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Down in a Heap

By Rob c
A big pot of old school RPG stew.
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Swing & a Miss; Swing & a Hit: What do I Mean by “Swingy”?
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.
27:33
June 13, 2021
Take Two - More Thoughts on the Swords & Wizardry Box Set
Calls from Jason and Daniel about the S&W box set review; how it compares with OSE and my additional thoughts on what worked and missed opportunities.
29:46
June 12, 2021
A Quick Chat About Thieves
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?
24:15
June 11, 2021
Henchmen, Hirelings, and Sidekicks in your Classic D&D Games
Send in the clowns, the Redshirts, the cannon fodder...or maybe the peeps that will save your bacon. Calls from John of Red Dice Diaries help me examine this fun aspect of classic D&D.
46:51
June 10, 2021
Swords & Wizardry Box Set Review
I review the new Swords & Wizardry box set edition from Frog God Games, and also give a brief comp to the popular Old School Essentials box set by Necrotic Gnome.
45:30
June 2, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 20
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😂
01:08:23
May 18, 2021
Roll for Random Thoughts Thursday
My brain is already half on vacation. A ramble about that and what I’m noodling about for game campaign material and themes.
16:57
May 6, 2021
Building Bridges with Spikepit
A call from Colin Green of Spikepit about the intent of his statement that “it’s all just D&D” prompts me to attempt a rambling (and hopefully coherent) continuation of the conversation. Thanks Colin!
35:04
May 4, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 19
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.
41:53
May 1, 2021
For the Record...
What is this podcast about and where am I coming from? A peek back into the dusty archives - has anything changed? It’s still rubbish...😉
25:40
April 27, 2021
The Winner of the Lugosi/Midderzine Contest is....?!?
Listener calls doing their Bela Lugosi impersonation in a contest to win their choice of one of the five great Midderzines by Glynn Seal of Monkeyblood Design. Thanks everyone!
13:38
April 22, 2021
D&D Fight Club: 1st Level 5e Fighter vs. 1st Level B/X Fighter with retainers
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!
39:25
April 20, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 18: D&D Fight Club
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”.
01:06:40
April 19, 2021
Responding to the Rant: Calls & Conversation
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).
01:01:42
April 12, 2021
Name names & Show Specific Examples, please
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.
27:10
April 8, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 17: Plus a Contest Announcement!
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.
57:05
April 7, 2021
Rob & Jason vs. The Universal Monsters: Part 1 - Dracula 🧛‍♂️
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.
01:44:51
April 3, 2021
Unboxing: Midderlands Goodies from Monkeyblood Design
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!
39:23
April 1, 2021
Double Vision? Calls about running multiple PCs in the same game.
Call-in show about the issues and merits of running multiple PCs in the same game. Contributions from Freethrall, Jason, Daniel, B.J., and Colin. Thanks!
32:58
March 31, 2021
Unarmed Combat in Classic D&D (plus the merits of spontaneous casting).
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.
32:59
March 27, 2021
Let’s Roll up a Dragon (or two)!
I follow my house rules and go through the process step by step to create a couple unique dragons. Plus calls from Jason, Evil Jeff, and Daniel. Enjoy!
23:41
March 26, 2021
Multiple PC’s? The solution, or a problem?
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.
26:42
March 25, 2021
Dragon Deep Dive: Swords & Wizardry and my House Rules for Dragons
Calls from Chad & Evil Jeff (Minions & Musings podcast); talk about dragons in BECMI, 2e, Holmes Basic, plus Swords & Wizardry and a rough outline of my house rules for dragons in S&W. Enjoy!
51:35
March 19, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 16: “Spellburn”, Subdual, and Auguries
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.
37:09
March 16, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 15
Topics include testing the limits of arcane casting, channeling, Subdual in classic versions of D&D, Dragons, and Greg Gillespie’s new Kickstarter: Dwarrowdeep. Thanks for the calls!
31:48
March 12, 2021
A Couple More S&W House Rules + Call-in Bonanza 14
I outline a few more house rules for my Swords & Wizardry game and calls about new school: old school, Divination magic, Kender, and dragons.
34:06
March 4, 2021
Barrowmaze Appreciation Day?
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!
17:04
March 4, 2021
Dragon Deep Dive: AD&D
A close look at the treatment of dragons in the 1E AD&D Monster Manual. Plus, how that changed into a sort of version 1.5 in the first Forgotten Realms boxed set by Ed Greenwood and Jeff Grubb.
53:23
February 28, 2021
My Little Problem: Zinequest 3
Per Ray & Jason’s advice, I started drinking and went on a Zine Bender. Don’t you want to be my little problem? I❤️The Mats.
08:10
February 24, 2021
Dragon Deep Dive: B/X
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.
40:07
February 21, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 13
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.
46:59
February 18, 2021
Let’s Talk More Dragons!
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!
51:08
February 12, 2021
Take Two - a Ridealong Ramble
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”.
39:39
February 11, 2021
Let’s talk more SHIELDS!
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.
18:42
February 7, 2021
Do Dragons Have Opposable Thumbs?
More Dragon talk; calls from Joe of Hindsightless; TSR novels, epic play, and a call from a new podcaster, B.J. of the Arcane Alienist.
32:03
February 4, 2021
Mixed Tape 3 -Duck & Cover!
I spin some covers I like...and that you might not have heard before. Enjoy!
25:15
January 28, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 12
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!
52:31
January 28, 2021
Shields Shall Be Splintered!
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”?
11:40
January 24, 2021
Swords & Wizardry House Rules
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.
40:41
January 22, 2021
Roll For Random Thoughts...Thursday?
The return of random thoughts: calls from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast; Controversy Corner - Dragons; Old Man Confessional; The next tier - My Top Movies 21-40.
20:57
January 21, 2021
B/X Deep Dive 11: DM Information Pt. 2 by Minions in a Heap
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!
01:20:02
January 15, 2021
Call-in Bonanza 11
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 👍
47:49
January 14, 2021
Why Swords & Wizardry?
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.
39:33
January 13, 2021
Catching Up With Jason
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!
30:18
January 7, 2021
What Color is it?
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.
14:12
January 1, 2021
Thieves’ Guild After Action Report: Session 3
The first heists! See what Rasmus Rask, Marlowe Phillips, Finrick the Halfling, and Thorvald the dwarf are up to now. Plus a couple calls from Evil Jeff of the Minions & Musings podcast.
30:52
December 23, 2020
B/X Deep Dive 10A: Reading the Sample Dungeon Exploration & Thoughts
I read the sample dungeon exploration from Moldvay Basic D&D and am joined by Evil Jeff of the Minions & Musings podcast for our reflections. There’s something about Black Dougal...
26:35
December 14, 2020
B/X Deep Dive 10: DM Information Pt. 1 by Musings in a Heap
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!
53:36
December 12, 2020
Another Year of Blathering...and what’s in store for a third year?
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!
14:28
December 10, 2020
Nerds in a Variety Heap: Reactions to The Dungeon Dudes
I’m joined by Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast after we’ve watched popular YouTubers “The Dungeon Dudes” episode on Ten Terrible DM Traits. See where we agree & disagree, and why is this popular....?
43:55
December 9, 2020
Thieves’ Guild 2020 After Action Reports
Follow the exploits of the “intrepid?” Thieves: Rasmus Rask, Marlowe Phillips, Finrick the halfling, and Thorvald the dwarf. Campaign background plus session 0, 1, and 2 recaps.
46:35
December 8, 2020
Player : PC - Where’s your emphasis?
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!
24:36
December 7, 2020
What’s Popular?
I do some searching on YouTube to see what are popular topics in the D&D gaming sphere. Plus a call from Safer of the Safer Fantasy Crafting podcast.
23:03
December 4, 2020
Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a crap 💩 player...
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! 😀
26:51
November 26, 2020
Call-in Bonanza 10
Loads of calls from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds, Joe from Hindsightless, Colin from Spikepit, and Daniel from Bandit’s Keep. Thanks!
58:51
November 20, 2020
Roll for Random Thoughts Saturday 9
Random thoughts: a naming “coincidence?”, Challenging Conventional Gaming Wisdom, Buying Lost Hit Point Opportunities
20:35
November 14, 2020
B/X Deep Dive 9: Treasure, by Musings in a Heap
Part 9 of the ongoing deep dive into B/X D&D focuses on treasure: types, approaches, and (trumpet fanfare!) magic items! I’m joined again by Evil Jeff from the Minions & Musings podcast. Enjoy.
01:14:01
November 10, 2020
Calls and an Unenveloping of City of the Sacred Flame
Calls from Joe, Jason, and Evil Jeff plus a opening look at the supplement for Thieves’ Guild: City of the Sacred Flame published by Gamelords in 1983
29:53
November 7, 2020
Raking Ramblings 2
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...
33:45
November 4, 2020
Happy Halloween! Mixed Tape 2
Release the Metal Mummy! A horror themed metal mashup mix tape tribute to Boris Karloff.
33:19
October 30, 2020
Mixed Tape 1
Remember mixed tapes? Here’s the first installment of a few favorites.
10:39
October 28, 2020
Uneveloping plus Call-in Bonanza 9
I have a bundle of calls in the hopper plus an “uneveloping “ from Wayne’s Books: Thieves’ Guild VI
46:38
October 20, 2020
Raking Rambles
Stream of consciousness nuggets are raked up along with the leaves in my backyard. Topics: My definitions of gritty, low fantasy, high fantasy; some Thieves’ Guild thoughts and other nonsense.
45:24
October 16, 2020
Roll for Random Thoughts Saturday 8: The Side Project
I muse about a side project campaign: probably an urban game with thieves as the centerpiece.
21:59
October 10, 2020
B/X Deep Dive 8: Monsters! By Minions in a Heap
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...
01:26:10
October 6, 2020
Buried Treasures?
After gaming for 30 years, you accumulate a lot of gaming stuff. A trip up to my attic reveals buried “treasures”. Do you have any? Plus calls from Jason, Joe, and Roy.
39:19
October 1, 2020
When does the Magic end?
Have you played RPGs where magic effects end when the caster is knocked out or dies? What are the ramifications? Plus calls from Roy & Jason and health progress report.
18:10
September 29, 2020
The Covid episode and a foggy review of Dice Roll Zine & Hunters in Death
I recount some of my Covid experiences and share a “review” of a couple zines I received when I was still deeper in the Covid fog.
33:05
September 23, 2020
I’m still alive!
How the hell did I wash ashore on this forsaken island? Why am I still here?
07:55
August 25, 2020
Pick Your Poison
A look at handling poison in your game, and what I’m using in my B/X hack, Wasteland Wanderers. Save or die? Hit point damage? Ability score damage? Pick your poison.
15:04
August 4, 2020
This Old Book: Evaluation of OD&D from the Complete Book of Wargames
Calls from Jason & Joe and the evaluation of OD&D from 1980’s The Complete Book of Wargames. Get the bandages - it stings :)
19:00
August 3, 2020
Please Hold: A look at Hold Person in B/X & 5e D&D
I reply to and noodle about Colin Green’s episode of Spikepit where he discusses changes in design philosophy in versions of D&D; specifically the Hold Person spell and players missed turns.
20:15
August 2, 2020
A mistake acknowledged plus the Boot Hill evaluation from this Old Book
I found an error in my B/X Deep Dive plus Jason’s request to read the Boot Hill RPG evaluation from The Complete Book of Wargames.
11:33
August 1, 2020
This Old Book: a reading from The Complete Book of Wargames
I read the intro to the RPG section. What did some groggy old Wargame designers have to say about the new fangled RPG scene back in 1980? Listen to find out :)
26:39
July 20, 2020
Call-in Bonanza 8: B/X Encounter Discussions
Calls reacting to the B/X Deep Dive on Encounters: from Joe of Hindsightless, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, and Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings. Settle in!
01:03:57
July 5, 2020
Call-in Bonanza 7: 24 Calls!
A true bonanza of calls from Roy of Chaoses Limb, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Joe from Hindsightless, ShandyAndy from Unguarded Treasure, and Evil Jeff from Minions & Musings. Thanks everyone!
54:16
June 19, 2020
B/X Deep Dive 7a: Reading the Example of Combat from Moldvay Basic D&D
I read the example of combat from page B28 of the Moldvay Basic D&D rules. What does it tell us, directly and indirectly?
19:49
June 14, 2020
B/X Deep Dive 7: The Encounter
After a long hiatus, I resume the series: This time a deep look into the micro elements of the B/X D&D game: reactions, combat, evasion, morale, etc.
44:43
June 13, 2020
How much is too much? Lore vs. Fluff in your setting.
Inspired by some episodes of Random Screed by Jason Hobbs - a ramble about moderation in setting design and an example from Wasteland Wanderers.
26:19
June 6, 2020
Incentivizing what matters in your RPG
How does your game incentivize the themes and activities you want emphasized? Do you try to incentivize out of game activities? If so, how? And does it work? Please call in with your experiences.
14:01
May 19, 2020
Cabin Cast! Spellcasting in Wasteland Wanderers
A quick cast from a north woods cabin about Spellcasting in my reimagining of B/X D&D: Wasteland Wanderers.
14:39
May 12, 2020
Roll for Random Thoughts Saturday 7: A Taste of Wasteland Wanderers
A quick taste of my post apocalyptic reimagining of B/X: focusing on determining ability scores, hit points, death & dying, and healing.
24:28
May 2, 2020
Ettin Cast - Because 2 Heads Are Better Than One: Froth of Thought Eater!
Legendary Anchorite Froth joins me to talk about our personal Appendix N’s, but we ramble on a range of topics, including...what side of fries means!
59:16
April 25, 2020
Roll For Random Thoughts Saturday 6
Our foray into online gaming, a turn to the Post Apocalyptic, and casting a wide net for inspiration.
19:18
April 11, 2020
Call in Bonanza 5: Champions, Clerics, Cereal, and Player Feedback
Calls from The Lonely Adventurer, Jason, Joe, and Evil Jeff. Hope you enjoy the Anchor Conversation!
21:09
April 10, 2020
Roll For Random Thoughts Saturday 5
Conversation with Jason & Lonely Adventurer about my B/X Champions concept plus random thoughts about Lost Plains and player feedback.
20:06
April 4, 2020
We Are the Champions!
I outline the concept of Champions for a reimagining of B/X D&D. Goodbye Cleric - Hello Champion...:)
20:21
April 3, 2020
Roll for Random Thoughts Saturday 4
A combat option for OS games, Prairie Dogs of the Lost Plains, Cool Game Theme Tee, and a couple calls from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast.
14:48
March 21, 2020
A Trip Through the Back Catalog with Rui Lourenco of Chaoses Limb
An Anchor conversation with Rui of Chaoses Limb about my back catalog. Hopefully it doesn’t come across as too self indulgent:)
24:52
March 16, 2020
Roll for Random Thoughts Saturday 3
Four calls plus: Generosity, a trio of thematic dressings for Lost Plains, and showing appreciation.
22:39
March 14, 2020
Roll for Random Thoughts Saturday: 2
Lots of calls, musical talk, reimagining B/X, Clerics vs. Champions, Campaign Musical Immersion, 16 Horsepower
20:26
March 7, 2020
Roll For a Random Thoughts Saturday
A new short form series where I share random thoughts and half baked ideas about gaming.
08:37
February 29, 2020
Call-in Bonanza 5
d12, Languages in Game, Minnesota Dwarves, and likely inadequate responses to Lieren
27:48
February 28, 2020
Call in Bonanza 4: R.E.H., Gaming Art, Swedish Dwarves, & B/X Talk
Calls about Sinister Red Kickstarter, Time & Place determining character, Robert E Howard, Art in older RPGs, Swedish Dwarves, and a continued discussion on B/X with Evil Jeff.
48:20
February 18, 2020
B/X D&D Deep Dive 6: The Adventure!
A look at the macro elements of the B/X game system: the procedures of dungeon and wilderness exploration. Plus some Kickstarters I’m interested in.
40:55
February 11, 2020
Call-in Bonanza 3: B/X Spells and further conversations about OSR.
Another big call-in show with continuing conversations about B/X spells and defining the OSR and OSR games.
48:28
January 23, 2020
Is the term OSR meaningless? Only if you’ve made it so.
My take on what OSR means, and how some have redefined it and watered it down to make it meaningless.
24:06
January 19, 2020
B/X D&D Deep Dive Pt 5: Spells
Back after holiday hiatus with part 5 of my deep dive into B/X D&D. This time, a look into the spells.
43:46
January 17, 2020
B/X D&D Deep Dive Part 4: Spell Casting
Lots of calls and discussions, so the Spell Deep Dive is covering the basic casting principles. Specific spells in the next installment.
36:40
December 16, 2019
A Year of Blathering
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!
26:44
December 9, 2019
Another Call-in Bonanza!
B/X call-ins featuring Jason, Joe, Spencer, & an in-depth discussion with Evil Jeff.
47:28
December 6, 2019
B/X D&D Deep Dive Part 3
Exploring alignment, equipment, languages, and more in B/X.
23:14
December 4, 2019
B/X D&D Deep Dive Part 2
The 2nd episode of a close look at Moldvay/Cook, Marsh B/X. This time, attributes and character classes.
45:06
December 3, 2019
Call-in Bonanza!
Discussions continue with a flurry of calls from Josh, Joe, RFED, Jason, and Evil Jeff.
32:18
November 22, 2019
B/X Deep Dive: Part 1
Calls from Spikepit, Joe, and Tim plus the first part of a deep dive into B/X D&D. The intro & setting the stage for its place in time.
35:47
November 18, 2019
Setting Flourishes: Holidays & Festivals
Do you create holidays and festivals for your game settings? Some ideas for spicing up the game.
19:30
November 11, 2019
One if my white whales: Initiative
Take two: My endless (hapless) quest for the perfect initiative system and sequence of events. Pointless or worthwhile?
28:38
November 9, 2019
One of my white whales: Initiative
The endless (hapless) quest for perfect initiative system and sequence of events. Pointless or worthwhile?
28:15
November 9, 2019
No train, no pain, no gain: Leveling Up
Do you require any procedure or narrative cost in your game for leveling up? Or is it all abstraction?
28:15
November 6, 2019
Is there a magic-user in this village? Setting demographics.
Do you use any sort of demographics model for settings in your fantasy adventure games? How easy is it to find someone to remove that pesky curse?
15:44
November 5, 2019
Time Capsule
A look back to 1981 through the lens of the D&D Basic Box by Tom Moldvay.
33:55
October 13, 2019
Dave!!!
Dedicated to Dave Arneson on his birthday.
23:30
October 1, 2019
Lord I Was Born a Ramblin’ Man
I try not to ramble about rambling in gaming casts. This isn’t an offended rant - rather a call to appreciate a good ramble.
05:04
September 26, 2019
Hand Waving & d6 Discussions
Lots of calls and Jacksons from Froth, Spikepit, Cody, & Pete about hand waving & d6 damage in D&D.
33:37
September 19, 2019
Hand Waving
How does abstracting or hand waving rules & physical realities affect your game? Where do you draw the line? Why do these things become conflated with the idea of story?
13:30
September 2, 2019
It’s Hip to be Square?
d6 Damage vs. Variable Weapon Damage. Is a straight d6 for everything really a good game feature?
31:10
September 2, 2019
The 1st Record with Friends Episode: Handouts & Props
I test the Anchor record feature with Bill as we talk about handouts, props, minis, and player aids in table top gaming.
56:26
August 25, 2019
The Anchorites Respond!
Lots of calls about podcasts and the potential of Anchorite collaboration.
23:57
August 24, 2019
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.
21:14
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.
19:28
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.
51:49
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 :)
19:60
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 :)
16:17
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.
37:46
June 1, 2019
Lead Balloon
A couple lead balloons.
18:38
May 31, 2019
Xpts & Advancement: Incentive & Rewards
Answer some calls with a ramble about cultures plus experience points and PC advancement.
31:07
May 27, 2019
Endangered PC Species: Humans
Why are humans so unappealing in fantasy adventure games, and how can you change that?
37:06
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.
27:40
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.
20:31
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.
18:01
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.
35:54
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.
26:01
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.
36:24
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.
30:55
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.
21:55
April 3, 2019
Punk Rock Podcasting and Comfort Zones.
My podcasting philosophy and noodling about comfort zones in gaming.
23:53
March 27, 2019
What’s a DM to do?
What should a DM be doing in adventure games?
17:57
March 20, 2019
Decoding the song.
I try to explain what old school gaming means to me.
17:02
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.
34:34
February 28, 2019
Tinkering 2, Electric Bugaloo
Calls, and more thoughts on tinkering and house rules; including more for B/X.
41:40
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.
15:47
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.
27:07
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.
21:09
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.
14:58
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 fame!
Some quick thoughts about Luck mechanics in RPGs and what I’m currently using for Whispered Tales of Gore.
12:08
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.
31:43
January 6, 2019
Who are you? Character generation.
What’s this? Singing?!? A call in? Character generation: rolling vs. building.
31:42
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.
16:08
December 17, 2018
0-Level Hit Points
One simple house rule for old school RPGs.
04:20
December 14, 2018
Rob’ Rules of Gaming
I outline 12 “rules” to follow for happier game play.
27:34
December 14, 2018
Tastes and Time
Rambling about how tastes in gaming are formed, and what will the future be like?
20:57
December 13, 2018
The Name Game or...Game Name
My intro to the Down in a Heap podcast. Topic - names in RPGS.
19:49
December 10, 2018