Tavern Chat

E375 - The Effects of Weather in Fantasy Campaigns (with Live Weather Effects)

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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E519 - Announcing the Loss of a Member of The Tavern's Community and the Return of a Classic Series of Wee Warriors
Lucas Puryear / Sketchbook LP has passed. Lucas was an active member of the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. Also, the Wee Warriors are returning as an imprint of Precis Intermedia.  http://www.pigames.net/store/default.php?cPath=145 Lucas's GoFundMe Page Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
08:57
October 20, 2019
E518 - Hero Games - Hall of Champions - Community Content Program
Hero Games is introducing its Community Content Program at DriveThruRPG next month. Just how many such programs are there? https://www.herogames.com/index.html/hero-system-news/community-content-program-hall-of-champions-r315/ Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
11:30
October 19, 2019
E517 - Yahoo Groups Permanently Removing Content by Mid December - Time for RPG Communities to Save Their Content
Yahoo Groups is being gutted over the next two months. Wait? You never heard of Yahoo Groups? https://lifehacker.com/drop-google-and-facebook-groups-and-use-this-instead-1823994067https://www.cnet.com/news/yahoos-forgotten-site-groups-will-permanently-remove-content-by-years-end/Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
10:01
October 18, 2019
E516 - Critical Kickstarter Critique - Advanced Fantasy Role-playing
The Advanced Fantasy Role-playing trainwreck is so bad, I had to cover it on both the blog side and the podcast side. Yep, its that good! https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/10/kickstarter-advanced-fantasy-role.html https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kevinpaultracy/advanced-fantasy-role-playing/comments Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
13:54
October 17, 2019
E515 - Follow Up to the BBC D&D Video - With Voicemail
Follow up voicemail from Rob regarding the BBC / D&D video shared on Twitter. Oh, and the Tenkars Tavern Facebook Community has surpassed 2500 members! https://www.facebook.com/groups/tenkarstavern/ https://twitter.com/BBC/status/1183397244403441667 Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
10:32
October 16, 2019
E514 - The BBC Insults Gamers via Twitter
Yep, the BBC insulted gamers via Twitter. I playback the BBC audio and give my reactions. https://twitter.com/BBC/status/1183397244403441667 Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
16:25
October 15, 2019
E513 - You Got You Loot Crate in My Kickstarter! Lootlauncher
Much like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Loot Crate has mixed crates with crowdfunding. Will it work? https://www.lootcrate.com/lootlauncher Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
12:14
October 14, 2019
E512 - Sometimes Pain Can Bring a Gaming Group Together
Today I went to the Freedom Tower and the WTC Memorial with some members of my old gaming group. It was rough for me, but now they want me to DM again... Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
10:32
October 13, 2019
E511 - DTRPG Introduces "Phone PDFs" - Try Pugmire and Zweihander for Free
Phone PDFs. What are they and what are they good for? Try Pugmire and Zweihander for free and decide for yourself. https://tenkars-tavern.games/phone (affiliate link) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
11:01
October 12, 2019
E510 - Winning at RPGs - Yes You Can if You Define Winning Correctly
I seem to constantly see the question pop up in social media - "How can you win at RPGs?" or "Tips to win at Dungeons & Dragons" Usually the questions (and tips) come from the uninformed, but you can "Win" playing RPGs. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
11:46
October 11, 2019
E509 - Three Can't Miss Kickstarters
Three can't miss Kickstarters - A Dozen Sinister Rumors, for use with Fantasy RPGs, Adventure Design Booklets, and Wolves of God: Adventures in Dark Ages England. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/102137316/a-dozen-sinister-rumors-for-use-with-fantasy-rpgs https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/adventure-design-booklets https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1637945166/wolves-of-god-adventures-in-dark-ages-england Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
12:29
October 10, 2019
E508 - Figuring Out My Age when I Found RPGs
For some damn reason, I can never nail down exactly when I started my experience with RPGs, although now I suspect it was Easter vacation of 79 (i mention Christmas vacation of 78 in the podcast, but that math doesn't work ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern tenkarstavern.com
09:16
October 9, 2019
E507 - Update - Raggi Did Not Remove his Title from DTRPG - DTRPG Did a Stealth Deletion and Stealth Announcement
The cherry on top has moved. James Raggi did NOT delete An Analysis into the Nature of Man & the Satanic Power He Contains. DTRPG did via a stealth deletion and a stealth announcement on a non-official Twitter account. https://twitter.com/MeredithGerber/status/1180226770278260737?fbclid=IwAR1md-mTlMA66fR5KPRgZy2WnUKlcH7UlpjtOBKGW6dWD_ymcz17jZ0wUvA Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:46
October 8, 2019
E506 - "Cherry on Top Update" on "Not Zak" & Follow Up on Planned Obsolescence of RPGs.
Not Zak / An Analysis into the Nature of Man & the Satanic Power He Contains is no longer available on DriveThruRPG. James Raggi dis EXACTLY what he said he'd never do - retreat. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/288245/ZZZ-Title-to-remain-private--An-Analysis-into-the-Nature-of-Man--the-Satanic-Power-He-Contains 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
October 7, 2019
E505 - Reading James Raggi's "A Word From the Publisher" from Zak Has Nothing to Do with This Book - Part III (Final)
I read James Raggi's "A Word From the Publisher" from Zak Has Nothing to Do with This Book. I haven't read any of it before reading it for the podcast, so you get my live reactions and commentary. This is the third and last part of a multi-part series because it is fucking long! ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
20:17
October 6, 2019
E504 - Reading James Raggi's "A Word From the Publisher" from Zak Has Nothing to Do with This Book - Part II
I read James Raggi's "A Word From the Publisher" from Zak Has Nothing to Do with This Book. I haven't read any of it before reading it for the podcast, so you get my live reactions and commentary. This is the second of a multi-part series because it is fucking long! ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
16:18
October 5, 2019
E503 - Reading James Raggi's "A Word From the Publisher" from Zak Has Nothing to Do with This Book - Part I
I read James Raggi's "A Word From the Publisher" from Zak Has Nothing to Do with This Book. I haven't read any of it before reading it for the podcast, so you get my live reactions and commentary. This is the first of a multi-part series because it is fucking long! ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
16:44
October 4, 2019
E502 - Are Poorly Printed RPG Books Penny Pinching or Planned Obsolescence
We have a voicemail that posits the theory that poorly printed RPG books, once that lack the lifespan you expect as a consumer, may be planned obsolescence.  Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:28
October 3, 2019
E501 - Where is D&D 5e in its Lifespan?
A look at D&D 5e as for as its marketable lifespan, as well as other editions and Pathfinder as a means of comparison. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:07
October 2, 2019
E500 - 500th Episode! Swords & Wizardry Continual Light 50% Off! Woot!
Yep, its the 500th episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast. Swords & Wizardry Continual Light has achieved Electrum status on DTRPG and we are celebrating by putting the SWCL PDF on sale for 50% off! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/223909/Swords--Wizardry-Continual-Light?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:43
October 1, 2019
E499 - Kickstarter Unionization Dispute Spreading to Creators and Backers
I bet you didn't know that Kickstarter workers were attempting to unionize, and Kickstarter itself was attempting to foil them. https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/09/kickstarter-to-workers-and-project-creators-drop-dead?fbclid=IwAR0g9whCkIzfNQ_b8pwbZDGe3-N7wrN5Mc3g7jA7NIA2gqAG0SZ9st4I-_Y https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evjb47/workers-accuse-kickstarter-of-union-busting-in-federal-complaint 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
September 30, 2019
E498 - Nature vs Nurture in Fantasy RPGs - How Relevant is It?
It seems we constantly revisit the question of the Paladin and the baby orcs. Nature vs nurture. Does it even apply in fantasy RPGs. My thoughts on the matter. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
08:23
September 29, 2019
E497 - Zak Did NOT Record This Podcast (Nor did James Raggi)
James Raggi published Zak Has Nothing to do With This Book at GenCon this summer, with a multi-page preface where he ranted about the community and defended Zak S. It was sold in PDF on DriveThruRPG until earlier today when James changed the title and removed the preface. I ordered the physical copy. https://renaissancegamer.ca/2019/09/09/lamentations-end/ https://mythlands-erce.blogspot.com/2019/09/zak-raggi-drivethrurpg-drawing-lines.html Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server Invite:  https://discord.gg/fReGmuD Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
15:54
September 28, 2019
E496 - Want to Host a Live Chat Session on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server?
We are looking to add some extra weekly hosted chat sessions on The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. Wanna be a host? Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server Invite:  https://discord.gg/fReGmuD Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
08:51
September 27, 2019
E495 - Swords & Wizardry Light is Heading to School
A teacher forming a game club specifically asked for SWL & SWCL for her students. How cool is that? Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:18
September 26, 2019
E494 - Pay for a Seat at the Table? Sure - Pay for In Game Bonuses? Say What!?!
An article over at ICv2 about a gumball machine that dispenses in-game bonuses for cash. I opinionize. https://icv2.com/articles/columns/view/44094/rolling-for-initiative-wizards-puts-its-money-where-its-mouth-is-other-trends Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:02
September 25, 2019
E493 - Following Up on the Formalization of Informal Social Contracts
I'm still at a loss for voice, but we have a follow up on the formalization of informal social contracts with Tim NOT of Gotheridge Manor ;) Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
08:49
September 24, 2019
E492 - WTF is an "ENnie Runner?"
WTF is an "ENnie Runner?" Someone that runs from the ENnies? Also, the gaming community lost another this weekend. Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
08:21
September 23, 2019
E491 - I Left My Voice at ShireCon :)
Yep, it appears I am losing my voice tonight. Still, ShireCon was a blast and I'm already looking forward to next year. Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
07:56
September 22, 2019
E490 - ShireCon Prep and an Oopsie!
ShireCon is tomorrow. I thought I had more copies of Swords & Wizardry Light but instead, it appears I had just enough.  Forward to TPK, er, I mean Victory! https://tenkars-tavern.games/OSRbundle Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:43
September 21, 2019
E489 - Sometimes the Secret to Success is Not Giving an F
The Tavern has been doing well recently, both the blog side and the podcast. Sometimes not giving an F about the opinions of the loud but few allow you to better serve the community at large. https://tenkars-tavern.games/OSRbundle Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
14:36
September 20, 2019
E488 - A Look at the Old School Fantasy Roleplaying Bundle at Humble Bundle
Yep, it's a virtual cornucopia of OSR goodness in the Old School Fantasy Roleplaying Bundle at Humble Bundle . Yes, this is an affiliate link. Affiliate links keep the taps flowing and the lights on at The Tavern. https://tenkars-tavern.games/OSRbundle Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:31
September 19, 2019
E487 - Why Do I Enjoy Swords & Wizardry So Much?
I see Swords & Wizardry as the OSR's Rosetta Stone, as it allows all OSR adventures to work with it without many issues, and visa versa. Also, Shire Con this Saturday! Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:42
September 18, 2019
E486 - What to Do if Your PCs Never Retreat
It was probably my fault, but in my high school and college days, my group would never retreat, and I didn't like killing PCs. A horrible combination. 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
September 17, 2019
E485 - Addressing Game Balance in a Convention Session
I was asked about game balance, and it made me think about game balance in convention play - which is different than campaign play. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
08:47
September 16, 2019
E484 - Some Suggestions to Help Prospective Bloggers, Podcasters and Youtubers
I often get asked the secrets to success with my blog and podcast. There is no secret - hard work and a long history of doing. But there are some strategies that can help in the long run (and should be instituted from the beginning.) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
13:32
September 15, 2019
E483 - Sign a Social Contract So You Can Game?
Would you sign a social contract so you could game? If you need to sign a contract, binding or not, is it still a hobby? https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5512e30de4b018f9300e3a55/t/57802bb3bebafbf78186bc68/1468017592481/Downloadable+Social+Contract.pdf Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
13:48
September 14, 2019
E482 - Your Life is Priceless
A retired Sgt in the NYPD, Joe Pabon killed himself in the early morning hours. Please, if you have suicidal thoughts, seek help. There is no shame to admitting you need help. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
06:45
September 13, 2019
E481 - Remembering 9-11
I stray away from gaming today as 9-11 is a day I'll never forget. I give my perspective as one that responded to the Towers right before they came down. Never forget. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
13:17
September 12, 2019
E480 - RANT Warning - The World Does Not Conform to Your Demands
I read some feedback on Jason Hobbs re-releasing his Hobbs & Friends Interview with Alex Macris. The demands made by "Facebook Friends" to make the world conform to their vision simply pisses me off. No one is forced to listen to a podcast or a blogpost.  The presence of such does not define your world unless you continually define your world via negativity. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
15:39
September 11, 2019
E479 - Dave & Gary ARE Dungeon & Dragons - The Sum is Greater than the Parts
Old Man Grognard calls the show about magic item McGuffins. I talk about the influence both Dave and Gary had on D&D. https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard https://www.enworld.org/threads/the-dueling-essays-of-arneson-gygax.667050/ Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:36
September 10, 2019
E478 - Why I Hate Artifacts in D&D
JoeTheLawyer has a podcast episode up talking about his take on artifacts in D&D 5e. I just hate artifacts all together ;) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:00
September 9, 2019
E477 - On Dragons!
How best to use dragons in your campaign. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
11:48
September 8, 2019
E476 - Don't Stop in the Left Lane if You Miss Your Turn AND Players Won't Know You Made a Mistake so Keep it Moving ;)
Just keep things moving :) Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
10:17
September 7, 2019
E475 - Making Your NPCs Memorable
Want to make your NPCs memorable? All you need is "a hook" Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
09:14
September 6, 2019
E474 - Is There a New Boxed Set of Swords & Wizardry in the Wings?
Well, it certainly looks like there is a boxed set Swords & Wizardry coming up.  Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
07:52
September 5, 2019
E473 - Some Suggestions for Players of Convention Games
JoeTheLawyer calls the show and asks for some suggestions and ideas to help players of convention games. Voicemail # ‪(347) 509-5168‬ Support The Tavern https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/08/james-raggi-offers-update-on-lotfp-ref.html www.amazon.com/shop/eriktenkar (affiliate link) https://ko-fi.com/tenkar https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern
12:28
September 4, 2019
E472 - How I Run Convention RPG Sessions (ShireCon is 9/21/19)
I'll be running a session of Swords & Wizardry Light at ShireCon on 9/21/19 in Falls River Ct. Want to know how I run convention sessions and why I do so in the ma