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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.

Player Empowerment

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (1 Comments)

Welcome to the 35th episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we ask and answer a bunch of questions: How can a GM make sure the players feel like they’re able to do what they want with their characters? What limits should be placed on PC actions and abilities? How can players help other players? 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.

What Makes a Good PC?

July 16th, 2014 | Posted by vaklam in Podcast Episode - (0 Comments)

Welcome to the 32nd episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we discuss player characters and what makes them effective, interesting, and engaging (or the opposite of those things). We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion. Did we get anything wrong? 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.

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

Welcome to the 21st episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). This episode features a discussion about how to develop story in your RPG campaign.  How do you take a piece of inspiration and turn it into an awesome storyline in your game? Can you add story to your game and still allow players vast amounts of freedom? What tips and tricks can you use to maximize your ability to add cool elements to your story? How do you stop yourself from adding too many disparate ideas to your campaign? We ask all these questions and many more during this episode! We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion. Did we get anything wrong? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

Links to 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.

Table Management Strategies

April 9th, 2013 | Posted by DMSamuel in Podcast Episode - (3 Comments)

Welcome to the eighth episode of the Play On Target podcast (PLOT for short). In this episode we discuss table management issues and strategies.  This includes pacing and timing, handling disruptive activities at the table, what to do about table talk, to allow food or not to allow food, among other topics (see below for a full list). We hope you enjoy listening to the discussion. Did we get anything wrong? Let us know in the comments or start a discussion on RPG Geek.

List of Table Management Issues Discussed:

  1. Timing Issues (especially in the case of systems that use turn-based combat)
  2. Table Talk (including out of character, rules lawyerism, and metagaming)
  3. Distractions at the Table (electronic or otherwise)
  4. Food, Planning, and Snacking
  5. Natural Breaks in Game Flow (e.g. setting up a tactical map for a combat scenario)
  6. Pacing and Managing Attention at the Table
  7. Rules Adjudication
  8. Good GMing Means Being a Good Manager

RPGs mentioned in this episode:
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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