Plundergrounds

Plundergrounds

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Ray Otus is a tabletop gamer, artist, writer, and role-playing game designer. Plundergrounds is a zine devoted to Dungeon World adventures and content. And now it is also a podcast focused on inspiration, art, and games designed by independent creators.


081 Spell-ing It Out
Jul 12 • 30 min
Show notes at http://plundergrounds.blogspot.com
080 Dungeon Logic II
Jul 10 • 19 min
Show notes at www.plundergrounds.blogspot.com.
Bonus: Jim’s Nonmusical Bards!
Jul 9 • 8 min
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079 My Final Word on Troika!?
Jun 30 • 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)
Bonus: Cutting Up Old Books
Jun 29 • 18 min
I talk about the process of cutting the spines off old paperbacks and scanning them for preservation, sharing, and reading.
077 Dungeon Logic
Jun 26 • 18 min
(Oft delayed) show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
076 Three Monsters
Jun 21 • 23 min
Notes at www.jellysaw.com.
Bonus! Travels with Charlie
Jun 17 • 7 min
No notes on this one.
075 Military SF, Emergent Fiction, RPGs for Growth, Surrealism (Call-in Show)
Jun 12 • 28 min
Show notes will be available at www.jellysaw.com.
074 Interactive Fiction Part 2
Jun 10 • 27 min
Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
073 Top 5 (Pre-80) Military SF
Jun 7 • 17 min
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
072 MSHAG
Jun 5 • 21 min
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
071 Interactive Fiction + Dystopia and Prototype Call-ins
Jun 2 • 27 min
Full notes at www.jellysaw.com.
070 Top 5 Dystopian Reads
May 31 • 21 min
Notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
069 Prototyping
May 30 • 29 min
Notes at www.jellysaw.com
068b NM Bards, Murder Hobo, Vacation!
May 16 • 12 min
Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com
068 Non-Musical Bards
May 15 • 26 min
Full show notes at www.jellysaw.com
067 10 Foundational Fantasies
May 7 • 33 min
10 books that every adventure game fan should read in their lifetime! Notes to follow at www.jellysaw.com.
066 Urban Druids II, 92 Tables, Mutants of Ixx
May 3 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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
060 Plugs, Imposters, Symptoms and Causes
Apr 18 • 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 • 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 • 30 min
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
057 Call-In Roundup!
Apr 5 • 26 min
Full show notes at jellysaw.com.
056 Projects!!
Apr 3 • 28 min
In this episode I talk about several projects I’m working on and review my quarter one output for Plundergrounds.
055 In One Bite & Call-Ins
Mar 29 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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.
051 Revolt on Antares
Mar 20 • 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
050 Call-In Roundup
Mar 18 • 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.
Larry Elmore on Fantasy Art: Gary Con XI, March 7th, 2019
Mar 15 • 128 min
049 Encounter Tables - Do Better
Mar 13 • 17 min
A quick rant about encounter tables that are too repetitive/thin. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
048 Gary Con XI Day 4
Mar 10 • 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 • 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 • 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.
045 Gary Con XI Day 1
Mar 8 • 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.
044 Creative Distractions & Guilt
Feb 28 • 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.
043 Call-In Extravaganza
Feb 26 • 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 • 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.
041 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd
Feb 22 • 19 min
Talking about Roadside Picnic, Stalker, Into the Odd, Annihilation. Full show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
040 Braces Off! Rando Rambles
Feb 14 • 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 • 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.
038 Let’s Make a Zine Part 2!
Feb 8 • 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.
037 Retro Design Meandering
Feb 6 • 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.
036 Let’s Make a Zine!
Jan 29 • 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.
035 Call-ins, InSpectres, Books & Bullets!
Jan 24 • 29 min
Show notes at www. jellysaw.com.
034 Call-Ins, Death & Resurrection, Patreon
Jan 20 • 25 min
Show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
033 Back to Basix, ToAD, Ghost Star, Death and Growth
Jan 16 • 28 min
Show notes at www.jellysaw.com.
032 Training “Schools” & Cleric Disfavor
Jan 12 • 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 • 38 min
Complete show notes at http://www.jellysaw.com.
030 Solo Gaming Hangout
Jan 6 • 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.
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/
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
016 Call-Ins, The Hobbit Game, Time-Keeping
Nov 19, 2018 • 40 min
• There and Back Again -> http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/2018/11/there-and-back-again.html
015 Cross-Cast Special - PlunderPit
Nov 14, 2018 • 37 min
• Listen to SpikeGrounds (Spikepit #60) first! -> https://anchor.fm/spikepit/episodes/Spike-Grounds-e2j8db
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
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
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:…