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Once again I am joined by long time friends of the show and the inimitable hosts of Tabletop Journeys: Josh, Lewanika, and Glen. Their enthusiasm for TTRPGs is infectious and it's such a delight to provide a platform for their passion and talents. This episode about is what galvanises and moves us, as characters, players, and storytellers. It's interesting that PC motivation is not pre-baked in the building process, unlike backgrounds which are almost purely fluff and can sometimes have very little impact on gameplay. This has produced the idea of a "social contract" between players, the DM, and all their characters; an often implicit agreement that we're all in this together to build a great story, but achieving this can be harder than you might expect! The last two-thirds of the show are dedicated to us as human beings and why we love TTRPGs. The answer is as old as the hobby itself: there's no such high as collaborative worldbuilding with friends. 05:39 - Character Motivation 33:36 - What Keeps Us Coming Back 46:06 - Motivated Storytellers Find Tabletop Journeys on: Website: Twitter: Facebook: Traveler's Guide to the Multiverse: Traveler's Guide to Collaborative Worldbuilding: Find Thinking Critically online: and also now on Twitch: References: 'Space' and 'Items' episodes of Thinking Critically Patrons: Robert Hartley @RobertHartleyGM: Optional Rule @optionalrule: Matthew Perkins @mperkinsDM: Matt Street @mpstreet88: Intro Music: 'Local Forecast' by Kevin MacLeod Intermission Music: 'Chill' by Kevin MacLeod Outro Music: 'Local Forecast - Elevator' by Kevin MacLeod
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