Radio Grognard

Radio Grognard

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An OSR Role-Playing Game Podcast Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support


Using Up Stuff
Jul 16 • 11 min
I read an email and talk a bit about resource management. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Strip Search
Jul 15 • 12 min
I talk about the difference between rules-light and stripped-down RPG rulesets. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Play The One You Brought
Jul 14 • 11 min
I talk about how I have more games than I can regularly play and the importance of choosing the one(s) that will get the most use. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Vince and Equipment
Jul 13 • 9 min
I do a mini-tribute to RFI and Vince Florio and talk about distinctive equipment. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
It’s The Pits
Jul 12 • 7 min
I talk about traps (focusing on pits) and how you can compound the danger. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Adding New Critters
Jul 11 • 11 min
I talk about working new monsters into your world. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
When It All Falls Apart
Jul 10 • 11 min
I talk about when campaigns tend to dissolve after a handful of sessions and what to do about it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Well Yes, But…
Jul 9 • 13 min
I talk about how I make rulings and modify the “Yes” rule. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Cunning Or Not?
Jul 8 • 10 min
I talk about how I learned how to play NPC bad guys per their intellect. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Small Skills, Big Results
Jul 7 • 10 min
I talk about how real-life experiences can help your character and the GM. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
A Good Sub Is Worth It
Jul 6 • 7 min
I sort of ramble on about sub-classes in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Bottom Line
Jul 5 • 13 min
On this one-year anniversary episode of Radio Grognard I talk about what RPGs and the OSR is all about for me. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Rockets Red Glare
Jul 4 • 12 min
I talk about a really funny parody of this show and, in honor of Independence Day here in the USA, I talk about the 1E spells Faerie Fire and Pyrotechnics. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Too Many Books and A Contest
Jul 3 • 13 min
I talk about folks who have too many copies of gamebooks and I do a contest for a few of mine. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
It’s WHAT I got
Jul 2 • 14 min
I talk about how a GM can do a lot with a little and how they should make the most of what they got. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Kids These Days…
Jul 1 • 7 min
I talk about watching my grandson run a game and a couple pointers I gave him that’d help other young GMs out there. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Reading A Module
Jun 30 • 13 min
I talk about how I look over a module for possible use in my games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Keeping Tabs On The Tabs
Jun 29 • 11 min
I talk about getting inspiration from the more sensational tabloids such as (especially) the Weekly World News. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Power of The Playtest
Jun 28 • 14 min
I talk about how playtesting your convention scenario will help make a better game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Gotcha!
Jun 27 • 13 min
I talk about one of Matt Colville’s YouTube videos, player agency, how capturing PCs happen and what to do about it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
It’s All In The Mind
Jun 26 • 16 min
I talk about how timing and judicious use of illusions (or any spell for that matter) can make your wizard quite effective. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Practice Practice Practice
Jun 25 • 13 min
I talk about what it takes to be a better Game Master. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPGs, Aging and You
Jun 24 • 12 min
I talk about health, age and RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Pieces of Dungeon
Jun 23 • 8 min
I talk about megadungeons and how they can be used in pieces for many different scenarios. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
BtB Don’t Work For Me
Jun 22 • 10 min
I talk about how running a game By The Book just doesn’t do it for me and how i need to houserule them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Many A Quaint and Curious Volume
Jun 21 • 12 min
I talk about older copies of 1st Edition AD&D and the feel of nostalgia they inspire. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Sharp Character, Dull Blade
Jun 20 • 10 min
I talk about intelligent (and not-so-intelligent) weapons. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Cinematic Vs. Literary
Jun 19 • 8 min
I rant a bit about the film vs. book viewpoint in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Dread
Jun 18 • 10 min
I talk about starting a campaign in a group of islands such as those in Mystara’s Sea of Dread. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More Cantrippin’
Jun 17 • 12 min
I talk more about 5E cantrips in response to John Alan Large’s Red Dice Diaries blogpost. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Trippin’ On Cantrips
Jun 16 • 9 min
I talk about the history of cantrips in D&D and how I think 5E got it right. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
DungeonTech
Jun 15 • 11 min
I talk about using bits of current tech in your fantasy campaign after disguising them in the trappings of the genre. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Let’s Flip It
Jun 14 • 7 min
I talk about starting the PCs in an all-wilderness campaign by having their world underground so they have to “explore the dungeon” on the surface. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Meshing
Jun 13 • 9 min
I talk about how to mesh other locations into whatever campaign world you’re using. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Cohesion
Jun 12 • 8 min
I talk about group cohesion and what a GM can do if the game has none. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
NTX Con Bits 2019
Jun 11 • 14 min
I talk about my experiences at North Texas RPG Con 2019 and bits about running con games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
[NSFW] Flounder, Skippy and The Grognard - LIVE from North Texas RPG Con 2019
Jun 10 • 20 min
Okay, I sat down with Erik Tenkar and Vincent Florio at the Frog God Games booth to talk about NTRPG Con, gaming and stuff in general. We also chatted with Matt Finch and Mike Badolato (BadMike). I trimmed the worst of the language but it’s still kinda…
You Packin’?
Jun 5 • 13 min
I talk about games to pack for conventions. It’s also my last episode until after North Texas RPG Con 2019. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
My Three Indies
Jun 4 • 15 min
I talk about my three favorite indie RPG publishers out there today: Monkeyblood Designs, Night Owl Workshop and Bloat Games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Petty Adventurers
Jun 3 • 12 min
I talk about a campaign idea I never used, based on an Orson Welles film. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Embracing The Chaos
Jun 2 • 10 min
I talk about how I’m enjoying when the game goes south because of PC actions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
A Friend Indeed
Jun 1 • 11 min
I talk about animals, in particular familiars and animal companions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Safe At Home
May 31 • 8 min
I talk about different types of places PCs can use as their home base. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
And When I Die…
May 30 • 12 min
I talk about cataloging your RPG collection for when you pass on. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Missing The Target
May 29 • 9 min
I talk (rant) about how I don’t like DCs, target numbers and the like. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Making Census of Population
May 28 • 11 min
I answer an email about population, monster distribution and other stats in a fantasy world. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Witness The Power of These Fully Operational PCs!
May 27 • 12 min
I reflect on power the PCs have in-game and wonder if it’s a good thing or not. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
GM Mash
May 26 • 9 min
I talk about some genre mash-ups I’ve seen and thought about. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Colossal! Stupendous! Tedious!
May 25 • 9 min
I brainstorm some ideas on how to run PCs versus multiple opponents. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Adjusting Convention Games
May 24 • 12 min
I talk about a couple tips for running games at conventions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Roll ‘Em Out And Fill ‘Em Up
May 23 • 11 min
I talk about random dungeon-building books out there and the thoughts and concepts I use to stock said dungeons. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Down In The Dumps
May 22 • 10 min
I talk about starting the PCs in another interesting place - The Town Dump. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Wheat And Chaff
May 21 • 12 min
I talk about editing and saving scenes and ideas for your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPG Erosion
May 20 • 10 min
I talk about wearing down high-level characters to make the adventure manageable. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Map, Drop and Roll
May 19 • 10 min
I start off talking about making dungeon maps, then dice-drop tables and finally I end up on the subject of the supplement Vornheim. Just one of those days, I guess. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Replacements
May 18 • 12 min
I talk about how to replace characters when players leave the group. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The GM’s Real Estate
May 17 • 10 min
I talk about the space behind the GM’s screen and how I maximize it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Con Crud
May 16 • 12 min
I talk about the upcoming NTRPG Con and some general things about bringing non-gamers to cons. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What Does Not Kill You…
May 15 • 11 min
I talk about higher-level games and how it helps the GM. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Mundane Made Awesome
May 14 • 14 min
I talk about how the mundane things in character’s lives can be used as RPG fodder. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Madness! This Is Madness!
May 13 • 11 min
I talk about starting a campaign in an usual place and way. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Brevity Is The Soul of Witty GMing
May 12 • 9 min
I talk about humor in games and how to use it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Old-School State of Mind
May 11 • 11 min
I talk about how the OSR mindset differs from later RPG editions and how the newer gamers could use a bit of it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Pass The Word
May 10 • 9 min
I talk about how a GM handles the flow of information to the players. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Throw ‘Em In And Go
May 9 • 8 min
I talk about a Kickstarter that ends soon and quick RPG rules you can take on the go. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Crit Me Deadly
May 8 • 12 min
I answer an email about AS&SH and then muse about using elements of Film Noir in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Here’s The Lowdown…
May 7 • 10 min
I talk about exposition, info dumps and how to handle them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Keep ‘Em Busy
May 6 • 16 min
I talk about how to keep your NPCs busy, keep going forward with their plans and generally keeping campaign life going on. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Blockbusting NPCs
May 5 • 12 min
I talk about writing up NPCs like monster stat blocks. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Power of Adjectives
May 4 • 7 min
I talk about how the use of adjectives in place descriptions helps you immerse the players into the campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Go With The Flow
May 3 • 12 min
I talk about the flow of the game and how the GM and players control it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Arms And The Men
May 2 • 8 min
I talk about tech and weapons in your world and how they affect it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Be The Tailor
May 1 • 13 min
I talk about how to tailor you RPG campaign to your players. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Tighten Up
Apr 30 • 12 min
I talk about tightening up and condensing my prep. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Package Deal
Apr 29 • 11 min
I ramble on about races, classes, race/classes and if the special abilities you get as you level up need to add a skills on top of them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Scare Factor
Apr 28 • 9 min
I talk about the difficulties in adding a horror element into your campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Mail And Stuff
Apr 27 • 14 min
I answer a few voice and emails then ask my listeners what they want me to talk about. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Rat Came Back
Apr 26 • 11 min
I talk about how my campaigns do not have recurring villains and steps to take to fix that. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPGs In The R.A.W.
Apr 25 • 8 min
I talk about R.A.W. (Rules As Written) in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
No, You Can’t Play Conan!
Apr 24 • 10 min
I talk about players who want to model a character from other medium and the problem it creates. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Chasing Chaos
Apr 23 • 11 min
I talk about figuring out sub-systems and how I do chases in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Script Or The Hook?
Apr 22 • 10 min
I talk about modules and how I prefer plot hooks for campaign use. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
And Then There Were…House Rules
Apr 21 • 11 min
I talk about a recent Magic Missile discussion going around and ponder how house rules come to be. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What’s To Know?
Apr 20 • 10 min
I weigh in on the entitlement and accountability issue that seems to be going around. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Grognard’s Picks
Apr 19 • 9 min
I answer Mark Wallring’s email about what I think wold be good “starter” modules. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Grognard’s OSR Buying Guide
Apr 18 • 13 min
I talk about where to get OSR material, how it’s changed in the last 5-10 years and tips on how to buy. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPG Bits
Apr 17 • 10 min
I talk about things like how to record hit points and initiative. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Disrespect At The Table
Apr 16 • 9 min
I answer an email and give some thoughts on dealing with the worst type of players. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
It Pays To Increase Your Word Power
Apr 15 • 8 min
I talk about in-game descriptions and how to add to your vocabulary. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Hanging Plots Out To Dry
Apr 14 • 8 min
I talk about a different way to plot out adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Extra Parts
Apr 13 • 9 min
I talk about the rules in OSR games that folks don’t always use (thanks to Erik Tenkar for the idea). —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Levels And Training
Apr 12 • 9 min
I talk about XP, levels and training for them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Location, Location, Location
Apr 11 • 10 min
I talk about planning out locations in RPG adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Don’t Get Lazy
Apr 10 • 10 min
I talk about giving it your all behind the screen. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Hand On The Throttle
Apr 9 • 17 min
I talk about adjusting things for higher-level PCs, in prep and at the table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More Conversion Therapy
Apr 8 • 15 min
I answer another email from Mark Wallring about how to rework and adapt things from current RPGs to the OSR. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Conversion Therapy
Apr 7 • 23 min
I answer an email about converting later editions of D&D to OSR rules. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Okay, That Guy Must DIE!
Apr 6 • 8 min
I talk more about arch-enemies, how they meet their demise and how they may NOT stay dead. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Now I REALLY Hate That Guy!
Apr 5 • 8 min
I talk more about developing arch enemies for your campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
BOY I Hate That Guy!
Apr 4 • 10 min
I talk about the creating Arch Enemies for your campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
1000 Words
Apr 3 • 8 min
I talk about using art, photos and Pintrest to generate RPG ideas. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
In Our Last Episode…
Apr 2 • 8 min
I talk about how to restart the game from a cliffhanger or mid-combat. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Putting The Pieces Together
Apr 1 • 10 min
I talk about campaign worlds and how to make them more cohesive. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Family Life And The Gender Blender
Mar 31 • 11 min
I talk about PCs who marry or have a family and playing different genders in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Shut Up Fred! We’re NOT Splitting Up!
Mar 30 • 9 min
I talk about splitting the party, why you should not do it and how to handle it when it does happen. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Wheels Within Wheels
Mar 29 • 12 min
I talk about overly-complex RPG plots. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
No You Don’t Get Medical And A 401K!
Mar 28 • 11 min
I talk about using henchmen and hirelings in a game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Shell Beach, Anyone?
Mar 27 • 9 min
I talk about using the film “Dark City” as a supers campaign background. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
When The Spotlight Is Stuck
Mar 26 • 14 min
I talk about when one PC is the focus of the session. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Movie Tricks
Mar 25 • 10 min
I talk about how to figure out some movie tricks to be used in RPG sessions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
How Much of A Killer GM Are Ya, Killer?
Mar 24 • 11 min
I talk about lethality in RPGs and where (or if) you draw the line. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
How Old Is Old?
Mar 23 • 10 min
I talk about how to handle (or not handle) age in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Great Lunden, The Midderlands And You (with Glynn Seal)
Mar 22 • 30 min
Okay, in this extended episode I talk to Glynn Seal of Monkeyblood Design about his campaign world of The Midderlands and his new Kickstarter focusing on the City of Great Lunden. Here’s the link:…
Monster Stats From The Ground Up
Mar 21 • 8 min
I talk about how to create monster stats and the hacks you can use to create them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Laying It All Out
Mar 20 • 10 min
I talk about the organization and layout of RPG books. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
IS A Tree A Tree?
Mar 19 • 10 min
I talk about description in RPGs and how to use it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
We Recycle (Monsters)
Mar 18 • 9 min
I ruminate on recycling monster sheets for your campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Alterations Made While-You-Wait
Mar 17 • 10 min
I talk more about creating frameworks and how to adjust your adventure on-the-fly. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Your Tropes And Changing Perspective
Mar 16 • 10 min
I talk about certain ways GMs run their games that are hard-wired into them plus how they sometimes have to change their perspective in the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Halflings
Mar 15 • 6 min
I talk about a couple of types of halflings to use in your games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Elves
Mar 14 • 8 min
I talk about different kinds of elves to use in your RPG sessions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are Dwarves
Mar 13 • 8 min
I talk about dwarves in RPGs and a few different personalities that can be used by players or the GM. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Little Things
Mar 12 • 9 min
I talk about using player (and your own) real-life experience to enhance your games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Getting Sloppy: A Personal Challenge
Mar 11 • 12 min
I talk about getting a bit sloppy in my GMing and setting a goal to fix that. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Lawnmower Man
Mar 10 • 6 min
I talk about how to re-engage your muse after prep interruptions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
You WILL Be A Game Master!
Mar 9 • 9 min
I talk about the inevitable urge that happens to every RPG gamer. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Rally Around The Spotlight
Mar 8 • 8 min
I talk about how focusing on one PC in a campaign can still be an enjoyable experience for all. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Right Out My Backside
Mar 7 • 13 min
I talk about ad-libbing encounters. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Sometimes The Stars AIN’T Right
Mar 6 • 12 min
I talk about when a session isn’t going well and how to pull the plug. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Mar 5 • 9 min
I talk about how everyone at the table should have fun, including the GM. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Hit ‘Em Where It Hurts
Mar 4 • 9 min
I talk about figuring out what makes your RPG BBEG tick and what are his weaknesses. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Manual Vs. Automatic
Mar 3 • 6 min
I talk about using electronics vs printed books for RPG reference at the table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
ENGAGE!
Mar 2 • 9 min
I rant about “casual gamers.” —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
[TITLE]: The Roleplaying Game
Mar 1 • 10 min
I talk about RPGs based on licensed properties. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Kiss The Cook
Feb 28 • 9 min
I talk about how food can be used in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
You Can Learn A Lot From A Jolly Green Giant
Feb 27 • 9 min
I talk about a trope that works well in RPGs - the PCs On The Run. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Lay of The Land 2
Feb 26 • 10 min
I talk about the convenience of pre-printed maps. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
(Un)charted Desert Isles
Feb 25 • 10 min
I talk about why I like using islands in my campaigns. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Days of Future When?
Feb 24 • 11 min
I talk about how far After The End to set post-apocalyptic RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Cutscenes - In or Out?
Feb 23 • 11 min
I talk about cutscenes in RPGs and whether they’re useful or not. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Knock Your Block Off
Feb 22 • 10 min
I talk about Writer’s Block and ways to work through it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More Arc Welding
Feb 21 • 9 min
I talk about a few more things about arc welding RPG material I didn’t mention in the last episode. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Campaign Arc-Welding
Feb 20 • 13 min
I talk about how to blend in other sources to original story material in a campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Well Isn’t That Special or Mini Decisions
Feb 19 • 12 min
I talk about making convention games special and what to use in place of minis. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
I Can Slot You In Mondays…
Feb 18 • 9 min
I talk about gaming in a limited time slot and getting the session going quickly. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Bad Guy Bull Session
Feb 17 • 11 min
I talk about a couple of things to do when creating and running bad guys. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPG Baby Steps
Feb 16 • 8 min
I talk about first-time GMs and my grandson talks about the campaign his brother is running. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Turning The Tables On Encounters
Feb 15 • 11 min
I talk about my love for random encounter tables and how they can enhance the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Don’t Fear The Atmosphere
Feb 14 • 9 min
And now a few random thoughts about atmosphere in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPGs: Filling A Need
Feb 13 • 10 min
I talk about why I game and how it fills a need from something else. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Druid
Feb 12 • 8 min
I talk about variant druids and how to play them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Monk
Feb 11 • 11 min
I talk about the 1E monk and the Basic D&D Mystic along with ways to play them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variaions On A Paladin
Feb 10 • 12 min
I talk about different types of paladins in RPGs and how to play them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Ranger
Feb 9 • 11 min
I talk about various types of rangers for RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Bard
Feb 8 • 10 min
I talk about different types of bard for your RPG. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On An Assassin
Feb 7 • 8 min
I talk about ways to play an assassin. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More Ad-Lib Prep
Feb 6 • 12 min
I listen to an email from Rich and elaborate on prepping to ad-lib in a game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Resources or Trust The Prep
Feb 5 • 8 min
I talk about how to manage your GM “resources” and trusting the prep. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Two-Faced Gamer
Feb 4 • 9 min
I talk about what it means to be a dual-class player/GM. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Twisted!
Feb 3 • 9 min
I talk about plot twists and how to create and use them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Accesorize!
Feb 2 • 12 min
I talk about non-magic equipment that help with magic-based creatures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Magic-User
Feb 1 • 9 min
I talk about different types of magic-users in RPGs and how to play them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Cleric
Jan 31 • 9 min
I talk about a few different types of clerics and how to play them in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Fighter
Jan 30 • 8 min
I talk about a few different takes on a fighter in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Variations On A Thief
Jan 29 • 8 min
I talk about a few types of thief in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
It’s All About The Package
Jan 28 • 7 min
I talk about “package deals” for character creation in class-and-level RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Terrain Keeps A-Rollin’
Jan 27 • 9 min
I talk about building terrain pieces for RPGs and why I don’t. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Art of Scheduling RPG Sessions
Jan 26 • 9 min
I talk about scheduling times for games and what to do about absences. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Giving Props Props
Jan 25 • 8 min
I talk about using props in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Now Why Did I Walk Into This Dungeon?
Jan 24 • 9 min
I talk about aging in AD&D. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
If It Walks Like A Duck…
Jan 23 • 9 min
Inspired by Joethelawyer’s email, I talk about describing the flora and fauna of your campaign world. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Talking About Tone
Jan 22 • 13 min
I talk about setting and keeping the right tone in your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Groups 03: Plotting The Syndicate
Jan 21 • 10 min
I talk about ways to use those groups you’ve been creating. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Groups 02: Working The Syndicate
Jan 20 • 12 min
I talk about what to do with organizations and how they operate. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Groups 01: Making The Syndicate
Jan 19 • 11 min
I talk about how to create groups and organizations for RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Level/Level
Jan 18 • 10 min
I talk about X.P.-based leveling vs. Adventure-based leveling in class/level RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Liches
Jan 17 • 12 min
In this, the 200th episode, I talk about liches and how to use them in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Ghosts
Jan 16 • 13 min
I talk about the ghost in RPGs and how I’d handle them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Spectres
Jan 15 • 8 min
I talk about the spectre and their use in a game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Ghasts
Jan 14 • 7 min
I talk about the use of the ghast in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Shadows
Jan 13 • 9 min
I talk about shadows and what to do with ‘em. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Mummies
Jan 12 • 9 min
I talk about one of my favorite undead, the mummy and how to use them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Wraiths
Jan 11 • 11 min
I talk about the wight’s “cousin”, the wraith and how to use them in a game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Wights
Jan 10 • 13 min
I talk about wights and how to use ‘em. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Skeletons
Jan 9 • 10 min
I talk about the lowly skeleton and how I would use them in my games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Vampires
Jan 8 • 9 min
I talk about vampires and my favorite incarnation. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Know Your Undead: Zombies Vs. Ghouls
Jan 7 • 9 min
I talk about zombies vs. ghouls, the difference between the two and how they should be used. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
How Deep Is Your Onion?
Jan 6 • 10 min
I talk about adventure “layers” and how many should you have (if any). —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Influence
Jan 5 • 10 min
I talk about secret groups, societies, etc. - they’re not just for bad guys. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Well…I’ve Been Sick
Jan 4 • 7 min
I talk about PCs and monsters that are not 100% healthy or disabled in some way and how to work that into an adventure. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Trapping The Trapper
Jan 4 • 10 min
I talk about how traps aren’t just for bad guys. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Art of Fleeing
Jan 3 • 9 min
I talk about running away, being captured and how that’s not always a bad thing. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
A Few Faves
Dec 31, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about 2-3 of my favorite modules I’ve used and reused. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Ramblin’ Relics
Dec 30, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about the Artifacts and Relics chapter in the 1E DMG and what it was intended for. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Crits For All Ages
Dec 29, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how to deal with a mix of younger players and older gamers. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Use of The Muse
Dec 28, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about how GMs should use their muse to brainstorm and help with creativity. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Boomerang Effect
Dec 27, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how to set up long-ranging plot points in games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Game By Adaption.
Dec 26, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about adapting material from other media for your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
My Game, Their Rules.
Dec 24, 2018 • 6 min
I talk about the current goings-on in the OSR and who and why I I support some publishers. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Gaming By The Numbers
Dec 23, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about prepping numbers for the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Bound Up
Dec 22, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how GMs can get module-bound and how I keep that from happening. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Ho Ho No
Dec 21, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about what kind of holiday-themed adventures I run. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
VS!
Dec 20, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about how I referee and how I dislike adversarial/killer GMs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Go Right At The Altar, Ya Can’t Miss It
Dec 19, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about how to do mapless combat by using landmarks. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Bigger Than A Bread Box?
Dec 7, 2018 • 4 min
I talk about monster descriptions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More Mega & FLGS Stuff
Dec 6, 2018 • 9 min
I answer a voicemail on megadungeons and an email about my FLGS episode. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Dissecting The Megadungeon
Dec 5, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how to get more use out of a megadungeon. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
I Gave Them WHAT?
Dec 4, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about giving PCs things that aren’t game-breakers but do have an impact on future adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Sound And The Fury
Dec 3, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about making sounds to set the mood and atmosphere. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Slush Pile: The Spitting Duck
Dec 2, 2018 • 7 min
I check the slush pile and check out The Spitting Duck. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The “F” in FLGS
Dec 1, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about my Friendly Local Game Store and how it measures up. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Keeping Track
Nov 30, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about keeping track of player characters. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Hunt Goes On…
Nov 29, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about finding older used OSR games in this digital age. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Prepare Your Coffins, Sabata Is Rolling 20’s
Nov 28, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about how Spaghetti Westerns are a good source of adventure ideas. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Mundane Made Awesome
Nov 27, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how mundane random encounters can be good opportunities to spice up the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
System Report
Nov 26, 2018 • 9 min
Back after a hiatus, I talk about setting your systems and sort-of balancing encounters. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
An Obligatory E-Mail Episode
Nov 15, 2018 • 12 min
I answer a few emails pertaining to previous episodes. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Anyone Up For A Three-Way?
Nov 14, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how running battles with more than 2 opponents will keep the PCs on their toes and help them think out of the box. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Fly Home Buddy!
Nov 13, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about the NPC admirer/hanger-on/pest that turns up all the time and how this is a good role-playing opportunity. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Storage Wars: The RPGs
Nov 12, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how I have my physical books stored and what is the best way to do it for transient (and not so transient) people. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
One Man’s Meat…
Nov 11, 2018 • 10 min
I disjointedly talk and maybe semi-rant (I’m not sure) about RPGs that, while good systems, I don’t care for and why, —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Wise Guys
Nov 10, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about playing foes smarter. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Walls and Chains
Nov 9, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about walls and other fortifications in addition to having a “chain” of businesses in a campaign world. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More Map Stuff
Nov 8, 2018 • 6 min
A short episode about finding maps in unusual places. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Thunder & Cons
Nov 7, 2018 • 12 min
I go on a bit of a rant defending Thunder Rift then I talk about how to do convention game write-ups. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
I Roll The Songs
Nov 6, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about getting inspiration from rock and country songs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Chock Full O’ Nuts
Nov 5, 2018 • 10 min
I talk alignment, that ol’ bugaboo Chaotic Neutral and how to play crazy without ruining the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Five “W”s or Fun With Tables
Nov 4, 2018 • 13 min
I pull the 1E AD&D DMG off the shelf and show how to use the 5 “W”s and the Appendix tables to create adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Slush Pile: Stygian Derp
Nov 3, 2018 • 8 min
I brainstorm about goblins tunneling. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Slush Pile: Soo-Eee!
Nov 2, 2018 • 9 min
I brainstorm about a rather peculiar hog farm. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Slush Pile: The Old Ogre
Nov 1, 2018 • 9 min
I dig into my slush pile and brainstorm about an elderly ogre visiting the city one last time. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Five-Finger Discount
Oct 31, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about stealing mechanics from other RPGs for your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Vorpal Bugbears
Oct 30, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about using monsters and magic items in your campaign world that fit. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Crawling In The Sand
Oct 29, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about running a hex crawl in a small sandbox —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Bottles and Shifts
Oct 25, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about some game adventure premises: “bottle episodes” and a typical shift/day/night of a group. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Like Tears In The Rain
Oct 24, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about the the ways to use androids (especially replicants) in Mutant Future. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The OTHER Way I Organize
Oct 23, 2018 • 7 min
I talk about how I file and keep track of the physical papers, note and other ephemera of adventures I have ran. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Adventure Cookbooks
Oct 22, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about what I use to create adventures and what I take with me for such endeavors (plus a mini-review of the Table Fables books). —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Leave The Damn Gate OPEN!!
Oct 21, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about my dislike for RPG gatekeepers and how the hobby always needs an influx of new gamers. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Gettin’ The Word Out
Oct 20, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how OSR books need more word-of-mouth. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Premises, Premeses…
Oct 19, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how a good premise can give your campaign the foundation to thrive. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Heartbreaker!
Oct 18, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about my RPG heartbreaker systems. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Let’s See What They’re Made Of
Oct 17, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about testing the PCs and adjusting/ramping up encounters based on their stats and growth throughout the campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Monster Stat Blues
Oct 16, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about writing monster stats for newly-created critters. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Pregens…Again
Oct 15, 2018 • 11 min
Thanks to Colin’s voicemail I finish up my talk on finding/making/using pregens. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Play The Hand You’re Dealt
Oct 14, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about playing the pre-gen you have at conventions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Lordy It’s Dark!
Oct 13, 2018 • 10 min
After I answer a voicemail from Chrispy I talk about how to handle demihumans’ darkvision ability and plug an old TSR FR supplement. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Other Side of The Sandbox
Oct 12, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about another way to prep sandbox sessions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
No Class
Oct 11, 2018 • 6 min
I talk about the migration to MeWe and how I don’t like NPC classes. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What’s My Motivation?
Oct 10, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about character backstories, their relation to Method Acting and my take on creating them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Draino
Oct 9, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about my dislike of level-drains and a couple of alternates. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
I Know A Guy…
Oct 8, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how having character contacts can enrich the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
A Twist In The Tale
Oct 7, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about making connections, plot twists and how you can use the players to enrich the adventure. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Stage To Table (And Back)
Oct 6, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about how I found out that playing or GMing an RPG game is closer to stage acting than I realized. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Starting Anew
Oct 5, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about having to start with a new character after a PC death in my Thursday Mithgarthr (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/213852/ME1001—Mithgarthr-RPG-Core-Rulebook) group. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Social Contract
Oct 4, 2018 • 7 min
I talk about the social contract for RPG groups in a vague way. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The RPG Formula
Oct 3, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how formulas can be used to create and enhance your adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
XP, Advancement & Creation
Oct 2, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how to hand out XP and class/level systems vs. point-buy systems. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What Measure Is a PC?
Oct 1, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about the three things (stat-wise) that make up a good PC. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Dice Foibles
Sep 30, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about how I use dice and how I roll. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Man, Dig That Cat With The Craaaazy Dice!
Sep 29, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how my GM sessions are like cool 50’s jazz improvisations. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Debriefing Yourself
Sep 28, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about recording the GM’s after-session notes and plans for next session (featuring - once again - the bullet journal). —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
I’m A Sap About Maps
Sep 27, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how I deal with making and using maps in sessions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Running Gags and My Place In The OSR
Sep 26, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about running gags and callbacks in games plus wondering what purpose I serve in the OSR. WARNING: introspection and navel-gazing in the 2nd half. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Fiddly Bits
Sep 25, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about things I as a GM do regardless of system like initiative, XP and race-as-class. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Monster Booster
Sep 24, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about some of my favorite “supplemental” monster books to punch up a scenario (with a minor rant about said books). —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Code 36 STAT!
Sep 23, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about the 36 Dramatic Situations and how they help to create adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
RPG Problem Children
Sep 22, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about certain rules in RPGs you hate or cannot understand. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
With A Single Step
Sep 21, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about the journey vs. the destination in RPG games. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Lay of The Land
Sep 20, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about my favorite terrains and landscapes and how they inspire me. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Ode To A Campaign
Sep 19, 2018 • 13 min
This time I reflect on a 2-year D&D campaign that recently ended, one of the best I’ve ever played in and a model campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Who’s the New Guy?
Sep 18, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how to use pre-generated characters and where to get them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Shop ‘Till You Drop
Sep 17, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about using the PC’s shopping trips in town as a place to hang plot hooks. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Baby Steps
Sep 16, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about finding a good intro adventure for neophyte gamers. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Table Stakes
Sep 15, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about random encounter tables and how the AD&D 1E Monster Manual II is the best for rolling your own. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Milestone, Not Millstone
Sep 14, 2018 • 12 min
This, the 100th episode, I talk more about the state of RPG publishing after being spurred on by a couple of voicemails and an email. Then it’s thank to you folks out there who listen to an ol’ grog ramble. I’m grateful. —- Support this podcast:…
A Good, Full-Bodied Vintage Whine
Sep 13, 2018 • 10 min
I rant about too much production value in RPG material. BTW, no game publishers were hurt in this episode. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
THAT Guy Again!
Sep 12, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about loose cannon NPCs, how they can spice up your game and keep the PCs on their toes. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Simple Man, Simple Plan
Sep 11, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about the fact that maybe I plan too simple a scenario. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Speedy-Prep
Sep 10, 2018 • 20 min
In a followup from the last time, in this double-size episode I go through a way to prep a game in about an hour. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Well Whack My Dice and Call Me Speedy
Sep 9, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how fast a GM can come up with a scenario from scratch. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
You Can Lead A Group To Water…
Sep 8, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about generally leading a group to adventure by giving them what their characters want. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Bullet To The Head
Sep 7, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how I take and use notes and my recent discovery of bullet journals. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Logical Delve
Sep 6, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how dungeons should be logical and plausible. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Holy Baloney
Sep 5, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about deities books and how they’re of limited use to me. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Fantasy Fill-Er-Up
Sep 4, 2018 • 10 min
I ponder Erik Tenkar’s question of how much fantasy is in my games and give my inscrutably peculiar answer. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Where Do You Work-a, John?
Sep 3, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about the venerable Secondary Skills Table in the 1E DMG and (with a little help from Mike Stewart) how I get it to work for me as a skill system. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Art of Shutting Up
Sep 2, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about times to be quiet as a GM and (thanks to Jason Hobbs) my take on indy campaigns and when you can (and can’t) integrate them into your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Let It Go
Sep 1, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about character attachment. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Brute Squad Boot Camp
Aug 31, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about using the brute-type monsters such as gnolls and bugbears as something more than just a mob by combining stronger, smarter monsters to whip ‘em into shape. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Dem Bones Gonna Walk Around
Aug 30, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about the use of undead (particularly low-level undead) in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Handle With Care
Aug 29, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about a couple of plots that will work with the right group or system and a little finesse. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
From My Pointy Head
Aug 28, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about pointcrawls vs. hexcrawls when mapping. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
My Brain Hurts
Aug 27, 2018 • 9 min
I have the dreaded, inevitable psionics talk and recommend alternatives to AD&D’s system. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Punching It Up
Aug 26, 2018 • 8 min
I talk about punching up your adventure and the value of having another look at it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Hard Ones
Aug 25, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how difficult it is to write adventures for certain genres. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Fade To Noir
Aug 24, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about laying styles over RPG genres using the Film Noir style. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
In-for-MAY-shun…
Aug 23, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about the flow of information between the GM and players. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Let The Gamer Beware!
Aug 22, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about rules additions, new classes and anything else GMs and/or players want to bring into the campaign. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What’s In YOUR Wallet?
Aug 21, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about “back pocket scenarios” for impromptu game sessions and campaign arcs that are easy to break up/modify. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Packin’ The Gear
Aug 20, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about equipment for the PCs and how Adventurer’s Packs can be very handy. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
More or Less…
Aug 19, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about adjusting the levels in a campaign and also about rules light vs. rules heavy RPGs and how players can (or can’t) adapt to the ruleset. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Alterations Made While-You-Wait
Aug 18, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about cutting down higher-level adventures for lower-level (or undermanned) groups of PCs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Ring-Around-A-Rosy Map
Aug 17, 2018 • 13 min
Prompted by a voicemail, I talk about my Rosy Sandbox technique. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
And The Beat Goes On
Aug 16, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about beats in an adventure and how they change at the table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Let That Plot Breathe!
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about linear plots and how to loosen up the beats of the story for player agency. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Attention Must be Paid
Aug 14, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about distractions, paying attention and electronics at the table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Hooked
Aug 13, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about how to find hooks in published material and how to create your own. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Game of The Name
Aug 12, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about names for PCs and NPCs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Drawing Out The Ideas
Aug 11, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how I use my sketchbook to generate ideas for my game sessions. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Load
Aug 10, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how kidnappings and rescues can work for your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
A Case of Identity
Aug 9, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about a plot device and NPC that has to do with PC’s identity. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Hacking It
Aug 8, 2018 • 14 min
I talk about the hacks I use in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What Would Conan Do?
Aug 7, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about Conan, Thundarr and why I don’t get the dislike of Pulp Fantasy. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Digital Doofus
Aug 6, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about using electronic means (mostly Campaign Logger) to do my campaign notes. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Rant That Wouldn’t Die
Aug 5, 2018 • 11 min
I listen to a voicemail and then go off on a whine about popular games, peer pressure and how intro gaming videos kinda dumb down the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
It’s Da Bomb!
Aug 4, 2018 • 10 min
After I congratulate some ENnie winners I talk more about post-apocalyptic gaming. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
THIS Is A Thriller!
Aug 3, 2018 • 11 min
After a voicemail and a quick music/SFX update I talk about the way I like to run horror/thriller scenarios. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Organization or Lack Thereof
Aug 2, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how I (try to) organize my session/campaign material. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Of Shelves And NPCs
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
I talk about the essential books I have at hand and using character actors as NPCs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Tune In Next Time
Jul 31, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about putting characters in deadly situations. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Brevity
Jul 30, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about how much description to put into campaign worlds. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Gettin’ My Sheet Together
Jul 29, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about character sheets, my preferences and where to get them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The Trick of The Trap
Jul 28, 2018 • 14 min
I talk about traps and how to use them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Gripes
Jul 27, 2018 • 11 min
Talking about gripes I have with RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Whoops! Apocalypse!
Jul 26, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about post-apocalypse games and how to handle them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Let’s You And Him Fight
Jul 25, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how to balance (and not balance) encounters. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
MicroSand
Jul 24, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about micro settings/hexcrawls and how to manage them using the Rosy Sandbox method. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Cold Start
Jul 23, 2018 • 10 min
Talking about how to kick start ideas when you have nothing in your head. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
A Tale of Three Toolboxes
Jul 22, 2018 • 25 min
Voicemails then I talk about three toolbox RPGs - HERO/Champions, GURPS and Savage Worlds. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Whither 5E?
Jul 21, 2018 • 17 min
I answer some voicemails and talk (rant?) about 5E and my attitude/concerns over it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The War House: A Memory
Jul 20, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about my favorite FLGS and the feelings that keep me coming back to the OSR. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
QuickiePrep
Jul 19, 2018 • 12 min
As a followup to Episode 42 I talk about how I do the rest of my game prep. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
All Blocked Up
Jul 18, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about monster stat blocks and how to keep them simple. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
What’s In The Bag?
Jul 17, 2018 • 11 min
I answer Colin’s email and talk about the basics of what I carry in my game bag. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Tokened
Jul 16, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about minis vs. tokens and why I use ‘em (tokens, that is). —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
The GM Screen Experiment
Jul 15, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about GM screens (again) and the usefulness of a mini screen. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
ENnies And Stuff
Jul 14, 2018 • 11 min
Here I talk about a couple things left out of my YouTube review of Victorious and give my 2 cents about the ENnies and awards and award shows in general. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
On The Road: Streamlining
Jul 13, 2018 • 10 min
In my final episode from New Mexico I talk about things I picked up GMing for my grandkids and how to streamline things when running at the table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
On The Road: Hooks
Jul 12, 2018 • 13 min
I answer a voicemail and then it’s back to New Mexico to talk about plot hooks and where to put ‘em. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
On The Road: Padding
Jul 11, 2018 • 16 min
Here I talk a little about The Temple of Elemental Evil and then it’s off to New Mexico where I chat about padding and extending your game session. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
On The Road: Festival!
Jul 10, 2018 • 10 min
I answer a viocemail and talk from New Mexico about using festivals and celebrations in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
On The Road: Organic
Jul 9, 2018 • 14 min
More musing from New Mexico. This time about organic vs. tacked-on RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
On The Road: Screens Redux
Jul 8, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode I answer a voicemail and play the first in a series of field recordings. This time: more about GM screens. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
How I Dood It
Jun 29, 2018 • 19 min
This time I answer a voicemail from Jason Hobbs and Dave writes in asking how I started the YouTube videos, which I gladly answer. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Read Dread Redemption
Jun 28, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about adapting X1 The Isle of Dread to suit my needs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Goofy Is As Goofy Does
Jun 27, 2018 • 10 min
I answer an email and talk about where to put goofy places in your world. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Poker Face
Jun 26, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about using a deadpan face and rolling dice as a GM to be enigmatic to your players. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Keepin’ Your Powder Dry
Jun 25, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about firearms in fantasy RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Some Monster Sheet
Jun 24, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about how I handle monster stats in-game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Rollin’ On The Road
Jun 23, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about creating adventures for a road trip. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Rolling With It
Jun 22, 2018 • 10 min
I pontificate on role-playing vs. roll-playing and how I like a balance. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Skillz To Pay The Billz
Jun 21, 2018 • 11 min
I answer an email and talk about my favorite skill system. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Game Gold Is Where You Find It
Jun 20, 2018 • 12 min
I talk a bit about using tables for scenarios and how I come up with adventures. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Some Character Sheet
Jun 19, 2018 • 13 min
I talk about buying RPGs, what to look for and how character sheets can tell you a lot about the game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Super Supers
Jun 18, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about supers games and the genre for RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Leave It At The Door
Jun 17, 2018 • 10 min
I talk about not bringing baggage to or work out your problems at the table. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Why Do It?
Jun 16, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about why I roleplay and GM. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Mutant Future With A Hammer
Jun 15, 2018 • 15 min
I go over the previous nights’ game, muse over what to run at my next convention and how I weld plots together. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Pace Time!
Jun 14, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about pacing and timing in games and how to structure an adventure to take advantage of them. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Screened Out
Jun 13, 2018 • 9 min
I answer an email and talk (Well, rant a bit) about how and why I use a GM screen. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Reviewing Reviews
Jun 12, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about the hows and whys of reviewing in general and my reviews in particular. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
NTX 2018: Baby’s First Con
Jun 11, 2018 • 13 min
I recap North Texas RPG Con 2018 and talk about experiencing your first convention. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Junk In The Trunk
Jun 6, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about character backgrounds. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Bouncing off PCs
Jun 5, 2018 • 9 min
I talk a bit about condensing convention stuff but the main topic is the NPCs playing off the PCs and ad-libbing in general. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Countering Encounters
Jun 4, 2018 • 11 min
I talk about monster reactions and morale in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Sandwiches Everywhere!
Jun 3, 2018 • 9 min
I talk about sandbox campaigns and how I deal with them, featuring the Sandbox Compass. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Music Hath Charms
Jun 2, 2018 • 12 min
I talk about how music and SFX can add to your RPG session. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
PrepCon
Jun 1, 2018 • 10 min
Topic: How I prep for a con and overdo it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Popcorn And Dice 3
May 31, 2018 • 11 min
I do a shout-out, recommend some comics and talk about how to use Kelly’s Heroes as the basis for an RPG adventure. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Popcorn And Dice 2
May 30, 2018 • 13 min
I have last thoughts (for now) on Acting Behind The Screen, answer a voice message and talk about using the plot of Rio Bravo in your game. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Popcorn And Dice
May 29, 2018 • 18 min
I answer a voicemail and talk about using a movie plot in RPGs. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Trodding The Boards Behind The Screen
May 28, 2018 • 17 min
I talk about Acting Tips in RPGs and why you should try it. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Back To The Bench
May 27, 2018 • 12 min
Here I talk about prepping for NTX 2018 and how benchmarks make statting out NPCs and monster a lot easier. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support
Stress Test
May 26, 2018 • 25 min
My first episode where I intro myself, talk about my experience and game philosophy and answer a couple emails. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/radio-grognard/support