Episode 20: Hack to the Future

In this episode Brandon and James make a lot of corny flashback jokes. They also talk about adding flashbacks, montages, and time leaps into your games. These common cinematic elements are often overlooked in tabletop games so Brandon and James explore how you could use them, either as a pure narrative device or as a …

Episode 19: Narrative Controllers

In this episode Brandon and James talk about dice mechanics and the narrative role mechanics play in a game. They also chat about talking with folks on the Discord and how they can talk about how the first couple weeks of the Stop, Hack, and Roll Patreon has gone. (Hint: Amazing!!) Games mentions in this …

Episode 18: Stunt, Hack, and Move

In this episode Brandon and James discuss small hacks to cover some listener prompts; moves for everyday tasks, handling larger conflicts around characters, playing Fate using PbtA rules, and running a chase. They also spend a surprising amount of time discussing Speed Racer or The Fast and the Furious, but neither of them are sure …

Episode 17: Health and Death

In this episode Brandon and James discuss systems of health in games, the purpose of death in narratives, and a whole lot of genre bacon.  Also, systems with exceptionally cool ways to handle death and how to make sure that death advances plots instead of stopping them.   Notes Games mentions in this episode: 7th …

Episode 16: Gateway Gaming

In this episode Brandon and James are joined by their future co-host to talk about bringing friends new and old into the hobby. They also talk some business stuff and introduce Elsbeth in the context of an upcoming spin off podcast! A note for anyone not actually listening: Stop, Hack, and Roll will be taking …

Episode 15: Gotta Hack ’em All!

In this episode Brandon and James put on their professor coats and talk playing Pokemon as a tabletop game. Games mentions in this episode: Apocalypse World Pokemon Tabletop Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine by Jenna Moran Fate Core Heroine Tweet at us @StopHackandRoll or use #SHRpod For more information about the podcast or either of the …

Episode 12: Sunk Costs 102

In this episode Brandon and James discuss the secret game James has been working on. They’ll talk about when to hack and when to walk away from a system even if you’ve put a lot of time into it and it really hurts because you’ve written so much and it just isn’t working and I’m …