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Joethelawyer's Not-So-Wondrous Imaginings

Joethelawyer's Not-So-Wondrous Imaginings

By Joethelawyer
Hi everyone! I'll be sharing my thoughts about all things Dungeons and Dragons related. I'm an old school OSR D&D gamer who finds himself running three different face-to-face D&D 5e games. Go figure. :)
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The Return of the Joe and Bro D&D Firepit Show!
We're back!  In front of a hot fire, with some cold beers, talking about D&D 
November 8, 2021
Classic Rock Artists as D&D Character Classes and Tropes
Inspired by Tim and Ivy over at the Gothridge Manor Podcast, which classes would various artists of the classic rock era be?  Enjoy!
March 10, 2021
The Epic Tim Shorts and Rob Conley Joint Interview
This was a blast!  I was finally able to do a joint interview with Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor, and Rob Conley from Bat in the Attic.  They are good friends who have been gaming together since they were kids in the 80's.  Lots of great old stories from two of the most creative guys in the OSR.  I know you'll enjoy it.  
August 23, 2020
Joe and Bro Firepit Show
We talk about online gaming in the time of Corona, conventions, how each of our games are going, mass combat, world development, and, of course, Matt Jackson
August 20, 2020
Joe and Bro Corona Apocalypse Firepit Show!
We catch up on life, what games we are playing, and how his migration to Roll 20 has been going.
April 5, 2020
It's Matt Jackson's 78th Birthday! Everyone Go Wish Him Happy Bday!
That's right, the grandfather of the OSR and the inspiration behind the phrase "pulling a jackson" is approaching his 80's quickly!  He will absolutely love all the bday wishes he can get.   His blog is  where you can leave a message, and his podcast is , where you can leave a voicemail. Happy Bday you grouchy old bastard!
February 2, 2020
I'm Back! Game Updates, Voicemails, Goals for the New Year. Enjoy!
Thanks for listening guys!  A few updates on the games I'm playing and running, plus some voicemails.  
January 15, 2020
Joe and Bro Firepit Show: Mentzer for Kids, Him DM'ing, My Solo Game With Him, and Two Months of Voicemails
Enjoy!  Sorry for not responding to all the voicemails sooner.  I was taking a bit of a break.
October 14, 2019
Matt Jackson Walks Into A Strip Bar....
Just what the title says.  All about our bet.  :)  Plus updates on stuff. 
September 23, 2019
Here’s what a freakin’ nerd I am.....
430 am ramblings
August 25, 2019
I'm No Longer DM'ing 5e, Cthulhu, and 14 Blog Posts Coming Up With Awesome 5e Content!
I get into why I'm no longer DM'in5 my three 5e games, talk about the 5e Cthulhu book I got in the mail the other day, and go into the 14 scheduled blogposts I have coming up with all the stuff I made up for 5e that I'm kinda proud of.  Plus a voicemail from Tim Short of Gothridge Manor.  Enjoy! My blog:
August 24, 2019
Joe and Bro Firepit Show
He is starting a new campaign as my old bastards game  shifts to just he and I, DM knowledge of the rules vs knowledge of how to DM, new boxed set review, blogs not as relevant anymore, and more!  Enjoy :)
August 11, 2019
Cyberpunk 2020 versus Shadowrun! Looking for feedback!
Leave as many multiple Jacksons as you want.  Looking for feedback! 
July 29, 2019
My Shirecon Event Has Been Submitted, Mapping Night, New Guy Complications, Plus Voicemails!
I chose the system and game I'm running at Shirecon, updates on mapping night, some Middle Earth complications with the new guy, and voicemails from Lieren, Tim Shorts, and John of Red Dice Diaries
July 28, 2019
A Smorgasbord of Fun! A HUGE Podcast Covering Tons o' Crapola.
Voicemails, Game updates, Player Skill v Player Knowledge, Housereules and when you have to break them due to fairness, My go-to OSR Basic-type system, Mail call plus what I'm reading, and a preview of my next podcast.  Enjoy! 
July 24, 2019
Ren Fair DnD Game Was a Success! Plus Voicemails from Tim, Ivy, Colin and Lieren
We had a great time both at the fair and the after party back at my place.  Enjoy!
July 7, 2019
Definitely NSFW Joe And Bro Weekend Firepit Show: A Tim Shorts Tribute Episode. Plus, Rude Shit. Snowflakes: Don't Listen
Featuring an Un-packaging of Tim's Latest Patreon Stuff, a Discussion Based on His Last Podcast, and Some Shit No One at Home or Work Should Hear Regarding the Rappan Athuk Fuck Trap.  Also, Apologies to Spikepit and the Rest of the U.K.
June 22, 2019
Game Updates, Ren Faire Gameday Plans, and a SJW's Wet Dream of a Trap in Rappan Athuk
Updates on all three games I'm DM'ing, how my plan to have players from all three games meetup and play together at a local Ren Faire, and a sex trap in Rappan Athuk.
June 21, 2019
EP51 Game Prep for Tomorrow Night! Plus, Some Forgotten Realms 5e Modules You May Not Have Heard Of
Hi Guys.  Thanks for all the warm wishes on my 50th!  Talking about game prep and some older 5e compatible FR modules you may not know about. Enjoy!
June 15, 2019
EP50 Episode 50!!! What I've learned so far
It ain’t much. :) Thanks for all your support guys. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you.
June 14, 2019
Game night! Recap of last weeks game, looking forward to this week. Plus how I define an OSR game
Following up on a message I left Jason Hobbs on how I define an OSR game. Plus game night recap and prep.
June 10, 2019
Killed 4 of 7 PC's the Other Night, Fritz Leiber Book Find, Game Balance in 5e v OSR, Plus VM's on movies, 2e, Bday Wishes and Rottgrubbery
Near TPK with the Old Fuckers Game, Fritz Leiber book find plus an update on my brother's wife, Game balance in 5e v the OSR, plus tons of VM's on movies, rottgrubs, my bday, and 2e.
May 29, 2019
Top Movies and Shows of the OSR Anchorites!
Check out my latest Podcast, where I publish all your voicemails about  the top movies and shows newer younger players should watch to more Old  School themselves.  Plus responses to other voicemails.
May 22, 2019
XP! A Survey of How All The Older Editions And Clones Award Non Monster XP, Plus a Request for HELP!
I compare how XP for gold piece value from magic and treasure is awarded in OD&D, Holmes,  B/X, Mentzer Basic and Expert, Rules Cyclopedia, AD&D, OSRIC, Swords and Wizardry, Labyrinth Lord, Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea, and LOTFP.  Plus, I ask for your top cool movies or TV shows for younger players to watch to give them the old school vibe---and I'm gonna give them XP to watch each of them.  I list some of my top pics.
May 17, 2019
A Short One on Hear Noise/Listen/Perception
Just what it says---but what stat modifies it?
May 15, 2019
More Raggi Voicemails, Race as Class, Being Too Prepared, Fear of Launching, Success and Failure, and Game Updates,
A few voicemails from Chuck Thorin, Evil Jeff, and Cody M, I talk about race as class some more, Blood Island and how I get in my own way, overcoming fears, game updates, Characters pausing to be merchants, and dropping out of a game that doesn't feel like a good match.  Enjoy!
May 11, 2019
B/X Race as Class Solution, Game Updates, Saltmarsh for 5e, B/X Essentials Kickstarter. Thoughts...
Random stuff and some updates. Plus I fixed what I screwed up with Colin’s last voice mail.
May 5, 2019
Response to Jason Hobbs on What Was and What Is the OSR, plus voicemails and updates
Some voicemails from the Brothers Green, Whisk, Matt and a plethora of others!  Plus some points I agree and disagree with Hobbs on regarding his latest podcast.  Finished it up with some game updates, including playing DnD at a Ren Fair.  :)
May 3, 2019
Hey Raggi, Fuck You! Where's My Fucking Book?
I backed the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Hardcover Referee Book in 2013.  Almost six years now, and no goddamned book yet.  What the fuck, man?
May 1, 2019
Joe and Bro Show Firepit chat!
Topic of the night: concerting older first and second edition modules to 5e, plus our normal BS session. Enjoy!
April 21, 2019
Let Your Freak Flag Fly! Plus Like a ZILLION Voicemails
On 4-20, the official Weed Holiday, I talk about why I talk about weed, and about being yourself and letting your freak flag fly.  Plus, about 20 voicemails from like everyone in the OSR Anchorite Community from the past few weeks.
April 20, 2019
A Podcast straight from the Bowels of Hell—-the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
Game updates, triple mega campaign convergence, Running one shots, my new pc for Tim Shorts’ game, messages I left for for Spikepit, and a bit about James Smith. Here’s the message I just sent my players. “So as most of you know I'm running three different campaigns, all set in my version of the forgotten realms, and all following a similar track. Basically, though you may be in different games, the world you are in is the same. What's going on is the same. Yeah, there are inconsistencies, like two groups did the same thing, but whatever. Anyhow, I have a massively epic final battle set for the end of all the campaigns. Whichever group gets there first triggers the event, which will effect all groups. Meaning, all groups will have to get into the final fight, no matter where they are in the timeline. No one group is that far ahead of the others in terms of level, so you'll likely be about the same for the final fight. From here on out I'm going to be doing different things with each group As much as I can, so there are less time space continuum type of overlaps. (Like two different adventure groups saved Phandalin for example). The reason I'm saying all this is because once one group triggers the event, or it's just time for it to happen in their timeline, it's gonna happen in the timeline of all three groups. Once I see this coming up I'm gonna rent a bigass room somewhere and we are going to get all three groups together on a Saturday for an 8-10 hour or more playing session. You will all play together in the final epic battle. As of now that's 16 individual players playing a total of 20 different characters. You'll have at least a months notice of the event so you can arrange for time off from work, Etc. this event is likely at least 18-24 months in the future. I just wanted to make sure you all knew what was coming. If you miss it, you'll miss the grand culmination of all you've done for the entire campaign. I won't let one player play another person's character for this grand event. You will have earned a place at the table for the final battle. Show up! Food and booze too for the grand event of course. :). “
April 13, 2019
Joe and Bro Show. Literally a Fireside Chat
Me and my brother, sitting in front of a fire, just chillin. Talking dnd, drinking some drink, smoking some smoke
April 7, 2019
A Podcast Listing All The OSR Anchorite Podcasts I Know Of: Tell Me What I'm Missing!
I run down a list of the ones I know.  Tell me ones that are not on my list and I'll share those with everyone in a few days.  It's hard to get a comprehensive list, and I hear of new ones only when someone leaves a voicemail it seems, or randomly if they leave a link to it somewhere.  This was at least as of a certain point in time, we have what may be considered a pretty comprehensive list of all of them.    
April 6, 2019
Tim Shorts Killed My Guy. Bastard.
That Sumbitch.
April 4, 2019
Is the DM there to Entertain? Fuck no. Entertain me, bitches!
My commentary on a topic that's floating around, plus some stories about setting expectations and how when you don't its bad for everyone involved.
March 23, 2019
Gaming Updates and Voicemails!
I respond to some voicemails from Colin and Vance, talk about the game I'm playing in that Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor is running, as well as a  State of the Union for all the games I'm running and playing in.   Also, thoughts on Roll 20 and a bit about the game prep I'm doing for Blood Island.  Enjoy!
March 22, 2019
My First Unboxing! Also, a VM From Matt Jackson: Halfling Sex---Does Size Matter?
My First Unboxing!  Christian Walker sent me a one page Zine, and Tim Shorts sent me some back issues of his Zine, The Manor, plus some other cool items, and a Giant Mini came in the mail too.  We also get into a VM from Matt Jackson about Halfling Sex:  Does size matter? Hmmm.. Christian's Blogs and Insta: Tim's Website: Matt's Website:
March 21, 2019
Sidebar Interview With Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue! You Name It, We Talk About It.
Che and I had a very far ranging discussion. Close to two hours! We started talking about the basics of the British educational system, then got into: coddling kids these days as opposed to growing up Gen X; UK educational videos designed to terrify children; existential dread as a child; Father Guido Sarducci, history of the British educational system and the current efforts to privatize it; comparison to USA; John Taylor Gatto; British teachers and their duty under the law to prevent the radicalization of kids; kids being overschooled and lacking social skills and the importance of play;  the need to put the electronic devices away and mindfulness and living in the present moment; 80’s movies and hope; the self directed life vs. the life where you just end up somewhere; the power of changing your mind and being in control of how you react to things life throws your way; religious and spiritual beliefs and finding common ground; Viktor Frankl and making choices;  being grateful and having a positive outlook on life; the promise and failures of the 60’s generation, how RPG’s help you explore other aspects of yourself; moral philosophy in gaming worlds; roleplaying in a dark game vs. a game of heroism; how roleplaying is fundamentally about making choices; what matters in life.
March 10, 2019
Blood Island Player's Manual is UP!
 Hi Everyone! I just uploaded a Players Guide to Blood Island in the  files section of Blood Island on MeWe.  Take a look, let me know what  you think.  I'm aiming for "Game 0" to be either next weekend or the  weekend after.  It's 23 pages, so it'll take a while to read.  Any and all comments criticisms and questions are welcome.  Also, you'll need to  have Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperbores, second edition, to play.  It's not something you can  "wing" based on being familiar with old school games in general.  You  can buy  the Players Manual from DrivethruRPG for less than 10 bucks. 
March 9, 2019
Joe And Bro Show! Roll20, Gygaxian Whatthefuckisms, Electronics and DnD, Dragon 5 with Witches, Balrogs, and playing DnD With Tolkien as your DM
We started out talking about R0ll20 which lead us to electronic stuff at the DnD Table.  We each had a pretty good whatthefuckism, and when we get into Dragon 5 we head off into like 10 tangents on monsters, Tolkien as a DM, Conan and witch sex, and of course the Succbus.
March 5, 2019
Call-ins! and a Karl Lagerfeld Inspired mini-rant on Political Correctness, Smoking Bans, and Cell Phones are all Killing the Art of Conversation
Anchorites responding to my questions about Virtual Tabletops and dice and token usage, as well as responses to my recent interview with Colin.  Call-ins from:  Tim and Ivy Shorts, Che Webster, Matt Jackson, Ray Otus, Shane Ward, and Colin Spikepit Green.  Enjoy!
February 27, 2019
Joe and Bro Sunday Show
We talk about the trajectory of growth as a DM (or at least our growth trajectory), Dragon Magazine #4, Gygaxian Whatthefuckisms, and my brother goes over how I killed his characters over the years.  I dispute all that, btw.
February 25, 2019
Sidebar Interview #2 with Colin "Spikepit" Green
I had a great time talking with Colin about so many things!  From his own personal story, we jumped into topics like Art, History, Shamanism, Creativity, Cave Paintings, Religion, Poetry, Chanting the Iliad in Ancient Greek, Music, Comics, Tolkien, his awesome Hippie Teacher who got him into DnD, Led Zeppelin and his Father-in-law who toured with every cool band ever from the 60's, books he's reading from Appendix N, right down to terrain crafting, 'Zines, and the creative legacy he wants to leave behind for his kids.  It was an awesome conversation, and the time flew by!  Before we knew it 90 minutes had passed.  I hope to do it again soon.  :)
February 24, 2019
Your Preferences for Online Games: Tokens or No? Die Roller Programs or Dice? Also, Memory Lane in my DTRPG Library
I talk about my past gaming history using apps like Roll 20, and my preferences related to tokens and dice rollers.  Looking for your feedback here guys as to what you like. Then I go down memory lane digging through the DriveThruRPG Library of stuff I bought.  
February 23, 2019
Voicemails! Tim and Ivy Shorts, Colin "Spikepit" Green and Darren "RFED" Green, Fran "T" and Che Webster
This back and forth with voicemails are the best part of Anchor, and what makes it a real community I think.    Enjoy!
February 22, 2019
Joe and bro on the Not So Wondrous Imaginings Podcast! Alignment, Gygaxian WhattheFuckisms, and a Review of Dragon Mag 3
We get into all things alignment, and loop in Harry Dresden, Tolkien, Gord the Rogue by Gygax, and of course Pulp Fiction.  Plus, Gygaxian WhattheFuckisms, and Dragon Magazine #3
February 18, 2019
My First Interview! Tim and Ivy Shorts Join Me For a Wide-Ranging Discussion!
Tim and Ivy agreed to be the first victims/guinea pigs for my inaugural interview.  We had a great time talking about how they met, what it's like being married to a fellow creative person, life goals, and which of them likes to Dutch Oven the other in bed, among other things.  We hope you enjoy!  Thanks for listening.  :)
February 16, 2019
A Retro-Review/Tribute to Christian Walker's Loviatar Zine, Wherein I Nominate Him For Patron Saint of All OSR Zines
This was the Zine that I believe started off the big Zine craze in 2011, 2012, 2013.  Since there seems to be a resurgence of interest in Zines now, due mostly to that big Kickstarter thing, I thing it's important to understand some great underlying principles that Christian explained he was trying to adhere to when publishing this Zine.  He sets out an ethos, a way of going about it, that we could all learn from.  Here's to Christian, Patron Saint of OSR Zines.
February 12, 2019
Episode 20 Baby! Minor Milestone :) Joethelawyer and his brother Mike talk Gygaxian Whatthefuckisms, Snowflakes, and Dragon Magazine 2!
The Joe and Bro Show!  We each have a whatthefuckism, we hit Dungeon 2, and then Dragon 2, talk lots of stuff in there, hit on generational playstyle differences based on a game I am running, one shot kills, Copyright issues with early Dieties and Demigods, and lots more!
February 11, 2019
City Adventures: Freedoms and Limitations; Hexcrawl Update; Podcast Update
A bit about what happened the other night with my players in a city game, and thoughts on some of the unique challenges inherent in city games, as opposed to what many players are used to.  Plus updates on both my Hexcrawl, Blood Island, and on where I plan to take this blog. 
February 8, 2019
Another great podcast with my brother.
We discuss Magic-Users/Wizards both old school and new, Cantrips, a new game he is playing called Anthem and how it reminds him of DnD, Dragon Magazine issue 1 sparks a lot of discussion, and finally I  introduce him to GNS Theory and we dissect our group.
February 4, 2019
A conversation with my brother about the old days, current days, and Temple of Elemental Evil.
Plus Voicemails!  it was cool to do this joint podcast with my brother.  Maybe we can make it a weekly thing!  We went over some current stuff, some stuff from the old days, and just generally bullshat about all things DnD.
January 21, 2019
Game prep for the Waterdeep thief adventure, voicemails, including one from my brother
Wherein my brother says I'm getting soft for not killing off the whole party the other day.
January 11, 2019
Blood Island is Back! Plus an update on my AD&D game from last night, and a cool life story. Enjoy
Good times guys.  I decided to run an AS&SH game in the West Marches style for my old Blood Island game.  Plus an update on how my AD&D game went as a player from last night, and some personal stuff.  
January 11, 2019
I'm Back!
Game updates, Life Updates, New AD&D game, New Thief Game in Waterdeep, Gaming Disappointments, and the Goddamned Deck of Many Things 
January 9, 2019
Voicemails and Friday's Gygaxian What-The-Fuckisms.
December 15, 2018
Thursday's Gygaxian What-The-Fuckisms
Latest episode of Joethelawyer's Not-So-Wondrous Imaginings
December 14, 2018
Tuesday's Gygaxian What-The-Fuckisms
Voicemails and more what-the-fuckisms. Plus the Zombie Apocalypse and why I'll be riding it out in style.
December 12, 2018
Gary Said What? AD&D DMG What-The Fuckisms. Plus a whole lotta other stuff.
A challenge to all OSR Anchorites! Plus voicemails and my rambling answers. Captain Morgan and Pineapple Express may have been an influential guest host tonight.
December 9, 2018
The No So Wondrous Tavern Chat! Recorded Live from a Bar in NYC.
I had a great time in NYC with Erik, his lovely wife Rachel, and Judd Karlman. Plus some voicemails!
December 3, 2018
Setting Expectations Regarding Settings and Playstyle, and a Bit About Multiclassing
Lots of voicemails, followed by me talking about setting expectations ahead of time when it comes to your setting. Lastly, a bit about why I don't allow multiclassing in 5e.
November 28, 2018
A little bit about everything. A smorgasbord of fun!
Voicemails! A bit on the latest controversy What is the OSR? What we play v. what we want to play What we buy v. what we use or find useful
November 18, 2018
Adventurers in AD&D vs. Heroes in 2nd Edition. Plus the Code of Ethics!
A brief follow up on the thief stuff from yesterday, a voicemail from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor, and then a discussion of the main stylistic difference between 1st ed and 2nd ed D&D---Adventurers vs. Heroes.
November 14, 2018
D&D: a Game of Power and How They Broke Thieves in Newer Editions
Some thoughts that came to me while reading Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyporborea, especially regarding thieves and power. Rough stream of consciousness stuff.
November 13, 2018
Episode 3: How to make 5e more Old School in feel. Plus--My Podcast is now available everywhere!
Some different ways to make 5e run more like an old school game---not that my players let me do all of them. :) Plus: links on my blog to everywhere you can access the Podcast!
November 12, 2018
Episode 2: City Adventures!
I talk about some recent city adventures I ran to help my brother get a character up in level and ready to play with the main gaming group. Things I learned, some helpful links, and funny stories. :)
November 6, 2018
Joethelawyer's Not-So-Wondrous Imaginings Episode 1
My first bite at the Podcast apple. Who I am, where I've been, what I've been doing, and where I'm headed. Thanks for listening!
November 4, 2018