Minions and Musings

Minions and Musings

By Evil Jeff
Herein I will talk about RPG gaming with my kids, gaming online, even Play-by-Mail/Post. While I call myself a gamer, I have a love for the older games or OSR-style, if you will. I may even have a minion or two help with the discussion as well. Enjoy!
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Dwarves and Elves are not heroes.... or, what I read in the Hobbit that makes me think.
Reading the Hobbit to the Minions, I came across a passage that has me feeling that many people playing RPGs are making the demi-humans more heroic than they were intended.  Should a GM be a bit more strict in how these dwarves, elves, gnomes, halflings, and other demi-humans are played?  There it is.  Discuss. Also, Jason calls in and I try to respond.  Not sure how well that part went, you be the judge. Music: "Monster" by Skillet
13:44
July 17, 2020
If a train going 100 mph leaves the station going west... or my current issue with time and distance.
Wherein I get Minion Bravo to assist with a physical test of distance over time.  I raise an issue with movement and time in D&D and we do an experiment to help us both see if the rules hold up or trip before they get to the finish line.  Afterwards, some discussion about the results and how they can relate to our games.  And yes, I did have to edit out one of the Minion's name in the recording. Want to leave a message?  Try https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - Rebirthing by Skillet
24:26
June 28, 2020
What is the problem this time?.... or, a bit more about blockers.
Wherein I talk a little bit more about blockers, some of which are stopping my gaming.  I also have calls from Other Jason, Che Webster and Goblin's Henchman. Jason at Nerd's RPG Variety Cast - https://anchor.fm/jason376 Che at Roleplay Rescue - https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue/ Goblin's Henchman - https://anchor.fm/ghench Want to leave a message?  Click this link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
19:45
June 13, 2020
What should I do next? ...or, recognizing when something is blocking creativity.
Wherein I talk about blockers and recognizing I had a blocker in my prep for the RPG world for the minions.  I also wonder how many other Anchorites have a similar thing like this.  Also, how many of them really read the liner notes.  I read theirs, turnabout is fair play. Want to leave me a message?  Click the following link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: Rebirthing by Skillet
16:36
May 30, 2020
The Final Verdict on BX Remastered! ...or, did Pacesetter finally get it right?
Yes, herein I go over the newly revised BX Remastered Dungeon Guide and see if they fixed all of the issues.  Betting windows are now closed so no more wagering.  I hope I can stay civil throughout this whole endeavor. If you want to hear the previous podcasts in this series, you can use the following links: Part 1,   Part 2,   Part 3,   Part 4,   Part 5,   Part 6,   Call in show with final thoughts Want to leave me a message?  Click on the link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
42:14
May 20, 2020
Call-in Collective
The call-in collective podcast of those messages I've gotten over the last few weeks.  Plus, Minion Bravo stops by.  Really wish he would politely knock. Want to leave me a message?  Click on the link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
18:33
May 16, 2020
Do I have to hold up my little finger? ...or, more on the etiquite document from 1991.
So, I continue with my commentary on the gaming etiquette document from 1991.  Then, instead of answering some call-ins, I actually got Minion Bravo to step up and give his viewpoint on it.  You will also get a funny story from his game mastering past. I think I'm getting the hang of this podcast again. Want to leave me a message?  Click on the link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
37:32
May 2, 2020
Did you miss me? - or Let's crank this puppy back up!!
I'm back.  You thought I was gone.  You thought you may have heard the last of me. How wrong you were.  ;-) In this episode, just a quick bit about the last two months plus some commentary on etiquette rules I found from 1991. Wow, recording a podcast again takes some effort. Want to leave me a message?  Click on the link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message
16:52
April 24, 2020
A trio of musings.
I've had some thoughts that finally made it in a podcast. I speak a bit about OSR, re-reading rules instead of remembering rules, and filling out a PDF character sheet. You can leave a message as well: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Rebirthing" by Skillet
11:58
February 19, 2020
How about a little update?... or doing a quick podcast instead of work prep.
Figure that I would push out a podcast instead of working on the job stuff today.  So, a quick update on how Minion Delta and I rolled up characters and some of the things we will use for this hexcrawl game.  A bit of info on Minion Bravo as well. Hexflowers we will use from Goblin's Henchman -     In the Heart of the Unknown - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/292935/In-the-Heart-of-the-Unknown--Procedural-Hex-Crawling-Engine?manufacturers_id=9524     Hex Flower Cookbook - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/295083/Hex-Flower-Cookbook--an-overview-and-some-thoughts-on-Hex-Flower-Game-Engines-by-Goblins-Henchman?manufacturers_id=9524 Third Kingdom Games makes some good stuff including:     Hexcrawl Basics - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/290915/Hexcrawl-Basics Music - "Rebirthing" by Skillet
17:19
February 9, 2020
The BX Remastered call in show with some final thoughts.
I waited for a bit to collect all of the voice messages on the last four BX Remastered reviews. So, I present all of them for posterity sake. Calls from Free Thrall, Jason, Joe, Jason, ShandyAndy, Ray Otus, and Josh. Plus more from Jason (it wouldn't be a podcast without him, now would it?). I also have a final thought or two (for now) on the whole project.  This won't be the last time I say something about it, they still have to complete the project.
27:23
February 1, 2020
Letting my mind wander around today
Just some random thoughts that have crossed my mind over the last few weeks.  Also, talk about upcoming gaming with Minion Delta.  It's nice to have a little downtime where I'm not running around the minions or dealing with some chore list today. Want to leave a voice message?  You can at https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
12:48
January 25, 2020
Review Time - Pacesetter's BX Remastered, Part 6 - Dungeon Guide
The last part of the review, now looking at content in the Dungeon Guide.  Adventuring, Monsters, Treasure.  Also, what isn't in this version that was in BX and what is missing. Want to hear yourself on this podcast? Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
36:39
January 20, 2020
Review Time - Pacesetter's BX Remastered, Part 5 - Spell lists and spells
I continue on with the content in the Player's guide, this time the back part of the book.  We take a look at the spell lists and some spells for each of the spellcasting classes.  I also note some issues with the lists as well. Want to leave a voice message?  It's easy to do, click the link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
26:20
January 18, 2020
Review Time - Pacesetter's BX Remastered, Part 4 - Player's Guide: Beginning and Classes
Part 4 of the Pacesetter's BX Remastered review.  This covers the material in the first part of the Player's guide and ends with the classes. You can leave a voice message at: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
29:40
January 16, 2020
Review Time - Pacesetter's BX Remastered, Part 3 - Call-ins and Artwork
Today we have part 3 of my Pacesetter's BX Remastered review.  Today is call-ins that I received since the first two parts went out plus I talk about the artwork that is inside and the outside covers.  Minion Delta was in the room with me (should have been studying harder for an exam) and I got her to comment on the cover artwork as well.  There was also one other note I make about the margins for those Anchorites who love their excessive margins. Leave me a voice message at: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
22:11
January 15, 2020
Review Time - Pacesetter's BX Remastered Part 2
It's time for Part 2 of my Pacesetter's BX Remastered review.  This time I go over the layout things that I noticed.  I even found one other note that I had missed and add it in. Leave me a voice message at: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
27:29
January 11, 2020
Review Time - Pacesetter's BX Remastered Part 1
So, what happens to the first kickstarted I ever back?  Why, it was late.  That makes me like many others who backed other kickstarters.  But, it was the curious excuses and infrequent updates that really bothered me.  So, what does Pacesetter bring to the table with their take on the BX rules we love?  Part one allows me to state my position about the kickstarter and talk about the physical aspects of the book. You can leave me a voice message at: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
16:44
January 8, 2020
MINION BRAVO INTERVIEW
I finally got a chance to sit down with Minion Bravo during the holidays. I get him to talk about the Role-playing (he has to use a different term) he is doing while training in the military. I found several of the things he said intriguing. Leave a voice message via the Anchor app or the following link: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
25:43
January 3, 2020
Special Episode - How to have something better than a Hallmark moment.
Just listen. This was unexpected.
03:39
December 22, 2019
There aren't any elves in the wild west.... or, answering a question posed by Jason
Start by answering two voice messages that I received.  Then, tackling a question from Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety podcast.  Why is fantasy the most common theme for RPGs instead of Wild West or Horror or something else?  I definitely would like to hear some feedback about my thoughts. Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing: https://anchor.fm/jbpublishing Gothridge Manor: https://anchor.fm/gothridgemanor The Happy Whisk: https://anchor.fm/thehappywhisk Nerd's RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 You can always leave me a voice message as well: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Rebirthing" by Skillet
16:41
December 3, 2019
It's I before E except after C.... or thoughts on PbP
Wherein I drop in the newest intro and talk a bit about Play-by-Post and why it can be good for you.  Also, I take a moment to respond to two messages. Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Rebirthing" by Skillet
23:02
November 22, 2019
Please read back the defendant's statement... or, Jason vs. the back catalog II.
Finally remembering to finish putting this podcast to bed. Thanks to Jason for going through all of it. Nerd's RPG Variety cast - https://anchor.fm/jason376 Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Monster" by Skillet
15:42
November 9, 2019
Wait, this is on the record?... or, what happens when someone listens to the back catalog.
Welcome to the Minions and Nerds Variety Podcast! Jason hit me with a bunch of voice messages so I respond back to him. Nerd's RPG Variety podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music: "Monster" by Skillet
21:10
October 25, 2019
When we last left our intrepid explorer... or, happenings this week.
The episode wherein I respond to some voice messages from Lieren, Che Webster, and the Other Jason.  What else have I been doing since the last time I podcasted?  I also bring up a couple of items that I'm looking at using for the upcoming campaign. Lieren creates the Updates from the Middle of Nowhere podcast: https://anchor.fm/lieren Che Webster is from the great Roleplay Rescue podcast: https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue/ Jason creates the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Music - "Simplify" from Wes King Leave me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message
16:53
October 20, 2019
Well, will you look at the time.... Or, what have I not done much of with the campaign this week.
Wherein I do my own drive home podcast and do a quick update on how little I managed to do from the last time I recorded. Talk about how to deal with not buying the mapping software but use what I have to do what I need. Also give a shout-out to the Anchorites on the Audio Dungeon Discord server and mention IRC. Music - "Simplify" by Wes King.
15:59
October 11, 2019
Wait.. what do you mean it's already October?... or what have I been doing for a month.
Yep, been a bit since the last podcast.  Sit down to talk about what I finally decided on.  Got a call in from Che Webster (which I find a massive cool thing to have).  Now, where to go from here? Che Webster at Roleplay Rescue: https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue The 'Next Hex' tool from Goblin's Henchman: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/what-hexs-next/ Music - 'Simplify' by Wes King Contact me by voice message: anchor.fm/eviljeff/message
22:43
October 5, 2019
So, I heard something the other day....or, an idea for a new campaign.
You never know where inspiration will strike. After listening to Roleplay Rescue podcast, I finally got an idea so what to do with my campaign as it winds down, since the oldest minion is leaving for the military. What could I do when it's just myself and minion Delta the sit down and play a game? Herein, I speak a little bit about what I heard, the inspiration, and when I think we're going to do going forward. Roleplay Rescue - Solo Play example: https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue/episodes/408-Delving-Deeper-Solo-e4ud5e Roleplay Rescue - Mythic GM Emulator review: https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue/episodes/410-Going-Mythic-e54mck Frank T's Liner Notes: https://anchor.fm/frankt Music - "Simplify" by Wes King Contact me by voice message: anchor.fm/eviljeff/message
14:10
September 6, 2019
A minion speaks on caves and backgrounds
Another interview with Minion Delta, this time getting her view on caves and character backgrounds.  As she was trapped in the car as we ran an errand, you can tell how much she just loves these snap, surprise podcast interviews.  Well, we had already talked about the day after I picked her up from band practice and picked up groceries, what else could we have done? Thanks to Ray Otus and Tim Shorts for their call ins from some time back.  I knew they were there, just took a lot of time to get to them. Music - "Simplify" by Wes King
32:18
August 27, 2019
Hello. My name is..... or a character's background.
Herein I have a few calls to finish about caves from Logan Howard and Spikepit. I also go into some thoughts about backgrounds. How much do you need? Is this something that the player needs to really worry about? What about the DM? Music - "Simplify" by Wes King
18:41
August 9, 2019
Delving further into the caverns in my mind
Getting back into the podcasts after another pause.  I finish up some thoughts about caves and caverns and describing them as a GM to players. Message me on Anchor - https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Simplify" by Wes King
15:35
August 3, 2019
Dark and wet in a cave or another day on vacation.
We went to the Linville Caverns for a tour. How close are your descriptions of caves to real ones? What about temperature and humidity? I also muse about light source and how that affected my vision underground and how it may interfere in our fantasy games. Music: "Simplify" by Wes King
16:31
July 10, 2019
Wherein creativity hit a snag.
Have you ever hit a bit of a wall when trying to be creative?  When you start one way, decide to change, and have a massive mental block or something else that drags you down?  This podcast, I share a recent creativity issue I had and am now asking for you, the listener, to call back and give any advice or even describe your creative snafu. Music: "Simplify" by Wes King
17:40
June 25, 2019
Top 3 B&W illustrations for 1E and B/X
A few weeks ago, Frothsof put up a Top 3 B&W illustrations from 1E and asked for others to do likewise. Here's my top 3 plus top 3 for the Moldvay/Cook B/X rules. Let's hear some other Anchorites do the same. Song: "Simplify" by Wes King
22:12
June 13, 2019
MINION INTERVIEW TIME!!
Herein I take an opportunity to interview one of my minions, minion #2.  I ask about her role-playing experiences, what she has encountered being a girl gamer, and just hang for a bit.  If you have any questions you would like for her to answer, call in, I might be able to convince her to answer them. Message me on Anchor - https://anchor.fm/eviljeff/message Music - "Simplify" by Wes King
35:53
June 6, 2019
Roll the dice and see what comes up
Random thoughts.  Couple of call-ins and responses.  Hey, you get what you pay for. Gygaxian Naturalism blog post on Grognardia: http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2008/09/gygaxian-naturalism.html Music - "Simplify" by Wes King
12:43
May 24, 2019
Requiem: What's in a name?
Personal podcast that I would like to share with anyone who wishes to listen.
10:11
May 14, 2019
You've got Dungeon in my Logic...
Finally get around to record some thoughts from a previous episode about placing monsters in a dungeon setting with some logic to how they may eat, sleep, move about and such.  These thoughts have been clogging up my head and really preventing me from moving onto some newer ideas.  Glad that's done now. Music - "Simplify" by Wes King
23:47
May 10, 2019
Musings on playing in a 5E game
Music - 'Simplify' by Wes King Velcro sound courtesy of Trapper Keeper, Class of '81
18:28
April 30, 2019
Ray Otus Challenged Me??
My response to Ray Otus' Old, New, Borrowed, Blue podcast challenge.  Thank you for giving me a little direction for a podcast, Ray. Music - 'Simplify' by Wes King Hireling rules I've borrowed some info from - http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.com/2010/10/clone-project-hirelings.html
21:14
April 14, 2019
You've got Logic in my Dungeon.....
Episode #2 - Thanking those with the warm welcome into the conversation.  Also, I wander around monster placement and random encounters in dungeons.    Music - 'Simplify' by Wes King Gothridge Manor - https://anchor.fm/gothridgemanor The Happy Whisk - https://anchor.fm/thehappywhisk Thought Eater - https://anchor.fm/thoughteater
14:28
April 10, 2019
Beginnings & Organization
My start into the realm of the podcasts. I'll start by thanking a few people, list out some of the different things one may hear on this podcast, and talk about what I use to organize my rules for the game I run for my minions.
16:29
April 5, 2019