Tavern Chat

Episode 86 - Is The Punisher Watching the Watchmen?

An episode of Tavern Chat

By erik tenkar
A daily chat with your Old School Gaming Bartender
Episode 90 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 14, 2018
Yep, it's a Tuesday, so that means Crowdfunding projects get a peek. But first, an update on Gail Gygax and her "30-year company". Here's are the projects I look at in today's episode: The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, The Year of Cthulhu - A 2019 Calendar, Dungeon Delve #2: Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm, Brindlemarsh, a 1E & 5E adventure of Dragons and Dungeons, Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos + Star Hat Miniatures, and Birthday Gemstone Dice.
16:32
August 14, 2018
Episode 89 - Mrs. E. Gary Gygax or Gail Gygax - Flip a Coin
Will the real Slim Shady please stand up! Wait! I mean the real Gail Gygax. Or Mrs E Gary Gygax. Last night (and overnight) Gail was taking the flames to Facebook. I guess this is what a $30 million lawsuit does to the person on the receiving end...
16:21
August 13, 2018
Episode 88 - Some Free Adventures & Using Discord to Play
I talk briefly about Dirk Stanley's adventures for the Far Away Land RPG and using them with the ruleset of your choice. I also touch upon using Discord for running RPG sessions online. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord - tenkars-tavern.games/FALadventures (affiliate link)
11:27
August 12, 2018
Episode 87 - Thoughts on Using Historical Inspiration
In this episode, I talk a little bit about some of the local histories of Wayne County in the Pocono Mountains, and an idea to use it to inspire a fantasy-themed adventure. Also, let's talk Discord. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord
11:59
August 11, 2018
Episode 86 - Is The Punisher Watching the Watchmen?
Some thoughts on the Watchmen, the Netflix Marvel Universe - especially The Punisher, Supers Gaming and such.
14:37
August 10, 2018
Episode 85 - $500 Waterdeep Platinum Edition for 5e - WTF?
WotC has licensed a $500 "Platinum Edition" of its upcoming Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, the same adventure that will release 2 months earlier in hardcover for 40 bucks - shipped - on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2vtsgSq (this is an affiliate link)
14:36
August 9, 2018
Episode 84 - The Voices in Your Head Will Make Them Believe
Today I talk about using voices - accents and catchphrases, to make your NPCs come to life. I also talk about how the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server has channels for third-party publishers and content creators. tenkars-tavern.games/Discord tenkars-tavern.games/patreon
14:33
August 8, 2018
Episode 83 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 7, 2018
As we do every Tuesday, its time to look at some current Kickstarters (and one Indigogo) that strike my fancy. Oh, and a four year overdue KS from someone who shouldn't punch windows... MAIN GAUCHE, THE FANTASY TRIP, The Sinister Stone of Sakkara 5E, Dark Naga - OSR Haunting of Hastur Modules, and Glamazons vs The Curse of the Chainmail Bikini.
25:23
August 7, 2018
Episode 82 - How Can a Top 100 List Only Go to 85? Feedspot!
I got squirreled today. An email from Feedpsot drew me back into the rabbit hole of Top 100 RPG Blog Lists that only have 85 entries, where a good portion of the list is "pay to play". Grrrrrr!
14:25
August 6, 2018
Episode 81 - Gen Con Update, Post Roundup & Voicemails
Yep, its a bit of a smorgasbord with today's episode. An update on the "Gen Con assault", voicemails, highlighting some interesting posts from the blogside and and update on The Tavern's Discord Server (invite link: https://discord.gg/fReGmuD )
14:41
August 5, 2018
Episode 80 - Gen Con - Fisticuffs & ENnies Awards
Gen Con is in full swing - literally. A Youtuber gets attacked at a local bar by a Gen Con exhibitor and Gen Con silences the discussion. The ENnies were announced and the OSR did very well.
14:08
August 4, 2018
Episode 79 - New - Freeport Goes CRPG, Robotech RPG & PF2 DL
All the news that's fit to yap. Freeport from Green Ronis is going to be a CRPG in late 2019, Robotech returns to RPGs in 2nd quarter of 2019 and the Pathfinder 2 playtest is available for download.
13:57
August 3, 2018
Episode 78 - News - How Did I Miss Gail Gygax Getting Sued?
Yep, Gail is being sued by Tom DeSanto, the Transformers producer that signed a deal two years ago with Gail to market the Gary Gygax IP. Whatever could have gone wrong with that? Note - the Gygax Memorial Fund is back online.
13:56
August 2, 2018
Episode #77 - News- Truth, Justice, What Did #ConManKen Say?
Today was to be a trip for #ConManKen to NYC for some fun and a court appearance. Kenny dodged that by finally telling the truth. Also, a look at some sales figures and player stats for the RPG industry from ICv2 and Fantasy Grounds.
14:07
August 1, 2018
Episode 76 - Kickstarter Roundup for July 31, 2018
Yep, today is a Tuesday and we have the latest Kickstarter Roundup. Eldritch Century: Monsters Wave 1, Void RPG Logo, Dice Tube - All Weather, Fantasy World Creator, and THE FANTASY TRIP – Old-School Roleplaying!
15:00
July 31, 2018
Episode 75 - You Say its My Birthday
I turn 51 today. A look back and a look forward to #ConManKen's court appearance in two days, August 1st, 2018.
13:06
July 30, 2018
Episode 74 - Why I Turned Down Working on an Amazing KS
It's never easy saying no to working on a project that looks to be very exciting, with a publisher that has a very strong Kickstarter history. Here's why I did so - for the second time. I blame you ;)
12:54
July 29, 2018
Episode 73 - #ConManKen Plans a Road Trip - I Give Advice ;)
Ah yes, #ConManKen heads to NYC on Wednesday, August 1st to respond to his civil suit. Assuming he even goes, I remind Ken that IF his driver's license is suspended (likely) how best to avoid arrest. Also, Ken's plans for bankruptcy and submission of misleading documentation and evidence. Oh my!
16:16
July 28, 2018
Episode 72 - Finding Flumphs & More in the AD&D Fiend Folio
Yep, I'm diving into the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio in this episode, looking for the silly, goofy and downright bizarre. Amazingly enough, I only made it as far as "Flumph".
14:31
July 27, 2018
Episode 71 - Reminiscing about the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio
The AD&D 1e Fiend Folio holds a special place in my personal gaming history - it was the first time I ever saw HD defined for monsters. My players never had it so good as when I thought 4+1 HD was 5 HP. Doh! The quality of the creatures included ranges from awesome to WTF!?!, but you knew that, right? :)
15:10
July 26, 2018
Episode 70 - 5e e-Sports? Say What?
Hasbro's Chairman and CEO was on CNBC talking D&D growth figures and "e-Sports competition. Does this mean interparty conflict is now expected ;)
12:04
July 25, 2018
Episode 69 - 7/24/18 Kickstarter Roundup & 2 New 5e Settings
Yep, WotC has gone and done it. Eberron is the new setting up on the DM's Guild and Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica releases in hardcover in the fall. As far as Kickstarters, we look at City of Brass, The Fantasy Trip, The GM's Tarot and All Weather Dice Tubes. Oh My!
15:37
July 24, 2018
Episode 68 - #ConManKen - Creating a Marketing Genie for S&W
In today's episode, I describe the process I use to create creatures in Swords & Wizardry, in this instance, a #ConManKen inspired Marketing Genie.
16:05
July 23, 2018
Episode 67 - There's a Succubus Holding a Monster Manual!
You fiend! Yep, that IS a Succubus holding a Monster Manual. Who would have thought? With this episode, I look at demons & devils in the AD&D 1e Monster Manual and my personal experience with the Satanic Panic from back in the day ;)
13:54
July 22, 2018
Episode 66 - AD&D 1e PH put me to Sleep - No Save ;)
In today's episode, I look at the Sleep spell in AD&D and how it is handled in some of the retroclones.
15:07
July 21, 2018
Episode 65 - The Tavern Wins a No-Prize & The Black Isle
I talk about why The Tavern (in any of its forms) will never win an award. More importantly, I talk about the free, crowdsourced sandbox setting, The Gazetteer to Eilean Dubh: The Black Isle.
14:55
July 20, 2018
Episode 64 - Keeping 6th Edition at Bay w/ a Collector's Box
A little bit of this, a little bit of that. We look at the listener stats, some #ConManKen words from overnight and a look at the upcoming D&D 5e Core Book Boxed Set.
15:32
July 19, 2018
Episode 63 - #ConManKen - Ken Can't Shut Up Shutting Up
In classic #ConManKen mode, Kenny insists on continuing his conversation with Louis via email and The Tavern's Community via comments on a recent post. Go Kenny!
19:03
July 18, 2018
Episode 62 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 17, 2018
After tearing apart Arcana Stock Art for repackaging art freely available for use I touch on the following crowdfunding projects: The Forgotten Dungeon Mega Adventure - AD&D, D&D5e, Dice Tube - All Weather, DRINKAGE: The Tipsy Meadows - An RPG Drinking Card Game!, Tiny Dice Buddies | Hard Enamel Polyhedral RPG Pins, NERO Ellipsis Dice and SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game.
16:20
July 17, 2018
Episode 61 - #ConManKen - Marcus Can't Shut Up Either
The #ConManKen Saga just gets more and more entertaining. With today's episode, Ken's enabler Marcus reveals and confirms more than he planned in a series of emails with Louis.
16:45
July 16, 2018
Episode 60 - #ConManKen has a Villain Monologue Moment
You know in movies and comics, when the villain has to explain themselves, their motivation and the details fo their plan to the hero they are about to (attempt to) kill? Well, Ken's been having those moments. Stranger than fiction.
15:18
July 15, 2018
Episode 59 - Baldur's Gate Lead Designer Goes Greek with 5e
James Ohlen (lead designer Baldur's Gate 1&2 and Neverwinter Nights) has retired from Bioware and is publishing a Greek-themed setting for 5e called Odyssey.
12:15
July 14, 2018
Episode #58 - Barbarism in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana
In this episode, I look at the Barbarian class from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1e Unearthed Arcana and why they are a party pooper ;)
16:55
July 13, 2018
Episode #57 - Dramatic Reading of #ConManKen Emails
Ah, #ConManKen. He never ceases to entertain. In this episode I "dramatically" read an email chain between Kenny and the man suing him in a New York court.
14:29
July 12, 2018
Episode #56 - Gaming Memories & ENnies Voting is Live
We all have gaming moments that are burned into our memories. I recount some of my earlier memories. Also, ENnies voting is now live!
15:09
July 11, 2018
Episode #55 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 10th, 2018
In the third weekly installment of Kicking it with Kickstarter, we cover the following current Kickstarters: The Complete White Ship Campaign 1E&5E mega-adventure, City of Brass: Epic Adventure for 5e and Swords and Wizardry, SURVIVE THIS!! Vigilante City Tabletop Roleplaying Game, Hall of Judgment - a Dungeon Fantasy RPG Supplement, The RPG Coloring Book, Secrets of the Nethercity (ACKS) and The Mighty Dragon Bag for RPG
16:20
July 10, 2018
Episode #54 - Delving Into OSRIC
In this episode, I delve into OSRIC, which I see as the point in time where the OSR truly came into being. The first old school ruleset freely offered to the gaming community.
14:26
July 9, 2018
Episode #53 - Voicemails & an Unexpected Rant - Thanks Kenny
In this episode, I answer some voicemails, get distracted by Kickstarter failures and enter rant mode...
14:35
July 8, 2018
Episode #52 - The OSR Rulesets - Swords & Wizardry
Time to start looking at the various OSR rulesets. First up is Swords & Wizardry. Also, the full listing of OSR nominations for the 2018 ENnies.
16:12
July 7, 2018
Episode #51 - ArenaNet Fires two Devs for Dissing Customers
Timely News - ArenaNet fires two developers for getting into a pissing match with customers via Twitter on July 4th. Employees are accountable for their social media feed and interactions.
15:30
July 6, 2018
Episode #50 - ENnies Nominations 2018 - Tavern Picks
Yep, its that time of the year again and its time to offer The Tavern's picks and suggestions for the 2018 ENnies. Congrats to Jason Hobbs for the podcast Hobbs and Friends of the OSR making it to the final five.
15:44
July 5, 2018
Episode 49 - The Beginning of the OSR - A Look Back
The first in what will become an (ir)regular series of episodes. Hackmaster 4e to Castles & Crusades to OSRIC to Labyrinth Lord and Finally to Swords & Wizardry, its the birth of the OSR.
13:28
July 4, 2018
#48 - Kicking it w/Kickstarter - All Weather Dice Tubes?
Its the second weekly Kickstarter Roundup. We look at City of Brass, Towns & Dungeons RPG Decks, Pocket Companion: A Tavern Guide, and All Weather Dice Tube. Yes, you read the last one correctly ;)
17:10
July 3, 2018
Episode #47 - Charging at Cavaliers in the AD&D 1e UA
In this episode, I take a look at Cavaliers and why I think balancing in-game abilities with roleplay restrictions often fails in practice.
15:41
July 2, 2018
Episode #46 - Poking Around the AD&D 1e UA - Polearms
Ah yes, polearms. Often misunderstood and truthfully, rarely used in game, polearms get a special treatment in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana. Why?
16:52
July 1, 2018
Episode #45 - Answering Comments and ShireCon in the Fall
In this episode, I answer voicemail, email, comments and such regarding recent episodes. Danke makes an appearance. ShireCon is in September and I'll be there.
12:40
June 30, 2018
Episode #44 - Unearthing the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana - P1
This is Part 1 of a series episodes digging into the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana. Today, we look at Method V of generating character stats.
15:23
June 29, 2018
Episode #43 - Playing Mind Games with the AD&D 1e PH
Appendix 1, psionics - the bane of many a campaign. Yeah, we tried it.
14:29
June 28, 2018
Episode #42 - Be Careful What You Ask 4 & Happy Anniversary
Well, one of the Kickstarters I talked about yesterday got suspended an hour or so after the podcast went live. I did mention that the same creator had two projects funding at the same time. Oh, and the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook is 40 years old this month.
12:17
June 27, 2018
Episode #41 - Kickstarter Roundup for June 26, 2018
Some Kickstarters are amazing, some are "eh" and some hit the WTF level. We got you covered. City of Brass, The Forgotten Dungeon Mega adventure, Dragon scales Fantasy RPG and F@ck! Yeah! 20 Sided Dice.
17:15
June 26, 2018
Episode #40 - Looking at the AD&D 1e PH, Back to Front
I've been enjoying looking at the old D&D / AD&D rulebooks with fresh eyes. Today I look at the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook, starting with the back cover and then moving to the front. My God, Rangers are powerful at low levels (and powerful again at name level)
13:37
June 25, 2018
Episode #39 - OD&D: Stop! Don't Let the Players Roll D' Dice
Tip of the hat to The Tavern's Discord Community for inadvertently giving me today's topic of discussion. Player's don't even roll their characters in OD&D - the DM does.
12:34
June 24, 2018
Episode #38 - An Interview w/ Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games
I chat with Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games about the Rise of the Nefarious Kickstarter, the synergy between 5e and the OSR, bringing new and younger blood into old school gaming, Disney and other goodness
27:22
June 23, 2018
Episode #37 - How I See the OSR
Yep, I screwed up some of the early episodes. Argh! I talk about the OSR and The Tavern as a Neutral Ground. Oh, and a free game for 24 hours only.
13:24
June 22, 2018
Episode #36 - Champions! Its Coming Backs as Its Old Self
There's a new Top Secret adventure being Kickstarted. The Origins Best RPG Game Award Winner is none other than our own James Spahn (and a dozen others). A look at the Champions Now! Kickstarter.
12:24
June 21, 2018
Episode #35 - Kickstarters Old & New and the Return of a Pod
I talk about three current Kickstarters you should think of backing and one that is six and a half years overdue. Also, the return of the Old School Blues podcast.
15:14
June 20, 2018
Episode #34 - AD&D 1e Bard - Broken & Overpowered
Tim Shorts leaves a voicemail. A look at the AD&D 1e Bard as presented in the Player's Handbook.
11:59
June 19, 2018
Episode #33 - I Rant, I Curse, I've Warned You!
Yes, a classic rant complete with a warning. I don't appreciate bags of shit littering my social media threads overnight and say so. F-bomb carpet-bombing in effect.
13:27
June 18, 2018
Episode #32 - Father's Day Advice - Its Not What You'd Expect ;)
It's Father's Day. I spew some gaming and other advice out of my ass and suggest some places where fathers can get free swag today ;)
11:24
June 17, 2018
Episode #31 - Free RPG Day and a New Player in Gaming Podcasts
A quick listing of what's available for Free RPG Day 2018. A short rant about blocking folks on social and then talking about them. Morrus enters the world of podcasting.
13:44
June 16, 2018
Episode #30 - Praise and Patience - A Kickstarter Rant
Wherein I read a thank you letter and talk about the need for patience when it comes to Kickstarter coverage at The Tavern in its many forms.
14:15
June 15, 2018
Episode #29 - Reflections of #ConManKen
Ken is reflecting well in a selfie at his old/current store in Kentucky. More ways to listen to Tavern Chat. My Lord, what a 5e Humble Bundle.
12:23
June 14, 2018
Episode #28 - GMF Update, #ConManKen Update and Kickstarters
It's a pretty full episode (and four full weeks of daily podcasts). We look at the Gygax Memorial Fund and the POD AD&D 1e reprints over at RPGNow - is there money going to the GMF from these sales? What's #ConManKen up to and where is he at? Oh, and Kickstarters. Can't forget the Kickstarters ;)
17:44
June 13, 2018
Episode #27 - Back in NYC - Behind the Scenes at NTRPG
The Eagle landed last night and Rach and I are back in New York City. Some behind the scenes at NTRPG Con and some talk of returning to the focus of prior to the con.
13:20
June 12, 2018
Episode #26 - NTRPG Con - And Now, Our Time is Done
It's always sad to wrap up a convention trip, but NTRPG Con is even more so, as you are truly saying goodbye to an amazing community for another year.
14:45
June 11, 2018
Episode #25 - NTRPG Con - Day 3 - Two Minutes to Midnite
We stayed up for the midnight auction. James ran some SWL in the morning. Tenkar is tired and beat to hell ;)
09:03
June 10, 2018
Episode #24 - NTRPG Con - TPK and The Mouth of Doom? You Don't Say
James Spahn ran Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom this morning and the bodies hit the floor. The smell acrid was everywhere ;)
08:47
June 9, 2018
Episode #23 - NTRPG Con Day One - And Then There Was Fun
A quick recap of NTRPG Con Day One. Our first sponsor. Co-DMing
09:29
June 8, 2018
Episode #22 - So Much OSR at NTRPG Con, We Knocked the Power Out!
Yep, we had about 40 minutes without power last night at the Westin. We were wondering if Bad Mike forgot to pay a bill or something ;)
10:47
June 7, 2018
Episode #20 - Further Thoughts on the AD&D 1e Thief Class
FrDave left some interesting thoughts on Episode #18 on tenkarstavern.com about the 1e Thief.
12:15
June 5, 2018
Episode #19 - 1e DMG - Demons & The Devils You Don't Know
A look at APPENDIX D: RANDOM GENERATION OF CREATURES FROM THE LOWER PLANES
12:49
June 4, 2018
Episode #18 - AD&D 1e Player's Handbook - The Thief is not Meant to be a Stand Alone Class
In today's episode, I take a look at the AD&D 1e Thief class and why I think it was meant to keep players of demihuman races involved until "the end game" and has less value as a "solo class". Danke makes an appearance and Glen is nowhere to be found ;)
15:04
June 3, 2018
Episode #17 - The 1e DMG as a Solo Gaming Resource
Note, I didn't say the 1e DMG was a Solo RPG Resource, but there were "sub-games" of sorts within the DMG. The Deck of Many Things and the Random Dungeon Generation Tables are two such resources.
14:33
June 2, 2018
Episode #16 - Stock Settlements, Stock Art, and Art of the Genre - Kickstarters
Lets talk about some current (as of the morning of May 1st, 2018) Kickstarters - Spectacular Settlements for 5th Edition, The Curse of Roslof Keep high-level 1E & 5E gaming adventure, and Choose Your Own: Sci-Fi Stock Art.
14:43
June 1, 2018
Episode 15 - The AD&D 1e DMG is Overbearing ;)
A look at unarmed combat in the AD&D 1e DMG. The Tavern celebrates its 9th anniversary.
15:21
May 31, 2018
Episode #14 - 1e DMG - Weapon Speed Just Slows Things Down
A followup on disease in the DMG with Tim Shorts. A look at weapon speed factor and why none of my groups ever used it.
14:39
May 30, 2018
Episode #13 - The 1e DMG is Diseased
Some memories, thoughts, and observations on the AD&D 1e Dungeon Master's Guide. Follow up on the Gygax Memorial Fund.
14:28
May 29, 2018
Episode #12 - Warhammer for Kids n’ More
I talk about the Warhammer for Kids fiction line, the use of Deal of the Days at OBS as a publisher and some thoughts on Kickstarter stretch goals.
11:48
May 28, 2018
Episode #11 - Memorial Weekend Freebie
A freebie for our active and former Military and Emergency Response personnel. Some thoughts on pricing and marketing at OneBookShelf
00:37
May 27, 2018
Episode #10 - Some Thoughts on the OSR Market
First episode recorded by phone. Enjoy the birds and the wind chime in the background. Some thoughts on the OSR market and publishing resources.
11:59
May 26, 2018
Episode #9 - Early Morning Bleck! and Thoughts
Allergies are in full gear this morning. Listen to Tenkar drown in phlegm. Inbetween throat clearing, I have thoughts on the sudden uptick in OSR podcasts and look at the Orc Stabr Kickstarter.
12:43
May 25, 2018
Episode #8 - Squirrel! Huh?
James Spahn has a new podcast, an update on the GMF and stock art goodness.
10:51
May 24, 2018
Episode #7 - NTRPG Con is in Two Weeks
I was reminded (right before recording this episode) that I was running some Mouth of Doom sessions at NTRPG in two weeks. There are still slots open (9am F/S/S)
01:18
May 23, 2018
Episode #4 - James Shields stops on by
Tavern Chat has its first guest - James Shields. James was the art director for White Star and has a new stock art Kickstarter with a nice twist.
21:30
May 22, 2018
Episode #6 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 2
Tim Shorts leaves a message. The second part of the Gygax Memorial Fund recap.
01:33
May 21, 2018
Episode #5 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 1
In this episode, I answer a voicemail and begin a series of episodes recapping 2 1/2 years of investigative posts at tenkarstavern.com regarding the Gygax Memorial Fund.
01:06
May 20, 2018
Episode #3 - Let There Be Light
We have voicemails from James Spahn and Tim Shorts, discuss Swords & Wizardry Light and mention the new OSR patches available for order (not from us ;)
01:43
May 19, 2018
Episode # 2 Dave and some Inappropriate Characters
There's a Humble Book Bundle, a Dave Arneson Documentary and some Inappropriate Characters.
00:35
May 18, 2018
Wherein your Bartender introduces himself
Yep, first episode. Short and sweet and hopefully the start of something fun. Oh, and a last-minute update to today's Gygax Memorial Fund post.
00:18
May 17, 2018
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