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.

    Episode 549 – game request from one player

    Episode 549 – game request from one player

    * (0:28) Have a game! And an online calendar.







    * (3:09) When one player asks for a very specific game.







    * (9:08) Determining exactly what they want from this game. Yes, Chad, Green Squadron really does exist.







    * (11:18) Does the rest of the group want to participate in this game?







    * (12:40) An intentionally difficult example with Unicron. Restraining yourself as the subject-matter expert.







    * (18:32) Asking the requester to give spotlight to the other players while limiting their own.







    * (29:54) Now you have to sell it!







    * (31:17) Switching back to Green Squadron, which presents a different set of problems and opportunities.







    * (36:53) The value of a beloved but unremarkable character.







    * (40:47) Not abusing meta-game knowledge.







    * (50:13) Be prepared to concede as much as you’re asking for. Self-inflicted insignificance.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Wayne

    • 1 hr
    Bonus Episode 90 – running an online con

    Bonus Episode 90 – running an online con

    * (0:24) Introducing Zylo and reintroducing Chris.







    * (0:49) A brief history of Fear the Conline.







    * (3:42) The dual novelty of running a con game and online game.







    * (7:10) Position the screen below the camera.







    * (9:02) Allowing for early communication between the GMs and players.







    * (11:52) The promotional video Zylo made. Allowing time to setup the expected game-play tools.







    * (19:07) The degree to which an online con feels like a regular con.







    * (27:58) The length of game slots.







    * (33:27) Issues with communication and coordination. Timezones.







    * (42:10) Panels, seminars, and streaming events.







    * (46:00) A roundup of final thoughts. Fear the Boot’s Discord server.







    Hosts: Chris, Dale, Laura, Wayne, Zylo

    • 49 min
    Bonus Episode 89 – Lura looks

    Bonus Episode 89 – Lura looks

    * (0:29) Are there TWO soulless gingers on the show!?







    * (4:03) Minnesotans and their grey ducks.







    * (6:03) Lura explains her tarot deck and witchery.







    * (14:37) A reading for Gnarl. The Shadowscapes deck.







    * (26:22) A reading to give Wayne game advice. When are the pancakes coming in the mail?







    * (39:30) A reading on Dan’s love life. The Enneagram personality test.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 1 hr
    Episode 548 – launching a West Marches game

    Episode 548 – launching a West Marches game

    * (0:29) Bad Brodeur gets bashful. Lura and finding God’s love in F7.







    * (8:13) Dan prepares to run a West Marches game. You can find our prior episodes on West Marches here and here.







    * (11:02) The fresh perspective children and new gamers bring to the table.







    * (21:31) Working player-to-GM collaboration into a setting-driven game. Worldographer by Inkwell Ideas.







    * (29:05) Growing your GMing skills by limiting your rating.







    * (46:26) Collaborating with parents to build the boundaries of the game.







    * (51:54) West Marches: After Dark. Maintaining continuity after a more adult session.







    * (55:47) Increasing the disconnect between the game and real-life horrors.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Laura

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 547 – preserving a game

    Episode 547 – preserving a game

    * (0:37) Wayne has to rather abruptly put his Dresden Files game on hold.







    * (10:46) The added difficulty of an ending you couldn’t plan for.







    * (11:47) Remembering where you left off. Taking a record of what both the GM and players remember and care about.







    * (24:13) Using audio instead of written notes.







    * (27:03) Finding game-oriented activities you can do in the interim.







    * (31:05) Using game-related prose.







    * (38:20) Time jump? Or pick up where the last game left off?







    * (44:30) Pacing yourself and picking the best ideeas.







    * (49:55) Fear the Con Online, coming up on June 19th – 20th. The promo video can be found here and the signup site can be found here.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 50 min
    Episode 546 – numinous fear

    Episode 546 – numinous fear

    * (0:29) Unplugged cables and the ever-moving studio.







    * (4:20) The cost of a press pass.







    * (6:10) The hardest thing to do in a horror game.







    * (10:35) The lack of numinous fear. When Pat was prepared to kill us all.







    * (23:01) Cutting away reality to nurture a new kind of fear.







    * (26:17) Displacing tension into the place of fear. Keith Curtis’ alien puppet.







    * (33:32) Starting with control of the gaming environment.







    * (37:10) Not taking this as license to terrorize or traumatize the non-consenting.







    * (38:31) Misdirecting so the familiar feels unfamiliar.







    * (43:49) Keeping the pacing up and downtime down.







    * (49:59) Fear the Con Online, coming up on June 19th – 20th. The promo video can be found here and the signup site can be found here.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
307 Ratings

307 Ratings

PatrickinSpring ,

Still a Good Listen

I've listened to Fear the Boot for quite a while, ever since they did a series of episodes on designing a RPG. It has consistently been enjoyable to listen to with top quality audio. It spoiled me on audio quality and definitely raised the bar. I look forward to listening to the guys for another 12 years!
~FtBeast

SvmKNIGHT ,

Game Master Class, beware of spitballs

Always good discussions on being a decent runner of games by whatever name and a being player the GM might not drop a rock on. Constantly funny but also willing and able to take on more serious topics. Highly recommended.

EmeraldSpecter ,

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