Roleing Imperfection

Roleing Imperfection

Our podcast features two friends with over fifteen years of gaming experience chatting about tabletop role playing games. Our philosophy involves complex character design integrated with fully fleshed out worlds. We aim to help people write characters, play tabletop rpgs, and run their own games. Each episode will break down a different roleplaying topic with stories from our past games and suggestions for how to make your games better.New episodes launch Thursdays! Remember to play what you love, and, may your characters do something epic!

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November 25, 2021 61 min

In this Thanksgiving episode, Steve and Kevin discuss what makes a good mystery. From the crime to the suspect to the detective, we give tips on making a great mystery episode! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

Army of Darkness and Jaws Illustration

Noirvember Homebrew

  • Codebreaker (Feat)
  • Sleep with One Eye Open (Feat)
  • Shadowbrim Fedora (Magic Item)
  • Sorcerous Silencer (2nd Level Spell)
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    In this (noice) episode, Steve and Kevin discuss what makes a great beach episode. We actually have some pretty good tips on making it meaningful. Then, we get a bit wacky as we go through a lewd version of Episode 29: Romance in Backstory & Gameplay. It gets wacky. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    Scylla: The Sea Monster we mentioned (NSFW)

    Noirvember Homebrew

  • Shadowbrim Fedora (Magic Item)
  • Sorcerous Silencer (2nd Le...
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    In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss their process for making short, but interesting, backstories. We each made a character, and we go into how we could adapt them for going into a game blind. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

  • Rasfa Stormhoof Character Sheet
  • Dáithí Ward Character Sheet
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    In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss how campaign length impacts backstory. We go over how complex backstories should be based on how long the campaign is expected to go. Also, Kevin pulls the GMs aside at the end for some reminders what can impact campaign length. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

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    October 29, 2021 42 min

    In this episode, Steve and Kevin look through Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons. As usual, we focus on things we like and tell you our ideas for using the book. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    Monsters
    Ozymandias
    Recon Raptor
    Surveillance Golem Economy
    Surveillance Golem Standard
    Surveillance Golem Elite

    Dark Gifts
    Femme Fatale (or Personne Périlleuse)
    MacGuffin Bearer
    Panopticon

    Horror Story Recommendations for Halloween

  • “The King i...
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    October 27, 2021 58 min

    In this episode, Steve and Kevin take a look at two great horror movies and an awesome horror novel. We talk about what we’d adapt from The Thing (1982), Jaws, and The Terror. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    The Terror TV Show Polar Bear Concept Art

    Horror Story Recommendations for Halloween

  • “The King in Yellow” by Robert W. Chambers
  • “Wendigo” by Algernon Blackwood
  • "The Ring of Thoth" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “The...
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    October 20, 2021 69 min

    In this episode, Steve and Kevin return to making villains. We're hoping to make things clearer than we did in Episode 13: Grand Villains. We mark out some personality types and then talk about making villain actions more meaningful. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    Dark Gifts
    Femme Fatale (or Personne Périlleuse)
    MacGuffin Bearer
    Panopticon

    Monsters
    Recon Raptor
    Surveillance Golem Economy
    Surveillance Golem Standard
    Surve...

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    October 13, 2021 47 min

    In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about some issues with character making and worldbuilding. It's sort of a freeform philosophy of RPing episode. We start off talking about the potential shortcomings in backstories. After that, I explain what worldbuilding should do. Then, we talk about some common issues or distractions that can come about when worldbuilding. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    Dark Gifts
    Femme Fa...

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    In this episode, we talk about how to fix filler. We go over several types of filler and how to tweak it to make it better. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    Dark Gifts
    Femme Fatale (or Personne Périlleuse)
    MacGuffin Bearer
    Panopticon

    Monsters
    Surveillance Golem Economy
    Surveillance Golem Standard
    Surveillance Golem Elite

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    September 29, 2021 39 min

    In this episode, we talk about what burnout is and the steps to crawling out of it. Kevin is a bit manic in this episode because he's actually fresh from burnout himself. Fortunately, Steve is around to help him out! The underlying message is that it's okay to get low and seek help. We wish nothing but the best and encourage our listeners to get the help they need. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves!

    Dark Gifts
    Fem...

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    September 23, 2021 49 min

    In this Spoiler-Free extra episode, we discuss the new Dungeons and Dragons Release: The Wild Beyond the Witchlight. We largely cover our thoughts on the new races, backgrounds, trinkets, and some overall thoughts on adapting the setting. We hope you enjoy!

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    September 22, 2021 36 min

    In this episode, we discuss some ways to manage players arriving late, not showing up, or leaving early. The underlying message is to try not to damage friendships and keep games alive. We hope you enjoy!

    Also, we talk about baby Spawn for reasons...

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    September 15, 2021 44 min

    In this episode, we discuss how best to switch characters. We go into why one might switch characters, how best to affect the change, and some ideas for making the change more effective in your story. Also, there are some cool ideas to try. We hope you enjoy!

    A Link to the Samus Warlock for 5e that's mentioned in the episode.

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    In this episode, we discuss playing multiple characters. We go into the pitfalls that can happen, but we think that there are some solid ways to make it work. Also, there are some cool ideas to try. We hope you enjoy!

    Link to my TTRPG Food Poll

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    September 1, 2021 45 min

    In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss some issues with giving loot. Maybe, it's that there's too much, maybe too little. Mostly, our philosophy is to tie the items into the story. We hope you enjoy!

    Extras Mentioned in the Episode:
    Reduction Dust
    Size Category Rules 1
    Size Category Rules 2

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    August 25, 2021 67 min

    In this episode, Kevin and Steve discuss how to fix some less than stellar NPC introductions from our past. Also, there's a fun little section about plotting mysteries. We hope you enjoy!

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    August 18, 2021 38 min

    In this episode, Kevin and Steve talk about how to make sure your players care about dreams. Often, dreams can be dismissed as unreal, so we start by discussing that issue. Then, we talk about elements that make dreams engaging. Finally, we talk about some tropes of dream reality, and how they can be done more effectively. We hope you enjoy!

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    August 11, 2021 48 min

    In this episode, Kevin and Steve talk about some fun things to do with Resurrection. We start with how to make the idea more narratively interesting. Then, we talk weirder and more disturbing versions of resurrections. We hope you enjoy!

    Heroic Statlines

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    August 4, 2021 46 min

    In this episode, Kevin and Steve start a new series where we talk about interesting concepts and how to use them. This episode on travel started as a simple question: "Could you run a session backwards?" We also discuss out of sync storytelling in general and how to deal with future or past versions of player characters. We hope you enjoy!

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    In this first episode of Season 3, Kevin and Steve dive deeper into how we make an "imperfect" background for a character in DnD5e. Meet our goliath rune knight, Simak. Join us as we talk about constructing and integrating a backstory in-depth. We hope you enjoy!

    Vimak Elanithino "Skywatcher" Backstory

    Vimak Elanithino "Skywatcher" Character Sheet

    World background

    The Heroic Statline we use in our games (and in ...

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