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 • 49 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.

    Now with More Bards! Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone Center Setting on Bards Ep 225

    Now with More Bards! Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone Center Setting on Bards Ep 225

    These bards go to eleven!

    Gamer glitterati Satine Phoenix and Jamison Stone of Apotheosis Studios are Kickstarting a campaign of intrigue and art, songs and spycraft, portraying a city in which art and abomination abounds! Click here to check out the Kickstarter!

    Image courtesy Apotheosis Studios.
     

    • 52 min
    A Long Look at Amy Vorpahl's Candlekeep Deconstructed Ep 224

    A Long Look at Amy Vorpahl's Candlekeep Deconstructed Ep 224

    A D&D adventure with a rocket ship? Probe "Kandlekeep Dekonstrukted" by Amy Vorpahl, part of Candlekeep Mysteries for 5E!
    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.

     

    • 55 min
    Monte Cook Kickstarts Product so New There's No Word for It Ep 223

    Monte Cook Kickstarts Product so New There's No Word for It Ep 223

    Imagine running an adventure online, and instead of books, notes, and PDFs, everything is in a single app, right before your eyes. Now imagine the app has art from world-class artists, and design from RPG luminaries. That is what the brilliant and bodacious designers of Monte Cook Games have created: an adventure made to be run online. Explore more at The Darkest House Kickstarter today! 
    Image courtesy Monte Cook Games.

    • 52 min
    An RPG of Maximum Ecstasy with Minimum Effort- Ep 222

    An RPG of Maximum Ecstasy with Minimum Effort- Ep 222

    City of Winter and Fall of Magic are story games centered around journeys in fantasy worlds. Play revolves around gorgeous, hand-made scrolls, and mechanics so simple and elegant that they bring one to question where RPGs end and storytelling begins. Furthermore, these games get to the good stuff of RPG play with shocking speed. We probe these questions and more with the games' designer, Ross Cowman! If you're interested, City of Winter is on Kickstarter right now. Play a demo here now! 
    Image by Doug Keith and courtesy Heart of the Deernicorn. 

     

    • 49 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 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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