RPG Advice Show

Our weekly round-table discussions are based on submitted emails from all over the world, mixed with a healthy serving of 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.

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Podcast Episode List:

HJRP2817 Charisma, Appearance and Homebrewing

hjrp2817 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in about good looks and homebrewing. ...

HJRP2816 Running Away and Experience

hjrp2816 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt In This Episode: Sean from Just Outside Washington DC writes in about running away and experience.   ...

HJRP2815 Railroading and Intraparty Violence

hjrp2815 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Christopher Grey In this Episode: Sean from outside DC sends us an email on railroading and PC vs PC violence. ...

HJRP2814 Spies, Props, Printing Presses

hjrp2814 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt and Stork In this Episode: We discuss RPG elevator advice, Leatherneck sends us an email about spies at the table, Curt sends a dispatch about Jackercon 2021, which will be held on the Jackercon Discord. ...

HJRP2813 More On Convention Games

hjrp2813 Andreas writes in about convention games. ...

HJRP2812 Con Games that Fill, World Building and Advice

hjrp2812 Devon from Portland sends us a report and a question. We begin a world building exercise. ...

HJRP2811

hjrp2811 Your Hosts: Stu, Christopher, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: James from New Zealand asks for some lessons learned from pandemic gaming.  Joe from Cambridge writes in with a quick question. And another Kurt sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2810 Physics in Fantastic Session, Leading Questions

hjrp2810 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy In this Episode: Corbin writes in about physics in fantastic settings. And Derk writes in about leading questions and when they’re railroady. ...

HJRP2809 Wallflowers, Tropes, Horror

hjrp2809 In this Episode: Davi (Dah-Vee) writes in about PC leadership and RPing with wall flowers. Ben from Texas writes in about GM fall back tropes. And Erica Odd sends us a horror story (really a GM confession, I think). ...

YUMA04 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play, Yuma Station, Mongoose Traveller

yuma04 Campaign: Yuma Station | System: Traveller | GM: Bill | Players: Clara, J., CADave, Samantha | Info: This is a time of galactic exploration. Travellers make their way rimward, seeking their fortunes at the edges of known space Rumors of vast riches and ancient tech have drawn our crew to a place called Yuma ...

HJRP2808 Mid-Games, Metahumans and Lovecraftian Horror, Starting a Campaign

hjrp2808 In this Episode: Eric in New Jersey asks about setting up the mid-game.  Tanner sends us an email about Metahumans and Lovecraftian Horror.  Jon in Idaho asks for some advice on starting his next campaign.  ...

HJRP2807 Minis, Tropes, Horror

hjrp2807 Your Hosts: Stu, Moe, Bill, Tappy In this Episode: Greg in Virginia writes in about minis in RPGs.  Ken writes in about GMing Tropes. And Muddyboots in NYC sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2806 GM Inspiration, Artificial Gravity, Bears, etc.

Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, In This Episode: Dave in DC writes in about GM inspiration. And Andreas writes in about artificial gravity, bears and other stuff. ...

HJRP2805 GM Tropes, Wish Pact Conundrum

hjrp2805 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In This Episode: Brian in Osaka writes in about his post-apocalypse game and tropes GMs overuse. And Adam in Utah writes in about a wish/pact conundrum. ...

HJRP2804 Strategicon, Social Skills and Horror

hjrp2804 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Jim, Eric and Kurt In This Episode: We discuss next weekend’s online Orccon 2021. Go to Strategicon.net for information. Chris from Scotland revisits our social skills debate. We talk about Kurt’s kickstarter for Lighthearted RPG. And Alervant sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2803 Science Fiction, Play Yourself, Game Pitch

hjrp2803 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this episode: We discuss science fiction settings, Taylor writes in about a play yourself success story, and Mke in PA writes in about writing a good game pitch ...

HJRP2802 Online Groove, Flashbacks, Non-RP-RPG

hjrp2802 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Katie, Kurth In This Episode: Jonas writes in about finding his online gaming groove.  Dave from DC writes in about Flashbacks. ...

HJRP2801 First Impressions, Heroes and Magic, Play Styles

hjrp2801 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Kurt In this Episode: Jo Lene writes in about L5R Clans and how your initial exposure to the game colors your perception of it. Ed from MN writes in about Heroes, Religion and Magic.  MJ writes in with a correction about APs and play styles.  ...

HJRP2720 Flashbacks, Pacing, Confessions

hjrp2720 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: James from 1d4 Podcast writes in about flashbacks.  MRCJ writes in about pacing.  And Graf sends a thank you and a confession.  ...

HJRP2719 Remote Player, Character Personality and Compatibility

hjrp2719 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kurt Show Notes: Trenchworks writes in with clarifications about his remote player dilemma. MJ in Georgia writes in about PC personalities and group compatibility. We also discuss a couple other things, including a hopefully spoiler-free discussion of The Mandalorian. Special thank you to New Holland Brewing Co for their care package ...

HJRP2718 Cursed Newspapers, L5R and Multi-System Games

hrjp2718 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Dave in DC writes in about a Con Game with a Cursed Newspaper. Simon in London writes in about multi-clan L5R games. Iain from the UK writes in about a multi-system game.    ...

HJRP2717 GMing, Clans, Horror

hjrp2717 Your Hosts: Stu, Jim Ryan, Stork Jim (otherdoc on Twitter) hosts RPG Actual Plays on Twitch. You can find his other projects at his webpage. In this Episode: Dave in DC sends an email about convention GMing and a question. Jo Lene asks about clans in Vampire vs Legend of the 5 Rings. And anonymous sends a horror ...

HJRP2716 Dragon Eggs, Different Groups, Murder Hobos

hjrp2716 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt, Stork In this Episode: Jon writes in saying, “Help! I have the party a dragon egg. Now what!?” Ken R writes in about differing gaming groups.  Jonas sends an email about being a murder hobo in moder settings.  ...

HJRP2715 Dice Rant and an Epically Long Email – Revised

hjrp2715 Your Hosts: Stu, Emily and Tappy In This Episode: Axel from the UK sends us a rant on dice, and Friar Gregg sends us an epically long email. ...

HJRP2714 Intelligence, Command, Safety

hjrp2714 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt, Stork In This Episode: Axel writes in about intelligence as a stat. Andreas writes in about games with a command structure. And JoCrack chimes in on safety tools. ...

HJRP2713 Remote Players,

hjrp2713 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, Tyler, Stork In this Episode: Trenchworks writes in about playing a mixed in-person/remote game.  Ben from Texas writes in about XP for failure. Jo Crack writes in about online dice rollers.  And Jonas writes in about a game with is son. ...

HJRP2712 Red Herrings, Commitment, Memories

hjrp2712 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Steve in SoCal writes in about red herrings.  Scott writes in about levels of commitments to gaming.  And Erica Odd sends a bittersweet email. ...

HJRP2711 Episodic Games, Animal Companions, Pick-up Game Phobia, Crunch

hjrp2711 Your Hosts: Stu, Claire, Clara, Stork In this Episode: Andrew writes in about episodic games with a background arc.  Derk writes in about Animal Companions.  Byron writes in about his Pick-up-Game phobia.  Eric from New Jersey writes in about teaching a crunchy system with online gaming.  ...

HJRP2709 TPKs and PC Death, GM Appreciation, Safety Tools, Horror

hjrp2709 Your Host: Stu, Stork, Tyler, ProbieTim In this Episode: Ryan from Jacksonville writes in about a TPK and PC death.  Mogen from Denmark writes in about GM appreciation, or the lack thereof.  Axel from the UK asks about introducing safety tools to a group that is previously unaware of them.  And then Ryan sends a GURPS-related horror story.   ...

HJRP2708 Intelligence is not a Stat, Published Adventures, Who Cares About Initiative?

hjrp2708 In this Episode: Joel from Missouri says that Intelligence is not a stat. Uri from On the shoulders of Dwarves defends published adventures. Toby from Atlanta asks why Initiative is a thing. Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Heavy Metal Jess, Kurt ...

HJRP2707 Smart Players and Dumb Characters, Well Actually, Upsides of Virtual Gaming

hjrp2707 Your Hosts: Stu, Tyler, Stork In this Episode:  Erica Odd writes in about smart players playing dumb characters and vice versa. Kairaku sends a well-actually for Stork. And Just Another Busy Drone asks for some upsides on virtual gaming. If you’re interested in Stu’s book go to stuvenable.com/mandeight01 for the Amazon page. If you want ...

HJRP2706 Influential Players, Questions, Fatigue

hjrp2706 In This Episode: Muddy Boots from New York would like to say thanks to someone who changed the way he plays. Polishogr8 sends us a plethora of questions. Dillon is worn down by a player switching PCs. Your hosts: Stu, Christopher Grey and Stork. ...

HJRP2705 Character Advancement, Sandbox Troubles, Helplessness

hjrp2705 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in about character advancement and what should drive it. GettyOwlMark is having sandbox troubles. And Rufus has a question about helplessness in gaming and life.  ...

HJRP2704 Peaceful Cities, Good and Evil, Horror

hjrp2704 Your Hosts: Stu, Moe, Christopher and Tappy In This Episode: Adam from Utah writes in about adventuring in a peaceful city. MRCJ sends an email about good and evil. And Muddyboots sends us a horror story. Since this recording, Stu’s novel has gone live on Amazon for both Kindle and print-on-demand paperback. ...

HJRP2703 Online Gaming, Challenging Topics, GMing Exercises

hjrp2703 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Leatherneck writes in about lessons learned from online gaming.  Moe asks about games that address challenging topics.  Ben from Tejas sends us a GMing exercise.  ...

HJRP2702 Safety Tools, Familiars

hjrp2702 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In This Episode: My Friends Call Me Money writes in about safety tools. Alervant has a lot of unused RPG books. Muddyboots asks about familiars. ...

HJRP2701 Game Prep, Maintaining Creativity, GM Confidence

hjrp2701 Your Hosts: Stu, Christopher, Bill, Stork In this Episode: Aaron writes in about online game prep.  Kyle asks how GMs maintain their creative juices (apart from hydration)? Chad (or Greatwyrm) asks how to recover GM confidence after a trainwreck of a session.    ...

HJRP2620 Factions, Fantasy Races, Gaming ADD

hjrp2620 Your Hosts: Stu, Clara, Claire, Stork In This Episode: Andreas writes in about different PC factions. Graf writes in about world building with fantasy races. Andreas writes in about gaming ADD.   ...

HJRP2619 Time, Ideas to Campaigns, GMing Blind

hjrp2619 In this Episode: Ryan from Florida writes in about time. Kurt writes in about how he turned one random idea into a campaign. And Mike writes in about playing and GMing blind.  ...

HJRP2618 Prices, Preferences, Conventions, Adventures

hjrp2618 Your Hosts: Stu, Bill, Tomes, Tappy In this Episode: Andreas sends us some thoughts on game prices and PC preference.  Joe Crack sends us his comments on GMing at conventions.  And Jonas asks about pre-written adventures. ...

HJRP2617 Disease, Virtual Gaming, Secrets and Agendas

hjrp2617 In this Episode:  Andrew asks about making disease scary without ruining your game.  Weaslecreature writes in about virtual gaming.  Uncommonman writes in about secrets, agendas and PVP.  ...

HJRP2616 Secrets, House Ruling, Prep

hjrp2616 Your Hosts: Stu, Emily and Rev from thecritshowpodcast.com In this Episode: Lee writes in about keeping secrets from other players.  Ed from Minnesota sends us a message about house ruling.  And Jeff asks about game prep.   ...

HJRP2615 Con Game Pregens, GMing Exercise, Storing Digital Content and GM Lessons Learned

hjrp2615 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Clara, Joey In this Episode: Out of print GM sends us some convention pregens and asks for feedback.  Uncommonman sends us another GMing exercise.  HeavyMetal Jess writes in about storing digital content and a GM lesson learned ...

HJRP2614 NPCs, Question, Hobby

hjrp2614 Your Hosts: Stu, Jameson, Tappy In this Episode: Chris from New Jersey asks how a GM, who isn’t an actor, make NPCs seem real. EricaOdd writes in with an RPG question taken from real life.  Nick sends us an audio message about supporting the RPG hobby.  ...

HJRP2613 Throw-Away NPCs, DnD Bias, Convention Story

hjrp2613 Your hosts: Stu, Clara, Stork In this Episode: Erin from NorCal sends us a conundrum about a throw-away NPC. Juho from Finland asks about DnD bias. JimTo sends us a convention story. ...

HJRP2612 Court Games, Questions, Murder

hjrp2612 Your hosts: Stu, Teri, Stork In this Episode: MRCJ has some advice for Court games.  Shawn from Silver Springs sends us a couple questions.  “I Murdered a Character” from Vyrrk.  ...

HJRP2611 Useless Skills, Horror, Interesting Combat

hjrp2611 This episode is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com, introducing their new Kickstarter, aluminum elven design dice. Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in saying we must stop consuming alcohol! Ben from Texas writes in about giving the players reasons to not fall asleep.  And Zach sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2610 Divine Intervention, Monster of the Week, Playing Characters Outside the Game

hjrp2610 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In This Episode: Ben from Texas writes in about divine intervention. Anonymous sends a question about Monster of the Week. Steve from Atlanta writes in about playing characters outside of the game. And Alverant writes in about his RPG group preferences. ...

HJRP2609 Updates on Shows, GMing Horror

hjrp2609 This is just a quick update. DNC writes in about GMing horror. ...

HJRP2608 Systems You Can’t Make Work, Music and Inspiration, Horror

hjrp2608 Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Tappy In this Episode: Axel writes in about systems you can’t get to work. MRCJ sends us an email about music and campaign inspiration. And Davio sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2607 Getting Players to Role Play, GMing Exercise, Horror

hjrp2607 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Joey. In this Episode: Jonathan from Spanaway asks how to get players to role play. Uncommonman sends us another GMing exercise. Kosta from Adelaide sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2606 Live from Orccon 2020

hjrp2606 Live from Orccon 2020. Thank you to the Strategicon staff and volunteers for allowing us to take over the auditorium for the show! ...

IDOLON07 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play, Idolon Academy, Masks

idolon07 Campaign: Idolon Academy | System: Masks: A New Generation | GM: Kimi | Players: Adam, Aabria, Emily, Jason | Info: Idolon Academy is a top-secret school for training young superheroes. Students dedicate their lives to mastering their powers and learning to save the world, but Idolon requires they survive their hardest challenge yet regular ...

HJRP2604 Backstories, Organization, Pacing

hjrp2604 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi In This Episode: Jeremy in Missouri writes in about PC backstories. John from Iowa asks about GMing with One Note. Andreas writes in about game pacing and pick-up-and-play games. ...

HJRP2603 Rainbow Railroading Kickoff, Court Games and a Comic Book Store Story

hjrp2603 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: We kick off our fundraiser, Rainbow Railroading 2020, for Rainbow Railroad. This organization helps get LGBTQIA+ people in hostile countries to safety. If you’d like to donate, go to happyjacks.org/rainbow. We’re streaming six games, starting now, until 8pm on Saturday, January 25. Watch them at happyjacks.org/live. Andrew writes ...

HJRP2601 FFG/FFI Closures? Leveling and Abilities, Horror

hjrp2601 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Jason In this Episode: Len from Miami writes in about Fantasy Flight Games. Joshua from Canada writes in about leveling and acquiring new abilities. Leatherneck writes in with a horror story.  Links: Gamasutra article on FFI/FFG. Wikipedia on FFG. ...

HJRP2520 Spell Based vs Free Form Magic, GMing Exercise, Too In To Character

hjrp2520 Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Stork, Jason In this Episode: Mixing spell-based and free-form magic systems.  Uncommonman sends us another GMing exercise.  JimTo writes in about a player getting a little too in to his character.  ...

HJRP2519 PC Death, Backstory, Show

hjrp2519 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Pooja In this Episode: Jonas asks How do you handle a player who can’t handle PC death? Niklas asks: What’s the right amount of backstory? And Greg in Virginia asks a question about the show.  ...

HJRP2518 Random Stats vs Standard Arrays, Campaign Structure, Deadliness and Perception

hjrp2518 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Pooja, Stork In this Episode: Mogens in Denmark writes in about random chargen vs. standard arrays. Derk writes in about campaign structure. Ben from Texas asks “is deadliness in a game really about perception?”   ...

IDOLON03 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play, Idolon Academy, Masks

idolon03 Campaign: Idolon Academy | System: Masks: A New Generation | GM: Kimi | Players: Tappy, Aabria, Emily, Jason | Info: Idolon Academy is a top-secret school for training young superheroes. Students dedicate their lives to mastering their powers and learning to save the world, but Idolon requires they survive their hardest challenge yet regular ...

HJRP2517 Pick up and play games, difficult systems, GM and player disagreement

hjrp2517 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: GM Radio Rob writes in on Pick-up-and-play games.  Eric from NJ sends us an update and question on difficult systems And Davio writes in with a GM/player philosophical disagreement.  ...

HJRP2516 Mongoose Traveller 2nd Ed, Exodus Campaign Debrief

hjrp2516 Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Stork, Kimi, Joey Show Notes: In this episode, we debrief our Mongoose Traveller 2nd Edition game, Exodus. Regular episodes return next week. ...

HJRP2515 RPG Opinions, RPGs with IPs and an RPG Gold Standard

hjrp2515 Your Hosts: Kimi, Kurt, Maire and Tappy In this Episode:  Andy from Germany wants some opinions. Christopher has some things to say on RPGs with IPs. Bill in Ann Arbor asks about personal Gold Standards in RPGs. ...

HJRP2514 Clockwise Court Deconstruction, GMing Exercises, Horror

hjrp2514 Yeah, I call the episode 25-15, it isn’t. Stu Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Jim, Clara, Jason In this Episode: We deconstruct the just-ended Clockwise Court campaign. Uncommon Man sends us some GMing exercises. And the Dude from Idaho sends us a GM horror story. ...

HJRP2513 Merits of Failure, Fudging, GM Screens, Horror

hjrp2513 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Tomes In this Episode: Axel from the UK writes in about the merits of failure. Hivemynd has discovered the joys of non-hippie GMing. Greg in Virginia Beach sends a Horror Story and then another Horror Story dealing with the first one.  ...

HJRP2512 Good Session Zero, Why We Game, Cruch and Fluff?!

hjrp2512 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina In this Episode: Taurelin asks what makes a good Session Zero. Ed from Florida (nee Minn) asks why we game. Ben from Texas tried to resurrect the Cruch vs Fluff debate.   ...

HJRP2511 Deadly DnD Combat, Interesting Combat, Confession and Triumph

hjrp2511 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason In this Episode: John from Iowa asks how to run a more deadly DnD combat. Andreas from Sweden asks how to make combats more interesting. Draylee 88 sends a GM confession/triumph. ...

HJRP2510 Genres of Gameplay, Advice, Abusive GMs, Choose Your Own Topic

hjrp2510 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi In this Episode: Ryan writes in about ‘genres’ of games.  Useless Trivia Man asks for some advice for an upcoming game. Alervant sends a followup about the abusive GM.  Andy from Germany sends us a Choose Your Own Show Topic/Adventure.    ...

HJRP2509 Picking Apart 32-Year-Old Stu’s Article, SciFi vs Fantasy, Existing IPs

hjrp2509 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss a GMing tips article Stu wrote in 1998. Len from Miami chimes in on SciFi vs Fantasy. Eric from NJ writes in about gaming in existing IPs.   ...

HJRP2508 Time Keeping, Changing Systems, Horror

hjrp2508 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Moe In this Episode: Ryan writes in about time records and meaningful campaings.  Eric from NJ writes in about changing systems. LLamasu sends us a horror story.  ...

HJRP2507 Getting Into Character’s Headspace, PC Harassment, RPG Small Talk

hjrp2507 In this Episode: Rav writes in about getting into a character’s headspace. Alverant sends us an update about the sexual harassment of his PC. Uncommon Man asks about RPG Small Talk.  Hey! We’re getting low on emails. If you have a story, a question or anything else, please email us at happyjacksrpg@gmail.com   ...

HJRP2506 Canceling a Campaign, the Gaming Landscape, Collaboration

hjpr2506 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Jason In this Episode: Doggos asks when to cancel a campaign. MRCJ writes in about the changing gaming landscape. Andreas writes in about collaboration. ...

HJRP2505 Fantasy vs Sci Fi, GM Horror Story, Young Players and Murder Hoboism

hjrp2505 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Sam from Lakewood asks about the difference between SciFi and Fantasy games. EricaOdd writes in about become her own GM horror story! Rufus writes in about converting an 8-year-old Murder Hobo. ...

HJRP2504 Live from Gateway 2019

This is one of our live shows recorded at Gateway2019. If you’d like information about our local conventions, you can go to strategicon.net.   ...

HJRP2503 PCs as Big Bad, HIPPA and GMing, Email Based RPGs

hjrp2503 This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. Check out their Reversible Self-Standing Microfiber Dice Bags. In this Episode: Ian from the UK writes in about a PC-turned-big-bad VY writes in about the HIPPA friendly GM issue.  And Alan from Knoxville ask for email/text based RPG advice.  ...

HJRP2502 Depth and Immersion, Classes, Sundry Topics

hjrp2502 Your hosts: Stu, Jim and Stork In this Episode: Joe from the Imperium Inlandus writes in about depth and immersion.  Niklas asks “Am I a Necromancer?”  And Tiamattinen writes in on sundry topics. ...

HJRP2501 Character Sexual Harassment, Unsolicited Dice Rolls, Organized Play

hjrp2501 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: Alervant writes in about the sexual harassment of a PC. Ryan4Flan writes in about players making unsolicited dice rolls. And David in Tampa chimes in on the flaw of organized play.   ...

HJRP2420 Co-GMing, Wild Talents, Jackercon

hjrp2420 Your Hosts: Kimi, Joey and Storky. In this Episode: Byron writes in about co-GMing. Michael writes in with a Wild Talents question. And Vyrrk writes in about Jackercon.   ...

HJRP2419 Encouraging Young GMs, Dealing With Teens, Choosing to Fail

hjrp2419 Our 10th Anniversary! (which we almost forgot…) Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Bevin writes in about fostering a next-generation GM. Drayle88 writes in about the case of the teenage edgelordling.  Ben from Texas throws in his two cents about players choosing to fail.    ...

HJRP2418 Player Engagement During Combat, Non Gaming Table Issues, GM SO Syndrome

hjrp2418 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Kurt In this Episode: ZombieHeart asks for help maintaining player engagement during combat. A HIPPA-minded GM asks about non-gaming issues at the table. Davio asks about the GM’s SO Syndrome. ...

HJRP2417 Sympathetic Villains, Villainous Heroes, Success and Horror

hjrp2417 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Jorn from Sweden writes in about sympathetic villains and villainous heroes. Axel in the UK sends us a success story. And Eric from NJ sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2416 Failing Intentionally, PC Player Knowledge, the Otherworldly

hjpr2416 Yours Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Corbin Twa writes in about players intentionally failing dice rolls.  Joe Crack writes in about Player vs Character knowledge. Steve in SoCal  discusses playing otherworldly beings.  ...

HJRP2415 Returning to GMing, Polling the Hosts, Being a Good Player

hjrp2415 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Mattison asks for tips as he’s returning to GMing after a long while. Eric from New Jersey polls the hosts. And Simon from London sends suggestions for being a good player. ...

HJRP2414 PVP, Math, Progression

hjrp2414 Your hosts: Stu, Pooja, Tappy In this Episode: Vyrrk writes in about PVP at a con game. Byron writes in about math in RPGs. And Ryan writes in about character progression and engagement. ...

HJRP2413 Player and Character Knowledge, Decompressing

hjrp2413 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Andreas writes in about character vs player knowledge. Christopher Grey send a confession. Chris from Scotland asks how to unwind after an intense game. ...

HJRP2412 Tactics and Theater of the Mind, DnD and New Players, GMing and Charity

hjpr2412 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this episode: Andreas writes in about tactical option for theater of the mind gaming. Jonas writes in about DnD and new players. Eric from NJ writes in about an idea that won’t leave him alone. ...

HJRP2411 Live from Gamex 2019 Sponsored by Easyrollerdice

hjrp2411 Live from Strategicon’s Gamex 2019. Thank you to the Strategicon staff for their support and hospitality. Thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for sponsoring this episode.   Go to: easyrollerdice.com/giants  to check out their Dice of the Giants Kickstarter. ...

HJRP2410 Character Advancement, Murder Hobos, REVISED

hjrp2410 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Joey In this Episode: Andreas asks “do we need character advancement?” Ryan send thoughts on DnD classes. McWyrm writes in about a 10-year-old murder hobo. ...

HJRP2409 Pyrrhic Successes, Face in DnD, APs and TTRPG

hjrp2409 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Stork In this Episode: We discuss Pyrrhic successes, Kurt writes in about Face characters in DnD. Ryan writes in to ask what effects APs are having on the TTRPG hobby. ...

HJRP2408 DnD Classes, Parting With Game Stuff, Noir, Anniversary

hjrp2408 In this Episode: Midas from Adelaide writes in to defend DnD classes. JimTo asks about parting with game materials and regrets. Joecrack asks, “Is Detective Noir a playable game?” Anniversary wishes. ...

HJRP2407 NPC Crowd Control, Players Driving, Coast-ism

hjrp2407 In this Episode: Steffi in Scotland writes in about NPC crowd control. Ben from Texas suggests letting the players drive. Alex calls us on our coast-ism.   ...

HJRP2406 People of Color in RPGs

hjrp2406 Your hosts: Aabria, Jim, Pooja, and J. In this Episode: Elderman writes in about fantasy races in RPGs and how they’re bad. Fredrix writes in about portrying PCs of color. Eric writes in about his gaming group’s lack of diversity. and Bobcatt asks about a good scenario for first-time players.   ...

HJRP2405 Fan of the PCs, 1d4 Con, Hippie Games

hjrp2405 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Gina In this Episode: Eric from NJ asks “Can the GM be too much of a fan of the PCs?” James writes in about 1d4 Con, which starts May 3rd. And Joe wants to know what Stu thinks a hippie game is. ...

HJRP2404 Exotic Atmospheres, Con Report, Horror

hjrp2404 Your hosts: Stu, Adam, Joey In this episode: Steve from SoCal writes in about exotic atmospheres in Traveller. OutOfPrintGM sends us his report from Aricon. Slojack sends us a horror story.   ...

HJRP2403 Clues, Finding Gamers, Professions as Skills

HJRP2403 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Joey In this episode: Davio writes in about making sure players find clues. Mike from MI writes in about finding and holding on to gaming groups. And Byron writes in about jobes and professions in DnD.   ...

HJRP2402 Player Memories, Classes, Learning the Rules

hjrp2402 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Joey In this Episode: Steve in SoCal writes in about player and PC perceptions. Johnny sends us an email about classes and DnD. Craig (whodo on the forum) asks about getting players to learn the rules.   ...

HJRP2401 Passing Time, Getting Rules Wrong, Horror

hjrp2401 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Aabria, Tappy In this Episode: Brian writes in about the passing of time. Juho from Finland writes in about people getting rules totally wrong. And Dave from Tampa sends in a horror story. ...

HJRP2320 Social Skills, Gaming and Life, Horror and Triumph

hjrp2320 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Adam In this Episode: EricaB brings up a very old Necro-Topic: Social Skills. Byron writes in about gaming and life balance. And JoeGun sends us a Horror Story turned Triumph.   ...

HJRP2319 Con Reflections, Setting Rules, New Systems

hjpr2319 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Tappy, Christopher In this Episode: We reflect on Orccon2019. Jonnie from New Zealand writes in about setting rules. Greg from Virginia writes in about trying new systems.   ...

HJRP2318 Live from Orccon 2019

hjrp2318 Live from Orccon 2019 Note: this is a convention show. As such, it does not use the same format as our regular shows. If this is your first episode, you might want to listen to another episode, to hear a more usual episode. ...

HJRP2317 Partial Pre-Gen PCs, Sand Box, Playing the Persecuted

hjrp2317 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jim, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss the upcoming Orccon2019. We talks about partial pre-gen PCs or convention games. Brian resurrects the Sand Box horse-lich. And Eric from New Jersey writes in about playing persecuted minorities. ...

HJPR2316 Seven Deadly Sins of GMing, Abstract Role Playing, Senses and Immersion

hjrp2316 In this Episode: We discuss GMing sins. Doggos writes in about abstract RP. And Karlen from Austin writes in about senses and immersion. ...

HJRP2315 Player Expectations, Horror

hjrp2315 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac and Tappy In this Episode: KSC write in coining the term for what I was talking about in the last episode. Julie writes in on when to stop. And Doggos sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2314 Short Sessions, Gaming With Kids, Horror

hjrp2314 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Matt writes in to ask how to get the most out of a short session. Jeb writes in about gaming with kids. And Hanna from the Windy City writes in about an over-reaching player.   ...

HJRP2313 The Gauntlet, Trackless Railroads, Horror

Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason M, Aabria, and Jason from the Gauntlet. In this Episode: Mr CJ writes in about railroads without tracks. Jason writes in to vent, and convey some horror. Johan writes in about picking up campaigns where others left off. ...

HJRP2312 Feedback, Horror

hjrp2312 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Stork. In this Episode: Nathan writes in about post-game feedback. Taurelin writes in about a situation where players are too in-character. And Niklas from Sweden sends us a story of horror and sorrow. ...

HJRP2311 PC Concepts, GMPCs and Horror

HJPR2311Your Hosts: Stu, Samantha, Aabria and Stork In this Episode: We discuss coming up with player character concepts. Fengrong writes in on GMPCs. And Riff sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2310 Holiday Game, Fish Tanks, NWoD

hjrp2310 This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com. Check out their Metal Dice of Ancient Dragons series of dice now on Kickstarter, easyrollerdice.com/dragondice. In this Episode: Steve from Atlanta needs some validation for a holiday game. Johann from Sweden writes in on the Sandbox debate, but this time about Fish Tanks! Eric from ...

HJRP2309 PC Questionaires, Horror

hjrp2309 This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. Check out their new line, Metal Dice of Ancient Dragons, which is on Kickstarter now. In This Episode: We discuss PC questionnaires. Andreas from Sweden asks about the new Savage Worlds. And Johann from Sweden sends us a horror story. ...

HJRP2308 Player Choice, Castle Storming, Horror

hjrp2308 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Ryan writes in about the nature of player choice Harold from St Louis writes in about castle storming. And Carl in Wisconsin sends a con-game horror story. ...

HJRP2307 Sequels, Loot, Horror

hjrp2307 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss campaign sequels and continuations. Kitor asks “Can Loot be Intimidation?” And Jeb sends us a horror story ...

HJRP2306 Mapped vs Mapless.

hjrp2306 In this Episode: We discuss mapless vs mapped combat. Rands writes in about consequences. Joshua in Edmonton writes in about Sandboxes.   ...

HJRP2305a Rainbow Railroading Kickoff, GMing Guidelines

hjrp2305a Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Adam In this Episode: We discuss the following 24-hour gaming streamathon from rainbowrailroad. You can donate at happyjacks.org/rainbow. We discuss some basic rules for good GMing.  Dave from Tampa sends us a possible GM success story? And Fredrix sends us a 24-hour gaming marathon horror story. ...

HJRP2305b Rainbow Railroad Farewell

This is just a brief closing to our 24-hour gaming marathon fundraiser for RainbowRailroad. You can donate at happyjacks.org/rainbow. ...

HJRP2304 Fundraiser Announcement, One Note, NPC Personalities, Cthulhu, Horror

hjrp2304 In this Episode: We announce our upcoming fundraiser to benefit rainbowrailroad.com. Donate at happyjacks.org/rainbow. Watch Friday, November 16, at 6:30pm Pacific time through Saturday, November 17 at 8:00pm. We’ll start with our Friday night advice show and play six four-hour game sessions. Should be plenty of AP goodness for every time zone. Carl writes in ...

HJRP2303 Party Splitting, Exploding Dice, Burps in Canada

hjrp2303 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Mac, Clara In this Episode: Johan from Sweden talks party splitting and exploding dice. Joshua from Canada sends us a couple stories and contends that burps are okay in Canada. Steve in So Cal writes in on the virtues of accurate timekeeping, per the Gygax.   ...

HJRP2302 Recordkeeping, Bibles

HJRP2302 In this Episode: We discuss GM in-game recordkeeping. Joe from the IE sends us an interesting resource he’s discovered. Show bibles.  And Gaz the GM from the Netherlands sends us a followup.   ...

HJRP2301 Player Solutions, Women in Gaming

hjrp2301 Your Hosts: Kimi, Gina, Tappy, Jim In this Episode: Steve from So Cal asks about anticipating player solutions.  The Reverend Doctor Johnson writes in about women in gaming.  Kosta from Adelaide sends a story of player pride. Gaz the DM from the Netherlands needs some urgent advice.   ...

HJRP2220 GMPCs, Pacificsts, Modules

hjrp2220 In this Episode: Jason asks about GM PCs, NPC party members and has a brief confession Tom from Oklahoma writes in about pacifists and modules. Harold from St. Louis asks about effects that “lock down” PCs. ...

HJRP2219 Sandboxes, Small DnD Games, Convention Game Sequels

hjrp2219 Your Hosts: Stu, Aabria, Jim, Tappy In this Episode: Sean from NJ writes in about sandboxes. Drayle88 sends us a rebuttal about 2-player DnD campaigns. Tadd in Kansas asks about convention game sequels. ...

HJRP2218 Consistency Tactical Combat Deja Vu Mundane Fear

hjrp2218 In this episode:  Ed from Florida says consistency is key with world design. MRCJ disagrees with us on tactical combat systems and calls us snotty. Isaac sends a remarkably familiar email… And JAD writes in about mundane fear. Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina   ...

HJRP2217 One-Shots, NOT Space Combat, Conversion

hjrp2217 In this Episode: Hour 11 sends us a question about one-shots. Kurt illustrates now NOT to do space combat. Terry from Idaho sends a story about a conversion. ...

HJRP2216 NPC Plot Immunity, Dice Curses, Annoying

hjrp2216 In this Episode: Kevin from Jackmonkeygames.com writes in about NPC plot immunity. Mike from PA believes he has the dice curse. Larry sends us a game day report and a question. JimTo sends us an annoying Con Game story. ...

HJRP2215 Rule Zero, Space Combat, Success

hjrp2215 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Gina In this Episode: Steven writes in to question Rule Zero (at least one definition of it). Sam from Lakewood says space combat isn’t boring!! Isaac from Texas sends us a success story. ...

HJRP2214 Happy Jacks Live from Gateway 2018

hjrp2214 This show was recorded live at Gateway 2018. Thank you to the Strategicon.net staff for their hospitality. ...

HJRP2213 Exploration, Small Groups, Success, Food

hjrp2213 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy and Jim Join us, August 31 to September 3 at Strategicon.net‘s Gateway 2018. Next week’s show will be at Gateway 2018, on Saturday at 8pm Pacific time. Location TBA. Show Notes: The Magic Octopus sends us questions about GMing small groups and hex crawls. Steve from Atlanta sends us a ...

HJRP2212 Pacifist PCs, Game Design and Fun, Space Combat

hjrp2212 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Kurt In this episode: Zach from Baltimore writes in about great WWII movies and asks a question about a pacifist PC. Kurt asks if he’s designing himself out of gaming. And Steve from SoCal writes in to revisit space combat. ...

HJRP2211 Encouraging New GMs, Horror, Settings, Canon

hjrp2211 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Joey, Tappy In this Episode: Davio asks about encouraging new GMs.  Terry in Idaho asks for some setting suggestions.  MinipainterJen sends us a story about canon and RPGs. And Blake sends us a horror story from Y2K. ...

HJRP2210 Repercussions and Backtracking

hjrp2210 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Aabria In this Episode: Repercussions of PCs’ past actions (L5R example). Joe from the IE writes in about stakes in combat. Long-time listener Kairaku sends his diverse mutterings and a tale of unintended consequences.   ...

HJRP2209 PbtA, OSR, Spinal Tap, Praise

hjrp2209 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, CADave, Stork In this episode: Andreas in Sweden sends us thoughts on PbtA, OSR and Spinal Tap. Jacob sends us a question about getting along in a new group. Kindros sends us some praise. And Joe Crack sends us a con story. ...

HJRP2208 Newbies, Space Combat, Pseudo Horror

hjrp2208 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, Stork Thank you to Easy Roller Dice for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Check out their Kickstarter for their new over-sized dice cups (with lids!) at easyrollerdice.com/cup. Show Notes! Matthew asks about GMing for newbies. Harold asks “does space combat have to be boring?” And Craig sends ...

HJRP2207 Props, Horror, Disappointment, Triumph

hjrp2207 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss props. Jeb sends us a note about Fear the Con, a New Book and an Observation. Drayle 88 sends us a real horror story. Eric from Indiana sends us A Tale of Disappointment and Triumph. Jeb’s new book is available at Amazon. ...

HJRP2206 Black and White, Episodic Games, LARP

hjrp2206 Your Hosts: Kimi, Gina, CADave, Stork In this Episode: We discuss Mr CJ’s post on the Forum about eschewing shades of gray. Blake from Australia sends some comments on episodic games and new players. Eric from New Jersey sends us some info for the LARP curious.   ...

HJRP2205 Sources of Drama, Horror and Horror

HJRP2205 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Michael from Wisconsin asks about other sources of drama in conflict. Joe Crack sends a response to last week’s episode and horror story. And Leatherneck sends us a horror story with a lesson. ...

HJRP2204 Co-GMing, 10 Candles, Con Game Etiquette

hjrp2204 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Adam In this Episode: We discuss Co-GMing. Jonas Larrsen sends us an email.  Steve from Atlanta sends praise and ideas for 10 Candles. Matt asks about con game etiquette — specifically when to bail. ...

HJRP2203 Disparate Power Levels, Horror

hjrp2203 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Steve from SoCal writes in with some thoughts on porportional RPGing, or intra-party balance. We discuss. Daniel from Texas sends us a horror story. Ayslyn sends us a horror story gone right? Only about a week left to support Tsunamicon in Wichita, Kansas. www.tsunamicon.org/kickstarter ...

HJRP2202 – Live from GameX 2018

Your hosts: Kimi and the Happy Jacks Crew and Audience Join us as we recap the games we played and ran at GameX 2018! ...

HJRP2201 With Fear the Boot, Canon in RPGs, Murderhoboism and Exploitation, Riddle

HJRP2201 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, and Dan and Chris from Fear the Boot. Show Notes! We discuss a bit about RPG podcasting history and using existing canon in RPGs. Fredrix writes in about murderhoboism and exploitation. And Oli sends us a riddle from his first RPG experience. A big THANK YOU to Dan and ...

HJRP2120 Strategicon’s Gamex, Language, Religion (Again)

HJRP2120 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jim and Mike www.strategicon.net Show Notes! We discuss the upcoming con. Steffi from Scotland takes umbrage with the DnD/religion conversation. Hoyle sends us a story about language in games. ...

HJRP2119 Religion and Magic, Musings, Props

HJRP2119 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Ed from Minnesota writes in about religion in games. Steve from SoCal sends three musings. Axel from Germany sends us a props-related horror story.   ...

HJRP2118 Legacy Campaign, Tainting Experience, Triumph and Learning

hjrp2118 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Tappy In this Episode: Sam asks for legacy campaign advice. Ben from Texas writes in about tainting the player experience. Isaac from Texas sends us a tale of triumph and learning. ...

HJRP2117 Schrodinger’s Plot Hook, Religion, Language

hjrp2117 In this Episode: Mike from MI asks about Schrodinger’s Plot Hook. Steve in SoCal writes in about faith and religion in RPGs. Daniel sends us a GURPS well actually about languages. Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Adam, Stork ...

HJRP2116 Rivals, Finding Fun, Horror

hjrp2116 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Joey, Stork In this Episode: HeavymetalJess asks about rivals. Ed from Florida write in about finding fun. And M from the Twin Cities sends us a horror story and asks for advice.   ...

HJRP2115 Languages in RPGs, Crossroad, Confession

hjpr2115 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac, Stork In this Episode: We discuss languages in RPGs, EricaOdd asks for advice on where do go in her Dragon Age game, and Dungeon Master Dan sends us a confession. ...

HJRP2114 Taking Things Seriously

hjrp2114 Your hosts: Stu, Adam, Jason, Stork In this episode: We discuss taking things seriously.. James writes in about first session shenanigans. Brandyn from Delaware writes in about dynamic vs. static damage. And Steve from Atlanta writes in about our first AP, Ghostbusters LA. ...

HJRP2113 Player-Driven Campaigns

hjrp2113 In this Episode: William from Minnesota asks about player-driven campaigns. A Three part email from Daniel in Australia. And Steffi from Scotland sends us a horror story about first-time gaming. ...

HJRP2112 Hero’s Journey, Kids at Cons, Horror

hjrp2112 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Tappy In this Episode: David from Montreal writes in with a question about the hero’s journey in RPGs. Eric from New Jersey asks about taking kids to game cons. Mike from Maximum Irritation sends us a Pathfinder horror story. ...

HJRP2111 Splitting the Party in Real Life

HJRP2111   This episode is sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com. Check out their large leather-lite dice bag kickstarter at easyrollerdice.com/bag Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob and Aabria In this Episode: Corbin Twa writes in about splitting the party in real life. Brandon from Ontario (Canadia) give us an update about his high school RPG club. Sgt Dan ...

HJRP2110 Player Engagement – Sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com

hjrp2110 This episode is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com and their self-standing leather-lite dice bags, now being kickstartered — go to easyrollerdice.com/bag for more information. Your Hosts: Kimi, Mac, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss player engagement, how to get it and how to keep it. Dave from New York sends a success story, a horror story and ...

HJRP21-09 Memory, Jackercon, Horror Story

hjrp2109 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Adam In this Episode: Ben asks for some help with player memory retention. Curt writes in to promote Jackercon. Jason send in a GMing horror story with a twist. ...

HJRP2108 Sauruon Dilemma, Scheduling, Vetting, Bending Rules for New Players

hjrp2108 Your Hosts: Stu, Joey, Tappy In this Episode: Ben from Texas brings up the Sauron Dilemna. Christopher (Mystic Fedora?) says Stu’s right (and so is he). Joseph from the IE asks about scheduling and vetting. Ben from Texas (it’s a Ben from Texas doubleheader) writes in about customizing the game. ...

HJRP2107 Live from Orccon 2018

hjrp2107 Live from Orccon 2018 Thank you to the folks at Strategicon for allowing us to record our show live at Orccon 2018. For more information about these conventions, go to strategicon.net. ...

HJRP2106 Social Contracts, Gaming in Brazil, Success, Failure

hjrp2106 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Adam, Stork In This Episode:  David from Tampa writes in about social contracts and gaming. Marcus from Brazil found a game! And tells us about it. Jeff sends us a GM success story and a horror story. Kosta from Adelaide sends not one but two dramatically appropriate horror stories. We also go off on A ...

HJRP2105 Chases, Illegal Dice, Horror

hjrp2105 Your Hosts: Stu, CADAve, Jason, Stork In this Episode: MRCJ writes in about chases, and we will disucss. Gottfried asks if RPG Dice Illegal in California?! Isaac from Texas needs help. Alervant sends a horror story. And Jason sends a horror story form bygone days. ...

HJRP2104 Email Catchup, Dead Horses, Success, Stepping Up

HJRP2104 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: Marcus from Brazil can’t find an open seat at a Vampire tabletop game in Brazil. Heavy Metal Jess sends some love for our nostalgia. Brandon from Ontario writes in to report on his teenagers’ game and has a question. Joseph writes in with his take on your agency vs ...

HJRP2103 Grokking PCs and NPCs, Skype Games, Love, Confession, Horror

hjrp2103 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Davy, Stork In this Episode: We discuss grokking a PC or NPC. Bobby from Belgium asks for some tips running a game over Skype. The Reverend Doctor Johnson sends a brief love note. Minnesota sends us a confession and horror story.   ...

HJRP2102 Agency and Emotion

hjrp2102 In this Episode: We discuss player agency and character emotions. James from New Jersey writes in about playing without a GM. Midas Karats from Adelaide Australia shares some stuff. Chris from Osaka sends us a missive about characters changing in unexpected ways. ...

HOLLOW01 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Hollowed Plains – Vampire the Dark Ages

hollow01 Game: Hollowed Plains System: Vampire: the Dark Ages (20th Anniversary Edition) GM: Kurt Players: Aly, Gina, JiB, Maire, Stu Summary: 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, ...

HJPR2101 Down-time RP, Triumphant Return

HJRP2101 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Gina, Joey In this Episode: In our continuing GMing tips, we discuss downtime roleplaying. Sam in Lakewood asks for some adventure building advice. Juho from Finland asks about letting players narrate successes.  Don in Pittsburg asks about breaking in a new guy. ...

HJRP2020 Game Systems, Traveller Timeline, Finding Fun

HJRP2020 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork Show Notes! Steve from Atlanta asks why we tend toward certain game systems. Bud asks about the Traveller RPG timeline. Jonas writes in about running a game he’s reluctant to run. ...

HJRP2019 Describing, Falling, Winning, Questioning, Horroring

hjrp2019 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Stork  In this Episode: Chris from Ontario sends us a note on describing scenery. Chris in Canada sends us a note on DnD falling damage. Eric from New Jersey has a GM Victory story. MN DieTosser sends us a question, some news and a horror story.     ...

HJRP2018 Rules, What Rules

hjpr2018 Your hosts: Stu, Ed and JiB In this Episode: GMing Tips: Rules? What Rules? Goluptious Geeks asks for form system selection advice.  Axel from Germany writes in about some GM Lessons from the Mote of Sin. Sean from Seattle writes in with a confession? A triumph? He’s not really sure. ...

HJRP2017 Improving Improv, Indecision, Investment

HJRP2017 Your Hosts: Stu, ProbieTim, Stork and Kimi In this Episode: GMing Tips: Improving Improv for GMs.  Garrett asks about Making fulfilling filler.  William from Minnesota writes in about player indecision.  Dan sends a tale of Legend and Celebration. And ZombieHeart from So Cal writes in about Too Much player investment?? ...

HJRP2016 Building Villains, Improving Youth Play, Superheroic Shenanigans

hjrp2016 In this Episode: GMing Topic: Building villains. Brendon from Ontario writes in about helping teenagers play better, and Clockwork Monk writes in about seven hours of superheroic shenanigans. This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is brought to you by listeners like you. If you would like to support the show, go to happyjacks.org/patreon. ...

HJRP2015 GMing Tips: Making Scenes Come Alive, Is Magic a Crutch? Narration and Horror

hjrp2015 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork and Scott Woodard. Check out the Savage Worlds Flash Gordon Kickstarter Scott mentioned. In this Episode: GMing Topic: Making scenes come alive. Eric from Kansas City asks, “Is magic a GM crutch?” Juho from Finlands writes in about players narrating after a contest resolution. And Drayle88 sends us a gaming ...

HJRP2014

hjrp2014 updated Your Hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi In this Episode: GMing Tips: Fleshing out NPCs. Ayslyn writes in about pacing a high-travel campaign. Tomi from Finland sends some thoughts on character abilities (and lack thereof) and how that affects a campaign. And Bill in Longmont Colorado sends a GURPS GMing success story. ...

HJRP2013 Misdirection, Flashbacks, Time Travel, Military Gaming Stories

HJRP2013 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Kimi This episode is sponsored by Palladium Books, makers of RIFTS, TMNT, Dead Reign, and much more. Check them out at palladiumbooks.com. In this Episode: Steve from So Cal discusses red herrings Axel writes in with his take on Flashbacks. Luis suggests a quick time travel solution. And Leatherneck ...

HJRP2012

hjpr2012 Your host: Stu, Stork, Joey, Gina In this Episode: Chris from Ontario, Canada writes in about new editions Scot relays a player nightmare. Niklas from Stockholm sends us a story about dying three times. This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Palladium Books. You can find them at PalladiumBooks.com. ...

HJRP2011

HJRP2011 Your hosts: Gina, Stork, Kurt, Maire In this Episode: Isaac from Texas needs some GMing Help Kain Guru writes in about Over enthusiastic teens aka short attention spans and the impulse to be the first to shoot Axel writes in (to Stork) about social skill rolls and minmaxing. Sam relates a tale of GMing ...

TOMORROW17 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Tomorrow Legion – Savage Worlds RIFTS

tomorrow17 Game: Tomorrow Legion System: Savage Worlds RIFTS GM: CADave Players: Stu, Samantha, Nick, Kimi Summary: A dashing and charming Quebecois Glitterboy leads a band of hapless misfits through a post-apocalyptic, time- and dimension-torn world. There will be much poutine.   Tags: podcast, podcasts, rpg, actual play, rpg ap, Savage Worlds RIFTS, Tomorrow Legion, TWO ...

HJRP2010 Scott Woodard, Unsticking GM Brains

HJRP2010 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and PEG’s Scott Woodard In this Episode: Aviv writes in asking about ways to “unstick” yourself, GMing wise. Charas writes in about glossing over combat. Steve from Atlanta tells the tale of a PC killing another PC on purpose.     ...

HJRP2009 Starting Sessions, Flashbacks, Funk and Will

hjrp2009 In this Episode:   Bennett from Pittsburg asks about starting games without combat. Zach in Chicago sends one way a PbtA game handles flashbacks. Iaquas sends us a gamer funk tip. Gene in Elk Grove writes in about Overriding PC Free Will Sir Guido asks “what should I have done?” ...

Keith Baker Interview

I had a chance to sit down briefly with Keith Baker while at Gencon. Here’s the interview. Thank you to Keith for taking time out of his day. ...

HJRP2008 Flashbacks, Mouseguard, Rules Splicing, Promotion

hjpr2008 Your hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Julian from Paris writes about playing with time and narration. James from 1d4Cast Podcast sends us a quick breakdown of Mouseguard. Charas writes about transplanting favorite rules into other game systems. And Julie from Connecticut asks how to promote a game.   ...

HJRP2007 Drama vs Foolishness, Advice, Horror

HJRP2007 Your host: Stu, Stork, Gina In this Episode: Brian Writes in about Drama vs. Foolishness Reamus writes in with an urgent request for advice. Gene from Elk Grove writes in with a thank you. And Mike from Michigan sends us an update about a horror story.   ...

HJRP2006 NPC Drawbacks, Player Conflict, Confession

HJRP2006 Your Hosts: Kimi, Stork, JiB, Gina In this Episode: Jonas Larsson writes in about handling NPC drawbacks. Charas asks about player conflict. Dave from Chicago sends a long overdue Fuck You. Leatherneck sends us a Player confession (and GM nightmare). ...

HJRP2005 LARPs, Bookkeeping and Horror

HJRP2005 Your hosts: Stu, Patric, Michael and Stork In this Episode: Patrick and Michael talk LARP Steven in So Cal writes in about bookkeeping being fun?! Drayle 88 sends some questions and recounts his game. West sends us an update and treats us to a horror story. ...

HJRP2004 Live from Gateway 2017

HRP2004 Live from Gateway 2017 ...

HRJP2003 Gateway 2017, Superheroic Conflict, Confessions

HJRP2003 Your hosts: Stu, Jim, Mike, Stork. In this Episode: Mike and Jim from Strategicon will talk about the upcoming game con. Stu will relate a bit about Gencon Clockwork Monk is looking for Superheroic conflict. Csaras from Poland writes in with some questions. Amar from Vancouver sends us a GM Confession. ...

HJRP2002 Group Chargen, Choking, Gencon50 Report

HJRP2002 This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com. Check out the Kickstarter for their innovative dice tray, including a staging area so only the dice you’re rolling are in the tray. You can find it at:  www.easyrollerdice.com/tray Thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for their continued support! If you like the show, please ...

HJRP2001 Villains for Kids, More on Hit Point Fudging, Success

HJRP2001 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina Eight years ago today, we released our first episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. We didn’t realize this at the time of recording, but in celebration, I’ve included our original, crappy artwork for the show both here and attached to the .mp3 file. According to my FTP list, we’ve ...

HJRP1920 Spinning Plates, Investment, Full Picture, Fudge

HJRP1920 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: We discuss spinning plate syndrome. Javier from Spain asks about keeping players invested between sesions. Niklas from Sweden writes in about player when having the full picture. James writes in about a Yes-Anding Failure — Or is it just crazy players? And Alervant asks: is this ...

HJRP1919 Note Passing and PC Secrets

HJPR1919 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, JiB, Jason In this Episode: We discuss sidebars, note passing, and other methods of keeping PC secrets. Axel sends us a story about his gaming youth. Eric from New Jersey has some L5R woes. Zac from Chicago writes in about fixing boring combat. Manuel writes in about creating a group. ...

HJRP1918 Frustration, Fantastic, Noir, Passive Players

HJRP1918 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Emily, ProbieTim In this Episode: Tayloron asks how to frustrate the characters without fAdd Newrustrating the players Andreas muses about roleplaying without the fantastic. Zoomfarg asks about running a cyberpunk noir sort of game. Axel has some thoughts about passive players. ...

HJRP1917 Backstories, First Time

HJRP1917 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Len from Miami sends some thoughts on character backstory. Chris in Long Beach writes in to suggest that your first shouldn’t be your player’s first. StevenSW sends a PbtA well-actual about falling damage. Kenigma sends us some things he’s learned about RPGs. ...

HJRP1916 Cracking Down, Character Arcs, Horror

HJRP1916 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, ProbieTim In this Episode: West asks is there such a thing at too lenient of a GM? Or are there times when you should crack down? Alervant asks When does the character’s story arc end? Steve writes in with some thank yous to the show. Brian from Osaka has some ...

HJRP1915 NPCs, Death, Leveling

HJRP1915 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob, ProbieTim In this Episode: Topic: How to Handle Character Death GM John writes in for advice on a passive, spectator player.    Chris in Canada sends us a well-actually about DnD leveling from days of old. Vincent writes in about mechanical canon in RPGs. Steve in SoCal sends us ...

HJRP1914 Tension, Prophecy, Fallacy, Oh My!

HJRP1914 Your hosts: Stu, Kurt, Maire, Stork. In this Episode: We’ll talk about How to create tension in a scene that isn’t combat? Sam From Lakewood writes in for some prophesy advice. Kitor suggests a new logical fallacy and asks for some DM advice.  Joe writes in to suggest Earthdawn. Jonas Larsons sends in a horror story involving ...

HJRP1913 Gritty Settings, Perception, Online Prep

HJRP1913 Your Hosts: Stu, Nick, Ed, ProbieTim In this Episode: Neil writes in about the harsh reality of gritty games. Enn from Canada sends thoughts on prerolling perception and the 1983 World Scout Jamboree (whee!!). Brad from Mid-MO asks about minimizing prep in an online game. Harold from St. Louis sends us a game on ...

HJRP1912 Finding Players, Dresden Files and More

HJRP1912 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, JiB, Stork   In this Episode: Eric from New Jersey sends us a farewell to his GM.  Sean from New Jersey asks how players get when you no players have you want to get. Steven from Atlanta is looking for another system for Dresden Files.  Of the Hill People asks, how ...

MASKS07 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Just Us #Heroes – Masks

MASKS07 GM: Jib Players: Gina, Kimi, CADave, Jason   ...

HJRP1911 Co-GMing, GMPCs, Betrayal

HJRP1911 Your hosts: Gina, Stork, HosierRob, CADave, ProbieTim In this Episode: James writes in about two GMS share one world. Ben from Texas sends a defense of GMPCs. James fro Ottawa sends a Tale of Betrayal Kileigh sends a too long story about gaming table discomfort. ...

HJRP1910 Live from Gamex 2017

HJRP1920 Your hosts: Kimi and the Happy Jacks Crew and Audience   ...

HJRP1909 FATE Epiphany, Likable NPCs, and more

HJRP1909 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Jessie In this Episode: Daniel shares his epiphany about FATE. Dan from Minnesota asks about making likeable NPCs. Eran in London ask about explaining Savage Worlds in a web comic. Tim writes in about ending a session. Email: happyjacksrpg@gmail.com Social Media: Twitter: happyjacksrpg Also on Instagram: happyjacksrpg Live Stream: If you’d ...

HJRP1908 GM Performance Anxiety, GM ADHD

HJRP1908 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes! Jim from Portland asks a performance anxiety question and shares a picture.  Tayleron from Newfoundland asks about GMADHD. Drayle88 asks for some recommendations for a system for some newbies.  Jeffry with 1 E shares a horror story. ...

HJRP1907 Callbacks, Starts and Burnout

HJRP1907 Your hosts: CADave, Tim, HosierRob and Clockverk Show Notes!  Rav writes in about the power of the callback.  Matt in Canuckistan sends us an interesting game start scenario. New listener Jason asks about GM burnout. Josh from Orlando says there’s no defense for DnD. DM Frankie P sends a GMing horror story and request for advice.   ...

HJRP1906 – Gifts! Murder Mystery, Gaming Cultures, Character Development, Confession

HJRP1906 This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com… (You can get 15% off their gun metal dice series by going to https://easyrollerdice.com/collections/metal-dice and using the code SALE15) …and listeners like you. Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Raemus asks for some Murder Mystery help. Andreas gives us a glimpse into ...

HJRP1905 Leveling, Players Who Don’t Fit in, Good Story, Cautionary Tale

HJRP1905 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Kimi Show Notes! Andreas writes in with some feedback and some comments about leveling. Steve writes in about players who don’t want to fit in at all. Axel writes in with some thoughts about writing a good story. And Mad King Christopher sends us a cautionary tale. ...

HJRP1904 Perception Checks, Advice

HJRP1904 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, HosierRob Show Notes! Troll Under the Bridge writes in with more about perception rolls. GM John asks for some help with a player. Balder poses a convention game question. And Mystic Fedora writes in about problems without solutions and an ingenious solution.   ...

HJRP1903 Killing Mooks Again, Dying Campaigns, Horror

HJRP1903 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kimi Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in again about killing mooks. Jonas writes in about handling dying campaigns The Only (other) Steve in So Cal writes about the dangerously futile exercise of defining RPG. Goluptuious Geek writes in with some fan mail and a horror story.     ...

HJRP1902 Perception Rolls, Murder Hobos, Big Reveals

hjrp1902 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork, Gina Show Notes! Sgt Dan Writes in about Perception Rolls. James Writes in about Killing the Murder Hobo. Forrest, a long time listener, writes in for the first time. Ed from Minnesota writes in about levels and his Roman CoC game. Mystic Fedora sends us a GM Big Reveal that Worked. ...

HJRP1901 Geography, Downtime, New GMs, Unreasonable Antagonists

HJRP1901 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, ProbieTim, Gina Show Notes: Lee writes in about three things. Marty from Sious Falls writes in about geography, downtime and a new GM story. Morgan writes in for advice about strong and unreasonable antagonists. Bill writes in with some convention game thoughts. Matthew writes in with a story about how ...

HJRP1820 – PCs don’t Jive, World Building, Sharing Downtime

HJRP1820 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, JiB   ...

HJRP1819 Writing a Good Story, an Ethical Dr. Douche, Campaign Idea, Snowflakes and Horror

HJRP1819 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, ProbieTim and JiB Show Notes! Doug from Texas asks How to Write a Good Story. Kevin from Roll vs Roll Cards suggest a way to ethically play Dr. Douche. Mike in Nebraska sends in a Campaign Idea. KurtPotts asks about Setting Specific vs Setting Agnostic systems. Name Withheld writes in about The Special ...

HJRP1817 Happy Jacks Chat With Strategicon Staff

We’re joined with Jim Sandoval and Mike James, both volunteer organizers with Strategicon. Please note: the audio for this podcast was recovered from a back up. ...

HJRP1816 Moral Conundra, Defending DnD, Old and Young

HRJP1816 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, GMMace, Kimi Show Notes! Steve from So Cal writes in about killing mooks and other moral conumdrums.  Simon from Seattle defends DnD.  Steve from So Cal writes in about gaming with older and younger players.  StevenSw writes in about dramatic damage. Zombie Heart sends us a Horror Story. ...

VAST10 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play – Vast Dominions – Moment of Truth

VAST10 GM: Stu Players: JiB, Gina, CADave, Samantha, Kimi Played in Stu Venable’s Moment of Truth   ...

HJRP1815 Argumentative Players, Romance, Adulting, Horror

HJRP1815 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi, Stork Show Notes: Desiree in South Carolina needs help with a very argumentative player. Dave from South Chicago writes in Regarding Romance in Games and Some Advice for a Teen GM. JimTo sends us some feedback .. and shit.  Zoomfarg wants to know how to adult. Lee sends us a horror story, entitled ...

HJRP1814 Perception Checks, Dr. Douche, Horror and Traveller

HJRP1814   HJRP1814 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Gina, Stork Show Notes!  Amar from Vancouver BC writes in about Perception Checks. Levi writes in about defeating Dr. Douche. Terry in Idaho is looking for Traveller resources. Mad King Christopher the First writes in with a horror story, a tip and stuff.  Sam from Indiana writes in with a ...

HJRP1813 Save vs. Suck, PFS, Gming Advice

HJRP1813 Your hosts: Stu, Maire, Kurt, Gina. Thank you to easyrollerdice.com and their exciting Rose Gold Kickstarter for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks! Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in about “Save vs. Suck.” Dylan from Anchorage Alaska gives us insight about Pathfinder Society and Alternate Solutions. Drayle88 needs some GMing advice. Mike from MI writes ...

HJRP1812 Romance in RPGs, SciFi Advice, and More

HJRP1812 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Zac in Chicago writes in about Romance in RPGs. A Southern Gent from Texas has some Sci-Fi advice. Alervant has some GMing advice and a question. Kindros from the Forum writes in about Magic Items and Identification. Steve from So Cal asks about Contacts in travelling campaigns.   ...

HJPR1811 PC Mind Control, Missing Players, Group Building

HJRP1811 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes!! Griever writes in about subtle mind control of PCs. SteveSW writes in with a Apocalypse-World inspired system for dealing with missing players. John asks about building a group (of players, not characters). Walt from Rhode Island asks about diversity at the gaming table. Blyd Dreug sends in his take ...

HJRP1810 PC Death, Rules-Resistant Players and more

HJRP1810 Your hosts: Stu, Hosier Rob, Stork In this episode: Andrew from Chicago writes in about PC Death. Axle asks about dealing with a Rules-Resistant Player.  Luke from Kentuckianna is a long time listener, first time emailer and about to be a first time GM.  We received a couple emails about Roll20, which we’ll read. Jordan writes in ...

HJRP1809 Assessing Solutions, Language Prompts, Life Saving RPGs

HJPR1809 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill If you enjoy Happy Jacks, consider supporting us through our Patreon. Donations are on a per-episode basis of our normal, weekly show. We’re working on all kinds of rewards to provide to supporters. We’ll announce more soon. Show Notes! We’re going to discuss ways to assess players’ solutions (to problems ...

HJRP1808

HJRP1808 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Gina Show Notes! J in Washington DC writes in about PC backstory protectionism. FlyingJackalope has finished the backlog and has some comments. Alan sends a request for Science Fiction help.  Eric writes in because he can’t finish the job.  And Mike from MI sends us a horror story.   ...

HJRP1807 Player Expectations and Game Rules, Online Games, Zombies, Fact Sheets, Precentiles

HJRP1807 Show Notes! Ben from Texas asks about when player expectations and game rules collide. Christopher writes in about his experience with online games. ZT asks for some advice about his Zombie Apocalypse game. Kevin pipes in with some Fact Sheet goodness. Jorn well-actuallies us on percentile dice based games (at least in Scandinavia). A Southern Gent from Texas tells ...

HJRP1806 RPGs and Kids,

HJRP1806 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Kurt, Stork Show Notes!  Dreamer 2928 need help with is homework. Corbin Twa sends us An Ode to Jack Chick’s Dark Dungeons. Brian writes in about some a-hole he gamed with in college. Levi writes in for some GMing advice. Chris in Indiana informs us that Google Hangouts is NOT DEAD. Steve writes in about ...

HJRP1805 Back from a Break, Social Combat, Changing Tone

HRJP1805 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina, Dave77 Show Notes!  Topic: Coming Back from a long break between games. Drayle88 asks for some GMing advice. Carlos from Brazil writes in with another take on social combat. Sgt Dan writes in with lessons learned about the last Fear the Con, and that there’s a Kickstarter for the next one. ...

HJRP1804 Homegrown Settings, Social Combat, Fact Sheets, Chargen, DnD and Kids, Jack Chick

HJRP1804 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Stork Show Notes!  Icewall42 writes in for advice on putting together a home grown setting for RPGs. JeB from It’s all in the reflexes writes in with a real life social combat nightmare Jonas Larrsen asks about Fact Sheets. Michael from SD asks about Character Creation. Weaselcreature asks about kids and DnD. And ...

HJRP18-03

HJRP1803 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork. Show Notes!  Mike from Minnesota writes in asking about scene transitions. Mead asks about Vampires keeping mortal ties post-Embrace and questions about in-game romances. Gene from San Francisco asks about Genre and GM experience. Eugene from Boston writes in with an “Imagine if you will” Niklas writes in with a paper cut problem ...

HJRP1802 Perception Checks, Backstories, Pacing

HJRP1802 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, CADave Show Notes! David from Tampa writes in about perception checks. Nick writes in with a question for an upcoming one-shot. Levi asks us to plug is podcast. Hour Eleven from Kansas writes in about an interesting backstory mechanic and asks a question about pacing in face to face vs. on line games. Josh ...

HJRP1801 Horror, Mechanics and RPGs

HJRP1801 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Gina Show Notes! The episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Easy Roller Dice Metal Dice Series. Use the coupon code METAL for 20% off everything in their on line store. We’ll discuss horror, tension and RPG mechanics. Kurt writes in about ambushes Michael in Wisconsin suggest some systems with which ...

HJRP1720 Fit to GM, Gender and RP, AP Question

HJRP1720 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, Stork Show Notes! Manuel from Germany asks: Am I not fit to GM? Kenigma23 writes in about Gender RP Proclivities. The show psychiatrist sends us a mental health well-actually.  Larry writes in with a handy FFG Star Wars RPG site. Steve from Atlanta has a question about the Mote of Sin AP.   ...

HJRP1719

HJRP1719 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, JiB Show Notes! We discuss repercussions, as suggested by Mr CJ on the forum. Maxinstuff writes in about GMs who hold back the good stuff. Mr CJ has some observations about Thespians. The KoboldDude in Columbia SC writes in about Star Trek recommendations.     ...

HJRP1718 Improv vs Planning, Questions, Inter-party Conflict, the Expanse, a Salty Response

HJRP1718 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Stork Show Notes! We discuss Improvisation vs Planning for GMs, Gaz writes in with some questions. Talon writes in about PC vs PC conflict. Marko asks about game systems for a Expanse-series-based game. Gerkuman responds to a salty email.   ...

HRJP1717

HJRP1717 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill Show Notes!  Paul from Philly writes in about a wrench-throwing player and how it’s not all fun and games. Audrey from Texas writes in about Numenera and GMing and Stuff. And Chuck writes in with even more Numenera love. Mr Moulder from Denmark, Sweden writes in with some advice for his upcoming ...

HJRP1716 Sharing GM Notes, GenCon Triumph, Player Connections, Gaming with Babies, Gaming Gold

HJRP1716 Your hosts: Stu, ProbieTim and Gina In this episode: Featured Email: Alverant asks: Should GMs publish their notes to the players. Bird-man writes in with a GenCon triumph!! Player connections and FFG Star Wars Tips. JC in KC writes in about gaming with infants.  The Out of Print GM sends in a moment of ...

HJRP1715 Left Turns, Con Recap, Saying Yes, Mood Setting, GURPS

HJRP1715 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina and Kim In This Episode: Topic: Ways to improvise left turns. Gateway2016 Recap (Hero Kids, David K’s Fate Game).  Jonas Larrson writes in about always saying “yes.”  Tim from South Africa writes in with some great mood-setting techniques. The Penguin GM asks for some GURPS help. Gaz the Dungeon Master asks about ...

HJRP1714 Happy Jacks Live from Gateway 2016!

HJRP1714 This is our live show from Strategicon’s Gateway 2016. Convention shows are kind of chaotic. If this is your first episode of the show, we suggest you take a listen to another episode first.   ...

HJRP1713 Limiting Distractions, Slack, Traveller, DM-ADD and ALL THE TANGENTS EVER

HJRP1713 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, Joey and Tim In This Episode: SirGuido writes in about Limiting Distractions. Fredrix on the forums asks, “Whats the deal with slack?” The Prof asks for his advice GMing Traveller for the first time. A Make Good from el Mao Roflson about his Living Campaign idea for a game con (we skipped this ...

HJRP1712 Sexism and Bigotry in Historical Settings and a Plethora of Email

hjrp1712 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Samantha In This Episode: We’ll discuss “Sexism in Bigotry in Historical Settings.” Steve from Atlanta sends us a Thank you and a Short Run Game Idea. JimTo has a baby blues. El Mao Rolfson writes in with ideas about a convention living campaign. Johnathon writes in about Character and Game Creation. Andy, the ...

HRJP1711 Murder Hobo Advice, the Sprawl, Using Fiasco, Mass Combat

HJRP1711 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gina, Stork, JiB In This Episode: Mitchell writes in with a dire warning: “I’m coming to you.” Adam in Japan from Fresno writes in with advice in is FFG Star Wars game. Marty from SF sets us straight on SD. Steven SW sends us a play report on The Sprawl a PbtA game. Zach ...

HJRP1710 Homebrewing Settings, Magic and Technology, Actual Play Requests, Living Campaign

HJRP1710 Your hosts: Stu, Bill, CADave, Kimi In This Episode: Zoomfarg asks about homebrewing a complex setting Ben in Philadelphia writes in about magic and technology Doug in Vancouver asks about Actual Playing Gumshoe Ben from New Zealand writes in about a Living Campaign based on Dragon Quest and a podcast plug for The Big ...

HJRP1709 Getting the SO into RPGs, Encouraging Role-Playing, Horror Stories

HJRP1709 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, JiB, Kimi Show Notes! D writes in asking how to get his wife in to RPGs. Steve from Atlanta asks for way to encourage role-playing at the table. Joseph from the UK writes in with a horror story and thoughts on Jackercon. Clockwork Monk sends in his Marvel Cinematic Universe campaign idea. Useless Trivia Man ...

HJRP1708 Modernizing Adventures, New Characteritis, Derailing Players, Organized Play

HJRP1708 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim Show Notes! Marko writes in about adopting modern settings to classic modules. Steven SW asks about new character-itis. Ethan from north carolina asks about Derailing players. Babbage from the UK writes in about disorganized play. Barney from Florida writes in about Kimi’s Jackercon game. Zach from South Dakota writes about Gaming with learning disabilities.   ...

HJRP1707

HJRP1707 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Tim Show Notes! Steve in Atlanta left us a voice mail at (626) 629-8RPG. Rusanno Greenstripe asks about Indoctrinating Newcomers. Gaming horror story followup from Joe. Sgt Dan tells us about his DruCon game. Kenigma writes in about the weight of money. David asks us to mention that he’s joined a group that’s ...

HJRP1706 Epic-Feeling Scenes, Success Stories and Horror Stories

HJRP1706 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork, JiB Show Notes: Morgan writes in to ask about Epic-feeling scenes. Eric from New Jersey writes in about a little of this and that.Allen from London (and Tennessee) share an RPG Success Story Dylon from Indiana shares a GMing horror story and asks a setting question.   ...

HJRP1705 Noir Pulp Games, Scheduling and PC Insanity

HJRP1705 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, CADave Show Notes! Joel from Sweden asks us about his upcoming Noir/Pulp game. Jeb plugs his new show: All In the Reflexes, with Mikey Mason (Comedy Rock Star) and Tech Guy Steve (nee Runester). Chris from Portland writes to ask how he can play games with his weird work ...

HJRP1704 Character Concepts and Flaws, Integrating Remote and Tabletop Players, Con Game Prep

HJRP1704 Your hosts: Stu, Eric, Samantha, Stork, Kimi Show Notes! Allen from London asks about helping a fellow player with his character concept and making PCs with flaws. Mike from Minnesota asks about integrating a remote player with a face-to-face game. Tim from Australia asks about convention game prep. And Jonas Larsson writes in about ...

HJRP1703 Over Prepping, Naming NPCs, Star Wars, Confession, RPG Philosophy, Nightmare

HJRP1703 Your Hosts: Stu, Eric, Stork, Kimi Show Notes! Dylon from Indiana writes in about his over-prepping. Kurt share a tip for naming NPCs. Dreamweaver writes in with a question about Stu’s Star Wars game and a confession. Jake from the Midwest writes in to share his RPG philosophy and tells us about his party ...

HJRP1702 Introducing NPCs, World Building, Do We Need Combat, Rules Heavy Systems, DnD4E Woes

HJRP1702 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork Show Notes! Alervant writes in with a GMing question about introducing NPCs, DiceOff asks about world building. Hour Eleven asks a thought-provoking question: do we need combat? GM Zack asks for rules heavy system recommendations. and Jonathan tells us of his DnD4E experiences and gives us a horror story. ...

HJRP1701 Live from Gamex 2016

HJRP1701 This episode was produced by Kimi live at Strategicon’s Gamex 2016.   ...

HJRP1620 – 300th Episode! Gender dynamics, to or not to homebrew, tears and nightmares

HJRP1620 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi Show Notes! Stupid Boy GM writes to ask about group gender dynamics, Brandyn from Delaware asks about whether or not he should homebrew a system. Kris sends in a few ideas and a tear jerker. And Jeb sends us a Horror Story!     ...

HJRP1619 Big Reveals, Player’s Issues, Apologies, Confession

HJPR1619 Your hosts: CADave, Clockverk and The Other Tim. Show Notes! Out of Print GM sends a story about how a big reveal worked. Of The Hill People asks about PCs made to deal with player’s issues. Does Rebecca owe another player an apology? Keith in Oklahoma (not Sweden) sends a GM confession.   ...

HJRP1618 GM Leveling Up, Drawing PCs, Con Game Prep, Confession

HJRP1618 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Samantha Show Notes!  We get a GM Level UP Story – from Michael in Best California.  Jonas asks about drawing character portraits when he’s GMing.  Sgt Dan writes in to share his con game prep. Devon in Des Moines treats us to a Faire-Related GM Confession/Horror Story.   ...

HJRP1617 Political and Social Truths in a Game, Superpower Dilemma, Nightmare

HJRP1617 Your hosts: CADave, Hosier Rob, Gammonstark, Horky (Clockverk) Show Notes! Uncommon Man from Sweden asks about political and social truths in a game. Sockpuppet Troll writes in with praises and a success story. Ofthehillpeople asks for Con Game advice and superpower game dilemma solutions. And we get a multi-part gaming nightmare from Kenigma about ...

HJRP1616 Happy Jacks Reactive GMs and Passive Players, Podcasts

HJRP1616 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina Show Notes! Manuel from Germany asks about reactive GMs and passive players. John the Kobold Dude asks what podcasts we listen to. Joh from Sweden gives us a gaming nightmare. ...

HJPR1615 Happy Jacks – Roleplaying Classes, Being Good at One Thing

HJRP1615 Your hosts: Stu, Samantha, Gina, JiB, Bill Show Notes! Thank you to Easyrollerdice.com for sponsoring this episode. Find out about their Kickstarter! And find out about 1d4Cast’s 1d4Con. MRCJ doesn’t feel like a bard either, so has some suggestions for role-playing classes. Ed from Minnesota writes in about players being good at one thing and ...

HJRP1614 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 14

HJRP1614 Your host: Stu, Stork, Tim, Kimi and Dan & Wayne from Feartheboot.com Show Notes: Andreas from Sweden asks “do we need advancement?” Morgan writes in with an epiphany on GMs/Players and Prep. Chris asks for advice on scheduling. Toby writes in with some thoughts on Kickstarter. And Drayle 88 treats us to a gaming ...

HJRP1613 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 13

HJRP1613 Your Hosts: Stu, CADave, HosierRob, Tim and Dave77 from Spirit of 77. Show Notes: John from Maryland asks about travel in RPGs. Ryan writes in about what the players and characters want to do and what would be fun overall. Michael from Calif tells us about his Rusty GMing and End of Game Surprise Comic. Dan from Redlands ...

HJRP1612 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 12

HJRP1612 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes! Zombie@Heart writes in asking about character immersion.  Ken asks about running games you’d rather not run. Honken in Sweden writes in about Traveller, Noobs and something else.  Weaslecreature sends a heavily medicated email – mostly about the con and last week’s show Jorn in Sweden treats us to ...

HJRP1611 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 11

HJRP1611 Your hosts: Stu, Bill, Gina and Tim Show Notes! We talk about our experiences at the Convention, Liam in Australia has a question about pacing in his Call of Cthulhu game. Simon in London shares some interesting fear mechanics.  The Reverend Doctor Johnson set’s Stu straight on Goodman Games’ Kickstarters. And Thomas in Denmark has some comments ...

HJRP1610 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 10 – Live from Orccon 2016

HJRP1610 Live from Orccon 2016 This episode was recorded live at Strategicon’s Orccon 2016.   ...

HJRP1609 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 09

HJRP1609 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and JiB   ...

HJRP1608 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 08 with the Angry GM

HJRP1608 – with the Angry GM Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tim, Kimi and the Angry GM. ...

HJRP1607 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 07

HJRP1607 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tim Links Mentioned: DND5E OGL/SRD: DnD5E OGL/SRD – The DMs Guild – What is the DMs Guild? – DMs Guild Creator Resources Storium – Strolen’s Citidel Show Notes: We talk about DnD5E and the new OGL announcement. GM Zach wrote in about our advice on GM screens. Willow writes in about ...

HJRP1606 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 06

HJRP1606 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Gina, Kris Show Notes! Trent asks about campaign prep, so we talk about hat for a bit. Jerry asks for some advice about starting a new game. Minnesota Gooch writes in about how he names characters. Sean from North New Jersey ask for some AP recording advice. Simon from ...

HJPR1605 **FORCE AWAKENS SPOILERS FOR 30 MINUTES**

HJRP1605 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina and Kimi Show Notes: We yammer on about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are TONS OF SPOILERS in this part of the show. SKIP AHEAD 30 MINUTES IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS AND DON’T WANT TO HEAR SPOILERS. Niklas writes in about sandbox games, and ...

HJRP1604 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 04

HJRP1604 Your Hosts: Stu & Stork Show Notes! We close out the year with a two-man episode. With Star Wars: the Force Awakens having opened the day before — and the holidays — it was just the two of us. There will be NO EPISODE on CHRISTMAS DAY. If Stu finds time, he’ll release a little GM ...

HJRP1603 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 03

HJRP1603 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Samantha and Tim A big thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for sponsoring this episode! Check out their new Legendary Copper and Serpent’s Blood metal dice offering. Use coupon code SANTA for 10% off on your order. Also: if you sign up for their newsletter, you will get an additional code for ...

HJRP1602 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 02

HJRP1602 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Walt from the Bamf Podcast. Show Notes! It’s SwedeFest! on Happy Jacks. Andreas from Sweden writs in about maps, how to use them and how to keep them relevant in the game. Jonas from Sweden writes in about having a slightly too large potential gaming group. Nicholas from ...

HJRP1520 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 20

HJRP1520 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Bill Show Notes! Russano asks us about unquantifiable drawbacks balancing mechanical benefits. Jerry writes in about Mage 20th Anniversary. Simon writes in about Roll20 and the FFG Star Wars games. Bill the listener gives us a horror story. ...

HJRP1519 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 19

HJRP1519 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Michael and Tim Show Notes! Benji (Michael) gives us a run down on a couple of online gaming tools he’s been looking at. Saelorn ask us about bad game systems. Eric give us an interesting tactic for snipers. Goodmush begins an inter-state feud. JimTo is now hosting on RPG Circus. ...

HJRP1518 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 18

HJRP1518 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and David Kizzia from Spirit of ’77. Many thanks to David Kizzia for coming out to Pasadena for the show. Spirit of ’77 is an Apocalypse World hack available from Drivethrurpg and other online RPG retailers. For more info, go to spiritof77game.com. Show Notes: Willow writes in to defend ...

HJRP1517 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 17

HJRP1517 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi and Tim. This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com. Easyrollerdice is now offering a two-sided top-notch game mat, as well as their quality dice. Use the promo code ‘HAPPY’ at check out and save 20% on your entire order. Show notes! Craig asks us how to make snipers ...

HJRP1516 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 16

HJRP1516 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kris, Bill ...

GMBrief01-01 The GM Briefing RPG Podcast

GMBRIEF0101 Your hosts: Stu Venable The GM Briefing has it’s own feed and will eventually be listed on iTunes. I’ve added it to the normal Happy Jacks feed so listeners can hear it. Send feedback to gmbriefing@angryfolk.com. ...

HJRP1515 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 15

HJRP1515 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Tim The Wrecking Crew is raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Link to the Wrecking Crew’s Extra-Life page. Click “donate.” Type “The Wrecking Crew” into the search bar and pick a member to donate to. You can also check out the Wrecking Crew’s podcast.   ...

HJRP1514 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 14

HJRP1514 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Samantha, JiB Phil Vecchione has a Patreon for his NPC project. Check it out: https://www.patreon.com/encodeddesigns?ty=h Show notes! We discuss ways to introduce new players. Casey from Sioux Falls about the benefits of recording games (even if you don’t turn them in to actual plays), the Long Con format and the ...

HJRP1513 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 13

HJRP1513 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tim and Benji.     ...

HJRP1512 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 12

HJRP1512 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Bill, Kris Show Notes: Dance train asks us how to create an affinity for NPCs with the players. Marco shares his thoughts on Pathfinder Society. Ben in Texas gives us his thoughts on min-maxing. Hyvemynd writes in to catch up, and Juliet shares a game nightmare from Gencon.   ...

HJRP1511 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 11

HJRP1511 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Tim and Kris Steinbach tells us about his DM, who can’t break the GM is God habit. Karlen of the Hill People asks us about a group of players who reject a player’s character — by locking him in a chest and abandoning him. Saelorn clarifies skill checks and rolling ...

HJRP1510 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 10

HJRP1510 This is a convention episode, recorded live at Gateway 2015. For more information on Strategicon’s fine series of game conventions, check out their site at Strategicon.net. ...

HJRP1509 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 09

hjrp1509 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina and JiB ...

HJRP1508 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 08

HJRP1508 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gina and Jim ...

HJRP1507 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 07

HJRP1507 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Tim     ...

HJPR1506 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 06

HJPR1506 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, CADave   ...

HJRP1505 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 05

hjrp1505 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kris and Phil Vecchione. We discuss Engine Publishing’s new book, Focal Point.   ...

HRJP1504 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 04

HJRP1504 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and Tim     ...

HJRP1503 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 03

HJRP1503 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and DTPints   ...

HJRP1502 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 02

HJRP1502 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Gina and the Angry GM. Many thanks to the Angry GM for joining us. ...

HJRP1501 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 01

hjrp1501 Your hosts: Stu, Kurt, Maire and Stork   ...

HJRP1420 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 20

HJRO1420 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, Tim and Kris ...

HJRP1419 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 19

HJRP1419 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, JiB   ...

HJRP1418 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 18

HJRP1418 Your hosts:Stu, Stork, Tyler, Tim ...

HJRP1417 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 17

HJRP1417 Your hosts: Stu, Maire and Tim Show Notes! Dave the Sockpuppettroll writes in with some questions about convention game preparedness. Tomi from Finland asks what was the last think we learned that made us better GMs. And Bevin treats us to a gaming nightmare.   ...

HJRP1416 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 16

hjrp1416 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tim Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day. Special thanks to Barrel Rider Games (look for his stuff on Drive Thru RPG. Show Notes!  Steve asks us about situations where NPCs are talking to each other while the PCs watch. Noah asks a question where his PC is a prisoner and how ...

HJRP1415 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 15

HJRP14-15 Your hosts: Stu, Aya, Twin and Mowi Show Notes! Wil L asks us about a situation where his party might become overly wealthy and asks for advice. Dancing Owlbear has a playing bringing the wrong kind of drama. Jimto checks in with some tips and a bit of an update. And a gaming nightmare ...

HJRP1414 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 14

HJRP1414 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and HosierRob This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. You can get 105 high-quality dice (that’s 15 complete sets) for under $25. And if you use the promo code HAPPYJACKS at checkout you’ll get an additional 10% off PLUS free shipping. Show Notes: Bakomusha ask when to yes and and ...

HJRP1413 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 13

HRJP1413 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Kimi and theAngryGM. A big thank you to @theAngryGM for joining us for this episode. You can follow him on twitter at @theAngryGM and read his rantings at www.theangrygm.com. Show Notes! We discuss whether GMs should punish players for being stupid. Grant from Saving the Game writes about a fellow ...

HJRP1412 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 12

HJRP1412 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler and Tim Show Notes! We discuss making a big boss fight memorable. Jeremy writes in with a horror story and a question about passive players. Weaslecreature takes exception with Stu’s contention regarding the place of game mechanics in social situations. New GM Starting tells us of his players exploits in ...

HJRP1411 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 11

HJRP1411 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and Tim This episode is sponsored by dogmight.com, makers of fine fine custom dice chests and adventure cases. Show Notes! We discuss pacifist PCs and how to handle them in combat. OutofPrintDM asks us for advice on running for an entire party of new players. Niklas writes about when ...

HJRP1410 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 10 – Live from Orccon 2015

hjrp1410 Live from Orccon 2015. ...

HJRP1409 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 09

HJRP1409 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler and Kimi Don’t forget to buy Stu’s new gaming music collection, “Once Upon a Tavern,” by the Angryfolk Band. You can go to happyjacks.org/once for more information, or just look for it on iTunes, Amazon.com, Google Play and other shit. Kimi and Tyler’s favorite nerd based gym is nerdstronggym.com. ...

HJRP1408 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 08

HJRP1408 Your hosts: Stu, CADave and Tim This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. You can snag 10% off all products right now and that means you can grab the giant 105 count bag of factory-first dice that comes with a velvet bag for less than $23. Shipping is also always free in the USA. Enter ...

HJRP1407 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 07

hjrp1407 Your hosts: Bill, Stork, Tyler, CADave This is a guerrilla episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Stu is off in mixing land. Thank you to Bill, Stork, Tyler and Dave for stepping up in my absence.   ...

HJRP1406 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 06

HJRP1406 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and JiB Too busy mixing to put in show notes. Maybe later – Stu ...

HJRP1405 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 05

HJRP1405 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Tyler This episode is sponsored by: easyrollerdice.com. Use coupon code SWEETDEAL at checkout to save 20%. Show Notes! David from Michigan writes in about linear scenario design versus railroading. Torlav74 writes in about bennies in Savage Worlds. Rav writes in about Microsoft’s One-Note, which is a great tool ...

HJRP1404 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 04

hjrp1404 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes! Sulliver writes in asking about house-ruling and leaving out rules. Jonny writes in about scheduling problems with his group. Marco asks for advice on how to run a more contemplative game for high-action addicts. Conflicted in the Carolinas asks for advice on firing a player from ...

HJRP1403 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 03

HJRP1403 Your hosts: Stu, Aya, Twin and Mowi. Show Notes! Niklas has a very diverse group of players and asks for some advice on how to handle them. Snardflapple gives us his take on coming up with a game concept and how to turn it into scenes. Jerry from Oregon shares his experience at his ...

HJRP1402 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 02

HRJP14-02 Your Hosts: Stu, Hosier Rob, Hyvemynd and Tyler Show Notes! James from China sends us a horror story about playing a Jedi without his Lightsaber. We use this as a jumping off point to discuss hard times in games and adventures. How much is too much? When to let up? Sam asks about Hero ...

HJRP1401 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 01

HJRP1401 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina. 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. ...

HJRP1220 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 20

HJRP1220 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, JiB 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 ...

HJRP1219 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 19

HJRP1219 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 ...

HJRP1218 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 18

HJRP1218 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. ...

HJRP1217 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 17

HJRP1217 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. ...

HJRPPE01 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Penalty Episode 01

HJRPPE01 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 ...

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

hjrp1216 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. ...

HJRP1215 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 15

HJRP1215 Your 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 ...

HJRP1214 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 14

HJRP1214 Your Hosts: Stu, Twin, Mowi and Aya Links Mentioned: True Neutral Comic Sportive Tricks (featured song at the end). Order of the Stick Gateway2014 Show Notes! Dan asks about going from small idea to whole scenario, which we discuss at length. He also ask about running GURPS for the first time. Larsson writes in ...

HJRP1213 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 13

HJRP1213 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and JiB Links mentioned: Gateway 2014 August 29 – September 1. Bristol Renaissance Faire – the Merry Wives of Windsor are playing there this weekend only (August 9th and 10th). If you’re in Wisconsin, go up and say ‘hi.’ Happy Jacks T-Shirts are no available at the Angryfolk.com webstore. Mook ...

HJRP1212 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 12

HJRP1212 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill Listen to Stu and Stork on this week’s episode of the Misdirected Mark Podcast. Join us at Strategicon’s Gateway 2014 August 29th through Sept 1. Link mentioned: a Quite Year by Buried Without Ceremony. Show Notes! We discuss raising the stakes in combat and other ways to keep combat ...

HJRP1211 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 11

hjrp1211 Your hosts: Stu and Stork, and Phil and Chris from Misdirected Mark Podcast. Links mentioned in the show: Queen City Conquest – Dangerous Space Jail – Return of Dragons – Unframed – Minions of the Source – Mechanical Bard: Ninth World Tales – Encoded Designs Show Notes! We first talk about convention game prep, the importance of good pregenerated player characters and what makes a great ...

HJRP1210 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 10

hjrp1210 Your hosts: Stu, Aya, Twin and Mowi. Aya, Twin and Mowi’s Kickstarter- True Neutral Comic. Show Notes! We start out the show with a Q&A about LARPinc, since our three cohosts organize a LARP. Tarin emailed in about the whimsical game he’s planning for a friend. Vincent from Virginia chimes in on the Social ...

HJRP1209 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 09

HJRP1209 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and Gina Show Notes! The “Please Stop Talking to My Experience Points” t-shirts have been ordered. Gateway2014 is at the LAX Hilton over Labor Day Weekend. Info at Strategicon.net. Oliver from California writes to ask us about emulating learning in a magic school (a la Harry Potter) in an ...

HJRP1208 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 08

hjrp1208 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and Erik from Metagamers Anonymous. Erik is running a Kickstarter to start up a local game convention, called TsunamiCon. The con is scheduled for November 7-9 at the Hotel at Old Town in Wichita. Show Notes! Joel asks us about dribbling out clues about a bad guy. Ron asks ...

HJRP1207 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 07

hjrp1207 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina and Jeb from Postcards from the Dungeon. Show Notes! We talk with Jeb about Fear the Con 7, which was last weekend. Manuel writes in to ask about running an investigation-heavy game. Commander McBragg writes in with his methods for keeping track of missed plot hooks. Seth asks for ...

HJRP1206 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 06

HJRP1206 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt and Maire The song at the end of this episode is by Sportive Trick. Maire’s soaps and scarves are available at her Etsy Shop. Show Notes! We discuss character preludes. Clockwork Monk writes in to ask how GMs can provide players with epic deaths when they request them. Drayle88 ...

HJRP1205 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 05

HJRP1205 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib, Gina Show Notes! J from the Bay Area asks about balancing encounters. Eric from Bakersfield writes to tell us about a player/GM plot and the resulting table-flip and rage-quit. Aether Punk asks about the Moment of Truth magic system and describes his own magic design concepts. Rob tells us ...

HJRP1204 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 04

HJRP1204 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Kimi Show Notes! Luke from London writes in asking for some advice on a successful horror game. IFJ writes in to note that Bahamut is a genuine diety. Mr CJ writes to tell us about his encounter with DnD Encounters. Hour 11 writes in to talk about what happens ...

HJRP1203 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 03

HJRP1203 This episode of Happy Jacks is brought to you by Prowlers and Paragons by LakeSide Games. Your Hosts! Stu, Stork, Gina, Kimi. Show Notes! Our sponsor: Prowlers and Paragons by LakeSide Games. Mike from PA writes in about character advancement systems, the lack of said in Traveller and asks our opinions on the matter. ...

HJRP1202 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 02

This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is brought to you by Extreme Earth – A dystopian superhero setting. Now on Kickstarter. HJRP1202 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB. T-Shirt Poll on our Forum. Show Notes! Bleeding Quasar wrote in to discuss game mechanics for social encounters, and we discuss. Karsten from Germany writes in about ...

HJRP1201 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 12 Episode 01

hjrp1201 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina NOTE: There will be no episode for the week of April 25 -May 1. Show Notes! JW writes in to ask about Savage Worlds’ plot points campaigns as for some advice about a player who seems enthusiastic until he comes to the table. Ricki writes in about dividing up ...

HJRP1120 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 20

hjrp1120 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 ...

HJRP1119 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 19

hjrp1119 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.   ...

HJRP1118 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 18

    HJRP1117 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 ...

HJRP1117 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 17

HJRP1117 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kimi Show Notes! Sorry, it’s faire season. ...

HJRP1116 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 16

HJRP1116 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB   ...

HJRP1115 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 15

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 ...

HJRP1114 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 14

HJRP1114 – Live at Orccon 2014 Your hosts: A lot of people. This episode was recorded live at Orccon2014. Thank you to the Strategicon staff for their hospitality.   ...

HJRP1113 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 13

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 ...

HJRP1112 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 12

HJRP1112 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 ...

HJRP1111 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 11

HJRP1111 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler and Curtis 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 ...

HJRP1110 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 10

HJRP1110 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler 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 ...

HJRP1109 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 09

HJRP1109 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, HosierRob 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 ...

HJRP1108 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 08

HJRP1108 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes! DJ writes in about his L5R game, where one player is very familiar with Feudal Japan/Rokugan and the other isn’t, and how to reconcile this problem. James emails in writes in to tell us how he found the show and his experience with (a lack of) ...

HJRP1107 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 07

hjrp1107 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave   ...

HJRP1106 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 06

hjrp1106 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib and Gina. Show Notes! Message from Jim Sandoval from Strategicon.net about the RPG arrangements at Orccon 2014. Ashley writes in asking how she (as GM) can prevent a player from railroading her. Bill in the AZ ask about an incident at a game convention and a bandolier of Axe ...

HJRP1105 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 05

HJRP1105 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave,Kimi,Tyler, JiB, Gina, Phil Show Notes! (note, this episode was recording in the middle of our day-after-Thanksgiving party, so it is not reflective of normal episodes). Worldseye writes in for some advice on running mystery games and handling “big reveals.” Peter from Hampshire ask about categorizing player types and how ...

HJRP1104 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 04

HJRP1104 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Phil Vecchione from Gnome Stew. Show Notes! Phil Vecchione, author of Never Unprepared and Odyssey: The Complete Game Masters Guide to Campaign Management, joins us to discuss campaigns, RPG publishing, winning an Ennie and more. Slye writes in asking about reviving an old or defunct campaign. Jimbo Hawkins ...

RPGRT003 The RPG Roundtable Podcast Episode 003

RPGRT003 – Noteworthy NPCs NOTE: This episode of RPG Roundtable has been cross-posted to the Happy Jacks RPG Roundtable feed. If you enjoy the RPG Roundtable, please consider subscribing, as not all roundtable episodes will be posted on the Happy Jacks feed. In this episode we discuss what makes NPCs in table top RPGs notable ...

HJRP1103 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 03

HJRP1103 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, JiB Show Notes! Jonnie writes in and asks about combat between NPCs. Tom the Pedantic writes in with some tips for running convention games. JimTo writes in about Gygax and D20. Lonely in Poland asks for some advice about finding players, and Scott tells us the tale of a ...

HJRP1102 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 02

HJRP1102 – Sidebars Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Kimi. Shownotes! Brandon writes in about sidebars, as he’s running a game where they don’t get together very often, and this becomes our main topic. Dave write in about our old contests. Todd from Quebec writes in about Gumshoe/Ashen Stars, Dungeon Crawl Classics and Warhammer Fantasy ...

HJRP1020 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 20 – Girl Gamers

HJRP1020 Your hosts: Kimi, Gina and Sam Shownotes! Ladies night. The hosts discussing being a woman in gaming. Sam from the Lady Monster-Slaying Society (a meetup group) writes in to thank us for the show. (Thank you for the gift, Sam!). Keith writes in to ask about on-line campaigns and finding gamers in California. Joe ...

HJRP1019 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 19

HJRP1019 – Campaign Endings Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Tyler Show Notes! We discuss ending campaigns, what players want from a good ending, how to handle loose ends, etc. Michael in Texas writes in with some praise, and we thank him for his generosity. We would also like to thank everyone who has purchased audio ...

HJRP1018 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 18

HJRP1018 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Dan and Chad from Fear the Boot. Shownotes! We discuss prisoners in RPGs, a bit about the complications they cause, and we explore why players (or their characters) don’t like to take them, and what they do with them when they do. RT writes in with some information about ...

HJRP1017 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 17

hjrp1017 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB If you’d like to contribute to team Grenable for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Los Angeles 2013 Walk for a Cure, you can do so here. Show Notes! We discuss some tips for the new GM. We specifically talk a bit about running Call of Cthulhu, and also give ...

HJRP1016 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 16

HJRP1016 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Kimi, Tyler Show Notes! We discussed trouble PCs and balancing the fun of playing a broken character with the grief it can cause the rest of the party. Mathew writes in to lament the fact that many games don’t use the exploding dice mechanic, and how fun it is.  Jarred ...

RPGRT001 Special: The RPG Roundtable Podcast Episode 001

RPGRT001 – Role-playing reward mechanics. This is the first episode of the RPG Roundtable Podcast. It was released about 1-1/2 weeks ago and I’m putting it in the Happy Jacks feed so you can all have a listen. It’s a monthly show tackling topics in the table top RPG hobby with hosts from different RPG ...

HJRP1015 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 15

HJRP1015 – Pursuits Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes! We discuss making chases and pursuits more interesting. We receive an urgent email from Renee about running a one-player game in either Mongoose Traveller or Legend of the Five Rings. Bill from Arizona writes in about the conundrum of a party taking prisoners and ...

HJRP1014a Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 14a RPG Podcast Listener Survey Results Show

HJRP1014a – RPG Podcast Listener Survey results show. Your hosts: Stu, David, Meg and Scott. Show Notes! Stu is joined with David, Meg and Scott for the analysis of the 2013 RPG Podcast Listener Survey Results . Meg appears in the Played Out Podcast.   ...

HJRP1014 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 14

HJRP1014 – Humorous Games Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Bill Shownotes! We talk about our games at Gateway2103, why Episode 10-13 will never be heard, and about the Tales of the Floating Vagabond Kickstarter. If you’re interested, you can also get the first edition of Vagabond on DTRPG as well. There’s also a bundle of ...

The sad tale of HJRP1013

Due to an unforeseen problem with the recording chain, our live show from Gateway 2013 is all but non-existent. I have tried to save the audio, but there’s barely any there to work with. –Stu ...

HJRP1011 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 11

HJRP1011 – Handwaving Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Mouser and Kristel Show Notes! We discuss handwaving certain things in campaigns: money, back stories, combat, etc. Scott writes in to ask us how roleplaying can effect game mechanics (the inverse of game mechanics affecting roleplaying). Kanoan asks us about keeping interest as a GM in a campaign ...

HJRP1010 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 10

HJRP1010 – Roleplaying, Game Mechanics and the Law. Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Tyler Show Notes! Heavy Metal Jess writes in to ask our thoughts on running a trial in a game with no social mechanics (DnD2E) in a single-player game. Adicted2AA asks us about an idea for an Eclipse Phase game where the players ...

HJRP1009 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 09

HJRP1009 – From Concept to Scenes Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Hosier Rob Show Notes! We revisit convention game prep, discuss going from vague idea, to developed concept to individual scenes. Tom tells us about his game, including integrating previous PCs into the current story. He also asks about prepping a detailed city for a ...

HJRP1008 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 08

HJRP1008 Your Hosts: Stu, HosierRob, JiB and Kimi Show notes! We discuss convention game preparation, including making good pregens. Rob asks us why we haven’t won (or been nominated for) and Ennie, and Stu explains. Rick No. 7 writes in about a new rule he heard: “If you own the book, you can use it.” ...

HJRP1007 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 07

HJRP1007 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Hosier Rob (and Claire for a bit!) Show notes: We discus adapting material from one game system to another, but mostly it ends up being about characters. Eric from Metagamers Anonymous writes in talking about hacking and house ruling game systems. General Insertion Joe writes in about an epic ...

HJRP1006 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 06

HJRP1006 Your Hosts: CADave, HosierRob, Clockverk and Kimi Show Notes! We discuss how to handle a missing player at an on going campaign. Show writes in to tell us about games where he introduced NPC traitors to the party. Gandalf the Plaid ask the hosts about their proudest moment as a GM or player. Eric ...

HJRP1005 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 05

HJRP1005 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob, Gammonstark. Show Notes: Photostyle asks for tips for players playing in con games or one shots as first timers. GI Joe asks for some ideas on how to play a noble character. Brad writes in about the Real Ghostbusters episode with Cthulhu. Friar Greg writes in with lots of ...

HJRP1004 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 04

HJRP1004 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib, Kimi Take the RPG Podcast Listener Survey. Get ready for Gateway 2013 – August 30 to September 2. Shownotes! Main topic: Balancing Player Agency and Game Mechanics. We discuss several common scenarios where player agency (the player’s control of their character) and the game mechanics collide.  Don writes in ...

HJRP1003 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 03

hjrp1003 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tyler Show Notes: The dangers of GM over-preparation. Check out Never Unprepared, a book on GM game prep. RT tells of the story of the GM who constantly preps but can’t run a game. Stevan from Serbia writes about his Warhammer 40k game with a horribly split party. Karsten ...

HJRP1002 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 02

HJRP1002 Take the 2013 RPG Podcasts Listener Survey. Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADAve and Bill Show Notes: Handling shy, quiet and new players. We discuss dealing with new players, how to integrate them into the group and get them comfortable. We also discuss quiet players as well as shy players. NothingSacred writes in about a ...

HJRP1001 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 10 Episode 01

HJRP1001 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, CADave Take the 2013 RPG Podcast Listener Survey. Show notes! We discuss what makes a good plot hook. Saul writes in with some questions about his Pathfinder game. Jay writes in with a gaming emergency regarding too many plot threads. Tarin chimes in on emotion in games and why ...

HJRP0920 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 20

HJRP0920 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, CADave Show Notes: We discuss turncoat NPCs and also address William from Maryland who is trying to infiltrate a bag guy NPC in his game. Kaptain Kiwi asks about one of his players who doesn’t role-play much and how he can encourage him to do so more. N Eric ...

HJRP0919 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 19

HJRP0919 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib, Bill Thank you to the following for helping us get out the word about our RSS Feed Change. Dan from The Carpe DM at CarpeGM.net George from RPG Circus RPGCircus.com Dan from Fear the Boot at FeartheBoot.com Erik from Metagamers Anonymous at prismatictsunami.com and the dozens of listeners who ...

HJRP0918a Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 18a – Email Catch Up

HJRP0918a Your host: Stu Shownotes! This is a experiment of an episode. Stu is listening to a few voicemails and reads a couple emails to catch up from our Renaissance Faire schedule (every other week). Our favorite minmaxer from Chicago voicemails in with an intriguing way to start a campaign. Shoe in Seattle wants to ...

HJRP0918 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 18

HJRP0918 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Jib Update: The Free RPG Blog has a guide to writing a free RPG. Show Notes! — First, we discuss crafting a scene in an RPG, as we all consider scenes to be the building blocks of an adventure. Stu goes off on Kickstarter, after hearing about yet another chronically ...

HJRP0917 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 17

Season 09 Episode 17 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB Shownotes! Character backgrounds and back stories — why we want them, what we like in them and how we like them presented. Matthew writes in to ask us about starting up the RPG hobby and playing in the third person, rather than the first person. Ira ...

HJRP0916 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Epsiode 16

Season 09 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib, Gina Show Notes: The hosts discuss emotion in an RPG, specifically getting the players emotionally investing in what’s happening. Heavy Metal Jess ask how to give a setting a specific ethnic or cultural feel. Clockwork Monk asks about bringing up disadvantages in a game. N. Eric ...

HJRP0915 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 15

Season 09 Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Mouser, Kristel Show Notes: We discuss whether the presence of Bennies (or some other roleplaying reward system) improves roleplaying at the table or hurts it. Does it encourage shoddy tactics? Metagaming? Smokeymoonshine writes to ask our opinion of games (a la Dresden Files) where setting creation is ...

HJRP0914 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 14

Season 09 Episode 14 – Pacing! Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, JiB Show Notes: The hosts discuss game pacing, how to read the table, methods to slow or speed up the pace of the action. Creative Cowboy writes in about burnout and what to do about it. Inflatus writes in asking what portions of the ...

HJRP0913 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 13

Season 09 Episode 13 Your host: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes: We discuss conflict in RPGs. Where it comes from (self, other people, society, nature and inter-party).  When it’s too much. Newsteinleo writes to us about his game and the GMPC that’s becoming problematic (as they usually do). Stevan from Serbia writes about a ...

HJRP0912 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 12

Season 09 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi poxyboggards.com/tickets Show Notes: Mike from Warwick emails asking for advice about campaign prep and credible villains. Rick No. 7 rails about gamer-on-gamer hate, and an epic gamer nightmare involving butt-hurt basement dwellers. Len talks about when to roll with regards to his game “The Narrative Toolbox.” ...

HJRP0911 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 11

Season 09 Episode 11 Recorded live at Orccon 2013.   ...

HJRP0910 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 10

Season 09 Episode 10 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler Links mentioned: todaysmeet.com/littlehelp poxyboggards.com/tickets this charity is why daddy drinks Show notes: Tom the Pedantic writes about GM dice fudging and states that he rolls dice to “increase tension.” We discuss his email, including the possibility of fudging dice rolls against the players. John asks us ...

HJRP0909 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 09

Season 09 Episode 09 Your host: Stu, Stork, Jib, Gina Links: www.youtube.com/user/EmergentPlay First we discuss coming up with game ideas that harness an online game (like a G+ Hangout) experience to INCREASE immersion. Aszuretalon emails us with a health update (yeah!), asks us about reveling in befuddling the GM and ideas about a Transformers game. ...

HJRP0908 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 08

Season 09 Episode 08 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Mouser and Kristel Links mentioned: Sewer Rats Strategicon’s Orccon 2013 Amorphous Blob Games Dresden Pregens One-Shots Tayleron asks us about PCs and romance, which we discuss for the first 40 minutes or so. Sean asks us about game prep for Sewer Rats. Riff asks us about Star ...

HJRP0907 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 07

Season 09 Episode 07 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib, CADave Links Lakeside Games’ Narrative Toolbox Your Book is Why Daddy Drink     Gofundme.com/littlehelp Show Notes: “When to Roll.” We discuss when the GM should require skill and attribute rolls from the players. We detail several games guidelines about when rolls should happen and shouldn’t ...

HJRP0906 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 06

Season 09 Episode 06 Your hosts: Stu, Stork Jib and Gina Help listener Azurtallon with his battle with cancer: http://www.gofundme.com/littlehelp http://www.themook.net   Show notes: Chuck in Dallas and Jonas write in about GM dice fudging, we discuss extensively. Jonas brings up the fact that any party victory may be “tainted” by the suspicion that the ...

HJRP0905 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 05

Season 09 Episode 05 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Kimi The blurb! Email us at happyjacksrpg@gmail.com, participate in our forum at happyjacks.org/forum, follow us on twitter at @happyjackrpg, and listen live on Friday nights at 8:30pm Pacific at happyjacks.org/live. You can also follow Stu @srvenable and Kimi @ladyadeena on Twitter. My personal apologies to those ...

HJRP0904 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 04

Season 09 Episode 04 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina “B” asks us about players always playing the same sort of character. We discuss if pigeon-holing yourself as a player is good, band or just doesn’t matter. Tom emails us to discuss quantifying PC intelligence and playing a character who is smarter than the player. He ...

HJRP0903 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 03

Season 09 Episode 03 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Jib. Jake asks us how he can take away magic items in his Pathfinder game without the players rebelling. Rob asks us how to transition from one-shots to a campaign. We then discuss the attributes of a successful campaign. Andrew asks us a question about PC ...

HJRP0902 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 02

Season 09 Episode 02 Your hosts: Stu and Stork. Premature PC Death. Don’t forget to check out our actual play shows available in a separate RSS feed and on iTunes. Jonas provides a tip for when a player’s character dies early in a session (having him co-gm). He then goes on to describe how one ...

HJRP0901 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 09 Episode 01

Season 09 Episode 01 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib Tom from Minneapolis emails us about good metagaming, which we discuss. Bullgod discusses accents (how limited travel and a lack of mass electronic communication insulated groups and regions, creating numerous accents) and compliments Stu on his spot-on Retired British Army Officer(tm) accent. Chad writes about his ...

HJRP0820 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 20

Season 08 Episode 20 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, JiB Brian from Troll Forged Miniatures emailed with the good side of Kickstarters (like providing him with employment). Brian from Reaper Minis chimed in about games with minis and even discusses using minis for characterization (rather than as a combat marker). Daniel from Serbia asks us about offering ...

HJRP0819 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 19

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HJRP0818 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 18

Seaon 08 Episode 18 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave. ...

HJRP0817 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 17

Season 08 Episode 17 Your hosts: Stu, plus Nick, Trip and Russell from the League of Steam.   ...

HJRP0816 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 16

Season 08 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Tyler ...

HJRP0815 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 15

Season 08 Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, CADave ...

HJRP0814 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 14

Season 08 Episode 14 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kimi     ...

HJRP0813 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 13

Season 08 Episode 13 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy, JiB ...

HJRP0812 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 12

Season 08 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler     ...

HJRP0811 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 11

Season 08 Episode 11 Recorded live at Gateway2012.     ...

HJRP0810 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 10

Season 08 Episode 10 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, CADave, Fray Cheating!   ...

HJRP0809 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 09

Season 08 Episode 09 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, Jib, Kimi ...

HJRP0808 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 08

Season 08 Episode 08 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt, Maire   ...

HJRP0807 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 07

Season 08 Episode 07 Your hosts: Stu, Jib, Tyler, Stork. ...

HJRP0806A Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 06a 2012 2 Sides:1Epic Contest Awards

Season 08 Episode 06a — 2 Sides: 1 Epic Contest Awards Show Special bonus episode announcing the winners of our 2 Sides: 1 Epic contest. Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for our first annual 2 Side: 1 Epic contest. We received 48 entries in all (including 3 late ones). We had six judges, ...

HJRP0806 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 06

Season 08 Episode 06 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, Kimi ...

HJRP0805 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 05

Season 08 Episode 05 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tyler, Tappy ...

HJRP0804 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 04

Season 08 Episode 04 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, Tappy ...

HJRP0803 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 03

Season 08 Episode 03 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tyler, CADave, JimTo.   ...

HJRP0802 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 02

Season 08 Episode 02 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jib, Blind Envy and Clockverk ...

HJRP0801 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 08 Episode 01

Season 08 Episode 01 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, CADave ...

HJRP0720 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 20

Season 07 Episode 20 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Jib. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 18

Season 07 Episode 18 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tappy, Tyler ...

HJRP0719 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 19

Season 07 Episode 19 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy, CADave and Bill   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 17

Season 07 Episode 17 The B-Team Reunion. Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Hosier Rob, Gammonstark, Clockverk and Blind Envy.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 16

Season 07 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, JiB, Fray 2012 RPG Podcast Listener Survey   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 15

Season 07 Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Stork, Tyler, Kimi ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 14

Season 07 Episode 14 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, JiB and Fray   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 13

Season 07 Episode 13 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, Gammon, Tyler   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 12

Season 07 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tappy, Jib.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 11

Season 07 Episode 11 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy, Tyler, Jib   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 10

Season 07 Episode 10 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Kimi and Tyler   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 09

Season 07 Episode 09 Your hosts Stu, Tappy, CADave, Kimi Flame War! ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 08

Season 07 Episode 08 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy, JiB, Sean Con behavior! Get “Let Me Tell You About My Character” now. Available at CDBaby.com and on iTunes (search for “Angryfolkband”). ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 07

Season 07 Episode 07 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Tyler Tension in combat without periodically killing PCs? Post Orccon 2012 debrief. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 06

Season 07 Episode 06   Recorded live at Orccon 2012. ...

The BogCast 01-01

The BogCast 01-01 This is a brief discussion about the Poxy Boggards’ new CD, Wish You Were Beer, including a few preview tracks. Back to our regularly scheduled RPG-related mayhem this weekend… ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 05

Season 07 Episode 05 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Kimi ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 04

Season 07 Episode 04 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, CADave and JiB.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 03

Season 07 Episode 03 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and JiB Running convention games   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 02

Season 07 Episode 02 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork and JiB Voicemail Episode. Tips for GMing Traveller ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 07 Episode 01

Season 07 Episode 01   Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy, Gammonstark and Jib.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 20

Season 06 Episode 20 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Tyler   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 19

Season 06 Episode 19 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, Tappy and Sean Good systems for beginning GMs. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 18

Season 06 Episode 18 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy, Kimi PC secrets. How to keep them. Why to keep them. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 17

Season 06 Episode 17 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Tappy. More discussion on min-maxing and tackbutting.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 16

Season 06 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy and Bill With special guest: Shane Lacy Hensley from Pinnacle. Listener audio feedback. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 15

Season 06 Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Tyler When the GM ignores your characters background… Looking for the music we play at the episodes? The Poxy Boggards — the Boggards’ CDBaby page The Merry Wives of Windsor — the Wives’ CDBaby page   Celtic Squall — Celtic Squall’s CDBaby page   Sportive Tricks ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 14

Season 06 Episode 14 Your hosts: Stu, Bill, Kimi, Tyler, Tappy Minmaxers.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 13

Season 06 Episode 13 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler and Stork. HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast’s reading of Call of Cthulhu is now available. Topic: Hiding stuff from the GM.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 12

Season 06 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Hosier Rob. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 11

Season 06 Episode 11 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and CADave Switching systems during a campaign.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 10

Season 06 Episode 10 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, Tappy, Kimi Players becoming bored with their characters. The cheat code effect.     ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 09

Season 06 Episode 09 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Jessica, Bill Tappy’s Traveller game and sandboxes. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 08

Season 06 Episode 08 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Kimi Non game methods of enhancing the game.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 07

Season 06 Episode 07 Listener feedback catchup…no topic! ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 06

Season 06 Episode 06 NPCs as crutches. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 05

Season 06 Episode 05 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave Listener voicemails and post convention lessons learned. Standard Action Web Series.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 04

Season 06 Episode 04 – Live from Gateway 2011! Hosted with many Happy Jacks hosts and listeners. This episode was produced live at Gateway 2011 on September 3rd.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 03

Season 06 Episode 03 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Stork A NOTE ABOUT NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE Next week’s episode will be recorded live at Gateway 2011. We will attempt to stream the episode live as we record it. If the hotel’s upstream bandwidth will allow it, you’ll be able to hear us live at happyjacks.org/live. The ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 02

Season 06 Episode 02 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Tappy Convention game pregens. Gamemastering by Brian Jamison Cheese Shop — Reliving the RPG Obsession Through GURPS.     ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 06 Episode 01

Season 06 Episode 01 Our first live call-in show. Recorded and streamed on August 12, 2011 at 7:30pm PDT. Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, CADave and Stork. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 20

Season 05 Episode 20 Our 100th Episode! Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork, JiB, Tappy, CADave HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast.   Portuguese Podcast 1  Portuguese Podcast 2             Suspense Tips.                  ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 19

Season 05 Episode 19 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bruce, Kimi Listener email and Paladins and Clerics. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 18

Season 05 Episode 18 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy and Stork Listener email. Adventure Structure Part II: Linear and Retro-linear structures.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 17

Season 05 Episode 17 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, Stork, Bruce. Listener email and player motivations.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 16

Season 05 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi and Tappy Topics: Metagaming and Sidebars MinMax Comic Adventure Seed Generator  A note: this episode was streamed live via ustream.tv. Check in here to find out when we’ll live stream again. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 15

Season 05 Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, Casey, Bruce, Tappy Listener Email and Conveying Information. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 14

Season 05 Episode 14 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork Listener Email and “Adventure Structure Part 1: an overview.”   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Epsiode 13

Season 05 Episode 13 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi. Game Balance and Listener Voicemails. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 12

Season 05 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Casey, Tyler, Bruce. We’re back to Game Day Episodes! Woo Hoo! The Alexandrian’s great article on mysteries and the three clue rule. The RPG Podcast Listener Survey. Take it, bitch! Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Labyrinth Lord OSRIC Microlite Beacon   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 11

Season 05 Episode 11 Live at Gamex 2011. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 10

Season 05 Episode 10 Stu, Stork, Tyler, Kimi doucheydm article on names. Greyhawk Grognard. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 09

Season 05 Episode 09 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt, Maire Take the RPG Podcast Listener Survey! Wushu Open. Featured song by Sportive Tricks.     ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 08

Season 05 Episode 08 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi and Tappy. Listener email and thoughts on a good introductory RPG. Note: our website (and several others on our server) were hacked and delivering malware. If you’ve visited this page between May 6 2011 and May 9 2011, you should check your computer for malware.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 07

Season 05 Episode 07 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy and Stork. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 06

Season 05 Episode 06 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Stork, Tyler     ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 05

Season 05 Episode 05 Your hosts: Stu and Tyler Listener email and Tyler and I discuss his impressions of Swords and Wizardry. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 04

Season 05 Episode 04 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Stork. Listener email and selling a new system to your group.     ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 03

Season 05 Episode 03 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, Stork and Kimi. Listener email and learning a new system. Featured song: “Bonny Ship the Diamond,” by Sportive Tricks.   ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 02

Season 05 Episode 02 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Tyler, Stork Listener email and “When to Quit.” ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 05 Episode 01

Season 05 Episode 01 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, Stork and Casey. Passive-aggressive GMing for fun and profit. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 20

Season 04 Episode 20 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi and Stork We close our 4th season with special guests David Nett and Richard Robinson from Gold: The Series and Night of the Zombie King. If you haven’t seen Gold: The Series, do yourself a favor and watch it. If you would like to donate to help ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 19

Season 04 Episode 19 Your hosts Stu, Tappy and Stork. Listener Email catchup. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 18

Live from Orccon 2011. Season 04 Episode 18 This episode was recorded live at Orccon 2011 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, California, in front of a live studio audience. It was recorded on Saturday, February 19. Thank you to Eric Aldrich, Mike Fryer and all the folks at Strategicon for their for ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 17

Season 04 Episode 17 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Stork, Kimi Listener email catchup! ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 16

Season 04 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Tyler, Casey, Stork, Bruce. The compromising GM. Happy Jacks Banner Contest. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 15

Season 04 Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, Casey and Stork. Links mentioned: Hexographer Gimp Inkscape Cartographer’s Guild Happy Jack’s Banner Contest Also, if you want to hear an episode that goes in-depth into map making, check out the latest episode of RPG Circus. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 14

Season 04 Episode 14 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Kimi. Our interview with Steve Jackson, Sean Punch, Jason Levine and Phil Reed, from Steve Jackson Games. Many thanks to Steve, Sean, Jason and Phil for taking time out of their schedule to talk with us. Featured Song: “Believe Me” by the Merry Wives of Windsor, ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 13

Season 04 Episode 13 Your hosts: Stu, Enge, Tappy and Casey. Steven S. Long from Hero Games interview. Many thanks to Mr. Long for joining us to answer questions about Hero 6th Edition. Products mentioned: Hero System 6th Edition Basic Rulebook (pdf) (book) Hero System 6th Edition Character Creation and Combat and Adventuring (pdf) (Book ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 12

Season 04 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Bruce and Enge. Listener feedback & voice message from Jim Ryan. Please note: Next week’s episode will feature an interview with Steven S. Long from Hero Games. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 10

Season 04 Episode 10 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi and Sir Guido. How to integrate new players to the RPG hobby. Plus listener email. If you’re in the Southern California area, don’t miss the Poxy Boggard and the Merry Wives of Windsor at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, Calif. Saturday, January 22nd 2011. Tickets: tickets.poxyboggards.com ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 09

Season 04 Episode 09 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and JiB Note: I now have Skype permanently set up in the studio, so we can bring in remote guests more regularly. Show Note Links: Apparently, yahoo is going to close Delicious, so I will no longer use that for the links (sigh). Orccon 2011 All Flesh ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 08

Season 04 Episode 08 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tappy & Matthew Mercer. Hobby store elitism story. Signs of a session in trouble. Special thanks to Matthew Mercer from the upcoming Thundercats reboot. The cocked d4: ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 07

Season 04 Episode 07 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Bruce, Tyler, Bill and (briefly HosierRob). We read listener email, get an audio comment from Jim Ryan (from the Great Debate podcast), discuss a adventure concept and talk about upcoming games at Orccon 2011. Note: This episode would have been up Friday night; however, Pro Tools is ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 05

Season 04 Episode 05 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Tappy Human Centipede the RPG. Listener Email. Skills for the GM. Featured song: Ballad of Jacob McFee from “The First Two Albums,’ by the Poxy Boggards. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 04

Season 04 Episode 04 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Kimi, CADave and Hosier Rob Listener Email. Critical Failure. Initiative. Featured Song: the Bird Song by the Merry Wives of Windsor, from their CD Happy Endings. Go to www.delicious.com/happyjacksrpg for show links. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 03

Season 04 Episode 03 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Casey and Bruce. Listener email. Mentioned links can be found at delicious.com/happyjacksrpg. Featured song: Mo Ghile Mear, from Whiskey Business, by the Poxy Boggards. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 02

Season 04 Episode 02 Your hosts: Stu, Stork and Tappy Listener email and PC-to-PC interaction. Thank you to Timmy Tongan for this week’s logo! You can find links mentioned in the show in the delicious.com sidebar to your right or at www.delicious.com/happyjacksrpg. UPDATE: JiB has started a forum thread detailing what makes a good FLGS. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 04 Episode 01

Season 04 Episode 01 Your hosts: Stu and Stork. Listener email and social interaction games for the hack-n-slasher. Featured song: Come Sirrah Jack Ho, by the Poxy Boggards. The RPG Dread. Deep7.com. The Happy Jacks RPG Podast Listener Anthem We’re listeners of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast We get all our game news from Douchebags galore ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 20

Season 03 Episode 20 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Stork and Kimi www.musha-shugyo.com, a fan-made magazine for L5R. A homebrew system by Todd in Quebec. The Nut Bra (NSFW). Adventures Under the Laughing Moon RPG. Featured song: The Bartering Whore by the Merry Wives of Windsor. We love feedback. If you’d like to leave us a ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 19

Season 03 Episode 19 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Tappy. Tony’s Blog. Featured song: The Holy Ground from the Poxy Boggards’ CD Whiskey Business. We love feedback. If you’d like to leave us a question or comment you can either: email us at happyjacksrpg@gmail.com Leave a voicemail: (626) 629-8RPG leave a comment here on ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 18

Season 03 Episode 18 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Stork and Casey. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 episode 17

Season 03 Episode 17 Your hosts: Stu, Dave, Tyler, Casey, Tappy, Bruce Featured song by Electric Shoe. Saving the World Through Game Design. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 16

Season 03 Episode 16 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Enge and Stork. We discuss listener email and the issues with running large RPG groups. Featured song: Dry, by the Poxy Boggards (hidden track on Whiskey Business). League of Steam The Keep 1.0 by NBOS Software Master Plan BTW, the character actor who said ‘yeeeeeaaaaasss’ on I ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 15

Season 03, Episode 15 Your hosts: Stu, Hosier Rob, Gammonstark, Stork, Tyler, Kimi, Bruce. Email and post-CONversation. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 14

Season 03 Episode 14 LIVE from Gateway 2010 The hosts and the listeners discuss the games we ran on Saturday at Gateway2010 in Los Angeles. Laughing Moon Chronicles. Join us a Orcon2011, February 18-21 (Presidents’ Day Weekend) at the Sheraton Gateway (next to LAX). ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 13

Season 03 Episode 13 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gammon, Merril and Casey We discuss listener email and talk about Savage Worlds some more. Featured Song: “The Parting Glass” by Celtic Squall. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 12a

Season 3 Episode 12a — listener email catch-up. Your hosts Stu, Stork and Casey. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 12

Season 03 Episode 12 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi and Casey. We discuss listener email and running con games. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 11

Season 03 Episode 11 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gammonstark, Stork, Tyler and Kimi. Listener email, and keeping the challenge in your games. Featured song: “That Bastard John Barleycorn” by the Merry Wives of Windsor. We love listener feedback. Email us at happyjacksrpg at gmail dot com. Call our voicemail line at (626) 629-8RPG Follow us ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 10a UPDATE

Final Gencon 2010 update from Veremond and Useless Triviaman. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 10

Season 03 Episode 10 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Casey and Bruce. We read listener email and discuss GMs roles in Player Characters, both generation and in-play. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 09c UPDATE

Update from Listener Veremond from Gencon 2010. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 9b

GENCON UPDATE from Listener Veremond and Useless Trivia Man. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 9a

Reminder about Gencon promos. Go to THIS FORUM TOPIC for information. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 09

Season 03 Episode 09 Your hosts: Stu, Gammonstark, CADave, Tyler, Bruce, Sarah We read email, announce the “gaming nightmare” contest and discuss creepiness. Dustin points us to an alternate dice theory, and provides us with a beer nutrition information site. Dave discusses his game’s megaplots, based on this article from Critical-Hits. The EPIC Sourtoe Cocktail ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 08

Season 03 Episode 08. Your hosts: Stu, Bruce, Tappy and Casey. Playing outside of your class. Happy Jack’s Game Day at Gateway 2010. Labor Day Weekend. Sep 3 – Sep 6, 2010 Radisson LAX $35 for a 4-day pass (with our pre-registration group discount). At the door, a 4-day pass is FIFTY BUCKS. For more info, got to Strategicon.net. ...

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 03 Episode 07

Season 03, Episode 07 Your hosts: Stu, Clockverk, Gammonstark, CA Dave and Hosier Rob. Listener feedback and Mongoose Traveller first impressions. ...