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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 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

Improv for Gamers- A Karen Twelves Interview Ep. 143

5/23/2019
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What can gamers learn from improv to have more fun at the table? Improv impresario Karen Twelves has the answers! Ben has a wide-ranging and free-wheeling conversation with her about game, life, and living abroad. Buy her book, Improv for Gamers here! Also mentioned in the podcast was Archipelago. Interested in any of Ben's seminars at Gen Con? Learn more here. Plot Points is going to try out a new feature: an Appendix N book club! Prof. Jason Carney is an expert in pulp fiction, and RPG...

Duration:01:15:07

A D&D AP That Sounds Like an Audio Drama: Ep. 142

5/16/2019
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Encounter Party is a slick piece of D&D entertainment so well-acted and so well-edited that it is more like audio drama than anything else. Our own Sarah Babe plays a minotaur on the podcast, and quite simply, if you enjoy Plot Points, you have to check out Encounter Party. If you like Encounter Problem, check out Ned Donovan's other piece of white-hot media, a vampire musical web series, The Hunted: Encore. Yes, you read that right. Vampire. Musical. Web series. Plot Points is going to...

Duration:01:12:56

A New Kind of D&D 5E in Ravnica: Ep. 141

5/9/2019
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A city that covers a planet, riven by factions and guilds- that is Ravnica! Plot Points takes a deep dive into this iconic Magic: The Gathering setting's translation into D&D 5th edition! But what is D&D when characters can't just kill their way to victory? Plot Points is going to try out a new feature: an Appendix N book club! Prof. Jason Carney is an expert in pulp fiction, and RPG superstar and Pathfinder author Clinton J. Boomer knows fantasy RPGs like the back of his hand. We gather...

Duration:00:56:55

Alien RPG to Burst Out of Free League Publishing: An Interview with Tomas Harenstam: Ep. 140

5/2/2019
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Hear the secrets of the upcoming Alien role-playing game from Free League Publishing in this interview with Free League designer and impresario Tomas Harenstam, coming to you live as the internet can be, from the bucolic wilds of Sweden! If you're new to Plot Points, we're the podcast that takes role-playing games seriously. If you want to learn about the hidden history which led to the death of the first company that made Dungeons & Dragons, check out Ben's seminar on why TSR failed. If...

Duration:01:03:10

Blades in the Dark Creator John Harper on Plot Points! Ep. 139

4/25/2019
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"You’re in a haunted Victorian-era city trapped inside a wall of lightning powered by demon blood." Blades in the Dark is a radical step forward in the art & science of role-playing games. 21st-century design is applied to one of the oldest tropes in gaming: the thief. Ben Riggs gets down to brass tacks with Blades creator John Harper to probe the secrets of the game. Find Blades in the Dark here! Back Plot Points on Patreon now! Back at the $2 level or higher and you’ll get a copy of the...

Duration:01:24:51

The Galaxy Is Your Sandbox: Stars Without Number 138

4/17/2019
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Low-prep, sandbox games make life easy on the GM. But how do you do that while providing the grand sweep of galactic science fiction? Kevin Crawford circles that square in Stars Without Number, a sandbox game with the awesome scope of Star Wars and Star Trek. The Plot Points gang takes on the game, dissecting its pros, cons, and gets a word or two from Crawford himself. Back Plot Points on Patreon now! Back at the $2 level or higher and you’ll get a copy of the current draft of Ben’s book...

Duration:01:20:20

The RPG Industry is Better Than Video Games and Other Controversies From Dennis Detwiller: Episode 137

4/10/2019
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Is art harder than writing? Is the RPG industry superior to comic books and video games? These questions and more are asked and answered in Ben's interview with virtuoso writer and artist Dennis Detwiller, one of the fulgent minds behind Delta Green, the role-playing game of Cthulhu conspiracy which is ranked #1 & #2 on RPG.net's index of games. Back Plot Points on Patreon now! Back at the $2 level or higher and you'll get a copy of the current draft of Ben's book on RPG theory, Encounters!...

Duration:01:13:11

Explore the Roots of Dungeons & Dragons: Episode 136

4/4/2019
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What literature inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons? Why do spells work the way they do? These questions and more are answered in the Appendix N Seminar from GaryCon 2019! If you're new to Plot Points, we're the podcast that takes role-playing games seriously. You may enjoy our deep dive on Dungeon Crawl Classics here, or our unpacking of the history of demons & devils & Dungeons & Dragons here. Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help...

Duration:01:19:12

Monte Cook's Parties Are So Hot They Start People on Fire: Episode 135

3/28/2019
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Ben has a long talk with Monte Cook, RPG design genius behind Numenera, Invisible Sun, and 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons. Check out his current Kickstarter for Arcana of the Ancients here! If you’re new to Plot Points, check out our episode on the history of demons and devils and Dungeons & Dragons! Here’s Ben’s sold out seminar on why TSR failed from Gen Con 2018! Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. Not a Patreon supporter...

Duration:00:59:06

Pathfinder 2nd Edition Seminar from Gary Con 2019! Episode 134

3/18/2019
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The mellifluous tones of Pathfinder designer Jason Bulmahn bring you up to speed on the latest news in the world of Pathfinder 2nd edition! If you're new to Plot Points, check out our episode on the history of demons and devils and Dungeons & Dragons! Here's Ben's sold out seminar on why TSR failed from Gen Con 2018! 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...

Duration:01:00:05

RPGs, Werewolves, and Rocky Horror: An Interview with Becky Annison- Episode 133

3/14/2019
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"I'm pretty keen on role-playing." Becky Annison is a brilliant game designer who co-created the GM-less Lovecraftian RPG, Lovecraftesque, along with her partner Joshua Fox. Ben picks her brain about role-playing theory, theater, and her latest Kickstarter for Bite Me!, the powered by the apocalypse game of werewolf pack dynamics. Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Support us at the $2 level, and you’ll get Ben’s book on gaming theory, Encounters! Let others know about Plot...

Duration:01:04:27

The Scandinavian RPG Invasion from the Forbidden Lands! Episode 132

3/7/2019
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"This may be the most perfect role-playing game product I've ever seen." "This makes old fantasy new again." Forbidden Lands is the fantasy RPG from the Swedish geniuses behind Tales from the Loop, and the game lives up to the high expectations set by their other games! Listen to our first foray into Free League RPGs with Tales from the Loop here! Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Support us at the $2 level, and you’ll get Ben’s book on gaming theory, Encounters! Let others...

Duration:01:26:12