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Gothridge Manor

Gothridge Manor

By Tim Shorts
Welcome to my Anchor channel. You'll find nothing serious here. I talk about tabletop RPG gaming with a focus on the older editions and retro clones. Some folks call it the OSR, I just call it gaming. If you like rolling weird dice, talking in weird voices and just being weird, pull up a chair and stay a while.
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My New Top 3 Monsters
Another topic I stole from Red Dice Diaries podcast, choosing a new top 3 Monsters!
June 20, 2022
Ending a Campaign
May 26, 2022
Dealing With Shitty Players
I give a few brief tips on how to deal with problem players.
April 08, 2022
Do Dungeons Need to Make Sense?
Call ins from Matt Jackson and Rob C. And i take a swing at whether dungeons need to make sense.
March 31, 2022
Divine Acts
In campaigns I run in my Komor Forest setting I use a thing called Divine Acts. I've taken the turn undead ability and fused it with a multipurpose tool. The effects are determined by the player and GM because these are not in the ruleset. It is a freeform tool to allow clerics to get their kiss ass holiness into high gear.
March 24, 2022
Old School GMs are Afraid of High Level Characters
I borrow and twist a topic from Rob C from the Down in the Heap podcast. He talked about why campaigns don't usually go much farther than 5th level. I say that old school GMs are afraid of high level characters.
March 19, 2022
Rules I Don't Use
I go over handful of rules I ignore or change to suit my style of game.
March 11, 2022
Zombie NPCs and Generating Treasure for the Froghemoth
A couple of calls about my recent undead episode from Che Webster and John Large which led me to discuss my most recent creations, zombie NPCs. Then Cody M called in about the Froghemoth episode. Which now I need to generate magic items and treasure. I go over a few if items I plan to include.
March 01, 2022
The Froghemoth
How I use high level monsters in your game. In this episode I feature the strange, but wonderful Froghemoth. It turned out to be an epic battle.
February 23, 2022
Failure to Engage
Sometimes I don't get the job done. This week was one of those instances. I failed to keep each of the party members engaged.
December 09, 2021
Creating Interesting and Boring NPCs for Your Campaign
I give a few tactics on how I handle the brain of NPCs on my campaign.
December 06, 2021
I go through the different undead creatures and how I put my twist on them. To bring more opportunity for role playing and to keep the players terrified.
December 03, 2021
After Game Assessment
After last night's session my players and myself discussed their style of play and what I appreciate about each of their styles.
December 01, 2021
Why System Hopping is Bad
My take on gamers who system jump. How I believe it produces a bad habit and dissatisfaction with gaming.
November 17, 2021
Campaign Random Tables
With the fourth game behind me I thought I'd delve into why and how I use my random encounter tables to create rich and interesting encounters.
October 28, 2021
Touching Base
Catching up. Been gone for a bit. New campaign in progress.
October 26, 2021
What's been going on
Games I'm playing, my Kickstarter, books I got, and ivy being obnoxious.
September 24, 2021
Bronze Age and Post Apocalyptic RPGs
I concluded my urban crawl and Joe is going to run his fantasy heartbreaker Bronze Age rpg. And my attention is on post apocalyptic rpgs of late.
August 20, 2021
A Great Way to Handle a Character's Death
In my game with Rob Conley my character died, but he had a very cool send off.
July 29, 2021
Spear Witch Unboxing
A new zine distributor.
July 23, 2021
Deciding How and What Monsters to Use in an Adventure
Pizza run podcast. My alignment... Hungry!
July 17, 2021
Midderland Zines!
I back Glynn Seal's plethora of zines Kickstarter. Got them today. Did an unboxing going through the 6th and 7th issues.
July 06, 2021
Adventure Development: Manifestations of Hate
It's Sunday. I'm on my deck. I'm pondering on an adventure to write. And I recorded it.
June 27, 2021
Robin of Sherwood: The King's Demon
Robin of Sherwood is one of favorite TV shows. I never knew they had a choose your own adventure series!
June 25, 2021
Got a copy of Neverland and my initial impression. Plus Libram Mysterium volume 2 came in.
June 24, 2021
Scoundrels: Criminal Toolbox
Another Manor After Dark episode where I open a Zine Quest 3 arrival, Scoundrel's by Jeffery Jones. You can find his Kickstarter here to check it out for yourself. And if you are interest in buying them, there are three zines!, go to Twitter and look for @I_Am_Jeffery. It is very worth it!
June 22, 2021
Cultivating Failure in Game
With my new urban campaign there is going to be failures. But not necessarily resulting in death. Failures in game give the players and the GM ways to explore ideas and situations that otherwise wouldn't be. It's been a lot of fun so far.
June 20, 2021
My Patreon is full of free micro-adventures, locations, and NPC cards. At
June 11, 2021
Great First Night and My New OSE Books
Some observations from my first night of the campaign and my beautiful, gorgeous, and wonderful OSE books.
June 09, 2021
Unboxing Cthulhu with Ivy
So it starts off as a drive home, but ends up being an after hours show at the Manor. Ivy helps me with unboxing my beautiful two volume set of Malleus Monstrorum!
June 08, 2021
Through Ultan's Door Unboxing
Just received my ZineQuest copies of Ben Lawrence's, Through Ultan's Door. Just perusing the pages and the blurbs I can tell these zines a rich with content. Ben has set a standard for zine makers out there. They look amazing. 
June 04, 2021
This Monday the Campaign Begins
It's that time, a fresh campaign! Live that beginning feeling.
June 04, 2021
Vacation Haul Unboxing
I decided to share all the great gaming stuff I bought during my vacation this year. 
June 02, 2021
Zines, a Cure for a Shitty Day
I received a copy of Swords & Wizardry Dark today. A zine that saved my shitty day.
May 03, 2021
Redoing the Thief Skills
With a new campaign I'm looking at changing a few things. My eye is on the thief skills today.
April 30, 2021
Lulu Unboxing on a Budget with The Happy Whisk
The Necropolis of Nuromen | The Abandoned Tower (an OSR B/X Style RPG Adventure Module) | First Edition Fantasy: Into the Mite Lair | Forgotten Tales of Sword & Sorcery | The Blackapple Brugh | The Curse of Buckthorn Valley |
April 29, 2021
Going Over the Episodes with a Plethora of Call Ins
I've got a backlog of messages that demanded answers. Callers like The Good Jason, The Evil Jeff, and the divine Che! We go back over some map talk, random encounters, and a little more talk about 5e.  Thanks for listening!
April 28, 2021
Detailed Unboxing from Noble Knight Games
I got a box of goodies from Noble Knight Games and wanted to share.
April 22, 2021
My 4 Maps that Inspired Me
Red Dice Diaries is doing a series about maps. I mention 4 of the maps that have inspired me throughout the years.
April 19, 2021
Starting Campaign
It's been over a year since I last ran a campaign. Well, I'm gearing up to begin a new one. This time set in the City of Scorn. At least in the beginning it'll be an urban setting and see where the players take it. Crawlers of Scorn coming soon. 
April 17, 2021
Optimizing Random Encounters
I give advice on how to optimize boring random encounter tables. Make random encounters useful and with context. I say context a lot in this episode.
March 30, 2021
Would I Want Me as a GM?
I answer a question posed on the podcast Arcane Alienist by BJ. And follow up with calls from BJ and my way off rolling for 5e skill checks.
March 26, 2021
Placing Monsters with Purpose and Context
I'm not sure if I achieved my goal of the podcast but here it is none the less.
March 15, 2021
One of the Creative Differences Between 5e and Older Editions
This episode was inspired by last night's Iron Rations episode where there was an interesting discussion about editions.
March 14, 2021
Three Chickens and a Whisk
Okay, this is a weird episode. It starts off with me talking about music in games. Then the podcast gets interrupted by three chickens. Yes, it did. Then in the second half I'm joined by Whisk as we continue our discussion about music in videos and in game. Then we end the podcast with deciding which rock bands would be what character classes. 
March 09, 2021
Practices I Use When I Write
It's a Saturday morning and I start the day writing. I share a few things I do to help me stay focused.
March 06, 2021
Bad Game Days
Sometimes you just have bad Game Days. Sometimes it's because the scenario/situation and some days it's due to your just too tired.
March 05, 2021
Deck of Many Things
I talk about my experience using the Deck of Many Things and the various versions through different systems. Spoiler, not much difference.
February 24, 2021
Unboxing The Bats of Saint Abbans
I unbox The Bats of Saint Abbans, from Monkey Blood Designs. Mr. Glynn Seal himself. Beautiful box set full of a very cool adventure.
February 22, 2021
My Zine Quest Picks...So Far
I'm back several zines so far. Here's a list of what I've far. Zine 3 Pack of Futuristic Post-Apocalypse and Fantasy Wild Blue Yonder The Vast in the Dark - Exploring Ruins in an Infinite World The Lair of the Manticore Lowlife Through Ultan's Door Scoundrels: Make Your Game Criminal Tomb of Immolation GrimBlade: A Grim Fantasy RPG The Lighthouse At The Edge Of The Universe - Solo RPG
February 07, 2021
Zine Quest and the Definition of a Zine
My take on ZQ and definition of what makes a zine.
February 02, 2021
Zine Quest 3 Has Begun and Unboxing with the Wife
It's the zine time of year when all the zinsters jump onto Kickstarter and take over the world.
February 01, 2021
My Dream Zine Team
My all star line up that is helping me with my Zine quest project.
January 27, 2021
Zine Quest 3 My Solution My Problem
I figured out what I want to do for Zine Quest, but I ran into a problem.
January 22, 2021
What Kickstarter to Run With and a Surprise Unboxing
It's been a while. Time to share what's going on. Zine Quest decisions and a surprise Unboxing. Thanks for listening.
January 12, 2021
Zine Quest and 100 for 100
Different Kickstarter events happening in February and January. Reminding everyone to begin their prep.
December 05, 2020
Demon Plague One Shot Adventure... Sorta
I ran a fun one shot adventure and my process I went through running it.
December 04, 2020
Current Kickstarters I'm Backing
The title says it all
November 17, 2020
4 Day Weekend Cast
November 08, 2020
Unboxing Castle Amber
I had a fright at the post office today!
November 05, 2020
Call In Call Me Call You
A call in episode. Thank you John, Rob, Jason, and Che.
October 29, 2020
Episodal Campaigning
I may run a short campaign and to help with the drop in and drop out of players in going to run more of an Episodal Campaign.
October 29, 2020
Covid-19 Free and In the Pines
Got my test back, as of now, Covid-19 free. And then developing my adventure In the Pines.
October 26, 2020
I'm getting covid-19 tested.
Yup. It's my turn to get a swab up my nose.
October 22, 2020
5e First Session in the Books
The first session of the new 5e campaign was a lot of fun. Got entangled in a religious faction power play, killed four wolves, and saved a boy who's grandfather rules the land.
October 21, 2020
Tools in the Toolbox
October 20, 2020
The Forgotten Rites of the Mouldering Dead
Donn Stroud comes through with another fantastic book.
October 19, 2020
Session 0 is Coming and an Unboxing
I've got a new game I'm playing in. Rob Conley is running a 5e version of his Majestic Fantasy game. A couple of call ins from Jason and Josh. And lastly, I got a couple of books in the mail. Blood & Coin 2nd Edition by Alan Bahr and The Frighteners by Peter Laws. 
October 18, 2020
Eddie's Death
Eddie Van Halen's death caught me by surprise.
October 08, 2020
Chewer of Fingers
October 05, 2020
Funneling Up Instead of Funneling Down
I briefly talk about my way of discovering and working with a setting as I received my Kickstarter book from Frog God Games.
October 03, 2020
Hollering and New Dice
I little about the elements I plan to place in my campaign and the glorious result of me indulging in a buy one get one free set of dice sale.
October 01, 2020
Deciding on my next Campaign
Deciding what I what I want to run and who to invite.
September 25, 2020
Hunters in Death release
Done with the Kickstarter do I released Hunters in Death to the public.
September 17, 2020
The End of the Kickstarter with Voice Mails
Voice mails from the good Jason and a Jackson from John Large. And a quick sum up of my Kickstarter.
September 11, 2020
Developing an Adventure: a Forlarren Lair
A day off episode where I go through my process of developing a short adventure.
September 04, 2020
Playing or running a game cooperation makes everything better.
September 01, 2020
Collecting Necromancer Games Modules
I delete more episodes than I post and I've been collecting adventure modules from Necromancer Games.
August 31, 2020
A day in the life of chaos
A quick trip of a bookend sections of the day
August 27, 2020
Hunters in Death Challenges
A glimpse into our zine.
August 27, 2020
I Don't Think I Would Have Gotten Into Gaming If I Started Today
With all the negative thing in gaming these days I doubt the 10 year-old me would have considered joining tabletop rpgs. There was a social cost back in the day. But it was more of outsider who attacked us. Who didn't know anything about what we did. Today, we eat ourselves from the inside. Like a cancer. Bombarded by different groups on how they think things should be. 10 year-old me would have given tabletop rpgs a hard pass. 
July 27, 2020
Noble Knight Games Haul
I got a big box of goodies delivered to my door this morning.  Goodman Games updates of Expedition to the Barrier Peaks and The Lost City. Big fat books. Exoterrorists book Worldbreaker. A couple Necromancer Games d20 adventures Prisoners of the Maze and Morrick Mansion.  Then small stash of Ares Magica, Mythic Places, Medieval Bestiary, and a copy of Mythic Perspectives.  Super happy with the haul and looking forward to getting my nose between the pages. 
July 24, 2020
Importance of Introductions
I believe Introductions are important. Not just a waste of space. Then I go on a ramble.
July 22, 2020
Call Ins Episode with GoGo Dancers
There's no gogo dancers but thanks for listening.
July 21, 2020
Using a Quality Die for Equipment
A quick episode where I ponder the idea of using the usage die in Black Hack to a quality die for equipment.
July 14, 2020
Unboxing Dice
July 06, 2020
One Page Dungeon Contest
It's the best contest in all of gaming. The deadline has been extended to July 15th. Get your adventure in. No excuses.
July 01, 2020
Re Fluffing the Fluff
I go into more concrete details about avoiding the dreaded fluffy monster.
June 22, 2020
The Fluff
A few anchorites have discussed this topic so I'm beating that dead horse and adding my own take.
June 18, 2020
What I've been up to
Kickstarter...FB RPG Zine Group...Blogging...Patreon
June 15, 2020
Scrap as Treasure
We go further into detail in my urban campaign.
May 13, 2020
Crafting in RPGs
May 08, 2020
Urban Dungeons
I consider options for dungeon like places to explore in an urban setting.
April 30, 2020
Unboxing Exalted Funeral
I get a batch of call ins about my urban campaign. Then I do an unboxing of a couple of zines from Exalted Funeral. My first order from them. 
April 25, 2020
Hanging out in The Manor: Kobold Invasion
Hey folks, thanks for checking out my latest episode. I invite you into the Manor on a Sunday afternoon as I come up with ideas on how to finish an adventure. This time around it's for my adventure called Kobold Invasion. I sit and talk with out about my ideas, what tools I'm using, and the process I go through to finish off an adventure. Pull up a chair, grab something to drink, and enjoy the adventure. 
April 19, 2020
Starting a New Campaign
April 13, 2020
Basic Ideas for Developing My Urban Campaign
I discuss my new city campaign.
April 07, 2020
Working with Cliches
I recently write an adventure using one of the most used cliches in gaming, rats the cellar. I love that adventure and write it to honor the tradition then add my own twist.
March 30, 2020
Writing it Backwards
One way to develop a history for an urban setting.
March 29, 2020
Talking with My Players at the Edge of the World
I talk with Joe the Lawyer and Matt Jackson after a marathon gaming session that ending the year-long campaign. We go over what worked and what didn't. It was a fun time and I appreciated the guys who stuck through it. 
March 21, 2020
Tuition of the Tooth
A glimpse of a Sunday night in my area amongst the pandemic.
March 16, 2020
Matt Jackson Roast Winner
Thanks for all the call ins everyone. It was a good time. And thank you Matt for being a good sport. But what you really want to know is who won. Well you'll need to listen to find out. For those interested in buying a copy of Matt Jackson's book, Dungeon Masters Book of Cartography Vol. 1, click the link and get a copy for only $7.99.
March 10, 2020
Insult Matt Jackson Win a Prize
Matt Jackson published a book on Amazon. I'm giving away copy. I'm that generous.
March 06, 2020
The Game Remains the Same
Couple call ins from Jason and Michael. Then the rest is about closing it the campaign with a marathon session.
March 06, 2020
The End of a Campaign
This Saturday I'll conclude my Campaign with a marathon session. Something I haven't done in years.
March 03, 2020
Kickstarter Update: Hunters in Death
I give my latest update for my Kickstarter plus a preview of the front and back cover.
February 25, 2020
The Three Layers of Discovery
I briefly describe my three layers of discovery on my game, but in my Monday group with the constant in and out of players it has hindered me to develop that third layer of discovery.
February 24, 2020
Zine Quest Success and My New Zine Picks
Zone Quest has been a responding success with funding. Now I get to really focus on finishing up the stuff I love to do. And I've backed a few more zines.
February 17, 2020
Zine Quest: Interview with Steve C of Hogtown Games
I chatted with my good friend Steve C. who is at the tail end of his Zine Quest 2 Kickstarter, Dice Roll Zine 3. It's funded! But I want to fund him more! He has a super secret stretch goal even he doesn't know about. Let's help him reach it. We discuss his trials and tribulations with his first Kickstarter.  Hogtown Games Store Hogtown Games on DriveThru RPG Dice Roll Zine #1 on Lulu Dice Roll Zine #1 on Amazon The Borderlands: Steve's Dorky Old-School Gaming Blog Dice Roll Zine Podcast on Anchor
February 16, 2020
Developing the Kickstarter Campaign
Now I answer Michael real question about how I went about creating my Kickstarter campaign.
February 10, 2020
A Fluid Campaign
Michael Shorten ass me a very interesting question.
February 05, 2020
Zine Quest in the Trough
Day three into Zine Quest and things have settled down. I've included a batch of funny voice mails and end it with a classic from Joe the Lawyer.
February 04, 2020
Hunters in Death Kickstarter is a Success
Today I launched my first Kickstarter campaign for Zine Quest 2. It funded in 2 hours. I'm thrilled.
February 02, 2020
Look for Hunters in Death this Sunday
Zine Quest 2 starts this Sunday on Kickstarter. I hope you'll join me then on my first Kickstarter.
January 31, 2020
A Day in Zine Quest: From Morning to Midnight
I recorded throughout the day to document my progress and lack of progress on my Zine Quest project.
January 30, 2020
Quick Zine Quest Work Update
I'm continuing work on the Zine and a few thank you to Brendan Hall, Matt Jackson, and Joe the Lawyer.
January 27, 2020
Writing a Zine or How to Spend All Your Time Off
After an 8 hour writing session at the bookstore I talk about what it's like writing for Zine Quest.
January 26, 2020
What the Job Requires
A peek into my day.
January 24, 2020
Getting Traction
I thank a long time patron of mine, welcome 4 new patrons and I finally found my groove for Zine Quest.
January 21, 2020
Keeping the OSR Simple
I provide my ephemeral definition of the OSR.
January 15, 2020
The Rui Show!
A batch of call ins from Rui all here on one episode.
January 09, 2020
Zine Quest Process
Three part episode where I go into my process for figuring out different aspects of the upcoming Zine Quest 2 on Kickstarter. Spoiler Alert: I ramble on. 
January 06, 2020
See Ya 2019
The dreaded year end episode. I got over my failures and successes in 2019 and my immediate goal for 2020. 
January 02, 2020
GURPS & Zine Quest
December 30, 2019
Exploring the Background of a Character
Great session last night where we explored the background of Skord and went on an adventure that paralleled the party's time line.
December 24, 2019
Gothridge Manor Updates
Updates on Dice Roll Zine podcast. A patron update. The up coming Zine Quest on Kickstarter. And my blog Gothridge Manor.
December 23, 2019
Healing Potions
My two versions of healing potions and a few side effects to add a little flavor to the game.
December 19, 2019
IPs and My Old Blog is New
December 16, 2019
Shelf Delve: GURPS Boxsets
This is the first episode of a series, I hope, of shelf delves, where I scour my gaming shelves and feature a few selected tomes. This first time out I break out my 2nd edition GURPS boxset with a treasure trove of ancient documents. Including my first GURPS character sheet from 1986. Then I break the seal on the Dungeon Fantasy boxset and explore its innards. What's a boy to do late on a Friday night, but crack open some good gaming books.  A warning, I didn't notice the harsh sound levels until after I finished. I have attempted to sand off as much of the harshness as I could.  Enjoy!
December 07, 2019
Anchorite Challenge
With the talk of back catalog of episodes I thought it would be interesting to go back and grab episodes from a year ago and to a show about one or more.
December 05, 2019
A Plague of Goblins
December 04, 2019
A Few Tips on Developing NPCs
November 27, 2019
Call Ins¡!¡!
November 25, 2019
Best Zines Ever
November 22, 2019
Old School Essentials has Arrived!
November 21, 2019
The Good Place
Call Ins and the Anchor Community
November 19, 2019
Old Schooling Crunch: GURPS Specifically
How to get more role playing out of crunchy systems.
November 13, 2019
A Surprise Unboxing!
A batch of call-ins followed by a fun unboxing for the Whisk!
October 17, 2019
Getting Players Involved
October 15, 2019
Stage 3 of the Campaign
Connecting the party to the community.
October 10, 2019
Manor Happenings
Updates for Patreon, gaming, and podcasting.
October 09, 2019
Unboxings with Whisk
October 04, 2019
Creating a Micro Game?
September 11, 2019
Creating Urban Adventures
I go through different parts that makes a great urban adventure.
August 28, 2019
Big Sale at
August 26, 2019
Ramble Cast
August 22, 2019
The Episode Where I Don't Shut Up
I talk about a lot of stuff in this one. We've got voice mails, we've got Joe's brother giving him shit, a new topic for the Adventure Design Sessions, the man who created the Jackson will be joining me, Mr. Matt Jackson himself, Kickstarters, unboxings, both books and gaming stuff, my blog, a giveaway, and finally my floundering Patreon. Whew. That's a lot. Now I need to eat. 
August 20, 2019
Adventure Design Sessions: Villains
Joe the Lawyer is my first guest in a series I am calling Adventure Design Sessions. I will speak to one or more people about a topic around creating adventures! This week's episode is all about villains. Enjoy!
August 14, 2019
Mystery in Adventures
Assassins Knot GURPS Fantas and Gumshoe
August 14, 2019
Wht I like to use critical hits and misses.
August 10, 2019
Atlas Oscura
I've always been late to the party. The RPG thing a day is no different. The word for today is Obscure.
August 09, 2019
To Hobbs and MonkeyBlood...Bravo
I give a shout out to two guys who did something that wasn't easy nor popular.
August 07, 2019
Updates from the Middle off a Wal Mart parking Lot.
I do updates for my Patreon. My new podcast series Adventure Design Roundtable. And the last update is I'm blogging again. And you'll learn what groceries and pens Ivy bought.
August 04, 2019
Last Game for the Summer
Details about last night's dungeon delve. Trying to make it spooky.
July 30, 2019
Last Wednesday Game Night
I answer a few voicemails about the ENnies. And then give a quick recap of our last Wednesday Night game for a while. 
July 26, 2019
Writing Thought Process Over a Few Days
This spans over a few days where I discuss my writing process of lack of one.
July 22, 2019
Spotlight Character Sessions
Sometimes there are sessions when one character gets the spotlight. Wednesday this happened.
July 19, 2019
Call In Episode!
I've got voice mails from some of the best anchorites out there. Give a listen. It'll make you live longer.
July 18, 2019
You haven't been through the fire.
Dave Aldridge came up with this topic so I ran with it. Why older D&Ders ate skeptical about the wave of new D&Ders.
July 16, 2019
Pre Game Pep Talk
Game night!
July 15, 2019
Adventure Creation on the Back Deck
I have my stack of books, dice, pencils, maps, and many phone to do a podcast as I construct an adventure.
July 14, 2019
Sunday Check In
My mapping weekend with very little words.
July 14, 2019
Pay to Play
July 12, 2019
Gaming Fatigue and Making Shopping in Game a Better Experience.
I cancelled a game session today because I've caught gaming fatigue. However I still love to create for my games. I'm writing an article and creating random tables to enhance shopping sessions.
July 10, 2019
A Triple UnBoxing with The Happy Whisk
I order gaming stuff from Noble Knight Games, EBay, and Amazon. They all came in today. So instead of having me do one of my normal unboxings I had Ivy assist me with the unboxing and add her commentary. 
July 06, 2019
Getting Input from Your Players
Call Ins and the topic of getting input from your players at the end of a session.
July 05, 2019
D&D Essentials Kit Unboxing
I got my two boxes of D&D Essentials Kit. I do an Unboxing and go through the items within.
July 03, 2019
Teeko Strikes Back
I talk about to much to write here.
July 03, 2019
Requiem of the Giants
I give a run down on my Patreon in June. The changes in pledge levels. My dip in pledges. And the two offerings in June.
July 01, 2019
Bitching About Getting Shit in the Mail
My package with my two d and d essentials box sets said they were delivered two days ago but the post office can't find them. Then I get a shitty shirt from China. Wasn't supposed to be from there. Probably toss it because it's horrible made.
June 28, 2019
Headache Review of Threefold
I'm cranky in this one. Suffering from a headache. I got my copies of the Modern Age quickstart.
June 27, 2019
Call Ins and a Reset Sessions
Lots of call ins and lots of yapping.
June 25, 2019
Beginning Stages of Developing Factions
Just finished my map of Scorn, a town south of the Komor Forest. I'm working on the major powers (factions) within.
June 23, 2019
Stories in Old School Games
I get into the conversion about story gaming and old school games.
June 21, 2019
Specialized Clerics and Campaign Level Problems
I give reasons why I love specialized clerics and I the different problems characters face at different levels.
June 20, 2019
Pet Peeves and Cleric Obligations
I start out with a non gaming mini rant. I have no idea why. A call from Hobbs made me think of the real difference between clerics and fighters. And lastly. Getting ready for game night
June 19, 2019
Tweaking the Cleric and Demons With Sticky Butts
It starts on one day. Ends on another. Call ins about post apocalyptic games and comment on my Stinky Game Session. Then is end with a recap of Monday's game and considering how to tweak the cleric to make him a bit more useful. 
June 18, 2019
Stinker of a Game
Last night's game did not go so well.
June 13, 2019
Tonight's Game While Thinking About My Next Campaign
Title says it all.
June 12, 2019
The Benefit of Developing Multiple Plotlines
I recount last night's session with why it benefits the party, and GM, to weave multiple plotlines in your game.
June 11, 2019
Dice Roll Zine #2 Review
I do review of Steve C's latest issue of Dice Roll Zine. It's fantastic.
June 08, 2019
Answering Colin's Rant Episode
Spikepit did an episode called rant. His frustration is obvious and I created this episode to answer and piggy back on his.
June 05, 2019
Best Heist EVAR! With a gaggle of call ins.
Title says it all.
June 04, 2019
Season 2 Begins Tonight
First day back to work. Hated it. But it's the first night of season 2. Thank God it's game night.
June 03, 2019
The Devils are the Ones Who Judged Us
Those Fecking Books did a podcast about devils in D&D. I talk about my experiences facing this accusing me I was a devil w worshiper.
June 01, 2019
How do you increase your podcast listens
Updates on my Patreon and the upcoming Adventure Design Roundtable. And then the click bait topic of increasing listeners. Here's a hint, I have no clue.
May 31, 2019
Adventure Challenge Levels
My philosophy of challenge levels when writing adventures. And how I'll need to change that when rewriting adventures for 5e.
May 28, 2019
Upcoming Adventures with a Batch of Call Ins from Some Very Good Folks
So many great call ins. A bit of rumbling about the adventure writing round table and updates about my next projects I'm working on for Patreon.
May 24, 2019
It's vacation time and it starts with a triple Unboxing
It's now vacation. I talk about a lot of this. I had a ketchup disaster but soldiered on. Then a triple Unboxing.
May 23, 2019
Starting a Adventure Writing Roundtable and Fucking Sissy Players
Frank and I plan to start a panel for adventure writers. And I address the complaints of my fucking sissy players.
May 22, 2019
I'm a Liar
The episode goes in a lot of directions. It was recorded at three different times. Listen and make a save vs insanity.
May 20, 2019
RPG Systems Expectations
Edition wars pop up now and again. Most are done in good spirit. But the arguments on both sides hold truth. It's our expectations of an rpg that can make a big difference.
May 18, 2019
Camping Encounters
I yammer in about camping in game and add a random table of non violent camping encounters.
May 17, 2019
Publisher Series: Packing Your Books Properly
Gabor Lux asked a great question about packaging. Great question that for perfectly into my Publisher Series. The importance of getting your gaming books delivered safely.
May 16, 2019
Noble Knight Unboxing
I got a big box of books from Noble Knight Games. So I unboxed it for your listening pleasure.
May 15, 2019
Play With Who Shows and Top 3 Games I Wish to Play
Sometimes when the entire party can't make it, you play with who shows.
May 14, 2019
It's the Demons
Sessions report as the second leg of the campaign begins.
May 10, 2019
Transitioning from the 1st stage to the 2nd stage of a campaign.
What is going onin my campaign as we transition into the next stage.
May 08, 2019
Monday Game Cancelled and a Patreon Update
Read the title. It is the description.
May 07, 2019
Anchorites Call In or are They Doppelgangers
Call in episode
May 04, 2019
Some details on how I run Doppelgangers.
May 03, 2019
Muy take on goblins being a race of adaptive creatures who take on the customs and culture of the people or creatures they connect themselves with.
May 02, 2019
3 Favorite Magic Items from the 1st Ed. DMG
I focus my 3 selections on the 1st ed. DMG. I'll do other top 3 lists with magic items.
May 01, 2019
Publisher Series: Using Your Interior Art Effectively
I provide a few tips on what kind of art to select to give a cohesive feel to your book. And how to use your art to compliment your words.
April 30, 2019
One Page Dungeon Contest
Muy entry into the one page dungeon contest is done. Thanks to Glynn Seal for reminding me and Rob Conley for the concept of the adventure. Where's your entry?
April 29, 2019
NPC Cards and 90 Patrons  I just finished up my 15th NPC card, Gish. He's a froggy dude. It's the first one finished for my April Patreon. Then I give sneak peeks into my next adventure, The Solemn Dark. But that title will change. Oh, and I hit 90 patrons! Thanks to my new patrons.   Jon Mayo, Richard Fraiser, a reupped Hobbs & Friends, and James Richards. 
April 27, 2019
Coffee Shop Musings on a Rainy Night
Latest adventure for my Patreon. Audits. Campaign character write ups. Developing personal storylines. Podcasts I've been listening to lately.
April 26, 2019
Gnolls Netflix and Chill with No Pants
Sometimes when the Players invade layers the monsters have more pressing concerns occupying their mind.
April 23, 2019
Silver Bulette Interview Featuring the Kickstarter, Creeping Cold
I wrangle Ian McGarth and Jayson 'Rocky' Gardner of Silver Bulette into the Gothridge Manor to talk about their current Kickstater, Creeping cold. 
April 20, 2019
Dealing With Entitlement
Hobbs spoke about a patron of his who questioned where he was spending the pledge money. This is my reply to that.
April 19, 2019
Fighting the Fuckits
Giving yourself a chance to get out of the Fuckits with gaming.
April 17, 2019
I Review the Stranger Things Starter Set
I do a quick review of the Stranger Things Starter Set.
April 13, 2019
Stolen, New, Blew, and Old
I do a lousy job at doing the Ray Otus challenge.
April 12, 2019
To My Friend James
We lost a very good person.
April 12, 2019
Mazes and Monsters
I go into the wayback to talk about the reactions and actions people took after the airing of Mazes and Monsters.
April 11, 2019
Another fun call in show
Got a new podcast and more folks calling in and a song.
April 09, 2019
Shout Outs to A Bunch of Anchorites!
This is a show about call ins and what these callers are doing. I talk about their podcasts, their on-line stores and Patreons. Thanks for listening. 
April 06, 2019
The Kill Box
Got my Stranger Things box set. Talk about last nights game and the death of the first character.
April 02, 2019
Prep: Taming the Chaos in My Head
I've changed the way I do prep these days. I walk through the differences and why I've changed.
April 01, 2019
Growing Up Gaming
Topic of the day is growing up in the late 70s and early 80s gaming. We learned the game together. But before that I've got a batch of great call ins.
March 29, 2019
Dungeon Crawl to Hex Crawl
I received X1 Isle of Dread today. The Goodman Games version. I do an unboxing and talk about how Isle of Dread changed the paradigm of the way I thought about gaming.
March 25, 2019
Bad Questions and Good Advice
There has been a few poorly posed questions going around about gaming. I address this. To counter this I received a couple very helpful call ins.
March 23, 2019
Using Written Languages in Game
We start off with some kinky whip suggestions from callers. Them the meat of the podcast is using written languages in game.
March 22, 2019
Mini Boss Monsters
There are creatures, groups and places that have an influence with the world around them. I talk about mini boss monsters that hold sway over small territories and they could intersect with other mini boss monsters. Then taking these influences and add them to your campaign world.  Plus great calls from Joe the Lawyer, Vance A., and Spikepit! Thanks guys!
March 20, 2019
Sourcing the Players and Dealing with a Boss Monster
Great fun last night. The players and I came up with some fun additions to the game. And an encounter with a worg that could have gone very bad.
March 19, 2019
My Adventure Writing Pet Peeves
I chomp down on a couple things I see in writing an Adventure.
March 18, 2019
Layering Questions and Answers Into an Adventure
A few call ins and I discuss how I enjoy layering my adventures with different questions to be answered.
March 15, 2019
Another Unboxing!
I get a geek t-shirt and three books from one book shelf.
March 12, 2019
This time I unbox the Lost Hall of Tyr and the Deck of Many Dungeons.
March 08, 2019
The Holy Hobbit
I go through four call ins then go over the holy hobbit and the difference in mage classes.
March 07, 2019
Working on the Campaign
Doing the work to start a second group on my campaign. I go into a little detail how I create custom classes.
March 05, 2019
Creating Characters for the New Campaign
Three call ins and creating the details for characters in my new campaign.
March 02, 2019
Designing Macceum Sewer
I completed my 80th Micro-Adventure, Macceum Sewer. I go through each of the thirteen room and share ho I created them and ways I may GM a situation.  Patreon: Blog:
February 28, 2019
Key Conclusion
Call Ins about keys. The key conclusion.
February 21, 2019
Being more aware of keys in your game.
February 19, 2019
On Being a Good Player
A few quick tips on player etiquette and improving your participation in game.
February 15, 2019
Focusing on the Positive in the OSR
I like to focus on the great things going on in the OSR.
February 15, 2019
Nerd T Shirts Unbagging
I got my new nerd shirts!
February 09, 2019
The problem with Assassins as PCs
My Take on the problems that assassins have in Game.
February 08, 2019
Creative Crutches
I discuss a few of my creative crutches when my brain goes to goo. And an announcement.
February 06, 2019
Scammers in Game
I take a real life confrontation with some asshole scammers and figure a way to put it into a game. I swear a lot in this one.
February 02, 2019
Keep Lips Zipped When Creating
Che had an interesting call discussing giving away your creativity.
February 01, 2019
Focus Your Creativity
A technique I use to overcome the ordinary
January 31, 2019
Resurrection at what cost?
I discuss the ultimate re do button.
January 31, 2019
Call in Episode
Lots of calls. I've fallen behind.
January 30, 2019
Just not liking the game
Have you ever been in a game where you liked the people and genre, but couldn't get past the fact you disliked the system? I have for the first time.
January 29, 2019
Prepared Adventures
I've been using more prepared adventures. More than I ever have.
January 23, 2019 is open for business
Built my own website. Stop on by.
January 20, 2019
New Player Excitement
A lady I work with starts her first ever rpg game in February.
January 14, 2019
I finally hit the 100 listeners per episode mark.
January 11, 2019
XP- Organize Them Books- Zines
Call Ins from Che, Colin, and Joe.
January 10, 2019
DM Tarot Unboxing
I get my final Kickstarter from 2018...and candy!
January 08, 2019
Zine Quest Join Me
Kickstarter Announced a tribute to rpg zines for February 2019. They are inviting people to create their own zines. Let's do this.
January 07, 2019
Organizing My Gaming Books
December 28, 2018
Moving the Manor
I am planning on moving Gothridge Manor in 2019. Not sure yet, but looking at potential property. Some how I digress into details of my Patreon and all the fantastic people I back there and a a view backstage of how much is made and how much goes out. Lastly, a unneeded reminder to enjoy the holidays. We have a finite number of them. 
December 24, 2018
Doing Experience Differently
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 14, 2018
My Patreon
December 13, 2018
Gaming Group History
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 10, 2018
Creating Cultures Through Play
December 08, 2018
Game Week
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 07, 2018
Character Arc Through a Campaign
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 04, 2018
My Campaign Inspirations and Development
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 04, 2018
Sponsers for Anchor!?!?
November 30, 2018
Game Night Cleansing the Temple
November 29, 2018
Publisher Series: My Take of the Changes on RPGNow
A batch of call-ins. RPGNow not surviving Thanos's snap. And Bug throwing a fit.
November 24, 2018
Building a Thieves Guild
November 13, 2018
Levels of Room Description
November 13, 2018
My Monster Books
A tour of the monster books in my office.
November 11, 2018
Anatomy of Adventure Writing: Part 2: Room Detail
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
November 06, 2018
Music and Sound Effects in Game
November 04, 2018
Anatomy of Adventure Writing Part 1
Introduction and GM Notes
November 03, 2018
Podcast with The Happy Whisk
October 26, 2018
Before and After
October 25, 2018
Player Choice
October 22, 2018
Investigative Adventures
October 18, 2018
Game Prep
October 15, 2018
October 10, 2018
Writing for other people
October 01, 2018
Gambling and Tournaments
September 30, 2018
Different Ways to Create NPCs
September 18, 2018
Henchmen Werespiders
September 17, 2018
Publisher Series: Self Promotion
September 14, 2018
Retiring Products
September 13, 2018
Publisher Series: What are words worth?
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
September 12, 2018
1 on 1 gaming
September 05, 2018
Call In Bonanza
September 04, 2018
My Experience with 'Pay What You Want'
I recently purchased two Anchorcasters products. Larry Hamilton's, Locks, Vaults, and Hiding Places. And Howard Belieff's, A Bakers Denizen. Both use the PWYW option. I wanted to share my experience this pricing strategy.
August 31, 2018
Critical Hits
August 30, 2018
Tent Revival
August 15, 2018
Quantum Ogre
August 11, 2018
Call In Episode
August 10, 2018
Campaign Organization
August 08, 2018
Finding the Time to Game
August 07, 2018
Thieves Guilds
July 30, 2018
I talk a lot
July 24, 2018
Call In Episode
I answer or discuss call ins I've recently been sent. Thanks.
July 23, 2018
OSR as a Business
The evolution of OSR from fiesty bloggers to award winning full time publishers
July 20, 2018
Mail Call
July 18, 2018
My June Patreon Goodies
Want to know more about my Micro-Adventures for June. Hyroth my NPC card, leader of a fake cult. Adventure Time game time tracker card. And Into the Ruins, a short adventure that could take the party to Hell.
July 16, 2018
ENnies Messages
I go through the calls I received for my enniewry episode.
July 14, 2018
Solo Gaming
Matt Jackson grabbed me a copy of Four Against the Darkness so I'm going to start my solo gaming career.
July 13, 2018
Ennies What Are They Good For?
My take on the whole Ennie awards thing. For what it's worth.
July 12, 2018
Gothridge Manor the Blog Part 1
I get
July 11, 2018
Uncomfortable Topics in Game
I was surprised last night that a topic came up that I stopped the game to address it. We resolved it quickly with a good conversation.
July 10, 2018
Low Tech Design, Pondering Spell Rarity and Death Rolls
Enjoying the Sunday sun designing an adventure on the back deck with pen and dice thinking about spells. Installing a spell rarity aspect. And lastly how I house rule death rolls.
July 08, 2018
Keeping it Fresh by Playing Different Genres
Playing different genres of games helps me gain fresh ideas and approaches to my tried and true love of fantasy.
July 02, 2018
Politics, the Measure, the Sliding Scale of Asshole
Good grief, I talk a little about politics. Fuck. I hope never to do that again.
July 02, 2018
Taverns Use In Game
How I use and develop taverns in game. I provide a couple of examples.
July 01, 2018
Scaling Spells to Grow in Power ast the Mage Grows in Power
I'm working on scaling spells to grow in power as a mage gains experience. To make low level spells relevant at higher levels.
June 30, 2018
Running my 3rd Session
June 26, 2018
Balanced Encounters?
June 25, 2018
Random Gaming Stuff
Just updating the progress of my game.
June 21, 2018
Work and Gaming
I get a little personal in this one. How work affects mb gaming.
June 19, 2018
Self Promotion Problem
My lack of wanting to self promote is a problem.
June 18, 2018
Hit Points Arguement
Yup. I like my hit points few and bloody.
June 17, 2018
First Campaign Session
Ran my first session for my new campaign. Got a friend back into gaming. That was the biggest win of the night.
June 15, 2018
Building a Halfling Community
I share the steps I take to build and present a Halfling Community to my player. What I include and how I hope to use it.
June 12, 2018
Session 0.2
I go into more detail of why and how I lead up to and run Session 0.
June 11, 2018
Episode 29: My 3 Favorite Adventure Modules
Steve C over at Dice Roll Zine Podcast asked what were your 3 favorite adventure modules. Here are mine with a few honorable mentions.
June 08, 2018
Session 0
I like to develop character background using the players ideas and then giving them information specific to the character. Run one or two individual sessions to grow the character into the campaign world.
June 05, 2018
My Patreon
I give details of my Patreon. Even where all the vast amounts of money I make goes.
June 04, 2018
Randomly Generating Room Contents Part 1
I have many ways I develop adventures and what I put on them. This is part one that will be a semi regular series.
May 31, 2018
Time to Think
I'm on vacation. On my back deck. And I share how valuable it is for me to hand these moments to think. To complete a thought. To give my creativity time to breathe.
May 30, 2018
I'm on Facebook...again
I'm giving it a go again. That thing called Facebook. I've had my issues. And 300 words tonight! Brain is in full gamer mode. Unclogged by Adulting.
May 27, 2018
Map or Mind
I talk about my perspective as a player and GM using maps or theatre of the mind. The pros and cons as I see it.
May 26, 2018
Expansive Storyline...The Werewolf
I'm in an Adventures in Middle Earth game. About a year now. And I talk about how Rob Conley is able to weave an expansive storyline to get us involved with the setting. It's fantastic.
May 25, 2018
A Bad Game Night is Still a Good Game Night
A quick ramble about last night's game session. Not much progress. But remembering what'sI'll important.
May 22, 2018
The Process of Creating My Micro-Adventure
A look at how I came up with my latest micro adventure with only a few tangents.
May 22, 2018
Starting Characters in a New Campaign
A few ways I introduce new characters into a campaign.
May 19, 2018
Random Friday
Roll for random topics.
May 18, 2018
All over the place
Beware. I'm All over the place on this one. You'll learn about one of my pet peeves and why I shouldn't do a podcast at the end of the day.
May 17, 2018
How use imprisonment your game and not have the players hate you...maybe.
May 16, 2018
Doing too much
I've been taking on a lot of projects, playing more than I've ever played and trying to keep productive with my writing.
May 15, 2018
Resource and Encumbrance
Other elements in game that usually hand wave unless it becomes part of the adventure.
May 14, 2018
Weather in Game
How weather influences game; combat, the cultures and how it can add a time element to an adventure.
May 12, 2018
My NPC Cards
I talk about how I work on my NPC Cards.
May 10, 2018
Playing Styles
I yap about how I adapt from playing a goofball style game to an in character style.
May 09, 2018
A Thanks from Frank
May 04, 2018
The Value of Playtesting
I talk about some things I learned last night with the Playtesting I ran.
May 03, 2018
Shout Out to Hobbs and Village Random Encounters and Development
Shout out to Hobbs and Friends for an excellent episode. Then me talking about developing a village through the use of a random encounter table.
May 01, 2018
Finding a Home for My Podcast and a little something about Playtesting
Exploring options for a home for future episodes and the trickyness of Playtesting.
April 30, 2018
Random Encounters: Hex Crawl & Dungeons
I focus on how I use and develop random encouters. And the differences between a hex crawl and dungeon random table.
April 24, 2018
Organizing the Disorganization...Failure
A little bit personal. A bit where I failed tho organize. Random ruins. And a short bitch about Spring road construction.
April 23, 2018
Podcast vs. Video Poll
I'm developing a hexcrawl campaign using Komor Forest, my setting I've used for the past year when writing my Micro-Adventures and Micro-Locations. I put a poll into my G+ feed to see what folks would prefer, a podcast or video.
April 22, 2018