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Episode 348 – stats vs story
by Dan Repperger

* (0:55) “Yes, but…” GMing.  The honest movie trailer for Frozen.  The adult version (NSFW language).  And the parody version.

* (10:53) When a character’s description falls well below the power level described on the sheet.  For example, a party of 1st level characters where one person insists they’re a seasoned veteran.  What happens when three master fencers take on 50 opponents at once.

* (21:55) Social or “soft” imbalances that aren’t necessarily reflected in a character’s stats.  Enforcing the consequences agreed upon for those perks.

* (27:52) Brodeur Break!

* (31:07) “Reset” characters that have been reduced in power by a major life event.

Hosts: Beth, Brodeur, Dan, John. Wayne

Comments (5)

ThunderbellyAugust 3rd, 2014 at 12:38 am

You have lost face with me.

Frozen was a great flick… I laughed, I cried, it moved me!

The parodies were even good and added to the experience.

ThunderbellyAugust 3rd, 2014 at 1:07 am

Reset characters… a great example would be the character BROM from Eregon.

Zach LortonAugust 6th, 2014 at 9:54 am

I have to concur that “Frozen” was not nearly as good as many of the people who told me it was hyped it up to be. One person told me, “Remember ‘The Lion King’? Yeah, that.” Turns out he was wrong.

The music was good — classic, old-style animated musical — and the animation was fantastic. But otherwise, it wasn’t that investing. Simba’s dad dying and him thinking he was responsible, I think that’s a scenario everyone could see themselves in under the right circumstances. The sex scene with Nala also provided some realism (“Hey, Simba, hakuna my tatas”), but nothing quite as engaging happened in “Frozen”. At least, not for me.

JacobAugust 19th, 2014 at 7:37 am

Finally, after discovering your podcast from the bonus episode involving you receiving advice from the Dungeon Bastard I’ve caught up through your back catalog. I’ve gotten a lot of good material from the podcast, and legitimately feel like I’ve grown as a GM simply from listening to you guys talk about running games and blathering on about various topics. It’s given me a lot of insight into do’s and don’ts and even negative behavior that I myself have committed at the table. You’ve helped me understand ways that I can make my games more story and role play focused as well rather than tactical, which is what I generally end up participating in.

DanAugust 19th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Thank you, Jacob! I’m not only happy to hear that you found us, but also that we’ve helped your gaming in some small way. That’s really what motivated the podcast and keeps us putting out episodes: a desire to share the passion and fun of roleplaying with other people!

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