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Episode 045: Backstab x5

June 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

* BATTLECAST 3! is Tuesday, June 16th. Join us on Ustream. You can also watch video for the last Battlecast.

* Go listen to the TrapCast. They’re funny.

* James is listing his gaming books here. Mention that you heard about it from the Podge (before paying, obviously) and get 10-25% off!

* V3 was a huge success

* Intra-Party Conflict (which is different than inter-player conflict)

* Mechanic-based conflict resolution systems

* Organic vs. Synthetic Conflict

* Dangers of Intra-Party Conflict

* Follow the discussion with a handy outline on Plus 1

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Episode 044: We Are

June 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments

* Buy Storm Cloud, David and Luke’s (et al.) anthology.

* James is listing his gaming books here. Mention that you heard about it from the Podge (before paying, obviously) and get 10-25% off!

* Tope Dome is touring in your city soon!

* Winners of the Top Down and Bottom Up campaign contests, Dan Henson and Dan Marlett (Double Dan)

* We stop talking about Mike’s mom…no we don’t.

* David vs. Joe: THUNDERDOME! (Worst vs. Lesser)

* Group Design

* Goals, party pitches, and conflict

* Role maximization

* Follow the discussion with a handy outline on Plus 1

* Mr. T is a Night Elf Mohawk, Ted Talks, and Imagining the Tenth Dimension

* CONTEST! Win D&D Minis

* Hodge (live): The Tome Show celebrates 4e’s first birthday

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Episode 043: I Am

June 1st, 2009 · No Comments

* Adam is now officially David

* Thank you to our armed service members past and present

* Five Guys hamburgers is sexworthy

* Luke has closed his business and is now a hobo

* James is listing his gaming books here. Mention that you heard about it from the Podge (before paying, obviously) and get 10-25% off!

* Buy Storm Cloud, David and Luke’s (et al.) anthology

* Different methods of character generation

* Pre-flighting your character

* Character-Focused (Who-What-Why?)

* Mechanics-Focused (What-Why?)

* Character Optimization and the Brilliant Gameologists

* Character-Study Approach

* Joe’s char-gen notes are available in Plus 1 (really, we promise!)

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Episode 041: On Bottom

May 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments

* Congratulations Bear Swarm, you’re a year old! How did that happen?

* V3 is June 6th (V3 location information will appear at the end of our episodes beginning with episode 42)

* Last week’s contest Google doc form is here (click the link). We also clarify evolutionary items.

* Campaign Design, the Bottom Up approach. You can find an outline, and actual notes on the Plus 1 page.

* What beginning steps mirror the Top Down approach.

* Character generation and the character theme

* Establishing conflict

* The Character Domino Effect

* Adventure (non-character) focused Bottom Up design

* The Fog of War

* All podcasters are liars, except for 3/4 of the PodgeCast

* A SECOND CONTEST! Go ahead and click here to open the form and submit.

* Matt goes insane

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Episode 040: On Top

May 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

* Luke writes a column on Ideology of Madness: The Wizard Sleeve

* Ideology also had their Week of Mice with Weapons

* Donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers

* Deadliest Warrior and other cool TV shows. Adam kept calling it Ultimate Warrior, which is a crappy show. This is the actual show Deadliest Warrior.

* Luke needs playtesters for “Project MG.” Email him at luke@podgecast.com

* Joe was a guest host on Kicked in the Dicebags: Episode 5

* Adam is going to record a bonus video to show you how to “double record” if you’re looking for alternative recording methods

* Campaign Design, the Top Down approach. You can find an outline, and actual notes on the Plus 1 page.

* Pre-Planning Phase

* The Three Pillars of System Selection

* Pre-Player Phase (PPP or P3)

* Scope Your Game

* Evolutionary Items (like a Monkey Trial)

* The Fun Cooker

* Themes

* Organizations and our inherent nature to group

* Conflict

* Character Generation and Player Input

* Why (and why not) to plan your first show

* Why (and why not) to use box text

* Matt’s campaign document is on the Plus 1 page in the Episode Resources

* Scoping this discussion

* Announcing…THE CONTEST! You can enter here.

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