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Loco Ludus

By Loco Ludus
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More Shoreline Regression!
Barney shares some of his recent gaming news, including the new amazing actual play group, End of Plays, that he's started with Tarren, Quinn, Chris, Spencer (and hopefully Lexie). This flows into an update on Neo-Triassic Shoreline Regression Syndrome, enhanced by messages from Karl R (GMologist Presents...), Jason C (Nerd's RPG Variety Cast) and Joe R (Hindsightless). There's mention of Jacob Wood and his Survival of the Able and other RPGs Cypher, PbtA and Viking Death Squad. Next time I'll be back with amazing co-host, Amanda P (check out her recent games Pilgrimage of the Sun Guard and Tannic on
May 04, 2022
Pilgrimage of the Sun Guard! Interview with Amanda P!
Barney speaks with Amanda P about her amazing zine, Pilgrimage of the Sun Guard. Get a copy! 
April 07, 2022
Neo-Triassic Shoreline Regression Syndrome! Running Root RPG!
Post-migraine Barney discusses his system-agnostic adventure Neo-Triassic Shoreline Regression Syndrome which is crowdfunding now! Go to: He finishes the episode reflecting on the Root RPG after running a two-session adventure.   Art for Neo-Triassic by Luke Oram.
March 08, 2022
Capes and Cloaks and Cowls and a Park! Interview with Frank Reding
Barney speaks with Frank Reding about his new system-agnostic RPG setting Capes and Cloaks and Cowls and a Park which is seeking crowdfunding NOW! It's illustrated by Katie Wakelin: with maps by Diogo Nogueira: Keep up with Frank here:  
January 25, 2022
Lost Eons! Sustainable Gaming Forum! David Blandy!
Barney speaks with artist and game designer David Blandy, first about his work and then about the Sustainable Gaming Forum they have set up with a number of other people. If you would like to join the forum, get in touch: locoludus[at] David’s Lost Eons is currently slow funding:
December 18, 2021
Games Omnivorous! Interview with Andre Novoa
Barney speaks with Andre Novoa about his publishing house Games Omnivorous. Yum! 
December 10, 2021
Ecopunk 2044! Interview with Liam Hevey
Barney speaks with Liam Hevey about his ttrpg Ecopunk 2044 (currently on Kickstarter). Back it now! This is an episode for those open to leftwing politics, environmentalism and arts funding. Do get in touch.
October 26, 2021
Filmmakers Without Cameras! Interview with Eryk Sawicki
Barney discusses gaming, cinema, politics and crowdfunding with editor and designer of the new journal Filmmakers Without Cameras. Dig into this excellent project by backing issue 2 now (September 2021) on Kickstarter: Or pick up a copy in future via Rook's Press in the UK, Exalted Funeral in the US and other stockists.
September 29, 2021
Viking Death Squad! Interview with Hankerin Ferinale
Barney speaks with Mr Runehammer about his new RPG, Viking Death Squad, which is being put out in print by Modiphius. It's on pre-sale now alongside Index Card RPG Master Edition. (Note: if you order now, you get the PDFs instantly.)
August 31, 2021
Trickster's Net 002
Barney is joined by Tom Burmeister, his collaborator on Trickster's Net, and they are joined by the project illustrator, Maximilian Hartley.
August 16, 2021
Ludic Overdrive
A tiny Woolworths mix-and-mix of an episode. Barney zips through all the things - mostly gaming related - that have prevented him from putting out anything o er the last month. Joe “Hindsightless” Richter makes this a proper episode by sharing some great thoughts, colourful language and adult themes. Thanks, Joe!
July 15, 2021
Trickster's Net 001
In the first of a sub-series, Barney is joined by collaborator Tom Burmeister to discuss Trickster’s Net: the international RPG design exchange project for young people funded by Wales Arts International and Stadt Kempten, Germany.
June 03, 2021
Alluvial Plains: Tidal Tales
Barney apologises to collaborator Tom Barbalet, is put right by Joe Richter and we get good food for thought from Safer and Spencer about recent Alluvial Plains games.
May 30, 2021
Alluvial Plains: From Creswell to Braylum
Barney gets calls from Sofinho @ Alone in the Labyrinth, Andy @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and at the 11th Hour: Joe @ Hindsightless. For further reference listen to: Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks Eps 345 & 348.
May 22, 2021
Update Bonanza! All the games!
Barney talks about Alluvial Plains, League of Eternal Guardians, his new role working on an extra-curricula game app and Trickster’s Net, a grant funded roleplaying game project. Alluvial Plains: he’s giving a talk and running games at Creswell Crags again next week: League-wise: Jamila Nedjadi (Apocalypse Keys) joins Scott Dorward, Dirk the Dice and Frank Reding as a scenario contributor. Trickster’s Net is a collaboration with Tom Burmeister (Playframe), illustrated by Max Hartley and co-funded by Stadt Kempten and Wales Arts International. Leave a message on Anchor, find me on Facebook: Loco Ludus or Twitter: @loco_ludus
April 24, 2021
Alluvial Tone
Barney considers tone in Alluvial Plains, having continued with the Braylum mini-campaign last Sunday in the company of Spencer, Sofinho, Safer and Andy, with Colin, gone but not forgotten. The group perhaps surprised themselves by getting a bit serious and dewy-eyed. And what’s this? Post? Scott Malthouse’s new Blood in the Roots game!
March 31, 2021
Tune into Tone
The topic of tone in RPGs continues against the backdrop of League of Eternal Guardians and Alluvial Plains with epic call ins from Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands, Joe Richter @ Hindsightless, Andy Goodman @ (Expedition to the) Grizzly Peaks (Radio) and Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast. Tom Barbalet writes in. And honorable mention is made to Sofinho @ Alone in the Labyrinth and author of Pariah (available at all good Soul Muppets and Exalted Funerals). And we also invoke Dave Aldridge. And more.
March 25, 2021
Tone in RPG design
A call-in from Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands prompts Barney to reflect on his experiences with “tone” in game design. A message from Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast drives the last part of the episode. Mention made to Joe Richter @ Hindsightless, Andy Goodman’s Grizzly Peaks Radio, and Colin Green’s Spikepit. Leave an Anchor message, send an email or find Barney on Twitter @loco_ludus Thanks!
March 19, 2021
Love Rat Designer!
In this episode, Barney thinks out loud about working on two games at the same time: League of Eternal Guardians and Alluvial Plains (which uses the Vantage system). Thanks to Andy Goodman @ Grizzly Peaks. Big thanks to Jason Connerley @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast for the messages which close the show.
February 25, 2021
League of Eternal Guardians - Zine Quest? Kickstarter?
Barney discusses the exciting progress of League of Eternal Guardians and why he chose not to run it in Kickstarter’s Zine Quest 3. Thanks to David Surman, Scott Dorward, Dirk the Dice, Frank Reding, The Eldritch Organists and the friendly and creative Zine Quest community.
February 06, 2021
Interview with Paul StJohn Mackintosh about Casting the Runes
In this episode Barney speaks with Paul StJohn Mackintosh about his roleplay game, Casting the Runes: Occult Investigation in the World of M.R. James, recently published by The Design Mechanism. Fast becoming a sell-out, physical copies might be available via Aeon Games in the UK:
January 30, 2021
The New Cosmic Horror Game!!!
Barney discusses his plan to enter his new RPG, League of Eternal Guardians, into Kickstarter’s Zine Quest 3. Thanks to Andy @ Grizzly Peaks, Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Sofinho @ Alone in the Labyrinth.
January 16, 2021
2020 in Review
Alluvial Plains. Vantage. Dice rollers. Kraken con. Creswell Crags. Eldritch Organ (with Andy Goodman). Frank Reding’s Hypertellurians. Thank you everybody.
December 28, 2020
Alluvial Plains R&D pt6
In this episode, Barney shares details of a lakeside walk and a couple of dreams, before fielding some responses to recent R&D episodes from Joe @ Hindsightless, Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands and Colin @ Spikepit. Thanks everyone.
November 30, 2020
Interview with Tom Barbalet about Alluvial Plains
In this episode Tom Barbalet returns and turns the tables on Barney and asks him lots of great questions about the Alluvial Plains RPG project. The discussion goes to some very interesting places about Alluvial Plains specifically, game design and playtesting in general and the personal things we bring to such work. Thanks to Tom as well as to Spencer at Keep Off the Borderlands and David Surman.
November 11, 2020
Interview with Isaac Williams about Mausritter 2.0
On the eve of its release by Games Omnivorous, game designer Isaac Williams speaks to Barney about the new edition of his game, Mausritter. 
November 07, 2020
Alluvial Plains R&D pt5
It’s a whopper! Lots to talk about... Kraken con, postcards, new character sheets, abilities, THE MAGIC SYSTEM. Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Spencer of Keep Off the Borderlands chip in. There’s mention of Tom Barbalet of My Rules are Better too. And David Surman’s amazing illustration. Thanks all! Do get in touch. Barney
November 03, 2020
Alluvial Plains R&D pt4 (Post Kraken)
Thoughts on running Alluvial Plains at Kraken con...
October 19, 2020
Alluvial Plains R&D pt3
More on the development of the Alluvial Plains RPG...
October 17, 2020
The Joy of Dice Pools
Barney considers dice pools with the help of Pete, Colin, Jason and Spencer. Thanks everyone!
October 04, 2020
Alluvial Plains R&D pt2
Barney discusses the latest playtests of Alluvial Plains, including starting a regular school group. This means extended, campaign play! And he reports on the success of the tribe creation and character creation processes. Jason opens the show.
September 22, 2020
ICRPG’s Blood and Snow
Barney rolls and ruminates his way through ICRPG’s prehistoric Blood and Snow setting.
September 18, 2020
The Vantage System
Barney gives a brief overview of the Vantage RPG system he has been working on that feeds into the prehistoric Alluvial Plains setting being developed with Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands and David Surman. Towards the end he discusses the virtues of the micro and minimalist RPG mindset which he aspires to follow.
September 11, 2020
Alluvial Plains R&D pt1
The first episode dedicated to reporting on the progress of the Vantage RPG system and the prehistoric Alluvial Plains setting being developed with Spencer @ Keep off the Borderlands and David Surman. Thanks to Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, ShandyAndy @ Unguarded Treasure, RFED, Jim, Emi and Peter.
August 29, 2020
Carry On... Playtesting Brexit
Barney reports on holiday gaming, playing in Griff Mon Morgan III’s OD&D adventure, Tom Barbalet’s Just Plain Chaos and recommends Cabo, Wizard and Century: Spice Road. Then he discusses working on Vantage/Alluvial Plains and playtesting the Brexit card game he’s designed with his son.
August 25, 2020
From Homebrew to Playtest
Barney tests the Anchor 60 minute limit to voice recordings to discuss a partial shift in his thinking from homebrewing to playtesting. He offers some vignettes of recent experiences playing in Dave Aldridge’s and Tom Barbalet’s RPGs and playing Barry Sawada Tucker’s skirmish game, Periphery. He then talks about his recent steps to widen playtests of his own system, Vantage. If you would like to take part in a playtest, please get in touch either by leaving an Anchor message or emailing Listen to Dave Aldridge‘s dpercentile podcast: Listen to Tom Barbalet’s My Rules are Better podcast: Watch Barry Sawada Tucker’s Mega City Gaming channel:
July 26, 2020
Mega-City-Necromunda? Or: Games Workshop 2000AD?
Barney talks about the overlap between 2000AD’s Judge Dredd Mega-City One and Games Workshop’s Necromunda which took place in 1987.
July 04, 2020
Electrifying Grognards!
Barney reflects on the process of revising RPG scenarios after running a game of Electric Bastionland for the amazing Grognard Files crew. And a message from Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands offers a chance to consider absurdity, surrealism, brevity and literacy. Listen to the Grognard Files!!! Leave me a message!
June 26, 2020
Not a review of Electric Bastionland
Barney reflects further on Electric Bastionland and discusses one feature that he finds particularly excellent. Call ins on Mausritter from Colin Spikepit and Spencer Free Thrall. Jason has to ask again for the Fury of Dracula hack... Nemesis sci-fi horror board game reviewed. Liam Thompson’s Sanctions RPG. Goblin’s Henchman’s new hex flower In the Heart of the Delve & Dangerous. But the open question is this: how and how much do you as GM tailor a game in response to player numbers, personalities, interests and experience?
June 14, 2020
Running Mausritter
In answer to a plea from Colin Spikepit, Barney discusses running Isaac Williams’ neat Mausritter RPG and offers a couple of small modifications to the rules.
May 14, 2020
Isle of Death 1.2: Jungle TPK!
Barney reflects on succeeding to wipe out last Saturday’s game team. Thanks to Colin @ Spikepit, Andy @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast for their call-ins.
May 11, 2020
Isle of Death 1.1
Barney reflects on last Wednesday’s game, Isle of Death, using Death Robot a Jungle and Electric Bastionland
May 08, 2020
Bastion‘s Deadliest Game
Barney‘s offer of a lethal run through Death Robot Jungle using the Electric Bastionland system has some takers! Hear Spencer @ Keep off the Borderlands, Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Colin @ Spikepit and Joe @ Hindsightless / Weal or Woe book their one-way* tickets! Others, too, are taking the trip (eg. Cody M. @ No Save for You!) or are thinking about it. Get in touch if you want to risk life and limb! *Return tickets are available on request, but must be collected in person.
May 02, 2020
Following a physically-distanced high-five endorsement from Colin “Spikepit” Green, Barney unboxes the LP RPG setting DEATH ROBOT JUNGLE from Games Omnivorous/Exalted Funeral and the multi-media brainchild of Andre Novoa, Manuel Pinheiro, Jason Bradley Thompson and Alex Figueira. At the end Barney throws down the gauntlet... (with a shout out to People and Other Diseases). Get Death Robot Jungle here: or here: You can also listen to the music here: Get in touch with Loco Ludus: or leave a message on the Anchor page...
April 25, 2020
The Bastion Social 002 (Electric Bastionland)
Barney and Spencer (from Keep Off the Borderlands) continue their musings about the great roleplay capital city, Bastion, and the fallout from Chris McDowall's RPG rules systems Electric Bastionland and Into the Odd. They discuss solo roleplaying and Ray Otus' Oracle gaming tool (link below), Barney's Amberwood borough in Bastion (see Electric Bastionland rules p.326-8), Mausritter (which utilises the ItO rules) (link below) and, last but not least, they roll up a pair of Rook Tamers (Emmy Allen's special failed career. See Electric Bastionland rules p.56-7).  You can find the first episode of The Bastion Social in the Keep off the Borderlands feed here: Ray Otus' Oracle: Mausritter: Get Electric Bastionland here: Keep up with Chris McDowall at and by listening to his podcast commentaries about the making of Electric Bastionland here:
April 24, 2020
Interview with Andre Novoa about Games Omnivorous, Death Robo Jungle and swashbuckling
In this interview, Barney speaks with Andre Novoa, the main man behind new publishing venture, Games Omnivorous. They discuss Andre’s 17th Century Minimalist rules and all the swashbuckling that comes with it (!!!), the publishing house’s exciting Manifestus Omnivorous and Random Psych Weirdness lines - in particular TODAY’s new release: Death Robo Jungle!!!! Here’s the link:
April 07, 2020
Interview with Barry Sawada Tucker about Periphery
Barry discusses his homebrewed Judge Dredd skirmish game, Periphery - really insightful stuff for designers! Find Barry on YouTube at:
March 26, 2020
The Swashbuckling Life
A epic, watery traversal of swashbucklery for RPG’ers, featuring: Colin Green @ Spikepit, Che Webster @ Roleplay Rescue, Joe Richer @ Hindsightless / Weal it Woe, Jason Connerley @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands. The episode begins with some feedback on recent interviews, with messages from Che Cormack @ Friday Night DnD, Goblin’s Henchman @ Goblin’s Henchman and Andy Goodman @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Thanks all! Reference is made to the following Dungeon Craft YouTube video: Get in touch! Leave an offering to the Ludic Behemoth!
March 17, 2020
Interview with Patrick Stuart
An interview with Patrick Stuart, author of many things, including Fire on the Velvet Horizon, Silent Titans, Veins of the Earth, Maze of the Blue Medusa and... Deep Carbon Observatory currently on Kickstarter as a remastered edition: Patrick‘s other webpages: A hearty hit for Jason @ Nerd‘s RPG Variety Cast...
March 13, 2020
Roll up! Roll up! D&D character creation bedtime special!
Bonus episode of Barney, Ian and David Rolling up two Stoud Halfling twins. It’s almost ASMR, certainly relaxing, sometimes funny and the soundtrack is killer.
March 07, 2020
Swashbuckling in Britain
Everything you wanted to hear about Swashbuckling but were too afraid to ask...maybe. Get in touch - throw your doubloon into the ring! Is Swashbuckling a fundamentally funny word? Say it out loud: are you smiling? Also: Barney plays D’n’D. Eh? And reports on his luxury gaming visit to the UK. Thanks to Jason @ Nerd‘s Variety and Che @ Roleplay Rescue, Colin Green @ Spikepit, RFED, and Dave Aldridge @ dpercentile.
March 06, 2020
Interview with Joe Norris about Nightlancer
In this episode I interview Joe Norris about his cyberpunk board game Nightlancer which launches on Kickstarter tomorrow (24th Feb 2020). Joe discusses how he developed the game, worked with illustrators and graphic designers and much more. Lots of great insights. Take a look at Nightlancer here: and here:
February 24, 2020
Interview with Dirk the Dice about RPG hacking and modding
Dirk and I discuss his experiences creating hacks for Gamma World, Strontium Dog and more. Thanks for listening!
February 21, 2020
Interview with Tom Barbalet Pt 2
More discussion with Tom Barbalet @ My Rules Are Better, this time about his game Just Plain Chaos. We also talk miniatures, Games Workshop’s chaos, dice and more. Thanks for listening!
February 19, 2020
Ludo-Rama: Three Interviews on the Horizon!!!
Hi! A short update announcing three interview episodes to be published over the next week: Tom Barbalet @ My Rules are Better, part 2; Joe Norris, designer of Nightlancer, launching very soon on Kickstarter; and Dirk the Dice @ The Grognard Files. Plus a few thoughts about Chris McDowall’s Electric Bastionland, Dave and Claire Aldridge’s Mudharbour and Appendicitis - the occasional series recently begun by me and Andy Goodman @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Thanks for listening!
February 17, 2020
Amazing Anchorites!
Call ins sharing gaming-related compliments from John Alan Large @ Red Dice Diaries, Julz Burgisser @ Jewels From NZ, Larry Hamilton @ Follow Me, and Die!, Jason Connerly @ Nerd’s Variety Cast, Andy Goodman @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Joe Richter @ Hindsightless and Weal or Woe and Colin Green @ Spikepit. Thanks all!
February 15, 2020
Bonus Episode: Judge Dredd Unboxing
A first dip into Warlord’s new Dredd skirmish game with a nice call in from Joe Richter @ Hindsightless and Weal or Woe.
February 15, 2020
Appendicitis 001: Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast
In their new sub-series, Appendicitis, Barney and Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks discuss works NOT on the infamous AD&D Appendix N. They begin with Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. They discuss how it might be of use in roleplay games, ending with a discussion of the campaign Andy created based on it, followed by a digression into Cthulhu. Look out for Appendicitis as and when. Thanks!
February 09, 2020
With compliments of the fehc.
Gaming-related compliments: call in, get in touch and share the best compliments you’ve ever received and how they’ve affected you. Big thanks to Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands, Jason @ Nerds’ RPG Variety Cast and Andy @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks.
February 03, 2020
Nunnery or Bakery? ICRPG, Prep and Hammer Horror
The Devil is most certainly in the detail! Messages from Che Cormack @ Friday Night DnD, Colin Spikepit Green (or whatever his name is), Spencer @ Keep Off the Borderlands, Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and some extended input from Goblin’s Henchman. Thanks all! Here’s the link to the GMless Horror Movie Generator I use:
January 25, 2020
GMing on 0.5% Prep: Into the Odd/Electric Bastionland
What happens when your prep time evaporates? When it goes REAL-TIME-PARALLEL. And what ever happened to Gingo and the Ruffets? The Who? Decisions. Energy. Aims vs Outcomes.
January 25, 2020
The Great Index Card Prep Debate Continues...
More on prep and ICRPG. Great thoughts from Lieren @ Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Joe @ Hindsightless, Seraphim from ICRPG Europe Discord, and - with a meaty “review” of ICRPG - Josh Beckelhimer @ JB Publishing. Get in touch! Anchor message! Email! locoludus [at] FB!
January 17, 2020
A Hex on Hammer! A Conversation with Goblin’s Henchman
A Conversation with Goblin’s Henchman about the potential use of Hex Flower Game Engines in the ever-evolving Hammer Horror RPG game system. Find his work on DriveThruRPG and at his blog:
January 14, 2020
Call-in catch-up: Jason, Ray Otus and Goblin‘s Henchman - my next guest on the show. Nods to Andy Goodman, Spencer, Colin Spikepit, Pete Jones, Josh Beckelhimer and Runehammer.
January 11, 2020
Bonus Episode: The Others unboxing
A deserving Barney unboxes The Others, a horror board game by Eric M. Lang. He looks at the gruesome miniatures and tries to recall the rules... It’s got interesting game mechanisms...
January 09, 2020
Tea Leaf Terror
Reflections on the first play-test of the Hammer Horror RPG. Call-ins from Colin Spike Pit and Spencer Free Thrall Keep Off the Borderlands.
January 09, 2020
“But, it’s horror, darling. Understand?”
Gearing up for the 1st Hammer Horror playtest on Wednesday; some thoughts on pushing the system towards playability. Do leave messages via Anchor or email locoludus[at] with your thoughts. Thanks Colin Green @ Spikepit!
January 04, 2020
Mnem... Mnem... Mnemonics! ICRPG: mindset or mechanisms?
Follow-up thoughts on ICRPG after my interview with Hank and in light of subsequent discussion and feedback. The focus is on the possible distinction between the ICRPG system and the ICRPG “mindset” as Hank calls it and on improvisation vs extensive preparation and rules light vs rules heavy. Big big thanks to Andy @ Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks for his message!!! Mention is also made to Josh Beckelhimer @ JB Publishing, Dave Aldridge @ Dpercentile and Che Webster @ Roleplay Rescue.
December 31, 2019
A Festive Stroll
Barney and Emi discuss podcast plans and hopes for 2020. This includes the board games we have modification plans for. We share our first, mini, board game modification for Carcassonne. Towards the end we share our plans for our nearly-completed Brexit card game, Brex**it: Time Warp.
December 24, 2019
Interview with Hankerin Ferinale about Index Card RPG, Runehammer Games and more besides
Interview with Hankerin Ferinale, the man behind Runehammer Games, about the evolution of Index Card RPG, its newest iteration - Altered State - and his forthcoming branching narrative book, Retune. And much more!
December 22, 2019
Feelin’ Good
Barney shares his joy of play testing his RPG system with his children. Dr Ludus gets an official role on the show and offers therapeutic advice to two listeners. Interviews announced.
December 15, 2019
Self-Generating Horror!!!!
Aaaarrrgh! More debate on A.I. constraints and the Hammer Horror RPG project. First responders: Spencer Keep Off, Colin Green Spikepit and Jason, dear Jason Nerd’s Variety...
December 12, 2019
Hammer Revolutions
More on A.I. Constraints and how they might operate in the Hammer Horror games... Crunchy call-ins from Colin Green @ Spikepit RPG Podcast, Josh Beckelhimer @ JB Publishing podcast and Goblin’s Henchman...
December 12, 2019
Hammer Horror Evolution
Following on from last episode’s A.I. plug-in, an overview of the draft rules created for the Hammer Horror RPG game season. Jason Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Pete Dragons are Real podcast add to the discussion with call ins. Blade Runner mini episodes announced, as are more interviews.
December 09, 2019
An A.I. Constraint
This episode considers game "constraints" and proposes we distinguish between "constraints of limitation" and "constraints of possibility." With this in mind, I discuss an RPG plug-in I came up with back in October. The plug-in sets out a PC/NPC "A.I." constraint that also serves as an initiative mechanic. I discuss it now as I plan to use it in my Hammer Horror games in the new year and potentially in the Blade Runner game I'm developing. Feedback very welcome! email locoludus[at] or leave an Anchor message. Here is the link to my A.I./Initiative plug-in: There is also a short, exclusive interview! I mention the latest episode of What Would the Smart Party Do? podcast "How to be a better player": I also mention ICRPG: and Electric Bastionland: 
December 05, 2019
Interview with Tom Barbalet about playing the long DIY game (Part I)
Interview with Tom Barbalet of My Rules are Better Podcast about his life as a DIY gamer and some of his current interests. We have more to discuss in the future, so this is branded "PartI."
December 02, 2019
“Zee Doktor vill see you now...”
Jason’s nerves are settled at the Hammer Klinik. The next episode WILL BE my interview with Tom Barbalet...
December 01, 2019
Resurrected after 3,000...Er...minutes...
Hammer Production Meeting. Jason has good reasons to worry. Barney is feeling a bit ill.
November 30, 2019
To the Devil: a Podcast
Hammer Horror usurps Blade Runner AND my interview with Tom Barbalet. Guest star: Jason Nerd‘s Variety
November 30, 2019
He say you brade runner
Blade Runner homebrew RPG scene-setting, Legend of the Five Rings and some appreciative rumination about having podcasting friends.
November 29, 2019
Dice & Shops (for Tom My Rules) and then some.
First half dedicated to Tom Barbalet @ My Rules are Better podcast - big high five to him on 1/6, 2/6, 3/6 dice structure and a Barbalet-inspired report on a visit to Damage Unlimited game shop in Vienna. Second half dedicated to fellow Anchor podcasters and all that comes with that: Messages from Dave Aldridge @ Dpercentile podcast , Jason @ Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast , Pete Jones @ Dragons are Real podcast and Spencer Free Thrall @ Keep Off the Borderlands podcast
November 27, 2019
Interview with Andy Chambers about 2000AD, Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog skirmish games
Prolific designer Andy Chambers discusses his work on Warlord Games’s current 2000AD skirmish games - Strontium Dog and the soon-to-be-released Judge Dredd and more. Enjoy!
November 24, 2019
Next special guest announcement (2000AD related)!!! Reflections on some of Chris MacDowall’s comments from last episode. RPG musings - DMing Chris’s Into the Odd/Electric Bastionland (more/again); being a player in an Aliens ICRPG game on Roll20. How to end RPG sessions with something of the midway thrill? Is it possible to overcome the entropic wind-down? I don’t know. Any suggestions? Offer something to the Ludic Behemoth: a game mechanic or component and an underrated character archetype or skill. Leave a message or email us. Messages from Jason Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Spencer Free Thrall
November 19, 2019
Chris McDowall interview on Electric Bastionland and Into the Odd
Interview with rpg designer and author Chris McDowall on his Into the Odd and upcoming Electric Bastionland (currently running on Kickstarter). Intro with messages from Che @ Roleplay Rescue podcast and Spencer Free Thrall @ Keep Off the Borderlands podcast
November 11, 2019
The future‘s in the air
Special guest for next episode announcement!!!! Chris McDowall!!! Very exciting!!!! Blade Runner homebrew RPG plan. Plus: invoking the Ludic Behemoth! As an offering send in a game mechanic or component and an underrated character archetype or skill. Leave a message on Anchor or email locoludus[at] Messages from Dave Aldridge @ Dpercentile podcast , Joe Richter the Blind Rat @ Hindsightless podcast and Spencer Free Thrall @ Keep off the Borderlands podcast A nod back and forth to Tom Barbalet
November 09, 2019
Setting the ball rolling
Table top game modifications, DIY, Homebrew, conversions, kitbashing, designing, making, etc etc... leave a message on Anchor, email us: Thanks to Dirk the Dice at The Grognard Files , Tom Barbalet at My Rules are Better , Dave Aldridge at Dpercentile and Che Webster at Roleplay Rescue
November 05, 2019