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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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

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