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By matt jackson
Discussions on the topics of old school role-playing, life after children, finding your creative groove again, organizing the game, and other stuff that comes up. I also rant occasionally.
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EP 36 - The Ruins of Al-Bez, Midderlands, Uhtred of of Bebbanburg
Join me, and our intrepid adventure Tofer as he enters the Bleak Swamp to explore the ruins of Al-Bez. Solo play using Osseous & GMER; talk about Midderlands, The Last Kingdom
October 16, 2019
EP 35- Quick update
What's been going on. Osseous, GMER, Fighting Fantasy, and I finally dig into the Midderlands!!
October 07, 2019
Ep35 (S2Ep16) Osseous and GMER
In this episode we take a look at Osseous, a small rules light game released by Free Thrall, and the solo game master emulator called GMER by Ray Otis.
October 03, 2019
Ep 34 - More on solo RPGing
Today we will take a few call-ins as well as discuss a little bit more in detail the Mythic Game Master Emulator.
October 01, 2019
Ep 33 - Chronicles of Dash Bentley, part III (solo)
Dash, Troysk, and a small crew entered the Zeppelin to try to stop the Nazi bombing run.
September 26, 2019
Ep 32 -Arneson Gaming - The continuing adventures of Dash Bentley (solo-ly), part II
Will Dash in his Venusian compatriots managed to board the Nazi Zeppelin? Or will all of them plummet to the Venetian surface and to their death?!?
September 25, 2019
Ep31- Arneson Gaming (solo-ly)
This episode I explore using a variety of random things and my own Arneson Gaming to create a character and set up the scene for the next adventure! Join Dash Bentley as he tries to stop the Nazis from launching their attack on the British stronghold on Venus!
September 20, 2019
Ep-30 Punch of Goude's Adventure
Part two in our continuing quest inside the stone giants stomach in search of the Lost Tome of Chris. Follow along as we test out the fighting fantasy rules.
September 19, 2019
Ep 29- Going Random (solo-ly)
I realized the other day that the name of my podcast is Matt Random and I'm hardly ever random, so let's get random! Solo play using Fighting Fantasy!
September 18, 2019
Ep-28 My very narrow view of fantasy
In which I ramble on about a particular game while discussing my very narrow viewpoint of fantasy and reasons, I think, behind those thoughts.
September 02, 2019
Ep-27 Call-ins, replies, a seedling of an idea
Call ins are played, replies are exposed, and I'm talk a little bit about an idea
September 02, 2019
Ep-26- More call-ins
A few more call ins with my replies and a little bit of a discussion on my history in
September 02, 2019
Ep 25-Callins, replies, and Moar Arneson!
In which I play a bunch of the Collins I received and have a little bit more discussion about arneson in the early days of gaming.
September 02, 2019
Ep24-Blackmoor Theory
In this episode I tackle a question that has been spinning in my brain over the last weekend.
August 27, 2019
Ep23-GM accreditation
My thoughts on this BS
August 26, 2019
In which I talk about another crazy idea I have with a refereed game of Risk.
August 25, 2019
Ep 21-eD&D
I ramble on about my new game that I've written up that is based on an interpretation of Dave Arneson's game that sat between Braunstien and the release of D&D, also mention the possible game box set that Ray, Mark, Norbert and I are working on
August 25, 2019
Ep 20 - What's been up
What's been going on, the reason I have not been podcasting, and Dinky Dungeons.
August 25, 2019
Ep - 19 Moar 5e
More of the on-going discussion regarding my hatred of 5e. Yep, despite all of you telling me it's awesome, I still know deep down, it sucks. ;-)
April 20, 2019
Ep 18.5 Bonus!
In which I publish a crybabies call in because I got tired of hearing him cry about why I had not done so. Hopefully I have finished up with a discussion on BX... but I doubt it.
April 19, 2019
Ep 18 - B/X discussion
Wherein we discuss the dumb BX progression system, compared to the smooth progression presented in OD&D or WhiteBox.
April 17, 2019
Ep 17 - 5e reactions
Wherein we listen to 3 call ins regarding my straightforward discussion of 5e and become enlightened with Jason's eloquent reasons why he dislikes 5e.
April 14, 2019
Ep 16 - F\/CK 5e
NSFW I talk about 5e... and curse more than a few times. This is all Colin's fault.
April 12, 2019
Ep 15 - B/X is broken?
Say It isn't so! I take a quick look at something that's been bothering me and dancing around the back of my head about B/X for months! Tell me I'm wrong!
April 09, 2019
Ep 14 - Colin's Black Hack call-in
Spikepit gives me a call in with his thoughts on the black hat game I am running where he is a player.
April 06, 2019
Ep 13 - The Call-in episode
A handful of Call-ins and my quick replies.
April 06, 2019
Ep 12 - No dice for GMs
The excellent Ray Otus calls in with some additional (and better) thoughts on gaming when the GM gets no dice.
April 06, 2019
Ep 11 - Player Responsibility (prep)
In which I reply to a Colin from James Shields and discuss what I see as player responsibility and player prep for a game.
April 06, 2019
Ep 10 - Moar Black Hacking
I discuss why I feel The Black Hack is conducive to easy prep and easy GMing.
April 06, 2019
Episode 9 - I'm not dead yet!
Just a quick update as to why I haven't been podcasting, what I've been doing, and why I still love The Black Hack
March 11, 2019
Ep 8 - A statement on the hobby
Our work is not sacred.
February 23, 2019
Ep 7 - Hirelings & Retainers (The Black Hack)
I take a look at the Hirelings & Retainers rules in the Black Hack, and I get a call-in from my favorite person on the internet.
February 22, 2019
Ep 6 - Continue w/The Black Hack
I take a look at two rules in The Black Hack, and one call-in.
February 20, 2019
Ep 5 - The Black Hack, initial thoughts
I take a look at my initial thoughts, why I did not run this game before, and why I really ended up enjoying and liking the game after running two sessions with it.
February 15, 2019
Ep 4 - GM vs player prep, pt 2
I play a couple call-ins and discuss, finishing up my talk about players prep for the game compared to what the GM does.
February 15, 2019
Ep - 3 The Call-in Episode
I respond to about half of calI-ins I received....and almost keep it under six minutes.
February 09, 2019
Episode 2 - The Gauntlet is Thrown!
Wherein I already fail to keep it short....I reply to a few call-ins we had about the last episode and then I make a statement about gamemaster versus player buy-in at the table.  Do players invest in the games their friends are running for them? I say no, prove me wrong. 
February 08, 2019
Episode 1 - Racial Mechanics
Quick thoughts on race in games and the mechanical benefits. Do we really need them? 
February 07, 2019