I will briefly review my 2019 and discuss 2020 and the future of my RPG & gaming creativity via blog, podcast, and game publications.
For an in-depth review of 2019, see my blog post 2019 - Year In Review.
Jason Connerly of Nerds RPG Variety Cast
John Large of Red Dice Diaries Podcast, Blog, and YouTube Channel.
Evil Jeff of the Minions and Musings podcast.
Discussion of the contents of this new PDF and its thoughtful presentation of historical RPG methods.
Call ins from Jason Connerley of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure (B52), and Pete Jones of Dragons Are Real.
Old School Essentials
In Praise of the 6 Mile Hex
How to Hexcrawl
All musical transitions by TJ Drennon.
I discuss a few things about the Wendy's RPG that's been the focus of many conversations.
Jason of of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast calls in about the past two episodes about Bullet Journals and campaign documentation websites.
Wendy's Feast of Legends
Critical Role Tweet and Link to Twitch Stream.
The Dice Are Screaming Episode #125 Wendy's RPG and You.
My post on Reddit.
Discussion of various websites for presenting campaign information online.
Jason of of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast calls in about my last episode: Episode 161 - Appreciating Dave Arneson
Campaign Wiki (free) - Using for my current campaign using Delving Deeper called Delvers' Deep.
Obsidian Portal (free option) - I played around with it a few years ago.
Epic Words (FREE OPTION) this is other mentioned by Campaign wiki
Campaign Logger ($40 and I think there is a very limited free option) -
World Anvil (free option) - Very sophisticated, lots of templates for creating different pieces of a campaign world. Good for building a world for storytelling via RPGs or writing a novel.
A call in to episode 165 mentioned Scabard.org.
Music by TJ Drennon. Check out his Patreon.
Blackmoor Week - Read An RPG Book in Public Week - AAA (Anchorites Appreciate Arneson Month)
[UPDATE: September 29, 2019 - Outro music by TJ Drennon swapped for a new outro by TJ created specifically for AAA.]
There is a a lot of appreciation going on right now for Dave Arneson the creator of the first RPG.
Read an RPG Book In Public Week: Sunday, September 29 - Saturday, October 5th, 2019.
Havard's Blackmoor Blog Blackmoor Week. September 24 to October 1 every year.
Blackmoor Day - October 1, Dave Arneson's birthday.
Tim Brannan's past blog posts on Blackmoor
The Ruins of Murkhill on Blackmore Week
TJ Drennon Patreon Intro and outro music for this episode.
A quick publishing update.
Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast
Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor.
TJ Drennon Patreon
I published my latest PDF, Mountain and Hill Encounters on DriveThruRPG.
Library Tables has made enough sales to become a best Electrum Seller!
The October PDF will be:
Random Dungeon, City, & Travel Generation
The poll is up for patrons to vote on what PDF I do for November:
Newfound Appreciation Of The 2d6 Table
TJ Drennon's Podcasts:
Malorosous Miasma Meltdown
Occult Orifice Outrage
TJ Drennon Patreon
My Blog Post Newfound Appreciation of the 2d6 Table
[UPDATE: A comment posted that the reaction table is on page 12 of book 3 of OD&D, but it is labelled: Random Actions by Monsters. It has three tiers with instructions to modify based on various factors.]
Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
The original Talk Like A Pirate Day website.
Lots of call ins today about the different recent episodes.
Call ins from Spencer (Free Thrall) of Keep Off The Borderlands, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, and Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure.
My YouTube video for 2017 Talk Like A Pirate Day.
I tackle the topic that has so many in a tizzie, the Consent in Gaming free PDF by Monte Cook Games.
Call ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and John Large of Red Dice Diaries blog, podcast, and YouTube..
Quoted tweet from Twitter by Dr. Megan Connell.
Other tools suggested by the authors:
TTRPG Safety Toolkit
The Same Page Tool
Gender Pronoun Name Tags
Table Manners: Blog Post
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 11 - Call Ins, Trust the GM, be an Ambassador for the Game
Difficult & Sensitive Topics:
Episode 72 - Tuesday Tales #13 - Insanity
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.
I discuss Dave Arneson, Feedback for creators, and My new Delving Deeper campaign on Roll20 that starts a week from today.
First a call in from Karl Rodriguez about playing in his Procrasticon game.
The Dice Are Screaming episode about Dave Arneson & Mark Clover of Creative Mountain Games and manager of Lake Geneva Games posted a blog article of his first hand experience with the author of the now infamous Kotaku article.
Frank T's Liner Notes About Feedback for Creators. #IYLSSS
Here's a companion blog post with more details.
Thoughts on the way I ran my game for D&D for Extra Life at Gary Gygax's old house.
But first a reply to Jason and a call in from Mark Wallring of Yawning Owlbear.
Episode 149 - Tuesday Talk - Give Others a Chance
My thoughts on the D&D live stream from Gary Gygax's old house for Extra Life on August 24, 2019.
You can read the companion blog article here.
UPDATE: Of of August 25, 2019, our Extra Live event is 76th overall for YTD funds raised and 2nd for Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin!!
Eric Tenkar's Tuesday. Episode # 460 Can your Campaign Survive a TPK?
Here's my two cents on one way to do it.
Colin Green - Spikepit and Tim Shorts - Gothridge Manor call in about 10K listens and other things mentioned in the last podcast.
My DriveThruRPG Publisher Page. No, Really, It's Me
D&D livestream at Gary Gygax's House for Extra Life in Lake Geneva, Wi. Saturday, August 24, 2019.
Today I achieved 10,000 listens of all prior 146 episodes combined.
Chaos of no power for 12 hours yesterday altered my momentum on various projects.
Saturday, August 24th has many things to make it significant.
Due date to submit games to UCon in time to get them in the schedule for pre-registration.
1 year anniversary of my first PDF on DriveThruRPG, Locks, Vaults, and Hiding Places. It's a Copper Seller, getting close to Electrum!
250th Birthday of Napoleon
D&D livestream at Gary Gygax's House for Extra Life in Lake Geneva, Wi.
Potential for lots of gaming in coming weeks.
I tried to do a quick pickup game last night and again this afternoon.
A week from Today - on August 24th. I will be playing - D&D at Gary Gygax's House for Extra Life! Whether you can give or not, please share!
GROSS!!! 12 dozen episodes. I talk about gross things, slimes, molds, and jellies.
Call in from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor of my last episode about binging shows on streaming services.
I ordered a folding dice tray from Aras Sivad of Aras Custom Designs. I wanted something to be light and easily portable when I play D&D
A week from Saturday - on August 24th. I will be playing - D&D at Gary Gygax's House for Extra Life! Whether you can give or not, please share!
I have a problem. Netflix releases a show for an entire season and I have to watch it as quickly as possible.
Saturday, August 24th - D&D at Gary Gygax's House for Extra Life. Please give if you can, and everyone please share! Be sure to listen Wednesday when Froth mentions this on Hump Day Blog ORama!
Lots of ideas Friday after work. New PDF idea and a rough map idea.
My Patreon. My PDFs on DriveThruRPG related to the rough draft mentioned on the podcast: Caravans & Trade, Rivers & River Encounters, Deserts & Desert Encounters. My August PDF will be Seas & Ocean Conditions & Encounters.
Useful Charts YouTube Channel. Video about Libre Office Draw. Get LibreOffice here.
Rich Frazier of the Cockatrice Nuggets podcast.
Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor, Podcast, and Patreon.
Destination Fantastic Kickstarter funded! Yeah! I can't wait to see it!
D&D at Gary Gygax's House for Extra Life. Please give if you can, and everyone please share! Be sure to listen Wednesday when Froth mentions this on Hump Day Blog ORama!
In just over two weeks, on Saturday, August 24th, I will participate in a fundraiser for Extra Life in a Twitch streamed series of D&D games ran by different DMs. I have the pleasure of running one of those games!
Here's yesterday's Blog Post.
We're also down to the last day of the Kickstarter for Destination Fantastic, by Satine Phoenix and Stefan Pokorny. It's made great strides in the last few days and is so close! Please make it a reality as I really want to see it!
It would be a very long list if I could remember everything I know how to do at some level.
Check out the Kickstarter for Destination Fantastic, by Satine Phoenix and Stefan Pokorny. It's down to less than 3 days to go. If you've already backed it or can't afford to back it, please share it with others!
No trains interrupted the recording of today's podcast, but I still included both versions of "Train Break" by my eldest son, David.
Today's episode is a bit of a follow up on Episode #138 - Thursday Thoughts - Religion of Librarians, where I muse about religions a bit more.
I have a call in from Larry Haight.
Episode 137 - Tuesday Talk - Quest Idea: Creature To Slay
Check out the Kickstarter for Destination Fantastic, by Satine Phoenix and Stefan Pokorny.
I was thinking about how I could add something to my PDF Libraries and I mused about a religion for librarians.
See my PDF at DriveThruRPG: Library Generation Tables.
Check out the Kickstarter for Destination Fantastic, by Satine Phoenix and Stefan Pokorny.
What is better than a mere quest? A quest to slay (permanently) some foul creature who returns every few thousand years.
Dr. Who series mentioned: Underworld. "The quest is the quest."
Check out the Kickstarter for Destination Fantastic, by Satine Phoenix and Stefan Pokorny.
Proprieter of a tavern who for some reason feeds off of those who are not satisfied.
My latest blog post reminding us that all creators need feedback.
#IYLSSS #SupportSmallCreators #ResponsibleFandom #RPGs #OSR #DnD
Yes, it's true, it's a new episode of Tuesday Tales, as I recalled a story I haven't blogged about or shared on the podcast.
We also have a call in from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor.
I thought I had a couple of back episodes to link that I promised in the episode, but I'm either just not finding them or thinking that I did a podcast when maybe it was a blog post. Ah well, I'm a one man operation and I can't do all I want to do.
John Large of Red Dice Diaries: Blog, YouTube, and Anchor Podcast. calls in with a comment on Episode 130 - Saturday Scrawl - No More Nerds - A Rant.
Colin Green, AKA Spikepit, of the Spikepit podcast calls in about my last episode Episode 132 - Thursday Thoughts - Ten Years Of Blogging.
The episode whre I discuss my nephew Steven's discovery that his character had a Luck Blade & the Best Inn: Episode 37 Tues. Tales #3 Powerful Items.
You can read the companion blog post here.
After a couple of calls ins from Lieren of Updates From The Middle Of Nowhere, I muse on my ten years of RPG Blogging.
Support our Extra-Life fundraiser August 24th at the former Gary Gygax house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
You can read the companion blog post here.
While I strive to be positive and uplifting in my blogging, podcasting, and social media, there some times when a rant is needed.
A recent article over on The Guardian focused on the popularity of D&D and the resent D&D In A Castle event. While the article itself was OK, the title sucks! That title is: "No more nerds: how Dungeons & Dragons finally became cool." [Emphasis added.]
You can read my Twitter rant here.
You can read the companion blog post here.
After a couple of VMs I give my 2 cents about Season 3 of Stranger Things, a few words on the Kickstarters I've backed, and an update on the rain, wet basement, and water heater.
John Large of Red Dice Diaries: Blog, YouTube, and Anchor Podcast.
Joe The Lawyer: Blog - Wondrous Imaginings and Anchor Podcast.
Satine Phoenix and Stefan Pokorny launched their Kickstarter for Destination Fantastic, check it out!
I forgot to mention that the July patron poll for my August PDF is now live. If you like what I do, please consider joining my Patreon and vote in the next week.
If you want to help me re-build my funds for the art for my upcoming Kickstarter for my card game, consider joining my Patreon, or buying one of my PDFs on DriveThruRPG.
General Ramblings after some call ins congratulating me on a year of podcasting from:
Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor Blog and Podcast. Check out his Patreon.
Ivy The Happy Whisk Blog, Podcast, and YouTube and Ivy's Test Kitchen on YouTube.
and James Richards.
You can check out my Patreon and my publisher page on DriveThruRPG to check out my RPG related PDFs.
We've had lots of rain in SW Michigan so I bellyache about that but try to put a gaming spin on it.
I just released my June PDF, Multi-Use Encounters, as PWYW on DriveThruRPG.
Next month's PDF will be Deserts & Desert Encounters. It's something I need for my campaign and my patrons voted to do that and resume regular polls in August.
After some call ins, I give an update on the card game and mention my last three blog posts.
CALL INS FROM:
Lieren of Updates From The Middle Of Nowhere
John Large of Red Dice Diaries Podcast Blog about Episode 114 - Thursday Thoughts - Virtual Table Tops
John Large about Episode 115 - Saturday Scrawl - Campaigns and Adventures
Email list for an email when the Card Game Kickstarter launches.
FAQ for the Card Game
BLOG POSTS MENTIONED:
Allergies In RPGS (6/18/19)
Circlets Of Golem Control (6/16/19)
Monstrous Creatures Not Slain (6/14/19)
Call in from Jeremy "Frothsof" Smith of the Thought Easter podcast and blog checking up on me. I've gone a couple weeks without a new podcast.
Shane Ward of the Gilligan's Isle of ADD podcast and 3 Toadstools blog call in about Episode 116 - Tweaking Random Treasure Maps from May 9, 2019.
Today is Free RPG Day. Retailer Locator for a list of participating game stores near you.
Most of my PDFs on DriveThruRPG are PWYW.
How do we make adventures that don't require the adventurers to swoop in and be the heroes?
Panzerlion's thread on Twitter. On Thread Reader.
My Reply on Twitter. My Reply on Thread Reader.
The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations 36 Dramatic Situations on DriveThruRPG [Affiliate Link]
The 36 Plots by Loren J. Miller [This is the list I was thinking of.] Radio Grognard on the 36 Dramatic Situations
The Seven Basic Plots
The Fifty-Five Dramatic Situations
42 Essential 3rd Act Twists
The Action Heroine's Journey Satine Phoenix
The Alexandrian - Don't Prep Plots
Five Common Character Archetypes
The Companion Blog Post
This is a bit of a newsy episode but touches on some big RPG happenings the past few days and an update on my convention attendance this year and more on the card game.
Stephen Colbert Matt Mercer Critical Role More About Red Nose Day
Watch Stephen play D&D Donate to Red Nose Day via Critical Role
OSRIC WIKI OSRIC Wiki Announcement
If you need a spell to let the BBEG wizard track the party, here's a way to do it that doesn't require a crystal ball or other scrying device. It doesn't require summoning a dangerous creature and risking it attacking you. Send a powerful ally or minion after the party.
Sky Burial My Blog Post about types of burial.
Goblin Punch: The Ruined City of Braxa / Undead Armies
See the companion blog post here.
#Jasper's Game Day #Jasper's Game Week
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
For more information about Jasper's Game Day
American Association of Suicidology
Fenway Jones serves on the Youth Advisory Board of Suicidology, and gave a talk at a recent conference.
Aaron Jones, Fenway's father.
Lucas Curell, Jasper's Uncle and 30+ year gaming friend of Aaron Jones.
Satine Phoenix Twitter & Gilding Light
Jake Noorman of Mini Terrain Domain Twitter & YouTube
Jessie Swinton one of the owners of Ziege Games.
My Motivation To Participate:
Episode #72 Tuesday Tales #13 Insanity - Where I discuss insanity as a game mechanic and it moves into my experience with a loved one's hints at thoughts of self harm. I provide a content warning for that portion of the episode.
Tweaking Random Treasure Maps
I have a companion blog article that I will post next.
I don't want to detract from my big announcement about the artist for my card game.
Artist Announcement Card Game FAQ
This Saturday, May 11, 2019 I'll be at Jasper's Game Day at Ziege Games in Howell, MI. (Unfortunately, the online market has made it unfeasible for the store to stay in business and they are closing on May 26th. It's a cool store. Help them by buying their inventory.)
ALL THE RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST:
Kelri's 4 - ENCOUNTERS Reference.pdf
1e DMG [Affiliate Link]
Grim's all the dice Treasure Map Generator
Richard LeBlanc's New Big Dragon A to Z d30 Treasure Map Generator
Occasionally, I read a past blog post on the podcast. While out running errands, it occurred to me I had not done so for awhile.
But first a call in from Cody M. of the No Save For You podcast.
Today, I will read two articles from January 7 and 8, 2017 about Campaigns and Adventures. These are two terms are used quite often, and like all languages, context in English gives the meaning.
First, from January 7, 2017, WHAT IS A CAMPAIGN?
Next, from January 8, 2017, WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE?
After a call in from James Shields of the A Grazing Mace podcast, I discuss a bit about Virtual Table Tops (VTTs) and online play by post (PBP) tools.
My YouTube series Roll20 For The Absolute Beginner.
Cody Lewis of Taking20 has a Roll20 Master Series on YouTube.
Fantasy Grounds current program here. Fantasy Grounds Unity Kickstarter.
Map Tools Token Tool
Mote Blog. Programs
Using Google's Presentation App as a whiteboard by Table Top Terrors
Play by post options:
Tavern Keeper Blog
Discord - Either run in your browser or download the program. There is also an app for your phone.
Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast issued a challenge to the RPG podcasters on Anchor to discuss our three favorite monsters.
After I respond to the three favorite monster challenge, I discuss how I handle jerks online, and I give some "practical spoilers" (i.e. nothing to do with the plot) for Avengers Endgame.
Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast.
Rich Frazer Cockatrice Nuggets podcast.
More on Dave Trampier.
Alan Dean Foster Pip & Flinx Series
Young Sherlock Holmes
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
I've got some call ins from the past couple of weeks I need to catch up on.
Play John Payne of the Sycarion podcast.
Ivy The Happy Wisk
Colin Spikepit Greene - Spikepit podcast.
My YouTube Channel: Follow Me, And Die!
Roll20 For The Absolute Beginner
How To AD&D 1e
Back in the day we used music from television shows, movies, and classical music to play in the background while we gamed.
Star Trek the Original Series, and later movies. Star Wars original trilogy, Indiana Jones, and others by John Williams.
Excalibur, the Conan Movies, Alien and Aliens, Predator, Terminator, and more came to mind after I recorded the episode.
The them for the planet eater from the Star Trek episode The Doomsday Machine, is great for building tension. Here's a short clip I found.
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.
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.
The OSR Crowdsourced Black Isle was released yesterday on the 9th anniversary of the blog. And our second call in to the show from Spikepit.
You can read the companion blog article here.
Get a free copy of the PDF here, and the map here. Discussion on Reddit.
You can get an at-cost softcover copy of the book on Lulu. Get an at-cost copy of the map printed on canvas at Spoonflower.
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.