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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.

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.

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.

Building Trust

February 10th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 54th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). How do you build trust between the GM and the players at the table? How do you build trust between the players that bleeds into their PC-PC relationships? High trust levels at the table create a safe environment for the players, allows more freedom to act in ways that benefit everyone in the group, and enhances buy in for the campaign. Join us for a conversation about building trust, including some things you should do and some things you might want to avoid.

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

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Ravenloft
  2. Shadowrun
  3. Dungeons & Dragons
  4. Using the X-card
  5. Lines and Veils
  6. Vampire: The Masquerade
  7. Mutants and Masterminds
  8. Amber Diceless RPG
  9. Burning Wheel
  10. The Sword
  11. Fate
  12. Nobilis
  13. Penny for My Thoughts
  14. Powered by the Apocalypse
  15. 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 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.

Running Long Campaigns

January 19th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 53rd regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Bad news: Andrew wasn’t able to make this episode. Good news: Rich Rogers joined us again as a guest host!

Some campaigns are lengthy by design while others just keep going without being planned that way. Join us for a discussion of how campaigns grow, how to plan for several months (or years) of play, and how to know when to end it. What is the longest RPG campaign you’ve run or played? How did it go? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. The Gauntlet Podcast
  2. Indie+
  3. This Imaginary Life
  4. http://www.rancorpit.com/
  5. Rich Rogers’ YouTube Channel
  6. Vampire: The Masquerade
  7. Basic D&D
  8. Traveller
  9. The Spinward Marches
  10. BJ Zanzibar’s World of Darkness
  11. Lowell’s Libri Vidicos posts
  12. Action Cards
  13. Rolemaster
  14. Legend of the Five Rings
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.

Old Dogs, New Tricks

December 31st, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 52nd regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Bad news: Andrew wasn’t able to make this episode. Good news: Rich Rogers joined us as a guest host!

We’ve all been gaming a long time but we learn new stuff with each game we play. In this episode we talk about games and other things that have changed the way we play and run RPGs (usually for the better). What has altered your playing? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. The Gauntlet Podcast
  2. Indie+
  3. This Imaginary Life
  4. http://www.rancorpit.com/
  5. Lady Blackbird
  6. The Dresden Files RPG
  7. Diaspora
  8. Fate Accelerated
  9. The World of Uteria
  10. D&D 5e
  11. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  12. Dungeon World
  13. World of Dungeons
  14. Sons of Kryos
  15. The Shadow of Yesterday
  16. Marvel Heroic Roleplaying
  17. Savage Worlds
  18. Castles and Crusades
  19. Numenera
  20. The Strange
  21. Cypher System
  22. Little Fears
  23. Don’t Rest Your Head
  24. Penny for My Thoughts
  25. Microscope
  26. Kingdom
  27. The PDQ System
  28. Changeling: The Lost
  29. Grimm
  30. Atomic Robo RPG
  31. Fiasco
  32. Hollowpoint
  33. Dogs in the Vineyard
  34. Monster of the Week
  35. Leverage
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.

Better, Faster Combat

November 25th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 50th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Combat is an important part of most RPGs. In this episode we talk about ways to make combat in your games flow and how to keep it interesting.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for depicting combat? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. D&D 5th Edition
  2. 13th Age
  3. Mutants and Masterminds
  4. Eleven Pillars posts from RPG Musings
  5. Eleven Pillars Campaign Post Mortem
  6. D&D 4th Edition
  7. Pathfinder
  8. Castles and Crusades
  9. Paranoia
  10. Fate
  11. True20
  12. Powered by the Apocalypse
  13. Amber Diceless Role-Playing
  14. Dogs in the Vineyard
  15. GURPS
  16. Burning Wheel
  17. Rolemaster
  18. Blood and Honor
  19. Houses of the Blooded
  20. Hollowpoint
  21. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  22. Gamma World
  23. Champions (Hero Games)
  24. Barking Alien
  25. Rich Rogers (G+)
  26. Roll20
  27. Flatpack
  28. Golden Sky Stories
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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