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A weekly round table discussion about the table-top RPG hobby.

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A weekly round table discussion about the table-top RPG hobby.

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Love This Show

By Ron Blessing - Aug 21 2019
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These folks drink and they know things!

Great RPG Advice

By Zac Gross - Aug 19 2017
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Wonderful podcast. It could use a bit more burping though.

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321 Ratings
Average Ratings
295
9
3
6
8

Love This Show

By Ron Blessing - Aug 21 2019
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These folks drink and they know things!

Great RPG Advice

By Zac Gross - Aug 19 2017
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Wonderful podcast. It could use a bit more burping though.

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A weekly round table discussion about the table-top RPG hobby.

HJRP1701 Live from Gamex 2016

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This episode was produced by Kimi live at Strategicon's Gamex 2016.

May 30 2016

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HJRP2217 One-Shots, NOT Space Combat, Conversion

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In this Episode:

Hour 11 sends us a question about one-shots.

Kurt illustrates now NOT to do space combat.

Terry from Idaho sends a story about a conversion.

Sep 23 2018

1hr 11mins

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HJRP1614 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 16 Episode 14

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Your host: Stu, Stork, Tim, Kimi and Dan & Wayne from Feartheboot.com

Show Notes: Andreas from Sweden asks "do we need advancement?" Morgan writes in with an epiphany on GMs/Players and Prep. Chris asks for advice on scheduling. Toby writes in with some thoughts on Kickstarter. And Drayle 88 treats us to a gaming nightmare.

Mar 20 2016

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HJRP2306 Mapped vs Mapless.

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In this Episode: We discuss mapless vs mapped combat. Rands writes in about consequences. Joshua in Edmonton writes in about Sandboxes.

Nov 24 2018

1hr 12mins

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HJRP1918 Frustration, Fantastic, Noir, Passive Players

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Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Emily, ProbieTim

In this Episode:

Tayloron asks how to frustrate the characters without fAdd Newrustrating the players
Andreas muses about roleplaying without the fantastic.
Zoomfarg asks about running a cyberpunk noir sort of game.
Axel has some thoughts about passive players.

Jul 24 2017

1hr 44mins

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HJRP2314 Short Sessions, Gaming With Kids, Horror

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Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Gina, Stork

In this Episode: Matt writes in to ask how to get the most out of a short session. Jeb writes in about gaming with kids. And Hanna from the Windy City writes in about an over-reaching player.

Jan 21 2019

1hr 13mins

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HJRP1515 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 15

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Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Gina, Tim

The Wrecking Crew is raising money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Link to the Wrecking Crew's Extra-Life page. Click "donate." Type "The Wrecking Crew" into the search bar and pick a member to donate to.

You can also check out the Wrecking Crew's podcast.

Oct 10 2015

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HJRP2401 Passing Time, Getting Rules Wrong, Horror

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Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Aabria, Tappy

In this Episode: Brian writes in about the passing of time. Juho from Finland writes in about people getting rules totally wrong. And Dave from Tampa sends in a horror story.

Mar 09 2019

1hr 1min

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HJRP2508 Time Keeping, Changing Systems, Horror

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Moe

In this Episode:

Ryan writes in about time records and meaningful campaings. 

Eric from NJ writes in about changing systems.

LLamasu sends us a horror story.

Sep 28 2019

1hr 4mins

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HJRP2510 Genres of Gameplay, Advice, Abusive GMs, Choose Your Own Topic

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Your hosts: Stu, Kimi

In this Episode:

Ryan writes in about ‘genres’ of games. 

Useless Trivia Man asks for some advice for an upcoming game.

Alervant sends a followup about the abusive GM. 

Andy from Germany sends us a Choose Your Own Show Topic/Adventure.

Oct 12 2019

1hr 7mins

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HJRP1119 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 11 Episode 19

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Your hosts: Stu and Stork, and Dan and Wayne from Fear the Boot.

The article Dan mentioned about Social Geek Fallacies.

Listener Jonas' novel.

Fear the Boot's speculative fiction anthology, Sojourn.

Mar 30 2014

2hr 48mins

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HJRP2006 NPC Drawbacks, Player Conflict, Confession

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Your Hosts: Kimi, Stork, JiB, Gina

In this Episode:

Jonas Larsson writes in about handling NPC drawbacks.
Charas asks about player conflict.
Dave from Chicago sends a long overdue Fuck You.
Leatherneck sends us a Player confession (and GM nightmare).

Sep 18 2017

1hr 40mins

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HJRP2002 Group Chargen, Choking, Gencon50 Report

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This episode of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast is sponsored by EasyRollerDice.com. Check out the Kickstarter for their innovative dice tray, including a staging area so only the dice you're rolling are in the tray. You can find it at:  www.easyrollerdice.com/tray

Thank you to EasyRollerDice.com for their continued support! If you like the show, please consider supporting our sponsors.

In this Episode:

Stu, Bill and Dave77 report from Gencon50.
Sgt Dan writes in with some idea on character/group creation.
Ben from Texas asks for some advice when he chokes.

Aug 21 2017

1hr 15mins

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HJRP1710 Homebrewing Settings, Magic and Technology, Actual Play Requests, Living Campaign

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Your hosts: Stu, Bill, CADave, Kimi

In This Episode:
Zoomfarg asks about homebrewing a complex setting
Ben in Philadelphia writes in about magic and technology
Doug in Vancouver asks about Actual Playing Gumshoe
Ben from New Zealand writes in about a Living Campaign based on Dragon Quest and a podcast plug for The Big Red Couch.

Jul 30 2016

2hr 3mins

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HJRP1901 Geography, Downtime, New GMs, Unreasonable Antagonists

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Your hosts: Stu, Dave77, ProbieTim, Gina

Show Notes: Lee writes in about three things. Marty from Sious Falls writes in about geography, downtime and a new GM story. Morgan writes in for advice about strong and unreasonable antagonists. Bill writes in with some convention game thoughts. Matthew writes in with a story about how to NOT deal with a bad GM.

The boatload of links that listener Bill included in his email:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/theBRaWL/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/shal.gcg/ https://www.facebook.com/Golems-Gate-Gaming-and-Geekdom-389415544743736/ https://www.facebook.com/genconindy/ https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelyxhttp://freelyx.com/
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Mar 12 2017

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HJRP1703 Over Prepping, Naming NPCs, Star Wars, Confession, RPG Philosophy, Nightmare

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Your Hosts: Stu, Eric, Stork, Kimi

Show Notes! Dylon from Indiana writes in about his over-prepping. Kurt share a tip for naming NPCs. Dreamweaver writes in with a question about Stu's Star Wars game and a confession. Jake from the Midwest writes in to share his RPG philosophy and tells us about his party of new players. And Drayle88 sends us another installment of his ongoing gaming nightmare.

Jun 11 2016

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HJRP1706 Epic-Feeling Scenes, Success Stories and Horror Stories

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Your hosts: Stu, Gina, Stork, JiB

Show Notes: Morgan writes in to ask about Epic-feeling scenes. Eric from New Jersey writes in about a little of this and that.Allen from London (and Tennessee) share an RPG Success Story Dylon from Indiana shares a GMing horror story and asks a setting question.

Jul 02 2016

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HRJP1711 Murder Hobo Advice, the Sprawl, Using Fiasco, Mass Combat

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Your hosts: Stu, CADave, Gina, Stork, JiB

In This Episode:

Mitchell writes in with a dire warning: “I’m coming to you.” Adam in Japan from Fresno writes in with advice in is FFG Star Wars game. Marty from SF sets us straight on SD. Steven SW sends us a play report on The Sprawl a PbtA game. Zach in Chicago has an idea to use Fiasco to enhance other games. Chris writes in with his take on mass combat in RPGs. Griever sends us a horror story.

Aug 13 2016

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HJRP1513 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 13

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Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Tim and Benji.

Sep 27 2015

2hr 15mins

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HJRP1517 Happy Jacks RPG Podcast Season 15 Episode 17

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Your hosts: Stu, Stork, Kimi and Tim.

This episode of Happy Jacks is sponsored by Easyrollerdice.com. Easyrollerdice is now offering a two-sided top-notch game mat, as well as their quality dice. Use the promo code 'HAPPY' at check out and save 20% on your entire order.

Show notes! Craig asks us how to make snipers interesting. He also mentioned his game, Project Cassandra. Johnny from New Zealand writes in about boss fights. Adam from Fresno in Japan writes in about a lesson about DJing and how it helps with GMing.

Chandlin asks us for some advice. John asks for some advice about running a solo game. Aviv tells us about a convention game in Israel, and Adam in Atlanta treats us to a gaming horror story.

Oct 26 2015

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HJRP2516 Mongoose Traveller 2nd Ed, Exodus Campaign Debrief

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Your Hosts: Stu, Pooja, Stork, Kimi, Joey

Show Notes: In this episode, we debrief our Mongoose Traveller 2nd Edition game, Exodus. Regular episodes return next week.

Nov 30 2019

1hr 19mins

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HJRP2515 RPG Opinions, RPGs with IPs and an RPG Gold Standard

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Your Hosts: Kimi, Kurt, Maire and Tappy

In this Episode:  Andy from Germany wants some opinions. Christopher has some things to say on RPGs with IPs. Bill in Ann Arbor asks about personal Gold Standards in RPGs.

Nov 16 2019

1hr 21mins

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HJRP2514 Clockwise Court Deconstruction, GMing Exercises, Horror

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Yeah, I call the episode 25-15, it isn't. Stu

Your Hosts: Stu, Adam, Jim, Clara, Jason

In this Episode: We deconstruct the just-ended Clockwise Court campaign. Uncommon Man sends us some GMing exercises. And the Dude from Idaho sends us a GM horror story.

Nov 09 2019

1hr 20mins

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HJRP2513 Merits of Failure, Fudging, GM Screens, Horror

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Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Tomes

In this Episode: Axel from the UK writes in about the merits of failure. Hivemynd has discovered the joys of non-hippie GMing. Greg in Virginia Beach sends a Horror Story and then another Horror Story dealing with the first one.

Nov 02 2019

58mins

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HJRP2512 Good Session Zero, Why We Game, Cruch and Fluff?!

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Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Gina

In this Episode: Taurelin asks what makes a good Session Zero. Ed from Florida (nee Minn) asks why we game. Ben from Texas tried to resurrect the Cruch vs Fluff debate.

Oct 26 2019

1hr 11mins

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HJRP2511 Deadly DnD Combat, Interesting Combat, Confession and Triumph

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason

In this Episode: John from Iowa asks how to run a more deadly DnD combat. Andreas from Sweden asks how to make combats more interesting. Draylee 88 sends a GM confession/triumph.

Oct 19 2019

54mins

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HJRP2510 Genres of Gameplay, Advice, Abusive GMs, Choose Your Own Topic

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Your hosts: Stu, Kimi

In this Episode:

Ryan writes in about ‘genres’ of games. 

Useless Trivia Man asks for some advice for an upcoming game.

Alervant sends a followup about the abusive GM. 

Andy from Germany sends us a Choose Your Own Show Topic/Adventure.

Oct 12 2019

1hr 7mins

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HJRP2509 Picking Apart 32-Year-Old Stu’s Article, SciFi vs Fantasy, Existing IPs

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy

In this Episode: We discuss a GMing tips article Stu wrote in 1998. Len from Miami chimes in on SciFi vs Fantasy. Eric from NJ writes in about gaming in existing IPs.

Oct 05 2019

1hr 12mins

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HJRP2508 Time Keeping, Changing Systems, Horror

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Moe

In this Episode:

Ryan writes in about time records and meaningful campaings. 

Eric from NJ writes in about changing systems.

LLamasu sends us a horror story.

Sep 28 2019

1hr 4mins

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HJRP2507 Getting Into Character’s Headspace, PC Harassment, RPG Small Talk

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In this Episode: Rav writes in about getting into a character’s headspace. Alverant sends us an update about the sexual harassment of his PC. Uncommon Man asks about RPG Small Talk. 

Hey! We're getting low on emails. If you have a story, a question or anything else, please email us at happyjacksrpg@gmail.com

Sep 21 2019

59mins

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HJRP2506 Canceling a Campaign, the Gaming Landscape, Collaboration

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Your hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork, Jason

In this Episode: Doggos asks when to cancel a campaign. MRCJ writes in about the changing gaming landscape. Andreas writes in about collaboration.

Sep 14 2019

1hr 2mins

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HJRP2505 Fantasy vs Sci Fi, GM Horror Story, Young Players and Murder Hoboism

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy

In this Episode: Sam from Lakewood asks about the difference between SciFi and Fantasy games. EricaOdd writes in about become her own GM horror story! Rufus writes in about converting an 8-year-old Murder Hobo.

Sep 07 2019

1hr 4mins

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HJRP2504 Live from Gateway 2019

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This is one of our live shows recorded at Gateway2019. If you'd like information about our local conventions, you can go to strategicon.net.

Sep 03 2019

1hr 33mins

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HJRP2503 PCs as Big Bad, HIPPA and GMing, Email Based RPGs

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This episode is sponsored by easyrollerdice.com. Check out their Reversible Self-Standing Microfiber Dice Bags.

In this Episode:

Ian from the UK writes in about a PC-turned-big-bad

VY writes in about the HIPPA friendly GM issue. 

And Alan from Knoxville ask for email/text based RPG advice.

Aug 24 2019

1hr 1min

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HJRP2502 Depth and Immersion, Classes, Sundry Topics

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Your hosts: Stu, Jim and Stork

In this Episode: Joe from the Imperium Inlandus writes in about depth and immersion.  Niklas asks “Am I a Necromancer?”  And Tiamattinen writes in on sundry topics.

Aug 17 2019

1hr 1min

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HJRP2501 Character Sexual Harassment, Unsolicited Dice Rolls, Organized Play

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Jason, Tappy

In this Episode: Alervant writes in about the sexual harassment of a PC. Ryan4Flan writes in about players making unsolicited dice rolls. And David in Tampa chimes in on the flaw of organized play.

Aug 10 2019

57mins

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HJRP2420 Co-GMing, Wild Talents, Jackercon

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Your Hosts: Kimi, Joey and Storky.

In this Episode: Byron writes in about co-GMing. Michael writes in with a Wild Talents question. And Vyrrk writes in about Jackercon.

Aug 04 2019

57mins

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HJRP2419 Encouraging Young GMs, Dealing With Teens, Choosing to Fail

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Our 10th Anniversary! (which we almost forgot...)

Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Tappy

In this Episode:

Bevin writes in about fostering a next-generation GM.

Drayle88 writes in about the case of the teenage edgelordling. 

Ben from Texas throws in his two cents about players choosing to fail.

Jul 27 2019

1hr 1min

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HJRP2418 Player Engagement During Combat, Non Gaming Table Issues, GM SO Syndrome

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Your Hosts: Stu, Tappy, Kurt

In this Episode: ZombieHeart asks for help maintaining player engagement during combat. A HIPPA-minded GM asks about non-gaming issues at the table. Davio asks about the GM's SO Syndrome.

Jul 13 2019

47mins

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HJRP2417 Sympathetic Villains, Villainous Heroes, Success and Horror

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Your Hosts: Stu, Kimi, Stork

In this Episode: Jorn from Sweden writes in about sympathetic villains and villainous heroes. Axel in the UK sends us a success story. And Eric from NJ sends us a horror story.

Jul 06 2019

1hr 1min

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