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Death and Consequences



Death is the end of a story, in most cases. Unless it’s a direct mechanic in a story it can feel like “the end” for players as well. When you present a different option, other than death, to a critical or dramatic moment it gives the player the option to keep the story going. But is this a trick or does it cheapen the experience or make the challenges feel less threatening? Tonight, Rob and Sara will be discussing what “consequences” can do to change the threat of death and bring about more exciting and dramatic shifts in stories and why it might make the game better.

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Why Tone Matters



Most TTRPG’s come with a setting and framework like fantasy, sci fi or pulp. But tend to be lighter on how the game should feel when it comes to the players and their interactions to that world. Those are often an unwritten contract between players and the storyteller, all too often undecided till well into the game. This can be confusing and upsetting if people don’t mix on how the game should go. We use terms like “Murder hobo’s” and “magical friendships” as ways to describe the feel of the party and its interaction with the world. Tonight, Rob and Sara shift away from the systems, mechanics, and storytelling elements and get to the heart of the story experience as they discuss the Feel in RPGs.

 

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System Spotlight : SCP



Ever heard an odd story about something fantastical and thought it might be true? Did you see an unexplainable occurrence and when you went back no one remembered it happening and all traces of it are gone? Well you might have just not had the clearance to know the truth. This week Sara and Rob are requesting access and examining the SCP (Secure, Contain, and Protect) Tabletop RPG.

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Location Centric or Character Centric?



When telling an RPG story there are many places to start, and the ending doesn’t have to be far, but the focus is important. Do the characters exist in a preexisting world and they are just watching and helping events unfold? Or is the world wrapped around your characters every move, do they move the world. This episode, Sara and Rob work through the differences between location or character centric games.

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Player-Assisted World Building



Players often come to the table with ideas of where their characters came from. But not all systems have good ways to include this for the Storyteller, or even how much they should accept. Sara and Rob will carve out some of the tools that various systems use as well as some guidelines you may wish to include yourself when allowing players to help craft the world.

 

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The Players’ Burden



As a storyteller, it is hard to get the setting, story, players and each game session going. But when players come to the table unprepared, ill equipped, or don’t know the system it can be a nightmare. Tonight Sara and Rob will be speaking to the players of games directly on being prepared for a session.

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System Spotlight : Through the Breach



In 2009, Wyrd Publishing produced the world of Malifaux, both a city-state and a world in a parallel dimension. This world was created in 1787 after our own world was threatened by the decline of magic, and magicians looking for a new source of magic discovered a world separated from ours by a thin barrier. Through the Breach is an RPG set in the world of Malifaux where you, the player, are thrust into the newly reopened breach back, seeking fame, fortune and riches.

 

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Roleplaying 102 : Encouraging Roleplay at the Table



For newer players especially, slipping into roleplaying a character can be challenging or outright scary. It can be difficult to step outside of yourself, to find your character’s voice, or feel silly to talk to your friends in a made-up voice. This week, Sara & Rob examine what Storytellers can do to encourage roleplaying at the table, and make staying in character less intimidating and more fun for everyone.

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Creating Lifelike NPCs



As a Storyteller you are the world around your players, and as such you give it life and tone. Each character you play – Non-Player Characters or NPCs – has to feel unique. But how do you come up with voices, traits, or quirks for this myriad of necessary characters? This week, Sara and Rob discuss methods of making your non-player characters feel less like talking heads, and more like living, breathing inhabitants of your story’s world.

 

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Plot Hooks and Breadcrumbs



Oftentimes you will hear storytellers talking about hooks or linchpins, but what are they really? And how do you use them? This week Sara and Rob explore techniques to pull your players into plots, quests, and adventures, what makes them work, and how you can use them.

 

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