The Roll for Topic Play a Dungeon 2021 is live!

Listen in as our party of interior decorators and maintenance staff find a few surprises at the cryptotrillionare, Hashtag Alpha’s, vacation home on Haley’s comet.

Special thanks to our players: @corywc, Nicole, Brandon, and Phill! It was lovely to play with them.

This is part 2 of our build a dungeon/play a dungeon series. You can hear the Build episode here:

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Yesterday I finally went into Hua Xing Asia Market (on Washtenaw) and friends you need go if you haven't:

First of all: they have a shelf full of chili crisp oil at the best price I've seen anywhere. Picked up a bunch to give out as gifts.

Also, it's full of so many different things that you're never going to see in Kroger. Go and wander around sometime:

Last few thoughts on this: we do these episodes to show the "process" behind this hobby and hopefully show off why it's so fun. These epsiodes are designed to be approachable to folks who do not play tabletop games but are curious about what the heck they're all about. I hope you enjoy listening!

(Also, we cut out swear words and all the other content is mostly PG. You can listen to this with kids around without wondering if we're about to drop a bunch of swears.)

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Kyle Latino is a cartographer by trade and after we recorded the Build-a-Dungeon episode he mapped out the adventure and made a video about his process!

You can watch that over at his youtube channel, Map Crow:

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It's that time of year!

Roll For Topic is doing our annual "Build-a-Dungeon/Play-a-Dungeon" special!

Part 1 was released today wherein we brainstorm and build the dungeon live on-air. @Ohbejuan and Kyle Latino joined us:

Pullquote is: "You're probably going to hear some terrible ideas, and then maybe some better ones, and then you'll hear some more terrible ones"

In two weeks the episode where we play the dungeon goes live. Recorded that last night and it's a hoot!

New Roll For Topic! Phill Cameron came on as a guest and we talked about Vampire: The Masquerade, butterflies, and puzzles:

New Roll for Topic episode!

non-spoiler discussion of what we liked about Gideon the Ninth, talking about "stakes" in movies (Jurassic Park is so good, y'all) and games, and then a big rant about D&D 5e character creation.

We got some amazing fan art from @ajberg inspired by the latest podcast episode! Marked as sensitive in case you're worried about spoilers (?). If you want to hear why this "makes sense" listen to the episode.

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New Roll For Topic episode! My cohost surprised me and our guest and went off of our normal format!

After some chitchat we played an 80s cartoon inspired character creation game that was very fun:

Skip to 12:59 if you just want to hear the game part of it.

New eipsode of Roll For Topic! @murphmonkey came on to talk about How To Start a New Campaign:

Was a great conversation and has my brain spinning about different ways to bring people into an experience you're in charge of.

New Roll For Topic episode! @timsaucer came on to talk about his recently wrapped campaign and we also talk a bit about using digital resources like PDFs and tokens in our games:

Roll For Topic Episode! @hypomodern came on to do a postmortem (therapy session?) on his 18 month long Eternal Lies campaign!

Lots of good stuff in this one!

If you don't play tabletop games you might find it interesting to hear about what goes into running a story-heavy experience like this. It'll either scare you off for good, or make you want to play. :)

My friend Kyle's kickstarter is going very well! He's unlocked almost all of his stretch goals (NPC portraits! Maps connecting everything together!) and I think the end result is going to be both a great resource for collaborative storytelling as well as for those who want to use it in a TTRPG:

A new episode of Roll For Topic went up yesterday! We had Kyle Latino on to talk about his current Kickstarter (it's going well!) and then we talked a bit about Luck and Divine Intervention in games:

You should also go check out his Kickstarter! He's double his initial goal with no signs of slowing down. Some cool stretch goals as well:

UPDATE: was an issue with the audio that has been fixed. Correct audio is at the link below!

Part 1 of the Roll For Topic Build-a-Dungeon/Play-a-Dungeon special is live! @Ohbejuan and Kyle Latino came on to help us brainstorm and build a dungeon on air:

Part 2 where I run it is getting recorded next week!

In addition to teaching you lessons about how masculinity doesn't have to be completely toxic all the time it's also very funny.

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A reminder that Ted Lasso is extremely good:

"[Ted Lasso is] about a bunch of very different people who display fulfilling, conscientious confidence and leadership — not the bullying, toxic, arrogant, violent, condescending domination that has, in this country, has too often masqueraded as “leadership” and “confidence.” In evolving and supporting each other through those changes, these characters form friendships and communities that are truly meaningful."

New Roll For Topic! We talk about the ALIEN game that Andy is running, make a d10 table about mysterious things that can happen when you light a fire, and yammer about setting expectations at the table:

New episode of Roll For Topic went live on thanskgiving!

@timsaucer came on to talk about how to approach the logistical challenge of "what are these characters carrying":

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