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Learn the mechanics behind creating a great role playing adventure.
||26. Roll 20 and OGL||James talks to Suzanne Wallace and Nolan T. Jones of Roll20 about online play, the changing face of tabletop, and D&D 5th edition OGL on Roll20's virtual marketplace.||2/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||25. Japanese Game Design||Matt Sanchez and Andy Kitowski are the two brilliant minds behind Kotodama Heavy Industries. You'll recognize their work on games that have been translated from Japanese into english like Tenra Bansho: ZERO, Ryuutama, and Shinobigami.||12/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Avonelle Wing||James sits down with one of the brilliant minds behind Double Exposure to discuss Metatopia, the Envoy program, and fostering an open gaming community.||9/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rapid Fire 2||In this episode James tells you what's so great about sailor moon character sheets, what you should do about describing actions in combat, and how to handle two players with the same specialization.||8/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rapid Fire||James, Kat, and John Patrick Coan discuss playing as performance and answer questions from heroes||8/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Blue Rose with Jack Norris||James speaks to Jack Norris about the return of Blue Rose, Green Ronin's new take on the original romantic fantasy RPG. We calk about changes to the setting, updates to AGE, and design goals for the new edition.||7/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sex and Romance||Today James sits down with Alex Roberts from the Table Top Superhighway Podcast to discuss two often ignored topics at the gaming table: sex and romance.||7/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||20. Heart Breakers||James invites Jon and Jef from the System Mastery podcast on to the show to talk about bad role playing games and how to avoid making them.||3/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Maps and Minis||This week James McGhie asked the simple question: "Tiles and minis, yay or nay?"||1/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Strong, Unreasonable Villains||This week James takes on a new listener question: When my players come up with what seems like a reasonable bargain or deal, my antagonists accept, as long as they're not giving up more than they originally intended to.||12/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||18. Metatopia 2014||James discusses the outstanding Metatopia and talks game design with fellow rookie designers Jason Pitre and Mark Richardson||11/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||17. Alignment Part 1 with Ben Dutter||Plenty of OD&D concepts have fallen out of favor. Most of them died out because they put limitations on play. These days swords and sorcery systems are way less restrictive and f20 games are focused on customization. However,||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rapid Fire 1||James answers three listener questions in one episode! Gain insights on stronger performance and portraying ambivalence, co-GMing, and intrigue based role play systems.||10/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||15. John Harper||John Harper is responsible for some of the most fun and influential micro systems on the internet. With games like Lasers and Feelings, Lady Blackbird, and Ghost Echo in his portfolio Harper is the king of micro games.||10/9/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||14. When Things Go Wrong||What do you do when your party doesn't follow your plot?||6/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||13. Voicing Characters||James discusses the art of voicing characters. This episode has improv techniques for developing character voices, advice on how to fudge certain voices you can’t do, and the secret to good voice work.||6/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||12. Designing Monsters||This week live from CODcon James invites Kat Murphy and Jim Hepplewhite on the show to discuss customizing monsters thanks to a question from Jeff Chaffe @infocorn on twitter.||4/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||11. Cultivating Atmosphere||What separates basic play from role-playing art? For game masters it is almost always a question of atmosphere. In this episode James teaches aspiring DMs how to create and maintain atmosphere. He also gives some tips for hardened grognards looking for.||3/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||10. Interview With David Ewalt||Parting with the usual format, James sits down with Senior Editor of Forbes Magazine and author of "Of Dice and Men" David M. Ewalt to discuss David experience running his very first campaign. Their conversations spans world building, session prep,||3/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||9. Getting players to Participate||A couple years ago I DM'd for the first time for a game with my girlfriend (now wife) my friend Matt and his wife and a couple of our female friends. Other than myself and Matt, no one else had ever played D&D. Though I think they kind of liked it,||1/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||8. Giving Players the Right Amount of Information||James answers a listener's question - "Over the past year I have gotten back into DMing for a group of players, after an almost 10 year hiatus from tabletop rpgs I have come to realize that I am not as skilled as I once thought.||1/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rules Heavy vs Rules light||This week James continues his thoughts on how to approach picking a system to run your game. Lots of players have preferences for rules heavy systems or abstract rules light systems. What sort of effect does this have on the game?||11/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Picking the Right System||This week, James discusses how one should go about picking a roleplaying system that works best for your story, players, and schedule.||11/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Kickstarting Your Party Dynamic||In this episode James gives us some techniques to build strong party dynamics starting with the first session. He also shows us how to make it easier for players to live out their original character concepts.||10/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Putting Together Your First Game Part 2||James continues his walk-through for making your first game. In this episode you'll learn about accounting for player strengths, using differences in scale and differences in kind, and the ever important maintaining flexibility while knowing what is go.||10/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Putting Together Your First Game Part 1||This is a big one folks. This is the first installment of a series where James walks you through the steps to setting up your very first game. In this part he breaks down a game into three essential components and he lays out the first two steps of ses.||10/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rules Lawyers and How to Deal With Them||This week James tackles the subject of rules lawyers and how to talk them out of slowing down your game. Players can be difficult but sometimes all you need to do is choose your words carefully to make everyone at the table happy.||9/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Heart, Head, and X Factor||If you are running your first game, chances are you are stressed out. If you have just run your fist session and nothing wen right you are probably completely overwhelmed. The first step to running a great game is understanding who your party is and wh.||9/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Wish there was more
I really enjoyed the episodes of this podcast that are up. A number of them no longer work, but I imagine I will be re-listening to the ones that do. All of the advice and information is very useful, and the host is very easy to listen to.
Awesome for New GMs
I've never been a GM before, and I was really excited to find this. Now, I feel confident going into my first session of gaming. Thanks James for being so helpful and knowledgeable!
Maybe if I rate it 5 stars it will actually update!
Quality material to put in your earholes.