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GamingPerspectives

29
Jun 2022

Episode 203: Limiting Player’s Options, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

      Saul when running his D&D games has never allowed Evil Characters or Assassins.  Though Saul had this rule he didn't have to enforce for 25 years as a GM.  Many GMs often have limits in their games.  GM's often restrict such things as certain races, Alignments, Classes, "broken characters"  and many other reasons in many different games.

      Saul and Jolene discuss this topic in this episode.  Is it good, bad and how is the best way to deal with players that want to play those things that are on the "No Play' list.  

   

      Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

      Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

      Music by Franco Pellegrini, song Historias

      Available from Tribeofnoise.com

    

    

20
Jun 2022

Episode 202: Describing Scenes in RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

  In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about describing scenes in RPGs.  Saul and Jolene discuss how some quick and simple use of descriptions can add quite a bit to your roleplaying sessions.  Not only does it help getting the players engaged but also helps keep the game from getting too stale.  

    Thank you all for listening.  We ask that you share our podcast with your friends and family.

 

 

       Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

      Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

      Music by Alpegon, song Insight.

     Available from Tribeofnoise.com

10
Jun 2022

Episode 201: When the RPG Rules Confuse, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     Saul and Jolene received an email from a friend who was complaining about RPGs that makes things harder by changing well known game terms for ones that are more evocative for their game setting.  

     Saul and Jolene looked into the game he was complaining about and they agreed that because the creators of the RPG were trying to be really immersive, they were making it more difficult to actually learn the rules.  

     Even after looking at videos on how to play it became very evident that those in the videos were having some difficulty explaining the game's concepts.  Saul and Jolene decided this was a good topic for an episode.

    Thank you all for listening.

    

      Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

      Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

 

    Music by KLNDVC, song Infinite Confusion, off the album Fresh Beets.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

2
Jun 2022

Episode 200 Vampire The Masquerade RPG, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

Its been a couple busy weeks since the recording of this episode.  It was recorded the week before Saul and Jolene went to Kublacon a gaming convention in Northern California.  It was a very well attended convention post Covid shutdowns.   So the getting ready for that convention delayed getting this episode edited and published.

   Jolene and Saul have mentioned Vampire many times in previous episodes of this podcast.  Jolene thought it would be a good subject to discuss on the podcast and deserved it's very own episode.  Though Saul never has played Vampire he has played Werewolf twice, which shares the same game world and system as Vampire.

    Though they have never played Vampire Saul and Jolene realize the impact that Vampire and the rest of the World of Darkness games have had in the world of RPGs.  With is gritty "Punk Gothic" themes Vampire hit the RPG world by storm.  Not only selling very well but also being very impactful to the Live Action Roleplaying scene.

     Thank you all for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast with friends and family.

     Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

      Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

   

Music by Vitne,  song Masquerade, off the album Jupiter.

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

 

17
May 2022

Episode 199: Plot Hooks in RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

Getting the players on the right track to the adventure that the GM has prepared is sometimes a bit of a problem.  Sometimes the GM's Plot Hooks are too vague, too numerous, or too obvious that the players don't follow the path to the adventure prepared.   Saul and Jolene discuss ways that could make it easier for your players to go down the right path onto the adventure.  

    As usual Jolene scours the internet to find GM horror stories of Plot Hooks that just did not hook the players interest.  Even Saul is befuddled by how such obvious plot hooks could be ignored by the players.  Saul and Jolene give some tips on making plot hooks, and how to present them so your adventure doesn't have a rough start.  

   As always Thank You All for listening and please share our podcast with Friends and Family.

   Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

   Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

  

   Music by Jahzzar, song Storyteller, from the album Traveller's Guide.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

5
May 2022

Episode 198: Our Favorite Monsters, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

    In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about their favorite monsters and Jolene checks out the internet and finds tons of the "Peoples" favorite monsters.   Saul has been playing since 1978 so just in D&D alone from then to now he has fought and used a plethora of monsters in that time.

     Saul shares a couple of his favorites from the Fantasy genre that he has used as a GM and many popular ones that he has not yet used.

    Jolene talks about the favorite she has as a GM.  Jolene also shares some monsters that made many peoples favorite monster lists. 

  As Always Thank You All for listening.

   Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

   Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

   Music by SmackaBBrit, song Monsters Playground.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

2
May 2022

Episode 197: D&D 6th Edition, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

    Saul and Jolene had been hearing a lot about D&D 6th Edition.   Saul and Jolene checked out a lot of the latest info and right as they were recording news that WoTC was going to buy D&D Beyond for about 146 million dollars.  So it looks like WoTC might be going "All In" with digital content?  Saul and Jolene discuss what changes to 5th Edition might D&D 6th Edition have in store.  What kind of updates to the rules might there be?  The direction of some of the changes might be seen in the most recent content in the latest 5th edition books published.  

     Will 6th Edition D&D be a huge change or will it be more like a D&D 5.5 edition?  Will there be a brand new Setting for 6th Edition?  

    A lot is discussed in this episode.

   As Always thanks for listening.  

   Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

   Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

 

   Music by Naraick, song Dragonheart, off the album Induction.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

27
Apr 2022

Episode Bonus: Interview with Brandon Harris, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

    In this Bonus Episode we interview Brandon Harris creator of Dice Weaver, a VTT, Market Place and Community for gamers.

     Saul and Jolene interview Brandon who decided with a bit of pushing from friends to put his ideas and products out there for the world to use.  Before talking to Brandon we thought it was about a new Virtual Tabletop he was creating but it turns out that Brandon has higher inspirations than just producing a VTT.  He wants to create a Kind Community for gamers to gather.  And that is a pretty cool idea.  

   Here are some links for more information about Dice Weaver:  https://www.diceweaver.com/

     and  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diceweaver/diceweaver-a-virtual-tabletop-engine-with-18-00-strength 

    As Always thanks of listening.

 

21
Apr 2022

Episode 196: Non-Combat RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

In this Episode Saul and Jolene talk about RPGs where combat is not a main aspect of the game.   In two of the RPGs discussed combat is very unlikely and in another combat is frowned upon.   The games discussed are Monster Hearts 2,  Prime Time Stories and Golden Sky Stories.  Each bring unique visions of what an RPG is about and combat is not one of them.

   Thank you all for listening.

 

  Music by Fabio Aratari, song Over the Sky, from the album Over the Sky

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

 

  

13
Apr 2022

Episode 195: How the Pandemic Changed Gaming, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     This question came from a Facebook post.  We had done an episode early in the pandemic about how to keep playing during the Covid-19 Lockdown.  But after a year and a half since those orders were given here in California and later throughout the United States it is a valid question that was quite introspective. 

    Thanks for listening 

  

     Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

     Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

    Music by Jammer Rango, song Recovery Mode.

    Available from Tribeofnoise.com

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