Episode 68 – Ameritreasure.


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In this episode, we talk about “Ameritrash” games! (60min)

Freinds of the show: DND Academy

Games we mention:

Eldritch Horror

Arkham Horror

Zombicide

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

A Touch of Evil

Last Night on Earth

Battlestar Galactica

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Castle Ravenloft

Rivet Wars

Civilization

Forbidden Desert

What we’re excited about:

Worlds In Peril – A supers game using the Apocalypse World engine!

Nyx-Fleece Ram – A card from the new MtG Set!

Dark Dungeons – A movie bringing Jack Chick’s 1984 masterpiece to the silver screen.

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – ASSAULT ON THUNDERSCAR – EP 2.


Assault On Thunderscar – Episode 2

Welcome to the return of the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Matt and Kris as they revisit some old buddies and assault THUNDERSCAR!

Check out Episode 1 of Assault on Thunderscar.

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Tabletop Deathmatch: Outer Earth

Interview w/ Paul Tseng:


NPC Aaron and Myself both had the chance to judge THE TABLETOP DEATHMATCH, a game competition put together by the fine folks at Cards Against Humanity! As the episodes air I’ll try to chat with the contestants and get their perspectives, as well as see how their games have progressed!

First up is Paul Tseng, who designed a game called Outer Earth. We chat about how well the contestants are getting along, how he felt about receiving critiques, and how studying graphic design has helped him in his game design.

Daniel Orellana – The artist behind the stunning visuals for Outer Earth.

Paul’s Twitter.

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EPISODE 67 – AARON’S DON’TS.


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In this episode, NPC Aaron explains the things he thinks you should NEVER do when running a game! (57min)

Things you may be interested in:

Habitat- A physics-driven strategy video game!

Combat Description Cards for Storytellers and GMs – What it says, act quick!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – ASSAULT ON THUNDERSCAR – EP 1.


Assault On Thundescar – Episode 1

Welcome to the return of the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Matt and Kris as they revisit some old buddies and assault THUNDERSCAR!

Check out our first Actual Play: IN SEARCH OF THE UNKNOWN.

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Episode 66 – Wretches Like Us.


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In this episode, the guys rock out another Campaign Crucible! (71min)

Things you may be interested in:

The Arthur C. Clark Awards

365 Dungeons – A Kickstarter for a desk calendar featuring a new dungeon every day! (Pardon us, but yes…the campaign is over sorry!)

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Episode 65 – The F Word.


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In this episode, the guys chat about what makes a game FUN! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

Gaming For Fun – An awesome 2 part article by friend of the show The Angry DM!

MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research – Yeah, what it says.

Concept – A great party game!

Battle Systems – Sweet terrain for Sci-Fi games!

Posthuman Pathways – A new storygame by SPARK designer Jason Pitre!

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Where do you want your TPKs?

Hey everybody! As many of you may no doubt know, back in the day we had a series of Actual Play Episodes that we called “Total Party Kill.”  In these, we record some sessions of our favorite RPGs and let you listen in  to the hilarity that no-doubt ensues!

We’ve announced that we will be bringing them back, but need your help to figure out how we will release them! Take the poll below and let us know your opinion. Do you want them on a separate feed, on the same old regular NPC Cast feed, or not at all?!

Thanks!

-NPC Chris

Episode 64 – End Over End.


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In this episode, the guys chat about how RPG campaigns end! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

Tessen: A real-time card game for 2!

Bacterionomicon: A system agnostic monster manual where the monsters represent real life bacteria!

Warhammer 40k Conquest: An upcoming LCG set in the 40k Universe!

2Gms1Mic: Friends of the show…check out their podcast!

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Episode 63 – Worker Placement.


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In this episode, the guys answer a listener email and chat about Worker Placement board games! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Legendary: Paint the Town Red - An expansion for the co-op deckduilder Legendary!

Marvel Dice Masters – A Collectible Dice game!

Splendor – A card game about making jewelry!

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Episode 62 – Space Opera.


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In this episode, the guys chat about the Space Opera genre! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Battlecon- A card game that recreates the playstyle of classic 2D fighting games!

Dangerous Covenants- A sourcebook for Star Wars Edge of the Empire!

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Episode 61 – Deck of Cards.


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In this episode, the guys tackle the challenge of designing a game with a deck of cards! We also answer a listener email about keeping the group engaged! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

AMP: Year One – An RPG about the first year Superpowers come into existence!

Cryptozoic announces a Portal Board Game

Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska - A new Duel Deck for Magic the Gathering!

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Episode 60 – Flashfic.


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In this episode, the band is back together to talk about non-linear story structure in your campaigns! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

Kolejka – A worker placement game that is a bit different!

Becoming – A storytelling game that follows a hero’s journey!

Conspiracy – A new Magic the Gathering expansion tailored for multi-player limited!

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Episode 59 – GMtervention w/ The Angry DM!


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In this episode, we’re joined by The Angry DM to give some tips about running your first ever RPG session! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

The Angry DM’s Blog

Privateer Press 2014 Keynote:  Privateer announces some of their sweet upcoming releases!

From the Vault Annihilation: Wizards of the Coast announces their next reprint set!

WizKids D&D Minis: WizKids announced they will be doing a new line of prepainted minis for D&D!

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Episode 58 – From the Headlines.


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In this episode, we chat about getting story hooks from headlines! (57min)

Headlines Used:

Faith and fish: Castaway Recounts How He Survived 13 Months Adrift in Pacific

Solar Lasers, Ocean Power and Volcanoes: Unusual Energy Sources of the Future

Jeopardy!’ Champion Arthur Chu: Villain or hero?

Things you may be interested in:

Project: Dark- A stealth-based RPG on Kickstarter!

Slaughterball- “Genetically-engineered super-athletes clash in a remorseless steel pit.”

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Episode 57 – In Cold Blood.


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In this episode, we invite Friend-PC Mike Selinker to a Campaign Crucible! (75min)

Lone Shark Games: The Game company that Mike is President of!

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Episode 56 – Get Low.


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In this episode, we chat about running Low Fantasy campaigns! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

TimeWatch: Time travel adventures in GUMSHOE!

Gravwell: A sweet boardgame about alternate-reality gravity because why not?

The Dire Wolf Project: These guys are making Dire Wolves for real. What could possibly go wrong?

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Episode 55 – Trad Games.


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In this episode, we chat about traditional games! SUPER traditional! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone- An epic Norse fantasy setting for FATE Core!

Hero Forge Customizable 3-D Miniatures- Entirely customizable figures on-demand!

The Magic the Gathering movie announcement

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Episode 54: You Want RPGs.


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In this episode, we tell you hot to get started playing RPGs! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

Dungeons and Dragons- You know what this is, right?

Pathfinder- An RPG based off of D&D 3.5!

Savage Worlds- A generic RPG system!

Fate Accelerated- An even lighter version of the popular game FATE CORE!

FIASCO- A story-telling game for friends.

Hillfolk- The new RPG by Robin Laws!

Warmachine: Vengeance – An upcoming expansion for the Warmachine Miniatures Game!

On a Roll:Level Up Your RPG - A book full of theories and advice on how to both play and run RPGs!

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Episode 53: Promises Promises.


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In this episode, we give you our new year’s (gaming) resolutions! (45min)

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Lich, Lich and Karloff

Tony Connor Zombie Officestepped into the office and pulled his coat closer around him. It was cold in the entrance, colder than he was expecting.

“Lich, Lich and Karloff, just a moment!” the secretary chirped from her spot seated behind the desk. Tony tried not to recoil when he looked at her; her skin was missing and her exposed facial muscles shined around her green eyes. She was in a smart turtleneck that showed off her slim figure, the metal headset of the phone wrapping over her naked pate with just a bit of skull showing.

“How can I help you today, sir?” she said, beaming at him with a full set of perfect white teeth.

“Uh… I’m Tony Connor, I’m here for my first day. They said I had to get a badge first.”

“Oh, of course – the air-breather. Well, let me see if I can pull your file.” She scooted back in her chair and dove into a filing cabinet, pulling up a file in a green folder and held it up. “Here we go. Let me get Ravendark on the line.”

She pressed a page button on the phone and waited a moment. “Herb, I have that new hire here. You want to come pick him up? Wonderful, thannnnnks.” She pressed another phone button. “Sorry about that, who are you holding for? Oh, Hazimer the Mad, I’ll transfer you. Thanks again for calling Lich, Lich and Karloff.”

vampireofficechat-300x225Tony looked past the receptionist and into the endless sea of cubicles behind her. The phones rang in a staccato throughout the rat maze, and a few plants poked up here and there, but nobody was walking around. The murmuring susurrations of dozens of adjusters each working with a client become a dull background noise Tony worked to compartmentalize and ignore.

“There he is!” came a voice, cheerful and full, and Tony turned to see a pale man in a white dress shirt and maroon suspenders, sleeves rolled up, smile at him. His canines were elongated and his hair was slicked back forming a perfect widow’s peak. He had a coffee mug in one hand, and he took a sip, then licked the viscous red liquid off his lip and reached in for a strong handshake.

“Herb Ravendark, New Accounts, great to meet you Tony. Heard a lot of awesome things about your work over at Gojira Building Insurance, you come highly recommended. And so full of blood! Oh, but where are my manners. Let me show you around, get you your badge.”

“Thank you, Mr. Ravendark. It’s been a dream of mine to work in deep-space accounts instead of just colony worlds.”

“Tony, please! My father is Count Ravendark – call me Herb. We’re a family here. Come on, let’s get you set up.”

Herb took Tony on a winding path through the cubicle maze to a side room with a small machine attached to a camera set up across from a blue banner hanging by unfolded paper-clips from the ceiling.

“Now let me just get your photo here and the machine’ll spit out a badge for you, should get you to anywhere in the building except the floors staffed by the nightwalkers. We don’t have any lights on those floors, due to their condition, so it’s not gonna be much use to you anyway. Hold on a second, smile big, aaaaand… there we go. Should be just a few minutes. Tell me a little about yourself, Tony.”

“Well, uh… Herb,” Tony started. “My family is from a near-colony on Titan, we’ve been there since just after the Necrowarp opened up on Earth. I always had an eye for numbers, so actuarial work seemed like a good fit. I worked for local interests for a bit until I got my first chance at GBI, but I always wanted to work deep-space and colony insurance. It’s where the big boys play, right?”

“Oh, you have no idea, Tony. You ever write a policy for a colony ship? You wouldn’t believe some of the riders they tack on. Especially the Missionaries. They expect all sorts of exemptions because they’re bringing the holy word to a new system. Between you and me, I think they’re just trying to get out of paying.”

“And the pirates?”

“The pirates are very real, and a real problem. Any time you have established space lanes you’re going to have piracy. But you don’t need to worry about that. They know better than to try and come into to established space. And most travellers know enough to bring extra security. Usually the threat of resistance is enough to keep them at bay. They got complacent from years of feasting on unattended sleepships, now that the Necrowarp lets humans staff their ships with, pardon the pun, a skeleton crew of the undead to keep an eye on things, the pirates are really just more bluster than threat. Still, they can be a problem if the colony ship is on a less-used spacelane. Oh, your badge is done. Let’s get that on your pocket, here… oh that’s a good picture. Really brings out the blood in your neck. Come on, I’ll introduce you to your underwriting team!”

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Episode 52: The 2013k Casties.


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In this episode, the guys present the First Annual Casties! (74min)

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Episode 51: L, L, and K.


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In this episode, the guys hit y’all with another Campaign Crucible! (63min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Camp Myth:  A light RPG for that is great for new players and seasoned vets!

Legacy- The Testament of Duke de Crecy: A card game about making a family!

Mind’s Eye Theatre: A set of LARP rules set in the world of darkness!

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Episode 50! – Bullet Swap.


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In this episode, the guys design bullet point games for each other! (61min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Indie Press Revolution: An awesome resource for Indie RPGs!

Dread: A horror RPG that uses a Jenga Tower for conflict resolution!

Hamlet’s Hit Points: A book about RPG Storytelling by Robin D. Laws!

Steam Park: A steampunk theme park dice game!

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Episode 49: Supe Du Jour.


NPC Cast Episode 49: Supe Du Jour.

In this episode, the guys talk about the Superhero genre as it relates to RPGs! (64min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Mutants and Masterminds, Champions, Silver Age Sentinels, Big Eyes Small Mouth, Mutant City Blues, Rotted Capes, Necessary Evil, Base Raiders – All of which are Superhero RPGs.

Titans Tactics- A skirmish board game!

DC Deckbuilding: Heroes Unite- An expansion to the DC Deckbuilder!

High Command: Big Guns- An expansion to Warmachine: High Command!

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Episode 48: Competitive Candyland.


NPC Cast Episode 48: Competitive Candyland.

In this episode, Chris and Del chat about competitive play! (63min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Playing to Win:  A free book about competing in games, by David Sirlin.

Daily #400: A video by renowned SC2 commentator Day[9].

Redemption RPG: A kickstarter for a new Sci-Fi RPG system!

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Making Time

L-R: Bok Lesta, Vic Vakarian, Ko Digga and Icantnam Donar

L-R: Bok Lesta, Vic Vakarian, Ko Digga and Icantnam Donar

I run an Edge of the Empire game for our group. It’s a fantastic system.

We have Vic Vakarian, the human captain from Thyferra, Icantnam Donar, a human slicer spacer, Ko Digga, a Rodian Bounty Hunter from Rodia, and Bok Lesta, a glit-biting Twi’lek pilot from Ryloth. Impossibly, this image actually sums up our group almost perfectly:

Most of the time, our games are action-packed and fit the Star Wars adventure mold – lots of blasters, running from things, derring-do and just general adventure. It goes something like this:

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Recently, though, I had a session I was personally really displeased with how it went down. The crew was investigating what may or may not be a hidden Rebel base in the Vad system. They managed to find a Golan Space Platform that was in a stationary orbit between the gas giant Vad V and the sun, blocking it from outside detection.

They managed to cajole their way onto the platform, docked and began exploring/accomplishing their goals on the site, conducting an investigation into who might be selling glitterstim from under the Rebel’s noses.

This played directly into the strengths of Vic Vakarian, the team’s fast-talking and charismatic pilot, as well as Bok Lesta, whose obligation is to the Black Sun and has a background in the underworld. Even Icantnam got in on the action, slicing additional privileges onto their guests badges.

But then there was Ko Digga, the Bounty Hunter:

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While previous sessions had a lot to do with his Obligation (Duty to his Bounty Hunting code, which is nearly the official religion on Rodia, a planet with a strong hunting culture), this session he didn’t have very much to offer. Because it was an investigation and infiltration adventure, he had nothing to shoot at (yet) and he didn’t have the particular set of non-combat skills that would be applicable in this situation.

During the game, I was caught up in the storytelling and getting everyone involved, answering their questions and digging deeper into the mysteries of the Vad V Space Station, and I didn’t realize until after the session that I had basically abandoned Ko.

THE TAKEAWAY

While you may be having fun, one of the responsibilities of the GM is to make sure that fun is spread evenly around. Nobody wants to play in the “Superman and his friends the dumb idiot background characters” game; they want to play as the Justice League, each one contributing. Take a moment every now and then to think about the last time you made an effort to involve each player. Make sure that the spotlight doesn’t fall on the player whose character is the most important right now, but make time for each character to shine. If you do, you’ll find that your players are more invested, and there’ll be less people with their eyes glazing over, not invested in the game and checking their phone.

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Episode 47: Family, the Gathering.


NPC Cast Episode 47: Family, the Gathering.

In this episode, the guys talk about playing games at Family gatherings! (59min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

King of Tokyo: A board game by Richard Garfield!

Castle Panic: A co-op board game!

Love Letter: A fast and light card game for 2-4 players!

Hearthstone: A digital CCG from Blizzard!

FATE System Toolkit: An expansion for the popular RPG FATE Core.

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Episode 46- Bingo Bango.


NPC Cast Episode 46: Bingo Bango.

In this episode, the guys chat about “High Fantasy” campaigns! (71min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Corporia:  An RPG where the Knights of the Round Table meet Corporations!

The Harder Than Granite 24-Hour RPG Contest: Yup.

Battle Systems: Sci-Fi Modular Terrain!

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Episode 45: Barnstormers.


NPC Cast Episode 45: Barnstormers.

In this episode, the guys hit you with another Campaign Crucible! (75min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Extra-Life.org: The guys played 25 hours straight for charity!

Dread: An amazing horror RPG utilizing a Jenga tower!

Ryuutama: A sweet-looking Japanese RPG that is being translated to English!

The GUMSHOE System: A great RPG system designed for investigation-oriented games!

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Episode 44: Memoremorable


NPC Cast Episode 44: Memoremorable.

In this episode, NPC Chris and NPC Del talk about things you can do to make your characters memorable! (53min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Extra-Life.org: The guys are playing 25 hours straight for charity!

Commander 2013:  A new set released for the Magic the Gathering format, Commander!

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Episode 43: Horrorshow.


NPC Cast Episode 43: Horrorshow.

In this episode, the guys do a “spooky” horror themed version of Bullet Points! (67min)

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Some things we discuss on this episode:

Extra-Life.org: The guys are playing 25 hours straight for charity!

Project Ninja Panda Taco: A sweet storytelling RPG from Jennisodes Creator, Jennifer Steen!

Numenera: An Exploration RPG by famed designer, Monte Cook!

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Episode 42: Chargen.


NPC Cast Episode 42: Chargen.

In this episode, the guys chat about the character creation session! (64min)

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Some things we discuss on this episode:

Extra-Life.org: The guys are playing 25 hours straight for charity!

Microscope, the RPG: “A fractal role-playing game of epic histories.”

Dropzone Commander: A 10mm scale sfi-fi miniatures game.

That Scourge Mini Del thought was sweet.

Dorkadia: A podcast about geek things!

D&D Academy:  A podcast about D&D!

2 Gm’s 1 Mic:  A podcast about roleplaying games!

Band of Zombies:  An All Flesh Must Be Eaten Sourcebook about Zombies in WWII!

Torchbearer:  An RPG by Burning Wheel creator Luke Crane!

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Help choose NPC Chris’ next campaign!

Hey everybody! If you listened to Episode 42…wait…whoa…

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Episode 41: Deaded.


NPC Cast Episode 41: Deaded.

In this episode, the guys bring on frienemy of the show The Angry DM for a chat about Character Death! (66min)

The Angry DM’s Blog: Read Angry blog.

Th Angry DM’s Youtube Channel: See Angry play.

The Angry DM’s Twitter: Read Angry tweet.

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Dark Souls: A pretty tough video game.

Dread RPG: A horror RPG using a set of Jenga blocks for conflict resolution!

Legendary- Encounters:  A version of the game Legendary set in the Aliens universe!

Sea Fall: An upcoming “legacy” board game by RISK Legacy designer Rob Daviau!

Torchbearer:  An RPG by Burning Wheel creator Luke Crane!

 

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Episode 40- Expansion.


NPC Cast Episode 40: Expansion.

In this episode, the guys chat about expansions for tabletop games! (60min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Hyperbolegames.com- A blog by game designer Grant Rodiek.

Daniel Solis’ blog- A blog, for prolific game designer Daniel Solis.

Mind’s Eye Theater- A Vampire LARP!

Shadowrun RPG- You know what this is.

Bones 2- A whole ton of minis!

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Episode 39: The Cold Opening of Space.


NPC Cast Episode 39: The Cold Opening of Space.

In this episode, the guys chat about playtesting their game designs! (67min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Steam Con: A steampunk convention!

Golem Arcana: A combination digital/tabletop minis game!

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Episode 38: Fighty.


NPC Cast Episode 38: Fighty.

In this episode, Aaron and Chris chat about combat systems! (67min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Popcorn Initiative: A house rule for Pathfinder by friend of the show The Angry DM!

Street Fighter, The Storytelling Game: An old Street Fighter RPG using the White Wolf system!

Muse On Minis:  A WarmaHordes podcast!

Chain Attack: Another, different Warmahordes podcast!

Masterchef Junior: The best television show of all time.

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Episode 37: Untitanled.


NPC Cast Episode 37: Untitanled.

In this episode, Aaron and Chris drum up yet another Campaign Crucible! (63min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Cloverfield, Pacific Rim, The Fast and The Furious, The Rock.

Beyonder- An RPG setting that is currently being Kickstarted!

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Episode 36: Down One.


NPC Cast Episode 36: Down One.

In this episode, Chris and Del tell you some ways that they deal with being down a player at the gaming table! (54min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Age of Rebellion: The next in the Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG series! In Beta soon!

Feng Shui: A martial-arts RPG by Robin D. Laws…coming back soon!

 

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Episode 35: Playing Catch-Up


NPC Cast Episode 35: Playing Catch-Up.

In this episode th guys chat about good old catch-up mechanics in board games! (55min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Angry DM- Friend of the show, and Angry Dungeon Master.

Boom or Doom! – A documentary about kickstarting a board game!

Call of Catthulu – An RPG by Joel Sparks…play as cats!

Kindred of the East – An RPG by White Wolf.

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Episode 34: Game N Shake.


NPC Cast Episode 34: Game N Shake.

In this episode NPC Chris and NPC Aaron break down their Gencon trip, including how they got wrapped up in the judging for an awesome board game competition! (56min)

Some Tons of things we discuss on this episode:

Gencon- The largest games convention in North America!

Tabletop Deathmatch- A Tabletop Game design contest by the folks over at Cards Against Humanity.

MERCS- A skirmish miniatures game about corporations vying for power!

Krosmaster Arena- A tactics-style mines/board game!

Angry DM- Friend of the show, and Angry Dungeon Master.

Old School Hack – A Free RPG from Kirin Robinson

2 GMs 1 Mic- A roleplaying podcast we highly recommend!

The Writer Next Door- A blog by industry editor John Adamus

Watch It Played- A youtube channel that teaches you how to play awesome board games!

Secret Cabal- A bi-weekly podcast about tabetop games.

Spark RPG- An RPG set in the FATE system by Jason Pitre.

Our Last Best Hope – A great DM-less indy RPG by Mark Diaz Truman.

Legacy: Gears of Time- A time-travelling board game by Ben Harkins.

Dark Age- A d20 based skirmish minis game.

Dropzone Commander – A 10mm sci-fi minis game of mass combat.

Brushfire- A miniatures game featuring historical parody, where animals have surpassed humans.

Dwarven Miner- A fantasy set-collecting game by Mike Richie.

Loading Ready Run- A comedy troupe, and producers of videos for the internet.

Dammit Liz- Event planner, and producer to the (geek) stars.

Hillfolk- An RPG by esteemed designer Robin Laws.

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Episode 33: Behind the Screen.


NPC Cast Episode 33: Behind the Screen.

In this special episode the NPCs are at Gencon, but won’t let that stop them from giving you a look behind the screen at what went in to planning our most recent TPK session! (66min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Episode 23: The Campaign Crucible – The episode where we devised our “shinto-punk” setting.

TOTAL PARTY KILL- THE BRANCH OF THE JEWELED TREE – EPISODE 1

TOTAL PARTY KILL – THE BRANCH OF THE JEWELED TREE – EPISODE 2

TOTAL PARTY KILL – THE BRANCH OF THE JEWELED TREE – EPISODE 3

TOTAL PARTY KILL – THE BRANCH OF THE JEWELED TREE – EPISODE 4

TOTAL PARTY KILL – THE BRANCH OF THE JEWELED TREE – EPISODE 5

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Campaign Diary: Ark, the Eternal Refuge – Conversion.

by NPC Aaron

Hello again and welcome to my campaign diary that I post every week here on npccast.com.  Last week we talked about making your campaigns epic from the ground up and this week I would have loved to talk about my campaign further but last week real life got in the way and we had to go a week without playing.  During that time though, something amazing happened: I got my copy of 13th Age.

 

Now I am not here to say that 13th Age is a better game than Pathfinder.  Some people like things about game systems that I think are flaws and vice versa, but I have been excited to get my physical copy of 13th Age for some time and I like the game system better.  Unfortunately I also REALLY like the plot of our Pathfinder game so far.  This left me with a dilemma, but I quickly realized that both were medieval Fantasy games and that I could just port over the characters and we could play the same campaign in a new system.

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Episode 32: Vidya Games.


NPC Cast Episode 32: Vidya Games.

In this Bullet Points episode the NPCs take on the challenge of designing board games based on old-school video games! (66min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Weird Wars Rome- A Kickstarter for an awesome new Savage Worlds setting!

The Secret History of Dominion- A design diary by Dominion creator, Donald X. Vaccarino.

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Campaign Diary: Ark, The Eternal Refuge – Epicness

by NPC Aaron

Last week we talked about building interesting encounters.  This week we’re going to increase the scope and talk about building a campaign that feels truly epic.  But first we need to talk about the general goal of that type of campaign.

 

What Makes A Campaign Epic?

 

When building a campaign about heroes we often want to capture a certain feel.  We look to movies and video games and we want the climax of our campaign to feel like they do.  We want all the characters to be truly invested in defeating the big villain and we want the encounter to have unprecedented gravitas.  There are some campaigns where this type of end is not appropriate, but a lot of heroic fantasy and sci-fi campaigns are going to strive for this.  We want the feeling of a summer blockbuster or a Final Fantasy style game at the end.

 

The key to this is that the scope of the game needs to be big.  The journey to the epic climax needs to be long and full of twists and smaller conflicts that cause the player characters to be invested in that final showdown.  Creating that through traditional storytelling is difficult, but doing it with a shared narrative like a roleplaying game is nearly impossible.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying though and I thought I should share the experience I’ve learned from my own efforts.

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Episode 31: Zone of Comfort.


NPC Cast Episode 31: Zone of Comfort.

In this episode the NPCs chat about when players should be coaxed out of their comfort zones! (61min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Mark Rosewater’s Twitter: The Twitter page for a former Roseanne writer. Also, the lead designer for some card game.

Artemis 2.0: A spaceship bridge simulator.

Warhammer Invasion: An LCG from Fantasy Flight Games!

Castle Dice: A dice-drafting game from Luke Peterschmidt.

 

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Total Party Kill – The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 5


TPK: The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 5

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by their friends Matt S. and Matt C. as they adventure in a “Shinto-Punk” setting using the Savage Worlds system! Casual Encounter- Z4Z (Zeppelin for Zeppelin).

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Campaign Diary: Ark, The Eternal Refuge – Bad Guy Goals

By NPC Aaron

Today will be a quick one due to time constraints but I really wanted to talk about something simple that will help any sort of action-heavy game.  In our last session Del’s character Jon convinced the party to head into Blackgate, the domain of his former vampire master, to save his parents.  After sneaking over the wall, the session was devoted almost entirely to that single encounter, but it didn’t seem to drag horribly so I thought I’d go over how to make that work.

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Episode 30: Mendrances and Beneflaws.


NPC Cast Episode 30: Mendrances and Beneflaws.

In this episode the NPCs chat about benefits, merits, flaws, and hindrances…and feats…and skills…and powers too. Oh, and aspects…and obligations. (65min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Titanium Wars: An “interstellar empire-building card game” by Iello.

Magic the Gathering: Theros Artwork: What it says on the tin.

Giant Bomb.com: An awesome multimedia site about video games!

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