This Ol’ Dungeon Podcast
Episode 21 Tim Connolly, Benchleydale, and AD&D 1st Edition Rules

Episode 21 Tim Connolly, Benchleydale, and AD&D 1st Edition Rules

June 28, 2022

In this episode we had some equipment issues/user errors that lead to a first half containing an interview between Luau Lou and Tim Connelly of the Benchleydale Academy and a second half where the usually crew (Bill, Edwin, and Lou) are together discussing what makes the AD&D 1st Ed rule set unique and then sliding into user mail and OUR FIRST EVER Geek Credit wipeout...  You'll have to listen to find out who didn't make it home with their credentials still hanging in the hall of geekdom...  Don't forget, if you want to get in on Benchleydale-you have to get on Facebook and ask around or approach Tim (or other members) it is a curated group for a reason!  So go find that secret passage into some AD&D goodness...

Tomb_of_Horror_with_Skeeter_Green

Tomb_of_Horror_with_Skeeter_Green

June 10, 2022

On this episode Skeeter Green of SGP Games joins us as we talk about the classic Tomb of Horrors and the difference between arbitrary mechanics and deadly mechanics.  Bill joins us (here and there) as he hexcrawls the eastern US and we have our first winner for the "at home" version of Geek Credit.  Remember, you too can get enter for being an "at home player" by simply sending us some mail to read online, or just a message saying you want to be a player.  Send both to "thisoldungeon@gmail.com" or message us on our Facebook page.  Also, check out Skeeter's recent Kickstarter for the next set of Valley out of Time books: Valley out of Time 3&4

Exploring Urban Campaigns with Brett Bloczynski

Exploring Urban Campaigns with Brett Bloczynski

May 1, 2022

On this mega episode we get to talk city campaigns with legendary podcaster Brett Bloczynski from Gaming and BS.  He tells us all about his Avalon campaign, what makes it work, and gives some great advice on how to bring these urban environments to life for your players.  We got a few Letters from the Homeowners Association, and announce a new "play at home" version of Geek Credit where we will select one at home winner of fabulous RPG prizes IF the guest makes their Geek Credit.  To be part of this, just write in with your name and contact information to: thisoldungeon@gmail.com.  All contributors to the Letters to the Homeowners Association segment will be automatically entered as well.

Episode 18 Legion of Gold with Matt Gullett

Episode 18 Legion of Gold with Matt Gullett

April 17, 2022

In this episode we discuss Gamma World's first adventure, GW1: Legion of Gold with Matt Gullett of Long Con and No Class RPG Podcast fame.  We talk a little Hobbit and some RPG art and YES, Bill even gets to report on some actual gaming he's done!  Here's the link to the Long Con, to the No Class Podcast (soon to be on Twitch) and you'll have to keep your eyes peeled for for Matt's Kickstarter, "Caverns of the Dead God."  https://longconrpg.com/ https://soundcloud.com/no-class-rpg-podcast

Episode 17 Brian Shutter Neon Lords and Orcbusters

Episode 17 Brian Shutter Neon Lords and Orcbusters

March 17, 2022

This is a great one, folks!  We had a blast with the very talented Brian Shutter-a name to watch as he will definitely be making his mark in the industry!  He tells about his epic quest to bring the "cassette-apocalypse" mystique to life in his hot new game, "Neon Lords of the Toxic Wasteland" (available at Exulted Funeral https://www.exaltedfuneral.com/search?q=neon+lords and DriveThru https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?keywords=neon+lords&x=0&y=0&author=&artist=&pfrom=&pto= ).  Next, we give the "This Ol' Dungeon" treatment to an adventure from one of my favorite systems, Paranoia's "Orcbusters."  Hopefully you'll enjoy this as much as we did!  Oh, don't forget to write in if you figure out the "wizard's names" mystery...  And finally, here's a real cool resource/channel Edwin had mentioned: The Monster Man podcast (https://monsterman.libsyn.com/) hosted by James Holloway (and currently running a crowd funding for an adventure I helped him play test at https://james-holloway.itch.io/the-magonium-mine-murders).

 
Episode 16 Sinister Secrets of the U Series

Episode 16 Sinister Secrets of the U Series

February 21, 2022

This is actually a stand-in for the TRUE Episode 16, which was a massively good recording with Richard LeBlanc of http://savevsdragon.blogspot.com/  and New Big Dragon Games talking all about random generators for games and including his awesome D30 line available on DriveThru that didn't (explicative) record!  We will cast Charm Person on his merciful heart and get another recording of that episode put together soon.  In the meantime, we made a recording covering another proven winner, "The Sinister Secrets of Saltmarsh" and the entire U series with some comparisons to the 5e "Ghosts of Saltmarsh."  This is a fun episode and believe it or not, we didn't even break and hour and a half! (Of course, we cut out 3 segments...).  Anyhow, hope you enjoy this conversation about this great old product and please check out this fan made site for Temple of Elemental Evil directed to us from Ned Leeds (mentioned in the Letters from the Homeowners Association): https://1eonline.info/t/t.htm

 

Episode 15 Eddie Bartlett and Temple of Elemental Evil

Episode 15 Eddie Bartlett and Temple of Elemental Evil

January 15, 2022

On this episode we're joined by Eddie Bartlett of the LongCon and the No Class RPG Podcast AND writer of "Carnage in the Casino" to talk gaming and take on a classic adventure, 'The Temple of Elemental Evil."  You'll get some inside information about starting a con, some ideas about which dungeon elements are most important, and listen to us take turns berating this classic megadungeon...  Ok, calm down! We do point out some of its strong suits and how we would make it playable.  So get comfortable, because just like ToEE, this one's a LONG one!

Episode 14 Dark Sun with Ryan Howard

Episode 14 Dark Sun with Ryan Howard

December 20, 2021

In this episode, we have a lot of fun meandering our way through a myriad of topics with our special guest, Ryan Howard of "Rollin' Bones!"  Some highlights include an interview with Ryan, discussion of city campaigns, archetypes for characters, safety tools for RPGs, espionage RPGs, random dungeons, and, OF COURSE, the 1991 original Dark Sun setting and why it fits perfectly with the Dungeon Crawl Classics rule set.  So, get comfortable folks, this is a long one!  Check out Ryan's Twitch stream at Twitch TV: Rollin' Bones.

Episode 13 Jon Hook and Holiday RPG Modules

Episode 13 Jon Hook and Holiday RPG Modules

December 6, 2021

St. Nick brings us a surprise, as we are visited by RPG writer/artist Jon Hook just in time to talk about holiday gaming.  We get a chance to interview him about his writing for the Call of Cthulhu RPG, Goodman Games, as well as his work for Frog God Games-including the infamous, "Orcus on 34th Level."  In the This Ol' Dungeon Segment we transform a D6 Star Wars adventure into a palatable version of the Holiday Special, get turned on to a lesser known Classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure that is ripe for winter festivities, and hear about a half-dozen adventures that make brilliant use of the origins of holidays such as Valentine's Day, Arbor Day, and even Independence Day...

Episode 12: Bill Slavicsek and Scared Stiffs

Episode 12: Bill Slavicsek and Scared Stiffs

October 29, 2021

So, we had to class up the joint on this one; Mr. Bill "Named that Funky Star Wars Alien" Slavicsek stops by to hang and talk about his very early work, "Scared Stiffs" for the Ghostbusters RPG from West End Games. This was too much fun!  Edwin Nagy of Frog God Games and Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games were good enough to rejoin the cast and hold my had so I didn't turn too "fanboy" on Mr. Slavicsek -though I will admit having to edit out an ending where I stuttered through his name 5 times like Sylvester the cat...  Personal highlight of my gaming life, right here dungeoneers!

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