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Keep off the Borderlands

Keep off the Borderlands

By Free Thrall
Welcome to Keep off the Borderlands. An RPG podcast documenting my return to table top adventure gaming following a thirty year hiatus.

Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @FreeThrall
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Fun With Categories and a Little Congestion (episode 185)
I finally get around to replacing my copy of Titan: The Fighting Fantasy World. I answer calls from Safer Fantasy Crafting, B.J. of The Arcane Alienist, Joe Richter of Hindsightless, Karl Rodriguez of The GMologist Presents..., Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Following the praise of my talented co-host from the last couple of episodes, I contemplate GMing, share my interest in Into The Odd Remastered Kickstarter and Trickster's Net, consider the categorisation of players and gaming styles, and talk about a few other podcasts I've been listening to. Honourable mentions: Old-School Essentials, Andy Goodman of Grizzly Peaks Radio, PlayFrame, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Blogs On Tape, Dungeon Designer's Guild, The Lost Bay Podcast, TableTop Talk, Spire and Heart RPGs by Rowan, Rook and Deckard. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Check out what I'm up to on itch https://free-thrall.itch.io/
35:47
September 13, 2021
RPG Podcast Episode a Month Day (episode 184)
Following an unscheduled month off, I'm back with a bumper episode. A long-awaited unboxing. Some equally long-awaited call responses for Daniel Norton of Bandit's Keep, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Andy Goodman of Expedition from the Grizzly Peaks and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus. Thanks to James Sral of Sub-Class Act, I discovered Parts Per Million solo aids and consider returning to an Into the Odd solo session from way back in episode 16 https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/e4psvi Inspired by Roleplay Rescue episode 904, I read from Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering and contemplate my play style. Following Barney's praise of last episode's co-host, I play a little more of what was recorded in the garden that day. Honourable mentions: #RPGaDay2021, Julz Burgisser of Jewels from NZ, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Karl Rodriguez of The GMologist Presents..., BJ Boyd of Arcane Alienist, Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd of Casting Shadows, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland, Kevin of The Redcaps Podcast, David Chapman's WILD, Gavin Norman's Old-School Essentials Advanced Fantasy, Mike Mason's Call of Cthulhu Starter Set, Peter Rudin-Burgess' Parts Per Million Limited, Jeremy "frothsof" Smith's 12v12 https://thoughteater.itch.io/12v12 Special thanks to my wonderful co-host. "Welcome" and "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Check out what I'm up to on itch https://free-thrall.itch.io/
50:41
August 31, 2021
Something Wild and Troika! Time (episode 183)
This episode features two very special (to me at least) guest appearances, an unboxing of David F. Chapman's Tarot driven WILD RPG from Stoo Goff https://www.wildrpg.com/ and a recap of a recent Troika! session run by Timothy J. Drennon. I played with Jason Connerley who also covered the session in episode 223 of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast https://anchor.fm/jason376/episodes/223-Troika-e1493ni. "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Check out what I'm up to on itch https://free-thrall.itch.io/
30:06
July 21, 2021
What's in the Box? (episode 182)
After responding to a call from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, I open a box and talk about the contents. Featuring Tortilla Flats by John Steinbeck, the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set and Swords & Wizardry Complete.  "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Check out what I'm up to on itch https://free-thrall.itch.io/
15:14
July 10, 2021
Lands of Legends Review (episode 181)
Back from a brief hiatus, I share some calls from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings and BJ of The Arcane Alienist regarding my improved audio. There's an unboxing/unopening of Bordercholly's Knights of the Road (a Kickstarter I backed for ZineQuest 3) https://bordercholly.itch.io/the-knights-of-the-road, followed by a review of OSR toolkit Lands of Legends from Axion Spice https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/18110/Axian-Spice/subcategory/39231/Lands-of-Legends- Honourable mentions: Bo Burnham: Inside and The Amusement Park dir. George A Romero "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Check out what I'm up to on itch https://free-thrall.itch.io/
30:54
July 5, 2021
Casting the Pod (episode 180)
I've got a new microphone. I talk about podcasting and sound quality, almost forgetting I have a couple of call-ins from Daniel Norton of Bandit's Keep and Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Honourable mentions: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Colin Green of Spikepit, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds, Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor, Jason Hobbs of Random Screed, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Jeff Collier of Tome of All Dooms. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Check out what I'm up to on itch https://free-thrall.itch.io/
19:27
June 8, 2021
An Alluvial Plains Pledge & Scratching That Itch (episode 179)
I begin with a few calls from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus. I then reflect a little on my part in creating the Alluvial Plains setting for Barney's Vantage system before talking a little about the content of my Itch page https://free-thrall.itch.io/ Osseous, Pura, A Night in Veiglewood. Honourable mentions: Tom Barbalet of My Rules Are Better, David Surman, Dave Arneson, Free Kriegspiel, darkwormcolt.wordpress.com, The Landshut Rules, Diceless Dungeons, Hypertellurians and Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
20:42
May 31, 2021
A Groats-Worth of Grotesques (episode 178)
Wherein I review George Patterson's rather unique "OSRish" baroque bestiary A Groats-Worth of Grotesques. Grab a copy here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/18534/The-Skull-as-a-Complete-Gentleman-Co Including some great calls from Julz Burgisser of Julz from NZ, Safer of Safer Fantasy Crafting, Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Daniel Norton of Bandit's Keep and Safinho of Alone in the Labyrinth. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
29:56
May 27, 2021
Dice Roles, Logic Holes & Tipsy Trolls (episode 177)
I touch on a variety of topics thanks to some great call-ins from Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries RPG Podcast, Joe Hardin of Biggus Geekus, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Goblin's Henchman.  Honourable mentions: Safinho of Alone in the Labyrinth, PBTA games, Jackson Malloy's Sword & Scoundrel, Barney Dicker's League of Eternal Guardians.  https://free-thrall.itch.io/ Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
31:27
May 15, 2021
The Ones You're Rolling With (episode 176)
A bunch of great call-ins from Colin "Spikepit" Green, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Sanfinho of Alone in the Labyrinth and John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries. Covering a range of topic from Alexei Sayle to the zygomorphic nature of gaming community rivalry. Honourable mentions: The Dice are Screaming, The Alexei Sayle Podcast, Monty Python's Holy Grail, John Ruskin, William Morris, Jackson Malloy's Sword & Scoundrel, Chris Black's Black Hack and Rowan, Rook and Decard's Spire and Heart RPGs. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
40:38
May 7, 2021
The Quest for Inclusivity (episode 175)
A relatively short episode addressing some concerns Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere had about episode 173 "Shirker's Playtime". I also recommend checking out Brian's Have to Look That Up podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/have-to-look-that-up/id1557503258 Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
10:05
May 2, 2021
Story Stuff: The Tale of Brap Crudman (episode 174)
Following a call from Jason Connerley of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, I attempt to break down what I'm talking about when I refer to storygame elements using my experience of playing Jackson Malloy's Sword & Scoundrel and Chris Black's the Black Hack. Honourable mentions: Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland, Rollin' Bones with Ryan Howard, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, and Alexei Sayle.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
27:23
April 29, 2021
Shirker's Playtime (episode 173)
A star-studded lineup of calls from Safer Fantasy Crafting, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Daniel Norton of Bandits Keep, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Grizzly Peaks Radio, Jason Connerely of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. I discuss how I construct episodes, session length of online play, Call of Cthulhu handouts, design notes, the possibility of keeping personal politics out of gaming, fast and slow combat rounds of Shadow of the Demon Lord, the value of labels and my plans for the weekend. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
48:30
April 24, 2021
Mia Culpa (episode 172)
Just a quick message addressing an erroneous remark I made regarding The Dice Are Screaming, episode 201: The Gamer Side Hustle. Music by Timothy J. Drennon Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
05:31
April 22, 2021
Your OSR May Vary (with apology intro) (episode 171)
First, I respond to a bunch of messages from Jason Connerely of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Joe Hardin of Biggus Geekus and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus. This is followed by an ill-advised leap to the defence of the OSR. I talk about the liberal approach to roleplaying back in the day and the moving away from splatbook bloat. I then talk about the Lavender Hack by Phillip Lewis, B/X compatible rules that incorporates material from a wide variety of gaming sources. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
40:46
April 22, 2021
Otherwise Engaged (episode 170)
Briefly joined by a guest co-host before I dive into a bunch of call-ins from Ivy Shorts of The Happy Whisk, Joe Richter of Hindsightless, Daniel Norton of Bandit's Keep, Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellum's Wasteland and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescues. A more on immersion, a bit of accessibility, (re)defining storytelling games, dice pools, and a little patience. Thank you for all your calls. Honourable mentions: Jeremy "Frothsof" Smith of Thought Eater, Pete Jones of Dragons are Real, Forbidden Lands from Fria Ligan, League of Eternal Guardians by Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Grizzly Peaks Radio, Dex by Darren Green, Pip System from Third Eye Games, Goblin's Henchman, Vaesen from Fria Ligan, Shadow of the Demon Lord by Rob Schwalb, Hypertelurians by Frank "Mottokrosh" Reding, Brian of Have to Look That Up, BJ of The Arcane Alienist, Biggus Geekus. Music by Timothy J. Drennon "Warning" by Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
33:56
April 4, 2021
The Joy of Dex & Scoring in a Pool (episode 169)
After addressing the mystery of the missing link from last episode, I respond to calls from Jason Connerely of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Menion aka Rob of Confessions of a Wee Tim'Rous Bushi and Darren "RFED" Green. I talk a bit more about Darren's Dex system playtest before Goblin's Henchman helps me get my head around the probability of success in Year Zero. Honourable mentions: Casting the Runes rpg, Runehammer, Old-School Essentials, Dave "dPercentile" Aldridge and Nathan H. Juran's Jack the Giant Killer from 1962. The Runehammer video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li0ypsbLhVM Music by Timothy J. Drennon Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
33:17
March 13, 2021
Lost in Immersion (episode 168)
This is essentially a collection of musings on the subject of immersion, engagement and online play. Featuring calls from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal Or Woe, Daniel Norton of Bandit's Keep and John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries RPG Podcast. I "unbox" Casting The Runes, an investigative horror RPG using the Gumshoe system. You can hear a fantastic interview with Paul StJohn Mackintosh, its creator, here on Barney Dicker's Loco Ludus https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/interview-paul-stjohn-mackintosh-about-casting-runes/id1488770987?i=1000507087739 I also talk briefly about participating in a playtest of Darren "RFED" Green's DEX, an RPG he is currently developing. More on that in a future episode. Honourable mentions: Arlen Walker of Live From Pellam's Wasteland, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Menion AKA Rob of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi and Colin "Spikepit" Green's new YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBiIGnQtLfBfYm89BLhAFA Music by Timothy J. Drennon Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
33:32
March 4, 2021
The Great Pretender (episode 167)
Beginning with a few ZineQuest3 related messages from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Pete Jones of Dragons Are Real and Barry Dewey-Robertson of Shadow of the GM, before I go on a bit of a convoluted ramble in an attempt to explain explaining how I enjoy playing RPGs. Most of the podcast episodes mentioned:  Loco Ludus https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/league-of-eternal-guardians-zine-quest-kickstarter/id1488770987?i=1000508017096 Dragons Are Real https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/079-zinequest-2021/id1450974415?i=1000507360983 Down in a Heap https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/take-two-a-ridealong-ramble/id1446315881?i=1000508593174 Thought Eater https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/frothcast-179-humpday-rpg-show-2-3-21-special-guest/id1448611668?i=1000507557116 Roleplay Rescue https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/611-otherworld-immersion-with-daniel-jones/id1445080932?i=1000478750991 Safer Fantasy Crafting https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rpgs-are-frankensteins-monsters-a-revelation/id1517897309?i=1000486328483 Purple Worm https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/indy-and-osr-rpgs/id1484282961?i=1000486232632 Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/328-eldritch-organ-pt8-playing-it-safe/id1492640886?i=1000504207429 Grizzley Peaks Radio https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/001-eldritch-organ-league-of-eternal-guardians/id1530832637?i=1000505263961 Thought Eater https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/frothcast-181-humpday-rpg-show-2-10-21-special-guests/id1448611668?i=1000508448536 Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/338-getting-too-real/id1492640886?i=1000508527193 Honourable mentions: Dirk the Dice of The Grognard Files, Scott Dorward of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias and Frank 'Mottokrosh' Reding creator of Hypertellurians. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
25:37
February 13, 2021
Back Log, ZineQuest Special (episode 166)
I answer some messages from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus before listing off the ZineQuest3 zines I have backed on Kickstarter. Zine links: The Vast in the Dark https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/appalachia-gothic/the-vast-in-the-dark-exploring-ruins-in-an-infinite-world?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=vast%20 The Drain https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yusem/the-drain?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=the%20drain The Witch, the Wolf & the Wedding https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jmyales/the-witch-the-wolf-and-the-wedding-a-story-telling-rpg?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=the%20wolf The Many Crypts of Lady Ingrade https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gothridgemanor/the-many-crypts-of-lady-ingrade-zine-quest?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=the%20many%20 The Lair of the Manticore https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frankt/the-lair-of-the-manticore-zinequest?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=lair%20of%20the%20 The Haunted Hamlet https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lazylitch/the-haunted-hamlet-and-other-hexes?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=haunted%20 The Sonders https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cavernsofheresy/the-sonders?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=the%20sonders The Knights of the Road https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bordercholly/the-knights-of-the-road?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=knights%20of%20the%20road Honourable mentions: Barney Dicker's forthcoming League of Eternal Guardians, Pete Jones' Dragons Are Real and Frothsof's Thought Eater podcast and blog https://frothsofdnd.blogspot.com/?m=1 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
28:05
February 5, 2021
Vaesen Take 2, Second Cite (episode 165)
A call from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast prompts me to revisit my recent Vaesen overview. I also get a call from my old friend Brandon Marlow (a.k.a. Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus). Honourable mentions: Spirit of 77 by By David Kizzia & Bob Richardson, Monster of the Week by Michael Sands, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow, Dave Peterson's Frankenstein's RPG podcast. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
12:26
February 2, 2021
You Say Vaesen, I Say Vaesen (episode 164)
Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast calls in to school me on %Liar and Dave Hargrave's Arduin followed by a brief overview of Vaesen, a game of Nordic folk horror from Free League (Fria Ligan). Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
16:30
January 31, 2021
Knave, Glaive & Rogueland (episode 163)
First, a final word from Joe Richter of Hindsightless on the trouble with thieves, or rogues, or whatever you crazy kids are calling them nowadays, followed by a message from first-time caller Wayne Banacek, creator of the infamous %Liar statistic. I talk a little about Ben "Questing Beast" Milton's Knave rules system before giving a brief overview of Scott Wegener's Glaive and Caverns of Heresy's Rogueland, two zine RPGs based on the Knave rules. You can pick up Glaive here https://tesladyne.itch.io/glaive You can get Rogueland here https://cavernsofheresy.itch.io/rogueland or on Drivethru https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/335988/ROGUELAND?term=rogueland Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
16:16
January 21, 2021
An Honest Thief (episode 162)
Kicking off in the traditional manner with a message from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, followed by responses from Joe Ritcher of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, and wise elders of old-school D&D, Rob C of Down in a Heap and, the man himself, Daniel Norton of Bandit's Keep. I recommend listening to Darrold "creator of the thief class" Wagner on episode 160 of The Save or Die Podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/adventure-160-start-thief/id385668065?i=1000504027427 Also please check out Daniel Norton's YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV3GrWa8Jjw&t=609s Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
15:57
January 9, 2021
Faulty Thieves (episode 161)
Kicking off with a lovely message from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety  Cast, followed by a couple of responses from naysayers Colin "Spikepit"  Green and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and a nice reading from the original Dungeons & Dragons rules by Jason Connerley. Also please check out Daniel Norton's YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV3GrWa8Jjw&t=609s and his podcast https://anchor.fm/daniel-norton Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:59
December 31, 2020
Opportunity Makes a Thief (episode 160)
Thanks to a few messages from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, I was prompted to delve into the origins of the thief as a playable class in Dungeons & Dragons and its subsequent impact on the early game. I take a look at Dave Arneson and Gary Gygax's original rules, Simon Bull's Delving Deeper Reference Rules Compendium, Charlie Mason's White Box: Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game, John Eric Holmes' Basic Set, Gygax's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and Tom Moldvay's Basic Set. Also please check out Daniel Norton's YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV3GrWa8Jjw&t=609s and his podcast https://anchor.fm/daniel-norton Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:23
December 17, 2020
Deluge of Feedback for Alluvial Plains (episode 159)
As the title suggests, a whole bunch of feedback following my episodes on magic and shamanism in the Alluvial Plains setting for Barney Dicker's Vantage system followed by a great message from Barney regarding the dearth of difference between early humans and their modern counterparts. Featuring contributions from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Safer of Safer Fantasy Crafting, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Goblin's Henchman, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds, Sofinho of Alone in the Labyrinth and Colin "Spikepit" Green. Honourabl mentions: Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Tom Barbalet of My Rules are Better. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
52:21
December 6, 2020
In With The Old (episode 158)
Just me chatting about my experience playing with Dave "dPercentile" Aldridge running Gavin Norman's Old-School Essentials Classic Fantasy, the reorganised version of Tom Moldvey and David Cook's Basic/Expert Dungeons & Dragons rules, in Dave Arneson's Blackmoor. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:47
December 1, 2020
The Magical Mystery of Alluvial Plains - Vol. 3, The Shaman Rises (Extended Cut) (episode 157)
In true Peter Jackson style, this last instalment is of epic proportions. We begin with the final part of my chat with Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus where we further explore the potential of shamanic powers in the Alluvial Plains. The is followed by feedback I've already received regarding the previous two episodes. Details to follow. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
01:09:37
November 12, 2020
The Magical Mystery of Alluvial Plains - Vol. 2, Mystic Boogaloo (episode 156)
Plot twist: It's a trilogy! That's right, I've gone all Peter Jackson on yo' ass! We go straight into the second part of my chat with Barney Dicker of  Loco Ludus where, thanks to the help of some great call-ins from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Goblin's Henchman and Colin 'Spikepit' Green, we delve deeper into the magical possibilities of Alluvial Plains. Honourable mention: David Surman co-creator of Alluvial Plains, Tom Barbalet of My Rules Are Better, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellum's Wasteland and Safer Fantasy Crafting. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
42:16
November 11, 2020
The Magical Mystery of Alluvial Plains - Vol. 1, Mystical Melees (episode 155)
Yes, it's a two-parter. I start by responding to some call-ins I've received. Firstly, belated birthday wishes from Josh Beckelhimer of Forever Prepping DM followed by some calls in response to my previous episode from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal Or Woe, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Then I share the first half of a great chat with Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus where we get deeper into what we really want from a magic system of the Alluvial Plains setting for his Vantage system. Honourable mention: David Surman co-creator of Alluvial Plains, Tom Barbalet of My Rules Are Better, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellum's Wasteland and Safer Fantasy Crafting. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
41:44
November 10, 2020
Alluvial Plains - Could It Be Magic? (episode 154)
Thanks to some fantastic messages from Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, I discuss my thoughts and feelings regarding Alluvial Plains; the Mesolithic Doggerland setting for Barney's Vantage RPG system. Honourable mentions: Dave Surman co-creator of Alluvial Plains, Tom Barbalet of My Rules Are Better, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Liam Thompson creator of Purple Crayon Games and Sanctions RPG and Fabian Kuchler (the guy I couldn't remember). Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
43:34
November 5, 2020
Kindness & Complacency (episode 153)
I thought I'd slip out an episode before I officially become an old man. Just me responding to a few call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Cody Maza of No Save for You, Menion aka Rob of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi, Loney Adventurer of Camping with Owlbears and Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Mainly wellwishers, a little more alignment talk and pondering the nature of evil. Get Ossea Pura here https://free-thrall.itch.io/ossea-pura Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
30:27
October 27, 2020
Back & Forth (episode 152)
I respond to call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. A bit about Chainmail, Supplement VII Forbidden Lore and Ossea Pura followed by some reflecting on a year of on-line gaming. Get Ossia Pura here https://free-thrall.itch.io/ossea-pura Get Jason Vay's Supplement VII Forbidden Lore here http://grey-elf.com/Forbidden_Lore.pdf Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
21:08
October 19, 2020
Game Changer (episode 151)
I kick-off season 4 with a heads-up about what's in store on a personal level and a little investigation into the origins of Free Kriegsspiel. I have a host of call-ins from Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries RPG Podcast. Some further discussion on the subject of alignment, revisiting my 2d6 system Osseous and the prospect of me actually running games. Honourable Mentions: Nicolas Dessaux's Epées & Sorcellerie, Gary Gygax's Chainmail, Original Dungeons & Dragons, Dave Arneson, David Wesley's Braunstein, James & Robyn Georges' Diceless Dungeons, Norbert Matausch's Landshut Rules and Wizard Lizard's Underground Adventures. Get Ossea Pura here https://free-thrall.itch.io/ossea-pura And here are some of other games I mention. https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/nicolas-dessaux/ep%C3%A9es-sorcelerie-english-translation/ebook/product-14nz275z.html https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/17010/Chainmail-Rules-for-Medieval-Miniatures-0e https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/210174/Diceless-Dungeons https://matausch.itch.io/landshut https://wizard-lizard.itch.io/underground-adventures Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
40:44
October 16, 2020
Errata & Addenda (episode 150)
Just responding to messages I received following my last few episodes concerning alignment and theory. Calls from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus. Honourable mentions: Arlen Walker's Live from Pellum's Wasteland Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:18
October 5, 2020
Zero Theorem (episode 149)
I respond to a bunch of messages following episode 147. Call-ins from Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Menion aka Rob of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus. Honourable Mentions: Dave Aldridge of d'Percentile, Martin Buber's I and Thou, Jonathan D. Fox's The Essential Moreno: Writings on Psychodrama, Group Method, and Spontaneity by J. L. Moreno. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
25:54
September 30, 2020
The Chaos of Alignment (episode 148)
The inevitable alignment call-in show. An allstar cast featuring Colin "Spikepit" Green, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal Or Woe, Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing and Forever Prepping DM, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Sofinho of Alone In The Labyrinth and Safer Fantasy Crafting. Check out Pariah here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311826/PARIAH-Volume-1?term=paria Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
27:58
September 22, 2020
Engagement in Theory or Getting dPercentile on Yo' Ass (episode 147)
A bunch of calls from Dave Aldridge of dPercentile prompts me to talk about philosopher Martin Buber's I & Thou and how it might relate to the academic study of roleplaying games.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:29
September 20, 2020
Substance, Style & Re: Alignment (episode 146)
Reflecting on the Barney's bone brouhaha being discussed over on Andy Goodman's Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks season 3 and Jason Connerly's Nerd's RPG Variety Cast episodes 112 & 113.  Featuring calls from Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
33:37
September 18, 2020
Out of Alignment (episode 145)
A call from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue followed by some thoughts on alignment. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
09:41
September 11, 2020
Bucket Half Full (episode 144)
I kick things off with some calls from John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries RPG and Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast before running through a few things I've ticked off the bucket list. Honourable mentions: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Hankerin Ferinale, Index Card RPG, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland, Sword and Scoundrel, Electric Bastionland, Colin Green of Spikepit, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Vantage RPG, Griff Mon Morgan iii, Dungeons & Dragons, Dave Arneson, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Old-School Essentials, Blackmoor, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Call of Cthulhu, Scott Dorwood of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:17
September 10, 2020
Rules of Immergement or Purple Worm Rider part 3 (episode 143)
Tying up some loose ends (or creating a few more) regarding immersion and engagement featuring call-ins for Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Colin "Spikepit" Green. Honourable mentions: Safer Fantasy Crafting, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland and Dave Aldridge of dPercentile. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
20:02
September 9, 2020
Lancashire Hotchpotch (episode 142)
Just responding to a bunch of call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Sofinho of Alone in the Labyrinth and Karl Rodriguez. Also featuring a pithy review of I'm Thinking of Ending Things directed by Charlie Kaufman. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
20:15
September 5, 2020
Bonus Spoiler Free Tenet Review (episode 141)
Was it a cat I saw? No, it was a movie!
08:01
September 4, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 31st "Experience" (episode 140)
#RPGaDAY2020  Experience - A shout out to my fellow RPGaDayers, a call-in from Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
08:01
August 31, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 30th "Portal" (episode 139)
#RPGaDAY2020 Experience - My God! It's full of stars! Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Karl Rodriguez, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Safer Fantasy Crafting, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Menion (AKA Rob) of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi and Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Honourable mentions: Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Dave Surman. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:43
August 30, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 29th "Ride" (episode 138)
#RPGaDAY2020 Ride - I make myself a coffee and flip through Iron Crown Enterprises' Riders of Rohan module for Middle-Earth Role Playing. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:47
August 29, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 28th "Close" (episode 137)
#RPGaDAY2020 Close - This one turns into a love letter to Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. I also share some calls from Dave Aldridge of dPercentile about Old-School Essentials and Basic/Expert Dungeons & Dragons. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
13:18
August 28, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 27th "Favour" (episode 136)
#RPGaDAY2020 Favour - I talk about about a recent shift in my gaming preferences, my first session of Old-School Essentials before sharing some wonderful messages following my turn in the GM seat a recent episode of Spikepit. Featuring call-ins from Colin "Spikepit" Green, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus. Thanks, guys!  Honourable mentions:  Basic/Expert Dungeons & Dragons and Dave Aldridge of dPercentile.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com You can get Osseous at https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
11:39
August 27, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 26th "Strange" (episode 135)
#RPGaDAY2020 Strange - I talk about my love for strange settings and the absence of strangeness from my appearance on Colin Green's Spikepit followed by a really nice call-in from Menion (AKA Rob) of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
07:03
August 26, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 25th "Lever" (episode 134)
#RPGaDAY2020 Lever Honourable mentions: Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Griff Mon Morgan III. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:11
August 25, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 24th "Humour" (episode 133)
#RPGaDAY2020 Humour - A bit about how I like to amuse myself, the fate of Paranoia, how humour isn't always welcome and a cheeky message from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Honourable mentions: Colin "Spikepit" Green, Electric Bastionland, Bastion Jam on Itch.io, Barbarians of the Ruined Earth from DIY RPG Productions and Sword & Scoundrel from Grand Heresy Press. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
07:56
August 24, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 22nd & 23rd "Rare" & "Edge" (episode 132)
#RPGaDAY2020 Comfort - Some encouraging messages from Joe Richter of Hindsight and Weal or Woe, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland.   Honourable mentions: Colin "Spikepit" Green, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Secrets of Blackmoor dir. Griff Mon Morgan III, Sword & Scoundrel from Grand Heresy Press. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
09:53
August 23, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 21st "Push" (episode 131)
#RPGaDAY2020 Push - Inspired by a call from Joe Richter of  Hindsight and Weal or Woe Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:50
August 21, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 20th "Investigation" (episode 130)
#RPGaDAY2020 Investigation - Shout out to Andy "gametes" Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
01:24
August 20, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 19th "Tower" (episode 129)
#RPGaDAY2020 An apology, a little history, some esoterica and a bit of nostalgia. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
06:02
August 19, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 18th "Meet" (episode 128)
#RPGaDAY2020 Meet - Giving the tavern a miss. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
02:27
August 18, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 17th "Comfort" (episode 127)
#RPGaDAY2020 Comfort - A couple of sweet call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsight and Weal or Woe and I show some love for Scott "Lonely Adventurer" Wegener's Glaive. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere and Iona age 4. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:56
August 17, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 16th "Dramatic" (episode 126)
#RPGaDAY2020 Dramatic Honourable mentions: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Arlen Walker of Live From Pelham's Wasteland, Sword and Scoundrel from Heresy Press. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
05:04
August 16, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 15th "Frame" (episode 125)
#RPGaDAY2020 Frame Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:16
August 15, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 14th "Banner" (episode 124)
#RPGaDAY2020 I don't have much to say about banners so I share a message from Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere instead. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
02:16
August 14, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 13th "Rest" (episode 123)
#RPGaDAY2020 I begin talking about downtime in the Black Hack before moving on to, you guessed it, Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:08
August 13, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 12th "Message" (episode 122)
#RPGaDAY2020 A message from Joe Richter of Hindsightless allows me to revisit Stack and a message from Colin "Spikepit" Green regarding Nate Treme prompts me to talk about clear and concise communication. Honourable mentions: Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Pete Jones of Dragons Are Real/Purple Worm and Into the Odd/Electric Bastionland and it's creator Chris McDowall. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
09:24
August 12, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 11th "Stack" (episode 121)
#RPGaDAY2020 Pancakes? Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:15
August 11, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 10th "Want" (episode 120)
#RPGaDAY2020 I talk about how much I want to play Old-School Essentials and the imminent launch of the Advanced Rules Tome. Find the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exaltedfuneral/old-school-essentials-advanced-fantasy Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
02:60
August 10, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 9th "Light" (episode 119)
#RPGaDAY2020 I talk about the delightful work of Nate Treme. Check out his work here https://natetreme.com/ Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:32
August 10, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 8th "Shade" (episode 118)
#RPGaDAY2020 Featuring a bit of Dave "dPercentile" Aldridge love and an except from Merrie Melodies classic Robin Hood Daffy directed by Chuck Jones. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:03
August 8, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 7th "Couple" (episode 117)
#RPGaDAY2020 I read through a blog post by Chris McDowall on 2 player co-op Electric Bastionland https://www.bastionland.com/2020/04/collaborative-bastionland.html Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
07:10
August 7, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 6th "Forest" (episode 116)
#RPGaDAY2020 Into the trees. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
02:33
August 6, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 5th "Tribute" (episode 115)
#RPGaDAY2020 Just a big thank you to all the great folks in the RPG community. Roleplay Rescue links: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/microburst-the-walker-testimony/id1445080932?i=1000487141887 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/503-three-voices-why-do-people-play-games/id1445080932?i=1000456294277 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:41
August 5, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 4th "Vision" (episode 114)
#RPGaDAY2020 I chat about Troika! and Jean Giraud AKA Moebius. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:10
August 4, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 3rd "Thread" or Purple Worm Rider part 2 (episode 113)
#RPGaDAY2020 Featuring messages from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Safer of Safer Fantasy Crafting. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
15:42
August 3, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 2nd "Change" (episode 112)
#RPGaDAY2020 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:49
August 2, 2020
RPGaDAY 2020 August 1st "Beginning" (episode 111)
#RPGaDAY2020 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
07:09
August 1, 2020
Purple Worm Rider (episode 110)
Inspired by recent episodes of Purple Worm, Roleplay Rescue and Safer Fantasy Crafting, I go off on a gaming philosophy ramble. Do I make any sense? I'll let you decide. Featuring call-ins from Jason Connerley of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings. Recommended listing: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/indy-and-osr-rpgs/id1484282961?i=1000486232632 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/701-purpose-and-engagement/id1445080932?i=1000485335126 https://anchor.fm/sfc-saferfantasycrafting/episodes/RPGs-are-Frankensteins-monsters---a-revelation-eharhk Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Welcome to RPG a Day 2020" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
20:01
August 1, 2020
Tangentially Speaking (episode 109)
No call-ins. It's all me, baby! A little bit about what I've been up to, listening to Safer Fantasy Crafting, other-world immersion, calling-in to other podcasts, chatting with Rob AKA Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi, Scott "Loney Adventurer" Wegener's Glaive and playtesting Barney "Loco Ludus" Dicker's new RPG rules. Honourable mentions: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, The Black Hack, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, The Green Knight from A24, Mike Evans' Barbarians of the Ruined Earth, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Colin "Spikepit" Green and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere.
24:22
July 25, 2020
Calls for Clarity and Further Confusion (episode 108)
I respond to a bunch of call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland, John Alan Large of RDD RPG, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Rob AKA Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. Jason interviews Karl Rodriguez https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/81-karl-is-in-the-house-plus-sinister-red/id1494636468?i=1000480866486 Jason and I discuss Sword & Scoundrel with Arlen https://anchor.fm/pellamswasteland/episodes/2-20-Debrief-on-Sword--Scoundrel-and-an-Unboxing-eg0sgo Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
21:11
July 6, 2020
Words & Scoundrel (episode 107)
I have few call-ins about the last couple of episodes from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Karl Rodriguez. I then share my initial impressions of a session zero with Arlen Walker with Jackson Malloy's Sword & Scoundrel. Catch the Daniel Jones interview on Roleplay Rescue episode 611 https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue/episodes/611-Otherworld-Immersion-with-Daniel-Jones-efjiec Hear Arlen Walker's Sword & Scoundrel debriefing on Live From Pellum's Wasteland season 2 episode 20 https://anchor.fm/pellamswasteland/episodes/2-20-Debrief-on-Sword--Scoundrel-and-an-Unboxing-eg0sgo/a-a2iqgd0 Sword & Scoundrel: Open Beta rules are PWYW on DriveThruRPG https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/259404/Sword--Scoundrel-Open-Beta-Document?term=sword+%26+scoundrel Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
28:25
June 29, 2020
Yes, But What Does it Mean? (episode 106)
With the help of an extended message from Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, we both ponder some of the terms I used in episodes 104. Call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and John Alan Large of RDD RPG. The Roadrunner Rules episode of Kevin Madison's Dungeon Musings https://anchor.fm/dungeonmusings/episodes/The-Roadrunner-Rules-e4bfhm/a-ah519e Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
37:03
June 23, 2020
Clichés, Platitudes and Irrationalism (episode 105)
Call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Colin Green of Spikepit, Dr Ludus AKA Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. I create Han Solo for Risus, get schooled by Dr Ludus before I embark on another ill-conceived ramble. Risus rules http://www.risusiverse.com/ The Adventuring Party https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ Roleplay Rescue featuring Daniel Jones https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/611-otherworld-immersion-with-daniel-jones/id1445080932?i=1000478750991 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:13
June 21, 2020
Risus Revisited and Return of the Rambler (episode 104)
Ooo, get me! Proper show notes with references, links and everything! Now all I need is a proper show... Call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety cast, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile and Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). I look back at Risus, some Dave Aldridge appreciation, a little more on science in fantasy and something or other about realworld knowledge. Risus rules http://www.risusiverse.com/ S. John Ross interview https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/bonus-q-a-with-s-john-ross-of-cumberland-games-diversions/id1351842802?i=1000433193843 The Adventuring Party discuss rule justification https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wis-june-2020-but-why-is-that-the-rule/id304124403?i=1000478289315 Ray Otus' Plundergrounds episode 101 discussing Dave Arneson https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/101-arneson-instigator-innovator/id1436755110?i=1000452329155 My previous episode discussing Risus https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/risus-rolegate-aaa/id1466517108?i=1000453178146 Osseous rules https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous Edwin King's Thoughts of a Depressed Dilopmatist blog https://diplomatist2.blogspot.com/ Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
21:14
June 18, 2020
Rules of Three: Numenera, Electric Bastionland and ICRPG (episode 103)
Kicking off with call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, new caller Karl Rodriguez and Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings. This is followed by a bunch of ramblings about the rules of games I'm playing in. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
23:05
June 8, 2020
Ninth World Order - Playing Numenera (episode 102)
Yay! It's KOTB's first birthday today but it's business as usual. Some great call-ins from Lonely Adventurer of Camping With Owlbears, Josh Beckelhiemer of JB Publishing, Darren "RFED" Green and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. I chat about playing Numenera for the first time and a few thoughts on the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:46
May 30, 2020
The Player Gets Captured By The Game (episode 101)
Kicking off season 3 with a whole host of call-ins. Featuring Colin "Spikepit" Green, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, John Alan Large of RDD RPG, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Roy of Chaoses Limb and Menion AKA Rob of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. I recommend Sam Mendes' 1917 as inspiration for GMs, talk about evolving as a player and reflect on some recent sessions of The Black Hack, Dave Aldridge's Swords & Wizardry Continual Light hack for Dark Sun and an impromptu session of Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous is available PWYW on itch.io https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
41:06
May 27, 2020
My Podcast Weighs a Ton! (episode 100)
It's finally here! Episode 100. A host of call-ins for Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Julz Burgisser of Julz from NZ, Roy of Chaoses Limb, Goblin's Henchman and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. A bit of reflecting on my achievements, or lack thereof and what I plan to focus on in the next season. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
48:05
May 21, 2020
Jungle & Other Bizness (episode 99)
A few call-ins from Roy of Chaoses Limb, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast. I "review" April and the Extraordinary World directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci and talk about Barney Dickery running Andre Novoa's Robot Death Jungle using Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
25:08
May 9, 2020
How Am I Not Myself? And a Little Electric Bastionland Goodness (episode 98)
An unsurprising unboxing, call-ins from Goblin's Henchman and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast a bit of rambling about acting vs. roleplaying. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts  "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere  Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
19:25
May 2, 2020
We All Fall Down (episode 97)
A few more call-ins from Colin "Spikepit" Green, Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure and John Alan Large of RDD RPG, followed by an extra helping of murder death kill. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
23:29
April 26, 2020
Flogging a Dead Elf (episode 96)
Answering calls from John Alan Large of RDD RPG, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Jason Connerly of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Conrad Kinch of Send Three and Fourpence. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:15
April 20, 2020
Game of Death (episode 95)
Just responding to call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile and Joe Richter or Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Email me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
10:50
April 15, 2020
CSI: Dark Sun (episode 94)
A brief episode about a brief encounter with call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, and Rob AKA Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
12:19
April 14, 2020
Death By OSR (episode 93)
I answer a few call-ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Colin "Spikepit" Green before sharing my feelings on what I consider to be my first truly OSR encounter. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
19:22
April 13, 2020
Me and You and Everyone We Know (episode 92)
Just catching up with some call-ins from Lonely Adventurer of Camping With Owlbears, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
25:14
April 9, 2020
Into the Odd & Electric Bastionland: O Bastion! My Bastion! (episode 91)
I respond to a couple of call-ins from Dave Alridge of dPercentile and Cody M of No Save For You and The Tentacled Tumble Weeds before talking about a few early thoughts on the setting of Chris McDowall's Into The Odd and Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
15:17
April 2, 2020
Reflections, The Black Hack and Bath Water (episode 90)
In a reflective mood, I answer a couple of calls from Joe Richter of Hidesightless and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, talk about recent Black Hack sessions and take a little bath. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:14
March 29, 2020
Iso-Cubed (episode 89)
Just trying to stay sane by answering a few calls from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
28:58
March 24, 2020
The Bastion Social 001: Characters Creation in Electric Bastionland (episode 88)
Something a little different. Big thanks to Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus podcast for joining me in creating a couple of characters for Chris McDowell's Electric Bastionland... with extra sausage! Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts  "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
54:32
March 18, 2020
The World as Will and Reiteration (episode 87)
Another call-in show regarding the last couple of episodes. Featuring Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Menion (AKA Rob) of Confessions of a Tim'rous Bushi and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. We talk about Mork Borg, Best Left Buried, The Shadow of Yesterday, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying and inevitably Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
25:38
March 13, 2020
A Certain Special Something (episode 86)
Dave Aldridge of dPercentile becomes something of cohost on this one thanks to a hoard of messages. Also featuring call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast challenges me to describe my ideal game. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
32:12
March 10, 2020
The Cast of Many Things (episode 85)
Essentially, I answer a bunch of call-ins from Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing, Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Conrad Kinch of Send Three and Fourpence and Goblin's Henchman. We touch on topics such as levelling, my PDF collection and the possibility of me running a game. I also talk a bit about a local community project I'm involved in and the games I'd like to play. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
24:35
March 4, 2020
Don't Talk to Me About Heroes (episode 84)
A whole heap of call-ins for Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Goblin's Henchman, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Colin Green of Spikepit RPG Podcast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Menion (AKA Rob) of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi, Barry Dewey-Robertson of Shadow of the GM and Nate Gillbreath. Then I spend about 5 minutes questioning the value of progress. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
29:04
February 26, 2020
The Raincast: A Malodorous Borderlands Joint (episode 83)
Here's something a little different. Something of a joint production by myself and T. J. Drennon of Malodorous Miasma Meltdown. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:21
February 22, 2020
There and Feedback Again (episode 82)
A whole bunch of call-ins from Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Goblin's Henchman and Julz Burgisser of Jewels From NZ. Special mentions: Jeremy "FrothSof" Smith of Thought Eater Podcast and Dave "dPercentile" Aldridge. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
30:52
February 20, 2020
Going for Gold: Trophy Kickstarter (episode 81)
Hey there! Kicking things off with some great call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) before launching into a lengthy overview of Trophy Gold, part of The Gauntlet's Trophy RPG Kickstarter. Special mentions: Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing.  Shout-outs to Zine Quest 2 Kickstarters: Sinister Red by Rudy "RPG Retofit" Mangual, Mudharbour by Dave "dPercentile" Aldridge, Hunters in Death by Tim "Gothridge Manor" Shorts and Willow by Shane Walshe. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold 2d6 system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
45:54
February 8, 2020
D&D Ponderings: To 5e, or Not to 5e? (episode 80)
Basically, me responding to some great call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Rob C of Down in a Heap, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Josh Becklehimer of J.B. Publishing, Barney of Loco Ludus, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries and T. J. Drennon of Meloderous Miasma Meltdown. We discuss Knave, Into the ODD, Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition and more. Shout outs to Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold 2d6 system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
32:33
January 23, 2020
Sinister Secret of Salty Spencer (episode 79)
More call-ins about the OSR from Colin "Spikepit " Green, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Goblin's Henchman, Chicagowiz of The Dungeon Master's Handbook Podcast and ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). The return of Controversy Corner or more accurately Confessional Corner. Old-School Essentials, Into the Odd, Knave, Troika and Fighting Fantasy all get a mention. Shout outs to Rob C of Down in a Heap, Matt Finch of Frog God Games, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Barney of Loco Ludus who inspired this episode. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold 2d6 system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
31:51
January 20, 2020
OSR Call and Response: Let Me Clear My Throat (episode 78)
Lots of great feedback from the likes of Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Colin "Spikepit" Green (I think), Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Josh Brockelhimer of JB Publishing, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) and Jason Hobbs of Random Screed and Hobbs and Friends fame. A little more waffling about the OSR and the term "old-school". Shout out to Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings, Rob C of Down in a Heap, ChicagoWiz of The Dungeon Master's Handbook and Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. "Endorsement" by Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold 2d6 system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
33:14
January 14, 2020
Mommy, What's an OSR? (episode 77)
Illinformed ramblings regarding the nature of the OSR inspired by Pandatheist recent blog post https://boneboxchant.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/20-osr-games/ and a conversation with Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Featuring call-ins from Colin "Spikepit" Green and Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) and an endorsement from Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts "Warning" by Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold 2d6 system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
21:14
January 6, 2020
Merry Unboxingday & a Happy New Year (episode 76)
Call-ins from Josh Beckelhimer of J.B. Publishing, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast,  John Large of The Red Dice Diaries, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. Me feeling sorry for myself plus an unboxing.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
13:09
January 1, 2020
Black Hack Recap (episode 75)
Call-ins from Michael "Chicagowiz" Shorten of Dungeon Master's Handbook, Josh Beckelhimer of J.B. Publishing, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. I reflect on recent sessions of Dave Aldridge's Black Hack campaign in Melcher's Vale.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon  at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
23:45
December 24, 2019
Back and Forth (episode 74)
Call-ins  from Dr. Ludus and Barney of Loco Ludus, Goblin's Henchman, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings. Plus a pithy film review. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
20:54
December 18, 2019
Catch Up as Catch Up Can (episode 73)
Another one that's all over the place. Just trying to play catch up. Call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Colin  "Spikepit" Green, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries and Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Some clarification, a bit about the OSR, an epic unboxing and some thoughts on fear. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
30:44
December 15, 2019
Emergent Complexity (episode 72)
A couple of call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Colin "Spikepit" Green. After listening to Tom Barbalet's My Rules Are Better, I contemplate how the Anchorite community might look to the uninitiated which lead to some thoughts regarding the richness of The Black Hack 2E thanks to some very simple concepts. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous, my simple trifold system, is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
17:14
December 2, 2019
Jason Lives! (episode 71)
A couple of call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Colin "Spikepit" Green then I catch up with the remaining thoughts from Jason concerning my back catalogue.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
13:53
November 29, 2019
D&D, indeed! (episode 70)
Call-ins from Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Colin "Spikepit" Green and John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries. There's also an unboxing of my first D&D 5E purchase. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com Osseous is now available here https://free-thrall.itch.io/osseous
14:57
November 27, 2019
Fear and Trembling (episode 69)
Featuring call-ins from Colin "Spikepit" Green and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast, an overview of The Shivering Circle and thoughts about Hammer Horror gaming. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
17:09
November 25, 2019
Revenge of the Nerd's (episode 68)
Responding to call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries and Pete Jones of Dragons are Real. Mostly talking about my recent Black Hack session... mostly. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:20
November 23, 2019
ICRPG Xeno Dead Zone - Another Bug Hunt (episode 67)
Call-ins from Jason and Matty of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Pete Jones of Dragons Are Real, Cody M. from No Save For You and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame. I talk about a recent Roll20 session playing ICRPG Xeno Dead Zone. Plus a surprise unboxing. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
17:49
November 20, 2019
Halfway to Highmire (episode 66)
A few call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Barney of Loco Ludus followed by thoughts regarding my recent on-line session of The Black Hack 2E run by Dave "dPercentile" Aldridge. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
20:09
November 17, 2019
Jason and the After Thoughts (episode 65)
Another Jason response episode. Call-ins from Jason (obviously) of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Ivy the Happy Whisk and Joe Richter of Hindsiteless and Weal or Woe.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
20:12
November 14, 2019
The Arena of the Unwell (episode 64)
This one is all over the place. It all goes a bit gonzo. There's a bit of history, a bit of Paranoia, some Into the Odd and plenty of wheezing. Call-ins from RFED and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
25:07
November 12, 2019
Jason Takes the Podcast (episode 63)
Just ticking a few of Jason's call-ins off the to-do-list.  Featuring Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
14:07
October 30, 2019
Unsung Heroes (AAA) (episode 62)
So, this is the last episode of Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month wherein I talk about Patrick Dowling, creator of the BBC show The Adventure Game. There's a mystery unboxing and a few call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Listen of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.  The Adventure Game theme was composed by Ferdinando Carulli, performed by Julian Bream and John Williams. Get the trifold edition of Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=184r9bvk0KxZ6xkjAAMmKzQXayFSxoB7v  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
17:58
October 27, 2019
More on Lemuria (episode 61)
Some more about playing Barbarians of Lemuria. Call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Ivy The Happy Whisk, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and The Mysterious Brother Tyler M of A 20sided Life. Get the trifold edition of Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=184r9bvk0KxZ6xkjAAMmKzQXayFSxoB7v  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
18:22
October 23, 2019
The Play's The Thing (AAA) (episode 60)
My first foray into online play with Barbarians of Lemuria.  Get the trifold edition of Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=184r9bvk0KxZ6xkjAAMmKzQXayFSxoB7v  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts    Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
09:50
October 21, 2019
Further Thoughts (episode 59)
Call-in from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings lead to further thoughts regarding the subject of labels. The Farrier's Bellows https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-farriers-bellows/id1453306672 Get the trifold edition of Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=184r9bvk0KxZ6xkjAAMmKzQXayFSxoB7v  Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
17:34
October 13, 2019
Risus & RoleGate (AAA) (episode 58)
It's  Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. A call-in from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and his recommendation of listening to the S. John Ross interview from the What am I Rolling? podcast https://www.wairpodcast.com/episodes/tag/S.+John+Ross inspired this episode. I talk about Risus, RoleGate and some stuff about the usefulness of labels in the unawaited return of Controversy Corner  Get Osseous at  https://drive.google.com/open?id=12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K   Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find him at https://www.pateon.com/TJD/posts   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:57
October 11, 2019
Ironing Out Osseous (AAA) (episode 57)
It's Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. Call-ins from Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin "Spikepit" Green. Colin helps me to see the folly of my ways. Get Osseous at  https://drive.google.com/open?id=12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K  Free Thrall Theme and Arneson by Timothy J. Drennon. Find him at  https://www.pateon.com/TJD/posts  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
24:23
October 9, 2019
Gratuitous Osseous (AAA) (episode 56)
It's  Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. A call-in from Jason of  Nerd's RPG Variety Cast then I talk about what I was aiming for with Osseous. Get Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K Free Thrall Theme and Arneson by Timothy J. Drennon. Find him at https://www.pateon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
16:43
October 7, 2019
Feedback and a Little More Osseous (AAA) (episode 55)
It's Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. This is basically a call-ins catch up. Some fantastic messages from Joe Richter of Hindsighless and Weal or Woe, Darren "Rfed" Green, James Done of Those Feckin' Books, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries, Jason Hobbs of Random Screed and Hobbs & Friends fame, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Thank you all. Get Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K Free Thrall Theme and Arneson by Timothy J. Drennon. Find him at https://www.pateon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:34
October 4, 2019
Arneson & Osseous (AAA) (episode 54)
The first day of Anchorites Appreciate Arneson Month and I've made a thing, a generic 2d6 rules-light system called Osseous (which I think I fail to mention in the actual episode).  Get Osseous - A 2D6 System at https://drive.google.com/file/d/12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K/view?usp=drivesdk Honourable mentions: Nate Treme of Highland Paranormal Society, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds and Viridian Scroll, Norbert Mataousch, James & Robyn George of Olde House Rules, Matt Jackson of MattRandom podcast, Colin"Spikepit" Green and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.  Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J. Drennon. Find him on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
13:26
October 1, 2019
Great Gonzo and Morality in Marvel Movies (episode 53)
I started talking and this came out. Largely unedited to give you an idea of how the magic happens, or doesn't happen, as the case may be. A bit about Thundarr the Barbarian, some stuff about Marvel movies, a slight return to controversy corner and shout out for The Psych Files podcast by Michael Britt, Ph.D. Thanks for call-ins from Ivy The Happy Whisk, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries, ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52), Colin "Spikepit" Green and Timothy J. Drennon. Also, big thanks to Joe Richter and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere for inspiring this episode. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J. Drennon. Find him on https://www.patreon.com/TJD Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
23:21
September 30, 2019
The Feedback Bumper Pack (episode 52)
Wow! So much great feedback. Special guest stars: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Jeff Collyer from Tome of All Dooms, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Winston Crutchfield of 5 Minutes of Prayer, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, ShandyAndy (B52), Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe and The Mysterious Brother Tyler of A 20sided Life. Thank you all. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Find him on www.Patreon.com/TJD Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
33:35
September 23, 2019
Nogs, Clangers & Saggy Cloth Cats (episode 51)
An Oliver Postgate special. Thanks to Colin "Spikepit" Green for his suggestion.  Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com 
11:46
September 19, 2019
Paradigm of Animals (episode 50)
Welcome to season two. Featuring my idea for a setting without humans, my thoughts no The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and a whole bunch of Colin "Spikepit" Green. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
24:41
September 14, 2019
Season One Finale: The Great British Goof-off
Apart from the top and tail, this is an episode constructed entirely of hand picked bits and bobbins from season one of Keep Off the Borderlands. This is just a bunch of stuff that I found entertaining, context be damned! You have been warned. Special guest stars: ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52), TJ Drennon of Melodorous Miasma Meltdown and Occult Orifice Outrage, Jeremy "frothsof" Smith of Thought Eater, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal of Woe, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere, Ivy of The Happy Whisk. Contact me on spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
29:07
September 7, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 31st "Last"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Lieren plus many thanks and congratulations to all involved and even my daughter chips in. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
12:36
August 31, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 30th "Connection"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). A bit about the wonders of the modern age and the similarity of some early RPG mechanics. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
06:27
August 30, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 29th "Evolve"
#RPGaDAY2019 - On the origin of s̶p̶e̶c̶i̶e̶s̶ RPGs. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
06:14
August 29, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 28th "Love"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Jason, TJ of Melodorous Miasma, ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) and Colin "Spikepit" Green. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
11:05
August 28, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 27th "Suspense"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Lieren and I talk cliffhangers. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
09:12
August 27, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 26th "Idea"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Jason, Joe Richter of Hindsightless, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) and Colin "Spikepit" Green. Thanks to Matt "Random" Jackson and Norbert Matausch, I actually have something to say this time.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
12:09
August 26, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 25th "Calamity"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Cody M of No Save for You and Joe Richter of Hindsightless. I can only apologise for today's episode. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:57
August 25, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 24th "Triumph"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Wherein I dispel the myth that I have any kind musical talent. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:24
August 24, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 23rd "Surprise"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Zero prep. Talk to find out.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:13
August 23, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 22nd "Lost"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Lieren. I talk about the TV show Lost and the merits of fan theory.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
07:07
August 22, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 21st "Vast"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Colin "Spikepit" Green and a wee ramble through a vast topic.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com  
06:17
August 21, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 20th "Noble"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Reading "High Folk" from Unlikely Heroes: A supplement for OSR games by Nordic Weasel Games.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com 
04:20
August 20, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 19th "Scary"
 #RPGaDAY2019 - My idea for a fear mechanic. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
05:22
August 19, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 18th "Plenty"
#RPGaDAY2019 - There's plenty to say about one page dungeons. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
06:58
August 18, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 17th "One"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Lieren. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
05:58
August 17, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 16th "Dream"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Joe of Hindsightless.  A  reading and a brief guest appearance.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
05:23
August 16, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 15th "Door"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from John Large of The Red Dice Diaries. When is a door not a door?   Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
08:15
August 15, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 14th "Guide"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Lieren and Che of Roleplay Rescue. A little ramble about rule books and who to follow.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com 
07:51
August 14, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 13th "Mystery"
 #RPGaDAY2019 - Awesome call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin "Spikepit" Green. Here's a little preview of my setting idea that, thanks to my lack of progress, may never see the light of day.   Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com 
07:00
August 13, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 12th "Friendship"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Lieren. I talk about the wonderful Anchorite community (eventually).   Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com 
08:41
August 12, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 11th "Examine"
 #RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. I talk about the fun of mystery solving.   Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.   Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com 
05:41
August 11, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 10th "Focus"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin "Spikepit" Green. I talk about my lack of focus.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
08:48
August 10, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 9th "Critical"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin "Spikepit" Green. I talk crit tables of Rolemaster and MERP.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
06:41
August 9, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 8th "Obscure"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings and a "brief" overview of Obscure Adventures by Richardo Esteves. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
10:42
August 8, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 7th "Familiar"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Lieren and the return of Paranoia.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
07:32
August 7, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 6th "Ancient"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Not feeling it but doing it anyway.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:52
August 6, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 5th "Space"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and me banging on about how great Alien is again!  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:57
August 5, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 4th "Share"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Oversharing, perhaps.  Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.  Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
03:26
August 4, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 3rd "Engage"
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Colin "Spikepit" Green. Special thanks to Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Lieren of Updated From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
08:14
August 3, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 2nd "Unique"
#RPGaDAY2019 - Paranoia and a little help from Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
06:13
August 2, 2019
RPGaDAY 2019 August 1st "First"
#RPGaDAY 2019 - I thought I'd give it a go. A Call-in from Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
04:11
August 1, 2019
That Solo Gaming List (episode 17)
That's right, it's the boring list I warned you about!
05:17
July 31, 2019
I Think We're Alone Now (episode 16)
I kick off responding to a call from Colin "Spikepit" Green regarding the d20 before getting onto the main topic of solo play. Inspired by last episode's call from John Large of The Red Dice Diaries, essentially, me speaking about Kenny Norris of  SoloRoleplayer.com and using Chris McDowall's Into the Odd with Tiny Solitary Soldiers Solo Engine from http://tinysolitarysoldiers.blogspot.com Honourable mentions: Jeremy "Frothsof" Smith of Thought Eater, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. Youtube Channels Ivanmike68, Gamer Geeks, Solo RPG Guy and Questing Beast. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
31:00
July 31, 2019
The Basics (episode 15)
A brief history of Basic Dungeons & Dragons. Featuring call-ins from Joe of Weal or Woe, RFED, Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere, Colin "Spikepit" Green, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Jeremy "FrothSof" Smith of Thought Eater and John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries. Honorary mention: ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure and Pete Jones of Dragons Are Real. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
26:23
July 28, 2019
Questions, Questions, Questions (episode 14)
Just some odds and ends I threw together. Basically, a veiled plea for feedback.  A call for recommendations of adventures for solo play, your thoughts on the d20 and what's your favourite version of Basic Dungeons & Dragons (including OD&D)?  Call-ins from RFED, John Large of Red Dice Diaries, ShandyAndy and Lieren from Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
24:16
July 25, 2019
Help! Help! I'm Being Repressed! (episode 13)
Theme by Melodorous Miasma. Call-ins from The Lone Star GM, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, John Alan Large from Red Dice Diaries, Joe of Weal or Woe, Colin "Spikepit" Green and Ivy The Happy Whisk. I talk about the recent Guardian article amongst of things. Honourable mentions; Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor, Mark Wallring of The Yawning Owlbear, Larry Hamilton of Follow Me, And Die!, Arlen Walker Live from Pellam's Wasteland, Norbert Matausch of Darkworm Colt and The GLOG by Arnold Kemp at Goblinpunch. And a little random Instant Game fun to finish.
39:01
July 17, 2019
Wellbeing with "Pipedream" (episode 12)
Some thoughts on Positive Psychology inspired by Che Webster's Roleplay Rescue Season 3 Episode 12: Being Top of Your Game.
06:19
July 14, 2019
Being and Time Bandits (episode 11)
Featuring call-ins from Frothsof of the Thought Eater podcast, Joe of Weal or Woe, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Ivy The Happy Whisk and Colin "Spikepit" Green.  A bit of a ramble about Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits and Brazil, Chris McDowall's Into the Odd, Dark City dir. by Alex Proyas, Blame! by Tsutomu Nihei, Blame! dir. by Hiroyuki Seshita, Blamecrawl on MeWe, Samwise Seven RPG (Samwise7RPG on YouTube), House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland and TJ of Melodorous Miasma Meltdown.
33:35
July 11, 2019
Call-ins, Call-ins, Call-ins and the Possibility of Play (episode 10)
Call-ins from Ivy The Happy Whisk, Joe of Weal or Woe, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue.  Dave Aldridge of dpercentile, Colin "Spikepit" Green and Frothsof the Thought Eater also get a mention. Plus special guest.  I also fail to adequately describe what a solo game engine is and embarrass myself by going on about Rupert the Bear again.  Email me: spencer.freethrall@gmail.com
22:44
June 29, 2019
"Mystery" Unboxing (episode 9)
Spoilers: It's Dan Sell's insanely delightful Troika! Numinous Edition.
10:50
June 26, 2019
What to Make of the Southern Reach Trilogy (episode 8)
So, this is where all the content's been hiding. Just look at these show notes! Featuring messages from Frank Turfler of Frank T's Liner Notes, Ivy the Happy Whisk, Colin Green of Spikepit, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Evil Jeff, Frothsof the Thought Eater and Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor.  I mention Ray Otus' PlunderGrounds episode 69 Prototyping and 41 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd, the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation dir. Alex Garland, Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Stalker dir. Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalker RPG by Ville Vuorela, Colour out of Space by H. P. Lovecraft, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, Che Webster's Roleplay Rescue GM's Journal #18, Paranoia 1st edition, The Thing dir. John Carpenter, Invasion of the Body Snatchers dir. Don Siegel, The Hanging Man by Philip K. Dick, In the Light of a Ghost Star by Nate Treme and Knave by Ben Milton... Phew!
30:47
June 24, 2019
Boundaries Minisode (episode 7)
Inspired by Lieren's Mental Health Thursday episode 44 of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere, I made some brief notes. To spare her a bunch of messages from me and risk turning her podcast into The Spencer Show, I thought I'd put them here.
05:43
June 22, 2019
The Pip System Dadcast (episode 6)
This is an overview of Third Eye Games' Pip System by Eloy Lasanta.
19:57
June 20, 2019
Movies Movies Movies (episode 5)
Call-ins, callbacks and top 5 movies.
21:22
June 14, 2019
Black Hack Black Box Unboxing (episode 4)
An audio unboxing of interest to nobody other than myself and I'm not even sure if I'd want to listen to it.
05:02
June 10, 2019
That Difficult Third Podcast (episode 3)
Yay, a little bit of gaming stuff. A bit about Necrotic Gnome's Old-School Essentials, Free League's Alien RPG and whole bunch of rambling about community.
16:48
June 10, 2019
Attack Of The Podcast (episode 2)
There's even some gaming stuff in this one... sort of.
12:32
June 6, 2019
A Wild Podcast Appears! (episode 1)
Episode one.  Session zero.   A trailer, a test and a little bit of background.
08:43
May 31, 2019