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Episode 361 – making it work
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Fear the Con 8, June 11th – 13th, 2015!

* (2:34) Pick up a copy of Sojourn Volume 2.

* (3:29) Chad versus Monsterhearts.  Large Marge from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

* (11:48) The value in sticking with a game you don’t think you’ll enjoy.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Episode 360 – holidays
by Dan Repperger

* (0:53) Thanks to Ruben for the Christmas gifts!

* (2:25) Sojourn Volume 2 — a collection of short stories written by Fear the Boots hosts, fans, and friends in the RPG industry — is now on sale. You can get a copy from Amazon or other retailers.

* (3:12) Gnarl takes to Twitter.

* (7:51) Creating a holiday that exists as part of a game’s setting or plot.

* (9:44) Why the holiday exists and what it commemorates.

* (16:35) The symbolism in the trappings of the holiday.

* (18:44) How culture impacts the holiday.

* (32:38) Drawing characters into the event.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Julia

Episode 359 – ret-con repairs
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Remembering Tobias Parks.

* (1:15) Shel Silverstein and our fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

* (2:54) Using Method One rolling as a way of challenging yourself in roleplaying.

* (15:32) Fixing a game after something has been declared that later is discovered to not have been correct.  Adapting the game to fit the new truth or rolling back to set things right.

* (37:29) Using the meta-game mechanics of certain systems to encourage the kind of experience you want to have. The recurring problem of expectations versus reality in an RPG.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Episode 358 – killer GMs that don’t exist
by Dan Repperger

* (1:12) John and MortarGate.  The old anime, Ulysses 31.

* (25:24) The bogeyman of TPKing GMs that may not be all that rule, and the more immediate concern about softball games.  Evaluating and conducting a game arc with a mind for future, unrelated arcs.

* (56:45) You can find the charity drive for the American Heart Association here.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Julia, Pat

Episode 357 – games outside of continuity
by Dan Repperger

* (0:30) Chris is sad it’s not Hotdish Hursday.

* (2:23) The weekly #RPGChat on Twitter, conducted everything Thursday at 2:00pm Central and 9:00pm Central.

* (8:21) Fear the Boot’s Bloodbowl League is starting up again.  You can find details on the forum.

* (10:19) Running games outside of continuity to bridge gaps in play or explore unlikely ideas.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Episode 356 – scope-creep
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Wayne causes metaphysical problems for the podcast.  Casey Kasem loses it over a death dedication (NSFW language).

* (2:24) This Christmas, Fear the Boot is supporting the American Heart Association in a competitive charity drive.  You can see the charity’s rating here and make your donations here.

* (4:40) A big thanks to Thunderbelly for the copy of Hunters Hunted!  A discussion on the boom-and-bust cycle of the RPG industry.

* (15:48) Scope-creep in a game, where the game only stays interesting because the power of the characters and spectacle of the events keep growing.

* (20:00) Why scope-creep is so pervasive in roleplaying games and subconsciously attractive to many GMs.

* (27:52) Meeting the needs that cause scope-creep without using scope-creep as the solution.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Pat, Wayne

Episode 355 – the three clue rule
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) John and the definition of “stealing”.

* (1:41) How GMs can inadvertently train their players to view the game world in certain ways.  The importance of players separating the NPC from the GM.

* (23:27) The Three Clue Rule, pointed out to us by forum user, Concise Locket, for keeping PCs from missing vital points in the plot.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Pat

Bonus Episode 57 – so many questions
by Dan Repperger

* (0:24) Checking up on Brodeur’s homework.

* (1:24) I am Russian man!

* (4:37) Grey beard…?

* (11:45) If you could go back in time, what gaming advice would you give yourself?

* (20:37) Given the platform, what would you tell any person(s) in the RPG industry?

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, John, Pat

Episode 354 – leveraging a character
by Dan Repperger

* (0:26) Episode 354, take 2!

* (1:09) Chad and Dan will be on Twitch tomorrow, continuing their Rome 2 campaign.

* (1:30) What really separates America from England (HINT: it’s not the Atlantic).  John Oliver explains FIFA.

* (3:05) The Gameable Disney Podcast asks what Disney characters we’d play in an RPG.

* (5:58) The importance of backstory to a character.

* (7:33) Using those same principles to examine the viability of an established character as a jumping off point.

Hosts: Dan

Episode 353 – immersion-breaking rolls
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Work clothes.  Being mistaken for employees of various places.

* (4:57) The 1950s milkshake machine.  The other Mixmaster.

* (11:30) Giving the players rolls they deserve without breaking immersion — or giving out meta-game information — by the very act of requesting the rolls.

* (15:35) Solution 1: Noting the relevant character skills and writing down some rolls in advance.

* (17:09) Solution 2: Giving clues and waiting for player requests.

* (23:24) Solution 3: Asking players for rolls but not telling them why.

* (25:51) The importance of GMs trusting their players to roleplay in the face of some meta-game knowledge.

* (28:49) Solution 4: Having another player make the roll and not telling them why.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Pat, Wayne

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