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Role-Play Ramblings 2.2: Planting Seeds

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Jan 022017

In this episode of Role-Play Ramblings Matt talks about planting seeds.  Which in this conversation is a combination of foreshadowing, note taking, listening and even closure.


This is something that I think newer GM’S struggle with, but once it’s learned it is very rewarding.

Nov 012015

I this episode of Role-Play Ramblings Matt Lemke shares his gaming experiences with problem players, some of them include the wallflower,  philosopher, rules lawyer and even the instigator.  This short message is for Role-players at all levels of experience, but is most beneficial for GM’s.  These tips can be applied to any game system.

If you like this please like it please give it a thumbs up on YouTube and if you know someone who would enjoy it please share.  I had a lot of fun coming up with this seasons content and I would love to continue.

Next episode (targeted for Thursday) is “Who’s Telling the Story”. Is it the GM’s Story or the players?


Special Thanks to Owen K.C. Sthephens and Ryan Hale for their extra input on this season. I also have to thank all of my backers for making this happen.  I wouldn’t have had the drive to do this without their support!

Words With Sean Fannon @Con on the Cob 2015

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Oct 222015

In this episode of Words with Sean Patrick Fannon and I talk about Savage Rifts. Sean shares with us the origins of this wonderful idea and some new mechanics.  I think Sean is especially happy with the new Juicer rules, I know I am.

This is super exciting for me.  I have been playing Rifts off and on for nearly thirty years and I love it each time.  For me this is the perfect way to explore Savage Worlds a game that I have been putting off for about 4 years now.

Stay Tuned for more info on that experience.

Jan 292015

In this session on creating character Matt talks about the BIG 3, or if you prefer the influences that help your character make decisions.


I’ve been having a lot of fun with this and I hope you have been too.

Matt Speaks RPG 7 The Role of Character 6 Temperament

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Jan 222015

In this episode Matt talks about he temperament of your character.   If you are interested in the personality test talked about here is the link.  Also, the book Matt keeps referencing is Plot Versus Character by Jeff Gerke

I’ll admit this approach is a little bit of work when you first get started, but it’s well worth the reward.

Dec 112014

The Role of Character

What does it mean to have character? If you are like most players you will start defining your path by picking your race and rolling some stats. Then you pick a class and maybe an alignment, and then you gear up for adventure. For many that’s all there is to creating a character, but for what I believe to be a much more exciting experience, personality needs to be bred into the character. I don’t mean a superficial background that is created by a few random rolls; I mean one that gives a certain amount of depth to one’s personality thus influencing thought patterns. Creating a character like that is a challenge that introduces ethical challenges that go beyond an alignment or dispositions established by a particular game system.

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Words With Kevin Siembieda From Palladium Press @ Gen Con

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Aug 232014

I approached Kevin at Gen Con and asked to do an interview.  He was happy to chat about everything Palladium Book does while dropping some eggs about the future.




I’m looking forward to some great things for Robotech, Palladium, and Rifts.

The Chronicles of Loth Interview

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Mar 062012

Do you like webcomics?  We at Through Gamer Goggles sure do, especially when those webcomics are based on Role-Playing Games!  And that is why we reached out to J.E. & E. Flint, the creators of The Chronicles of Loth.

I first met J.E. through the website “Explorers Unlimited,” a play-by-post site dedicated to Rifts and other Palladium Books games.  So what goes into the creation of a weekly webcomic?  “Mostly spite,” they say.  Listen in and find out more.

TGGN Player

A big THANK YOU to the Flint brothers, for taking the time to sit down with us.  You can find The Chronicles of Loth by clicking here: (the only thing you have to loose is a lot of time).

“Character” Creation: More than Mechanics

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Feb 112012


This is the first in a series of articles about “Character” Creation?  What do I mean by that?  (Especially the part with “Character” inside quotation marks.)  I mean, all the parts that are not covered in the basic mechanics of a particular RPG’s character creation system.  I mean the creation and development “universal” aspects of an RPG character – personality, attitude, behavior, motivation, psychology, etc.  I mean those parts that are at the heart of the “Role-Playing” experience (as opposed to the “roll-playing” experience). Continue reading »

New Titles from Palladium in March Rifts

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Feb 082012

Rifts: WB Black Market

$ 20.95 SRP

On Rifts® Earth, the Black Market is the most prevalent trader in weapons, contraband and magic items outlawed by the Coalition. Explore the day to day business of the market along with its smuggling routes, practices, policies and nefarious products. Encounter the five major Black Market factions in North America and foreign groups like the Yakuza, Green Scarf Sect and the Underground Railroads of Atlantis and the Vampire Kingdoms. -New O.C.C.s like the Con Man, Coyote and Venture -Black Market services, products, practices and customers. -Criminal jobs like the Enforcer, Hit Man and Defense Attorney. -Major smuggling corridors and routes through Coalition territory. -Smuggling methods, both magical and conventional. -The Five Factions of North America and other Black Market groups. -More equipment from Bandito Arms and specialized smuggling gear. -Tables for creating Traveling Merchants, Caravans, Market Outlets, Market Towns, Clubs and Bars, Body-Chop-Shops and more! -Information on the Coalition prison system and border security. -Written by Matthew Clements and Taylor White, with additional material by Kevin Siembieda and Alex Marciniszyn. 160 pages


Rifts: WB Northern Gun One

$ 20.95 SRP

The largest independent manufacturer of weapons, robots and adventure gear in North America is Northern Gun™. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they have been the premier outfitter of mercenaries and adventurers for decades, and are a major hub for hiring military contractors. With a whole new product line to offer their customers, the future looks bright for Northern Gun™. -The arms giant Northern Gun profiled for the first time! -The Kingdom of Ishpeming, a puppet-state propped up by NG. -Full 109 P.A. catalog of Northern Gun products! -New weapons, power armor, vehicles, robots and adventure gear. -The Ishpeming military, essentially a framework for hiring mercenaries and privateers. -The NG Bounty Board, the largest collection of bounties and mercenary contracts anywhere on Rifts® Earth. -Hover trains, supply ships and sales outlets. -Northern Gun’s relationship with the Coalition States, Triax Industries, the Black Market and others. -Written by Matthew Clements. -Interior Artwork by Nick Bradshaw, Chuck Walton and others. -160 pages

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