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Two game designers read old RPG books to extract the best bits.
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RTFM: Apocalypse World
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets  of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. We finally break our streak of fighting about books! We're talking Apocalypse World with 0sarahXfrank0. How did it revolutionize game design? How do you untrain your brain from bad game habits? How much can we talk about sex before our listeners get uncomfortable? Small programming note: Max's recording setup got messed up, so some of the audio isn't of the usual quality. Our apologies! Check out Sarah's Apocalypse World actual play, DIRT, on Twitch. And find Max's recent writings on sex in games in Splat #3. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
01:32:27
September 20, 2022
RTFM: Agone
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so  that you don't have to. Tyler Crumrine of Possible Worlds Games has brought us Agone, a French fantasy RPG. We talk about "what is an RPG?" sections, horny satyrs, and Aaron's favorite actual play podcast, Friends at the Table. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
01:34:01
September 06, 2022
RTFM: Fiasco
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by Essay Mnktl, audio engineer and player on the Three of Hearts podcast. We talk about the first edition of Fiasco by Jason Morningstar. What's up with these "story games"? How can a designer set tone and expectations for potentially problematic material? And who wins the first out-and-out argument between Max and Aaron? If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
02:07:43
August 23, 2022
RTFM Season Finale: The Ranking of the Games
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of   mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so you don't have to. This episode is the season finale! We rank the 12 games we've read so far in an intense hour of judgment and argument. (Not really; most of them were pretty easy.) We also answer listener questions! If you want to make your own ranking before you listen, here's the list of games we've read: Traveller, Cyberpunk 2020, AD&D's Complete Book of Humanoids, 13th Age, Gamma World, Changeling: The Lost, Original D&D, The Game of Dungeon/Minneapolis Dungeon, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, GURPS, Star Frontiers, and Cyberpunk Chromebook. We also make extensive mention of Bloodbeam Badlands by Viditya Voleti, which you can get here. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
50:06
August 09, 2022
RTFM Lost Episode: Traveller
NOTE: This was the first episode we ever tried to record. As such, the audio isn't great! But we wanted to release it so that we could reference it in future episodes. Plus, Traveller is a cool game! Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of   mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. This episode, we look at the classic sci-fi game Traveller. You can also probably hear Aaron open beers throughout. We were so bad at recording. :( If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
39:07
August 02, 2022
RTFM Live at Exalted Funeral Con
Max Lander and Aaron King do live game design at Exalted Funeral Con! By reading random excerpts from random RPG books (along with some audience participation), they put together an aquatic game of genetic manipulation and rebel resistance. And lots of juice and milk and ooze. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:07:41
July 27, 2022
RTFM: Chromebook
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of  mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that  you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by Izzie Colpitts as we return to our roots, taking another look at Cyberpunk 2020. This time, we're discussing the Chromebook "style guides." Is RPG layout the same as UX? Can a confusing book be redeemed by looking cool? How can we modify our meat hands? We also talk about Izzie's cool game design nonprofit, DMG Toronto. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:13:20
July 12, 2022
RTFM: Star Frontiers
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by JP Robichaud, and he brought Star Frontiers with him! What's up with this 1982 sci-fi game from TSR? What are the differences between the sci-fi subgenres? And why don't these games ever get horny for aliens the way Diego Luna gets horny for Jabba the Hutt? If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:08:58
June 28, 2022
RTFM: GURPS
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of   mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that   you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by game designer Adira Slattery to talk about GURPS! The Generic Universal Roleplaying System is supposed to be able to handle everything, but can it handle criticism? We discuss its history, its potential shortcomings, and the place of generic RPG systems. CONTENT WARNING for discussion of gun violence. We don't get too gruesome, but given recent events, I wanted to mention it. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:09:10
June 14, 2022
RTFM: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of  mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that  you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by John Geary, game designer and Warhammer knower. Listen to us talk about fans of ideas vs fans of companies, how to write a tutorial adventure, and the beautiful turtle lizard centaur creature known as the zoat. And buy Sledgehammer, the grimdark rules-lite RPG that is much easier to play than Warhammer! If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:16:03
May 31, 2022
RTFM: Rules to the Game of Dungeon
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by Adam Waldron-Blain to talk about Minneapolis Dungeon, a set of rules recorded by a 14-year-old in 1974. Was it the first D&D hack? What's it mean to build community through RPGs? And how can we relate to the problematic material of the games of yesteryear? You can get a free & legal copy of Rules to the Game of Dungeon via Jon Peterson's "Playing at the World" blog. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:12:49
May 17, 2022
RTFM: Original D&D
In this episode, Max and Aaron talk about the original Dungeons & Dragons trio of booklets by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, published in 1974. RTFM is a roleplaying game book club podcast. Other sources mentioned in this episode: - Playing at the World by Jon Peterson - Trying to Be Kind podcast - OD&D's Implied Setting by Wayne Rossi If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
01:24:36
May 03, 2022
RTFM: Meet the Hosts
We're taking it easy this month. So easy that we don't even talk about a game this episode. We're just talking about ourselves, uncovering our biases and histories with games, reading, and critique. So I guess we're sort of talking about the most dangerous game: human beings. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
01:30:16
April 19, 2022
RTFM: Changeling The Lost
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. This episode, we're joined by Rae Nedjadi of Sword Queen Games to talk about Changeling: The Lost. We cover the White Wolf sexuality rubric, faesonas, and butt tattoos. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:24:37
April 12, 2022
RTFM: Gamma World
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics,   lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't   have to. This episode, we're joined by will jobst of Good Luck Press. We talk about Gamma World, the 1978 post-apocalyptic RPG. Learn about game archaeology, artifact diagrams, and zoo-pessimism. And check out will's new post-apocalyptic driving RPG, TORQ! If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Music by will jobst. Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:18:00
March 22, 2022
RTFM: 13th Age
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics,  lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't  have to. This episode, we're joined by Dan Phipps of Gem Room Games to talk about 13th Age. We cover fantasy heartbreakers, lore incorporation, and using your forum voice. If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord! Sound effect attribution: FX128 by jalastram.
01:13:56
March 08, 2022
RTFM: The Complete Book of Humanoids
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics,  lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't  have to. This episode, we're joined by special guest Matt Fennell to read The Complete Book of Humanoids by Bill Slavicsek. Nasty freaks and funky little dudes for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. We eschew our normal review process in order to rank our top three humanoids. Also, we started a Ko-Fi! This money pays Max for all their hard editing work, and the site will eventually be home to merch, games, and weird stuff. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
01:08:28
February 22, 2022
RTFM: Cyberpunk 2020
Max Lander and Aaron King dig through RPGs of yore to bring you valuable nuggets of mechanics, lore, and strangeness. They read the fucking manual so that you don't have to. This episode: Cyberpunk 2020 by Mike Pondsmith. Learn what it takes to survive in the future-past of Night City! Learn to be...a cyberpunk. Lifepaths to love. Hackers to hate. The perfect adventure format? Related reading: Balikbayan by Rae Nedjadi Arcon by Kienna Shaw The Veil by Fraser Simon Asians Represent: Asian Representation, Techno-Orientalism, & Cyberpunk 2077 Cyborg Memoirs by M. Téllez If you want to support the hosts, check out the RTMF Ko-Fi store for limited-run zines and merch. If you want to chat about the episode, join our Discord!
54:35
February 08, 2022