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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

Patreon Updates
by Wayne Cole

Fear the Boot’s Patreon

Fear the Boot has been on Patreon for almost four years. I fealt it was time to review and adjust to give our backers the best and most consistent content we can as a thank you for your support. Server hosting, audio equipment, and an editor add up and your support is what helps keep this podcast going. Every penny goes back into the product and there are some much needed improvements we hope to implement. So with a strong sense of gratitude I am pleased to announce a new structure for our Patreon Benefits.

Booter Tier. $1 a month.

First you get our gratitude.  We truly are grateful for your support.  In addition you will be our taste testers.   You will be the first we engage when we have new ideas.  The ability to help shape our content by being included in periodic polls.   

Player Character Tier. $3 a month.

In addition to the Booter Tier benefits you will get copies of any playtest materials produced for roleplaying games to be released by Fear the Boot LLC.  To help with this you will get access to a channel on the Fear the Boot Discord server for Project feedback.  Finally you get a custom green color on the Fear the Boot Discord server.  

Behind the GM Screen Tier. $5 a month.

You get all benefits from the Booter and Player Character Tiers.  Starting at this Tier you get access to the raw recording files of episodes as they are recorded before being edited.   Previously when an episode fell into territories that would violate the ratings we have chosen for the show they were labeled as negative and not released.  As part of the patreon these such episodes and ones created specifically for this purpose will be released to you.  Finally a new mini podcast called Fear the Boot Game Notes will be released starting at this level.  It is a weekly show under 30 minutes focusing on  the process of gameprep and GM insecurities.     

Baron Von Badass Tier. $7 a month.

In addition to all the benefits from the lower tiers you will get access to two exclusive Discord channels.  You can directly interact with the hosts in the text channel asking for game advice, chatting, or providing show suggestions.  The new voice channel will be used for AMAs, preshow chats, and an option for moving conversations from the text channel to voice.  Hosts are dedicated to interacting in the text channel and doing atleast one scheduled voice interaction a month.  

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

Bonus Episode 85 – soup and loot
by Dan Repperger

* (0:25) Holiday postmortem of our games. Wayne wastes money on nasty food.

* (2:49) The case for and against soup, and the dark gluttony of Palladium books.

* (9:21) Chad’s preferred cookbook for soups and stews.

* (17:13) The Fallout cookbook and old-time cooking.

* (20:24) Reporting on a bit of holiday loot.

* (21:18) The RWBY board game.

* (22:42) Regular Gnoll espresso.

* (23:57) Eberron, and ebony dice by Paladin.

* (26:56) Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age.

* (29:07) Tsuro and Pandemic: Fall of Rome.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Episode 534 – where you game
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) The holidays came in like a wrecking ball!

* (2:01) Wayne’s Family Feud survey is still up for answers!

* (3:24) Gnarl is here to save your Christmas! Available on Amazon and Audible.

* (5:54) Chad’s opinions save the show!

* (7:26) No one likes distractions.

* (10:10) Why Chad doesn’t like basements.

* (16:43) Wayne’s aversion to cluttered tables.

* (25:04) Chad’s distaste for chairs and high tables.

* (34:21) Why Dan wants chairs instead of a couch.

* (41:02) Once upon a time, through thin bathroom walls.

* (46:35) The ups and downs of having food present.

* (52:39) Gaming outside the normal flow of the household.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

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