Down in a Heap

Down in a Heap

By Rob c
A big pot of old school RPG stew.
Cover art photo provided by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash: unsplash.com/@cadop
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A Podcast about Podcasts
What factors determine what you listen to? When and where do you listen? more podcast collaborations please!
32:46
August 17, 2019
The Discussion Continues about new game editions...
Calls from Colin, Spencer, and Froth expand the discussion.
27:06
August 5, 2019
New Game Editions - do you get excited or dread them?
Some thoughts on new game editions prompted by Electric Bastionland, Thought Ester, and Random Screed.
21:13
August 3, 2019
Return to The Odd
Talk about a return to Into the Odd by Chris McDowall and some of my house rules for it.
34:16
July 25, 2019
Stick a fork in it!
A commute-cast pondering about campaign endings, and potential causes. Chime in with your views.
19:27
July 12, 2019
World Building 101
An email asking me to give tips for world building from Agorok Doomington provides the topic for the day.
51:48
July 7, 2019
Rip-off Wednesday: My Top 7 Songs for Gaming
The top 7 songs that put me in the mood for fantasy adventure games. Be sure to listen to this one with Anchor app to hear song snippets :)
23:29
July 3, 2019
Movie Chat & Neglected Drummers
Call-ins from my top movies plus a look at the drummers discussed by Froth & Co on Thought Eater. One notable omission really sticks in my craw :)
16:16
July 1, 2019
Rip-off Wednesday. ;)
Topic stealing time: my top movies.
21:26
June 19, 2019
Calls, ANA, job crap, and adventure recap.
Calls from Froth & Whisk, a question, and adventure recap: another 1st level MU goes Down in a Heap.
22:14
June 3, 2019
Take a little trip; take a little trip with me.
A look at The Fantasy Trip from Steve Jackson Games, plus calls and replies about the worst podcast ever.
37:45
June 1, 2019
Lead Balloon
A couple lead balloons.
18:37
May 31, 2019
Xpts & Advancement: Incentive & Rewards
Answer some calls with a ramble about cultures plus experience points and PC advancement.
31:06
May 27, 2019
Endangered PC Species: Humans
Why are humans so unappealing in fantasy adventure games, and how can you change that?
37:05
May 22, 2019
Movement, Encumbrance, and other physical realities in games.
Why does everyone move at the same rate in most games? Plus a Jackson from Tim Shorts.
27:39
May 8, 2019
Turning the Preference Dials: Role Playing
A call from Rich sends me on a tangent talking about role playing and adventure - two aspects of the game.
20:30
May 7, 2019
Game Design Feedback 1: I get lots of calls...even some “Jacksons”!
Feedback from Tim, Ray, Froth, and Cody. Thanks!
22:23
May 3, 2019
2d12 Game Design Pt 3: Class vs. Skills
Third installment of the 2d12 game design series. Class based PCs or skill based?
17:22
May 1, 2019
Game Design series 2: Attributes
Part 2 in the game design series. I do a recap and go into which attributes PCs will have.
18:29
May 1, 2019
The Logan Howard Challenge! Top 3 monsters!
Calls from Froth, Ray, Tim, and Rich and I list my top 3 monsters.
18:00
April 28, 2019
5e D&D Analysis - Part 3: “The Ugly”
I finish the 3-part 5e Analysis with the Ugly - aspects that are a mixed bag.
35:53
April 23, 2019
5e D&D Part 2: The Bad
The 2nd episode in my 3-part examination of 5e. This time Lee Van Cleeve takes the stage - The Bad.
26:00
April 20, 2019
First in a series about the pros & cons of 5e D&D. I start with the “Good”.
My opinions about 5e will be covering the good, the bad, and the ugly.
20:47
April 19, 2019
The Ray Otus Challenge!
Ray on Plundergrounds suggested a podcast topic for all the OSR Anchorites to tackle. Here’s mine.
36:23
April 12, 2019
Game Design: the first steps.
My initial foray into designing a new game. Many considerations and decisions to make...let’s have a conversation.
34:45
April 10, 2019
Island of Misfit Games 2: Searching for Atlantis
A look at another largely forgotten game system from the hazy crazy 80’s.
30:54
April 9, 2019
It’s broken!
A lunchtime cast with calls and pondering balance vs. broken game elements.
17:04
April 5, 2019
Calls x4 plus new game series?
Call ins and pondering about starting a series of episodes that walk through the process of creating a new game.
21:54
April 3, 2019
Punk Rock Podcasting and Comfort Zones.
My podcasting philosophy and noodling about comfort zones in gaming.
23:52
March 27, 2019
What’s a DM to do?
What should a DM be doing in adventure games?
17:56
March 20, 2019
Decoding the song.
I try to explain what old school gaming means to me.
17:01
March 20, 2019
Gaming Grab Bag
A grab bag of game topics: board games as RPG settings, B2 Redux, a list of podcasts I listen to.
29:38
March 13, 2019
No limitations!
A quick mention of one house rule for magic-users that I forgot this morning.
04:06
February 28, 2019
Poor Old Magic-user.
A look at 1st level Magic-users and my house rules for them.
34:33
February 28, 2019
Tinkering 2, Electric Bugaloo
Calls, and more thoughts on tinkering and house rules; including more for B/X.
41:39
February 20, 2019
Poor old d12. Why is the d12 so neglected in DnD?
I ponder about why this one die is overlooked and what it actually is used for and could be used for.
15:46
February 15, 2019
Tinker, Tailor, Molder, Why?
Tinkering with games, and my own B/X house rules for Fighters.
28:20
February 8, 2019
Background or Baggage?
How much backstory and background is too much for a PC? When does it become baggage for a game?
27:29
February 7, 2019
Healing
Healing in old school games - the fine line between loss and recovery.
33:19
February 3, 2019
Clarifying the rant?
I (hopefully) provide more clarity to my recent rant on DM Expectations. Maybe not...
16:46
January 31, 2019
Survey says!
A look at the OSR survey results posted on Necropraxis.com.
27:06
January 31, 2019
DM Expectations - when is enough?
An impromptu rant - maybe the real balance we should strive for is game responsibilities between players and GM.
21:08
January 30, 2019
Call ins and Wrestling my Inner Grognard
I answer a few calls and ramble about self reflection.
13:24
January 25, 2019
We go Into the Odd
A smaller gathering prompts a go at a rules lite game, Into the Odd. A walkthrough and thoughts on it.
37:47
January 23, 2019
Morale - another easy (and perhaps essential) way to have that old school feel.
Morale mechanics in B/X. How they work, how to use them, and why they’re important for capturing the old school vibe.
24:40
January 18, 2019
Reaction rolls in RPGs
Reaction rolls: an important aspect to getting an old school feel. How I use them and mechanical tweaks.
14:57
January 14, 2019
Luck mechanics revisited.
Colin Green from Spikepit has a great idea and a silent commute helps to get my imagination going...and jogs my memory.
14:01
January 12, 2019
Luck, Bennies, Fate plus a call from Colin Green of Spikepit game!
Some quick thoughts about Luck mechanics in RPGs and what I’m currently using for Whispered Tales of Gore.
12:07
January 11, 2019
The Isle of Misfit Games: Thieves’ Guild
I take a look at one of my old games from the 80’s that doesn’t get much discussion: Thieves’ Guild from GameLords, Ltd.
31:42
January 6, 2019
Who are you? Character generation.
What’s this? Singing?!? A call in? Character generation: rolling vs. building.
31:41
January 5, 2019
The 3 “E’s” of being a great player.
My 1st call in! Plus, I describe the three “E’s” players can focus on to make the game more enjoyable for everyone at the table.
16:38
December 17, 2018
0-Level Hit Points
One simple house rule for old school RPGs.
04:19
December 14, 2018
Rob’ Rules of Gaming
I outline 12 “rules” to follow for happier game play.
28:03
December 14, 2018
Tastes and Time
Rambling about how tastes in gaming are formed, and what will the future be like?
21:27
December 13, 2018
The Name Game or...Game Name
My intro to the Down in a Heap podcast. Topic - names in RPGS.
20:18
December 10, 2018
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