Plundergrounds

Plundergrounds

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By Ray Otus
Ray Otus is a tabletop gamer, artist, writer, and role-playing game designer. Plundergrounds is a zine devoted to Dungeon World adventures and content. And now it is also a podcast focused on inspiration, art, and games designed by independent creators.
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023 Melee, Wizard, Death Test!
Capsule reviews of classic Melee, Wizard, and Death Test. With dramatic readings. Looks like you'll be able to buy it in a retro edition in April: http://thefantasytrip.game/products/core-games/the-fantasy-trip-melee-wizard-pocket-box/
37:22
December 13, 2018
022 Balance, Hobgobs, Skills, & More
• Laumer Bolo Stories -v -> Combat Unit http://hell.pl/szymon/Baen/The%20Baltic%20War/Odyssey/0743435273__15.htm -> The Last Command http://hell.pl/szymon/Baen/The%20best%20of%20Jim%20Baens%20Universe/The%20World%20Turned%20Upside%20Down/0743498747__14.htm -> Field Test https://www.baen.com/Chapters/1439133476/1439133476___2.htm
37:35
December 9, 2018
021 Many Voices Make Podcasting Better
It's an all call-in show with Ivy "The Happy Whisk," Colin "Spikepit," Darren "RFED," and Carl from the Megadungeon podcast. Topics include anxiety at the table, dealing with creative struggles (follow up), a new type of table, "telling it to the page," and much more.
16:02
December 7, 2018
020 Cybernetic Tanks, 1977
• Steve Jackson's Ogre -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogre_(game) • Newer Versions -> http://www.sjgames.com/ogre/ • Winchell's Story ver 1 -> http://www.projectrho.com/ogre.html • Winchell's Story ver 2 -> http://www.sjgames.com/ogre/products/ogrezine/forgingfirstogre.html • Music behind reading is "Boss Battle" (altered) by Mystery Mammal • Intro/Outro Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal
37:37
December 6, 2018
019 Dice, Tables, Right-Sized Mechanics, RPG "Feasts"
• Inspectres -> http://www.memento-mori.com/rpg/inspectres • Hex Power Flower -> https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/2d6-hex-power-flower/ • Jim's Poem (Late at Night in Bed by Gregory Djanikian) -> https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/37125/late-at-night-in-bed • Spikepit -> http://anchor.fm/spikepit
43:34
November 29, 2018
018 Call-in-apalooza
• Jim Jones Extra Life -> https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=39374 • Larry - Follow Me and Die! -> https://anchor.fm/follow-me-and-die • Judd - Daydreaming About Dragons -> https://anchor.fm/daydreaming-about-dragons • Cody M - No Save for You! -> http://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou • Rich - Cockatrice Nuggets -> http://anchor.fm/rich-fraser • Ivy - Happy Whisk -> http://anchor.fm/thehappywhisk • Colin Green - Spikepit -> http://anchor.fm/spikepit
34:18
November 28, 2018
017 Creative Crises
• DM Dad (Dr. Robert Groves) -> https://anchor.fm/dm-dad • Spikepit! -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit
25:30
November 21, 2018
016 Call-Ins, The Hobbit Game, Time-Keeping
• There and Back Again -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2018/11/there-and-back-again.html
40:23
November 20, 2018
015 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderPit
• Listen to SpikeGrounds (Spikepit #60) first! -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit/episodes/Spike-Grounds-e2j8db
37:59
November 14, 2018
014 Bronze Age Games, Advanced Sorcerers & Sellswords
• Ray's Radio Revival: Universe -> https://radiorevival.blogspot.com/2013/12/universe-dimx-xmin.html • Mythras -> http://thedesignmechanism.com/ • Bronze Age Games -> https://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2018/11/bronze-age-rpgs.html • Sorcerers & Sellswords -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/sorcerers-sellswords.html
21:24
November 9, 2018
013 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderNotes
• Frank T's Liner Notes -> https://anchor.fm/frankt
46:00
November 8, 2018
012 Downside Up
• Spikepit -> http://anchor.fm/spikepit • Sword Breaker -> http://anchor.fm/dmdad • DM Dad -> https://anchor.fm/dm-dad • Beowulf audiobooks - S. Heany abridged -> https://tinyurl.com/y9yx9qrj - S. Heany read by Guidall -> https://tinyurl.com/y96xl4b8 - B. Flynn read by Logan -> https://tinyurl.com/y7erpuyj - C. W. Kennedy read by Griffin -> https://tinyurl.com/y83x2c9p - Sutcliff prose version -> https://tinyurl.com/ya4ezrhy • Dragonslayer -> https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082288/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 • Veins of the Earth -> https://tinyurl.com/yayv7kbb • Tome of Adventure Design -> https://froggodgames.com/frogs/product/tome-of-adventure-design-2/ • Microscope -> http://www.lamemage.com/microscope/ • How to Host a Dungeon -> http://tonydowler.com/projects/how-to-host-a-dungeon/ • Fan play-through -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzhprAUoJXs • Tony Dowler (the creator) playtesting HtHaD v2 -> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHrCSJpt9Xd56LTh4Ozc5yk9e-aLnXgQK
27:20
November 6, 2018
011 Call-Ins, Castle in the Mist, Bad Healing
• Follow Me and Die! -> https://followmeanddie.com/ • Sword Breaker -> https://anchor.fm/sword-breaker • Castle in the Mist -> https://www.rpgnow.com/product/257447/Sword-Breaker-Presents-A-Castle-in-the-Mist • The Earth Moved -> https://tinyurl.com/yayq4t2j • Everything else -> http://www.rayotus.com
24:48
November 1, 2018
010 L&F Hacks, Movies, & Magic Items
• Kirby's Kids -> http://anchor.fm/kirbyskids • Spikepit -> http://anchor.fm/spikepit • JB Publishing -> http://anchor.fm/jbpublishing • War & Craft -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TyRfAes8Fh0Y4LDXiouCuxTVYyOZSQEj/view • Sorcerers & Sellswords -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/sorcerers-sellswords.html • Blood & Chrome -> https://nathanknaackdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/blood-chrome2.pdf • Deputies & Desperados -> https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/182507/Deputies--Desperados • One & Thousands -> https://exposit.github.io/katarpgs/superlite/onethousands/ • Pack of Strays -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1LY0MsvGmaCM1BqTXgxV3kxNWs/view • Rockerboys & Vendingmachines -> http://www.encodeddesigns.com/rocker-boys-and-vending-machines/ • Whiskers & Claws -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Kkij9dGdBCUmcwUUpLM1NOQUk/view • No Save for You! -> http://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou • Harryhausen Skeleton Fight -> https://mewe.com/group/5bc219c5a5f4e515644fe78f
18:02
October 24, 2018
009 Finding Nemo - The Other One
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Trailer -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVHqBr3C0zc • Not the scene I referenced, but still some damn good organ! -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyQFnzcLE5A • Logan Howard's Sword Breaker Podcast -> https://anchor.fm/sword-breaker
17:15
October 18, 2018
008 Micro-Champions 1 Lasers & Feelings
• John Harper's Games -> http://www.onesevendesign.com/ • Sorcerers & Sellswords -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/sorcerers-sellswords.html
16:50
October 16, 2018
007 Military SF Scenario Part II
Yes, those are planes in the background. I was recording from a cul-de-sac near a small airport. • Metagaming & Steve Jackson's OGRE -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogre_(game) • Laumer's Bolo Fiction -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_universe • Larry Hamilton's Follow Me and Die! -> https://followmeanddie.com/ • 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars -> https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/56768/Three-Sixteen • Carry by Nathan Paoletta -> https://ndpdesign.com/carry-a-game-about-war/ • Logan's Sword Breaker zine -> https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/11205/Sword-Breaker • Stay Frosty -> https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/206742/Stay-Frosty • Kirbys Kids -> http://www.kirbyskids.com/
17:33
October 12, 2018
006 Military SF Scenario Planning
• Hammer's Slammers -> https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Hammers-Slammers-Volumes-ebook/dp/B00APA1LSK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539152300&sr=1-1&keywords=hammer%27s+slammers • Starship Troopers -> https://www.amazon.com/Starship-Troopers-Robert-Heinlein-ebook/dp/B004EYTK2C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539152292&sr=1-1&keywords=starship+troopers • Forever War -> https://www.amazon.com/Forever-War-Book-ebook/dp/B00PI184XG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539152274&sr=1-1&keywords=forever+war • Diaspora -> https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/79933/Diaspora • 3:16 -> http://gregorhutton.com/boxninja/threesixteen/ • Stay Frosty -> https://www.rpgnow.com/product/206742/Stay-Frosty • Mothership -> https://www.rpgnow.com/product/245017/Mothership-Players-Survival-Guide • Edge of Space -> https://www.rpgnow.com/product/107741/Edge-of-Space-Science-Fiction-Roleplaying
11:42
October 10, 2018
005 Drifting Dungeon World Tech
• Spikepit's anchorcast -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit • Plundergrounds: Kazarak (Establishing Questions) -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2017/05/plundergrounds-2-kazarak.html • Plundered Pages (Monster Moves that Matter) -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2018/05/plundergrounds-65-plundered-pages-1-free.html • Rich Rogers' +1 Forward Podcast -> http://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/1-forward
44:09
October 6, 2018
004 Dungeon World Moves
A solo-rant for people new to Dungeon World or veterans who want to understand moves better. I talk about what they are, what the basic pattern is, why the "irritating" advice "Don't say the name of your move" is important, how the levels of success match up to D&D combat rolls, and talk about moves as a social contract.
23:32
October 4, 2018
003 Bonus / Grab Bag
• It's a Grab Bag! (Random thoughts and call-ins.) • Colin from the Spikepit podcast talks bio-dungeons and Goblintown -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/goblintown.html • Urmo the Magnificent • Cody M on unruly reptile familiars • My Kickstarter Attitude Adjustment • Frank Turfler of the Liner Notes podcast talks about bio-dungeons -> https://anchor.fm/frankt • Reading Dragonlance at 50 • Final Thoughts/Responses to Callers
18:32
September 27, 2018
002 Bio-Dungeons
• Jason Hobbs, Podcasting Junky -> http://hobbsnfriends.com/ -> https://hextalk.audiodungeon.com/ -> https://anchor.fm/jason-hobbs • Logan Howard & Jesse Ross, Sword Breaker -> https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/11205/Sword-Breaker • Evyln Moreau, Patreon -> https://www.patreon.com/evlynmoreau • Andrew Walter, Expectorating Encrustor -> http://www.andrewwalter.co.uk/ • Ray Otus -> https://www.patreon.com/rayotus -> http://www.jellysaw.com/
20:16
September 24, 2018
001 Making the Fantastic Familiar
• RIP Meathead • Familiars and Animal Companions • Pack World (Dragonriders of Pern, Elfquest) -> jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2017/08/plundergrounds-45-pack-world-free.html • Tension between the Fantastic and the Real • Setting vs. Player responsibility for "Realism" • Homework! • Mailbag: Colin "Spikepit" • On Fighting Fantasy -> www.gauntlet-rpg.com/fear-of-a-black-dragon/the-warlock-of-firetop-mountain • Troika! and Evolving vs. Set-It-and-Forget-It Initiative -> www.rpgnow.com/product/199603/Troika -> www.rpgnow.com/product/231948/Troika-Initiative-Cards • Other Stuff -> www.patreon.com - subscribe to the Plundergrounds zine -> www.jellysaw.com - free games and articles -> I'm "Ray Otus" on Google+ & Goodreads -> Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal
14:02
September 20, 2018
000 The Pilot
In this pilot episode I talk about • Forest Hymn & Picnic - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cecil-howe/the-forest-hymn-and-picnic?ref=user_menu • Troika! - Free, no art version: https://www.rpgnow.com/product/199604/Troika--Free-Artless-Edition?manufacturers_id=6992 • Astro- - an in-development 2-player game • Books - Dragonlance, Nero Wolfe, Invisible Cities, Sandman, Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom • Jianghu Hustle - https://misdirectedmark.com/category/podcasts/jianghu/
25:07
September 19, 2018
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