Gamer's Tavern

This week, Ross Watson and Darryl Mott Jr. honor the best in gaming for 2013. From board games to roleplaying games, from accessories to media, we give our picks for what we feel are the best of the year past. We chose our winners based on our own personal, subjective opinions and then give our reasons. Was there a game we left off? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Best Board Game

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Darryl)

Best Game Expansion

Champions Complete (Ross)

Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport (Darryl)

Best Miniature Product

BattleTech: Alpha Strike (Ross)

Dwarven Forge Game Tiles (Darryl)

Best Party Game

ROFL! (Darryl)

Best Gaming Website

Obsidian Portal (Ross)

Drive Thru RPG (Darryl)

Best RPG Supplement

Pathfinder Bestiary 4 (Darryl)

Pathfinder Ultimate Campaign (Ross)

Best Rules System

13th Age (Ross)

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Darryl)

Best RPG Campaign Setting

Shaintar (Ross)

Accursed (Darryl)

Best Gaming Accessory Product

Gygax Magazine (Ross)

Pathfinder Bestiary Box 2 (Darryl)

Best Non-Game Gaming Related Product

Okay, we explain this one on the podcast, but this category is for something that is directly related to gaming, but is not a game product in and of itself.

Order of the Stick (Ross)

Zero Charisma (Darryl)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Knights of the Dinner Table

The KotDT Live Action Kickstarter is still going until February 5, 2014 so GO GO GO!!

Gamer's Tavern Game of the Year

Runner Up (Ross): 13th Age

Runner Up (Darryl): Dead Panic

Honorable Mention: Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition


Direct download: GamersTavernEp017.mp3
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How do game designers create the amazing worlds we all play in? How can you use their tricks to add more to your own game? Or do you want to become a professional yourself and publish your own game world? Colin McComb and Darrell Hardy join us to discuss one of the challenges of modern game design, Worldbuilding.


Colin McComb



Planescape Torment



Darrell Hardy

My Little Pony CCG




“Here’s a message for You’re awesome, thank you.” – Colin McComb

Direct download: GamersTavernEp016.mp3
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What makes a villain? What separates them from just another antagonists and pushes them into iconic if not mythic status? Chris Avelllone, designer of some of the greatest villains of gaming history whether digital or analog, joins us to discuss what makes a villain and how to use the Big Bad Evil Guy in your game.

Note: This was originally scheduled to be Ep. 16 of the podcast but, due to audio issues,the schedule was slightly changed.

Our Sponsors: Accursed, a dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds, and Drive Thru RPG, your best source for digital gaming books

Chris Avellone

Legend of Grimrock Kickstarter

Cards Against Humanity (currently reprinting, do not pay more than $25 for the core set)


HERO System



Underworld Enemies

Dark Champions

Knights of the Old Republic 2

Darth Nihilus

Darth Sion

Spoony's Darth Vader story WARNING: He rambles more than Darryl does, but he's better than I am!

Mara Jade

Xanatos Gambit WARNING: TVTropes Link!

Direct download: GamersTavernEp015.mp3
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In our most controversial episode to date, Ross and Darryl discuss the second half of D&D's history, the Wizards of the Coast/Paizo era. And yes, there are arguments a plenty. However, both the host and owner of the Gamer's Tavern manage to discuss the single most contentious point in gaming for an hour and a half without coming to blows. So that just re-iterates our point, which is edition wars are bullshit! But we hope that you enjoy our exploration of the modern history of the father of all roleplaying games on its 40th anniversary, Dungeons & Dragons!

Our Sponsor: Accused, the dark fantasy campaign setting from Savage Worlds designed by Ross Watson from Melior Via, available now in PDF and Print from Drive Thru RPG

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition

Order of the Stick

Open Gaming License

System Reference Document (3.5)

Book of Nine Swords aka Book of Weeaboo Fightan Magic

Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards

Jim Butcher interview

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Interview with Bruce Cordell and Robert J. Schwalb

Interview with Ari Marmell

Unfortunately, I could not find the blog post from Robert J. Schwalb. If you have a link, please post it in the comments

Fifteen Minute Workday



Sweatpea Entertainment legal dispute

Direct download: GamersTavernEp014.mp3
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Want to have your cake and eat it too? Welcome to the world of generic or "kitchen sink" roleplaying games. Ivan Van Norman joins us to discuss all the systems that act as a catch-all for your gaming experience, whether it's the open world full of white space to explore or the system or setting that allows you to throw every genre into a blender and hit frappe. So sit back and join us at the Gamer's Tavern as we discuss generic, universal, "kitchen sink" systems.

Our Sponsor

Accursed: A Savage Worlds Campaign Setting

Our Guest

Ivan’s Twitter

Outbreak Undead

King of the Nerds

Hunters Books

YouTube Channel

Ivan van Norman's Geek & Sundry VLog


What We’ve Been Playing

Marvel Super Heroess Roleplaying from TSR



Temple of Elemental Evil


Kitchen Sink Games





The Strange




Savage Worlds


World of Darkness


Stargate SG1



Kazei 5


Bobby Derie's Farcast

Space City Con



Direct download: GamersTavernEp013.mp3
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