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Author: Dungeon Musings

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Idle thoughts on roleplaying games, and the folks what play them.

See more of me on the Dungeon Musings YouTube channel, available at fine internets everywhere.
33 Episodes
The Holistic Game

The Holistic Game


In this episode, I discuss how the game mechanics of tabletop RPGs determine the overall experience of ongoing campaigns.
In this episode, I share some recent experiences I had with Cubicle7's terrific The One Ring RPG and provide my thoughts on same.
In this episode, I discuss some lessons I feel I drew from my first successful effort at running a Story-focused or Narrative-focused game, in this case Son of Oak Game Studios' awesome City of Mist RPG.
In this episode, I discuss the games I have run in the past month and what I have planned for the final quarter of 2019.
In this episode, I chat about my ongoing campaign running Paizo Publishing's awesome science fantasy RPG, Starfinder
In this episode, I discuss how choices in setting/story can have a structural effect on character ethics, and how that relates to RPG campaigns.
In this episode, I discuss the approach I am taking on my second effort at running a Pathfinder 2nd Edition campaign set in Greg Gillespie's awesome megadungeon adventure, Barrowmaze Complete.
In this episode, I take some call-ins and then share some thoughts on negative online interactions and strategies for dealing with same.
In this episode, I tackle the issue of Player Character mortality in RPGs, how campaign design affects the impact of PC death, and how systems can influence how death is presented in the games.
In this episode, I talk about the slate of games I am currently running, some of the games coming soon to the Dungeon Musings YouTube channel, and my love for the ugly stepchild that is the Mechwarrior 3rd edition RPG (aka the Classic Battletech RPG).
In this episode, I discuss one of my current ongoing campaigns, Beneath the Boneyard, which is played using a heavily houseruled version of Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea to play a Gothic Mystery Pathfinder adventure.
The Roadrunner Rules

The Roadrunner Rules


In this episode, I discuss the lessons that can be learned from Chuck Jones' Roadrunner Rules and how they can be applied to RPG campaign design, using one example from my own list of "to do" games.
In this episode, I talk about some of the lessons learned from the past year's exploration of the OSR movement and how they have impacted on my plans for the next six months of gaming.
In this episode, I talk about the importance of running games in a manner that is authentic to your personality and preferences.
In this short episode, I share some lessons I feel can be drawn from the new Doom Patrol TV series, currently on DC's streaming service.
Pretty much says it all in the title. :)
In this episode, I talk about the positive experience I recently had returning to Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu after more than two decades away and I give an update on my upcoming Gaming Marathon, and what I have decided to do with my Platinum Edition Waterdeep: Dragon Heist boxed set.
In this episode I chat about the One Ring RPG, published by Cubicle 7, the new Runequest Glorantha edition, the narrative constraints of milestone leveling, and my plans for a month dedicated to fiction-emulating games, like the One Ring, the 2d20 Conan RPG, and the Song of Ice and Fire RPG, which I am calling Appendix August. I also tall about my upcoming annual gaming marathon.
In this episode, I steal a page from Kurt Vonnegut and offer ten rules for making strong one-shot RPG sessions.
Note: There is a brief period of silence, from the 59 minute mark to the 1 hour 2 minute mark, because I cannot push buttons. In this episode, I look at ways to reward your players and incentivize certain types of play, and how those ideas apply to a new campaign I am planning.
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