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Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

Plot Points Ben Riggs

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    • 4.3 • 8 Ratings

Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

    Reading the Dungeon Masters Guide Aloud pt 6 Ep 215

    Reading the Dungeon Masters Guide Aloud pt 6 Ep 215

    Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Sixth in a series!
    Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!
    Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
     Image courtesy Wizards of the Coast.

    • 59 min
    Urban Shadows 2nd Ed is Happening! Ep 214

    Urban Shadows 2nd Ed is Happening! Ep 214

    Urban Shadows is the addicting as hell PbtA game of machiavellian monsters living in metropolises! Its second edition has new fun faction rules, and the best explanation of combat in a PbtA game I've ever seen! Learn more in our interview with designers Marissa Kelly & Mark Diaz Truman! Also, here's the Kickstarter! 
    Death Divers is in its last days! Back it here!
    Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!
    Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
    Image courtesy Magpie Games.

     

    • 58 min
    Death Divers! Ep 213

    Death Divers! Ep 213

    Explore Dustin DePenning's carbines and demons sci-fi RPG! It's on Kickstarter right now, and has a fascinating new game engine in its bloody and beating heart, the Heroic Dark! Old school in danger, 21st century in execution, Heroic Dark keeps your characters on the edge of doom and their players on the edge of their seats!
    Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!
    Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
    Image by Vladislav Orlowski and courtesy Will Power Games.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dark Conspiracy, D13, and Dice Sonnets- Ep 212

    Dark Conspiracy, D13, and Dice Sonnets- Ep 212

    Lester Smith is a stalwart of GDW and TSR, designer of such games and Dark Conspiracy and Dragon Dice! He has a new game out, D13 which uses a D4 and D10 as the core mechanic. Check the game out here! He also explains how Dragon Dice is actually a sonnet in this interview!
    Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!
    Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
    Image by Larry Elmore and courtesy GDW.

     

    • 57 min
    Rent a Flat with Death!- Ep 211

    Rent a Flat with Death!- Ep 211

    A role-playing game like no other. In Rest in Pieces you are room-mates with Death! In addition to a story concept never before seen, RiP takes RPG mechanics another step forward, using a block tower with a twist! Check it out on Kickstarter now!
    Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!
    Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
    Image courtesy Imagining Games.

    • 58 min
    Brilliant RPG Designer Craig Campbell Shows Us His 'Good Strong Hands'- Ep 210

    Brilliant RPG Designer Craig Campbell Shows Us His 'Good Strong Hands'- Ep 210

    Craig Campbell is an innovative RPG designer whose current Kickstarter, Good Strong Hands, is a game of relationships and fantasy exploration inspired by fictions like The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, and Willow! 
    Ben’s book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!
    Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
     Image courtesy Nerdburger Games and created by Serena Malyon.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Susancarruth ,

High end original content

While the discussion-based shows have been slightly less enjoyable for me, this is a unique podcast where Ben is often bringing new, original research to the (gaming) table. Love hearing his insights on the early days of TSR and WOTC, plus his general perspective on gaming which I find myself nodding along to. The former material is a bit niche, so I recognize that those who aren’t D&D super fans may be a tad less interested.

5/5, I listen to most episodes!

Dr. Rock Toadspazz ,

Good, thoughtful discussions

Generally a good dynamic (except on the review of Scion...that became a bit of a rant) and has some first rate thinking about RPGs

TrekGM ,

Enjoyable show

Show gets into the meat and problems of various game systems and has a great discussion about them. Good banter and discussion keeps the show interesting, and enjoyable.

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