Radio Grognard

BOY I Hate That Guy!

An episode of Radio Grognard

By Glen Hallstrom
An OSR Role-Playing Game Podcast
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Quick-Drop Encounters
I talk about having a standard encounter or two ready to go for playtesting and impromptu games.
October 16, 2019
The Damage We Do
I talk about hit points and other ways to track damage in RPGs.
October 15, 2019
Gear To Save Your Rear
I talk about expanded equipment lists and other items.
October 14, 2019
RPGs and Downtime
I talk about how gamers spend their downtime - breaks from the game.
October 13, 2019
YouTube and The Questing For Definition
I talk about what the OSR is as defined on YouTube vlogs with a highlight on Question Beast's YT channel. Link:
October 12, 2019
Rolling By Degrees
I talk about single die-type RPGs and variations on success and failure.
October 11, 2019
Spells For The People
I talk about spell storing and how to commercialize magic in your campaign world.
October 10, 2019
We're Behind You All The Way
I talk about how it's okay to be in the back during an encounter.
October 9, 2019
What's Your Hustle?
I talk about thief specialization to better define the PC.
October 8, 2019
Death is The Easy Part
I talk about adventure ideas revolving around the death of a character or NPC.
October 7, 2019
Bands of Scoundrels
I talk about thieve's guilds and different ways to run them in a campaign.
October 6, 2019
She Blinded Me With...
I talk about how characters can treat magic like science.
October 5, 2019
At Your Service
I talk about service and support businesses for adventurers that would pop up.
October 4, 2019
The Drop and How To Use It
I talk about dice drop tables.
October 3, 2019
House Effect
I talk about house rules and how they affect the evolution of your game.
October 2, 2019
How To Play Your Dragon
I talk about how to play dragons.
October 1, 2019
Dungeons and Dojos
In a followup to yesterday's episode, I talk about adding some marital arts flavor into a traditional fantasy RPG game.
September 30, 2019
Mr. Monk and The Rules
I talk about and compare version of one of my favorite classes, The Monk.
September 29, 2019
Didn't See THAT Coming
I talk about horror elements and how to do "jump scares" in your game.
September 28, 2019
Plot Trimming
I talk about how to streamline your adventures to fit into a shorter session time.
September 27, 2019
Don't Block The Stream
I talk about stream-of-consciousness thinking and how you shouldn't impede yourself with restrictions.
September 26, 2019
The Numbers!
I talk (okay, rant a bit) on how gamers will sometimes use "the math is too hard" as a reason why they don't like a game.
September 25, 2019
How Light Do You Want It?
I talk about rules-light RPGs and what is a good balance of rules.
September 24, 2019
I talk about interacting with the players and reacting to what they're doing.
September 23, 2019
We Got A New One Here!
I talk about how to deal with new (to the hobby) players.
September 22, 2019
Pics And Sparks
I talk about looking for pictures to help me create adventures.
September 21, 2019
The Rules We Use
I talk about rules which we use, not use or occasionally use, focusing on advantage/disadvantage vs dice roll modifiers.
September 20, 2019
Clues And Such
I do some musing on how to do mysteries in RPGs.
September 19, 2019
Getting There is Half The Fun
I talk about completing the adventure and running a gauntlet to get back.
September 18, 2019
How Lester Did It
I talk about creating an adventure using the Lester Dent method.
September 17, 2019
More Useful Than The Living
I talk about how to use the deceased in your adventures.
September 16, 2019
Going Straight To A Game
I talk about the social contract thing going around and what players can expect out of me at a game.
September 15, 2019
The Art of Race
I talk about allowing races outside the standard races in your game.
September 14, 2019
It's Your Voice - Use It
I talk about how to voice NPCs using your normal voice.
September 13, 2019
Propping Up The Fighter
Marc Wallring sends in a voicemail and I look at the fighter in earlier editions vs. the current edition of D&D.
September 12, 2019
Oh, Where To Start?
I talk about literary points-of-view and how to start adventures in the middle.
September 11, 2019
According To The Map, It SHOULD Be Here!
I talk about characters getting lost and how to use that for your games.
September 10, 2019
Encyclopedia McGuffin
I talk about using things like the Encyclopedia Magica and other sources for magic item adventure McGuffins.
September 9, 2019
Tokens of The Mind
I talk about "theater of the mind" play vs. actually mapping out encounters.
September 8, 2019
The Displaced
I talk about displaced critters and how you can work them into an adventure.
September 7, 2019
We Recycle
I talk about having a list of basic plots to recycle, mix n' match and create something new.
September 6, 2019
A Little Something On The Side
I talk about making your own side adventures.
September 5, 2019
The Railroad and The Bump
I talk about resisting the urge to railroad and a new technique for the GM.
September 4, 2019
What Condition My Condition Is In
I talk about the condition of OOP and collectible RPG books.
September 3, 2019
Mental Rewiring
I talk about how you sometimes have to "unlearn" things to understand an RPG rules system.
August 23, 2019
What's Entertainment?
I talk about how gamers should remember to share the fun.
August 22, 2019
Every Single Inch
I talk about players who must examine EVERYTHING and how to put them on a time limit.
August 21, 2019
You're Among Friends
I talk about a recent game I GMed and how to put a new player at-ease.
August 20, 2019
Countdown To Showtime
I talk about last-minute things to do before the game.
August 19, 2019
Fluid History
I talk about retconning a campaign and how to go about it.
August 18, 2019
Investigating Initiative
I talk about different kinds of initiative in RPGs.
August 17, 2019
The Wacky World of RPGs
I talk about the direction the RPG hobby is going due to a higher profile in media and the public.
August 16, 2019
More OneNotein': How I Do It
I talk about how I use OneNote for mobile GM reference.
August 15, 2019
OneNotein' It
I talk about how I digitally organize my campaigns using note apps.
August 14, 2019
Get On Up!
I talk about box text, putting them in your own words and how to enliven descriptions and NPC interactions for your players.
August 13, 2019
Learning From Schlock
I talk about learning from (bad) movies can really help a GM with running the game.
August 12, 2019
At What Cost?
I talk about pyrrhic and bittersweet victories.
August 11, 2019
I Got The Music In Me
A followup on a previous episode, I answer a voicemail and then talk about what I listen to during prep and inspiration you can get from music.
August 10, 2019
Keep Moving Forward
I talk about how things like random encounters should be used to further the adventure.
August 9, 2019
Get To The End of The Session
I talk about winging a story, placing encounters and keeping the game going for one more session.
August 8, 2019
The Glue
I talk about having an overall premise and how it really helps party cohesion in your games.
August 7, 2019
The Amazing Vanishing NPC
I talk about powerful NPCs, how they should not overshadow the PCs and how to make them disappear (temporarily).
August 6, 2019
The Dickens and Doyle Method
I talk about two different plot structures and how writers like Dickens and Doyle help with the game.
August 5, 2019
What's Real and What's Possible?
I talk about realism, plausibility and the fantastic in RPGs.
August 4, 2019
The Dice That Dripped Blood
I talk about using horror in RPGs.
August 3, 2019
GM Upkeep
I talk about keeping your health, energy and stamina for GMing games (and life in general).
August 2, 2019
Do You Trust Your Muse?
I talk about ad-libbing, keeping the game loose and most importantly, trusting your instincts as a GM.
August 1, 2019
Everyone Sets the Pace
I talk about how noth the players and the GM work to set the pace of the encounter/adventure/campaign.
July 31, 2019
Limiting the Muse
I talk about putting limits on your creativity to enhance your campaigns.
July 30, 2019
How I Crawl
I talk about the hexcrawl vs. pointcrawl.
July 29, 2019
In the Face of Adversity
I answer a voicemail and talk about adversity (GM vs. Players) in RPGs.
July 28, 2019
Making The Jump
I talk about converting characters to completely different RPG rulesets.
July 27, 2019
The NPC You Know...
I talk about how to have NPCs interact with the PCs.
July 26, 2019
You, Me and RND
I talk about a great, inexpensive (as in PWYW) adventure-creating resource on DriveThruRPG. Link: 
July 25, 2019
Glen, Glynn and Green: Another Talk With Glynn Seal
Wth the ENnies coming up and a new Kickstarter fulfilling I again sit down with  Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design to talk about his Best Cartography nomination for Midderlands Expanded, The City of Great Lunden, future projects and how to use ordinary fantasy RPG monsters in the Midderlands.
July 24, 2019
I ramble about modular thinking in adventures.
July 23, 2019
Bluffside Mouth
I answer an email about why I use Bluffside in my campaign world and what's so great about The Mouth of Doom (from the megadungeon Rappan Athuk).
July 22, 2019
Editions, Editions More About Editions
I talk about D&D editions and why I like what I like.
July 21, 2019
Listen to 'em!
I remind Game Masters (and myself) to observe and listen to players for a richer game session.
July 20, 2019
To Intro or Not Intro
I talk about using an introductory adventure to kick off a new campaign - or not.
July 19, 2019
The "Yes" Talk
I talk about always saying "yes" and player expectation.
July 18, 2019
Logical Mysteries
I talk about putting mysteries in a campaign world and how to manage them.
July 17, 2019
Using Up Stuff
I read an email and talk a bit about resource management.
July 16, 2019
Strip Search
I talk about the difference between rules-light and stripped-down RPG rulesets.
July 15, 2019
Play The One You Brought
I talk about how I have more games than I can regularly play and the importance of choosing the one(s) that will get the most use.
July 14, 2019
Vince and Equipment
I do a mini-tribute to RFI and Vince Florio and talk about distinctive equipment.
July 13, 2019
It's The Pits
I talk about traps (focusing on pits) and how you can compound the danger.
July 12, 2019
Adding New Critters
I talk about working new monsters into your world.
July 11, 2019
When It All Falls Apart
I talk about when campaigns tend to dissolve after a handful of sessions and what to do about it.
July 10, 2019
Well Yes, But...
I talk about how I make rulings and modify the "Yes" rule.
July 9, 2019
Cunning Or Not?
I talk about how I learned how to play NPC bad guys per their intellect.
July 8, 2019
Small Skills, Big Results
I talk about how real-life experiences can help your character and the GM.
July 7, 2019
A Good Sub Is Worth It
I sort of ramble on about sub-classes in RPGs.
July 6, 2019
The Bottom Line
On this one-year anniversary episode of Radio Grognard I talk about what RPGs and the OSR is all about for me.
July 5, 2019
Rockets Red Glare
I talk about a really funny parody of this show and, in honor of Independence Day here in the USA, I talk about the 1E spells Faerie Fire and Pyrotechnics.
July 4, 2019
Too Many Books and A Contest
I talk about folks who have too many copies of gamebooks and I do a contest for a few of mine.
July 3, 2019
It's WHAT I got
 I talk about how a GM can do a lot with a little and how they should make the most of what they got. 
July 2, 2019
The Kids These Days...
I talk about watching my grandson run a game and a couple pointers I gave him that'd help other young GMs out there.
July 1, 2019
Reading A Module
I talk about how I look over a module for possible use in my games.
June 30, 2019
Keeping Tabs On The Tabs
I talk about getting inspiration from the more sensational tabloids such as (especially) the Weekly World News.
June 29, 2019
The Power of The Playtest
I talk about how playtesting your convention scenario will help make a better game.
June 28, 2019
I talk about one of Matt Colville's YouTube videos, player agency, how capturing PCs happen and what to do about it.
June 27, 2019
It's All In The Mind
I talk about how timing and judicious use of illusions (or any spell for that matter) can make your wizard quite effective. 
June 26, 2019
Practice Practice Practice
I talk about what it takes to be a better Game Master.
June 25, 2019
RPGs, Aging and You
I talk about health, age and RPGs.
June 24, 2019
Pieces of Dungeon
I talk about megadungeons and how they can be used in pieces for many different scenarios.
June 23, 2019
BtB Don't Work For Me
I talk about how running a game By The Book just doesn't do it for me and how i need to houserule them.
June 22, 2019
Many A Quaint and Curious Volume
I talk about older copies of 1st Edition AD&D and the feel of nostalgia they inspire.
June 21, 2019
Sharp Character, Dull Blade
I talk about intelligent (and not-so-intelligent) weapons.
June 20, 2019
Cinematic Vs. Literary
I rant a bit about the film vs. book viewpoint in RPGs.
June 19, 2019
I talk about starting a campaign in a group of islands such as those in Mystara's Sea of Dread.
June 18, 2019
More Cantrippin'
I talk more about 5E cantrips in response to John Alan Large's Red Dice Diaries blogpost.
June 17, 2019
Trippin' On Cantrips
I talk about the history of cantrips in D&D and how I think 5E got it right.
June 16, 2019
I talk about using bits of current tech in your fantasy campaign after disguising them in the trappings of the genre.
June 15, 2019
Let's Flip It
I talk about starting the PCs in an all-wilderness campaign by having their world underground so they have to "explore the dungeon" on the surface.
June 14, 2019
I talk about how to mesh other locations into whatever campaign world you're using.
June 13, 2019
I talk about group cohesion and what a GM can do if the game has none.
June 12, 2019
NTX Con Bits 2019
I talk about my experiences at North Texas RPG Con 2019 and bits about running con games.
June 11, 2019
[NSFW] Flounder, Skippy and The Grognard - LIVE from North Texas RPG Con 2019
Okay, I sat down with Erik Tenkar and Vincent Florio at the Frog God Games booth to talk about NTRPG Con, gaming and stuff in general. We also chatted with Matt Finch and Mike Badolato (BadMike). I trimmed the worst of the language but it's still kinda ribald so You Have Been Warned.
June 10, 2019
You Packin'?
I talk about games to pack for conventions. It's also my last episode until after North Texas RPG Con 2019.
June 5, 2019
My Three Indies
I talk about my three favorite indie RPG publishers out there today: Monkeyblood Designs, Night Owl Workshop and Bloat Games.
June 4, 2019
Petty Adventurers
I talk about a campaign idea I never used, based on an Orson Welles film.
June 3, 2019
Embracing The Chaos
I talk about how I'm enjoying when the game goes south because of PC actions.
June 2, 2019
A Friend Indeed
I talk about animals, in particular familiars and animal companions.
June 1, 2019
Safe At Home
I talk about different types of places PCs can use as their home base.
May 31, 2019
And When I Die...
I talk about cataloging your RPG collection for when you pass on.
May 30, 2019
Missing The Target
I talk (rant) about how I don't like DCs, target numbers and the like.
May 29, 2019
Making Census of Population
I answer an email about population, monster distribution and other stats in a fantasy world.
May 28, 2019
Witness The Power of These Fully Operational PCs!
I reflect on power the PCs have in-game and wonder if it's a good thing or not.
May 27, 2019
GM Mash
I talk about some genre mash-ups I've seen and thought about.
May 26, 2019
Colossal! Stupendous! Tedious!
I brainstorm some ideas on how to run PCs versus multiple opponents.
May 25, 2019
Adjusting Convention Games
I talk about a couple tips for running games at conventions.
May 24, 2019
Roll 'Em Out And Fill 'Em Up
I talk about random dungeon-building books out there and the thoughts and concepts I use to stock said dungeons.
May 23, 2019
Down In The Dumps
I talk about starting the PCs in another interesting place - The Town Dump.
May 22, 2019
Wheat And Chaff
I talk about editing and saving scenes and ideas for your game.
May 21, 2019
RPG Erosion
I talk about wearing down high-level characters to make the adventure manageable.
May 20, 2019
Map, Drop and Roll
I start off talking about making dungeon maps, then dice-drop tables and finally I end up on the subject of the supplement Vornheim. Just one of those days, I guess. 
May 19, 2019
The Replacements
 I talk about how to replace characters when players leave the group. 
May 18, 2019
The GM's Real Estate
I talk about the space behind the GM's screen and how I maximize it.
May 17, 2019
Con Crud
I talk about the upcoming NTRPG Con and some general things about bringing non-gamers to cons.
May 16, 2019
What Does Not Kill You...
I talk about higher-level games and how it helps the GM.
May 15, 2019
Mundane Made Awesome
I talk about how the mundane things in character's lives can be used as RPG fodder.
May 14, 2019
Madness! This Is Madness!
I talk about starting a campaign in an usual place and way.
May 13, 2019
Brevity Is The Soul of Witty GMing
I talk about humor in games and how to use it.
May 12, 2019
Old-School State of Mind
I talk about how the OSR mindset differs from later RPG editions and how the newer gamers could use a bit of it.
May 11, 2019
Pass The Word
I talk about how a GM handles the flow of information to the players.
May 10, 2019
Throw 'Em In And Go
I talk about a Kickstarter that ends soon and quick RPG rules you can take on the go.
May 9, 2019
Crit Me Deadly
I answer an email about AS&SH and then muse about using elements of Film Noir in RPGs.
May 8, 2019
Here's The Lowdown...
I talk about exposition, info dumps and how to handle them.
May 7, 2019
Keep 'Em Busy
I talk about how to keep your NPCs busy, keep going forward with their plans and generally keeping campaign life going on.
May 6, 2019
Blockbusting NPCs
I talk about writing up NPCs like monster stat blocks.
May 5, 2019
The Power of Adjectives
I talk about how the use of adjectives in place descriptions helps you immerse the players into the campaign.
May 4, 2019
Go With The Flow
I talk about the flow of the game and how the GM and players control it.
May 3, 2019
Arms And The Men
I talk about tech and weapons in your world and how they affect it.
May 2, 2019
Be The Tailor
I talk about how to tailor you RPG campaign to your players.
May 1, 2019
Tighten Up
I talk about tightening up and condensing my prep.
April 30, 2019
Package Deal
I ramble on about races, classes, race/classes and if the special abilities you get as you level up need to add a skills on top of them.
April 29, 2019
The Scare Factor
I talk about the difficulties in adding a horror element into your campaign.
April 28, 2019
Mail And Stuff
I answer a few voice and emails then ask my listeners what they want me to talk about.
April 27, 2019
The Rat Came Back
I talk about how my campaigns do not have recurring villains and steps to take to fix that.
April 26, 2019
RPGs In The R.A.W.
I talk about R.A.W. (Rules As Written) in RPGs.
April 25, 2019
No, You Can't Play Conan!
I talk about players who want to model a character from other medium and the problem it creates.
April 24, 2019
Chasing Chaos
I talk about figuring out sub-systems and how I do chases in RPGs.
April 23, 2019
The Script Or The Hook?
I talk about modules and how I prefer plot hooks for campaign use.
April 22, 2019
And Then There Were...House Rules
I talk about a recent Magic Missile discussion going around and ponder how house rules come to be.
April 21, 2019
What's To Know?
I weigh in on the entitlement and accountability issue that seems to be going around.
April 20, 2019
Grognard's Picks
I answer Mark Wallring's email about what I think wold be good "starter" modules.
April 19, 2019
The Grognard's OSR Buying Guide
 I talk about where to get OSR material, how it's changed in the last 5-10 years and tips on how to buy. 
April 18, 2019
RPG Bits
I talk about things like how to record hit points and initiative.
April 17, 2019
Disrespect At The Table
I answer an email and give some thoughts on dealing with the worst type of players.
April 16, 2019
It Pays To Increase Your Word Power
I talk about in-game descriptions and how to add to your vocabulary.
April 15, 2019
Hanging Plots Out To Dry
I talk about a different way to plot out adventures.
April 14, 2019
Extra Parts
I talk about the rules in OSR games that folks don't always use (thanks to Erik Tenkar for the idea).
April 13, 2019
Levels And Training
I talk about XP, levels and training for them.
April 12, 2019
Location, Location, Location
I talk about planning out locations in RPG adventures.
April 11, 2019
Don't Get Lazy
I talk about giving it your all behind the screen.
April 10, 2019
Hand On The Throttle
I talk about adjusting things for higher-level PCs, in prep and at the table.
April 9, 2019
More Conversion Therapy
I answer another email from Mark Wallring about how to rework and adapt things from current RPGs to the OSR.
April 8, 2019
Conversion Therapy
I answer an email about converting later editions of D&D to OSR rules.
April 7, 2019
Okay, That Guy Must DIE!
 I talk more about arch-enemies, how they meet their demise and how they may NOT stay dead. 
April 6, 2019
Now I REALLY Hate That Guy!
I talk more about developing arch enemies for your campaign.
April 5, 2019
BOY I Hate That Guy!
I talk about the creating Arch Enemies for your campaign.
April 4, 2019
1000 Words
I talk about using art, photos and Pintrest to generate RPG ideas.
April 3, 2019
In Our Last Episode...
I talk about how to restart the game from a cliffhanger or mid-combat.
April 2, 2019
Putting The Pieces Together
I talk about campaign worlds and how to make them more cohesive.
April 1, 2019
Family Life And The Gender Blender
I talk about PCs who marry or have a family and playing different genders in RPGs.
March 31, 2019
Shut Up Fred! We're NOT Splitting Up!
I talk about splitting the party, why you should not do it and how to handle it when it does happen.
March 30, 2019
Wheels Within Wheels
I talk about overly-complex RPG plots.
March 29, 2019
No You Don't Get Medical And A 401K!
I talk about using henchmen and hirelings in a game.
March 28, 2019
Shell Beach, Anyone?
I talk about using the film "Dark City" as a supers campaign background.
March 27, 2019
When The Spotlight Is Stuck
I talk about when one PC is the focus of the session.
March 26, 2019
Movie Tricks
I talk about how to figure out some movie tricks to be used in RPG sessions.
March 25, 2019
How Much of A Killer GM Are Ya, Killer?
I talk about lethality in RPGs and where (or if) you draw the line.
March 24, 2019
How Old Is Old?
I talk about how to handle (or not handle) age in RPGs.
March 23, 2019
Great Lunden, The Midderlands And You (with Glynn Seal)
Okay, in this extended episode I talk to Glynn Seal of Monkeyblood Design about his campaign world of The Midderlands and his new Kickstarter focusing on the City of Great Lunden.  Here's the link:
March 22, 2019
Monster Stats From The Ground Up
I talk about how to create monster stats and the hacks you can use to create them.
March 21, 2019
Laying It All Out
I talk about the organization and layout of RPG books.
March 20, 2019
IS A Tree A Tree?
I talk about description in RPGs and how to use it.
March 19, 2019
We Recycle (Monsters)
I ruminate on recycling monster sheets for your campaign.
March 18, 2019
Alterations Made While-You-Wait
I talk more about creating frameworks and how to adjust your adventure on-the-fly.
March 17, 2019
Your Tropes And Changing Perspective
I talk about certain ways GMs run their games that are hard-wired into them plus how they sometimes have to change their perspective in the game.
March 16, 2019
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Halflings
I talk about a couple of types of halflings to use in your games.
March 15, 2019
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Elves
I talk about different kinds of elves to use in your RPG sessions.
March 14, 2019
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Dwarves
I talk about dwarves in RPGs and a few different personalities that can be used by players or the GM.
March 13, 2019
The Little Things
I talk about using player (and your own) real-life experience to enhance your games.
March 12, 2019
Getting Sloppy: A Personal Challenge
I talk about getting a bit sloppy in my GMing and setting a goal to fix that.
March 11, 2019
Lawnmower Man
I talk about how to re-engage your muse after prep interruptions.
March 10, 2019
You WILL Be A Game Master!
I talk about the inevitable urge that happens to every RPG gamer.
March 9, 2019
Rally Around The Spotlight
I talk about how focusing on one PC in a campaign can still be an enjoyable experience for all.
March 8, 2019
Right Out My Backside
I talk about ad-libbing encounters.
March 7, 2019
Sometimes The Stars AIN'T Right
I talk about when a session isn't going well and how to pull the plug.
March 6, 2019
Everybody Have Fun Tonight
I talk about how everyone at the table should have fun, including the GM.
March 5, 2019
Hit 'Em Where It Hurts
I talk about figuring out what makes your RPG BBEG tick and what are his weaknesses.
March 4, 2019
Manual Vs. Automatic
I talk about using electronics vs printed books for RPG reference at the table.
March 3, 2019
I rant about "casual gamers."
March 2, 2019
[TITLE]: The Roleplaying Game
I talk about RPGs based on licensed properties.
March 1, 2019
Kiss The Cook
I talk about how food can be used in RPGs.
February 28, 2019
You Can Learn A Lot From A Jolly Green Giant
I talk about a trope that works well in RPGs - the PCs On The Run.
February 27, 2019
Lay of The Land 2
I talk about the convenience of pre-printed maps.
February 26, 2019
(Un)charted Desert Isles
I talk about why I like using islands in my campaigns.
February 25, 2019
Days of Future When?
I talk about how far After The End to set post-apocalyptic RPGs.
February 24, 2019
Cutscenes - In or Out?
I talk about cutscenes in RPGs and whether they're useful or not.
February 23, 2019
Knock Your Block Off
I talk about Writer's Block and ways to work through it.
February 22, 2019
More Arc Welding
I talk about a few more things about arc welding RPG material I didn't mention in the last episode.
February 21, 2019
Campaign Arc-Welding
I talk about how to blend in other sources to original story material in a campaign.
February 20, 2019
Well Isn't That Special or Mini Decisions
I talk about making convention games special and what to use in place of minis.
February 19, 2019
I Can Slot You In Mondays...
I talk about gaming in a limited time slot and getting the session going quickly.
February 18, 2019
Bad Guy Bull Session
I talk about a couple of things to do when creating and running bad guys.
February 17, 2019
RPG Baby Steps
I talk about first-time GMs and my grandson talks about the campaign his brother is running.
February 16, 2019
Turning The Tables On Encounters
I talk about my love for random encounter tables and how they can enhance the game.
February 15, 2019
Don't Fear The Atmosphere
And now a few random thoughts about atmosphere in RPGs.
February 14, 2019
RPGs: Filling A Need
I talk about why I game and how it fills a need from something else.
February 13, 2019
Variations On A Druid
I talk about variant druids and how to play them.
February 12, 2019
Variations On A Monk
I talk about the 1E monk and the Basic D&D Mystic along with ways to play them.
February 11, 2019
Variaions On A Paladin
I talk about different types of paladins in RPGs and how to play them.
February 10, 2019
Variations On A Ranger
I talk about various types of rangers for RPGs.
February 9, 2019
Variations On A Bard
I talk about different types of bard for your RPG.
February 8, 2019
Variations On An Assassin
I talk about ways to play an assassin.
February 7, 2019
More Ad-Lib Prep
I listen to an email from Rich and elaborate on prepping to ad-lib in a game.
February 6, 2019
Resources or Trust The Prep
I talk about how to manage your GM "resources" and trusting the prep.
February 5, 2019
The Two-Faced Gamer
I talk about what it means to be a dual-class player/GM.
February 4, 2019
I talk about plot twists and how to create and use them.
February 3, 2019
I talk about non-magic equipment that help with magic-based creatures.
February 2, 2019
Variations On A Magic-User
I talk about different types of magic-users in RPGs and how to play them.
February 1, 2019
Variations On A Cleric
I talk about a few different types of clerics and how to play them in RPGs.
January 31, 2019
Variations On A Fighter
I talk about a few different takes on a fighter in RPGs.
January 30, 2019
Variations On A Thief
I talk about a few types of thief in RPGs.
January 29, 2019
It's All About The Package
I talk about "package deals" for character creation in class-and-level RPGs.
January 28, 2019
Terrain Keeps A-Rollin'
I talk about building terrain pieces for RPGs and why I don't.
January 27, 2019
The Art of Scheduling RPG Sessions
I talk about scheduling times for games and what to do about absences.
January 26, 2019
Giving Props Props
I talk about using props in RPGs.
January 25, 2019
Now Why Did I Walk Into This Dungeon?
I talk about aging in AD&D.
January 24, 2019
If It Walks Like A Duck...
Inspired by Joethelawyer's email, I talk about describing the flora and fauna of your campaign world.
January 23, 2019
Talking About Tone
I talk about setting and keeping the right tone in your game.
January 22, 2019
Groups 03: Plotting The Syndicate
I talk about ways to use those groups you've been creating.
January 21, 2019
Groups 02: Working The Syndicate
I talk about what to do with organizations and how they operate.
January 20, 2019
Groups 01: Making The Syndicate
I talk about how to create groups and organizations for RPGs.
January 19, 2019
I talk about X.P.-based leveling vs. Adventure-based leveling in class/level RPGs.
January 18, 2019
Know Your Undead: Liches
In this, the 200th episode, I talk about liches and how to use them in RPGs.
January 17, 2019
Know Your Undead: Ghosts
I talk about the ghost in RPGs and how I'd handle them.
January 16, 2019
Know Your Undead: Spectres
I talk about the spectre and their use in a game.
January 15, 2019
Know Your Undead: Ghasts
I talk about the use of the ghast in RPGs.
January 14, 2019
Know Your Undead: Shadows
I talk about shadows and what to do with 'em.
January 13, 2019
Know Your Undead: Mummies
I talk about one of my favorite undead, the mummy and how to use them.
January 12, 2019
Know Your Undead: Wraiths
I talk about the wight's "cousin", the wraith and how to use them in a game.
January 11, 2019
Know Your Undead: Wights
I talk about wights and how to use 'em.
January 10, 2019
Know Your Undead: Skeletons
I talk about the lowly skeleton and how I would use them in my games.
January 9, 2019
Know Your Undead: Vampires
I talk about vampires and my favorite incarnation.
January 8, 2019
Know Your Undead: Zombies Vs. Ghouls
I talk about zombies vs. ghouls, the difference between the two and how they should be used.
January 7, 2019
How Deep Is Your Onion?
I talk about adventure "layers" and how many should you have (if any).
January 6, 2019
I talk about secret groups, societies, etc. - they're not just for bad guys.
January 5, 2019
Well...I've Been Sick
I talk about PCs and monsters that are not 100% healthy or disabled in some way and how to work that into an adventure.
January 4, 2019
Trapping The Trapper
I talk about how traps aren't just for bad guys.
January 4, 2019
The Art of Fleeing
I talk about running away, being captured and how that's not always a bad thing.
January 3, 2019
It's All Too Much
I talk about how sometimes you prep too much and how to cut back.
January 2, 2019
A Few Faves
I talk about 2-3 of my favorite modules I've used and reused.
December 31, 2018
Ramblin' Relics
I talk about the Artifacts and Relics chapter in the 1E DMG and what it was intended for.
December 30, 2018
Crits For All Ages
I talk about how to deal with a mix of younger players and older gamers.
December 29, 2018
The Use of The Muse
I talk about how GMs should use their muse to brainstorm and help with creativity.
December 28, 2018
The Boomerang Effect
I talk about how to set up long-ranging plot points in games.
December 27, 2018
Game By Adaption.
I talk about adapting material from other media for your game.
December 26, 2018
My Game, Their Rules.
I talk about the current goings-on in the OSR and who and why I I support some publishers.
December 24, 2018
Gaming By The Numbers
I talk about prepping numbers for the game.
December 23, 2018
Bound Up
I talk about how GMs can get module-bound and how I keep that from happening.
December 22, 2018
Ho Ho No
I talk about what kind of holiday-themed adventures I run.
December 21, 2018
I talk about how I referee and how I dislike adversarial/killer GMs.
December 20, 2018
Go Right At The Altar, Ya Can't Miss It
I talk about how to do mapless combat by using landmarks.
December 19, 2018
Bigger Than A Bread Box?
I talk about monster descriptions.
December 7, 2018
More Mega & FLGS Stuff
I answer a voicemail on megadungeons and an email about my FLGS episode.
December 6, 2018
Dissecting The Megadungeon
I talk about how to get more use out of a megadungeon.
December 5, 2018
I Gave Them WHAT?
I talk about giving PCs things that aren't game-breakers but do have an impact on future adventures.
December 4, 2018
The Sound And The Fury
I talk about making sounds to set the mood and atmosphere.
December 3, 2018
The Slush Pile: The Spitting Duck
I check the slush pile and check out The Spitting Duck.
December 2, 2018
The "F" in FLGS
I talk about my Friendly Local Game Store and how it measures up.
December 1, 2018
Keeping Track
I talk about keeping track of player characters.
November 30, 2018
The Hunt Goes On...
I talk about finding older used OSR games in this digital age.
November 29, 2018
Prepare Your Coffins, Sabata Is Rolling 20's
I talk about how Spaghetti Westerns are a good source of adventure ideas.
November 28, 2018
Mundane Made Awesome
I talk about how mundane random encounters can be good opportunities to spice up the game.
November 27, 2018
System Report
Back after a hiatus, I talk about setting your systems and sort-of balancing encounters.
November 26, 2018
An Obligatory E-Mail Episode
I answer a few emails pertaining to previous episodes.
November 15, 2018
Anyone Up For A Three-Way?
I talk about how running battles with more than 2 opponents will keep the PCs on their toes and help them think out of the box.
November 14, 2018
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.
November 13, 2018
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.
November 12, 2018
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,
November 11, 2018
Wise Guys
I talk about playing foes smarter.
November 10, 2018
Walls and Chains
I talk about walls and other fortifications in addition to having a "chain" of businesses in a campaign world.
November 9, 2018
More Map Stuff
A short episode about finding maps in unusual places.
November 8, 2018
Thunder & Cons
I go on a bit of a rant defending Thunder Rift then I talk about how to do convention game write-ups.
November 7, 2018
I Roll The Songs
I talk about getting inspiration from rock and country songs.
November 6, 2018
Chock Full O' Nuts
I talk alignment, that ol' bugaboo Chaotic Neutral and how to play crazy without ruining the game.
November 5, 2018
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.
November 4, 2018
The Slush Pile: Stygian Derp
I brainstorm about goblins tunneling.
November 3, 2018
The Slush Pile: Soo-Eee!
I brainstorm about a rather peculiar hog farm.
November 2, 2018
The Slush Pile: The Old Ogre
I dig into my slush pile and brainstorm about an elderly ogre visiting the city one last time.
November 1, 2018
Five-Finger Discount
I talk about stealing mechanics from other RPGs for your game.
October 31, 2018
Vorpal Bugbears
I talk about using monsters and magic items in your campaign world that fit.
October 30, 2018
Crawling In The Sand
I talk about running a hex crawl in a small sandbox
October 29, 2018
Bottles and Shifts
I talk about some game adventure premises: "bottle episodes" and a typical shift/day/night of a group.
October 25, 2018
Like Tears In The Rain
I talk about the the ways to use androids (especially replicants) in Mutant Future.
October 24, 2018
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.
October 23, 2018
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).
October 22, 2018
Leave The Damn Gate OPEN!!
I talk about my dislike for RPG gatekeepers and how the hobby always needs an influx of new gamers.
October 21, 2018
Gettin' The Word Out
I talk about how OSR books need more word-of-mouth.
October 20, 2018
Premises, Premeses...
I talk about how a good premise can give your campaign the foundation to thrive.
October 19, 2018
I talk about my RPG heartbreaker systems.
October 18, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
Monster Stat Blues
I talk about writing monster stats for newly-created critters.
October 16, 2018
Thanks to Colin's voicemail I finish up my talk on finding/making/using pregens.
October 15, 2018
Play The Hand You're Dealt
I talk about playing the pre-gen you have at conventions.
October 14, 2018
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.
October 13, 2018
The Other Side of The Sandbox
I talk about another way to prep sandbox sessions.
October 12, 2018
No Class
I talk about the migration to MeWe and how I don't like NPC classes.
October 11, 2018
What's My Motivation?
I talk about character backstories, their relation to Method Acting and my take on creating them.
October 10, 2018
I talk about my dislike of level-drains and a couple of alternates.
October 9, 2018
I Know A Guy...
I talk about how having character contacts can enrich the game.
October 8, 2018
A Twist In The Tale
I talk about making connections, plot twists and how you can use the players to enrich the adventure.
October 7, 2018
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.
October 6, 2018
Starting Anew
I talk about having to start with a new character after a PC death in my Thursday Mithgarthr ( group.
October 5, 2018
The Social Contract
I talk about the social contract for RPG groups in a vague way.
October 4, 2018
The RPG Formula
I talk about how formulas can be used to create and enhance your adventures.
October 3, 2018
XP, Advancement & Creation
I talk about how to hand out XP and class/level systems vs. point-buy systems.
October 2, 2018
What Measure Is a PC?
I talk about the three things (stat-wise) that make up a good PC.
October 1, 2018
Dice Foibles
I talk about how I use dice and how I roll.
September 30, 2018
Man, Dig That Cat With The Craaaazy Dice!
I talk about how my GM sessions are like cool 50's jazz improvisations.
September 29, 2018
Debriefing Yourself
I talk about recording the GM's after-session notes and plans for next session (featuring - once again - the bullet journal).
September 28, 2018
I'm A Sap About Maps
I talk about how I deal with making and using maps in sessions.
September 27, 2018
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.
September 26, 2018
Fiddly Bits
I talk about things I as a GM do regardless of system like initiative, XP and race-as-class.
September 25, 2018
Monster Booster
I talk about some of my favorite "supplemental" monster books to punch up a scenario (with a minor rant about said books).
September 24, 2018
Code 36 STAT!
I talk about the 36 Dramatic Situations and how they help to create adventures.
September 23, 2018
RPG Problem Children
I talk about certain rules in RPGs you hate or cannot understand.
September 22, 2018
With A Single Step
I talk about the journey vs. the destination in RPG games.
September 21, 2018
Lay of The Land
I talk about my favorite terrains and landscapes and how they inspire me.
September 20, 2018
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.
September 19, 2018
Who's the New Guy?
I talk about how to use pre-generated characters and where to get them.
September 18, 2018
Shop 'Till You Drop
I talk about using the PC's shopping trips in town as a place to hang plot hooks.
September 17, 2018
Baby Steps
I talk about finding a good intro adventure for neophyte gamers.
September 16, 2018
Table Stakes
I talk about random encounter tables and how the AD&D 1E Monster Manual II is the best for rolling your own.
September 15, 2018
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.
September 14, 2018
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.
September 13, 2018
THAT Guy Again!
I talk about loose cannon NPCs, how they can spice up your game and keep the PCs on their toes.
September 12, 2018
Simple Man, Simple Plan
I talk about the fact that maybe I plan too simple a scenario.
September 11, 2018
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.
September 10, 2018
Well Whack My Dice and Call Me Speedy
I talk about how fast a GM can come up with a scenario from scratch.
September 9, 2018
You Can Lead A Group To Water...
I talk about generally leading a group to adventure by giving them what their characters want.
September 8, 2018
Bullet To The Head
I talk about how I take and use notes and my recent discovery of bullet journals.
September 7, 2018
The Logical Delve
I talk about how dungeons should be logical and plausible.
September 6, 2018
Holy Baloney
I talk about deities books and how they're of limited use to me.
September 5, 2018
Fantasy Fill-Er-Up
I ponder Erik Tenkar's question of how much fantasy is in my games and give my inscrutably peculiar answer.
September 4, 2018
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.
September 3, 2018
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.
September 2, 2018
Let It Go
I talk about character attachment.
September 1, 2018
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.
August 31, 2018
Dem Bones Gonna Walk Around
I talk about the use of undead (particularly low-level undead) in RPGs.
August 30, 2018
Handle With Care
I talk about a couple of plots that will work with the right group or system and a little finesse.
August 29, 2018
From My Pointy Head
I talk about pointcrawls vs. hexcrawls when mapping.
August 28, 2018
My Brain Hurts
I have the dreaded, inevitable psionics talk and recommend alternatives to AD&D's system.
August 27, 2018
Punching It Up
I talk about punching up your adventure and the value of having another look at it.
August 26, 2018
The Hard Ones
I talk about how difficult it is to write adventures for certain genres.
August 25, 2018
Fade To Noir
I talk about laying styles over RPG genres using the Film Noir style.
August 24, 2018
I talk about the flow of information between the GM and players.
August 23, 2018
Let The Gamer Beware!
I talk about rules additions, new classes and anything else GMs and/or players want to bring into the campaign.
August 22, 2018
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.
August 21, 2018
Packin' The Gear
I talk about equipment for the PCs and how Adventurer's Packs can be very handy.
August 20, 2018
More or Less...
I talk about adjusting the levels in a campaign and also about rules light vs. rules heavy RPGs and how players can (or can't) adapt to the ruleset.
August 19, 2018
Alterations Made While-You-Wait
I talk about cutting down higher-level adventures for lower-level (or undermanned) groups of PCs.
August 18, 2018
Ring-Around-A-Rosy Map
Prompted by a voicemail, I talk about my Rosy Sandbox technique.
August 17, 2018
And The Beat Goes On
I talk about beats in an adventure and how they change at the table.
August 16, 2018
Let That Plot Breathe!
I talk about linear plots and how to loosen up the beats of the story for player agency.
August 15, 2018
Attention Must be Paid
I talk about distractions, paying attention and electronics at the table.
August 14, 2018
I talk about how to find hooks in published material and how to create your own.
August 13, 2018
The Game of The Name
I talk about names for PCs and NPCs.
August 12, 2018
Drawing Out The Ideas
I talk about how I use my sketchbook to generate ideas for my game sessions.
August 11, 2018
The Load
I talk about how kidnappings and rescues can work for your game.
August 10, 2018
A Case of Identity
I talk about a plot device and NPC that has to do with PC's identity.
August 9, 2018
Hacking It
I talk about the hacks I use in RPGs.
August 8, 2018
What Would Conan Do?
I talk about Conan, Thundarr and why I don't get the dislike of Pulp Fantasy.
August 7, 2018
Digital Doofus
I talk about using electronic means (mostly Campaign Logger) to do my campaign notes.
August 6, 2018
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.
August 5, 2018
It's Da Bomb!
After I congratulate some ENnie winners I talk more about post-apocalyptic gaming.
August 4, 2018
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.
August 3, 2018
Organization or Lack Thereof
I talk about how I (try to) organize my session/campaign material.
August 2, 2018
Of Shelves And NPCs
I talk about the essential books I have at hand and using character actors as NPCs.
August 1, 2018
Tune In Next Time
I talk about putting characters in deadly situations.
July 31, 2018
I talk about how much description to put into campaign worlds.
July 30, 2018
Gettin' My Sheet Together
I talk about character sheets, my preferences and where to get them.
July 29, 2018
The Trick of The Trap
I talk about traps and how to use them.
July 28, 2018
Talking about gripes I have with RPGs.
July 27, 2018
Whoops! Apocalypse!
I talk about post-apocalypse games and how to handle them.
July 26, 2018
Let's You And Him Fight
I talk about how to balance (and not balance) encounters.
July 25, 2018
I talk about micro settings/hexcrawls and how to manage them using the Rosy Sandbox method.
July 24, 2018
Cold Start
Talking about how to kick start ideas when you have nothing in your head.
July 23, 2018
A Tale of Three Toolboxes
Voicemails then I talk about three toolbox RPGs - HERO/Champions, GURPS and Savage Worlds.
July 22, 2018
Whither 5E?
I answer some voicemails and talk (rant?) about 5E and my attitude/concerns over it.
July 21, 2018
The War House: A Memory
I talk about my favorite FLGS and the feelings that keep me coming back to the OSR.
July 20, 2018
As a followup to Episode 42 I talk about how I do the rest of my game prep.
July 19, 2018
All Blocked Up
I talk about monster stat blocks and how to keep them simple.
July 18, 2018
What's In The Bag?
I answer Colin's email and talk about the basics of what I carry in my game bag.
July 17, 2018
I talk about minis vs. tokens and why I use 'em (tokens, that is).
July 16, 2018
The GM Screen Experiment
I talk about GM screens (again) and the usefulness of a mini screen.
July 15, 2018
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.
July 14, 2018
On The Road: Streamlining
In my final episode from New Mexico I talk about th