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

PLEASE VOTE FOR US FOR THE GOLDEN GEEK AWARDS

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

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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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Boardless Bullet Points

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We make some Bullet Point game design pitches about adapting classic board games to boardless versions! (56min)

Things you may be interested in:

Bullet Points: Monopoly

Tyrants of the Underdark

Under My Bed Print and Play Files

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Licensed Tabletop Games

Download NPC Cast Episode 154 – Licensed Tabletop Games

The NPC Cast boys chat about licensed tabletop games! What makes them good? What do we want in our licensed games? (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Ashes Expansions announced!

Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex: First Assault

 

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Campaign Crucible – The House on the Moors

houseonthemoors

Download NPC Cast Episode 153 – The House on the Moors

The whole gang is back together and we are doing a campaign crucible! (71min)

Things you may be interested in:

Star Wars Armada

Fate of Indines

Sapiens

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Boardless Games

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Download NPC Cast Episode 152 – Boardless Games

Del is back and we talk about board games without boards! (53min)

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Star Wars Wrap-Up

My Star Wars game, which I’ve written about many times, finally wrapped up, with my heroes having freed a dangerous Moff as the general they needed to lead the war effort against an unfrozen Sith-out-of-time who was conquering the galaxy and proclaiming himself “The Returned God”

Since my players are the best players, I created a little video for them to check out of their adventures afterwards. I asked each of them for narration; some got back to me, and I used their text, others I filled in the blanks based on their characters.

I hope you enjoy it and it gives you a few ideas for how to wrap-up your games at home.

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Optimizing PCs in RPGs

Download NPC Cast Episode 151 – Optimizing PCs in RPGs

Chris and Aaron have a chat about the optimization of player characters! (43min)

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What We’ve Learned

Download NPC Cast Episode 150 – What We’ve Learned

EPISODE 150! Chris and Aaron look back at what they have learned about RPGs, Board Games, and themselves since the show has began! (60min)

Extra-Life

Some things you may be interested in:

Mafia de Cuba

Shinobigami

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RPG Character Concepts

Download NPC Cast Episode 149 – RPG Character Concepts

In this episode, Chris and Aaron give some love to the players and talk about character concepts! (54min)

Extra-Life

Some things you may be interested in:

Bob Ross on Twitch

Noah Bradley on Twitch

Moltenink on Twitch

Islebound

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The Big Picture in RPGs

Download NPC Cast Episode 147 – The Big Picture in RPGs

In this episode, Aaron goes solo and talks about big picture story arcs in RPGs! (22min)

Extra-Life

Some things you may be interested in:

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

 

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Cypher System – System Mastery

Download NPC Cast Episode 146 – Cypher System – System Mastery

In this episode, Aaron and Chris are joined by Friend-PC Matt as they talk about the Cypher System from Monte Cook Games! (73min)

Extra-Life

Some things you may be interested in:

Cypher System RPG

Our Cypher System Actual Plays on Youtube.

Pandemic Legacy

Mega Civilization

Star Wars Battlefront 3

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Edge of the Empire Trading Sub-Game

My players in my Edge of the Empire game are leaning into their role as traders and traffickers. To facilitate their dreams of hauling space cargo, I created a very, very simple trading sub-game to let them make money outside of literal quest rewards. The set-up is pretty simple: Each time they touch down on a new, populated world, I roll a d8 six times, and record the result on a form I created and then laminated (so I can re-use it):

trading2Players can then buy any amount of any good they want, at a standard (0) rate of 100 credits per unit. Goods that roll a (-) cost just 50 credits per unit; Goods that roll (+)’s add 50 credits per plus (so if Contraband rolled ++, it would buy and sell at 200 credits per unit). Each unit also takes up a set amount of Storage on their ship, so contraband (such as glitterstim or spice) takes up almost none, while heavy ores and fabrication materials take up a *ton* of space. To offset this disparity, I have made it easier to make money on essential items like food and ore, since those are always relatively in demand. The chart for what items will be in demand at each starport is available here:

goodsNote that Contraband and Weapons are black and red, respectively. These items are either illegal or restricted, and carrying and selling them could come with additional risks, requiring a Streetwise or Negotiation roll to find the right buyer.

Luxuries (like the dwindling supply of Alderaanian Pinot Noir that survived by being in off-world cellars) are rarely found cheap, and most of the time command a fair price – but once in a while, you find a whale that is desperate for that Rancor-foot desk wastebin you’ve been hauling around.

You could even use these randomized, simplified rolls to generate story – did you roll an 8 on Medicine? Perhaps there’s an outbreak on the planet. If the players think to run to Thyferra to pick up Bacta cheap, have them keep in mind that everyone will have this info, so they’ll need to be cunning astrogators to get to Thyferra and back in time to cash in on their plan.

This isn’t a super-deep system, by design, but it’s a little something to make your home game a little more interesting and hopefully give your players something to do with all their ship’s cargo space.

Happy Gaming!

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Playing RPGs Online


Download NPC Cast Episode 145 – Playing RPGs Online

In this episode, Aaron and Chris are joined by Friend-PC Stephanie Straw to talk about playing Tabletop RPGs over the world wide web! (68min)

Extra-Life

Some things you may be interested in:

City of Egress Episodes on YouTube

Scythe

Legion of Everblight

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Campaign Crucible – Cel


Download NPC Cast Episode 144 – Cel

In this episode we do another Campaign Crucible! (62min)

Some things you may be interested in:

Masks: A New Generation

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2-Player Games


Download NPC Cast Episode 143 – 2 Player Games

In this episode we talk about playing board games and role-playing games with 2 players! (61min)

Some things you may be interested in:

Board Game Design Time

Battle for Zendikar

Infinity RPG Kickstarter

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Food and RPGs


Download NPC Cast Episode 141 – Food and RPGs

In this episode we chat about the food we eat at the RPG table, and also food INSIDE of our RPGs! (63min)

Food We Eat: 03:31
Food Inside: 30:50

Some things you may be interested in:

Codenames

SPACE WHISKY

Long Walk to Valhalla

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