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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.

Stu Venable

Los Angeles, CA


    • Sep 23, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 38m AVG DURATION
    • 531 EPISODES

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    HJRP S30E23 | Playing Straight White Guys, Pacing Convention One-Shots, & Managing Player Schedules

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 79:33


    ◇ Summary: Ken in Canada asks if it's ok to just RP straight white guy characters as a player, James from the Panhandle asks about pacing a 1 shot with no test runs, & Rob in Australia asks about what systems work well for managing inconsistent schedules where players end up missing sessions | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Jason (@itsProbablyOk), Riley (@rileyjsilverman) ◇ 0:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary | 1:29 - Vyrrk is giving away a copy of Decuma on the Discord happyjacks.org/discord & the Discord has forums now! | 5:30 - Ken in Canada asks if it's ok to just RP straight white guy characters | 20:53 - James from the Panhandle asks about pacing a 1 shot with no test runs | 55:13 - Rob in Australia asks about what systems work well for managing inconsistent schedules where players end up missing sessions | 1:16:38 - Episode Closing | 1:17:40 - Song: "Jenny of Oldstones by The Mary Sues (marysuesband.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    HJRP S30E22 | Player Advice, Safety Tool Question, & a Father’s Reply

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 90:10


    ◇ Summary: Forlornhope22 wants us to give some player advice for a change, Alverant wants more information about using a specific safety tool in games, & Friar Greg responds to his kid's show email from a few episodes back | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Bill (@billroper) ◇ 0:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary | 1:54 - Vyrrk is giving away a copy of Decuma on the Discord happyjacks.org/discord & Happy Jacks seasons will be 25 episodes long| 10:14 - Forlornhope22 asks for advice for players | 46:45 - Alverant asks for clarification about how a safety tool works | 1:15:19 - Friar Greg in Canada responds to his son Arlo's letter from a few episodes ago | 1:23:57 - Episode Closing | 1:29:00 - Song: "Prologue [Final Fantasy IV}" by Super MadNES (supermadnes.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    HJRP S30E21 | Strange Gaming Locations, Healthy LARP Wisdom, & a Contest!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 78:00


    ◇ Summary: Weird places to play TTRPGs, Healthy LARP communities and safety tools, & Using Decuma for D&D and a GIVEAWAY! | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Bill (@billroper) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary | 2:54 - Announcements: Subscribe to us on Youtube! It's free and helps the show! youtube.com/happyjacksrpg | 4:08 - Erica asks about the strangest place we have ever played an RPG | 23:56 - Davi shares LARP wisdom about how to keep playgroups healthy and using safety tools | 48:22 - Vyrrk talks about how he used Decuma and is giving away a physical copy! CONTEST! | 1:13:40 - Episode Closing | 1:14:40 - Song: "Pub that We Call Home" by The Poxy Boggards (poxyboggards.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    HJRP S30E20 | Categorizing RPGs, Crime & Punishment, & GMing Masks One-shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 70:53


    ◇ Summary: Mike shares his TTRPG categorizing system, Zed wants to keep crime and punishment fun in his campaign, and Jo-Lene has some wisdom to share about GMing Masks one-shots | Hosts: Riley (@rileyjsilverman), & Nick (@Sungrowler), ◇ 0:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary | 0:56 - Announcements: Strategicon is happening Sept 2-3rd! Some of us will be there and running games! | 2:39 - Mike F from New York shares his system of categorizing TTRPGs | 45:45 - Zed from the UK asks about balancing crime and punishment so everyone has fun | 59:04 - Jo-Lene shares her strategies for running a Masks one-shot and asks our thoughts on the subject | 1:06:52 - Episode Closing | 1:08:00 - Song: "Prickle Holly Bush" by The Merry Wives of Windsor (mwow.net) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    HJRP S30E19 | Balancing Factions, Obsidian Portal Info, & a GOT Horror Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 62:38


    ◇ Summary: Kettle from Germany asks how a GM should balance a large number of factions in their campaign world, Mike from Michigan corrects us about Obsidian Portal, and Erica shares a convention horror story | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Riley (@rileyjsilverman), & Nick (@Sungrowler), ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary | 1:25 - Announcements: Strategicon is happening Sept 2-3rd! Some of us will be there and running games! | 4:23 - Kettle from Germany asks how a GM should balance a large number of factions in their campaign world | 25:17 - Mike from Michigan corrects us about Obsidian Portal | 33:25 - Erica shares a convention horror story | 58:19 - Episode Closing | 59:51 - Song: "Pass the Hat" by The Netbusker's Folkshoppe (netbusker.net) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    HJRP S30E18 | Campaign Location Journaling, Running Ten Candles, Vampire LARP Horror Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 74:41


    ◇ Summary: Savage Stalker shares a fantastic journaling technique that helps with world building, Jan-Egil from Norway asks for advice on running Ten Candles for the first time at a convention, and James from NJ shares a Vampire LARP horror story. | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Jason (@itsProbablyOk), & Nick (@Sungrowler), ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary |1:11 - Announcements: We need emails! |3:42 - Savage Stalker shares about journaling as part of world building |21:10 - Jan-Egil from Norway asks about running Ten Candles at a con |44:13 - James From NJ shares a LARPing horror story |1:08:17 - Episode Closing |1:10:56 - Song: "Laser Printed Hero" by The Mary Sues (marysuesband.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network www.happyjacks.org

    HJRP S30E17 | GMs taking Stuff, Con Horror Story, & a Son’s Shout Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 87:35


    ◇ Summary: Michael disagrees with us about GMs taking stuff away, Mike F in New York shares a gaming horror story that was partially his fault, and second generation Happy Jacks fan shares about Jackercon and has a message for his dad | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Jason (@itsProbablyOk) , Vyrrk (@Vyrrk) , and Stork ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary |1:24 - Announcements: We need emails! |8:44 - Michael disagrees with us about GMs taking stuff away |35:01 - Mike F in New York shares a gaming horror story that was partially his fault |1:07:37 - A second generation Happy Jacks fan shares about Jackercon and has a message for his dad |1:20:17 - Episode Closing |1:24:10 - Song: "Time Flies when you're having Rum" by Sportive Tricks (sportivetricks.com) (yes, I forgot and we have the same song from last week) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/HJRP S30E16 |

    HJRP S30E16 |

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022 80:53


    ◇ Summary: What do people mean when they say "traditional" tabletop rpg?, and discussing accessibility features that are build into games | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Nick (@Sungrowler), and Kurt ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary |1:24 - Announcements: More sound tweaks and improvements are coming! |4:27 - Edward asks what we mean when we say “traditional” TTRPG |47:01 - Shawn asks about designing games with accessibility in mind |1:15:04 - Episode Closing |1:17:01 - Song: "Time Flies when you're having Rum" by Sportive Tricks (sportivetricks.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E15 | Player Harmony, more on Improv Exercises, and using Obsidian Portal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 70:09


    ◇ Summary: How to achieve player harmony in a mismatched gaming group, a success story about using improv games at the table, and getting players to participate outside of game time in things like Obsidian Portal | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Adam (@hoobuk), and Stork ◇ 0:35 - Welcome & Episode Summary |2:48 - Announcements: JackerCon Success |4:50 - Ken in Ontario asks about getting a group of very different players to find harmony |29:13 - Aaron of Portland shares his experience with Improv exercises at his gaming table |45:48 - Weaselcreature in California brings up Obsidian Portal and getting players to participate in stuff outside of game time |1:05:56 - Episode Closing |1:07:38 - Song: "The Baltimore Fire" by The Netbusker's Folkshoppe (Netbusker.net) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E14 | GMs using Visual Aids, Finding Fellow Gamers, & GMing One-Shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 90:53


    ◇ Summary: Can a GM use too many visual aids, how to subtly recognize other gamers in the wild, and best practices for running a one-shot | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Nick (@Sungrowler), Adam (@hoobuk), Jay (@jayafrica) ◇ 0:36 - Welcome & Episode Summary |1:16 - Announcements: Upcoming Actual Plays & JackerCon Update |5:21 - Ken asks when visual aids and minis start to ruin a campaign instead of adding to the experience |27:17 - Muddyboots in NYC asks about recognizing feral gamers |1:04:26 - Micah from Alaska asks about running one-shots in preparation for JackerCon |1:24:09 - Episode Closing |1:27:21 - Song: "The Bird Song" by The Merry Wives of Windsor (mwow.net) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E13 | Campaigns About Locations, Convention Game Horror Story, and Old D&D Product Re-releases

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 74:27


    ◇ Summary: How to make a location the star of a campaign, a horror story about a convention horror game, why releasing old editions of D&D products could be a good marketing strategy | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Nick (@Sungrowler), Stork ◇ 0:33 - Welcome & Episode Summary |1:22 - Announcements: Upcoming Actual Plays & JackerCon Update |5:57 - Leatherneck from Michagan asks about making a location the star of a campaign |21:20 - Mike F from New York shares a Horror Story: How NOT to run a convention horror game |42:52 - Shawn from Washington DC asks why releasing old editions of D&D products would be a good marketing strategy |1:10:13 - Episode Closing |1:11:30 - Song: "The Decisive Battle [Final Fantasy VI]" by SUPER MADNES (supermadnes.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E12 | Historical TTRPG campaigns, Perfect Systems for Setting, & Organizing Campaign Notes in Google

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 70:57


    ◇ Summary: Systems that are good for historical TTRPG campaigns that have as much roleplaying as sieges and wars, thoughts on systems that capture their intended setting and tone perfectly, & advice on organizing campaign notes in Google | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Nick (@Sungrowler), Jameson, and Riley (@rileyjsilverman) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 1:57 - Announcements: Upcoming Actual Plays & JackerCon Update8:48 - New listener Conrad asks about systems for historical TTRPG campaigns and sieges or war campaigns in games, 27:33 - Micah asks which systems capture their intended setting and tone perfectly, 57:11 - Niklas in Sweden asks about strategies to organize campaign notes, 1:07:12 - Episode Closing, 1:08:17 - Song: "The Wellerman" by The Netbusker's Folkshoppe (netbusker.net) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E11 | Improv for Gamers, a Favorite RPG Moment, & Another Decuma Idea

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 75:27


    ◇ Summary: Using improv games to avoid boring sessions, new listener shares his favorite gaming moment, & using Decuma to get your group to play a new game system! | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stu (@srvenable), and Jason (@itsprobablyok) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 2:25 - Announcements: Please leave a us a (good) review!7:24 - Anders from Denmark asks about using improv games to keep sessions interesting, 24:27 - New listener Wunderflonium shares his favorite gaming moment EVER, 38:33 - HeavymetalJess shares how she uses Decuma to convince her group to try playing in new systems, 45:35 - Episode Closing, 49:13 - Song: "Jenny of the Oldstones by The Mary Sues (merrysuesband.com) ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E010 | Homebrewing Worlds, Space Trucker Money, & Coriolis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 62:41


    ◇ Summary: How deep to make homebrewed worlds, Space truckers and money in the Alien RPG, & Coriolis the Third Horizon | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stork, and CADave (@casithlord) ◇ 0:37 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 1:51 - Announcements: Please leave a us a (good) review!3:37 - Whizzard asks about how deep we delve when creating homebrew worlds, 14:38 - Rob talks about Space Truckers and asks about money in Free League's Alien RPG, 40:27 - Kairaku talks about another Year Zero Engine game, Coriolis the Third Horizon, 56:32 - Episode Closing, 58:05 - Song: "500 Miles " by The Merry Wives of Windsor - mwow.net ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E09 | Game Jams, New Player Tropes, Con Memories, & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 65:10


    ◇ Summary: DriveThruRPG Game Jams, New Player Tropes, Big Bad Con Memories, & How to start GMing | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Jay (@jayafrica), and Clara (@clearly_golden) ◇ 0:35 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 1:32 - Announcements: Please leave a us a (good) review!3:14 - News: DriveThruRPG is doing a game jam!, 14:30 - Heath from Maryland asks about our experiences with new player tropes, 30:42 - Jerry from Oregon returns to the HJ community and shares a story of Big Bad Con, 42:48 - Weaslecreature from California shares a tip for someone who is interested in GMing but doesn't know where to start, 59:32 - Episode Closing, 1:02:30 - Song: "Skye Boat Song" by The Mary Sues ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E08 | Intriguing Villains, Pranks gone Wrong, & a GM Mistake

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 72:20


    ◇ Summary: How to create intriguing villains, a PC's pranks go too far, and fixing a common GM mistake | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stork, and Clara (@clearly_golden) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 1:37 - Announcements: JackerCon 2022 is July 22-25. Sign up at happyjacks.org/jc ,5:40 - Clara talks about our current actual play of Vaesen, 8:00 - ArthWenFud asks about creating intriguing villains for a campaign, 25:00 - Leatherneck shares a story of a game prank gone wrong, 50:30 - Andreas in Sweden shares a GMing mistake and asks if we have similar stories, 1:07:10 - Episode Closing, 1:08:15 - Song: "Drink this Pub Dry" by The Merry Wives of Windsor ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E07 | Benefits of Imbalance, GMing for 10 Players, & a TPK Story

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 79:07


    ◇ Summary: Using "Stars & Wishes" while GMing, Playing RPGs with Kids of different ages, and a happy story about becoming a GM | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stork, and Joey (@Feywilde85) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 3:44 - Announcements: JackerCon 2022 is July 22-25. Sign up at happyjacks.org/jc 5:45 - Gerald from Toranto wonders if imbalance and restrictions actually improve the gaming experience?, 32:50 - New listener "CD" is a first-time GM trying to run D&D for 10 players, 55:30 - Bill from Washington shares a TPK story, 1:13:27 - Episode Closing, 1:16:35 - Song: "Toss a Coin to Your Witcher" by The Mary Sues ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E06 | GMing with “Stars & Wishes”, Playing with Kids, & GM Success Story

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 57:11


    ◇ Summary: Using "Stars & Wishes" while GMing, Playing RPGs with Kids of different ages, and a happy story about becoming a GM | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stork, and Joey (@Feywilde85) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary, 1:25 - Announcements: JackerCon 2022 is July 22-25. Sign up at happyjacks.org/jc 3:36 - Vyrrk in DC writes in about using “Stars and Wishes” with surprising outcomes, 14:23 - Weaselcreature ran HeroKids and we talk about gaming with different ages of kids, 26:59 - Micah shares about her decision to GM when she couldn't find a game, 46:19 - We talk about Happy Jacks and indie games51:51 - Episode Closing, 53:37 - Song: "Storked It" by The Angry Folk Band ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E05 | Too Many Plot Threads, Items as Aspects & D&D’s Marketing

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 83:28


    ◇ Summary: How to tell if you have the right number of plot threads, Having Items as PC Aspects in Fate, & why D&D has lasted while other systems faded away | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stork, and Moe (@ashyfeet1) ◇ 0:34 - Welcome & Episode Summary,3:11 - Announcements,7:10 - Forlornhope22 asks how many plot threads is too many, 26:39 - Eric from Oregon talks PC items as Aspects in Fate, 37:26 - Kimi goes off on the adults in Spider-Man movies, 44:52 - Davi in CA asks about how systems survive the test of time and we talk TTRPG marketing, 1:16:25 - Episode Closing, 1:00:31 - Song: "Sail On" by The Merry Wives of Windsor ◇ Email happyjacksrpg@gmail.com to send in a topic or question to the show! ◇ Follow Happy Jacks RPG on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or hang out with other tabletop roleplaying fans in our Discord community! ◇ Subscribe to our other podcasts! We have Actual Play Campaigns in over 20 RPG systems and a great collection of One-Shots if you prefer bite sized adventures. ◇ You can watch us on Youtube or Twitch! ◇ Keep us independent by becoming a Patreon! Our fantastic supporters let us play and say what we want instead of catering to companies for ad or sponsorship money. They are HEROES! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E04 | Taking Notes during RP, Playing in IPs Correction, & Cheating Player Drama

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 63:42


    Happy Jacks Tabletop RPG Advice Show: Season 30, Episode 4 | In this episode: Gaz from the Netherlands asks about players taking notes during intense RP moments, Weaselcreature from California has opinions about playing in existing IPs, Jon in Idaho is either playing with a telepath or a cheater | Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Joey (@Feywilde85), and Adam (@hoobuk) 0:35 - Welcome & Episode Summary 3:37 - Announcements 5:48 - Gaz asks about players taking notes during RP 23:00 - Weaselcreature corrects us about playing in existing IPs 36:56 - Jon in Idaho is either playing with a cheater 56:55 - Episode Closing 1:00:31 - Song: Cassilda's Song by The Poxy Boggards 1:03:26 - Production Information ◇ Links mentioned in this show: ➜ http://poxyboggards.com/ ◇ Join in the fun: ➜ Send in a topic to happyjacksrpg@gmail.com. ➜ Join our Discord community at https://www.happyjacks.org/discord ◇ Subscribe to all our Podcasts: ➜ Weekly RPG Advice Show: https://pod.link/325511728 ➜ Actual Play Campaigns: https://pod.link/586101545 ➜ One-Shot Actual Plays: https://pod.link/1433817135 ◇ Watch our shows: ➜ Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/happyjacksrpg ➜ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/happyjacksrpg ◇ Keep us independent! Become a Patreon! Our Patreons keep us from having to cater to RPG companies for ad or sponsorship money! We can be totally honest and you get an ad-free show experience! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg ◇ Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E03 | WOTC buys D&D Beyond, Digital Tools for In-Person Games, & PC Gear Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 86:32


    Happy Jacks Tabletop RPG Advice Show: Season 30, Episode 3 In today's episode: WOTC buys D&D Beyond, Weaselcreature asks about using digital tools at the in-person RPG table, and Shawn near DC asks about PC gear and player agency. Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), Stork, and Jason (@itsprobablyok) 0:00 - Preshow Update from Kimi 1:09 - Welcome & Episode Summary 3:46 - Announcements 6:40 - Gaming News: D&D buys D&D Beyond 19:30 - Weaselcreature asks about using digital tools for in-person games 51:00 - Shawn near DC asks about PC gear and player agency 1:21:12 - Episode Closing 1:23:34 - Song: Cassilda's Song by The Poxy Boggards ◇ Links mentioned in this show: ➜ https://www.dndbeyond.com/ ➜ http://poxyboggards.com/ ◇ Join in the fun: ➜ Send in a topic to happyjacksrpg@gmail.com. ➜ Join our Discord community at https://www.happyjacks.org/discord ◇ Subscribe to all our Podcasts: ➜ Weekly RPG Advice Show: https://pod.link/325511728 ➜ Actual Play Campaigns: https://pod.link/586101545 ➜ One-Shot Actual Plays: https://pod.link/1433817135 ◇ Watch our shows: ➜ Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/happyjacksrpg ➜ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/happyjacksrpg ◇ Keep us independent! Become a Patreon! Our Patreons keep us from having to cater to RPG companies for ad or sponsorship money! We can be totally honest and you get an ad-free show experience! https://patreon.com/happyjacksrpg ◇ Ⓒ2022 Happy Jacks RPG Network https://www.happyjacks.org/

    HJRP S30E02 Getting back to GMing, Play-by-post Games, & PCs you Can’t Control

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 77:00


    In today's episode: Daniel from Australia asks about getting back in the GM saddle after a break. Forrest comes home and shares experiences from Play by Post games. Taurelin asks about player characters with a mind of their own. Hosts: Kimi (@goldenlassogirl), CA Dave (@casithlord), and Jason (@itsprobablyok)

    HJRP S30E01 RPGs and Kids, Getting Excited about D&D, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 77:08


    Season 30, Episode 1 In today's episode: Thomas from Denmark shares his rewarding experiences playing RPGs with kids. Gekko State from Canada is struggling to get excited about running D&D and Greg in Virginia wants to know what other RPG shows and podcasts we are into. Hosts: Kimi, Stork, CA Dave. 1:45 - Weekly Announcements 9:20 - Thomas finds gaming with kids very rewarding 24:02 - Gekko State can't get excited about D&D 35:02 - Kimi's mic gets fixed 1:02:24 - Greg wants media recommendations 1:14:18 - Closing Song: Plan B by the Angry Folk Band If you'd like to be part of our show you can email us at happyjacksrpg@gmail.com. You can find us at http://www.happyjacks.org/ - Our past podcasts and streams are available through our website as well as links to our incredible discord community, social media links and much more. Tags: happyjacksrpg, tabletop, gaming, rpg, advice, dnd, d&d, podcast, roleplaying, happy jacks, dm, gm, dming, gming, game master, dungeon master, campaign, dungeons and dragons, hjrpg, ttrpg

    HJRP2915 More Immersion, A Blast from the Past & Memories

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 79:06


    Eric from New Jersey writes in about immersion.  We revisit Hosier Rob's very first email. And MRCJ send us some thoughts on his history with Happy Jacks RPG. Hosts: Stu, Kimi and Stork A weekly, round table RPG advice show that combines friendships, table-top RPGs, and unbridled enthusiasm to bring you a show that is informative, honest and funny.  You can find us at http://www.happyjacks.org/ Tags: happyjacksrpg, tabletop, gaming, rpg, advice, dnd, d&d, podcast, roleplaying, happy jacks, dm, gm, dming, gming, game master, dungeon master, campaign, dungeons and dragons, hjrpg, ttrpg

    HJRP2914 Prep for New Settings, L5R Char Ideas, Schooled in Math

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 71:36


    In this episode: Andreas from Sweden writes in about preparing for a new setting. Sean from Philly asks about playing a low-status PC in L5R. And Thomas from Denmark "Well, Actuallies" us about our math and Savage Worlds. End song: "Windsor's Cider" by The Merry Wives of WindsorHosts: Kimi, Stu and Stork

    HJRP2913 GM or System Issue, Immersion, Left Turns

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 86:42


    hjrp2913 In this Episode: Eric from NJ writes in about a GM/system issue.  Magic Octopus writes in about immersion.  Zed from the UK asks about unexpected twists and turns. 

    HJRP2912 Special Announcement, GMing for New People, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 45:08


    hjrp2912 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In This Episode: We have a special announcement. Josh in Orlando wants to know what sort of game to run for new people.  Tanic5 sends us a few RPG stories. And Greg sends a holiday greeting from the North Pole.

    HJRP2911 Orccon 2022, Finding a Group, DnD

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 49:04


    hjrp2911 Your Hosts: Stu, Mike, Stork. In This Episode: Mike from Strategicon joins us to talk about Orccon 2022, which starts February 18th. Joe from Detroit asks for advice in finding a group. Eric writes in about playing non-DnD with DnD fans. 

    HJRP2910 Character Spice, Cortex

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 59:32


    hjrp2910 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi In this Episode: We read a couple questions from Ruth from England and Daniel from Australia.

    HJRP2909 Props, Note Taking, Paid GMs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 73:32


    hjrp2909 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork   In this Episode: Ruth from England sends us a 1d10 question table!  Bill from Colorado writes in about notetaking.  Josh in Orlando writes in again about paid GMs.   

    HJRP2908 Time Keeping and World Building, Game Con Report

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 65:08


    hjrp2908 Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Allie In This Episode: James writes in about his cyberpunk game. Steffi chimes in on time keeping and world building. JimTo sends us a game con report.

    HJRP2907 Who’s the A Hole and Your Voice

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 67:32


    hjrp2907 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In This Episode: John from San Francisco wants to play who's the a-hole. And Garrett from So Cal asks about his voice and talking too much as a GM.  

    HJRP2906 Experience Points, Pre-Existing Settings, Game Tone

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 74:17


    hjrp2906 Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Kimi, Allegra In this Episode: Greg from Virginia writes in about how NOT to award XP.  Jo Lene writes in again on pre-existing settings.  Dave in DC writes in about game tone.

    HJRP2905 Notetaking, Play by Post

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 53:52


    hjrp2905 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Kurt In this Episode: Mike from PA writes in about notetaking and stuff. Gerard from Gelderland writes in about play-by-post games.   

    HJRP2904 Gaming Resources, Settings With Preexisting Characters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 53:07


    hjrp2904 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt In This Episode: Albin from Finland writes in about two RPG related products. Jo Lene revisits pre-existing settings but with a twist.

    HJRP2903 Modern Settings and GMs and Players

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 48:50


    hjrp2903 Your Hosts: Stu and Kurt In This Episode: Michael from Pittsburg writes in about running games in a modern setting.  And Aimless sends us a question (kind of a horror story) about mithrel armor.   

    HJRP2902 Printing Presses and Fantasy, GURPS, Magic and Bad GMing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 59:54


    hjrp2902 In this Episode: Brian writes in about printing presses and fantasy settings and pvp!  Gurg Murg sends a message about GURPS, Magic and bad GMing.  

    HJRP2901 Professional GMs, Mundane Careers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 46:27


    hjrp2901 In this Episode: Josh in Orlando writes in about professional GMs.  GM Radio Rob writes in about making mundane careers interesting. 

    HJRP2820 Licensed Games, Newspapers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 54:04


    hjrp2820 Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Kurt In this Episode: JoLene writes in about licensed games. And Dave from DC writes in about newspapers.

    HJRP2819 Theater of the Mind and Success!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 42:35


    hjrp2819 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Niklas writes in about theater of the mind in different games. And Axel in Germany sends us a success story.   

    HJRP2818 Accents

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 56:35


    hjrp2818 Your Hosts: Stu and Kimi In this Episode: Shawn from Outside Washington DC writes in about accents.  

    HJRP2817 Charisma, Appearance and Homebrewing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 59:51


    hjrp2817 Your Hosts: Stu and Stork In this Episode: Niklas writes in about good looks and homebrewing.

    HJRP2816 Running Away and Experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 66:47


    hjrp2816 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Kurt In This Episode: Sean from Just Outside Washington DC writes in about running away and experience.  

    HJRP2815 Railroading and Intraparty Violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 60:54


    hjrp2815 Your Hosts: Stu, Stork, Christopher Grey In this Episode: Sean from outside DC sends us an email on railroading and PC vs PC violence.

    HJRP2814 Spies, Props, Printing Presses

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 69:35


    hjrp2814 Your Hosts: Stu, Kurt and Stork In this Episode: We discuss RPG elevator advice, Leatherneck sends us an email about spies at the table, Curt sends a dispatch about Jackercon 2021, which will be held on the Jackercon Discord.

    HJRP2813 More On Convention Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 45:58


    hjrp2813 Andreas writes in about convention games.

    HJRP2812 Con Games that Fill, World Building and Advice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 65:15


    hjrp2812 Devon from Portland sends us a report and a question. We begin a world building exercise.

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