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HSG92: World Building with LegendKeeper’s creator Braden

HSG92: World Building with LegendKeeper’s creator Braden

October 10, 2019

This episode David and Rich are joined by the creator of Legend Keeper, Braden, which is a world-building and campaign tracking tool. It's a unique approach to blending maps, points of interest and auto-linking wiki articles is an excellent way to build out a world for an RPG or Novel. It really sings when you use it to quickly recall any information during a game. We use it here to track HSG hosted games and even though it is in beta currently the feature set is growing at a rapid pace in is already quite useful. 

 

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HSG91: RPG Storytelling Part 2: MetaGaming MetaKnowledge & Other Thought Crimes

HSG91: RPG Storytelling Part 2: MetaGaming MetaKnowledge & Other Thought Crimes

September 30, 2019

Rob from The Table is Yours podcast returns in our continuing series on RPG storytelling. This week we tackle the dreaded MetaGaming! Scourge of all RPGs? Well... it's not so simple. Many GMs and gamers hate when a player character acts on information and knowledge their character couldn't possibly possess. But, we permit many other forms of MetaGaming and MetaKnowledge, such as rewarding good roleplay at the table!

We dissect this topic from multiple angles and include tools and frameworks to use MetaKnowledge and MetaGaming in ways that aid the game. Hint: character success is often not the right way to use MetaKnowledge!

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HSG90: Evolution: Climate Board Game

HSG90: Evolution: Climate Board Game

September 25, 2019

Our friend Elise returns to talk about a favorite board game, Evolution: Climate by North Star Games! Elise was on HSG:11 Women in Gaming episode many moons ago when she actually recommended Evolution to us. This game is cute, educational, competitive, and with the Climate rules, it really shines as a game. Elise also teaches Rich some colorful ways to describe cats.

You can see Elise's nerd comics on Insta @the_minstrel_cycle

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HSG89: White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade

HSG89: White Wolf’s Vampire: The Masquerade

September 18, 2019

David has wanted to talk about this tabletop roleplaying game since day one of HSG. Finally, our friend Mike from Gen Con is free to revel in a shared love for White Wolf Entertainment, the World of Darkness, and Vampire: The Masquerade. Yes, David was once a little goth kid trying to figure things out. The products from White Wolf shaped his early role-playing experiences and shaped him into the kind of game master, dungeon master, and storyteller he is today. Mike similarly was brought up with White Wolf products and shares his passion for the franchise, and what it means to him to get to play this game.

We run through the Vampire editions, talk a bit about 5th edition Vampire, and the hunger dice mechanics. Mostly, we focus on the original Masquerade product, White Wolf's history and how it was run through the wringer at CCP Games. Its time at CCP set White Wolf up to struggle after its sale to Paradox Interactive, and how the creation of new White Wolf RPG content really falls to Modiphious.

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HSG88: Pathfinder 2e with Logan Bonner

HSG88: Pathfinder 2e with Logan Bonner

September 10, 2019

Logan Bonner from Paizo joins us to talk about the game, the book, the journey, and the lessons learned in the creation of Pathfinder Second Edition! We are so fortunate to have him on the show. Logan really let us look at how this project came together, dive into some of the thought processes behind 2nd Edition pathfinder, how it compares to other tabletop RPGs, and to first edition. Rich and Dave have enjoyed getting to beta test PF2e in past episodes but this really takes the cake.

Pathfinder Second Edition continues the theme of high fantasy, high action roleplaying they're known for, but with some seismic shifts to how the game delivers that style of play to players. Paizo has often focused on player choices and character customization, but in our reading of PF2e they've gone the extra step to make a system that is fundamentally customizable for the game master. Everywhere we looked we found rulesets we liked that could be easily transformed or dropped without breaking the rest of the game. Logan helps us navigate some of those waters. 

Great, enjoyable, and informative episode for folks who aren't already fully versed on all things Pathfinder and Paizo.

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HSG87: RPG Storytelling Part 1: The Modern Campfire

HSG87: RPG Storytelling Part 1: The Modern Campfire

September 3, 2019
Rob, from The Table is Yours Podcast, returns to kick-off a new series of episodes we're very excited about. We'll be breaking down the components of storytelling in tabletop role-playing games. This episode starts broadly so we can dive into details later, but we focus on the nature of the conflict, the role of obstacles vs. conflicts, the role of rivals and enemies, and the nature of defeating an obstacle and winning a conflict. We provide some tips for GMs to help sow conflict into their worlds, with plenty of room to fill in details later. We also provide some thoughts on player responsibility at the table and how in an RPG everyone has a role to play. Everyone is a storyteller (managing the world or characters) and the audience. This feedback loop results is a fun game with an interesting and engaging collection of stories to share with one another. Above all, we emphasize the importance of being mindful about the choices DMs and players make to improve games for everyone.
 
This episode is a bit more in the vein of theory and topics than usual. Let us know what you think and what other topics in this series you'd like to hear about!

 

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HSG86: Megagames at Gen Con 2019

HSG86: Megagames at Gen Con 2019

August 27, 2019

Mark joins us from the Shelfie community to talk about a truly unique gaming experience at Gen Con, Megagames! These are 50-70 person games that took place at Lucas Oil Stadium, on the field. They are asymmetric games. Lots of players are doing different things and their actions influence the game for other groups and individuals in the most engaging and fascinating way we've ever heard. Mark clearly loved it as he played and helped run several games this year. Impressive, given this was his first time at Gen Con and his first time playing a megagame. These tend to be longer games, at four hours or more, and run in the tens of dollars to play. But, to hear Mark tell it, they're also dynamic and interesting. Apparently, megagames are huge in Europe as well, so lots of opportunities to play these games.

Another great episode from our community!

If any other Shelfie ever wants to come on the show do what Mark just did. Find us on social media and tell us about and an awesome game you played!

 

 

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HSG85: Cyberpunk Red with JonJon the Wise

HSG85: Cyberpunk Red with JonJon the Wise

August 19, 2019

We are so excited to get to talk about Cyberpunk Red, the new tabletop RPG from R. Talsorian Games! well... it's more of a starter kit but still, plenty to work with. JonJontheWise joins us from the Cyberpunk youtube and podcast community, he has a huge wealth of information about the old and new rules. Mostly this episode is David and JonJon geeking out with Rich hanging on for dear life!

We go over system updates, lore updates, our thoughts around the game license and what we're hoping to see in the future along with the huge wave of projects we have attached to this effort.

A blurb about HSG's upcoming Cyberpunk Red campaign is available here. It did not make the final cut of the episode.

Here are JonJon's bonafides:
Youtube channel | Twitch | Twitter | Podcast

and he does a show with his wife "The Wise and Sassy podcast"

 

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HSG84: Gen Con 2019 Wrap-Up

HSG84: Gen Con 2019 Wrap-Up

August 13, 2019

Gen Con 2019 is, hands down, the best Gen Con we've ever been to. Amy and Steve join us to talk about the highs and lows of the year's best four days in gaming. We ran events, made and handed out a 'zine, just a crazy fun time on Amy's secret plan to make sure HSG wanted for nothing all convention long. From a party bus to getting to play Cyberpunk Red and Super Robo Rally to a memorial service fro Noodles and Company to the wonderful times we had with the High Shelf Gaming community...This year was insanely fun. 

Huge thank you to everyone in the High shelf Gaming community who ran games and made the convention better for everyone. Thanks to Scott, Pattrick, Mike, Heather, Hugo, Fernando, and even Rich for running games and giving back to the community in such a selfless way. So freaking cool!

This episode is longer and covers fewer games than past wrap-ups, but this was too much to keep to ourselves. Hope you enjoy the retelling of our times at Gen Con 2019.

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HSG83: True Dungeon Updates & Origins Recap 2019

HSG83: True Dungeon Updates & Origins Recap 2019

July 28, 2019

Some BIG News in the True Dungeon community. Token Nerfs, RFID chips going into specific high-value tokens, along with many other tidbits that Larry brings us. The first half of this episode is full of news and updates. The last half is a recap of the True Dungeon runs and True Raid event Rich and Larry attended. There are spoilers in the second half of this episode but we call it out, so if you want a completely fresh experience going into Gen Con 2019 you'll have heads up for when to stop listening.

Great episode, always love having Larry on.

 

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