051 Revolt on Antares

The one where I talk about the 1981 TSR micrograme, Revolt on Antares. Designed by Tom Moldvay, art by Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, Jeff Dee, David LaForce (Diesel/DSL), Jim Roslof.


041-50 Plundergrounds Show Notes Catch-Up!

041 Roadside Picnic and Into the Odd
Talking about Roadside Picnic, Stalker, Into the Odd, Annihilation.

042 Crossing Lines, Kaiju, Goblintown, WWI
I talk about GMs and players crossing boundaries in play, kaiju movies, the Goblintown design challenge, and Peter Jackson's They Shall Not Grow Old.

043 Call-In Extravaganza
Topics include: time spent on the toilet, self-doubt, the book Annihilation, relating the old to the new/mundane to exotic, Valentine's Day, history books on Audible, Gobekli Tepe, crocodile erections, Melee/Wizard/Fantasy Trip, Delving Deeper, Quintessential and Essential BX...

044 Creative Distractions & Guilt
I talk about doing creative things as a way of avoiding doing other creative things. Squirrel! Guilt and creativity.

045 Gary Con XI Day 1
I talk with Angus of Kirby's Kids about our upcoming day and drop con guest names. Then I joust with Cody M of No Save for You. The day ends with a tired ramble about the day's games.

046 Gary Con XI Day 2
Angus recaps his day, we talk about B/X Essentials, sourcing the table, play culture at Gary Con, and I debrief on my two events (Goblintown and Dungeon World).

047 Gary Con XI Day 3
Angus and I talk Bob Meyer's Blackmoor game and the experience of "Arneson's D&D," Traveller character generation seminar with Marc Miller and his Traveller novels, Steve Jackson's vintage Kickstarters, Elric the AH board game, and the day ahead. Later I cast with Cody M of No Save for You and Larry Hamilton of Follow Me and Die! Then I recap my day gaming with Brett of Gaming and BS and playing at Gary Gygax's house.

048 Gary Con XI Day 4
Angus and I wrap up the week, even though we then hung around for another 4+ hours talking to people, buying stuff, and generally basking in the gamer glow. Topics include world building at TSR, Zeb Cook, Planescape, writing for yourself vs. for the mob, making jump from TTRPGs to computer games, Interplanar Melee, and gaming at Gary Gygax's house.

    049 Encounter Tables, Do Better
    A quick rant about encounter tables that are too repetitive/thin.

    Bonus: Larry Elmore on Fantasy Art: Gary Con XI, March 7th, 2019

    050 Call-In Roundup 
    Random topics including encounter tables, timers, avoiding rust monsters, Dune, Barsoom, bronze age gaming, OGRE, illusions, Revolt on Antares, Tetsuo, the Tripod Trilogy, and establishing questions.


    Plundergrounds 7.5: In One Bite - Actual Play

    No you didn't miss #7! It will come out next month. Issue 7 will be a con scenario, a bio-dungeon, a teaching zine that helps Dungeon World GM's run the game, and more!

    Issue 7.5 is an actual play record of the first time I ran the material that will appear in issue 7.

    Tell your friends about it, because it's free.

    Download: Screen - Booklet*

    * As always, the booklet is ready to print. Settings should be US Letter, landscape, double-sided, short edge binding.

    040 Braces Off! Rando Rambling

    I celebrate getting my braces off with a long ramble!


    039 Design Meandering Call-Ins

    Call ins from Matt, JJ, and Emanuel. We talk spell throwing, saves, prime requisites, and Lovecraftian hacks.


    038 Let's Make a Zine Part 2

    I field some call-ins from people who are reporting progress and talk about writing in or out of "the shell," choosing fonts, and more.


    Books & Bullets v1.0

    [Rules update log below downloads. Last update 2/6/2019 11:01 am GMT-8.]

    Books & Bullets is a Cthulhu adventure game that shoots the line of complexity between Trail of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Dark, and which avoids the Insanity death spiral without taking the sting out of the Lovecraftian horror.

    The game includes three single-sided play sheets.

    Players – introduction, story hook, character sheet, character generation rules, dice mechanics, and rules for insight, mythos checks, and helping/hindering.

    Mythos Master – your agenda, insanity & death, scaling mythos checks, running adventures, and an introductory mystery

    Resources – (for everyone) tech by era, word lists, name lists, equipment list, sources of inspiration

    This game is FREE to everyone and released under the CC-BY-NC-SA license. You are encouraged to link others here to get the game.


    Rules Updates:
    2/6/2019 - Ver 1.0 public release (removed A4 and RTF formats, avail. to patrons only)
    1/24/2019 - Ver 1.0 patreon release

    037 Retro Design Meandering

    The one in which I ramble about fixing problems that aren't problems for a product I will probably never make! I talk about how returning to old school roots and then trying to smooth out the rough spots is good thing but can lead to bringing back the complexity many of us were trying to escape in the first place. Then I go on to discuss a different way to do spell access and experience w/aging.

    Systems mentioned:

    • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Dungeon Crawl Classics
    • Melee/Wizard/The Fantasy Trip
    • The Black Hack
    • Into the Odd
    • Troika!
    • Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells
    • Beyond the Wall
    • Adventurer Conquerer King
    • Maze Rats


    036 Let's Make a Zine!

    A caller asks for advice on making a zine and I try to deliver. There's homework for those of you similarly inclined!


    035 Call-ins, InSpectres, Books & Bullets!

    Today I jabbered on about resurrection with callers, InSpectres, mouthing off, and my new game Books & Bullets.


    034 Call-Ins, Death & Resurrection, Patreon

    In this episode I field some call-ins and talk further about character death, character growth, and resurrection. Also, I announce a change to my Patreon


    033 Back to Basix, ToAD, Ghost Star, Death and Growth

    In this episode...


    032 Training “Schools” & Cleric Disfavor

    I talk about elements from 70s Wuxia films that could be ported into your fantasy adventure game. All movies mentioned are currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Then I discuss porting Dungeon Crawl Classics “disfavor” for clerics into Dungeon World and B/X.



    030 Solo Gaming Hangout

    Solo Gaming Hangout w/Sophia Brandt, Slade Stolar, Michael Barford. Recorded April 14, 2017.
    Watch the YouTube Video

    • The big list of solo RPG resources from my blog http://dieheart.net/solorpg
    • Getting started with solo role-playing primer: http://dieheart.net/getting-started-solo/
    • Actual play reports solo http://dieheart.net/category/actual-play/
    • Dungeon World solo plays: http://dieheart.net/ap-dungeon-world-one/ and http://dieheart.net/ap-dungeon-world-two/
    • The Mythic Game Master Emulator: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/20798/Mythic-Game-Master-Emulator?it=1
    • The 9 Questions: (download) http://dieheart.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/The-9Qs.zip
    • The 5 Room Dungeon: https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Five_Room_Dungeon
    • Lone Wolf G+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116965157741523529510
    • Products from the former soloroleplaying.com: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/6632/Cabbage-Games
    • Rory’s Story Cubes: https://www.storycubes.com/
    • Adventuresmith (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.steavesea.adventuresmith&hl=en
    • Itras By: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/107617/Itras-By-English
    • Itras By (Just the cards): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/111501/Itras-By-Card-Set-English
    • Ray’s Random Dungeon World Move Generator: http://www.jellysaw.com/
    • John Yorio’s Excellent “Solo Role-Playing Series” of blog posts: https://tabletopdiversions.blogspot.com/2015/01/solo-role-playing-series-part-1.html
    • Marshall Miller’s Dungeon Starters: http://www.finemessgames.com/DWsupplements/dungeonstarters
    • Logan Howard’s Sword Breaker zine: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/207706/Sword-Breaker-Issue-No-2--The-Hollow-Fingers
    • Joe Banner’s Adventures: https://www.patreon.com/jbinc
    • The Armitage Files: https://www.rpg.net/reviews/archive/15/15383.phtml
    • Todd vs. The Black Hack (online solo play): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUVmgndvBVU&t=1985s
    • H is for Hex Mapping (with Rory’s Story Cubes): http://theironpact.com/h-is-for-hex-mapping/