Episode 122 – Battered Group Syndrome, Part 2

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As promised in Episode 120, we’re tackling “battered group syndrome” in this episode and the next! Yes, it’s a two-parter, because we had so much to say on this topic we couldn’t keep the conversation short enough for a single episode. We lead off with two quick plugs: One for Grant’s appearance on the Gameable Saturday Morning Podcast to talk about Exo Squad (Part 1Part 2, and the horror of a Gameable AU involving Palladium’s Ninjas & Superspies); and one for Min/Max Podcast, another excellent show by Christians about gaming and theology. We then quickly answer a question from Patreon backer Kevin about our favorite polyhedral dice (results: 2d12+1d8, mean: 17.5.) After our Scripture readings, it’s time to tackle this topic head-on!

In this second half, we wrap up our discussion of how to handle damaged gaming groups, such as giving players agency over negative consequences to their characters or going to conventions (hereafter forever known as “gaming speed dating sessions”) to learn from other GMs. We also have more Funcilitator jokes, so—enjoy!

Full credit to Fear the Boot for, we believe, coining the phrase “battered group syndrome” and discussing this themselves in FTB 440.

Scripture: Psalm 51:10-13Proverbs 25:18-20Romans 12:17-21

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