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Episode 348 – stats vs story

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Fear the Boot

St. Louis, Missouri

Description: Fear the Boot is an irreverent, roundtable discussion of tabletop roleplaying games. In this weekly show we debate game-related issues, offer advice for improving your game, and poke fun at the hobby

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Episode 348 – stats vs story

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* (0:55) “Yes, but…” GMing.  The honest movie trailer for Frozen.  The adult version (NSFW language).  And the parody version.

* (10:53) When a character’s description falls well below the power level described on the sheet.  For example, a party of 1st level characters where one person insists they’re a seasoned veteran.  What happens when three master fencers take on 50 opponents at once.

* (21:55) Social or “soft” imbalances that aren’t necessarily reflected in a character’s stats.  Enforcing the consequences agreed upon for those perks.

* (27:52) Brodeur Break!

* (31:07) “Reset” characters that have been reduced in power by a major life event.

Hosts: Beth, Brodeur, Dan, John. Wayne

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Episode 347 – building a PC during play

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With a repaired internet connection, we try again at getting John on an episode!  After talking about the social difficulties of constraining group size (or removing problem players), we dig into making characters during the course of a game.  Since many people are either burnt out on character c...

Episode 346 – save or suck

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When a Game Master repeatedly uses a character's weaknesses to reduce them to uselessness.  We discuss whether it's a fair tactic or just a quick way to wreck that player's fun.

* (1:10) Congratulating Julia on getting married...

Episode 345 – free association

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* (0:59) "Shnotes" and other words that annoy us.

* (3:42) Chad introduces us to Rory's Story Cubes (http://www.storycubes.com/), and we try some RP experiments with them.  We discuss the value of random words and images in helping to break creative block or get out of ruts...

Episode 344 – realizing you were wrong

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In this episode we discuss handling a game after realizing you were wrong about an important rule or bit of setting, and correcting that mistake will alter the course of the game.

* (0:29) TsunamiCon (http://www.tsunamicon.org/) in Wichita, KS on November 7th - 9th...

Episode 343 – Backseat GMing

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In this episode we talk about players that overstep their bounds, going beyond helping the GM to apparently trying to help run the game.  We talk about why this might happen and ways to address it.

* (0:29) Some thanks to the other podcasts at Fear the Con!...

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