The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we discuss the age old problems of TTRPG combat where the only stakes are death, and how you can get everyone on board with more complex (and interesting) conflict situations. What kinds of conflicts are there? What makes players (and GM) engaged? What games and mechanisms help with cool conflicts and cool stakes?

Combat where there only stakes are death - 1:30
Other kinds of RPG conflicts - 8:23
Whose job is it to make conflicts interesting? - 20:41
Creating investment - 23:38
Communicating what a conflict is about - 37:32
The purpose of conflict - 49:03
Closing and contact info - 57:48

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

In this episode, we rant again about being mana poor in Magic, return to the worlds of Final Fantasy X and Uncharted, and hash out our feelings on what setting Coup should have. Will feels compelled to let you know what Star Conflict does or doesn't have going for it, and Chris keeps telling people what to do and getting them to do it in Intrigue.

Magic tournaments and Mana problems - 01:36
Coup Rebellion G54 - 08:08
Final Fantasy X Remastered - 11:59
XCOM: The Board Game - 16:38
Will's GotW: Star Conflict - 19:04
Uncharted 4 - 33:04
Chris' GotW: Intrigue - 37:46
Closing and Contact Info - 59:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm EST

In this episode, we discuss players who make decisions slowly, or who fail to make decisions at all, and how they can be helped. What induces such paralysis in decision making? What can you do, as a slowbie, to pick up the pace... And why should you care? We come at this with lots of experience and advice, and we want more of yours!

Slow decision makers and their reasons - 01:54
Playing from the gut - 07:23
Pre-Planning Options - 11:49
In-game Options - 21:10
Post-mortem Options - 28:46
The benefit of gut play - 35:23
Do we do this? - 43:09
Closing and Contact Info - 48:00

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

In this episode, Will tries the Overwatch beta and something like World of Tanks but in space while Chris inexplicably plays a whole lot of Magic. XCOM 2 is like XCOM, but 2, and Ratchet and Clank is like Ratchet and Clank, which is like Ratchet and Clank.

Overwatch Beta - 01:10
Trying Star Conflict - 03:37
Will's GotW: XCOM 2 - 05:24
Clash Royale rage - 26:57
Magic vs Susie - 30:59
Magic drafting - 32:46
Chris' GotW: Ratchet and Clank - 38:00
Closing and Contact Info - 52:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EST

In this episode, we discuss the various processes by which people learn games... Or, as is the case so often, th processes by which people fail to learn games. Why are board games so difficult to get into? How is learning incorporated into video games? Why are RPGs so much more difficult to get into? Why do so many people suck at learning?

50% Pandemic... - 1:22
Learning a board game - 4:15
Learning a video game - 17:11
Learning an RPG - 30:00
How much is on the designer? - 39:46
Closing and Contact Info - 47:36

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2086b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

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