Roll For Topic

By Roll For Topic

GM/DM discussions on topics related to running tabletop games. Each episode is a 30-45 minute conversation about one specific topic chosen by rolling 1d10 on a table of topics. Roll for Topic's regular cohosts are Andy Rau and Chris Salzman. If you or your GM is interested in being a guest, drop us a line!

  1. 1.
    Episode 65 — What on Earth is a THAC0?
    41:56
  2. 2.
    Episode 64 — Spaceship Dinosaurs, Mutant Crime-fighters, and More
    57:51
  3. 3.
    Episode 63 — Sports Are Just Numerology Actual Play
    38:57
  4. 4.
    Episode 62 — How Do You Use and Care For Your Game Books?
    48:29
  5. 5.
    Episode 61 — How Do You Start a New Campaign? (with guest GM Murph)
    52:20
  6. 6.
    Episode 60 – What campaign are you chickening out of running?
    42:35
  7. 7.
    Episode 59 — How Do You Use Mazes in a Roleplaying Game?
    36:20
  8. 8.
    Episode 58 — Waterdeep Postmortem, Plus Digital Resources in Games (with Guest GM Tim Saucer)
    47:46
  1. 9.
    Episode 57 — “Eternal Lies” Campaign Postmortem (with Guest GM Matt Wilson)
    47:51
  2. 10.
    Episode 56 — How Do You Handle Luck and Divine Intervention? (with guest GM Kyle Latino)
    39:26
  3. 11.
    Episode 55 — How Do You Manage Scheduling For Your Games?
    40:26
  4. 12.
    Episode 54 — Actual Play: “The Accidental Tomb”
    2:32:54
  5. 13.
    UPDATED: Episode 53 — Holiday Special: Live Build-a-dungeon!
    1:40:10
  6. 14.
    Episode 52 — What Expectations Do You Place On Your Players When Starting a Campaign?
    48:33
  7. 15.
    Episode 51 — How Do You Manage Inventory in Your Games? (with Tim Saucer)
    43:34
  8. 16.
    Episode 50 — Season 1 Finale, and Resetting the Table of Topics!
    39:59
  9. 17.
    Episode 49 – Broken Control Panels, Aliens, and Spoopy Sitcom Recaps
    37:44
  10. 18.
    Episode 48 — Scary Warehouses, 90s Sitcoms, and Halloween One-shots
    35:37
  11. 19.
    Episode 47 – A Different Kind of Fantasy Gaming
    46:58
  12. 20.
    Episode 46 — How Do You Design Your Game Sessions So That Players Can Show Off?
    41:04
  13. 21.
    Episode 45 — Tom Knauss, Tehuatl Kickstarter, and the Care and Feeding of Your Game Books
    43:27
  14. 22.
    Episode 44 — How Do You Prepare Set-piece Encounters?
    41:58
  15. 23.
    Episode 43 — What Do You Do With the Encounters and Secrets Your Players Don’t Discover?
    38:22
  16. 24.
    Episode 42 — How Do You Create Memorable NPCs?
    44:32
  17. 25.
    Episode 41 — What Do You Do When You Feel Unenthused About the Game You’re Running?
    48:38
  18. 26.
    Episode 40 — How Do You Build or Choose a Setting for Your Game?
    48:53
  19. 27.
    Episode 39 — How Do You Use Fear in Your Roleplaying Games?
    39:31
  20. 28.
    Episode 38 — How Do You Use Maps in Your Game?
    46:54
  21. 29.
    Episode 37 — How Do You Handle Character Death in a Roleplaying Game?
    46:20
  22. 30.
    Episode 36 — How Do You Make Dungeons Feel Adventurous? (with John Corey)
    38:41
  23. 31.
    Episode 35 — How Do You Make In-game Travel Interesting?
    39:08
  24. 32.
    Episode 34 — Social Distancing Special: How Do You Run an Online Game?
    47:59
  25. 33.
    Episode 33 – How do you run games when your group is just one or two players? (with Shel Kahn)
    41:54
  26. 34.
    Episode 32 – How Do You Handle Romance and Shopping in Your Games?
    46:50
  27. 35.
    Episode 31 — How Do You Establish Mood and Avoid an “Adventure Slapstick” Tone in Your Games?
    33:28
  28. 36.
    Episode 30 – When Do You Look Up Rules?
    30:43
  29. 37.
    Episode 29 — Do You Run Published Adventures or Create Your Own? (with Jess Snyder)
    45:46
  30. 38.
    Episode 28 — How to Introduce a New Game to Your Gaming Group
    29:34
  31. 39.
    Holiday Special Part 2: Live Play-a-dungeon!
    2:02:29
  32. 40.
    Holiday Special Part 1: Live Build-a-Dungeon (with guest GM Kyle Latino)
    1:54:26
  33. 41.
    Episode 25 — How Do You Deal with Anxiety as a GM?
    39:48
  34. 42.
    Episode 24 – Do You Read the Block Text in Your Adventure? (special guest, Aaron)
    44:12
  35. 43.
    Episode 23 – How to Introduce Non-Gamers to Your Game
    35:27
  36. 44.
    Episode 22 — How to Handle Doors in Dungeons (with guest Al McWilliams)
    1:00:58
  37. 45.
    Episode 21: What Elements from Other Media do You Bring into Your Tabletop Games? (with Audrey Huggett)
    50:51
  38. 46.
    Episode 20 – The Shortest Episode: Running Halloween Themed Games
    5:21
  39. 47.
    Episode 19 — How to Run a Convention Game (with John Corey)
    44:02
  40. 48.
    Episode 18 – 7th Sea Campaign Retrospective with Matt Wilson
    42:00
  41. 49.
    Episode 17 – Reflections on Gencon 2019
    24:44
  42. 50.
    Episode 16 – How to Send Off a Player Who’s Leaving Your Game
    38:32

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