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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 Ep. 104 “Isn’t it Iconic”

We might have answered “Should I allow a player to play an iconic fictional character in my game?”

Maybe. We’re not really sure. At some point AgentShades will write us back and tell us how we did. It’s certainly the question we were meant to be answering and the answer we came up with was certainly in the realm of “Yes, but…”

You just sort of have to listen to it.

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potelbat Ep. 103 “Challenge Accepted”

“At what point does putting characters in situations outside of their comfort zone just become giving them problems they aren’t equipped to handle,” asks AgentShades and darn it, we’re glad he did.

Because the answers we come up with may surprise you and the solutions we suggest certainly will.

Challenge accepted indeed.

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potelbat Ep. 101 “Friendishliness”

potelbat returns for season three!

And what a return it is. We’ve adjusted the format a bit to accommodate the new realities of life, but it’s still the same good discussion.  Bonus: We’re answering even more of your questions! Check out the links below for how to send questions like: “Do I have to be friends with the people at my game table?”

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potelbat 99 “Choose Your Own Misadventure” Re-Issued

Once upon a time a brilliant series of books was published that entertained children the world over and introduced them to branching stories and choosing their own adventure.

It’s a pity what Sammy and Brian do to them in this episode.

Fear not, though. It’s all in a good cause and you’ll learn something about using the same methods in your tabletop RPG. So stick around and enjoy this re-issued episode of potelbat. Continue reading potelbat 99 “Choose Your Own Misadventure” Re-Issued

potelbat 98 “D-D-D-Dragons” Re-Issued

The head of the evil organization always has his second in command. The guy who does all the heavy lifting, or the grunt work, or just the fellow most willing to get his hands dirty. Whatever his role, we call him The Dragon.

Enjoy this re-issued classic episode as we work our way toward episode 100.  Coming soon! Along with it’s own 2IC.

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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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