The Goblins and Growlers Podcast

The Goblins and Growlers Podcast

Old gaming systems. New gaming systems. Weird gaming systems. Two pro game masters and adventure writers roll deep into the depths of the tabletop role-playing world. Join us as we dive into Dungeons & Dragons history, awesome non-D&D systems, cool gaming Kickstarters, board games, and stories about owning a TTRPG business. Welcome to The Goblins and Growlers Podcast!

Episodes

January 24, 2022 47 min
How to Legally Publish Your TTRPG Content

Episode Introduction

We’re joined by guest Noah Downs (he’s a lawyer, but he’s a cool lawyer) to talk about OGLs and SRDs, the alphabet soups of publishing tabletop role-playing game content. Noah tells us about how Wizards of the Coast’s Open Gaming License works and how you can use the Fifth Edition System Reference Document to legally create content you can publish and monetize. We also...

Share
Mark as Played
”The End,” a tabletop RPG about the Christian Apocalypse

Episode Introduction

Josh and Brandon discuss 1995’s “The End” from Scapegoat Games. It’s a role-playing game based on the Christian Apocalypse and was kicked out of GenCon for its use of religious imagery. It’s bleak, interesting, and maybe came before its time. They also start down a rabbit hole of investigation and mystery as they try to get in touch with its creator to t...

Share
Mark as Played
James Bond 007: Role Playing In Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Join Josh and Brandon as they enter a world of espionage, intrigue, and dice-rolling, with Victory Games’ TTRPG “Role Playing in Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

  • A brief news item about Wizards of the Coast rebooting and retconning in their latest Errata to eliminate more insensitive portrayals and stereotyping from Dungeons and Dragons. Not surprising and another step in ...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    December 13, 2021 40 min

    Low Magic? No Magic? No Problem! We Finance!

    What kind of settings do you enjoy more? Heavy magic, low magic, or a more realistic milieu with near-zero casting? This episode we discuss merits and preferences on the level of magic in a gaming setting. Just a freewheeling discussion about magic levels. Tweet at us or email at contact@goblinsandgrowlers.com to tell us what you think!

    We also quickly touch base on a new release f...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    Interview with game designer Cezar Capacle

    So, we all know you don't necessarily need dice for a fun tabletop experience, but can you get away without waking consciousness?

    In today's episode, Brandon interviews Cezar Capacle, a game designer from Brazil who's trying to push the limits of what a TTRPG can be. Cezar talked to us while he was in the middle of making a huge trans-Atlantic change in his life, so we really ...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    November 15, 2021 32 min
    Restoration Games' Return to Dark Tower

    "Dark Tower" is an early electronic board game from way back in the early 1980s. It was pretty revolutionary (and legitimately fun) for the late 70s/early 80s, but you definitely could put it in the category of "reach exceeded grasp." Imagine if someone used the Antikythera Mechanism to play Fortnite.

    It was expensive, easy to break, and Milton Bradley stole the idea from...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse

    A couple of things going on here, so we've included some timestamps!

    First, right before we started recording we found some news about the Star Wars RPG we'd been talking about for a couple of episodes, so we give an update on that. Then next (9:18) we talk about the new Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana from Wizards of the Coast -- Giff, Thri-Kreen, Plasmoids, and m...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    How to use gothic horror in your games

    Happy Halloweek! We, along with our guest, Gabriel Perez*, talk about TSR's 1994 Second Edition boxset, "Masque of the Red Death" and, more broadly, gothic horror an TTRPGs.

    "Masque" takes the rules of Second Edition and lays them on top of a Victorian-Era earth filled with subtle mystery and magic. It's under the Ravenloft branding, but it's just different enough ...

    Share
    Mark as Played

    Part Two of our discussion/rediscovery of the (former) Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG. We didn't get cocky.

    ---

    SCHEDULING NOTE!

    We're publishing a new episode next week for Halloween week! We're talking about the Ravenloft: Masque of the Red Death box set from 1994. If you have a favorite spooky/scary/terrifying adventure or module then let us know about it at contact@goblinsandgrowlers.com.

    ---

    The Goblins and ...

    Share
    Mark as Played

    We're talking about Star Wars. Despite making plans for what to talk about, we ended up half-remembering names of planets and totally forgetting names of Jedi from "Knights of the Old Republic." Anyway, we learned that the "Star Wars" RPG has changed ownership at least once in the last year. Josh was especially surprised about this because he loves the game. But I guess we all had some other things to worry abou...

    Share
    Mark as Played

    Take a trip with us to a weird mountain with vegetable creatures, metallic people, and strange weapons that shoot light. It's all beyond your ken, trust us. This is one of the classic D&D modules and has been an inspiration to me (and others) looking to take their games beyond the usual elves-in-the-forest trope of fantasy adventuring.

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virgin...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    Crunchiness and Adaptability in Game Systems

    Sure, 5e is easy, but is it versatile? This episode we talk about adapting the system for other types of games, the evils of dice pools, Powered by the Apocalypse, and more!

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company. Brandon Dingess (Twitter) and Josh Maltby (Twitter) are fully 50...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    What's the best dragon?

    One Dragon, Two Dragon, Red Dragon, Blue Dragon. Wizard's of the Coast's upcoming "Fizban's Treasury of Dragons" goes through all the usual dragons: chromatic, metallic, gem. But I ask you where, in this modern age of industry and innovation, are the industrial dragons made of graphene, advanced polymers, and plywood?

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growle...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    What's your most off-the-rails gaming experience?

    Nothing ever really goes to plan when you're running a game, but what about when it REALLY doesn't go to plan?

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company. Brandon Dingess (Twitter) and Josh Maltby (Twitter) are fully 50 percent of the company!

    Check out their othe...

    Share
    Mark as Played

    Your staff was glowin' Mage robes, no skin showin' Hot night, dice were rollin' What do you think you're castin', baby? Hey, I just hit you, and this is crazy But what's your number? Did I beat your AC?

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company. Brandon Dingess (Twitter) and Josh Maltby (Twitter) are...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    What's the value of creative content?

    What's your work worth? Do people tell you that you shouldn't charge so much for creative work you've sweat and bled for?

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, Virginia-based tabletop-roleplaying-game content and events company. Brandon Dingess (Twitter) and Josh Maltby (Twitter) are fully 50 percent of the company!

    Check out their o...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    Can you have too much science fiction in your fantasy setting?

    Brandon and Josh of Goblins and Growlers are talkin' 'bout mecha as they discuss the AD&D 2e module "Earthshaker!" about a giant robot that just wants to crush kingdoms.

    Topics: Giant Robots, "You got Sci-Fi in my Fantasy!", Adventure Aesthetics & Theming

    The Goblins and Growlers Podcast is produced by Goblins and Growlers, a Richmond, ...

    Share
    Mark as Played

    Popular Podcasts

      If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

      Bob Saget's Here For You

      BOB SAGET’S HERE FOR YOU is a podcast that is like no other— For one, this podcast has guests who are friends of Bob’s, or just really interesting people who many of you know and love. Secondly, this podcast is unique because it goes inside Bob Saget’s mind, and then quickly filters out through his mouth. Bob has a way of calming people he has conversations with as well as being entertaining and often informative. Bob talks with his guests with genuine empathy and humor, while reaching his unusually diverse audience that he talks to as a friend, Bob is the dad with great advice, the irreverent funny guy who’s always there when you need a laugh, and the free-associative Bob who goes off on crazy tangents then returns to the subject at hand, as serious or as comedic as it may be, to wrap up each episode in a way only Bob can do. Because he really does believe, “He’s here for you."

      Dateline NBC

      Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

      The MLK Tapes

      According to the official story, on April 4th, 1968, a lone gunman assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. That man, James Earl Ray, pled guilty and for most people the case was closed. The MLK Tapes, a new true crime podcast from the creators of Atlanta Monster and Monster: DC Sniper, explores rare recordings of eye-witness testimony and new interviews with people who were there to reveal the true story of the plot to kill Dr. King.

      The Daily

      This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

    Advertise With Us

    For You

      Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.

      Connect

      © 2022 iHeartMedia, Inc.

      • Help
      • Privacy Policy
      • Terms of Use
      • AdChoicesAd Choices