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Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks

191 EpisodesProduced by AndyWebsite

How a lapsed gamer returned to the hobby and what happened to him on the way

191 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

402: That's All Folks

July 27th, 2022


Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks staggers to a close. This is it - really - really, the final episode. Thanks to everyone that has listened, called in, contributed, inspired, befriended, castigated, chastised, humoured, …

401: H.G.Wells, the author we all think we know

April 16th, 2022


H.G. Wells is so well known that you don't have to bother reading his books, you already know them, except you don't. I rather ashamedly had never actually read an H.G. Wells novel until a week ago. That all changed and …

371: The Oblivion of Memory

April 12th, 2022


More chat about bringing reality to your game. But also perspective - in the immortal words of David St Hubbins “too much f**king perspective”


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370: Sometimes you just want to punch a Nazi in the face

April 10th, 2022


Sometimes a topic just won’t die. It’s the old 2 games or 1 controversy again. Plus how real do you want your Nazis to be. Catching up on the …

369: Games bonanza, feat. Star Frontiers, Mutant Crawl Classics, Call of Cthulhu, Trail of Cthulhu

April 7th, 2022


After decompressing from the amazing awesomeness of GaryCon I talk about (amongst other things) NuTSR and Star Frontiers fiasco, Twitching with Goodman Games, and where you go when an epic campaign ends.

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GaryCon Day 2

March 27th, 2022


AD&D is a great game with a terrible game system

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364 - Are you scared yet?

February 16th, 2022


The horror game is in full flight and I reflect on whether we have created something truly scary. Messages from Joe and Julz from a while back give …

363 - Mega Fan Horror Special

January 27th, 2022


The horror is back on the table and I’m back at the mic. Thanks to Dave Henry, Daniel, and of course Jason for sticking their oars in


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362: Creating a Horror Game

October 17th, 2021


They say you never want to see the sausage get made - but we are making a horror game so a bit of intestine and gristle is par for the course. This may not be everyone's cup of tea but I think it's interesting to hear …

361: Two Games, One Cup

October 15th, 2021


Are the GM and Players playing the same game? The answers obvious isn't it?

Inspired by Jason of Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, and an epic battle of wills between Joey of Hindsightless and Daniel of Bandit's Keep, I lumber …

360: Three Hearts and Three Lions: The Origins of D&D

October 12th, 2021


I have just finished reading Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson. Recognized as one of the key texts that inspired and shaped D&D. I …

359: The Barney Agenda

September 30th, 2021


Many moons ago Barney sent me some messages. I am not a good friend but I try to make amends here.

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358: An Earthquake in Lyonesse

September 14th, 2021


Where I talk about Earthquakes and Lyonesse - and a game or two.

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356: Ripping Yarns

July 29th, 2021


Wherein I talk about The Dying Earth, Clark Ashton Smith, The Empty Man and Tears for Fears

Thanks to all the callers in. Barney, Jason, BJ, Rob "Menion", Karl, Joe and Spencer

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England's Dreaming

July 12th, 2021


Another oh so near. This time England made us hope longer than they had since that black and white day in 1966. I reflect on a lifetime of supporting England, a lifetime of disappointment and longing. This one is all …

355: A serious month in gaming and life

July 6th, 2021


There's a lot going on and everybody is talking. An episode where I don't mention TSR (except to say I wont be talking about it).
Call-ins from Julz, …

354: Eldritch Organ - One Night in Paris - Pt1

July 5th, 2021


We rejoin our temporal adventurers as they get sent back to Medieval Paris to investigate a mysterious flagellation. Hijinks ensue.



353: TSR sharts the bed

June 29th, 2021


The TSR debacle has me thinking about many things, but mostly about my friends who I game with. This is where I stand.

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352: Audio Terror pt.4 - Haunters in the Dark

June 9th, 2021


Continuing the mini-series documenting our journey to create audio horror. In this episode I am joined post game by Spencer, Scott, Nicky, TJ and Barney to discuss our plans for scaring our pants off. Now that I think …

351: Audio Terror pt.3 - The Lurking Fear, interview with Spencer from Keep Off The Borderlands

June 3rd, 2021


Continuing the mini-series documenting our  journey to create audio  horror. In this episode i talk to Spencer from Keep Off The Borderlands about our horror gaming and humour.


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350: Audio Terror pt2 - Spooky Resonance, interview with TJ Drennon

May 28th, 2021


Continuing the mini-series documenting our  journey to create audio horror. In this episode I dig deep with my collaborator TJ Drennon who edits most …

349: Audio Terror pt.1 - What does horror sound like?

May 21st, 2021


The start of a mini-series where I talk about Horror Podcasts and my journey to learn how to create feelings of horror through sound alone.

Podcasts and Audio Horror referred to in this episode are:

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347: Wilderness Survival Skills

April 28th, 2021


Not really about Wilderness Survival Skills but I am in the wilderness, I talk about skills and I survived


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345: Eldritch Curtain. How much does a game mean.

April 19th, 2021


A long overdue coda to the Eldritch Organ. Barney Dicker of Loco Ludus calls in with a blockbuster. Lets hope he's still talking to me after my response.


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344: Competent heroes

April 9th, 2021


Call ins about my last episode on Skills have pushed me out of my comfy chair. Thanks Jason, Daniel, Safinho, and Spencer.


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343: Failing to Improve

April 6th, 2021


Inspired by Jason from Nerd’s RPG Variety Cast (as hard to type as to say correctly), I delve deep into the Skill system of Call of Cthulhu. I also …

342: Babble On Berlin

March 22nd, 2021


In this episode I go into more detail on why I think Berlin The Wicked City is the best sourcebook I've ever seen.
In the second half of the episode I am joined by most of my players from that campaign, Daniel from

340: Waste of time

February 25th, 2021


How we spend our time is an important question, both in and out of game. What counts as progress and should I keep releasing an episode or more a …

339: Feel Mighty Real

February 17th, 2021


Where is the line between reality and roleplaying? And is it OK to knee your friend right in the hit points? Some people have some opinions


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338: Getting Too Real

February 11th, 2021


What happens when a player vs player fight turns real. I dissect an incident that happened in our game last Saturday and examine the fallout. 


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337: Naval Gazing

February 6th, 2021


I was thinking of putting a deceptive episode description but then thought better of it - yes it's more ruminating on Eldritch Organ and improvised storytelling. 


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336: Safe as Milk

February 6th, 2021


What happens when there is tension at the table, does everyone feel the same thing, does a recording of the session give us any clues. Hopefully by …

335: Table manners

January 30th, 2021


This really should be titled Eldritch Organ pt.9 but I thought that would put people off - I mean who in their right mind does a nine part series on …

334: Eldritch Organ Actual Play 2 - The Elder Things

January 28th, 2021


Our second Eldritch Organ actual play reaches parts that other AP's cannot reach. With the youngest clocking in at 62 this must be the oldest group …

332: Beginning to see the light

January 20th, 2021


The last episode seemed to hit a nerve (an optic nerve perhaps). Here's some interesting perspectives from Rob, Jason and Barney.


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331: Eyeless in Gaza

January 18th, 2021


What happens when you take away player agency? What happens when you take away their sight. 

Special thanks to TJ for his new version of our theme song "The Way Up" 

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330: Organ failure

January 7th, 2021


We finally move away from the Eldritch Organ and talk about more appropriate gaming topics - like civil disorder. What a day, what a day.

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329: Eldritch Organ Actual Play 1 - League of Eternal Guardians

January 7th, 2021


If you've been following the EO experiment over the last few weeks you'll know the outcome, now listen to the tapes. We hope you enjoy our first …

328: Eldritch Organ pt8. Playing it Safe

January 3rd, 2021


Barney and Safer have a right old Barney. Whilst I dive for cover. More deep thoughts about our Eldritch experiments in Mystery Improv.

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327: Eldritch Organ pt7. The results are in

December 31st, 2020


We did it. Ended the year on a promise. Barney from Loco Ludus and I ran two improvisational Mythos games, using two different rules systems. One - …

326: Eldritch Organ pt6. The moment is near

December 28th, 2020


One day to go until we run the inaugural EO improv game - and I'm nervy

Loco Ludus is here

TJ's patreon can be found here

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325: Eldritch Organ pt5. Hokey and the Bandit

December 24th, 2020


A hokey set up got under Daniel's skin and he gently gave me both barrels - it was a learning experience for me. You should definitely check out this …

324: Eldritch Organ pt4. Player of Games

December 19th, 2020


Continuing the series about Improvisational Cthulhu Mythos mysteries. We have had a great response to our proposed experiment. Comments, requests and …

323: Eldritch Organ pt3, Timon of Drennon

December 15th, 2020


We continue to explore every nook and cranny of spontaneous mythos eruptions


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322: Eldritch Organ pt2: Innoculating against the Preparation virus

December 11th, 2020


Never mind the quantity - feel the length. Three interesting responses to Barney and my speculations on Improv Cthulhu games that we are planning

321: Eldritch Organ pt1. Improv Cthulhu

December 6th, 2020


Barney from Loco Ludus and I finally address the Shoggoth in the room. Can you run Improvisational Cthulhu Investigations. Spoiler - yes you can and …

320: Slight Return - Preparing for Epic part 6

December 1st, 2020


I finally get back to series three and talk about the crazy month of November - and finally finish talking about preparing Masks and what horrible things have happened in Kenya so far.

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319: Preparing for Epic, part 5 - Mike Mason Interview

November 5th, 2020


After my first episodes of the Preparing for Epic series Mike got in contact and gave me a bit of a telling off (very gentle don't worry) about my assertion that you need to do a lot of extra preparation beyond the …

318: Preparing for Epic, part 4

October 28th, 2020


How do you prepare for heavily plotted campaign. How do you live a parallel life in a parallel world.

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317: Preparing for Epic, part 3

October 22nd, 2020


We continue our deep dive into preparing for epic campaigns. In today's episode we look at the structure of Masks of Nyarlathotep and how this helps you prepare for the world spanning hugeness of it all.
Thanks to Daniel …

316: Preparing for Epic, part 2 (sort of)

October 19th, 2020


Collecting some thoughts on prepping for Epic campaigns - I need a long run up for this one


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315: Preparing for Epic, part 1

October 15th, 2020


A question was asked a little while ago in a call in - which I studiously ignored. The reason being that to answer to would have taken not just one, …

314: Going Back to Improv Class

October 12th, 2020


The debate about planning versus improv finally goes up its own fundament


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313: Taking Player Agency

October 9th, 2020


Who knew a bloody dress could lead to so many voices raised in anger

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312: The deepest of fakes

October 4th, 2020


Herein Nate and I discuss topical issues such as Seinfeld and Post Structuralism, oh and the President of the United States.

And don't forget to check out Grizzly Peaks Radio for all our actual plays

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311: The Nate Gilton Experience

October 4th, 2020


A fireside chat with Actor, Gamer and Bon Vivant, the incomparable Nate Gilton. This episode was first broadcast on Nate's fairly average podcast "I'm right. Your welcome" you may want to check it out just to understand …

310: Blood on the tracks

October 3rd, 2020


Seems like everyone has a word or two to say about the bloody dress and whether or not I am a good GM. A fusillade of call ins from Jason, Barney, Daniel, Che and Safer. Thanks to you all you are all super.

309: The bloody dress my mother wore

September 29th, 2020


In this episode I finally face the music. I speak to Ciara from my Call of Cthulhu campaign to discuss how I committed one of the worst sins a GM can …

308: We've gone on holiday by mistake

September 27th, 2020


We take a road trip into the burning California wastelands 

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307. Confessions of an 11-year old DM

September 24th, 2020


What would my 11-year self tell me about where I am going wrong

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306: Rotten Tomatoes

September 22nd, 2020


We continue to talk about the problems in my Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign and how we are going to make it through to the other side. Content warning - there is a pretty strong and bloody clip from the AP of Masks - …

305: Love Hurts

September 21st, 2020


What does it take to keep a game together - what does it take to keep a relationship together.

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304: Fear of Dying

September 18th, 2020


Can we play without fear, is death inevitable

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303: Going back to GM school

September 15th, 2020


You don't play DnD to go to college, you go to college to play DnD

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302: Pony Express

September 12th, 2020


We are all self facilitating media nodes now. Thanks for the continued discussion about derailment from Barney, Jason and Spencer. You are all my partners in thought crime.


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301: Trying to be a better games master

September 11th, 2020


Another provocative message from Barney of Loco Ludus podcast has prompted me to stop dithering and launch Season 3. Here he takes me over his knee and gives me a good spanking, because I have been a bad boy. Or at …

Season 2.5 : The Dun'ich Horror

September 11th, 2020


Wherein we discuss the correct way to pronounce Dunwich and emerge smiling from the apocalypse. Thanks for all the call ins, and thanks especially to …

Season 2.5 : Lost in Carcosa

September 9th, 2020


Waking up to find that you are in Carcosa is a weird feeling. It's actually the 9th of September not the 10th, but you can excuse my confusion. …

253: RPGaDAY 2020 #28 Close

August 28th, 2020


All about Watchmen, the comic, the film, the show.


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247: RPGaDAY 2020 #22 Rare

August 22nd, 2020


Gaming is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done

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236: RPGaDAY 2020 #11 Stack

August 11th, 2020


A stack weighs a ton, and a ton is 100 and this is my 100th episode.

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235: RPGaDAY 2020 #10 Want

August 10th, 2020


What do players want? I know - two episodes in one day.

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234: RPGaDAY 2020 #9.5 Dark

August 10th, 2020


How do you record a podcast by accident. This is how.

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233: RPGaDAY 2020 #9 Light

August 9th, 2020


Beginning to see the light. A joint episode between myself and Safer Fantasy Crafting

Thanks so much to Spencer from Keep off the Borderlands for not suing

232: RPGaDAY 2020 #8 Shade

August 8th, 2020


Immersed in the dark murky depths of roleplaying

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231: RPGaDAY 2020 #7 Couple

August 7th, 2020


Let's talk about sex. Romance in RPG's and rumpy pumpy

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224: Mike Mason interview. All of Cthulhu

July 30th, 2020


A deep cut on Mike's work on 7th edition Call of Cthulhu. We talk Chases, Combat, Masks of Nyarlathotep and Insanity.

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The King in Yellow - Episode 4: Grand Guignol

July 28th, 2020


In the fourth part of an ongoing series the investigators are in a fight to death with a monstrous creature at the Church of St Barnabé. If they survive will they get any closer to finding out the terrifying secret …

222: Serious Fun

July 27th, 2020


Fun can be a serious business. But fun is such a throwaway and insipid word that it hardly seems adequate to describe what happens to us at the table. I for one, though, can't help using it because after everything else …

221: Worse than Death

July 24th, 2020


In Call of Cthulhu there are worse things than death. Last night we found out what one of those things was.

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220: Being welcome

July 23rd, 2020


I forgot for a while how welcoming and warm the Anchor podcast community was. Here are some of the call ins I received upon my return from exile. …

219. Roleplaying is Acting

July 21st, 2020


This one will probably raise a few hackles in the community. In this episode I outline why acting out your character, first person, with accents and all leads to a better game experience for everyone at the table. Right …

218: Interview with Jim Wampler. New Mutations.

July 19th, 2020


An interview with the Jim Wampler owner of Mudpuppy Games, writer of Mutant Crawl Classics, creator of Marvin the Mage, and in the midst of a super …

216: Scott Dorward interview. A great body of horror.

July 14th, 2020


Last week I had the huge privilege of spending some time with Scott Dorward, who as a writer and editor for Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu has helped …

215: Are gamers friends?

July 14th, 2020


How to meet gamers and influence people. A look at the unique friendships that can be made through gaming and why they are so fragile.

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Tales from the Loop - Episode 4: Grown-up Attraction

July 12th, 2020


It's fall in Boulder City and after the gang's crazy summer surely everything will just go back to normal. Role-playing in the 80's that never was. …

212: The Lourenco Tapes

July 8th, 2020


A somewhat scattershot trawl through some past episodes courtesy of a panoply of call in from the singular Roy Lourenco of Chaoses Limb podcast. …

Our Friends the Machines - Episode 3: Robot Revolution

July 3rd, 2020


What is happening to the adults in the quiet little town of Boulder City and what's it got to do with a bunch of plastic robot toys. Bodie,  Angie, …

210: Judd Karlman interview. Sons of Dragons

July 2nd, 2020


About 3 months ago I did this Interview with Judd Karlman one of the creators of Sons of Kryos. Along with Jeff Lower and Storn Cook they put out one of the very first gaming podcasts ever made and one that was hugely …

209: Chases in RPGs, an apology

June 30th, 2020


I am a chastised and humbled GM. I was wrong on all counts about chases and specifically chases in Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. They are great. …

208: Corona Games part 7. Blackwater Fudge

June 27th, 2020


I finally get round to addressing some call ins I got after my interview with Joe Richter where I happened to mention that I fudge dice. There's also a deep dive into my game of Scott Dorward's amazing(ly disgusting) …

207: Corona Games part 6. Creating mysteries and uncovering new players

June 26th, 2020


A winding trail leads us to the conclusion that I don't know how to write mysteries. Also I pick up a bunch of new players on the way so it isn't a …

206: Corona Games part 5. Dungeons and Dragons box set marathon

June 25th, 2020


Wherein I discuss and review the 4 starter boxes that Wizards of the Coast created for D&D 5e. 

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205: Corona Games part 4. Modern settings

June 24th, 2020


Setting matters, perhaps more than system. That's one man's one opinion. In this episode I explore the benefits of setting your game in the modern …

204: Corona Games pt 3. Tales from the Loop

June 23rd, 2020


During Lockdown I've found a game that seems to push all the right buttons for me and my long time D&D group. Tales from the Loop is a game of kids on bikes in the 80's that never was. The system is elegant and …

203: Corona Games pt 2. Horror and Humour in gaming.

June 22nd, 2020


Can you make jokes in the face of Cosmic Horror and still play seriously? Prompted by call-ins from Lieren, Barney and Che, I continue my climb up the Grisly Peak of Gaming in the Time of Corona.


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202: Gaming in the time of Corona pt 1. Traveller

June 21st, 2020


I've decided to call it The Deluge. The flood of games that nearly drowned me. But in a good way. Here's the breakdown of Traveller Mongoose 2nd Edition. And in some ways one of the first "failed" systems that I've run.

Forget Me Not - Ep 5: Armed and Dangerous (64)

June 14th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The fifth episode of our new mini-series.  Barney from Loco Ludus, Jason from Nerds RPG  Variety Cast, Edwin the  Diplomatist, Ian (w/o podcast), Lieren from Updates From The Middle Of …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 11: The Chelsea Serpent

June 8th, 2020


The Investigators get more than they bargained for when they look at Miles Shipley's masterpiece which he keeps locked in a cupboard. Meanwhile Dr Grieves in a blind panic has run down to the basement where she is …

Blackwater Creek Ep.1: Deep in the Miskatonic

June 2nd, 2020


The beginning of a new Call of Cthulhu adventure. After Professor Henry Roades and his wife Abigail went missing in the Miskatonic Valley, a ragtag …

The King in Yellow - Episode 3: A Phantom of Truth

May 29th, 2020


In  the third part of an ongoing series the investigators head to Paris to seek the truth from Nigel Engram, the director of the sanity shattering play, The King in Yellow. 

Join me and my guest players, Nicky, Kenneth …

Tales from the Loop - Episode 3: Graveyard of Ships

May 20th, 2020


Role-playing in the 80's that never was. Join Clara "Riff Raff" Booker,  TJ Drennon, Isiah "Sparks" Dyson, and Mike "Nails"  Macklin as they  uncover …

Our Friends the Machines - Episode 2: Adults are Weird

May 12th, 2020


Bodie, Angie, Erik, Brittany and Maybelline start discovering that Adults are the real weirdos in Boulder City as the people closest to them start …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 10: The Paintings of Miles Shipley

May 8th, 2020


Meet Jack "The Hat" McVitie, a new recruit to the Investigative gang as they take an interest in the art world of 1920's London. Salvador Dali hasn't got anything on the bizarre paintings they find in the attic of a …

Forget Me Not - Ep 4: Lung Flesh and Toad Gods

May 5th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The fourth episode of our new mini-series.  Barney from Loco Ludus, Jason from Nerds RPG  Variety Cast, Edwin the  Diplomatist, Ian (w/o podcast), Lieren from Updates From The Middle Of …

The King in Yellow - Episode 2: The Unspeakable Oath

May 1st, 2020


In the second part of a (maybe) ongoing series the investigators the socialite Jenny Barnes, the ex-Soldier Mark Harrington and the gravedigger …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 9: Big Ben

April 25th, 2020


Our investigators finally arrive in Old London Town. Hot on the trail of the brutal cultists that have brought death and insanity into their lives …

Our Friends the Machines - Episode 1: Convoys vs Deceivers

April 23rd, 2020


Role-playing in the 80's that never was. Join Bodie, Angie, Erik, Brittany and Maybelline as the excitement builds for the launch of Our Friends the …

Tales from the Loop - Episode 2: Killer Birds

April 22nd, 2020


Role-playing in the 80's that never was. Join Clara "Riff Raff" Booker, TJ Drennon, Isiah "Sparks" Dyson, and Mike "Nails"  Macklin as they uncover a …

The King in Yellow - Episode 1

April 20th, 2020


For our 50th episode a very special treat. This adventure was intended to be showcased at GaryCon XII and was the second part of a scenario based on the amazing Path to Carcosa story cycle from Arkham Horror the card …

Forget Me Not - Ep 3: Spider Clinic

April 13th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The third episode of our new mini-series. Barney from Loco Ludus, Jason from Nerds RPG  Variety Cast, Edwin the Diplomatist, and Ian (w/o podcast) are joined by two new players this week …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 8: Black Russian

April 7th, 2020


Our investigators are zeroing in on the perpetrator of the horrific murders on the RMS Mauretania en route to England from New York. But will they be quick enough to save their companion Marcus Abate who is having an …

Space Dicks Ep. 3 - Die, alien scum!

April 4th, 2020


The Space Dicks are deep in trouble, no ship, surrounded by alien enemies, no idea where they are meant to be headed, situation normal.

We're playing the Mongoose Second Edition starter box adventure - Fall  of Tinath. …

Interview with a Virgin

April 3rd, 2020


To tide you over until Season 2 here is a, hopefully, illuminating chat with my friend and gaming virgin Bert who recently joined my Masks of …

130: The End / Psycho Killer

March 30th, 2020


Ending season 1.  All things end, some go out with a bang, others with a whimper. Let's see how much sh*t we can blow up with one episode.  In these strange times I'm going to be taking a little pause on the "classic" …

Forget Me Not - Ep 2: Hotel, Motel, Incontinence Pad

March 27th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The second episode of our new mini-series Brian M Sammons amazing call of Cthulhu Modern scenario Forget Me Not. An …

Tales from the Loop - Episode 1: Summer Break

March 26th, 2020


Role-playing in the 80's that never was. Join Clara "Riff Raff" Booker, TJ Drennon, Isiah "Sparks" Dyson, and Mike "Nails"  Macklin as they uncover a …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 7: All Guts, No Glory

March 24th, 2020


Grizzly  Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by  Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, …

Appendicitis 002: Clark Ashton Smith

March 20th, 2020


In their new sub-series, Appendicitis, Andy and Barney from Loco Ludus discuss works NOT on the infamous  AD&D Appendix N. In this discussion they look at two poignant and horrifying short stories by Clark Ashton …

Space Dicks Ep. 2 - Under the Pyramids

March 17th, 2020


The hapless Space Dicks stumble into a spot of aerial trouble then find a mysterious ancient site, what could possibly go wrong?

We're playing the …

129: Ron Edwards interview

March 17th, 2020


Before the world went crazy I had the pleasure of a hour or so chat with the legend that is Ron Edwards, writer of Sorcerer and creator of the Forge, Ron was a key figure in the flowering of indie RPG's and the …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 6: Shuffleboards of Doom

March 12th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason,  Lynne Hardy, …

Lost Dungeon of Rickedness: Episode 2 - The Littlest Murder Hobo

March 10th, 2020


Amelia and me play through the second part of the Lost Dungeon of Rickedness for D&D 5th Edition


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128: Mutant Crawl Kids

March 7th, 2020


A grab bag of an episode with plenty of call-ins about my family's two day jaunt to DunDraCon, playing Mutant Crawl Classics and gaming with kids (and anxiety) thanks to all the contributions from Che, Josh, Barney, …

127: Racism and Gaming II - final words

March 3rd, 2020


In response to my first podcast on Judges Guild. Goodman Games and the Bledsaw racism controversy I had a ton of call ins from all manner of lovely people in the community. Here I try to answer the all and give my final …

126: Secrets of Blackmoor, with Griffin Morgan

February 26th, 2020


"What if everything you knew about the history of Dungeons & Dragons was wrong?" Griffin Morgan the film maker behind the amazing documentary 'Secrets of  Blackmoor, The True History of Dungeons & Dragons'.  

Space Dicks Actual Play: Have Rocket Will Travel - Episode 1

February 24th, 2020


Welcome to our first Traveler Actual Play. We're playing the Mongoose Second Edition starter box adventure - Fall of Tinath. Join me Andy Goodman and the gang Hugo, Jesse, Danny, and Lester as we find out just how many …

125: Making Actual Plays, with Joe from Weal or Woe

February 21st, 2020


In this freewheeling discussion Joe Richter and I discuss all manner of nonsense about recording and launching an Actual Play RPG podcast. Joe is the GM for Weal or Woe, the first Pathfinder 2 AP out there and as such …

124: When the dust settles

February 19th, 2020


How do we move on from the loss of a player and what lessons can we take from it. A ton of call-ins from the lovely Anchor community to help me think through what to do now.


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123: DunDraCon Day 2

February 17th, 2020


Final day at a really sweet little convention. Today I'm running a Mutant Crawl Classics '0' Level Funnel at a con for the first time for a bunch of teen gamers. Everything about that last sentence scares me!


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122: DunDraCon Day 1

February 16th, 2020


Off the cuff reportage from DunDraCon44 in San Ramon, California. One of the oldest gaming conventions in the world it has run virtually …

121: Racism and Gaming. The Judges Guild is judged.

February 12th, 2020


Judges Guild were one of the originators of our hobby and it is extremely sad that their legacy is now destroyed forever by the unapologetic racism, …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 5: All Aboard The Mauretania

February 11th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, …

Forget Me Not - Ep 1: The Cornfields of your Mind

February 7th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The first episode of our new mini-series Forget Me Not. A Call of Cthulhu Modern actual play starring, Barney from Loco …

120: The Morning After the Night Before

February 5th, 2020


How do we recover as a group from the events of last Saturday. It's been an emotional and tough few days of talking things out and processing feelings. But I feel optimistic finally that we can carry on. I don't think …

119: Is this the end?

February 2nd, 2020


A night of tension and disfunction. Is my Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign in a death spiral. Can we recover from the worst gaming session I can ever remember.


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BONUS: D&D 5e Actual PLay: The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness

February 1st, 2020


My first ever D&D 5th Edition Actual Play. Listen if you dare to a 51 year old man play the Rick & Morty Starter Set adventure with his 3 1/2 …

118: Why I love D&D 5e: Part 1

January 30th, 2020


The first of a series of episodes where I talk about my love for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. In this first part I talk about the elegance of character progression and bounded accuracy.

Thanks to TJ Drennon for his …

117: Gamers gone wild

January 25th, 2020


The fallout continues from my 5e episode. Plus plenty of call ins and collaboration. Thanks to Daniel from NYC, James from Those Feckin' Books!, Joe …

116: Politics and the games we play

January 20th, 2020


My episode on why people hate 5e triggered a torrent of calls. Seems like my clickbait title worked! Huge thanks to everyone that called in - this is the fertilizer for our gaming minds. Thanks to Spencer, Joe, Jason, …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 4: New York - Lying Low

January 20th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written   by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne …

114: Old Schools and Fantasy Trips

January 11th, 2020


A rambling series of thoughts on travel, gaming and the Old Schools. With call ins from Jason (Nerds RPG Variety Cast) and Che (Roleplay Rescue).


Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 3: New York - Horror at Ju-Ju House

January 8th, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne  Hardy, …

113: GM'ing styles and Loco's Ludic Analysis

January 6th, 2020


A show dedicated to an epic call-in from Barney from Loco Ludus. All about GM'ing styles, improv vs narrative, and a "take-down" of my Call of …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 2 : New York - Trouble in Harlem

January 2nd, 2020


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, …

112: End of year call in show

January 1st, 2020


As is traditional you've got to end the year with a call in show. So here is the roll of honour. 

Thanks to:

Spencer, Jason, Josh, Che, Varin, Joe, …

Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 1 : New York - The Carlyle Mansion

December 28th, 2019


Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, …

111. The first fantasy campaign

December 25th, 2019


Writing my first campaign and going off the deep end. Narrative vs Emergent game play. Mervyn Peake, Lewis Carroll, and Gary Gygax. Plus call ins …

110. Running the game

December 23rd, 2019


Taking running the game literally. Concluding the America chapter of Masks of Nyarlathotep.

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109. Unboxing Rick

December 22nd, 2019


Wherein Andy and Amelia do an unboxing. 


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108. Turkey run

December 20th, 2019


A random collection of bits. Turkey carnage, angry at the OSR anchorites, "comedy", thank you's to Jason, Jeff and Spencer. And Out of Office.

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107. Is 200 hours prep too much?

December 19th, 2019


Going on at length about my ridiculous prep for Masks of Nyarlathotep


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106. The making of a DM

December 18th, 2019


Wherein a 3 and a half year old girl takes her first confident steps into game mastering


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104. Tick removal and Cthulhu

December 17th, 2019


Call ins already! This community is really engaged, either that or they are surveillance experts. Seriously though, lovely welcomes from Spencer and Jason (Keep off the Borderlands and Nerd's RPG Variety Cast). …

103. An unreliable lover

December 14th, 2019


How exactly do you forget for 30 years about a game that you loved so much


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102. Unboxed

December 13th, 2019


Joining a long tradition of ASMR unboxing audio


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101. A return to gaming

December 11th, 2019


Looking back and forward as a lapsed gamer returns to D&D


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