Mar 16, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Forty One: The X-Card

     Saul and Jolene discuss this useful tool to utilize when running RPGs.  What it an X-Card? When should you use it? Why should you use it?  Saul and Jolene talk about these topics and Saul remembers when he thought he didn't need to use such a tool because he didn't run "those" type of games.  As usual Saul deviates from the topic, but there is some relevance to his meandering stories.  

      Thanks to all the people to download and listen to our podcast from England, Canada and many states in the U.S.  Thanks for listening.  All we ask is that you share our podcast in your social networks to get our podcast to as many listeners as possible.  

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   More information about the X Card can by found here :


    Music by the tunnel, Song Trigger off the album Sultry Daggers.

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Mar 9, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Forty: Gaslands

     In this episode we decided to change things up a little and discuss a skirmish/miniature game called Gaslands by Osprey Publishing.  This neat little miniature game that uses Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars uses an easy set of rules to play.  The setting is a near post apocalyptic setting where deadly races are televised across the Earth.  At a local game con, Dundracon, Saul played with his good friend Bay, Augustin his son and Ian with very little prep or terrain.  We all had a blast.  Jolene pointed out that at a local game store there was going to be a demo of this game.  So all three of us went.   

     The people putting on the demo were very well versed in the game and had set up three tables complete with great terrain and painted and "modded" cars with MG's, missles and other weapons.  They had great accessories like acrylic templates, special dice and tokens.  I even met a friend of mine I hadn't seen in years!  We all had a great time.  So we decided to talk about it on our podcast.  A great thanks to Jay and Chris for putting on a great demo event of Gaslands.

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    More info about Gaslands at

    At    you can find great accessories for Gaslands from MRlasershop and FunBoardGames.

    Music by Ian Sutherland, song Sunset and Sh*tty Cars, off the album The Age of Understanding and Assorted Tunes.

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Mar 3, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Thirty Nine: Magic Items

     In this Episode Saul and Jolene talk about Magic Items in your campaign.  They discuss what thoughts and processes they use to come up with magical items.  First decision for the GM is how much magic is in your world.  Whether its a home brew world or one that you buy this first decision has a great impact on the amount of magic in your world and therefore the amount and type of magical items in that world.  Saul spills the beans on why he puts up magic shops in his world even though he personally doesn't like the idea of a "magic shop" in his world.   Jolene brings up a magical item that Saul gave to a player as he passed the campaign to Jolene.  This item shows how a GM has to be careful in dole out magical items with strange abilities as players can often exploit these items in ways the GM had not envisioned.  

    As always thank you for listening.  We only ask one favor and that is to share this podcast in your social media to help us get our podcast to as many listeners as possible.  Thanks again.


   Music by Myndra, song Magic Tool off the album Songs From Your Collarbone.

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Feb 23, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Thirty Eight: Middle-Earth RPGs.

     Fresh from going to Dundracon, Saul and Jolene talk about one of the most influential literary works that has influenced Fantasy Role Playing Games.  Middle-Earth the world created by J. R.R. Tolkien is one of the most well known worlds in the fantasy genre.   Saul proposes that if it were not for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books that RPGs as we know them probably would not have existed or at least not in the way they are today.  That is because, Saul says that Gary Gygax was influenced greatly by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jolene has her view on the matter but regardless on where you stand on that discussion, there have been many attempts at making a RPG where you could play in that world. From M.E.R.P to The One Ring, Saul and Jolene talk about playing an RPG in the world of Middle Earth.


    Music by Jahzzar, song Wizard off the album Dune.

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Feb 18, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Live at Dundracon Sunday

      We got all kinds of people to join us on the microphone as we recorded Live at DunDraCon on Sunday.

      We would like to especially thank David Jones for coming back to us to tell us what his DDC experience had been.  We had a Pre-DDC interview where we got to know David.   Mike E. the executive producer of Kublacon and shared us new things happening at his game convention.  We got Dundrcon staff Rachelle B the Publicist, Ariel P LARP coordinator, Meg C Demo coordinator and Con Reg Deputy, Becky T. Teen Room coordinator. 

    And we got a long time running GM Doc Cross a legend at DDC who has run a Toon rpg for the last 33 years!!

    Items mentioned in our podcast.


    The Roleplay Workshop


     Doc Cross on Face Book and d.cross on Twitter

      Dystopia Rising 

      Please if you can do us a huge favor by sharing our podcast in your social networks it is your good word that will help us get our podcast into as many ears as possible.

      Next is KublaCon where we will be doing another Live Recording of Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene.

Thanks again. 


Feb 18, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Live at Dundracon Saturday

     Saul and Jolene attend one of the favorite local gaming conventions called DunDraCon, which was nice enough to give us room in their very busy and packed to the gills convention to do a live recording of our podcast.  For us we learned a great deal about setting up our podcast for live recording.  But it was a lot of fun and we got some great comments by con attendees that stopped by our table.  This was our first recording in a crowded space so the level of background noise if much higher than our regular "studio".   Its also not edited except for a bad word than had to be bleeped, but I think it was a good first effort. 


   We would also like to Thank Dundracon attendees Cathy M.  Elaine C. and Bay C.   for stopping by and answering our questions.


    Saul and Jolene..  Sorry no intro or outro music which should return with our regular Episodes. 


       Have a Good Day!!

     Saul and Jolene



Feb 14, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene The Ezra Denney Interview

    The Last but not least of the Pre-Dundracon interviews, this one is with Ezra Denney.  I got to know these GM's by going to local gaming conventions.  Ezra is one of the best at running games that uses a lot of improvisation, which is not an easy skill to develop.  I had the pleasure of playing in one of his Paranoia games at Big Bad Con about 5 years ago and it is the best Paranoia game I have ever played in.  So when I sent out a call to do the interviews, Ezra was one of the first ones to sign on.  This was the 2nd attempt at the interview as the first one was during a West Coast Storm that knocked out Ezra's internet.  But he was gracious enough to try again and we are lucky to have him on our show.

     Ezra is doing a actual play of Mask's of Nyarlathotep on Twitch and You Tube here is the link to the You Tube:

      These interviews were recorded in our non-standard time.  We usually record Sunday morning at 6 am which is why you might hear us yawn and stretch but here you have phone ringing and particularly loud cars zoom by.  No intro music  with these bonus episodes..  

       We will be recording LIVE at :   Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am to 11am.

     And Thanks to Ezra, David and Shannon for letting us interview them.  See you at DunDraCon!!!



Feb 13, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Bonus Episode The Shannon Mac Interview

      The Second Interview with a GM that is attending and running games at Dundracon.  Shannon is a very accomplished GM and usually has many people trying to get into his very well regarded games.  

      Saul and Jolene will be doing a live recording from Dundracon on Sat and Sun.  Hope to see you all there.


    Thanks to Shannon for taking time out of his busy schedule to do this interview with us.



Feb 13, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene, Bonus Episode. Pre-Dundracon Interview David Jones.

    Saul and Jolene are taking Gaming Perspectives on the road when they attend DunDraCon taking place over President's Day weekend.  This is the first GM David Jones.  He will be running a Tales From the Loop game on Friday Night.  You can see the DDC program online.

      We would like to thank David for taking time to do this interview.  


     See you at DunDraCon!!!



Feb 9, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Thirty-Seven: Mystery Adventures

     Saul and Jolene discuss what systems are good for running mystery adventures.   Saul really likes the Gumshoe line of RPGs which are specifically made for running mystery games.  Also good for mystery games is the Fate Core system as it is not a combat heavy game.  Jolene reminds Saul that he had run a couple mystery games using Pathfinder and 5th Edition D&D.   Other subjects relating to mysteries are discussed in relation to rpgs from movies like Murder on the Orient Express and tv shows like, The Rockford Files, The Republic of Doyle, and Scooby Doo.  


  The Full line of Gumshoe games can be found here:

  Information about the Rockford Files show:

  The Saturday Morning Cartoon Scooby Doo:

   The Republic of Doyle tv show :


      Music by Jared Leibowich, song We Love Mystery 

    Available at FreeMusicArchive

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