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.


608 Beginnings, Part 2: Playing Well
May 29 • 18 min
Hello Rescuers! This week we continue with the core mission of Roleplay Rescue: to encourage the lapsed tabletop roleplayer to come back to the table. This is the second episode in a sequence that I am calling “Beginnings”. I want to keep things short and…
Answering the OSR Question
May 27 • 24 min
This episode is a bonus call-in show focused around the competition I ran in response to the call in from Daniel that we hear at the top of the show. I’ve had a nice bundle of answers from the Anchorite podcasting community and we’ve even managed to get…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #37: The GM Rant and the Big Book Clearout
May 26 • 32 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the week and then roughly edited together to…
607 Tempting FATE with John Large
May 22 • 57 min
This is the first of a new approach to interviews in which I aim to talk to roleplaying game activists about games that I am personally less familiar with. John Alan Large is the brain behind Red Dice Diaries, the channel where he provides tips and advice…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #36: Measuring Up, Monster Hunting, and the Power of Fear
May 19 • 41 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the week and then roughly edited together to…
606 Playing Too Seriously With Jason Hobbs
May 15 • 82 min
This interview was recorded a little under a month ago and was LOADS of fun to record. Jason Hobbs is the Host and Creator of the Tabletop RPG podcast, Hobbs & Friends, and also host of his personal journal podcast, Random Screed. In addition to…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #35: Harn, Dolmenwood, and Stepping On Up
May 12 • 34 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the week and then roughly edited together to…
Community Callbacks
May 9 • 26 min
This episode is a bonus call-in show in which I am going to try and pack in as many messages as I can, seeking to hoover up and present the outpouring of interest and support that Roleplay Rescue has received in the six or so weeks since the UK went into…
605 Beginnings, Part 1: Creating Character
May 8 • 19 min
This week I want to get back to the core mission of Roleplay Rescue, namely to encourage the lapsed tabletop roleplaying gamer to come back to the table. The first step back to the table involves becoming a player. And to become a player, you need to…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #34 (Part 2): Darkness Falls and Light Bursts Through
May 6 • 29 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the average week and then roughly edited…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #34 (Part 1): Darkness Approaches
May 5 • 26 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the average week and then roughly edited…
604 Adventures With Douglas Cole
May 1 • 69 min
This interview was recorded a little under a month ago, two days before the Steve Jackson interview, and was very much a joy to record. My guest is just about the most hard-working and consistent RPG writer I have ever known and he’s a genuine inspiration…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #33 (Part 2): Death In Dolmenwood and Stealing Mystara
Apr 29 • 29 min
Part 2 of this week’s DM’s Diary opens with a lovely call-in from John Large and then plunges into Dolmenwood. This was the week in which Friar Jaspar died and Pithwilder appropriated some magic items. From here, I pick up on my rant about stealing worlds…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #33 (Part 1): Hyboria, Stealing Maps, and Prepping Dolmenwood
Apr 28 • 35 min
Another mad week of home-working in which I had limited time for actually DOING any hobby but far too many ideas floating around my head. There are some ranting moments in here, so please excuse the passion. Thanks for the call-ins to Jason, Menion, and…
Simulation Callbacks and The OSR Question
Apr 25 • 29 min
This episode is a bonus call-in show focused around the initial reactions I got to Episode 2, “Why do you play what you play?” I have had a truck-ton of lovely call-ins throughout the last 2 weeks since Season 6 started airing. Although I will share those…
603 Talking The Traditional Game With Griff
Apr 24 • 67 min
About a month ago, I was fiddling around on Twitter when I got into a tweet-chat with Griff, one of the creative team behind The Secrets of Blackmoor, a film that takes you into the True History Behind Dungeons & Dragons. Very quickly, we decided to hop…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #32 (Part 2): Creative Traps and GURPS Adventures
Apr 22 • 23 min
Second part of this week’s DM’s Diary - again a big, busy week because I was on holiday from school over the Easter break. This bit covers from last Wednesday until the weekend. As ever, it’s raw and messy so enter at your own risk. Game on! Dear Diary…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #32 (Part 1): Dolmenwood, Death Test, and Closing Thaarl
Apr 21 • 24 min
First part of this week’s DM’s Diary - again a big, busy week because I was on holiday from school over the Easter break. This bit covers through to Tuesday and the next bit will go from there until the weekend. As ever, it’s raw and messy so enter at…
Talking GURPS With Dr. Kromm
Apr 18 • 63 min
At the tail end of Season 5, I invited listeners to help hit the 30-Patron Goal on Patreon and offered, as a reward, to approach and invite a Tabletop Roleplaying Luminary onto the show for an interview. We are incredibly blessed today to have a second…
602 Why Do You Play What You Play?
Apr 17 • 29 min
In January 2020, I had a call in from the legendary podcaster and game designer, Ray Otus, of Plundergrounds fame. It was in response to an episode I had made about the Eight Engagements of games. He made a mention of wondering how the Eight Engagements…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #31 (Part 2): The Fantastic Isles, AD&D2e, and Fantasy Flavours
Apr 15 • 28 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the week and then roughly edited together to…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #31 (Part 1): Holiday, Listlessness, and a Parcel Arrives
Apr 14 • 23 min
The Roleplay Rescue Dungeon Master’s Diary is the Wednesday bonus episode and features me, a microphone, and whatever gaming-related nonsense flows from my mind. This is recorded in short snippets throughout the week and then roughly edited together to…
Talking To Steve Jackson
Apr 11 • 52 min
At the tail end of Season 5, I invited listeners to help hit the 30-Patron Goal on Patreon and offered, as a reward, to approach and invite a Tabletop Roleplaying Luminary onto the show for an interview. Today’s guest is Steve Jackson, the founder and…
601 Back To The Mic
Apr 10 • 25 min
Roleplay Rescue Season 6 goes off half-cocked as I get back to the mic. In the face of the Covid-19 lock-down, not only here in the UK but across the world, I’ve decided to stop feeling sorry for myself, stop making excuses for not being creative, and put…
What Is Roleplay Rescue?
Apr 4 • 11 min
Are you someone who used to play roleplaying games, like Dungeons & Dragons, back in the day? Why’d you stop? Did life get too busy for that sort of thing? This is Roleplay Rescue - the podcast about rediscovering your lost roleplaying hobby. Host Che…
522 Writing Stuff Down
Mar 20 • 35 min
This is the end. Season Five crashes to a halt in the face of overwhelming odds. That said, I’ve got a confession to make and a question to ask. Tune in to find out what my crazy brain is suggesting now. Thanks to all the callers in this episode: Jason,…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #30: School Shennanigans, the Coming of Virus, and The End
Mar 17 • 30 min
This is the last DM’s Diary of Season 5. There’s some lovely call-ins from Juho and Evil Jeff - thanks, guys - and then we plunge into what turned out to be a very challenging week. If you want to keep up-to-date between Seasons, subscribe via Patreon…
521 Slow Down For Immersion
Mar 13 • 25 min
Today’s episode arose from another one of those moments in which I couldn’t keep the passion of the topic inside any longer. It was also triggered by some pretty disparate experiences in my own gaming coalescing into a moment of clarity. Thus, although I…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #29: More Maps, Descriptions, and Club Victories
Mar 10 • 30 min
This one’s a treasure-trove of lovely call-ins mixed with the usual snippets from the DM’s Diary. As ever, it’s unashamedly personal, raw, and poorly edited. Massive thanks to the callers - Spencer, Colin, Lieren, Jason, and Andy! It’s a good-un! Dear…
520 Back To The Fifth Edition
Mar 6 • 35 min
This week’s episode is about my sudden return to the Fifth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons and the profound impact this has had on me over the past week and a half. I also want to take the time to share a whole bunch of great call-ins that I’ve received,…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #28: School, Getting D&D Out There, and a Dolmenwood Update
Mar 3 • 33 min
This week is an unusually energetic blast through my thoughts on narrative, description, what happened at the school club, D&D5e, what’s going on in my Traveller gaming, and how Dolmenwood is going. As usual, it’s a raw and largely unedited collection of…
519 The Referee’s Basic Toolkit
Feb 28 • 33 min
This week I’ve been thinking an awful lot about what it means to be a Referee - or Game Master, Dungeon Master, Storyteller, whatever - running your own game. With our theme of getting back to the table firmly in mind, I sat down to jot out a list of the…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #27: A Week Spent Travelling Alone
Feb 25 • 37 min
This week was half-term for me and I was off work with my wife. We spent a fair bit of time zipping out to nice places and in-between I got to do some travelling myself. Alone. Fabulous call-ins included. Many thanks to Andy Goodman, Goblin’s Henchman,…
518 The Fear And Freedom Of Improvisation With Andy Goodman
Feb 21 • 81 min
Following on from recent thoughts on questions surrounding the role of story and narrative in tabletop roleplaying games, I hopped online to chat with fellow Anchor podcaster, Andy Goodman from Expedition to The Grizzley Peaks. We had a fairly…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #26: News From Thaarl, Dolmenwood, and Traveller
Feb 18 • 37 min
This was the week I ran my first-ever game of Old-School Essentials in Dolmenwood. Call-ins from Jason, ShandyAndy, and Menion kick us off and then we dive through the past week’s DM’s Diary entries. It all culminates in the outcomes from Dolmenwood and a…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #25: Zines, Maps, and Thaarlian Musings
Feb 16 • 29 min
Catching up on my DM’s Diary, this episode brings you through to about the turn of the month in February 2020. Lovely call-ins from Goblin’s Henchman, John Alan Large, Josh Beckelhimer, and Menion aka Rob. Thanks to all of them! Remember: this is the DM’s…
517 What If It’s Not About Storytelling?
Feb 14 • 31 min
What if roleplaying games aren’t about storytelling? What if we stop thinking about our games as collaborative attempts to create coherent narratives? What if, after all, we consider that RPGs are - at their roots - actually just games? I’ve been thinking…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #24: Satanic Responses and OSE Impressions
Feb 11 • 31 min
This has been a tough week with a lot going on. I’ve been essentially bed-bound for several days, but I have had a lot of time to read and think in the hours during which I wasn’t asleep. There is a kind of wondrous freedom in that, despite the fact that…
516 The Beckelhimer Testimony & Other Thoughts
Feb 7 • 34 min
This is a very special and yet highly experimental episode: Josh Beckelhimer, from JB Publishing, emailed in an extended audio response to Dungeon Master’s Diary #22. At the end of that episode, I had asked for help in relation to Sword & Wizardry as a…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #23: Into Dolmenwood With Old School Essentials
Feb 4 • 32 min
Everything has changed inside about 40 hours or so. Hear my reaction to Gavin Norman’s invitation to playtest the Dolmenwood Player’s Guide, how this has catalysed a whole host of insights and emotions, and what I have decided to do. This is either one of…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #22: Illness, Low-fantasy, and Swords & Wizardry
Feb 1 • 22 min
This week has been foul: the UK exited the European Union, I went down with a nasty bout of a flu-like illness, and I had a lot of time to think. Is it time to finally transcend my current hobby expectations and try Swords & Wizardry? You tell me. Game…
515 Using RPGs In Education With Dave Aldridge
Jan 31 • 76 min
This one’s a rather fabulous chat I had with fellow Anchorite podcaster, Dave Aldridge about the issues around using RPGs in education. He’s a lecturer at a prestigious British university and I’m a classroom teacher in a mainstream UK high school. It…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #21: Sci-Fi Missions and Satanic Accusations
Jan 28 • 35 min
This was the week in which I prepped for the Traveller “High and Dry” scenario, talked to the school club kids about one-shots, figured out how I would run a science-fiction Open Table, and found out that the Satanic Panic is back. It’s an emotional…
514 Structures, Modules, and Finding Groups
Jan 24 • 31 min
Three major call-ins from three top Rescuers allow me to talk you through three very neat ideas. What’s a Game Structure and why should you care? Can you run a module on the fly? How can we find non-5e gamers in an age of D&D5e? All worthy questions…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #20: Prep Anxiety, Mutants, and Burning Out
Jan 21 • 30 min
Another collection of top-notch call-ins followed by my rough and ready DM’s Diary entries. Thanks to all of the callers! As ever, you guys make my show better. This one has had one entry removed due to time and you can find it over on my Patreon very…
513 Roleplayer vs Rollplayer
Jan 17 • 38 min
Catching up on a host of great call-ins makes this episode slightly longer than I usually prefer… but it’s good stuff from the community and definitely overdue. Following the first 15 mins or so of call-ins, I dive into a discussion around the question of…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #19: Beyond The Iron Door
Jan 14 • 32 min
Squeezing in as many of the fantastic call-in that I can within my self-imposed 25-35 minute episode length, there are still more to come. Thanks to everyone who called in and sorry that my responses are a little brief. This episode I go back to work, get…
512 Talking Old School Essentials With Gavin Norman
Jan 10 • 61 min
Brilliant interview with Necrotic Gnome’s Gavin Norman, the creator of the Old School Essentials RPG! This one has some announcements about projects coming through 2020 and there’s a major scoop about the “big project” of the year. If you want to skip to…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #18: Complexity, Luck, and Cepheus Arrives
Jan 6 • 24 min
Catching up on the New Year diary entries, this one is short and (hopefully) sweet. A collection of musings over the period from 1st-3rd January. This also resets the DM’s Diary back to running from Saturday to Saturday so that we can have but one episode…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #17: Whiffs, Stressors, and Excitement
Jan 4 • 36 min
This was not an easy episode to put together. Key diary entries running up to and including New Year’s Eve are prefaced with responses to DM’s Diary #16. I’ve tried to be honest and respond to people’s comments / questions with openness. That said, I fear…
511 Talking Art With Jeshields
Jan 3 • 66 min
Just had a weird moment typing “2020” into the date field for the episode tags. Are we really here? This one’s a cool conversation with the artist behind my recent Artefact Cards and several successful Kickstarter campaigns. Many RPG creators will…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #16: I Have Been Wrong
Dec 31, 2019 • 29 min
This one’s unashamedly personal and open. I have begun to come to terms with a sense of being wrong about the roleplaying hobby and decided to tackle that sense of wrongness with some experimentation. This is probably one of those “important moments”…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #15: Regrets, Realisations, and Expectations
Dec 28, 2019 • 23 min
Last one for 2019, folks. This is another one of my rough and raw collections of random gamer musings. You should listen with caution and understand that the Diary is very personal, something not for the faint hearted. In this episode, there’s a lovely…
510 Put The Players First
Dec 27, 2019 • 38 min
I want to begin an ongoing discussion about getting started with tabletop roleplaying games by talking about some things you definitely should NOT do - even though I and most other GMs almost always seem to do them - if you want to get a good game going.…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #14: Pathfinder 2, Why More RPGs, and Travelling
Dec 22, 2019 • 23 min
Merry Christmas to everyone! As we close in on the Western celebration of the Nativity, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who has supported and listened to the show in 2019 - thank you! On top, you can hear Frank T’s call-in about Monster Manuals. Then…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #13: Into Thaarl and Down a Sidetrack
Dec 21, 2019 • 29 min
Gribsnak grabs the mic. An email about GM Accreditation from Luderati. Call-in from Evil Jeff. Reports from Thaarl. Unboxing some boxes. Oh, and running down a side-track. As ever, this is raw and unedited journalling from my personal RPG hobby. Listen…
509 Eight Types of Fun
Dec 20, 2019 • 34 min
A bunch of call-ins which inspired me, a long reading from one of my favourite RPG gaming books, and a dollop of my random musings makes this episodes a wild mash-up of ideas… and I am desperately hoping it hangs together. This one’s unscripted, not very…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #12: Delving Thaarl
Dec 15, 2019 • 38 min
Three very welcome call-ins from the community to lead us into the diary of the week past. This was the week in which work got VERY intense, the UK had a General Election, and I almost lost my mind. Salvation came in the form of a Saturday night online…
508 Revisiting The Open Table
Dec 13, 2019 • 31 min
Tim Shorts is responsible for this one: he laid down a challenge to the Anchorites to revisit an episode from December 2018 and allow it to inspire a retrospective… so, here’s mine. I’ve gone back and listened to Ep103, “On Rediscovery & Roots” from…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #11
Dec 8, 2019 • 34 min
Another collection of diary entries and call-ins from the week past. Opening with a big question on trust, we delve into the raw and unedited ramblings from my past week. Plenty to reflect on for me but do remember: this is a pretty raw and rough ramble.…
507 Fighting Fantasy
Dec 6, 2019 • 21 min
All the talk across several Anchor podcasts about Fighting Fantasy got me thinking this week. I’ve been messing around with the idea of playing one or two of those game books and it occurred to me that this was a great way back the table for anyone who’s…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #10 feat. Reich 5, Fighting Fantasy, and a “Special Project”
Dec 1, 2019 • 23 min
Continuing on from DM’s Diary #9, I share thoughts on Reich 5 inspired by a popular TV series, get excited about Fighting Fantasy for the first time in about 25 years, and reveal a “Special Project” that got teased in DMD#9. Game on! Dear Diary Theme Song…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #9 incl. NPC tips, Gygax75 in Space & Spoilers from Thaarl
Dec 1, 2019 • 28 min
Another collection of gaming thoughts from my mind rampage into the ether… but not before Tim and Josh lay some cool NPC tips at my feet. A call in from Jason reminds me why my Naked GURPS project is cool, and I drop a spoiler for players in my Dungeons…
506 The Community Strikes Back!
Nov 29, 2019 • 30 min
This week I want to revisit a few thoughts on how to make a start in coming back to the roleplaying game table. I also wanted to do something that I believe is a first for Roleplay Rescue - to build an episode almost entirely around the call-ins that I…
Bonus: GURPS Quick Start Actual Play
Nov 24, 2019 • 21 min
This episode features about 20 minutes of Friday Night’s session in which Andy, Dave, and myself sat down to play a one-off Dungeons of Thaarl game using my cobbled together quick start “Naked GURPS” approach for beginning a dungeon fantasy type game.…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #8 feat. Mrs W.
Nov 24, 2019 • 36 min
Had a couple of really good call-ins this week in response to DM Diary #7 - thank you, sincerely, to those callers! Given that these calls and the replies plus entries over the past two days were enough to (over)fill another episode, I felt it was best to…
505 Never Go Back?
Nov 22, 2019 • 25 min
Why do people give up their hobbies? Should you ever go back? Is trying to recapture the past simply a big mistake? This episode is having a think about the phenomenon of giving up hobbies and the value of reclaiming them years later. As I think I’ve said…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #7 feat. Old School Essentials
Nov 20, 2019 • 26 min
Mid-way through the week and I’ve already racked-up a whole 25 minutes or so of DM’s Diary content. I thought I’d better kick it out and share it before tomorrow’s work day eats my energy and the weekend looms. As ever, this is my unedited audio diary and…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #6
Nov 17, 2019 • 25 min
Forced myself to edit together this week’s episode. Not feeling good after a very rough work week and missing this last weekend’s online game. :-( Dear Diary Theme Song and all incidental music by TJ Drennan: patreon.com/TJD Contact Details: Voice…
504 Talking With Jason Connerley
Nov 15, 2019 • 58 min
Jason Connerley is the voice behind the Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast podcast and a regular caller to several Anchorite shows, including this one. Jason started gaming around 1983 with the “Dungeon!” board game by David Megarry. His first RPGs were the Mentzer…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #5
Nov 10, 2019 • 34 min
Remember: Dungeon Master’s Diary is my unashamedly personal and raw recorded audio diary entries mashed up to create a rough outline of what’s going on in my gaming head. Listen at your peril! That said, there’s some GREAT call-ins in this one… especially…
Bonus: The GURPS Conversation
Nov 9, 2019 • 29 min
Remember when Frank T called in and suggested we work on our own version of GURPS Ultralite? This is the audio conversation - back and forth - that we had a few weeks back and which led to a whole raft of further writing, thinking, and chatting. Not sure…
503 Three Voices: Why Do People Play Games?
Nov 8, 2019 • 35 min
Diving head first into an experimental approach which seeks to open up discussion around some pretty big questions that relate to our tabletop roleplaying game passion. Today’s question was chosen simply by way of piloting the format. We are hoping that…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #4
Nov 3, 2019 • 26 min
My week has been all over the place and this DM’s Diary is a little shorter than usual. Hear my initial thoughts on the second session of the Friday Night Game plus a lengthy fessing-up on my beliefs and feelings around magic. I also (rather cheekily)…
502 Talking GURPS With Douglas Cole
Nov 1, 2019 • 81 min
First of a couple of interviews I’ve managed to record over the past week or so, this one with Doug Cole of Gaming Ballistic is on the topic of why GURPS is a game worth looking at and what the Dungeon Fantasy RPG offers the curious onlooker. Doug creates…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #3
Oct 27, 2019 • 32 min
It’s been a busy week - first week of half-term for me, away from work - and I’ve been dropping diary entries daily. Some nice call-ins from some good people in here too. Thanks to Frank T, Jason, and ShandyAndy for the messages! Enjoy! Dear Diary Theme…
501 The Infinite Game
Oct 25, 2019 • 25 min
Bit of a weird one but inspired by Simon Sinek’s latest book, “The Infinite Game” (which is totally NOT about gaming), I was feeling inspired. Actually, a call-in from Paul Stoneman nudged this along and I couldn’t suppress the topic any longer. Sometimes…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #2
Oct 22, 2019 • 35 min
Two episodes on one week? Yes! The Dungeon Master’s Diary returns with a fabulous call-in from Frank T, news on some online gaming, and my initial reaction to listening back to the Friday night session. I’ve also got a couple of questions for Patrons in…
Dungeon Master’s Diary #1
Oct 20, 2019 • 25 min
The Dungeon Master’s Diary is born! Fans of the old GM’s Journal will, I hope, be pleased to know that I aim to continue sharing my personal audio diary. I’m re-branding it as the Dungeon Master’s Diary - DM’s Diary for short - because I’m a fantasy…
500 Motivation, Looking Back, and Looking Forward
Oct 19, 2019 • 19 min
Roleplay Rescue is back! This podcast is about rediscovering your lost tabletop roleplaying game hobby. If you’re gamer who has wandered away from gaming, welcome to the community. I hope you’ll find something to help you get back to the table. If you’re…
Bonus: GM’s Journal 12-10-19
Oct 18, 2019 • 38 min
The Patrons voted to release the two Journals during the interregnum and this is the second of those. That said, it was a long, hard, and tiring week in the run up to last weekend. It ended on a high because we finally played the first session of my new…
Bonus: GM’s Journal 05-10-19 RAW
Oct 13, 2019 • 31 min
The Patreon Patrons have spoken! Season 4 may have ended but I didn’t stop journalling. I’ve been quickly editing my GM Journals together and sharing them with those amazing supporters of the podcast via patreon.com/rpgrescue … and yesterday those guys…
420 The Spirit of Arneson
Oct 4, 2019 • 32 min
The final episode of Season 4 is here! Ten weeks of episodes comes to an end as I take a couple of weeks for a break. Inspired by Anchorite Arneson Appreciation Month, as encouraged by the amazing Ray Otus of Plundergrounds, I’ve mashed all my thoughts on…
419 GM’s Journal 28-09-19
Oct 1, 2019 • 36 min
This will be the last GM’s Journal of Season 4. It’s the penultimate episode of the series too, as I aim to release 420 next Saturday and then take a break until mid-October, when school breaks for two weeks holiday. This episode features the third…
418 Simple Dungeoneering, Part Two
Sep 27, 2019 • 26 min
After what has been a really horrid week, I’ve sat down and recorded Part 2 of the Simple Dungeoneering mini-series I started last week. How can we keep things simple and yet also create an experience that satisfies for a solid evening of play? Hopefully…
417 GM’s Journal 21-09-19 feat. #OBaWS
Sep 22, 2019 • 24 min
It’s Wednesday come early! A tighter episode focused on my attendance at The Owlbear and Wizard’s Staff convention in Leamington Spa on the 21st September. This episide contains all my usual GM Journal entries but then lurches into an audio journal of the…
416 Simple Dungeoneering, Part One
Sep 20, 2019 • 48 min
What does it take to set up, from scratch, a fantasy dungeon-based roleplaying campaign? Let’s see if we can get playing a simple fantasy adventure game. How can we keep things simple and yet also create an experience that satisfies for a solid evening of…
415 GM’s Journal 14-09-19
Sep 17, 2019 • 23 min
Further call-ins on the question of sleep deprivation - some classic stuff! My week laid bare once again, the harried GM who seems to have had plenty to smile about in spite of the intensity of work. Many thanks to all the callers and to you, the…
414 Overcoming Inertia
Sep 13, 2019 • 28 min
From the very beginning I have been trying to persuade people to start playing. Whether you are a lapsed gamer who has started to miss the good times you used to enjoy with roleplaying games, or if you are a total novice who’s simply curious, or even if…
413 GM’s Journal 07-09-19: Sleep Deprivation Special
Sep 10, 2019 • 46 min
Last week’s episode seems to have provoked quite a few comments on the topic of sleep deprivation in RPGs. I received something like 15 call-ins across the week, many of them on this topic alone. Thus, I’ve drawn the threads on sleep deprivation into a…
412 The Pit Rescue Ramblecast
Sep 6, 2019 • 67 min
Colin Green is the voice behind Spikepit, an OSR Anchorite podcast which many would say lies at the heart of a lively network and community. Colin’s show features call-ins from across the spectrum of gamers and champions forthright consideration of a…
411 GM’s Journal 31-08-19
Sep 3, 2019 • 30 min
It’s time for another rambling collection of my personal Game Master Journal entries. What makes the episode are the call-ins from Jason and Free Thrall - thanks, chaps! Hope you find something of interest in among the ups and downs of my week. One word…
410 Going Mythic
Aug 30, 2019 • 40 min
Following on from “Delving Deeper Solo”, I got a bunch of call-ins and a set of very specific questions from Frank T. In response, the only reasonable thing to do was to record a follow-up episode. This week, I delve into the Mythic Roleplaying rulebook…
Bonus: 10 Things From Arduin With Gabriel Roark
Aug 29, 2019 • 91 min
A month ago, I hopped onto MeWe and asked Gabriel Roark if he’d be up for organising another interview to discuss the ten things we’d import from Arduin into our own campaigns. Gabriel is someone who plays in Arduin and is seeking to rediscover the realm…
409 GM’s Journal 24-08-19
Aug 27, 2019 • 24 min
Having spent most of the week away on holiday with Deb, this episode is cut down in length from recent efforts. Some great call-ins and a big moment in the Roleplay Rescue story. I also wax thoughtful about wilderness adventuring and share a bit of what…
408 Delving Deeper Solo
Aug 23, 2019 • 35 min
Over the months since I released “Getting Started Solo” (Ep204), I’ve been getting questions about it and the most repeated request has been for a worked example. I guess that by “worked example” people mean me sitting down and recording myself running a…
407 GM’s Journal 17-08-19
Aug 20, 2019 • 47 min
With around 15 minutes of call-ins and replies, this episode has grown much longer than I expected. There’s a ropey section in the middle, and which I almost cut, where I was recording myself developing some solo play ideas using the Story Forge deck.…
406 Energy At The Table
Aug 16, 2019 • 32 min
This episode was totally inspired by a call-in from the mighty Pure Mongrel this morning. Picture the scene: You wake up at 4.45am, get yourself a cuppa, and then you notice that there’s a message from one of your Patrons. And, wow, it’s a doozy of a…
405 GM’s Journal 10-08-19
Aug 13, 2019 • 37 min
Here’s another Journal episode! Complaints about the noise have led to a re-editing of the opening theme. There’s a bucket load of call-ins from the coolest listeners anyone could have, as well as a bundle of journal entries largely recorded while I…
404 Talking Random Tables With Dave Aldridge
Aug 9, 2019 • 46 min
A few weeks ago, I started listening to Dave’s dpercentile podcast - albeit I was VERY late to the party - and in episode 3, he spoke about the value of GMs using random table to prep. Inspired by this episode, I contacted Dave and arranged to chat more…
403 GM’s Journal 03-08-19
Aug 6, 2019 • 40 min
It’s that time of the week when I release the mumbled Journal logs from the week before. With call-ins from Tim Shorts of Gothridge Manor and the enigmatic RFED, this is a generally upbeat and active episode. As ever, it’s recorded here and there on my…
402 Return of The Flaky GM
Aug 2, 2019 • 27 min
Here’s the first Saturday release episode of the 4th Season! Hear me ramble on about what I’ve learned over the past 6 months, ever since the release of the original, “Curse of The Flaky GM” episode in late January. This one’s a tour of the key learning…
401 GM’s Journal 27-07-19
Jul 30, 2019 • 45 min
First of the Season 4 entries to the Game Master’s Journal. This one has some upbeat moments but there is a dark ending that I am not so proud of… I really allowed my irritation and moodiness to get the better of me this week. Sorry about that. Still, you…
Bonus: GM’s Journal 20-07-19
Jul 29, 2019 • 31 min
This is a catch-up bonus for those who enjoy the GM’s Journal and missed the episodes I released to Patrons during the weeks between Season 3 and Season 4. This one’s an excellent demonstration of how flaky I can be as a GM. I threw in the call-ins I’d…
Bonus: GM’s Journal 13-07-19
Jul 28, 2019 • 24 min
This is a catch-up bonus for those who enjoy the GM’s Journal and missed the episodes I released to Patrons during the weeks between Season 3 and Season 4. If you’re following the Journal, this one’s important because it brings you through some of the…
400 The Season 4 Trailer
Jul 26, 2019 • 10 min
Well, the summer holiday break from school has arrived and I have decided to get back behind the mic - despite the 35C temperatures that have left me totally sleep-deprived for two days! This is a warm-up trailer in which I re-introduce the show to new…
312 Being Top Of Your Game
Jul 12, 2019 • 32 min
Today I want to take a look at the stories we tell ourselves and the dialogue we have with others. I want to explore whether its possible to overcome the general sense that I frequently have of being just a little bit crap at gaming. To help, we’re going…
Bonus: The Gaming With Teenagers Patreon Special
Jul 10, 2019 • 28 min
Hello and welcome to this Roleplay Rescue special bonus episode on the topic of gaming with teenagers. This episode is brought to you by the generous support of the Roleplay Rescue Patrons over on Patreon.com/rpgrescue. We recently hit another Patreon…
GM’s Journal #21
Jul 9, 2019 • 28 min
Following the first official complaint, I’ve decided this is to be the last GM’s Journal for a while. I’ve compiled this week’s ramblings as usual but, well… you know the drill. It’s raw, rough, and all pretty much a mess of random thoughts. Enjoy!
311 Three Good Adventure Games
Jul 5, 2019 • 24 min
I don’t know why I keep collecting RPGs but I think it’s probably something that most gamers indulge in. Even if you’re not gaming, owning and reading gorgeous books is a big part of the hobby. Other than Dungeons & Dragons, what other great adventure…
GM’s Journal #20: Bam… Three Games!
Jul 2, 2019 • 25 min
Another mash-up of personal Gamemastering journal entries and awesome call-ins from across the community. This has been one of the hardest weeks of the year so far but also one in which I think I got the most gaming. As ever, it’s raw and rough stuff so…
310 Building Sandboxes
Jun 28, 2019 • 32 min
Today’s episode builds on my earlier discussions about building a dungeon adventure and generally about getting started as a GM. To keep things simple, I’m going to assume we are building a fantasy roleplaying experience - largely because that’s the most…
GM’s Journal #19
Jun 25, 2019 • 48 min
Witterings, call-ins and replies, and more ramblings from my addled GM brain. As ever, it’s another selection of audio journal entries from my own gaming experience. Listen at your peril!
309 Talking Savage Worlds With Frank Turfler
Jun 21, 2019 • 71 min
I talked about Savage Worlds back in Season 2, Episode 6 when I spoke about Five Games that I’d recommend everyone at least take a good look at. With my recent focus on creating a multi-genre campaign, something which I believe Savage Worlds would excel…
GM’s Journal #18
Jun 18, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
308 Mystery Making
Jun 14, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
307 The Game I Really Want To Run
Jun 7, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
306 Talking World Anvil With Janet Forbes
May 31, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
305 Choosing Castles & Crusades
May 24, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
304 The Unscripted Dungeon
May 17, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
303 Talking Dungeon World With Yochai Gal
May 10, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
302 What’s Wrong With 5e?
May 3, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
301 Escaping The Grind
Apr 26, 2019 • 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…
Bonus: Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
Apr 15, 2019 • 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…
210 Talking Arduin With Gabriel Roark
Apr 12, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
209 Bringing The SF
Apr 5, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
208 On Virtual Tabletops
Mar 29, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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.…
207 An Interview With Rob Twohy
Mar 22, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
206 Five Great Games
Mar 15, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
205 An Interview with Mike Mason
Mar 8, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
204 Getting Started Solo
Mar 1, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
203 On Being A Player
Feb 22, 2019 • 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…
202 An Interview With Douglas Cole
Feb 15, 2019 • 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 #1
Feb 12, 2019 • 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…
201 Fitting Roleplaying Back Into Your Life
Feb 8, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
108 Curse of The Flaky GM
Jan 25, 2019 • 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…
107 How To Get Players To Try Older Games
Jan 18, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
106 An Interview with Carl Bussler
Jan 11, 2019 • 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…
105 Delving the Megadungeon
Jan 4, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
104 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…
103 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…
102 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…
101 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…