The RPGBOT.Podcast is a thoughtful and sometimes humorous discussion about tabletop RPGs, seeking to help players get the most out of tabletop games by examining game mechanics and related subjects with a deep, analytic focus.
You can find more information at https://rpgbot.net/ - Analysis, tools, and instructional articles for tabletop RPGs.
The RPGBOT.Podcast was developed by RPGBOT.net and produced in association with The Leisure Illuminati.
Episode 5 - Unearthed Arcana Retrospective: Feats for Skills
In this episode of the RPGBOT.podcast, we revisit DnD 5e's Unearthed Arcana: Feats for Skills article. We discuss feats which we do and don't like, specific problems with the feats, and how you could adjust the feats to make them work in your game.
Materials Referenced in this Episode DnD 5e - Oath of Conquest Paladin Handbook Tasha's Cauldron of Everything (affiliate link) Unearthed Arcana: Feats for Skills Unearthed Arcana Books from Previous Editions (affiliate link)
Episode 4 - Failure, with special guest Colby "BEA" Munro of the Crit-Fails Podcast
In this episode of the RPGBOT.podcast, we are joined by Colby "Bea" Monroe of the Crit Fails podcast for a discussion on Failure in tabletop RPGs. We discuss what failure means, how to make it interesting, and how to make sure that failure doesn't stop your game in its tracks.
Check out Colby on the Crit Fails podcast, especially their episode with Tyler.
Materials Referenced in this Episode
Apocalypse World RPG (It's free!) Kobold Fight Club Leeroy Jenkins Matt Mercer's Death Rules NADDPod - "Not Another D&D Podcast". It's pretty good. Not as good as this podcast, but we're biased. This episode was produced in collaboration with The Leisure Illuminati.
Bonus PAX West 2021 Retrospective
Tyler, Random, and Randall spent the weekend at PAX West 2021 and saw a lot of neat and spicy stuff. They're sharing their thoughts with you on the event. To all the fans of RPGBOT.net we talked to, thanks for the great comments and feedback. Thanks to all the listeners of The RPGBOT.Podcast.
And special thanks to ReedPop (www.reedexhibitions.com) for hosting a great holiday weekend here in Seattle.
The RPGBOT.Podcast is produced in collaboration with The Leisure Illuminati.
Episode 3 - Metacurrencies in Tabletop RPGs
In this episode of the RPGBOT.podcast, we discuss metacurrencies in tabletop RPGs, including things like DnD 5e's Inspiration, Pathfinder 2e's Hero Points, Savage World's Bennies, and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPG's Destiny Points. We discuss how they work and how to use them as a tool to assist storytelling in your game, as well as some possible variant rules to make DnD 5e's Inspiration both more interesting and more impactful.
Materials Referenced in this Episode DnD 3.5's Action Points, which are detailed in the 3rd edition source book Unearthed Arcana (affiliate link), available as a PDF on DMsGuild.com and available for free on d20srd.org DnD 5e's Inspiration rules, which are available in the Basic Rules for free both as a PDF and on DnDbeyond.com DnD 5e's Dungeon Masters Guide (affiliate link), which expands upon the core Inspiration rules on pages 240-241 Pathfinder 2e's Core Rulebook (affiliate link), which details Hero Points on pages 29, 467, and 507. The same rules are available for free on the Archives of Nethys. Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPG's Destiny Points, which is detailed in all three of core rulebooks, including pages 23 and 315 of Edge of the Empire (affiliate link). Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (affiliate link), also available as a PDF via DriveThruRPG (affiliate link)
Episode 2 - Mounted Combat and Horses in Dungeon Fantasy Games
In this episode of the RPGBOT.podcast, we discuss mounted combat both in DnD 5e and throughout the history of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as drawing comparison to Pathfinder 2e's handling of mounts. We discuss the current state of the rules in 5e, including issues with the mounted combat rules and challenges around handling things like centaurs, intelligent mounts, and riding on your party members' shoulders.
For more on mounted combat in 5e, see our Practical Guide to Mounted Combat.
Materials Referenced in this Episode DnD 5e's Mounted Combat rules, which are available in the Basic Rules for free both as a PDF and on DnDbeyond.com. Chainmail (affiliate link), available as a PDF on DMsGuild.com DnD 1st edition source book Unearthed Arcana (affiliate link), available as a PDF on DMsGuild.com DnD 3rd edition source book Unearthed Arcana (affiliate link), available as a PDF on DMsGuild.com and available for free on d20srd.org Pathfinder 2e's rules for Animal Companions, which are available in both in the Pathfinder 2e Core Rulebook (affiliate link) and for free on Archives of Nethys.
Episode 1 - Investigation in 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons
In our second episode of the RPGBOT.podcast, we discusse DnD 5e's Investigation skill, finding stuff in tabletop RPGs, and how to apply tools and other skills to complement or even replace skills like Investigation or Perception.
Materials Referenced in this Episode The DnD 5e Basic Rules, which are available for free both as a PDF and on DnDbeyond.com The Armorer Artificer Handbook. Cast
Randall James of AmateurJack.com, RPGBOT contributing author Random Powell, and Tyler "RPGBOT" Kamstra.