Episode 9 – small topic round-up

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

Comments (6)

tirsdenJuly 16th, 2009 at 3:23 am

I actually *had* to lone-wolf games for my kid brother (I was the DM). We had fun with it, and I learned real quick to write stories up that assumed he might just want to kill everything (also he learned the hard way not to attack high level stuff with his char, but I was careful to be sure the experience didn’t kill him). We managed some good storytelling/roleplay and both enjoyed it. I had my airhead halfing cleric party with him, so his fighter had someone to heal him and she was too scatterbrained to suggest much of anything plotwise that would be too much of me just railroading him along. And boy he was good at breaking plots, which taught me to DM better (and on-the-fly).

L337CthulhuFebruary 3rd, 2011 at 7:55 am

I actually ran a Vamp single game for one of my friends who’s a cop and was working a night shift at the time. He couldn’t make it to our regular sessions and was exceedingly bored on his shifts, so I had a single PC game. Not my favorite, but the plot never got derailed and it was pretty easy to please him as a PC, that part of it was really nice.

On the other hand… I have also run an 11 PC game. *Starts swearing* Never want to do it again. At the same time, my average group of players is seven strong with an option three more depending on the week. ‘Spose that’s why I let my FtC game this year become so big.

ZetaStrikerMarch 31st, 2015 at 12:23 pm

I know I’m years and years late, but what is the exact hate for West End Star Wars? The general attitude here is worse then even the Shadowrun comments in the first episode; you weren’t just derisive of it without explaining yourselves, you actively insulted people who enjoy the game. And on baseless grounds, while citing examples of play that are basically impossible in-game.

DanApril 1st, 2015 at 3:41 pm


Since this episode was recorded about 9 years ago, I’m honestly not sure I could tell you. I won’t speak on behalf of the other hosts, but I’ve mellowed out quite a bit over the last decade.

Speaking for my viewpoint today, I prefer the d20 version to West End. I’m also not a huge fan of how West End stats can reach a point where it’s literally impossible to roll over/under someone else’s stats. But those are all notes of personal taste and certainly not something I would direct as derision at people that enjoy the system. Heck, I’ve had some enjoyable games of my own in the system.

I’m not sure what else to say except that I cringe whenever people tell me they’re listening to our older shows. Like all human beings, we’ve grown over time. Whether you’re willing to just skip forward several years or at least muscle through our learning curve with the podcasting medium, I hope you’ll stick with Fear the Boot into future, better-rounded episodes!

Azhrei VepApril 21st, 2015 at 5:39 am

Let the cringing continue!

udkMarch 23rd, 2016 at 3:20 am

It’s cool that you still read old comments and stuff. I’ve played somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20 systems, and I still enjoy d20, Shadowrun (albeit likely a newer edition than the ones you were ripping on, I’ve only played the new 5e) and have fond memories of the d6 Star Wars game I did play though it was brief and some time ago.

That said, I only really felt like you guys were playfully ribbing on some of the systems and certainly with nowhere near the ferocity of the average forum post decrying D&D as the great evil preserver of non-100% story game techniques. Not to say people who like that are wrong either, I’m planning to run games in FATE and BW soon, but certainly nothing I’ve seen so far has come across as malicious, and all the advice has been pretty great.

If anything I enjoy that you’re unapologetic about liking what you like, it feels like you’d be fine with me being the same way if we were to have a conversation about it. It also just kind of lends to a lighthearted playful atmosphere that’s more relaxing than if you had been overly concerned with remaining inoffensive to everyone and as a result had never talked about any specific systems.

Anyway, figured I’d mention that as another new listener I’m definitely enjoying myself so far and looking forward to the “even better” in the future.

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