Tavern Chat

425 EpisodesProduced by erik tenkar

"I listen to the Tavern Chat podcast every morning, sometimes I think its NPR, till the F bomb drops then I remember I am in geek heaven instead!" Enjoy a daily chat with your Old School Gaming Bartender :) Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tavernchat/support

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425 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

E424 - Follow Up on Stranger Things and D&D

July 16th, 2019

8:57

JoeTheLawyer brings up a good point - what group of nerds has three out of four find girlfriends in their teen years at the same time? ;)

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E423 - Stranger Things Season 3 - The Role of D&D (Spoilers Avoided)

July 15th, 2019

9:53

In Season 3 of Stranger Things, D&D still plays a role, but it is shown more as something of the time of childish things to be left behind. …

E422 - More Thought on Stats and on Controlling Your Content - With Voicemails

July 14th, 2019

11:14

Voicemails from Tim and Ivy Shorts as well as Glen Halstrom. Yes, I revisit low ability scores and controlling you own voice. Never put your …

E421 - And the BS Goes On - Far West Will no Longer be Using KS for Progress Updates

July 13th, 2019

12:45

Ah, sweet "I'm a gonna punch Tenkar in the f'n throat!" Gareth. He sneaks a Far West update in on his dead intothefarwest.com website. How do you …

E420 - The Roll For Initiative Podcast is Closing its Doors, But it Will Never Die

July 12th, 2019

9:18

Vince Florio announced today that the Roll for Initiative Podcast is coming to an end after 10 years. Gaming podcasts in general owe Vince a debt of …

E419 - More Thoughts on Low Stats with a Voicemail from Old Man Grognard

July 11th, 2019

10:35

Glen (Old Man Grognard) called the show to talk about low stats. It makes me think even more on the topic. Dangerous, I know ;)

Google Voicemail # (347) 509-5168‬

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E418 - You Get Me, You Really Do!

July 10th, 2019

9:53

We have a new $50 backer on Patreon. Yes, Jason understands me ;)

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E417 - On Kickstarters and Mental Health

July 9th, 2019

11:28

It seems that many (if not most) of the Kickstarters that fund but fail to deliver in a timely manner (if at all) share a common denominator - their creators often have mental health issues.

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E416 - Why You, as a Creator / Publisher should have Admin Control over Social Media Sites supporting your Publications

July 8th, 2019

10:44

The main Tunnels & Trolls Facebook group went dark last week, leaving hundreds of T&T fans without a home. Although there is a new group to …

E415 - Thoughts on Low Ability Score Adventurers - Oh, and a "Go 'F'" Yourself

July 7th, 2019

11:49

Who would really bring an Int 3 adventurer on an adventure? How would a Str 3 magic-user make the 5 mile trek to a dungeon? Oh, and a good ole' 'F U" …

E414 - Commentary on the New LotFP Weird Fantasy Ref Book Indiegogo Update

July 6th, 2019

12:09

An update? No way! And of course the issues mentioned would not be issues if this had only been completed in a timely fashion. Even hitting the …

E413 - Holiday Thoughts on Fireworks and Gunpowder in Fantasy Campaigns

July 5th, 2019

9:35

As small explosions go off around me in the Pocono Mountains, I think about gunpowder in fantasy RPGs

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E412 - ENnie 2019 Nominations Announced - No LotFP, Paizo, or WotC in the Mix

July 4th, 2019

12:05

Yep, the ENnies nominees were announced today. I make some picks and in turn, discover some interesting tools.

E411 - Are the Kickstartesr I Back for Reading or Collecting?

July 3rd, 2019

10:26

I find myself backing Kickstarters and then the books go directly on my gaming shelves. I need to read more or buy less ;)

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E410 - On Sandboxes & Hex Crawls and Player Responsibility

July 2nd, 2019

8:53

Ivy calls the show. Then the talk turns towards sandboxes and hex crawls, and what players need to do for their GM.

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E408 - Demonic Dungeon of the Bone Dreamer & Writing Adventures for Yourself, Convention Play and for for Others to Run

June 30th, 2019

9:17

I'm working on an adventure for use in the Tenkar's Tavern One Shot Roleplaying Group, Shire Con and Gamehole - Demonic Dungeon of the Bone Dreamer. …

E407 - Drones, Voicemails, Open d6, Bunnies & Burrows and Far Away Land OSR

June 29th, 2019

14:12

Today we have two voicemails, I talk about my definition of drones, Open d6 is now recognized at DTRPG, and Bunnies & Burrows and Far Way Land OSR have arrived!

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E406 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Ben Barsh (Pacesetter Games)

June 28th, 2019

1:18:36

In today's episode I sit down with Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games, perhaps best known for the Best Hair in the OSR ;) We talk all things gaming, gaming conventions, gaming Kickstarters & more!

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E405 - More Support is More Gooder! Voicemails from Glenn, Ive, Laramie, Jeff & Joe - Phew!

June 27th, 2019

15:37

Yep, voicemails doth overflow today. Wow. Thank you all for your support. It literally means the world to me.

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E404 - Voicemails in Support - Oh My! Ivy Shorts is our Virtual Guest Host ;)

June 26th, 2019

13:24

Heh. Ivy left four voicemails last night. With that kind of support, i know I'm in good hands.

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E403 - Such Positive Feedback - But None Made Publicly for Fear of The Outrage Brigade

June 24th, 2019

13:12

E401 and 402 have generated record numbers of plays in such a short period and some amazing support has been given, but fear of the Outrage Brigade …

E402 - A Rant about Vagebooking by a Worthless Piece of Excrement

June 23rd, 2019

12:48

A yes, gotta love when someone slings shit and you, but won't name you because they don't have the confidence to back up their own words.

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E401 - The OSR, Inclusivity, Gatekeeping, Walled Gardens, Safe Spaces & a Sweet Gaming Table

June 23rd, 2019

13:33

I argue that the OSR is more inclusive than the Gatekeepers of the "walled gardens" and "safe spaces" allow their small communities to ever be. And …

E400 - Is Morrus / ENWorld F'n with a 2013 Kickstarter Backer & Denying Him his KS Reward out of Spite?

June 22nd, 2019

12:53

I know what its like do deal with asshole customers (I worked retail for 8 1/2 years) I also know what it is like dealing with an angry public that …

E399 - Blue Yeti in the House and some Mutant Future / Gamma World thoughts & memories

June 21st, 2019

9:59

Thanks to my listeners I got to up the microphone from a headset to a Blue Yeti. Holy shit! Heck, I even have something to say about Mutant Future …

E398 - Some Further B/X Thoughts & Houserules

June 20th, 2019

9:44

Yep, more thoughts on B/X, clerics and houserules.

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E397 - Voicemail Extravaganza! Ivy, Tim & Red Dice x 2 :)

June 19th, 2019

17:01

You want voicemails? We have voicemails! Ivy Shorts, Tim Shorts & Red Dice Diaries x 2! Good times!

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E396 - Thoughts on Cleric Spells in B/X

June 18th, 2019

10:04

I'm playing a cleric in Tim Short's Komar Forest B/X campaign, and I'm starting to realize even with a selection of spells, there really isn't much of a selection of spells for clerics...

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E395 - Stacy D & James Raggi Updates

June 17th, 2019

12:52

Stacey has been threatened with legal action from three directions. LotFP Ref book is still weighing James down.

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E394 - Some Father's Day Gaming Thoughts with Shannon & Tenkar

June 16th, 2019

11:35

My niece Shannon is spending the night in preparation for tomorrow's Father's Day (and Rach's birthday) celebration. We have some thoughts on Father's Day and gaming..

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E393 - Podcast Advice Inspired by JoeTheLawyer's 50th Episode

June 15th, 2019

14:40

JoeTheLawyer offered some excellent advice to podcasters on his recent 50th episode. Inspired by Joe, I follow up with some additional advice for …

E392 - Zak S Sues Mandy for Defamation in Ottowa - I Read Zak's Statement

June 14th, 2019

14:49

Quite simply, I read Zak S' statement regarding his defamation lawsuit against Mandy in Ottowa. I do make some commentary and express some opinions.

https://officialzsannouncements.blogspot.com/2019/06/im-suing.html


E391 - Designer & Makers Fireside Chat with David Baity (Dark Trails RPG)

June 13th, 2019

37:33

Tonight I sat down with David Baity of the Dark Trails RPG (powered by DCC RPG). Be advised, there was an audio dropout.

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E390 - James Mathe (RPGNow Founder) has Passed & Other News

June 12th, 2019

10:45

James Mathe, the founder of RPGnow has passed, plus other gaming news.

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E389 - NTRPG Con Midnight Auction - With My Epic Fail trying to Find Something I had that WAS NOT in Bill Meinhardt's Collection

June 11th, 2019

14:02

What's better then a Midnight Auction at NTRPG Con? Looking over the index to the most complete collection of tabletop gaming related material in the …

E388 - NTRPG Con Live With Glen Halstrom, Vince Florio, Matt Finch & Bad Mike

June 9th, 2019

19:37

We hung out at the closed Frog God booth tonight and had a blast. NTRPG Con is the shit ;)

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E387 - NTRPG Con Live "Talking Crit" With Bad Mike, Special Guests and a Mini Bar - Oh My!

June 8th, 2019

52:24

I sat down with Bad Mike late last night (Friday) in the man gaming room at NTRPG Con for a live, open Talking Crit. Random special quests include JE Shields, Edwin Nagey, Ben Burns, Pexx, Ben Marsh (Best Hair in the …

E386 - Tegal Manor is NOT a Safe Space - NTRPG Con Day 2

June 8th, 2019

9:21

Today was Day Two of NTRPG Con. Tegal Manor is not a safe space. Still, my whole party survived, damn it!

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E385 - NTRPG Con - Day One - Booth Babe Bartender

June 7th, 2019

7:35

I spent most of my day working the Frog God Booth and it was fun. I need more peeps to stop by tomorrow ;)

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E384 - The Eagle has Landed in DFW - NTRPG Con

June 6th, 2019

10:39

We have a voicemail from Jeff about influence and control. Then I talk about my flight to DFW and some of the great people I met the night BEFORE the …

E382 - Thoughts on Gatekeeping & Influence

June 3rd, 2019

16:13

This is kinda a follow up to yesterdays episode (382), where I now talk about the false dynamics of "Gatekeeping" and the illusion of influence.

E381 - Rant - Why Would You Want an OSR Alternate Community with a Cock & Scrotum Logo?

June 3rd, 2019

13:19

Yesterday I hung out with my old high school gaming group. Also, someone decided that a cock & scrotum made an excellent logo for an alternative …

E380 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Alex Kammer

June 2nd, 2019

1:08:09

Tonight's Fireside Chat is with Alex Kammer, best known for Gamehole Con each fall in Madison, Wisconsin. Alex is also an adventure writer, and is …

E381 - My Initial Thoughts on Good Omens (Amazon Prime)

June 2nd, 2019

8:33

My impressions on the new Amazon Prime series, Good Omens. In short, this is a "must watch."

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E379 - Voicemail Follow-up on Literacy and a $750 Preorder for WFRP 4e

May 31st, 2019

14:02

Joe Yoder calls in with some thoughts on using churches to fight illiteracy and Cubicle 7 has a $750 pre-order for the revised yet classic The Enemy Within Campaign.

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E378 - Follow Up to Bequeathing Your Gaming Collection and Thoughts on NTRPG Con

May 30th, 2019

10:01

We've got a voice mail regarding yesterday's topic about your gaming collection after death, and some thoughts on NTRPG Con.

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E377 - Thoughts on Gaming Collection Inheritance (Prepare Now)

May 29th, 2019

10:38

Bad Mike (NTRPG Con) talked with me about Mike Cary (con regular) passing unexpectedly and the burden now on his mother to dispose of his collection …

E376 - Follow Up to Thoughts on Literacy in Game and Dealing with Intoxication when Gaming

May 28th, 2019

10:58

Evil Jeff calls in with thoughts on Literacy  in gaming campaigns. I ponder about playing intoxicated while being intoxicated.

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E375 - The Effects of Weather in Fantasy Campaigns (with Live Weather Effects)

May 26th, 2019

9:32

I ponder weather effects in fantasy campaigns as I sit on a back porch in the Poconos with thunder in the background.

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E374 - Idle Thoughts on Education and Literacy in Fantasy Worlds

May 26th, 2019

10:11

I'm away for the weekend in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast PA. I talk about some thoughts regarding literacy and eduction in fantasy settings.

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E373 - Live with JoeTheLawyer & Rach at Faile House (W 33rd Street NYC)

May 24th, 2019

17:17

Joe, Rach and I hit the Complete Strategist in NYC before hitting the Faile House. Good food, great cider and excellent conversation.

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E372 - Tim Shorts Calls Out JoeTheLawyer (and the end of Renovations)

May 24th, 2019

9:08

Tim Shorts calls in to tell JoeTheLawyer exactly how he feels about Joe's Rot Grub whining. And holy shit, renovations have been completed at the …

E371 - Urban Adventures, Tunnels & Trolls and an Atari Lynx

May 23rd, 2019

9:11

Tonight on the Discord Server we talk about Urban Adventures (and i give my . thoughts here), Tunnels & Trolls (I run down my collection of the …

E370 - JoeTheLawyer, Rot Grubs & More

May 22nd, 2019

8:12

Ivy suggests we keep the consecutive numbering (we did), Joe wants to talk about Rot Grubs (ditto), Casa de Tenkar is STILL posting a Renovations sign.

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E369 - Random Tavern Business & Talk of a NTRPG Con Tavern Hangout

May 21st, 2019

9:56

Yep, catching up on all things Tavern as well as spitballing a Tavern Hangout at NTRPG Con.

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E368 - Last Episode of Game of Thrones Review / Rant - Spoilers (Don't Say I didn't Warn You!)

May 20th, 2019

12:41

I just finished watching the last episode of Game of Thrones. John Snow is a fucking Emo! Spoilers. Warning Will Robinson!

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E367 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with TheGlen (Mystara)

May 19th, 2019

1:08:26

In today's episode I sit down for a Fireside Chat with TheGlen. Who is TheGlen? Ever hear of Mystara? Well, he has is fingers well placed in that …

E366 - New Season now with Voicemails, Kickstarter News and More

May 18th, 2019

9:20

Voicemails from JoeTheLawyer and Ivy Shorts. Renovations Continue at Casa de Tenkar. Dark Trails is blazing a path over on Kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2059365241/dark-trails-rpg/description

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E365 - The 365th Episode! Woot! Oh, and we Even Have Industry News!

May 17th, 2019

9:36

We couldn't have done a daily yearly podcast without you, the listener. I can't thank you enough. Also, a future rant. Tariffs will soon hit the …

E364 - FireSide Chat with Laramie (Tavern Mensch & Bearer of Cider)

May 16th, 2019

1:09:34

In this FireSide Chat I hangout with Laramie (Tavern Mensch & Bearer of Cider). Laramie is well known for being a huge Hackmaster fan (not Castles & Crusades - my bad ) We have an excellent chat, and if I didn't …

E363 - Fireside Chat with Pexx (Tavern Custodian & Hand of the Tavern Keeper)

May 14th, 2019

1:04:39

In today's Fireside Chat I sit down with Pexx, the Tavern Custodian & my Right Hand. We talk Frog God, Kickstarter, conventions, gaming, geekdom and more. Oh, and all things Tavern ;)

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E362 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Rokoma (Saga RPG)

May 14th, 2019

1:07:58

I sit down with Rokoma (Jessie) from Saga RPG. We got way off the rails and go in directions neither one of us would have guessed.

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E361 - Wherein I Rant About Season 8 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones (Minor Spoilers)

May 13th, 2019

10:42

Minor spoiler alert. I talk about a death or two of some minor characters. More importantly, I rant about the death of a series I followed loyally …

E360 - Go Joe! and a Look at Legacy

May 11th, 2019

11:00

JoeTheLawyer calls back with a clarification on his OSR Wikileaks comment and I talk legacy and what it means.

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E359 - Colin & Joe Call In - I Talk About My Prior Rant and More Yygsburgh

May 11th, 2019

11:11

Colin talks about real Nazis, I talk about the tern Nazi thrown about as a crutch, Joe compares me to Wikileaks and I talk about the ongoing …

E358 - An Email from Yggsburgh's Past and a Legal Resolution to an Incident from Last Summer

May 10th, 2019

8:22

It seems like I'll be gaining access to emails from just before and after Gary's untimely passing regarding his Castle Zagyg project. Oh, and the …

E357 - Paizo 5e Follow Up & Bethesda Plagiarizing from the DM's Guild

May 9th, 2019

9:29

JoeTheLawyer calls in with some thoughts on Paizo publishing for D&D 5e. Also in 5e news, Bethesda pretty much does an outright plagerism of a DM's Guild Adventure..

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E356 - 500 Frog God Bucks up for Grabs and Gail lumps Alex and Tom Together

May 8th, 2019

11:07

Want to win some Frog God Games store credit? As much as 400 for yourself (and leave crumbs for another). Details at: https://www.tenkarstavern.com/2019/05/frog-god-games-competition-500-bucks-in.html. What does Gail …

E355 - Just How Many Virtual Table Tops Have I Played With?

May 7th, 2019

11:37

Kloogewerks, ScreenMonkey, Maptools and more - oh my! Oh, and Fantasy Ground Unity is Kickstarting...

E354 - An Ugly Kickstarter and a Good Kickstarter

May 6th, 2019

11:01

Want to get burned on Traveller5 yet again? Here's you chance. Want an excellent DCC RPG KS? Grab The Crypt in Cadaver Canyon & More! now.

E353 - Paizo to Publish for 5e & Renovations at Casa de Tenkar

May 5th, 2019

9:07

Yep, Paizo will be releasing a 5e book with their latest crowdfunding project (NOT via Kickstarter or Indiegogo). Renovations continue at Casa de Tenkar.

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E352 - A Rant in Support of Courtney Campbell

May 4th, 2019

11:40

I hate when those that don't add to the community falsely label members of the community. Thanks to mud slung at Courtney I have an expletive filled rant.

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E351 - Joint Statement of BJ Hensley and Frog God Games

May 3rd, 2019

6:30

Joint Statement of BJ Hensley and Frog God Games read by your's truly. Renovations continue in La Casa Tenkar :)

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E350 - Digging Out Treasures Prepping for Renovations

May 2nd, 2019

9:38

I really have too much gaming shit. I found some stuff I hadn't seen in years earlier tonight. Heck, i found one thing I thought I had never received...

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E349 - Far Away Land OSR Kickstarter - I Even Wrote a Forward :)

May 1st, 2019

10:10

The was some legal lawyering activity on my end earlier today having NOTHING t do with any of the current drama. More importantly, Far Away Lands OSR …

E348 - No Lawyer Episode (Really) - Alien the RPG and OSR Far Away Land

April 30th, 2019

9:24

Who needs a lawyer? Not Gail Gygax apparently! Also, Alien the RPG and OSR Far Away Land Kickstarter.

https://alien-rpg.com/

E347 - More Lawyers and Game of Thrones (No Spoilers)

April 29th, 2019

11:14

I watched Season 8, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones tonight. What a thrill ride. Also, Joe the Layers sent me some follow up text messages regarding the …

E346 - Tom DeSanto is Looking for $300K plus in Legal Fees from Gail Gygax

April 28th, 2019

13:16

Gail Gygax was nice enough to share some emails she received from the law office that Tom DeSanto has retained in his lawsuit against Gail. Additionally, I explain how criminal and civil courts differ and how decisions …

E345 - Statement by Bill Webb (Frog God Games)

April 27th, 2019

7:23

I read Bill Webb's (Frog God Games) statement from earlier today without comment.

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E344 - Steve Jackson Games Sales Decline for Fourth Straight Year

April 26th, 2019

9:36

Steve Jackson Games shared its Report to the Stakeholders for 2018. ICv2 takes a look at the results and so do I.

E343 - We Sample Some of the Weekly Tavern Chat Hangout

April 25th, 2019

13:35

We recorded some of tonight's (4/24) weekly Wednesday night Tavern Chat. Join us weekly at 9 PM Eastern every Wednesday on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. All are welcome. Join the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server

E342 - Some Valid Arguments from both Sides of the Magic Missile / Mirror Image Debate (with more voicemails)

April 24th, 2019

8:07

Evil Jeff and Old Man Grognard chime in on Magic Missile and Mirror Image. Oh my! Someone might be close to changing my mind...

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E340 - I Pop Open a Can of Gygax Beer!

April 22nd, 2019

10:04

My brother in law sent me over a can of Gygax Beer for my Easter Dinner. I pop one open and give my taste review :)

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E339 - You Got Your Magic Missile in my Mirror Image (Move Voicemail - More Better)

April 21st, 2019

9:22

Evil Jeff chimes in on the Magics Missile / Mirror Image discussion. I compare the B/X and AD&D 1e versions of the spell. Blessed holidays to all.

E338 - More Magic Missile Talk (We got Voicemails)

April 20th, 2019

8:41

Ah, Magic Missile. Not just a simple 1st level spell. Further commentary from Glen Halstrom and JoeTheEawyer.

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E337 - Magic Missile has a Duration of 1 Turn in B/X - I Never Knew

April 19th, 2019

9:57

It came up in last night's weekly Tavern Chat hangout on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server - in B/X, Magic Missile had a duration of 1 turn, allowing for some interesting implementations. 

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E336 - News - Licensed AD&D 2e Come to Fantasy Grounds (and a wee bit of Aged Advice ;)

April 18th, 2019

9:43

Yep, licensed AD&D 2e has come to Fantasy Grounds. Barrel Rider Games joins forces with Gallant Knight. What happens when your Magic Missiles come into contact with Mirror Images (we are talking "Aged Advice" ;)

E335 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jacob (Nerdolopedia) (Smunchy Games)

April 17th, 2019

1:12:09

In today's episode I have a Fireside Chat with Jacob of Nerdolopedia and Smunchy Games. We talk game-mastering, VTTS vs Face-to-Face gaming, …

E334 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jayson "Rocky" Gardner (Silver Bulette)

April 16th, 2019

36:13

In today's Designers & Makers Fireside Chat I sit down with Jayson "Rocky" Gardner of Silver Bulette. We talk publishing, the latest Kickstarter …

E333 - I Only Recently Realized Elves in Swords & Wizardry Must be Multi-Classed or Single Class Thieves

April 15th, 2019

9:10

Apparently I need to read my RPG rulebook just a wee bit closer going forward. I just recently realized Elves in Swords & Wizardry can only be …

E332 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Frank (Mottokrosh Machinations)

April 14th, 2019

1:04:35

In the latest of our Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Frank from Mottokrosh Machinations. Frank likes to convert adventures and source materials on the fly between systems and the system his is …

E331 - All the News That's Fit to Listen To ;)

April 13th, 2019

9:29

We have a voicemail from old Man Grognard. There is a gamer in need of a new kidney, a monthly 5e magazine in the works, more Midderlands and B'X …

James Smith (Dreams of Mythic Fantasy) Has Passed Far too Soon

April 12th, 2019

6:50

James Smith (Dreams of Mythic Fantasy) passed yesterday. He was one of the early OSR bloggers and his return to the blogging scene in November of 2018 was long overdue. God bless. Far too soon.

E329 - Spell Components, Segments, Limited Shield Use - Rules From 1e Missing from Most OSR Games

April 11th, 2019

11:39

Verbal, Somatic, Material - the three types of spell components in AD&D 1e. How much of that has carried over to the OSR clones. Segments, spell interruption, shield size and number of use - we've dropped them all.

E328 - What is Tenkar's One-Shot Roleplaying?

April 10th, 2019

9:52

Thanks to James Spahn, we now have the Tenkar's One Shot Roleplaying Community on Facebook. So, what exactly is TOSR? Listen and find out...

E327 - Kotaku Among the Properties Sold at Fire Sale Prices to a Private Equity Firm

April 9th, 2019

9:34

Gizmodo and its associated properties were sold earlier today to a private equity firm for less than half the price that was paid for them in 2016. …

E326 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Glynn Seal (Monkeyblood)

April 7th, 2019

1:09:05

In today's installment in the Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Glynn Seal - aka Monkeyblood. Glynn is one of the premier mapmakers in the OSR and his Midderlands setting is second to none. Be warned …

E325 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with James Spahn (Barrel Rider Games)

April 7th, 2019

1:17:23

Tonight I sat down with James Spahn of Barrel Rider Games, White Star, White Box and so much more. James is a close friend and the conversation goes in some unexpected directions ;)

E324 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Andrew (FASA Games)

April 6th, 2019

1:05:56

Today I sat down for a Fireside Chat with Andrew, line developer for the 1879 RPG. We talk games, gamemastering, historical alternative fiction and more.

https://fasagames.com/1879-home/

E323 - Is Guilt Burning Down the House Gary Built?

April 5th, 2019

9:35

Gail is still at it. More than a dozen disjointed postings on Facebook today about DeSanto, Luke Gygax and even little ole me. Could it be that the …

E322 - Revisionist History Updates by Gail Gygax

April 4th, 2019

16:55

Gail returns with a dream and tells us that Gary is visiting her and helping her write an adventure. Interesting times.

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E321 - News - John Wick (and his 7th Sea RPG) Joins Chaosium

April 3rd, 2019

10:43

When a Kickstarter funds at $1.3M and still fails to fully fulfill and needs a white knight like Chaosium to buy them and their obligations out, you …

E320 - No April Foolery - Gail Gygax Set to Tell Tales of Family Woe and More

April 2nd, 2019

13:06

Its April 1st and we have some foolery from Gail Gygax. She is planning a series of tell all postings on Facebook. Today I talk about her most recent …

E319 - A Fortune that is Kickstarter Relevant and Google+'s Last Day is April 1st - No Foolin'!

April 1st, 2019

10:53

"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly". Oh, and April 1st, 2019 is the last day for Google+. You might be out of time to save your data.

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E318 - Want a One Year Contract as a WotC's Community Manager? Position Opens April 1st - No Fooling

March 31st, 2019

10:57

Satine Phoenix's contract as Community Manager for WotC's Dungeons & Dungeons brand ends on March 31st. Want to relocate to Seattle for a one year contract to work on the D&D Brand? Neither do I, but you never …

E317 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Jay (Feral Games)

March 29th, 2019

1:04:10

In today's episode I sit down with Jay of Feral Games. We talk about Kickstarters, self publishing, Wraith Recon (funding on Kickstarter through March 31st, 2019), video and computer games of yore and much more.

E316 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Cavin (YourProGM)

March 29th, 2019

1:21:01

In the latest of the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Cavin aka YourProGM. We talk gaming expectations, gamemaster theory, social media and more. Strangely enough, we don't talk much about …

E315 - RPG Books Burned in China - Something to Fear?

March 28th, 2019

11:08

The Sassoon Files, a Call of Cthulhu Mythos sourcebook, was destroyed by Chinese censors, reasons unknown. Is this something RPG publishers should be …

E314 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Joshua Desa (Genius Loci Games)

March 27th, 2019

58:29

In today's entry in the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Joshua Desa of Genius Loci Games. We talk publishing, kickstarters, past and future works, fair cost of art and generally chew the …

E313 - 100k Plays, A Big Kaboom & More Gaming

March 25th, 2019

10:23

The Tavern Chat Podcast should surpass 100k plays sometime on 3/25/19. Woot! In the first session of James Spahn's new Swords & Wizardry Complete …

E312 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Owlbear (D20 Pro Virtual Table Top)

March 25th, 2019

1:13:39

In this entry in the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Tobias / Owlbear of the D20Pro Virtual Table Top. We talk VTTs, gaming, systems and more.

https://d20pro.com/

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E311 - Bits & Pieces - Numbers, Wayward and Grabbing a Seat as a Player x2

March 23rd, 2019

10:29

Tavern Chat is less than 500 plays from 100k. The Tenkar's Tavern Discord has over 1800 members. Ernest Gary Gygax Jr.'s Marmoreal Tomb Campaign Starter Kickstarter hits more snags - detailed critical review …

E310 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Alex Macris - Redux (New Release - Arbiter of Worlds)

March 23rd, 2019

1:02:10

Yep, I sat down, again, with Alex Macris, best known in the OSR for the Adventure Conquerer King System rules, to talk about his new release …

E309 - Talking Crit with Erik & Mike - Gary Con & More

March 22nd, 2019

59:45

This is the first of a weekly series called Talking Crit with Erik & Mike. Michael Badolato (Bad Mike) and myself (Erik Tenkar) are well known to …

E308 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Jeff "Jolhoeft" (Virtua Rasa VTT)

March 21st, 2019

1:16:40

In today;s Fireside Chat I talk with Jeff "Jolhoeft" of the Virtua Rasa Virtual Table Top. We had some technical issues with the voice server on …

E307 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Janet (World Anvil)

March 20th, 2019

49:02

I sat down with Janet of World Anvil for a Fireside Chat. World Anvil is an amazing tool for authors, artists and most importantly for us, …

E306 - How Swords & Wizardry Light Came to Be or Ain't Retirement Grand?

March 18th, 2019

14:23

There is a narrative going around the gaming community that I wrote Swords & Wizardry Light to steal the thunder from Swords & Wizardry Complete 3rd Printing. I figured its time to set the record straight.

E305 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Courtney Campbell (Hack & Slash) Round Two

March 18th, 2019

32:14

Today we bring back Courtney Campbell, he of the Hack & Slash blog and author of the recent Autarch release - Eyrie of the Dread Eye.

(there is an affiliate link above. using the Tavern's affiliate links help to …

E304 - Found My Voice and Huge Kickstarter Roundup

March 17th, 2019

17:04

Tonight I highlight well over a dozen really cool gaming Kickstarters.

Google is your friend :)

Strange New World Gazetteer: Weird Colonial …

E303 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with Aurelien (Koryo Hall of Adventures)

March 16th, 2019

46:16

In today's entry in the series of Designer's & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Aurelien Laine, writer and designer of the forthcoming Koryo Hall of Adventures, a setting book and adventure seeds and hooks with …

E302 - Dramatic Reading of a Con Man Ken Email Exchange

March 15th, 2019

10:39

Huge tip of the hat to Louis Desy Jr, without whose ability to engage Ken in conversation, this would not be possible. Thanks to Ken for bring Ken. …

E301 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Ben (Virtua Rasa VTT)

March 14th, 2019

48:25

In this, the latest Designers & Makers Fireside Chat, I sit down with Ben from the Virtua Rasa Virtual Table Top. We talk VTTs and other gaming goodies.

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E300 - I Got Fake Newsed By Frank - Oh, and its Episode 300!

March 12th, 2019

9:09

So, apparently Frank was making a funny about the DNC being in Milwaukee in July. Ah well, I still appreciate my usual sources that send me links and …

E299 - Frank Con, Con Man Ken and Con Crud - What a Day

March 12th, 2019

10:23

Oh my. What a day. Rach and I returned from Gary Con earlier today. Not as early as it would have been if taxis had been running as usual at LGA. …

E297 - Gary Con Day 3 and Ken Whitman Spins His Wheels with the Spinward Traveller Kickstarter

March 10th, 2019

12:11

Rappan Athuk - The Mouth of Doom 3d Terrain was auction off at Gary Con earlier today. Tomorrow is my last day to run it. Ken Whitman gives the Spinward Traveller Kickstarter its first update in 2 1/2 years. You go …

E296 - Gary Con Day 2 - Unionized Demons Renovate Rappan Athuk's Mouth of Doom

March 9th, 2019

10:31

We kicked off the Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom series of sessions at Gary Con this morning. The set up is a bit mixed up, but that's what happens when unionized demons are in charge of the renovations ;)

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E295 - Kotaku Article on Gygax is Out - Fluff Piece Gone Wrong

March 8th, 2019

13:50

The Kotaku article on Gail Gygax went live today. It was supposed to be a fluff piece for Gail, but instead it makes her look paranoid and in need of some professional help. The two paragraphs on me were interestingly …

E294 - Follow Up on Falling Down and Some Legal Thoughts on Trademarks

March 6th, 2019

9:54

We have voicemails from Jason Hobbs and Joethelawyer as well as an anonymous (but known by me) email regarding falling from grace. Why listen to me when you can listen to my betters :)

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E293 - Reporter Redux - Now With Secret Offensive Jokes

March 6th, 2019

10:51

Yep, our reporter friend is back, now with secret screenshots of me making offensive jokes about Gail Gygax. As you might expect, I talk about the latest letter.

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E292 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with VBWyrde Elthos RPG & Mythos Machine)

March 5th, 2019

46:59

In tonight's Designer's & Makers Fireside Chat I sit down at the virtual bar with VBWyrde. VB has written his own RPG called Elthos but also a world building app / service called the Mythos Machine. We delve deep …

E291 - Are We at Fault? Have we Made Godlings out of Imperfect Heroes and Doomed them to Fall from Grace?

March 4th, 2019

9:36

Are we at fault, at least to some extent, for the inability of our gaming heroes to admit to their own faults, their human weaknesses and instead …

E290 - Wherein I Explain How I Came to My Conclusion over the Frank Mentzer Dragonsfoot Fiasco

March 3rd, 2019

11:23

I received an email (echoing many of the comments I've seen on Facebook and elsewhere) questioning my conclusions on the Frank Mentzer Dragonsfoot …

E289 - Kickstarter Roundup - Lost City of Immersive Hexed Booze of the Metal Consortium

March 2nd, 2019

12:19

In today's episode I highlight seven interesting and currently funding Kickstarters.

The World of the Lost Lands - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/froggodgames/the-world-of-the-lost-lands/description

City of the …

E288 - Frank M Posts a Rebuttal of Sorts to Facebook - I discuss a small piece of it

March 1st, 2019

12:13

Frank Mentzer shared a post on Facebook addressing his Dragonsfoot drama and later Jessica Price accusations. Today I look at Frank's explanation for the Dragonsfoot situation and why it falls apart under scrutiny.

E287 - Voicemail Catch Up on the Zak S Drama

February 28th, 2019

14:34

Between TotalCon and Fireside Chats, I've been neglecting voicemails. Today, we catch up on voicemails from Laramie (Tavern Mensch on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server) and Spikepit (Podcaster Supreme)

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E286 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Thom Wilson (Throwi Games)

February 27th, 2019

58:50

In this installment of the Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats I sit down with Thom of Throwi Games. We talk Swords & Wizardry, Gamma World, Kickstarters, Frog God Games, Zines and more.

E285 - Designers & Makers - A Fireside Chat with Don of Hellebarde Games

February 26th, 2019

52:12

Today I sat down with Don of Hellebarde Games. We talk Castle & Crusades, Gary Gygax, Troll Lords, Kickstarters and more.

E284 - Return from TotalCon & Back to Tavern Stuff ;)

February 25th, 2019

10:36

Rach and I have returned from TotalCon, and it was good. Seriously, I don't know how I managed to miss it all of these years.

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E283 - Mini Fireside Chat with Rach, Recorded Live at Total Con - Special Guest Angela, Con Director

February 23rd, 2019

10:59

TotalCon with Rach & Angela. It’s a mini fireside chat with my wife Rachel, recorded live at the Frog God table at TotalCon 2019. Con Director Angela stops by and says hello.

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E282 - Gen Con Bans Zak S - Do We Now Have a Slippery Slope?

February 23rd, 2019

14:20

Its been building over the last week and a half, but the un-personing of Zak S has pretty much been completed. I don't like Zak - I personally think he's a piece of shit. I just don't like companies banning and / or …

E280 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with DasMachine (Lost Relic Industries)

February 21st, 2019

57:10

In this episode in the series of Designers & Makers Fireside Chats I sit down with Brian / DasMachine of Lost Relic Industries, We talk about their current project - Swords & Shaman of Sonnegard (currently in a …

E279 - Removing Day - Zak S Removed from 5e Consultant credits & Frank Mentzer Removed as Guest of Honor at Gary Con

February 19th, 2019

13:35

Wow. The titles literally says it all. The "unpersoning" of Zak S continues. Frank Mentzer is no longer a Guest of Honor at Gary Con. Strange times there are.

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/dndstatement

E278 - Designers & Maker - Fireside Chat with Krillion GreyDragon (D20Pro VTT)

February 19th, 2019

1:07:47

On this episode of Tavern Chat we continue with our Designers & Makers series of Fireside Chats. Today I sit down at the virtual tabletop with Krillion GreyDragon. Krillion is a member of the D20Pro team. D20Pro is …

E277 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Sean of Smunchy Games

February 17th, 2019

58:05

In this episode, I speak with Sean of Smunchy Games. We talk about an upcoming KS (Paths: Temple of Ukro’Kaahto) give players "a GM in a box." Color …

E276 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Rich Fraser (Rich Fraser Productions / Cockatrice Nuggets Podcast)

February 17th, 2019

52:07

In this episode I sit down with Rich Fraser (podcaster and small publisher) We talk D&D from Basic to 5e and points between, podcasting (and Rich's podcast Cockatrice Nuggets) and other sundries.

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E275 - Roll20 Got Hacked - 4 Million Account Records Listed for Sale Online

February 15th, 2019

9:43

Yep, Roll20 (and a bunch of other sites) got hacked. 4 million Roll20 accounts are for sale (the bundle has a total of 127 million records for the …

E274 - Zak S Rebuts and a Stacy D Defense of Zak S from 2017 Resurfaces

February 14th, 2019

14:53

Yep, its still going on. Zak S responded to Mandy's accusations late last night. A defense of Zak by Stacy D from Feb 2017 resurfaces. Hypocricy at its best.

https://archive.is/cPSMA#selection-865.0-869.184 (Stacy D)

E273 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Rob Conley (Bat in the Attic)

February 14th, 2019

1:21:16

Today I sit down with Rob Conley of Bat in the Attic (both blog and publisher). We talk Traveller, Swords & Wizardry, Points of Light, Blackmarsh, Judges Guild, Wilderlands, LARPS, blogs and the like.

E271 - I Look at an Assortment of Virtual Table Tops

February 12th, 2019

13:06

I was all psyched to talk VTTs with a developer of the D20Pro VTT when we had to reschedule. So, why not talk VTTs anyhow ;)

Excellent listing of …

E270 - Morbid Mandy Accuses Zak S of Abuse

February 11th, 2019

13:13

Seems like you can't spit without finding allegations of abuse by an RPG creator underneath where your spittle lands. Earlier this evening, Morbid Mandy, Zak S' recently ex-girlfriend, posted a very personal and …

E269 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Puddles (Strange Gods Podcast)

February 9th, 2019

1:23:22

Today I sat down for a fireside chat with Puddles of the Strange Gods Podcast (and soon to be released Swords & Wizardry / Blight Podcast).

We talk gaming, cops shows, free range chickens, campaigns, TPKs and more. …

E268 - Designers & Makers Fireside Chat with SagaNick (Saga RPG)

February 9th, 2019

57:35

In today's episode of Tavern Chat I have a virtual fireside chat with SagaNick of Saga RPG Publishing. We discuss some Kickstarter strategies, Rappan Athuk and more.

Link to Saga RPG products on RPGNow (note - affiliate …

E267 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Courtney Campbell (Hack & Slash)

February 7th, 2019

1:19:00

With this episode I have a fireside chat with Courtney Campbell of the Hack & Slash blog (among many other avenues of creativity.) We talk …

E266 - Spotify Buys Anchor & A Reporter Wants to Interview Me (I Declined)

February 7th, 2019

12:12

Yep. Anchor is now part of Spotify. Holy shit, right? Then a reporter wants to interview me about Gail Gygax. Yep, its a fun ride ;)

E265 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Jerry (Frog God Games)

February 6th, 2019

37:41

Today I had a fireside chat with Jerry - Noble Herald Frog of Frog God Games. We had some technical difficulties in the beginning, but thanks to …

E263 - I Really Hope You Aren't Using G+ for Your Blogger Comments - I Look at the Latest G+ Update

February 3rd, 2019

10:13

Yep, Google has a new update on the G+ shutdown on April 2, 2019 and its a doozy. Remember when Google pushed integrating G+ and Blogger comments? Well, bend over if you did because it aint pretty.

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E262 - Milestones Oh My! Podcast, Discord and The Black Isle

February 3rd, 2019

10:27

Yesterday was the new high water mark as far as the Tavern Chat Podcast goes - over 1700 plays. The Tenkar's Tavern Discord server, where all of the live interviews take place is knocking on 1500 members. Oh, and the …

E261-You Should Rarely Give Interviews to the Press - Trust Me, They Don't Care About Your Campaign

February 2nd, 2019

11:31

There are interviews and there are "interviews". I prefer to call what I do Fireside Chats as interviews seem both more formal and intrusive. When the press wants to interview you, even if it seems informal it WILL be …

E260 - Catching Up with the Top 10 RPG Podcasts According to ENWorld

February 1st, 2019

11:53

Its becoming rarer and rarer to find interesting articles on ENWorld. Not saying I found such today, but I might have ;)

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E259 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Tyson (Smunchy Games)

January 31st, 2019

49:32

In today's episode of The Tavern Chat podcast, I hang out with Tyson of Smunchy Games. I'm eagerly awaiting the board game/RPG hybrid.  https://smunchygames.com/

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E258 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Alexander Macris (Autarch/ACKS)

January 30th, 2019

1:12:06

In this installment of the Designers & Makers series of fireside chats I sit down with Alex Macris, the main man at Autarch publishing and best known for the Adventurer Conquerer King System (ACKS). We talk awards, …

E257 - Dungeons & Dragons - 45 Years Old and Strong as Ever

January 29th, 2019

9:44

This past weekend - according to many on social media - Dungeons & Dragons celebrated its 45th birthday.  11 official versions (and countless hacks, clones and derivatives later) it is still going strong. Link to …

E256 - Follow Up on Aging in AD&D 1e, Savage Worlds Community Program and a Poopie Situation ;)

January 28th, 2019

10:21

Spent the late morning and much of the afternoon dealing with a backed up sewer pipe. Ick! Voicemails from Joethelawyer Jeremy "frothof" regarding the aging table in the AD&D 1e DMG and the Savage Worlds Community …

E255 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Melkor (Strange Gods Podcast)

January 27th, 2019

58:25

On today's episode I hang out with Melkor of the Strange Gods Podcast (and the fairly soon to be released Swords & Wizardry powered and Blight …

E254 - New Recording Limits on Anchor & Savage Worlds Adventurer's Guild goes Live

January 26th, 2019

10:34

Anchor now limits recording made via the web app to 30 minutes (doesn't effect mobile apps nor recording made with outside software) Pinnacle launches the Savage Worlds Adventurers Guild a bit differently then similar …

E253 - Looking at Aging in the AD&D 1e DMG

January 25th, 2019

10:51

Today I look at the Aging section on page 16 of the AD&D 1e DMG. I don't ever recall moving my newly rolled characters through the Age Categories …

E252 - Designers & Makers - Kevin Watson/Dark Naga Games (Writer/Publisher)

January 24th, 2019

47:11

In the latest episode in the Designers & Makers series of fireside chat I get to sit down with Kevin Watson of Dark Naga Games. We talk OSR & 5e as well as Kickstarters past, present and future.

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E251 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Elfstar (Adventure & Computer Game Designer)

January 23rd, 2019

44:01

With this episode we present the latest in the Designers & Makers series of fireside chats. This time I chat with Elfstar, adventure and computer game designer. We hit on some hexcrawl/sandbox points of interest …

E250 - Woot! 250 Episodes in 250 Days

January 22nd, 2019

9:05

Yep, this is the 250th episode of the Tavern Chat podcast. We have a voicemail from JoeTheLawyer and I talk about what's currently in the hopper.

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E249 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Robert/Sizzoul (Strange Gods Podcast)

January 21st, 2019

34:52

In the latest of the Designer's & Makers series of interviews / fireside chat, I talk with Robert/Sizzoul of the Strange Gods Podcast and we …

E248 - Back in the Saddle Again - Spikepit and Tim Shorts Call In - Talking about Old School Modules

January 20th, 2019

11:27

After two miserable weeks I'm finally feeling more like my old self. Catching up on all things Tavern related. Spikepit and Tim Shorts call the show. …

E247 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Humble Joe / Izzy (Strange Gods Podcast)

January 18th, 2019

39:01

In this episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast, we continue with the Designers & Makers series of "fireside chats". This time I sit down with Humble Joe / Izzy of the Strange Gods Podcast, am actual play podcast …

E246 - Starting Spells for Magic-Users in AD&D 1e - Do You use the DMG Table on page 38?

January 17th, 2019

11:50

The AD&D 1e Dungeon Master's Guide is glorious in the haphazard array of information that is presented within. One fine example of such is hidden on page 39 - ACQUISITION OF MAGIC-USER SPELLS - and the tables given …

E245 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Skeeter Green (Bard's Gate)

January 17th, 2019

1:01:15

Today I sat down with Skeeter Green, formerly of Frog God Games and currently with Skeeter Green Publishing. Skeet wraps up talking about his upcoming Kickstarter. Take my money already...

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E245 - My 2019 New Year's Gaming Resolutions

January 16th, 2019

9:48

I was asked privately what my New Year's gaming resolutions were for this year and they are simple - sorta. More gaming, more creating, simply more :)

E244 - Anchor Issues and a Look at the Latest Mythoard

January 15th, 2019

11:46

Damn it but the Anchor web interface for recording is still offline. So, to my phone I do go. The latest Mythoard arrived today and it includes issue …

E242 - Designers & Makers - Fireside Chat with Josh Beckelheimer (Swords & Wizardry One Sheets)

January 14th, 2019

32:30

In today' s episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast we have the latest in the series of Designers & Makers "fireside chats". That's what we are calling it now. Josh talks about his venture into gaming, his relative …

E241 - Gareth Gets an Update - A Posse Was Forming - Voicemails

January 13th, 2019

11:26

Thank you all! Your support is and was amazing. Gareth's comment was deleted from Facebook but the screenshot lives forever at TenkarsTavern.com ;) Voicemails from Spikepit, JoeTheLawyer, Old Man Grognard and Chris …

E240 - Gareth Skarka of Far West Shame Threatens to Punch Your Host in the Throat (& calls me names)

January 11th, 2019

12:43

Ah, good old Gareth Skarka. He has more empty promises than a politician. Now, on social media, he has alluded to punching me "in the fucking throat" …

E239 - Save Vs... More Podcast Talk... Voicemails from Spikepit & JoeTheLawyer. I feel like Poop :(

January 11th, 2019

10:33

Final(?) follow up to the Vince Florio interview. Voicemails from Spikepit and JoeTheLawyer. Your host is now on antibiotics. Yes, its been that kind …

E238 - Where I See the Anchor Podcast Community Now and in the Future

January 10th, 2019

11:33

Yesterday's interview with Vince Florio has certainly been a discussion generator when it comes to the Anchor Podcast Community. Obviously, I use Anchor and I'm in its debt, as it lowered the entry bar to podcasting, …

E237 - Designers & Makers - I Hang Out with Vince Florio (Wild Games Productions)

January 9th, 2019

54:01

In the latest Designers & Makers entry, I hang out with Vince Florio, podcaster, Youtube and game designer, Vince is the main man at Wild Game Productions and is the main designer of the ENnie award winning Mazes …

E236 - Did Gameplay Change Between AD&D 1e & AD&D 2e?

January 8th, 2019

9:24

In today's follow up to Episode 231, Rich Frasier calls in to discuss parley and xp for gold. Is this where the rules as written encouraged a certain …

E235 - Thoughts on The Man in the High Castle

January 7th, 2019

11:11

Some quick (and incomplete) thoughts on the Amazon Prime series Man in the High Castle. Last night's stomach bug may have enlightened me - or maybe that was just the fever and sweats ;)

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E234 - Designers & Makers "Fireside Chat" with Omer Golan (Stellagama Publishing)

January 6th, 2019

36:34

In today's episode of The Tavern Chat Podcast I hang out with Omer Golan of Stellagama Publishing. Omer has a number of releases in support Stars …

E233 - Designers & Makers - I Sit Down with Ian McGarty of Silver Bulette Publishing

January 5th, 2019

45:14

Today we have the next installment in the Designers & Makers series of interviews. I am actually loath to call them interviews at this point, as they have turned more into friendly chats than scripted interviews.

E233 - Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat Episode 2 - Pub Con 0.1 - Scouting a Potential Locations

January 4th, 2019

25:30

JoeTheLawyer, Rach and myself had lunch at my local pub, which is also the possible location to host a potential Pub Con. Hilarity ensues ;)

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E231 - Defeat Doesn't Need to Equal Death for Your PCs

January 3rd, 2019

9:06

As was discussed earlier in the Tavern Chat weekly hangout on our Discord server, too often we see character defeat equal death. Retreat and capture …

E230 - Potential Pub Con Talk before getting Stealth Bombed by My Cat

January 2nd, 2019

11:28

Happy New Year! The first week of 2019 will include more Designers & Makers interviews, hanging with JoeTheLawyer to scout out a potential Pub Con location and apparently also included my cat Ashley pooping a big …

E229 - Its New Year's Eve! - Closing Out 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019 with All Things Tavern

January 1st, 2019

12:33

Time to wrap up 2018 and look forward to 2019. A look at where we are and where we are going with all things Tavern related.

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E228 - Avengers Infinity Gauntlet & More Thoughts on Artifacts & PC Defeat vs Death

December 31st, 2018

11:30

Tim Shorts calls in with his thoughts on artifacts and I use Avengers Infinity War as an example as to how to use use an artifact as a campaign plot device. Then i go off the rails and discuss why I think defeat …

E227 - Designers & Makers - I Hang With Jason Hobbs (Hobbs & Friends, Hex Talk, Random Screed)

December 29th, 2018

46:11

This morning we recorded another in a series of interviews with Designers & Makers in tabletop gaming. With this episode I hang with Jason Hobbs, of the Ennie nominated Hobbs & Friends of the OSR, Hex Talk and …

E226 - I Dig Deeper into the AD&D 1e DMG and dig up some Artifacts & Relics

December 29th, 2018

11:12

In my experience, one of the most abused aspects of AD&D 1e was the Artifacts & Relics in the DMG. While the DMG was often treated like a Sear Catalogue among many players, the Artifacts & Relics section …

E225 - Did You Say "Intelligent Sword?" - I Dig Into the AD&D 1e DMG

December 28th, 2018

14:29

Intelligent Swords were both boon and bane in my early days of gaming.

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E224 - Post Christmas Voicemails from Prior to Christmas - Go Figure ;)

December 27th, 2018

8:48

Christmas is now in the rearview mirror and we're catching up on voicemails. JoeTheLayer and Laramie the Tavern Mensch call the show.

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E223 - Merry Christmas and Thank You

December 26th, 2018

6:18

Its Christmas Day. Time to thank those that have added positively to your experience. No, I'm not referring to XP either ;)

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E222 - Christmas Eve with Pinky (My Niece)

December 25th, 2018

8:45

My niece Pinky joins me on this episode of Tavern Chat to talk about some of the gifts she has received thus far (dice!) and somme of her plans for 2019. Hint: it includes Swords & Wizardry Light

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E221 - It is Time for the Majority of Gamers to be Heard. Support That Which You Love

December 23rd, 2018

11:04

Sadly, it doesn't stop. Since yesterday's episode, Stacy has now gone so far as to insinuate that violence maybe be used to achieve her goals (what …

E220 - The OSR is Under Attack - Roll for Initiative!

December 23rd, 2018

7:54

The attempted boycott of Gary Con continues. The target is no longer one guest, or one convention - the whole of the OSR is under attack by Stacy …

E219 - Coming Soon - Starfinder Beginner Box - I Do So Love the Format

December 21st, 2018

9:07

Paizo is releasing a Starfinder Beginner Box. I love the format and its something we've seen in the hobby since D&D Basic. I want mores! https://paizo.com/products/btq01wrs?Starfinder-Beginner-Box

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E218 - Designers & Makers - I Interview Douglas Cole (Gaming Ballistic)

December 21st, 2018

40:12

In this episode of the Designers & Makers series of interviews, I talk with Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic. We talk GURPS, OSR, Kickstarter, …

E217 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Zach Glazar (Frog God Games)

December 20th, 2018

39:35

Today I interviewed Zach Glazar (Frog God Games). No Hawk the Slayer question, because the man has never seen the movie. Sigh. Support The Tavern at https://www.patreon.com/tenkarstavern.

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E216 - Unboxing the new Call of Cthulhu Starter Set

December 19th, 2018

12:54

I received the new Call of Cthulhu Starter Set today. Its Tavern Chat's first unboxing and it's an awesome product. 24.95 for the box with free PDFs …

E215 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Carl Heyl (Save or Die Podcast)

December 18th, 2018

34:45

In this instalment of the Designers & Makers series of interviews, I talk with Carl Heyl of the Save or Die and The Crusader Podcast. Yes, we even talk Hawk the Slayer ;)

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E214 - I Found Myself Agreeing with Stacy D and Then...

December 17th, 2018

10:25

Someone pointed me to a blogpost from Stacy D of Contessa from 2016 and I found myself nodding my head in agreement. But then I was reminded of her current call to boycott Gary Con and I realized she lacked the …

E213 - Designers & Makers - I Talk with Tom Knauss (Writer/Freelancer/Frog God Games)

December 15th, 2018

33:45

On today's episode of the Tavern Chat Podcast, I talk sit down across the virtual table with Tom Knauss, best known for his work as a writer for Frog God Games. We talk RPGs, art, Hawk the Slayer and more ;)

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E121 - Follow up to Hawk! News - New D&D Show Starring Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll

December 15th, 2018

11:06

Tim Shorts calls the podcast. Designers & Makers Networking Group kicks off on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. Daredevil’s Deborah Ann Woll …

E211 - Hawk the Slayer - I Finally Watched from Beginning to End

December 13th, 2018

12:55

Yep, apparently I never actually watch Hawk the Slayer in its entirety until this morning. You can find it to stream on Amazon (3 bucks to rent / 10 to buy) Its a fun movie so long as you go into it accepting its …

E210 - Designers & Makers #1 - Interview with Michael "BadMike" Badolato (NTRPG Con/Frog God Games)

December 12th, 2018

31:26

Today we kick off the Designers & Makers series of interviews (with about 40 interviews currently on the grid over the next three months). …

E209 - Episode Zero of Designers & Makers - Wherein Your Bartender Interviews Himself ;)

December 12th, 2018

11:06

We'll be kicking off the Designers& Makers series of interviews in the next couple of days, but to prepare folks for what's in store, I asked …

E208 - 52.5 Million G+ Accounts Exposed to Private Data Breach Bug, Shutdown Moved Up to April 2019

December 11th, 2018

10:33

Google has proven to be an unreliable custodian of personal data, with 52.5 million accounts' personal data exposed.

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E207 - Podcast Nominations at ENWorld and some Minor Rants

December 10th, 2018

11:51

ENWorld is looking for nominations of the Best Podcasts of 2018. I rant a bit about the LotFP Referee Book and Far West, then look at the POD of the …

E206 - Annual Tavern Meeting Roundup and a Look at ENWorld's Most Anticipated Games of 2019

December 8th, 2018

8:57

Last night was the first annual Tavern meeting. We are on pace for an amazing 2019. ENWorld has posted the results of its most anticipated games of …

E205 - What's Your Experience with Experience Points?

December 8th, 2018

11:23

Much like Hit Points, Experience Points do not have a direct relationship with the real world. Sometimes a game must be seen from the game's perspective.

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E204 - So, What Exactly are Hit Points in AD&D?

December 6th, 2018

10:45

Today we look at page 82 of the AD&D 1e DMG and discuss Hit Points. If the class will open their DMGs and follow along ;)

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E203 - Languages in AD&D 1e - Even the Dumbest Thief Starts Out with Three. Why?

December 5th, 2018

12:23

Ever since last night, some of the language rules in AD&D 1e have been irking me. Alignment tongues, Druid and Thief languages, nine starting …

E202 - News - She Bleeds update and an OSR Survey

December 5th, 2018

12:10

James Raggi gives us an update on the She Bleeds controversy and I have some issues with a current OSR survey.

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E201 - Zero or More Copies of She Bleeds are Allegedly Destroyed - But No Details as to By Who

December 3rd, 2018

11:45

I posted about the alleged destruction of Zero or more copies of the LotFP release of She Bleeds by an unidentified warehouse (Raggi claims he knows …

E200 - The Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat Episode One, With Special Guest JoeTheLawyer

December 3rd, 2018

42:44

Join JoeTheLawyer, Rach, Judd & myself as we record a live episode of The Not So Wondrous Tavern Chat at the Faile Pun on West 33rd Street in NYC.

We had a great time recording this episode and we hope you'll have a …

E199 - OSRChristmas Kicks Off & a Follow up on The Common Tongue

December 2nd, 2018

10:58

Yep, OSR Christmas kicked off today. Go to tenkarstavern.com for more details on how to be gifted. Also, I read some comments from the blog side about the common tongue.

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E198 - How Common is the Common Tongue?

November 30th, 2018

10:47

I talk about my thoughts on the Common Tongue as it is used in most "Old School" RPGs

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E197 - A Look at Using Mundane Items in Your Fantasy Gaming

November 30th, 2018

10:07

Pexx brought this up earlier today on The Tavern's Discord Sever - Favorite mundane items and why? I poke around the topic a bit.

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E196 - Do you Use Spells with No Save Against your Player Characters?

November 28th, 2018

13:55

JoeTheLawyer calls in with an interesting observation regarding spells with no saves (Cloudkill, Powerword Kill, Sleep, etc). I respond with thoughts of my own.

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E195 - Save or Die? Maybe, but what else can we do?

November 28th, 2018

10:56

Save of Die sounds great, but it takes some of the true challenges out of the game IMHO. Character death generally needs more meaning, and random death by Save or Die lacks that in my eyes

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E194 - Planning a Tenkar's Tavern Pub Gathering on Dec 2 - Kicks Off Noon at the Complete Strat

November 27th, 2018

10:05

JoeTheLawyer and I have finalized plans for a Tenkar's Tavern Pub Gathering on Sunday, Dec 2 at Noon. We move to Stout across the street after a wee bit of shopping. First round is on me. We are at 10 gifters for OSR …

E193 - It's Beginning to Look Like OSR Christmas, Everywhere You Go!

November 26th, 2018

12:13

JoeTheLawyer and I plan to hit the Complete Strat in Manhattan next Sunday, December 2, and then follow up with some beers at a local pub - and …

E192 - News - There is Now a Gygax Game site - But They Don't Mention FIG (Alex does have a sidegig)

November 25th, 2018

15:35

Voicemails and then a peek at the brand new Gygax Games website. What it doesn't say speaks volumes...

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E191 - Tegel Manor is Live on Kickstarter - and some more Black Friday Sales

November 23rd, 2018

10:42

Tegel Manor is live on Kickstarter, raising over 17k in less than 3 1/2 hours. Give it a peek - it looks damn good. Also, some more Black Friday sales for your shopping pleasure.

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E190 - Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sales for the RPG Gamer

November 23rd, 2018

10:58

It's Thanksgiving. Do you use holidays and their associated celebrations in your RPG Campaigns? Also, its time for some Black Friday sales :)

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E189 - Tavern Plans for 2019

November 22nd, 2018

12:54

I sat down with Pexx today to go over some of the plans for all things Tavern in 2019. It should be a good year :)

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E189 - Dreams, Crossovers and the Sunsetting of the RPGNow Storefront

November 21st, 2018

12:40

Its a news episode of sorts. I discuss a future crossover episode that will be recorded with JoeTheLawyer and others, the return of the Dreams of Mythic Fantasy blog and the soon to be closing of the RPGNow Storefront.

E187 - The Games You Own vs The Games You Play vs The Games You Want to Play

November 19th, 2018

10:25

I blame Joe the Lawyer for today's topic. I own far more RPG material than I will ever play or even read for that matter and yet have games I want to play that I have yet to do so.

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E186 - TARGA - Its History, Its Death and an Inside View - Are We Doomed to Repeat?

November 18th, 2018

25:21

I apologize in advance for the extra-long episode. As I was putting the pieces of the episode together, I discovered a post on our very own …

E185 - Does the Graphic Define the OSR or Does the OSR Define the Graphic? Does the Graphic Matter?

November 17th, 2018

15:00

Voicemails on Mundane Magic kick us off. It really seems to have an audience. Then we address Stuart R's OSR Logo / Graphic and whether it was ever …

E184 - Mundane Magic - Spells and Items - Why is This Overlooked in Most Fantasy RPGs?

November 17th, 2018

11:39

I got it into my head today to think about mundane magic. I understand why RPG rulebooks focus on the magic aimed for adventuring, but in societies …

E183 - I Tell a Story of Mid 80s Convention Play, Rules Lawyering and the Mantra "Don't be a Dick"

November 16th, 2018

13:36

I'm not sure if I actually made my save vs Con Crud. It may be a delayed reaction. Back in 86 or 87, I went to my first gaming convention at Columbia …

E182 - There's a Humble Bundle for Warhammer & 40k Audio Fiction - and one with Digital Talisman Too

November 14th, 2018

10:33

Its not often that I talk about something that is time sensitive, but both the Warhammer / Warhammer 40k Audio Collection and the Warhammer / …

E181 - A True Story and a Possibly True Story of the TSA - Who Watches the Geeks that Watch Us?

November 14th, 2018

12:55

The adventures of a gamer going to and returning from a game convention.

Someone made a huge luck roll - allegedly...

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E180 - Home, Tired and Thoughts on How to Combat Con Crud (and other offenses)

November 13th, 2018

12:20

I flew home from Madison and boy are my arms tired. My legs, back, and body overall have joined in. I have some ideas on how to combat Con Crud as well as some ideas on personal hygiene at cons. Stinking Cloud spell is …

E179 - GameHole Day Four Wrap with Random Thoughts and Observations

November 11th, 2018

8:51

Gamehole Con has wrapped up. As we await the yearly Frog God Dinner, I give my final thoughts on Gamehole VI.

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E178 - Gamehole Con Day 3 - Down The Well and Other Adventures

November 11th, 2018

8:53

Gamehole day three is coming to an end. Huge thank you to Phil Reed of Steve Jackson Games for adding goodies to The OSR Christmas Swag Bag. I had a …

E177 - GameHole Day Two with Bad Mike, Ben Barsh, Zach Glazer and Rach

November 10th, 2018

13:13

I hang out and discuss Gamehole and related stuff with Bad Mike, Ben Barsh, Zach Glazer and my wife Rach. Ambient noise supplied by Dwarven Forge ;)

E176 -GameHole Day One - Sales, Ciders & Community

November 9th, 2018

12:01

Day One of GameHole Con is wrapping up. I’m blessed to have met many members of the Tavern’s community today. Oh, and nice S&W sales. Did I …

E175 - As I Get Ready to Head to GameHole, I Talk a bit about Running Convention RPG Sessions

November 7th, 2018

13:24

More follow up on game balance with two new voicemails. Then it's on to running games and conventions and how it differs from home campaigns.

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E174 - Balance Scmalance! Its all in the Way You Play the Game

November 6th, 2018

11:28

Yesterday's episode about game balance was well received. We have four voicemails on the topic, or rather, two voicemails each from two listeners. …

E173 - But we Decide which is Right and which is an Illusion - I talk briefly about Game Balance

November 5th, 2018

15:24

Love me some Moody Blues. I talk a bit about game balance and why I think the true balance belongs not in the rules but in the adventures.

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E172 - The Music in My Head is at Your Gaming Table - E171 Followup

November 5th, 2018

12:53

Wow. Some amazing feedback on yesterdays episode about music and ambient audio at the RPG table. I respond to some voicemails from the listeners.

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E171 - Do You Use Music and / or Sound Effects in Your RPG Sessions?

November 4th, 2018

10:16

JoeTheLawyer had an interesting question - do you use music and or sound effects in your RPG sessions? I talk about my experiences, my thoughts and I seek your feedback.

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E170 - Episode #1 of the TavernSpike Podcast - Join "SpikePit" and Myself on a Podcast Crossover

November 2nd, 2018

59:25

It has finally happened. There has been a melding of worlds. A mashing of podcasts. Yep, this is the first in a series of "podcast crossovers". …

E 169 - OSR Podcasts Unite - Very Positive Feedback on the Cross Promo Idea

November 2nd, 2018

9:53

Wow. Three voicemails, all enthusiastic about the cross promotion idea for the various OSR podcasts. Can I get a Huzzah!?! Did I mention tomorrow's …

E168 - Just How Easy IS Anchor? So easy your Bartender can do it on a Daily Basis

October 31st, 2018

12:30

Joe the Lawyer left me a voicemail on my cell phone asking questions about Anchor and its ease of use. Sadly, the voicemail is not downloadable, but it did lead me to answer Joe's inquiry in today's episode. Simply put, …

E167 - DnD Sports is now RPG Sports - Would you choose Tissue Paper over Kleenex? Me Neither

October 30th, 2018

12:30

Tim Shorts follows up on my idea of cross-promoting the various OSR podcasts. On the news side of things. DnD Sports is now RPG Sports, supposedly …

E166 - I Fall Into the Spikepit and Spitball some Ideas for Cross-promotion of Some OSR Podcasts

October 30th, 2018

9:08

Colin (AKA Spikepit) asks a question about self-promotion. I answer with some thoughts on cross-promotion. Let me know what you think about the ideas …

E165 - Horror in My White Box? I Want Horror on My Fantasy White Box!

October 29th, 2018

11:47

Ont the blog side I asked about folks running horror-themed games for the Halloween season. Tonight, I spitball some ideas to add some OSR horror, …

E164 - A Look at Multi and Dual Classing in the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook

October 27th, 2018

8:35

I still have my AD&D 1e Player's Handbook by my desk. Today, I look at multi and dual classing in the 1e rules (as well as question why certain …

E163 - An OSR Star Trek Ruleset - Starships & Spacemen 2e

October 26th, 2018

11:08

We have two voicemails in response to reading history from your old gamebooks. Then I look at Starships & Spacemen 2e - the OSR Star Trek …

E162 - Reading the History of my Original AD&D 1e Player's Handbook

October 25th, 2018

12:16

I pulled my original copy of the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook off my shelves to "read its history." Some pieces it revealed surprise even me ;)

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E161 - Finding Hidden Treasures in Second Hand RPG Acquisitions

October 24th, 2018

11:25

Glen Halstrom left a voicemail with an interesting note - he picked up an RPG book second hand and it included the prior owner's unique map for their fantasy world. I find that the little extras - notes, remarks, names …

E160 - Kickstarter Roundup - Blighted Dice and Giant Wine

October 23rd, 2018

18:46

We have voicemails from Glen Halstrom and Chris Clark. We peek at Island of Blight, In Vino Gigantus and Dice of Unusual Size. I then rant about Far West. Ah, sweet ranting, you will be mine! ;)

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E159 - ENWorld Commenting and Chit Sheets, Oh My!

October 22nd, 2018

9:55

Yep, I commented on a thread over on ENWorld yesterday, because inaccurate statements regarding D&D editions really annoy me. Lo and behold, I …

E158 - The Birth of the RPG Breakfast Club - The Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server

October 21st, 2018

11:40

This episode is going up late because this morning was the first RPG Breakfast Club hosted chat on the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server. I talk about this morning's chat as well as other hosted chat's throughout the week …

E157 - The Complete, Untold Story Behind the Origins of Swords & Wizardry Light

October 20th, 2018

14:34

Man, the amount of tinfoil hats in our corner of the hobby is simply amazing at times. No, Swords & Wizardry Light was not written to usurp …

e156 - The Pinky Interview - My Seven Year Old Niece Talks Dungeons, Dragons and Imagination

October 19th, 2018

10:51

Shannon has been asking Uncle to interview her on the podcast pretty much since i kicked off the podcast. Today was another day of Uncle duties, as …

E155 - Confessions of an RPG Hoarder

October 18th, 2018

13:52

My niece has gotten me to go hot-n-heavy when it comes to cleaning out the living room. In doing such, I've unearthed a large amount of partially forgotten RPG material I've acquired as well as identified a significant …

E154 - Wherein I Talk a bit about Swords & Wizardry

October 17th, 2018

8:41

Still fighting a cold. Currently serving out my Uncle Duties. Thanks to Colin, I talk about Swords & Wizardry ;)

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E153 - I Guess D&D eSports IS a Thing! DnD Sports is Coming to a Twitch Near You

October 16th, 2018

15:13

Way back in Episode 70, I talked about how Hasbro's CEO mentioned D&D eSports, and everyone said that the CEO didn't know what he was talking …

E152 - The Times, They are a Changin' - but I still have a cold ;)

October 15th, 2018

13:19

Yep, I'm still a miserable fuck, having woken up 1130 in the morning - damn cold. The Tavern has been around for nearly 10 years. I expect it will be …

E151 - Thoughts and Ideas on The Tavern 3.0

October 15th, 2018

10:48

I posted on Saturday Night on the blog side about some enhancements I'm looking to do on the blogside of things to help the community get more …

E150 - Would You Groo?

October 13th, 2018

14:06

Voicemails, emails and Groo talk. What better way to celebrate 150 episodes of Tavern Chat?

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E149 - Followup to E148 - Delving into the Preface of the AD&D 1e DMG - Comments & a Phone Call

October 12th, 2018

10:41

There was a lot of feedback to E148 was passionate. Three comments on the blogside and a phone call from Chris Clark himself. Guess I need a Google Number for longer voicemails :) I respond to all.

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E148 - Delving into the Preface of the AD&D 1e DMG

October 11th, 2018

12:35

Fourth time is the charm ;) I delve into the preface of the AD&D 1e DMG, an interesting read, even if it appears a bit contradictory.

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E147 - Kickstarter Roundup for October 10, 2018 - Dice, Wands, Bunnies, Airships, Mutants, Oh My

October 10th, 2018

15:38

Our Kickstarter Roundup is a day late, so we cover not five, not six, but seven current Kickstarters: Bunnies and Burrows, Phantasmagoria #1, Dragon-Slayer: RPG & Cosplay Wands, Dragon Scales - Dual Drake Metal …

E146 - Google to Shut Down G+ After Exposing User Info - OSR Migration has Started to MeWe

October 9th, 2018

15:43

What do you do if you expose the user info of half a million of your users? Shut down the service, that's what. Google has given G+ users a 10-month warning that its social media platform is going the way of the dodo. …

E145 - Level Draining - Is It the Result of an Overwrought & Drunk DM or Something More Sinister?

October 8th, 2018

12:02

Level Drain - never liked it, never will. In today's episode, I discuss some alternatives to the classic level drain threat.

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E144 - Social Norms, Unexpected Actions & Freedom to Do What U want at the Table - Where's the Line?

October 7th, 2018

11:00

I try to avoid the F-bombs today. No idea if I succeeded ;)

I talk about unexpected actions, thinking out of the box, freedom to do what you want and social norms at the game table.

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E143 - Did Evil Hat Get Too Big? Layoffs and Product Cancellations Announced

October 6th, 2018

9:54

I received review copies of Dungeons & Dragons - Art and Arcana: A Visual History yesterday and they look amazing. Doesn't translate well to a podcast though ;) Black Hat is laying off stay and canceling some …

E142 - Protecting Your Reputation from Groundless Accusations

October 5th, 2018

15:30

We have some voicemails related to Episode 141 and the Tome of Adventure Design. Afterward, I talk about steps you can take to protect yourself and your reputation from groundless accusations on social media. Quite …

E141 - Finding Inspiration in the Tome of Adventure Design

October 4th, 2018

11:00

Last night, while recording the latest episode of The Old School Blues podcast (here on Anchor) we touched on the topic of "adventure inspiration" …

E140 - Review - Illwinter's Floorplan Generator (Maps)

October 3rd, 2018

11:28

I had put a call out for mapping programs that were easy to use and the results were usable commercially. Illwinter's Floorplan Generator fits the …

E139 - GMF - 2017 Tax Return is In - Not What I Expected

October 2nd, 2018

14:41

Back in early June of this year, Alex Gygax messaged me to let me know that the latest filed tax return was being updated and refiled. I thought that meant an accounting of the monies WotC indicated it had been …

E138 - Four Wayward Kickstarters, See How They Run - Or Not

October 1st, 2018

20:28

I've been meaning to so this episode for a couple of days now. I guess I was kinda busy ;) I talk about the following Kickstarters: Yarr! The Pirate …

E 137 - Meltdown in the Roll20 SubReddit Makes Newsweek

September 30th, 2018

14:48

First, thank you for all of the support. It means more than you know. We have voicemails from Jason Hobbs and Old Man Grognard. The news section is …

E136 - Stacy D's Allegations re: Myself - Debunked

September 29th, 2018

28:00

Stacy Dellorfano unmasked herself as the individual referred to in episodes 134 and 135. While doing so, she makes some fairly nasty and unfounded accusations against me. Here's my response, along with a transcript of …

E135 - Follow up to Beware the OSR Thought Police

September 28th, 2018

21:17

Wow. Yesterday's episode was well received. Lots of feedback, much direct, some by voicemail and comments on the blog side. I share and respond to some of the feedback.

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E134 - Rant - Beware the OSR Thought Police

September 27th, 2018

12:53

I kinda got worked up on last night's weekly Tavern Chat hangout on The Tavern's Discord Server. Today I rant about the idea of telling people who …

E133 - 1st Look @ The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide

September 26th, 2018

16:21

I take a first peek at The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide (releasing October 2nd, 2018). Review to come later. Excellent tool for sandbox …

E132 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 25, 2018

September 25th, 2018

16:30

We've got it all! Midderlands patch info, a Tim Shorts voicemail and a peek at four Kickstarters: Svilland: The Norse Mythology Setting for DnD 5E, …

E131 - Community Follow Up to Gamemaster Anxiety

September 24th, 2018

12:40

Yesterday's episode about Gamemaster Anxiety struck a nerve with The Tavern's Community. We listen to voicemails and read some comments and I give my …

E130 - Do You Also Suffer from Gamemaster Anxiety?

September 23rd, 2018

12:04

I know I suffer from Gamemaster Anxiety. Right before I have to run a session, that feeling of dread, nervousness, and fear slips in - and immediately leaves the moment I start running the game. Do you suffer the same …

E129 - ShireCon 2018 and How to GM for a Con RPG Session

September 23rd, 2018

13:21

Today was the ShireCon #1, and it was a blast. Huge props to Thom Wilson. I ran a game of Swords & Wizardry Light today and I discuss on this …

E129 - Podcast & Blog - Mutually Exclusive or Complimentary?

September 21st, 2018

13:07

In the past few days, there has been some concern over the perceived lack of content on the blogside (tenkarstavern.com) and the moving of much of my gaming talk to the podcast. I address the concerns while offering no …

E127 - Is the Journey or the Destination More Important?

September 20th, 2018

11:05

I ramble on about the importance of the journey (playing the campaign) and the destination (completing the campaign) in my games.

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E126 - Voicemails & Comments regarding Henchmen & Hirelings

September 19th, 2018

14:08

In Episode 124 I discussed my thoughts on henchmen and hirelings in RPG campaigns. Today, we listen to some feedback from The Tavern's community. Huzzah!

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E125 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 18, 2018

September 18th, 2018

15:57

Tuesdays are Kickstarter day here at The Tavern Chat Podcast. We look at 5E Stat Appendix for Fiendish Monster Hardcover, Adventure Realm RPG Tiles - Village and Riverland set, Gorgeous RPG Dice Sets for DnD and other …

E124 - Henchmen, Hirelings & Followers - Yea or Nay?

September 17th, 2018

11:25

In this episode, I discuss the use (or lack thereof) of henchmen, hirelings and followers in fantasy RPG campaigns.

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E123 - How Important is it for U to Create a Homebrew World?

September 16th, 2018

13:09

Another peek and reaction to a handful of questions from the Dungeons & Dragons Survey. I also talk a wee bit about the new MidderZine #1 …

E122 - Are Game Sessions with Constant Action Good Gaming?

September 15th, 2018

14:31

I'm really enjoying the D&D survey posted by WotC. Some of the questions are thought-provoking. They certainly drive the conversation. I'd love to hear some community response to the questions I covered on this …

E121 - WotC has a D&D Survey Up - I Encourage You to Take It

September 14th, 2018

14:17

WotC has an in-depth survey up about tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, the editions you play, how you play and such. There are a number of questions that may even lead to their own podcast episodes.

E120 - Transdimensional Taverns, Unsung Heroes and Art

September 13th, 2018

13:26

In today's episode, we listen to a voicemail, read some emails and discuss art preferences in the OSR - B&W vs Color. Oh my!

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E119 - A Wee Bit of KS and Transdimensional Voicemails

September 12th, 2018

12:51

There isn't much in the way of Kickstarters that excite me much this week, but there is a ton of excitement with the idea of a Transdimensional Tenkar's Tavern. Woot!

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E118 - Remembering 9-11 From One Who was at the WTC

September 11th, 2018

21:51

This is NOT a Kickstarter Round-up episode. This is an episode recounting my experiences on 9-11 as a NYC Police Officer. This episode is dedicated …

E117 - ENWorld has News & Transdimensional Tavern Thoughts

September 10th, 2018

12:19

Yep, ENWorld has news. Helton is officially gone and Mike Tresca is now managing editor of the ENWorld Columnist program. I have some thoughts on a …

E 116 - Win a Month of Humble Bundle Monthly & CRPG Talk

September 9th, 2018

13:07

Listen to this episode to learn how you could receive a month of Humble Bundle Monthly (9 games) - I talk about classic CRPGs.

Episode 115 - Where is WFRP? Is ENWorld now Evergreen?

September 8th, 2018

14:35

News and observations. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is 2 months late in print. ENWorld no longer lists dates or authors with articles linked on the …

Episode 114 - Back to BasiX Gets Goodman'ed & OSR Sales

September 7th, 2018

11:31

Goodman Games is now the distributor of Thom Wilson's Back to BasiX zine in print. Victorious and Amazing Adventures Bundle. Barrel Rider Games 25% off sale for all PDFs.

Episode 113 - State of the Tavern Keeper - Don't Mind Me ;)

September 6th, 2018

12:33

Tim Shorts drops in with his thoughts on how much magic he likes in fantasy settings. Your Tavern Keeper has been diagnosed with "Chemo Brain" related symptoms. Don't blame me if I forget your name ;)

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Episode 112 - Follow Up Discussion - How Much Fantasy?

September 5th, 2018

15:17

Wow. Three voicemails and an email. I guess the episode 110 discussing "How much fantasy do you like in your settings" was a good discussion driving episode. This was a blast to respond to and record :)

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Episode 111 - Kickstarter Roundup for September 4, 2018

September 4th, 2018

17:05

Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Triskelion Space Tabletop RPG, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride, Outdoor Encounter Cards, Atmar's Cardography: Full …

Episode 110 - How Much Fantasy Do You Like in Your Settings?

September 4th, 2018

14:15

Looks like the new Endless Quest Books have released. More importantly, I talk about fantasy settings and how much fantasy is right for me - and …

Episode 109 - Using Skills Learned from RPGs in Real Life

September 2nd, 2018

14:01

Whether in retail or law enforcement, I used skills learned in my formative roleplaying game years to help me in my chosen careers. I'd love to hear …

Episode 108 - Making Morale Checks - Real Life & In Game

September 1st, 2018

13:24

Its the first day of September, which means its the anniversary of the Invasion of Poland. Pete Spahn has put WWII: Operation White Box at PWYW …

Episode 107 - Of Dogs, Men and Critical Fumbles

August 31st, 2018

11:14

Recorded on the back porch in The Poconos. I talk about the benefits of using dogs over henchmen for low-level PCs as well as critical fumbles.

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Episode 106 - Some Critical Thoughts on Critical Hits

August 30th, 2018

12:05

Critical hits are something I've always loved and hated as a player of RPGs. Today, I explain why that is. https://www.humblebundle.com/games/digital-tabletop-bundle?partner=tenkar (affiliate link)

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Episode 105 - How Unique are Your Magic Items?

August 29th, 2018

11:54

The most memorable magic items your players' characters will find in their travels are the ones the players haven't seen before. Unique and useful …

Episode 104 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 28, 2018

August 28th, 2018

16:59

Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, Modular Dungeon Rooms, TROIKA! RPG: Numinous Edition, Create Your Own Fantasy …

Episode 103 - Wanna Work on Cards Against Humanity?

August 27th, 2018

11:39

I was on, of all places, a police forum when I found a link to apply to write for Cards against humanity. I give you the pitch and a link:

Episode 102 - Can Eldritch Tales Bring Insanity to All?

August 26th, 2018

11:52

I've really been enjoying the time I've spent so far reading Joe Salvador's Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing. It's inspired me to …

Episode 101 - R Good & Evil Simply a Matter of Perspective?

August 25th, 2018

13:11

Are good and evil simply matters of perspective? Different sides of the same coin? Does evil see itself as "evil?" Can a church in schism view the …

Episode 100 - Need I say More?

August 24th, 2018

11:02

Woot! 100 episodes in 100 days. I never expected that when I kicked off this little podcast. We also hit some other milestones this week. September 22, 2018 is Shire Con. Guess who is a "notable industry guest"? Really. …

Episode 99 - LotR RPG Bundle, Torchwood Bundle and More

August 23rd, 2018

14:06

My internal clock is doing a flashback of two years and thinks I'm working overnights - oh my! Humble Bundle has a LotR RPG Bundle as well as a Torchwood / Dr Who Audio Book Bundle. Did I mention there is a Munchkin …

Episode 98 - Extended Interview with Darcy Perry -Miniatures

August 22nd, 2018

57:02

In this episode, I have a (virtual) fireside chat with Darcy Perry of Star Hat Miniatures. Darcy is the sculptor of the official Tenkar miniature. …

Episode 97 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 21, 2018

August 21st, 2018

15:39

Time to dig into some Kickstarters! Dungeons of Doom V: Law Vs Chaos, The City that Dripped Blood: A Fantasy Adventure, Dungeon Challenge Cards, THE …

Episode 96 - Ken Whitman, Foiled (Machine) Again - Deja Vu

August 20th, 2018

13:13

The Tavern Chat Podcast hit over 20k downloads total last night. Can I get a Woot Woot!?! Ken Whitman "allegedly" has a foil machine to make pencils. Of course, earlier in the year he claimed to have two such machines. …

Episode 95 - Some Creative Thoughts on Offering Content

August 19th, 2018

12:44

Sometimes you need to think out of the box. A suggestion at The Tavern's Discord server led to some ideas of how to crowdsource monsters and magic items via The Tavern in its many forms, but especially the blogside. …

Episode 94 - Taverner in Need - Josh Beckelhimer

August 18th, 2018

9:53

Somethings take precedence. Taking care of a member of The Tavern's Community in need is certainly a precedence. Josh is looking to get his car running and family to doc appointments and himself to work. The Tavern will …

Episode 93 - OSR Freebie Friday - August 17, 2018 - Fantasy

August 17th, 2018

16:56

With this episode, we are starting a new weekly feature highlighting various free OSR releases. Today we look at the Free Fantasy OSR Rulesets …

Episode 92 - The Fantasy Trip to Open Setting to 3rd Parties

August 16th, 2018

11:49

Follow up on yesterday's ENnies episode as I answer a voicemail from Glen. Then I discuss Steve Jackson Games opening up the setting for The Fantasy …

Episode 91 - Ennies, They are a Changing (no more stuffing?)

August 15th, 2018

19:17

The ENnies Awards blog has posted that there will be upcoming changes in how the winners get picked (few details if any) in response to the "gaming" of the vote by Zak S and James Raggi. The same "gaming" of the vote …

Episode 90 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 14, 2018

August 14th, 2018

16:32

Yep, it's a Tuesday, so that means Crowdfunding projects get a peek. But first, an update on Gail Gygax and her "30-year company". Here's are the projects I look at in today's episode: The City that Dripped Blood: A …

Episode 89 - Mrs. E. Gary Gygax or Gail Gygax - Flip a Coin

August 13th, 2018

16:21

Will the real Slim Shady please stand up! Wait! I mean the real Gail Gygax. Or Mrs E Gary Gygax. Last night (and overnight) Gail was taking the flames to Facebook. I guess this is what a $30 million lawsuit does to the …

Episode 88 - Some Free Adventures & Using Discord to Play

August 12th, 2018

11:27

I talk briefly about Dirk Stanley's adventures for the Far Away Land RPG and using them with the ruleset of your choice. I also touch upon using …

Episode 87 - Thoughts on Using Historical Inspiration

August 11th, 2018

11:59

In this episode, I talk a little bit about some of the local histories of Wayne County in the Pocono Mountains, and an idea to use it to inspire a fantasy-themed adventure. Also, let's talk Discord. …

Episode 86 - Is The Punisher Watching the Watchmen?

August 10th, 2018

14:37

Some thoughts on the Watchmen, the Netflix Marvel Universe - especially The Punisher, Supers Gaming and such.

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Episode 85 - $500 Waterdeep Platinum Edition for 5e - WTF?

August 9th, 2018

14:36

WotC has licensed a $500 "Platinum Edition" of its upcoming Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, the same adventure that will release 2 months earlier in hardcover for 40 bucks - shipped - on Amazon -

Episode 84 - The Voices in Your Head Will Make Them Believe

August 8th, 2018

14:33

Today I talk about using voices - accents and catchphrases, to make your NPCs come to life. I also talk about how the Tenkar's Tavern Discord Server has channels for third-party publishers and content creators. …

Episode 83 - Kickstarter Roundup for August 7, 2018

August 7th, 2018

25:23

As we do every Tuesday, its time to look at some current Kickstarters (and one Indigogo) that strike my fancy. Oh, and a four year overdue KS from …

Episode 82 - How Can a Top 100 List Only Go to 85? Feedspot!

August 6th, 2018

14:25

I got squirreled today. An email from Feedpsot drew me back into the rabbit hole of Top 100 RPG Blog Lists that only have 85 entries, where a good …

Episode 81 - Gen Con Update, Post Roundup & Voicemails

August 5th, 2018

14:41

Yep, its a bit of a smorgasbord with today's episode. An update on the "Gen Con assault", voicemails, highlighting some interesting posts from the …

Episode 80 - Gen Con - Fisticuffs & ENnies Awards

August 4th, 2018

14:08

Gen Con is in full swing - literally. A Youtuber gets attacked at a local bar by a Gen Con exhibitor and Gen Con silences the discussion. The ENnies …

Episode 79 - New - Freeport Goes CRPG, Robotech RPG & PF2 DL

August 3rd, 2018

13:57

All the news that's fit to yap. Freeport from Green Ronis is going to be a CRPG in late 2019, Robotech returns to RPGs in 2nd quarter of 2019 and the Pathfinder 2 playtest is available for download.

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Episode 78 - News - How Did I Miss Gail Gygax Getting Sued?

August 2nd, 2018

13:56

Yep, Gail is being sued by Tom DeSanto, the Transformers producer that signed a deal two years ago with Gail to market the Gary Gygax IP. Whatever …

Episode #77 - News- Truth, Justice, What Did #ConManKen Say?

August 1st, 2018

14:07

Today was to be a trip for #ConManKen to NYC for some fun and a court appearance. Kenny dodged that by finally telling the truth. Also, a look at some sales figures and player stats for the RPG industry from ICv2 and …

Episode 76 - Kickstarter Roundup for July 31, 2018

July 31st, 2018

15:00

Yep, today is a Tuesday and we have the latest Kickstarter Roundup. Eldritch Century: Monsters Wave 1, Void RPG Logo, Dice Tube - All Weather, …

Episode 75 - You Say its My Birthday

July 30th, 2018

13:06

I turn 51 today. A look back and a look forward to #ConManKen's court appearance in two days, August 1st, 2018.

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Episode 74 - Why I Turned Down Working on an Amazing KS

July 29th, 2018

12:54

It's never easy saying no to working on a project that looks to be very exciting, with a publisher that has a very strong Kickstarter history. Here's why I did so - for the second time. I blame you ;)

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Episode 73 - #ConManKen Plans a Road Trip - I Give Advice ;)

July 28th, 2018

16:16

Ah yes, #ConManKen heads to NYC on Wednesday, August 1st to respond to his civil suit. Assuming he even goes, I remind Ken that IF his driver's license is suspended (likely) how best to avoid arrest. Also, Ken's plans …

Episode 72 - Finding Flumphs & More in the AD&D Fiend Folio

July 27th, 2018

14:31

Yep, I'm diving into the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio in this episode, looking for the silly, goofy and downright bizarre. Amazingly enough, I only made …

Episode 71 - Reminiscing about the AD&D 1e Fiend Folio

July 26th, 2018

15:10

The AD&D 1e Fiend Folio holds a special place in my personal gaming history - it was the first time I ever saw HD defined for monsters. My …

Episode 70 - 5e e-Sports? Say What?

July 25th, 2018

12:04

Hasbro's Chairman and CEO was on CNBC talking D&D growth figures and "e-Sports competition. Does this mean interparty conflict is now expected ;)

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Episode 69 - 7/24/18 Kickstarter Roundup & 2 New 5e Settings

July 24th, 2018

15:37

Yep, WotC has gone and done it. Eberron is the new setting up on the DM's Guild and Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica releases in hardcover in the fall.

As far as Kickstarters, we look at City of Brass, The Fantasy Trip, …

Episode 68 - #ConManKen - Creating a Marketing Genie for S&W

July 23rd, 2018

16:05

In today's episode, I describe the process I use to create creatures in Swords & Wizardry, in this instance, a #ConManKen inspired Marketing Genie.

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Episode 67 - There's a Succubus Holding a Monster Manual!

July 22nd, 2018

13:54

You fiend! Yep, that IS a Succubus holding a Monster Manual. Who would have thought? With this episode, I look at demons & devils in the AD&D …

Episode 66 - AD&D 1e PH put me to Sleep - No Save ;)

July 21st, 2018

15:07

In today's episode, I look at the Sleep spell in AD&D and how it is handled in some of the retroclones.

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Episode 65 - The Tavern Wins a No-Prize & The Black Isle

July 20th, 2018

14:55

I talk about why The Tavern (in any of its forms) will never win an award. More importantly, I talk about the free, crowdsourced sandbox setting, The Gazetteer to Eilean Dubh: The Black Isle.

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Episode 64 - Keeping 6th Edition at Bay w/ a Collector's Box

July 19th, 2018

15:32

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. We look at the listener stats, some #ConManKen words from overnight and a look at the upcoming D&D 5e Core Book Boxed Set.

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Episode 63 - #ConManKen - Ken Can't Shut Up Shutting Up

July 18th, 2018

19:03

In classic #ConManKen mode, Kenny insists on continuing his conversation with Louis via email and The Tavern's Community via comments on a recent post. Go Kenny!

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Episode 62 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 17, 2018

July 17th, 2018

16:20

After tearing apart Arcana Stock Art for repackaging art freely available for use I touch on the following crowdfunding projects: The Forgotten …

Episode 61 - #ConManKen - Marcus Can't Shut Up Either

July 16th, 2018

16:45

The #ConManKen Saga just gets more and more entertaining. With today's episode, Ken's enabler Marcus reveals and confirms more than he planned in a series of emails with Louis.

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Episode 60 - #ConManKen has a Villain Monologue Moment

July 15th, 2018

15:18

You know in movies and comics, when the villain has to explain themselves, their motivation and the details fo their plan to the hero they are about to (attempt to) kill? Well, Ken's been having those moments. Stranger …

Episode 59 - Baldur's Gate Lead Designer Goes Greek with 5e

July 14th, 2018

12:15

James Ohlen (lead designer Baldur's Gate 1&2 and Neverwinter Nights) has retired from Bioware and is publishing a Greek-themed setting for 5e called Odyssey.

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Episode #58 - Barbarism in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana

July 13th, 2018

16:55

In this episode, I look at the Barbarian class from the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1e Unearthed Arcana and why they are a party pooper ;)

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Episode #57 - Dramatic Reading of #ConManKen Emails

July 12th, 2018

14:29

Ah, #ConManKen. He never ceases to entertain. In this episode I "dramatically" read an email chain between Kenny and the man suing him in a New York court.

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Episode #56 - Gaming Memories & ENnies Voting is Live

July 11th, 2018

15:09

We all have gaming moments that are burned into our memories. I recount some of my earlier memories. Also, ENnies voting is now live!

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Episode #55 - Kicking it with Kickstarter - July 10th, 2018

July 10th, 2018

16:20

In the third weekly installment of Kicking it with Kickstarter, we cover the following current Kickstarters: The Complete White Ship Campaign …

Episode #54 - Delving Into OSRIC

July 9th, 2018

14:26

In this episode, I delve into OSRIC, which I see as the point in time where the OSR truly came into being. The first old school ruleset freely …

Episode #53 - Voicemails & an Unexpected Rant - Thanks Kenny

July 8th, 2018

14:35

In this episode, I answer some voicemails, get distracted by Kickstarter failures and enter rant mode...

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Episode #52 - The OSR Rulesets - Swords & Wizardry

July 7th, 2018

16:12

Time to start looking at the various OSR rulesets. First up is Swords & Wizardry. Also, the full listing of OSR nominations for the 2018 ENnies.

Episode #51 - ArenaNet Fires two Devs for Dissing Customers

July 6th, 2018

15:30

Timely News - ArenaNet fires two developers for getting into a pissing match with customers via Twitter on July 4th. Employees are accountable for …

Episode #50 - ENnies Nominations 2018 - Tavern Picks

July 5th, 2018

15:44

Yep, its that time of the year again and its time to offer The Tavern's picks and suggestions for the 2018 ENnies. Congrats to Jason Hobbs for the podcast Hobbs and Friends of the OSR making it to the final five.

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Episode 49 - The Beginning of the OSR - A Look Back

July 4th, 2018

13:28

The first in what will become an (ir)regular series of episodes. Hackmaster 4e to Castles & Crusades to OSRIC to Labyrinth Lord and Finally to …

#48 - Kicking it w/Kickstarter - All Weather Dice Tubes?

July 3rd, 2018

17:10

Its the second weekly Kickstarter Roundup. We look at City of Brass, Towns & Dungeons RPG Decks, Pocket Companion: A Tavern Guide, and All Weather Dice Tube. Yes, you read the last one correctly ;)

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Episode #47 - Charging at Cavaliers in the AD&D 1e UA

July 2nd, 2018

15:41

In this episode, I take a look at Cavaliers and why I think balancing in-game abilities with roleplay restrictions often fails in practice.

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Episode #46 - Poking Around the AD&D 1e UA - Polearms

July 1st, 2018

16:52

Ah yes, polearms. Often misunderstood and truthfully, rarely used in game, polearms get a special treatment in the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana. Why?

Episode #45 - Answering Comments and ShireCon in the Fall

June 30th, 2018

12:40

In this episode, I answer voicemail, email, comments and such regarding recent episodes. Danke makes an appearance. ShireCon is in September and I'll be there.

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Episode #44 - Unearthing the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana - P1

June 29th, 2018

15:23

This is Part 1 of a series episodes digging into the AD&D 1e Unearthed Arcana. Today, we look at Method V of generating character stats.

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Episode #43 - Playing Mind Games with the AD&D 1e PH

June 28th, 2018

14:29

Appendix 1, psionics - the bane of many a campaign. Yeah, we tried it.

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Episode #42 - Be Careful What You Ask 4 & Happy Anniversary

June 27th, 2018

12:17

Well, one of the Kickstarters I talked about yesterday got suspended an hour or so after the podcast went live. I did mention that the same creator had two projects funding at the same time. Oh, and the AD&D 1e …

Episode #41 - Kickstarter Roundup for June 26, 2018

June 26th, 2018

17:15

Some Kickstarters are amazing, some are "eh" and some hit the WTF level. We got you covered. City of Brass, The Forgotten Dungeon Mega adventure, Dragon scales Fantasy RPG and F@ck! Yeah! 20 Sided Dice.

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Episode #40 - Looking at the AD&D 1e PH, Back to Front

June 25th, 2018

13:37

I've been enjoying looking at the old D&D / AD&D rulebooks with fresh eyes. Today I look at the AD&D 1e Player's Handbook, starting with …

Episode #39 - OD&D: Stop! Don't Let the Players Roll D' Dice

June 24th, 2018

12:34

Tip of the hat to The Tavern's Discord Community for inadvertently giving me today's topic of discussion. Player's don't even roll their characters …

Episode #38 - An Interview w/ Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games

June 23rd, 2018

27:22

I chat with Ben Barsh of Pacesetter Games about the Rise of the Nefarious Kickstarter, the synergy between 5e and the OSR, bringing new and younger …

Episode #37 - How I See the OSR

June 22nd, 2018

13:24

Yep, I screwed up some of the early episodes. Argh! I talk about the OSR and The Tavern as a Neutral Ground. Oh, and a free game for 24 hours only.

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Episode #36 - Champions! Its Coming Backs as Its Old Self

June 21st, 2018

12:24

There's a new Top Secret adventure being Kickstarted. The Origins Best RPG Game Award Winner is none other than our own James Spahn (and a dozen others). A look at the Champions Now! Kickstarter.

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Episode #35 - Kickstarters Old & New and the Return of a Pod

June 20th, 2018

15:14

I talk about three current Kickstarters you should think of backing and one that is six and a half years overdue. Also, the return of the Old School …

Episode #34 - AD&D 1e Bard - Broken & Overpowered

June 19th, 2018

11:59

Tim Shorts leaves a voicemail. A look at the AD&D 1e Bard as presented in the Player's Handbook.

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Episode #33 - I Rant, I Curse, I've Warned You!

June 18th, 2018

13:28

Yes, a classic rant complete with a warning. I don't appreciate bags of shit littering my social media threads overnight and say so. F-bomb carpet-bombing in effect.

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Episode #32 - Father's Day Advice - Its Not What You'd Expect ;)

June 17th, 2018

11:24

It's Father's Day. I spew some gaming and other advice out of my ass and suggest some places where fathers can get free swag today ;)

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Episode #31 - Free RPG Day and a New Player in Gaming Podcasts

June 16th, 2018

13:44

A quick listing of what's available for Free RPG Day 2018. A short rant about blocking folks on social and then talking about them. Morrus enters the …

Episode #30 - Praise and Patience - A Kickstarter Rant

June 15th, 2018

14:15

Wherein I read a thank you letter and talk about the need for patience when it comes to Kickstarter coverage at The Tavern in its many forms.

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Episode #29 - Reflections of #ConManKen

June 14th, 2018

12:23

Ken is reflecting well in a selfie at his old/current store in Kentucky. More ways to listen to Tavern Chat. My Lord, what a 5e Humble Bundle.

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Episode #28 - GMF Update, #ConManKen Update and Kickstarters

June 13th, 2018

17:44

It's a pretty full episode (and four full weeks of daily podcasts). We look at the Gygax Memorial Fund and the POD AD&D 1e reprints over at …

Episode #27 - Back in NYC - Behind the Scenes at NTRPG

June 12th, 2018

13:20

The Eagle landed last night and Rach and I are back in New York City. Some behind the scenes at NTRPG Con and some talk of returning to the focus of prior to the con.

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Episode #26 - NTRPG Con - And Now, Our Time is Done

June 11th, 2018

14:45

It's always sad to wrap up a convention trip, but NTRPG Con is even more so, as you are truly saying goodbye to an amazing community for another year.

Episode #25 - NTRPG Con - Day 3 - Two Minutes to Midnite

June 10th, 2018

9:02

We stayed up for the midnight auction. James ran some SWL in the morning. Tenkar is tired and beat to hell ;)

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Episode #24 - NTRPG Con - TPK and The Mouth of Doom? You Don't Say

June 9th, 2018

8:46

James Spahn ran Rappan Athuk: Mouth of Doom this morning and the bodies hit the floor. The smell acrid was everywhere ;)

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Episode #23 - NTRPG Con Day One - And Then There Was Fun

June 8th, 2018

9:28

A quick recap of NTRPG Con Day One. Our first sponsor. Co-DMing

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Episode #22 - So Much OSR at NTRPG Con, We Knocked the Power Out!

June 7th, 2018

10:47

Yep, we had about 40 minutes without power last night at the Westin. We were wondering if Bad Mike forgot to pay a bill or something ;)

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Episode #20 - Further Thoughts on the AD&D 1e Thief Class

June 5th, 2018

12:16

FrDave left some interesting thoughts on Episode #18 on tenkarstavern.com about the 1e Thief.

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Episode #19 - 1e DMG - Demons & The Devils You Don't Know

June 4th, 2018

12:49

A look at APPENDIX D: RANDOM GENERATION OF CREATURES FROM THE LOWER PLANES

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Episode #18 - AD&D 1e Player's Handbook - The Thief is not Meant to be a Stand Alone Class

June 3rd, 2018

15:04

In today's episode, I take a look at the AD&D 1e Thief class and why I think it was meant to keep players of demihuman races involved until "the …

Episode #17 - The 1e DMG as a Solo Gaming Resource

June 2nd, 2018

14:33

Note, I didn't say the 1e DMG was a Solo RPG Resource, but there were "sub-games" of sorts within the DMG. The Deck of Many Things and the Random …

Episode #16 - Stock Settlements, Stock Art, and Art of the Genre - Kickstarters

June 1st, 2018

14:43

Lets talk about some current (as of the morning of May 1st, 2018) Kickstarters - Spectacular Settlements for 5th Edition, The Curse of Roslof Keep …

Episode 15 - The AD&D 1e DMG is Overbearing ;)

May 31st, 2018

15:21

A look at unarmed combat in the AD&D 1e DMG. The Tavern celebrates its 9th anniversary.

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Episode #14 - 1e DMG - Weapon Speed Just Slows Things Down

May 30th, 2018

14:39

A followup on disease in the DMG with Tim Shorts. A look at weapon speed factor and why none of my groups ever used it.

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Episode #13 - The 1e DMG is Diseased

May 29th, 2018

14:28

Some memories, thoughts, and observations on the AD&D 1e Dungeon Master's Guide. Follow up on the Gygax Memorial Fund.

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Episode #12 - Warhammer for Kids n’ More

May 28th, 2018

11:48

I talk about the Warhammer for Kids fiction line, the use of Deal of the Days at OBS as a publisher and some thoughts on Kickstarter stretch goals.

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Episode #11 - Memorial Weekend Freebie

May 27th, 2018

0:37

A freebie for our active and former Military and Emergency Response personnel. Some thoughts on pricing and marketing at OneBookShelf

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Episode #10 - Some Thoughts on the OSR Market

May 26th, 2018

11:59

First episode recorded by phone. Enjoy the birds and the wind chime in the background. Some thoughts on the OSR market and publishing resources.

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Episode #9 - Early Morning Bleck! and Thoughts

May 25th, 2018

12:43

Allergies are in full gear this morning. Listen to Tenkar drown in phlegm. Inbetween throat clearing, I have thoughts on the sudden uptick in OSR …

Episode #8 - Squirrel! Huh?

May 24th, 2018

10:51

James Spahn has a new podcast, an update on the GMF and stock art goodness.

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Episode #7 - NTRPG Con is in Two Weeks

May 23rd, 2018

1:18

I was reminded (right before recording this episode) that I was running some Mouth of Doom sessions at NTRPG in two weeks. There are still slots open (9am F/S/S)

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Episode #4 - James Shields stops on by

May 22nd, 2018

21:30

Tavern Chat has its first guest - James Shields. James was the art director for White Star and has a new stock art Kickstarter with a nice twist.

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Episode #6 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 2

May 21st, 2018

1:33

Tim Shorts leaves a message. The second part of the Gygax Memorial Fund recap.

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Episode #5 - Gygax Memorial Fund Part 1

May 20th, 2018

1:06

In this episode, I answer a voicemail and begin a series of episodes recapping 2 1/2 years of investigative posts at tenkarstavern.com regarding the Gygax Memorial Fund.

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Episode #3 - Let There Be Light

May 19th, 2018

1:43

We have voicemails from James Spahn and Tim Shorts, discuss Swords & Wizardry Light and mention the new OSR patches available for order (not from us ;)

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Episode # 2 Dave and some Inappropriate Characters

May 18th, 2018

0:35

There's a Humble Book Bundle, a Dave Arneson Documentary and some Inappropriate Characters.

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Wherein your Bartender introduces himself

May 17th, 2018

0:18

Yep, first episode. Short and sweet and hopefully the start of something fun. Oh, and a last-minute update to today's Gygax Memorial Fund post.

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