May 26 2017

Streets of Avalon. Eleven – Eye

Last time on the Streets of Avalon our rogues returned to the Iron Wheel to find Alison’s younger sister and brother looking for Alison. Marus delivered the bad news to the family, and then they went and started a conversation with a Lamplighter. Let’s find out what the Lamplighter has to say to our Rogues.

Welcome to the Streets of Avalon, an urban city actual play created and DMed by Brett B who puts the B in Gaming and BS, with Tom Flanagan of the Knights of the Night, Kevin Lovecraft – the glue of MMP and G&BS and member of the Pocket Sized Play AP, Chris Sniezak of MMP, and Emily Morgan of She’s a Super Geek. Enjoy and please, provide feedback as we’re learning and going to get better at this as we move forward.

Scene switch by Mike Koenig

All other sounds from the Public Domain

Editing & Sound Engineering by Chris Sniezak

May 25 2017

Gnomecast #15 – The Power of No

Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Phil, and myself, Ang, and we’re going to discuss Phil’s recent article, The Power of No.

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The Power of No

 

May 25 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 33: Claire Hoffman (Face of the League)

Welcome to the Face of the League series! Today we are privileged to have Claire Hoffman on the show! Learn more about Claire and her role in the D&D Adventurers League… this week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • Learn about Claire Hoffman!

Contact Claire

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May 24 2017

MMP#259 – Sourcing the Table

Hey folks. This week we’re asking questions and using the answers. It’s sourcing the table on this episode of MMP.

Sponsor: Bagthulhu

Sponsor: Rikirta D&D 5e,   Rikirta DW

Time Stamps

1:31- What’s Going On

19:16 – The Workshop: Sourcing the Table

1:11:33 – The Social Media Depository

May 23 2017

DwD&D#100 – Our Favorite D&D Things

Let’s get down with those D&D things we love for our 100th episode.

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May 22 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 60: Henchmen, Allies, and Wolves, oh my!

Show us how you use henchmen in one shots and campaigns! We talk allies, animal companions, and henchmen, why you might think of using them, and how you may use them differently in one shots vs. campaigns. Also, Phil looses a piece of his child hood innocence when it comes to peanut butter cups, the temperature changed in the show, we’ve moved on to only Moana parodies, and our percentage for finishing the show continues to be terrible.

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May 21 2017

Threats From Gallifrey My Alpha Complex

Garrett shares his vision for Paranoia’s Alpha Complex.
“Doctor of Gallifrey” by Marc Gunn can be purchased here.
Manos and Dragons can be purchased here.
30 Treasonous Plots for Paranoia can be purchased here.

 

 

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May 18 2017

H&FotOSR#10 – Hex Talk One

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Eric “Stormlord” Hoffman of Stormlord Publishing and Jose “Panhandler” LaCario to talk about Hex Crawls. The beginning of this series of Hex Talk covers some of the basics of the genre and some resources and ideas to get you started. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at  hobbsnfriends@misdirectedmark.com.

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May 18 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 32: Adding Character Options

Core books, splat books, playtest material–how do you keep all the new character options under control and have any system mastery? It is even possible? When is it too much? This week… on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • Adding character options and rules to your D&D game

Contact

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May 16 2017

MMP#258 – Cheat Sheets

Hey folks. This week we’re going into the nitty gritty on cheat sheets, how to make them, what goes on them, and ways to make them. Enjoy and let us know how you make your own cheat sheets.

Sponsor: Bagthulhu

Time Stamps

1:21 – What’s Going On

16:59 – The Workshop: Cheat Sheet

58:51 – The Social Media Depository

May 16 2017

DwD&D#99 – Gnolls

Let’s get down with demonic hyenas. It’s all about Gnolls on DwD&D this week.

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There aren’t any links this week because the Gnolls destroyed them. They’re so mean.

May 15 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 59: PK Sullivan

Show us how you hack systems vs. create new systems to support genre! PK Sullivan, with many design credits to his name, joins us to talk about magical girls and Manowar, hacking systems for genre, and designing from scratch for genre. Also, sometimes Phil is not prepared, PK sings, Chicago mix, and they made me edit this monstrosity.

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May 15 2017

Cypher Speak Episode 10: Flavors Galore

CS-blank-250x250-webTaste the rainbow. Darcy & Troy deliciously discuss the character option mechanic “flavors,” introduced in the Cypher System Rulebook; how to use them, how to make new ones, and some of the coolest new ones we can think of.

Flavors:

  • Schtick: Packages of abilities you can select from instead of your Type abilities so that you flavor that Type a little differently.
  • In the Cypher System Rulebook (CSR) are four base Types: Warrior, Adept, Explorer, and Speaker, and five flavors with which to modify them:
    • Stealth, Tech, Magic, Combat, and Skills and Knowledge

Using Flavors:

  • Gamemaster makes custom types for the campaign, selecting type & flavor combinations for the players to choose from. There is a Campaign Design Sheet in the CSR that lets you write out your custom types and delineate suggested Foci and Descriptors that make sense for your setting, which is helpful to communicate to the players what kinds of stories you’re intending to help tell.
    • Cypher Harry Potter: Perhaps give all the Types a magic Flavor so everyone can use magic, but perhaps also some basic abilities like Onslaught – making some kind of magic shoot out of your want to hit things.
  • For players, anytime you get a Type ability (as an Advancement or as you Tier up), you can opt to choose off your Flavor list instead of your Type list. It’s never forced, but it’s an option!
  • Commitment Issues. It seems natural to be able to add a flavor later on if you’re starting from a “vanilla” or base Type. If you see your character turning more stealthy, this is a great way to easily support the character that emerges. Good for people who have trouble with commitment *cough* Darcy.

Creating Your Own Flavors:

  • Easiest way: Steal abilities from other Types of the same Tier, to easily keep the rough balance in line.
    • Lots to choose from, outside of the four base Types in the CSR!
      • 3 in the Numenera Corebook: glaive, nano, and jack
      • 2 additional Numenera Types in Character Options 2: glint and seeker
      • 3 Types in the Strange Corebook: vector, paradox, and spinner
      • 4 Types in the Gods of the Fall setting: champion, shaper, destroyer, and savior. These are all flavored Types from the CSR, so there are not really new abilities from which to steal. They are good examples of creative ways to remix Types, however!
      • More Types coming from the other Cypher System Worlds: Predation (releasing soon!) and Unmasked.
  • Second easiest way: Reskin abilities to fit your flavor. Turn Onslaught from a force blast into shooting a fire arrow. Where a Glint convinces someone to do something with the Complete Lunacy ability, but if you steal that ability for a Warrior, perhaps it is done via Intimidation, and perhaps is powered by points from the Might pool.
  • Beyond that, feel absolutely free to craft your own packages of abilities and skills to make the flavor you want. The above options are just the shortcuts 🙂

Our Ideas for Flavors:

  • Small: built for small creatures like Hobbitses! Perhaps bonuses to stealth, bonuses to hitting a bigger creature. Jeremy Land also wrote an excellent essay in CypherCaster Issue 4 talking about this exactly! Go buy it here, the whole issue is fabulous.
  • Mundane: This flavor removes everything that smacks of having a power, and replaces it with things we use in our everyday lives as everyday people. Perfect for sitcom storytelling. Onslaught became skinned as an ability where someone used jargon so overwhelmingly that the target gave in to the demands of the assailant.

Shout-outs:

  • FLAVORTOWN: “Flavortown is a game about community, competition, and American Myth.” Check out this amazing, quick micro RPG by Quinn Wilson called Flavortown, inspired by shows that involve a lone folk hero visiting diners and other establishments, accepting the dishes crafted by nervous artisans hoping to impress the fiery folk hero.
  • Conan the Salaryman: an inspiring mashup.
  • Jeremy Land’s wonderful essay, Races in a Cypher System Game, in the magazine CypherCaster Issue 4, tells you exactly how to use flavors to represent your species instead of taking the place of your adjective, so you can still be a Feisty Argonian Maid [Type] who Blushes Madly, or you can be a Bashful Lizard-person Warrior who Never Says Die.

Poddities

  • Troy: Honing his storytelling craft through the Misdirected Mark episode 249 – Lay Down the Beat… Structure, which draws on the book Hamlet’s Hit Points by Robin D. Laws that ports screenwriting beat analysis techniques to roleplaying games.
  • Darcy: Cypher System’s supplement Expanded Worlds is out now! It doesn’t have new flavors, but it does give you some recipes for custom Type/Flavor combos you may want to try out for playing in the different genres the book lays out: Post-apocalyptic, Mythological, Fairy Tale, Childhood Adventure, Historical, Crime & Espionage, and Hard Science Fiction. A bunch of the Foci from this book are amaaaazing too – highly recommended. I immediately swapped out my Gods of the Fall Focus to “is Hunted by Moths” from this book!

Keep in touch & let us know your thoughts on the show or anything in the CypherSphere!

Thanks for all the support so far!

May 14 2017

Threats From Gallifrey Bipolar Convention Survival

Garrett talks about his plan to keep his bipolar under control this convention season.
“Doctor of Gallifrey” by Marc Gunn can be purchased here.
Manos and Dragons can be puchased here
30 Treasonous Plots for Paranoia can be purchased here.

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May 12 2017

The Streets of Avalon. Ten – Fallout

Last time on the Streets of Avalon our rouges found a magical pearl eye, researched it a bit, and decided to make their way to the Copper Cup to get some rest before talking to a lamplighter. Lets find out what moves our rogues will make next.

Welcome to the Streets of Avalon, an urban city actual play created and DMed by Brett B who puts the B in Gaming and BS, with Tom Flanagan of the Knights of the Night, Kevin Lovecraft – the glue of MMP and G&BS and member of the Pocket Sized Play AP, Chris Sniezak of MMP, and Emily Morgan of She’s a Super Geek. Enjoy and please, provide feedback as we’re learning and going to get better at this as we move forward.

Scene switch by Mike Koenig

All other sounds from the Public Domain

Editing & Sound Enginnering by Chris Sniezak

May 11 2017

Gnomecast #14 – Drop Maps

Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. Today we have Matt, and myself, Ang, and we’re going to discuss Matt’s recent article, Extrema Drop Map.

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May 11 2017

Advantage to Insight – Episode 31: Travis Woodall

Welcome to the Face of the League series! Today we are privileged to have Travis Woodall on the show! Learn more about Travis and his role in the D&D Adventurers League… this week on Advantage to Insight!

Topic

  • Learn about Travis Woodall!

Contact Travis

References

May 10 2017

MMP#257 – Fixing Campaign Problems

Hey Folks. Problems got you stuck, we’ll give you the game plan to solve them. It’s how to fix campaign problems.

Time Stamps

0:59 – What’s Going On

13:37 – Fixing Campaign Problems

1:11:52 – The Social Media Depository

May 09 2017

Threats From Gallifrey Good Convention Guests

Tony discusses the etiquette of being a convention guest. Garrett shares some of his writing projects.
“Doctor of Gallifrey” by Marc Gunn can be purchased here.
Manos and Dragons can be puchased here.
30 Treasonous Plots for Paranoia can be purchased here.

 

 

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May 09 2017

DwD&D#98 – Freelancing

Let’s get down with the work. It’s all about freelancing this week on Down with D&D.

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May 08 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 58: Arc of the Villainous

Show us how you handle the arc of your villains in one shots and campaigns! Complete with telepathic jokes and the editing delete song.

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May 04 2017

DwD&D #96 – Making Monsters That Matter

Let’s get down with the creatures we find in dungeons. It’s all about making monsters that matter.

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May 04 2017

H&FotOSR#9 – Kevin “Dungeon Musings” Madison & Shadow of the Demon Lord

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Kevin “Dungeon Musings” Madison. They talk Shadow of the Demon Lord and more. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at  hobbsnfriends@misdirectedmark.com.

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May 02 2017

MMP#256 – Session 0

Hey folks. We’re beginning before the beginning. It’s session 0 and our look at how session 0 works.

Time Stamps

1:11 – What’s Going On

17:39 – Session 0

1:21:41 – The Social Media Depository

May 01 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 57: Finally, Organizing Events aka the actual topic

Show us how you handle organizing people to come to your game, game day, or convention! Senda and Phil talk some basics about getting people to show up and the ways you can try to trick I mean convince them in to coming. There’s a bit about backing up your game because Senda can’t read and then that one song. You know. That one. Oh, you’ll know it when you hear it.

Bonus outtakes available for Patrons today!

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Extra sounds today come from Sirkoto51 and fins on freesound.org and are used under the Creative Commons Attributions License.

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