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By C. Thorin
Welcome to Playing It Wrong, the They Might Be Gazebos podcast. about D&D, RPG's and the people who play. Remember: Roll dice. Kill Monsters. Take their stuff. And HAVE FUN!
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You should really use the environment to make those encounters interesting
An encounter should be more than just a PC's and monsters attacking each other.  Those some interesting terrain or environmental hazards into the mix.   Also, this episode the "new" cleric spells in Greyhawk and a little rant for beginners trying to play a magic-user. "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
October 13, 2019
The Noting and Catch Up Episode
Last episode ran really long so this one we're catching up.  We've the Session Summary and I forgot that damage from Clay Golems takes a 17th level Cleric to heal it. I like everybody else mentions Feast of Legends.  Talk about playing a Fighter in D&D Boot Camp.  Read from the original Greyhawk and the insanely powered 9th level Magic-User Spells.  And shout outs about The Egyptian Situation From Outer Time by Old Skull Games and a new Kickstarter by Elf Lair Games: Night Shift: Veterans of the Supernatural Wars.
October 6, 2019
Lankhmar, Tegel Manor, and The Blight
I got call ins from Gothridge Manor and three podcast unboxings!  DCC Lankhmar.  Tegel Manor, and The Blight.  Give it a listen. All good stuff and so glad that I bought.  And heck I couldn't resist doing an unboxing video too.  You can check that out over at the fledgling Youtube channel.  Please subscribe over there. And if you liked this episode. Then you can subscribe on or visit the Patreon. Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
September 29, 2019
Why Fantasy?
In this episode, I go deep into opinionsville.  So why is fantasy the most popular genre for RPG's?  And there's the usual segments, a remarkably calm Labyrinth Lord game,  D&D Boot Camp, and reading from the Little Brown Books. Also, mentioned in this Episode, Bill Webb's Deck of Trick Tricks. Check it out on Indegogo. "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
September 22, 2019
Sweet Mystery of Life.
This episode I channel my inner Glen Halstrom and talk about running mysteries in your game.  It isn't easy.  In D&D Boot Camp, what to do about jerks.  And from the Little Brown Books,  guess what spell you need snow for?  And remember. Not everybody likes the same pizza. Check out the interview with Matt Finch on the upcoming Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter And check out the They Might Be Gazebos Patreon. Thanks for listening. Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
September 16, 2019
Fusion Gaming
It's all about mixing, matching, and melding the things you like into something grand.  Plus more advice for newbies and experienced players in D&D Boot Camp.   I start going over the 3rd Level Magic-User spells in Greyhawk.  Oh yeah.  And there's probably a Swords & Wizardry Kickstarter in the future. Don't forget you can support us on or over on Patreon. Intro Music: "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
September 8, 2019
Urban Adventures
Erik Tenkar and Gothridge Manor have already talked about this stuff. Since I'm preparing to run The Blight by Frog God Games, I figured it's time I share my initial thoughts. Don't fear the city. Be ready to improvise. And too many details will just bog you down. Plus the usual features. D&D Boot Camp and Reading from the Ancient Tomes.  Roll dice, kill monsters, take their stuff, and have fun. If you like this episode please visit The Patreon.  "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
September 1, 2019
More About Swords & Wizardry for the New School
This episode I continue my rant on Swords & Wizardry making it more palatable to those who are used the current editions of the game.  Plus your usual favorites!  D&D Boot Camp: What Should A New Player Play?; and  Readings from the Ancient Tomes and talking about Supplement 1: Greyhawk and the birth of variable weapon damage and Hit Dice!  Thanks for listening.  Please check out the Patreon if you feel so inclined. "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
August 25, 2019
Swords & Wizardry The Gateway Clone
This episode I rekindle my love for Swords & Wizardry.  I've talked that much about it recently but then there was an epiphany.  It makes the perfect game as a gateway and bridge between the old-school games and the current editions.  You can check out more about Swords & Wizardry at Frog God Games.  For some fun listening check out the Swords & Misery Podcast for some actual play. And check out Matt Finch's Patreon too. This episode also debuts a new segment, D&D Boot Camp. Advice and wisdom to new players and game masters. And as usual there's the reading from the original old books. And you can support the podcast too. You can subscribe or join the Patreon. Intro Music: "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
August 19, 2019
Rebooting and Rants on Celebrity D&D, Social Media, Gate Keeping and Old School Gaming
The landscape has changed. D&D is mainstream. Social media networks go away (looking at you G+). And some mystic cabal appoints the influencers. What's the common gamer to do?  Play it your way.   I know I have a "plan".  It's time to go Punk. And here's the link to the old blog post mentioned in this episode. Also, it's that time of year that I start setting the goals for next year so I took as a prefect time to put a new coat of paint on the podcast.  We have music and even a few bumpers.  So if you're a new listener start here. We've worked out a lot of kinks  Intro Music: "Take the Lead" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License
August 11, 2019
Change What The Players See
I travel back in time and talk about world building again.  This time it's all about the player characters.  Go ahead and mess around with Races & Classes and all that player facing stuff.  And we've got a call-in from The Yawning Owlbear himself. Thanks, Mark.
July 28, 2019
Find Your Voice
In this episode, I rant about being yourself and and finding your own voice whether it be in blogging, gaming, or podcasting.   Plus updates and what's been going on, mysterious hints about what's on the way, and more readings from the Little Brown Books of D&D. This week it's the example of play.
July 21, 2019
Players Do Your Homework
This week is a little rant on players doing prep.  It's not just the DM folks.  You should do some prep too.  Some fun from last week's session of Labyrinth Lord. If you find a Ring of Wishes. Just walk away.  And an intro for Volume 3 of the Little Brown Books.  And a follow up on last week's quest for some actual play podcasts.  Check out Not Another D&D Podcast and Swords & Misery
July 14, 2019
Actual Plays: Tell us about the game
I've got shout to Happy Whisk and emails from the Yawning Owlbear.  And I go off on  a little rant on actual play podcasts and streams.  And I finish up on Volume 2: Monsters & Treasures of the Little Brown Books.
July 7, 2019
Episode 24: Adventures are setting too
More rants about gaming.  Previously, I talked about how adventures are guidelines. Guess what?  They are setting too.  And all the usual features.  What been happening around my game table and more readings from the Little Brown Books.
June 30, 2019
Episode 23: Lethality, Kickstarters, and Little Brown Books
Mark Wallring of The Yawning Owlbear Anchorcast sent in an email on lethality in 5E so I rant more on that.  It's about system mastery.  I got lots of goodies this weekend.  Kickstarters are starting to come in and I got some cool stuff. And as usual even more readings from the Little Brown Books. Yep, still on Monsters & Treasure.
June 23, 2019
Episode 22: Theives Skills, Puppies and Treasure
This week we're back to normal with a brief summary of the Labyrinth Lord game where in I ran a nice little adventure by Tim Shorts (The Demon Baboon of Porters Crown). Also, I go into a little rant on Thieves' Skills on old school games. And we've finally made it to the treasure part of Monters & Treasure in the Little Brown Books.
June 16, 2019
Episode 21, Season 2: Adventures are Guidelines too!
I go in a lot of different directions in this episode.  A little rant about communities (again).  The main rant which is all about adventures are guidelines too.  So change that stuff game masters.  Make it your own.  Sadly, there was no gaming this week due to puppy illness. (She's better now.)  And of course another reading from the Little Brown Books. This week I finish up the monster section in Volume 2: Monsters and Treasure. And a call in from Tim "Gothridge Manor" Shorts. Support his Patreon. He's a cool dude.
June 9, 2019
Episode 20: Don't Be Afraid To Change Things Up
You don't eat pizza everyday so why play the same game all the time.  Not only that changes are coming to this Podcast and the good old blog.  Thanks for listen and stay tuned!
June 2, 2019
Episode 19: Lethality in 5e and other rants.
This time I rant about lethality in 5E and some humorous stories of TPK's.  Some introspection on when to podcast, when to blog and when to publish and continued readings from the 0E D&D Little Brown Books.
May 26, 2019
Episode 18: Crossng the Streams. Er Genres.
Don't cross the streams.  Yes, cross the streams and by streams I mean genres. Hack away to heart's content.  Random settings. Random rants. And more reading from the Little Brown Books.
May 19, 2019
Episode 17 Season 2: Kickstarters, Science Wizards, Choosing Games & Dragons!
Congratulations to Gavin Norman on a successful Kickstarter of Old School Essentials.  Also throwing out hopes for great kickstarters for Faraway Land Old School Version and The Crypt in Cadaver Canyon.  Plus I do a little review of Crypt of the Science Wizard by Skeeter Green Productions.  And do a total mind raving rant on choosing the next game and Dragons from the little brown books.
May 12, 2019
Episode 16 Season 2: I'm a lazy DM but also reactive
It's a short episode this week. A little bit of self critique here. I've been lazy in DMing of late.  Simple monsters without flair.  But also being reactive to those crazy things that the players do or the dice cause.  
May 5, 2019
Episode 15: Season 2: Nohing and Everything
May is going to be a busy month.  Teasers about what's going to happen.  Plus a little rant about the retroclone de jour and how we may change rules but still play the same game.  And VAMPIRES!  
April 28, 2019
Episode 14: Cities!
I talk about running a campaign based in one city.  Remember the Dungeon Crawl Classics  Lankhmar  is coming soon.  And I find out that Gnolls are actually a cross between Gnomes and Trolls.
April 21, 2019
Episode 13, Season 2: Dark Streets & Darker Secrets.
This episode I rant about Dark Streets & Darker Secrets,  the newest game from Old Skull Publishing, a rules light RPG of Street & Sorcery.  If you want to do horror, or monster hunters or even urban fantasy.  You could do it with this RPG.  So give the rant a listen and check the link where you cn get the game. Roll dice, have fun, kill monsters, and take their stuff.
April 14, 2019
Episode 12: Throw Out Your Monster Manual and Orcs!
Make your own monsters or make your flavor of existing monsters.  As a DM you don't always have to follow exactly what the book says.  Remember rules are just guidelines and so are monster books.  Plus some interesting bits on Orcs from the original Little Brown Books. Roll Dice. Kill Monsters. Take Their Stuff. And Have Fun!
March 31, 2019
Episode 11, Season 2: Converting Adventures!
Catching up since we missed last week.  The episode is a rant converting adventures. Ignore the math.  Convert the meaning.  And keep it simple.  Plus a little catch up.  Thanks for listening and follow the blog at or find us on Facebook at They Might Be Gazebos
March 24, 2019
E10 S2; The Best Campaign Ever!
I ramble about the best campaign ever. For me, that's the next one.  It's a time to get the creative juices flowing and play around with new ideas.  I talk about some of the possibles in the future and rant about Dark Streets & Darker Secrets a bit and it's Kickstarter. And this week we start reading from Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure of the Little Brown Books.
March 12, 2019
Episode 9/Season 2: Labyrinth Lord, Annoying People & Finishing up on Vol 1 Men & Magic
In this episode, I have a long rant about Labyrinth Lord and BX Essentials all thanks to a very good question from Joe the Lawyer. I have a sad moment about annoying and bad people at the table. And in the episode I finish up Volume 1 Men & Magic from the Little Brown Books. And stop by the blog at
March 3, 2019
Episode 8 Season 2: Rants, Rants, Rants
More on Zweihander,  The Make Your Own Damned Retroclone Challenge and even more rants.  
February 24, 2019
Grim Dark: Zweihander, Warhammer, and What else?
I ramble on about grim dark and start thinking of running Zweihander, or Warhammer Fantasy or maybe something else in the future.  Plus a little update on the Labyrinth Lord game.   And we begin covering Cleric spells from the Little Brown Books.  
February 17, 2019
Episode 6 Season 2: Starting Labyrinth Lord Game
This week's episode is a bit short and a day behind.  Sorry about that.  In this episode, meet the characters from my Labyrinth Lord game. and their initial trials. Plus I rant a little bit about 6th level magic user spells from the Little Brown Books.
February 12, 2019
Episode 5 Season 2: Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells
A quick and rambling episode. I talk a little about the new game from Old Skull Publishing, Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells. Complain about OBS's server migration. Read from the Little Brown Books and jump thru hoops to get ready for my next campaign.
February 3, 2019
Episode 4 Season 2 Thieves Guilds and Ethiopian Food
A bit of ramble this week.  I talk a little about Thieves Guilds, Ethiopian Food, and we get a Call In!  Bonus still reading from the Little Brown Book. 
January 27, 2019
Mise En Place For Your Campaign
Mise En Place is cooking term. Basically, doing all your preparation beforehand. And that's what I rant about this episode.  Getting ready to run Advanced Labyrinth Lord and all the things I'm trying to get ready.
January 20, 2019
Episode 3, Season 2: The Dungeon is trying to kill you
We've got your usual rants plus I talk about hazards in dungeons besides traps and monsters.  And the regular feature of a spontaneous reading from the Little Brown Books. This episode Level 2 Magic-User spells. 
January 13, 2019
Episode 2, Season 2: DM Notebooks
I rant about my "system neutral" DM Notebook and how it's important and it's important to clean the thing out every once in a while. Also, continue with the reading from the Little Brown Books. This time up: 1st Level Magic-User spells.
January 6, 2019
Episode 1 Season 2: Happy New Year!
New year, new beginnings.  Let us make 2019 the year of sharing the fun. Be excellent out there.  
January 1, 2019
Episode 44: Happy Holidays
Best wishes to all the listeners out there. Thanks and let's have a great 2019.
December 24, 2018
Episode 43: This is the year that was
This episode I talk a bit about the passed year plus plans for next year. I know it's a bit early for this but with all the holidays coming up things are going to get busy. May you get some new dice for Christmas and roll a crit in the New Year.
December 17, 2018
Episode 42: What's your clone of choice? And Dungeon Mayhem
Yes, there's lots of call ins plus I do a really quick ramble about the new card from Wizards of the Coast, Dungeon Mayhem. And I ask that enteral question, what's your favorite retroclone?
December 9, 2018
Episode 41: Call Ins and Wild West RPG's
I go off my normal track and talk a little bit about some inexpensive Wild West RPG's. Plus some call ins!
December 2, 2018
Episode 40: Dice Know When To Roll 'Em. Know When To Hold 'Em
We're back after a little break. This week more on skills and dice. When to roll and when not to. Plus a few other side rants and reading from the 0e Little Brown Books.
November 25, 2018
Episode 39: Grimtooth's Trapsylvania, Far Away Land, and more Sharp Swords
A rambling journey of what's up this week. Far Away Land for Swords and Wizardry, Grimtooth's Trapsylvania (Enter if you dare), and the exciting wrap up of the Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells game.
November 11, 2018
Episode 38: BX Essentials Call Ins, Cosmic Blades & Solar Spells, Crazy Rambling
This episode we've got call ins on BX Essentials. I ramble about Cosmic Blades & Solar Spells. And I get even crazier and more mediocre as I read from the Little Brown Books. Yes I include the Supplements in that statement. Plus we have live dogs and cooking interuptions.
November 4, 2018
Episode 37: DM Notebooks, Swords & Wizardry, and Low Fantasy Gaming
Lots of rambling. Check out and oh yeah, tell me about BX Essentials.
October 29, 2018
Episode 36: Runequest: Roleplaying in Glorantha
Some random thoughts on the newest iteration of Runequest and your usual treats of call-ins and a reading from the Little Brown Books.
October 22, 2018
Episode 35: MeWe, Skills, & Readings of Ancient Wisdom
This is a full episode here. Fixed some tech glitches. Added a couple of new regular segments and still do the usual OSR rants. This time up Skills. And the first segment of reading from the original rules.
October 14, 2018
Episode 34: Frankengame
Why be limited by just one set of rules? Take the stuff you like and mix it all together and do you own Frankengame!
October 9, 2018
Episode 33: The Weirdling World of Jordoba
A rambling ranty rant about Jordoba and Uncle Matt's RPG Studio. Here's the links to the stuff and see for yourself. Check out the Youtube Channel: And his Patreon: Drive Thru RPG:
October 7, 2018
Episode 32 Unplug Unwind Rewind
Hey, we broke the 1,000 mark. Thank you! Work's been crazy so a I rant about the value of doing nothing.....Trust me next episode will be more RPG-centric.
October 1, 2018
Episode 31: Race As Class
This time I rant about Race As Class and pretty much stand in the middle. Have a chance to hear me ramble before I've had enough caffeine to start the day. Plus a little more about the upcoming Whitebox game.
September 23, 2018
Episode 30 Henchmen & Hirelings
Because it's the topic of the day....
September 19, 2018
Episode 28 House Rules: Season to Taste
A little bit of philosophy on House Rules. They are a good thing. Make the game yours and fun for everybody. Plus Call Ins. Even from Rocks Fall Everybody Dies and Spike Pit!
September 19, 2018
Episode 26: Friday Call Ins
I said I'd two podcasts this week. Just didn't say what days. So here you go and we have call ins and a request. Yes, I even take requests..
September 18, 2018
Episode 27: Review of Swords and Wizardry Decks
You can check out the accompanying blog post here: Or the go straight for the product here:
September 16, 2018
Episode 25: Rambling Ranty Rant 5E & OSR Again
Ah I just go on rambling rant again on Fifth Edition and OSR D&D. Plus some rants on note taking and some shout outs!
September 10, 2018
Episode 24: The 3 Dumbest Things Players Have Said In My Games
Yes, this episode I take a trip down memory lane and talk about the dumbest things players have ever said in my games. And if you've got dumber ones. Share them!
September 3, 2018
Episode 23.5 Follow Up on Appendix N and GM Tools
Follow up on the things that I forgot in Episode 23 and call ins!
August 29, 2018
Episode 23: Appendix N and GM Tools
I jump on the Appendix N rant bandwagon and talk about the funny books that have influenced me. I also start off ranting about GM Tools and then my brain melts down and I start ramble. Some times you just have to know when to end a session. Next Episode Stupid Things Players have said.
August 28, 2018
Episode 22: Tale of the Goblin War Cow
Lots of stuff. More tech and personal notes with a side of self promotion. Call In's. We get Call In's. And The Tale of the Goblin War Cow!
August 20, 2018
Drive By Rant: Just Getting Stuff When You Level
Short little rant. Still waiting on Itunes and something that bugged me back in old D&D. Just getting stuff when you leveled.
August 15, 2018
Episode 21: World Building Wrap Up
Bring together the thoughts on world building, ranting on Forums, and the host needs more coffee.
August 13, 2018
Episode 20: Call Ins and Questions
Got some call ins. Thank you one and all and I've got questions for listeners. Tell me what you think.
August 10, 2018
Episode 19: Vigilante City by Bloat Games
A virtual "unboxing" of the preliminary pdf to Kickstarter backers. Yeah I rant as a I scan through the PDF. Overall, looks like it going to be fun!
August 7, 2018
Episode 18: More Ennies, More World Building, Pathfinder?, and Rants
Title says it all. A rambling rant episode. More congrats to the Ennie winners and I need to spend more money. Pathfinder 2.0 WTF? I continue to talk about World Building. And some general rants...
August 6, 2018
Ennies, Ennies, Ennies!
Quick little congrats to all the Ennie Winners. WOTC :( and have a great weekend.
August 4, 2018
Drive By: Character Concepts!
So how do you come up with your ideas? I list upcoming possible characters and have a fond memory of the barbarian who only used one syllable words.
August 1, 2018
Episode 17: I get into trouble
I attempt to define the OSR, rant about 5E Adventurer's League, and make own call on keeping gaming interesting.
July 31, 2018
Episode 16: World Building Part 1
The first part of an ongoing rant on building your D&D world or whatever your game of choice happens to be. Make it fun and memorable.
July 29, 2018
Drive By: MTG D&D?
Er what? A few very quick thoughts about the "announcement"
July 26, 2018
Episode 15: Make It Epic or Let the PC's break stuff!
Wrapped up the DCC campaign and the PC's were involved with the creation of a "new" race...
July 24, 2018
Episode 14: Job Vs Class Part 2 Lankhmar and Untold Adventures
This episode I continue my pondering of Job Vs Class and what to do about. Plus talk a little about Untold Adventures & Unsung Heroes by Barrel Rider Games and Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar.
July 23, 2018
Drive By Old Weird West
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July 23, 2018
Episode 13: Klingons on the Bridge, Captain!
I take a trip down memory lane to an old Star Trek RPG session (the FASA version) and talk about licensed RPG's.
July 22, 2018
A Hot Weekend Drive By
Projects, The End of a Campaign, and DCC Lankmar PDF's to backers! Stay frosty!
July 21, 2018
Drive By: I suck at self promotion and Dice Towers.
Short little shout out and rant.
July 17, 2018
Episode 12: Call Ins and Job Vs Class.
I answer some messages and I rant about Classes. How many do we need? Would a job be better.
July 16, 2018
Episode 11: DCC and SS&SS
This time I rant about Dungeon Crawl Classics and Sharp Swords and Sinister Spells and just a wee bit about my upcoming game.
July 15, 2018
The Official Episode 1: A Star Wars Special
Because every show needs a Star Wars special. And we still have the cow and a live audience of two dogs.
July 15, 2018
Episode 11
What's up this weekend
July 15, 2018
Episode 10: Lots of Rants: Ennies, Food & Politics, ZOONG!
I rant about the Ennies; RPG's, Food & Politics; and the World of Zoong!
July 8, 2018
Episode 9: House Rules and Class Hacks
This episode I talk more about house rules and some of the one's I use.
July 1, 2018
Episode 8: The Cantina Scene and House Rules
Short episode because I'm tired. A little rant about Cantina Scene parties and then a question about house rules.
June 27, 2018
Episode 7: Swords and Wizardry and Stuff
More on Swords and Wizardry and why I like it. And few other ramblings and plans. Shout outs to MattRandom and Random Screed!
June 24, 2018
Episode 6: Katana Guy!
Rant about Katana Guy. You know him.. Plus shout outs and questions from Random Matt and Spike Pit! There's a little bit more about Theater of the Mind, planning, hints of future episodes.
June 20, 2018
Episode 5: Welcome to the OSR
I know it's been done before but hey this let's you creep into my mind a bit find out my basic philosophy on, well, RPG's in general but mostly the OSR.
June 19, 2018
Episode 3: Random Ramblings
A little rant about Primeval Thule. What's up in gaming with me. Crossing my fingers on some future projects. Send us your questions because if you don't we'll find some on the Internet.
June 13, 2018
Episode 2 Theater of the MIND!
A quick stream of babble about Theater plus I try recording on Audacity and learn it at the same time. Still have a two dog audience.
June 7, 2018
The Pilot Episode
Welcome to the podcast. Costarring two napping dogs and a cow.
June 3, 2018
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