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Episode 29 – designing your game’s feel
by Dan Repperger

Our Xbox Live contest continues for another week.  Don’t forget to enter again, using the “Contest Entry Form” link at the top of our site.  Also, we forgot to mention it during the episode, but we’ve made a slight change to the rules.  We realize Christmas time is drawing near, so if you don’t have a Gamer Tag, but you intend to give this game as a gift to someone that will actually use it, you can still enter and win any of the prizes.  We just want your word that this is going (for free) to someone that will play it.

During the episode, we mention a document share we’re using on Google.  If you want to set up one for your own project, you can find it here: docs.google.com.

Our first major topic of advice relates to forming a solid team to develop your roleplaying game.  We then move on to talk about the importance of feel, which will guide your development of setting and rules.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan

Bonus Episode 10 – AI and storytelling in video games
by Dan Repperger

Since Tex was in town, we decided to do a bonus episode on video games.  In this show, we talk about storytelling and artificial intelligence.

If this is your first time here, we suggest checking out a regular episode first!  Bonus episodes are neither on the same subject as our regular shows nor edited the same way.

Episode 28 – first steps of game design
by Dan Repperger

Congratulations to Keith Curtis, winner of our Baron von Bad Ass art contest!  Thanks again to all of you that entered.  We were really impressed by the quality of the entries.

During this show, we kick off our Xbox Live contest.  The prizes and rules are explained in the episode.  You can find the entry form here.

This podcast marks the beginning of our game design series.  We offer tips on concepting your game along with an introduction to game math.

We mention the Targum gaming magazine and the Roundtable podcast.  You can find those resources here:


Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Tex

Episode 27 – RPG movies
by Dan Repperger

We recorded this episode immediately after watching the two Dungeons & Dragons movies.  We spend the first half of the episode reviewing those two films before we broaden the topic to talk about RPG movies in general.  We toss out some games we’d like to see made into movies and theorize about why there haven’t been more.

We were joined this episode by Tony from Fanboy Smackdown.  If you’re interested in hearing his all-movie podcast, you can find it at http://www.fanboysmackdown.com.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Tony

Episode 26 – character-related issues
by Dan Repperger

We start this episode with a bad player habit that we missed in our previous two shows.  After that, we take on a series of topics related to character creation: unlisted perks and penalties, restricting races and classes, obscure supplements that can wreck games, and player illustrations.

Also, don’t forget the Baron von Badass art contest that’s still running!  You can find details in our forums: http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1004

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn

cardiac stress test
by Dan Repperger

This is normally a pretty light-hearted show, however, not everything in life is a joke.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the developed world, and we at FTB want to do our part to help.  We would like to release the following PSA that has a simple — yet important — test you can use to determine your risk of heart disease.

Bonus Episode 9 – Fear the Boot stories
by Dan Repperger

This bonus episode is a round-up of unrelated stories from the hosts.  As with all bonus episodes, this is both unedited and off topic.  If this is your first time here, we suggest checking out a regular episode first!

Episode 25 – common player mistakes, part 2
by Dan Repperger

Before digging into the episode, we mention two art-related things.  First, there’s an art contest for drawing Baron von Badass.  If you want to enter, you can find the relevant information here: http://feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1004.  Second, I mention that I’m looking for artists for character portrait commissions.  It’s something I’m doing over the longterm due to cost, but if you’re interested in doing it, you can post something on the forums or just send me an email.

With that out of the way, we wrap up our list of bad player habits.  Obviously this is part 2 of 2, with the list started in the previous episode.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn

Episode 24 – common player mistakes, part 1
by Dan Repperger

As a follow-up to our previous episode on GM mistakes, we spend this episode talking about bad player habits.  We had too many points to cover, so this is part 1 of 2.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Dawn

Episode 23 – common GMing mistakes
by Dan Repperger

We kick off the episode with a story about our trip to a hibachi restaurant.  When it’s time to discuss roleplaying games, we begin with a look at what sort of person wants to be a GM.  We then work through a list of common GMing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn

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