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 gems of golden advice.
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 looking for new tidbits!
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.
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.
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, come all and feast your ears on aural delights, or let the devils take you, by Crom!
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.
Episode 121 – System Matters Too
(aka Can You Hear Me?)
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?”.
Greeting Smart Posse! We’ve been perhaps a little remiss at keeping things going here for the text-o-philes among you. So here’s a new missive for you to chew over. More to come!
Gaz and I are super proud of the Casts we’ve been pinging out for years now, and they are only possible thanks to the generosity of the Smart Posse, whether that be through Patreon, or KoFi or even something as simple as a Like, a review or a share. Cheers!
We have loads of ideas and projects lined up for the future. But before we pull the trigger on any of those, what would you like the Smart Party to do?
Things we have on our virtual flip chart include….
Scenario actual play, with post-game analysis and tips for improving the adventure for when you have a go.
Random tables, Smart style. You pick the title, we give you Dx options.
Smart Chat. Join us online for a chin wag. Casual catch ups on whatever comes to mind.
More system deep dives. We tackle the chunky book chapter by chapter for you.
Quick dips. One and done games with the systems you want to know more about.
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.