TPT #112: The Superhero Problem & Wonder Woman

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss one of the most challenging story archetypes to model in RPGs: superheroes. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders piece themselves back together, and Wonder Woman lassos out the true depth of Shane’s comic book knowledge in the Character Creation Forge. (59m)

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TPT #111: The Death Spiral & The Triple Threat

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss game systems that pile on the punishment, and ways to mitigate the march toward failure. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders blow things out of proportion, and the Triple Threat can do anything you can do, but better, in the Character Creation Forge. (55m)

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TPT #110: Characters of Faith & Eisenhorn

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss playing and GMing characters that are devoted to their chosen deity. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders keep on Trukkin’, and Eisenhorn demonstrates where there’s the Emperor’s will, there’s a way in the Character Creation Forge. (65m)

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TPT #109: Playing Half-Elves & The Dilettante

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss how to play Half-Elves, now that they’re no longer simply half as good as elves. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, Arch-Militant Tranq faces down a dilemma, and The Dilettante dabbles a bit in every class in the Character Creation Forge. (47m)

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The D&D 5E Dilettante Build (in alphabetical order): Barbarian 1 / Bard 1 / War Cleric 1 / Druid 1 / Eldritch Knight Fighter 6 / Monk 1 / Paladin 2 / Ranger 1 / Rogue 1 / Dragon Sorcerer 1 / Tome Fiend Warlock 3 / Wizard 1

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TPT #108: Gen Con 2017 & The Silent Knight

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane fill you in on the games, the people, and the podcasters they met at the industry’s foremost annual convention, and the Silent Knight spills blood without a sound in the Character Creation Forge. (57m)

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TPT #107: An Introduction to Role-Playing Games & Beginner’s Luck

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane present a special primer on role-playing games: what are they, how do you play, and why would you want to? In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders split up to whip an army into shape, and Beginner’s Luck eases into RPGs in the Character Creation Forge. (61m)

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Whelmed: The Young Justice Files Actual Play: “Relations”

Intro, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Post-game review

I-Hsien plays Superboy in a game set between Seasons 1 and 2 of the animated TV series, run by Masks creator Brendan Conway from Magpie Games. He’s joined by Rich Howard of Whelmed as Robin, his co-host Emily Buza as Miss Martian, Darcy L. Ross from Monte Cook Games as Aqualad, and Neal Powell from the DM’s Block as Kid Flash.

Shark Bone Podcast’s Hunter: the Vigil Actual Play: Cradle of Darkness

Shane plays El Loco, a former cartel boss turned monster hunter in Mexico City. With a cast of players assembled of various podcasters and GMed by Shark Bone’s Devin, this game had some great surprises, tense moments, and one of the most gut-punching reveals I’ve ever experienced in a roleplaying game. Mature themes.

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Gen Con 2017: Where Are Shane and I-Hsien?

We are at Gen Con from August 16th through August 20th, 2017. We’re loosely adhering to the following schedule, but be sure to follow I-Hsien and Shane on Twitter for the latest update on our goings-on. We’re always looking to meet up with friends, especially if you suggest we get a beer, and Twitter is the easiest way to reach us during Gen Con.

Outside of this schedule, we’ll spend most of our time wandering the dealer hall, dropping in on interesting-sounding seminars (fun fact: they’re free and no one checks tickets!), or cracking open and testing out our Gen Con loot, likely in the lobby of the Marriott Downtown (350 W Maryland St., across from the ICC) or Omni hotels.

Wednesday, 8/16:

11am: Shane lands in Indianapolis

4pm: I-Hsien lands in Indianapolis

5pm-11pm: Union Station – Nickel Plate, RPG Academy Pre-Gen Con Meet & Greet ZED17103505 (I-Hsien & Shane)

Thursday, 8/17:

11am-12pm: Westin – Capitol II, What’s New With Monte Cook Games? SEM17115520 (I-Hsien & Shane)

7pm-8pm: Crowne Plaza – Penn Station C, Don’t Split the Podcast Network Q&A SEM17117490 (I-Hsien & Shane)

Friday, 8/18:

11am-12pm: ICC 244, The Secrets Of Superhero RPGs SEM17121714 (I-Hsien)

1pm-4pm: ICC 244:11, Nights Black Agents “The Van Helsing Letter” RPG17124964 (I-Hsien & Shane)

9pm-10:30pm: Crowne Plaza – Penn Station C, Introduction to RPG Podcasting SEM17106539 (Shane, with an I-Hsien cameo?)

Saturday, 8/19:

9am-1:30pm: JW Marriott, Headspace (I-Hsien & Shane)

12pm-1pm: Crowne Plaza – Penn Station B, What’s Up with Ulisses North America SEM17109002 (I-Hsien & Shane both tentative)

2pm-6:30pm: JW Marriott, Masks (I-Hsien & Shane)

8:00pm-12:00am: JW Marriott (N Delaware St), ONE SHOT Gen Con Meetup (I-Hsien & Shane, tentatively)

Sunday, 8/20:

9:20am: Save vs. Despair! Return flights to NYC. (I-Hsien & Shane)

TPT #106: Greyhawk Initiative & The High Noon Duelist

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss the qualities to look for in a good initiative system. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the crew proves truth is stranger than heresy, and the High Noon Duelist scratches an itchy trigger finger in the Character Creation Forge. (56m)

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Unearthed Arcana—Greyhawk Initiative: the options that inspired this episode.

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TPT #105: Playing as a Team & The Rainmaker

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane make the case for making a group effort to think of your RPGs from a team perspective. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the crew gets their just reward (as a team), and the Rainmaker helps give her enemies the business in the Character Creation Forge. (60m)

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TPT #104: Taking Inspiration from History & Blackbeard

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss how to adapt events from the past into stories for your game. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the crew gets a funny feeling, and Blackbeard is a bit larger than life in the Character Creation Forge. (57m)

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