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Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.
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Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

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English


Episodes

A Deep Look at D&D's Dwarves: Episode 116

9/15/2018
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Where do dwarves come from? What are the duergar, and why do they burrow into dwarven strongholds and kill all the dwarves they find? Find out as the Plot Points gang takes a deep look at the third chapter of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes for Dungeons & Dragons from Wizards of the Coast! Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. To let us know what you think about this episode, email...

Duration:00:40:54

A New Genre? Kaleidoscopic Fantasy: Episode 115

9/8/2018
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Renegade Game Studio is attempting to create a new genre of fantasy, which they describe as kaleidoscopic fantasy, in a new RPG: Overlight. The Plot Points crew take a long look at the game, and the adventure in the corebook. Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com! Find us on Twitter...

Duration:01:05:56

We Be Super Goblins! Live @ Gen Con 2018! Episode 114

8/27/2018
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Sarah, Brad, and Ben take a look at Pathfinder's fifth adventure in their goblin epic, We Be Super Goblins! And they do it live! At Gen Con 2018 in scenic downtown Indianapolis, Indiana! With an audience of listeners! Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com! Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!...

Duration:00:51:55

Encounter Theory 101: Episode 113

8/18/2018
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Encounter Theory argues that the encounter, where players interact with the world of the RPG, is the meat & bones of all RPGs. Is this true, & how can it be applied by GMs and designers? This audio is from Gen Con 2018. Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com! Find us on Twitter...

Duration:00:56:40

Why Did TSR Fail? Episode 112

8/9/2018
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TSR was created to make Dungeons & Dragons, yet by 1996, the first RPG company was drowning in debt. How did TSR arrive in this place? Why did it happen? Ben Riggs gives a summary into his book research on these very questions at Gen Con 2018! Interested in Ben’s book on RPG theory? Back us on Patreon at the $2 level to get the current draft, but act now! He’s sending the book out to publishers, and if he gets a hit, he’ll have to take it down! Let others know about Plot Points to help...

Duration:00:58:25

Is it time to remove the Drow? Episode 111

7/30/2018
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Are the Drow too weighted down by racist associations to be a part of D&D in the 21st century? That's the question we settle in on as Plot Points takes a deep look at Chapter Two of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. Interested in Ben’s book on RPG theory? Back us on Patreon at the $2 level to get the current draft, but act now! He’s sending the book out to publishers, and if he gets a hit, he’ll have to take it down! Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes...

Duration:00:58:41

Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of: Episode 110

7/21/2018
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Ben, Brad, and Sarah tackle Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of this week. Brad does a deep dive on how Modiphius's 2D20 system works in the world of Conan, and Ben frowns hard at an adventure that makes a better short story than RPG. Interested in Ben's book on RPG theory? Back us on Patreon at the $2 level to get the current draft, but act now! He's sending the book out to publishers, and if he gets a hit, he'll have to take it down! Hear more about Conan on Episode 11, "The Tower...

Duration:01:03:26

TSR Goes to War Against DC Comics: Episode 109

7/13/2018
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Did you know DC Comics used to make Dungones & Dragons comics? And that they stopped because TSR went into competition with them? We explore that story in an excerpt from Ben's book this week on Plot Points! Let others know about Plot Points to help the 'pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. Not a Patreon supporter yet? See what goodness we have in store for you by backing the 'pod here! To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at...

Duration:00:30:01

Demons & Devils & Dungeons & Dragons: A Brief History Part II Episode 108

6/26/2018
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After complaints from pulpit, press, and angry mothers, TSR took demons and devils out of Dungeons & Dragons. Or did they? Soon, D&D supplements were describing "fiends" who lived in the Nine Hells and the Abyss... And aren't they prominent parts of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes? Enjoy the second part of this deep dive on demons and devils in the world's most popular role-playing game. Haven't heard Part 1 yet? Check it out here! New to Plot Points? Check out a few similar narrative...

Duration:00:47:10

Demons & Devils & Dungeons & Dragons: A Brief History pt. 1

6/18/2018
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Demons & devils are some of the fiercest foes in Dungeons & Dragons, but did you know there was a time when they were cut out of the game due to complaints? The Plot Points gang of Ben Riggs, Sarah Babe, and Brad Davies takes a deep delve into the history of demons and devils in the world's most popular role-playing game! New to Plot Points? Check out a few similar narrative episodes. For example, this one on the Satanic panic, this one about how the open gaming license freed D&D, or...

Duration:00:36:52

Best Game About Thieves Ever? Blades in the Dark

6/2/2018
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Blades in the Dark is the RPG of broken people breaking and entering in a fog-shrouded steampunk city infested with ghosts. The Plot Points gang breaks down what makes it one of the best new games of 2017, and why it is revolutionary and influential. In further good news, thanks to YOU, we have met our funding goal of $110 per episode! (Thanks to Patreon-backer Sarah Lynn Ross who nosed us over the top!) In return, we will be doing an actual play podcast using the Basic D&D...

Duration:00:58:13

105: What Do We Read? An AMA

5/19/2018
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This week, the Plot Points crew lets YOU decide what we talk about! Sarah, Brad, & Ben chew over our favorite wrestler, books we would recommend, and read aloud some listener mail! Like what we do? Let us know by backing us on Patreon! If we reach $110 per episode by May 31st, we’ll do another actual play podcast. The current idea is to play 1st edition D&D, which might prove to be audio gold. Back the ‘pod here! To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at...

Duration:00:49:04

104: Become the Dragon in Epyllion

5/12/2018
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Epyllion, the role-playing game that lets you take wing as a dragon! Brad, Sarah, and Ben discuss its influences, play, and friendship gem economy. Yes, you read that right. The game has a friendship gem economy! Like what we do? Let us know by backing us on Patreon! If we reach $110 per episode by May 31st, we’ll do another actual play podcast. The current idea is to play 1st edition D&D, which might prove to be audio gold. Back the ‘pod here! To let us know what you think about this...

Duration:01:23:13

103: Ben's Making a Role-Playing Game

5/5/2018
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The gang sits down to listen to Ben talking about the role-playing game he's writing tentatively entitled Wands Against the Apocalypse. It is a game of modern magic where only YOU and your friends can kill the most dangerous mage in the world, Irena Katastrofa. Unfortunately, Katastrofa also knows that only you can destroy her, and she will do everything she can to kill you before you kill her. Tomorrow is Gen Con event registration! Click here to preregister for Plot Points live! Ben is...

Duration:00:28:53

102: Behold an OSR Hexcrawl with Eye-Shattering Player Handout!

4/28/2018
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The Plot Points gang discusses Hot Springs Island, a suite of two books that are an old-school hex-crawl for the 21st century. One of the books is a world-class player handout containing drawings, maps, and accounts from previous adventurers who have survived Hot Springs Island. The other book is The Dark of Hot Springs Island, a system neutral GM book explaining all the little secrets the authors have prepared for players to explore. Like what we do? Let us know by backing us on Patreon!...

Duration:01:12:27

101: GaryCon Audio Odyssey

4/21/2018
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Ben went to GaryCon and through the audio magic of the internet, now YOU are there too! He speaks with Jeffrey Talanian of North Wind Adventures about Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea, Lucus Palosaari of Fat Goblin Games, Daniel Fisher of InnRoads Ministries, and Ken Spencer of Why Not Games. Like what we do? Let us know by backing us on Patreon! If we reach $110 per episode by May 31st, we'll do another actual play, patrons choice! Back the 'pod here! To let us know what...

Duration:00:18:33

100: Star Trek Actual Play

4/15/2018
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What happens when someone who has never seen an episode of Star Trek sits down to play a Star Trek role-playing game? The Plot Points gang sets out to discover the answer, joined by friend of show Ryan Smith and celebrity gamer Elyse Hobson. While a bone-deep geek, and award-winning Pathfinder player, Elyse has managed to live her entire life never having seen an episode of Star Trek! But that doesn't stop her from taking on the role of Commander Riker in "Border Dispute", an adventure for...

Duration:03:04:10

99: Pathfinder 2nd Edition Seminar at Gary Con 2018

3/24/2018
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It broke the internet when Paizo announced a 2nd edition of the beloved behemoth that is the Pathfinder role-playing game, and your friends at Plot Points were interested too! So they went down to scenic and historic Lake Geneva to record what turned out to be an entire seminar by Paizo pundits Jason Buhlman and Stephen Radney-Macfarland on what we can expect in a second edition! New to Plot Points? Check out some of our earlier discussions of Pathfinder's We Be Goblins! in a two part...

Duration:01:34:56

98: Five Generations of D&D Design

3/17/2018
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Ben recorded a seminar wherein six game designers who worked on Dungeons and Dragons (Skip Williams, Jon Pickens, Zeb Cook, Ed Stark, Steve Winter, and Mike Mearls) talk about game design. During the talk, current lead designer Mike Mearls may very well have let slip what the next classic D&D game world he will be reviving next! New to Plot Points? Check out our first episode which discussed the seminal AD&D module, Ravenloft. Listen to an interview with Tracy and Laura Hickman here, a...

Duration:02:01:18

97: What's the Point of Plot Points and AMA!

3/10/2018
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Ben, Brad, and Sarah ask, as we come up on 100 episodes, what makes Plot Point the show that it is. We also tackle our first ever question from Patron backer Sarah Ross, who wants to know where a listener to Plot Points should start with the show. Speaking of Patreon, the 'cast has a Patreon now. If we reach $75 per episode by March 14th, we will produce an actual play podcast of Ben, Brad, and Sarah playing Star Trek Adventures which we talked about in Ep. 96. Find us at...

Duration:00:29:33