On A Roll

The Podcast that helps you Level Up Your RPG!

About the show

The On A Roll podcast focuses on better storytelling, better playing and better community through the belief that the only way to win an RPG is to have fun, so Ryan, Carie and Jason are sharing their experiences to help you spend more time winning! Join the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite as they talk about tabletop gaming, LARPing, MUSHing and keeping your investment in check.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 233: Don't Run This, But If You Must...

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, safety, sexual assault, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    There's a lot of talk about offensive topics in games right now, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend examine sexual assault, child abuse, pregnancy, miscarriage and abortion in gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss alternative stories that storytellers can run that can evoke the same kinds of emotional responses from players without creating threatening, unsafe or uncomfortable games!

  • Episode 232: That New Consent Checklist

    Episode  |  September 19th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 11 mins
    characters, consent, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, safety, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Monte Cook Games published a Consent Checklist book this week, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend gave it a read. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss what's in the document, as well as their thoughts on it as a tool for gaming! They even look at some of the reactions folks are having to it.

  • Episode 231: Trolling the Waters

    Episode  |  September 12th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  54 mins 20 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    With the Favorite off for the week, the Curmudgeon and the Legend examine the six gaming topics most likely to cause troll-ignited dumpster fires. Carie, not-Jason and Ryan talk blackface at larp, professional DMing, the Mercer effect and more!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 8: Tempting Fate

    Article  |  August 26th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    d6, fate, game developer, gaming, indie game design, mechanics, roleplaying, rpg, system, the gun belt

    Part eight of Ryan's Developer's Diary about the creation of the independent RPG, The Gun Belt, looks at the decision to use Fate as the mechanical system for the game and why that didn't work out. Find out why The Gun Belt moved to the D6 system before finally landing in an original mechanics system.

  • Episode 230: The Eight Fun Languages

    Episode  |  August 22nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  58 mins 15 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    A group of scholars determined that there are eight types of fun in games. The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend explore these "fun languages." After learning about them, Carie, Jason and Ryan examine how players and game runners can use them to make their games more fun!

  • Episode 229: Help! I'm a new player!

    Episode  |  August 15th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 44 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    After hearing from a friend who played their first D&D game ever recently, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend decided to talk about what new players should think about as they join a game. Carie, Jason and Ryan deep dive into the things new players should do to help make their first game even more fun!

  • Episode 228: Ten Things To Make Your Game Better

    Episode  |  August 9th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 4 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend investigate some basic approaches to making your game better. Carie, Jason and Ryan gleen their experiences to compile a list of ten simple things anyone running a game can do right now to improve their group and help everyone have more fun!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 7: Which Came First, The Dino or the Dice?

    Article  |  August 7th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    dice, fate, game developer, game theory, gaming, indie game design, kids on bikes, roleplaying, rpg, star wars, systems, the gun belt, vampire

    Part seven of Ryan's Developer's Diary about the creation of the independent RPG, The Gun Belt, follows the initial design decisions concerning how to balance creating the world with creating the mechanics. Which comes first? Dinos or dice?

  • Episode 227: Maury Brown on New World Magischola

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 19 mins
    characters, college of wizardry, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, harry potter, larp, magimundi, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Maury Brown joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend this week to talk about the massively successful New World Magischola larp and the new Magimundi Bestiary currently on Kickstarter. Carie, Jason and Ryan talk about bisonatees, changing the world through larping, whimsical cryptids, destination larp organization and how "transmedia" doesn't really mean anything!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 6: Tables and Contents

    Article  |  July 29th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    beginning, content, game developer, gaming, indie game design, roleplaying, rpg, table of contents, the gun belt

    In the sixth edition of Ryan's Developer's Diary about the creation of his independent RPG, The Gun Belt, he shares the process of figuring out where to begin and figuring out what to put in the book.

  • Episode 226: Dice Dice Baby!

    Episode  |  July 25th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 8 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Why do people love dice? Gamers have to have all the dice they can get, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend spend some time with Lucia Versprille of Monstrous Incantations to talk about the little plastic buggers. In the process, Carie, Jason and Ryan learn all about the artisinal crafting and techniques of making your own dice by hand!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 5: The Name of the Game

    Article  |  July 22nd, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    game developer, gaming, indie game design, roleplaying, rpg, the gun belt, titles

    Ryan shares more insight into the development of his independent roleplaying game, "The Gun Belt." In this week's diary, he talks about the difficult but important process of deciding what to call your game, and about why the name of your game matters so much.

  • Episode 225: RPG Omnibus

    Episode  |  July 18th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 1 min
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    It's a round robin extravaganza this week, as the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle a ton of topics in rapid succession. Carie, Jason and Ryan plow through the first On A Roll RPG Omnibus!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 4: Four Questions About Your Game

    Article  |  July 15th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    game developer, gaming, indie game design, questions, research, roleplaying, rpg, the gun belt

    Ryan's developer's diary continues to probe the behind the scenes world of The Gun Belt. This week, he explores the Three (or Four) Questions about roleplaying games that every designer needs to help guide them through the weeds.

  • Episode 224: Ethics in Gaming

    Episode  |  July 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 3 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, ethics, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle the difficult but important topic of ethics in gaming this week. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to figure out just what ethics are and how they affect gaming communities, as well as what gamers can do to help improve things!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 3: Play Games to Make Games

    Article  |  July 8th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    game developer, gaming, indie game design, research, roleplaying, rpg, the gun belt

    Ryan continues his developer diary giving insight into The Gun Belt. This week, he talks about some of the research required as a developer begins to design their game.