Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The No-Rolls Episode

 When I was playing through S2E70, I remember getting to the end of a session and I realized, "Oh no! I haven't rolled any dice!"

Somehow I hadn't even noticed.

Usually my concern is to wrap the episode at a 'good' moment - a cliffhanger or with something else to look forward to - but this time I started wondering if there was a way to get some rolling into the episode and still have it be the correct duration of 25-32 minutes.  I just couldn't find one, so I decided that this time, I wouldn't force it.

The whole point of TOTM is to let dice tell the story, so I was a bit worried I'd strayed too far from the path, but I was also curious: would listeners be bothered? Would they even notice?

I figured I'd take the chance to ask: what's your opinion on this?  Feel free to post any reactions or ideas in the comments below. I'd love to hear what you think.

(For the record, I'm hoping this was a one time thing, or at least something that would only very rarely happen...) 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Shownotes for Episodes 70 & 71

Episode 70


Theme                              Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                          148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                 Scott Buckley Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uIYYEM45b4

Dramatis              RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                               https://www.zapsplat.com


Cross Promo Partner: Mage Hand High Five



Episode 71


Theme                              Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                          148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                 Scott Buckley Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uIYYEM45b4

Some  FX:                               https://www.zapsplat.com


Cross Promo Partner: Third Floor Wars

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Shownotes for Episode 69

Theme               Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome           148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On   Scott Buckley Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uIYYEM45b4

Some  FX:         https://www.zapsplat.com


Cross Promo Partners: Save for Half & Errant Adventures

Monday, May 20, 2024

How Did I Miss This? (Improved Oracle Redux)

 Thanks to Matt for the much better way to do the Improved Oracle.  I don't know why I didn't think of it but... 2 dice is the solution.  One d6 for NO/YES (high/low) and the other for AND/-x-/BUT.

So for example...


... this would be a NO BUT.  

An elegant solution to the restrictive 50-50 problem of the single die.  Appreciate your great idea, Matt!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

An Improved d6 Oracle???

Hey solo gamers! If you're looking for something new and simple to try, give this a spin:


I love the classic d6 oracle (No-And to Yes-and) because of how it pushes new narrative, but, at the same time it really only works when the odds of a given situation are 50-50.


So, I had this alternate idea:  

1 No and
2 No
3 No but
4 No and
5 No
6 No but
7 Yes but
8 Yes
9 Yes and
10 Yes but
11 Yes
12 Yes and

Use this straight up for 50-50.  For Likely, add +3.  For Extremely Likely, +5. Negative mods for Unlikelies.

If anybody tries this out, please let me know if it works for you.  The tests I did seemed to work well, but I'd love to know your experience.

Game on!

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Shownotes for Episode 68

Theme                              Enchiridion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8NkG3bhIxU

Welcome                          148 Barovian Castle https://tabletopaudio.com/

Previously On                 Scott Buckley Legionnaire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uIYYEM45b4

Part 2b                                    Odin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XddzQIaRIU

Some  FX:                               https://www.zapsplat.com


Cross Promo Partners: YUM DM & Billowing Hilltop

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Adventures in Acetone part 3

 I might be a little obsessed... I've been making minis every day lately.  I'm not good at it yet but I am getting better.  

Here's the most recent batch.  They're mostly orcs, using a mold of a caveman plastic toy I found in a dollar store in Mexico.  The ones on the right are made with the acetone/plastic trick and the ones on the left use thermoplastic.  Each method has pros and cons, I find.  There's also a bit of green stuff, fimo, and fabric (3D) paint in the mix.


These are my most frequently used supplies (that's the acetone & plastic in the glass jar).  I forgot to include the green stuff (which I use less than I expected to) and crazy glue (which I use in pretty much every build).  I also use white glue for basing and for attaching hair.


This is one of the original plastic caveman toys.