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HJRP2909 Props, Note Taking, Paid GMs
hjrp2909 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork   In this Episode: Ruth from England sends us a 1d10 question table!  Bill from Colorado writes in about notetaking.  Josh in Orlando writes in again about paid GMs.   
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HJRP2908 Time Keeping and World Building, Game Con Report
hjrp2908 Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Allie In This Episode: James writes in about his cyberpunk game. Steffi chimes in on time keeping and world building. JimTo sends us a game con report.
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HJRP2907 Who’s the A Hole and Your Voice
hjrp2907 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In This Episode: John from San Francisco wants to play who's the a-hole. And Garrett from So Cal asks about his voice and talking too much as a GM.  
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HJRP2906 Experience Points, Pre-Existing Settings, Game Tone
hjrp2906 Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Kimi, Allegra In this Episode: Greg from Virginia writes in about how NOT to award XP.  Jo Lene writes in again on pre-existing settings.  Dave in DC writes in about game tone.
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HJRP2905 Notetaking, Play by Post
hjrp2905 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Kurt In this Episode: Mike from PA writes in about notetaking and stuff. Gerard from Gelderland writes in about play-by-post games.   
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HJRP2904 Gaming Resources, Settings With Preexisting Characters
hjrp2904 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt In This Episode: Albin from Finland writes in about two RPG related products. Jo Lene revisits pre-existing settings but with a twist.
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HJRP2903 Modern Settings and GMs and Players
hjrp2903 Your Hosts: Stu and Kurt In This Episode: Michael from Pittsburg writes in about running games in a modern setting.  And Aimless sends us a question (kind of a horror story) about mithrel armor.   
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HJRP2902 Printing Presses and Fantasy, GURPS, Magic and Bad GMing
hjrp2902 In this Episode: Brian writes in about printing presses and fantasy settings and pvp!  Gurg Murg sends a message about GURPS, Magic and bad GMing.  
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HJRP2901 Professional GMs, Mundane Careers
hjrp2901 In this Episode: Josh in Orlando writes in about professional GMs.  GM Radio Rob writes in about making mundane careers interesting. 
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HJRP2820 Licensed Games, Newspapers
hjrp2820 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Kurt In this Episode: JoLene writes in about licensed games. And Dave from DC writes in about newspapers.
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HJRP2819 Theater of the Mind and Success!
hjrp2819 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Niklas writes in about theater of the mind in different games. And Axel in Germany sends us a success story.   
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HJRP2818 Accents
hjrp2818 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Shawn from Outside Washington DC writes in about accents.  
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HJRP2817 Charisma, Appearance and Homebrewing
hjrp2817 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in about good looks and homebrewing.
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HJRP2816 Running Away and Experience
hjrp2816 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt In This Episode: Sean from Just Outside Washington DC writes in about running away and experience.  
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HJRP2815 Railroading and Intraparty Violence
hjrp2815 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Christopher Grey In this Episode: Sean from outside DC sends us an email on railroading and PC vs PC violence.
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HJRP2814 Spies, Props, Printing Presses
hjrp2814 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt and Stork In this Episode: We discuss RPG elevator advice, Leatherneck sends us an email about spies at the table, Curt sends a dispatch about Jackercon 2021, which will be held on the Jackercon Discord.
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HJRP2813 More On Convention Games
hjrp2813 Andreas writes in about convention games.
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HJRP2812 Con Games that Fill, World Building and Advice
hjrp2812 Devon from Portland sends us a report and a question. We begin a world building exercise.
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HJRP2811
hjrp2811 Your Hosts: Stu, Christopher, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: James from New Zealand asks for some lessons learned from pandemic gaming.  Joe from Cambridge writes in with a quick question. And another Kurt sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2810 Physics in Fantastic Session, Leading Questions
hjrp2810 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy In this Episode: Corbin writes in about physics in fantastic settings. And Derk writes in about leading questions and when they're railroady.
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HJRP2809 Wallflowers, Tropes, Horror
hjrp2809 In this Episode: Davi (Dah-Vee) writes in about PC leadership and RPing with wall flowers. Ben from Texas writes in about GM fall back tropes. And Erica Odd sends us a horror story (really a GM confession, I think).
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HJRP2808 Mid-Games, Metahumans and Lovecraftian Horror, Starting a Campaign
hjrp2808 In this Episode: Eric in New Jersey asks about setting up the mid-game.  Tanner sends us an email about Metahumans and Lovecraftian Horror.  Jon in Idaho asks for some advice on starting his next campaign. 
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HJRP2807 Minis, Tropes, Horror
hjrp2807 Your Hosts: Stu, Moe, Bill, Tappy In this Episode: Greg in Virginia writes in about minis in RPGs.  Ken writes in about GMing Tropes. And Muddyboots in NYC sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2806 GM Inspiration, Artificial Gravity, Bears, etc.
Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, In This Episode: Dave in DC writes in about GM inspiration. And Andreas writes in about artificial gravity, bears and other stuff.
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HJRP2805 GM Tropes, Wish Pact Conundrum
hjrp2805 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In This Episode: Brian in Osaka writes in about his post-apocalypse game and tropes GMs overuse. And Adam in Utah writes in about a wish/pact conundrum.
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HJRP2804 Strategicon, Social Skills and Horror
hjrp2804 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Jim, Eric and Kurt In This Episode: We discuss next weekend's online Orccon 2021. Go to Strategicon.net for information. Chris from Scotland revisits our social skills debate. We talk about Kurt's kickstarter for Lighthearted RPG. And Alervant sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2803 Science Fiction, Play Yourself, Game Pitch
hjrp2803 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this episode: We discuss science fiction settings, Taylor writes in about a play yourself success story, and Mke in PA writes in about writing a good game pitch
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HJRP2802 Online Groove, Flashbacks, Non-RP-RPG
hjrp2802 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Katie, Kurth In This Episode: Jonas writes in about finding his online gaming groove.  Dave from DC writes in about Flashbacks.
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HJRP2801 First Impressions, Heroes and Magic, Play Styles
hjrp2801 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Kurt In this Episode: Jo Lene writes in about L5R Clans and how your initial exposure to the game colors your perception of it. Ed from MN writes in about Heroes, Religion and Magic.  MJ writes in with a correction about APs and play styles. 
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HJRP2720 Flashbacks, Pacing, Confessions
hjrp2720 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: James from 1d4 Podcast writes in about flashbacks.  MRCJ writes in about pacing.  And Graf sends a thank you and a confession. 
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HJRP2719 Remote Player, Character Personality and Compatibility
hjrp2719 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kurt Show Notes: Trenchworks writes in with clarifications about his remote player dilemma. MJ in Georgia writes in about PC personalities and group compatibility. We also discuss a couple other things, including a hopefully spoiler-free discussion of The Mandalorian. Special thank you to New Holland Brewing Co for their care package of Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. Check out their cool promotional stuff at hoard.dragonsmilk.com.
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HJRP2718 Cursed Newspapers, L5R and Multi-System Games
hrjp2718 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Dave in DC writes in about a Con Game with a Cursed Newspaper. Simon in London writes in about multi-clan L5R games. Iain from the UK writes in about a multi-system game.   
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HJRP2717 GMing, Clans, Horror
hjrp2717 Your Hosts: Stu, Jim Ryan, Stork Jim (otherdoc on Twitter) hosts RPG Actual Plays on Twitch. You can find his other projects at his webpage. In this Episode: Dave in DC sends an email about convention GMing and a question. Jo Lene asks about clans in Vampire vs Legend of the 5 Rings. And anonymous sends a horror story.   
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HJRP2716 Dragon Eggs, Different Groups, Murder Hobos
hjrp2716 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt, Stork In this Episode: Jon writes in saying, “Help! I have the party a dragon egg. Now what!?” Ken R writes in about differing gaming groups.  Jonas sends an email about being a murder hobo in moder settings. 
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HJRP2715 Dice Rant and an Epically Long Email – Revised
hjrp2715 Your Hosts: Stu, Emily and Tappy In This Episode: Axel from the UK sends us a rant on dice, and Friar Gregg sends us an epically long email.
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HJRP2714 Intelligence, Command, Safety
hjrp2714 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt, Stork In This Episode: Axel writes in about intelligence as a stat. Andreas writes in about games with a command structure. And JoCrack chimes in on safety tools.
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HJRP2713 Remote Players,
hjrp2713 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, Tyler, Stork In this Episode: Trenchworks writes in about playing a mixed in-person/remote game.  Ben from Texas writes in about XP for failure. Jo Crack writes in about online dice rollers.  And Jonas writes in about a game with is son.
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HJRP2712 Red Herrings, Commitment, Memories
hjrp2712 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Steve in SoCal writes in about red herrings.  Scott writes in about levels of commitments to gaming.  And Erica Odd sends a bittersweet email.
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HJRP2711 Episodic Games, Animal Companions, Pick-up Game Phobia, Crunch
hjrp2711 Your Hosts: Stu, Claire, Clara, Stork In this Episode: Andrew writes in about episodic games with a background arc.  Derk writes in about Animal Companions.  Byron writes in about his Pick-up-Game phobia.  Eric from New Jersey writes in about teaching a crunchy system with online gaming. 
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HJRP2710 Free RPGs, Real World Settings, Horror
hjrp2710 Your Hosts: Stu, Bill and Tappy In this Episode: John from Iowa sends us a comment and counterpoint on free RPG content.  Dale writes in about hometown gaming.  And Eric from New Jersey sends us a horror story. 
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HJRP2709 TPKs and PC Death, GM Appreciation, Safety Tools, Horror
hjrp2709 Your Host: Stu, Stork, Tyler, ProbieTim In this Episode: Ryan from Jacksonville writes in about a TPK and PC death.  Mogen from Denmark writes in about GM appreciation, or the lack thereof.  Axel from the UK asks about introducing safety tools to a group that is previously unaware of them.  And then Ryan sends a GURPS-related horror story.  
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HJRP2708 Intelligence is not a Stat, Published Adventures, Who Cares About Initiative?
hjrp2708 In this Episode: Joel from Missouri says that Intelligence is not a stat. Uri from On the shoulders of Dwarves defends published adventures. Toby from Atlanta asks why Initiative is a thing. Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Heavy Metal Jess, Kurt
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HJRP2707 Smart Players and Dumb Characters, Well Actually, Upsides of Virtual Gaming
hjrp2707 Your Hosts: Stu, Tyler, Stork In this Episode:  Erica Odd writes in about smart players playing dumb characters and vice versa. Kairaku sends a well-actually for Stork. And Just Another Busy Drone asks for some upsides on virtual gaming. If you're interested in Stu's book go to stuvenable.com/mandeight01 for the Amazon page. If you want updates on his writing, go to stuvenable.com.  
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HJRP2706 Influential Players, Questions, Fatigue
hjrp2706 In This Episode: Muddy Boots from New York would like to say thanks to someone who changed the way he plays. Polishogr8 sends us a plethora of questions. Dillon is worn down by a player switching PCs. Your hosts: Stu, Christopher Grey and Stork.
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HJRP2705 Character Advancement, Sandbox Troubles, Helplessness
hjrp2705 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in about character advancement and what should drive it. GettyOwlMark is having sandbox troubles. And Rufus has a question about helplessness in gaming and life. 
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HJRP2704 Peaceful Cities, Good and Evil, Horror
hjrp2704 Your Hosts: Stu, Moe, Christopher and Tappy In This Episode: Adam from Utah writes in about adventuring in a peaceful city. MRCJ sends an email about good and evil. And Muddyboots sends us a horror story. Since this recording, Stu's novel has gone live on Amazon for both Kindle and print-on-demand paperback.
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HJRP2703 Online Gaming, Challenging Topics, GMing Exercises
hjrp2703 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Leatherneck writes in about lessons learned from online gaming.  Moe asks about games that address challenging topics.  Ben from Tejas sends us a GMing exercise. 
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HJRP2702 Safety Tools, Familiars
hjrp2702 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In This Episode: My Friends Call Me Money writes in about safety tools. Alervant has a lot of unused RPG books. Muddyboots asks about familiars.
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HJRP2701 Game Prep, Maintaining Creativity, GM Confidence
hjrp2701 Your Hosts: Stu, Christopher, Bill, Stork In this Episode: Aaron writes in about online game prep.  Kyle asks how GMs maintain their creative juices (apart from hydration)? Chad (or Greatwyrm) asks how to recover GM confidence after a trainwreck of a session.   
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HJRP2620 Factions, Fantasy Races, Gaming ADD
hjrp2620 Your Hosts: Stu, Clara, Claire, Stork In This Episode: Andreas writes in about different PC factions. Graf writes in about world building with fantasy races. Andreas writes in about gaming ADD.  
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HJRP2619 Time, Ideas to Campaigns, GMing Blind
hjrp2619 In this Episode: Ryan from Florida writes in about time. Kurt writes in about how he turned one random idea into a campaign. And Mike writes in about playing and GMing blind. 
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HJRP2618 Prices, Preferences, Conventions, Adventures
hjrp2618 Your Hosts: Stu, Bill, Tomes, Tappy In this Episode: Andreas sends us some thoughts on game prices and PC preference.  Joe Crack sends us his comments on GMing at conventions.  And Jonas asks about pre-written adventures.
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HJRP2617 Disease, Virtual Gaming, Secrets and Agendas
hjrp2617 In this Episode:  Andrew asks about making disease scary without ruining your game.  Weaslecreature writes in about virtual gaming.  Uncommonman writes in about secrets, agendas and PVP. 
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HJRP2616 Secrets, House Ruling, Prep
hjrp2616 Your Hosts: Stu, Emily and Rev from thecritshowpodcast.com In this Episode: Lee writes in about keeping secrets from other players.  Ed from Minnesota sends us a message about house ruling.  And Jeff asks about game prep.  
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HJRP2615 Con Game Pregens, GMing Exercise, Storing Digital Content and GM Lessons Learned
hjrp2615 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Clara, Joey In this Episode: Out of print GM sends us some convention pregens and asks for feedback.  Uncommonman sends us another GMing exercise.  HeavyMetal Jess writes in about storing digital content and a GM lesson learned
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HJRP2614 NPCs, Question, Hobby
hjrp2614 Your Hosts: Stu, Jameson, Tappy In this Episode: Chris from New Jersey asks how a GM, who isn’t an actor, make NPCs seem real. EricaOdd writes in with an RPG question taken from real life.  Nick sends us an audio message about supporting the RPG hobby. 
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HJRP2613 Throw-Away NPCs, DnD Bias, Convention Story
hjrp2613 Your hosts: Stu, Clara, Stork In this Episode: Erin from NorCal sends us a conundrum about a throw-away NPC. Juho from Finland asks about DnD bias. JimTo sends us a convention story.
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HJRP2612 Court Games, Questions, Murder
hjrp2612 Your hosts: Stu, Teri, Stork In this Episode: MRCJ has some advice for Court games.  Shawn from Silver Springs sends us a couple questions.  “I Murdered a Character” from Vyrrk. 
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HJRP2611 Useless Skills, Horror, Interesting Combat
hjrp2611 This episode is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com, introducing their new Kickstarter, aluminum elven design dice. Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in saying we must stop consuming alcohol! Ben from Texas writes in about giving the players reasons to not fall asleep.  And Zach sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2610 Divine Intervention, Monster of the Week, Playing Characters Outside the Game
hjrp2610 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In This Episode: Ben from Texas writes in about divine intervention. Anonymous sends a question about Monster of the Week. Steve from Atlanta writes in about playing characters outside of the game. And Alverant writes in about his RPG group preferences.
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HJRP2609 Updates on Shows, GMing Horror
hjrp2609 This is just a quick update. DNC writes in about GMing horror.
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HJRP2608 Systems You Can’t Make Work, Music and Inspiration, Horror
hjrp2608 Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Tappy In this Episode: Axel writes in about systems you can't get to work. MRCJ sends us an email about music and campaign inspiration. And Davio sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2607 Getting Players to Role Play, GMing Exercise, Horror
hjrp2607 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Joey. In this Episode: Jonathan from Spanaway asks how to get players to role play. Uncommonman sends us another GMing exercise. Kosta from Adelaide sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2606 Live from Orccon 2020
hjrp2606 Live from Orccon 2020. Thank you to the Strategicon staff and volunteers for allowing us to take over the auditorium for the show!
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HJRP2605 Don’t Kill Your Characters, AI GMs, Playing Deities
hjrp2605 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Jason writes in proclaiming Don’t Kill Your Characters. James from New Zealand asks if computers will replace GMs.  Adam from Utah asks how to play deities.
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HJRP2604 Backstories, Organization, Pacing
hjrp2604 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi In This Episode: Jeremy in Missouri writes in about PC backstories. John from Iowa asks about GMing with One Note. Andreas writes in about game pacing and pick-up-and-play games.
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HJRP2603 Rainbow Railroading Kickoff, Court Games and a Comic Book Store Story
hjrp2603 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: We kick off our fundraiser, Rainbow Railroading 2020, for Rainbow Railroad. This organization helps get LGBTQIA+ people in hostile countries to safety. If you'd like to donate, go to happyjacks.org/rainbow. We're streaming six games, starting now, until 8pm on Saturday, January 25. Watch them at happyjacks.org/live. Andrew writes in about running a court game in L5R. And Eric from New Jersey writes in with a heart-warming comic book store story.
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HJRP2602 Orcs and Trope Assumptions, Epic Journey, Existing IP
hjrp2602 Your Hosts: Kimi, Jason, Stork. In this Episode: MRCJ writes in about Orcs Tropes.  Jeff from NYC writes in about simulating an epic journey into the unknown. JoeCrak asks about playing in existing IP.
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HJRP2601 FFG/FFI Closures? Leveling and Abilities, Horror
hjrp2601 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Jason In this Episode: Len from Miami writes in about Fantasy Flight Games. Joshua from Canada writes in about leveling and acquiring new abilities. Leatherneck writes in with a horror story.  Links: Gamasutra article on FFI/FFG. Wikipedia on FFG.
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HJRP2520 Spell Based vs Free Form Magic, GMing Exercise, Too In To Character
hjrp2520 Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Stork, Jason In this Episode: Mixing spell-based and free-form magic systems.  Uncommonman sends us another GMing exercise.  JimTo writes in about a player getting a little too in to his character. 
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HJRP2519 PC Death, Backstory, Show
hjrp2519 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Pooja In this Episode: Jonas asks How do you handle a player who can’t handle PC death? Niklas asks: What’s the right amount of backstory? And Greg in Virginia asks a question about the show. 
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HJRP2518 Random Stats vs Standard Arrays, Campaign Structure, Deadliness and Perception
hjrp2518 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Pooja, Stork In this Episode: Mogens in Denmark writes in about random chargen vs. standard arrays. Derk writes in about campaign structure. Ben from Texas asks "is deadliness in a game really about perception?"  
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HJRP2517 Pick up and play games, difficult systems, GM and player disagreement
hjrp2517 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: GM Radio Rob writes in on Pick-up-and-play games.  Eric from NJ sends us an update and question on difficult systems And Davio writes in with a GM/player philosophical disagreement. 
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HJRP2516 Mongoose Traveller 2nd Ed, Exodus Campaign Debrief
hjrp2516 Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Stork, Kimi, Joey Show Notes: In this episode, we debrief our Mongoose Traveller 2nd Edition game, Exodus. Regular episodes return next week.
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HJRP2515 RPG Opinions, RPGs with IPs and an RPG Gold Standard
hjrp2515 Your Hosts: Kimi, Kurt, Maire and Tappy In this Episode:  Andy from Germany wants some opinions. Christopher has some things to say on RPGs with IPs. Bill in Ann Arbor asks about personal Gold Standards in RPGs.
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HJRP2514 Clockwise Court Deconstruction, GMing Exercises, Horror
hjrp2514 Yeah, I call the episode 25-15, it isn't. Stu Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Jim, Clara, Jason In this Episode: We deconstruct the just-ended Clockwise Court campaign. Uncommon Man sends us some GMing exercises. And the Dude from Idaho sends us a GM horror story.
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HJRP2513 Merits of Failure, Fudging, GM Screens, Horror
hjrp2513 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Tomes In this Episode: Axel from the UK writes in about the merits of failure. Hivemynd has discovered the joys of non-hippie GMing. Greg in Virginia Beach sends a Horror Story and then another Horror Story dealing with the first one. 
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HJRP2512 Good Session Zero, Why We Game, Cruch and Fluff?!
hjrp2512 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina In this Episode: Taurelin asks what makes a good Session Zero. Ed from Florida (nee Minn) asks why we game. Ben from Texas tried to resurrect the Cruch vs Fluff debate.  
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HJRP2511 Deadly DnD Combat, Interesting Combat, Confession and Triumph
hjrp2511 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason In this Episode: John from Iowa asks how to run a more deadly DnD combat. Andreas from Sweden asks how to make combats more interesting. Draylee 88 sends a GM confession/triumph.
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HJRP2510 Genres of Gameplay, Advice, Abusive GMs, Choose Your Own Topic
hjrp2510 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi In this Episode: Ryan writes in about ‘genres’ of games.  Useless Trivia Man asks for some advice for an upcoming game. Alervant sends a followup about the abusive GM.  Andy from Germany sends us a Choose Your Own Show Topic/Adventure.   
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HJRP2509 Picking Apart 32-Year-Old Stu’s Article, SciFi vs Fantasy, Existing IPs
hjrp2509 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss a GMing tips article Stu wrote in 1998. Len from Miami chimes in on SciFi vs Fantasy. Eric from NJ writes in about gaming in existing IPs.  
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HJRP2508 Time Keeping, Changing Systems, Horror
hjrp2508 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Moe In this Episode: Ryan writes in about time records and meaningful campaings.  Eric from NJ writes in about changing systems. LLamasu sends us a horror story. 
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HJRP2507 Getting Into Character’s Headspace, PC Harassment, RPG Small Talk
hjrp2507 In this Episode: Rav writes in about getting into a character’s headspace. Alverant sends us an update about the sexual harassment of his PC. Uncommon Man asks about RPG Small Talk.  Hey! We're getting low on emails. If you have a story, a question or anything else, please email us at happyjacksrpg@gmail.com  
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HJRP2506 Canceling a Campaign, the Gaming Landscape, Collaboration
hjpr2506 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Jason In this Episode: Doggos asks when to cancel a campaign. MRCJ writes in about the changing gaming landscape. Andreas writes in about collaboration.
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HJRP2505 Fantasy vs Sci Fi, GM Horror Story, Young Players and Murder Hoboism
hjrp2505 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Sam from Lakewood asks about the difference between SciFi and Fantasy games. EricaOdd writes in about become her own GM horror story! Rufus writes in about converting an 8-year-old Murder Hobo.
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HJRP2504 Live from Gateway 2019
This is one of our live shows recorded at Gateway2019. If you'd like information about our local conventions, you can go to strategicon.net.  
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HJRP2503 PCs as Big Bad, HIPPA and GMing, Email Based RPGs
hjrp2503 This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. Check out their Reversible Self-Standing Microfiber Dice Bags. In this Episode: Ian from the UK writes in about a PC-turned-big-bad VY writes in about the HIPPA friendly GM issue.  And Alan from Knoxville ask for email/text based RPG advice. 
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HJRP2502 Depth and Immersion, Classes, Sundry Topics
hjrp2502 Your hosts: Stu, Jim and Stork In this Episode: Joe from the Imperium Inlandus writes in about depth and immersion.  Niklas asks “Am I a Necromancer?”  And Tiamattinen writes in on sundry topics.
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HJRP2501 Character Sexual Harassment, Unsolicited Dice Rolls, Organized Play
hjrp2501 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: Alervant writes in about the sexual harassment of a PC. Ryan4Flan writes in about players making unsolicited dice rolls. And David in Tampa chimes in on the flaw of organized play.  
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HJRP2420 Co-GMing, Wild Talents, Jackercon
hjrp2420 Your Hosts: Kimi, Joey and Storky. In this Episode: Byron writes in about co-GMing. Michael writes in with a Wild Talents question. And Vyrrk writes in about Jackercon.  
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HJRP2419 Encouraging Young GMs, Dealing With Teens, Choosing to Fail
hjrp2419 Our 10th Anniversary! (which we almost forgot...) Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Bevin writes in about fostering a next-generation GM. Drayle88 writes in about the case of the teenage edgelordling.  Ben from Texas throws in his two cents about players choosing to fail.   
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HJRP2418 Player Engagement During Combat, Non Gaming Table Issues, GM SO Syndrome
hjrp2418 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Kurt In this Episode: ZombieHeart asks for help maintaining player engagement during combat. A HIPPA-minded GM asks about non-gaming issues at the table. Davio asks about the GM's SO Syndrome.
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HJRP2417 Sympathetic Villains, Villainous Heroes, Success and Horror
hjrp2417 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Jorn from Sweden writes in about sympathetic villains and villainous heroes. Axel in the UK sends us a success story. And Eric from NJ sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2416 Failing Intentionally, PC Player Knowledge, the Otherworldly
hjpr2416 Yours Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: Corbin Twa writes in about players intentionally failing dice rolls.  Joe Crack writes in about Player vs Character knowledge. Steve in SoCal  discusses playing otherworldly beings. 
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SHADOWCON22 Happy Jacks One-Shots, Shadowcon, A Town Called Malice
shadowcon22 Campaign: ShadowCon | SYSTEM:  | GM:  | Info: You’ve come here because you’d heard of it, and you’ve been on this trip, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a  convention that does not exist. Who knows when it all came to light? Maybe from pieces of a conversation you weren’t even supposed to hear, or a tip from a friend of a friend. But, yeah, this place exists and it’s got tabletop RPGs! All kinds! With d6s and d20s, sure, but there’s percentiles and maybe even d3s or fudge dice. The games are old favorites, new playtests, betas, ashcans and more. There are usually a few sessions to help with working it all out and make sure a story is told. And now, friend, you are at the door and you cracked the password! Tell the bartender to pull from the top shelf, because you’re in! You’ve found ShadowCon! |   FIND MORE SHADOWCON AT happyjacks.org/shadowcon! |   TAGS: podcast, podcasts, rpg, actual play, rpg ap, ShadowCon,
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HJRP2415 Returning to GMing, Polling the Hosts, Being a Good Player
hjrp2415 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: Mattison asks for tips as he's returning to GMing after a long while. Eric from New Jersey polls the hosts. And Simon from London sends suggestions for being a good player.
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HJRP2414 PVP, Math, Progression
hjrp2414 Your hosts: Stu, Pooja, Tappy In this Episode: Vyrrk writes in about PVP at a con game. Byron writes in about math in RPGs. And Ryan writes in about character progression and engagement.
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HJRP2413 Player and Character Knowledge, Decompressing
hjrp2413 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Andreas writes in about character vs player knowledge. Christopher Grey send a confession. Chris from Scotland asks how to unwind after an intense game.
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HJRP2412 Tactics and Theater of the Mind, DnD and New Players, GMing and Charity
hjpr2412 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this episode: Andreas writes in about tactical option for theater of the mind gaming. Jonas writes in about DnD and new players. Eric from NJ writes in about an idea that won't leave him alone.
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HJRP2411 Live from Gamex 2019 Sponsored by Easyrollerdice
hjrp2411 Live from Strategicon's Gamex 2019. Thank you to the Strategicon staff for their support and hospitality. Thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for sponsoring this episode.   Go to: easyrollerdice.com/giants  to check out their Dice of the Giants Kickstarter.
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HJRP2410 Character Advancement, Murder Hobos, REVISED
hjrp2410 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Joey In this Episode: Andreas asks "do we need character advancement?" Ryan send thoughts on DnD classes. McWyrm writes in about a 10-year-old murder hobo.
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HJRP2409 Pyrrhic Successes, Face in DnD, APs and TTRPG
hjrp2409 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Stork In this Episode: We discuss Pyrrhic successes, Kurt writes in about Face characters in DnD. Ryan writes in to ask what effects APs are having on the TTRPG hobby.
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HJRP2408 DnD Classes, Parting With Game Stuff, Noir, Anniversary
hjrp2408 In this Episode: Midas from Adelaide writes in to defend DnD classes. JimTo asks about parting with game materials and regrets. Joecrack asks, "Is Detective Noir a playable game?" Anniversary wishes.
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HJRP2407 NPC Crowd Control, Players Driving, Coast-ism
hjrp2407 In this Episode: Steffi in Scotland writes in about NPC crowd control. Ben from Texas suggests letting the players drive. Alex calls us on our coast-ism.  
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HJRP2406 People of Color in RPGs
hjrp2406 Your hosts: Aabria, Jim, Pooja, and J. In this Episode: Elderman writes in about fantasy races in RPGs and how they're bad. Fredrix writes in about portrying PCs of color. Eric writes in about his gaming group's lack of diversity. and Bobcatt asks about a good scenario for first-time players.  
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HJRP2405 Fan of the PCs, 1d4 Con, Hippie Games
hjrp2405 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Gina In this Episode: Eric from NJ asks "Can the GM be too much of a fan of the PCs?" James writes in about 1d4 Con, which starts May 3rd. And Joe wants to know what Stu thinks a hippie game is.
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HJRP2404 Exotic Atmospheres, Con Report, Horror
hjrp2404 Your hosts: Stu, Adam, Joey In this episode: Steve from SoCal writes in about exotic atmospheres in Traveller. OutOfPrintGM sends us his report from Aricon. Slojack sends us a horror story.  
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HJRP2403 Clues, Finding Gamers, Professions as Skills
HJRP2403 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Joey In this episode: Davio writes in about making sure players find clues. Mike from MI writes in about finding and holding on to gaming groups. And Byron writes in about jobes and professions in DnD.  
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HJRP2402 Player Memories, Classes, Learning the Rules
hjrp2402 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Joey In this Episode: Steve in SoCal writes in about player and PC perceptions. Johnny sends us an email about classes and DnD. Craig (whodo on the forum) asks about getting players to learn the rules.  
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HJRP2401 Passing Time, Getting Rules Wrong, Horror
hjrp2401 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Aabria, Tappy In this Episode: Brian writes in about the passing of time. Juho from Finland writes in about people getting rules totally wrong. And Dave from Tampa sends in a horror story.
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DRAGON08 Happy Jacks RPG Actual Play, Dragon Heist, DnD5E
DRAGON08 GM: Aabria Game: Dragon Heist System: Dungeons & Dragons 5e GM: Aabria Players: Jason, Mac, Teri, Adam Summary: A grand urban caper awaits! Our party tests their skill and bravado against villains the likes of which they've never faced before, and let the dragon hunt begin! Famed explorer Volothamp Geddarm needs them to complete a simple quest. Thus begins a mad romp through the wards of Waterdeep as they uncover a villainous plot involving some of the city’s most influential figures!   Visit happyjacks.org/dragonheist for a full list of this game’s videos and podcasts.   Tags: podcast, podcasts, rpg, actual play, rpg ap, dungeons and dragons, DnD, d&d, dragon heist, waterdeep, heist
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HJRP2320 Social Skills, Gaming and Life, Horror and Triumph
hjrp2320 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Adam In this Episode: EricaB brings up a very old Necro-Topic: Social Skills. Byron writes in about gaming and life balance. And JoeGun sends us a Horror Story turned Triumph.  
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HJRP2319 Con Reflections, Setting Rules, New Systems
hjpr2319 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Tappy, Christopher In this Episode: We reflect on Orccon2019. Jonnie from New Zealand writes in about setting rules. Greg from Virginia writes in about trying new systems.  
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HJRP2318 Live from Orccon 2019
hjrp2318 Live from Orccon 2019 Note: this is a convention show. As such, it does not use the same format as our regular shows. If this is your first episode, you might want to listen to another episode, to hear a more usual episode.
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HJRP2317 Partial Pre-Gen PCs, Sand Box, Playing the Persecuted
hjrp2317 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jim, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss the upcoming Orccon2019. We talks about partial pre-gen PCs or convention games. Brian resurrects the Sand Box horse-lich. And Eric from New Jersey writes in about playing persecuted minorities.
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HJPR2316 Seven Deadly Sins of GMing, Abstract Role Playing, Senses and Immersion
hjrp2316 In this Episode: We discuss GMing sins. Doggos writes in about abstract RP. And Karlen from Austin writes in about senses and immersion.
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HJRP2315 Player Expectations, Horror
hjrp2315 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac and Tappy In this Episode: KSC write in coining the term for what I was talking about in the last episode. Julie writes in on when to stop. And Doggos sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2314 Short Sessions, Gaming With Kids, Horror
hjrp2314 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Matt writes in to ask how to get the most out of a short session. Jeb writes in about gaming with kids. And Hanna from the Windy City writes in about an over-reaching player.  
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HJRP2313 The Gauntlet, Trackless Railroads, Horror
Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason M, Aabria, and Jason from the Gauntlet. In this Episode: Mr CJ writes in about railroads without tracks. Jason writes in to vent, and convey some horror. Johan writes in about picking up campaigns where others left off.
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HJRP2312 Feedback, Horror
hjrp2312 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Stork. In this Episode: Nathan writes in about post-game feedback. Taurelin writes in about a situation where players are too in-character. And Niklas from Sweden sends us a story of horror and sorrow.
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HJRP2311 PC Concepts, GMPCs and Horror
HJPR2311Your Hosts: Stu, Samantha, Aabria and Stork In this Episode: We discuss coming up with player character concepts. Fengrong writes in on GMPCs. And Riff sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2310 Holiday Game, Fish Tanks, NWoD
hjrp2310 This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com. Check out their Metal Dice of Ancient Dragons series of dice now on Kickstarter, easyrollerdice.com/dragondice. In this Episode: Steve from Atlanta needs some validation for a holiday game. Johann from Sweden writes in on the Sandbox debate, but this time about Fish Tanks! Eric from New Jersey writes in about NWoD.
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HJRP2309 PC Questionaires, Horror
hjrp2309 This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. Check out their new line, Metal Dice of Ancient Dragons, which is on Kickstarter now. In This Episode: We discuss PC questionnaires. Andreas from Sweden asks about the new Savage Worlds. And Johann from Sweden sends us a horror story.
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HJRP2308 Player Choice, Castle Storming, Horror
hjrp2308 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Ryan writes in about the nature of player choice Harold from St Louis writes in about castle storming. And Carl in Wisconsin sends a con-game horror story.
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HJRP2307 Sequels, Loot, Horror
hjrp2307 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss campaign sequels and continuations. Kitor asks "Can Loot be Intimidation?" And Jeb sends us a horror story
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HJRP2306 Mapped vs Mapless.
hjrp2306 In this Episode: We discuss mapless vs mapped combat. Rands writes in about consequences. Joshua in Edmonton writes in about Sandboxes.  
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HJRP2305b Rainbow Railroad Farewell
This is just a brief closing to our 24-hour gaming marathon fundraiser for RainbowRailroad. You can donate at happyjacks.org/rainbow.
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HJRP2305a Rainbow Railroading Kickoff, GMing Guidelines
hjrp2305a Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Adam In this Episode: We discuss the following 24-hour gaming streamathon from rainbowrailroad. You can donate at happyjacks.org/rainbow. We discuss some basic rules for good GMing.  Dave from Tampa sends us a possible GM success story? And Fredrix sends us a 24-hour gaming marathon horror story.
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HJRP2304 Fundraiser Announcement, One Note, NPC Personalities, Cthulhu, Horror
hjrp2304 In this Episode: We announce our upcoming fundraiser to benefit rainbowrailroad.com. Donate at happyjacks.org/rainbow. Watch Friday, November 16, at 6:30pm Pacific time through Saturday, November 17 at 8:00pm. We'll start with our Friday night advice show and play six four-hour game sessions. Should be plenty of AP goodness for every time zone. Carl writes in about One Note and NPC personalities. Jonas asks for some advice about his Nyarlathotep campaign. Johan writes in with a horror story and thoughts on good metagaming.  
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HJRP2303 Party Splitting, Exploding Dice, Burps in Canada
hjrp2303 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy, Mac, Clara In this Episode: Johan from Sweden talks party splitting and exploding dice. Joshua from Canada sends us a couple stories and contends that burps are okay in Canada. Steve in So Cal writes in on the virtues of accurate timekeeping, per the Gygax.  
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HJRP2302 Recordkeeping, Bibles
HJRP2302 In this Episode: We discuss GM in-game recordkeeping. Joe from the IE sends us an interesting resource he’s discovered. Show bibles.  And Gaz the GM from the Netherlands sends us a followup.  
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HJRP2301 Player Solutions, Women in Gaming
hjrp2301 Your Hosts: Kimi, Gina, Tappy, Jim In this Episode: Steve from So Cal asks about anticipating player solutions.  The Reverend Doctor Johnson writes in about women in gaming.  Kosta from Adelaide sends a story of player pride. Gaz the DM from the Netherlands needs some urgent advice.  
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HJRP2220 GMPCs, Pacificsts, Modules
hjrp2220 In this Episode: Jason asks about GM PCs, NPC party members and has a brief confession Tom from Oklahoma writes in about pacifists and modules. Harold from St. Louis asks about effects that “lock down” PCs.
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HJRP2219 Sandboxes, Small DnD Games, Convention Game Sequels
hjrp2219 Your Hosts: Stu, Aabria, Jim, Tappy In this Episode: Sean from NJ writes in about sandboxes. Drayle88 sends us a rebuttal about 2-player DnD campaigns. Tadd in Kansas asks about convention game sequels.
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HJRP2218 Consistency Tactical Combat Deja Vu Mundane Fear
hjrp2218 In this episode:  Ed from Florida says consistency is key with world design. MRCJ disagrees with us on tactical combat systems and calls us snotty. Isaac sends a remarkably familiar email... And JAD writes in about mundane fear. Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina  
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HJRP2217 One-Shots, NOT Space Combat, Conversion
hjrp2217 In this Episode: Hour 11 sends us a question about one-shots. Kurt illustrates now NOT to do space combat. Terry from Idaho sends a story about a conversion.
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HJRP2216 NPC Plot Immunity, Dice Curses, Annoying
hjrp2216 In this Episode: Kevin from Jackmonkeygames.com writes in about NPC plot immunity. Mike from PA believes he has the dice curse. Larry sends us a game day report and a question. JimTo sends us an annoying Con Game story.
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HJRP2215 Rule Zero, Space Combat, Success
hjrp2215 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Gina In this Episode: Steven writes in to question Rule Zero (at least one definition of it). Sam from Lakewood says space combat isn’t boring!! Isaac from Texas sends us a success story.
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HJRP2214 Happy Jacks Live from Gateway 2018
hjrp2214 This show was recorded live at Gateway 2018. Thank you to the Strategicon.net staff for their hospitality.
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HJRP2213 Exploration, Small Groups, Success, Food
hjrp2213 Your hosts: Stu, Tappy and Jim Join us, August 31 to September 3 at Strategicon.net's Gateway 2018. Next week's show will be at Gateway 2018, on Saturday at 8pm Pacific time. Location TBA. Show Notes: The Magic Octopus sends us questions about GMing small groups and hex crawls. Steve from Atlanta sends us a success story. Andreas from Sweden writes in about settings and using food and drink an props.  
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HJRP2212 Pacifist PCs, Game Design and Fun, Space Combat
hjrp2212 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Kurt In this episode: Zach from Baltimore writes in about great WWII movies and asks a question about a pacifist PC. Kurt asks if he's designing himself out of gaming. And Steve from SoCal writes in to revisit space combat.
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HJRP2211 Encouraging New GMs, Horror, Settings, Canon
hjrp2211 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Joey, Tappy In this Episode: Davio asks about encouraging new GMs.  Terry in Idaho asks for some setting suggestions.  MinipainterJen sends us a story about canon and RPGs. And Blake sends us a horror story from Y2K.
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HJRP2210 Repercussions and Backtracking
hjrp2210 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Aabria In this Episode: Repercussions of PCs’ past actions (L5R example). Joe from the IE writes in about stakes in combat. Long-time listener Kairaku sends his diverse mutterings and a tale of unintended consequences.  
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HJRP2209 PbtA, OSR, Spinal Tap, Praise
hjrp2209 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, CADave, Stork In this episode: Andreas in Sweden sends us thoughts on PbtA, OSR and Spinal Tap. Jacob sends us a question about getting along in a new group. Kindros sends us some praise. And Joe Crack sends us a con story.
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HJRP2208 Newbies, Space Combat, Pseudo Horror
hjrp2208 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, Stork Thank you to Easy Roller Dice for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. Check out their Kickstarter for their new over-sized dice cups (with lids!) at easyrollerdice.com/cup. Show Notes! Matthew asks about GMing for newbies. Harold asks "does space combat have to be boring?" And Craig sends us a pseudo-horror story about GMing mediocrity.  
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HJRP2207 Props, Horror, Disappointment, Triumph
hjrp2207 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss props. Jeb sends us a note about Fear the Con, a New Book and an Observation. Drayle 88 sends us a real horror story. Eric from Indiana sends us A Tale of Disappointment and Triumph. Jeb's new book is available at Amazon.
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HJRP2206 Black and White, Episodic Games, LARP
hjrp2206 Your Hosts: Kimi, Gina, CADave, Stork In this Episode: We discuss Mr CJ’s post on the Forum about eschewing shades of gray. Blake from Australia sends some comments on episodic games and new players. Eric from New Jersey sends us some info for the LARP curious.  
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HJRP2205 Sources of Drama, Horror and Horror
HJRP2205 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Michael from Wisconsin asks about other sources of drama in conflict. Joe Crack sends a response to last week's episode and horror story. And Leatherneck sends us a horror story with a lesson.
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HJRP2204 Co-GMing, 10 Candles, Con Game Etiquette
hjrp2204 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Adam In this Episode: We discuss Co-GMing. Jonas Larrsen sends us an email.  Steve from Atlanta sends praise and ideas for 10 Candles. Matt asks about con game etiquette -- specifically when to bail.
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HJRP2203 Disparate Power Levels, Horror
hjrp2203 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Steve from SoCal writes in with some thoughts on porportional RPGing, or intra-party balance. We discuss. Daniel from Texas sends us a horror story. Ayslyn sends us a horror story … gone right? Only about a week left to support Tsunamicon in Wichita, Kansas. www.tsunamicon.org/kickstarter
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HJRP2202 – Live from GameX 2018
Your hosts: Kimi and the Happy Jacks Crew and Audience Join us as we recap the games we played and ran at GameX 2018!
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HJRP2201 With Fear the Boot, Canon in RPGs, Murderhoboism and Exploitation, Riddle
HJRP2201 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, and Dan and Chris from Fear the Boot. Show Notes! We discuss a bit about RPG podcasting history and using existing canon in RPGs. Fredrix writes in about murderhoboism and exploitation. And Oli sends us a riddle from his first RPG experience. A big THANK YOU to Dan and Chris for joining us in this episode!
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HJRP2120 Strategicon’s Gamex, Language, Religion (Again)
HJRP2120 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jim and Mike www.strategicon.net Show Notes! We discuss the upcoming con. Steffi from Scotland takes umbrage with the DnD/religion conversation. Hoyle sends us a story about language in games.
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HJRP2119 Religion and Magic, Musings, Props
HJRP2119 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Ed from Minnesota writes in about religion in games. Steve from SoCal sends three musings. Axel from Germany sends us a props-related horror story.  
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HJRP2118 Legacy Campaign, Tainting Experience, Triumph and Learning
hjrp2118 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Tappy In this Episode: Sam asks for legacy campaign advice. Ben from Texas writes in about tainting the player experience. Isaac from Texas sends us a tale of triumph and learning.
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HJRP2117 Schrodinger’s Plot Hook, Religion, Language
hjrp2117 In this Episode: Mike from MI asks about Schrodinger's Plot Hook. Steve in SoCal writes in about faith and religion in RPGs. Daniel sends us a GURPS well actually about languages. Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Adam, Stork
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HJRP2116 Rivals, Finding Fun, Horror
hjrp2116 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Joey, Stork In this Episode: HeavymetalJess asks about rivals. Ed from Florida write in about finding fun. And M from the Twin Cities sends us a horror story and asks for advice.  
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HJRP2115 Languages in RPGs, Crossroad, Confession
hjpr2115 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac, Stork In this Episode: We discuss languages in RPGs, EricaOdd asks for advice on where do go in her Dragon Age game, and Dungeon Master Dan sends us a confession.
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HJRP2114 Taking Things Seriously
hjrp2114 Your hosts: Stu, Adam, Jason, Stork In this episode: We discuss taking things seriously.. James writes in about first session shenanigans. Brandyn from Delaware writes in about dynamic vs. static damage. And Steve from Atlanta writes in about our first AP, Ghostbusters LA.
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HJRP2113 Player-Driven Campaigns
hjrp2113 In this Episode: William from Minnesota asks about player-driven campaigns. A Three part email from Daniel in Australia. And Steffi from Scotland sends us a horror story about first-time gaming.
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HJRP2112 Hero’s Journey, Kids at Cons, Horror
hjrp2112 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Tappy In this Episode: David from Montreal writes in with a question about the hero’s journey in RPGs. Eric from New Jersey asks about taking kids to game cons. Mike from Maximum Irritation sends us a Pathfinder horror story.
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HJRP2111 Splitting the Party in Real Life
HJRP2111   This episode is sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com. Check out their large leather-lite dice bag kickstarter at easyrollerdice.com/bag Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob and Aabria In this Episode: Corbin Twa writes in about splitting the party in real life. Brandon from Ontario (Canadia) give us an update about his high school RPG club. Sgt Dan writes in to talk about explaining RPGs and to plug Fear the Con. Brian from LBC writes in about GM motivation.      
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HJRP2110 Player Engagement – Sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com
hjrp2110 This episode is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com and their self-standing leather-lite dice bags, now being kickstartered -- go to easyrollerdice.com/bag for more information. Your Hosts: Kimi, Mac, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss player engagement, how to get it and how to keep it. Dave from New York sends a success story, a horror story and a confession. David from Tampa asks (in the form of a horror story) why so many players play evil PCs. Askew Dragon sends us a “I never thought this would happen to me” story.  
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HJRP21-09 Memory, Jackercon, Horror Story
hjrp2109 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Adam In this Episode: Ben asks for some help with player memory retention. Curt writes in to promote Jackercon. Jason send in a GMing horror story with a twist.
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HJRP2108 Sauruon Dilemma, Scheduling, Vetting, Bending Rules for New Players
hjrp2108 Your Hosts: Stu, Joey, Tappy In this Episode: Ben from Texas brings up the Sauron Dilemna. Christopher (Mystic Fedora?) says Stu’s right (and so is he). Joseph from the IE asks about scheduling and vetting. Ben from Texas (it’s a Ben from Texas doubleheader) writes in about customizing the game.
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HJRP2107 Live from Orccon 2018
hjrp2107 Live from Orccon 2018 Thank you to the folks at Strategicon for allowing us to record our show live at Orccon 2018. For more information about these conventions, go to strategicon.net.
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HJRP2106 Social Contracts, Gaming in Brazil, Success, Failure
hjrp2106 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Adam, Stork In This Episode:  David from Tampa writes in about social contracts and gaming. Marcus from Brazil found a game! And tells us about it. Jeff sends us a GM success story and a horror story. Kosta from Adelaide sends not one but two dramatically appropriate horror stories. We also go off on A LOT of tangents.
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HJRP2105 Chases, Illegal Dice, Horror
hjrp2105 Your Hosts: Stu, CADAve, Jason, Stork In this Episode: MRCJ writes in about chases, and we will disucss. Gottfried asks if RPG Dice Illegal in California?! Isaac from Texas needs help. Alervant sends a horror story. And Jason sends a horror story form bygone days.
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HJRP2104 Email Catchup, Dead Horses, Success, Stepping Up
HJRP2104 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: Marcus from Brazil can’t find an open seat at a Vampire tabletop game in Brazil. Heavy Metal Jess sends some love for our nostalgia. Brandon from Ontario writes in to report on his teenagers’ game and has a question. Joseph writes in with his take on your agency vs emotion discussion. Tayleron writes in asking about scheduling. Andreas from Sweden writes about falling damage and a player holding slavishly to their high concept in a FATE game. Zombie@Heart writes in with a GM and player win.  
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HJRP2103 Grokking PCs and NPCs, Skype Games, Love, Confession, Horror
hjrp2103 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Davy, Stork In this Episode: We discuss grokking a PC or NPC. Bobby from Belgium asks for some tips running a game over Skype. The Reverend Doctor Johnson sends a brief love note. Minnesota sends us a confession and horror story.  
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HJRP2102 Agency and Emotion
hjrp2102 In this Episode: We discuss player agency and character emotions. James from New Jersey writes in about playing without a GM. Midas Karats from Adelaide Australia shares some stuff. Chris from Osaka sends us a missive about characters changing in unexpected ways.
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HJPR2101 Down-time RP, Triumphant Return
HJRP2101 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Gina, Joey In this Episode: In our continuing GMing tips, we discuss downtime roleplaying. Sam in Lakewood asks for some adventure building advice. Juho from Finland asks about letting players narrate successes.  Don in Pittsburg asks about breaking in a new guy.
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HJRP2020 Game Systems, Traveller Timeline, Finding Fun
HJRP2020 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork Show Notes! Steve from Atlanta asks why we tend toward certain game systems. Bud asks about the Traveller RPG timeline. Jonas writes in about running a game he's reluctant to run.
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HJRP2019 Describing, Falling, Winning, Questioning, Horroring
hjrp2019 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Stork  In this Episode: Chris from Ontario sends us a note on describing scenery. Chris in Canada sends us a note on DnD falling damage. Eric from New Jersey has a GM Victory story. MN DieTosser sends us a question, some news and a horror story.    
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HJRP2018 Rules, What Rules
hjpr2018 Your hosts: Stu, Ed and JiB In this Episode: GMing Tips: Rules? What Rules? Goluptious Geeks asks for form system selection advice.  Axel from Germany writes in about some GM Lessons from the Mote of Sin. Sean from Seattle writes in with a confession? A triumph? He’s not really sure.
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HJRP2017 Improving Improv, Indecision, Investment
HJRP2017 Your Hosts: Stu, ProbieTim, Stork and Kimi In this Episode: GMing Tips: Improving Improv for GMs.  Garrett asks about Making fulfilling filler.  William from Minnesota writes in about player indecision.  Dan sends a tale of Legend and Celebration. And ZombieHeart from So Cal writes in about Too Much player investment??
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HJRP2016 Building Villains, Improving Youth Play, Superheroic Shenanigans
hjrp2016 In this Episode: GMing Topic: Building villains. Brendon from Ontario writes in about helping teenagers play better, and Clockwork Monk writes in about seven hours of superheroic shenanigans. This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is brought to you by listeners like you. If you would like to support the show, go to happyjacks.org/patreon.  
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HJRP2015 GMing Tips: Making Scenes Come Alive, Is Magic a Crutch? Narration and Horror
hjrp2015 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork and Scott Woodard. Check out the Savage Worlds Flash Gordon Kickstarter Scott mentioned. In this Episode: GMing Topic: Making scenes come alive. Eric from Kansas City asks, “Is magic a GM crutch?” Juho from Finlands writes in about players narrating after a contest resolution. And Drayle88 sends us a gaming horror story.
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HJRP2014
hjrp2014 updated Your Hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi In this Episode: GMing Tips: Fleshing out NPCs. Ayslyn writes in about pacing a high-travel campaign. Tomi from Finland sends some thoughts on character abilities (and lack thereof) and how that affects a campaign. And Bill in Longmont Colorado sends a GURPS GMing success story.
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HJRP2013 Misdirection, Flashbacks, Time Travel, Military Gaming Stories
HJRP2013 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Kimi This episode is sponsored by Palladium Books, makers of RIFTS, TMNT, Dead Reign, and much more. Check them out at palladiumbooks.com. In this Episode: Steve from So Cal discusses red herrings Axel writes in with his take on Flashbacks. Luis suggests a quick time travel solution. And Leatherneck writes in with some military gaming stories.    
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HJRP2012
hjpr2012 Your host: Stu, Stork, Joey, Gina In this Episode: Chris from Ontario, Canada writes in about new editions Scot relays a player nightmare. Niklas from Stockholm sends us a story about dying three times. This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Palladium Books. You can find them at PalladiumBooks.com.
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HJRP2011
HJRP2011 Your hosts: Gina, Stork, Kurt, Maire In this Episode: Isaac from Texas needs some GMing Help Kain Guru writes in about Over enthusiastic teens aka short attention spans and the impulse to be the first to shoot Axel writes in (to Stork) about social skill rolls and minmaxing. Sam relates a tale of GMing triumph Niklas from Stockholm relates a story of dying three times in one session.  
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HJRP2010 Scott Woodard, Unsticking GM Brains
HJRP2010 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and PEG's Scott Woodard In this Episode: Aviv writes in asking about ways to “unstick” yourself, GMing wise. Charas writes in about glossing over combat. Steve from Atlanta tells the tale of a PC killing another PC on purpose.    
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HJRP2009 Starting Sessions, Flashbacks, Funk and Will
hjrp2009 In this Episode:   Bennett from Pittsburg asks about starting games without combat. Zach in Chicago sends one way a PbtA game handles flashbacks. Iaquas sends us a gamer funk tip. Gene in Elk Grove writes in about Overriding PC Free Will Sir Guido asks “what should I have done?”
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Keith Baker Interview
I had a chance to sit down briefly with Keith Baker while at Gencon. Here's the interview. Thank you to Keith for taking time out of his day.
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HJRP2008 Flashbacks, Mouseguard, Rules Splicing, Promotion
hjpr2008 Your hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Julian from Paris writes about playing with time and narration. James from 1d4Cast Podcast sends us a quick breakdown of Mouseguard. Charas writes about transplanting favorite rules into other game systems. And Julie from Connecticut asks how to promote a game.  
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HJRP2007 Drama vs Foolishness, Advice, Horror
HJRP2007 Your host: Stu, Stork, Gina In this Episode: Brian Writes in about Drama vs. Foolishness Reamus writes in with an urgent request for advice. Gene from Elk Grove writes in with a thank you. And Mike from Michigan sends us an update about a horror story.  
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HJRP2006 NPC Drawbacks, Player Conflict, Confession
HJRP2006 Your Hosts: Kimi, Stork, JiB, Gina In this Episode: Jonas Larsson writes in about handling NPC drawbacks. Charas asks about player conflict. Dave from Chicago sends a long overdue Fuck You. Leatherneck sends us a Player confession (and GM nightmare).
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HJRP2005 LARPs, Bookkeeping and Horror
HJRP2005 Your hosts: Stu, Patric, Michael and Stork In this Episode: Patrick and Michael talk LARP Steven in So Cal writes in about bookkeeping being fun?! Drayle 88 sends some questions and recounts his game. West sends us an update and treats us to a horror story.
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HJRP2004 Live from Gateway 2017
HRP2004 Live from Gateway 2017
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HRJP2003 Gateway 2017, Superheroic Conflict, Confessions
HJRP2003 Your hosts: Stu, Jim, Mike, Stork. In this Episode: Mike and Jim from Strategicon will talk about the upcoming game con. Stu will relate a bit about Gencon Clockwork Monk is looking for Superheroic conflict. Csaras from Poland writes in with some questions. Amar from Vancouver sends us a GM Confession.
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HJRP2002 Group Chargen, Choking, Gencon50 Report
HJRP2002 This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com. Check out the Kickstarter for their innovative dice tray, including a staging area so only the dice you're rolling are in the tray. You can find it at:  www.easyrollerdice.com/tray Thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for their continued support! If you like the show, please consider supporting our sponsors. In this Episode: Stu, Bill and Dave77 report from Gencon50. Sgt Dan writes in with some idea on character/group creation. Ben from Texas asks for some advice when he chokes.
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HJRP2001 Villains for Kids, More on Hit Point Fudging, Success
HJRP2001 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina Eight years ago today, we released our first episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. We didn't realize this at the time of recording, but in celebration, I've included our original, crappy artwork for the show both here and attached to the .mp3 file. According to my FTP list, we've published 380 episodes (though it's probably more like 375). We'd like to raise a glass to our listeners old and new. You've listened, you've critiqued, you've contributed and you've sat through more Human Centipede references than I can count. Thank you for your patronage, support and feedback. -- Stu In this episode: Out of print GM asks: Running a villain game for kids? Mr Manowar writes in about our divisive hobby. Abacus from Missouri writes in about Hit point Fudging. And David from Florida sends us a GM success story.  
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HJRP1920 Spinning Plates, Investment, Full Picture, Fudge
HJRP1920 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: We discuss spinning plate syndrome. Javier from Spain asks about keeping players invested between sesions. Niklas from Sweden writes in about player when having the full picture. James writes in about a Yes-Anding Failure -- Or is it just crazy players? And Alervant asks: is this going too far with dice fudging?
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HJRP1919 Note Passing and PC Secrets
HJPR1919 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, JiB, Jason In this Episode: We discuss sidebars, note passing, and other methods of keeping PC secrets. Axel sends us a story about his gaming youth. Eric from New Jersey has some L5R woes. Zac from Chicago writes in about fixing boring combat. Manuel writes in about creating a group.
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HJRP1918 Frustration, Fantastic, Noir, Passive Players
HJRP1918 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Emily, ProbieTim In this Episode: Tayloron asks how to frustrate the characters without fAdd Newrustrating the players Andreas muses about roleplaying without the fantastic. Zoomfarg asks about running a cyberpunk noir sort of game. Axel has some thoughts about passive players.
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HJRP1917 Backstories, First Time
HJRP1917 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Len from Miami sends some thoughts on character backstory. Chris in Long Beach writes in to suggest that your first shouldn’t be your player’s first. StevenSW sends a PbtA well-actual about falling damage. Kenigma sends us some things he’s learned about RPGs.
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HJRP1916 Cracking Down, Character Arcs, Horror
HJRP1916 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, ProbieTim In this Episode: West asks is there such a thing at too lenient of a GM? Or are there times when you should crack down? Alervant asks When does the character’s story arc end? Steve writes in with some thank yous to the show. Brian from Osaka has some DM nightmares
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HJRP1915 NPCs, Death, Leveling
HJRP1915 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob, ProbieTim In this Episode: Topic: How to Handle Character Death GM John writes in for advice on a passive, spectator player.    Chris in Canada sends us a well-actually about DnD leveling from days of old. Vincent writes in about mechanical canon in RPGs. Steve in SoCal sends us some effective uses of NPCs.    
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HJRP1914 Tension, Prophecy, Fallacy, Oh My!
HJRP1914 Your hosts: Stu, Kurt, Maire, Stork. In this Episode: We’ll talk about How to create tension in a scene that isn’t combat? Sam From Lakewood writes in for some prophesy advice. Kitor suggests a new logical fallacy and asks for some DM advice.  Joe writes in to suggest Earthdawn. Jonas Larsons sends in a horror story involving Stu.  
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HJRP1913 Gritty Settings, Perception, Online Prep
HJRP1913 Your Hosts: Stu, Nick, Ed, ProbieTim In this Episode: Neil writes in about the harsh reality of gritty games. Enn from Canada sends thoughts on prerolling perception and the 1983 World Scout Jamboree (whee!!). Brad from Mid-MO asks about minimizing prep in an online game. Harold from St. Louis sends us a game on horror story. And Brian send in a horror story about himself.  
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HJRP1912 Finding Players, Dresden Files and More
HJRP1912 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, JiB, Stork   In this Episode: Eric from New Jersey sends us a farewell to his GM.  Sean from New Jersey asks how players get when you no players have you want to get. Steven from Atlanta is looking for another system for Dresden Files.  Of the Hill People asks, how many session until you evaluate keeping the game.  Iain from the UK asks for advice to run a short campaign. SovereignCitizenKane sends us a horror story about reaching the breaking  point.  
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HJRP1911 Co-GMing, GMPCs, Betrayal
HJRP1911 Your hosts: Gina, Stork, HosierRob, CADave, ProbieTim In this Episode: James writes in about two GMS share one world. Ben from Texas sends a defense of GMPCs. James fro Ottawa sends a Tale of Betrayal Kileigh sends a too long story about gaming table discomfort.
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HJRP1910 Live from Gamex 2017
HJRP1920 Your hosts: Kimi and the Happy Jacks Crew and Audience  
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HJRP1909 FATE Epiphany, Likable NPCs, and more
HJRP1909 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Jessie In this Episode: Daniel shares his epiphany about FATE. Dan from Minnesota asks about making likeable NPCs. Eran in London ask about explaining Savage Worlds in a web comic. Tim writes in about ending a session. Email: happyjacksrpg@gmail.com Social Media: Twitter: happyjacksrpg Also on Instagram: happyjacksrpg Live Stream: If you’d like to watch the show live, you can find out how at happyjacks.org/live Or happyjacks.org/twitch,or happyjacks.org/youtube   Announcements: Jackercon 13: We Don’t Need Another Hero. Last week in June and the first week in July. You can register and sign up for games at jackercon.com
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HJRP1908 GM Performance Anxiety, GM ADHD
HJRP1908 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes! Jim from Portland asks a performance anxiety question and shares a picture.  Tayleron from Newfoundland asks about GMADHD. Drayle88 asks for some recommendations for a system for some newbies.  Jeffry with 1 E shares a horror story.
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HJRP1907 Callbacks, Starts and Burnout
HJRP1907 Your hosts: CADave, Tim, HosierRob and Clockverk Show Notes!  Rav writes in about the power of the callback.  Matt in Canuckistan sends us an interesting game start scenario. New listener Jason asks about GM burnout. Josh from Orlando says there’s no defense for DnD. DM Frankie P sends a GMing horror story and request for advice.  
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HJRP1906 – Gifts! Murder Mystery, Gaming Cultures, Character Development, Confession
HJRP1906 This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com... (You can get 15% off their gun metal dice series by going to https://easyrollerdice.com/collections/metal-dice and using the code SALE15) ...and listeners like you. Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Raemus asks for some Murder Mystery help. Andreas gives us a glimpse into another gaming culture. Axle asks about character development in a condensed/intense session. Ryan sends us a GM Confession.      
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HJRP1905 Leveling, Players Who Don’t Fit in, Good Story, Cautionary Tale
HJRP1905 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Kimi Show Notes! Andreas writes in with some feedback and some comments about leveling. Steve writes in about players who don’t want to fit in at all. Axel writes in with some thoughts about writing a good story. And Mad King Christopher sends us a cautionary tale.
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HJRP1904 Perception Checks, Advice
HJRP1904 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, HosierRob Show Notes! Troll Under the Bridge writes in with more about perception rolls. GM John asks for some help with a player. Balder poses a convention game question. And Mystic Fedora writes in about problems without solutions and an ingenious solution.  
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HJRP1903 Killing Mooks Again, Dying Campaigns, Horror
HJRP1903 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kimi Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in again about killing mooks. Jonas writes in about handling dying campaigns The Only (other) Steve in So Cal writes about the dangerously futile exercise of defining RPG. Goluptuious Geek writes in with some fan mail and a horror story.    
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HJRP1902 Perception Rolls, Murder Hobos, Big Reveals
hjrp1902 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork, Gina Show Notes! Sgt Dan Writes in about Perception Rolls. James Writes in about Killing the Murder Hobo. Forrest, a long time listener, writes in for the first time. Ed from Minnesota writes in about levels and his Roman CoC game. Mystic Fedora sends us a GM Big Reveal that Worked.
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HJRP1901 Geography, Downtime, New GMs, Unreasonable Antagonists
HJRP1901 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, ProbieTim, Gina Show Notes: Lee writes in about three things. Marty from Sious Falls writes in about geography, downtime and a new GM story. Morgan writes in for advice about strong and unreasonable antagonists. Bill writes in with some convention game thoughts. Matthew writes in with a story about how to NOT deal with a bad GM. The boatload of links that listener Bill included in his email: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theBRaWL/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/shal.gcg/ https://www.facebook.com/Golems-Gate-Gaming-and-Geekdom-389415544743736/ https://www.facebook.com/genconindy/ https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelyxhttp://freelyx.com/   Save
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HJRP1820 – PCs don’t Jive, World Building, Sharing Downtime
HJRP1820 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, JiB  
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HJRP1819 Writing a Good Story, an Ethical Dr. Douche, Campaign Idea, Snowflakes and Horror
HJRP1819 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, ProbieTim and JiB Show Notes! Doug from Texas asks How to Write a Good Story. Kevin from Roll vs Roll Cards suggest a way to ethically play Dr. Douche. Mike in Nebraska sends in a Campaign Idea. KurtPotts asks about Setting Specific vs Setting Agnostic systems. Name Withheld writes in about The Special Snow flake. Steve in SoCal sends us a GenCon Horror Story  
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HJRP1817 Happy Jacks Chat With Strategicon Staff
We're joined with Jim Sandoval and Mike James, both volunteer organizers with Strategicon. Please note: the audio for this podcast was recovered from a back up.
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HJRP1816 Moral Conundra, Defending DnD, Old and Young
HRJP1816 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, GMMace, Kimi Show Notes! Steve from So Cal writes in about killing mooks and other moral conumdrums.  Simon from Seattle defends DnD.  Steve from So Cal writes in about gaming with older and younger players.  StevenSw writes in about dramatic damage. Zombie Heart sends us a Horror Story.
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HJRP1815 Argumentative Players, Romance, Adulting, Horror
HJRP1815 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi, Stork Show Notes: Desiree in South Carolina needs help with a very argumentative player. Dave from South Chicago writes in Regarding Romance in Games and Some Advice for a Teen GM. JimTo sends us some feedback .. and shit.  Zoomfarg wants to know how to adult. Lee sends us a horror story, entitled “The Prisoner Dilemma.” Drayle88 writes in with a horror story -- or is it a success story?  
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HJRP1814 Perception Checks, Dr. Douche, Horror and Traveller
HJRP1814   HJRP1814 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Gina, Stork Show Notes!  Amar from Vancouver BC writes in about Perception Checks. Levi writes in about defeating Dr. Douche. Terry in Idaho is looking for Traveller resources. Mad King Christopher the First writes in with a horror story, a tip and stuff.  Sam from Indiana writes in with a horror story. Announcements: February 17, 18, 19, 20 - Orccon 2017! Join us at the LAX Hilton hotel for four days of gaming. We’ll do a live show on Saturday, February 18th at 8pm, in the auditorium. Also: on February 10th, Jim Sandoval and a member of the Strategicon board are going to be here to answer questions and take suggestions about the Strategicon conventions.
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HJRP1813 Save vs. Suck, PFS, Gming Advice
HJRP1813 Your hosts: Stu, Maire, Kurt, Gina. Thank you to easyrollerdice.com and their exciting Rose Gold Kickstarter for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks! Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in about “Save vs. Suck.” Dylan from Anchorage Alaska gives us insight about Pathfinder Society and Alternate Solutions. Drayle88 needs some GMing advice. Mike from MI writes in about One Last Job - a Heist RPG. Bill From Arizona writes in with a thank-you. Links: https://gshowitt.itch.io/one-last-job http://misdirectedmark.com/category/mmproductions/panda/      
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HJRP1812 Romance in RPGs, SciFi Advice, and More
HJRP1812 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Zac in Chicago writes in about Romance in RPGs. A Southern Gent from Texas has some Sci-Fi advice. Alervant has some GMing advice and a question. Kindros from the Forum writes in about Magic Items and Identification. Steve from So Cal asks about Contacts in travelling campaigns.    
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HJPR1811 PC Mind Control, Missing Players, Group Building
HJRP1811 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes!! Griever writes in about subtle mind control of PCs. SteveSW writes in with a Apocalypse-World inspired system for dealing with missing players. John asks about building a group (of players, not characters). Walt from Rhode Island asks about diversity at the gaming table. Blyd Dreug sends in his take on ambushes and capture in RPGs. You can watch the show live on Fridays at 8pm Pacific Time at happyjacks.org/live. If you'd like to support the show, you can do so by going to patreon.com/srvenable.    
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HJRP1810 PC Death, Rules-Resistant Players and more
HJRP1810 Your hosts: Stu, Hosier Rob, Stork In this episode: Andrew from Chicago writes in about PC Death. Axle asks about dealing with a Rules-Resistant Player.  Luke from Kentuckianna is a long time listener, first time emailer and about to be a first time GM.  We received a couple emails about Roll20, which we’ll read. Jordan writes in about picking up a dormant game.  Kurt from Fresno writes in with a GMing tip. Toby in Atlanta (from the RPG Logic Podcast) asks about running games from random people.
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HJRP1809 Assessing Solutions, Language Prompts, Life Saving RPGs
HJPR1809 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill If you enjoy Happy Jacks, consider supporting us through our Patreon. Donations are on a per-episode basis of our normal, weekly show. We're working on all kinds of rewards to provide to supporters. We'll announce more soon. Show Notes! We’re going to discuss ways to assess players’ solutions (to problems presented by the GM). Levi writes in with a followup about our unhelpful advice. Of the Hill People sends an update on his in-store Savage Worlds game and muses on language prompts in games. Charles from Ontario asks Why dice roll when you could decision make you don’t want to roll? And Kevin writes in about how RPGs saved his life. The Wright County Geekls of Buffalo Minnesota are having an all-day gaming and geeking extravaganza on New Years Day. Details at: www.wrightcountygeeks.org.  
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HJRP1808
HJRP1808 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Gina Show Notes! J in Washington DC writes in about PC backstory protectionism. FlyingJackalope has finished the backlog and has some comments. Alan sends a request for Science Fiction help.  Eric writes in because he can’t finish the job.  And Mike from MI sends us a horror story.  
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HJRP1807 Player Expectations and Game Rules, Online Games, Zombies, Fact Sheets, Precentiles
HJRP1807 Show Notes! Ben from Texas asks about when player expectations and game rules collide. Christopher writes in about his experience with online games. ZT asks for some advice about his Zombie Apocalypse game. Kevin pipes in with some Fact Sheet goodness. Jorn well-actuallies us on percentile dice based games (at least in Scandinavia). A Southern Gent from Texas tells us of his group’s narrow escape from a terrible GM. dnzu72dk  
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HJRP1806 RPGs and Kids,
HJRP1806 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Kurt, Stork Show Notes!  Dreamer 2928 need help with is homework. Corbin Twa sends us An Ode to Jack Chick’s Dark Dungeons. Brian writes in about some a-hole he gamed with in college. Levi writes in for some GMing advice. Chris in Indiana informs us that Google Hangouts is NOT DEAD. Steve writes in about giving GMs criticism  
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HJRP1805 Back from a Break, Social Combat, Changing Tone
HRJP1805 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina, Dave77 Show Notes!  Topic: Coming Back from a long break between games. Drayle88 asks for some GMing advice. Carlos from Brazil writes in with another take on social combat. Sgt Dan writes in with lessons learned about the last Fear the Con, and that there’s a Kickstarter for the next one.  Summary: Daniel responds to an e-mailer complaint about a drow ambush, and asks a question about encouraging variety in RPGs. Easyrollerdice.com's Adult Coloring Book w/ Fantasy Gaming Art Kickstarter Fear the Con 2016 Kickstarter    
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HJRP1804 Homegrown Settings, Social Combat, Fact Sheets, Chargen, DnD and Kids, Jack Chick
HJRP1804 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Stork Show Notes!  Icewall42 writes in for advice on putting together a home grown setting for RPGs. JeB from It’s all in the reflexes writes in with a real life social combat nightmare Jonas Larrsen asks about Fact Sheets. Michael from SD asks about Character Creation. Weaselcreature asks about kids and DnD. And Kenigma writes in with a Jack Chick obituary of sorts.  
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HJRP18-03
HJRP1803 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork. Show Notes!  Mike from Minnesota writes in asking about scene transitions. Mead asks about Vampires keeping mortal ties post-Embrace and questions about in-game romances. Gene from San Francisco asks about Genre and GM experience. Eugene from Boston writes in with an “Imagine if you will…” Niklas writes in with a paper cut problem with set-in-his-ways GM.
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HJRP1802 Perception Checks, Backstories, Pacing
HJRP1802 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, CADave Show Notes! David from Tampa writes in about perception checks. Nick writes in with a question for an upcoming one-shot. Levi asks us to plug is podcast. Hour Eleven from Kansas writes in about an interesting backstory mechanic and asks a question about pacing in face to face vs. on line games. Josh writes in with a question and a community question.  
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HJRP1801 Horror, Mechanics and RPGs
HJRP1801 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Gina Show Notes! The episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Easy Roller Dice Metal Dice Series. Use the coupon code METAL for 20% off everything in their on line store. We’ll discuss horror, tension and RPG mechanics. Kurt writes in about ambushes Michael in Wisconsin suggest some systems with which to run The Expanse games Tom writes in about our end-of-show anthem. Terry in Idaho sends in his GMing confession.  
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HJRP1720 Fit to GM, Gender and RP, AP Question
HJRP1720 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, Stork Show Notes! Manuel from Germany asks: Am I not fit to GM? Kenigma23 writes in about Gender RP Proclivities. The show psychiatrist sends us a mental health well-actually.  Larry writes in with a handy FFG Star Wars RPG site. Steve from Atlanta has a question about the Mote of Sin AP.  
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HJRP1719
HJRP1719 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, JiB Show Notes! We discuss repercussions, as suggested by Mr CJ on the forum. Maxinstuff writes in about GMs who hold back the good stuff. Mr CJ has some observations about Thespians. The KoboldDude in Columbia SC writes in about Star Trek recommendations.    
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HJRP1718 Improv vs Planning, Questions, Inter-party Conflict, the Expanse, a Salty Response
HJRP1718 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Stork Show Notes! We discuss Improvisation vs Planning for GMs, Gaz writes in with some questions. Talon writes in about PC vs PC conflict. Marko asks about game systems for a Expanse-series-based game. Gerkuman responds to a salty email.  
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HRJP1717
HJRP1717 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill Show Notes!  Paul from Philly writes in about a wrench-throwing player and how it’s not all fun and games. Audrey from Texas writes in about Numenera and GMing and Stuff. And Chuck writes in with even more Numenera love. Mr Moulder from Denmark, Sweden writes in with some advice for his upcoming Savage Worlds game. Magic Octopus asks about getting emotional investment from his players.  And our Friend in Newfoundland is starting a Vampire game and can’t come up with any good ideas.    
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HJRP1716 Sharing GM Notes, GenCon Triumph, Player Connections, Gaming with Babies, Gaming Gold
HJRP1716 Your hosts: Stu, ProbieTim and Gina In this episode: Featured Email: Alverant asks: Should GMs publish their notes to the players. Bird-man writes in with a GenCon triumph!! Player connections and FFG Star Wars Tips. JC in KC writes in about gaming with infants.  The Out of Print GM sends in a moment of game gold
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HJRP1715 Left Turns, Con Recap, Saying Yes, Mood Setting, GURPS
HJRP1715 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina and Kim In This Episode: Topic: Ways to improvise left turns. Gateway2016 Recap (Hero Kids, David K’s Fate Game).  Jonas Larrson writes in about always saying “yes.”  Tim from South Africa writes in with some great mood-setting techniques. The Penguin GM asks for some GURPS help. Gaz the Dungeon Master asks about dealing with scared players. Alex in Huntington Beach writes in with a Horror Story narrowly escaped. The Aetatis kickstarter JiB mentioned. Gaz's board game reviews.
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HJRP1714 Happy Jacks Live from Gateway 2016!
HJRP1714 This is our live show from Strategicon's Gateway 2016. Convention shows are kind of chaotic. If this is your first episode of the show, we suggest you take a listen to another episode first.  
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HJRP1713 Limiting Distractions, Slack, Traveller, DM-ADD and ALL THE TANGENTS EVER
HJRP1713 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, Joey and Tim In This Episode: SirGuido writes in about Limiting Distractions. Fredrix on the forums asks, “Whats the deal with slack?” The Prof asks for his advice GMing Traveller for the first time. A Make Good from el Mao Roflson about his Living Campaign idea for a game con (we skipped this last week accidentally). Steve writes in to ask about DM-ADD. OfTheHillPeople asks for advice about a player wanting in-game advice out-of-game. Colin writes in with a gaming nightmare.  
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HJRP1712 Sexism and Bigotry in Historical Settings and a Plethora of Email
hjrp1712 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Samantha In This Episode: We’ll discuss “Sexism in Bigotry in Historical Settings.” Steve from Atlanta sends us a Thank you and a Short Run Game Idea. JimTo has a baby blues. El Mao Rolfson writes in with ideas about a convention living campaign. Johnathon writes in about Character and Game Creation. Andy, the Tactical DM, writes in to take us to task.  
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HRJP1711 Murder Hobo Advice, the Sprawl, Using Fiasco, Mass Combat
HJRP1711 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gina, Stork, JiB In This Episode: Mitchell writes in with a dire warning: “I’m coming to you.” Adam in Japan from Fresno writes in with advice in is FFG Star Wars game. Marty from SF sets us straight on SD. Steven SW sends us a play report on The Sprawl a PbtA game. Zach in Chicago has an idea to use Fiasco to enhance other games. Chris writes in with his take on mass combat in RPGs. Griever sends us a horror story.  
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HJRP1710 Homebrewing Settings, Magic and Technology, Actual Play Requests, Living Campaign
HJRP1710 Your hosts: Stu, Bill, CADave, Kimi In This Episode: Zoomfarg asks about homebrewing a complex setting Ben in Philadelphia writes in about magic and technology Doug in Vancouver asks about Actual Playing Gumshoe Ben from New Zealand writes in about a Living Campaign based on Dragon Quest and a podcast plug for The Big Red Couch.
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HJRP1709 Getting the SO into RPGs, Encouraging Role-Playing, Horror Stories
HJRP1709 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, JiB, Kimi Show Notes! D writes in asking how to get his wife in to RPGs. Steve from Atlanta asks for way to encourage role-playing at the table. Joseph from the UK writes in with a horror story and thoughts on Jackercon. Clockwork Monk sends in his Marvel Cinematic Universe campaign idea. Useless Trivia Man treats us with a gaming horror story.    
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HJRP1708 Modernizing Adventures, New Characteritis, Derailing Players, Organized Play
HJRP1708 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim Show Notes! Marko writes in about adopting modern settings to classic modules. Steven SW asks about new character-itis. Ethan from north carolina asks about Derailing players. Babbage from the UK writes in about disorganized play. Barney from Florida writes in about Kimi’s Jackercon game. Zach from South Dakota writes about Gaming with learning disabilities.  
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HJRP1707
HJRP1707 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Tim Show Notes! Steve in Atlanta left us a voice mail at (626) 629-8RPG. Rusanno Greenstripe asks about Indoctrinating Newcomers. Gaming horror story followup from Joe. Sgt Dan tells us about his DruCon game. Kenigma writes in about the weight of money. David asks us to mention that he’s joined a group that’s raising money for extra-life.org.  David's Extra Life Team: http://www.carnagecon.com/2016/06/21/extra-life-at-carnage-royale/ Mace in Charlotte NC (mentioned by Sgt Dan): http://www.justusproductions.com/category/justus-events/mace/ Thank you to everyone who emailed us.  
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HJRP1706 Epic-Feeling Scenes, Success Stories and Horror Stories
HJRP1706 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork, JiB Show Notes: Morgan writes in to ask about Epic-feeling scenes. Eric from New Jersey writes in about a little of this and that.Allen from London (and Tennessee) share an RPG Success Story Dylon from Indiana shares a GMing horror story and asks a setting question.  
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HJRP1705 Noir Pulp Games, Scheduling and PC Insanity
HJRP1705 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, CADave Show Notes! Joel from Sweden asks us about his upcoming Noir/Pulp game. Jeb plugs his new show: All In the Reflexes, with Mikey Mason (Comedy Rock Star) and Tech Guy Steve (nee Runester). Chris from Portland writes to ask how he can play games with his weird work schedule. And Allen from the UK wants to know how to handle his PC's insanity without derailing the game.
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HJRP1704 Character Concepts and Flaws, Integrating Remote and Tabletop Players, Con Game Prep
HJRP1704 Your hosts: Stu, Eric, Samantha, Stork, Kimi Show Notes! Allen from London asks about helping a fellow player with his character concept and making PCs with flaws. Mike from Minnesota asks about integrating a remote player with a face-to-face game. Tim from Australia asks about convention game prep. And Jonas Larsson writes in about giving feedback to the GM.  
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HJRP1703 Over Prepping, Naming NPCs, Star Wars, Confession, RPG Philosophy, Nightmare
HJRP1703 Your Hosts: Stu, Eric, Stork, Kimi Show Notes! Dylon from Indiana writes in about his over-prepping. Kurt share a tip for naming NPCs. Dreamweaver writes in with a question about Stu's Star Wars game and a confession. Jake from the Midwest writes in to share his RPG philosophy and tells us about his party of new players. And Drayle88 sends us another installment of his ongoing gaming nightmare.    
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HJRP1702 Introducing NPCs, World Building, Do We Need Combat, Rules Heavy Systems, DnD4E Woes
HJRP1702 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork Show Notes! Alervant writes in with a GMing question about introducing NPCs, DiceOff asks about world building. Hour Eleven asks a thought-provoking question: do we need combat? GM Zack asks for rules heavy system recommendations. and Jonathan tells us of his DnD4E experiences and gives us a horror story.  
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HJRP1701 Live from Gamex 2016
HJRP1701 This episode was produced by Kimi live at Strategicon's Gamex 2016.  
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HJRP1620 – 300th Episode! Gender dynamics, to or not to homebrew, tears and nightmares
HJRP1620 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi Show Notes! Stupid Boy GM writes to ask about group gender dynamics, Brandyn from Delaware asks about whether or not he should homebrew a system. Kris sends in a few ideas and a tear jerker. And Jeb sends us a Horror Story!    
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HJRP1619 Big Reveals, Player’s Issues, Apologies, Confession
HJPR1619 Your hosts: CADave, Clockverk and The Other Tim. Show Notes! Out of Print GM sends a story about how a big reveal worked. Of The Hill People asks about PCs made to deal with player's issues. Does Rebecca owe another player an apology? Keith in Oklahoma (not Sweden) sends a GM confession.  
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HJRP1618 GM Leveling Up, Drawing PCs, Con Game Prep, Confession
HJRP1618 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Samantha Show Notes!  We get a GM Level UP Story - from Michael in Best California.  Jonas asks about drawing character portraits when he’s GMing.  Sgt Dan writes in to share his con game prep. Devon in Des Moines treats us to a Faire-Related GM Confession/Horror Story.  
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HJRP1617 Political and Social Truths in a Game, Superpower Dilemma, Nightmare
HJRP1617 Your hosts: CADave, Hosier Rob, Gammonstark, Horky (Clockverk) Show Notes! Uncommon Man from Sweden asks about political and social truths in a game. Sockpuppet Troll writes in with praises and a success story. Ofthehillpeople asks for Con Game advice and superpower game dilemma solutions. And we get a multi-part gaming nightmare from Kenigma about a guy many of us know (but wish we didn't). Thank you to the B-Team for hosting this episode during my busiest time of the year - Stu
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HJRP1616 Happy Jacks Reactive GMs and Passive Players, Podcasts
HJRP1616 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina Show Notes! Manuel from Germany asks about reactive GMs and passive players. John the Kobold Dude asks what podcasts we listen to. Joh from Sweden gives us a gaming nightmare.
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HJPR1615 Happy Jacks – Roleplaying Classes, Being Good at One Thing
HJRP1615 Your hosts: Stu, Samantha, Gina, JiB, Bill Show Notes! Thank you to Easyrollerdice.com for sponsoring this episode. Find out about their Kickstarter! And find out about 1d4Cast's 1d4Con. MRCJ doesn’t feel like a bard either, so has some suggestions for role-playing classes. Ed from Minnesota writes in about players being good at one thing and GMs blocking that.Istanbulitan writes in about his group switch systems.David sends us a Nightmare from Paradise  
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HJRP1614 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 14
HJRP1614 Your host: Stu, Stork, Tim, Kimi and Dan & Wayne from Feartheboot.com Show Notes: Andreas from Sweden asks "do we need advancement?" Morgan writes in with an epiphany on GMs/Players and Prep. Chris asks for advice on scheduling. Toby writes in with some thoughts on Kickstarter. And Drayle 88 treats us to a gaming nightmare.
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HJRP1613 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 13
HJRP1613 Your Hosts: Stu, CADave, HosierRob, Tim and Dave77 from Spirit of 77. Show Notes: John from Maryland asks about travel in RPGs. Ryan writes in about what the players and characters want to do and what would be fun overall. Michael from Calif tells us about his Rusty GMing and End of Game Surprise Comic. Dan from Redlands tells us of his tragic return to gaming, and Ed from Minnesota asks if his story is a gaming horror story... Here's Michael's group's comic: http://dungeonsanddrawgons.tumblr.com/  
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HJRP1612 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 12
HJRP1612 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes! Zombie@Heart writes in asking about character immersion.  Ken asks about running games you’d rather not run. Honken in Sweden writes in about Traveller, Noobs and something else.  Weaslecreature sends a heavily medicated email - mostly about the con and last week’s show Jorn in Sweden treats us to some information about that delectable Malort.  Sergeant Dan asks a question about pregame questions. Kurt from Murica writes in with a GM Confession. Links Mentioned: In lieu of Fear the Con this year, some Booters are organizing DruCon. June 3-4, 2016, near St. Louis, MO. A Link to Kurt's puzzle.  
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HJRP1611 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 11
HJRP1611 Your hosts: Stu, Bill, Gina and Tim Show Notes! We talk about our experiences at the Convention, Liam in Australia has a question about pacing in his Call of Cthulhu game. Simon in London shares some interesting fear mechanics.  The Reverend Doctor Johnson set’s Stu straight on Goodman Games’ Kickstarters. And Thomas in Denmark has some comments and a question about his Savage Worlds Rippers game.
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HJRP1610 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 10 – Live from Orccon 2016
HJRP1610 Live from Orccon 2016 This episode was recorded live at Strategicon's Orccon 2016.  
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HJRP1609 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 09
HJRP1609 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and JiB  
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HJRP1608 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 08 with the Angry GM
HJRP1608 - with the Angry GM Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tim, Kimi and the Angry GM.
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HJRP1607 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 07
HJRP1607 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Tim Links Mentioned: DND5E OGL/SRD: DnD5E OGL/SRD - The DMs Guild - What is the DMs Guild? - DMs Guild Creator Resources Storium - Strolen's Citidel Show Notes: We talk about DnD5E and the new OGL announcement. GM Zach wrote in about our advice on GM screens. Willow writes in about some play-by-post type things. Chris asked the age-old question: Traveller or Savage Worlds? Bert in Berlin complains, loves us and asks a question. Bled Drug give us a GM Confession (your sins are absolved) and asks a question.    
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HJRP1606 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 06
HJRP1606 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Gina, Kris Show Notes! Trent asks about campaign prep, so we talk about hat for a bit. Jerry asks for some advice about starting a new game. Minnesota Gooch writes in about how he names characters. Sean from North New Jersey ask for some AP recording advice. Simon from Seattle relates a GMing story. And Adam from Fresno in Japan relates his bad GMing confession.  
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HJPR1605 **FORCE AWAKENS SPOILERS FOR 30 MINUTES**
HJRP1605 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina and Kimi Show Notes: We yammer on about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are TONS OF SPOILERS in this part of the show. SKIP AHEAD 30 MINUTES IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS AND DON'T WANT TO HEAR SPOILERS. Niklas writes in about sandbox games, and we discuss naval gazing, such as definitions, the pros and cons of sandboxes, etc. Stefan from Denmark sets us straight on some viking shit and talks crap about Swedes. Jeff from Appleton asks us about players influencing GM's adventures and where talking about that stuff is like touring the sausage factory (oh my!). Adreas from Sweden writes in about Kickstarter travails. Tommie from Sweden ask about Tappy and talks a bit about a Swedish style game being translated into English. And Adam from Fresno in Japan sends us a "GM Confession(tm)."
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GMBRIEF06 The GM Briefing RPG Podcast
GMBRIEF06 Your host: Stu Venable In this episode I discuss descriptions, the five senses and darkness.  
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HJRP1604 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 04
HJRP1604 Your Hosts: Stu & Stork Show Notes! We close out the year with a two-man episode. With Star Wars: the Force Awakens having opened the day before -- and the holidays -- it was just the two of us. There will be NO EPISODE on CHRISTMAS DAY. If Stu finds time, he'll release a little GM Briefing around then. Ben from Texas asks us about aligning player expectations and wants with the theme of the game the GM is planning. He also suggest the Edge of the Empire episode of The One Shot Podcast. Alverant wrote in with a response to PunkMonkey's email about a player waiting for the "plot train." Linus writes in about maps, Kult and a podcast recommendation. Yeknom tells us about his convention game experiences. And Sir Guido sends in a horror story.
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HJRP1603 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 03
HJRP1603 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Samantha and Tim A big thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for sponsoring this episode! Check out their new Legendary Copper and Serpent's Blood metal dice offering. Use coupon code SANTA for 10% off on your order. Also: if you sign up for their newsletter, you will get an additional code for 5% off. Double dip! Show Notes! Jeff in Michigan asks us to discuss the pitfalls of using real life places, people and events. He also asks about a player who desperately wants railroad tracks for the game. Ryan asks us to play "who's the douchebag?" Him, or his player who wandered off on his own. (this is always a fun topic) Hank tells us about a Kickstarter failure rate study. He also, in a PS, tells us about Smek JRR Tolkien toll utlosning, a delightful game about giving old JRR a handy. It's NSFW and requires the old Shockwave plugin. William tells us about the strange healing powers of Numenera for wayward gamers. Matthew from the UK sends us what should be a regular part of the show: a confession from a GM for some poor judgement, and how he learned from his mistake. It involves a transexual samurai. And Pete from St Albans delights us with a horror story. Thanks again to EasyR0llerDice.com for sponsoring this episode of Happy Jacks! If you have a moment, please check out their site.  
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HJRP1602 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 02
HJRP1602 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Walt from the Bamf Podcast. Show Notes! It's SwedeFest! on Happy Jacks. Andreas from Sweden writs in about maps, how to use them and how to keep them relevant in the game. Jonas from Sweden writes in about having a slightly too large potential gaming group. Nicholas from Sweden asks about a conundrum regarding a party that just doesn't play together well. Tommy from Sweden talks about death mechanics. Pete from St Albans writes about his group, his next game and plugs his youtube channel, where he discusses his home-brewed RPG system: https://youtu.be/-h75Zcl3xxM Toby writes in about gaming old games, getting better at GMing and online tools. He even has a podcast where he records his sessions and then analyzes them afterwards. And N Eric Philips writes in about linear combat.  
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HJRP1601 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 01
HJRP1601 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Scott Kurtz of PVPOnline.com and TableTitans.com.  
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HJRP1520 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 20
HJRP1520 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Bill Show Notes! Russano asks us about unquantifiable drawbacks balancing mechanical benefits. Jerry writes in about Mage 20th Anniversary. Simon writes in about Roll20 and the FFG Star Wars games. Bill the listener gives us a horror story.
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HJRP1519 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 19
HJRP1519 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Michael and Tim Show Notes! Benji (Michael) gives us a run down on a couple of online gaming tools he's been looking at. Saelorn ask us about bad game systems. Eric give us an interesting tactic for snipers. Goodmush begins an inter-state feud. JimTo is now hosting on RPG Circus. Give him a listen. Minnesota Gooch sets some shit straight. Niklas in Sweden sends us a HORRIBLE gaming nightmare (this is one of the ones describing a horrible *person* not bad gaming).  Be warned.
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HJRP1518 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 18
HJRP1518 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and David Kizzia from Spirit of '77. Many thanks to David Kizzia for coming out to Pasadena for the show. Spirit of '77 is an Apocalypse World hack available from Drivethrurpg and other online RPG retailers. For more info, go to spiritof77game.com. Show Notes: Willow writes in to defend GMPCs. Jason asks about props. Corbin Twa asks from help as a returning GM. Mitch from Oakland writes in to defend Pathfinder Society and talks about the good work they're doing up in the Bay Area (good on ya, Mitch!). Chad in Michigan asks about giving players background information during the game. And Azhrei, president of the Fear the Boot forum community, relates an incredible gaming horror story.  
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HJRP1517 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 17
HJRP1517 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi and Tim. This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com. Easyrollerdice is now offering a two-sided top-notch game mat, as well as their quality dice. Use the promo code 'HAPPY' at check out and save 20% on your entire order. Show notes! Craig asks us how to make snipers interesting. He also mentioned his game, Project Cassandra. Johnny from New Zealand writes in about boss fights. Adam from Fresno in Japan writes in about a lesson about DJing and how it helps with GMing. Chandlin asks us for some advice. John asks for some advice about running a solo game. Aviv tells us about a convention game in Israel, and Adam in Atlanta treats us to a gaming horror story.
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HJRP1516 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 16
HJRP1516 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kris, Bill
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GMBrief01-01 The GM Briefing RPG Podcast
GMBRIEF0101 Your hosts: Stu Venable The GM Briefing has it's own feed and will eventually be listed on iTunes. I've added it to the normal Happy Jacks feed so listeners can hear it. Send feedback to gmbriefing@angryfolk.com.
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HJRP1515 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 15
HJRP1515 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Tim The Wrecking Crew is raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Link to the Wrecking Crew's Extra-Life page. Click "donate." Type "The Wrecking Crew" into the search bar and pick a member to donate to. You can also check out the Wrecking Crew's podcast.  
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HJRP1514 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 14
HJRP1514 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Samantha, JiB Phil Vecchione has a Patreon for his NPC project. Check it out: https://www.patreon.com/encodeddesigns?ty=h Show notes! We discuss ways to introduce new players. Casey from Sioux Falls about the benefits of recording games (even if you don't turn them in to actual plays), the Long Con format and the fact that he got to try out Savage Worlds. The link for the Minnesota Long Con: http://www.conplanner.com/ConventionHome.aspx?c=1182. And his podcast: http://rastlinie.podbean.com/ Jonas from Sweden writes in about understudy characters. Jason asks about Do's and Don't's of co-GMing. Michael gives us his take on paid playtests. MRCJ asks about quality minis. And Tarin gives us his take on making NPC death seem real.  
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HJRP1513 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 13
HJRP1513 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tim and Benji.    
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HJRP1512 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 12
HJRP1512 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Bill, Kris Show Notes: Dance train asks us how to create an affinity for NPCs with the players. Marco shares his thoughts on Pathfinder Society. Ben in Texas gives us his thoughts on min-maxing. Hyvemynd writes in to catch up, and Juliet shares a game nightmare from Gencon.  
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HJRP1511 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 11
HJRP1511 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Tim and Kris Steinbach tells us about his DM, who can't break the GM is God habit. Karlen of the Hill People asks us about a group of players who reject a player's character -- by locking him in a chest and abandoning him. Saelorn clarifies skill checks and rolling 1s in DnD -- and fails to rekindle the dice fudging debate. Czaras from Poland shares some pointers on running an oWoD game. Yeknom writes in about his plans to run two systems he's never played before at a game convention (Dogs in the Vineyard and Legend of the Five Rings). And Dave from Michigan treats us to a gaming nightmare.  
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HJRP1510 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 10
HJRP1510 This is a convention episode, recorded live at Gateway 2015. For more information on Strategicon's fine series of game conventions, check out their site at Strategicon.net.
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HJRP1509 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 09
hjrp1509 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina and JiB
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HJRP1508 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 08
HJRP1508 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gina and Jim
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HJRP1507 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 07
HJRP1507 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Tim    
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HJPR1506 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 06
HJPR1506 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, CADave  
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HJRP1505 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 05
hjrp1505 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kris and Phil Vecchione. We discuss Engine Publishing's new book, Focal Point.  
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HRJP1504 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 04
HJRP1504 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and Tim    
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HJRP1503 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 03
HJRP1503 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and DTPints  
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HJRP1502 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 02
HJRP1502 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi, Gina and the Angry GM. Many thanks to the Angry GM for joining us.
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HJRP1501 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 01
hjrp1501 Your hosts: Stu, Kurt, Maire and Stork  
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HJRP1420 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 20
HJRO1420 Your hosts: Stu, Tyler, Tim and Kris
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HJRP1419 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 19
HJRP1419 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tyler, JiB  
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HJRP1418 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 18
HJRP1418 Your hosts:Stu, Stork, Tyler, Tim
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HJRP1417 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 14 Episode 17
HJRP1417 Your hosts: Stu, Maire and Tim Show Notes! Dave the Sockpuppettroll writes in with some questions about convention game preparedness. Tomi from Finland asks what was the last think we learned that made us better GMs. And Bevin treats us to a gaming nightmare.  
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