Tavern Chat

E265 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Jerry (Frog God Games)

An episode of Tavern Chat

By erik tenkar
"I listen to the Tavern Chat podcast every morning, sometimes I think its NPR, till the F bomb drops then I remember I am in geek heaven instead!" Enjoy a daily chat with your Old School Gaming Bartender :)
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E462 - Follow Up on Creating OSR Content
Yep follow up on creating OSR content with a call in from Jason. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
07:49
August 23, 2019
E461 - Responses to the TPK Episode - Voicemails
Voicemails about TPKs. Yes, we have feedback and opinions. :) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:30
August 22, 2019
E460 - Can your Campaign Survive a TPK?
TPKs. Can your campaign survive them? Maybe...
10:03
August 21, 2019
E459 - On Free Gaming Content - Is it Valued Less Because it is Free?
I've had a huge spike in the TenkarsTavern.com traffic ranking over the past few weeks, but it certainly isnt because of any of my gaming content posts - which are some of my weaker trafficked posts. Is free gaming content less valued? Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:20
August 20, 2019
E458 - What an Amazing Community We Have (and a Rant About Cancer)
It isn't often that I get choked up, but after I stopped recording this I cried. Its an emotional episode for me. Over $16k has been raised for Rick Loomis and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community. Cancer can go fuck itself. Rick Loomis Cancer Fund https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/08/gofundme-rick-loomis-lymphatic-cancer.html Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:36
August 19, 2019
E457 - Rick Loomis (Flying Buffalo) has Cancer and Needs Our Support
Rick Loomis (Flying Buffalo) has lymphatic cancer and needs our support, both prayers and donations if one can afford it. Rick Loomis Cancer Fund https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/08/gofundme-rick-loomis-lymphatic-cancer.html Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:29
August 17, 2019
E456 - You got your History in my Fantasy - Using Real World History to Inspire Your Campaigns
Today's episode talks about using real world history to inspire your fantasy campaigns. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:01
August 17, 2019
E455 - Update on Roll20 Data Breach
I received an email yesterday updating the Roll20 data breach. Time to discuss. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:04
August 16, 2019
E454 - JoeTheLawyer Calls in About Urban Adventures
JoeTheLawyer calls the show FOUR TIMES to talk about urban adventures. Its like having a virtual guest ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:23
August 15, 2019
E453 - Loot Crate Goes Bust - What About our Gaming Crates?
Loot Crate just went bankrupt with 250k subscribers. Where does that leave our RPG crates and boxes? https://io9.gizmodo.com/loot-crate-files-for-bankruptcy-and-lays-off-workers-bu-1837204311 Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:23
August 14, 2019
E452 - Urban Adventuring - Why I Tend to Avoid it as a DM
Time Shorts of the Gothridge Manor blog pitched the idea of me talking about "urban adventures". Yes, he found my kryptonite... Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:13
August 13, 2019
E451 - Two 100k Kickstarters - One Barely Funded, One Can't get to 1%
Somedays you simply need to call it is. This is one of those days. https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/08/a-kickstarter-post-mortem-destination.html https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/08/wayward-kickstarter-shaven-dwarf.html Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
13:01
August 12, 2019
E450 - State of The Tavern and update on F'ed Up Rules
I posted a State of the Tavern Update on the blogside earlier and I mention it briefly. Then we have voicemails on the F'ed up rules episode ;) https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/08/state-of-tavern-update-august-2019.html Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:31
August 11, 2019
E449 - Some of the Worst Rules in RPGs
One of the pitches for episodes was discussing the best rule I've found in RPGs. I've decided to cover some of the worst rules I've encountered in RPGs first ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:58
August 10, 2019
E448 - The OSR is Dead, All Hail the OSR - Plus, We are Giving Gifts!
There is a conversation going on that the OSR id dead. Not sure how many times we will have this discussion, but this one is better thought out than most. Still, the OSR isn't dead so much as evolved and possibly splintered. Oh, and we are giving out gifts today to Michael and Corey. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:29
August 9, 2019
E447 - Another NTRPG Con Gamer Lost & Geek and Sundry Sued
We lost another NTRPG Con regular this week and Geek and Sundry sued by Will Weaton over share of revenue from 'Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana.' https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/wil-wheaton-sues-geek-sundry-web-series-profits-1229358?fbclid=IwAR3J00V-aN3_Il0u-4AKp5dgwPd4lGGtHrTZI-C7zhwN60OAnJX0HNPWt58 Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:46
August 8, 2019
446 - We Get a Brief History of B4 The Lost City and More
Christopher Bishop calls in with a brief history and background of B4 - The Lost City (soon to be a Goodman Games re-release). Old Man Grognard Talks ENNies. Jason Hobbs re-releases The Lost Macris Interview. Woot! Hobbs & Friends Alex Macris Episode Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:43
August 7, 2019
E445 - Post Gen Con News - Next Original Adventures Reincarnated: (B4) The Lost City
Jospeh Goodman announced the next release in the Original Adventures Reincarnated line will be (B4) The Lost City, originally written by Tom Moldvay. Kind of a "deep track" if you ask me. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
08:54
August 6, 2019
E444 - Classic RPG Retreat: Lake Geneva 2019 - and NOT Hosted by GaryCon
So, simply smart business or poaching territory? And what is the fair rate to pay Ernie and Jim for being the main attractions? Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:07
August 5, 2019
E443 - All Weather is Local and The ENnies Winners (that I care about ;)
A less on to be learned in the Pocono Mountains is that a thunder storm can be raging 5 miles away and you have now rain and lots of sunshine. Also, there's some ENnies winners I wish to point out.
12:42
August 4, 2019
E442 - A Lesson Learned and Paying the Joeski Tax
Ranting and emotional responses arent all they are cracked up to be. Also, I pay the Joeski Tax with a magic ring.
10:03
August 3, 2019
E441 - The Pathfinder 2 Release - Can It Save Paizo's Position of Power in the Hobby?
Pathfinder 2e Released earlier today? Can it do for Pathfinder 1e what Pathfinder 1 did for 3.5? Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:53
August 2, 2019
E440 - Join Us in the Weekly Tavern Chat Hangout - Nearly 20 Minutes of Our Stupidity ;)
We recorded nearly 20 minutes of the weekly Tavern Chat Hangout held on the Tavern's Discord Server. Enjoy and join us every Wednesday at 9 PM Eastern. https://discord.gg/U7Fe6vgVoicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
21:04
August 1, 2019
E439 - Tavern Chat Birthday Giveaway!
It's my birthday and i have something cool to give away Instructions are in the episode. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:49
July 31, 2019
E438 - The RPG Campaign Summertime Blues
We are at the middle of the summer, and we've hit the point of campaign suspension till September. When we were kids, summers meant D&D 5 days a week or more. As adults, we are lucky to get in 5 days for the season, with only half the group each time. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
07:57
July 30, 2019
E437 - Thoughts and Observations on the latest Roll20 Orr Report
When "apples to apples" becomes "apples to oranges", it's often because one does not want direct comparisons to be made. We haven't seen the last 4 quarters of the Roll20 Orr Report, where they discuss numbers related to games run and players using the various RPG systems supported by Roll20. The system used to give us those numbers have changed, and I speculate as to why. https://blog.roll20.net/post/186546450860/the-orr-group-industry-report-q2-2019-back-and Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
13:03
July 29, 2019
E436 - Healthier Gamers, BtB 1e Combat (ADDICT Link in Show Notes)
Yes, I'd like to live long and game forever. Or at least, longer than I would if I were unhealthy in my habits. Laramie has some thoughts. Tim wants to play AD&D 1e combat "by the book" and I found the PDF to assist in that - ADDICT. http://www.knights-n-knaves.com/ http://www.knights-n-knaves.com/dmprata/ADDICT%20A4.pdf Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:41
July 28, 2019
E435 - Further Thoughts on a Non-Profit Gamers Helping Gamers Organization
As a wise man once said - "Never go full Jason". Thank you Joe ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:48
July 27, 2019
E434 - Following Up on AD&D 1e Combat, ENnies and Gamers Helping Gamers with Some Voicemails
We have some voicemails and all voicemails are from Jason, but not the same Jason, but two are but they were called in using different methods. Follow that yet? hehe Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:49
July 26, 2019
E433 - Some Thoughts on the ENnies, Inspired by Tim Shorts
Tim Shorts (of the Gothridge Manor Podcast) has some thoughts on the ENnies. I give some background to the ENnies and talk about how to fi them before deciding they can't be fixed ;) https://anchor.fm/gothridgemanor Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:00
July 25, 2019
E432 - I Give My First Impressions of the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Set
I give my first impressions of the Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Set, and the impressions are good! Hell, I might even find a reason to give 5e a try ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:49
July 24, 2019
E431 - Gamers Helping Gamers - Its What We Do, But Can We Do Better?
I was thinking earlier today during NYC's monsoon about how we, as gamers, help other gamers on a regular basis, but could we do better? Is there a process or such that would make asking for and offering such help easier. I want your thoughts. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:47
July 23, 2019
E430 - Christmas in July Sale, Shirecon & More
There is a huge sale going on at DTRPG, and I link to it (and the OSR and S&W lists) over on the blog side. https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/christmas-in-july-dtrpg-sale-osr.html Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:39
July 22, 2019
E429 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Ben Burns (New Comet Games)
Today I sat down with Ben Burns of New Comet Games. Ben was the winner of the NTRPG Con 2019 Three Castles Award and currently has his Ultimate Dinosaur Fighting 2nd ed project live on Kickstarter. Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
45:32
July 21, 2019
E428 - Some Ideas on Vetting Kickstarter Projects
I've been asked to give my thoughts on how to vet Kickstarter Projects. While far from a complete list on the topic, I do share some thoughts on the matter.
12:48
July 20, 2019
E427 - Retired Three Years as Of Today and We Have Plans :)
Yep, today marks three years of retirement for me, and although the month of July has been hectic with personal and family obligations, I do have plans for the summer. Revised blog and possibly a short, monthly zine.
10:07
July 19, 2019
E426 - There is a Clone of MERP - Against the Dark Master (PWYW)
During tonight's weekly Tavern Chat on the Tavern's Discord server, James Spahn brought up a new RPG Quickstart - the 122 page Against the Dark Master clone of Middle Earth Role Playing. You've been warned. https://discord.gg/tdVSQeG https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/273729/Against-the-Darkmaster--Quickstart?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link) Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:28
July 18, 2019
E425 - Some Strange Thoughts & Some ENWorld Observations
DM Mike cals in with some thoughts on Stranger Things and I make some observations on ENWorld and its sudden lack of advertising. Support the Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:58
July 17, 2019
E424 - Follow Up on Stranger Things and D&D
JoeTheLawyer brings up a good point - what group of nerds has three out of four find girlfriends in their teen years at the same time? ;)
08:57
July 16, 2019
E423 - Stranger Things Season 3 - The Role of D&D (Spoilers Avoided)
In Season 3 of Stranger Things, D&D still plays a role, but it is shown more as something of the time of childish things to be left behind. Although I talk about the place of D&D, as for the plot of Season 3, it is a spoiler free podcast ;)
09:53
July 15, 2019
E422 - More Thought on Stats and on Controlling Your Content - With Voicemails
Voicemails from Tim and Ivy Shorts as well as Glen Halstrom. Yes, I revisit low ability scores and controlling you own voice. Never put your integrity in the hands of others. Support the Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:14
July 14, 2019
E421 - And the BS Goes On - Far West Will no Longer be Using KS for Progress Updates
Ah, sweet "I'm a gonna punch Tenkar in the f'n throat!" Gareth. He sneaks a Far West update in on his dead intothefarwest.com website. How do you control the narrative? When you force conversations into forums you control. https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/07/far-west-update-gareth-will-no-longer.html Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:45
July 13, 2019
E420 - The Roll For Initiative Podcast is Closing its Doors, But it Will Never Die
Vince Florio announced today that the Roll for Initiative Podcast is coming to an end after 10 years. Gaming podcasts in general owe Vince a debt of gratitude. http://rfipodcast.com/show/2019/07/11/the-end-of-an-era-thanks-for-all-the-fish-rfi-is-ending/ Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:18
July 12, 2019
E419 - More Thoughts on Low Stats with a Voicemail from Old Man Grognard
Glen (Old Man Grognard) called the show to talk about low stats. It makes me think even more on the topic. Dangerous, I know ;) Google Voicemail # (347) 509-5168‬ Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:35
July 11, 2019
E418 - You Get Me, You Really Do!
We have a new $50 backer on Patreon. Yes, Jason understands me ;) Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:53
July 10, 2019
E417 - On Kickstarters and Mental Health
It seems that many (if not most) of the Kickstarters that fund but fail to deliver in a timely manner (if at all) share a common denominator - their creators often have mental health issues. Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar 
11:27
July 9, 2019
E416 - Why You, as a Creator / Publisher should have Admin Control over Social Media Sites supporting your Publications
The main Tunnels & Trolls Facebook group went dark last week, leaving hundreds of T&T fans without a home. Although there is a new group to take its place, it shows what can happen in social media if a publisher doesnt have control over its own communities. https://www.facebook.com/groups/deluxetunnelsandtrolls/about/ Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar 
10:43
July 8, 2019
E415 - Thoughts on Low Ability Score Adventurers - Oh, and a "Go 'F'" Yourself
Who would really bring an Int 3 adventurer on an adventure? How would a Str 3 magic-user make the 5 mile trek to a dungeon? Oh, and a good ole' 'F U" to a jackass or two. Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar 
11:48
July 7, 2019
E414 - Commentary on the New LotFP Weird Fantasy Ref Book Indiegogo Update
An update? No way! And of course the issues mentioned would not be issues if this had only been completed in a timely fashion. Even hitting the ludicrous Jan 2019 date would have solved issues. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lotfp-hardcover-referee-book#/ Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar  
12:09
July 6, 2019
E413 - Holiday Thoughts on Fireworks and Gunpowder in Fantasy Campaigns
As small explosions go off around me in the Pocono Mountains, I think about gunpowder in fantasy RPGs
09:34
July 5, 2019
E412 - ENnie 2019 Nominations Announced - No LotFP, Paizo, or WotC in the Mix
Yep, the ENnies nominees were announced today. I make some picks and in turn, discover some interesting tools. http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2019-ennie-nominations/ Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
12:05
July 4, 2019
E411 - Are the Kickstartesr I Back for Reading or Collecting?
I find myself backing Kickstarters and then the books go directly on my gaming shelves. I need to read more or buy less ;) Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
10:26
July 3, 2019
E410 - On Sandboxes & Hex Crawls and Player Responsibility
Ivy calls the show. Then the talk turns towards sandboxes and hex crawls, and what players need to do for their GM. Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
08:53
July 2, 2019
E409 - There is a Tactical 5e CRPG on the Way - Apparently Using the OGL
Found this on ENWorld: Solasta: Crown of the Magister D&D Video Game Coming To Kickstarter. Not that even the publisher links to D&D. Hmmm. Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
09:05
July 1, 2019
E408 - Demonic Dungeon of the Bone Dreamer & Writing Adventures for Yourself, Convention Play and for for Others to Run
I'm working on an adventure for use in the Tenkar's Tavern One Shot Roleplaying Group, Shire Con and Gamehole - Demonic Dungeon of the Bone Dreamer. I talk a bit about the differences between writing an adventure for yourself, convention play and for others to run. Oh, and a bit more on "drones" with a voicemail from Glen Halstrom. Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
09:17
June 30, 2019
E407 - Drones, Voicemails, Open d6, Bunnies & Burrows and Far Away Land OSR
Today we have two voicemails, I talk about my definition of drones, Open d6 is now recognized at DTRPG, and Bunnies & Burrows and Far Way Land OSR have arrived! Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
14:12
June 29, 2019
E406 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Ben Barsh (Pacesetter Games)
In today's episode I sit down with Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games, perhaps best known for the Best Hair in the OSR ;) We talk all things gaming, gaming conventions, gaming Kickstarters & more! Reaping at River's End for 5e and S&W RPG! Kickstarter Support the Tavern www.amazon/shop/eriktenkar https://ko-fi.com/tenkar
1:18:35
June 28, 2019
E405 - More Support is More Gooder! Voicemails from Glenn, Ive, Laramie, Jeff & Joe - Phew!
Yep, voicemails doth overflow today. Wow. Thank you all for your support. It literally means the world to me. You can support The Tavern / Tavern Chat by shopping at amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar
15:37
June 27, 2019
E404 - Voicemails in Support - Oh My! Ivy Shorts is our Virtual Guest Host ;)
Heh. Ivy left four voicemails last night. With that kind of support, i know I'm in good hands. Support The Tavern at https://www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar
13:23
June 26, 2019
E403 - Such Positive Feedback - But None Made Publicly for Fear of The Outrage Brigade
E401 and 402 have generated record numbers of plays in such a short period and some amazing support has been given, but fear of the Outrage Brigade prevents folks from making such publicly. https://www.tenkarstavern.com/ https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern Ko-fi.com/tenkar
13:12
June 24, 2019
E402 - A Rant about Vagebooking by a Worthless Piece of Excrement
A yes, gotta love when someone slings shit and you, but won't name you because they don't have the confidence to back up their own words.
12:48
June 23, 2019
E401 - The OSR, Inclusivity, Gatekeeping, Walled Gardens, Safe Spaces & a Sweet Gaming Table
I argue that the OSR is more inclusive than the Gatekeepers of the "walled gardens" and "safe spaces" allow their small communities to ever be. And damn, this is a sweet gaming table! https://ultimategametable.com/
13:33
June 23, 2019
E400 - Is Morrus / ENWorld F'n with a 2013 Kickstarter Backer & Denying Him his KS Reward out of Spite?
I know what its like do deal with asshole customers (I worked retail for 8 1/2 years) I also know what it is like dealing with an angry public that makes things personal when you can't respond in kind (cop for 20 years) Is is worth 100 British Pounds to make an asshole that you've wronged go away and not fuck with you current Kickstarter? I would call that money well spent. I guess Morrus / ENWorld doesn't see it the same way. https://www.rpgpub.com/threads/kickstarter-a-touch-more-class-is-live-and-funded-in-just-4-minutes.3144/ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/rebuilding-en-world
12:53
June 22, 2019
E399 - Blue Yeti in the House and some Mutant Future / Gamma World thoughts & memories
Thanks to my listeners I got to up the microphone from a headset to a Blue Yeti. Holy shit! Heck, I even have something to say about Mutant Future & Gamma World. Oh my!
09:58
June 21, 2019
E398 - Some Further B/X Thoughts & Houserules
Yep, more thoughts on B/X, clerics and houserules.
09:44
June 20, 2019
E397 - Voicemail Extravaganza! Ivy, Tim & Red Dice x 2 :)
You want voicemails? We have voicemails! Ivy Shorts, Tim Shorts & Red Dice Diaries x 2! Good times!
17:01
June 19, 2019
E396 - Thoughts on Cleric Spells in B/X
I'm playing a cleric in Tim Short's Komar Forest B/X campaign, and I'm starting to realize even with a selection of spells, there really isn't much of a selection of spells for clerics...
10:04
June 18, 2019
E395 - Stacy D & James Raggi Updates
Stacey has been threatened with legal action from three directions. LotFP Ref book is still weighing James down.
12:52
June 17, 2019
E394 - Some Father's Day Gaming Thoughts with Shannon & Tenkar
My niece Shannon is spending the night in preparation for tomorrow's Father's Day (and Rach's birthday) celebration. We have some thoughts on Father's Day and gaming..
11:34
June 16, 2019
E393 - Podcast Advice Inspired by JoeTheLawyer's 50th Episode
JoeTheLawyer offered some excellent advice to podcasters on his recent 50th episode. Inspired by Joe, I follow up with some additional advice for podcasters (and bloggers)
14:40
June 15, 2019
E392 - Zak S Sues Mandy for Defamation in Ottowa - I Read Zak's Statement
Quite simply, I read Zak S' statement regarding his defamation lawsuit against Mandy in Ottowa. I do make some commentary and express some opinions. https://officialzsannouncements.blogspot.com/2019/06/im-suing.html
14:49
June 14, 2019
E391 - Designer & Makers Fireside Chat with David Baity (Dark Trails RPG)
Tonight I sat down with David Baity of the Dark Trails RPG (powered by DCC RPG). Be advised, there was an audio dropout.
37:33
June 13, 2019
E390 - James Mathe (RPGNow Founder) has Passed & Other News
James Mathe, the founder of RPGnow has passed, plus other gaming news.
10:45
June 12, 2019
E389 - NTRPG Con Midnight Auction - With My Epic Fail trying to Find Something I had that WAS NOT in Bill Meinhardt's Collection
What's better then a Midnight Auction at NTRPG Con? Looking over the index to the most complete collection of tabletop gaming related material in the world. I thought I had some unique pieces in my collection but...
14:02
June 11, 2019
E388 - NTRPG Con Live With Glen Halstrom, Vince Florio, Matt Finch & Bad Mike
We hung out at the closed Frog God booth tonight and had a blast. NTRPG Con is the shit ;)
19:36
June 9, 2019
E387 - NTRPG Con Live "Talking Crit" With Bad Mike, Special Guests and a Mini Bar - Oh My!
I sat down with Bad Mike late last night (Friday) in the man gaming room at NTRPG Con for a live, open Talking Crit. Random special quests include JE Shields, Edwin Nagey, Ben Burns, Pexx, Ben Marsh (Best Hair in the OSR) and others.
52:24
June 8, 2019
E386 - Tegal Manor is NOT a Safe Space - NTRPG Con Day 2
Today was Day Two of NTRPG Con. Tegal Manor is not a safe space. Still, my whole party survived, damn it!
09:21
June 8, 2019
E385 - NTRPG Con - Day One - Booth Babe Bartender
I spent most of my day working the Frog God Booth and it was fun. I need more peeps to stop by tomorrow ;)
07:35
June 7, 2019
E384 - The Eagle has Landed in DFW - NTRPG Con
We have a voicemail from Jeff about influence and control. Then I talk about my flight to DFW and some of the great people I met the night BEFORE the con...
10:39
June 6, 2019
E383 - Wherein Our Gaming Group Went Shopping for "Potterei" ;)
Tim Shorts is one of the finer DMs you will find. Someone needs to get him to a convention :) ko-fi.com/tenkar Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
09:05
June 5, 2019
E382 - Thoughts on Gatekeeping & Influence
This is kinda a follow up to yesterdays episode (382), where I now talk about the false dynamics of "Gatekeeping" and the illusion of influence. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
16:12
June 3, 2019
E381 - Rant - Why Would You Want an OSR Alternate Community with a Cock & Scrotum Logo?
Yesterday I hung out with my old high school gaming group. Also, someone decided that a cock & scrotum made an excellent logo for an alternative OSR community called Sword Dream. What were they thinking!?! Actually, Cock & Scrotum could make for a decent RPG title or a nice pub name in game... https://graverobbersguide.blogspot.com/ Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
13:19
June 3, 2019
E380 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Alex Kammer
Tonight's Fireside Chat is with Alex Kammer, best known for Gamehole Con each fall in Madison, Wisconsin. Alex is also an adventure writer, and is the author of the currently being Kickstarted Sea King's Malice: a 5E Adventure in the Deadly Depths by Frog God Games. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/froggodgames/sea-kings-malice-a-5e-adventure-in-the-deadly-dept?ref=user_menu https://www.gameholecon.com/ Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
1:08:09
June 2, 2019
E381 - My Initial Thoughts on Good Omens (Amazon Prime)
My impressions on the new Amazon Prime series, Good Omens. In short, this is a "must watch."
08:33
June 2, 2019
E379 - Voicemail Follow-up on Literacy and a $750 Preorder for WFRP 4e
Joe Yoder calls in with some thoughts on using churches to fight illiteracy and Cubicle 7 has a $750 pre-order for the revised yet classic The Enemy Within Campaign. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
14:02
May 31, 2019
E378 - Follow Up to Bequeathing Your Gaming Collection and Thoughts on NTRPG Con
We've got a voice mail regarding yesterday's topic about your gaming collection after death, and some thoughts on NTRPG Con.
10:01
May 30, 2019
E377 - Thoughts on Gaming Collection Inheritance (Prepare Now)
Bad Mike (NTRPG Con) talked with me about Mike Cary (con regular) passing unexpectedly and the burden now on his mother to dispose of his collection properly. Follow up with Bad Mike at a later date. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
10:38
May 29, 2019
E376 - Follow Up to Thoughts on Literacy in Game and Dealing with Intoxication when Gaming
Evil Jeff calls in with thoughts on Literacy  in gaming campaigns. I ponder about playing intoxicated while being intoxicated. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
10:58
May 28, 2019
E375 - The Effects of Weather in Fantasy Campaigns (with Live Weather Effects)
I ponder weather effects in fantasy campaigns as I sit on a back porch in the Poconos with thunder in the background.
09:32
May 26, 2019
E374 - Idle Thoughts on Education and Literacy in Fantasy Worlds
I'm away for the weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast PA. I talk about some thoughts regarding literacy and eduction in fantasy settings.
10:11
May 26, 2019
E373 - Live with JoeTheLawyer & Rach at Faile House (W 33rd Street NYC)
Joe, Rach and I hit the Complete Strategist in NYC before hitting the Faile House. Good food, great cider and excellent conversation.
17:17
May 24, 2019
E372 - Tim Shorts Calls Out JoeTheLawyer (and the end of Renovations)
Tim Shorts calls in to tell JoeTheLawyer exactly how he feels about Joe's Rot Grub whining. And holy shit, renovations have been completed at the Casa de Tenkar. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
09:08
May 24, 2019
E371 - Urban Adventures, Tunnels & Trolls and an Atari Lynx
Tonight on the Discord Server we talk about Urban Adventures (and i give my . thoughts here), Tunnels & Trolls (I run down my collection of the various editions of the rules) and I found my Atari Lynx from 29 years ago.
09:11
May 23, 2019
E370 - JoeTheLawyer, Rot Grubs & More
Ivy suggests we keep the consecutive numbering (we did), Joe wants to talk about Rot Grubs (ditto), Casa de Tenkar is STILL posting a Renovations sign. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
08:11
May 22, 2019
E369 - Random Tavern Business & Talk of a NTRPG Con Tavern Hangout
Yep, catching up on all things Tavern as well as spitballing a Tavern Hangout at NTRPG Con.
09:56
May 21, 2019
E368 - Last Episode of Game of Thrones Review / Rant - Spoilers (Don't Say I didn't Warn You!)
I just finished watching the last episode of Game of Thrones. John Snow is a fucking Emo! Spoilers. Warning Will Robinson!
12:41
May 20, 2019
E367 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with TheGlen (Mystara)
In today's episode I sit down for a Fireside Chat with TheGlen. Who is TheGlen? Ever hear of Mystara? Well, he has is fingers well placed in that particular pie... http://www.pandius.com/gwelch.html Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
1:08:26
May 19, 2019
E366 - New Season now with Voicemails, Kickstarter News and More
Voicemails from JoeTheLawyer and Ivy Shorts. Renovations Continue at Casa de Tenkar. Dark Trails is blazing a path over on Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2059365241/dark-trails-rpg/description Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
09:20
May 18, 2019
E365 - The 365th Episode! Woot! Oh, and we Even Have Industry News!
We couldn't have done a daily yearly podcast without you, the listener. I can't thank you enough. Also, a future rant. Tariffs will soon hit the gamers wallet and Cubicle 7 gets the Warhammer 40k RPG license. http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?6310-Warhammer-40K-Wrath-Glory-Now-Tp-Be-Produced-By-Cubicle-7! https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43201/games-books-periodicals-toys-targeted-new-round-china-tariffs Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
09:36
May 17, 2019
E364 - FireSide Chat with Laramie (Tavern Mensch & Bearer of Cider)
In this FireSide Chat I hangout with Laramie (Tavern Mensch & Bearer of Cider). Laramie is well known for being a huge Hackmaster fan (not Castles & Crusades - my bad ) We have an excellent chat, and if I didn't have to run to physical therapy we would have kept on going ;) Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
1:09:34
May 16, 2019
E363 - Fireside Chat with Pexx (Tavern Custodian & Hand of the Tavern Keeper)
In today's Fireside Chat I sit down with Pexx, the Tavern Custodian & my Right Hand. We talk Frog God, Kickstarter, conventions, gaming, geekdom and more. Oh, and all things Tavern ;) Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
1:04:39
May 14, 2019
E362 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Rokoma (Saga RPG)
I sit down with Rokoma (Jessie) from Saga RPG. We got way off the rails and go in directions neither one of us would have guessed.
1:07:58
May 14, 2019
E361 - Wherein I Rant About Season 8 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones (Minor Spoilers)
Minor spoiler alert. I talk about a death or two of some minor characters. More importantly, I rant about the death of a series I followed loyally for nearly 8 full seasons, only to be given a shitburger on the way out.
10:42
May 13, 2019
E360 - Go Joe! and a Look at Legacy
JoeTheLawyer calls back with a clarification on his OSR Wikileaks comment and I talk legacy and what it means.
10:59
May 11, 2019
E359 - Colin & Joe Call In - I Talk About My Prior Rant and More Yygsburgh
Colin talks about real Nazis, I talk about the tern Nazi thrown about as a crutch, Joe compares me to Wikileaks and I talk about the ongoing conversation about Yggsburgh over in the Tenkar's Tavern Facebook Community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/849179298513223/ Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
11:11
May 11, 2019
E358 - An Email from Yggsburgh's Past and a Legal Resolution to an Incident from Last Summer
It seems like I'll be gaining access to emails from just before and after Gary's untimely passing regarding his Castle Zagyg project. Oh, and the Jeremy Hambly / Matt Fantastic legal action has been resolved. See, not the legal action you were looking for ;)
08:22
May 10, 2019
E357 - Paizo 5e Follow Up & Bethesda Plagiarizing from the DM's Guild
JoeTheLawyer calls in with some thoughts on Paizo publishing for D&D 5e. Also in 5e news, Bethesda pretty much does an outright plagerism of a DM's Guild Adventure.. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
09:29
May 9, 2019
E356 - 500 Frog God Bucks up for Grabs and Gail lumps Alex and Tom Together
Want to win some Frog God Games store credit? As much as 400 for yourself (and leave crumbs for another). Details at: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/05/frog-god-games-competition-500-bucks-in.html. What does Gail Gygax think Tom DeSanto and Alex Gygax have in common? The Sounds of Silence... Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
11:07
May 8, 2019
E355 - Just How Many Virtual Table Tops Have I Played With?
Kloogewerks, ScreenMonkey, Maptools and more - oh my! Oh, and Fantasy Ground Unity is Kickstarting... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smiteworks/fantasy-grounds-unity/description
11:37
May 7, 2019
E354 - An Ugly Kickstarter and a Good Kickstarter
Want to get burned on Traveller5 yet again? Here's you chance. Want an excellent DCC RPG KS? Grab The Crypt in Cadaver Canyon & More! now. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/475776114/the-crypt-in-cadaver-canyon-and-more/description https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/traveller5/traveller-fifth-edition
11:01
May 6, 2019
E353 - Paizo to Publish for 5e & Renovations at Casa de Tenkar
Yep, Paizo will be releasing a 5e book with their latest crowdfunding project (NOT via Kickstarter or Indiegogo). Renovations continue at Casa de Tenkar.
09:07
May 5, 2019
E352 - A Rant in Support of Courtney Campbell
I hate when those that don't add to the community falsely label members of the community. Thanks to mud slung at Courtney I have an expletive filled rant.
11:40
May 4, 2019
E351 - Joint Statement of BJ Hensley and Frog God Games
Joint Statement of BJ Hensley and Frog God Games read by your's truly. Renovations continue in La Casa Tenkar :)
06:30
May 3, 2019
E350 - Digging Out Treasures Prepping for Renovations
I really have too much gaming shit. I found some stuff I hadn't seen in years earlier tonight. Heck, i found one thing I thought I had never received...
09:38
May 2, 2019
E349 - Far Away Land OSR Kickstarter - I Even Wrote a Forward :)
The was some legal lawyering activity on my end earlier today having NOTHING t do with any of the current drama. More importantly, Far Away Lands OSR is funding on Kickstarter! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/305572273/far-away-land-old-school-role-playing-game/description Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar's Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast to Coast Podcast
10:10
May 1, 2019
E348 - No Lawyer Episode (Really) - Alien the RPG and OSR Far Away Land
Who needs a lawyer? Not Gail Gygax apparently! Also, Alien the RPG and OSR Far Away Land Kickstarter. https://alien-rpg.com/ https://unicourt.com/case/ca-la23-tom-desanto-vs-gail-gygax-243533?fbclid=IwAR2-yfrCCeSq3kYhjdPgp9DFtdchtloGfejqlZJ72cdrJbWaONBISxVTn7A https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/305572273/far-away-land-old-school-role-playing-