On the Shoulders of Dwarves

--- Eran Aviram ---

**Feburary 2021:** Dwarves! We're prolonging our hiatus until 2022. We hope to be able to return earlier, but things haven't changed in our lives and until the corona epidemic is over it's unlikely we'll be able to go back to any routine. We're interested in doing at least something weekly or semi-weekly, even if not a podcast - if you have any ideas, please send us! To [show@dwarfcast.net](mailto:show@dwarfcast.net) **September 2020:** Recently, we've been unable to dig into new seams of RPGitium, and forge new episodes. Too occupied were we, with the feeble matters of life: new jobs, maintaining households, having a kid, surviving a global pandemic. This trend is not expected to change in the foreseeable future, and so we put our mountain hold into a magical slumber. Our gates shall remain sealed until 2021, at which point we'll look again upon our lands and re-examine the ritual. Have fun storming your castles! Uri, Eran and Aviv (We still read and post in our group, [On the Shoulders of Dwarves](http://www.facebook.com/groups/dwarfpodcast))
Brought to you by Eran Aviram of On the Shoulders of Dwarves

Latest Episodes…

  1. Mystery Plots (episode 37)

    [The Enemy Within campaign](https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2012/3/1/about-the-enemy-within/) for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. ### Defining “Mystery” (3:10) We’re not discussing [Ontological Mysteries](https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OntologicalMystery). In a mystery campaign you’re trying to solve a case, in order to uncover a piece of information. [Whodunit](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whodunit)? One-shots are usually set in a closed location, like a ship or a museum. Mystery-enabling systems: ...


  2. Subtle Railroading (episode 36)

    If you don't like "Railroading", think instead about tour guides, or theme park rides. ### Is this a form of manipulation? Definitely. So it should be done by consent. “Guys, I’m going to be using all sorts of subtle techniques to help guide the story, a bit like a director, but ...


  3. Taking Away the Obvious (episode 35)

    ### What’s interesting about taking away the obvious?(1:30) The interesting question is what happens when one of those things are gone. On a global scale - the gods disappear, no divine magic. Scarcities - things that you need, yet you don't have. [The Quiet Year](https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/the-quiet-year) [Legacy 2nd Edition](http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/237393/Legacy-Life-Among-the-Ruins-2nd-Edition?affiliate_id=29668) [Honey Heist](https://gshowitt.itch.io/honey-heist) On a small scale - ...


  4. Introducing New People to the Hobby (episode 34)

    ### Eran and Uri have different KPIs (1:45) KPI stands for Key Performance Indexes and it literally means how do you measure if you have done something well or not. Or “what is the key by which you determine how well you performed”. ### Uri’s method (7:00) The full article: ...


  5. Death by Dice (episode 33)

    ### Before the death (1:35) Should we allow death? Under which circumstances should we allow death? Set expectations. Personal example: Uri don’t allow random deaths, except on critical moments or on player decision. What can the player whose character just died do for the rest of the session? [Dungeon Crawl Classics](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_Crawl_Classics) [Dusk Barrens after-death ...