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Episode 380 – killin’
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) We don’t win ’em all.

* (1:07) Character pictures and why Wayne hates them. People that benefit from a visual element in the game. The concept art for the Star League throne. The legend of the collapsible cup.

* (12:16) The over-sexualization of female imagery.

* (17:08) The supposed link between gaming and anti-social behavior. The distinction between murder and killing, as illustrated by Witcher 3 and Robotech: Invasion.

* (26:52) The human knack for justifying evil. The value of a game that’s deep enough that you can empathize with the “villain”.

* (37:30) The relationship between moral behavior and consequences. Watch what you reward.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

Bonus Episode 62 – $20 is $20
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) Chad vs Pat’s phone.

* (5:34) Brodeur hates train games.

* (11:09) Dan’s gaming whale gets a certificate of authenticity.

* (15:00) Fortune-telling with gnoll coins.

* (16:34) There’s no shame in a job.

* (19:46) Brodeur grows up poor.

* (34:15) Who did and didn’t get TPed.

* (37:18) Dan’s hood.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Pat

Episode 379 – FIHAGs
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Chris is still doing the giveaways on Twitter and Facebook.

* (0:47) Wayne gets his first exposure to play-by-post games. You can find the Fear the Boot forum section for them here.

* (11:18) Jobbies, Research in Motion, and FIHAGs.

* (12:57) The player that challenges the GM on everything.

* (15:04) The dice cheater.

* (20:37) The dice bowler. Tiny and illegible dice.

* (25:48) Deaf people and music. Taylor Swift and Horace Mann.

* (27:36) The ball and chain.

* (35:50) The substance abuser.

* (39:23) The crappy voices.

* (47:49) Distracting devices. The FCC stops convention centers from jamming wifi.

* (50:16) Players that won’t give the game a chance.

* (53:03) Players that won’t stop playing with the gaming resources.

* (58:31) Be responsible for your own stuff.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, Wayne

Interview 36 – Inkwell Ideas
by Dan Repperger

* (0:32) Chris is doing the video game giveaways on Twitter.

* (1:42) Welcoming Joe Wetzel and Keith Curtis. Dan gets a contest entry from a spam bot…?

* (7:00) An overview of  Inkwell Ideas.

* (11:46) Using outside products to help with game prep and those moments when the GM is caught flatfooted.

* (14:12) Hexographer for world mapping.

* (17:17) Cityographer for creating cities and automatically populating them with NPCs.

* (23:12) Cards and mapping dice to help run a game.

* (24:47) Creature decks for various systems and types of monsters.

* (25:45) Encounter decks for plot or sub-plot ideas.

* (30:42) An NPC deck for random characters.

* (31:54) A coat of arms designer.

* (33:23) The dungeon morph cards and dice.

* (38:15) Joe’s gaming CV. The current Star Wars games by Fantasy Flight.

* (47:47) Everyone names their whales: the RPG products that cost more than we had any right to spend, but we own them, anyway. The Sultan gaming table. Keith’s aliens and their physiology versus Dan’s Sirini and their physiology.

* (58:44) The retail and distribution facets of Inkwell’s products.

* (1:03:16) What Joe and Keith have coming up in the near future. You can find Keith’s portfolio and commission information here. You can follow Inkwell Idea’s blog here and find their Patreon here.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan

Guests: Joe, Keith

Episode 378 – great expectations
by Dan Repperger

* (0:39) Brodeur becomes a host.

* (1:07) Follow Fear the Boot on Twitter for Chris’ upcoming giveaway of PC and XBOX 360 games.

* (3:10) Dan gets a bunch of Battletech dice that he’ll be giving away soon.

* (4:04) D&D 5th edition and Dan’s inability to name an episode right.

* (6:51) The highs, lows, and expectations of gaming. How that relates to the length of time someone has been in the hobby.

* (14:44) The idea of gaming versus the reality of gaming.

* (17:05) Taking gaming too seriously. The value of simpler, sillier games.

* (20:06) Con games and one-shots as a point of reference.

* (24:55) Interspersing higher and lower expectation games.

* (35:16) The relationship between game expectation, age, and the prefrontal cortex.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chris, Dan

Episode 377 – D&D 5th edition
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) Please let us know if you’re not receiving your Fear the Con 8 Kickstarter rewards. It appears they’re getting blocked as spam.

* (2:23) Our experience at a D&D trivia night for Tim Meehan. You can still donate here. What it felt like being the middle child of the roleplaying hobby.

* (10:13) Getting started with D&D 5th edition.

* (14:52) Comparisons between Pathfinder and D&D 5th edition.

* (22:21) The table-side value of giving more XP to low level characters.

* (26:42) Differences between Adventure League and Pathfinder Society.

* (29:28) The position of Adventure League to leverage off of Pathfinder Society. The familiar versus the new.

* (33:28) The difference between min-maxing and an effective character. Stack Exchange for roleplaying games.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Julia, Wayne

Episode 376 – head-canon
by Dan Repperger

* (0:44) Being a fan for a second time.

* (2:24) What’s missing in American politics.

* (4:26) The winners of the Battletech drawing. More giveaways are coming very soon, so keep up with Fear the Boot’s Twitter feed. You can find Chris’ Twitter feed here and Dan’s here.

* (5:34) The Baby Shoes flash fiction anthology.

* (6:01) The Kickstarter for Loaded Up and Truckin’.

* (6:41) Head-canon. What it is and why we have it.

* (17:04) Handling contradictory head-canons within a gaming group.

Hosts: Dan

Episode 375 – villains and antagonists
by Dan Repperger

* (0:32) Medieval torture chairs.

* (1:20) Battletech box set giveaway. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and tweet #GenCon2015 along with the name of a ‘Mech you like. Don’t know the ‘Mechs? Just tell us that, or you can find some here.

* (1:50) Additional giveaways at the whim of Chris.

  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die (PC)
  • Motocross Madness (XBOX)
  • BattleBlock Theater (XBOX)
  • Mark of the Ninja (XBOX)
  • Dungeon Fighter LIVE: Fall Of Hendon Myre (XBOX)
  • Orcs Must Die! (XBOX)

* (4:15) Designing a villain for an RPG. The importance of depth. How to make your players care about him/her/it.

* (9:34) The force of nature.

* (13:13) The unstoppable force.

* (17:14) The ends justify the means.

* (2037) The fallen hero.

* (21:45) The madman.

* (23:53) The selfish or greedy. Slick Rick’s Children’s Story.

* (26:46) Personal enemy.

* (28:41) Pure evil.

* (35:24) Differing moral priorities or perspectives.

* (37:19) Someone panicked.

* (38:56) The fanatic.

* (40:27) A relatable but selfish need.

* (42:20) The devotee.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Episode 374 – starting Battletech
by Dan Repperger

* (1:00) Battletech box set giveaway. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and tweet #GenCon2015 along with the name of a ‘Mech you like. Don’t know the ‘Mechs? Just tell us that, or you can find some here.

* (1:28) The D&D trivia night for Tim Meehan at the Fantasy Shop. The flyer with all of the details can be found here. The event will be held at the Fantasy Shop’s new location. You can also donate online.

* (2:52) Pick up a copy of the Baby Shoes flash fiction anthology!

* (4:03) Getting started with Battletech. Catalyst has a portal page for new players, but I’ll link the five things I think you need most below.

* (20:04) My preferred editions of Battletech and Mechwarrior.

* (21:51) The “Klans”.

* (22:28) How I would have handled Battletech’s history in the latter days of FASA.

Hosts: Dan

Episode 373 – Gen Con 2015 and RPG factions
by Dan Repperger

* (1:02) Asheville Scarefest in Asheville, North Carolina on October 23 – 25. You can find them at their website or on Facebook.

* (1:44) Fear the Boot is now available on SoundCloud!

* (2:30) Battletech box set giveaway. All you need to do is follow us on Twitter and tweet #GenCon2015 along with the name of a ‘Mech you like. Don’t know the ‘Mechs? Just tell us that, or you can find some here.

* (4:26) Some of the products I saw doing very well at Gen Con include…

* (7:23) A big thanks to Derek Knutsen from THE ESTABLiSHED FACTS and Tim Patrick from Critical Glitch for helping me get some con-exclusives.

* (9:14) My love-hate relationship with con-exclusives.

* (13:07) Identifying with a faction in a work of fiction.

* (21:51) An upcoming crossover with One Shot Podcast.

Hosts: Dan

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