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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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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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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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Robin Laws at The Kraken 2019



Bonus Episode – Robin Laws at The Kraken 2019
(a.k.a You and I Can Go Fight Some Lesser Podcasts)

He was last at The Kraken two years ago, and so when Robin Laws returned in 2019, it was only right that we tried to get some time to talk to him again about what he’s been up to, reminisce about some old products and get some hot tips on producing better content for aspiring writers everywhere. The Yellow King, Glorantha, Earthdawn, Feng Shui, Gumshoe, etc., the list of credits is too long to list, so sit back and relax as we let Robin do the talking.

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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.

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Dennis Detwiller Interview



Episode 97 – Dennis Detwiller Interview
(a.k.a. Everyone Walking Around In Parkas )

Top guestage again dear listeners, the lads chat to RPG writer and artist Dennis Detwiller who you will no doubt recognise from Ennie-award winning Delta Green, Magic the Gathering, GODLIKE and much more – including Arc Dream’s latest Kickstarter (at time of writing) Wrestlenomicon. The guys talk about the changes in writing and publishing games, classic RPGs, improvements in the industry and making a quality product, plus games stores and digital art and much more.

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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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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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Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan Interview



Episode 86 – Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan Interview

The prolific and talented Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan joins the lads for some gaming chat and excellent advice on writing scenarios. We cover the writing process, collaborating with others, creating specifically for convention games and why gaming books should be useful at the table, among other things. A lot of what Gar says makes perfect sense and our glorious listeners may wonder, as we did, why it’s not just this obvious for everyone – but that’s the mark of someone good at what they do – making it all seem to easy!

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