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You can’t spell Game Master without “pretentious.” Well, you can, actually. But let’s pretend you can’t so I can make a point. My point is a good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as confusing as possible. Oops. I mean engaging, not confusing. More at www.GMWordoftheWeek.com

You can’t spell Game Master without “pretentious.” Well, you can, actually. But let’s pretend you can’t so I can make a point. My point is a good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as confusing as possible. Oops. I mean engaging, not confusing. More at www.GMWordoftheWeek.com

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You can’t spell Game Master without “pretentious.” Well, you can, actually. But let’s pretend you can’t so I can make a point. My point is a good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as confusing as possible. Oops. I mean engaging, not confusing. More at www.GMWordoftheWeek.com

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English


Episodes

Hollow Earth

3/3/2021
Even some of the greatest minds the world has ever known can make mistakes, but when Edmund Halley made his he was only doing the best he could with the information at hand. Aside from not writing down how to pronounce his name, or even spelling it consistently, his biggest mistake was made while trying to explain why two things that should have been relatively fixed points kept moving around. But thank goodness he made that mistake. If he hadn’t, the worlds of fiction and gaming would be...

Duration:00:24:56

The Silver Tree

2/24/2021
The fourth and final part of our series on The Silk Road. It is important to understand the impact of The Silk Road both in its own time and in ours. And few better symbols exist to help us do that than The Silver Tree Fountain of Karakorum. To understand why, you have to put yourself in the shoes of the man who first described it for the Western world. Unfortunately, that man is William of Rubruck and he doesn’t much like anyone. At all. No, sir. Check out our shiny new YouTube Channel....

Duration:00:25:37

Sericulture

2/17/2021
Part three of our series on The Silk Road. It was inevitable, really. Once you mention The Silk Road you practically have to talk about silk. So we will. But, let’s get a few things straight first. Silk was being traded around long before The Silk Road was even a thing. And it wasn’t just the Chinese who were making silk cloth and garments. Really, the story of silk and the Silk Road wasn’t even about silk itself. Sure, people liked silk, but it was the method of production that was the big...

Duration:00:25:04

Horses

2/10/2021
We promised you more about the Silk Road this month and we’ll deliver it. But first, a word about horses. Because really, the whole thing is about horses and the problems China had with their and how everyone else’s horses were better. But especially the Heavenly Horses. So in this episode we discuss why horses are responsible for the whole mess. The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction by James A. Millward: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BBCQROE The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes:...

Duration:00:24:42

Marco Polo

2/3/2021
Marco! Few things in the world have had more influence on the entire world and the way it has developed than the Silk Road. And few people are more responsible for making the world as a whole aware of the Silk Road than Marco Polo thanks to the book he wrote about it. But, what was Marco Polo all about? And, more importantly, what was the book all about? Is it a tale of daring do and high adventure that captivated millions when it came out? Or is it something else entirely? Well, if you are...

Duration:00:23:22

Rabbit

1/27/2021
The third in our three part series on trickster characters: The Rabbit. There are a bunch of things that are rabbits and a bunch of things that look like rabbits but aren’t, so let’s get that cleared up first. Then we can get into the history of the rabbit as a significant character both in history and folklore and xplain why it is the world’s most famous rabbit probably isn’t one. Finally, we’ll discuss why rabbits are both good and bad and how they came to be one of the best Tricksters in...

Duration:00:25:25

Coyote

1/20/2021
Join us for part two of our series on tricksters in folklore and mythology, Coyote. Coyote is a mixed bag of foolishness and cleverness, but his role is important to several cultures, as we’ll show with two stories. In the first, Coyote brings fire down from the mountain. In the second, he gets into trouble. Of course, we couldn’t tell coyote stories without dealing with the most famous member of the species. And finally, you’ll find out what the ‘E’ stands for. So sit back and listen and,...

Duration:00:23:31

Raven

1/13/2021
For reasons which may, or may not, become clear, we’re going to spend the month of January talking a little bit about Tricksters. As loose themes go, this is probably the loosest, but we start with a pair of stories about Ravens. Tying them together is a discussion about smart animals and just what exactly it means to be one. So prepare for mirror tests and mask wearing in this, the first episode of GM Word of the Week for 2021, “Raven” If you like the show and want to help keep it ad free,...

Duration:00:23:36

2020 Holiday Special Part 2

12/30/2020
Happy Holidays! In this part: Microwaves Cochineal Following Eyes Not Tornadoes Yogurt Ester / Esther Nearly an hour of information and entertainment for your holidays. If you’d like to help support GM Word of the Week and get access to more monthly bonus episodes head over to https://www.patreon.com/GMWordoftheWeek.

Duration:00:53:13

2020 Holiday Special Part 1

12/23/2020
Happy Holidays! In this part: Thunderbirds Korea Hand of Glory Maid Marian Kung Fu Films Snow White Nearly an hour of information and entertainment for your holidays. If you’d like to help support GM Word of the Week and get access to more monthly bonus episodes head over to https://www.patreon.com/GMWordoftheWeek.

Duration:00:50:00

Lost Episode 15b

12/16/2020
The second part of our two-part Lost Episode 15 is now ready for your ears. In this: Follies, follies, follies! And also some Ha-has. It’s an exciting time as we go to the deserts of Africa and the gardens of England. If you’d like to help support the show, head to https://www.gmwordoftheweek.com/support and pick your method. We’re happy to have you involved no matter which one you choose.

Duration:00:24:20

Lost Episode 15a

12/9/2020
Welcome to the end of the year. Honestly, we’re as surprised as you are. In fact, we’re so surprised that we’ve been caught a bit off guard and left a lot of things laying around the place. Words mostly. It’s time to get them picked up and put away in an effort to leave this year behind us. But there are so many we can’t do it all in one episode, so we’re going to do two Lost Episodes in a row. No really. This is just the first. Inside you’ll find words about words, words about almost...

Duration:00:24:40

Resolute Desk

12/2/2020
Oh sure, you can sit anywhere you like, but when certain people sit in unexpected places, people will comment. Which is why we’re looking at a very specific desk’s very specific story. Because some folks got all jumpy and you might as well know the story behind the story. So join us on at least two ill-fated explorations and find out what all the fuss is about as we take a close look at the Resolute Desk. Head over to our website at https://www.gmwordoftheweek.com/home and click the yellow...

Duration:00:25:00

Tableware

11/25/2020
We use them everyday, but most of us never stop to really consider the contributions of the knife, fork, and spoon. But we should, because they marked a hallmark change not just in the tools available for feeding ourselves, but also the way we fed ourselves and how we behaved while doing it. You can find Bee Wilson’s book “Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat” at our affiliate link on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2V2BP6Q You can offer you support for No Shave November at...

Duration:00:26:32

Pots and Pans

11/18/2020
This year, as part of our annual Thanksgiving tradition, we’re looking at the things that make the food on our tables possible. We started with ovens in the last episode. So naturally it’s time to look at the pots and pans that go on that oven and help make the foods we like so much happen. From the earliest days we follow right along to the modern times and learn some surprising things along the way about how cooking pots not only changed the way we cooked, but also the things we could...

Duration:00:25:32

Oven

11/4/2020
We enter the month of November eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving. Well, American Thanksgiving at least. And, as we have in the past, we will spend the month looking fondly at the feast. Except, this time, we’re looking at the tools and utensils that get the feast to the table. And to start with, we’ll discuss the most fundamental item of them all when it comes to preparing food, the oven. This month, we’d like to ask you to help support No Shave November and donate any amount you’re...

Duration:00:25:06

Beards

10/28/2020
To end our warm and fuzzy themed month, we’re asking you to help support cancer prevention and research through a donation to No Shave November at https://no-shave.org/team/GM_WotW_Podcast. Thank you. Enjoy the episode.

Duration:00:22:49

Beauty and The Beast

10/21/2020
First off, it’s not a tale as old as time. Other than that, of course, everything is completely totally accurate just as you believe it is. Except it isn’t. No, instead, the story of Beauty and the Beast was about some very different things when it was first written and you just won’t believe your ears when you hear us retell the original version of the story. Support the show you’ve come to know and love by going to https://www.gmwordoftheweek.com/ and clicking the yellow banner at the top...

Duration:00:26:06

Magic Potions

10/14/2020
In our month long pursuit of the warm fuzzies we were reminded of a listener request that definitely fit the bill. The love potion is a frequent contributor to the sort of fantasy adventure in which the participants are expected to participate in a regular comedy of errors. And, who but Shakespeare could be more responsible for such a thing. But in order to understand potions, and particularly love potions, we first have to look at the history and motivations for their use. So let’s do that...

Duration:00:25:13

Sasquatch

10/7/2020
We begin October with a case of the warm fuzzies. See, we used to know a lot about cryptids and cryptozoology. One of our favorites was bigfoot. So, in this episode we’re going to go back in time to our younger selves and regale you with some of the stories about Sasquatch that really captured our imagination back then. Sit back and enjoy. And, if you have enjoyed, please consider supporting the show by going to https://www.gmwordoftheweek.com/home and clicking the yellow banner at the top.

Duration:00:22:38