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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
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140 Problematic Works, High Crusade, Fallible Fiend


140 Problematic Works, High Crusade, Fallible Fiend


305 Rush, Hindsightless, Robservations
Cinema Strangiato (the Rush "movie" I mentioned), the Hindsightless podcast with Joe Richter, Robservations with Rob Liefeld.
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.
August 27, 2021
303 Weekly RPG Zine: 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.
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.
August 13, 2021
302 Weekly RPG Zine: Hex Drive
Hex Drive by Micah Anderson is available at Rook's Press or as a PDF through Opening jingle by Alex Schroeder of the Halberds & Helmets podcast. 
August 11, 2021
301 Weekly RPG Zine: 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.
August 5, 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. 
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.
December 13, 2020
Plundergrounds Test
This is a test of the Plundergrounds podcast system
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.
October 2, 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. 
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.
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.
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.
September 3, 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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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. 
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.  
August 8, 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 
August 3, 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).
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 
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. 
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 
July 15, 2020
145 OSE Combat Sequence Simplified
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July 8, 2020
144 Any Planet & Learning Curve Analogy 
July 2, 2020
143 Finality in OSE Mechanics
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June 29, 2020
142 A Tale of Two Parties
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June 24, 2020
141 World Building (+) Discussion
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June 23, 2020
140 Problematic Works, High Crusade, Fallible Fiend
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June 15, 2020
139 Appendix Not?
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June 4, 2020
138 Call-ins, Roses & Thorns 2
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May 22, 2020
137 Chaos vs. Law, Leaky Vessels, Rungood, etc.
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May 21, 2020
136: Catching Up
Show notes at 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.
May 15, 2020
135 Bringing the Tactile to the Virtual
Show notes at Theme song by Logan Howard, the Sword Breaker. 
May 7, 2020
134 It's All in the Cards
Shout out to Angus of Kirby's Kids for the topic suggestion! Show notes at 
May 5, 2020
133 Roses & Thorns
Show notes at Editing by Aonghais of the Kirby's Kids podcast. Show them by Logan Howard.
April 29, 2020
132 The Oracle
Show notes at Games at Theme song by Logan Howard.
April 28, 2020
131 Gygax 75 Week 5
Show notes at Theme song by Logan Howard, performed by Lu Quade.
April 24, 2020
130 Gygax 75 Week 4
Show notes at Theme song by Logan Howard, performed by Lu Quade.
April 23, 2020
129 Supers Session Zero
Show notes at Editing help from Angus of the Kirby's Kids podcast!
April 21, 2020
128 A Pale of Air and Other Things
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April 18, 2020
127 El Cid with Aonghais of Kirby's Kids
Great show notes and a few visuals at 
April 1, 2020
126 High-Low, I Don't Know!
March 19, 2020
125 A Veritable Grab Bag
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March 18, 2020
124 Supers
March 10, 2020
123 Awful Green Things
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February 20, 2020
122 Grab Bag Part 2:
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February 12, 2020
121 Grab Bag part 1: D&D 5e, Getting Around, Zine Quest 2
Shownotes and links at 
February 9, 2020
120 Calls - Into the Earth, Red Planet, Crawl Solo
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January 24, 2020
119 Crawl Solo!
Full show notes at Leave me a message! Theme by Logan Howard of Swordbreaker.  
January 19, 2020
118 The Angry Red Method
Show notes at 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."
January 7, 2020
117 Hidden Shrine of Space 1999
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December 29, 2019
116 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 3
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December 17, 2019
115 Campfire Stories and Tiger and Del
Show notes at Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast!
December 4, 2019
114 Fighting Fantasy + Call-Ins
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December 3, 2019
113 Into the Earth (Again), Wm Blake, Callins
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November 22, 2019
112 Into the Earth, AD&D vs. BX
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November 19, 2019
111 B-Movies and Call-Ins
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November 8, 2019
110 Anchorites Write Games!
Show notes at 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.
October 31, 2019
109 Why Games Go Funny
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October 28, 2019
108 Of Gods and Iron
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October 25, 2019
107 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 2
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October 23, 2019
106 Rules and Rulings Call-Ins
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October 22, 2019
105 The Play's the Thing
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October 16, 2019
104 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 1
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October 14, 2019
103 Rulings and Rules
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October 10, 2019
102 Light Rules not Rules Light
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October 9, 2019
101 Arneson, Instigator & Innovator
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October 4, 2019
100 Plundergrounds Season 1 Retrospective
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October 3, 2019
099 The Long-Overdue Call-In Marathon
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October 1, 2019
098 Delving Deeper on Nonhuman Races
PART TWO at the No Save For You podcast: Show notes:  Leave a voice message:
September 30, 2019
097 Return to Audiobooks!
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September 24, 2019
096 Recent Calls
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September 16, 2019
095 Treasure, Ducks, The Crash
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September 10, 2019
090 Lords of Mars
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September 6, 2019
094 Procrasticon
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September 3, 2019
093 #RPGaDay2019 Final Days
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September 1, 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 Leave a voice message: 
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: Leave a voice message:
August 31, 2019
089 #RPGaDay2019 Week 4
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August 28, 2019
088 #RPGaDay2019 Week 3
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August 21, 2019
087 #RPGaDay2019 Week 2
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August 14, 2019
086 #RPGaDay2019 Week 1
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August 8, 2019
085 Adventure Palettes, Awards
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August 7, 2019
084 Temple of the Blood Moth Review
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July 31, 2019
083 Characters in Motion
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July 25, 2019
078 Audiobooks
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July 21, 2019
082 From One to Satan
I talk about a great question for the game table and play some awesome call-ins.
July 16, 2019
081 Spell-ing It Out
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July 12, 2019
080 Dungeon Logic II
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July 10, 2019
Bonus: Jim’s Nonmusical Bards!
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)
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.
June 29, 2019
077 Dungeon Logic
(Oft delayed) show notes at 
June 26, 2019
076 Three Monsters
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June 21, 2019
Bonus! Travels with Charlie
No notes on this one.
June 17, 2019
075 Military SF, Emergent Fiction, RPGs for Growth, Surrealism (Call-in Show)
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June 12, 2019
074 Interactive Fiction Part 2
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June 10, 2019
073 Top 5 (Pre-80) Military SF
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June 7, 2019
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June 5, 2019
071 Interactive Fiction + Dystopia and Prototype Call-ins
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June 2, 2019
070 Top 5 Dystopian Reads
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May 31, 2019
069 Prototyping
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May 30, 2019
068b NM Bards, Murder Hobo, Vacation!
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May 16, 2019
068 Non-Musical Bards
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May 15, 2019
067 10 Foundational Fantasies
10 books that every adventure game fan should read in their lifetime! Notes to follow at
May 8, 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
May 3, 2019
065 Urban Druids and RPGs vs Literature 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
May 1, 2019
064 Necromunda, Blades in the Dark, Undead Armies, Xeno Dead Zone
Show notes at  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 
April 29, 2019
063 City Dreaming 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
April 26, 2019
062 Colin Was Right & Nuggets 2 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!
April 25, 2019
061 Take That Colin — 5e Cast "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
April 23, 2019
060 Plugs, Imposters, Symptoms and Causes 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
April 18, 2019
059 Monster Twists & Troika 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
April 15, 2019
058 Some Things Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
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April 10, 2019
057 Call-In Roundup!
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April 5, 2019
056 Projects!!
In this episode I talk about several projects I’m working on and review my quarter one output for Plundergrounds.
April 3, 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!
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
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 
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. Full show notes at 
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:
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 
March 18, 2019
049 Encounter Tables - Do Better
A quick rant about encounter tables that are too repetitive/thin. Full show notes at 
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
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
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
March 9, 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
March 8, 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 
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 
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
February 24, 2019
041 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd
Talking about Roadside Picnic, Stalker, Into the Odd, Annihilation. Full show notes at
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
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
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 
February 8, 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
February 6, 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
January 29, 2019
035 Call-ins, InSpectres, Books & Bullets!
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January 24, 2019
034 Call-Ins, Death & Resurrection, Patreon
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January 20, 2019
033 Back to Basix, ToAD, Ghost Star, Death and Growth
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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 
January 13, 2019
031 Old School Texts & Wuxia Movies
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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 • Getting started with solo role-playing primer: • Actual play reports solo • Dungeon World solo plays: and • The Mythic Game Master Emulator: • The 9 Questions: (download) • The 5 Room Dungeon: • Lone Wolf G+ Community: • Products from the former • Rory’s Story Cubes: • Adventuresmith (Android): • Itras By: • Itras By (Just the cards): • Ray’s Random Dungeon World Move Generator: • John Yorio’s Excellent “Solo Role-Playing Series” of blog posts: • Marshall Miller’s Dungeon Starters: • Logan Howard’s Sword Breaker zine: • Joe Banner’s Adventures: • The Armitage Files: • Todd vs. The Black Hack (online solo play): • H is for Hex Mapping (with Rory’s Story Cubes):
January 6, 2019
029 Crosscast - Plunderkids!
Angus of Kirby’s Kids and I talk Klaus and Christmas-themed gaming. Kirby’s Kids -> Krause -> Letters from Father Christmas -> A Sinister Solstice ->
January 1, 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.
December 31, 2018
027 Making Zines Hangout
Making zines with Oli Jeffrey, Logan Howard, Tim Shorts (Gothridge Manor). Recorded on July 3, 2017. • Plundergrounds: • Logan Howard's Sword Breaker: • Oli Jeffery and Codex: • Gothridge Manor: • Tolling the Great Black Bell: • Wormskin: • Black Pudding: • Crawling Under a Broken Moon: • Crawl!: • Crawljammer: • Misspent Youth Kickstarter: • Session Zero: • Worlds without Master:
December 27, 2018
026 Happy Holidays, Call-In Fest
• The Original Melee and Wizard Counter Sheets -> • Gaming and BS 209, the Smash Cut -> • Centum Mortui poster -> • Letters from Father Christmas -> • Ben Milton on Control Panels ->
December 24, 2018
025 Creating a Themed World w/Angus
• Norse Mythology -• Gaiman/dp/039360909X/ • Celtic Myths and Legends - • Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland - • Vikings - • Britannia - • Vikings Campaign Source Book - • Celts Campaign Sourcebook - • Journey To Ragnarok - Adventure and Setting for 5e - • Fate of the Norns: Ragnarok - • Midgard Worldbook for 5th Edition and PFRPG - • The Five Temples of the Earthmother Part 1: Life and Moon -
December 20, 2018
024 Call-Ins & Plans for 2019
Call-ins from... • Spikepit -> • Kirby's Kids -> • The Happy Whisk -> • No Save for You! -> My Stuff • Plundergrounds Patreon -> • All of my projects ->
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:
December 13, 2018
022 Balance, Hobgobs, Skills, & More
• Laumer Bolo Stories -v -> Combat Unit -> The Last Command -> Field Test
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.
December 7, 2018
020 Cybernetic Tanks, 1977
• Steve Jackson's Ogre -> • Newer Versions -> • Winchell's Story ver 1 -> • Winchell's Story ver 2 -> • Music behind reading is "Boss Battle" (altered) by Mystery Mammal • Intro/Outro Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal
December 6, 2018
019 Dice, Tables, Right-Sized Mechanics, RPG "Feasts"
• Inspectres -> • Hex Power Flower -> • Jim's Poem (Late at Night in Bed by Gregory Djanikian) -> • Spikepit ->
November 29, 2018
018 Call-in-apalooza
• Jim Jones Extra Life -> • Larry - Follow Me and Die! -> • Judd - Daydreaming About Dragons -> • Cody M - No Save for You! -> • Rich - Cockatrice Nuggets -> • Ivy - Happy Whisk -> • Colin Green - Spikepit ->
November 28, 2018
017 Creative Crises
• DM Dad (Dr. Robert Groves) -> • Spikepit! ->
November 21, 2018
016 Call-Ins, The Hobbit Game, Time-Keeping
• There and Back Again ->
November 20, 2018
015 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderPit
• Listen to SpikeGrounds (Spikepit #60) first! ->
November 14, 2018
014 Bronze Age Games, Advanced Sorcerers & Sellswords
• Ray's Radio Revival: Universe -> • Mythras -> • Bronze Age Games -> • Sorcerers & Sellswords ->
November 9, 2018
013 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderNotes
• Frank T's Liner Notes ->
November 8, 2018
012 Downside Up
• Spikepit -> • Sword Breaker -> • DM Dad -> • Beowulf audiobooks - S. Heany abridged -> - S. Heany read by Guidall -> - B. Flynn read by Logan -> - C. W. Kennedy read by Griffin -> - Sutcliff prose version -> • Dragonslayer -> • Veins of the Earth -> • Tome of Adventure Design -> • Microscope -> • How to Host a Dungeon -> • Fan play-through -> • Tony Dowler (the creator) playtesting HtHaD v2 ->
November 6, 2018
011 Call-Ins, Castle in the Mist, Bad Healing
• Follow Me and Die! -> • Sword Breaker -> • Castle in the Mist -> • The Earth Moved -> • Everything else ->
November 1, 2018
010 L&F Hacks, Movies, & Magic Items
• Kirby's Kids -> • Spikepit -> • JB Publishing -> • War & Craft -> • Sorcerers & Sellswords -> • Blood & Chrome -> • Deputies & Desperados -> • One & Thousands -> • Pack of Strays -> • Rockerboys & Vendingmachines -> • Whiskers & Claws -> • No Save for You! -> • Harryhausen Skeleton Fight ->
October 24, 2018
009 Finding Nemo - The Other One
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Trailer -> • Not the scene I referenced, but still some damn good organ! -> • Logan Howard's Sword Breaker Podcast ->
October 18, 2018
008 Micro-Champions 1 Lasers & Feelings
• John Harper's Games -> • Sorcerers & Sellswords ->
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 -> • Laumer's Bolo Fiction -> • Larry Hamilton's Follow Me and Die! -> • 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars -> • Carry by Nathan Paoletta -> • Logan's Sword Breaker zine -> • Stay Frosty -> • Kirbys Kids ->
October 12, 2018
006 Military SF Scenario Planning
• Hammer's Slammers -> • Starship Troopers -> • Forever War -> • Diaspora -> • 3:16 -> • Stay Frosty -> • Mothership -> • Edge of Space ->
October 10, 2018
005 Drifting Dungeon World Tech
• Spikepit's anchorcast -> • Plundergrounds: Kazarak (Establishing Questions) -> • Plundered Pages (Monster Moves that Matter) -> • Rich Rogers' +1 Forward Podcast ->
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.
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 -> -> • Urmo the Magnificent • Cody M on unruly reptile familiars • My Kickstarter Attitude Adjustment • Frank Turfler of the Liner Notes podcast talks about bio-dungeons -> • Reading Dragonlance at 50 • Final Thoughts/Responses to Callers
September 27, 2018
002 Bio-Dungeons
• Jason Hobbs, Podcasting Junky -> -> -> • Logan Howard & Jesse Ross, Sword Breaker -> • Evyln Moreau, Patreon -> • Andrew Walter, Expectorating Encrustor -> • Ray Otus -> ->
September 24, 2018
001 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! • Mailbag: Colin "Spikepit" • On Fighting Fantasy -> • Troika! and Evolving vs. Set-It-and-Forget-It Initiative -> -> • Other Stuff -> - subscribe to the Plundergrounds zine -> - free games and articles -> I'm "Ray Otus" on Google+ & Goodreads -> Music is "You Can Use" by Captive Portal
September 20, 2018
000 The Pilot
In this pilot episode I talk about • 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 -
September 19, 2018