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Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when D&D came in a single box? When rules were there to be guided by the Dungeon master, not in control of him? Where extrapolation was king and fun was the major goal of any adventure? Those days have returned! As with the very title of the podcast, one can imagine dangerous dungeons, Wiley Non-Player Characters, and monsters that might just be able to kill your character regardless of your level? Save or Die podcast intends to cover them all, from the first box set of 1974 to the last of the 1990s box sets. If its Dungeons & Dragons and came in a box, we’ll talk about it. Our fearless Dungeon Masters will regale listeners with tales of past events and future possibilities. Magic, Monsters, and Mayhems will abound as we delve into the ideas of light rules and heavy role-playing!

Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when D&D came in a single box? When rules were there to be guided by the Dungeon master, not in control of him? Where extrapolation was king and fun was the major goal of any adventure? Those days have returned! As with the very title of the podcast, one can imagine dangerous dungeons, Wiley Non-Player Characters, and monsters that might just be able to kill your character regardless of your level? Save or Die podcast intends to cover them all, from the first box set of 1974 to the last of the 1990s box sets. If its Dungeons & Dragons and came in a box, we’ll talk about it. Our fearless Dungeon Masters will regale listeners with tales of past events and future possibilities. Magic, Monsters, and Mayhems will abound as we delve into the ideas of light rules and heavy role-playing!
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Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when D&D came in a single box? When rules were there to be guided by the Dungeon master, not in control of him? Where extrapolation was king and fun was the major goal of any adventure? Those days have returned! As with the very title of the podcast, one can imagine dangerous dungeons, Wiley Non-Player Characters, and monsters that might just be able to kill your character regardless of your level? Save or Die podcast intends to cover them all, from the first box set of 1974 to the last of the 1990s box sets. If its Dungeons & Dragons and came in a box, we’ll talk about it. Our fearless Dungeon Masters will regale listeners with tales of past events and future possibilities. Magic, Monsters, and Mayhems will abound as we delve into the ideas of light rules and heavy role-playing!

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Episodes

Side Adventure 13: Yes, they are back, finally!

8/10/2018
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Woooohoooo! The side adventures are back, finally! Back by popular demand! Join DM Carl and guest host DM Courtney on a new side adventure. As they discuss the benefits and disadvantages of two adverse stiles of play. Theatre of the mind vs terrain & miniatures. They’ll talk about their experiences, preferences and suggestions on usingRead More

Duration:00:45:00

Adventure 144 – SAVE VS. BACK TO BASIX

4/24/2018
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Join The Save or Die Immortal Edition cast with guest host Jonathan Westmoreland as we take a look at the fanzine Back to BasiX from Throwi Games. We examine the creatures, treasures, and candor of this new fanzine for all things basic. Back to Basix http://throwigames.com Spa Con: Jonathan Westmoreland runs the RPG portion ofRead More

Duration:01:16:49

Adventure 143 – 1991 Black Box Edition

3/31/2018
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The Save or Die Immortal Edition crew are back with D&D in a box that has never been on the show before. Chrispy and Carl discuss the good, bad and ugly of the board game shaped 1991 Black Box D&D. How does it compare to the basic sets of the 80s? How does it compareRead More

Duration:01:07:33

Adventure 142 – Strongholds

1/13/2018
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Save or Die returns after a long winter’s slumber to bring you more pulse pounding Classic D&D Action! This episode we talk about how to ease in stronghold building and name level into your classic D&D games and ways to tie characters to the game world with tangible rewards that focus on engaging them intoRead More

Duration:00:42:47

Adventure 141 – GAZ 4 The Kingdom of Ierendi

11/3/2017
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Carl and Chrispy are back with a return to an established Save or Die favorite the Gazetteer series with a long-anticipated review of GAZ 4: The Kingdom of Ierendi. Is this Island Paradise a vacation destination from your mundane campaign, or does it stink like a raw fish left out too long and a paneRead More

Duration:00:50:05

Adventure 140 – Undead!

9/28/2017
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The Save or Die Immortal Edition rises from the grave this month to revisit a most chilling topic: Undead! We get a little off topic while getting to know each other, touching on critical hits and fumbles and odd left-over bits from Chainmail. We shine the spot light on Vampires and Liches and how youRead More

Duration:00:59:28

Adventure 139 – Class Act: Clerics

8/11/2017
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Welcome everyone, to the Save or Die Podcast, Immortal Edition! Join the hosts this week as they dive right back into the swing of things, never missing a beat. They continue along with the Class Acts shows, focusing on Clerics. Learn about the history of the Cleric class, is a vampire slayer? a Priest? orRead More

Duration:01:29:15

Adventure 138 – North Texas RPG Con 2017

8/3/2017
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DM James, DM Glen, and TM Erik are back with a report on the sights, sounds and fun at the North Texas RPG Con 2017. Listen in as we describe the great OSR guests, marvelous merchants and fun and exciting gameplay at this 4-day event, one of the premier Old’ School RPG Conventions in theRead More

Duration:01:16:05

Adventure 137 – Class Act: Halflings

6/1/2017
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In Adventure #137 the DMs James, Glen and TM Erik look at the Halfling class for D&D, then it’s on to a discussion of the BECMI Skill System – the pluses, minuses and why it’s preferable to Weapon Mastery. Next up we discuss the pitfall known as The Railroad, how to avoid it and especiallyRead More

Duration:01:10:58

Adventure 136 – Blueholme Sweet Holmes

5/16/2017
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You CAN go Holmes again, and then some!, DM Glen, and TM Erik are joined by Michael Thomas (creator of Blueholme, a great D&D Holmes clone) as they talk about his recent expansion, Bluehome Journeymanne Rules. An expansion of the original Prentice Rules, The SoDders discuss how this expands the game, filling in some neededRead More

Duration:00:42:58

Adventure 135 – Freebooters!

4/21/2017
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Hoist the colors, because DM James, DM Glen, and TM Erik are setting sails on the high seas as they review Freebooters, published by Night Owl Workshop! More than just a stand-alone nautical RPG written in the style of ’74 fantasy roleplaying, the three ol’ grogs delve fifty fathoms deep to where X marks theRead More

Duration:00:36:31

Adventure 134 – Class Act: Elves

4/6/2017
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DM James, DM Glen, and TM Erik talk about those pointy-eared tree huggers: Elves! The three old grogs talk about how to add a little spice to your immortal spell-slingers and go beyond the traditional Fighter/Magic-User mix-up that are basic race-as-class elves. From the alien mindset of elves to their unique take on magic andRead More

Duration:01:02:41

Adventure 133 – Class Act: Thieves!

3/27/2017
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Class Act: Thieves In this episode DM James and DM Glen slip into back stab position to talk about B/X Thieves in all their incarnations! We start by talking about what makes a thief unique from other classes as well as their place in an adventuring party, then they get devious as they discuss howRead More

Duration:00:49:16

Adventure 132: Hack & Slash

1/23/2017
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The new crew is back for you! In Adventure 132 we’re hacking our way through classic D&D, talking about house rules, rules hacks, and the beautiful elasticity of the game. We give example of common house rules, complete rules overhauls that have their roots in classic D&D, offer advice on making rules modifications at theRead More

Duration:00:49:29

Adventure 131: Swords & Wizardry Light

1/8/2017
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After hovering on Death’s Door for a few rounds, Save or Die continues! Save or Die: Expert Edition bursts on to the scene with Swords & Wizardry Light – an ultralight folio sized incarnation of the flagship Frog God Games fantasy roleplaying game. Join DM James, DM Vince, TM Erik, and DM Glen as theyRead More

Duration:00:52:53

Episode 130: End of the Year Email Hot Tub

12/10/2016
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Taking a break from the cold, your DMigoes once again relax in the Email Hot Tub and catch up on (most) of 2016’s email bag. Discussions about prior shows (especially Jon Peterson’s view on saving throws), gaming stories, and opinions abound in this final Save or Die show for 2016. Relax, enjoy, and we’ll catchRead More

Duration:00:59:44

Episode 129: Save vs. The Hero’s Journey

11/20/2016
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Your favorite SoD-casters are on a journey… The Hero’s Journey that is! Attack of the Clones returns with this new RPG from James Spahn and Barrel Rider Games. Thrills, chills, and Original D&D and 1st edition Ad&D living together, mass hysteria! All this and more awaits you in this episode of the greatest Classic DungeonsRead More

Duration:01:14:30

Episode 128: Save vs. Pacesetter Games

10/18/2016
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We at Save or Die do our best to review the products and companies of the Old School Renaissance, and as part of that effort we invited onto the show Bill Barsh, president of Pacesetter Games and Simulations. Pacesetter was one of the first companies to produce OSR compatible modules and supplements, and we willRead More

Duration:00:55:45

Episode 127: Save vs. Saving Throws

10/8/2016
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The DMigoes at Save or Die are joined by fan fave host and author Jon Peterson to discuss the concept of the ‘saving throw’ as a game mechanic. What does it reflect in game play? What were its origins? Is it vital to Classic D&D play or not? All is revealed this episode! Sites mentionedRead More

Duration:00:57:53

Episode 126: Welcome to Pelinore

9/29/2016
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The DMigoes step off the beaten track this episode — all the way to Old Blighty! TSR published a Dragon magazine for the U.K. in the 1980s called Imagine magazine, and one of its offerings was a Basic-Expert campaign world called Pelinore. Over the course of several articles this world was fleshed out for useRead More

Duration:01:20:18