Keep off the Borderlands

Keep off the Borderlands

By Free Thrall
Welcome to Keep off the Borderlands. A podcast about not playing RPGs, where amazing things may or may not happen.

Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @FreeThrall
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Let Me Clear My Throat (OSR call and response)
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?
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
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
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
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
20:53
December 18, 2019
Catch Up as Catch Up Can
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
30:43
December 15, 2019
Emergent Complexity
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!
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!
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
14:56
November 27, 2019
Fear and Trembling
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
17:08
November 25, 2019
Revenge of the Nerd's
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
22:19
November 23, 2019
ICRPG Xeno Dead Zone - Another Bug Hunt
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
17:48
November 20, 2019
Halfway to Highmire
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
20:08
November 17, 2019
Jason and the After Thoughts
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
20:11
November 14, 2019
The Arena of the Unwell
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
25:06
November 12, 2019
Jason Takes the Podcast
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
14:06
October 30, 2019
Unsung Heroes (AAA)
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
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)
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
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
17:33
October 13, 2019
Risus & RoleGate (AAA)
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
22:56
October 11, 2019
Ironing Out Osseous (AAA)
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
24:22
October 9, 2019
Gratuitous Osseous (AAA)
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)
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)
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
13:25
October 1, 2019
Great Gonzo and Morality in Marvel Movies
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
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
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 
11:45
September 19, 2019
Paradigm of Animals
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
06:26
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
06:13
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
11:04
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
12:08
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
04:56
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  
06:16
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
05:21
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 "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
05:57
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
05:22
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
08:14
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 
07:50
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 
08:40
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 
05:40
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
06:40
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
10:41
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
08:13
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
06:12
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
04:10
August 1, 2019
Bonus Solo Gaming List
That's right, it's the boring list I warned you about!
05:17
July 31, 2019
I Think We're Alone Now
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
30:53
July 31, 2019
The Basics
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
26:22
July 28, 2019
Questions, Questions, Questions
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!
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
Bonus Wellbeing Minisode
Some thoughts on Positive Psychology inspired by Che Webster's Roleplay Rescue Season 3 Episode 12: Being Top of Your Game.
06:18
July 14, 2019
Being and Time Bandits
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
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
22:43
June 29, 2019
Bonus "Mystery" Unboxing
Spoilers: It's Dan Sell's insanely delightful Troika! Numinous Edition.
10:49
June 26, 2019
What to Make of the Southern Reach Trilogy
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
Bonus Boundaries Minisode
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
This is an overview of Third Eye Games' Pip System by Eloy Lasanta.
19:57
June 18, 2019
Movies Movies Movies
Call-ins, callbacks and top 5 movies.
21:22
June 14, 2019
Bonus Black Hack Black Box Unboxing
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
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.
16:47
June 10, 2019
Attack Of The Podcast
There's even some gaming stuff in this one... sort of.
12:32
June 6, 2019
A Wild Podcast Appears!
Episode one.  Session zero.   A trailer, a test and a little bit of background.
08:43
May 31, 2019