Podcast recommendation: Grumpy Old Gamers

I have to admit I am not an avid listener to podcasts. I always found it hard to include listening to them into my daily routine. Usually I have some free time during my commute which I fill with reading roleplaying games, playing around with my smartphone, reading the news, while listening to music. But a friend recently let me know that he’s recording a podcast and I just had to check it out.

Grumpy Old Gamers is not your typical podcast. Two slightly grumpy gamers who happen to be the game designers Jim Pinto and Richard Iorio are talking about the hobby and basically everything that crosses their minds. It’s a beautiful unfiltered, unedited mess, and I love it. It’s just two friends having a conversation and we get the chance to listen in on them.

What I especially like is that they share some interesting insights on the RPG industry and its fans. And they don’t sugarcoat anything. The podcasts takes a while to get used to, because there’s no proper intro (in the second episode the recording pretty much started mid-conversation) there’s no editing, no script, heck, not even an outline. If you don’t mind this, you’re in for a treat. I can’t wait to get off work to continue listening to these guys rant. It’s so enlightning and shockingly blunt, it’s a delight. I highly recommend to anyone checking this out.

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.

One thought on “Podcast recommendation: Grumpy Old Gamers”

  1. Now you have gone and made me blush. I am glad you enjoy it.

    I’ll agree it is different. We worried if anyone would get it. At the end of the day, we decided to make it a bit garage band like.

    We have our next episode next week. Freelancing is the topic. It is going to be a thing.

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