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“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 :) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E125 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 18, 2018
Sep 18 • 16 min
Tuesdays are Kickstarter day here at The Tavern Chat Podcast. We look at 5E Stat Appendix for Fiendish Monster Hardcover, Adventure Realm RPG Tiles - Village and Riverland set, Gorgeous RPG Dice Sets for DnD and other roleplaying games, Mutant Mayhem…
E124 - Henchmen, Hirelings & Followers - Yea or Nay?
Sep 17 • 11 min
In this episode, I discuss the use (or lack thereof) of henchmen, hirelings and followers in fantasy RPG campaigns. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E123 - How Important is it for U to Create a Homebrew World?
Sep 16 • 13 min
Another peek and reaction to a handful of questions from the Dungeons & Dragons Survey. I also talk a wee bit about the new MidderZine #1 release. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4495590/ddsurvey…
E122 - Are Game Sessions with Constant Action Good Gaming?
Sep 15 • 14 min
I’m really enjoying the D&D survey posted by WotC. Some of the questions are thought-provoking. They certainly drive the conversation. I’d love to hear some community response to the questions I covered on this episode :) Become a supporter of this…
E121 - WotC has a D&D Survey Up - I Encourage You to Take It
Sep 14 • 14 min
WotC has an in-depth survey up about tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, the editions you play, how you play and such. There are a number of questions that may even lead to their own podcast episodes. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/dd-survey-1 Become a…
E120 - Transdimensional Taverns, Unsung Heroes and Art
Sep 13 • 13 min
In today’s episode, we listen to a voicemail, read some emails and discuss art preferences in the OSR - B&W vs Color. Oh my! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E119 - A Wee Bit of KS and Transdimensional Voicemails
Sep 12 • 13 min
There isn’t much in the way of Kickstarters that excite me much this week, but there is a ton of excitement with the idea of a Transdimensional Tenkar’s Tavern. Woot! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E118 - Remembering 9-11 From One Who was at the WTC
Sep 11 • 22 min
This is NOT a Kickstarter Round-up episode. This is an episode recounting my experiences on 9-11 as a NYC Police Officer. This episode is dedicated to Paul Benedetti - Husband, son, gamer. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
E117 - ENWorld has News & Transdimensional Tavern Thoughts
Sep 10 • 12 min
Yep, ENWorld has news. Helton is officially gone and Mike Tresca is now managing editor of the ENWorld Columnist program. I have some thoughts on a Transdimensional Tenkar’s Tavern. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E 116 - Win a Month of Humble Bundle Monthly & CRPG Talk
Sep 9 • 13 min
Listen to this episode to learn how you could receive a month of Humble Bundle Monthly (9 games) - I talk about classic CRPGs. https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly?partner=tenkar (affiliate link) Become a supporter of this podcast:…
115 - Where is WFRP? Is ENWorld now Evergreen?
Sep 8 • 14 min
News and observations. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is 2 months late in print. ENWorld no longer lists dates or authors with articles linked on the main page. Is this due (in part) to Chris Helton leaving? Become a supporter of this podcast:…
114 - Back to BasiX Gets Goodman’ed & OSR Sales
Sep 7 • 11 min
Goodman Games is now the distributor of Thom Wilson’s Back to BasiX zine in print. Victorious and Amazing Adventures Bundle. Barrel Rider Games 25% off sale for all PDFs. http://goodman-games.com/store/product/back-to-basix-issue-1/…
113 - State of the Tavern Keeper - Don’t Mind Me ;)
Sep 6 • 12 min
Tim Shorts drops in with his thoughts on how much magic he likes in fantasy settings. Your Tavern Keeper has been diagnosed with “Chemo Brain” related symptoms. Don’t blame me if I forget your name ;) Become a supporter of this podcast:…
112 - Follow Up Discussion - How Much Fantasy?
Sep 5 • 15 min
Wow. Three voicemails and an email. I guess the episode 110 discussing “How much fantasy do you like in your settings” was a good discussion driving episode. This was a blast to respond to and record :) Become a supporter of this podcast:…
111 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 4, 2018
Sep 4 • 17 min
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Triskelion Space Tabletop RPG, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride, Outdoor Encounter Cards, Atmar’s Cardography: Full RPG Modules & Random Dungeon Decks, True Level Adventures for 1E and 5E gaming, Metal, Magic and Lore…
110 - How Much Fantasy Do You Like in Your Settings?
Sep 3 • 14 min
Looks like the new Endless Quest Books have released. More importantly, I talk about fantasy settings and how much fantasy is right for me - and would like to know how much is right for you. Link to the Endless Quest book release on Amazon:…
109 - Using Skills Learned from RPGs in Real Life
Sep 2 • 14 min
Whether in retail or law enforcement, I used skills learned in my formative roleplaying game years to help me in my chosen careers. I’d love to hear from others how RPGs have impacted their lives, in employment and beyond. tenkars-tavern.games/patreon…
108 - Making Morale Checks - Real Life & In Game
Sep 1 • 13 min
Its the first day of September, which means its the anniversary of the Invasion of Poland. Pete Spahn has put WWII: Operation White Box at PWYW pricing to commemorate. It also means the anniversary of 9-11 is sneaking up, and I use it as an example of a…
107 - Of Dogs, Men and Critical Fumbles
Aug 31 • 11 min
Recorded on the back porch in The Poconos. I talk about the benefits of using dogs over henchmen for low-level PCs as well as critical fumbles. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
106 - Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Hits
Aug 30 • 12 min
Critical hits are something I’ve always loved and hated as a player of RPGs. Today, I explain why that is. https://www.humblebundle.com/games/digital-tabletop-bundle?partner=tenkar (affiliate link) Become a supporter of this podcast:…
105 - How Unique are Your Magic Items?
Aug 29 • 12 min
The most memorable magic items your players’ characters will find in their travels are the ones the players haven’t seen before. Unique and useful magic items will stay with the characters even as they grow in level. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
104 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 28, 2018
Aug 28 • 17 min
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, Modular Dungeon Rooms, TROIKA! RPG: Numinous Edition, Create Your Own Fantasy RPG Adventure - RPG Resources Books, and a shout out to The LotR Humble Bundle -…
103 - Wanna Work on Cards Against Humanity?
Aug 27 • 11 min
I was on, of all places, a police forum when I found a link to apply to write for Cards against humanity. I give you the pitch and a link: https://submissions.cardsagainsthumanity.com/ Become a supporter of this podcast:…
102 - Can Eldritch Tales Bring Insanity to All?
Aug 26 • 12 min
I’ve really been enjoying the time I’ve spent so far reading Joe Salvador’s Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing. It’s inspired me to think of ways to bring the game’s insanity rules and class skills to both fantasy and sci-fi themed OSR…
101 - R Good & Evil Simply a Matter of Perspective?
Aug 25 • 13 min
Are good and evil simply matters of perspective? Different sides of the same coin? Does evil see itself as “evil?” Can a church in schism view the breakway as evil? Gaming thoughts with your old school bartender. tenkars-tavern.games/LotR-RPG-Bundle…
100 - Need I say More?
Aug 24 • 11 min
Woot! 100 episodes in 100 days. I never expected that when I kicked off this little podcast. We also hit some other milestones this week. September 22, 2018 is Shire Con. Guess who is a “notable industry guest”? Really. Guess ;) .…
99 - LotR RPG Bundle, Torchwood Bundle and More
Aug 23 • 14 min
My internal clock is doing a flashback of two years and thinks I’m working overnights - oh my! Humble Bundle has a LotR RPG Bundle as well as a Torchwood / Dr Who Audio Book Bundle. Did I mention there is a Munchkin StarFinder release on the horizon?…
98 - Extended Interview with Darcy Perry -Miniatures
Aug 22 • 57 min
In this episode, I have a (virtual) fireside chat with Darcy Perry of Star Hat Miniatures. Darcy is the sculptor of the official Tenkar miniature. The episode runs 57 minutes and was recorded in front of a live audience with questions and comments via…
97 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 21, 2018
Aug 21 • 15 min
Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, Dungeon Challenge Cards, THE FANTASY TRIP – Old-School Roleplaying!, MAIN GAUCHE, and Precision Milled Metal 60-Sided D20 and Full Set…
96 - Ken Whitman, Foiled (Machine) Again - Deja Vu
Aug 20 • 13 min
The Tavern Chat Podcast hit over 20k downloads total last night. Can I get a Woot Woot!?! Ken Whitman “allegedly” has a foil machine to make pencils. Of course, earlier in the year he claimed to have two such machines. Also, tonight (Monday, August 20th -…
95 - Some Creative Thoughts on Offering Content
Aug 19 • 12 min
Sometimes you need to think out of the box. A suggestion at The Tavern’s Discord server led to some ideas of how to crowdsource monsters and magic items via The Tavern in its many forms, but especially the blogside. tenkars-tavern.games/JBfund…
94 - Taverner in Need - Josh Beckelhimer
Aug 18 • 10 min
Somethings take precedence. Taking care of a member of The Tavern’s Community in need is certainly a precedence. Josh is looking to get his car running and family to doc appointments and himself to work. The Tavern will match the first $250 raised by The…
93 - OSR Freebie Friday - August 17, 2018 - Fantasy
Aug 17 • 17 min
With this episode, we are starting a new weekly feature highlighting various free OSR releases. Today we look at the Free Fantasy OSR Rulesets listing at Tenkar’s Tavern. tenkars-tavern.games/freeOSRfantasy Become a supporter of this podcast:…
92 - The Fantasy Trip to Open Setting to 3rd Parties
Aug 16 • 12 min
Follow up on yesterday’s ENnies episode as I answer a voicemail from Glen. Then I discuss Steve Jackson Games opening up the setting for The Fantasy Trip to 3rd Parties. My, the world is a’ changing.…
91 - Ennies, They are a Changing (no more stuffing?)
Aug 15 • 19 min
The ENnies Awards blog has posted that there will be upcoming changes in how the winners get picked (few details if any) in response to the “gaming” of the vote by Zak S and James Raggi. The same “gaming” of the vote they tell you not to do while telling…
90 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 14, 2018
Aug 14 • 16 min
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…
89 - Mrs. E. Gary Gygax or Gail Gygax - Flip a Coin
Aug 13 • 16 min
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… Become…
88 - Some Free Adventures & Using Discord to Play
Aug 12 • 11 min
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…
87 - Thoughts on Using Historical Inspiration
Aug 11 • 12 min
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 Become a supporter of this…
86 - Is The Punisher Watching the Watchmen?
Aug 10 • 14 min
Some thoughts on the Watchmen, the Netflix Marvel Universe - especially The Punisher, Supers Gaming and such. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
85 - $500 Waterdeep Platinum Edition for 5e - WTF?
Aug 9 • 14 min
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)…
84 - The Voices in Your Head Will Make Them Believe
Aug 8 • 14 min
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…
83 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 7, 2018
Aug 7 • 25 min
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…
82 - How Can a Top 100 List Only Go to 85? Feedspot!
Aug 6 • 14 min
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! Become a supporter of this podcast:…
81 - Gen Con Update, Post Roundup & Voicemails
Aug 5 • 14 min
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 ) Become a…
80 - Gen Con - Fisticuffs & ENnies Awards
Aug 4 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
79 - New - Freeport Goes CRPG, Robotech RPG & PF2 DL
Aug 3 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
78 - News - How Did I Miss Gail Gygax Getting Sued?
Aug 2 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this…
#77 - News- Truth, Justice, What Did #ConManKen Say?
Aug 1 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of…
76 - Kickstarter Roundup for July 31, 2018
Jul 31 • 15 min
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! Become a supporter of this podcast:…
75 - You Say its My Birthday
Jul 30 • 13 min
I turn 51 today. A look back and a look forward to #ConManKen’s court appearance in two days, August 1st, 2018. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
74 - Why I Turned Down Working on an Amazing KS
Jul 29 • 13 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of this podcast:…
73 - #ConManKen Plans a Road Trip - I Give Advice ;)
Jul 28 • 16 min
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…
72 - Finding Flumphs & More in the AD&D Fiend Folio
Jul 27 • 14 min
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”. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
71 - Reminiscing about the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio
Jul 26 • 15 min
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…
70 - 5e e-Sports? Say What?
Jul 25 • 12 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
69 - 7/24/18 Kickstarter Roundup & 2 New 5e Settings
Jul 24 • 15 min
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…
68 - #ConManKen - Creating a Marketing Genie for S&W
Jul 23 • 16 min
In today’s episode, I describe the process I use to create creatures in Swords & Wizardry, in this instance, a #ConManKen inspired Marketing Genie. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
67 - There’s a Succubus Holding a Monster Manual!
Jul 22 • 14 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of…
66 - AD&D 1e PH put me to Sleep - No Save ;)
Jul 21 • 15 min
In today’s episode, I look at the Sleep spell in AD&D and how it is handled in some of the retroclones. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
65 - The Tavern Wins a No-Prize & The Black Isle
Jul 20 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
64 - Keeping 6th Edition at Bay w/ a Collector’s Box
Jul 19 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
63 - #ConManKen - Ken Can’t Shut Up Shutting Up
Jul 18 • 19 min
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! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
62 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 17, 2018
Jul 17 • 16 min
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…
61 - #ConManKen - Marcus Can’t Shut Up Either
Jul 16 • 16 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
60 - #ConManKen has a Villain Monologue Moment
Jul 15 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of…
59 - Baldur’s Gate Lead Designer Goes Greek with 5e
Jul 14 • 12 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#58 - Barbarism in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana
Jul 13 • 17 min
In this episode, I look at the Barbarian class from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1e Unearthed Arcana and why they are a party pooper ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#57 - Dramatic Reading of #ConManKen Emails
Jul 12 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#56 - Gaming Memories & ENnies Voting is Live
Jul 11 • 15 min
We all have gaming moments that are burned into our memories. I recount some of my earlier memories. Also, ENnies voting is now live! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#55 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 10th, 2018
Jul 10 • 16 min
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…
#54 - Delving Into OSRIC
Jul 9 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#53 - Voicemails & an Unexpected Rant - Thanks Kenny
Jul 8 • 14 min
In this episode, I answer some voicemails, get distracted by Kickstarter failures and enter rant mode… Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#52 - The OSR Rulesets - Swords & Wizardry
Jul 7 • 16 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#51 - ArenaNet Fires two Devs for Dissing Customers
Jul 6 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#50 - ENnies Nominations 2018 - Tavern Picks
Jul 5 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
49 - The Beginning of the OSR - A Look Back
Jul 4 • 13 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#48 - Kicking it w/Kickstarter - All Weather Dice Tubes?
Jul 3 • 17 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#47 - Charging at Cavaliers in the AD&D 1e UA
Jul 2 • 15 min
In this episode, I take a look at Cavaliers and why I think balancing in-game abilities with roleplay restrictions often fails in practice. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#46 - Poking Around the AD&D 1e UA - Polearms
Jul 1 • 17 min
Ah yes, polearms. Often misunderstood and truthfully, rarely used in game, polearms get a special treatment in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana. Why? Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#45 - Answering Comments and ShireCon in the Fall
Jun 30 • 12 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#44 - Unearthing the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana - P1
Jun 29 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#43 - Playing Mind Games with the AD&D 1e PH
Jun 28 • 14 min
Appendix 1, psionics - the bane of many a campaign. Yeah, we tried it. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#42 - Be Careful What You Ask 4 & Happy Anniversary
Jun 27 • 12 min
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…
#41 - Kickstarter Roundup for June 26, 2018
Jun 26 • 17 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#40 - Looking at the AD&D 1e PH, Back to Front
Jun 25 • 13 min
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…
#39 - OD&D: Stop! Don’t Let the Players Roll D’ Dice
Jun 24 • 12 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#38 - An Interview w/ Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games
Jun 23 • 27 min
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 Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#37 - How I See the OSR
Jun 22 • 13 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#36 - Champions! Its Coming Backs as Its Old Self
Jun 21 • 12 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#35 - Kickstarters Old & New and the Return of a Pod
Jun 20 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#34 - AD&D 1e Bard - Broken & Overpowered
Jun 19 • 12 min
Tim Shorts leaves a voicemail. A look at the AD&D 1e Bard as presented in the Player’s Handbook. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#33 - I Rant, I Curse, I’ve Warned You!
Jun 18 • 13 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#32 - Father’s Day Advice - Its Not What You’d Expect ;)
Jun 17 • 11 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#31 - Free RPG Day and a New Player in Gaming Podcasts
Jun 16 • 13 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#30 - Praise and Patience - A Kickstarter Rant
Jun 15 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#29 - Reflections of #ConManKen
Jun 14 • 12 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#28 - GMF Update, #ConManKen Update and Kickstarters
Jun 13 • 35 min
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…
#27 - Back in NYC - Behind the Scenes at NTRPG
Jun 12 • 13 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#26 - NTRPG Con - And Now, Our Time is Done
Jun 11 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#25 - NTRPG Con - Day 3 - Two Minutes to Midnite
Jun 10 • 9 min
We stayed up for the midnight auction. James ran some SWL in the morning. Tenkar is tired and beat to hell ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#24 - NTRPG Con - TPK and The Mouth of Doom? You Don’t Say
Jun 9 • 9 min
James Spahn ran Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom this morning and the bodies hit the floor. The smell acrid was everywhere ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#23 - NTRPG Con Day One - And Then There Was Fun
Jun 8 • 9 min
A quick recap of NTRPG Con Day One. Our first sponsor. Co-DMing Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#22 - So Much OSR at NTRPG Con, We Knocked the Power Out!
Jun 7 • 11 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#21 - Your Bartender has Arrived at NTRPG Con. Hold my Beer
Jun 6 • 8 min
I’m her e! Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#20 - Further Thoughts on the AD&D 1e Thief Class
Jun 5 • 12 min
FrDave left some interesting thoughts on Episode #18 on tenkarstavern.com about the 1e Thief. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#19 - 1e DMG - Demons & The Devils You Don’t Know
Jun 4 • 13 min
A look at APPENDIX D: RANDOM GENERATION OF CREATURES FROM THE LOWER PLANES Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#18 - AD&D 1e Player’s Handbook - The Thief is not Meant to be a Stand Alone Class
Jun 3 • 15 min
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 ;)…
#17 - The 1e DMG as a Solo Gaming Resource
Jun 2 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#16 - Stock Settlements, Stock Art, and Art of the Genre - Kickstarters
Jun 1 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this…
15 - The AD&D 1e DMG is Overbearing ;)
May 31 • 15 min
A look at unarmed combat in the AD&D 1e DMG. The Tavern celebrates its 9th anniversary. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#14 - 1e DMG - Weapon Speed Just Slows Things Down
May 30 • 14 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#13 - The 1e DMG is Diseased
May 29 • 14 min
Some memories, thoughts, and observations on the AD&D 1e Dungeon Master’s Guide. Follow up on the Gygax Memorial Fund. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#12 - Warhammer for Kids n’ More
May 28 • 12 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#11 - Memorial Weekend Freebie
May 27 • 10 min
A freebie for our active and former Military and Emergency Response personnel. Some thoughts on pricing and marketing at OneBookShelf Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#10 - Some Thoughts on the OSR Market
May 26 • 12 min
First episode recorded by phone. Enjoy the birds and the wind chime in the background. Some thoughts on the OSR market and publishing resources. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#9 - Early Morning Bleck! and Thoughts
May 25 • 13 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
#8 - Squirrel! Huh?
May 24 • 11 min
James Spahn has a new podcast, an update on the GMF and stock art goodness. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#7 - NTRPG Con is in Two Weeks
May 23 • 8 min
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) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#4 - James Shields stops on by
May 22 • 21 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#6 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 2
May 21 • 19 min
Tim Shorts leaves a message. The second part of the Gygax Memorial Fund recap. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#5 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 1
May 20 • 15 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#3 - Let There Be Light
May 19 • 11 min
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 ;) Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
# 2 Dave and some Inappropriate Characters
May 18 • 9 min
There’s a Humble Book Bundle, a Dave Arneson Documentary and some Inappropriate Characters. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Wherein your Bartender introduces himself
May 17 • 6 min
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. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support