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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    • 4.7 • 48 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.

    Mountains of Madness Panel- Ep 221

    Mountains of Madness Panel- Ep 221

    Hear a stellar panel of nerds discuss the Appendix N text, At the Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft! Included are 7th edition Call of Cthulhu designer Mike Mason, RPG academic Scott Bruner, and the regular Plot Points crew!
    Never tried Call of Cthulhu? Hie thee forth to Chaosium.com for all your sanity-blasting needs!
    If you want to see the most eye-goggling and disturbing edition of At the Mountains of Madness yet published, check out this edition illustrated by Francois Baranger and published by Design Studio Press and Free League Publishing 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!
    Image by Francois Baranger courtesy Design Studio Press & Free League Publishing. 

     

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Reading the DMG Aloud pt 8- Ep 220

    Reading the DMG Aloud pt 8- Ep 220

    An impenetrable table! Rolling attributes! Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Eighth 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!
    Image courtesy Wizards of the Coast.

    • 57 min
    The Homeric RPG! Agon Ep 219

    The Homeric RPG! Agon Ep 219

    Inspired by epic poetry and pulp television, John Harper & Sean Nittner's Agon takes an old system, dice pools, and makes it new to produce a play style more Greek than Gygax! 
    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!
    Check out Agon here!

    Wanna hear more epic Agon adventures featuring our own Sarah Babe? Click here to experience Theatre of the Mind Players actual play of the series!

    Music: "Highland Song" by Alexander Nakarada (www.serpentsoundstudios.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons BY Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    Image courtesy Evil Hat Productions.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    How Good is Vaesen? Ep 217

    How Good is Vaesen? Ep 217

    Is Vaesen the best new RPG of the year? How does it stack up against Call of Cthulhu as a horror game? What does it teach about how to make an excellent RPG? All these questions and more are tackled in this week's Plot Points!
    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!
    Image courtesy Fria Ligan.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Reading the Dungeon Master's Guide Aloud pt. 7 Ep 216

    Reading the Dungeon Master's Guide Aloud pt. 7 Ep 216

    Unnatural aging and disease! Hear the 1st edition DMG read aloud with RPG academic Scott Bruner and host Ben Riggs! Seventh 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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

RoGvdjyesbue ,

Smart Gaming Reviews

Plot points is really interesting and smart reviews of RPG adventures. It’s not just “I liked this, I don’t like that” it’s discussion of the structure and design of these things and why some work and some don’t.

mumphry999 ,

Cast brings points of view to the show

The show is covering gaming subjects with laser point accuracy and the hosts usually have plenty to add from different perspectives. I really enjoy how they are able to cover a topic very well and not repeat each other.

fox01313 ,

Gaming & literary examination at it's best

This mix of looking at the theme, literary angles, influences & more at roleplaying game material is just great as well as seeing how effective it is not only as a piece of written work but also how well it is for putting in your game (with the existing system or translating it to your current game). Also some really fun interviews to listen to. The Plot Points crew is definitely worth listening to even if you're new to tabletop gaming or to a particular system as they cover the rules well enough to know if you'll want to try it our or just grab a particular adventure to read through for fun & ideas.

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