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: 169)
June 27, 2017 · 01:18:57
Are your players neutralizing your combat encounters in rpg’s quicker than you can say “save or die”? Well our friend Walt has just those players. But fear not, Walt! We’ll give you some tips on how to beef up a tactical encounter so it’s challenging for your players! Announcements Want to run games under our... The post 146 Tips for Tactical Combat appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
June 20, 2017 · 01:02:32
Pregens are good for one shots and con games. Roll your own pc is good for campaigns, but what if you flip it? Is there a time when pregens could be used for an rpg campaign? :gasp: How about rolling up characters for a convention game or one shot? Announcements Want to run games under... The post 145 Pregen or Roll Your Own appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
June 13, 2017 · 01:01:58
As part of a character concept, we pose different questions you can ask yourself when creating your player character. Inspired by feedback on our player series from Jim Fitzpatrick. 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 this... The post 144 Character Development appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
June 6, 2017 · 01:10:22
We have Alex Kammer, Director of Gamehole Con, come on so we can ask him about the kids track that they have in place for this year’s event. 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 What’s the... The post 143 Kids Track at Cons appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
May 30, 2017 · 01:00:16
Chris Lange wrote us: “…my question is, when your players know they are playing a supernatural horror game, what are some ways to rend their understanding of the world, to, hopefully, make them uncomfortable due to lack of understanding the world, much as their characters should be feeling.” Random Encounter Jared Rascher comments on Ep... The post 142 Supernatural Horror and Mystery appeared first on Gaming and BS RPG Podcast.
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.