Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks

Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks

By Andy
How a lapsed gamer returned to the hobby and what happened to him on the way
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130: The End / Psycho Killer
Ending season 1.  All things end, some go out with a bang, others with a whimper. Let's see how much sh*t we can blow up with one episode.  In these strange times I'm going to be taking a little pause on the "classic" Grizzly Peaks episodes for a while to take stock and think about what season 2 should be. So to see us out, here's a kind of special dedicated to the Leonardo Da Vinci / Lenny Bruce of RPG podcasts, a man of unbounded talent TJ Drennon. Check out his Patreon here https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts. Special thanks also to Che Webster and Lieren for their calls as well.  https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue https://anchor.fm/lieren
19:30
March 30, 2020
Forget Me Not - Ep 2: Hotel, Motel, Incontinence Pad
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The second episode of our new mini-series Brian M Sammons amazing call of Cthulhu Modern scenario Forget Me Not. An actual play starring; Barney from Loco Ludus, Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Edwin the Diplomatist, and Ian (w/o podcast).  Music clips from The Miraculous Mandarin by Bela Bartok
1:11:41
March 27, 2020
Tales from the Loop - Episode 1: Summer Break
Role-playing in the 80's that never was. Join Clara "Riff Raff" Booker, TJ Drennon, Isiah "Sparks" Dyson, and Mike "Nails"  Macklin as they uncover a frightening mystery during the long hot summer in Boulder City, Nevada.
1:19:29
March 26, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 7: All Guts, No Glory
Grizzly  Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by  Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason,  Lynne Hardy,  Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th  edition. The action starts to hot up on the Mauretania, as our investigators recover from the disturbing visions they saw during the Professors ritual, more horror is just around the corner.
1:34:35
March 24, 2020
Appendicitis 002: Clark Ashton Smith
In their new sub-series, Appendicitis, Andy and Barney from Loco Ludus discuss works NOT on the infamous  AD&D Appendix N. In this discussion they look at two poignant and horrifying short stories by Clark Ashton Smith; The Immeasurable Horror and The Metamorphosis of Earth. Both deal with man coming into contact with alien lifeforms and suffering the hideous consequences. Two tales that take on even more resonance in our current times of trouble.
1:03:19
March 20, 2020
Space Dicks Ep. 2 - Under the Pyramids
The hapless Space Dicks stumble into a spot of aerial trouble then find a mysterious ancient site, what could possibly go wrong? We're playing the Mongoose Second Edition starter box adventure - Fall  of Tinath. Join me Andy Goodman and the gang Hugo, Jesse, Danny, and  Lester as we find out just how many vehicles a team can crash in one  adventure. This episode was edited and has musical accompaniments by the awesome TJ Drennon, check out his patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts
1:23:50
March 17, 2020
129: Ron Edwards interview
Before the world went crazy I had the pleasure of a hour or so chat with the legend that is Ron Edwards, writer of Sorcerer and creator of the Forge, Ron was a key figure in the flowering of indie RPG's and the evolution of our hobby into something weirder, more diverse and more ambitious.
1:10:06
March 17, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 6: Shuffleboards of Doom
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason,  Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th  edition. The delightful little cruise on the Mauretania continues, no drama, no worries, just plain sailing.
1:07:16
March 12, 2020
Lost Dungeon of Rickedness: Episode 2 - The Littlest Murder Hobo
Amelia and me play through the second part of the Lost Dungeon of Rickedness for D&D 5th Edition
45:07
March 10, 2020
128: Mutant Crawl Kids
A grab bag of an episode with plenty of call-ins about my family's two day jaunt to DunDraCon, playing Mutant Crawl Classics and gaming with kids (and anxiety) thanks to all the contributions from Che, Josh, Barney, Edwin, Spencer. And apologies for the car noise. With music as always by TJ - https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts
49:55
March 7, 2020
127: Racism and Gaming II - final words
In response to my first podcast on Judges Guild. Goodman Games and the Bledsaw racism controversy I had a ton of call ins from all manner of lovely people in the community. Here I try to answer the all and give my final words on the subject. Call-ins from Daniel from NYC,  Tim Shorts https://anchor.fm/gothridgemanor Che Webster https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue Lonely Adventurer https://anchor.fm/lonely-adventurer  Lieren https://anchor.fm/lieren and Josh Beckelhimer https://anchor.fm/jbpublishing  Music by TJ Drennon https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts
34:59
March 3, 2020
126: Secrets of Blackmoor, with Griffin Morgan
"What if everything you knew about the history of Dungeons & Dragons was wrong?" Griffin Morgan the film maker behind the amazing documentary 'Secrets of  Blackmoor, The True History of Dungeons & Dragons'.   Over a period of 6 Years, in 12 different Cities, and comprised of 200 Hours of Interviews, 20,000 Documents and  Photos. Griffin has made an unprecedented investigation into the history of D&D - the  game that created a multi-billion dollar industry.  I was lucky enough to bag an interview with Griffin where he delved deeper into his personal history in the game we all love. https://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/
1:03:28
February 26, 2020
Space Dicks Actual Play: Have Rocket Will Travel - Episode 1
Welcome to our first Traveler Actual Play. We're playing the Mongoose Second Edition starter box adventure - Fall of Tinath. Join me Andy Goodman and the gang Hugo, Jesse, Danny, and Lester as we find out just how many vehicles a team can crash in one adventure.
1:20:54
February 24, 2020
125: Making Actual Plays, with Joe from Weal or Woe
In this freewheeling discussion Joe Richter and I discuss all manner of nonsense about recording and launching an Actual Play RPG podcast. Joe is the GM for Weal or Woe, the first Pathfinder 2 AP out there and as such is infinitely more knowledgeable about the topic than me, but that didn't stop me inserting my own ignorant opinions into the chat. Hope you enjoy. Check out Joe and his crew at https://www.wealorwoe.com/ or his brilliant Anchor podcast, Hindsightless at https://anchor.fm/joe-richter9 .
1:20:25
February 21, 2020
124: When the dust settles
How do we move on from the loss of a player and what lessons can we take from it. A ton of call-ins from the lovely Anchor community to help me think through what to do now.
35:15
February 19, 2020
123: DunDraCon Day 2
Final day at a really sweet little convention. Today I'm running a Mutant Crawl Classics '0' Level Funnel at a con for the first time for a bunch of teen gamers. Everything about that last sentence scares me!
43:33
February 17, 2020
122: DunDraCon Day 1
Off the cuff reportage from DunDraCon44 in San Ramon, California. One of the oldest gaming conventions in the world it has run virtually uninterrupted since 1976, it's my first ever visit and I'm really looking forward to it.
30:00
February 16, 2020
121: Racism and Gaming. The Judges Guild is judged.
Judges Guild were one of the originators of our hobby and it is extremely sad that their legacy is now destroyed forever by the unapologetic racism, anti-semitism and misogyny of the son and grandson of the founder Bob Bledsaw (his offspring have the same name and are II and III). 
17:24
February 12, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 5: All Aboard The Mauretania
APOLOGIES ABOUT THE AUDIO QUALITY OF THIS EPISODE, I'LL GET BETTER I PROMISE :(. Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. Ejected from their home and country our heroic investigators set sail for Southampton, England aboard the magnificent vessel the RMS Mauretania. What could be more relaxing than a 6-day cruise across the Atlantic.
1:03:26
February 11, 2020
Forget Me Not - Ep 1: The Cornfields of your Mind
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The first episode of our new mini-series Forget Me Not. A Call of Cthulhu Modern actual play starring, Barney from Loco Ludus, Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Edwin the Diplomatist, and Ian (w/o podcast).  Music clips from The Miraculous Mandarin by Bela Bartok
2:15:17
February 7, 2020
120: The Morning After the Night Before
How do we recover as a group from the events of last Saturday. It's been an emotional and tough few days of talking things out and processing feelings. But I feel optimistic finally that we can carry on. I don't think we are stronger for it, but maybe we will be better. I have also come to a decision about the game. We will be changing a few things and lets see. Thanks to all the call ins Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Che from Roleplay Rescue, Joe from Hindsightless, Barney from Loco Ludus, Daniel, and Josh from JB Publishing (Oxford comma!). Also thanks to TJ Drennon for the music as always. Follow him on Patreon. https://patreon.com/TJD
40:30
February 5, 2020
119: Is this the end?
A night of tension and disfunction. Is my Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign in a death spiral. Can we recover from the worst gaming session I can ever remember.
15:28
February 2, 2020
BONUS: D&D 5e Actual PLay: The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness
My first ever D&D 5th Edition Actual Play. Listen if you dare to a 51 year old man play the Rick & Morty Starter Set adventure with his 3 1/2 year old daughter. All rude words have been substituted!
18:56
February 1, 2020
118: Why I love D&D 5e: Part 1
The first of a series of episodes where I talk about my love for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. In this first part I talk about the elegance of character progression and bounded accuracy. Thanks to TJ Drennon for his music mastery. Find him on Patreon at https://patreon.com/TJD
45:15
January 30, 2020
117: Gamers gone wild
The fallout continues from my 5e episode. Plus plenty of call ins and collaboration. Thanks to Daniel from NYC, James from Those Feckin' Books!, Joe from Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame, Che from Roleplay Rescue, Barney from Loco Ludus, and some weird f*cker from Texas.
37:21
January 25, 2020
116: Politics and the games we play
My episode on why people hate 5e triggered a torrent of calls. Seems like my clickbait title worked! Huge thanks to everyone that called in - this is the fertilizer for our gaming minds. Thanks to Spencer, Joe, Jason, Che, Colin and GM’s Shadow and most of all to the amazing TJ Drennon for his gorgeous theme songs. Support him here, https://www.patreon.com/TJD
30:52
January 20, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 4: New York - Lying Low
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written   by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne   Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. After the horrors at Ju Ju House our intrepid investigators are taken to a safe house at Emerson imports where they nervously wait for passage out of America. Will the weird objects they recovered from that hellish basement prove to be too tempting to resist? What mind shattering revelations will happen when they delve into the foul books and objects that nag away at the edge of their vision.
53:56
January 20, 2020
115: Why do people hate D&D 5th edition so much?
No description. And no listeners after this
33:54
January 16, 2020
114: Old Schools and Fantasy Trips
A rambling series of thoughts on travel, gaming and the Old Schools. With call ins from Jason (Nerds RPG Variety Cast) and Che (Roleplay Rescue).
27:20
January 11, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 3: New York - Horror at Ju-Ju House
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne  Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. The horrifying conclusion to the New York Chapter - our intrepid investigators descend in to the depths of Ju-Ju House. What mind melting monstrosities await them? Will they avenge the death of their good friend Jackson Elias? Will they finally get their hands on some nunchuks. 
1:15:14
January 8, 2020
113: GM'ing styles and Loco's Ludic Analysis
A show dedicated to an epic call-in from Barney from Loco Ludus. All about GM'ing styles, improv vs narrative, and a "take-down" of my Call of Cthulhu actual play!
26:03
January 6, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 2 : New York - Trouble in Harlem
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. The investigators head to Harlem to try and find help as they prepare to venture into the depths of JuJu House, but forces are aligning against them. Introducing: Claudia Stein, former U-Boat Captain in WWI, now a dilettante spending her summers in the Swiss Alps and her winters in Monaco. G.R.U.M.S. a rootin', tootin', rail riding hobo from Louisiana, never to be found too far away from a cat. Bill Rakesheare, a Scottish groundsman with a troubled past and a good throwing arm. Always has a wrench slipped up his sleeve Dr Gwen Grieves, a doctor up to her neck with the New York mob, she uses Morphine to ease her pain and memories of her dead husband. Cole 'Charon' Morteson, a horribly scarred PI who used to work for the NYPD Marcus Abate, an academic with a wild streak, watch out for that switchblade. Likes alcohol in bags.
47:27
January 2, 2020
112: End of year call in show
As is traditional you've got to end the year with a call in show. So here is the roll of honour.  Thanks to: Spencer, Jason, Josh, Che, Varin, Joe, Shandy Andy, Vance, Danny, Daniel, John, Evil Jeff, and Barney.
38:01
January 1, 2020
Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 1 : New York - The Carlyle Mansion
Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition.  Introducing the cast:  Claudia Stein, former U-Boat Captain in WWI, now a dilettante spending her summers in the Swiss Alps and her winters in Monaco. G.R.U.M.S. a rootin', tootin', rail riding hobo from Louisiana, never to be found too far away from a cat. Bill Rakesheare, a Scottish groundsman with a troubled past and a good throwing arm. Always has a wrench slipped up his sleeve Dr Gwen Grieves, a doctor up to her neck with the New York mob, she uses Morphine to ease her pain and memories of her dead husband. Cole 'Charon' Morteson, a horribly scarred PI who used to work for the NYPD  Marcus Abate, an academic with a wild streak, watch out for that switchblade. Likes alcohol in bags. In this first episode we have a recap of the teams adventures so far in Peru and New York and we begin in the Westchester mansion of Erika Carlyle, sister of Roger, the leader of the lost expedition to Egypt and Kenya. The have found a stash of his ancient and powerful tomes which they are casually perusing in Erika's library.
1:28:02
December 28, 2019
111. The first fantasy campaign
Writing my first campaign and going off the deep end. Narrative vs Emergent game play. Mervyn Peake, Lewis Carroll, and Gary Gygax. Plus call ins from some old friends.
30:23
December 25, 2019
110. Running the game
Taking running the game literally. Concluding the America chapter of Masks of Nyarlathotep.
15:06
December 23, 2019
109. Unboxing Rick
Wherein Andy and Amelia do an unboxing. 
08:04
December 22, 2019
108. Turkey run
A random collection of bits. Turkey carnage, angry at the OSR anchorites, "comedy", thank you's to Jason, Jeff and Spencer. And Out of Office.
19:22
December 20, 2019
107. Is 200 hours prep too much?
Going on at length about my ridiculous prep for Masks of Nyarlathotep
21:52
December 19, 2019
106. The making of a DM
Wherein a 3 and a half year old girl takes her first confident steps into game mastering
18:16
December 18, 2019
104. Tick removal and Cthulhu
Call ins already! This community is really engaged, either that or they are surveillance experts. Seriously though, lovely welcomes from Spencer and Jason (Keep off the Borderlands and Nerd's RPG Variety Cast). Real-time tick removal shenanigans. And it's Game Day.
16:56
December 17, 2019
103. An unreliable lover
How exactly do you forget for 30 years about a game that you loved so much
28:05
December 14, 2019
102. Unboxed
Joining a long tradition of ASMR unboxing audio
01:48
December 13, 2019
101. A return to gaming
Looking back and forward as a lapsed gamer returns to D&D
10:25
December 11, 2019