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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: 10)
Nov. 22, 2017 · 00:45:59
* (0:29) Dan was a guest on The Greatest Show. You can see the video here or grab an audio version here. * (0:53) Dan was also a guest on the Connections radio show, talking about RPG culture. You can find that episode here. We hope you’ll listen to the whole thing, but if you just want to hear Dan’s part, that’s at about 38:40. * (3:23) Fear the Boot now has a Discord server. * (4:56) Using the same things that motivate us in an RPG to help us improve our lives. Bullet journals. The Bullet Journal RPG can be found here. * (8:13) Breaking down large, daunting tasks. Making small tasks more rewarding. * (16:20) Assigning value to a specific task. * (21:25) Not all affirming things make good goals. * (23:58) Creating accountability. * (27:33) Milestone goals that allow you to take a break. * (30:49) Other gamification tools: Habitica, Darebee, and Duolingo. * (33:35) Using this approach to unlearn negative habits. * (41:50) A bit more about The Greatest Show. Also, The Specter Show and PRO Chess League podcasts. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, DJ
Nov. 16, 2017 · 00:29:53
* (0:29) Brodeur turns a negative episode into a regular one. * (4:52) An end to a long-running D&D campaign. * (6:34) An unexpected finish. Microscope. * (10:20) Balancing player agency against story coherence. * (17:04) Confinement forcing creativity. * (21:30) The signs it was a successful ending. * (25:59) How Brodeur will end the next leg of his campaign. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne
Nov. 7, 2017 · 00:30:01
* (0:23) Introducing Beth and Adam. * (1:27) Dan will be on the Connections radio show on Wednesday, November 8th, from 10:30pm – 11:00pm Eastern time. You can find how to tune-in here. * (4:00) Whatever this con is called, it’s occurring on June 22nd and 23rd, 2018. If the Wing Night funds, that will be on June 21st. * (12:03) Admission to the convention is free. Whether it happens or not is purely up to the Kickstarter, which we hope you’ll back! * (18:21) Taking Bob’s place. * (21:26) The con’s location. The random gnoll sketch Dan was given by a vendor last year. * (23:46) Ending a convention with heat exhaustion. Hosts: Adam, Beth, Dan
Nov. 2, 2017 · 00:56:31
* (0:28) Charles has too little British for Brodeur and too little beef for Wayne. * (3:34) The flash fiction anthology, FLASH!, which you can grab from Amazon. * (4:54) The Lairdbalor. * (6:22) More properly introducing Charles. * (9:38) Corsana: The Phalanx Syndicate. * (12:43) Using an RPG to play-test a story. * (16:47) The relationship between forms of creativity. * (25:35) Intimidating the players by knowing your setting too well. * (43:15) The value of seemingly irrelevant conversation. Two things to give depth to a flat character. * (54:57) Get in on the Fear the Con 11 Kickstarter! Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, Wayne Guests: Charles Wellington
Oct. 27, 2017 · 00:53:20
* (1:02) FLASH!, an anthology that includes Dan and several booters. You can get a copy on Amazon. * (2:20) Dan was a guest on The Greatest Show. You can see the video here or grab an audio version here. * (3:32) Playing characters that suck at their jobs. * (16:20) Portraying inter-factional politics in a roleplaying game. The Skies of Glass Actual Play. * (18:33) Defining who the factions are and what they want. * (20:31) Setting the constraints of the political game. Rules, reality, or requisites.  Silent Memories. * (28:55) Avoiding the politics of pleasing a single person. * (33:57) Outsourcing the factions to other GMs. * (35:08) Revealing the politics to the player-characters. * (37:12) The outsider’s perspective. * (45:11) The insider’s perspective. * (48:58) Players who need to feel they’re making the morally correct choice. Hosts: Chad, Dan, and Wayne
Oct. 19, 2017 · 00:43:24
* (0:32) Making up reasons for why Wayne couldn’t make it. * (1:45) Brodeur and the Marilith: A Dramatic Reading, coming soon. * (3:29) Trying to win over the group when you have a different plan. Just charge in! * (8:32) Playing the social dynamics around the table. * (19:24) Handling the issue character-to-character, whether through RP or in-game abilities. * (30:14) When the other plan is genuinely bad. * (36:55) Winning over the Game Master. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan
Oct. 13, 2017 · 00:47:06
* (0:29) Wayne goes to Washington D.C. * (1:48) Monotonal cities. The public service of preempting nerd rage. * (4:59) The setting has its own story. The Delmar Divide. * (16:47) Whether a city was planned, and how. Heavy zoning versus integrated spaces. * (24:30) The role of geography, trade, and time. * (39:11) Brodeur explains how to survive an apocalypse. Nine meals from anarchy. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne
Oct. 6, 2017 · 00:36:48
* (0:49) Life problems interfering with our recording schedule. * (1:47) Chad’s latest garage sale find, and why Brodeur is banned from garage sales. * (4:57) The first D&D video game Chad bought, Shadow Sorcerer. * (9:12) A quick history of the relationship between tabletop roleplaying games and video games. The second D&D video game Chad grabbed, Secret of the Silver Blades. * (15:31) The third video game, Curse of the Azure Bonds. The original novel, Azure Bonds, and its subsequent module, also called Curse of the Azure Bonds. * (18:43) The puzzle wheels and game aids used as copy protection on the games. * (23:21) The not-so-new idea of transferring your characters between a video game and its sequel. The segregation of software stores. * (27:23) Parts of the Forgotten Realms they said they’d never develop…and then did. Keef the Thief. * (33:36) Bringing Alias to a new generation. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan
Sept. 29, 2017 · 00:24:38
* (0:35) Hiccups in the release schedule. * (1:14) Enigma, Transcendentalism, and living in the moment. Or having sex in High School. Finding social and psychological freedom in a roleplaying game. * (7:37) Progression that has only limited impact on game mechanics. * (18:47) An illustration from Left 4 Dead 2. * (23:11) Finding the best of both worlds. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan
Sept. 21, 2017 · 00:49:10
* (0:30) Brodeur’s psychiatrist. Unfiltered Brodeur at the negative level. * (4:04) Sacrifice in a roleplaying game. Giving up something you want to make the game better. The D&D Actual Play. * (12:16) What constitutes sacrifice. * (18:00) Sacrifice versus beneficial trade-off. The story of Wesley Autrey. * (34:59) The confusingly mixed bag of altruism. “That’s not love; it’s commerce.” * (39:17) Game Masters making sacrifice hurt. * (47:43) Some people try to save a cat from the Matrix. Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan
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