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Episode 337 – stealing from yourself
by Dan Repperger

* (1:09) The Sojourn series now has its own website.

* (2:07) Fear the Con on June 12th – 14th.

* (4:47) One of our Twitch games is now on a schedule.  You can join us from 7:00pm – 11:00pm Central time on Thursdays.  The Twitch channel is here, and you can find our local time here.

* (7:39) Stealing from yourself as a Game Master.  Bringing back your own ideas for plots, characters, and settings.

* (11:06) The reasons it can work and benefit a game.

* (19:17) A brief aside on the usefulness of dreams in certain kinds of stories.

* (21:39) Back to the value of stealing from yourself.

* (24:26) The Dark Dungeons trailer.

* (26:05) The ways in which recycled ideas can go wrong.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Wayne

Episode 336 – GM survey, part 2
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) Welcoming back Stu from Happy Jacks.  His involvement with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, CA.

* (2:16) Working through the second half of the responses to a GM survey posted by yourfriendlane on Reddit.  This time we talk about what GMs enjoy least about their role.

* (3:06) Player behavior.

* (7:10) Finding inspiration.

* (12:30) General prep and over-planning.

* (16:37) Improvisation.

* (24:14) Encounter building.

* (26:31) Finding a consistent group.

* (27:20) GM burnout.

* (27:28) Getting players to roleplay.

* (31:04) Sessions taking too long.

* (33:46) Keeping track of things.

Hosts: Dan, Pat, Stu

Episode 335 – GM survey, part 1
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) Welcoming Stu and Kimi from Happy Jacks.  You can find the episode Wayne and Dan just did on their show right here.

* (2:00) Cape Rust wrote a very kind review of Sojourn which you can find on Pop Cults.

* (3:13) We hope you’ll consider supporting Jason Brick’s fundraiser for  HERO Housing.

* (4:31) Looking over the responses to a GM survey posted by yourfriendlane on Reddit.

* (6:12) Anyone willing to GM seems to GM most of the time.

* (11:15) The ubiquity of GM burnout.

* (22:29) The most common reasons people enjoy GMing.

* (28:09) The least favorite aspects of being a GM.

* (32:16) How GMs view and use pre-written modules.

* (36:25) The kinds of game aids GMs most want.  Dan’s preferred name generator.

Hosts: Dan, Kimi, Pat, Stu

Episode 334 – pacing a campaign start
by Dan Repperger

* (0:27) Johann isn’t dead.

* (0:57) Chad’s chosen way of collecting signatures on his copy of Sojourn.

* (2:33) The launch of Fear the Boot’s Twitch TV channel.  We’ll post the game schedule after Dan comes back from vacation.

* (10:23) Pacing at the very beginning of a campaign.  The two extreme solutions: starting in media res or starting in a lull between events.

* (14:54) The good and bad campaign openers we’ve seen.  You can see the picture of Gnarl’s first scene, as wonderfully drawn by Amanda Morgan, at this link.

* (19:44) Making the two extremes work.  The list of 100 first lines from novels can be found here.

* (30:31) Some middle ways of starting the campaign.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Wayne

Episode 333 – character secrets
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Grab a copy of Fear the Boot’s anthology, Sojourn!

* (1:25) A patent troll takes on the sum of podcasting.  You can make a donation to the legal defense fund here.

* (4:23) Player secrets.  As we’re introducing the topic, Wayne throws out the idea of different angles — regarding the same secret — being divided among the players.

* (7:19) John’s Wasabi Theory of player secrets.  The problems that player-character secrets can cause within a group, if misused.

* (11:06) Using secrets to draw in other characters instead of excluding them.

* (12:42) Why Dan blames the GM.

* (18:27) Putting some pressure on the other players.

* (22:36) When character secrets work well, even as the core of a game.

* (31:44) Whether the players all knowing the secret helps when their respective characters don’t know.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John, Wayne

Episode 332 – the other kind of GMPCs
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Announcing Sojourn, an anthology of fiction by Fear the Boot hosts, community members, and industry professionals.  You can find all of the places it’s available right here.

* (3:22) Differentiating the two types of GMPCs.

* (8:59) The problems that can accompany playing the second kind of GMPC: a character that’s balanced but a permanent fixture of the party, much like a regular PC.

* (11:50) An example of a GMPC that made the risk worthwhile.

* (13:21) Determining if a GMPC is even necessary at all.

* (16:59) The role of players in keeping a GMPC in the right role and perspective.

* (19:32) The role of the GM in keeping a GMPC in the right role and perspective.

* (36:50) Fear the Con is still ready for you to join the awesome!

Hosts: Beth, Dan, John, Pat

Bonus Episode 54 – Dan v. Kender, part 2
by Dan Repperger

* (0:18) Foreman selection.

* (1:27) Jury deliberations.

* (14:59) Reading of the verdict.

* (17:34) Post-trial commentary.

* (20:49) A big thanks to Trampas for being such a good sport.  You can find his awesome Dragonlance resources on their legacy website, their new website, and their podcast.

Hosts: Chris, Dan, John, Julia, Pat, Trampas, Wayne

Bonus Episode 53 – Dan v. Kender, part 1
by Dan Repperger

* (0:55) Introducing the trial.

* (2:35) Presentation of the case.

* (4:54) Plaintiff opening argument.

* (6:32) Defense opening argument.

* (7:43) Plaintiff case in proper and defense cross-examination.  (In case you’re curious, Brandenberg v. Ohio was a real case.)

* (21:33) Defense case in proper and plaintiff cross-examination.

* (35:55) Closing arguments.

* (42:00) Jury instructions.

Hosts: Chris, Dan, John, Julia, Pat, Trampas, Wayne

Episode 331 – applying the group template
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Welcoming back Trampas from the Dragonlance Canticle and Dragonlance Nexus.  The Nexus website is undergoing redevelopment, so you can find its current website here and the new one here.

* (2:28) Explaining the gist of the group template and how it’s meant to be used.

* (8:51) Creating an example group using the group template.

Hosts: Dan, Julia, Pat, Trampas, Wayne

Episode 330 – switching player characters
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Welcoming Stu and CADave from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast.  The show Julia and Dan recorded for their feed can be found here.

* (1:36) Fear the Con 7. The online convention, Jacker Con 2014 (forum discussion here, Google group here).

* (8:16) Switching your character in the middle of a game.

* (9:23) Reasons people switch characters.  Why ditched characters often make great villains.

* (19:41) Negative vs positive reasons people switch characters.

* (25:30) Switching characters because the player felt they were done with their goals.  How the GM can help by pacing those goals.

* (26:39) Handling the player character that’s being retired.

* (34:08) When the GM asks a player to retire his or her character.

Hosts, CADave, Chad, Dan, Stu

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