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Sword Breaker

55 EpisodesProduced by Logan HowardWebsite

Sword Breaker is a podcast about the Dungeon World role playing game and playing in fantasy settings by the creators of the Sword Breaker zine. Support this podcast:

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Episode 55 - Portal Fantasy

January 31st, 2023


This episode was suggested by Chris Shorb many moons ago. I just dove back in and used my normal segments to make it less intimidating. Hope you'll enjoy!


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Episode 54 - Dark and Grimdark Fantasy

May 7th, 2021


This episode I'll explore the confusion created by the terms Dark Fantasy and Grimdark Fantasy and then provide 8 variations that illustrate the kind of settings inspired by the terms. 

Call-in from Jason Connerly of …

Episode 53 - Reptile Folk

May 1st, 2021


Chris Shorb asked for Reptile Folk. Here they are! 

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Episode 52 - Monster Parts

April 27th, 2021


Another great suggestion from Goblin's Henchman! If the world were full of monsters with weird powers and crazy anatomy, surely there would be people …

Episode 51 - Broken Magic Items

April 22nd, 2021


This was a great suggestion from Goblin's Henchman! Listen to a couple more submissions for my Crazy Chimera Carousel followed by a list of magic …

Episode 50 - Chimeras

April 17th, 2021


Welcome aboard the Crazy Chimera Carousel! Enjoy the ride!
Mentioned or called in:
Jason Connerley - Nerd's RPG Variety Cast
Joe Richter - Hindsightless
Goblin's Henchman
Spencer "Free Thrall" - Keep Off the Borderlands
Brian …

Episode 49 - Sword and Sorcery

April 10th, 2021


Fritz Leiber coined the term. I'll be talking about what the genre does in games and providing 8 examples of Sword and Sorcery settings.

Call-in from …

Episode 48 - High Fantasy

April 6th, 2021


This is a bit of a longer episode. I wanted to cover some ideas about genre, terminology, and labels before continuing my series! I hope you'll have …

Episode 47 - Low Fantasy

April 3rd, 2021


Joe Richter of the Hindsightless podcast inspires another episode! This time it's all about Low Fantasy. This is the second episode in a series in which I'm exploring the sub-genres under the "Fantasy" umbrella. I hope …

Episode 46 - Epic Fantasy

April 2nd, 2021


The first of several planned episodes on the various sub-genres of fantasy. This one tackles Epic Fantasy and uses the 8 variations as examples of the genre.

Call-ins from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast and Brian …

Episode 45 - Towers

March 30th, 2021


This episode will be about towers thanks to a suggestion from Ray Otus! There is also an invitation to join in the fun creating new monsters for the Crazy Chimera Carousel! Enjoy!

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Episode 44 - Magic Shoes

March 28th, 2021


Thanks to Joe Richter of the excellent Hindsightless podcast for the idea for this one! Lowly shoes are much more powerful than we often remember. 

Episode 43 - Magic Bags

March 26th, 2021


Whatcha got in the bag? Magic bags have appeared in folklore and myth for ages because all of us can relate to the mysterious experience of reaching …

Episode 42 - Death Knights

March 23rd, 2021


The monster I always turned to when I opened my Fiend Folio was the Death Knight. I was obsessed with knights. These evil, anti-paladins seemed like …

Episode 41 - Forests

March 21st, 2021


The great forests are places of personal trial. They rarely release the same soul that wandered in.

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Episode 40 - Hirelings

March 15th, 2021


Hirelings can be great for carrying stuff and using as fodder. While it's never a good idea for a hireling to upstage the player characters, they can still be an interesting part of an adventure!

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Episode 39 - Traps

March 11th, 2021


A great trap can freak out your players AND give information about the setting that helps establish themes and offers hints to the players at the same time!

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Episode 38 - Villains

March 9th, 2021


What's the difference between a common monster and a villain? Listen to this episode for my take...

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Episode 37 - Armor

March 4th, 2021


What do you use for protection? I always loved those shiny suits of plate armor! For a good dungeon crawl though...maybe something better for swimming or climbing eh? Here's another short episode with a few thoughts and …

Episode 36 - Goblins

November 24th, 2020


Nasty little humanoids with a thirst for blood and treasure! Here's a short episode that gets quickly to the variations!

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Episode 35 - Swords

October 17th, 2020


Who doesn't love a magic sword?


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Episode 34 - Maps

October 13th, 2020


Maps are such an interesting part of role playing because they can make a huge difference in the way the world is understood by the players. Call in …

Episode 33 - Shops

October 12th, 2020


Who wants to go to the mall in the middle of a fantasy adventure? Can shops enhance the setting?

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Episode 32 - Monks

September 30th, 2020


Are they obnoxious genre breaking characters or legitimate fantasy heroes? Chris Shorb asked me for this one and I hope he finds and enjoys it!

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Episode 31 - Thieves

December 18th, 2019


What are your favorite thief archetypes? Ever had that player in your group who wanted to play a thief because...jerk?

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Episode 30 - Orcs

October 17th, 2019


Orcs! Nuff said!

Call-in from Jason of the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast

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Episode 29 - Magic Items

October 14th, 2019


What about those magic items found early in a character's career? Can we do better than a +1 weapon? 

Call-ins from:

Jason from Nerd's RPG Variety Podcast

Spencer (Free Thrall) from Keep Off the Borderlands

Joe (The …

Episode 28 - Post Apocalypse

September 20th, 2019


Thanks to Jason Connerley for the suggestion!


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Episode 27 - Dreams

August 27th, 2019


What can we do with dreams in our games?


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Episode 26 - Cities

August 3rd, 2019


Give your city a face and a heart!


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Episode 25 - Kaiju

July 10th, 2019


How do you drop some of that delicious Toho magic into your games?


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Episode 24 - Airships

June 7th, 2019


They're one of the favorite ways to cross those big fantasy maps!


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Episode 23 - Bards

May 15th, 2019


Check out Ray Otus' Plundergrounds! We are both responding to a prompt from Jim Jones about Bards!

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Episode 22 - Wizards

May 8th, 2019


What can we borrow from the greats to make our own game wizards more interesting? Call ins from Joe Richter and Jim Yoder!

Go to Jellysaw to see the 10 fantasy novels Ray Otus picked as foundational works of fantasy!

Episode 21 - Adventuring Parties

May 6th, 2019


Lots of great call-ins! Ray Otus, Benjamin Hinnum, RFED, and Joe Richter.


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Episode 20 - My 3 Top Monsters

April 26th, 2019


3 of my favorite monsters and 8 variations on goblins!

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Episode 19 - Halflings

April 25th, 2019


And now for the little people! Fun new Sword Breaker Theme mix from Lu Quade who has an Anchor podcast of his own called  

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Episode 18 - Barbarians

April 11th, 2019


Conan! Thundarr! Fafhrd! Khal Drogo! Let's talk about BARBARIANS! YAAAAAAAHEEE!

Call-in from Froth Sof of the Thought Eater blog and podcast!

Bumper by Ray Otus!  Find him on the Plundergrounds podcast and zine and the

Episode 17 - Something Borrowed...

April 10th, 2019


I was challenged by Ray Otus and I did not back down!

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Episode 16 - Roads

April 3rd, 2019


Interview with Wayne Peacock of MOTiVE zine and Podcast!

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Episode 15 - Curses

March 29th, 2019


Chatter about curses and their role in games versus fiction. 

Call in from Stephen Karnes of Rocks and Roots!

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Episode 14 - Holy Relics

March 19th, 2019


A short exploration of Holy Relics and a lot of fun content from listeners!

Ray Otus just dropped his 50th episode of Plundergrounds!

Aaron Clark's

Episode 13 - Government

March 13th, 2019


A short one on offering something other than the usual kings and queens.


Follow Me and Die

Random Screed

No Save for You


Episode 12 - Rangers

March 1st, 2019


This is a short episode about the Ranger Class. I had some great input from:

Ray Otus:

Colin Green:

Rob C.:

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Episode 11 - World Building

February 21st, 2019


Yochai Gal requested an episode about world building. Here it is!

Interviews with: 

Yochai Gal  

Brian Holland 

Greg Soper 


Ray Otus

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Episode 10 - Dwarves

February 13th, 2019


This time I discuss the mighty Dwarf! How are they the same and different from their folkloric origins? Ray Otus offers up some super cool ideas from …

Episode 8 - Clerics

February 7th, 2019


Inspired by Brian Holland of Session Zero and Cody M. of the No Save For You podcast, I'll share my thoughts on clerics. I'm a big fan of the class …

Episode 7 - Spell Books

January 31st, 2019


Let's talk about spell books! What are we missing? How can we make them more exciting? 

Great ideas from Steven Karnes -

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Episode 6 - Elves

January 16th, 2019


A chat about what elves are and what they've become in role playing games. Great suggestions from Colin Green, Ray Otus, Brian Holland, Rob C and …

Episode 5 - Castles

January 4th, 2019


A discussion about making castles memorable. Messages from Brian Holland (Creator of the Session Zero zine), Colin Green (Spikepit podcast), and …

Episode 4 - Mass Combat

November 10th, 2018


In this episode I introduce Brian Holland's newest Session Zero zine Halo, Fang and Horn and offer up some ideas for adding spice to your …

Episode 3 - Never-Never-Wonderland

October 31st, 2018


In this episode Jesse Ross and I talk about playing with young players and bringing very fantastical settings to life! Check out Yochai Gal's One Shot World And Tam's Blog

Episode 2 - Borrowing Ideas

October 24th, 2018


In this episode I talk with Ray Otus about borrowing ideas from other sources. You'll also get 8 variations on hirelings and an assortment of goodies in the Market Square!


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Episode 1 - Zombies

October 13th, 2018


This is the very first episode of Sword Breaker! It's October and in honor of Halloween, I talk about zombies.


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