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Episode 542 – off the script
by Dan Repperger

* (0:41) Some unfortunate news about Fear the Con 2020. A blog post with some more information is coming soon.

* (4:14) Brodeur’s new endeavor can be found here (as of this episode, the site is still very heavily under construction).

* (7:55) Dan and Brodeur go to GAMA Expo! The usual relationship between tabletop games and conventions.

* (14:57) Why the con-to-game relationship seems to be breaking down this year, and what that may mean for our hobby.

* (27:04) The potential impact on retail.

* (31:11) Answering some of the questions the listeners asked us to look into.

* (41:18) How all of this affects the end consumer.

* (47:36) The misuse and abuse of Kickstarter.

* (57:03) The resilience of the tabletop gaming hobby.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan

Episode 541 – to splat or not, part 4
by Dan Repperger

* (0:24) Betrayal to the keys to power.

* (4:40) Why Wayne abuses utility powers.

* (6:19) Chad passes judgment. It might be easier to say, “no,” upfront than to have the fight later.

* (13:02) Fear of the unknown. Wayne’s confessional mini-show, now available on Patreon.

* (16:53) Getting Dale’s perspective as a publisher of game supplements. You can find his online shop here.

* (24:25) Dale’s advice for the splat-averse.

* (32:34) How Dale can attract people to his products. Splat certification?

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Episode 540 – to splat or not, part 3
by Dan Repperger

* (0:24) Putting Dale in the hotseat as a Game Master.

* (10:01) Pitching the same idea to Chad and Wayne as theoretical players.

* (17:13) Judging the regularity of and motivation for playing unusual characters.

* (23:52) Kicking the pitch back to Dale again.

* (32:46) The unique problems of playing from splat you wrote.

* (38:17) Flipping the script and using splat to empower other characters. But it did get worse.

* (43:52) Dan’s trouble with trust.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Episode 539 – to splat or not, part 2
by Dan Repperger

* (0:24) Why Chad doesn’t have a strong opinion on splat. Getting to the player’s real reason for the request. Allowing unusual requests as a form of collaborative world-building.

* (4:20) Why Chad’s games more easily accommodate weird ideas.

* (7:22) Re-skinning existing content instead of creating new content. Abusing splat.

* (8:17) Not trusting the players to self-moderate.

* (19:54) Why Dale, as a player, likes splat.

* (27:49) Putting Dale in the hotseat as a player.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Episode 538 – to splat or not, part 1
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) Our history with podcasts and…iPods…?

* (4:44) Fear the Con player and GM signup is ready to go. Fear the Boot new Patreon levels. Getting some old hosts back and relocating the recording studio.

* (12:42) A disagreement over splat books creates a show.

* (19:41) Around the table, asking who thinks what about splat books.

* (21:26) Knowing the content or at least trusting its creators.

* (25:04) Splat as a relief from burnout.

* (28:04) How publishers break their own games.

* (31:49) Trying to solve the problem after the game has been broken.

* (35:58) The FCD pitch versus genuinely contributing to the game. Doing your own homework and balancing.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Interview 42 – Decuma
by Dan Repperger

* (0:25) Introducing Kimi from Happy Jacks, The Mary Sues, and Golden Lasso Girl (Twitter, Instagram).

* (7:07) The Decuma Kickstarter, which can be found here.

* (11:03) What Decuma is meant to do, and how it plays.

* (16:20) Establishing characters and a setting so we can do a live demo.

* (20:41) Playing the game demo, starting with character connection cards. A side note on how to shuffle a tarot deck.

* (26:55) What we got from just two cards, including plot points for the GM.

* (29:12) The world dynamics card, between the character connection rounds.

* (34:09) Two location card examples.

* (38:44) Building an area map as you work through the cards.

* (40:50) The meaning of the name Decuma.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Guests: Kimi

Episode 537 – can’t run, can’t play
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Laura in Chad’s shoes. Dogs in the hood.

* (8:18) Fear the Con’s planning site is available and ready for your games!

* (12:10) Wayne is in the process of improving our Patreon.

* (17:01) Why there are certain games we won’t run or won’t play.

* (18:06) Why Wayne won’t run Battletech, and Dan won’t play Mechwarrior.

* (19:00) Why Wayne won’t run Blades in the Dark, but Laura will.

* (19:37) Why Dan won’t run Dresden.

* (20:24) Why Dale won’t run Dresden or Misspent Youth.

* (23:33) Why Dan struggles running horror, and most of the hosts struggle with Lovecraft.

* (33:47) Why Dan won’t run a supers game but would love to play in one.

* (35:16) Wayne ran one of Chad’s games, simply for the challenge of it.

* (36:21) The simultaneous value and limitation of practice. Dan pitches a supers game based on Owlman’s explanation of Earth Prime (also mentioned here).

Hosts: Dale, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Bonus Episode 86 – twenty-twenty
by Dan Repperger

* (0:22) A very important number.

* (8:45) Lura, Chad, Stacy, Cathy, and Karen.

* (15:38) Why Lura isn’t allowed on Fear the Boot anymore.

* (22:25) Why Julia is still allowed on Fear the Boot.

* (31:58) Fear the Con’s shifting demographics. You can sign-up to attend Fear the Con 2020 here.

* (36:42) Cucks, clucks, pedants, and show prep.

* (42:12) Wayne misses his own dinner.

* (53:03) How Chad controls a room.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Episode 536 – character research
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) The joys of having a host rotation again.

* (3:10) Errata in tabletop games, and why we’re grateful when companies release them.

* (9:34) How publishers can do errata wrong.

* (17:39) Chad’s Dresden character makes him realize things he ought to know to accurately portray his character’s life experiences. The Trench Monkeys podcast.

* (24:04) Researching the minimum viable product.

* (30:30) What to do with information beyond the minimum viable product.

* (35:03) Playing your own character lawyer.

* (40:08) Information that can flesh out your roleplaying.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Laura

Episode 535 – game pitch report
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) Dan goes bye-bye!

* (0:49) Fear the Boot is now on Pandora.

* (2:18) Wayne and Old Man Hussey play Savage Worlds with Gage. You can find the audio of that game here.

* (6:00) Wayne reports on his game pitches. You can find his sample templates here: Dresden sample, D&D sample, blank template.

* (10:21) Pitching your passion project.

* (13:37) Wayne’s western doesn’t get much love.

* (16:12) Noting what people have said they want.

* (21:25) The proposed D&D game.

* (24:27) How Wayne picked the winning game.

* (28:31) Why everyone picked the game they did.

* (41:29) Controlling the flow of character ideas when people hear the game pitches.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Laura, Wayne

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