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The Goblins and Growlers Podcast

Goblins and Growlers

Old gaming systems. New gaming systems. Weird gaming systems. Two pro game masters and adventure writers roll deep into the depths of the tabletop role-playing world. Join us as we dive into Dungeons & Dragons history, awesome non-D&D systems, cool gaming Kickstarters, board games, and stories about owning a TTRPG business. Welcome to The Goblins and Growlers Podcast!
”The End,” a tabletop RPG about the Christian Apocalypse
”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! - Full show notes after the jump - ----more---- Main Topics We’re chatting about 1995’s “The End,” a tabletop roleplaying game from Scapegoat Games – their only release if I’m right. It’s the end of the world as we know it. Discussing the overall setting and themes of the game. Rapture, the Four Horsemen, all that jazz. Written by Joseph Donka, who we cannot get ahold of. Does anyone out there know him? Because We’d love to talk to him about this.  GenCon controversy and ban.   The cover art is evocative of Planescape from the 90s. The artist, Richard Kane Ferguson, is known for (among many other things) illustrating Magic: The Gathering Cards. His work tends to have themes of dark fantasy. Just this year, the original oil and acrylic he did for Dakkon, Shadow Slayer, was sold for $31,000. There’s also that second-edition revival attempt in the early 2000s from Tyranny Games. A few releases there, but they also appear defunct now. Josh makes some headway finding some information about the principal owner of this new company. The book reads so much like a setting description from “The Walking Dead.” Almost as though it came a few decades too early to ride the wave of post-apocalyptic media popularity.  The investigation begins. Tell us your favorite post-apocalyptic stories @goblinsgrowlers on Twitter. Additional Resources “The End” on Abebooks.com. This list includes the attempted second-edition revival from Tyranny Games in the late 90s/early 2000s, so be sure of which one you’re buying if you decide to make a purchase: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=Joseph%20Donka"The End" on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_(role-playing_game)Richard Kane Ferguson's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rkaneferguson/?hl=enRichard Kane Ferguson's portfolio: https://scryfall.com/search?as=full&order=name&q=a%3A%22richard+kane+ferguson%22&utm_source=mci   Listen, rate, and subscribe! If you like the show, please tell a friend about it. And if you want to tell more people, then please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. You can find and/or support us at all the places below: https://twitter.com/WayOfBrandolore https://twitter.com/BlackCloakDMhttps://patreon.com/goblinsgrowlershttps://facebook.com/GoblinsAndGrowlershttps://goblinsandgrowlers.podbean.com (and basically any other podcatcher)https://quidproroll.podbean.com (our sister podcast, an actual play)JOIN OUR DISCORD: bit.ly/goblindiscord 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.
1w ago
42 mins
James Bond 007: Role Playing In Her Majesty’s Secret Service
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) Click here for full show notes, including links to what we talk about and images ----more----   Additional Resources Bell of Lost Souls story about Wizards of the Coast’s Errata changes to the Drow and alignments: https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2021/12/dd-wotc-removes-racial-alignments-retcons-drow-in-new-batch-of-errata.htmlBell of Lost Souls story about the new TSR and their now withdrawn lawsuit against Wizards of the Coast: https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2021/12/dd-tsr-voluntarily-dismisses-their-wotc-lawsuit-vows-to-refile.htmlDicebreaker retrospective on the Bond RPG and how it changed roleplaying games: https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/james-bond-007-rpg/feature/james-bond-rpg-changed-roleplayingJames Bond 007 on Tabletop Simulator: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1528664949“Classified,” a retro clone of “James Bond 007” from Expedition Press: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/128259/ClassifiedJames Bond, Jr. Intro (for anyone too young to remember it): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoWexi-DWFQ Listen, rate, and subscribe! If you like the show, please tell a friend about it. And if you want to tell more people, then please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. You can find and/or support us at all the places below: https://twitter.com/WayOfBrandolore https://twitter.com/BlackCloakDMhttps://patreon.com/goblinsgrowlershttps://facebook.com/GoblinsAndGrowlershttps://goblinsandgrowlers.podbean.com (and basically any other podcatcher)https://quidproroll.podbean.com (our sister podcast, an actual play)JOIN OUR DISCORD: bit.ly/goblindiscord 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.
Dec 27 2021
55 mins
Magic Versus Realism in Your Game SettingCan you play a game in your sleep? Interview with game designer Cezar CapacleReturn to Dark Tower
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 --- 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
Nov 15 2021
32 mins
Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the MultiverseHalloween Special: How to use gothic horror in your gamesPart 2: Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep.9Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep. 8Expedition to the Barrier Peaks - The Goblins and Growlers Podcast Ep. 7Crunchiness and Adaptability in Game SystemsWhat‘s the best dragon? Fizban‘s Treasury of DragonsWhat‘s your most off-the-rails gaming experience?Would you play a Carly Rae Jepsen RPG?What‘s the value of creative content in gaming?Can you have too much science fiction in your fantasy setting?

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