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Sources of Inspiration

February 27th, 2013 | Posted by DMSamuel in Podcast Episode

Welcome to the fifth episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). in this episode, your hosts sit down and discuss 3 books for each of us that serve as sources of inspiration for them with respect to the RPG hobby, planning games, plotting a session or campaign arc, and all around story-telling. We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion. Did we get anything wrong? Did we misrepresent your favorite game or inspirational product? Are we completely off the mark about what is inspirational to you in your game? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Sam’s Inspirations:
Triple Threat of Systems that can challenge you (pick one of the following):
     a. Fiasco
     b. Mouse Guard RPG
     c. Apocalypse World
Advice: If you only ever play, GM a game at least once, it will change your perspective; if you only ever GM, give it a rest and play every once in a while to recharge your batteries and get the perspective of the other side.
Lowell’s Inspirations:
Big List of RPG Plots by S. John Ross
Brian’s Inspirations:
Player’s Guide to the Sabbat (2nd edition classic World of Darkness)
Andrew’s Inspirations:
Corollary Suggestion if you are a map geek: An Atlas of Fantasy
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  • Art Lyon says:

    Most of what you guys mention is stuff I’ve never heard of before, so I’ll be looking into some of these. I have the 2nd edition Atlas of Middle-Earth, and it is a very impressive piece of work. As a source of gaming inspiration, it’s value for me would be in seeing the characters as part of the history of the world, and generally as an inspiration for creating details of the characters lives as travelers. I have the Big List of RPG plots on my desktop, laptop, and on my tablet! When I get my new phone I’ll put it on there, too!
    I’m a very visual person, so I tend to accumulate images and store them for inspiration and reference, from places like deviantart or wherever. On a whim I did an image search for “dragon” the other day, and there’s a lot of crap out there, but a couple images really struck me and might get used for some game or other. Sometimes just real-world landscapes or ruins can feed my world-building brain.

    • DMSamuel says:

      Hi Art – Thanks for the comments. I do that with pictures too. I think it really helps a visual person to understand the environment the PCs are in if they have a nice picture. Looking through old National Geographic magazines is always good for inspiration on the fly – and if you don’t mind killing the magazine, you can cut out some of the best visuals found anywhere.

    • MasterGeek says:

      Yeah, the Atlas of Middle-Earth was a huge boon to me back in my MERP days and I still bust it out once in a while when I’m hitting a world-building (or other kind of) block. It’s just so full of literary awesome.

  • Jeremy says:

    Hey guys,
    Great ‘cast. I’ve been curious about “Mouse Guard” for a while, especially as I begin reading through the collected comics (I think I discovered Mouse Guard ‘sideways’ by virtue of reading other Archaia Studios Press titles). However, when it comes to plunking down cash, I think I might buy “Mice and Mystics” instead. But in either case, it’s refreshing to see a system that breaks the human/elf/dwarf and fighter/mage/rogue shackles.

    I’ve been actively shopping around for a system that has much, much more compressed character and monster info than 3.5E. Much as I like Pathfinder, D&D, Palladium systems, et al, there’s something amiss with the system when your character sheet goes to 5 pages (10 or 15 if you’re a spellcaster). Like, my ‘dream system’ would have character sheets like ‘Arkham Horror’–all stats would pretty much fit on a 5×7″ index card, all relevant spells, special skills and possessions would fit on playing cards. Same thing with monsters.

    • DMSamuel says:

      Hi Jeremy! You should ask Vickey about mouseguard – I ran a game for her and some others from the game group last year. It was a blast! It is pricey though, so I understand the thought about Mice & Mystics. Plus, Mice & Mystics comes with some very well done minis. Although it really isn’t RPG style, it can scratch a certain itch.


    • MasterGeek says:

      Glad you’re enjoying the show, Jeremy! I have to admit, I’m on the odd end of our little group (I believe) in that I haven’t so much as read a single Mouse Guard comic, let alone played the game. Regarding your second comment, however, can I ask what you’re looking for gameplay wise? There a lot of RPGs out there now that would address your bloated character sheet problems, depending on what you’re looking for.

  • Art Lyon says:

    Jeremy, you might want to look at all the free Microlite20 stuff available for free online. It’s OGL 3.X pared down. And look at Dungeon World, too – character sheets are simple and include just about everything a player will ever need to know for their character.

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