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Dec 16, 2020

The Adventuring Party - Episode 623

This week's hosts: Savage Mick, Hida ‘Eoin’ O-win, and Liam

Editor - Scarr

This week, The Party impart some wisdom to the masses, gleaned from the many, many times they have started a new RPG campaign, as either Player or GM.

Show notes:

01:03: *I* Judge.

02:00: Liam suggests not locking your characters in right away.

03:15: Marking the Pitfalls.

05:23: Read Twice, Run Once.

06:23: Learning the setting as the player.

07:29: Johnny Mnemonic, from the 90s Keanu Reeve period. But yes, Setting Tone is important.

08:00: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, or WHFRP, the go-to for gritty fantasy.

08:47: Here's a quick quide to the HRE.

09:13: Have a map!

09:54: Prep 2 sessions ahead.

11:09: Lancer, the newest indy darling of the Mech RPG genre.

11:21: Bracket Fights start here!

12:12: Making the mechanics first and building the character around them: The long-gloried Hida Methods of Character Creation revealed!

13:39: It took me at least 3 minutes longer to find this guy than it should have.

14:00: Exalted, a White Wolf game of playing a mythic fantasy hero.

14:25: Building a character can help you GM.

14:31: Herolab for Pathfinder and D&D Beyond for 5e

15:00: Avoid just using ‘The Build’.

18:34: Actual Plays might not teach you the mechanics.

19:46: Character Backstory – Is Less More?

20:50: A Principle to return to when you’re unsure of the character.

22:39: What are the rest of the party doing?

24:05: Background written in the trenches.

25:22: My parents are DEEEEAAAAD!!!

25:50: Dead Parents as Motivator vs ‘Stop trying to give me plot hooks’

28:36: Quote of the Episode - “Our eyes met over a table.....Now we’re on a podcast.”

29:25: Spirit of the Century, the game which later became the FATE System.

30:20: Miniatures for your character.

30:29: Heroforge.

32:24: And always have your towel to hand.


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