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About the Author
James D’Amato, the world’s foremost Kobold advocate, moved to Chicago in 2010 to train at Second City and iO in the art of improvisational comedy. He now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and teach die-hard Grognards new tricks.

75. Ehdrigohr 2

An investigation turns into a desperate bid for survival as the sun starts to set on our mostly well intentioned heroes.

74. Ehdrigohr 1

This week James is joined by Kat, Jim Hepplewhite, and Brittany Yantos of Geek Bar, to play Ehdrigohr run by its creator Allen Turner. In a post cataclysmic world where the night is ruled by horrors brave souls from the scattered tribes of humanity must band together to face the dark of night. Hilarity ensues.

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. The greatest play experiences I’ve had came from GMs who created hardline antagonists who would accept nothing less than total acceptance of their demands. Overcoming them gave me a thrill that I want to give my players, but whenever I try to run these guys, my senses of fairness and logic kick in and I accept a reasonable solution.

FATE Bonus episode

Allen Turner gives us an overview of Fate and Ehdrigor. In twenty minutes you’ll Have all the information you need to play.

73. Atomic Robo 2

This week Robo Force head to MIT to see if they can discover the whereabouts of a missing action scientist. Danger awaits them there and possibly other places.

72. Atomic Robo Part 1

RO-BO!

Kids, I hope you have your cereal ready because game designer Mike Olsen is about to kick off Fate month by introducing us to his setting for the Atomic Robo rpg: ROBO FORCE!

If the much beloved Atomic Robo comic and GI Joe had a beautifully weird baby, this would be it.

71. Inspectres Part 2

The Spirit Snatchers finally make it inside Boeing head quarters where they find it is perhaps a little more haunted than they anticipated. Will thier steam based equipment win the day? Or do they not have the ghost of a chance.

18. Metatopia 2014

James discusses the outstanding Metatopia and talks game design with fellow rookie designers Jason Pitre and Mark Richardson

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, 5th edition D&D opted to keep alignment- which has some gamers scratching their heads.

70. Inspectres Part 1

Have you seen something you… can’t explain? Did you witness something… beyond explanation? Did something you beheld… defy explanation? You need to call Mark Summers (Alex Manich), Dillon Crackbacker (James Dugan), and Felix “Flex” Cockhammer (JPC)- the Spirit Snatchers!