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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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ENnie Nominees Peter Petrusha & Craig Campbell Ep 245

July 19th, 2022

33:56

Hear friends of the show Craig Campbell (Good Strong Hands) and Peter Petrusha (Rest in Pieces) talk about their experience being nominated for ENnies this year! Vote for the pair of them here!

At last! Ben's book on …

Reading the DMG Aloud 24 Ep 244

July 17th, 2022

36:47

Hear about armor and Armor Class in the 1st edition DMG with Ben Riggs and Scott Bruner!


Join us on Discord! It’s booming over there! (https://discord.gg/95nH7AdnyA)

Preorder Ben’s book on TSR history by clicking here,

Reading the DMG Aloud 23 Ep 243

July 1st, 2022

49:19

Today, we start with the value and uses of gems and stones.

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Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by clicking here, and you will receive FOR FREE …

Reading the DMG Aloud 22 Ep 242

June 27th, 2022

50:44

Today, we finally conclude our alignment discussion by talking about changing alignment!

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Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by clicking here,

Reading the DMG Aloud 21 Ep 241

June 1st, 2022

58:56

At long last, we wrap up our discussion of alignment with alignment languages.

Here's a link to the article on RPGs and religion Ben referenced in …

Reading the DMG Aloud 20 Ep 240

May 27th, 2022

1:02:16

We continue our discussion of alignment, diving down on the alignment graph!

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Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by clicking here, and you …

Reading the DMG Aloud 19 Ep 239

May 13th, 2022

55:01
Continuing with alignment!

Historian Ben Riggs & academic Scott Bruner read aloud the section of the DMG on alignment. 

We now have a channel on Discord! (https://discord.gg/95nH7AdnyA) Come on over to chat. 

Reading the DMG Aloud 18 Ep 238

May 1st, 2022

42:43

What's your alignment?

Historian Ben Riggs & academic Scott Bruner read aloud the section of the DMG on alignment. 

We now have a channel on Discord! Come on over to chat. 

Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by …

Reading the DMG Aloud 17 Ep 238

April 13th, 2022

53:05

Let's talk Lycanthropes!

We now have a channel on Discord! Come on over to chat. 

Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by clicking here, and you will receive FOR FREE a bookplate featuring art by D&D icon Jeff Easley …

Reading the DMG Aloud 16 Ep 237

April 1st, 2022

49:04

Listen as Scott and Ben discuss Gygax's thoughts on the monster as PC...

Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by clicking here, and you will receive FOR FREE a bookplate featuring art by D&D icon Jeff Easley and …

Reading the DMG Aloud 15 Ep 236

March 25th, 2022

52:13

Once again, RPG academic Scott Bruner and RPG historian Ben Riggs convene to read and chew over the 1st edition Dungeon Masters Guide!

Preorder Ben's book on TSR history by clicking here, and you will receive FOR FREE a …

Reading the DMG Aloud 14 Ep 235

February 27th, 2022

1:13:14

Once again, RPG academic Scott Bruner and RPG historian Ben Riggs convene to read and chew over the 1st edition Dungeon Masters Guide!

Interested in Ben's book? Preorder it from the store of your choice here!

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Reading the DMG Aloud 13 Ep 234

February 20th, 2022

57:51
Ben and Scott finish up with spies and start in on thieves as they plunge ever deeper into the 1st edition AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide!

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Reading the DMG Aloud 12 Ep 233

January 30th, 2022

54:12
Hear about the paladin's warhorse and spying as academic Scott Bruner and historian Ben Riggs continue their tortoise-like read-aloud of the DMG!

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Reading the DMG Aloud 11 Ep 232

January 23rd, 2022

54:21
Once more, Scott Bruner & Ben Riggs return to discuss the 1st edition Dungeon Masters Guide, this time covering everyone's favorite topic, …

Reading the DMG Aloud 10 Ep 231

November 27th, 2021

54:01

Again, Scott Bruner & Ben Riggs return to discuss the 1st edition Dungeon Masters Guide!

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

Shanty Hunters -Ep 231

November 14th, 2021

59:11

Explore the seas! Discover shanties! Watch them come to life before your very eyes! Experience a game like no other from RPG luminary Tristan …

Reading the DMG Aloud 9 Ep 230

October 30th, 2021

48:58

Which races love money and a good time the most? Why are those the axes Gygax chose to judge races in the first place? Weirder questions and thoughts …

Secrets of the Vibrant Isle- Ep 229

October 27th, 2021

43:10

Behold Secrets of the Vibrant Isle! The solo RPG on Kickstarter right now by revolutionary game designer Craig Campbell! Explore the wonders and …

Raccoon Sky Pirates! Ep 228

October 1st, 2021

57:22

Play a trash panda! Raid suburbs for the garbage that is rightfully yours! Check it out here!

Catching up with Pelgrane Press- Ep 227

July 30th, 2021

47:48

One of our favorite publishers is Pelgrane Press. Geek journalist extraordinaire Ben Riggs sat down with Pelgrane co-owner Cat Tobin to see what the …

What if Evil Tech Cultists Ruled the Galaxy?- Ep 226

July 8th, 2021

42:53

Synthicide: Sharpers in the Dark takes the setting from a bestselling game of grimdark cyberpunk and translates it into the brilliant Forged in the Dark game system. Listen to find out more in this interview with …

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

April 30th, 2021

52:48

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

55:29

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

52:56

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

49:31

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

1:22:51

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

57:27

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

1:01:06

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

1:28:23

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

59:12

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

59:34

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

58:53

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

1:02:37

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

57:43

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

58:00

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

1:01:50

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

53:55

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

53:12

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

1:02:26

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

42:58

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

46:30

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

53:04

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

28:46

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

1:03:28

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

43:32

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

46:46

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

48:25

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 RPG.net game index! That's a …

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

July 6th, 2020

51:00

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

51:14

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

37:20

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

47:04

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

48:19

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

56:48

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

1:01:50

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

53:07

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

1:13:55

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

51:25

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

1:01:40

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

46:12

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

56:45

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

1:00:48

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

39:46

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

54:51

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

55:50

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

11:55

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

53:33

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

1:00:28

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

44:38

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

1:13:30

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

1:26:53

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

1:04:52

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

1:19:37

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

52:48

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

54:18

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

14:02

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

55:52

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

1:07:31

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

1:03:53

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

53:52

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

21:32

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

1:03:06

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

55:54

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

43:53

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

1:00:03

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

20:20

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

52:12

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

1:07:31

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

43:18

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

51:37

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

52:29

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

50:27

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

56:07

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

50:47

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

54:22

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

55:46

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

55:44

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

1:58:57

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

1:17:15

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

1:05:41

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

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