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Up Your RPG - Helping you up your roleplaying game

26 EpisodesProduced by Up Your RPGWebsite

Each week we discuss a different topic that relates directly to tabletop role-playing gaming. You’ll hear unbiased, and sometimes biased, discourse among our cast of TTRPG gamers and GMs. We’ve got decades and decades of experience. We’ve put tons of time in, and have made all of the mistakes. We’re… read more

26 Episodes | 2022 - 2023

S2E14: Choosing the Best TTRPG for You

January 18th, 2023


Whether you’re just starting out with roleplaying, or looking to make a switch, picking the right TTRPG for you can be daunting. There are hundreds …

S2E13: Bringing the Unexpected

January 11th, 2023


Problem solving is at the heart of any great tabletop roleplaying game, both for GMs and players. Coming up with a smart solutions on the spot is …

S2E12: Going from Silliness to Serious

January 4th, 2023


We really appreciate ridiculous humor in our TTRPG session. We also value the serious, and sometimes emotional, moments that come with character …

S2E11: Painting Yourself Into a Corner

December 28th, 2022


Sometimes we paint ourselves into corners. The randomness of dice rolls can permanently alter plot lines. Player decision can unintentionally break a …

S2E10: Understanding Our Biases and Tendencies

December 21st, 2022


We all have our own personality traits, quirks, and even biases. Whether we're aware of them or not, our past experiences play a role in how we, …

S2E9: They Broke My Game, Creative Solutions to Common Problems

December 14th, 2022


Did your players one-shot your carefully constructed big bad? Did they find a creative, but maddeningly simple solution to an obstacle? Did they …

S2E8: When Pieces of the Story Get Lost

December 7th, 2022


Unless you're playing a module with a fairly straight-lined path, some narrative threads are likely to get dropped in any TTRPG campaign. Does that …

S2E7: Reducing GM Anxiety

November 30th, 2022


Many GMs feel they need to lead the table, manage the narrative, that the enjoyment of the players is on their shoulders. This GM-in-charge …

S2E6: What does a collaborative world look like?

November 23rd, 2022


Moving from a traditional RPG table to a truly collaborative role playing experience is a journey. How do you know you're on the right path? There …

S2E5: Prep, No-prep, and over Prep

November 16th, 2022


The biggest time-vacuum for any GM is pre-game preparation. Getting ready for a session can take hours, but how much time is too much? Is it ever OK …

S2E4: Dealing with Character Death

November 9th, 2022


In this episode, we'll tackle a topic many players and GMs really struggle with. We want to get as invested in our characters as we can, but how do we do that, knowing there's always a significant risk of the …

S2E3: Player Autonomy In-Game

November 2nd, 2022


This episode is part two of our player autonomy mini-series. In this episode we'll ask the question, "When, if ever, is it OK to diminish player autonomy?" It's a common occurrence in TTRPGs, and many groups don't even …

S2E2: Player Autonomy, Out of Game

October 26th, 2022


This episode is the first of a two-part series on player autonomy. Today we're talking about out of game restrictions, specifically how players' creative choices can be limited before they even get to the table, and is …

S2E1: Building a Story from Both Sides of the Table

October 19th, 2022


In this episode, we're starting off season two with a core concept of our philosophy on Up Your RPG. We believe that role-playing games are a …

S1E12: How This Show Effects Us

August 31st, 2022


In this episode, How Up Your RPG, effects us. What are our personal takeaways after 11 episodes of this show, and how has creating this podcast impacted us, both as RPG players and as GMs?

S1E11: More Metagaming - Moving Away from Your Character Sheet

August 24th, 2022


In this episode, more metagaming. As an adventuring party, it's easy to fall into a pattern of decision-making based on skill numbers, rather than our characters' personal abilities. How can players move toward traits …

S1E10: A Few of Our Favorite RP Moments

August 17th, 2022


In this episode, a few of our personal favorite RP moments. Collectively, we've got decades of table top gaming experience. We're going recount some …

S1E9: Character trait or trope, is your hook hokey?

August 10th, 2022


In this episode, character trait or trope, is your hook hokey? So, you've given your new character a certain pattern of speech, maybe an accent, or even a catch phrase. These can really help you jump into that …

S1E8: Managing Difficult Moments

August 3rd, 2022


In this episode, managing difficult moments. Last week we talked about how to create conflict among characters. Today, we'll discuss how to handle …

S1E7: Creating Narrative Conflict

July 27th, 2022


In this episode, creating narrative conflict. Arguably the most important element of any story is conflict. How do we, as players and GMs, develop authentic tension between players and NPCs, and even among players, …

S1E6: Staying in Character During Combat

July 20th, 2022


In this episode, staying in character during combat. In most RPG systems combat mechanics tend to take us out of character, as our attention is draw towards tactics, and away from narrative. How can we remain more …

S1E5: Getting into Character

July 13th, 2022


In this episode, getting into character. You've found an inspiration, created a backstory, and plugged in numbers that make sense. Now how, and when, do you take on the personality of this fictional person you've …

S1E4: Metagaming in Character Creation: Min/Maxing

July 6th, 2022


In this episode, we're dipping our toes into the deep pool of metagaming. It will certainly be a regular topic on this show, but to kick it off, …

S1E3: Character Creation - Including Weakness

June 22nd, 2022


In this episode, we're continuing to talk about character creation. Today we’re discuss building characters with weaknesses, and how flaws can help …

S1E2: Character Creation - Where to Find Inspiration

June 22nd, 2022


In this episode, we're talking about something that almost all players and GMs deal with some point, if not frequently... and that is finding inspiration for a character. It's a process that I personally really enjoy, …

S1E1: Character Creation - Backstories That Won't Box You In

June 22nd, 2022


In this episode building dynamic backstories, for both player characters and NPCs, that won't box you in allowing for growth throughout a campaign, and encourage improv and more dynamic decision making.

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