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Episode 13 – age and non-humanoids
by Dan Repperger

Episode 13 indeed! We found ourselves down a host and had several other problems getting this show ready.  But we made it through nonetheless. In this episode, we talk about how our roleplaying games have changed as we got older, RPG novels, and the art and science of playing non-humanoids.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Dawn

UPDATE: True to form, unlucky episode 13 got uploaded wrong.  If you picked up this episode and it had a length right around one hour, please download again.  The correct version should be 54 minutes.  I apologize to anyone that picked up our unedited mess.

Episode 12 – the gaming environment
by Dan Repperger

This episode is all about the roleplaying environment, both inside and outside of the game. We talk about the best sort of room to game in, eating while gaming, using mood music, and we offer advice to Game Masters on creating a good setting.

It’s also worth mentioning that within the first minute or two, Chad derailed this show with the most memorable tangent I’m guessing we’ll ever have.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan

Bonus Episode 5 – our response to the ladies podcast
by Dan Repperger

This is quite possibly the most pointless and meandering show we have ever recorded.  So why are we releasing it?  Because these bonus episodes never come with a quality guarantee!  This show is primarily our follow-up to the ladies podcast (episode 10), but we also talk about our ideas for future “special” episodes.

Bonus Episode 4 – Battletech, oh how we love thee
by Dan Repperger

In this bonus episode, we talk about how and why we love Battletech.  As always, this bonus show is unscripted and unedited.

Episode 11 – dealing with first games
by Dan Repperger

Since several people have asked about the cons we’ll be attending, we start episode 11 with our convention schedule. We then pause to talk about our first two episodes which seem to have offended a few first-time listeners. While we won’t take them down, we do suggest you start listening at later episodes instead.

Chris sent us an email about judging morality by periods in history, which we discuss. We also respond to an email from Harping Mick who requested our detailed views on LARPing. Finally, we offer some advice on surviving a campaign’s dreaded first game and then close out by listing a few of our favorite “game killers”.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Bonus Episode 3 – the internet aspect of making this podcast
by Dan Repperger

The third bonus episode — and the final one on this topic, at least for now — is a discussion of the internet-related tasks that go into making a podcast.  We talk about posting the show online, getting listed in podcast directories, and so on.  This episode was recorded several weeks ago, but I was a bit slow getting it posted, so expect some “dated” comments.

After listening to all three bonus episodes in this series, I think I’d like to re-record these at some point, making them more complete and more serious.  We’ve learned quite a bit even in the short time since these were recorded.  We made these episodes because people asked us how we made our show, not because we considered ourselves particular experts on the subject.

Also, a reminder to everyone that we do not edit these episodes for quality, so expect a lot of background noise and other screw-ups that don’t normally appear in our shows.

Episode 10 – ladies podcast
by Dan Repperger

Episode 10 is an anomaly for our show. For this one episode, we turn over the mics to our wives. They give us a woman’s perspective on gaming and what it’s like to be a non-gamer married to a gaming dork.

If this is your first time with Fear the Boot, please be aware that this is not the normal format for our show. If you’re looking to see what this show is typically like, we recommend you go back and listen to episode 9 first.

Hosts: Dawn, Karla, Melina, Teresa

Episode 9 – small topic round-up
by Dan Repperger

We were down a host for this episode, and a bit more serious than normal, but we still covered a lot of good information.

The episode starts with a discussion of the overuse of setting in some campaigns, followed by our musings about D&D alignment, character behavior, and real-life violence around the gaming table. We struggle with the age-old question of “tail or wings” and then finally (having promised this for many episodes) bash out our opinion of the d20 system.

We conclude with an email from a listener and some advice for unusually large or small roleplaying groups — including the possible use of multiple GMs to co-manage a game.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John

Episode 8 – combat encounters
by Dan Repperger

We start this show by discussing various character- and player-related problems that can occur during a roleplaying game.  Topics include Adam’s difficulty naming his characters, deciding between 1st and 3rd person RP, ridiculous inventories, and dealing with “setting lawyers”.  The last half of the show is spent discussing the design and exceution of combat encounters, as well as handling the positive and negative consequences that follow.

* FYI, the “two sets of keys” comment was just a figure of speech.  None of the hosts actually does anything like that.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Episode 7 – when players break your plot
by Dan Repperger

Episode 7 begins with us trying to figure out how to pronounce Aram’s name. He regales us with his single, tragic experience with D&D, the details of which get us thinking about how roleplayers tend to insert RPG elements into other areas of their lives.

We take some time to thank the other podcasts that have been uniquely supportive of Fear the Boot. This includes HarpingMick of HarpingMonkey.com, JJ from Fist Full of Comics, and Chuck and Lonnie of Dragon’s Landing Inn.

Since we had the entries in hand, we select a winner for the “origin of Fear the Boot” contest and tell you the real story behind our name. Adam had a Rifts book handy, so we also pause to discuss the ups and downs of the Palladium games and generic rules systems in general.

Our advice portion focuses on dealing with players that break your plot, straying places you never expected them to go. We offer quite a few tips for getting them back on track and keeping them there without resorting to heavy-handed tactics.

Hosts: Adam, Aram, Chad, Dan

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