This is a quick follow-up to my last post. I got in touch with Michael Shorten aka ChicagoWiz and asked him for advice on how to run old-school sandbox games. He pointed me towards the podcast he had been recording last year.
In the 17 episodes of “The Dungeon Master’s Handbook” he talks about how to run con games, how to design and run a sandbox campaign, and many more highly interesting subjects. What I particularly liked is the fact that each of the episodes is about 20 minutes in length. This is enough time to convey even complex ideas but short enough so that you can easily include it in a busy schedule.
I’ve listened to the first two episodes so far and I wholeheartedly recommend the podcast to everyone interested in old-school gaming. Unfortunately he ended the podcast after 17 episodes because of lack of audience and interest. I think it’s a shame because Michael has real talent and many DM’s could learn a thing or two from him. Perhaps some renewed interest in the existing episodes and some valuable feedback from new listeners might make him reconsider.
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.
Yes, I’m still here… not giving up on #RPGaDay2018! If you follow me on social media you might have noticed I posted various videos for the last few days yesterday on my YouTube channel and the channel for Desde la Fosa. However, I was short on time and did not write the corresponding blog. A fact I am correcting today. The topics for the last couple of days were the following:
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