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Plot Points

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ENnie- nominated Plot Points takes role-playing games seriously. Explore the origins of role-playing with original reporting and interviews. Learn about some of the best products ever made, and fascinating new RPGs of today!

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Now with More Bards! Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone Center Setting on Bards Ep 225

April 30th, 2021


These bards go to eleven!

Gamer glitterati Satine Phoenix and Jamison Stone of Apotheosis Studios are Kickstarting a campaign of intrigue and art, songs and spycraft, portraying a city in which art and abomination …

A Long Look at Amy Vorpahl's Candlekeep Deconstructed Ep 224

April 10th, 2021


A D&D adventure with a rocket ship? Probe "Kandlekeep Dekonstrukted" by Amy Vorpahl, part of Candlekeep Mysteries for 5E!

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick …

Monte Cook Kickstarts Product so New There's No Word for It Ep 223

March 30th, 2021


Imagine running an adventure online, and instead of books, notes, and PDFs, everything is in a single app, right before your eyes. Now imagine the app has art from world-class artists, and design from RPG luminaries. …

An RPG of Maximum Ecstasy with Minimum Effort- Ep 222

March 26th, 2021


City of Winter and Fall of Magic are story games centered around journeys in fantasy worlds. Play revolves around gorgeous, hand-made scrolls, and …

Mountains of Madness Panel- Ep 221

January 22nd, 2021


Hear a stellar panel of nerds discuss the Appendix N text, At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft! Included are 7th edition Call of Cthulhu 

Reading the DMG Aloud pt 8- Ep 220

January 15th, 2021


An impenetrable table! Rolling attributes! Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Eighth in a series!

The Homeric RPG! Agon Ep 219

January 8th, 2021


Inspired by epic poetry and pulp television, John Harper & Sean Nittner's Agon takes an old system, dice pools, and makes it new to produce a …

How Good is Vaesen? Ep 217

December 18th, 2020


Is Vaesen the best new RPG of the year? How does it stack up against Call of Cthulhu as a horror game? What does it teach about how to make an …

Reading the Dungeon Master's Guide Aloud pt. 7 Ep 216

December 4th, 2020


Unnatural aging and disease! Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Seventh in a series!

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click …

Reading the Dungeon Masters Guide Aloud pt 6 Ep 215

November 20th, 2020


Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Sixth in a series!

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential …

Urban Shadows 2nd Ed is Happening! Ep 214

November 6th, 2020


Urban Shadows is the addicting as hell PbtA game of machiavellian monsters living in metropolises! Its second edition has new fun faction rules, and …

Death Divers! Ep 213

October 29th, 2020


Explore Dustin DePenning's carbines and demons sci-fi RPG! It's on Kickstarter right now, and has a fascinating new game engine in its bloody and …

Dark Conspiracy, D13, and Dice Sonnets- Ep 212

October 16th, 2020


Lester Smith is a stalwart of GDW and TSR, designer of such games and Dark Conspiracy and Dragon Dice! He has a new game out, D13 which uses a D4 and …

Rent a Flat with Death!- Ep 211

October 2nd, 2020


A role-playing game like no other. In Rest in Pieces you are room-mates with Death! In addition to a story concept never before seen, RiP takes RPG …

Brilliant RPG Designer Craig Campbell Shows Us His 'Good Strong Hands'- Ep 210

September 24th, 2020


Craig Campbell is an innovative RPG designer whose current Kickstarter, Good Strong Hands, is a game of relationships and fantasy exploration inspired by fictions like The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, and Willow

Reading the DMG Aloud Pt- 5 Ep 209

September 17th, 2020


Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Fifth in a series!

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential …

Attend the Red Opera! Ep 208

September 11th, 2020


A warlock-based 5E campaign inspired by a heavy metal album? And the album was retooled and recorded by the Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra? Can …

A Look at Dragon Magazine thru the Eyes of Dale Donovan- Ep 207

September 4th, 2020


We're back after an unexpected two-week hiatus with Dale Donovan, an editor, game designer, TSR alum, and Dragon Magazine veteran. He takes us through a career that made him a witness to some pivotal events in RPG …

The Sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast- Ep. 206

August 13th, 2020


How the deal to buy the world's first role-playing game company was negotiated and sealed. Ben Riggs has interviewed those who were there and can …

How TSR Failed 2020- Ep 205

August 6th, 2020


The 2020 version of my research on how TSR went from grossing $40 million a year to being bought by Wizards of the Coast. Performed live at Gen Con Online!

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on …

Maleficent Mythological Monsters for 5E- Ep 204

July 24th, 2020


Imagine inserting Cthulhu, Aladdin, and the Easter Bunny in your 5E campaign. That is exactly the kind of role-playing madness allowed by 

Failure to Click this Link Will be Considered Treason Citizen- Ep 203

July 17th, 2020


RPG designer WJ MacGuffin comes on the show to talk Paranoia, the dystopic/comic sci-fi RPG of clones and treason! They've got Project Infinite Hole 

Zombies, Creativity, and Business at Magpie Games- Ep 202

July 10th, 2020


Mark Diaz Truman is one of the madcap masterminds of Magpie Games. Magpie's Zombie World, a card-based, Powered by the Apocalypse game of zombie …

Interwar Germany Meets the Mythos- Ep 201

July 9th, 2020


David Larkins, writer of Berlin: The Wicked City takes us on a tour of Weimar Berlin, now with more tentacles!

Learn more about Chaosium in the 21st …

The Yellow King Invades our Reality, for Real, in this RPG

July 8th, 2020


Robin Laws had a dream, which led him to write a short story, and use that to create The Yellow King Roleplaying Game. Once HP Lovecraft dreamed of a …

John Tynes is the Beethoven of RPGs- Ep 199

July 7th, 2020


John Tynes writes RPGs so good it makes me stutter. I've interviewed him twice. Each time, I've been fidgety and nervous beforehand. The man's games take up the #1 and #2 slots on the game index! That's a …

Start a Blog, Kickstart a Book, Get an Ennie Nomination- Ep. 198

July 6th, 2020


Michael Prescott is the motivating genius behind Trilemma Adventures, a beautiful book of two-page adventures for fantasy role-playing games. How did …

The Gang Stakes this Solo Vampire RPG- Ep 197

June 26th, 2020


Brad, Sarah, & Ben take a deep dive on Thousand Year Old Vampire, the lonely RPG where you live the life of an immortal undead! 

Check out the bizarre gaming deeps at Tim Hutchings' Play Generated Map & Document …

Reading the DMG Aloud pt 4- Ep 196

June 19th, 2020


Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! 

Learn more about the conference Scott talked about, NarraScope, here. 

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on …

Discover the Thousand Year Old Vampire- Ep 195

June 12th, 2020


A solo game of "lonely role-playing" allows you to become an immortal drinker of lives! Ben Riggs interviews game-creator and total mensch Tim …

Reading the DMG Aloud pt 3

June 5th, 2020


Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! 

Also, check out Ben's prior work on demons & devils & Dungeons & Dragons, and this 60 Minutes piece on D&D from the …

A Notebook for Gamers Only!- Ep. 193

May 29th, 2020


Imagine a notebook with everything you need to create your own fantasy campaign already in it. Blank hex maps, pages set up for charts, even …

Wrestling the Apocalypse Engine- Ep. 192

May 23rd, 2020


Worldwide Wrestling is the Powered by the Apocalypse game of furious sports entertainment! The game both highlights the strength of the Apocalypse …

Experience a Cathartic Revolution in RPGs with Bluebeard's Bride- Ep. 191

May 15th, 2020


Bluebeard's Bride from Magpie Games is a revolution in RPGs. Players take on the role of one character, just one among the group of them, and …

Appendix N University: The Scarlet Citadel- Ep. 190

May 9th, 2020


Listen to history professor Glenn McDorman and ENnie Award-winning designer Jacob Hurst discuss "The Scarlet Citadel" by Robert E. Howard, and the story's influence on RPGs! You can check out Glenn's Elder Sign podcast

Reading D&D Aloud- Pt 2 of the DMG

May 1st, 2020


Academic Scott Bruner and Ben Riggs read aloud and comment on the 1st edition Dungeon Master’s Guide by Gary Gygax, an attempt by the game’s …

How Games Influence Games- An Interview with Emily Care Boss & Peter Adkison- Ep 188

April 24th, 2020


Emily Care Boss is the brilliant designer of games like The Romance Trilogy, and Bubblegumshoe. With Ben Riggs, she chews over game theory, her career, and how Ars Magica may have directly inspired some of the most …

What if Kids had D&D Class in School? -Ep 187

April 16th, 2020


Imagine a world where teachers used RPGs as teaching tools. That is the world the Teacher-Gamer Handbook aims to bring about. Zachary Reznichek is a …

Reading D&D Aloud- The 1st Edition DMG- Ep186

April 11th, 2020


Academic Scott Bruner and Ben Riggs read aloud and comment on the 1st edition Dungeon Master's Guide by Gary Gygax, an attempt by the game's …

Going to Hell with D&D or Chapter Delving Descent into Avernus- Ep.185

April 3rd, 2020


The Plot Points gang continues looking at Descent into Avernus chapter-by-chapter. This week, we visit Baldur's Gate, and then descend into the pit itself!

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on …

A Look at the White Wolf of Old- Ep. 184

March 26th, 2020


Bill Bridges worked on some of the most phenomenal game products of the 1990s at White Wolf, and he's back with a Kickstarter for a new edition of …

Is the Game Industry Recession-Proof? A Look at the Business of RPGs with Micheal Parker- Ep. 183

March 20th, 2020


Peek behind the curtain at the stores and supply chains that make the RPG industry run with Micheal Parker of ACD Distribution. How did the industry weather the '08 recession? How does the RPG industry look on the sales …

Monte Cook Kickstarts Longest RPG Book Ever Written by a Single Author- Ep. 182

March 12th, 2020


Ptolus was the home campaign Monte Cook ran while designing 3rd edition D&D. Brimming with brilliant fodder for the gaming table, it quickly sold …

Nerf Battles and the FBI at TSR- Ep 181

March 5th, 2020


Once upon a time, the TSR offices were in downtown Lake Geneva in an old hotel. These are the stories of that building. 

Ben’s book on RPG adventure …

Nick Cage's Colour Out of Space: A Review- Ep. 180

February 20th, 2020


An academic, a game professional, and your host gather to review Richard Stanley's latest effort, an HP Lovecraft adaptation: The Colour Out of Space

Appendix N University- "The Colour Out of Space" by HP Lovecraft- Ep. 179

February 13th, 2020


How did HP Lovecraft's "Colour Out of Space" influence gaming? Academic Scott Bruner, Chaosium stalwart Jim Lowder, and host Ben Riggs gather to …

Is the RPG Business Bubble About to Burst? Ep. 178

February 6th, 2020


The RPG business has been growing like gangbusters since the Great Recession. Recent numbers from Diamond Comics and Kickstarter provoke a question: Is that growth coming to an end?

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, 

Explore the Vampire New Blood Starter Pack- Ep. 177

February 1st, 2020


Vampire: The Masquerade 5th edition tries to re-start and re-introduce itself to the gaming community with the New Blood Starter Pack. Designed for gaming novices, the product tries to introduce the player to the …

Appendix N University- 3 Hearts and 3 Lions- Ep. 176

January 24th, 2020


Possibly no novel had a greater impact on Dungeons & Dragons than Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson. Law, chaos, the paladin, the …

A Deadly Threat and the Last Fleet: Ep. 175

January 17th, 2020


The only thing keeping humanity from extinction among the stars is The Last Fleet, a new role-playing game by Joshua Fox using the Powered by the …

Ed Greenwood Sold the Forgotten Realms for $5,000- Ep. 174

January 10th, 2020


Ben Riggs interviews Ed Greenwood, father of the Forgotten Realms, about his 1987 agreement with TSR wherein he sold the rights to the Realms for …

Best of Plot Points: FIreborn

January 3rd, 2020


In this Best of Plot Points episode, the gang checks out a gem from the early aughts from Fantasy Flight, Fireborn! It's a game where you play a reincarnated dragon living in a London where magic is coming alive again. 

Best of Plot Points: Shadow of the Demon Lord

December 27th, 2019


Enjoy Robert J. Schwalb's delve into dark fantasy with Shadow of the Demon Lord. Tremble in fear, be afraid, and game away! New Plot Points will …

In Forgotten Lawsuit, TSR Sued Wizards of the Coast- Ep. 173

December 19th, 2019


In August of 1996, TSR employees rushed from the exhibit hall at Gen Con to the federal courthouse in downtown Milwaukee to sue Wizards of the Coast and Acclaim Entertainment, filing the lawsuit before the convention …

R. Talsorian Games Seminar Gen Con 2019

December 12th, 2019


R. Talsorian Games is one of the ancient and storied RPG companies of the 1980s which has really hit the ground running again in the second decade of the 21st century. They are most well known for 1987’s Cyberpunk, the …

Zombie World! Ep. 171

December 6th, 2019


Zombie World takes the Powered by the Apocalypse engine and breaks it out into decks of cards. It promises, fast, fun, and bloody undead action. Brad, Sarah, and Ben try it out at their gaming table!

Ben’s book on RPG …

Best of Plot Points: Ravenloft!

November 29th, 2019


Americans, enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with this deep cut from the Plot Points archives, our first-ever episode, Ravenloft!

The Delta Green …

Growing an Award-Winning Game Company- Ep. 170

November 22nd, 2019


Once upon a time, Marissa Kelly and Mark Diaz Truman had the wild idea of starting a role-playing game company. Today, they recruit top talent, score …

D&D Outsold AD&D- Ep. 168

November 15th, 2019


Actual sales numbers for D&D have never been common or easy to find. But Ben had a source sent him four pages of D&D sales numbers for use in …

D&D 5E Seminar from Gamehole Con 2019- Ep. 167

November 8th, 2019


An hour of power with the towering triumvirate of tabletop, Mike Mearls, Chris Perkins, and Chris Lindsay! Hear about the origins of such products as Tyranny of Dragons and D&D Essentials in this freewheeling and …

RPG Historian Shannon Appelcline Told to Cease & Desist by TSR- Ep.166

November 1st, 2019


Shannon Appelcline, author of Designers & Dragons, received legal notice from TSR to stop posting D&D material online in the 1990's. Thing was, he wasn't posting about D&D! Listen to hear the story, and how …

A First Look at Descent into Avernus- Ep. 165

October 25th, 2019


The Plot Points gang does another chapter delve, reading chapter by chapter the latest D&D 5E release, Descent into Avernus. Ben also gives an update on the history of TSR. 

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, 

Dinosaur Princesses- Ep. 164

October 19th, 2019


You're a dinosaur! And a princess! Solve problems and cheer in this G-rated game for beginners.

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, …

TSR's Christmas Layoffs- Ep. 163

October 10th, 2019


In 1996, Random House returned a huge amount of material to TSR. To move the company back into the black, layoffs were planned and carried out on December 20th, 1996. This is the story of that day.

Ben’s book on RPG …

Death by Debt at TSR: Ep 161

September 27th, 2019


A 1979 contract between Random House and TSR would take 18 years to kill the company that started the role-playing game hobby. Thanks to historian …

Panic and Death on the Mothership- Ep. 160

September 19th, 2019


Mothership is an OSR-style RPG of sci-fi horror that will rip your head off, gut you, and dance in your entrails. Right now, the game is hotter than …

Making Cthulhu Fresh Again in New Bestiary- Ep. 162

September 14th, 2019


Hideous Creatures, a new horror bestiary from Pelgrane Press, makes Lovecraft's old, familiar, creatures fresh and scary again. Ben, Brad, & …

Magpie Games Seminar from Gen Con 2019- Ep. 159

September 13th, 2019


See what Magpie Games has coming up in 2020 and the future! Also, peek into the research I'm doing for my book on the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast. 

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on …

How to Write Better Adventures Seminar Gen Con 2019

September 5th, 2019


How many great RPG sessions have you played in? How many have you run? Given how much we all want RPG sessions to be successful, how come they so …

Who are Brad & Sarah? Ep. 157

August 29th, 2019


In a very special episode of Plot Points, we take a deep look at Brad & Sarah. Who are they? How did they meet? What makes them tick?

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click …

Swords, Spies, & Shoggoths: The Pelgrane Press Panel from Gen Con 2019- Ep. 156

August 22nd, 2019


Discover what secrets will be sprung upon the world by Pelgrane Press in the coming months! Can your heart stand the appalling shocks? Explore …

The Hope & Tragedy of TSR West Seminar Gen Con 2019- Ep. 155

August 16th, 2019


TSR West was an attempt by TSR to break into the comic book industry. How and why didn't it work out? A seminar from Gen Con 2019. 

Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to …

3rd Edition D&D: Creation of a Masterpiece Seminar 2019

August 8th, 2019


3rd edition D&D is one of the most popular RPGs ever created. Decades after its release, and after dozens of interviews, the dramatic story of …

Why TSR Failed 2019- Ep. 153

August 5th, 2019


Why did TSR, the company founded to publish Dungeons & Dragons, flounder and fail in the 1990's? Ben Riggs goes deep with this updated seminar on …

Over the Edge 3rd Ed Review- Ep. 152

July 26th, 2019


Over the Edge is the game of weird urban danger by Jonathan Tweet published by Atlas Games. The Plot Points crew oohs and ahs over this 3rd edition of a 90's gem.

Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for …

A Long Lunch with TSR Alums Jim Lowder & Dale Donovan- Ep 151

July 21st, 2019


Imagine taking a pair of TSR alumni out to lunch, and letting them tell you tales of the old days. This aural odyssey is exactly that! Ben Riggs took …

Appendix N University "Ill Met in Lankhmar" by Fritz Leiber- Ep. 150

July 12th, 2019


A professor, an RPG designer, and a podcast host come together over Ill Met in Lankhmar, a seminal Appendix N text by Fritz Leiber. Game design, …

Why Is Pelgrane Press So Good? Ep. 149

July 4th, 2019


Pelgrane Press is a phenomenal company devoted solely to the production of role-playing games. The company's products are universally stunning, from 

Architect of D&D Adventurer's League Spills Secrets! Ep. 148

June 28th, 2019


Chris Lindsay runs the D&D Adventurer's League, D&D's organized play, and is the mastermind behind the DM's Guild, which allows Jane & Joe Average to write adventures using D&D IP. In this episode, he …

Scion 2nd Edition- Yeah or Yikes!? Ep. 147

June 20th, 2019


Words are wielded like daggers in this contentious episode of Plot Points.

Is the new edition of Scion a step forward or leap backward? Brad, Ben, & Sarah vigorously argue about the new edition of Scion, Onyx Path's …

How Not to Suck at Storytelling-Ep. 146

June 14th, 2019


Learn secrets to running better adventures from gaming professionals!

A galaxy of game greats pass on their collective wisdom to make your gaming …

ENnie Award-Winning Designer Speaks- Ep. 145

June 6th, 2019


A talk with the oracle of the OSR! Jacob Hurst won an ENnie for his work on Hot Springs Island, which you can check out here. Ben & Jacob talk about his current projects, and the creation of Hot Springs!

Ben's book …

Appendix N University-"Return of the Sorcerer" by Clark Ashton Smith Ep. 144

May 30th, 2019


How did pulp fiction of the 1930s influence D&D? Plot Points takes a hard look at the question by reading "Return of the Sorcerer" by Clark …

Improv for Gamers- A Karen Twelves Interview Ep. 143

May 23rd, 2019


What can gamers learn from improv to have more fun at the table? Improv impresario Karen Twelves has the answers! Ben has a wide-ranging and free-wheeling conversation with her about game, life, and living abroad. Buy …

A D&D AP That Sounds Like an Audio Drama: Ep. 142

May 16th, 2019


Encounter Party is a slick piece of D&D entertainment so well-acted and so well-edited that it is more like audio drama than anything else. Our own Sarah Babe plays a minotaur on the podcast, and quite simply, if …

A New Kind of D&D 5E in Ravnica: Ep. 141

May 10th, 2019


A city that covers a planet, riven by factions and guilds- that is Ravnica! Plot Points takes a deep dive into this iconic Magic: The Gathering setting's translation into D&D 5th edition! But what is D&D when …

Alien RPG to Burst Out of Free League Publishing: An Interview with Tomas Harenstam: Ep. 140

May 2nd, 2019


Hear the secrets of the upcoming Alien role-playing game from Free League Publishing in this interview with Free League designer and impresario Tomas …

Blades in the Dark Creator John Harper on Plot Points! Ep. 139

April 26th, 2019


"You’re in a haunted Victorian-era city trapped inside a wall of lightning powered by demon blood."

Blades in the Dark is a radical step forward in …

The Galaxy Is Your Sandbox: Stars Without Number 138

April 17th, 2019


Low-prep, sandbox games make life easy on the GM. But how do you do that while providing the grand sweep of galactic science fiction? Kevin Crawford circles that square in Stars Without Number, a sandbox game with the …

The RPG Industry is Better Than Video Games and Other Controversies From Dennis Detwiller: Episode 137

April 11th, 2019


Is art harder than writing? Is the RPG industry superior to comic books and video games? These questions and more are asked and answered in Ben's interview with virtuoso writer and artist Dennis Detwiller, one of the …

Explore the Roots of Dungeons & Dragons: Episode 136

April 4th, 2019


What literature inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons? Why do spells work the way they do? These questions and more are answered in the Appendix N Seminar from GaryCon 2019!

If you're new to Plot Points, …

Monte Cook's Parties Are So Hot They Start People on Fire: Episode 135

March 28th, 2019


Ben has a long talk with Monte Cook, RPG design genius behind NumeneraInvisible Sun, and 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons. Check out his current Kickstarter for Arcana of the Ancients here!

If you’re new to Plot …

Pathfinder 2nd Edition Seminar from Gary Con 2019! Episode 134

March 19th, 2019


The mellifluous tones of Pathfinder designer Jason Bulmahn bring you up to speed on the latest news in the world of Pathfinder 2nd edition! 

If …

RPGs, Werewolves, and Rocky Horror: An Interview with Becky Annison- Episode 133

March 14th, 2019


"I'm pretty keen on role-playing."

Becky Annison is a brilliant game designer who co-created the GM-less Lovecraftian RPG, Lovecraftesque, along with …

The Scandinavian RPG Invasion from the Forbidden Lands! Episode 132

March 8th, 2019


"This may be the most perfect role-playing game product I've ever seen." 

"This makes old fantasy new again." 

Forbidden Lands is the fantasy RPG …

Bigfoot and the Mind-Altering Philosophies of John Scott Tynes: Episode 131

February 22nd, 2019


John Scott Tynes worked on some of the most innovative and engaging role-playing games produced in the 1990s. Delta GreenUnknown ArmiesCall of …

Imagine the kids from Narnia at 30, and in therapy: Episode 130

February 14th, 2019


How do you have a normal life after being transported to a magical world, meeting fairies, and being a hero? Well, Becky Annison thinks you'd be likely to end up in therapy. She explores this in "When the Dark is Gone" …

A New Literature of the RPG or Failure to Tell Gaming's Story?: Episode 129

February 7th, 2019


Of Dice and Men is "The story of Dungeons & Dragons and the people who play it." Is it a first stab at a new kind of literature, or too basic for the veteran gamer? Ben, Sarah, and Brad come near blows discussing it!

Is This Book the Best Edition of D&D? Episode 128

January 30th, 2019


Rules Cyclopedia was a 1991 compendium of Basic Dungeon & Dragon rules. The rules are fast, light, and fun as hell. Hear Ben Riggs talk about why …

Evil PCs Play Basic D&D: Episode 127

January 20th, 2019


What happens when an assassin, a murderer, a dark cleric, and elf Hitler go into a dungeon? To find out, listen to this actual play podcast put out …

"It's Downton Abbey with Swords": Episode 126

January 13th, 2019


Ben hit the Midwinter Gaming Convention yesterday and talked to a number of fascinating makers. Ben talked to Todd Nicholas of Wheel Tree Press, and …

Ending 2018 with Greg Stafford: Episode 125

December 31st, 2018


Ben Riggs happened to watch Greg Stafford doing some good at Gen Con in 2015. This episode tells that story. 

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Gangsters+G-Men+Superpowers=Capers: Episode 123

December 13th, 2018


Flying gangsters. Superspeed thieves. FBI agents who can sense your lies. All these wonders and more await between the covers of Capers, the superpowered RPG of 1920s action! The Plot Points gang takes a hard look at …

Does D&D Need BOTH Gnomes & Halflings? Episode 124

December 13th, 2018


Halflings and gnomes are D&D staples, but does the game really need two short races of tinkerers and tricksters? The Plot Points gang discusses in their final look at Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes.  

Interested in …

Playing Along with the Theatre of the Mind Players: Episode 122

November 30th, 2018


Brad and Sarah interview the players of the Theatre of the Mind Players. Get to know the whole cast and hear what they plan to do down the road. A …

A Brief History of the Gith: Episode 121

November 17th, 2018


The Plot Points gang continues their chapter delve of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. This month, they take a good hard look at the Gith. 

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The Greatest Campaign of all Time in a New Edition: A Step Forward or Backward?

November 10th, 2018


Chaosium has released a new version of Masks of Nyarlathotep, which many believe to be the greatest RPG campaign of all time. With hundreds of pages of new material, including an entirely new scenario, the Plot Points …

When D&D Went Hollywood: The Tragedy of Dragon Strike: Episode 119

November 1st, 2018


Once upon a time, D&D wanted to make a game for 8-year-olds. It was to include a video tape explaining how to play the game. The story of the …

Gaming Saves the World: Episode 118

October 16th, 2018


Cat Tobin, Shel Kahn, and Daniel Kwan explain how gaming can make positive change in the world at this seminar from Gen Con 2018! And fair warning, a few cuss words do slip out...

To our all our loyal listeners, we have …

Pelgrane Press Seminar at Gen Con 2018: Episode 117

September 28th, 2018


Here about the good things coming from Pelgrane Press at their 2018 seminar from Gen Con!

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A Deep Look at D&D's Dwarves: Episode 116

September 15th, 2018


Where do dwarves come from? What are the duergar, and why do they burrow into dwarven strongholds and kill all the dwarves they find? Find out as the …

A New Genre? Kaleidoscopic Fantasy: Episode 115

September 8th, 2018


Renegade Game Studio is attempting to create a new genre of fantasy, which they describe as kaleidoscopic fantasy, in a new RPG: Overlight. The Plot Points crew take a long look at the game, and the adventure in the …

We Be Super Goblins! Live @ Gen Con 2018! Episode 114

August 27th, 2018


Sarah, Brad, and Ben take a look at Pathfinder's fifth adventure in their goblin epic, We Be Super Goblins! And they do it live! At Gen Con 2018 in …

Encounter Theory 101: Episode 113

August 18th, 2018


Encounter Theory argues that the encounter, where players interact with the world of the RPG, is the meat & bones of all RPGs. Is this true, & how can it be applied by GMs and designers?

This audio is from Gen …

Why Did TSR Fail? Episode 112

August 9th, 2018


TSR was created to make Dungeons & Dragons, yet by 1996, the first RPG company was drowning in debt. How did TSR arrive in this place? Why did it happen? Ben Riggs gives a summary into his book research on these …

Is it time to remove the Drow? Episode 111

July 30th, 2018


Are the Drow too weighted down by racist associations to be a part of D&D in the 21st century? That's the question we settle in on as Plot Points takes a deep look at Chapter Two of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of: Episode 110

July 21st, 2018


Ben, Brad, and Sarah tackle Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of this week. Brad does a deep dive on how Modiphius's 2D20 system works in the world of Conan, and Ben frowns hard at an adventure that makes a better …

TSR Goes to War Against DC Comics: Episode 109

July 13th, 2018


Did you know DC Comics used to make Dungones & Dragons comics? And that they stopped because TSR went into competition with them?

We explore that story in an excerpt from Ben's book this week on Plot Points!

Let …

Demons & Devils & Dungeons & Dragons: A Brief History Part II Episode 108

June 27th, 2018


After complaints from pulpit, press, and angry mothers, TSR took demons and devils out of Dungeons & Dragons. Or did they? Soon, D&D …

Demons & Devils & Dungeons & Dragons: A Brief History pt. 1

June 18th, 2018


Demons & devils are some of the fiercest foes in Dungeons & Dragons, but did you know there was a time when they were cut out of the game due to complaints? The Plot Points gang of Ben Riggs, Sarah Babe, and …

Best Game About Thieves Ever? Blades in the Dark

June 2nd, 2018


Blades in the Dark is the RPG of broken people breaking and entering in a fog-shrouded steampunk city infested with ghosts. The Plot Points gang breaks down what makes it one of the best new games of 2017, and why it is …

105: What Do We Read? An AMA

May 19th, 2018


This week, the Plot Points crew lets YOU decide what we talk about! Sarah, Brad, & Ben chew over our favorite wrestler, books we would recommend, …

104: Become the Dragon in Epyllion

May 12th, 2018


Epyllionthe role-playing game that lets you take wing as a dragon! Brad, Sarah, and Ben discuss its influences, play, and friendship gem economy. …

103: Ben's Making a Role-Playing Game

May 5th, 2018


The gang sits down to listen to Ben talking about the role-playing game he's writing tentatively entitled Wands Against the Apocalypse. It is a game …

102: Behold an OSR Hexcrawl with Eye-Shattering Player Handout!

April 28th, 2018


The Plot Points gang discusses Hot Springs Island, a suite of two books that are an old-school hex-crawl for the 21st century. One of the books is a …

101: GaryCon Audio Odyssey

April 21st, 2018


Ben went to GaryCon and through the audio magic of the internet, now YOU are there too! He speaks with Jeffrey Talanian of North Wind Adventures about Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea, Lucus Palosaari …

100: Star Trek Actual Play

April 15th, 2018


What happens when someone who has never seen an episode of Star Trek sits down to play a Star Trek role-playing game?

The Plot Points gang sets out …

99: Pathfinder 2nd Edition Seminar at Gary Con 2018

March 24th, 2018


It broke the internet when Paizo announced a 2nd edition of the beloved behemoth that is the Pathfinder role-playing game, and your friends at Plot …

98: Five Generations of D&D Design

March 17th, 2018


Ben recorded a seminar wherein six game designers who worked on Dungeons and Dragons (Skip Williams, Jon Pickens, Zeb Cook, Ed Stark, Steve Winter, and Mike Mearls) talk about game design. During the talk, current lead …

97: What's the Point of Plot Points and AMA!

March 10th, 2018


Ben, Brad, and Sarah ask, as we come up on 100 episodes, what makes Plot Point the show that it is. We also tackle our first ever question from Patron backer Sarah Ross, who wants to know where a listener to Plot Points …

96: Star Trek Adventures from Modiphius Entertainment

March 3rd, 2018


Ben, Brad, & Sarah talk about Star Trek Adventures, the new game set in the final frontier from Modiphius Entertainment! The gang takes a deep dive on "Rescue at Xerxes IV," the adventure meant to introduce newbies …

95: How Not to Suck at Storytelling

February 25th, 2018


Writer Rick Heinz was kind enough to invite Ben to participate in his seminar on how not to suck at storytelling. Along with him is storyteller Jason Williams. 

Ben and Rick get into it a little bit, to the delight of …

94: Encounter Theory

February 19th, 2018


Ben has been tormenting himself with the following question: Why aren't there better adventures out there? Even great games often only have mediocre …

93: Brom Finds TSR

February 11th, 2018


Ben's writing a book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast, and Brad and Sarah ask him about it. He talks about how the artist, Gerald Brom, found work at TSR in the late 1980s. 

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92: Tales from the Loop

February 3rd, 2018


Tales from the Loop from Free League and Modiphius Entertainment is a role-playing game of children and teens exploring high science mysteries. …

91: Best RPG Releases of 2017

December 18th, 2017


Brad, Ben, and Sarah talk over their favorite releases of 2017. Some are brand spanking fresh, some we've talked over before, but we are excited as hell for all of them.

Bran wants you to know you can listen to our …

90: Xenomorphs & the NEW Role-Playing Game System

December 9th, 2017


The Plot Points gang discusses the NEW rpg system from EN Publishing and an adventure, Xenomorphs: The Fall of Somerset Landing. You can find it on DriveThruRPG here!

89: Gaming as Ritual and Modern Myth-Making, and Role-Playing Seminar

November 30th, 2017


A panel of luminaries discusses the intersection of gaming, myth, and religion at Gen Con 2017. It was my favorite panel, and it was composed of Nisaba Press's Jaym Gates, Paizo's Lyz Liddell, and the John W. Campbell …

88: Plot Points Seminar at Gen Con 2017!

November 20th, 2017


Over 80 episodes into Plot Points, the gang takes a moment to think about what they've learned, what they've done, and whether role-playing games are …

87: Gen Con 2017 Retrospective

November 14th, 2017


The gang gets together to discuss Gen Con 2017, the 50th anniversary of the world's greatest RPG convention!

86: Rippers! Savage GUMSHOE

October 31st, 2017


Ben talks to you while he drives to game about Rippers, a Savage Worlds setting where you kill Dracula, harvest his organs, and install them in your …

86: Numenera 2 & Weird Discoveries

October 21st, 2017


Ben, Sarah, & Brad discuss Weird Discoveries, a compilation of ten adventures for Monte Cook Games' Numenera. Mr. Cook has found a new way to present adventures which, in theory, allows a GM to start running a game …

85: Starfinder Quickfire!

August 14th, 2017


Ben got an early look at Paizo's Starfinder, and is here to give you a hot take on the massive and beautiful corebook. 

Going to Gen Con? Ben edited …

84: My Little Pony, Tales of Equestria

July 22nd, 2017


The Plot Points gang tackles My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria.

Plot Points is doing a seminar at Gen Con! Attend here!

Also, did you know Sarah makes custom My Little Ponies? Email her at if …

83: GUMSHOE One-2-One and Cthulhu Confidential

May 20th, 2017


Today Brad, Ben, and Sarah talk about Cthulhu Confidential, the first supplement in the GUMSHOE One-2-One line for a single GM and single player. 


82: Urban Shadows & Apocalypse World engine

April 8th, 2017


Urban Shadows is a role-playing game of dark, modern, fantasy co-created by Andrew Medeiros and Mark Diaz-Truman using the Apocalypse World system. 

81: Dungeon Crawl Classics & Sailors on the Starless Sea

February 11th, 2017


The gang talks over Old School Revolution darling, Dungeon Crawl Classics and a level 0 adventure for the game, Sailors on the Starless Sea! Taste, …

80: Microscope Actual Play

January 7th, 2017


Join Brad, Ben, and Sarah as they play Ben Robbins' game of history creation, Microscope.

Also, come see Ben at the Midwinter Gaming Convention on Saturday, January 14th at noon. He's giving a talk on why it's good to …

79: Cthulhu Eats Dr. Seuss

December 9th, 2016


Ben talks about using Microscope to build a steampunk fantasy world, and Call of Cthulhu for Beginners, which is a Dr. Seuss retelling of Lovecraft's …

78: Fireborn

December 1st, 2016


The gang checks out a gem from the early aughts from Fantasy Flight, Fireborn! It's a game where you play a reincarnated dragon living in a London where magic is coming alive again. 

Thanks to 50 Breaks for the tunes! …

77: Ending the Dracula Dossier

November 17th, 2016


Ben has been running two Dracula Dossier campaigns over the last 14 months, and one of them just ended! He reflects on what he would have done …

76: TimeWatch

November 10th, 2016


The gang take  a look at TimeWatch, the amazing game of time travel and pulp action from Pelgrane Press. 

We have all three of us back at the helm …

75: Lone Wolf Adventure Game Quickfire

November 3rd, 2016


In a quickfire solo episode, Ben talks about The Lone Wolf Adventure Game, which he maintains may be the best beginner product on the market! He also …

74: Apocalypse World 2nd Ed Quickfire

October 20th, 2016


Ben Riggs comes to you solo this week to quickly discuss Apocalypse World 2nd Edition.

Find us on Facebook & Twitter! (And if this episode was a …

73: 13th Age- Shadows of Eldolan

September 11th, 2016


Shadows of Eldolan by Cal Moore is an introductory adventure for 13th Age, Pelgrane Press's fantastically popular fantasy game. Designed by Rob …

72: Shadow of the Demon Lord

July 31st, 2016


Enjoy Robert J. Schwalb's delve into dark fantasy with Shadow of the Demon Lord. Tremble in fear, be afraid, and game away!

Thanks as always to 50 Breaks for their music in this episode, and Chris Koterba for his …

71: Play with Us at Gen Con!

July 31st, 2016


A quick heads-up on our Gen Con plans, which will hopefully involve you at some point. Ben is running a Night's Black Agents game on …

70: Curse of Strahd!

July 6th, 2016


Plot Points is back, with a vengeance!

And we tackle Curse of Strahd for 5th Edition D&D. This epic campaign is a revision and expansion of the classic I6 adventure for AD&D. 

We take it apart and talk the …

69.2: Pugmire Part 2

February 19th, 2016


We get down and dirty in the kennel with the dogs this episode, completing our discussion with Mr. Webb about Pugmire, its technical influences, and gaming theory in general.


Enjoy! And thanks as always to producer …

69: Pugmire, Part One

February 11th, 2016


Today, we talk with Onyx Path impressario, Eddy Webb about his apocalyptically successful Kickstarter for the Pugmire role-playing game. Hear why a …

68: D&D's Next Release Will Be Curse of Strahd!

January 28th, 2016


We come to you to make news this week gameratti!

On March 15th, 2016, Wizards of the Coast will release The Curse of Strahd, a campaign which will take PCs from 1st through 10th level set in the domain of dread, Barovia. …

67.2: Pathfinder: The Phantom Phenomena Pt. 2

January 22nd, 2016


The gang finishes talking Pathfinder and Phantom Phenomena with author Brian Duckwitz! 

And as some of you know, Brad needs a kidney. Furthermore, he recently took a turn and now has medical bills up to his eyeballs. …

67.1.1: [REPOST] Pathfinder: The Phantom Phenomena

January 15th, 2016


A repost, as I yesterday posted part 2 before part 1. If you still have part 2, enjoy this suddenly complete episode!

The gang talks about The Phantom …

67.1: Pathfinder: The Phantom Phenomenom

January 15th, 2016


The gang talks about The Phantom Phenomena for the Pathfinder role-playing game! We even have an author, Brian Duckwitz, in to talk with us about it!

66: The Charity of Patrick Rothfuss

December 11th, 2015



A last HyperCulture sample. In January, get ready for new Plot Points episodes!

How will artists be remembered when they die? In this free-wheeling …

65: Giving Away Dungeons & Dragons: A HyperCulture Sample

December 3rd, 2015


This week, enjoy a sample of a second podcast which Chris and Ben have been working on. It's the HyperCulture, the podcast that takes a deep look at …

64: Dracula Dossier PlayCast 1

November 23rd, 2015


Harken and behold this week's glory!

We're trying something new on Plot Points this week, an edited down version of an actual play podcast. Ben is …

63.2 Cyberpunk 202 Part Deux!

November 13th, 2015


Then gang finishes discussing the genius of Mike Pondsmith et al in this week's episode!

Click here to pre-order a copy of Ben's novel about a teacher with cancer seeking a magical cure. 1,000 preorders and it gets …

63. 1: Cyberpunk 2020 pt. 1

November 6th, 2015


This week the gang takes a probing look at the cyberpunk subgenre, Mike Pondsmith's seminal game which in many ways killed classic sci-fi rpgs, and Land of the Free, an adventure which takes you from New York to Night …

62: Delta Green Kickstarter Interview

October 21st, 2015


Listen to two very famous people, Dennis Detwiller and Shane Ivey of Arc Dream Publishing come on the show to talk about the Delta Green Kickstarter. …

61: Don't Do This to Your Artist!

October 17th, 2015


A comics track panel from GenCon 2015 in which master makers Bill Willingham, Gene Ha, Daryl Gregory and Chris Roberson dispense sagacity, wisdom, …

60.2 Amber Rage from Blood in Ferelden!

October 8th, 2015


The gang finishes their discussion of this adventure for the DragonAge RPG!

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin. 

Thanks to Green Ronin for complimentary PDFs of the adventure.

60: DragonAge: Amber Rage!!!

October 1st, 2015


Hear the gang parse "Amber Rage", an adventure for the DragonAge role-playing game from Green Ronin! Part one of a two part episode!

Click here here …

59: Spies, Swords, & Shoggoths Panel from GenCon 2015

September 24th, 2015


Hear all the latest news about what will be coming from Pelgrane Press in the coming year, along with the exciting news about the upcoming Fall of …

58: Advanced GUMSHOE Seminar from GenCon 2015

September 21st, 2015


Check out Pelgrane's Advanced GUMSHOE Seminar from GenCon 2015! 

Hear the lights of the investigative rpg world hold forth on difficult questions. You …

57: FFG Buys L5R!

September 13th, 2015


A few days late to bring you the latest news! 

Gaming titan Fantasy Flight Games has purchased to reight to the venerable property of card and tabletop, Legend of the Five Rings. What are their plans and where are we …

56: My D&D Diary: The Payoff

September 4th, 2015


Finally, Ben tells the world of the resumption of his D&D campaign mingling Scenic Dunnsmouth for Lamentations of the Flame Princess with Caves of Chaos, a D&D 5e playtest scenario. Also, he has a less than fun …

55: Monte Cook on Numenera

August 25th, 2015


Today, Ben chews the fat with Monte Cook of Numenera and 3rd ed. D&D fame. We talk about his newest Kickstarter, and all things gamey!

Support Monte, Bruce, Tammi, Charles, Shanna and the rest of the gang at MCG! …

53: Podcast-a-Ganza!

August 14th, 2015


Live as the internet can be, Plot Points comes to you live from GenCon 2015, with six other podcasts. Each podcast crammed one full episode into less …

52: The Bruce Cordell Gambit, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Strange

August 6th, 2015


This week, we continue our audio experiment with narrative podcasting by taking a look at the life and career of Bruce Cordell. Bruce worked on D&D for over a decade and a half, producing seminal novels and …

51: The Satanic Panic!

July 30th, 2015


Today, we revisit the Satanic Panic of the 1980s in an experiment in narrative audio. That's right, today on Plot Points, we're telling a story, and we hope that it sounds like Chris and I broke into NPR and …

50: Android Netrunner Pro Circuit!

July 23rd, 2015


Ben interviews Aaron Andries on the Android Netrunner Pro Circuit!

More info for all you runners is here!

Going to GenCon? Hear Plot Points live at Podcast-a-Ganza! Thursday, 6 PM Crowne Plaza Penn Station C! SEM1578403

49: My D&D Diary: An New Effort

July 17th, 2015


Before picking up again with his group, Ben tries playing a Dungeon Crawl Classic #79 in the hopes that he can get his feet back beneath him.

Thanks to 50 Breaks for the use of their music, and Producer Chris Koterba …

47: Brad Needs a Kidney!

June 26th, 2015


Brad needs a kidney. A living donor is better in all sorts of ways. You have two kidneys and Brad only needs one!

Contact us on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at

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46: My D&D Diary: The Rocky Path

June 18th, 2015


Ben talks to us on his way to his first D&D game in years, and then again afterwards when things do not go as planned!

Follow us on Facebook or …

45.2 Trail of Cthulhu and Soldiers of Pen and Ink!

June 11th, 2015


The gang completes their discussion of Soldiers of Pen and Ink by Adam Gauntlett and we are once again fortunate to have Adam and his superior accent …

45: Trail of Cthulhu and Soldiers of Pen and Ink

June 4th, 2015


In a first, the Plot Points crew has a guest Skyping in, the brilliant and prolific Adam Gauntlett talks to us from sunny Bermuda! Adam and his …

44: My D&D Diary- Preludes & Codas

May 28th, 2015


Ben has been a GM for over 20 years, but in all that time, he's never really run D&D! 5th edition has inspired him, though, to step up to the …

43.3: Queen Euphoria for Shadowrun Pt. 3!

May 22nd, 2015


In a first, we discuss an adventure for a 3rd show! Gather flesh-form workers that you might hear us complete the horrible horrible truth of pop star Euphoria, and the final thoughts of author Steve Wieck. Keep your …

43.2: Queen Euphoria for Shadowrun Pt. 2

May 15th, 2015


Our epic discussion of Queen Euphoria, a seminal adventure for the Shadowrun rpg continues this week! Special guest Aaron Andries weighs in with the usual crew, and Ben even has a letter from author and rpg icon Steve …

43.1: Shadowrun: Queen Euphoria

May 7th, 2015


Because YOU demanded it gameratti! Today we release the first episode in our discussion of Queen Euphoria, a seminal adventure for the Shadowrun rpg! Special guest Aaron Andries weighs in with the usual crew, and Ben …

42: C2E2 Special!

April 26th, 2015


Ben and Brad hit Chicago's premier comic convention, C2E2 this past weekend, and we are coming at you with a pair of interviews of interest for you!

41: Sci-Fi and the Death of the Future

April 17th, 2015


Flying solo this week, Ben talks about how science fiction is facing serious challenges as a genre, based largely on the fact that the future is …

40.2: Champions' "Day of the Destroyer"

April 9th, 2015


In the ultimate episode of our time on Champions, we take a good hard look at Day of the Destroyer and learn of Dr. Destroyer's plan to kill nine of …

40: Champions and Superheroes as Genre

April 3rd, 2015


In part one of this two parter, the gang takes a look at the classic Champions rpg, and superheroes more broadly. This week, we also take a load off with guest geek, Torii Swader! (He's single!) 


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39: D&D 5E Hoard of the Dragon Playtest Review

March 19th, 2015


Recorded in the field, Ben Riggs and friend of the show Ryan Smith work over the first campaign for D&D 5E, Hoard of the Dragon Queen! Ryan ran the first adventure from the campaign, and Ben and Ryan spent a …

38.2: Eberron for D&D: Shadows of the Last War

March 12th, 2015


The gang dissects Shadows of the Last War for the 3rd edition of D&D, with guest genius Mike Holmes!


Thanks to Chris Koterba for recording as …

38.1: Eberron: Shadows of the Last War

March 6th, 2015


Ben, Brad, Sarah, and guest genius Mike Holmes discuss in depth the Eberron setting for Dungeons & Dragons, Shadows of the Last Wara 2nd level …

37: LIVE! Pathfinder's We Be Goblins TOO!

February 27th, 2015


The gang tackles their first sequel at the Midwinter Gaming Convention in beautiful downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Laugh, cry and thrill to our …

36: Should You Play Cards Against Humanity?

February 20th, 2015


The gang, with special guest Ryan Smith, wades in on an article which claims that Cards Against Humanity is so offensive you should not play it. We …

35.2 The Jewel of Yavin Pt. 2

February 13th, 2015


The gang completes their discussion of The Jewel of Yavin by Dave Allen, Shawn Carman, Daniel Lovat Clark, and Jordan Goldfarb, developed by Katrina …

35.1: Star Wars "The Jewel of Yavin"

February 6th, 2015


The gang devles deeply into the bowels of Cloud City in this multi-part episode with Ben Riggs, Sara Babe, and Brad Davies on Fantasy Flight Games' …

34: 12 Year-Old's First LARP and Michael Pucci Interview

January 23rd, 2015


Live from exotic downtown Milwaukee! In this quick hit episode, right after LARPing for the first time in 12 years, Ben interviews Michael Pucci, …


January 13th, 2015


Plot Points will be at the Midwinter Gaming Convention in scenic downtown Milwaukee! Come see us at...

Nerdologues! Nerds tell stories! It's like the …

33.2 Legend of the Five Rings: Code of Bushido Pt. 2

January 8th, 2015


The gang finishes their discussion of Code of Bushido for the 1st edition of the Legend of the Five Rings role-playing game!

As always, thanks to 50 …

33.1 Legend of the Five Rings: Code of Bushido

January 3rd, 2015


The gang looks at John Wick's classic rpg of samurai, loyalty, and honor. Dissension erupts over the role of women in the game, and deciding whether …

32: Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition Playtest Review

December 19th, 2014


Flying solo today, Ben talks about his take on Vampire: The Requiem 2nd Edition having been running it for a few months now. 

31: D&D is Not a Role-Playing Game Says John Wick

December 12th, 2014


Genius game designer John Wick posits that if a role-playing game is any game where you can successfully play the game without role-playing is in …

30: Stale Game Products

December 6th, 2014


Ben noticed at Gen Con that there are a lot of re-issues and new editions of 20 and 30 year old products. Is gaming getting stale?

29: Character Death

November 21st, 2014


The gang talks about character death, its role at the table, and whether the story ends when the pulse does. 

28: The Dracula Dossier

November 14th, 2014


Get a sneakpeak at one of the most fascinating products we've ever reviewed here at Plot Points, The Dracula Dossier by Ken Hite and Gareth …

27: Bulldogs! for Fate

November 7th, 2014


The gang tackles Bulldogs! for Fate, a sci-fi setting with adventure by Brennan Taylor and Brian Engard!

Next week come back to listen to Plot Points …

26: The Recession BENEFITED Geek Culture!

October 24th, 2014


Ben Riggs flies solo today to discover the counter-intuitive but apparent truth that geek culture has benefitted from the recession of 2008!

Music is …

25: Top 3 Pieces of GM Advice!

October 16th, 2014


The gang distills their decades of gaming experience into tender, juicy nuggets of GM wisdom for your mastication pleasure! 

Twenty-five and still alive! Huzzah!

24.2: The Strange pt. 2

October 10th, 2014


The gang completes their discussion of Cordell and Cook's The Strange!

Seek out more recursions at!

Thanks to Scott McLeod of for the amazing free tuneage!


"Ghostpocalypse …

24.1: The Strange

October 2nd, 2014


The gang takes on The Strange from Monte Cook Games by Bruce Cordell and Monte Cook! More to follow next week!

Seek out more recursions at 

23: The Strange Seminar 2014 Gen Con

September 20th, 2014


In preparation for our next in-depth episode which drops October 4th, we give you The Strange Seminar from 2014 Gen Con. Learn about the latest release from Monte Cook Games, using the Cypher System first introduced in

22:13th Age Gen Con Seminar

September 12th, 2014


Pelgrane Press spills all the secrets of the fantatic 13th Age at this year's Gen Con. Starring luminaries such as Simon Rogers, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, Rob Heinsoo, and Wade Rocket!

Learn more here!

21: Gaming and Significant Others

September 5th, 2014


Today, the gang discusses gaming with girlfriends, boyfriends, and others you love that way.

20: Numenera Seminar Gen Con 2014

August 29th, 2014


20 episodes! Glory be!

We complete our second ten-pack with the Numenera seminar from Monte Cook Games at Gen Con 2014. Enjoy!

Want to lend us some …

19: Ryan Chaddock Interview

August 23rd, 2014



An interivew with Ryan Chaddock of Ryan Chaddock Games, a third party publisher of Numenera products. Chaddock's work has been heating up the charts at DriveThruRPG, and he gives us an inside look at …

18: Robotech Tactics Controversy

August 15th, 2014


Palladium made $1.5 million on Kickstarter with their Robotech Tactics game, but is over 8 months late in delivery to backers. Should it take the …

17 D&D Starter Set Part 2

August 8th, 2014


The gang completes their discussion of the D&D Starter Set. Again thanks to Matt Vercant of Game Universe for an update on how the Starter Set is selling! Check them out here!

Episode 17: D&D Starter Set

August 1st, 2014


The gang takes on the D&D Starter Set, the first product released for the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons! 

By popular demand, we are again …

16: LIVE SHOW! Deadlands' "Night Train"

July 19th, 2014


Our first ever live show at Nexus Game Fair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where we discuss Night Train for the Deadlands role-playing game. 

15: The Meaning of Life and Gaming

July 11th, 2014


Tabletop role-playing games are a sort of social technology, which helps gamers work through unconscoius issues and helps gamers find meaning in …

14: Numenera's The Vortex by Monte Cook

July 3rd, 2014


This week we take a look at The Vortex for Monte Cook's Numenera! The gang goes over the many innovations the game represents, and takes a good hard look at the adventure meant to introduce what Numenera is to gamers. 

13: Deadlands TV Show?

June 20th, 2014


This week, the gang talks about the recent news that Microsoft is looking at making a TV show out of the Deadlands rpg.

12: Game IS Myth: A Soliloquy

June 14th, 2014


In this soliloquy, Ben runs through Egyptian history, Joseph Campbell, and the D&D ruleset to prove that not only are RPGs myth-generation …

11: Fate Worlds: "Tower of the Serpents"

June 6th, 2014


"Tower of the Serpents" by Brennan Taylor from Fate Worlds gets the Plot Points treatment in this month's episode. Our hosts erupt in argument and discord over the adventure, but no spiders were harmed in the making of …


May 29th, 2014


Plot Points has been invited to depart the close and comforting confines of Rainbird Studios and venture out into the wide world at the Nexus Game …


May 15th, 2014


The gang discusses how to get new people into gaming, with and emphasis on the revolutionary busines model and introduction of gaming to countless …

9 pt. 2: NEW FIREFLY RPG: Bucking the Tiger!

May 10th, 2014


Today, we are thrilled to finish our discussion with Rob "Wild Dog" Wieland, author of Bucking the Tiger for the Firefly RPG by Margaret Weis Productions.

You can find Bucking the Tiger, which in this man's humble …

9: NEW FIREFLY RPG: Bucking the Tiger!

May 2nd, 2014


This week, the gang tackles Bucking the Tiger by Rob Wieland for the all-new, bestselling, Firefly Role-Playing Game published by Margaret Weis …

Episode 8: FLASH POINT! Soliloquy: Gaming, Maslow, and Religion

April 18th, 2014


Ben flies solo in this week's episode, inquiring about what psychology can tell us about gaming, and suggesting that gaming may be a more noble thing …

Episode 7 pt 2: Star Trek: The Next Generation RPG

April 11th, 2014


This week, we complete our discussion of Last Unicorn Games' Star Trek: The Next Generation RPG. We'll be back next Friday with a new episode! 

Find us on iTunes, or at our new home online,

Episode 7: Star Trek: The Next Generation RPG

April 4th, 2014


The Plot Points gang takes on Star Trek: The Next Generation RPG's introductory adventure from the core book. Thrill to the testing of sensors and …

Episode 6: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Geek Card and Women

March 14th, 2014


We try out something new today with a free-wheeling and fast-moving discussion of the idea of the geek card in the nerd subculture and see what Sara …

Episode 5.1: "We Be Goblins!" Part 2

March 8th, 2014


The Plot Points gang finishes up their discussion of "We Be Goblins!" by Richard Pett and published by Paizo. Does Pett manage to write a great 1st level adventure for novices featuring goblins? We'll see!

Music by …

Episode 5: Pathfinder: We Be Goblins! Pt. 1

March 1st, 2014


The gang tackles We Be Goblins by Richard Pett and published by Paizo for their Pathfinder role-playing game. We link the adventure to the poetry of …

Episode 4: NEWS FLASH! GenCon's Hotel Sell-Out

February 13th, 2014


We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news bulletin!

GenCon's housing block sold out in less than 3 hours this …

Episode 3: Vampire: The Masquerade's "Baptism by Fire" Pt. 2

February 8th, 2014


The gang gets back to it, finishing their discussion of "Baptism by Fire" from the Vampire: The Masquerade 2nd edition rulebook. Enjoy, and tell a …

Episode 3: Vampire: The Masquerade's "Baptism by Fire" Part 1

January 26th, 2014


In this two-part episode, Brad, Sarah, and Ben discuss "Baptism by Fire" from Vampire: The Masquerade's 2nd edition core book by Mark Rein-Hagen. 

We here at Plot Points want to also thank everyone for downloading. Our …

Episode 2: Call of Cthulhu: Delta Green: Convergence Part 2

January 6th, 2014


As the temperature crawls towards absolute zero, keep warm with this early arriving episode of Plot Points! Here the gang wraps up their discussion …

Episode 2: Call of Cthulhu: Delta Green: Convergence Pt. 1

December 21st, 2013


The gang discusses "Convergence" by John Tynes, which appeared in the 1997 Delta Green sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu published by Pagan Publishing. …

Episode 1: AD&D: Ravenloft

November 29th, 2013


Plot Points is a monthly podcast in which a rascally crew of geeks, nerds, and other scoundrels gets together to discuss role-playing games, their …

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