On A Roll

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

104 episodes of On A Roll since the first episode, which aired on April 2nd, 2018.

  • Episode 108: Building Better Players

    Episode  |  May 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 2 mins
    community, externals, geeks, internals, no, patience, players, roleplaying games, trust

    We are all players. Some of us are better players than others, but what qualities make a player "good?" The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take some time this week to delve into the traits that make a great player. Dividing the conversation into the Internals and Externals, they get into the meat of things we all can do to play better and have more fun.

  • Episode 107: Toxicity

    Episode  |  May 22nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
    community, geeks, roleplaying games, safety, toxic

    Role-playing game communities, like most communities, have become increasingly aware of issues like safety, inclusion and behavioral problems. This week, The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult and often uncomfortable topic of toxic players, toxic game runners and toxic environments in the world of tabletop RPGs, LARP and MUSH, and they explore ways we can all help to make our gaming spaces healthier.

  • Episode 106: Finding Ideas

    Episode  |  May 17th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  55 mins 24 secs
    characters, creativity, geeks, plot, roleplaying games, setting

    Where do ideas come from? The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite explore the process of creativity and how great ideas are born. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they talk about coming up with ideas for plots, characters and settings.

  • Episode 105: Con Job

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  54 mins 50 secs
    conventions, geeks, lexicon, magpie games, masks, roleplaying games, the region

    The Favorite had to work, so The Curmudgeon and the Legend went to Lexicon, an amazing gaming convention in Lexington, Kentucky. After playing in some tabletop games there, they bring in the show's first guest, The Pollack, to talk about convention games. Covering everything from planning, promoting and actually running a con game, Ryan, Carie and Chris do their best to figure out the formula to make running and playing con games be as much fun as possible.

  • Episode 104: Don't Run These Plots

    Episode  |  April 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  58 mins
    abuse, assault, geeks, roleplaying games, safety, sex, triggers

    The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite tackle the difficult subject of The Unpermissibles – the triggering topics that should really never be used as plots in your games. Join Ryan, Carie and Jason as they discuss maintaining player safety, understanding why the Unpermissibles are so damaging and how to navigate them within games you play or run.

  • Episode 103: Run the Game You Say You're Running

    Episode  |  April 10th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  55 mins 55 secs
    geeks, genre, roleplaying games

    This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite talk about the importance of clearly understanding and communicating what the game you are running is to your players to help balance expectation and manage the feel. It's about Communication, interpretation and expectation.

  • Episode 102: Buzzwords

    Episode  |  April 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins
    accessibility, bleed, buzzwords, geeks, immersion, nordic larp

    In their second episode, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss the current epidemic of buzzwords used to market tabletop gaming, LARPing and MUSHing. Accessible, blockbuster, bleed, immersion and transformative are just a few of the words Ryan, Carie and Jason explore.

  • Episode 101: Firsts

    Episode  |  April 2nd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 46 secs
    demon master, dungeons & dragons, geeks, marvel superheroes, rpgs, shattered isles

    In the very first episode of On A Roll, the Curmudgeon shares the tale of his first tabletop rpg and the demon who ran the game, The Legend recalls her first D&D game and The Favorite talks about his first boffer LARP. It's a trip through time that ends with exploring the idea of first games and how new players navigate their first exposure to the role-playing game hobby.