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Character Behavior and Alignment

October 21st, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 48th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Many roleplaying games have rules for governing the behavior of characters. One of the earliest is Dungeons and Dragons’ alignment system. We discuss this and many others, their pros and cons, and alternative systems for behavior and morality.

What do you think about these systems and rules? Do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Dungeons and Dragons
  2. World of Darkness
  3. Champions
  4. The Shadow of Yesterday
  5. Lady Blackbird
  6. Fate
  7. Unknown Armies
  8. The One Ring
  9. HackMaster
  10. Eclipse Phase
  11. Oriental Adventures
  12. Legend of the Five Rings
  13. Apocalypse World
  14. Worlds in Peril
  15. Middle-Earth Role Playing
  16. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  17. West End Games Star Wars
  18. Mass Effect 3
  19. inFAMOUS 2
  20. Dragon Age: Inquisition
  21. Baldur’s Gate
  22. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  23. The Players Guide to the Sabbat
  24. Sabbat Paths of Enlightenment
  25. Planescape
  26. Castles and Crusades
  27. Darkly Through the Labyrinth
  28. Last Fleet Posts from Age of Ravens
  29. Eleven Pillars Posts from RPG Musings
  30. Rolemaster
  31. Glorantha
  32. Tunnels and Trolls
  33. Arduin
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Last Fleet Campaign Post Mortem

October 5th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 47th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). We’re continuing our series of campaign post mortem episodes that began with Sam’s Eleven Pillars game. Lowell is up this time with a recount of his Last Fleet campaign.

Do you have a favorite campaign you’ve run? What did you learn from it? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Action Cards
  2. Last Fleet posts from Age of Ravens
  3. Fate
  4. Battlestar Galactica
  5. Microscope
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. Bleach
  8. Exalted
  9. Sundered Skies
  10. Savage Worlds
  11. Rolemaster
  12. Age of Ravens
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

More Sources of Inspiration

September 21st, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 46th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Back in episode 5 we listed some books and supplements that inspired our roleplaying. We’re revisiting and expanding that topic with some novels, Twitter feeds, and other things that are stoking our creative furnaces.

What’s got you excited for RPGs lately? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Gen Con
  2. Powered by the Apocalypse
  3. Ghost Lines
  4. Dungeon World
  5. The Warren
  6. Renee Knipe
  7. Watership Down
  8. Worlds in Peril
  9. Mutants and Masterminds
  10. DC Heroes
  11. Wushu
  12. Fate Accelerated
  13. Quintara Marathon Series
  14. Jack L. Chalker
  15. Ashen Stars
  16. Eclipse Phase
  17. Fate
  18. Sagas of the Icelanders
  19. Apocalypse World GM Jam (Special Episode 5)
  20. Samurai World
  21. World Wide Wrestling RPG
  22. Gamma World d20
  23. Castles and Crusades
  24. Planescape
  25. Age of Ravens: History of Post-Apocalyptic RPGs
  26. Fate Codex
  27. Quinn Murphy
  28. Bundle of Holding
  29. Deadlands
  30. Sage LaTorra
  31. Inkwell Ideas
  32. Titansgrave
  33. Fantasy AGE
  34. DriveThru Cards
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Social Conflict

September 8th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 45th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Not all conflict in RPGs involves weapons, at least not the physical kind. We discuss the different types of non-combat conflict under the general heading of social conflict. Which systems do it well? Which systems do it just right? Which games don’t even bother with it and why?

How do you prefer to handle in-game social situations? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Skulduggery
  2. The Dying Earth RPG
  3. Fate
  4. Drama System/Hillfolk
  5. Powered by the Apocalypse
  6. Monsterhearts
  7. Night Witches
  8. Mouse Guard
  9. Burning Wheel
  10. Dogs in the Vineyard
  11. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  12. Trail of Cthulhu
  13. Amber Diceless RPG
  14. GURPS
  15. Savage Worlds
  16. World of Darkness
  17. Hero System
  18. Dungeons and Dragons
  19. Eclipse Phase
  20. Shock: Social Science Fiction
  21. The Design Games Podcast
  22. Will Hindmarch
  23. Nathan Paoletta
  24. Rifts
  25. Legend of the Five Rings
  26. 13th Age
  27. Numenera
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Improv vs. Prep

August 24th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (3 Comments)

Welcome to the 44th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Every GM falls somewhere along the pre-session spectrum that has full improvisation at one end and heavy preparation on the other. We discuss where we fall and how the system changes that from game to game. We also give you some advice for finding and working with your level of prep.
What is your session prep like? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. RPGGeek
  2. Reddit
  3. G+
  4. Vampire: The Masquerade
  5. Pinterest
  6. Sam’s Eleven Pillars Campaign
  7. Powered by the Apocalypse
  8. Dungeon World
  9. Rich Rogers
  10. Jeremy Friesen
  11. Swift Saga (formerly Tiny Epic)
  12. Sagas of the Icelanders
  13. Gamma World
  14. Nobilis
  15. Fate
  16. Rolemaster
  17. Mutants and Masterminds
  18. 13th Age
  19. D&D 5e
  20. D&D 4e
  21. Castles and Crusades
  22. Old School Renaissance
  23. Never Unprepared
  24. Unframed
  25. Gnome Stew
  26. Share-a-Game – Apocalypse World
  27. GUMSHOE
  28. Basic D&D
  29. PLOT GM Jam – Amber Diceless
  30. PLOT GM Jam – Apocalype World
  31. Trail of Cthulhu
  32. Eternal Lies
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Genre Mixmaster!

July 8th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 43rd regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Lowell randomly generated lists of RPG genres, tropes, and elements then we used them as inspiration for games or campaigns. Here’s the full list with the ones we picked during the episode in bold:

  • Modern Cops, Race, Silver, Wild West
  • Action/Adventure (Sports), Election, Spy, Hammers, Gold
  • Weird/Surreal, Servitude Robots Insects Law Enforcement
  • Action/Adventure (Gangsters / Mafia), Jade, Repossession, Forest, Gothic
  • Martial Arts/Wuxia, Elves, Skyscraper, Sabotage, Coma
  • History (Europe), Psychic, Traitor, Servitude, Superhero
  • Crime (Mystery/Detective/Noir), Chains, Sin, Sacrifice, Asylum
  • Fantasy (Sword & Sorcery), Spirit, Squatter, Farms, Atomic
  • Anachronistic, Inheritance, Instinct, Ecology, Sabotage
  • Paranormal, Romance, Hunger, Morality, Simulation, Charity

Tell us what you would do with the elements in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Dungeons and Dragons
  2. Abulafia Random Generators
  3. Ultimate Toolbox
  4. Tome of Adventure Design
  5. Ruins of Glorantha
  6. Ruins of Hyboria
  7. Yoon-Suin
  8. Last Gasp
  9. Extreme Vengeance
  10. HKAT! 1st Edition
  11. Shock: Social Science Fiction
  12. 44: A Game of Automatic Fear
  13. Infestation
  14. Psi World
  15. GURPS
  16. Don’t Rest Your Head
  17. Monsterhearts
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Science Fiction Roleplaying

June 4th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (4 Comments)

Welcome to the 42nd regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). The question “What is science fiction?” is nearly as difficult to answer as “What is roleplaying”. Join us as we attempt to answer both at the same time! What are your favorite SF RPGs? What do they do that others don’t? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Star Wars Roleplaying

May 4th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 41st regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). The session of Star Wars: Edge of the Empire that Andrew ran for us got us talking about Star Wars RPGs. In this episode we begin with a discussion of our EotE session. Then we talk about the history of Star Wars roleplaying along with the things we like and dislike about the various systems that have tackled the setting. Which Star Wars games do you like? What handles force powers best? Do you have a bad feeling about this? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Part three of three.

Welcome to Play On Target and our first actual play episode! Andrew ran the introductory adventure from the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Set for us. We had a blast! Sam was the badass bounty hunter, Lowell played the multi-talented droid colonist, and Brian was the smuggler with a complete inability to be stealthy.

Have you played EotE? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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.

Part two of three.

Welcome to Play On Target and our first actual play episode! Andrew ran the introductory adventure from the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Set for us. We had a blast! Sam was the badass bounty hunter, Lowell played the multi-talented droid colonist, and Brian was the smuggler with a complete inability to be stealthy.

Have you played EotE? What did you think? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

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 us on Twitter @PlayOnTarget

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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