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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!

Do The Smart Party a favours and head on over to the EN World site to vote for them (and anyone else you fancy, it’s multiple choice) as a great podcast of 2018! It’d be an amazing festive present for everyone.

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2018 In Review



Episode 89 – 2018 In Review
(aka A Lot of People Give a Monkeys About This)

It’s that time of the year again – another one survived! Baz and Gaz and go through the games of the year, themes and what’s hot right now in the industry. A sojourn through the upcoming games as well – discussion on why the new Savage Worlds might be more anticipated the Pathfinder 2 – and the proliferation of second editions, sequels and franchises.

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B. Dave Walters Interview



Episode 88 – B. Dave Walters Interview
(aka Shine on You Crazy Diamond)

Live gaming actor, streamer, DM, comic author, life coach and all round great guy B. Dave Walters has more strings to his bow than a harpist. You may know him from LA By Night, The Uncommon Trust, D&D, or various Geek & Sundry or other outlets (Top Ten links below). Gaz and Guest Host and good friend of the show Iain McAllister of The Giant Brain and Brainwaves podcast chat to Dave about streaming games, running D&D in a castle, writing a comic, diversity in gaming and much more!

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Bonus Episode – Dragonmeet Seminar



Bonus Episode – Dragonmeet Seminar

A special treat dear listeners! This week the lads were down in London Village to attend Dragonmeet – a one day convention. They teamed up with old pals The Good Friends of Jackson Elias to have a verbal wrestle on whether all RPGs were essentially just customised versions of Dungeons & Dragons.

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Rob Schwalb Interview



Episode 87 – Rob Schwalb Interview
(aka All Hail the Demon Lord)

Rob Schwalb, our special guest this time is a veritable game-producing machine, prolific output for Shadow of the Demon Lord is added to by Occult Philosophy in Kickstarter. One of the designers of D&D, involved in everything from A Song of Ice and Fire to WFRP second edition – Rob has plenty to talk about and intriguing thoughts into game design and where inspiration comes from.

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