By Dave Paterson
In each episode as selected guests run through their RPG history and try to construct the perfect Role Playing Game. Each of the limbs of the game need to be harvested and then stitched together - ultimately I, Professor Frankenstein, will flick the switch to see if "It Lives!"
Join me and Igor and our carefully orchestrated guest list of grave robbers for a little light discussion!
Join me and Igor and our carefully orchestrated guest list of grave robbers for a little light discussion!
Episode 5 Series 2 - Magic or Psionics or Grange Hill? And also Investigation!
In this episode I am joined by Kaye, Kat, Dirk and Mark and we look at Magic, Psionics and the thorny issue of Investigation but in the spirit of Angela Lansbury we get to the bottom of it all very very quickly. Enjoy! The Gaean Reach: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/142189/The-Gaean-Reach?term=reach++gaean?affiliate_id=3487430 Gumshoe: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/232837/Pocket-GUMSHOE?filters=10146_0_0_0_0?affiliate_id=3487430 Ashen Stars: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/95598/Ashen-Stars?src=hottest_filtered?affiliate_id=3487430 Vaesen: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/319119/Vaesen--Nordic-Horror-Roleplaying?affiliate_id=3487430 Hero System: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/19008/Hero-System-5th-Edition-Revised?affiliate_id=3487430 Psi World: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/897/Psi-World?affiliate_id=3487430 Mutant City Blues: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/60269/Mutant-City-Blues?affiliate_id=3487430 Starfinder: https://paizo.com/starfinder
May 21, 2022
Episode 4 Series 2 - Combat and who is going first???
Thanks everyone for downloading the episode - am joined by Ralph, Paul, Lee and Martin to look at Combat and Initiative and boy do we mention lots of games! The links below will take you to our affiliate programme on DrivethruRPG so if you do feel like purchasing any of the games we also get a few sheckles to off-set the cost of ME buying all the games! So thank you. Don't forget Paul can be found on the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast https://blasphemoustomes.com/ and Ralph on Fictoplasm http://www.fictoplasm.net/ both superb! The games under discussion can be found via this feed - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/rss.php?affiliate_id=3487430 Black Hack https://the-black-hack.jehaisleprintemps.net/english/ Feng Shui - https://www.atlas-games.com/fengshui/ Lancer - https://massif-press.itch.io/ Troika - https://www.gardencentrekoeman.co.uk/plants/pampas-grass/index.html Mothership - https://www.mothershiprpg.com/home King of Dungeons - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/273672/The-King-of-Dungeons Spacemaster - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/93503/Spacemaster-2nd-Edition-GM-Book Delta Green - https://www.delta-green.com/ Star Frontiers - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226710/Star-Frontiers-Alpha-Dawn Lace and Steel - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/28834/Lace-and-Steel-Players-Pack--JPEG Everywhen - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/249193/Everywhen Stars Without Number - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/226996/Stars-Without-Number-Revised-Edition Enjoy!!!
April 23, 2022
Episode 3 Series 2 - Now, how do you get hurt? Damage in the game.
The games we discussed damage both physical and to the mind! Joining me are @milnermaths (Guy), @Zos93 (Andrew) and @Dragongirl74 (Debbie) and we look at as many games as we can to narrow it down to a winner! You can order any of the titles below by using our afilliate link in Drivethrurpg.com: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3487430 This time: Tenra Bansho Zero Buy – Tenra Bansho Zero (UNDER RECONSTRUCTION) (tenra-rpg.com) or at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3487430 Rifts Rifts® RPG (palladiumbooks.com) or at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3487430 Star Frontiers Star Frontiers RPG or at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3487430 Star Wars Edge of Empire Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (fantasyflightgames.com) or at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=3487430 Those Dark Places Blog - Osprey Games to publish Those Dark Places - Osprey Publishing Masks Masks – Magpie Games Scum and Villainy Scum and Villainy (evilhat.com) Shadows of Esteren Shadows of Esteren And since we talk about it - find the X Card here: X-Card | RPG Item | RPGGeek
March 25, 2022
Episode 2 Series 2 Characteristics and Skill Tests and what about Psionics and Magic?
So the games we've mentioned this episode are (if we do not have a direct link we will link to either wikipedia or Drivethrurpg): The Princess Bride - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/toyvaultinc/the-princess-bride-roleplaying-game 316 Carnage among the stars: http://boxninja.com/ Scum and Villainy: https://www.evilhat.com/home/scum-and-villainy/ d6 Star Wars: https://swrpggm.com/separatist-command-center/ repositry for info! Battlestars (Ashen Stars?) - https://pelgranepress.com/category/products/ashen-stars-products/ Star Frontiers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Frontiers MIni d6: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/144558/Mini-Six-Bare-Bones-Edition Serenity RPG - (Latest iteration of Cortex) https://sites.google.com/site/cortexjax/cortex or https://www.cortexrpg.com/ Coriolis - https://www.coriolis-rpg.com/ Which is of course the best RPG mentioned here! Contact us at email@example.com or on the "leave a message" section on Anchor - or easiest to go to twitter and shout at us @FrankensteinRPG Thanks again to Mark, Tamsyn, Andrew and Paul Find Paul's work https://www.modiphius.net/collections/liminal or https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/9257403/out-of-the-ashes-2 or in many other places. Mark's books can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Private-Spies-Duty-Sergeant-Willoughby/dp/1711171980 and also here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Willoughby/e/B079N3QWNR/ref=aufs_dp_mata_dsk
February 26, 2022
Series 2 Episode 1 - the start of something beautiful? Well we discuss Science Fiction which is a start!
In this episode - the first of Series 2 - the panel, composed of the following people and recorded at a get together somewhere in Wales: Neil, Sam, Jim, Jeremy, Steve, Carl, Martin and me (Dave) try to tackle the big questions: what Role Playing Game system best handles the setting of Space and Science Fiction and also which role playing games system has the kind of character creation mechanics we most want to emulate in the Frankenstein's Sci-Fi RPG? Well it was a mixed episode and proof positive that the twin temptations of drink and a convivial atmosphere can lead to some odd outcomes! Hope you enjoyed the episode and that it is the start of something beautiful or at least "full of stars". Don't forget you can contact us at @FrankensteinRPG on Twitter or via gmail at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively please leave a message at Anchor, review on your podcast of choice or just plain recommend us! Thanks for listening. Games and settings discussed this episode include: Dune 2d20 https://www.modiphius.net/pages/discover-dune-roleplaying-game 2000 AD Strontium Dog (no game exists...yet! Iain M Banks Culture novels https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Culture Firefly https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303461/ Star Wars - do you really need a link? Traveller Mongoose 2e https://www.mongoosepublishing.com/ Battle Tech https://bg.battletech.com/books/getting-started-as-a-roleplaying-game/ Altered Carbon https://renegadegamestudios.com/altered-carbon-rpg/ Golden Heroes younger brother - Squadron UK http://squadronuk.co.uk/ Rogue Trader RPG https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_Trader_(role-playing_game) Star Wars D6 West End Games - wookiepedia (too good to ignore that) https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars:_The_Roleplaying_Game Beyond the Wall https://www.flatlandgames.com/btw/ Fan produced content for Mechwarrior RPG https://www.sarna.net/wiki/MechWarrior,_Third_Edition Coriolis https://freeleaguepublishing.com/en/games/coriolis-2/ Mothership https://www.mothershiprpg.com/
January 25, 2022
Preamble to Series 2 - a few questions answered and what next for us?
Just a quick "hello" and a brief introduction to Series 2 which should be on your pod player of choice by the end of January. Again a huge thank you for your support and we're all very excited about looking at Science Fiction in Series 2! How to reach us with questions, comments or insights: Twitter @frankensteinrpg On Anchor - leave us a message (details below) Or on email email@example.com New episode at the end of January!
January 10, 2022
Episode 13 A review of the playtest and the live recording of the show at Grogmeet 2021
In this episode of the quest to manufacture a Role Playing Game from the best parts of ALL the other Role Playing Games out there we review how the playtest went with the playtesters from Grogmeet: Mark, Mark, Mike, Matt and Neil - gentlemen all! In the second half of the pod we have the actual LIVE recording of the podcast in front of a hand picked squad of Grognards who had assembled to play RPGs and found themselves at a recording of a podcast gameshow! Thankfully they all joined in and I think had a great time. Thanks to our panelists Ian Cooper (line editor for Chaosium of Heroquest https://www.chaosium.com/heroquest-2/ ) Paul Fricker of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias https://blasphemoustomes.com/ and Dirk the Dice and Judge Blythy of the always superb Grognard Files https://thegrognardfiles.com/ So, join us as we discover - did the game actually work? And what supplement should I launch first in support of the game? (As well as a GMs screen of course). Science Fiction will come next year! Keep 'em peeled.
November 29, 2021
Episode 12 - the one where we try and actually MAKE player Characters!
So in this episode I'm joined by Mark, Mark, Mike, Matt and Neil (try saying that quickly) as we look to try and design our characters for the game that we will be playing on Friday 12th November at that most august of events Grogmeet21 face to face in Manchester!!! Thanks to Dirk the Dice and Judge Blythy for allowing us to get involved - really looking forward to it. Of the two links in the show we have Mark's (Mk II Escort) Chimpions Podcast - https://chimpions.co.uk/ - this is their website And Neil's blog - https://oldscouserroleplaying.com/ - both really worth not just a visit but adding to your favourites! You can see some of our rough working here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hmEGljvF3KXWok4F8ouOPsIu7iLaRWNR/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116828897403449212551&rtpof=true&sd=true And some of the notes for the game here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-KLp-BkF6GT_uj-q5IaHZdpK1rejrolm/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=116828897403449212551&rtpof=true&sd=true Enjoy the pod!
November 07, 2021
Episode 11 (maybe 10a?)
In this episode we focus on the challenge of how we start the process of generating characters from systems that have so little in common! I'm joined this week by the wonderful panel comprised of Ralph, Kat, Jim and Mark - who we bamboozled slightly by starting early and without him! Games under discussion this episode are: Limnal - https://www.modiphius.net/collections/liminal Beyond the Wall gets a good mention Call of Cthulhu - which we completely mis-remember the rules of https://www.chaosium.com/call-of-cthulhu-rpg/ Vampire (of) the Masquerade https://www.worldofdarkness.com/vampire-the-masquerade I'll put the dice roll stats on the website - https://www.frankensteinrpg.co.uk/ Once again huge thanks to the Fabulous Freak Fandango Orchestra for lending us their track "The Gypsy Song" through the open content license. Their album is the superb "Wild Goats and Useless Heroes" (so apt!) https://freakfandango.bandcamp.com/ for all their supper work. Thanks again for downloading!!!
October 16, 2021
Episode 10 - So which SCENARIO are we going to play and how do players ADVANCE and get better after it? See what I did there?
Episode 10 of the podcast and this time we're focusing on the challenge of what turns out is going to be the scenario in the core rule book! (As if it'll ever be real!) I'm joined this week by the fabulous Tamsyn, Fanboy Sam, Graham and his writing credentials and Podcast royalty HRH Dirk the Dice himself. Games under discussion this episode are: Age of Arthur https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/111752/Age-of-Arthur https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/149507/Time-of-the-Wolves Fate https://www.evilhat.com/home/fate-core/ 13th Age Make Your Own Luck https://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/make-your-own-luck/ Vampire (of) the Masquerade https://whitewolf.fandom.com/wiki/Awakening:_Diablerie_Mexico Call of Cthulhu Blackwater Creek https://www.chaosium.com/call-of-cthulhu-keeper-screen-pack-pdf/ The One Ring Crossings of Calduin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_One_Ring_Roleplaying_Game Ghostbusters RPG https://ghostbusterscities.com/media/ghostbusters-the-roleplaying-game/ Pendragon RPG https://www.chaosium.com/pendragon/ Limnal - https://www.modiphius.net/collections/liminal Please buy this as my shares have yet to produce a premium!!! (Jokes!) Monster of the Week https://www.evilhat.com/home/monster-of-the-week/ Once again huge thanks to the Fabulous Freak Fandango Orchestra for lending us their track "The Gypsy Song" through the open content license. Their album is the superb "Wild Goats and Useless Heroes" (so apt!) https://freakfandango.bandcamp.com/ for all their supper work. Thanks again for downloading!!!
September 18, 2021
Episode 9 - Where are we setting this and what advice do you offer to GMs in it?
In this episode I am joined by some fantastic guests and although this is the longest episode by far I believe it benefits from us keeping the conversation going. Many thanks to my guests: Paul from The Good Friends of Jackson Elias https://blasphemoustomes.com/ Mark from Chimpions - find him here https://chimpions.co.uk/ Ralph from Fictoplasm - available here http://www.fictoplasm.net/ Wayne - artist extraordinaire here - https://www.artstation.com/wayne_peters Almost too many games to list but these were the nominees (links to purchase where no website exists): Beyond the Wall - https://www.flatlandgames.com/btw/ TORG - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/216248/Torg-Eternity--Core-Rules King of Dungeons - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/273672/The-King-of-Dungeons Uresia - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/297755/BESM-Fourth-Edition-Big-Eyes-Small-Mouth (link to source game!) Midderlands - https://monkeyblooddesign.co.uk/the-midderlands/ Savage Worlds - https://peginc.com/savage-settings/savage-worlds/ Paranoia - https://www.mongoosepublishing.com/rpgs/paranoia.html (latest edition) Apocalypse World - http://apocalypse-world.com/ The Lazy Dungeonmaster - https://slyflourish.com/lazydm/ The One Ring (2nd Edition kickstarter video) - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/the-one-ring-roleplaying-game-second-edition/description Again many thanks to the Fabulous Freak Fandango orchestra for lending us their track through the open content license - "The Gypsy Song" from their album "Wild Goats and Useless Heroes" - find them here: https://freakfandango.bandcamp.com/
August 20, 2021
Episode 8 - Of Monsters and Luck points - what goes bump in the night and what can you spend to avoid it?
IN this episode we cover off Monsters and Protagonists and also take a look at Fate/Fortune/Story points - call them what you will it's things you can spend to avoid trouble! I'm joined by Steve Ray from https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/orlanth-rexs-gaming-vexes/id1513931107 See Ian Coopers work here: https://www.chaosium.com/questworlds-system-reference-document/ This is the system reference document to check out for Questworlds - written on only a post-it apparently? For those of you too young to remember this is Angel: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162065/ Almost too many games mentioned this time but this is the pick of our discussion: Dragon Warriors on line resource - https://www.cobwebbedforest.co.uk/Elsewhere.php Intro to Black Crusade https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/ffg_content/black-crusade/news/free-rpg-day/follow/Broken%20Chains%20Low%20Res.pdf King of Dungeons by Baz Stevens can be found here - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/273672/The-King-of-Dungeons Apocalypse World http://apocalypse-world.com/ How could you resist Mythic Russia - https://mythicrussia.wordpress.com/about/ Here's the episode that the Grognard Files talked about James Bond - https://thegrognardfiles.com/tag/james-bond/ and their dissection of story points!
July 17, 2021
Episode 7 Skill Tests and "What is it that you do?" (Classes?)
In this episode we tackle the thorny subject of how you resolve actions in the Frankenstein's RPG and also decide whether we want to go for rigid class structures, free form 'jobs' or templates allowing you to develop your PC. We also find out about Breakfast at the Grognard Files Batchelor flat, why we don't like Liminal and that Dave is being held captive by some Traveller fans who've gone that little bit too far! We reference a number of podcasts in this episode and if you like us you'll like them: The Grognard Files - https://thegrognardfiles.com/ Orlanth Rex's Gaming Vexes - https://podcastaddict.com/episode/124491895 Thank you as always for listening - don’t forget you can find us on Twitter @frankensteinrpg or contact us on email firstname.lastname@example.org or voice message us via Anchor. If you get time please pass the pod to others you think might be interested or do please leave us a review on your podcast provider of choice. Tale of the Maticore: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-8y878-102f6c8 Our music for the podcast is supplied by the Freak Fandango Orchestra “The Gypsy Song” under the open content license and is from their album “Wild Goats and useless heroes” Find them here: https://freakfandango.bandcamp.com/
June 18, 2021
Episode 6 - Resource Management? Oh and Hit Points, kind of.
So in this episode our motley gang explore Resource Management and the system that we'd most like to see from a plethora of examples of good to great management of resources! But this is a BIG topic and one that is not easy to distill into 20 or so minutes but I think we did a good job! Next up is damage and hit points - to pool or not to pool, that is the question! Where on earth are we going to find something that gels with the other systems? Quick answer: we're probably not! So we’re starting to get a shape to the game - I think we’ll be having a go at stitching some of this together soon - and of course we’ll be looking for playtesters! Maybe a con launch? Thank you as always for listening - don’t forget you can find us on Twitter @frankensteinrpg or contact us on email email@example.com or voice message us via Anchor. If you get time please pass the pod to others you think might be interested or do please leave us a review on your podcast provider of choice. Tale of the Maticore: https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-8y878-102f6c8 Our music for the podcast is supplied by the Freak Fandango Orchestra “The Gypsy Song” under the open content license and is from their album “Wild Goats and useless heroes” Find them here: https://freakfandango.bandcamp.com/
May 21, 2021
Episode 5 - Art and That
In this episode we look very closely at Art in RPGs and meander down several long tunnels talking about layout, fonts, collaboration and Kerning (which I still think is making funny faces, but am reliably informed is space between letters?) There is some huge love for the following artists: Behnke, McBride, Sienkewicz, Horsley, McNeil, Hewlett, McKeen, Hartas, Acchileos, Allsop and Fenlon and for some bizarre reason we find that Elmore is inexplicably cruel to trees? We also hand out some awards - The Krause Awards for art "interpretation" - and they're not always for the good... Please find us on twitter @FrankensteinRPG On the web at frankensteinrpg.co.uk Via email firstname.lastname@example.org Huge thanks to Kaye, Paul and John
May 07, 2021
Episode 4 - of Combat and failing forwards!
So in this episode our motley gang explore the Combat system that we'd most like to see from a plethora of examples of good to great combat systems! But it's not quite as clear cut as you might think. We also then look at the concept of "Failing Forward" - and here we just revert to type. So we’re starting to get a shape to the game - I think we’ll be having a go at stitching some of this together soon - and of course we’ll be looking for playtesters! Maybe a con launch? Thank you as always for listening - don’t forget you can find us on Twitter @frankensteinrpg or contact us on email email@example.com or voice message us via Anchor. If you get time please pass the pod to others you think might be interested or do please leave us a review on your podcast provider of choice. Our music for the podcast is supplied by the Freak Fandango Orchestra “The Gypsy Song” under the open content license and is from their album “Wild Goats and useless heroes”
April 13, 2021
Episode 3 - Characteristics and Investigation - or is it?
Here we are again! This episode we take a look at how you arrive at a Character - attributes, characteristics or skills or traits or stat bonuses or...well listen and see what it is we decide on in the end! We discuss an absolute plethora of games this week and some we touch on: Heroquest https://www.chaosium.com/heroquest/ Vampire OF The Masquerade https://www.modiphius.net/collections/vampire-the-masquerade Everywhen https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/249193/Everywhen#:~:text=Everywhen%20is%20a%20standalone%20game,in%20any%20era%20or%20background. MERP (we've linked to MERP a lot already!) DC Heroes https://www.dcheroesrpg.com/ - this is the one we reference! Gumshoe system - https://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/gumshoe/ Squadron UK (Golden Heroes) http://squadronuk.co.uk/ Call of Cthulhu - if you don't know where to look is this the right pod for you??? Several new metaphors come to the fore with this one - Leaky Row Boat, Cleopatra's Barge and squids not the least. And a big thank you to Martin (@mcookie123) Kaye (@k_0) and Doc Cowie (@dracowie) for a superb hour or so of your time! Don't forget to look for us on line at https://www.frankensteinrpg.co.uk/ and on twitter @frankensteinrpg or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, happy listening!
March 16, 2021
Episode 2 - Magic and Initiative - what could go wrong!?
In this episode Chris, Jim and Kat join me (Dave) in exploring the RPGs that best exemplify the very best in Magic systems and Initiative mechanics. We look at everything from Golden Heroes (Squadron UK) to Troika and even debate the merits of Wargames and Diagetics. No I don't know either! Please find a link to the RP Haven who do sterling work and whom Kat represents: https://www.rphaven.co.uk/ Please do support them if you can or maybe make it to the club when time and lockdowns permit! Also please find the Grognard Files Podcast - the Rolls Royce of pods! https://thegrognardfiles.com/ They run a Patreon scheme too, which is worth every penny! Important to note that our music is Provided under an open license from the Freak Fandango Orchestra "The Gypsy Song" from the album "Wild Goats and Useless Heroes" which I thought peculiarly apt! Thank you to them. Games discussed: Symbaroum: https://frialigan.se/sv/games/symbaroum-2/ Liminal: https://www.modiphius.net/collections/liminal Lyonesse: http://thedesignmechanism.com/Lyonesse.php#:~:text=Lyonesse%20is%20the%20complete%20roleplaying,conniving%20fairies%2C%20and%20insouciant%20magicians. Troika: https://www.troikarpg.com/ Conan 2d20: https://www.modiphius.com/conan.html Feng Shui: https://www.atlas-games.com/fengshui/ Have assumed most people will know D&D, etc Happy listening everyone.
February 21, 2021
Frankenstein's RPG Podcast - Episode One of Char-gen and Social Contact
This is the first episode of Frankenstein's RPG the Podcast - where Dave, Neil and Martin assess the very finest of Role Playing Game mechanics and try and decide on which body parts will make up the ultimate RPG "created" from the body parts of the gaming universe! Thanks so much to Martin (@mcookie123) and Neil (@oldscouserRPing) for joining in and being such great guests. Games we discuss and links to them on Wikipedia or direct to website: Chivalry and Sorcery (Martin's secret love) https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293870/Chivalry--Sorcery-5th-Edition Mothership https://www.mothershiprpg.com/ Chaosium https://www.chaosium.com/ Squadron UK (Golden Heroes) http://squadronuk.co.uk/ Barbarians of Lemuria/Everywhen https://barbariansoflemuria.webs.com/ Beyond the Wall - Beautiful RPG - https://www.flatlandgames.com/btw/ Liminal https://www.modiphius.net/collections/liminal MERP - other than looking at Ebay might be worth checking out Against the Darkmaster a modernised version https://www.vsdarkmaster.com/ Savage Worlds https://www.peginc.com/product-category/savage-worlds/ Old School Essentials https://necroticgnome.com/collections/old-school-essentials The One Ring game - Got to be quick to catch anything of it! https://www.cubicle7games.com/the-one-ring-adventures-in-middle-earth-sale/ We can be contacted via Anchor and also on Twitter @frankensteinrpg - again thanks for listening!
February 01, 2021
The introduction to the Frankenstein RPG podcast
Just a quick intro to the pod and how we might be entertaining you in the future! Follow us on Twitter @frankensteinrpg or leave a message with Anchor
December 11, 2020