Gamer's Tavern

Is your New Years resolution to change careers into the gaming industry? Do you want to work with the big boys or be your own boss as a freelancer? Guests Sam Stewart and Sean Patrick Fannon join us to talk about how to break into the gaming business.

If you go to the Gamer's Tavern website the weekend after this episode posts, I'll have a blog post up with multiple links to

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Fantasy Flight Games


Ross's amazing dark fantasy setting, Accursed, is finally available! Click here to purchase it right now!

Darryl will be at Space City Con in Galveston, TX, on January 3-5, 2014 with a special surprise for Gamer's Tavern listeners!

Ross will be at ChupacabraCon in Austin, TX, on January 17-19, 2014 and at GenghisCon in Aurora, CO, February 13-16, 2014.

Direct download: GamersTavernEp012.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

Dungeons & Dragons is the reason we're in this hobby. Everyone plays it. But how much do you know about where it came from? Ross Watson and Darryl Mott Jr. are flying solo as they talk about the history of the most popular roleplaying game on the planet, its origins, and the entire TSR era.

Designers and Dragons by Shannon Applecline

The far less expensive Wikipedia article on D&D

D&D White Box Collector’s Set

B1: Into the Unknown

B2: Keep on the Borderlands

GDQ Adventure Path

Rules Cyclopedia

Ross's Blog on Birthright

Darryl will be at Space City Con January 2-4 in Galveston, TX

Ross will be at ChupacabraCon January 17-19 in Austin, TX

Ross will also be at Genghis Con February 13-16 in Aurora, CO

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Direct download: GamersTavernEp011.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 2:01am EDT

This episode of the Gamer’s Tavern is devoted to examining the link between gaming and film. Film has influenced tabletop gaming over the years and, more recently, gaming has started to influence films as the kids playing the Red Box grew up to be writers, actors, and directors. This week’s show notes are going to be a little odd as there aren’t going to be very many links. We talked about a lot of films during the podcast and, while I’ve listed them all below, I’m not sure whether you watch films through Netflix, Amazon Prime, DVDs, or if you choose some othARRRRR method of getting your media. So I’ll list the film titles for you to search, but there are some interesting notes you may want to look at when it comes to some of these films.

Mack Martin

Wyrd Games


Ain’t It Cool News

Little Wars by HG Wells (not Jules Verne)

Zero Charisma

The Gamers

Life with the Dice Bag


The Dungeon Masters

Robot Jox

Battletech's Legal Battles and the Unseen

BattleTech Alpha Strike

Conan the Barbarian

Fright Night

The Crow

Mortal Kombat




Hawk the Slayer




Dark Crystal

Heavy Metal


Sword and the Sorcerer

Sword in the Stone

Barb Wire

Johnny Mneumonic

Tank Girl


Escape from New York


Almost Human

The Matrix


Game of Thrones


Usual Suspects

The Big Hit

Star Wars

Ghost in the Shell


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Babylon 5


Wing Commander

Starship Troopers

Die Hard

Akira Kurasawa

Pitch Black




ET: The Extra Terrestrial

Lord of the Rings



Star Trek “Balance of Power”

Star Trek: Wrath of Khan

Real Steel

Dungeons & Dragons cartoon

Game of Thrones


Record of Lodoss War


Clash of the Titans

Seven Voyages of Sinbad

Jason and the Argonauts


White Wolf Lawsuit


American Werewolf in London


Let the Right One In

Near Dark


Innocent Blood


Role Models

Knights of Badassdom

List of Celebrity D&D Players

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Direct download: GamersTavernEp010.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

Running a roleplaying game can be difficult. How can you make it easier on yourself while adding more epic to your games? That's exactly what Keith Baker, designer of Eberron and Gloom, joins us to discuss! Worldbuilding, adventure design, NPCs, you name it, we cover it in the longest and most packed episode of Gamer's Tavern yet!

Keith Baker's blog






Jim Butcher on Characters

And please visit our sponsor, Drive Thru RPG!

Direct download: GamersTavernEp009.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Spending the holidays with the family? Got some non-gamer friends you want to hook on roleplaying? Episode 8 of the Gamer’s Tavern has you covered as our guest Nicole Wakelin, aka Total Fangirl, joins us to examine how gaming with the family is a bonding experience, what games work best to play during the holidays, and how to get your non-gamer friends hooked on roleplaying games.

Below we have listed all of the games we talked about on the show and, for the board games, we give our ratings of the content based on art and text depictions of violence or sex as well as the tone, so you know which ones to keep away from the kids. We didn't rate the roleplaying games this way because it depends more on the adventure and the players involved.

G: There's nothing that anyone could possibly find objectionable in this game.

PG: There may be some violence, dangerous situations, or something else that the easily offended or very young may not want to be exposed to.

PG-13: Either non-detailed violence is one of the core mechanics of this game, the theme is horror-based with little gore, or the art and tone of the game are more dark and/or realistic. You should be okay playing these games around kids, but I might not want very young children to join in on playing them. Some material may offend.

R: Strong language, realistic depictions of violence possibly with gore, and possible non-sexual nudity. Don't play with the kids in earshot.

NC-17: Even I get uncomfortable playing these games sometimes. Strong language, adult content, violence, gore, and other things I wouldn't even want to expose teenagers to. Adults only!

Total Fangirl

The D6 Generation podcast

Zombie Dice (PG)

Dead Panic (PG-13)


Savage Worlds


Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Ultimate Werewolf (PG)

Cards Against Humanity (NC-17)

Castle Panic (PG)

Ticket to Ride (G)

Last Night on Earth (PG-13)

Tsuro (G)

Survive Escape from Atlantis (PG)

The Resistance (PG to PG-13)

Red Dragon Inn (PG-13)

Gloom (PG-13)

Alhambra (G)

Aye Dark Overlord (PG)

Super Dungeon Explore (PG)

Descent: Journeys in the Dark (PG-13)

Munchkin (PG to PG-13, depending on genre)

Fiasco (PG-13 to NC-17, depending on playset)

Pandemic (PG but heavy)

FATE Core System

TORG Introductory Pack

Faery's Tale

Mouse Guard

Choose Your Own Adventure

BattleTech: Classic BattleTech RPG

D&D Basic Red Box

Pathfinder Beginner’s Box Set

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game

Feng Shui

Champions Complete (HERO System)

Zero Charisma

The Gamers

Standard Action

Direct download: GamersTavernEp008.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

We finally get the Shadowrun out of our systems as we're joined by John Dunn and Russell Zimmerman to talk about my personal favorite RPG of all time, Shadowrun! If you've never played the game before, you'll want to check out the primer I recorded on the Shadowrun system and its history so you can follow along. Other than that, all I have to say chummers is shoot straight, conserve ammo, and never ever cut a deal with a dragon!

Melior Via Games

Satellite Games Kickstarter (It's over, but you can still pledge)

Shadowrun Official Website

Dumpshock, the unofficial Shadowrun forums

Shadowrun games at Drive Thru RPG

Direct download: GamersTavernEp007.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Tomorrow's episode is about my favorite roleplaying game on the planet, Shadowrun. Because I'm such a big fan and both our guests, John Dunn and Russell Zimmerman, as well as Ross himself have all worked on the Shadowrun line at some point, I felt it was necessary to record a sort of primer for Shadowrun. This should get you up to speed so you can follow along on Episode 7. If you'd like to know more about the history of the Sixth World check out the Neo-Anarchist Podcast by Opti.You can also get Quick Start rules for Shadowrun Third Edition, Shadowrun Fourth Edition, and Shadowrun Fifth Edition. Music is by Unununium, licensed under Creative Commons by-nc-sa.

Direct download: GamersTavernMini-ShadowrunPrimer.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Modern technology is changing the gaming world one app and social media page at a time. Jesse Scoble (designer on Silver Age Sentinels and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying) joins us to discuss how our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and the internet are all changing the industry and our gaming table. The Gods of the Digital Age tried to stop this episode from reaching your ears, causing a few audio issues, but we managed to wrest the recording from their grasp and get it to you! Welcome to the Gamer's Tavern.

Jesse Scoble

Wizard 101

Silver Age Sentinels


City of Heroes

Big Eyes, Small Mouth

Amber Diceless

Lords of Gossamer and Shadow

Jolly Blackburn’s con set-up


Chessex Pound of Dice

Eclipse Phase

Adam Jury's blog post about Creative Commons, Piracy, and it's benefit to Eclipse Phase

Golem Arcana

Lords of Waterdeep App Announcement

Magic: The Gathering Online

Mechwarrior Tactics


Glory to Rome Kickstarter causes creator Ed Carter to lose his house

Drive Thru RPG

Dork Tower Kickstarter 2

Direct download: GamersTavernEp006.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 2:58pm EDT

Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, World of Darkness both new and old, Ravenloft, Call of Cthulhu...what draws us to these classic horror roleplaying systems and settings? Guest Ari Marmell (fantasy author and game designer for White Wolf and Wizards of the Coast) joins us at the Gamer's Tavern to talk about these systems, how they influenced gaming, and why we're so attracted to the dark and macabre.

Ari Marmell

Vampire: The Masquerade

Werewolf: The Apocalypse

Mage: The Ascention

Wraith: The Oblivion

Changling: The Dreaming

Demon: The Fallen

Samuel Haight

World of Darkness (New)

Vampire: The Requiem

Werewolf: The Foresaken

Mage: The Awakening

Geist: The Sin-Eaters

Changling: The Lost

Mummy: The Curse


Onyx Path

The Ryan Dancey Presentation

Original module I6: Ravenloft

Expedition to Castle Ravenloft (D&D 3.5 version)

Ravenloft Campaign Setting

Ravenloft Dominions: The Black Crusade

Call of Cthulhu



Dark Conspiracy




The Lost Citadel

This week's sponsor: The Strange Kickstarter from Bruce Cordell and Monte Cook, from Monte Cook Games. Music: "Never Heard a Rhyme Like This Before" by Hebber Zepherin is licensed under a Creative Commons license:

Direct download: GamersTavernEp005.mp3
Category:You All Meet in a Tavern -- posted at: 7:43pm EDT

Welcome to the Gamer's Tavern. How do you define horror in roleplaying games? What tricks can you use to increase the horror in your games? How do you stop the tension in your games from getting derailed? Our guests Brian Patterson (d20Monkey) and Jason Marker join us to find answers to these questions. Grab a drink and join us for You All Meet in a Tavern, Episode 4.

Brian Patterson - D20 Monkey

Jason Marker - Amalgamated Fiction

Call of Cthulhu

2XS by Nigel Findley

Shadowrun: Universal Brotherhood

Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords

Dead Man

Everything's Eventual by Stephen King (including the short story "1408")

Setting the Scene, from Ross Watson

We'd like to thank this week's sponsor, Mutha Oith Creations and their Kickstarter for Dementalism running until November 4th. The Low Life/Dementalism theme "Heck on Oith" is performed by Stratos, courtsey of Bailey Records, Copyright 2009, used with permission.

Direct download: YAMIAT_Ep_004.mp3
Category:You All Meet in a Tavern -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Welcome to the Gamer's Tavern. This week's episode was...a bit of a clusterfrag as we had a guest unfortunately cancel on us at the last minute. But swooping in to save us was Darrell Hardy (who spells his name wrong regardless of what he says on the podcast because everyone knows Darryl is spelled D-A-R-R-Y-L..but anyway...), a veteran of the gaming industry who has worked on more games than I can count. This week, we're starting out Halloween specials with an episode of Horror Stories...but not the kind you may think. No, these are stories of gaming horror. Those nights when gaming goes awry and our hopes of a fun evening are dashed upon the rocks of bad players, bad DMs, miscommunication about tone, and other issues from the gaming table.

Links for this week's episode:

Darrell Hardy's blog

Genghis Con

Space City Con


Vampire: The Masquerade

Robotech RPG




We'd like to extend a special thank you to our sponsor for this episode, the Dementalism expansion Kickstarter!

Direct download: YAMIAT_Ep_003.mp3
Category:You All Meet in a Tavern -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

Welcome to the Gamer’s Tavern. Have a seat and join us for You All Meet in a Tavern Episode 2, “What Makes a Game Fun” aka “How to Make Literally Dozens of Dollars a Year” with your hosts, Darryl Mott Jr. and Ross Watson. Ross spent the first half of the episode fighting a grue called “nvidia”, but was able to join us after the first break. Our guests are John Goodenough, currently with Alderac Entergainment Group and designer of Talisman 4th Edition, Relic, World of Warcraft: Board Game, and Tide of Iron amongst others, and Andy Hopp, designer and artist of Low Life and Dementalism. And yes, I know I said Paranoia early on when I meant Pandemic...I got them right for the rest of the episode.

Episode Links:

Alderac Entertainment Group

Mother Oith Creations, home of Low Life and Dementalism



Vampire: The Masquerade


Castle Panic

Tide of Iron

We would like to thank our sponsors for this episode, The Accursed RPG Kickstarter and the Dementalism Expansion Kickstarter

Low Life/Dementalism theme: “Heck on Oith” by Stratos, courtesy of Bailey Records Copyright 2009, used with permission

Accursed theme: “Artemis” by Aesma Daeva is used under the Creative Commons Attribution license

Direct download: YAMIAT_Ep_002.mp3
Category:You All Meet in a Tavern -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

Welcome to the Gamer's Tavern. On the first official episode of You All Meet in a Tavern, your hosts Darryl Mott Jr. and Ross Watson discuss what it is exactly about gaming that draws us to the hobby. Our guests this evening are Bruce Cordell (legendary game designer of many Dungeons & Dragons products including the second best module ever according to ENWorld, The Sunless Citadel), John Kovalic (cartoonist for Dork Tower, artist for Munchkin and Apples to Apples, and designer of ROFL!), and Torah Cottrill (author and former line editor for Wizards of the Coast).

This Week's Links:

Dork Tower by John Kovalic

Bruce Cordell's Homepage

Torah Cottrill's blog

Our sponsor this week is Melior Via, who are Kickstartingthe Savage Worlds campaign setting Accursed until October 13th. "It's like someone slipped Ravenloft some PCP." - Abstruse, Ain't It Cool News Check them out at

Direct download: YAMIAT_Ep_001.mp3
Category:You All Meet in a Tavern -- posted at: 2:36am EDT

You All Meet in a Tavern Episode 000

So, you all meet in a tavern. Sitting in a dark corner are your hosts, Darryl Mott Jr. and Ross Watson. In this episode, your hosts introduce themselves to you and talk about the twisting paths of how they got into gaming and how that lead to Darryl writing for Ain't It Cool News and Ross working for Games Workshop and Fantasy Flight Games. (Please excuse the audio quality as the file had to be created from a lower-quality back-up recording due to a rookie mistake by Darryl. Feel free to throw things at him as punishment.)

Episode Links: The home of the You All Meet in a Tavern podcast Rogue Warden, Ross Watson's Ennie-nominated gaming blog The Kickstarter for Accused, Ross's official Savage Worlds setting of dark fantasy adventure running until October 13, 2013 Unofficial wiki for the Scarred Lands campaign setting Dragon's Lair in Austin, TX

Direct download: YAMIAT_Ep_000.mp3
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