Just a quick update about all the happenings around Follow Me, And Die! and all it's many ventures.
My YouTube series: How to AD&D 1e and Roll20 For The Absolute Beginner.
My blog article with my RPG idea.
Link to sign up to get an email when the card game Kickstarter is launched.
My DriveThruRPG Publisher Page. To see all of my PDFs.
While on my almost daily 5 mile walk last Saturday, I was listening to other podcasts and several had taken up the Ray Otus Challenge, so here is my entry for that.
See episode 59 of the Plundergrounds podcast for Ray's version of his challenge.
The tale of losing most of my gaming collection to a water leak.
You can read my blog article about finally re-building my AD&D collection here.
Check the Water Damage Incident tag to read all about it.
Musings on starting a new YouTube series How to AD&D 1e.
Prompted by this tweet from Bill Allan: I started playing D&D in 1978.
My retweet and musings tweet.
My Roll20 For the Absolute Beginner playlist.
Companion article on my blog.
I mention the passing of an OSR blogger and discuss some ideas for combination monsters and applying curses and other negative effects to NPCs and monsters.
James Smith's Blog: Dreams of Mythic Fantasy and Obituary.
The Monster Brothers Podcast, see episode 005 - Treefolk.
After a couple of call ins on my last episode by John Payne and Jeremy "Frothsof" Smith, I discuss a bit about the time I through an unexpected NPC at the players. It's amazing how cool magic items used by NPCs bring out the envy and greed in players.
John Payne's Podcast is Old Sword and his blog is Sycarion.
Jeremy "Frothsof" Smith has a Podcast - Thought Eater and a Blog also Thought Eater, and a new Patreon and his Psionic Platypus zine [Affiliate Link].
You can read the companion blog article here, and see a picture of the mountaintop temple.
Call ins congratulating me on 100 episodes, a mention of a final blog post about the end of G+, and more practical planning aspects for play testing my card game.
Spikepit (Colin Greene), RFED (Darrin Greene), Frothsof (Jeremy Smith) - Thought Eater, Ray Otus - Plundergrounds.
G+ The End And Google’s Still Making Changes
Surprise! This is actually my 100th Episode, since my first episode is Episode 0.
Episode 0, Checking out Anchor, Lean Rules, and other Musings, was published on Jun 24, 2018, just over nine months ago.
Flip the switch and check all my sites!
You can find me online wherever you see my social media avatar, Griswald, the guy with the raised sword and wolf's head shield.
Background ambiences from Tabletop Audio that I support on Patreon. Soundtracks include portions of Skirmish, Medieval Town, and Medieval Battle.
A Science Fiction RPG, a Space Pirate game, and and Interplanetary War game were three home brewed games we made back in the day.
I wrote something about these games on my blog a few years ago.
While I'm talking about past games, I discuss my 2017 entry in the 200 Word RPG Challenge, Cat Wrangling, and ideas for making a more rounded RPG out of it, and ideas for a potential card game, and board game.
You can find the 200 Word RPG Challenge here.
My blog post about my 2017 entry is here.
Where I discuss my call for artists for card art and announce a target date of the Kickstarter in the first quarter of 2020 for my card game.
I also mention the publication of my first adventure PDF available on DriveThruRPG.
See the companion blog post here.
The Twitter thread where I initiated my call for artists and announced the target date.
Other links mentioned in this episode:
My Teespring store
Kevin Crawford on DriveThruRPG [Affiliate Link], Stars Without Number [Affiliate Link], and his Kickstarter profile.
Artist interviewed on Episode 86, Lindsay Poulos: Twitter, Instagram, Art Station, Deviant Art.
My first adventure PDF on DriveThruRPG: No, Really, It's Me. Doppelgangers replace a party of adventurers and have to convince others not to return to the dungeon.
A couple of call ins responded to my last episode about Mules In the Dungeon.
I also had some comments on G+. In the waning days of G+ I still post and people respond, faithful to the end.
Ramblings of a Gamer and Artist podcast and Northport Blog by Gwythaint, AKA Denis McCarthy. Denis is an artist for many products on DriveThruRPG and even has a lot of art you can use in your own publications. I've used his art in several of my PDFs.
Plundergrounds podcast, Jellysaw games, and Patreon of Ray Otus.
Spikepit has requested that I discuss my experiences running The Front.
You can get The Front on DriveThruRPG for the PDF and on Lulu for print.
I did a review of The Front on my blog back in March, 2016.
The Front is based on The Black Hack 1st edition. (You can find the second edition here.) NOTE: I backed the Kickstarter for both editions of The Black Hack.
If you want a more realistic WWII RPG, check out Operation Whitebox by Pete Spahn, which is based on Swords & Wizardry Whitebox PDF or on Lulu here.
NOTE: All links to DriveThruRPG are Affiliate Links.
Instead of the normal Tuesday Tales, I present my wrap up of Gary Con XI. It includes some new stories of my exploits in RPGs so it's not too far off the normal Tuesday episode.
I have a companion article on the blog.
My Fellow Podcasters I recorded episodes with: Ray Otus of Plundergrounds and Cody M. of No Save For You.
The 30 minute mark of this episode on Plundergrounds (Gary Con day 3) is where we discuss my card game.
Zenopus Archives blog.
Eye of The Beholder - It will be on streaming services soon!
The Dreams in Gary's Basement
The story of the beginning of my cheer leading for Pat Kilbane's movie back in Gary Con 8.
The mailing list to be notified when the Kickstarter for my card game finally happens.
RPGs mentioned in the podcast, all but the one for Lulu are affiliate links:
The Front paper back at Lulu
The Black Hack
The Black Hack 2e
Gamma World 1e
I plan to make an adventure module out of the various convention games I've created and ran. I ramble on about how simpler is better in my experience and that is the goal of all my publications. I invite listeners to call in an share how their game prep for convention games compares to their regular game prep.
In the real world, the idea of spontaneous generation, where maggots and flies come from rotting meat was disproved and replaced by the actual method of like creatures spawning like creatures. That is called biogenesis.
However, in a fantasy world, spontaneous generation can be real.
Here's the companion blog article.
A quick story about the recovery of a legendary suit of armor.
No frogs here, so move along.
My brother, whose character had this item, made this comment on the Follow Me, And Die! FB page:
Hey Larry I need to tell you that you are only sort of right Yes the armor was pitch black but it was full plate. And it didn't age you but turned all of your hair completely white. It had 2 or 3 other abilities but I can't remember them and can't get to my notebook at the moment.
I want to encourage everyone to go to the small local cons in their area. Offer to run games.
I mention the three scenarios I'm running, one each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I'm bringing them to Gary Con as options for pick up games.
I discuss how players in my game wanted to display the trophies of their kills.
Two call ins from Jeremy at the Thought Eater podcast. He also writes the Thought Eater blog.
I nearly lost this whole episode. I mis-numbered it as 87, and while I was still in Audacity, tried re-naming the files and directories. Do NOT do that! I managed to recover this episode. It isn't cut well, but after multiple trains interrupting my flow and nearly losing the whole thing from my own stupidity, I'm calling it good enough.
Today, I'd like to talk about railroads.
Back in May and June of 2015, I wrote a couple of blog articles about railroad style of play.
The first, RAILROAD VS. SANDBOX – THE TIMELINE.
The second, WHAT IF YOUR RPG INVOLVES A RAILROAD?
Today I discuss the time back in the day when Griswald faced the consequences of an alignment deviation.
SHIP'S KLAXON HORN
by U.S. Department of Defense
Today I discuss organization.
But first some of the usual side quests before the main topic.
It finally clarified in my mind what to call all of my blog readers, social media followers, Patrons, YouTube viewers, and podcast listeners. You'll have to listen in for the reveal.
I've got some T-shirt ideas and will have a poll about them.
A bit of mention about Kickstarter ideas and planning. (Nothing definite yet, so don't get excited.)
You can sign up for the announcement email whenever I finally launch my Kickstarter here: https://followmeanddie.com/sign-up-for-kickstarter-updates/
Here's episode 79, actually number 80 since I started with episode 0.
Today, I'd like to talk about Language and Writing. I've been working on a blog post, but it's slow going.
Some news in addition to Caravans & Trade, I have a second Copper seller on DriveThruRPG, Library Generation Tables.
Call ins from Colin "Spikepit" Green and Pete Jones of the Dragons Are Real podcast.
After some review of the past couple of podcasts and blog posts, and some stats on the podcast and one of my PDFs on DriveThruRPG, I finally get to the topic of today's episode.
After much reflection on my workflow, and the expense of some of my tools, combined with the looming demise of G+, I am convinced, that for me, I need to get serious about moving my workflow to Linux.
Plus, dual booting a computer is like having two and is twice as much work to keep updated.
You can read my companion article here on my blog.
I go into more detail and link to more information on all the things I mention.
Both the podcast and blog article are quick overviews, and I may have left out some things. Please reply on Anchor or comment on the blog article to keep the conversation going.
I have an Android phone which is based on linux.
So I've already recorded episodes straight to my phone.
Linux is based on unix
Mac OS is based on unix.
iPhone is also based on unix.
Today on episode 75 another Tuesday Tales. Last week I discussed insanity and promised I'd tell the story of how Griswald almost died of disease, and again, another cleric had to heal him.
Thanks for the call in from Shane Ward of Gilligan's Isle of ADD.
I also have a new podcast follower, the Role Per Second Podcast based in Guadalara, Mexico. Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!
Today's episode of Saturday Scrawl marks the completion of a complete week of the regular Tues, Thurs., Sat. cycle. I also had a couple of extra episodes.
As so many are talking about conventions they're attending and both running and playing games, I want to talk about running convention games.
I also share a snippet of a story from my foggy mind as I awoke this morning. I'm not sure what I was dreaming, but I've got a great start to a short story.
What do you do when life gets in the way of your hobbies?
Tonight's episode is a short one as I'm just taking a quick break from an emergency project at work. I said I was back to my normal podcast schedule this week, and I'm sticking to it.
We have calls ins from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor and Ray Otus of Plundergrounds.
Yes it's the return of Tuesday Tales, where I discuss stories from Back in the Day, and sometimes things from more recent games.
Today on Episode 72, I talk about the time my character Griswald, the namesake of FMAD lost his mind.
***** But first, a quick disclaimer: *****
I will mention something in this episode that some might find upsetting, so if this topic bothers you, then please don't listen.
I mean no disrespect to anyone who struggles with mental illness. I encourage anyone who struggles with their mental health to consult with a mental healthcare provider.
If you are struggling with thoughts of self-harm, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a hotline at 800-273-8255.
So far, I've had 7 call ins from three people on my episode Saturday about Dwarven Beards.
I wrote a follow up blog article with more details and some tables.
This morning I realized I left out some things I meant to touch on, so I've written a second blog article with some more tables. Both articles are linked below..
Rather than let this information simmer, I'm ready to respond to these call ins. You'll want to listen to episode 69 before you listen to this one.
Matt Jackson is a first time caller.
Ray Otus of the Plundergrounds podcast and Cody M. of the No Save For You Podcast.
Check out the two blog articles I've written on the topic:
Musings on Dwarven Beards
More Musings on Dwarven Beards.
My granddaughter is fascinated with magic as portrayed in cartoons, like Disney's Frozen. Lately, she is hooked on magic wands. Her grandmother got her a tablet and her parents got her a dozen styluses, just in case. Today, one such stylus is her wand.
I think this is a great example of role play, she is all in when it comes to being who she says she is. She likes rolling dice, but she's not quite ready for sitting still to play an RPG. She just turned four last Sunday.
After having a long beard for over a year, the end of April, early May will mark two years since I stopped trimming it and let it grow. I've been thinking about beards and how to portray them more realistically where dwarves are concerned.
But first, a call in from Colin, Spikepit himself.
After a hiatus due to craziness of the annual busy time at work and some family issues I made a quick episode to update everyone on what I'm up to in the new year.
I'll try to do a weekly Saturday scrawl the rest of January until work slows down, then I'll return to my 3 episode a week schedule.
Calls ins about my last episode announcing no new episodes until today.
A bit of family drama explaining the hiatus (I really want to change channels on this soap opera.)
Overzealous fighter uses all his attacks on a farmer. Bar fights every time we meet in a tavern to start a new group of characters.
Finally, over 1,200 listens for November. My 3rd PDF on OBS hit Best Copper Seller, and the total downloads of all my 4 PDFs passed 1,000!
Here's my publisher page if you want to check out my publications:
After two call in from Colin Green (Spikepit), I touch on various names for goblins and other folkloric creatures. Also, hobbit, is a term one can use for their own creatures, as long as it's not the same as a halfling in the works of Tolkien.
See the articles on The Denham Tracts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denham_Tracts
And on the word Hobbit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobbit_(word)
After call ins from Dr. Robert Groves of DM Dad https://anchor.fm/dm-dad/, and Cody M. of No Save For You https://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou/, I share a story about characters in winter and some things to consider with making the effects of weather more realistic.
I thought it would be a good idea to shout out to all the OSR Anchor Podcasts I listen to. Perhaps you'll find one you didn't know about.
I end with two call ins.
You can find the list of most of the podcasts I mentioned at a page on Chuck Thorin's blog: https://theymightbgazebos.blog/osr-anchorites/
I discuss going to conventions and their benefits, and that I'll be at UCon next weekend and not Gamehole Con.
I mentioned several sites for finding conventions, plus a couple of articles from my blog:
Companion Blog Article:
Past Blog Articles:
CONVENTIONS I ATTEND:
After a call in about Alliteration as Inspiration from last episode, I discuss Insect Plague in Oe, 1e, 5e, and a few retro clones. I discuss details of the spell in preparation for the next Tuesday Tales.
I have a knack for alliteration and have several examples on my blog:
Check out the Kickstarter for The Dreams In Gary's Basement, which funded in the first 12 hours and it on to stretch goals to include a disk of full interviews. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dorksofyore/the-dreams-in-garys-basement-a-documentary-on-gary?ref=user_menu
The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax: Back this Kickstarter to help fund final edits for this movie.
Why The Unexpected Should Not Surprise us: Re: The DND Sports announcement.
A call in from each of the brother's Green.
And today's tale, Fasbold Torion, low charisma.
Instead of talking about the G+ looming shutdown, I want to talk about fun stuff. Here is more information is you want it:
My article on MeWe: https://followmeanddie.com/2018/10/09/mewe-replacement-for-g/
Matt Finch's Panel about the end of G+: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chusJcBNCv8
Matt' Interview with MeWe EVP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzf_mcgjo_0
My article about the interview: https://followmeanddie.com/2018/10/11/more-on-mewe/
First up a call in by Rich Fraser of Cockatrice Nuggets: https://anchor.fm/rich-fraser
A call in from Ray Otus of the Plundergrounds podcast about Saturday Scrawl #3.
Today - My thoughts about moving things along when players get bogged down in discussion over simple matters or aren't ready on their turn for combat.
In today's Tuesday Tales, I talk about the oldest character for whom I still have a character sheet. Kad Staglar, halfing fighter/thief.
I tough on the whole end of G+, but will do a blog post and perhaps discuss it on the next Saturday Scrawl.
Last night was the end of the Wednesday night AD&D game on Roll20. We reached the end goal of the campaign and "saved" the world.
Our DM published an adventure based on the first adventure, Automata Run Amok, illustrated by Luka Rejec.
You can get it here: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198834/Automata-Run-Amok?affiliate_id=203222
Read my mini review here:
Check our the DM's Blog: http://www.dwarvenautomata.com/
I mention that today, Sept. 30 is International Podcast Day.
Check out the new item and creature I was inspired to make while talking about Encumbrance over on the Blog.
Thursday Thoughts #2 Being a Dungeon Master.
My Campaign on Roll20:
I've had requests for more storied from "Back In The Day" (BITD), so I will have a Tuesday Tales episode each week until I run out of stories. Some will be of my characters, and others will be of other characters.
An update on downloads of my first PDF, subscriber numbers and followers, and podcast downloads.
Calls ins, and discussion of upcoming PDFs for September, and the most likely topic for October.
Also a request for feedback and ideas.
Episode 24 - Dragongrin Kickstarter from Absolute Tabletop
A 5e setting with the Adventure Kit model, something that should appeal to the OSR.
Shadows Over Driftchapel Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/absolutetabletop/adventure-kit-shadows-over-driftchapel-5e-compatib
Companion Blog Post: https://followmeanddie.com/2018/09/02/shadows-over-dri…bsolute-tabletop/
Companion Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/8sdqOj6Sx-Y
My Review of Oath of the Frozen King: https://followmeanddie.com/2017/12/30/oath-frozen-king-review/
Absolute Tabletop: https://absolutetabletop.com/
Past Absolute Tabletop Kickstarters:
Oath of the Frozen King: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/absolutetabletop/adventure-kit-oath-of-the-frozen-king
A Dead Man's Guid to Dragongrin: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/absolutetabletop/a-dead-mans-guide-to-dragongrin-campaign-setting-g
Companion Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/NNY2KJ2kCdw
QUICK NPC IDEAS: https://followmeanddie.com/2017/06/16/quick-npc-ideas/
OLD CHARACTERS AS NPC’S: https://followmeanddie.com/2015/06/10/old-characters-as-npcs/
DAY 14 N IS FOR NPC: https://followmeanddie.com/2014/04/16/day-14-n-is-for/
MY PROCESS: https://followmeanddie.com/2018/07/23/my-process/
Calls ins about last episode's (18) discussion of Appendix N. I list off several titles that make my Appendix N.
I mention my first PDF for DriveThruRPG is in the works and I shared a teaser on social media of the cover.
A very rambling episode. 6 days since last episode. Mystery of delay on Apple Podcasts solved. Job and other commitments sapping creativity. Power Outage Kickstarter for kids RPG has funded, last few days to work on stretch goals.
There is more than one way to run an RPG.
A serendipitous response to a Twitter comment.
The way Matthew Mercer GMs Critical Role is not the only way to do it.
Players should run games and play with other GMs.
GMs should run games for different players, and also play games.
More about my card game I mentioned last episode. I explain as much as I can before the Kickstarter announcement. (That's still a ways off.)
I talk about it on my YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mRxaH62WL8
I post updates to this G+ Collection: https://plus.google.com/b/107411251706927346819/collection/AyljYE
The podcast is doing well, over 325 plays of all combined episodes, some over 30 and nearly all over 20 plays.
I launched Follow Me, And Die! Entertainment LLC and got the documents in email today.
Finally, I discuss some thoughts on making my own RPG and mention possible genres.
I mention my upcoming blog post on GM minimalism at the table.
A song on the radio inspires ideas for monsters. I discuss more of my creative process and walk the listener through how I did it.
The companion blog article will be up in a day or two and will feature some stats to go along with the ideas.
Calls ins from Colin Green/Spikepit and Shane Ward/Gilligan's Island of ADD.
New from WOTC about two new settings, one coming in November and the other one on GMs Guild.
This week is Read an RPG Book in public The Escapist/RPG Advocate.
Finally, the game store I mentioned when I called into Radio Grognard with Glen Halstrom.
An Anchor website/app rant.
A bit of how I record and upload to Anchor.
I recorded and edited this episode in about 15 minutes after taking 10 to dash out a script. I also didn't edit as tightly as I could.
Thoughts on the cleric spell Command in AD&D in English and other languages.
Thoughts and ideas for the Chant spell.
Out of the box thinking for making all spells useful in the situations characters find themselves.
I Need A Table - Tables seem to be one of the iconic things about the OSR, various creators sharing their tables. I have a few I have made, I like all the dice tables and die drop tables. I have nebulous ideas for a table or set of tables I need.
Introduction, OSR, Lean Rules, creaking chair, and interruption by the train. This was off the top of my head without a script, so as with many other OSR podcasters on Anchor, I ramble.
If you like what I have to say and want to touch in more detail on a topic, let me know.