Tag Archives: Advice

Burnout



Episode 122 – Burnout
(aka It’s Not Me, It’s You)

The global pandemic is biting and it’s entirely possible folk are getting a little run down. This time the lads talk through burnout. What is it and what can be done? Are you just fed up for now and need a break, or is there something different going on? Settle into your favourite quiet space dear listeners, and let the old hands give you some words of advice.

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System Matters Too



Episode 121 – System Matters Too
(aka Systems Are Doing it for Themselves?)

The lads have been in lockdown and gaming like daemons. Gaming ones. This has given them exposure to new systems, allowed them to stress test some old ones, jaw about the comparisons between them and even think about what system are for. Dive on in and get the pithy answer to the eternal question “Does system matter?”.

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Online Gaming Advice



Episode 120 – Online Gaming Advice
(aka Can You Hear Me?)

Everywhere is on lockdown, but where there’s challenge, there’s opportunity. Baz and Gaz talk through the mysteries and vagaries of taking your RPGs online. How do you even get started? Where do you go to find a game? Why is everyone wearing headphones? Find out the answers to theses and many other question in this episode.

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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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Savage Worlds Walkthrough – Part Two



Episode 104 – Savage Worlds Walkthrough – Part Two
(a.k.a. Who Doesn’t Like Rolling 15d8?)

Savage Worlds part two, electric bugaloo. Who doesn’t like cool subsystems and engaging GM advice? Savage Worlds has a lovely variety of bonus rules, including Allies, Mass Battles, Dramatic Tasks and more. The lads also discuss powers, magic and otherwise – plus the excellent GM advice section! Plus, of course, an overview of the game as a whole.

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Savage Worlds Walkthrough – Part One



Episode 103 – Savage Worlds Walkthrough – Part One
(a.k.a. What Colour is Your Wild Die?)

Savage Worlds is one of the lad’s favourite games, they’ve been there since the beginning (arguably before!) and the new Adventure Edition is hitting virtual inboxes everywhere, with the physical products due in store soon (sometimes referred to as SWADE) – so let the guys take you on a walkthrough of one of the best action adventure systems out there. Great for beginners thinking of joining in, or old hands who want to see what’s new.

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UK Games Expo 2019



It’s that time of year – the UK’s biggest gaming event is just around the corner. UK Games Expo 2019 is upon us and the lads have a good old natter about what to do, things to see and what’s hot for 2019. Never been before? Just want to get excited? Happy just to hear geeks chunter on about gaming stuff? It’s all here…

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Designing Scenarios



Episode 83 – Designing Scenarios

Scenarios are what it’s all about! Thanks to glorious supporters on Patreon, The Smart Party have pumped out a couple of adventures – one whimsical from Baz and another more gritty from Gaz. This week the lads chat about the process of designing their own scenarios and some of the tips and tricks they’ve learned from their own writing and reading (and playing) other peoples’. Struggle to write your own stuff? Wonder what goes on behind the scenes? This podcast is for you!
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Teachers & Teaching



Episode 78 – Teachers & Teaching

This week the lads are joined by educators Pete Atkinson and Neil Gow to talk about how teaching influences gaming, or vice versa. Is the noble art of pedagogy something that helps or hinders young minds when it comes to playing games? With a teacher of primary, secondary and further education on board, the assembled classroom discusses what lesson we can all learn.
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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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