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The UK's Premier RPG Podcast

The UK's Premier RPG Podcast

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United Kingdom

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The UK's Premier RPG Podcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Jonathan Tweet – Everway Interview

2/23/2021
Episode 138 - Jonathan Tweet - Everway Interview(aka Right Turn Clyde) Good friend of the show and veteran game designer Jonathan Tweet returns to talk to the lads about the 25th Anniversary Edition of Everyway, his diceless mythic roleplaying game. There's also chat on Over the Edge, Ars Magica, Glorantha and where Magic the Gathering came from! If you want to know more about the Kickstarter you can find this here, the game looks gorgeous now and is well worth a look. If you dig actual...

Duration:01:05:39

Francesco Nepitello Interview

2/17/2021
Episode 137 - Francesco Nepitello Interview(aka You're My Sam Gamgee) This time, internationally recognised game designer Francesco Nepitello joins the lads to talk about the upcoming second edition of The One Ring. He is an author of roleplaying games and thematic board games, like Lex Arcana, Zombicide: Chronicles and Age of Conan, reaching international recognition with War of the Ring - and uses this experience to inform a new TOR edition. If you want to know more about the Kickstarter...

Duration:00:56:48

Baz is Back

2/10/2021
Episode 136 - Baz is Back(aka What Are You Playing?) After his forced absence, enjoying listening to the show for a short while, our Baz is back in the office and talking games. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always...

Duration:01:00:09

Role+Play+Game

1/24/2021
Episode 135 - Role+Play+Game(aka I Want to Roll Dice in the First Half Hour) Due to the plague, the lads have drafted in a Stunt Baz for this episode, but it's a goodie! Guy Milner off of the Burn After Running blog joins Gaz to talk about rolling dice and all elements of the Roll plus Game plus Playing hobby. Some top tips on using dice in your games and what to think about before you even start. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get...

Duration:01:00:32

Final Podcast

12/21/2020
Episode 134 - Final Podcast ...of the Year(aka D&D Doesn't Work for 10 Players Online) It's nearly time for the year Mad Max takes place, but as we drive on fumes for the end of 2020, the lads get Mat Hart from Steamforged games along to talk about the state of the hobby, Kickstarters in a curious year, his new Epic Encounters and the trials and tribulations of gaming online. With some added tentative hopes for the future sprinkled in. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules,...

Duration:01:10:26

Skills

11/27/2020
Episode 133 - Skills(aka Show Me Your Penumbra) The lads talk skills. Have we got them, do we need them, where did it all start and has it gone horribly wrong? From the good old days of 8% in detect / disarm traps, to the feat and abilities, what use are skills in RPGs, if any? If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail:...

Duration:00:58:54

Jon Hodgson Interview

11/8/2020
Episode 132 - Jon Hodgson Interview(aka Some of These People Have a Strong Throwing Arm) The lads talk to home-grown talent and head of Handiwork Games, Jon Hodgson. From his great work as artist and art director on The One Ring, to writing, game design with his 9 year old, and many other hats, this wide-ranging discussion covers writing, designing, art in games and more! (Including Frankish kings and their bee fetish.) If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new...

Duration:01:01:57

It’s a Kind of Magic

10/30/2020
Episode 131 - It's a Kind of Magic (aka Have You Spelled it Right?) Magical energies suffuse the 'cast this time as the lads discuss magic in gaming. Sure, you can have mystical power, but at what price? How have the different iterations of D&D handled magic and did they get it right? All this and more awaits your summoning spell. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook:...

Duration:00:58:51

King Arthur Pendragon

10/18/2020
Episode 130 - King Arthur Pendragon (aka Can You Play From the Perspective of a Horse?) Good friend of the show and line developer of King Arthur Pendragon, David Larkins returns, to reveal what's been going on at Chaosium with the latest edition on KAP, how the company is doing in new normal and new kickstarter about an old product. An increased focus on honour as well as glory, refined rules, new art and more are revealed. Roll for the Winter Phase and see if your wife, and more...

Duration:00:56:46

Fights Too

9/29/2020
Episode 129 - Fights Too (aka The World's Most Complicated Initiative System) Back by popular request, both of the show's glorious listeners got in touch to say they'd like to hear more on fights in RPGs. Well, The Smart Party are here to please. You can discover more for yourself in the links below: If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters:...

Duration:01:07:45

Fights

8/29/2020
Episode 128 - Fights (aka Back in Black) Did you look at my pint funny? Roll for initiative! After a few games of Feng Shui 2 recently, the lads have thought about fights in RPGs. Is it necessary for combats to occur? Do they go on too long? How can you make them more interesting? All this and more, this episode! You can discover more for yourself in the links below: If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear...

Duration:01:02:39

Reviewing GM Advice

8/10/2020
Episode 127 - Reviewing GM Advice (aka "I'm the Unknown Stunt Man") There's plenty of GM advice out there in roleplaying land, but what about advice on the advice? This time on the 'cast, Gaz is joined by the Lee Majors of roleplaying, Dirk the Dice, from the Grognard Files Podcast to discuss sources of GM advice. From the ancient tomes handed down by Gygax himself, to the latest hot takes from blogs and the internet, our scholarly heroes delve into the dungeons to bring out the shimmering...

Duration:01:05:47

One Shots

7/21/2020
Episode 126 - One Shots (aka "All I Need Is One Good Shot") In these times of muchos online play, virtual conventions and more, it's worth taking time to reflect on how to put together a decent one shot game and tips on playing or running. This time Gaz and Stunt Baz (Guy) talk through some expert advice on setting up your one shot games, garnered from many years of trial and error. Join the lads as they lay out what to do with your one shot slots, whether as a first timer or older hand...

Duration:01:07:59

Beautiful RPGs

7/13/2020
Episode 125 - Beautiful RPGs (aka "Am I Baz's Stunt Double?") Who doesn't like an aesthetically pleasing book? "Sexy" RPGs (not in that way) lure in players like a moth to a flame. But is it all form over function. Guest presenter Guy Milner joins Gaz to talk through a top ten beauty parade of RPGs, highlights merits and occasionally flaws of their favourites, as well as honourable mentions for dessert. Come peruse the aural landscape and appreciate fine art. You can get more Hot Guy Action...

Duration:01:02:46

Negotiating D&D

6/21/2020
Episode 124 - Negotiating D&D (aka "Nicole, please don't @ me") There's more than one way round a problem, and this week the gents are joined by Dmitry Grozoubinski - an expert in negotiation and trade - to discuss how GMs and players can negotiate a session. The role of NPCs in a session, giving players what they want, the role of streaming games and the wealth of players on Reddit are discussed, among many interesting topics. You can follow Dmitry on Twitter, and for non-gaming related...

Duration:01:10:22

Swords & Sorcery

6/12/2020
Episode 123 - Swords & Sorcery (aka I'm Oiling My Thews) Conan cares not for your so-called lock down foul sorcerer. Oil up your shanks, dream of rubies the size of a pigeon's egg and climb the tower of set - it's time for a discussion of Conan and associated stories. The lads have been playing through some adventures set in the land of pulp sword and sorcery with good friends of the show Mat from Steamforged Games, and Rich August, a writer on much of the 2d20 Conan game line. Come one,...

Duration:00:48:17

Burnout

5/15/2020
Episode 122 - Burnout (aka It's Not Me, It's You) The global pandemic is biting and it's entirely possible folk are getting a little run down. This time the lads talk through burnout. What is it and what can be done? Are you just fed up for now and need a break, or is there something different going on? Settle into your favourite quiet space dear listeners, and let the old hands give you some words of advice. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty...

Duration:01:03:25

System Matters Too

4/27/2020
Episode 121 - System Matters Too (aka Systems Are Doing it for Themselves?) The lads have been in lockdown and gaming like daemons. Gaming ones. This has given them exposure to new systems, allowed them to stress test some old ones, jaw about the comparisons between them and even think about what system are for. Dive on in and get the pithy answer to the eternal question "Does system matter?". Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters:...

Duration:00:54:35

Online Gaming Advice

3/26/2020
Episode 120 - Online Gaming Advice (aka Can You Hear Me?) Everywhere is on lockdown, but where there's challenge, there's opportunity. Baz and Gaz talk through the mysteries and vagaries of taking your RPGs online. How do you even get started? Where do you go to find a game? Why is everyone wearing headphones? Find out the answers to theses and many other question in this episode. Here's are some useful links, talked about in the show: Google Hangouts Microsoft Teams Discord Zoom Roll20...

Duration:01:02:49

Spring is Sprung

3/8/2020
Episode 119 - Spring is Sprung (aka Stop Saying Things, He Keeps Drawing Clocks) The daffodils are bursting out the ground, it is (was) GM's Day, and there's lots of great gaming to talk about and emergent top tips in the making. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Duration:01:08:23