pursuing the RPG hobby with reckless abandon and beer
May 23, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Jessie
In this Episode:
Daniel shares his epiphany about FATE. Dan from Minnesota asks about making likeable NPCs. Eran in London ask about explaining Savage Worlds in a web comic. Tim writes in about ending a session.
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Jackercon 13: We Don’t Need Another Hero.
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May 15, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina
Show Notes! Jim from Portland asks a performance anxiety question and shares a picture. Tayleron from Newfoundland asks about GMADHD. Drayle88 asks for some recommendations for a system for some newbies. Jeffry with 1 E shares a horror story.
May 9, 2017
Your hosts: CADave, Tim, HosierRob and Clockverk
Show Notes! Rav writes in about the power of the callback. Matt in Canuckistan sends us an interesting game start scenario. New listener Jason asks about GM burnout. Josh from Orlando says there’s no defense for DnD. DM Frankie P sends a GMing horror story and request for advice.
April 29, 2017
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Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, Kimi
Show Notes! Raemus asks for some Murder Mystery help. Andreas gives us a glimpse into another gaming culture. Axle asks about character development in a condensed/intense session. Ryan sends us a GM Confession.
April 25, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Kimi
Show Notes! Andreas writes in with some feedback and some comments about leveling. Steve writes in about players who don’t want to fit in at all. Axel writes in with some thoughts about writing a good story. And Mad King Christopher sends us a cautionary tale.
April 17, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, HosierRob
Show Notes! Troll Under the Bridge writes in with more about perception rolls. GM John asks for some help with a player. Balder poses a convention game question. And Mystic Fedora writes in about problems without solutions and an ingenious solution.
April 8, 2017
Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kimi
Steve from SoCal writes in again about killing mooks.
Jonas writes in about handling dying campaigns
The Only (other) Steve in So Cal writes about the dangerously futile exercise of defining RPG.
Goluptuious Geek writes in with some fan mail and a horror story.
April 1, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork, Gina
Show Notes! Sgt Dan Writes in about Perception Rolls. James Writes in about Killing the Murder Hobo. Forrest, a long time listener, writes in for the first time. Ed from Minnesota writes in about levels and his Roman CoC game. Mystic Fedora sends us a GM Big Reveal that Worked.
March 12, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, ProbieTim, Gina
Show Notes: Lee writes in about three things. Marty from Sious Falls writes in about geography, downtime and a new GM story. Morgan writes in for advice about strong and unreasonable antagonists. Bill writes in with some convention game thoughts. Matthew writes in with a story about how to NOT deal with a bad GM.
The boatload of links that listener Bill included in his email:
March 5, 2017
Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, JiB
Feb. 26, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, ProbieTim and JiB
Doug from Texas asks How to Write a Good Story. Kevin from Roll vs Roll Cards suggest a way to ethically play Dr. Douche. Mike in Nebraska sends in a Campaign Idea. KurtPotts asks about Setting Specific vs Setting Agnostic systems. Name Withheld writes in about The Special Snow flake. Steve in SoCal sends us a GenCon Horror Story
Feb. 11, 2017
We're joined with Jim Sandoval and Mike James, both volunteer organizers with Strategicon.
Feb. 7, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, Stork, GMMace, Kimi
Show Notes! Steve from So Cal writes in about killing mooks and other moral conumdrums. Simon from Seattle defends DnD. Steve from So Cal writes in about gaming with older and younger players. StevenSw writes in about dramatic damage. Zombie Heart sends us a Horror Story.
Jan. 28, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi, Stork
Show Notes: Desiree in South Carolina needs help with a very argumentative player. Dave from South Chicago writes in Regarding Romance in Games and Some Advice for a Teen GM. JimTo sends us some feedback .. and shit. Zoomfarg wants to know how to adult. Lee sends us a horror story, entitled “The Prisoner Dilemma.” Drayle88 writes in with a horror story -- or is it a success story?
Jan. 24, 2017
Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Gina, Stork
Show Notes! Amar from Vancouver BC writes in about Perception Checks. Levi writes in about defeating Dr. Douche. Terry in Idaho is looking for Traveller resources. Mad King Christopher the First writes in with a horror story, a tip and stuff. Sam from Indiana writes in with a horror story.
Announcements: February 17, 18, 19, 20 - Orccon 2017! Join us at the LAX Hilton hotel for four days of gaming. We’ll do a live show on Saturday, February 18th at 8pm, in the auditorium. Also: on February 10th, Jim Sandoval and a member of the Strategicon board are going to be here to answer questions and take suggestions about the Strategicon conventions.
Jan. 22, 2017
HJRP1814 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Gina, Stork Show Notes! Amar from Vancouver BC writes in about Perception Checks. Levi writes in about defeating Dr. Douche. Terry in Idaho is looking for Traveller resources. Mad King Christopher the First writes in with a horror story, a tip and stuff. Sam from Indiana writes in with a horror story. […]
Jan. 14, 2017
HJRP1813 Your hosts: Stu, Maire, Kurt, Gina. Thank you to easyrollerdice.com and their exciting Rose Gold Kickstarter for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks! Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in about “Save vs. Suck.” Dylan from Anchorage Alaska gives us insight about Pathfinder Society and Alternate Solutions. Drayle88 needs some GMing advice. Mike from MI writes […]
Jan. 7, 2017
HJRP1812 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Zac in Chicago writes in about Romance in RPGs. A Southern Gent from Texas has some Sci-Fi advice. Alervant has some GMing advice and a question. Kindros from the Forum writes in about Magic Items and Identification. Steve from So Cal asks about Contacts in travelling campaigns. […]
Jan. 1, 2017
HJRP1811 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes!! Griever writes in about subtle mind control of PCs. SteveSW writes in with a Apocalypse-World inspired system for dealing with missing players. John asks about building a group (of players, not characters). Walt from Rhode Island asks about diversity at the gaming table. Blyd Dreug sends in his take […]
Dec. 24, 2016
HJRP1810 Your hosts: Stu, Hosier Rob, Stork In this episode: Andrew from Chicago writes in about PC Death. Axle asks about dealing with a Rules-Resistant Player. Luke from Kentuckianna is a long time listener, first time emailer and about to be a first time GM. We received a couple emails about Roll20, which we’ll read. Jordan writes in […]