Saving Throw at Gen Con 2015



Hey everyone! We’re sending out a very small contingent of people (i.e. 1 person, because he’s paying for it himself) to go forth and preach the good word about Saving Throw! Come find Dom Zook, head honcho of Saving Throw, and quite possibly the World’s Most Handsome Man (with a Mild Overbite) In Existence™! Click the panel links to be taken to the ticket page and reserve your seat!

Friday, July 31 – 11:00a-12:30p – CREATING A SHOW FOR THE INTERNET – hosted by Dom and featuring a panel that includes folks behind G2V Podcast, RPG Academy, and Guys, Games and Beer! Get your learnin’ on. If you’ve ever wanted to port your RPG sessions to the internet and maybe make some moolah doing it, this is a panel for you.

Saturday, August 1 1:00p-2:00p – SAVING THROW PHASE 2.0 PANEL – hosted by Dom, this panel will show you what we have in store for Phase 2.0 of Saving Throw. New shows, new hosts, new videos (including a sneak peek of a brand new RPG sketch). Plus giveaways and, as always, a frank Q&A and a chance to help mold the direction Saving Throw follows! We can’t do any of this without you, so come check it out!

Saturday, August 1 4:00p-6:00pm – D&D with CASTLES & CHEMO  – Sign up now to come play with us – and for a good cause! Check out Castles & Chemo for more info.

Or you might see Dom just around the floor asking questions of unsuspecting attendees. If you see him, ask nicely, and you may get your very own Saving Throw “Do or Die” button! Preference will be given to anyone with art of any Barky’s Brigade characters!

Dom at Gen Con 2014

This is Dom. See this guy, say hi! He’s probably lonely.

See you at Gen Con 2015!

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What’s the essential lesson of GM Preparation?

GM Preparation – What’s your story?

So how do you prepare for a game? Are you the stacks of books, color printed maps and tea stained ‘aged paper’ handouts? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants, relying on your ability to quickly respond to player moves while imagining and perfectly describing the appropriate scene or villain? It’s not necessarily a hotly debated issue but you can rest assured most of us have an opinion and it’s probably based on some experience either fantastic or fantastically awful.

We'd like to start tonight's GM Anonymous with a short the Chaos Gods

We’d like to start tonight’s GM Anonymous with a short prayer…to the Chaos Gods

I like to think of us all at the local high school gym or church basement, sitting in a circle of folded chairs, sipping bad coffee and eyeballing the tray of stale donuts while we confess our worst moments of under-preparation…or over-preparation. Read more ›

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The Longest Free RPG Day – 24 Hour Charity Event



On June 20th, we’ll be participating in The Longest Day, an event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alzheimer’s disease. From midnight to midnight (PST), we will be playing a variety of RPGs and other games to raise awareness and funds for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Not only that but it’s also Free RPG Day, so how perfect is that? So really this is “The Longest Free RPG Day.”


Great question. You can watch the stream LIVE on June 20th starting at 12am PST only on our Twitch channel You can donate via our team page on the Alzheimer’s Association’s site here There will also be other donation links available on the day of the event on our Twitch page for easy access.


We’ll be playing games like Dread, Beastmasters of Yagga-Mor (run by The Dungeon Bastard himself), 13th Age, and of course, a special session of Barky’s Brigade (D&D5e). Prizes will be given away to faithful viewers during each session and every donation has the chance to alter the gameplay (see below)!


Together, we can advance research to treat, prevent and, ultimately, cure Alzheimer’s, and provide programs and support to improve the lives of those affected today.


In addition to helping the great people at the Alzheimer’s Association research a cure for this terrible disease, each donation you make has the potential to alter the gameplay for our players! You can choose to help or hurt the players (or the GM). Here are some suggested ways to make your donation count… feel free to suggest more! Simply leave a comment when you make your donation and choose what you’d like to see happen.

IMPORTANT: If making a donation and you want to affect the gameplay, please be sure to message us with your preferred effect. You can leave a message on the donation page in the “Send Us Encouragement” area at the bottom, OR you could Tweet at us @savingthrowshow OR you can send us an e-mail or Facebook message. Just be sure to include your name somehow so we know which donation to attribute it to. Cool?

 The following is a list of the some possible donor reward choices:

  1. $1 – Cure Light Wounds Get [Character] back in the game by donating $1 per HP (only available OUT of combat).
  2. $5 – Back in the fight! Revive a dying character, and return him or her to 1 HP.
  3. $10 – LIVE, DAMN YOU Resurrect a character (entire party must be out of combat) for $10. The player must do something to honor the deity (donor) who bestowed this gift of life.
  4. $3 – You Can Do It! Inspire [Character]. By donating $3 [Player] gets 1 inspiration point. Maximum of 1 Inspiration point available per player per campaign. If the player you want to give an inspiration point to already has one, your point will be held until they expend their original point, at which point it would then be awarded to them.
  5. $3 – Here, Have a Re-roll! Donate $3, and [Player] receives a reroll token, which he or she can use to reroll any die roll — even the GM’s.
  6. $5 – KILL, CATS, KILL!!! Activate the cats in Arqe Barky’s bag of cats to attack: $5/per cat (up to 5). Only available during the Barky’s Brigade timeslot from 4p-8p PST.
  7. $5-$15-$30 – Fight’s Too Easy Add more bad guys! $5 to add 1 fighter. $10 to add a 2nd fighter. $15 to add a 3rd. Capped at 3 fighters MAX. Extra fighters disappear at conclusion of battle (if still alive). They’re maaagic.
  8. $5-$15-$30 – Fight’s Too Hard Donate $5 to add a fighting hero. $10 to add a 2nd fighter. $15 to add a 3rd. Capped at 3 fighters MAX. Extra fighters disappear at conclusion of battle (if still alive). They’re maaagic.
  9. $10 – LEEERRRRROOOOY JEEENNNNKINS! Donate $10 and a player will get a token to add a bonus attack their turn. Available once per character per session. Donor must stipulate which player gets the bonus.
  10. Make a suggestion! We’ll quote you a minimum donation required to enact that particular effect, and if you agree just donate that amount!
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The Apocalypse Cometh


Here I was, hemming and hawing over whether to write a post about Apocalypse World, and now Vincent Baker starts up a Patreon to fund Apocalypse World 2e. With Mad Max: Fury Road on the horizon, I knew this was a sign that I needed to write an article extolling the virtues of the apocalypse. Read more ›

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Part 1 of Barky’s Brigade now on YouTube

If you’ve been thrilling to the live-plays of our D&D5e campaign with Barky’s Brigade over on our Twitch channel then you know how much fun each episode is. But if you can’t watch on Twitch, or want a refresher, or maybe just the whole campaign in smaller chunks check out the first part of Barky’s Brigade on YouTube!

And tune in tomorrow at 8:30pm PST for the next full session LIVE on! We’ll even have another Loot Crate contest, so be sure to drop in the chat! In the meantime, watch part 1 now!

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