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The Smart Party

The UK's Premier RPG Podcast

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Episode 153 - Shane Hensley Interview a.k.a Shaken Not Stirred The lads were delighted to have one of their gaming heroes on this time, founder of Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Shane Hensley. He's created the best-selling, award-winning Deadlands, Hell on Earth, Weird Wars, and later Savage Worlds and many of its settings. He's also written for God's Own Game Earthdawn, TORG, and many other things, plus worked on computer games such as City of Villains. Chat covers everything from his classic games to getting assaulted by an orc! You can grab yourself some Savage Worlds goodness on the Pinnacle Website! Get yourselves answers and chat about Savage Worlds and other games on the Pinnacle Forums. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we are open to development opportunities! :)

Nov 27

1 hr 4 min

Episode 152 - Jason Cordova Interview a.k.a Shouting Into The Void Jason Cordova joins the lads to chat about his own podcasting experience on Fear of a Black Dragon, hot indie rpgs like The Between and Brindlewood Bay, game design, streaming and much more! Follow Jason on Twitter. You can find out more about the Gauntlet and cool techniques and games on his website. Get your earballs around the excellent Fear of a Black Dragon here! Get yourselves a copy of The Between on Drivethru You can get Brindelwood Bay actual plays and more on his YouTube. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Oct 29

1 hr 7 min

Episode 151 - Into The Odd Remastered a.k.a You Were The First Good friend of the show Chris McDowall has remastered his well-renowned and critically-acclaimed Into the Odd in a new edition, teaming up with more good friends of the show, Free League! The lads go through design choices, graphics, how to write a game and much more in this busy episode! You can find out more about all Chris' stuff at his website. Jump on the Kickstarter here! If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Sep 26

1 hr 2 min

Episode 150 - Meguey & Vincent Baker Interview a.k.a The Secret Is, They're Just Subsystems For the 150th episode, the boys needed something special, and what better way to celebrate than chatting to two of the industry's best and nicest game designers, Vincent and Meg Baker. Between them, authors of Apocalypse World, Dogs in the Vineyard, Psi*Run, Murderous Ghosts and more! A proper after-hours con type discussion occurs getting into the weeds of game design and how to be a better roleplayer. You can find out more about the Baker's games at Lumpley Games. Of particular note is their new game Under Hollow Hills, which you can get the playbooks and basic moves for on their site. Get lots of detail on Apocalypse World here! If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Sep 10

1 hr 15 min

Episode 149 - Advancement a.k.a The Other Sin is 1XP Thanks to a Listener's Letter, this episode is all about advancement. Of course a lot of the chat is about XP and mechanically improving your character, but the lads also think about what else advancing a character could mean. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Sep 1

1 hr 4 min

Episode 148 - Nostalgia a.k.a The More You Look At It, The More It Looks Back At You Remember those Hovis adverts from back in the day? No? How about Cyborg Commando? The lads ponder on lost youth and the eternal question of not only can you go back, but should you? Numerous old games get a mention and the guys go through reboots and reskins and lots of other topics in a wide-ranging chat. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Aug 15

1 hr 3 min

Episode 147 - Investigation RPGs a.k.a The Problem That Doesn't Exist Have you passed your Spot Hidden check? Then you will note that Baz is on holidays, so Gaz is joined by the effable Stunt Baz, Guy Milner off of the Burn After Running blog to talk about investigative RPGs. What are the common pitfalls? What makes a good investigation? Which are the key games out there on the market? All this and more awaits keen-eyed investigators in this episode! Visit the Burn After Running blog for a plethora of articles and resources on GMing. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Jul 31

1 hr 3 min

Mike Shea Interview a.k.a Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master It's the Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master, or first time on the show for Mike Shea, also know as Sly Flourish on the Twitters. Mike's books about how to get the most out of the game prep and spend less time doing it have been an inspiration to many hard-pressed GMs, and the lads take a dive into his secrets and tease out details on how you can be smarter about your downtime activities while making your games at the table more awesome. Visit the Sly Flourish website for a plethora of articles and resources on GMing. Subscribe to the Sly Flourish newsletter for weekly D&D articles and the free Dungeon Adventure Generator PDF. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Jul 2

1 hr 16 min

Episode 144 - Games You Should Have Too In a continuation of last episode, the lads go through a veritable cornucopia of games that you should consider looking at, to round out your roleplaying chops. If you're looking for inspiration or fancy broadening your horizons, get your earballs round this episode covering settings, GM advice, adventure support, art & layout and much more! Johan Egerkrans is the Vaesen artist who went shamefully unnamed due to a memory lapse during recording! Be sure to check out his work. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Jun 15

1 hr 11 min

Episode 144 - Games You Should Have The lads have been listening to other podcasts and hearing their thoughts on systems, creating a Frankenstein's monster of a game etc. and reminded of all the sections they have done on particular parts of games. It seemed about time to draw some of this together and go through a variety of games people should have in their collections for a more well rounded view of the gaming world. So, get ready to draw up a shopping list as The Smart Party rattle through a bunch of mechanics and games you might want to purchase to make your gaming life better. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

May 31

1 hr 18 min

Episode 143 - Shawn Tomkin Interview The lads get yet another special guest, Shawn Tomkin, creator of Ironsworn, who is currently in the process of bringing out his new Sci Fi game, Starforged. As usual, the boys get the inside scoop on design decisions and drill more into the solo play aspect, the dark art that is the Oracles and much more! Get more on Starforged at the Kickstarter page. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

May 13

1 hr

Episode 142 - Mattias Lilja Interview The lads get another special guest this time, Mattias Lilja, co-creator and game writer for Ruins of Symbaroum 5E from Free League. They talk about the difference between the original game and 5e version, and what effect that has on design. Also, a discussion on probabilities in gaming and does everyone understand the statistics behind them? Find out more on Ruins of Symbaroum for 5E at the Kickstarter page. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Apr 26

54 min 32 sec

Episode 141 - Dennis Detwiller Returns (aka McReady From The Thing Drinking Scotch) The lads are delighted to invite back Arc Dream's Dennis Detwiller to talk about his latest project, Impossible Landscapes, helping out new RPG creators after reviewing 200+ products and hot new gossip about what's happening with Smart Party favourite GODLIKE, superhero roleplaying in World War II. Find out more on Delta Green at Arc Dream If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Apr 16

1 hr 11 min

Episode 140 - Influential Games (aka Chained Lightning) There are many games that influence the way we play. Some have become almost lifelong companions; some deliver a great idea to be stolen and used elsewhere. Baz and Gaz got through some of the influential games that shaped their gaming and talk about others that perhaps defined parts of the roleplaying zeitgeist. Settle in for a classic episode discussing a good old fashioned RPG muse. Maybe pour yourself an Old Fashioned to go with it? If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Apr 2

1 hr 6 min

Episode 139 - 90s Magazines(aka Fool's Gold) Good friend of the show Dirk the Dice off of The Grognard Files is a guest this week, to talk to the lads about gaming in the 90s; a period when he was in the "deep freeze" and away from roleplaying games. RPG magazines from that storied decade are all he has to go on as evidence of gaming back then, and so Dirk presents our hosts with assumptions to be debunked, or otherwise. If you want to know more about the Grognard Files you can find out on the website here. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Mar 18

1 hr 6 min

Episode 138 - Jonathan Tweet - Everway Interview(aka Right Turn Clyde) Good friend of the show and veteran game designer Jonathan Tweet returns to talk to the lads about the 25th Anniversary Edition of Everyway, his diceless mythic roleplaying game. There's also chat on Over the Edge, Ars Magica, Glorantha and where Magic the Gathering came from! If you want to know more about the Kickstarter you can find this here, the game looks gorgeous now and is well worth a look. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Feb 23

1 hr 5 min

Episode 137 - Francesco Nepitello Interview(aka You're My Sam Gamgee) This time, internationally recognised game designer Francesco Nepitello joins the lads to talk about the upcoming second edition of The One Ring. He is an author of roleplaying games and thematic board games, like Lex Arcana, Zombicide: Chronicles and Age of Conan, reaching international recognition with War of the Ring - and uses this experience to inform a new TOR edition. If you want to know more about the Kickstarter you can find this here, it's fun just watching the money rack up and stretch goals being smashed! If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Feb 17

56 min 48 sec

Episode 136 - Baz is Back(aka What Are You Playing?) After his forced absence, enjoying listening to the show for a short while, our Baz is back in the office and talking games. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Feb 10

1 hr 2 min

Episode 135 - Role+Play+Game(aka I Want to Roll Dice in the First Half Hour) Due to the plague, the lads have drafted in a Stunt Baz for this episode, but it's a goodie! Guy Milner off of the Burn After Running blog joins Gaz to talk about rolling dice and all elements of the Roll plus Game plus Playing hobby. Some top tips on using dice in your games and what to think about before you even start. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Jan 24

1 hr 2 min

Episode 134 - Final Podcast ...of the Year(aka D&D Doesn't Work for 10 Players Online) It's nearly time for the year Mad Max takes place, but as we drive on fumes for the end of 2020, the lads get Mat Hart from Steamforged games along to talk about the state of the hobby, Kickstarters in a curious year, his new Epic Encounters and the trials and tribulations of gaming online. With some added tentative hopes for the future sprinkled in. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Dec 2020

1 hr 11 min

Episode 133 - Skills(aka Show Me Your Penumbra) The lads talk skills. Have we got them, do we need them, where did it all start and has it gone horribly wrong? From the good old days of 8% in detect / disarm traps, to the feat and abilities, what use are skills in RPGs, if any? If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

Episode 132 - Jon Hodgson Interview(aka Some of These People Have a Strong Throwing Arm) The lads talk to home-grown talent and head of Handiwork Games, Jon Hodgson. From his great work as artist and art director on The One Ring, to writing, game design with his 9 year old, and many other hats, this wide-ranging discussion covers writing, designing, art in games and more! (Including Frankish kings and their bee fetish.) If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Nov 2020

1 hr 1 min

Episode 131 - It's a Kind of Magic (aka Have You Spelled it Right?) Magical energies suffuse the 'cast this time as the lads discuss magic in gaming. Sure, you can have mystical power, but at what price? How have the different iterations of D&D handled magic and did they get it right? All this and more awaits your summoning spell. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartpartyTwitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Oct 2020

1 hr

Episode 130 - King Arthur Pendragon (aka Can You Play From the Perspective of a Horse?) Good friend of the show and line developer of King Arthur Pendragon, David Larkins returns, to reveal what's been going on at Chaosium with the latest edition on KAP, how the company is doing in new normal and new kickstarter about an old product. An increased focus on honour as well as glory, refined rules, new art and more are revealed. Roll for the Winter Phase and see if your wife, and more importantly your favourite horse, survive! You can discover more for yourself in the links below: If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Oct 2020

57 min

Episode 129 - Fights Too (aka The World's Most Complicated Initiative System) Back by popular request, both of the show's glorious listeners got in touch to say they'd like to hear more on fights in RPGs. Well, The Smart Party are here to please. You can discover more for yourself in the links below: If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Sep 2020

1 hr 7 min

Episode 128 - Fights (aka Back in Black) Did you look at my pint funny? Roll for initiative! After a few games of Feng Shui 2 recently, the lads have thought about fights in RPGs. Is it necessary for combats to occur? Do they go on too long? How can you make them more interesting? All this and more, this episode! You can discover more for yourself in the links below: If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Aug 2020

1 hr 4 min

Episode 127 - Reviewing GM Advice (aka "I'm the Unknown Stunt Man") There's plenty of GM advice out there in roleplaying land, but what about advice on the advice? This time on the 'cast, Gaz is joined by the Lee Majors of roleplaying, Dirk the Dice, from the Grognard Files Podcast to discuss sources of GM advice. From the ancient tomes handed down by Gygax himself, to the latest hot takes from blogs and the internet, our scholarly heroes delve into the dungeons to bring out the shimmering gems of golden advice. You can discover more for yourself in the links below: Robin Laws has given many talks and written several documents, including Robin's Laws of Good Game Mastering Sly Flourish (Michael E. Shea) wrote The Lazy Dungeon Master (and return thereof) James D'Amato has several novels, including The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide Gareth Ryder Hanrahan is an excellent RPG writer and is often giving out advice on the Pelgrane Press website. Greg Stolze's "How to Run Roleplaying Games" and many other resources are available on his website. The ancient words of Gary Gygax are still available in his Role-Playing Mastery work. A good general read, but especially for investigators, Justin Alexander's The Alexandrian is worth perusing. Rolltop Indigo provides some interesting view points to expand your gaming arsenal/ If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Aug 2020

1 hr 4 min

Episode 126 - One Shots (aka "All I Need Is One Good Shot") In these times of muchos online play, virtual conventions and more, it's worth taking time to reflect on how to put together a decent one shot game and tips on playing or running. This time Gaz and Stunt Baz (Guy) talk through some expert advice on setting up your one shot games, garnered from many years of trial and error. Join the lads as they lay out what to do with your one shot slots, whether as a first timer or older hand looking for new tidbits! You can get more Hot Guy Action on his Burn After Running blog. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

Jul 2020

1 hr 6 min

Episode 125 - Beautiful RPGs (aka "Am I Baz's Stunt Double?") Who doesn't like an aesthetically pleasing book? "Sexy" RPGs (not in that way) lure in players like a moth to a flame. But is it all form over function. Guest presenter Guy Milner joins Gaz to talk through a top ten beauty parade of RPGs, highlights merits and occasionally flaws of their favourites, as well as honourable mentions for dessert. Come peruse the aural landscape and appreciate fine art. You can get more Hot Guy Action on his Burn After Running blog. If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jul 2020

1 hr

Episode 124 - Negotiating D&D (aka "Nicole, please don't @ me") There's more than one way round a problem, and this week the gents are joined by Dmitry Grozoubinski - an expert in negotiation and trade - to discuss how GMs and players can negotiate a session. The role of NPCs in a session, giving players what they want, the role of streaming games and the wealth of players on Reddit are discussed, among many interesting topics. You can follow Dmitry on Twitter, and for non-gaming related skills in negotiation, head over to explaintrade.com Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jun 2020

1 hr 10 min

Episode 123 - Swords & Sorcery (aka I'm Oiling My Thews) Conan cares not for your so-called lock down foul sorcerer. Oil up your shanks, dream of rubies the size of a pigeon's egg and climb the tower of set - it's time for a discussion of Conan and associated stories. The lads have been playing through some adventures set in the land of pulp sword and sorcery with good friends of the show Mat from Steamforged Games, and Rich August, a writer on much of the 2d20 Conan game line. Come one, come all and feast your ears on aural delights, or let the devils take you, by Crom! Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jun 2020

1 hr 6 min

Episode 122 - Burnout (aka It's Not Me, It's You) The global pandemic is biting and it's entirely possible folk are getting a little run down. This time the lads talk through burnout. What is it and what can be done? Are you just fed up for now and need a break, or is there something different going on? Settle into your favourite quiet space dear listeners, and let the old hands give you some words of advice. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

May 2020

1 hr 3 min

Episode 121 - System Matters Too (aka Systems Are Doing it for Themselves?) The lads have been in lockdown and gaming like daemons. Gaming ones. This has given them exposure to new systems, allowed them to stress test some old ones, jaw about the comparisons between them and even think about what system are for. Dive on in and get the pithy answer to the eternal question "Does system matter?". Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Apr 2020

1 hr 12 min

Episode 120 - Online Gaming Advice (aka Can You Hear Me?) Everywhere is on lockdown, but where there's challenge, there's opportunity. Baz and Gaz talk through the mysteries and vagaries of taking your RPGs online. How do you even get started? Where do you go to find a game? Why is everyone wearing headphones? Find out the answers to theses and many other question in this episode. Here's are some useful links, talked about in the show: Google Hangouts Microsoft Teams Discord Zoom Roll20 Example Wiki Page (setting up Marcos) Fantasy Grounds Astral Tabletop Grogtalk Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Mar 2020

1 hr 2 min

Episode 119 - Spring is Sprung (aka Stop Saying Things, He Keeps Drawing Clocks) The daffodils are bursting out the ground, it is (was) GM's Day, and there's lots of great gaming to talk about and emergent top tips in the making. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Mar 2020

1 hr 8 min

Episode 118 - John Harper Interview (aka The Same Page Page) John Harper is a game designer with an embarrassment of riches in his back catalogue. Blades in the Dark, Lady Blackbird, Lasers and Feelings, Danger Patrol, Ghost/Echo and most recently the rebooted Agon in collaboration with Sean Nittner. He joins the lads to discuss BitD and other forged in the dark games, share insights on upcoming content including the cyberpunk Null Vector, reflect on Lady Blackbird and of course give insights into the latest project of Greek heroes, Agon. You can find out more about his games on the One Seven design page, including some free, back his efforts by supporting Patreon, or find him on Twitter among other places. Check out Agon on the Evil Hat website. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Feb 2020

1 hr 12 min

Episode 117 - Lou Prosperi Interview (aka Are Your Listeners Familiar With Earthdawn?) This week Lou Prosperi, developer for Earthdawn joins the lads to reveal all kinds of interesting detail from behind the scenes at FASA in the 90s. How do you even pronounce FASA? Where was the game line headed? What are the dragons up to and why hasn't the magical level in Barsaive dropped to zero? Fans of how games companies used to operate back in the day, Earthdawn nerds, those seeking insight into the mind of an RPG developer... seek no further, The Smart Party have got you covered. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jan 2020

1 hr 16 min

Let's wind back the clock to where the stories of this podcast began, it's 1994 and the lads are talking Earthdawn. Cult classic, D&D Done Right, post-apocalyptic fantasy, the history of Shadowrun even - call it what you will. The boys gives you all you need to know on their oft-mentioned favourite game from yesteryear. What is the Step System? What makes Dwarves different? How do magic items become Legendary? Bathe yourselves in an hour of nostalgia and misty-eyed reminiscing of one of the finest games in the back catalogue. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jan 2020

1 hr 6 min

Episode 115 - 2020 Vision (aka Get Your Earthdawn '93 While It's Hot) It's the year of Cyberpunk 2020 and lots to look forward to aside from monoblade katanas and trenchcoats. The lads go through some of the upcoming delights for the new year, games due to land, whispers of new things, plans for getting some gaming in and what they've already rolled dice on. Plus, some talk on going back to old games, new editions and how to get a gaming group together in busy times. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jan 2020

1 hr 4 min

Episode 114 - Review of 2019 (aka Making Up For The Deep Freeze) The lads look back at a year in gaming, when they've been up to, the pros and cons of playing D&D and what they might do in the new year. To spice things up, they are joined by special guests Dirk the Dice from The Grognards Files and co-author of Call of Cthulhu 7th ed, Paul Fricker of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast. Grab a mulled wine and mince pie, and settle in for an hour of top chat. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Dec 2019

1 hr 8 min

Episode 113 - How To Be A Better Player (Live from Dragonmeet, London, 2019) The lads have been down to London Village for Dragonmeet 2019. Among other fantastic activities, they hosted a seminar on being a better player. If you want great advice on quite literally upping your game, then look no further! Joined by special guests (co-authors of Call of Cthulhu 7th ed) Paul Fricker of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast and CoC Creative Director Mike Mason, the panel provided all manner of top tips and advice, to rapturous applause. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Dec 2019

51 min 36 sec

Episode 112 - Zachary Cox Interview (a.k.a Best Left Buried) Creator of Best Left Buried by Soul Muppet Publishing and new Kickstarter Beneath the Missing Sea, as well as publisher of other independents, Zachary Cox joins the lads to talk about his latest creations, designing and publishing gamers, creator meet ups and what the heck is OSR anyway? You can sign up for Zach's mailing list here Join the discord for lively chat Old school it on Facebook too Find him on the Twitters! @JellyMuppet Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Nov 2019

58 min 15 sec

Episode 111 - David Larkins Interview (a.k.a Go Kill A Giant) Line Editor for the King Arthur Pendragon RPG, author of Berlin: The Wicked City and more, David Larkins joins the lads this time to talk about his writing and all thing Pendragon related. Hear about Greg Stafford's legacy, the future direction for the line, different modes of play and all the latest info on Chaosium's laser-focused Arthurian RPG. As well as thoughts on alternate settings, art directions and more, Dave chats about his design process and inspirations, a must for all Chaosium fans. You can find the free Greg Day scenarios, including Pendragon: Quest of the Red Blade and adventures for Call of Cthulhu, Runequest, 7th Sea and more by following this link. Fancy yourself as an artist or writer for one of the Chaosium game lines? You can find more about game content submissions here. Want to hear was actual-play sounds like and get some great examples of games in action? Dave's podcast has you covered. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Nov 2019

1 hr

Episode 110 - Jeremy Crawford Interview (a.k.a Illusionary Dragons) Lead Rules Designer for D&D, mind behind Sage Advice and Unearthed Arcana, and all round man on the scene for all D&D books, the lads were delighted to have Jeremy Crawford on for an interview. An insight into his daily work, lots of detail on the upcoming Eberron release, and much more, including advice for new DMs and some hints on the future of D&D. Regrettably there were some technical recording issues this time and so the sound losses are down to the vagaries of internet recording, rather than deliberate Dalek impressions from any guests or hosts. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Oct 2019

1 hr 12 min

Bonus Episode - Robin Laws at The Kraken 2019 (a.k.a You and I Can Go Fight Some Lesser Podcasts) He was last at The Kraken two years ago, and so when Robin Laws returned in 2019, it was only right that we tried to get some time to talk to him again about what he's been up to, reminisce about some old products and get some hot tips on producing better content for aspiring writers everywhere. The Yellow King, Glorantha, Earthdawn, Feng Shui, Gumshoe, etc., the list of credits is too long to list, so sit back and relax as we let Robin do the talking. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Oct 2019

54 min 34 sec

Episode 109 - Quickstarts (a.k.a Need To Know Information) A common feature of games these days, led perhaps by RPG Day and other thing, is the "Quick Start". An adventure, some characters, enough rules to play. Should be easy, right? As the lads discover when talking through the topic though, there's a lot of features people want from a Quickstart and they can vary in form and function. Dive in and hear about some examples of what's on the market, and hear the good, bad and ugly. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Oct 2019

1 hr 2 min

Starter Sets (a.k.a. Double Demogorgon) Are they just there for bring people in? Essential tools? Collector pieces? Whatever you might think, starter sets are a thing (again?) now, with most of the main players producing one. Call of Cthulhu, Legend of the Five Rings, D&D, Pathfinder, Star Trek, Numenera and more... The lads talk about what they'd like to see in a starter set and now some examples stack up. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Sep 2019

1 hr 4 min

Episode 107 - Electric Bastionland (a.k.a You Have Shared Ownership of a Child's Musket) Into the Odd was one of the lad's favourite independent game offerings of a couple of years ago, and now Chris McDowall is back again with his follow up, Electric Bastionland. Chris jumps in to talk about the imminent Kickstarter (early November 2019), what the design process was on the new game, what new and improved and much more. Plus! A five minute character creation session and other great content. If you want to see Chris' Blog find out more here Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Aug 2019

1 hr 4 min

Episode 106 - Versions and Editions (a.k.a. d4 Damage for the Ill Behaviour) Don't remember the Edition Wars do you junior? Well, pull a stool, buy a tankard of ale and let the old timers tell you all about it... This week the lads go into new editions, versions and reboots. With special guest Mat Hart from Steamforged Games, the guys talk about why new editions come about, if they really change anything and if not, why not? Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Aug 2019

1 hr 18 min

Episode 105 - Savage Worlds Settings (a.k.a. I'd Just Savage It) In the concluding part of their talk about Savage Worlds (for now!), the boys go through the some of the settings for the game, official and otherwise - as well as discussing what you can do for creating your own setting or adapting other things. Pinnacle Entertainment have lots of news on the core products, licenced goodies and an active forum too. Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you! Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Aug 2019

1 hr 12 min