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Season 13, Ep. 1

What do you do when you know you used to enjoy playing RPGs but the whole thing has, frankly, become a chore? How do you move forward when the reality is that you are anxious about GMing the next session and you have bailed more times than you run the game? 


This season is shifting to a bi-weekly format and I hope that listeners will understand. This season I’m going to work on presenting the experiments I’m testing in my own actually played RPG sessions. The goal is to track a route back to the table and, if all goes to plan - which, of course, is a big if - see about rediscovering the joy and confidence of being a GM. This episode is all about my expedition's direction at the start of a fresh leg in the journey.


Big thanks to all the callers today - Andrew, Barry, Jason, Matt, Spencer, and Ubergrog!


Game on!


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  • 13. Intermission

    34:10
    It has been a month since I last hopped on the mic and spoke. This episode is a GM Intrusion into the flow of the season to do two things: First, I wanted to share and respond to a few call-in messages I’ve received through January and February.Second, I thought I would update you on a couple of areas in my own hobby and thought - we just played a second face-to-face session at The Dice Cup, the School Club has shifted to playing Dungeon Fantasy RPG too, and I’ve even taken part as a player in an experimental modern-day game designed to seek deeper Otherworld-immersion. It’s been the busiest period of actual gaming that I’ve experienced in years.Thank you to all the callers - Frank, Simon, Dan, Jon, Evil Jeff, and Andrew - for inspiring and supporting the show! Thanks to the callers on the GM’s Journal weekly too - you keep me fired up!Game on!Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlogroleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 12. Five Percent Challenge with Bob from SAFCO

    52:32
    This is the third in a series of four conversations I’ve enjoyed with various friends and new acquaintances within the Roleplay Rescue community over the tail end of 2023 and into January 2024. My guest today is Bob from the SAFCO podcast. Bob Loftin is co-host of SAFCOcast, a podcast about the Traveller roleplaying game and its derivatives. SAFCO stands for Super Adventure Friends Co., the tongue-in-cheek name the members of Bob’s group decided to give the company their characters formed for their Classic Traveller campaign, “Into The Void”. Bob keeps a log of the games on his blog, Concrete Lunch Gaming, and the chaps’ adventures have kept me entertained since I first came across them in 2019. I last spoke to Bob at length for Season 11, Episode 9 but he is a Patron of the show and this time Bob has an interesting challenge to propose.Thanks to Bob for coming on the show! I hope you enjoy the chat as much as I did.SAFCOcast: SAFCOcast.com – a Traveller RPG Podcast – a podcast about the Traveller RPG and its derivativesORhttps://www.safcocast.com/Game on!Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBloghttps://www.safcocast.com/:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 11. GURPS with Mr_Sandman

    01:07:10
    This is the second in a series of four conversations I’ve enjoyed with various friends and new acquaintances within the Roleplay Rescue community over the tail end of 2023 and into January 2024. My guest today is Mr_Sandman, aka Andrew from Long Island. Andrew is a long-time GURPS GM and the mind behind his blog, In The Sandbox, which contains lots of great advice for aspiring and new GURPS GMs. I particularly enjoyed his post entitled, “My Tips for GMs New to GURPS” from May 2023. Last time I looked, that post was pinned to the top of the blog.Andrew has been an encouragement to me as an aspiring GURPS GM and I think this conversation clinched the deal on persuading me to go all-out and attack the game with gusto. It’s no coincidence that Fellmyr has become powered by GURPS through the Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying Game.Thanks to Andrew for coming on the show! I hope you enjoy the chat as much as I did.Mr_Sandman's Blog, "In The Sandbox":https://ajmanitt.wordpress.com/Game on!Please note that, while I have been releasing episodes weekly into the New Year, we will return to a bi-weekly format going forward.Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 10. Playing Face-to-Face

    21:10
    I got back to running a game face-to-face. More than that, it looks like this newly formed group of gamers wants to meet again in February. I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m so entirely made up about this event that I thought I’d share a few quick thoughts as an episode.Thanks right up front to all the new players in that session who absolutely made my day - James, Phil, Isa, Onur, and Adam. It was an absolute pleasure to make your acquaintance.Fellmyr Map via After Five Years – Roleplay Rescue’s Blog:https://roleplayrescue.com/2023/11/28/after-five-years/Game on!Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 9. Primaeval Fantasy with Daniel Jones

    01:09:51
    This is the first in a series of four new conversations I’ve enjoyed with various friends and new acquaintances within the Roleplay Rescue community over the tail end of 2023 and into January 2024. My guest today is Daniel Jones of the Primaeval Fantasy YouTube and podcast channels, plus the Eudaimonic Geekery blog. I ask him to outline the nature of what he means by the term, “Primaeval Fantasy” as a sub-genre of fantasy world making.Daniel is the originator of the term Otherworld-immersion and a proponent of the idea that changing the methodology of our roleplaying games is the key to changing the experience we have at the table. For those who don’t know him, Daniel is a published author and game designer. If you want to hear our earlier conversations about Otherworld-immersion, please check out Season 6, Episode 10; Season 9, Episode 14; Season 10, Episode 19, Season 11 Episode 22, and Season 12, Episode 21.Big thanks in advance to Daniel for coming back to Roleplay Rescue for this raw, unedited conversation between two gamers. As ever, it was an illuminating and fascinating conversation. I hope you find something of interest in here too.Game on!Awakenings and Evolutions with Crispy on Primaeval Fantasy YouTube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTae19wN9HkPrimæval Fantasy • A podcast on Anchor:https://anchor.fm/primeval-fantasyFRPG Thoughts | Good Daemon Geekery (danielionson.wixsite.com)https://danielionson.wixsite.com/good-daemonRoleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 8. Into 2024

    33:47
    As the New Year for 2024 arrives, where am I at with table top roleplaying games? What are my plans for the year ahead and what lessons am I carrying forward? Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024 and I wish you all the very best for the 50th anniversay of the publication of Dungeons & Dragons - that funny old boxed set that sparked this whole roleplaying games phenomenon in 1974!This episode is - predictably enough - all about me, my hobby, and my thoughts as I begin the 53rd year of my life. I talk about Fellmyr, the School D&D Club, the Saturday Night Roleplay group, respond to calls about face-to-face gaming, and generally share some hopes for the year ahead.Thank you to all the callers this week - to Simon, Frank, Jason, Sam, Bob, and Andrew. Your comments and feedback are deeply appreciated.Check out On Mentors and Peers in RPG Learning; with Che Webster by Casting Shadows: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/runeslinger/episodes/On-Mentors-and-Peers-in-RPG-Learning-with-Che-Webster-e2cesqvGame on!Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 7. Augury Ignored

    01:17:13
    I’ve sat on the conversation that you’re about to hear for far too long. Back in late September, I hopped online for a conversation with Augury Ignored - the voice behind the Augury Ignored blog. Thomas - for that is his actual name - reached out across Mastodon and we hopped online to chat. It was a first time conversation between gaming strangers but it was a hugely influential chat for me. Without this conversation, I don’t think Roleplay Rescue Season 13 would have started.Big thanks to Thomas for coming on the show. I hope you enjoy it too.Game on!Augury Ignored Blog:https://auguryignored.wordpress.com/homeRoleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 6. Seeking Face-to-Face

    30:38
    The barriers to finding face-to-face community are many. But this was the very problem I began the whole podcast to resolve and, weirdly, find myself right back where I began. I want to face this challenge full on and see what actions I can take. This is pretty personal but I hope you'll find it useful nonetheless.Thank you to all the callers this week - to Infinity Devil for helping inspire the episode, and to Jamie, Jason and Jon.Nottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group: https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Game on!Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesNottingham Roleplaying Games (RPGs) Meetup Group:https://www.meetup.com/nottingham-roleplaying-games-rpgs-meetup-group/Roleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/
  • 5. After Five Years

    23:03
    On the 28th November 2018, the eight minute and 14 second episode zero of Roleplay Rescue was aired. Now, as we reach the 5th anniversary of that fateful episode, I’m wondering… has it been worth it? What have I learned? And is it mission accomplished?I mean… has anyone’s roleplaying been rescued?Big thanks to the callers today - Jason, Hobbs, Spencer, Jean-Francois, Carl, Matt, and Jon.Please consider donating for Men's Health during Movember! Thanks to everyone who has already donated for their generosity!Webster's Movember Page: https://movember.com/m/15039659?mc=1Game on!Roleplay Rescue Details:Voice Message:speakpipe.com/roleplayrescuePatreon:patreon.com/rpgrescue Email:hello@rpgrescue.comBlog:roleplayrescue.com Bluesky Social:https://bsky.app/profile/ubiquitousrat.bsky.socialMeWe:https://mewe.com/p/roleplayrescueRoleplay Rescue's Solo Tales:https://shows.acast.com/roleplay-rescues-solo-talesRoleplay Rescue Theme by Jon Cohen from Tale of the Manticore:https://taleofthemanticore.podbean.com/