Episode 37 – What We Want From Books


Episode 37 – What We Want From Books

Gaming books aren’t what they used to be. Back in the old days summers were longer and hotter; and cricket balls were harder. RPG books gave you everything they wanted… Or did they? The Gents take off their rose-tinted glasses (sometimes) to talk about what they want from their gaming books and how they could be better.

Feel free to fund the next book to review by becoming an honoured Patreon. Drop the guys a line if you’ve got something they should look at!

Community Spirit


Episode 36 – Community Spirit

This one is about you. No, not you, you.

We’re all one big happy gaming community right? Everyone gets out what they put in.

Well maybe the Gents are a little to old now, and they can’t get the old working man’s club feel they used to get. Perhaps communities are all on the Twitters and we life in a consumerist 2-second world, devouring snippets before moving on?

The Smart Party ponder the existential quandary of whether there even is such a thing as a gaming community or if we as gamers are but seeds in the wind.

Feel free to fund the community by becoming an honoured Patreon. We’re always looking for new kit or different games to purchase and walk though. Drop us a line if you’ve got something we should look at!

Episode 35 – Long Con, Short Con


Episode 35 – Long Con, Short Con

Convention season is upon us and the team have been to UK Games Expo and had a great time. More on that and then a discussion on upcoming events and conventions in general. Could we go for a short demo version of a convention? What’s happened to the much loved Conception too?

We love going to cons and reporting back, if you want to help out, you can become a Patreon. We’ll love you even if you don’t though.

Fate Accelerated (Walkthrough)


Episode 34 – Fate Accelerated (Walkthrough)

As Queen would say, I wanna make a supersonic man out of you – or woman, or however you self-identify. Baz and Gaz deep dive into the wonderfully diverse-friendly Fate Accelerated; a quick and fast introduction to the Fate family of games.
You can get it yourself on Pay What You Want over at Evil Hat Games, so read along too if you fancy, it won’t cost you a bean! We’ve got a lot to say this week, so settle in for a bumper edition.

The Smart Party have got Expo on the horizon and hope to get an interview or two done while there, by becoming a Patreon you can help out with sort of endeavour. No promises the money won’t get spent on gin though…

Into the Odd (After Play)


Episode 33 – Into the Odd
(a.k.a A Merman Fell Down The Well)

With a bunch of our gorgeous Patreons, and other hangers on, Baz led us through a session of Into The Odd and much hilarity ensued. Here we talk about our experiences and how the game shaped the play. Stay tuned to the very end for a mish mash of clips from the session, and of course the full hour and a half is available as a Patreon only download.

The Smart Party love doing this sort of thing, but all those hours in foam-filled dungeons and marshes of the Third Automaton Wars leaves them with a large cleaning bill. Help out with that by becoming a Patreon. Also, there’s extra bits and pieces on that Patreon site, just for you. Or simply drop the lads a line with your questions, comments or things you’d like to talk about and they’ll see what they can do.

Roll the Bones – When to Roll Dice


Episode 32 – Roll the Bones
(a.k.a When to Roll Dice)

An interesting question from one of our lovely Patreons, when do you (as a GM) ask for dice rolls? If you’re not rolling them, how do you make things happen? Baz and Gaz ramble through a field of dice-filled ideas and thoughts on rolling dice in games past and present.

The Smart Party have been busy buying All Rolled Up merchandise and “spare” dice you can never have enough), chip in to the dice fund by becoming a lovely Patreon. We only have lovely Patreons. Or simply drop the lads a line with your questions, comments or things you’d like to talk about and they’ll see what they can do.

Into The Odd (Walkthrough)


Episode 31 – Into The Odd (Walkthrough)

This week Baz takes Gaz through a journey Into the Odd by Chris McDowall. First impressions, through character creation (all four rolls of it) and on to deeper into the OSR style book with a difference. Come join the lads as they have a root around in the game and see if it might be your cup of tea.

The Smart Party spend their own hard-fought for coppers to buy things like this to review, if you want to help you can become a Patreon and support future endeavours. Or simply drop the lads a line with your questions, comments or things you’d like to talk about and they’ll see what they can do.