Using robots in your TTRPG campaigns? What questions should you ask yourself when you include them? We have a list of campaign ideas using robots to help you out, and we discuss how to play them both as antagonists and protagonists.
Also in the tradition of our Creature Features, we watched the 1980 scifi film Saturn 3, starring Kirk Douglas, Harvey Keitel and Farrah Fawcett. Regardless of its failings as a scifi horror film, it does include some interesting examples of how to use a robot as a character. And Farrah Fawcett. She is in the film. Did I mention that?
Following up on our top 5 horror settings, we discuss ideas for new and fresh fantasy settings inspired by books, movies, and television. These are not necessarily our favorites, but they were definitely the most inspiring. Have we played it too safe or our choices a reach? Let us know what you think.
Understand that we deliberately didn’t include settings that are currently being used for existing games. Which means this list doesn’t include Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire for obvious reasons. (Well, maybe not so obvious since A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying doesn’t get near enough love.)
To hear what didn’t make the list and also what inspired us to make our choices, listen to our full list of choices in this episode. If you would like to skip the full discussion and go right to the final top 5, please visit our YouTube channel and let us know what we got wrong in the comments.
Episode 215 - Top 5 Fantasy Settings[ 53:08 ]Play NowPlay in Popup
We discuss Paizo changing the word “race” to “ancestry” in Pathfinder 2.0. What does that mean for Dungeons and Dragons? Will WotC follow Paizo’s lead? Now that “ancestry” is taken, what would be some other alternatives? Is this a case of modern sensibilities triumphing over tradition? Enjoy our lukewarm hot take!
Episode 214: Changing Race in Fantasy Role-playing[ 25:13 ]Play NowPlay in Popup
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me We pillage, we plunder, we rifle, and loot Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho We kidnap and ravage and don’t give a hoot We definitely give a hoot about our players’ comfort levels at the table Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho (If you want to drink. No pressure.) – “Yo Ho (A 21st-century Pirate’s Life for Me)”
In the second part of our discussion of Dungeons and Dragons 5e and our pirate campaign, we talk about how to play pirates in a fantasy roleplaying setting. We also discuss our collaborative world-building session.
Avast ye! Here be piratey accents. Yuv bin warrn’d. Arrrrrr!
Episode 213: Campaign Confessions: DnD 5E Part 2: Pirates[ 39:36 ]Play NowPlay in Popup
Continuing our Campaign Confessions series, we look at our recent pirate-themed Dungeons and Dragons 5e campaign. Part one focuses on 5e itself and the reasons why this edition has become so successful. We try to put our finger, and maybe some blame, on who dragged D&D kicking and screaming out of the basement and made it appealing to a whole new generation of players. Is it the system itself or is it social media savvy?
First comic books have become cool and now D&D. There’s hope for you toy collectors yet.
Episode 212: Campaign Confessions: D&amp;amp;amp;amp;D 5E Part One[ 29:02 ]Play NowPlay in Popup
For Halloween this year, we discuss our top 5 horror settings for role-playing. These settings, from movies, books, and television, aren’t necessarily our favorite ones to watch or read, but they are the most interesting and inspirational settings to play in. Let us know if you agree with us!
Note that we deliberately didn’t include settings that are currently being used for games. Do you really need another gaming list topped by Call of Cthulhu and World of Darkness?
If you would like to skip the full discussion and go right to the final top 5, please visit our YouTube channel.
Actual play session of Warhammer 40,000 Deathwatch setting using the Cortex Prime ruleset. Three and a half hours of space marine carnage! If you are interested in trying this setting with this system use the links below…
Pre-generated character PDFs available here:
Ruleset available for pre-order here:
Listen to a discussion of the choice to pair Deathwatch and Cortex Prime:
“We do not hate the alien because he is different, we hate the alien because he had naught but hate in his heart for us.”
— Anonymous Battle-Brother of the Deathwatch
What do you do when an IP you love is released as an RPG with a system you hate?
Wayne discusses his conversion of the Deathwatch RPG to the Cortex Prime system., the latest version of Cortex Plus that powered Marvel Heroics Roleplaying. We also talk about the mechanics of Cortex Prime and how he was inspired to use it to power Space Marines.
SPOILER: His motivations rely heavily on his hatred of the d20
“If you build it, they will come.”- Field of Dreams
“If you build it and provide snacks, they will come.”
– Gaming Table of Dreams
In this episode, we talk to Jools Thomas* and Ryan Thomas* about the Japan International Gamers Guild (JIGG). Jools is the unofficial JIGG historian (he made a T-shirt with that on it, so…), whose blog sparked the idea for this interview. Ryan is one half of the duo, Linda Thomas being the other, that brought gaming to Kansai. If you’re interested in the history of the best gaming community in the world, or if you’re interested in how to start up a gaming community or group, this is the episode for you.
*No relation. Did we run out of last names?
Episode 209: Kansai JIGG (Japan International Gamers Guild)[ 55:56 ]Play NowPlay in Popup
In the premiere of our new series “Straight to Netflix”, we discuss the Duncan Jones science fiction movie starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, and with a Sam Rockwell Moon easter egg. What could possibly go wrong? Should the critics be muted (Hey yo!)? Find out if you should list or miss Mute.
Episode 208: Straight to Netflix: Mute[ 1:13:35 ]Play NowPlay in Popup