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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.

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.

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.

Subsystems

December 10th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (2 Comments)

Welcome to the 51st regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Some games have mechanics that are separate from the main system of the RPG. From magic systems that have their own rules to minigames that can determine the outcome of other actions, we discuss these subsystems and how they are used to enhance the larger ruleset.

Do you have any favorite subsystems? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Deadlands
  2. Pandemic Legacy
  3. Risk Legacy
  4. Castaways
  5. Robinson Crusoe
  6. The One Ring
  7. Ryuutama
  8. Ashen Stars
  9. Powered by the Apocalypse
  10. Savage Worlds
  11. The Dresden Files RPG
  12. Fate Core
  13. Questlandia
  14. Diaspora
  15. Fallout 4
  16. Ars Magica
  17. Pathfinder
  18. Birthright
  19. Bookhounds of London
  20. Wrath of the Autarch
  21. Traveller
  22. Amber Diceless RPG
  23. Night’s Black Agents
  24. James Bond 007 RPG
  25. Car Wars
  26. Bushido
  27. Legend of the Five Rings
  28. GURPS
  29. Battlesystem
  30. Rise of Tiamat
  31. Crimson Skies
  32. Battletech
  33. Mechwarrior
  34. X-Wing Miniatures
  35. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  36. Gamma World
  37. Fury of Dracula
  38. Witness
  39. Alchemists
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.

Character Behavior and Alignment

October 21st, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 48th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). Many roleplaying games have rules for governing the behavior of characters. One of the earliest is Dungeons and Dragons’ alignment system. We discuss this and many others, their pros and cons, and alternative systems for behavior and morality.

What do you think about these systems and rules? Do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Dungeons and Dragons
  2. World of Darkness
  3. Champions
  4. The Shadow of Yesterday
  5. Lady Blackbird
  6. Fate
  7. Unknown Armies
  8. The One Ring
  9. HackMaster
  10. Eclipse Phase
  11. Oriental Adventures
  12. Legend of the Five Rings
  13. Apocalypse World
  14. Worlds in Peril
  15. Middle-Earth Role Playing
  16. Star Wars: Edge of the Empire
  17. West End Games Star Wars
  18. Mass Effect 3
  19. inFAMOUS 2
  20. Dragon Age: Inquisition
  21. Baldur’s Gate
  22. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  23. The Players Guide to the Sabbat
  24. Sabbat Paths of Enlightenment
  25. Planescape
  26. Castles and Crusades
  27. Darkly Through the Labyrinth
  28. Last Fleet Posts from Age of Ravens
  29. Eleven Pillars Posts from RPG Musings
  30. Rolemaster
  31. Glorantha
  32. Tunnels and Trolls
  33. Arduin
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.

Last Fleet Campaign Post Mortem

October 5th, 2015 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 47th regular episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). We’re continuing our series of campaign post mortem episodes that began with Sam’s Eleven Pillars game. Lowell is up this time with a recount of his Last Fleet campaign.

Do you have a favorite campaign you’ve run? What did you learn from it? Tell us in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Things mentioned in this episode:
  1. Action Cards
  2. Last Fleet posts from Age of Ravens
  3. Fate
  4. Battlestar Galactica
  5. Microscope
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. Bleach
  8. Exalted
  9. Sundered Skies
  10. Savage Worlds
  11. Rolemaster
  12. 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 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

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


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