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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.

Character Creation

January 18th, 2017 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 65th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Let us tell you about our characters. No, wait! Come back! We’ll also tell you about our favorite character generation systems and how they enhance the games they support. We also go into what makes a good chargen system and what doesn’t.

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

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Nobilis
  2. Amber Diceless RPG
  3. Fate
  4. Traveller
  5. GURPS
  6. Urban Shadows
  7. Monster of the Week
  8. Threadbare
  9. Champions
  10. Pathfinder
  11. Immortal
  12. Dresden Files
  13. D&D 3.0
  14. Microscope
  15. Skyracers Unlimited
  16. Stormbringer
  17. World of Darkness
  18. Gamma World
  19. Spontaneanation

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.

Games Ahead of Their Time

July 20th, 2016 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (2 Comments)

Welcome to the 61st regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). This episode is about innovative games. Some games are the first to feature certain mechanics or ideas while other games made those elements sing.

What did we leave out? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Castle Falkenstein
  2. Mouse Guard
  3. Glorantha
  4. Marvel Super Heroes
  5. Dogs in the Vineyard
  6. Apocalypse World
  7. Ars Magica
  8. Fiasco
  9. Amber Diceless
  10. ADRPG/Lords of Gossamer & Shadow GM Jam
  11. Fate
  12. Fudge
  13. Classic World of Darkness

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.

Loot

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

Welcome to the 60th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Treasure, pelf, swag, quatloos, stuff, whatever you call it, many RPGs feature some sort of reward for adventuring. Whether it’s material goods or something more ephemeral, your character wants it.

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. Cyberpunk
  3. Goblin Punch
  4. D&D
  5. Rolemaster
  6. Marvel Super Heroes
  7. Hero System
  8. Fate
  9. Hollow Earth Expedition
  10. Mutants and Masterminds
  11. The Sprawl
  12. Numenera
  13. Earthdawn
  14. Sagaborn
  15. Legend of the Five Rings
  16. The Rod of Seven Parts
  17. Gamma World
  18. Creatures and Treasures II
  19. Ashen Stars

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.

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

How to Make Memorable NPCs

June 25th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 31st episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode (featuring guest host Sherri Stewart) we talk about NPCs, those characters controlled and (usually) created by the GM. How can a gamemaster make them interesting and meaningful? Andrew was unable to make it but he will be back for Episode 32. Did we get anything wrong? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things Mentioned in this Episode:

  1. The Dune Universe Setting
  2. Forgotten Realms
  3. Legend of the Five Rings
  4. Dungeons and Dragons
You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.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

What We Want As Players

June 16th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (3 Comments)

Welcome to the 30th episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Since all four of us are primarily gamemasters, our discussions tend to focus on that point of view. In this episode (featuring guest host Sherri Stewart) we talk about the player experience, how to be better players, and how to get the most out of your RPG experience from the side of the screen with all the cool pictures. We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion. Andrew was unable to make it but he will be back for Episode 32. Did we get anything wrong? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things Mentioned in this Episode:

  1. Mage: The Ascension
  2. Hunter: The Reckoning
  3. Traveller
  4. Exalted
  5. Glorantha
You can contact us at Hosts@PlayOnTarget.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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