GM Briefing

GM Briefing

GMing Advice

A limited solo show by Stu.

Individual Episodes:

 

 


Tabletop RPG Actual Plays

We have been recording actual play podcasts since 2012. In that time our games have gone through many changes, including massive updates to our recording studio, a huge variety of players, and the eventual addition of video streaming the games to our previously podcast only format. Our APs are unedited, but have some of the best role players and GMs you will ever see (or hear!) in action. If you are looking for shows that make you feel like you are sitting at the table with friends, look no further!

 

Current Actual Play Shows
Gene X

Gene X

Cortex Prime

Across the world tensions increase between X’s, those with special abilities, and normals. The normal people are afraid of what X’s can do, and that they will be written out of the history of the human race. In the UK, retribution and reprisals are on the rise, and incidents of violence occur with growing frequency.

System: Cortex Prime

GMs: JiB
Players: Jim, Kimi, Michael, Aabria

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:

Border Lands: Blood, Blade & Tusk

Border Lands: Blood, Blade & Tusk

Moment of Truth

In medieval Europe, religion rules human civilization. However, the sudden appearance of orcs from their subterranean civilization has forced dramatic changes on society. Are the orcs creatures of the devil, a sign that Ragnarok has come, or just another race of beings trying to survive?

System: Moment of Truth

GMs: Stu
Players: Aabria, Stork, Samantha, Gina

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:

The Kintsugi Chronicles

Legend of the Five Rings: 4th Edition

The war between the Great Clans continues and there is evidence of the Shadowlands corruption influencing powerful figures in many families. The Inukai family of the Crane Clan have accepted a group of ronin into their family and sent them forth to stop the corruption. Will they be able to collect the dangerous tainted weapons known as the Lion’s Claws and help repair the rifts between the broken shards of the Emerald Empire?

System: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

GMs: Stu
Players: Kimi, CA Dave, Stork, Jim

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:

Carefree High

Carefree High

Monsterhearts 2

As a blazing sun beats down outside, students of Carefree High shuffle to fill the school halls, all of them warring with the normal awakening sexuality of youth. Yet in the crowd there are a few feeling something no normal teenagers should…something monstrous.

System: Monsterhearts 2

GMs: Mac, Adam
Players: Joey, Gina, Tappy, Mac, Adam

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:

Happy Jacks One-Shots

Happy Jacks One-Shots

Variety of Systems

ONE-SHOTS! Driven by the whims of the Happy Jacks crew, these games are (usually) self contained into one session. They often have guest players and GMs and are ALWAYS a lot of fun!

System: MANY! Each one is different!

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One Shot Episodes:

ShadowCon

ShadowCon

Variety of Systems

ShadowCon – A show of one-shots and mini-campaigns in different systems! You never know who will show up!

You’ve come here because you’d heard of it, and you’ve been on this trip, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a  convention that does not exist. Who knows when it all came to light? Maybe from pieces of a conversation you weren’t even supposed to hear, or a tip from a friend of a friend. But, yeah, this place exists and it’s got tabletop RPGs! All kinds! With d6s and d20s, sure, but there’s percentiles and maybe even d3s or fudge dice. The games are old favorites, new playtests, betas, ashcans and more. There are usually a few sessions to help with working it all out and make sure a story is told. And now, friend, you are at the door and you cracked the password! Tell the bartender to pull from the top shelf, because you’re in! You’ve found ShadowCon!

 

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ShadowCon Podcast Episodes:

 

All Actual Plays

Games are listed alphabetically by system.

Cortex

Gene X

Gene X

Cortex Prime

Across the world tensions increase between X’s, those with special abilities, and normals. The normal people are afraid of what X’s can do, and that they will be written out of the history of the human race. In the UK, retribution and reprisals are on the rise, and incidents of violence occur with growing frequency.

System: Cortex Prime

GMs: JiB
Players: Jim, Kimi, Michael, Aabria

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:


Dungeons & Dragons

Eldemy

Eldemy

D&D 5th Edition

A band of orcs and humans navigate the dangerous fantasy world in which they live.

System: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

GM: Stu
Players: Tyler, Bill, Kimi, Bruce, Kris

This game was recorded before we started streaming!

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Eldemy Episodes:

Desert of Despair

Desert of Despair

D&D 5th Edition

In world still recovering from a devastating war, a small island on the fringe of civilization becomes the focal point for a new invasion. Can our heroes stop this new danger before it gains the momentum it needs to sink Eberron into another age of violence and tyranny?

System: Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition

GM: Jason
Players: Rob, Gina, JiB, Kimi

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Desert of Despair Episodes:


GURPS

The Darknet

The Darknet

GURPS 4th Edition

Plugging into The Net is part of everyday life. People use it to work, shop, socialize and go to school, but some people use it to push the limits, break the law, and get rich. These people tap into the underbelly of the massive online virtual reality program, where the monitoring programs and firewalls can’t go. They rule the Darknet.

** This game is only available on video stream. Enjoy it on Youtube!

System: GURPS

GM: Mook
Players: Elspeth, Bill, Kimi, Tyler


Legend of the Five Rings

The Kintsugi Chronicles

Legend of the Five Rings: 4th Edition

The war between the Great Clans continues and there is evidence of the Shadowlands corruption influencing powerful figures in many families. The Inukai family of the Crane Clan have accepted a group of ronin into their family and sent them forth to stop the corruption. Will they be able to collect the dangerous tainted weapons known as the Lion’s Claws and help repair the rifts between the broken shards of the Emerald Empire?

System: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

GMs: Stu
Players: Kimi, CA Dave, Stork, Jim

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:

Dissension

Dissension

Fantasy Flight Games L5R Beta

It is a time of chaos. The Lion and Dragon Clans have declared war upon the Crane and Mantis. Now all the Great Clans are at war.The fighting was bloody and costly, but the Emperor has a plan to end the fighting, and it involves a minor, troublesome minor family nestled in the Asai Valley, far in Crane territory…

This story is connected to our Saga of the Inukai campaign, but takes place a few generations later and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice re-rolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Fantasy Flight Games – Legend of the Five Rings Beta

GM: Stu
Players: Stork, CADave, Kimi

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Dissension Episodes:

Saga of the Inukai

Saga of the Inukai

Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

Members of the Crane Clan face the powers of darkness. The first game in our shared-universe series of L5R games.

System: Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition

GM: Stu
Players: Stork, CADave, Tyler, Kimi

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Saga of the Inukai Episodes:


Moment of Truth

Border Lands: Blood, Blade & Tusk

Border Lands: Blood, Blade & Tusk

Moment of Truth

In medieval Europe, religion rules human civilization. However, the sudden appearance of orcs from their subterranean civilization has forced dramatic changes on society. Are the orcs creatures of the devil, a sign that Ragnarok has come, or just another race of beings trying to survive?

System: Moment of Truth

GMs: Stu
Players: Aabria, Stork, Samantha, Gina

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Carefree High Podcast Episodes:

Vast Dominions

Vast Dominions

Moment of Truth

The age of steam meets space exploration in Stu’s Moment of Truth system. This is a playtest of an unfinished version of the system.

System: Moment of Truth Beta

GM: Stu
Players: Samantha, Kimi, Gina, JiB, CA Dave

Watch sessions 4-11 on Youtube! Sessions 1-3 are only available as podcasts.

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Palladium

Dead Reign: Sponsored by Palladium Books

Dead Reign: Sponsored by Palladium Books

Dead Reign® RPG

Two angry sisters, a mechanic and an old guy with a dog try to survive the zombie apocalypse. This actual play mini-series was sponsored by the awesome people at Palladium Books!

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice rerolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Dead Reign

GM: Stu and CADave
Players: Rob, Gina, Kimi, Steven

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Dead Reign Episodes:


Powered by the Apocalypse

Carefree High

Carefree High

Monsterhearts 2

As a blazing sun beats down outside, students of Carefree High shuffle to fill the school halls, all of them warring with the normal awakening sexuality of youth. Yet in the crowd there are a few feeling something no normal teenagers should…something monstrous.

System: Monsterhearts 2

GMs: Mac, Adam
Players: Joey, Gina, Tappy, Mac, Adam

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Revelations

Revelations

Demigods PBTA

The first campaign in the Demigods PBTA setting, run by author Jason Mills! Four young demigods are trying to make their way in modern day Los Angeles. They have it all: looks, brains, phenomenal cosmic powers… if only their parents (and many other gods) would butt out! 

System: Demigods – Powered by the Apocalypse by Jason Mills

GM: Jason Mills
Players: Aabria, Adam, Kimi, Samantha

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Revelations Episodes:

Interpol X

Interpol X

Monster of the Week

All across the planet, evil is lurking beneath the surface of everyday life. While some hunt the world’s monsters on their own, INTERPOL has assembled a unique and unlikely team of investigators to respond to “Grey Notices,” threats of an unexplained nature. The XRT–Extranormal Response Team–traverses the globe, confronting the demons and beasts that no one else can bear to face.

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice rerolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Monster of the Week PBTA

GM: Adam
Players: Jason, Mike, Kimi, Jessica, Sam

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Interpol X Episodes:

Just us #Heroes

Just us #Heroes

Masks: A New Generation

A superhero roleplaying game in which a team of young heroes fights villains, saves lives, and tried to figure out who they are—noble paragons? Dark avengers? Or just regular kids trying to get a date for prom? All against the backdrop of Halcyon City, the greatest city in the world.

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice re-rolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Masks – A New Generation

GM: JiB
Players: Jason, Gina, CADave, Kimi

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Just Us #Heroes Episodes:


Savage Worlds

The Spaniard’s Ghost

The Spaniard’s Ghost

Pirates of the Spanish Main

Swashbuckling fun with Captain Black’s crazy crew! Follow the crew of the pirate ship Siren’s Song as they ply the seas in search of plunder and adventure.

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic for its first few sessions, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice re-rolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Savage Worlds – Pirates of the Spanish Main

GM: JiB
Players: Gina, Joey, Kurt, Maire

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The Spaniard’s Ghost Episodes:

The Tomorrow Legion

The Tomorrow Legion

Savage Worlds Rifts

Prepare yourself for a railgun-shredding, mega-powered magic flinging journey into a post-post-apocalyptic world where supernatural horrors vie with technological empires for mastery of the world. In the battle for survival the Tomorrow Legion brings together the greatest, the bravest, and the craziest to stand against an infinity of threats. They stand for a better future than the past they’ve known.

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice re-rolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Savage Worlds Rifts

GM: CADave
Players: Samantha, Stu, Kimi, Bill, Nick

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Tomorrow Legion Episodes:

Sturmgeist

Sturmgeist

Savage Worlds Deluxe

A mismatched group assembled by a shadowy organization called, the Global Security Agency, and they are sent to trouble spots to deal with Nazi schemes to capture artifacts of historical and religious significance.

System: Savage Worlds

GM: JiB
Players:

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Ghostbusters: Los Angeles

Ghostbusters: Los Angeles

Savage Worlds One-Shot

A Savage Worlds one-shot! The hapless employees of the newly established Ghostbusters International are opening a Los Angeles franchise. It’s all fun and games until they get in way, way over their heads at the happiest place on earth…

This was the first actual play that we ever recorded! It has some incredible game play, but has some ambient noise since it was not recorded in our fancy new studio. We hope you enjoy the fun feel of joining us at our home gaming table!

Listen to the Podcast

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Tales from the Loop

Insert Coin

Insert Coin

Tales from the Loop

Step into the alternate ’80s universe created by sci-fi artist Simon Stålenhag in this retro RPG, in the vein of ET and Stranger Things. Boulder City, Nevada is a small town with a lot of big ideas.  The Department of Advanced Research into Teleportation runs one of the most advanced facilities for scientific research in the world.  The four kids growing up there know that it’s just home. There are always stories about odd things going on out there in the desert, but it’s 1982 so most parents don’t really consider the world a dangerous place and kids stay out with their friends until the streetlights come on.  Let’s see what mystery finds them and how they deal with the pressure of growing up and experiencing the weird at the same time!

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic for its first six sessions, which allowed live viewers to purchase dice rerolls for players. We eventually removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Tales from the Loop

GM: CADave
Players: Jason, Nick, Samantha, Mac

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Insert Coin Episodes:


Traveller

Star Wars: The Imperial March

Star Wars: The Imperial March

Star Wars Traveller

The first campaign run in the Star Wars setting of Mongoose Traveller, created by Bill Roper. Download the PDF for free! The Galactic Empire thrives under the absolute control of EMPEROR PALPATINE. The Jedi have been all but destroyed. Those who remain alive are in hiding or being hunted down. DARTH VADER and his 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers are powerful, but rumors of a growing rebellion persist. Vader’s might must be reinforced with the acquisition of vital intelligence and information. To this end, an elite cadre of mercenaries and a promising dark adept are summoned to the Imperial City on Coruscant for an audience with Emperor Palpatine…

** This is one of our earliest actual plays. It is a great story but may not sound as clear as the later aps that were recorded in our studio.

System: Star Wars Mongoose Traveller

GM: Bill
Players: Stu,

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Vampire & World of Darkness

Hollowed Plains

Hollowed Plains

Vampire: The Dark Ages

An uneasy quiet has descended over most of Europe. It is 1242, according to the Julian calendar, and the great threat of the Mongol Hordes have suddenly packed up and disappeared. In their wake, as they retreat from a fight they were most decidedly winning on all counts, they leave only barren wasteland behind. Sides have been drawn up, creating fragile alliances and an equally precarious temporary truce. In the middle of these divided factions lies the fertile plains of Poland, whose greatest city, Kraków, was all but destroyed by the Mongols. Picking up the pieces, the threat now is the ancient rivals on all sides, who stare at each other across Hollow Plains.

**This game used our streaming “Help A Player” mechanic which allowed live viewers to purchase dice rerolls for players. We later removed this mechanic after feedback from the Happy Jacks community.

System: Vampire – The Dark Ages

GM: Kurt
Players: Stu, Gina, Jib, Maire

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Razor Ridge

Razor Ridge

Werewolf: The Wild West

Yeeehaaaw! A pack of werewolves face the unpredictable challenges of the wild west! The year is 1874, and the place is the small town of Razor Ridge. It might seem like another broken down border town, but it harbors a secret: werewolves!

System: Werewolf – The Wild West 

GM: Mac
Players: Nick, Samantha, Steven, Jessie

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Razor Ridge Episodes:

Kindred One

Kindred One

Vampire: The Masquerade One Shot

A one shot adventure that takes place in the same world as our Mote of Sin game. The players all created new characters for this stand-alone adventure!

System: Vampire – The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition

GM: Stu
Players: Samantha, Kimi, Mac, Jessie

Listen to this Game

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Mote of Sin

Mote of Sin

Vampire: The Masquerade

A group of young vampires are trying to survive a budding vampire democracy, but they face dangers and many ancient forces that do not like change.

System: Vampire – The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition

GM: Stu
Players: Stork, Tim, Samantha, Kimi, Mac, Jessie

This campaign started as a podcast before we built our streaming studio. The videos start at session #18!

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Mote of Sin Episodes: