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Episode 209: Burnout!

3/21/2019
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Episode 209: Burnout What happens when you get burned out? The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend try to figure out the signs of gaming burnout and what causes it. It's up to Carie, Jason and Ryan to come up with ways to avoid and treat player and storytelling burnout on this week's episode!

Duration:01:00:28

Episode 208: Plot Building

3/14/2019
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Episode 208: Plot Building What does the process of plot building sound like? This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend pull back the curtain on a storyteller meeting. Carie, Jason and Ryan craft a plot for a game off the cuff to demonstrate the process!

Duration:00:56:31

Episode 207: Josh Heath on Snowhaven

3/7/2019
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Episode 207: Josh Heath on Snowhaven Josh Heath from High Level Games joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to talk about the current tabletop RPG on Kickstarter, Snowhaven. Carie, Jason and Ryan learn all about snow-punk, the process of producing an indie RPG and the fascinating world of pistol-packing yetis! Special Guest: Josh – The Penguin.

Duration:01:02:24

Episode 206: Live! from Con Nooga!

3/5/2019
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Episode 206: LIVE! from Con Nooga Con Nooga, the multi-fandom convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to help host panels and record an episode live during the con. Carie, Jason and Ryan answered questions and gave gaming advice to attendees in this week's episode!

Duration:00:50:21

Episode 205: Matthew, Zak and Other Pieces of Poop

2/20/2019
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Episode 205: Matthew, Zak and Other Pieces of Poop After an exhausting week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about the gross monsters in the RPG industry. Carie, Jason and Ryan tackle the controversies and consider what we as gamers can and should do now!

Duration:01:06:06

Episode 204: Sandboxes and Narratives

2/14/2019
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Episode 204: Sandboxes and Narratives This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend take a cue from a listener and discuss the differences between running a sandbox-style game and a narrative-driven game. Carie, Jason and Ryan take a look at the pros and cons, and what they prefer!

Duration:00:57:36

Episode 203: Engagement vs. Immersion

2/7/2019
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Episode 203: Engagement vs. Immersion After attending a new local game with lots of costuming, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about the difference between engagement and immerision, and how both are achieved. Carie, Jason and Ryan work out the pros and cons of them both, and they try to figure out which is more important!

Duration:01:06:41

Episode 202: Sensitivity Editing

1/30/2019
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Episode 202: Sensitivity Editting After a viscious thread in a Facebook group, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle the important topic of sensitivity editing in gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to navigate the angry distance between the "Get Woke Go Broke" and the "Social Justice Warrior" crowds and figure out sensitivity in game design!

Duration:01:00:51

Episode 201: Running The End

1/23/2019
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Episode 201: Running the End It's the first episode of season two! Since it's the beginning of our new season, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about endings. Carie, Jason and Ryan explore the reasons and requirements for ending a story and the benefits and drawbacks of doing so!

Duration:01:00:36

Episode 131: Do We Even Need Experience Points?

12/5/2018
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Episode 131: Do We Even Need Experience Points? There's a lot of talk about experience points lately, so the Favorite asks the Curmudgeon and the Legend what the point of XP is. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss the problems and benefits of XP, why we have it and why it's such a contentious topic on our final episode of season one!

Duration:01:04:20

Episode 130: Donny Cates and Telling Great Stories

11/29/2018
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Episode 130: Donny Cates and Telling Great Stories Epik Comic Show (http://www.epikcomicshow.com) happened recently, and the Curmudgeon and the Legend sat down with Marvel comic's writer Donny Cates. Carie and Ryan find out Donny's story and how he became a comic book author, and then get his take on how to tell a great story! Special Guest: Donny – The Marvel.

Duration:00:35:47

Episode 129: Jamie Chambers, Historic D&D and A Delve in the Cave

11/18/2018
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Episode 129: Jamie Chambers, Historic D&D and A Delve in a Cave Hanging out at PostApocalypticon (http://postapocalypticon.com) at Dicehead Games and Comics, the Curmudgeon and the Legend sat down with game designer Jamie Chambers to talk about his new 5th Ed adventure, A Delve in the Cave. Ryan and Carie also talk with Jamie about his early online role with TSR and his experience writing licensed gaming products. Special Guest: Jamie – The Spelunker.

Duration:01:02:32

Episode 128: Chris Spivey, Diversity and Harlem Unbound

11/8/2018
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Episode 128: Chris Spivey, Diversity and Harlem Unbound While at HLG Con (http://hlgcon.com), the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite had the opportunity to hang out with Chris Spivey, the multiple Gold Ennie-winning designer of Harlem Unbound. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk with Chris about diversity in gaming and designing a role-playing game that tackles difficult and important topics. Special Guest: Chris – The Ennie Winner.

Duration:01:02:42

Episode 127: Craig Campbell on Indie Game Designing

10/30/2018
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Episode 127: Craig Campbell on Indie Game Design Having played Die Laughing at HLG Con, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite invite indie game designer Craig Campbell back to the show to talk about the game. Ryan, Carie and Jason then spend time with Craig diving into the world of indie game development and the Kickstarter process. Special Guest: Craig – The Nerdburger.

Duration:00:05:01

Episode 126: ACTUAL PLAY: Die Laughing

10/18/2018
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Episode 126: ACTUAL PLAY of Die Laughing Driving across the United States to Atlantic City for HLG Con (http://hlgcon.com) was tiring, so the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite made it their mission to have as much fun there as they could. Ryan, Carie and Jason wrangled Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games (http://nerdburgergames.com) and convinced him to run a session of his latest game, Die Laughing. Here's an actual play recording of the game. Special Guest: Craig – The Nerdburger.

Duration:01:43:00

Episode 125: Running Games for Profit

10/3/2018
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Episode 125: Running Games for Profit After reading a heated online discussion, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite dive into the ethics and acceptability of running role-playing games, particularly LARPs, for profit. Ryan, Carie and Jason discuss behaviors, expectations and general opinions about this surprisingly controversial topic.

Duration:01:08:30

Episode 124: Nerdball with Matthew Webb

9/27/2018
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Episode 124: Nerdball with Matthew Webb The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite have a sit down with Matthew Webb about his recent article about the concept of LARP as Nerdball. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about how competitive play can be abusive and systemic. They also exploring ways we can all work to prevent those problems and build healthy gaming communities. Special Guest: Matthew – The Puppetmaster.

Duration:01:12:32

Episode 123: Live AMA

9/19/2018
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Episode 123: Facebook Live AMA Armed with courage and technology, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take on Facebook Live and hold an "Ask Me Anything"-style show. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about all of the games in Ryan's gaming room and everything else they get asked by our listeners.

Duration:01:11:30

Episode 122: Snacktastic Help

9/11/2018
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Episode 122: Snacktastic Help What sort of things that are NOT the game helps make your game better? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss snacks, locations, music, props and everything else you can add to your game night to make things great. Ryan, Carie and Jason even explore the differences in these kinds of additions for tabletop games, LARPs and MUSHs.

Duration:01:03:56

Episode 121: Make Great Characters

9/4/2018
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Episode 121: Make Great Characters Ever wonder what makes a good character great? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite try to figure out what players can do to develop their good characters into characters that are great. Ryan, Carie and Jason formulate a four piece theory based on Depth, Substance, Usefulness and Awesome. How do your characters rate?

Duration:00:59:13