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System Mastery

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Jef and Jon review roleplaying games, Star Wars novels and anything else that crosses their paths.

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Jef and Jon review roleplaying games, Star Wars novels and anything else that crosses their paths.

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Came for the RPG roasts

By Elliotcooperwrites - Sep 02 2019
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Definitely staying for the Goof Troop slash and Krull references!

Great reviews of (less than) great games

By Spartyblb - Jun 07 2019
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If you love role playing games and comedic commentary then boy do I have a podcast for you

iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
139
8
1
2
5

Came for the RPG roasts

By Elliotcooperwrites - Sep 02 2019
Read more
Definitely staying for the Goof Troop slash and Krull references!

Great reviews of (less than) great games

By Spartyblb - Jun 07 2019
Read more
If you love role playing games and comedic commentary then boy do I have a podcast for you

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System Mastery

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Jef and Jon review roleplaying games, Star Wars novels and anything else that crosses their paths.

Book of Erotic Fantasy – System Mastery 120

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It’s the Supplement Spectacular again!  Or, it was going to be before a child was born into this world who ate all of Jef’s time.  Luckily (for you, not for […]

Apr 25 2018

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Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne – System Mastery 129

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We felt a little dirty doing a “new” book last episode, so here’s our course correction.  The 1975 version of Tekumel: Empire of the Petal Throne, with all acute accents […]

Aug 28 2018

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Albedo: Platinum Catalyst – System Mastery 124

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Behold a galaxy of unchecked exploration and progress, as made by very fussy little animals that don’t like to be touched.  It’s sort of like if the Wind in the […]

Jun 19 2018

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deadEarth – System Mastery 126

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Often considered in the top ten worst RPGs ever made, there’s a lot of weird choices in here.  A lot of bad, weird choices.  Thrill at the majesty of a […]

Jul 16 2018

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Promised Sands – System Mastery 114

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It’s impossible to predict when we’ll hit a real speedbump on the show, a real Synnibarr or Haven… and here we are!  Promised Sands ascends the steps of the pantheon […]

Jan 30 2018

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The Xro Dinn Chronicles – System Mastery 119

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The Xro Dinn Chronicles is, for lack of a better description, the unholy combination of Ninjas & Superspies, Babylon 5, and the sort of mindset that led to the Winchester […]

Apr 10 2018

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Unknown Armies (2nd edition) – System Mastery 142

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You want true power and to really know the truth?  You have to really really want it in Greg Stolze’s Unknown Armies, a game of obsession, power, and the power […]

Feb 27 2019

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Talislanta – System Mastery 93

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It’s not too late to go support the new Kickstarter for the next edition of this weird but fairly charming game if you want.  It will be very soon, which […]

Apr 26 2017

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Nightbane – System Mastery 133

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OLD WEEN to you all!  We’re covering the very weird Palladium title Nightbane this ween’s eve, so ready yourself for one piece of beautiful Brom art and 200 pages of […]

Oct 23 2018

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WEGS Old Skool – System Mastery 116

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OSR, or Old Sam Raimi, is a concept in gaming that the most fun game stuff already happened and was mostly done by the early 80s, and that games resembling […]

Feb 27 2018

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Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition – System Mastery 125

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It’s high time that someone on the internet had an opinion about this edition of this game, and you know what, it might as well be us.  Please enjoy this […]

Jul 03 2018

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Renegade Legion: Legionnaire – System Mastery 134

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It’s Romans. In. Spaaaaaaace on today’s episode of System Mastery.  Thrill at the game designed to be compatible with a bunch of other games!  Marvel at page after page of […]

Nov 06 2018

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Paranoia XP – System Mastery 110

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A madcap dystopia that has more accompanying memes per square centimeter than anything short of Dungeon and Dragons itself.  Is Paranoia worth braving the swamp of people at the store […]

Dec 05 2017

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Wild Skies: Europa Tempest – System Mastery 118

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Sail the skies in heavily armored airships and nimble fighter planes as a variety of sexy little animals.  It’s the early 1930s and Europe is embroiled in really weird battles […]

Mar 27 2018

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Mekton Zeta – System Mastery 123

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Longtime friend of the show and fan-favorite guest Claire comes by to discuss Mekton Zeta with Jon, who knows nothing whatsoever about your precious animes.  This episode sadly concludes Jef’s […]

Jun 05 2018

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System Mastery 122 – Seven13: Cycle of Existence

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It’s another week of special guests with friend of the show, Quinn, stopping by to help discuss this inscrutable book with an unhealthy obsession with the numbers 7 and 13. […]

May 22 2018

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Scared Stiff – System Mastery 117

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Today, we’re reviewing an earnest attempt to capture the very specific magic of the B-Movie.  You know, so there’s gonna be like a ray gun that changes the frame so […]

Mar 12 2018

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D&D 3rd Edition – System Mastery 100

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Well, it’s been four years.  Honestly when we started the gimmick of doing D&D every 25 episodes we never thought we’d actually get as far as third edition.   Here we […]

Jul 31 2017

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Witch Hunter: The Invisible World – System Mastery 113

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Put on your buckliest hat and prepare to engage in battle with monsters most biblical!  We examine a game that truly tests the boundaries of how much White Wolf you’re […]

Jan 15 2018

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Age of Ruin – System Mastery 135

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1990 seems to be a downer year for RPGs as far as we can tell, but just you wait, someone’s gonna pop in any second and say that’s the year […]

Nov 21 2018

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Star Thugs – System Mastery 162

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Time for some sci-fi!  This game takes all the futuristic space convention you love and just DUMPS on it, haha yeah rad, fuck Star Trek!  Anyhow come along won’t you?  […]

Dec 04 2019

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Quest of the Ancients – System Mastery 161

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Have you missed the good old fashioned heartbreaker game paradigm?  Well fret no longer friend, because this one has it all!  Elves! Dwarves!  Saracens for some reason!  This reprint of […]

Nov 20 2019

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Godlike – System Mastery 160

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Superheroes!  World War 2!  Greg Stolze?  What’s not to like?  Well, there’s plenty to like, such as the fascinating superpower design system and the fairly fun dice mechanics.  But could […]

Nov 06 2019

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Dark Realms – System Mastery 159

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We didn’t know it when we started, but there’s a theme to this year’s Ween episodes beyond just leftover horror games floating around the library.  And that theme is “Oops […]

Oct 23 2019

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Chill – System Mastery 158

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It’s a nice day for something!  Welcome back to our October content.  This year the theme is a little looser since we’ve reviewed enough White Wolf games for two lifetimes […]

Oct 09 2019

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Space Master – System Mastery 157

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Well, we had to take a look at a Role Master game eventually, and this one chose us.  This 1985 RPG is deeply, deeply mathy, and features a fantastic story […]

Sep 25 2019

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Eoris Essence (Part 2) – System Mastery 156

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Well, after last week with Jef failing to figure out what the heck any of this is using just the rule book, can Jon save the day?  Will his comprehensive […]

Sep 10 2019

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Eoris Essence (Part 1) – System Mastery 155

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A lavish box set full of tomes of full color wonder!  A comprehensive vision of an exciting and vast universe!  But System Mastery!  Could it be… completely impossible to read?  […]

Aug 27 2019

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WWE: Know Your Role – System Mastery 154 (live!)

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Live from GenCon 2019, it’s System Mastery!  We’re covering the greatest entertainment to come out of the squared circle in 2005, actual wrestling!  Wait… no, probably some video game!  Or […]

Aug 14 2019

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Amethyst Foundations – System Mastery 153

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Did you know there were licensed RPGs using the 4th edition D&D engine?  Well here’s one now!  It has lots of fancy elves, a bunch of tech-based classes, and so […]

Aug 02 2019

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Snarfquest D20 – System Mastery 152

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Sometimes we get a book and we aren’t sure the exact percentage of RPG that’s going to be in there, so we end up reviewing like, a show synopsis or […]

Jul 17 2019

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D&Dizzle: Dragons in the Hood – System Mastery 151

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In retrospect we probably should have saved this for episode 175.  Anyhow this is a short comedy game mixing Dungeons and Dragons with hip-hop flavor pulled from the 80s and […]

Jul 03 2019

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Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition – System Mastery 150

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Happy episode 150!  Still can’t believe it’s gone on this long.  Here’s D&D 5e.  It’s a game.

Jun 19 2019

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Kobolds Ate My Baby – System Mastery 149

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Every once in a while we’ve both got so much else going on that we have to rely on what we call “The Emergency Stack”, a collection of books short […]

Jun 04 2019

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Recon – System Mastery 148

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Well, so we can probably do a whole hour of laughy laughs on the … wait, Vietnam War?  Is that right?  Okay then.  Recon is from 1982, and it is […]

May 21 2019

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Fading Suns – System Mastery 147

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Sorta 40k, sorta Vampire, maybe a little Dune in there?  Anyway it’s a space RPG where there’s a church that’s basically Catholicism through a greasy mirror and a bunch of […]

May 08 2019

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Of Gods and Men – System Mastery 146

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Hey who wants an old-fashioned case of the Heartbreakers?  Because that’s what we’ve got right here.  And it’s a doozy!  In that it’s one of those small-batch ones that you […]

Apr 24 2019

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Bliss Stage – System Mastery 145

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Straight from one bleak future to the next, only this time it’s kids.  Why it’s almost as dystopic as the movie Kids!  Basically the future is dream robots that put […]

Apr 09 2019

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Cyborg Commando – System Mastery 144

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So a decade or so after D&D, Gary Gygax had a brand new idea.  What if cyborgs with dustbuster crotches defended the world from giant bugs made of erectile tissue?  […]

Mar 26 2019

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Cadillacs and Dinosaurs – System Mastery 143

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With Jef still recovering in the hospital, Jon turns to fan-favorite guest Claire to join in and help review this RPG based on a comic book. It promises two things […]

Mar 14 2019

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