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A podcast about roleplaying games, storytelling, and the vagaries of the dice. Weekly discussions about various aspects of tabletop RPGs and other nerdy topics! By the team at Tumbledie Games, LLC
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I just wanted to let you all know, this week's episode has been postponed until next week. I hope you will join us then.The "holiday" spark is still open for submissions. Does it celebrate an ancient dragon? Does it commemorate a galactic war? Does it involve the worship of an eldritch beast?Send your holiday ideas to afling@tumbledie.com or add them in a comment on the Worlds We Weave blog at https://worldsweweave.blogspot.com/Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this announcement is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com.
This episode is a continuation of episode 1 with some housekeeping, a new segment, and a late Barkeep submission.Our next spark is a holiday. Does it celebrate an ancient dragon? Does it commemorate a galactic war? Does it involve the worship of an eldritch beast?Send your holiday ideas to afling@tumbledie.com or add them in a comment on the Worlds We Weave blog at https://worldsweweave.blogspot.com/Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTmTdOgv0MQuestions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com.Additional music by Alexander Nakarada. View his work at https://www.serpentsoundstudios.com/search?q=Alexander+Nakarada
Welcome to the first episode of The Worlds We Weave, a Threat Dice worldbuilding experiment where you, the listener, are the weaver.I am joined by Kevin and we discuss three submissions on our first spark, the barkeep.Our next spark is a holiday. Does it celebrate an ancient dragon? Does it commemorate a galactic war? Does it involve the worship of an eldrich beast?Send your holiday ideas to afling@tumbledie.comCheck out Tale of the Manticore at https://taleofthemanticore.blogspot.com/Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com.Also, Scp x1x (Gateway to Hell) by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/6732-scp-x1x-gateway-to-hell-License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
The Worlds We Weave

The Worlds We Weave

2021-01-1007:52

In this week's episode, I introduce a new Threat Dice program, The Worlds We Weave, a worldbuilding experiment that you can contribute to.The First Spark: BarkeepI feel a good start is not an object or location, but a person. After all, stories usually don’t add up to much without them. And this is a person I think many of you will be familiar with as a character that helps launch many of the stories we tell around our game tables: the barkeep.They might sling ale at the tavern in the village of a magical realm. They may work the cantina of a space station that orbits a mysterious planet. They could tend bar in a sleepy town riddled with shadowy secrets and just up the road from where you live.Where did they come from? What do they want? Do they know something amazing, something terrible, something no one should ever know? Do they have the recipe for a drink thought lost long ago?DM-Nastics: https://anchor.fm/dm-nasticsSend your barkeep ideas to afling@tumbledie.comQuestions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com.
2020 Retrospective

2020 Retrospective

2020-12-1831:24

Thank you all so much for a wonderful year! For our last episode of 2020, Kylen takes a look back at the months of May through October on Threat Dice, highlighting some of his favorite moments. To know where you're going, it's always a good idea to remember where you've been.See you in 2021!Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com.
Non-Player Characters

Non-Player Characters

2020-12-1128:52

On this week's episode of Threat Dice: Non-Player Characters. The players of a tabletop RPG portray a tiny slice of the people that populate a fictional world. All the rest of them belong to the GM. But how do we create them? How do we make them feel real? How can we inspire sympathy in fictional characters, to the end of guiding and inspiring the players?All that, and more, in this week's discussion!Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. This week's quote is from The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Heroine's Journey

The Heroine's Journey

2020-12-0429:34

Kylen's back from NaNoWriMo, and boy are his fingers tired! With his return, he brings some thoughts on what inspired him to take on the NaNo challenge for the first time in 7 years. A book by Gail Carriger called The Heroine's Journey is what drove Kylen back to the word mines. It tells us about a different fundamental structure for stories, one that is somewhat underappreciated in mainstream media's constant search for the eternal loner hero.But what does this have to do with tabletop RPGs? Well, jump right in and come along while Kylen breaks down the differences between the two journeys, how they mesh with and subvert player expectations, and how we can use these concepts to identify, set up, and then enhance the victories that TTRPG players experience during gameplay!Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. This week's quote is from Disney's Hercules.
In this episode, I gather all nerds to me and have a talk with Kevin, Kylen, and Eric.Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. This week's quote is from William Shakespeare.
A Chat With Kevin

A Chat With Kevin

2020-11-2027:30

In this episode, I talk with my friend and business partner, Kevin Baringer on the subject of RPG art.Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. This week's quote is from J.R.R. Tolkien.
A Chat With Eric

A Chat With Eric

2020-11-1340:15

In this episode, I interview my good friend and renowned DM (at least in the New Hampshire seacoast area), Eric DoucetQuestions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. This week's quote is from Douglas Adams.
In this episode, a special host interviews a special guest covering the topic of the RPG homebrew.Questions? Comments? Tweet us! (@tumbledie)Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. This week's quote is from Frank Herbert's "Dune".
Bryn, Keeva, Domnhall and the sheep have arrived home in Verbrigg. Now it's time to settle in, and watch as our small community navigates the rest of the year ahead. Will the Veldt be sweet and kind to them, or will it pile hardship upon hardship until the village is barely holding on? Find out, on this week's FINALE episode of FALCON'S CRY - A Ballad of Blood and Iron Story, powered by Trove!Book Recommendation: The Heroine's Journey by Gail CarrigerToday's episode featured clips from:"Thunderbird" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Other music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.comFoley sound by:cmusounddesignsauron974audio_herofree2usesoundsThis week's quote is from Babylon 5.
With their goal in Tsyr achieved, it's time for Bryn, Keeva, Domnhall, and the flock of sheep to head back to Verbrigg. They've got a three-day journey ahead of them, back through the ancient forest, and then among the hills and fields that surround Bryn's home.Dangers lurk everywhere in the Veldt. Nowhere is entirely safe. Can Bryn guide them true along the way, and get them all home to a warm hearth? Find out, on this week's episode of FALCON'S CRY - A Ballad of Blood and Iron Story, powered by Trove!Today's episode featured clips from:"Thunderbird" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Shadowlands 4 - Breath" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Aftermath" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Other music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.comFoley sound by:cmusounddesignsauron974audio_herofree2usesounds
Bryn and Domnhall have reached their destination at last! But this place is strange to them. They have little idea what to expect, and no clue whether they'll be able to find what they need. It's all they can do to make the attempt, and hope that fate goes their way.But someone here knows that they're coming, and is waiting for them. Are they friend or foe?Can they find what they need to save their village, here in this new place? Find out, on this week's episode of FALCON'S CRY - A Ballad of Blood and Iron Story - Powered by TROVE!Today's episode featured clips from:"Thunderbird" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Magic Forest" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Other music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.comFoley sound by:cmusounddesignsauron974audio_herofree2usesounds
In celebration of spooooky October, Threat Dice is cosplaying as a solo actual-play instead of a TTRPG discussion 'cast!Join Bryn the Hunter as she travels through the dark prehistoric fantasy world she calls home. Wonder and danger alike await in the wilderness! She is on a personal quest to find some sort of domestic animal that she can shepherd back home, after an impossibly huge lizard devoured her community's goat flock. She is accompanied by the hapless goatherd boy Domnhall as they struggle to find their way in a land unadorned by roads or connected civilization.Will they make it to their destination? Find out, on this week's episode of FALCON'S CRY - A Ballad of Blood and Iron Story - Powered by TROVE!Today's episode featured clips from:"Aftermath" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Shadowlands 4 - Breath" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"Thunderbird" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)"River Flute" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Drums of War by Kylen WigginLicensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Other music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.comFoley sound by:cmusounddesignsauron974audio_herofree2usesounds
Falcon's Cry #1

Falcon's Cry #1

2020-10-0236:20

It's our 25th episode! To celebrate, Kylen is taking you, dear listeners, behind the curtain into the game development and testing process. Our fiction-first, narrative "storybuilding" RPG, Trove, has been in development, playtesting and refinement for over a year. It's coming close to its final form, and Kylen is working on a setting and interpretive ruleset called Ballad of Blood and Iron.It's a dark fantasy game, set in a time and place before empires, before steel, before written language. A world where small, isolated communities struggle to survive in a world full of dangers both magical and mundane.The story is called Falcon's Cry. Tune in for an adventure!Questions? Comments? Tweet us @tumbledie!Today's quote is by Sun Tzu.Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com.
Zweihander

Zweihander

2020-09-2525:59

It's time to get Grim & Perilous!Kylen finished a five-session Zweihänder RPG test play in the GM's chair. How does the game work? How does it feel to run it? Does the game achieve ludonarrative harmony, or is it lost in the discordance of dissonance? Come along and find out!You can find the Zweihänder team on Twitter: @ZweihanderRPG. The Core Rulebook is available from DriveThruRPG.Questions? Comments? Tweet us @tumbledie!Today's quote is from The Witcher on Netflix.Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com. Sound effects are sourced from Freesound.org & Zapsplat. Creators:CMUSoundDesign (Drill)FunWithSound (Sword Clash)and of course, the Wilhelm Scream!
Player Agency

Player Agency

2020-09-1821:54

On this episode of Threat Dice, Kylen is all about 'player agency' -- making sure that the players around the table have real impact on the stories you tell with your tabletop RPG system of choice! A system-agnostic discussion.It's about choices and consequences, and how to help guide a group of players with just the right touch to make sure they don't get 'railroaded', but also taking care not to drown them in the 'sandbox'!Questions? Comments? Tweet us @tumbledie!Today's quote is from Russell M. Nelson.Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com
Wrong Power Fantasy

Wrong Power Fantasy

2020-09-1117:07

On this week's episode of Threat Dice, Kylen gets a bit personal, and talks about the idea of the "power fantasy". (Not that one.) Each of us has their own personal idea of what we would do, given infinite time and resources. That can come through in how we play video games, how we read books, watch movies, and specifically -- how much we enjoy a certain campaign or story in our tabletop RPGs.What are the unifying themes and stories that really get you to your ultimate engagement in a video game, book or tabletop RPG? What's YOUR personal power fantasy?Questions? Comments? Tweet us @tumbledie!Today's quote is from Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com
Pathfinder

Pathfinder

2020-09-0423:03

On this episode of Threat Dice, Kylen does a system overview of Pathfinder 1st Edition, a game which he has spent FAR too many hours playing over the past three years. After joining a PF1E game on a lark with a group of online friends, he has grown to truly respect and admire the system for what it can accomplish, despite its limitations.The best part? SO MANY CHARACTER OPTIONS!Questions? Comments? Tweet us @tumbledie!Today's quote is from The Soulforge by Margaret Weis.Music in this episode is licensed CC-BY 4.0 by VINDSVEPT: youtube.com/vindsvept, patreon.com/vindsvept, vindsvept.bandcamp.com
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