On this episode of Character Evolution Cast, we sit down with… just ourselves? Amelia and Ryan discuss what makes a good session zero and what sorts of things you need to keep in mind as both a player and a GM to help enhance the experience! We even have our own Session Zero worksheet in the show notes for you to follow along with!




00:00:00 – Announcements

00:04:39 – Intro

00:05:20 – Ryan’s favorite part of session zero

00:06:45 – Amelia’s favorite part of session zero

00:07:36 – What is a session zero?

00:09:20 – How does it feel different when you create characters together?

00:12:17 – Building relationships between characters

00:14:03 – Never go adventuring with strangers

00:14:57 – The elevator pitch

00:15:44 – Your inner power gamer

00:16:30 – Say what you want

00:18:05 – Your RPG first date

00:20:00 – Why you should have a session zero

00:21:06 – Safety and saying what you do(n’t) want

00:27:27 – Establishing characters and relationships

00:39:59 – A half-hearted apology to Caleb

00:40:47 – Setting expectations

00:45:05 – Our session zero guide

00:49:30 – Meta game discussions

00:51:54 – GM expectations of players

01:06:18 – Player expectations of GMs

01:09:56 – Safety guide

01:12:54 – You don’t have to explain

01:15:16 – NO MEANS NO (the X Card)

01:19:07 – Soft no and checking in

01:28:04 – Out of game logistics

01:32:09 – Creating characters (or GO LISTEN TO OUR SHOW)

01:35:08 – Let us tell people why session zero is great!

01:38:53 – Closer

01:39:58 – One Shot Network blurb



Opening: Meditation Impromptu 03 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Calming/Meditation_Impromptu_03) by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

Clip 1:  One Little Triumph by  Blue Dot Sessions (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Blue_Dot_Sessions/Piano_Mover/One_Little_Triumph)

Clip 2: Hero (Remix) (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/Principal_Photography_1493/11_Hero_Remix) by Steve Combs (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/)

Main Theme: Endless Motion (https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/track/endless-motion-edm-electro) by Ben Sound (https://www.bensound.com/)


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Character Creation Cast:

Amelia Antrim: @gingerreckoning (https://twitter.com/gingerreckoning)

Ryan Boelter: @lordneptune (https://twitter.com/lordneptune)

Our Website: http://www.charactercreationcast.com

Our Network: https://oneshotpodcast.com

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2 comments on Character Evolution Cast E06 – Session Zero with Amelia and Ryan

  1. Guentin Farrad says:

    Nice! I am enjoying this podcast a lot.

  2. Peter says:

    Enjoying this!

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