50 episodes

Fear the Boot is an irreverent, round table discussion of tabletop role playing games. In this weekly show we debate game-related issues, offer advice for improving your game, and poke fun at the hobby. Our cast changes a little from show to show, but we always assemble a group of dynamic individuals with divergent views, guaranteeing you will hear several perspectives on everything we discuss.

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Fear the Boot is an irreverent, round table discussion of tabletop role playing games. In this weekly show we debate game-related issues, offer advice for improving your game, and poke fun at the hobby. Our cast changes a little from show to show, but we always assemble a group of dynamic individuals with divergent views, guaranteeing you will hear several perspectives on everything we discuss.

    Bonus Episode 85 – soup and loot

    Bonus Episode 85 – soup and loot

    * (0:25) Holiday postmortem of our games. Wayne wastes money on nasty food.







    * (2:49) The case for and against soup, and the dark gluttony of Palladium books.







    * (9:21) Chad’s preferred cookbook for soups and stews.







    * (17:13) The Fallout cookbook and old-time cooking.







    * (20:24) Reporting on a bit of holiday loot.







    * (21:18) The RWBY board game.







    * (22:42) Regular Gnoll espresso.







    * (23:57) Eberron, and ebony dice by Paladin.







    * (26:56) Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age.







    * (29:07) Tsuro and Pandemic: Fall of Rome.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 35 min
    Episode 534 – where you game

    Episode 534 – where you game

    * (0:29) The holidays came in like a wrecking ball!







    * (2:01) Wayne’s Family Feud survey is still up for answers!







    * (3:24) Gnarl is here to save your Christmas! Available on Amazon and Audible.







    * (5:54) Chad’s opinions save the show!







    * (7:26) No one likes distractions.







    * (10:10) Why Chad doesn’t like basements.







    * (16:43) Wayne’s aversion to cluttered tables.







    * (25:04) Chad’s distaste for chairs and high tables.







    * (34:21) Why Dan wants chairs instead of a couch.







    * (41:02) Once upon a time, through thin bathroom walls.







    * (46:35) The ups and downs of having food present.







    * (52:39) Gaming outside the normal flow of the household.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bonus Episode 84 – what D&D represents

    Bonus Episode 84 – what D&D represents

    * (0:23) Wayne’s Family Feud survey.







    * (3:09) Love for D&D and its sister games.







    * (5:24) A conversation with Chris Hussey about the strata of podcasts.







    * (10:46) What D&D has come to represent within the hobby. Gamers Table’s weekly Big 20 show (previous episodes here).







    * (19:31) Gaming as an aspect of a person’s identity.







    * (29:02) Handling the preconceptions in a constructive way.







    * (41:30) A call to action.







    * (44:47) The value the attention brings.







    Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

    • 48 min
    Episode 533 – handling a bully character

    Episode 533 – handling a bully character

    * (0:29) The Audacity that can end the show!







    * (1:30) A topic from Jesse, with two parameters from Dan.







    * (5:42) Watch out for any real-world impact between the players.







    * (18:28) Managing your own reaction to the bully character.







    * (19:25) The attitude behind, “That’s what my character would do.”







    * (21:57) The in-character consequences of playing a bully.







    * (28:34) Targeting the penalties at the right party.







    * (34:58) Calling out your own character.







    * (37:50) GM-created deterrents against the bully.







    * (44:26) When you’re unintentionally bullying the Game Master, or the bully is going otherwise unchallenged.







    * (51:49) Inviting consequences upon yourself.







    Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan, Wayne

    • 55 min
    Episode 532 – reasoning out the random

    Episode 532 – reasoning out the random

    * (0:28) A big THANK YOU to everyone that backed Fear the Con!







    * (2:43) Gamers Table’s weekly Big 20 show (previous episodes here).







    * (5:22) Blades in the Dark gives way to a Traveller game. Working through Traveller’s character creation system.







    * (16:10) Finding the patterns—and inventing the story—created by the random rolls.







    * (28:19) How the individual character patterns affect group design.







    * (34:30) Out-of-character misery as a weird flex.







    * (37:19) In-character misery as a point of story development.







    * (42:34) Swalwell’s musical number.







    Hosts: Chad, Dale, Dan

    • 44 min
    Episode 531 – first-time GM report

    Episode 531 – first-time GM report

    * (0:29) Introducing Laura. The episode where we first setup this topic.







    * (1:24) Fear the Con has funded! Start getting your games listed!







    * (2:18) Chris Hussey’s Savage Worlds setting book, The Wolverines Take the Highway to the Danger Zone.







    * (9:21) Why Laura GMed, and how she felt about the prospect of running a game.







    * (14:30) Where she got her early help. The Blind GM.







    * (18:06) How Laura structured her game prep. Getting help from an advocate. Keeping game notes in a topical structure.







    * (26:51) Writing the pre-generated player-characters.







    * (33:49) Executing the first few seconds of the game.







    * (37:31) The first curve-ball the party threw.







    * (42:53) Adding a sanity mechanic to D&D.







    * (47:11) How Laura felt the game went.







    * (50:31) Giving Laura a letter grade.







    * (55:31) Don’t take your first game too seriously, but be prepared to improve.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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Best TTRPG Podcast

With an expansive library, one of the best, system agnostic, round table tabletop RPG discussion podcasts you'll find! I have picked up and dropped many RPG podcasts in the last decade or more and Fear the Boot has stayed in my library. Love these guys, love their content.

Ben Stehn ,

General RPG podcast

This is a very good podcast for GM's, players and geeks in general. Listening to the fear the boot crew is like listening to my mates have a catch up. Friendly bunch of people.

woods rob ,

Great Work, Thanks Boot Hosts

I really enjoy the show, get excited every time a new episode appears. All gaming topics are relevant to many groups, and the banter is a lot of fun. I hope to make it to Fear the Con one day as well. Keep up the great work everyone.

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