Me And Steve Talk RPG‘s

Me And Steve Talk RPG‘s

Wide-ranging tabletop role-playing discussion, a variety of guests, and occasional actual-play content. All done with a casual, conversational vibe. Everything from tips for playing and GMing, to rule system discussions, with plenty of whatever happens to cross our minds along the way! Are we ”experts”? No! Do we really love ttRPGs? HECK YEAH!!! To that end, we‘re just looking to start conversations to help folks better understand how they can have more fun playing make-believe, and chucking dice!

Episodes

June 18, 2024 77 mins

This week we return to our Genesys-powered actual-play series of our Oblivion War game! This time some RP prompts send us down a bit of a side-track, but it was a very fun time!

 

The Cast:

  Ben -- GM (and wrangler of cats)

   Eric -- Prangalar (catfolk scout)

   Hagan -- Groth (orcish primalist)

   Terry C -- Barnelby (gnome bard)

   Steve (New) -- Kulweg (gnome alchemist)

   Steve (Old) -- Karlax (crystal-based bioroid tech)

   ...

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This week we're actually talking about a novel, not a gaming book, but it's one written by none other than one of the founders of the d20 Network, "GM Dave" Villegas! Dave has written a novel called "The Circadian Anomaly" and is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter to help get it published in both print, and audio-book form.

     The book has deep rpg roots, being based off a project of Jay Little's, and also draws inspiration ...

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June 4, 2024 52 mins

Welcome back to the Celestree, where we join our little band as they return to their own ship, and sort out the details of what has happened!

Keep in mind, we're not trying to do a highly produced actual-play, we're aiming more to show what you can get just having fun with your friends around a table. That said, this was a lot of fun to play, and I hope you all enjoy listening as much as we did playing!

 

The Cast:

  Ben -- GM (a...

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May 28, 2024 34 mins

Fueled by listener request, we Steves further discuss action and intrigue in the context of gaming!

This time we're focusing around techniques, or at least examples of how to transition between the 2 to help have more enjoyable games!

d20 Network Spotlight: The Order 66 -- https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/order-66-podcast-38220?

 

Game of the Week:

     Steve G: M.I.S.C -- https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/481331/m-i-s-c-...

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May 21, 2024 52 mins

Welcome back to the Celestree, where we join our little band mid (mid-air) assault! Everyone's finally on the right ship, and we do things!

Keep in mind, we're not trying to do a highly produced actual-play, we're aiming more to show what you can get just having fun with your friends around a table. That said, this was a lot of fun to play, and I hope you all enjoy listening as much as we did playing!

 

The Cast:

  Ben -- GM (and...

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May 14, 2024 40 mins

This week we bring you a discussion about dungeons, and why the seem to be so popularly produced, and yet also create so much complaining amongst segments of the gaming community.

 

d20 Network Spotlight: Eberron Renewed -- https://zencastr.com/Eberron-Renewed

 

Game of the Week

     Steve G:  Phantasmagoria -- https://www.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/479211/phantasmagoria?affiliate_id=2018399

     Steve S:  The Eternal Grind Cafe -...

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May 7, 2024 80 mins

Ok folks, here you have the first session of our Genesys "Oblivion War" game. Keep in mind, we're not trying to do a highly produced actual-play, we're aiming more to show what you can get just having fun with your friends around a table. That said, this was a lot of fun to play, and I hope you all enjoy listening as much as we did playing!

 

The Cast:

  Ben -- GM (and wrangler of cats)

   Eric -- Prangalar (catfolk scout)

   Hagan...

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April 30, 2024 41 mins

So, I kinda hate the click-bait use of the term "hot take", but none the less, here we are! I put forth a statement regarding what I think of "Rules Light", and  how it fits in this hobby we all love. Of course, this is Me and Steve, so tangents are followed, but I think we have a pretty thought-provoking discussion! I hope y'all enjoy it!

 

d20 Network Spotlight: The Order 66 -- https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/order-66-podcast-...

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April 23, 2024 33 mins

This week we're returning to some actual play content! Join our motley crew (semi-formally known as "Those Guys") for the final conversation leading up to a (fairly) short campaign using the Genesys engine for a game that our GM Ben called "Oblivion War".

  It's worth noting that we did have at least one more formal "session 0" before this, along with a good deal of online discussion amongst us all. What you hear today is sort of t...

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One Steve is freshly back (and still tired from) GNC9, the other is still sad he couldn't make it, and so we invited 2 other folks from the GamerNation to join us for a recap of the festivities! And first off, apologies to those who didn't get mentioned, but if you were there, there's just so much fun going on that as you remember stuff other things slip through the gamer-brain!   But we hope you enjoy our  somewhat brief recap of ...

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April 2, 2024 44 mins

This week the Steves ramble on a bit about our feelings and opinions (and the reality) around "generic" game systems. Of course, as we do, there's some rambling and rabbit trails, but thoughts and opinions are shared!

 

d20 Network Spotlight: GamerNationCon 9 -- https://tabletop.events/conventions/gamer-nation-con-9

 

Links for the couple fundraisers/bundles we mentioned:

     Retrograde Gaming GoFundMe -- https://www.gofundme.com/...

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This week we get a little more tactical and crunchy than is perhaps our usual. This week we're again joined by Doug from Gaming Ballistic to talk about his Dungeon Fantasy RPG solo adventure Saethor's Bane (Currently on Backerkit), as well as some talk about GURPS, and just general gamer nerdery conversation! Doug also lets us in on some snippets from the publishing side of being an RPG creative, and we just generally geek out!

 

L...

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March 19, 2024 40 mins

This week we continue last weeks discussion, though this week we're talking more about the action side of things!

 

d20 Network Spotlight: GamerNationCon 9 -- https://tabletop.events/conventions/gamer-nation-con-9

 

Game of the Week:

     Steve G: The Tower & The Garden -- https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/product/468681/the-tower-the-garden?affiliate_id=2018399

     Steve S: The Gaia Complex -- https://www.drivethrurpg.com/p...

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March 12, 2024 40 mins

This week we start with 2 words to inspire the episode, but then take it back to one, and agree to talk about the other word next week!

But anyway, some talk about what we both feel are two pillars of good RPG play, those being "action" and "intrigue". And next week the other half! d20 Network Spotlight: GamerNationCon 9 -- https://tabletop.events/conventions/gamer-nation-con-9

 

Game of the Week:

     Steve G: The Lost Universe -...

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This week we have a rambling chat with none other than the inspiration for the "Scale" episode a couple weeks back! We're joined by Neal Litherland to just get to know the creator a little better!     We chat about Army Men and it's supplements, design philosophy, some of Neal's other projects and work, and kind of whatever flows through our brains.

     Links for Neal & his work--

https://taking10.blogspot.com/

https://www.you...

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February 27, 2024 39 mins

Another installment in our unofficial series of "one word" themed shows! This week it's "Background"! We chat around what we like to both receive as GMs, and give as players, and some about why, and also little bit about "background" as something the GM gives the players about the setting.

 

d20 Network Spotlight: Court Games, Fortune & Strife, and Crimson Gold Agonies -- https://courtgamespod.com/

https://courtgamespod.com/L5R...

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February 20, 2024 51 mins

In this week's episode, we have a discussion of "scale" inspired by Neil F Litherland's article you can find here -- https://taking10.blogspot.com/2024/02/gms-and-players-keep-scale-of-your.html

It really brought out some things that I hadn't consciously thought about, but that I now realize that I really should!

 

d20 Network spotlight: The Wonderous Atlas of Creation's Destiny -- https://wondrousatlas.wordpress.com/

 

Game of the...

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This week we're excited to bring you a conversation with freelance RPG writer Keith Kappel! Keith has done a lot of work with Fantasy Flight Games, and now, Edge Studios on both the Star Wars RPG, and Genesys, and we have a chat about inspiration, the constraints of writing as a freelancer, and for very established IPs. We also talk about how one might approach breaking into this line of work, and some things that could help you al...

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February 6, 2024 36 mins

So this one's a bit odd. It's a kind of rambly (even for us) discussion around the word "space" and how it get's used in RPGs. Add to it that we're both a little under the weather, and well, this is what you get!  Enjoy! d20 Network Spotlight: Eberron Renewed -- https://zencastr.com/Eberron-Renewed

 

GamerNationCon KS link (for updates, etc) -- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gncon/gamer-nation-con-9-the-fellowship-of-the-gam...

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January 30, 2024 71 mins

This week we chat about prep, and knowing when you've prepped enough and just need to throw it on the table, and start playing! We share some insights on our processes, and also admit to some of our struggles.

 

GamerNation Con Kickstarter is live for another day or 2! Best little gaming con in Texas or anywhere else! -- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gncon/gamer-nation-con-9-the-fellowship-of-the-gamers

 

Game of the Week:

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