Classes have been in roleplaying games for as long as there have been roleplaying games. But why? What benefits do classes provide, and are they worth it? Ari returns for a third episode to discuss how classes work, what they bring to a game, which … read more »
Ari is a generalist nerd and all-around game enthusiast. His goal is to become the very best, like no one ever was. He spends most of his time playing various video and board games. Although his main focus is on multiplayer PC games like Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, he’s always happy for some old fashion tabletop adventures like Legend of the Five Rings or Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons. He has many opinions and is always happy to share them, backed up not just with mere facts but cold hard speculation.
This week we’re talking about TV shows that take place on worlds other than Earth or on an Earth that’s radically different from our own. This includes sword and sorcery stories like Xena and high fantasy stories like Game of Thrones. Ari returns for a … read more »
While Marvel’s films have become a juggernaut of critical and financial success, DC’s films have been … less so. But live action isn’t the only way to watch DC characters save the day. This week we invite Ari back to discuss the high bar set … read more »
Worldbuilding is the act of creating context for the actions your characters take. Not every book needs to invest heavily in worldbuilding – no one asked about the geopolitical situation in the Very Hungry Caterpillar – but as your story gets more complex, your audience will … read more »
Running a game is hard work, and GMs can burn out if they aren’t careful. When burnout sets in, it gets harder and harder to enjoy the game – if GMs can motivate themselves to run one at all. This week guest host Ari joins … read more »
Guest host Ari joins us once again for the second half of our talk on long series. With such a big topic, even fitting it into a two parter was hard. This week we discuss that bogeyman of long narratives: series bloat. What is it? … read more »
Speculative fiction readers gobble up books like they’re going out of style, so this week we set our sights on what we’ve learned from these extra long sagas. Joining us is guest host Ari, who’s read these books about a million times. Listen as we … read more »