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”The End,” a tabletop RPG about the Christian Apocalypse

”The End,” a tabletop RPG about the Christian Apocalypse

January 10, 2022

”The End,” a tabletop RPG about the Christian Apocalypse

Episode Introduction

Josh and Brandon discuss 1995’s “The End” from Scapegoat Games. It’s a role-playing game based on the Christian Apocalypse and was kicked out of GenCon for its use of religious imagery. It’s bleak, interesting, and maybe came before its time. They also start down a rabbit hole of investigation and mystery as they try to get in touch with its creator to talk about how it came to be. Hopefully there will be a Part 2 to this with interviews!

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James Bond 007: Role Playing In Her Majesty’s Secret Service

James Bond 007: Role Playing In Her Majesty’s Secret Service

December 27, 2021

James Bond 007: Role Playing In Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Join Josh and Brandon as they enter a world of espionage, intrigue, and dice-rolling, with Victory Games’ TTRPG “Role Playing in Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

  • A brief news item about Wizards of the Coast rebooting and retconning in their latest Errata to eliminate more insensitive portrayals and stereotyping from Dungeons and Dragons. Not surprising and another step in their reaction to 2020. It’s a good move.  (01:19)
  • A second item about Ernie (son of Gary) Gygax’s new TSR and its nonsensical lawsuit against Wizards of the Coast for trademarks of old TSR content. They also were demanding removal of WotC’s legacy disclaimer. Come on, now.
  • Main discussion: 1983’s “James Bond 007” roleplaying game from Victory Games. It places you in a world of espionage taken straight from the world of Ian Fleming’s master spy: Bond, James Bond. You can play as known quantities from the movies such as Bond, Felix Lighter, Anya Amasova and others or create your own Double-O agent (or rookie). We also talk about our favorite Bond movies! (10:41)

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Magic Versus Realism in Your Game Setting

Magic Versus Realism in Your Game Setting

December 13, 2021

Low Magic? No Magic? No Problem! We Finance!

What kind of settings do you enjoy more? Heavy magic, low magic, or a more realistic milieu with near-zero casting? This episode we discuss merits and preferences on the level of magic in a gaming setting. Just a freewheeling discussion about magic levels. Tweet at us or email at contact@goblinsandgrowlers.com to tell us what you think!

We also quickly touch base on a new release for "Boy Problems," the Carly Rae Jepsen TTRPG. Go to boyproblems.itch.io to check out "Side B" and support this creator. And you can check out our episode on "Boy Problems," too!

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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company dedicated to inclusivity through TTRPGs.

LINKS!

Sister podcast, an actual-play: Quid Pro Roll

Support: Patreon, itch.io.

Discord: Join the Goblins and Growlers Discord! We've even got a channel dedicated to discussing new episodes of GGP!

Twitter: Brandon Josh

Can you play a game in your sleep? Interview with game designer Cezar Capacle

Can you play a game in your sleep? Interview with game designer Cezar Capacle

November 29, 2021

Interview with game designer Cezar Capacle

So, we all know you don't necessarily need dice for a fun tabletop experience, but can you get away without waking consciousness?

In today's episode, Brandon interviews Cezar Capacle, a game designer from Brazil who's trying to push the limits of what a TTRPG can be. Cezar talked to us while he was in the middle of making a huge trans-Atlantic change in his life, so we really appreciate him taking the time to talk.

You can show your appreciation, too, by checking out his itch.io store at https://capacle.itch.io/. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/capacle. If you want all his links, you can grab them at https://capacle.bio.link/

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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company dedicated to inclusivity through TTRPGs.

LINKS!

Sister podcast, an actual-play: Quid Pro Roll

Support: Patreon, itch.io, and BigCartel!

Discord: Join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord! We've even got a channel dedicated to discussing new episodes of GGP!

Twitter: Brandon Josh

Return to Dark Tower

Return to Dark Tower

November 15, 2021

Restoration Games' Return to Dark Tower

"Dark Tower" is an early electronic board game from way back in the early 1980s. It was pretty revolutionary (and legitimately fun) for the late 70s/early 80s, but you definitely could put it in the category of "reach exceeded grasp." Imagine if someone used the Antikythera Mechanism to play Fortnite.

It was expensive, easy to break, and Milton Bradley stole the idea from the original creators. Now it's still expensive, mostly broken, and incredibly difficult to find. Fortunately Restoration Games is bringing it back in a more modern form. Josh and Brandon discuss the game, its history, and spend an awful lot of time talking about Orson Welles.

Are you missing out if you've never sat and watched Maurice LaMarche going on and on in his Orson Welles impression? Yes, Always! 

Restoration Games: https://restorationgames.com/return-to-dark-tower/

Orson Welles Dark Tower Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxrY7MWEkwE

Dark Tower Tabletop Simulator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYV6btuD5-I

Orson Welles Frozen Peas Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyko_oQ0da8

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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company dedicated to inclusivity through TTRPGs.

LINKS!

Sister podcast, an actual-play: Quid Pro Roll

Support: Patreon itch.io and BigCartel!

Discord: Join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord!

Twitter: Brandon Josh

Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse

Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse

November 1, 2021

Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse

A couple of things going on here, so we've included some timestamps!

First, right before we started recording we found some news about the Star Wars RPG we'd been talking about for a couple of episodes, so we give an update on that. Then next (9:18) we talk about the new Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana from Wizards of the Coast -- Giff, Thri-Kreen, Plasmoids, and more. We know there's a multiverse book coming out, but does this mean we're also going to get 5e setting guides for Dark Sun, Spelljammer and Planescape? I sure hope so.

Brandon mentions an amazing Dark Sun history video at about the 46-minute mark. Here's a link to that. It's almost three-hours long, but it's absolutely worth it if you want to learn about the setting.

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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company dedicated to inclusivity through TTRPGs.

LINKS!

Sister podcast, an actual-play: Quid Pro Roll

Support: Patreon itch.io and BigCartel!

Discord: Join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord!

Twitter: Brandon Josh

Halloween Special: How to use gothic horror in your games

Halloween Special: How to use gothic horror in your games

October 25, 2021

How to use gothic horror in your games

Happy Halloweek! We, along with our guest, Gabriel Perez*, talk about TSR's 1994 Second Edition boxset, "Masque of the Red Death" and, more broadly, gothic horror an TTRPGs.

"Masque" takes the rules of Second Edition and lays them on top of a Victorian-Era earth filled with subtle mystery and magic. It's under the Ravenloft branding, but it's just different enough that you could argue it's being forced into Second Edition rules when it should have been its own thing. It's available on DriveThruRPG and, for the rest of this week, it's on sale! Check it out -- it's an interesting oddity among 2e products.

*You might know Gabriel as the most-excellent audio engineer for our sister podcast, Quid Pro Roll.

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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company dedicated to inclusivity through TTRPGs.

LINKS!

Sister podcast, an actual-play: Quid Pro Roll

Support: Patreon itch.io and BigCartel!

Discord: Join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord!

Twitter: Brandon Josh

Part 2: Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep.9

Part 2: Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep.9

October 18, 2021

Part Two of our discussion/rediscovery of the (former) Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG. We didn't get cocky.

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SCHEDULING NOTE!

We're publishing a new episode next week for Halloween week! We're talking about the Ravenloft: Masque of the Red Death box set from 1994. If you have a favorite spooky/scary/terrifying adventure or module then let us know about it at contact@goblinsandgrowlers.com.

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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company dedicated to inclusivity through TTRPGs.

LINKS!

Sister podcast, an actual-play: Quid Pro Roll

Support: Patreon itch.io and BigCartel!

Discord: Join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord!

Twitter: Brandon Josh

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Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep. 8

Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep. 8

October 4, 2021

We're talking about Star Wars. Despite making plans for what to talk about, we ended up half-remembering names of planets and totally forgetting names of Jedi from "Knights of the Old Republic." Anyway, we learned that the "Star Wars" RPG has changed ownership at least once in the last year. Josh was especially surprised about this because he loves the game. But I guess we all had some other things to worry about in the last year.

The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company. Brandon Dingess (Twitter) and Josh Maltby (Twitter) are fully 50 percent of the team!

Check out their other work on Quid Pro Roll, Patreon, and BigCartel! And don't forget to join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord!

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep. 7

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep. 7

September 20, 2021

Take a trip with us to a weird mountain with vegetable creatures, metallic people, and strange weapons that shoot light. It's all beyond your ken, trust us. This is one of the classic D&D modules and has been an inspiration to me (and others) looking to take their games beyond the usual elves-in-the-forest trope of fantasy adventuring.

The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company. Brandon Dingess (Twitter) and Josh Maltby (Twitter) are fully 50 percent of the team!

Check out their other work on Quid Pro Roll, Patreon, and BigCartel! And don't forget to join the Goblins and Growlers Discord at bit.ly/goblindiscord!

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