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Dragons Are Real

127 EpisodesProduced by Pete JonesWebsite

A podcast about tabletop role playing games.Email: dragonsarerealpodcast@pm.meRSS Feed:

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Hack 100 - Simple d100 RPG

October 24th, 2023


Hack100 is a tabletop role-playing game system in which characters can be created in minutes and the vast majority of in-game actions are covered by …

FIST (Freelance Infantry Strike Team)

September 20th, 2023


FIST: Ultra Edition is a tabletop roleplaying game about paranormal mercenaries doing the tough jobs no one else can. In the game, you belong to a …

Havoc Brigade / Eat the Reich

September 12th, 2023


A one-shot tabletop RPG for up to six players (and one GM); where you play orcs trying to infiltrate a human infested city and abduct Prince Theodore …

The Monster Overhaul

July 20th, 2023


The Monster Overhaul is a massive Role Playing Game bestiary designed for at-table utility. Monsters are presented alongside useful tools, ready for …

5B: The 5th Edition B/X Hybrid

June 26th, 2023


The 5th Edition - B/X hybrid, 5B applies OSR principles of play to a ruleset compatible with 5e D&D material.


  • Four Classes (Fighter, …

Shadowdark RPG

June 13th, 2023


Shadowdark RPG is what old-school fantasy gaming would look like after being redesigned with 50 years of innovation.

The game is fast, familiar, …

Space Aces

May 11th, 2023


Space Aces is an homage to an undying love of happy, hopeful, & campy Sci Fi. A modular, lightweight, optimistic sci-fi tabletop adventure game …

Through The Void

April 17th, 2023


Through The Void is a minimalist OSR (Old School Renaissance) inspired RPG for 1-7 players by Tony Vasinda and the Plus One Team. The core rules of …

119: 13th Age

March 15th, 2023


A review of 13th Age. In the 13th Age of the world, adventurers seek their fortunes in the Dragon Empire while powerful individuals known as Icons …

118: Victory Basic

January 19th, 2023


VICTORY BASIC is a classic dungeon delving game inspired by original and basic edition fantasy wargames rules.

The system is based in part on the …

117: Lord of the Rings Roleplaying 5e

October 26th, 2022


Return to Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings™ Roleplaying, a brand new adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien using the rules for 5E. Based …

116: Slayers

September 13th, 2022


Slayers is a tabletop RPG of mercenaries and monster hunters for hire. Known by locals as Slayers, players wander a haunted city, cursed long ago to expand towards the horizon forever. Slayers help clean out the …

115: Oz by Andrew Kolb

August 14th, 2022


Oz by author Andrew Kolb is a detailed setting, compatible with 5th Edition. Like Andrew's previous book Neverland a great deal of effort has been …

114: EZD6

July 18th, 2022


A rules-light D6 RPG system that puts creativity over complexity, but delivers a suprising amount of variation and mechanical wiggle. A D6 dice …

113 Blood & Gold

July 10th, 2022


Blood and Gold is a rules-lite tabletop roleplaying game with old school sensibilities combined with modern fluid mechanics.   It is Fast to Learn, …

112: 2400 Lo-Fi Sci-Fi RPG

June 26th, 2022


2400 is a plug-and-play toolkit. It’s not just one RPG, but a series of self-contained modules, easy to slot in or ignore entirely. Each one is 3 …

111 Breathless

May 16th, 2022


Breathless is a survival horror role-playing game featuring dreading mechanics. Every skill check brings you one step closer to more dangerous …

110 3,2,1...Action! Rule Book

April 5th, 2022


Starting off from a Kickstarter in 2021 as Rocket to Russia, the 3,2,1...Action Rule Book is the core rules from that KS, These core rules can be …

109 5th Edition Funnels

March 21st, 2022


How to run a Funnel adventure in 5th Edition.

5th Edition Funnel:

The OSR Guide to …

108 A5E Trials and Treasures

February 15th, 2022


The final book in the Level Up: Advanced 5e line: Trials and Treasures.


Everyday Heroes blogpost:



107 Awfully Cheerful Engine

January 25th, 2022


A look at the new core Awfully Cheerful Engine inspired by the Ghostbusters RPG.

DriveThu RPG:

106 A5E Monstrous Menagerie

December 28th, 2021


Level Up: Advanced 5e Monsterous Menagerie is the "Monster Manual" for A5E




105 A5E Adventurers Guide

November 15th, 2021


Level Up: Advanced 5e is a standalone 5e tabletop RPG by EnWorld Publishing. Fully compatible with core 5e but adding more depth and variety on the …

104: Neverland RPG

November 3rd, 2021


Many have heard of the island of Neverland. Stories of pirates, mermaids and Peter Pan are told by parents around the world to send their children …

103 Dark Streets and Darker Secrets

October 21st, 2021


Dark Streets & Darker Secrets is a Street & Sorcery Rules Light Role-Playing Game with an Old School spirit. It’s a game about modern …

102 Fifth Edition Monster Mash

October 6th, 2021


I look at building Monsters in 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons and calculating if encounters are deadly for your players.


The Dungeon Masters …

101 Chase rules in Role Playing Games

September 23rd, 2021


A look at Chase rules in roleplaying games over the last 4 decades.

 Rules covered: James Bond 007, D&D 5e, Savage Worlds, Blades in the Dark, …

100 ICRPG Master Edition

September 14th, 2021


After a short break from podcasting I'm back with a review of the new Index Card RPG Master Edition from Runehammer and Modiphius Entertainement



099 Neon City Overdrive

June 7th, 2021


Neon City Overdrive by Nathan Russell is a fast-playing RPG of cyberpunk action. With a focus on story and action.

DriveThru RPG:

096 Old School and Cool Zines

May 16th, 2021


A Review of Old School & Cool Zines, volume 1 & 2.

Knight Owl Publishing:



092 Stitched Brutal Dark Demons

April 26th, 2021


I review 3 of my ZineQuest haul:


Brutal Quest

Darkest Dungeons, Demons & Devils



090 2d6 Fantasy RPGs

April 19th, 2021


2d6 Fantasy is a good alternative to d20 and d100 Fantasy games. In this episode I look at 4 products that tackle the 2d6 Sword and Sorcery genre.

Barbarians of Lemuria
BoL Original:

089 Kickstarter News 14 Apr 2021

April 14th, 2021


A new mini series recorded every Wednesday and released simultaneously on Audio podcast and YouTube.

New RPG crowd funding projects on Kickstarter …

088 Cepheus Engine

April 11th, 2021


Traveller is a science fiction role-playing game, first published in 1977 by Game Designers' Workshop. Cepheus Engine uses the Mongoose SRD and is a …

087 Those Dark Places

March 24th, 2021


Those Dark Places is a rules lite Industrial Science Fiction Horror game by Jonathan Hicks and released by Osprey Games.

086 Star Trek: Adventure Gaming in the Final Frontier

March 2nd, 2021


The first Star Trek RPG was not by FASA but by Heritage Models in 1978. I look at this long forgotten RPG.

Asacolips Powered by the Apocalypse …

085 Journeys in RPG's

February 23rd, 2021


How to handle Journeys in RPG's and make them more interesting.

Siege: Pocket Warfare :

084 Quest RPG - ideal for newcomers

February 13th, 2021


A review of Quest RPG a great game for newcomers to Roleplaying.

Community Creators Resource:

082 ZineQuest Part 4

February 7th, 2021


Part 4 of releases of zines for ZineQuest 2021

The Zines:

Tomb of Immolation:

081 ZineQuest Part 3

February 4th, 2021


Part 3 of my look at ZineQuest 2021

RPG Zines Gacebook Group:
Plus One Exp Youtube:
Tenkars Tavern Podcast:

080 More Zines - Zinequest Part 2

February 2nd, 2021


The second pick of the bunch from ZineQuest 3.

The Many Crypts of Lady Ingrade:
BEstitchARY for Mork Borg:

079 ZineQuest 2021

February 1st, 2021


ZineQuest 3 runs during the month of February I look at the first release that drew my interest.

Affinity Publisher sale:

Stories from the Slough:

078 Mothership

January 30th, 2021


Mothership by Tuesday Night Games is a Science Fiction Horror game.
Available from DriveThru RPG:

White Lies:

077 Knave

January 18th, 2021


Knave is a set of rules by Ben Milton for running old school fantasy RPGs without classes. Highly compatible with OSR games, so you can use any …

076 Maze Rats

January 8th, 2021


In this episode I review Maze rats by Ben Milton.

Froth's Humpday RPG


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075 Dungeons and Dragons 5e Basic Rules

December 14th, 2020


Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition is available in many forms, both in print and in Digital. You can play up to level 20 with a free PDF available from …

074 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars

November 26th, 2020


A review of 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars where you play troopers killing bugs on Alien planets, think Starship Troopers.

YouTube Actual Play with John Harper:

073 Liminal

November 4th, 2020


Liminal is a self-contained tabletop roleplaying game about those on the boundary between the modern day United Kingdom and the Hidden World- the …

072 AiME Thoughts After First Session

October 27th, 2020


Following last weeks review of Adventures in Middle Earth, I  give my thoughts of the game after playing the first session. Callins from Jason, Karl …

071 Adventures in Middle Earth

October 4th, 2020


In this episode I briefly talk about a new upcoming VTT that I have joined the team - Mythic Table.

In the main topic my thoughts on Adventures in Middle Earth.

Mythic Table VTT:

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069 Three Wuxia RPGs

September 15th, 2020


Wuxia novels and films are a fascinating genre. I discuss three different RPG's that allow you to experience that Wuxia feel at the table top:

Art of Wuxia:
Feng Shui 2:

067 Numenera Discovery

September 2nd, 2020


A review of Numenera Discovery by Monte Cooke Games (

Old School Essentials:

066 Cortex Prime

August 28th, 2020


Cortex Prime the generic role-play system has been released as a PDF to backers. I take a look at the PDF, call-ins from John Alan Large, Spencer …

065 Prose Descriptive Qualities

August 10th, 2020


The PDQ (Prose Descriptive Qualities) system is a rules-light game engine that has three different levels of task resolution for any situation, in …

064 Bitesize: The Bulete (aka Landshark)

August 1st, 2020


I watched a video of Tim Kask (TSR) talking about his time at the company and how the infamous Bulete monster appeared in issue #1 of Dragon …

063 Judge Dredd RPG's Part 3

July 8th, 2020


In part three of these series I look at the Traveller based version of Judge Dredd released by Mongoose in 2009.



062 Macho Women With Guns

July 1st, 2020


A game that was to change the landscape of the RPG industry, and yet no one has heard of this game. Today I look at Macho Women With Guns, but don't try and buy it anywhere as the author no longer sells it.



061 Desperados The Pen and Paper Roleplaying Game

June 23rd, 2020


Based on the award-winning video game franchise, this classic tabletop RPG aims to combine the best of both worlds: the challenging, tactical encounters of Desperados III and the freedom of choice and immersion one can …

060 Does it matter which VTT you use

June 8th, 2020


With so many different Virtual Tabletops available, does it really matter which one you use?


OSR Anchorites on Audio Dungeon …

059 Bearcats (Red Dawn)

June 3rd, 2020


The 1984 film Red Dawn, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey is the inspiration for this System Neutral Campaign Setting from Runehammer games. 

Drivethru RPG: 

058 Blood and Snow

May 31st, 2020


I have been playing alot of ICRPG recently. In this episode I take a look at the Blood and Snow Supplement where brutal ice age adventures take place …

057 Everywhen RPG Review

May 23rd, 2020


Everywhen is a standalone game of 2d6 pulp action that builds on Simon Washbourne's acclaimed Barbarians of Lemuria roleplaying system to provide …

056 Blake's 7 The RPG

May 9th, 2020


Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC broadcast between 1978-81.

I review the RPG written by Kin Ming Looi and Zoe Taylor (1994) and released through the Blake's 7 Appreciation …

055 Runehammer VTT coming

April 24th, 2020


Hankerin Ferinale of Runehammer and ICRPG author has announced he will be releasing a Runehammer VTT very soon.

My YouTube video for gTove is now up:



054 Three Alternate Virtual Table Tops (VTT)

April 14th, 2020


I mention three alternative virtual table tops. If you want to hear about Roll 20, Fantasy Grounds and Table Top Simulator check out these podcast …

053 New Maptool Tutorials

April 7th, 2020


An update on what I've been up to and launching my new Maptool Tutorial series on YouTube.

Roll20 Tutorials: Follow Me and Die

Tabletop Simulator …

052 Bonus Episode Call ins

April 2nd, 2020


This bonus episode is to answer some of the call-ins, a big thank you to you all for them.

Joe Richter:
Josh Beckelheimer:
Goblin's Henchman:

051 Concrete Cow RPG Con

March 17th, 2020


I recently visited the Concrete Cow RPG Con at Milton Keynes. I discuss the games I played in.

Code of the Spacelanes by Simon Burley: Drivethru and

050 Bitesize : Towns and Taverns Battlemats

March 5th, 2020


A range of lay flat RPG Battle Map Books. Pre-printed, laminated and can be linked together with the companies previous products. 

Loke Battle Mats:

049 Bitesize: Tricube Tales

March 3rd, 2020


The Bitesize episodes are typically going to be under 5 minutes, where I will briefly cover a  topic, product or idea. It will not be in depth's review but just a quick look and i will point you in the direction of …

048 Judge Dredd RPG's Part 2

February 25th, 2020


The second Judge Dredd game was published by Mongoose and based on the d20 system. A quick review of it and my thoughts.

This episode also features …

047 Mork Borg Review

February 18th, 2020


A requested review by Jason from the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast. MÖRK BORG is a pitch-black apocalyptic fantasy RPG about lost souls and fools seeking …

046 Judge Dredd RPG's Part 1

February 8th, 2020


There have been four Roleplaying Games about Judge Dredd, in this episode I talk about Games Workshop 1985 game. 

Have an opinion or thoughts on this …

045 Reviewing The Islands of Purple Haunted Putresence (Part 2)

January 16th, 2020


In this episode I'm joined by my fellow Purple Worm co-host John Alan Large of the fabulous Red Dice Diaries podcast, the first part of this review …

044 Prince Valiant The Story Telling Game

January 15th, 2020


Prince Valiant: The Story-Telling Game is the official role-playing game based on Hal Foster's comic strip of the same name. Created by Greg Stafford …

043 A Retrospective of 2019 and Call Ins

January 5th, 2020


I look back at the first year of podcasting.

Call ins from Rob C, Evil Jeff, John Alan Large, Loco Ludus, Josh Beckleheimer and Jeff Collyer


042 A Mouse RPG (MausRitter)

December 27th, 2019


Mouse Guard is a graphic book by David Peterson, which is a wonderful premise. It has an official RPG which is  based on the Burning wheel system.

041 War of the Worlds

December 9th, 2019


Post Apocalyptic gaming in the Victorian Era, beware there are spoilers for the BBC adaptation of the War of the Worlds. I'm reading the Star Lord comics from 1978 where the Strontium Dogs comic strip was introduced to …

040 Best Left Buried

December 3rd, 2019


Recently I played in a Best Left Buried one shot with Jason Connerley of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast. I discuss the rules and mechanics, then give my …

039 Hammer House of Horror and Lite Games

November 30th, 2019


I have call-ins from Jason Connerly from Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Joe Richter from Hindsightless and John Alan Large from Red Dice Diaries.

Why I like …

038 Old School Essentials Unboxing

November 21st, 2019


A quick episode as I unbox this Kickstarter from Gavin Norman

037 Tokens and Miniatures

November 19th, 2019


In this episode I have a couple of call-ins from Jason Connerley of the Nerds RPG Variety Cast

I talk about a few games I have been playing The Black Hack, Lamentations of the Flame Princes …

036 Aliens Roleplaying Game

November 11th, 2019


Free League have delivered their hard copies of their Alien The Roleplaying Game, I have an overview of the items I received from the Kickstarter.


035 Dragon Warriors

November 6th, 2019


Dragon Warriors was an RPG released as a set of paperback books which was a competitor to Fighting Fantasy. A traditional game that was later released as a hardback book.

Purple Worm Podcast:

034 Call Ins

October 28th, 2019


In this episode I answer some call ins.

Jason : Nerds Variety RPG Cast
Dave Aldridge : dPercentile
John Alan Large: Red Dice Diaries

Purple worm Podcast:


Podcast Website:

033 I'm A Designer Too (AAA Month)

October 23rd, 2019


In the final episode for Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month I present a set of light rules written by me.

I explain how the rules work and my …

032 ICRPG (Index Card Role Playing Game)

October 21st, 2019


A review of ICRPG, a game by Brandish Gilhelm, With a call in from John Alan Large of Red Dice Diaries

An advert for the new Purple Worm Podcast:

Runehammer Forum:

031 Unsung Hero (AAA Month)

October 16th, 2019


The fourth episode of Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month is to nominate your Unsung Hero for the RPG hobby, my nomination is Professor John Eric …

030 Ubiquity System Review

October 13th, 2019


This is a review of the Ubiquity RPG System as used in Hollow Earth Expedition, Leagues of Adventure, All For One, Space 1889 and Desolation. 


029 Playing the Game (AAA Month)

October 13th, 2019


I have a similar history to Dave Arneson, starting as a wargamer and becoming a roleplayer. This episode I talk about how I started in the hobby.


028 Rules We Don't Need No Stinkin Rules (AAA)

October 6th, 2019


In honour of Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month we talk about a rules lite system we like. My choice is Wanton Roleplay System (WaRP) by Atlas Games …

027 That One Player (AAA Month)

October 1st, 2019


October is Anchorites Appreciate Arneson month in memory of the late Dave Arneson one of the founders of the RPG Hobby. In the first episode after a call in from Jason, I talk about that one player in the game, like …

026 Shadow of the Demon Lord

September 24th, 2019


A short review of Shadow of the Demon Lord by Robert Schwalb. This review was requested by Jason and you can find his podcast at:


Podcast Website:

025 A Quarter of Century - Call Ins

September 17th, 2019


I have reached a quarter of a century with the podcast. So to celebrate I have some call-ins.

Jason's Podcast:

024 What I have been Slaying and a free PDF

September 8th, 2019


Call in from Goblin's Henchman about point crawls. I talk about some of the games I have been playing recently.

One of the games I ran at my local gaming club was Fear & Fun, a Stranger Things type game that I …

023 Hex Crawls and Point Crawls

September 1st, 2019


The traditional wilderness mapping in OSR games is by use of the Hexcrawl. A hex grid is over-layed the map and is used for traversing the world. In …

022 The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

August 26th, 2019


A book you may find useful when crafting locations in your games.

The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi …

021 Alien RPG and some alternatives

August 7th, 2019


The Cinematic Starter Kit for the forthcoming Alien RPG by Fria League has been released to backers. If you want some more Alien type games in this …

020 Epees and Sorcellerie (Swords and Sorcery)

July 20th, 2019


Epees and Sorcellerie is a French OSR inspired RPG translated into English. It uses a 2D6 mechanic.

Epees and Sorcellerie 

Lulu (PDF):

019 MDF Flat Miniatures for RPGs

July 4th, 2019


Flatpack Forces are now producing pre-printed colour MDF flat miniatures designed by One Monk Miniatures. I have bought some of the sets and give my …

018 Arkenforge Masters Toolkit VTT

June 26th, 2019


The Masters Toolkit is a virtual tabletop for playing games in person. In this episode I talk about the software and it's uses.

I also have a series …

017 Troika Numinous Edition

June 20th, 2019


Troika is a weird fantasy game by Daniel Sell, I review the book, and a call-in from Ivy Shorts
Melsonian Arts Council: 
Drivethru PDF:  

016 Fabled Lands (A Solo Game)

June 16th, 2019


I have a couple of call ins from Tim Shorts (of Gothridge Manor) and Colin Green (of Spikepit).

I have been doing some solo gaming at home in between …

015 Games Expo Report

June 5th, 2019


I visited UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. I made a few purchases and met up with another Anchorite Colin "Spikepit" Green. We also managed to …

014 Journeys into Middle Earth and Year Zero Engine

May 29th, 2019


Lord of the Rings Journeys into Middle earth is a new co-operative boardgame by Fantasy Flight that uses an app on your phone or tablet. I have played it many times and I give you my thoughts.

Also realeased recently …

013 Minimald6 and my free RPG

May 7th, 2019


In this episode I have a call in from Colin Green. Then I talk about the minimald6 game by Norbert Matausch. My new rules The Long Game a minimald6 …

012 Encumbrance Lamentations Style

April 21st, 2019


The main topic of this episode is one of the rules that is often hand waived in games, encumbrance. Having recently run a Lamentations of the Flame …

011 Starting A New campaign

April 12th, 2019


Recorded before and after i was prepping for a new campaign. It explains how I prep for a new session and my after thoughts.

My Campaign Notes:

Red Dice Diaries LotFP Cheat …

010 Dungeons & Dragons Basic (Metzner)

April 9th, 2019


Released in 1983 the latest version of Basic was a complete re-organisation of the rules which taught the players and Dungeon Master how to play the …

009 GM Tools

April 7th, 2019


In this episode I suggest some tools that will assist a GM in keeping notes for a campaign.

Podcast Website:


008 My New Campaign

March 31st, 2019


In this episode I record in my car like Jason Hobbs and Colin Green. I discuss my new upcoming Campaign based in Glynne Seal's The Midderlands and …

007 Dungeons & Dragon Expert (Cook)

March 11th, 2019


In 1981 Dungeons and Dragons Expert book by David Cook was released as a counterpart to Moldvay's Basic. I talk about the changes made to Expert over …

006 Skills

February 21st, 2019


In this episode I discuss skills, do we need them and how do we use them.

Podcast Website:


OSR Anchorites on Audio Dungeon Discord Server: …

005 Dungeons and Dragons Basic (Moldvay)

February 12th, 2019


I discuss the 1981 Dungeons and Dragons Basic rules known as B/X or the Magenta Box and detail the changes from the previous edition by Holmes.

004 Making a Zine

February 7th, 2019


Are you considering making a zine then this episode may be for you. I will also be releasing a zine as a tie in to this podcast. Dragons Are Real Zine 001:

003 Conversions and Settings

February 5th, 2019


I discuss my tips to make conversions between different systems, or taking a setting and using it in your favourite RPG.

Podcast Website

OSR Anchorites on Audio Dungeon Discord …

002 D&D Holmes Edition

February 1st, 2019


Released in 1977, Holmes edition was released a precursor to the upcoming Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. 

Podcast Website

001 D&D Whitebox

January 28th, 2019


I discuss the first iteration of Dungeons & Dragons commonly known as OD&D, 0e or Whitebox.


From Wizards of the Coast: Drivethru RPG

Chainmail (PDF) £3.78
OD & D (PDF) £7.57
Supplements (1-4) £3.78 …

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