Episode 432 – minding your role
by Dan Repperger

* (0:31) Welcoming back Chris, Julia, and Pat.

* (1:32) Thanking John Ely for Pugmire and Chris Ings for an outstanding coloring book. The coming war between Corgi and Pug owners.

* (8:19) Movie scenes that disturbed us as children. Sharing a Coke with the princess from Neverending Story.

* (17:48) People stepping on each other’s toes in Julia’s game. Keeping to your role.

* (24:15) Whether Pathfinder may be the wrong game for this particular group.

* (26:30) Picking a good first game for new roleplayers.

* (31:53) Back to whether this group is even playing the right game.

* (34:31) Throwing tons of dice as a way of breaking the spirit of a system.

* (42:38) Sending a message through sabotage.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Julie, Pat

Comments (2)

mrm1138February 17th, 2017 at 11:59 am

I found it interesting that you specifically mention D&D 4th edition as a good game for newcomers. I decided that I wanted to start playing D&D right around the time 4e was released. Perhaps it was because I had a background in neither tabletop nor video game RPGs, but the mechanical concepts just baffled me. I even tried playing the stater set with a friend and, aside from not being able to wrap my head around the rules, the board gamey nature of it really turned us off.

It wasn’t until 5e that I found myself really able to grasp how the game works. Since then, I’ve gone back and looked at 4e’s rules again, and they now make sense to me.

TheDanielFebruary 22nd, 2017 at 6:22 am

Found a good deal of success using the old West End Stars Wars rpg with newbies to roleplaying. (Have only used the revised 2nd edition of that game.) With a few pregenerated characters, can get players into the game with 5 minutes of explanation. Aside from damage, everything the players need to start can be handed with 2 handouts. Their use of scripts to give a little color and background info tends to loosen up players to get them started to roleplay. The plus side, it is also an intellectual property that most already know enough of.

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