New Years 2019 Special & ReCast – Character Evolution Cast E06 – Session Zero

This is a special episode of Character Creation ReCast where we spend an extended cold open reminiscing on 2019 and looking forward to 2020. After that, we dive into a bonus ReCast episode where we 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!

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Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 – Announcements
  • 00:24:39 – Intro
  • 00:25:20 – Ryan’s favorite part of session zero
  • 00:26:45 – Amelia’s favorite part of session zero
  • 00:27:36 – What is a session zero?
  • 00:29:20 – How does it feel different when you create characters together?
  • 00:32:17 – Building relationships between characters
  • 00:34:03 – Never go adventuring with strangers
  • 00:34:57 – The elevator pitch
  • 00:35:44 – Your inner power gamer
  • 00:36:30 – Say what you want
  • 00:38:05 – Your RPG first date
  • 00:40:00 – Why you should have a session zero
  • 00:41:06 – Safety and saying what you do(n’t) want
  • 00:27:27 – Establishing characters and relationships
  • 00:59:59 – A half-hearted apology to Caleb
  • 01:00:47 – Setting expectations
  • 01:05:05 – Our session zero guide
  • 01:09:30 – Meta game discussions
  • 01:11:54 – GM expectations of players
  • 01:26:18 – Player expectations of GMs
  • 01:29:56 – Safety guide
  • 01:32:54 – You don’t have to explain
  • 01:35:16 – NO MEANS NO (the X Card)
  • 01:39:07 – Soft no and checking in
  • 01:48:04 – Out of game logistics
  • 01:52:09 – Creating characters (or GO LISTEN TO OUR SHOW)
  • 01:55:08 – Let us tell people why session zero is great!
  • 01:58:53 – Closer
  • 02:00:11 – Show Blurb – A Horror Borealis

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