Gamer's Tavern (You All Meet in a Tavern)

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
Category:You All Meet in a Tavern -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT