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Modifier sits down with designers of all stripes and looks at what it takes to make a great game! With a focus on homebrewing and otherwise modifying existing games to meet your storytelling needs, these interviews dig deep into how changing the rules enables better storytelling. Hosted by Meghan Dornbrock.
 
Talking TableTop is a weekly interview style podcast created for tabletop gamers. We talk with industry leaders to find out what makes them tick. Our goal is to celebrate this incredible community of people and offer an avenue for collaboration between ourselves, this community, and those pushing tabletop innovation.
 
The story depicts the lives of mountain people living in the Ozarks and the mystery surrounding an old man called 'The Shepherd of the Hills,' who's called Dad Howitt. The backdrop storyline surrounds the pretty Samantha Lane, called Sammy, and her love of Young Matt, Grant Matthews. The shepherd, an elderly, mysterious, learned man, escapes the buzzing restlessness of the city to live in the backwoods neighborhood of Mutton Hollow in the Ozark hills. (Summary by Wikipedia)
 
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Content Warnings/Trigger Warnings: Kidnapping, guns, stabbings, PDST, violence, gore, body horror, dead bodies, and supernatural horror. Spoilers for the ‘Amidst the ancient trees’ scenario in the Call of Cthulhu Keeper’s Rulebook 7th Edition This week, Fiona joined by Sam and David for ‘Call of Cthulhu’, a horror role-playing game inspired by the …
 
Content Warnings/Trigger Warnings: Kidnapping, guns, stabbings, PDST, violence, gore, body horror, dead bodies, and supernatural horror. Spoilers for the ‘Amidst the ancient trees’ scenario in the Call of Cthulhu Keeper’s Rulebook 7th Edition. This week, Fiona joined by Sam and David for ‘Call of Cthulhu’, a horror role-playing game inspired by the…
 
This week we get weird. I mean that we have gone weird, in the head, and then done the podcast anyway. It is a strange one where we go back to answering questions for a week, sink some boats in the name of love, get angry at hypocritical governments, and make non-straight sexualities overpowered.Brace yourself for a strange thrill ride rife with ba…
 
Content Warnings/Trigger Warnings: Kidnapping, guns, stabbings, PDST, violence, gore, body horror, dead bodies, and supernatural horror. Spoilers for the ‘Amidst the ancient trees’ scenario in the Call of Cthulhu Keeper’s Rulebook 7th Edition This week, Fiona joined by Sam and David for ‘Call of Cthulhu’, a horror role-playing game inspired by the …
 
Featuring special guest James Lockheart from the Danger Club Podcast! Chapter 6: Our team are travelling to Castle Hartwick where there's a blood sucking member of the aristocracy that needs dealt with. Unfortunately bad taste isn't the only dark appetite waiting for them inside... Power Word Roll is a Dungeons & Dragons actual-play podcast from Lo…
 
This week, Fiona is playing ‘The Wretched’, a solo journaling RPG played with a deck of cards, a tumbling block tower, and a microphone. Written by Chris Bissette and published by Loot the Room, ‘The Wretched’ is a game about human resilience in the face of overwhelming odds and almost certain death. It is a game about isolation, fear, and persever…
 
This week, Fiona is joined by Jacob, Brandon, Kate, and Folkman for ‘Pugmire’, a tabletop role-playing game about heroic dogs in a world of fantasy adventure in the ancient future. Written by Eddy Webb, ‘Pugmire’ uses a traditional fantasy rules system (based on the d20 Open Game License) redesigned for streamlined play and easy character creation,…
 
Featuring special guest Sasha Sienna, cast member for The Magnus Archives and Jane Austentations, as well as founder of Maguffin and Company! Follow her @SiennaSasha on twitter. Chapter 6: Invited to a noble party to stop an assasination, our monster disposal team has be warned not to make a scene - but there are worse things lurking around the din…
 
This week, Fiona is joined by Jacob, Brandon, Kate, and Folkman for ‘Pugmire’, a tabletop role-playing game about heroic dogs in a world of fantasy adventure in the ancient future. Written by Eddy Webb, ‘Pugmire’ uses a traditional fantasy rules system (based on the d20 Open Game License) redesigned for streamlined play and easy character creation,…
 
This week, Fiona is joined by Jacob, Brandon, Kate, and Folkman for ‘Pugmire’, a tabletop role-playing game about heroic dogs in a world of fantasy adventure in the ancient future. Written by Eddy Webb, ‘Pugmire’ uses a traditional fantasy rules system (based on the d20 Open Game License) redesigned for streamlined play and easy character creation,…
 
Feating special guest Scott, cast member for the amazing Danger Club Podcast specialising in Pathfinder! https://www.dangerclubpodcast.com/p/what-is-the-danger-club/ Chapter 5 Part 2: Trapped inside a mirror the party are stuck and need to find a way out to save the drag competition from travesty! Who is the mysterious Mother Darkest and why has sh…
 
Editors note: Chris' audio is a bit messed up here because he moved and screwed up his mic. There is some stuff about spiders at around 51 minutes and he also now knows that mildew is a fungus.--Well shucks, partner - sure are some wet ghosts you've got there. I'd say that those are the wettest ghosts I ever done seen, b'god! Y'all need to get yers…
 
Show Notes: To tide us over til our next one-shot here's a bonus episode where our host and GM Fiona interviews the team at Rowan, Rook & Decard: Grant Howitt, Chris Taylor, and Mary Hamilton. Rowan, Rook and Decard was founded in 2017 by independent game designers Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor, with Mary Hamilton as business director. RRD publish …
 
Feating special guest Scott, cast member for the amazing Danger Club Podcast specialising in Pathfinder! https://www.dangerclubpodcast.com/p/what-is-the-danger-club/ Chapter 5 Part 1: The biggest drag extravagansa on the Sword Coast is set to occur, but tradegy has struck as the girls are being kidnapped by an evil crone! It's up to Tooth n' Claw t…
 
This week, Fiona is joined by Claire and Ben for ‘Mouse Guard’, a pen-and-paper traditional RPG designed by Luke Crane. Based on the award-winning graphic novel series by David Petersen, ‘Mouse Guard’ sees players take on the role of mouse heroes struggling against the wild, the seasons and their own mouse nature. You can find out more about Mouse …
 
Even more ramshackle than usual this week, but at least that gives us an opportunity to use the word "ramshackle," so silver linings eh? Join us for advice and games design on the subject of:- THE FEAR- Is Cthulhu a game poem?- Staying even vaguely entertained when it's not your turn- Gorilla Bodybuilding Simulator- A football fighting game, then a…
 
Featuring special guest Chloe Mashiter, Games Master for Adventurers Wanted and creator of Tabletop RPGs! http://www.adventurerswanted.co.uk/about https://rollflipdraw.itch.io/ Chapter 4 Part 3: The party unravel the cult that is the Church of the New Masters and find out who these supposed masters really are, and what assension consitutes; and it …
 
Feating special guest Chloe Mashiter, Games Master for Adventurers Wanted and creator of Tabletop RPGs! http://www.adventurerswanted.co.uk/about https://rollflipdraw.itch.io/ Chapter 4 Part 1: The experiences the party are having in Fudwich are getting stranger and stranger! Unravelling the mystery around the Children of the New Masters takes the p…
 
This week, Fiona is joined by Claire and Ben for ‘Mouse Guard’, a pen-and-paper traditional RPG designed by Luke Crane. Based on the award-winning graphic novel series by David Petersen, ‘Mouse Guard’ sees players take on the role of mouse heroes struggling against the wild, the seasons and their own mouse nature. You can find out more about Mouse …
 
That's the problem with the Animorphs - too much moving around. Terrible. Much better if instead of animals they can turn into ladders and screws and sofas and shit. Also in this week's episode:- Avoiding that terrible bit where players introduce their characters to each other- Making items memorable, or if you can't do that, getting better players…
 
Feating special guest Chloe Mashiter, Games Master for Adventurers Wanted and creator of Tabletop RPGs! http://www.adventurerswanted.co.uk/about https://rollflipdraw.itch.io/ Chapter 4 Part 1: The shady town of Fudwich exists on the borders of the misty Moonshae Isles. Long ignored, its community have in recent times started acting strangely, and i…
 
"Take me down / Blimp Underground," sang The Sneaker Pimps, back in 1996. Or something like that, anyway. Come to think of it, what sort of name is "Sneaker Pimps?" Weird. Maybe they sold trainers before they were a band. Or rented out shoes to fetishists for sexual purposes; one or the other.In this week's show:- FRIENDS the RPG- Dragons with a Wi…
 
Feating special guest Dan Thompson, Games Master for the amazing Danger Club Podcast specialising in Pathfinder! https://www.dangerclubpodcast.com/p/what-is-the-danger-club/ Chapter 3 Part 2: The party venture into the long forgotten tomb of the dinosaurs in search of the Great White Rex. What will they find inside these cursed halls, and will they…
 
This week, Fiona is playing ‘Twain: A Short Game for One’, written by J Li and published by Vermillion Games. Twain is a one-player emotionally immersive LARP about reconnecting and texting with a crucial part of your past that doesn’t text you back. You can find out more about Twain on the Vermillion Games website. Timestamps: Note: 00:00:00 Start…
 
We spend a LONG time working out how to put spells in tanks today. Hopefully that's your sort of thing. Also in this week's episode:- Beating the heat- The Multiverse's Least Competent Stormcast Eternal- A genuinely evil evil empire- Running Sad Artsy Games - Britannia Rues The Waves- Some bollocks about an ambulatory tube of paintAnd many more. We…
 
Feating special guest Dan Thompson, Games Master for the amazing Danger Club Podcast specialising in Pathfinder! https://www.dangerclubpodcast.com/p/what-is-the-danger-club/ Chapter 3 Part 1: Our heroes are sent deep into the depths of the jungles of Chult, led by one of their employers; the great hunter Dr. Culpability Gnomes! Together the head ou…
 
Feating special guest Gran Howitt, creator of Spire, Heart, Honey Heist, and many more games! Find more info his many fantastic tabletop RPGs at https://rowanrookanddecard.com/ Chapter 2 Part 2: The party continue to fumigate Thumbernickle Fun Park in an attempt to rid it of all the ghostly curses that haunt the very ground its built upon. With the…
 
The Vermission Way was the great experiment that failed. Now the Spire is filled with empty rail tunnels that connect and reconnect to a twisting labyrinth of changing ideas and patterns. It was a perfect way to avoid the authorities and sneak a squad of Gnoll veterans into Middle City. But in order to reach Middle City our Sage must first reach a …
 
This week, Fiona is joined by David for ‘Mars Colony’, a sci-fi political roleplaying game about personal failure and government, written by Tim C Koppang and published by TCK roleplaying. ‘Mars Colony’ is an RPG designed specifically for two players. One player takes on the role of the colony’s appointed “saviour,” while the other is responsible f…
 
Feating special guest Gran Howitt, creator of Spire, Heart, Honey Heist, and many more games! Find more info his many fantastic tabletop RPGs at https://rowanrookanddecard.com/ Chapter 2 Part 1: The gang investigate a haunting at Thumbernickle Fun Park, a theme park which is fun for what's left of the family! Ghosts have scared off all the customer…
 
Cities on wheels? Boring. Tired. DONE. Dungeons on wheels? That's the next big thing, baby! Hop on, strap in and get ready for the ride of your life! Also in this week's episode:- Doing stuff other than playing games whilst playing games- A NORMAL game for NORMAL people- Improving low level D&D with the addition of magical bullshit- Secret Lemonade…
 
Chapter 1 Part 2: The party are attacked by a raid of skeletal pirates! And they oncover the cause of their appearance of the isle of Evermeet... What could this mysterious reason be and how will they solve the problem? It's all to play for in today's part 2 of Violence is the Last Resort! Power Word Roll is a Dungeons & Dragons actual-play podcast…
 
This week, Fiona is joined by David for ‘Mars Colony’, a sci-fi political roleplaying game about personal failure and government, written by Tim C Koppang and published by TCK roleplaying. ‘Mars Colony’ is an RPG designed specifically for two players. One player takes on the role of the colony’s appointed “saviour,” while the other is responsible f…
 
Chapter 1 Part 1: We meet a band of travelling monster pest control workers out on the job, they've been sent to the mythical island of Evermeet to pursue some skeletal pirates that have been wrecking havoc among the population of retired elves. Power Word Roll is a Dungeons & Dragons actual-play podcast from London, edited down to be dramatised an…
 
Terrible and wonderful news! Grant has replaced the need to think up original ideas with a random game name generator that spits out pure gold* every time. Sorry, games design studios. Your time is up.In this week's episode:- Cursed arrow orchards (archards?)- Stitching five games together into a sort of Frankenstein's monster- How granular do you …
 
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