136 – R A T T L E D (part 2)

We continue our play of R A T T L E D, a campaign framework Daniel is making for playing reverse D&D with skeletons. No Prep, All Calcium. Will be releasing the rules for how to play this yourself as Halloween approaches. In this episode, we start the downtime phase, complete an encounter, and ARISE, KILL, & EAT.

Intro: Spooky Scary Skeletons (Remix) – Extended Mix by The Living Tombstones

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135 – R A T T L E D (part 1)

We start our play of R A T T L E D, a campaign framework Daniel is making for playing reverse D&D with skeletons. No Prep, All Calcium. Will be releasing the rules for how to play this yourself as Halloween approaches.

Intro: Spooky Scary Skeletons (Remix) – Extended Mix by The Living Tombstones

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130 – re:play Pathfinder 2 Playtest

We actually play Mathfinder. After all the trash talk, we finally see what it’s really all about. You’ll see the new 2e playtest mechanics in action (at least the ones that Daniel can remember), and hear us wail in acute existential despair! Review coming next ep.

Check below for a ready-to-run version of the first playtest adventure, with annotations that make it mostly a system neutral one page dungeon.

Things We Liked

The daily/long rest thing. No more resting in dungeons. When you take a sleep, you get to prepare your daily spells and such, and you get back some hp based on level. After a really long rest, like a week, you do a reset.

Magic weapons do extra damage dice. Pretty magical.

Action economy. It’s aesthetically pleasing and less confusing to explain to newbies than 5e’s economy.

Things We Didn’t

Well, pretty much everything else, but here are a couple zingers.

Rules for walking and talking at the same time:

Insane rules written by and for robots from another dimension:

Printer Friendly One Page Dungeon Version of The Adventure

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129 – re:play Making a PC for Pathfinder 2

Apologies in advance, but this episode is us helping Tim create a Pathfinder 2e character and complaining about it with amused detachment.

In the process, you’ll hear how a quick first-time generation goes, where someone has read a little bit and has a lot of help.

You’ll also hear about some of the differences between Pathfinder 2 and the past and present versions of D&D: proficiency, leveling, the action economy, etc.

We do actually like some of the changes, but, of course, detest most of them. Join us in the suffering.

Check below for a ready-to-run version of the first playtest adventure, with annotations that make it mostly a system neutral one page dungeon.

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126 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 4

This ep is another example of a full mythic play-cycle: suffering in the world of humanity caused by evils within and/or without, leading to a journey to the underworld and mortal combat with its denizens, which are inimical to human interests and values, followed by the liberation of its secrets and wealth, with the protags returning to the world of humanity bearing sorrow, experience, boons, and, perhaps, an adumbration of the eschaton.

In other words, town problem > dungeon > town resolution.

This episode is also heavily choreographed in the fight(s). The game doesn’t have to play out this way, but I think everyone was into it. I know I like an intense and gorily choreographed monster fight, and that’s what you get.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

Episode image: public domain

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125 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 3/

A recap of last episode, and then the party engages Batman-mode when the cleric hears a terrible accusation against the local priest. Tragic backstory, magical investigations, barrow mounds, communing with darkness, and unexpected inquisition: THIS WEEK ON GG NO RE.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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124 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 2/

We return to our actual play of Daniel’s homebrew setting-system. The party decides to track down the monster they fought from last time. Hijinx ensue. You get a good look at how combat can flow, magical catastrophes, and the drama-injection mechanics.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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123 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 1/

We start our play of Daniel’s homebrew setting and system, City of the Crepuscular Queen.

The first seven minutes or so explain to our magic user, Jim, how magic even works. We venture into discussions on what makes a good and/or fun spell. Thereafter, it’s onto the action.

There’s an entire cycle of play, which let the players (and lets you) get a decent idea of what D&D can be like without D&D. Tense NPC interaction, spell mishaps, combat, hippie storygame nonsense—it’s all here, folks.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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122 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 0/

We start our play of Daniel’s homebrew setting and system, City of the Crepuscular Queen. (Warning: mild Bloodborne spoilers.)

This episode starts with a discussion of mechanics and theory, intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards, using drama to structure your game, and giving creative pressure release valves.

Then Daniel moves into orienting the players on the setting, stuff they need to know in order to play their characters.

And finally we set up the first moment of actual play.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

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121 – re:play Hot Springs Island 6/

9 minutes of actual Hot Springs Island play, followed by GG NO RE: UNPLUGGED.

We talk about what we actually are looking for when playing and running RPGs, what effect the DM’s investment in the setting has on the game, using Coggle with investigative games, creating dungeons map-last instead of map-first, shots fired about the utility of unstocked maps, designing for emergent gameplay vs designing something inherently engaging with emergent gameplay a bonus feature, and old multiplayer games. Enjoy, if you can.

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