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The Gauntlet Podcast

This is a podcast about tabletop roleplaying games. We cover the indie scene, story games, and the OSR.

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Checkpoint Midnight, Apocalypse Keys, Star Trek Adventures

Leah and Alexi Sargeant are our special guests! Show Notes:00:47 - Alexi's Games Played and his Spotlight - Checkpoint Midnight 10:01 - Leah's Games Played and her Spotlight - Apocalypse Keys 18:15 - Lowell's Games Played and his Spotlight - Star Trek Adventures (Express) Middle Segments - 28:55 - Alexi talks about speedy character creation and discovering characters during play 36:54 - Leah discusses high concept Masks games Giving Me Life 46:28 - Alexi is excited about Magic the Gathering's Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths 47:13 -  Leah is enjoying Robin Sloan’s video game development diary (https://www.robinsloan.com/overworld/) 49:01 - Lowell is digging back into Persona 3 Portable Cloven Pine Games Itch store: https://cloven-pine-games.itch.io/

50mins

26 May 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 77 - City of Mist, Dark Depths

Game Discussion Announcement about Gauntlet Hangouts (00:25) Andrea’s game inspired by the Siberia TV show (01:47) Using Dark Depths to set up mystery games (07:38) City of Mist (18:14) Sponsorship Spot (34:19) Giving Me Life Randy M art (36:25) Season 2 of Scream Queens (37:53) Every Frame a Painting (39:04) Links Randy M Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/randy_m/posts Dark Depths: http://catchyourhare.com/files/Dark%20Depths.pdf Prince Valiant Pre-Order: https://camelot.backerkit.com/backer/review Support us on Patreon! https://patreon.com/gauntlet

42mins

22 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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Episode 79 - Five Fires, Worlds in Peril, Pasión de Pasiónes

Game Discussion Pasión de Pasiónes (00:13) An assortment of thoughts about Masks (08:18) Five Fires (14:43) Worlds in Peril (29:52) Giving Me Life Bluestocking’s Organic Gaming blog (45:14) Young Justice 3 (48:17) Ginny Weasley is Not Impressed (49:19) Dystopia Sylvester Stallone (50:29) Links Upwind Quickstart http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/197321/Upwind-Quickstart-Primer Bluestocking’s Organic Gaming http://www.bluestockings.ca Ginny Weasley is Not Impressed http://www.tor.com/2016/10/31/women-of-harry-potter-ginny-weasley-is-not-impressed/

54mins

14 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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GM Masterclass 03 - "Behind the Scenes"

Host question 00:00:53 - You have one hour to prep your session. What do you do? Listener questions 00:07:48 - How do you prep for a campaign when the group is inconsistent? 00:19:30 - How do you maintain hype between sessions? 00:24:25 - How do you get good critiques about your GMing? 00:34:25 - How do you get players to care about your NPCs? Giving Me Life 46:00 - A Very Fatal Murder 00:48:56 - Nailed it! Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com 
 Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet 
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52mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Favorite Games of 2019

Show Notes: 1:40 - Community Submissions: Alexi AND Leah Sargeant  Alun Rees Blake Ryan  Chris Newton  David Morrison  19:17 - Rich's selection 32:59 - Community Submissions: Epistolary Richard Jamila R. Nedjadi  Kurt Potts Leandro Pondoc  Maria Rivera  45:49 - Sherri's selection 58:10 - Community Submissions: Mikael Tysvaer  Patrick Knowles  Sam Zimmerman  Sawyer Rankin Sean Smith  73:18 - Lowell's selection 82:11 - Community Submissions: Steven desJardins Steven Watkins  Tyler Lominack Walter German William Hobson  Rach Shelkey 102:54 - Giving Me Life Links: Alexi's itch: https://cloven-pine-games.itch.io/ Blake Ryan's DriveThru RPG link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/10875/Blake-Ryan Epistolary Richard's Indie RPG Pipeline: https://theindierpgpipeline.blogspot.com/ Jammi's itch: https://temporalhiccup.itch.io/ Kurt's itch: https://kurtpotts.itch.io/ Sawyer's DriveThru RPG link: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/12534/Ferretheim-Games

1hr 50mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 102 - Camp Nerdly, Monsterhearts: Mercy Falls, Alas for the Awful Sea

Timecodes Camp Nerdly (00:21) Penguins of Madagascar vs. Cthulhu (02:49) Archipelago III “The Last of Us” (03:43) Firebrands (05:38) Ten Candles (08:58) PbtA in May (15:45) Monsterhearts: Mercy Falls (17:14) Damn the Man! Save the Music! (27:58) Alas for the Awful Sea! (29:04) Giving Me Life Origins 2017 (38:16) Prepping for a brand-new campaign (39:49) Codex - Time (41:19) Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

47mins

6 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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Episode 98 - Breakers, Cthulhu Dark: Confidential, Kuro

Rich, Lowell, and Jason talk about some of the games they have been playing. Game Discussion Breakers (00:32) Cthulhu Dark: Confidential (13:17) Kuro (23:47) Giving Me Life Nintendo Switch (37:51) Justice League Action (40:40) World of Darkness for Urban Shadows (43:15) Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

49mins

1 May 2017

Rank #7

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GM Masterclass 01

Kate and Jason answer questions from the community and discuss their favorite GM techniques. Kate’s question 00:01:04 - What is your biggest challenge as a GM right now? Community questions 00:07:55 - How do you use hard moves to be a fan of the characters? 00:14:28 - How do you handle self-care, pre-game jitters, and post-game letdown? 00:25:52 - How do you do short but effective prep? 00:34:44 - What do you do when a player’s core character concept doesn’t fit? Giving Me Life 00:42:43 - Skyrim on Switch 00:44:34 - Punisher on Netflix Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

46mins

18 Feb 2018

Rank #8

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Favorite Games of 2017

1hr 24mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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GM Masterclass 04 - Hard Sell Players

GM Masterclass 04 - Hard Sell Players Hard Sell Players 00:00:45 - How do you encourage players to play characters different from them? 00:09:07 - What’s the best way to manage players with system mastery? 00:16:12 - How do you handle players who disdain safety tools but doesn’t go out of their way to break them? 00:25:23 - What adjustments do you make when the player is clearly not interested in any of the hooks? 00:34:50 - How do you safely play with players who have trauma? Giving Me Life 00:45:29 - Gauntlet Con 2018 00:48:08 - Being finished with FanExpo Links Wide Open Road by Noel Griffin is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Noel_Griffin/Fiction_City/Noel_Griffin_-_Fiction_City_-_11_Wide_Open_Road_ Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com 
 Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet 
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51mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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City of Mist, Girl Underground, Hot Guys Making Out: Sherlock, Trophy

Gauntlet Hangouts Roundup 00:01:30 - City of Mist 00:22:17 - Girl Underground 00:32:10 - Hot Guys Making Out: Sherlock Guest Segment 00:43:50 - Trophy and mining the fantasy genre for new ideas Giving Me Life 00:56:52 - Yakuza 00:59:20 - Cabins in the woods 00:60:40. - Mastering Twitter Links City of Mist https://www.cityofmist.co Girl Underground https://girlunderground.org Codex - Lies https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/238692/Codex--Lies-Jan-2018 Promo music Happy Ukulele by Scott Holmes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.Happy Ukulele by Scott Holmes is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Happy_Music/Happy_Ukulele_1026

1hr 3mins

10 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Middle Eastern Themes in Gaming, Tall Pines, Sea of Man

Lowell and Jason are joined by community member Tyler for the Gauntlet Hangouts Roundup for April 2018! Game Discussion 00:00:49 - Middle Eastern Themes 00:19:12 - Tall Pines 00:30:05 - Sea of Man Looking Ahead to May 00:42:26 - Threadbare 00:43:10 - Alas for the Awful Sea 00:44:38 - Spelljamming Troika! Giving Me Life 00:46:26 - Dusk City Outlaws 00:47:30 - The Terror and GLOW Season 2 00:49:09 - The Between development Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com 
 Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet 
 Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG 
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52mins

2 May 2018

Rank #12

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Tales From the Loop, Don't Rest Your Head, The Election of the Wine Queen

August Game Round Up 00:02:39 - Tales From the Loop 00:24:00 - Don’t Rest Your Head 00:38:40 - The Election of the Wine Queen Looking Ahead to September 00:52:05 - Monsterhearts 2: Once Again, We Return 00:52:50 - Monsterhearts 2: Summer Folk 00:53:09 - Monsterhearts 2: Kingsport 1692 Giving Me Life 00:55:35 - Hit Parade podcast 00:57:20 - The Legend of Fuyao 00:58:23 - Okami HD on Switch 00:59:35 - Asians Represent podcast Links Wide Open Road by Noel Griffin is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial License. http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Noel_Griffin/Fiction_City/Noel_Griffin_-_Fiction_City_-_11_Wide_Open_Road_ Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com 
 Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet 
 Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG 
 https://patreon.com/gauntlet

1hr 2mins

7 Sep 2018

Rank #13

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Impulse Drive, Sunset Kills, Alien RPG

Games Played 01:15 - Sherri's Games Played and Game Spotlight - Impulse Drive 14:27 - Alexi's Games Played and Game Spotlight - Sunset Kills 28:15 - Lowell's Games Played and Game Spotlight - Alien RPG Guest Segment 38:24 - Checkpoint Midnight and Running Games in Historical Settings Giving Me Life 52:27 - Sherri is getting life from Thanksgiving with family and sweet potato searching 54:04 - Alexi is excited about becoming a dad!!! 54:40  - Lowell is getting life from Penzeys, an online spice store CheckPoint Midnight updates here: http://bit.ly/CheckpointMidnightList Follow Cloven Pine Games on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClovenPineGames You can find Cloven Pine Games here: https://cloven-pine-games.itch.io/

57mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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GM Masterclass 02

Kate’s question 00:00:21 - What bad GM experience have you had recently and what did you learn from it? Listener questions 00:10:23 - How do you handle the one player who is clearly not having a good time? 00:19:20 - How do you integrate GM tips and techniques into your style? 00:29:00 - What do you do with the player who is focused on something inconsequential? 00:35:05 - How do we make character generation feel more like play? Giving Me Life 00:45:40 - Skin Wars 00:47:15 - The Holiday Season Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

49mins

21 Mar 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 122 - The 'Hood, Blades in the Dark, Legacy of the Slayer

Games Round-Up The ‘Hood (02:16) Blades in the Dark (17:36) Legacy of the Slayer (33:40) Giving Me Life New IKEA (46:50) Diablo (50:36) NaNoWriMo (52:03) Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

56mins

28 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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Band of Blades

0:24 Introductions 2:29 What's Band of Blades' Pitch 10:57 The Legion, Roles, and Playbooks 21:50 Band of Blades' Play Sequence 25:26 Campaign Themes 35:30 Designing Band of Blades as a Limited Campaign 43:50 Running Online Buy Band of Blades here: https://www.evilhat.com/home/band-of-blades/ https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/243347/Band-of-Blades

58mins

30 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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Favorite Games of 2018

In our special year-end episode, members of The Gauntlet community share their Favorite Games of 2018. Congratulations to all the games that were selected: Cartel For the Queen Our Mundane Supernatural Life The King is Dead Ten Candles Hearts of Wulin Once Again, We Return Ascendancy Spindlewheel Trouble for Hire Stonetop Good Society Masks Cold Ruins of Lastlife Harn World Gardens of Ynn Troika Ultraviolet Grasslands The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power Legend of the Five Rings Wreck of the Void Hatred Mask of the Mummy King Ryuutama Bluebeard's Bride Monsterhearts 2 Midnight at the Oasis Storm Riders! The Between Nahual Impulse Drive Monster of the Week Velvet Glove Blades in the Dark Scum & Villainy Spacewurm v. Moonicorn One Child's Heart Eden Dialect Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

2hr 27mins

30 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 86 - Gaming With Kids

Lowell is joined by Will Patterson to discuss gaming with kids! Timecodes Will’s gaming roots (00:28) Why game with kids? (01:32) Tips for playing with small kids (06:29) Challenges & advantages of different RPG systems (12:14) Character death & tone (15:01) Hacking PbtA for kids (19:19) Running for kids vs running for adults (20:25) Playing The Sundered Land with a three-year-old (22:16) World of Dreams (24:19) Letting the kids GM (28:01) Some final thoughts (31:28) Links Article about executive function https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/blogs/expert-corner/2016/05/30/the-batman-effect-what-my-research-shows-about-pretend-play-and-executive-functioning Will’s game, World of Dreams https://plus.google.com/100395114003715336076/posts/aLQYEtJntn5 Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon patreon.com/gauntlet Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

38mins

1 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 59 - Middle Earth, Battlestar World, Sagas of the Icelanders

Playlist GM-less, play-by-post Monsterhearts (00:36) Middle Earth gaming (07:29) Battlestar World (15:33) Blue Rose Dungeon World (24:37) Sagas of the Icelanders (34:07) Crowsmantle (38:36) Giving Me Life K-Pop (43:35) Lucha Underground (46:59) Gauntlet Hangouts numbers (49:40) Links Drew’s Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/medeiros?ty=h Sagas of the Icelanders http://redmoosegames.tumblr.com/soti Our website: gauntlet-rpg.com Our Twitter: @GauntletRPG

53mins

12 Jun 2016

Rank #20