Category Archives: Playing It Wrong Podcast

Playing It Wrong: Swords & Wizardry The Gateway Clone

Another episode of the new and improved podcast is up. This time I return in force to my favorite retroclone, Swords & Wizardry or as I’m calling it the Gateway Clone. There’s plenty of mechanics and other little fiddly bits that can make the transition from current to old-school less frightening for the newcomers.
You can check out the episode here.
For more about Swords & Wizardry head over to Frog God Games or check out Matt Finch’s Patreon. For great actual play in The Blight, check out Swords & Misery.
Thanks and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on your favorite platform. And please check out the They Might Be Gazebos Patreon too. It’s just started. Who know maybe I’ll something else special for early Patrons.

Playing It Wrong: The Reboot Episode Plus Celebrity D&D, Gate Keeping, and Social Media

A very special episode. I’ve done a few tweaks here and there but you want to hear about the episode. Because as I said, it’s that time of year where already start planning and setting goals for the upcoming year.
So what’s this episode about? It’s about Celebrity D&D, Social Media, Gate Keeping, and the direction I plan on taking my own old-school projects. Like the title says. Give it a listen. It’s only getting better.

Playing It Wrong: The Reboot Episode Plus Celebrity D&D, Gate Keeping, and Social Media

And here’s that blog post I mention in the episodeThe OSR: Stagnation, Preservation or Evolution

Episode 21: Adventures are Guidelines

This week’s episode is up!
I go in a lot of different directions in this episode. A little rant about communities (again). The main rant which is all about adventures are guidelines too. So change that stuff game masters. Make it your own. Sadly, there was no gaming this week due to puppy illness. (She’s better now.) And of course another reading from the Little Brown Books. This week I finish up the monster section in Volume 2: Monsters and Treasure. And a call in from Tim “Gothridge Manor” Shorts. Support his Patreon. He’s a cool dude.
And here’s the Episode.

Don’t Be Afraid To Change Things Up

So things are changing on the blog and the podcast. First on the podcast. Head on over to Anchor and give it listen. Subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. With the el cheapo plan I can’t embed it yet. But I’m working on it.
And in case you are wondering. I talk about changing up games and so on. Any way more tech stuff and game stuff to work on. Keep those dice rolling!

The Most Exciting Campaign Ever!

Yes, that’s a click bait style headline. But it’s that time. This is a sort of what’s up and what’s next. And I’m not sure what’s next but I’ve got some ideas. Too many but here’s the main ones. But if you are weary of reading, just hop over and listen to basically the same rant on Playing It Wrong.
Zweihander: You can swing stick without hearing about this one. I many do something standard or maybe kit bash into a Bronze Age Grim & Perilous style game.
Runequest: Well, see above but with Ducks.
Maybe 5E: Who knows? Saltmarsh is coming out. Maybe WOTC won’t screw it up. Or maybe go way off track and do some odd mashup of Spelljammer and Planescape.
Old School never leaves my mind. DCC Lankhmar should be in my hands sometime. But then so should Tegel Manor. I made a little comment on MeWe about an idea of kitbashing Tegel Manor, The Blight, and Midderlands. That could be interesting.
The Great Savage Worlds Pirates Vs Cthulhu game. I think that title says it all. But then thinking about it….see Zweihander.
And then there’s the Return to New Bay City, my urban fantasy setting. I’ve ran it with World of Darkness then Dresden Files RPG (FATE). But I want to do with something else. I’ve thought about Savage Worlds but Old Skull Publishing just had to do a Kickstarter for Dark Streets & Darker Secrets. So that’s bouncing around inside my head. I’ve already backed and so should you. I’ve seen the previously publicly released text and it looks great. If you like Sharp Swords and Sinister Sorcery then yep back it. If you’ve seen the recently Indiegogo fulfillment and publication of Solar Blades & Cosmic spells then go for it. The system for Dark Streets is much closer to Solar Blades. These are good games. Simple and efficient rules. Easy to tweak to your liking. Have a just an awesome feel and vibe about them. Really, check any of those out and check the Kickstarter.
So there you go.

Episode 2: DM Notebooks

Ah yes. Episode 2 of Playing It Wrong is release into the wild. This time I rant about my DM Notebook. This isn’t my campaign or adventure notes. And it’s not even my DM screen. This is a notebook that I have with various system neutral charts and tables from all sorts of sources. The thing that I notices is that there’s a bunch of those tables, while neat, I wasn’t even using. So it’s time to slim that thing down. I mean why carry extra stuff around. I probably already do carry too much stuff. Heck, it’s thicker than most of my OSR core books (except Dungeon Crawl Classics). So here you, give the episode a listen and share your thoughts.
Episode 2: DM Notebooks

Happy New Year! Make 2019 Cool

Well, it’s a new year and here’s a new episode of Playing It Wrong.
For the link or podcast weary, I’m going to go into the main thought of this episode here. There was a lot of crap at the 2019. Dumpster fires and cess pools abounded. I really want 2019 to be about gaming as fun and cool. A place where people come together and have fun, make friends, and not worry about whatever labels get stuck onto somebody.
So what am I going to do about? Well, I’m going to start “What’s Cool Wednesday”. At the old blog, I did Webclip Wednesday and I ran with this idea for here. Every Wednesday, I’m going to post about something that I find cool and fun in gaming. It may be a person, publisher, product, podcast, or blog. And I encourage other folks to do the same. Share somebody else’s neat stuff that gets overlooked because there’s Internet drama.
Hello 2019. Share the fun. Share the good.