10 episodes

GM/DM discussions on topics related to running tabletop games. Each episode is a 30-45 minute conversation about one specific topic chosen by rolling 1d10 on a table of topics.

Roll for Topic's regular cohosts are Andy Rau and Chris Salzman. If you or your GM is interested in being a guest, drop us a line!

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GM/DM discussions on topics related to running tabletop games. Each episode is a 30-45 minute conversation about one specific topic chosen by rolling 1d10 on a table of topics.

Roll for Topic's regular cohosts are Andy Rau and Chris Salzman. If you or your GM is interested in being a guest, drop us a line!

    Episode 40 — How Do You Build or Choose a Setting for Your Game?

    Episode 40 — How Do You Build or Choose a Setting for Your Game?

    Do you like running games set in established, well-defined settings? Do you prefer coming up with setting details on the fly? Something in between? John and Andy talk through the big topic of finding or building the right setting for your game.



    Episode 40 appendix (show notes):



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    • 48 min
    Episode 39 — How Do You Use Fear in Your Roleplaying Games?

    Episode 39 — How Do You Use Fear in Your Roleplaying Games?

    What does fear look like when it crops up in your games, horror or otherwise? How can you use fear to motivate player characters and make for a fun, tense game? John and Andy discuss.

    • 39 min
    Episode 38 — How Do You Use Maps in Your Game?

    Episode 38 — How Do You Use Maps in Your Game?

    What role do maps play in the games that you run? While Chris is taking a few weeks of parental leave, Andy is joined by guest co-host John Corey to discuss the wonderful topic of maps.



    Note: the audio quality on this episode is a bit lower than our usual standard, for which we apologize; we’ll do better for the next episode. There’s a noticeable echo effect. If it helps, imagine that we’re recording the podcast from deep within a gloomy dungeon!

    • 46 min
    Episode 37 — How Do You Handle Character Death in a Roleplaying Game?

    Episode 37 — How Do You Handle Character Death in a Roleplaying Game?

    What do you do when a character in your game bites the dust? If character death happens, how do you work it into your campaign, and how do you address the topic with your players? Andy and Chris discuss this notoriously tricky subject.

    • 46 min
    Episode 36 — How Do You Make Dungeons Feel Adventurous? (with John Corey)

    Episode 36 — How Do You Make Dungeons Feel Adventurous? (with John Corey)

    Are the dungeons in your game mysterious, exciting experiences, or dull, slow-moving grinds? Andy and Chris are joined by John Corey to discuss ways you can inject a little bit of that “Indiana Jones” vibe into your dungeons.

    • 38 min
    Episode 35 — How Do You Make In-game Travel Interesting?

    Episode 35 — How Do You Make In-game Travel Interesting?

    Do you wince at the thought of roleplaying through a long journey? You’re not alone. Chris and Andy chat about what makes the difference between a travel sequence that is tedious, and one that adds something compelling to your campaign.

    • 39 min

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