RPGs & Baby Makes 3 - The Podcast
Episode 18 - Storytelling Versus Gaming

Episode 18 - Storytelling Versus Gaming

April 29, 2022

Is this our best or our worst episode yet? You decide!

After starting the show with a discussion of the Ironsworn RPG, we moved to sort of talking about "Storytelling" versus "Gaming."

After agreeing on almost everything, we also talked about tea, rabies, and tropes in grim dark fantasy. 

With your hosts Gretchen Hilmers & Rob Hessler!

 

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Music: D. J. Pinto - The Punisher

Link: https://youtu.be/4LHOhdKMRsk

Music provided by: MFY - No Copyright

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Episode 17 - Play Every Session Like It’s Your Last…Or Don’t

Episode 17 - Play Every Session Like It’s Your Last…Or Don’t

March 26, 2022

After a discussion about Rob's adoration of the GM-less game Ironsworn (and our upcoming livestream of a new Post-Apocalyptic campaign using the ruleset), he and Gretchen discuss playing characters boldly. Tune in as Rob goes from rigidly proclaiming that you should go all-in all the time with your PCs, to making all sorts to caveats after Gretchen presents numerous smart counterpoints that he hadn't considered.

Plus, a chat about Ben Sperduto's grim dark urban fantasy novel Blackspire.

It's a humdinger! 

Episode 16 - Tabletop Gaming With A Baby

Episode 16 - Tabletop Gaming With A Baby

January 24, 2022

Got a young kid and still want to play tabletop RPGs? On this episode, Gretchen and Rob discuss how they handle it.

Also, Rob talks about his love for "Keeping the Lights On," while Gretchen laments on character creation randomizers.

A way to spend an entire hour!

Processing IRL Player Death with Family Therapist Savanah Kite

Processing IRL Player Death with Family Therapist Savanah Kite

December 13, 2021

Character death is a part of roleplaying games, but how do we process when one of the players at our table passes away in real life?

On this special episode of RPGs & Baby Makes 3, we invite Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and avid gamer Savanah Kite to the show to discuss how we deal with true tragedy at our tables.

Episode 15 - Campaigns Vs. One-Shots

Episode 15 - Campaigns Vs. One-Shots

December 6, 2021

How do we play differently in campaigns versus one-shots? Gretchen and Rob discuss the merits and flaws of both, including which type of games they think bring out the best moments in a roleplaying game.

Also, they talk about potty training.

Episode 14 - It‘s Only A Game

Episode 14 - It‘s Only A Game

November 29, 2021

After a hiatus induced by two months of illness and the death of one of our longtime players, Gretchen and Rob talk about something that's easy for us, as passionate gamers, to forget: It's only a game.

Hounds of the Tsar with Ben Sperduto of Last Redoubt Games

Hounds of the Tsar with Ben Sperduto of Last Redoubt Games

October 15, 2021

This week we're excited to welcome Ben Sperduto of Last Redoubt Games back into the studio to talk about his latest project, "Hounds of the Tsar!"

Ben is currently offering physical copies of the game on Kickstarter through Tuesday, October 26, 2021 11:00 PM EDT via https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bsperduto/hounds-of-the-tsar-print-edition?ref=user_menu

Sperduto describes Hounds of the Tsar as follows:

"You have been chosen to serve the Tsardom of Muscovy as a member of Ivan the Terrible's dreaded Oprichnina. Hunt down traitors, heretics, and blasphemous horrors in a realm gripped by famine and the suffering of war.

"But beware... your Oprichnik companions are watching you for any sign of betrayal, and dark forces from beyond this world seek to corrupt your soul at every turn."

It's an exciting game with an interesting and unique set of rules-lite mechanics that we personally can't wait to play, and were thrilled to discuss in-depth with the man behind it's creation!

Find Last Redoubt Games at https://www.lastredoubtgames.com.

 

Episode 13 - Edition Wars!!!

Episode 13 - Edition Wars!!!

August 20, 2021

It's AD&D 2nd Edition versus 3-5/Pathfinder verses Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition in a No Holds Barred cage match 47 years in the making!!! Which version of D&D is the best?

Tune In!

With special guests Lord Cas, Endre, Amanda Plageman, and Kat Valentine!

 

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Music: D. J. Pinto - The Punisher

Link: https://youtu.be/4LHOhdKMRsk

Music provided by: MFY - No Copyright

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Episode 12 (Gaming with Politically Different Players)

Episode 12 (Gaming with Politically Different Players)

August 2, 2021
There are right-wing conservative Dungeons & Dragons players, and there are left-wing liberal Dungeons & Dragons players, but can they play at the same table?
 
On this weeks episode, we examine a passage from David Ewalt's "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It" and ask the questions, can gaming bridge our cultural divides?
 
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RPGs & Baby Makes 3: The Podcast - Episode 11 (Consent and a Cringey Comic by Colms Comics)

RPGs & Baby Makes 3: The Podcast - Episode 11 (Consent and a Cringey Comic by Colms Comics)

July 23, 2021

After spending a bit of time talking about how bad it would be for Rob if Gretchen's character died in his DragonLance campaign, we discuss some uncomfortable feelings about a recent roleplaying-related comic strip by Colms Comics and the importance of consent in games and life.

 

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