July 2, 2021

Random


This episode I'm joined by Nikki from Beholder to No One, the award winning TTRPG podcast featuring discussions and one-shots. Broadly this episode can be summed up as "how random elements affect gameplay", however as we quickly find out that's a much deeper and multifaceted discussion. For example, even character generation (standard array versus rolling) can dramatically affect the theming of a character and how you approach role play. It's often considered that to embrace randomness, one must relinquish control, but Nikki and I discuss how this isn't always the case in Dungeons & Dragons, and despite D20s ostensibly "dictating" everything, the DM still has control. We propose a number of interesting discussions, such how the game is in a constant tug-of-war with itself: player agency is undoubtedly critically important, but the outcomes of their decisions are inherently unknown. Furthermore, how can we collaborate on a compelling story when the dice sit primed and ready to undermine our actions?

  • 01:27 - How character and setting generation affect role play
  • 17:02 - The impact of dice rolls on a story
  • 22:47 - Mitigating the chaotic nature of dice
  • 38:22 - Less random alternative TTRPGs

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Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod
Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod
Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod

Nikki Yager (Beholder to No One)

Podcaster

Nikki is a crafter, wife, and adoptive mom to an almost 19 year old, and the creator of Beholder to No One, a D&D/TTRPG podcast where she has a discussion show where guests join on random topics every Monday, and an actualplay or usually non D&D one shots every Thursday. She is also creating two new shows, Dice Before Dawn: Phoenix by Night and Sound Control RPG: Radio Signal.

Recently she has endevored into full time Podcast editing and other services related to podcasting and Tabletop gaming!