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Oct 2021

Episode 171 Making Non-Generic RPGs into Generic RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

    A few episodes ago Saul made a comment about 5th Edition D&D.  The gist of the comment was that a ruleset not intended as a generic RPG be used as a generic RPG.   This was aimed specifically at D&D 5th edition due to one the popularity of the RPG and because of that popularity it has spawned many different RPGs using that ruleset.   This was due to the number of RPG PDFs that Saul had bought and was not impressed with the use of D&D 5th edition rules OGL.  

       That was a while ago and since then he has played many different RPGs and now Saul is thinking he may have been wrong.  Especially after looking at a few RPGs whose rules have been used for completely different genres that what the original rules were used for.

     Saul and Jolene discuss this topic with Saul using three systems that in his mind were never intended to be used as a multi-genre, generic ruleset, but actually do a great job of exactly that.  

    Thank you all for listening and please share our podcast.

   Music by Counterfeiti, song Generic, off the album A Glimpse, an Eclipse.

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Oct 2021

Episode 170: No Villain In Your RPG Adventures, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

    A listener posed a question to Saul and Jolene, does there need to be a Villain in your RPG adventure or campaign.   Saul's first  thought that sure you can and Jolene wasn't so sure.  

    Saul came up with three different instances where you may not need a Villain pulling all the strings trying to thwart the player characters.  Listen to that discussion between Saul and Jolene, though even after what Saul said she didn't seem that convinced.  

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


   Music by Amity in Fame,  song The Villain.

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Sep 2021

Episode 169: The One Ring 2nd Edition, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     The One Ring RPG is one of Saul's favorite RPGs.   Saul liked The One Ring so much, he bought extra copies of the rules to give them out to various members of his RPG group.  Two failed One Ring RPG starts he finally found a group that was enthusiastic about playing in the One Ring.  He even found of couple would be Lore Masters to run some games.

     The One Ring 2nd Edition was Kickstarted and is close to go to printing and then to distribution to those that pledged.  Early PDF's were sent out to those that pledged and now they eagerly await the final PDF.  

      So what makes The One Ring a good game?  What kinds of changes are there from the 1st edition to the 2nd edition?

      Saul and Jolene discuss the One Ring 1st Edition published by Cubicle 7 and the long road to the 2nd Edition by Free League.

    As always thank you all for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast in your gaming circles.

    Music by Scorpio Dragon,  song Knife In the Dark, off the album The One Ring and Other Stories

Sep 2021

Episode 168: Game Balance in RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     In this Episode Saul and Jolene talk about "Game Balance" in RPGs.  But there was a failure of a "meeting of the minds" between Saul and Jolene.   Saul was thinking of balance in encounters were Jolene was talking about rules balance.  

    As always thanks for listening and please share our podcast with family and friends.


  Music by Brentin Davis,  song On Balance.

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Sep 2021

Episode 167: Matching Rules to Setting in RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     Though we all love an RPG we know the basic rules, which eliminates a hurdle that we gamers have to jump when playing RPGs.  There are times that a set of RPG rules fits the setting so well there is no way a generic system could come close to emulating the genre.  

     Saul and Jolene discuss this idea and give examples of game rules that match the genre so well it is hard to contemplate any other ruleset being used.

      Though Saul could have gone on for hours, Jolene thankfully stops him from going on too long.

   Thanks for listening and please share our podcast on your social networks.


   Song by, Jim Gaven, song Match Made In Heaven, off the album Power Play

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Sep 2021

Episode 166: Wealth and Money In RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     Money and Wealth in RPGs is handled a multitude of ways from the beginning of RPGs when you just threw gold pieces at the player's characters in the 70's and 80's.

    Though many games still employ some sort of monetary system some newer games have decided against and accounting style monetary system where you keep a running tally of wealth.  

    Saul and Jolene discuss monetary systems from D&D, Traveller, Shadowrun, Liminal, GURPs, SpyCraft, Space Opera and others.  

    As always, thank you all for listening and especially those that share our podcast.

   Music by Beggarz, song Handful of Money, off the album Cocaine Etiquette

Aug 2021

Episode 165: Non-Combat Encounters, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

      Saul and Jolene on a previous episode discussed making combat encounters more fun, so Saul thought they should discuss encounters that do not center on combat.  Non-Combat encounters, even in games like D&D where there is a heavy emphasis on combat.  

      Even in D&D having encounters that do not deal combat or fighting are possible and fun.  Saul and Jolene also talk about how adding non combat encounters might make certain players have a bit more fun especially if they didn't make combat centered characters.  

     Other elements of these types of encounters are they are usually garner more roleplaying, less things to prepare for the GM and the group as a whole can really enjoy a different pace in their RPG sessions.

    As always thank you all for listening.


  Music by The Passionists, song Last Encounter, off the album Parallel Similarities.

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Aug 2021

Episode 164: Making Combat More Fun, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about making combat encounters and scenes more fun and interesting.  In certain games combat can be a long complicated process and could become dull and mundane.   No GM wants to run boring combat encounters.  Saul and Jolene discuss things that everyone can do to make sure their next combat scenes or encounters don't become boring.

   As always thanks for listening and please share our podcast.


     Music by Film Scorer8,  song Prepare for Combat.

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Aug 2021

Episode 163: Plot Armor in RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     Jolene was watching Youtube videos and a discussion about Plot Armor got her attention.  Jolene asked Saul about it and the result is this episode.  What is "Plot Armor", hint it is a real thing outside of RPGs? How is it used in RPGs.  Saul and Jolene discuss "plot armor" in RPGs.  As usual Saul's stance is sort of set in stone while Jolene's tac is a bit more reasonable.

       A listener posted a comment on a podcatcher that Jolene was looking at and they had a fine idea about the naming of the episodes.  The comment was how when our show is listed it usually cuts off the name of the actual episode.  So we decided it was prudent to put the name of the episode first and then the name of the podcast.  That way you know what the episode is about as you look at our episode list.  Thanks to that listener, great idea.

     Thank you all for listening and please share our podcast.

    Music by Everette B. Walters, song And the Story Goes On, off the album Always High Reaching.

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Aug 2021

Episode 162: Is the GM a Player? Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

        In this episode Saul and Jolene discuss if the GM is a Player in the game that the GM is running.  Saul believes that the GM certainly is while Jolene completely disagrees.  

       The two hosts go back and forth and neither is able to convince, totally, the other's perspective.  

       We have decided to change how we name the episodes.  Because the title of our podcast is very long many times the title of the episode is not seen on various podcatcher APs.  So we decided to put the name of the episode first then the podcast name.  Other than that no changes.  

   As always thanks for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast.


  Music by Cheri,  song You Played Yourself.

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