304 episodes

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast combines friendship, table-top RPGs, and unbridled enthusiasm to bring you a weekly round table discussion that is informative, honest and funny. If you're looking for an RPG podcast with diverse opinions and a slightly infantile sense of humor, look no further -- you're home.

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast: GM & Player Tabletop RPG Advice Happy Jacks RPG Network

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    • 4.8 • 342 Ratings

Happy Jacks RPG Podcast combines friendship, table-top RPGs, and unbridled enthusiasm to bring you a weekly round table discussion that is informative, honest and funny. If you're looking for an RPG podcast with diverse opinions and a slightly infantile sense of humor, look no further -- you're home.

    HJRP S33E21 | Conventions for Risky Games, Unexpected Story Changes, & Fudging Dice

    HJRP S33E21 | Conventions for Risky Games, Unexpected Story Changes, & Fudging Dice

    ◇ Topic: Trying risky games at conventions, Emails: Doogler 93 asks about sudden, unexpected changes in game stories, Steffi from Scotland claps back at an email about fudging dice | Hosts: Kimi, Artem, Bill, Alex◇









    00:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |







    1:24 - Announcements: Next Discord Game Daze will be in May (happyjacks.org/discord), GamEx at the Hilton LAX is MAY 24-27, & Kimi's new game Starscape will be featured in an AP starting May 6th and Kickstarting in June! goldenlassogames.com/kickstarter







    4:15 - Indie Designer of the Month: Craig Campbell (he/him) of NerdBurger Games (nerdburgergames.com) |







    9:06 - Topic sent in by Joleene: Trying uncomfortable or risky game systems at conventions |







    45:35 - Doogler 93 asks about sudden, unexpected changes in game stories |







    01:11:05 - Steffi from Scotland claps back at an email about fudging dice |







    01:55:40 - Episode Closing |







    01:58:44 - Song: "Oh, Danny Boy" by the Merry Wives of Windsor (https://mwow.net/) |









    ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in your own topic or question for the show!







    ◇ Find us on Youtube ◇ Twitch ◇ Twitter ◇ Instagram ◇ Facebook ◇ Discord or find all our podcast feeds on your favorite Podcast platform! happyjacksrpg.carrd.co







    ◇ Subscribe to our Actual Play Feed! We have a backlog of campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and new games running all the time.







    ◇ Become a Patreon! All the money goes into maintaining and improving the quality of our shows. patreon.com/happyjacksrpg







    Ⓒ2024 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    • 2 hr 1 min
    HJRP S33E20 | Impact of Feedback, Onboarding for Lore-rich Settings, & Conflict Generation

    HJRP S33E20 | Impact of Feedback, Onboarding for Lore-rich Settings, & Conflict Generation

    ◇ Topic: What memorable or valuable feedback changed your view of gaming?, Emails: Brian in Milwaukee asks about onboarding new folks to a lore-rich setting, Eric from NJ shares his conflict generation tool | Hosts: Kimi, Cai, Pooja, Jason◇









    00:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |







    2:01 - Announcements: Next Discord Game Daze will be in May (happyjacks.org/discord), GamEx at the Hilton LAX is MAY 24-27, & Kimi's new game Starscape will be featured in an AP starting May 6th and Kickstarting in June! goldenlassogames.com/kickstarter







    6:28 - Indie Designer of the Month: Craig Campbell (he/him) of NerdBurger Games (nerdburgergames.com) |







    8:39 - Topic sent in by Gurg Murg: What memorable or valuable feedback changed our view of gaming? |







    37:22 - Brian in Milwaukee asks about onboarding new folks to a lore-rich setting |







    01:08:38 - Eric from NJ shares his conflict generation tool |







    01:25:11 - Episode Closing |







    01:26:42 - Song: "John Barleycorn Must Die" by the Stu Venable (https://netbusker.net/) |









    ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in your own topic or question for the show!







    ◇ Find us on Youtube ◇ Twitch ◇ Twitter ◇ Instagram ◇ Facebook ◇ Discord or find all our podcast feeds on your favorite Podcast platform! happyjacksrpg.carrd.co







    ◇ Subscribe to our Actual Play Feed! We have a backlog of campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and new games running all the time.







    ◇ Become a Patreon! All the money goes into maintaining and improving the quality of our shows. patreon.com/happyjacksrpg







    Ⓒ2024 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    • 1 hr 29 min
    HJRP S33E19 | Initiative Debate, Players feeling like Supporting Characters, & a GM Success Story

    HJRP S33E19 | Initiative Debate, Players feeling like Supporting Characters, & a GM Success Story

    ◇ Topic: Initiative/sequenced actions - worth it or not?, Emails: Old Uncle Fox asks how to avoid always being a supporting character, Wes from Indianapolis shares a GM success story! | Hosts: Kimi, Jay & Craig from Nerdburger Games◇









    00:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |







    1:22 - Announcements: Next Discord Game Daze will be in May (happyjacks.org/discord) & Savage Worlds actual play starting April 4th! |







    2:28 - Indie Designer of the Month: Craig Campbell (he/him) of NerdBurger Games (nerdburgergames.com) is on the show! |







    24:27 - Topic sent in by Jemma on the Discord: Initiative/sequenced actions - worth it or not? |







    56:13 - Old Uncle Fox asks how to avoid always being a supporting character |







    01:12:13 - Wes from Indianapolis shares a GM success story! |







    01:37:23 - Episode Closing |







    01:38:53 - Song: "Agincourt Carol" by the Poxy Boggards (poxyboggards.com) |









    ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in your own topic or question for the show!







    ◇ Find us on Youtube ◇ Twitch ◇ Twitter ◇ Instagram ◇ Facebook ◇ Discord or find all our podcast feeds on your favorite Podcast platform! happyjacksrpg.carrd.co







    ◇ Subscribe to our Actual Play Feed! We have a backlog of campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and new games running all the time.







    ◇ Become a Patreon! All the money goes into maintaining and improving the quality of our shows. patreon.com/happyjacksrpg







    Ⓒ2024 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    • 1 hr 41 min
    HJRP S33E18 | Creative Weapons, Table Secrets, & Con Report

    HJRP S33E18 | Creative Weapons, Table Secrets, & Con Report

    ◇ Topic: Mike asks how to make weapons feel unique and varied, Emails: Steffi wants our takes on open table secrets that cause problems, Eric from New Jersey has a Con Report | Hosts: Jason & Enge◇









    00:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |







    1:38 - Announcements: Next Discord Game Daze will be in May (happyjacks.org/discord) & Savage Worlds actual play starting April 4th! |







    1:38 - Indie Designer of the Month: Craig Campbell (he/him) of NerdBurger Games (nerdburgergames.com)|







    2:54 - Topic: Mike asks how to make weapons feel unique and varied |







    28:13 - Steffi wants our takes on open table secrets that cause problems |







    42:30 - Eric from New Jersey has a Con Report |







    52:52 - Episode Closing |







    54:07 - Song: "Star of the County Down" by Sportive Tricks (sportivetricks.com) |









    ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in your own topic or question for the show!







    ◇ Find us on Youtube ◇ Twitch ◇ Twitter ◇ Instagram ◇ Facebook ◇ Discord or find all our podcast feeds on your favorite Podcast platform! happyjacksrpg.carrd.co







    ◇ Subscribe to our Actual Play Feed! We have a backlog of campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and new games running all the time.







    ◇ Become a Patreon! All the money goes into maintaining and improving the quality of our shows. patreon.com/happyjacksrpg







    Ⓒ2024 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    • 56 min
    HJRP S33E17 | Micro RPGs, Ideas for a Star Wars GM, & PBP Helping Burnout

    HJRP S33E17 | Micro RPGs, Ideas for a Star Wars GM, & PBP Helping Burnout

    ◇ Topic: Micro RPGs, Emails: Eric from New Jersey made some rash GM choices and needs ideas, | Hosts: Kimi, Clara & Samantha ◇









    00:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |







    1:34 - Announcements: Next Discord Game Daze will be in May (happyjacks.org/discord) & Savage Worlds actual play starting April 4th! |







    2:22 - Indie Designer of the Month: Logan Timmins (he/him) (breathingstories.itch.io)|







    4:38 - Topic: Micro RPGs |







    19:42 - Eric from New Jersey made some rash GM choices and needs ideas |







    33:34 - BeardHare talks about how PBP has helped with TTRPG burnout |







    51:15 - Episode Closing |







    53:53 - Song: "Rock Lobster" by The Dread Crew of Oddwood (thedreadcrewofoddwood.com) |









    ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in your own topic or question for the show!







    ◇ Find us on Youtube ◇ Twitch ◇ Twitter ◇ Instagram ◇ Facebook ◇ Discord or find all our podcast feeds on your favorite Podcast platform! happyjacksrpg.carrd.co







    ◇ Subscribe to our Actual Play Feed! We have a backlog of campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and new games running all the time.







    ◇ Become a Patreon! All the money goes into maintaining and improving the quality of our shows. patreon.com/happyjacksrpg







    Ⓒ2024 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    • 56 min
    HJRP S33E16 | Sharing PC Spotlights, PCs that have to be Talked into Everything

    HJRP S33E16 | Sharing PC Spotlights, PCs that have to be Talked into Everything

    ◇ Topic: How do you balance the PC spotlight as a GM?, Emails: JDGriz asks when it’s ok for your PC to be the center of attention, Conner from Ireland asks how to deal with the character who needs to be talked into everything | Hosts: Kimi & Enge ◇









    00:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |







    3:55 - Announcements: Next Discord Game Daze will be in May (happyjacks.org/discord) & Savage Worlds actual play starting April 4th! |







    6:48 - Indie Designer of the Month: Logan Timmins (he/him) (breathingstories.itch.io)|







    15:36 - Topic: How do you balance the PC spotlight as a GM? |







    35:45 - JDGriz asks when it’s ok for your PC to be the center of attention |







    55:02 - Conner from Ireland asks how to deal with the character who needs to be talked into everything |







    01:20:12 - Episode Closing |







    01:21:39 - Song: "The Prickle Holly Bush" by The Merry Wives of Windsor (mwow.net) |









    ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in your own topic or question for the show!







    ◇ Find us on Youtube ◇ Twitch ◇ Twitter ◇ Instagram ◇ Facebook ◇ Discord or find all our podcast feeds on your favorite Podcast platform! happyjacksrpg.carrd.co







    ◇ Subscribe to our Actual Play Feed! We have a backlog of campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and new games running all the time.







    ◇ Become a Patreon! All the money goes into maintaining and improving the quality of our shows. patreon.com/happyjacksrpg







    Ⓒ2024 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
342 Ratings

342 Ratings

Weaselcreature ,

An informative good time!

Update: after all these years, this is still my favorite RPG podcast. Their Actual Plays are great, too!

While slightly mature in nature, the HJ hosts are a ton of fun and have great input and feedback on all aspects of the RPG hobby, from different play styles to different systems to great tips and advice.

RandomJen ,

Great Gaming Podcast

Great show with lots of useful advice, mostly for GMs but also players.

Muddyboots ,

Excellent progressive GM podcast!!!

I’ve been gaming for 4+ decades mostly GMing, and listening to HappyJacks since their first season. The HJs crew is diverse and effective, ranging from newbs to harrumphing Grognards, all bringing their observations and experience in playing TTRPGs. More importantly, they bring the same to RUNNING games! Their pallet runs from the birth of RPGs in the 70’s right up through ‘It’s in Beta testing now. I wrote it." The cast is rolling with certain core members often there. They love their community and the show is based around reading questions and stories, then discussing them in detail. Have a question? Send it in!

Happy Jacks is one of my top three podcasts of any type and the e been there for YEARS! Give them a listen!

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