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Happy Jacks RSS Feed Change

Tweet Note: this is cross-posted from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. As some of you may be aware, our feed changed. We had to. We should have done it two years ago, but lacked the foresight. So we’ve bitten the bullet and done it now. As a result, listenership (according to our download numbers) has taken a serious hit — even though we showed up in the iTunes Games & Hobbies/Other Games as #1 and the big Games & Hobbies directory at #10. Go figure. Perhaps that’s people unsubscribing and resubscribing. Since this change has temporarily (we hope) separated us from many of our listeners, we’re asking everyone to help us out. Please spread the word. Link to this post. Tweet it. Blog about it. Share it on Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, etc. If you are a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Misc

Why Are You an Adventurer?

Tweet In our last episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast, we discussed player character backgrounds, what we want from them, what we use them for, etc. I put out the question: What do you as a GM want from a PC background — what question do you want answered. The most common response was, “why are you an adventurer?” And it makes sense. We as GMs are trying to understand the PCs and what makes them tick. More importantly, if we know why the PCs quit their 9-to-5s, left their families and road off into the sunset, we also know what the players are expecting or hoping for from the game. I started thinking of some reasons why someone would drop everything and go looking for adventurer. Some are common, some aren’t. Revenge. He says with a gravelly … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, General Gaming

I’m Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore!

Tweet Editor’s note: While I seemingly rail against Kickstarter creators in this post, I am well aware that many good people are conducting good business on Kickstarter. I also acknowledge that many projects by first-time creators get funded and made because of Kickstarter, and I know these projects might not otherwise see the light of day. Kickstarter is a valuable service to our community and many others. This article is not to attack the concept or all creators, but to shine a light on those who seemingly abuse it. I recently ranted on and on about a very late projects on Kickstarter on the most recent episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. The rant began when I heard a recent episode of the Bear Swarm podcast, where a listener mentioned in an … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alternate Views, General Gaming, Opinion, RPG Industry BS

Creating a Scene in an RPG

Tweet Scenes are the building blocks of an adventure. They are those moments when the player characters interact with the setting, be it NPCs, searching a site for clues, etc. Organizing your adventure in scenes is, to my mind, the most flexible way to craft an adventure, but there are several questions the GM must ask himself in order to keep that flexibility and have a satisfying session. What Is the Purpose of the Scene? First and foremost, you need to know what your’e trying to accomplish with the scene. Does the scene exist to: Bring about combat or possibly bring it about? Provide the PCs with information? Allow the PCs to gather information? Give time to develop the PCs? Make time for PC-to-PC interaction? Introduce or develop an NPC? Introduce a MacGuffin? There are countess other possible reasons, I just listed … Read entire article »

Filed under: Adventure Design, Advice