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.
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!
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!
Collin Green of Spikepit:
Welcome aboard the Crazy Chimera Carousel! Enjoy the ride!
Mentioned or called in:
Jason Connerley - Nerd's RPG Variety Cast
Joe Richter - Hindsightless
Spencer "Free Thrall" - Keep Off the Borderlands
Brian Holland - Session Zero and Greg Gelder
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
What about those magic items found early in a character's career? Can we do better than a +1 weapon?
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
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!
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!
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
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:
Another great resource for a strange new dwarf is the Wormskin zine:
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!
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
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)
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!
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