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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

TSR's Christmas Layoffs- Ep. 163

10/10/2019
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In 1996, Random House returned a huge amount of material to TSR. To move the company back into the black, layoffs were planned and carried out on December 20th, 1996. This is the story of that day. Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR...

Duration:00:20:19

Making Cthulhu Fresh Again in New Bestiary- Ep. 162

10/3/2019
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Hideous Creatures, a new horror bestiary from Pelgrane Press, makes Lovecraft's old, familiar, creatures fresh and scary again. Ben, Brad, & Sarah take a deep look at this hot book. Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by...

Duration:00:43:16

Death by Debt at TSR: Ep 161

9/26/2019
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A 1979 contract between Random House and TSR would take 18 years to kill the company that started the role-playing game hobby. Thanks to historian Micheal Calleia, Ben has a copy of that very contract, and discusses how it led TSR to near bankruptcy in 1997 with TSR alums James Lowder, Chaosium’s executive editor, and John Rateliff, an internationally renowned Tolkien scholar. Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential...

Duration:00:52:20

Panic and Death on the Mothership- Ep. 160

9/19/2019
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Mothership is an OSR-style RPG of sci-fi horror that will rip your head off, gut you, and dance in your entrails. Right now, the game is hotter than fried chicken thrown in a volcano. It took home two ENnies this August and had a successful Kickstarter for an adventure. Learn about the buzz in this episode of Plot Points! Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2...

Duration:01:07:30

Magpie Games Seminar from Gen Con 2019- Ep. 159

9/12/2019
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See what Magpie Games has coming up in 2020 and the future! Also, peek into the research I'm doing for my book on the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast. Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office...

Duration:00:51:35

How to Write Better Adventures Seminar Gen Con 2019

9/5/2019
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How many great RPG sessions have you played in? How many have you run? Given how much we all want RPG sessions to be successful, how come they so often aren't? These questions and more led Plot Points' own Ben Riggs to create a theory of adventure design. Like this episode? Ben wrote a whole book on the topic! Encounter Theory is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book...

Duration:00:52:28

Who are Brad & Sarah? Ep. 157

8/29/2019
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In a very special episode of Plot Points, we take a deep look at Brad & Sarah. Who are they? How did they meet? What makes them tick? Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing...

Duration:00:50:26

Swords, Spies, & Shoggoths: The Pelgrane Press Panel from Gen Con 2019- Ep. 156

8/22/2019
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Discover what secrets will be sprung upon the world by Pelgrane Press in the coming months! Can your heart stand the appalling shocks? Explore tabletop role-playing at its finest! Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by...

Duration:00:56:06

The Hope & Tragedy of TSR West Seminar Gen Con 2019- Ep. 155

8/15/2019
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TSR West was an attempt by TSR to break into the comic book industry. How and why didn't it work out? A seminar from Gen Con 2019. Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic...

Duration:00:50:45

3rd Edition D&D: Creation of a Masterpiece Seminar 2019

8/8/2019
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3rd edition D&D is one of the most popular RPGs ever created. Decades after its release, and after dozens of interviews, the dramatic story of how 3rd edition came to be can at last be told! Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is 20% off on DriveThruRPG until Thursday! Click here for a coupon towards this essential volume. Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast!...

Duration:00:54:20

Why TSR Failed 2019- Ep. 153

8/5/2019
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Why did TSR, the company founded to publish Dungeons & Dragons, flounder and fail in the 1990's? Ben Riggs goes deep with this updated seminar on the end of the company that birthed the role-playing game hobby. Ben's book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is 20% off on DriveThruRPG until Thursday! Click here for a coupon towards this essential volume. Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to...

Duration:00:55:44

Over the Edge 3rd Ed Review- Ep. 152

7/25/2019
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Over the Edge is the game of weird urban danger by Jonathan Tweet published by Atlas Games. The Plot Points crew oohs and ahs over this 3rd edition of a 90's gem. Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also has 14 playplans to help you design better adventures, and an entire 5E adventure applying his ideas, along with commentary about why he wrote adventure the way he did. Check it out here! Like Plot...

Duration:00:55:43

A Long Lunch with TSR Alums Jim Lowder & Dale Donovan- Ep 151

7/20/2019
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Imagine taking a pair of TSR alumni out to lunch, and letting them tell you tales of the old days. This aural odyssey is exactly that! Ben Riggs took Jim Lowder & Dale Donovan out for lunch and recorded it. Hear about the good old days and the bad old days at TSR, the company that first published Dungeons & Dragons! We need YOU to vote for Plot Points at the ENnies! Click here to support the show! Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s...

Duration:01:58:56

Appendix N University "Ill Met in Lankhmar" by Fritz Leiber- Ep. 150

7/11/2019
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A professor, an RPG designer, and a podcast host come together over Ill Met in Lankhmar, a seminal Appendix N text by Fritz Leiber. Game design, history, prose, and yes, even art, come together in this golden hour of audio. We need YOU to vote for Plot Points at the ENnies! Click here to support the show! Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also has 14 playplans to help you design better adventures, and...

Duration:01:17:14

Why Is Pelgrane Press So Good? Ep. 149

7/4/2019
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Pelgrane Press is a phenomenal company devoted solely to the production of role-playing games. The company's products are universally stunning, from 13th Age to The Dracula Dossier. How does Pelgrane manage to put out such consistently amazing material with only one full-time employee? An interview with co-owner Cat Tobin plumbs the depths of the Pelgrane paradox. Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also...

Duration:01:05:40

Architect of D&D Adventurer's League Spills Secrets! Ep. 148

6/27/2019
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Chris Lindsay runs the D&D Adventurer's League, D&D's organized play, and is the mastermind behind the DM's Guild, which allows Jane & Joe Average to write adventures using D&D IP. In this episode, he talks about how both organizations run, and came to be! Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also has 14 playplans to help you design better adventures, and an entire 5E adventure applying his ideas, along...

Duration:01:00:22

Scion 2nd Edition- Yeah or Yikes!? Ep. 147

6/19/2019
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Words are wielded like daggers in this contentious episode of Plot Points. Is the new edition of Scion a step forward or leap backward? Brad, Ben, & Sarah vigorously argue about the new edition of Scion, Onyx Path's game of modern mythology. Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also has 14 playplans to help you design better adventures, and an entire 5E adventure applying his ideas, along with commentary...

Duration:00:49:32

How Not to Suck at Storytelling-Ep. 146

6/13/2019
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Learn secrets to running better adventures from gaming professionals! A galaxy of game greats pass on their collective wisdom to make your gaming sessions go gangbusters! Rick Heinz of Geek & Sundry, Jim Lowder of TSR and Chaosium, Pip System lead developer Crystal Mazur, game designer and writer Ray Jenkins, and Ben Riggs of Plot Points gathered before a soldout crowd at C2E2 to share their ideas about how to improve the experience of running a role-playing game. Ben’s book on RPG theory...

Duration:00:55:57

ENnie Award-Winning Designer Speaks- Ep. 145

6/6/2019
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A talk with the oracle of the OSR! Jacob Hurst won an ENnie for his work on Hot Springs Island, which you can check out here. Ben & Jacob talk about his current projects, and the creation of Hot Springs! Ben's book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Check it out here! If you are a Patreon backer, and you buy a copy of the book before 12 PM CST Saturday, June 8th, Ben will review the product of your choice on Plot Points! Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2...

Duration:01:10:29

Appendix N University-"Return of the Sorcerer" by Clark Ashton Smith Ep. 144

5/29/2019
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How did pulp fiction of the 1930s influence D&D? Plot Points takes a hard look at the question by reading "Return of the Sorcerer" by Clark Ashton Smith, and brings along a couple special guests for the journey. Prof. Jason Ray Carney is a fascinating professor of English at Christopher Newport University with an upcoming book, Weird Tales of Modernity. Clinton J. Boomer is a game designer, novelist, and raconteur. They get together with Ben to look at the influence pulp fiction, and one...

Duration:01:07:10