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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. 121 “The Best Way to Learn”

What is the best way to learn to play D&D — or any RPG, really?

Now, you might already have a hundred different answers for that question yourself, and that’s cool, but Sammy and Brian can just about guarantee that whatever answer you’ve got is, 90% of the time, entirely wrong.

And there is certainly one VERY wrong answer.

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potelbat Ep. 119 “Answers I”

Right.

They missed a lot of episodes in December so Sammy and Brian are going to make it up to you in this episode right here.

We tackle questions from Adam and David and Alex and Ben and Eric. All of whom sent in questions to the Ask potelbat thread in our forums.

Nearly an hour of our own brand of gaming wisdom.

And we’re still not done.

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potelbat Ep. 118 “Just Catching Up”

Nothing important going on here, just a couple of friends catching up after a busy month of holidays and obligations. As you do, if you haven’t had a chance to talk to your gaming buddies for a while, for instance.

We manage to touch on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, New Year’s Resolutions, games we did — or didn’t — get to play, and a few other things as well. And we squeeze in a guest appearance, too.

We’re just catching up.

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potelbat Ep. 117 “Showcase: Tales from the Hydian Way”

This episode of potebat is a little different. We do a lot of neat stuff at The Mad Adventurers Society. Other podcasts for instance.

Ben, Joshua, and David produce the Tales from the Hydian Way podcast. The show helps you bring your Star Wars RPG stories to life by finding ways to use the rules to tell exciting and fun stories.

The episode we’re featuring today talks about making better use of some of the seemingly less important skills by making rolls that matter and then making the results matter even more.

You can find Tales from the Hydian Way on iTunes and here on The Mad Adventurers Society.

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potelbat Ep. 116 “The Rules”

“How important are the actual rules to the game you are playing?”

And, with that question, we are off and running on 30 minutes of discussion about how sharply the rules should be applied to your game.

Does it even matter what the rules say?

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potelbat Ep. 115 “Showcase: Stories of the Fifth Age”

This episode of potebat is a little different. We do a lot of neat stuff at The Mad Adventurers Society. Other podcasts for instance.

Jared and Adam produce the Stories of the Fifth Age podcast. They take a hard look at the rules of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth edition, not so they can tell you how the rules work and what they mean, but rather, so they can find the interesting bits of story and character that are revealed by those rules and help you make your games better and feel more alive.

The episode we’re featuring today talks about filling in the corners of your world with little details like pets and clothing and a bunch of other stuff that makes things feel like a real place.

You can find Stories of the Fifth Age on iTunes and here on The Mad Adventurers Society.

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potelbat Ep. 113 “Oh. My. Gods.”

Deities and powerful supernatural beings can present problems in an otherwise well ordered campaign. Especially if they run around doing ‘god things’.

Let’s talk about how we can do it better, and what sorts of precautions we can take to prevent those pesky all-powerful beings from running rough shod all over the PCs and their game.

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potelbat Ep. 112 “Everyone’s Busy”

Is your gaming group fragmenting and drifting away? Does it seem like no one wants to make time to actually get together and game? Have people in your group started being ‘busy’ on game night?

Our listener RpgLogan asked us to tackle this very problem in our Ask potelbat forum.

Let’s see what we’ve got for you.

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