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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

    • Leisure
    • 4.6 • 165 Ratings

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!

    After Hours: Judge’s Guild: Inferno – Part 1

    After Hours: Judge’s Guild: Inferno – Part 1

    We have another preview episode of After Hours from the RPPR Patreon! If you enjoy this episode, consider backing us to help support this podcast. Episodes 70 ,71, and 72 continue our descent into Inferno.

    Synopsis: We’re going to Hell! Judge’s Guild put out a module called Inferno in 1980, ostensibly based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. It’s a LOT. Caleb, Rob Stith (from the Orpheus Protocol) and Noah all followed me into this devilish scenario. We have so much to talk about that we are going to make a mini series of this journey as we could only get about halfway through the original module in this episode. There’s also a 2014 remake of the scenario that completes the entire 9 circles of Hell!

    If you liked this episode, be sure to check out The Mixed Six

    The Orpheus Protocol

    Thinking Too Hard About Anime

    Song: Lake of Fire by Gost

    • 1 hr 10 min
    RPPR Episode 184: Vtubers and Tabletop RPGs in Japan

    RPPR Episode 184: Vtubers and Tabletop RPGs in Japan

    News: Check out Arkham Cold Cases on the RPPR Patreon! Episode 4 features Caleb as a guest and it’s quite hilarious. Listen to a sample here. We’ve also picked a regular time for livestreams on the RPPR Patreon Discord – 6 pm CST on Sundays. Come hang out with us by joining the Patreon.

    Synopsis: Over the last year, Shaun has become a fan of vtubers, a new type of performer on streaming services like Twitch and Youtube. They use custom face rig animation software to look like cartoon characters while they chat and play various games. Many vtubers have gotten into tabletop RPGs, Many vtubers are Japanese and their RPG habits are quite different. This article from Dicebreaker helps explain.

    Shout Outs



    * Psycho Goreman: a hilarious Monsters and Other Childish Things-stylized horror comedy movie. A must-see for RPPR fans!

    * Ask a Mortician: A mortician and Youtuber who answers questions about death.

    * Superliminal: a puzzle game based on optical illusions.

    * Tasting History: A Youtube channel focused on food history

    * Survival Skills: an unnerving film themed around 1980s police training videos.

    * Demon Wind: an over the top horror movie from 1990.

    * The Last Spell: a tactical combat RPG roguelike with town building elements.



    Song: My Valentine has shiny eyes by Darkness

    • 48 min
    Game Designer Workshop: Caleb Stokes on Fae’s Anatomy

    Game Designer Workshop: Caleb Stokes on Fae’s Anatomy

    Caleb and I sat down to talk about his new project, Fae’s Anatomy. It parodies the stories found in procedural medical dramas. Think General Hospital, Grey’s Anatomy, M.A.S.H, or House. Only insane, because who needs realism? It mixes over the top melodrama role playing with cooperative puzzle solving. Caleb talks about the design process, preparing it for Kickstarter, and using online tools like Discord for development and community management.

    It’s currently on Kickstarter so check it out now.

    Song: Pain Management by Zephyr Medical Group

    • 41 min
    Ludonarrative Dissidents: Apocalypse World – Episode 0

    Ludonarrative Dissidents: Apocalypse World – Episode 0

    Ludonarrative Dissidents is a new podcast series from Ross Payton, Greg Stolze, and James Wallis. Check out the Kickstarter to help fund this project and get unique rewards!

    In each episode, we plan to focus on a particular RPG, looking at its mechanics, setting, and everything else to see what makes this game tick. In this preview episode, we look at Apocalypse World, the RPG that launched a revolution in the indie RPG scene. We try to answer the following questions:





    1) What the game does.





    2) How it does it.





    3) How people play it.





    4) Why people play it that way.

    If you want to hear more episodes, help us get our goal for a season of six episodes, with the games chosen by backers! We also have rewards for bundles of our games in PDF, a chance to play in an online game run by one of us, and get your game critiqued by us!

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Game Designer Workshop: Jeff Barber on Blue Planet Recontact

    Game Designer Workshop: Jeff Barber on Blue Planet Recontact

    Jeff Barber recently spoke to me about his new project, Blue Planet Recontact. It’s the new, updated, definitive edition of the classic science fiction roleplaying game set on the wild, frontier waterworld of Poseidon. Blue Planet is a compelling RPG journey into humanity’s precarious future on a distant waterworld where political unrest and a hungry alien ecology threaten the nascent colony effort. ‘

    Back Blue Planet Recontact on Kickstarter!

    We talked about writing a new edition of the game, planning the Kickstarter, and the kind of work that went into it, from research to finding sensitivity readers. It was a great discussion and if you are thinking about running a RPG project on Kickstarter, this is the episode for you.

    Get the Quickstart guide here.

    Song: Edge by Street Cleaner

    • 53 min
    RPPR Episode 183: Delta Green Impossible Landscapes and Dead Channels

    RPPR Episode 183: Delta Green Impossible Landscapes and Dead Channels

    The first full Delta Green campaign, Impossible Landscapes, is finally out. I’ve long awaited this book, as I have been fascinated with Carcosa and surreal horror since I first read Night Floors years ago. I caught up with Dennis Detwiller and Shane Ivey of Arc Dream Publishing to learn more about the book.  Read the essay that began it all, the Road to Hali.

    Caleb also joined us to talk about his new project, Dead Channel, an upcoming Patreon focused on Delta Green products.

    This episode will spoil some of the contents from Impossible Landscapes

    Music: Everywhere at the End of Time by The Caretaker

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 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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