Free Action Episode 31: Generation

In which the Free Action Crew discuss the ups and down and in and outs of how to generate stuff both in the moment and while writing. Get ready cause this episode gets real*turns around chair and hat and tries to make eye contact even though you obviously don’t want to be here*

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Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode 30: Traps, Puzzles, and Mysteries

Come, sit by the fire and let the Free Action crew regale you of tales of mysteries and brain teasers, as this week we’re discussing the intricacies of non-combat encounters and mysteries. Find out what we feel are best practices for ensuring your game moves smoothly and doesn’t get bogged down in metagaming and macro actions! Also included in this week’s episode: Joey continues his TWO WEEK COMBO of making Ghost House references that precisely two people will ever understand ever, Patrick talking about philosophical absurdism, and Connor pissing off more people by making blanket generalizations about game design!

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode 29: Game Flow

Join the Free Action crew this week as we discuss game flow and pacing! Learn the ideal ways to structure your game on the micro and macro level in order to ensure MAXIMAL ENJOYMENT. Will Joey explain his Ghost House goof? Will Connor stop saying “excellent”? Will Patrick make another axis? All this and more shall be revealed!

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode 28: NPCs

This episode of the Free Action Podcast is all about NPCs – how to go about designing them, playing them out, and considering various schools of thought to employ when making decisions about them!

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode 27: Improv

On this week’s episode of the Free Action podcast, join us on a whistle-stop tour of ways to incorporate improvisation into your game and how to make sure they’re effective. Also join us for discussions of: Trombones, splurging, and JoJo’s references.

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode 26: Exposition

On this week’s THRILLING installment of the Free Action Podcast, we discuss how to discuss, and inform how to inform. Join us as we consider how to deliver information to players in a way that is compelling and engaging.

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Free Action Episode 25: Inspiration

In this episode we discuss what kind of media inspires us and where you might get your inspiration. We also discuss in depth a question Joey had for us about how best to introduce NPCs. This is quite a marathon, often of tangents, so buckle in for some goofs and some discussion of South Park.

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Free Action Episode 24: Reactive Planning and Schools of Thought

You can have all the planning in the world, but that won’t amount to SQUAT if you’re not prepared for change. Listen to our spicy hot tips on how to expect the unexpected.

In other news, we discuss a model which describes differences between GMing styles – it can be interesting to consider where on this model you lie.

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode 23: Combat

Step into the ring with our good boys for another week of analyzing and offering advice on an aspect of tabletop RPGs. This week, they discuss ways to make combat, an idea central to most tabletop RPGs, fun and engaging. Also discussed: sneezing, Chris Perkins, and the return of the *BLEEP*.

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Episode 22: Tone

In our shortest episode title yet we discuss how to create tone and why it’s so important to keep an eye on it. We also get into some light edition wars in which we learn how people can get so worked up about which kind of game they like to play. What hope is there for humanity if we are willing to start wars of Thac0?

Have questions or adventure scenarios you would like us to discuss on the podcast? Submit them on our twitter @freeactioncast, on our questions thread here, or email at askfreeaction@gmail.com