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In a world where many still crave escape but cannot attend local or out-of-town conventions, it’s important to remember that there are many worlds yet to be discovered — thanks to the DCC 3PP community! Tonight we’ll be Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG has a vibrant community supporting the game through innumerable 3rd party products, including adventure…
 
Ed Bickford aka Metal Robot is a tabletop RPG illustrator, syndicated cartoonist, comic book artist, and an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Ed’s great to talk with and he’s very open in sharing honest thoughts on the hopes and trials of creators in the trenches. The business side of being a professional artist. Your art style finds …
 
Dan & Paul set themselves a challenging design goal -- can they build an entire dungeon adventure, live on air, in a single hour? Will they collapse under the burden? Maybe with help from our live viewers they can fight through to final victory! Get Matt Finch's Tome of Adventure Design (which we use for idea generation) Read up on the Target 20 sy…
 
Dan interviews Timm Woods -- pro DM, PhD in English literature, and now designer of The Green Knight RPG in association with the movie by A24 Films! We loved the film -- written & directed by David Lowery and starring Dev Patel, perfect for thoughtful fantasy gamers. So we wanted to hear all about what it was like for Timm to synch up with a movie …
 
Dan & Paul get to sit with legendary gaming mogul Peter Adkison -- game designer, founder of Wizards of the Coast, rescuer of TSR and Dungeons & Dragons, owner and co-chair of the Gen Con gaming convention, and so much more! We're eager to hear from him about the unique plans around this first-ever Gen Con in September of this year. Plus questions …
 
Dan & Paul are joined by Mark Greenberg from Necromancer Games to chat about the new revision to Necropolis. Based on the original work by the grandmaster himself, Gary Gygax, Necropolis is an epic desert adventure series for 5e D&D and Swords & Wizardry. Previously published by Necromancer Games as a d20 system adventure, it's been entirely update…
 
Polymorphing magic, druidic shapeshifting, and more -- shapechanging is one of the trickiest things in D&D to get right. How has it changed over the years? Is it overpowered, underpowered, or just right? And what's the best way to handle it in your games? Dan & Paul hash it out with help from our viewers. See RPGBot's 5E Practical Guide to Polymorp…
 
Dan & Paul roll up their sleeves to debate the best use of unarmed combat in your D&D games. Pummeling, grappling, overbearing and more -- how often does this get used in your games? What's your favorite style? What's the best way of handling it from all the editions of D&D? Queensbury Rules and other variants welcome. Wandering DMs Paul Siegel and…
 
Matt Lister aka Cobra Commander joins to talk chiptune music, retrocomputing, and some classic G.I. Joe and Transformers. Trackers, hardware, and sound chips, oh my! What is MIDI (and can MIDI be chiptunes)? PAL, NTSC and electron guns. Atari 2600 game development and racing the beam. Yars’ Revenge had very tricky programming. Behold the Casio XW-P…
 
In a world where many still crave escape but cannot attend local or out-of-town conventions, it’s important to remember that there are many worlds yet to be discovered — thanks to the DCC 3PP community! Tonight we’ll be talking with Ed Stanek, one of the powers behind Raorgen Games, about 3 such 3PP settings. Stuff referenced in this episode! Albac…
 
Tékumel is a deep setting with published fiction, multiple tabletop RPGs, a miniatures wargaming scene, and more. We revisit this fascinating science-fantasy world with Tékumel Foundation president Victor Raymond. Learn how Tékumel and the Empire of the Petal Throne are so much more than just the "first RPG setting published" (and its creator Profe…
 
Paul & Dan are joined by Peter Bebergal, author of the amazing anthology Appendix N: the Eldritch Roots of Dungeons & Dragons! We loved this book, and we're looking forward to a deep dive into Peter's knowledge of the texts, why he picked the stories he did for inclusion, and why other ones got left out. Featuring short stories from fantasy writers…
 
Dan & Paul are joined by Goodman Games' Julian Bernick and Bob Brinkman -- to talk about their upcoming magnum opus for the DCC Dying Earth game! D&D wouldn't be a thing without Jack Vance's Dying Earth, and Dungeon Crawl Classics has long crushed it with old-school gaming, so we couldn't be more excited by their new Kickstarter. With joint work by…
 
The exciting finale of our end of season 3 special - GoGoGolf GMed by Christian! Will our group of dungeon inspectors find where they put the golf in this dungeon? Or at least figure out where the pool is? And was that a duck? Check out GoGoGolf! here: https://gumroad.com/l/gogogolf Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Drago…
 
RPG Designer Julian Bernick on Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth book series and the new Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG setting based on it. Why is it such a cool world to read about and play in? How much influence did The Dying Earth have on Gary Gygax and D&D? Hint: a lot. What was DCC’s design philosophy and what was the thought behind its extra dice typ…
 
Dan, Paul, and our viewers hold a round-table to discuss our favorite procedural-content-generators to save time for the burdened DM. Books, tables, and programs that create characters, monsters, encounters, treasures, dungeons, caves, cities, countries, and whole worlds -- we've got it all! Check out some of the products & web tools we highlighted…
 
Dan & Paul investigate the history of Bards throughout the editions of D&D. Did you know that in 1st Edition Bards were considered the apex predator, the peak of powergamers dreams? What level of strength is appropriate in the game? How did that idea inspire Prestige Classes in the 3E/d20 System/Pathfinder? And what bits from real history have yet …
 
Hey mailbag. It’s been a long time since, well you know, since we’ve spent a whole episode reaching into you to see what we can find. Well don’t worry baby, we’re back. And today, it’s all about you! Stuff referenced in this episode! A Discordance with Dzyvatz (from Scott Swift & Purple Pirate) DCC Dying Earth (Kickstarter) Trespassers of the Full …
 
Zeb Cook’s RPG design history includes such important highlights as the “Expert” portion of B/X D&D, AD&D 2nd Edition, Oriental Adventures, Planescape, Star Frontiers, and more! He’s also had career highlights in video games including City of Villains, Fallout 2, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Did you know AD&D 2nd Edition had a significant playtest…
 
Tonight we continue our review of seminal DCC adventures from the days of yore… another funnel and instant classic, Hole in the Sky! We’re going to talk to Judge Brendan about Hole in the Sky, Sabbath vs. Dio, read a few emails and do the usual Spellburn stuff. Plus a new Dungeon Denizen! All this on tonight’s Spellburn! Stuff referenced in this ep…
 
At the end of season 3 we decided to play a quick special game of GoGoGolf GMed by Christian! Check out this silly romp with plenty of golf related puns, talking inanimate objects (and goo!), and our typical nonsensical shenanigans. Check out GoGoGolf! here! Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer Fantasy …
 
FASERIP Tactics is the tactical superhero miniatures game based on the rules from the classic TSR Marvel Superheroes RPG. Developer Ned Leeds shares the amazing and incredible feats this game brings to the table! It's monstrous fun, and it's FREE. Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #242 - 6/22/2021 Like what you hear? Support Shane Plays Geek Talk on Pa…
 
Paul & Dan are excited to be joined by Jim Davis and Jonathan Pruitt, co-hosts and co-creators of Web DM! Where we'll get the chat all about their new book -- Worlds of Web DM: Weird Wastelands, a location-based toolkit that gives the DM a trove of ideas to play games in places adversely affected by magical forces. Their new Kickstarter has smashed…
 
Dan & Paul are joined by famed OSR Grognardia blogger James Maliszewski, to talk about mixing Science Fiction in your Fantasy. An expert in both classic D&D and M.A.R. Barker's Tekumel (Empire of the Petal Throne), we can't wait to hear James' best-practice experience, advice, and what he has planned for upcoming campaign releases. Is it even true …
 
Dan is joined once again by Brooklyn-based artist Isabelle Garbani for another chapter in their ongoing exploration of the history of art in Dungeons & Dragons. It's sure to be another discussion full of surprises: a study in contrasts between Dan, who's drenched in the works of his lifelong study, and Isabelle, who brings a top-trained artist's ey…
 
“From parts unknown… Secret knowledge, sacred rituals, and exotic practices. Marvel at the beauty of unbridled humankind! We have scoured the highest mountains, the driest deserts, the hottest jungles to add some spice to your life!” On this episode of Spellburn, we bring you one of the most welcoming, imaginative, and brutal DCC judges, fresh from…
 
In the season 3 finale the gang finds themselves fighting a large group of skaven and beastmen, with the help of a few of Middenheim's own military leaders, and bar-hopping across town in the company of the ever colorful Doctor Luigi Pavarotti. Will they take advantage of their newfound notoriety and well connected friends to untangle the mysteries…
 
Dan & Paul are joined by special guest Matt Finch: Creator of the award-winning Swords & Wizardry retroclone of OD&D, author of the Quick Primer for Old School Gaming, designer of lots of adventures, founding partner and Creative Director for Frog God Games. What's Uncle Matt up to right now? We'll ask him about how his perspective towards old-scho…
 
From enjoying the Festival of Fine Ales to attending a fancy dinner party and an opera, the gang attempts to disentangle the mysterious network of influence around the Graf of Middenheim while enjoying the delights of the Carnival. Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer Fantasy mash-up, and delight in the…
 
The new Awfully Cheerful Engine (ACE) RPG with Russ "Morrus" Morrissey of E.N. Publishing. ACE is an action-comedy RPG inspired by a frightfully cheerful game from the 80s that’s quick and fun to play. Plus: A Level Up Advanced 5E RPG project update. Giant monkeys punching giant lizards. Sketch comedy writing. Sea Monkeys. How to watch Eurovision. …
 
On scarlet sorcery and heroic wings, Phase 4 of the MCU has arrived! What did Shane and friends of the show Richard McBain and William Brackeen think of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Are they excited for Phase 4 in general? Plus! An overview of everything currently on the MCU’s Phase 4 slate! Tune in, True Believers! Shane Play…
 
Paul & Dan have a thoughtful conversation on Thieves' Guilds in D&D and other RPGs: Does one prominently feature in your campaign? Does it exclude the non-thief players? Is it a better engine for group adventures, or solo play? And: was it ever a thing in the real world? Wandering DMs Paul Siegel and Dan “Delta” Collins host thoughtful discussions …
 
The gang meet with a vampire and some elves, and discusses the problem of the taxes. Indigo faces off against Dieter for the title of the Graf's Champion. Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer Fantasy mash-up, and delight in the shenanigans of a group of so-called adventurers continuously find themselves…
 
Paul & Dan are joined by special guests Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone, co-creators of the upcoming product from Apotheosis Studios, Sirens: Battle of the Bards -- an epic 300-page campaign for 5E D&D, featuring a revolution in a fantasy city led by artists and bards! What led Satine & Jamison to that bold concept? What new rules expansions is she …
 
With Bruno off in search of high end snuff, the rest of the party infiltrates the den of narap dealers, but what they find there is far from what they expected. Will they earn the trust of a high official of Middenheim, and will Yeffe be able to contain her ever increasing thirst for blood? Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons…
 
Paul & Dan discuss the old rule in Original and 1st Edition D&D where Fighters get as many attacks per turn as their level vs. low-level opponents. What classic fiction inspired this rule? Is it a good idea, and should we bring it back today? And since the books never give it a name, what in tarnation should we all call it?! Wandering DMs Paul Sieg…
 
Yeffi makes a date with an elf, Mina falls in love over tea, Bruno acquires a new mortal enemy, and Indigo buys some meat on a stick. Can they figure out how to mingle in polite society, win the position of Champion of the Graf, and track down the local drug ring? Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer Fa…
 
Dan & Paul are joined by special guest Tim Kask (really!): Game designer, editor of the Original Dungeons & Dragons Supplements (including works by Gygax and Arneson), inaugural editor of Dragon Magazine, YouTuber, wargamer, and so much more! We'll bend his ear for insights into Original D&D, the challenges in polishing it for the market, and his t…
 
The gang approaches Middenheim and does their best to avoid the tax-man. Will they make it into town with their coin-purses in tact? Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer Fantasy mash-up, and delight in the shenanigans of a group of so-called adventurers continuously find themselves in over their heads.…
 
What notes do you make when preparing to run a published module? Do you find it's necessary for every adventure you run, or do you manage to avoid it most of the time? What format of adventure publication works best to reduce advance note-taking? Do you like more text or less? Dan and Paul share and debate our differing opinions, with the help of o…
 
The gang spends some time talking to ghosts, and ends up with more questions than answers. Should they trust the Grand Theogonist, or Al-Ulric, or any high priest for that matter? Join us in the latest installment of our Original Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer Fantasy mash-up, and delight in the shenanigans of a group of so-called adventurers con…
 
It's the 50th anniversary of the Chainmail game being published; miniature combat for medieval armies by Gary Gygax & Jeff Perren. With a little appendix known as the "Fantasy Supplement" including rules for elves, dwarves, wizards, and dragons that players went nuts for and spawned a little thing called Dungeon & Dragons. Does it stand the test of…
 
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