Episode 74 – DIY Gaming
(a.k.a. It’s Only Got to be Good Enough)
Back by popular demand! The Smart Party presents DIY gaming – what do they mean by this? A bit of reminiscing about how it used to be “back in the day”, a dash of OSR and writing your own stuff, and advice to stop creating and start playing!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot on the heels (pun maybe intended) of our interview with convention organiser Fabian at The Kraken, we bring you Graham Spearing of Furnace fame to tell us about his experiences over the last ten years.
The Smart Party produced a pair of Fate adventures to celebrate the anniversary, so feel free to head over to DriveThru if you want to sort yourself out with some excellent con scenario action!
Epsiode 16 – Convention Games
a.k.a. Conventional Wisdom
What’s the difference between convention games and regular home games? Is D&D any good? What are the top tips for running convention games? Listen to Gaz & Baz as they give you their accumulated wisdow!