The Vintage RPG Podcast

The Vintage RPG Podcast

Join Stu Horvath (Vintage RPG, Unwinnable) and John McGuire (Mai-Tai Happy Hour, Ham-Fisted Productions) as they delve into their favorite tabletop roleplaying games from the past, present and future!

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May 23, 2022 19 min

If you like tables, we've got some books for you! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we check out Jennell Jaquays' series of Central Casting books, for use creating both player and non-player characters of alarming depth and, sometimes, bizarre circumstances. There are three flavors: Heroes of Legend (1988), our focus, which tackles fantasy backgrounds; Heroes for Tomorrow (1989), for science fiction characters; and Hero...

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This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we run to the border…lands. OK, never mind, I’ll leave the jokes to Hambone. For real: this week we’re talking about the RuneQuest box set Borderlands (1982), an excellent campaign about getting a job and doing it well. There’s no real narrative arc, no cackling villain, no dark plot. Stuff happens and the players take care of it, but the real point of Borderlands is to build and maintain a hom...

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May 9, 2022 18 min

Aaaand we're back! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at the horror storytelling game Dread and its unusual method of task resolution (hint: it involves a Jenga tower). And heck, let's make it a double: we also discuss the storytelling game of doomed romance, Star Crossed, which also uses a Jenga tower!

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May 2, 2022 19 min

A rerun? Yep, sometimes you just gotta rest the brains. So have a remastered Players Handbook! Originally aired to a whole different world, on December 23, 2019.

Original hype text: We crack the cover of the classic Players Handbook (1978) for first edition Dungeons & Dragons. We talk a lot about Trampier's iconic, forbidding cover, of course, but also dig into the equally iconic interior illustrations, the philosophical st...

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April 25, 2022 23 min

Coming from an era of RPGs in which you could still get away with just naming your game Wizard, this week on the Vintage RPG Podcast we're looking at Melee, Wizard and the larger Fantasy Trip RPG. We focus on its innovative use of point-buy mechanics, but also get into the game's larger place in RPG history.

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April 18, 2022 21 min

Strap in, cuz we got bootleg toys! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, direct from the five and dime, we check out Stu's Dragonriders of the Styx toys from the early 80s. For a bunch of cheap fantasy toys, they actually have a fun and weird intersection with Dungeons & Dragons!

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April 11, 2022 19 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at another board game: Return to Dark Tower. This is Restoration Games’ new sequel/revamp of the 1981 Milton Bradley electronic board game Dark Tower that…if not a classic, certainly has a compelling mystique born from the intersection of its rarity, its D&D-like fantasy theming and its place at an exciting and highly nostalgic early era of consumer electronics. How does the ...

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April 4, 2022 16 min

The ring of invisibility is one of the most iconic magic items in RPGs. But where does it come from? (Hint: it isn’t Tolkien!)

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March 28, 2022 23 min

Getting lots of actual playtime in lately. This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, Stu’s fresh off his first session of Troika and he’s keen to share his impressions. It’s weird and easy and did we mention weird?

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March 21, 2022 22 min

Our first funnel! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we’ve got an after action report for the first half of the Dungeon Crawl Classics 67: Sailors on the Starless Sea, which Zog is running us through. Granted, we’re only on the edge of the really weird stuff, but we’ve seen enough to start ruminating. And there are plenty of corpses already. Honor the fallen!

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March 14, 2022 27 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we’re back on RuneQuest, talking about some of the stuff that makes the world of Glorantha special, specifically its approach to mythology, time and its surprising meta-commentary on roleplaying games themselves! That’s two RuneQuest episodes and we’re still barely scratching the surface.

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March 7, 2022 20 min

Scream for me, Fae Wray! This week, the Vintage RPG Podcast travels to Skull Island to discuss some of the surprising influences of the greatest monster movie ever made: King Kong! The 1933 version, of course, get that remake trash outta here.

You can see the still from Son of Kong mentioned in the episode on the right.

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February 28, 2022 30 min

I recently came into possession of like five feet of Traveller and it made me realize, holy crap, there is a lot of Traveller! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at the span of the Traveller RPG through the 20th century. That’s a quick look at both versions of Classic Traveller (1977 and 1983), MegaTraveller (1986), New Era (1993), T4 (1996), GURPS Traveller (1998) and even the not really Traveller, Traveller: 230...

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February 21, 2022 26 min

You know what kind of sucks? Awards. Oscars, Grammys, whatever. RPG awards are no exception. But Joe DeSimone doesn't think they need to be that way. So he's starting his own awards for RPGs called The Awards. And you know what? They might suck, too! He's upfront about that. But if they do, they’ll suck in a completely new way and maybe even pave the way for something good. This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we talk ...

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February 14, 2022 23 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we barely scratch the surface of RuneQuest (1978), Chaosium’s classic first foray into RPGs. We talk about the games origins in the earlier wargame, White Bear & Red Moon (1975), the skill-based RPG, the limitations of class as a concept, the different sorts of magic and, seriously, that’s more than enough for one half hour. We’ll be returning to RQ several times in the coming weeks to cove...

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February 7, 2022 25 min

Ever buy an old RPG box set and find some maps or a character sheet inside? For me, it conjures up a specific sort of warm feeling. This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at some of Tim Hutchings' efforts to preserve that sort gaming ephemera in The Habitation of the Stone Giant Lord, a book collecting homebrew D&D adventures written and illustrated by kids. We also look at Hutchings' reprint of the short-...

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January 31, 2022 22 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, Hambone talks to Charlie Ferguson Avery and Alex Coggon of Feral Indie Studios about ZiMo 2022, their indie RPG zine showcase, running the whole month of February! ZINES! Get ‘em!

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January 24, 2022 25 min

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." That’s the first line of William Gibson’s 1984 novel Neuromancer and, just like that, he pretty much codified the aesthetic of cyberpunk. This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we go ga-ga over the novel and look at the way it influenced cyberpunk RPGs. Or was ripped off by cyberpunk RPGs. We’ve heard it both ways.

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January 17, 2022 26 min

Like your dungeon crawls to be over the top? This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we go way over the top and check out the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. It’s got gonzo for days, horrible dooms, epic spell failures, weird ass dice and enough old school style art to fill a museum with. What’s not to love?

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January 10, 2022 21 min

It ain't just D&D that's getting hacked and cloned! Want to play a system that retains the flavors of 80s-era British fantasy? Warlock, from Fire Ruby Designs, has you covered by being a bit more robust than Advanced Fighting Fantasy and a lot less cumbersome than Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. We check it out on this week's Vintage RPG Podcast.

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