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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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Jul 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 161: Space Opera RPG

     Saul and Jolene went on a family vacation and Saul was unable to edit last weeks episode on time.   To make up for that Saul decided to talk about his Favorite RPG of all time or as he stated "one of the Top 3 RPGs" on his favorites list.  

     If you listen to this podcast with any regularity Saul brings up Space Opera RPG from Fantasy Games Unlimited as Jolene's says, "ALL THE TIME".  So Saul decided to spend as much time as Jolene would allow for Saul to "review" Space Opera.  

    Thanks for listening 

   Music by Alazarin, song The Space Patrol off the album Iaxartes Tholous

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Jul 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 160: Homebrew Games

     This episode is about Homebrew games.   What is Homebrew.  Should you do it.  Who should you admit that you have a "Homebrew" game.  Can you get a shot to take care of this problem?

    Saul as usual goes way off the rails on this topic, and Jolene on multiple occasions has to wrangle Saul back to the topic.  This time Saul was in a bit of a tangent mood though.  

   Thanks for listening.


  Music by Hasen Chat, song Coming Home.

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Jul 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode159: Describing Your Game Con Game.

     The topic for this episode was found by Jolene when she was looking at Game Hole Con's Facebook post which asked about how to go about describing their game for an upcoming  Game Hole gaming convention.  It was from a GM that had run games previously at Game Hole Con but they noticed a slightly different worded policy about adult content games.  

     So we decide to talk about how to describe your game for a game convention and possibly your friends.

     Now that large gathering are started to be permitted in Cities across the U.S. and people are feeling safer due to their precautions and the widely available vaccines, people are going back to Game Cons.  One of the first and largest is Game Hole Con in Madison Wisconsin taking place on October 21-24th 2021.

     Thanks for listening and please share our podcast.


    Music by Hasen Chat, song Play Your Game.

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Jun 2021

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 158: The Bait and Switch

    Saul and Jolene discuss the Bait and Switch game.  It is when you, as the GM, present a game of a genre, a type a particular setting or even a system, but when the players sit down to play, you switch it up on the players and try to run something other than presented.  Saul discusses an idea with some fellow GM's and they inform Saul that its a bad idea and say its a "Bait and Switch" game.  Saul was thinking it was just a way to surprise the players and didn't think he was baiting and switching players.  Still he didn't run the game and years later still thinks he wants to try it but present more information about the game he wants to run.

     Saul and Jolene ran what they call the "Big D&D Game at DunDraCon" where they ran 3 tables of 6 players using 5th Edition rules.  Each table was a different genre but they were all connected by an over arching storyline.   Saul and Jolene discuss whether that was a bait and switch game.  

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

  Music by Tamale Wally, song Switch U.

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