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Episode 364 – superheroes and schedules
by Dan Repperger

* (1:29) Need to kill a bug or a baby?  Grab Sojourn 2!

* (5:35) Getting superheroes right.

* (8:36) The kinds of superheroes.

* (12:10) Not designing the character around the powers.

* (17:22) The importance of aesthetics.

* (18:49) Sidekicks.

* (23:44) Schedules suck.  Protecting your time.  Game creep.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Pat, Wayne

Bonus Episode 58 – giant American
by Dan Repperger

DISCLAIMER: While profanities were censored from this episode, the subject matter is still a bit more crass than what Fear the Boot normally covers.  Personal discretion is advised.

* (0:52) Julia takes on belching and tampons.

* (5:04) Julia takes on Japanese tights.

* (10:45) Wayne and the Christmas thong.

* (16:47) Hentai, hourly bars, and themed restaurants.  The Lemp Mansion.

* (28:51) Gundam, Voltron, and the St. Louis Science Center.

* (35:07) The changing of generations.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Julia, Wayne

Episode 363 – collaboration vs discovery
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) The episode’s line-up.

* (2:10) Wayne runs Silent Memories for Chad, which leads to a discussion about Jenga, cats playing Jenga, Pandorum, and furry porn.

* (8:22) Games that are primarily driven by discovery versus those that are driven by collaboration.

* (12:19) The relationship between conflict and discovery.

* (13:54) The difference in priority between players and GMs, or story and mechanics.

* (18:36) Framework versus details.

* (22:27) When you pick “collaboration”, but a player doesn’t care to offer much.

* (30:55) Advice to “discovery” players in a collaborative game.

* (38:03) The distinction between collaboration and roleplay.

* (54:48) Fear the Con 8 Kickstarter rewards, which you can add to on the forum.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Julia, Wayne

Episode 362 – sudden conflict
by Dan Repperger

* (1:48) Chris’ comedy series, Gamers Behaving Badly.  (It can also be found on YouTube.)

* (6:19) Chris finds himself in unexpected conflict when another player pulls out a surprise.

* (23:44) Pat’s advice to the other person.

* (33:37) When sudden conflict occurs in a game’s finale.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat, Wayne

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

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