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Splitting the Party

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In this episode, we talk about the age-old mantra “never split the party!” (61min)

Things you may be interested in:

NPC Chris’ Piece on Mox Boarding House

Modern Masters 2015

Blades in the Dark

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Episode 115 – Creating RPG Societies

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In this episode, the guys talk about their methods for creating societies for your RPGs! (58min)

Things you may find interesting:

45:21 – Above and Below – A storytelling board game by Ryan Laukat.

49:56 - International Tabletop Day - A day to celebrate our favorite hobby…Tabletop games!

52:30 - Donjon – An insanely awesome random generator for RPGs.

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Episode 114 – LARP

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In this episode, the guys ask Del a bunch of questions about LARPing! (71min)

Things you may find interesting:

The LARP List - Find LARPs in your area!

53:26 – Spite LARP

55:02 – Between Two Cities

58:38 – World Wide Wrestling RPG

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Episode 112 – Magic Points

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In this episode, the guys design their own custom sets for Magic: The Gathering! (70min)

Things you may find interesting:

Tabletop Deathmatch

Unknown Armies

Time N Space
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Episode 110 – RPG Foreshadowing.

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In this episode, the guys chat about foreshadowing in Role-Playing games! (70min)

Things you may find interesting:

Angry Rants: Chekhov’s Gun – The Angry DM talks about why the famous literary concept doesn’t always work in RPGs.

Strike! RPG – A new RPG system with “tactical combat and exciting twists!” Checkout the website here.

Heroes of the Storm – A new MOBA from Blizzard! Share your bnet IDs with NPC Cast!

iOS Games from Playdek – Join NPC Chris online for some board game action!

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Episode 109 – RPG Preludes.

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In this episode, the guys chat about some different types of prelude adventures you can do to start your RPG campaign! (61min)

Things you may find interesting:

NPC Cast Episode 42 – Where the guys chat about character generation in RPGs

Horror on the Orient Express – A massive adventure for Call of Cthulu! MASSIVE.

Spyfall – A deception and deduction game in which the Spy just needs to figure out where they are! Introduced to NPC Chris by his friend @425Suzanne! Check out her Print and Play version.

Heroforge Custom Miniatures – Custom minis for all of your RPG needs. So robust!

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Episode 108 – Switchers.

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In this campaign crucible, the guys take a suggestion from a live audience through the magic of the internet! (87min)

Things you may find interesting:

The WWE Royal Rumble – An over the top rope battle royale!

The Staufer Dynasty – A brand new area-control euro!

Podcaster Diplomacy – Follow along as NPC Chris takes on the rest of Europe in the play by post Diplomacy game!

 

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Episode 107 – Level Up.

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In this episode, the NPCs chat about Gencon housing and that feeling of “leveling up” at a game! (83min)

2:41 – Gencon Talk – How is housing at gencon going to be distributed differently this year?

15:46 – Leveling Up – Those moment during game when you feel like you’re getting better.

Things you may find interesting:

Akrotiri - A two-player tile placement game!

Fate Reforged – The newest Magic the Gathering Set!

Spirits of the Rice Paddy – Construct and tend to rice paddies!

 

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Episode 106 – Big Nothing

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In this episode, Chris and Del chat about running an RPG campaign without a big bad! 51min)

Things you may find interesting:

Sheriff of Nottingham – A bluffing game about sneaking goods to market!

Specter Ops – A new sci-fi stealth game from plaid Hat!

 

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Episode 105 – S3E1

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In this episode, the guys look back at the year that was and ahead to the year that will be!  58min)

Things you may find interesting:

Alchemists – A board game which uses a mobile app in order to uncover mysterious mixtures!

Shadows of Brimstone – A Wild West meets Cthulu dungeon crawl!

Black Mirror – A BBC Anthology-style show about the darker aspects of modern technology!

 

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Episode 103 – Bullet Buddies.

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In this episode the guys make bullet point games for one another! (62min)

Things you may be interested in:

Brawl

Tragedy Looper

Splendor

Hyperborea

Cash and Guns

Till Dawn – Nothing like Cash and Guns!

Sirlin on Game Design

Star Wars: Imperial Assault

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Episode 102 – Monstars.

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In this episode the NPCs talk about Monsters in RPGs! (76min)

Things you may be interested in:

Camel Up

The Witcher Adventure Game

Alien: Isolation

 

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Episode 101 – NPCCSMDND5E!

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The guys finally give their take on the latest (and greatest?) version of D&D yet! (84min)

Things you may be interested in:

 The D&D Website – I can’t believe they had the audacity to put a picture of Dragons up there.

 

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Episode 100!

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The guys go long! Recorded live, the NPCs answer questions from the NPC Cast Universe! (104min)

Things you may be interested in:

Mordheim – City of the Damned
World of Warcraft
The Mono-Black Pox Deck that NPC Chris modeled his after.

 

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Episode 99 – Why We Buy.

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In this NPC Chris-less episode, the guys talk about what it takes for them to buy a game!! (44min)

Things you may be interested in:

Fantasy Flight merges with Asmodee

Age of Rebellion: Stay on Target.

D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide.

 

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Episode 98 – The Methuselah Spark.

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Yet another Campaign Crucible as we get closer to Episode 100! (72min)

Things you may be interested in:

Aaron’s Descent painting challenge.

Chris is a Malifaux Henchman.

The Dracula Dossier, by Kenneth Hite.

 

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Episode 97 – Winging It.

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In this episode, the guys chat about improvising in your RPG! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

Our Extra-Life Friends: Marguerite, Tiffany, Stephanie, Kyle, and Brittanie.

Dead Meat: Quarantine Zone America

Race! Formula 90

Night Witches

 

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Episode 96 – Malifaux System Mastery!

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In this episode, the guys gush about Malifaux, the miniatures game from Wyrd Games! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Malifaux. Duh.

Handcannon Online

Machi Koro

 

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Episode 95 – Magic the Boardgaming.

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In this episode, the guys make Bullet-Point games based on Magic the Gathering cards! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Magic the Gathering Strategy Board Game

51:27 – Outer Earth

55:50 – twitch.tv/everblightWIP

59:01 – Catalyst RPG

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Episode 93 – Balance in RPGs!

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In this episode the guys discuss John Wick‘s recent blog post and whether or not balance is important in RPGs! (60min)

Things you may be interested in:

Chess Is Not An RPG: The Illusion of Game Balance – A blog post by John Wick, and what this episode is about!

Gritty Reboots

Houses of the Blooded

Wield 

Human Resources

Worldspinner

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Episode 92 – Adaptaptation.

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In this episode the guys chat about how to convert your favorite book, movie, or TV show into an RPG campaign! (60min)

Things you may be interested in:

SAGA

Deadlivers – A concept album by NW Underground Hip Hop group Grayskul

Dog Park

Southlands for Pathfinder

Star Wars Adversary Decks

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Episode 90 – Cinemax.

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In this episode, the guys chat about “Cinematic” vs. “Tactical” in RPGs! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

End of the World

Pathfinder Advanced Class Guide

Battle Systems Terrain

Legendary Encounters

2 GMs 1 Mic

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Episode 89 – The Boardgamizer!

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In this episode, the guys used the Boardgamizer to make games! (68min)

Things you may be interested in:

The Boardgamizer!

Doomtown

Vs. System Card Game

Spirit of ’77 

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Episode 87 – S.A.N.D. Blasters!

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The gang is back at it with another Campaign Crucible, and they are taking care of some unfinished business! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

Wizards of the Coast announces a new standard!

Asmodee buys Days of Wonder!

Blighted Bather alternate Spawning Vessel – A promotional model for Hordes!

 

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Episode 85 – We At Gencon!

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This week, the guys are at Gencon. NPC Chris took some time to chat with friend-PCs Tony and Matt about what they were excited about! Next week, we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled program! (36min)

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Episode 84 – Del’s Dont’s

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In this episode, NPC Del reveals his don’ts when it comes to playing in tournaments! (54min)

Things you may be interested in:

Machi Koro – A light city-building “intro” game!

WarmaHordes Faction Jerseys!

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Episode 83 – Travel.

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In this episode, the guys chat about Travel in RPGs! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Wizard Dodgeball – A fast and furious game for two-players!

Warmachine Tactics – A tactics game set in the world of Warmachine!

Unboxing Operation Icestorm – A sweet unboxing by the guys at Beasts of War for the upcoming Infinity starter set!

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TPK Behind the Screen – [redacted]

Behind the Screen -[redacted]

In this spoiler-tastic Behind the Screen, the guys sit down and talk about how the game went and the process behind [redacted].

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 4.

[redacted] – Episode 4

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of [redacted]! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Episode 81 – Legen-Dary.

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In this episode, NPCs Aaron and Chris chatted with Devin Low, designer of Marvel Legendary! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Devin Low’s BGG Page

Marvel Legendary: Villains

Mouse Guard: Swords and Strongholds

Tianxia

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 3.

[redacted] – Episode 3

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 2.

[redacted] – Episode 2

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 1.

[redacted] – Episode 1

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Episode 78 – Luchicago.

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In this episode, the guys continue crucible month with the designer of Trail of Cthulu and Night’s Black Agents: Kenneth Hite! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

Ken Writes About Stuff.

Lucha Libre Hero! – A wrestling RPG, but they’re superheros too!

Piledrivers and Powerbombs! – Another wrestling RPG!

World Wide Wrestling – A wrestling game powered by Apocalypse. Designed by Chicago’s own Nathan D. Paoletta!

Journeys to Somewhere Else – A Kickstarter featuring a book of John Avon art.

Penny Press – Be a newspaper baron in the yellow journalism era of old New York City!

Pack the Pack – A fast paced tile laying game of loot hoarding, satchel stuffing, gem matching and inventory management! I interviewed the designer, Meg McGinley, right here!

The Shadow Over Westminster – A co-operative horror deckbuilder set in modern day London!

Istanbul – NOT Constantinople.

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Episode 76 – Lost Vegas.

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In this episode, the guys continue crucible month with Friend-PC Michael of the RPG Academy! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

The RPG Academy – Friends of the show!

The Amberden Affair – A deception/intrigue game with a revolving miscreant imposter!

Sail to India – A neat game that is basically a sack of wooden cubes.

Origins – One of the largest gaming conventions in the country!

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Episode 75 – Going Starside.

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In this episode, the guys kick off Crucible Month by going starside with Mark Diaz Truman! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

Magpie Games – The company that Mark Diaz Truman co-founded!

Urban Shadows - An Urban-Fantasy RPG currently on Kickstarter!

Ghost Lines – An RPG by John Harper based on Apocalypse World.

The Propnomicon – A blog with sweet mythos-related things!

ArcheAge – A new fantasy sandbox-MMO!

NPC CAST T-SHIRTS!!!

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