Archive | Critical Success

Critical Success is a resource for new GMs and players as well as experienced role-players who want to spend time thinking about game theory.

James will be applying concepts from improv, writing and story telling to explain how you can sharpen your GM skills and make your game more fun for everyone. Critical Success will use clips from the ONE SHOT podcast so everyone can see these concepts in action.

Strong, Unreasonable Villains

Podcast Episode

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 […]

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17. Alignment Part 1 with Ben Dutter

Podcast Episode

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.

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15. John Harper

Podcast Episode

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. In this discussion James and John discuss Johns approach to gaming, his design philosophy, loosen the definition […]

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8. Giving Players the Right Amount of Information

Podcast Episode

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. I have found that I tend to not give the […]

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Rules Heavy vs Rules light

Podcast Episode

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? And why do we have rules to begin with?

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