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A monthly podcast about roleplaying games as a social activity

June 16, 2014

Episode 6: The Tribunal, casting

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This month we talk about casting choices, in particular in this month's game, The Tribunal. When should a GM consider assigning roles to players instead of letting them pick? When mustn't a GM do that? How can we cast players in a responsible way?

The game: The Tribunal, a Nordic LARP by J. Tuomas Harviainen

Hosts: Angela, Dave and Mikael

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Music by Jason Pfaff, released under the CC BY-SA license.

May 8, 2014

Episode 5: Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, Kid Gamers

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This month we talk about our playtest of Do: Fate of the Flying temple, and discuss young gamers. How are their needs addressed by the industry? How is RPGing different when there are kids in the group? And much more.

The game: Do: Fate of the Flying Temple by Sean Nittner (beta playtest version), a new adaptation of the excellent slapstick fantasy game Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple by Daniel Solis.

Hosts:Dave, and Mikael

Guests:Derek, Elise, Mike and Noa

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Music by Jason Pfaff, released under the CC BY-SA license.

April 9, 2014

Episode 4: Fate Accelerated, character immersion

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This month we played Fate Accelerated Edition and explore the consequences of having lots of leeway in character and plot development. We discuss character immersion and on-the-fly gaming.

The game: Fate Accelerated Edition, in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire

Hosts: Dave, Mikael

Guests: Courtney, Emily, Marcus, Susie

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Music by Jason Pfaff, released under the CC BY-SA license.

March 12, 2014

Episode 3: Psi*Run, Narrative Structure

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This episode we play Psi*Run, and look at its narrative structure. How does the structure of the game affect the story? How does narrative structure affect the experience of gaming, and how is this different for one-shot, short-run and campaign-length games?

The game: Psi*Run

Hosts:Angela, Dave, and Mikael

Guests:Cats, Jake and Kona the dog

Sound effects:Kona (scratching, begging), Cats (doggie treat bag noises), Mikael (cell phone)

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Music by Jason Pfaff, released under the CC BY-SA license.

February 12, 2014

Episode 2: Marvel Heroic Roleplaying; Game Content and the Comics Code

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This episode we play Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, and examine how well this system models the feel of a comic book story. This leads into a discussion of game content: when the subject matter is gory, sexual, disturbing or otherwise potentially objectionable, how do we handle this?

The game: Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, from Margaret Weis Productions. As of this post there is no link on the publisher's page, but see the RPGGeek page.

Hosts:Dave and Mikael

Guests:Hans and Kel (plus Jake very briefly)

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Music by Jason Pfaff, released under the CC BY-SA license.

January 15, 2014

Episode 1: The Hirelings; Nordic LARPs

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This episode: we play a Nordic LARP. We discuss this game and LARPs in general: rules, GMing challenges, immersion, and what does "high-bleed" mean?

The game: The Hirelings, a Nordic LARP about D&D-ish treasure hunters

Hosts:Angela, Dave, Leanne and Mikael

Guests: Jake and Mark

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Music by Jason Pfaff, released under the CC BY-SA license.

January 6, 2014

Watch this space

How We Play is a new podcast about roleplaying games and how they're played. We talk about tips and tricks that we employ and that might just make your game a bit more fun or interesting, whether you're a player or GM.


Each episode we spotlight a different roleplaying game and discuss how the mechanics of the game add to the fun. We explore how we as players can use these mechanics to enhance our enjoyment of the game, and what to look out for. Then in the second segment we discuss broader gaming issues raised in the game.

Join us each month for a new episode, starting January 2014.