Radio Grognard

Radio Grognard

By Glen Hallstrom
An OSR Role-Playing Game Podcast
Available on 10 platforms
Episode 147 - Fly Home Buddy!
I talk about the NPC admirer/hanger-on/pest that turns up all the time and how this is a good role-playing opportunity.
10:33
November 13, 2018
Episode 156 - Storage Wars: The RPGs
I talk about how I have my physical books stored and what is the best way to do it for transient (and not so transient) people.
09:44
November 12, 2018
Episode 155 - One Man's Meat...
I disjointedly talk and maybe semi-rant (I'm not sure) about RPGs that, while good systems, I don't care for and why,
10:49
November 11, 2018
Episode 154 - Wise Guys
I talk about playing foes smarter.
10:07
November 10, 2018
Episode 153 - Walls and Chains
I talk about walls and other fortifications in addition to having a "chain" of businesses in a campaign world.
09:56
November 9, 2018
Episode 152 - More Map Stuff
A short episode about finding maps in unusual places.
06:20
November 8, 2018
Episode 151 - Thunder & Cons
I go on a bit of a rant defending Thunder Rift then I talk about how to do convention game write-ups.
12:03
November 7, 2018
Episode 150 - I Roll The Songs
I talk about getting inspiration from rock and country songs.
10:52
November 6, 2018
Episode 149 - Chock Full O' Nuts
I talk alignment, that ol' bugaboo Chaotic Neutral and how to play crazy without ruining the game.
10:26
November 5, 2018
Episode 148 - The Five "W"s or Fun With Tables
I pull the 1E AD&D DMG off the shelf and show how to use the 5 "W"s and the Appendix tables to create adventures.
13:25
November 4, 2018
Episode 147 - The Slush Pile: Stygian Derp
I brainstorm about goblins tunneling.
08:22
November 3, 2018
Episode 146 - The Slush Pile: Soo-Eee!
I brainstorm about a rather peculiar hog farm.
09:33
November 2, 2018
Episode 145 - The Slush Pile: The Old Ogre
I dig into my slush pile and brainstorm about an elderly ogre visiting the city one last time.
09:56
November 1, 2018
Episode 144 - Five-Finger Discount
I talk about stealing mechanics from other RPGs for your game.
13:03
October 31, 2018
Episode 143 - Vorpal Bugbears
I talk about using monsters and magic items in your campaign world that fit.
09:41
October 30, 2018
Episode 142 - Crawling In The Sand
I talk about running a hex crawl in a small sandbox
09:48
October 29, 2018
Episode 141 - Bottles and Shifts
I talk about some game adventure premises: "bottle episodes" and a typical shift/day/night of a group.
08:27
October 25, 2018
Episode 140 - Like Tears In The Rain
I talk about the the ways to use androids (especially replicants) in Mutant Future.
09:16
October 24, 2018
Episode 139 - The OTHER Way I Organize
I talk about how I file and keep track of the physical papers, note and other ephemera of adventures I have ran.
07:38
October 23, 2018
Episode 138 - Adventure Cookbooks
I talk about what I use to create adventures and what I take with me for such endeavors (plus a mini-review of the Table Fables books).
09:55
October 22, 2018
Episode 137 - Leave The Damn Gate OPEN!!
I talk about my dislike for RPG gatekeepers and how the hobby always needs an influx of new gamers.
08:54
October 21, 2018
Episode 136 - Gettin' The Word Out
I talk about how OSR books need more word-of-mouth.
09:38
October 20, 2018
Episode 135 - Premises, Premeses...
I talk about how a good premise can give your campaign the foundation to thrive.
10:44
October 19, 2018
Episode 134 - Heartbreaker!
I talk about my RPG heartbreaker systems.
09:23
October 18, 2018
Episode 133 - Let's See What They're Made Of
I talk about testing the PCs and adjusting/ramping up encounters based on their stats and growth throughout the campaign.
12:34
October 17, 2018
Episode 132 - Monster Stat Blues
I talk about writing monster stats for newly-created critters.
11:08
October 16, 2018
Episode 131 - Pregens...Again
Thanks to Colin's voicemail I finish up my talk on finding/making/using pregens.
11:18
October 15, 2018
Episode 130 - Play The Hand You're Dealt
I talk about playing the pre-gen you have at conventions.
10:18
October 14, 2018
Episode 129 - Lordy It's Dark!
After I answer a voicemail from Chrispy I talk about how to handle demihumans' darkvision ability and plug an old TSR FR supplement.
10:05
October 13, 2018
Episode 128 - The Other Side of The Sandbox
I talk about another way to prep sandbox sessions.
11:32
October 12, 2018
Episode 127 - No Class
I talk about the migration to MeWe and how I don't like NPC classes.
06:03
October 11, 2018
Episode 126 - What's My Motivation?
I talk about character backstories, their relation to Method Acting and my take on creating them.
13:14
October 10, 2018
Episode 125 - Draino
I talk about my dislike of level-drains and a couple of alternates.
08:19
October 9, 2018
Episode 124 - I Know A Guy...
I talk about how having character contacts can enrich the game.
09:35
October 8, 2018
Episode 123 - A Twist In The Tale
I talk about making connections, plot twists and how you can use the players to enrich the adventure.
08:08
October 7, 2018
Episode 122 - Stage To Table (And Back)
I talk about how I found out that playing or GMing an RPG game is closer to stage acting than I realized.
12:42
October 6, 2018
Episode 121 - Starting Anew
I talk about having to start with a new character after a PC death in my Thursday Mithgarthr (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/213852/ME1001--Mithgarthr-RPG-Core-Rulebook) group.
09:46
October 5, 2018
Episode 120 - The Social Contract
I talk about the social contract for RPG groups in a vague way.
07:45
October 4, 2018
Episode 119 - The RPG Formula
I talk about how formulas can be used to create and enhance your adventures.
09:38
October 3, 2018
Episode 118 - XP, Advancement & Creation
I talk about how to hand out XP and class/level systems vs. point-buy systems.
10:23
October 2, 2018
Episode 117 - What Measure Is a PC?
I talk about the three things (stat-wise) that make up a good PC.
10:29
October 1, 2018
Episode 116 - Dice Foibles
I talk about how I use dice and how I roll.
08:15
September 30, 2018
Episode 115 - Man, Dig That Cat With The Craaaazy Dice!
I talk about how my GM sessions are like cool 50's jazz improvisations.
09:12
September 29, 2018
Episode 114 - Debriefing Yourself
I talk about recording the GM's after-session notes and plans for next session (featuring - once again - the bullet journal).
10:04
September 28, 2018
Episode 113 - I'm A Sap About Maps
I talk about how I deal with making and using maps in sessions.
10:46
September 27, 2018
Episode 112 - Running Gags and My Place In The OSR
I talk about running gags and callbacks in games plus wondering what purpose I serve in the OSR. WARNING: introspection and navel-gazing in the 2nd half.
12:26
September 26, 2018
Episode 111 - Fiddly Bits
I talk about things I as a GM do regardless of system like initiative, XP and race-as-class.
09:22
September 25, 2018
Episode 110 - Monster Booster
I talk about some of my favorite "supplemental" monster books to punch up a scenario (with a minor rant about said books).
08:45
September 24, 2018
Episode 109 - Code 36 STAT!
I talk about the 36 Dramatic Situations and how they help to create adventures.
11:55
September 23, 2018
Episode 108 - RPG Problem Children
I talk about certain rules in RPGs you hate or cannot understand.
11:48
September 22, 2018
Episode 107 - With A Single Step
I talk about the journey vs. the destination in RPG games.
09:30
September 21, 2018
Episode 106 - Lay of The Land
I talk about my favorite terrains and landscapes and how they inspire me.
08:37
September 20, 2018
Episode 105 - Ode To A Campaign
This time I reflect on a 2-year D&D campaign that recently ended, one of the best I've ever played in and a model campaign.
13:24
September 19, 2018
Episode 104 - Who's the New Guy?
I talk about how to use pre-generated characters and where to get them.
10:16
September 18, 2018
Episode 103 - Shop 'Till You Drop
I talk about using the PC's shopping trips in town as a place to hang plot hooks.
11:34
September 17, 2018
Episode 102 - Baby Steps
I talk about finding a good intro adventure for neophyte gamers.
11:20
September 16, 2018
Episode 101 - Table Stakes
I talk about random encounter tables and how the AD&D 1E Monster Manual II is the best for rolling your own.
09:58
September 15, 2018
Episode 100 - Milestone, Not Millstone
This, the 100th episode, I talk more about the state of RPG publishing after being spurred on by a couple of voicemails and an email. Then it's thank to you folks out there who listen to an ol' grog ramble. I'm grateful.
12:05
September 14, 2018
Episode 99 - A Good, Full-Bodied Vintage Whine
I rant about too much production value in RPG material. BTW, no game publishers were hurt in this episode.
10:26
September 13, 2018
Episode 98 - THAT Guy Again!
I talk about loose cannon NPCs, how they can spice up your game and keep the PCs on their toes.
10:52
September 12, 2018
Episode 97 - Simple Man, Simple Plan
I talk about the fact that maybe I plan too simple a scenario.
11:25
September 11, 2018
Episode 96 - Speedy-Prep
In a followup from the last time, in this double-size episode I go through a way to prep a game in about an hour.
20:16
September 10, 2018
Episode 95 - Well Whack My Dice and Call Me Speedy
I talk about how fast a GM can come up with a scenario from scratch.
11:01
September 9, 2018
Episode 94 - You Can Lead A Group To Water...
I talk about generally leading a group to adventure by giving them what their characters want.
10:24
September 8, 2018
Episode 93 - Bullet To The Head
I talk about how I take and use notes and my recent discovery of bullet journals.
09:39
September 7, 2018
Episode 92 - The Logical Delve
I talk about how dungeons should be logical and plausible.
09:48
September 6, 2018
Eposide 91 - Holy Baloney
I talk about deities books and how they're of limited use to me.
11:04
September 5, 2018
Episode 90 - Fantasy Fill-Er-Up
I ponder Erik Tenkar's question of how much fantasy is in my games and give my inscrutably peculiar answer.
10:27
September 4, 2018
Episode 89 - Where Do You Work-a, John?
I talk about the venerable Secondary Skills Table in the 1E DMG and (with a little help from Mike Stewart) how I get it to work for me as a skill system.
12:01
September 3, 2018
Episode 88 - The Art of Shutting Up
I talk about times to be quiet as a GM and (thanks to Jason Hobbs) my take on indy campaigns and when you can (and can't) integrate them into your game.
09:43
September 2, 2018
Episode 87 - Let It Go
I talk about character attachment.
11:29
September 1, 2018
Episode 86 - Brute Squad Boot Camp
I talk about using the brute-type monsters such as gnolls and bugbears as something more than just a mob by combining stronger, smarter monsters to whip 'em into shape.
10:22
August 31, 2018
Epidoe 85 - Dem Bones Gonna Walk Around
I talk about the use of undead (particularly low-level undead) in RPGs.
10:22
August 30, 2018
Episode 84 - Handle With Care
I talk about a couple of plots that will work with the right group or system and a little finesse.
10:05
August 29, 2018
Episode 83 - From My Pointy Head
I talk about pointcrawls vs. hexcrawls when mapping.
09:47
August 28, 2018
Episode 82 - My Brain Hurts
I have the dreaded, inevitable psionics talk and recommend alternatives to AD&D's system.
09:51
August 27, 2018
Episode 81 - Punching It Up
I talk about punching up your adventure and the value of having another look at it.
08:59
August 26, 2018
Episode 80 - The Hard Ones
I talk about how difficult it is to write adventures for certain genres.
10:05
August 25, 2018
Episode 79 - Fade To Noir
I talk about laying styles over RPG genres using the Film Noir style.
11:15
August 24, 2018
Episode 78 - In-for-MAY-shun...
I talk about the flow of information between the GM and players.
12:32
August 23, 2018
Episode 77 - Let The Gamer Beware!
I talk about rules additions, new classes and anything else GMs and/or players want to bring into the campaign.
11:25
August 22, 2018
Episode 76 - What's In YOUR Wallet?
I talk about "back pocket scenarios" for impromptu game sessions and campaign arcs that are easy to break up/modify.
11:31
August 21, 2018
Episode 75 - Packin' The Gear
I talk about equipment for the PCs and how Adventurer's Packs can be very handy.
12:00
August 20, 2018
Episode 74 - More or Less...
I talk about adjusting the levels in a campaign and also about rules light v's rules heavy RPGs and how players can (or can't) adapt to the ruleset.
10:11
August 19, 2018
Episode 73 - Alterations Made While-You-Wait
I talk about cutting down higher-level adventures for lower-level (or undermanned) groups of PCs.
09:45
August 18, 2018
Episode 72 - Ring-Around-A-Rosy Map
Prompted by a voicemail, I talk about my Rosy Sandbox technique.
13:01
August 17, 2018
Episode 71 - And The Beat Goes On
I talk about beats in an adventure and how they change at the table.
09:40
August 16, 2018
Episode 70 - Let That Plot Breathe!
I talk about linear plots and how to loosen up the beats of the story for player agency.
09:28
August 15, 2018
Episode 69 - Attention Must be Paid
I talk about distractions, paying attention and electronics at the table.
10:57
August 14, 2018
Episode 68 - Hooked
I talk about how to find hooks in published material and how to create your own.
10:30
August 13, 2018
Episode 67 - The Game of The Name
I talk about names for PCs and NPCs.
10:07
August 12, 2018
Episode 66 - Drawing Out The Ideas
I talk about how I use my sketchbook to generate ideas for my game sessions.
11:20
August 11, 2018
Episode 65 - The Load
I talk about how kidnappings and rescues can work for your game.
11:34
August 10, 2018
Episode 64 - A Case of Identity
I talk about a plot device and NPC that has to do with PC's identity.
09:39
August 9, 2018
Episode 63 - Hacking It
I talk about the hacks I use in RPGs.
14:27
August 8, 2018
Episode 62 - What Would Conan Do?
I talk about Conan, Thundarr and why I don't get the dislike of Pulp Fantasy.
11:17
August 7, 2018
Episode 61 - Digital Doofus
I talk about using electronic means (mostly Campaign Logger) to do my campaign notes.
10:57
August 6, 2018
Episode 60 - The Rant That Wouldn't Die
I listen to a voicemail and then go off on a whine about popular games, peer pressure and how intro gaming videos kinda dumb down the game.
11:32
August 5, 2018
Episode 59 - It's Da Bomb!
After I congratulate some ENnie winners I talk more about post-apocalyptic gaming.
10:49
August 4, 2018
Episode 58 - THIS Is A Thriller!
After a voicemail and a quick music/SFX update I talk about the way I like to run horror/thriller scenarios.
11:18
August 3, 2018
Episode 57 - Organization or Lack Thereof
I talk about how I (try to) organize my session/campaign material.
09:58
August 2, 2018
Episode 56 - Of Shelves And NPCs
I talk about the essential books I have at hand and using character actors as NPCs.
20:07
August 1, 2018
Episode 55 - Tune In Next Time
I talk about putting characters in deadly situations.
11:51
July 31, 2018
Episode 54 - Brevity
I talk about how much description to put into campaign worlds.
09:29
July 30, 2018
Episode 53 - Gettin' My Sheet Together
I talk about character sheets, my preferences and where to get them.
10:48
July 29, 2018
Episode 52 - The Trick of The Trap
I talk about traps and how to use them.
14:14
July 28, 2018
Episode 51 - Gripes
Talking about gripes I have with RPGs.
11:37
July 27, 2018
Episode 50 - Whoops! Apocalypse!
I talk about post-apocalypse games and how to handle them.
12:11
July 26, 2018
Episode 49 - Let's You And Him Fight
I talk about how to balance (and not balance) encounters.
11:51
July 25, 2018
Episode 48 - MicroSand
I talk about micro settings/hexcrawls and how to manage them using the Rosy Sandbox method.
13:07
July 24, 2018
Episode 47 - Cold Start
Talking about how to kick start ideas when you have nothing in your head.
10:34
July 23, 2018
Episode 46 - A Tale of Three Toolboxes
Voicemails then I talk about three toolbox RPGs - HERO/Champions, GURPS and Savage Worlds.
25:58
July 22, 2018
Episode 45 - Whither 5E?
I answer some voicemails and talk (rant?) about 5E and my attitude/concerns over it.
17:58
July 21, 2018
Episode 44 - The War House: A Memory
I talk about my favorite FLGS and the feelings that keep me coming back to the OSR.
11:56
July 20, 2018
Episode 43 - QuickiePrep
As a followup to Episode 42 I talk about how I do the rest of my game prep.
12:58
July 19, 2018
Episode 42 - All Blocked Up
I talk about monster stat blocks and how to keep them simple.
10:32
July 18, 2018
Episode 41 - What's In The Bag?
I answer Colin's email and talk about the basics of what I carry in my game bag.
11:32
July 17, 2018
Episode 40 - Tokened
I talk about minis vs. tokens and why I use 'em (tokens, that is).
12:48
July 16, 2018
Episode 39 - The GM Screen Experiment
I talk about GM screens (again) and the usefulness of a mini screen.
12:04
July 15, 2018
Episode 38 - ENnies And Stuff
Here I talk about a couple things left out of my YouTube review of Victorious and give my 2 cents about the ENnies and awards and award shows in general.
11:30
July 14, 2018
Episode 37 - On The Road: Streamlining
In my final episode from New Mexico I talk about things I picked up GMing for my grandkids and how to streamline things when running at the table.
10:05
July 13, 2018
Episode 36 - On The Road: Hooks
I answer a voicemail and then it's back to New Mexico to talk about plot hooks and where to put 'em.
13:25
July 12, 2018
Episode 35 - On The Road: Padding
Here I talk a little about The Temple of Elemental Evil and then it's off to New Mexico where I chat about padding and extending your game session.
16:31
July 11, 2018
Episode 34 - On The Road: Festival!
I answer a viocemail and talk from New Mexico about using festivals and celebrations in RPGs.
10:37
July 10, 2018
Episode 33 - On The Road: Organic
More musing from New Mexico. This time about organic vs. tacked-on RPGs.
14:03
July 9, 2018
Episode 32 - On The Road: Screens Redux
In this episode I answer a voicemail and play the first in a series of field recordings. This time: more about GM screens.
12:48
July 8, 2018
Episode 31 - How I Dood It
This time I answer a voicemail from Jason Hobbs and Dave writes in asking how I started the YouTube videos, which I gladly answer.
19:11
June 29, 2018
Episode 30 - Read Dread Redemption
I talk about adapting X1 The Isle of Dread to suit my needs.
10:45
June 28, 2018
Episode 29 - Goofy Is As Goofy Does
I answer an email and talk about where to put goofy places in your world.
10:35
June 27, 2018
Episode 28 - Poker Face
I talk about using a deadpan face and rolling dice as a GM to be enigmatic to your players.
10:02
June 26, 2018
Episode 27 - Keepin' Your Powder Dry
I talk about firearms in fantasy RPGs.
13:35
June 25, 2018
Episode 26 - Some Monster Sheet
I talk about how I handle monster stats in-game.
11:14
June 24, 2018
Episode 25 - Rollin' On The Road
I talk about creating adventures for a road trip.
10:38
June 23, 2018
Episode 24 - Rolling With It
I pontificate on role-playing vs. roll-playing and how I like a balance.
10:54
June 22, 2018
Episode 23 - Skillz To Pay The Billz
I answer an email and talk about my favorite skill system.
11:04
June 21, 2018
Episode 22 - Game Gold Is Where You Find It
I talk a bit about using tables for scenarios and how I come up with adventures.
12:05
June 20, 2018
Episode 21 - Some Character Sheet
I talk about buying RPGs, what to look for and how character sheets can tell you a lot about the game.
13:53
June 19, 2018
Episode 20 - Super Supers
I talk about supers games and the genre for RPGs.
11:40
June 18, 2018
Episode 19 - Leave It At The Door
I talk about not bringing baggage to or work out your problems at the table.
10:27
June 17, 2018
Episode 18 - Why Do It?
I talk about why I roleplay and GM.
11:00
June 17, 2018
Episode 17 - Mutant Future With A Hammer
I go over the previous nights' game, muse over what to run at my next convention and how I weld plots together.
15:10
June 15, 2018
Episode 16 - Pace Time!
I talk about pacing and timing in games and how to structure an adventure to take advantage of them.
12:01
June 14, 2018
Episode 15 - Screened Out
I answer an email and talk (Well, rant a bit) about how and why I use a GM screen.
09:33
June 13, 2018
Episode 14 - Reviewing Reviews
I talk about the hows and whys of reviewing in general and my reviews in particular.
09:51
June 12, 2018
Episode 13 - NTX 2018: Baby's First Con
I recap North Texas RPG Con 2018 and talk about experiencing your first convention.
13:01
June 11, 2018
Episode 12 - Junk In The Trunk
I talk about character backgrounds.
12:07
June 6, 2018
Episode 11 - Bouncing off PCs
I talk a bit about condensing convention stuff but the main topic is the NPCs playing off the PCs and ad-libbing in general.
09:58
June 5, 2018
Episode 10 - Countering Encounters
I talk about monster reactions and morale in RPGs.
11:38
June 4, 2018
Episode 9 - Sandwiches Everywhere!
I talk about sandbox campaigns and how I deal with them, featuring the Sandbox Compass.
09:37
June 3, 2018
Episode 8 - Music Hath Charms
I talk about how music and SFX can add to your RPG session.
12:19
June 2, 2018
Episode 7 - PrepCon
Topic: How I prep for a con and overdo it.
10:19
June 1, 2018
Episode 6 - Popcorn And Dice 3
I do a shout-out, recommend some comics and talk about how to use Kelly's Heroes as the basis for an RPG adventure.
11:16
May 31, 2018
Episode 5 - Popcorn And Dice 2
I have last thoughts (for now) on Acting Behind The Screen, answer a voice message and talk about using the plot of Rio Bravo in your game.
13:51
May 30, 2018
Episode 4 - Popcorn And Dice
I answer a voicemail and talk about using a movie plot in RPGs.
18:10
May 29, 2018
Episode 3 - Trodding The Boards Behind The Screen
I talk about Acting Tips in RPGs and why you should try it.
17:38
May 28, 2018
Episode 2 - Back To The Bench
Here I talk about prepping for NTX 2018 and how benchmarks make statting out NPCs and monster a lot easier.
12:50
May 27, 2018
Episode 1 - Stress Test
My first episode where I intro myself, talk about my experience and game philosophy and answer a couple emails.
25:46
May 27, 2018
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