On A Roll

The Podcast to help 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

  • 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!

  • Episode 41: Dakotasaurus on Math

    Episode  |  April 1st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  24 mins 31 secs
    april fools

    This week on the Honor Roll podcast, the Professor, the Alumnus and the Teacher's Pet sit down with Dakotasaurus to talk about study techniques and mathematics. Ryan, Carie and Jason take on a math problem dictated by Dakota and she challenges them to guess her favorite dinosaurs!

  • Episode 210: Rare and Unusual Characters

    Episode  |  March 28th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, rare, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, unusual, world of darkness, xp

    After listening to Jason's dramatic prison tale, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend dive deep into the world of rare and unusual characters. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss what makes a character rare and unusual and how storytellers and players should handle them in their games!

  • Episode 209: Burnout!

    Episode  |  March 21st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 29 secs
    burnout, characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    What happens when you get burned out? The Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend try to figure out the signs of gaming burnout and what causes it. It's up to Carie, Jason and Ryan to come up with ways to avoid and treat player and storytelling burnout on this week's episode!

  • Episode 208: Plot Building

    Episode  |  March 14th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  56 mins 31 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, plot, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    What does the process of plot building sound like? This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend pull back the curtain on a storyteller meeting. Carie, Jason and Ryan craft a plot for a game off the cuff to demonstrate the process!

  • Episode 207: Josh Heath on Snowhaven

    Episode  |  March 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 2 mins
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, high level games, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, savage worlds, snowhaven, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Josh Heath from High Level Games joins the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to talk about the current tabletop RPG on Kickstarter, Snowhaven. Carie, Jason and Ryan learn all about snow-punk, the process of producing an indie RPG and the fascinating world of pistol-packing yetis!

  • Episode 206: Live! from Con Nooga!

    Episode  |  March 5th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  50 mins 21 secs
    ama, characters, con nooga, connooga, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, live, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    Con Nooga, the multi-fandom convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend to help host panels and record an episode live during the con. Carie, Jason and Ryan answered questions and gave gaming advice to attendees in this week's episode!

  • Episode 205: Matthew, Zak and Other Pieces of Poop

    Episode  |  February 20th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins
    abuse, characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    After an exhausting week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about the gross monsters in the RPG industry. Carie, Jason and Ryan tackle the controversies and consider what we as gamers can and should do now!

  • Episode 204: Sandboxes and Narratives

    Episode  |  February 14th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 36 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, larp, mush, narrative, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, sandbox, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    This week, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend take a cue from a listener and discuss the differences between running a sandbox-style game and a narrative-driven game. Carie, Jason and Ryan take a look at the pros and cons, and what they prefer!

  • Episode 203: Engagement vs. Immersion

    Episode  |  February 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins
    characters, costuming, dungeons and dragons, engagement, experience points, game design, games, geeks, immersion, larp, lighting, mush, pathfinder, podcast, props, roleplaying, rpg, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    After attending a new local game with lots of costuming, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about the difference between engagement and immerision, and how both are achieved. Carie, Jason and Ryan work out the pros and cons of them both, and they try to figure out which is more important!

  • The Broken Brilliance of "Get Woke, Go Broke"

    Article  |  February 3rd, 2019
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    dungeon master, dungeons and dragons, gaming, geeks, inclusion, masks, pathfinder, roleplaying games, rpg, sensitivity, storytelling, tabletop, vampire, white wolf, world of darkness

    The Curmudgeon examines the unfortunate brilliance of the "Get Woke, Go Broke" catchphrase and the vicious attacks both sides of the argument make. He even manages to find some common ground to move toward a positive solution.

  • Episode 202: Sensitivity Editing

    Episode  |  January 30th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 51 secs
    characters, diversity, dungeons and dragons, experience points, game design, games, geeks, inclusion, larp, mush, pathfinder, podcast, roleplaying, rpg, social justice, tabletop, world of darkness, xp

    After a viscious thread in a Facebook group, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend tackle the important topic of sensitivity editing in gaming. Carie, Jason and Ryan try to navigate the angry distance between the "Get Woke Go Broke" and the "Social Justice Warrior" crowds and figure out sensitivity in game design!