The Red Dice Diaries

66 EpisodesProduced by John Alan Large

The is The Red Dice Diaries podcast, a rambling journey through the wonderful world of RPGs from the viewpoint of a long-time GM and player.

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Episode 65 - The Thousand Lands S01E01 - Leaving the City

January 20th, 2019

1:25:55

In the first session of our B/X Essentials hex-crawl campaign a group of heroes leave the sanctuary of the Last City, ready to explore the dangers of the blasted world outside it's borders.

If you're interested in …

Episode 64 - The Thousand Lands S01E00 - Character Gen/Setting Discussion

January 19th, 2019

1:11:39

We begin our B/X Essentials hex-crawl campaign by taking a leisurely stroll through character gen, discussing the background of the setting and of …

Episode 63 - Rose of Westhaven S02E02 Part 3

January 19th, 2019

3:20:59

Having spoken with the centaur Sampson, our heroes press on into the Kelderburn, searching for the elusive Equinean.

If you want to know more about the campaign, check out our Obsidian Portal site:

Episode 62 - Voicemails & Thoughts following first B/X Essentials Session

January 12th, 2019

16:11

In this episode I answer some voicemails and chat a bit about my thoughts following my first Thousand Lands hex-crawl game.

Episode 61 - Rose of Westhaven S02E02 Part 2

January 1st, 2019

1:07:52

Bedeviled by spectres of loss our heroes push on in their search for the tail of the legendary Equinean.

If you want to know more about the campaign, check out our Obsidian Portal site:

Episode 60 - Rose of Westhaven S02E02 Part 1

January 1st, 2019

1:24:28

Owing 300 quid due to his indiscretions at the gaming table, Wulfric and his associates are dragged into working for the notorious Peche Pritchard

Episode 59 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Part 3

December 17th, 2018

6:30

Returning to the village of Otterdale, putting the menace of the fortress behind them, the hunters celebrate with a spot of carousing. 

If you want to know more about the campaign, check out our Obsidian Portal site:

Episode 58 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Part 2

December 17th, 2018

29:03

In which the group of hunters venture into the subterranean depths of the buried Goman fortress. 

If you want to know more about the campaign, check out our Obsidian Portal site:

Episode 57 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Part 1

December 17th, 2018

1:03:25

A group of church hunters and crusaders head to the sleepy, mist-shrouded village of Otterdale drawn by rumours of strange coins and ruins. 

If you want to know more about the campaign, check out our Obsidian Portal …

Episode 56 - Rose of Westhaven S02E01 Introduction

December 17th, 2018

8:15

An introduction to the players and characters in the second season of my continuing Rose of Westhaven campaign set in the Midderlands. 

If you want to know more about the campaign, check out our Obsidian Portal site:

Episode 55 - Answering voicemails

December 17th, 2018

6:20
In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemail messages received.

Episode 54 - Discussing future Sci-fi collaboration project with JP

December 16th, 2018

54:23
In this episode, myself and Johannes Paavola begin initial discussions on a sci-fi toolkit project that we're planning to collaborate on.

Episode 53 - State of the Bullet Journal

December 16th, 2018

9:54
I'm two sessions into the second season of our Rose of Westhaven game and thought I'd talk a little bit about the current state of my bullet journal.

Episode 52 - Stars Without Number Unique Foci

December 13th, 2018

1:15:09
In this episode Johannes Paavola and myself chat about our recent playtesting of 'Behind the Walls' and also discuss me taking a unique foci for my …

Episode 51 - Kalmatta Madness

December 10th, 2018

12:15
In this episode I talk about my recent experiences in Jason Hobb's excellent Kalmatta game.

Episode 50 - Give & Take

December 9th, 2018

18:01
In this podcast episode I answer some voicemails and talk a little bit about group creation of settings and also settings created entirely by the GM.

Episode 49 - Downtimes in RPGs

December 5th, 2018

49:48
In this episode Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss downtimes in RPGs.

Episode 48 - Hannah talks about Behind the Walls & Star Trek

December 3rd, 2018

27:14
In this episode my wife Hannah and I talk about my upcoming Midderlands adventure 'Behind the Walls' and how she converted it for her Star Trek Fate game.

Episode 47 - Midderlands, 5E, Sci-fi and other projects

November 27th, 2018

9:53
In this episode I talk about some of the projects I've been working on and some stuff I'm planning to start working on soon.

Episode 46 - Old school prepping and bullet journalling

November 11th, 2018

8:06
In this episode I talk about some of my ideas for more manual prep methods in my games going forward.

Episode 45 - Westhaven, Gomans and the dreaded TPK

November 9th, 2018

9:16
A podcast about where we are with my Rose of Westhaven campaign, how we dealt with a TPK and what the future holds for the campaign.

Episode 44 - Getting a Campaign Started

October 17th, 2018

1:23:07
In this episode, Lloyd, Dennis, Mathew and myself discuss some of the pitfalls and issues to consider when starting an RPG campaign.

Episode 43 - Google Hangout is Trash

October 12th, 2018

7:11
In this episode I get some of my dis-satisfaction with Google Hangouts off my chest.

Episode 42 - Cyberpunk

October 7th, 2018

1:17:09
I'm joined by Whit, John Drury, Mathew Bryan and Johannes Paavola to discuss Cyberpunk in RPGs. If you want to check out Whit's Black Code game you …

Episode 41 - Am I too old for the World of Darkness?

September 29th, 2018

38:13
In this podcast episode, Hannah, Lloyd and myself discuss the WOD, vampires and how our playing styles have changed.

Episode 40 - Over-production in RPGs

September 23rd, 2018

1:06:04
In this group podcast I'm joined by Johannes Paavola, Dennis Bach, Andre Martinez and Mathew Bryan to talk about over-production in RPGs.

Episode 39 - Running a City like a Dungeon

September 22nd, 2018

14:56
Answering some voicemail messages and musing on an idea I've been considering recently for my Rose of Westhaven campaign.

Episode 38 - 5 RPG Commandments

September 16th, 2018

5:13
In this episode I talk about five of my likes and dislikes when it comes to RPGs.

Episode 37 - Listener messages about the OSR & V5

September 15th, 2018

9:27
In this episode I answer a few voicemail messages that I've received about our recent OSR and V5 podcast episodes.

Episode 36 - Combat in RPGs

September 13th, 2018

44:27
Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself discuss the role of combat in RPGs. Uncut version can be found here: …

Episode 35 - V5 first impressions

September 8th, 2018

7:54
Having just gone through character creation with people from The Grand Coterie group I talk about some of my first impressions of V5.

Episode 34 - I'm spoilt by the OSR

September 2nd, 2018

7:06
I ramble a little about being spoilt for choice amongst OSr games and some of the strengths of such products.

Episode 33 - The Virtue of Playing a Goodie

August 29th, 2018

4:18
Just back from LARP I reflect on a few reasons why you might fancy playing a thoroughly good person for your next character.

Episode 32 - JP & John talk OSR and Stars Without Number

August 22nd, 2018

47:02
I'm once more joined by the excellent Johannes Paavola, we chat about SWN, the OSR and other game related stuff.

Episode 31 - Discussing V20 and the WOD with JP

August 22nd, 2018

1:18:48
In this episode I'm joined by Johannes Paavola, to talk about his V20 Sabbat game 'What Rough Beast' and the World of Darkness in general.

Episode 30 - Differences between B/X Essentials and BFRPG

August 19th, 2018

9:38
In this episode I answer a voicemail and attempt to highlight what--for me--are the main difference between B/X Essentials and BFRPG.

Episode 29 - How Conventions Taught me to Love Dice Again

August 18th, 2018

5:25
In this episode of the podcast I talk about why I original stopped using dice and why I picked them up again.

Episode 28 - The Value of GMs Playing in Games

August 16th, 2018

4:39
In this episode I respond to a voicemail from Colin at the Spikepit and waffle for a bit about the value of GMs actually playing in the games they …

Episode 27 - History, maintain the Mystery

August 15th, 2018

8:12
I talk about why it's important to maintain some mystery when it comes to your campaign world's background.

Episode 26 - Ideas for a B/X Campaign Setting

August 14th, 2018

7:11
In this episode I talk about some ideas that I'm slowly formulating into a campaign setting for B/X essentials.

Episode 25 - RPGaDay questions part 3

August 13th, 2018

54:05
Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/

Episode 24 - RPGaDay questions part 2

August 12th, 2018

40:35
Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/

Episode 23 - RPGaDay questions part 1

August 11th, 2018

1:07:32
Myself, Johannes and Lloyd have decided to answer all the RPG a day questions, spread across three podcast entries. You can find out more about RPGaDay here: http://autocratik.blogspot.com/

Episode 22 - But isn't it just the old B/X rules?

August 10th, 2018

9:39
In which I rant a bit about some stuff I recently read online where people were spouting off about B/X Essentials.

Episode 21 - Sounds Issues, Tech support and Faction Turns

August 9th, 2018

12:20
I respond to some voicemail messages that I've received and also talk about some recent communication I've had with Anchor tech support.

Episode 20 - WFRP and Me

August 8th, 2018

11:21
In which I ramble about my personal history with WFRP, why I'd love a review copy of the latest edition but am unlikely to shell out for a copy.

Episode 19 - Hannah Talks Star Trek

August 7th, 2018

8:01
In this episode of the podcast Hannah talks about her love/hate relationship with the Modiphius Star Trek system.

Episode 18 - Countdowns & Consequences

August 6th, 2018

6:40
In this episode I'm talking about countdowns, one of the tools that I use to help track plotlines in my games.

Episode 17 - B/X Essential Planetary Fantasy Idea

August 5th, 2018

6:51
In this episode of the podcast I talk about an idea for combining B/X Essentials with some elements of Warriors of the Red Planet that I've had kicking around in my head.

Episode 16 - B/X Essentials and Table Fables

August 4th, 2018

10:12
I chat a bit about some books I've purchased recently.

Episode 15 - How Hannah Looks at RPG Books

August 3rd, 2018

5:34
In this episode my lovely wife Hannah is back to talk about her method of choosing RPG books, and what she looks for.

Episode 14 - Random Tables & Charts

August 2nd, 2018

6:10
In this episode of the Podcast I wax lyrical about some of the benefits of using random tables and charts. You can find some random charts made my me at my blog: https://reddicediaries.com/random-charts-and-tables/

Episode 13 - Maps, coolness vs. functionality

August 1st, 2018

5:47
In this episode I chat about my the ongoing struggle for map supremacy between functionality and coolness/looking good.

Episode 12 - Responding to voicemails about D&D market dominance

July 31st, 2018

10:39
In this episode I respond to a couple of voicemails received from Old Man Grognard and Colin from the Spikepit about our recent D&D Market …

Episode 11 - Playing LOTFP

July 30th, 2018

5:45
In this episode of the podcast I talk about a recent game of LOTFP that I played in, ran by Ian Christiansen. Free, no-artwork version of LOTFP available here: …

Episode 10 - D&D Market Dominance

July 29th, 2018

26:20
Lloyd Gyan, Johannes Paavola and myself talk about the upsides and downsides of D&D's market dominance, and I use the word "like" far too many …

Episode 9 - The Simple Life

July 28th, 2018

10:56
In episode 9 of the podcast I talk about why simple games appeal to me and also Untold Adventures by James Spahn: …

Episode 8 - RIP Undying Lands

July 27th, 2018

7:07
In this episode I talk about my recent experiment with casual sandbox gaming, what worked and what didn't.

Episode 7 - Tremulus

July 26th, 2018

8:06
In this episode I talk a little bit about Tremulus, a PBTA Mythos game that I very much enjoy, and a recent game that I played in.

Episode 6 - Make a Character Focused on the Bits of a Game You Enjoy

July 25th, 2018

7:25
In this episode of the Podcast I talk about how you can enhance your appreciation of a game by focusing your character on the bits of the game that you enjoy.

Con +1 is coming

July 24th, 2018

2:45
In this extra episode I talk a little about Con +1, an online convention where you can enjoy playing games and help raise money for a very worthy cause. Convention website: https://conplus.live

Episode 5 - Just Get to the Damn Game

July 24th, 2018

6:01
In the latest episode of our Podcast I talk about the trend for unnecessary prologue pages in some RPGs.

Episode 4 - Find Your Fun

July 23rd, 2018

7:23
In this episode I talk a little bit about a couple of games I'm playing in at the moment and how 'finding my fun' helped me enjoy different game systems.

Episode 3 - That Elusive Page Turning Quality

July 21st, 2018

5:05
It's a warm Saturday in Merry Old England and I'm rambling about what grabs hold of me in an RPG.

Episode 2 - Hannah Talks about the Midderlands

July 20th, 2018

2:39
In our second episode, Hannah has been reading through my Midderlands books and takes a few minutes to talk about what she likes in them.

Episode 1 - Making a DFAE Character

July 19th, 2018

15:38
In the first episode of the podcast I'm creating a Dresden Files Accelerated character for a game my friend is running.
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