Free Action Episode 21: Designing with Characters in Mind

This week on the Free Action Podcast features the ever-important topic of how to make players’ characters fit into the overall story – designing a campaign around the characters can be the difference between a good campaign and a great one. We also learn about Patrick’s favorite word, which is pretty thought-provoking.

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Free Action Episode 20: Framing Devices

This week on the Free Action Podcast, we discuss how to use various styles of framing to punch up your descriptions, from using visual shorthand to emulating other mediums. For those of you that believe games are Art, this one’s for you!

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Free Action Episode 19: The Monomyth

This week on The Free Action Podcast, we discuss the monomyth, the hero’s journey, and the story circle and how they relate to RPGs. It’s a specific perspective on how to write a campaign or diagnose an ailing one using a well used set of tools for understanding how to approach creating fiction.

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 18: Hacks

RPG systems are great! But oftentimes we encounter a mechanic that doesn’t mesh well with the party, or we want to incorporate a system from another game. In this week’s episode, we discuss how to approach inserting these system hacks in a way that implements well well existing systems. We also meander our way through different, unrelated topics too, of course. It just wouldn’t feel right otherwise.

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 16: The Campaign Writing Process

Enjoy our 16th episode of Free Action. In this episode we discuss our approaches to the creative process and tips to writing a creative and interesting campaign. 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 15: Metagaming and Player Secrets

On this episode of the Free Action Podcast, several monumental questions are posed, some of which are even answered! Today’s topics, listed in no particular order of importance, include the facets and issues of metagaming, the idea of players keeping elements of their backstory a secret at the table, and the issue of whether to order burgers or pizza.

This episode was recorded in October 2016, so some small discussion points may be a bit… outdated. Whoops.

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 14: Gencon Special

Back from the dead! The Free Action Podcast crew discusses its first experience at Gencon! This episode, we recap the things we’ve learned, the games we’ve played, and the RPG systems we purchased and look forward to playing, as well as the general experience we all had at the convention. In other news, Joey bought some dice.

Expect a more consistent schedule from us from now on! We hope!

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Free Action Actual Play Episode 2: FOR THE MASTER!

After slaying a greeting-party of goblins, our adventurers delve deep into a mysterious tomb. Join Brelyna Nelynore, Halwyr Ralkana, Inaba, and Maia Boucher as they discover what lies inside!

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 us at askfreeaction@gmail.com

Free Action Episode Thirteen: Online Play

After playing through a series of Roll20 sessions, the Free Action crew has some thoughts about playing tabletop RPGs in an online setting. We also have some thoughts about other online topics that don’t actually have anything to do with tabletop RPGs, but that’s okay sometimes. Runescape was a good game, alright?

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 us at askfreeaction@gmail.com