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Join Stu Horvath (Vintage RPG, Unwinnable) and John McGuire (Mai-Tai Happy Hour, Ham-Fisted Productions) as they delve into their favorite tabletop roleplaying games from the past, present and future!
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Dragonlance

Dragonlance

2019-08-1900:44:19

We dive right into it, talking the history of Dragonlance - the modules, the novels, the...animated movie? It is the first major metaplot in tabletop RPGs and catapulted Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weiss onto the bestseller list, but never quite coalesced into the major D&D campaign setting it should have. We talk about the reasons why. After that, Hambone sits down with Craig Bergman, assistant manager of the Fantasy Flight Games Center about, well, the awesome Fantasy Flight Games Center event space. If you're in Roseville, Minnesota, drop on in! Join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! If you want to buy any of the stuff we mentioned on the show, there's a pretty good chance our sponsors at Noble Knight Games have it in stock! Use coupon code Dragon from August 19 to September 1 to get $5 off purchases of $25 or more. Check out the Kickstarter for Nerdy City's new Kickstarter for their Transformers-inspired RPG Commandroids!
LJN Dungeons & Dragons Toys

LJN Dungeons & Dragons Toys

2019-08-0500:43:30

We start off with a videogame! We both logged a lot of hours in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Lots of videogame food was made. The main course is the LJN Dungeons & Dragons toy line. We run through an overview of the entire line, talk about some of the toys that were never produced and even discuss the amazing concept art by comic artists Timothy Truman, Steve Bisette and John Totleben. And more. We go deep on this one, folks. [Hambone is a wrestling fan of the sort who uses wrestling lingo in real life. When he says "job" as a verb, as in "jobbed out by a unicorn," he means losing, usually in a fashion that puts the winner in an unusually favorable light] Finally, we chat about the new Young Adventurer's Guides: Monsters & Creatures and Warriors & Weapons. They're geared towards kids, entirely lack rules and focus on how the world works and teaching players how to roleplaying. They're pretty great.
Forgotten Realms

Forgotten Realms

2019-07-2200:33:05

Welcome back to the Vintage RPG podcast! We kick things off with the super-appropriate-for-July, Target-exclusive board game adaptation of Jaws. Its fun! The main course is Forgotten Realms, Ed Greenwood's classic campaign setting. We walk through the creation of the world, its absorption into Dungeons & Dragons and just barely scratch the surface of all the stuff that has happened with the Realms over the years. The Realms are huge, so we'll be visiting them again, no doubt. We wrap things up with a look at Things From the Flood, the follow-up to Tales From the Loop, the RPG about the 80s that never existed. Flood moves things up to the 90s and now your kid characters can die, because the 90s are gritty! If you want to buy any of the stuff we mentioned on the show, there's a pretty good chance our sponsors at Noble Knight Games probably have it in stock! Use code SummerMoon from July 21 to August 5 for $5 off orders of $25 or more!
We made it one year! To celebrate our anniversary, we talk about some of our favorite things, and ramble through a number of seemingly random topics, like our love for sniveling cowards, whether Lord Soth listens to Sisters of Mercy, the glorious badness of the D&D cartoon, murder hobo average intelligence and jeeze, that's just the first 15 minutes. We also have a chat with Levi Combs of Planet X games. We talk about his first 5E D&D module Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride and learn some of the secrets in his new one, An Occurrence at Howling Crater, now on Kickstarter! (The video Stu mentions is the video at the top of the campaign page).
Tony DiTerlizzi Interview

Tony DiTerlizzi Interview

2019-06-2400:49:551

We have a very special guest this episode. Tony DiTerlizzi graced us with a full length interview. We chat about his influences, Dragon Mountain, the Monstrous Manual, Planescape, Magic the Gathering, the Spiderwick Chronicles, Hong Kong dinosaurs (you can read Tony's post on these and their influence on Dungeons & Dragons here) and so much more - and barely scratch the surface, honestly. Tony's retrospective art show, Never Abandon Imagination, opens June 22 at the Mint Museum Randolph, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and runs through November 3. If you're in the area, be sure to check it out. You can also follow Tony on Twitter and Instagram.
We start off with Hambone's experience playing the classic fantasy themed board game Talisman for the first time. He played the recent fourth edition from Fantasy Flight. Did you know there was an unofficial 1.5 edition of Dungeons & Dragons? There was! Beginning with Unearthed Arcana and following through Oriental Adventures, Dungeoneer's Survival Guide and the Wilderness Survival Guide, it was partly a natural evolution of the system, partly a desperate attempt to save the company from financial ruin. Stu walks us through the history. Finally, we started playing Pendragon and we chat about character creation and the first introductory session. (Stu never explicitly states it, but the tedious bit was not the character creation itself, but rather working through the family histories).
A double meat episode! First off, Stu gives an overview of Keith Herber's series of Lovecraft Country sourcebooks for Call of Cthulhu: Arkham Unveiled, Return to Dunwich, Kingport: City in the Mists and Escape from Innsmouth. They are an important piece in the puzzle of how to present large regions in a way that is helpful and engaging for roleplaying games. Second, Hambone is a-glow for the new Dungeons & Dragons adventure compilation, Ghosts of Saltmarsh, which reprints a number of classic D&D scenarios, including the U-series: Sinister Secret of Salt Marsh, Danger at Dunwater and The Final Enemy. Surprising no one, Stu is less enthusiastic. Don't let that grump stop you, though. Ghosts of Saltmarsh is for sale now at our sponsor, Noble Knight Games. From May 27 to June 15, use the promo code CLASSICS, in store or online, to get $5 off purchases of $25 or more!
First up, we talk about Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection, the latest Chaosium board game. It's a great companion to 2016's Khan of Khans. The main course this episode is the first edition Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide. We discuss how the book is a peak into Gary Gygax's brain and how that echoed through tabletop roleplaying games for a long time and marks a kind of frontier for game design circa 1979. We get pretty meta with it. Finally, we chat with Michael O'Brien, vice president of Chaosium about Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection, some Call of Cthulhu conventions, RuneQuest and more Chaosium news!
Skyrealms of Jorune

Skyrealms of Jorune

2019-04-2900:29:50

We start off this week with Monarch, a set collecting game about sisters vying for the throne. It has very lovely art. We also announce our partnership with Noble Knight Games. You can use the coupon code NOBLEVINTAGE online or in-store to get $5 off any purchase of $25 or more. Offer expires May 12, so get on that! The main event is Skyrealms of Jorune, a very strange RPG from the 80s, created by Andrew Leker with gorgeous illustrations by Miles Teves. It is weird and wild and I bet if you are a certain age, you for sure remember the advertisements for it in Dragon Magazine. We also talk about weird dice and the lost art of paste-up work in the age before digital layout for publishing. This one goes places, folks. We wrap up with a chat about the games that never grabbed us and the games we never want to play again. Let us know which games you hate! Drop us a line at the email below!
GURPS

GURPS

2019-04-1500:30:11

We start by blowing the dust off an older board game, Cyclades, a deceptively straightforward, combat light strategy game with lots of cool miniatures that riffs on ancient Greek mythology. For the main event, we discuss GURPS - Generic Universal Role Playing System - from Steve Jackson Games, the RPG that can be any kind of game you want, so long as you have the sourcebooks. And dear god, there are a lot of source book. We look at a couple of the stranger ones, talk about the appeal of the generic and reveal some of our old Supers characters. We wrap up with Stu giving the rundown on character creation for his upcoming King Arthur Pendragon campaign.
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