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Tavern Chat

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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 :) Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support


E395 - Stacy D & James Raggi Updates
Jun 16 • 12 min
Stacey has been threatened with legal action from three directions. LotFP Ref book is still weighing James down. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E394 - Some Father’s Day Gaming Thoughts with Shannon & Tenkar
Jun 15 • 11 min
My niece Shannon is spending the night in preparation for tomorrow’s Father’s Day (and Rach’s birthday) celebration. We have some thoughts on Father’s Day and gaming.. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E393 - Podcast Advice Inspired by JoeTheLawyer’s 50th Episode
Jun 15 • 14 min
JoeTheLawyer offered some excellent advice to podcasters on his recent 50th episode. Inspired by Joe, I follow up with some additional advice for podcasters (and bloggers) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E392 - Zak S Sues Mandy for Defamation in Ottowa - I Read Zak’s Statement
Jun 13 • 14 min
Quite simply, I read Zak S’ statement regarding his defamation lawsuit against Mandy in Ottowa. I do make some commentary and express some opinions. https://officialzsannouncements.blogspot.com/2019/06/im-suing.html —- Support this podcast:…
E391 - Designer & Makers Fireside Chat with David Baity (Dark Trails RPG)
Jun 12 • 37 min
Tonight I sat down with David Baity of the Dark Trails RPG (powered by DCC RPG). Be advised, there was an audio dropout. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E390 - James Mathe (RPGNow Founder) has Passed & Other News
Jun 12 • 10 min
James Mathe, the founder of RPGnow has passed, plus other gaming news. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E389 - NTRPG Con Midnight Auction - With My Epic Fail trying to Find Something I had that WAS NOT in Bill Meinhardt’s Collection
Jun 10 • 14 min
What’s better then a Midnight Auction at NTRPG Con? Looking over the index to the most complete collection of tabletop gaming related material in the world. I thought I had some unique pieces in my collection but… —- Support this podcast:…
E388 - NTRPG Con Live With Glen Halstrom, Vince Florio, Matt Finch & Bad Mike
Jun 9 • 19 min
We hung out at the closed Frog God booth tonight and had a blast. NTRPG Con is the shit ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E387 - NTRPG Con Live “Talking Crit” With Bad Mike, Special Guests and a Mini Bar - Oh My!
Jun 8 • 52 min
I sat down with Bad Mike late last night (Friday) in the man gaming room at NTRPG Con for a live, open Talking Crit. Random special quests include JE Shields, Edwin Nagey, Ben Burns, Pexx, Ben Marsh (Best Hair in the OSR) and others. —- Support this…
E386 - Tegal Manor is NOT a Safe Space - NTRPG Con Day 2
Jun 7 • 9 min
Today was Day Two of NTRPG Con. Tegal Manor is not a safe space. Still, my whole party survived, damn it! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E385 - NTRPG Con - Day One - Booth Babe Bartender
Jun 6 • 7 min
I spent most of my day working the Frog God Booth and it was fun. I need more peeps to stop by tomorrow ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E384 - The Eagle has Landed in DFW - NTRPG Con
Jun 5 • 10 min
We have a voicemail from Jeff about influence and control. Then I talk about my flight to DFW and some of the great people I met the night BEFORE the con… —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E383 - Wherein Our Gaming Group Went Shopping for “Potterei” ;)
Jun 4 • 9 min
Tim Shorts is one of the finer DMs you will find. Someone needs to get him to a convention :) ko-fi.com/tenkar Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar’s Tavern Blog Join the…
E382 - Thoughts on Gatekeeping & Influence
Jun 3 • 16 min
This is kinda a follow up to yesterdays episode (382), where I now talk about the false dynamics of “Gatekeeping” and the illusion of influence. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the…
E381 - Rant - Why Would You Want an OSR Alternate Community with a Cock & Scrotum Logo?
Jun 2 • 13 min
Yesterday I hung out with my old high school gaming group. Also, someone decided that a cock & scrotum made an excellent logo for an alternative OSR community called Sword Dream. What were they thinking!?! Actually, Cock & Scrotum could make for a decent…
E380 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Alex Kammer
Jun 2 • 68 min
Tonight’s Fireside Chat is with Alex Kammer, best known for Gamehole Con each fall in Madison, Wisconsin. Alex is also an adventure writer, and is the author of the currently being Kickstarted Sea King’s Malice: a 5E Adventure in the Deadly Depths by Frog…
E381 - My Initial Thoughts on Good Omens (Amazon Prime)
Jun 1 • 8 min
My impressions on the new Amazon Prime series, Good Omens. In short, this is a “must watch.” —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E379 - Voicemail Follow-up on Literacy and a $750 Preorder for WFRP 4e
May 30 • 14 min
Joe Yoder calls in with some thoughts on using churches to fight illiteracy and Cubicle 7 has a $750 pre-order for the revised yet classic The Enemy Within Campaign. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast…
E378 - Follow Up to Bequeathing Your Gaming Collection and Thoughts on NTRPG Con
May 29 • 10 min
We’ve got a voice mail regarding yesterday’s topic about your gaming collection after death, and some thoughts on NTRPG Con. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E377 - Thoughts on Gaming Collection Inheritance (Prepare Now)
May 28 • 10 min
Bad Mike (NTRPG Con) talked with me about Mike Cary (con regular) passing unexpectedly and the burden now on his mother to dispose of his collection properly. Follow up with Bad Mike at a later date. Support Tavern Chat…
E376 - Follow Up to Thoughts on Literacy in Game and Dealing with Intoxication when Gaming
May 27 • 10 min
Evil Jeff calls in with thoughts on Literacy in gaming campaigns. I ponder about playing intoxicated while being intoxicated. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar’s Tavern Blog…
E375 - The Effects of Weather in Fantasy Campaigns (with Live Weather Effects)
May 26 • 9 min
I ponder weather effects in fantasy campaigns as I sit on a back porch in the Poconos with thunder in the background. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E374 - Idle Thoughts on Education and Literacy in Fantasy Worlds
May 25 • 10 min
I’m away for the weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast PA. I talk about some thoughts regarding literacy and eduction in fantasy settings. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E373 - Live with JoeTheLawyer & Rach at Faile House (W 33rd Street NYC)
May 24 • 17 min
Joe, Rach and I hit the Complete Strategist in NYC before hitting the Faile House. Good food, great cider and excellent conversation. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E372 - Tim Shorts Calls Out JoeTheLawyer (and the end of Renovations)
May 23 • 9 min
Tim Shorts calls in to tell JoeTheLawyer exactly how he feels about Joe’s Rot Grub whining. And holy shit, renovations have been completed at the Casa de Tenkar. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on…
E371 - Urban Adventures, Tunnels & Trolls and an Atari Lynx
May 22 • 9 min
Tonight on the Discord Server we talk about Urban Adventures (and i give my . thoughts here), Tunnels & Trolls (I run down my collection of the various editions of the rules) and I found my Atari Lynx from 29 years ago. —- Support this podcast:…
E370 - JoeTheLawyer, Rot Grubs & More
May 21 • 8 min
Ivy suggests we keep the consecutive numbering (we did), Joe wants to talk about Rot Grubs (ditto), Casa de Tenkar is STILL posting a Renovations sign. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon…
E369 - Random Tavern Business & Talk of a NTRPG Con Tavern Hangout
May 20 • 9 min
Yep, catching up on all things Tavern as well as spitballing a Tavern Hangout at NTRPG Con. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E368 - Last Episode of Game of Thrones Review / Rant - Spoilers (Don’t Say I didn’t Warn You!)
May 19 • 12 min
I just finished watching the last episode of Game of Thrones. John Snow is a fucking Emo! Spoilers. Warning Will Robinson! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E367 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with TheGlen (Mystara)
May 18 • 68 min
In today’s episode I sit down for a Fireside Chat with TheGlen. Who is TheGlen? Ever hear of Mystara? Well, he has is fingers well placed in that particular pie… http://www.pandius.com/gwelch.html Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support…
E366 - New Season now with Voicemails, Kickstarter News and More
May 18 • 9 min
Voicemails from JoeTheLawyer and Ivy Shorts. Renovations Continue at Casa de Tenkar. Dark Trails is blazing a path over on Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2059365241/dark-trails-rpg/description Support Tavern Chat…
E365 - The 365th Episode! Woot! Oh, and we Even Have Industry News!
May 16 • 9 min
We couldn’t have done a daily yearly podcast without you, the listener. I can’t thank you enough. Also, a future rant. Tariffs will soon hit the gamers wallet and Cubicle 7 gets the Warhammer 40k RPG license.…
E364 - FireSide Chat with Laramie (Tavern Mensch & Bearer of Cider)
May 15 • 69 min
In this FireSide Chat I hangout with Laramie (Tavern Mensch & Bearer of Cider). Laramie is well known for being a huge Hackmaster fan (not Castles & Crusades - my bad ) We have an excellent chat, and if I didn’t have to run to physical therapy we would…
E363 - Fireside Chat with Pexx (Tavern Custodian & Hand of the Tavern Keeper)
May 14 • 64 min
In today’s Fireside Chat I sit down with Pexx, the Tavern Custodian & my Right Hand. We talk Frog God, Kickstarter, conventions, gaming, geekdom and more. Oh, and all things Tavern ;) Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the…
E362 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Rokoma (Saga RPG)
May 13 • 67 min
I sit down with Rokoma (Jessie) from Saga RPG. We got way off the rails and go in directions neither one of us would have guessed. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E361 - Wherein I Rant About Season 8 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones (Minor Spoilers)
May 12 • 10 min
Minor spoiler alert. I talk about a death or two of some minor characters. More importantly, I rant about the death of a series I followed loyally for nearly 8 full seasons, only to be given a shitburger on the way out. —- Support this podcast:…
E360 - Go Joe! and a Look at Legacy
May 11 • 11 min
JoeTheLawyer calls back with a clarification on his OSR Wikileaks comment and I talk legacy and what it means. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E359 - Colin & Joe Call In - I Talk About My Prior Rant and More Yygsburgh
May 10 • 11 min
Colin talks about real Nazis, I talk about the tern Nazi thrown about as a crutch, Joe compares me to Wikileaks and I talk about the ongoing conversation about Yggsburgh over in the Tenkar’s Tavern Facebook Community.…
E358 - An Email from Yggsburgh’s Past and a Legal Resolution to an Incident from Last Summer
May 9 • 8 min
It seems like I’ll be gaining access to emails from just before and after Gary’s untimely passing regarding his Castle Zagyg project. Oh, and the Jeremy Hambly / Matt Fantastic legal action has been resolved. See, not the legal action you were looking for…
E357 - Paizo 5e Follow Up & Bethesda Plagiarizing from the DM’s Guild
May 8 • 9 min
JoeTheLawyer calls in with some thoughts on Paizo publishing for D&D 5e. Also in 5e news, Bethesda pretty much does an outright plagerism of a DM’s Guild Adventure.. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast…
E356 - 500 Frog God Bucks up for Grabs and Gail lumps Alex and Tom Together
May 7 • 11 min
Want to win some Frog God Games store credit? As much as 400 for yourself (and leave crumbs for another). Details at: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/05/frog-god-games-competition-500-bucks-in.html. What does Gail Gygax think Tom DeSanto and Alex Gygax…
E355 - Just How Many Virtual Table Tops Have I Played With?
May 6 • 11 min
Kloogewerks, ScreenMonkey, Maptools and more - oh my! Oh, and Fantasy Ground Unity is Kickstarting… https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smiteworks/fantasy-grounds-unity/description —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E354 - An Ugly Kickstarter and a Good Kickstarter
May 5 • 11 min
Want to get burned on Traveller5 yet again? Here’s you chance. Want an excellent DCC RPG KS? Grab The Crypt in Cadaver Canyon & More! now. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/475776114/the-crypt-in-cadaver-canyon-and-more/description…
E353 - Paizo to Publish for 5e & Renovations at Casa de Tenkar
May 4 • 9 min
Yep, Paizo will be releasing a 5e book with their latest crowdfunding project (NOT via Kickstarter or Indiegogo). Renovations continue at Casa de Tenkar. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E352 - A Rant in Support of Courtney Campbell
May 3 • 11 min
I hate when those that don’t add to the community falsely label members of the community. Thanks to mud slung at Courtney I have an expletive filled rant. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E351 - Joint Statement of BJ Hensley and Frog God Games
May 2 • 6 min
Joint Statement of BJ Hensley and Frog God Games read by your’s truly. Renovations continue in La Casa Tenkar :) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E350 - Digging Out Treasures Prepping for Renovations
May 2 • 9 min
I really have too much gaming shit. I found some stuff I hadn’t seen in years earlier tonight. Heck, i found one thing I thought I had never received… —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E349 - Far Away Land OSR Kickstarter - I Even Wrote a Forward :)
Apr 30 • 10 min
The was some legal lawyering activity on my end earlier today having NOTHING t do with any of the current drama. More importantly, Far Away Lands OSR is funding on Kickstarter!…
E348 - No Lawyer Episode (Really) - Alien the RPG and OSR Far Away Land
Apr 29 • 9 min
Who needs a lawyer? Not Gail Gygax apparently! Also, Alien the RPG and OSR Far Away Land Kickstarter. https://alien-rpg.com/…
E347 - More Lawyers and Game of Thrones (No Spoilers)
Apr 28 • 11 min
I watched Season 8, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones tonight. What a thrill ride. Also, Joe the Layers sent me some follow up text messages regarding the Tom deSanto / Gail Gygax lawsuit. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the…
E346 - Tom DeSanto is Looking for $300K plus in Legal Fees from Gail Gygax
Apr 27 • 13 min
Gail Gygax was nice enough to share some emails she received from the law office that Tom DeSanto has retained in his lawsuit against Gail. Additionally, I explain how criminal and civil courts differ and how decisions are made in civil court. It is much…
E345 - Statement by Bill Webb (Frog God Games)
Apr 26 • 7 min
I read Bill Webb’s (Frog God Games) statement from earlier today without comment. Link to the blogpost where much of the conversation is happening: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/04/statement-by-bill-webb.html Link to the original post on the frog God…
E344 - Steve Jackson Games Sales Decline for Fourth Straight Year
Apr 25 • 9 min
Steve Jackson Games shared its Report to the Stakeholders for 2018. ICv2 takes a look at the results and so do I. http://www.sjgames.com/general/stakeholders/ https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43050/steve-jackson-sales-decline-fourth-year Support Tavern…
E343 - We Sample Some of the Weekly Tavern Chat Hangout
Apr 24 • 13 min
We recorded some of tonight’s (4/24) weekly Wednesday night Tavern Chat. Join us weekly at 9 PM Eastern every Wednesday on the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server. All are welcome. Join the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server Support Tavern Chat…
E342 - Some Valid Arguments from both Sides of the Magic Missile / Mirror Image Debate (with more voicemails)
Apr 23 • 8 min
Evil Jeff and Old Man Grognard chime in on Magic Missile and Mirror Image. Oh my! Someone might be close to changing my mind… Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar’s Tavern Blog…
E341 - RPG Sales were up 18% in 2018
Apr 22 • 9 min
From ICV2 - https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43024/hobby-game-sales-total-1-5-billion-2018 hobby game sales were down 3% last year (driven by an 14% drop in Collectible Games - think Magic the Gathering, Pokeman and the like) while RPG sales were up…
E340 - I Pop Open a Can of Gygax Beer!
Apr 21 • 10 min
My brother in law sent me over a can of Gygax Beer for my Easter Dinner. I pop one open and give my taste review :) Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar’s Tavern Blog Join the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server RPG Breakfast Club Coast…
E339 - You Got Your Magic Missile in my Mirror Image (Move Voicemail - More Better)
Apr 20 • 9 min
Evil Jeff chimes in on the Magics Missile / Mirror Image discussion. I compare the B/X and AD&D 1e versions of the spell. Blessed holidays to all. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the…
E338 - More Magic Missile Talk (We got Voicemails)
Apr 19 • 8 min
Ah, Magic Missile. Not just a simple 1st level spell. Further commentary from Glen Halstrom and JoeTheEawyer. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E337 - Magic Missile has a Duration of 1 Turn in B/X - I Never Knew
Apr 18 • 9 min
It came up in last night’s weekly Tavern Chat hangout on the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server - in B/X, Magic Missile had a duration of 1 turn, allowing for some interesting implementations. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support…
E336 - News - Licensed AD&D 2e Come to Fantasy Grounds (and a wee bit of Aged Advice ;)
Apr 17 • 9 min
Yep, licensed AD&D 2e has come to Fantasy Grounds. Barrel Rider Games joins forces with Gallant Knight. What happens when your Magic Missiles come into contact with Mirror Images (we are talking “Aged Advice” ;) —- Support this podcast:…
E335 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jacob (Nerdolopedia) (Smunchy Games)
Apr 16 • 72 min
In today’s episode I have a Fireside Chat with Jacob of Nerdolopedia and Smunchy Games. We talk game-mastering, VTTS vs Face-to-Face gaming, livestreams, Kickstarter and more. https://www.nerdolopedia.com/ https://smunchygames.com/ Support Tavern Chat…
E334 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jayson “Rocky” Gardner (Silver Bulette)
Apr 15 • 36 min
In today’s Designers & Makers Fireside Chat I sit down with Jayson “Rocky” Gardner of Silver Bulette. We talk publishing, the latest Kickstarter and generally chew the fat. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/599310737/creeping-cold Support Tavern Chat…
E333 - I Only Recently Realized Elves in Swords & Wizardry Must be Multi-Classed or Single Class Thieves
Apr 14 • 9 min
Apparently I need to read my RPG rulebook just a wee bit closer going forward. I just recently realized Elves in Swords & Wizardry can only be fighter/magic-users, fighter/magic-user/thieves or plain old thieves. No single class fighters or magic-users,…
E332 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Frank (Mottokrosh Machinations)
Apr 13 • 64 min
In the latest of our Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Frank from Mottokrosh Machinations. Frank likes to convert adventures and source materials on the fly between systems and the system his is about to release - Hypertellurians (and…
E331 - All the News That’s Fit to Listen To ;)
Apr 12 • 9 min
We have a voicemail from old Man Grognard. There is a gamer in need of a new kidney, a monthly 5e magazine in the works, more Midderlands and B’X Essentials is now Old School Essentials. https://www.gofundme.com/7r4ky3-dakota039s-kidney-fund Support…
James Smith (Dreams of Mythic Fantasy) Has Passed Far too Soon
Apr 11 • 6 min
James Smith (Dreams of Mythic Fantasy) passed yesterday. He was one of the early OSR bloggers and his return to the blogging scene in November of 2018 was long overdue. God bless. Far too soon. https://www.forevermissed.com/james-albert-smith-jr/#about…
E329 - Spell Components, Segments, Limited Shield Use - Rules From 1e Missing from Most OSR Games
Apr 10 • 11 min
Verbal, Somatic, Material - the three types of spell components in AD&D 1e. How much of that has carried over to the OSR clones. Segments, spell interruption, shield size and number of use - we’ve dropped them all. Support Tavern Chat…
E328 - What is Tenkar’s One-Shot Roleplaying?
Apr 9 • 9 min
Thanks to James Spahn, we now have the Tenkar’s One Shot Roleplaying Community on Facebook. So, what exactly is TOSR? Listen and find out… https://www.facebook.com/groups/2317672128253902/ Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support…
E327 - Kotaku Among the Properties Sold at Fire Sale Prices to a Private Equity Firm
Apr 8 • 9 min
Gizmodo and its associated properties were sold earlier today to a private equity firm for less than half the price that was paid for them in 2016. Expect a significant number of layoffs and resurgence of#learntocode.…
E326 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Glynn Seal (Monkeyblood)
Apr 7 • 69 min
In today’s installment in the Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Glynn Seal - aka Monkeyblood. Glynn is one of the premier mapmakers in the OSR and his Midderlands setting is second to none. Be warned - our recording app hiccuped about 27…
E325 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with James Spahn (Barrel Rider Games)
Apr 7 • 77 min
Tonight I sat down with James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games, White Star, White Box and so much more. James is a close friend and the conversation goes in some unexpected directions ;)…
E324 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Andrew (FASA Games)
Apr 5 • 65 min
Today I sat down for a Fireside Chat with Andrew, line developer for the 1879 RPG. We talk games, gamemastering, historical alternative fiction and more. https://fasagames.com/1879-home/…
E323 - Is Guilt Burning Down the House Gary Built?
Apr 4 • 9 min
Gail is still at it. More than a dozen disjointed postings on Facebook today about DeSanto, Luke Gygax and even little ole me. Could it be that the DeSanto lawsuit and the revelation of a second will that does not leave the rights to the IP with Gail (or…
E322 - Revisionist History Updates by Gail Gygax
Apr 3 • 16 min
Gail returns with a dream and tells us that Gary is visiting her and helping her write an adventure. Interesting times. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the Tenkar’s Tavern Blog Join…
E321 - News - John Wick (and his 7th Sea RPG) Joins Chaosium
Apr 2 • 10 min
When a Kickstarter funds at $1.3M and still fails to fully fulfill and needs a white knight like Chaosium to buy them and their obligations out, you know its just another day in the RPG Community ;) Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support…
E320 - No April Foolery - Gail Gygax Set to Tell Tales of Family Woe and More
Apr 1 • 13 min
Its April 1st and we have some foolery from Gail Gygax. She is planning a series of tell all postings on Facebook. Today I talk about her most recent postings. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on…
E319 - A Fortune that is Kickstarter Relevant and Google+’s Last Day is April 1st - No Foolin’!
Mar 31 • 10 min
“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly”. Oh, and April 1st, 2019 is the last day for Google+. You might be out of time to save your data. Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on…
E318 - Want a One Year Contract as a WotC’s Community Manager? Position Opens April 1st - No Fooling
Mar 30 • 10 min
Satine Phoenix’s contract as Community Manager for WotC’s Dungeons & Dungeons brand ends on March 31st. Want to relocate to Seattle for a one year contract to work on the D&D Brand? Neither do I, but you never know ;)…
E317 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jay (Feral Games)
Mar 29 • 64 min
In today’s episode I sit down with Jay of Feral Games. We talk about Kickstarters, self publishing, Wraith Recon (funding on Kickstarter through March 31st, 2019), video and computer games of yore and much more.…
E316 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Cavin (YourProGM)
Mar 28 • 81 min
In the latest of the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Cavin aka YourProGM. We talk gaming expectations, gamemaster theory, social media and more. Strangely enough, we don’t talk much about professional GMing. We’ll have to do a…
E315 - RPG Books Burned in China - Something to Fear?
Mar 27 • 11 min
The Sassoon Files, a Call of Cthulhu Mythos sourcebook, was destroyed by Chinese censors, reasons unknown. Is this something RPG publishers should be concerned about? Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast…
E314 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Joshua Desa (Genius Loci Games)
Mar 26 • 58 min
In today’s entry in the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Joshua Desa of Genius Loci Games. We talk publishing, kickstarters, past and future works, fair cost of art and generally chew the fat. INHO, Josh’s Pyramid of the Lost…
E313 - 100k Plays, A Big Kaboom & More Gaming
Mar 25 • 10 min
The Tavern Chat Podcast should surpass 100k plays sometime on 3/25/19. Woot! In the first session of James Spahn’s new Swords & Wizardry Complete Campaign, we blew ourselves up. And I get to play in Tim Shorts’ new campaign tonight. Support Tavern Chat…
E312 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Owlbear (D20 Pro Virtual Table Top)
Mar 24 • 73 min
In this entry in the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Tobias / Owlbear of the D20Pro Virtual Table Top. We talk VTTs, gaming, systems and more. https://d20pro.com/ Support Tavern Chat https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support…
E311 - Bits & Pieces - Numbers, Wayward and Grabbing a Seat as a Player x2
Mar 23 • 10 min
Tavern Chat is less than 500 plays from 100k. The Tenkar’s Tavern Discord has over 1800 members. Ernest Gary Gygax Jr.’s Marmoreal Tomb Campaign Starter Kickstarter hits more snags - detailed critical review forthcoming. Oh, and I’m going to be playing in…
E310 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Alex Macris - Redux (New Release - Arbiter of Worlds)
Mar 22 • 62 min
Yep, I sat down, again, with Alex Macris, best known in the OSR for the Adventure Conquerer King System rules, to talk about his new release available on Amazon - Arbiter of Worlds: A Primer for Gamemasters https://amzn.to/2UPlfWp (note - this is an…
E309 - Talking Crit with Erik & Mike - Gary Con & More
Mar 21 • 59 min
This is the first of a weekly series called Talking Crit with Erik & Mike. Michael Badolato (Bad Mike) and myself (Erik Tenkar) are well known to be able to riff of each other for hours on end. We’ve been told we should take the show to the podcast…
E308 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Jeff “Jolhoeft” (Virtua Rasa VTT)
Mar 20 • 76 min
In today;s Fireside Chat I talk with Jeff “Jolhoeft” of the Virtua Rasa Virtual Table Top. We had some technical issues with the voice server on Discord while recording the first 25 minutes or so, but we ended the chat strong :) Basic Access to Virtua…
E307 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Janet (World Anvil)
Mar 19 • 49 min
I sat down with Janet of World Anvil for a Fireside Chat. World Anvil is an amazing tool for authors, artists and most importantly for us, Gamemasters. Janet and I discuss the history of World Anvil and some of its many features. Best of all, its basic…
E306 - How Swords & Wizardry Light Came to Be or Ain’t Retirement Grand?
Mar 18 • 14 min
There is a narrative going around the gaming community that I wrote Swords & Wizardry Light to steal the thunder from Swords & Wizardry Complete 3rd Printing. I figured its time to set the record straight. Support Tavern Chat -…
E305 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Courtney Campbell (Hack & Slash) Round Two
Mar 17 • 32 min
Today we bring back Courtney Campbell, he of the Hack & Slash blog and author of the recent Autarch release - Eyrie of the Dread Eye. (there is an affiliate link above. using the Tavern’s affiliate links help to support The Tavern) Support Tavern Chat -…
E304 - Found My Voice and Huge Kickstarter Roundup
Mar 16 • 17 min
Tonight I highlight well over a dozen really cool gaming Kickstarters. Google is your friend :) Strange New World Gazetteer: Weird Colonial Roleplaying Zine An RPG and OSR setting zine for adventuring in a strange fantasy version of colonial America.…
E303 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Aurelien (Koryo Hall of Adventures)
Mar 15 • 46 min
In today’s entry in the series of Designer’s & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Aurelien Laine, writer and designer of the forthcoming Koryo Hall of Adventures, a setting book and adventure seeds and hooks with a Korean twist.…
E302 - Dramatic Reading of a Con Man Ken Email Exchange
Mar 15 • 10 min
Huge tip of the hat to Louis Desy Jr, without whose ability to engage Ken in conversation, this would not be possible. Thanks to Ken for bring Ken. Oh, and thanks to Spinward Traveler, the gift that keeps on giving… —- Support this podcast:…
E301 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Ben (Virtua Rasa VTT)
Mar 13 • 48 min
In this, the latest Designers & Makers Fireside Chat, I sit down with Ben from the Virtua Rasa Virtual Table Top. We talk VTTs and other gaming goodies. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E300 - I Got Fake Newsed By Frank - Oh, and its Episode 300!
Mar 12 • 9 min
So, apparently Frank was making a funny about the DNC being in Milwaukee in July. Ah well, I still appreciate my usual sources that send me links and screenshots, even if we did get punked ;) 300 episode 300 in 300 days - damn. 8 Fireside Chats in 8 days…
E299 - Frank Con, Con Man Ken and Con Crud - What a Day
Mar 11 • 10 min
Oh my. What a day. Rach and I returned from Gary Con earlier today. Not as early as it would have been if taxis had been running as usual at LGA. Getting on the wrong Select Bus and heading towards 106 Street in Manhattan wasn’t helpful. I think I’m…
Gary Con Fireside Chat with Rach
Mar 11 • 5 min
Gary Con Fireside Chat with Rach —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E297 - Gary Con Day 3 and Ken Whitman Spins His Wheels with the Spinward Traveller Kickstarter
Mar 9 • 12 min
Rappan Athuk - The Mouth of Doom 3d Terrain was auction off at Gary Con earlier today. Tomorrow is my last day to run it. Ken Whitman gives the Spinward Traveller Kickstarter its first update in 2 1/2 years. You go Kenny! —- Support this podcast:…
E296 - Gary Con Day 2 - Unionized Demons Renovate Rappan Athuk’s Mouth of Doom
Mar 8 • 10 min
We kicked off the Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom series of sessions at Gary Con this morning. The set up is a bit mixed up, but that’s what happens when unionized demons are in charge of the renovations ;) —- Support this podcast:…
E295 - Kotaku Article on Gygax is Out - Fluff Piece Gone Wrong
Mar 7 • 13 min
The Kotaku article on Gail Gygax went live today. It was supposed to be a fluff piece for Gail, but instead it makes her look paranoid and in need of some professional help. The two paragraphs on me were interestingly full of inaccuracies. The only…
E294 - Follow Up on Falling Down and Some Legal Thoughts on Trademarks
Mar 6 • 9 min
We have voicemails from Jason Hobbs and Joethelawyer as well as an anonymous (but known by me) email regarding falling from grace. Why listen to me when you can listen to my betters :) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E293 - Reporter Redux - Now With Secret Offensive Jokes
Mar 5 • 10 min
Yep, our reporter friend is back, now with secret screenshots of me making offensive jokes about Gail Gygax. As you might expect, I talk about the latest letter. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E292 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with VBWyrde Elthos RPG & Mythos Machine)
Mar 4 • 46 min
In tonight’s Designer’s & Makers Fireside Chat I sit down at the virtual bar with VBWyrde. VB has written his own RPG called Elthos but also a world building app / service called the Mythos Machine. We delve deep into the granularity of both and I begin…
E291 - Are We at Fault? Have we Made Godlings out of Imperfect Heroes and Doomed them to Fall from Grace?
Mar 3 • 9 min
Are we at fault, at least to some extent, for the inability of our gaming heroes to admit to their own faults, their human weaknesses and instead encourage them them to do everything they can to save their image, an image we as a community have helped to…
E290 - Wherein I Explain How I Came to My Conclusion over the Frank Mentzer Dragonsfoot Fiasco
Mar 2 • 11 min
I received an email (echoing many of the comments I’ve seen on Facebook and elsewhere) questioning my conclusions on the Frank Mentzer Dragonsfoot Fiasco based on the grounds that Frank is an honorable man that would not lie. I like Frank. Really. He was…
E289 - Kickstarter Roundup - Lost City of Immersive Hexed Booze of the Metal Consortium
Mar 1 • 12 min
In today’s episode I highlight seven interesting and currently funding Kickstarters. The World of the Lost Lands - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/froggodgames/the-world-of-the-lost-lands/description City of the Hobgoblin King: 3D Printable Fantasy…
E288 - Frank M Posts a Rebuttal of Sorts to Facebook - I discuss a small piece of it
Feb 28 • 12 min
Frank Mentzer shared a post on Facebook addressing his Dragonsfoot drama and later Jessica Price accusations. Today I look at Frank’s explanation for the Dragonsfoot situation and why it falls apart under scrutiny.…
E287 - Voicemail Catch Up on the Zak S Drama
Feb 27 • 14 min
Between TotalCon and Fireside Chats, I’ve been neglecting voicemails. Today, we catch up on voicemails from Laramie (Tavern Mensch on the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server) and Spikepit (Podcaster Supreme) Support Tavern Chat -…
E286 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Thom Wilson (Throwi Games)
Feb 26 • 58 min
In this installment of the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Thom of Throwi Games. We talk Swords & Wizardry, Gamma World, Kickstarters, Frog God Games, Zines and more. http://www.throwigames.com/…
E285 - Designers & Makers - A Fireside Chat with Don of Hellebarde Games
Feb 25 • 52 min
Today I sat down with Don of Hellebarde Games. We talk Castle & Crusades, Gary Gygax, Troll Lords, Kickstarters and more. https://hellebardegames.com/ Support Tavern Chat - https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon…
E284 - Return from TotalCon & Back to Tavern Stuff ;)
Feb 24 • 10 min
Rach and I have returned from TotalCon, and it was good. Seriously, I don’t know how I managed to miss it all of these years. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E283 - Mini Fireside Chat with Rach, Recorded Live at Total Con - Special Guest Angela, Con Director
Feb 23 • 10 min
TotalCon with Rach & Angela. It’s a mini fireside chat with my wife Rachel, recorded live at the Frog God table at TotalCon 2019. Con Director Angela stops by and says hello. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E282 - Gen Con Bans Zak S - Do We Now Have a Slippery Slope?
Feb 22 • 14 min
Its been building over the last week and a half, but the un-personing of Zak S has pretty much been completed. I don’t like Zak - I personally think he’s a piece of shit. I just don’t like companies banning and / or removing folks because they fear the…
E281 - Total Con - Day 1 - Bar Talk with Lloyd Metchalf, Rocky Garner, and Stephan Pokorny
Feb 21 • 20 min
TotalCon. Beer. Bar. Talk. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E280 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with DasMachine (Lost Relic Industries)
Feb 20 • 57 min
In this episode in the series of Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Brian / DasMachine of Lost Relic Industries, We talk about their current project - Swords & Shaman of Sonnegard (currently in a playtest beta), Kickstarters and more.…
E279 - Removing Day - Zak S Removed from 5e Consultant credits & Frank Mentzer Removed as Guest of Honor at Gary Con
Feb 19 • 13 min
Wow. The titles literally says it all. The “unpersoning” of Zak S continues. Frank Mentzer is no longer a Guest of Honor at Gary Con. Strange times there are. https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/dndstatement…
E278 - Designers & Maker - Fireside Chat with Krillion GreyDragon (D20Pro VTT)
Feb 18 • 67 min
On this episode of Tavern Chat we continue with our Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats. Today I sit down at the virtual tabletop with Krillion GreyDragon. Krillion is a member of the D20Pro team. D20Pro is a virtual tabletop that allows folks…
E277 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Sean of Smunchy Games
Feb 17 • 58 min
In this episode, I speak with Sean of Smunchy Games. We talk about an upcoming KS (Paths: Temple of Ukro’Kaahto) give players “a GM in a box.” Color me VERY intrigued. We also talk about Kickstarter in general, surveying the marketplace, lowering the bar…
E276 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Rich Fraser (Rich Fraser Productions / Cockatrice Nuggets Podcast)
Feb 16 • 52 min
In this episode I sit down with Rich Fraser (podcaster and small publisher) We talk D&D from Basic to 5e and points between, podcasting (and Rich’s podcast Cockatrice Nuggets) and other sundries. Links:…
E275 - Roll20 Got Hacked - 4 Million Account Records Listed for Sale Online
Feb 15 • 9 min
Yep, Roll20 (and a bunch of other sites) got hacked. 4 million Roll20 accounts are for sale (the bundle has a total of 127 million records for the bargain price of $14,500 in bitcoin.) Roll20 says passwords are safe and no financial data was stolen.…
E274 - Zak S Rebuts and a Stacy D Defense of Zak S from 2017 Resurfaces
Feb 14 • 14 min
Yep, its still going on. Zak S responded to Mandy’s accusations late last night. A defense of Zak by Stacy D from Feb 2017 resurfaces. Hypocricy at its best. https://archive.is/cPSMA#selection-865.0-869.184 (Stacy D)…
E273 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Rob Conley (Bat in the Attic)
Feb 13 • 81 min
Today I sit down with Rob Conley of Bat in the Attic (both blog and publisher). We talk Traveller, Swords & Wizardry, Points of Light, Blackmarsh, Judges Guild, Wilderlands, LARPS, blogs and the like. http://batintheattic.blogspot.com/…
E272 - DriveThruRPG Bans All Future Titles Associated With Zak Smith, Contessa Makes a Statement re: Zak
Feb 12 • 15 min
Yep, the title says it all. The fallout continues. https://oneblogshelf.blogspot.com/2019/02/drivethrurpg-responds-to-current.html…
E271 - I Look at an Assortment of Virtual Table Tops
Feb 11 • 13 min
I was all psyched to talk VTTs with a developer of the D20Pro VTT when we had to reschedule. So, why not talk VTTs anyhow ;) Excellent listing of VTTs - http://rpgvirtualtabletop.wikidot.com/the-vts Links to all things Tavern: Support the Tavern Chat…
E270 - Morbid Mandy Accuses Zak S of Abuse
Feb 10 • 13 min
Seems like you can’t spit without finding allegations of abuse by an RPG creator underneath where your spittle lands. Earlier this evening, Morbid Mandy, Zak S’ recently ex-girlfriend, posted a very personal and revealing post of the abuse she claims to…
E269 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Puddles (Strange Gods Podcast)
Feb 9 • 83 min
Today I sat down for a fireside chat with Puddles of the Strange Gods Podcast (and soon to be released Swords & Wizardry / Blight Podcast). We talk gaming, cops shows, free range chickens, campaigns, TPKs and more. Oh, and I blush loud enough you should…
E268 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with SagaNick (Saga RPG)
Feb 8 • 57 min
In today’s episode of Tavern Chat I have a virtual fireside chat with SagaNick of Saga RPG Publishing. We discuss some Kickstarter strategies, Rappan Athuk and more. Link to Saga RPG products on RPGNow (note - affiliate link)…
E267 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Courtney Campbell (Hack & Slash)
Feb 7 • 79 min
With this episode I have a fireside chat with Courtney Campbell of the Hack & Slash blog (among many other avenues of creativity.) We talk multiple income streams, creativity, love & hate, real life, drive, emotion, kickstarters, Con Man Ken, Gail, Gareth…
E266 - Spotify Buys Anchor & A Reporter Wants to Interview Me (I Declined)
Feb 6 • 12 min
Yep. Anchor is now part of Spotify. Holy shit, right? Then a reporter wants to interview me about Gail Gygax. Yep, its a fun ride ;) https://adexchanger.com/podcast/spotify-buys-two-podcasting-companies-anchor-and-gimlet-in-major-foray-into-the-space/…
E265 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Jerry (Frog God Games)
Feb 5 • 37 min
Today I had a fireside chat with Jerry - Noble Herald Frog of Frog God Games. We had some technical difficulties in the beginning, but thanks to Jerry switching to his cell phone and Pexx adjusting the bitrate we recovered. Jerry is a fine example of…
E264 - Quick Looks at Eleven Zine Quest Zines on Kickstarter
Feb 4 • 13 min
I look at 11 Zines releasing during Kickstarter’s Zine Quest Month. There are some must haves in the bunch. https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/advanced?woe_id=0&tag_id=346&sort=magic&seed=2582226&page=2 Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read…
E263 - I Really Hope You Aren’t Using G+ for Your Blogger Comments - I Look at the Latest G+ Update
Feb 3 • 10 min
Yep, Google has a new update on the G+ shutdown on April 2, 2019 and its a doozy. Remember when Google pushed integrating G+ and Blogger comments? Well, bend over if you did because it aint pretty. Support the Tavern Chat Podcast on Patreon Read the…
E262 - Milestones Oh My! Podcast, Discord and The Black Isle
Feb 2 • 10 min
Yesterday was the new high water mark as far as the Tavern Chat Podcast goes - over 1700 plays. The Tenkar’s Tavern Discord server, where all of the live interviews take place is knocking on 1500 members. Oh, and the crowdsourced setting book, The Black…
E261-You Should Rarely Give Interviews to the Press - Trust Me, They Don’t Care About Your Campaign
Feb 1 • 11 min
There are interviews and there are “interviews”. I prefer to call what I do Fireside Chats as interviews seem both more formal and intrusive. When the press wants to interview you, even if it seems informal it WILL be intrusive. They have a story to sell…
E260 - Catching Up with the Top 10 RPG Podcasts According to ENWorld
Jan 31 • 11 min
Its becoming rarer and rarer to find interesting articles on ENWorld. Not saying I found such today, but I might have ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E259 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Tyson (Smunchy Games)
Jan 30 • 49 min
In today’s episode of The Tavern Chat podcast, I hang out with Tyson of Smunchy Games. I’m eagerly awaiting the board game/RPG hybrid. https://smunchygames.com/ —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E258 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Alexander Macris (Autarch/ACKS)
Jan 29 • 72 min
In this installment of the Designers & Makers series of fireside chats I sit down with Alex Macris, the main man at Autarch publishing and best known for the Adventurer Conquerer King System (ACKS). We talk awards, projects past and present, old Commodore…
E257 - Dungeons & Dragons - 45 Years Old and Strong as Ever
Jan 28 • 9 min
This past weekend - according to many on social media - Dungeons & Dragons celebrated its 45th birthday. 11 official versions (and countless hacks, clones and derivatives later) it is still going strong. Link to the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server…
E256 - Follow Up on Aging in AD&D 1e, Savage Worlds Community Program and a Poopie Situation ;)
Jan 27 • 10 min
Spent the late morning and much of the afternoon dealing with a backed up sewer pipe. Ick! Voicemails from Joethelawyer Jeremy “frothof” regarding the aging table in the AD&D 1e DMG and the Savage Worlds Community program respectively. —- Support this…
E255 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Melkor (Strange Gods Podcast)
Jan 26 • 58 min
On today’s episode I hang out with Melkor of the Strange Gods Podcast (and the fairly soon to be released Swords & Wizardry powered and Blight setting podcast) We talk old school, new school, OSR, Pathfinder ! & 2, 5e and more. Houserules and on the fly…
E254 - New Recording Limits on Anchor & Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild goes Live
Jan 25 • 10 min
Anchor now limits recording made via the web app to 30 minutes (doesn’t effect mobile apps nor recording made with outside software) Pinnacle launches the Savage Worlds Adventurers Guild a bit differently then similar programs - less IP available for use…
E253 - Looking at Aging in the AD&D 1e DMG
Jan 24 • 10 min
Today I look at the Aging section on page 16 of the AD&D 1e DMG. I don’t ever recall moving my newly rolled characters through the Age Categories for ability score adjustments. Do you? —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E252 - Designers & Makers - Kevin Watson/Dark Naga Games (Writer/Publisher)
Jan 23 • 47 min
In the latest episode in the Designers & Makers series of fireside chat I get to sit down with Kevin Watson of Dark Naga Games. We talk OSR & 5e as well as Kickstarters past, present and future. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E251 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Elfstar (Adventure & Computer Game Designer)
Jan 22 • 44 min
With this episode we present the latest in the Designers & Makers series of fireside chats. This time I chat with Elfstar, adventure and computer game designer. We hit on some hexcrawl/sandbox points of interest that may be of interest to others ;) —-…
E250 - Woot! 250 Episodes in 250 Days
Jan 21 • 9 min
Yep, this is the 250th episode of the Tavern Chat podcast. We have a voicemail from JoeTheLawyer and I talk about what’s currently in the hopper. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E249 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Robert/Sizzoul (Strange Gods Podcast)
Jan 20 • 34 min
In the latest of the Designer’s & Makers series of interviews / fireside chat, I talk with Robert/Sizzoul of the Strange Gods Podcast and we learn more about the upcoming Blight/Swords & Wizardry podcast they have in the hopper ;) —- Support this podcast:…
E248 - Back in the Saddle Again - Spikepit and Tim Shorts Call In - Talking about Old School Modules
Jan 19 • 11 min
After two miserable weeks I’m finally feeling more like my old self. Catching up on all things Tavern related. Spikepit and Tim Shorts call the show. I mention some sources for old school styled adventures - detached covers and such. —- Support this…
E247 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Humble Joe / Izzy (Strange Gods Podcast)
Jan 18 • 39 min
In this episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast, we continue with the Designers & Makers series of “fireside chats”. This time I sit down with Humble Joe / Izzy of the Strange Gods Podcast, am actual play podcast featuring Pathfinder (and soon to include a…
E246 - Starting Spells for Magic-Users in AD&D 1e - Do You use the DMG Table on page 38?
Jan 17 • 11 min
The AD&D 1e Dungeon Master’s Guide is glorious in the haphazard array of information that is presented within. One fine example of such is hidden on page 39 - ACQUISITION OF MAGIC-USER SPELLS - and the tables given for starting spells. Join me as I take a…
E245 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Skeeter Green (Bard’s Gate)
Jan 16 • 61 min
Today I sat down with Skeeter Green, formerly of Frog God Games and currently with Skeeter Green Publishing. Skeet wraps up talking about his upcoming Kickstarter. Take my money already… —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E245 - My 2019 New Year’s Gaming Resolutions
Jan 16 • 9 min
I was asked privately what my New Year’s gaming resolutions were for this year and they are simple - sorta. More gaming, more creating, simply more :) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E244 - Anchor Issues and a Look at the Latest Mythoard
Jan 14 • 11 min
Damn it but the Anchor web interface for recording is still offline. So, to my phone I do go. The latest Mythoard arrived today and it includes issue #1 of Gygax magazine signed by the whole crew. Woot! —- Support this podcast:…
E242 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Josh Beckelheimer (Swords & Wizardry One Sheets)
Jan 13 • 32 min
In today’ s episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast we have the latest in the series of Designers & Makers “fireside chats”. That’s what we are calling it now. Josh talks about his venture into gaming, his relative youth, why one sheet adventures are a passion…
E241 - Gareth Gets an Update - A Posse Was Forming - Voicemails
Jan 12 • 11 min
Thank you all! Your support is and was amazing. Gareth’s comment was deleted from Facebook but the screenshot lives forever at TenkarsTavern.com ;) Voicemails from Spikepit, JoeTheLawyer, Old Man Grognard and Chris Clark. —- Support this podcast:…
E240 - Gareth Skarka of Far West Shame Threatens to Punch Your Host in the Throat (& calls me names)
Jan 11 • 12 min
Ah, good old Gareth Skarka. He has more empty promises than a politician. Now, on social media, he has alluded to punching me “in the fucking throat” in addition to calling me some choice names. Why is he so upset? Because for the same seven years Far…
E239 - Save Vs… More Podcast Talk… Voicemails from Spikepit & JoeTheLawyer. I feel like Poop :(
Jan 10 • 10 min
Final(?) follow up to the Vince Florio interview. Voicemails from Spikepit and JoeTheLawyer. Your host is now on antibiotics. Yes, its been that kind of a week. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E238 - Where I See the Anchor Podcast Community Now and in the Future
Jan 9 • 11 min
Yesterday’s interview with Vince Florio has certainly been a discussion generator when it comes to the Anchor Podcast Community. Obviously, I use Anchor and I’m in its debt, as it lowered the entry bar to podcasting, much like Blogger lowered the entry…
E237 - Designers & Makers - I Hang Out with Vince Florio (Wild Games Productions)
Jan 8 • 54 min
In the latest Designers & Makers entry, I hang out with Vince Florio, podcaster, Youtube and game designer, Vince is the main man at Wild Game Productions and is the main designer of the ENnie award winning Mazes & Perils. He is also the man that…
E236 - Did Gameplay Change Between AD&D 1e & AD&D 2e?
Jan 7 • 9 min
In today’s follow up to Episode 231, Rich Frasier calls in to discuss parley and xp for gold. Is this where the rules as written encouraged a certain type of gameplay, and did the transition from 1e to 2e change the dynamic? —- Support this podcast:…
E235 - Thoughts on The Man in the High Castle
Jan 6 • 11 min
Some quick (and incomplete) thoughts on the Amazon Prime series Man in the High Castle. Last night’s stomach bug may have enlightened me - or maybe that was just the fever and sweats ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E234 - Designers & Makers “Fireside Chat” with Omer Golan (Stellagama Publishing)
Jan 5 • 36 min
In today’s episode of The Tavern Chat Podcast I hang out with Omer Golan of Stellagama Publishing. Omer has a number of releases in support Stars Without Number and White Star but is perhaps best known currently for Cepheus Light, a reworked and reedited…
E233 - Designers & Makers - I Sit Down with Ian McGarty of Silver Bulette Publishing
Jan 4 • 45 min
Today we have the next installment in the Designers & Makers series of interviews. I am actually loath to call them interviews at this point, as they have turned more into friendly chats than scripted interviews. This time I sit down with Ia McGarty of…
E233 - Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat Episode 2 - Pub Con 0.1 - Scouting a Potential Locations
Jan 3 • 25 min
JoeTheLawyer, Rach and myself had lunch at my local pub, which is also the possible location to host a potential Pub Con. Hilarity ensues ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E231 - Defeat Doesn’t Need to Equal Death for Your PCs
Jan 2 • 9 min
As was discussed earlier in the Tavern Chat weekly hangout on our Discord server, too often we see character defeat equal death. Retreat and capture rarely if ever seem like options and perhaps they should be. —- Support this podcast:…
E230 - Potential Pub Con Talk before getting Stealth Bombed by My Cat
Jan 1 • 11 min
Happy New Year! The first week of 2019 will include more Designers & Makers interviews, hanging with JoeTheLawyer to scout out a potential Pub Con location and apparently also included my cat Ashley pooping a big one as I look to wrap up the episode. I…
E229 - Its New Year’s Eve! - Closing Out 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019 with All Things Tavern
Dec 31, 2018 • 12 min
Time to wrap up 2018 and look forward to 2019. A look at where we are and where we are going with all things Tavern related. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E228 - Avengers Infinity Gauntlet & More Thoughts on Artifacts & PC Defeat vs Death
Dec 30, 2018 • 11 min
Tim Shorts calls in with his thoughts on artifacts and I use Avengers Infinity War as an example as to how to use use an artifact as a campaign plot device. Then i go off the rails and discuss why I think defeat shouldn’t always mean PC death. —- Support…
E227 - Designers & Makers - I Hang With Jason Hobbs (Hobbs & Friends, Hex Talk, Random Screed)
Dec 29, 2018 • 46 min
This morning we recorded another in a series of interviews with Designers & Makers in tabletop gaming. With this episode I hang with Jason Hobbs, of the Ennie nominated Hobbs & Friends of the OSR, Hex Talk and Random Screed podcasts. Jason and I have been…
E226 - I Dig Deeper into the AD&D 1e DMG and dig up some Artifacts & Relics
Dec 28, 2018 • 11 min
In my experience, one of the most abused aspects of AD&D 1e was the Artifacts & Relics in the DMG. While the DMG was often treated like a Sear Catalogue among many players, the Artifacts & Relics section took that to 11 (Spinal Tap for the win) —- Support…
E225 - Did You Say “Intelligent Sword?” - I Dig Into the AD&D 1e DMG
Dec 27, 2018 • 14 min
Intelligent Swords were both boon and bane in my early days of gaming. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E224 - Post Christmas Voicemails from Prior to Christmas - Go Figure ;)
Dec 26, 2018 • 8 min
Christmas is now in the rearview mirror and we’re catching up on voicemails. JoeTheLayer and Laramie the Tavern Mensch call the show. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E223 - Merry Christmas and Thank You
Dec 25, 2018 • 6 min
Its Christmas Day. Time to thank those that have added positively to your experience. No, I’m not referring to XP either ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E222 - Christmas Eve with Pinky (My Niece)
Dec 24, 2018 • 8 min
My niece Pinky joins me on this episode of Tavern Chat to talk about some of the gifts she has received thus far (dice!) and somme of her plans for 2019. Hint: it includes Swords & Wizardry Light —- Support this podcast:…
E221 - It is Time for the Majority of Gamers to be Heard. Support That Which You Love
Dec 23, 2018 • 11 min
Sadly, it doesn’t stop. Since yesterday’s episode, Stacy has now gone so far as to insinuate that violence maybe be used to achieve her goals (what those goals are exactly, aside from attacking Gary Con, Bill Webb and the OSR are ill defined. We’ve…
E220 - The OSR is Under Attack - Roll for Initiative!
Dec 22, 2018 • 7 min
The attempted boycott of Gary Con continues. The target is no longer one guest, or one convention - the whole of the OSR is under attack by Stacy Dellorfano. You can stand by and do nothing, or you can support the creators, conventions and communities…
E219 - Coming Soon - Starfinder Beginner Box - I Do So Love the Format
Dec 21, 2018 • 9 min
Paizo is releasing a Starfinder Beginner Box. I love the format and its something we’ve seen in the hobby since D&D Basic. I want mores! https://paizo.com/products/btq01wrs?Starfinder-Beginner-Box —- Support this podcast:…
E218 - Designers & Makers - I Interview Douglas Cole (Gaming Ballistic)
Dec 20, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode of the Designers & Makers series of interviews, I talk with Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic. We talk GURPS, OSR, Kickstarter, usable unarmed combat rules for OSR gaming, as well as Doug’s current Kickstarter - Lost Hall of Tyr (2nd…
E217 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Zach Glazar (Frog God Games)
Dec 19, 2018 • 39 min
Today I interviewed Zach Glazar (Frog God Games). No Hawk the Slayer question, because the man has never seen the movie. Sigh. Support The Tavern at https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E216 - Unboxing the new Call of Cthulhu Starter Set
Dec 18, 2018 • 12 min
I received the new Call of Cthulhu Starter Set today. Its Tavern Chat’s first unboxing and it’s an awesome product. 24.95 for the box with free PDFs with purchase. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E215 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Carl Heyl (Save or Die Podcast)
Dec 17, 2018 • 34 min
In this instalment of the Designers & Makers series of interviews, I talk with Carl Heyl of the Save or Die and The Crusader Podcast. Yes, we even talk Hawk the Slayer ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E214 - I Found Myself Agreeing with Stacy D and Then…
Dec 16, 2018 • 10 min
Someone pointed me to a blogpost from Stacy D of Contessa from 2016 and I found myself nodding my head in agreement. But then I was reminded of her current call to boycott Gary Con and I realized she lacked the conviction to follow her own words and…
E213 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Tom Knauss (Writer/Freelancer/Frog God Games)
Dec 15, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast, I talk sit down across the virtual table with Tom Knauss, best known for his work as a writer for Frog God Games. We talk RPGs, art, Hawk the Slayer and more ;) —- Support this podcast:…
E121 - Follow up to Hawk! News - New D&D Show Starring Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll
Dec 14, 2018 • 11 min
Tim Shorts calls the podcast. Designers & Makers Networking Group kicks off on the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server. Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll to headline a new D&D show for streaming. New drama, same drumbeat. Link to the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server:…
E211 - Hawk the Slayer - I Finally Watched from Beginning to End
Dec 13, 2018 • 12 min
Yep, apparently I never actually watch Hawk the Slayer in its entirety until this morning. You can find it to stream on Amazon (3 bucks to rent / 10 to buy) Its a fun movie so long as you go into it accepting its limitations - low budget, poor acting,…
E210 - Designers & Makers #1 - Interview with Michael “BadMike” Badolato (NTRPG Con/Frog God Games)
Dec 12, 2018 • 31 min
Today we kick off the Designers & Makers series of interviews (with about 40 interviews currently on the grid over the next three months). Michael “BadMike” Badolato has the notoriety of being our first guest in the series. BadMike is one of the main guys…
E209 - Episode Zero of Designers & Makers - Wherein Your Bartender Interviews Himself ;)
Dec 11, 2018 • 11 min
We’ll be kicking off the Designers& Makers series of interviews in the next couple of days, but to prepare folks for what’s in store, I asked myself (and answered) the five questions that will be asked of all. These are not the be all and end all of the…
E208 - 52.5 Million G+ Accounts Exposed to Private Data Breach Bug, Shutdown Moved Up to April 2019
Dec 10, 2018 • 10 min
Google has proven to be an unreliable custodian of personal data, with 52.5 million accounts’ personal data exposed. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E207 - Podcast Nominations at ENWorld and some Minor Rants
Dec 9, 2018 • 11 min
ENWorld is looking for nominations of the Best Podcasts of 2018. I rant a bit about the LotFP Referee Book and Far West, then look at the POD of the AD&D 2e rulebooks on DriveThruRPG. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E206 - Annual Tavern Meeting Roundup and a Look at ENWorld’s Most Anticipated Games of 2019
Dec 8, 2018 • 8 min
Last night was the first annual Tavern meeting. We are on pace for an amazing 2019. ENWorld has posted the results of its most anticipated games of 2019 - any wonder the pic on the ENWorld splash page is number 10 on the list - but their own release. —-…
E205 - What’s Your Experience with Experience Points?
Dec 7, 2018 • 11 min
Much like Hit Points, Experience Points do not have a direct relationship with the real world. Sometimes a game must be seen from the game’s perspective. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E204 - So, What Exactly are Hit Points in AD&D?
Dec 6, 2018 • 10 min
Today we look at page 82 of the AD&D 1e DMG and discuss Hit Points. If the class will open their DMGs and follow along ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E203 - Languages in AD&D 1e - Even the Dumbest Thief Starts Out with Three. Why?
Dec 5, 2018 • 12 min
Ever since last night, some of the language rules in AD&D 1e have been irking me. Alignment tongues, Druid and Thief languages, nine starting languages for elves (ten if they are a thief) - this and more make me question how language was used in 1e. —-…
E202 - News - She Bleeds update and an OSR Survey
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
James Raggi gives us an update on the She Bleeds controversy and I have some issues with a current OSR survey. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E201 - Zero or More Copies of She Bleeds are Allegedly Destroyed - But No Details as to By Who
Dec 3, 2018 • 11 min
I posted about the alleged destruction of Zero or more copies of the LotFP release of She Bleeds by an unidentified warehouse (Raggi claims he knows the warehouse and the numbers are unknown and could be Zero). With some additional information I dig…
E200 - The Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat Episode One, With Special Guest JoeTheLawyer
Dec 2, 2018 • 42 min
Join JoeTheLawyer, Rach, Judd & myself as we record a live episode of The Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat at the Faile Pun on West 33rd Street in NYC. We had a great time recording this episode and we hope you’ll have a great time listening :) —- Support this…
E199 - OSRChristmas Kicks Off & a Follow up on The Common Tongue
Dec 1, 2018 • 10 min
Yep, OSR Christmas kicked off today. Go to tenkarstavern.com for more details on how to be gifted. Also, I read some comments from the blog side about the common tongue. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E198 - How Common is the Common Tongue?
Nov 30, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about my thoughts on the Common Tongue as it is used in most “Old School” RPGs —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E197 - A Look at Using Mundane Items in Your Fantasy Gaming
Nov 29, 2018 • 10 min
Pexx brought this up earlier today on The Tavern’s Discord Sever - Favorite mundane items and why? I poke around the topic a bit. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E196 - Do you Use Spells with No Save Against your Player Characters?
Nov 28, 2018 • 13 min
JoeTheLawyer calls in with an interesting observation regarding spells with no saves (Cloudkill, Powerword Kill, Sleep, etc). I respond with thoughts of my own. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E195 - Save or Die? Maybe, but what else can we do?
Nov 27, 2018 • 10 min
Save of Die sounds great, but it takes some of the true challenges out of the game IMHO. Character death generally needs more meaning, and random death by Save or Die lacks that in my eyes —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E194 - Planning a Tenkar’s Tavern Pub Gathering on Dec 2 - Kicks Off Noon at the Complete Strat
Nov 26, 2018 • 10 min
JoeTheLawyer and I have finalized plans for a Tenkar’s Tavern Pub Gathering on Sunday, Dec 2 at Noon. We move to Stout across the street after a wee bit of shopping. First round is on me. We are at 10 gifters for OSR Christmas and the emails keep coming…
E193 - It’s Beginning to Look Like OSR Christmas, Everywhere You Go!
Nov 25, 2018 • 12 min
JoeTheLawyer and I plan to hit the Complete Strat in Manhattan next Sunday, December 2, and then follow up with some beers at a local pub - and record a podcast episode. Join us if you can. Also, OSR Christmas is coming up. Don’t be left out. —- Support…
E192 - News - There is Now a Gygax Game site - But They Don’t Mention FIG (Alex does have a sidegig)
Nov 24, 2018 • 15 min
Voicemails and then a peek at the brand new Gygax Games website. What it doesn’t say speaks volumes… —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E191 - Tegel Manor is Live on Kickstarter - and some more Black Friday Sales
Nov 23, 2018 • 10 min
Tegel Manor is live on Kickstarter, raising over 17k in less than 3 1/2 hours. Give it a peek - it looks damn good. Also, some more Black Friday sales for your shopping pleasure. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E190 - Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sales for the RPG Gamer
Nov 22, 2018 • 10 min
It’s Thanksgiving. Do you use holidays and their associated celebrations in your RPG Campaigns? Also, its time for some Black Friday sales :) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E189 - Tavern Plans for 2019
Nov 21, 2018 • 12 min
I sat down with Pexx today to go over some of the plans for all things Tavern in 2019. It should be a good year :) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E189 - Dreams, Crossovers and the Sunsetting of the RPGNow Storefront
Nov 20, 2018 • 12 min
Its a news episode of sorts. I discuss a future crossover episode that will be recorded with JoeTheLawyer and others, the return of the Dreams of Mythic Fantasy blog and the soon to be closing of the RPGNow Storefront.…
E187 - The Games You Own vs The Games You Play vs The Games You Want to Play
Nov 19, 2018 • 10 min
I blame Joe the Lawyer for today’s topic. I own far more RPG material than I will ever play or even read for that matter and yet have games I want to play that I have yet to do so. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E186 - TARGA - Its History, Its Death and an Inside View - Are We Doomed to Repeat?
Nov 18, 2018 • 25 min
I apologize in advance for the extra-long episode. As I was putting the pieces of the episode together, I discovered a post on our very own TenkarsTavern.com from 2014 that shed further light on the battle for the soul of TARGA, from the one that fought…
E185 - Does the Graphic Define the OSR or Does the OSR Define the Graphic? Does the Graphic Matter?
Nov 17, 2018 • 15 min
Voicemails on Mundane Magic kick us off. It really seems to have an audience. Then we address Stuart R’s OSR Logo / Graphic and whether it was ever really needed. I think a TARGA follow up episode will be needed. —- Support this podcast:…
E184 - Mundane Magic - Spells and Items - Why is This Overlooked in Most Fantasy RPGs?
Nov 16, 2018 • 11 min
I got it into my head today to think about mundane magic. I understand why RPG rulebooks focus on the magic aimed for adventuring, but in societies where magic replaces technologoy, wouldnt there be more mundane uses? —- Support this podcast:…
E183 - I Tell a Story of Mid 80s Convention Play, Rules Lawyering and the Mantra “Don’t be a Dick”
Nov 15, 2018 • 13 min
I’m not sure if I actually made my save vs Con Crud. It may be a delayed reaction. Back in 86 or 87, I went to my first gaming convention at Columbia University in Manhattan. It was one of the few times I’ve up and up “rules lawyered” and I probably use…
E182 - There’s a Humble Bundle for Warhammer & 40k Audio Fiction - and one with Digital Talisman Too
Nov 14, 2018 • 10 min
Its not often that I talk about something that is time sensitive, but both the Warhammer / Warhammer 40k Audio Collection and the Warhammer / Warhammer Digital Games Collection have about 6 days left as this episode releases. If you enjoy the fiction or…
E181 - A True Story and a Possibly True Story of the TSA - Who Watches the Geeks that Watch Us?
Nov 13, 2018 • 12 min
The adventures of a gamer going to and returning from a game convention. Someone made a huge luck roll - allegedly… —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E180 - Home, Tired and Thoughts on How to Combat Con Crud (and other offenses)
Nov 12, 2018 • 12 min
I flew home from Madison and boy are my arms tired. My legs, back, and body overall have joined in. I have some ideas on how to combat Con Crud as well as some ideas on personal hygiene at cons. Stinking Cloud spell is not the effect you want. —- Support…
E179 - GameHole Day Four Wrap with Random Thoughts and Observations
Nov 11, 2018 • 8 min
Gamehole Con has wrapped up. As we await the yearly Frog God Dinner, I give my final thoughts on Gamehole VI. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E178 - Gamehole Con Day 3 - Down The Well and Other Adventures
Nov 11, 2018 • 8 min
Gamehole day three is coming to an end. Huge thank you to Phil Reed of Steve Jackson Games for adding goodies to The OSR Christmas Swag Bag. I had a blast running The Mouth of Doom this morning with a truly challenging group. Shout outs to everyone that…
E177 - GameHole Day Two with Bad Mike, Ben Barsh, Zach Glazer and Rach
Nov 9, 2018 • 13 min
I hang out and discuss Gamehole and related stuff with Bad Mike, Ben Barsh, Zach Glazer and my wife Rach. Ambient noise supplied by Dwarven Forge ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E176 -GameHole Day One - Sales, Ciders & Community
Nov 8, 2018 • 12 min
Day One of GameHole Con is wrapping up. I’m blessed to have met many members of the Tavern’s community today. Oh, and nice S&W sales. Did I mention cider? —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E175 - As I Get Ready to Head to GameHole, I Talk a bit about Running Convention RPG Sessions
Nov 7, 2018 • 13 min
More follow up on game balance with two new voicemails. Then it’s on to running games and conventions and how it differs from home campaigns. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E174 - Balance Scmalance! Its all in the Way You Play the Game
Nov 6, 2018 • 11 min
Yesterday’s episode about game balance was well received. We have four voicemails on the topic, or rather, two voicemails each from two listeners. They both make good points and I follow up on both. —- Support this podcast:…
E173 - But we Decide which is Right and which is an Illusion - I talk briefly about Game Balance
Nov 5, 2018 • 15 min
Love me some Moody Blues. I talk a bit about game balance and why I think the true balance belongs not in the rules but in the adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E172 - The Music in My Head is at Your Gaming Table - E171 Followup
Nov 4, 2018 • 12 min
Wow. Some amazing feedback on yesterdays episode about music and ambient audio at the RPG table. I respond to some voicemails from the listeners. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E171 - Do You Use Music and / or Sound Effects in Your RPG Sessions?
Nov 3, 2018 • 10 min
JoeTheLawyer had an interesting question - do you use music and or sound effects in your RPG sessions? I talk about my experiences, my thoughts and I seek your feedback. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E170 - Episode #1 of the TavernSpike Podcast - Join “SpikePit” and Myself on a Podcast Crossover
Nov 2, 2018 • 59 min
It has finally happened. There has been a melding of worlds. A mashing of podcasts. Yep, this is the first in a series of “podcast crossovers”. Today, I hang with Colin “SpikePit” Green. We touch on many topics related to gaming, geekdom and beyond. Enjoy…
E 169 - OSR Podcasts Unite - Very Positive Feedback on the Cross Promo Idea
Nov 1, 2018 • 9 min
Wow. Three voicemails, all enthusiastic about the cross promotion idea for the various OSR podcasts. Can I get a Huzzah!?! Did I mention tomorrow’s episode will kick the whole thing off? Welcome to TavernSpike :) —- Support this podcast:…
E168 - Just How Easy IS Anchor? So easy your Bartender can do it on a Daily Basis
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
Joe the Lawyer left me a voicemail on my cell phone asking questions about Anchor and its ease of use. Sadly, the voicemail is not downloadable, but it did lead me to answer Joe’s inquiry in today’s episode. Simply put, Anchor is downright simple - or as…
E167 - DnD Sports is now RPG Sports - Would you choose Tissue Paper over Kleenex? Me Neither
Oct 30, 2018 • 12 min
Tim Shorts follows up on my idea of cross-promoting the various OSR podcasts. On the news side of things. DnD Sports is now RPG Sports, supposedly because there is such a huge push to expand beyond D&D. Don’t you beleive it… —- Support this podcast:…
E166 - I Fall Into the Spikepit and Spitball some Ideas for Cross-promotion of Some OSR Podcasts
Oct 29, 2018 • 9 min
Colin (AKA Spikepit) asks a question about self-promotion. I answer with some thoughts on cross-promotion. Let me know what you think about the ideas I through out. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E165 - Horror in My White Box? I Want Horror on My Fantasy White Box!
Oct 28, 2018 • 11 min
Ont the blog side I asked about folks running horror-themed games for the Halloween season. Tonight, I spitball some ideas to add some OSR horror, via Joe Salvador’s Eldritch Tales, to a more standard fantasy setting. Lets see where I meander to… —-…
E164 - A Look at Multi and Dual Classing in the AD&D 1e Player’s Handbook
Oct 27, 2018 • 8 min
I still have my AD&D 1e Player’s Handbook by my desk. Today, I look at multi and dual classing in the 1e rules (as well as question why certain races had NPC clerics only) - edit - episode was blank - re-recorded with my niece ;) —- Support this podcast:…
E163 - An OSR Star Trek Ruleset - Starships & Spacemen 2e
Oct 26, 2018 • 11 min
We have two voicemails in response to reading history from your old gamebooks. Then I look at Starships & Spacemen 2e - the OSR Star Trek substitute. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E162 - Reading the History of my Original AD&D 1e Player’s Handbook
Oct 25, 2018 • 12 min
I pulled my original copy of the AD&D 1e Player’s Handbook off my shelves to “read its history.” Some pieces it revealed surprise even me ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E161 - Finding Hidden Treasures in Second Hand RPG Acquisitions
Oct 24, 2018 • 11 min
Glen Halstrom left a voicemail with an interesting note - he picked up an RPG book second hand and it included the prior owner’s unique map for their fantasy world. I find that the little extras - notes, remarks, names and even underlining, imparts a…
E160 - Kickstarter Roundup - Blighted Dice and Giant Wine
Oct 23, 2018 • 18 min
We have voicemails from Glen Halstrom and Chris Clark. We peek at Island of Blight, In Vino Gigantus and Dice of Unusual Size. I then rant about Far West. Ah, sweet ranting, you will be mine! ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E159 - ENWorld Commenting and Chit Sheets, Oh My!
Oct 22, 2018 • 9 min
Yep, I commented on a thread over on ENWorld yesterday, because inaccurate statements regarding D&D editions really annoy me. Lo and behold, I never knew I had a “chit sheet” in one of my Basic Boxes. —- Support this podcast:…
E158 - The Birth of the RPG Breakfast Club - The Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server
Oct 21, 2018 • 11 min
This episode is going up late because this morning was the first RPG Breakfast Club hosted chat on the Tenkar’s Tavern Discord Server. I talk about this morning’s chat as well as other hosted chat’s throughout the week (and more in the future) on The…
E157 - The Complete, Untold Story Behind the Origins of Swords & Wizardry Light
Oct 20, 2018 • 14 min
Man, the amount of tinfoil hats in our corner of the hobby is simply amazing at times. No, Swords & Wizardry Light was not written to usurp legitimacy and authority from Swords & Wizardry Complete. How could it? They are both published by the same…
e156 - The Pinky Interview - My Seven Year Old Niece Talks Dungeons, Dragons and Imagination
Oct 19, 2018 • 10 min
Shannon has been asking Uncle to interview her on the podcast pretty much since i kicked off the podcast. Today was another day of Uncle duties, as Shannon has an ear infection to go along with her chest cold. We decided to do the “interview” today. She…
E155 - Confessions of an RPG Hoarder
Oct 18, 2018 • 13 min
My niece has gotten me to go hot-n-heavy when it comes to cleaning out the living room. In doing such, I’ve unearthed a large amount of partially forgotten RPG material I’ve acquired as well as identified a significant amount of duplicates. Do you have…
E154 - Wherein I Talk a bit about Swords & Wizardry
Oct 17, 2018 • 8 min
Still fighting a cold. Currently serving out my Uncle Duties. Thanks to Colin, I talk about Swords & Wizardry ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E153 - I Guess D&D eSports IS a Thing! DnD Sports is Coming to a Twitch Near You
Oct 16, 2018 • 15 min
Way back in Episode 70, I talked about how Hasbro’s CEO mentioned D&D eSports, and everyone said that the CEO didn’t know what he was talking about and I was being foolish for even mentioning it. Well, take a peek -…
E152 - The Times, They are a Changin’ - but I still have a cold ;)
Oct 15, 2018 • 13 min
Yep, I’m still a miserable fuck, having woken up 1130 in the morning - damn cold. The Tavern has been around for nearly 10 years. I expect it will be around for many more 10s of years. If you look at the history of the Tenkar’s Tavern blog, you’ll see it…
E151 - Thoughts and Ideas on The Tavern 3.0
Oct 14, 2018 • 10 min
I posted on Saturday Night on the blog side about some enhancements I’m looking to do on the blogside of things to help the community get more involved. Feedback was great, especially in regards to the future platform(s) I should explore. —- Support this…
E150 - Would You Groo?
Oct 13, 2018 • 14 min
Voicemails, emails and Groo talk. What better way to celebrate 150 episodes of Tavern Chat? —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E149 - Followup to E148 - Delving into the Preface of the AD&D 1e DMG - Comments & a Phone Call
Oct 12, 2018 • 10 min
There was a lot of feedback to E148 was passionate. Three comments on the blogside and a phone call from Chris Clark himself. Guess I need a Google Number for longer voicemails :) I respond to all. —- Support this podcast:…
E148 - Delving into the Preface of the AD&D 1e DMG
Oct 11, 2018 • 12 min
Fourth time is the charm ;) I delve into the preface of the AD&D 1e DMG, an interesting read, even if it appears a bit contradictory. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E147 - Kickstarter Roundup for October 10, 2018 - Dice, Wands, Bunnies, Airships, Mutants, Oh My
Oct 10, 2018 • 15 min
Our Kickstarter Roundup is a day late, so we cover not five, not six, but seven current Kickstarters: Bunnies and Burrows, Phantasmagoria #1, Dragon-Slayer: RPG & Cosplay Wands, Dragon Scales - Dual Drake Metal Gaming Dice, Calidar “On Wings of Darkness”,…
E146 - Google to Shut Down G+ After Exposing User Info - OSR Migration has Started to MeWe
Oct 9, 2018 • 15 min
What do you do if you expose the user info of half a million of your users? Shut down the service, that’s what. Google has given G+ users a 10-month warning that its social media platform is going the way of the dodo. Most migration in the OSR Community…
E145 - Level Draining - Is It the Result of an Overwrought & Drunk DM or Something More Sinister?
Oct 8, 2018 • 12 min
Level Drain - never liked it, never will. In today’s episode, I discuss some alternatives to the classic level drain threat. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E144 - Social Norms, Unexpected Actions & Freedom to Do What U want at the Table - Where’s the Line?
Oct 7, 2018 • 11 min
I try to avoid the F-bombs today. No idea if I succeeded ;) I talk about unexpected actions, thinking out of the box, freedom to do what you want and social norms at the game table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E143 - Did Evil Hat Get Too Big? Layoffs and Product Cancellations Announced
Oct 6, 2018 • 9 min
I received review copies of Dungeons & Dragons - Art and Arcana: A Visual History yesterday and they look amazing. Doesn’t translate well to a podcast though ;) Black Hat is laying off stay and canceling some planned releases. They are hoping to be back…
E142 - Protecting Your Reputation from Groundless Accusations
Oct 5, 2018 • 15 min
We have some voicemails related to Episode 141 and the Tome of Adventure Design. Afterward, I talk about steps you can take to protect yourself and your reputation from groundless accusations on social media. Quite simply, screenshot anything and…
E141 - Finding Inspiration in the Tome of Adventure Design
Oct 4, 2018 • 11 min
Last night, while recording the latest episode of The Old School Blues podcast (here on Anchor) we touched on the topic of “adventure inspiration” and I totally forgot to mention the Tome of Adventure Design —- Support this podcast:…
E140 - Review - Illwinter’s Floorplan Generator (Maps)
Oct 3, 2018 • 11 min
I had put a call out for mapping programs that were easy to use and the results were usable commercially. Illwinter’s Floorplan Generator fits the bill perfectly. Its affordable (7 bucks) and cross-platform )PC/Mac/Linux. —- Support this podcast:…
E139 - GMF - 2017 Tax Return is In - Not What I Expected
Oct 2, 2018 • 14 min
Back in early June of this year, Alex Gygax messaged me to let me know that the latest filed tax return was being updated and refiled. I thought that meant an accounting of the monies WotC indicated it had been forwarding to the Fund since 2015 for the 1e…
E138 - Four Wayward Kickstarters, See How They Run - Or Not
Oct 1, 2018 • 20 min
I’ve been meaning to so this episode for a couple of days now. I guess I was kinda busy ;) I talk about the following Kickstarters: Yarr! The Pirate ArrPG Hardcover : Make 100 Edition, Far West: Western/Wuxia Mashup adventure game, Artisan Dice Does…
E 137 - Meltdown in the Roll20 SubReddit Makes Newsweek
Sep 30, 2018 • 14 min
First, thank you for all of the support. It means more than you know. We have voicemails from Jason Hobbs and Old Man Grognard. The news section is about Roll20 moderator, cofounder and manager Nolan T banning a Reddit user, the backlash and dumpster fire…
E136 - Stacy D’s Allegations re: Myself - Debunked
Sep 29, 2018 • 28 min
Stacy Dellorfano unmasked herself as the individual referred to in episodes 134 and 135. While doing so, she makes some fairly nasty and unfounded accusations against me. Here’s my response, along with a transcript of sorts to follow along with at…
E135 - Follow up to Beware the OSR Thought Police
Sep 28, 2018 • 21 min
Wow. Yesterday’s episode was well received. Lots of feedback, much direct, some by voicemail and comments on the blog side. I share and respond to some of the feedback. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E134 - Rant - Beware the OSR Thought Police
Sep 27, 2018 • 12 min
I kinda got worked up on last night’s weekly Tavern Chat hangout on The Tavern’s Discord Server. Today I rant about the idea of telling people who they can and can not follow on social media and the danger that comes with it. Which gaming books will you…
E133 - 1st Look @ The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide
Sep 26, 2018 • 16 min
I take a first peek at The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide (releasing October 2nd, 2018). Review to come later. Excellent tool for sandbox campaigns BTW. Also, how to get banned from Gen Con for being punched in the face. —- Support this podcast:…
E132 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018 • 16 min
We’ve got it all! Midderlands patch info, a Tim Shorts voicemail and a peek at four Kickstarters: Svilland: The Norse Mythology Setting for DnD 5E, Dortoka: an OSR + PbtA City Module, Bunnies and Burrows, and Bloodwraith: A Fantasy World of Survival and…
E131 - Community Follow Up to Gamemaster Anxiety
Sep 24, 2018 • 12 min
Yesterday’s episode about Gamemaster Anxiety struck a nerve with The Tavern’s Community. We listen to voicemails and read some comments and I give my feedback to all. Community rules! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E130 - Do You Also Suffer from Gamemaster Anxiety?
Sep 23, 2018 • 12 min
I know I suffer from Gamemaster Anxiety. Right before I have to run a session, that feeling of dread, nervousness, and fear slips in - and immediately leaves the moment I start running the game. Do you suffer the same or similar? How do you handle it? —-…
E129 - ShireCon 2018 and How to GM for a Con RPG Session
Sep 22, 2018 • 13 min
Today was the ShireCon #1, and it was a blast. Huge props to Thom Wilson. I ran a game of Swords & Wizardry Light today and I discuss on this episode my thoughts on running a successful convention RPG session. —- Support this podcast:…
E129 - Podcast & Blog - Mutually Exclusive or Complimentary?
Sep 21, 2018 • 13 min
In the past few days, there has been some concern over the perceived lack of content on the blogside (tenkarstavern.com) and the moving of much of my gaming talk to the podcast. I address the concerns while offering no true solutions. Sucks, don’t it? ;)…
E127 - Is the Journey or the Destination More Important?
Sep 20, 2018 • 11 min
I ramble on about the importance of the journey (playing the campaign) and the destination (completing the campaign) in my games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E126 - Voicemails & Comments regarding Henchmen & Hirelings
Sep 19, 2018 • 14 min
In Episode 124 I discussed my thoughts on henchmen and hirelings in RPG campaigns. Today, we listen to some feedback from The Tavern’s community. Huzzah! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E125 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018 • 15 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, 2018 • 11 min
In this episode, I discuss the use (or lack thereof) of henchmen, hirelings and followers in fantasy RPG campaigns. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E123 - How Important is it for U to Create a Homebrew World?
Sep 16, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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 :) —- Support this podcast:…
E121 - WotC has a D&D Survey Up - I Encourage You to Take It
Sep 14, 2018 • 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 —- Support…
E120 - Transdimensional Taverns, Unsung Heroes and Art
Sep 13, 2018 • 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! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E119 - A Wee Bit of KS and Transdimensional Voicemails
Sep 12, 2018 • 12 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! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E118 - Remembering 9-11 From One Who was at the WTC
Sep 11, 2018 • 21 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E117 - ENWorld has News & Transdimensional Tavern Thoughts
Sep 10, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
E 116 - Win a Month of Humble Bundle Monthly & CRPG Talk
Sep 9, 2018 • 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) —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 115 - Where is WFRP? Is ENWorld now Evergreen?
Sep 8, 2018 • 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? —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 114 - Back to BasiX Gets Goodman’ed & OSR Sales
Sep 7, 2018 • 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/…
Episode 113 - State of the Tavern Keeper - Don’t Mind Me ;)
Sep 6, 2018 • 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 ;) —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 112 - Follow Up Discussion - How Much Fantasy?
Sep 5, 2018 • 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 :) —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 111 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 4, 2018
Sep 4, 2018 • 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…
Episode 110 - How Much Fantasy Do You Like in Your Settings?
Sep 3, 2018 • 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:…
Episode 109 - Using Skills Learned from RPGs in Real Life
Sep 2, 2018 • 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 —-…
Episode 108 - Making Morale Checks - Real Life & In Game
Sep 1, 2018 • 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…
Episode 107 - Of Dogs, Men and Critical Fumbles
Aug 31, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 106 - Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Hits
Aug 30, 2018 • 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) —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 105 - How Unique are Your Magic Items?
Aug 29, 2018 • 11 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 104 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 28, 2018
Aug 28, 2018 • 16 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 -…
Episode 103 - Wanna Work on Cards Against Humanity?
Aug 27, 2018 • 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/ —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 102 - Can Eldritch Tales Bring Insanity to All?
Aug 26, 2018 • 11 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…
Episode 101 - R Good & Evil Simply a Matter of Perspective?
Aug 25, 2018 • 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 —-…
Episode 100 - Need I say More?
Aug 24, 2018 • 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 ;) .…
Episode 99 - LotR RPG Bundle, Torchwood Bundle and More
Aug 23, 2018 • 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?…
Episode 98 - Extended Interview with Darcy Perry -Miniatures
Aug 22, 2018 • 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…
Episode 97 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018 • 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…
Episode 96 - Ken Whitman, Foiled (Machine) Again - Deja Vu
Aug 20, 2018 • 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 -…
Episode 95 - Some Creative Thoughts on Offering Content
Aug 19, 2018 • 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…
Episode 94 - Taverner in Need - Josh Beckelhimer
Aug 18, 2018 • 9 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…
Episode 93 - OSR Freebie Friday - August 17, 2018 - Fantasy
Aug 17, 2018 • 16 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 —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 92 - The Fantasy Trip to Open Setting to 3rd Parties
Aug 16, 2018 • 11 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.…
Episode 91 - Ennies, They are a Changing (no more stuffing?)
Aug 15, 2018 • 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…
Episode 90 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018 • 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…
Episode 89 - Mrs. E. Gary Gygax or Gail Gygax - Flip a Coin
Aug 13, 2018 • 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… —-…
Episode 88 - Some Free Adventures & Using Discord to Play
Aug 12, 2018 • 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…
Episode 87 - Thoughts on Using Historical Inspiration
Aug 11, 2018 • 11 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 —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 86 - Is The Punisher Watching the Watchmen?
Aug 10, 2018 • 14 min
Some thoughts on the Watchmen, the Netflix Marvel Universe - especially The Punisher, Supers Gaming and such. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 85 - $500 Waterdeep Platinum Edition for 5e - WTF?
Aug 9, 2018 • 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) —-…
Episode 84 - The Voices in Your Head Will Make Them Believe
Aug 8, 2018 • 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…
Episode 83 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 7, 2018
Aug 7, 2018 • 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…
Episode 82 - How Can a Top 100 List Only Go to 85? Feedspot!
Aug 6, 2018 • 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! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 81 - Gen Con Update, Post Roundup & Voicemails
Aug 5, 2018 • 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 ) —- Support…
Episode 80 - Gen Con - Fisticuffs & ENnies Awards
Aug 4, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 79 - New - Freeport Goes CRPG, Robotech RPG & PF2 DL
Aug 3, 2018 • 13 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 78 - News - How Did I Miss Gail Gygax Getting Sued?
Aug 2, 2018 • 13 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode #77 - News- Truth, Justice, What Did #ConManKen Say?
Aug 1, 2018 • 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. —- Support this…
Episode 76 - Kickstarter Roundup for July 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018 • 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! —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 75 - You Say its My Birthday
Jul 30, 2018 • 13 min
I turn 51 today. A look back and a look forward to #ConManKen’s court appearance in two days, August 1st, 2018. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 74 - Why I Turned Down Working on an Amazing KS
Jul 29, 2018 • 12 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 ;) —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 73 - #ConManKen Plans a Road Trip - I Give Advice ;)
Jul 28, 2018 • 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…
Episode 72 - Finding Flumphs & More in the AD&D Fiend Folio
Jul 27, 2018 • 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”. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 71 - Reminiscing about the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio
Jul 26, 2018 • 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…
Episode 70 - 5e e-Sports? Say What?
Jul 25, 2018 • 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 ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 69 - 7/24/18 Kickstarter Roundup & 2 New 5e Settings
Jul 24, 2018 • 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…
Episode 68 - #ConManKen - Creating a Marketing Genie for S&W
Jul 23, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 67 - There’s a Succubus Holding a Monster Manual!
Jul 22, 2018 • 13 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 ;) —- Support this…
Episode 66 - AD&D 1e PH put me to Sleep - No Save ;)
Jul 21, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 65 - The Tavern Wins a No-Prize & The Black Isle
Jul 20, 2018 • 14 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 64 - Keeping 6th Edition at Bay w/ a Collector’s Box
Jul 19, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 63 - #ConManKen - Ken Can’t Shut Up Shutting Up
Jul 18, 2018 • 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! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 62 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 17, 2018
Jul 17, 2018 • 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…
Episode 61 - #ConManKen - Marcus Can’t Shut Up Either
Jul 16, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode 60 - #ConManKen has a Villain Monologue Moment
Jul 15, 2018 • 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. —- Support this…
Episode 59 - Baldur’s Gate Lead Designer Goes Greek with 5e
Jul 14, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #58 - Barbarism in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana
Jul 13, 2018 • 16 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 ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #57 - Dramatic Reading of #ConManKen Emails
Jul 12, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #56 - Gaming Memories & ENnies Voting is Live
Jul 11, 2018 • 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! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #55 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 10th, 2018
Jul 10, 2018 • 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…
Episode #54 - Delving Into OSRIC
Jul 9, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #53 - Voicemails & an Unexpected Rant - Thanks Kenny
Jul 8, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, I answer some voicemails, get distracted by Kickstarter failures and enter rant mode… —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #52 - The OSR Rulesets - Swords & Wizardry
Jul 7, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #51 - ArenaNet Fires two Devs for Dissing Customers
Jul 6, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #50 - ENnies Nominations 2018 - Tavern Picks
Jul 5, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 49 - The Beginning of the OSR - A Look Back
Jul 4, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
#48 - Kicking it w/Kickstarter - All Weather Dice Tubes?
Jul 3, 2018 • 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 ;) —- Support this podcast:…
Episode #47 - Charging at Cavaliers in the AD&D 1e UA
Jul 2, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #46 - Poking Around the AD&D 1e UA - Polearms
Jul 1, 2018 • 16 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? —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #45 - Answering Comments and ShireCon in the Fall
Jun 30, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #44 - Unearthing the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana - P1
Jun 29, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #43 - Playing Mind Games with the AD&D 1e PH
Jun 28, 2018 • 14 min
Appendix 1, psionics - the bane of many a campaign. Yeah, we tried it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #42 - Be Careful What You Ask 4 & Happy Anniversary
Jun 27, 2018 • 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…
Episode #41 - Kickstarter Roundup for June 26, 2018
Jun 26, 2018 • 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 [email protected]! Yeah! 20 Sided Dice. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode #40 - Looking at the AD&D 1e PH, Back to Front
Jun 25, 2018 • 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…
Episode #39 - OD&D: Stop! Don’t Let the Players Roll D’ Dice
Jun 24, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #38 - An Interview w/ Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games
Jun 23, 2018 • 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 —- Support this podcast:…
Episode #37 - How I See the OSR
Jun 22, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #36 - Champions! Its Coming Backs as Its Old Self
Jun 21, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode #35 - Kickstarters Old & New and the Return of a Pod
Jun 20, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #34 - AD&D 1e Bard - Broken & Overpowered
Jun 19, 2018 • 11 min
Tim Shorts leaves a voicemail. A look at the AD&D 1e Bard as presented in the Player’s Handbook. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #33 - I Rant, I Curse, I’ve Warned You!
Jun 18, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #32 - Father’s Day Advice - Its Not What You’d Expect ;)
Jun 17, 2018 • 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 ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #31 - Free RPG Day and a New Player in Gaming Podcasts
Jun 16, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #30 - Praise and Patience - A Kickstarter Rant
Jun 15, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #29 - Reflections of #ConManKen
Jun 14, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #28 - GMF Update, #ConManKen Update and Kickstarters
Jun 13, 2018 • 17 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…
Episode #27 - Back in NYC - Behind the Scenes at NTRPG
Jun 12, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #26 - NTRPG Con - And Now, Our Time is Done
Jun 11, 2018 • 14 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #25 - NTRPG Con - Day 3 - Two Minutes to Midnite
Jun 10, 2018 • 9 min
We stayed up for the midnight auction. James ran some SWL in the morning. Tenkar is tired and beat to hell ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #24 - NTRPG Con - TPK and The Mouth of Doom? You Don’t Say
Jun 9, 2018 • 8 min
James Spahn ran Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom this morning and the bodies hit the floor. The smell acrid was everywhere ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #23 - NTRPG Con Day One - And Then There Was Fun
Jun 8, 2018 • 9 min
A quick recap of NTRPG Con Day One. Our first sponsor. Co-DMing —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #22 - So Much OSR at NTRPG Con, We Knocked the Power Out!
Jun 7, 2018 • 10 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 ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #21 - Your Bartender has Arrived at NTRPG Con. Hold my Beer
Jun 6, 2018 • 8 min
I’m her e! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #20 - Further Thoughts on the AD&D 1e Thief Class
Jun 5, 2018 • 12 min
FrDave left some interesting thoughts on Episode #18 on tenkarstavern.com about the 1e Thief. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #19 - 1e DMG - Demons & The Devils You Don’t Know
Jun 4, 2018 • 12 min
A look at APPENDIX D: RANDOM GENERATION OF CREATURES FROM THE LOWER PLANES —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #18 - AD&D 1e Player’s Handbook - The Thief is not Meant to be a Stand Alone Class
Jun 3, 2018 • 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 ;)…
Episode #17 - The 1e DMG as a Solo Gaming Resource
Jun 2, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode #16 - Stock Settlements, Stock Art, and Art of the Genre - Kickstarters
Jun 1, 2018 • 14 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 15 - The AD&D 1e DMG is Overbearing ;)
May 31, 2018 • 15 min
A look at unarmed combat in the AD&D 1e DMG. The Tavern celebrates its 9th anniversary. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #14 - 1e DMG - Weapon Speed Just Slows Things Down
May 30, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #13 - The 1e DMG is Diseased
May 29, 2018 • 14 min
Some memories, thoughts, and observations on the AD&D 1e Dungeon Master’s Guide. Follow up on the Gygax Memorial Fund. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #12 - Warhammer for Kids n’ More
May 28, 2018 • 11 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #11 - Memorial Weekend Freebie
May 27, 2018 • 0 min
A freebie for our active and former Military and Emergency Response personnel. Some thoughts on pricing and marketing at OneBookShelf —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #10 - Some Thoughts on the OSR Market
May 26, 2018 • 11 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #9 - Early Morning Bleck! and Thoughts
May 25, 2018 • 12 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #8 - Squirrel! Huh?
May 24, 2018 • 10 min
James Spahn has a new podcast, an update on the GMF and stock art goodness. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #7 - NTRPG Con is in Two Weeks
May 23, 2018 • 1 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) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #4 - James Shields stops on by
May 22, 2018 • 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #6 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 2
May 21, 2018 • 1 min
Tim Shorts leaves a message. The second part of the Gygax Memorial Fund recap. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #5 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 1
May 20, 2018 • 1 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode #3 - Let There Be Light
May 19, 2018 • 1 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 ;) —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Episode # 2 Dave and some Inappropriate Characters
May 18, 2018 • 0 min
There’s a Humble Book Bundle, a Dave Arneson Documentary and some Inappropriate Characters. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support
Wherein your Bartender introduces himself
May 17, 2018 • 0 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. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support