BLACKOUT GM Diary 3 – Megacorps

Written by Jake Shultz Now that we’ve covered the groundwork for the game and setting (here and here), we can finally get to the juicy centerpieces of so many cyberpunk stories: the megacorp. Impenetrable, ubiquitous, and probably up to no good.  We followed the suggestions in the Sprawl book for creating the megacorps of our world, with each player, including…

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Blackout GM Diary 02 – Inspirations, Questions and Primers

Written by Jake Shultz Last post, I talked about some of the groundwork we did laying the foundation for BLACKOUT. We had conversations about what we wanted to see in the setting, the tone of the game, the system to use and so on. Today, I’ll be going into more depth about the setting, VanTle, and some of the inspirations…

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Blackout GM Diary 01 – System, Setting and Tone

Written by Jake Shultz Early into our previous campaign, Tomb of Annihilation, we started to consider what our next game would be. We’ve played together as a group for about 15 years now, and we usually have ideas percolating about what games or genres or systems we were interested in trying, but this time was a little different. Now, we’re…

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Customizing Encounters

by Shaun Before really getting into the 5E Dungeons and Dragons adventure modules and running Tomb of Annihilation, I would never have imagined I’d have so much fun running someone else’s content. However, we at House of Bob are historically “home-brewers.” For the better part of our adventuring, we found ourselves in the custom crafted worlds of one or more…

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Roleplaying: A Group Interview with Shaun, Jake, & Alex

by Ian McKenzie This week I did some Bob wrangling to get some of the crew to spill their juicy roleplaying secrets. I've always felt like my characters have been a bit flat, and wanted to hear from the pros how to create a rich, layered, and interesting character. Roleplaying has always been my favorite aspect of a game, but…

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Starting A Campaign From Scratch (Blog)

by Ian McKenzie In this post, I'm going to leave my notes and resources for preparing for a campaign. It's been years since I've participated in a campaign. When I was first Dungeon Master-ing Dungeons and Dragon campaigns, I wasn't perfect. I created campaigns that I would like. Events happened that were interesting to me. I gave my players items…

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House of Bob Discord Channel

Friday September 7 2018: We've opened up our Discord server to listeners! Follow the link below to join, and be sure to introduce yourself in the #introductions channel. https://discord.gg/nsB2TsZ

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Original Artwork Giveaway!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Rob on winning the original artwork! In addition to this fantastic original, Rob also got to choose the name of an upcoming NPC, who will be featured on the show in 2019. Friday August 17th 2018: Give-a-way time! One lucky fan will win this piece of amazing artwork from episode 10 of House of Annihilation. This was…

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