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The gang gets a special surprise and has a few top-down discussions about the game. Are players leveling up to fast? How long should a typical campaign last? Can players aid skill checks? Also, could we improve the terminology around adventures? Tune in to find out!Show Notes!https://nerdyshow.com/2020/11/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-49  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Step 6 Citadel is in the bag! We also tackled another virtue in Zealotry to make sure that when it comes to combat, you're well armed.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/09/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-48  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We do some doomsday worldbuilding and tackle Scoundrel Step 6!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, the hombres get further into Step 6 with Fire and Zealotry again! We also take a look at the lost civilization of Mtsen and who they used to be and what is left of them in the region.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/06/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-46  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In our first completely remote episode, we listen to our Patrons' suggestions and just make some effin' monsters! We also spend some time chilling with our least-played path and find ourselves really warming up to it.Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/04/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-45-ice-to-meet-you  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Step 6 takes flight in Episode 44. We take a hard look at our first alternate step for Zealotry. Are wings broken in RPGs? We're about to find out. Citadel also gets its turn under the microscope, and we discover that it's already pretty good, but there's still plenty of room to improve.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/03/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-44-stoopid-attacks  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, the mighty Doug joins Liam and Josh as we wade into Step 6, focusing on Death with a sprinkle of theology as we talk about the direction and purpose of Zealotry going forward.Thanks everyone for your patience! This one was released a little off-schedule, but after the 16th, we will be back to our regular release schedule as long as Covid 19 stays on the periphery.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/rpg-from-scratch-design-43-hecka-dooms  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liam and Josh dig into the value of names in Game Design. We also discuss problems caused by Cookie Cutter Builds in RPG systems and try to build our own optimized 2 and 3-man parties to see if we always come to the same conclusions. Flame Orbs gets a total overhaul. Is it too good now? Let us know!Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/02/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-42-flame-war  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liam, Josh, and Maxx throw down on some of the most common GM'ing questions. How do you do loot? Skill checks? What about huge differences in power between player characters? Most importantly, how do you make a good villain?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liam and Josh review what benefits and limitations that going barehanded as a mage means in our system, as well as setting a roadmap for all of our Zealots in the future. We also end up creating a few items that will drive more dastardly characters to salivate.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/01/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-40-jazz-hands  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Maxx, Liam, and Josh talk about where the Paths are headed now that we're at the halfway point of their development. Should they have followers? New game mechanics? How powerful should you expect to be at Step 10? What level would John Wick be?Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2020/01/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-39-volcano-girls  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stealth. What is it? Where is it? Oh, you must have succeeded your check. Also, what kind of technology is normal for our world, and what does that mean for our mechanics? We also take a hard look at a perennial foe that could possibly take the place of Undead.https://nerdyshow.com/2019/12/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-38-marked-for-death  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liam and Josh review the much-anticipated and hyped D&D 5E supplement "Strongholds & Followers" by Matthew Colville and MCDM Productions.Show notes: https://nerdyshow.com/2019/12/rpgfs_strongholds_and_followers/You can find the book in hardcover or PDF at https://shop.mcdmproductions.com/products/strongholds-followers-hardcover-pdf  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liam and Josh dig deep into intimidation, diplomacy and bluff to figure out exactly how all of you are going to swindle NPCs out of everything they own and love. We also throw some real world diseases into the mix with some sick rules.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/12/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-37-the-triple-threat  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this quick one, Liam and Josh add some exoticism to our world by naming regions and their respective languages. We also talk about the validity of Initiative and Battle Order and how they pertain to our game, and discuss the problems for GMs who prefer to go gridless.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/11/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-36-prying-open-my-minds-eye  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, the gang meets their handler and argues back and forth about which mission makes the most sense for them. Uncertain, they decide to hit the town to celebrate landing a 3-job deal before coming to a decision.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/11/leyliners002  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Our setting lacks obvious protagonists, so we create a few. Are you more at home in a continent-spanning adventurer's guild? How about an ancient order of ascetics that has the trust of the people? No, you want to skulk through the city as a spy with a heart of gold! Whatever you or your players fancy, we've got the plot hooks to land 'em.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/11/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-35-whos-the-good-guy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A new direction AND a continuation of our Echoes of the Starcrypt campaign in one!? You'd better believe it! Join the Pig, the Gator, and the Weasel as they try to make it as city boys in the tough bay town of Ishraleon, where adventure and intrigue overlap one another like the plates on a dillo.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/11/rpg-from-scratch-leyliners-01-gettin-docksd  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The gang wraps up Step 5 by polishing off Death, Command, Fire, and Champion! We also create a new undersea villain to plague all of your oceanic aspirations!Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/10/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-34-ol-stumpy  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The story of Snarfs and Marshals goes out in a blaze of glory. Who brought the ships to the harbor? Where is the Sub-Governor? DOES Whitsnarf have a fire marshal? All is answered in the stunning conclusion of Gloomtown!Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/10/rpg-from-scratch-gloomtown-07-battlefield-promotions  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Josh and Maxx talk about what can be done to help first-time GMs deal with planning combat encounters, generic enemies, and we round out the edges of Step 5 Zealotry, Ice, and Marksman!Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/10/rpg-from-scratch-design-episode-33-planting-the-zealot-tree  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The gang gets right up in the meat of the issue and all is revealed as every possible bit of excrement strikes the turbines. They deal with the supposed mutiny of their own fire Marshall and the very real mutiny of the Sub Governor's forces.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/10/rpg-from-scratch-gloomtown-06-four-cutthroats-on-heirloom-boats  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, we refine what's at the core of Marksmam before diving DEEP into Step 5. We tackle Citdadel, Marksman, and then show our clear favoritism for Radiance and support classes in general.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/09/rpg-from-scratch-design-ep-32-the-5-steps-of-the-magical-method  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The gang discovers a major conspiracy and gets frickin' ROWDY in the lakeborne town of Catchsnarf and try not to burn the whole place down in the process, ignorning every temptation.Show Notes:https://nerdyshow.com/2019/09/rpg-from-scratch-gloomtown-05-there-house  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Liam and Josh fix Professions in our Artifacts game and completely destroy Marksman, but worry not, adventurers. We can rebuild him. We can make him better. Stronger. Faster.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Podcast Details

Created by
The Nerdy Show Network
Podcast Status
Hiatus/Finished
Started
Aug 5th, 2018
Latest Episode
Nov 2nd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
85
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes
Order
Episodic
Language
English
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