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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.

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.

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


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