TPT #116: Respeccing Characters & The Savage Sage

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane change their builds but not their personalities as they discuss respeccing characters in RPGs. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders have a surprise waiting for them in the infamous Port Aquila, and the Savage Sage reads up then rages down in the Character Creation Forge. (62m)

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TPT #115: Plot Hooks #2 & Hercules

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane share a new round of plot hooks to use in your games. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders leave their captain breathless, and Hercules is a surprisingly good shot in the Character Creation Forge. (60m)

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TPT #114: Resource Management & The Pacemaker

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss ways for GMs to pace their adventures’ resource consumption, as well as ways for players to pace their characters’ resource spend. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders chart a course for less tame voidspace, and the Pacemaker lights up your life in the Character Creation Forge. (63m)

Editor’s Note: In this episode, we joked that our location was the “Mundangerous disaster area,” a reference to our recording in Shane’s half-unpacked apartment. We realized in editing that this could be misconstrued as a joke about the devastation caused recently by Hurricanes like Harvey and Irma. It was not intended that way. Please support relief organizations such as The American Red Cross.

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TPT #113: The Eclipse Phase Campaign Setting & The Gatecrasher

Hosts I-Hsien and Shane discuss a hard-sci campaign setting full of body-hopping and mind-hacking in the post-apocalypse. In the Dynasty Unwarranted campaign, the Rogue Traders finally make a deal, and the Gatecrasher kicks in doors and lives to tell about it in the Character Creation Forge. (60m)

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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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Ulisses Spiele Gen Con Panel: Warhammer 40k: Wrath & Glory announcements

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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 #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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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.

Introduction to RPG Podcasting: The GenCon panel Shane is joining, hosted by The RPG Academy

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