The Red Dice Diaries

97 EpisodesProduced by John Alan LargeWebsite

A rambling journey through the wonderful world of RPGs from the viewpoint of a long-time GM and player. You can find me at: https://wheretofind.me/@ReddicediariesYou can leave us a voicemail at: https://anchor.fm/the-red-dice-diaries/message

97 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Potions

September 17th, 2019

5:39

In this short episode I answer Jason's voicemail and chat a little more about magic items.

Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.

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Magic Items

September 14th, 2019

9:02

In this episode I ask a question about magic items, how do your players find out what they do?

Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.

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Barrowmazing

September 10th, 2019

11:38

In this episode I talk a little bit about Cody M's excellent Barrowmaze game, run using the Delving Deeper retroclone.

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Thoughts on the Stygian Library

September 4th, 2019

12:45

In this episode I give my thoughts on the Stygian Library supplement I used recently in my Midderlands game, and received a call from Cody M.

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RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 12: Friendship

August 12th, 2019

6:18

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 11: Examine

August 12th, 2019

8:27

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 10: Focus

August 12th, 2019

6:21

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 9: Critical

August 12th, 2019

7:06

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 8: Obscure

August 12th, 2019

8:32

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 7: Familiar

August 12th, 2019

9:59

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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Voicemails are in the Air, everywhere you look around

August 12th, 2019

11:28

In this bonus episode I answer some voicemails that I've received recently, thanks very much to everyone who left me messages, I really enjoy listening and responding to them.

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Controversy Sicko

August 7th, 2019

7:16

A short episode where I get some things off my chest about a recent blog/MeWe interaction concerning James Edward Raggi's recent "controversial" picture on the LOTFP GenCon catalogue.

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Voicemails from the Borderlands

August 6th, 2019

7:21

In this bonus episode I answer three voicemails from Spence (AKA Free Thrall), you should check out his podcast here:  https://anchor.fm/free-thrall 

RPGaDay2019 - Episode 6: Ancient

August 6th, 2019

7:53

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay2019 - Episode 5: Space

August 6th, 2019

7:44

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay2019 - Episode 4: Share

August 6th, 2019

5:43

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay2019 - Episode 3: Engage

August 6th, 2019

6:45

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay2019 - Episode 2: Unique

August 6th, 2019

6:18

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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RPGaDay2019 - Episode 1: First

August 6th, 2019

7:34

Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 

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Talking about Burning Wheel

July 14th, 2019

2:10:31

In this episode, Johannes, Dennis, Mathew and myself talk a little about the fantasy roleplaying game The Burning Wheel.

Available here:  

Interviewing Jarin DnD about the L'Gat Vol 3 Kickstarter

July 11th, 2019

51:51

In this interview I speak to Jarin Dnd from Power Up Gamers about their forthcoming book L'gats Tome of Amazing Creatures Vol III currently on

CSI Midderlands Session 0

July 7th, 2019

18:23

In this episode I'm talking a little about the recent session 0 for our upcoming CSI Midderlands game, I'm looking forward to running it, thanks very …

Elegant Creature Generator

July 4th, 2019

14:11

As a bonus episode for #RandomThingThursday I'm looking at Raphael Sadowski's Elegant Creature Generator, it's available as PWYW on Drivethru RPG:  

Midweek Voicemails

July 3rd, 2019

9:28

I answer some voicemail messages received over the last week.

Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   

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Monday Moan: The X Card

July 1st, 2019

12:37

In this episode I talk a little bit about the X-card mechanic, you can find more about it here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SB0jsx34bWHZWbnNIVVuMjhDkrdFGo1_hSC2BWPlI3A/edit

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Setting Agnostic vs Setting Specific

June 28th, 2019

15:12

In this episode I chat a bit about setting agnostic and setting specific RPGs.

Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   

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Under SIEGE

June 25th, 2019

18:15

In this episode I chat about our decision to use Castles & Crusades for our upcoming Midderlands game and some of the things that I like about the system.

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GMing Rough Spot

June 18th, 2019

23:08

In this episode I talk a bit about my own recent GM-ing rough spot and how I kept my enthusiasm going, I also answer some voicemails.

 Theme tune was Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.    

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White Star

June 16th, 2019

17:15

In this episode I talk about White Star written by James M Spahn, a game of OSR sci-fi that I had great fun running at UK Games Expo 2019 for Games …

SWN and Faction Turns

June 15th, 2019

8:30

In this episode I answer a voicemail from Colin Green and talk about adapting Faction Turns from Stars Without Number for my future Midderlands game. 

Eldritch Tales

June 13th, 2019

15:09

In this episode I talk a little about Eldritch Tales, an OSR game of the Cthulhy Mythos by Joseph D. Salvador. I ran this game at UKGE2019 and had a …

Alas for the Awful Sea

June 8th, 2019

8:59

In this episode I answer a voicemail from Colin 'Spikepit' Green about the game Alas for the Awful Sea.

You can find out more about the game at

UK Games Expo 2019 and Games on Demand

June 6th, 2019

45:35

In this episode I'm joined by Lloyd Gyan and my lovely wife Hannah to talk about our experience of Games on Demand at UKGE2019.

Check out UK Games Expo's sponsor The RPG Pipeline.

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CSI Midderlands

May 18th, 2019

10:02

In this episode I discuss what I've been up to recently and the new Midderlands game I'm going to be starting in July.

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The Role of the GM

March 7th, 2019

1:02:14

In this podcast episode I'm joined by Whitt, John Drury and Lloyd Gyan to talk about the role of the GM in tabletop RPGs.

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Out in Coventry

February 16th, 2019

3:51

Vlog about last night's pre-LARP drinks evening in Coventry.

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LARP & RP friends

February 15th, 2019

5:12

I ramble a bit about LARP & RP friends.

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Roll on the Weekend

February 15th, 2019

12:39

I answer some voicemails, chat about recent RPG acquisitions anc what I'm doing this weekend.

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Answering Voicemails & Recent session

February 9th, 2019

13:26

In this episode I answer some voicemails and talk abit about our recent session.

The one-page dungeon I discuss in this episode can be found here:

Android Revelation

February 5th, 2019

7:09

I chat a bit about a recent SWN session.

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Voicemails & Thoughts following first B/X Essentials Session

January 12th, 2019

15:47

In this episode I answer some voicemails and chat a bit about my thoughts following my first Thousand Lands hex-crawl game.

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Answering voicemails

December 17th, 2018

5:56

In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemail messages received.

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Discussing future Sci-fi collaboration project with JP

December 16th, 2018

54:00

In this episode, myself and Johannes Paavola begin initial discussions on a sci-fi toolkit project that we're planning to collaborate on.

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State of the Bullet Journal

December 16th, 2018

9:30

I'm two sessions into the second season of our Rose of Westhaven game and thought I'd talk a little bit about the current state of my bullet journal.

Stars Without Number Unique Foci

December 13th, 2018

1:14:46

In this episode Johannes Paavola and myself chat about our recent playtesting of 'Behind the Walls' and also discuss me taking a unique foci for my …

Kalmatta Madness

December 10th, 2018

11:51

In this episode I talk about my recent experiences in Jason Hobb's excellent Kalmatta game.

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Give & Take

December 9th, 2018

17:37

In this podcast episode I answer some voicemails and talk a little bit about group creation of settings and also settings created entirely by the GM.

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Downtimes in RPGs

December 5th, 2018

49:25

In this episode Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss downtimes in RPGs.

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Hannah talks about Behind the Walls & Star Trek

December 3rd, 2018

26:51

In this episode my wife Hannah and I talk about my upcoming Midderlands adventure 'Behind the Walls' and how she converted it for her Star Trek Fate game.

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Midderlands, 5E, Sci-fi and other projects

November 27th, 2018

9:30

In this episode I talk about some of the projects I've been working on and some stuff I'm planning to start working on soon.

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Old school prepping and bullet journalling

November 11th, 2018

7:43

In this episode I talk about some of my ideas for more manual prep methods in my games going forward.

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Westhaven, Gomans and the dreaded TPK

November 9th, 2018

8:53

A podcast about where we are with my Rose of Westhaven campaign, how we dealt with a TPK and what the future holds for the campaign.

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Getting a Campaign Started

October 17th, 2018

1:22:53

In this episode, Lloyd, Dennis, Mathew and myself discuss some of the pitfalls and issues to consider when starting an RPG campaign.

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Google Hangout is Trash

October 12th, 2018

6:57

In this episode I get some of my dis-satisfaction with Google Hangouts off my chest.

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Cyberpunk

October 7th, 2018

1:16:56

I'm joined by Whit, John Drury, Mathew Bryan and Johannes Paavola to discuss Cyberpunk in RPGs.

If you want to check out Whit's Black Code game you …

Am I too old for the World of Darkness?

September 29th, 2018

38:00

In this podcast episode, Hannah, Lloyd and myself discuss the WOD, vampires and how our playing styles have changed.

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Over-production in RPGs

September 23rd, 2018

1:05:50

In this group podcast I'm joined by Johannes Paavola, Dennis Bach, Andre Martinez and Mathew Bryan to talk about over-production in RPGs.

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Running a City like a Dungeon

September 22nd, 2018

14:43

Answering some voicemail messages and musing on an idea I've been considering recently for my Rose of Westhaven campaign.

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5 RPG Commandments

September 16th, 2018

5:00

In this episode I talk about five of my likes and dislikes when it comes to RPGs.

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Listener messages about the OSR & V5

September 15th, 2018

9:14

In this episode I answer a few voicemail messages that I've received about our recent OSR and V5 podcast episodes.

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Combat in RPGs

September 13th, 2018

44:14

Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss the role of combat in RPGs.

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V5 first impressions

September 8th, 2018

7:40

Having just gone through character creation with people from The Grand Coterie group I talk about some of my first impressions of V5.

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I'm spoilt by the OSR

September 2nd, 2018

6:52

I ramble a little about being spoilt for choice amongst OSr games and some of the strengths of such products.

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The Virtue of Playing a Goodie

August 29th, 2018

4:05

Just back from LARP I reflect on a few reasons why you might fancy playing a thoroughly good person for your next character.

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JP & John talk OSR and Stars Without Number

August 22nd, 2018

46:48

I'm once more joined by the excellent Johannes Paavola, we chat about SWN, the OSR and other game related stuff.

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Discussing V20 and the WOD with JP

August 22nd, 2018

1:18:34

In this episode I'm joined by Johannes Paavola, to talk about his V20 Sabbat game 'What Rough Beast' and the World of Darkness in general.

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Differences between B/X Essentials and BFRPG

August 19th, 2018

9:24

In this episode I answer a voicemail and attempt to highlight what--for me--are the main difference between B/X Essentials and BFRPG.

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How Conventions Taught me to Love Dice Again

August 18th, 2018

5:12

In this episode of the podcast I talk about why I original stopped using dice and why I picked them up again.

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The Value of GMs Playing in Games

August 16th, 2018

4:26

In this episode I respond to a voicemail from Colin at the Spikepit and waffle for a bit about the value of GMs actually playing in the games they …

History, maintain the Mystery

August 15th, 2018

7:59

I talk about why it's important to maintain some mystery when it comes to your campaign world's background.

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Ideas for a B/X Campaign Setting

August 14th, 2018

6:57

In this episode I talk about some ideas that I'm slowly formulating into a campaign setting for B/X essentials.

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RPGaDay questions part 3

August 13th, 2018

53:52

Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/

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RPGaDay questions part 2

August 12th, 2018

40:21

Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/

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RPGaDay questions part 1

August 11th, 2018

1:07:18

Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries.

You can find out more about RPGaDay here: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/

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But isn't it just the old B/X rules?

August 10th, 2018

9:25

In which I rant a bit about some stuff I recently read online where people were spouting off about B/X Essentials.

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Sounds Issues, Tech support and Faction Turns

August 9th, 2018

12:06

I respond to some voicemail messages that I've received and also talk about some recent communication I've had with Anchor tech support.

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WFRP and Me

August 8th, 2018

11:07

In which I ramble about my personal history with WFRP, why I'd love a review copy of the latest edition but am unlikely to shell out for a copy.

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Hannah Talks Star Trek

August 7th, 2018

7:48

In this episode of the podcast Hannah talks about her love/hate relationship with the Modiphius Star Trek system.

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Countdowns & Consequences

August 6th, 2018

6:27

In this episode I'm talking about countdowns, one of the tools that I use to help track plotlines in my games.

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B/X Essential Planetary Fantasy Idea

August 5th, 2018

6:37

In this episode of the podcast I talk about an idea for combining B/X Essentials with some elements of Warriors of the Red Planet that I've had kicking around in my head.

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B/X Essentials and Table Fables

August 4th, 2018

9:58

I chat a bit about some books I've purchased recently.

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How Hannah Looks at RPG Books

August 3rd, 2018

5:20

In this episode my lovely wife Hannah is back to talk about her method of choosing RPG books, and what she looks for.

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Random Tables & Charts

August 2nd, 2018

5:56

In this episode of the Podcast I wax lyrical about some of the benefits of using random tables and charts.

You can find some random charts made my me at my blog: https://reddicediaries.com/random-charts-and-tables/

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Maps, coolness vs. functionality

August 1st, 2018

5:34

In this episode I chat about my the ongoing struggle for map supremacy between functionality and coolness/looking good.

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Responding to voicemails about D&D market dominance

July 31st, 2018

10:26

In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemails received from Old Man Grognard and Colin from the Spikepit about our recent D&D Market …

Playing LOTFP

July 30th, 2018

5:31

In this episode of the podcast I talk about a recent game of LOTFP that I played in, ran by Ian Christiansen.
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D&D Market Dominance

July 29th, 2018

26:06

Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself talk about the upsides and downsides of D&D's market dominance, and I use the word "like" far too many …

The Simple Life

July 28th, 2018

10:43

In episode 9 of the podcast I talk about why simple games appeal to me and also Untold Adventures by James Spahn:

RIP Undying Lands

July 27th, 2018

6:54

In this episode I talk about my recent experiment with casual sandbox gaming, what worked and what didn't.

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Tremulus

July 26th, 2018

7:52

In this episode I talk a little bit about Tremulus, a PBTA Mythos game that I very much enjoy, and a recent game that I played in.

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Make a Character Focused on the Bits of a Game You Enjoy

July 25th, 2018

7:11

In this episode of the Podcast I talk about how you can enhance your appreciation of a game by focusing your character on the bits of the game that you enjoy.

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Con +1 is coming

July 24th, 2018

2:32

In this extra episode I talk a little about Con +1, an online convention where you can enjoy playing games and help raise money for a very worthy cause.
Convention website: https://conplus.live

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Just Get to the Damn Game

July 24th, 2018

6:01

In the latest episode of our Podcast I talk about the trend for unnecessary prologue pages in some RPGs.

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Find Your Fun

July 23rd, 2018

7:23

In this episode I talk a little bit about a couple of games I'm playing in at the moment and how 'finding my fun' helped me enjoy different game systems.

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That Elusive Page Turning Quality

July 21st, 2018

5:05

It's a warm Saturday in Merry Old England and I'm rambling about what grabs hold of me in an RPG.

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Hannah Talks about the Midderlands

July 20th, 2018

2:39

In our second episode, Hannah has been reading through my Midderlands books and takes a few minutes to talk about what she likes in them.

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Making a DFAE Character

July 19th, 2018

15:38

In the first episode of the podcast I'm creating a Dresden Files Accelerated character for a game my friend is running.

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