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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

Episode 120: Problem Players part 2: Electric Boogaloo

8/29/2018
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Episode 120: Problem Players 2: Electric Boogaloo This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite continue their discussion about problem players. In the second of two parts, Ryan, Carie and Jason break down more types of problem players, what causes them and how to deal with them. They also talk about how to vet players as a means to prevent allowing problem players in to your gaming community in the first place.

Duration:01:03:33

Episode 119: Problem Players pt. 1

8/21/2018
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Episode 119: Problem Players What do you do when one of your players is ruining the game for everyone? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss how to address problem players. In the first of two parts, Ryan, Carie and Jason break down different kinds of problem players, what causes them and how to deal with them.

Duration:01:02:29

Episode 118: Player Agency

8/14/2018
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Episode 118: Player Agency Just what is player agency and how does it work... or not work? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite follow the lead of Drew, one of their Patreon (http://patreon.com/onarollpodcast) backers, and tackle defining Player Agency and then exploring the things that make up this mysterious idea. Ryan, Carie and Jason also talk about whether or not it's even real...

Duration:01:13:32

Episode 117: Toxic Fandoms

8/7/2018
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Episode 117: Toxic Fandoms Fandoms have become increasingly toxic and broken lately. This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite examine the story of Sherlock Holmes and how even 150 years ago, people were dealing with harassment from fans. Ryan, Carie and Jason also talk about the current problems in fandom, particularly the Star Wars, Critical Role and White Wolf Publishing fandom problems in recent weeks!

Duration:01:02:44

Episode 116: Characters in the Spotlight

7/31/2018
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Episode 116: Characters in the Spotlight We all want our character to be in the spotlight from time to time. This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite investigate what players can do to help make sure they can get in the plot and story limelight while also helping other players have their moments, too. Ryan, Carie and Jason also examine how storytellers can manage their gaming group to give everyone the time they want and desire in the spotlight!

Duration:01:05:45

Episode 115: Between Games

7/17/2018
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Episode 115: Between Games What happens to characters in between games? The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take a look at the between games antics of characters, players and storytellers as they examine downtime actions, online or email scenes and player requests. Ryan, Carie and Jason work through the challenges and expectations of what happens between games.

Duration:01:07:50

Episode 114: DMing For The First Time

7/10/2018
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Episode 114: DMing For The First Time The very first time anyone runs a game can be nerve-wracking. The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite navigate through advice and suggestions to help make running your first game less stressful and more successful. Breaking it down into what a new DM/Storyteller should do before, during and after their first game, Ryan, Carie and Jason do their best to help any novice game runner have a successful experience. They also take a few minutes to address...

Duration:01:13:17

Episode 113: Constructing Scenes

7/4/2018
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Episode 113: Constructing Scenes A great story in a roleplaying game is made up of many different scenes The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite get into the nuts and bolts of what makes a scene work. Examining all of the pieces, Ryan, Carie and Jason do a deep dive into the art of constructing a scene that is compelling, exciting, clear and most of all, in service to the overall story.

Duration:00:59:54

Episode 112: Into The Storyteller's Vault

6/25/2018
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Episode 112: Into The Storyteller's Vault One of our Patreon backers is at the Thief level, meaning one of his characters gets roasted this episode! But first, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite hang out with game designer Josh Heath to talk about his companies, High Level Games and Keep on the Heathlands, as well as learning all about how to create content for the White Wolf Storyteller's Vault. Ryan, Carie and Jason also get the scoop on HLG Con! Special Guest: Josh – The Penguin.

Duration:01:01:37

Episode 111: Free RPG Day Special

6/16/2018
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Episode 111: Free RPG Day Special This special episode celebrates the fun had at Free RPG Day! The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite spent the day at Dicehead Comics and Games in Cleveland, Tennessee, where they played a ton of Dungeons & Dragons, got some great free shwag from some wonderful games and got to know a gaggle of local gamers in our community! Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they get down in the trenches with Chad, Painter, Benito, Ian, Stacy, Marty, Scott and Dakota!

Duration:01:14:37

Episode 110: Villains vs. Bad Guys

6/12/2018
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Episode 110: Villains vs. Bad Guys This week's episode is tuned to the key of E vil as the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite explore the differences between villains and bad guys. Ryan, Carie and Jason debate the finer points of constructing great antagonists and how these NPCs interact with the story being told.

Duration:01:05:11

Episode 109: Great ST Mistakes

6/5/2018
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Episode 109: Great ST Mistakes Nobody's perfect, not even the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite. Delving deep into their gaming history, Ryan, Carie and Jason tell the stories of the greatest mistakes they ever made while storytelling for roleplaying games. When it's all over, they're a bit surprised to discover a common theme in their ways...

Duration:01:02:47

Episode 108: Building Better Players

5/29/2018
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Episode 108: Building Better Players We are all players. Some of us are better players than others, but what qualities make a player "good?" The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take some time this week to delve into the traits that make a great player. Dividing the conversation into the Internals and Externals, they get into the meat of things we all can do to play better and have more fun.

Duration:01:02:44

Episode 107: Toxicity

5/22/2018
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Episode 107: Toxicity Role-playing game communities, like most communities, have become increasingly aware of issues like safety, inclusion and behavioral problems. This week, The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult and often uncomfortable topic of toxic players, toxic game runners and toxic environments in the world of tabletop RPGs, LARP and MUSH, and they explore ways we can all help to make our gaming spaces healthier.

Duration:01:08:30

Episode 106: Finding Ideas

5/17/2018
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Episode 106: Finding Ideas Where do ideas come from? The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite explore the process of creativity and how great ideas are born. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they talk about coming up with ideas for plots, characters and settings.

Duration:00:55:24