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John Harper Interview



Episode 118 – John Harper Interview
(aka The Same Page Page)

John Harper is a game designer with an embarrassment of riches in his back catalogue. Blades in the Dark, Lady Blackbird, Lasers and Feelings, Danger Patrol, Ghost/Echo and most recently the rebooted Agon in collaboration with Sean Nittner. He joins the lads to discuss BitD and other forged in the dark games, share insights on upcoming content including the cyberpunk Null Vector, reflect on Lady Blackbird and of course give insights into the latest project of Greek heroes, Agon.

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Lou Prosperi Interview



Episode 117 – Lou Prosperi Interview
(aka Are Your Listeners Familiar With Earthdawn?)

This week Lou Prosperi, developer for Earthdawn joins the lads to reveal all kinds of interesting detail from behind the scenes at FASA in the 90s. How do you even pronounce FASA? Where was the game line headed? What are the dragons up to and why hasn’t the magical level in Barsaive dropped to zero? Fans of how games companies used to operate back in the day, Earthdawn nerds, those seeking insight into the mind of an RPG developer… seek no further, The Smart Party have got you covered.

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Earthdawn



Let’s wind back the clock to where the stories of this podcast began, it’s 1994 and the lads are talking Earthdawn. Cult classic, D&D Done Right, post-apocalyptic fantasy, the history of Shadowrun even – call it what you will. The boys gives you all you need to know on their oft-mentioned favourite game from yesteryear. What is the Step System? What makes Dwarves different? How do magic items become Legendary? Bathe yourselves in an hour of nostalgia and misty-eyed reminiscing of one of the finest games in the back catalogue.

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How To Be A Better Player



Episode 113 – How To Be A Better Player
(Live from Dragonmeet, London, 2019)

The lads have been down to London Village for Dragonmeet 2019. Among other fantastic activities, they hosted a seminar on being a better player. If you want great advice on quite literally upping your game, then look no further! Joined by special guests (co-authors of Call of Cthulhu 7th ed) Paul Fricker of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast and CoC Creative Director Mike Mason, the panel provided all manner of top tips and advice, to rapturous applause.

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Zachary Cox Interview



Episode 112 – Zachary Cox Interview
(a.k.a Best Left Buried)

Creator of Best Left Buried by Soul Muppet Publishing and new Kickstarter Beneath the Missing Sea, as well as publisher of other independents, Zachary Cox joins the lads to talk about his latest creations, designing and publishing gamers, creator meet ups and what the heck is OSR anyway?

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David Larkins Interview



Episode 111 – David Larkins Interview
(a.k.a Go Kill A Giant)

Line Editor for the King Arthur Pendragon RPG, author of Berlin: The Wicked City and more, David Larkins joins the lads this time to talk about his writing and all thing Pendragon related. Hear about Greg Stafford’s legacy, the future direction for the line, different modes of play and all the latest info on Chaosium’s laser-focused Arthurian RPG. As well as thoughts on alternate settings, art directions and more, Dave chats about his design process and inspirations, a must for all Chaosium fans.

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Jeremy Crawford Interview



Episode 110 – Jeremy Crawford Interview
(a.k.a Illusionary Dragons)

Lead Rules Designer for D&D, mind behind Sage Advice and Unearthed Arcana, and all round man on the scene for all D&D books, the lads were delighted to have Jeremy Crawford on for an interview. An insight into his daily work, lots of detail on the upcoming Eberron release, and much more, including advice for new DMs and some hints on the future of D&D.
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Quickstarts



Episode 109 – Quickstarts
(a.k.a Need To Know Information)

A common feature of games these days, led perhaps by RPG Day and other thing, is the “Quick Start”. An adventure, some characters, enough rules to play. Should be easy, right? As the lads discover when talking through the topic though, there’s a lot of features people want from a Quickstart and they can vary in form and function. Dive in and hear about some examples of what’s on the market, and hear the good, bad and ugly.

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Starter Sets



Starter Sets
(a.k.a. Double Demogorgon)

Are they just there for bring people in? Essential tools? Collector pieces? Whatever you might think, starter sets are a thing (again?) now, with most of the main players producing one. Call of Cthulhu, Legend of the Five Rings, D&D, Pathfinder, Star Trek, Numenera and more… The lads talk about what they’d like to see in a starter set and now some examples stack up.

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Electric Bastionland with Chris McDowall



Episode 107 – Electric Bastionland
(a.k.a You Have Shared Ownership of a Child’s Musket)

Into the Odd was one of the lad’s favourite independent game offerings of a couple of years ago, and now Chris McDowall is back again with his follow up, Electric Bastionland. Chris jumps in to talk about the imminent Kickstarter (early November 2019), what the design process was on the new game, what new and improved and much more. Plus! A five minute character creation session and other great content.

If you want to see Chris’ Blog find out more here

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