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The Dead Games Society Podcast discusses out-of-print role-play games and game editions. Injecting humor into game-talk as well as having interesting interviews with the game designers who created our favorite RPG's.

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The Dead Games Society Podcast discusses out-of-print role-play games and game editions. Injecting humor into game-talk as well as having interesting interviews with the game designers who created our favorite RPG's.

iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
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Great Show!

By Davidsands100 - Mar 01 2017
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Love the interviews of old TSR superstars!

A wonder trip down memory lane

By chupacabrasX - Dec 03 2016
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A great podcast encompassing many worthy games

iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
3
2
0
0

Great Show!

By Davidsands100 - Mar 01 2017
Read more
Love the interviews of old TSR superstars!

A wonder trip down memory lane

By chupacabrasX - Dec 03 2016
Read more
A great podcast encompassing many worthy games
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Dead Games Society

Latest release on May 01, 2019

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The Dead Games Society Podcast discusses out-of-print role-play games and game editions. Injecting humor into game-talk as well as having interesting interviews with the game designers who created our favorite RPG's.

Rank #1: TSR's Marvel Superheroe Roleplay with Zak Sabbath -- DGS Episode #23

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In episode #23 the DGS talks with Ennie award winning game designer, Zak Sabbath about one of his favorite out-of-print roleplaying games, TSR's Advanced Marvel Superheroes Roleplay Game.  Yes, we are going to get all into the classic FASEIP system as we geek out on all things comic booky, so grab a drink, sit back and have a listen!

Jul 04 2016

1hr 18mins

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Rank #2: Piercing the Masquerade -- DGS Episode #45

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It's been 25 years since Mark Rein-Hagen's now classic, Vampire: The Masquerade revealed to us a whole World of Darkness just beyond the light of day.  An imperfect and horrifying reflection of our own world where the dead stalked the night.  Since then fans have thrilled to the idea of letting their own Beast run wild in the shadows using what may be White Wolf's greatest contribution to the gaming world.  And to help the DGS understand this world of darkness Nathan Siever and Robert Batton, the hosts of the amazing new podcast "25 Years of Vampire: The Masquerade - A Retrospective" have agreed to come onto the Dead Games Society podcast and reveal the secrets of the elder kindred.  So grab your kine and sit back as we pierce The Masquerade.  What is rumor and what is fact?  Well only the Antediluvians know for sure.

May 07 2017

2hr 31mins

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Rank #3: Calling All Heroes! - DGS Episode #52

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We are back True-believers and in this episode we are calling all heroes!  That's right, it's episode #52 and in this one we get into the superhero genre of gaming and touch down on what made this such a popular area for gaming throughout the last several decades.  So grab a glass of irradiated sludge and kick back in your comfy fortress of solitude as we explain why, with great power, comes great fun!

Oct 02 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Down the Rabbit Hole w/ Bunnies and Burrows -- DGS Episode #48

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Join the DGS as our good friend, Kris Vezner guides us deep down the rabbit hole to explore the wonderful world of Bunnies and Burrows!  So grab a bit of clover and your favorite drink then kick back in your cozy warren to have a listen as we discuss one of the first and still one of the best roleplaying games.

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”  ― Richard Adams, Watership Down

May 26 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #5: The Cosmology of David "Zeb" Cook -- DGS Episode #27

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Few game designers can claim such a prolific body of work as David "Zeb" Cook!  His many projects include such iconic TSR modules as, Slavepits of the Undercity, Dwellers of the Forbidden Kingdom, The Isle of Dread and The Veiled Society.  His work on game systems boasts the Expert Set which he created alongside Tom Moldvay, Oriental Adventures and the acclaimed Planescape system.  And he took gamers into the farthest reaches of space with the classic scifi game, Star Frontiers.

Now Zeb sits down with the Dead Games Society to talk about many of these projects in what is one of our best episodes yet.  So grab a drink, find your comfy chair and have a listen as Zeb takes us through these and many more projects from his career!

Sep 03 2016

1hr 34mins

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Rank #6: Star Frontiers! – DGS Episode#15

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The Dead Games Society explores deep space in TSR’s classic game, Star Frontiers! Links of interest: starfrontiers.us (now http://sfus.starfrontiers.info/), where there are Star Frontiers rules & modules for download, two fan magazines, and a forum for discussion of this game. And to see an old TSR television commercial for Star Frontiers, you can check out this […]

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Jun 21 2015

52mins

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Rank #7: A Game Called MERP -- DGS Episode #40

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On a shelf there lived a game....  Not a dirty little unplayed game, but a game called Middle-earth Role-play, or MERP, and that meant beloved.  It's episode #40 of the DGS podcast and in this one we complete our Tolkien trilogy with one of my fondest remembered games, MERP!  While Cory is off celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, doubtless visiting the Green Dragon Inn to tip a pint with wee hobbits, I have on the show direct from Gaming and BS, my buddy Brett Blozynski!  Together we are going to assail the lands of Mordor like Frodo and Samwise (guess which one I am).  So grab the One Ring and a flagon of Ent Draught then get comfy in your cozy chair to have a listen as we go there and back again!

Mar 12 2017

1hr 31mins

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Rank #8: West End Game's, Star Wars! -- DGS Episode #31

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In this episode the Dead Games Society talks about what some consider to be the best version of Star Warsever to be brought to the table, West End Game's classic Star Wars roleplaying game!  So grab a drink and sit back, because in this show, the Force will be with you, always...

Oct 23 2016

49mins

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Rank #9: Jeffrey Talanian on the Holmes Edition -- DGS Episode #20

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The Dead Games Society talks with Jeffrey Talanian, creator of Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers, about his favorite dead edition of Dungeons and Drgaons, the legendary Holmes Edition!  It's a great hour of hearing Jeffrey's memory's regarding this great out-of-print edition so beloved by the gaming community.

And find out what the DGS has been up to of late and where we will be next!

May 22 2016

52mins

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Rank #10: Origion of The Morrow Project with Kris Patrick Vezner -- DGS Episode #28

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Welcome to the world of to- Morrow, it isn’t pretty!  The DGS is joined by one of it’s own, Kris Patrick Vezner to discuss the origion of one of tabletop gaming’s cult favorites, The Morrow Project.  Ever wonder what would happen if it all ended tomorrow, well you are in luck because on this episode we go through the early editions of The Morrow Project, a game that sees it coming and charges you the player with rebuilding society.  Damnation Alley meets A Boy and His Dog for what will surely be a fun show!

Sep 18 2016

1hr 2mins

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Rank #11: Dead Games Society #17 : Elric of Melnibone RPG creator, Lawrence Whitaker

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The Dead Games Society returns to the land of the living with an all new episode featuring Lawrence Whitaker, creator of the Elric of Melnibone RPG, as well as the author of the current sixth edition of Runequest!

Mar 15 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #12: DGS Episode #54 -- Battletech & Mechwarrior: Why We Love Big Stompy Robots

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We're back and we are excited to make planetfall back onto the fields of the Inner Sphere and beyond with our recap of early Battletech and Mechwarrior!  So grab your comfy cooling jacket and kick back to hear about one of the most well-written game settings out there!  And we also talk about what we've been up to since our last episode and what we are doing in the near future!

Apr 25 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #13: Call of Cthulhu, The Stars Are Right! – DGS Episode#13

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We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight. Howard Phillips Lovecraft Join Michael, Colin and Chad as they rend that thin veil separating man from madness!  This one’s all about, Call of Cthulhu!    

The post Call of Cthulhu, The Stars Are Right! – DGS Episode#13 appeared first on Dead Games Society.

Feb 07 2015

1hr 12mins

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Rank #14: Boot Hill! – DGS Episode #9

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The Dead Games Society heads out onto the open range with TSR’s classic, Boot Hill!

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Sep 04 2014

53mins

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Rank #15: The Art of the Con, or Tips for the New GM! - DGS Episode #53

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So you're thinking of taking a seat on the other side of the table for a convention and you want some GM tips?  Good news because on this episode of the Vorpal Chainsword and I are dishing out a bit of wisdom gained through our own years of convention.  And while we're at it will talk about our own recent experience at Gamehole.  

But if our own collected smarts ain't enough, we brought in one of the big guns to impart some of his own vast knowledge in this area, as well as talk about some of his favorite "dead games".  That's right, we have in this episode, included a wonderful interview with the illustrious Tim Task, whom I had the honor of speaking with while I was at Gameholecon V!  So grab a notepad and pen then kick back in your comfy chair as we dive into the Art of the Con!

Nov 27 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #16: A Ravenloft Valentine -- DGS Episode #38

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It's the week of Valentines Day and in honor of unrequited love and ever-lasting damnation we are taking you, our one fan, into mist-shrouded Ravenloft!  I9, Ravenloft has long been considered one of the best modules to ever come out of 1st edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.  It was written by Tracy and Laura Hickman, and included art by Clyde Caldwell along with revolutionary maps by Dave Sutherland.  So grab a box of chocolates and a glass of vino then sit back with your Valentine to listen as we tell a tale of tragic love and vampires.

Feb 13 2017

1hr 14mins

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Rank #17: Mayfair Games DC Heroes – DGS Episode 16

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It’s a bird!  It’s a plane! It’s Mayfair Games DC Heroes!!!

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Sep 07 2015

1hr 22mins

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Rank #18: The MARVEL-PHILE, Jeff Grubb – DGS Episode #10

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Join us as the Dead Games Society sits down with prolific game designer, Jeff Grubb, to talk about Marvel Super Heroes, The Manual of the Planes, Al-Qadim and Spelljammer!

The post The MARVEL-PHILE, Jeff Grubb – DGS Episode #10 appeared first on Dead Games Society.

Sep 11 2014

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness - DGS Episode #33

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It's episode #33 and in this show it's all about the heroes in a half-shell!  Yes Cory and I are talking all about Palladium's classic game of mutated turtle power, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness with our good friend, David Bauter!  So grab yourself a slice of pizza and a mug of green goo then kick back as we dish on the game that gave us all the power to fight crime from the sewers!

Nov 20 2016

56mins

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Rank #20: Amber Diceless Roleplay - DGS Episode #35

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Hold on tight as our guests, Brett Bloczynski (Gaming and BS) and Phil Vecchione (Misdirected Mark) take us on a wild and diceless hellride through shadow to reach the center of it all, Amber!  I warn you before hand, this is a long episode, but if you are a fan of Roger Zelazny's classic Amber series or just want to know how a iceless game can actually work, then you must give this episode a listen.  So grab your trumps and gird your Pattern blade because on this episode all roads lead to Amber!

Dec 19 2016

2hr 29mins

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DGS - The Late Late Late Nightlife of Brad McDevitt

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Our good friend, Kris Vezner chats with artist and game designer, Brad McDevitt to learn more about the genesis of games like It Came From The Late Late Late Show and Nightlife!

May 01 2019

1hr 45mins

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DGS - Oriental Adventures Part 2 Kara-Tur with Teramis Christian

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It's Part 2 of our Oriental Adventures deep dive and on today's episode we feature an interview I first ran on the Roll For Initiative podcast, episode 131.  Big thanks to Vincent Florio and the rest of the RFI team for letting me re-air this amazing interview with freelance game designer, Deborah Teramis Christian in which she talks about her work writing on the Kara-Tur Box-set!

Apr 18 2019

1hr 7mins

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DGS - Part 1 with Roll For Initiative on Oriental Adventures

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So Grasshopper, do you run your AD&D using Oriental Adventures and want to incorporate the martial arts system but feel that as written it could unbalance your game?  Maybe you just want to know more about the feel of of an OE campaign.  Well in today's episode I take us on a trip in the way-back machine to 2013 when I was still co-hosting on the hugely popular Roll For Initiative podcast, to let you hear the discussion I had with RFI DM's, Vince, Matt and Nick in which we dive deep into the waters of TSR's martial arts system for 1st edition AD&D.   If you like what you hear then head over to rfipodcast.com to check out all the other great episodes from Roll For Initiative.  And stay tuned for Part 2 where we listen in on another great Roll For Initiative episode featuring my interview with Deborah Teramis Christian, co-writer of the classic Kara-Tur box set! Now settle down on the tatami mat as we fill your cup and unlock the way of the master!

Apr 03 2019

1hr 5mins

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DGS - Cruising the Sprawl w/ Mike Pondsmith

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All right chummers, this is a big one!  Get ready to slot your reflex booster and take a tour of Night City with the solo who stands above all others, that's right in this episode we are talking with R.Talsorian founder and creator of the epic roleplaying game of the dark future, Mike Pondsmith!

Mar 06 2019

1hr 18mins

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The Star Wars Trilogy of Games - Dead Games Society

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Three different Star Wars rpg's have come and gone, but each were excellent in their own way.  In this episode of the Dead Games Society podcast we plan to talk about each.  These are definitely the games you are looking for!

Feb 18 2019

1hr 6mins

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Let's Stalk the Night Fantastic - Dead Games Society

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There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,  Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. 

Hamlet

Ready to go forth and investigate that which goes bump in the night?  Then tag along with the DGS as we bring on our good friend Kris Vezner to help us learn all about Stalking the Night Fantastic, a game published by Tri-Tac Inc. back in 1983 as part of the Bureau 13 series! So grab your beverage of choice and make yourself comfortable as we go in search of that which is hidden!

Feb 09 2019

54mins

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A Conversation with Sandy Petersen - The Dead Games Society

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Today episode features a very special guest, Sandy Petersen.  So grab a beverage of your choice and lick back in your comfy chair as we talk all about Sandy's work on Call of Cthulhu, Rune Quest, Ghostbusters and lots more!

Feb 04 2019

55mins

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East Coast Gaming and MegaTraveller - The Dead Games Society

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With all the attention we've been giving conventions here in the midwest, we decided to bring Kenneth Patterson on to tell us all about the great conventions our New England Chapter of the Dead Games Society are attending out on the east coast!  But wait, it gets better because Ken is also on today's episode to help navigate the frontier of MegaTraveller!  So grab a tasty beverage and plunk down in your navigator's couch to go east young fan!

Jan 27 2019

1hr 4mins

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The Con Game Redux -- DGS Podcast

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Are you thinking to GM an event at your local con?  Want to know what separates a convention event from a campaign?  Then grab a comfy chair and have a listen as we discuss tips and tricks to writing a successful convention event sure to please your table.

Jan 21 2019

32mins

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We're back, baby! - DGS Episode #55

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We're back, baby!  It's the season 3 opener of the Dead Games Society Podcast, and while it's a shorter then usual episode we have a lot to catch up on as we also welcome our new cohost, Dave Bauter.  So grab a comfy chair and your favorite beverage as we talk all about the things we have been doing during our break as well as the things we are gearing up to do.

Jan 14 2019

20mins

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DGS Episode #54 -- Battletech & Mechwarrior: Why We Love Big Stompy Robots

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We're back and we are excited to make planetfall back onto the fields of the Inner Sphere and beyond with our recap of early Battletech and Mechwarrior!  So grab your comfy cooling jacket and kick back to hear about one of the most well-written game settings out there!  And we also talk about what we've been up to since our last episode and what we are doing in the near future!

Apr 25 2018

1hr 10mins

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The Art of the Con, or Tips for the New GM! - DGS Episode #53

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So you're thinking of taking a seat on the other side of the table for a convention and you want some GM tips?  Good news because on this episode of the Vorpal Chainsword and I are dishing out a bit of wisdom gained through our own years of convention.  And while we're at it will talk about our own recent experience at Gamehole.  

But if our own collected smarts ain't enough, we brought in one of the big guns to impart some of his own vast knowledge in this area, as well as talk about some of his favorite "dead games".  That's right, we have in this episode, included a wonderful interview with the illustrious Tim Task, whom I had the honor of speaking with while I was at Gameholecon V!  So grab a notepad and pen then kick back in your comfy chair as we dive into the Art of the Con!

Nov 27 2017

1hr 18mins

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Calling All Heroes! - DGS Episode #52

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We are back True-believers and in this episode we are calling all heroes!  That's right, it's episode #52 and in this one we get into the superhero genre of gaming and touch down on what made this such a popular area for gaming throughout the last several decades.  So grab a glass of irradiated sludge and kick back in your comfy fortress of solitude as we explain why, with great power, comes great fun!

Oct 02 2017

1hr 7mins

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Dead Games Society Chapter 2 - DGS Episode #51

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It's episode #51 of the DGS Podcast and we have on the show the founders of the New England Chapter of the Dead Games Society, which I affectionately call, Chapter 2!  Do you live on the East Coast and wanna be involved in DGS events and activities?  Or are you an avid fan of the great old school games?  Well this episode is for you, so sit back in your comfy chair with a drink and soak up the wisdom of James, Ken and Bob as they talk all about why and how they came to create the New England chapter of the Dead Games Society.  And of course there will be plenty of talk about their favorite out-of-print games and game editions which they run at their own local convention.  It's gonna be fun!

Aug 26 2017

1hr 6mins

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The World According To LARP - DGS Episode #50

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If you have you ever wanted to take your gaming immersion level one step further then the traditional table-top experience, then oh boy, it's time to talk about LARPs!  That's right and to help me get it straight, we have returning to the show, Nathan Siever and Robert Batton from the Utility Muffin Labs. So get ready to ratchet your game experience up a notch as we explore the world of live action role play!

Jul 24 2017

1hr 32mins

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The Art of the Game w/ David O. Miller -- DGS Episode #49

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Join us as the DGS talks with artist, David O. Miller about art in gaming!  What does it take to become a fantasy artist, how has the role of the artist changed over the years as well as chatting about his own history in the industry working on such amazing projects as the Spelljammer and Dark Sun lines just to name a few.  It's a great look into what may be the first reason we pick up a game, the art itself!

Jun 11 2017

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Down the Rabbit Hole w/ Bunnies and Burrows -- DGS Episode #48

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Join the DGS as our good friend, Kris Vezner guides us deep down the rabbit hole to explore the wonderful world of Bunnies and Burrows!  So grab a bit of clover and your favorite drink then kick back in your cozy warren to have a listen as we discuss one of the first and still one of the best roleplaying games.

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”  ― Richard Adams, Watership Down

May 26 2017

1hr 16mins

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Multi-User Shared Hallucinations, aka the MUSH -- DGS Episode #47

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On this episode we explore the virtual sandbox that is the Multi-User Shared Hallucination, or MUSH!  And to help explain this wonderful alternative to traditional tabletop role-play we brought in Alex Schwartz, one of the figures instrumental in designing the underlying code used for these popular text-based virtual game worlds.  So grab your virtual drink and @dig yourself a virtual room to listen from and enjoy as we telnet back to the early 90's when MUSH was the hallucination of choice for so many gamers.

May 22 2017

41mins

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A Tribute to Richard Tucholka -- DGS Episode #46

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Our friend Kris Vezner joins the DGS as we pay tribute to the sad passing of one of gaming's most imaginative pioneers, Richard Tucholka.  On this special tribute episode we will be recalling the long list of innovative and inspiring games Mr. Tucholka gave us, such as the Morrow Project, Fringeworthy, Stalking the Night Fantastic and Bureau 13 to name but a few.  So join us in this special episode as we pay our respects the truly genius work of a pioneer.

May 13 2017

1hr 16mins

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Piercing the Masquerade -- DGS Episode #45

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It's been 25 years since Mark Rein-Hagen's now classic, Vampire: The Masquerade revealed to us a whole World of Darkness just beyond the light of day.  An imperfect and horrifying reflection of our own world where the dead stalked the night.  Since then fans have thrilled to the idea of letting their own Beast run wild in the shadows using what may be White Wolf's greatest contribution to the gaming world.  And to help the DGS understand this world of darkness Nathan Siever and Robert Batton, the hosts of the amazing new podcast "25 Years of Vampire: The Masquerade - A Retrospective" have agreed to come onto the Dead Games Society podcast and reveal the secrets of the elder kindred.  So grab your kine and sit back as we pierce The Masquerade.  What is rumor and what is fact?  Well only the Antediluvians know for sure.

May 07 2017

2hr 31mins

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iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Great Show!

By Davidsands100 - Mar 01 2017
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Love the interviews of old TSR superstars!

A wonder trip down memory lane

By chupacabrasX - Dec 03 2016
Read more
A great podcast encompassing many worthy games