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 564 – Wayne recovers a game

    Episode 564 – Wayne recovers a game

    * (0:29) Lura struggles with her own name, but we’re there to help!







    * (3:39) The flash fiction anthology, Worth 1,000 Words, is still available for purchase.







    * (7:43) Laura is starting a game for minority and marginalized people. You can contact her to learn more on her TikTok account, email (Laura@FearTheBoot.com), or by PMing her on our forums.







    * (11:40) Wayne is also starting up a game, unrelated to Laura’s. You can contact him via email (Wayne@FearTheBoot.com) for more information.







    * (13:27) Please be respectful.







    * (15:33) Chad gets interviewed over on Brodeur’s podcast.







    * (18:48) Following up on episode 547 to hear how Wayne’s resurrection of a game panned out.







    * (22:27) What Wayne did to preserve the game during the gap.







    * (32:40) Whether the game was started right where it left off or somewhere in the future.







    * (43:26) The value of equally interesting and banal game recoveries.







    * (50:30) Writing only what’s necessary to get things moving again.







    * (52:51) Getting Gnarl into The Sims.







    Hosts: Chad, Dan, Laura, Wayne

    • 59 min
    Episode 563 – gaming with an audience, part 2

    Episode 563 – gaming with an audience, part 2

    * (0:24) A literal F-bomb.







    * (1:27) The fishbowl of gaming in a game shop.







    * (16:22) The desired safety—yet expected vulnerability—of a public gaming space. Missing context.







    * (21:49) An allegory of pets.







    * (27:32) Please not just D&D.







    * (29:03) An update on Fear the Con 2021.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

    • 38 min
    Episode 562 – gaming with an audience, part 1

    Episode 562 – gaming with an audience, part 1

    * (0:30) The flash fiction anthology, Worth 1,000 Words, is now out!







    * (3:35) Love for Johnny Lawrence that no child of the 80s should have.







    * (17:43) Wayne runs The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men with a family audience.







    * (24:37) How an audience impacts execution of the game.







    * (29:18) Tailoring to audiences based on your relationship with them.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

    • 41 min
    Episode 561 – why people roleplay, part 2

    Episode 561 – why people roleplay, part 2

    * (0:24) Enjoying roleplaying as an artform.







    * (1:44) When desires collide.







    * (11:37) The opportunity to express or explore controversial ideas.







    * (16:54) Indulging a power fantasy.







    * (23:20) Stress relief.







    * (30:28) Interacting with a particular world.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

    • 37 min
    Episode 560 – why people roleplay, part 1

    Episode 560 – why people roleplay, part 1

    * (0:29) Brodeur gets back on the ladder again.







    * (1:13) Dan plays doctor, which gets us wondering what makes people want to roleplay anything at all.







    * (5:59) Why it’s good to know what motivates someone to roleplay.







    * (10:07) Structured social interactions.







    * (15:13) Exploration of self.







    * (18:28) Exploration of others.







    * (21:38) Escapism.







    * (27:30) The opportunity for creativity.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Wayne

    • 33 min
    Episode 559 – the unoccupied average

    Episode 559 – the unoccupied average

    * (0:29) General Bootspital.







    * (7:19) More observations from roleplaying in an MMO. Not using freakshow characters to make yourself stand out.







    * (11:46) The great, unoccupied average. Distinguishing your character by who they are, not what they are.







    * (27:35) How collaborative game-building can keep characters from being freakshows to begin with. The praise-worthy amount of heart that often goes into freakshow characters.







    * (34:20) The potential laziness of a freakshow character. Using questions to develop the character past that initial laziness.







    * (44:42) Sometimes average and interesting characters get made, simply because the person doesn’t realize what they’re playing is unusual in concept.







    Hosts: Brodeur, Chad, Dan, Laura

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
308 Ratings

308 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 ,

Why Aren’t You Listening?

This podcast is everything you want in an RPG podcast and more. Why aren’t you listening? Advice, personality, ideas, and conventions! Join the fray!

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