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Bonus Episode 89 – Lura looks
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Are there TWO soulless gingers on the show!?

* (4:03) Minnesotans and their grey ducks.

* (6:03) Lura explains her tarot deck and witchery.

* (14:37) A reading for Gnarl. The Shadowscapes deck.

* (26:22) A reading to give Wayne game advice. When are the pancakes coming in the mail?

* (39:30) A reading on Dan’s love life. The Enneagram personality test.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Episode 548 – launching a West Marches game
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Bad Brodeur gets bashful. Lura and finding God’s love in F7.

* (8:13) Dan prepares to run a West Marches game. You can find our prior episodes on West Marches here and here.

* (11:02) The fresh perspective children and new gamers bring to the table.

* (21:31) Working player-to-GM collaboration into a setting-driven game. Worldographer by Inkwell Ideas.

* (29:05) Growing your GMing skills by limiting your rating.

* (46:26) Collaborating with parents to build the boundaries of the game.

* (51:54) West Marches: After Dark. Maintaining continuity after a more adult session.

* (55:47) Increasing the disconnect between the game and real-life horrors.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Laura

Episode 547 – preserving a game
by Dan Repperger

* (0:37) Wayne has to rather abruptly put his Dresden Files game on hold.

* (10:46) The added difficulty of an ending you couldn’t plan for.

* (11:47) Remembering where you left off. Taking a record of what both the GM and players remember and care about.

* (24:13) Using audio instead of written notes.

* (27:03) Finding game-oriented activities you can do in the interim.

* (31:05) Using game-related prose.

* (38:20) Time jump? Or pick up where the last game left off?

* (44:30) Pacing yourself and picking the best ideeas.

* (49:55) Fear the Con Online, coming up on June 19th – 20th. The promo video can be found here and the signup site can be found here.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Episode 546 – numinous fear
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Unplugged cables and the ever-moving studio.

* (4:20) The cost of a press pass.

* (6:10) The hardest thing to do in a horror game.

* (10:35) The lack of numinous fear. When Pat was prepared to kill us all.

* (23:01) Cutting away reality to nurture a new kind of fear.

* (26:17) Displacing tension into the place of fear. Keith Curtis’ alien puppet.

* (33:32) Starting with control of the gaming environment.

* (37:10) Not taking this as license to terrorize or traumatize the non-consenting.

* (38:31) Misdirecting so the familiar feels unfamiliar.

* (43:49) Keeping the pacing up and downtime down.

* (49:59) Fear the Con Online, coming up on June 19th – 20th. The promo video can be found here and the signup site can be found here.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Bonus Episode 88 – the opera of Gen Con
by Dan Repperger

* (0:18) Gen Con was cancelled after this episode was recorded but before it was released.

* (1:14) Fear the Con Online, coming up on June 19th – 20th. The promo video can be found here and the signup site can be found here.

* (2:35) Brodeur got some inside info regarding Gen Con. The article he wrote prior to getting this info can be found here.

* (4:46) The letter from Gen Con to key vendors.

* (8:02) Fear the Boot makes the call!

* (16:40) Critiquing the questions that were asked.

* (22:10) Defending the questions that were asked.

The artist we were partnered with for Wizard World can be found on Facebook here. WARNING: The art displayed on his Facebook page is technically SFW, but it’s very risque.

* (37:39) The general vacuum of information in the RPG industry.

* (39:48) Juxtaposing how the Opera Theatre St. Louis handled a similar situation.

* (52:41) Cats, weed, and the moral dimension of COVID.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Laura

Episode 545 – henchmen
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Fear the Con Online, coming up on June 19th – 20th. The promo video can be found here and the signup site can be found here.

* (7:41) Fear the Con 2021 has been locked in for June 25th – 26th, 2021.

* (9:39) A question about henchmen, courtesy of Jesse Sierke. Setting some boundaries on the discussion.

* (12:56) How many is too many, particularly if you’re not trying to run an empire-building or administrative game?

* (15:35) Making it the burden of the player that brought in all of the NPCs.

* (18:58) When players treat the NPCs as a valueless resource. Abstracting a group of NPCs into a single, collective unit.

* (28:42) Tracking social transactions.

* (37:17) Making the players explain why they need hirelings to begin with.

* (41:03) The role of the party should always eclipse the role of the henchmen.

Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Episode 544 – GM insecurity
by Dan Repperger

* (1:05) A message from Matt about some issues with a GM.

* (2:21) Player creativity can spook the GM into responding in frustrating ways.

* (13:35) Reasons why GMs find themselves in this situation.

* (21:47) The role of player empathy in fixing the problem.

* (30:10) Buying time to rethink instead of immediately reacting.

* (34:28) Outsourcing the solution by asking players for more input.

* (39:46) The value of being honest.

* (44:56) Throwing a different curve-ball than the one you’d initially planned.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

Bonus Episode 87 – three bits of context
by Dan Repperger

* (0:36) Adapting the show to current realities.

* (1:52) The history of West Marches and the context of the advice we gave. Ben’s blog on his game. Another contribution of his to the hobby: Microscope.

* (11:17) More information on the Skies of Glass play-test document, slated for release on Patreon on April 21st.

* (14:28) The mental and social impact of COVID, including what you can do for yourself and others. The relevant Reuters article.

Hosts: Dan

Episode 543 – West Marches
by Dan Repperger

* (0:46) Repeating the announcement regarding Fear the Con 2020.

* (2:14) New content and general improvements for our Patreon.

* (7:10) Explaining what a West Marches style game is. The West Marches game through GamersTable can be found on their Discord in the Star Trek Adventures area.

* (17:08) The nature of character relationships in an ever-shifting party.

* (19:06) Sharing information between the participants.

* (22:18) A different style for different people. Cameo appearances.

* (29:46) Some random thoughts on maps and technology to aid a campaign.

* (34:36) Keeping everyone on the same page regarding game events, creative boundaries, and such.

* (49:08) The origin of the name, West Marches, and the idea’s history can be found here.

Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

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

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