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Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

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Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

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By KarloffAG - May 15 2015
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A cheerful, witty, fun bunch. Recommended to RPG fans of all genres!

Love it!

By dailytravelshow - May 15 2014
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If it weren't for this show I'd have no idea what's going on

iTunes Ratings

32 Ratings
Average Ratings
28
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3
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0

One of the Best

By KarloffAG - May 15 2015
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A cheerful, witty, fun bunch. Recommended to RPG fans of all genres!

Love it!

By dailytravelshow - May 15 2014
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If it weren't for this show I'd have no idea what's going on

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Plot Points

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Plot Points is a monthly podcast which discusses table-top role-playing games and their supplements as literature. Our quirky panel discusses games old and new, spotlights innovations in the hobby, and links to literature.

Rank #1: Evil PCs Play Basic D&D: Episode 127

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What happens when an assassin, a murderer, a dark cleric, and elf Hitler go into a dungeon? To find out, listen to this actual play podcast put out by Plot Points! The gang uses the rules as laid down in the Rules Cyclopedia, which compiled the D&D rules contained in the boxed sets everybody loved back in the 1980's!

Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Support us at the $2 level, and you'll get Ben's book on gaming theory, Encounters!

Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us.

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod! Find us on Facebook

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

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Jan 20 2019

3hr 30mins

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Rank #2: 72: Shadow of the Demon Lord

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Enjoy Robert J. Schwalb's delve into dark fantasy with Shadow of the Demon Lord. Tremble in fear, be afraid, and game away!

Thanks as always to 50 Breaks for their music in this episode, and Chris Koterba for his producing magic!

Jul 31 2016

54mins

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Rank #3: The RPG Industry is Better Than Video Games and Other Controversies From Dennis Detwiller: Episode 137

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Is art harder than writing? Is the RPG industry superior to comic books and video games? These questions and more are asked and answered in Ben's interview with virtuoso writer and artist Dennis Detwiller, one of the fulgent minds behind Delta Green, the role-playing game of Cthulhu conspiracy which is ranked #1 & #2 on RPG.net's index of games. 

Back Plot Points on Patreon now! Back at the $2 level or higher and you'll get a copy of the current draft of Ben's book on RPG theory, Encounters! THIS WILL BE TAKEN DOWN ON MAY 1st, and put on DriveThruRPG, so if you want a copy of Ben's book cheap, back Plot Points now!

Back Dennis Detwiller's game of Cthulhu wrestling, WRESTLENOMINCON here!

Be aware that we are going to make Plot Points into a weekly podcast, hopefully for the rest of the year, so if you're a Patreon backer, you may want to alter your pledge based on the fact that we are going to be putting out more material.

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!

Audio courtesy of 50 Breaks

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Apr 11 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #4: Is This Book the Best Edition of D&D? Episode 128

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Rules Cyclopedia was a 1991 compendium of Basic Dungeon & Dragon rules. The rules are fast, light, and fun as hell. Hear Ben Riggs talk about why that's so, and the history of the Basic D&D line. 

Also, Ben talks about his research for his book, and learning something about Gen Con owner Peter Adkison he didn't know.

Check out Designers & Dragons, Shannon Appelcline's history of the RPG industry. 

Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Support us at the $2 level, and you'll get Ben's book on gaming theory, Encounters!

Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us.

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod! Find us on Facebook

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

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Jan 30 2019

23mins

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Rank #5: Why TSR Failed 2019- Ep. 153

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Why did TSR, the company founded to publish Dungeons & Dragons, flounder and fail in the 1990's? Ben Riggs goes deep with this updated seminar on the end of the company that birthed the role-playing game hobby.

Ben's book on RPG adventure design, Encounter Theory, is 20% off on DriveThruRPG until Thursday! Click here for a coupon towards this essential volume. 

Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.  

Image courtesy Wizards of the Coast. 

Theme music courtesy 50 Breaks.

"One Eyed Maestro" courtesy Kevin Macleod and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Aug 05 2019

55mins

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Rank #6: Demons & Devils & Dungeons & Dragons: A Brief History pt. 1

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Demons & devils are some of the fiercest foes in Dungeons & Dragons, but did you know there was a time when they were cut out of the game due to complaints? The Plot Points gang of Ben Riggs, Sarah Babe, and Brad Davies takes a deep delve into the history of demons and devils in the world's most popular role-playing game!

New to Plot Points? Check out a few similar narrative episodes. For example, this one on the Satanic panic, this one about how the open gaming license freed D&D, or this one about New York Times bestselling author, Patrick Rothfuss.

Let others know about Plot Points to help the 'pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. Not a Patreon supporter yet? See what goodness we have in store for you by backing the 'pod here!

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!

Audio courtesy of Incompotech and Kevin Macleod, David Hillowitz, ThrillShowX, and 50 Breaks

All images courtesy Wizards of the Coast.

Jun 18 2018

36mins

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Rank #7: Playing Along with the Theatre of the Mind Players: Episode 122

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Brad and Sarah interview the players of the Theatre of the Mind Players. Get to know the whole cast and hear what they plan to do down the road. A healthy dose of laughter is included in this interview as well. We hope you all enjoy and thanks for listening! 

Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon!

Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. 

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod! Find us on Facebook!

Nov 30 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: Is it time to remove the Drow? Episode 111

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Are the Drow too weighted down by racist associations to be a part of D&D in the 21st century? That's the question we settle in on as Plot Points takes a deep look at Chapter Two of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Interested in Ben’s book on RPG theory? Back us on Patreon at the $2 level to get the current draft, but act now! He’s sending the book out to publishers, and if he gets a hit, he’ll have to take it down!

Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. 

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod! Find us on Facebook!

All images courtesy Wizards of the Coast. 

Jul 30 2018

58mins

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Rank #9: 79: Cthulhu Eats Dr. Seuss

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Ben talks about using Microscope to build a steampunk fantasy world, and Call of Cthulhu for Beginners, which is a Dr. Seuss retelling of Lovecraft's most famous work.

Like our bumper music? Buy 50 Breaks new album here!

Dec 09 2016

16mins

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Rank #10: 68: D&D's Next Release Will Be Curse of Strahd!

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We come to you to make news this week gameratti!On March 15th, 2016, Wizards of the Coast will release The Curse of Strahd, a campaign which will take PCs from 1st through 10th level set in the domain of dread, Barovia. We have interviews with writers Chris Perkins, Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, and Wizards right hand man, Greg Tito!A correction! Shannon Applecline not a girl, nor named Sharon.

Thanks to Incompetech.com, 50 Breaks, Micheal Ramps, & Sheila Tayebi. 

Jan 28 2016

59mins

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Rank #11: Architect of D&D Adventurer's League Spills Secrets! Ep. 148

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Chris Lindsay runs the D&D Adventurer's League, D&D's organized play, and is the mastermind behind the DM's Guild, which allows Jane & Joe Average to write adventures using D&D IP. In this episode, he talks about how both organizations run, and came to be!

Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also has 14 playplans to help you design better adventures, and an entire 5E adventure applying his ideas, along with commentary about why he wrote adventure the way he did. Check it out here

Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.  

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!

Give us a review on iTunes to help the show grow!

Audio courtesy of 50 Breaks!

Image by Larry Elmore, and courtesy of Wizards of the Coast.

Jun 28 2019

1hr

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Rank #12: A D&D AP That Sounds Like an Audio Drama: Ep. 142

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Encounter Party is a slick piece of D&D entertainment so well-acted and so well-edited that it is more like audio drama than anything else. Our own Sarah Babe plays a minotaur on the podcast, and quite simply, if you enjoy Plot Points, you have to check out Encounter Party

If you like Encounter Problem, check out Ned Donovan's other piece of white-hot media, a vampire musical web series, The Hunted: Encore. Yes, you read that right. Vampire. Musical. Web series. 

Plot Points is going to try out a new feature: an Appendix N book club! Prof. Jason Carney is an expert in pulp fiction, and RPG superstar and Pathfinder author Clinton J. Boomer knows fantasy RPGs like the back of his hand. We gather these two phenoms to discuss authors that influenced D&D, starting with “The Return of the Sorcerer” by Clark Ashton Smith. Read it here in the next few weeks if you want to be ready for the episode! 

Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.  

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!

Give us a review on iTunes to help the show grow!

Audio courtesy of 50 Breaks!

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May 16 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: How to Write Better Adventures Seminar Gen Con 2019

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How many great RPG sessions have you played in? How many have you run? Given how much we all want RPG sessions to be successful, how come they so often aren't? These questions and more led Plot Points' own Ben Riggs to create a theory of adventure design.

Like this episode? Ben wrote a whole book on the topic! Encounter Theory is on DriveThruRPG. Click here to pick up this essential volume!

Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.  

Interested in Magical Draught of Happenstance? Click here to back it!

Theme music courtesy 50 Breaks.

As a note for Patrons, you will not be charged for this episode.  

Image courtesy Wizards of the Coast.

Sep 05 2019

52mins

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Rank #14: Best Game About Thieves Ever? Blades in the Dark

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Blades in the Dark is the RPG of broken people breaking and entering in a fog-shrouded steampunk city infested with ghosts. The Plot Points gang breaks down what makes it one of the best new games of 2017, and why it is revolutionary and influential. In further good news, thanks to YOU, we have met our funding goal of $110 per episode! (Thanks to Patreon-backer Sarah Lynn Ross who nosed us over the top!) In return, we will be doing an actual play podcast using the Basic D&D ruleset. 

Let others know about Plot Points to help the 'pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us. Not a Patreon supporter yet? See what goodness we have in store for you by backing the 'pod here!

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!

Audio courtesy of 50 Breaks

Check out John Harper's one-page RPG, Lasers and Feelings here!

Images courtesy Evil Hat Productions

Jun 02 2018

58mins

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Rank #15: Appendix N University "Ill Met in Lankhmar" by Fritz Leiber- Ep. 150

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A professor, an RPG designer, and a podcast host come together over Ill Met in Lankhmar, a seminal Appendix N text by Fritz Leiber. Game design, history, prose, and yes, even art, come together in this golden hour of audio.

We need YOU to vote for Plot Points at the ENnies! Click here to support the show!  

Ben’s book on RPG theory is finally available for purchase! Encounter Theory lays out Ben’s theory of adventure design. It also has 14 playplans to help you design better adventures, and an entire 5E adventure applying his ideas, along with commentary about why he wrote adventure the way he did. Check it out here

Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.  

Buy Ill Met in Lankhmar for Kindle here!

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Find us on Twitter @PlotPointsPod!

Give us a review on iTunes to help the show grow!

Audio courtesy of 50 Breaks!

Image courtesy Goodman Games.  

Jul 12 2019

1hr 17mins

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Rank #16: 69: Pugmire, Part One

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Today, we talk with Onyx Path impressario, Eddy Webb about his apocalyptically successful Kickstarter for the Pugmire role-playing game. Hear why a game about uplifted dogs in a post-human world will make you want to pick up two D20s, and kick badger-butt.

Like co-host Brad? Well he needs a kidney! Come to the benefit for Brad this weekend! Ben will be running a Dracula Dossier session. Learn more here!

Recorded as always at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin.

Thanks to producer Chris Koterba and 50 Breaks for the theme music. 

Feb 11 2016

43mins

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Rank #17: 100: Star Trek Actual Play

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What happens when someone who has never seen an episode of Star Trek sits down to play a Star Trek role-playing game?

The Plot Points gang sets out to discover the answer, joined by friend of show Ryan Smith and celebrity gamer Elyse Hobson. While a bone-deep geek, and award-winning Pathfinder player, Elyse has managed to live her entire life never having seen an episode of Star Trek! But that doesn't stop her from taking on the role of Commander Riker in "Border Dispute", an adventure for Modiphius Entertainment's Star Trek Adventures role-playing game.

New to Plot Points? We're the podcast that looks at RPGs as literature, and if you like Star Trek, you should check out our prior episode on Modiphius's game here

Plot Points regulars! If you like this actual play, back the 'pod to get more! If we reach $110 per episode by May 31st, we'll do another actual play, patrons choice! Back the 'pod here!

To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

Thanks to 50 Breaks for the use of their music.

Image courtesy Modiphius Entertainment.

Apr 15 2018

3hr 4mins

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Rank #18: Encounter Theory 101: Episode 113

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Encounter Theory argues that the encounter, where players interact with the world of the RPG, is the meat & bones of all RPGs. Is this true, & how can it be applied by GMs and designers?

This audio is from Gen Con 2018.

Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon!

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To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

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Images courtesy Wizards of the Coast and White Wolf. 

Aug 18 2018

56mins

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Rank #19: The Scandinavian RPG Invasion from the Forbidden Lands! Episode 132

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"This may be the most perfect role-playing game product I've ever seen." 

"This makes old fantasy new again." 

Forbidden Lands is the fantasy RPG from the Swedish geniuses behind Tales from the Loop, and the game lives up to the high expectations set by their other games!

Listen to our first foray into Free League RPGs with Tales from the Loop here!

Interested in Plot Points? Back us on Patreon! Support us at the $2 level, and you’ll get Ben’s book on gaming theory, Encounters!

Let others know about Plot Points to help the ‘pod grow! Review us on iTunes to help others find us.

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To let us know what you think about this episode, email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com!

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Mar 08 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #20: 69.2: Pugmire Part 2

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We get down and dirty in the kennel with the dogs this episode, completing our discussion with Mr. Webb about Pugmire, its technical influences, and gaming theory in general.

Enjoy! And thanks as always to producer Chris Koterba.

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin. 

Feb 19 2016

45mins

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