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Shadow of the GM

Shadow of the GM

By Barry Dewey-Robertson
The musings of GMsShadow on all things TTRPG!

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Bonus Call in Extravaganza!
What do you mean this episode is long just because I've not published calls for over 6 months! Rude.. oh wait. The many call ins today are from Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Karl Rodriguez of the GMologist Presents and Kevin of the Redcaps Podcast. Please check out their shows for more great content. To leave a message on SpeakPipe, please use the link below: https://www.speakpipe.com/gmsshadow I'm also on Twitter: @GMsShadow Email: gmsshadow@hotmail.com And you can always try Anchor at: https://www.anchor.fm/gmsshadow
46:41
September 23, 2022
S2E23: The Fantasy Trip - Melee playthrough
Spurred on by an episode of The Red Caps Podcast I finally decided to have a bit of a solo play using The Fantasy Trip: Melee rules.  The Fantasy Trip: Melee by Steve Jackson Games, available in print and as a free PDF here: http://www.warehouse23.com/products/the-fantasy-trip-melee-pdf Virtual Tabletop was Foundry VTT using the GURPS Game Aid and custom form fillable PDFs Accessed using the PDF Foundry (now deprecated) module for Foundry. If you want to know how I linked the sheets, ask me how, but maybe wait until after Foundry V10 is out with the new PDF viewer!  If you don't want to use Anchor to leave a message, I also have a SpeakPipe account here:  https://www.speakpipe.com/gmsshadow The Red Caps Podcast can be found here: https://www.theredcaps.net/ My original blog post can be found here: https://gmsshadow.wordpress.com/2022/09/14/the-fantasy-trip-melee-playthrough/
24:20
September 16, 2022
S2E22: Campaign Design
In this episode I discuss how I plan (or to some degree don't plan) my GURPS Campaigns. Unlike my episode on Prime Directive this relates to longer running campaigns and how I run them as open worlds. To leave a voice message please use SpeakPipe where you can leave up to an 90 second audio clip: https://www.speakpipe.com/gmsshadow Or you can email me at gmsshadow@hotmail.com
14:38
August 30, 2022
S2E21: Why I don't like Game Systems I should like...
This episode is inspired by a reply to a comment I made on Twitter. So let me ramble on slightly about game systems I like... but also, that I don't like. Please be warned, this episode does maybe ramble on a bit, but hopefully there's something thought provoking in there as well!
20:11
August 15, 2022
S2E20: Running GURPS Episodic Adventures
In this very short episode I discuss how I built my GURPS Prime Directive episodic adventures. This episode is brought to you at the request of Luke of the EasyGURPS podcast, so please go and check him out.
14:02
January 13, 2022
S2E19: GURPS Bestiary KS - Interview with Douglas Cole
Do you want a professional Fantasy Bestiary and Enemies book for GURPS? Well look no further than this fully licensed offering by Gaming Ballistic. The Nordlondr Bestiary may be steeped in Nordlond lore but it is so much more than that as Doug and I explore during this interview. If you want to see what we're talking about please jump to the Kickstarter or you can check out the Reddit post below: Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamingballistic/nordlond-bestiary-and-enemies-book Recent Reddit Post: https://www.reddit.com/r/gurps/comments/r6ro9l/the_nordlond_bestiary_campaign_ends_december_7/
54:27
December 02, 2021
S2E18: Interview with Christopher R Rice
In this special episode I have a special interview with Christopher R Rice of the Ravens N' Pennies blog and Patreon. We discuss all things GURPS including but not limited to, how he got into gaming and GURPS, Ritual Path Magic, Supers Campaigns and GURPS Realms Management. If you've ever thought about playing GURPS but felt it was too complicated, you really need to listen to this episode! Ravens N' Pennies Blog: https://www.ravensnpennies.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Ravenpenny
01:11:33
November 26, 2021
Season 2 Bonus Call-in Episode 2
In this episode I respond to a backlog of call ins regarding Railroading, Episodic Adventures and a bevvy regarding levelling characters in RPGs. Those calling in today include Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue Podcast, Karl Rodriguez of the GMologist Presents, Free Thrall (Spencer) of Keep Off the Borderlands, Joe Richter of the Hindsightless podcast, Daniel Norton of Bandits Keep, Luke of the EasyGURPS podcast and finally to Rob aka Menion from Confessions of a Wee Timrous Bushi. Thank you all for making this such an awesome bumper episode! RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
58:49
October 21, 2021
S2E17: Character Advancement/Development
This episode has been spurred on from a couple of experiences with games I have been playing in, and it got me to pondering about why we play, and what we expect from our games... RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
13:24
October 11, 2021
S2E16: Interview with Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic
In this episode I speak to Doug Cole of Gaming Ballistic about his Nordlond setting, Fantastic Dungeon Grappling and some of GBs products for The Fantasy Trip including their newest product, Tower of the Moon. Gaming Ballistic: gamingballistic.com  GB Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GamingBallistic  Tower of the Moon: https://towerofthemoon.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
01:03:59
September 12, 2021
S2E15: Railroads
In this episode I talk about railroading in RPGs. Is it always as bad as you think? Then I have a call in from Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast where we do a final (hopefully) discussion around generic systems. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
31:40
August 16, 2021
S2E14: GURPS Recaps - Prime Directive and After the End
In this episode I recap two of the GURPS games I have been running recently. As a bonus we have some good call ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Henry Grady of the GURPStreaming Actual Play Podcast. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
38:45
August 09, 2021
Season 2 Bonus GURPS Call-in Episode 1
Today's episode consists of call ins relating to my GURPS thought experiment episode. It brought in quite a bit of interest from some so I wanted to share that in a dedicated episode. Call ins today are from Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPGs Variety Cast, Karl Rodriguez of the GMologist Presents podcast and Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue podcast. Thanks also go to Joshua for his email to discuss ranged combat in GURPS. RSS:  https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
41:20
July 19, 2021
S2E13: A GURPS Thought Experiment (or should you own lots of systems?)
Today I'm going to start, restart?, the debate on if you should stick to one system and adapt it for specific genre's, or learn multiple systems. I will give my view, but as always I can argue both sides! RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
27:22
July 05, 2021
S2E12: June GURPS and Others Gaming Recap
This is a catch up episode for various call ins I received plus a recap of the various games I have been running/playing in (mostly GURPS related). Call ins today from Jason of Nerds RPG variety cast and Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue Podcast. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
35:59
July 01, 2021
S2E11: GURPS Delvers to Grow
In this episode I talk about the Kickstarter for Delvers to Grow, published by Gaming Ballistic and written by Kevin Smyth. This product is aimed at GURPS Dungeon Fantasy but can easily be used with GURPS fantasy and may be the answer we've all been looking for when it comes to GURPS character creation. Make sure you check it out and back it!! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamingballistic/delvers-to-grow-dungeon-fantasy-rpg-powered-by-gurps
21:46
May 21, 2021
S2E10: Mastering the Roles
In this epsiode I respond to some call-ins from Luke of the Easy GURPS podcast, Joe from Biggus Geekus and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. I then discuss my plans to get back to some good old ICE gaming by starting up a new Spacemaster/Rolemaster game. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
16:30
May 05, 2021
S2E9: GURPS Fantasy and Solo Play
In this episode I respond to call ins from Darren Green (RFED) and a new listener, LK, from the EasyGURPS podcast here on Anchor. LK has a GURPS project called Randos2Heroes which you should all also check out. I then go on to discuss my two GURPS Fantasy games and consider if I should do a GURPS actual(solo?) play podcast. Blame LK. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
22:46
April 20, 2021
S2E8: Role vs Roll and more GURPS After the End
In this episode I respond to a call in by Daniel from Bandits Keep relating to VTT maps and Minis vs Theatre of the Mind. I then go on to discuss my most recent GURPS After the End game, and discuss the complexities of roll vs role in RPGs. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
17:10
April 15, 2021
S2E7: GURPS After the End and Move and Attack
In this episode I respond to call ins from Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and from Joe Richter of the Hindsightless podcast. I then go on to discuss my up coming GURPS After the End game that I will be playing with Jason and some others, plus more on the Move and Attack manoeuvre based on Jason's feedback... Enjoy! RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
27:20
April 06, 2021
S2E6: OSE massacre
In this epsiode I respond to a call in from Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast, then talk about my last session in Rob aka Menion's OSE game. Many people died... well, three anyway. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
22:09
March 23, 2021
S2E5: Playing GURPS wrong!
In this epsiode I respond to call ins around a possible GURPS Prime Directive Game. I then go on to round up my current GURPS games and future plans, plus talk about how I've been playing the game wrong all these months! Who knew. My thanks go to Che Webster from the Roleplay Rescue podcast and Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast for contributing too and inspiring this episode. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
22:14
March 10, 2021
E2E4: More VsD and PF2
In this episode I mostly respond to call ins regarding the two most recent games I have played in, Against the Darkmaster and Pathfinder 2. Contributions to this show come from Jason Connerly of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of the Hindsightless and Weal or Woe podcasts and Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue Podcast. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
25:40
March 09, 2021
S2E3: Thoughts on Pathfinder 2e
Thank you to Joe Richter of the Hidsightless podcast and Henry Grady of the Generally Unappealing Regular People Streaming podcast for the birthday wishes. In this episode I respond to call ins from Joe and Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast about Against the Darkmaster and a bit about GURPS. Then I go on to ramble a bit about Pathfinder 2nd Edition which I have been fortunate enough to play thanks to Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue Podcast. Shall I do my usual two sided review of Pathfinder 2e after this... maybe? RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
34:02
February 23, 2021
S2E2: GURPS Prime Directive
Today I do a quick summary of the Prime Directive (Powered by GURPS) Revised 2020 Edition by Amarillo Design Bureau Inc. I love the setting of the Star Fleet Universe (this isn't Star Trek as such) so hold on to your seats and prepare to go to warp... engage! RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
14:53
February 05, 2021
Season 2 Episode 1: More on Against the Darkmaster
In this episode I mostly respond to a couple of Call Ins from Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety cast, as well pick up a couple of my own errors or omissions when I discussed character creation in Against the Darkmaster. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
15:22
February 02, 2021
Episode 52: Year of Podcasting and Against the Darkmaster
In this episode I respond to some call ins and discuss character creation in Against the Darkmaster! Call ins this week are from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe of the Hindsightless podcast and Menion (aka Rob) of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
31:52
January 27, 2021
Episode 51: Cypher System Perspective
In this episode I discuss the Cypher system by Monte Cook Games. Is this the system for all your generic gaming needs, or is it a pile of drivel that should go straight in the bin... lets find out! RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
15:58
January 05, 2021
Episode 50: GURPS Fantasy and Foundry VTT
In this episode I respond to call ins from Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue podcast. I then go on to give a recap on the first session of my GURPS Dungeon (sort of) Fantasy Game as well as my thoughts on Foundry VTT with my current GURPS game module developed by Chris Normand. If you're interested in the GURPS module it can be found on Github at the following address: https://github.com/crnormand/gurps I suggest you check it out as well as Chris's videos on how to use it. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
26:08
December 15, 2020
Episode 49: GURPS Dungeon Fantasy and Space Prep
In this episode I discuss my prep work for my GURPS DF voice game on Foundry VTT as well as my prep work for mu GURPS Space Play-by-Post game. I also have a short segment at the end where I discuss the merits of using GURPS community resources that are out there. They will make your GMing life so much easier. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
21:35
December 08, 2020
Episode 48: GURPS a Focus on Complimentary Skills
In today's episode I respond to call ins from Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue Podcast, Henry Grady of the Generally Unappealing Regular People Streaming (GURPS - not a coincidence), and Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast. Then I go on to discuss the optional rules around complimentary skills and working as a team from various GURPS source books. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
26:41
December 02, 2020
Episode 47: The Fantasy Trip vs GURPS
After a bit of a delay I finally have another episode. Today I discuss my thoughts on two Steve Jackson Games, The Fantasy Trip and GURPS. Specifically around playing fanatsy with them and how that seems to 'feel'. I also have call ins from Joe Richter of the Hindsightless and Weal or Woe podcasts and Jason Connerly of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast podcast. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
33:23
November 24, 2020
Episode 46: GURPS Horror One-Shot
Today I respond to a call in from Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue pocast and call about the subject of that call in, my GURPS Horror game we ran in honor of Halloween.  RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
18:06
October 30, 2020
Episode 45: MERP 2e After Action and Thoughts
My response to  call in from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast and my brief thoughts on the latest MERP game I ran for Jason and Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. Oh, and a last minute entry from Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam's Wasteland. Thank you for a stimulating question. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
31:02
October 26, 2020
Episode 44: GURPS Family Game and Call Ins
Today I respond to some calls from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast as well as discuss more GURPS gaming with the Children. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
18:56
October 23, 2020
Episode 43: Running MERP and ICE Red Box
In this episode I talk about running the Middle-Earth Role-playing game with Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Rob (Menion) from Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi. Also, a little bit about a possible side project we are considering based on it - while attempting not to violate any copyright laws. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
12:09
October 20, 2020
Episode 42: Playing GURPS with the Kids.
In this episode I respond to call ins from Dave Aldridge of Dpercentile and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue as well as a quick chat about running GURPS for my children. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
35:34
October 06, 2020
Episode 41: GURPS Caravan to Ein Arris pt 4 (combat and stuff)
In this episode I continue my coverage of our GURPS game talking about messing up the adventure without (hopefully) anyone noticing, and discuss how the flow of combat in the game. The intro music for this episode was composed and performed by TJ Drennon who deserves my special thanks for his work. Please find and support this awesome dude on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/TJD RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
12:53
September 29, 2020
Episode 40: GURPS 4e - A Focus on Intoxiation (or lets get drunk with GURPS)
In today's episode we take a quick look at the intoxication rules in GURPS. Maybe not something you'd use very often, but still lots of fun. Special thanks to Julz from the Jewels from NZ podcast for inspiring this episode with her alcoholic character. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
08:19
September 23, 2020
Episode 39: Lots of GURPS and some VTTs
In today's episode I catch up with my GURPS game news, discuss some of the features I'm using to make my life easier and do a quick overview of the VTTs I'm using and looking into. My thanks to Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Julz of Jewels from NZ and Safer of Safer Fantasy Crafting for their call in's and continued support. You are the best and I love you all. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
24:17
September 15, 2020
RPG a Day 31: Experience
What an experience. Think about the gaming experience for you and your players.
01:43
August 31, 2020
RPG a Day 30: Portal
Day 30, let's take a portal to the End.
00:53
August 30, 2020
RPG a Day 29: Ride
The end in sight, let's ride!
00:51
August 30, 2020
RPG a Day 28: Close
Better late than never, let's talk closure
00:42
August 30, 2020
RPG a Day 27: Favour
Let's talk about playing favourites.
00:50
August 27, 2020
RPG a Day 26: Strange
A day late but have day 26, how strange
00:50
August 27, 2020
RPGa Day 25: Lever
Day 25 and let's start pulling all those levers.
00:43
August 25, 2020
RPG a Day 24: Humour
Are you having a laugh. Day 24 and let's talk about humour... er... again as it happens.
00:48
August 24, 2020
RPG a Day 23: Edge
Day 23, let's get edgy.
00:48
August 23, 2020
RPG a Day 22: Rare
A podcast from me? Such a rare find. . Well, not so much when it's day 22 of the RPG a day challenge.
00:49
August 21, 2020
RPG a Day 21: Push
Day 21 of the RPG a day challenge. Time to push ourselves.
00:49
August 21, 2020
Episode 38: GURPS Caravan to Ein Arris Pt 1
Today's episode is an after action report of my first session using GURPS. Thanks to Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast for the message at the start of the show, and to Julz of the Jewels from NZ podcast for being in the game!
09:43
August 20, 2020
RPG a Day 20: Investigate
How? What? Where? When? Why? It's day 20 of the RPG a day challenge. Let's investigate now.
00:49
August 20, 2020
RPG a Day 19: Tower
It's day 19 of the RPG a day challenge, so let's talk about towers.
00:44
August 19, 2020
Episode 37: Call ins and more GURPS news!
Just a quick one to catch up on stuff mid RPG a day month. Call ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless podcast, Safer of Safer Fantasy Crafting fame, and Julz from Jewels from NZ. Then I give you some news about a game I'm running!
17:51
August 18, 2020
RPG a Day 18: Meet
Day 18 of the RPG a day challenge and today I talk briefly about meeting.
00:49
August 18, 2020
RPG a Day 17: Comfort
You know the drill by now. Day 17, let's talk about comfort.
00:35
August 17, 2020
RPG a Day 16: Dramatic
Day 16 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about keeping things dramatic
00:49
August 16, 2020
RPG a Day 15: Frame
Day 15 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about framing your RPG.
00:51
August 14, 2020
RPG a Day 14: Banner
Day 14 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about using banners in RPGs.
00:51
August 13, 2020
RPG a Day 13: Rest
Day 13 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about taking a rest from gaming.
00:48
August 12, 2020
RPG a Day 12: Message
Day 12 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about using messages in RPGs.
00:45
August 12, 2020
RPG a Day 11: Stack
Day 11 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about having stacks of things prepared as a GM.
00:47
August 11, 2020
RPG a Day 10: Want
Day 10 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about what we want in RPGs.
00:46
August 10, 2020
RPG a Day 9: Light
Day 9 of the RPG a day Challenge and today we talk about adding a lighter touch to your games.
00:48
August 09, 2020
RPG a Day 8: Shade
Day 8 of the RPG a day Challenge and I'm talking about shading in your RPG.
00:42
August 08, 2020
RPG a Day 7: Couple
Day 7 of the 2020 RPG a day Challenge.
00:55
August 07, 2020
RPG a Day 6: Forest
Day 6 of the 2020 RPG a day Challenge.
00:52
August 06, 2020
Episode 36: RPG a day Call ins and 'Miss a Turn' Mechanisms
This is a quick episode to catch up on call ins, discuss some stuff around RPG a day, as well as the storm of conversations out there around miss a turn mechanisms. Call ins a re from Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Lieren from Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and John Alan Large of the RDD Podcast as well as a response to Colin Green's Spikepit podcast and the various call in to that show.
38:57
August 05, 2020
RPG a Day: Tribute
Day 5 of the 2020 RPG a day Challenge.
00:50
August 05, 2020
RPG a Day: Vision
Day 4 of the 2020 RPG a day Challenge.
00:45
August 04, 2020
RPG a Day: Thread
Day 3 of the 2020 RPG a day Challenge.
00:44
August 02, 2020
RPG a Day: Change
Day 2 of the 2020 RPG a day Challenge.
00:53
August 02, 2020
RPG a Day: Beginning
Day 1 of the RPG a Day 2020 challenge
00:46
August 01, 2020
Episode 35: Paid DM Call Ins and my Plans for RPG a Day
Some replies to my episode on paid DMs and I reveal my plans for RPG a day 2020.
12:27
July 30, 2020
Episode 34: AD&D 2nd Edition - A Focus on Initiative
In the first of my "A Focus on..." series I read through the initiative rules presented in AD&D 2nd edition, as well as my take on what they imply, and how I have used them. As a warning, some bits I may not be taking myself too seriously... you have been warned.
37:30
July 28, 2020
Episode 33: Why GURPS and AD&D 2e?
Today I'm going to talk about my planned deeper rules dives and why in have chosen the systems I have. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
10:05
July 21, 2020
Episode 32: Paid GM Services
In this episode I have my double sided rant on paid GMs. Are they a great way to show appreciation for a GMs hard work, or a vile capitalist contrivance where we know pay people to have fun with us!!  You decide.
09:53
July 14, 2020
Episode 31: Return of the DM (and 5e)
In this show I discuss my, still slightly tenuous, return to Dungeon Mastering. Even more controversial is the likelihood that I will be running D&D 5th Edition!
12:16
July 10, 2020
Episode 30: GURPS Solo Character Creation (Building Pelliam)
Welcome to the 30th episode! Life begins at 30, or at least it does for my GURPS solo play character. In this episode I talk through the process of creating my character and how I think about constructing characters in GURPS. Feel free to message me via Anchor: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
34:21
July 02, 2020
Episode 29: GURPS, Skills and Hex Flower Call ins
In this call in episode we cover GURPS, skills in RPGs, Hex flowers and some other stuff. Yeah. Thank you to my call ins, Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe of Hindlsightless podcast and Weal or Woe actual play, Che Webster of the Roleplay Rescue Podcast, Colin Green from the Spikepit podcast and Goblin's Henchman from the podcast of the same name. I really appreciate the calls and hope my replies have done you all some justice. Nerds RPG Variety cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Hindsightless: https://anchor.fm/joe-richter9 Spikepit: https://anchor.fm/spikepit Roleplay Rescue: https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue Goblin's Henchman: https://anchor.fm/ghench Leave me a message on Anchor at: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
41:18
June 30, 2020
Episode 28: Hexflowers and Solo GURPS
In this episode I'm going to talk about my plans to do some solo world exploration using hexflowers developed by Goblin's Henchman and the Mythic GM emulator (though using Goblin's Henchman's hexflower version) to randomise and procedurally generate as much of the world as possible. Maybe insane, we shall see! 
16:53
June 25, 2020
Episode 27: GURPS Misunderstood and System Expertise
Some call ins today from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Colin Green of the Spikepit podcast. Then I ramble on about how, maybe, possibly, some of us misunderstand GURPS and what it does, or tries to do. Finally I finish off my madness talking about why it could be good to become an expert on a system, referencing Joe Richter from the Hindsightless podcast as well as multiple mentions of Che Webster of Roleplay rescue fame. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss Message me at: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow Check out these podcasts: Nerd's RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Spikepit RPG Podcast: https://anchor.fm/spikepit Hindsightless: https://anchor.fm/joe-richter9 Roleplay Rescue: https://anchor.fm/rpgrescue
52:05
June 18, 2020
Episode 26: The Skills in RPGs Perspective
Should you have skills in RPGs? Do they add to immersion, do they give you niche protection or definition to your character? Maybe they're core to your system and you need them. Maybe they are awful and we should just do without them. Who needs skills when you have other mechanisms which are perfectly good right? Right?
13:37
June 15, 2020
Episode 25: Overdue call-ins
Better late than never they say. I just hope I still have listeners. Call ins today are from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Colin Green from the Spikepit podcast, John Alan Large of the relaunched RDD RPG podcast and Joe Richter of the Hindsightless podcast. Please check out their shows, they do this much better than me but I'll still podcast anyway!
30:57
June 11, 2020
Episode 24: Time in RPGs
How do you break up time in RPGs? We might discuss down time, moments, combat rounds, but how does it feel when you play? Anchor link: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
16:30
May 21, 2020
Episode 23: All the J's Call in Special
That's right, not just a call in special, but a special where all the callers share a common initial! I couldn't have planned it if I tried. We have Joe Richter of Hindsightless, Julz from Jewels from NZ, Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast and John Alan Large from the RDD podcast! Hindsightless: https://anchor.fm/joe-richter9 Nerds RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Jewels from NZ: https://anchor.fm/jewelsfromnz RDD RPG: https://rddrpgpodcast.buzzsprout.com/ My own page for call ins: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow
53:14
May 19, 2020
Ep 22 the D&D 5th Edition Perspective
In this episode I finally get round to D&D 5th Edition. Why is it the best system in the world and you should trample your own grandmother in a mad rush to get to it, and why it is awful so should be burned as heresy with it's name scored out of history. Feel free to call in at: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
17:29
May 15, 2020
Episode 21: Call ins galore!
I decided to make this a dedicated call in episode since I had a few, that way no one has to listen to them if they have no interest in other people. Call ins today are from Joe Richter of the Hindsightless Podcast, Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Julz from the Jewels from NZ podcast. They're all amazing shows, don't just take my word for it, go and check them out.  RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss  Anchor: https://anchor.fm/gmsshadow
36:10
May 11, 2020
Episode 20: GURPS Perspective
In this episode we discuss GURPS by Steve Jackson games. Why it is the best system every written and you should sell your granny to buy it. Alternatively, why it is just truly awful and you should avoid it like COVID-19. Which is true? You decide. Plus a call in from Jason of Nerds RPG VarietyCast. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
26:16
May 07, 2020
Episode 19: Infinite Dreams (or why can't I play all the RPGs?!)
In this episode I discuss the many RPGs I would like to play, even if I don't have the time as well as a quick after action report of a Mothership game I GMed. Only a single call in this time from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
27:11
May 07, 2020
Episode 18: Fighting Fantasy, Frostgrave and Mothership
No call ins this week as nobody loves me, so I spend all my time talking about my solo gaming with the Fighting Fantasy App on Steam, solo wargaming with Frostgrave on Roll20, and being able to play Mothership RPG on Roll20. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
13:45
April 08, 2020
Episode 17: OSR to Complexity - Full Circle
Call ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Frank Turfler of Frank T's Liner Notes and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. In this episode I discuss complexity and simplicity in rules and how I seem to keep coming full circle. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
20:57
March 25, 2020
Bonus Episode: Complex Call in COVID Chaos
In this episode I mainly deal with some call ins from Jason or Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Joe from Hindsightless, but I also briefly discuss what's going on in my life outside of gaming. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
27:12
March 19, 2020
Episode 16: Rolemaster Revisited
In this episode I discuss the first RPG I ever GMd, the Goliath of rules tables that is Rolemaster. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
23:25
March 18, 2020
Episode 15: Call ins and Boot Hill, it's a Bootie Hill Call
In this episode I respond to call ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Josh of the JB Publishing podcast. I also discuss my prep for a PBP Boot Hill 2e game including some brief comments around RoleGate and Roll20. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
18:12
March 10, 2020
Episode 14: D&D 3rd Edition Review
In this episode I look back at 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons and tell you why it was the best (and the worst) edition of all times. RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
17:22
March 03, 2020
Episode 13: Romance of the Perilous Land answer and AD&D 2e After Action
In this episode I reply to a call ins from Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Colin Green of Spikepit as well as discuss my recent live game with Jason, Shandy Andy of B52 Unguarded Treasure and my 15 yr old son. Fun times! https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
22:42
March 02, 2020
Episode 12: More Peril(ous Lands)
Call ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Joe of Hindsightless podcast. This stimulates me to discuss the difficulty system in Romance of the Perilous Land further... maybe I should just speak to Scott? RSS https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
13:27
February 21, 2020
Episode 11: One Game to Rule them All
Call ins today from Joe of Hindsightless, Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Andy of Expedition to the Grizzly (Not Barrier) Peaks and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Then the main show revolves around the debate of 'Should you stick to one system and master It?" RSS https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
28:32
February 20, 2020
Episode 10: Review of Romance of the Perilous Land
Call ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast and two special guests at the end of the show. Then I do my best to briefly review Romance of the Perilous Land by Scott Malthouse published by Osprey Games.
34:03
February 17, 2020
Side Rant: Complexity, Rules Design, and Communication Styles
Call ins today from Josh of JB Publishing, Joe of Hindsightless and Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast. Followed on by me wittering on about complex rules, how Rpgs are written, used and how we all communicate differently. I doubt it makes sense. You have been warned. RSS https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
30:53
February 12, 2020
Episode 9: Competing Playstyles
Call ins from Josh of JB Publishing, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast talking min maxing and rule 0. Then I go on a small stream of consciousness about competing playstyles at the table and how I did or didn't manage these. RSS https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
20:09
February 11, 2020
Episode 8: From OD&D Rule Zero to Here-o
In this episode I respond to a call in from Joe of the Hindsightless podcast. Then I look into the concept of rule zero. Are the rules immutable, or are they more like guidelines. RSS https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
25:25
February 07, 2020
Episode 7: From the Min to the Max!
Call ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast and Joe of Hindsightless. Today I ramble on about Min Maxing. Is it New, and is it mad, bad and dangerous to know? RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
20:01
February 03, 2020
Episode 6: Second to the Third (Edition D&D that is)
Wherein I discuss the brief history of TSR to WotC, the main changes from 2e to 3e, and why it was clearly all WotCs fault that it was so different and clearly nothing like old editions... or was it?
18:10
January 29, 2020
Episode 5: let's Level about Classes
In this episode I discuss my feelings in Level and class based RPGs. I also reply to some call ins from Joe at Hindsightless and Josh from JB Publishing.
14:07
January 24, 2020
Episode 4: Review of 4th Edition D&D
Where we talk about 4e. Oh yes we do. In this episode I reply to some of my call ins, as well as a two sided review of 4e D&D. Why it is the best edition of D&D. Why it is the worst edition of D&D.
30:28
January 20, 2020
Episode 3: What OSR means to me
I give in again to the audio dungeon peer pressure. Here I discuss how I first came across the OSR movement and what I feel it means to me.
09:54
January 17, 2020
Episode 2: 2020 Project
Where I catch up on my call ins and discuss my not so secret plan for 2020.
23:39
January 15, 2020
Episode 1: Railroads!
Where due to inspiration from the Anchor community I feel the need to wax lyrical on railroading in TTRPGs. Is it such a bad thing?
16:54
January 14, 2020
Episode 0 Part 2
Part 2 of my test or introduction podcasts. In this one I discuss how I got into gaming and where I am now.
27:24
January 13, 2020
Episode 0 part 1
My first attempt at an Anchor podcast. A test of my skills and why I'm podcasting. RSS Feed: https://anchor.fm/s/122cac60/podcast/rss
07:44
January 10, 2020