Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 4

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Welcome to our fourth full session of Actual Play Old School RPG!  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition.

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 out just what orcs do in there.  Our GM was 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, which caused us to get rich.

Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard and food collector) and Heretofor Unamed (3rd level Assassin and lover of large, pointy things).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage, recently deceased).

Jenn: Echo (3rd level Human Warlock and potentially evil fireball slinger).

The oscar award winning moments

  • The party kill a significant percentage of the Orc population.
  • But leave the kitchen staff alone, in case They’re feeling peckish.
  • The party find out that human/orc relations are deteriorating except between several, special friends.
  • The Kobold finds yet another secret door.
  • The party discovers a graveyard in a sub-dungeon, after fighting off a band of walking dead.
  • The Kobold meets his maker.
  • They all get rich.
  • The party collects the largest bits of the Kobold in preparation for Episode 5.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 3

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Welcome to our third 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 get jumped by a pig. With a stinger! Then we talk a bunch of highly trained, heavily armed troops in to letting us scout for them. In our scouting mission, we kill giant wolves with knives, open a bunch of doors and accidentally bypass the majority of the dungeon.
Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard) and Heretofor Unamed (2nd level Assassin, almost good creeper).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage and Pole arm Tosser).

Jenn: Echo (Human Warlock and Not-worg impaler).

The check mix

  • The party was assaulted by some sort of pig/scorpion hybrid.  We won.
  • We stood aside as 60 armed knights rode past.  They talked to us and somehow we ended up richer, and walking 50 kilometers to reconnoiter a keep.
  • Before they reached the keep, they got jumped by orcs riding wolves.  The warlock casts her first spell of the game, and then impales several wolves with sharp, pointy things.
  • The spellcasters level up.  Fireball becomes an option.
  • They open doors.
  • They then bypass a good chunk of the dungeon thus giving our GM fits.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

Old School Actual Play Podcast Episode 6 – Back in the bowl

Episode 6 – Back in the bowl

Wow! It’s been quite some time since we’ve gotten a new episode up. That’s the bad news. The good news is we have this one here now, and two more in the can waiting to be edited and published!

In this episode, we encounter a troupe of dancing mystical midgets, acquire their bowl of extraordinary power and find out why mom always said not to play ball in the house. Someone has the audacity to try and ambush us using trees. Our mage comes <—-> that close to joining our once deceased kobold, and then we wander into a city and paint it red.

What’s going on here?

We’re playing the Palladium Fantasy RPG (1st edition, thank you very much) and enjoying the hell out of it. No maps, no minis, no censors, almost no editing!  We’ve been recording our sessions for your enjoyment.  You can find us on iTunes or DriveThruRPG, along with other podcasts in the Old School series, or visit the links below to download individual episodes.

Our Team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard) and Heretofor Unamed (3rd level Assassin).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage, formerly alive).

Jenn: Echo (Human Warlock and suddenly spellcaster).

Also, grab it from iTunes!

 

Old School Actual Play podcast to return soon(ish)!

Thanks to the diligent and hard work of Scott, our technical vizier and GM, we’ll have three new episodes of the OSAP podcast coming to you in the somewhat near future.  Scott is diligently editing Episode 6 at the moment, with Ep 7 and Ep 8 not that far behind.

As always, this podcast will be available here and at iTunes.

Once these episodes are released, we’ll be caught up and have to play again to produce more interesting content and new swear words.  As always, this podcast will be NSFW.

Old School Actual Play Podcast: Episode 5 – We Cheat Priests

Welcome to our fifth 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 meet a swarm of nasty, cute, fuzzy things that try and kill us with the death of a thousand cuts.  Then we cheat a priest out of 6,000 gold pieces while buying new armor.  Our kobold pulls a resurrection act and rejoins the podcast. We get a boat, all to ourselves.  Then we immolate 6 ex-villagers after placing a gigantic ice wall in their way and shooting them full of arrows.  Good times.

Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard) and Heretofor Unamed (3rd level Assassin).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage, formerly alive).

Jenn: Echo (Human Warlock and suddenly spellcaster).

 

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

Welcome to our second full session of Actual Play Old School RPG!  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition.

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 out just what orcs do in there.  Our GM was 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, which caused us to get rich.

Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard and food collector) and Heretofor Unamed (3rd level Assassin and lover of large, pointy things).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage, recently deceased).

Jenn: Echo (3rd level Human Warlock and potentially evil fireball slinger).

As always, this podcast is available right here, through DriveThruRPG and on iTunes!

Lastly, although we didn’t know it at the time, we said our last goodbyes to an old friend.

[tags]rpg, role playing games, old school, podcast, actual play, palladium[/tags]

Old School Actual PlayPodcast Episode 3 – We open doors

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 get jumped by a pig.  With a stinger! Then we talk a bunch of highly trained, heavily armed troops in to letting us scout for them. In our scouting mission, we kill giant wolves with knives, open a bunch of doors and accidentally bypass the majority of the dungeon.

Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard) and Heretofor Unamed (2nd level Assassin, almost good creeper).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage and Pole arm Tosser).

Jenn: Echo (Human Warlock and Not-worg impaler).

As always, this podcast is available right here, through DriveThruRPG and on iTunes!

[tags]rpg, role playing games, old school, podcast, actual play, palladium[/tags]

Old School Actual Play Mini-cast #1 – 22 Minutes of RPG Goodness

We’re back!  Welcome to our Old School, Actual Play Mini-cast!  This is a 22:25 mini-cast, in which Scott and I get together to chat about old school RPGs vs newer systems.

What’s good about Palladium FRPG 1st edition?  What about D&D 4.0, or 3.5?  Pathfinder? And just why does Savage Worlds rub Scott the wrong way?  Find out the answers to these burning questions and a bunch more as we sit down to chat.  And did he just say MMORPG?

Other topics we talk about:  Print on Demand, is it the way of the small press RPG?  What about licensing titles – worth it?  Just how far uphill, through snow, both ways did Ben walk to the high school RPG sessions?  What it is like being a small press outfit publishing only PDFs, and when will the whole crew be playing Old School again?

Scott is our GM in our old school Palladium Fantasy RPG 1st edition campaign, and Ben plays a wizard, and a slightly drowned assassin.

Listen to this podcast right here, on iTunes or through Drive Thru RPG!

[tags]rpg, actual play, old school, role playing games, palladium, savage worlds, small press, print on demand, feign death[/tags]

On Preference

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I’ve been giving some thought to the idea of preference. Specifically, the preferences of people when it comes to the games they play. I saw a post by Greywulf that got me thinking about it. Very often, we as gamers, get into discussions about our favorite game versus another popular game and the discussions can become more than heated. What I am starting to ask myself is this: why? Why do we get so hot and bothered if someone prefers something that we don’t like?

I’ll give you an example. (And I’m writing this knowing that I could be sparking a flame war with these words). For a long time, I was an Apple user. I was a die-hard devotee of the Mac platform, from the days of the bondi-blue iMac all the way up until right before the release of the G5 processor. I even did a few retail stints at the Apple Store near where I lived. I drank the Kool-Aid. Whenever I found myself in discussions about computers, I always hotly defended my precious Mac. I glossed over shortcomings and I emphasized the stuff that made my decisions look good. I eventually had to switch to a PC for a job I had. I have to admit, when I did, it was a relief. I won’t go in to all of the details (that’s not the point of this post) but it felt good to not have to work to be compatible; I was part of the majority.

The same kinds of discussions go on in our hobby. We roleplayers love what we love and we tend to hate on those who are on “the other side.” And, in this regard, I have made moves similar to those I did when I was a Mac fan. When 4th Edition D&D came out, I started running a game for a group of friends. it was my first experience DMing and we loaded praise onto 4e and its system, giving it nothing but favorable comparisons to the 3.5 rules we knew so well.

When I ended up leaving that group and, eventually, starting running a game for some other friends, I went back to 3.5. At the time, I figured that I just knew the rules better (really I think I didn’t want to have anything to do with the system that I associated with the group I left) and that’s the justification I went with. We eventually transitioned to Pathfinder and that’s where we’ve stayed. I’m over my issues with the 4e group I left, but for some reason I held on to the “dislike” of the system that I had fostered.

I very recently had a friend ask me if I wanted to play in a 4e one-shot that they are going to be running soon. Without even considering the system, I said yes. I respect this guy as a GM and I really like the premise of the adventure. When I got out my 4e books to work on my character, I found the record sheet for the Wizard I had been playing with my first and only 4e group. I took a look over it, and I realized that, issues with the group aside, I had a good time playing that character. The mechanics of the game that built the character were sound and, in fact, I could just level up my old character and use him for the one-shot.

The point I’m rambling my way towards is this: we don’t need to draw battle lines. Companies might like us to do that, at some level, because there are only so many gaming dollars to go around. However, if you like the system you’re playing and there’s another system that someone else likes more, it doesn’t make you right and them wrong, or vice-versa. Ben plays Palladium, Nick loves himself some Savage Worlds, Buddy plays 4e and Pathfinder both and I respect all of their opinions.

So the next time that you end up in a discussion with a fellow gamer about the merits of one system versus another, do me a favor: don’t try and show them why their system sucks. Instead, try to show them why you love your system so much. They may not agree with you but at least you’ll be taking things in a positive direction.

[tags]rpg, rpgs, role playing games, D&D, 4e, Pathfinder, 3.5, Palladium, Savage Worlds[/tags]

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