Character Creation Cast

Series 41.3 – Micro RPGs with Ourselves (Heartbeats and Post-Match Interview)

Welcome to the final episode of series 41, everyone! This series will be a bit different from our normal series. We will be covering two micro RPGs each episode with just Amelia and Ryan at the helm! This episode, we’re going in cold with character creation for Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis’s game Heartbeats and James Mendez Hodes’ game Post-Match Interview, both Micro RPGs from James D’Amato’s book, The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book! Then stick around for the outtakes at the end! Read More

Series 39.1 – Chimera with Amr Ammourazz and Ryan Boelter [Designer] (Creation)

Welcome to the first episode of Series 39, everyone! This series, we’re finally tackling the game that Ryan has been talking about for ages, Chimera, a Powered by the Apocalypse game that allows you to blend genres together and create unique worlds and people. Today, Ryan takes a backseat as a guest along with co-designer Amr Ammourazz, while Senda from Panda’s Talking Games, Gnome Stew and She’s a Super Geek takes over co-host duties with Amelia! We’ll be discussing what this game is all about and then dive into world building before we figure out what characters we’re going to be making together! Read More

Series 36.3 – Tension with Adira Slattery [Designer] (Discussion)

Welcome to the final episode for series 36! We welcome back Adira Slattery and discuss the character creation process for her new game, Tension, a queer cat and mouse game for 2 players! Amelia had to sit this series out, but this episode, Ryan and Adira get into some great discussion and some really amazing fanfic that Ryan can’t stop thinking about! Join us for the finale for the most condensed character creation series to date! Read More

Series 34.1 – Tide Breaker with Nick Butler [Designer] (Creation)

Welcome to the start of the 34th series, everyone! This series we’ll be covering the modular world building, action RPG Tide Breaker with designer Nick Butler! This episode we’ll be covering what the game is all about and teaching Amelia a bit about Dragon Ball Z before diving into character creation. Read More

Series 33.2 – Unbound with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor (Creation Continued)

On the second episode of our 33rd series, we welcome back Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor from Rowan Rook and Decard, to finish character creation and world building for Unbound, a scalable action pulp, collaborative world building RPG. Read More

Series 30.3 – Quest with Kyle Allen and Russ Wilde [Prism Pals] (Discussion)

In today’s episode, we welcome back Kyle Allen and Russ Wild from the Prism Pals podcast, to discuss the character creation process for Quest, the fantasy RPG from TC Sottek of The Adventure Guild. We also get into some not-at-all confusing fanfic about the characters we made this series! Read More

Series 30.2 – Quest with Kyle Allen and Russ Wilde [Prism Pals] (Creation Continued)

We continue our character creation series for Quest, an RPG created by T.C. Sottek from The Adventure Guild, and we welcome back Kyle Allen and Russ Wilde from the Prism Pals podcast to finish creating our wild crew of characters! Read More

Series 29.3 – Legend of the Five Rings with David Gordon Buresh (Discussion)

The final Episode of our Legend of the Five Rings series with David Gordon Bursesh. We discuss the character creation process, the problems with this game, and the frustrations of trying to level up. Read More

Series 28.3 – Numenera with Darcy Ross (Discussion)

In the final episode of our Numenera series, Darcy Ross, from Cypher Speak and Monte Cook Games, sits down with us to discuss the process of character creation and we make some great fanfic!



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Games discussed this episode:

Numenera: Discovery & Destiny

Numenera: Starter Set

Ashes of the Sea Free Quickstart Rules


  • 00:00:00 – Announcements
  • 00:02:50 – Intro
  • 00:03:35 – Darcy’s Character
  • 00:05:04 – Amelia’s Character 
  • 00:06:01 – Ryan’s Character
  • 00:07:32 – D20 for your thoughts
  • 00:07:51 – Darcy’s start in RPGs
  • 00:10:51 – Personal process for character creation
  • 00:12:48 – How does character creation stack up?
  • 00:18:43 – How do mechanics reinforce feel?
  • 00:20:55 – How does character creation set expectations?
  • 00:27:31 – Flaws and best parts
  • 00:38:22 – Mix of sci fi and fantasy
  • 00:42:47 – Fanfic
  • 00:57:38 – Take it up a level
  • 01:05:30 – Plugs
  • 01:07:13 – Closer
  • 01:08:46 – Show Blurb: Total Party Kill



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Series 27.3 – Beyond the Wall with Alex Flanigan and Adam Steward (Discussion)

In the last episode of series 27, we welcome back Alex Flanigan, from the A Horror Borealis and The Cryptid Keeper podcasts, as our special guest co-host, filling in for Amelia due to a family emergency at the time of recording. We also welcome back Ryan’s best friend since the first grade, and current GM for their campaign together using the system we’re covering this series: Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures, a Fantasy RPG by Flatland Games. This episode we’ll be discussing what we thought of the game as well as learning more about our characters during the fanfic portion of the show! Read More