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Radio Grognard

Radio Grognard

By Glen Hallstrom
An OSR Role-Playing Game Podcast
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Grog Review: The Little Barbershop of Terror
I review The Little Barbershop of Terror by John Alan Large.
11:25
October 26, 2020
The Stew
I talk about how I miss the blending of older editions of D&D/AD&D and how the newer editions (house rules aside) don't do that as much.
11:04
October 25, 2020
IAM A Safe Space!
I talk about the ol' Consent in Gaming flap and my take on it.
12:19
October 24, 2020
Inanimate?
I talk (thanks the John Alan Large) about toys and other inanimate objects being possessed.
07:39
October 23, 2020
What Time Is It Eccles?
I talk about being able to tell time in an underground area.
08:33
October 22, 2020
Yes, Clowns
I talk about how to possibly use clowns in your campaign. Seriously.
07:53
October 21, 2020
Not Just For Kids
I talk about going back to the old fairy tales for campaign inspiration.
07:45
October 20, 2020
Gettng A Leg Up on Leveling
I talk about starting PCs at a higher level and how you should adjust for that.
10:20
October 19, 2020
Attention Must Be Paid
I talk about how GMs should pay attention to their players.
11:39
October 18, 2020
Multiple McGuffins
I talk about placing multiple McGuffins in your campaign.
05:11
October 17, 2020
Time To Heal?
I talk about how even while the PCs are recovering there can be adventure.
06:31
October 16, 2020
Bar Fights Are Good
I talk about how every group should, on occasion,  get into at least one unarmed combat.
11:21
October 15, 2020
Swinging Swords and Pouring Cement
I talk about mundane projects for the PCs and the adventure possibilities therein.
10:11
October 14, 2020
It's Good For You
I talk about having characters do good works for the village, town, etc. and how it can benefit them and the campaign.
06:59
October 13, 2020
The DNPC
I talk about the Dependent Non-Player Character and how you can utilize them in your games.
07:29
October 12, 2020
What's the Death Threat?
I talk about how deadly do you want your game?
11:52
October 11, 2020
Homemade Magic
I talk about when players want to create new spells or magic items and how they will impact the campaign world.
08:14
October 10, 2020
Map Clutter
I talk about placement of features on campaign maps.
08:35
October 9, 2020
Too Much?
I talk about using a campaign world with a different ruleset and the conversion things you have to consider.
09:51
October 8, 2020
Backgrounds In 7
I talk about taking the "7-Sentence NPC" method and using it to flesh out your PCs background.
10:21
October 7, 2020
Noted
I talk about how GMs pass info to players in private.
08:10
October 6, 2020
The Zig-Zag Adventure
I talk about how, done right, a lil' bait-and-switch won't hurt the adventure.
08:09
October 5, 2020
The Bard and The Background
I talk about background things going on in a campaign and how they may or may not have an affect on the adventure.
08:58
October 4, 2020
Grog Review: Red Dice Drop-Ins
I review a few drop-in locations my buddy John Alan Large has on DriveThru and also about other things like that for easy use in campaigns.
05:57
October 3, 2020
Beats For the Brain
I talk about listening to appropriate music during prep.
09:44
October 2, 2020
Idle Rumors?
I talk about using rumors in your adventures (true or not) and having fun switching them up a bit.
07:05
October 1, 2020
Condensing Your World
I talk about using an adventure to give the flavor of your campaign world and condense it down for easier manageability.
08:00
September 30, 2020
The Way It Should Look
I talk about how I like to see modules and supplements laid out.
08:36
September 29, 2020
Put A Cap On It
I talk about level caps and XP versus Adventure-Based Advancement.
11:31
September 28, 2020
Opening it Up
I talk about expanding your campaign world.
07:52
September 27, 2020
Thou Shalt Not Warp The Game
I talk about players who try to bend the game (and the Group) to their will.
09:47
September 26, 2020
Blending Tech
I talk about using different technologies in a fantasy RPG.
09:03
September 25, 2020
RPG Wannabes
I talk about board games with RPG-type elements.
08:28
September 24, 2020
Dice On the Tracks
I talk about possibly adding locomotives to my somewhat steampunk fantasy RPG world.
08:26
September 23, 2020
Going As Planned? Don't Panic!
I talk about not worrying when the game is going TOO good.
07:27
September 22, 2020
And Another Thing: Re-Starting
The third of John Allan Large's voicemails, this time about my previous episode about returning to RPGS. I elaborate a bit.
10:23
September 21, 2020
And Another Thing: Breaks
I play another John Alan Large voicemail and I talk more about duration of sessions and when to pause them.
09:56
September 20, 2020
And Another Thing: Motivation
In this small series of episodes I play John Alan Large's voicemail talking about my character motivation ep and elaborate on it a bit.
10:38
September 19, 2020
Every Campaign Needs A Miracle Max
In the second episode on this topic I talk about another NPC you should use in your game - the Eccentric Holy Man/Alchemist.
06:50
September 18, 2020
Every Campaign Needs A Doc Brown
In this two-parter I talk about an NPC that is a great help with equipping PCs as well as adventure hooks - the Eccentric Inventor.
08:23
September 17, 2020
Jumping Back On the Horse
I talk about GMs who have been away from the hobby and want to get back behind the screen again.
09:28
September 16, 2020
Game Trumps Character
I talk about players who try to disrupt the game through their character's actions, citing "that's what my character would do." I'm not a fan.
08:42
September 15, 2020
Hit the Road, Jack!
I talk about running an adventure like a buddy road trip.
09:46
September 14, 2020
And Another Thing: Pacing
A few more thoughts about pacing in RPGs, from the player and GM POV.
09:14
September 13, 2020
Grog Review: Fists and .45s!
I review Fists and .45s! by Paper-Dragon Productions.
08:46
September 12, 2020
The March of Time
I talk about keeping track of time in RPGs.
10:23
September 11, 2020
Lester Dent Shows the Way
I talk about adventure-building the Lester Dent Way.
12:37
September 10, 2020
The Curse of Appendix N
I talk about Appendix N, how it affected me in my gaming history and how it seemed to me to cause and possibly perpetuate a schism between gamers.
11:18
September 9, 2020
The Docu-Game
I talk about, once more, defining the role of GM and players.
13:40
September 8, 2020
Using the Flotsam
I talk about using the leftover gaming material found in used books and such as research for your campaign.
07:25
September 7, 2020
The God Card
I talk about the GM's Last Resort - The God Card and how I am loathe to use it.
13:14
September 6, 2020
Multi-Tasking
I talk about running more than one campaign and some ideas I have to keep track of them.
11:13
August 26, 2020
Downtime Blues
I talk about what PCs can do in the time between adventures.
08:33
August 25, 2020
High Times
I talk about adventuring in high altitudes.
10:04
August 24, 2020
Roll With It, Dammit!
I talk about how GMs should never penalize players for being clever.
10:43
August 23, 2020
Earn Those Die Rolls!
I talk about how rolling dice does not trump role-playing.
12:12
August 22, 2020
Module Chunks
I talk about how to break down a module for play.
14:53
August 21, 2020
Ho Ho Huh?
I talk about some riffs on the standard holiday RPG session.
07:41
August 20, 2020
Grog Review: The Prepless Game Master
I review The Prepless Game Master by Drag N' Drop Games.
10:15
August 19, 2020
Mine That Table!
I talk about using encounter tables as springboards for adventures.
11:25
August 18, 2020
Don't Just Look
I talk about getting inspiration by observing the world around you.
10:09
August 17, 2020
Drilling Down
I talk about where to start campaigns in established (i.e. store-bought) worlds.
10:54
August 16, 2020
Group Innards
I ruminate on ways to start, grow and maintain a group.
10:21
August 15, 2020
Raiders of the PC Arcs
I watched a YouTube video and decided to muse about character arcs. Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe-GvxooYDs
12:46
August 14, 2020
Playin' Against the House
I talk about PC gambling in adventures and a few ways to do it.
07:28
August 13, 2020
Grog Review: Minimal Worlds Fantasy
I review Minimal Worlds Fantasy by QuestWise Publishing. Link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/323605/Minimal-Worlds--Fantasy
08:39
August 12, 2020
Plotting, Comic-Style
I talk about learning a few things about plotting adventures from the comics.
09:32
August 11, 2020
The What If Situation
I talk about the "what if?" in your game.
10:59
August 10, 2020
Cutscene Contemplation
I talk about a possible way to stage cutscenes in adventures.
09:55
August 9, 2020
Finding the End (and A Drawing)
I talk about how to end your adventures and announce a drawing for some stuff.
09:51
August 8, 2020
Working the Pointcrawl
I talk about how to organize a pointcrawl for sandbox (and non-sandbox) adventuring.
09:46
August 7, 2020
Life by Adaption
I talk about adapting outside adventures to your campaign world.
10:51
August 6, 2020
Water Resistant
I talk about my love of sea-going adventures and dislike of underwater ones.
07:22
August 5, 2020
Adding A Little More Class
I talk about creating custom classes or sub-classes.
07:54
August 4, 2020
Start 'Em Out Right
I talk about the type of RPGs beginning gamers should play.
09:18
August 3, 2020
PCs in the Basement
I talk about low-level characters and a few tips on how to survive those levels.
11:27
August 2, 2020
Putting In the Time
I talk about how becoming a better GM is all about practice and how GMs should not stop learning and improving.
10:51
August 1, 2020
Lookin' For Sign
I talk about dungeons and how to find them.
08:36
July 31, 2020
A Thousand Words
I talk about underused resources for handouts and visual aids, focusing on the camera on your phone.
09:04
July 30, 2020
Plugging the Holes
I talk about identifying the potential stop-points in your game and working with the players to fix them.
09:20
July 29, 2020
AS&SH FTW - ...And the Rest
Wrapping up the look at Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea, I look at the resources within the Appendixes.
10:38
July 28, 2020
AS&SH FTW - The World of Hyperborea
I talk about the campaign world as I go through the Gazetteer for Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
14:56
July 27, 2020
AS&SH FTW - Treasure
I talk about how Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea deals with treasure.
13:45
July 26, 2020
AS&SH FTW - Monsters
I talk about the mundane and unique critters in Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
11:50
July 25, 2020
AS&SH FTW - Magic
I continue looking at Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea, today focusing on the magic system.
12:16
July 24, 2020
AS&SH FTW - Combat
I talk about combat in Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
13:49
July 23, 2020
AS&SH FTW - Classes
In this short series I talk about the classes in Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea.
12:13
July 22, 2020
Dice Fudging: A Challenge
I talk about fudging dice and make a personal challenge.
12:20
July 21, 2020
Days of Our Lives
I talk about campaign timelines and how to handle them.
09:26
July 20, 2020
Save or...Maim?
I talk and muse about the Save or Die mechanic and alternatives.
08:59
July 19, 2020
The Act Comes Back
I talk about contacts, resources and how Chekov's Gun figures into all of this.
11:04
July 18, 2020
Blankety-Blanks
I talk about things like generic and blank tokens to use to beef up you mini/token collection.
06:57
July 17, 2020
PC Prep
I talk about things PCs can do to prep for adventure.
05:32
July 16, 2020
What When?
I talk about different ways to do combat.
07:25
July 15, 2020
The Rest of the Story
I talk about how PCs don't always get the whole story and that's okay.
09:28
July 14, 2020
GM as Juggler
I talk about party/encounter balance and how it's not as important to me as you may think.
12:26
July 13, 2020
Why Not Both?
I talk about mixing your fantasy with some sci-fi and How I do it.
11:19
July 12, 2020
Troubleshooters and Temps
I talk about a couple of premises for a campaign: PC Specialists and Temps hired by an Agency.
10:39
July 11, 2020
Grab Bag of RPG Thoughts
I talk about the things I go through to keep the RPG torch burning and forcing creativity.
12:35
July 10, 2020
Too Much?
I talk about the need, or absence, of skills, feats, special abilities, etc. and if used, how much is enough?
12:46
July 9, 2020
Careful With the Twists
I talk about Surreal situations and plot twists and how you should be careful using them.
09:53
July 8, 2020
My Daily
I talk about PCs having a daily routine and what happens when the adventure messes with it.
07:32
July 7, 2020
Splitting Sessions
I talk about the length of RPG sessions and how shorter ones my benefit your campaign.
11:08
July 6, 2020
The Wingman Gets His Due Too
I talk about how groups usually have natural leaders and how it's okay to be the supporting PC.
10:13
July 5, 2020
Everybody Have Fun Tonight
I talk about making sure everyone (including the GM) has fun by not letting a player or GM ruin it.
09:05
July 4, 2020
Of Retcons and Things
I talk about how to fix things in your campaign, from adjusting history to retconning sessions.
13:06
July 3, 2020
Think Like A Schlockmeister
I talk about thinking up adventures like a B-Movie producer.
09:57
July 2, 2020
Suddenly Markers!
I talk about an alternate way to use a map without figures or tokens.
09:41
July 1, 2020
Simple Enough For Ya?
I talk and muse on how simple or codified you need your RPG rules to be.
10:26
June 30, 2020
Classy Races
I talk about Basic D&D's Race-As-Class and how you could modify it.
16:04
June 29, 2020
Got the Sniffles?
I talk about illnesses and other things that would put characters under the weather.
08:58
June 28, 2020
Relax-O-Vision
I talk about how to relax behind the screen and not to stress over stuff.
10:01
June 27, 2020
Leave 'Em Loose
I talk about loose ends at the end of a session/adventure/campaign and how /when to use them.
10:01
June 26, 2020
Work Them Clues!
I talk about how GMs should make sure the players work the clues to resolve the adventure.
07:48
June 25, 2020
Ya Gotta Give Me Something!
I talk (read: rant) about trying to get players involved in the adventure and dealing with indifference.
11:01
June 24, 2020
More Word Power!
I talk about descriptive words and learning new ones.
08:25
June 23, 2020
Ecological Mambo
I talk about monster ecologies and how they affect your campaign world.
09:41
June 22, 2020
What A Card
I talk about thoughts on using a deck of cards for adventure creation.
13:42
June 21, 2020
My Version
I talk about how I would like to see a module done.
08:44
June 20, 2020
Wakey-Wakey
I talk about a different way to start a campaign.
08:36
June 19, 2020
Make Subsets Make Sense
I talk about alternate rules for certain situations and how to use them in your RPG.
08:50
June 18, 2020
Dungeon Logic
I talk about revisiting the old question of why dungeons exist.
12:30
June 17, 2020
Sizing Your McGuffins
I talk about different types of McGuffins for your adventures.
09:17
June 16, 2020
Mods Du Jour
I talk about dice roll modifiers and my preferences of such.
08:06
June 15, 2020
Home Field Advantage
I talk about how opponents would use their familiarity of their area in encounters.
10:17
June 14, 2020
I Coulda Been A Contender
I talk about Professional Game Masters and mull over why I am not one.
11:32
June 13, 2020
Getting the Point
I talk about finally deciding to use pointcrawls instead of hexcrawls.
09:33
June 12, 2020
What Are the Odds?
I talk about the use of coincidence in adventures.
13:27
June 11, 2020
Find Your Normal
I talk about finding what is the "normal" feel for your campaign world.
09:37
June 10, 2020
Zero to Hero
I talk about starting a character as a loser and building him up into a hero.
10:08
June 9, 2020
PCs In Rotation
I talk about an Idea I had about game flexibility by running a campaign with rotating PCs.
11:55
June 8, 2020
Filling In the Cracks
I talk about having a set of generic encounters for adventure fill-ins.
06:52
June 7, 2020
Coins Weigh
I talk about encumbrance in RPGs.
10:46
June 6, 2020
Can I Haz Maps?
I talk about a couple of unusual resources for maps.
08:31
June 5, 2020
The OTHER D&D
I talk about how to run a game with no rules resources.
09:10
June 4, 2020
From Where to Where?
I talk about geography in RPGs and how I can't seem to get it even close to right.
06:18
June 3, 2020
You Want Plausible? Yup!
I talk about plausibility in storytelling and how it is the glue that holds up the suspension of disbelief.
11:39
June 2, 2020
The End?
I talk about how to end a campaign with a few plot threads hanging.
09:21
June 1, 2020
The Forecast
I talk about weather patterns in your game and the effect it has on the scenario.
08:33
May 31, 2020
Trappings
I talk about finesse and the pitfalls of dealing with traps.
10:10
May 30, 2020
RPG Brain-Slop
I talk about a few GMing odds and ends.
10:47
May 29, 2020
Using Plot Dispensers
I talk about NPCs and have them set up and further the adventure.
09:49
May 28, 2020
The PC Chore List
I talk about how planning encounters is analogous to doing chores (in a good way).
12:57
May 27, 2020
Keeping It Generic
I talk about writing my campaign world and making it system-neutral for maximum ruleset flexibility.
10:46
May 26, 2020
It All Adds Up
I talk about how players can add to the campaign world in small ways with unusual equipment, place names, etc.
12:23
May 25, 2020
Challenge Yourself
I talk about setting up daily or weekly GM challenges to help you brainstorm and keep your mind sharp.
08:31
May 24, 2020
Dungeon Logistics
I talk about what's needed for a plausible dungeon.
11:54
May 23, 2020
More On Scenarios
I answer John Alan Large's voicemail and elaborate on adventure length and how much is enough.
11:23
May 22, 2020
Let Me Tell You About My Character...
I talk about character backstories and if and/or when you should flesh them out.
12:32
May 21, 2020
You Could Learn A Lot From That Mutt
I talk about how adding a supernatural layer to your adventures could enhance it overall.
09:34
May 20, 2020
There's Moor to Blackmoor
I look through my copy of The First Fantasy Campaign and show how Brevity can help adventure and campaign creation.
11:48
May 19, 2020
Know Where You're Going
I talk about how, as a GM, you should always have a sense of where the adventure is headed.
07:39
May 18, 2020
Verisimilitude Dude
I talk about the little things GMs can do to help the PCs be more immersed in the campaign world.
10:31
May 17, 2020
Don't Rush the Climax
I talk about the pace of the game and not to rush it to get to the "good parts."
11:48
May 16, 2020
Keeping The Mystery in Mysteries
I talk about how major mysteries should be planned and developed in campaigns.
10:07
May 15, 2020
It's COLLECTING, Not HOARDING!
I talk about how to handle a large game collection.
13:27
May 14, 2020
Pre-Made Packs
I talk about modularity and pre-made packages in RPGs.
10:41
May 13, 2020
Is Meta Betta?
I talk about my views on metagaming.
10:40
May 12, 2020
Critter Players
I talk about what to allow and how to handle other races and creatures as player characters.
10:36
May 11, 2020
PC Death and Taxes
I talk about having the PCs be something like tax collectors or insurance adjusters.
09:28
May 10, 2020
You SURE You Wanna Play That?
I talk about RPG rulesets and GMs who discourage players from playing certain types of characters.
12:52
May 9, 2020
Mining the Sandbox
I talk about how to work out adventures by digging into RPG sandboxes.
11:38
May 8, 2020
Out of My Head
I talk about motivating myself to get the adventure out of my head and onto the paper.
09:53
May 7, 2020
The Stupid Orc Debate
I talk about races...okay, I talk about orcs, my opinion on the current "discussion", how I see then and their use in the game.
09:36
May 6, 2020
Beastly
I talk about the use of animals in RPGs.
09:52
May 5, 2020
The MacGyver Approach
I talk about whipping up a game session out of practically nothing.
09:52
May 4, 2020
Worth Repeating
I talk about when other GMs use your adventure.
09:17
May 3, 2020
A Parcel of Rogues
I talk about developing a rogues' gallery for your PC party.
09:22
May 2, 2020
A Spat About Stats
I talk about the uses of basic stats in RPGs and a side order of rant.
10:48
May 1, 2020
Frankie Says Relax
I talk to the newbies and other GMs who struggle about how to take some stress out of running a game.
10:46
April 30, 2020
Handling NPCs
I talk about how to handle your NPCs.
09:32
April 29, 2020
One List To Rule Them All
I talk about using master encounter tables for your campaign.
09:37
April 28, 2020
The 3x5 Dungeon
I talk about an Idea I have for doing quick dungeons.
13:20
April 27, 2020
No Escaping Desti-ny!
I talk about birthdays in RPGs, namely characters coming-of-age, fate and prophecies linked to them.
09:23
April 26, 2020
Food Glorious Food
I talk about how you can use food to spark a plot.
08:27
April 25, 2020
Better Off With The Blues
I talk about how I get inspiration from song titles, in particular Blues song titles (because I like the Blues).
08:45
April 24, 2020
Putting the Pieces Together
I talk about how sometimes the adventures just don't come together and how I work it out.
13:34
April 23, 2020
The Idea of A Dungeon
I talk about dungeons, making it plausible and how the idea of it can be adapted to other situations.
10:27
April 22, 2020
The Big Switch
I talk about swapping rulesets for a campaign world.
12:07
April 21, 2020
The Buddy System
I talk about co-GMing.
09:39
April 20, 2020
The 5 Room Shuffle
I talk some about the 5 room dungeon and it's application in RPGs.
11:22
April 19, 2020
The Thread is the Life
I talk about the plot thread and how to manage it.
11:24
April 18, 2020
AGAIN With the Voices?
I talk again about the use of voices in RPGS.
10:42
April 17, 2020
Running Out of Gas
After a couple of voicemails I talk (warn) about losing your enthusiasm in the middle of the session.
12:58
April 16, 2020
Damn the Torpedoes
I talk about how there may be a method to my prep madness  - mainly to keep the game flowing.
10:42
April 15, 2020
The Neo 2 and My Goofy Prep
I talk about the latest things I use for prep, electronic or not and my (non-paid) endorsement of the Neo 2 Word Processor.
12:15
April 14, 2020
'Cause I'm the Taxman
I talk about taxes, fees and other financial obligations in your campaign.
10:57
April 13, 2020
The Dirt Nap
I talk about PC death - when does it happen and how?
10:43
April 12, 2020
Deal-A-Plot
I talk about using playing cards for adventure creation.
09:13
April 11, 2020
Wide Open Spaces
I talk about gaming outside in parks and other outdoor areas.
10:38
April 10, 2020
The If/Then Approach
I talk about creating adventures with a minimum of detail, knowing the start and possible end and filling it in as it's played (or something like that).
10:30
April 9, 2020
Cloudbursts and Stuff
I talk about weather effects and how to use them in your game.
08:31
April 8, 2020
Think A Spell
I talk about creating and converting spells to different RPG rulesets.
11:16
April 7, 2020
Mama I'm Coming Home
I talk about using the premise of Getting Home for the arc of a campaign.
11:16
April 2, 2020