Roleplay Rescue

Roleplay Rescue

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Did you used to play roleplaying games back in the day, delving dungeons with funny dice in hand? Why’d you stop? Find out how to reclaim your RPG hobby as a working adult.


GM’s Journal #18
Jun 18 • 34 min
This is the second instalment of GM’s Journal this week in which I dribble on about Arcana Gravitas, get a couple more call-ins, and then begin to work out how to get started with writing that genre-bending multi-setting campaign idea. Following advice…
GM’s Journal #17
Jun 15 • 31 min
This one’s a bonus bonus episode, so to speak. I rambled on quite a bit over the past few days and was afraid that the next Journal would end up being too long. Given that I was racking up a few good call-ins too, I decided to throw together the next…
Mystery Making
Jun 14 • 28 min
In Season 1 we explored two major game structures that have stood the test of time: the Dungeoncrawl and the Hexcrawl. Ever since the release of The Chaosium’s “Call of Cthulhu” roleplaying game in 1981, there entered a third major game structure into the…
GM’s Journal #16
Jun 11 • 28 min
What a turbulent week! Full of challenges and essentially draining both mine and my wife’s energy. I don’t know how I’ve made it but here I am. Still breathing and very grateful for the journey. Not sure what you’ll make of my sparse journal entries this…
The Game I Really Want To Run
Jun 7 • 34 min
I am stepping off into the wilds. I am going to talk about the game that I really want to run and I am going to invite you to do the same. This episode is filled with contentious statements and provocative claims. Take it as you like. Even I’m not sure…
GM’s Journal #15: Sharing The Mo
Jun 4 • 43 min
This episode was largely recorded during the school break when I was off work for a week. It’s a mash-up of two elements: the usual ups and downs of my own life as a GM plus a whole bunch of lovely call-ins from listeners who had something to say about…
Talking World Anvil With Janet Forbes
May 31 • 48 min
Janet Forbes is the Director of World Anvil, a purveyor of world-building advice, a singer, writer of novels and worshipper of cats. Based in London, England, Janet and her husband Dimitris lead a small team in the development of an online set of tools…
GM’s Journal #14: Momentum Lost
May 28 • 40 min
Another week of random thoughts from my GM’s Journal. The main topic is momentum and how to lose it. There’s also an unboxing in there plus a wonderful surprise from a Roleplay Rescue supporter. Lots to ponder… as long as you don’t mind the raw, rambling…
Choosing Castles & Crusades
May 24 • 27 min
Do you remember when Frank T called in and asked me about my choice of system for our fantasy roleplaying game? Frank’s getting his wish today because I wanted to respond to the question and didn’t feel like I could do it justice in just a short reply.…
GM’s Journal #13: Unlucky For Some?
May 21 • 29 min
Another instalment of my dronings about Gamemastering a roleplaying campaign. Good news with the teenaged gaming group, not so much with the adults. As ever, this is a laid-bare peek behind the GM’s screen and not for the faint-hearted. Enter at your…
The Unscripted Dungeon
May 17 • 41 min
Whatever your rules system, there are two other big elements that you’ll want to create as you get started with your game. The first of those is the world. The second of those are the game structures that you want to employ. As a beginning Dungeon Master,…
GM’s Journal #12: Fresh Beginnings
May 14 • 37 min
GM’s Journal becomes a regular fixture at Roleplay Rescue with our first scheduled Wednesday release. This episode sees me focused on preparing for the new fantasy roleplaying campaign that the Friday Night Gamers have asked for. Along the way we visit…
Talking Dungeon World With Yochai Gal
May 10 • 65 min
I wanted to create more episodes that explore other well-known roleplaying game systems. To do this, I decided it’d be a good idea to talk to people who already enjoy those games. Today’s episode is the first of these in which the brief was to create a…
GM’s Journal #11: Decision
May 4 • 57 min
Here’s the latest Journal in which I burble on about deciding what to do with the Friday Night Roleplayers. A decision is made. As usual, this episode features my audio notes recorded here and there. Assembled into a rough edit, these notes form a journal…
What’s Wrong With 5e?
May 3 • 32 min
Over recent weeks, there have been a few people in the Anchorite OSR community talking about the current edition of Dungeons & Dragons. As someone who got involved playing the Fifth Edition right from the days of the D&D Next Playtest, I feel it’s…
GM’s Journal #10: Messy, Flaky, Conflicted
Apr 27 • 41 min
Welcome to the Roleplay Rescue Game Master’s Journal. This episode covers the two week period from the end of Season 2 and the start of this new series. Each journal episode features my audio notes, recorded here and there over the days between my regular…
Escaping The Grind
Apr 26 • 29 min
Welcome to Season 3 of Roleplay Rescue! Today we take a look at the meaning and importance of Escapism. We learn that we are healthier when we seek escapes that are focused on self-expansion rather than self-suppression. Through a brief glance at modern…
Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Apr 15 • 8 min
In Episode 58 of Plundergrounds, Ray Otus challenged his listeners to record a one-off podcast on the theme of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something out of the blue”. Despite finishing my series for the holiday, the challenge…
Talking Arduin With Gabriel Roark
Apr 12 • 56 min
Today’s episode is the last of Series Two. It began as a question posted on the MeWe group entitled “The Arduin Grimoire by Dave Hargrave”. From this stepped forward today’s guest. We arranged to chat online but, on the night, the technology let us down.…
GM’s Journal #9: The Revelation
Apr 10 • 56 min
Well, GM’s Journal #8 wasn’t the last entry. Oh no. You guys got on Anchor and sent me a barrage of lovely voice messages which I have collected together in this episode. Additionally, I’ve hacked together the thoughts and mumblings from the past four or…
GM’s Journal #8: The TPK
Apr 6 • 35 min
Rough edit from a rough week at the table. Shennanigans at the school club leading to the death of four characters, followed by the fourth Friday Night Roleplay session on the Isle of Fire going … erm … badly, leading to a TPK. As ever, this is a…
Bringing The SF
Apr 5 • 34 min
What if you don’t want to play in a fantasy roleplaying game? What are the options for getting a science-fiction game up to the table? Is anything different? In this episode, we delve into the second major RPG genre - the science-fiction game - and take a…
GM’s Journal #7: Glorantha Games 2019
Mar 31 • 22 min
Mash-up of clips from my day out to Birmingham on Saturday 30th March to attend Glorantha Games 2019, a convention held at Geek Retreat to celebrate the world and games of Glorantha. Organised by Pookie and Darren Happens, the show was run to raise money…
GM’s Journal #6
Mar 30 • 32 min
This episode is a grab-bag of moments from the week: unboxing the Black Hack, prep for the school game, thoughts on Traveller, and ending the week with a trip to Ludorati in Nottingham. As ever, this is a laid-bare peek behind the GM’s screen and not for…
On Virtual Tabletops
Mar 29 • 29 min
Following the interview with Rob Twohy, I’ve been feeling slightly more confident about putting together an episode on the the various online gaming options. As is true of this podcast generally, the whole question of playing fantasy adventure games…
GM’s Journal #5: Patreon Special
Mar 23 • 50 min
Mainly, this is a regular GM’s Journal episode with my blitherings from the last week of gaming, highs and lows included. I’ve changed the format slightly - adding in the voice messages in roughly timeline order as received, rather than all at the start.…
An Interview With Rob Twohy
Mar 22 • 49 min
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about getting started with online gaming and, frankly, I’ve been really struggling to put together an episode addressing those questions. Because I’m not an expert on the topic, I decided to reach out to someone who…
GM’s Journal #4
Mar 17 • 29 min
The twists and turns in my hobby over the past week or so, in what has been one of the toughest in my career, along with many of the joys that come from gaming. While editing it occurred to me that roleplay adventure games might be the cornerstone of my…
Five Great Games
Mar 15 • 36 min
Taking a bit of a risk, this episode discusses five games that have had a great impact on me. Along the way, I also touch on various matters of taste and icons who have influenced my play style. It’s a bit of an indulgence through which I hope others…
GM’s Journal #3
Mar 9 • 30 min
A third dose of my GM prep ramblings during which I share my preparation for the Rise of The Dragon Kings campaign using Castles & Crusades. I touch on where the school club game is and mumble some thoughts on the Saturday night game too. This is a…
An Interview with Mike Mason
Mar 8 • 65 min
Mike Mason began roleplaying with what he calls “Purple Box” Dungeons & Dragons. Nowadays he is the Line Editor of Call of Cthulhu for the Chaosium. He is the co-writer of the 7th edition Keeper’s Rulebook and the recently released Call of Cthulhu Starter…
Solo Journal #SAMM Ep2
Mar 3 • 56 min
Follow-up to the first bonus episode which records my #SoloAModule month efforts, this is the first adventure from the Alternity Starter Set 1999. I’ve tried to make my gibberings more entertaining but, in the end, it’s one man gaming alone. But I did…
Solo Journal #SAMM Ep1
Mar 2 • 55 min
It’s Solo A Module Month and, following the last episode on getting into solo play, I thought I would take part. In short, Spencer Salyer from the Lone Wolf Roleplaying group on MeWe (formerly on G+) has set the guys there the challenge to solo play a…
Getting Started Solo
Mar 1 • 27 min
What if you can’t find any players or a game to join? Is it possible to roleplay on your own? In this episode, we explore the slightly misunderstood world of solo roleplaying. I take you through the reasons behind solo play, even as far back as the 1970s…
GM’s Journal #2: A New Campaign
Feb 23 • 55 min
Here it is: a second helping of my GM prep ramblings during which I share my preparation for the Rise of The Dragon Kings campaign using Castles & Crusades. This is a laid-bare peek behind the GMs screen and totally not for the faint-hearted. Enter at…
On Being A Player
Feb 22 • 31 min
What if you just want to come back and roleplay as a PLAYER? What are the ways back to the table as a player, as opposed to being a Game Master? Taking a look at what it means to be a player in a roleplaying game, we discuss finding a table (both locally…
An Interview With Douglas Cole
Feb 15 • 58 min
Douglas H. Cole has been roleplaying since 1981, starting with the Holmes Basic Box and AD&D, and has been playing GURPS since 1988. Living near Minneapolis, Doug is known as a longtime GURPS playtester, as a regular contributor to Pyramid magazine, and…
GM’s Journal
Feb 12 • 51 min
The first bonus of Season 2, the GM’s Journal is a laid-bare behind-the-curtain peek into my preparation process for a one-shot game using Castles & Crusades. This is what a few listeners asked for and I think, even for the returning player, there might…
Fitting Roleplaying Back Into Your Life
Feb 8 • 28 min
Today, we have a question from a listener. One of my favourite podcasters… We take a look at ways to start heading back to the table. Starting with why you want to add gaming back into your life, I’ll challenge you to start small and find an hour to build…
Series 2 Trailer & Call-ins
Feb 5 • 15 min
It’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve been thinking about what we talked about in Series 1 and where we might take things next. The best contribution to my thinking has been the steady stream of voice messages, comments, emails, and conversations that I’ve…
Curse of The Flaky GM
Jan 25 • 38 min
What if the reason your gaming group is collapsing is because the Game Master keeps cancelling the sessions? In this final episode of Series 1, we talk about the barriers that stop a Game Master from getting a regular game off the ground and the…
How To Get Players To Try Older Games
Jan 18 • 28 min
This episode was inspired by Mike Bowers’ question, back in Episode 3, about how to get established players of newer roleplaying games to give an older game system a go. When Mike called in with that question, I was blown away. I made a fumbling first…
Bonus: An Interview With Ted Wallerstedt
Jan 15 • 30 min
Over the past few weeks, ever since starting this project, I’ve been chatting to a couple of gamers I know. One of the cool things that has happened is that one or two of these guys have agreed to record an interview about their own experiences. Ted…
An Interview with Carl Bussler
Jan 11 • 43 min
Following on from last week, I hopped online and had a chat with Carl Bussler. He is the co-founder of Stormlord Publishing, hosted and produced the Flagons & Dragons podcast, and is currently the host of The Megadungeon Podcast. Carl lives in a little…
Delving the Megadungeon
Jan 4 • 25 min
Having a stab at defining the concept of a “megadungeon”, we take a look at the dungeoncrawl as the best and most successful game structure from the standpoint of a person who wants to play a foolproof game. The episode piles on the reasons why both…
Bonus: An Interview With A Priest
Jan 1 • 18 min
Over the past few weeks, ever since starting this project, I’ve been chatting to a couple of gamers I know. One of the cool things that has happened is that one or two of these guys have agreed to record an interview about their own experiences. Derek…
An Interview With Gavin Norman
Dec 28, 2018 • 38 min
Following on from the last episode, in which I outed my story of discovery and the success experienced with B/X Essentials, I hopped online and interviewed the author of that product: Gavin Norman. Here are the questions I started with: - What is it that…
On Rediscovery & Roots
Dec 21, 2018 • 23 min
Sharing my own journey of revelation about roleplaying games and describing one route back into hobby. This is the story of what happened to me in July 2018 when all the reading, thinking, and self-doubt finally opened a way to enjoy my hobby again. I…
What Are Roleplaying Games, Really?
Dec 14, 2018 • 15 min
What are roleplaying games and why should we play them? Taking a look at what lies at the heart of RPGs, their value to us as human beings, and the basics of how they work. It’s time to take a stab at defining what tabletop roleplaying games are all…
What Stops You From Gaming?
Dec 8, 2018 • 20 min
Taking a look at three big barriers to playing RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, Traveller, or RuneQuest. This episode introduces some of the key reasons many folk will drop out of the hobby. None of this is rocket science yet it affects gamers everywhere at…
Episode 0: Why?
Nov 28, 2018 • 8 min
The Series 1 trailer in which I make a plea for lapsed roleplayers to come back to the gaming table. Ever play D&D or similar roleplaying games back in the day? This is my first stab at tempting you back. Game on! Contact: Quick link here: rpgrescue.com…