Jan 12, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Thirty-Three: Creating Encounters

     In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about how they make encounters and things they consider when making those encounters. Jolene talks about killing Saul's newly made Paladin character in the first session he gets to play in.  Well luckily for Saul they are playing 5th Edition D&D so the Paladin only went down for a couple of rounds.  So Saul and Jolene discuss what goes through their minds as they try to make encounters that are challenging and fun but not overpowering.  A few examples of encounters that did not go well but we learn from all things especially mistakes.

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     Music by,  David Hilowitz, song Close Encounter off the album Close Encounter

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Jan 5, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Thirty-Two: Kickstarters

     Saul and Jolene talk about Kickstarter.  They discuss both the pledging and creating Kickstarter Campaigns.  As a long time supporter of a few Kickstarter campaigns, Saul discusses why people support Kickstarter campaigns.  Jolene attests to the number of KickStarter that Saul has pledged and  who has been pretty happy with most of the pledges.   Saul discusses the help that is out there for creators and talks about specific Kickstarter campaigns he has supported in the past and one that is currently active.

    Happy New Year Everyone!!!

   For tips on how to run a good Kickstarter campaign you can look at a very successful Kickstarter creator Jamie Stegmaier,  go to the following web page.   https://stonemaiergames.com/kickstarter/

   The current Kickstarter RPG that Saul has pledged to and still has 10 days left as of this episode's publication. 


     The book mentioned by Saul about medieval life by Phil McGregor available on DriveThruRPG can be found here.



    Music by Scott Holmes, song Follow Your Dreams.

      Available at FreeMusicArchive.com


Dec 29, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 31: D&D Boardgames

    So the whole D&D "Band" can't get together on the next session.  Don't cancel play a D&D Boardgame to get your D&D fix.  Saul and Jolene talk about D&D themed boardgames that might scratch the D&D itch just so most of you that can get together can still play.  Saul and Jolene discuss Castle Ravenloft and some of the other themed games using the same game system.  A different type of game is Lords of Waterdeep a worker placement game set in the Forgotten Realms D&D Campaign Setting.  Jolene's best advice might be, "Don't sit couples next to each other".  And lastly we discuss Betrayal at Balder's Gate, another game set on the famous Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting


    Music by Box Cat Games, song "Victory" 

  Available at FreeMusicArchive.com



Dec 22, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 30: The Ranger Class

     The Ranger Class first introduced to Dungeons and Dragons players was way back in 1978 in the Advanced D&D Player's Handbook.  The class had first been seen in Dragon Magazine issues.  In the Players Handbook the Ranger really saw the light of day and it drew many players to this homage of Tolkien's novels.  The Ranger has been in D&D ever since in all editions to this day.   As a sub-class of a fighter the Ranger is a departure from that class in a sense that Rangers are not a heavy combat class.

       The differences from a standard Fighter make the Ranger an interesting class to play.  And that departure makes it a fun class to play in D&D.  

   R.A. Salvatore wrote the Drizzt novels before the year 2000 and so Saul's idea of that character influencing the Ranger Class D&D 3rd Edition is possible.  

   Star Rangers was a MS-Dos game published in 1995.


   Song by Tone Ranger, song Cheyenne off the album Tone Ranger.

    Available at FreeMusicArchive.com


Dec 16, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul And Jolene Episode Twenty Nine: Where To Get Inspiration For Your Games.

     This week Saul and Jolene talk about where they get Inspiration for the RPG adventures they run.  They discuss normal avenues of inspiration for adventures such as movies, tv and books.  They also discuss other things that can inspire and help you get an idea for your next adventure.  Locations, news articles and many other things have inspired Saul and Jolene to come up with some very entertaining and popular games for conventions and at home.   Please share our podcast in your social media which would greatly help get our podcast to more listeners.  Thanks for listening.


     Music by GOMON, song Inpiration off the album "Vol 3"

    Available at FreeMusicArchive.com


Dec 9, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Twenty Eight:Playing the Cleric

    The classic Cleric is discussed in this episode.  Saul thinks they are like the last class to be picked by players, like that last kid picked on the sports team.  Why does it seem that everyone thinks a party should have a Cleric but then its a hassle because nobody wants to play one.  Saul uses playing Overwatch, a computer game, where the healer is always the last character chosen.  Jolene disagrees with Saul on how no one wants to play one.  Saul and Jolene discuss the benefits of playing a Cleric and how they offer roleplay opportunities more than other classes.  

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     Music by Sikhara, song Healing.

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Dec 1, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Twenty-Seven: Tales From the Loop RPG

     This week Saul and Jolene talk about last years role-playing game Tales From the Loop.  Its a Swedish game translated into English and published by Modiphius where players play kids from the 1980's solving mysteries.   Its an RPG about roleplaying in the"80's that never was." which is and era both Jolene and Saul grew up in.  We talk about what it was like in the 80's growing up in small towns which is the setting of Tales From the Loop.  We each give our insight into playing kids in the time of riding bikes everywhere, playing till the sun went down and living at the age where the world was still a "wonder"  Saul reviews the rules which are simple and easy to learn.  This is one where Jolene really had Saul cracking up with many comments she made in this podcast. Listen, share and play some Tales From the Loop.


   Music by Blue Dot Sessions, song Loopy off the album The Ballonist.

   Available from FreeMusicArchive.com


Nov 24, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Twenty Six: Mins or Theatre of the Mind.

   This week Saul and Jolene talk about using Miniatures(Minis) or using the Theatre of the Mind in your roleplaying games.  The discussion covers why minis are used in many rpgs and how Theatre of the mind is used in many independent or roleplay heavy games.  Jolene solidly gives her opinion on what she rather use and why. 


   Music by Derek Clegg, song My Mind Never Bends.

  Available at FreeMusicArchive.com



Nov 17, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 25: Running a Player Friendly Game.

     Saul and Jolene talk about Running a Player Friendly game.  We discuss things we think you should consider when trying to run a game that is player friendly.  Jolene says there are two basic type of players.  Saul and Jolene discuss how and why knowing his is important for running a fun game for all players.  Also there are certain techniques that help making sure that all players at your table will have fun.  And in the end that is why we play games to have fun.


     Music by The Zombie Dandies, song The Friendly Monster Shop off the album titled The Friendly Monster Shop.  

    Available at FreeMusicArchive.com


Nov 10, 2018

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode Twenty Four: Playing a Rogue.

    Saul and Jolene talk about the Rogue character.  We talk about playing a rogue in D&D but as in most cases you can translate this character type into any genre or RPG game.   Saul and Jolene discuss the origins of the rogue class that goes way back to Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Thief class.  We talk about how it evolved into the Rogue class.  Saul and Jolene discuss how the latest incarnation of the Rogue class offers more RPG opportunities. 


      Music by Podington Bear, song A1 Rogue.

    Available from FreeMusicArchive.com


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