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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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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 40 :: Jazz Hands

    Design Episode 40 :: Jazz Hands

    Liam and Josh review what benefits and limitations that going barehanded as a mage means in our system, as well as setting a roadmap for all of our Zealots in the future. We also end up creating a few items that will drive more dastardly characters to salivate.


    Show Notes:
    https://nerdyshow.com/2020/01/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-40-jazz-hands For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 38 min
    Design Episode 39 :: Volcano Girls

    Design Episode 39 :: Volcano Girls

    Maxx, Liam, and Josh talk about where the Paths are headed now that we're at the halfway point of their development. Should they have followers? New game mechanics? How powerful should you expect to be at Step 10? What level would John Wick be?


    Show Notes:
    https://nerdyshow.com/2020/01/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-39-volcano-girls For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 31 min
    Design Episode 38 :: Marked for Death

    Design Episode 38 :: Marked for Death

    Stealth. What is it? Where is it? Oh, you must have succeeded your check. Also, what kind of technology is normal for our world, and what does that mean for our mechanics? We also take a hard look at a perennial foe that could possibly take the place of Undead.


    https://nerdyshow.com/2019/12/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-38-marked-for-death For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 41 min
    Review :: Strongholds & Followers

    Review :: Strongholds & Followers

    Liam and Josh review the much-anticipated and hyped D&D 5E supplement "Strongholds & Followers" by Matthew Colville and MCDM Productions.


    Show notes: https://nerdyshow.com/2019/12/rpgfs_strongholds_and_followers/


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    • 22 min
    Design Episode 37 :: The Triple Threat

    Design Episode 37 :: The Triple Threat

    Liam and Josh dig deep into intimidation, diplomacy and bluff to figure out exactly how all of you are going to swindle NPCs out of everything they own and love. We also throw some real world diseases into the mix with some sick rules.


    Show Notes:
    https://nerdyshow.com/2019/12/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-37-the-triple-threat For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 44 min
    Design Episode 36 :: Prying Open My Mind's Eye

    Design Episode 36 :: Prying Open My Mind's Eye

    In this quick one, Liam and Josh add some exoticism to our world by naming regions and their respective languages. We also talk about the validity of Initiative and Battle Order and how they pertain to our game, and discuss the problems for GMs who prefer to go gridless.


    Show Notes:
    https://nerdyshow.com/2019/11/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-36-prying-open-my-minds-eye For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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!

Hays Chiver ,

Great content! Awesome People!

Great all around show. The game sounds AMAZING, the folks on the show are great everyday people.

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