Roleplay Rescue

51 EpisodesProduced by Che Webster

Did you used to play roleplaying games back in the day, delving dungeons with funny dice in hand? Why’d you stop? Find out how to reclaim your RPG hobby as a working adult.

51 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

GM's Journal #18

June 19th, 2019

34:54

This is the second instalment of GM's Journal this week in which I dribble on about Arcana Gravitas, get a couple more call-ins, and then begin to work out how to get started with writing that genre-bending …

GM's Journal #17

June 16th, 2019

31:20

This one's a bonus bonus episode, so to speak. I rambled on quite a bit over the past few days and was afraid that the next Journal would end up …

Mystery Making

June 15th, 2019

28:17

In Season 1 we explored two major game structures that have stood the test of time: the Dungeoncrawl and the Hexcrawl. Ever since the release of The …

GM's Journal #16

June 12th, 2019

28:41

What a turbulent week! Full of challenges and essentially draining both mine and my wife's energy. I don't know how I've made it but here I am. Still …

The Game I Really Want To Run

June 8th, 2019

34:59

I am stepping off into the wilds. I am going to talk about the game that I really want to run and I am going to invite you to do the same. This episode is filled with contentious statements and provocative claims. Take …

GM's Journal #15: Sharing The Mo

June 5th, 2019

43:21

This episode was largely recorded during the school break when I was off work for a week. It's a mash-up of two elements: the usual ups and downs of …

Talking World Anvil With Janet Forbes

June 1st, 2019

48:39

Janet Forbes is the Director of World Anvil, a purveyor of world-building advice, a singer, writer of novels and worshipper of cats. Based in London, England, Janet and her husband Dimitris lead a small team in the …

GM's Journal #14: Momentum Lost

May 29th, 2019

40:28

Another week of random thoughts from my GM's Journal. The main topic is momentum and how to lose it. There's also an unboxing in there plus a …

Choosing Castles & Crusades

May 25th, 2019

27:33

Do you remember when Frank T called in and asked me about my choice of system for our fantasy roleplaying game? Frank’s getting his wish today …

GM's Journal #13: Unlucky For Some?

May 22nd, 2019

29:40

Another instalment of my dronings about Gamemastering a roleplaying campaign. Good news with the teenaged gaming group, not so much with the adults. …

The Unscripted Dungeon

May 18th, 2019

41:07

Whatever your rules system, there are two other big elements that you’ll want to create as you get started with your game. The first of those is the …

GM's Journal #12: Fresh Beginnings

May 15th, 2019

37:22

GM's Journal becomes a regular fixture at Roleplay Rescue with our first scheduled Wednesday release. This episode sees me focused on preparing for …

Talking Dungeon World With Yochai Gal

May 11th, 2019

1:05:01

I wanted to create more episodes that explore other well-known roleplaying game systems. To do this, I decided it’d be a good idea to talk to people …

GM's Journal #11: Decision

May 5th, 2019

57:15

Here's the latest Journal in which I burble on about deciding what to do with the Friday Night Roleplayers. A decision is made.  As usual, this …

What's Wrong With 5e?

May 4th, 2019

32:37

Over recent weeks, there have been a few people in the Anchorite OSR community talking about the current edition of Dungeons & Dragons. As …

GM's Journal #10: Messy, Flaky, Conflicted

April 28th, 2019

41:31

Welcome to the Roleplay Rescue Game Master’s Journal. This episode covers the two week period from the end of Season 2 and the start of this new …

Escaping The Grind

April 27th, 2019

29:49

Welcome to Season 3 of Roleplay Rescue! Today we take a look at the meaning and importance of Escapism. We learn that we are healthier when we seek …

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

April 15th, 2019

8:54

In Episode 58 of Plundergrounds, Ray Otus challenged his listeners to record a one-off podcast on the theme of "Something old, something new, …

Talking Arduin With Gabriel Roark

April 13th, 2019

56:41

Today’s episode is the last of Series Two. It began as a question posted on the MeWe group entitled “The Arduin Grimoire by Dave Hargrave”. From this stepped forward today’s guest. We arranged to chat online but, on the …

GM's Journal #9: The Revelation

April 10th, 2019

56:56

Well, GM's Journal #8 wasn't the last entry. Oh no. You guys got on Anchor and sent me a barrage of lovely voice messages which I have collected …

GM's Journal #8: The TPK

April 6th, 2019

35:45

Rough edit from a rough week at the table. Shennanigans at the school club leading to the death of four characters, followed by the fourth Friday …

Bringing The SF

April 6th, 2019

34:34

What if you don’t want to play in a fantasy roleplaying game? What are the options for getting a science-fiction game up to the table? Is anything …

GM's Journal #7: Glorantha Games 2019

March 31st, 2019

22:52

Mash-up of clips from my day out to Birmingham on Saturday 30th March to attend Glorantha Games 2019, a convention held at Geek Retreat to celebrate the world and games of Glorantha. Organised by Pookie and Darren …

GM's Journal #6

March 30th, 2019

32:59

This episode is a grab-bag of moments from the week: unboxing the Black Hack, prep for the school game, thoughts on Traveller, and ending the week …

On Virtual Tabletops

March 30th, 2019

29:00

Following the interview with Rob Twohy, I’ve been feeling slightly more confident about putting together an episode on the the various online gaming …

GM's Journal #5: Patreon Special

March 24th, 2019

50:50

Mainly, this is a regular GM's Journal episode with my blitherings from the last week of gaming, highs and lows included. I've changed the format …

An Interview With Rob Twohy

March 23rd, 2019

49:04

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about getting started with online gaming and, frankly, I’ve been really struggling to put together an episode addressing those questions. Because I’m not an expert on the topic, I …

GM's Journal #4

March 17th, 2019

29:39

The twists and turns in my hobby over the past week or so, in what has been one of the toughest in my career, along with many of the joys that come …

Five Great Games

March 16th, 2019

36:50

Taking a bit of a risk, this episode discusses five games that have had a great impact on me. Along the way, I also touch on various matters of taste and icons who have influenced my play style. It's a bit of an …

GM's Journal #3

March 10th, 2019

30:34

A third dose of my GM prep ramblings during which I share my preparation for the Rise of The Dragon Kings campaign using  Castles & Crusades. I …

An Interview with Mike Mason

March 9th, 2019

1:05:32

Mike Mason began roleplaying with what he calls “Purple Box” Dungeons & Dragons. Nowadays he is the Line Editor of Call of Cthulhu for the …

Solo Journal #SAMM Ep2

March 4th, 2019

56:28

Follow-up to the first bonus episode which records my #SoloAModule month efforts, this is the first adventure from the Alternity Starter Set 1999. …

Solo Journal #SAMM Ep1

March 3rd, 2019

55:18

It's Solo A Module Month and, following the last episode on getting into solo play, I thought I would take part. In short, Spencer Salyer from the …

Getting Started Solo

March 2nd, 2019

27:22

What if you can’t find any players or a game to join? Is it possible to roleplay on your own?


In this episode, we explore the slightly misunderstood …

GM's Journal #2: A New Campaign

February 24th, 2019

55:19

Here it is:  a second helping of my GM prep ramblings during which I share my preparation for the Rise of The Dragon Kings campaign using Castles & Crusades. This is a laid-bare peek behind the GMs screen and …

On Being A Player

February 23rd, 2019

31:28

What if you just want to come back and roleplay as a PLAYER? What are the ways back to the table as a player, as opposed to being a Game Master?

An Interview With Douglas Cole

February 16th, 2019

58:12

Douglas H. Cole has been roleplaying since 1981, starting with the Holmes Basic Box and AD&D, and has been playing GURPS since 1988. Living near …

GM's Journal

February 13th, 2019

51:51

The first bonus of Season 2, the GM's Journal is a laid-bare behind-the-curtain peek into my preparation process for a one-shot game using Castles & Crusades. 


This is what a few listeners asked for and I think, …

Fitting Roleplaying Back Into Your Life

February 9th, 2019

28:53

Today, we have a question from a listener. One of my favourite podcasters… 


We take a look at ways to start heading back to the table. Starting with why you want to add gaming back into your life, I’ll challenge you to …

Series 2 Trailer & Call-ins

February 6th, 2019

15:56

It’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve been thinking about what we talked about in Series 1 and where we might take things next. The best contribution to my thinking has been the steady stream of voice messages, comments, …

Curse of The Flaky GM

January 26th, 2019

38:06

What if the reason your gaming group is collapsing is because the Game Master keeps cancelling the sessions?


In this final episode of Series 1, we …

How To Get Players To Try Older Games

January 19th, 2019

28:39

This episode was inspired by Mike Bowers' question, back in Episode 3, about how to get established players of newer roleplaying games to give an …

Bonus: An Interview With Ted Wallerstedt

January 16th, 2019

30:32
Over the past few weeks, ever since starting this project, I’ve been chatting to a couple of gamers I know. One of the cool things that has happened …

An Interview with Carl Bussler

January 12th, 2019

43:08

Following on from last week, I hopped online and had a chat with Carl Bussler. He is the co-founder of Stormlord Publishing, hosted and produced the …

Delving the Megadungeon

January 5th, 2019

25:06

Having a stab at defining the concept of a "megadungeon", we take a look at the dungeoncrawl as the best and most successful game structure from the …

Bonus: An Interview With A Priest

January 2nd, 2019

18:29
Over the past few weeks, ever since starting this project, I’ve been chatting to a couple of gamers I know. One of the cool things that has happened …

An Interview With Gavin Norman

December 29th, 2018

38:01

Following on from the last episode, in which I outed my story of discovery and the success experienced with B/X Essentials, I hopped online and …

On Rediscovery & Roots

December 22nd, 2018

23:59

Sharing my own journey of revelation about roleplaying games and describing one route back into hobby. This is the story of what happened to me in …

What Are Roleplaying Games, Really?

December 15th, 2018

15:16

What are roleplaying games and why should we play them? Taking a look at what lies at the heart of RPGs, their value to us as human beings, and the …

What Stops You From Gaming?

December 8th, 2018

20:11

Taking a look at three big barriers to playing RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, Traveller, or RuneQuest. This episode introduces some of the key …

Episode 0: Why?

November 28th, 2018

8:14

The Series 1 trailer in which I make a plea for lapsed roleplayers to come back to the gaming table. Ever play D&D or similar roleplaying games …

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