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Game School

Is there an analog RPG you’ve always wanted to try, but just haven’t been able to get started? Want to discover new games, or learn more about ones you already know?Join Satine Phoenix and Chad Parish as they learn a new RPG every show, with the game’s designer on hand to teach you.

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Tales of Gor

WARNING - This is a Detention episode. As such it may not be suitable for all listeners. There are themes of domination, bondage, and slavery. Tales of Gor brings you into a striking world of science-fantasy roleplaying. Born from the Gorean Cycle (34 books) by John Norman, Tales of Gor brings you to The Counter Earth. A world of contradictions, freedom and slavery, science and fantasy, primitive violence and high technology ripe for adventure. While two great alien powers vie for control of the solar system their plans play out on two worlds, Earth and Gor. Will you take sides or simply strive to survive in a hostile world of gigantic animals, powerful city states and cunning machinations? Powered by Open D6, Tales of Gor lets you step into this long-running series of science-fantasy novels and carve your own future on the Counter-Earth.  Illustrated in striking style by celebrated fetish and comic book artist Michael Manning (Spider Garden, Tranceptor) this book is also a visual treat for fans of Gor, giving his unique interpretation to Gor, its creatures and its people. https://post-mort.com/collections/roleplaying-games/products/tales-of-gor-gorean-roleplaying

1hr 17mins

28 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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125 Castles and Crusades

The Game School crew went to GaryCon! We recorded a live episode with Steve Chenault, one of the men responsible for the creation of Castles and Crusades. Steve talked with Satine about the history of the game, explained some of the mechanics, and then ran her on a short adventure.   About Castles and Crusades Castles and Crusades is a fantasy role playing game with countless possibilities. The Players Handbook allows you take up the sword and shield, the staff or bow; to arm yourself as you desires and wander upon planes of your own imagining and plunder the wealth of adventure. Designed for use with multiple players, Castles and Crusades puts you in charge of the adventure path. Included within are all the rules of play, how to get started in your very own role playing game, how to run the game and play in it. It’s easy to learn attribute-based rules system allows players to choose among 13 archetypal character classes and 7 races to create their characters. Spells, equipment, fast-paced combat rules, and all essential information needed to play a game of Castles and Crusades is in this book. TLG Portal The Portal is a subscription service that allows you to access the mountains of material published by Troll Lord Games. Through the Portal you will find everything you need to play a game of Castles & Crusades, Amazing Adventures, Tainted Lands and all the games TLG creates. Also find the World of Aihrde, Inzae, fiction, other games… in short all the material extracted from the many books, modules, digital content, and journals published by Troll Lord Games. But that’s not all. The portal will include ALL FUTURE CONTENT as well. We’ll still publish books, but you’ll have fast access here! As we release new content, we’ll upload it to the portal. The purpose is to give you quick and easy access to the many games and worlds of Troll Lord Games. The Portal will be easy to access via your phone, tablet, IPad, laptop or desktop.   Links Web Site Purchase TLG Portal


25 Jul 2016

Rank #2

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122 Runequest 6th Edition

In this episode Game School delves into the one of the classics of tabletop games, Runequest and it's newest edition with Lawrence Whitaker.  The 6th edition remains true to the feel of classic fantasy while adding a few new surprises to keep it fresh for your table.

1hr 6mins

16 May 2016

Rank #3

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Star Wars

On this episode JC and Spence interview Jay Little. He is a developer and one of the lead designers of Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: Edge of the Empire roleplaying series. https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/#/universe/star-wars

1hr 19mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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Swords and Wizardry Light

Swords and Wizardry Light combines fast play and introducing new players with nostalgia for the grizzled rpg veterans. Using pen, paper, two types of dice, and two foldable cards, the game can be played with only a few minutes of setup. It is easy to understand the mechanics and has a simple approach to the rest of traditional gaming that will have newbies playing without the confusion or frustration of a long character creation session. https://froggodgames.com/product-category/free-stuff/ http://www.tenkarstavern.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/849179298513223/

1hr 8mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #5

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111 Outbreak Undead

This is part 2 of our special two part interview with Ivan Van Norman, creator of Outbreak: Undead.


15 Dec 2015

Rank #6

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115 Urban Shadows

Game School talks with Mark Diaz Truman, co-creator of Urban Shadows!  In this episode we learn that when it comes to being supernatural, the super part is only half the story!

1hr 23mins

31 Jan 2016

Rank #7

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126 Mythic Mortals

"Play as yourself, suddenly granted the incredible and unstable powers of legendary heroes!"   It's Mythic Mortals, the extraordinary new game of super heroes brought to us by David Schirduan.  Tune in as David guides us through a novel new approach to tabletop combat and listen as he pits Satine Phoenix against one very bullish bruiser!


9 Aug 2016

Rank #8

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117 The Razor Coast

Game School chats with Lou Agresta about The Razor Coast campaign setting for use with Paizo Publishing's Pathfinder!  It's a setting with a new flavor, where hidden islands harbor deadly rogues and otherworldly gods.  So grab yourself a bottle of rum and lash yourself in as Satine learns what it is to be a pirate navigating on strange seas.  

1hr 29mins

21 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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118 Garycon VIII Podcast Panel 2016! Part 1

This is part 1 of a special two part episode on how to produce a gaming podcast. Recorded at GaryconVIII, this panel is hosted by Game School, the Dead Games Society, Drink Spin Run, Gaming and BS, Game School, Cube of Death and the Mythwits podcast. And joining the panel as a special guest, Jayson Elliott of TSR Games and former host of Roll For Initiative. If you enjoy this episode don’t forget to tune into Part 2! And check out some of the other podcasts represented… http://gamingandbs.com/ http://www.drinkspinrun.com/ http://studio187.com/mythwits/about/ http://cubeofdeath.tsrpn.com/ http://gameschool.tsrpn.com/ http://rfipodcast.com/show/ And of course, the TSR Podcast Network as well as Garycon itself! http://garycon.com/ http://tsrpn.com/ Also, I just wanted to say thanks to our great audience members and if you like painting miniatures then check out The Dale Wardens! http://thedalewardens.blogspot.com/


27 Mar 2016

Rank #10

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120 Pathfinder

Join the Game School crew, along with guest host and actor, Kyle Vogt, as they talk with Paizo’s James L. Sutter and Linda Zaya-Palmer, all about Pathfinder!  James is a co-creator of the Pathfinder roleplaying game as well as the executive editor for Paizo Publishing.  Linda is a 5-star Pathfinder Society GM and a developer at Paizo.   As this episode ran long, this is going to be a two-parter with this episode featuring James and Linda explaining the system and telling great behind the scenes stories regarding the genesis of Pathfinder.    Part Two will be released next week and feature our live play segment to run about 20 minutes.  But because we did a full on game session you can hear the dice roll in totality by tuning into the soon to be released After School Special featuring host, Satine Phoenix.   Whether your new to the system or a Pathfinder Society veteran, this episode has something for everyone!   And don’t miss our regularly scheduled episode next week when the crew sit down with the Design Mechanism’s own Lawrence Whitaker, author of the sixth edition of RuneQuest.   System:  Pathfinder Hosts: Satine Phoenix, Chad Parish, and Kyle Vogt Guests:  James L. Sutter and Linda Zayas-Palmer Duration: 01:04:54

1hr 4mins

27 Apr 2016

Rank #11

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Season 2 opens with two new hosts, James "Jay Cee" Carpio and Spence. They interview Jeff Talanian about his game  Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea. It's an awesome OSR game that harkens back to Robert E. Howard's pulp-fiction tales.

1hr 4mins

9 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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124 Thunder!

Douglas Poirier takes the Game School crew through the epicness of Thunder! A new fantasy based RPG based around classic role-playing but with some new innovations and fresh concepts. Chad and Satine are joined by two guest players for the demo. Together they travel to the village of Kurnbi to investigate why no one has heard from the town in some time. When they arrive, they find the town coated in a thick and unnatural fog. What lies in the fog ahead and what is causing it? You’ll have to listen to find out. The demo adventure was actually much longer and will be continued this summer as one of the Afterschool Specials. System: Thunder: Classic Role Playing Hosts: Satine Phoenix, Chad Parish Additional Players: Mike Kafes, Frank Sapia http://www.mythwits.com https://www.instagram.com/cydneysavia/ Guest: Douglas Poirier http://www.thunderrpg.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ThunderClassicRoleplaying/ http://drivethrurpg.com/product/173460/Thunder-Classic-Role-Playing--v32


11 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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Lucid Dreams

James and Spence interview Andre Kruppa about his game Lucid Dreams. Lucid Dreams is a d10 pool system geared toward the darker, grittier aspects of roleplaying. It has no particular setting, but is designed to handle anything from the Stone Age all the way to near-future settings. Popular settings such as the world of H.P. Lovecraft will port easily into this game system. Lucid Dreams is meant to be fast paced and focused on the story. You can read the game review by Ernie Laurence at: http://multiverse.world/blog/2018/08/23/lucid-dreams-role-playing-engine/

1hr 7mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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Cortex Prime

Cortex Prime is a highly modular analog game system that focuses on storytelling and the ability to switch out blocks of core rules like Lego bricks.

1hr 24mins

4 Oct 2018

Rank #15

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114 Playground Adventures

Game School discusses with Adventure Playgrounds founder, BJ Hensely, how to best introduce younger children into roleplaying.  This one is full of sound advice on creating family friendly adventures that your kids will love!


20 Jan 2016

Rank #16

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Dungeons and Delvers

This lightweight-yet-complete role-playing game is an homage to the "Easy-to-Master" black box of the first role-playing game that does everything the creator wished the original did. Overall the game has a similar feel to the original role-playing game, but there are a number of differences. Listen in while Spence and James go over this awesome game. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/5695/Awful-Good-Games/

1hr 9mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Champions was one of the first role-playing games and was published by Hero Games. It was designed to simulate and function in a four-color superhero comic book world. https://www.herogames.com/

1hr 10mins

14 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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High Plains Samurai

An action-heavy tabletop RPG of gunslingers, samurai, gangsters, barbarians, steampunk, and superpowers on the brink of destruction. There is a world beyond our own steeped in darkness and struggling in the aftermath of a divine war; a world where its people fight not only to survive but to amass power, riches, and honour. A place of intense, high-octane wire-fu action set against the background of desert landscapes, high speed train robberies, and mutant warriors battling it out for supremacy.   Nothing is as it seems in this world, and everything is possible. We call it... High Plains Samurai. https://brokenrulergames.net/high-plains-samurai/

1hr 14mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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Everyverse RPG features five methods of character generation to suit every situation and taste. It uses the same scale as used to measure Real-world IQ to provide more meaningful information at a glance. Along with tree-like skill arrays go from general to specific. Choose your own ease/realism trade-off. Giving players a single method to resolve all actions to keep everyone's nose out of the book. Players follow the same path or improve characters over several lifetimes. https://www.pardenusgaming.com/

1hr 8mins

28 Dec 2018

Rank #20