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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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Episode 1: Michael Curtis and The Chained Coffin

Episode 1: Michael Curtis and The Chained Coffin

For this premiere episode, I’ve imposed upon my good friend and well-known podcast pilot episode test subject, Mr. Michael Curtis, to show up and help me broadcast strange voices across the Internet. Among his many fine RPG works is an adventure called The Chained Coffin, and that’s what we’re going to discuss tonight. What were the challenges and rewards of taking mid-20th century Appalachian folklore and adapting it to a medieval fantasy RPG setting? What works of literature, art, and music inspired him? What were his design goals in doing this? I’ll ask Manly Mike Curtis all these questions and more.

Welcome to this new experiment in podcasting, Designers & Discourses.

Works and influences discussed on this show:

The Chained Coffin – DCC RPG
http://www.goodman-games.com/5084preview.html

Who Fears the Devil? – The Complete Silver John
http://paizo.com/products/btpy85jz?Who-Fears-the-Devil-The-Complete-Silver-John

Lead Belly “In the Pines”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MkfTYPmLlA

The Descent (2005)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSYg7Z1KS_I

The Legend of Hillbilly John (1974)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReETky-b0TA

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Welcome to Designers & Discourses

Welcome to Designers & Discourses

Designers & Discourses is a podcast which features intimate one-on-one interviews with game designers, writers, and artists discussing their influences and inspirations. Guests will be asked to discuss a game product that they have created, and to share the books, music, movies, and other media that inspired and informed their work.

The Designers & Discourses podcast format will feature 1 hour or longer interview sessions that will allow guests ample opportunity to expand upon their work and influences in-depth, and in ways not usually possible in typical podcast formats or game convention seminars. We’ll attempt to explore the primary sources of inspiration for the guests’ creative works. Discussion tone will be informed by the guest, but will generally be earnest and thoughtful in character. The podcast release schedule is intended to be monthly, but may vary.

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