Gaming and BS RPG Podcast
By Brett and Sean: Gamers, Podcasters, Game Masters, Geeks
About this podcast
Brett and Sean (BS) are two of your friends talking about roleplaying games and other related topics. Even though we come to you from Wisconsin, the origins of TSR and Dungeons and Dragons, we don't claim to be experts. Our approach is not only light, but it may even make you laugh... OR rip your hair out.

Episodes (Total: 164)
May 23, 2017 · 01:01:29
Super villains and ultimate baddies in role-playing games can be all full of cliches. Inspired by listener George S., we talk about those trope and maybe give you some ideas on how to make them better. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! So let us know what you’d... The post 141 Super Villains appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
May 16, 2017 · 01:15:19
We talk about playing thieves and rogues. Be it sneaky sneak thieves, trap detector and disabler, swashbuckler Robin Hood Musketeer type or even scoundrels, it’s all about the sinister class of the thief. Or shall we say rogue? Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! So let us know what... The post 140 Player Series – Thieves & Rogues appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
May 9, 2017 · 01:10:19
Building, or creating, things in role-playing games. It could be a keep, a kingdom or magic items. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! So let us know what you’d like to run Brett in Origins next month Old School Encounter Contest! – Hobbs and Friends of the OSR... The post 139 Building Stuff in RPG’s appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
May 2, 2017 · 01:11:38
Some rpg systems have skills list for player characters. Examples of these are 3.x and 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons, GURPS, Champions, Basic Role-Playing, and quite a few more. Whereas there are some older games as well as some modern OSR-based games that do not have skills inherently built into the system. Non-skill based systems abstract it... The post 138 Skills Game appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
April 25, 2017 · 01:09:53
Session zero, we talk about how we handle it for our games. We don’t cover every detail, and you will find ways unique to your games and gaming style. Announcements Want to run games under our Banner at Gamehole? Submissions are open! Brett is going to Origins in June Random Encounter Comments about player facing... The post 137 Session Zero appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
April 18, 2017 · 00:54:31
Player facing die rolls. Do they fix something that is missing from some tabletop rpg’s? Spurred by listener, Ace’s, email we talk about why we do or don’t like them. We hit a goal on Patreon so you’ll hear Sean show off his accent skills. Announcements Sponsor: Gamehole Con 2017 registration is now open! Thank you... The post 136 Player Facing Die Rolls appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
April 11, 2017
Learning a new game, there’s a few ways to approach an rpg. The obvious way is to read the book. There can be other ways, certainly. 00:01:18 Announcements Gamehole Con event submission opens April 16th 2017 for the Nov 2017 show Evercon 2018 dates – Jan 5 – 7 2018 00:04:16 Random Encounter Voice mail... The post 135 Learning A New Game appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
April 4, 2017 · 01:52:56
We invite Darcy and Troy from the Cypher Speak podcast to come on and educate us on, what else, the Cypher System rpg by Monte Cook games! How does it all work? What are the upsides of the system? There’s player facing die rolls, GM intrusions, cyphers and much more. Find more of about our... The post 134 Speaking Cypher System appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
March 28, 2017 · 00:47:25
Recorded at Gary Con 2017, we talk a bit about our experience at the con as well as the dynamics of game conventions. Sorry, not Random Encounter or Die Roll this week. The post 133 Dynamics of Game Cons appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
March 21, 2017 · 01:13:51
Another entry into our Player Series, this week we talk about clerics. Strengths, weaknesses, how to play them and how they are servants of a deity or ideal. Announcements Gary Con is upon us Sean is on future episode of Hobbs and Friends of the OSR Random Encounter 3:50 Matt Bohnhoff comments on voices Edwin... The post 132 Player Series – Clerics appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
March 14, 2017 · 01:04:46
Spurred by listener Steve Orlik, his original email to us follows Hello BS-ers! I have a question/possible topic for you. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on who really controls the game, the gm or the players. I guess this is geared more towards Brett since we all know Sean has that train thing going... The post 131 Who Runs The RPG? appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
March 10, 2017
Join us as we talk with rpg designer Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games about his latest kickstarter (launched March 7th, 2017) for Pip System Corebook. You can find Eloy online at the following… Third Eye Games Facebook Twitter The post BBS020 Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
March 7, 2017 · 01:19:32
We’re not talking about voice as in perspective, but actually tweaking how you speak in first person as your player character or npc. It helps with immersion, but you also have to be conscious of insulting someone at the table by taking a genuine speech impediment and making it a method for comedic stand up.... The post 130 Adding Voice To Your RPG appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Feb. 28, 2017 · 01:18:58
Potions, brew them, drink them, stick ’em in a bottle. Announcements We’ll be at GaryCon! Random Encounter James Carruthers emails us and calls BS on our Dragons episode. Jason comments on G+ re: Social Encounters Michael Drescher emails us. George takes us back to episode 12! Blake Ryan emails us. Finnulf provides feedback via our website. Die... The post 129 Potions appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Feb. 21, 2017 · 01:23:28
First installment of our Player Series, we’re talking about the Fighter. The fighter has a purpose, it’s to smash faces. We also provide some ideas on how to actually role-play the combat intensive fantasy class. It’s not all fun and games, they do have their weaknesses too! Announcements We’ll be at GaryCon Guests of Gamehole... The post 128 Player Series – Fighters appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Feb. 14, 2017 · 01:17:37
Someone called BS on us for our original episode that covered social encounters so we’re revisiting the topic. We even give some examples of how we’ve setup a social encounters. Announcements Azrael Arocha our Venezuelan friend living in Canada is launching a podcast, Rolero Casual. BS’ers will be at OrcCon in LA – make sure... The post 127 Social Encounters Redux appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Feb. 7, 2017 · 01:06:49
Dragons! They are ancient creatures of legend causing fear in player characters throughout the years. Claw, claw, tail, bite attacks. “Save versus breath weapon” and the feeling of impending doom sets in as you pick up the d20, rolling it inside your fist before you close your eyes and toss it upon the gaming table.... The post 126 Dragons! appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Jan. 31, 2017 · 00:58:45
Brett goes full on Ranger as we go on to talk about wilderness encounters. You can come across interesting things while walking around in the woods, and the night can make you lose your way. We share some of our own wilderness encounters. Announcements Brett has finally seen Rogue One. Spoilers if you haven’t seen it. Jason... The post 125 Wilderness Encounters appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Jan. 24, 2017 · 01:04:36
The politics in gaming, the politics ooo feeling good. We touch on law, but tie it into politics and that doesn’t make any sense. Politics is full of intrigue, plotting and scheming. We hit it at a high level, of course. Random Encounter Patron Pure Mongrel comments on G+ Jim Fitzpatrick comments on G+ Crimfan... The post 124 Politics in Role-playing Games appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
Jan. 17, 2017 · 01:11:03
Social encounters in role-playing games. There’s the ongoing debate on how to handle a not-so-social player playing a type-A rpg character and how mechanics and/or oratory skills play into the encounter. Announcements Streets of Avalon AP with Chris, Tom, Emily, and Kev Episode 1 Episode 0 Random Encounter Roger F. shares a weather-related scenario. Edwin,... The post 123 Social Encounters in RPG’s appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.