Category Archive: The Misdirected Mark Podcast

The original show of Misdirected Mark Productions. Now where Chris and Phil take mechanics and GMing advice topics to new depths and unexplored avenues. It's all about taking a deeper look at games and how we play them in an effort to have the best gaming experiences possible.

Jun 14 2017

MMP#262 – Rule Zero

Hey Folks.This week we’re talking about the Rule Fun and Rule GM. Wanna know what that is? Tune in to find out.

Time Stamps

1:00 – What’s Going On

21:40- The Workshop: Rule Zero

1:08:02 – The Social Media Depository

Jun 13 2017

The Lounge with Chris Grey on The Happiest Apocalypse on Earth

Be a feared friends and foes alike, the great mouse god demands tribute or it shall awake and devour us all. The question is do we stop it or do we help it wake up. Chris Grey knows all the answers so listen and learn in this episode of The Lounge as we talk about the Happiest Apocalypse on Earth


Jun 13 2017

Bone, Stone, and Obsidian – Episode 1: Templars

The sands of Athas are unforgiving to those without bone, stone, or obsidian to protect their water–and their lives. In this episode, Robert and Wayne talk about the roles templar play in your game: enemy, ally, and setting. Welcome to Dark Sun!


  • Templar: lore, story, and mechanics


Bone, Stone, and Obsidian



Jun 06 2017

MMP#261 – Sweet Immersion

Hey Folks.This week we’re diving deep into the character level as we talk about staying immersed in the play of our characters.

SponsorThe Happiest Apocalypse on Earth

Time Stamps

2:26 – What’s Going On

20:09 – The Workshop: Character Immersion

1:20:21 – The Social Media Depository

May 30 2017

260 – Narrative Combat with Todd Crapper

Hey folks. This week we’re going high action with the Warden. It’s Narrative Combat with Todd Crapper on this episode of MMP.

SponsorThe Happiest Apocalypse on Earth

Time Stamps

4:37 – What’s Going On

23:51 – The Workshop: Narrative Combat

1:23:13 – The Social Media Depository

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 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 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 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

Apr 25 2017

MMP#255 – Hodge Podge or Questions from the Community

Hey folks. We scrambled and got questions from the community and now we present an excellent episode of information about a variety of topics and the idea for a Quantum Leap RPG. Welcome to the Hodge Podge.

2:05 – What’s Going On

30:29 – Questions from the Community

1:30:34 – The Social Media Depository

Apr 19 2017

The Lounge: Todd Nicholas on SCUP

This time in the lounge we have Todd Nicholas from Wheel Tree Press and The Jank Cast to talk about The Sword, The Crown, and The Unspeakable Power. A powered by the apocalypse game about power, intrigue and social standing. Enjoy.


Apr 19 2017

MMP#254 – Gaming on the Spectrum

Hey folks. This week we’re talking about Autism and gaming with Dave Mondello, AKA tangent twin Dave, who is on the spectrum.  He’s here to give us an inside look at what it’s like to be a gamer and autistic.

0:50 – What’s Going On

12:22 – Gaming on the Spectrum

1:06:02 – The Social Media Depository

Apr 12 2017

MMP#253 – Episodic Games with Nathan Paoletta

Hey Folks. This week we talk about episodic games with Nathan Paoletta with a focus on Trouble for Hire, a post-western world high octane road adventure game. We also get into 200 a day, a Rockford Files podcast, and a get to know Nathan a little better.

1:52 – What’s Going On

13:31 – The Workshop: Episodic Games

1:08:54 – The Social Media Depository

Apr 05 2017

MMP#252 – Sunstone in The Salon

Hey Folks. This week we talk about Sunstone in The Salon and how it tells story and can be applied to games.

0:50 – What’s Going On

17ish – The Salon: Sunstone

1:25:16 – The Social Media Depository


Mar 28 2017

MMP#251 – Noir with John Adamus

Hey Folks. This week it’s Noir as a genre and Noir World with John Adamus. We’re getting into all the rain slicked messy relationships of what Noir really hold. So get ready to have a face punch conversation with someone and make some hard choices.

Time Stamps

2:01 – What’s Going On

14:53 – The Workshop: Noir

Mar 21 2017

MMP#250 – Kung Fu, Finally

Hey Folks. This week it’s episode 250. That’s right. 250. More interesting, it’s actually the Kung Fu episode. Enjoy and thank you for being here for so long with us.

Time Stamps

1:13 – What’s Going On

21:54 – The Garage: Kung Fu Mechanics

1:20:50 – Social Media Depository

Mar 08 2017

MMP#249 – Lay Down the Beat…Structure

It’s time to feel the beat of the story as we talk about Hamlet’s Hit Points and how we can apply the idea of Hope/Fail cycles to our RPGs.

Time Stamps

1:13 – What’s Going On

15:43 – Workshop: Beat Structure

1:07:19 – Social Media Depository

Mar 01 2017

MMP#248 – 8 Steps to Build a Plot with Jim McClure

Hey Folks. This week we have GM Jim McClure with us to talk Satanic Panic, his newest game which is in Kickstarter right now, and we also get into a huge topic about 8 steps to build a plot/story arc for your games. Tons of information in this longer episode so strap in and enjoy.

Time Stamps

2:20 – What’s Going On

25:50 – Workshop: 8 Steps to Build a Plot

1:30ish – We stop talking about 8 Steps and start talking about all things Satanic Panic & Jim

Feb 15 2017

MMP#247 – The Love Arc

Hey Folks. On this episode Chris, Phil, & Bob are talking about the components of the romance arc in RPGs.

Time Stamps

3:25 – What’s Going On

19:18 – Workshop: The Love Arc

1:07:04 – The Extra Dimensional Social Media Depository

Feb 09 2017

FofOSR #3 – Donn “Drink-Spin-Run” Stroud

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Donn “Drink-Spin-Run” Stroud and they talk DCC, Adventure Conqueror King, Matt Finch’s old school primer and a random table roll of other things. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at


Feb 08 2017

MMP#246 – The Problem with the Wizard

Hey folks. This week Phil rants about the wizard and Chris is his yes man in this unrefined and slightly ridiculous take on why wizards are a problem in RPGs.

Time Stamps

1:37 – What’s Going On

17:41 – Workshop: The Problem with the Wizard

1:17:44 – The Extra Dimentional Social Media Depository

1:30:05 – Podcast Review: Welcome to Nightvale

Feb 01 2017

MMP#245 – Let’s Talk About It

Hey Folks. We’re talking about social mechanics today in the Garage, we delve in hard to the mechanics surrounding social interactions, the good, the bad, the interesting, the usable, and the fun.

This show brought to you by The 100 Dungeons Kickstarter

Time Stamps

0:55- What’s Going On

15:53 – The Garage: Social Mechanics

1:07:34 – The Extra Dimentional Social Media Depository

1:22:25 – Podcast Review – Discern Realities




Jan 26 2017

The Lounge with Jason Pitre on Sig: Manual of the Primes

Welcome to another chat with someone creating something cool in the industry. This time we’re talking to Jason Pitre of Genesis of Legend publishing about Sig: Manual of the Primes which is Kickstarting as this episode becomes available. We also get into the idea of Situation in games towards the end of the chat.



Jan 26 2017

FofOSR #1 – Eric the Stormlord

Welcome to episode one of Hobbs & Friends of the OSR. This is a show about the Old School Renaissance where Jason “Hobbs” Hobbs has one of his friends on to chat about the OSR. Often these friends are publishers of OSR material.

The show currently has four segments. First we must introduce Hobbs’ friend. Second they chat about games they’ve been playing together or playing in general. They’ve cover thoughts on the game, the style or mechanics of the game, and their favorite moments of the game. It’s a personal reflection and borders a bit on a review without being quite that formal. Third they spotlight an OSR product. Last they chat about something happening in the OSR, be it another product, some bit of news, an article someone wrote, or other miscellany.

On the inaugural episode Hobbs is joined by Eric “Stormlord” Hoffman of Stormlord Publishing and they talk USR, Treasure Vaults of Zadabad, and a few other things. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at


OSR logo is attributed to and is under the CC-BY licence.

Jan 25 2017

MMP#244 – Get out of my Niche, Bro

Hey folks. On this episode of the Misdirected Mark, we are going to talk about character niches, niche invasion, and niche protection.


1:15 – What’s Going On

14:46 – Workshop: Niche

1:08:08 – The Extra Dimentional Social Media Depository

1:24:01 – Podcast Review

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