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Role Playing Public Radio is a tabletop RPG podcast for all gamers! Our shows feature gaming advice, reviews, and discussions about the hobby. Hosted by award-winning author, Ross Payton, RPPR is a must listen for everyone interested in tabletop games. Whether you're an experienced GM or new to hobby, there's something here for you. If you want to create your own game, you can listen to our ongoing series Game Designer Workshop, where we look at every aspect of publishing RPGs, from initial design to printing and shipping your own game. In our regular episodes, We also look at some of the weirdest games ever published in our After Hours series.

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Role Playing Public Radio is a tabletop RPG podcast for all gamers! Our shows feature gaming advice, reviews, and discussions about the hobby. Hosted by award-winning author, Ross Payton, RPPR is a must listen for everyone interested in tabletop games. Whether you're an experienced GM or new to hobby, there's something here for you. If you want to create your own game, you can listen to our ongoing series Game Designer Workshop, where we look at every aspect of publishing RPGs, from initial design to printing and shipping your own game. In our regular episodes, We also look at some of the weirdest games ever published in our After Hours series.

    Episode 193: Designing Monsters for RPGs with Greg Stolze and Caleb Stokes

    Episode 193: Designing Monsters for RPGs with Greg Stolze and Caleb Stokes

    Designing new monsters for your RPG is a time honored tradition for most GMs. I got Greg Stolze and Caleb Stokes to talk about their approaches to creating new creatures for games. Is the monster a metaphor or just a weird new enemy to fight? Get some tips on becoming Dr. Frankenstein for your next game!

    News: Caleb is running Delta Green on Twitch on September 28 at 6 pm CST. Follow the Delta Green Twitch channel to get notified when the game goes live. It should be fun!

    Greg started a Patreon for his fiction. Sign up to get his latest works.

    I’m starting a newsletter with original content, links, and updates for all my projects. Sign up below and get a free PDF of the Death Stratum, a new monster usable for any horror or fantasy RPG.

    Shout Outs



    * Fashion Police Squad: a new FPS with cool game mechanics and fun to play

    * Death’s End: the final novel in the Three Body Problem trilogy

    * Abby Howard: a cartoonist behind The Last Halloween and Crossroads at Midnight

    * Cult of the Lamb: A hybrid base building/rogue-like dungeon crawling game

    * Ravenous Dusk: Sequel to Radiant Dawn, a very Delta Green horror novel with lots of body horror.

    * Visual Signals issue 7: I wrote an article for this vaporwave zine. Check it out.



    Music: The Devil’s Eyes by White Bat Audio

    • 1 hr 5 min
    After Hours Preview: Synnibarr Third Edition Ultimate Adventurer’s Guide

    After Hours Preview: Synnibarr Third Edition Ultimate Adventurer’s Guide

    The Worldship is back! There’s a new edition of the Synibarr and we’re diving into it. I got a full round table of RPPR regulars to explore the Ultimate Adventurer’s Guide. Baz, Caleb, Noah, and Thad and I found so many different things, it’s hard to keep track of them all. From bizarre metaphysics to unbalanced spaceships, Synnibarr has it all!

    Listen to the full episode on the RPPR Patreon today!

    • 13 min
    Game Designer Workshop: Jeff Barber and Caleb Stokes on RPG Design and Publishing in the Post-Pandemic World

    Game Designer Workshop: Jeff Barber and Caleb Stokes on RPG Design and Publishing in the Post-Pandemic World

    Like so many other things, game design has changed in the post-pandemic world. Jeff Barber, author of Blue Planet, and Caleb Stokes, author of Red Markets, and I talk about work and the industry. Jeff’s been hard at work on Blue Planet: Recontact and Caleb talks more about Fae’s Anatomy and other projects he’s working on. We hit on everything from writing, art direction, to graphic design, and work/life balance.

    Song: Cmon by 2Mello

    • 1 hr 15 min
    After Hours Preview: Aesthetic Games

    After Hours Preview: Aesthetic Games

    The Consumer Aesthetics Research Institute (CARI) is an amazing website that categorizes popular aesthetic trends from the last 70 years in pop culture. Baz, Thad, and I browsed through the categories and used them to come up with ideas for new RPGs, campaigns for existing RPGs, D&D source books, and board games.

    This is a preview of the full episode now on the RPPR Patreon. If you want to hear about our other game ideas, join today!

    Check out Baz on Twitch

    Thad on Twitter

    Music: A Secret Meeting/Edrics Precience by L A N D S R A A D

    • 13 min
    Episode 192: Multiverse Mayhem

    Episode 192: Multiverse Mayhem

    The Multiverse is back! Films and TV shows featuring the concept of a multiverse are more popular than ever, even though they are old hat in tabletop RPGs. Special guest Patrick from RPX and Tech Diff podcasts and I talk about ways you can implement a multiverse in your RPG and some examples. We also have some shout outs!

    News: Don’t forget to check out the RPPR Patreon! Patrons can sign up for RPG consultations with Ross Payton – do you need help with your RPG project? Ross can help! We’re also still running the Ludonarrative Dissidents Season 2 Kickstarter. Back it today to get some cool rewards and help us make season 2 even better!

    Shout Outs



    * Closetland: a moving film about a woman imprisoned by an unjust state.

    * Men: A new supernatural horror film from Alex Garland

    * Islands of Abandonment: a book about what happens to abandoned structures and the post-human landscape.

    * My Name: a Korean action series about an undercover cop seeking revenge.

    * Janitor Bleeds: a low poly horror video game set in an abandoned arcade.

    * Frontier Scum: an “Acid Western” OSR style TTRPG.



    Music: The Honeymoon Suite by Harkins tracks 1-3

    • 54 min
    Ludonarrative Dissidents Season 2 Episode 0: Card Mechanics in RPGs

    Ludonarrative Dissidents Season 2 Episode 0: Card Mechanics in RPGs

    Many RPGs use cards in their mechanics, from playing cards to Tarot to custom decks of cards. We discuss some of these games, the types of mechanics we’ve seen and the history of card-based games.









    If you enjoy this episode, back our Kickstarter for Season 2 of Ludonarrative Dissidents. This podcast is only possible with the help of backers and this time we’ll have a private RSS feed for early access to all episodes, plus other great rewards!

    All of Season 1 is now available if you missed it. This episode will be the only one posted on the RPPR feed.

    Some of the games mentioned in this episode



    Everway

    * The Mystery Creature of Claytonsville

    * Whimsy cards

    * Aces and Eights

    * Savage Worlds

    * Lace and Steel

    * Upwind

    * Best Friends

    * The Beast

    * Conspiracy X Zener cards

    * The Mind

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

Faloi ,

Awesome podcast

I've been listening since it first started, years ago. It's great, the variety between different systems is awesome, and the overall cast is great.

ShiningValor ,

Miss the “skits”

I found this podcast on Google (sorry Apple) and it has the older stuff. I loved the content until it suddenly switch format from parodies and skits to just another podcast of hosts talking. Went from something unique and funny to dime a dozen podcast format.

BrownieMuffin ,

RPPR Something for everyone, and everything great quality

I started listening a few years ago because of some specific content that I was interested in. I have gone on to consume their entire library. There is enough variety to spark interest, and everything is good enough quality that you will find yourself enjoying things you would not have thought to listen to previously. On top of that, they have a good cast that plays well together and is interesting in their own right.

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