100 episodes

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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    • 4.4 • 5 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.

    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
    Reading the DMG Aloud Pt- 5 Ep 209

    Reading the DMG Aloud Pt- 5 Ep 209

    Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Fifth 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.

    • 53 min
    Attend the Red Opera! Ep 208

    Attend the Red Opera! Ep 208

    A warlock-based 5E campaign inspired by a heavy metal album? And the album was retooled and recorded by the Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra? Can such a thing be? Hearken to The Red Opera! Inspired by the DiAmorte album of the same name, today we interview game designer Rick Heinz about this eye-and-ear-grabbing Kickstarter!
    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 Apotheosis Studios. 

     

    • 53 min
    A Look at Dragon Magazine thru the Eyes of Dale Donovan- Ep 207

    A Look at Dragon Magazine thru the Eyes of Dale Donovan- Ep 207

    We're back after an unexpected two-week hiatus with Dale Donovan, an editor, game designer, TSR alum, and Dragon Magazine veteran. He takes us through a career that made him a witness to some pivotal events in RPG history. 
    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Stefan V Ristić ,

Opened my eyes

With write every adventure as a dungeon. Gonna look into the book. Good stuff

MartinOrwell ,

TTRPGs given literary analysis

If you love table top role playing games, this podcast will delight you by subjecting them to a literary analysis.

It's fun, interesting and very enjoyable. The intro is a funky delight, the hosts are insightful and each bring a unique and informed take on the topic.

This is a podcast I'd recomend to someone who's heard of gaming but has yet to dip their toe into their first session... it's a podcast I'd recommend to a seasoned GM looking for insperation for her/his next campaign!

Asako Soh ,

One of my favourites

Only discovered this podcast in the last several weeks and it has firmly become one of my favourite gaming podcasts. The group offer insightful reviews and discussions of games +/- adventures that are really helpful with for understanding the game but also in aiding groups to decide to play a given RPG or scenario. Highly recommended.

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