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Post-Apocalypse RPGs

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

Welcome to the 57th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). It’s the end of the world as we know it. Save vs. radiation poisoning! Post-apocalypse settings have been around nearly as long as there have been RPGs. This episode focuses on what makes a good post-apocalypse game and just how broad the definition of the term is.

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

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Gamma World
  2. Aftermath
  3. Paranoia
  4. Dark Sun (athas.org)
  5. Apocalypse World
  6. Deadlands
  7. Twilight 2000 (DriveThruRPG)
  8. The Morrow Project
  9. History of Post-Apocalypse RPGs (Age of Ravens)
  10. Torchbearer
  11. The World of Tank Girl
  12. Mutant Future
  13. Rifts
  14. The TORG Wiki
  15. Hell On Earth
  16. Mutant Year Zero
  17. Numenera
  18. Microscope
  19. Dystopia Rising
  20. Rotted Capes
  21. Dogs in the VIneyard
  22. And The Children Shall Lead (Star Trek Episode)
  23. Yellow Submarine
  24. Mad Max Films
  25. Falling Skies
  26. Night of the Comet
  27. A Canticle for Leibowitz
  28. Wasteland
  29. Autoduel
  30. Car Wars
  31. On The Beach
  32. The Last Canadian
  33. The Postman
  34. Fallout
  35. The Book of Eli
  36. The Road
  37. The Quiet Year
  38. The War Against the Chtorr
  39. Midnight
  40. Cthulhu Apocalypse
  41. Deluge

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.

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.

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.

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

What Hooks Us?

August 13th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 33rd episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we discuss what gets us immediately interested in a roleplaying game. What hooks us and what keeps us interested? What hooks you? Are there key words or phrases that make you say “I’ve got to play that now!”? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. A list of post-apocalypse RPGs
  2. Gamma World
  3. Metamorphosis Alpha
  4. The Day After Ragnarok
  5. Apocalypse World
  6. Cyberpunk 2020
  7. Pathfinder (Paizo site)
  8. A list of RPGs set in Westeros
  9. Numenera
  10. Dungeons and Dragons (RPGGeek List)
  11. Dungeons and Dragons (WotC Site)
  12. Eclipse Phase
  13. 13th Age
  14. Zorcerer of Zo
  15. The Annotated Sorcerer (Kickstarter page)
  16. The Annotated Sorcerer (RPGGeek entry)
  17. Redhurst Academy of Magic
  18. Ars Magica
  19. Bookhounds of London
  20. Reign
  21. Champions
  22. Legends of Anglerre
  23. Unknown Armies
  24. The Grimoire
  25. Wild Talents
  26. Dungeon Crawl Classics
  27. Deadlands
  28. Castle Falkenstein
  29. Savage Worlds
  30. Wu Xing: The Ninja Crusade
  31. Jadepunk
  32. The Lost City of Barakus
  33. Dark Sun RPGs
  34. Chicago By Night
  35. The Citybook Series
  36. Scarred Lands
  37. A list of RPGs set in Lankhmar
  38. GURPS
  39. Phil Masters
  40. Ken Hite
  41. Robin D. Laws
  42. Will Hindmarch
  43. Greg Stolze
  44. John Wick
  45. Blood and Honor
  46. Legend of the Five Rings
  47. The Great Pendragon Campaign
  48. Underground
  49. Gnome Stew
  50. Odyssey
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 third episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode your hosts visit the RPG Geek list of Top Ten RPGs and we each pick one game to discuss the things we think cause these games to be rated so highly. We had a great time talking about these 4 great games; Call of Cthulhu, Fiasco, Apocalypse World, and Deadlands revised 2nd edition, and we hope you enjoy listening to the discussion. Did we get anything wrong? Did we misrepresent your favorite game? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Links for things mentioned in this episode:
Fiasco Actual Play Podcast from Self-Critical Hits
You can contact us at Hosts AT PlayOnTarget DOT com or you 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


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