Episode 54 - Dark and Grimdark Fantasy
This episode I'll explore the confusion created by the terms Dark Fantasy and Grimdark Fantasy and then provide 8 variations that illustrate the kind of settings inspired by the terms. Call-in from Jason Connerly of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.
May 7, 2021
Episode 53 - Reptile Folk
Chris Shorb asked for Reptile Folk. Here they are!
May 1, 2021
Episode 52 - Monster Parts
Another great suggestion from Goblin's Henchman! If the world were full of monsters with weird powers and crazy anatomy, surely there would be people who found a use for all these wild resources! Call-in from Chris Shorb suggesting more subgenres to cover!
April 27, 2021
Episode 51 - Broken Magic Items
This was a great suggestion from Goblin's Henchman! Listen to a couple more submissions for my Crazy Chimera Carousel followed by a list of magic items that don't exactly do what was expected! Goblin’s Henchman: https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNp4qwKOoWWqDY9LuD74mpw Collin Green of Spikepit: https://anchor.fm/spikepit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBiIGnQtLfBfYm89BLhAFA Ray Otus: http://rayotus.com/
April 22, 2021
Episode 50 - Chimeras
Welcome aboard the Crazy Chimera Carousel! Enjoy the ride! Mentioned or called in: Jason Connerley - Nerd's RPG Variety Cast Joe Richter - Hindsightless Goblin's Henchman Spencer "Free Thrall" - Keep Off the Borderlands Brian Holland - Session Zero and Greg Gelder
April 17, 2021
Episode 49 - Sword and Sorcery
Fritz Leiber coined the term. I'll be talking about what the genre does in games and providing 8 examples of Sword and Sorcery settings. Call-in from Brian Holland from the Session Zero Youtube channel! Last chance to turn in your Chimeras for the 50th episode!
April 10, 2021
Episode 48 - High Fantasy
This is a bit of a longer episode. I wanted to cover some ideas about genre, terminology, and labels before continuing my series! I hope you'll have some fun with my 8 examples of High Fantasy settings!
April 6, 2021
Episode 47 - Low Fantasy
Joe Richter of the Hindsightless podcast inspires another episode! This time it's all about Low Fantasy. This is the second episode in a series in which I'm exploring the sub-genres under the "Fantasy" umbrella. I hope my 8 variations will demonstrate that Low Fantasy doesn't mean No Fantasy! Other call-ins from Goblin's Henchman of the Blog and Podcast of the same name!
April 3, 2021
Episode 46 - Epic Fantasy
The first of several planned episodes on the various sub-genres of fantasy. This one tackles Epic Fantasy and uses the 8 variations as examples of the genre. Call-ins from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Brian Holland of the Session Zero Youtube Channel!
April 2, 2021
Episode 45 - Towers
This episode will be about towers thanks to a suggestion from Ray Otus! There is also an invitation to join in the fun creating new monsters for the Crazy Chimera Carousel! Enjoy!
March 30, 2021
Episode 44 - Magic Shoes
Thanks to Joe Richter of the excellent Hindsightless podcast for the idea for this one! Lowly shoes are much more powerful than we often remember. There's a call-in from Goblin's Henchman from the podcast of the same name! Check out his fantastic blog to find out more about the items he mentioned and a whole lot more!
March 28, 2021
Episode 43 - Magic Bags
Whatcha got in the bag? Magic bags have appeared in folklore and myth for ages because all of us can relate to the mysterious experience of reaching around for unseen things!
March 26, 2021
Episode 42 - Death Knights
The monster I always turned to when I opened my Fiend Folio was the Death Knight. I was obsessed with knights. These evil, anti-paladins seemed like the ideal foes! Thanks to Ray Otus for my new full-color logo! Check out all his awesome stuff at rayotus.com!
March 23, 2021
Episode 41 - Forests
The great forests are places of personal trial. They rarely release the same soul that wandered in.
March 21, 2021
Episode 40 - Hirelings
Hirelings can be great for carrying stuff and using as fodder. While it's never a good idea for a hireling to upstage the player characters, they can still be an interesting part of an adventure!
March 15, 2021
Episode 39 - Traps
A great trap can freak out your players AND give information about the setting that helps establish themes and offers hints to the players at the same time!
March 11, 2021
Episode 38 - Villains
What's the difference between a common monster and a villain? Listen to this episode for my take...
March 9, 2021
Episode 37 - Armor
What do you use for protection? I always loved those shiny suits of plate armor! For a good dungeon crawl though...maybe something better for swimming or climbing eh? Here's another short episode with a few thoughts and 8 variations!
March 4, 2021
Episode 36 - Goblins
Nasty little humanoids with a thirst for blood and treasure! Here's a short episode that gets quickly to the variations!
November 24, 2020
Episode 35 - Swords
Who doesn't love a magic sword?
October 17, 2020
Episode 34 - Maps
Maps are such an interesting part of role playing because they can make a huge difference in the way the world is understood by the players. Call in and tell me about the maps in your games!
October 13, 2020
Episode 33 - Shops
Who wants to go to the mall in the middle of a fantasy adventure? Can shops enhance the setting?
October 12, 2020
Episode 32 - Monks
Are they obnoxious genre breaking characters or legitimate fantasy heroes? Chris Shorb asked me for this one and I hope he finds and enjoys it!
September 30, 2020
Episode 31 - Thieves
What are your favorite thief archetypes? Ever had that player in your group who wanted to play a thief because...jerk?
December 18, 2019
Episode 30 - Orcs
Orcs! Nuff said! Call-in from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast
October 17, 2019
Episode 29 - Magic Items
What about those magic items found early in a character's career? Can we do better than a +1 weapon? Call-ins from: Jason from Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast Spencer (Free Thrall) from Keep Off the Borderlands Joe (The Blind Rat) from Hindsightless Evil Jeff from Minions and Musings Lieren from Updates from the Middle of Nowhere Colin Green from Spikepit T. J. Drennon from Malodorous Miasma Meltdown and Occult Orifice Outrage
October 14, 2019
Episode 28 - Post Apocalypse
Thanks to Jason Connerley for the suggestion!
September 20, 2019
Episode 27 - Dreams
What can we do with dreams in our games?
August 27, 2019
Episode 26 - Cities
Give your city a face and a heart!
August 3, 2019
Episode 25 - Kaiju
How do you drop some of that delicious Toho magic into your games?
July 10, 2019
Episode 24 - Airships
They're one of the favorite ways to cross those big fantasy maps!
June 7, 2019
Episode 23 - Bards
Check out Ray Otus' Plundergrounds! We are both responding to a prompt from Jim Jones about Bards!
May 15, 2019
Episode 22 - Wizards
What can we borrow from the greats to make our own game wizards more interesting? Call ins from Joe Richter and Jim Yoder! Go to Jellysaw to see the 10 fantasy novels Ray Otus picked as foundational works of fantasy!
May 8, 2019
Episode 21 - Adventuring Parties
Lots of great call-ins! Ray Otus, Benjamin Hinnum, RFED, and Joe Richter.
May 6, 2019
Episode 20 - My 3 Top Monsters
3 of my favorite monsters and 8 variations on goblins!
April 26, 2019
Episode 19 - Halflings
And now for the little people! Fun new Sword Breaker Theme mix from Lu Quade who has an Anchor podcast of his own called Songs from the Surface of the Earth
April 25, 2019
Episode 18 - Barbarians
Conan! Thundarr! Fafhrd! Khal Drogo! Let's talk about BARBARIANS! YAAAAAAAHEEE! Call-in from Froth Sof of the Thought Eater blog and podcast! Bumper by Ray Otus! Find him on the Plundergrounds podcast and zine and the Jellysaw website!
April 11, 2019
Episode 17 - Something Borrowed...
I was challenged by Ray Otus and I did not back down!
April 10, 2019
Episode 16 - Roads
Interview with Wayne Peacock of MOTiVE zine and Podcast!
April 3, 2019
Episode 15 - Curses
Chatter about curses and their role in games versus fiction. Call in from Stephen Karnes of Rocks and Roots!
March 29, 2019
Episode 14 - Holy Relics
A short exploration of Holy Relics and a lot of fun content from listeners! Ray Otus just dropped his 50th episode of Plundergrounds! Aaron Clark's Keep It Simple - Daily Reading Frothsof's Thought Eater Podcast Yochai Gal's One Shot World
March 19, 2019
Episode 13 - Government
A short one on offering something other than the usual kings and queens. Mentioned: Follow Me and Die Random Screed No Save for You Plundergrounds Thought Eater
March 13, 2019
Episode 12 - Rangers
This is a short episode about the Ranger Class. I had some great input from: Ray Otus: Colin Green: Rob C.:
March 1, 2019
Episode 11 - World Building
Yochai Gal requested an episode about world building. Here it is! Interviews with: Yochai Gal Brian Holland Greg Soper Tam Ray Otus
February 21, 2019
Episode 10 - Dwarves
This time I discuss the mighty Dwarf! How are they the same and different from their folkloric origins? Ray Otus offers up some super cool ideas from his Plundergrounds zine: https://www.patreon.com/rayotus/posts Another great resource for a strange new dwarf is the Wormskin zine: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/168614/Wormskin-Issue-1
February 13, 2019
Episode 9 - Equipment
Equipment as world building
February 11, 2019
Episode 8 - Clerics
Inspired by Brian Holland of Session Zero and Cody M. of the No Save For You podcast, I'll share my thoughts on clerics. I'm a big fan of the class and feel there are serious missed opportunities that we can tackle together!
February 7, 2019
Episode 7 - Spell Books
Let's talk about spell books! What are we missing? How can we make them more exciting? Great ideas from Steven Karnes - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9300/Rocks-and-Roots?term=rocks+and+roots
January 31, 2019
Episode 6 - Elves
A chat about what elves are and what they've become in role playing games. Great suggestions from Colin Green, Ray Otus, Brian Holland, Rob C and Yochai Gal.
January 16, 2019
Episode 5 - Castles
A discussion about making castles memorable. Messages from Brian Holland (Creator of the Session Zero zine), Colin Green (Spikepit podcast), and Jason Hobbs (Hobbs & Friends, Random Screed, and Hextalk)
January 4, 2019
Episode 4 - Mass Combat
In this episode I introduce Brian Holland's newest Session Zero zine Halo, Fang and Horn and offer up some ideas for adding spice to your battlefields. Ray Otus treats us to some Plundergrounds zine goodness and I get the call from Colin Green that means I've made it as an Anchorite!
November 10, 2018
Episode 3 - Never-Never-Wonderland
In this episode Jesse Ross and I talk about playing with young players and bringing very fantastical settings to life! Check out Yochai Gal's One Shot World https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/242339 And Tam's Blog https://exposit.github.io/katarpgs/ And Brian Holland's Session Zero https://www.patreon.com/BrianHolland/posts
October 31, 2018
Episode 2 - Borrowing Ideas
In this episode I talk with Ray Otus about borrowing ideas from other sources. You'll also get 8 variations on hirelings and an assortment of goodies in the Market Square!
October 24, 2018
Episode 1 - Zombies
This is the very first episode of Sword Breaker! It's October and in honor of Halloween, I talk about zombies.
October 13, 2018