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RPGBOT.Podcast

The RPGBOT.Podcast is a thoughtful and sometimes humorous discussion about tabletop RPGs, seeking to help players get the most out of tabletop games by examining game mechanics and related subjects with a deep, analytic focus.

The RPGBOT.Podcast is hosted by Randall James, Random Powell, and Tyler Kamstra, and is produced in association with The Leisure Illuminati.

Podcast Episodes and Announcements

  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 5 – Unearthed Arcana Retrospective: Feats for Skills
    Show Notes In this episode of the RPGBOT.podcast, we revisit DnD 5e’s Unearthed Arcana: Feats for Skills article. We discuss feats which we do and don’t like, specific problems with the feats, and how you could adjust the feats to make them work in your game.
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 4 – Failure, with special guest Colby of the Crit Fails Podcast
    Show Notes In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we are joined by Colby “Bea” Monroe of the Crit Fails podcast for a discussion on Failure in tabletop RPGs. We discuss what failure means, how to make it interesting, and how to make sure that failure doesn’t stop your game in its tracks. Check out Colby...
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Bonus Episode – PAX West 2021 Retrospective
    Tyler, Random, and Randall spent the weekend at PAX West 2021 and saw a lot of neat and spicy stuff. They’re sharing their thoughts with you on the event. To all the fans of RPGBOT.net we talked to, thanks for the great comments and feedback. Thanks to all the listeners of The RPGBOT.Podcast.
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 3 – Metacurrencies in Tabletop RPGs
    In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss metacurrencies in tabletop RPGs, including things like DnD 5e's Inspiration, Pathfinder 2e's Hero Points, Savage World's Bennies, and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPG's Destiny Points. We discuss how they work and how to use them as a tool to assist storytelling in your game, as...
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 3 – Metacurrencies in Tabletop RPGs
    In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss metacurrencies in tabletop RPGs, including things like DnD 5e's Inspiration, Pathfinder 2e's Hero Points, Savage World's Bennies, and Fantasy Flight's Star Wars RPG's Destiny Points. We discuss how they work and how to use them as a tool to assist storytelling in your game, as...
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 2 – Mounted Combat
    In this episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss mounted combat both in DnD 5e and throughout the history of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as drawing comparison to Pathfinder 2e's handling of mounts. We discuss the current state of the rules in 5e, including issues with the mounted...
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 1 – DnD 5e's Investigation Skill
    The RPGBOT.Podcast crew discusses DnD 5e's Investigation skill, finding stuff in tabletop RPGs, and how to apply tools and other skills to complement or even replace skills like Investigation or Perception.
  • RPGBOT.Podcast Episode 0 – The Adventure Begins
    In the inaugural episode of the RPGBOT.Podcast, we discuss the subject matter of the podcast, and we introduce our cast: Randall James of AmateurJack.com, RPGBOT contributing author Random Powell, and Tyler “RPGBOT” Kamstra.
  • Announcing the RPGBOT.Podcast
    We here at RPGBOT.net are very excited to announce the RPGBOT.Podcast. We have been working on this for months, and we're excited that we finally to get to share our first episode in the next few days. I'm saying “we” because I'm joined by two very good friends: Random Powell (author of the Armorer Artificer...