Aug 19, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Interview with Stephen Price of Rising Phoenix Game Con.

     We Interviewed Stephen Price after he contacted Saul via the social networks telling us he and a group of friends were starting a new game convention in Milford MA.  that will take place next year from April 17-19th 2020.   We had a very good interview but unfortunately we lost over half of the interview.  Still we wanted to publish this interview for any and all folks near this convention.  The people working on this game con are committed to giving attendees the best possible gaming experience.  We hope to get Stephen on the microphone again and talk more about this exciting con.

    Again we apologize to Stephen and Rising Phoenix Game Con for the technically difficulties we had.

 

    Here is the website for the Con:  https://risingphoenixgamecon.com/

Aug 17, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 62: Actual Plays Good or Bad for RPGs?

     In this Episode Saul and Jolene talk about Actual Plays.  Are they good or bad for RPGs.  From the very well produced and acted ones like Critical Role to the people playing in their RPG Cave eating and drinking and talking over each other.  Saul and Jolene discuss the different views of how "Actual Plays" can hinder RPGs and the people that play them and on the other hand how people see it as a positive to the RPG hobby. 

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

 

    Music by Lucky Dragons, song Actual Reality off the Actual Reality album.

  Available at FreeMusicArchive.com

Aug 16, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Bonus Episode: The Gabriel Vega Interview

     Gabriel Vega the Director of Convention Development and Organizer of Pacificon had some "Breaking News" and wanted to do and interview give Saul and Jolene first dibs on this News.   Gabriel has been organizing Pacificon for the last 15 years here in the SF Bay Area.  Gabriel has also started some smaller specific gaming and interest convention in the Central Valley.  Saul and Jolene have been going to Pacificon since Gabriel bought the convention from previous owners.  Pacificon takes place over the Labor Day weekend at the Santa Clara Mariott which will be the new location for DunDraCon in 2021.

     Saul asks about Gabriel's gaming roots and it goes back, way back to 1977 and how a particular set of events led to Gabriel's close connection to gaming and Gaming Conventions.

      Gabriel pulled good joke on Saul and literally left him speechless when he joked about what the big news was.  The Breaking News is pretty cool adding another gaming convention to the SF Bay Area coming next year.

    Thanks for listening and please share our podcast with family and friends.

 

 

Aug 9, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 61: Helping RPG Immersion

          Things that you can easily do to immerse your players at your RPG table.  Saul and Jolene discuss simple and cheap things you can do to get buy in from your players.  From special character sheets, handouts, notes  to maps, all these things and more can get your players really into the setting of the game.  Saul discusses the different things he has done to get the players ready to play Dresden Files, Tekumel, Star Trek Adventures and other RPGs .  

         So get creative and get ready to lead your players into an more immersive game at your game table.

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

 

    Music by North Hive, song Immersion off the album Immersion

  Available from FreeMusicArchive.com

Aug 3, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 60: Romance in RPGs

     Romance in RPGs, Saul and Jolene talk about why this has not happened much in their games at home.  Romance can add an interesting element to any RPG games.  Jolene finds an RPG specifically about romance.  Actually a trio of rpgs by Emily Care Boss.  This was not the romance in RPGs that Saul was thinking about, Saul was thinking of more of a courtly romance or adding a love interest to a PC character.  Also discussed is romance between players and some pitfalls this might lead to.  Jolene's research yielded some funny and cautionary tales of romance done wrong in games.  All in all if players are mature enough and willing romance in an RPG can add a lot of roleplaying opportunities. 

    As always, thank you all for listening and please share our podcast with family and friends to help get our podcast to as many listeners as possible.

   You can look at and buy Emily Care Boss' romantic rpgs here: http://www.blackgreengames.com/shop/romancetrilogy

 

     Music by Pianochocolate, song Romance, off the album Blueberry.

     Available from FreeMusicArchive.com

 

   

http://www.blackgreengames.com/shop/romancetrilogy

Jul 27, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 59: The OSR

     Saul and Jolene talk about the OSR.  What is it, why are there so many different versions.  Why do people want to play this old style game.  Saul remembers his Original D&D and AD&D days.  Jolene did a bit of research in this nostalgic type of fantasy rpg style and found quite a bit of games and information.  

     You can Find OSRIC here : http://www.knights-n-knaves.com/osric/index.html

              Castle and Crusaders: https://www.trolllord.com/indexnew.html

        Dungeon Crawl Classics: https://goodman-games.com/dungeon-crawl-classics-rpg/

           Swords and Wizardry: https://froggodgames.com/frogs/product/swords-wizardry-complete-rulebook/

                              White Box: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/190631/White-Box--Fantastic-Medieval-Adventure-Game

   There are many other OSR games and products.

   As Always thank you all who listen to our podcast and all we ask is that you share it with your family and friends. 

  

   Music by Dee Yan-Key, song Nostalgia off the album Summer Nights

  Available from FreeMusicArchive.com

Jul 26, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Bonus Episode Theresa D. Interview

     In this Bonus Episode we talk to Theresa D. a game board player(Scrabble) and game Ap developer.  Saul and Jolene met Theresa at KublaCon game Convention in May and decided to talk more about her entry into board gaming and how it ties to her work at Temple Gate Games.  Of course Saul digresses and stray off topics but Jolene as always is there to wrangle him back.

     We recorded this interview before July 4th but Saul and Jolene went on Holiday right after so this is published a bit later than intended. 

    Check out her companies page here:  https://www.templegatesgames.com/

      We would like to thank Theresa for taking time from her busy schedule and talking to us.  After this interview she was at San Diego Comic Con where she was on panel discussion. Go Theresa Go!!

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

 

 

Jul 20, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene Episode 58: Gamma World

     In this episode Saul and Jolene talk an old rpg Gamma World by TSR.  It was the first RPG owned by Saul and it was Jolene's first RPG game she played way back in the early 80's.   Saul and Jolene discuss all the iterations Gamma World that were published.  From the first edition published in 1978 to 8th edition published in 2010.   Saul has copies of 4 different editions.   Saul and Jolene talk about why they liked the game.  Saul discusses running the latest edition at local con in kids and teen rooms.  

    Thanks to all that listen to our podcast and all we ask is that you share our podcast with family and friends.

    We have to confess an error we refer to the bipedal mutated rabbits as Hoppers but they were actually called Hoops.  Hoppers were the large horse sized mutated rabbits that some used as mounts.  Hoops were smart and Hoppers were considered dumb by Hoops in the game.  Sorry for confusing the two mutated rabbits. 

     The Day After aired on November 20th 1983.  Interestingly enough the NATO ran a command post exercise called Able Archer, later records reveal that this was the closest the world was to nuclear world war since the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Check it out, pretty scary stuff.

    Music by Blue Ducks, song Floss Suffers from Gamma Radiation off the album Six

   Available from FreeMusicArchive.com

Jul 14, 2019

Gaming Perspectives With Saul and Jolene Episode 57: Ghosting In RPGs

     Saul and Jolene talk about Ghosting in RPGs.   So what is ghosting and where does this term come from.  Saul listens to many podcasts and it was a term used on another gaming podcast called "Gaming and BS".  In it a host talks about ghosting.  Saul had never heard of the term and asked Jolene what it was about.  Saul and Jolene discussed and laughed about this subject and decided to record and episode about this strange way of dealing with a problem player or group in RPGs. 

     Why to gamers Ghost games or players.  It an long held stereotype that gamers are not good in social situations but this term comes from dating.  So its just not a gamer problem, that problem is communication.  Saul describes a couple RPG "ghosting" scenarios.  Saul and Jolene discuss the humorous stories and offer some ideas on how better to deal with those situations.

      As always thanks for listening and please share our podcast with your family and friends.

 

   Music by Hollie Cook, song Ghostly Fading off the album Live at WFMU for Sophisticated Boom Boom with Shiela B. 3-23-18

    Available at FreeMusicArchive.com

Jul 6, 2019

Gaming Perspectives with Saul and Jolene 56: The Barbarian Class

         In this episode Saul and Jolene talk about the Barbarian class in Dungeons and Dragons.  From the first time Saul saw the optional class in 1985 in issue 63 of The Dragon magazine.  The Barbarian has become known as the quintessential "tank" in D&D.  Though Saul doesn't like the use of the term tank for the Barbarian class it really does fit.  With the high hit points, damage resistance, high physical damage potential the Barbarian is a great class to play in combat situations.

        Saul and Jolene also discuss the RP potential of Barbarian characters away from the combat encounter.  Whether you play your Barbarian as a brute, sly, wily, she is always a fish out of water in social situations, where she is not at home.  A great rewarding character to play on and off the battlefield.

    As always thank for listening and please share our podcast with family and friends.

 

 Music by Triclops, song Send Conan Home, off the album Live at WFMU

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