June 24th was the 10-year anniversary from when creator Greg Gillespie started his Barrowmaze game. I give my top 5 features for Barrowmaze Complete and recount the after action reports from my Barrowmaze game in 2017-18.
A few calls from Roy of Chaoses Limb starts a chat on the mindset of players vs. referees as well as “letting the team down” in game. Playing low stats and having different agendas. Just let LeRoy Jenkins die...🤣
A response show of sorts to episodes by Colin Green of Spikepit, where he ponders whether or not a d20 is “swingy” and if that idea has been taken as collective wisdom. Plus calls from Ray Otus of Plundergrounds and Karl Rodriguez of GMologist.
A few calls from Daniel of The Bandit’s Keep podcast & YouTube plus some quick thoughts on issues I hear some discuss about Thieves in Classic D&D. Too pathetic? System too wonky? Retries? Thieves’ Tools?
Back from vacation with a bunch of calls from Jason, BJ, Daniel, John Large, Lieren, and Logan with a wide range of topics. Some might prompt something akin to insight from me; some of my rambling might be drivel. You decide😂
Calls from Logan of Sword Breaker, Randy of Biggus Geekus, Randy of the Dice are Screaming, my friend Brian and some old favorites: Jason, Joe, Daniel, and B.J. plus...a preview of the next one - a call from Colin of Spikepit that requires me, the old wind bag, a separate episode to reply to.
I delve into the nitty gritty to model a hypothetical fight as specified by Joe of the Hindsightless podcast between a 1st level 5e Fighter vs a 1st level B/X Fighter with 3 Men at Arms. Let’s get ready to rumble!
Calls from Jason, Daniel, Taylor, B.J., and Goblin’s Henchman about unarmed combat; multiple PCs and henchmen; the changes in D&D over time; B/X 1st level Fighter + Men-at-arms vs. a lone 5e 1st level Fighter; more input on “the Rant”.
Calls in response to my name names rant from: Jason (Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast), Spencer (Keep Off the Borderlands), Daniel (Bandit’s Keep), B.J. (Arcane Alienist), Evil Jeff (Minions & Musings), Menion (Confessions of a Wee Timrous Bushi).
No sugar coating it: this is rant. I rail against cryptic allusions, hearsay, and innuendo directed at the “Old School community “. I also name loads of cool people doing cool things. You know, what probably should get the attention.
Yes, a contest for a copy of the Midderzine! Bonanza features calls from Jason, Daniel, Joe, Goblin’s Henchman, and Taylor about dragons, spell slots, unarmed combat, multiple PCs, Henchmen, and the bastard, Covid.
I’m joined by Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast as we start our journey taking a long look at the Universal Monster Movies. In part 1, we discuss the original Dracula, the Spanish language release, Dracula’s Daughter, & Son of Dracula. Recorded in November, 2020.
I unbox and give mini reviews of various products from Glynn Seal of Monkeyblood Design: the Midderzines, Chewer if Fingers, and the Bats of Saint Abbans. Cut to the chase - they’re all OUTSTANDING! Highly recommended!
A couple calls from Daniel of Bandit’s Keep prompts a look at unarmed combat in classic versions of D&D (AD&D, B/X, & S&W) plus a tangent on the merits of spontaneous casting vs. Vancian fire and forget magic.
Do you allow, encourage, or discourage players to run multiple PC’s in the same campaign? What I’ve proposed (failing so far) as a “solution “ in my small group. Plus calls from Joe from Hindsightless and Goblin’s Henchmen.
Great calls and Anchor conversation with Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Daniel of Bandit’s Keep, Taylor of Clerics Wear Ringmail, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds, and Menion of Confessions of a Wee Timrous Bushi.
On his last episode of OSR Blether, creator Greg Gillespie revealed that this upcoming June 24th will mark the 10th anniversary of the first Barrowmaze game session. Let’s have a Barrowmaze Appreciation Day then to celebrate!
A close look at how dragons are treated in B/X D&D. Plus dragon calls from Taylor of the Clerics Wear Ringmail blog, Daniel of Bandit’s Keep podcast & YouTube channel, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, and Ray of Plundergrounds.
More conversation on a variety of topics from recent shows: Shields, gate keeping, art, new school:old school, playable species in D&D, cultures in D&D, divination magic, and dragons and why we don’t use them more often.
A big call-in show about dragons in lit & film - focused on the 1981 film, Dragonslayer. Great calls from Colin Green of Spikepit, Joe of Hindsightless, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds, and Daniel from Bandit’s Keep. Thanks!
My first attempt was garbled - here’s an attempt to redo an episode I recorded on my snowy commute to work: sneak look at digital rewards on the new S&W box; the de emphasis of archetypes in D&D; and the folly of “gatekeeping”.
The conversation about splintering shields continues with contributions from Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, and Daniel of the Bandit’s Keep podcast and YouTube channel.
Ring-a-ding-ding: 18 calls from six different listeners on a variety of topics. Bog mummies, cereal, dragons, movies, and a heap of thoughts on Shields Shall be Splintered! Thanks to Joe, Jason, Spencer, Daniel, Taylor, and Evil Jeff!
A look at the common OSR house rule inspired by Trollsmyth’s blog post of the same name. What are your thoughts and experiences with this rule? Should henchmen be able to, or is it “sorry Nodwick, PCs only”?
It’s a fantasy adventure game so you have to have house rules, right? Well, I do. I go over the house rules and clarifications for Swords & Wizardry in the Saturday Morning Cartoons game, plus a call from Daniel of Bandit’s Keep.
Evil Jeff from Minions & Musings joins me for the final installment of the B/X Deep Dive. We take a look at the DM info from the Expert booklet: building a wilderness area, wilderness exploration and encounters, DM advice, and more!
Time to clear the backlog of messages. Topics include: showing compassion, the origins of the Thief class, addressing the whiff factor in BRP, and Swords & Wizardry among others. Thanks for the calls 👍
I’m committing to Swords & Wizardry by Matt Finch as my fantasy adventure game of choice in 2021 for the new Saturday Morning Cartoons time slot. I try to explain why I chose S&W over the plethora of other old school options.
Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast left a few messages regarding the latest B/X Deep Dive. An Anchor “conversation “ ensues, covering roll vs. attribute origins, skill-based vs. class & level systems, B/X Companion, and more!
Joe from the Hindsightless podcast calls in with good thoughts on the example exploration in Moldvay Basic. What color is it? Some thoughts on descriptions in play and the interchange between players & GM.
Year 3 gets off to a bang as Evil Jeff from Minions & Musings joins me once again to look at the DM Info in Moldvay Basic rules. Building a dungeon; wandering monsters; DMing as a fine art; recommended reading and more!
Yep, two years of Down in a Heap. I discuss goals and plans for the third year, but please make suggestions for topics and improvements. Plus a couple calls from Joe and Jason. Thanks for the support, contributions, & feedback!
A few calls from Ray Otus of Plundergrounds activates my sluggish brain cells. Where does your emphasis lie on a Player : Character continuum? Calls from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Joe of Hindsightless as well. Enjoy!
I’ve often considered myself to be a crap player, especially by the standards some assign to good play. Why is that? A little self examination and a call from Joe of the Hindsightless podcast. Happy Turkey Day -watch some MST3K! 😀
Some therapeutic raking and recounting as I attempt to salute one of the good ones: my oldest friend Bill’s Dad, Irv, who passed away early this morning. Plus a feeble attempt at game talk. 2020 really does suck...
Evil Jeff from the excellent Minions & Musings podcast joins me for the latest B/X D&D deep dive on monsters. We discuss layout, stat blocks (lines), what’s different from AD&D, art, and some that are unique to B/X. Settle in...
It’s the 1 year anniversary if Down in a Heap. I’ve spliced together some of my favorite segments from year 1. Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to listen and call in since I started this project!