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Episode #77 - News- Truth, Justice, What Did #ConManKen Say?

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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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-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
09:24
April 30, 2019
E347 - More Lawyers and Game of Thrones (No Spoilers)
I watched Season 8, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones tonight. What a thrill ride. Also, Joe the Layers sent me some follow up text messages regarding the Tom deSanto / Gail Gygax lawsuit. 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
11:13
April 29, 2019
E346 - Tom DeSanto is Looking for $300K plus in Legal Fees from Gail Gygax
Gail Gygax was nice enough to share some emails she received from the law office that Tom DeSanto has retained in his lawsuit against Gail. Additionally, I explain how criminal and civil courts differ and how decisions are made in civil court. It is much less cut and dry than in a criminal court.
13:16
April 28, 2019
E345 - Statement by Bill Webb (Frog God Games)
I read Bill Webb's (Frog God Games) statement from earlier today without comment. Link to the blogpost where much of the conversation is happening:  https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/04/statement-by-bill-webb.html Link to the original post on the frog God Games website:  https://froggodgames.com/frogs/statement-by-bill-webb/?fbclid=IwAR2SnzK2mmpX5HgZnm8r3vVik-Azjh47kw6NBE3BLOGTgrK9pk-3TO393X4 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
07:23
April 27, 2019
E344 - Steve Jackson Games Sales Decline for Fourth Straight Year
Steve Jackson Games shared its Report to the Stakeholders for 2018. ICv2 takes a look at the results and so do I. http://www.sjgames.com/general/stakeholders/ https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43050/steve-jackson-sales-decline-fourth-year 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
April 26, 2019
E343 - We Sample Some of the Weekly Tavern Chat Hangout
We recorded some of tonight's (4/24) weekly Wednesday night Tavern Chat. Join us weekly at 9 PM Eastern every Wednesday on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. All are welcome. Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server 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
13:35
April 25, 2019
E342 - Some Valid Arguments from both Sides of the Magic Missile / Mirror Image Debate (with more voicemails)
Evil Jeff and Old Man Grognard chime in on Magic Missile and Mirror Image. Oh my! Someone might be close to changing my mind... 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
08:07
April 24, 2019
E341 - RPG Sales were up 18% in 2018
From ICV2 - https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43024/hobby-game-sales-total-1-5-billion-2018 hobby game sales were down 3% last year (driven by an 14% drop in Collectible Games - think Magic the Gathering, Pokeman and the like) while RPG sales were up 18%. Interesting times. 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
09:23
April 22, 2019
E340 - I Pop Open a Can of Gygax Beer!
My brother in law sent me over a can of Gygax Beer for my Easter Dinner. I pop one open and give my taste review :) 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
10:04
April 22, 2019
E339 - You Got Your Magic Missile in my Mirror Image (Move Voicemail - More Better)
Evil Jeff chimes in on the Magics Missile / Mirror Image discussion. I compare the B/X and AD&D 1e versions of the spell. Blessed holidays to all. 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
09:22
April 21, 2019
E338 - More Magic Missile Talk (We got Voicemails)
Ah, Magic Missile. Not just a simple 1st level spell. Further commentary from Glen Halstrom and JoeTheEawyer.
08:41
April 20, 2019
E337 - Magic Missile has a Duration of 1 Turn in B/X - I Never Knew
It came up in last night's weekly Tavern Chat hangout on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - in B/X, Magic Missile had a duration of 1 turn, allowing for some interesting implementations.  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
09:57
April 19, 2019
E336 - News - Licensed AD&D 2e Come to Fantasy Grounds (and a wee bit of Aged Advice ;)
Yep, licensed AD&D 2e has come to Fantasy Grounds. Barrel Rider Games joins forces with Gallant Knight. What happens when your Magic Missiles come into contact with Mirror Images (we are talking "Aged Advice" ;)
09:42
April 18, 2019
E335 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jacob (Nerdolopedia) (Smunchy Games)
In today's episode I have a Fireside Chat with Jacob of Nerdolopedia and Smunchy Games. We talk game-mastering, VTTS vs Face-to-Face gaming, livestreams, Kickstarter and more. https://www.nerdolopedia.com/ https://smunchygames.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
1:12:09
April 17, 2019
E334 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jayson "Rocky" Gardner (Silver Bulette)
In today's Designers & Makers Fireside Chat I sit down with Jayson "Rocky" Gardner of Silver Bulette. We talk publishing, the latest Kickstarter and generally chew the fat. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/599310737/creeping-cold 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
36:13
April 16, 2019
E333 - I Only Recently Realized Elves in Swords & Wizardry Must be Multi-Classed or Single Class Thieves
Apparently I need to read my RPG rulebook just a wee bit closer going forward. I just recently realized Elves in Swords & Wizardry can only be fighter/magic-users, fighter/magic-user/thieves or plain old thieves. No single class fighters or magic-users, and no multi classing with just thief and a singe other class. Go figure. 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
09:10
April 15, 2019
E332 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Frank (Mottokrosh Machinations)
In the latest of our Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Frank from Mottokrosh Machinations. Frank likes to convert adventures and source materials on the fly between systems and the system his is about to release - Hypertellurians (and which can be found on his website - https://mottokrosh.com/) or direct link (https://mottokrosh.com/hypertellurians/core/) is made to be conversion friendly from other systems. 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
1:04:35
April 14, 2019
E331 - All the News That's Fit to Listen To ;)
We have a voicemail from old Man Grognard. There is a gamer in need of a new kidney, a monthly 5e magazine in the works, more Midderlands and B'X Essentials is now Old School Essentials.  https://www.gofundme.com/7r4ky3-dakota039s-kidney-fund 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
April 13, 2019
James Smith (Dreams of Mythic Fantasy) Has Passed Far too Soon
James Smith (Dreams of Mythic Fantasy) passed yesterday. He was one of the early OSR bloggers and his return to the blogging scene in November of 2018 was long overdue. God bless. Far too soon. https://www.forevermissed.com/james-albert-smith-jr/#about https://dreamsofmythicfantasy.blogspot.com/
06:50
April 12, 2019
E329 - Spell Components, Segments, Limited Shield Use - Rules From 1e Missing from Most OSR Games
Verbal, Somatic, Material - the three types of spell components in AD&D 1e. How much of that has carried over to the OSR clones. Segments, spell interruption, shield size and number of use - we've dropped them all. 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
11:39
April 11, 2019
E328 - What is Tenkar's One-Shot Roleplaying?
Thanks to James Spahn, we now have the Tenkar's One Shot Roleplaying Community on Facebook. So, what exactly is TOSR? Listen and find out... https://www.facebook.com/groups/2317672128253902/ 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
09:52
April 10, 2019
E327 - Kotaku Among the Properties Sold at Fire Sale Prices to a Private Equity Firm
Gizmodo and its associated properties were sold earlier today to a private equity firm for less than half the price that was paid for them in 2016. Expect a significant number of layoffs and resurgence of#learntocode. https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/04/gizmodo-media-group-is-sold-to-a-private-equity-firm-and-univision-is-out-of-the-english-language-website-business/ 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
09:34
April 9, 2019
E326 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Glynn Seal (Monkeyblood)
In today's installment in the Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Glynn Seal - aka Monkeyblood. Glynn is one of the premier mapmakers in the OSR and his Midderlands setting is second to none. Be warned - our recording app hiccuped about 27 minutes into the episode, but we recovered. We talk everything and anything related RPG and old school gaming. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/monkeyblooddesign/the-city-of-great-lunden/description https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/7771/MonkeyBlood-Design?affiliate_id=1446 (note - affiliate link - a portion of sales will go to support The 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
1:09:05
April 7, 2019
E325 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with James Spahn (Barrel Rider Games)
Tonight I sat down with James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games, White Star, White Box and so much more. James is a close friend and the conversation goes in some unexpected directions ;) https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/4417/Barrel-Rider-Games?affiliate_id=1446 (Note - affiliate link. A portion of sales using this ink will support The 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
1:17:23
April 7, 2019
E324 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Andrew (FASA Games)
Today I sat down for a Fireside Chat with Andrew, line developer for the 1879 RPG. We talk games, gamemastering, historical alternative fiction and more. https://fasagames.com/1879-home/ https://fasagames.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=108_111 https://www.patreon.com/wanderingbeekeeper 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
1:05:56
April 6, 2019
E323 - Is Guilt Burning Down the House Gary Built?
Gail is still at it. More than a dozen disjointed postings on Facebook today about DeSanto, Luke Gygax and even little ole me. Could it be that the DeSanto lawsuit and the revelation of a second will that does not leave the rights to the IP with Gail (or her designated inheritor) after her death is pushing her to the edge. Or is it manipulation, and attempt to appear incompetent to get out of the lawsuit and the contract she signed. I was forwarded an interesting PM right before I recorded this which may change your mind... 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
09:35
April 5, 2019
E322 - Revisionist History Updates by Gail Gygax
Gail returns with a dream and tells us that Gary is visiting her and helping her write an adventure. Interesting times. 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
16:55
April 4, 2019
E321 - News - John Wick (and his 7th Sea RPG) Joins Chaosium
When a Kickstarter funds at $1.3M and still fails to fully fulfill and needs a white knight like Chaosium to buy them and their obligations out, you know its just another day in the RPG Community ;) 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
10:43
April 3, 2019
E320 - No April Foolery - Gail Gygax Set to Tell Tales of Family Woe and More
Its April 1st and we have some foolery from Gail Gygax. She is planning a series of tell all postings on Facebook. Today I talk about her most recent postings. 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
13:06
April 2, 2019
E319 - A Fortune that is Kickstarter Relevant and Google+'s Last Day is April 1st - No Foolin'!
"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly". Oh, and April 1st, 2019 is the last day for Google+. You might be out of time to save your data. 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
10:53
April 1, 2019
E318 - Want a One Year Contract as a WotC's Community Manager? Position Opens April 1st - No Fooling
Satine Phoenix's contract as Community Manager for WotC's Dungeons & Dungeons brand ends on March 31st. Want to relocate to Seattle for a one year contract to work on the D&D Brand? Neither do I, but you never know ;) http://company.wizards.com/content/jobs?gh_jid=4235887002 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
10:57
March 31, 2019
E317 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jay (Feral Games)
In today's episode I sit down with Jay of Feral Games. We talk about Kickstarters, self publishing, Wraith Recon (funding on Kickstarter through March 31st, 2019), video and computer games of yore and much more. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/feralgamers/wraith-recon-a-fantasy-rpg-of-covert-operations-an https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9012/FeralGamersInc?term=feral+&affiliate_id=1446  (yes, this is an affiliate link. a portion of sales will help to support The 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
1:04:10
March 29, 2019
E316 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Cavin (YourProGM)
In the latest of the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Cavin aka YourProGM. We talk gaming expectations, gamemaster theory, social media and more. Strangely enough, we don't talk much about professional GMing. We'll have to do a follow up ;) Links: Twitter @Datum7113 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ6eI4pUYRrz_cfSzD1Kbfw?view_as=subscriber https://www.instagram.com/datum7113/ 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
1:21:01
March 29, 2019
E315 - RPG Books Burned in China - Something to Fear?
The Sassoon Files, a Call of Cthulhu Mythos sourcebook, was destroyed by Chinese censors, reasons unknown. Is this something RPG publishers should be concerned about? 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
11:08
March 28, 2019
E314 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Joshua Desa (Genius Loci Games)
In today's entry in the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Joshua Desa of Genius Loci Games. We talk publishing, kickstarters, past and future works, fair cost of art and generally chew the fat. INHO, Josh's Pyramid of the Lost King is one of the best setting / adventure releases one can find in the OSR.  (yes, that there is an affiliate link) 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
58:29
March 27, 2019
E313 - 100k Plays, A Big Kaboom & More Gaming
The Tavern Chat Podcast should surpass 100k plays sometime on 3/25/19. Woot! In the first session of James Spahn's new Swords & Wizardry Complete Campaign, we blew ourselves up. And I get to play in Tim Shorts' new campaign tonight. 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
10:24
March 25, 2019
E312 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Owlbear (D20 Pro Virtual Table Top)
In this entry in the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Tobias / Owlbear of the D20Pro Virtual Table Top. We talk VTTs, gaming, systems and more. https://d20pro.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
1:13:39
March 25, 2019
E311 - Bits & Pieces - Numbers, Wayward and Grabbing a Seat as a Player x2
Tavern Chat is less than 500 plays from 100k. The Tenkar's Tavern Discord has over 1800 members. Ernest Gary Gygax Jr.'s Marmoreal Tomb Campaign Starter Kickstarter hits more snags - detailed critical review forthcoming. Oh, and I'm going to be playing in not one but TWO OSR campaigns starting Sunday / Monday. As a player! Woot! 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
10:29
March 23, 2019
E310 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Alex Macris - Redux (New Release - Arbiter of Worlds)
Yep, I sat down, again, with Alex Macris, best known in the OSR for the Adventure Conquerer King System rules, to talk about his new release available on Amazon - Arbiter of Worlds: A Primer for Gamemasters https://amzn.to/2UPlfWp (note - this is an affiliate link and using such will support The Tavern) Link to the original Fireside Chat with Alex Macris https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/episodes/E258---Designers--Makers---Fireside-Chat-with-Alexander-Macris-AutarchACKS-e32h9c 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
1:02:10
March 23, 2019
E309 - Talking Crit with Erik & Mike - Gary Con & More
This is the first of a weekly series called Talking Crit with Erik & Mike. Michael Badolato (Bad Mike) and myself (Erik Tenkar) are well known to be able to riff of each other for hours on end. We've been told we should take the show to the podcast airwaves and so we have. We talk Gary Con, a pulled Kickstarter, Paizo, WotC and whatever else catches our attention. Squirrel! 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
59:45
March 22, 2019
E308 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Jeff "Jolhoeft" (Virtua Rasa VTT)
In today;s Fireside Chat I talk with Jeff "Jolhoeft" of the Virtua Rasa Virtual Table Top. We had some technical issues with the voice server on Discord while recording the first 25 minutes or so, but we ended the chat strong :) Basic Access to Virtua Rasa is free. We’re trying to fund Virtua Rasa entirely with the community’s support! We don’t collect anything but your email address, and we don’t sell anyone’s personal information or send any unsolicited email — we only need your email to help you reset your password if you forget it. https://virtuarasa.com/vr/ 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
1:16:40
March 21, 2019
E307 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Janet (World Anvil)
I sat down with Janet of World Anvil for a Fireside Chat. World Anvil is an amazing tool for authors, artists and most importantly for us, Gamemasters. Janet and I discuss the history of World Anvil and some of its many features. Best of all, its basic features are free :) https://www.worldanvil.com/about 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
49:02
March 20, 2019
E306 - How Swords & Wizardry Light Came to Be or Ain't Retirement Grand?
There is a narrative going around the gaming community that I wrote Swords & Wizardry Light to steal the thunder from Swords & Wizardry Complete 3rd Printing. I figured its time to set the record straight. 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
14:23
March 18, 2019
E305 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Courtney Campbell (Hack & Slash) Round Two
Today we bring back Courtney Campbell, he of the Hack & Slash blog and author of the recent Autarch release - Eyrie of the Dread Eye. (there is an affiliate link above. using the Tavern's affiliate links help to support The 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
32:14
March 18, 2019
E304 - Found My Voice and Huge Kickstarter Roundup
Tonight I highlight well over a dozen really cool gaming Kickstarters. Google is your friend :) Strange New World Gazetteer: Weird Colonial Roleplaying Zine An RPG and OSR setting zine for adventuring in a strange fantasy version of colonial America. Fearsome creatures, witchcraft and weird. Xboat: a Traveller RPG 'zine A fanzine supporting the Traveller role-playing game. #ZineQuest Fantasy World Creator + APP: Modular tiles for TABLETOP RPG Write your adventure with the included APP, create maps and make them live with creatures token. REPRINTED and UPDATED VERSION DCC RPG Module: Reckoning of the Gods-Into the Shadow Realm Trespass into a parallel realm to heist the hoard of an ancient evil. A booklet of two level 3 DCC RPG adventures (adapts to any RPG). The City of Great Lunden A City Setting for Old School RPGs - The Midderlands setting compatible. Spiral Isles A pointcrawl adventure module for 5th Edition and Swords and Wizardry rulesets. Lost Classes and Cannibal Corpses - Two Original RPG Zines One Zine featuring re-imaginings of two character classes from proto RPG days. One adventure module. Terror of the Stratosfiend : A DCC RPG Zine A new tentacle and sorcery zine for the DCC RPG. (ZineQuest) Traveller RPG: The Journal of the Travellers Aid Society The Journal of the Traveller's Aid Society returns, in a brand new full colour, slipcase format. Wizard Burial Ground: A Dungeon-Punk RPG Book (Zine Quest) Prog Rock inspired Dungeon-Punk resource book full of plot hooks, monsters, NPCs, and magic items (Zine Quest) Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad Zine Returns! Four years in the making, the original Metal Gods team returns for three more issues of metal-fueled mayhem for the DCC RPG Draugr & Draculas An old-school RPG zine about undead vikings and vampires Mercenaries Spies & Private Eyes RPG by Michael Stackpole A New Edition of the rulebook for Mercenaries, Spies, and Private Eyes (MSPE) a modern role playing game by Michael Stackpole. Secrets of the World Harvesters An RPG adventure for DCC (Dungeon Crawl Classics) The Folio: Black Label #1 A fantasy adventure for a more refined RPG gamer in both classic AD&D and 5th Edition D&D formats.
17:04
March 17, 2019
E303 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Aurelien (Koryo Hall of Adventures)
In today's entry in the series of Designer's & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Aurelien Laine, writer and designer of the forthcoming Koryo Hall of Adventures, a setting book and adventure seeds and hooks with a Korean twist. http://hallofadventures.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
46:16
March 16, 2019
E302 - Dramatic Reading of a Con Man Ken Email Exchange
Huge tip of the hat to Louis Desy Jr, without whose ability to engage Ken in conversation, this would not be possible. Thanks to Ken for bring Ken. Oh, and thanks to Spinward Traveler, the gift that keeps on giving...
10:39
March 15, 2019
E301 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Ben (Virtua Rasa VTT)
In this, the latest Designers & Makers Fireside Chat, I sit down with Ben from the Virtua Rasa Virtual Table Top. We talk VTTs and other gaming goodies.
48:25
March 14, 2019
E300 - I Got Fake Newsed By Frank - Oh, and its Episode 300!
So, apparently Frank was making a funny about the DNC being in Milwaukee in July. Ah well, I still appreciate my usual sources that send me links and screenshots, even if we did get punked ;) 300 episode 300 in 300 days - damn. 8 Fireside Chats in 8 days starting tonight. Double damn!
09:09
March 12, 2019
E299 - Frank Con, Con Man Ken and Con Crud - What a Day
Oh my. What a day. Rach and I returned from Gary Con earlier today. Not as early as it would have been if taxis had been running as usual at LGA. Getting on the wrong Select Bus and heading towards 106 Street in Manhattan wasn't helpful. I think I'm coming down with some con crud. Frank M wants to do a con in July and needs organizers. I also think he needs more time - its in 4 months. And the return of Con Man Ken.
10:23
March 12, 2019
Gary Con Fireside Chat with Rach
Gary Con Fireside Chat with Rach
05:57
March 11, 2019
E297 - Gary Con Day 3 and Ken Whitman Spins His Wheels with the Spinward Traveller Kickstarter
Rappan Athuk - The Mouth of Doom 3d Terrain was auction off at Gary Con earlier today. Tomorrow is my last day to run it. Ken Whitman gives the Spinward Traveller Kickstarter its first update in 2 1/2 years. You go Kenny!
12:10
March 10, 2019
E296 - Gary Con Day 2 - Unionized Demons Renovate Rappan Athuk's Mouth of Doom
We kicked off the Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom series of sessions at Gary Con this morning. The set up is a bit mixed up, but that's what happens when unionized demons are in charge of the renovations ;)
10:31
March 9, 2019
E295 - Kotaku Article on Gygax is Out - Fluff Piece Gone Wrong
The Kotaku article on Gail Gygax went live today. It was supposed to be a fluff piece for Gail, but instead it makes her look paranoid and in need of some professional help. The two paragraphs on me were interestingly full of inaccuracies. The only Memorial Gary needs is Gary Con. 
13:50
March 8, 2019
E294 - Follow Up on Falling Down and Some Legal Thoughts on Trademarks
We have voicemails from Jason Hobbs and Joethelawyer as well as an anonymous (but known by me) email regarding falling from grace. Why listen to me when you can listen to my betters :)
09:54
March 6, 2019
E293 - Reporter Redux - Now With Secret Offensive Jokes
Yep, our reporter friend is back, now with secret screenshots of me making offensive jokes about Gail Gygax. As you might expect, I talk about the latest letter.
10:51
March 6, 2019
E292 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with VBWyrde Elthos RPG & Mythos Machine)
In tonight's Designer's & Makers Fireside Chat I sit down at the virtual bar with VBWyrde. VB has written his own RPG called Elthos but also a world building app / service called the Mythos Machine. We delve deep into the granularity of both and I begin to fanboy the Mythos Machine. You have been warned ;) Elthos RPG Website: https://elthos.com/  Elthos RPG Rules Books: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9675/ElthosRPG or  https://elthos.com/product/elthos-rpg-core-rules-book/   Mythos Machine - Live Site: https://mythosmachine.elthos.com/  Mythos Machine - Free Open Beta / Test Site: https://test.mm.elthos.com/  Mythos Machine - World Weaver's Strategy Guide: https://mythosmachine.elthos.com/OutwardDocumentation/WorldWeaverStrategyGuide.htm   Elthos Project - Total Scope: https://elthos.com/elthos-project/   Questions can be directed to the #Elthos Channel on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - link below 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
46:59
March 5, 2019
E291 - Are We at Fault? Have we Made Godlings out of Imperfect Heroes and Doomed them to Fall from Grace?
Are we at fault, at least to some extent, for the inability of our gaming heroes to admit to their own faults, their human weaknesses and instead encourage them them to do everything they can to save their image, an image we as a community have helped to create, even if it means mistruths, misdirection and worse being told to that very community? They are, after all, simply human but we don't allow them to ask for that very human gesture - forgiveness. 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
March 4, 2019
E290 - Wherein I Explain How I Came to My Conclusion over the Frank Mentzer Dragonsfoot Fiasco
I received an email (echoing many of the comments I've seen on Facebook and elsewhere) questioning my conclusions on the Frank Mentzer Dragonsfoot Fiasco based on the grounds that Frank is an honorable man that would not lie. I like Frank. Really. He was one of the first of the "old guard" to acknowledge me and the Tenkar's Tavern blog. That doesn't mean I ignore evidence because I like the man. In today's episode I give some insights into my background in handling investigations such as this. 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
11:23
March 3, 2019
E289 - Kickstarter Roundup - Lost City of Immersive Hexed Booze of the Metal Consortium
In today's episode I highlight seven interesting and currently funding Kickstarters. The World of the Lost Lands - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/froggodgames/the-world-of-the-lost-lands/description City of the Hobgoblin King: 3D Printable Fantasy RPG Terrain - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/700625190/city-of-the-hobgoblin-king-3d-printable-fantasy-rp/description Immersive Battle Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasmundi/immersive-battle-maps-for-tabletop-roleplaying-gam Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad Zine Returns! - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/400735011/metal-gods-of-ur-hadad-zine-returns/description Hex Tile content Add-Ons for MapForge map-making software - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/battlegrounds/hex-tile-content-add-ons-for-mapforge-map-making-s Cade's Big Book o' Booze - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1988380379/cades-big-book-o-booze/description Era: The Consortium Miniatures and 5th Anniversary - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shadesofvengeance/era-the-consortium-miniatures-and-5th-anniversary?ref=37slcl 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
12:19
March 2, 2019
E288 - Frank M Posts a Rebuttal of Sorts to Facebook - I discuss a small piece of it
Frank Mentzer shared a post on Facebook addressing his Dragonsfoot drama and later Jessica Price accusations. Today I look at Frank's explanation for the Dragonsfoot situation and why it falls apart under scrutiny. https://www.facebook.com/frank.mentzer/posts/2166010183478721 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
12:13
March 1, 2019
E287 - Voicemail Catch Up on the Zak S Drama
Between TotalCon and Fireside Chats, I've been neglecting voicemails. Today, we catch up on voicemails from Laramie (Tavern Mensch on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server) and Spikepit (Podcaster Supreme) 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
14:34
February 28, 2019
E286 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Thom Wilson (Throwi Games)
In this installment of the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Thom of Throwi Games. We talk Swords & Wizardry, Gamma World, Kickstarters, Frog God Games, Zines and more. http://www.throwigames.com/ https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/7648/ThrowiGames?affiliate_id=1446 (affiliate link) 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
58:50
February 27, 2019
E285 - Designers & Makers - A Fireside Chat with Don of Hellebarde Games
Today I sat down with Don of Hellebarde Games. We talk Castle & Crusades, Gary Gygax, Troll Lords, Kickstarters and more. https://hellebardegames.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 https://anchor.fm/rich-fraser
52:12
February 26, 2019
E284 - Return from TotalCon & Back to Tavern Stuff ;)
Rach and I have returned from TotalCon, and it was good. Seriously, I don't know how I managed to miss it all of these years.
10:36
February 25, 2019
E283 - Mini Fireside Chat with Rach, Recorded Live at Total Con - Special Guest Angela, Con Director
TotalCon with Rach & Angela. It’s a mini fireside chat with my wife Rachel, recorded live at the Frog God table at TotalCon 2019. Con Director Angela stops by and says hello.
10:59
February 23, 2019
E282 - Gen Con Bans Zak S - Do We Now Have a Slippery Slope?
Its been building over the last week and a half, but the un-personing of Zak S has pretty much been completed. I don't like Zak - I personally think he's a piece of shit. I just don't like companies banning and / or removing folks because they fear the small but vocal outrage brigade.
14:20
February 23, 2019
E280 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with DasMachine (Lost Relic Industries)
In this episode in the series of Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Brian / DasMachine of Lost Relic Industries, We talk about their current project - Swords & Shaman of Sonnegard (currently in a playtest beta), Kickstarters and more. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/13997/Lost-Relic-Industries-LLC?affiliate_id=1446 (note - affiliate link) Support Tavern Chat - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support https://anchor.fm/rich-fraser 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
57:10
February 21, 2019