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Retro Videogames

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Chris is out of town, and so this is a throwback episode from the NPC Cast Vaults! (43min)

Things you may be interested in:
The Last Garden
Nyctophobia

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Improvised Surprises in RPGs

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Chris and Del answer some questions about improvising storylinesand when it’s alright to lie to your players! (48min)

Things you may be interested in:
The Last Garden
Rising Sun on Kickstarter
Legendary Encounters Alien Expansion

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RPG Settings for New Players

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Chris and Del answer some questions from the NPC Cast universe, including whether or not Fantasy is the best setting to get started in Role-Playing Games with! (35min)

Things you may be interested in:
The Last Garden
Gloomhaven
Daedalus Complex

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The Last Garden

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Del hosts as Chris and Matt talk about their game The Last Garden, which is live on Kickstarter right now! (40min)

Things you may be interested in:
The Last Garden

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Party Splitting and Rotating Players

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Del and Chris answer a couple of audience questions, including what to do when your players are heading in different directions and the best way to run a game for a ton of players! (54min)

Things you may be interested in:
Shadowrun: Anarchy
The Last Garden

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nPc 4 Life

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In Aaron’s last show as NPC Cast host, we look back on the things he has been the most proud about! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:
Overwatch
Dusk City Outlaws
Harry Potter Minis Game

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New Hotness and New Players

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Del and Chris answer a couple of listener questions, including how to deal with players that want to play the new hotness and how to introduce brand new players to the hobby! (52min)

Things you may be interested in:
Roll Player
Apocrypha
The Other Side

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Haberdashers – Campaign Crucible

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Del and Chris combine some ingredients for another Campaign Crucible! (50min)

Things you may be interested in:
OrcaCon
Baseball Prospectus
The Last Garden Contest!

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Running RPGs with Problem Players

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Del and Chris answer a listener question about how to deal with problem players in your RPG campaign! (55min)

Things you may be interested in:
The Other Side Kickstarter
The Last Garden Contest!

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LEVEL UP MAIL BAG

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The NPC Cast enters 2nd Edition, and fields questions from the NPC Universe! We’re also on YouTube now, over at One Thousand XP. Oh, and you can all finally level up! (53min)

To get the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire PDFs that Del was referring to, head here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/level-up-mail-7648658

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Preprinted RPG Modules

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The NPC Cast fields a request from a Patreon backer, and discusses their ideal Preprinted Modules!! (52min)

Things you may be interested in:
NPC Cast Episode 163
The Dracula Dossier
Ugly Critmas Sweater
Monocle Society

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Holidays in Role-Playing Games

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The NPC Cast discusses holidays in role-playing games, and also talk about what it means for your group IRL! (56min)

Things you may be interested in:
Gift Trap
The Other Side
Sofa Justice Warriors: Soldier
Champions

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RPG Campaigns From Video Games

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The NPC Cast discusses some video games, and what they would do to make them into RPG campaigns! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:
Overwatch
Final Fantasy
X-Com 2
Pokemon
Lisboa
Star Trek: Discovery
Westworld

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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