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Ever wanted to create your own tabletop RPG? Imagine it: a gleaming, glorious system combining everything you love about gaming and dropping the crap you can’t stand. Embark on a D.I.Y. docu-quest for tabletop roleplaying perfection as we design, test, and rebalance our own RPG From Scratch! We chronicle our tabletop trials and errors, grapple with game design, explore the art of mechanics and storytelling, and adventure through epic playtesting campaigns. New episodes weekly!

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    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

Ever wanted to create your own tabletop RPG? Imagine it: a gleaming, glorious system combining everything you love about gaming and dropping the crap you can’t stand. Embark on a D.I.Y. docu-quest for tabletop roleplaying perfection as we design, test, and rebalance our own RPG From Scratch! We chronicle our tabletop trials and errors, grapple with game design, explore the art of mechanics and storytelling, and adventure through epic playtesting campaigns. New episodes weekly!

    Design Episode 54 :: Showing Initiative

    Design Episode 54 :: Showing Initiative

    SURPRISE! Sneak Attack. We figure it out. Battle Readiness gets pulled apart and reassembled. Opposed rolls are thrown out, and Skill Checks are refined. 
     
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    • 40 min
    Design Episode 53 :: Group Rolls

    Design Episode 53 :: Group Rolls

    Liam sits this one out while Doug, Josh, and Maxx go to town on the Savothian racial abilities. With the changes to Professions and combat actions, they could really use a replacement for Character Bonus. We also go in depth on skill checks and group rolling. Should everyone roll individually? Is the +2 from Aid in Pathfinder and D&D sufficient? We hash it out.
     
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    • 35 min
    Design Episode 52 :: Win Conditions

    Design Episode 52 :: Win Conditions

    An absolute banger. We fleshed out the religious foci of the Pharmacon Society, gave boosts to Command and Battle Order, and talked about alternate win conditions as a fundamental pillar of scene design.
     
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    • 41 min
    Design Episode 51 :: Send me a Letter

    Design Episode 51 :: Send me a Letter

    We've got a great episode on our hands today. We create a fraternal order of physicians. We fix Champion's Challege, create a mail system for our world and have AWESOME news about the Wiki!
     
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    • 52 min
    Design Episode 50 :: WE'RE BACK!

    Design Episode 50 :: WE'RE BACK!

    We're back, baby!
    After braving the wilds of quarantine for over a year and a half, we have survived, gotten vaxx'd, and can now meet again in person, and we have SO much new to share with you.
    - Upcoming free tabletop game using a block tower
    - Updates about the Wiki
    - Merging back into a single feed
    - Update to patreon tiers
    and more!
    We're so excited to get back up to our previous speed and bring all of you along with us!
     
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    • 36 min
    Design Episode 49

    Design Episode 49

    The gang gets a special surprise and has a few top-down discussions about the game. Are players leveling up to fast? How long should a typical campaign last? Can players aid skill checks? Also, could we improve the terminology around adventures? Tune in to find out!


    Show Notes!
    https://nerdyshow.com/2020/11/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-49
     
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Pro with a Promise ,

Love the game design talks

Personally I love hearing the thought process when it comes to game design. I think the addition of recording the entire journey adds to the experience.

Garayur ,

Great show, give it a listen

The is a great show. Episodes generally fall into two categories design and play testing. The design episodes are reall interesting, you get to hear the reasoning behind their game design decisions and it makes you really excited for the system. The play testing episodes are also great. Not only do you get to hear the system in play, you get some great role-players having fun. Give it a listen

Jaedennn ,

If you love any form of role playing, this is the podcast for you

Most tabletop podcasts I listen to rarely pull back the kimono to show what’s going on behind the scenes. This podcast gives the listener an encompassing look at what it takes to build, test, and rework all of our favorite role play mechanics while still finding time to be creative and funny. Even if you’re not interested in what it takes to design your own tabletop, the play tests are rich with intense combat and developed characters. This is my new favorite podcast for sure!

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