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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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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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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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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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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)

Help choose NPC Chris’ next campaign by heading HERE!

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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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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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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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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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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Total Party Kill – The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 4


TPK: The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 4

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! That’s no moon.

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Episode 29: Tinseltown Tails.


NPC Cast Episode 29: Tinseltown Tails.

In this episode the NPC’s do another Campaign Crucible, with surprising results! (57min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

The Gumshoe System:  A role-playing system for investigative games.

FATE Accelerated: A lighter version of the FATE RPG system. Pay what you want!

FIASCO: An AMAZING storytelling/rpg game from Bully Pulpit!

The Ennie Nominees:  Nominees for the coveted ENNIE awards.

Kings of Air and Steam: A pickup and deliver game with zeppelins!

The Angry DM: Friend of the show, the Angry DM.

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Total Party Kill – The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 3


TPK: The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 3

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! That’s no moon.

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Episode 28: Winning Friends.


NPC Cast Episode 28: Winning Friends.

In this episode NPC Chris and NPC Del delve a bit deeper into finding new players for your gaming group! Also: Chris gushes about the press and Del reveals his dirtiest secret. (49min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Star Wars – Edge of the Empire: The new Star Wars RPG by Fantasy Flight Games!

Warmachine Tactics: A video game Kickstarted by Privateer Press.

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Total Party Kill – The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 2


TPK: The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 2

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! Voice acting optimal!

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Episode 27: Save Point.


NPC Cast Episode 27: Save Point.

In this episode the guys chat about a couple of mini-topics, including what the second half of the year holds for the NPC Cast! (37min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Mage Knight: A game by esteemed game designer Vlaada Chvatil.

Marvel Legendary:  A deck-building game featuring Marvel Heroes and Villains.

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Total Party Kill- The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 1


TPK: The Branch of the Jeweled Tree – Episode 1

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! Surf’s up!

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Episode 26: It Was Good Enough For Shakespeare.


NPC Cast Episode 26: It Was Good Enough For Shakespeare.

In this episode, NPC Chris and NPC Del talk about how you can use classic story structure to plan your RPG sessions! (51min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Robert McKee: A famous writing instructor guy.

The Bones Kickstarter: A successful miniatures Kickstarter project by Reaper Miniatures.

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