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From humble beginnings in a living room to a full-on gaming space, the cast of The Pod Called Quest is here to bring you the best long-form actual play podcast around. Die-hard players of the Pathfinder Roleplaying game, the PCQ is dedicated to telling great stories while also fully utilizing the incredible ruleset that the Pathfinder RPG provides. So grab a drink and take a seat. For today, we quest!
 
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After many goodbyes and with a long quest behind them, the Thanes return home to discover what has happened in Ardon since they departed so many months ago! Help the staff at Paizo unionize! Check out the United Paizo Workers union HERE! Show your support by using the hashtag #UnionizePaizo on Twitter and emailing members of Paizo’s executive team …
 
Writer, game designer, and blogger, Tristan Zimmerman, returns the podcast today. As always, we examine several historical topics to learn how we can use them in our RPG campaigns. Tristan dissects a bizarre court-martial, African ruins, and the emissary to the Mongols. Learn how each of these situations can be used as fuel as we run role-playing g…
 
My guest today is game master and Obsidian Portal emissary, Zac Harrison. We have a wide-ranging conversation touching on a variety of role-playing game topics. We discuss running RPG campaigns with low or no-prep. Other topics include: game master tips and tricks, paid GMing, and more. Plus we talk about organizing your RPG campaigns in Obsidian P…
 
With one final task to check off their list, the group travels back to Al Qasar for a reunion! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Tracklist and Creative Commons Attribution Can Be Viewed HERE Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courtesy of Se…
 
Writer and editor, Jonathan Oliver, joins me on the podcast today. The conversation spans writing, editing, publishing, and Jon's love of RPGs. We cover what editors are looking for and the trend of self-publishing. Plus Jon was the editor of my novel The Spaceport Gambit, so we discuss it a bit.By Matt Davids | Author, Gamemaster
 
Comicbook writer Josh Barbeau returns to the podcast. The discussion is a deep dive into story hooks and RPG campaign hooks. We talk about how to give your players or readers questions that will carry them through the story. We draw examples from comic books, movies, role-playing games, and more.By Matt Davids | Author, Gamemaster
 
After the worst has happened, the group must rally in order to not make their current venture in vain! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Tracklist and Creative Commons Attribution Can Be Viewed HERE Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courte…
 
CinnamonRoll Studios CEO Je'Don Carter joins me on the show today. We talk about his new virtual reality role-playing game tool that gives traditional tabletop games a VR environment. Plus, we discuss his introduction to Dungeons & Dragons and his first experiences DMing.By Matt Davids | Author, Gamemaster
 
With the change in our release schedule, we wanted to make sure everyone was aware of how to find the new feed for The Way of the Rusty Dragon. Check out the links below so you can make sure you never go a Friday without some Pod Called Quest in your life! The Way of the Rusty Dragon Apple Podcast Spotify Google Podcasts Music “Jade” Courtesy of Sc…
 
Long-time gamer, retired Air Force pilot, and game designer, Joel "The Major" Burt, visits the podcast today. Our conversation spans his introduction to RPGs, D&D, and more. However, the main focus of the discussion is his three rules to be a great dungeon master. We explore his rules and delve deep into what it means to be a truly great dungeon ma…
 
After taking a massive detour with the help of Obella, the group looks to cross another item off their list and find themselves a black dragon! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Tracklist and Creative Commons Attribution Can Be Viewed …
 
DriveThruRPG's Indie Publisher Representative Adriel Wilson joins me on the podcast today. We talk about the do's and don't of publishing role-playing games on DriveThruRPG. The conversation begins by discussing tips and advice for those new to publishing. Then it moves into more advanced tips for experienced RPG publishers. Topics touched on inclu…
 
The group rings in the new year with friends and takes a trip to collect some much-needed components! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Tracklist and Creative Commons Attribution Can Be Viewed HERE Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courtes…
 
Today, my guest is Peter Corless, a game designer who worked for West End Games and once owned the Pendragon RPG. In our conversation, we discuss his work on the Paranoia RPG and how he drew the map of the Millennium Falcon map for the WEG Star Wars RPG. We talk about Pendragon and what sets it apart from other role-playing games.…
 
Fortune finds the group in the college town of Uzar on the eve of the new year as Percy tries to impress someone! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courtesy of Serpent Sound…
 
Writer and game designer Tristan Zimmerman returns to the podcast once again. Today's history topics include a murderous mail robbery in France, a Ming Dynasty invasion fleet, and the Pilgrimage of the Dead. Tristan covers these real events and then we break them down showing ways you can use them in your RPG campaigns. This episode provides a weal…
 
The group makes some deals and finishes up their stay in Sabat, but not before gearing themselves up a bit! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courtesy of Serpent Sound Studi…
 
Keith Ammann, the author of The Monsters Know What They're Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters, joins me on the podcast today. The conversation kicks off with Keith telling how he was introduced to TTRPGs and how he played D&D. We discuss how important it is to understand what NPCs in the game world know because that determines how they act. …
 
After meeting the Merchant Prince Qitzelebash, the group must decide whether his offer is worth the risk and look into the man who previously took up the task! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Out…
 
Archeologist Scott Smallwood returns to the podcast to discuss treasure hunting and looting in real life and in role-playing games. His perspective as an archeologist is thought-provoking and insightful. We also check in on his RPG design projects and end up talking about ancient Norse rap battles.By Matt Davids | Author, Gamemaster
 
The group begins tying up loose ends as they hop around Qarthar meeting old and new acquaintances! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courtesy of Serpent Sound Studios Interl…
 
RPG designer and writer, Shawn Merwin, joins me on the podcast today. We discuss Shawn's history with role-playing games and how he began writing RPG adventures. We talk about his work on the Acquisitions Incorporated sourcebook for D&D 5e. Plus we talk about his current work with Ghost Fire Gaming and, of course, he drops role-playing wisdom and a…
 
With Kilgaeron Igo defeated and Ae's past revealed to her, the group must begin to tie up loose ends as they finish up their time in Qarthar! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Outro Music “Jotunhei…
 
Ryan McHargue, co-host of the Geezers of the Game podcast, joins me today on the show. We discuss what not to do when GMing and other role-playing game advice and tips. We talk about creating planets for Star Wars and Star Trek RPGs, FASA Star Trek, and Ryan's work with his RPG podcast. Plus we go on a rant about Star Trek 2 and 3 as well as take a…
 
The group faces off with the infamous Kilgaeron Igo and this time they have no plans to allow him to escape! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Outro Music “Jotunheim” Courtesy of Serpent Sound Stud…
 
Tales from the Magician's Skull magazine editor and author Howard Andrew Jones returns to the podcast. In the discussion, we define the sword and sorcery genre. We cover the submission guidelines for Tales from the Magician's Skull magazine and Howard tells us feelings about dwarf and elf detective stories. Howard enlightens us as to why stories sh…
 
After walking into a trap, the group must dust themselves off and fight a horrendous foe before they can continue the final sprint towards Kilgaeron! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! Music Used via Creative Commons Intro/Outro Music “…
 
Game designer Luke Miller joins me on the podcast today. We talk gamemaster advice, writing, and running solo tabletop role-playing games. The discussion kicks off with how Luke was introduced to tabletop RPGs and how he became a dungeon master. Then we talk about his new adventure in creating a solo RPG called Journey.…
 
After 15 months of waiting, the crew is back at the literal table again and ready to continue the story that started this whole thing! With a deadly fight with fire giants behind them, the group must rest and decide on what to do next in order to catch up with the already sizeable lead Kilgaeron has on them! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get i…
 
Gamemaster and game designer Guy Sclanders joined me on the podcast. Guy runs the How to be a Great Gamemaster YouTube Channel where posts incredible GM advice. In our discussion today, we touch on various aspects of running tabletop RPGs and Guy gives excellent advice on how to up your game. We also talk about his new diceless TTRPG called Bounty …
 
With just one more week till the return of PCQ Prime, jump aboard the hype train with this brand new trailer for your listening enjoyment and you may even get an appearance from a very special guest! Check out the CAUSES WE SUPPORT to get involved and donate! Help support the show by visiting our Patreon and find even more content at our Website! M…
 
Director, producer, and author, James L. Conway, joins me on the show today. We discuss his television directing career including shows like MacGyver, Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek: ENT, Smallville, Charmed, The Magicians, and many more. I ask James about storytelling, directing, writing, and more. We talk about his time working on various Star Trek sh…
 
Role-player and audiobook narrator Zac Katz-Stein joins me on the podcast today. The discussion ranges from dungeon master advice to playing your character to cutting down your GM prep time. We dive deep into tips and tricks that can help tabletop RPG gamemasters. Also, we touch on how Zac began playing RPGs and his work as an audiobook narrator.…
 
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