Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 2

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG! Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium's Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition. In this episode - we begin to record just as a nasty thunder and lightning storm moves through! We rescue the salty mouthed innkeep,... Continue Reading →

The Writing is On the Wall…of Wargaming

There’s something powerful about writing by hand. It resonates with an intimacy barren from a computer. It evokes imagery of declaratory signatures, illuminating manuscripts, and wax seals. Handwriting is so primal. Much can be told from one’s handwriting. When the message is fed to a machine, the life is sucked out. The machine acts like... Continue Reading →

Character Classes in Classic D&D

This is part of my ongoing series that dissects early D&D and builds a simplified system out of it. Original D&D has three classes: Fighting-Man, Magic-User, and Cleric. Basic D&D has seven: Clerics, Dwarves, Elves, Fighters, Halflings, Magic-Users, and Thieves. The division in OD&D is simple: fighting-men bash things, magic-users are physically weak but use... Continue Reading →

Wargaming Red Dead Redemption

This past week I downloaded Red Dead Redemption for my Xbox 360. Each hour spent tapping X, Y, A, and B taught lessons, which great wargames should emulate. In my brief time with riding through the wild west gathering flowers, killing outlaws, and playing poker I glimpsed behind the game design curtain. Some of the... Continue Reading →

Old School Actual Play Podcast Episode 4 – Death in the Dungeon

In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at. We uncover a potential enemy in a human who appears to be scheming with those same orcs. We also uncover a lot of beds, finding only dirty linens. Our GM is viciously attacked by an 8 lb. house cat. Lastly, we meet our match in a human/orc mixed group who manage to kill one of our own. And we get rich.

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