The Red Dice Diaries

Episode 35 - V5 first impressions

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By John Alan Large
The is The Red Dice Diaries podcast, a rambling journey through the wonderful world of RPGs from the viewpoint of a long-time GM and player.
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Episode 62 - Voicemails & Thoughts following first B/X Essentials Session
In this episode I answer some voicemails and chat a bit about my thoughts following my first Thousand Lands hex-crawl game.
January 12, 2019
Episode 61 - Rose of Westhaven S02E02 Part 2
Bedeviled by spectres of loss our heroes push on in their search for the tail of the legendary Equinian.
January 1, 2019
Episode 60 - Rose of Westhaven S02E02 Part 1
Owing 300 quid due to his indiscretions at the gaming table, Wulfric and his associates are dragged into working for the notorious Peche Pritchard and find themselves attempting to retrieve the tail of a mythical horse creature that dwells in the haunted Kelderburn Forest.
January 1, 2019
Episode 59 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Part 3
Returning to the village of Otterdale, putting the menace of the fortress behind them, the hunters celebrate with a spot of carousing.
December 17, 2018
Episode 58 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Part 2
In which the group of hunters venture into the subterranean depths of the buried Goman fortress.
December 17, 2018
Episode 57 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Part 1
A group of church hunters and crusaders head to the sleepy, mist-shrouded village of Otterdale drawn by rumours of strange coins and ruins.
December 17, 2018
Episode 56 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Introduction
An introduction to the players and characters in the second seasons of my continuing Rose of Westhaven campaign set in the Midderlands.
December 17, 2018
Episode 55 - Answering voicemails
In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemail messages received.
December 17, 2018
Episode 54 - Discussing future Sci-fi collaboration project with JP
In this episode, myself and Johannes Paavola begin initial discussions on a sci-fi toolkit project that we're planning to collaborate on.
December 16, 2018
Episode 53 - State of the Bullet Journal
I'm two sessions into the second season of our Rose of Westhaven game and thought I'd talk a little bit about the current state of my bullet journal.
December 16, 2018
Episode 52 - Stars Without Number Unique Foci
In this episode Johannes Paavola and myself chat about our recent playtesting of 'Behind the Walls' and also discuss me taking a unique foci for my character in his Stars Without Number campaign.
December 13, 2018
Episode 51 - Kalmatta Madness
In this episode I talk about my recent experiences in Jason Hobb's excellent Kalmatta game.
December 10, 2018
Episode 50 - Give & Take
In this podcast episode I answer some voicemails and talk a little bit about group creation of settings and also settings created entirely by the GM.
December 9, 2018
Episode 49 - Downtimes in RPGs
In this episode Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss downtimes in RPGs.
December 5, 2018
Episode 48 - Hannah talks about Behind the Walls & Star Trek
In this episode my wife Hannah and I talk about my upcoming Midderlands adventure 'Behind the Walls' and how she converted it for her Star Trek Fate game.
December 3, 2018
Episode 47 - Midderlands, 5E, Sci-fi and other projects
In this episode I talk about some of the projects I've been working on and some stuff I'm planning to start working on soon.
November 27, 2018
Episode 46 - Old school prepping and bullet journalling
In this episode I talk about some of my ideas for more manual prep methods in my games going forward.
November 11, 2018
Episode 45 - Westhaven, Gomans and the dreaded TPK
A podcast about where we are with my Rose of Westhaven campaign, how we dealt with a TPK and what the future holds for the campaign.
November 9, 2018
Episode 44 - Getting a Campaign Started
In this episode, Lloyd, Dennis, Mathew and myself discuss some of the pitfalls and issues to consider when starting an RPG campaign.
October 17, 2018
Episode 43 - Google Hangout is Trash
In this episode I get some of my dis-satisfaction with Google Hangouts off my chest.
October 12, 2018
Episode 42 - Cyberpunk
I'm joined by Whit, John Drury, Mathew Bryan and Johannes Paavola to discuss Cyberpunk in RPGs. If you want to check out Whit's Black Code game you can find out more here:
October 7, 2018
Episode 41 - Am I too old for the World of Darkness?
In this podcast episode, Hannah, Lloyd and myself discuss the WOD, vampires and how our playing styles have changed.
September 29, 2018
Episode 40 - Over-production in RPGs
In this group podcast I'm joined by Johannes Paavola, Dennis Bach, Andre Martinez and Mathew Bryan to talk about over-production in RPGs.
September 23, 2018
Episode 39 - Running a City like a Dungeon
Answering some voicemail messages and musing on an idea I've been considering recently for my Rose of Westhaven campaign.
September 22, 2018
Episode 38 - 5 RPG Commandments
In this episode I talk about five of my likes and dislikes when it comes to RPGs.
September 16, 2018
Episode 37 - Listener messages about the OSR & V5
In this episode I answer a few voicemail messages that I've received about our recent OSR and V5 podcast episodes.
September 15, 2018
Episode 36 - Combat in RPGs
Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss the role of combat in RPGs. Uncut version can be found here: Music on Podcast Title Shinigami by XTaKeRuX: Used under creative commons licence:
September 13, 2018
Episode 35 - V5 first impressions
Having just gone through character creation with people from The Grand Coterie group I talk about some of my first impressions of V5.
September 8, 2018
Episode 34 - I'm spoilt by the OSR
I ramble a little about being spoilt for choice amongst OSr games and some of the strengths of such products.
September 2, 2018
Episode 33 - The Virtue of Playing a Goodie
Just back from LARP I reflect on a few reasons why you might fancy playing a thoroughly good person for your next character.
August 29, 2018
Episode 32 - JP & John talk OSR and Stars Without Number
I'm once more joined by the excellent Johannes Paavola, we chat about SWN, the OSR and other game related stuff.
August 22, 2018
Episode 31 - Discussing V20 and the WOD with JP
In this episode I'm joined by Johannes Paavola, to talk about his V20 Sabbat game 'What Rough Beast' and the World of Darkness in general.
August 22, 2018
Episode 30 - Differences between B/X Essentials and BFRPG
In this episode I answer a voicemail and attempt to highlight what--for me--are the main difference between B/X Essentials and BFRPG.
August 19, 2018
Episode 29 - How Conventions Taught me to Love Dice Again
In this episode of the podcast I talk about why I original stopped using dice and why I picked them up again.
August 18, 2018
Episode 28 - The Value of GMs Playing in Games
In this episode I respond to a voicemail from Colin at the Spikepit and waffle for a bit about the value of GMs actually playing in the games they run.
August 16, 2018
Episode 27 - History, maintain the Mystery
I talk about why it's important to maintain some mystery when it comes to your campaign world's background.
August 15, 2018
Episode 26 - Ideas for a B/X Campaign Setting
In this episode I talk about some ideas that I'm slowly formulating into a campaign setting for B/X essentials.
August 14, 2018
Episode 25 - RPGaDay questions part 3
Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:
August 13, 2018
Episode 24 - RPGaDay questions part 2
Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:
August 12, 2018
Episode 23 - RPGaDay questions part 1
Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:
August 11, 2018
Episode 22 - But isn't it just the old B/X rules?
In which I rant a bit about some stuff I recently read online where people were spouting off about B/X Essentials.
August 10, 2018
Episode 21 - Sounds Issues, Tech support and Faction Turns
I respond to some voicemail messages that I've received and also talk about some recent communication I've had with Anchor tech support.
August 9, 2018
Episode 20 - WFRP and Me
In which I ramble about my personal history with WFRP, why I'd love a review copy of the latest edition but am unlikely to shell out for a copy.
August 8, 2018
Episode 19 - Hannah Talks Star Trek
In this episode of the podcast Hannah talks about her love/hate relationship with the Modiphius Star Trek system.
August 7, 2018
Episode 18 - Countdowns & Consequences
In this episode I'm talking about countdowns, one of the tools that I use to help track plotlines in my games.
August 6, 2018
Episode 17 - B/X Essential Planetary Fantasy Idea
In this episode of the podcast I talk about an idea for combining B/X Essentials with some elements of Warriors of the Red Planet that I've had kicking around in my head.
August 5, 2018
Episode 16 - B/X Essentials and Table Fables
I chat a bit about some books I've purchased recently.
August 4, 2018
Episode 15 - How Hannah Looks at RPG Books
In this episode my lovely wife Hannah is back to talk about her method of choosing RPG books, and what she looks for.
August 3, 2018
Episode 14 - Random Tables & Charts
In this episode of the Podcast I wax lyrical about some of the benefits of using random tables and charts. You can find some random charts made my me at my blog:
August 2, 2018
Episode 13 - Maps, coolness vs. functionality
In this episode I chat about my the ongoing struggle for map supremacy between functionality and coolness/looking good.
August 1, 2018
Episode 12 - Responding to voicemails about D&D market dominance
In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemails received from Old Man Grognard and Colin from the Spikepit about our recent D&D Market Dominance episode. - Radio Grognard: - The Spikepit:
July 31, 2018
Episode 11 - Playing LOTFP
In this episode of the podcast I talk about a recent game of LOTFP that I played in, ran by Ian Christiansen. Free, no-artwork version of LOTFP available here: Christopher Harewell the character I played:
July 30, 2018
Episode 10 - D&D Market Dominance
Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself talk about the upsides and downsides of D&D's market dominance, and I use the word "like" far too many times (I blame tiredness).
July 29, 2018
Episode 9 - The Simple Life
In episode 9 of the podcast I talk about why simple games appeal to me and also Untold Adventures by James Spahn:
July 28, 2018
Episode 8 - RIP Undying Lands
In this episode I talk about my recent experiment with casual sandbox gaming, what worked and what didn't.
July 27, 2018
Episode 7 - Tremulus
In this episode I talk a little bit about Tremulus, a PBTA Mythos game that I very much enjoy, and a recent game that I played in.
July 26, 2018
Episode 6 - Make a Character Focused on the Bits of a Game You Enjoy
In this episode of the Podcast I talk about how you can enhance your appreciation of a game by focusing your character on the bits of the game that you enjoy.
July 25, 2018
Con +1 is coming
In this extra episode I talk a little about Con +1, an online convention where you can enjoy playing games and help raise money for a very worthy cause. Convention website:
July 24, 2018
Episode 5 - Just Get to the Damn Game
In the latest episode of our Podcast I talk about the trend for unnecessary prologue pages in some RPGs.
July 24, 2018
Episode 4 - Find Your Fun
In this episode I talk a little bit about a couple of games I'm playing in at the moment and how 'finding my fun' helped me enjoy different game systems.
July 23, 2018
Episode 3 - That Elusive Page Turning Quality
It's a warm Saturday in Merry Old England and I'm rambling about what grabs hold of me in an RPG.
July 21, 2018
Episode 2 - Hannah Talks about the Midderlands
In our second episode, Hannah has been reading through my Midderlands books and takes a few minutes to talk about what she likes in them.
July 20, 2018
Episode 1 - Making a DFAE Character
In the first episode of the podcast I'm creating a Dresden Files Accelerated character for a game my friend is running.
July 19, 2018
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