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GamingPerspectives

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

7
Apr 2022

Episode 194: Playtesting RPGs, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     Playtesting should be part of any publication project especially RPGs.   RPGs need to be able to "work".  Whether the game is a tactical simulation or a more storytelling variety the rules have to be playable.

     In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about Playtesting.  Why its important, how it is conducted and their experience playtesting a few RPGs before they were published.

    Thank you all for listening.

     Episode art by Michael Shean-Jones

     Hosting Page art  by Jim Foster

     Music by Jim Gaven, song Call Me Anytime You Want, off the album Forever in Love.

    Available from Tribeofnoise.com 

    

1
Apr 2022

Episode 193: Non D&D Games for D&D Fans, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     There are many new players joining the ranks of ole D&D players.  Though Saul and Jolene love and think 5th edition D&D is a great game they believe that those that love and play D&D should try other RPGs.   As usual Saul tends to meander in the discussion Jolene in this episode seems to get distracted by Saul's meandering and goes along for the ride.

    Thanks for listening everyone.  

 

   Music by Ron Gelinas, song Over the Horizon.

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

24
Mar 2022

Episode 192: The Cortex RPG Systems, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     One of Saul's and Jolene's favorite shows was Firefly.   Shortly after the movie Serenity was out there was a RPG game based on the movie called Serenity.   This RPG use a system first seen in the Sovereign Stone RPG.  It was adapted and used to run the Serenity RPG.  The publisher's of the Serenity RPG went on to published other RPGs based on popular IPs of that time. Each of those RPGs used version of what was dubbed the Cortex RPG system.

     The Cortex system has changed and the most recent version published in 2021 was Cortex Prime.

   Saul and Jolene discuss the various RPGs that used a variety of Cortex systems.  

    Thank you all for Listening!

 

    Music by Nazarevox, song Serenity, off the album Solitude.

    Available from Tribeofnoise.com

18
Mar 2022

Episode 191: Kids and Gaming Redux, Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene

     Saul and Jolene were at Dundracon and were asked to do an episode about kids and gaming.  We did an episode about three years ago but decided that our son is now 18 and share a parents perspective on how gaming has influenced and shaped our son to become the adult he is today.  

     Saul and Jolene go over the positive influences of gaming, especially if kids are introduced to games at a very young age.  Saul and Jolene also discuss the lasting impact of gaming with your children,  you just might get an adult with a love of gaming.

   Thank you all for listening.

 

  Music by Burn Down the Charade, song Brilliant Kids,  off the album Revelations and Revolutions.

   Available from Tribeofnoise.com

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