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Episode 6: Luke Crane and Mouse Guard RPG

Episode 6: Luke Crane and Mouse Guard RPG

Tonight’s guest is game designer Luke Crane — most famously noted for his acclaimed roleplaying system The Burning Wheel, which he later adapted into a questionably even more popular game called Mouse Guard RPG.

Based on the Eisner Award-winning comic book series of the same name, Mouse Guard RPG does far more than simply allow GMs and players to have adventures in the Mouse Guard universe. Mouse Guard features a near-perfect match between licensed setting and consensual storytelling game mechanics. Tonight, we’ll talk to Luke about the challenges of adapting a licensed property like Mouse Guard, and the joys of squaring the circle by creating a roleplaying game inspired by a comic book that was in turn inspired by role playing games.

Works and influences discussed on this show:

Mouse Guard RPG
http://www.archaia.com/archaia-titles/mouse-guard-roleplaying-game/

Mouse Guard Comic by David Petersen
http://www.mouseguard.net

The Burning Wheel RPG
https://www.burningwheel.com

Burning Empires RPG
https://www.burningwheel.com/store/index.php/burning-empires.html

The American Boy’s Handibook
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Boy%27s_Handy_Book

Mouse Guard Ballad
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MoTnYHrEkI

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Episode 5: James Edward Raggi IV and Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Episode 5: James Edward Raggi IV and Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Tonight’s guest is game designer James Edward Raggi IV, the author and creator of the Lamentations of the Flame Princess — a “weird fantasy role-playing game.” Originally published in 2010, Lamentations of the Flame Princess is much more than just another Open Game License twist on the World’s Most Popular Role Playing Game. In an effort to share the style of his own campaign with the world, James drew from some unusual influences when creating Lamentations, from death metal music to underground horror movies to explicit album cover art. Tonight we’re going to talk to James about all of this and more.

Works and influences discussed on this show:

Lamentations of the Flame Princess
http://www.lotfp.com/RPG/

Better Than Any Man – LotFP Free PDF
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/116452/Better-Than-Any-Man
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/116452/Better-Than-Any-Man?manufacturers_id=2795&filters=0_0_0_0

Napalm Death – Mentally Murdered EP
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k7GWhHWBQs

The Blob (1988) trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwj-OEnPKUo

Reverend Bizarre – Doom Over the World
(Lamentations of the Flame Princess inspirational music)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUMAXMMoBvQ

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Episode 4: Harley Stroh and Peril on the Purple Planet

Episode 4: Harley Stroh and Peril on the Purple Planet

Tonight’s guest is an RPG writing veteran with over 40 published adventures released over the last 10 years — most of them written for Goodman Game’s Dungeon Crawl Classics series. But in 2015, Harley turned the dial all the way up to 11 and wrote the swords-and-sandals inter-planetary adventure Peril on the Purple Planet, which thanks to a massive kickstarter went on to become both a boxed set and a classic setting for the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. Tonight, we’re going to talk to Harley and explore this adventure’s roots in Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars series and Robert E. Howard’s book “Almuric,” along with a few other surprising inspirational sources.

Works and influences discussed on this show:

Peril on the Purple Planet – DCC RPG
http://www.goodman-games.com/5085preview.html

John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Carter_of_Mars

Almuric by Robert E. Howard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almuric

The Warlord by Mike Grell
http://www.amazon.com/Showcase-Presents-Warlord-Vol-1/dp/1401224733/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448843062&sr=8-2&keywords=the+warlord+by+mike+grell

The Art of Doug Kovacs
http://www.dougkovacs.com/home.html

Frank Frazetta John Carter of Mars art
http://www.notzombies.com/art/frank-frazettas-john-carter/

The Sword – Tres Brujas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk9uevsHvAE

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Episode 3: James M. Ward and Metamorphosis Alpha

Episode 3: James M. Ward and Metamorphosis Alpha

This episode’s guest hails from the very earliest days of TSR, having met Gary Gygax at a bookstore where they discovered each other’s love of classic fantasy and science fiction literature. This chance meeting eventually resulted in the world’s first science fiction role playing game, Metamorphosis Alpha, being published in 1976. Taking the assignment from Gary to go write “a science-fiction version of D&D.” James M. Ward did just that, pioneering the genre with his game setting aboard a generational starship — the proverbial “dungeon in space.”

Then in 2014, an odd thing happened. Though Metamorphosis Alpha had never been long out of print throughout various subsequent editions, Goodman Games brought back the original first edition of the game in a deluxe hardback reprint, and continues to support that edition of the game with myriad adventures, supplements, and kickstarter projects. So tonight, we’ll be focusing on the sources of inspiration for that first edition of the game, from books to movies to comics.

Works and influences discussed on this show:

Metamorphosis Alpha history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamorphosis_Alpha

Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Hardback Reprint and supplements
http://www.goodman-games.com/MApreview.html

Metamorphosis Alpha 1st edition PDF and supplements
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/2191/WardCo?filters=0_0_0_0

Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
http://www.amazon.com/Orphans-Sky-Robert-Heinlein-ebook/dp/B004KZOPS4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447520790&sr=8-1&keywords=orphans+in+the+sky

Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss
http://www.amazon.com/Non-Stop-Brian-W-Aldiss-ebook/dp/B013JQMJLE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447520873&sr=8-1&keywords=non+stop+aldiss

Superman – Types of Kryptonite
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite

Magnus Robot Fighter – Gold Key Comics
http://www.amazon.com/Magnus-Robot-Fighter-Archives-v-ebook/dp/B00HX46ZA0/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1447520921&sr=8-7&keywords=magnus+robot+fighter

Mighty Samson – Gold Key Comicshttp://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Samson-Archives-Dark-Horse/dp/1595825797/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1447870511&sr=8-3&keywords=mighty+samson

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Episode 2: Tim Kask and the D&D Supplements

Episode 2: Tim Kask and the D&D Supplements

When Timothy J. Kask became the first salaried employee of TSR in 1975, his first assignment was to take Dave Arneson’s “basket of notes” and turn them into the second official supplement to the original Dungeons & Dragons game, Blackmoor. From that time until well into his run as founding editor of The Dragon magazine, Tim Kask worked both sides of the fence at TSR — editing and running the TSR Periodicals division, while at the same time editing and contributing to various game products, including the D&D supplements. Tim also working closely with Gary Gygax as he wrote and assembled the first three AD&D core books, earning him the nickname “the mid-wife of AD&D.”

Tonight We’re going to focus on something a little bit unusual: the primary sources of inspiration in D&D and AD&D that DO NOT appear in the Appendix N listings in the Dungeon Master’s Guide. This list includes comic books, then-current TV shows and movies, and many other surprising items. And Tim Kask knows what those were, because he was there at the time.

Works and influences discussed on this show:

Original D&D Supplements
https://www.acaeum.com/ddindexes/setpages/supplements.html

Kung Fu (TV series 1972-75)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_(TV_series)

Boot Hill RPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boot_Hill_(role-playing_game)

Doctor Strange (Marvel Comics)
http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Doctor-Strange-Marvel-Essentials/dp/0785123164

Aquaman (DC Comics)
http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/aquaman-archives-vol-1

Hong Kong Chinosaurs
http://diterlizzi.com/home/owlbears-rust-monsters-and-bulettes-oh-my/

Saturday Night Live (Landshark sketch)
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/landshark/2832305

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