Episode 88 – B. Dave Walters Interview
(aka Shine on You Crazy Diamond)
Live gaming actor, streamer, DM, comic author, life coach and all round great guy B. Dave Walters has more strings to his bow than a harpist. You may know him from LA By Night, The Uncommon Trust, D&D, or various Geek & Sundry or other outlets (Top Ten links below). Gaz and Guest Host and good friend of the show Iain McAllister of The Giant Brain and Brainwaves podcast chat to Dave about streaming games, running D&D in a castle, writing a comic, diversity in gaming and much more!
Bonus Episode – Dragonmeet Seminar
A special treat dear listeners! This week the lads were down in London Village to attend Dragonmeet – a one day convention. They teamed up with old pals The Good Friends of Jackson Elias to have a verbal wrestle on whether all RPGs were essentially just customised versions of Dungeons & Dragons.
Episode 87 – Rob Schwalb Interview
(aka All Hail the Demon Lord)
Rob Schwalb, our special guest this time is a veritable game-producing machine, prolific output for Shadow of the Demon Lord is added to by Occult Philosophy in Kickstarter. One of the designers of D&D, involved in everything from A Song of Ice and Fire to WFRP second edition – Rob has plenty to talk about and intriguing thoughts into game design and where inspiration comes from.
Episode 86 – Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan Interview
The prolific and talented Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan joins the lads for some gaming chat and excellent advice on writing scenarios. We cover the writing process, collaborating with others, creating specifically for convention games and why gaming books should be useful at the table, among other things. A lot of what Gar says makes perfect sense and our glorious listeners may wonder, as we did, why it’s not just this obvious for everyone – but that’s the mark of someone good at what they do – making it all seem to easy!
Episode 85 – Shane Ivey Interview
The guys chat to Arc Dream head honcho Shane Ivey about the Ennie-award-winning Delta Green, GODLIKE, British small press games, publishing in the modern world many other things. Not only a prolific producer of games, but well-read fan of RPGs too, Shane has plenty to say on what’s happening on Arc Dream and tidbits on other games and insights into how to run a game company.
Episode 84 – Spire & One Page RPGs
(with Grant Howitt and Christopher Taylor)
A cornucopia of voices on this edition, as Baz is unavailable, but Iain McAllister from Brainwaves podcast and The Giant Brain blog in on board to help interview Grant Howitt and Christopher Taylor of Rowan Rook & Decard best known for Spire RPG and one sheet RPGs such as Jason Statham’s Big Vacation.
Episode 83 – Designing Scenarios
Scenarios are what it’s all about! Thanks to glorious supporters on Patreon, The Smart Party have pumped out a couple of adventures – one whimsical from Baz and another more gritty from Gaz. This week the lads chat about the process of designing their own scenarios and some of the tips and tricks they’ve learned from their own writing and reading (and playing) other peoples’. Struggle to write your own stuff? Wonder what goes on behind the scenes? This podcast is for you!