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The last GROGPOD of 2020 features a classic British Old School RPG, Dragon Warriors.

You can find out more about Dave Morris at his blog and his Patreon.

Daily Dwarf has a blog too.

Dave Paterson is about to launch a new podcast Frankenstein’s RPG and he’s a regular on Orlanth Rex’s Gaming Vexes.

Dragon Warriors is available at Drive Thru RPG (print on demand) as is Casket of Fays. There is a collection of information at The Cobwebbed Forest.

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8 thoughts on “Episode 44 – Dragon Warriors (with Dave Morris)

  1. Thank you, Dirk. This is one of things that I wanted for Christmas…a GROGPOD! I hope everyone across the Atlantic is safe and sound. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow, what a ‘cast. Not only hearing from the brilliant Dave Morris about the roots of my ‘joint-favourite’ RPG, but lots of kind words about my Grogmeet scenario. Dave P, thank you, that game was also probably the highlight of my 38 years gaming. Down to the great players of my home group who play tested it, so i could tweak it for the great players who turned up on the day. You all threw yourselves into it, and i think it was just one of those days where everyone and everything clicks to create some real world magic. Thanks again all. Couldn’t agree more about the DW monsters, for instance The Hag, who i used for a Norman witch, the description in book 4 is just full of rpg gold that fires your imagination, the terrifying stare that can strike you dumb, the stench that affects your fighting, the Potion of Hate which can be smashed down to turn the players against each other, and we haven’t even got on to The Night Bridle, a rope used to hang a man which the Hag uses to ensnare a PC who she’ll then fly through the air on for the night, leaving them shaken and drained the next morning miles away. Needless to say the players were out of their comfort zone when the witch roped one of them and began to mount up. Talk about fully rounded creatures. As ever THE rpg podcast. I’m looking forward to a better 2021 and Grogmeet in the flesh! Happy New Year!

    1. Rog says:

      Oops, that was from me.

    2. Daily Dwarf says:

      Hi Rog, Dave P was right, your Mythago Wood game was really exceptional. You walked a fine line between evoking the source material while at the same time keeping the adventure fresh and full of unexpected moments – all the while GMing with a twinkle in your eye.

  3. Michael Cule says:

    Thanks for the shout-out. It will improve my reputation as a Secret Master.

    I am perhaps a bit too ‘astidous’ myself in providing show notes for IRTWD but I tend to assume that ‘young people today’ won’t have read or even heard of half the things I rattle off in my absent-minded rants so I try to provide context. (I wonder if he meant: ‘assiduous’,or ‘acidulous’?)

    If I recall it correctly it’s pretty ambiguous exactly where CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER was set. The good Captain holds rank in the Imperial army and I don’t think that’s the Empress of India they’re talking about. But the villains have the terribly English name of Durward and live in a Manor… I think it’s laid in the same sort of European nation that Shakespeare set his comedies in, one that looks very, very English.

    It was very good to hear Dave Morris talking about his long ago masterwork and his current activity.

    1. Dirk says:

      I of course meant fastidious – sometimes my lips work slower than my brain. File it with my other Malapropisms such as ‘minefield of ideas’ and incorrect pronunciation of Moorcock protagonists. As each day passes, I turn into my mother.

  4. Chris Revie says:

    I really enjoyed this one! I remember seeing the original DW books when they first came out, but dismissed them as another Fighting Fantasy clone (apologies to all FF fans). Yet from this Grogpod I learned this maybe exactly the game mileau that I’ve been looking for all this time (excluding the years in the freezer). If only they’d come out in “a big core rulebook” at the time I would have paid more attention! Off to Drivethru I go to pay penitence…..

  5. yajster says:

    Dave’s “Can You Brexit” was a hilarious return to CYA books for me. Both educational and fun, which were a pair of concepts you wouldn’t match up with Brexit the last 5 years.
    The Fabled Lands works are amazing, may take me a lifetime or two to get through them.

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