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Learn the mechanics behind creating a great role playing adventure.

Learn the mechanics behind creating a great role playing adventure.
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Learn the mechanics behind creating a great role playing adventure.

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English


Episodes

Strong, Unreasonable Villains

12/12/2014
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This week James takes on a new listener question: When my players come up with what seems like a reasonable bargain or deal, my antagonists accept, as long as they're not giving up more than they originally intended to. The greatest *play* experiences I've had came from GMs who created hardline antagonists who would accept nothing less than total acceptance of their demands. Overcoming them gave me a thrill that I want to give my players, but whenever I try to run these guys, my senses of...

Duration:00:16:59

Rapid Fire 1

10/23/2014
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James answers three listener questions in one episode! Gain insights on stronger performance and portraying ambivalence, co-GMing, and intrigue based role play systems. The post Rapid Fire 1 appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:13:46

15. John Harper

10/9/2014
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John Harper is responsible for some of the most fun and influential micro systems on the internet. With games like Lasers and Feelings, Lady Blackbird, and Ghost Echo in his portfolio Harper is the king of micro games. In this discussion James and John discuss Johns approach to gaming, his design philosophy, loosen the definition of "game designer," and fix everything. The post 15. John Harper appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:01:28:25

14. When Things Go Wrong

6/12/2014
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What do you do when your party doesn't follow your plot? The post 14. When Things Go Wrong appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:19:41

13. Voicing Characters

6/5/2014
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James discusses the art of voicing characters. This episode has improv techniques for developing character voices, advice on how to fudge certain voices you can’t do, and the secret to good voice work. The post 13. Voicing Characters appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:15:34

12. Designing Monsters

4/16/2014
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This week live from CODcon James invites Kat Murphy and Jim Hepplewhite on the show to discuss customizing monsters thanks to a question from Jeff Chaffe @infocorn on twitter. The post 12. Designing Monsters appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:52:28

11. Cultivating Atmosphere

3/21/2014
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What separates basic play from role-playing art? For game masters it is almost always a question of atmosphere. In this episode James teaches aspiring DMs how to create and maintain atmosphere. He also gives some tips for hardened grognards looking for ways to better describe their locations. The post 11. Cultivating Atmosphere appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:18:34

10. Interview With David Ewalt

3/6/2014
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Parting with the usual format, James sits down with Senior Editor of Forbes Magazine and author of "Of Dice and Men" David M. Ewalt to discuss David experience running his very first campaign. Their conversations spans world building, session prep, improvisation, and how to incorporate lessons learned in other systems into your main campaign. The post 10. Interview With David Ewalt appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:53:49

9. Getting players to Participate

1/30/2014
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A couple years ago I DM'd for the first time for a game with my girlfriend (now wife) my friend Matt and his wife and a couple of our female friends. Other than myself and Matt, no one else had ever played D&D. Though I think they kind of liked it, it was very difficult to get them to attempt to role play (my wife later said she just didn't know what to do. The post 9. Getting players to Participate appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:21:32

8. Giving Players the Right Amount of Information

1/23/2014
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James answers a listener's question - "Over the past year I have gotten back into DMing for a group of players, after an almost 10 year hiatus from tabletop rpgs I have come to realize that I am not as skilled as I once thought. I have found that I tend to not give the players quite enough information. How should I go about giving the players enough information to act on but not so much that it either overwhelms them or removes the goal? Where do I draw that line?" The post 8. Giving...

Duration:00:21:14

Rules Heavy vs Rules light

11/18/2013
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This week James continues his thoughts on how to approach picking a system to run your game. Lots of players have preferences for rules heavy systems or abstract rules light systems. What sort of effect does this have on the game? And why do we have rules to begin with? The post Rules Heavy vs Rules light appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:16:31

Picking the Right System

11/11/2013
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This week, James discusses how one should go about picking a roleplaying system that works best for your story, players, and schedule. The post Picking the Right System appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:16:38

Kickstarting Your Party Dynamic

10/28/2013
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In this episode James gives us some techniques to build strong party dynamics starting with the first session. He also shows us how to make it easier for players to live out their original character concepts. The post Kickstarting Your Party Dynamic appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:12:50

Putting Together Your First Game Part 2

10/21/2013
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James continues his walk-through for making your first game. In this episode you'll learn about accounting for player strengths, using differences in scale and differences in kind, and the ever important maintaining flexibility while knowing what is going to happen in the story. The post Putting Together Your First Game Part 2 appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:20:53

Putting Together Your First Game Part 1

10/14/2013
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This is a big one folks. This is the first installment of a series where James walks you through the steps to setting up your very first game. In this part he breaks down a game into three essential components and he lays out the first two steps of session design. The post Putting Together Your First Game Part 1 appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:19:37

Rules Lawyers and How to Deal With Them

9/30/2013
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This week James tackles the subject of rules lawyers and how to talk them out of slowing down your game. Players can be difficult but sometimes all you need to do is choose your words carefully to make everyone at the table happy. If you have a question for James please send it to jamesdamatoismagic@gmail.com The post Rules Lawyers and How to Deal With Them appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:25:43

The Heart, Head, and X Factor

9/23/2013
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If you are running your first game, chances are you are stressed out. If you have just run your fist session and nothing wen right you are probably completely overwhelmed. The first step to running a great game is understanding who your party is and what they are after. On this episode of Crit Success we discuss understanding and categorizing player types with improv terms to help you get to know your party. The post The Heart, Head, and X Factor appeared first on Peaches and Hot Sauce.

Duration:00:21:16