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Goblin’s Henchman

Goblin’s Henchman

By Goblin's Henchman
Random thoughts on RPGs

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84 - Large D6 dice pools | adding more swing with ‘harmonic’ equivalents
Blog link: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2021/02/20/large-d6-dice-pools-adding-more-swing-with-harmonic-equivalents/
09:48
February 20, 2021
83a - DVD watch list (people asked)
Follow on from episode 83
03:34
February 20, 2021
83 - Sorceress | seeing double
LInk: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L3p_wQWI_uc
15:22
February 18, 2021
82 - Planar Compass 2 | Last 48 hrs on Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/planarcompass/planar-compass-issue-2
01:15
February 13, 2021
81 - Maverick players | get with the program?
As per title
17:43
February 1, 2021
80 - Planar Compass Issue 2 | Zine Quest 3 collaboration
Exciting news - I’m collaborating on the next issue of Planar Compass (AKA Dream Haven) for Zine Quest 3 launched on Kickstarter in early February.  I'll be making a Hex Flower for Astral navigation and a Hex Flower for a living dungeon. :: Get notification of the launch of the KickStarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/planarcompass/planar-compass-issue-2 :: A review of Issue 1 of Planar Compass on Questing Beast can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PJe3-qAElU :O) 
04:08
January 25, 2021
79 - V 80’s TV show
Thoughts on watching 1980’s TV series “ V “
09:55
January 23, 2021
Do you run a School RPG club?
03:25
January 13, 2021
78 - Blake’s 7 (redacted)
Watched the 4 series of Blake’s 7 (70-80s UK TV Sci-fi drama) - some of my thoughts
17:55
January 8, 2021
77 - Side doubles (and a whinge)
Blog post: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com
15:43
December 31, 2020
75 - Grimbo Grotto | farcical horror Christmas one-shot themed adventure
As per title. Link: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2020/12/16/grimbo-grotto-christmas-farcical-horror-adventure/
02:01
December 19, 2020
74 - Simple-ish 2D6 Chase Mechanic
As per title - link to blog to follow
09:19
December 1, 2020
73 - Out of the Hive (Carapace Actual Play) | Some Strong language
Out of the Hive (Carapace Actual Play) | Some Strong language. Follows on from Episode 69
02:20:09
November 26, 2020
71 - Neverland RPG setting + Carapace + PARIAH
Where I talk about getting a physical copy of 'Carapace' out there. In the process touch on Neverland RPG setting book (Andrew Kolb) + Pariah (Sofinho) Discussion file  :: Link to 'Darker Side of Tnat'naig': https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uuy6Sl4DQ7cAOBc3LLNYpSsNqqweo47L/view?usp=sharing Some links:  :: Carapace: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/261079/Carapace :: Pariah: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/311826/PARIAH-Volume-1 :: Neverland (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neverland-Fantasy-Role-Playing-Andrew-Kolb/dp/1524860204 :: Neverland (USA): https://www.amazon.com/Neverland-Fantasy-Role-Playing-Andrew-Kolb/dp/1524860204/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=neverland+rpg&qid=1605459492&sr=8-1
16:01
November 15, 2020
70 - Ford’s Faeries | Reading 4 (Regängleppod)
Regängleppod from Ford’s Faeries - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2583948.
05:41
November 14, 2020
69 - 'Lighting the Cheroot' | actual play ... basically a fight between PCs and giant ants (** Warning - some strong language**)
69 - 'Lighting the Cheroot' | Carapace actual play ... basically a fight between PCs and giant ants (** Warning - some strong language**). History The session prior to this one is covered in Episode 61 (https://anchor.fm/ghench/episodes/61---Carapace-actual-play-ejd160) and on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Z_ArIea9k&list=PLyeGjc78ASuJFRj3uRCKFP3YZ9FKCXoEC) and covers exploring the giant colony using a Hex Flower Game Engine. The session ended when the PCs found the Queen ant! This episode Covers the ensuing fight, and so has no mechanistic meat. But still, it's a fight right? Did the PCs prevail?
01:56:24
November 12, 2020
68 - Just me?
Just me?
00:08
November 7, 2020
67 - Some map thoughts
3D maps in 2D; player maps. Inspirational note that spawned this thought: https://discourse.osrrpg.com/t/four-dimensional-hexcrawling-through-abyss-and-space/925
09:15
November 7, 2020
66(6?) - Back up your files NOW!
Strong Language Warning - bit of a life update
11:19
November 1, 2020
65 - Jason (Content Warning: Men in Mini-skirts)
CBA - click bait alert.
06:22
October 30, 2020
64 - Been there and back again - reading to Henchlings
Does reading out loud change the way you ‘see’ the text?
09:52
October 24, 2020
63 - Brown/Cave Elves
Back in the day, I wrote an article for '& Magazine' in response to a question on G+ about "making half-elves more interesting".  I'm not sure I'd present this idea this way these days, but here it is if you want to know more:  Link: http://www.and-mag.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/and-mag-i13.pdf  PS - In my eyes D&D is an escapist game, not the real-world. In 'Star Wars', 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' and 'Where Eagles Dare' the baddies are baddies, innately bad, and we don't question it (because it would spoil the escapism fun of it all). 
10:46
October 21, 2020
62 - Part finished mini-setting
Link to G drive folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1UqWQTykqOIPSBbljRsMJX7j8P8XqUvGv?usp=sharing
06:39
October 11, 2020
61 - 'Carapace' actual play
I'm experimenting with playing online. This is a play test of my procedural adventure 'Carapace'. It's not the only way to do it. My friend and play tester used 6 pre-gens from the module Tomb of the Lizard King. I wanted fairly high level characters for this play test to ensure that we got to test as much out as possible.  :: A video of this play test with slides can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Z_ArIea9k  :: Carapace procedural module:   https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/261079/Carapace  :: Background - Hex Flower Cookbook:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/295083/Hex-Flower-Cookbook--an-overview-and-some-thoughts-on-Hex-Flower-Game-Engines-by-Goblins-Henchman :: My Blog:  https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com
01:58:36
September 10, 2020
60 - Consequences swampsequences | help asked for
Link to "Session Zero - 'Consequences-Style’ Background Builder" (PDF and MS Word): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/289006 Email to: goblinshenchman AT gmail dot com
04:38
September 6, 2020
59 - Ford’s Faeries | Reading 3 (Chambri)
Chambri from Ford’s Faeries - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/2583948.
05:25
September 1, 2020
58 - Caterpillar method for PC stat generation.
Blog link: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2020/08/15/caterpillar-method-for-character-stat-generation/
08:04
August 15, 2020
57 - Other world immersion | x 3 weak sauce
Just X 3 ideas, that rose to top of the writhing mass of thoughts fighting for my RPG attention span - no great ideas, but I figure you might find them interesting, or it might just confirm that you’re already onto the best way forward
12:14
July 24, 2020
56 - See you on the flip side
Taking a social media break. Nothing terrible had happened. My 2020 One Page Dungeon Contest submission link: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2020/07/05/rubiks-cube-random-dungeon-one-page-dungeon-contest-2020/
01:33
July 6, 2020
55 - Use by dates for Wizz-Bangs
Just an idea to get players to use temporary magic items
02:09
July 3, 2020
54 - Mythic Emulator Emulator (hexflower)
Barry of the Shadow of the GM podcast recently used my Hex Flower based Mythic emulator emulator - so I thought I might talk about it. Link to follow. Link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/293661
10:25
July 2, 2020
53 - Past Forward Setting
Inspired by recent Purple Worm podcast - using your past to make a modern setting
10:09
June 30, 2020
52 - Can you stand the punishment ??
Callins from Barney, Rob C and Spencer on ideas for rebranding my podcast
05:28
June 30, 2020
51 - To One Page Dungeon Contest, or not to OPDC?
Talking myself into it ... again
05:57
June 27, 2020
50 - 3 Wonky RPG thoughts
Just some thoughts
06:16
June 25, 2020
49 - Branding’s the thing
49’s nearly 50 - do I need to rebrand?
01:40
June 13, 2020
48 - PC background is player railroad?
Just a thought
01:18
June 11, 2020
47 - Veins of the Earth Excel Widget
Just mentioning I’ve uploaded a video to my YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/goblinshenchman
02:19
June 11, 2020
46 - Hex Flower input please !
Just asking for ideas for a Hex Flower - a space jaunt and/or Madmax like road trip
11:23
May 31, 2020
45 - ItHotDnD now on DriveThru as PWYW
In the Heart of the Delve and Dangerous is now on drive through (link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/314715/In-the-Heart-of-the-Delve--Dangerous--Procedural-Network-Dungeon-Crawling-Engine).
03:47
May 23, 2020
44 - In the Heart of the Deep & Dark & Dangerous - PLAY TEST file
Hi all  I'm just interested in getting some feedback about my a procedural dungeon generator based on a Hex Flower Game Engine. I'm not gonna say much as I'd rather see what you think ..  Links:  :: 200519 - ItHotDnDnD (main document) https://goblinshenchman.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/200519-ithotdndnd.pdf :: Optional Chamber Dressing ItHotDnDnD (optional 'dungeon dressing')  https://goblinshenchman.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/200519-optional-chamber-dressing-ithotdndnd-1.pdf
01:51
May 19, 2020
43 - Keeping ideas
Do you keep a record of ideas?
01:31
May 16, 2020
42 - Word up - words in game design
As per title
08:42
May 12, 2020
41 - Patreon, you’re NOT doing it wrong
Just my person philosophy on patreon. This is NOT saying anyone who does or thinks differently is wrong.
08:36
May 10, 2020
40 - Reflections of a first time Kickstarter
Hot take on my Kickstarter experiment - Face Folio
14:04
May 5, 2020
39 - Measuring up - don’t
Just something on my mind
04:52
May 2, 2020
38 - Presenting/organising adventure information in a super compact fashion using MS Excel
Describe how to use Excel as a RPG adventure tool. Link to demo video: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyeGjc78ASuIu-pmyk_kpforB7vZA3gPY
10:19
April 25, 2020
37 - Anchor & Pearls of Wisdom
37 - Anchor - it’s a way of life ...
01:51
April 24, 2020
36 - Flip the Table; random tables & faction tracking
Just elaborating on a recent blog post
05:15
April 20, 2020
35 - Mad (magazine) map adventures
I think everyone probably remember MAD Magazine, and in particular the inside back cover, which often had a picture which would fold-in to form a new unexpected picture. I talk about how to use this concept in gaming, especially used on a sea adventure ... --- related stuff ---  Related Goblin's Henchman's Mad Map blog post:  https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/tuesday-toot-mad-magazine-map-musings/ Riddling Reaver, Voyage of the Enigma (Purple Worm padcast) https://anchor.fm/purple-worm/episodes/Riddling-Reaver--Voyage-of-the-Enigma-eadqmt
04:50
April 18, 2020
34 - Scenic Dunnsmouth by LotFP ; a mini review and some learning points
Mini review of Scenic Dunnsmouth by LotFP and some learning points
08:47
April 15, 2020
33 - Art in RPGs episode revisited
Adding some shade to the last episode
06:48
April 14, 2020
32 - Ford’s Faeries | Reading 2
Just reading another monster from Ford’s Faeries
06:43
April 12, 2020
31 - Graveyards & Art
Taking a constitutional and a ramble on art/visuals in RPGs
12:10
April 10, 2020
30 - Ford’s Faeries & Brevity
Talk about the power of brevity again with a reading from Ford’s Faeries ...
13:13
April 9, 2020
29 - Creativity & Corona
Just stream of consciousness stuff
04:27
April 5, 2020
28 - Raincast redux (spoof/silly) | Content Warning: coronavirus mentioned
Raincast redux (spoof/silly) | Content Warning: coronavirus mentioned  An attempt at some lighthearted tomfoolery where I play with Spencer's (Free Thrall; Keep off the Borderlands podcast) episode The Raincast (A Malodorous Borderlands Joint), where TJ Drennan rings in with a series of questions for Spencer. Original untampered episode here: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/episodes/The-Raincast-A-Malodorous-Borderlands-Joint-eb0f94
16:43
April 3, 2020
27 - Audio Dungeon | Part 3 - Locations 21 to 30
Audio Dungeon | Part 3 (Locations 21 to 30) Contributions in order: :: Location 21 -  Goblin's Henchman (prompt by Michael below) :: Locations 22-30 Michael (SOS Rope) from 'The Noble Art of Running Away' podcast (https://anchor.fm/sos-rope).   Big thanks Michael for making this randomly generated (3D12) Audio Dungeon!
15:20
April 2, 2020
26 - Sniff the Cork (not RPG related)
Not RPG related  Strong language content This episode may not stay up for very long 
17:13
March 15, 2020
25 - Simple Excel Mapper
My Simple Excel Mapper has gone copper best seller on DriveThruRPG. Link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/282764
05:16
March 11, 2020
24 - You sank my Battle Dungeon
Talk about making a 2D point crawl (grid crawl) using the classic Battleships game. Link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/284658
08:47
March 7, 2020
23 - Audio Dungeon | Part 2 - Locations 11 to 20
Audio Dungeon | Part 2 (Locations 11 to 20) Contributions in order: :: Location 11 -  Barney (Loco Ludos) :: Location 12-  Jason (Nerd's RPG Variety Cast) :: Location 13 -  Jason (Nerd's RPG Variety Cast) :: Location 14 -  Julz (Jewels from NZ) :: Location 15  -  Jason (Nerd's RPG Variety Cast) :: Location 16 -  Lieren (Updates from the Middle of Nowhere) :: Location 17 -  Spenser (Keep off the Borderlands) :: Location 18 -  Spenser (Keep off the Borderlands) :: Location 19 -  John Allen Large (Red Dice Diaries) :: Location 20 -   Joe (Hindsightless) Haiku entry  :: Location 10 - Goblin's Henchman Thanks for everyone who made a submission! 
15:08
March 5, 2020
22 - Face Folio - 35 hrs to go | 100+ Backers
Face Folio - 35 hrs to go | 100+ Backers. Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/344642534/face-folio
05:17
March 2, 2020
21 - Actual Play - Purple Worm Podcast
Imagine the Henchman, in their grotto, threadbare slippers on, cup of coco (no marshmallows on top) in hand, log on the fire, kicking back to listen to the Purple Worm Podcast, when this .... [content warning]. Also check out Face Folio (4 days left) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/344642534/face-folio
02:23
February 28, 2020
20 - Mind the gap; or Swing is the D-thing ...
Let’s talk 2-12: 2D6, D8+D4 or D10+D2. Face Folio link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/344642534/face-folio
06:54
February 27, 2020
19 - Do not bend - envelope gate solved !!
Face Folio link - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/344642534/face-folio
03:09
February 26, 2020
18 - S.M.A.R.T. 1D6 rules light RPG system
In episode 1 I hinted at using the 1e Surprise Rule as the basis for a whole RPG system ... well this is it ! PDF Available on my blog ... ***ADDENDUM*** at end clarifies some rules aspects
17:16
February 22, 2020
17 - Face Folio for ZineQuest2 is LIVE !!
Face Folio - link to Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/344642534/face-folio
02:27
February 19, 2020
16 - Audio Dungeon | Part 1 - Locations 1 to 10
Audio Dungeon | Part 1 (Locations 1 to 10) Contributions in order: :: Location 1 -  Joe (Hindsightless) Haiku entry  :: Location 2-  Joe (Hindsightless) :: Location 3 -  ShandyAndy (Unguarded treasure (B52)) :: Location 4  -  Lonely Adventurer (Camping with Owlbears) :: Location 5 -  Joe (Hindsightless) Haiku entry  :: Location 6 -  Barry (Shadow of the GM) :: Location 7 -  Colin Green (Spikepit RPG Podcast) :: Location 8 -  Barney (Loco Ludus) :: Location 9 -   Joe (Hindsightless) Haiku entry  Location 10 - Goblin's Henchman Thanks for everyone who made a submission! New or done one before, please send more in!  Bonus points for Haikus
13:19
February 16, 2020
15 - Face Folio | Zine Quest 2 update
Link https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/face-folio-for-zine-quest2-100-fantasy-portraits-for-tabletop-role-playing-games/
02:39
February 14, 2020
14 - Zine Quest 2 | Face Folio
I discuss my idea to launch a Kickstart for Zine Quest 2 called ‘Face Folio!
06:06
February 12, 2020
12b - Die From Two Dice (back to the blog episode)
Back to the Blog episode - where I look back at one of my previous blog post, ... BUT in this case presented in audio format. In this episode I look back at a post I did about making any composite die from two dice. Link: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/die-from-two-dice/
10:40
February 10, 2020
12 - Audio Dungeon | not that one
Had this idea for a crowd-sourced audio dungeon. The idea bring people leave a message which are 1 minute or shorter detailing a room, location, corridor, fresco etc. In a fantasy dungeon. It might be helpful to think of such message as audible “box text”. I might keep this as a living document, updating it as messages come in. Sending a message means that you accept that the content is Creative Commons.
04:44
February 6, 2020
11 - Haiku Dungeon
Random idea, possibly steering into the pretentious - is it possible to make Haiku dungeon - possibly collaborative, possibly retro-haikuing a classic module ... ?
01:60
February 6, 2020
10 - Three ideas: two older; one new
Just rambling about three ideas :: Excel mapping :: UNO cards as a Star Trek initiate system :: Player input location prompts
10:24
February 2, 2020
9 - Want a free hardcopy of Carapace (Zine)?
Want a free hardcopy of Carapace (Zine)? Email me your postal address to goblinshenchman@gmail.com
01:59
January 27, 2020
8 - Consequences in RPGs; no I mean the game
You must remember the parlour game “Consequences”. Well I thought it might be fun to use this format as a ‘Session 0’ PC background builder. Bit like a random table but where people are the dice. See https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/289006/Session-Zero--ConsequencesStyle-Background-Builder
06:47
January 26, 2020
7 - Helmets & Halberds
A podcast recommendation for old school rule minimalists. I don’t think Alex Schroeder is on Anchor but his podcast is out there ... I found via my Apple app. https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/Halberds_and_Helmets
04:35
January 25, 2020
6 - Puzzle
Puzzle for you. Solution on my blog. www.goblinshenchman@wordpress.com
02:01
January 23, 2020
5 - OSR and me ...
Where I talk about the what the OSR means to me. I have a blog www.goblinshenchman@wordpress.com
12:02
January 12, 2020
4 - Anchor and ideas
Why I like Anchor and ideas. I have a blog: www.goblinshenchman@gmail.com
07:53
January 11, 2020
3 - Power of Brevity
Why I think brevity is powerful in RPGs. Link to ‘Ford’s Faeries’ as mentioned in the episode: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/258394
07:01
December 28, 2019
2 - Rules Light vs Rules EZ
Just a thought
04:33
December 23, 2019
1 - 1e Surprise rules as a combat system
I listen to ChgWiz’s (Michael Shorten’s) The Dungeon Master’s Handbook podcast about 1e ‘surprise’ and wondered if it could be converted into a simple combat system or used for anything else ... I also have a blog: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com
05:54
December 18, 2019