By Metagamers Anonymous
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Metagamers Anonymous is dedicated to the tabletop RPG hobby through the lense of immersive roleplaying. In each episode, the cast discusses elements of the gaming experience, sharing their own thoughts and hard-won lessons gleaned from decades of play, and offering advice on achieving greater satisfaction through the auspices of character and story development and the shared tabletop RPG experience.
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep176 – Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll||In our 176th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast talks about mature themes and pushing boundaries. They also discuss the challenges of presenting unusual cultures in a game setting, using tropes as a worldbuilding tool,||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep175 – The Case of the Crimson Kipper||In our 175th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast debates the merits and challenges of red herrings and how they affect the story. They also visit with Niera about her newest game, talk pacing and exposition,||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep174 – Foooled You!||In our impromptu 174th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast talks up their latest gaming experiences and a few of the challenges they’ve observed. Metagamers Anonymous is a podcast dedicated to tabletop roleplaying games and (mostly) rel||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep173 – A Tiny Beef Salad||In our 173rd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast tackles the challenge of mining character information for building scenarios for the game. They also talk about their most recent exploits at the table and explore Jessie’s recent trip to||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep172 – Talk to the Hand||In our 172nd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast contrasts the importance of character, rules, narrative to the RPG experience. They also talk about character disagreements, prep vs. improvisation, and consistency when voicing NPCs .||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Int29 – Jim Pinto/Protocol Fantasy Omnibus||In the latest episode of our interview series, Erik and Jessie sit down with veteran game designer and friend to the Tsunami community Jim Pinto of Post World Games to discuss his newest Kickstarter project, the Protocol Fantasy Game Ominibus.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep171 – Can’t We All Just Get Along?||In our 171st regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the application of NPC personalities to help add dimension to a game setting. They also talk about their most recent game sessions and examine the challenges of managing a rotatin.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep170 – Follow the Leader||In our 170th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast mulls over the challenges of establishing leadership organically. They also read a listener email, talk about incorporating narrative mechanics in traditional RPGs,||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep169 – Use Your Inside Voice||In our 169th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses character voicing and presentation, their recent GameDay adventures, the challenges of adapting to narrative gaming, and the difference between playing for an audience and playing.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep168 – Choose Your Own Adventure||In our 168th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, an unusual cast takes to the digital airwaves with a discussion about major character decisions, their current games, and recent events. Metagamers Anonymous is a podcast dedicated to tabletop rol||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep167 – Scabs!||In our 167th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts ponders numerous topics as we ring in the new year: character optimization logic, keeping track of powers and abilities during play, PCs with physical flaws,||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep166 – Chutes and Ladders||In our 166th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts talks plot twists and turns, setbacks, and sudden reversals. We’ll also discuss the challenges of creating material for a game that resembles previous scenarios,||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep165 – Mike on the Mics||In our 165th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the expanded casts sits down with special guest Mike from the Metagamers Anonymous Actual Play Series online games to discuss gaming and talk about this week’s session.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep164 – Rules vs. Realism||In our 164th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts discusses arbitrating scenarios when the rules and logic may not coincide: rules as a simulation of reality, abstract systems, handwaving complicated or obvious results,||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep163 – … In for a Pound(ing)||In our 163rd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts discusses the role of combat, when to fight and when not to fight, the challenges of tactical combat in a large group, and alternative approaches to resolving encounters.||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep162 – In for a Penny…||In our 162nd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts examines character evolution over the long haul, how to be open to a PC’s experience and the resultant changes over the course of the campaign.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep161 – Village of the Darned||In our 161st regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts explores the virtues of psychological horror in gaming. They also talk about Niera’s recent game, discuss the challenges of prepping a sandbox game,||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep160 – Religiosity||In our 160th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts considers their experience playing religious and ascetic PCs and discusses the ramifications for immersive play. They also chat about their TsunamiCon experience,||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Live! @ TsunamiCon 2017||On October 8th, the cast of Metagamers Anonymous appeared on stage at midday on Day 3 of TsunamiCon 2017. The cast visited with special convention guests and listeners both local and from across the nation to discuss their games and experiences at t||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep159 – What’s My Motivation?||In our 159th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts discusses character motivations and how they intersect to create an effective and immersive narrative experience. They also touch on unusual encounter scenarios, the power of persuasion,||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep158 – All in the Reflexes||In our 158th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the casts discusses proactive vs. reactive roleplaying and the rules of improv and how they can be used to enhance the roleplaying experience. They also talk the latest on TsunamiCon,||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep157 – The Big 5-0||In our 157th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, John recounts his experiences at GEN*CON 50. The cast also mulls over some of the challenges involved with Organized Play, discusses some of the new products released this week,||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep156 – Because Good Is Dumb||In our 156th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast talks villains. Also, The Dan writes in with some anecdotes, Caroline shares some ideas for a new campaign, and Ryan Nock shares the origin of one of his villains from War of the Burning Sk.||8/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep155 – Ganked at the Finnish Line||In our 155th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses out-of-game solutions for adjusting character behaviors, talks about PC surprises that shift the direction of the game, and examines a myriad of interesting ways to use ghosts in .||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep154 – Foster’s Home for Imaginary Roleplayers||In our 154th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses tips and approaches to fostering immersive roleplaying in players unaccustomed to the process.. They also discuss their new experiences running FATE,||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Int28 – Jim Pinto / TsunamiCon 2017||In the latest episode of our interview series, Erik sits down once again with veteran game designer and friend to the Tsunami community Jim Pinto of Post World Games to discuss his upcoming appearance at TsunamiCon 2017! Along the way,||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep153 – Jonikka’s Birthday!||In our 153rd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast celebrates a couple of in-house birthdays, application of mini-games in unusual scenarios, character hobbies and oddball interests, and a handful of unrelated tangents.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep152 – New Beginnings||In our 152nd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast tackles the practice of writing a new campaign and how to sew in immersive elements for gameplay. They also discuss immersive plot elements, legacy campaigns,||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep151 – It’s Only a Flesh Wound||In our 151st regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the interpretation of abstract wound and healing systems in tabletop RPGs. They also mull over a recent development in their home game, talk about critical hits and maiming,||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep150 – The Shaun Duncan School of Talking Good and Doing Other Things Good, Too||In our 150th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the original B-Team reconvenes to discuss their recent experiences with Fate Core, read a couple of listener emails, talk about the con, and generally catch up a little bit.||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep149 – Riddle Me This||In our 149th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the age-old use of riddles and puzzles in tabletop RPGs, how they affect character-driven gaming and immersion, and how they have influenced various other types of challenges.||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep148 – Goals and Needs||In our 148th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the use of personal goals in determining character behavior in the moment. They also talk about using flaws to create opportunities for character growth,||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep147 – We’ll Fix It In Post||In our 147th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, Erik is joined by James from 1d4 Cast and Josh from Podcast: The Wreckening for topics like pitching a game, triggers and boundaries, and accommodating a rotating cast of players,||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep146 – And We Threw a Brick At It||In our 146th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the role of violence in the immersive gaming experience, how it relates to system and the choices PCs make during the course of play,||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep145 – Are You Experienced?||In our 145th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses experience and advancement in different game systems and how they can be interpreted from the perspective of the characters. They also discuss continuity between sessions,||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep144 – Show Don’t Tell||In our 144th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the art of narration and developing tools to assist with presentation while running a game. They touch on delivery, the use of boxed text, narrative description,||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep143 – I Find Your Lack of Pants Disturbing, Too||In our 143rd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast compares and contrasts structured versus improvisational GMing styles. They also discuss their current interlude in their ongoing campaign and visit the mailbag for a conversation about c||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep142 – Of Cabbages and Kings||In our 142nd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the elements and challenges of running intrigue and conspiracy-laden gaming scenarios. They also touch on Erik’s recent Savage Star Wars conversion,||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep141 – Zen and the Art of Magic Item Creation||In our 141st regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast ponders the art of making magic items less mundane. They also talk about their recent games, read a couple emails, and make a big announcement regarding TsunamiCon 2017.||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep140 – GMs Behaving Badly||In our 140th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast tackles the art of GMing well… and how to avoid doing it badly. They also talk about their current and recent games, upcoming events, and the arrival of Savage Rifts.||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep139 – Anyone Get the Number of That Donkey Cart?||In our 139th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast rings in the new year with a welcome back to airwaves after the holidays. They also talk about their current and recent games, ponder a few gaming resolutions for the year ahead,||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep138 – Headspace||In our 138th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses Niera’s question about thinking and reacting character. They also talk about cinematic narrative, coming up with characters for modern games,||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep137 – Age of Steam||In our 137th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the elements that comprise the steampunk genre and some of their own experiences with it, talks about their current games, mulls over some of Jonikka’s GMing challenges,||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep136 – New Horizons||In our 136th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast recaps some of their favorite experiences from TsunamiCon, talks about their newest gaming plans, and takes the time to lay out the plot of Season One of Jonikka’s Escape Velocity Savage||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Live! @ TsunamiCon 2016||On October 9th, the cast of Metagamers Anonymous appeared on stage at midday on Day 3 of TsunamiCon 2016. The cast visited with special convention guest and listeners both local and from across the nation to discuss their games and experiences at th||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep135 – Beneath the Skin||In our 135th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast mulls over a series of tips on constructing badass immersive character backstories, touches on a bit of gaming nostalgia, addresses some reader feedback,||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep134 – Stay on Target||In our 134th regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast discusses the challenges of staying focused and engaged during regular play. They also talk about personal goals, recent games, and upcoming events at TsunamiCon 2016 – including a con||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep133 – The Food is Poisoned, and the Book is Missing!||In our 133rd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast finally tackles Ama’s topic suggestion of curses and poisons. They also talk up some of games scheduled for TsunamiCon 2016, read a couple listener emails,||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep132 – Failed Our Will Save||In our 132nd regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast ponders a recent encounter in their home game that left one participant completely out of the action. They also discuss some of the exciting new developments with TsunamiCon 2016,||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMetAnon Ep131 – Easy on the Eyes, But Dumb as a Rock||In our 131st regular episode of Metagamers Anonymous, the cast tackles the complicated task of portraying a character in keeping with its stats. They also chat about their recent session of Numenera, talk recent community news,||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
After going through different podcasts I was surprised with how likeable the cast is. That coupled with an interesting string if topics makes for a good show.
A brilliant show with well-spoken, and informed hosts.
Centering around immersive play, Met-Anon explores the RPG hobby with an eye toward the experience rather than the mechanics.
With fantastic production value, and the added bonus of an interview series that includes some of the biggest names in the gaming community, this show NEEDS to be in your playlist.
...um hello..........I...I'm Dan...................and I'm a metagamer.
(IF you are a podcaster, AND, you ask for ratings and reviews, PLEASE support the community, and rate and review the podcasts that you listen to! –Dan@ CarpeGM.net)
Awesome Gaming Podcast
I've had a fantastic time listing to this podcast. As a fellow Wichita gamer I like hearing about some of the stuff that is going on in town and the various exploits of the various games the cast members are involved in. I find their podcast topics relevant to today's gaming scene and I enjoy listening to the cast members discussing their various viewpoints. I'm looking forward to additional podcasts (assuming the world doesn't end) and hope to become more involved in the local gaming community.