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The UK's Premier RPG Podcast

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The UK's Premier RPG Podcast

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Nostalgic RPG gold

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Another recent find and has shot straight to the top of my list. I'm worried I'm bingeing them too fast and then I'll be waiting each week for a new release. But it's worth it.

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Nostalgic RPG gold

By Goodmania7000 - Mar 19 2018
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Another recent find and has shot straight to the top of my list. I'm worried I'm bingeing them too fast and then I'll be waiting each week for a new release. But it's worth it.

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What Would The Smart Party Do?

Latest release on Dec 21, 2020

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Reviewing GM Advice

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Episode 127 – Reviewing GM Advice
(aka “I’m the Unknown Stunt Man”)

There’s plenty of GM advice out there in roleplaying land, but what about advice on the advice? This time on the ‘cast, Gaz is joined by the Lee Majors of roleplaying, Dirk the Dice, from the Grognard Files Podcast to discuss sources of GM advice. From the ancient tomes handed down by Gygax himself, to the latest hot takes from blogs and the internet, our scholarly heroes delve into the dungeons to bring out the shimmering gems of golden advice.

You can discover more for yourself in the links below:

Robin Laws has given many talks and written several documents, including Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering
Sly Flourish (Michael E. Shea) wrote The Lazy Dungeon Master (and return thereof)
James D’Amato has several novels, including The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide
Gareth Ryder Hanrahan is an excellent RPG writer and is often giving out advice on the Pelgrane Press website.
Greg Stolze’s “How to Run Roleplaying Games” and many other resources are available on his website.
The ancient words of Gary Gygax are still available in his Role-Playing Mastery work.
A good general read, but especially for investigators, Justin Alexander’s The Alexandrian is worth perusing.
Rolltop Indigo provides some interesting view points to expand your gaming arsenal/

If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.

Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!
Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty
Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party
Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com
Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty
Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you’re less keen, give us a shout, we’d are open to development opportunities! 🙂

Aug 10 2020

1hr 4mins

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Rank #2: Bonus Episode – Black Hack at Dragonmeet

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Bonus Episode - Black Hack at Dragonmeet

The lands went on a jolly to Dragonmeet and have a full episode in the pipe - but along the way they spent some time in the bar chatting to David Black of The Black Hack fame, gate crashed by Chris Mc Dougal Donald Duncan Dowall from Into the Odd.
Throw in a dollar or two to the Patreon fund, and we'll keep attending great events, and recording more content for you, dear listeners. Both of you.
Check out our spangly new Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Direct download here!

Dec 05 2017

52mins

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Rank #3: DIY Gaming

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Episode 74 - DIY Gaming
(a.k.a. It's Only Got to be Good Enough)

Back by popular demand! The Smart Party presents DIY gaming – what do they mean by this? A bit of reminiscing about how it used to be “back in the day”, a dash of OSR and writing your own stuff, and advice to stop creating and start playing!
Already building your own stuff? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of virtual nuts and bolts by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.

Jul 23 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #4: The Grognard Files

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Episode 61 - The Grognard Files

Baz and Gaz are joined by Chris (a.k.a Dirk the Dice) from The Grognard Files, to talk about old, comforting RPG gaming. Something eldritch occurred with Gaz's voice and he sounds like a dusty robot, but never mind that, our guest has a syrupy voice, sweet and soothing as if from the Sabden Treacle Mines.
The guys talk Grognard Files, old school stuff like Runequest, Games Workshop, 24 hour gaming advice and more! If you haven't checked out the Grognard Podcast, then you should remedy this immediately!

Help us get more content! Throw in a dollar or two to the Patreon fund, and we'll keep getting interviews with lovely people. Maybe a better mic for recording on the go! Get us to $75 and Baz will get you some extra special content.
Email the guys

Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party

Direct download here!

Nov 17 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #5: New GM Advice

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Episode 71 - New GM Advice
(a.k.a. Your Job Is To Lose Every Fight)

How do you go about running your first game? Do you want to be a DM, GM, LM, Referee or Keeper? Perhaps you've played for years but never run a game, maybe you've never gamed at all, is could be you tried running games and didn't really get on with it. Fear not! The Smart Party are here to help. The lads go through how to go about running your first RPG with everything from whether you should buy and adventure, to giving yourself enough credit and the minutiae of wee breaks. They're super keen to know how you get on should you try a game - so let them know - and please do share with any friends you think might benefit from some sage advice.
Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.

Apr 03 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: A New Campaign 2018

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Episode 66 - A New Campaign 2018

It's the start of a glorious new year and the lads discuss what they've got for Christmas, how to start a new campaign, what new and exciting games they may be setting up for 2018 and other goodness. Do you remember Transhuman Space? That and more could be in the offing this year...

Give sacrifice to the Patreon fund, and we'll keep attending great events, and recording more content for you, dear listeners. Both of you. At time of writing we're at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing a fanzine - so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.
Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Jan 13 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #7: Satine Phoenix Interview

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Episode 77 - Satine Phoenix Interview

Community Manager of Dungeons & Dragons, co-creator of Maze Arcana (with Ruty Rutenberg) and all around great ambassador of D&D and gaming in general Satine Phoenix joins the lads for some great chat on D&D, communities, sending people to sleep, D&D around the world, gaming in a castle and all sorts. Strap yourselves in for some delightful conversation and heartfelt chat about our great hobby!
You can find Satine by looking for @satinephoenix around the internet and get your Twitch on with The D&D Stream or Maze Arcana
Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help the lads bribe more special guests by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!

Aug 21 2018

53mins

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Rank #8: Online Gaming Advice

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Episode 120 - Online Gaming Advice
(aka Can You Hear Me?)

Everywhere is on lockdown, but where there's challenge, there's opportunity. Baz and Gaz talk through the mysteries and vagaries of taking your RPGs online. How do you even get started? Where do you go to find a game? Why is everyone wearing headphones? Find out the answers to theses and many other question in this episode.
Here's are some useful links, talked about in the show:

Google Hangouts

Microsoft Teams

Discord

Zoom

Roll20

Example Wiki Page (setting up Marcos)

Fantasy Grounds

Astral Tabletop

Grogtalk
Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!
Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty
Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party
Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com
Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty
Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Mar 26 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #9: Swords & Sorcery

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Episode 123 - Swords & Sorcery
(aka I'm Oiling My Thews)

Conan cares not for your so-called lock down foul sorcerer. Oil up your shanks, dream of rubies the size of a pigeon's egg and climb the tower of set - it's time for a discussion of Conan and associated stories. The lads have been playing through some adventures set in the land of pulp sword and sorcery with good friends of the show Mat from Steamforged Games, and Rich August, a writer on much of the 2d20 Conan game line. Come one, come all and feast your ears on aural delights, or let the devils take you, by Crom!
Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!
Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty
Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party
Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com
Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty
Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

Jun 12 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #10: Burnout

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Episode 122 - Burnout
(aka It's Not Me, It's You)

The global pandemic is biting and it's entirely possible folk are getting a little run down. This time the lads talk through burnout. What is it and what can be done? Are you just fed up for now and need a break, or is there something different going on? Settle into your favourite quiet space dear listeners, and let the old hands give you some words of advice.
Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!
Facebook: facebook.com/thesmartparty
Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_party
Email: thesmartparty@hotmail.com
Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartparty
Patreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty

May 15 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: Urban Fantasy with Paul Mitchener

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Episode 69 - Urban Fantasy with Paul Mitchener
(a.k.a. Liminal Advertising)

Special Guest time once more and the prolific Dr Mitch is on again. The lads talk about his new Urban Fantasy game, and indeed – what is Urban Fantasy? Does American Gods count? What about Young Adult novels? Liminal is out on Kickstarter with a bunch of stretch goals, all introducing different writers, Jason Behnke’s art and other frippery - giving the guys plenty to talk about. Mitch even sings at one point… but don't let that put you off!
You can find out more on the Liminal Kickstarter here and should definitely check out the 7 Hills RPG convention. Jason Behnke is a fabulous artist - you should go to his site and give him money to do stuff.

If you wanted to get your hands on Monkey, go check out D101 Games, and to understand what the Monkey TV series is… click here.

Check out the Facebook page. Find The Smart Party on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we're at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too - so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.

Mar 08 2018

58mins

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Rank #12: Bonus Episode – UK Games Expo Chat

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Bonus Episode - UK Games Expo Chat

Not too long ago it was the highlight of the UK gaming calendar UK Games Expo and Gaz went round chatting to all kinds of lovely gaming folk to find out what's going on in the wonderful world of gaming. Here's some awesome #content from his travels.
[02:10] Paul Baldowski from All Rolled Up, Cthulhu Hack and other fame
All Rolled Up

[06:20] Sam, from award-winning Sins RPG
SINS RPG

[12:50] Julia from Lamentations of the Flame Princess talks about weird stuff
Lamentations of the Flame Princess

[23:00] Mary at Rowan, Rook and Decard (The Spire RPG) gives us the low down on the Indie League Stall
Rowan, Rook and Decard
UK Indie RPG League

[32:00] Chris Birch from Modiphius takes us on a whistlestop tour of lots of books!
Modiphius

[39:40] Lloyd Gayan was the man on the scene for Games on Demand
You can follow Lloyd's antics on Twitter

[48:30] Rich talks to us about the inaugural RPG Designer's meet up
Get hold of some of Rich's games

[55:00] Dirk and Blythy talk bobbins at the bar
the Grognard Files

Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help support the guys by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!

Aug 14 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #13: Ennies Nominee Review

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Episode 75 - Ennies Nominee Review

The gremlins got into the sound engine again this week and it's all gone a bit tinny. Never mind, the content is still golden! Maybe electrum. The lads discuss the Ennie Awards happening at Gen Con weekend. What's with the nominees, the process, the missing games? All is far grist for the mill - get the expert opinion on this year's entries while the GenCon masses cast their vote.
Think of anything that should have got an Ennie? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

For the love of Cthulhu get the boys some better microphones by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site and there's a scenario coming in August.

Aug 01 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #14: Sandy Petersen at The Kraken

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Special Guest and Great Old One, Sandy Petersen (creator of Call of Cthulhu and mind behind Petersen Games talks to us about his upcoming board games, getting into Call of Cthulhu and his foray into video games.
A fantastic German gaming retreat happens once a year in the old East Germany and this is one of several on-site interviews. As a result sound quality isn't 100%, but the content is!

You can find the latest Kickstarter from Petersen Games here, created by Sandy's son and fellow designer Lincoln, you get to play your part in summoning the end of the world - with whatever dubious rewards that may bring!

Help us get more content! Throw in a dollar or two to the Patreon fund, and we'll keep getting interviews with lovely people. Maybe a better mic for recording on the go! Get us to $75 and Baz will get you some extra special content.
Email the guys

Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party

Direct download here!

Nov 14 2017

49mins

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Rank #15: Dungeons and Dragons

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Episode 70 - Dungeons and Dragons
(a.k.a. There's this new game called D&D)

There's a new hwatness on the streets that you may not have heard of. It's called Dungeons & Dragons and has loads of editions apparently. Who knew? Baz and Gaz have managed a couple of sessions (after finally making a save versus paralysis), and what's more have been on the same side of the DM screen for once. Baz patiently talks a sceptical Gaz through the joys of the Player's Handbook and they finish off with a score out of five scimitars for the game. Join them on a magical journey, and discover the legality of Owlbears, how to fall down a mountain and how to turn a Halfling into Robin Hood.
Should the guys talk about the Dungeon Master's Guide? Monster Manuals? More? Give them your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Deliver copper-painted platinum pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.

Mar 20 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: Mike Mason Interview 2019

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Episode 93 - Mike Mason Interview
(a.k.a. "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn")

Why vote for the lesser evil? This week the lads chat to returning guests Mike Mason, Line Editor for Call of Cthulhu at Chaosium. Topics included how to start out playing Call of Cthulhu and the thinking behind the starter set, latest gossip on new products, Greg Stafford's legacy, revision of licensees, producing fan content via Miskatonic Repository and more!
Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! You can also buy them a Ko-Fi.

Many thanks to new Patreons, Thomas and Duncan! Plus all the regular supporters and listeners too. Encourage the lads by becoming a Patreon supporter, which will lead to fully fleshed out scenarios, fanzines and more!

Feb 07 2019

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Rank #17: End of Year Review 2017

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Episode 64 - End of Year Review 2017

It's been a funny old year. Or has it? Baz and Gaz go over what's been happening, talk about their favourites, and upcoming things that tickle their collective fancy.
Throw a copper piece into the Patreon fund, and we'll keep attending great events, and recording more content for you, dear listeners. Both of you. If we get enough funding we'll dish out some fanzine action too - so tell your friends.
Check out our spangly new Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Direct download here!

Dec 18 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: Downtime Abbey

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Episode 72 - Downtime Abbey
(a.k.a. You're Not My Supervisor)

What to do with those pesky players when they're not delving in dungeons? How to convince the GM you need time to fanny around and go shopping for booster potions with real characters? Two sides of the same copper piece my friends, this week the lads talk about downtime or what goes on in games when you're not doing the core activity (be that punching orcs in the face or using Traveller to model Elite). What do you do with your time outside of the usual stuff? Robin Laws once had a gaming group that would bang the table and shout "Next fight! Next fight!", but the Smart Party like to think there's more constructive actions that could be filling the gaming space.
Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content - including a fanzine - Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they'll make something happen.

May 02 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #19: Teachers & Teaching

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Episode 78 - Teachers & Teaching

This week the lads are joined by educators Pete Atkinson and Neil Gow to talk about how teaching influences gaming, or vice versa. Is the noble art of pedagogy something that helps or hinders young minds when it comes to playing games? With a teacher of primary, secondary and further education on board, the assembled classroom discusses what lesson we can all learn.
Gaz mentioned a Data Science in the Games Industry course that can be picked up on the freemium model - find more here.

Neil Gow is the master of Omnihedron Games and you can catch up on what he's up to on his website.

Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Help the lads get new school uniforms by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!

Sep 01 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #20: Bonus Ep – Blades in the Dark AP

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We reviewed Blades in the Dark a few weeks ago and now Baz has taken it out for a spin with his gaming group. For your delectation we present a bonus 'cast - an hour of actual play!
Become a Patreon and we can get you the character creation audio too! Throw in a dollar or two to the Patreon fund, and we'll keep getting you more stuff.
Email the guys

Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party

Direct download here!

Oct 26 2017

1hr 5mins

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