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Part one 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.

Campaigns We’d Like To Run

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

Welcome to the 40th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we talk about the campaigns and one-shots we haven’t been able to get to the table and the reasons why. Do you have any campaign notes or rulebooks gathering dust on your shelves? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Basic D&D (RPGGeek)
  2. 11 Pillars Campaign Post Mortem
  3. Mage: The Sorcerer’s Crusade (White Wolf Wiki)
  4. Mage: The Sorcerer’s Crusade (RPGGeek)
  5. Dogs in the Vineyard
  6. Cyberpunk 2020
  7. Home of the Brave
  8. Posts about The Island from Geekworld Online
  9. The Island Session One – Landfall (YouTube)
  10. D&D4 Wiki
  11. D&D 4e (RPGGeek)
  12. Fate
  13. Torchbearer
  14. Burning Wheel
  15. Savage Worlds
  16. RPGs with a Harry Potter setting
  17. Dogs in the Vineyard episodes from The Walking Eye Podcast
  18. Fading Suns
  19. Legend of the Five Rings
  20. Diaspora
  21. Julian May’s Galactic Milieu Series
  22. GURPS
  23. Lords of Gossamer and Shadow
  24. Amber Diceless Roleplaying
  25. Shadowrun
  26. Deadlands
  27. Necessary Evil
  28. Hollow Earth Expedition
  29. Ocean City Interface
  30. Neo Shinobi Vendetta
  31. Crimson Skies
  32. RPGs set in Middle Earth
  33. Middle Earth Role Playing
  34. Iron Crown Enterprises
  35. The One Ring
  36. Rolemaster
  37. GUMSHOE
  38. RPGGeek.com
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.

Welcome to the 39th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). This is the first of an irregular series of episodes in which each of the hosts talks about one of his past RPG campaigns and the rest of us ask questions about it. This episode features Sam’s Eleven Pillars Basic D&D campaign. Have you ever revisited any of your roleplaying history? How did it go? What did you learn from it? 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.

Looking Forward to 2015

March 4th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (3 Comments)

Welcome to the 38th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we look forward to 2015 and talk about what we’d like to play, where we want to go, and some of the new, exciting stuff that’s coming out. What do you want to do this year? Will you be at some of the cons we will? 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.

GUMSHOE GM Jam Special Episode #6

February 10th, 2015 | Posted by edige23 in Podcast Episode - (4 Comments)

Welcome to Play on Target and our fourth GM Jam taking aim at a particular rpg or setting. To explore these games we gather several GMs experienced with a system. This episode, we take a look at Robin Laws’ GUMSHOE engine. Created originally at Simon Rogers request, this system includes a special focus on “investigations” in rpgs. As you’ll hear from the discussion what an investigation means varies from game to game, setting to setting. GUMSHOE first appeared in Pelgrane Press’ The Esoterrorists (2006), and since has powered award winning games like Trail of Cthulhu and Night’s Black Agents. In this episode we talk about what constitutes GUMSHOE, what challenges it presents at the table, and where it clicks for our GMs. We also consider some of the concerns about the system that have held off some from playing.

Once again, we have an astounding group of GMs to talk about this:

Stephanie Bryant’s a professional writer, as well as prolific GM and GUMSHOE expert. She worked on TimeWatch: Book of Changing Years. She’s currently working on an adventure for The Dracula Dossier for Night’s Black Agents. As well she co-hosts the Tell Me Another podcast.

Yohann Delalande’s a gamemaster and translator. He has worked on French translations for The Zalozhniy Quartet, 13th Age, Hot War and First Contact: X-Corps, the English translation of the upcoming Polaris Core Rulebook, and is a regular contributor to the French RPG magazine, Casus Belli.

Steve Dempsey’s been around GUMSHOE since its inception. He is a designer and contributor to many Pelgrane products including Blood on the Snow, Bookhounds of London, Dreamhounds of Paris, and The Dying Earth RPG.

Ruth Tillman is a gamemaster and designer currently working on an adventure for the Dracula Dossier. She contributed to TimeWatch: Book of Changing Years. She co-hosts The Double Shadow, a Clark Ashton Smith Podcast and writes about Weird Gaming for The Illuminerdy as The Arkham Archivist. 

MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE:

No Clues Without Consequence” The first of a series by Will Hindmarch on clues in GUMSHOE

Sword-Fighting on a Roller-Coaster: Railroading for the Best in RPG Play” Will Hindmarch considers the specter of the railroad at the table

Malandros RPG

Dungeon World

OTHER RESOURCES:

Pelgrane Press (includes demos and other resources)

Pelgrane Games on G+ and TimeWatch on G+

GUMSHOE: A System Guide for New Gamers

Open GUMSHOE SRD

GUMSHOE GAMES:

The Esoterrorists

Fear Itself

Trail of Cthulhu

Mutant City Blues

Ashen Stars

Night’s Black Agents

The Gaean Reach

TimeWatch

Welcome to Play on Target and our third GM Jam taking aim at a particular rpg or setting. To explore these games we gather several GMs experienced with a system. This episode, we look at Vincent Baker’s excellent and influential Apocalypse World. This time I operate as the novice host- having only played a couple Powered by the Apocalypse games and read the core book. We open with me trying to draw out a quick pitch for the game and dive into the nuts and bolts of the game. We consider what Apocalypse World does at the table and how it gets there. In particular I ask how GMs work with the mechanical systems of the game and the social tensions of the framework. Eventually I get around to asking about sex moves.

We had an amazing group of GMs for this talk:

Jerome Larre’s a French game designer who participated in the writing of about 50 published RPG books. Most are only available in French, but some are available in English : Qin, Kuro, Fiasco playsets, a Hillfolk series pitch, and Grim World (For Dungeon World). He’s now working on a few English titles, including Alas Vegas and The Sprawl. Jerome’s a game journalist and very small press publisher (Ryuutama).

He’s huge fan of Apocalypse World, and has run and played dozens of sessions with the Apocalypse Engine. Jerome’s also worked on a French-only (at the time being) 200 page Apocalypse World Supplement book that should be released in the coming months.

Brennan Taylor is a New Jersey game designer who founded the small publisher Galileo Games and co-founded the online game store Indie Press Revolution. He’s notable for his work on Bulldogs and Mortal Coil, as well as his contributions to the Fate Toolkit and “Tower of the Serpents” from Fate Worlds. Gallileo has published Kingdom of Nothing, Shelter in Place, How We Came to Live Here, and The Ministry Initiative. He’s done an amazing hack of Legend of the Five Rings to AW you can find on his blog.

Mark Diaz Truman is co-designer for Urban Shadows, a dark urban fantasy game Powered by the Apocalypse. He also created Our Last Best Hope, a novel disaster movie rpg. Currently he’s designing two AW hacks: By the Book, a police procedural of straight cops in a dirty city and Cartel, a drug fiction telenovella filled with Mexican drug cartels. Truman’s also involved with two excellent Patreon projects: the Fate Codex and Different Play, a project supporting diversity in analog games.

Rachel E.S. Walton is an artist. She’s a longtime GM of many Powered by the Apocalypse games and other RPGs. She’s the designer of the upcoming The Long Orbit, a space horror hack of Monsterhearts. You can hunt around for various whispers about that. My favorite teaser comes from a John Stavropoulos G+ post.

I’ll point listeners to Jason Pitre’s excellent RPG Design PanelCast. In particular Episode 40 is a recording of the “Hacking Apocalypse World” panel from Metatopia 2014.

This episode was originally recorded as a Google Hangout which means it is also available as a video on YouTube.

Other Games Referenced This Episode:

Monsterhearts

Monster of the Week

Dungeon World

Murderous Ghosts

2014 in Review

December 24th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 37th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we look back at 2014 and talk about what we played, what we learned, and some of the new, exciting stuff that came out. What is your favorite thing about the past year? What was awesome or less than awesome? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
  2. Tiny Epic
  3. Lords of Gossamer and Shadow
  4. Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space
  5. Golden Sky Stories (Yuuyake Koyake)
  6. Dungeon Crawl Classics
  7. Deadlands: Reloaded
  8. Hollow Earth Expedition
  9. Savage Worlds
  10. Castles and Crusades
  11. Mouse Guard
  12. Dungeons and Dragons (All Editions)
  13. Dungeon World
  14. Gamma World
  15. Durance
  16. Kagematsu
  17. Psi*Run
  18. Silent Memories
  19. Dungeons and Draperies
  20. La Resistance
  21. Headspace
  22. Mutants and Masterminds
  23. Kingdom
  24. Microscope
  25. Fate
  26. Gen Con
  27. Metatopia
  28. Virtuacon
  29. RPGGeek’s Play 5 New Games Challenge
  30. Wushu
  31. Legend of the Five Rings
  32. Berserkon
  33. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  34. Pathfinder
  35. Quinn Murphy
  36. Five Fires
  37. ConGlomeration
  38. Hypericon
  39. Todd Lyles
  40. Dwimmermount
  41. Autarch
  42. Ministry Initiative
  43. Storium
  44. Jadepunk
  45. Tianxia
  46. Numenera
  47. The Strange
  48. Rob Donoghue
  49. Mystara (Vaults of Pandius)
  50. Three Days Until Retirement
  51. Stuart Keating
  52. Monster Kart Mayhem
  53. Jacob Wood (Accessible Games)
  54. Never Unprepared
  55. Phil Vecchione
  56. The Tome Show
  57. The Paranoia Kickstarter
  58. The game formerly known as Paranoia XP
  59. Kobolds Ate My Baby!
  60. Middle Earth Role Playing
  61. Rolemaster
  62. Eclipse Phase
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.

Electronic Gaming Tools

November 24th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 36th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we return to the topic of technology and gaming, specifically electronic aids and supplements. What are your favorite gadgets and apps to bring to the table? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Warning: Brian was having severe connection problems during this recording so he sounds like a malfunctioning robot. He swears that he is not, in fact, a robot and that even if he were he would be in excellent repair.

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.

Player Empowerment

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 35th episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we ask and answer a bunch of questions: How can a GM make sure the players feel like they’re able to do what they want with their characters? What limits should be placed on PC actions and abilities? How can players help other players? 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.

Welcome to Play on Target and our second GM Jam where we take aim at a particular rpg or setting. To explore these games we’ll gather several experienced GMs who have run them. This episode, we look at Rite Publishing’s Lords of Gossamer and Shadow and its predecessor Amber Diceless Role Playing. We open with an elevator pitch for the game and consider what draws us to it. Then we dive into the nuts and bolts of what we actually do at the table: what elements are most difficult, which do we focus on, how do players react to the concepts, and where do our campaigns actually go?

Steve Russell, Phil Vecchione, Kristin Hunt, and Jeff Miller join Play on Target hosts Lowell Francis and Brian Cooksey. We hope it will be useful for players interested in diceless roleplaying, veterans seeking a new perspective, and any gamemaster who wants to hear how others approach running these games. Let us know what you think of this experiment in the comments, suggest other games we should cover, or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

This episode was originally recorded as a Google Hangout panel for Virtuacon 2014 which means it is also available as a video on YouTube.

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.


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