Feb 15, 2020

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 88: Magic and Society

      Saul and Jolene take a premise of an earlier topic of magic altering structures in a fantasy world and discuss how "Magic" would impact society as a whole.  What would be different? How would they be different? What might stay the same.

     As usual the conversation runs from books to movies and even some talk about Roman civilization and how they dealt with who lead the Roman Empire, or more importantly what they did to stay in power.  

   As always thanks for listening and please share our podcast in your social media.

    Music by HYJrue, song Magical, off the album Instrumental.

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Feb 8, 2020

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 87: D&D an Ambassador for All RPGs?

        In this episode Saul and Jolene discuss whether Dungeons and Dragons is an ambassador for all RPGs and if that is a good or bad thing.   This topic came from a discussion from another RPG podcast called Fear the Boot where one member shared is dislike that when the subject of RPGs comes up with people who don't play, a lot of them think D&D is the only RPG.    He is a big SF fan and was dismayed by this.  Then he commented Critical Role fueled this misconception as they decided to stream their RPG actual play and their game was D&D.

     As usual Saul meanders his way through the topic going on tangents, to which Jolene had to bring his back to the topic at hand.

    As always thanks for listening and please share our podcast in your social media to get our podcast to as many listeners as possible.

 

  Music by Chris Sebby, song The Dragon(remix)

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Feb 2, 2020

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 86: Dark Conspiracy RPG

     This week Saul and Jolene talk about one of Saul's favorite old rpgs called Dark Conspiracy.  It is a game of "near future horror roleplaying game.  Published in 1991 Dark Conspiracy called DC by fans first caught the eye of Saul way back in 1991 at a B. Dalton's Bookstore in the local mall.  From the cover and the story line that intrigued Saul, he kept going back to that store and finally bought the book after three months of thinking about it.  

    Saul ran two campaigns of DC.  One for the old friends which he started playing RPGs with in Salinas and the second with new friends he made in San Jose when Saul and Jolene decided to attend San Jose State University. 

    Saul usually doesn't like the horror genre but it was the ability to take out aliens, creatures, demons with high powered firearms that clicked with Saul.   DC has been out of print for many years but a committed group of fans have kept DC from disappearing into obscurity.  Many things have prevented from a new edition of DC to be published.  It might be as Saul said, some sinister Dark Conspiracy might be preventing the truth from coming out. 

     As Always Thank You all for listening and all we ask is that you share our humble podcast in your social media to get our podcast to as many listeners as possible. 

     Here are some links for more information: http://www.darkconspiracytherpg.info/

 

    Music by Lonnie Dilan, song Darkness Before Dawn.

     Available from Tribeofnoise.com 

 

 

Jan 26, 2020

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 85: Do Skills Kill RP

      In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about skill in rpg and whether they diminish RP.  Saul uses the "Sense Motive" skill or similar one as an example of how a skill might kill roleplaying.  In the example the GM playing an merchant  NPC tells the player something.  The player then rolls a Sense Motive skill, is successful and tells the GM that he knows if the merchant is lying.  By passing any roleplaying.  

     Saul and Jolene discuss games that have skills and those that don't.  New games and old all in trying to figure out if Skills in RPGs really kill roleplay possibilities.

    As always thanks for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast on your social media to spread word of our podcast.  

   Music by Cheri C. Russell, song You Played Yourself.  

  Available at Tribeofnoise.com

Jan 18, 2020

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 84: Gamer Expectations

     In this episode Saul and Jolene begin a discussion about gamer expectations from the player and GM point of view.  The discussion is about how gamer's expectations about a game they are playing in might change and how these changes might impact the fun at your game table.

     Saul and Jolene talk about their Shadowrun game they are currently playing and how certain game sessions can change even within the same game system.  Jolene relates how she enjoyed a particularly heavy RP session of Shadowrun about getting information about their next run.  But the next session, which was about executing their plan, she didn't have as much fun as the previous RP heavy session. 

     So listen as Saul and Jolene take a meandering stab at avoiding problem with differences in expectations between players and GMs.

   As always thanks for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast with your family and friends. 

  Music by Delta World Wide Group, song Expectation.

   Available at Tribeofnoise.com

Jan 11, 2020

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 83: Why Another Edition?

       In this episode Saul and Jolene discuss the question every gamer hears from their significant other, "Why Another Edition?"  You already have that roleplaying game. Its crazy that you have multiple RPGs of the same genre but another edition of the same game? That's Crazy!!!

      Now Saul and Jolene won't argue that it isn't crazy but there are reasons why a gamer would want yet "another edition" of a certain game.  They discuss Dungeons and Dragons to illustrate changes that are made to a RPG game that would want someone to buy the latest edition.  Important changes to game mechanics, art direction, diversity in subjects and other changes to the game.

    Shadowrun is another game they use as an example of why people would want to get the latest edition.  Shadowrun is not so much about rules changes, though their are a quite a few, for Saul the new edition was needed to incorporate changes in technology where real life had out paced what was imagined by the games creators in the 1980's.

     As always we would like to thank all our listeners and all we ask is that you share our podcast on your social media with family and friends.

   Music by Ed Napoli, song Another One.

  Available at Tribeofnoise.com

Jan 4, 2020

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 82: Roll20 VTT

      First of all Happy New Year to you all.  Hope you all had a great holiday season.   So in this episode Saul and Jolene talk about virtual table tops specifically Roll20.

     Saul who has been on Roll20 since 2013 shares the trials and tribulations of online rpg gaming.  From connection issues to last minute games and cancellations, they are all problems that can sideline a rpg game online.

    But Saul and Jolene share their experiences online that really for them out weigh any "problems" that playing a RPG online brings.

    We would like to thank all the listeners to our podcast.  We really appreciate everyone of you that downloads and listens to our podcast.  From across the U.S. to across the world we really do appreciate you all taking the time to listen to our humble podcast.  

   All we ask of you all is that you share our podcast with your family, friends and social media.  We don't advertise so the only way we get more people to listen by your sharing.  Thanks again, everyone of you, and Happy New Year!!

    Music by Zilla God, song VR off the album Pipe Dreamz.

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

Dec 28, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 81: Fantasy Structures

     Once again Saul and Jolene tackle a subject that a listener had posted on their Facebook Page.  That question was would Fantasy Structures be built differently than in our real world history.  As usual Saul went a bit off the rails on this subject where Dwarf Commandos were brought up as were the lair of those "sneaky boogers" the Beholder.

    As always Jolene tries to rein in Saul and have him focus on the topic of the week. Jolene found out after researching the subject online, that it was a subject that had been broached by a number of people online.  According to Jolene, most felt that it would not affect the way structures, castles specifically would be much different. 

      We would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Years Celebration, however you celebrate.  As always we wish to thank all of you for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast with your family and friends.  

   Music by djkolizey, song What your parallel worlds, off the album Kosmos.

    Available from Tribeofnoise.com

Dec 22, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 80: Tips For First Time GMs

     From a post on MeWe seeking advice GMing their first game, this episode was born.  In this episode Saul and Jolene cover some ideas that might prove helpful for a person running their very first RPG.

    Saul and Jolene prioritized the tips differently but pretty much agreed on what they thought were the best few tips to give to a new GM.  Some of these ideas might even prove helpful for long time GMs.

    As always thank you all for listening and all we ask is that you share our podcast with friends and family.

 

  Music by GabrielS, song First Time.

  Available from Tribeofmusic.com

Dec 14, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 79: Journals in RPGs

     Saul and Jolene asked the Webosphere, if there were any topics they wanted covered by the podcast.  One topic was posted on the Gaming Perspectives Facebook page was journals.  Now Saul didn't have an exact idea what the poster, Michael, exactly meant by "journals" but that didn't stop Saul from answering the question anyway.

     As always Jolene was had to corral Saul from meandering too far from the subject.  Saul and Jolene discussed how journals or diaries could be used in roleplaying games.  Players and GM's writing session notes, character journals/diaries and even campaign notes seemed like a good idea to Saul and Jolene.   Saul and Jolene discuss how both GM and Players could use their journals for in game and out of game purposes.

     As always, we would like to thank all of you that listen to our podcast and all we ask is that you share our podcast with friends and family.

 

  Music by Kampmaniak, song Insurgent's Diary.

  Available from Tribeofnoise.com

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