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Plundergrounds

By Ray Otus
Ray Otus is a tabletop role-playing gamer, artist, writer, and designer. Plundergrounds is about role playing games and related geekery. Show notes archive at plundergrounds.com.
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340 Elusiveness of Story, Toxic (?) Nostalgia
Opening theme by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker Call-ins from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast Spikepit Runeslinger of Casting Shadows Psychobilly The Cramps, The Meteors, Dai Kaiju, Khrangbin, Vivisectors, HoliznaCC0, Mystery Mammal, Nova's The Crusher ("Do the Hammerlock") Outland (1981), not Outlander! Twin Peaks Nicole Williamson's rendition of The Hobbit The Wind in the Willows stop-motion Nostalgia, life stories, coherence Heraclitus said "No man ever steps in the same river twice. For it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man." Glory Days by the Boss Mike Wyatt - Against the 70s The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Hong Kong toys - inspirations for Rust Monster, Owlbear, etc. 3-D Owlbear When We Were Wizards podcast - rise and fall of EGG Toy Soldiers blog on Dragonriders of Styx Blog post on HD > hp Taika Watiti, What We Do in the Shadows, Jojo Rabbit Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammet (influenced Yojimbo, Fistful of Dollars) Thor Wake the Mangog by Lee/Kirby, Simonson Dragonriders of Styx Demons Phil Tippet Mad Dreams and Monsters Rayotus.com Closing music is Moth Man by Apache Tomcat
39:46
August 17, 2022
339 Face Folio and Call-Ins
Plundergrounds opening theme by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker Back Face Folio by Goblin's Henchman Call-ins from: Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast Runeslinger, aka , of Casting Shadows Joe of Hindsightless Closing is Vodka and Beer by the Vivisectors
42:39
August 15, 2022
338 My Hobby Entry Story
Plundergrounds opening theme by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker I wax nostalgic about stories and fables (Mother West Wind, Jack and the Giant Killer, Beowulf, Gilgamesh), board and card games (Carrier Strike, Payday, Auto Dealer, Masterpiece, Mastermind, Rook, Dutch Blitz, Risk, Inventors, Stop Thief), reading (The Hobbit, A Wizard of Earthsea, Dragonriders of Pern, Heinlein's juvenile works, Choose Your Own Adventure, The Science Fiction Book Club), 1977 (Star Wars, The Hobbit cartoon, Atari 2600, Steely Dan, Space Mountain, Roots, the blizzard, the energy crisis), 1978 (D&D Holmes Basic, Advanced D&D, Melee and Wizard, Ogre, another blizzard!, Pete Rose's 3,000th hit, WKRP, Bob Crane's murder, the Jonestown massacre, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Alladin's Castle, Omni magazine), 1919 (the TI-99/4a, moving houses, Voyager and Pioneer 11, Three Mile Island, Disco Demolition, Star Trek the Motion Picture, the Iran Hostage Crisis, Jimmy Carter attacked by a swamp rabbit, and Traveller). Closing music is Cemetery Dance by the Vivisectors
26:07
August 12, 2022
336 World-Building Genre Distinctions and First RPG Experiences
Plundergrounds opening theme by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson Science Fiction Book Review Podcast Ten Very Big Books Podcast (Malazan specific) The Discord Conversation The Chronicles of Amber Agartta City of Runes, Season 1 Shadowdark (recently updated), Old School Essentials, The Black Hack Closing: Leopard Girl by The Vivisectors
36:19
August 02, 2022
335 More Call-Ins! Ending in a Dangerous Ramble about Problematic Fiction
Opening theme by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker Call-in from Aron Clark of On the Tabletop Call-ins from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast Warlock! and Troika! Nope (movie, 2022), Space 1999 Monthly podcast prompt (downloadable mp3): Rufus Asks - Favorite Fantasy Fight? Call-in from Joe Richter of Hindsightless Gardens of the Moon: Book One of The Malazan Book of the Fallen Ramble: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, The Fantasy Trip, Lovecraft (The White Ape or Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family, Misspent Youth, Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (Way in the Middle of the Air), MAR Barker, author of Empire of the Petal Throne, a nazi -- I never said it but I meant to mention his War of Wizards, Ben Riggs Slaying the Dragon (sales figures), Game Wizards, When We Were Wizards podcast with Adam Turner and Paul Stormberg, is Oriental a bad word? Into the Odd by Chris McDowall, Vaults of Vaarn by Leo Hunt, Bones Deep by David Schirduan Closing music is Silky by Alex Figueira 
44:47
July 26, 2022
334 Call-ins on Combat Sequence, Mad Libs, Warlock, and More
Opening theme by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker Call-in from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast Call-in from Chris Shorb Call-in from Joe Richter of Hindightless Call-in from Cody Mazza of the No Save for You! podcast The Clerics Wear Ringmail podcast Burning Wheel Geiger Counter by Jonathan Walton Warpstar!, Warlock!'s spacey cousin Closing music is 37 ohmperios by Rolemusic Big thanks to my Campaigners! My links
32:04
July 22, 2022
333 Warlock!
Opening Theme by Logan Howard Warlock! by Fire Ruby Designs Ray Otus Closing music is Dance til You Die by HolizinaCC0
31:27
July 20, 2022
332 Before Fire and the ICRPG Oath
Before Fire by James Feore Index Card RPG (ICRPG) by Runehammer Games rayotus.com Producers A-L Aljoscha Beyer Aron Clark Asbjørn Flø Beckett at Weird Realms Brian Oldfield Brian T Bullard Christopher Thompson D.C. David Dorward Dennis Gaens Diederik van Arkel FelTK Gherhartd Sildoenfein James Knight James West Jeffrey Jones Jessalynn Joaquín Aguirrezabalaga John Taber Joshua Skelton Kyle Hodnett Leckie Leonard Maradan Love Dahlgren
30:39
July 15, 2022
331: Sequencing Combat for Fun
Opening theme by Logan Howard, accompanied by Rufus! Call-in: Cody Mazza, No Save For You Call-in: Menion, Confessions of a Wee Timorous Bushi Call-in: Daniel Norton, Bandit's Keep Follow up to podcast on skill checks: March 11 Skill Rolls in Classic D&D Quick graph showing d20, 3d6 and d100 skill tests compared to 2-in-6 chance, Viridian Scroll "Modern Traditional Initiative" Index Card RPG Master Edition by Modiphius Entertainment "Classic Traditional Initiative" Sequence as given in Old School Essentials Comment from Philotomy's Musings Orchestrating turns in detail Housekeeping and Producer Roll Call Plundergrounds Patreon rayotus.com Closing music NPC Theme by Holzina
48:50
July 08, 2022
330 Designing a Dungeon in a Zettelkasten
Opening Theme by Logan Howard What is a Zettelkasten? Obsidian Control Panel Layout in the OSR Choose Your Own Adventure Fighting Fantasy Interactive Fiction Jaquaying the Dungeon Retro copies The Dark Tower "Dungeon" "Link Distance" "Room" / Page / Numbered Location Blogs on Tape Should We Start Numbering Hallways On Our Maps? - Audio Should We Start Numbering Hallways On Our Maps? - Post See my work End Music is Hard Mode by HoliznaCC0 rayotus.com
35:41
June 23, 2022
329 Call-Ins, Diagesis, Itras By, etc.
Opening Theme by Logan Howard Cody from No Save For You BJ of Arcane Alienist Goblin's Henchman Diagesis Archipelago Itras By Plundergrounds Patreon Closing Music is Demomiculator by Hobotek
31:57
June 17, 2022
328 Gygax 75 with DuvelmanDice
Opening theme by Logan Howard Duvelman Dice Get a copy of The Gygax 75 Challenge Affinity products  Life After People Just Use Bears / Everything Is a Bear Maze Rats Torchbearer 30 Minute Dungeons Two Week Megadungeon Blogs on Tape Midjourney AI Cowspiders and Dropbears Desiccated Temple of Locha Me Out music is Benthic by Mystery Mammal
49:15
June 14, 2022
327 Gygax 75 with SageDaMage
Opening theme by Logan Howard Get a copy of The Gygax 75 Challenge World of Dungeons by John Harper Sorcerer & Sword by Ron Edwards Dictionary of Mu by Judd Karlman Perilous Wilds / Freebooters on the Frontier Hex Kit by Cone of Negative Energy Thomas No's Strange Hex Tiles SageDaMage's Wasted Potential zine My Gygax 75 work: week 1, week 2 Closing Music is Friendly Fire by Mystery Mammal
46:46
June 10, 2022
326 White Whale Games & Gygax 75 again!
Opening theme by Logan Howard Andrew Walter's Ferverax and the Valley of Gleam Joe from Hindsightless! Wayne Peacock talks DCC (he also makes zines!) Get a copy of The Gygax 75 Challenge  Jump into the Cauldron, or just look at week 1 of the Gygax 75 Challenge entries (my week 1 work is there or you can see it on my Patreon) Closing Music is Life on Laserdisc by Mystery Mammal
28:18
June 07, 2022
325 Blorb Principles & F-U Design
Opening theme by Logan Howard Andrew Walter Cockatrice Nuggets Goblin's Henchmen Blorb Principles - original post by Sandra Snan Blorb Principles - recap by technoskald F**k You Design - original post Rules with Gaps - a response to F**k You Design Cairn by Yochai Gal The Super Hack by Simon Burley  Maze Rats by Ben Milton Closing Music is Innuendo 64 by Mystery Mammal Tired of hearing crappy audio? Anyone want to help me with my mic issues? Contact me ... my gmail is just my name all run together, no caps.
40:02
June 01, 2022
324: What's a Zettelkasten?
Opening theme by Logan Howard Niklas Luhmann Zotero Zettelkasten, Archive Typora Obsidian Notion Closing Music is Dog on a Rocket by Mystery Mammal
48:45
May 20, 2022
323: Call-ins + Creative Rubrics & Check-ins
Opening theme by Logan Howard Gygax 75 mentioned on Questing Beast Call in from Chris Schorb about digital vs. physical media Call in from Rich Fraser of Cockatrice Nuggets about organizing digital media Software: Calibre, Name Mangler Goblin's Henchman recommends Blake's Seven, check out his Face Folio!  Cody of No Save for You on the magic of dice Judd Karlman's creative rubric and Daydreaming about Dragons Full Light, Full Steam by Josh Roby Reading: The Godwhale by TJ Bass and Dracula in "real time" - sign up by May 3rd Sound clips from Voltron and Land of the Lost Writing (rewriting) Plundergrounds the Collected Edition (here are the individual DW zines) Closing Music is Dog on a Rocket by Mystery Mammal
40:52
May 16, 2022
322 A Weekend with the Doctors (and bonus? dad jokes)
Opening theme by Logan Howard Dr. Strange: .... multiverse ... something ... madness something something Dr. Who: The Keys of Marinus Read Dracula in "real time" - sign up by May 3rd Closing Music is Dog on a Rocket by Mystery Mammal
30:04
May 09, 2022
321 Call Ins and Tons of Topics
Opening theme by Logan Howard Call-ins from Dennis, Jason Rogue Scroll and Swords without Master by Epidiah Ravachol (See also Dread and Wolfspell) Talrand, Sky Summoner and the Master of Waves VTT Token Maker and Owlbear Rodeo Read Dracula in "real time" - sign up by May 3rd Lots of rambling without links: First Men in the Moon, The Shining, Dracula, the Parker series by Richard Stark (pen name for Donald Westlake), Sortilege and fortune telling, Bible tales, teaching a board game class, Mancala, OSE, Canterbury Tales, "Eternal Atlanteans", The Chronicles of Amber ...  Closing Music is Industrial Fights & Magic by Mystery Mammal
47:38
May 06, 2022
320 Mastodon, Pocket Dice, Magic Cubing
Opening theme by Logan Howard Three Dice to Rule them All Places to buy more (!) dice: d20Collective, Kraken Dice, Roll4Initiative Mastodon Perl Results from Alex Schroeder's nutty and awesome Hex Describe Perl generator! (link to generator at bottom, it takes a bit of time to run) Magic the Gathering Cubes: What is a Cube?, What is a Battle Box?, The Pauper Cube, a Budget Battle Box (costs about $35 all-in), Winston Draft, Grid Draft Read Dracula in "real time" - sign up by May 3rd Closing Music is Industrial Fights & Magic by Mystery Mammal
46:54
May 02, 2022
319 Lowlife and Forking Paths
Opening theme by Logan Howard Lowlife by Sam Sorenson Forking Paths Hunters in the Snow by Peter Bruegel the Elder Harlot's Progress/Rake's Progress by William Hogarth The Fall of Icarus (also by Bruegel!) Closing Music is The Situationists... by Fucked Up Beats
31:46
April 22, 2022
318 Blood Heist
Opening theme by Logan Howard Blood Heist by Leo Hunt and Lewis Garvey The original Kickstarter From Spear Witch (US) From Rook's Press (UK) Music to heist by Vaults of Vaarn (digital) Closing Music is Videogames with Your Brother by Mystery Mammal
29:52
April 21, 2022
317 A Handful of Troika Zines
Opening theme by Logan Howard Kriegsmesser by Gregor Vuga ($8 digital) Aetherjack's Almanac by Ian Woolley ($24 .... ?!) The Cerulean Curtain by Mark Conway ($5 digital) Thousand Pound Canvas by Mark Conway ($3 digital) Closing Music is Unauthorized Forms of Space Propulsion by Mystery Mammal
21:40
April 20, 2022
316 Dethroners
Opening Theme by Logan Howard Dethroners from Phantom Mill Games Closing Music is Frisky Business by Mystery Mammal
16:27
April 19, 2022
315 Gary Con XIV The Final Lap
Opening Theme by Logan Howard of Swordbreaker Chaosium's Cities book Escape from Skullcano Island, Levi Combs, Planet X Games Black Oak Workshop The Adventurer's Almanac, Michael Curtis ShadowDark, Kelsey Dionne Cursed Scroll Zine The Hideous Halls of Mugdulblub The rest of this week, the zine-a-day challenge? Call ins from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Colin Green of Spikepit Closing music is Good Grief by Mystery Mammal
34:28
April 18, 2022
314 Gary Con XIV Part 3
Opening music by Logan Howard Dragonlance, the Board Game Dave Arneson Fight in the Skies Secrets of Blackmoor Wizard Funk 3 End music by Mystery Mammal
38:17
April 08, 2022
313 Gary Con XIV part 2
Theme by Logan Howard of Swordbreaker Tales from the Smoking Wyrm Lou Zocchi En Garde! Steve Winter The Chop House Ultimate Dinosaur Fighting  End Music by Mystery Mammal
40:22
April 04, 2022
312 Gary Con XIV part 1
Yochai Gal, Cairn TC's Rockets At Ease Games Off the Shelf The Palace of Unquiet Repose by Prince of Nothing Desert Moon of Karth by Joel Hines Shadowdark RPG by Kelsey Dionne Norse Foundry SPI War of the Ring (1977) Ultimate Dinosaur Fighting  Giordano's
46:58
March 31, 2022
311 Skill Rolls in Classic D&D: Methods Compared
Logan Howard of Swordbreaker sings the opening theme Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast says "% under ability" Menion aka Rob of Confessions of a Wee Timorous Bushi says "3d6 or more, roll under ability" Goblin's Henchman talks about the "genius roll" of "3d6 or more, roll under ability" - his blog article is here. Andrew Walter says "x in 6" but considering ability in setting difficulty Daniel of Bandit's Keep says "for things anyone can try, look to other mechanics; for special skills don't allow non-specialized characters to roll" (Quote marks in notes denote my paraphrasing, not actual quotes. Several call-in messages were omitted.) The Viridian Scroll Alex Schroeder of Halberds and Helmets tunes us out.
24:37
March 11, 2022
310 Learning to Love OSE
Joe from Hindsightless (podcast)! Old School Essentials What does Granular mean? Is Rejigger a bad word?  Childcraft: The Magic of Words Goblin's Henchmen executes Wolfram's Theorem (blog)!  Halberds & Helmets (podcast) Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast Where the Buffalo Roam Opening music by Logan Howard. Closing music by Alex Schroeder.
35:36
March 07, 2022
309 Four Color Hexes and The Black Sword Hack
Wolfram's Theorem The Black Sword Hack Fleaux! Halberds and Helmets  Fantasic Fights
40:03
March 04, 2022
308b Birthday plans, Minecraft follow up calls, the gift of SIGHT!
Music by Logan Howard of Sword Breaker. Call-ins from other podcasters: Joe of Hindsightless, Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast, BJ from the Arcane Alienist, and Rich Fraser of Cockatrice Nuggets.
16:50
November 09, 2021
308 Everything I know about D&D I learned from Minecraft? Call-Ins. Creative Writing Tools.
This is a long one. Call-ins include: Karl of The GMologist Presents, Chris Shorb, BJ the Arcane Alienist, and Cody Mazza of No Save for You! Promised links: John Oak Dalton, my Itch.io Page, where you will find free games like The Oracle and Sorcerers & Sellswords, Lasers & Feelings, CRGE, Lester Dent's pulp fiction generator in the Thrilling Tales Omnibus. 
56:56
November 05, 2021
307 Not a Place of Honor, Valley of the Manticore
Through the Valley of the Manticore KS. Not a Place of Honor. La Planète Sauvage. Opening closing jingles by Alex Schroeder of Halberds & Helmets.
29:50
November 02, 2021
306 Carcass Crawler 1
A review of Carcass Crawler issue 1, from Gavin Norman's Old School Essentials line. Opening jingle by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast
29:47
September 20, 2021
305b Call-ins, Magic Forests, Hermeneutics, Extensibility, Open Systems, Narrative Combat
Karl of The GMologist Presents calls us about Rush. I talk about their Hemispheres and 2112 albums, as well as the songs Rivendell and The Trees. I talk about hermeneutics, and Noam Chomsky on extensibility, and definitions of role-playing that appear in Peterson's Playing at the World and Elusive Shift books. I also visited some sequoias recently! 
32:32
September 17, 2021
305 Rush, Hindsightless, Robservations
Cinema Strangiato (the Rush "movie" I mentioned), the Hindsightless podcast with Joe Richter, Robservations with Rob Liefeld.
28:37
September 10, 2021
304 Codex R
This week I'm having a look at Codex R by Roque Romero and Eric K. Hill. Also mentioned: Fantastic Planet and Itras By. Chiptune by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast.
17:31
August 27, 2021
303 In the Shadow of Tower Silver Axe
Looking at In the Shadow of Tower Silver Axe with Evil Jeff of the Minions and Musings podcast. Chiptune by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast.
32:07
August 23, 2021
301b Bonus Content - What is a Zine w/Jason
Guest is Jason from the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast. Chiptune by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast.
15:23
August 13, 2021
302 Hex Drive
Hex Drive by Micah Anderson is available at Rook's Press or as a PDF through itch.io. Opening jingle by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast. 
14:47
August 11, 2021
301 Siege
• SIEGE: Pocket Warfare, a modular battle-defense system to use with your RPGs created by BiteSizedGaming • Co-host Jason from the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast. • Chiptune by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast.
25:35
August 05, 2021
164 Revisiting Logic in Fantasy
I talk about over and under "grounding" fiction in role-playing. I also shill two amazing podcast episodes, Daydreaming About Dragons 69 and Spikepit 333. 
15:02
December 16, 2020
163 Guide to Player Greatness?
I'm back after a hiatus, partly thanks to a challenge thrown out there by Judd Karlman of Daydreaming About Dragons. I'm rolling a d20 for topics this season. Today is #12, one submitted by (I think) Logan Howard of Swordbreaker: If you were tasked with training players for greatness, what steps would you take? In response I talk about developing self-awareness through a player inventory. (Partly inspired by Rob C's confessional on Down in a Heap.) I then talk about developing a table awareness and finally putting in the hours at the table.
17:37
December 13, 2020
Plundergrounds Test
This is a test of the Plundergrounds podcast system
00:33
November 23, 2020
161 More on Spell Effects and Kriegsspiel
This episode features some great call ins from Judd of Daydreaming About Dragons and Joe of the Hindsightless podcasts. I spend a bit of time talking about engaging with fiction and projecting one's self into fictional worlds. Then Barney of Loco Ludus calls in to talk Kriegsspiel and cultural stereotypes. I mention Playing At the World, an amazing Kriegsspiel table, David Wesley, the Bruanstein game, Strategos.
27:56
October 02, 2020
160 Spell Effects and Free Kriegspiel
Part 1: thoughts on adjudicating in-game effects literally or adjusting them to the fiction. Part 2: thoughts on the Free Kriegspiel Revolution. Stuff mentioned: Old School Essentials, The Glatisant. 
25:23
September 24, 2020
159 Reading Corner - Best of SF
Readings from the foreword to The Best of Science Fiction, an anthology from 1946. Edited by Groff Conklin, published by Crown.
11:08
September 15, 2020
158 Tell Me About Your Character w/JJ
JJ and I talk about character arcs from generation to transformation. The context is a 12 session campaign of the Marvel Superhero Adventure Game with 1 GM and 4 players. We cover topics like card-based mechanics, "comic book frame narrative," switching gears from physical to digital play, fictional positioning, super hero style transformations, etc.
01:02:50
September 10, 2020
157 Jack Kirby's Eternals
I give an overview of Jack Kirby's Eternals as an RPG setting. Kirby's Kids, The Eternals by Jack Kirby, The Eternals by Neil Gaiman, New Gods by Jack Kirby, Chariots of the Gods by Erich Von Daniken.
09:57
September 03, 2020
156 Ride On #RPGaDay2020
The last five words of #RPGaDay2020: Favour, Close, Ride, Portal, Experience. Things mentioned: Old School Essentials, D&D 5e, Marvel Superhero Adventure Game, Rakka's Raiders (in the Plundergrounds Zine bundle), Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Dungeon World. 
14:43
August 29, 2020
155 I Can't Drive 55
An interesting idea I had, and a kind of fun mini-game, for generating old school D&D stats. Also a bit of life advice about not feeding negativity.
14:37
August 27, 2020
154 Not So Rare #RPGaDay2020
Stream-of-consciousness riffing on the words Rare, Edge, Humor, Lever, and Strange. Things mentioned: Ghosts of Saltmarsh, Over the Edge, The Great Slow Kings by Roger Zelazny.
14:45
August 23, 2020
153 Listener Call-ins and Who Decides How the World Works?
Call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings and Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast. Milestone XP in Old School Essentials (episode, spreadsheet). Cultural touchstones; Judd on "knife fights in space." Sorcerers & Sellswords. Tiger and Del. Spikepit, Puddleglum, Innsmouth Look, Mike Myers' Canada. Polaris by Ben Lehman. 
20:41
August 20, 2020
152 Framed! #RPGaDay2020
The who, what, when, where, and why of framing scenes. Giving dramatic moments space. Finding comfort in rpg prep. Getting past the "meet at the inn" moment. The mythical nature of towers. Clues for investigation shouldn't be subtle, and sometimes it's fun to investigate without purpose. Push was a cool movie and I wrote a game about it that worked on the "loner" character problem. Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came! Librivox - etext. 
19:38
August 19, 2020
151 Shades of #RPGaDay2020
#RPGaDay2020 continues. Sorry about the audio issues! Shade - don't throw it! Light - Safer Fantasy Crafting says 'rules light is both Kindergarten and Ph.D. role-playing.' Want - to not want! Old School Essentials Advanced and Dicey Times. Stack - people like to stack things, designs should give gamers things to stack. Messages - leave your characters meaningful in-world messages! Rest - is unsatisfying if it is simply a reset mechanic. Make them into scenes? Banner - people love to show their allegiances, so characters/NPCs in game worlds should have lots of banners, badges of office, patches, etc. Gygax 75 challenge podcasts and booklet.  
14:49
August 08, 2020
150 The Beginning of #RPGaDay2020
I'm a big fat cheater when it comes to the #RPGaDay2020 challenge. Though I'm supposed to talk about one word each day, I instead lump them all together for the week. So here are the first seven words. I talk about "Beginning" a lot, and then do quick hits on the other six: change, thread, vision, tribute, forest, couple. Opening clip is from the movie Dune. Games mentioned: Ogre, Melee, Wizard, Death Test, D&D Holmes Basic, Traveller, Oracle, Prime Time Adventures, Microscope. Other stuff: Star Wars: A New Hope, Lord of the Rings, the Science Fiction Book Club, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Dragonriders of Pern, Midnight's Lair (defunct podcast), Merlin, Aladdin's Castle, Alien (movie), TI-994a. My free games are found at rayotus.itch.io. 
23:44
August 03, 2020
149 Milestone XP in OSE and Call-Ins
In this episode I talk about using milestone XP in OSE D&D without losing the particular feel of the different speeds of class progression. The referenced spreadsheet is available in the notes for this show. Call-ins are from Jason of the Nerds RPG Variety Podcast, John Alan Large of RDDRPG, Paul Unslaked of the OtakuGeneration podcast, and Lieren from Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. Call-in topics are spell books, Collaborative NPCs, GM crash, The Score - a WIP PbtA game about anime sports. Games mentioned Old School Essentials, Holmes Basic D&D, My Life with Master, Misspent Youth, The Score (not yet available).
23:32
July 30, 2020
148 Sorcerers & Sellswords with Spikepit
I talk with Colin Green of the Spikepit podcast about Sorcerers & Sellswords (a hack of John Harper's Lasers & Feelings). Show notes at plundergrounds.com. 
52:39
July 28, 2020
147 Revisiting Rulebooks
Do you really know the rules, or do you just think you do? In this episode I talk about the value of revisiting rulebooks after actual play to focus one's understanding of the game you are playing. John Alan Large of the Red Dice Diaries podcast gets me started by calling in to talk Old School Essentials. 
22:32
July 17, 2020
146 Worlds within Worlds
I imagine the spell Fog Hammer and talk about The Ghost City, a setting-within-a-setting for my Old School Essentials game. I mention Ramanan's character generator for Ben Milton's Maze Rats, Jonathan Harper's Ghost/Echo, China Mieville's The City & The City, Fred Hicks' Don't Rest Your Head, Itras By, and H. G. Wells' The Door in the Wall. Encounter table at www.plundergrounds.com. 
20:32
July 15, 2020
145 OSE Combat Sequence Simplified
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
19:06
July 08, 2020
144 Any Planet & Learning Curve Analogy
https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
16:08
July 02, 2020
143 Finality in OSE Mechanics
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
14:23
June 29, 2020
142 A Tale of Two Parties
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
19:46
June 24, 2020
141 World Building (+) Discussion
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
44:19
June 23, 2020
140 Problematic Works, High Crusade, Fallible Fiend
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
15:32
June 15, 2020
139 Appendix Not?
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
38:23
June 04, 2020
138 Call-ins, Roses & Thorns 2
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
34:21
May 22, 2020
137 Chaos vs. Law, Leaky Vessels, Rungood, etc.
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
27:31
May 21, 2020
136: Catching Up
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Theme song by Logan Howard, the Sword Breaker.  Joe from Hindsightless, Cards in RPGs, Space Kings, Lonely Adventurer, Gygax 75 challenge, Matterguffins, Moorcock's Swords Trilogy (Corum), OSE GM Screen and Player's Rules Tome, Gaming & BS + Jason Hobbs on Low Fantasy Gaming, Judd Karlman's Daydreaming About Dragons, D&D Ability Questions, Jeff Collyer's Tome of All Dooms, Ironsworn the RPG.
21:01
May 15, 2020
135 Bringing the Tactile to the Virtual
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Theme song by Logan Howard, the Sword Breaker. 
12:17
May 07, 2020
134 It's All in the Cards
Shout out to Angus of Kirby's Kids for the topic suggestion! Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
14:10
May 05, 2020
133 Roses & Thorns
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Editing by Aonghais of the Kirby's Kids podcast. Show them by Logan Howard.
24:07
April 29, 2020
132 The Oracle
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Games at https://rayotus.itch.io. Theme song by Logan Howard.
19:41
April 28, 2020
131 Gygax 75 Week 5
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Theme song by Logan Howard, performed by Lu Quade.
17:15
April 24, 2020
130 Gygax 75 Week 4
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Theme song by Logan Howard, performed by Lu Quade.
30:08
April 23, 2020
129 Supers Session Zero
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Editing help from Angus of the Kirby's Kids podcast!
39:03
April 21, 2020
128 A Pale of Air and Other Things
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
22:54
April 18, 2020
127 El Cid with Aonghais of Kirby's Kids
Great show notes and a few visuals at https://www.kirbyskids.com/2020/04/rays-rarities-eerie-presents-el-cid.html. 
34:04
April 01, 2020
126 High-Low, I Don't Know!
http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com
20:09
March 19, 2020
125 A Veritable Grab Bag
Notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com
43:16
March 18, 2020
124 Supers
http://www.plundergrounds.com
27:42
March 10, 2020
123 Awful Green Things
Show notes to follow at http://Plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
53:33
February 20, 2020
122 Grab Bag Part 2:
Shownotes and links at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
55:36
February 12, 2020
121 Grab Bag part 1: D&D 5e, Getting Around, Zine Quest 2
Shownotes and links at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
25:22
February 09, 2020
120 Calls - Into the Earth, Red Planet, Crawl Solo
Notes to follow at Plundergrounds.blogspot.com
24:09
January 24, 2020
119 Crawl Solo!
Full show notes at plundergrounds.com. Leave me a message! Theme by Logan Howard of Swordbreaker.  
24:03
January 19, 2020
118 The Angry Red Method
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast! Tags: Science Fiction, Movie, Mars, Monsters, Martians, Session Design, Dungeon Crawl Classics. Daniel Fowler call about stealing from bad movies. Conan the Destroyer. Alien Resurrection. Matt Covil on genius. The Angry Red Planet, 1959. Cast: Gerald Mohr: Ace Pilot, Man's Man; Nora Hayden: Biologist, Femme Fatale; Les Treymane: Professorial Dude; Jack Krushen: Grease Monkey/Security; Directed by Ib Melchior and Sidney Pink. Reptilicus, 1961. Applying the "red filter."
15:54
January 07, 2020
117 Hidden Shrine of Space 1999
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message?
47:34
December 29, 2019
116 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 3
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message?
39:03
December 17, 2019
115 Campfire Stories and Tiger and Del
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
21:28
December 04, 2019
114 Fighting Fantasy + Call-Ins
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
48:36
December 03, 2019
113 Into the Earth (Again), Wm Blake, Callins
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message?
01:03:48
November 22, 2019
112 Into the Earth, AD&D vs. BX
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
36:28
November 19, 2019
111 B-Movies and Call-Ins
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
36:56
November 08, 2019
110 Anchorites Write Games!
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast! Arneson theme by T. J. Drennon.
37:46
October 31, 2019
109 Why Games Go Funny
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
17:18
October 28, 2019
108 Of Gods and Iron
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
22:57
October 25, 2019
107 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 2
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message?
34:18
October 23, 2019
106 Rules and Rulings Call-Ins
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message?
18:59
October 22, 2019
105 The Play's the Thing
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message?
39:19
October 16, 2019
104 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 1
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message. 
46:54
October 14, 2019
103 Rulings and Rules
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
17:08
October 10, 2019
102 Light Rules not Rules Light
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
32:03
October 09, 2019
101 Arneson, Instigator & Innovator
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
21:38
October 04, 2019
100 Plundergrounds Season 1 Retrospective
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
28:15
October 03, 2019
099 The Long-Overdue Call-In Marathon
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
01:23:19
October 01, 2019
098 Delving Deeper on Nonhuman Races
PART TWO at the No Save For You podcast: https://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou. Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
29:43
September 30, 2019
097 Return to Audiobooks!
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
44:56
September 24, 2019
096 Recent Calls
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
42:24
September 16, 2019
095 Treasure, Ducks, The Crash
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
17:31
September 10, 2019
090 Lords of Mars
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
43:32
September 06, 2019
094 Procrasticon
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message.
23:57
September 03, 2019
093 #RPGaDay2019 Final Days
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com.  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message. 
08:12
September 01, 2019
092 Dual-Cast: Delving Deeper with Cody M, Part 2
If you are coming to this episode without having first listened to part 1 on the No Save For You podcast, you should go do that. Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message. 
24:15
August 31, 2019
091 Dual-Cast: Delving Deeper with Cody M
This is a "false episode" to tell you to go listen to part 1 of my Delving Deeper discussion with Cody of the No Save for You podcast! Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
00:45
August 31, 2019
089 #RPGaDay2019 Week 4
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
27:52
August 28, 2019
088 #RPGaDay2019 Week 3
Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com  Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message 
24:19
August 21, 2019
087 #RPGaDay2019 Week 2
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com
37:11
August 14, 2019
086 #RPGaDay2019 Week 1
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspost.com. 
24:52
August 08, 2019
085 Adventure Palettes, Awards
Show notes at plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
22:06
August 07, 2019
084 Temple of the Blood Moth Review
Show notes at plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
09:53
July 31, 2019
083 Characters in Motion
Show notes at plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
19:38
July 25, 2019
078 Audiobooks
Show notes at plundergrounds.blogspot.com. 
33:37
July 21, 2019
082 From One to Satan
I talk about a great question for the game table and play some awesome call-ins.
28:21
July 16, 2019
081 Spell-ing It Out
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com
30:34
July 12, 2019
080 Dungeon Logic II
Show notes at www.plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
19:36
July 10, 2019
Bonus: Jim’s Nonmusical Bards!
Plundergrounds.blogspot.com
08:06
July 10, 2019
079 My Final Word on Troika!?
I talk about my play experience with Troika! and try to achieve some closure. Click HERE for show notes. (Troika!, Fighting Fantasy, Prog Rock, Silent Titans, Keep Off the Borderlands)
33:21
June 30, 2019
Bonus: Cutting Up Old Books
I talk about the process of cutting the spines off old paperbacks and scanning them for preservation, sharing, and reading.
18:01
June 29, 2019
077 Dungeon Logic
(Oft delayed) show notes at www.jellysaw.com. 
18:46
June 26, 2019
076 Three Monsters
Notes at www.jellysaw.com.
23:38
June 21, 2019
Bonus! Travels with Charlie
No notes on this one.
07:37
June 17, 2019
075 Military SF, Emergent Fiction, RPGs for Growth, Surrealism (Call-in Show)
Show notes will be available at www.jellysaw.com. 
28:03
June 12, 2019
074 Interactive Fiction Part 2
Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
27:07
June 10, 2019
073 Top 5 (Pre-80) Military SF
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
17:48
June 07, 2019
072 MSHAG
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
21:38
June 05, 2019
071 Interactive Fiction + Dystopia and Prototype Call-ins
Full notes at www.jellysaw.com.
27:56
June 02, 2019
070 Top 5 Dystopian Reads
Notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
21:02
May 31, 2019
069 Prototyping
Notes at www.jellysaw.com
29:21
May 30, 2019
068b NM Bards, Murder Hobo, Vacation!
Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com
12:12
May 16, 2019
068 Non-Musical Bards
Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com
26:01
May 15, 2019
067 10 Foundational Fantasies
10 books that every adventure game fan should read in their lifetime! Notes to follow at www.jellysaw.com.
33:11
May 08, 2019
066 Urban Druids II, 92 Tables, Mutants of Ixx
More thoughts on urban druids from Jim Jones, RFED talks miniatures wargames and scale (as do I), and I review 92 Tables and Mutants of Ixx. Cody and Aaron respond to last week's homework. No Save for You Spikepit 92 Tables Mutants of Ixx www.rayotus.com
38:53
May 03, 2019
065 Urban Druids and RPGs vs Literature
www.rayotus.com James Shields clip art! Also the A Grazing Mace podcast Xeno Dead Zone Fight & Race games: Gaslands. Circus Maximus, Circus Imperium, Arena Maximus, Wreckage, Ave Caesar, Krash, Thunder Road Army games: De Bellis Multitudinis, Battleground RPGs mentioned: The One Ring, There and Back Again, Troika, Polaris, Dictionary of Mu, Veins of the Earth
31:41
May 01, 2019
064 Necromunda, Blades in the Dark, Undead Armies, Xeno Dead Zone
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.  Spikepit by Colin Green (episode 134, RFED on Dead of Winter) Necromunda (Blood Bowl, Space Hulk, Mordheim) Blades in the Dark (John Harper's games) Sword Breaker by Logan Howard Undead Armies (The Escape by Marshall Miller, Game of Thrones) Xeno Dead Zone 
24:32
April 29, 2019
063 City Dreaming
www.jellysaw.com Traveling in Puebla Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino Troika Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings The Downside Up episode (#12, November 6) of Plundergrounds Necromunda Metropolis (1927) Judd and Rich and demon buildings: Comic Strip AP - Sorcerer High Rise by J. G. Ballard
22:46
April 26, 2019
062 Colin Was Right & Nuggets 2
www.jellysaw.com Call-ins from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor and Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings More (and more positive) 5e talk Cockatrice Nuggets zine, Nuggets #2 Call-ins from Rob C. of Down in a Heap and Frothsof of Thought Eater, you decide which is which!
13:48
April 25, 2019
061 Take That Colin — 5e Cast
www.jellysaw.com "Drunk"-casting from the Houston airport Reading 5e Basic Rules Spikepit's 5e casts: "What's up with 5e" beginning April 5 and continuing Down in a Heap's (NOT Thought Eater's) 5e casts: April 19 (x2) & 23, 2019
26:55
April 23, 2019
060 Plugs, Imposters, Symptoms and Causes
www.jellysaw.com Gavin Norman's B/X Essentials aka Old School Essentials Kickstarter Frothsof's Thought Eater cast and the James Smith memorial My art zine - available for $1 by joining my Patreon Thoughts on role-playing and imposter syndrome Gene Wolfe's New Sun series Earthsea trilogy Jim Yoder from Encounters in the Library
25:16
April 18, 2019
059 Monster Twists & Troika
www.jellysaw.com Something old, new, borrowed, blue challenge follow-up. (See separate post.) Why aren't monsters fatigued/injured/distracted when you find them? Why are they fighting? I plan to run Troika, here's an NPC Tech upgrade to CR-V studios
22:20
April 15, 2019
058 Some Things Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
30:57
April 10, 2019
057 Call-In Roundup!
Full show notes at jellysaw.com.
26:36
April 05, 2019
056 Projects!!
In this episode I talk about several projects I’m working on and review my quarter one output for Plundergrounds.
28:29
April 03, 2019
055 In One Bite & Call-Ins
Get In One Bite for one buck! John Aegard Dragonslaying on a Time Table Yochai Gal One-Shot World Cloud Gate (a.k.a. The Bean) Spikepit Down in a Heap Punk Rock Podcasting / Down in a Heap by Rob C. Polaris by Ben Leman Ben Milton converts MtG cards to tokens Eric Salzwedel Omega 3D Chicken Coop Cody M No Save for You!
42:52
March 29, 2019
054 Fast Prep Methods for GMs
I discuss fast prep techniques shared by various GMs. Lots of tangents; sorry not sorry.  Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master 30-Minute Dungeons Runehammer on Timers Jason's 7-3-1 Goblin Punch's Checklist Marshall Miller Dungeon Starters Dave's Mapper
34:27
March 27, 2019
053 Magic the What Now?
I hold forth on using Magic the Gathering cards as creative inspiration for RPGs. Both baseline ideas here were stolen from WotC's mobile app/magazine, Dragon+. It's free; check it out. The referenced card images and full show notes can be found at ww.jellysaw.com. 
28:10
March 25, 2019
052 Axebane's Deck of Many Dungeons
I review a deck for randomly generating dungeons. You can buy it and the expansion for about $20 at Game Crafters. https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/axebane-s-deck-of-many-dungeons. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. 
27:45
March 21, 2019
051 Revolt on Antares
The one where I talk about the 1981 TSR micrograme, Revolt on Antares. Designed by Tom Moldvay, art by Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, Jeff Dee, DSL, Jim Roslof. Show notes: https://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2019/03/051-revolt-on-antares.html
26:41
March 20, 2019
050 Call-In Roundup
Random topics including encounter tables, timers, avoiding rust monsters, Dune, Barsoom, bronze age gaming, OGRE, illusions, Revolt on Antares, Tetsuo, the Tripod Trilogy, and establishing questions. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. 
40:46
March 18, 2019
049 Encounter Tables - Do Better
A quick rant about encounter tables that are too repetitive/thin. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. 
17:59
March 13, 2019
048 Gary Con XI Day 4
Angus and I wrap up the week, even though we then hung around for another 4+ hours talking to people, buying stuff, and generally basking in the gamer glow. Topics include world building at TSR, Zeb Cook, Planescape, writing for yourself vs. for the mob, making jump from TTRPGs to computer games, Interplanar Melee, and gaming at Gary Gygax's house. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
40:46
March 10, 2019
047 Gary Con XI Day 3
Angus and I talk Bob Meyer's Blackmoor game and the experience of "Arneson's D&D," Traveller character generation seminar with Marc Miller and his Traveller novels, Steve Jackson's vintage Kickstarters, Elric the AH board game, and the day ahead. Later I cast with Cody M of No Save for You and Larry Hamilton of Follow Me and Die! Then I recap my day gaming with Brett of Gaming and BS and playing at Gary Gygax's house. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
47:54
March 10, 2019
046 Gary Con XI Day 2
Angus recaps his day, we talk about B/X Essentials, sourcing the table, play culture at Gary Con, and I debrief on my two events (Goblintown and Dungeon World). Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
28:10
March 09, 2019
045 Gary Con XI Day 1
I talk with Angus of Kirby's Kids about our upcoming day and drop con guest names. Then I joust with Cody M of No Save for You. The day ends with a tired ramble about the day's games. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
27:09
March 08, 2019
044 Creative Distractions & Guilt
I talk about doing creative things as a way of avoiding doing other creative things. Squirrel! Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. 
26:51
February 28, 2019
043 Call-In Extravaganza
Topics include: time spent on the toilet, self-doubt, the book Annihilation, relating the old to the new/mundane to exotic, Valentine's Day, history books on Audible, Gobekli Tepe, crocodile erections, Melee/Wizard/Fantasy Trip, Delving Deeper, Quintessential and Essential BX... Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. 
39:18
February 26, 2019
042 Crossing Lines, Kaiju, Goblintown, WWI
I talk about GMs and players crossing boundaries in play, kaiju movies, the Goblintown design challenge, and Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old. Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
22:26
February 24, 2019
041 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd
Talking about Roadside Picnic, Stalker, Into the Odd, Annihilation. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
19:46
February 22, 2019
040 Braces Off! Rando Rambles
Celebrating my last day of braces! Listing of ideas for future podcasts, talking about The Monster Brothers podcast, my supportive wife, Delving Deeper, Warriors of the Red Planet, future Plundergrounds zines, Fantastic Planet, etc. Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
42:21
February 14, 2019
039 Design Meandering Call-Ins
Call ins from Matt, JJ, and Emanuel. We talk spell throwing, saves, prime requisites, and Lovecraftian hacks. Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
18:46
February 11, 2019
038 Let's Make a Zine Part 2!
I field some call-ins from people who are reporting progress and talk about writing in or out of "the shell," choosing fonts, and more. Full notes at www.jellysaw.com. 
25:44
February 08, 2019
037 Retro Design Meandering
I ramble about a couple of different ways to smooth out the rough edges of old school rule sets. Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
17:22
February 06, 2019
036 Let's Make a Zine!
A caller asks for advice on making a zine and I try to deliver. There's homework for those of you similarly inclined! Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
25:07
January 29, 2019
035 Call-ins, InSpectres, Books & Bullets!
Show notes at www. jellysaw.com. 
29:19
January 24, 2019
034 Call-Ins, Death & Resurrection, Patreon
Show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
25:19
January 20, 2019
033 Back to Basix, ToAD, Ghost Star, Death and Growth
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
28:17
January 16, 2019
032 Training "Schools" & Cleric Disfavor
I talk about how the Wuxia film idea of a training temple, school, or secret manuscript could be ported over into fantasy adventure games. Likewise, I talk about moving the DCC disfavor rule for clerics into Dungeon World and B/X. Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com. 
17:57
January 13, 2019
031 Old School Texts & Wuxia Movies
Complete show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
38:54
January 10, 2019
030 Solo Gaming Hangout
Solo Gaming Hangout w/Sophia Brandt, Slade Stolar, and Michael Barford. Recorded on April 14, 2017. • The big list of solo RPG resources from my blog http://dieheart.net/solorpg • Getting started with solo role-playing primer: http://dieheart.net/getting-started-solo/ • Actual play reports solo http://dieheart.net/category/actual-play/ • Dungeon World solo plays: http://dieheart.net/ap-dungeon-world-one/ and http://dieheart.net/ap-dungeon-world-two/ • The Mythic Game Master Emulator: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/20798/Mythic-Game-Master-Emulator?it=1 • The 9 Questions: (download) http://dieheart.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/The-9Qs.zip • The 5 Room Dungeon: https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Five_Room_Dungeon • Lone Wolf G+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116965157741523529510 • Products from the former soloroleplaying.com: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/6632/Cabbage-Games • Rory’s Story Cubes: https://www.storycubes.com/ • Adventuresmith (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.steavesea.adventuresmith&hl=en • Itras By: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/107617/Itras-By-English • Itras By (Just the cards): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/111501/Itras-By-Card-Set-English • Ray’s Random Dungeon World Move Generator: http://www.jellysaw.com/ • John Yorio’s Excellent “Solo Role-Playing Series” of blog posts: https://tabletopdiversions.blogspot.com/2015/01/solo-role-playing-series-part-1.html • Marshall Miller’s Dungeon Starters: http://www.finemessgames.com/DWsupplements/dungeonstarters • Logan Howard’s Sword Breaker zine: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/207706/Sword-Breaker-Issue-No-2--The-Hollow-Fingers • Joe Banner’s Adventures: https://www.patreon.com/jbinc • The Armitage Files: https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/15/15383.phtml • Todd vs. The Black Hack (online solo play): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUVmgndvBVU&t=1985s • H is for Hex Mapping (with Rory’s Story Cubes): http://theironpact.com/h-is-for-hex-mapping/
01:14:46
January 06, 2019
029 Crosscast - Plunderkids!
Angus of Kirby’s Kids and I talk Klaus and Christmas-themed gaming. Kirby’s Kids -> http://anchor.fm/kirbyskids Krause -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38749750-klaus Letters from Father Christmas -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/061800937X/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A Sinister Solstice -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2016/12/sinister-solstice.html
23:48
January 01, 2019
028 Dungeon World 2nd Edition Discussion
Gauntlet Con discussion of Dungeon World 2nd Edition. Hosted by David LaFreniere. Guests: Cameron Burns, Yochai Gal, Jeremy Strandberg. Recorded on October 21, 2018.
01:06:38
December 31, 2018
027 Making Zines Hangout
Making zines with Oli Jeffrey, Logan Howard, Tim Shorts (Gothridge Manor). Recorded on July 3, 2017. • Plundergrounds: https://www.patreon.com/rayotus • Logan Howard's Sword Breaker: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?key... • Oli Jeffery and Codex: https://www.patreon.com/gauntlet/post... • Gothridge Manor: https://gothridgemanor.blogspot.com/p... • Tolling the Great Black Bell: https://thegreatblackbell.blogspot.com/ • Wormskin: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?key... • Black Pudding: https://www.rpgnow.com/product/199081... • Crawling Under a Broken Moon: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/448... • Crawl!: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/495... • Crawljammer: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/690... • Misspent Youth Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/... • Session Zero: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?key... • Worlds without Master: https://www.patreon.com/Epidiah/posts
01:01:57
December 27, 2018
026 Happy Holidays, Call-In Fest
• The Original Melee and Wizard Counter Sheets -> https://www.jellysaw.com • Gaming and BS 209, the Smash Cut -> https://gamingandbs.com/smash-cut-rgps-gbs209/ • Centum Mortui poster -> https://www.jellysaw.com • Letters from Father Christmas -> https://preview.tinyurl.com/y7c83a4l • Ben Milton on Control Panels -> http://questingblog.com/control-panel-book-layout-osr/
36:48
December 24, 2018
025 Creating a Themed World w/Angus
• Norse Mythology - https://www.amazon.com/Norse-Mythology-Neil-• Gaiman/dp/039360909X/ • Celtic Myths and Legends - https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Myths-Legends-Rolleston-1990-11-01/dp/B01LP3DNMM/ • Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland - https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Fighting-Men-Tuatha-Ireland/dp/1495385140/ • Vikings - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2306299/ • Britannia - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5932548/ • Vikings Campaign Source Book - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/16912/HR1-Vikings-Campaign-Sourcebook-2e • Celts Campaign Sourcebook - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/110199/HR3-Celts-Campaign-Sourcebook-2e • Journey To Ragnarok - Adventure and Setting for 5e - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257334/Journey-To-Ragnarok--Adventure-and-Setting-for-5e • Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/112998/Fate-of-the-Norns-Ragnarok • Midgard Worldbook for 5th Edition and PFRPG - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/237360/Midgard-Worldbook-for-5th-Edition-and-PFRPG • The Five Temples of the Earthmother Part 1: Life and Moon - https://www.dmsguild.com/product/170745/The-Five-Temples-of-the-Earthmother-Part-1-Life-and-Moon
36:09
December 20, 2018
024 Call-Ins & Plans for 2019
Call-ins from... • Spikepit -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit • Kirby's Kids -> https://anchor.fm/kirbyskids • The Happy Whisk -> https://anchor.fm/thehappywhisk • No Save for You! -> https://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou My Stuff • Plundergrounds Patreon -> http://www.patreon.com/rayotus • All of my projects -> http://www.rayotus.com
42:05
December 17, 2018
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 09, 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.
16:03
December 07, 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
37:38
December 06, 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
43:35
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
34:19
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
38:23
November 20, 2018
016 Cross-Cast - PlunderPit
Spikepit and I talk about anything and everything, but mainly our days in art school and how they informed our gaming selves today. rayotus.com Old episode number 015
01:04:37
November 14, 2018
015 Advanced Sorcerers & Sellswords
Opening music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My birthday! Call-ins from Spikepit, RFED, Logan Howard of Sword Breaker, Rich Frazier of Cockatrice Nuggets, Carl Rodriguez Ringworld and colony ship fiction: Ray's Radio Revival: Universe Mythras  Preview of "Advanced" Sorcerers & Sellswords rayotus.com Old episode number 014
21:25
November 09, 2018
014 Cross-Cast PlunderNotes
Chickenspike Frank T's Liner Notes Simple, Rules-Light RPGs Gaming with Kids Listening to Kirby's Kids Graphic Novels and Story Structure Cues for RPGs Crit Hit gaming con in Phoenix Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal rayotus.com Old podcast number 13
46:01
November 08, 2018
013 Downside Up Dungeons
Call-ins about Clerics Colin Green, aka Spikepit  Complete Vivimancer by Gavin Norman Logan Howard of Sword Breaker  DM Dad  Beowulf audiobooks:  Translated/read by Seamus Heany abridged Translated by Seamus Heany read by George Guidall Translated by Benedict Flynn read by Crawford Logan Translated by C. W. Kennedy read by Charles Griffin  Rosemary Sutcliff prose version read by Sean Barrett  Dragonslayer  Looking at Dungeons Downside Up, a Virtual Whiteboard Exercise Veins of the Earth  Tome of Adventure Design  Microscope   How to Host a Dungeon  HtHaD Fan play-through  Tony Dowler (the creator) playtesting HtHaD v2  Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My Links Old podcast number 012
27:21
November 06, 2018
012 Call-Ins, Castle in the Mist, Earthworms, Bad-Wrong Healing
Eric Salzwedel of the Omega 3D Chicken Coop Larry Hamilton of Follow Me and Die!  Call with Logan Howard and Sword Breaker - Castle in the Mist for Dungeon World (audio a little weak) Half-Species and Creepy Clerics The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart Earthworm Regenerative Effects Cleric Healing Gone Wrong  Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My Links Old podcast number 011
24:48
November 01, 2018
011 L&F Hacks, Movies, & Magic Items
Angus from Kirby's Kids  Colin Green aka Spikepit  Josh of JB Publishing  Lasers & Feelings hacks: War & Craft - Josh Beckelheim  Sorcerers & Sellswords - Ray Otus Blood & Chrome - Nathan Knaack Deputies & Desperados - Second Thought Games One & Thousands - Tam Pack of Strays - Phillip Wessels, Oli Jeffery, Claudia Cangini Rockerboys & Vendingmachines - Encoded Designs  Whiskers & Claws - Robin Smith RFED ("Rocks Fall Everyone Dies") Cody of No Save for You! (extremely quiet) Harryhausen Skeleton Fight  Hydra Teeth  Six Sentient Sword Motives Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 010
18:03
October 24, 2018
010 Finding Nemo - The Other One
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Trailer  Not the scene I referenced, but still some damn good organ!  Thundarr the Barbarian Marshall Miller's The Escape Skeletal bone giant Jason and the Argonauts Logan Howard's Sword Breaker  Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 009
17:15
October 18, 2018
009 Lasers & Feelings
John Harper's Games  Hacking Lasers & Feelings Sorcerers & Sellswords  Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 008
16:50
October 16, 2018
008 Military SF Scenario Part 2
Larry Hamilton's Follow Me and Die! Metagaming & Steve Jackson's OGRE Laumer's Bolo Fiction 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars Carry by Nathan Paoletta  Logan's Sword Breaker zine  Spikepit on Stay Frosty  Kirbys Kids Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 007
17:34
October 12, 2018
007 Military SF Scenario - Fiction and System
Gary Con XI Hammer's Slammers  Starship Troopers  Forever War  Honorable Mentions: Ender's Game, Space Cadet, Armor, Bolo, Honor Harrington, Old Man's War, Legion of the Damned Diaspora  3:16  Stay Frosty  Mothership   Honorable Mention: Edge of Space The Pitch: platoon play, missions, hot fights, changing world dynamics Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 006
11:42
October 10, 2018
006 Drifting Dungeon World Tech
Some follow up comments/corrections on Dungeon World Moves Spikepit Hobby/Creator Games vs. Industry/Collective Games Shared Fiction vs. Individual Fiction Plundergrounds Kazarak (Establishing Questions)  Plundered Pages (Monster Moves that Matter)  Making a monster for DW My first (not very good) DW experience Rich Rogers' +1 Forward Podcast Sinister Solstice Zine economics Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 005
44:09
October 06, 2018
005 Dungeon World Moves
The "Move" as the fundamental mechanic of PbtA games Dungeon World by Sage LaTorra and Adam Koebel I try to explain moves in Dungeon World and talk about some of the things that tend to rub people the wrong way about Dungeon World (i.e. advice like "don't say the name of the move"). Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 005
23:32
October 04, 2018
004 Bio-Dungeons, Troika, Kickstarter, Dragonlance
"Spikepit" talks bio-dungeons and Goblintown  Urmo the Magnificent  Cody M on unruly reptile familiars My Kickstarter Attitude Adjustment Frank Turfler from Liner Notes talks bio-dungeons Reading Dragonlance at 50  Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal My links Old podcast number 003
18:33
September 27, 2018
003 Bio-Dungeons
Jason Hobbs, Podcasting Junky: Hex Talk, Random Screed Logan Howard & Jesse Ross, Sword Breaker Jorge Louis Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings Gary Con X Karl Stjernberg Evyln Moreau Stay Frosty Black Hack Andrew Walter, Expectorating Encrustor My links Shoji Ohtomo Fantastic Voyage (1966) The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson Matango (1963) My Links Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal Old podcast number 002
20:16
September 24, 2018
002 Making the Fantastic Familiar
RIP Meathead Familiars and Animal Companions Pack World (Dragonriders of Pern, Elfquest)  Tension between the Fantastic and the Real  Setting vs. Player responsibility for "Realism"  Homework!  First call-in: Colin "Spikepit"  On Fighting Fantasy Troika! and Evolving vs. Set-It-and-Forget-It Initiative My links Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal Old podcast number 001
14:03
September 20, 2018
001 The Pilot
Opening music "Alley" from Anchor library Forest Hymn & Picnic Troika! - Free, no art version Astro- - an in-development 2-player game Books - Dragonlance, Nero Wolfe, Invisible Cities, Sandman, Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom Jianghu Hustle Old podcast number 000
25:08
September 19, 2018