Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi

Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi

By Menion (AKA Rob)
Menion (AKA Rob) joins the discussion and lays bare his thoughts on life and role-playing games.
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It's Time to Ramble On
Series 1, episode 22: I slip into the bottle to explain my desire to ramble on. With call-ins from the Lonely Adventurer, and Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
24:43
May 31, 2020
Mainstream Geekdom
Series 1, episode 21: A low-key episode pondering the mainstreaming of geek culture, and rejecting the pressure to conform to tribal/market forces. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
15:18
May 23, 2020
Slouching towards Tanelorn
Series 1, episode 20: Call-ins and thoughts on Oriental Adventures, arguments, gender and archives. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
26:12
May 11, 2020
Pugilists & Projects
Series 1, episode 19: In this episode I share updates on my Greyhawk campaign and discuss some projects. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
19:36
May 6, 2020
Don’t Give up the Ship!
Series 1, episode 18: I tie myself to the mast in an attempt to weather the Twitter storm surrounding orcs, Tolkien and Oriental Adventures, and ponder how to restore nuance to the discourse and avoid giving in to the politicisation of social gaming. I also answer some calls on death in RPGs and the fiddly bits of combat from Che of Roleplay Rescue and Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
42:27
May 3, 2020
A Touch of the Celts in Dungeons & Dragons
Series 1, episode 17: Returning to the subject to the subject of the Celts, which I first touched on in episode 14 ("The Celts and the Gododdin"), I take a look at the first edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and tease out the small but not insignificant influence of the Celtic culture on that game. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
20:38
April 29, 2020
Unscripted Meanderings on Games of Risk
Series 1, episode 16: A "guerrilla" podcast with some assorted thoughts on death, violence and risk in role-playing games (RPGs), RPGs versus performance entertainment, my latest Greyhawk-campaign role-play recap, and a call-in from Conrad Kinch of Send Three & Four Pence (https://anchor.fm/conrad-kinch/). Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
26:29
April 20, 2020
Mythic Cider, Playing Online & Communication
Series 1, episode 15: In this episode I seek inspiration for fantasy role-playing games in unlikely places, take some call ins, and give some role-play recaps relating to online platforms. This week's quotations come from the beautifully poetic "Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee.  The adventures "Winter's Daughter" and "The Hole in the Oak" are published by Necrotic Gnome. Thanks to Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, Che of Role-play Rescue, and Mike "Chgowiz" of the Dungeon Master's Handbook, all on Anchor FM.  Special thanks also to Paid a Bod yn Dwp (@oilpainting71) for kindly informing me that "Y" in Welsh should be pronounced like "er" (or the unemphasized indefinite article of English "a"), not "i". Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
45:03
April 15, 2020
The Celts & Y Gododdin: Action, History & Storytelling
Series 1, episode 14: This week I depart from role-playing games to focus on the Celts and the Gododdin - an elegy for the Brythonnic warriors of the Gododdin (Votadini) tribe that fell at the Battle of Catraeth (Catterick) in 600AD. "The Gododdin Poems" by William F Skene (published in 1869) is available for a small price on Amazon, or for free at the Project Gutenberg or elsewhere online.  More recent translations with rich commentaries are also available (at a higher price). The Purple Worm episode referred to in this episode can be found here: https://anchor.fm/purple-worm/episodes/Ghosts--Urban-Legends-ebbksm . Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
38:59
April 11, 2020
Ancient Capitals, New Perspectives, Old Prejudices
A short episode in which I take a stroll through the old imperial palace grounds in Kyoto, talk Greyhawk and worry about AD&D power creep, and discuss what I'm currently reading, in particular, taking a wee stab (actually, more like a hack & slash) at Harry Potter. Other Anchorites appearing in this episode:  Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast (https://anchor.fm/jason376), Colin of Spikepit RPG Podcast (https://anchor.fm/spikepit) In this episode, I also mentioned "The Gododdin Poems" by William F Skene, first published in 1869. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
30:30
April 4, 2020
Gil-thol & I, Part Two (Middle-Earth Role Playing)
This episode looks at MERP, Secrets of Blackmoor, The Neverending Story, RPG DIY, and Greyhawk news. (Secrets of Blackmoor: https://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/; https://thegrognardfiles.com/2020/02/25/episode-36-part-1-middle-earth-role-playing-merp-with-liz-danforth/; http://www.grogcon.com/podcast/episode-50-st-patricks-day-special-with-guest-dave-whiteland-who-is-not-irish/) Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:49
March 29, 2020
Gil-thol & I, Part One (Learning to Express Ourselves)
In this episode I briefly touch on an old friendship, learning difficulties, antisocial behavior, and the role-playing games that brought us together and enabled us to express ourselves through play. Other Anchorites appearing in this episode:  Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere (https://anchor.fm/lieren) Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast (https://anchor.fm/jason376)  Conrad Kinch's novel, "The Fox Wife's Tail", is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Wifes-Tail-Conrad-Kinch-ebook/dp/B01KGP84WE Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
22:38
March 25, 2020
Now That’s What I Call Nostalgia!
In this episode we give in to nostalgia with some call-ins about Fighting Fantasy, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere raises some great points about experience systems, and I engage in some doomed prophesying about artificial intelligence stealing our jobs in the not-too-distant dystopian future. Please forgive the lack of scripting and the "breathy" nature of the recordings. Other Anchorites appearing in this episode:  Spencer of Keep off the Borderlands (https://anchor.fm/free-thrall) Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere (https://anchor.fm/lieren) Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast (https://anchor.fm/jason376)  Also featuring: Ayaron (https://www.youtube.com/user/Ayaron) Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:41
March 14, 2020
Newbies, Fairy Tales & Fighting Talk
In this episode I once again touch on my formative experiences with role-playing games, particularly through the medium of Fighting Fantasy, and I discuss why this enduring series of game books has so much to offer for new players.  I also share some of my new gaming acquisitions and miscellania. Other Anchorites appearing in this episode: Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast (https://anchor.fm/jason376) Capcorajus' tips on how to create your own Original D&D box set can be found here: https://youtu.be/XVumYC6Cbtc Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
27:46
March 7, 2020
Discussions & Messages
A brief episode this time to consider some recent feedback and discussions. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
21:45
March 1, 2020
Funny Voices, Greyhawk News & Wrangling with Rules
Some rough and ready thoughts on my Greyhawk campaign and AD&D rules, funny voices and messages. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
37:24
February 25, 2020
Xmas 1984
In this episode I discuss the 1983 D&D Basic Set, consider what it was the drew me into the world of roleplaying games back in the day, and ask what it is to be new to the hobby. Details of the music for this podcast, available free of charge from Free Stock Musical, are as follows:   Otogi2 by PeriTune | http://peritune.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
23:51
February 22, 2020
There and Back Again (Part Two)
I continue my look at The Hobbit and its relation to role playing. The Questing Beast discussion on adventure design and play styles mentioned in my episode can be found here: https://youtu.be/JQBK3Sp-YeU Michael Moorcock's essay about Tolkien's influence on fantasy, Epic Pooh, can be found and read at the University of Warwick: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/undergraduate/modules/en361fantastika/bibliography/2.7moorcock_m.1978epic_pooh.pdf The Michael Moorcock interview in the New Statesman (in which he suggests Tolkien was a crypto-fascist): https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=newstatesman+moorcock+tolkien&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
28:41
February 15, 2020
There and Back Again (Part One)
In this episode I begin my look at The Hobbit as a narrative and from an RPG perspective. I also talk Japan, Swords & Wizardry, AD&D, Fighting Fantasy and assorted stuff. In the episode I reference Appendix N Book Club’s review of The Hobbit, which you can find here: https://appendixnbookclub.com/2017/08/07/episode-5-j-r-r-tolkiens-the-hobbit/
40:30
February 11, 2020
Resetting to Greyhawk
Hello, friends! This is my third episode, where I muse about Greyhawk, divisions, temples and aging families.
24:50
February 8, 2020
DAC Attack
Episode 2: A quick-dash episode on the DAC Osaka convention for D&D. (Sorry for some of the sketchy sound quality: my new headset with mic was responsible for that. You live and learn.)
17:15
February 2, 2020
Rōnin in the Gloamin’
Episode 1: My inaugural episode about role-playing in which I dip my toes in the water to check the temperature.
08:35
January 31, 2020