Best Mike Pondsmith podcasts we could find (Updated May 2019)
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Listen Up!
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Welcome to Listen Up!, a Q and A show about Cyberpunk 2020, the Witcher Tabletop Roleplaying Game, and other games created and published by R. Talsorian Games. Your hosts are Cody Pondsmith, general manager and Witcher lead designer, and Mike Pondsmith, company founder and "the guy who killed your cyberpunk character".
 
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Dead Games Society
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The Dead Games Society is an eclectic group of RPG enthusiasts who enjoy playing and promoting games and game editions no longer in print. We are also collectors of unusual, and oftentimes rare, RPGs, supplements, and board games. And please note that when we say “dead games”, we say it with love!
 
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Our good friend, Kris Vezner chats with artist and game designer, Brad McDevitt to learn more about the genesis of games like It Came From The Late Late Late Show and Nightlife!By Dead Games Society.
 
It's Part 2 of our Oriental Adventures deep dive and on today's episode we feature an interview I first ran on the Roll For Initiative podcast, episode 131. Big thanks to Vincent Florio and the rest of the RFI team for letting me re-air this amazing interview with freelance game designer, Deborah Teramis Christian in which she talks about her w ...…
 
So Grasshopper, do you run your AD&D using Oriental Adventures and want to incorporate the martial arts system but feel that as written it could unbalance your game? Maybe you just want to know more about the feel of of an OE campaign. Well in today's episode I take us on a trip in the way-back machine to 2013 when I was still co-hosting on the ...…
 
Episode 5 of Listen Up! is a recording of the seminar Mike Pondsmith gave at the 2019 GAMA Trade show entitled, “How to Avoid All the Stupid Mistakes I Made On the Way to Game Design Success”. Special thanks to everyone who attended the lecture and to the brave souls who risked staring directly at Mike’s shirt in order to ask questions. https:/ ...…
 
In Episode 4 of Listen Up!, Mike and Cody talk about the rules of The Witcher TRPG and about rules for the upcoming Cyberpunk Red. Special thanks to Rami, Scott, Dwight Lilibridge, and Levente for their questions! https://rtalsoriangames.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ListenUpS1E4.mp3By rtalsoriangames.
 
All right chummers, this is a big one! Get ready to slot your reflex booster and take a tour of Night City with the solo who stands above all others, that's right in this episode we are talking with R.Talsorian founder and creator of the epic roleplaying game of the dark future, Mike Pondsmith!By Dead Games Society.
 
In Episode 3 of Listen Up!, Mike and Cody answer questions about the behind the scenes lore of R. Talsorian Games! Special thanks to J S Kennedy, Jason Rand, Conner, and Genius Robinson for their questions! https://rtalsoriangames.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ListenUpS1E3.mp3By rtalsoriangames.
 
In Episode 2 of Listen Up!, Mike and Cody answer questions about the rules of Cyberpunk 2020 and The Witcher TRPG. Listen close and you might get a bit of a preview for Cyberpunk Red! Special thanks to Senior Brujo, Evan C, Leonthedino, Michael N, and Levente for their questions! https://rtalsoriangames.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ListenUpS1 ...…
 
Three different Star Wars rpg's have come and gone, but each were excellent in their own way. In this episode of the Dead Games Society podcast we plan to talk about each. These are definitely the games you are looking for!By Dead Games Society.
 
In Episode 1 of Listen Up!, Mike and Cody answer questions about the lore of both the Cyberpunk universe (as of 2020) and the Witcher Tabletop Roleplaying Game. Special thanks to Vyncent, Adam Wigley, Andrew Meythaler, Jason Rand, and Marcell Raba for their questions! https://rtalsoriangames.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ListenUpSeason1Episode ...…
 
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. - Hamlet Ready to go forth and investigate that which goes bump in the night? Then tag along with the DGS as we bring on our good friend Kris Vezner to help us learn all about Stalking the Night Fantastic, a game published by Tri-Tac Inc. back in 1983 as ...…
 
Today episode features a very special guest, Sandy Petersen. So grab a beverage of your choice and lick back in your comfy chair as we talk all about Sandy's work on Call of Cthulhu, Rune Quest, Ghostbusters and lots more!By DGS.
 
With all the attention we've been giving conventions here in the midwest, we decided to bring Kenneth Patterson on to tell us all about the great conventions our New England Chapter of the Dead Games Society are attending out on the east coast! But wait, it gets better because Ken is also on today's episode to help navigate the frontier of Mega ...…
 
Are you thinking to GM an event at your local con? Want to know what separates a convention event from a campaign? Then grab a comfy chair and have a listen as we discuss tips and tricks to writing a successful convention event sure to please your table.By Dead Games Society.
 
We're back, baby! It's the season 3 opener of the Dead Games Society Podcast, and while it's a shorter then usual episode we have a lot to catch up on as we also welcome our new cohost, Dave Bauter. So grab a comfy chair and your favorite beverage as we talk all about the things we have been doing during our break as well as the things we are g ...…
 
We're back and we are excited to make planetfall back onto the fields of the Inner Sphere and beyond with our recap of early Battletech and Mechwarrior! So grab your comfy cooling jacket and kick back to hear about one of the most well-written game settings out there! And we also talk about what we've been up to since our last episode and what ...…
 
So you're thinking of taking a seat on the other side of the table for a convention and you want some GM tips? Good news because on this episode of the Vorpal Chainsword and I are dishing out a bit of wisdom gained through our own years of convention. And while we're at it will talk about our own recent experience at Gamehole. But if our own co ...…
 
We are back True-believers and in this episode we are calling all heroes! That's right, it's episode #52 and in this one we get into the superhero genre of gaming and touch down on what made this such a popular area for gaming throughout the last several decades. So grab a glass of irradiated sludge and kick back in your comfy fortress of solit ...…
 
It's episode #51 of the DGS Podcast and we have on the show the founders of the New England Chapter of the Dead Games Society, which I affectionately call, Chapter 2! Do you live on the East Coast and wanna be involved in DGS events and activities? Or are you an avid fan of the great old school games? Well this episode is for you, so sit back i ...…
 
If you have you ever wanted to take your gaming immersion level one step further then the traditional table-top experience, then oh boy, it's time to talk about LARPs! That's right and to help me get it straight, we have returning to the show, Nathan Siever and Robert Batton from the Utility Muffin Labs. So get ready to ratchet your game experi ...…
 
Join us as the DGS talks with artist, David O. Miller about art in gaming! What does it take to become a fantasy artist, how has the role of the artist changed over the years as well as chatting about his own history in the industry working on such amazing projects as the Spelljammer and Dark Sun lines just to name a few. It's a great look into ...…
 
Join the DGS as our good friend, Kris Vezner guides us deep down the rabbit hole to explore the wonderful world of Bunnies and Burrows! So grab a bit of clover and your favorite drink then kick back in your cozy warren to have a listen as we discuss one of the first and still one of the best roleplaying games. “All the world will be your enemy, ...…
 
On this episode we explore the virtual sandbox that is the Multi-User Shared Hallucination, or MUSH! And to help explain this wonderful alternative to traditional tabletop role-play we brought in Alex Schwartz, one of the figures instrumental in designing the underlying code used for these popular text-based virtual game worlds. So grab your vi ...…
 
Our friend Kris Vezner joins the DGS as we pay tribute to the sad passing of one of gaming's most imaginative pioneers, Richard Tucholka. On this special tribute episode we will be recalling the long list of innovative and inspiring games Mr. Tucholka gave us, such as the Morrow Project, Fringeworthy, Stalking the Night Fantastic and Bureau 13 ...…
 
It's been 25 years since Mark Rein-Hagen's now classic, Vampire: The Masquerade revealed to us a whole World of Darkness just beyond the light of day. An imperfect and horrifying reflection of our own world where the dead stalked the night. Since then fans have thrilled to the idea of letting their own Beast run wild in the shadows using what m ...…
 
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Villains and Vigilantes with Jeff Dee! That's right, on episode #44 the DGS flies high with the creative genius of Jeff Dee who joins us to discuss one of my favorite superhero genre games, Villains and Vigilantes. Jeff talks about the super-powered origins of V&V as well as it's resurgence into a new current edi ...…
 
You and your team knew it would be a tough slog behind enemy lines, but after the bombs dropped and the communication stopped, you realized the only thing left to fight for was each other here in the twilight, Twilight 2000! Yes, it's the classic Reagan-era RPG that taught us how things would be after the Cold War got hot. And to help us rally, ...…
 
Garycon IX was a blast and now it's time for the DGS 7 Day After Report! So grab a drink and a comfy chair as the Vorpal Chainsword and I recount our adventures at one of gamings most hallowed conventions!
 
With Garycon IX just days away, who better to have on the show then Michael Witwer, author of the new Gary Gygax biography, Empire of Imagination! I sit down with Michael for a special one on one interview and discuss what went into making what has turned out to be a singularly extraordinary history on the father of Dungeons and Dragons. So gra ...…
 
On a shelf there lived a game.... Not a dirty little unplayed game, but a game called Middle-earth Role-play, or MERP, and that meant beloved. It's episode #40 of the DGS podcast and in this one we complete our Tolkien trilogy with one of my fondest remembered games, MERP! While Cory is off celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, doubtless vis ...…
 
Looking for adventure writing inspiration, in Episode #39 the DGS talks to Rob Ujazdowski about his Tolkien-inspired AD&D event, The Scouring of the Shire! Yes, if you are looking for a new setting for your fantasy adventures, you can look to the world's of established authors, and today we talk about using Middle-earth. So grab your pipe and a ...…
 
It's the week of Valentines Day and in honor of unrequited love and ever-lasting damnation we are taking you, our one fan, into mist-shrouded Ravenloft! I9, Ravenloft has long been considered one of the best modules to ever come out of 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. It was written by Tracy and Laura Hickman, and included art by Clyd ...…
 
It's episode #37 and we are talking about the art of World Building through history and items! Not every setting needs to be made from scratch, sometimes all it takes to make a setting your own is fleshing out the history of your world through the people and items in it. So grab a drink and a comfy chair and sit back to listen as Cory and I tal ...…
 
In episode #36, the Vorpal Chainsword delves into the storied deeps of Undermountain at Brandonomicon, a small con with massive game! Cory flies solo in this exciting episode to sit down with the Good King Brando, founder of Brandonomicon, and talk all about mini-cons and mega-dungeons. If you have ever wanted to run epic adventures in a miniat ...…
 
Hold on tight as our guests, Brett Bloczynski (Gaming and BS) and Phil Vecchione (Misdirected Mark) take us on a wild and diceless hellride through shadow to reach the center of it all, Amber! I warn you before hand, this is a long episode, but if you are a fan of Roger Zelazny's classic Amber series or just want to know how a iceless game can ...…
 
Techies, Solos and Netrunners, oh my! Thats right chummers, it's episode #34 of the Dead Games Society podcast and we are talking Cyberpunk 2013. So don a pair of mirror-shades, check your smart-gun and get ready to jack into the Net cuz it's gonna be a wild ride!
 
It's episode #33 and in this show it's all about the heroes in a half-shell! Yes Cory and I are talking all about Palladium's classic game of mutated turtle power, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness with our good friend, David Bauter! So grab yourself a slice of pizza and a mug of green goo then kick back as we dish on the game ...…
 
It's been a week since Gameholecon IV ended and boy what a time! Now that the alcohol has worn off the memories are a-flow'n! So sit back and have a listen as my new co-host, the Vorpal Chainsword himself, Cory Scanlan remember the good times!
 
In this episode the Dead Games Society talks about what some consider to be the best version of Star Warsever to be brought to the table, West End Game's classic Star Wars roleplaying game! So grab a drink and sit back, because in this show, the Force will be with you, always...
 
Wanna spice up your convention events, Cory Scanlon and Michael Browne are here to tell you how! Join the DGS as the Vorpal Chainsaw and the Silver Fox dish out their trade secrets. It's the episode where Michael returns as co-host of the show and it's good!
 
On this episode of the Dead Games Society podcast we bring on our good friend, Cory Gahsman, aka DM-Cojo, to talk all about one of TSR's classics, Star Frontiers!
 
Welcome to the world of to- Morrow, it isn’t pretty! The DGS is joined by one of it’s own, Kris Patrick Vezner to discuss the origion of one of tabletop gaming’s cult favorites, The Morrow Project. Ever wonder what would happen if it all ended tomorrow, well you are in luck because on this episode we go through the early editions of The Morrow ...…
 
Few game designers can claim such a prolific body of work as David "Zeb" Cook! His many projects include such iconic TSR modules as, Slavepits of the Undercity, Dwellers of the Forbidden Kingdom, The Isle of Dread and The Veiled Society. His work on game systems boasts the Expert Set which he created alongside Tom Moldvay, Oriental Adventures a ...…
 
As summer starts coming to an end, thoughts of Gamehole IV spring to mind and what better way to start planning for it then a discussion with the Gameholecon director, Alex Kammer? Yes, our good friend Alex joins us again to give a behind the scenes look at what we can expect this November at Madison Wisconsin's premier gaming event! So make yo ...…
 
It's episode #25 of the Dead Games Society featuring the esteemed TSR alumni, Bruce Heard! Bruce talks to the DGS about the genesis of one of gaming's most beloved of settings, the magical lands of Mystara. And if that were not enough, he also talks about his newest project for the World of Calidar. So grab a drink, find a comfy chair and sit b ...…
 
Join the DGS as we talk with Fear the Boot's Daniel Repperger and Chris Hussey about the early editions of FASA's game of armored combat, Battletech and Mechwarrior! Find out what it's all about and how to combine these two great games into one extraordinary campaign.
 
In episode #23 the DGS talks with Ennie award winning game designer, Zak Sabbath about one of his favorite out-of-print roleplaying games, TSR's Advanced Marvel Superheroes Roleplay Game. Yes, we are going to get all into the classic FASEIP system as we geek out on all things comic booky, so grab a drink, sit back and have a listen!…
 
The Dead Games Society sits down with actor, writer and comedian Pat Kilbane, perhaps best known for his time as a cast member on MadTV, as well as his appearance on Seinfeld in the role of Bizarro Kramer, but Pat is also a longtime gamer who is currently putting together a detailed collection of professionally done video interviews with many o ...…
 
The Dead Games Society talks with Jeffrey Talanian, creator of Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers, about his favorite dead edition of Dungeons and Drgaons, the legendary Holmes Edition! It's a great hour of hearing Jeffrey's memory's regarding this great out-of-print edition so beloved by the gaming community. And find out what the DGS has bee ...…
 
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