Fear the Boot

An irreverent look at tabletop roleplaying games and a little bit more.

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If you're seeing this page, you're subscribed to a site that never picked up our new feed when we moved quite some time ago.  Be sure to check out what we're currently up to at http://www.feartheboot.com or just change your RSS subscription to our new feed at http://www.feartheboot.com/ftb/?feed=rss2.

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* World Wide Wing Night 5 on November 8th!  You can find the details for the St. Louis location here.  If you're not in St. Louis, you can find a list of gatherings in other cities here.

* Fear the Con 2 on March 6th and 7th!  What details we have can be found on the Warhorn site or our forums.

* Our new blog is up at http://www.feartheboot.com/ftb.  Or just click the "Fear the Boot" link on our homepage.

* Upcoming Skies of Glass web comic.

* Selecting and managing leaders in your roleplaying game party.

* Why John is so old and Pat is so quiet.

* How education affects your roleplaying.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Pat
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* Murphy's Law strikes again!

* The Warhammer Online guild is going strong.  You can find the details here.

* World Wide Wing Night 5.  You can find details here.

* Email addresses for all hosts are back.

* This is the last week for the GM profiles!  Be sure to get yours in!

* Why is self-destruction a constant in all of John's characters?

* Fear the Con 2 is set to go!  It's on for March 6th and 7th.  Same location.  Expect the sign-up site and other details in the near future. If you want to volunteer or just sound-off on the con planning, visit the forums here.

* Why we create characters the way we do.

* How the visual element of a movie can affect your experience of a book.  I managed to track down the Harry Potter audio spoof John was talking about.  WARNING!!! This is extremely not safe for work!!!  Click here at your own risk.  The Harry Potter 6 trailer, however, is perfectly safe.

* GM-assigned roles or character concepts

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Pat
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* World Wide Wing Night 5 on Saturday, November 8th is coming up soon.  You can find details here.

* The Seinfeld/Microsoft commercials.

* Our Warhammer Online guild is doing unexpectedly well!  Join us on the Order side of the Thorgrim server.  More information can be found here.

* Character, role, and personality archetypes.

* Implied archetypes we've only seen once.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat
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* The episode 115 tutorials are NOT available on CD.  We're having problems getting CafePress to process the sound files properly.  However, if you want to create your own CD, we've compiled the MP3 files in a CD-ready format (intro music removed, etc) in a zip file that you can download here.

* World Wide Wing Night 5 on Saturday, November 8th is coming up soon.  You can find details here.

* Our Warhammer Online guild is doing unexpectedly well!  Join us on the Order side of the Thorgrim server.  More information can be found here.

* What percentage of roleplaying books you own have you actually read?

* Should players be familiar with the games they're playing or expected to do any work outside of the game?

* Getting out of your character ruts and separating your own traits from those of your character.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat

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* Chris is old!

* Will we outgrow roleplaying games?

* The episode 115 tutorials are NOT available on CD.  We're having problems getting CafePress to process the sound files properly.  However, if you want to create your own CD, we've compiled the MP3 files in a CD-ready format (intro music removed, etc) in a zip file that you can download here.

* World Wide Wing Night 5 on Saturday, November 8th (not 18th) is coming up soon.  You can find details here.

* We've started a Warhammer Online guild, Order side, on the Thorgrim server.  You can find details on our forums.

* Chris pulls out Pulp Dungeons from the gamer closet.

* GM profile for Dan.  

* Don't forget to send in your GM profiles!

* Easing new players into the hobby.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat
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An explanation of the diversity you'll see in how people play or modify their RPGs.
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Like every hobby, roleplaying has its own jargon.  We'll help you make sense of it.
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If you're willing to give roleplaying games a try, where should you start?  We explain what you'll need and where you can find it.
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We tackle the four most common objections to the RPG hobby.
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Reasons why roleplaying games are a beneficial and worthwhile hobby.
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A general definition of "role playing game," along with a quick example of play.
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An introduction to the series.  We explain who we are and why we're putting these shows together.
Direct download: feartheboot_0115_1.mp3
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We're doing something a little unusual with our "new gamer" and "non-gamer" episodes, so we wanted to explain what you can expect.
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* World Wide Wing Night 5!  You can find details here.

* GM profile for Chris.

* Introducing non-gamers to the RPG hobby.  The FAQ we mention for dealing with religious objections to roleplaying games can be found here.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, Pat
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* If you want to join the Fantasy Football game Dan built, you can find a participating location at http://www.fschallenge.com.

* A big thanks to our Gencon TOFTBCHes!

* GM profile for Pat.

* Send us your GM profile!  If you need to convert your recording format, you can do it here.

* Upcoming episodes for non-gamer outreach.

* Running world campaigns in your roleplaying game.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Pat
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* Chris' blog of Gencon can be found here.

* What we'll do differently next year.  You can find information on True Dungeon here.

* We answer audience questions live.  Questions came from...

Ethan
Itamar from Hamishakia
Andrew
Andy from Amorphous Blob
Bill from Dragonlance Canticle
Dave from The 2 Half-Squads
Dick (?) (I couldn't quite make out his name on the recording.)
Will (The "gaming group" picutre in Shadowrun 2nd Edition is on page 194.)
Jason
Mack from Dice Like Thunder
Kyle from Animalcast
Jeremiah
Ed

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, and about 60 of our listeners.

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Don't forget to keep checking our forum for changes and more details.

I'd also like to give a big thanks to ZeikeCopperEyes for all of his hard work in making this happen!
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Chad and Dan from Fear the Boot guest host on Bear Swarm.  You can find the episode here!
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* The death of Gleemax.

* Shout-outs to Cigar_smkr and Jlhburnett of Hex Games.

* Check out the new forums here.

* One last time: here's our schedule for Gencon 2008!  And our social gathering details have been fixed here.

* The page Chris will be using to blog his Gencon experience is this one.

* GM profile for John.  If you're interested in reading The Monkey's Paw, you can find it here.

* A call for your GM profiles.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John, Pat
Direct download: feartheboot_0111.mp3
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* Fear the Boot welcomes guest hosts, Rob and Matt, from the Bear Swarm podcast.

* Our events at Gencon.  You can still find the link for the FtB social gathering here and the general list of all podcasting events here.

* Why a horse swarm is far scarier than a bear swarm.

* GM profiles for Matt and Rob.

* Setting and knowing the goals of player characters in your roleplaying game.

* Conducting a revolt against a player in your RPG.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Matt, Rob
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* The Gamer Adventures site can be found here.

* Back Seat Producers can be found here.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Matt
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* Fear the Boot's Age of Conan guild has migrated to the PvE server, Set.

* We'll be doing several panels and a live recording at Gencon.  Be sure to check out the schedule here.

* We're still planning our social gathering for the Thursday of Gencon.  Details here.

* A brief introduction of Pat.

* A profile of Chad's GMing techniques.

* Conducting a player revolt against the Game Master.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Pat
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Chris has sent me the video file for episode 100, and I'm doing final clean-up now.  In the meantime, enjoy this preview clip of the show!
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* The new portal will be uploaded shortly.  If you actually have a recipe for gamer muffins, feel free to post it before the old forums get shut down!

* Don't forget to let us know if you'll be stopping by our gathering at Gencon!

* A copy of Earthshaker! gets us talking about anachronism and genre-mixing in RPGs.

* Identifying and remedying boring Game Masters.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John
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* Fear the Boot moves...upstairs.

* The new portal is still on its way and should be up soon.

* If you're going to be at Gencon, there's a get-together for FtB listeners being planned.  Be sure to stop by the forum thread and be counted so we can get a venue of the appropriate size.

* John's acceptance speech from the Robin D. Laws award can be found here.

* Back into the gamer's closet.  This time around we discuss Run out the Guns, the Battletech Centers, and Star Ace.

* How to draw out shy players and get them more involved in your roleplaying game.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John
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* Chris' Battletech romance of his wife...?!

* The dark history of Dan, Tex, and Chris.

* Crappy Kahlua and high quality water.

* If you're playing Age of Conan, stop by and check out our guild!  You can find details here.

* A big thanks to forum user, CigarSmoker, for the cigars he's been sending us!

* How do you handle permanent character death in a roleplaying game that allows for so many ways to come back from the dead?

* OBJECTION!

* How should the availability of resurrections affect an RPG setting and its population?

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John
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* Chris tries to blame Dan for his flatulence.

* A shout-out to Halbert for giving Dan a code for an item in Age of Conan!

* How our review show won't be a review show.  If you want to start getting ready for that show, the first two topics we'll be discussing are Frank Miller's graphic novel, Dark Knight Returns, and the RPG, Justifiers.  (Our forum user, JamsTheHobbit, provided us with a link to a Savage Worlds conversion you can find here.)

* Running a roleplaying game with young children present.  The foam dice Dan describes are item #10966 in this catalog.

* Introducing older children to the RPG hobby.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John
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* Phil's wisdom on packaging.

* Join Phil in developing his sci-fi setting, Red Earth Saga.

* An in-depth explanation of Fear the Boot's future.

* BATMAN!

* Dan and the great Lord of the Rings movie marathon escape.

* Incorporating side games into a roleplaying game.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan, John, Phil
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* Here's your chance to support a gamer-driven charity for a women's shelter!  Click here for more information.

* Some changes coming to Fear the Boot.

* John's first brush with D&D 4th edition.  You can find the Reaper Mini site Dan mentioned here.

* Roleplaying games that are old, obscure, or simply never played.

* How to create conflict amongst your player-characters in an RPG.  Yes, you read that right!

Hosts: Chris, Dan, John

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* How not to get the ladies to join your roleplaying game.

* "Choose your own adventure" books that play like RPGs.

* The rational place for gamer shame.  (For anyone that's confused by Chad's use of the word, "hoosier," it's local slang that has nothing to do with Indiana University athletics.)

* If you're interested in joining our Age of Conan guild, you can find all of the information here.

* Deciding on -- and handling -- the amount of party in-fighting you want in your roleplaying game.

Hosts: Chad, Chris, Dan
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* An update on episode 100.

* Fear the Boot has started an Age of Conan guild, House Nachash, on the Stormrage server.  You can find more information here.

* This episode brought to you by Gorkamorka!  The forum user, that is, not the game.

* Can you change power-gamers into roleplayers?

* What we hate about higher education.

* Adding spice to the backstory of an RPG's setting.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Matt
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In this interview we talk with Luke Crane from The Burning Wheel.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Matt

Guests: Luke Crane
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In this interview we talk with Luke Crane from The Burning Wheel.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Matt

Guests: Luke Crane

WARNING: This version of the interview contains uncensored language.  If you wish to get a "clean" version of the interview, it is available on the feed.
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Below is a link to download the interviews Chad did with the Fear the Con attendees.  WARNING: These interviews contain unedited, explicit language!  So please use discretion when playing them!

http://www.feartheboot.com/external/FearTheCon1_interviews.zip
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* Episode 100 is coming up next.  If you have any questions for that show, please send them quickly to Dan or Luke.  Also, there may be only a bonus episode since, since 100 will take two weeks to prepare.

* Don't forget Diecon, particularly if you're into Warmachine.

* The end of Living Greyhawk and start of Living Forgotten Realms.

* Playing a robot in a roleplaying game.

* Comparing point-buy and random rolling for RPG character creation.

* What gets us to keep playing a video game.

* Balancing adversity and challenge in a game.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Matt

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* Chris is finally on the podcast, despite being a host for several months.

* A big thanks to James, Christopher, and all the folks at I-Con!  Also, congratulations to Christopher for his impending fatherhood.

* Converting Adam into the gaming fold, and what kept him from trying out gaming sooner.

* A shout-out from Matt to the folks of MidSouthCon.

* Players that are a destructive influence to your roleplaying game.

* Game Masters that control their players by simply blocking their progress in an RPG.

* Fear the Boot's Age of Conan guild.

* Don't forget to send your episode 100 questions to Dan or Luke!

Hosts: Chris, Dan, John, Luke, Matt
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* For episode 100, we'll be taking your questions about our views, hosts, or anything else you want to talk about.  So please send your questions to Luke or Dan!

* If you're in the St. Louis area or interested in Warmachine, don't miss Diecon at the end of May!

* This past week, Dan was a guest host on two shows.  The first is the Gamer Traveler episode in which Dan discusses his cruise.  The second is Kore News with Walt Snider.  If you'd like to discuss the topics on Walt's show, be sure to visit his forum!

* Karla talks about how many chairs have been destroyed in this house, and Luke recants.

* Drawing your players into the start of a roleplaying game campaign.

* Designing races for your RPG.  And don't miss this segment's objection!

Hosts: Dan, John, Karla (briefly), Luke, Matt, Tex
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In this interview we talk with Erik Mona from Paizo Publishing.

Hosts: Dan, Luke, Matt

Guests: Erik Mona
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* Host absence and...murder...?

* Dan and John will be in New York this weekend for I-Con 27!  While there, Fear the Boot will be receiving the Robin D. Laws Award for Excellence in Gaming.

* If you're in the St. Louis area or a big WarMachine fan, please stop by Diecon in late May.

* If you're interested in helping start a con in or around Richmond, VA, please check out this site!

* Trampas reviewed Fear the Con in episode 13 of Dragonlance Canticle.

* Be sure to check out Chris Engler's new podcast, Wapcaplets!

* How to handle uncomfortable social situations when hosting a game.

* Tips for running an epic-level roleplaying game.

Hosts: Dan, Luke, Matt
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* John and Dan will be I-CON 27 in New York, April 4 - 6.  We've also found out we're to be awarded the Robin D. Laws Award for Excellence in Gaming while there!

* If you sent Dan any emails between March 17th and March 20th, please send them again.

* If you'd like to see our first Skies of Glass review, you can find it on RPG Realms in their entry for March 19, 2008.

* We're working on a dedicated host to improve website performance.

* White Wolf's Graduate Your Game initiative.

* Settings that have been designed to work with a variety of RPG systems.

* Using external inspiration to assist with character creation.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Tex
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* John and Dan will be I-CON 27 in New York, April 4 - 6.

* Skies of Glass, Tier 1, is now available in the Resources section of our site.

* Kerrigan, Conan, and Luke's crappy gaming PC.  You can find Tara Strong's credits on IMDB.

* Do people take gaming too seriously?

* A more detailed look at board games.  You can find more info on Atomic Earth here.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Matt
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* John and Dan will be I-CON 27 in New York, April 4 - 6.

* Skies of Glass, Tier 1, will be released as a PDF document when the next episode drops.

* Ah, the Dragonlance episode.  Be sure to check out Trampas' podcast, Dragonlance Canticle.

* We would like to thank the following folks for supporting Fear the Con...

Stacey and Margie for their work on concessions
CJ, Karla, and Kim for taking care of admission and door prizes
Tony Mast for Fear the Froot
AlexH
Chris Engler
Martian Bob
Sawtooth

12 to Midnight
Atomic Earth
Catalyst Games
Gamer Ground
Pinnacle
Polymancer magazine
White Wolf

the St. Louis warmachine community

...and most of all, the excellent gamers that showed up to make this con work!

* Our Flickr account can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/feartheboot/.

* What we learned from running this con.  We think this information could help out anyone that's interested in running a con or just curious what goes on behind the scenes.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke, Matt
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* Fear the Con on March 8th!  Don't forget World Wide Wing Night at Side Pockets the Friday before, eye exams from Luke the Sunday after, and Fear the Froot during the event.

* An FtB commentary track you can play along with Dragonlance: Dragons of the Autumn Twilight.
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* Dan's taking a trip to Miami while failing to organize his trip to Gencon.

* Fear the Con on March 8th!  Don't forget World Wide Wing Night at Side Pockets the Friday before, eye exams from Luke the Sunday after, and Fear the Froot during the event.

* D&D isn't an RPG...?

* Yet another game derailed by a failure of the group template.  We also offer some advice on meshing subplots with your main plot.

* Converting settings across or into rules systems.  If you want to see the picture of Chad we mention, the original (potentially not safe for work) is here.  The modified picture (safe for work) is here.

Hosts: Dan, Luke, Matt
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WARNING: The content of this episode is a little more coarse than usual.

* BJ's Liquo store...?

* How Valentine's Day has destroyed this episode.

* Fear the Con on March 8th!  Don't forget World Wide Wing Night at Side Pockets the Friday before, eye exams from Luke the Sunday after, and Fear the Froot during the event.

* The Hobbit and other classic books.

* The evolution of arcade games and how that got us thinking about the evolution of roleplaying games.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Matt
Direct download: feartheboot_0091.mp3
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WARNING: The content of this episode is a little more coarse than usual.

* Contrary to what Luke thinks, Furreals are not sexual.

* Fear the Boot PSA #2.  Here is the relevant link.

* Join us for Fear the Con on March 8th!  Don't forget to donate to Tony Mast's Fear the Froot.  And we hope you'll join us for World Wide Wing Night the Friday night before the con and the eye exams at Meyer Eye Care the Sunday after the con.

* The Warhammer 40,000 RPG.

* Joseph Campbell's "hero's journey" and its relevance to running a roleplaying game.  Since Tex did so much research, we'll provide a short bibliography of his sources...

http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00800/journey.htm
http://www.jcf.org/about_jc.php
https://www.mauiwriters.com/mwconline/transcripts/SW_Vogler_Writers_Journey.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero's_Journey#.22The_Hero.27s_Journey.22
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Campbell
http://www.clickok.co.uk/index4.html

Hosts: Dan, Luke, Matt, Tex
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* Matt's brief introduction.

* Skyrocket reminds us of a major perk of the FLGS: the dice bin.

* Is it possible to cheat in dice rolling with pure physics?

* Fear the Con is still coming up on March 8th, and don't forget Tony Mast's Fear the Froot effort!  Please send an email to Luke if you're interested in volunteering to help out at the con.

* A shout-out to Lee.

* The Fear the Boot hoodies from Geeklabel.

* Is gaming without gaming still enjoyable?

* Roleplaying games where character creation is more interesting than the game itself.  The Hero Game 5th Edition ballistic test can be found here.

* RPGs that use GM fiat to make decisions instead of dice.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Luke, Matt, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0089.mp3
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Since we're releasing a bonus episode in place of the regular episode this week, I'll at least give the show notes in the usual format.  Also, we'll be back to a regular episode next week!

* Skiing.
* Luke's musical aspirations.
* Fear the Con.
* Fear the Froot, sponsored by Tony Mast.
* Cartoons.
* Comic books.
* A little bit on the future of Fear the Boot.

Hosts: Chad, Luke, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0021.mp3
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* Fear the Con on March 8th!  Warmachine tournament and the Watchmen debate.

* D&D 4th edition modules.

* Historical accuracy in gaming.

* Dialog in your roleplaying game.  The accent CDs from Pulp Gamer can be found here and here.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John, Luke, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0088.mp3
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* Fear the Con and World Wide Wing Night 4!

* If you want a Fear the Boot hoodie, you can find them here.  Be sure to type "feartheboot" (without the quotes) in the coupon field.  This offer may be for a limited time only, so if you want it, get it fast!

* Luke's Chromehounds group, Iron Tyrants.  Friends lists for PS3, Xbox Live, and Wii.

* Dealing with "that one player" in your roleplaying game.

* Dan's bad gaming story...finally.

* Fear the Boot on Fanboy Smackdown doing an episode about Top Gun.  FAIR WARNING!  This episode was done at Gencon before we made our promise to lay off certain kinds of language and insulting certain people groups.

* Friendly local gaming stores.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke, Tex
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* An introduction of the hosts and their geek interests.

* Who the girls love in the sci-fi/fantasy world.

* Conventions, Renaissance Fairs, etc.

* Ice-O-Hedron gaming con in Toronto.

* Fear the Con's masquerade.

* Movies they'd love to see made.

Hosts: Becky, Katie, Karla, Melina...and Phil
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* The joy of Jelly Bellies.

* Dan's New Years resolution.

* Christmas stories.

* Animals, familiars, and mounts in a roleplaying game.

* Designing and running factions in your RPG.

* Phil's podcast at http://www.insert-coinlive.com.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0085.mp3
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Fear the Boot bedtime stories, part II.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0020.mp3
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* Oboe Cops' generic holiday greetings.

* Adam loses his World of Warcraft account.

* A Fear the Con update.

* December is out to destroy your games.

* Running a holiday-themed game. And, sadly, I found the Christmas in the Stars song John alluded to.  After that, go listen to Chewbacca sing Silent Night.

* The list of top 10 aphrodisiacs.

* Adam tries to defend Sliders and Dragonball Z.

* Our experiences with Magic: The Gathering.

* Our favorite ladies from science fiction TV and movies, followed by our favorites from video games.

* My Enormous Penis by Da Vinci's Notebook.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
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* A shout-out to Khan Durian and Craig Pierce.

* Fear the Con.

* When Game Masters try to cover subject areas they don't know much about.

* Designing roleplaying game modules for use at a convention.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Joe, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0083.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

Information on the upcoming convention, Fear the Con.

Details and registration can be found at: http://www.warhorn.net/fearthecon
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0019.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 5:53 PM

* We welcome Keith Curtis as a guest host.  You can view his website at http://www.kacurtis.com.  The song website he mentioned can be found here.

* Fear the Con now has an official website at http://www.warhorn.net/fearthecon.

* Gaming in distracting environments.

* Designing maps for your roleplaying game.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Keith, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0082.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* There really is a game called The Hunters Hunted!

* The Summoning convention coming up for anyone in the Florida area.

* Reserve March 8th, 2008 for Fear the Con!  Details can be found here.

* What the heck is wrong with the Kessel Run?

* Karla's newbie gaming experiences.

* Explaining the roleplaying game hobby to those that don't play.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Karla, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0081.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* The TV shows getting passed around.

* A shout-out to Phil's podcast, Insert Coin Live, and a look forward to our joint Conan MMO guild.

* Dan's bad gaming experiences.

* Introducing new players to roleplaying games.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0080.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* W3N3 stories.  If you missed the pictures, you can find them here and here.

* A shout-out to Shawn Willet, the drunk wookie trucker!

* Luke's reviews: Colonial Gothic and Eschalon: Book I.

* Weapons, axes, etc.  Flight of the Conchords Lord of the Rings video can be found here.

* Games gone horribly wrong.

Hosts: Adam, John, Karla, Luke, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0079.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

Fear the Boot hosts take each other on in our first trivia challenge!
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0018.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* World Wide Wing Night 3 pictures can be found in various threads.  The writers' strike post by Shamus Young can be found here.

* Skies of Glass play-test results.  The "developers" thing John was talking about can be found here.

* Players finishing the campaign too quickly, with a tangent on computer adventure games.  And, yes, exfiltrate really is a word.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0078.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* World Wide Wing Night 3.  The St. Louis group will be meeting at the Syberg's on Dorsett.

* Fear the Boot sponsored convention on March 8th, 2008.

* See Luke for your eye care needs!

* Luke asks Dan about why Battletech's flavor doesn't come out well in many of its sourcebooks.

* The newest weapon in Dan's arsenal.

* Comparisons, advice, and and information regarding the old and new World of Darkness.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0077.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* The podcast spoof contest is over!  Stick around after the show to hear the winners.

* World Wide Wing Night 3.  The St. Louis group will be meeting at the Syberg's on Dorsett.

* Donating your old game books to your local library.

* Luke gets outed.

* Dan's view on capital ship combat!  Ok, just kidding.  We actually talk about house rules.  Here's the command-prompt Portal game John was talking about.

* Since it's Halloween, we get Luke's insight on running a horror game.  We talked him up during episode 45, so now we get it straight from the source.

* Spoof winner #1: Meg, Josh, and Zeke from Brilliant Gameologists.  Meg doesn't have any speaking parts since we don't currently have a female on the cast.

* Spoof winner #2: Forum user, Tim White, who is also the composer of our current theme music.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0076.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

In this interview we talk with Shane Hensley from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke

Guests: Shane Hensley
Direct download: feartheboot_interview_0005.mp3
Category:podcasts, interview -- posted at: 5:24 PM

* Not Fear the Boot Con.

* Congratulations to Tony Mast on the birth of his daughter!

* Fear the Boot spoof contest.

* World Wide Wing Night 3!  St. Louis now has a reserved location at Sybergs.

* Bringing a campaign to a proper end.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0075.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* World Wide Wing Night 3!

* Fear the Boot EVE guild.

* Spoof Fear the Boot podcast contest.

* Tex's dating update.

* A review of Catalyst Game's new Battletech products.

* Festivuscon recap.

* Campaign rules.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Luke, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0074.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* World Wide Wing Night 3 on November 10th.

* Our EVE guild is thriving.  We hope you'll join us!

* Spoof Fear the Boot podcast contest.

* The relationship between the number of modules and the success of an RPG.

* Ryan and Tim offer a rebuttal to episode 67 in which they defend organized play events.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke, Tex
Guest Hosts: Ryan Dancey, Tim White
Direct download: feartheboot_0073.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* An announcement about announcements.

* Keeping track of your GM notes.

* Roleplaying game modules.

* Our favorite RPG game mechanics.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0072.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* How beer has affected this episode.

* Spoof contest reminder.

* World Wide Wing Night 3 on Saturday, November 10th.

* Gaming pet peeves.

* Dan's Ennies speech on YouTube.

* Drinking and gaming.

* Dealing with the loss of a "hub" character.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0071.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* A Fear the Boot EVE guild?

* A possible St. Louis con early in 2008, sponsored by Fear the Boot.

* Spoof Fear the Boot podcast contest.

* The disappearance of FASA Studios.

* Making good villains for your roleplaying game.

* Designing urban settings for an RPG.

Hosts: Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0070.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Spoof FtB podcast contest.

* Shout-out to Carpe GM and Theory From the Closet podcasts.

* See Adam as a furry!

* How do you stop your players from over-planning how to handle a plot point?

* At what point should a PC become an NPC?

* Immediately drawing the players into a first game.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Karla, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0069.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

With DM of the Rings coming to a close, Fear the Boot is proud to announce Chainmail Bikini, a new RPG-oriented web comic coming to our site, developed by Shamus Young and Shawn Gaston!
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0017.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 7:34 PM

* A quick thanks to Zac at the Groovecast.

* Flatcon October 5th - 7th in Bloomington, IL.

* The revival of the Fear the Boot World of Warcraft guild.  Sort of.

* D&D 4th edition.

* CDs to help Americans learn accents, courtesy of Pulp Gamer.

* GNS theory.

* Introducing players to new, complex settings without boring them.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke, Tex, Shamus
Direct download: feartheboot_0068.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Atomic Squash game night on October 6th.

* Where did Tex get his nickname?

* What makes a roleplaying game "mature"?

* Organized/persistent/living/etc RPG events.

* Sleeping arrangements and other nonsense at Gencon.

Hosts: Dan, Dan, Daniel, Eric, John, Scott, Tex, Tony (no, that isn't a typo)
Direct download: feartheboot_0067.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Why Dan isn't on the show.

* Light liquor versus dark liquor.

* Our tour of the dealer room, including our hands-on with Conan.

* Returning to gaming after a long hiatus.  Or why people take long breaks in the first place.

* Etiquette for gaming at a con.

* Phil arrives to talk about Great War of Magellan.

* The conclusion of the Power 16.  You can see the final results here!

Hosts: Adam, Chris, John, Paul, Tony...and eventually Phil
Direct download: feartheboot_0066.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Recording with a broken air conditioner.

* A shout-out to Accidental Survivors and Gamer Traveler podcasts.

* Why we're a bit slow in responding to email right now.

* Gencon podcasting meet and greet reminder.

* Festivus Con.

* Starcraft Night of Carnage.

* What's up with Spirit of the Century?

* Running a military game.

* Adding RP to a wargame.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Luke, Phil, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0065.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

Like all Fear the Boot bonus episodes, this show is neither edited nor on our usual subject.  So if this is your first time here, we recommend checking out a regular episode first.  Also, excuse the jingling in the background.  Two of my dogs were wrestling throughout the entire episode.

As for the episode, the title says it all!  This show is about the pitfalls and success stories of internet dating!
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0016.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* A brief request to treat the ENnie staff with courtesy, even if you disagree with them.

* We spent the weekend at Archon, so we record a round-up of the con.  Excuse the sound quality as we're in a hotel meeting room, and Dan is losing his voice from speaking so much at panels.

* What we did at Archon.

* Phil's annoyance with 10-year-olds in the gaming room and us feeling old.

* Our failed furry panel crashing.

* How cons change over time.

* A chance meeting with Richard Hatch.

* Cherry-picking what you care about at a con.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke, Phil
Direct download: feartheboot_0064.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Welcoming Tex and Luke as our new hosts!

* Clearing Tex's name.

* Power 16 update.  Vote here and check the bracket here.

* A call for commission artists that will do custom art (for pay) in a realistic style.  Please send emails with samples, etc, to feartheboot(at)gmail.com.

* Jim in Buffalo's Baron von Badass theme song can be found here.

* Favorite video game based on a tabletop RPG.

* Knowing when to update or not update your roleplaying game collection.

* Why is there no official Harry Potter RPG?

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Luke, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0063.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:40 AM

* A correction on who actually made the flying train picture.

* You can find Angstboy's site at http://www.daddymonkeylives.com.

* Don't forget to vote for us in the ENnie Awards if you haven't already!  And if you already have, pass it on to your friends or family members.  Voting ends on July 29th.

* Determining rank in an RPG.

* Little things Game Masters can do to ruin a roleplaying game.

* Reminder of the Gencon reception on Saturday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.  Dan will also be on two panels at 11:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday.

* Running a player-driven game.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Luke
Direct download: feartheboot_0062.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

In this interview we talk with Jess Hartley, an author working for White Wolf who's had a big hand in shaping the new Changeling book.

Her website: http://www.jesshartley.com/

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Mike

Guests: Jess Hartley
Direct download: feartheboot_interview_0004.mp3
Category:podcasts, interview -- posted at: 4:01 AM

The Phil praise episode!  We try as hard as we can to be nice to Phil.

Also, don't forget to vote in the ENnie Awards!  And if you voted early on Monday, they had to reset the votes, so be sure to vote again.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0015.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 4:01 AM

ENnie voting is now live!  Please get out there and vote!

http://www.enworld.org/ennies/voting.php

Category:general -- posted at: 3:15 PM

* John's cougar.

* Fear the Boot has been nominated for an ENnie Award!  Don't forget to vote here!

* Power 16 update.  You can see the current bracket here and vote for the next round here.

* Selecting the game your group is going to play.

* The psychological effects of playing a roleplaying game.

* Representing psychological problems in a roleplaying game.

* Mike's PSA.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Mike

Direct download: feartheboot_0061.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Fear the Boot nominated for an ENnie award!  Don't forget to vote for us from July 16th to July 29th.  You can find the ENnie site here.

* Some changes at Fear the Boot.

* Using electronic aids to help with voluntary player isolation.

* Nazi Zombie Bugbear contest is over!  The song by GoOrange can be found here and also heard at the end of the show.  The winning picture by Angstboy can be found here.

* Handling ridiculous player actions.

* How to run a high-combat, low-RP game.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Phil
Direct download: feartheboot_0060.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* The Beatles version of Lord of the Rings?!  Also, here's the song with Leonard Nimoy singing about Bilbo.

* Power 16 update.  You can see the bracket here.  And be sure to vote on the next round here.

* Fictional religions in a roleplaying game.

* Real religions in a roleplaying game.

* Religion versus RPG culture.  Here is a link to the Chick tract we keep talking about.  And here's a link to the profile of the guy that hosts the Gamers of Faith forum.  Send him a PM if you want to get more info on joining it.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0059.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* The Phil Challenge!

* Finding a new gaming group.

* Gamer desperation when you can't find a group.  The online play community we mentioned can be found here.

* Knowing when it's time to quit the RPG hobby.

* Voluntary player isolation.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0058.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Power 16 update.  You can find the current bracket here.  And don't forget to vote here!

* Star Wars Saga Edition.

* Fog of war at the gaming table.

* The best RPG purchases we've made.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0057.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* What's the difference between playing a hack n' slash video game and a hack n' slash tabletop RPG?

* How can you integrate roleplaying into combat?

* Gencon event reminders.

* Using random encounter charts.  For the Nazi Zombie Bugbear contest,  enter your theme songs here and your pictures here!

* Dealing with involuntary player character isolation.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike


Direct download: feartheboot_0056.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* We're still messing with the compressor, so hopefully the sound quality is getting a little better.

* Fear the Boot's Power 16!  See the candidates, brackets, and voting both here.

* Embarrassing RPG purchases.

* Bringing your gaming group back after a long hiatus.

* Customizing the gaming experience to suit the players.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0055.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Changes to the way the show is recorded and produced.

* The results of World Wide Wing Night 2 and planning for World Wide Wing Night 3.

* Scourge of Worlds, redux.  The website we're talking about at one point is Despair.com.

* Using the Power 19 to help you create your RPG.  The list can be found here.  Fist Full of Comics podcast can be found here.

* Civilization mod, Fall from Heaven II can be found here.  Its forums can be found here.

* Character recycling.

* Making plots for your roleplaying game that don't center on "man versus man" conflicts.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0054.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* A report on the Ziggurat Con donation drive.  You can find more details on the forums here.

* Fear the Boot will be attending a general reception for the gaming podcasters and listeners at Gencon on Saturday, August 18th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

* An update on the World of Warcraft and Everquest II guilds.

* Gamers and sports.

* Balancing a game for setting accuracy versus fairness.

* How electronics can be used to enhance the roleplaying experience rather than damage it.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0053.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

Like all Fear the Boot bonus episodes, this show is neither edited nor on our usual subject.  So if this is your first time here, we recommend checking out a regular episode first.

This episode is a review of Anime Central, which was attended by Adam and Melina.  Adam also put together a short film, which you can find here.

While there's no profanity or explicit material in this episode, it does deal with some sexual themes, so please use discretion when playing it.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0014.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 1:09 AM

* The D&D play-by-DVD game, Scourge of Worlds.  Pictures of the woman that voice-acted Lidda can be found here.

* The Rifts challenge.

* World Wide Wing Night 2, final reminder.

* Supporting your local gaming shop.

* Should Game Masters cheat?

* Answering Andrew's email on how to handle enemies in an RPG.

* Running a low-magic fantasy game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan

(If you want to know what it sounds like when a phone call messes up our recording session, click here.)
Direct download: feartheboot_0052.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Why Dan hates Woodson Terrace, Missouri.  The "350" clip referred to can be found here.

* The final reminder for Ziggurat Con donations.  This Saturday is the cut-off for donations.

* World Wide Wing Night 2 is still coming up on Friday, May 18th.

* Dragon and Dungeon magazines shutting down, redux.  The voice mail we're discussing can be found here, should you want to hear the whole thing.  You can check out Carl's own podcast over here.

* Getting your group to try new games.

* Getting your group to try new gaming styles.

* Running a superhero game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0051.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

In this interview we talk with Shamus Young, author of the web comic, DM of the Rings, a parody of Lord of the Rings, presented as if the movie was the plot of an RPG.

His website: http://www.shamusyoung.com
His comic: http://www.shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale/?cat=14

During the show, we mention an episode we recorded 30 minutes ago.  That show is episode 51, which will be released next week.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John

Guests: Shamus Young

Direct download: feartheboot_interview_0003.mp3
Category:podcasts, interview -- posted at: 4:01 AM

Though we've gotten out of the habit, we want to do something different every 10th episode.  Since episode 50 falls pretty close to our one-year anniversary, we spend this show looking back on the first year of the show.

I assure you this is not a highlight reel of clips from previous shows, nor do we rehash old topics.  Instead we talk about the things that have happened off mic, the phases the show has gone through, and how it's changed us as people.

If you're interested in the gaming talk, but not the show itself, this is probably not an episode for you.  Skip over it and catch up with us again on episode 51.  Otherwise, stick around for a look at what it's like to make Fear the Boot.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0050.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Contacting Fear the Boot.

* A reminder on Ziggurat con.  The 60-second promo is located here.

* Chad and Dan, revisit their favorite RPGs, this time sticking to store-bought products.

* Dragon and Dungeon magazine shutting down.  The future of RPG media.

* Building affinity between your players and an NPC.

* Running a roleplaying game in the steampunk genre.

* A reminder on World Wide Wing Night 2.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0049.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:33 AM

* Though it will have minimal impact on the show, we've changed our recording date from Saturday to Monday.  Release will still be on Wednesdays.

* We're accepting donations to prepare gaming kits that will be sent down to Ziggurat Con, a gaming convention for soldiers in Iraq.  You can donate using the "Make a Donation" button at the top of our site.  If you prefer to send a check or other donation via postal mail, please send an email to Dan.  All donations must be in by noon Central time on Saturday, May 12th.  Our forum discussion on the effort can be found here.  If you'd like to play a promo on your own show for the fund drive, you can find a 60-second MP3 here.

* Planning has begun for World Wide Wing Night 2.  It will be on Friday, May 18th.  Details can be found here.

* The single favorite RPG of each individual host and why we picked those games.

* A discussion on which actor made the best Batman.

* Tips for running a roleplaying game in the Western genre.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0048.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

Fear the Boot joined the Groovy Gamer podcast for an episode about remote play (play-by-post, play-by-email, etc) roleplaying games.  Please stop by and check it out!

http://gggc.blogspot.com/
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25 PM

* A discussion of 300.  We promise, there are no spoilers.

* Picking a Star Wars fighter.

* A conversation about costuming leads into an ode to the Brotherhood of Nod.

* DuckTales.  Yes, you read that right.

* Running a sci-fi roleplaying game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0047.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Chris Engler is joining a charity bowling contest that will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.  If RPG podcast listeners will pledge enough money, several companies (including Highmoon Media and Sword's Edge) have pledged to give away a ton of RPG-related prizes.  You can find the details on his website or in our forums.

* A Bloodbowl League is forming, using a Java client so you can play online for free.  You can find information in our forums and on the league's page.

* Congratulations to Zanian0 for winning our Chad: The Travesty contest.  You can find his entry here.

* A discussion on Command & Conquer 3 leads into a longer discussion on strategy video games.

* Dealing with cliches when running a genre-based RPG.  The Inspector Gadget joke John makes is in reference to this Robot Chicken clip.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0046.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46 AM

* Chad: The Travesty contest reminder.

* Gaming groups through local libraries, redux.

* The editions of D&D.

* Using maps for combat in an RPG.

* Running a horror game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0045.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:27 AM

* The Brownsburg Library D&D group and using your library to promote RPG play.

* A big "thank you" to the community for the donations for Skye.

* Gamer Traveler podcast.

* Chad: The Travesty contest reminder.

* SciFi Smackdown podcast.

* Fear the Boot's EQ2 and WoW guilds.

* The fandom surrounding modern TV shows.

* Layout and organization of your new roleplaying game.

* Skies of Glass Q&A.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0044.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Chad and Dawn's baby

* Chad: The Travesty contest.  Enter here!

* Whether rolling dice is unfair to unlucky players.

* The future of Fear the Boot.

* Designing expansions for your roleplaying game.

* Copyright protection.

* Skies of Glass Q&A

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Mike, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0043.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 AM

* Who wants a body massage?

* Do Adam and John sound too much alike?

* Boardgaming.

* Chad calls 911.

* BBS games.  The instance of Legend of the Green Dragon I signed up with can be found here.

* John's three criteria for a good movie.

* Handling wounds, healing, and death in your RPG design.

* Skies of Glass Q&A.

Direct download: feartheboot_0042.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

In the second interview episode, we talk with Mike West from Lionhead Studios.  Mike contributed to script development for Fable and is currently the lead script developer for Fable 2.  Our conversation focuses on storytelling in video games, but also includes discussion of the relationship between video games and tabletop games, the future of the video game market, and the chances of small shops succeeding in the industry.

Hosts: Adam, Dan, Tex

Guests: Mike West

Direct download: feartheboot_interview_0002.mp3
Category:podcasts, interview -- posted at: 3:45 PM

* Hurting yourself while playing video games.

* Fear the Boot would like to thank...

* The timing and purpose of resource documents.

* Bringing FTB up to date on current games.

* The new World of Darkness.

* Why people more readily accept non-realism in fantasy versus sci-fi.

* Designing a combat system for a new roleplaying game.

* Skies of Glass Q&A.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike

Direct download: feartheboot_0041.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01 AM

* Fear the Boot store update.

* A preview of the upcoming interviews.

* The backlog of resource documents.

* Gaming comics.

* Players and GMs make the game.

* Designing character advancement for your new roleplaying game.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Mike
Direct download: feartheboot_0040.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:52 AM

The resource document for this episode will be rather extensive, so it won't be up along with this episode, but it should be posted by the end of the week.

* John's date report.

* Chad's comments on gaming in the window of a shop in the mall.

* Why Mike hasn't GM-ed in years, and whether GMs make the best players.

* Considerations when designing character creation for a new roleplaying game.

* Skied of Glass Q&A.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike

Direct download: feartheboot_0039.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41 AM

Since starting this podcast, Fear the Boot has made contact with quite a few professionals in the gaming market.  Rather than let these opportunities go to waste, we decided to start a new interview series.  For our kick-off show, we chat with Ryan Dancey about his experience working for Wizards of the Coast, the data he's seen on the gaming population, and the future of the hobby.

If you'd like to hear more from Ryan, be sure to check out his blog!

Hosts: Adam, Dan, John, Mike

Guests: Ryan Dancey

Direct download: feartheboot_interview_0001.mp3
Category:podcasts, interview -- posted at: 8:49 PM

During the show, we make a few jokes about an "oooooh" noise.  During the show I said I would link the video that comes from, so here it is.  Please be aware it includes foul language.

* Katie, I can't understand the email address in your voicemail.

* A writer's critique group is running on our forum.  To join, send a private message (on the forum) to Tony, who both heads up the critique group and is a host of the Fanboy Smackdown, movie review podcast.

* The new FTB banner page can be found here or under the "Banners" link at the top of the page.

* The FTB store can be found here or under the "Store" link at the top of the page.  It features FTB 9000 Compliant, Baron von Badass, and show logo gear.

* Why do gamers all enter the hobby with the same preconceptions?

* Is it possible to bring what we enjoy from tabletop gaming into video games?

* Designing the economy and itemization for your new roleplaying game.

* Skies of Glass Q&A

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Mike

Direct download: feartheboot_0038.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:06 AM

Like all Fear the Boot bonus episodes, this show is neither edited nor on our usual subject.  So if this is your first time here, we recommend checking out a regular episode first.

This particular episode is primarily about "gamer shame", meaning the embarrassment most gamers feel about their chosen hobby.  However, before we get into that, we spend a few minutes talking about turn-based strategy games and waning attention spans.

Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0013.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 1:15 PM

* A review of World Wide Wing Night.

* Our take on Wizards of the Coast's D&D club sponsorship program.  You can find the article we're discussing here.

* Based on some feedback we've gotten, we return to the subject of RPG art.  The RPG publishers we mention are Highmoon Media and Sword's Edge Publishing.

* We continue the game design series with a discussion of social rules for your roleplaying game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Mike

Direct download: feartheboot_0037.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:43 AM

This episode was intended to be a warm-up for Mike, a new host we're bringing on at FTB to help out with several new efforts we're preparing to launch.  However, true to form, we spend most of the show chasing tangents, the largest of which is a discussion on pipes and cigars.

Mike was a bit nervous behind the mic, but that's alright.  Off the mic he's just as belligerent as the rest of us, so I know he'll be a great addition once he's more at ease.

Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0012.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 6:45 AM

For this episode, we welcome guest host, Chris Hussey, an author that used to work for FASA.

* Character advancement: why is it emotionally integral to the RPG experience?

* A reminder about World Wide Wing Night.  Details can be found here.

* Designing the basic model for characters in a new roleplaying game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Chris, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0036.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:27 AM

Before I get to the show notes, a listener asked us to mention an upcoming gaming con.  I didn't get the note in time for the recording, so I'll mention it here instead.  The con is Chattacon in Chattanooga, Tennessee, January 26 - 28.  You can find more information at Chattacon.org.

With that done, on to the show...

* The future of the gaming industry.  The Ryan Dancey article we mention can be found here.

* Art for your new roleplaying game.

* Skies of Glass Q&A.  The Gamer Traveler show we mention can be found here.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0035.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:03 AM

WARNING: This episode of Fear the Boot deals with handling sensitive subjects in your role-playing game.  While it maintains the usual rating of a Fear the Boot episode, it includes candid discussions of social issues such as race, religion, politics, and violence.  If you are bothered by such discussions or playing this show in the presence of anyone this content would be inappropriate for, please exercise proper discretion.

* World Wide Wing Night

* TV shows we miss.

* Too much versus too little micro-setting in a roleplaying game.

* Handling sensitive subjects when designing a new RPG.

* Skies of Glass Q&A

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0034.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22 AM

The resource document for this show will be posted either Wednesday or Thursday.  Until then, enjoy the recording!

* Stories from gaming stores, good and bad.

* Is it easier to be negative than positive?

* Designing micro setting for a role-playing game.

* Skies of Glass Q&A 

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0033.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:05 AM

* A reminder that some domains stuff our emails into your spam folder.

* Giving back to the boot.

* Based on a voice mail from a listener, we ponder whether our game plots change to reflect our current position in life.

* Building martial accuracy in your RPG.

* Designing marco setting for a role-playing game.

* Skies of Glass Q&A 

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0032.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49 AM

There are two resource documents for episode 31.  I'm still putting the finishing touches on them, but they should be up by the end of today (Wednesday).
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 7:00 PM

To save myself the weekly struggle of presenting our show notes in prose form, I'm going to start using a more traditional, bulleted format.  This episode continues our series on RPG design.

* A big thanks to our listeners for their support during the episode 30 problems.

* Guilty gaming habits.

* The best character Chad has ever made.

* A misunderstanding about Skies of Glass, regarding its balance of combat and non-combat rules.

* Creating back story on the macro level for your new roleplaying game.

* Planning the future plot progression of your new roleplaying game.  While discussing this topic, we mention a previous show on campaign design.  You can find that show here: http://feartheboot.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=97832

* Skies of Glass Q&A

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0031.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:47 AM

To follow-up on our open letter in the previous episode, we're happy to announce the show is back on track and doing well!  However, based on the suggestion of several listeners, FTB will now be released on Wednesdays instead of Mondays.

Continuing our game design series, we spend most of this episode talking about the role player-characters will assume in your game.  We also talk about Christmas parties and our current contests, as well as giving a Skies of Glass Q&A.

The voicemail we mention from Sam Chupp at Bear's Grove can be found here: http://www.feartheboot.com/external/sam_feel.wav

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan
Direct download: feartheboot_0030.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:36 AM

One of our forum users, Crafterofcode, sent us a box of Australian candies.  We spend this bonus episode sampling the candy and discussing international food. 

We also bring Tex back via Skype, since he spent several years living in Europe.  This was a great opportunity for us to test recording with Skype, which is something we may use for interviews in the future.

Before the bonus episode itself, I take a few minutes to address the listeners with an open letter we posted on our forums.  It explains why the design series has been running behind and what we're doing to address the problem.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0011.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Our Xbox Live contest continues for another week.  Don't forget to enter again, using the "Contest Entry Form" link at the top of our site.  Also, we forgot to mention it during the episode, but we've made a slight change to the rules.  We realize Christmas time is drawing near, so if you don't have a Gamer Tag, but you intend to give this game as a gift to someone that will actually use it, you can still enter and win any of the prizes.  We just want your word that this is going (for free) to someone that will play it.

During the episode, we mention a document share we're using on Google.  If you want to set up one for your own project, you can find it here: docs.google.com.

Our first major topic of advice relates to forming a solid team to develop your roleplaying game.  We then move on to talk about the importance of feel, which will guide your development of setting and rules.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan
Direct download: feartheboot_0029.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:21 PM

Since Tex was in town, we decided to do a bonus episode on video games.  In this show, we talk about storytelling and artificial intelligence.

If this is your first time here, we suggest checking out a regular episode first!  Bonus episodes are neither on the same subject as our regular shows nor edited the same way.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0010.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 7:32 AM

Congratulations to Keith Curtis, winner of our Baron von Bad Ass art contest!  Thanks again to all of you that entered.  We were really impressed by the quality of the entries.

During this show, we kick off our Xbox Live contest.  The prizes and rules are explained in the episode.  You can find the entry form here.

This podcast marks the beginning of our game design series.  We offer tips on concepting your game along with an introduction to game math.

We mention the Targum gaming magazine and the Roundtable podcast.  You can find those resources here:

http://www.highmoonmedia.com/products-terramythica.html
http://harpingmonkey.com/roundtable/

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Tex
Direct download: feartheboot_0028.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56 AM

This past Sunday, I was involved in a roundtable discussion about the psychology of roleplaying.  It was hosted by Geeklabel and included hosts from several different gaming podcasts: Gamer: The Podcasting, The Dragons Landing Inn, House of the Harping Monkey, and The Bears Grove.

If you're interested in hearing the conversation, you can find the MP3 at this location.

Category:general -- posted at: 6:22 AM

We recorded this episode immediately after watching the two Dungeons & Dragons movies.  We spend the first half of the episode reviewing those two films before we broaden the topic to talk about RPG movies in general.  We toss out some games we'd like to see made into movies and theorize about why there haven't been more.

We were joined this episode by Tony from Fanboy Smackdown.  If you're interested in hearing his all-movie podcast, you can find it at http://www.fanboysmackdown.com.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Tony
Direct download: feartheboot_0027.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:48 PM

We start this episode with a bad player habit that we missed in our previous two shows.  After that, we take on a series of topics related to character creation: unlisted perks and penalties, restricting races and classes, obscure supplements that can wreck games, and player illustrations.

Also, don't forget the Baron von Badass art contest that's still running!  You can find details in our forums: http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1004

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0026.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:25 AM

This is normally a pretty light-hearted show, however, not everything in life is a joke. 

Heart disease is the number one killer in the developed world, and we at FTB want to do our part to help.  We would like to release the following PSA that has a simple -- yet important -- test you can use to determine your risk of heart disease.
Direct download: feartheboot_PSA_0001.mp3
Category:podcasts, PSA -- posted at: 3:34 AM

This bonus episode is a round-up of unrelated stories from the hosts.  As with all bonus episodes, this is both unedited and off topic.  If this is your first time here, we suggest checking out a regular episode first!
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0009.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 7:49 AM

Before digging into the episode, we mention two art-related things.  First, there's an art contest for drawing Baron von Badass.  If you want to enter, you can find the relevant information here: http://feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1004.  Second, I mention that I'm looking for artists for character portrait commissions.  It's something I'm doing over the longterm due to cost, but if you're interested in doing it, you can post something on the forums or just send me an email.

With that out of the way, we wrap up our list of bad player habits.  Obviously this is part 2 of 2, with the list started in the previous episode.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0025.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01 PM

As a follow-up to our previous episode on GM mistakes, we spend this episode talking about bad player habits.  We had too many points to cover, so this is part 1 of 2.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0024.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:34 AM

We kick off the episode with a story about our trip to a hibachi restaurant.  When it's time to discuss roleplaying games, we begin with a look at what sort of person wants to be a GM.  We then work through a list of common GMing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0023.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57 PM

We recorded this episode live in the gaming area of the Archon sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention.  If this is your first time listening, this episode is not recorded or presented in the way we normally do a show.  You may want to check out a normal recording (like episode 21) first.

We devoted this episode to talking about the con and offering some advice on how to run or play in a successful roleplaying game while at a convention.

If you want to hear more of the coverage we did at Archon or see any of the pictures we took, check out the feed at http://archonstl.libsyn.com.  We're still working on that page, so many audio files and pictures are not yet present.  Please keep checking back, as we intend to have the whole thing done by the end of the week.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Phil
Direct download: feartheboot_0022.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:33 PM

We'd like to remind everyone FTB will be at Archon this Thursday - Sunday, so if you're going to be near the St. Louis area, please stop by and say, "hi!"  In addition to our panels and guest interviews, our FTB ladies will be running a HAFU event to protest the Zombie Squad's treatment of the undead.

Episode 21 starts off with the winner of our "Regular Joe" character contest.  We'd like to congratulate wmcduff for his entry, and we'll be contacting him with his GeekLabel prize code shortly.

The advice topics for this show are the use of foreshadowing and dreams in your roleplaying game, as well as how to handle party in-fighting.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 AM

You should quickly realize this episode isn't quite right.  This is part of a promotion that's being done between a dozen gaming podcasts.  One week in September, each show will be run by the hosts of a different show.  The strangers you're hearing on Fear the Boot are Mick and Rae from  Misfit Brew.  In this show, Mick and Rae talk about RPGs, focusing on Rae's impressions of the hobby as a non-gamer.

If you want to hear your "home team" FTB hosts, you can find us over at the Roundtable.  For a direct link to the show we did for them, click right here.

A big thanks to Mick for hosting this show and letting us host one of his!  And let me wrap this up by giving you the relevant links for Mick and Rae...

Contested Ground Studios (where Rae's friend Iain publishes games)
http://www.contestedground.co.uk

Rae's Blog: http://www.raesblog.blog.co.uk

Mick's Blog: http://mick.harpingmonkey.com

Hosts: Mick, Rae
Direct download: feartheboot_0020.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:38 PM

Before every show, we go through a dysfunctional routine which we describe at the start of this episode.  We also talk about the market penetration of podcasts in the gaming community and one of the few fixtures of gaming life we haven't yet discussed: junk food!

Our main topic is evil characters and evil parties, though we didn't realize just how big the subject was until we started talking about it.  This is one we might revisit in more detail at some point in the future.

At the end of the show, we announce our next contest.  This one is the exact opposite of our "freak show" contest.  To enter, head to our forums and look for the "contests" topic area.  In 500 words or less, give us a deep and interesting character whose race/class is as boring as possible.  We want to demonstrate that interesting characters have nothing to do with concept, so blow us away with your secretaries, garbage collectors, farmers, and the like! The prize is a $30 gift code for GeekLabel.com.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0019.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:04 PM

About a week ago, I was invited to join the guys from Fist Full of Comics (http://www.fistfullofcomics.com) in an interview with the creators of the World of Warcraft TCG.  If you'd like to hear that interview, you can find the MP3 here...

http://www.fistfullofcomics.com/podcasts/FFoCandFtBinterviewWoWccg.mp3

A big thanks to FFoC for inviting me!  Hopefully we'll be doing more interviews like this in the future.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:58 PM

In episode 18, we declared a particular character as the winner of our "freak show" contest.  However, the winner declined the prize and, due to some technicalities, may not be eligible anyway.  The prize therefore goes to Mister Plug with his living marionette.  If you haven't read his character, you can find it in the "Contests" area of our forum.

Congratulations, Mister Plug!  We'll be emailing you a confirmation shortly!
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 3:50 PM

Just as I promised on the forums, here's a bonus episode to go hand-in-hand with episode 18!

We intended to make this bonus episode about our take on where Battletech went wrong.  However, we ended up on so many tangents that the show is really more about where creative endeavors in general go wrong.

As you probably know by now, these bonus episodes are neither edited nor quality controlled.  So if this is your first time here, please check out a regular episode to find out what our show is really like.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0008.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 4:45 AM

In this show we cover some fond memories of FASA product catalogs, name the winner of our "freak show" character contest, offer our thoughts on card games, kick around some settings we wish had their own roleplaying games, and offer our thoughts on the use of electronic devices to aid your games.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0018.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:14 AM

Our next regular episode will be posted tonight (Wednesday night).  I apologize for how late the show iwas this week.  When we started FTB, our intention was to release the shows late Sunday night, with people picking them up Monday morning.  Lately, we've consistently missed that target. Rest assured we're were on some changes in the way we produce the shows to correct this problem.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 12:24 PM

I want to remind everyone of the contest we're running right now.  You can find details in this episode, the show notes for episode 16, or our forums.

Continuing a topic we started in bonus episode 7, we spend some time talking about spaceship combat in roleplaying games.  Then we offer some insight and advice about running your game in an established setting with a single, pervasive storyline.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, Dawn
Direct download: feartheboot_0017.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:11 PM

We're probably just as opinionated about video games as we are roleplaying games, but the former just isn't what this podcast is about.  However, for this bonus episode, we decided to talk only about video games.

You guys know the drill.  These bonus episodes are not edited or formatted, so the quality of our normal shows isn't really there.  We just make these things for fun.

Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0007.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 9:06 PM

We start this episode with several announcements.  I'll post those here along with relevant links.

First, we'll be at Archon from October 5th - 8th.

* http://archonstl.org/30/index2.html

Second, our World of Warcraft guild is really taking off.  If you play WoW, we hope you'll stop by and join us.

* http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=18

Third, we're starting a contest with prizes sponsored by GeekLabel.com.  Listen to the episode for details and post your entry in the forum area linked below.

* http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=518
* http://www.geeklabel.com

Our discussion topics for this episode are the use of time travel in your game and running roleplaying games when long distances separate your players.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37 PM

At the start of this episode, we mention a WoW guild Fear the Boot listeners and hosts have started.  If you're interested in joining, you can find details at: http://www.feartheboot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=18

After that, we give our follow-up on Gencon, some response to the discussions our "freak show" commentary in episode 13 started, and offer advice for dealing with absentee players in your roleplaying game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:50 PM

The reason we went to Gencon this year was to participate in a big podcasting event called "Gencon Almost Live".  Though we screwed up and didn't find our way into the mix, we still hope you guys will head over and check it out.  You can find the stuff at...

http://genconlive.dragonslanding.com/

If you want to hear our brief and tragic take on Gencon, scroll down right here to episode 14.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 5:50 PM

Our Gencon experience was short and fruitless.  We start off the episode by explaining what happened and then offer some advice on allowing players to run multiple characters during the same game.

This episode was recorded in an unusual way, so the bells and whistles of our main episodes aren't there.  In fact, it seems closer to a bonus episode.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan

Direct download: feartheboot_0014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:22 PM

This episode was supposed to be our farewell to John, who's leaving for Rome soon.  However, it quickly degrades into tangents about travel, foreign beer, and international family.

WARNING!  WARNING!  WARNING!  This show is far edgier than anything we have ever done before.  We poke fun at some very serious issues, but please keep in mind we're just joking.  If you're easily offended, this is probably not the episode for you.

As always, please keep in mind that these bonus episodes are not on the same topics or of the same quality as our normal work.  We do not script, edit, or quality control these extra shows.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0006.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 7:23 PM

Episode 13 indeed!  We found ourselves down a host and had several other problems getting this show ready.  But we made it through nonetheless.  In this episode, we talk about how our roleplaying games have changed as we got older, RPG novels, and the art and science of playing non-humanoids.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Dawn

UPDATE: True to form, unlucky episode 13 got uploaded wrong.  If you picked up this episode and it had a length right around one hour, please download again.  The correct version should be 54 minutes.  I apologize to anyone that picked up our unedited mess.
Direct download: feartheboot_0013.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39 AM

This episode is all about the roleplaying environment, both inside and outside of the game.  We talk about the best sort of room to game in, eating while gaming, using mood music, and we offer advice to Game Masters on creating a good setting.

It's also worth mentioning that within the first minute or two, Chad derailed this show with the most memorable tangent I'm guessing we'll ever have.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan

Direct download: feartheboot_0012.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:07 AM

This is quite possibly the most pointless and meandering show we have ever recorded.  So why are we releasing it?  Because these bonus episodes never come with a quality guarantee!  This show is primarily our follow-up to the ladies podcast (episode 10), but we also talk about our ideas for future "special" episodes.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0005.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 5:04 PM

In this bonus episode, we talk about how and why we love Battletech.  As always, this bonus show is unscripted and unedited.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0004.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 5:00 PM

Since several people have asked about the cons we'll be attending, we start episode 11 with our convention schedule.  We then pause to talk about our first two episodes which seem to have offended a few first-time listeners.  While we won't take them down, we do suggest you start listening at later episodes instead.

Chris sent us an email about judging morality by periods in history, which we discuss.  We also respond to an email from Harping Mick who requested our detailed views on LARPing.  Finally, we offer some advice on surviving a campaign's dreaded first game and then close out by listing a few of our favorite "game killers".

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:23 AM

The third bonus episode -- and the final one on this topic, at least for now -- is a discussion of the internet-related tasks that go into making a podcast.  We talk about posting the show online, getting listed in podcast directories, and so on.  This episode was recorded several weeks ago, but I was a bit slow getting it posted, so expect some "dated" comments.  

After listening to all three bonus episodes in this series, I think I'd like to re-record these at some point, making them more complete and more serious.  We've learned quite a bit even in the short time since these were recorded.  We made these episodes because people asked us how we made our show, not because we considered ourselves particular experts on the subject.

Also, a reminder to everyone that we do not edit these episodes for quality, so expect a lot of background noise and other screw-ups that don't normally appear in our shows.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0003.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 3:29 AM

Episode 10 is an anomaly for our show.  For this one episode, we turn over the mics to our wives.  They give us a woman's perspective on gaming and what it's like to be a non-gamer married to a gaming dork.

If this is your first time with Fear the Boot, please be aware that this is not the normal format for our show.  If you're looking to see what this show is typically like, we recommend you go back and listen to episode 9 first.

Hosts: Dawn, Karla, Melina, Teresa

Direct download: feartheboot_0010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:47 AM

As you may have noticed, our forums seem to come and go from one moment to the next.  My webhost has told me there's another database running on our server that has some runaway scripts.  Supposedly, those scripts keep bringing the server down and they're working to fix the problem.  Hopefully this will pass soon.

Though this is ultimately beyond my direct control, I still apologize for the inconvenience or annoyance this is causing our listeners.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 9:22 PM

After a really messy conversion, the forums are now up and running on the new hardware.  Unfortunately, we had some database problems after the conversion, so we had to roll back to an older copy.  A bunch of posts and users got lost because of that rollback.  I apologize for that, and even if this new hardware is no better than the old stuff, this migration was such a cluster that I have no interest in moving again.

If you lost your user account due to this rollback, I hope you'll come back and join us a second time!
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 3:41 PM

We're in the middle of our site migration right now (see previous post).  The good news is that our web content was migrated flawlessly.  The bad news is that our database migration has hit a hitch.  I'm working with tech support to get this straightened out.  In the meantime, the forums and resources section will be temporarily offline.  We should have this worked out by tomorrow morning!
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 3:47 AM

The content of our website is divided between two hosting companies.  The blog and media files are on Liberated Syndication, but the forums, resource page, and the domain itself are located with a standard webhost.

We've been having some problems with that second host.  We're on a shared server there, and it seems our current location is exceptionally lagged out.  I'd wager we're sharing the box with someone that generates enormous amounts of traffic during the day.  To remedy this, the host has agreed to move our site, but any content located there may disappear for a few hours.

If you attempt to use our site and get errors, please just check back in a little bit.  To reach our media files during that downtime, you may want to go directly to our Liberated Syndication site since the primary domain will be busted.

http://feartheboot.libsyn.com

I apologize for any inconvenience this causes.  We'll have it resolved soon!  And when we do, our forum users should (hopefully) be enjoying much faster page loads.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 5:01 PM

We were down a host for this episode, and a bit more serious than normal, but we still covered a lot of good information.

The episode starts with a discussion of the overuse of setting in some campaigns, followed by our musings about D&D alignment, character behavior, and real-life violence around the gaming table.  We struggle with the age-old question of "tail or wings" and then finally (having promised this for many episodes) bash out our opinion of the d20 system.

We conclude with an email from a listener and some advice for unusually large or small roleplaying groups -- including the possible use of multiple GMs to co-manage a game.

Hosts: Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0009.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:38 AM

We start this show by discussing various character- and player-related problems that can occur during a roleplaying game.  Topics include Adam's difficulty naming his characters, deciding between 1st and 3rd person RP, ridiculous inventories, and dealing with "setting lawyers".  The last half of the show is spent discussing the design and exceution of combat encounters, as well as handling the positive and negative consequences that follow.

* FYI, the "two sets of keys" comment was just a figure of speech.  None of the hosts actually does anything like that.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37 PM

Episode 7 begins with us trying to figure out how to pronounce Aram's name.  He regales us with his single, tragic experience with D&D, the details of which get us thinking about how roleplayers tend to insert RPG elements into other areas of their lives.

We take some time to thank the other podcasts that have been uniquely supportive of Fear the Boot.  This includes HarpingMick of HarpingMonkey.com, JJ from Fist Full of Comics, and Chuck and Lonnie of Dragon's Landing Inn.

Since we had the entries in hand, we select a winner for the "origin of Fear the Boot" contest and tell you the real story behind our name.  Adam had a Rifts book handy, so we also pause to discuss the ups and downs of the Palladium games and generic rules systems in general.

Our advice portion focuses on dealing with players that break your plot, straying places you never expected them to go.  We offer quite a few tips for getting them back on track and keeping them there without resorting to heavy-handed tactics.

Hosts: Adam, Aram, Chad, Dan

Direct download: feartheboot_0007.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:09 AM

After posting that episode, I had to pull it down and post it again.  So if you got a sound file that's incomplete or sounds funny, delete it and try downloading a second time.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 4:18 PM

Our second bonus episode covers the hardware (mics, mixer, etc) we use to make the podcast.  I want to remind everyone the bonus episodes -- unlike our regular shows -- are completely unedited.  There's no intro music and our mistakes are all left in.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0002.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 4:13 PM

Episode 6 begins with a discussion on using the Monstrous Manual as a campaign setting and plotline!  Please don't ever do that.  We then pause to remind everyone about the ways you can get in touch with us, such as Odeo, email, and our new forums.

Since several people have been asking where the name "Fear the Boot" came from, we decided to turn it into a contest.  All you have to do is come up with a good story about how you think "Fear the Boot" originated.  Please keep it to about one paragraph in length, with no obscenity, and post your entry on our forum.  The winner will have their entry read on the next podcast and get a custom forum-user title.

Next, we read an email from Scott, answering his question about how to find a replacement gamer for his group.  That transitions into a conversation about playing characters that lend themselves to shallow stereotypes (a thought I don't think we sufficiently developed).  Finally, after asking ourselves why we talk about Shadowrun so much, we roll into the advice portion with tips on creating a good plot.  Since we can't resist tangents, we also give some tips on how to quickly name the NPCs your players come across in your game.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John

Direct download: feartheboot_0006.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:49 PM

The link to our Odeo voicemail was broken.  Whoops.  It's fixed now, so if you head over to our "Links" section you can now properly send us your comments.  A big thanks to Chuck from Dragon's Landing for pointing that out to me!
Category:random thoughts -- posted at: 6:32 PM

At the request of our listeners, we have created forums.  You can find them by clicking the "Forum" link on the menu bar at the top of the page.
Category:random thoughts -- posted at: 12:14 AM

This is the first in a series of bonus episodes we want to release.  These shows are 10 - 20 minutes long and cover topics that don't fit in the scope of our normal podcasts.  They're completely unedited, so there's no intro music and our flubs have been left in.  We won't have a bonus show every week, but when we do, we'll be releasing them on Wednesday night.

The first three bonus episodes talk about the creative, hardware, and marketing aspects of making this podcast.  We made them in response to a listener that asked how we put the show together.  If this topic doesn't particularly interest you, or you don't like the prospect of a rather raw recording, you won't miss too much by skipping over it.
Direct download: feartheboot_bonus_0001.mp3
Category:podcasts, bonus -- posted at: 3:55 AM

If you've been following this podcast for any length of time, you've heard me talk about the significance of episode 5.  Just in case you're new, I'll review: traditional wisdom says it takes about five episodes to work out your creative voice and the show's rhythm.  I don't know if that estimate is correct for every show, but it was certainly true for us.  Episode 5 was very easy to record and edit.  In fact, I only noticed one production error: I forgot to introduce the hosts.  A bit embarrassing, but hardly a major problem.

Since recording episode 5 went so well, we had some time leftover at the end of our session.  We used that to record bonus episodes we'll be releasing on Wednesday nights for the next couple of weeks.  These bonus shows are only about 10 - 15 minutes in length.  They're very casual, meaning they are not edited in any way.  It's just us chatting for a few minutes about topics that don't fit within our normal episodes.

The first three shows discuss the creative, hardware, and internet aspects of making the podcast (in that order).  They're primarily aimed at anyone who's either looking to make their own show or just curious how we do it.  After that, we've got several other items on tap, all of them a bit off topic from our normal shows.

Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 3:57 AM

Before I get into the content of episode 5, I want to draw your attention to something.  At the time we recorded this episode, we had not yet gotten in touch with the folks at GOBLIN.  That has changed since the podcast was recorded, so we no longer need any help with that.

With that out of the way, let's get down to business.

We start the episode off with some updates on the networks we've been getting listed on.  Among them is Odeo, which you can use to send us voicemail.  You can find a link directly to our Odeo account in the "Links" section of our website.

Due to the amount of feedback it's generated, we clarify our views on Shadowrun and Champions.  After that, we spend some time reminding everyone of the real gems of old and out-of-print games, and we think back to the "girlfriend games" that got our significant others into the hobby.

Our gaming advice portion of the show focuses on making good NPCs (non-player characters) for your roleplaying game.  As of this post, I don't have our sample NPCs posted to the Resource section of our site, but that will be corrected by the end of Monday.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan
Direct download: feartheboot_0005.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16 AM

I have quite a few announcements I've been saving for episode 5.  However, due to the amount of feedback we've gotten on one particular issue, I feel I should comment on it before then.

In episode 2, Chad and John made some negative comments about Shadowrun.  I think those comments were not given sufficient context in the show, and even worse, I didn't speak up to juxtapose what was being said.  I want to save the meat of this topic for episode 5, but I'd like to deliver the punch-line now: I like Shadowrun.  I enjoy running and playing the game, which is one of the reasons I chose it for our mock campaign.  Kevin and Tim were not present for episode 2, but let me assure you they also enjoy Shadowrun.

Tune in to episode 5 if you want to hear us explain why we love the game or hear Chad explain why he doesn't.  We'll also be talking about how you can leave us voicemail, our experience with the Champions system, a new 40k product, and some tips on designing NPCs for your campaign.

Category:random thoughts -- posted at: 5:28 PM

First and most importantly, I wanted to let you guys know we're having some problems with our domain email.  It looks like they're getting blocked by some SPAM filters.  So if you wrote us but haven't heard back, that's probably why.  Until I can hammer out why that's happening, I've created a Gmail account to respond from.

If you've already listened to episode 4, I'd like to explain the "dead space" thing.  When we make these episodes, we inevitably screw up.  We get distracted, lose our train of thought, and so on.  During editing, I typically delete these errors so you guys get clean audio.  However, for whatever reason, the other four hosts absolutely insisted I leave one in this episode.  So I hope you enjoy our mess-up, complete with a brief song of "Dead Space" to the tune of Ogden Edsl's "Dead Puppies".

That aside, I think the episode came out pretty good.  If was more informative and less comedic than the previous episodes, but that wasn't anything we planned.  I'm sure our episodes will waffle quite a bit between information and comedy, and this one just so happened to be on the information side of the aisle.  I was also talking a bit fast, but that's something I can easily address in the future.

I hope you guys enjoy the episode!  Write us back and let us know what you thought.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 6:50 PM

Why exactly do we play roleplaying games?  Episode 4 starts with that question getting kicked around.  As we try to answer it, we also think back to a GURPs "trip to the lake" game we saw being played at a gaming con.

Tim brings in some material on the new realm, Ptolus, which we review.  Then we offer GMs some advice on designing the campaign that will tie your individual game sittings together.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Tim
Direct download: feartheboot_0004.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:44 PM

Though we're still fairly new to podcasting, we did a lot of research before we kicked this show off.  Even in the short time it's been running, we've had several people ask us for advice on putting together podcasts of their own, getting the right equipment, and all of that.  We don't want to interrupt our normal schedule of talking about RPGs, but we're thinking about making a "bonus" episode in the near future that just talks about the technical and creative aspects of getting a podcast running.  Would you guys be interested in that?
Category:random thoughts -- posted at: 11:32 PM

Sorry I didn't get this post up sooner.  I wasn't sure how many people even read these things until I started getting emails asking why this one wasn't up.  I guess that answered my question.

Before I talk about episode 3, I'd like to say I'm glad to have the new site colors up.  If you're not seeing those, hit the old "Refresh" button on your browser.  The original colors were based on a template provided by the host, and they were a bit...um...cheerful.  Yeah, that's a safe word to describe it.  Looking good now though.  A big thanks to Tim for the logo drawing and revised colors!  Also a big thanks to Karla for helping me get a clean, user-friendly layout together when we kicked this site off a few weeks ago.

I know we keep saying this, but I want to extend another big "thanks" to the folks that post or email us about the show.  You guys rock, and you're one of the big reasons we're excited to hit the mics and do it again.

Now, on to the podcast review...

I felt episode 3 was a solid step up from episode 2, particularly in the advice portion of the show.  It didn't have the sort of drastic improvement that episode 2 had from episode 1, but then again, I'm not sure we needed it.  Did we need tweaking?  Yes.  But another overhaul?  Probably not.

This episode was a bit longer than episode 2, but still within our goal.  We want our shows to be between 30 and 45 minutes.  This one was 44:34, so we're still in that realm.  I'm not sure what length our audience prefers yet, so hopefully you guys don't object to the longer format!

Walking away from 3, only one thing really concerned me:  I had mixed feelings about the presence of six hosts.  When we started this show, we invited seven people to work on it.  One declined, six accepted.  As hectic as our schedules are, I just assumed this would be a rotating cast!  I never thought everyone would show up at once. 

As I listened to the show, I think the hosting still worked out ok.  We had some moments of crosstalk, but I think that's something we can nail down as we build our chemistry and rhythm on the mics.  I don't think we'll consistently have all of the hosts present for every show anyway, but if we do, that's just fine with me.  Though some of them talk less than others, these are all good guys with great stuff to say.  Everything else we can get down with experience.
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 10:57 PM

We kick this show off with an explanation of how making a podcast is like running a roleplaying game.  The hosts are introduced, and then John and Chad tell us their tongue-in-cheek (?) vision of a roleplaying game with just one character stat.

The product we review this show is very close to home: our own podcast.  We go over the critiques our listeners have sent us and talk about the changes we've made over the past several episodes.

The advice portion covers the art and science of creating solid characters, with special emphasis on background and personality.  We also explain the virtues of intentionally writing in weaknesses.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John, Kevin, Tim
Direct download: feartheboot_0003.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:06 PM

I wrote a review after episode 1, giving my take on what we did right and wrong.  I'd like to do that again for episode 2.

I'm not sure if these posts will become a permanent tradition of mine, but I'd like to do them for at least the first five episodes.  Why five?  Almost every source I've read agrees it takes about five episodes to get the format and creative voice of a podcast straight.  Sure, you need to improve all the time to stay on top of your game, but your first several episodes is when you have to work the hardest to get things right.  You can research yourself silly, but some things just come best through trial and error.

Before I dive into my comments on episode 2, I'd like to thank everyone that's been giving us feedback.  Some of the things you guys said just confirmed what we already knew, while some was completely new information to us.  Regardless, all of it was important since it's hard to notice these things from our side of the mic.  So please keep the compliments and concerns coming in!

On to the review...

I hoped episode 2 would be a big improvement over episode 1, and without a doubt I got that.  We made a few improvements to the sound quality, implemented a new outline for the show, and covered some good material.  There's also broad agreement in our feedback that we have a great mix of personalities, making the show fun to listen to.

Despite these leaps forward, we still have things to fix for episode 3.  I think we need to be a little more informational, especially during the review and advice portion of the show.  I'd also like for us to balance our perspectives with more positive affirmations.  Sure, like most gamers we're pretty cynical, but let's talk more about what we like and what works, not just the things that annoy us.

We're going to kick off episode 3 with a discussion of the feedback we've been getting, followed by some tips on character creation.  I have the show notes in front of me right now, and this is shaping up to be an awesome episode.  I look forward to making it!

One last tidbit before I sign out. A few paragraphs up, I mentioned we have an outline for the show we started using in episode 2.  It worked well, so we'll likely stick to that for many episodes to come.  In case you're wondering, that outline is... 

a. introduction of hosts and topics (1 - 2 minutes)

b. thoughts of the day (5 - 10 minutes)

c. product review (5 - 10 minutes)

d. gaming advice (15 - 30 minutes)

Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 6:19 PM

For the next several episodes, we'll be using a mock Shadowrun game to walk you through the do's and don'ts of roleplaying games.  In this podcast, we talk about the first step a group should take when starting a game: creating a group template.  We explain what group templates are, why to build one, and how to make them effective.

Before digging into that, we take a look back at our first gaming experiences, followed by a discussion about gaming in hobby shops and other public places.  There's also a brief chat about the changing definition of what's "dorky" and a review of Shadowrun's previous editions.

Hosts: Adam, Chad, Dan, John
Direct download: feartheboot_0002.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:41 PM

With episode 1 now live, I've had some time to scrutinize our work and think about the things we've accomplished. 

Before we started this show, we spent weeks reading books and browsing forums to learn everything we could about podcasting.  We were excited about the effort, but knew very little about the hardware and software involved.  We came a  long way, and considering this was our first attempt at podcasting, I'm very pleased with the quality of our first show.  I think we found a solid creative mix and discussion format, and the recording itself sounds good.

However, some things just come from experience.  We learned a lot about the compressor and sound editing software as we made this recording.  There are some rough edges in episode 1, particularly in regard to volume balance.  I may go back and fiddle with the recording at some point in the future, but for now I'll let it be.  I don't want to risk over-editing, damaging the show as I attempt to straighten out relatively minor flaws. 

I think we also spent that episode just getting comfortable behind the mic and testing our interpersonal dynamic.  I want to shift the show to be a bit more informational in the future, though without losing our wit.

I'm very excited about recording episode 2 this weekend.  Armed with everything we learned from making the prior episode, I'm confident the next one will be just as entertaining, while having an even higher polish. 

I hope to catch you all then!
Category:behind the scenes -- posted at: 1:46 PM

After a conversation about why roleplaying game stories are so terrible to listen to, we move on to the types of gaming groups and a debate about resolving situations where players have a social wit their characters lack (and vice versa).

Hosts: Chad, Dan, Kevin
Direct download: feartheboot_0001.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 PM

This podcast is an introduction to our show, explaining what we'll talk about: tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs), product reviews, industry news, and related topics.

Hosts: Dan
Direct download: feartheboot_0000.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00 AM






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