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Episode 383 – finite choices
by Dan Repperger

* (0:27) When Fear the Boot turns into AM radio.

* (2:42) Giving away some metal Battletech dice. You can enter by leaving your plot idea for Battletech (or generic science fiction) on this website.

* (3:32) The Library Land Podcast.

* (4:44) The value in offering players finite options. Infocom games.

Hosts: Dan

Interview 38 – Vincent Venturella, part 2
by Dan Repperger

* (0:42) The value of simplicity, flat math, and limited modifiers.

* (5:10) The intentional lack of specificity in the 5th edition rules. The history of Anti-Magic Shell.

* (11:22) Are there any plans for setting material and the like?

* (17:22) Beast form and martial arts attacks. Sage Advice on Twitter.

* (19:34) Was the d20 mechanic a central part of design? An obstacle? An accepted legacy?

* (22:44) Why switch to 5th edition? What are its distinguishing traits and values? The free download of the basic rules and the starter box set for D&D 5th edition.

* (27:30) What ongoing adventure support does WotC have planned for DMs?

* (28:39) Wanting to hear more about insanity rules and madness.

* (29:03) Tagging bonds to award inspiration.

* (30:09) A question about flanking.

* (32:16) The relegation of feats, and the options for diversifying a class.

* (34:47) How did 4th edition influence 5th edition?

* (36:49) What other games were played during the design period and ultimately influenced the final product? Designers & Dragons.

* (40:20) Acknowledging some questions that didn’t have available answers.

* (41:30) Why isn’t there a full-length PDF for 5th edition?

* (43:25) To what does Vince most attribute the success of 5th edition?

* (44:04) What was the impetus for the advantage and disadvantage system?

* (46:02) Vince’s favorite house rules and hacks for 5th edition.

* (46:32) What weakness of previous editions did they strive to avoid?

* (47:49) If you have any questions for Vince, you can chat him up in the forum thread for this show. You can also find him through Venture Land Games, his Twitter account, or his YouTube channel.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, John

Guests: Vincent Venturella

Interview 37 – Vincent Venturella, part 1
by Dan Repperger

* (0:35) Introducing Vince of Venture Land Games and The Narrative Game System.

* (4:44) Questions we collected from social media. In case you don’t have the links you can find us at: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (fan club or news feed), and our forums.

* (5:06) Vince’s favorite ‘Mech and his take on the Clans. The Black Knight. Fortunetelling by favorite ‘Mech.

* (11:16) Giving away some metal Battletech dice. You can enter by leaving your plot idea for Battletech (or generic science fiction) on this website.

* (14:14) Understanding the role of a rules consultant and how Vince contributed to D&D 5th edition.

* (23:19) The importance of tradition to D&D. The Legacy of Heroes.

* (25:58) What discoveries were made during play testing?

* (27:26) How did the existence and success of Pathfinder influence 5th edition?

* (32:00) What are the most common misconceptions about 5th edition that Vince would like to correct?

* (36:11) Scaling armor class and hit points for the right experience.

* (41:43) If class and background overlap, why can characters pick any skill?

* (43:40) Why do monsters play by a different set of rules than the PCs?

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, John

Guests: Vincent Venturella

Episode 382 – established NPCs
by Dan Repperger

* (1:31) DruCon: the fan convention on June 3rd and 4th of 2016. You can find the Facebook group here and back the funding campaign here.

* (2:28) Using a well-established NPC in your game.

* (6:30) Why is the character there at all?

* (7:44) Know the character as a whole person.

* (8:49) Throw canon out the window.

* (10:35) Don’t act like a fan of the character.

* (11:22) Remember that your game is a story about the player-characters.

* (13:42) Making sure the NPC doesn’t dominate the players in ability, gear, contacts, or knowledge.

* (16:57) Give the character meaningful weaknesses.

* (19:41) Have the NPC be a fan of the PCs.

Hosts: Dan

Episode 381 – FIWAGs
by Dan Repperger

* (0:39) Welcoming Dr. Bob Arens to the show.

* (0:58) DruCon: the fan convention on June 3rd and 4th of 2016. You can find the Facebook group here and back the funding campaign here.

* (3:20) The episode we did with Bob about artificial intelligence in game. The Time Cube website (FAIR WARNING: very strong language).

* (7:45) John is wrong about John on Reddit.

* (10:10) Introducing FIWAGs and setting some boundaries on the discussion.

* (11:23) Players that grind their weed at the table.

* (12:53) Players and GMs that have shameless enthusiasm.

* (14:00) The diggers: people that latch onto cues and look for more in your game.

* (16:02) Alpha gamers.

* (16:38) Drink and snack bringers.

* (18:09) The group cop.

* (19:55) Players that challenge us as GMs.

* (20:33) The group librarian.

* (25:35) People that keep the game going between sessions.

* (28:14) Players that are open to a variety of campaign parameters.

* (31:22) GMs that clearly put effort into preparing their games.

* (37:23) The group artist. Nihilisa Frank and Nihilist Arby’s.

Hosts: Bob, Brodeur, Dan, John, Julia

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

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