Gamer's Tavern

Ross and Sean are on a road trip! Gamer’s Tavern host and producer Ross Watson along with frequent guest Sean Patrick Fannon killed some time on their drive home from RinCon talking about what they did at the convention, how to argue about gaming effectively, the independent game movement, the Death Spiral, and what’s going on with their company, Evil Beagle Games.


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Road Trip

RinCon home page

Chess is not an RPG

Thick as Thieves card game


East Texas University

Artemis Bridge Simulator

Sparticus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

The Forge



Dungeon World

Houses of the Blooded


Burning Empires

Old School Renaissance

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Project 77

Savage Lankhmar

Direct download: GamersTavernRoadTrip.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

Diet? Exercise? On my gaming podcast? It's more likely than you think. And not nearly as bad as you fear. This episode, we talk about the small lifestyle changes you can make to feel better and game longer!

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Evil Beagle Games - Publishers of Shaintar, the epic setting for Savage Worlds. Bad dog, good games!

Our Guests

Jake Burgess

Flashover Arts

Hero System

Luc McArthur

Luc’s Flikr Account

Luc’s Facebook Albums

What We’ve Been Playing Lately


Hero System (Jake)

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl)

Dystopian Wars (Luke)

X-Wing Miniatures (Luke)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Luke, Ross)

Warhammer 40K (Luke, Jake, Ross)



Gamer Health


How to Read Nutritional Labels

Darryl's Blog: The Dreaded Diet

My Fitness Pal app

Zombies! Run! App

Couch to 5K app

Dresden Files RPG

Manitou Incline Hiking Trail


Texas Renaissance Festival (I picked this one because I grew up going to it every year)

NERO Live Action Roleplay



Society for Creative Anachronism

Episode 37: Live Action Roleplay

My Fitness Pal Forums

Episode 27: Birthright

Darryl’s Cooking Blog

Direct download: GamersTavernEp040.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

Welcome to Gamer's Tavern Happy Hour, our irregular podcast of mini-shows! This time, Darryl takes you behind the scenes at the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network to tell you how we make the show!

Don't forget, our Kickstarter is still going strong, so make sure to donate now!


Plantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset - This headset is comfortable and very high quality when recording through Skype. If you're starting out or want to go all-USB, this is a good place to start.

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount - This is the microphone Darryl currently uses. You'll be making use of the Noise Reduction effect in Audacity a lot to get rid of the background noise, but it's the best sound you're going to get for under $100.

Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone - This is one of the two microphones we're looking to moving toward. It's one of the best dynamic vocal microphones you're going to find unless you want to step up to high-end studio equipment in the $1200-1500 range. This is the microphone used by Nerdist.

Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone - This is the other beauty and runs neck and neck with the Shure SM7 in terms of quality. It requires a few more accessories like a shockmount and pop filter, but it has a rich bass sound. This is the microphone used by This Week in Tech.

Digital Recorders

Zoom R16 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface - This is our main recorder and one of the only pieces of equipment I'm not looking to replace. It can record up to 8 channels live, the built-in stereo microphones sound pretty damn good, and while it's pricey, I've only had one issue with it ever. It can last about an hour on the eight AA batteries, so plan ahead if you're doing a long recording session!

Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder - The H4N is the recorder I'm wanting to put in Ross's hands for recording at conventions. It can record two channels at once, using either the built-in stereo microphones or the two combo inputs at the base. If you're not going multitrack for editing or if you're just recording you and one other person, this will save you about $200 over the Zoom R16. Even if you upgrade later, you'll still make use of this for its portability.

Note: Tascam also makes some very good digital recorders, but I've never used one so I can't personally testify to them.


BEHRINGER EURORACK UB2442FX-PRO - The mixer currently used by the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network, there's nothing really wrong with it per se, but it is an older model and missing a lot of the features we need. The one I bought was also used, having spent a decade or so in service at a church before it came to us. It sounds great when it's working, but it's requiring a lot more percussive maintenance than I'd like.

BEHRINGER XENYX X2442USB - Drool. This is what I'm wanting to upgrade to. It's basically the new model of the other mixer with a slightly more portable design that takes up less space and will be easier to haul around to conventions. It also has a lot more features and, since we'll be buying new this time, shouldn't have the same fiddly problems.


While the Zoom R16 comes with a limited version of the professional (and expensive) software Cubase, I still recommend sticking with the completely free open-source multiplatform Audacity. It's powerful, has a lot of options, is pretty easy to use once you pick up the few tricks, has a great network for support and instruction, and, again, it's completely free.

Direct download: GamersTavernBehindTheScenes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Batman is dead. The Caped Crusader has perished in an explosion caused by The Joker. With a void in Gotham City, new heroes must rise up to keep the city safe as it tears itself apart from violence and crime renewed in a world without the Dark Knight.

This series of Game Table is played using DC Adventures powered by Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition.

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The Players

The GM for this season of Game Table is Kat9

Ross Watson plays The Knave

Brandon Gensemer plays Dragoon

Goodtwin plays The Fireman

Summer plays Jeramiah

All characters not explicitely created for this recording are owned by and or trademarked by DC Comics. Audio clips are from Batman: The Animated Series, owned by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros Animation. Game presentation is owned by Green Ronin Pubblishing. The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network has no relationship with DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, or Green Ronin Publishing, and those companies neither endorse nor are affiliated with the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network in any official capacity whatsoever.
Direct download: GameTableS2E02P1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

The players are hired to guard a wagon on the way from Neverwinter to Phandalin. But what do they do when they find trouble on the road? We're playing the Starter Set of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons!

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One Degree with Nick - Gamer's Tavern editor Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

Our Players

Darryl Mott Jr.: Dungeonmaster

Ross Watson: Morgan, Human Fighter

Sean Patrick Fannon: Jovis, Elf Cleric

Andrea Perez: Belliane, Dwarf Cleric

Gary Dowling: Magni, Dwarf Fighter

How Can You Play?

Player's Handbook

Monster Manual

Basic Dungeons & Dragons

Music Credits:

Theme Song: "Fake Reality" by Melodic in Fusion

Direct download: GTGTDnDS1E1.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 3:11am EDT

The Gamer's Tavern is celebrating its first anniversary! We're bringing back one of our most popular topics, Gaming Horror Stories! Those funny (even if in hindsight) stories of gaming gone wrong. We also have a major announcement at the end of the episode, so stick around!

Our Sponsors

Evil Beagle Games: The publishers of the epic fantasy campaign setting for Shaintar! Bad dog, good games!

Drive Thru RPG: The largest source online for digital copies of your favorite games.

One Degree with Nick: Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time.

Our Guests

Sheena Colbath


Hotels for ChupababraCon

D3 Adventures


Sean Patrick Fannon


Evil Beagle Games

Sean’s Pick of the Day

Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer’s Bible

Kickstarter for Last Parsec





Anniversary Special


Episode Shout-Outs

Edition Wars Part 1

Edition Wars Part 2





Horror Story Games

Savage Worlds

Dungeons & Dragons

Dark Heresey



Black Crusade

Fantasy HERO

Firefly RPG


Knights of the Dinner Table


Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Star Wars: Force and Destiny

Call of Cthulhu

Where the Deep Ones Are

Direct download: GamersTavernAS01.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 1:08am EDT