Happy Jacks RPG Podcastactive
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Stu Venable
Happy Jacks RPG Podcast combines beer, table-top RPGs, unbridled enthusiasm and beer to bring you a weekly round table discussion that is informative, honest and funny. If you're looking for an RPG podcast with diverse opinions and a slightly infantile sense of humor, look no further -- you're home.
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HJRP2120 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jim and Mike www.strategicon.net Show Notes! We discuss the upcoming con. Steffi from Scotland takes umbrage with the DnD/religion conversation. Hoyle sends us a story about language in games.
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HJRP2119 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy, Aabria In this Episode: Ed from Minnesota writes in about religion in games. Steve from SoCal sends three musings. Axel from Germany sends us a props-related horror story.  
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hjrp2118 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Tappy In this Episode: Sam asks for legacy campaign advice. Ben from Texas writes in about tainting the player experience. Isaac from Texas sends us a tale of triumph and learning.
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hjrp2117 In this Episode: Mike from MI asks about Schrodinger's Plot Hook. Steve in SoCal writes in about faith and religion in RPGs. Daniel sends us a GURPS well actually about languages. Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Adam, Stork
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hjrp2116 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Joey, Stork In this Episode: HeavymetalJess asks about rivals. Ed from Florida write in about finding fun. And M from the Twin Cities sends us a horror story and asks for advice.  
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hjpr2115 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Mac, Stork In this Episode: We discuss languages in RPGs, EricaOdd asks for advice on where do go in her Dragon Age game, and Dungeon Master Dan sends us a confession.
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hjrp2114 Your hosts: Stu, Adam, Jason, Stork In this episode: We discuss taking things seriously.. James writes in about first session shenanigans. Brandyn from Delaware writes in about dynamic vs. static damage. And Steve from Atlanta writes in about our first AP, Ghostbusters LA.
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hjrp2113 In this Episode: William from Minnesota asks about player-driven campaigns. A Three part email from Daniel in Australia. And Steffi from Scotland sends us a horror story about first-time gaming.
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hjrp2112 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Tappy In this Episode: David from Montreal writes in with a question about the hero’s journey in RPGs. Eric from New Jersey asks about taking kids to game cons. Mike from Maximum Irritation sends us a Pathfinder horror story.
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HJRP2111   This episode is sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com. Check out their large leather-lite dice bag kickstarter at easyrollerdice.com/bag Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob and Aabria In this Episode: Corbin Twa writes in about splitting the party in real life. Brandon from Ontario (Canadia) give us an update about his high school RPG club. Sgt Dan writes in to talk about explaining RPGs and to plug Fear the Con. Brian from LBC writes in about GM motivation.      
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hjrp2110 This episode is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com and their self-standing leather-lite dice bags, now being kickstartered -- go to easyrollerdice.com/bag for more information. Your Hosts: Kimi, Mac, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: We discuss player engagement, how to get it and how to keep it. Dave from New York sends a success story, a horror story and a confession. David from Tampa asks (in the form of a horror story) why so many players play evil PCs. Askew Dragon sends us a “I never thought this would happen to me” story.  
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hjrp2109 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Adam In this Episode: Ben asks for some help with player memory retention. Curt writes in to promote Jackercon. Jason send in a GMing horror story with a twist.
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hjrp2108 Your Hosts: Stu, Joey, Tappy In this Episode: Ben from Texas brings up the Sauron Dilemna. Christopher (Mystic Fedora?) says Stu’s right (and so is he). Joseph from the IE asks about scheduling and vetting. Ben from Texas (it’s a Ben from Texas doubleheader) writes in about customizing the game.
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hjrp2107 Live from Orccon 2018 Thank you to the folks at Strategicon for allowing us to record our show live at Orccon 2018. For more information about these conventions, go to strategicon.net.
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hjrp2106 Your Hosts: Stu, Gina, Adam, Stork In This Episode:  David from Tampa writes in about social contracts and gaming. Marcus from Brazil found a game! And tells us about it. Jeff sends us a GM success story and a horror story. Kosta from Adelaide sends not one but two dramatically appropriate horror stories. We also go off on A LOT of tangents.
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hjrp2105 Your Hosts: Stu, CADAve, Jason, Stork In this Episode: MRCJ writes in about chases, and we will disucss. Gottfried asks if RPG Dice Illegal in California?! Isaac from Texas needs help. Alervant sends a horror story. And Jason sends a horror story form bygone days.
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HJRP2104 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy In this Episode: Marcus from Brazil can’t find an open seat at a Vampire tabletop game in Brazil. Heavy Metal Jess sends some love for our nostalgia. Brandon from Ontario writes in to report on his teenagers’ game and has a question. Joseph writes in with his take on your agency vs emotion discussion. Tayleron writes in asking about scheduling. Andreas from Sweden writes about falling damage and a player holding slavishly to their high concept in a FATE game. Zombie@Heart writes in with a GM and player win.  
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hjrp2103 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Davy, Stork In this Episode: We discuss grokking a PC or NPC. Bobby from Belgium asks for some tips running a game over Skype. The Reverend Doctor Johnson sends a brief love note. Minnesota sends us a confession and horror story.  
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hjrp2102 In this Episode: We discuss player agency and character emotions. James from New Jersey writes in about playing without a GM. Midas Karats from Adelaide Australia shares some stuff. Chris from Osaka sends us a missive about characters changing in unexpected ways.
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HJRP2101 Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Gina, Joey In this Episode: In our continuing GMing tips, we discuss downtime roleplaying. Sam in Lakewood asks for some adventure building advice. Juho from Finland asks about letting players narrate successes.  Don in Pittsburg asks about breaking in a new guy.
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HJRP2020 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork Show Notes! Steve from Atlanta asks why we tend toward certain game systems. Bud asks about the Traveller RPG timeline. Jonas writes in about running a game he's reluctant to run.
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hjrp2019 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, JiB, Stork  In this Episode: Chris from Ontario sends us a note on describing scenery. Chris in Canada sends us a note on DnD falling damage. Eric from New Jersey has a GM Victory story. MN DieTosser sends us a question, some news and a horror story.    
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hjpr2018 Your hosts: Stu, Ed and JiB In this Episode: GMing Tips: Rules? What Rules? Goluptious Geeks asks for form system selection advice.  Axel from Germany writes in about some GM Lessons from the Mote of Sin. Sean from Seattle writes in with a confession? A triumph? He’s not really sure.
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HJRP2017 Your Hosts: Stu, ProbieTim, Stork and Kimi In this Episode: GMing Tips: Improving Improv for GMs.  Garrett asks about Making fulfilling filler.  William from Minnesota writes in about player indecision.  Dan sends a tale of Legend and Celebration. And ZombieHeart from So Cal writes in about Too Much player investment??
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hjrp2016 In this Episode: GMing Topic: Building villains. Brendon from Ontario writes in about helping teenagers play better, and Clockwork Monk writes in about seven hours of superheroic shenanigans. This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is brought to you by listeners like you. If you would like to support the show, go to happyjacks.org/patreon.  
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hjrp2015 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork and Scott Woodard. Check out the Savage Worlds Flash Gordon Kickstarter Scott mentioned. In this Episode: GMing Topic: Making scenes come alive. Eric from Kansas City asks, “Is magic a GM crutch?” Juho from Finlands writes in about players narrating after a contest resolution. And Drayle88 sends us a gaming horror story.
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hjrp2014 updated Your Hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi In this Episode: GMing Tips: Fleshing out NPCs. Ayslyn writes in about pacing a high-travel campaign. Tomi from Finland sends some thoughts on character abilities (and lack thereof) and how that affects a campaign. And Bill in Longmont Colorado sends a GURPS GMing success story.
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HJRP2013 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Kimi This episode is sponsored by Palladium Books, makers of RIFTS, TMNT, Dead Reign, and much more. Check them out at palladiumbooks.com. In this Episode: Steve from So Cal discusses red herrings Axel writes in with his take on Flashbacks. Luis suggests a quick time travel solution. And Leatherneck writes in with some military gaming stories.    
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hjpr2012 Your host: Stu, Stork, Joey, Gina In this Episode: Chris from Ontario, Canada writes in about new editions Scot relays a player nightmare. Niklas from Stockholm sends us a story about dying three times. This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Palladium Books. You can find them at PalladiumBooks.com.
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HJRP2011 Your hosts: Gina, Stork, Kurt, Maire In this Episode: Isaac from Texas needs some GMing Help Kain Guru writes in about Over enthusiastic teens aka short attention spans and the impulse to be the first to shoot Axel writes in (to Stork) about social skill rolls and minmaxing. Sam relates a tale of GMing triumph Niklas from Stockholm relates a story of dying three times in one session.  
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HJRP2010 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB and PEG's Scott Woodard In this Episode: Aviv writes in asking about ways to “unstick” yourself, GMing wise. Charas writes in about glossing over combat. Steve from Atlanta tells the tale of a PC killing another PC on purpose.    
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hjrp2009 In this Episode:   Bennett from Pittsburg asks about starting games without combat. Zach in Chicago sends one way a PbtA game handles flashbacks. Iaquas sends us a gamer funk tip. Gene in Elk Grove writes in about Overriding PC Free Will Sir Guido asks “what should I have done?”
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I had a chance to sit down briefly with Keith Baker while at Gencon. Here's the interview. Thank you to Keith for taking time out of his day.
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hjpr2008 Your hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Julian from Paris writes about playing with time and narration. James from 1d4Cast Podcast sends us a quick breakdown of Mouseguard. Charas writes about transplanting favorite rules into other game systems. And Julie from Connecticut asks how to promote a game.  
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HJRP2007 Your host: Stu, Stork, Gina In this Episode: Brian Writes in about Drama vs. Foolishness Reamus writes in with an urgent request for advice. Gene from Elk Grove writes in with a thank you. And Mike from Michigan sends us an update about a horror story.  
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HJRP2006 Your Hosts: Kimi, Stork, JiB, Gina In this Episode: Jonas Larsson writes in about handling NPC drawbacks. Charas asks about player conflict. Dave from Chicago sends a long overdue Fuck You. Leatherneck sends us a Player confession (and GM nightmare).
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HJRP2005 Your hosts: Stu, Patric, Michael and Stork In this Episode: Patrick and Michael talk LARP Steven in So Cal writes in about bookkeeping being fun?! Drayle 88 sends some questions and recounts his game. West sends us an update and treats us to a horror story.
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HJRP2003 Your hosts: Stu, Jim, Mike, Stork. In this Episode: Mike and Jim from Strategicon will talk about the upcoming game con. Stu will relate a bit about Gencon Clockwork Monk is looking for Superheroic conflict. Csaras from Poland writes in with some questions. Amar from Vancouver sends us a GM Confession.
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HJRP2002 This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com. Check out the Kickstarter for their innovative dice tray, including a staging area so only the dice you're rolling are in the tray. You can find it at:  www.easyrollerdice.com/tray Thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for their continued support! If you like the show, please consider supporting our sponsors. In this Episode: Stu, Bill and Dave77 report from Gencon50. Sgt Dan writes in with some idea on character/group creation. Ben from Texas asks for some advice when he chokes.
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HJRP2001 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina Eight years ago today, we released our first episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast. We didn't realize this at the time of recording, but in celebration, I've included our original, crappy artwork for the show both here and attached to the .mp3 file. According to my FTP list, we've published 380 episodes (though it's probably more like 375). We'd like to raise a glass to our listeners old and new. You've listened, you've critiqued, you've contributed and you've sat through more Human Centipede references than I can count. Thank you for your patronage, support and feedback. -- Stu In this episode: Out of print GM asks: Running a villain game for kids? Mr Manowar writes in about our divisive hobby. Abacus from Missouri writes in about Hit point Fudging. And David from Florida sends us a GM success story.  
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HJRP1920 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork In this Episode: We discuss spinning plate syndrome. Javier from Spain asks about keeping players invested between sesions. Niklas from Sweden writes in about player when having the full picture. James writes in about a Yes-Anding Failure -- Or is it just crazy players? And Alervant asks: is this going too far with dice fudging?
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HJPR1919 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, JiB, Jason In this Episode: We discuss sidebars, note passing, and other methods of keeping PC secrets. Axel sends us a story about his gaming youth. Eric from New Jersey has some L5R woes. Zac from Chicago writes in about fixing boring combat. Manuel writes in about creating a group.
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HJRP1918 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Emily, ProbieTim In this Episode: Tayloron asks how to frustrate the characters without fAdd Newrustrating the players Andreas muses about roleplaying without the fantastic. Zoomfarg asks about running a cyberpunk noir sort of game. Axel has some thoughts about passive players.
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HJRP1917 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork In this Episode: Len from Miami sends some thoughts on character backstory. Chris in Long Beach writes in to suggest that your first shouldn’t be your player’s first. StevenSW sends a PbtA well-actual about falling damage. Kenigma sends us some things he’s learned about RPGs.
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HJRP1916 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, ProbieTim In this Episode: West asks is there such a thing at too lenient of a GM? Or are there times when you should crack down? Alervant asks When does the character’s story arc end? Steve writes in with some thank yous to the show. Brian from Osaka has some DM nightmares
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HJRP1915 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, HosierRob, ProbieTim In this Episode: Topic: How to Handle Character Death GM John writes in for advice on a passive, spectator player.    Chris in Canada sends us a well-actually about DnD leveling from days of old. Vincent writes in about mechanical canon in RPGs. Steve in SoCal sends us some effective uses of NPCs.    
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HJRP1914 Your hosts: Stu, Kurt, Maire, Stork. In this Episode: We’ll talk about How to create tension in a scene that isn’t combat? Sam From Lakewood writes in for some prophesy advice. Kitor suggests a new logical fallacy and asks for some DM advice.  Joe writes in to suggest Earthdawn. Jonas Larsons sends in a horror story involving Stu.  
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HJRP1913 Your Hosts: Stu, Nick, Ed, ProbieTim In this Episode: Neil writes in about the harsh reality of gritty games. Enn from Canada sends thoughts on prerolling perception and the 1983 World Scout Jamboree (whee!!). Brad from Mid-MO asks about minimizing prep in an online game. Harold from St. Louis sends us a game on horror story. And Brian send in a horror story about himself.  
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HJRP1912 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, JiB, Stork   In this Episode: Eric from New Jersey sends us a farewell to his GM.  Sean from New Jersey asks how players get when you no players have you want to get. Steven from Atlanta is looking for another system for Dresden Files.  Of the Hill People asks, how many session until you evaluate keeping the game.  Iain from the UK asks for advice to run a short campaign. SovereignCitizenKane sends us a horror story about reaching the breaking  point.  
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HJRP1911 Your hosts: Gina, Stork, HosierRob, CADave, ProbieTim In this Episode: James writes in about two GMS share one world. Ben from Texas sends a defense of GMPCs. James fro Ottawa sends a Tale of Betrayal Kileigh sends a too long story about gaming table discomfort.
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HJRP1920 Your hosts: Kimi and the Happy Jacks Crew and Audience  
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HJRP1909 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill and Jessie In this Episode: Daniel shares his epiphany about FATE. Dan from Minnesota asks about making likeable NPCs. Eran in London ask about explaining Savage Worlds in a web comic. Tim writes in about ending a session. Email: happyjacksrpg@gmail.com Social Media: Twitter: happyjacksrpg Also on Instagram: happyjacksrpg Live Stream: If you’d like to watch the show live, you can find out how at happyjacks.org/live Or happyjacks.org/twitch,or happyjacks.org/youtube   Announcements: Jackercon 13: We Don’t Need Another Hero. Last week in June and the first week in July. You can register and sign up for games at jackercon.com
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HJRP1908 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina Show Notes! Jim from Portland asks a performance anxiety question and shares a picture.  Tayleron from Newfoundland asks about GMADHD. Drayle88 asks for some recommendations for a system for some newbies.  Jeffry with 1 E shares a horror story.
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HJRP1907 Your hosts: CADave, Tim, HosierRob and Clockverk Show Notes!  Rav writes in about the power of the callback.  Matt in Canuckistan sends us an interesting game start scenario. New listener Jason asks about GM burnout. Josh from Orlando says there’s no defense for DnD. DM Frankie P sends a GMing horror story and request for advice.  
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HJRP1906 This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com... (You can get 15% off their gun metal dice series by going to https://easyrollerdice.com/collections/metal-dice and using the code SALE15) ...and listeners like you. Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Raemus asks for some Murder Mystery help. Andreas gives us a glimpse into another gaming culture. Axle asks about character development in a condensed/intense session. Ryan sends us a GM Confession.      
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HJRP1905 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Kimi Show Notes! Andreas writes in with some feedback and some comments about leveling. Steve writes in about players who don’t want to fit in at all. Axel writes in with some thoughts about writing a good story. And Mad King Christopher sends us a cautionary tale.
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HJRP1904 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Bill, HosierRob Show Notes! Troll Under the Bridge writes in with more about perception rolls. GM John asks for some help with a player. Balder poses a convention game question. And Mystic Fedora writes in about problems without solutions and an ingenious solution.  
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HJRP1903 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave, Kimi Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in again about killing mooks. Jonas writes in about handling dying campaigns The Only (other) Steve in So Cal writes about the dangerously futile exercise of defining RPG. Goluptuious Geek writes in with some fan mail and a horror story.    
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hjrp1902 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork, Gina Show Notes! Sgt Dan Writes in about Perception Rolls. James Writes in about Killing the Murder Hobo. Forrest, a long time listener, writes in for the first time. Ed from Minnesota writes in about levels and his Roman CoC game. Mystic Fedora sends us a GM Big Reveal that Worked.
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HJRP1901 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, ProbieTim, Gina Show Notes: Lee writes in about three things. Marty from Sious Falls writes in about geography, downtime and a new GM story. Morgan writes in for advice about strong and unreasonable antagonists. Bill writes in with some convention game thoughts. Matthew writes in with a story about how to NOT deal with a bad GM. The boatload of links that listener Bill included in his email: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theBRaWL/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/shal.gcg/ https://www.facebook.com/Golems-Gate-Gaming-and-Geekdom-389415544743736/ https://www.facebook.com/genconindy/ https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelyxhttp://freelyx.com/   Save
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HJRP1819 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, ProbieTim and JiB Show Notes! Doug from Texas asks How to Write a Good Story. Kevin from Roll vs Roll Cards suggest a way to ethically play Dr. Douche. Mike in Nebraska sends in a Campaign Idea. KurtPotts asks about Setting Specific vs Setting Agnostic systems. Name Withheld writes in about The Special Snow flake. Steve in SoCal sends us a GenCon Horror Story  
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We're joined with Jim Sandoval and Mike James, both volunteer organizers with Strategicon. Please note: the audio for this podcast was recovered from a back up.
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HRJP1816 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, GMMace, Kimi Show Notes! Steve from So Cal writes in about killing mooks and other moral conumdrums.  Simon from Seattle defends DnD.  Steve from So Cal writes in about gaming with older and younger players.  StevenSw writes in about dramatic damage. Zombie Heart sends us a Horror Story.
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HJRP1815 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Kimi, Stork Show Notes: Desiree in South Carolina needs help with a very argumentative player. Dave from South Chicago writes in Regarding Romance in Games and Some Advice for a Teen GM. JimTo sends us some feedback .. and shit.  Zoomfarg wants to know how to adult. Lee sends us a horror story, entitled “The Prisoner Dilemma.” Drayle88 writes in with a horror story -- or is it a success story?  
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HJRP1814   HJRP1814 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Gina, Stork Show Notes!  Amar from Vancouver BC writes in about Perception Checks. Levi writes in about defeating Dr. Douche. Terry in Idaho is looking for Traveller resources. Mad King Christopher the First writes in with a horror story, a tip and stuff.  Sam from Indiana writes in with a horror story. Announcements: February 17, 18, 19, 20 - Orccon 2017! Join us at the LAX Hilton hotel for four days of gaming. We’ll do a live show on Saturday, February 18th at 8pm, in the auditorium. Also: on February 10th, Jim Sandoval and a member of the Strategicon board are going to be here to answer questions and take suggestions about the Strategicon conventions.
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HJRP1813 Your hosts: Stu, Maire, Kurt, Gina. Thank you to easyrollerdice.com and their exciting Rose Gold Kickstarter for supporting this episode of Happy Jacks! Show Notes! Steve from SoCal writes in about “Save vs. Suck.” Dylan from Anchorage Alaska gives us insight about Pathfinder Society and Alternate Solutions. Drayle88 needs some GMing advice. Mike from MI writes in about One Last Job - a Heist RPG. Bill From Arizona writes in with a thank-you. Links: https://gshowitt.itch.io/one-last-job http://misdirectedmark.com/category/mmproductions/panda/      
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HJRP1812 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Jason, Bill, Kimi Show Notes! Zac in Chicago writes in about Romance in RPGs. A Southern Gent from Texas has some Sci-Fi advice. Alervant has some GMing advice and a question. Kindros from the Forum writes in about Magic Items and Identification. Steve from So Cal asks about Contacts in travelling campaigns.    
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HJRP1811 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Stork Show Notes!! Griever writes in about subtle mind control of PCs. SteveSW writes in with a Apocalypse-World inspired system for dealing with missing players. John asks about building a group (of players, not characters). Walt from Rhode Island asks about diversity at the gaming table. Blyd Dreug sends in his take on ambushes and capture in RPGs. You can watch the show live on Fridays at 8pm Pacific Time at happyjacks.org/live. If you'd like to support the show, you can do so by going to patreon.com/srvenable.    
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HJRP1810 Your hosts: Stu, Hosier Rob, Stork In this episode: Andrew from Chicago writes in about PC Death. Axle asks about dealing with a Rules-Resistant Player.  Luke from Kentuckianna is a long time listener, first time emailer and about to be a first time GM.  We received a couple emails about Roll20, which we’ll read. Jordan writes in about picking up a dormant game.  Kurt from Fresno writes in with a GMing tip. Toby in Atlanta (from the RPG Logic Podcast) asks about running games from random people.
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HJPR1809 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill If you enjoy Happy Jacks, consider supporting us through our Patreon. Donations are on a per-episode basis of our normal, weekly show. We're working on all kinds of rewards to provide to supporters. We'll announce more soon. Show Notes! We’re going to discuss ways to assess players’ solutions (to problems presented by the GM). Levi writes in with a followup about our unhelpful advice. Of the Hill People sends an update on his in-store Savage Worlds game and muses on language prompts in games. Charles from Ontario asks Why dice roll when you could decision make you don’t want to roll? And Kevin writes in about how RPGs saved his life. The Wright County Geekls of Buffalo Minnesota are having an all-day gaming and geeking extravaganza on New Years Day. Details at: www.wrightcountygeeks.org.  
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HJRP1808 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Gina Show Notes! J in Washington DC writes in about PC backstory protectionism. FlyingJackalope has finished the backlog and has some comments. Alan sends a request for Science Fiction help.  Eric writes in because he can’t finish the job.  And Mike from MI sends us a horror story.  
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HJRP1807 Show Notes! Ben from Texas asks about when player expectations and game rules collide. Christopher writes in about his experience with online games. ZT asks for some advice about his Zombie Apocalypse game. Kevin pipes in with some Fact Sheet goodness. Jorn well-actuallies us on percentile dice based games (at least in Scandinavia). A Southern Gent from Texas tells us of his group’s narrow escape from a terrible GM. dnzu72dk  
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HJRP1806 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Kurt, Stork Show Notes!  Dreamer 2928 need help with is homework. Corbin Twa sends us An Ode to Jack Chick’s Dark Dungeons. Brian writes in about some a-hole he gamed with in college. Levi writes in for some GMing advice. Chris in Indiana informs us that Google Hangouts is NOT DEAD. Steve writes in about giving GMs criticism  
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HRJP1805 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina, Dave77 Show Notes!  Topic: Coming Back from a long break between games. Drayle88 asks for some GMing advice. Carlos from Brazil writes in with another take on social combat. Sgt Dan writes in with lessons learned about the last Fear the Con, and that there’s a Kickstarter for the next one.  Summary: Daniel responds to an e-mailer complaint about a drow ambush, and asks a question about encouraging variety in RPGs. Easyrollerdice.com's Adult Coloring Book w/ Fantasy Gaming Art Kickstarter Fear the Con 2016 Kickstarter    
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HJRP1804 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Stork Show Notes!  Icewall42 writes in for advice on putting together a home grown setting for RPGs. JeB from It’s all in the reflexes writes in with a real life social combat nightmare Jonas Larrsen asks about Fact Sheets. Michael from SD asks about Character Creation. Weaselcreature asks about kids and DnD. And Kenigma writes in with a Jack Chick obituary of sorts.  
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HJRP1803 Your hosts: Stu, JiB, Stork. Show Notes!  Mike from Minnesota writes in asking about scene transitions. Mead asks about Vampires keeping mortal ties post-Embrace and questions about in-game romances. Gene from San Francisco asks about Genre and GM experience. Eugene from Boston writes in with an “Imagine if you will…” Niklas writes in with a paper cut problem with set-in-his-ways GM.
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HJRP1802 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, CADave Show Notes! David from Tampa writes in about perception checks. Nick writes in with a question for an upcoming one-shot. Levi asks us to plug is podcast. Hour Eleven from Kansas writes in about an interesting backstory mechanic and asks a question about pacing in face to face vs. on line games. Josh writes in with a question and a community question.  
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HJRP1801 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, CADave and Gina Show Notes! The episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Easy Roller Dice Metal Dice Series. Use the coupon code METAL for 20% off everything in their on line store. We’ll discuss horror, tension and RPG mechanics. Kurt writes in about ambushes Michael in Wisconsin suggest some systems with which to run The Expanse games Tom writes in about our end-of-show anthem. Terry in Idaho sends in his GMing confession.  
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HJRP1720 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, Stork Show Notes! Manuel from Germany asks: Am I not fit to GM? Kenigma23 writes in about Gender RP Proclivities. The show psychiatrist sends us a mental health well-actually.  Larry writes in with a handy FFG Star Wars RPG site. Steve from Atlanta has a question about the Mote of Sin AP.  
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HJRP1719 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill, JiB Show Notes! We discuss repercussions, as suggested by Mr CJ on the forum. Maxinstuff writes in about GMs who hold back the good stuff. Mr CJ has some observations about Thespians. The KoboldDude in Columbia SC writes in about Star Trek recommendations.    
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HJRP1718 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim, Stork Show Notes! We discuss Improvisation vs Planning for GMs, Gaz writes in with some questions. Talon writes in about PC vs PC conflict. Marko asks about game systems for a Expanse-series-based game. Gerkuman responds to a salty email.  
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HJRP1717 Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Bill Show Notes!  Paul from Philly writes in about a wrench-throwing player and how it’s not all fun and games. Audrey from Texas writes in about Numenera and GMing and Stuff. And Chuck writes in with even more Numenera love. Mr Moulder from Denmark, Sweden writes in with some advice for his upcoming Savage Worlds game. Magic Octopus asks about getting emotional investment from his players.  And our Friend in Newfoundland is starting a Vampire game and can’t come up with any good ideas.    
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HJRP1716 Your hosts: Stu, ProbieTim and Gina In this episode: Featured Email: Alverant asks: Should GMs publish their notes to the players. Bird-man writes in with a GenCon triumph!! Player connections and FFG Star Wars Tips. JC in KC writes in about gaming with infants.  The Out of Print GM sends in a moment of game gold
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HJRP1715 Your hosts: Stu, Stork, JiB, Gina and Kim In This Episode: Topic: Ways to improvise left turns. Gateway2016 Recap (Hero Kids, David K’s Fate Game).  Jonas Larrson writes in about always saying “yes.”  Tim from South Africa writes in with some great mood-setting techniques. The Penguin GM asks for some GURPS help. Gaz the Dungeon Master asks about dealing with scared players. Alex in Huntington Beach writes in with a Horror Story narrowly escaped. The Aetatis kickstarter JiB mentioned. Gaz's board game reviews.
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HJRP1714 This is our live show from Strategicon's Gateway 2016. Convention shows are kind of chaotic. If this is your first episode of the show, we suggest you take a listen to another episode first.  
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HJRP1713 Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, Joey and Tim In This Episode: SirGuido writes in about Limiting Distractions. Fredrix on the forums asks, “Whats the deal with slack?” The Prof asks for his advice GMing Traveller for the first time. A Make Good from el Mao Roflson about his Living Campaign idea for a game con (we skipped this last week accidentally). Steve writes in to ask about DM-ADD. OfTheHillPeople asks for advice about a player wanting in-game advice out-of-game. Colin writes in with a gaming nightmare.  
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hjrp1712 Your hosts: Stu, Tim, Gina, Kimi, Samantha In This Episode: We’ll discuss “Sexism in Bigotry in Historical Settings.” Steve from Atlanta sends us a Thank you and a Short Run Game Idea. JimTo has a baby blues. El Mao Rolfson writes in with ideas about a convention living campaign. Johnathon writes in about Character and Game Creation. Andy, the Tactical DM, writes in to take us to task.  
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HJRP1711 Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gina, Stork, JiB In This Episode: Mitchell writes in with a dire warning: “I’m coming to you.” Adam in Japan from Fresno writes in with advice in is FFG Star Wars game. Marty from SF sets us straight on SD. Steven SW sends us a play report on The Sprawl a PbtA game. Zach in Chicago has an idea to use Fiasco to enhance other games. Chris writes in with his take on mass combat in RPGs. Griever sends us a horror story.  
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HJRP1710 Your hosts: Stu, Bill, CADave, Kimi In This Episode: Zoomfarg asks about homebrewing a complex setting Ben in Philadelphia writes in about magic and technology Doug in Vancouver asks about Actual Playing Gumshoe Ben from New Zealand writes in about a Living Campaign based on Dragon Quest and a podcast plug for The Big Red Couch.
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HJRP1709 Your hosts: Stu, Gina, JiB, Kimi Show Notes! D writes in asking how to get his wife in to RPGs. Steve from Atlanta asks for way to encourage role-playing at the table. Joseph from the UK writes in with a horror story and thoughts on Jackercon. Clockwork Monk sends in his Marvel Cinematic Universe campaign idea. Useless Trivia Man treats us with a gaming horror story.    
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HJRP1708 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tim Show Notes! Marko writes in about adopting modern settings to classic modules. Steven SW asks about new character-itis. Ethan from north carolina asks about Derailing players. Babbage from the UK writes in about disorganized play. Barney from Florida writes in abou