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Cyberpunk

May 22nd, 2017 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 67th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction that has evolved over the decades since the word was coined. It produces settings that are excellent for role playing games. We talk about our favorites, why we like them, and we nearly avoid using the word “chummer” too many times.

What’s your favorite Cyberpunk game? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Shadowrun
  2. Cyberpunk 2013
  3. Cyberpunk 2020
  4. Cybergeneration
  5. Call of Cthulhu
  6. GURPS Cyberpunk
  7. Cyberspace
  8. Twilight 2000
  9. Cyberpunk v.3
  10. Misspent Youth
  11. The Sprawl
  12. Shadowrun Anarchy
  13. Technoir
  14. Psi-Punk
  15. Fudge
  16. Ex Machina
  17. Headspace
  18. Torg
  19. Mage: The Ascension
  20. The Veil

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Game Master Best Practices

February 20th, 2017 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 66th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). We’ve all been running games for a long time and each of us runs things in a different way. This episode is a discussion of things we’ve learned from the GM side of the screen and that we’ve learned from some of our favorite game masters.

What’s on your list of GM tips and tricks? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Dungeons & Dragons
  2. Iron Kingdoms
  3. Dark Sun
  4. Magpie Games
  5. Fallout
  6. Bluebeard’s Bride
  7. Godbound
  8. X-Card (Google doc)
  9. Games set in the Star Trek Universe
  10. Hollowpoint
  11. Fortune Cards
  12. Mutants and Masterminds
  13. Dread
  14. Delta Green
  15. Rick Rogers

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Character Creation

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 65th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Let us tell you about our characters. No, wait! Come back! We’ll also tell you about our favorite character generation systems and how they enhance the games they support. We also go into what makes a good chargen system and what doesn’t.

What’s your favorite system? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Nobilis
  2. Amber Diceless RPG
  3. Fate
  4. Traveller
  5. GURPS
  6. Urban Shadows
  7. Monster of the Week
  8. Threadbare
  9. Champions
  10. Pathfinder
  11. Immortal
  12. Dresden Files
  13. D&D 3.0
  14. Microscope
  15. Skyracers Unlimited
  16. Stormbringer
  17. World of Darkness
  18. Gamma World
  19. Spontaneanation

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Endings

October 26th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 64th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). How do you end a campaign? How do you wrap up a session? How do you know when it’s time to bring a game to a close? We talk about all these things and more.

Tell us your campaign ending stories! What did we miss? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Guards of Abashan
  2. Action Cards
  3. Microscope
  4. Amber Diceless RPG
  5. Shadowrun
  6. D&D 3.0
  7. Powered by the Apocalypse
  8. Crowsmantle Postmortem
  9. Kill Your Cliffhangers by Rob Donoghue

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

How to Figure Out What Players Want

September 27th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (4 Comments)

Welcome to the 63rd regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). How do you figure out what players want? As a player, how do you communicate to the GM and other players what you want? Being a GM often requires some detective work.

What did we leave out? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Games Powered by the Apocalypse
  2. Fate
  3. Nobilis
  4. The Sprawl

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Learning Systems

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (3 Comments)

Welcome to the 62nd regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). How do you learn new systems? How do you teach them to new players? We answer these questions for ourselves and talk about the challenges and the rewards of RPG systems.

What did we leave out? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Shadowrun
  2. James Bond 007 RPG
  3. Games Powered by the Apocalypse
  4. Paul Beakley on G+
  5. Fate
  6. Nobilis
  7. D&D
  8. Pathfinder
  9. The One Ring
  10. Numenera
  11. The World Wide Wrestling RPG
  12. Marvel Heroic RPG
  13. The Cortex System
  14. Burning Wheel
  15. One Roll Engine
  16. Diaspora
  17. Brad Murray

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Games Ahead of Their Time

July 20th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (2 Comments)

Welcome to the 61st regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). This episode is about innovative games. Some games are the first to feature certain mechanics or ideas while other games made those elements sing.

What did we leave out? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Castle Falkenstein
  2. Mouse Guard
  3. Glorantha
  4. Marvel Super Heroes
  5. Dogs in the Vineyard
  6. Apocalypse World
  7. Ars Magica
  8. Fiasco
  9. Amber Diceless
  10. ADRPG/Lords of Gossamer & Shadow GM Jam
  11. Fate
  12. Fudge
  13. Classic World of Darkness

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Loot

July 6th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 60th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Treasure, pelf, swag, quatloos, stuff, whatever you call it, many RPGs feature some sort of reward for adventuring. Whether it’s material goods or something more ephemeral, your character wants it.

What did we leave out? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Shadowrun
  2. Cyberpunk
  3. Goblin Punch
  4. D&D
  5. Rolemaster
  6. Marvel Super Heroes
  7. Hero System
  8. Fate
  9. Hollow Earth Expedition
  10. Mutants and Masterminds
  11. The Sprawl
  12. Numenera
  13. Earthdawn
  14. Sagaborn
  15. Legend of the Five Rings
  16. The Rod of Seven Parts
  17. Gamma World
  18. Creatures and Treasures II
  19. Ashen Stars

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Villains

June 9th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 59th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). If the PCs are the story’s protagonists they need a solid antagonist. We talk about what makes an effective villain and how to achieve that.

Who is your favorite villain? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. How to Write a Villain
  2. 6 Ways to Write Better Bad Guys
  3. Numenera
  4. Vampire: The Masquerade
  5. Dungeons & Dragons
  6. Kindred Most Wanted
  7. Marvel Comics
  8. Hollowpoint
  9. Apocalypse World
  10. Battlestar Galactica
  11. Star Wars: Rebels
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.

Rookie Mistakes

May 6th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 58th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Everybody’s got to be a new player or GM some time and we all have to learn some lessons the hard way. We talk about things we did in the past (and some that we still do) and what we learned from them.

How did your RPG career start? Which things are you still learning? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. The GUMSHOE System
  2. Pathfinder
  3. 13th Age
  4. Apocalypse World
  5. Hollowpoint
  6. Fate
  7. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  8. Savage Worlds
  9. D&D

You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.com or you can send us a private geekmail on the RPGGeek website; our usernames are lorddillon (Sam), Vaklam (Brian), edige23 (Lowell), and MasterGeek (Andrew).

You can also follow the podcast on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

Follow each of the hosts at @DMSamuel (Sam), @GeekworldOnline (Andrew), @Edige23 (Lowell), and @Vaklam (Brian)

The music played at the beginning and end of the podcast is Dance of Fire – Bolero in A minor by Sinfonia Electronique. You can find more great music on the podsafe music network at music.mevio.com. The d20 logo is by the awesome Joe Kundlak, a.k.a. joeyeti on RPG Geek.


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