Plot Points (role-playing games)

Ben has been tormenting himself with the following question: Why aren't there better adventures out there? Even great games often only have mediocre adventures. This has led him to a theory of RPGs entitled "Encounter Theory." He discusses it in this trenchant episode. 

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Direct download: Encounter_Theory.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 8:10pm CST

Ben's writing a book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast, and Brad and Sarah ask him about it. He talks about how the artist, Gerald Brom, found work at TSR in the late 1980s. 

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Thanks to Chris Koterba for producing, and 50 Breaks for the tunes!

Image by Brom, and courtesy Pinnacle Publishing

Direct download: S4E10_-_Bens_Book_mp3.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

Tales from the Loop from Free League and Modiphius Entertainment is a role-playing game of children and teens exploring high science mysteries. Originally published in Swedish, the game was translated by Modiphius with new material set in the USA written by genius Matt Forbeck. 

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Thanks to Chris Koterba for producing, and 50 Breaks for the tunes!

Image courtesy Modiphius and Free League. 

Direct download: S4E9_-_Tales_from_the_Loop_mp3.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 1:02pm CST

Brad, Ben, and Sarah talk over their favorite releases of 2017. Some are brand spanking fresh, some we've talked over before, but we are excited as hell for all of them.

Bran wants you to know you can listen to our episode about My Little Pony here, and Cthulhu Confidential here

Direct download: S4E8_-_Year_in_Review.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

The Plot Points gang discusses the NEW rpg system from EN Publishing and an adventure, Xenomorphs: The Fall of Somerset Landing. You can find it on DriveThruRPG here!

Direct download: S4E7_-_Xenomorphs.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 2:23pm CST

A panel of luminaries discusses the intersection of gaming, myth, and religion at Gen Con 2017. It was my favorite panel, and it was composed of Nisaba Press's Jaym Gates, Paizo's Lyz Liddell, and the John W. Campbell of role-playing fiction, Chaosium-fiction editor James Lowder.



Direct download: Ritual_Myth_and_Role-Playing_Gen_C.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 2:12pm CST

Over 80 episodes into Plot Points, the gang takes a moment to think about what they've learned, what they've done, and whether role-playing games are actually literature. 


Direct download: Plot_Points_Seminar_Gen_Con_2017_EDI.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 1:00am CST

The gang gets together to discuss Gen Con 2017, the 50th anniversary of the world's greatest RPG convention!

Direct download: S4E6_-_Gencon.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 4:20pm CST

Ben talks to you while he drives to game about Rippers, a Savage Worlds setting where you kill Dracula, harvest his organs, and install them in your own body. He also discusses hacking the setting for GUMSHOE, and his poor experience with the L5R beta test. 

Direct download: Rippers_Savage_GUMSHOE.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 1:09pm CST

Ben, Sarah, & Brad discuss Weird Discoveries, a compilation of ten adventures for Monte Cook Games' Numenera. Mr. Cook has found a new way to present adventures which, in theory, allows a GM to start running a game after just five minutes of prep!

They also discuss Numenera 2, which is Kickstarting right now!

Read an article Ben wrote about it for Geek & Sundry here!


All images courtesy Monte Cook Games.


Direct download: S4E5_-_Mother_Machine.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 11:46am CST

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