50 RPG Story Hooks

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The NPC Cast gets together and does some rapid-fire story hook generation! (61min)

Things you may be interested in:
Fabled Fruit
Final Fantasy XV
Uncanny Valley

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NPC Archive – Off the Rails

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Revisit our very first episode ever, with some bonus commentary from NPC Chris! (53min)

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NPC at BGG

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In this episode the Chris and Aaron are joined by some friends live on location from BGG Con! (57min)

Things you may be interested in:

Meeples Included

Honshu

Fabled Fruit

Roll Player

Dog and Thimble

Strike

Barcelona

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Dentium – Campaign Crucible

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In this episode the guys have another campaign crucible, and this one features some difficult ingredients! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

City of Mist

NaNoWriMo

Monocle Society

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Role-Playing Game Consequences

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In this episode the guys all discuss consequences in RPGs, and how GMs can calibrate them! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Follow

Volo’s Guide to Monsters

Terraforming Mars

Extra Life!

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Horror Role-Playing Games

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In this episode the guys chat about the things that make for good horror RPG sessions! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Dr. Strange

Bluebeard’s Bride 

Extra Life!

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Dice in RPGs

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In this episode Del and Chris talk about dice systems in a variety of different RPGs! (59min)

Things you may be interested in:

Ghost Court

Netrunner: Daedalus Complex 

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Breaking the Rules in RPGs

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In this episode Del and Chris talk about omitting rules from your RPG game, and about GMs and players fudging dice rolls! (61min)

Things you may be interested in:

PredictIt.Org

World Wide Wrestling RPG 

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GM’s Checklist

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In this episode Del and Chris offer up a checklist for new and established GMs when preparing for their sessions! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

Chessex Pound ‘O Dice

CrysKnife007 Soundbeds

Scrivener

Space Ghost Coast to Coast

MTG Kaladesh

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Cardamom

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In this episode Del and Chris hit you with another Campaign Crucible! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Mars 4:45

Star Wars: Destiny

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RPG Design with Joshua A.C. Newman

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In this episode Del and Chris interview Joshua A.C. Newman (Mobile Frame Zero, xenoglyph, Shock:Social Science Fiction) about getting started in RPG design! (46min)

Things you may be interested in:

Joshua’s Reddit AMA

patreon.com/joshua

glyphpress.com

Chris’ Kickstarter: Under My Bed

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Politics in RPGs

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In this episode Del and Chris talk about Politics in your campaign world, and how you can use them to add some flavor to your adventures! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:

Shudder.tv

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Disease in RPGs

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In this episode Del and Chris talk about how diseases in RPGs, and how GMs can use them in their campaigns! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Dead of Winter: The Long Night

rk post Patreon Page

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Players That Know Too Much

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In this episode Del and Chris take a question from a listener about players who know too much! (59min)

Things you may be interested in:

Duckfeed.tv – The podcast network Gary runs!

World Wide Wrestling – International Incident

Merchants of Araby

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Designing The Last Garden

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In this episode Del chats with Chris and Matt about their game The Last Garden! (54min)

Things you may be interested in:

MaRo at GDC

Junk Art

Stranger Things

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Gen Con 2016

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In this Del-hosted episode, Chris and Stephanie talk about their trip to Gen Con! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Board Game Geek Gen Con GeekBuzz List

New Angeles

Thornwatch

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NPCs in RPGs

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In this episode, Chris and Del talk about NPCs in RPGs! It’s a legit NPC CAST! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

NPC Cast Episode 5

Near and Far

Doom: the Board Game

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How To Choose What Game To Play

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In this episode, Chris and Del are joined by friend-pc Stephanie Straw to talk about how we choose what games we want to play! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:

Stranger Things

Luke Cage

Gloomhaven

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Bullet Points – Two Player Games

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In this Bullet Points episode, Chris and Del are joined by their friend Pete, from Mind the Gap Studios to create Two-Player games that don’t use cards! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

Mind the Gap Studios

Seafall

Who, What, Why Cast

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Non-Fantasy RPGs

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In this episode, Chris and Del talk about transitioning from Fantasy RPGs to different genres! (53min)

Things you may be interested in:

I just realized I have no idea how to play games that aren’t medieval fantasy

Night’s Black Agents

World Wide Wrestling

Deadlands

Shadowrun

Pod X

Reflections

 

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Playing Canon Games

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In this episode, Chris and Del talk about playing games based on pre-existing canons! (52min)

Things you may be interested in:

Overwatch

Scythe

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Superhero Games

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We’re moving the podcast release to Mondays! In this bonus episode we talk about Superhero Board & Card Games! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:

Marvel Legendary

DC Deck-building Game

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Heroclix

Marvel Dicemasters

Overwatch

Knight Models

Statecraft

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Designing Talisman

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We talk to Aaron about the RPG he has started to design, based on our 1st ever Campaign Crucible!! (67min)

Things you may be interested in:

Campaign Crucible: Shintopunk

Tiny Epic Quest

DC Rebirth

Netrunner: 23 Seconds

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Play by Post RPGs

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The gang interrogates Aaron all about Play by Post RPGs! (59min)

Things you may be interested in:

Starfinder

Screenplay

Massive Darkness

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Economics in RPGs

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The gang chats about Economic systems in RPGs! (57min)

Things you may be interested in:

Del’s EotE Trading Sub Game

DC: The New Frontier

Malifaux

Warcraft Movie

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Red Markets with Caleb Stokes

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Chris has a chat with Caleb from the Role-Playing Public Radio about his new game Red Markets! (68min)

Things you may be interested in:

Red Markets

RPPR

Onitama

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Acadecon and the RPG Academy

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Chris has a chat with Michael from the RPG Academy about their convention’s recent successful Kickstarter! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

The RPG Academy

Acadecon Tickets via Eventbrite

Ultimate Scheme Board Game

Orcacon 2017

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Matryoshka w/ Monte Cook

Download NPC Cast Episode 176 – Matryoshka w/ Monte Cook
Recorded live in front of an audience at MoxCon 2016, the gang is joined by legendary RPG designer Monte Cook for some Campaign Crucible action! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:

Monte Cook Games

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Vehicles in RPGs

Download NPC Cast Episode 175 – Vehicles in RPGs

NPC Chris and NPC Del chat about Vehicles in RPGs! (60min)

Things you may be interested in:

Netrunner LCG

 

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Heavy Board Games

Download NPC Cast Episode 174 – Heavy Board Games

The NPC Cast guys chat about heavy board games, and how you can convince your friends to try them! (68min)

Things you may be interested in:

Knit Wit

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

Nippon

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Trappers – Campaign Crucible

Download NPC Cast Episode 173 – Trappers

In this episode campaign crucible episode, the guys take suggestions from Patreon and make a random table! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Quadropolis

Manifest Destiny (Comic Series)

NPC Cast on Google Play!

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One Shot Invades NPC Cast

Download NPC Cast Episode 172 – One Shot Invades NPC Cast

In this episode, James and Kat from the One Shot podcast come on the show to chat about their new project, plus improv at the RPG table! (69min)

Things you may be interested in:

One Shot Podcast

Noisy Person Cards Kickstarter

Trail of the Apprentice

Into the Echoside

Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game

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We Can Do Better

Download NPC Cast Episode 171 – We Can Do Better

Hello!

The episode is coming out a bit early this week. There are two reasons for that. The minor one is logistical: I’m flying out to Baltimore in a several hours and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of scheduling the post. The second reason is because this is a serious and important topic, and after finishing the editing I wanted to get it out as soon as I could.

This past week, there was a blog post which made the rounds that highlighted one woman’s history of discrimination, harassment, and sexual abuse in and around the gaming industry. We consider ourselves allies to anyone that wishes to participate in this amazing hobby. We want people to find safety and acceptance here,  regardless of gender identity, sexual preference, race, physical limitations, or age. Just as we have found safety and acceptance within this community for the past 20 years.

Because of this, we felt compelled to speak out regarding these issues. We felt that it would be cowardly for us to not use the modest platform that we have built with you for the past 3 years to let folks know that there are people who care, and there are people who want to work with them in order to make a community that we can all be a part of.

We know this is a departure from our regular episodes, and we hope that you’ll forgive the inconvenience and allow us the opportunity to share our thoughts and honest feelings with you.

We’re not charging patrons for this episode, not because we think any of you in particular would object, but because we don’t feel right doing so. If this episode resonates with you, or you think it may resonate with somebody you know please share it. Thank you for your continued support.❤

-Chris

Things you may be interested in:

Tabletop Gaming Has a White Male Terrorism Problem [trigger warning]

Sexism in Gaming – A response from Wyrd Miniatures regarding the above blog post.

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Unfun PCs

Download NPC Cast Episode 170 – Unfun PCs

The NPC Cast discusses what you can do if you’re not having fun with your current character! (50min)

Things you may be interested in:

Colosseum : Emperor’s Edition

Netrunner

Daredevil

 

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Del’s GMtervention

Download NPC Cast Episode 169 – Del’s GMtervention

Del has some issues in his campaign and we talk about some potential fixes for his problems! (56min)

Things you may be interested in:

 

Del’s Campaign Journal

Worlds of Cypher System

The Last Garden

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Planning a Game Night

Download NPC Cast Episode 168 – Planning a Game Night

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The guys chat about the four things that you should consider when planning your game night! (56min)

Things you may be interested in:

Netrunner Mainframe

Oh My Goods

Heroes of the Storm

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Dungeons in RPGS

Download NPC Cast Episode 167 – Dungeons in RPGs

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The band is back together to chat about what they think would make a great system for dungeons in an RPG! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Shadows Over Innistrad Spoilers

Stardew Valley

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Tabletop Games for Charity

Download NPC Cast Episode 166 – Tabletop Games for Charity

Chris is joined by Extra Life United participants Stephanie Straw and Jamison McLean. They talk about Extra-Life and about playing games for charity! (59min)

Things you may be interested in:

On Board Games

DFW Nerd Night

Under My Bed

Board Game Geek Con

Ravenloft for 5E

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The Unwritten Rules of Games

Download NPC Cast Episode 165 – Unwritten Rules

Aaron and Chris talk about some of the Unwritten Rules in Role-Playing games and Board Games! (57min)

Things you may be interested in:

Game of Thrones 2nd Edition

Saloon Tycoon

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Hacking in RPGs

Download NPC Cast Episode 164 – Hacking in RPGs

The guys chat about what they want out of a hacking mechanic in RPGs! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

Eternal Masters

Corrupted Kingdoms

World Wide Wrestling: International Incident

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Running a Published RPG Module

Download NPC Cast Episode 163 – Running a Published RPG Module

The guys chat about running published RPG modules and how you can tailor them to your campaigns! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:

Firewatch

Mega Civilization

GenCon HQ Mega Civ Video

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On Table-Top Roleplaying Games

The best success I’ve ever had in describing RPGs to non-gamers isn’t saying its like fantasy or Star Wars or anything like that. This spiel has actually gotten the light to go on, where they get what it is to play a tabletop RPG. Usually something like this.

So in this game, let’s say you’re a character in a horror movie. You get to make him up, maybe you’re the Blue Collar Plumber who is trying to keep his kid safe. Or the cop that has seen too much. Or the college kid home for the summer to see his folks. But you’re out at the old farmhouse, and there’s a crazed killer with a big machete that’s been stalking you.

I’m running the game, which means I sort of set the scene. You’re at the top of the stairs, and the crazy guy is at the bottom, looking for you. What do you do? You could go and hide, maybe he won’t find you. Or you could make a run for it. Or you could grab a lamp and hit him over the head. Up to you, its your character.

So say you decide you want to make a run for it. You’ll have some scores on your sheet that say how good you are at running, and we roll some dice. If you roll well, you zip past him into the yard. If not, well he gets in your way and now he’s gonna try to cut you in half. If you try something else, we’ll figure out what to roll to see if it works, and then make up what happens next.

The first time I used this approach, the guy who had never played an RPG before had that light go on in his eyes and said “Oh, so the rules determine what happens next in the story! That sounds awesome!”

I find the horror movie approach much more accessible than a specific genre. If you can get them to get it from that approach, then explaining that there are other games that are like that but Lord of the Rings or Star Wars or whatever.

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Roll20 and Writing Adventures for Profit

Download NPC Cast Episode 160 – Roll20 and Writing Adventures for Profit

Aaron and Chris chat with Roll20 Co-Founder Nolan T. Jones and Roll20 Brand Manager Suzanne Wallace! (72min)

Things you may be interested in:

Roll20.net

WotC Announces OGL and DMs Guild for 5E.

Unpub 6

Prophecy of Dragons

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2015k Casties Part 1!

Download NPC Cast Episode 157 – 2015k Casties Part 1!

In this mega episode we narrow the field from our top 32 games of the year to the elite 8! 2015k Casties time! (119min)

CHECK OUT THE BRACKET FOR THE 2015k CASTIES!

Things you may be interested in:

Numenera Skill Building Game – A KS for a game by some of our friends!

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How to be a Good Player

Download NPC Cast Episode 156 – How to be a Good Player

We offer some of our advice for how to be the type of player your GM would love to have at the table! (73min)

CHECK OUT THE BRACKET FOR THE 2015k CASTIES. FILL IT OUT. MAYBE WIN A PRIZE.

Things you may be interested in:

Iron Gods Adventure Path

Pop Culture Playoffs – Aaron and Del’s other podcast!

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