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 312: Advanced COVID 19th Edition

    Episode  |  May 14th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 13 mins
    characters, covid19, dragon con, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, gencon, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    The pandemic is a lot to process, so Ryan and Carie sat down with gamer and research scientist Tim Clancy from the Infomullet. He puts COVID-19 into gaming terms that even the Curmudgeon and the Legend can understand, addressing the virus, the response, how it will affect conventions like Gen Con or Dragon Con and what it's like to be sick from it!

  • Episode 311: Kids on Brooms on Podcasts!

    Episode  |  May 7th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 16 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    The fun flies in on a broomstick this week as the Curmudgeon and the Legend are joined by the creators of the all new Kids on Brooms rpg! Jonathan Gilmour and Doug Levandowski (who created Kids on Bikes) join us with their Kids on Brooms co-creator Spenser Starke to talk about these amazing games!

  • Episode 310: For Whom The Bell Tolkiens

    Episode  |  May 1st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 8 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, kids on bikes, larp, mush, orcs, pathfinder, podcast, racism, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, tolkien, world of darkness, xp

    Are Orcs a racist construct from Tolkien that persists in modern day Dungeons and Dragons, or is it a lot to do about nothing? After a firestorm on Twitter, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Jason's Replacement do a deep dive into Tolkien, orcs and racism.

  • Episode 309: Typing Your Roleplay

    Episode  |  April 9th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  58 mins 25 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Socially isolated from each other, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend take a look at the differences in roleplaying by text versus at a larp or tabletop game. Carie, Jason and Ryan talk about what makes a good post when playing by text on Discord, chat room, MUSH or a play by post game! Also, Jason does his laundry.

  • Episode 308: Character Voices

    Episode  |  March 26th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 6 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    What should your next NPC sound like? The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend dive into the things that make people speak the way they do. Are you bad at voices and accents? Ryan shares the 9 character voices anyone can do!

  • Episode 307: Socially Distant Roleplaying

    Episode  |  March 18th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  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

    Staying safe and isolated, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend look at what gaming is like during the coronavirus outbreak. Carie, Jason and Ryan share all of the resources gamers can use, as well as the free and discounted products being offered, as we all practice socially distant roleplaying!

  • Episode 306: Playtesting

    Episode  |  March 10th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 5 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, playtesting, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, the gun belt, world of darkness, xp

    Have you ever playtested a new game? The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about games they have ran playtests for, and also the playtests they've played in. Carie, Jason and Ryan deep dive into what you should know if you are running or playing a playtest in this week's episode!

  • Episode 305: Live - Ask Me... Whatever

    Episode  |  March 5th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 2 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Gearing up with tech and bravery, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take on Facebook Live and hold their second "Ask Me Anything"-style show. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about their past games, the games they want to play, why they do this podcast and everything else they get asked by our listeners.

  • Episode 304: Session Zero

    Episode  |  February 27th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  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

    We talk a lot about Session Zero, so the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend decided to deep dive into just what a Session Zero is. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss why games need Session Zero and what should happen at them!

  • Episode 303: In Character Romance

    Episode  |  February 20th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  58 mins 52 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, love, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, romance, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Love was in the air this week (blaaaaghhhh!), so the Curmudgeon and the Legend decided to talk about in character romances. Carie and Ryan dig into the topic, looking at the differences between loving at the tabletop, loving at a larp and loving in a MUSH, as well as the reasons and results of these relationships!

  • Episode 302: Visiting The Midnight World

    Episode  |  February 13th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 10 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Indie game developers James Davey and Jim Beverly join the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to talk about their upcoming tabletop rpg, The Midnight World. Carie, Jason and Ryan talk with these two incredible combat veterans about their game and its unique focus on PTSD and mental health awareness!

  • Episode 301: Better Than Fine DMing

    Episode  |  February 6th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  57 mins 21 secs
    characters, dm, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, storytelling, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    It's the first episode of season 3!! Ryan, Jason and Carie return to talk about how you can tell if you are a great DM and what makes a storyteller better than "fine."

  • The White Wolf Dilemma 2

    Article  |  December 31st, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    by night studios, crisis, geeks, larp, roleplaying games, rpg, vampire, white wolf, world of darkness

    In the last three years, White Wolf has found itself repeatedly mired in controversy. It's happened again this week. What would Ryan see done to fix it?

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 9: Mechanical Difficulties

    Article  |  October 21st, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    d&d, d6, fate, game developer, gaming, indie game design, masks, mechanics, roleplaying, rpg, star trek, star wars, system, the gun belt

    In the latest installment of Ryan's developer diary about his independent rpg, The Gun Belt, he shares insight into how the Part and Parcel character and mechanic system was developed.

  • 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.

  • 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?