Radio Grognard

Radio Grognard

By Glen Hallstrom
An OSR Role-Playing Game Podcast
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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
The Moral Alignment
I talk about morality in older modules and how it reflects those societies.
08:55
April 1, 2020
No Dead Ends
I talk a bit more about structuring adventures and encounters without a rigid resolution.
12:36
March 31, 2020
Play To Your Strengths
I talk about using your strengths as a GM to bolster your weaknesses in concocting adventures.
09:29
March 30, 2020
The GM's Bible
I talk about using the shorthand for adventures and compiling a Master GM Book.
10:44
March 29, 2020
The Hit Parade
I talk about to hit rolls in combat and how I interpret them.
08:54
March 28, 2020
Simple Rules, More Story
I talk about simpler rules systems and a little more about online gaming.
10:33
March 27, 2020
It Seemed Stupid...AT FIRST
I talk about taking a mundane task and making an epic adventure.
11:04
March 26, 2020
The Online Option
I talk about some things related to online gaming.
09:21
March 25, 2020
I'm Not Dead!
I talk about how to handle diseases and plagues in a campaign.
09:41
March 24, 2020
Seeding the Storm
I talk about getting into the habit of brainstorming adventures.
12:17
March 23, 2020
Capture the Lightning
I talk about if you have a strong PC idea you should write them up ASAP.
11:10
March 22, 2020
How Do You Pantheon?
I talk about deities and pantheons.
13:04
March 21, 2020
When You're Doing It Right
I talk about how my GM prep has evolved and how it falls into line with other GMs.
07:09
March 20, 2020
Fear Not the Ancient Tomes
I talk about not being afraid to use other editions of a game if it's useful to you.
09:30
March 19, 2020
Morale? Surprise!
I talk about using Surprise and Morale in RPGs.
11:34
March 18, 2020
Keep It Down
I talk about how GMs should restrict themselves to one or two RPG rulesets to keep from getting burned out.
10:20
March 17, 2020
Keeping the End In Sight
I talk about how GMs should keep the flexibility of the campaign but be mindful of the end - however that happens.
11:36
March 16, 2020
Variations on A Theme
I talk about using mind mapping to spin variants on the usual boring ol' scenario.
11:18
March 15, 2020
Urban Sandbox: Putting It Together
I talk about using the things I've talked about in the previous episodes to come up with an adventure.
12:31
March 14, 2020
Urban Sandbox: Random Encounters
I talk about using random encounters in an urban setting and how to set them up.
10:09
March 13, 2020
Urban Sandbox: Making the Connections
I talk about using shops and areas in your urban area to make connections and possible adventures.
12:19
March 12, 2020
Urban Sandbox: Dice Drop
I talk about how to plan a sandbox in an urban setting using tables and dice drop charts.
08:34
March 11, 2020
Alterations While You Wait
I talk about character concepts that players have and how to accommodate them.
09:57
March 10, 2020
Game By Adaption: Media
I talk about adapting specific media franchises for convention games using Savage Worlds as the system and DuckTales as the franchise.
12:34
March 9, 2020
Game By Adaption: Genres
I talk about adapting different media to your RPG sessions. First up: genres.
14:06
March 8, 2020
When You Wish Upon A Spell
I talk and muse about the Wish spell and how I adjudicate it.
10:55
March 7, 2020
Dump the Dump Stat
I talk about how you should make every stat count.
09:32
March 6, 2020
Are They On To Me?
I talk about how it's okay to "fake it 'till ya make it" as a GM.
11:15
March 5, 2020
And That's Time
I talk about when you have to cut a session short.
07:29
March 4, 2020
It's Been A Minute...
I talk about how to restart a group after a lengthy hiatus.
10:25
March 3, 2020
Grog Bytes: Inspect Your Area
In the field again for this short episode, I talk about the space you play in and how to make sure it's a safe place to play.
04:52
March 2, 2020
The Wonderful World of Hit Points
I talk about different ways of tracking damage in RPGs.
09:18
March 1, 2020
Grog Bytes: The Diabetic Gamer
I'm in the field for this one. I talk about having to plan your food for conventions if you have special dietary needs.
07:12
February 29, 2020
Unclog Your Brain
I talk about a GM creativity problem: the opposite of Writer's Block, Writer's Gridlock.
11:07
February 28, 2020
The Golden Pregen
I talk about convention pregens and how to convert popular characters from other media.
10:25
February 27, 2020
Keeping Secrets
I talk about secrets the players AND GM should keep an how they can benefit role-playing.
07:38
February 26, 2020
Call to Action
I talk about an idea I had about the use of action words, and when to use them, in an adventure.
08:51
February 25, 2020
(More) Resourceful 2: Writing the Damn Thing
I talk more about non-fantasy resources and how you'll probably have to create most of your adventures.
10:50
February 24, 2020
The (More) Resourceful GM
I talk about how RPG supplemental material is heavily weighted towards fantasy and how you can deal with that.
08:19
February 23, 2020
Ask and Ye MAY Receive
I talk about how to get into a convention game that's full.
07:53
February 22, 2020
Marvel: One and Done
I talk about how TSR's Marvel FASERIP RPG and other one-table systems should be adapted to other genres.
10:21
February 21, 2020
99.9% Learned
I talk about the frustrating feeling you get when you ALMOST know an RPG ruleset and have to constantly refresh it in your mind.
06:59
February 20, 2020
Worth 1000 Words
I talk about art in RPGs and why you should do it.
07:25
February 19, 2020
Expanding Your Bard
I talk about bards and how to change the idea of what they are.
11:21
February 18, 2020
Bad Session Takeaway
I talk about new GMs, bad game sessions and how they can learn from them.
13:29
February 17, 2020
Ducats in the Downtime
I talk about what PCs do in their spare time during the adventure and how that can help them in the future.
09:10
February 16, 2020
Arcs
I talk about character backgrounds and growth during the course of the campaign.
11:42
February 15, 2020
JG: My Take
*sigh* I take a break from the RPG talk the weigh in on the Judges Guild debacle. Erik Tenkar has the low-down here: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2020/02/announcements-regarding-judges-guild.html
10:23
February 14, 2020
The Right Hook
I talk about plot hooks, how they're good for both player and GM and what form(s) they can take.
09:31
February 13, 2020
Sheets to Cheat
I talk about cheat sheets and how to make 'em.
08:01
February 12, 2020
Pulping It
I talk about Pulp Gaming and how to handle it.
10:22
February 11, 2020
GM Loadout: Minis
I talk about how to prep for miniatures or tokens in your game.
11:11
February 10, 2020
Rumor Has It...
I talk about rumors. rumor tables and how to utilize them.
08:17
February 9, 2020
Adventure By the Pound
I talk about a possible alternate way to deal with equipment and encumbrance.
10:35
February 8, 2020
They Get Better Too
I talk about level advancement for NPCs and monsters.
13:07
February 7, 2020
I Thought YOU Had the Map!
I talk about how to handle PCs getting lost.
10:25
February 6, 2020
Conclusion: It's A Game
I talk one last time about life, RPGs, hobbies and how it's a game, not an obsession.
12:24
February 5, 2020
Gaming vs. Life
I talk about how life events can get in the way of the gaming hobby and how that is as it should be.
10:05
February 4, 2020
Genres: Just Not Feeling It
After a bit of rambling I talk about genres you're either just not into or have a hard time GMing.
09:16
February 3, 2020
GM Loadout 3: Books is Heavy Too
I talk about how to adjust your loadout in regards to rulebooks and other essential books.
09:10
February 2, 2020
No Plot Armor or You Are Not Bulletproof
I talk about the fact that PCs who go wild in a campaign will be dealt with in kind - by the campaign world.
10:11
February 1, 2020
Grog Bytes: A Couple of Ideas
I go over a couple of field recordings I made the previous night and the ideas therein.
07:29
January 31, 2020
Binding the Games
I play the first recording of a new series and talk about game books, size and how they're put together.
07:29
January 30, 2020
Capping the Carnage
I talk about damage caps and their use.
09:16
January 29, 2020
Timing the Tale
I talk about pace and how GMs can keep the players on their toes decision-wise.
10:47
January 28, 2020
Dice: Balancing Act
I answer a VOICE mail from J.A. Large about the PC vs. PC combat from a previous show and then I talk about dice, superstitions and how the main dice manufacturers.
16:02
January 27, 2020
GM Loadout 2: Dice Is Heavy
I talk more about what you should carry in your GM kit namely how much dice you bring along.
09:57
January 26, 2020
There's Gonna Be A Fight
I talk about PC vs. PC combat. Not a fan.
10:38
January 25, 2020
GM Loadout
I talk about how you should periodically revise, reorganize and de-clutter your GM kit, whatever form that takes.
16:58
January 24, 2020
Effective Silence
I talk about how GMs should periodically set things up and then be quiet and observe.
09:03
January 23, 2020
All You Need Is Dice
I talk about a voicemail I got from Dan Greig asking what my dream table of players would be. I think I have an answer...
08:08
January 22, 2020
Bagging the Mail
I answer an email and a voicemail.
10:36
January 21, 2020
Retro-Plot
I talk about a cool RPG mechanic for players and GMs I discovered in an RPG I'm reviewing.
07:39
January 20, 2020
You're Running A Game RIGHT NOW!
I talk about having to run a game at the spur of the moment and how starting with an encounter can help you do that.
13:00
January 19, 2020
Not Just Badassery
I talk about playing a tough loner and how even they should develop as a character.
11:19
January 18, 2020
Reading - How Much?
I talk about how reading is important in RPGs and how social media has greatly affected our comprehension.
10:39
January 17, 2020
Got Magic?
I talk about the pervasiveness of magic in RPGs and wonder whether or not it's necessary in most genres.
07:42
January 16, 2020
Up On YouTube
I talk about how I do my YouTube reviews.
09:11
January 15, 2020
Savagely Universal
I talk about universal RPGs in general and Savage Worlds in particular.
11:25
January 14, 2020
The Out vs. No Way Out
I talk about giving players an out in encounters and how to handle PC captures.
10:36
January 13, 2020
Go Deep
I talk about finding the core mechanic of any RPG to find out if I like it or not.
09:28
January 12, 2020
The Incredible Shrinking Stat
I talk about how prime stats have been increasingly marginalized in current class-and-level RPGs.
11:16
January 11, 2020
Dissecting the One-Shot
I talk about one-shots and how you can make them feel more like a campaign.
10:26
January 10, 2020
On Non C&L RPGs
I talk about non-class-and-level RPGs and the things that stand out to me.
12:41
January 9, 2020
The Seven
I talk about Major Villains in RPGs and how to set up weaknesses in them using the Seven Deadly Sins.
11:05
January 8, 2020
Potion Power
I talk about potion miscibility and the fun that can be had in-game.
08:31
January 7, 2020
Pass It On
I talk about the use of notes during the game.
09:42
January 7, 2020
Bump It
I talk about New Year's resolutions then stat bumps for PCs in OSR games.
10:17
January 5, 2020
Luck of The Save
I talk about how luck and saves work in RPGs.
06:01
January 4, 2020
Checkhov's RPG
I talk about story points to use in your adventures.
09:07
January 3, 2020
Man of The Erf 3: Stones and Coins
I talk about some common interesting magical items in my campaign world.
11:49
January 2, 2020
Man of The Erf 2: Fantastic Boogaloo
I talk a bit more about my fantasy RPG campaign world.
15:07
January 1, 2020
Man of The Erf
I respond to John Alan Large's (The Red Dice Diaries) request to talk about my campaign world. More to follow.
17:28
December 31, 2019
SPLITTER!
I talk about how a GM would handle a PC cleric in your campaign who wants to worship a deity of his own creation or create a division of his current faith.
12:10
December 30, 2019
Not A One-Man Show
I talk about how new players should understand that the spotlight is not on them alone.
08:50
December 29, 2019
RPG Mementos
I talk about how everyone leaves clues of where they've been and how the PCs should pick up on that.
09:34
December 28, 2019
Faux Leather and Stuff
I talk about covering your books with faux leather and I have a request.
08:56
December 27, 2019
Magical Spontaneity
I talk about clerical spontaneous casting in Vancian magic systems.
12:10
December 26, 2019
Silent(s) Night
I talk about how watching silent movies can help enhance your RPG sessions.
12:06
December 25, 2019
The Little Bits
I talk about a few things GMs can do to help with immersion and running the game.
09:17
December 24, 2019
Thinking Around The Edges
I talk about taking disparate ideas and modifying them to come up with an adventure (using Rory's Story Cubes).
12:43
December 23, 2019
Kicking and Screaming
I talk about PCs who have to be coaxed into joining the adventure and how I (not) deal with it.
11:35
December 22, 2019
Spooks Run Wild
I talk about the use of abandoned and ghost towns in RPGs.
09:37
December 21, 2019
Of Books and Bibles
I talk about turning your GM campaign book into the "bible" or world book for your campaign.
11:52
December 20, 2019
Challenge Yourself
I talk about challenging yourself as player and/or GM.
14:59
December 19, 2019
Playing The Stat: Physical
I talk about how to do stat rolls for the physical stats (Strength, Dexterity, Constitution).
06:07
December 18, 2019
Playing The Stat: Mental
I talk about how to use stat rolls for playing PCs who are better mentally than you.
12:54
December 17, 2019
Motivate!
I talk about motivations in RPG characters.
10:23
December 16, 2019
Saving Your PC's Tookus
I talk about saving throws, their primary purpose and how that can change depending on the RPG.
12:45
December 15, 2019
Hit Point Pondering or How Dead is Dead?
I talk about what hit points represent and how far past zero is dead.
10:45
December 14, 2019
Dissecting The Class in Armor
I talk about what makes up Armor Class and how it applies to different RPGs.
14:12
December 13, 2019
Compiling The Fun
I talk about combining your prep notes for ease of use.
13:36
December 12, 2019
Magic Begone!
I talk about playing RPGs without (or a substitute for) magic.
11:56
December 11, 2019
Sometimes Ya Gotta Work It
I talk about some games that don't read well at first but play great.
10:15
December 10, 2019
Money For Nothing
I answer an email about currency in RPGs.
09:51
December 9, 2019
Using The Gear
I talk about how to care and use PC equipment.
11:57
December 8, 2019
Stat Rolls: How I Do It
I talk about (IMO) how you should integrate the stat roll into the role-playing.
10:09
December 7, 2019
It's Not Easy Being 'Zines
I talk about 'zines in general and Torchlight in particular.
10:25
December 6, 2019
The Quick and The Dead
I answer a voicemail about thief's skills and an email about handling encounter lethiality.
13:29
December 5, 2019
Stalling
I talk about an important part of thinking on your feet as a GM, the grand tradition of stalling for time.
12:02
December 4, 2019
Chucking The Grid
I talk about using gridless maps in session.
11:31
December 3, 2019
Everything's A Mystery or Diminishing Returns
I talk about spreading clues, information and how to shrink the pool of NPCs to move the game along.
12:33
December 2, 2019
Waxing Nostalgic
I talk about my 1E AD&D books, how I care for them, reflecting on the history of RPGs and pontificating on all other things gaming.
09:38
December 1, 2019
Stats?
I talk about basic stats in RPGs, different kinds and how many (if any) are needed.
11:00
November 30, 2019
Paint It Black
I talk about describing things in a game that are dark.
11:45
November 29, 2019
On The Hunt
I talk about how a hunting scenario can develop into an adventure.
10:32
November 28, 2019
Write It Down? Seriously?
I talk about my aversion of note-taking during the session and electronic alternatives.
10:02
November 27, 2019
Clean or Dirty?
I talk about how fighters and others approach a fight.
09:00
November 26, 2019
Blunt Talk or A Clerical Error
I talk about options and alternatives for clerical weapon selection.
09:34
November 25, 2019
Numbers Is Everywhere
I talk about other rulesets besides D&D's, showing math is in all of them.
11:18
November 24, 2019
Save Vs. Reference
I talk about Using Reference Sheets to help with character creation at the table.
09:46
November 23, 2019
Look Around
I talk about making up an adventure out of things around you.
10:14
November 22, 2019
Scene-Think
I talk about planning your adventures as scenes on a framework and how to avoid the possible pitfall of that technique.
12:10
November 21, 2019
Adventure Glue
I talk about clues and info, the two things that hold RPG sessions together.
12:08
November 20, 2019
Boundaries And Where To Set Them
I talk about how the social contract at the game table has changed over the years and what behavior is not good for the game.
22:06
November 19, 2019
Messages, Morals and RPGs
I talk about messages and other topics like that in RPGs and how I avoid them.
10:15
November 18, 2019
Making Your Mark
I talk about book covers, coloring, Adding name and contact info and generally personalizing your RPG books.
13:30
November 17, 2019
They're Learning...
I talk about how prominent adversaries can and should develop over time.
09:53
November 16, 2019
Zine Hooks
I talk about an upcoming Swords & Wizardry zine and more on how to use and craft hooks.
08:43
November 15, 2019
Changing It Up
I answer voicemails and talk about converting NPCs to a different ruleset.
20:52
November 14, 2019
Maintenance
I talk about maintenance of your books outside the game and your character's equipment inside the game.
10:57
November 13, 2019
What About Titles?
I answer an email from Dan Greig and then give my opinion on level titles in 1E AD&D.
13:18
November 12, 2019
Holiday Load
I talk about how the end-of-year Holiday Season affects your normal gaming schedule and how to get through it.
09:59
November 11, 2019
I Didn't See THAT Coming!
I talk about how to deal with foreshadowing in your games.
10:50
November 10, 2019
More Gun Talk
I talk more about firearm use in RPGs.
11:12
November 9, 2019
Talking Gangbusters With Mark Hunt
I sit down and talk with Mark Hunt, designer of the new Gangbusters B/X Edition.
33:36
November 8, 2019
Just Enough Smarts
I talk about how adversaries should be played per their intelligence and how they should react to characters foiling their plans.
11:41
November 7, 2019
Undead Ideas
I talk about some ideas for using undead as adventure hooks and other ideas like that.
10:47
November 6, 2019
Neutral (or Not)
I talk about the Neutral alignment and the purpose of alignments in general.
11:00
November 5, 2019
Game Fertilizer
I talk about mining entertainment, good or bad,  for adventure ideas.
11:11
November 4, 2019
Play It Anyway
I talk about playing Games outside your interests and how it can possibly give you inspiration.
10:13
November 3, 2019
The Table You Use
I talk about where you play and what kind of table setup you use.
08:58
November 2, 2019
From Notes To Table
I talk about translating your prep notes into an adventure at the table.
12:17
November 1, 2019
More Map Malarky
Since I just got my Immersive Battle Maps books I talk about different map types I've used.
07:54
October 31, 2019
Punch-Out!
I talk about unarmed combat and a possible way to do it.
10:48
October 30, 2019
Custom Magic
I talk about house rules and customizing spells for your campaign.
10:49
October 29, 2019
Essential Reading: The 1E DMG
I talk about artifacts and how the 1E DMG is a great resource for every GM AND player.
10:24
October 28, 2019
Gettin' A Charge Out Of It
I talk about magic items and charging them.
13:14
October 27, 2019
Just A Note...
I talk about taking notes during a game session.
10:53
October 26, 2019
Portals and You
I talk about the use of portals in RPGs.
11:51
October 25, 2019
Out of The Box, Into The Game
I talk about creative thinking leading to possible house rules.
14:44
October 24, 2019
Mix and Match
I talk about mining monster books and other resources to come up with different, and tougher monsters.
07:30
October 23, 2019
Break's Tonight - Pass It On
I talk about using a prison break to kick off and maintain a campaign.
08:11
October 22, 2019
Halloween Light
I talk about how to run a spooky, lighter-themed Halloween game.
09:33
October 21, 2019
It's All About Timing
I talk about the GM's timing and flow.
12:05
October 20, 2019
Don't Talk, Narrate
I talk about how GMs can use description and action words in their gameplay.
12:10
October 19, 2019
Fighting For Immersion
I talk about the struggles to minimize outside distractions at bay and keep players (and sometimes the GM) focused and immersed in the game.
11:23
October 18, 2019
B/X As Toolbox
I talk about the flexibility of earlier editions of D&D, B/X in particular.
08:41
October 17, 2019
Quick-Drop Encounters
I talk about having a standard encounter or two ready to go for playtesting and impromptu games.
07:05
October 16, 2019
The Damage We Do
I talk about hit points and other ways to track damage in RPGs.
11:33
October 15, 2019
Gear To Save Your Rear
I talk about expanded equipment lists and other items.
11:37
October 14, 2019
RPGs and Downtime
I talk about how gamers spend their downtime - breaks from the game.
09:42
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRVJNkOObIU
11:12
October 12, 2019
Rolling By Degrees
I talk about single die-type RPGs and variations on success and failure.
10:09
October 11, 2019
Spells For The People
I talk about spell storing and how to commercialize magic in your campaign world.
12:33
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.
12:27
October 9, 2019
What's Your Hustle?
I talk about thief specialization to better define the PC.
06:42
October 8, 2019
Death is The Easy Part
I talk about adventure ideas revolving around the death of a character or NPC.
08:38
October 7, 2019
Bands of Scoundrels
I talk about thieve's guilds and different ways to run them in a campaign.
08:56
October 6, 2019
She Blinded Me With...
I talk about how characters can treat magic like science.
11:06
October 5, 2019
At Your Service
I talk about service and support businesses for adventurers that would pop up.
11:26
October 4, 2019
The Drop and How To Use It
I talk about dice drop tables.
07:01
October 3, 2019
House Effect
I talk about house rules and how they affect the evolution of your game.
12:44
October 2, 2019
How To Play Your Dragon
I talk about how to play dragons.
07:38
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.
10:52
September 30, 2019
Mr. Monk and The Rules
I talk about and compare version of one of my favorite classes, The Monk.
14:06
September 29, 2019
Didn't See THAT Coming
I talk about horror elements and how to do "jump scares" in your game.
10:51
September 28, 2019
Plot Trimming
I talk about how to streamline your adventures to fit into a shorter session time.
11:34
September 27, 2019
Don't Block The Stream
I talk about stream-of-consciousness thinking and how you shouldn't impede yourself with restrictions.
09:18
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.
09:23
September 25, 2019
How Light Do You Want It?
I talk about rules-light RPGs and what is a good balance of rules.
09:38
September 24, 2019
Re:Action
I talk about interacting with the players and reacting to what they're doing.
08:20
September 23, 2019
We Got A New One Here!
I talk about how to deal with new (to the hobby) players.
12:31
September 22, 2019
Pics And Sparks
I talk about looking for pictures to help me create adventures.
05:42
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.
08:13
September 20, 2019
Clues And Such
I do some musing on how to do mysteries in RPGs.
11:46
September 19, 2019
Getting There is Half The Fun
I talk about completing the adventure and running a gauntlet to get back.
08:48
September 18, 2019
How Lester Did It
I talk about creating an adventure using the Lester Dent method.
13:25
September 17, 2019
More Useful Than The Living
I talk about how to use the deceased in your adventures.
10:55
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.
12:08
September 15, 2019
The Art of Race
I talk about allowing races outside the standard races in your game.
10:05
September 14, 2019
It's Your Voice - Use It
I talk about how to voice NPCs using your normal voice.
07:20
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.
11:11
September 12, 2019
Oh, Where To Start?
I talk about literary points-of-view and how to start adventures in the middle.
07:16
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.
09:45
September 10, 2019
Encyclopedia McGuffin
I talk about using things like the Encyclopedia Magica and other sources for magic item adventure McGuffins.
15:36
September 9, 2019
Tokens of The Mind
I talk about "theater of the mind" play vs. actually mapping out encounters.
10:19
September 8, 2019
The Displaced
I talk about displaced critters and how you can work them into an adventure.
06:51
September 7, 2019
We Recycle
I talk about having a list of basic plots to recycle, mix n' match and create something new.
09:03
September 6, 2019
A Little Something On The Side
I talk about making your own side adventures.
08:42
September 5, 2019
The Railroad and The Bump
I talk about resisting the urge to railroad and a new technique for the GM.
11:03
September 4, 2019
What Condition My Condition Is In
I talk about the condition of OOP and collectible RPG books.
17:11
September 3, 2019
Mental Rewiring
I talk about how you sometimes have to "unlearn" things to understand an RPG rules system.
10:17
August 23, 2019
What's Entertainment?
I talk about how gamers should remember to share the fun.
10:25
August 22, 2019
Every Single Inch
I talk about players who must examine EVERYTHING and how to put them on a time limit.
10:26
August 21, 2019
You're Among Friends
I talk about a recent game I GMed and how to put a new player at-ease.
16:41
August 20, 2019