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Monsters! Monsters! RPG with Ken St Andre

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INTRO: 00:00:16 – This is the first part of a two part episode looking at the games and worlds created by Ken St Andre. He’s one of the founders of the hobby and tremendously influential on the development of RPGS.

OPEN BOX: 00:04:40 – Live from his Troll Cave in Arizona, The Trollgodfather tells the story of his origins and influences. Find Ken St Andre works at Trollhalla.

WHITE DWARF: 00:40:40 @dailydwarf is back! He’s looking at how White Dwarf provided advice on how to get the best out of your monsters!

FIRST, LAST, EVERYTHING: 00:55:10 A brand new feature for the GROGPOD – a member of the GROGSQUAD selects three of their favourite games – the first they played, the last game that got them excited and the game that means everything to them. James Holloway from the Monster Man podcast is up first.

GAMESMASTERS’ SCREEN 01:03:40 Blythy and Dirk in the room of roleplaying rambling playing monsters.

OUTRO: Check out Save for Half and their episode about Monsters! Monsters! The most recent edition of What would the Smart Party do? podcast covers 70s games. If you’d like to hear a Monsters! Monsters! actual play, go to Whartson Hall.

The GROGZINE is coming as a gift for Patreons.

3 thoughts on “Episode 28 (Part 1) Monsters! Monsters! RPG (with Ken St Andre)

  1. Alex Megaton says:

    Awesome! T&T was my first ever RPG experience back in 1983, and I still love it – so superior to The Other Game and undeservedly obscure.

  2. Daily Dwarf says:

    Hugely enjoyable interview with Ken St Andre – his joyful enthusiasm for gaming really shone through. I remember his friendly, chatty tone from the series of articles he wrote for White Dwarf way back when – it’s heartening to hear that thirty years later he still has that same infectious sense of fun.

    There’s a poignancy in the fact that he never spoke with Gary Gygax; despite their different approaches to gaming, I suspect they would have had a good deal in common, not least their shared love of fantasy literature. And if all else failed, Ken could have taken Gary to a go-go bar.

    1. Similarly buoyed by the interview with Ken – genuinely sounded filled with life. I was thinking Gary would have had to work pretty hard not to at least meet Ken but I guess those were the days when gaming opportunities to meet were harder to come back – not so sure about them getting on. Anyway looking forward to part two

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