Dicegeeks.com Tabletop RPG Show
A tabletop role-playing game show where we learn to become better gamemasters and role-players by filling ourselves with stories and knowledge. We talk Dungeons and Dragons, film history, mythology, archaeology, literature, and much more.
info_outline TV Writing, Heroes, and Andromeda with Ethlie Ann Vare 09/16/2020
TV Writing, Heroes, and Andromeda with Ethlie Ann Vare Author, journalist and television writer Ethlie Ann Vare joins me on the podcast today. We discuss her career writing for TV shows like Earth: Final Conflict, Beastmaster, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, and more. Ethlie tells us what makes a great story and how TV episodes come together in the writing room. Also, she tells us what the difference is between a Star Trek hero and a Star Wars hero.
info_outline Ashen Stars and the Yellow King RPG with Robin D. Laws 09/09/2020
Ashen Stars and the Yellow King RPG with Robin D. Laws Award-winning tabletop RPG game designer and podcaster, Robin D. Laws was kind enough to visit the Dicegeeks podcast today. We discuss his career, several of RPGs as well as some advice for gamemasters. Also, I ask Robin about the Gumshoe RPG system, Ashen Stars, and the Yellow King RPG. Robin is the co-host of the Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff podcast. Plus he is the designer behind Hillfolk, Gumshoe, and the author of Hamlet's Hit Points.
info_outline Delta Green Role-Playing Game with Dennis Detwiller 09/02/2020
Delta Green Role-Playing Game with Dennis Detwiller Writer, game designer, and illustrator, Dennis Detwiller, joins me on the podcast today. Dennis is known for his work on Magic: The Gathering, Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game, and numerous video games. We discuss his career, game design, Delta Green, and gamemaster advice.
info_outline The History of Voltron with Marc Morrell and Greg Tyler (Let's Voltron Podcast) 08/26/2020
The History of Voltron with Marc Morrell and Greg Tyler (Let's Voltron Podcast) Marc Morrell and Greg Tyler are the hosts of Let's Voltron, the official Voltron podcast. Marc and Greg join me to discuss the history and impact of Voltron. We have a wide-ranging conversation that covers the origins of Voltron, the production of the various TV shows, the Let's Voltron podcast, toys based on the characters, and more.
info_outline D&D, RuneQuest Inspire Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Star Trek DS9, Andromeda, The Dresden Files) 08/19/2020
D&D, RuneQuest Inspire Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Star Trek DS9, Andromeda, The Dresden Files) TV writer and novelist Robert Hewitt Wolfe joins me on the podcast today. We discuss writing for TV, working in the TV industry, Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. Plus we learn Robert has played Dungeons and Dragons and RuneQuest since he was a teenager. Robert Hewitt Wolfe began his television career by writing "A Fistful of Datas" for Star Trek: The Next Generation.
info_outline Gamemaster Tips and Tricks with Jason Brick 08/12/2020
Gamemaster Tips and Tricks with Jason Brick Writer and game designer Jason Brick drops in on the podcast to discuss running tabletop role-playing games. Jason has written for RPGs like Conan, John Carter of Mars, Dishonored, and more. We cover a variety of topics and drop GM tips and tricks along the way. If you want to level up your gamemastering, this is the episode for you. Plus Jason tells us why we need our own "awesome guy" when preparing to run an RPG session.
info_outline Running Tabletop RPGs with Patrick Kanouse 08/05/2020
Running Tabletop RPGs with Patrick Kanouse Patrick Kanouse is a longtime gamemaster and novelist. He joins me on the podcast to discuss running tabletop role-playing games. We discover Patrick began playing RPGs with Traveller. He stuck with science fiction and only recently moved into Dungeons and Dragons. In addition to gamemaster advice, we discuss his mystery novel series and self-publishing.
info_outline Turning History into RPG Encounters with Tristan Zimmerman 07/29/2020
Turning History into RPG Encounters with Tristan Zimmerman Tabletop RPG writer and blogger Tristan Zimmerman joins me once again on the podcast to discuss how to use historical events in your role-playing games. In this episode, we talk about the West African gold trade, Sir John Mandeville's wild travels, and his description of the pygmies' war with the cranes. Plus we touch on running long journeys and a story of shipwrecked Russian sailors.
info_outline West End Games Star Wars to D&D to Elder Scrolls Online with Bill Slavicsek 07/22/2020
West End Games Star Wars to D&D to Elder Scrolls Online with Bill Slavicsek RPG designer and writer, Bill Slavicsek, joins me on the podcast today. Bill is the Lead Writer on the Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG and has extensive RPG industry credits including D&D 3rd and 4th edition, d20 Modern, the Dark Sun setting, and more. In the podcast, we discuss his work on the West End Stars Wars role-playing game which is one of my all-time favorite games. I learned he created the term "Twi'Lek" in the Star war universe. We also talk about his work on D&D, and Elder Scrolls Online.
info_outline Role-Playing Game Adventures with Matt Corley 07/15/2020
Role-Playing Game Adventures with Matt Corley Role-playing game designer and Saturday Morning Scenarios founder Matt Corley joins me on the podcast today. We discuss his career as a writer and creator of RPG adventures and campaigns. Plus we talk about what makes a good RPG encounter and his new horror 5e campaign Horror in the Windy City.
info_outline Infectious Monsters, Lake Monsters, Owlbears, and Beholders with The Monster Professor 07/08/2020
Infectious Monsters, Lake Monsters, Owlbears, and Beholders with The Monster Professor The Monster Professor returns to the podcast for the third time. We start our wide-ranging conversation with infectious monsters then talk about lake monsters. We veer into D&D territory to discuss Owlbears and Beholders. Along the way, we touch on vampires, zombies, 80's movies, Godzilla, and more.
info_outline Play Unsafe with Graham Walmsley 07/01/2020
Play Unsafe with Graham Walmsley Author of Play Unsafe and designer of Cthulhu Dark, Graham Walmsley, joins me on the podcast today. We discuss his books and his role-playing games as well as his gamemaster advice for running tabletop role-playing games.
info_outline Be a Better Gamemaster By Studying Stories with Adron Buske 06/24/2020
Be a Better Gamemaster By Studying Stories with Adron Buske Adron Buske, the host of the FICTITIOUS podcast, returns to the show to discuss becoming a better gamemaster by studying stories. We talk about creating compelling villains, plot points, story structure, plus share tips for playing online. We share stories from our role-playing game campaigns, movie references, and much more.
info_outline Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay with Graeme Davis 06/17/2020
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay with Graeme Davis Graeme Davis is one of the original designers of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay as well as a designer of Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North video game. On the podcast, we discuss his career, WFRP, and we sparkle in some gamemaster advice. Plus we talk about low fantasy vs. high fantasy and more.
info_outline The Lord of the Rings with Dr. Michael Drout 06/10/2020
The Lord of the Rings with Dr. Michael Drout Dr. Michael Drout is a professor of English as well as a leading Tolkien scholar. In our conversation on the podcast, we discuss common misconceptions about The Lord of Rings as well as ancient texts that influenced Tolkien's writing. At first, we talk about Dr. Drout's career and his interest in LotR from an early age. Plus we touch on the fact that he played D&D and a number of other topics.
info_outline Why Gamemasters Should Improvise with Darren Pearce (Dr. Who, Judge Dredd) 06/03/2020
Why Gamemasters Should Improvise with Darren Pearce (Dr. Who, Judge Dredd) Darren Pearce was kind enough to join me on the Dicegeeks podcast today. He is a writer and game designer with lots of experience in the tabletop RPG industry. Some of his game design credits include Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD, the Doctor Who RPG, as well as Shaintar from Savage Mojo. We discuss his career writing for RPGs. Plus we talk about why gamemasters should improvise more among other topics.
info_outline Interview with Matt Wilson from Privateer Press 05/27/2020
Interview with Matt Wilson from Privateer Press My guest today is Matt Wilson the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Privateer Press, a miniatures game company. We discuss his career including a couple of tours at Wizards of the Coast. We discuss the state of the gaming industry as well as self-publishing. Matt describes the Iron Kingdoms and War Machine some of Privateer Press's games. Plus Warcaster the new game the was fully funded on Kickstarter within minutes.
info_outline Writing for D&D and Dungeon Master Bad Habits with James Introcaso 05/20/2020
Writing for D&D and Dungeon Master Bad Habits with James Introcaso James Introcaso is a tabletop role-playing game designer for D&D and the host of the Table Top Babble podcast. He has worked on Eberron: Rising from the Last War, Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, Waterdeep Dragon Heist, Ghosts of Saltmarsh, and more. He is also a prolific contributor to numerous adventures on the DMs Guild. On today's podcast, we discuss James' career, what it is like to write for D&D, and dungeon master bad habits.
info_outline Superhero Novels and Writing Advice with Van Allen Plexico 05/13/2020
Superhero Novels and Writing Advice with Van Allen Plexico Novelist and podcaster Van Allen Plexico joins me on the podcast today to discuss his novels and writing. We touch on a variety of subjects from self-publishing to why the superhero genre is so popular. Van gives us insight into his novels Lucian and Sentinels. In addition to writing novels, Van has several podcasts two of which are White Rocket Podcast and On Her Majesty’s Secret Podcast.
info_outline Gamemaster and RPG Player Advice with Nate from WASD20 05/06/2020
Gamemaster and RPG Player Advice with Nate from WASD20 Want gamemaster and player advice for tabletop RPGs? Well, Nate from WASD20 joins me on the show today to talk about those topics. We learn how Nate started playing role-playing games as well as producing videos about them. We touch on how to jump into being a dungeon master. Plus how you can up your game a player.
info_outline Is D&D Good for You with Ethan Gilsdorf 04/29/2020
Is D&D Good for You with Ethan Gilsdorf Author, critic, speaker, and D&D player Ethan Gilsdorf joins me on the podcast to discuss the question of whether or not Dungeons and Dragons is good for you. We share stories of growing up playing D&D and its benefits. The conversation crosses into D&D's resurgence in popularity and the factors that have played into it.
info_outline Interview with Director David Winning (Earth Final Conflict, Andromeda, Stargate Atlantis, Van Helsing) 04/22/2020
Interview with Director David Winning (Earth Final Conflict, Andromeda, Stargate Atlantis, Van Helsing) Prolific film and TV director David Winning joins me on the podcast to discuss his career, filmmaking, and TV industry. David has directed episodes of Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry's Andromedia, Stargate Atlantis, Van Helsing as well as many feature films and movies of the week.
info_outline Remarkable Inns and Self-Publishing Tabletop RPGs with Chris van der Linden 04/15/2020
Remarkable Inns and Self-Publishing Tabletop RPGs with Chris van der Linden Today I interview Chris van der Linden the founder of the tabletop RPG publisher LoreSmyth. Chris and I discuss his book Remarkable Inns & Their Drinks as well as his Dungeon Discoveries Cards. We talk gamemaster advice and publishing tabletop role-playing games.
info_outline Cyberpunk RPG Dystopia 23 with Designer Jason Carruth 04/08/2020
Cyberpunk RPG Dystopia 23 with Designer Jason Carruth Game designer Jason Carruth drops in to talk about his new cyberpunk tabletop role-playing Dystopia 23. We discuss the rules system, character creation options, cybernetic implants, and the setting. We learn that Jason likes big, crunchy RPGs filled with outstanding details.
info_outline Tabletop Role-Playing Game Art with Artist Brent Chumley 04/01/2020
Tabletop Role-Playing Game Art with Artist Brent Chumley Artist Brent Chumley joins me on the Dicegeek.com Tabletop RPG Show this week. We discuss his career creating art for role-playing games and card games like Shadowrun and Legend of the Five Rings. We also get into his process and what it is like to be a working artist in the RPG industry.
info_outline Running Investigative TTRPGs with John Scott Tynes (WOTC, Delta Green, Unknown Armies) 03/25/2020
Running Investigative TTRPGs with John Scott Tynes (WOTC, Delta Green, Unknown Armies) John Scott Tynes (co-creator of Delta Green) stops by the podcast to talk about running investigative RPG sessions, his career in the gaming industry, and his new sourcebook Delta Green: The Labyrinth. John is currently the Design Director of Digital Games at Wizards of the Coast and has worked for Microsoft creating video games in addition to his extensive work on tabletop role-playing games like Unknown Armies, Delta Green, Puppetland, and many more.
info_outline D&D in Space with Spaceships and Starwyrms Co-Designer Ben Quiggins 03/18/2020
D&D in Space with Spaceships and Starwyrms Co-Designer Ben Quiggins Spaceships and Starwyrms is a 5E supplement that takes the D&D OGL into a whole other galaxy. Ben Quiggins the co-designer stops by the podcast to share the details on Spaceships and Starwyrms. We delve into the character and class options, the original setting, playable races, plus we discuss influences on the creation of the supplement.
info_outline Tabletop RPG Industry Myths with Cat Tobin (Pelgrane Press CEO) 03/11/2020
Tabletop RPG Industry Myths with Cat Tobin (Pelgrane Press CEO) Tabletop RPG industry myths and mistakes are tackled on the podcast today by Pelgrane Press CEO Cat Tobin. What is the RPG industry like? How do you get a job in the RPG industry? How do you self-publish content for existing company products? We touch on all of those topics and more. We also discuss how Cat was introduced to role-playing games and how she began working for Pelgrane Press. Plus she gives us a window into what she does in her role at Pelgrane Press.
info_outline From Parking Garage Manager to Starfinder Design Lead with Owen KC Stephens 03/04/2020
From Parking Garage Manager to Starfinder Design Lead with Owen KC Stephens Owen KC Stephens joins me on the podcast today to discuss his amazing journey from parking garage manager to Starfinder Design Lead. We look at his career of writing for role-playing games from Star Wars Roleplaying Game to Pathfinder to Starfinder and more. We also discuss self-publishing, writing for publishing companies, gamemastering, and more.
info_outline Age of Myth 5E Supplement Designer Brett Peterson Talks Kickstarter and OGL 02/26/2020
Age of Myth 5E Supplement Designer Brett Peterson Talks Kickstarter and OGL Want to add some mythology into your D&D games? Game designer and creator of Age of Myth, Brett Peterson, joins me on the podcast to discuss the 5E supplement. Age of Myth is an ancient world setting for D&D 5E that focuses on elements from Greece, Roman, Egyptian, and the ancient Mediterranean. In the podcast, we talk about the new classes, backgrounds, and setting material provided. We also talk about the challenges of running a Kickstarter, thoughts on publishing, and the Open Game License.