I’m Dirk the Dice and this is the GROGNARD files podcast, talking bobbins about table-top RPGs from back in the day and today.
The Armchair Adventurers are small FRPG group that meet monthly in Bolton. We first got together thanks to a ‘small ad’ in WHITE DWARF in 1983.
We got back together in 2010 to play Call of Cthulhu Masks of Nyarlathotep monthly for 3 years. Playing again reignited our passion for RPGs, so we returned to some more classic campaigns from our teenage years: RuneQuest BORDERLANDS, Traveller ADVENTURE, RuneQuest GRIFFIN MOUNTAIN and Call of Cthulhu FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH.
Our interest began to shift towards what had happened to RPGs during our period away from the hobby.
The GROGPOD tells our story. Each episode is about 90 minutes long and features regular sections: Open Box, a reflection on a game, then and now; White Dwarf, wonderful essays examining how White Dwarf supported RPGs written by @dailydwarf ; Judge Blythy Rules, a deep dive into the mechanics of a game; and interviews, reviews and views.
It features regular contributions from Judge Blythy @sjamb7 , Ed in his Shed @Edinthesand and The White Dwarf @DailyDwarf with special guests.
Stream from Spotify or download from iTunes and places where podcasts can be found.
Ep1: RuneQuest (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep2: Call of Cthulhu (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep3: Traveller (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep4: RPG Games Conventions DragonMeet ’15
Ep5: StormBringer (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep6: ‘Advanced’ Dungeons and Dragons (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
Ep7: Tunnels and Trolls (with Jon Hancock) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep8: The Traveller Adventure and a Guide to Online Play
Ep9: Imagine Magazine (with Paul Cockburn) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep10: More RuneQuest (with Rick Meints) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep11: Top Secret
Ep12: Games Workshop and Citadel Miniatures (with Tim Olsen) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep13: Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes (with Jon Hancock)
Ep14: RPG Fanzines and PBMs (with Ian Marsh) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep15: James Bond 007
Ep16: More Call of Cthulhu (with Mike Mason) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep17: Review of 2017
Ep18: Judge Dredd RPG (with Marc Gascoigne) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep19: Paranoia (with Paul Baldowski)
Ep20: Golden Heroes (with Simon Burley) (Part 1)(Part 2)
Ep21: Night’s Black Agents (with Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan)
Ep22: RuneQuest Renaissance (with MOB) (Part 1) (Part 2)
Ep23: Dungeons and Dragons, Storm Kings Thunder
Ep24: Warhammer Fantasy Role Playing (with Graeme Davis) (Part 1) (Part 2)
EP25: Review of 2018 (Featuring WFRP actual play)
EP26: HeroQuest (with Ian Cooper) recorded at GROGMEET
EP27: Robin of Sherwood (with Graham Staplehurst) (Part 1)
EP27: (Part 2) Fate (with Robin of Sherwood actual play)
EP28: (Part 1) Monsters! Monsters! (with Ken St Andre)
EP28: (Part 2) More Tunnels and Trolls (with Ken St Andre)
EP29: (Part 1) White Dwarf the RPG years (with Mike Brunton)
EP29: Extra – Mike Brunton: a tribute
EP29: (Part 2) White Dwarf the RPG Years
EP30: Blake’s 7 RPG
EP30: Extra – Blake’s 7 RPG Actual Play
EP32: Thieves’ World
EP33: Live Action Role-Playing (with Jamie Thomson)
EP34: Review of 2019 (with Jamie Thomson)
EP35: (Part 1) MiddleEarth Role-Playing (MERP) (with Liz Danforth)
Call of Cthulhu Actual Play (with How We Roll podcast and Scott Dorward)
Stormbringer Actual Play (with Red Moon Roleplaying)
An RPG GamesMaster Prepares (UK Games Expo 19)
RPG Gamer Dad
Dissecting Worlds: Stafford vrs Gygax
What Would the Smart Party Do? – RuneQuest
RPG Academy – Trial of RuneQuest
100 Episodes of What Would the Smart Party Do?
Warhammer Actual Play
How to GM at Conventions (UK Games Expo 19)\
Appendix N Book Club – Moorcock’s Singing Citadel
Review of 2019 (with the Smart Party and Paul Fricker)