DIY Gaming



Episode 74 – DIY Gaming
(a.k.a. It’s Only Got to be Good Enough)

Back by popular demand! The Smart Party presents DIY gaming – what do they mean by this? A bit of reminiscing about how it used to be “back in the day”, a dash of OSR and writing your own stuff, and advice to stop creating and start playing!
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Bonus Episode – Runequest Actual Play



Bonus Episode – Runequest Actual Play

As a special feature, here’s some actual play of the Free RPG Day adventure which is still available at the Chaosium site. The lads along with Mat Hart (currently warming up to release Dungeons & Doggies read more on Facebook here) faced the perils of Glorantha, as realised by Dirk the Dice from The Grognard Files.
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UK Games Expo UK



Episode 73 – UK Games Expo Preview
(a.k.a. Bring Back The Beer Bus)

Spring has sprung, and that can mean only one thing, it’s nearly time for UK Games Expo! The lads are stalwarts of the show, and joined by fellow podcaster, reviewer and Expo veteran Iain McAllister of the Giant Brain to talk about what’s hot, top tips and generally enthuse about the event. You can read more detail of his Top Ten Hit List here.
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Downtime Abbey



Episode 72 – Downtime Abbey
(a.k.a. You’re Not My Supervisor)

What to do with those pesky players when they’re not delving in dungeons? How to convince the GM you need time to fanny around and go shopping for booster potions with real characters? Two sides of the same copper piece my friends, this week the lads talk about downtime or what goes on in games when you’re not doing the core activity (be that punching orcs in the face or using Traveller to model Elite). What do you do with your time outside of the usual stuff? Robin Laws once had a gaming group that would bang the table and shout “Next fight! Next fight!”, but the Smart Party like to think there’s more constructive actions that could be filling the gaming space.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.

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