UK Games Expo Preview

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Episode 73 – UK Games Expo Preview
(a.k.a. Bring Back The Beer Bus)

Spring has sprung, and that can mean only one thing, it’s nearly time for UK Games Expo! The lads are stalwarts of the show, and joined by fellow podcaster, reviewer and Expo veteran Iain McAllister of the Giant Brain to talk about what’s hot, top tips and generally enthuse about the event. You can read more detail of his Top Ten Hit List here.

Obviously listening to our excellent chat about Expo gives you all you need to know, but if you want more information, then head over to the beginner’s guide on their website for all the details you could ever want!

Going to Games Expo? Give the lads your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of something delicious from the Expo street stalls to sustain our intrepid reporters by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.


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New GM Advice

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Episode 71 – New GM Advice
(a.k.a. Your Job Is To Lose Every Fight)

How do you go about running your first game? Do you want to be a DM, GM, LM, Referee or Keeper? Perhaps you’ve played for years but never run a game, maybe you’ve never gamed at all, is could be you tried running games and didn’t really get on with it. Fear not! The Smart Party are here to help. The lads go through how to go about running your first RPG with everything from whether you should buy and adventure, to giving yourself enough credit and the minutiae of wee breaks. They’re super keen to know how you get on should you try a game – so let them know – and please do share with any friends you think might benefit from some sage advice.

Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.


Direct download here!

Episode 66 – A New Campaign 2018

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Episode 66 – A New Campaign 2018

It’s the start of a glorious new year and the lads discuss what they’ve got for Christmas, how to start a new campaign, what new and exciting games they may be setting up for 2018 and other goodness. Do you remember Transhuman Space? That and more could be in the offing this year…

Give sacrifice to the Patreon fund, and we’ll keep attending great events, and recording more content for you, dear listeners. Both of you. At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing a fanzine – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.

Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

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Ken Rolston at The Kraken

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Ken Rolston, known for his work on Elder Scrolls (Morrowind and Oblivion), Paranoia and many other gaming successes, joins us for a chat about all things game related. From his long and storied history in the hobby, producing an RPG, the state of the video gaming industry, RPG tips and stories, to many amusing anecdotes, Ken was a delight to chat to.

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Playing Up

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Episode 57 – Playing Up
(a.k.a Player’s advice for players)

We have books full of gaming advice for GMs, but where is all the help for players? What can you do to help your fellow players out? Shouldn’t we all just be helping each other have a great time?

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New Year, New Ideas

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Episode 22 – Taking Ideas From Other Games
(a.k.a New Year, New Ideas)

The tinsel is in disarray and the clammy grip of work clutches our hearts, but fear not, for The Smart Party are back with another Podcast! This week we talk about what we can glean from those gamey Christmas presents we got; how can boardgames inform our roleplaying style? What use are card games? Are games really all that different?

January is a lean month, becoming a Patreon can help us add a bit of cheese to the beans on toast we’ll be surviving on.

Dragonmeet 2015 – Too Much Cthulhu?

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Episode 21 – Dragonmeet 2015
(a.k.a Too Much Cthulhu)

Dragonmeet took place in London Village last weekend, with over 1000 delegates, many of whom packed the seminar room to hear us discuss whether there was too much Cthulhu in gaming. As a live recording the sound is somewhat woeful, but hopefully you’ll enjoy some lively debate and laughs along the way.

You can help up recoup our train fare by becoming a Patreon if you wish, but we’ve already been, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t want to.

Find out about our fellow panellists and podcasters at Jackson Elias, they’re quite nice chaps for Cthulhu cultists and they’ve got some great content too!

18:00 – What Jackson Elias Would Do?

Two of the UKs finest podcast crews go head to head in this panel. Imagine the worlds most polite rap battle with less dancing and more tentacles. The Smart Party and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias lock horns over the perennial question: why so much Cthulhu in gaming, and is it for good or ill? Raise a glass with us as we toast the very best and worst in RPGdom.