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Instadeath Survivors Support Group

Instadeath Survivors Support Group

By Brian Hazzard
A podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them.

ISSG Features in-depth interviews with authors of modern gamebooks and highlights of gamebook community happenings.
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Lone Wolf: The Wolf Pack
S02E17 - Ben Dever and Vincent Lazzari are back to talk about the community of Lone Wolf fans: The Wolf Pack. This is the last in a series of 3 interview episodes about Lone Wolf in celebration of the release of the release of the first 3 definitive edition books. Clickity Click Click... The Holmgard press website: https://magnamund.com/ Subscribe to the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwTrrTuIv-EcWMhvuEJSPzQ Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/instadeathpod Help me cover my costs: https://www.patreon.com/instadeath
12:26
May 17, 2022
The Fires of Chaterra (Play Session, Part 2)
S02E16 - This is part 2 of my play session of The Fires of Chaterra with Cezar Capacle. Last time, we got to know our characters Carter and Twig, and travel through Carter’s old home of Mushtown, which was ravaged by the Everflame. In this episode, our heroes are faced with some difficult choices as the plot takes a turn. Don’t forget, if you would like to see the design process for this game, you can head over to the Instadeath YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWz2OBh6EGE&t=1812s What your about to hear is a fully improvised journey through a fantasy kingdom, through the eyes of it’s lowliest citizens. So relax and enjoy, part 2 of The Fires of Chaterra… Cezar's Twitter: http://twitter.com/capacle Cezar's Itch: https://capacle.itch.io Watch it Designed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWz2OBh6EGE&t=1812s Get the Game: https://instadeath.itch.io/chaterra
38:33
April 28, 2022
The Fires of Chaterra (Play Session, Part 1)
S02E15 - I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Cezar Capacle, a Brazilian designer with a flare for solo and/or gmless, tabletop rpgs. Most of his games are light on rules and heavy on immersion. He’s an incredibly innovative designer, and a talented improvisational role-player… And I consider myself a Superfan. Cezar is currently hosting a game design jam for games built with his Push rpg system, and to celebrate that, Cezar and I got together to design a game together and record the process. The result of that design session was The Fires of Chaterra. If you would like to see the design process, you can head over to the YouTube channel. Just search Instadeath Podcast on Youtube, or click the link in the show notes. In this and the next episode of the podcast, Cezar and I got back together to record an actual play to show the game in action. What your about to hear is a fully improved actual play session of the game, and I’m proud both of how the game turned out, and the tale that Cezar and I wove together with it. So relax and enjoy, The Fires of Chaterra… Cezar's Twitter: http://twitter.com/capacle Cezar's Itch: https://capacle.itch.io Watch it Designed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWz2OBh6EGE&t=1812s Get the Game: https://instadeath.itch.io/chaterra
49:44
April 26, 2022
Lone Wolf: The Future of Magnamund (w/ Ben Dever & Vincent Lazzari)
S02E14 - We continue our discussion with Ben Dever and Vincent Lazzari to talk about the future of the world of Magnamund. This is the second in a series of 3 interview episodes about Lone Wolf in celebration of the release of the release of the first 3 definitive edition books. Clickity Click Click... The Holmgard press website: https://magnamund.com/ Subscribe to the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwTrrTuIv-EcWMhvuEJSPzQ Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/instadeathpod Help me cover my costs: https://www.patreon.com/instadeath
15:19
April 13, 2022
Lone Wolf: The Story So Far (w/ Ben Dever & Vincent Lazzari)
S02E13 - I was thrilled to sit down with Ben Dever and Vincent Lazzari to talk about the world of Magnamund, in celebration of the release of the release of the first 3 definitive edition books. This is the first in a series of 3 interview episodes about Lone Wolf. The Holmgard press website: https://magnamund.com/ Subscribe to the audio show: https://anchor.fm/instadeath Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/instadeathpod Help me cover my costs: https://www.patreon.com/instadeath
20:24
March 29, 2022
Technology in TTRPGs w/ Jeremy Morgan (Pericle)
S02E12 - Jeremy is back to talk about technology in a space that celebrates the analog. What can apps bring to ttrpgs? Can software replace a game master? Long Dog Games thinks it can do that and more. Listen to learn one possible vision of a future where analog and digital work together to create one rich tabletop gaming experience.
12:39
March 24, 2022
Why we play TTRPGs - with Jeremy Morgan (Pericle)
Jeremy Morgan is back to chat about why we play TTRPGs. This is a fun conversation that kinda rambles all over the place.  Check out the video version on the Youtube channel at https://youtu.be/WEvvhSEqIGs
12:34
March 15, 2022
Learning from a failed Kickstarter - A discussion with Jeremy Morgan of Long Dog Games (Pericle)
S02E10 - We're back with Jeremy Morgan from Long Dog Games, and today we're going to get into some of the history of Pericle, including their first attempt at Kickstarter and how that's taken them to today, as they're launching their new campaign for Pericle: Gathering Darkness. Jeremy said of their first campaign "We're a bunch of game geeks...Lifelong lovers of games. We're authors, we're artists, we are game creators. The one key thing that was missing is nobody on the team really had any knowledge of crowdfunding at all. We didn't have advertising knowledge. And so what we saw in our first Kickstarter was the people who were with us were like stoked for this game. They thought that  it's a really great idea; this is pushing the boundaries of tabletop RPGs. But our problem was that we spent about $4,000 total in ads and anybody listening, who knows anything about that knows that that's just not enough to do hardly anything with." Pericle: Gathering Darkness is on Kickstarter from March 9th - April 9th, 2022. https://www.periclethegame.com
18:25
March 10, 2022
Jeremy Morgan: A TTRPG with an app as a GM (Pericle)
S02E09 - Pericle is a unique tabletop roleplaying game launching on Kickstarter. Long Dog Games aim to create an experience that is a cross between Dungeons & Dragons and Gloomhaven, all driven by a massive branching narrative in a multimedia app experience. I chat with Jeremy Morgan, the Director of Long Dog Games to talk about the game, the world, and the characters you can play. Check out the game: https://www.periclethegame.com Don't forget to subscribe to the show and rate it wherever you listen to podcasts!
17:00
March 08, 2022
Gamebook Digital Releases, with Stuart Lloyd
S02E08 - Stuart Lloyd stops by to chat about recent digital releases in gamebooks. Always a blast to chat with THE Lloyd of Gamebooks. Check out Stuart's blog: http://www.lloydofgamebooks.com/
14:31
March 03, 2022
Recent Gamebook Releases with Stuart Lloyd
S02E07 - For this short bonus episode, I chat with Stuart Lloyd about recent gamebook releases. So many great gamebooks are being released. Lots to be excited about.
10:09
March 02, 2022
Steam Highwayman Playthrough - Session 4
S02E06 - We continue our exploration of the world of Steam Highwayman. I'm an orphan fighting to survive in the Reeking Metropolis, and I'm 4 wounds and 4 pounds 19 shillings richer. Will I find a way to patch myself up? Or succumb to my injuries? Let's play to find out what happens next! New session every Tuesday and Thursday. The author's website: https://martinbarnabusnoutch.com/ Get it on amazon: https://amzn.to/3gQKMLw You can also ask for it at your local bookseller, and they can order you a copy.
19:14
March 01, 2022
Steam Highwayman Playthrough - Session 3
S02E05 - We continue our exploration of the world of Steam Highwayman. I'm an orphan fighting to survive in the Reeking Metropolis, and I've just been released from custody in Southwork after an ill-fated attempt at securing work with the Bus Cooperative in Camden. Let's play to find out what happens next! New session every Tuesday and Thursday. The author's website: https://martinbarnabusnoutch.com/ Get it on amazon: https://amzn.to/3gQKMLw You can also ask for it at your local bookseller, and they can order you a copy.
21:20
February 24, 2022
2022 Gamebook Events with Stuart Lloyd
S02E04 - For this short bonus episode, I chat with Stuart Lloyd about gamebook related events coming up in 2022. Mark your calendars!
06:37
February 23, 2022
Steam Highwayman Playthrough - Session 2
S02E03 - We continue our exploration of the world of Steam Highwayman. I'm an orphan fighting to survive in the Reeking Metropolis, and I've just left The Flask, where I've laid low to avoid the crooked Constables who are quite cross with me. Let's play to find out what happens next. New session every Tuesday and Thursday. The author's website: https://martinbarnabusnoutch.com/ Get it on amazon: https://amzn.to/3gQKMLw You can also ask for it at your local bookseller, and they can order you a copy.
12:59
February 22, 2022
Steam Highwayman Playthrough - Session 1
S02E02 - Today, we embark together on our first session playing in the world of Steam Highwayman: I'm an orphan fighting to survive in the Reeking Metropolis, this is the beginning of my quest. New Session every Tuesday and Thursday. The author's website: https://martinbarnabusnoutch.com/ Get it on amazon: https://amzn.to/3gQKMLw You can also ask for it at your local bookseller, and they can order you a copy.
17:14
February 17, 2022
Martin Noutch (Steam Highwayman)
S02E01 - For the Season 2 premiere, I sit down for a chat with Martin Noutch to discuss his open world series Steam Highwayman, and the state of gamebooks. We talk about... The importance of looking forward in the gamebook community Why exploring genres other than fantasy is worthwhile How Martin thought about the business side of launching his series How specific details (like the way a beer looks, smells, and tastes, vs "its beer") create a world Innovative Mechanics in Steam Highwayman Watch the Playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSwOODTxm2E The author's website: https://martinbarnabusnoutch.com/ Get it on amazon: https://amzn.to/3gQKMLw You can also ask for it at your local bookseller, and they can order you a copy.
44:17
February 16, 2022
Xmas Special - Twas the Krampus Night Before Christmas
On this very festive Special between seasons for the holiday season, Andrew and I play through "Twas the Krampus Night before Christmas" by Jonathan Green. We hope this dark episode helps make the season bright for you and yours. Get it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/32j7VT2
01:29:55
December 19, 2021
Oct-Nov 2021 Gamebook News w/ Stuart Lloyd
This is an in-between-seasons episode. Friend of the show Stuart Lloyd stopped by to give us the news! We'll learn what several of the previous guests of the show have been up to over the last year... plus I have too much fun with sound effects.
49:30
December 06, 2021
Jamie Thomson (Fighting Fantasy, Falcon, Way of the Tiger, Fabled Lands)
For this ad-free finale episode, I sit down for a chat with gamebooks legend, Jamie Thomson. He’s authored or co-authored many of he classics, and he’s responsible for entire new subgeneres. During his career spanning almost 40 years, he’s written standout entries in several classic series, including Fighting Fantasy, Falcon, Way of the Tiger, and Fabled Lands, among others. Thanks for listening to season 1. I look forward to bringing you new content in a new format in season 2, and continue exploring the world of interactive fiction with you.
01:00:14
November 16, 2021
KJ Shadmand (The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure)
S01E20: For our penultimate episode in season 1, we interview the author of The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure, KJ Shadmand. We’ll learn about his approach to adapting and expanding classic works of fiction into immersive interactive literary experiences. What’s KJ’s favorite Man OWar album, listen to find out! Get The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure on Amazon
44:33
November 04, 2021
The Island of Doctor Moreau by KJ Shadmand - Part 2
For Episode 19, my sister and I are continuing our play-through series of The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure by KJ Shadmand. I'm excited for my interview with the author in the next episode! In this part 2 episode, Erica has survived the perilous seas, only to find herself in the company of a mad scientist of sorts. Is she a guest or a prisoner, and will she escape with all of her humanity intact? Listen to find out. The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure on Amazon
45:13
September 04, 2021
The Island of Doctor Moreau by KJ Shadmand - Part 1
S01E18 - For Episode 18 we're beginning a new play-through series with a special guest, my sister Erica. We'll be focussing on The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure by KJ Shadmand. And when we're done with the play-through, we'll have a conversation with the author. In this first episode, our ship is sinking... will Erica find her way to safety, or inhabit a watery grave? The Island of Doctor Moreau: An Interactive Adventure on Amazon
52:11
August 16, 2021
Simon Birks (Arcane Rites)
S01E17 - For Episode 17, we're finishing out our 3 episode special covering Arcane Rites: Cult of the Pajoli by interviewing the author, Simon Birks. We talk about the book, how Simon approached planning the book, and his plans for the sequel. We also chat about his upcoming Lovecraft gamebook, and bringing diversity and inclusion into modern takes on classic literature. All in all, an enlightening interview with an author who has written in just about every format. The Blue Fox Comics website Blue Fox Gamebooks on Facebook
30:27
August 02, 2021
Arcane Rites: Cult of the Pajoli, Part 2
For Episode 16, we're continuing our play-through of Arcane Rites: Cult of the Pajoli by Simon Birks. Will Andrew survive?. This is the second in a series of 3 related episodes: Two parts of a long play-through, followed by an interview with Simon Birks, the author of the gamebook. The Blue Fox Comics website Blue Fox Gamebooks on Facebook
45:40
July 22, 2021
Arcane Rites: Cult of the Pajoli, Part 1
For Episode 15, we're playing through Arcane Rites: Cult of the Pajoli. And to make the choices for our hero, you guessed it, Andrew is back. This is the first in a series of 3 related episodes: Two parts of a long play-through, followed by an interview with Simon Birks, the author of the gamebook. The Blue Fox Comics website Blue Fox Gamebooks on Facebook
52:40
July 08, 2021
Epic Gamebook Collections
For episode 14, I spoke with two of my friends from the online gamebooks communities on Facebook. Louise and Michael have HUGE and unique gamebook collections. So we chatted about their approach to collecting, and what motivates them to collect. Louise's Gamebook Collection Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/966525794108599
42:26
June 28, 2021
S01E13 - Infected Play-through (James Schannep's Click Your Poison)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E13: For episode 13, Andrew is back for another play-through. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Infected by James Schannep, we’ll brave the harrowing, and often  hilarious post apocolyptic zombie thriller that was Mr. Schannep’s first gamebook which kicked off the entire Click Your Poison series. Will Andrew save humanity, or shamble ravenously for all eternity? That’s going to depend on the choices Andrew makes. James's Blog Get the 10th anniversary hardcover edition of Infected on Amazon
01:00:06
June 11, 2021
Peter Blenkharn - (CEO of ITB games, publishers of Alba)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E12: For episode 12 I caught up with Peter Blenkharn, CEO of Inside The Box Board Games (ITB). ITB is the company behind Alba, the most funded gamebook Kickstarter project ever. And it's only the first in their new series, Open World Adventure Books. We talk about the business of gamebooks and the future of the Open World Adventure Book series. ITB on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itbboardgames Alba Preorder: https://alba.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
01:04:39
May 30, 2021
Jon Lunn (Spidermind Games, Legendary Kingdoms)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E11: For episode 11, I talked to Jon Lunn of Spidermind games. Jon is NOT a gamebook author, but produced the Legendary Kingdoms series. His steady hand in business is certainly a big factor in why the recent kickstarter for Book 2: Crown and Tower raised over $280,000, making it one of the biggest gamebook launches in recent years. I chat with him about how Spidermind came to be, and how they've found success. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thelevelup/legendary-kingdoms-crown-and-tower
01:04:54
May 21, 2021
Samuel Isaacson (The Entram Epic, Escape from Portsrood Forest)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E10 - For episode 10, I chat with Samuel Isaacson author of the sci-fi trilogy The Entram Epic, and the fantasy romp Escape from Portsrood Forest (previously featured on the show). Sam's Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/isaacsonauthor/​ Solar War on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SjoitL​ Escape from Portsrood Forest on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QD0qkp​
43:49
May 10, 2021
Psycho Killer Playthrough
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E09 - For episode 9, I bring on my brother in law for some stabby stabby action playing through David Lowrie’s horror gamebook Psycho Killer. Can Andrew get out of the building alive before his murderous pursuer brings him to his gruesome end… That depends on Andrew’s endurance, strength, agility, intelligence, charisma, and fortune… but most of all, the choices he’ll make. WARNING: This episode contains gruesome scenes of violence and death... and several curse words. Listener discretion is advised. Psycho Killer on Amazon Black Dog Gamebooks on Facebook
01:12:59
May 01, 2021
Dr. Graham Wilson - Bruidd (Rise of the Ancients)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E08 - For episode 8, I talk to Dr. Graham Wilson. Dr. Wilson is a computing lecturer at Moray college UHC in Scotland. He's a long time game book fan has written academically about branching narratives... And now he's a game book author. He published book one of Rise of the Ancients in 2020, the first in a seven book series. Rise of the Ancients Facebook Page Bruidd on Amazon Bruidd on DriveThroughRPG
41:30
April 24, 2021
James Schannep - Spied (Click Your Poison)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath For episode 7, James Schannep and I chat about his Click Your Poison series, and the latest of the bunch, "Spied". Spied on Amazon James' Blog Discussion Group & Book Club
32:32
April 17, 2021
David Lowrie - Black Dog Gamebooks (Shadow Thief, Straight to Hell, Psycho Killer)
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E06 - For episode 6, I speak with David Lowrie, a prolific british gamebook author with a knack for stomach turning horror. David's Author Page on Amazon Black Dog Gamebooks on DriveThruRPG Black Dog Gamebooks on Facebook
38:10
April 11, 2021
Playthrough of Escape from Portsrood Forest, by Samuel Issaacson
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E05 - For episode 5, I bring on my buddy Joe to play through Samuel Isaacson’s Escape from Portsrood Forest. Will our hero escape the whimsical but menacing forest or die trying? Well, that’s all down to Joe’s choices. Get Escape from Portsrood Forest on Amazon
38:40
April 06, 2021
The Gamebook Zine - The first issue of a new interactive fiction fanzine
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E04 - For episode 4, I sit down for a celebratory chat with contributors to the first issue of the brand new Gamebook Zine. We talk about the features in the first issue, and what's coming for the zine. Participants: Yours Truly (Brian Hazzard) Simon Palmer James Day TroyAnthony Schermer Patrick ONeill Referenced Links: Gamebook Zine on Itch.io Gamebook Zine on Amazon Gamebook Jam
21:41
April 04, 2021
Victoria Hancox - Author of the horror series "Choose your path and face the consequence"
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E03 - For episode 3, I chat with a rising star of horror gamebooks, Victoria Hancox. She started publishing gamebooks in 2019, and is already 3 books into a 6 book series. We talk about how she brought her background in science and medicine into her first book, and deep themes of misogyny and control of women, as well as animal cruelty to her series. You can learn more about Victoria on her blog. Or, check out her books on Amazon: Nightshift The Alchemist's Folly The Phantom Self
25:31
March 28, 2021
Oliver Hulme - Author of Legendary Kingdoms
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E02 - For episode 2, I chat with Oliver Hulme from Spidermind games. Oliver is the author of Legendary Kingdoms series, and you can tell from our chat that he is absolutely passionate about gamebooks. Legendary Kingdoms is a party campaign based open world series. Book 2 "Crown & Tower" is currently live on Kickstarter and is doing amazingly. After listening to the episode, check out Crown & Tower on Kickstarter.
40:24
March 27, 2021
Stuart Lloyd - Our Gamebook Sherpa
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath S01E01 - For our first ever episode of ISSG, we have Stuart Lloyd, our gamebook guide through the many worlds of gamebooks. Referenced Links: Stuart's Blog Scrawl Facebook Group Get Lonewolf Free Online Heart of Ice on Amazon
25:47
March 25, 2021
Welcome to Instadeath Survivors Support Group
Instadeath Survivors Support Group is a podcast all about gamebooks, and the writers and readers who adore them. S01E00 - This is NOT episode 1, but rather an episode zero, in which I blather on about what this podcast is all about. Visit our Patreon to support the show: patreon.com/instadeath
07:20
March 24, 2021