Gothridge Manor

Focus Your Creativity

An episode of 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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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 9, 2019
Unboxings with Whisk
October 4, 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 9, 2019
To Hobbs and MonkeyBlood...Bravo
I give a shout out to two guys who did something that wasn't easy nor popular.
August 7, 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 4, 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 6, 2019
Getting Input from Your Players
Call Ins and the topic of getting input from your players at the end of a session.
July 5, 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 3, 2019
Teeko Strikes Back
I talk about to much to write here.
July 3, 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 1, 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 8, 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 5, 2019
Best Heist EVAR! With a gaggle of call ins.
Title says it all.
June 4, 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 3, 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 1, 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 8, 2019
Monday Game Cancelled and a Patreon Update
Read the title. It is the description.
May 7, 2019
Anchorites Call In or are They Doppelgangers
Call in episode
May 4, 2019
Some details on how I run Doppelgangers.
May 3, 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 2, 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 1, 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 9, 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 6, 2019
The Kill Box
Got my Stranger Things box set. Talk about last nights game and the death of the first character.
April 2, 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 1, 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 8, 2019
The Holy Hobbit
I go through four call ins then go over the holy hobbit and the difference in mage classes.
March 7, 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 5, 2019
Creating Characters for the New Campaign
Three call ins and creating the details for characters in my new campaign.
March 2, 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 9, 2019
The problem with Assassins as PCs
My Take on the problems that assassins have in Game.
February 8, 2019
Creative Crutches
I discuss a few of my creative crutches when my brain goes to goo. And an announcement.
February 6, 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 2, 2019
Keep Lips Zipped When Creating
Che had an interesting call discussing giving away your creativity.
February 1, 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 8, 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 7, 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 8, 2018
Game Week
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 7, 2018
Character Arc Through a Campaign
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 4, 2018
My Campaign Inspirations and Development
Latest episode of Gothridge Manor
December 4, 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 6, 2018
Music and Sound Effects in Game
November 4, 2018
Anatomy of Adventure Writing Part 1
Introduction and GM Notes
November 3, 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 1, 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 5, 2018
Call In Bonanza
September 4, 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 8, 2018
Finding the Time to Game
August 7, 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 8, 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 2, 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 2, 2018
Taverns Use In Game
How I use and develop taverns in game. I provide a couple of examples.
July 1, 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 8, 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 5, 2018
My Patreon
I give details of my Patreon. Even where all the vast amounts of money I make goes.
June 4, 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 9, 2018
A Thanks from Frank
May 4, 2018
The Value of Playtesting
I talk about some things I learned last night with the Playtesting I ran.
May 3, 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 1, 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
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