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16
May 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 152: Where Were We

     A question from the internet is this week's topic for the latest episode.  How do you restart or come back to a campaign that has been on an extended break?  Saul and Jolene discuss two ways to get back to your campaign in this episode.

    The first one is the easier one, and that is just start exactly where you left off.  This seems like the best and easiest way to restart or come back to a campaign.  There are some things you can do to make this a smoother transition in getting back to the action.  Saul and Jolene discuss before taking the long break is to take good notes.   Saul and Jolene also discuss recording your sessions.  This is very easy now as most games are online but as you transition to in person games, it requires a bit more work.

    The other and possibly more fun option according to Saul is letting a bit of time to pass in the game world and then ask the players where and what their characters have been up to during the break.  Saul suggest a passage of 6 to a year of game time passing giving the characters plenty of time to travel and accomplish some important tasks.

    Thank you all for listening.  All we ask is that you share our podcast. 

    Music by Rain of Kings,  song Where Were You?

    Available from Tribeofnoise.com 

12
May 2021

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Bonus Episode: Paul Mitchener

    In this bonus episode Saul and Jolene interview Paul Mitchener creator of Liminal an urban fantasy rpg based in England and it's folklore.  Liminal was successfully Kickstarted by funding 6 times it goal.  Liminal uses a very creative 2d6 system in which you can create a wide variety of character in little time.  Recently Paul Kickstartered Out of the Ashes a fantasy post apocalyptic rpg.  Out of the Ashes will use a similar dice mechanic but instead of 2d6 it is a 2d10 system.  

     Saul and Jolene ask about his geek history, and Paul has plenty of geek cred and he is a Professor of Mathematics at Sheffield University.   

      Saul and Jolene really like the bonus interviews as we see that though we may come from varied backgrounds and countries we all share something by being RPG gamers.

   Here is the link to the Liminal KS page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/9257403/liminal-rpg?ref=discovery&term=Liminal%20rpg

    Here is the link to the Out of Ashes KS Page:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/9257403/out-of-the-ashes-2/posts/3170073

    Please consider donating to the following charity mentioned in a previous episode.

 

    The Charity is called the RPG Creators Relief Fund.  Please give if you can.  

     http://www.rcrfcharity.org/

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

 

    

9
May 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 151: What Make a Good RPG

     In this episode Saul and Jolene what makes a good RPG.  For Saul it comes down to two things, Setting and Rules make a game good.  

     Saul and Jolene use recent and older games they have played to discuss this topic.  Saul starts with 4 game setting he really likes but seem to fall short in the rules department.

     Games mentioned in his podcast are Cyberpunk, Dark Conspiracy, Space Opera, Shadowrun, Liminal and Victoriana.

   Thank you all for listening.  All we ask is that you share our pocast.

 

  Music by RBG8, song Mind Games.

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

2
May 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 150: Planning the Middle of a RPG Campaign

     The Middle of the Campaign is the most meaty and the where most of the game happens.  Most GMs come up with great beginnings with an eye to the end but most of the game takes place in this nebulous part of the campaign, I am calling the middle.  So how do you plan for this part of the campaign?  

     Saul and Jolene discuss how to plan for the middle of the campaign.  Discussing different types of game setting, types of rpgs, the amount of player agency and how it will affect the planning of your middle campaign.

    Also we had a request to mention a charity from a fellow RPG player.  

    The Charity is called the RPG Creators Relief Fund.  Please give if you can.  

     http://www.rcrfcharity.org/

    As always thanks for listening.   

  Music by Off Ramp, song The Middle, off the album Dark Matter.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

24
Apr 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 149: Evolution of RPGs Part 2

    Saul and Jolene continue their conversation about comparing old rpgs versus new rpgs in which they only got as far as the 1980's.  So in this, second part which Saul changes the name of the episode to "Evolution of RPGs" they discuss how RPGs changed in the 1990s, the 2000's and in the last 10 years.

    As always we would like to thank you all for listening and please share our podcast.

21
Apr 2021

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Bonus Episode: Stephen Turner of Britannia Game Design

    Today we have a bonus episode, an interview of Stephen Turner of Britannia Game Design the creators of Chivalry and Sorcery 5th edition.   C&S has a long history, first published in 1977 by Fantasy Games Unlimited.  In this interview we discover Stephen's gamer roots and then learn of how he became to be the publisher if this historic RPG and plans for the future of Britannia Game Design.

     As always thank you all for listening.

 

    Chivalry and Sorcery have a "Bundle of Holding" that benefits the Honey Pot Children's Charity.

   Here is the link to the C&S Bundle:  https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Chivalry

  Here is the link to the Charity itself and the amazing work they do:

https://www.honeypot.org.uk/what-we-do

 

 

20
Apr 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 148: Evolution of RPGs Part 1

     In this episode Saul and Jolene talk how RPGs have changed over the years.  From the first RPGs on the scene like Original D&D and Traveller to the games that came out in the 90's and on to the last 20 years, RPGs have changed.

     The episode went a bit long so this will be a two part episode, continuing with the games from the 1990's to today.  
 
   We would like to that all of you that listen to our podcast we really appreciate you listening and sharing.

   Correction: Saul makes references to Iron Crown Enterprises but in the episode calls it "Iron Crown Industries." 

 

   Music by Semantic, song Spiritual Evolution.

11
Apr 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 147: In Media Res in RPGs

In Media Res in RPGs is the topic for this episode.  What is  In Media Res?  Saul and Jolene first discuss what it is and where it is commonly seen.  Saul recounts a couple examples of the writing and filming technique he has read in books and seen in movies. 

   From there Saul and Jolene discuss how to apply this to your session of your favorite rpgs.  What are some of the advantages and some of the hurdles that are involved in using In Media Res in your RPG session.  

   As always thank you all for listening and please share our podcast. 

 

  Music by Media450,   song Media450. 

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com 

 

    

3
Apr 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 146: Animal and Anamorphic RPGs

     Saul and Jolene explore RPGs which subject are animals or anamorphic in nature.  Saul talks about his first experience playing an animal rpg called Bunnies and Burrows.  Saul goes into some details about B&B.  Saul recounts the next game being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which he briefly collected the comic books but didn't get the RPG until the mid 90's after the first TNMT movie had come out by New Line Cinema.   

     Jolene's first encounter with this kind of game was in Gamma World were some of the creatures were mutated animals of which the two most famous mutants were Hoops and Hoppers.  

      Other games mentions and discussed are  Albedo: The RPG, Usagi Yojimbo RPG, Justifiers RPG, Pugmire RPG, The Monarchies of Mau and Historia. 

   

   Music by Kin Kobra, song Little Animal, album 29 and Wasted to the Bone.

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

28
Mar 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 145: Solo RPGs

     Though Saul and Jolene touched on the subject before Saul thought that a whole episode detailing Solo RPGs would be worth while.  

     With the Pandemic still raging across the world, though there is light at the end of the tunnel, some people are not able to play with their normal group and for one reason or another do not want or cannot play RPGs online.  And they want to still get that RPG feel from a table top game.  

     Enter the Solo RPG experience.  Saul and Jolene discuss how today's solo games are remarkably different from the "Choose Your Own Adventure Books" of years past.  Many of today Solo RPGs implement modern RPG ideas into a Solo rpg experience.  

     Saul and Jolene discuss the vast number of Solo RPGs that are available in print and in PDF format.   So you could literally be playing within minutes.  There are also quite a few Solo RPG version of many popular and obscure regular RPGs.  Some require a core book from a regular rpg, for example Alone From the Loop, needs the core book for Tales from the Loop but other are complete solo rpgs.  

     All the games Saul and Jolene discuss are available from Drivethrurpg.  By the way they do not sponsor our show in any way. 

    Some games discussed.  Alone From the Loop

                                                  Ronin

                                                  Ironsworn  and many other.

 

  Music by Captain Stu, song Han Solo, off the album Free Music.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

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