Gamer's Tavern

Torg is a game long ahead of its time. We have designer Ed Stark to talk about this lost gem of a roleplaying game in a frank discussion of both the ways it innovated the gaming hobby and where it went wrong in some pretty spectacular ways.

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Ed Stark

Dungeons & Dragons 3.x


Elder Scrolls Online

What We've Been Playing Lately

Cards Against Humanity (Ed)

Acquire (Ed)

Circus Maximus (Ed)

Dungeons & Dragons 5e (Ed, Ross)

Pathfinder (Darryl)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Ross)

Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery (Ross)

Birthright (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross)


Torg Revised Edition

Torg Introductory Pack

West End Games


Star Wars (D6 game)


Jennifer Government

Ross's Blog on Torg

The Cosms

The Nile Empire


The Cyberpapacy

Nippon Tech


The Living Land

The Land Below


Space Gods

Direct download: GamersTavernEp051.mp3
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Ravenloft is the one of the most popular campaign settings created for Dungeons & Dragons. Tonight, we talk about the history and the fun that comes with roleplaying in the Demiplane of Dread!

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Special! Meet the hosts of Gamer's Tavern and both our guests on tonight's show at Comicpalooza in Houston, TX THIS WEEKEND!

Our Guests



Stan!'s 10,000th tweet

West End Games

Star Wars (D6)


Dragonlance 5th Age

Pokemon JR Adventure Game (Best selling RPG of all time)

Japan's International Gamer's Guild

William Thrasher


Heroes of the Wild

Skirmisher Games

Kettle of Fish Productions

What We've Been Playing Lately

Wings of War (Stan!)

Call of Cthlhu (Stan!)

Shadowrun Returns (Darryl)

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Darryl)

Star Trek Online (Darryl)

Dungeons & Dragons 5e (Darryl, Ross)

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Darryl)

Double Feature (Darryl)

Munchkin (Darryl)

Boss Monster (Darryl)

Fluxx (Darryl)

Dungeons & Dragons Attack Wing (Will)

Arkham Horror (Will)

Little Orc Wars (Will)

Cthulhu Live (Will)

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Ross)

Savage Worlds (Ross)

Shaintar (Ross)

Birthright (Ross)

Savage Rifts (Ross)

Savage Worlds Lankhmar (Ross)

Warhammer 40K Regicide (Ross)


I6: Ravenloft

I10: Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill

Ravenloft Campaign Setting (2nd Edition)

Ravenloft Campaign Setting (3rd Edition by White Wolf)

Shadowfell: Gloomwrought and Beyond


Monstrous Compendium Ravenloft Appendix

Monstrous Compendium Ravenloft Appendix II: Children of the Night


Monstroux Compendium Ravenloft Appendix III

d-Infinity Live Series 4 Episode 19: Let's Play Humans

Death of a Darklord Laurel K Hamilton

I, Strahd by P. N. Elrod

Scholar of Decay by Tanya Huff

Black Crusade by Ari Marmell

Van Richten's Guide series

Masque of the Red Death

Direct download: GamersTavernEp050.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 7:27pm EDT

Magic has burned the world, and you're left trying to survive this world of dangerous monsters, psionic powers, and Sorcerer Kings. Dark Sun is one of the first non-traditional fantasy campaign settings published by TSR in 1991 for Dungeons & Dragons. One of the original creators, Timothy Brian Brown, joins us to talk about this iconic world.

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Timothy Brown


2300 AD

Space 1889

Dark Sun

Mage Knight

Fast Forward Entertainment

Petrogylph Games

Savage Worlds: Last Parsec

Dragon Kings

Brandon Gensemer

Gamer's Tavern Game Table: Shadowrun

Malifaux: Through the Breach In Defense of Innocence

Reddit's RunnerHub


 What We've Been Playing Lately

Pathfinder (Darryl)

Shadowrun (Brandon)

Dragon Age: Inquisition (Brandon)

FATE (Brandon)

Warhammer 40k (Tim)

Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery (Ross)

Warhammer 40k Regicide (Ross)

Batman: Arkham Origins (Ross)



Dark Sun

Original Dark Sun Campaign Setting

Dark Sun 4th Edition

Psionics Handbook

Mind Lords of the Last Sea

Marauders of the Dune Sea

Digital Wanderer Dark Sun Map

Monstrous Compendium Dark Sun Appendix: Terrors of the Desert

DSR4 Valley of Dust and Fire

The Burnt World of Athas (

Dragon Kings (Spiritual Successor)

Dragon Kings Official Page

Direct download: GamersTavernEp049.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT

Codename: Van Buren. This cancelled video game was what Fallout 3 would have been. But did you know that the design team made a pen and paper RPG to test? Chris Avellone takes over the Gamer’s Tavern thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers in order to tell us all about the history of the development of the Fallout 3 that never happened and the unpublished pen and paper RPG they used in development. Listen to this episode and you have a chance to WIN the original pen and paper Van Buren RPG files from Chris Avellone!

Chris wanted us to add the following to the show notes:

Fun fact from Van Buren: Elijah (the villain in Fallout: New Vegas: Dead Money) was supposed to be one of the companions in the first iteration of Fallout: Van Buren (along with Sulik's sister, who ironically enough, was a slaver). Elijah was a genius-level BoS member who deserted the organization, which was becoming increasing xenophobic due to faction politics, rigid adherence to tech over community, and continual, dangerous use of Stealth Boy tech despite numerous warning signs. Like the Nightkin, the Stealth Boy was beginning to fray some BoS personalities, causing paranoia and psychosis. Overall, Elijah felt the BoS had been poisoned by wrapping itself within a tech shell. (Veronica did not exist.) 

Elijah was also a bit more physically fit than his Dead Money counterpart and was skilled in not just high-tech weapons, but also had trained himself extensively in bows, spears, and more "old school" weapons that many BoS members disdained as being "tribal."

Before Elijah deserted, however, he sabotaged the BoS Power Armor so they could do no more aggression/harm to other communities in the wastes, including NCR (and he sabotaged their armor as a lesson - who are you without these shells that distance you from the world). After this, he went to live with the Cipher tribals. One of the arcs of the game is to convince him to resurrect the Power Armor so the BoS isn't wiped out (or activate it for a new group of BoS, including the player), or follow the Ciphers, who understand tech better than the BoS due (they worship schematics of the old world).

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Our Hosts

Chris Avellone

Fallout 2

Fallout: New Vegas

Planescape: Torment

Icewind Dale

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II

Pillars of Eternity

Torment: Tides of Numenera

Ross Watson


RIFTS Savage Worlds

Rogue Trader

Darksiders 2

Darryl Mott Jr.

Ain’t It Cool News Tabletop

Gamer’s Tavern Twitch



Van Buren Tabletop RPG


Fallout 2

“Van Buren”

Fallout 3

Fallout: New Vegas

Nuka Break

Wayside Creations

Legend of Grimrock

Fallout: New Vegas Dead Money DLC

Exodus (RPG that came from the original Fallout RPG)

Sand and Stone (Accursed sourcebook)

The Prisoner's Dilemma

Nexus Mods

Fallout RPG Wiki

PAX East Torment: Tides of Numenera Footage

Direct download: GamersTavernEp048.mp3
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