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By Larry Hamilton
Ramblings and Musings on Tabletop RPGs by an Old School Gamer.
Tuesday Tales, Thursday Thoughts, & Saturday Scrawl.
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Episode 126 - Thursday Thoughts - Water Logged
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.
08:49
June 21, 2019
Episode 125 - Tuesday Talk - Card Game Update and Latest Blog Posts
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   Happy Whisk   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) 
15:57
June 19, 2019
Episode 124 - Saturday Scrawl - Free RPG Day 2019
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.
13:46
June 15, 2019
Episode 123 - Saturday Scrawl - More Variety In Adventure Structure
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 Hero's Journey The Action Heroine's Journey      Satine Phoenix The Alexandrian - Don't Prep Plots Five Common Character Archetypes The Companion Blog Post  
16:27
May 26, 2019
Episode 122 - Thursday Thoughts - Red Nose Day, OSRIC Wiki, Convention, and Card Game Updates
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
15:34
May 24, 2019
Episode 121 - Tuesday Talk - Spell Idea: Blood Trail
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. ICRPG Webcomic Unsounded Sky Burial My Blog Post about types of burial. Reddit discussion. Woodfall Goblin Punch: The Ruined City of Braxa / Undead Armies See the companion blog post here.
11:56
May 22, 2019
Episode 120 - Saturday Scrawl - Cultural Idea: The Dead Are Put To Work
How might a culture in need of more labor with limited living space use the dead? See the companion blog post here.
08:42
May 18, 2019
Episode 119 - Thursday Thoughts - Magic Complications
AD&D explains magic as channeling power from the positive & negative material planes. p. 40 DMG I muse a bit about how that might work. Ley Lines
12:01
May 18, 2019
Episode 118 - Tuesday Talk - Whistling Clan
Today's topic is another idea that came to me while mowing the lawn. Call in from Jeremy " frothsof" Smith of the Thought Eater podcast. Thought Eater blog. Read the companion blog post.
11:11
May 15, 2019
Episode #117 - Saturday Scrawl - Jasper's Game Day
#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 Those Interviewed: 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.
40:29
May 12, 2019
Episode 116- Thursday Thoughts - Tweaking Random Treasure Maps
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] OSRIC Grim's all the dice Treasure Map Generator Richard LeBlanc's New Big Dragon A to Z d30 Treasure Map Generator
13:28
May 10, 2019
Episode 115 - Saturday Scrawl - Campaigns and Adventures
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?
10:54
May 5, 2019
Episode 114 - Thursday Thoughts - Virtual Table Tops
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 Astral  Using Google's Presentation App as a whiteboard by Table Top Terrors Play by post options: RPOL Tavern Keeper Blog RoleGate Discord - Either run in your browser or download the program. There is also an app for your phone.
21:14
May 3, 2019
Episode 113 - Tuesday Tales - Recorded Session
I share the brief story of a pre-recorded game back in college.
04:09
May 1, 2019
Episode 112 - Saturday Scrawl - Three Favorite Monsters, Jerks, & Avengers
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
13:29
April 27, 2019
Episode 111 - Thursday Thoughts - Call Ins
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 My Patreon
08:46
April 26, 2019
Episode 110 - Tuesday Tales - Mood Music
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.
07:49
April 24, 2019
Episode 109 - Saturday Scrawl - Update What's Happening Here
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 Patreon. My DriveThruRPG Publisher Page. To see all of my PDFs.
08:45
April 20, 2019
Episode 108 - Thursday Thoughts - Ray Otus Challenge
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.
06:26
April 18, 2019
Episode 107 - Tuesday Tales - Gamer's Nightmare
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. 
11:03
April 16, 2019
Episode 106 - Saturday Scrawl - YouTube Series How To AD&D 1e
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.
05:47
April 13, 2019
Episode 105 - Thursday Thoughts - Monster Mixups
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.
07:20
April 12, 2019
Episode 104 - Tuesday Tales - Flying Carpet & A Powerful Spellcaster
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.
10:46
April 10, 2019
Episode 103 - Saturday Scrawl - Dream Catchers
Dream catchers are things that are supposed to catch bad dreams. A magical dream catcher captures the creatures of one's nightmares and brings them into the real world.
03:49
April 7, 2019
Episode 102 - Thursday Thoughts - Read & Write Magic
Musings on the use and application of Read Magic and Write Magic to make utility spells on par in importance to the combat spells.
06:29
April 5, 2019
Episode 101 - Tuesday Tales - Forgetting That You Have It
Have you ever had an item given to your character by a game master, and forgotten to use it?
08:05
April 3, 2019
Marvelous Monday - Lead Me, And Live!
Have a groovy day and enjoy all the cool games!
05:00
April 1, 2019
Episode 100 - Saturday Scrawl - Call Ins, G+, and Card Game
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. Callers: Spikepit (Colin Greene), RFED (Darrin Greene), Frothsof (Jeremy Smith) - Thought Eater, Ray Otus - Plundergrounds. Blogpost:  G+ The End And Google’s Still Making Changes 
17:15
March 31, 2019
Episode 99 - Thursday Thoughts - 100th Episode Retrospective.
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.
10:15
March 29, 2019
Episode 98 - Tuesday Tales - Making Your Own RPG & Other Games
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.
10:20
March 27, 2019
Episode 97 - Saturday Scrawl - Target Date Set & Seeking Artists For My Card Game Kickstarter
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.
11:23
March 23, 2019
Episode 96 - Thursday Thoughts - Responses to Mules In 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.
18:27
March 22, 2019
Episode 95 - Tuesday Tales - Mules In The Dungeon
I reminisce a bit about using mules in dungeon delves back in the Holmes Basic Days.
08:56
March 20, 2019
Episode 94 - Saturday Scrawl - The Front by Mark Hunt
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.
21:50
March 16, 2019
Episode 93 - Thursday Thoughts - Impostor Syndrome
A few thoughts on Impostor syndrome and how often I am wrong to think that way. How many times do people have to tell you you did well before you believe it?
12:01
March 15, 2019
Episode 92 - Gary Con XI Wrap Up
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. Kickstarters Mentioned: 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            The Front paper back at Lulu The Black Hack The Black Hack 2e Gamma World 1e
27:23
March 13, 2019
Saturday Scrawl Gary Con XI Special
I caught up with Ray Otus and Cody M and we discuss Gary Con. Catch Ray's Plundergrounds podcast where we discuss mycard game.
11:45
March 10, 2019
Episode 90 - Tuesday Tales - Dungeon Wars & Underground Fireballs
Fighting to a stalemate to retake the dungeons under the castle from all the beasts and villains.
11:14
March 6, 2019
Episode 89 - Saturday Scrawl - Convention Games vs. Modules
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.
09:44
March 3, 2019
Episode 88 - Thursday Thoughts - Spontaneous Generation
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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spontaneous_generation Here's the companion blog article. https://followmeanddie.com/2019/02/28/spontaneous-generation/
06:27
March 1, 2019
Episode 87 - Tuesday Tales - The Kermit of Talesin
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. 
07:16
February 27, 2019
Episode 86 - Saturday Scrawl Marmalade Dog - Artist Interview Lindsay Poulos
Today I'm at Marmalade Dog and I interview artist Lindsay Poulos.  Twitter Personal  All other social media: @ladyrandombox Twitter  Deviant Art Art Station Instagram
07:21
February 23, 2019
Episode 85 - Thursday Thoughts - Marmalade Dog What I'm Running
I want to encourage everyone to go to the small local cons in their area. Offer to run games. https://marmaladedog.org/rpg.html 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.
13:20
February 22, 2019
Episode 84 - Tuesday Tales #17 - Taxidermy
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.
11:05
February 20, 2019
Episode 83 - Saturday Scrawl #17 - Railroads
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? 
13:22
February 17, 2019
Episode 82 - Thursday Thoughts #16 - Adventure Planning
My thoughts on building a framework or checklist to help me build more interesting adventures that might also be useful to novice GMs.
07:41
February 15, 2019
Episode 81 - Tuesday Tales #16 - Alignment Deviations
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 SOURCE: https://archive.org/details/ShipsKlaxonHorn
09:51
February 13, 2019
Episode 80 - Saturday Scrawl # 16 - ORGANIZATION
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/
11:59
February 9, 2019
Episode 79 - Thursday Thoughts #15 - Language and Writing
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.
11:29
February 8, 2019
Episode 78 - Tuesday Tales#15 - Pillage, Then Burn
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.
13:55
February 6, 2019
Episode 77 - Saturday Sprawl - #15 - Simpler Tools, Just As Cool
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.  https://followmeanddie.com/2019/02/02/simpler-tools-just-as-cool/ 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.
24:42
February 3, 2019
Episode 76 - Thursday Thoughts #14 - The End Of An Era
G+ Finally made it clear that all the personal G+ information will be deleted. hear my thoughts here on the podcast, or read them on the blog. https://followmeanddie.com/2019/01/31/the-end-of-an-era/
08:45
February 1, 2019
Episode 75 - Tuesday Tales #14 - Disease
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!
08:08
January 30, 2019
Episode 74 - Saturday Scrawl #14 - Running Con Games
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.
20:28
January 27, 2019
Episode 73 - Thursday Thoughts #13 - When Life Gets In The Way
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.
10:28
January 25, 2019
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.
13:38
January 23, 2019
Episode 71 - Monday Madness #1 - More On Dwarven Beards
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 and More Musings on Dwarven Beards.
15:20
January 22, 2019
Episode 70 - Sunday Special #1 - Magic Wands With Nikola
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.
12:34
January 21, 2019
Episode 69 - Saturday Scrawl #13 - Musings on Dwarven Beards
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.
12:01
January 20, 2019
Episode 68 - Saturday Scrawl #12 - I'm still here.
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.
08:14
January 6, 2019
Episode 67 - Thursday Thoughts #12 - A Plethora of Kickstarters
After some call ins I ramble about the Kickstarters I've backed, mention an upcoming year in review blog post, and announce a break from the podcast until work slows down in mid to late January.
08:29
December 21, 2018
Episode 66 - Tuesday Tales #12 - Interrupting The Wizard
I have call ins from John Large of Red Dice Diaries, Ivy The Happy Whisk, and Cody M. of No Save For You. Today's story is about the party interrupting the wizard.
11:38
December 19, 2018
Episode 65 - Saturday Scrawl #11 - Call In Catch Up And Update
First call ins about two prior episodes and what's going on that I skipped the last Tuesday and Thursday podcasts
10:18
December 15, 2018
Episode 64 - Saturday Scrawl #10 - Play what You've Got.
Comments on the last episode about Cities as Dungeons. Today I discuss playing the games you buy and download instead of just gathering them.
12:13
December 9, 2018
Episode 63 - Thursday Thoughts #11 - Cities As Dungeons
I muse on how cities are like dungeons and ways ancient lost cities can become dungeons.
08:30
December 7, 2018
Episode 62 - Tuesday Tales #11 - Manslaughter In A Bar Fight
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: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/13430/Follow-Me-And-Die-Entertainment-LLC
11:56
December 5, 2018
Episode 61 - Tuesday Twist #1
An interruption of the regular schedule this week. Just a quick explanation after a call in from Happy Whisk. Normal episodes will resume next week with Tuesday Tales.
09:26
November 28, 2018
Episode 60 - Saturday Scrawl #9 - Hob and other names for Goblin.
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)
15:12
November 24, 2018
Episode 59 - Thursday Thoughts #10 - Thanks
I take a few moments to express what I am thankful for. Here is the companion Blog Post: https://followmeanddie.com/2018/11/22/thanks/
03:41
November 22, 2018
Episode 58 - Tuesday Tales #10 - Winter Escapades
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.
14:22
November 20, 2018
Episode 57 - Saturday Scrawl #8 - Video Games
After some call ins, I delve into video games. I'm a gamer and I like all kinds of games, not only RPGs.
16:00
November 18, 2018
Episode 56 - Thursday Thoughts #9 - Anchor Podcast Appreciation
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/
19:48
November 16, 2018
Episode 55 - Tuesday Tales #9 - Undercover Duke
Another story about Griswald, the namesake of Follow Me, And Die!, was sent undercover by the king.
09:29
November 14, 2018
Episode 54 - Monday Madness #1 - UCon 2018 Recap
Since I didn't manage to do a live show from the con on Saturday, Saturday Scrawl #8 is now Monday Madness #1. I had a blast and want to encourage everyone to attend a game convention at least once.
19:10
November 12, 2018
Episode 53 Thursday Thoughts #8 Con Thoughts
Episode 53 Thursday Thoughts #8 Con Thoughts from UCon 2018
08:59
November 9, 2018
Episode 52 - Tuesday Tales #8 - Elrad Q. Huddleson magic-user
I finally located my notebook with all my past characters in it for which I still have a character sheet. Musings on languages in game and characters I don't recall.
17:51
November 7, 2018
Episode 51 - Saturday Scrawl #7 - Conventions
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: https://followmeanddie.com/2018/11/03/locating-a-convention/ Past Blog Articles: https://followmeanddie.com/2017/01/23/where-can-i-find-a-game-convention/ https://followmeanddie.com/2014/11/05/gaming-convention-clearinghouse/ Convention Lists: http://www.gameconventioncentral.com/p/welcome-to-game-convention-central.html https://boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Game_Conventions https://upcomingcons.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gaming_conventions https://casualgamerevolution.com/game-cons-2018 CONVENTIONS I ATTEND: https://www.ucon-gaming.org https://www.gameholecon.com https://marmaladedog.org/ https://garycon.com/ https://ntrpgcon.com
11:28
November 3, 2018
Episode 50 - Thursday Thoughts #7 - Making Magic Items
A discussion of crafting magic items and some ideas for how to make it more interesting in your games.
16:56
November 1, 2018
Episode 49 - Tuesday Tales #7 - Making Scrolls
After a call in from Eric Salzwedel at The Omega 3-D Chicken Coop, I dig into the process of making scrolls in AD&D. https://anchor.fm/eric-salzwedel/
10:13
October 31, 2018
Episode 48 - Saturday Scrawl #6 - Detect Evil/Good
Call in from Colin Green of Spikepit. https://anchor.fm/spikepit/. More follow up on my call in for Episode 28 of https://anchor.fm/Thedicearescreaming/ on Paladins.
11:06
October 28, 2018
Episode 47 - Thursday Thoughts #6 - Funny Voices
I struggle to do funny voices at the table. I either suffer embarrassment, or get so wrapped up in running a game, that I forget to do the voices.
06:08
October 26, 2018
Episode 46 - Tuesday Tales #6 - Insect Plague
I discussed the mechanics of the Insect Plague on Saturday Scrawl #5 a few days ago, so this episode wouldn't be too long. Why I think it's better to give than to receive.
16:43
October 23, 2018
Episode 45 - Saturday Scrawl #5 - Insect Plague
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.
16:56
October 21, 2018
Episode 44 - Thursday Thoughts #5 - Alliteration For Inspiration
I have a knack for alliteration and have several examples on my blog: https://followmeanddie.com/category/alliteration/. 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
14:40
October 18, 2018
Episode 43 - Tuesday Tales #5 - Fasbold Torion, Low Charisma
The Dreams in Gary’s Basement: A Documentary on Gary Gygax: Back this Kickstarter to help fund final edits for this movie. https://followmeanddie.com/2018/10/16/the-dreams-in-garys-basement/ Why The Unexpected Should Not Surprise us: Re: The DND Sports announcement. https://followmeanddie.com/2018/10/16/dnd-sports/ A call in from each of the brother's Green. And today's tale, Fasbold Torion, low charisma.
12:51
October 17, 2018
Episode 42 - Saturday Scrawl #4: Low Magic Vs. High Magic
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
11:14
October 13, 2018
Episode 41 - Thursday Thoughts #4 - Tracking Time
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.
06:07
October 12, 2018
Episode 40 - Tuesday Tales #4 - My Earliest Existing Character
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.
08:02
October 9, 2018
Episode 39 - Saturday Scrawl #3 - Stretching Creativity.
Stretching creativity in all ways. As a GM & Player, and through writing, drawing, and other forms of expression.
13:14
October 6, 2018
Episode 38 - Thursday Thoughts #3 - End Of A Campaign
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: https://followmeanddie.com/2016/11/28/mini-review-automata-run-amok-by-john-carlson/ Check our the DM's Blog: http://www.dwarvenautomata.com/
15:50
October 5, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! Episode 37 Tues. Tales #3 Powerful Items
First up a slew of call ins about Encumbrance from Saturday Sprawl #3. Tuesday Tales #3 will touch on several powerful magic items and the hilarity that ensued.
12:00
October 3, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 36-Sat. Scrawl#2 - Encumbrance
I mention that today, Sept. 30 is International Podcast Day. https://internationalpodcastday.com/ Check out the new item and creature I was inspired to make while talking about Encumbrance over on the Blog. https://followmeanddie.com/2018/09/29/musings-on-bags-of-holding/
07:31
September 29, 2018
Follow Me, And Die!-Episode 35 - Thurs Thoughts#2 Being a DM
Thursday Thoughts #2 Being a Dungeon Master. On Hommlet: https://followmeanddie.com/2015/02/09/marmalade-dog-20-2015-post-con-write-up/ My Campaign on Roll20: https://followmeanddie.com/2016/09/02/campaign-idea-the-broken-lands/
17:01
September 27, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 34 - Tuesday Tales #2 - REVENGE!
Tuesday Tales #2 - REVENGE! My second PDF, Library Generation Tables is now available on OBS. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/253079/Library-Generation-Tables
08:44
September 26, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 33 - Training and Advancement
The first Saturday Sprawl - Training and Advancement to new levels. How I've experienced it as a player and how I handle it as a DM.
10:44
September 22, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 32 - Thursday Thoughts #1 - Henchmen & Hirelings
After a call in from Spikepit on the first Tuesday Tales, I give my take on Retainers and Hirelings.
22:55
September 20, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 31 - Tuesday Tales #1 - Margus Greystone
After a call in about the last episode where I interviewed my brother, Robert, I talk about the dwarf, Margus Greystone, in the first Tuesday Tales.
14:27
September 19, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! Episode 30 Interview with my brother, Robert.
Interview with my brother, Robert. About his upcoming YouTube channel, his book, and his opinion about my card game.
10:11
September 16, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! Episode 29 Multi -Use Adventure Locations
Multi -Use Adventure Locations
08:21
September 14, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 28 - Announcing Tuesday Tales
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.
17:59
September 13, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 27 Updates on PDF current and future
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.
12:44
September 11, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 26 - One On One Play
Some call ins and today's topic, One on one play, one player and the GM, my experiences.
22:17
September 8, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 25 - Note Taking
Calls Ins and Note Taking
14:54
September 7, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 24 - Dragongrin Kickstarter from Absolute Tabletop
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
03:45
September 4, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 23 - NPC Ideas
NPC Ideas Companion Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/NNY2KJ2kCdw BLOG ARTICLES: 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/
09:46
September 3, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 22 - A Great 2 days for my PDF
An update on my first PWYW PDF on OBS, growth of my various social media, a call in with congratulations, thanks, and a teaser of what's on the docket for future PWYW PDFs.
14:17
August 31, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 20 - First PDF Live on OBS and Patreon Launched
Call in from Colin about Appendix N. I announce that my first PDF is live on OBS as PWYW and I launched my Patreon.
07:45
August 28, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 21 - Shopping and Buying Equipment
A few thoughts on shopping and buying equipment. Favors as payment. NOTE: Episode 20 is delayed as it is the announcement of my PDF going lived on OBS. First time publications have a 1-5 day wait.
08:23
August 28, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 19 More Appendix N
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.
17:21
August 22, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 18 - Appendix N
A Call in, progress on Patreon and PDF for OBS, Appendix N.
12:51
August 19, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 17 - Rambling update. I'm still here.
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.
07:49
August 14, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 16 - Behind the Scenes at the new Business
Two call ins and my responses. Lots of activity getting things ready to launch my Patreon and publish my first PDF on OBS. I also launched my t-shirt design at TeeSpring.
12:12
August 8, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 15 - There is more than one way to run an RPG.
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.
05:50
August 5, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 14 - My Card Game
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
08:17
August 3, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 13 - Thoughts on Podcast, Business, my own RPG, and RPG Minimalism
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.
09:21
August 3, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 12 - Song Inspired Monster and My Creative Process
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.
12:30
July 28, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 11 - Call Ins, Trust the GM, be an Ambassador for the Game
Call ins galore! Today's Topic - Trust the GM and be an ambassador for your table and all role players.
17:41
July 27, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 10 - AD&D Leads to Rules Lawyering
Episode 10 of the Podcast. AD&D leads to rules lawyering. Simpler systems or a document to explain rules not used, modified, and RAW.
09:32
July 25, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 9 - Call ins, WOTC's New Settings, More on Game Stores
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.
09:10
July 24, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 8 - Anchor Website Rant
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.
04:32
July 22, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 7 - Call ins, Patreon in the Works
Colin Green/Spikepit calls in. I finally figured out what to do for Patreon and am making preparations to launch a Patreon in the coming weeks.
08:18
July 22, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 6 - OSR Crowdsoured The Black Isle Released!
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.
08:36
July 20, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 5 - 1e Command Spell in Other Languages than English
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.
10:01
July 15, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 4 - First Call in, Avoiding D&D on the Brain When Making Your Own Game
First message on the podcast! Thanks for the encouragement. Today - how to avoid D&D on the brain when devising your own RPG?
01:56
July 7, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 3 - Fumbles In Pronunciation
Fumbles In Pronunciation - Words from AD&D 1st Edition that we struggled with back in the day. Some, especially one, I still struggle with.
07:29
July 1, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 2 I Need A Table, Thoughts on Tables
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.
07:31
June 29, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 1 - World Building Strategies
I discuss top down and bottom up world building, with a focus on bottom up as it gets one to running the game sooner.
12:41
June 27, 2018
Follow Me, And Die! - Episode 0 - Checking out Anchor, Lean Rules, and other Musings
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.
18:45
June 24, 2018
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