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Westhaven, Gomans and the dreaded TPK

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By John Alan Large
A rambling journey through the wonderful world of RPGs from the viewpoint of a long-time GM and player. You can find me at: wheretofind.me/@Reddicediaries
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Magic Items
In this episode I ask a question about magic items, how do your players find out what they do? Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.
09:02
September 14, 2019
Barrowmazing
In this episode I talk a little bit about Cody M's excellent Barrowmaze game, run using the Delving Deeper retroclone. Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.
11:38
September 10, 2019
Thoughts on the Stygian Library
In this episode I give my thoughts on the Stygian Library supplement I used recently in my Midderlands game, and received a call from Cody M. Cody M Dual-podcast with Ray Otus Part 1 on Cody's No Save for You! podcast - https://pca.st/2AaP8p Part 2 on Ray Otus' Plundergrounds podcast - https://pca.st/kYik0o Where can I get Delving Deeper? https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/107184/Delving-Deeper-Ref-Rules-v1-BUNDLE How do I get on the Audio Dungeon Discord? https://discordapp.com/invite/zpeFQQu Where can I get the Stygian Library supplement from? https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257113/The-Stygian-Library My review of the Gardens of Ynn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zznd1x-lO48 The two sessions of my Midderlands game where the players explore the Stygian Library: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwlEzHPR8PM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMcpsp79Zko
12:45
September 4, 2019
RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 12: Friendship
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
06:18
August 12, 2019
RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 11: Examine
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
08:27
August 12, 2019
RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 10: Focus
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
06:21
August 12, 2019
RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 9: Critical
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
07:06
August 12, 2019
RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 8: Obscure
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
08:32
August 12, 2019
RPGaDay 2019 - Episode 7: Familiar
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
09:59
August 12, 2019
Voicemails are in the Air, everywhere you look around
In this bonus episode I answer some voicemails that I've received recently, thanks very much to everyone who left me messages, I really enjoy listening and responding to them. Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.    
11:28
August 12, 2019
Controversy Sicko
A short episode where I get some things off my chest about a recent blog/MeWe interaction concerning James Edward Raggi's recent "controversial" picture on the LOTFP GenCon catalogue. Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.     
07:16
August 7, 2019
Voicemails from the Borderlands
In this bonus episode I answer three voicemails from Spence (AKA Free Thrall), you should check out his podcast here:  https://anchor.fm/free-thrall 
07:21
August 6, 2019
RPGaDay2019 - Episode 6: Ancient
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
07:53
August 6, 2019
RPGaDay2019 - Episode 5: Space
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
07:44
August 6, 2019
RPGaDay2019 - Episode 4: Share
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
05:43
August 6, 2019
RPGaDay2019 - Episode 3: Engage
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
06:45
August 6, 2019
RPGaDay2019 - Episode 2: Unique
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
06:18
August 6, 2019
RPGaDay2019 - Episode 1: First
Short RPG discussions with Hannah & myself, prompted by the #RPGaDay2019 info-graphic. You can find out more about RPGaDay here:  http://autocratik.blogspot.com/2019/07/launching-rpgaday-2019.html 
07:34
August 6, 2019
Talking about Burning Wheel
In this episode, Johannes, Dennis, Mathew and myself talk a little about the fantasy roleplaying game The Burning Wheel. Available here:  https://www.burningwheel.com/  Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   
2:10:31
July 14, 2019
Interviewing Jarin DnD about the L'Gat Vol 3 Kickstarter
In this interview I speak to Jarin Dnd from Power Up Gamers about their forthcoming book L'gats Tome of Amazing Creatures Vol III currently on Kickstarter. Link to Kickstarter:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pug/lgats-tome-of-amazing-creatures-volume-3/  Link to PUG on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/PowerUpGamers/  Link to PUG on DrivethruRPG:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/12331/Power-Up-Gamers  Link to Blog of Holding monster creator article:  http://blogofholding.com/?p=7338  Link to Con+2, online RPG convention discussed at the end of the episode:  https://conplus.live/ 
51:51
July 11, 2019
CSI Midderlands Session 0
In this episode I'm talking a little about the recent session 0 for our upcoming CSI Midderlands game, I'm looking forward to running it, thanks very much to my players: Ian F White Colin 'Spikepit' Green Rob Fitzpatrick Johannes Paavola Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   
18:23
July 7, 2019
Elegant Creature Generator
As a bonus episode for #RandomThingThursday I'm looking at Raphael Sadowski's Elegant Creature Generator, it's available as PWYW on Drivethru RPG:  https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/263673/Elegant-Fantasy-Creature-Generator  Check out the Thought Eater frothcast:  https://anchor.fm/thoughteater  If you want to make your own random charts try Chartopia:  https://chartopia.d12dev.com/  Don't forget to check out the random chart goodness on my own blog:  https://reddicediaries.com/random-charts-and-tables/  
14:11
July 4, 2019
Midweek Voicemails
I answer some voicemail messages received over the last week. Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   
09:28
July 3, 2019
Monday Moan: The X Card
In this episode I talk a little bit about the X-card mechanic, you can find more about it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SB0jsx34bWHZWbnNIVVuMjhDkrdFGo1_hSC2BWPlI3A/edit Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.    
12:37
July 1, 2019
Setting Agnostic vs Setting Specific
In this episode I chat a bit about setting agnostic and setting specific RPGs. Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   
15:11
June 28, 2019
Under SIEGE
In this episode I chat about our decision to use Castles & Crusades for our upcoming Midderlands game and some of the things that I like about the system. Theme tune is Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.     
18:15
June 25, 2019
GMing Rough Spot
In this episode I talk a bit about my own recent GM-ing rough spot and how I kept my enthusiasm going, I also answer some voicemails.  Theme tune was Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.    
23:08
June 18, 2019
White Star
In this episode I talk about White Star written by James M Spahn, a game of OSR sci-fi that I had great fun running at UK Games Expo 2019 for Games on Demand. A PWYW PDF version of basic White Star is available on Drivethru RPG.  Theme tune was Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.   
17:15
June 16, 2019
SWN and Faction Turns
In this episode I answer a voicemail from Colin Green and talk about adapting Faction Turns from Stars Without Number for my future Midderlands game. 
08:30
June 15, 2019
Eldritch Tales
In this episode I talk a little about Eldritch Tales, an OSR game of the Cthulhy Mythos by Joseph D. Salvador. I ran this game at UKGE2019 and had a great time, I also muse on the topic of running a horror game in 2 hours. Theme tune was Exotica by Juanitos, used under Public Domain licence.  
15:09
June 13, 2019
Alas for the Awful Sea
In this episode I answer a voicemail from Colin 'Spikepit' Green about the game Alas for the Awful Sea. You can find out more about the game at Storybrewers website. Theme tune was Exotica by Juanitos, using under Public Domain licence. 
08:59
June 8, 2019
UK Games Expo 2019 and Games on Demand
In this episode I'm joined by Lloyd Gyan and my lovely wife Hannah to talk about our experience of Games on Demand at UKGE2019. Check out UK Games Expo's sponsor The RPG Pipeline. Theme tune was Exotica by Juanitos, using under Public Domain licence.
45:35
June 6, 2019
CSI Midderlands
In this episode I discuss what I've been up to recently and the new Midderlands game I'm going to be starting in July.
10:02
May 18, 2019
The Role of the GM
In this podcast episode I'm joined by Whitt, John Drury and Lloyd Gyan to talk about the role of the GM in tabletop RPGs.
1:02:13
March 7, 2019
Out in Coventry
Vlog about last night's pre-LARP drinks evening in Coventry.
03:51
February 16, 2019
LARP & RP friends
I ramble a bit about LARP & RP friends.
05:12
February 15, 2019
Roll on the Weekend
I answer some voicemails, chat about recent RPG acquisitions anc what I'm doing this weekend.
12:39
February 15, 2019
Answering Voicemails & Recent session
In this episode I answer some voicemails and talk abit about our recent session. The one-page dungeon I discuss in this episode can be found here: http://ogreplays.com/index.php/2018/06/26/one-page-dungeon-submission-2018/
13:26
February 9, 2019
Android Revelation
I chat a bit about a recent SWN session.
07:09
February 5, 2019
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.
15:47
January 12, 2019
Answering voicemails
In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemail messages received.
05:56
December 17, 2018
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.
54:00
December 16, 2018
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.
09:30
December 16, 2018
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.
1:14:45
December 13, 2018
Kalmatta Madness
In this episode I talk about my recent experiences in Jason Hobb's excellent Kalmatta game.
11:51
December 10, 2018
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.
17:37
December 9, 2018
Downtimes in RPGs
In this episode Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss downtimes in RPGs.
49:25
December 5, 2018
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.
26:51
December 3, 2018
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.
09:30
November 27, 2018
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.
07:43
November 11, 2018
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.
08:53
November 9, 2018
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.
1:22:53
October 17, 2018
Google Hangout is Trash
In this episode I get some of my dis-satisfaction with Google Hangouts off my chest.
06:57
October 12, 2018
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: https://www.dicemachine.com
1:16:55
October 7, 2018
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.
38:00
September 29, 2018
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.
1:05:50
September 23, 2018
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.
14:43
September 22, 2018
5 RPG Commandments
In this episode I talk about five of my likes and dislikes when it comes to RPGs.
04:59
September 16, 2018
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.
09:14
September 15, 2018
Combat in RPGs
Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss the role of combat in RPGs. Uncut version can be found here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/309244204?collection=ReYILUy9UxVYmw Music on Podcast Title Shinigami by XTaKeRuX: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/XTaKeRuX/Empty_Grave/Shinigami Used under creative commons licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
44:13
September 13, 2018
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.
07:40
September 8, 2018
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.
06:52
September 2, 2018
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.
04:05
August 29, 2018
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.
46:48
August 22, 2018
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.
1:18:34
August 22, 2018
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.
09:24
August 19, 2018
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.
05:11
August 18, 2018
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.
04:26
August 16, 2018
History, maintain the Mystery
I talk about why it's important to maintain some mystery when it comes to your campaign world's background.
07:59
August 15, 2018
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.
06:57
August 14, 2018
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: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/
53:51
August 13, 2018
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: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/
40:21
August 12, 2018
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: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/
1:07:18
August 11, 2018
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.
09:25
August 10, 2018
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.
12:06
August 9, 2018
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.
11:07
August 8, 2018
Hannah Talks Star Trek
In this episode of the podcast Hannah talks about her love/hate relationship with the Modiphius Star Trek system.
07:48
August 7, 2018
Countdowns & Consequences
In this episode I'm talking about countdowns, one of the tools that I use to help track plotlines in my games.
06:27
August 6, 2018
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.
06:37
August 5, 2018
B/X Essentials and Table Fables
I chat a bit about some books I've purchased recently.
09:58
August 4, 2018
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.
05:20
August 3, 2018
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: https://reddicediaries.com/random-charts-and-tables/
05:56
August 2, 2018
Maps, coolness vs. functionality
In this episode I chat about my the ongoing struggle for map supremacy between functionality and coolness/looking good.
05:34
August 1, 2018
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: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard - The Spikepit: https://anchor.fm/spikepit
10:25
July 31, 2018
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: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/115059/LotFP-Rules--Magic-Free-Version Christopher Harewell the character I played: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cghu_gZ2iRiIV9h_MuILhBCiC5CvRMEm
05:31
July 30, 2018
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).
26:06
July 29, 2018
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: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/243331/Untold-Adventures-Swords--Wizardry
10:43
July 28, 2018
RIP Undying Lands
In this episode I talk about my recent experiment with casual sandbox gaming, what worked and what didn't.
06:54
July 27, 2018
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.
07:53
July 26, 2018
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.
07:11
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: https://conplus.live
02:32
July 24, 2018
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.
06:01
July 24, 2018
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.
07:23
July 23, 2018
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.
05:05
July 21, 2018
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.
02:39
July 20, 2018
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.
15:38
July 19, 2018
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