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Episode 349 – stats that matter

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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 349 – stats that matter

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* (0:31) Why Dan is all alone.

* (2:04) Just a few words on Ferguson.  You can find local news at KSDK, KMOV, KMOX, KTVI, and STL Today.

* (5:48) The Third XCOM Saga is underway.  We’ve also made some changes to the site to make it easier for users to find the content they want.

* (7:58) At 5:00pm Central on September 6th, Fear the Boot will be doing a meet-and-greet with Golbinworks for Pathfinder Online.  The game feed and voice chat will be on their Twitch channel.  We should have the game codes to give away very soon!

* (10:10) The first annual RPG Podcast Awards.  Winning shows include Numenera: The Signal (Best New RPG Podcast), RPPR Actual Play (Best RPG Actual Play Podcast), All Games Considered (Best RPG Industry News Podcast), and Fear the Boot (Best RPG Advice Podcast).

* (12:08) Word wanking and the unique nuance of jargon within micro-cultures.

* (14:00) How games model characters mathematically.  The balance between abstraction and specificity.

* (20:17) The role of rules in describing a character’s uniqueness and relationship to the game world.

* (25:08) Three questions for determining the right level of specificity for stats.

Hosts: Dan

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Interview 34 – Steve Butts

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Episode 348 – stats vs story

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Episode 347 – building a PC during play

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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.

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