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Our podcast features two friends with over fifteen years of gaming experience chatting about tabletop role playing games. Our philosophy involves complex character design integrated with fully fleshed out worlds. We aim to help people write characters, play tabletop rpgs, and run their own games. Each episode will break down a different roleplaying topic with stories from our past games and suggestions for how to make your games better.New episodes launch Thursdays! Remember to play what you ...
 
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In this season six opener, Steve and Kevin talk about how to run a successful one-shot, one-off, single episode game, whatever you want to call it. There are ways to keep your game story and character driven, even in a short amount of time. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@RoImperfectio…
 
In this season five finale, Steve, Kevin, and Monster discuss several ways to approach making a character. We go through several of our old games and discuss how we made several of our characters. We go through a noir setting using the Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition system, an ancient middle east setting using the Legend of Five Rings Burning S…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss how to deal with GM favoritism and the forms that it comes in. That is, after we do a ten minute digression on the dangers of GM planning too far ahead and giving information to help player reactions, so jump twelve or so minutes in if you just want to get to the topic. GM favoritism can occur for many reaso…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss the effect of the metagame on tabletop roleplaying. It’s often focused on as a negative, but that focus can also destroy a game. There are positives to some metagaming, and as usual, it’s all about balance. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@RoImpe…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about what we’re excited about and some of what we’re less excited about for the new year! What are you excited for? We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@RoImperfection Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about having a horror Christmas game, after a bit of a digression about Burning Wheel. We naturally reference some of the classics: Krampus, Gremlins, and Black Christmas. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Krampus Stats for Dungeons and Dragons 5e Krampus Stats for Pathfinder 2e Ready or Not (2019)…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss how players use time. This can be important in planning for specific events and players. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@RoImperfection Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss the interplay between real time and in-game time. How does one deal with overlapping time or individual character timing? It can get complicated. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@RoImperfection Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoI…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin go back to one of the things that caused us to start GMing. We discuss how prison episodes are commonly used how they could be used. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@RoImperfection Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a…
 
It’s been a long time coming! For our Thanksgiving episode, Steve and Kevin finally get to a subject near and dear to our hearts: Film Noir. We break a very complicated genre down to three key things: a crime plot, nuanced characters, and that dark, dark atmosphere. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! GM Smiling Dog link here (I know it’…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about the GM nightmare: Scheduling. Now, Players might be tempted to tune out, but much of this episode is oriented toward players. We give the GM suggestions at the end. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! GM Smiling Dog link here Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send …
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin deep dive into a recent frustrating player experience for Steve. We talk about why our situation worked, but examine some ways it might not have. We also give advice on trust at the table. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin try a more free form discussion. No plans, we just chat. We start with how the GM and Player disconnect sometimes, each understands the game a little differently. We talk about short term planning and how thinking about character momentum can help with planning. We finish up with discussing how to deal with characte…
 
Happy Halloween! Steve and Kevin talk evil campaigns and how they’re more similar to normal campaigns than one might think! We discuss campaign ideas and some things to keep in mind. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com …
 
In this week’s episode, Kevin and Steve talk about the challenges in making a Slasher episode/campaign. We discuss several approaches. Pick your favorite! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com Visit our website: https://r…
 
In this week’s episode, Kevin and Steve talk about how to make a great Haunted House episode/campaign. We discuss planning, some common tropes, and of course, how to subvert some of those ideas to surprise your players. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment o…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin discuss what elements make a great cosmic horror game and create one of the best episodes of this series. It’s a Lovecraft exploration with some Weird Fiction on top. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Kevin’s Favorite Lovecraft “The Rats in the Walls” “The Outsider” “The Music of Erich Zann” “The…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin talk about what makes a complicated backstory and what makes a complex backstory. We also discuss how to make a complicated backstory into a complex one. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin discuss what research to do when making a character. We discuss name, background, even a little adaptation. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Background Resources: Behind the Name website Baby Names by Decade Great Courses Masterclass Libby by Overdrive The Science Youtuber Steve mentions: Youtub…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin encourage people to roleplay and discuss several ways to roleplay beyond the obvious. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Some images we mention: Fat Batman and Superman Bat-Hulk Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com …
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin discuss how understanding different playstyles can help improve tabletop roleplaying games. Players try different playstyles to broaden their RP experience! GMs can be aware of different playstyles to plan games that better suit their players! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin tell you how to get stuff from your GM. It’s best when you work with them and possibly sign up for some bad stuff down the line. GMs should also try to be amenable too! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! PS: We make a reference to the Hadozee in this episode. We don’t mean any offense. We literall…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin and special guest Monster discuss character adaptation. We go over several methods including: breaking down character elements, using world building to alter a character, putting a twist on aspects of the character, and using the jist of a character to create a spiritual sequel. We hope you enjoy and take car…
 
In this week’s extended bonus episode, Steve and Kevin and special guest Monster talk about Spelljammer: Adventures in Space. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! PS: We talk bout the Hadozee in this episode, and don't make any reference to the lore. We don’t mean any offense. We literally don’t read the official lore and mostly just adap…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin talk about how to make a character who is adaptable or open to several story situations. We talk about providing ambiguity in backstory, making interesting roleplay choices, and some places where chance can make things more fun. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin move our player focused season forward. This episode is about using vulnerability to create an interesting character. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Link to Long Background Sheet Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin continue our player focused fifth season. This episode contains some tough love as we go over how to take a static character and make them into a dynamic character, both willingly and somewhat unwillingly. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Link to Long Background Sheet Interact with us on Twitter…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve and Kevin begin our player focused fifth season. This season we’re looking to make some suggestions to the players. We’re starting with making more dynamic, complex characters because that’s where it all begins. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfecti…
 
In this week’s episode, Steve, Kevin, and surprise guest–even to us–Trong discuss another massive Science Fiction genre: the Mecha genre. Its common setting is war, but it branches out into multiple subgenres, like space opera, crime, and cyberpunk. We focus on how much the pilots are the center of the genre, but it often goes beyond just piloting …
 
In the third of our “punk trilogy,” Steve and Kevin talk about the broad strokes of the Cyberpunk genre. Its blend of noir and classic science fiction makes it much more versatile than one might think. Also, we review the various subgenres that have spun out of this Science Fiction revolution. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact…
 
In the second of our “punk trilogy,” Steve and Kevin discuss the minutiae of Nanopunk. This weird little subgenre covers both making things small and using nanomachines to do a wide variety of things. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimper…
 
In the first of our “punk trilogy,” Steve and Kevin discuss Biopunk, the use of living instead of cybernetics to improve humanity. It has may permutations from plagues to body horror. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com…
 
In our 100th episode, Steve questions Kevin about how GMs can deal with unexpected player moves. Will he be stumped, or will he have multiple answers for each?!? Thanks for joining us for 100 official episodes! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or questio…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Steve talk about setting up a post apocalyptic game. Admittedly, it is a huge topic, and we’re definitely setting up some future deep dives. We discuss plague, climate, nuclear, magic, and technology caused post-apocalypses in some depth with mentions of monster, alien, and zombie apocalypses on the board for their own ep…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Steve go in search of a long forgotten genre: The Lost World genre. It has been seen in a few recent films: Shang Chi and Kong: Skull Island. However, we’re looking at all the permutations! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or q…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Steve discuss how to make wishes more interesting. Wish spells can do quite a bit, and arguably should be more usable, but there should always be consequences. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Steve explore parallel worlds. Multiverses are all the rage, so we go over the varied kinds: Sliding Doors, Alternate History, Simulated Reality/Fictionalized Universes, Fantasy visions/tales, traditional Multiverses, Convergent Evolution (pure and contamination), and Isekai, of course. We also discuss what multiverse gam…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss the new book: Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse. We go over our impressions of the race adjustments and talk about more monsters! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Amazon River Dolphin Baphomet Pic (NSFW) Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a c…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss how to adapt monsters and then count down our Top 5 Monsters. We talk about why we picked them and how we would, or have, used them. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com Visit our…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss what elements make a classic coming of age story. We talk mostly about recapturing youth and some of the things that make people want to return to that time in their lives. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or ques…
 
In this (slightly late) May the Fourth episode, Steve and Kevin talk about one of our favorite subjects: Star Wars. We talk about selecting an era and planet. We also look into managing a vast amount of galactic races. There's also the question of managing the often overpowered Jedi and Sith... We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Star Wa…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about how to get a party back together after breaking it apart. We mention several scenarios to get groups to focus on their problems, depending on what kind of problem caused the initial group split. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection …
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about how to get a party to trust each other and then how to destroy that trust. We also focus on when to break up the party. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com Visit our website: …
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss the ways that a spy game can engage your players! We talk about supervillainy, agency stuff, types of agents, and setting quirks. It’s a surprisingly adaptable genre. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: …
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about ways to use buddy cop tropes to make your game better! We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com Visit our website: https://roimperfection.com/ Interact with us on Mastodon: https:/…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about using multiple genres to enhance a game. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com Visit our website: https://roimperfection.com/ Interact with us on Mastodon: https://dice.camp/@Ro…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about fitting and adapting fables and fairy tales into a game. We spend some time on making a genre often thought of as silly more serious. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Revamped Fairy Tale Items: Iceglass Fragment Iceglass Fragment on DnDBeyond Memory Comb Memory Comb on DnDBeyond Interact wit…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin talk about the much misunderstood Hard Science Fiction. We differentiate it from Soft/Social Science Fiction and then spend most our time talking about cool concepts and how they've been used in various media. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfect…
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss the wide ranging Space Opera genre. We cover what makes it special and how far it has come from its less reputable origin. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us a comment or question: roimperfection@gmail.com Visit our website: …
 
In this episode, Steve and Kevin discuss the surprisingly far-reaching Martial Arts genre. We discuss Martial Arts with and without weapons as well as many of the plotlines, tropes, and some surprisingly forward thinking concepts. We hope you enjoy and take care of yourselves! Interact with us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoImperfection Send us …
 
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