Fear the Boot, RPG Podcast
By FearTheBoot.com
About this podcast
Fear the Boot is an irreverent, round table discussion of tabletop role playing games. In this weekly show we debate game-related issues, offer advice for improving your game, and poke fun at the hobby. Our cast changes a little from show to show, but we always assemble a group of dynamic individuals with divergent views, guaranteeing you will hear several perspectives on everything we discuss.

Episodes (Total: 72)
May 25, 2017 · 00:41:07
* (0:40) A bunch of charity updates! Derek’s charity games (low level, mid level, and high level tiers). Pat’s GoFundMe page. Manicorn work provided by the Mitch STL salon. * (6:10) Explaining what a perk or bennie represents before it’s used. * (8:33) Deconstructing the Red Shirt. Creating emotional ante. * (12:23) Seizing narrative control. The […]
May 16, 2017 · 00:45:27
* (0:28) Chad and Wayne are AWOL. * (1:20) Dan learns a whole lot about Fritz Tornow and Hitler’s dogs. * (4:03) Following up on Brodeur’s lack of combat in his game. * (5:53) Brodeur does everything wrong, but it works. * (9:22) Starting with the party asleep and fully divided. * (13:44) Mid-scene cliffhangers and spotlight bouncing for […]
May 11, 2017 · 00:23:12
* (0:27) Catching up on episodes and experimenting with a Skies of Glass actual play. * (2:51) A listener, Steve, asks about keeping characters engaged when their specialty isn’t of any use in a particular scene. * (7:06) Asking how the characters got in this position. * (10:11) Game Master tweaking of the player characters to […]
May 3, 2017 · 00:51:01
* (0:23) Some more details on Derek’s charity games (low level, mid level, and high level tiers). * (3:04) Time to go bonus episode! The FAST test for stroke. * (5:10) Customers beat down Brodeur, illustrating the reason Dan became a programmer. * (11:26) Chad loves the customers. Or at least doesn’t hate them. Dan and […]
April 25, 2017 · 00:59:41
* (0:29) Why Brodeur is scared of Aisha. * (2:49) Some new information on Fear the Con X. Derek’s charity game (low level, mid level, and high level tiers). Booters and Shooters. Email Adam Gottfried if you’re interested in pre-con tourism. * (10:17) Chad’s anger. * (13:00) Games with too much RP and not enough combat. * […]
April 20, 2017 · 00:45:25
* (1:43) Introducing our topic from Lars-Hendrik: Groups that have been abused by their GM. * (4:10) Knowing about the problems prior to the first game versus finding out when the game is in progress. * (8:00) Mending trust through transparency, patience, and consistency. * (12:22) Intentionally making mistakes. Rolling above the board. * (16:12) The bad behaviors […]
April 12, 2017 · 00:54:29
* (0:28) Welcoming Zach. * (0:47) Brodeur gets on Facebook and buys a cell phone. * (17:55) Brodeur talks to the kids in a class about game design. After an introduction, they break up into small groups to play some RPGs. * (20:47) How far society has come in its acceptance of roleplaying games. * (26:54) […]
April 4, 2017 · 00:57:53
* (0:29) Welcoming Eric. What attracted Karla to Dan. * (3:28) Tabletop roleplaying games as a spectator sport. The showmanship of the Game Master. * (10:59) The most interesting games as a distraction. * (13:00) The attributes of a good GM that also make for a good public performance. * (19:20) Turning a spectator into a part of […]
March 28, 2017 · 00:46:10
* (0:36) A second take, and why Brodeur’s wife just might be OK with bigamy. Star wipe. * (4:07) Pat’s new refrigerator. Dan’s plan to conquer Narnia and install Beth as queen. * (8:23) Today’s Topic: Terrible segues. Brodeur’s seat just might be up for the taking. * (10:29) Controlling your players via consequences. The concern that […]
March 22, 2017 · 00:36:14
* (0:27) Just Dan and Karla! Well, and the pets. * (1:04) Big Bang Theory. The clip Dan mentioned (WARNING: Yelling and NSFW language.) * (4:57) Celebrity gossip. The names Dan was looking for are Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen / Green Arrow), and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn). * (8:50) The increased representation of women […]
March 16, 2017 · 00:48:27
* (0:35) Introducing James McClure of the Talking Tabletop podcast. You can find his two-part interview with Dan here and here, and his episodes with Chris here and here. * (5:16) The Satanic Panic Kickstarter. The Dark Dungeons tract. A quick look at the game’s mechanic and the intended danger of being too successful. * (11:10) […]
March 9, 2017 · 00:51:44
* (1:45) Reviewing the situation with Sara’s self-actualized character. * (6:29) How Wayne handled the situation by finding what Sara cares about instead of just looking at what the character cares about. Comparing it to what bothers an actor versus the character they’re playing. * (22:13) Finding the point between the character and player, and […]
March 1, 2017 · 00:57:09
* (0:27) Chad sits up. John is the youngest old man. * (3:45) Fear the Boot’s early episode on RPG predictions. Mad milk and other inanities. * (10:35) What will roleplaying look like in a generation? Harold Camping and taking a knee. * (18:02) First prediction: Gatekeepers of quality, whether brand or editorial. * (27:17) Second prediction: The […]
Feb. 22, 2017 · 00:53:11
* (0:30) Brodeur’s perspective on Valentine’s Day. The value of unexpected gifts. * (12:39) Some perspective on failure, but also why it’s not today’s topic. * (16:16) The value of playing a character that has social needs. An example from a Dresden game. * (29:17) How imperfections contribute to the social bonds of most higher animals, including […]
Feb. 16, 2017 · 00:45:12
* (0:31) Welcoming back Chris, Julia, and Pat. * (1:32) Thanking John Ely for Pugmire and Chris Ings for an outstanding coloring book. The coming war between Corgi and Pug owners. * (8:19) Movie scenes that disturbed us as children. Sharing a Coke with the princess from Neverending Story. * (17:48) People stepping on each […]
Feb. 9, 2017 · 01:01:40
* (0:29) Gnarl’s commentary on a sourcebook for gnolls in 5th edition D&D gets taken a bit too seriously. * (8:41) Dan’s house, Chad’s faux passport, a Twitter poll about homebrewing, roleplaying about roleplaying, and the creativity of gamers. * (18:23) The revenge of the gamification of gaming. The original episode on the topic. Duolingo and […]
Feb. 2, 2017 · 01:03:47
* (1:03) A shout-out to Richard Thomas and Aaron Sturgill. Fear the Con X, AcadeCon, and a total breakdown in communication. * (4:27) Brodeur gets jealous and Dan throws shade at Gamerstable. * (12:27) Brodeur gets on Facebook, and Dan starts the Doomsday Clock. * (25:49) Pete’s start in RPGs, condescension from RIFTS, and a […]
Jan. 27, 2017 · 01:09:11
* (0:33) A natural first question presents itself. Magic by Mick Smiley. The story of Pete and Brodeur’s love. * (8:44) Imagining Games and the Dreamchaser Kickstarter. Pete was previously mentioned in Episode 418. * (9:30) The end as the beginning. The dream and milestone mechanic in Dreamchaser. * (16:12) A sample dream and set of milestones […]
Jan. 20, 2017 · 01:02:43
* (0:47) An update on Pat. The GoFundMe page to help him and Beth with medical costs. You can follow his status on Caring Bridge. * (4:05) Sugar-free candy, bloopers, and Wayne’s butt…? * (13:45) Prophecy and otherwise letting PCs see the future. * (17:22) Letting the prediction be only a possible future. * (21:00) Keeping the […]
Jan. 13, 2017 · 00:51:10
* (0:35) False alarm on Dan’s interview on Talking Tabletop, but it’s out now (part 1 and part 2). * (2:06) Chad’s unexpected take on Alien: Covenant. The increasing social ubiquity of science fiction. The Fault in Our Mars. Laurell K. Hamilton plugs Fear the Con X. * (17:19) A Thai-rade and the importance of ordering spiciness correctly. White […]