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HSG112: Gen Con Survival Guide: Gen Con Online

HSG112: Gen Con Survival Guide: Gen Con Online

June 24, 2020

WE ARE BACK!

Gen Con Online is fast approaching at the end of July 2020 and there's a lot of learning we all have to do. Effectively this is a First-Year online convention. To help us navigate these waters we brought on two folks from Gen Con. Derek is the Sr. Event and Program Manager at Gen Con and Dominic is the Event Coordinator for Gen Con.

They join us during the run-up to Gen Con Online to help us all understand what the convention will be like this year and talk about what we can all do to get the most out of it.

A few more helpful links when considering Gen Con Online:

Links for hosts:
https://www.gencon.com/host/bestpractices
https://www.gencon.com/host/thirdpartyplatforms
https://www.gencon.com/host/new
https://www.gencon.com/host/eo-gm

YouTube and Twitch 
https://www.youtube.com/user/GenConVideo
https://www.twitch.tv/gencontv

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HSG111: Remote Gaming during “All This”

HSG111: Remote Gaming during “All This”

April 1, 2020

High Shelf Gaming has always been a remote gaming community. We have sprinkled information over the years about the tools we use for board games and roleplaying games but this episode puts it all into one place for your convenience during Covid-19 or novel coronavirus. This is unpresidented time. If you are sheltering in place or practicing social distancing - Thank you! you are a part of a global movement to help everyone in your community. Never has all of humanity done something like this on such a scale. Bravo.

 

Organization tools:
Discord
Calandy
Whenisgood.net

Video Chat
Discord
Facebook Messenger
Whatsapp
Google Hangouts
WebEx (free for up to 100 participants)
Zoom

Boardgames over the web
Tabletopia
Tabletop Simulator

Roleplaying game Virtual Tables
Tabletop Simulator
Astral
Roll20
Fantasy Grounds
D&D Beyond
DriveThurRPG

Extras
Play by Post guide
BASILISK STATION - A Traveller Blog (Example Play by Post game)

Cyberpunk 2020/Red fans (Discord Server)
DMs Guild.com for solo adventures
Tunnels and Trolls
Legend Keeper

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HSG100: 100th Episode! [giveaways inside]

HSG100: 100th Episode! [giveaways inside]

December 23, 2019

We can hardly believe we've made 100 MP3 files in just over 2 years. High Shelf Gaming has been a fantastic passion project during this time so we wanted to celebrate for a bit during the holidays. There are giveaways inside this episode! Two lucky winners will get a bundle of awesome! 

We will be accepting submissions from December 23rd, 2019 (today) through January 10th, 2020.

Contest details: To enter simply go to Facebook or Twitter and tell your friends and followers about your favorite HSG episode! Maybe tell them a bit about why you like that episode. Tag us so we see it. 1 entry per human. After January 10th we will gather all the submissions and roll a die to figure out who our two winners will be!

#1 - You will get a copy of the Cyberpunk Red Jump Start Kit! (US winners get a physical copy, international sorry but we hope the .PDFs will suffice) + Beta access to Legend Keeper a tool that helps you track your imaginary world, RPG campaign, or write your next fantasy or sci-fi novel. It effectively combines Google Maps with Wikipedia just for your projects. + something special from Rich (details in the episode).

#2 - You will also get beta access to Legend Keeper + something special from Rich (details in the episode)

Huge thank you goes to R. Talsorian Games for their continuous boosting of our show on social media and sponsoring this episode. We are all pumped for what 2020 will mean for RTG.

Also, we want to thank Legend Keeper for kicking off an ongoing sponsorship of HSG staring now with 2 give away licenses! We'll be giving away more of these in the future, we're so excited for this relationship and the success of LK. 

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HSG99: Gen Con Survival Guide: Registration [Refreshed]

HSG99: Gen Con Survival Guide: Registration [Refreshed]

December 16, 2019

HSG takes on Gen Con Event Registration to add more tips and advice from our first attempt in 2017. Rich and David break down strategies for groups of gamers who can pool their effort and are comfortable paying each other back for events registered. We cover solo attendees and some good suggestions there and give some insights into how Event Organizers are measured by Gen Con. Also, we talk about the things you can do without registering, there are tons of ways to enjoy Gen Con without booking every second of your time.

Not mentioned in this episode, which we should have, try not to over-book your Gen Con. Leave time in there for food, socializing, walking the dealer hall. If you have back to back events all convention long you will be exhausted by the end of it.

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HSG96: Gamer Gift Ideas

HSG96: Gamer Gift Ideas

November 27, 2019

It's that time of year again, when we think of others and imagine the best gift for them to receive during the holidays. Rich and David go all over books, games, and gaming accessories for those in your life you'd like to bring some gamer joy to.  Got a friend with a new kid? got just the thing! another friend that seems to have everything they need for their RPGs? bet they don't have what we suggest in here. This was fun to record and timely to release. 

Game Rundown:
Exploding Kittens
Ticket To ride
Evolution
Unlock - escape room in a box
Pandemic
Power Grid
Trains
Roll for the Galaxy
King of Tokyo
Settlers of Catan
Pirates Cove (Catan)
X-Com Board Game
Rising Sun
Agricola
Scythe
Pandemic Legacy
Gloomhaven

 

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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!

We'd love your feedback on this episode be sure to join the discussion with one of the many links below.

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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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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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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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HSG80: KublaCon 2019 Wrap Up with Brent

HSG80: KublaCon 2019 Wrap Up with Brent

July 11, 2019

The original Shelfie and all-around rockstar HSG community member, Brent, joins Rich and me to talk all about his first convention experience - KublaCon! I swear he's ruined for all other cons. He met and played games with probably half of all board game designers. Brent had an excellent time at KublaCon. So much so, he made a fan page on Facebook: Fans of KublaCon after hearing our episode about the similarly titled 'Fans of Gen Con' (HSG:53)

#shelfies

Stay on to the end to hear about hotdogs.

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