88 EpisodesProduced by Ray Otus

Ray Otus is a tabletop gamer, artist, writer, and role-playing game designer. Plundergrounds is a zine devoted to Dungeon World adventures and content. And now it is also a podcast focused on inspiration, art, and games designed by independent creators.

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082 From One to Satan

July 16th, 2019


I talk about a great question for the game table and play some awesome call-ins.

079 My Final Word on Troika!?

June 30th, 2019


I talk about my play experience with Troika! and try to achieve some closure. Click HERE for show notes. (Troika!, Fighting Fantasy, Prog Rock, Silent Titans, Keep Off the Borderlands)

Bonus: Cutting Up Old Books

June 29th, 2019


I talk about the process of cutting the spines off old paperbacks and scanning them for preservation, sharing, and reading.

067 10 Foundational Fantasies

May 8th, 2019


10 books that every adventure game fan should read in their lifetime! Notes to follow at

066 Urban Druids II, 92 Tables, Mutants of Ixx

May 3rd, 2019


More thoughts on urban druids from Jim Jones, RFED talks miniatures wargames and scale (as do I), and I review 92 Tables and Mutants of Ixx. Cody and …

065 Urban Druids and RPGs vs Literature

May 1st, 2019


James Shields clip art! Also the A Grazing Mace podcast
Xeno Dead Zone
Fight & Race games: Gaslands. Circus Maximus, Circus Imperium, Arena Maximus, Wreckage, Ave Caesar, Krash, Thunder Road
Army …

062 Colin Was Right & Nuggets 2

April 25th, 2019


061 Take That Colin — 5e Cast

April 23rd, 2019


  • "Drunk"-casting from the Houston airport
  • Reading 5e Basic Rules
  • Spikepit's 5e casts: "What's up with 5e" beginning April 5 and …

059 Monster Twists & Troika

April 15th, 2019


  • Something old, new, borrowed, blue challenge follow-up. (See separate post.)
  • Why aren't monsters fatigued/injured/distracted when …

057 Call-In Roundup!

April 5th, 2019


Full show notes at

056 Projects!!

April 3rd, 2019


In this episode I talk about several projects I’m working on and review my quarter one output for Plundergrounds.

055 In One Bite & Call-Ins

March 29th, 2019


Get In One Bite for one buck!
John Aegard Dragonslaying on a Time Table
Yochai Gal One-Shot World
Cloud Gate (a.k.a. The Bean)
Spikepit Down in a …

054 Fast Prep Methods for GMs

March 27th, 2019


I discuss fast prep techniques shared by various GMs. Lots of tangents; sorry not sorry. 

053 Magic the What Now?

March 25th, 2019


I hold forth on using Magic the Gathering cards as creative inspiration for RPGs. Both baseline ideas here were stolen from WotC's mobile …

052 Axebane's Deck of Many Dungeons

March 21st, 2019


I review a deck for randomly generating dungeons. You can buy it and the expansion for about $20 at Game Crafters.

051 Revolt on Antares

March 20th, 2019


The one where I talk about the 1981 TSR micrograme, Revolt on Antares. Designed by Tom Moldvay, art by Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, Jeff Dee, DSL, Jim …

050 Call-In Roundup

March 18th, 2019


Random topics including encounter tables, timers, avoiding rust monsters, Dune, Barsoom, bronze age gaming, OGRE, illusions, Revolt on Antares, …

049 Encounter Tables - Do Better

March 13th, 2019


A quick rant about encounter tables that are too repetitive/thin. Full show notes at

048 Gary Con XI Day 4

March 10th, 2019


Angus and I wrap up the week, even though we then hung around for another 4+ hours talking to people, buying stuff, and generally basking in the gamer glow. Topics include world building at TSR, Zeb Cook, Planescape, …

047 Gary Con XI Day 3

March 10th, 2019


Angus and I talk Bob Meyer's Blackmoor game and the experience of "Arneson's D&D," Traveller character generation seminar with Marc Miller and his Traveller novels, Steve Jackson's vintage Kickstarters, Elric the AH …

046 Gary Con XI Day 2

March 9th, 2019


Angus recaps his day, we talk about B/X Essentials, sourcing the table, play culture at Gary Con, and I debrief on my two events (Goblintown and …

045 Gary Con XI Day 1

March 8th, 2019


I talk with Angus of Kirby's Kids about our upcoming day and drop con guest names. Then I joust with Cody M of No Save for You. The day ends with a …

044 Creative Distractions & Guilt

February 28th, 2019


I talk about doing creative things as a way of avoiding doing other creative things. Squirrel! Full show notes at

043 Call-In Extravaganza

February 26th, 2019


Topics include: time spent on the toilet, self-doubt, the book Annihilation, relating the old to the new/mundane to exotic, Valentine's Day, history …

042 Crossing Lines, Kaiju, Goblintown, WWI

February 24th, 2019


I talk about GMs and players crossing boundaries in play, kaiju movies, the Goblintown design challenge, and Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old. …

041 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd

February 22nd, 2019


Talking about Roadside Picnic, Stalker, Into the Odd, Annihilation. Full show notes at

040 Braces Off! Rando Rambles

February 14th, 2019


Celebrating my last day of braces! Listing of ideas for future podcasts, talking about The Monster Brothers podcast, my supportive wife, Delving Deeper, Warriors of the Red Planet, future Plundergrounds zines, Fantastic …

039 Design Meandering Call-Ins

February 11th, 2019


Call ins from Matt, JJ, and Emanuel. We talk spell throwing, saves, prime requisites, and Lovecraftian hacks. Full show notes at

038 Let's Make a Zine Part 2!

February 8th, 2019


I field some call-ins from people who are reporting progress and talk about writing in or out of "the shell," choosing fonts, and more. Full notes at

037 Retro Design Meandering

February 6th, 2019


I ramble about a couple of different ways to smooth out the rough edges of old school rule sets. Show notes at

036 Let's Make a Zine!

January 29th, 2019


A caller asks for advice on making a zine and I try to deliver. There's homework for those of you similarly inclined! Full show notes at

032 Training "Schools" & Cleric Disfavor

January 13th, 2019


I talk about how the Wuxia film idea of a training temple, school, or secret manuscript could be ported over into fantasy adventure games. Likewise, …

030 Solo Gaming Hangout

January 6th, 2019


Solo Gaming Hangout w/Sophia Brandt, Slade Stolar, and Michael Barford. Recorded on April 14, 2017.
• The big list of solo RPG resources from my blog

029 Crosscast - Plunderkids!

January 1st, 2019


Angus of Kirby’s Kids and I talk Klaus and Christmas-themed gaming.
Kirby’s Kids ->
Krause ->
Letters from Father Christmas ->

028 Dungeon World 2nd Edition Discussion

December 31st, 2018


Gauntlet Con discussion of Dungeon World 2nd Edition. Hosted by David LaFreniere. Guests: Cameron Burns, Yochai Gal, Jeremy Strandberg. Recorded on October 21, 2018.

027 Making Zines Hangout

December 27th, 2018


Making zines with Oli Jeffrey, Logan Howard, Tim Shorts (Gothridge Manor). Recorded on July 3, 2017.

• Plundergrounds:

026 Happy Holidays, Call-In Fest

December 24th, 2018


• The Original Melee and Wizard Counter Sheets ->
• Gaming and BS 209, the Smash Cut ->
• Centum Mortui poster ->
• …

025 Creating a Themed World w/Angus

December 20th, 2018


• Norse Mythology -• Gaiman/dp/039360909X/
• Celtic Myths and Legends -

023 Melee, Wizard, Death Test!

December 13th, 2018


Capsule reviews of classic Melee, Wizard, and Death Test. With dramatic readings. Looks like you'll be able to buy it in a retro edition in April:

021 Many Voices Make Podcasting Better

December 7th, 2018


It's an all call-in show with Ivy "The Happy Whisk," Colin "Spikepit," Darren "RFED," and Carl from the Megadungeon podcast. Topics include anxiety …

020 Cybernetic Tanks, 1977

December 6th, 2018


• Steve Jackson's Ogre ->
• Newer Versions ->
• Winchell's Story ver 1 ->
• Winchell's Story ver 2 ->

012 Downside Up

November 6th, 2018


• Spikepit ->
• Sword Breaker ->
• DM Dad ->
• Beowulf audiobooks
- S. …

009 Finding Nemo - The Other One

October 18th, 2018


• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Trailer
• Not the scene I referenced, but still some damn good organ!
• Logan …

007 Military SF Scenario Part II

October 12th, 2018


Yes, those are planes in the background. I was recording from a cul-de-sac near a small airport.
• Metagaming & Steve Jackson's OGRE

005 Drifting Dungeon World Tech

October 6th, 2018


• Spikepit's anchorcast
• Plundergrounds: Kazarak (Establishing Questions)
• Plundered Pages (Monster Moves …

004 Dungeon World Moves

October 4th, 2018


A solo-rant for people new to Dungeon World or veterans who want to understand moves better. I talk about what they are, what the basic pattern is, …

003 Bonus / Grab Bag

September 27th, 2018


• It's a Grab Bag! (Random thoughts and call-ins.)
• Colin from the Spikepit podcast talks bio-dungeons and Goblintown

002 Bio-Dungeons

September 24th, 2018


• Jason Hobbs, Podcasting Junky
• Logan Howard & Jesse Ross, Sword Breaker

001 Making the Fantastic Familiar

September 20th, 2018


• RIP Meathead
• Familiars and Animal Companions
• Pack World (Dragonriders of Pern, Elfquest)
• Tension between the Fantastic and the Real
• …

000 The Pilot

September 19th, 2018


In this pilot episode I talk about
• Forest Hymn & Picnic -
• Troika! - Free, no art version:

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