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“Lawful Stupid” – Playing Alignments Correctly



Maybe you have a player asking to play an “evil” character. Maybe your “chaotic neutral” is “chaotic lunatic” or your group’s paladin is the ubiquitous “lawful stupid.” Alignments can be good indicators of a character’s moral compass, but are often terrible guides for HOW to roleplay them. This week, Sara & Rob look at some common misconceptions about alignments, character motivations, and roleplay.

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System Spotlight : Call of Cthulhu



Call of Cthulhu is a horror fiction RPG based on H. P. Lovecraft’s story of the same name and the associated Cthulhu Mythos. The game is published by Chaosium; first released in 1981 and is currently in its seventh edition. This month’s system spot light steps into the dark, mysterious and quite horrifying world of Cthulhu!

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The “Hero Contrivance”



There are always monsters on the loose, princesses taken, and galactic wars coming to a planet near you. And for some reason, it’s always YOUR team’s job to solve it. This week Rob and Sara talk about “Hero Contrivance” and the in’s and outs of how to deal with it as a storyteller.

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Character Concepts 101



You’re excited to play in a new game. All your friends are there, the storyteller is good, and it’s a setting you will enjoy, except you just stare into oblivion wondering who or what you could be. Sara and Rob help take some of the stress off of you and give you some methods for finding your Character Concept!

 

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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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