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Episode XXXVIII - Are You Ever Going To Role Play That Flaw? Advantages & Disadvantages. Merits & Flaws. Edges & Hindrances. Are they helpful to a game? A vampire and a college professor debate the pros and cons.

Panelists:
Lord Connor Shadowbane
Solomon Eldridge, Professor of Anthropology at Miskatonic University

NOTE:
There will be a slight delay as I deal with Christmahannukwanzaayuladanivus, after which there will be more debates forthcoming!

Direct download: Great_Debate_038.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

Episode XXXVII - How Not to Host a Murder Is it a bad thing for player characters to kill or should it be perfectly acceptable?  An archwizard and a superhero take up arms over the issue.

Panelists:
Archwizard Avan Brightstar, Vizier to the Elven Court of Neverrest
Captain Radiant of the Integrity Force

Direct download: Great_Debate_037.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Episode XXXVI - PvP! When PCs fight each other, does everyone lose or is it just another way to get their game on?  A necromancer and a samurai square off on the subject.

Panelists:
Baron Thandor Karn of the Dark Basin
Masato Nakajima, Samurai to the Court of Orange Blossoms

Direct download: Great_Debate_036.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 1:34pm EST

Episode XXXV - Hotwiring the Submarine What dangers lurk beneath the waves?  And what the heck is an aspidochelone?  Our intrepid panelists -- a pirate captain and a cleric -- slyly skirt around these questions and many more about underwater adventures!

Panelists:
Darin Payne, Captain of the Ironblood
Father Vernon Corey, High Priest of the Temple of St. Wilford

Direct download: Great_Debate_035.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 12:42am EST

Episode XXXIV - Module or Mind Control? Are pre-written adventures a useful tool or do they do nothing but force PCs down a pre-determined track?  A college professor and a government agent tackle the issue of who's really in the driver's seat when modules come into play.

Panelists:
Solomon Eldridge, Professor of Anthropology at Miskatonic University
Special Agent Jack McCandless

CONTEST!
The character suggestion contest is over.  Thanks very much for your entries!  I announce the winner after the debate.

Shoutout & Promo:
RPGPodcasts.com

Direct download: Great_Debate_034.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 7:49pm EST

Episode XXXIII - Caressing the Power Lines Is trying to make a character as powerful as possible a good thing or a bad thing?  A wizard and a bounty hunter flex their intellectual muscles over the subject.

Panelists:
Archwizard Avan Brightstar, Vizier to the Elven Court of Neverrest
Dr. Joseph "Doc" Anthrax

Intro by Stu, Tappy & Stork of Happy Jack's RPG Podcast

CONTEST!
Only one day left for the character suggestion contest - it ends November 5th!  E-mail your suggestion for a new Great Debate character to debategreat@gmail.com and write CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line.  The winner will receive a personalized outgoing greeting for use with their voicemail!

Shoutout & Song:
Beatnik Turtle - The Song of the Day Dot Com

Direct download: Great_Debate_033.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

Episode XXXII - Anti-Heroics Are good and evil absolutes for your PCs or do your characters see things in shades of grey?  A superhero and a pirate tackle the issue of anti-heroes in RPGs.

Panelists:
Captain Radiant of the Integrity Force
Darin Payne, Captain of the Ironblood

Intro by J.C. Hutchins

CONTEST!
Just one week to go on the character suggestion contest!  E-mail your suggestion for a new Great Debate character to debategreat@gmail.com and write CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line.  The winner will receive a personalized outgoing greeting for use with their voicemail!

Shoutout & Promo:
The Gamer's Haven Podcast

Direct download: Great_Debate_032.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 12:55am EST

Episode XXXI - War! Now in Barbecue Flavor! The idea of warfare as a theme in RPGs is kicked about, pummeled and salivated over by our panelists.  A cleric and a fighter pilot wage war over the concept of waging war.

Panelists:
Major Hal Cross of the Interstellar Fleet (voiced by David Selby)
Father Vernon Corey, High Priest of the Temple of St. Wilford

CONTEST!
E-mail your suggestion for a new Great Debate character to debategreat@gmail.com and write CONTEST ENTRY in the subject line.  The winner will receive a personalized outgoing greeting for use with their voicemail!

Promo:
7th Son: Descent

Direct download: Great_Debate_031.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 7:54pm EST

Episode XXX - Animal Magnetism Our resident bounty hunter clashes with our resident cyber-hacker over the issue of animals in role-playing games.  What's the best way to use them, if at all?

Panelists:
Dr. Joseph "Doc" Anthrax
Reflux (Live via the Neural Net)

Shoutout & Promo:
Eddy Webb - The Whitechapel Project

Direct download: Great_Debate_030.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 11:40pm EST

Episode IXXX - Take Everything That Isn't Nailed Down Some like to search every nook and cranny of a room and strip-search every fallen foe while others prefer to just move on.  A pirate and a demonologist talk about the practice of looting in RPGs!

Panelists:
Darin Payne, Captain of the Ironblood
Reverend Jedediah Black, Demonologist

Shoutout & Promo:
J.C. Hutchins - 7th Son & Personal Effects

Direct download: Great_Debate_029.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 8:52pm EST