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potelbat (pot-el-bat) is a system neutral general RPG discussion podcast focused on helping you make your games better, both as a player and a GM.

potelbat 97 “GMing 401″ Re-Issued

There some things we forget as “experienced” GMs when it comes to dealing with new players and even new games.

Fortunately, this re-issued episode, as suggested by our listeners, is all about reminding you of those things.  Well, I SAY all about, but there is a fair bit of early news items which now have a ‘from the archives’ feel.

But you can’t have everything.

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potelbat 96 “Leading Causes” Re-Issued

Leadership? You bet!

This is a classic episode re-issued because you, dear listener, said we should. A clear fan favorite that opens with a letter and then spirals into a discussion about finding the leader in your party and at the table.

Relive the thrills and chills!  It’ll do you good.

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potelbat 95 “It Takes a Village” Re-Issued

Re-issued? What does that mean?

Well, it means we asked you folks to tell us your 5 favorite episodes on Twitter.

Which you did.

This is number five. A re-issue of our Banished inspired episode. Because you said that was one of the good ones.

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potelbat Ep. 94 “The In-betweeners”

Let’s talk about all those bits you love to just dismiss in your RPGs as being unfun and boring.

Not, encumbrance, not alignment. All the OTHER stuff.

Like, crafting and resting up and training and all sorts of other things that real adventurers would do, but we don’t because they make the game seem unfun and boring.

Unless we think about a different way to do them.

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potelbat Ep. 93 “Damn the Canon!”

Story canon. There’s always that one guy who knows more about what ‘really’ happened in your fictional universe than you do. Or at least he claims he does. And then the whole game bogs down and thing go bad.

What do you do about that guy? What do you do about canon? What do you do about characters that want to play in an established universe with an established ‘history’? And just who do you ask about all this?

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potelbat EP. 92 “A Perfectly Angry RPG”

What do you do if someone keeps mouthing off about how great their own RPG would be compared to everyone else’s?

You invite them on the show to discuss it, of course. And then you get out of the way and let them got to it, because, when that person is @theangrydm, he’s got a lot to say.

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potelbat Ep. 90 “Up Your Auntie!”

The season ender for Star Wars: Rebels* has come and gone, but it set Sammy thinking. And when Sammy thinks, we’re all just a tiny bit more ‘in trouble’.

Fortunately, what he was thinking was how to up the ante at your table when it comes time to make things that little bit more difficult for your players. And then we talk poker.

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potelbat Ep. 89 “What The Heck, WotC?!”

WotC finally made a decision regarding their digital tools solution for D&D 5e!  Fantasy Grounds! And there was much rejoicing.

For about 5 seconds.

And then, the full reality of the solution and the resulting situation made itself known. The rejoicing stopped almost immediately after that.

And you may not know exactly what happened or why the rejoicing was so short lived.

Let Brian explain…

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potelbat Ep. 88 “The Armada”

Star Wars: Armada came out last week and, since Brian has a soft spot in his heart for combat between capital ships, it seems fitting to talk about it. Except, Sammy still isn’t done gallivanting around the country (his, not mine). Guess we better call in some specialists. Like Ben Yendall, Co-host of Tales from the Hydian Way, and Nick Watanabe.

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