Plundergrounds

Plundergrounds

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Ray Otus is a tabletop role-playing gamer, artist, writer, and designer. Plundergrounds is about role playing games and related geekery. Show notes archive at plundergrounds.com.


150 The Beginning(s)
Aug 3 • 23 min
I’m a big fat cheater when it comes to the #RPGaDay2020 challenge. Though I’m supposed to talk about one word each day, I instead lump them all together for the week. So here are the first seven words. I talk about “Beginning” a lot, and then do quick…
149 Milestone XP in OSE and Call-Ins
Jul 30 • 23 min
In this episode I talk about using milestone XP in OSE D&D without losing the particular feel of the different speeds of class progression. The referenced spreadsheet is available in the notes for this show. Call-ins are from Jason of the Nerds RPG…
148 Sorcerers & Sellswords with Spikepit
Jul 28 • 52 min
I talk with Colin Green of the Spikepit podcast about Sorcerers & Sellswords (a hack of John Harper’s Lasers & Feelings). Show notes at plundergrounds.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
147 Revisiting Rulebooks
Jul 17 • 22 min
Do you really know the rules, or do you just think you do? In this episode I talk about the value of revisiting rulebooks after actual play to focus one’s understanding of the game you are playing. John Alan Large of the Red Dice Diaries podcast gets me…
146 Worlds within Worlds
Jul 15 • 20 min
I imagine the spell Fog Hammer and talk about The Ghost City, a setting-within-a-setting for my Old School Essentials game. I mention Ramanan’s character generator for Ben Milton’s Maze Rats, Jonathan Harper’s Ghost/Echo, China Mieville’s The City & The…
145 OSE Combat Sequence Simplified
Jul 8 • 19 min
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144 Any Planet & Learning Curve Analogy
Jul 2 • 16 min
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143 Finality in OSE Mechanics
Jun 29 • 14 min
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142 A Tale of Two Parties
Jun 24 • 19 min
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141 World Building (+) Discussion
Jun 23 • 44 min
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140 Problematic Works, High Crusade, Fallible Fiend
Jun 15 • 15 min
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139 Appendix Not?
Jun 4 • 38 min
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138 Call-ins, Roses & Thorns 2
May 22 • 34 min
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137 Chaos vs. Law, Leaky Vessels, Rungood, etc.
May 21 • 27 min
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136: Catching Up
May 15 • 21 min
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Theme song by Logan Howard, the Sword Breaker. Joe from Hindsightless, Cards in RPGs, Space Kings, Lonely Adventurer, Gygax 75 challenge, Matterguffins, Moorcock’s Swords Trilogy (Corum), OSE GM Screen…
135 Bringing the Tactile to the Virtual
May 7 • 12 min
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134 It’s All in the Cards
May 5 • 14 min
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133 Roses & Thorns
Apr 29 • 24 min
Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Editing by Aonghais of the Kirby’s Kids podcast. Show them by Logan Howard. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
132 The Oracle
Apr 28 • 19 min
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Games at https://rayotus.itch.io. Theme song by Logan Howard. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
131 Gygax 75 Week 5
Apr 24 • 17 min
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130 Gygax 75 Week 4
Apr 23 • 30 min
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129 Supers Session Zero
Apr 21 • 39 min
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128 A Pale of Air and Other Things
Apr 18 • 22 min
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127 El Cid with Aonghais of Kirby’s Kids
Apr 1 • 34 min
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126 High-Low, I Don’t Know!
Mar 19 • 20 min
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125 A Veritable Grab Bag
Mar 18 • 43 min
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124 Supers
Mar 9 • 27 min
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123 Awful Green Things
Feb 20 • 53 min
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122 Grab Bag Part 2:
Feb 11 • 55 min
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121 Grab Bag part 1: D&D 5e, Getting Around, Zine Quest 2
Feb 9 • 25 min
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120 Calls - Into the Earth, Red Planet, Crawl Solo
Jan 24 • 24 min
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119 Crawl Solo!
Jan 19 • 24 min
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118 The Angry Red Method
Jan 7 • 15 min
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast! Tags: Science Fiction, Movie, Mars, Monsters, Martians, Session Design, Dungeon Crawl Classics. Daniel Fowler…
117 Hidden Shrine of Space 1999
Dec 29, 2019 • 47 min
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116 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 3
Dec 17, 2019 • 39 min
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115 Campfire Stories and Tiger and Del
Dec 4, 2019 • 21 min
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114 Fighting Fantasy + Call-Ins
Dec 3, 2019 • 48 min
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113 Into the Earth (Again), Wm Blake, Callins
Nov 22, 2019 • 63 min
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112 Into the Earth, AD&D vs. BX
Nov 19, 2019 • 36 min
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111 B-Movies and Call-Ins
Nov 7, 2019 • 36 min
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110 Anchorites Write Games!
Oct 31, 2019 • 37 min
Show notes at http://www.plundergrounds.com. Did you know you can leave a voice message? Theme song by Logan Howard of the Sword Breaker podcast! Arneson theme by T. J. Drennon. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
109 Why Games Go Funny
Oct 28, 2019 • 17 min
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108 Of Gods and Iron
Oct 25, 2019 • 22 min
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107 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 2
Oct 23, 2019 • 34 min
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106 Rules and Rulings Call-Ins
Oct 22, 2019 • 18 min
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105 The Play’s the Thing
Oct 16, 2019 • 39 min
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104 Gygax 1975 Challenge Week 1
Oct 14, 2019 • 46 min
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103 Rulings and Rules
Oct 10, 2019 • 17 min
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102 Light Rules not Rules Light
Oct 9, 2019 • 32 min
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101 Arneson, Instigator & Innovator
Oct 4, 2019 • 21 min
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100 Plundergrounds Season 1 Retrospective
Oct 3, 2019 • 28 min
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099 The Long-Overdue Call-In Marathon
Oct 1, 2019 • 83 min
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098 Delving Deeper on Nonhuman Races
Sep 29, 2019 • 29 min
PART TWO at the No Save For You podcast: https://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou. Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
097 Return to Audiobooks!
Sep 23, 2019 • 44 min
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096 Recent Calls
Sep 16, 2019 • 42 min
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095 Treasure, Ducks, The Crash
Sep 10, 2019 • 17 min
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090 Lords of Mars
Sep 6, 2019 • 43 min
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094 Procrasticon
Sep 3, 2019 • 23 min
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093 #RPGaDay2019 Final Days
Sep 1, 2019 • 8 min
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092 Dual-Cast: Delving Deeper with Cody M, Part 2
Aug 31, 2019 • 24 min
If you are coming to this episode without having first listened to part 1 on the No Save For You podcast, you should go do that. Show notes at https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message. —- Send in…
091 Dual-Cast: Delving Deeper with Cody M
Aug 31, 2019 • 0 min
This is a “false episode” to tell you to go listen to part 1 of my Delving Deeper discussion with Cody of the No Save for You podcast! Show notes: http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com. Leave a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message —- Send…
089 #RPGaDay2019 Week 4
Aug 28, 2019 • 27 min
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088 #RPGaDay2019 Week 3
Aug 20, 2019 • 24 min
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087 #RPGaDay2019 Week 2
Aug 14, 2019 • 37 min
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086 #RPGaDay2019 Week 1
Aug 8, 2019 • 24 min
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085 Adventure Palettes, Awards
Aug 7, 2019 • 22 min
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084 Temple of the Blood Moth Review
Jul 31, 2019 • 9 min
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083 Characters in Motion
Jul 25, 2019 • 19 min
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078 Audiobooks
Jul 21, 2019 • 33 min
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082 From One to Satan
Jul 16, 2019 • 28 min
I talk about a great question for the game table and play some awesome call-ins. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
081 Spell-ing It Out
Jul 12, 2019 • 30 min
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080 Dungeon Logic II
Jul 10, 2019 • 19 min
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Bonus: Jim’s Nonmusical Bards!
Jul 9, 2019 • 8 min
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079 My Final Word on Troika!?
Jun 30, 2019 • 33 min
I talk about my play experience with Troika! and try to achieve some closure. Click HERE for show notes. (Troika!, Fighting Fantasy, Prog Rock, Silent Titans, Keep Off the Borderlands) —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
Bonus: Cutting Up Old Books
Jun 29, 2019 • 18 min
I talk about the process of cutting the spines off old paperbacks and scanning them for preservation, sharing, and reading. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
077 Dungeon Logic
Jun 26, 2019 • 18 min
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076 Three Monsters
Jun 21, 2019 • 23 min
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Bonus! Travels with Charlie
Jun 17, 2019 • 7 min
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075 Military SF, Emergent Fiction, RPGs for Growth, Surrealism (Call-in Show)
Jun 12, 2019 • 28 min
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074 Interactive Fiction Part 2
Jun 10, 2019 • 27 min
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073 Top 5 (Pre-80) Military SF
Jun 7, 2019 • 17 min
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072 MSHAG
Jun 5, 2019 • 21 min
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071 Interactive Fiction + Dystopia and Prototype Call-ins
Jun 2, 2019 • 27 min
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070 Top 5 Dystopian Reads
May 31, 2019 • 21 min
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069 Prototyping
May 30, 2019 • 29 min
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068b NM Bards, Murder Hobo, Vacation!
May 16, 2019 • 12 min
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068 Non-Musical Bards
May 15, 2019 • 26 min
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067 10 Foundational Fantasies
May 7, 2019 • 33 min
10 books that every adventure game fan should read in their lifetime! Notes to follow at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
066 Urban Druids II, 92 Tables, Mutants of Ixx
May 3, 2019 • 38 min
More thoughts on urban druids from Jim Jones, RFED talks miniatures wargames and scale (as do I), and I review 92 Tables and Mutants of Ixx. Cody and Aaron respond to last week’s homework. No Save for You Spikepit 92 Tables Mutants of Ixx www.rayotus.com…
065 Urban Druids and RPGs vs Literature
May 1, 2019 • 31 min
www.rayotus.com James Shields clip art! Also the A Grazing Mace podcast Xeno Dead Zone Fight & Race games: Gaslands. Circus Maximus, Circus Imperium, Arena Maximus, Wreckage, Ave Caesar, Krash, Thunder Road Army games: De Bellis Multitudinis, Battleground…
064 Necromunda, Blades in the Dark, Undead Armies, Xeno Dead Zone
Apr 29, 2019 • 24 min
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com. Spikepit by Colin Green (episode 134, RFED on Dead of Winter) Necromunda (Blood Bowl, Space Hulk, Mordheim) Blades in the Dark (John Harper’s games) Sword Breaker by Logan Howard Undead Armies (The Escape by Marshall…
063 City Dreaming
Apr 26, 2019 • 22 min
www.jellysaw.com Traveling in Puebla Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino Troika Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings The Downside Up episode (#12, November 6) of Plundergrounds Necromunda Metropolis (1927) Judd and Rich and demon buildings: Comic Strip AP -…
062 Colin Was Right & Nuggets 2
Apr 25, 2019 • 13 min
www.jellysaw.com Call-ins from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor and Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings More (and more positive) 5e talk Cockatrice Nuggets zine, Nuggets #2 Call-ins from Rob C. of Down in a Heap and Frothsof of Thought Eater, you decide which…
061 Take That Colin — 5e Cast
Apr 23, 2019 • 26 min
www.jellysaw.com “Drunk”-casting from the Houston airport Reading 5e Basic Rules Spikepit’s 5e casts: “What’s up with 5e” beginning April 5 and continuing Down in a Heap’s (NOT Thought Eater’s) 5e casts: April 19 (x2) & 23, 2019 —- Send in a voice…
060 Plugs, Imposters, Symptoms and Causes
Apr 18, 2019 • 25 min
www.jellysaw.com Gavin Norman’s B/X Essentials aka Old School Essentials Kickstarter Frothsof’s Thought Eater cast and the James Smith memorial My art zine - available for $1 by joining my Patreon Thoughts on role-playing and imposter syndrome Gene…
059 Monster Twists & Troika
Apr 15, 2019 • 22 min
www.jellysaw.com Something old, new, borrowed, blue challenge follow-up. (See separate post.) Why aren’t monsters fatigued/injured/distracted when you find them? Why are they fighting? I plan to run Troika, here’s an NPC Tech upgrade to CR-V studios —-…
058 Some Things Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
Apr 10, 2019 • 30 min
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057 Call-In Roundup!
Apr 5, 2019 • 26 min
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056 Projects!!
Apr 3, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode I talk about several projects I’m working on and review my quarter one output for Plundergrounds. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
055 In One Bite & Call-Ins
Mar 29, 2019 • 42 min
Get In One Bite for one buck! John Aegard Dragonslaying on a Time Table Yochai Gal One-Shot World Cloud Gate (a.k.a. The Bean) Spikepit Down in a Heap Punk Rock Podcasting / Down in a Heap by Rob C. Polaris by Ben Leman Ben Milton converts MtG cards to…
054 Fast Prep Methods for GMs
Mar 27, 2019 • 34 min
I discuss fast prep techniques shared by various GMs. Lots of tangents; sorry not sorry. Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master 30-Minute Dungeons Runehammer on Timers Jason’s 7-3-1 Goblin Punch’s Checklist Marshall Miller Dungeon Starters Dave’s Mapper —-…
053 Magic the What Now?
Mar 25, 2019 • 28 min
I hold forth on using Magic the Gathering cards as creative inspiration for RPGs. Both baseline ideas here were stolen from WotC’s mobile app/magazine, Dragon+. It’s free; check it out. The referenced card images and full show notes can be found at…
052 Axebane’s Deck of Many Dungeons
Mar 21, 2019 • 27 min
I review a deck for randomly generating dungeons. You can buy it and the expansion for about $20 at Game Crafters. https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/axebane-s-deck-of-many-dungeons. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice…
051 Revolt on Antares
Mar 20, 2019 • 26 min
The one where I talk about the 1981 TSR micrograme, Revolt on Antares. Designed by Tom Moldvay, art by Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, Jeff Dee, DSL, Jim Roslof. Show notes: https://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2019/03/051-revolt-on-antares.html —- Send in a…
050 Call-In Roundup
Mar 18, 2019 • 40 min
Random topics including encounter tables, timers, avoiding rust monsters, Dune, Barsoom, bronze age gaming, OGRE, illusions, Revolt on Antares, Tetsuo, the Tripod Trilogy, and establishing questions. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in…
Larry Elmore on Fantasy Art: Gary Con XI, March 7th, 2019
Mar 15, 2019 • 128 min
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049 Encounter Tables - Do Better
Mar 13, 2019 • 17 min
A quick rant about encounter tables that are too repetitive/thin. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
048 Gary Con XI Day 4
Mar 10, 2019 • 40 min
Angus and I wrap up the week, even though we then hung around for another 4+ hours talking to people, buying stuff, and generally basking in the gamer glow. Topics include world building at TSR, Zeb Cook, Planescape, writing for yourself vs. for the mob,…
047 Gary Con XI Day 3
Mar 10, 2019 • 47 min
Angus and I talk Bob Meyer’s Blackmoor game and the experience of “Arneson’s D&D,” Traveller character generation seminar with Marc Miller and his Traveller novels, Steve Jackson’s vintage Kickstarters, Elric the AH board game, and the day ahead. Later I…
046 Gary Con XI Day 2
Mar 9, 2019 • 28 min
Angus recaps his day, we talk about B/X Essentials, sourcing the table, play culture at Gary Con, and I debrief on my two events (Goblintown and Dungeon World). Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message:…
045 Gary Con XI Day 1
Mar 8, 2019 • 27 min
I talk with Angus of Kirby’s Kids about our upcoming day and drop con guest names. Then I joust with Cody M of No Save for You. The day ends with a tired ramble about the day’s games. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message:…
044 Creative Distractions & Guilt
Feb 28, 2019 • 26 min
I talk about doing creative things as a way of avoiding doing other creative things. Squirrel! Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
043 Call-In Extravaganza
Feb 26, 2019 • 39 min
Topics include: time spent on the toilet, self-doubt, the book Annihilation, relating the old to the new/mundane to exotic, Valentine’s Day, history books on Audible, Gobekli Tepe, crocodile erections, Melee/Wizard/Fantasy Trip, Delving Deeper,…
042 Crossing Lines, Kaiju, Goblintown, WWI
Feb 24, 2019 • 22 min
I talk about GMs and players crossing boundaries in play, kaiju movies, the Goblintown design challenge, and Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old. Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
041 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd
Feb 22, 2019 • 19 min
Talking about Roadside Picnic, Stalker, Into the Odd, Annihilation. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
040 Braces Off! Rando Rambles
Feb 14, 2019 • 42 min
Celebrating my last day of braces! Listing of ideas for future podcasts, talking about The Monster Brothers podcast, my supportive wife, Delving Deeper, Warriors of the Red Planet, future Plundergrounds zines, Fantastic Planet, etc. Full show notes at…
039 Design Meandering Call-Ins
Feb 11, 2019 • 18 min
Call ins from Matt, JJ, and Emanuel. We talk spell throwing, saves, prime requisites, and Lovecraftian hacks. Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
038 Let’s Make a Zine Part 2!
Feb 8, 2019 • 25 min
I field some call-ins from people who are reporting progress and talk about writing in or out of “the shell,” choosing fonts, and more. Full notes at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
037 Retro Design Meandering
Feb 6, 2019 • 17 min
I ramble about a couple of different ways to smooth out the rough edges of old school rule sets. Show notes at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
036 Let’s Make a Zine!
Jan 29, 2019 • 25 min
A caller asks for advice on making a zine and I try to deliver. There’s homework for those of you similarly inclined! Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
035 Call-ins, InSpectres, Books & Bullets!
Jan 24, 2019 • 29 min
Show notes at www. jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
034 Call-Ins, Death & Resurrection, Patreon
Jan 20, 2019 • 25 min
Show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
033 Back to Basix, ToAD, Ghost Star, Death and Growth
Jan 16, 2019 • 28 min
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
032 Training “Schools” & Cleric Disfavor
Jan 12, 2019 • 17 min
I talk about how the Wuxia film idea of a training temple, school, or secret manuscript could be ported over into fantasy adventure games. Likewise, I talk about moving the DCC disfavor rule for clerics into Dungeon World and B/X. Full show notes at…
031 Old School Texts & Wuxia Movies
Jan 9, 2019 • 38 min
Complete show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
030 Solo Gaming Hangout
Jan 6, 2019 • 74 min
Solo Gaming Hangout w/Sophia Brandt, Slade Stolar, and Michael Barford. Recorded on April 14, 2017. • The big list of solo RPG resources from my blog http://dieheart.net/solorpg • Getting started with solo role-playing primer:…
029 Crosscast - Plunderkids!
Dec 31, 2018 • 23 min
Angus of Kirby’s Kids and I talk Klaus and Christmas-themed gaming. Kirby’s Kids -> http://anchor.fm/kirbyskids Krause -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38749750-klaus Letters from Father Christmas ->…
028 Dungeon World 2nd Edition Discussion
Dec 31, 2018 • 66 min
Gauntlet Con discussion of Dungeon World 2nd Edition. Hosted by David LaFreniere. Guests: Cameron Burns, Yochai Gal, Jeremy Strandberg. Recorded on October 21, 2018. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
027 Making Zines Hangout
Dec 27, 2018 • 61 min
Making zines with Oli Jeffrey, Logan Howard, Tim Shorts (Gothridge Manor). Recorded on July 3, 2017. • Plundergrounds: https://www.patreon.com/rayotus • Logan Howard’s Sword Breaker: https://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?key… • Oli Jeffery and Codex:…
026 Happy Holidays, Call-In Fest
Dec 24, 2018 • 36 min
• The Original Melee and Wizard Counter Sheets -> https://www.jellysaw.com • Gaming and BS 209, the Smash Cut -> https://gamingandbs.com/smash-cut-rgps-gbs209/ • Centum Mortui poster -> https://www.jellysaw.com • Letters from Father Christmas ->…
025 Creating a Themed World w/Angus
Dec 20, 2018 • 36 min
• Norse Mythology - https://www.amazon.com/Norse-Mythology-Neil-• Gaiman/dp/039360909X/ • Celtic Myths and Legends - https://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Myths-Legends-Rolleston-1990-11-01/dp/B01LP3DNMM/ • Gods and Fighting Men: The Story of the Tuatha De Danaan…
024 Call-Ins & Plans for 2019
Dec 16, 2018 • 42 min
Call-ins from… • Spikepit -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit • Kirby’s Kids -> https://anchor.fm/kirbyskids • The Happy Whisk -> https://anchor.fm/thehappywhisk • No Save for You! -> https://anchor.fm/nosaveforyou My Stuff • Plundergrounds Patreon ->…
023 Melee, Wizard, Death Test!
Dec 13, 2018 • 37 min
Capsule reviews of classic Melee, Wizard, and Death Test. With dramatic readings. Looks like you’ll be able to buy it in a retro edition in April: http://thefantasytrip.game/products/core-games/the-fantasy-trip-melee-wizard-pocket-box/ —- Send in a voice…
022 Balance, Hobgobs, Skills, & More
Dec 9, 2018 • 37 min
• Laumer Bolo Stories -v -> Combat Unit http://hell.pl/szymon/Baen/The%20Baltic%20War/Odyssey/0743435273__15.htm -> The Last Command…
021 Many Voices Make Podcasting Better
Dec 6, 2018 • 16 min
It’s an all call-in show with Ivy “The Happy Whisk,” Colin “Spikepit,” Darren “RFED,” and Carl from the Megadungeon podcast. Topics include anxiety at the table, dealing with creative struggles (follow up), a new type of table, “telling it to the page,”…
020 Cybernetic Tanks, 1977
Dec 6, 2018 • 37 min
• Steve Jackson’s Ogre -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogre_(game) • Newer Versions -> http://www.sjgames.com/ogre/ • Winchell’s Story ver 1 -> http://www.projectrho.com/ogre.html • Winchell’s Story ver 2 ->…
019 Dice, Tables, Right-Sized Mechanics, RPG “Feasts”
Nov 29, 2018 • 43 min
• Inspectres -> http://www.memento-mori.com/rpg/inspectres • Hex Power Flower -> https://goblinshenchman.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/2d6-hex-power-flower/ • Jim’s Poem (Late at Night in Bed by Gregory Djanikian) ->…
018 Call-in-apalooza
Nov 28, 2018 • 34 min
• Jim Jones Extra Life -> https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=39374 • Larry - Follow Me and Die! -> https://anchor.fm/follow-me-and-die • Judd - Daydreaming About Dragons -> https://anchor.fm/daydreaming-about-dragons •…
017 Creative Crises
Nov 21, 2018 • 25 min
• DM Dad (Dr. Robert Groves) -> https://anchor.fm/dm-dad • Spikepit! -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
016 Call-Ins, The Hobbit Game, Time-Keeping
Nov 19, 2018 • 38 min
• There and Back Again -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2018/11/there-and-back-again.html —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
015 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderPit
Nov 14, 2018 • 37 min
• Listen to SpikeGrounds (Spikepit #60) first! -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit/episodes/Spike-Grounds-e2j8db —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
014 Bronze Age Games, Advanced Sorcerers & Sellswords
Nov 9, 2018 • 21 min
• Ray’s Radio Revival: Universe -> https://radiorevival.blogspot.com/2013/12/universe-dimx-xmin.html • Mythras -> http://thedesignmechanism.com/ • Bronze Age Games -> https://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2018/11/bronze-age-rpgs.html • Sorcerers & Sellswords…
013 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderNotes
Nov 8, 2018 • 46 min
• Frank T’s Liner Notes -> https://anchor.fm/frankt —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
012 Downside Up
Nov 6, 2018 • 27 min
• Spikepit -> http://anchor.fm/spikepit • Sword Breaker -> http://anchor.fm/dmdad • DM Dad -> https://anchor.fm/dm-dad • Beowulf audiobooks - S. Heany abridged -> https://tinyurl.com/y9yx9qrj - S. Heany read by Guidall -> https://tinyurl.com/y96xl4b8 - B.…
011 Call-Ins, Castle in the Mist, Bad Healing
Oct 31, 2018 • 24 min
• Follow Me and Die! -> https://followmeanddie.com/ • Sword Breaker -> https://anchor.fm/sword-breaker • Castle in the Mist -> https://www.rpgnow.com/product/257447/Sword-Breaker-Presents-A-Castle-in-the-Mist • The Earth Moved ->…
010 L&F Hacks, Movies, & Magic Items
Oct 23, 2018 • 18 min
• Kirby’s Kids -> http://anchor.fm/kirbyskids • Spikepit -> http://anchor.fm/spikepit • JB Publishing -> http://anchor.fm/jbpublishing • War & Craft -> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TyRfAes8Fh0Y4LDXiouCuxTVYyOZSQEj/view • Sorcerers & Sellswords ->…
009 Finding Nemo - The Other One
Oct 18, 2018 • 17 min
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Trailer -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVHqBr3C0zc • Not the scene I referenced, but still some damn good organ! -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyQFnzcLE5A • Logan Howard’s Sword Breaker Podcast ->…
008 Micro-Champions 1 Lasers & Feelings
Oct 16, 2018 • 16 min
• John Harper’s Games -> http://www.onesevendesign.com/ • Sorcerers & Sellswords -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/sorcerers-sellswords.html —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/message
007 Military SF Scenario Part II
Oct 12, 2018 • 17 min
Yes, those are planes in the background. I was recording from a cul-de-sac near a small airport. • Metagaming & Steve Jackson’s OGRE -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogre_(game) • Laumer’s Bolo Fiction -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolo_universe •…
006 Military SF Scenario Planning
Oct 10, 2018 • 11 min
• Hammer’s Slammers -> https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Hammers-Slammers-Volumes-ebook/dp/B00APA1LSK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539152300&sr=1-1&keywords=hammer%27s+slammers • Starship Troopers ->…
005 Drifting Dungeon World Tech
Oct 6, 2018 • 44 min
• Spikepit’s anchorcast -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit • Plundergrounds: Kazarak (Establishing Questions) -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2017/05/plundergrounds-2-kazarak.html • Plundered Pages (Monster Moves that Matter) ->…
004 Dungeon World Moves
Oct 4, 2018 • 23 min
A solo-rant for people new to Dungeon World or veterans who want to understand moves better. I talk about what they are, what the basic pattern is, why the “irritating” advice “Don’t say the name of your move” is important, how the levels of success match…
003 Bonus / Grab Bag
Sep 27, 2018 • 18 min
• It’s a Grab Bag! (Random thoughts and call-ins.) • Colin from the Spikepit podcast talks bio-dungeons and Goblintown -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/goblintown.html • Urmo the Magnificent • Cody M on unruly reptile…
002 Bio-Dungeons
Sep 24, 2018 • 20 min
• Jason Hobbs, Podcasting Junky -> http://hobbsnfriends.com/ -> https://hextalk.audiodungeon.com/ -> https://anchor.fm/jason-hobbs • Logan Howard & Jesse Ross, Sword Breaker -> https://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/11205/Sword-Breaker • Evyln Moreau, Patreon…
001 Making the Fantastic Familiar
Sep 19, 2018 • 14 min
• RIP Meathead • Familiars and Animal Companions • Pack World (Dragonriders of Pern, Elfquest) -> jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2017/08/plundergrounds-45-pack-world-free.html • Tension between the Fantastic and the Real • Setting vs. Player responsibility…
000 The Pilot
Sep 18, 2018 • 25 min
In this pilot episode I talk about • Forest Hymn & Picnic - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cecil-howe/the-forest-hymn-and-picnic?ref=user_menu • Troika! - Free, no art version:…