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New GM Advice



Episode 71 – New GM Advice
(a.k.a. Your Job Is To Lose Every Fight)

How do you go about running your first game? Do you want to be a DM, GM, LM, Referee or Keeper? Perhaps you’ve played for years but never run a game, maybe you’ve never gamed at all, is could be you tried running games and didn’t really get on with it. Fear not! The Smart Party are here to help. The lads go through how to go about running your first RPG with everything from whether you should buy and adventure, to giving yourself enough credit and the minutiae of wee breaks. They’re super keen to know how you get on should you try a game – so let them know – and please do share with any friends you think might benefit from some sage advice.

Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.



Dungeons and Dragons



Episode 70 – Dungeons and Dragons
(a.k.a. There’s this new game called D&D)

There’s a new hwatness on the streets that you may not have heard of. It’s called Dungeons & Dragons and has loads of editions apparently. Who knew? Baz and Gaz have managed a couple of sessions (after finally making a save versus paralysis), and what’s more have been on the same side of the DM screen for once. Baz patiently talks a sceptical Gaz through the joys of the Player’s Handbook and they finish off with a score out of five scimitars for the game. Join them on a magical journey, and discover the legality of Owlbears, how to fall down a mountain and how to turn a Halfling into Robin Hood.

Should the guys talk about the Dungeon Master’s Guide? Monster Manuals? More? Give them your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Deliver copper-painted platinum pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.



Urban Fantasy with Paul Mitchener



Episode 69 – Urban Fantasy with Paul Mitchener
(a.k.a. Liminal Advertising)

Special Guest time once more and the prolific Dr Mitch is on again. The lads talk about his new Urban Fantasy game, and indeed – what is Urban Fantasy? Does American Gods count? What about Young Adult novels? Liminal is out on Kickstarter with a bunch of stretch goals, all introducing different writers, Jason Behnke’s art and other frippery – giving the guys plenty to talk about. Mitch even sings at one point… but don’t let that put you off!

You can find out more on the Liminal Kickstarter here and should definitely check out the 7 Hills RPG convention. Jason Behnke is a fabulous artist – you should go to his site and give him money to do stuff.

If you wanted to get your hands on Monkey, go check out D101 Games, and to understand what the Monkey TV series is… click here.

The boys created a forum as a bit of a lark, but now it appears some people are joining in, so feel free to chat there if you wish! Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.



Roleplaying Games of the 90s



Episode 68 – Roleplaying Games of the 90s
(a.k.a. Gaming Like It’s 1999)

Let’s party like it’s 1999! Why not the whole decade? The lads take a trip down memory lane to go over the 90s (which only last decade right?) and talk through some of the key products, what’s still hot and what’s not – and maybe which games deserve another day (or never really got the day they deserved) in the sunshine.

The episode is dedicated to Mik Reed, who was a familiar avuncular face on the UK con circuit. Sadly, after a long battle with a mystery illness, he has left us. As generous and supporting in games as he was in real life, he never spoke ill of anyone and was a great contributor to the online as well as offline community. He’ll be missed.

The boys created a forum as a bit of a lark, but now it appears some people are joining in, so feel free to chat there if you wish! Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.



You can find out more on Spaghetti Conjunction here and should definitely get yourself some Grognard Files action.


Greg Stolze Interview



Episode 67 – Greg Stolze Interview

Gaming Legend Greg Stolze joins the lads for a great chat about his many games and what he’s up to in 2018. Unknown Armies, Over The Edge, Godlike, Feng Shui, REIGN, Temintation Shock, short stories and novels – Greg has an impressive portfolio and plenty to talk about, so dive in and enjoy!

You can hear about about Temination Shock on Greg’s Soundcloud and read much more on REIGN and his myraid other writing projects on the Stolze site.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and we can keep producing great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.


Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.


A New Campaign 2018



Episode 66 – A New Campaign 2018

It’s the start of a glorious new year and the lads discuss what they’ve got for Christmas, how to start a new campaign, what new and exciting games they may be setting up for 2018 and other goodness. Do you remember Transhuman Space? That and more could be in the offing this year…

Give sacrifice to the Patreon fund, and we’ll keep attending great events, and recording more content for you, dear listeners. Both of you. At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing a fanzine – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.

Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.


Rafael Chandler Interview



Episode 65 – Rafael Chandler Interview

Author of one of the finest novels of modern times (Baz knows his stuff on this), video game designer and RPG creator Rafael Chandler joins the boys for a discussion about his works and many other fun things!
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End of Year Review 2017



Episode 64 – End of Year Review 2017

It’s been a funny old year. Or has it? Baz and Gaz go over what’s been happening, talk about their favourites, and upcoming things that tickle their collective fancy.
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Dragonmeet Review & Interviews



Episode 63 – Dragonmeet Review & Interviews

After a great time as part of the #Podcastzone at Dragonmeet, the guys got together for a review of the event and also mixed in some of the interviews and brief chats they got while gadding about. Hear from OSR guys such as Luke Gearing [19:20], the Lamentations of James Raggi [28:55], the silvered tones of Patrick Stuart [34:05]; plus, what’s new in Chaosium Line Editor Mike Mason’s stable [39:50] and more Cthlhu style shenanigans from Paul Baldowski.

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Bonus Episode – Black Hack at Dragonmeet



Bonus Episode – Black Hack at Dragonmeet

The lands went on a jolly to Dragonmeet and have a full episode in the pipe – but along the way they spent some time in the bar chatting to David Black of The Black Hack fame, gate crashed by Chris Mc Dougal Donald Duncan Dowall from Into the Odd.

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