Stargazer’s RPG podcast recommendations

When I got my first iPod I fell in love with podcasts. I commute by train for about an hour every day. And the best way to spend this hour is by listening to you favorite podcast (or read of course).

PodcastBefore I joined the RPG Bloggers Network I only knew Wizard’s D&D podcast (iTunes Store URL) that was usually quite interesting but it was often so low in volume that I stopped listening to it. Even though it might be better on my iPhone, I haven’t bothered to come back to it yet, perhaps it wasn’t so interesting after all.
But I think I will give it another chance. I am especially interested to listen to the Penny Arcade Episodes, where the WotC guys convinced the folks from Penny Arcade to play D&D with them. 

For a long time I didn’t listen to any RPG themed podcasts until I discovered Atomic Array and Fear The Boot. I’ve started listening to these podcasts just a few days ago starting with the oldest episodes, so it’s possible that they changed their format in the meantime.

Atomic ArrayAtomic Array (iTunes Store URL) is a bi-monthly podcast hosted by Rone Barton and Ed Healy. From what I’ve listened to so far, Atomic Array is mostly about interviews. In every new episode they talk about a new game (most of them are pretty indie which is nice) with the game designer(s). Just by listening to a few episodes I’ve learned about a couple great games I’ve never even read about. They also have some regular columns like “The Beast” where one of the hosts rants about something he’s really, really mad about. They also have some cool give aways each episode, so if you have some luck you can get some new RPG (usually the one they talked about) for free.

Fear The BootFear the Boot (iTunes Store URL) has a weekly schedule and from what I’ve gathered so far they have a totally different approach than the Atomic Array guys. The focus on Fear the Boot is more about how to improve your roleplaying than showcasing new games every week. That’s a welcome change from the usual: hey, look what cool new game I found. Don’t get me wrong, I love Atomic Array especially because it presents me with a new game every two weeks but once in a while it’s nice to listen to a bunch of guys talking about their roleplaying experience. From what I’ve found out on their site, Fear the Boot has over 100 episodes so far and they obviously started working on their own campaign “Skies of Glass”. I am interesting how they will incorporate this into the format of the podcast.

So, are there any othe RPG podcast out there that I should know about? Please let me know in the comments.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

5 thoughts on “Stargazer’s RPG podcast recommendations”

  1. Depends on what you want to listen to. I listen to roughly a metric ton of podcasts, many of them gaming related. is a great way to find new shows.

    Personally, I can recommend Dragon's Landing, Gamer's Haven (esp. the Actual Play) as decent general shows. RPPR is a general show with a touch of humor. Icosohedraphelia does great bite sized actual play. Pulp Gamer has good interviews and has a great sound.

    For D&D content there is my show (The Tome Show), Radio Free Hommlet has good content, 3.5 Private Sanctuary is good for the 3.5/Pathfinder crowd, and Return to Northmoor is doing an audio version of an adventure along with pdfs of maps, stat blocks, etc. I have used some of the ideas from their adventure in my game just recently.

  2. @Jeff: It is possible that your podcast's site is down?

    @Alex: Hmm, I think it was even your post that introduced me to "Fear the Boot". 🙂

    @Both: Thanks for your comments, I will check out the recommended podcast ASAP.

  3. When I came home from work the site was up and running again. I will probably listen to the 1st episode on my way to work tomorrow. 🙂

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