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 3, 2021 39 min

Artist Nick Tofani joins us this week on the Vintage RPG podcast to talk about horror in RPGs, particularly the Mothership adventure he illustrated, the unpleasant-in-the-best-way Gradient Descent. It's dark outside, something is howling in the wind and pale shapes with dead eyes are shambling nearer, so make sure the doors are locked and turn up the volume on this one. We're sure you'll make it till morning. 

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Grab your Advil, cuz this week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we're talking time travel and that's sure to result in a headache. Specifically, we're looking at Yaquinto Publications' Timeship (1983), but we also chat about a couple other time travel RPGs like Timemaster (1984) and Doctor Who (1985). Let's get timey-wimey!

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April 19, 2021 21 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we talk about a gritty, street level horror RPG in which you play creatures of the night making their way in the big city. Vampire: The Masquerade? Nope! Beating White Wolf to the punch by a full year is Stellar Games' Nightlife (1990). We talk about the appeal of being the monster, the many similarities between the two games and the delightful way in which Nightlife captures the nightlife ...

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April 12, 2021 29 min

This week, join us in welcoming the amazing David Hoskins to the show. You've seen his pen work in Acid Death Fantasy, The Isle of the Plangent Mage and, soon, in Through Ultan's Door. We talk about how he got into RPG illustration, matters of style, some pretty fantastic black knights that have been creeping onto his Instagram and more! 

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You can see more of David's work on his website, his Instagram and his Twit...

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April 5, 2021 32 min

Back in November, in our holiday gift guide episode, we talked briefly with Jess Carrier from Noble Knight Games about the weird stuff people trade in. Over the next couple months, we kept thinking about it: they must get strange stuff constantly! So we invited Jess and Noble Knight's RPG tsar Andrew Branstad to come on and tell us all about the bazaar of the bizarre that is their warehouse. Beware, here be sasquatches!

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March 29, 2021 18 min

This week, we check out the famous lost (and found) short film by Roger Christian, Black Angel. This gorgeous little jam occupies a neat place in Star Wars history and also happens to be a mighty fine bit of early 80s sword and sorcery cinema in its own right. And after you listen to our takes on it, you can check it out for yourself on YouTube for free (with a brief intro by Christian).

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March 22, 2021 23 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, minds are blown! Somehow, we haven’t done a Fiend Folio episode yet and this week is it. We talk about how the book’s difficult birth, the mixed reception on release and the quiet disavowal it got from TSR. We get cartoon hearts in our eyes talking about Russ Nicholson’s art, as usual. We make fun of flumphs and adherers. And that’s just scratching the surface! Jump on in and get fiendish!

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March 15, 2021 19 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we're in outer space, paying off our starship mortgage and exploring the Third Imperium. That's right, we're finally cracking open the little black Traveller box. We talk a bit about what makes Game Designer's Workshop's classic science fiction RPG, well, a classic. It must be something special, because it forged a heck of a legacy despite there being all of two illustration...

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March 8, 2021 24 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we journey to Jennell Jaquays’ Dark Tower, one of the best books Judges Guild’s produced and often considered one of the very best D&D adventures of all time. We chat a bit about why that is, touch on Caverns of Thracia (which will be getting its own episode shortly) and generally discuss the state of dungeon design in the late 70s. There’s also DUCKS!

This episode also includes our second ...

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We are joined this week on the Vintage RPG Podcast by the fine fellows from Narrative Dynamics, Michael Dunn-O'Connor and Eric Swanson. They are the folks behind the Goblinville RPG zines and Rebel Crown - two very different but equally awesome games. We discuss them both, what it is like switching tones, the difference between designing your own game and using an existing engine (Rebel Crown is a Forged in the Dark game), the ...

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February 22, 2021 35 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we are joined by Peter Bebergal (Season of the Witch, Strange Frequencies), editor of Appendix N, a brand new anthology from Strange Attractor Press that explores the fantasy fiction that influenced the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. We have a far ranging, philosophical discussion about the stories Gygax overlooked, the ways literature does (and doesn't) influence RPGs, other recommend...

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February 15, 2021 21 min

It was bound to happen eventually: this week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we discuss the disaster that was Dallas: The Television Role-Playing Game. How did SPI screw up a game based on a license of a TV show at the height of its powers? A game that launched during an unprecedented eight month media frenzy about the show? The world just wasn’t ready. Which is a shame, because the character and narrative based system was actually unl...

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February 8, 2021 26 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we check out what is possibly the first ever silent roleplaying game. A silent RPG? Seems impossible, but that's what Alice is Missing aims to be, with all the investigation, narrative and social interaction playing out over text messages. The game is also timed, has a custom soundtrack and designed to be played only once by a given group, adding to the intrigue and the feeling that this is...

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February 1, 2021 36 min

Hold onto your wallets! This week, we chat with our pal Matt Kelley, the fellow behind Exalted Funeral, indie RPG publisher and distributor extraordinaire. We talk about how he got into the biz, where its going and some of the fantastic creators he’s met along the way. We also announce a new monthly segment that will showcase rad indie RPG creators who will be working with Exalted Funeral in the future. All good things to come!

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January 25, 2021 21 min

You ready for some style over substance? This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we get chromed up and check out the two earliest iterations of R. Talsorian's premier RPG, Cyberpunk 2013 and Cyberpunk 2020. We talk a bit about cyberpunk as a genre, look at the particular (and surprising) inspirations for the RPG and dig into the fast and deadly system. There's the obvious comparisons to make between Cyberpunk and Shadowrun, s...

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January 18, 2021 19 min

As promised, this week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we visit James M. Ward's Gamma World, a mutant-filled romp through the post-apocalypse! We talk about how Gamma World builds off Ward’s earlier game, Metamorphosis Alpha, the clever way it handles characters unearthing tech the players probably know about, the approach to world creation and the cryptic alliances that make me like there is a strong connection between GW and West...

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January 11, 2021 19 min

Mutants in space! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we dig into James M. Ward's Metamorphosis Alpha, the first sci-fi RPG people care about! Halfway through the massive colony ship's journey, it passed through a cloud of radiation, leading to waves of mutation and a breakdown of society. Now, centuries later, the human population of the ship have lost the knowledge of how to use the ship's technology, heck, they don...

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January 4, 2021 27 min

This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we talk to Joe DeSimone of The Academy of Games! We talk about RPGs as a learning tool, Townes Van Zandt, sobriety mechanics and much more! 

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December 28, 2020 16 min

The world is dying. Will you rage hopelessly against the end or cower in robbed graves in your final days? That's the central question of Mörk Borg, the heaviest metal RPG we have encountered thus far (which says something, considering the connection between Bolt Thrower and Warhammer). This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we talk about the outlandish design of the Mörk Borg book, the grimmest of grim dark trappings and the su...

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December 21, 2020 14 min

This week we on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at a thoroughly modern zine: A Visitor’s Guide to the Rainy City, by Rich Forest, illustrated by Bill Spytma and published by Superhero Necromancer. A product of ZineQuest 2, it is an entirely system agnostic setting book that details the strange and wondrous city where the rain never stops (and also a floating pirate stronghold island thing and some more rural areas surroundi...

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