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

  • Episode 201: Running The End

    Episode  |  January 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 36 secs
    characters, dungeons and dragons, geeks, larp, mush, pathfinder, players, plot, roleplaying games, tabletop, vampire, white wolf

    It's the first episode of season two! Since it's the beginning of our new season, the Favorite, the Curmudgeon and the Legend talk about endings. Carie, Jason and Ryan explore the reasons and requirements for ending a story and the benefits and drawbacks of doing so!

  • Episode 131: Do We Even Need Experience Points?

    Episode  |  December 5th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    characters, culture, diversity, experience points, game design, geeks, roleplaying games, rpg, tabletop games, xp

    There's a lot of talk about experience points lately, so the Favorite asks the Curmudgeon and the Legend what the point of XP is. Carie, Jason and Ryan discuss the problems and benefits of XP, why we have it and why it's such a contentious topic on our final episode of season one!

  • Running Your Best Game

    Article  |  December 3rd, 2018
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    dungeon master, dungeons and dragons, gaming, geeks, masks, pathfinder, roleplaying games, rpg, storytelling, tabletop, vampire, white wolf, world of darkness

    No one can run your game better than you. The Curmudgeon believes that still leaves room for improvement.

  • Episode 130: Donny Cates and Telling Great Stories

    Episode  |  November 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 47 secs
    comics, donny cates, geeks, god country, guardians of the galaxy, marvel comics, podcast, roleplaying games, rpg, storytelling, tabletop, venom

    Epik Comic Show happened recently, and the Curmudgeon and the Legend sat down with Marvel comic's writer Donny Cates. Carie and Ryan find out Donny's story and how he became a comic book author, and then get his take on how to tell a great story!

  • Episode 129: Jamie Chambers, Historic D&D and A Delve in the Cave

    Episode  |  November 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 2 mins
    battlestar galactica, conventions, dungeons and dragons, games, geeks, jamie chambers, mush, pathfinder, podcast, postapocalypticon, roleplaying, roleplaying games, rpg, serenity, supernatural, tabletop

    Hanging out at PostApocalypticon at Dicehead Games and Comics, the Curmudgeon and the Legend sat down with game designer Jamie Chambers to talk about his new 5th Ed adventure, A Delve in the Cave. Ryan and Carie also talk with Jamie about his early online role with TSR and his experience writing licensed gaming products.

  • The White Wolf Dilemma

    Article  |  November 12th, 2018
    By Ryan - The Curmudgeon
    crisis, geeks, roleplaying games, rpg, vampire, white wolf, world of darkness

    In the last two years, White Wolf has found itself repeatedly mired in controversy. It's happened again this week. Why does it this keep happening, and what can be done to prevent it from happening yet again?

  • Episode 128: Chris Spivey, Diversity and Harlem Unbound

    Episode  |  November 8th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 2 mins
    cthulu, culture, development, diversity, game design, geeks, harlem unbound, lovecraft, roleplaying games, rpg, tabletop games

    While at HLG Con, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite had the opportunity to hang out with Chris Spivey, the multiple Gold Ennie-winning designer of Harlem Unbound. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk with Chris about diversity in gaming and designing a role-playing game that tackles difficult and important topics.

  • Episode 127: Craig Campbell on Indie Game Designing

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    craig campbell, development, die laughing, geeks, independent games, indie games, kickstarter, nerdburger games, podcast, roleplaying games, rpg, tabletop

    Having played Die Laughing at HLG Con, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite invite indie game designer Craig Campbell back to the show to talk about the game. Ryan, Carie and Jason then spend time with Craig diving into the world of indie game development and the Kickstarter process.

  • Episode 126: ACTUAL PLAY: Die Laughing

    Episode  |  October 18th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 43 mins
    actual play, die laughing, geeks, hlg con, nerdburger games, roleplaying games, rpg, tabletop

    Driving across the United States to Atlantic City for HLG Con was tiring, so the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite made it their mission to have as much fun there as they could. Ryan, Carie and Jason wrangled Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games and convinced him to run a session of his latest game, Die Laughing. Here's an actual play recording of the game.

  • Episode 125: Running Games for Profit

    Episode  |  October 3rd, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins
    geeks, larp, profit, roleplaying games

    After reading a heated online discussion, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite dive into the ethics and acceptability of running role-playing games, particularly LARPs, for profit. Ryan, Carie and Jason discuss behaviors, expectations and general opinions about this surprisingly controversial topic.

  • Episode 124: Nerdball with Matthew Webb

    Episode  |  September 27th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 12 mins
    geeks, larp, matthew webb, nerdball, roleplaying games

    The Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite have a sit down with Matthew Webb about his recent article about the concept of LARP as Nerdball. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about how competitive play can be abusive and systemic. They also exploring ways we can all work to prevent those problems and build healthy gaming communities.

  • Episode 123: Live AMA

    Episode  |  September 19th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 11 mins
    dungeons and dragons, geeks, roleplaying games

    Armed with courage and technology, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite take on Facebook Live and hold an "Ask Me Anything"-style show. Ryan, Carie and Jason talk about all of the games in Ryan's gaming room and everything else they get asked by our listeners.

  • Episode 122: Snacktastic Help

    Episode  |  September 11th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    drawings, geeks, larp, mush, props, roleplaying games, snacks

    What sort of things that are NOT the game helps make your game better? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss snacks, locations, music, props and everything else you can add to your game night to make things great. Ryan, Carie and Jason even explore the differences in these kinds of additions for tabletop games, LARPs and MUSHs.

  • Episode 121: Make Great Characters

    Episode  |  September 4th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  59 mins 13 secs
    characters, geeks, players, roleplaying games

    Ever wonder what makes a good character great? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite try to figure out what players can do to develop their good characters into characters that are great. Ryan, Carie and Jason formulate a four piece theory based on Depth, Substance, Usefulness and Awesome. How do your characters rate?

  • Episode 120: Problem Players part 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Episode  |  August 29th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    attention whore, bad players, cheaters, competitor, creeper, geeks, players, roleplaying games, storytelling

    This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite continue their discussion about problem players. In the second of two parts, Ryan, Carie and Jason break down more types of problem players, what causes them and how to deal with them. They also talk about how to vet players as a means to prevent allowing problem players in to your gaming community in the first place.

  • Episode 119: Problem Players pt. 1

    Episode  |  August 21st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 2 mins
    bad players, geeks, metagaming, players, powergaming, roleplaying games, storytelling, xp

    What do you do when one of your players is ruining the game for everyone? This week, the Curmudgeon, the Legend and the Favorite discuss how to address problem players. In the first of two parts, Ryan, Carie and Jason break down different kinds of problem players, what causes them and how to deal with them.