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Dennis Detwiller Interview



Episode 97 – Dennis Detwiller Interview
(a.k.a. Everyone Walking Around In Parkas )

Top guestage again dear listeners, the lads chat to RPG writer and artist Dennis Detwiller who you will no doubt recognise from Ennie-award winning Delta Green, Magic the Gathering, GODLIKE and much more – including Arc Dream’s latest Kickstarter (at time of writing) Wrestlenomicon. The guys talk about the changes in writing and publishing games, classic RPGs, improvements in the industry and making a quality product, plus games stores and digital art and much more.

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Ken Hite Interview



Episode 96 – Ken Hite Interview
(a.k.a What If Vampires Are Snake People?)

Top guestage again this time dear listeners as the lads chat to gaming luminary Ken Hite about Vamprire, Night’s Black Agents, The Fall of Delta Green, Nephilim, future projects, novels, games design, ploughing the world’s history for gameable content, pilum throw weights and much more!

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Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part Two



Episode 95 – Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part Two
(a.k.a. A Thinking DMs Book)

With a surfeit of D&D designer guests and other goodness, the lads round off their current D&D coverage with a walkthrough of the second half of the DMG. What old favourites still languish in the book, and what exciting new gems? How has the last few years of gaming and writing thereof influenced this tome? When D&D 6 comes out – will we even still have a DMG? All this and more is discussed in this week’s bumper episode.

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Kate Welch Interview



Episode 94 – Kate Welch Interview
(a.k.a. Stat Blocks and Vegetables)

Bask in the mellifluous tones of D&D game designer Kate Welch, talking to the lads about what it’s like to work at Wizards of the Coast. After one year on the job, Kate describes her start at Wizards, thoughts that go into design, user experience and bringing skills from the video game industry, standing up and shouting with joy in meetings about vampires and what’s so good about the Monk class anyway? Plus! Much, much more…

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Mike Mason Interview 2019



Episode 93 – Mike Mason Interview
(a.k.a. “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”)

Why vote for the lesser evil? This week the lads chat to returning guests Mike Mason, Line Editor for Call of Cthulhu at Chaosium. Topics included how to start out playing Call of Cthulhu and the thinking behind the starter set, latest gossip on new products, Greg Stafford’s legacy, revision of licensees, producing fan content via Miskatonic Repository and more!

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Mike Mearls Interview



Episode 92 – Mike Mearls Interview
(a.k.a. Hit Dice are the new Healing Surge)

Rare treat this week dear listeners, the lads interview Mr D&D himself right now, Mike Mearls. We cover current projects, what it was like taking over the helm, design choices and some nitty gritty details and listener questions, among many other things. Very insightful, and a charming guest, we look forward to inviting Mike back in the near future to answer more gems such as “What the hell is a hit point?” and “Why do you hate Warlords so much?”.

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Bonus Episode – Rolling Up A DMG Scenario



Bonus Episode – Rolling Up A DMG Scenario
(a.k.a. Stop Moaning and Roll Your Dice)

Hot on the heels of our Dungeon Master’s Guide overview (part one), the lads have done a bonus episode rolling on the tables in the DMG and coming up with some ideas for a scenario. If you’ve got a copy of the book handy, then play along as they come up with table entries and what they might mean.

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Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part One



Episode 91 – Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part One
(a.k.a. Generic Cleric)

Arguably one of the most overlooked, under-read RPG books of recent years, the Dungeon Master’s Guide has lots of interesting parts and deserves a more thorough look. Gaz and Baz take a wander through the first few chapters of this D&D staple and offer insights on the pages found therein! New DMs or old hands alike could gain something from delving into a staple of the RPG library.

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Plans For 2019



Episode 90 – Plans For 2019
(aka Your Motivation Is Down The Gym)

Stuck for what to do in the New Year? Does it all seem to much? Too many games, not enough time? It’s exactly the same at Smart Party Towers. This week the lads look at what 2019 might hold, how to get the most out of gaming hours, which books to read, corralling gamers and choosing systems and settings. Let’s get some games in and all be even better players in 2019!

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Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay – WFRP Actual Play



Bonus Episode – WFRP Actual Play

The lads are joined by Dirk the Dice and Blythy off of The Grognard Files and Mat Hart from Steamforged Games to play some of the new Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay from Cubicle 7. The brave adventurers failed Baron Von Horgen in a previous endeavour and now find themselves in Schmutziger, attempting to bring back the black sheep of the Von Horgen flock. Having had an encounter with the Stevedores’ Guild, (you can hear more about that here), our plucky band start to form a plan – although best laid plans and all that…

Let the guys know if you like what you hear and they’ll see what they can do about more special episodes!

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