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Writer and long-time role-player, Ben Riggs, joins me on the podcast today. We discuss Ben's new book Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons and Dragons. We open the conversation by talking about Ben's role-playing history. However, we quickly turn to his book about the history of Dungeons and Dragons. Ben fills us in on how DnD was creat…
 
Science fiction short story writer and neuroscientist, Benjamin C. Kinney, joins me on the podcast. We kick off the conversation by discussing Ben's many tabletop role-playing game adventures, from Dungeons and Dragons to Shadowrun. Then we move into writing science fiction. We touch on how his work as a neuroscientist informs his writing. Monkeys …
 
RPG writer and game designer, Ryan Costello, joins me on the podcast to discuss his work on the G.I. Joe role-playing game. G.I. Joe, the action figures and cartoons, has been a staple of American culture for decades. Ryan takes us into his love of the Real American Hero and then fills us in on the G.I. Joe RPG. The conversation dives deep into the…
 
New York Times bestselling author and legendary RPG game designer, Matt Forbeck, returns to the podcast today. We have a lively discussion about many role-playing game topics. The conversation begins with advice for using GM screens and then turns to the Marvel RPG. Plus Matt gives out tons of game-master and dungeon-master advice along the way. Do…
 
RPG writer Ryan Schoon joins me on the podcast today. We have a wide-ranging discussion where we touch on a number of different role-playing game topics. We talk about splitting the party and Ryan shares his game master advice. Plus we talk about some of the many RPGs Ryan has written for and a lot more. Don't miss it!…
 
Podcast host and RPG writer, Lucas Zellers, returns to the podcast. First, we discuss what he has learned from his podcast Making a Monster. Lucas shares his insights into monsters and morality from having discussed it with many RPG designers. Then we jump into Lucas' new project which is the Book of Extinction for Dungeons and Dragons 5E. We talk …
 
Traveller role-playing game designer Marc Miller joins me on the podcast today. We start at the beginning, and Marc lets us know how he first learned of tabletop role-playing games through Dungeons and Dragons. Then we explore the vast reaches of the Traveller role-playing game. The creation of the first science fiction RPG becomes clear as Marc he…
 
Award-winning game designer and writer, Tristan Zimmerman, returns to the podcast. We cover three incredible situations you can use in your tabletop role-playing games. There's a pirate king, a crazy shipwreck, and a festival gone wrong. We discuss how you can mine these historical events for your next RPG campaign. Don't miss it!…
 
Ryan McHargue, the host of the Geezers of the Game podcast, returns to the podcast. Our continuing mission to break down Star Trek: The Next Generation reaches part two. This episode is the second half of the same conversation that began last week. Ryan and I now launch into the third season of TNG. Don't miss this episode as we dig deep to find si…
 
Ryan McHargue, the host of the Geezers of the Game podcast, returns to the podcast. We begin our mission of breaking down Star Trek: The Next Generation. We both grew up with the TV show and love it. We look at seasons one and two for situations and concepts we can use in our RPG campaign. Join us for the geek out!…
 
The Monster Professor makes a triumphant return to the podcast. We tackle movie monsters by considering the storytelling techniques in The Terminator and Jaws. The monster professor breakdowns the concept of the "hunter" that is usually present in horror movies. We dive deep into scenes and storytelling before we turn to board games. Josh is design…
 
The original designer of the first Call of Cthulhu RPG, Sandy Petersen, joins me on the podcast. We explore sandy's love of tabletop role-playing games and plumb the inky depths of the CoC RPG's origins. Sandy freely shares his knowledge of running Call of Cthulhu sessions and gives insights help to all game masters across all genres. It is a wide-…
 
Dungeon master guru, The Major, returns to the podcast. We discuss the Major's rules of RPG world-building. He covers some common pitfalls DMs and GMs fall into while world-building for role-playing game campaigns. We talk about not wasting time, not creating things your players don't care about, and much more.…
 
Writer and RPG designer, Tristan Zimmerman, returns to the podcast once again. Tristan informs us of three historical topics we can use for inspiration in our RPG campaigns. In the Tangling With the Night Watch segment, we learn to take off our 21st-century glasses when thinking about town defense in pseudo-middle-age RPG settings. The Patrocles’ C…
 
Transmedia author and speaker Houston Howard returns to the podcast. We have a fascinating conversation about the misconceptions about tabletop role-playing game world-building. We survey a wide array of topics and points of how game masters and dungeon masters can world-build effectively and creatively. We cover examples from movies, TV shows, boo…
 
Roll20 Director of Licencing, Emily Floyd, joins me on the podcast today. We discuss the use of virtual tabletop platforms and how they aid role-playing game players. The pandemic's impact on Roll20 plays a large role in the conversation. Emily also lets us in on the future of Roll20 and where the platform is headed.…
 
Tales of Xadia RPG lead designer, Cam Banks, joins me on the podcast today. We set the stage with a conversation about Cam's role-playing game history and how he became a game designer. We then dive into a deep discussion of the Tales of Xadia which is an RPG based on the Netflix show The Dragon Prince. Cam fills us in on the stand-out features of …
 
Host of the Elder Sign podcast, Glenn Mc Dorman, returns to the podcast. In this episode, we analyze and explore a short story by the science fiction grandmaster Poul Anderson. The Valor of Cappen Varra is a fantasy story involving trolls, Viking-like warriors, and the cowardly bard who is Cappen Varra. We talk about the writing of the story and th…
 
Future war visionary and author, Dr. Sean McFate, joins me on the podcast today. Dr. McFate shares his expertise and paints a picture of where warfare is heading in the future. We discuss his novels and his nonfiction books and explore how game masters can use the ideas he is advancing in RPGs. We also learn Sean was a D&D player while growing up. …
 
Film historian and author Austin Trunick returns to the podcast with a treasure trove of knowledge. First, he fills us in on his latest RPG experiences by detailing how he is playing in a living RPG campaign. The campaign allows for people to drop in and out without disrupting the flow of the story. But then we dive into a deep discussion about his…
 
Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/dicegeeks Get 20 free dungeon maps: http://dicegeeks.com/free Game designer and novelist, Clinton J. Boomer, joins me on the podcast today. We have a wide-ranging conversation about creating magic items for tabletop role-playing games and much more. We learn how Clinton won a contest that kicked off his RPG…
 
Writer and game designer Tristan Zimmerman returns to the podcast for a history stuffed episode for your RPG campaigns. We tackle three historical situations including a pirate mutiny, the siege of Cartagena, and ferryboat bandits. Tristan applies his historical knowledge and we tease out ways you can use these situations in your tabletop role-play…
 
Call of Cthulhu Creative Director Mike Mason joins me on today's dicegeeks podcast. We have a fantastic conversation covering a breadth of topics. We discuss how CoC game masters can create a feeling of horror in their RPG sessions. We talk about Mike's career as an RPG game designer. We discuss all sorts of GM advice. Plus I nearly detail the podc…
 
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