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This Old Sword

This Old Sword

By John Payne
This podcast is about role-playing and worldbuilding for games old and new. I also talk about making games of all kinds. I like older versions of D&D, FASERIP and SAGA, but I also like newer games like 5th Edition D&D, World Wide Wrestling, Powered by the Apocalypse games, and The Black Hack. Website:
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Episode 1: Fun Things

This Old Sword

Episode 1: Fun Things

This Old Sword

Episode 16: A Review of The Elemental Spellbook by Jacob S. Kellogg
You can find The Elemental Spellbook at the DM's Guild at the link below:
October 2, 2019
Episode 15: Where have you been?
Updates on the 3d20FASERIP project as well as announcements about new things coming soon.
September 29, 2019
Episode 14: Martian Dreams
@guihermedenovo mentioned that he would love to see a setting based on the world of Ultima 2: Martian Dreams. Here's what that would look like in Microlite20.
May 18, 2019
Episode 13: Adventures in LinkedIn and Three Projects for 2019
In this episodes I talk more about the referee's section of 3d20FASERIP and two other projects I am working on for this year.
May 18, 2019
Episode 12: More about 3d20 FASERIP
In this episode, I start with responses to friends. After that, move into game mechanics and worldbuilding for the implied setting.
May 5, 2019
Episode 11: The Superhero Project
Based on a previous Paper Bullet, I talk about using the 4C toolkit to make a game that uses dice instead of a universal table. I talk about that mechanic and 'karma' system.
May 2, 2019
Episode 9: Twitter, Martial Arts, ASL, and a few call-ins.
In this episode, I talk about two inspirations from Twitter as well as respond to a few messages from friends.
April 28, 2019
Episode 8: Paper Bullets - Creative ways to use spells.
In the this installment of Paper Bullets, I talk about a cipher to create unusual spells and non D&D grimoires that can change the feel of your game.
April 26, 2019
Episode 7: The Elemental Planes
Episode 7 features Elemental Planes (or the lack thereof), a message from a friend, shoutouts to other Anchorites, and a music project.
April 25, 2019
Episode 6: Paper Bullets, Now With Twice the Ammo
The second installment of Paper Bullets. This time two notes are featured that cover WW2, Revolutionary War supers, and the versatile M20 system.
April 23, 2019
Episode 5: A Brief Look at Magic Items
This episode looks at magic items that go beyond weapons with a +1 or +2 to hit. Are cyphers a good fit? What is the deal with magical slings?
April 14, 2019
Episode 4: First Paper Bullets Segment
Still paying down my idea debt with a superhero note. We also hear from some listeners. Let me know if the ideas on this episode make it to your table.
April 13, 2019
Episode 3: M20, Race Building, and 3 Ways to Enjoy TTRPGs
Shoutout from Matt Random and less rambling about M20 as a tool for worldbuilding.
April 7, 2019
Episode 2: New Friends and TBH
I meet some new friends and talk about The Black Hack.
April 6, 2019
Episode 1: Fun Things
Finally stopped overthinking and just finished it. I talk about recent podcasts from Chuck Thorin and Tim Shorts
April 2, 2019