Stephen Glicker, Author at Roll For Combat: A Starfinder Actual Play Podcast

022: Boots On The Ground

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The team finishes off the remaining zombified Arceon crew, and finish exploring the caverns before turning their attention to the mysterious door. Inside, they discover interesting new surroundings, but the most welcome find is their old friend… gravity.

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses RPG play styles and which is good for you and your players.

Plus, another winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

021: Screw You, Isaac Newton!

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The party learns the hard way that combat gets unpredictable when people start running into each other in zero-gravity. We also bid farewell to one of our goblin friends, and unravel the fate of the remaining Drift Rock crew.

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses when a GM should simply skip content or a big fight.

Plus, another winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

020: Mo Dupinsky: Fishin’ Reptilian

Our ever-growing party of adventurers explores even deeper into the Drift Rock. After making short work of a warm-up fight, the team has to face a challenge of a hard-to-navigate part of the caverns. Mo and Tuttle improvise a solution that resembles deep-sea fishing. It turns out ysoki makes good bait, but it’s not fish that are biting, but… something else. We also learn that Hirogi takes that whole “honor among thieves” thing pretty seriously.

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses how to handle fights at the table and why they often turn so nasty so quickly.

Plus, another winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

019: The Darkness Strikes Back

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“Attacking the darkness” stops being funny when the darkness hits back, as the team crosses paths with an old adversary. The boys get their first taste of zero-G combat, Hirogi is torn between loyalty to the team and professional courtesy, while Mo suffers a bit of a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, the goblins continue to have a grand old time.

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses the responsibilities expected from PCs and GMs.

Plus, another winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

018: Nuthin’ But a ‘Zero-G’ Thang

We start our episode with a partial look at the official character sheet for John Compton’s FrankenCHDRR rebuild. Chainsaw wings? Junk cannon? Tactical razor-bat? Yes, please!

Getting back to the game, the team follows the trail of clues out to the Drift Rock, but their plans hit an unforeseen snag. Once on the Drift Rock, we get our first taste of Starfinder’s Zero-G rules, as well as a more conventional problem – it’s really dark in space. We can’t see and we’re floating around bumping into things… what could possibly go wrong?

This week GM Stephen discusses how to handle really difficult RPG rules (darkness in Zero-G anyone?).

Plus, another winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

017: He’s Only Mostly Dead

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SPECIAL GUEST ALERT! Paizo Organized Play Lead Developer John Compton joins us again this week and unleashes to the Starfinder Universe the Combat Drone/Goblin monstrosity CHDRR Mk 3! (Nothing will ever be the same again.) John also provides instructions on how to win a free Starfinder Skittermander Race Boon! Listen to the show for details!

Also this week, Rusty also finds an unorthodox cure for space rabies… but at what cost? And GM Stephen discusses the craziest GM topic to date – how to kill off a PC without them knowing that they died!

Plus, another winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

016: Straight Outta (John) Compton

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SPECIAL GUEST ALERT! Paizo Organized Play Lead Developer John Compton joins us this week for a sit-down interview about his role at Paizo and what the organized play program is all about… and then we continue our game, with John injecting new role-playing life into those pesky Space Goblins! John also provides instructions on how to win a free Starfinder Skittermander Race Boon! Listen to the show for details!

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses what happens if you “say yes” as the GM… crazy stuff! (Thanks to John for proving this to be true!)

Plus, we have the results of the closing tagline contest and the first winner of the weekly $100 Amazon gift card giveaway! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

015: Take It To The Bridge

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The team continues their investigation and finally reaches the Acreon’s bridge, but it’s a bad day for Tuttle – CHDRR 2.0 ends up in a bad spot, and the team’s grenade-throwing skills reach new lows.

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses the why there should almost always be a roll when something risky is attempted – for both PCs and GMs.

Plus the launch of a brand new contest where we will be giving away $100 every week! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!

Talking Combat 014: Use Caution When Opening

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Jason recaps the events from Roll For Combat, Episode 014: Crate Expectations.

After two straight sessions of dealing with space dogs, it’s refreshing to get back into explore mode. But we start with a lively debate about what to do about the mysterious crate.

Full disclosure: either that debate went on a lot longer and Steve edited it down, or it just felt like it went on a lot longer at the time – I have this recollection of it going on long enough that I had to get a new soda halfway through.

I won’t rehash the arguments in their entirety, but the choice boils down to: do we hide behind plausible deniability, deliver what we were asked to deliver, and let the consequences flow downstream; or do we take some responsibility and open the box, even if that might risk losing our pay and/or making our current benefactor mad with us? Are we by-the-book professionals (“You are fully licensed and bonded by the city, aren’t you, Mister Plow?”) or follow our ethical compass, perhaps in the name of serving a greater good, but perhaps torching a perfectly good gig?

Partly as a personal choice, part as a roleplaying call on Tuttle’s part, I’m currently on the side of “FedEx or UPS wouldn’t open up your package; why would we?” Tuttle wouldn’t want some random person looking through his research, so he’d probably come down on the side of doing the job he was asked to do. (Falling back on alignments, upholding a morally ambiguous contract sounds like a pretty Lawful Neutral take.) Having said that, I still acknowledge there’s something shady about having us smuggle a package off a ship under quarantine that doesn’t sit right. I don’t get a sense that Gevalarsk Nor is Evil-with-a-capital-E, so I’m not really worried him trying to wipe out Absalom with space plague, but I’ll concede that Rusty and Mo’s concern is at least generally valid.

I totally didn’t expect Hirogi to be the one to side with me, though – Chris tends to be all about exploring anything that might be a source of loot, so I assumed he’d want to dive right into the crate. I would’ve thought he would have been the advocate for “lock CamBot in a closet, bust the crate open, steal the contents, and then claim it was empty.” One of life’s little surprises that he’s on my side.

The exploration reveals no further akatas (thank goodness) but still plenty of signs of their presence. And… we find the flamethrower. Don’t worry, people; I’m going to be lobbying hard for CHDRR to get the flamethrower at some future date. It makes tactical sense since he’s usually near the front of the fight, but let’s be honest… “CHDRR With A Flamethrower” is one of those phrases like “Hobo With A Shotgun” that just has to be willed into reality. I’m not worried about it right this second because our primary foe is flame-resistant and it only has enough ammo for two shots, but long-term… it’s gonna happen, even if I have to get petulant and buy a second flamethrower to make it happen. (“I’ll make my own flamethrowing drone… with blackjack and hookers!”)

Somewhat overshadowed by Dog Metal Nuggets and dreams of flamethrowing drones, we also find our first concrete signs that we may not be the only humanoids left on the ship: locked doors, signs that some of the other cabins have already been searched. Is that a rival crew scavenging or looking for answers? Survivors who managed to lock themselves up somewhere to wait for help?

Annnnnnd then Mo takes a laser to the face. A crit, no less. If there is a survivor, apparently it’s the kid from Home Alone.

I think this was a twofold failure. First, I think the idea that there were survivors kind of took over and we got a little too eager to be heroic rescuers and should have been a little more cautious about the first closed door we encountered on the entire ship. But also, we haven’t really run into a trap yet, so I think we kind of underestimated that as a possibility. In the fantasy setting, you tend to see certain situations as potential trap locations. In a sci-fi setting, maybe we’re not quite as familiar with the warning signs yet. Also, it doesn’t fit as easily into the genre – you can’t exactly build the traditional 10-foot spiked pit into a spaceship. Well… not easily, anyway.

So Mo survives (just barely), and to add insult to injury, no actual people to interact with, and the stuff the trap was protecting wasn’t even that useful. A couple healing serums that don’t even make up for the damage Mo took, med patches that might help with Rusty’s disease, and we get our introduction to fusion seals… through a fusion seal that… only works on one weapon in the entire galaxy, which we don’t have anyway? Are we reading that right?

I will say the system itself seems pretty cool. I think the idea of doing away with plus-es in favor of special abilities is pretty neat and I LOVE the idea that you can move your seals from one piece of gear to another if you find one you really like. But the idea that a seal only works on a narrow range of weapon levels – I get the concept (I suppose it’s not that different from gem slots in WoW), but I worry it might lead to too many situations like this one where you can’t find the right combination of seals and weapons, and you might end up with too much stuff you can’t use. But maybe this will be the exception, not the rule, and future seals will be more useful.

And that’s where we have to leave it for this session. Rusty is still stuck with space rabies, and Mo is covered with soot and grill marks. We’ve still got one more closed door to deal with before heading toward the bridge. Will we find survivors? New enemies? Will Rusty succumb to space rabies, forcing us to take him behind the barn and shoot him? Stay tuned to find out.

As always feel free to join us on social media and join the conversation? What do you think we should do about the Eoxian crate? What do you think of the fusion seal system? Who (or what) should CHDRR light on fire first? Drop us a line and let us know your thoughts; and as always, thanks for listening.

014: Crate Expectations

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The team discusses the pros and cons of opening a huge box on a quarantined spaceship filled with rabid space dogs, they slowly explore the rest of the Acreon, and somebody learns a painful lesson on checking for traps.

Also this week, GM Stephen discusses the awesome responsibility of a GM and how their power as the narrator can shape the game, and how PCs must also be responsible for their role in the story.

Plus new contest information! And don’t forget to become a supporter of the podcast at our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/rollforcombat where you can help us while unlocking fun exclusive rewards for yourself!