Keep off the Borderlands

Keep off the Borderlands

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Welcome to Keep off the Borderlands. A podcast about not playing RPGs, where amazing things may or may not happen. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @FreeThrall


Out of Alignment (episode 145)
Sep 11 • 9 min
A call from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue followed by some thoughts on alignment. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at…
Bucket Half Full (episode 144)
Sep 10 • 22 min
I kick things off with some calls from John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries RPG and Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast before running through a few things I’ve ticked off the bucket list. Honourable mentions: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Hankerin…
Rules of Immergement or Purple Worm Rider part 3 (episode 143)
Sep 9 • 20 min
Tying up some loose ends (or creating a few more) regarding immersion and engagement featuring call-ins for Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Colin “Spikepit” Green. Honourable mentions: Safer Fantasy Crafting, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam’s…
Lancashire Hotchpotch (episode 142)
Sep 5 • 20 min
Just responding to a bunch of call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Sofinho of Alone in the Labyrinth and Karl Rodriguez. Also featuring a…
Bonus Spoiler Free Tenet Review (episode 141)
Sep 4 • 8 min
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RPGaDAY 2020 August 31st “Experience” (episode 140)
Aug 31 • 8 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Experience - A shout out to my fellow RPGaDayers, a call-in from Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 30th “Portal” (episode 139)
Aug 30 • 18 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Experience - My God! It’s full of stars! Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks, Karl Rodriguez, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Safer Fantasy Crafting, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 29th “Ride” (episode 138)
Aug 29 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Ride - I make myself a coffee and flip through Iron Crown Enterprises’ Riders of Rohan module for Middle-Earth Role Playing. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 28th “Close” (episode 137)
Aug 28 • 13 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Close - This one turns into a love letter to Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. I also share some calls from Dave Aldridge of dPercentile about Old-School Essentials and Basic/Expert Dungeons & Dragons. Music by Timothy J.…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 27th “Favour” (episode 136)
Aug 27 • 11 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Favour - I talk about about a recent shift in my gaming preferences, my first session of Old-School Essentials before sharing some wonderful messages following my turn in the GM seat a recent episode of Spikepit. Featuring call-ins from Colin…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 26th “Strange” (episode 135)
Aug 26 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Strange - I talk about my love for strange settings and the absence of strangeness from my appearance on Colin Green’s Spikepit followed by a really nice call-in from Menion (AKA Rob) of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi. Music by Timothy…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 25th “Lever” (episode 134)
Aug 25 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Lever Honourable mentions: Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Griff Mon Morgan III. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 24th “Humour” (episode 133)
Aug 24 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Humour - A bit about how I like to amuse myself, the fate of Paranoia, how humour isn’t always welcome and a cheeky message from Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast. Honourable mentions: Colin “Spikepit” Green, Electric Bastionland,…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 22nd & 23rd “Rare” & “Edge” (episode 132)
Aug 23 • 9 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Comfort - Some encouraging messages from Joe Richter of Hindsight and Weal or Woe, Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam’s Wasteland. Honourable mentions: Colin “Spikepit” Green, Dave Aldridge of…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 21st “Push” (episode 131)
Aug 21 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Push - Inspired by a call from Joe Richter of Hindsight and Weal or Woe Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 20th “Investigation” (episode 130)
Aug 20 • 1 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Investigation - Shout out to Andy “gametes” Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 19th “Tower” (episode 129)
Aug 19 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2020 An apology, a little history, some esoterica and a bit of nostalgia. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 18th “Meet” (episode 128)
Aug 18 • 2 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Meet - Giving the tavern a miss. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 17th “Comfort” (episode 127)
Aug 17 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Comfort - A couple of sweet call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsight and Weal or Woe and I show some love for Scott “Lonely Adventurer” Wegener’s Glaive. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 16th “Dramatic” (episode 126)
Aug 16 • 5 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Dramatic Honourable mentions: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Arlen Walker of Live From Pelham’s Wasteland, Sword and Scoundrel from Heresy Press. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 15th “Frame” (episode 125)
Aug 15 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Frame Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 14th “Banner” (episode 124)
Aug 14 • 2 min
#RPGaDAY2020 I don’t have much to say about banners so I share a message from Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere instead. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 13th “Rest” (episode 123)
Aug 13 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 I begin talking about downtime in the Black Hack before moving on to, you guessed it, Electric Bastionland. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 12th “Message” (episode 122)
Aug 12 • 9 min
#RPGaDAY2020 A message from Joe Richter of Hindsightless allows me to revisit Stack and a message from Colin “Spikepit” Green regarding Nate Treme prompts me to talk about clear and concise communication. Honourable mentions: Andy Goodman of Expedition to…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 11th “Stack” (episode 121)
Aug 11 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Pancakes? Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 10th “Want” (episode 120)
Aug 10 • 2 min
#RPGaDAY2020 I talk about how much I want to play Old-School Essentials and the imminent launch of the Advanced Rules Tome. Find the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exaltedfuneral/old-school-essentials-advanced-fantasy Music by…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 9th “Light” (episode 119)
Aug 10 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 I talk about the delightful work of Nate Treme. Check out his work here https://natetreme.com/ Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere.…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 8th “Shade” (episode 118)
Aug 8 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Featuring a bit of Dave “dPercentile” Aldridge love and an except from Merrie Melodies classic Robin Hood Daffy directed by Chuck Jones. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 7th “Couple” (episode 117)
Aug 7 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2020 I read through a blog post by Chris McDowall on 2 player co-op Electric Bastionland https://www.bastionland.com/2020/04/collaborative-bastionland.html Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 6th “Forest” (episode 116)
Aug 6 • 2 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Into the trees. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 5th “Tribute” (episode 115)
Aug 5 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Just a big thank you to all the great folks in the RPG community. Roleplay Rescue links: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/microburst-the-walker-testimony/id1445080932?i=1000487141887…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 4th “Vision” (episode 114)
Aug 4 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 I chat about Troika! and Jean Giraud AKA Moebius. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —-…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 3rd “Thread” or Purple Worm Rider part 2 (episode 113)
Aug 3 • 15 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Featuring messages from Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Safer of Safer Fantasy Crafting. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 2nd “Change” (episode 112)
Aug 2 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2020 August 1st “Beginning” (episode 111)
Aug 1 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2020 Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
Purple Worm Rider (episode 110)
Aug 1 • 20 min
Inspired by recent episodes of Purple Worm, Roleplay Rescue and Safer Fantasy Crafting, I go off on a gaming philosophy ramble. Do I make any sense? I’ll let you decide. Featuring call-ins from Jason Connerley of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Evil Jeff of…
Tangentially Speaking (episode 109)
Jul 25 • 24 min
No call-ins. It’s all me, baby! A little bit about what I’ve been up to, listening to Safer Fantasy Crafting, other-world immersion, calling-in to other podcasts, chatting with Rob AKA Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi, Scott “Loney…
Calls for Clarity and Further Confusion (episode 108)
Jul 6 • 21 min
I respond to a bunch of call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Arlen Walker of Live from Pellam’s Wasteland, John Alan Large of RDD RPG, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Rob AKA Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi. Jason…
Words & Scoundrel (episode 107)
Jun 29 • 28 min
I have few call-ins about the last couple of episodes from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Karl Rodriguez. I then share my initial impressions of a session zero with Arlen Walker…
Yes, But What Does it Mean? (episode 106)
Jun 23 • 37 min
With the help of an extended message from Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, we both ponder some of the terms I used in episodes 104. Call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and John Alan Large of RDD RPG. The Roadrunner Rules episode of Kevin…
Clichés, Platitudes and Irrationalism (episode 105)
Jun 21 • 22 min
Call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Colin Green of Spikepit, Dr Ludus AKA Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. I create Han Solo for Risus, get schooled by Dr Ludus before I embark on another…
Risus Revisited and Return of the Rambler (episode 104)
Jun 18 • 21 min
Ooo, get me! Proper show notes with references, links and everything! Now all I need is a proper show… Call-ins from Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety cast, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile and Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). I look back at Risus,…
Rules of Three: Numenera, Electric Bastionland and ICRPG (episode 103)
Jun 8 • 23 min
Kicking off with call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, new caller Karl Rodriguez and Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings. This is followed by a bunch of ramblings about the rules of games I’m playing in. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find…
Ninth World Order - Playing Numenera (episode 102)
May 30 • 22 min
Yay! It’s KOTB’s first birthday today but it’s business as usual. Some great call-ins from Lonely Adventurer of Camping With Owlbears, Josh Beckelhiemer of JB Publishing, Darren “RFED” Green and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. I chat about…
The Player Gets Captured By The Game (episode 101)
May 27 • 41 min
Kicking off season 3 with a whole host of call-ins. Featuring Colin “Spikepit” Green, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, John Alan Large of RDD RPG, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Roy of Chaoses…
My Podcast Weighs a Ton!
May 21 • 48 min
It’s finally here! Episode 100. A host of call-ins for Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Julz Burgisser of Julz from NZ, Roy of Chaoses Limb, Goblin’s Henchman and Jason of Nerd’s…
Jungle & Other Bizness
May 9 • 25 min
A few call-ins from Roy of Chaoses Limb, Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks and Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Podcast. I “review” April and the Extraordinary World directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci and talk about Barney Dickery…
How Am I Not Myself? (plus a little Electric Bastionland goodness)
May 2 • 19 min
An unsurprising unboxing, call-ins from Goblin’s Henchman and Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast a bit of rambling about acting vs. roleplaying. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts “Warning” by Lieren of…
We All Fall Down
Apr 26 • 23 min
A few more call-ins from Colin “Spikepit” Green, Shandy Andy of Unguarded Treasure and John Alan Large of RDD RPG, followed by an extra helping of murder death kill. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts…
Flogging a Dead Elf
Apr 20 • 18 min
Answering calls from John Alan Large of RDD RPG, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Jason Connerly of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Conrad Kinch of Send Three and Fourpence. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts…
Game of Death
Apr 15 • 10 min
Just responding to call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile and Joe Richter or Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts “Warning” by Lieren of…
CSI: Dark Sun
Apr 14 • 12 min
A brief episode about a brief encounter with call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, and Rob AKA Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts…
Death By OSR
Apr 13 • 19 min
I answer a few call-ins from Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Colin “Spikepit” Green before sharing my feelings on what I consider to be my first truly OSR…
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Apr 9 • 25 min
Just catching up with some call-ins from Lonely Adventurer of Camping With Owlbears, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Colin “Spikepit” Green, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. Music by Timothy J. Drennon.…
O Bastion! My Bastion! (Into the Odd & Electric Bastionland)
Apr 2 • 15 min
I respond to a couple of call-ins from Dave Alridge of dPercentile and Cody M of No Save For You and The Tentacled Tumble Weeds before talking about a few early thoughts on the setting of Chris McDowall’s Into The Odd and Electric Bastionland. Music by…
Reflections (Back Catalogue, The Black Hack and Bath Water)
Mar 29 • 18 min
In a reflective mood, I answer a couple of calls from Joe Richter of Hidesightless and Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, talk about recent Black Hack sessions and take a little bath. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at…
Iso-Cubed
Mar 24 • 28 min
Just trying to stay sane by answering a few calls from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at…
The Bastion Social 001 (Electric Bastionland)
Mar 18 • 54 min
Something a little different. Big thanks to Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus podcast for joining me in creating a couple of characters for Chris McDowell’s Electric Bastionland… with extra sausage! Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at…
The World as Will and Reiteration
Mar 13 • 25 min
Another call-in show regarding the last couple of episodes. Featuring Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Menion (AKA Rob) of Confessions of a Tim’rous Bushi and Che Webster of…
A Certain Special Something
Mar 10 • 32 min
Dave Aldridge of dPercentile becomes something of cohost on this one thanks to a hoard of messages. Also featuring call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Menion of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi…
The Cast of Many Things
Mar 4 • 24 min
Essentially, I answer a bunch of call-ins from Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing, Jason of Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Colin “Spikepit” Green, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Conrad Kinch of Send Three and Fourpence and Goblin’s Henchman. We…
Don’t Talk to Me About Heroes
Feb 26 • 29 min
A whole heap of call-ins for Josh Beckelhimer of JB Publishing, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Goblin’s Henchman, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Colin Green of Spikepit RPG Podcast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Menion…
The Raincast (A Malodorous Borderlands Joint)
Feb 22 • 18 min
Here’s something a little different. Something of a joint production by myself and T. J. Drennon of Malodorous Miasma Meltdown. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts “Warning” by Lieren of Updates from the…
There and Feedback Again
Feb 20 • 30 min
A whole bunch of call-ins from Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Goblin’s Henchman and Julz Burgisser of Jewels From NZ. Special mentions: Jeremy “FrothSof”…
Going for Gold (The Gauntlet’s Trophy Kickstarter)
Feb 8 • 45 min
Hey there! Kicking things off with some great call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) before launching into a lengthy overview of Trophy Gold, part of The…
To 5e, or Not to 5e? (D&D ponderings and more)
Jan 23 • 32 min
Basically, me responding to some great call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Rob C of Down in a Heap, Colin “Spikepit” Green, Josh Becklehimer of J.B. Publishing, Barney of Loco Ludus, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries and T. J. Drennon of…
Sinister Secret of Salty Spencer
Jan 20 • 31 min
More call-ins about the OSR from Colin “Spikepit ” Green, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Goblin’s Henchman, Chicagowiz of The Dungeon Master’s Handbook Podcast and ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). The return of Controversy Corner or…
Let Me Clear My Throat (OSR call and response)
Jan 14 • 33 min
Lots of great feedback from the likes of Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Colin “Spikepit” Green (I think), Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe, Josh Brockelhimer of JB…
Mommy, What’s an OSR?
Jan 6 • 21 min
Illinformed ramblings regarding the nature of the OSR inspired by Pandatheist recent blog post https://boneboxchant.wordpress.com/2019/12/25/20-osr-games/ and a conversation with Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast. Featuring call-ins from Colin “Spikepit”…
Merry Unboxingday & a Happy New Year
Jan 1 • 13 min
Call-ins from Josh Beckelhimer of J.B. Publishing, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, John Large of The Red Dice Diaries, Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe. Me feeling sorry for myself plus an unboxing. Music…
Black Hack Recap
Dec 24, 2019 • 23 min
Call-ins from Michael “Chicagowiz” Shorten of Dungeon Master’s Handbook, Josh Beckelhimer of J.B. Publishing, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere. I reflect on recent sessions…
Back and Forth
Dec 18, 2019 • 20 min
Call-ins from Dr. Ludus and Barney of Loco Ludus, Goblin’s Henchman, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings. Plus a pithy film review. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts…
Catch Up as Catch Up Can
Dec 15, 2019 • 30 min
Another one that’s all over the place. Just trying to play catch up. Call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Colin ”Spikepit” Green, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries and Andy Goodman of Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks. Some clarification, a…
Emergent Complexity
Dec 2, 2019 • 17 min
A couple of call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Colin “Spikepit” Green. After listening to Tom Barbalet’s My Rules Are Better, I contemplate how the Anchorite community might look to the uninitiated which lead to some thoughts regarding the…
Jason Lives!
Nov 29, 2019 • 13 min
A couple of call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and Colin “Spikepit” Green then I catch up with the remaining thoughts from Jason concerning my back catalogue. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts…
D&D, indeed!
Nov 27, 2019 • 14 min
Call-ins from Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Colin “Spikepit” Green and John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries. There’s also an unboxing of my first D&D 5E purchase. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at…
Fear and Trembling
Nov 25, 2019 • 17 min
Featuring call-ins from Colin “Spikepit” Green and Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Podcast, an overview of The Shivering Circle and thoughts about Hammer Horror gaming. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact…
Revenge of the Nerd’s
Nov 23, 2019 • 22 min
Responding to call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries and Pete Jones of Dragons are Real. Mostly talking about my recent Black…
ICRPG Xeno Dead Zone - Another Bug Hunt
Nov 20, 2019 • 17 min
Call-ins from Jason and Matty of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Pete Jones of Dragons Are Real, Cody M. from No Save For You and Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame. I talk about a recent Roll20 session playing ICRPG Xeno Dead Zone. Plus a…
Halfway to Highmire
Nov 17, 2019 • 20 min
A few call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Barney of Loco Ludus followed by thoughts regarding my recent on-line session of The Black Hack 2E run by Dave “dPercentile” Aldridge. Music by Timothy…
Jason and the After Thoughts
Nov 14, 2019 • 20 min
Another Jason response episode. Call-ins from Jason (obviously) of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Ivy the Happy Whisk and Joe Richter of Hindsiteless and Weal or Woe. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me…
The Arena of the Unwell
Nov 12, 2019 • 25 min
This one is all over the place. It all goes a bit gonzo. There’s a bit of history, a bit of Paranoia, some Into the Odd and plenty of wheezing. Call-ins from RFED and Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at…
Jason Takes the Podcast
Oct 30, 2019 • 14 min
Just ticking a few of Jason’s call-ins off the to-do-list. Featuring Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast. Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice…
Unsung Heroes (AAA)
Oct 27, 2019 • 17 min
So, this is the last episode of Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month wherein I talk about Patrick Dowling, creator of the BBC show The Adventure Game. There’s a mystery unboxing and a few call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Listen of Updates From…
More on Lemuria
Oct 23, 2019 • 18 min
Some more about playing Barbarians of Lemuria. Call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Ivy The Happy Whisk, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and The Mysterious Brother Tyler M of A 20sided Life. Get the trifold edition of Osseous at…
The Play’s The Thing (AAA)
Oct 21, 2019 • 9 min
My first foray into online play with Barbarians of Lemuria. Get the trifold edition of Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=184r9bvk0KxZ6xkjAAMmKzQXayFSxoB7v Music by Timothy J. Drennon. Find his Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/TJD/posts Contact…
Further Thoughts
Oct 13, 2019 • 17 min
Call-in from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere and Evil Jeff of Minions and Musings lead to further thoughts regarding the subject of labels. The Farrier’s Bellows…
Risus & RoleGate (AAA)
Oct 11, 2019 • 22 min
It’s Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. A call-in from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast and his recommendation of listening to the S. John Ross interview from the What am I Rolling? podcast https://www.wairpodcast.com/episodes/tag/S.+John+Ross inspired…
Ironing Out Osseous (AAA)
Oct 9, 2019 • 24 min
It’s Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. Call-ins from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin “Spikepit” Green. Colin helps me to see the folly of my ways. Get Osseous at…
Gratuitous Osseous (AAA)
Oct 7, 2019 • 16 min
It’s Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. A call-in from Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast then I talk about what I was aiming for with Osseous. Get Osseous at https://drive.google.com/open?id=12s9lW_GtzldsuoJHtaj1rgsjdzebVJ_K Free Thrall Theme and Arneson…
Feedback and a Little More Osseous (AAA)
Oct 4, 2019 • 22 min
It’s Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month. This is basically a call-ins catch up. Some fantastic messages from Joe Richter of Hindsighless and Weal or Woe, Darren “Rfed” Green, James Done of Those Feckin’ Books, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries,…
Arneson & Osseous (AAA)
Oct 1, 2019 • 13 min
The first day of Anchorites Appreciate Arneson Month and I’ve made a thing, a generic 2d6 rules-light system called Osseous (which I think I fail to mention in the actual episode). Get Osseous - A 2D6 System at…
Great Gonzo and Morality in Marvel Movies
Sep 30, 2019 • 23 min
I started talking and this came out. Largely unedited to give you an idea of how the magic happens, or doesn’t happen, as the case may be. A bit about Thundarr the Barbarian, some stuff about Marvel movies, a slight return to controversy corner and shout…
The Feedback Bumper Pack
Sep 23, 2019 • 33 min
Wow! So much great feedback. Special guest stars: Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Jeff Collyer from Tome of All Dooms, John Alan Large of The Red Dice Diaries, Jason of Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast, Winston Crutchfield of 5 Minutes of Prayer, Lieren of Updates…
Nogs, Clangers & Saggy Cloth Cats
Sep 19, 2019 • 11 min
An Oliver Postgate special. Thanks to Colin “Spikepit” Green for his suggestion. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
Paradigm of Animals
Sep 14, 2019 • 24 min
Welcome to season two. Featuring my idea for a setting without humans, my thoughts no The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and a whole bunch of Colin “Spikepit” Green. Free Thrall Theme by Timothy J Drennon. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —-…
Season One Finale: The Great British Goof-off
Sep 7, 2019 • 29 min
Apart from the top and tail, this is an episode constructed entirely of hand picked bits and bobbins from season one of Keep Off the Borderlands. This is just a bunch of stuff that I found entertaining, context be damned! You have been warned. Special…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 31st “Last”
Aug 31, 2019 • 12 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Lieren plus many thanks and congratulations to all involved and even my daughter chips in. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 30th “Connection”
Aug 30, 2019 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52). A bit about the wonders of the modern age and the similarity of some early RPG mechanics. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 29th “Evolve”
Aug 29, 2019 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - On the origin of s̶p̶e̶c̶i̶e̶s̶ RPGs. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 28th “Love”
Aug 28, 2019 • 11 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Jason, TJ of Melodorous Miasma, ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) and Colin “Spikepit” Green. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 27th “Suspense”
Aug 27, 2019 • 9 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Lieren and I talk cliffhangers. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 26th “Idea”
Aug 26, 2019 • 12 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Jason, Joe Richter of Hindsightless, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, ShandyAndy of Unguarded Treasure (B52) and Colin “Spikepit” Green. Thanks to Matt “Random” Jackson and Norbert Matausch, I actually have something to say…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 25th “Calamity”
Aug 25, 2019 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Cody M of No Save for You and Joe Richter of Hindsightless. I can only apologise for today’s episode. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 24th “Triumph”
Aug 24, 2019 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Wherein I dispel the myth that I have any kind musical talent. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 23rd “Surprise”
Aug 23, 2019 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Zero prep. Talk to find out. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 22nd “Lost”
Aug 22, 2019 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue and Lieren. I talk about the TV show Lost and the merits of fan theory. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 21st “Vast”
Aug 21, 2019 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Colin “Spikepit” Green and a wee ramble through a vast topic. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 20th “Noble”
Aug 20, 2019 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Reading “High Folk” from Unlikely Heroes: A supplement for OSR games by Nordic Weasel Games. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 19th “Scary”
Aug 19, 2019 • 5 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - My idea for a fear mechanic. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 18th “Plenty”
Aug 18, 2019 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - There’s plenty to say about one page dungeons. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August “One”
Aug 17, 2019 • 5 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Lieren. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 16th “Dream”
Aug 16, 2019 • 5 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Joe of Hindsightless. A reading and a brief guest appearance. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 15th “Door”
Aug 15, 2019 • 8 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from John Large of The Red Dice Diaries. When is a door not a door? Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 14th “Guide”
Aug 14, 2019 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Lieren and Che of Roleplay Rescue. A little ramble about rule books and who to follow. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 13th “Mystery”
Aug 13, 2019 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Awesome call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin “Spikepit” Green. Here’s a little preview of my setting idea that, thanks to my lack of progress, may never see the light of day. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 12th “Friendship”
Aug 12, 2019 • 8 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Lieren. I talk about the wonderful Anchorite community (eventually). Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 11th “Examine”
Aug 11, 2019 • 5 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. I talk about the fun of mystery solving. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 10th “Focus”
Aug 10, 2019 • 8 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin “Spikepit” Green. I talk about my lack of focus. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 9th “Critical”
Aug 9, 2019 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Colin “Spikepit” Green. I talk crit tables of Rolemaster and MERP. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 8th “Obscure”
Aug 8, 2019 • 10 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings and a “brief” overview of Obscure Adventures by Richardo Esteves. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 7th “Familiar”
Aug 7, 2019 • 7 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Call-ins from Evil Jeff of Minions & Musings, Lieren and the return of Paranoia. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 6th “Ancient”
Aug 6, 2019 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Not feeling it but doing it anyway. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 5th “Space”
Aug 5, 2019 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Joe Richter of Hindsightless and me banging on about how great Alien is again! Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 4th “Share”
Aug 4, 2019 • 3 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Oversharing, perhaps. Special thanks to Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 3rd “Engage”
Aug 3, 2019 • 8 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - A call-in from Colin “Spikepit” Green. Special thanks to Joe Richter of Hindsightless and Lieren of Updated From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message:…
RPGaDAY 2019 August 2nd “Unique”
Aug 2, 2019 • 6 min
#RPGaDAY2019 - Paranoia and a little help from Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
RPGaDAY 2019 August 1st “First”
Aug 1, 2019 • 4 min
#RPGaDAY 2019 - I thought I’d give it a go. A Call-in from Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere. Contact me at spencer.freethrall@gmail.com —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
Bonus Solo Gaming List
Jul 31, 2019 • 5 min
That’s right, it’s the boring list I warned you about! —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
I Think We’re Alone Now
Jul 31, 2019 • 31 min
I kick off responding to a call from Colin “Spikepit” Green regarding the d20 before getting onto the main topic of solo play. Inspired by last episode’s call from John Large of The Red Dice Diaries, essentially, me speaking about Kenny Norris of…
The Basics
Jul 28, 2019 • 26 min
A brief history of Basic Dungeons & Dragons. Featuring call-ins from Joe of Weal or Woe, RFED, Lieren of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere, Colin “Spikepit” Green, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Jeremy “FrothSof” Smith of Thought Eater and John Alan…
Questions, Questions, Questions
Jul 25, 2019 • 24 min
Just some odds and ends I threw together. Basically, a veiled plea for feedback. A call for recommendations of adventures for solo play, your thoughts on the d20 and what’s your favourite version of Basic Dungeons & Dragons (including OD&D)? Call-ins from…
Help! Help! I’m Being Repressed!
Jul 17, 2019 • 39 min
Theme by Melodorous Miasma. Call-ins from The Lone Star GM, Dave Aldridge of dPercentile, John Alan Large from Red Dice Diaries, Joe of Weal or Woe, Colin “Spikepit” Green and Ivy The Happy Whisk. I talk about the recent Guardian article amongst of…
Bonus Wellbeing Minisode (Pipedream)
Jul 14, 2019 • 6 min
Some thoughts on Positive Psychology inspired by Che Webster’s Roleplay Rescue Season 3 Episode 12: Being Top of Your Game. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
Being and Time Bandits
Jul 11, 2019 • 33 min
Featuring call-ins from Frothsof of the Thought Eater podcast, Joe of Weal or Woe, Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue, Ivy The Happy Whisk and Colin “Spikepit” Green. A bit of a ramble about Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and Brazil, Chris McDowall’s Into the…
Call-ins, Call-ins, Call-ins and the Possibility of Play
Jun 29, 2019 • 22 min
Call-ins from Ivy The Happy Whisk, Joe of Weal or Woe, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Ray Otus of Plundergrounds and Che Webster of Roleplay Rescue. Dave Aldridge of dpercentile, Colin “Spikepit” Green and Frothsof the Thought Eater also…
Bonus “Mystery” Unboxing
Jun 26, 2019 • 10 min
Spoilers: It’s Dan Sell’s insanely delightful Troika! Numinous Edition. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
What to Make of the Southern Reach Trilogy
Jun 24, 2019 • 30 min
So, this is where all the content’s been hiding. Just look at these show notes! Featuring messages from Frank Turfler of Frank T’s Liner Notes, Ivy the Happy Whisk, Colin Green of Spikepit, Lieren of Updates from the Middle of Nowhere, Evil Jeff, Frothsof…
Bonus Boundaries Minisode
Jun 22, 2019 • 5 min
Inspired by Lieren’s Mental Health Thursday episode 44 of Updates From the Middle of Nowhere, I made some brief notes. To spare her a bunch of messages from me and risk turning her podcast into The Spencer Show, I thought I’d put them here. —- Send in a…
The Pip System Dadcast
Jun 18, 2019 • 19 min
This is an overview of Third Eye Games’ Pip System by Eloy Lasanta. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
Movies Movies Movies
Jun 14, 2019 • 21 min
Call-ins, callbacks and top 5 movies. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
Bonus Black Hack Black Box Unboxing
Jun 10, 2019 • 5 min
An audio unboxing of interest to nobody other than myself and I’m not even sure if I’d want to listen to it. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
That Difficult Third Podcast
Jun 10, 2019 • 16 min
Yay, a little bit of gaming stuff. A bit about Necrotic Gnome’s Old-School Essentials, Free League’s Alien RPG and whole bunch of rambling about community. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
Attack Of The Podcast
Jun 6, 2019 • 12 min
There’s even some gaming stuff in this one… sort of. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message
A Wild Podcast Appears!
May 31, 2019 • 8 min
Episode one. Session zero. A trailer, a test and a little bit of background. —- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/free-thrall/message