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Ep. 13: The Fractal

Unlucky 13, If I had planned it out better this would have been the Halloween episode. Ah well, such is life. I'm going to stop apologizing for the audio quality since those of you on the discord made it incredibly obvious that I'm probably making mountains out of mole hills. Also I listened to some radio professionals and realized they make the exact same sounds. In this episode I'm going to continue to pick apart the mechanical underpinnings of the Fudge RPG, specifically the way...


Ep. 12: Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, its like Summerween in the Fall! In this episode I explore developing Fudge horror games by pilfering other, more established, horror games for clever mechanics. To the best of my knowledge there isn't a solid long-running Fudge Horror game out there, so I'm looking at ideas that can be borrowed from the Fate Horror Toolkit, the Pacesetter RPG, and Call of Cthulhu. I also plug the upcoming "Chronicles of Future Earth" due to it having a clever dice mechanic we can snag...


Ep. 11: Getting Started

... Gotta practice breathing through my nose... Welcome to my 11th episode, I can finally say this one goes to 11! So in this episode I talk a bit about how I began with the game, the first campaign I ever ran with Fudge, some pre-made games to get you going, and some ways to engage with the community. Some quick notes on how to connect with the Fudge IRC channel. If your not "IRC Savvy" you can use the link below to connect using a handy web app linked to on the Grey Ghost Games...


Ep. 10: Dice

Here is an episode where I wax poetic about dice. I was trying a cardioid langolier mic, I'm debating if I like the audio quality of it. I'm testing it in hopes of doing some interviews over the phone soon. In this episode I'll talk about features of Fudge Dice, sources for these wondrous creatures, and alternatives to them. Additionally I talk a little about when not to roll them bones, and discuss the possibility of doing future liveplays to make the game more accessible. Links 4DF...



I apologize if it sounds like your sitting in my mouth, I was getting a cold and had the mic closer than I should have. In this episode I discuss the nature, usage, and viability of attribute scores in Fudge. I think fudge gets some flack for being an "incomplete" game or "just a toolkit" because of the nebulous description of how attributes work in the game. Attributes are recommended, but totally optional. Fate Core, arguably the most popular Fudge derivative out there, ditches...


A Magical Medley, Review, Part 2

The second half of my review of A Magical Medley. In this half we finish up the Celtic system, look at the Chinese, Gramary, and Occult systems. I'm debating weather I like doing shows as two parts. Please pop into the Discord and let me know what you think. If you think the call in number is a good idea, please go ahead and call in. I'm still on the fence as to weather or not to hang on to it going forward. Thanks for listening. Links Fable Video Game SeriesCall of CthulhuIntelligent Swords


A Magical Medley, Review, Part 1

So actually, I am going to review a Magical Medley. I've been busy lately, which is why this is coming out a week late. The next episode should come out on time because this is actually one episode split into two parts for time. I kind of rambled a bit, and got off topic here and there, but I decided to keep it all in since I feel like its of some interest to my listeners. This is a pretty extensive review of A Magical Medley from Grey Ghost Games. The review was prompted by some...


A Huge Mess

A quick update to the last episode. The version of Scale I clarified at the top of that episode was a pure fever dream. As such I start this episode off with a clear and consice explanation taken directly from 4.22 and 4.58 of the Fudge 1995 edition of the rules. I also review Another Fine Mess from Grey Ghost Games. Another Fine Mess is an introductory adventure, both for starting players and to explain how fudge games can work to starting Game Masters. Aside from some not-on-the-tin...


Building Fudge Games

edit: sorry also for the inaccuracy. Ignore my explanation of scale in this episode. I'll clarify it in the next episode. Sorry. Sorry for the delay, I'm feeling much better. I'm going to try to prerecord an episode or two ahead to prevent this in the future. This episode is all about answering questions, specifically this one: [4:58 PM] Viaken: I've heard complaints that universal systems make everything "feel same-y". Do you all do anything to avoid that? If so, what? This is from the...


The Long Game

I start off by responding to a listener question left on our voicemail at (661) 368-5306 by Johnathan Snyder, who is also one of my Patreon supporters. JonathanBlood in Spacedamage factorsput together one Transcribed by Google Voice cleaned up by Me. I also talk a bit about the Shadowrun Runners Hub and Emerald Grid, which are really neat solutions to the Looking For Group problem faced by gamers. I floated the idea of a similar setup for Fudge, but as many people pointed out the...


Damage Factors

Call the show with your Tips, Questions, or Comments: 1 (661) 368-5306 In this episode I cover the exciting world of Fudge Damage Factors, all the things that can affect them, and how to use them most effectively. This seems to be a very elusive part of the game for many people, and like THAC0 before it, I think its largely down to poor explanation. Its just a simple way to add up all the different weapon/gear/gift/fault/scale factors that can affect damage, and pre-calculating them to...


Matters of Scale

Plus or Minus Homepage, Become a Patron, Call the Show! (661) 368-5306 In this episode we are going to begin to explore the Scale rules in Fudge. Scale is an often misunderstood part of the game, but probably the most central one. In the show we'll explore exactly what Scale is, how it works, and different ways to use it. Its probably the most important part of the system you've never used. Additionally in the episode I announce my interest in getting some kind of organized play up and...


First Episode

Plus or Minus Homepage, Become a Patron, Call the Show! (661) 368-5306 Hello and welcome to Plus or Minus, the Fudge hacking podcast. In this, my very first episode of the show, I give a brief overview of Fudge, its relationship to Fate, and what I've gleaned of that transition from FudgeFactor. I thought it was important to cover this topic as a sort of bonus episode zero for folks coming to Fudge, Fate, or Icons late in the game so they kind of understand the relationships therein....