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

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

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

King Arthur Pendragon RPG (with David Larkins)

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In this episode, we finally draw the sword from the stone and examine a game that had an enormous impact on gaming in the 80s: King Arthur Pendragon.

David Larkins, the Pendragon line editor for Chaosium, joins us to tell us about the history of the game, how it works and the future developments.

Judge Blythy, our resident rules-lawyer, reviews the mechanics and we discuss how the game works conceptually.

We also have some closing time chatter about hot topics on our table top.

GROGMEET 2021 – Scrapbook

If you have listened to my brief play-reports on the latest GROGPOD, you can use these images from the weekend to illustrate the event before your very eyes.

GROGMOOR GMs gather to put the swords and the sorcery into Barbarian’s of Lemuria’s epic six table adventure.
Sam Vail’s heroes gather to defeat the demon hoards (“Turn around and look surprised”)
Dave Paterson brings Frankenstein’s RPG to life.
Doc Cowie amasses the Light Bringers against the hoards of Chaos in Gods War.
He donated this amazing trophy in memory of Mike Hobbs (won by Jeremy this year). The award was made and sculpted by Fenris Games and painted by Roy Duffy. Fantastic.
Armchair Adventuring with Daily Dwarf and Blythy
Steve has brought his Potion of Sobriety rolled from a table, apparently at random.
It’s the old school and essential scouser Neil Benson.
Bushido returns with Asako_Soh
Rob demonstrates a strange fist mutant in Troika!
How long is that cheese?
The g-men of Lake Front City relax after bringing the hoods and the unions under control. (strictly non-alcoholic, obviously)
Bud scares the bejesus out of these Call of Cthulhu players
The Fitzgerald
Where is that potion of sobriety when I need it? Playing Paranoia online, into the night.
Kong was much bigger and more impressive in my head

Extra – Dirk and Blythy grogMEET Frankenstein (with Ian Cooper and Paul Fricker)

Dave Paterson hosts Frankenstein’s RPG with Dirk, Blythy, Paul and Ian

Welcome to another extra all about this year’s GROGMEET. This time it includes a live recording made at Fan Boy Three.

Frankenstein’s RPG podcast has been pulling together the best bits of role-playing games this year to produce an epic monster of a game. We got together to decide which would be the best supplement to support the game.

You can catch up with the Frankenstein’s RPG over at anchor.

Also in this extra podcast, I give a personal reflection on the games I played and recommend some podcasts that you may enjoy.

I played Paranoia with Iain Wilson, you can catch some of his actual plays and discussion on his podcast Roll to Save.

Pookie makes quizzes and reviews RPGs.

Newt Newport is a publisher D1o1 games and organises Go Play Manchester.

Tale of the Manticore

What am I Rolling (Vurt actual play)

Breakfast in the Ruins (Wizardry and Wild Romance)

Fictoplasm (Corum)

Weird Studies

Gaming & BS

The Gauntlet Podcast

Fear of the Black Dragon

Smart Party (Jason Cordova interview)

Orlanth Rex’s Gaming Vexes

Titterpigs

You can find out more recommendations by following the newsletter on Patreon.

MOBTOBER – The Gangsterfest

In November, the GROGPOD will be featuring GangBusters, the TSR role-playing game of the roaring twenties.

In preparation, MOBTOBER is a short season of gangster films, a mini-film festival at my house, that you are invited to participate and follow online.

Elsewhere people with more stamina and stronger stomachs are participating in the October Horror Challenge, a more seasonal list. This is a similar challenge, but with a more leisurely pace. Instead of watching a film every day, I will be watching 10 films in 20 days and will write about them on the Dirk Malcolm world of film site.

Why have crime RPGs had such a continuing appeal from Lankhmar to Duskvol?

Heists are a standard adventure for most RPGs, but its difficult to find an RPG that reflects the daily paranoid grind of the fictional mobster: the moral descent into personal oblivion, the need to maintain networks, manage heat from rivals and settle scores. In the realm of genre emulation GangBusters and FGU Gangster! offer little to support this kind of play. The 1980s RPGs were more on the side of the authorities trying to break up organised crime. Of course, we had other ideas and were keen to play the mobsters. Recently, Blades in the Dark offered innovative mechanical features dealing with these matters. It will be interesting to explore some of the tropes of the genre more closely and consider how they might be brought to the table.

A couple of points to note as you study the list: this is not meant to be definitive. I’ve tried to avoid the obvious and focus on films that I haven’t seen before, or in the case of Miller’s Crossing and The Long Good Friday, films that I saw so long ago that I’ve forgotten about them.

Gangster films tend to gather cult status as they are not only ingrained in geek culture, the cliches and tropes appear in mainstream culture through advertisements and are referenced in music, television and every-day discourse.

The second criteria that I have adopted is related to gaming – what are the gameable elements of these films? What are the characters, situations, plots, structures and setting details that lend themselves to RPGs? How do they create the points of contact within the fiction and how can they be used in constructing scenarios?

As I have been pondering this list there have been a number of great suggestions made by the GROGSQUAD over on the discord server and twitter. There’s always the thorny genre issues to mull over, “is it a gangster film or a crime movie with gangsters in it?” In this list I have selected films that attracted my attention and seemed to fit into what I was looking for in a mobster movie. If you don’t think it qualifies as a mobster movie, that’s okay, because this is my list.

Here goes, this is when I’ll be watching the films and where you can find them online.

6th: Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Disney Plus (Star)

8th: Gotti (1996) – You Tube

10th Free Fire (2017) – Prime

12th Scarface (1932) – You Tube

14th New World (2013) – Prime

16th Underworld (1927) – You Tube

18th The Mission (1999) – You Tube

20th The Penalty (1920) – You Tube

22nd The Long Good Friday (1980) – You Tube

24th Boondock Saints (1999) – You Tube

Watching these films is going to be great, but it will be even better if you can take part in the discussion over at discord, on twitter or the Facebook group. If you need the details, then let me know and I’ll send them to you.

This should be a good exercise and will get us all in the mood ready for the trip to LakeFront City in November.

Dirk

Episode 50 (Part 1) Fighting Fantasy (with Ian Livingstone)

Armed with no more than 2 dice a pencil and eraser we are delighted to have special guest Ian Livingstone on Episode 50.

Also in this episode, the return of face to face recording in the Las O Gowrie. Judge Blythy talks to Dirk about his experiences of Fighting Fantasy and reveals his thoughts of the rules. We also talk of Advanced Fighting Fantasy, Troika, and Quarrel and Fable.

Mr Jim Moon, host of the fabulous Hypnogoria shares his first, last and everything.

The return of the excellent Sea Shanty from Daily Dwarf and Lichway Ed Foster.

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Episode 48 (Part 2) Return to Call of Cthulhu (with Lynne Hardy)

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The GROGNARD files returns with the Return of Call of Cthulhu with the return of Lynne Hardy. This time she faces the Keeper’s Screen to reveal her Arcane secrets. She talks about her contribution to the Dying Earth Role-Playing Game, Cogs, Cakes and Swordsticks, the game she designed, and more news about upcoming Chaosium releases that we can look forward to in the coming months.

In the introduction, I refer to it as Episode 47, it’s not, but what are numbers. I have never understood our bizarre numbering system. This show note counts as Errata. We delve into Different Worlds Issue 19 which was a Call of Cthulhu special and features errata, essays by Sandy Petersen and Lyn Willis and more.

The Post Bag returns with comments from listeners. If you are interested in hearing more from The God Learners podcast, you’ll find it where you get your podcasts.

We share a hoary old story about a trip to Morecambe, where nothing really happened, but it was character forming.

This episode features an advert for Tale of the Manticore.

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