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Fear the Boot, RPG Podcast



An irreverent look at tabletop roleplaying games and a little bit more.



Last Build Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:05:46 +0000

Copyright: 2006-2016
 



Episode 454 – passing notes

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:05:46 +0000

* (0:28) Lighter rules keeping players from second-guessing their choices. * (12:16) Passing notes during an RPG. Its capacity to rob mature players of part of the game. * (16:07) Third person omniscience to set things right. * (24:38) Revealing the notes at the end of the session. * (29:06) The truth always comes out, […]


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Episode 453 – not expecting the expected

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:02:48 +0000

WARNING: The discussion in the early part of this show is rather crass. If you don’t want to hear that, skip to 7:08. * (0:32) Why we’re on a second take. * (1:23) The pre-recorded Actual Play is now on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or via its raw RSS feed. * (3:35) Dan fixed the […]


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Episode 452 – the finishing note

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:05:16 +0000

* (0:28) The Skies of Glass AP is out. * (2:36) Our other AP on Twitch. * (5:46) Brodeur’s new coworker. * (9:19) Timing the ending moment of the game. An unintended murder. * (17:16) The opposite extreme: letting a scene overstay its welcome. * (22:40) The difference between a cliffhanger and an abrupt ending. […]


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Episode 451 – accepting death

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:05:59 +0000

* (0:28) Excuse our mess. We’re heading to see Pat at the hospital because of medical complications, and a dog is sleeping on the recording table. Things will be back to normal next week. SIDE NOTE: The most recent update on Pat’s condition can be found here. * (1:01) Having expectations (or a lack thereof) […]


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Patreon adjustments

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:44:25 +0000

We made some changes, so be sure to review your Patreon settings before the end of the month!


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Episode 450 – opportunity in a vacuum

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:05:08 +0000

* (0:29) White whales. * (2:09) What do you want to run but have never had the chance to? * (10:17) What do you want to play but have never had the chance to? * (18:14) What do you want to get published but never have? * (27:07) A big thanks to Chris Torres. * […]


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Episode 449 – taking risks

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:05:29 +0000

* (0:30) The Skies of Glass actual play is now public, and Lookout Radio has gone live. * (1:59) Some restructuring of our Patreon. A live-streaming actual play game is coming soon. * (4:47) Brodeur picks Gunslinger for a gestalt game, gets handed a pre-made. * (13:49) Developing as a Game Master by trying new things. Knowing […]


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Episode 448 – Fear the Con X in review

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:05:59 +0000

* (0:33) Chad fired Brodeur, Dan is the head of HR, Broflake pending. * (6:26) Fear the Con X, post-con. Special thanks to Adam, Bob, and Derek. Also thanks to Beth, Julia, our Kickstarter backers, and everyone who attended. Derek’s beard. * (10:23) Some gaming advice that Dan learned at FTC: Hiring an agent of […]


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Episode 447 – campaign endings

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:24:21 +0000

* (1:03) Brodeur was in a frat. He didn’t get paddled, strangely. * (2:51) Ending an ongoing campaign arc. * (8:52) The nature of the ending. What do the players actually want closure on? * (11:48) Pre-planning the beginning and end, even if the middle is unknown. * (23:03) Roleplaying games and the constant feedback […]


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Episode 446 – too old to punch

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:05:57 +0000

* (0:34) After years of dodging anime, Dan falls in love with One Punch Man. Bill Burr give his take on the show (FAIR WARNING: NSFW language). Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony. * (8:01) Two things that could have messed up the feel of One Punch Man. * (16:47) Putting other anime on the table. […]


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Bonus Episode 74 – terrible on paper

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:05:06 +0000

* (0:24) Dan’s top three card games in a video game. Chad loses it for Gwent. You can sign up for the Fear the Boot Gwent league on the forums. * (9:28) Entertainment that sounds awful in concept but works well in execution. Persona 5. * (15:00) Gotham. * (22:04) Dredd. * (29:38) Kung Fury. * (29:57) Deconstructing […]


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Episode 445 – small topic round-up

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:05:32 +0000

* (0:29) Brodeur helps organize Geekway to the West. Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Twilight Struggle, and Battlestar Galactica. * (10:00) Fear the Con X. Charlie talks about Secret Hitler. * (11:59) Not caring what people think. Surviving Comic-Con. Pat meets Dr. Who. * (25:22) ‘Mechs, lantern rings, symbiotes, and the power-trading agreements among the hosts. * (30:15) The […]


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Episode 444 – integrating the metagame

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:05:18 +0000

* (0:40) A bunch of charity updates! Derek’s charity games (low level, mid level, and high level tiers). Pat’s GoFundMe page. Manicorn work provided by the Mitch STL salon. * (6:10) Explaining what a perk or bennie represents before it’s used. * (8:33) Deconstructing the Red Shirt. Creating emotional ante. * (12:23) Seizing narrative control. The […]


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Episode 443 – the killing begins

Tue, 16 May 2017 05:05:12 +0000

* (0:28) Chad and Wayne are AWOL. * (1:20) Dan learns a whole lot about Fritz Tornow and Hitler’s dogs. * (4:03) Following up on Brodeur’s lack of combat in his game. * (5:53) Brodeur does everything wrong, but it works. * (9:22) Starting with the party asleep and fully divided. * (13:44) Mid-scene cliffhangers and spotlight bouncing for […]


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Episode 442 – something to do

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:05:19 +0000

* (0:27) Catching up on episodes and experimenting with a Skies of Glass actual play. * (2:51) A listener, Steve, asks about keeping characters engaged when their specialty isn’t of any use in a particular scene. * (7:06) Asking how the characters got in this position. * (10:11) Game Master tweaking of the player characters to […]


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Bonus Episode 73 – customers

Wed, 03 May 2017 05:05:19 +0000

* (0:23) Some more details on Derek’s charity games (low level, mid level, and high level tiers). * (3:04) Time to go bonus episode! The FAST test for stroke. * (5:10) Customers beat down Brodeur, illustrating the reason Dan became a programmer. * (11:26) Chad loves the customers. Or at least doesn’t hate them. Dan and […]


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Episode 441 – too little killing

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:05:55 +0000

* (0:29) Why Brodeur is scared of Aisha. * (2:49) Some new information on Fear the Con X. Derek’s charity game (low level, mid level, and high level tiers). Booters and Shooters. Email Adam Gottfried if you’re interested in pre-con tourism. * (10:17) Chad’s anger. * (13:00) Games with too much RP and not enough combat. * […]


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Episode 440 – battered group syndrome

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 05:05:58 +0000

* (1:43) Introducing our topic from Lars-Hendrik: Groups that have been abused by their GM. * (4:10) Knowing about the problems prior to the first game versus finding out when the game is in progress. * (8:00) Mending trust through transparency, patience, and consistency. * (12:22) Intentionally making mistakes. Rolling above the board. * (16:12) The bad behaviors […]


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Episode 439 – Brodeur goes to school

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:05:55 +0000

* (0:28) Welcoming Zach. * (0:47) Brodeur gets on Facebook and buys a cell phone. * (17:55) Brodeur talks to the kids in a class about game design. After an introduction, they break up into small groups to play some RPGs. * (20:47) How far society has come in its acceptance of roleplaying games. * (26:54) […]


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Episode 438 – performance gaming

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:05:23 +0000

* (0:29) Welcoming Eric. What attracted Karla to Dan. * (3:28) Tabletop roleplaying games as a spectator sport. The showmanship of the Game Master. * (10:59) The most interesting games as a distraction. * (13:00) The attributes of a good GM that also make for a good public performance. * (19:20) Turning a spectator into a part of […]


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Episode 437 – consequence and continuity

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:05:42 +0000

* (0:36) A second take, and why Brodeur’s wife just might be OK with bigamy. Star wipe. * (4:07) Pat’s new refrigerator. Dan’s plan to conquer Narnia and install Beth as queen. * (8:23) Today’s Topic: Terrible segues. Brodeur’s seat just might be up for the taking. * (10:29) Controlling your players via consequences. The concern that […]


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Episode 436 – reluctant gamers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:05:13 +0000

* (0:27) Just Dan and Karla! Well, and the pets. * (1:04) Big Bang Theory. The clip Dan mentioned (WARNING: Yelling and NSFW language.) * (4:57) Celebrity gossip. The names Dan was looking for are Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen / Green Arrow), and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn). * (8:50) The increased representation of women […]


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Interview 40 – James McClure

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:05:41 +0000

* (0:35) Introducing James McClure of the Talking Tabletop podcast. You can find his two-part interview with Dan here and here, and his episodes with Chris here and here. * (5:16) The Satanic Panic Kickstarter. The Dark Dungeons tract. A quick look at the game’s mechanic and the intended danger of being too successful. * (11:10) […]


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Episode 435 – the area between PC and player

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:06:24 +0000

* (1:45) Reviewing the situation with Sara’s self-actualized character. * (6:29) How Wayne handled the situation by finding what Sara cares about instead of just looking at what the character cares about. Comparing it to what bothers an actor versus the character they’re playing. * (22:13) Finding the point between the character and player, and […]


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Episode 434 – the future of gaming

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:14:47 +0000

* (0:27) Chad sits up. John is the youngest old man. * (3:45) Fear the Boot’s early episode on RPG predictions. Mad milk and other inanities. * (10:35) What will roleplaying look like in a generation? Harold Camping and taking a knee. * (18:02) First prediction: Gatekeepers of quality, whether brand or editorial. * (27:17) Second prediction: The […]


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Episode 433 – the value of needs

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:05:00 +0000

* (0:30) Brodeur’s perspective on Valentine’s Day. The value of unexpected gifts. * (12:39) Some perspective on failure, but also why it’s not today’s topic. * (16:16) The value of playing a character that has social needs. An example from a Dresden game. * (29:17) How imperfections contribute to the social bonds of most higher animals, including […]


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Episode 432 – minding your role

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:05:37 +0000

* (0:31) Welcoming back Chris, Julia, and Pat. * (1:32) Thanking John Ely for Pugmire and Chris Ings for an outstanding coloring book. The coming war between Corgi and Pug owners. * (8:19) Movie scenes that disturbed us as children. Sharing a Coke with the princess from Neverending Story. * (17:48) People stepping on each […]


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Episode 431 – gamification of an RPG, redux

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:05:33 +0000

* (0:29) Gnarl’s commentary on a sourcebook for gnolls in 5th edition D&D gets taken a bit too seriously. * (8:41) Dan’s house, Chad’s faux passport, a Twitter poll about homebrewing, roleplaying about roleplaying, and the creativity of gamers. * (18:23) The revenge of the gamification of gaming. The original episode on the topic. Duolingo and […]


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Bonus Episode 72 – more Peter

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:16:55 +0000

* (1:03) A shout-out to Richard Thomas and Aaron Sturgill. Fear the Con X, AcadeCon, and a total breakdown in communication. * (4:27) Brodeur gets jealous and Dan throws shade at Gamerstable. * (12:27) Brodeur gets on Facebook, and Dan starts the Doomsday Clock. * (25:49) Pete’s start in RPGs, condescension from RIFTS, and a […]


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Interview 39 – Pete Petrusha

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:09:15 +0000

* (0:33) A natural first question presents itself. Magic by Mick Smiley. The story of Pete and Brodeur’s love. * (8:44) Imagining Games and the Dreamchaser Kickstarter. Pete was previously mentioned in Episode 418. * (9:30) The end as the beginning. The dream and milestone mechanic in Dreamchaser. * (16:12) A sample dream and set of milestones […]


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Episode 430 – knowing the future

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:05:54 +0000

* (0:47) An update on Pat. The GoFundMe page to help him and Beth with medical costs. You can follow his status on Caring Bridge. * (4:05) Sugar-free candy, bloopers, and Wayne’s butt…? * (13:45) Prophecy and otherwise letting PCs see the future. * (17:22) Letting the prediction be only a possible future. * (21:00) Keeping the […]


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Episode 429 – stealing systems for stories

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:12:53 +0000

* (0:35) False alarm on Dan’s interview on Talking Tabletop, but it’s out now (part 1 and part 2). * (2:06) Chad’s unexpected take on Alien: Covenant. The increasing social ubiquity of science fiction. The Fault in Our Mars. Laurell K. Hamilton plugs Fear the Con X. * (17:19) A Thai-rade and the importance of ordering spiciness correctly. White […]


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Episode 428 – weapon X card

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:05:20 +0000

* (0:27) The German-language podcast, Eskapodcast. * (2:17) Dan’s idea about “cabinet GMing” that Brodeur, Scott, and the Germans are trying to steal. Having other GMs handle the actions of major NPCs to keep their actions independent and unpredictable. * (12:27) Today’s topic: VaMinion steals Dan’s idea, which was stolen from Wayne, which was stolen from Scott. Shielding a character […]


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Bonus Episode 71 – songs we hate, pets we love

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 06:54:41 +0000

* (0:22) Warning: Content is out of order, like Witcher novels or Firefly. * (1:12) Magic button of Annihilation: What Christmas song would you obliterate? * (7:18) Brodeur hates Trans Siberian Orchestra. Dan’s ghetto heart isn’t satisfied. * (10:20) Dan’s exotic pets: An otter! * (13:40) Dan’s defense of broadening the definition of “pet animals”, but […]


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Bonus Episode 70 – hip-hop

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 06:05:18 +0000

* (0:18) Dan and Chad were quoting Still Talkin (NSFW language warning). * (2:19) Music you listen to at the most formative moments of your life. Jidenna’s Long Live the Chief and Method Man’s Bulletproof Love. * (9:29) Del the Funky Homosapien. Alex Trebek’s comments on nerdcore and the response song, Who is Alex Trebek? * (17:48) Dan and Chad pick […]


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Episode 427 – difficulty

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:05:42 +0000

* (0:47) I lied about part 2, but part 1 of my interview with Jim McClure is out! * (2:50) XCOM 2 gets us thinking about setting the level of challenge in a tabletop roleplaying game. * (9:59) Games that get easier versus games that get harder. * (13:18) The kinds of challenge. Combat encounters, roleplaying, […]


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Episode 426 – the unacceptable

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:05:55 +0000

* (0:28) Much ado about butts. Thanks, Patreon supporters! * (3:35) Was this section even legal to air? * (5:58) Fish Donuts and the foxy Ms. Candida. * (9:15) What happened with the cell phones? Dan’s +Jews! charger. * (20:19) Attention as a precious commodity. * (31:30) The things you just don’t allow in your games. First example: Math […]


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Episode 425 – changing preferences

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:05:37 +0000

* (1:07) Fear the Boot’s Secret Santa, run by Noob13. You can find details on the forums. * (2:15) Dan’s interview on Talking Tabletop with Jim McClure. Fear the Boot’s Twitter and Facebook links. * (3:59) A cross-town move forces Dan to look through his possessions and contemplate life. The Battletech warchest system. * (9:06) Changing taste […]


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Episode 424 – Transformers RPG

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:05:23 +0000

* (0:35) Dan moves, and the studio moves with him. * (1:47) Fear the Con X’s Kickstarter is in its last week. * (2:32) A big thanks to our Patreon backers for the new chairs. * (3:21) Our homebrew Transformers RPG. Along with a recent episode on Wayne’s game, I discuss the nuts and bolts […]


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Episode 423 – the keys to power

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:05:29 +0000

* (0:46) Fear the Con X’s Kickstarter is live and needs your support. * (1:55) Support the Strays on No Shave November. Also, much love to Matt who joined the team after this show was recorded, which is why he doesn’t get mentioned in the audio. * (9:45) The finite resources of governance, The Rules […]


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Episode 422 – satanic panic, part 2

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:05:58 +0000

* (0:28) Picking up where we left off from the prior episode. * (3:10) Research and essays, particularly The Pulling Report, countering the satanic panic. * (4:53) The CBN pamphlet on D&D as an example of what was being said about RPGs during the panic. * (11:34) The disappearance of James Egbert. * (20:43) Comparing Egbert’s story to […]


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Episode 421 – satanic panic, part 1

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 05:05:18 +0000

* (0:29) Happy Jack’s fishy music-crafting. * (3:24) Today’s topic requires a disclaimer of sorts: Satanic Panic. Jack Chick and, “What’s a tract?” * (8:11) Why Chick is relevant: Dark Dungeons. What this episode is and is not about. * (11:12) Why Wayne wasn’t affected by the panic. * (12:35) Discussing Jack Chick, himself, and […]


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never easy

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 01:12:17 +0000

An important update on one of our hosts. You can stay posted on the Caring Bridge site. Please send any well wishes to nevertellmetheodds99@gmail.com.


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Episode 420 – engineering character moments

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:05:32 +0000

* (0:40) Arch-nemeses of today and times gone by. The crazy stuff people do in their sleep. * (15:20) Chad’s gaming topic: Character defining moments. Dan presents a large example. * (25:35) Brodeur does not top that. What can a GM do? Dan presents a counter-example. * (34:40) Tale of woe and reform aside, Dan answers the […]


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Episode 419 – NPC AI

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:05:18 +0000

* (0:31) A big thanks to our Patreon backers. * (1:32) NPC AI. Having non-player characters make decisions according to predetermined parameters. Our episode on quitting the field. * (5:43) Why this isn’t just “deciding”. * (6:41) The mechanical or rules-based approach. * (7:38) The parameterized or character-based approach. * (21:06) The psychology of fear, and […]


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Episode 418 – designing the destination

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:05:58 +0000

* (0:39) Fear the Con 10, June 22-24, 2017. Fear the Con 9 is lost, probably will be found-footage later. * (4:30) Brodeur goes to Archon for the aftermath of the cosplay. * (6:38) Pete introduces Brodeur to a new game, Dreamchaser. Dan comes up with “Four Hours at IKEA”. * (19:24) Setting hard and soft goals for […]


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Episode 417 – the power of expectation

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:05:38 +0000

* (0:30) Pat is going to kill us all. * (17:03) The horror of the unknown. * (19:25) How Pat surpassed R. Lee Ermey. * (21:43) Creating expectation and setting a mood. * (23:47) Comedy = Expectation + Subversion. The human ability to cope with the known. * (26:56) The escape room: An objective-based, time-limited, puzzle game. * […]


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Bonus Episode 69 – situational GMing

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:05:50 +0000

* (0:18) It’s just Dan and Chad today. Whatever happened to Julia? * (3:38) Behaviors tolerated and untolerated. Organization psychology. The book, Zapp! * (5:20) The four styles of leadership, as applied to roleplaying. Situational Leadership (with pictures or on Wikipedia or on the official site). * (9:48) Let it be written that here, on this date, Chad said in […]


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Episode 416 – the inconsequential

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:05:08 +0000

* (0:24) The Mic-er Conspiracy, and editing what people say. * (2:26) Dan has a story! * (10:12) How Dan’s story ties into gaming. The Facebook thread on the topic. Chekhov’s Gun. * (15:24) The difference in how we search for meaning in life versus how we do so in an RPG. * (19:21) A tangent about Tarantino […]


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Episode 415 – Spiders of my Mind

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 05:05:18 +0000

NOTE: This episode is the second half of a recording that began with the prior episode. * (0:24) Spiders of my Mind, a game about psychotic murderers and an insane asylum. The day and night cycle. * (18:01) Brodeur asks: What attracted you to this setting? Pat is creepy and was super into a cat. * (25:14) Chad […]


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