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 223: Anatomy of a Power Gamer

    Episode  |  July 3rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, player, podcast, power gamers, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Inspired by something said in an interview on last week's show, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend do a deep dive into power gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan look at the reasons power gamers exist, how they affect your game and whether or not they are good or bad!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 2: Creative Foundations

    Article  |  July 1st, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    game developer, gaming, indie game design, roleplaying, rpg, the gun belt

    Ryan continues his developer diary giving insight into The Gun Belt. This time, he shares the first thing he did when The Gun Belt came to be and how it helped establish the game's world.

  • Episode 222: Live From Goat Larp

    Episode  |  June 27th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 28 mins
    characters, game design, games, geeks, goat larp, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    The Favorite shares his experiences from Goat Larp with the Curmudgeon and the Legend. Was it everything you'd expect from a larp for goats!?! Jason also talks with attendees and the creators of Goat Larp recorded live on location in the middle of the field!

  • The Gun Belt Developer's Diary 1: Vacant Ideas

    Article  |  June 24th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    game developer, gaming, indie game design, roleplaying, rpg, the gun belt

    In the first of his indie game developer diaries, Ryan begins sharing the origins of The Gun Belt and how sometimes the game you set out to make isn't the one you thought it would be.

  • Episode 221: Plot Arc Planning

    Episode  |  June 20th, 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

    Major, long-running plot arcs are the topic this week for the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend. Carie, Jason and Ryan explore the art of crafting and planning story-driven, character-driven and emotion-driven plot arcs!

  • Episode 220: Playing to What?

    Episode  |  June 13th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, losing, mush, pathfinder, playing, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend explore the three generally accepted ways for players to play their character. Carie, Jason and Ryan deep dive into playing to win, playing to lift and playing to lose!

  • Episode 219: Marketing Your Game part 2

    Episode  |  June 6th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  56 mins
    advertising, characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, marketing, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, seo, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    In the second of our two-part episode deep dive on the topic of advertising your role-playing game, marketing expert Jared Powers joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend. Jared informs Carie, Jason and Ryan on a variety of advertising topics, including Facebook ads, SEO and marketing apps for your phone.

  • Episode 218: Marketing Your Game part 1

    Episode  |  June 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 5 mins
    advertising, characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, facebook, game design, games, geeks, larp, marketing, mush, pathfinder, podcast, recruitment, reddit, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, twitter, world of darkness, xp

    Marketing expert Jared Powers joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to talk about how to market your game. Jared takes Carie, Jason and Ryan on a deep dive on the topic of advertising your role-playing game to find new players in this first of two parts!

  • Episode 217: Fleshing Things Out

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  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

    After the basic concepts of her new game have been decided, the Favorite and the Curmudgeon help the Legend flesh out some cultural details of Adventurers Not Wanted. Carie, Jason and Ryan share the brainstorming process and insights in fleshing out a world that's been created for a game!

  • Episode 216: Shut Up & Listen

    Episode  |  May 16th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 54 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    After receiving an email with some valid concerns about Carie's treatment on the show, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend take a look at her experience as a woman who games. Carie leads Jason and Ryan on a journey of discovery and awareness that's upsetting and insightful, demonstrating the need for us all to be better gamers!

  • Episode 215: Grease Monkeys

    Episode  |  May 3rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  58 mins 42 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Mechanics are important, so this week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend spend some time examining the dice, nuts and bolts in a game and what makes them work (and not work). Carie, Jason and Ryan also discuss Ryan's theory of Collaborative Immigrants and Collaborative Natives!

  • Fifty Questions For Better Characters

    Article  |  April 27th, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    character, characters, dungeon master, dungeons and dragons, gaming, geeks, history, inclusion, masks, pathfinder, roleplaying games, rpg, sensitivity, storytelling, tabletop, vampire, white wolf, world of darkness

    After talking about character histories, The Curmudgeon shares the list of 50 questions to help develop your character's history that was published in his book, On A Roll.

  • Episode 214: Making Histories

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 7 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 examine the finer points of crafting a history for your characters. Carie, Jason and Ryan deep dive into methods, techniques and tropes for making your character's history something memorable and influential in your games!

  • Episode 213: Playing Dead

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 1 sec
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Jason's off doing work stuffs, so the Curmudgeon and the Legend take on character death. Carie and Ryan examine how your character dying sucks, but also, how it can be good fo you as a player and good for your game!

  • Episode 212: Does (Plot) Size Matter?

    Episode  |  April 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  58 mins 55 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Running epic plots is hard! This week, Carie, Jason and Ryan talk about the challenges of huge stories and the difficulty involved in nailing good endings for giant tales.

  • Episode 211: Dan Comstock and The Goat Larp

    Episode  |  April 3rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 2 mins
    characters, dammerung, dungeons and dragons, experience points, festival larp, game design, games, geeks, germany, goat larp, goats, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Dan Comstock shows up to talk with the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend about GOAT Larp. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to figure out how to run plots for goats while talking to Dan about the 10,000 attendee German festival larp scene and his plans for Dammerung!