GROGMEET2022 – Scrapbook

As you listen to the GROGMEET22 podcast, why not browse through some of these images from the event. You find more write ups and reflections from Clarky, Stef, and Graham . (Let me know if there are more).

The GROGMANIA GMs – about to get spug-happy!
Ajen is a BOING! TM Direct Hit!
Sam killed more perps on a fast-moving Skegway than Dredd on a good day
“More rum” Film Fan Mike tries to keep out the cold
Kaye and Cris contemplate the Gods War. Kaye went on to win the Mike Hobbs Trophy.
GROGMEETeve game of Titan Effect using Pallas The Sentinel GM Screen
Posh Beans all round!
Doc Cowie presents ….
Pendragon … in Space!
Paul Baldowski introduces – Rick Wakeman meets The A Team
Pookie is either a Mercenary, Spy or a Private Eye here ….
Tangled Andy’s Dark Heresy Game had a splendid tabletop and …
an amazing player hand-out
Frankenstein Dave shows off his impressive spy-glass
Welcome to my Kingdom. Gaz is about to go Savage with zombies!
GROGSQUAD!
Chris McDowall taps the ridiculous home-made shrine

Into the Odd RPG at GROGMEET22 (with Chris McDowall) Ep. 57

Join us at GROGMEET22 where we meet Chris McDowall, author of Into the Odd and Electric Bastionland.

At GROGMEET22 we had a great gaming experience with members of the GROGSQUAD. In this podcast we look back on some of the highlights.

Introduction to Chris McDowall. Chris talks about his formative years as a gamer and the influences on his design choices.

12:00 A GamesMaster Prepares – Dirk and Blythy discuss their experiences GMing the multi-table Mothership game and the other great games.

42:00 OpenBox – Chris McDowall introduces Into the Odd and Electric Bastionland.

01:12 GamesMaster Prepares more – A discussion of more games played, including Old School Essentials using these great pre-generated characters.

Thanks to everyone who made the event possible.

PROGMEET competition

I know what I like in my wardrobe. Study the incredible PROGMEET illustration to win a prize.

This weekend is GROGMEET 2022. For some long forgotten reason it has a progressive rock theme. Some of the games have taken their influence from Prog Rock classics from Genesis to Gong.

The wonderful illustrator Simon Perrins was commissioned to produce this incredible image.

You can get stuff with it on at the Redbubble Store.

You can win a prize for listing the most references to prog, gaming and music that you can spot.

The winner with the highest verified list will be announced on 20th November 2022.

Make your submission by using this form.

Closing date is 17th November 2022 (midnight).

Dirk

SwordBearer RPG Ep.56

This is the GROGPOD naked. There’s no interviews or GROGSQUAD sections, it is just Dirk and Blythy talking bobbins. Swordbearer was a game that we played a lot for a brief period. We liked it, but for some reason it didn’t connect and become a game that did not stick in our repertoire. Why not?

Intro: This is The GROGNARD files and we are talking SwordBearer

Speed-Dating: Open Box, Judge Blythy Rules! Monster off! we explore the SwordBearer game and its amazing innovations.

Advert: Third Floor Wars – great interviews with game designers

GamesMaster’s Screen: We look at some of the games that are on our shelf that we have not yet played. Should we Play, Stay, or give away:

Würm – the prehistoric tribal RPG

Icons – the Super Hero Game

Apocalypse World – the ground-breaking RPG about post catastrophe role-playing

Warrior, Rogue, Mage – an OSR game with neat ideas

Ironsworn

Band of Blades

Outro: Don’t forget that you can still join virtual GROGMEET over at WARHORN.

If you want to support the Patreon, now is good time to join as the benefits are about to be refreshed.

Savage Worlds (with Christian Nommay) Ep55 (Part 2)

This time we explore the worlds of Savage Worlds from Deadlands to Slipstream and beyond.

This is the second part of our episode all about Savage Worlds. This time we look at some of the settings that we have enjoyed playing in over the past few years.

3.15 Titan Effect, interview with Christian Nommay. The new Declassified edition is available on Drive Thru RPG

24.43 The GamesMasters Screen – Judge Blythy joins me in the Zoom of Role-Playing Rambling to look at Deadlands, Slipstream, The Day After Ragnarok, Necessary Evil and others to explore the varied Savage Worlds you can play in.

You can read more about Wages Ophir on this very site.

1.11.50 Appendix G. Michael Butler asks us, “who watches the Watchmen?”

1.35.01 I’ll Get Mi Coat. Closing Time chatter about Kult and where is the role-playing?

You can find out the latest about GROGMEET here and support the podcast at Patreon.

Full Fathom Five (with Paul Fricker) Book Club – Extra

“Moby Dick as a Slasher pic” Paul Fricker talks to The Great Library of RPGs Book Club about Full Fathom Five for Call of Cthulhu.

Art by John Sumrow

INTRO: Welcome to another Book Club Extra. We take break from the usual format to give you a little something extra. The Great Library of RPGs Book Club meets on the first Sunday of the month between 9:30 – 11:00. You can join at the Bookclub app if you are interested and follow developments on the discord server (contact me for an invite).

Full Fathom Five (2.30) – Paul Fricker talks to us about his scenario Full Fathom Five which is available at the Miskatonic Depository. He has recently contributed to the Story Telling Collective, giving guidance on writing Call of Cthulhu adventures. We look at some of the influences on Full Fathom Five including Moby Dick, the story of The Essex, and Master and Commander. Paul is one of the hosts of The Good Friends of Jackson Ellias (I appeared on there, talking about Gangsters and Gozu).

Actual Play (46.16) If you are a Patreon of the GROGNARD files, you can take part in the monthly one-shot club. This is a bit of sample play of Full Fathom Five. The rest will be released on The Patreon feed later in September.

GROGGLEBOX (56:23) Blythy and Dirk talk about The Thing (1982)

Tale of the Manticore advert (1.32)

I’ll Get mi Coat 1.32 – The end of one campaign and the start of another.

Savage Worlds (with Eric Lamoureux) Ep 55 Pt. 1

Exploring the very best that Savage Worlds RPG can offer the gamer. Personal insights from The Armchair Adventurers (Dirk, Blythy and The Daily Dwarf) and special guest Eric Lamoureux

Welcome to an episode that we have been talking about for a while. The Armchair Adventurers Club have played more Savage Worlds over the past few years than any other game, so why has it taken us so long to get to this episode? There is so much to cover and this first part goes on forever! Thankfully, with new chapter breaks, you can take your time to find a way through it.

Daily Dwarf (4.34) Makes a return, telling the story of how we got into Savage Worlds in the first place and what White Dwarf in its hey day had to say about generic systems. @dailydwarf credits What Would the Smart Party Do? for championing the system.

Open Box (14.18) Eric Lamoureux, host of the Wild Die Savage Worlds podcast, joins us in the Zoom of Roleplaying Rambling to talk about Wise Guys, his excellent gangster game, and other Savage Worlds projects.

Judge Blythy Rules (50.34) When it comes to Games Mastering Savage Worlds, we have had different experiences. Blythy has run campaigns in the published settings, I have done one shots in my own settings. In the noisy Las O Gowrie pub in Manchester we compare some of our favourite aspects of the game.

Talk Top Talk from Third Floor Wars (1.47.0) We recommend this great podcast which really gets under the skin of games design in interviews with people who make games.

I’ll Get mi Coat (1.47.30) Closing time chatter about the games that we are working on at the moment and some of our thoughts. Incudes Things from the Flood and The League of Eternal Guardians.

We also mention Run the Adventure and Roll to Save podcasts. If you are interested in Owl Bear and the Wizard’s Staff convention, you’ll find information about the face-to-face event on the site, while the online convention sign ups are on Warhorn.

The Bookclub membership is managed via Bookclubz, where you’ll find more about our meetings on the first Sunday of every month (except when it isn’t)

Thanks for giving us a monthly tip at Patreon. It is very much appreciated.

Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep. 54 (Part 2)

This is the second part of our exploration of Scarred for Life, the fantastic series of books about growing up in the dark decades of the seventies and eighties. Gen X-rated popular culture shaped our imaginations and informed our gaming.

Buy the books here.

Content warning for this one as we quote directly from a couple of controversial games from the 80s.

I’ve had a go at putting chapters on this one. In case they don’t pull through, here is the menu:

00:00 INTRO: The incredible ghost voices that appeared on the free flexi-disc from The Unexplained magazine.

03:53 The GAMESMASTER’s Screen. Ste Brotherstone give us insight from the forthcoming volume of Scarred for Life. Phoenix Command, Alma Mater, The Unexplained: Mysteries of Mind, Space, & Time, The Price of Freedom, and 2000ad. I also mention the wonderful Save for Half podcast who did a recent episode on East Texas University.

57:30 Library Use. Judge Blythy joins me in the Room of Role-Playing rambling to look at Unexplained magazine. I make a mistake – it didn’t last for 115 issues, it was 157!

1:33:0 Advert. Frankenstein’s RPG podcast – I appeared on a recent episode about Magic/ PSIonics and Investigation in SF role-playing games.

1:34:0 I’ll Get mi Coat. Closing time chatter about Agon, Delta Green and a brief mention of the UNIT campaign.

1:46:Outro. The Book Club is on the first Sunday of every month at 09:30 GMT for 90 minutes. Owl Bear and The Wizard’s Staff convention is scheduled to take place on the weekend 2nd September. I will be supporting an online version of the event. Watch this space for more details.

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UK GAMES Expo 2022 – Scrapbook

The platty jubes weekender! Cod bless ya!
Benjamin Smith GM, looks over the GODSWALL
“I have in my hand, a piece of paper …” yeah, yeah, whatever
GROGSQUAD Assemble! Paul, Dave, Ed, Jim, Pookie, Bud, Mike and Steve.
Traveller – a raft heading to the surface … The Vargr’s head stuck outside of the window
Doom, Fortune, Momentum and other bits flying across the table for Conan.
The accidental spoons incident
Bed time reading … the incredible Cults of Cthulhu
The Priest of Honen and Hotath meditating was a lot cooler in my head than it looks here
(by Julian Haley)
Making the way around the Trade Hall with Old Scouse Roleplayer