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Role Playing Public Radio looks at role playing games with humor and insight. Our mission is to make gaming more fun, whether it is celebrating a legendary session or making fun of dysfunctional games. If you have ever slain a gazebo by mistake, looted the body of a sass mouthed NPC, or died screaming in Call of Cthulhu, RPPR is for you!

Role Playing Public Radio Ross Payton

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Role Playing Public Radio looks at role playing games with humor and insight. Our mission is to make gaming more fun, whether it is celebrating a legendary session or making fun of dysfunctional games. If you have ever slain a gazebo by mistake, looted the body of a sass mouthed NPC, or died screaming in Call of Cthulhu, RPPR is for you!

    What is a Mega Game at PAX South 2020

    What is a Mega Game at PAX South 2020

    News: The RPPR Patreon has a special offer. Back at the $10 level by February 3 and get RPPR B-Sides Volume 5! This new volume contains 20 actual play episodes featuring Zweihander, Red Markets, Delta Green, and some unique games in development! Learn all the details in this post.

    Synopsis: What is a Mega Game? Mega Games are a mash-up of Traditional Roleplaying Games, Board Games, and LARP, with a bit of war-gaming thrown in to spice things up. They are large scale activities played in one session over several hours, involving as few as twenty and as many as hundreds of different players.

    This panel was recorded at PAX South 2020 and hosted by Dallas Mega Games.

    Panelists below the fold.



    Lee Yancy [Co-Founder, Dallas Mega Games], Logan Doty [Co-Founder, Dallas Mega Games], Jason Cook [Lead Control, Dallas Mega Games], Brian Parker [Lead Control, Dallas Mega Games], Joanna Yancy [Designer, Dallas Mega Games], Nick Alqhuist [Control, Dallas Mega Games]

    • 57 min
    RPPR Episode 173: Alien RPG Breakdown

    RPPR Episode 173: Alien RPG Breakdown

    News: Birk and I are working on a new podcast called Night Clerk Radio. We have a Twitter account set up to make future announcements. We plan to launch it early next year. Stay tuned!

    Synopsis: Alien the Role Playing Game is out, based on the long-standing franchise. So how does it stack up? Birk and I have read through the rules and I’ve run a scenario (Chariot of the Gods, soon to be on RPPR Actual Play) so we have some thoughts on it. Find out what we have to say about it and whether its’ worth playing.

    Music: Selections from the Music d20 Patreon.

    • 44 min
    RPPR Episode 172: How to Run a Game for the First Time

    RPPR Episode 172: How to Run a Game for the First Time

    Many listeners have asked me for advice on running their first game. After the most recent question, I realized we didn’t have an episode explicitly focused on this topic. Special guest Kory Bing, Tom, and I discuss how to prepare for your first game, from session zero, to the social contract, and designing your first adventure. We also talk about Kory’s comic, Skin Deep, and its rich lore.

    Shout Outs



    * Skin Deep: A webcomic about supernatural beings living in human society

    * Sea Salt: Control Dagon’s monster horde to punish the villagers

    * Kory Bing’s store: Get enamel pins and other merch

    * Satanic Panic: a book about the 1980s moral panic over fears of secret Satanic cults

    * Ramen Heads: A documentary about ramen chefs and styles in Japan

    * Evil Bank Manager: A game about banking



    Music: Above the Southern Rim by Music D20. Back the Patreon to get access to more music to use with your games!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    RPPR Episode 171: The SCP Foundation

    RPPR Episode 171: The SCP Foundation

    The SCP Foundation is a subgenre of speculative fiction, covering horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, all contained in a very specialized writing style, meant to reflect the internal documentation of a mysterious organization that secures, contains, and protects weird objects and entities. I talked to a volunteer of the SCP Wiki, Vivax, to discuss how SCP fiction can inspire GMs and players. Check out the following resources on the wiki:



    * The SCP Canon Hub

    * Groups of Interest

    * SCP 93 – Red Sea Object

    * SCP 2845 – The Deer



    Music: The SCP Foundation main theme by Ajoura

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Game Designer Workshop Episode 21: Red Markets Supplements

    Game Designer Workshop Episode 21: Red Markets Supplements

    Red Markets has a whole line of supplements, such as Veblen Goods and Trabajo, an enclave book. Sean Farris, one of the writers behind the Veblen Guide, visited Springfield and talked to Caleb and I about Red Markets. We discussed the challenges writing supplements for an existing game and collaborating with others, among other topics.

    Song: Needle and Thread by Kill Matilda

    • 38 min
    RPPR Episode 170: Inhuman Resources – Control and Bureaucracies in Games

    RPPR Episode 170: Inhuman Resources – Control and Bureaucracies in Games

    News: Check out the latest RPPR After Hours for an in-depth discussion on traps in fantasy RPGs!

    Synopsis:Thad and I both recently played Control, a new video game about a secret government agency that tries to protect the world from supernatural forces while also trying to exploit that power for their own ends. Obviously, this is a riff on the SCP Foundation, but even that is part of a larger tradition of giant and usually evil (or at least corrupt) bureaucracies in horror games. Whether they are corporate or governmental, these bureaucracies wield as much power as an elder god and cannot be easily stopped or slain. We talk about how to subvert or change these tropes to make your next game or player character more interesting.

    Thad is @ThaddeusStrange on Twitter and I am @rosspayton

    Shout Outs



    * Ballad of Black Tom: a brilliant Lovecraftian horror novella

    * Astral Chain: a new beat em up from Platinum Games

    * The Hitcher: a horror film starring Rutger Hauer as a terrifying hitchhiker

    * Mob Psycho 100: A new anime series from the creator of One Punch Man

    * The Dead Don’t Die: A zombie film directed by Jim Jarmusch

    * The Wind: A Western horror film about life out on the Prairie



    Songs: Selections from The Iron Triangle: Bureaucracy by The Great Wall

    • 1 hr 30 min

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