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Live from Pellam's Wasteland

Live from Pellam's Wasteland

By Arlen Walker
A podcast about RPGs, books, video games, and basically whatever else I'm thinking about.
Feel free to reach out by emailing pellamswasteland@gmail.com or messaging @pellamwasteland on twitter.
If you like the podcast, check out the Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/c/LivefromPellamsWasteland
And I have a blog, which I want to start posting on again: pellamswasteland.blogspot.com
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3.47: Blood-Red Battle in 'The Last Duel' and 'Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice'
Hi everybody, this one is an extended discussion of a recent movie that I watched this week (The Last Duel) and a sort-of recent video game I have been playing (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice) that specifically gets into some of the things that we can bring into RPGs, especially RPG combat, from those things.  Hope you enjoy!
01:31:16
June 25, 2022
3.46: Journal: I Know Your Footsteps, Old Man
It's another journal episode!  This one covers a good chunk of time where I was sick, so those recordings are a bit of a downer IMO, but there's a wonderful story arc where I recover from sickness over the course of the episode!  Yay! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:09:29
June 20, 2022
3.45: Glitter in the Dark, or, Callins!
Hey everybody, today I've got some calls from friends to respond to!  Thanks to Jason and Che for calling in! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:02:57
June 15, 2022
3.44: Journal: All Our Yesterdays
Hey everybody, it's another journal!  And another episode that's too long, but oh well!  This one covers about 2 weeks of journaling, including a number of my project ideas from the past 2 weeks and some discussion of books I've been reading!  Hope you enjoy! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:31:12
June 11, 2022
3.43: H-Hour, D-Day, & Calls
Hey everybody, this one is a bit different than my recent episodes, and also much longer than I had planned but oh well.  The first section of the episode is a bit about June 6th, 1944, since yesterday was June 6th, 2022, and I wanted to say a few words about that anniversary.  After that we have a ton of calls from fine people and good friends of the podcast, including Jason C. and Che W. and Rich F.  Finally there's a short outro where I talk very briefly about podcast plans and ideas before closing the episode up.  Hope you enjoy! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:58:30
June 07, 2022
3.42: Journal: Typhon's Brood
More journaling!  This one is composed of less days with longer recordings, which goes against my goal of short regular recording sessions but I had a rough week so falling back on old habits is to be expected.  Anyway, hope you enjoy!  If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds  If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:04:39
May 30, 2022
3.41: Journal: Vivimancers Amongst the Dead
More journals!  Journals for the journal god!  It's more about me and how things are going in my life, so if you like that sort of content you'll love this episode! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:01:34
May 23, 2022
3.40: Sapiens & Lewdens
With apologies to Johan Huizinga, and calls from Karl (GMologist Presents) and Jason (Nerd's RPG Variety Cast), both excellent podcasters and great friends. As mentioned, if you're a silly person and want a bunch of my old audio, email me at PellamsWasteland@gmail.com and I'll send more audio than is reasonable to whatever email address you'd like. If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds  If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:14:36
May 20, 2022
3.39: Journal: His Cubits, My Arm
It’s more journal! You probably weren’t expecting this until Saturday! I guess King Pellam stole a march on you! Anyway it’s another episode of rambling and journaling with a long section at the end from walking, because apparently walking and talking to my phone is good for me. Stay frosty everybody! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:50:16
May 18, 2022
Live from Pellam's Wasteland: A Podcast About the Things I Love, by Arlen Walker
This episode is a trailer for Live from Pellam's Wasteland, so that new arrivals who may not want to sift through the back catalogue have an introduction to the Live from Pellam's Wasteland project!
04:05
May 17, 2022
3.33B: The Deep Responds, or, More Calls!
Herein I respond to even more callins from fellow podcasters, particularly Che & Jason!
01:16:38
May 16, 2022
3.38: Journal: Ghost of Douglas Past
Hi everybody, this is a little bit different than my usual stuff, or rather isn't that different but is packaged differently.  My buddy Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue (an excellent podcast, far better than mine) does a series called 'GM's Journal' with a week's worth of journal audio recordings released as a single episode.  I thought I'd try something similar, at least for a little while.  So this is the first Pellam's Wasteland Audio Journal, and despite my intention to record 10 minute check-ins one chunk is almost a hour long.  Oh well.  Hopefully you enjoy, and check in soon (probably Monday) for a new episode of non-journal stuff! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're an RPG purchaser like me and you want a great deal on a bunch of games to support reproductive rights in the US, this itch bundle is a great way to buy a ton of games and support a great cause: https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights
01:37:17
May 14, 2022
3.37: This Triton of the Minnows
The title comes from Shakespeare's Coriolanus.  Big thanks to Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast for calling in.  This one is mostly just rambles and chatting about my projects, though there's a bit of other stuff (including some politics, so consider yourself warned).  Anyway hope you enjoy and I should be back on the air on Monday! If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're a creator on itch and haven't seen this game jam and bundle, check this one out: https://itch.io/jam/bundle-for-reproductive-rights
01:14:22
May 12, 2022
3.36: The Creativity Shieldwall
Waddup, this one's a mess but like me it's a hot mess.  I don't know quite what that means but oh well.  Anyway I talk about writing and thinking and podcasting and gaming and all sorts of stuff in this one, so check it out! The blog post I mentioned: https://lukegearing.blot.im/violence If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're a creator on itch and haven't seen this game jam and bundle, check this one out: https://itch.io/jam/bundle-for-reproductive-rights
59:44
May 09, 2022
3.35: Die for Goodness/Live for Crime
It's another callin show!  Today I've got calls from Jason and Brian and we're chatting about all sorts of cool things! The title comes from Shakespeare's Sonnet 124, which you can read here: http://www.shakespeares-sonnets.com/sonnet/124 (or any number of other places, including your Complete Works of William Shakespeare sitting unopened on the bookshelf). If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're a creator on itch and haven't seen this game jam and bundle, check this one out: https://itch.io/jam/bundle-for-reproductive-rights
51:08
May 06, 2022
3.34: Rock 'Em and Sock 'Em and Write 'Em
Hey everybody, I'm back!  And a day early!  This episode has no one else on it which means I get to talk about whatever I feel like and ramble till I have a sore throat.  In all seriousness thanks for both the recent callins and the listening to the callin shows, Live from Pellam's Wasteland is not the same without each and every one of you.  Anyway in this one I mostly talk about habits and the idea of habits by design and habits as an ounce of prevention to replace habits as a pound of cure and the mental health value of creative writing.  Also I'm gonna write a bunch this weekend, so hold onto your socks lest they be rocked off.  You've been warned. If you'd like to donate to support reproductive rights in Texas, I encourage you to do so here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/txfunds If you're a creator on itch and haven't seen this game jam and bundle, check this one out: https://itch.io/jam/bundle-for-reproductive-rights
01:21:59
May 04, 2022
3.33C: The Deep & The Shallow, or, Why Am I Like This?
Another long winded response to a bunch of callins, once again centered on Jason and Che's calls!  Thanks so much to the two of them (and to everybody who has called in recently)!  I'm planning on Thursday's episode being an all me ramble cast, so if you prefer me rambling without prompting to me rambling in response to other people, keep your eyes peeled for that!
01:14:24
May 03, 2022
3.33A: A Voice from the Deep, or, Call and Response!
Herein I respond to a bunch of callins, although I have a bunch more to respond to so that will be in tomorrow's episode, 3.33B!  Thanks to Che, Jason, Spencer, and Colin for calling in and giving me things to ramble about!
45:42
April 30, 2022
3.32: The Ocean Disturbed by the Titan's Blood
Herein I talk about religion in RPGs.  IMO the first half is less good than the second half because the second half gets into weird mythology stuff and the first half is all 'talk with everybody at the table about what they're comfortable with.'  Anyway hopefully you will enjoy at least 50% or so of this episode!
01:00:56
April 26, 2022
3.31: Turning Gold Into Fool's Gold
Herein I ramble about a bunch of things, like my health and gaming projects and Harnmaster and my time as a student in high school and college.  Maybe something in here is worth listening to.
01:10:37
April 21, 2022
3.30: In Praise of Playing Games as Written
Herein I talk about the idea of a value in attempting to engage with a set of game rules as written without significant houserules or tablerules or changes from the 'game' as it is set out in the text, as well as what I see as the importance in engaging with the game as written when evaluating games (and the importance of including opportunity cost in your 'Was this game fun?' calculation).  I don't know that I did a great job communicating my points with either discussion, but maybe I'll come back to these ideas after chewing on them a little more.
59:45
April 11, 2022
3.29: From YouTube: As March Ends, So Too Does March Character Creation Mayhem
Herein I discuss a project that I did for my YouTube channel over the course of the month of March for over 2 hours.  Consider this a sort of index for the project, a way to engage with a smaller portion of the greater whole.
02:07:40
April 05, 2022
3.28: SPECIAL GAME SHOW EPISODE: Which GM Will Become the King of Pellam's Wasteland? Tune in to Find Out!
Today I'm rating 10 different GMs on their ability to GM RPGs.  This is definitely a totally fair and balanced rating system and not at all arbitrary rambling about my online friends.  The GMs rated on this show are: Karl of the GMologist Presents podcast Hobbs of Random Screed and Hobbs n' Friends Ray Otus of Plundergrounds Joe of Hindsightless Che of Roleplay Rescue Daniel of the Bandit's Keep media empire Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings B.J. of the Arcane Alienist Colin of the Spikepit podcast and Jason C. of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast Which one will take home the crown (and get stabbed by Balin)?  Tune in today to find out!
48:14
April 01, 2022
3.27: Back to the Lab Again
Herein I talk about health, podcasting, youtubing, playing video games, and all sorts of other stuff I like.  Next episode will probably be either religion in RPGs or a callin show, we'll see which comes down the production line.
44:08
March 29, 2022
3.26: Sacrificing People is Bad, and What Myths & Combos Will Survive the Apocalypse?
In the first part of this episode, I talk about why human sacrifice is bad but also difficult to combat/pass easy judgement on.  In the second part, I talk about myths that are reinterpreted history and also dope attack combos in Batman games.  Both parts are responses to calls from Jason C. of the NRPGVC!
55:48
March 24, 2022
3.25: Calls, Plays, And a Codex!
Herein I respond to a couple of callins from Jason C. and Che W.  I expected this episode to be more about human sacrifice in gaming but as I explain in the intro I kind of had trouble with that plan, so this is what I did instead!  Maybe human sacrifice will be on the docket in the near future...
51:12
March 22, 2022
3.24: A New Pellam's Wasteland Podcast & A New Campaign Starting Soon (and I'm Recruiting You)!
My New Solo Actual Play Podcast: https://anchor.fm/pellamswastelandplayssolo The Dice Illusions Discord Server: https://discord.gg/vS4KqEm6TB This is just a brief announcement episode to let you guys know about my solo play podcast, Pellam's Wasteland Play Solo, which is where audio versions of my solo play sessions will be going, as well as the fact that I'm recruiting for a new bi-weekly campaign and if you'd like to play you can join the discord server linked above!
11:40
March 20, 2022
3.23: Discussing Jason's February Callin Contest (NRPGVC 320), Pt 2! Now Even Longer!
Jason C of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and I got together to discuss a recent project on his podcast, where he asked his listeners to call in with their 3 favorite RPGs and a bit about why (more than a bit in my case, but you know me). The two charities mentioned in this discussion were The Crush Foundation: http://www.thecrushfoundation.com/ and Forgotten Angels: https://www.forgottenangelsflorida.org/ and both are excellent charities well worth your support! Jason's podcast, Nerd's RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Nate's podcast, I'm Right You're Welcome: https://anchor.fm/iryw John Alan Large's podcast, Red Dice Diaries: http://reddicediaries.com/ Graham's podcast, Gaming in the First Age: https://anchor.fm/first-age Anthony Runeslinger's podcast, Casting Shadows: https://anchor.fm/runeslinger Evil Jeff's podcast, Minions and Musings: https://anchor.fm/eviljeff Amy's podcast, GMologist Presents: https://anchor.fm/karl-rodriguez Menion (who is Rob)'s podcast, Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi: https://anchor.fm/menion Cody's podcast, No Save for You: https://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou Arlen Walker called in, but you don't need help finding his podcast. Barney's podcast, Loco Ludus: https://anchor.fm/loco-ludus Ray's podcast, Plundergrounds: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds Finally, huge thanks to Jason for hanging out and recording this with me, and also for running a great contest with a wonderful charitable component! P.S. There's another extra intro on this episode, which makes it even longer than it already was, but at least I apologized for how long this episode is there.  Thanks for listening!
02:51:05
March 19, 2022
3.22: Too Many Calls! (Please Send More!)
Herein I respond to callins from Jason (NRPGVC), Che (Roleplay Rescue), and Barney (Loco Ludus), all excellent podcasters in their own right who you should listen to.  I also talk a bit about what's going on with me/my health situation (it's all good news, don't worry), so for anybody who cares about that there's some of that for you at the end! I am also flirting with the idea of creating an additional solo play podcast, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on that subject!
47:14
March 17, 2022
3.21: Workflow Redesign and Alone with All the Games!
Herein I talk about a couple of subjects, but primarily my changing workflow with regard to the podcast (which is probably not super interesting but it is important to me) and my solo play material, including a rough idea for a solo play podcast for everybody that doesn't want to listen to the YouTube videos.  Hope you enjoy!
01:08:50
March 15, 2022
3.20: From YouTube: My Discussion with J-M DeFoggi about Glorantha (and everything else)! With a special introduction for the Podcast!
Herein J-M DeFoggi and I get into a long discussion that was supposed to be about how to get into Glorantha as a setting for RPGs but ended up being about tons of other things too!  Hopefully you enjoy the wild tangents and comparative mythology discussion! J-M DeFoggi's YouTube channel, Iconic Production, can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/IconicProduction You can get a PDF copy of his game Jackals here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/344904/Jackals-Bronze-Age-Fantasy-Roleplaying You can get a PDF or print copy of Jackals from the publisher Osprey games here: https://ospreypublishing.com/store/osprey-games/osprey-roleplaying/jackals
01:26:47
March 12, 2022
3.19: Discussing Jason's February Callin Contest (NRPGVC 320), Pt 1! Also, We Hit 6k Plays on the Podcast!
Jason C of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and I got together to discuss a recent project on his podcast, where he asked his listeners to call in with their 3 favorite RPGs and a bit about why (more than a bit in my case, but you know me). The two charities mentioned in this discussion were The Crush Foundation: http://www.thecrushfoundation.com/ and Forgotten Angels: https://www.forgottenangelsflorida.org/ and both are excellent charities well worth your support! Jason's podcast, Nerd's RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 Karl's podcast, GMologist Presents: https://anchor.fm/karl-rodriguez Eric's podcast, 3D Omega Chicken Coop: https://anchor.fm/eric-salzwedel Joe's podcast, Hindsightless (Joe also ran the Weal or Woe podcast for a long time, which is a great actual play podcast): https://anchor.fm/joe-richter9 Colin's podcast, Spikepit: https://anchor.fm/spikepit Daniel's podcast, Bandit's Keep (Daniel also has a YouTube channel of the same name, and a Bandit's Keep Actual Play channel worth checking out): https://anchor.fm/daniel-norton Spencer's podcast, Keep Off the Borderlands: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall Finally, huge thanks to Jason for hanging out and recording this with me, and also for running a great contest with a wonderful charitable component! P.S. I added an extra intro later thanking Jason again (because he deserves it) and sharing that we just recently hit 6,000 total plays of the Live from Pellam's Wasteland podcast according to Anchor!  Thanks for being a part of the journey so far, and I look forward to even more rambling and calling and audio craziness!
01:29:11
March 10, 2022
3.18: Another Mess of Call and Response Starring Jason C and Yours Truly!
As mentioned in the intro this particular episode has been through a couple of iterations, but I ended up with so much callin content that it became mostly just that (which is not just ok but actually excellent).  Anyway big thanks to Jason for all the calls and giving me stuff to talk about. Jason's podcast, the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast: https://anchor.fm/jason376 The Bruce Timm image I talk about with 'broadcasting standards issues': https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EF9y7eMX0AAs9lR.jpg
01:42:58
March 08, 2022
3.17: Ahead of the Curve
Herein I discuss a number of things.  The first half of the episode centers on my physical and mental health, including some weight loss numbers, and the second half centers on my gaming plans and some musings on things to do for the greater 'Live from Pellam's Wasteland' brand, if that makes sense.  Anyway I hope you enjoy, and feel free to call in if you have comments or questions or concerns!
57:34
March 03, 2022
3.16: From YouTube: Overviews of The Adventure Crafter and Tiny Spies
The Adventure Crafter is published by Word Mill Games and Tiny Spies is published by Gallant Knight Games.
01:02:23
March 01, 2022
3.15: Rambling, and a Story about family (and Chaucer)
Herein I give a health and reading and gaming update, and then talk for some 50 minutes about my paternal grandfather and a book of his that my grandmother sent home with me.
01:24:10
February 24, 2022
3.14: The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Jason C! calls in about lots of things!
This episode is basically all responding to calls from Jason.  Big thanks to Jason himself for giving me so many things to talk about!
45:05
February 22, 2022
3.13: From YouTube: RPG Recommendations Episodes 0, 1, and 2, with a Brief Introduction Recorded for Anchor
Herein I have uploaded the audio from 3 YouTube episodes from my YouTube channel, Live from Pellam's Wasteland, with a brief introduction that I recorded today for Anchor specifically (that basically covers what is present in this episode and why you should keep listening past the first 'and I'll see you next time!').  Hope you enjoy!
01:04:01
February 20, 2022
3.12: A Ramble about Health, Reading, Projects, and Gaming
This one's all me, and it's basically a ramble about how I'm doing and what I'm thinking about.  Starts with a health report and moves into project and game planning by the end.
01:27:18
February 17, 2022
3.11: A HUGE Callin Show! It's HUGE because of my long-winded responses, not the calls, but oh well.
Herein I respond to calls from Jason C of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Karl R of the GMologist Presents, both available on Anchor (and your favorite podcast listening service).  Leave a callin like them and you too could get 20+ minutes of me rambling sort of in response to your comment or question!
01:27:08
February 15, 2022
3.10: Part 2 of My Interview with Jean Chandler of Codex Integrum/Codex Martialis
Be forewarned that the audio on this episode is a little rough at times, we had some technical difficulties recording but hopefully it's still worth listening to for you.   Jean Chandler stopped by to talk some more about his games (the Codex Martialis, Codex Superno, and Codex Integrum Player's Guide) although because of time limitations we mostly talked about the original Codex Martialis (and didn't even get very deep into it, because there's so much good stuff in Codex Martialis!).  Big thanks for Jean for hanging out and talking games again!   You can find all the Codex Integrum products in PDF here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/2481/Codex-Integrum-LLC
01:03:26
February 09, 2022
3.9: Response to Menion on 2e
Herein I respond to a couple of comments by Menion/Rob that are attempts to defend AD&D 2e.  These comments were made on Jason C's podcast, the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.
52:19
January 31, 2022
3.8: From Youtube: My Interview with Jean Chandler of Codex Integrum/Codex Martialis
This is an interview/discussion between me and Jean Chandler, the main designer behind Codex Integrum (the company) and Codex Martialis/Superno/Integrum (the book).  It ends a little abruptly because we had some technical issues but I'm hopeful that we'll be able to pick up the thread soon enough and get even deeper into those games and medieval history and other awesome stuff! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/2481/Codex-Integrum-LLC
01:03:43
January 28, 2022
3.7: Callins from Friends and Games I Want to Run!
Herein I respond to callins from Jason C., Amy R., Karl R., and Taylor!  Big thanks to all of them for calling in!  And after that I talk about some of the campaigns that I am working on for the future!
51:02
January 20, 2022
3.6: New Projects for the Wasteland, and a Shift from my Status Quo
I said I'd find the title of my 'Random Tables & Structuralism' episode but I must have given it a clever name because it isn't obvious what I called it.  I'll find it later and update this with the title. Otherwise, hope all my listeners are doing very well!
01:49:12
January 16, 2022
3.5: A Conversation with Jason Hobbs about 21 and 22!
This episode is essentially a long and rambly conversation between me and my buddy Jason Hobbs about what we played in 2021, what we want to play in 2022, and a bunch of other stuff.  Hope you enjoy!
01:37:47
January 10, 2022
3.4: It's Another Ramble!
Herein I respond to B.J. and ramble.  You know the drill.
26:34
November 18, 2021
3.3: Jason's a Good Influence, I'm a Bad One
Herein I respond to Jason's callins about board and war games and then share all the things I bought from Noble Knight!
43:47
November 11, 2021
3.2: Calls and Gaming Plans
Herein I respond to the 4 different calls left on my podcast as well as talking about some of my gaming plans!
01:06:37
November 09, 2021
3.1: Back in the Saddle (or the Wasteland)
Herein I talk about my hiatus and my gaming plans.
41:06
November 03, 2021
2.142: Callins about Friction and Shifting
Herein I respond to a number of callins from Jason & Daniel & BJ!
30:22
September 29, 2021
2.141: Friction and Shifting
Herein I talk about my plans for RPGs and about two podcasts, The GMologist Presents and Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, that I have been thinking about.
29:08
September 28, 2021
2.140: Games and Ecology
Herein I talk about the games I played this past weekend and about how dragons stealing sheep are just trying to survive their habitats being dismantled by intrepid demihumans.
35:13
September 09, 2021
2.139: The Codex and the Post-Post-Apocalypse
Herein I respond to a couple of callins and talk about my plans for future games that I have no time for.
26:21
September 04, 2021
2.138: Warhammer and the Codex Martialis
Herein I recap a Warhammer FRPG 2e game from Sunday and talk about my gaming plans for the next week or so!
45:27
August 30, 2021
2.137: Session Recaps and Samurai Game Ideas!
Herein I respond to a couple of callins, recap two Savage Worlds games, and talk about some of the game books I am reading.
30:18
August 27, 2021
2.136: More Callins!
Herein I respond to callins from Karl and Jason and Gary and Paul!
26:59
August 25, 2021
2.135: The Long-Awaited Callin Show!
Herein I respond to a whole bunch of callins from Jason and Che and Karl and Amy and Taylor and Graham!
37:00
August 20, 2021
2.134: 4 Recaps from this Week!
Herein I recap the Thursday TOR 2 game, the Saturday Strange game, the Saturday TOR 2 game, and the Sunday ASSH in Voluria game!  Callins coming next episode!
01:22:58
August 09, 2021
2.133: 3 Game Recaps: The Strange, One Ring 2e, and T2K 4e!
Herein I talk about the 3 games I played from Friday to Monday recently.
27:05
August 05, 2021
2.132: From Youtube: The One Ring 2e: Some Thoughts Before Playing
Herein I talk a bit about my first impressions of the One Ring 2e Alpha.
21:09
August 02, 2021
2.131: A Quiver of Callins
Herein I respond to a bunch of callins from a bunch of people including: Jason C., Paul, Che W., Colin G, Daniel N., and Taylor CWR!
36:49
July 29, 2021
2.130: BONECRUNCH Skills
Herein I talk about the skill list I'm working on for BONECRUNCH.
23:36
July 23, 2021
2.129: Creative Writing: Bjorn Bearsark and I: Rough Draft
Herein I read a story I wrote (in its rough form).
06:44
July 22, 2021
2.128: Callins on Crunch and Staycation Ends
Herein I respond to callins from Jason, Che, B.J., and Spencer.
22:05
July 20, 2021
2.127: A More Narrative Sigismund
Herein I recap the adventure with Sigismund in a more narrative style, and then talk a bit about the Sigismund solo play.
15:25
July 17, 2021
2.126: Solo Play: Sigismund in BONECRUCH 1
Herein I mess around with a very short adventure using my BONECRUNCH system to play solo as Sigismund, a barbarian from the far north doing some thieving in the cities of the south.
27:21
July 16, 2021
2.125: Callins and Bone Crunching!
Herein I respond to a couple of callins from Jason and Che as well as talk about a new campaign I'm putting together.
41:17
July 15, 2021
2.124: Bonecrunch!
Herein I talk about combat and choice in RPGs.
30:24
July 11, 2021
2.123: Staycation Begins
Herein I talk about games I want to run and answer some callins.
20:22
July 09, 2021
2.122: Travel in RPGs, or Why One Ring Weariness is Great
Herein I talk about what I think works and doesn't work when trying to create an engaging RPG with regard to travelling.  And then I talk about TOR 1e.
34:53
July 01, 2021
2.121: Trek, Howard, Demon Lord, Immortals
Herein I talk about a bunch of stuff.  Big thanks to Evil Jeff for calling in.
22:21
June 30, 2021
2.120: Military SciFi Ideas for Hobbs
Herein I talk about military scifi and some ideas.  This episode is specifically to respond to my buddy Jason Hobbs, who has been thinking a lot about MilSF, but you might enjoy it too.
26:45
June 23, 2021
2.119: Even More Callins and Hobby Stuff
Herein I respond to callins from RFED and Jason C. as well as talking about what I've been doing the past couple of days.
25:51
June 17, 2021
2.118: Callins about Wargames!
Herein I respond to callins from Jason C. and Che W. about my wargaming episodes!
37:21
June 15, 2021
2.117: More Minis and More Gaming
Herein I respond to a callin from Jason C. as well as talk about the hobby stuff I did this weekend.
43:04
June 13, 2021
2.116: Making War with Plastic
Herein I respond to callins from by buddies Jason and Karl as well as talk about my new (expensive) obsession: tabletop wargaming!
01:09:17
June 11, 2021
2.115: Callins and Writing Habits!
Herein I respond to a couple of great callins from Jason C. and Karl R. and talk about my own attempt to form some good habits.
01:08:34
June 08, 2021
2.114: Updates!
Herein I talk about recent games and other hobbies.
25:54
June 06, 2021
2.113: I'm Podcasting Again with a New Mic!
Herein I use my new microhpone to record another short episode of the podcast!
12:10
May 19, 2021
2.112: Gaming on the Weekend and Testing the Throne
Herein I talk about the games of the past weekend and about my test session of Barbarians of the Iron Throne.
38:41
April 19, 2021
2.111: The Throne is a Cold Seat
Herein I spend about 15 minutes talking about health issues from the past week, and then almost another hour talking about a blend of games that I'm working on to make a personal Riddle of Steel-like. Also, happy Eleventy-One episodes of season 2!  Hope you enjoy the extra long episode!
01:09:57
April 17, 2021
2.110: Lessons Learned from Thor
Herein I talk about what watching Marvel's Thor made me think about for RPGs.
12:29
April 15, 2021
2.109: Games, Downers, and Uppers
Herein I spend about 30 minutes talking about the games of the past weekend, about 30 minutes talking about my depression, and about 30 minutes talking about my mania.  Hope you enjoy.
01:25:31
April 05, 2021
2.108: Current Projects, including a 5e Hack!
Herein I discuss the games I am preparing for and the game hack I am working on designing right now!
37:38
April 01, 2021
2.107: Games of the Past Few Weeks
Herein I talk about my gaming for the past few weeks and my exploration of making Roll20 sheets.  Also a callin from Jason.
46:25
March 22, 2021
2.106: From Youtube: Beowulf and Wolves of God: Which One is Right for You?
Herein I discuss Beowulf Age of Heroes and Wolves of God and talk about their similarities and differences.
27:47
March 17, 2021
2.105: Rambling about Projects and Play by Post
Herein I ramble about games, projects, and a play by post offer.
30:20
March 11, 2021
2.104: Callins and a New Solo Game
Herein I respond to a pair of callins and talk about March Character Creation Madness as well as talk about a new solo plan I've been working on.
28:28
March 07, 2021
2.103: Callins from Spencer and Jason
Herein I respond to a couple of callins that were prompted by recent episodes.  Hope you enjoy!
32:35
March 04, 2021
2.102: More Heroic Narration and More Character Creation
Herein I discuss an idea about tweaking the GM's narration that comes from Sword & Scoundrel and talk about the next two character creations I did for 'March Character Creation Madness.'
32:44
March 02, 2021
2.101: A New Recording System and a Discussion of 'March Character Creation Madness!'
Herein I use a different recording method and thus probably sound a little different as well as talking about my new youtube project, 'March Character Creation Madness!'
32:20
March 01, 2021
2.100: From Youtube: Spikepit and I Create a Beowulf Hero
Herein I am joined by my buddy Colin 'Spikepit' Green and we make a hero for him to play in my Beowulf 5e game.  If you prefer the video version of this content you can find it on my Youtube channel 'Live from Pellam's Wasteland.'
01:01:30
February 27, 2021
2.99: Beowulf: Age of Ancient Arcana
Herein I talk about how much I've been playing and enjoying Beowulf Age of Heroes by Handiwork Games, and about my idea to turn it into an awesome science fantasy campaign using the Monte Cook Numenera 5e books.
24:51
February 26, 2021
2.98: Differentiating Character Backgrounds and a Libram Society Recap
Herein I talk about the idea of mechanically differentiating characters based on their background or culture in fantasy RPGs, and respond to a callin from Colin, and talk about how much fun recording The Libram Society #2 was.
37:18
February 25, 2021
2.97: Overview: Beowulf Age of Heroes by Handiwork Games
Get your own copy of Beowulf here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/340773/BEOWULF-Age-of-Heroes Or the Hermit's Sanctuary quickstart here (for free!): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/306721/BEOWULF-The-Hermits-Sanctuary
40:55
February 19, 2021
2.96: Libram Society and Hacking ERA for Kane
Herein I talk about the episode 0 of the Libram Society that I recorded with Hobbs and also about my attempt to hack Era: the Epic Storytelling Game to fit the world of the Kane stories by Karl Edward Wagner.
25:36
February 16, 2021
2.95: Come Watch Me on Hobbs n Friends of the OSR Tonight!
Herein I make a couple of announcements and ramble about my current game prep. Hobbs on Twitch: twitch.tv/hobbs665 Hobbs on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzcmLPbm3yPW7OxHMcIhPEA
29:24
February 10, 2021
2.94: Announcements, Callins, and Shadow of the Demon Lord
Herein I announce 2 different things you can watch, respond to a callin from Jason C., and talk about the Shadow of the Demon Lord game I ran on Saturday. Hobbs' Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/hobbs665 Be my friend on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?invite_token=OTY5MjllZTQtMjllNC00ZDQ1LWI3NTYtNTE0ODEwNjVkZTRl
28:14
February 08, 2021
2.93: Recent Games and Recent Books
Herein I talk about ASSH, Shadowrun 3rd, and 8 different books I either read recently or am in the process of reading.
01:01:20
February 04, 2021
2.92: A Chat with Jason C.
Jason's Podcast: https://anchor.fm/jason376/
01:14:29
February 02, 2021
2.91: What's Been Going On
Herein I talk about games and books and even a new project I want to start.
17:23
January 27, 2021
2.90: Old Books & New Books
Herein I talk about what I've been doing recently, including what I've been reading, and also respond to Jason C.'s callins.
15:52
January 19, 2021
2.89: Ramble On
Herein I respond to a callin from Jason C. and ramble a bit about what's going on for me.
25:53
January 09, 2021
2.88: Overview: Ballad of the Longbow by Nordic Weasel Games
Herein I overview the PDF of the neat little game 'Ballad of the Longbow."
22:31
January 08, 2021
2.87: Metacurrency Economics
Herein I talk about the economics of GM intrusions (Cypher system) and Doom spends (Conan 2D20).
20:35
January 05, 2021
2.86: Reading for Inspiration: Hard to Be a God
Herein I talk about the novel 'Hard to Be a God' by the Strugatsky brothers and what we can learn from it for our games.
09:15
January 04, 2021
2.85: Overview: The Way of the Sword 5e
You can get 'The Way of the Sword' here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/220575/The-Way-of-the-Sword-Gritty-realistic-Medieval-combat-for-Dungeons--Dragons
28:22
January 01, 2021
2.84: Christmas in the Wasteland and Changing Priorities
Herein I talk about my Christmas break and about some changes I want to make to my hobby in the new year.
21:49
December 30, 2020
Happy Holidays from the Wasteland!
Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season!
01:48
December 24, 2020
2.83: My Interview with Eleazar Lawson, the Designer of Battles for Prydain
Herein I interview Eleazar 'Ele' Lawson about his game "Battles for Prydain: Heroic Combat in Dark Age Britain 450-650 AD."  Battles for Prydain is a tabletop hex and counter wargame that is very cool, and we had a lot of fun talking about it. BGG page: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/260979/battles-prydain-heroic-combat-dark-age-britain-450 Store page: https://sanjoaquinvalleypress.com/books-and-games/ols/products/battles-for-prydain
01:13:02
December 14, 2020
2.82: Reading for Inspiration: Swords of the Four Winds & The Tain
Herein I talk about 2 different books and what they can add to your game, as well as give an update of what's going on for me.
30:49
December 11, 2020
2.81: Back in AiME and Reading Again
Herein I talk about the games that are going on and about some of the things I have read recently and what I want to do with them.
18:56
December 04, 2020
2.79: Overview: Torchbearer: Colonial Marines
Herein I talk about the 4 free PDF supplements for the RPG Torchbearer that allow you to play colonial marines and civilians in the far future. Download all 4 here: https://www.torchbearerrpg.com/?page_id=177 and get the game here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/116482/Torchbearer
28:02
November 24, 2020
2.77: Calls and Reading Projects
Herein I respond to more callins from Jason and Joe and Barney of Loco Ludus as well as talk a little bit about some of the things I have been reading.
31:51
November 20, 2020
2.76: Another Big Callin Show!
Herein I respond to callins from Joe and Brian and Jason.  Thanks for the calls guys!
40:39
November 19, 2020
2.75: Rolling the Dice When That Matters
Herein I respond to a discussion that has been underway over at Jason C.'s Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.
30:37
November 18, 2020
2.73: Callin Show with Jason & Brian
Herein I respond to callins from Jason & Brian.
29:51
November 10, 2020
2.72: Overview: The Adventures in Middle-Earth 5e Supplement Books
Herein I overview the supplemental books for Adventures in Middle-Earth: the Region Guides, the Adventure books, and the Mirkwood campaign.
49:37
November 09, 2020
2.71: Overview: The Adventures in Middle-Earth 5e Player's Guide and Loremaster's Guide
Herein I overview the two core books for AiME from Cubicle 7.
01:09:45
November 08, 2020
2.69: Overview: There and Back Again
Herein I overview the 2 page rpg 'There and Back Again' by Ray Otus, which you can get here: https://rayotus.itch.io/taba
13:39
November 06, 2020
2.68: Callins and AiME Design
Herein I respond to some callins and talk about some things I really like in the way AiME is designed.
28:41
November 05, 2020
Solo Adventures: The Second Episode of Thalinmir's Adventures
Herein I play a second adventure (really a continuation of the first) in Against the Darkmaster with Thalinmir (and his new acquaintance Melvia).
39:25
November 02, 2020
Solo Adventures: The First Episode of Thalinmir's Adventures
Herein I play out a first adventure in Against the Darkmaster as Thalinmir.
44:25
October 30, 2020
2.66: Unboxing & More Middle-Earth Games
Herein I open up a box and talk about a potential future project: overviewing basically everything in the 'Middle-Earth RPGs' sphere.
40:02
October 29, 2020
2.65: Callins from Barry and Jason and a 'Current Games' overview
Herein I respond to callins from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Barry of the Shadow of the GM podcast as well as talk about the games I've currently got going on.
33:33
October 28, 2020
2.64: Overview: Against the Darkmaster Part 2
Herein I continue and complete the overview of Against the Darkmaster by Open Ended Games.
51:12
October 27, 2020
2.63: Overview: Against the Darkmaster Part 1
Herein I overview the very cool new RPG book 'Against the Darkmaster' by Open Ended Games.  This is part 1 of 2.
54:58
October 26, 2020
2.62: Callins about Gandalf and Middle-Earth Magic
Herein I respond to some callins from Jason and SaferFantasyCrafting.
29:49
October 20, 2020
2.61: Creating Thalinmir for Against the Darkmaster
Herein I create the High Man Lore-Warrior (Lorrior?) Thalinmir to take on the forces of the Darkmaster.
49:22
October 19, 2020
2.60: Middle-Earth Magic in Games
Herein I talk about the nature of magic in Middle-Earth and what games do a good job of modelling that in my opinion.  I also respond to a couple of related callins.
48:51
October 16, 2020
2.59: Unboxing Some Games and Prepping for Other Games
Herein I unbox a bunch of books for a game I've been thinking about recently and talk about my prep for the Burning Superheroes PBP game.
24:37
October 12, 2020
2.58: Callins and More Superheroic Conflagrations
Herein I respond to two quality callins from Spencer and Jason, and talk about the game I am putting together on Discord.
31:33
October 09, 2020
2.57: Overview: Glorious Briterra
Herein I overview the indie rules-lite RPG 'Glorious Briterra.'
15:53
October 08, 2020
2.56: Health & Recent Games & Burning Supers
Herein I talk about my IRL health project, the games I played (and missed) last week, and my idea for a hack-upon-a-hack to play superheroes, Burning Wheel-style.
23:45
October 05, 2020
2.55: Callins and Unboxing
Herein I respond to three callers and unbox two different books.
30:44
October 02, 2020
2.54: Character Non-Conscious Thought
Herein I discuss the idea of characters in RPGs having a subconsciousness, or non-conscious thought, and what that means for player agency.
20:20
October 01, 2020
2.52: Overview: Friday Night Fights by Two Hour Wargames
Herein I overview the boxing simulator 'Friday Night Fights' by the folks at Two Hour Wargames.
26:39
September 28, 2020
2.51: Jason C. and Recent Games
Herein I respond to a couple of callins from Jason C. and talk about the games I played (or ran) recently.
41:18
September 24, 2020
2.50: Overview: Art of Wuxia
Herein I overview the 'Art of Wuxia' RPG by DwD studios.
55:01
September 21, 2020
2.49: Vacation, Investigation, and Spikepit's Levers
Herein I report on my vacation for the past couple of days and talk about two different subjects that my buddy Colin 'Spikepit' Green has been chewing on.
45:18
September 17, 2020
2.48: AFK & Some Brian
Herein I talk about the games I played, what I've been reading, respond to a long callin by Brian, and let you guys know that I'll be away for a couple of days.
34:37
September 08, 2020
2.47: Overview: Justice Velocity
Herein I overview the action movie inspired RPG 'Justice Velocity.'
26:38
September 07, 2020
2.46: Responding to Callins and a Bit About the State of the Podcast
Herein I respond to callins from Brian and Jason and talk about my plans for and the general state of the podcast and the Youtube channel.
34:01
August 27, 2020
2.45: Overview: Hot Circle RPG
Herein I overview the free Burning Wheel hack 'Hot Circle.'
31:34
August 24, 2020
2.44: Interviewing Sean P. about Games, including Conan 2D20
Herein I interview my buddy Sean about the games he is playing and running and wants to play or run and about our experience with Conan 2D20, because we had a really interesting discussion of the rules over Discord.
01:10:10
August 22, 2020
2.43: Callins, Health, Art, and Interviews
Herein I respond to two callins, talk a bit about how my health plan has been going, talk about the process of making art for the channel, put out an open call for interviews, and say thanks to you, the listener.  Let me say it again: Thanks listener for listening! I decided to make a Google Photos album with the images I described in the episode, which you can find here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pgeZq9sH8W68CaXX7
01:01:08
August 21, 2020
2.42: Interviewing Jason C. of the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast about Games
Herein I interview my buddy Jason about games that he has been playing in and running and has plans for. Jason's Pocast can be found here: https://anchor.fm/jason376/
47:59
August 20, 2020
2.39: Interviewing Kevin Madison of Dungeon Musings about Heroes Save Villages
Herein I interview my buddy Kevin Madison of the Dungeon Musings youtube channel and podcast and twitter account and discord about his charity initiative, the Heroes Save Villages charity raffle which benefits SOS Children's Villages International.  We had a blast talking about the charity and gaming and all sorts of stuff.  If you are interested in donating, the website to do so is here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/heroes-save-villages
01:46:30
August 12, 2020
2.38: More Brian and a Bit About My Health
Herein I respond to some more calls from Brian and talk about my mental health last week.
24:43
August 10, 2020
2.37: Lots of Brian
Herein I respond to 2 four-part callins from Brian in the Park.
22:33
August 04, 2020
2.36: What do you play in Miseries & Misfortunes?
Herein I answer a callin from Graham 'First Age' about what you are actually expected to do with the Miseries & Misfortunes rules.
24:32
July 31, 2020
2.35: Callins & Agency Discussion
Herein I respond to callins from Jason, Karl, and Brian.  Hope you enjoy!
26:42
July 30, 2020
2.34: Overview: Miseries and Misfortunes from Burning Wheel
Herein I give an overview of the current edition of the pdf of Miseries & Misfortunes, the newest game from Burning Wheel.
36:22
July 26, 2020
2.33: The Mega Unboxing Episode!
Herein I unbox a whole bunch of boxes and packages that I ordered a while ago in most cases but that came at a similar time.
29:07
July 24, 2020
2.32: Responses to the Agency Episode
Herein I respond to a whole bunch of callins about player agency in games.  The callers: Spencer 'Free Thrall,' Che Webster, Colin Green, Graham 'First Age,' Jason C., and Roy.
39:08
July 23, 2020
2.31: Agency Theory, Callins, and some Plans
Herein I talk about the agency theory of fun, respond to a pair of callins, and go over some plans for the next couple of episodes of the podcast.  The Heroes Save Villages Charity Campaign can be found here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/heroes-save-villages
25:45
July 21, 2020
2.30: Solo Play on Rolegate
Herein I explain my current solo play plans and how I intend to present the material to you guys.
20:25
July 20, 2020
2.29: Callins from Friends
Herein I respond to callins from Barney of Loco Ludus, Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, and Che of Roleplay Rescue.  Big thanks to the callers!
36:09
July 15, 2020
2.28: A Bit of Controversy
Herein I talk a bit about some of the recent controversies in D&D.
22:39
July 13, 2020
2.27: Unpackaging and Callins
Herein I unpackage 3 different books and respond to 3 different multi-part callins from Jason C. and Joe R. and Che W. all of whom have some really cool things to say.
39:07
July 12, 2020
2.26: Overview: Trudvang Chronicles
Herein I talk about my experience running Trudvang Chronicles and how the game actually works.
21:31
July 10, 2020
2.25: How to be Narrativist
Herein I respond to a call from my buddy Karl and talk about my ideas for more narrativist play and how to achieve that and I even give a recommendation for a podcast episode that I think is pretty great.
37:10
July 08, 2020
2.24: Responding to Some Callins and Some Discussion of the Current Campaigns
Herein I respond to Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Spencer of Keep off the Borderlands, and then talk a little bit about Night Below, ASSH, Trudvang Chronicles, and Icewind Dale.
36:26
July 06, 2020
2.23: Thinking About What Aristotle & I Want from RPGs
Herein I talk about what I have been thinking about with regard to my inclinations as a GM, and about Aristotle's Poetics.
27:37
July 03, 2020
2.22: Best Practices, New Books, and the Tuesday Game
Herein I respond to a callin from Joe of the Hindsightless podcast, unbox a couple of new books, and talk about the positive experience I had with gaming on Tuesday night.
28:02
July 02, 2020
2.21: Karl's Callin and the Game I Put Together
Herein I respond to a callin from Karl about Sword & Scoundrel and talk about the game I put together last minute for tonight.
23:23
June 30, 2020
2.20: Debrief on Sword & Scoundrel and an Unboxing!
Herein I talk with my friends Spencer and Jason about the game of Sword & Scoundrel we just finished, and then I open up a box full of books.
36:60
June 27, 2020
2.19: My Solo Style
Herein I talk about solo play in response to a couple of comments I had on my youtube channel.
22:18
June 25, 2020
2.18: Methodology, Immersion, and Games My Friends Have Played
Herein I respond to 2 callins, one from Che Webster and one from Jason C.  The response to mostly surrounds my ideas after listening to his most recent interview (with Daniel Jones) and you should definitely listen to that episode of Roleplay Rescue.
33:03
June 24, 2020
2.17: Plans for Passion and Swordplay
Herein I talk about how my gaming plans have developed over the weekend, specifically how they now include concrete plans for some Sword & Scoundrel play.
29:22
June 23, 2020
2.15: Deciding between Riddle of Steel-likes
Herein I try to answer Jason's question about which Riddle of Steel-like he should invest in.
35:23
June 20, 2020
2.14: The Quadruple Callin from Jason C.
Herein I respond to a whole bunch of callins from Jason C. of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.  Big thanks to Jason for giving me so much to talk about!
39:30
June 19, 2020
2.13: Another Great Callin from Jason
In this episode I respond to another great callin from Jason C. of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.
26:45
June 18, 2020
2.12: The Family Game Report
Herein I talk about the RPGs I have been playing with my family.
22:34
June 17, 2020
2.11: Lots of Callins from the Jasons
Herein I respond to a couple of callins from Jason Hobbs of Random Screed and Jason C. of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.
16:53
June 16, 2020
2.10: Morality and Agency in Old School Play
Herein I respond to Jason Hobbs (who left a callin) about my thoughts on morality and agency in Old School (and other types of) play.
32:03
June 12, 2020
2.9: Overview: Gallant and Bold
Herein I overview the new OSR-y game Gallant & Bold.
18:47
June 09, 2020
2.8 Thinking about RPGs in Literary Terms
Herein I respond to a callin from the one and only Jason Hobbs about the intersection of RPGs and literary stories as I see it.
15:29
June 05, 2020
2.7 My Guide to RPG Storytelling
Herein I talk about the book 'My Guide to RPG Storytelling.'
09:18
June 03, 2020
2.6: Arbiter of Worlds
Herein I talk about the book 'Arbiter of Worlds' which is largely advice for the aspiring GM, especially one who wants to run "oldschool."
19:19
May 28, 2020
2.4: Spontaneity in Games
Herein I talk about the concept of getting some of what you want, as well as the idea of spontaneity as an element of style, not necessarily a relic of production.
23:23
May 13, 2020
119: Overview: Warbirds RPG
Herein I overview Outrider Studio's Warbirds and some supplemental content.
16:16
April 22, 2020
117: Solo Session Debrief: Catacombs of the Vaysh
Herein I go over what I think worked and what I think didn't about the most recent solo session I played.
24:18
April 16, 2020
116: Song of Swords and Planets: Catacombs of the Vaysh
Herein I play another solo session, this time with the very cool ruleset Song of Swords.
01:08:01
April 15, 2020
115: Why Play Solo When You Have A Group?
Herein I try to answer the question in the title.
23:47
April 14, 2020
114: Scaffolding, Keyframes, and Solo Play
Herein I talk about how it is that I build sessions and why I think that practice is useful for solo players.
31:36
April 13, 2020
113: A Sword and Planet Hero
Herein I talk about a character I generated for my sword and planet world and take him through a single mock combat.
23:03
April 10, 2020
112: Sword and Planet Worldbuilding
Herein I discuss a new campaign world that I am working on.
23:59
April 08, 2020
111: Introducing New Players to RPGs
Herein I talk about my experience with introducing new players (my family) to the wide world of RPGs and what I think one should consider in doing that.
39:09
April 06, 2020
109: Song of Swords: The System and the Character I Created
Herein I give a very detailed explanation of the system Song of Swords by going over a character that I created, Killian the monster hunter.
02:02:18
March 27, 2020
108: Generating 2 More Villains for ICONS
Herein I generate The Assembler and Daredevil Ace, 2 new villains for my solo ICONS series.
14:45
March 21, 2020
107: ICONS Adventure 2: Investigating and Taking Down the Cyber-Shark
Herein our hero The Shield does some investigative work, finds out where the bad guys are, and fights to stop them.
21:34
March 19, 2020
106: ICONS Adventure 1: Taking on Cyber-Shark
Herein we present the first encounter between The Shield and The Cyber-Shark.
20:46
March 18, 2020
105: Generating a Hero and a Villain for ICONS
Herein I generate two characters for upcoming solo sessions of ICONS.
25:08
March 17, 2020
104: Sagraham Adventure 4: The Mystic and the Marshal
Herein I play another session of the adventures of Sagraham, who is taking up arms against the evil Duke Calirehes to restore the true heir to the throne.
29:53
March 11, 2020
103: What We Can Learn From Batman Beyond
Herein I talk about the TV show Batman Beyond, which I have been rewatching, and what we can learn for our RPGs from said show.
27:33
March 05, 2020
102: Overview: The Hero's Journey 2nd Edition
Herein I overview James M. Spahn's The Hero's Journey 2nd Edition.
33:41
March 02, 2020
101: Sagraham Adventure 3: Glaival & Clance
Herein our hero attempts to find and then inspire the true heir of Duke Glaival.
28:36
February 29, 2020
100: Sagraham Adventure 2: The Judgement of Calirehes
Herein our brave knight Sir Sagraham attempts to bring Sir Calirehes to justice.
35:02
February 25, 2020
99: Sagraham Adventure 1: The Crimes of Calirehes and Gwylon
In which Sir Sagraham demands recompense for a wounded squire and fights to avenge a wounded knight.
43:47
February 20, 2020
98: The Creation of Sir Sagraham
Herein I create a knightly character Sir Sagraham using the Paladin: Warriors of Charlemagne rules.
48:12
February 19, 2020
97: More Reports from Dragon Heresy
Herein I report on the Dragon Heresy game I'm running as well as give some updates on things in my gaming sphere.
19:19
February 12, 2020
96: Play by Post Autopsy
Herein I talk about my play by post experiment and what I'd change/do differently next time.
32:44
February 10, 2020
95: Reports: Dragon Heresy and Beowulf Pendragon
Herein I report on two games I ran in the last week.
26:53
February 07, 2020
94: Dragon Heresy Report
Herein I talk about our first session of the Dragon Heresy mini-campaign I am running as well as some plans that I have for using the game in the future.
26:29
January 29, 2020
93: Overview: Dragon Heresy
It's Douglas Cole's version of 5E, and it's good.
37:18
January 24, 2020
92: Jason's Questions about Robin Hood Systems
Herein I respond to a callin from Jason.
10:44
January 23, 2020
91: Overview: Robin Hood Systems
Herein I overview five (5) systems for playing Robin Hood style adventures.  The systems are: Wolf's Head for Fate Core, Sherwood for Swords and Wizardry, and Hood, Darkwood, and Romance of the Perilous Land, all complete original systems.
46:43
January 17, 2020
90: 3 Combat Resolution Systems
Herein I talk about my theory of 3 types of combat resolution.
20:05
January 11, 2020
89: Battle Systems, Unboxing, and Land of Giants
Herein I talk about a bunch of different stuff, but it's all the usual games I'm focused on.
17:33
January 10, 2020
88: More Ironsworn
Herein I report on playing another hour or so of Ironsworn, and on trying Ironsworn as a GM.
16:58
December 16, 2019
86: Ironsworn Overview and Actual Play
Herein I overview the solo RPG Ironsworn and even play it for about 25 minutes.
38:43
December 11, 2019
85: Combat Resolution
Herein I talk about different ways to resolve combat.
20:52
December 10, 2019
84: Responding to Jason
Herein I respond to an extended callin based on my last episode.
19:42
December 03, 2019
83: Games I've Been Reading
Herein I talk about some of the games I have been reading/looking at.
35:17
December 02, 2019
82: Overview: Spears of the Dawn
Herein I give an overview of the game Spears of the Dawn.
20:16
November 27, 2019
81: Triple Unboxing
Herein I unbox three boxes (and share some sad news about TOR 2e).
12:52
November 27, 2019
80: Unboxing and more on Complexity
Herein I unbox a book and ramble a little more about complexity.
12:56
November 22, 2019
79: Complex Games and Game Plans
Herein I respond to Jason about complex games and talk about some more things I want to play (or at least overview).
26:00
November 20, 2019
76: Game Plans with Jason and Wiglaf
Herein I talk about my plans for a PBP game and generate the Old English hero Wiglaf.
21:54
November 09, 2019
75: Overview: Wolves of God Beta .12
Herein I give an overview of the .12 Beta rules for Kevin Crawford's Wolves of God, just recently kickstarted.
54:39
November 08, 2019
74: Complex Games and Questions Without Answers
Herein I respond to Jason about complex games and talk about a cool pdf with random tables for RPG themes.
17:27
November 06, 2019
73: Overview: Dreams of Dragons
Herein I overview Nordic Weasel's new beta RPG Dreams of Dragons.
16:55
November 05, 2019
71: More on LFG and MnM
Herein I talk about some recent games of LFG and Mutants and Masterminds that I have played
27:44
October 31, 2019
70: Overview: Low Fantasy Gaming
Herein I overview Pickpocket Press' Low Fantasy Gaming Deluxe Edition.
28:13
October 28, 2019
69.4: ASSH in Xoth
Herein I respond to some callins and talk about my session of ASSH going tomb raiding. 
22:02
October 23, 2019
69.2 City of Mist and Low Fantasy Gaming
Herein I answer (or at least play) some callins and talk about the games I played this weekend.
26:36
October 21, 2019
69 (lol): Mutants and Masterminds and other games
Herein I talk about a session of Mutants and Masterminds I ran for Jason Hobbs as well as some other games and some stuff going on IRL for me.
24:37
October 18, 2019
68: Conan 2D20 Report
Herein I talk about playing Conan 2D20 and also answer some callins.
20:42
October 15, 2019
66: Aristeia: The First Pass
Herein I talk about a game I'm coming up with called 'Aristeia.'
18:31
October 08, 2019
65: ICONS: Generating 'The Black Knight'
Herein I go through the random character generation system for the supers RPG ICONS.
27:43
October 03, 2019
64: Best Left Buried Report
Herein I talk about actually playing Best Left Buried last night.
10:37
October 02, 2019
62: Overview: Best Left Buried
Herein I overview the sorta-OSR sorta-rules-lite RPG Best Left Buried.
32:48
September 25, 2019
61: Bombadil Theory
Herein I give a theory about what Tom Bombadil is doing, thematically, in the Fellowship of the Ring.
09:34
September 24, 2019
60: Paladin Debrief
Herein I talk about the game of Paladin I played on Saturday.
21:16
September 23, 2019
59: Overview: Quarrel and Fable and an Adventure for it
Herein I overview the indie RPG Quarrel & Fable and the adventure Malady of the Moor King.
22:27
September 18, 2019
57: Overview: Heroquest
Herein I overview the setting-neutral version of Heroquest Glorantha, called Heroquest.
21:35
September 13, 2019
55: Armor and what surrounds it
Herein I talk about armor in historical reality vs armor in medieval-ish FRPGs.
43:58
September 05, 2019
51: Paladins in Pellamland
Herein I talk about a campaign idea I have based on a short story I wrote.  Also a new toy.
23:30
August 13, 2019
50: Star Wars: Unboxing and Plans
Herein I talk through an unboxing of some packages from Amazon and my plans for using what is contained therein. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
38:45
August 08, 2019
49: Round Up of Games I Ran
Herein I talk about the finale of the One Ring campaign I've been running and the start of a new campaign using an adapted version of King Arthur Pendragon and what I'm planning next, which is Paladin. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
37:35
July 25, 2019
47: Overview: The Green & Val-du-Loup
Herein I talk about two BRP monographs, The Green (a massive primeval forest) and Val-du-Loup (a medieval chunk of the Ardennes). @cowsfrompowys on twitter
33:28
July 18, 2019
46: Overview: Magic World & Additions
Herein I talk about Magic World and two supplements that just arrived from Chaosium. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
29:04
July 17, 2019
45: Overview: HarnMaster 2nd
Herein I add to the list of d% games, respond to some callins, and overview HarnMaster 2nd edition. @cowsfrompowys on twitter.
47:24
July 17, 2019
44: Overview: d100 Games
Herein I talk about the wide variety of d100/d% games available, both historically and in the present. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
51:31
July 16, 2019
42: The Pinnacle of Culture
Herein I talk about high and low culture and art and probably a bunch of other things. @cowsfrompowys on twitter, you can also find Dave at @d_percentile
24:33
July 11, 2019
41: Sword & Sorcery & Culture
Herein I talk about Sword & Scoundrel and sword & sorcery stories and the general concept of an 'artistic culture.' @cowsfrompowys on twitter
43:32
July 08, 2019
40: Overview: Sword & Scoundrel
Herein I talk about Sword & Scoundrel, a new Riddle of Steel-like.  I also list a whole bunch of games I'm going to be playing and running in the outro.
29:28
July 05, 2019
38: Feng Shui 2 debrief and gaming plans
Herein I talk about my recent experience running Feng Shui 2 as well as some of my plans for the near future based on what I want to play and what books have arrived recently. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
47:22
June 21, 2019
37: Overview: Feng Shui 2
Herein I overview the wuxia/action movie RPG Feng Shui 2. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
16:18
June 19, 2019
36: Game debriefs and some ideas about ecology
Herein I talk about the 3 games I played in/ran over the weekend as well as my disappointment with the way certain systems seem to function in terms of variety of storytelling. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
26:47
June 17, 2019
34: Gloranthan Mythology
Herein I talk about Gloranthan mythology and the core conflict between the solar deities, the storm tribe, and chaos. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
28:51
June 13, 2019
33: Overview: 3D6 Supers
Herein I overview the supers game 3D6 Supers. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
11:17
June 13, 2019
32: Overview: Tiny Supers
Herein I overview the game Tiny Supers. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
13:19
June 12, 2019
31: Fortune Telling and Crunchiness
Herein I give a bunch of ideas about coming up with stories for RPGs and RPG design. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
25:30
June 11, 2019
30: Overview: Mutants & Masterminds 3 and DC Adventures
Herein I overview two related systems (in that they're the same system with different characters), Mutants & Masterminds 3rd edition and DC Adventures. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
32:07
June 11, 2019
29: Overview: FASERIP and Phase 4
Herein I overview two related systems, Marvel Super Heroes FASERIP and Phase 4. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
09:46
June 10, 2019
28: Overview: Prowlers and Paragons
Herein I give an overview of the supers game Prowlers & Paragons. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
18:59
June 10, 2019
27: Callins and ERA debrief
Herein I respond to some callins that very nice listeners have left for me as well as discussing my game of ERA: The Epic Storytelling Game with Colin Green. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
35:31
June 10, 2019
24: The Riddle, the Blade, and the Song
Herein I talk about three different RPGs that are all on the same family tree: The Riddle of Steel, Blade of the Iron Throne, and Song of Swords. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
01:02:50
June 05, 2019
23: Overview: Fallen Justice
Herein I overview the powerless vigilante OSR game Fallen Justice. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
14:24
June 05, 2019
22: Overview: Cold Steel Wardens
Herein I give an overview of the game Cold Steel Wardens, an iron-age comics role playing game. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
28:35
June 04, 2019
21: Overview: Worlds in Peril
Herein I talk about Worlds in Peril, a PbtA supers game that I think is pretty cool. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
18:45
June 03, 2019
20: Overview: The Four Color Hack
Herein I overview The Four Color Hack, an adaptation of The Black Hack for supers games. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
12:11
June 03, 2019
18: Overview: Sword and Sorcery Adventure Generators
Herein I talk about 5 different tools for generating Sword and Sorcery adventures. Barbarians of Lemuria Mythic:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/144526/Barbarians-of-Lemuria-Mythic-Edition  Beasts and Barbarians Game Master's Guide:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/229003/Beasts--Barbarians-Steel-Edition-Game-Master-Guide Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/198163/Sharp-Swords--Sinister-Spells  ASSH Random Adventure Generator:  http://www.hyperborea.tv/uploads/4/4/6/6/44662451/asshrandom-adv-gen.pdf  Conan 2D20 Game Mater's Kit:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/220332/Conan-Gamemaster-Screen--Gamesmaster-Toolkit--PDF 
37:48
May 31, 2019
17: Call in from Colin, more FASERIP, themes, and overviews
Herein I talk about a bunch of different things.  You'll just have to listen to find out what. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
50:17
May 30, 2019
16: Overview: Brazen Backgrounds by Gundobad Games
Herein I talk about the pdf of Brazen Backgrounds, a background generator for late Bronze Age adventurers. DriveThru link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/278030/Brazen-Backgrounds-Character-Backgrounds-for-Bronze-Age-Settings?src=newest_recent  @cowsfrompowys on twitter
15:01
May 30, 2019
15: Overview: Barbarians of Lemuria and Everywhen
Herein I talk about Barbarians of Lemuria Mythic Edition and Everywhen, the generic rules adaptation. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
01:18:41
May 30, 2019
13: Overview: ERA Epic Storytelling Game by Omnihedron Games
Herein I talk about the game ERA Epic Storytelling Game by Omnihedron Games, a very interesting storygame. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
26:03
May 28, 2019
12: Narrative Agency in different types of games
Herein I talk about my ideas about the relationship between game design and narrative agency. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
17:50
May 26, 2019
11: Overview: Not Just a Brush War by Nordic Weasel Games
Herein a give an overview of the pdf of Not Just a Brush War. @cowsfrompowys on twitter
20:19
May 26, 2019
Episode 8: AiME Session 1
In this episode I talk about our very first session of Adventures in Middle-Earth.
17:51
April 16, 2019
Episode 6: The Mecha Hack Review
Herein I give an overview of Absolute Tabletop's The Mecha Hack and talk about my likes and dislikes of the game.
14:51
April 10, 2019
Episode 5.5: Adventures in Middle-Earth and The One Ring pregame comparison
In this episode I compare 5E's AiME with TOR.
27:32
April 04, 2019
Episode 4: ASSH
In this episode I talk about the Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea game that I'm playing in.
25:12
April 01, 2019
Episode 3.5: Scifi and Fantasy
In this episode I talk about genre.
19:50
March 28, 2019