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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

Bonus Episode 84 – what D&D represents
by Dan Repperger

* (0:23) Wayne’s Family Feud survey.

* (3:09) Love for D&D and its sister games.

* (5:24) A conversation with Chris Hussey about the strata of podcasts.

* (10:46) What D&D has come to represent within the hobby. Gamers Table’s weekly Big 20 show (previous episodes here).

* (19:31) Gaming as an aspect of a person’s identity.

* (29:02) Handling the preconceptions in a constructive way.

* (41:30) A call to action.

* (44:47) The value the attention brings.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Episode 533 – handling a bully character
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) The Audacity that can end the show!

* (1:30) A topic from Jesse, with two parameters from Dan.

* (5:42) Watch out for any real-world impact between the players.

* (18:28) Managing your own reaction to the bully character.

* (19:25) The attitude behind, “That’s what my character would do.”

* (21:57) The in-character consequences of playing a bully.

* (28:34) Targeting the penalties at the right party.

* (34:58) Calling out your own character.

* (37:50) GM-created deterrents against the bully.

* (44:26) When you’re unintentionally bullying the Game Master, or the bully is going otherwise unchallenged.

* (51:49) Inviting consequences upon yourself.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Episode 532 – reasoning out the random
by Dan Repperger

* (0:28) A big THANK YOU to everyone that backed Fear the Con!

* (2:43) Gamers Table’s weekly Big 20 show (previous episodes here).

* (5:22) Blades in the Dark gives way to a Traveller game. Working through Traveller’s character creation system.

* (16:10) Finding the patterns—and inventing the story—created by the random rolls.

* (28:19) How the individual character patterns affect group design.

* (34:30) Out-of-character misery as a weird flex.

* (37:19) In-character misery as a point of story development.

* (42:34) Swalwell’s musical number.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan

Episode 531 – first-time GM report
by Dan Repperger

* (0:29) Introducing Laura. The episode where we first setup this topic.

* (1:24) Fear the Con has funded! Start getting your games listed!

* (2:18) Chris Hussey’s Savage Worlds setting book, The Wolverines Take the Highway to the Danger Zone.

* (9:21) Why Laura GMed, and how she felt about the prospect of running a game.

* (14:30) Where she got her early help. The Blind GM.

* (18:06) How Laura structured her game prep. Getting help from an advocate. Keeping game notes in a topical structure.

* (26:51) Writing the pre-generated player-characters.

* (33:49) Executing the first few seconds of the game.

* (37:31) The first curve-ball the party threw.

* (42:53) Adding a sanity mechanic to D&D.

* (47:11) How Laura felt the game went.

* (50:31) Giving Laura a letter grade.

* (55:31) Don’t take your first game too seriously, but be prepared to improve.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

Episode 530 – a fast read of a character
by Dan Repperger

* (0:31) Fear the Con’s Kickstarter and Con Planner site.

* (1:45) We’d appreciate it if you gave us a review on whatever site or app you use to consume the show!

* (4:13) Wayne brings some sample characters for us to interpret on the fly, inspired by his experience with pre-generated characters in a one-shot game.

* (9:48) The D&D sheet Dan was reading from. Paring down the sheet to a small number of interesting and actionable items.

* (19:09) Expelling and improvising quite a bit more.

* (25:31) Reading what isn’t on the sheet.

* (30:11) Playing off of each other’s characters.

* (38:22) Applying similar ideas to a minimalist sheet. The SoG sheet Dan was reading from.

* (44:14) Wayne pulling identity from the average.

* (48:16) Being mindful of the other players when looking at the obvious links.

* (52:01) Starting from the weaknesses instead of strengths.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

Episode 529 – hijacking a system, part 2
by Dan Repperger

* (0:24) Knowing why you’re changing the game, and by extension, whether it’s worth doing.

* (6:50) Describing damage. Hit points versus wounds versus shock.

* (15:57) Remaking characters in another system, mid-game.

* (31:23) Finding an existing system that fits what you’re looking for.

* (34:55) RPGs as a spectator sport. Or not.

* (40:45) More on the Venn diagram project clock.

* (43:14) Fear the Con 2020’s Kickstarter.

* (44:44) Congratulating Gamers Table on their successful fundraising.

* (47:04) Gaming with Gage and Jon Brazer, because Chad can’t stop plugging stuff.

Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

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