Episode 34

by Brian on June 19, 2008

We’re back with another episode, spending some time talking about the newly minted D&D 4th edition and it’s corresponding license, the GSL, along with some chatter about Traveller play and Free RPG Day.

Liner Notes

[0:37] Intro 

[2:03] So … D&D 4th Edition 

[36:08] The GSL 

[55:32] Traveller Actual Play

[1:03:18] Traveller and Thousand Suns revisited

[1:07:36] Free RPG Day

[1:12:30] Last Thoughts and We’re Out  

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Aldo June 20, 2008 at 8:56 am

Everywhere I go Chris says “3” of some things over and over again. Ahhhhh! =) 😉

I just need people to know that the expense for a store to participate in Free RPG Day is so much smaller than Free Comic Book Day. I’ve heard some comic book stores spend $1,000+…Would me making a $1,000 participation option work for Free RPG Day? Not.

Best,
Aldo

Chris June 20, 2008 at 10:18 am

Yes, I am your own personal demon. I live for it, so deal :D.

In truth though, you have to understand standing behind the counter of the store and being the bearer of bad news for people who have driven any manner of distance for something that was gone in the first 30 seconds of a day long event (“Free RPG Day”) is not fun. It’s just not. And I keep mentioning it because it’s true. It’s more of a factor of disseminating the information about the event in a manner to set the expectations of the participants so they aren’t blind sided by the quantities.

I personally get the costs, but I don’t think the average person showing up for free stuff cares. They just want free stuff…and if qty. are severally limited, those costs don’t really factor into their disappointment.

Also, Aldo, you will notice how much time we spent talking about the value of the event. Just curious why you didn’t point that out? Hmmm?
Chin up Hoss.

Fred Hicks June 20, 2008 at 10:47 pm

There’s a lot I like about the new D&D (though I say this without having played it yet — that’s tomorrow). BUT, the PHB (and other books) have pretty anemic indexes. It seems like WOTC’s done this to create immediate value to signing up for the online service aspects, but it seems like a pretty cheap shot to do it that way. Online services can fold, and when they do, these indexes won’t stand on their own.

irate squirrel June 23, 2008 at 12:39 pm

A one page index is less than anemic I think it’s dessicated at that point. Although the contents section is pretty detailed. It’s a shame given how much of a reference volume it is and for how newbie friendly in general it is. But many publishers in general seem to dislike the expense of indexes. The Flames of War one is pretty bizarrely limited. Battletech still rules for best index EVAR for a game though.

Aldo June 23, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Ack! You’re right! You showed the love…At the time of my original post I had heard you talk about the “3”s three times…my head hurt. In the end, if we raise the minimum participation for publishers then several publishers would not even come on board…Its a tough choice…though I am thinking about a sponsorship level called something like “store sample level” in case small press publishers want to get the word out there to stores and put one in-store retailer sample in each kit that would NOT be available to consumers for the event, but be used to run a game in-store or just preview.

Best,
Aldo

Kristin Sullivan June 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Hi,
Kristin from the This Modern Death podcast. I finally got a chance to check out your show, and I have to admit, it’s pretty awesome. The audio’s great, topics are good, and the material’s interesting enough to keep my attention (which, admittedly, is generally a challenge :) ). I know Shaun and Randy listen to and refer back to your show a lot, so keep it coming. That’s all.

Stephen Mortimer July 7, 2008 at 7:06 am

Hi there guys, just thought I’d post up a listener perspective here. I really enjoyed this episode, the information & observations about 4E and the GSL was excellent and hearing more about the new Traveller was great as its something I’ve been considering for a long time.

My only issue with 4E is cost. I’ve spent around £2000 (Yes £, I’m English damnit) over the years on 3 & 3.5 and I’m really not sure that I can afford or be bothered to go through all this again, even for something as cool looking as 4E.

One other quick thing here, there is a convention coming up later this year called Indiecon (http://www.indiecon.net/), which is an Independent Publishers GenCon, basically GenConUK 07 was, for a lot of folks, a huge let down and as such a lot of the smaller publishers are not bothering with GenConUK 08 and have clubbed together to put on this Indiecon instead. Now it would be really nice if you guys could give it a mention (I’m not in anyway associated with them, I’m just going and want them to have an awesome con) and if at all possible it would be nice if someone from Evil Hat could make it to the con as well.

Other than that, keep up the good works chaps, I really enjoy listening to your casts.

Ed Healy July 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I just submitted your show to the Digg podcast directory. It’s not been ‘approved’ yet, but when it gets the green light, you’ll be able to see it here: http://digg.com/podcasts/2d6_Feet_in_a_Random_Direction_Podcast_and_Notes

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