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Episode Five: GM Screens

This episode is about our favorite piece of GMing equipment: The GM Screen. Not everyone likes them, and we understand that, but we really like them. We detail what it is we like in a GM screen, what we don’t, and we discuss how to make your own GM Screen.

We’re sure you’ll want to tell us your feelings about GM Screens. Please email us, post on the Forums, “like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Here’s Episode 2-5, we hope you enjoy!

Favorite Games of the Week

Tales of Blades and Heroes
Mage: The Awakening
Lost Days of Memories and Madness

Currently Playing

Remnants couldn’t be played because of the holiday, but a few of our group got together to play some Battletech; but Remnants continues to be bad ass. Stay tuned for Dresden updates, since it was played after we recorded.

Announcements

We have a support button. Buy us a beer?

From what I can tell, the cusomizable screens are no longer in production.

Also, Joe’s Latin Sucks.

Shoutouts!

GIGANTIC Thank You from Joe for all of the wonderful birthday wishes!

Music Section

“Roll the Dice, Make my Day [Stick Jones Remix]” (Stick Jones)
“Benchwarmers” (Finn Riggins)
“Visions” (Philharmonic Wind Orchestra, Marc Reift)
“Fluid” (Warner Powers & Michael Paterson)

Games Mentioned

Hunter: The Vigil
Deadlands Classic
All Flesh Must Be Eaten
In Nomine
Demon: The Fallen
Castles & Crusades
GURPS 4th Edition
GURPS 3rd Edition Revised
Vampire: the Requiem
Vampire: The Masquerade
Wraith: The Oblivion
Shard
Qin: The Warring States
Classic Spycraft
Mage: The Ascension
Werewolf: The Apocalypse
Dresden Files RPG
World of Darkness
7th Sea
Scion
Savage Worlds
Pathfinder
Song of Blades and Heroes
The Shab-al-Hiri Roach
Exalted
Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

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  • OMG! I am soooooooooooooo sorry Nicky! I forgot all about it. It is with the stuff for the Psion campaigns second part which we wisely discarded. I do know where it is and I will get it in the mail soon. As always love the episode.

    Mattman

    April 17, 2012

  • 🙂 No worries Dude, thanks for not trashing it.

    nickyhelmkamp

    April 17, 2012

  • Hey not a prob. Just have to find the box I packed that stuff in……talk about an epic task.

    Mattman

    April 21, 2012

  • Re: GM screens being 4 panels, I think it gives DM/STs more flexibility to keep books behind the screen. We always used two binders to screen, and used the DM screen itself as a notecard.

    Joe

    April 17, 2012

  • Though I enjoy gaming screens I mainly use them as a rules reference, not to hide dice rolls or documents behind. Not that I wouldn’t want to but I find that the screen really gets in the way and always end up putting it down.
    I own the recent, awesome, “hardcover”, 3-panel, landscape format screen for Call of Cthulhu but I haven’t tried using it at the table yet. Maybe the screen won’t get in the way as much because of the landscape format.
    Most older screens were a bit flimsy and made of poor material, especially considering their purpose, and also weren’t all that nice to look at. I really like the new trend of sturdy, durable “hardcover” screens with nice artwork, even though they’re a bit more expensive.

    By the way, for “alien conspiracy”-themed games Conspiracy X 2.0 is the way to go. It mixes effortlessly with All Flesh and (for Joe) Terra Primate and a very cool aliens sourcebook was recently released for it.

    3rik

    April 18, 2012

  • Well now I know what game I’ll be putting on my wish list next.

    nickyhelmkamp

    April 18, 2012

  • Hey I have a old copy of that game. Have to dig it out of the storage space and re-read it.

    Mattman

    April 21, 2012

  • I have heard of ConX and I think I should get myself a copy. I am a total sucker for conspiracy stuff.

    I have yet to try our a landscape screen, but they look awesome! Cthulhutech has one, and I do enjoy that game.

    joewolz

    April 18, 2012

  • By the way, the core dice mechanic in Atomic Highway, a neat post-apocalyptic game from Radioactive Ape Productions, has the same way of bumping up results in a dice pool roll. It is indeed a fun mechanic. The pdf of the corebook of this game is available for free from DriveThruRPG. I wonder if the authors are familiar with eachother’s work.
    I know Ganesha games from “Familiars”, a charming little game where you get to play magical pets.

    3rik

    April 18, 2012

  • I have actually read Familiars, but it was along while ago. I know Ganesha primarily from its excellent miniatures war games.

    joewolz

    April 19, 2012

  • If you’re looking into Mage: the Awakening, check out the DaveB Actual Plays on rpg.net. They’re all things awesome about NMage, condensed into one game, with awesome GM, who ended up Freelancing for WW on the Mage line in the last few years.

    Otherwise, play Awakening. It’s made of win.
    And keep on being awesome podcasters

    Søren Hjorth

    April 19, 2012

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I once tried a game of Mage, but the ST gave up a session or two in, and I haven’t found my groove to run it. That thread will give me a great look at how others ru nit.

    Joe

    April 19, 2012

  • DaveB’s Actual Plays tend to be the bible of How To Run a Kickass Mage: the Awakening game. I’m in the middle of my own campaign and I’m constantly challenged to try and bring it to DaveB’s level.

    pointyman2000

    April 19, 2012

  • Hey guys,
    Glad to see Mage: the Awakening get some love this episode! I’m a big fan of the game, and I’ve been writing all sorts of stuff about the game including a series of tutorials categorized under “Mage: the Awakening 101”

    http://philgamer.wordpress.com/category/roleplaying-games/world-of-darkness/mage-the-awakening/mage-the-awakening-101/

    Here’s hoping that you guys get around to playing Mage: the Awakening one of these days!

    pointyman2000

    April 19, 2012

  • I think this was the episode where you guys asked why grapple is always special and not just an opposed roll. Just wanted Nicki and Joe to know that it -is- an opposed roll in Pathfinder since it’s considered to be a combat manouver . In PF you have Combat Manouver Bonus and Combat Manouver Defence. Your CMD is basically your AC for CMs, and your CMB is the mod to your roll for CMs. Just thought I’d toss that out there.

    Disclaimer: This is totally a cross post from the forums

    Superfan Joe

    May 19, 2012