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Can you make the save? Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when D&D came in a single box?When rules were there to be guided by the Dungeon master, not in control ofhim? Where extrapolation was king and fun was the major goal of anyadventure?Those days have returned! As with the very title of the podcast, one canimagine dangerous dungeons, Wiley Non-Player Characters, and monsters thatmight just be able to kill your character regardless of your level? Save orDie podcast intends to cover them all, from the first box set of 1974 to thelast of the 1990s box sets. If its Dungeons & Dragons and came in a box,we’ll talk about it.Our fearless Dungeon Masters Vince, Mike and Elizabeth will regale listenerswith tales of past events and future possibilities. Magic, Monsters, andMayhems will abound as we delve into the ideas of light rules and heavyrole-playing

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Can you make the save? Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when D&D came in a single box?When rules were there to be guided by the Dungeon master, not in control ofhim? Where extrapolation was king and fun was the major goal of anyadventure?Those days have returned! As with the very title of the podcast, one canimagine dangerous dungeons, Wiley Non-Player Characters, and monsters thatmight just be able to kill your character regardless of your level? Save orDie podcast intends to cover them all, from the first box set of 1974 to thelast of the 1990s box sets. If its Dungeons & Dragons and came in a box,we’ll talk about it.Our fearless Dungeon Masters Vince, Mike and Elizabeth will regale listenerswith tales of past events and future possibilities. Magic, Monsters, andMayhems will abound as we delve into the ideas of light rules and heavyrole-playing

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By Rhowell_1979 - Jan 07 2020
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This is a great podcast!!! Sure am missing new episodes. ☹️. Lots of inspiration for your own campaign and play. Going on my third round of listening to all the episodes again. Again thanks to the hosts for putting there time in putting these together over all those years. You can run over and listen to Save for Half and get an awesome podcast by Some of the former hosts. Thanks again! Rob

Great podcast!

By DM Jesse - Mar 08 2016
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You like Blue Box, Red Box, basic oldschool editions of D&D? Subcribe now!

iTunes Ratings

81 Ratings
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4

Rhowell_1970

By Rhowell_1979 - Jan 07 2020
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This is a great podcast!!! Sure am missing new episodes. ☹️. Lots of inspiration for your own campaign and play. Going on my third round of listening to all the episodes again. Again thanks to the hosts for putting there time in putting these together over all those years. You can run over and listen to Save for Half and get an awesome podcast by Some of the former hosts. Thanks again! Rob

Great podcast!

By DM Jesse - Mar 08 2016
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You like Blue Box, Red Box, basic oldschool editions of D&D? Subcribe now!
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The Save or Die Podcast!

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Can you make the save? Remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, when D&D came in a single box?When rules were there to be guided by the Dungeon master, not in control ofhim? Where extrapolation was king and fun was the major goal of anyadventure?Those days have returned! As with the very title of the podcast, one canimagine dangerous dungeons, Wiley Non-Player Characters, and monsters thatmight just be able to kill your character regardless of your level? Save orDie podcast intends to cover them all, from the first box set of 1974 to thelast of the 1990s box sets. If its Dungeons & Dragons and came in a box,we’ll talk about it.Our fearless Dungeon Masters Vince, Mike and Elizabeth will regale listenerswith tales of past events and future possibilities. Magic, Monsters, andMayhems will abound as we delve into the ideas of light rules and heavyrole-playing

Rank #1: Adventure 152 – Save Vs Old-School Essentials

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Join DM Chrispy with special trans atlantic guest Gavin Norman from Necrotic Gnome as they discuss the evolution of B/X Essentials in the Old-School Essentials Kickstarter. Find out more about this awesome project and stay tuned after the main show for the third installment of the Save Or Die Actual Play. Old-School Essentials on Kickstarter

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Apr 24 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #2: Episode 78: “Eldritch Wizardry”

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Author and game historian Jon Peterson joins the crew once again to discuss the heritage of Original D&D this time Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry. They discuss its origins, its impact on both Original and future Dungeons & Dragons, and its usefulness to current fans of Classic D&D today. It might not even be as controversial

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Sep 17 2013

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Rank #3: Save or Die Podcast # 55: Swords & Wizardry

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The long-promised “Attack of the Clones!” series of SoD Adventures is here! The crew takes a detailed view of the Mythmere Games Retro-Clone of the Original Dungeons & Dragons game Swords & Wizardry. As with the new format for reviews, the episode is broken into sections, with each reviewing different aspects of the S&W Core

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Aug 30 2012

1hr 29mins

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Rank #4: Adventure 144 – SAVE VS. BACK TO BASIX

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Join The Save or Die Immortal Edition cast with guest host Jonathan Westmoreland as we take a look at the fanzine Back to BasiX from Throwi Games. We examine the creatures, treasures, and candor of this new fanzine for all things basic. Back to Basix http://throwigames.com Spa Con: Jonathan Westmoreland runs the RPG portion of

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Apr 24 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: Episode 88: Gazapalooza 1- Grand Duchy of Karameikos

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Your fine foursome hosts delve into that iconic setting of Basic-Expert/Mentzer D&D, the Known Worlde of Mystara! This rich setting is so vast that we’re going to break it into several episodes, each one concentrating on a Gazetteer of the campaign world of the Classic Dungeons & Dragons game. Thrills, chills, and opinions abound in

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Mar 25 2014

1hr 56mins

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Rank #6: Adventure 151 – Basic and Expert Remastered

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Join the SOD crew with special guest Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games as he goes over their current kickstarter project Basic and Expert RPG Sets Remastered! And catch the second part in Hilda and Leothward adventures in our second actual play segment. Basic and Expert RPG Sets Remastered! Kickstarter Pacesetter Games http://www.pacesettergames.com/ Ben Barsh on

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Mar 27 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: Episode 99: What is the OSR anyway?

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We talk a lot about “Old School” on this Podcast, be it a Renaissance or Revolution. But what does it mean? The three hosts are joined once again by intrepid author Jon Peterson as we consider such questions. We give our opinions about this movement and what it means to each of us, as well

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Oct 02 2014

1hr 49mins

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Rank #8: Episode 86: Of Mines and Mountain Kings

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The Save or Die Four give you a twofer this episode! First we take a look at the Labyrinth Lord module “Mines of Valdhum” by Matt “Odinist” Evans. The author of that adventure joins us on the show, and helps the crew in reviewing the second product: the Fat Dragon Games Mines (and Dungeons) of

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Mar 02 2014

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Rank #9: Episode 71: Blackmoor!

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The second of the “Little Brown Book” add-ons (and the first actual campaign) was Supplement II: Blackmoor. This work showed a different take on the rules from Gygax’s Greyhawk campaign, though how much was original Blackmoor is a subject for debate. New classes, rules for hit locations, and a lot on waterborne adventures were provided

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May 16 2013

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: Save or Die Podcast #61 Labyrinth Lord

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Once again the “Attack of the Clones!” series rears its ugly head with a review of Goblinoid Games Basic-Expert Retro-Clone Labyrinth Lord. We consider how well the clone meets its goals, and what new and innovative ideas Daniel Proctor provides in this game, arguably the most supported of the retro-clones of Classic Dungeons & Dragons.

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Dec 02 2012

1hr 24mins

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Rank #11: Save or Die Podcast Adventure #25: Old Skool

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The Crew this week tackles a listener request, of how to do it old school, from finding that book, to what dice to roll, and even how to make your character pop, and then end with a review of B9! Check it out!

Feb 21 2011

1hr 20mins

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Rank #12: Episode 85: All The World’s Monsters

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This time joined by Barrowmaze creator Greg Gillespie, the Fantastic Five (?) review one of the classics of old school gaming: Chaosium’s “All The World’s Monsters” Vol. 1-3. Straight from the heady anything-goes days of the mid-70s, the first volume of this set actually preceded the Monster Manual to publication, providing diehard Original D&D judges

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Jan 28 2014

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Rank #13: Save or Die Podcast # 64: “Save versus Greyhawk!”

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Welcome to the first Save or Die! Adventure of 2013! This episode we take a look at the first of the original “Little Brown Book” supplements: Greyhawk. Not only did this gem give some insight into Gary Gygax’s view of the D&D game, but also laid the foundation for much of what would become “Canonical”

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Jan 26 2013

1hr 11mins

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Rank #14: Episode 81: Your Sci-Fi is in my Chocolate!

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This episode we return to the subject of Sci Fi elements in our CD&D games, and how they can influence the tenor of a campaign. Good or Bad, regardless of your opinions they’ll certainly make an impression on your players and your campaign.     Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveordiepodcast@gmail.com to

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Oct 29 2013

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Rank #15: Save or Die Podcast #52 “Poor Old +1 Long Sword”

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There are a lot of surprises this time around as DMs Vince, Mike and Liz are joined by DM FulonGamer and the pulse-pounding, two-fisted return of DM Crispy! The five discuss their latest gaming news, and consider the following: In a lot of games, the +1 weapon or armor is as dull as dirt and

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Jun 27 2012

1hr 38mins

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Rank #16: Save or Die Podcast Adventure #35: Which Edition to use?

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Today we talk about which edition of classic D&D is for you. Giving pointers and share our thoughts on which one you should start with. The decisions expressed in the podcasts for whatever edition is not set in stone, we only gave you our thoughts and ideas, if for some reason you think going with

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Jul 01 2011

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Rank #17: Episode 95: We Have Class

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Everyone’s tried new player classes at one time or another in their games – be they from Dragon magazine, third party publishers, or self-created. The DMigos chat about all three, and what impact these alternate classes have had on our play of D&D be it as players or DMs. No Kobold-Slayers please!     Sites

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Jul 28 2014

1hr 37mins

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Rank #18: Episode 79: Re-Alignment

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From the very beginning of Classic Dungeons & Dragons, alignment has played a role in how characters, monsters, and the fantasy world interact. From the Classic 3-alignment system to the Holmesian 5-alignment system, the (reunited) “Fantastic Four” consider them all and what has worked for our games. It’s all here at: http://saveordie.info Don’t forget to drop

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Oct 03 2013

1hr 36mins

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Rank #19: Episode 89: Save vs. Jennell Jaquays

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We are fortunate to have on the show the noted game designer and illustrator Jennell Jaquays! This creator of Dungeoneer magazine, the lauded D&D adventure Caverns of Thracia, the module M5 Talons of Night from TSR, and far more things than can be listed at once. We chat with her about her introduction to D&D,

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Apr 15 2014

1hr 41mins

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Rank #20: Save or Die Podcast Adventure #23: Something and Witches

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The staff this week is joined by a special DM Host, DM Cory who is part of the upcoming AD&D 2E Podcast, Thaco’s Hammer, as they chat about building worlds in your campaign, how to design spells, DEMONS and then finish up with with a review of B7: Rahasia. Saveordiepodcast(at)gmail.com

Feb 06 2011

1hr 21mins

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Adventure 155: Class Act Magic Users

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The last of the class acts? Magic Users are as integral to Dungeons & Dragons as dungeons and dragons are. Join the Save Or Die crew as they discuss these spell casting archetypes of fantasy and how they view and use them in their own games. Show links Zenopus Archives blog about Warlock http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2012/02/warlock-or-how-to-play-d-without.html The

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Oct 04 2019

1hr 48mins

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Side Adventure 21: Email Ketchup

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At Save Or Die we relish all of our emails so we regret that we have not mustard a response in so much thyme. We want to be peppered with questions and a-salt-ed with queries and you don’t ever have to butter us up. We mayo have had too much fun writing this episode summary

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Aug 21 2019

42mins

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Adventure 154 – Holmes Basic

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The three hosts are together again in the latest Save Or Die! where we talk Holmes Basic with our guest the Arch Zenopus himself Zach of the Zenopus Archives. A SOD favorite gets reexplored as we take a deep dive into what makes Holmes Basic such an endearing part of D&D history. ZENOPUS ARCHIVES http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/

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Jul 16 2019

1hr 47mins

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Side Adventure 20: NTRPGCON 2019 Wrap up!

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In this Side Adventure Carl and Courtney go over their experiences at North Texas RPG Con 2019. Links for the show: Ordinary Human Games https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/14187/Ordinary-Human-Games ZENOPUS ARCHIVES http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/ World of Game Design https://wogd.com/ Douglas Zielsdorf “Forged Locale #1: “The House of the Broken Sky”” https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/213010/Forged-Locale-1-The-House-of-the-Broken-Sky?fbclid=IwAR1UMHPJHxWWkqhi4yC66_qTL7q1juhBaE3n5I26DET998V3HEB65mSAygw Dwarven Forge _Home Page Castles Launch Creeping Cold on Kickstarter

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Jun 14 2019

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Adventure 153 – Mystara Primer with Mr. Welch

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Join the SOD crew with special guest Mr. Welch of the Welcome To Mystara YouTube series as we get a primer on the campaign setting of Mystara. Welcome To Mystara https://www.youtube.com/user/thehgw Wild Games Productions Discord Server https://discord.gg/zEpEGwR OSR Podcasts MeWe group https://mewe.com/group/5bbccb82a5f4e532eb77a5f4 Links for the show: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Saveordiepodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaveorDieStaff Vince’s Blog – http://theevildm.com

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Jun 04 2019

58mins

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Adventure 152 – Save Vs Old-School Essentials

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Join DM Chrispy with special trans atlantic guest Gavin Norman from Necrotic Gnome as they discuss the evolution of B/X Essentials in the Old-School Essentials Kickstarter. Find out more about this awesome project and stay tuned after the main show for the third installment of the Save Or Die Actual Play. Old-School Essentials on Kickstarter

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Apr 24 2019

1hr 5mins

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Side Adventure 19: Save VS Creeping Cold

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In this Side Adventure Carl & Courtney are joined by Silver Bullete as they talk about their current project Creeping Cold a module for 5E and Swords & Wizardry. Links for the show: Creeping Cold on Kickstarter Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Saveordiepodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaveorDieStaff Vince’s Blog – http://theevildm.com Vince’s TheEvilDM Youtube OSR – https://goo.gl/R3g8Qw Support the show

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Apr 19 2019

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Adventure 151 – Basic and Expert Remastered

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Join the SOD crew with special guest Bill Barsh of Pacesetter Games as he goes over their current kickstarter project Basic and Expert RPG Sets Remastered! And catch the second part in Hilda and Leothward adventures in our second actual play segment. Basic and Expert RPG Sets Remastered! Kickstarter Pacesetter Games http://www.pacesettergames.com/ Ben Barsh on

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Mar 27 2019

1hr 9mins

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Side Adventure 18: Gary Con 2019 Wrap-up!

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DM Carl and Courtney go over their time and games played at Gary Con 2019. This was their first time at the convention so listen in to hear their thoughts on the experience.   Links for the show: You’re No Hero YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6EpEga3mivwtUw9GLECpWw/videos Quintessential Dungeon One Page Dungeon http://beholderpie.blogspot.com/2016/05/one-page-dungeon-2016-quintessential.html Castle of Blackwood Moors https://www.amazon.com/Castle-Blackwood-Moors-David-Konkol/dp/1535373644

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Mar 14 2019

19mins

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Adventure 150 – GAZ6: Dwarves of Rockhome

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A brave new sod! Join us for a in depth discussion of The Dwarves of Rockhome and check out our new format. Also at the end of this episode is the first part of our new actual play segment. The Dwarves of Rockhome https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/16999/GAZ6-The-Dwarves-of-Rockhome-Basic?affiliate_id=421647 Wild Games Productions Discord Server https://discord.gg/zEpEGwR OSR Podcasts MeWe group https://mewe.com/group/5bbccb82a5f4e532eb77a5f4

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Mar 04 2019

1hr 15mins

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Side Adventure 17: Ch Ch Changes

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Turn and face the strange SODCAST audience! In this side adventure the SOD crew talk about some big upcoming changes to your classic D&D podcast. Get the scoop in this episode of Save or Die. Links for the show: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Saveordiepodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaveorDieStaff Vince’s Blog – http://theevildm.com Vince’s TheEvilDM Youtube OSR – https://goo.gl/R3g8Qw Support

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Feb 16 2019

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Adventure 149 – Class Act Dwarves

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Gold Gold Gold Gold! Come listen to the Save or Die crew talk about a fan favorite character archetype! Dwarves are grumpy, loyal, honest, sturdy, and mechanically similar to fighters. Find out what the hosts think of dwarves in this class act. Links Zenopus Archives blog about mythical earth miniatures http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/2018/12/1973-preview-of-mythical-earth-minifigs.html Playing at the Worlds

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Feb 06 2019

1hr 4mins

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Side Adventure 16: The Missing few moments from #148!

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Whoops we are really sorry, some how the last few minutes was cut off the show in the uploading process of #148, and we really don’t know what happened. So we made it into a side adventure so you didn’t have to download the entire show again, BUT just pick up right where you left

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Jan 07 2019

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Adventure 148 – Class Act Fighters

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Join the Save Or Die team as they discuss another class act. This time the most basic of the basic classes… the fighter! Is it just a sword swinging soldier? Or can it be that and so much more!? Listen to this Save Or Die to find out the crews thoughts. Links ZENOPUS ARCHIVES http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/

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Jan 06 2019

59mins

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Side Adventure 15: Open Tables

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Jump right in to a discussion about jumping right in… and out of games. Open tables either at friendly local gaming stores or conventions are the subject of this Save or Die Side Adventure. Join Chrispy and Carl as they discuss the ins and outs of jumping in and out! Links for the show: Facebook

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Nov 25 2018

41mins

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Adventure 147 – Save VS Elves of Alfheim

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We’re going to see the elves! Join the Save or Die crew as we delve into the city of Alfheim and take a look at the 5th gazetteer in a continuation of gaz-a-palooza. Links Elves of Alfheim on Drive Thru RPG https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/16997/GAZ5-The-Elves-of-Alfheim-Basic?it=1&affiliate_id=421647 Wild Games Productions Discord Server https://discord.gg/zEpEGwR OSR Podcasts MeWe group https://mewe.com/group/5bbccb82a5f4e532eb77a5f4 Links for

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Nov 02 2018

1hr 3mins

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Side Adventure 14: House Rules!

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The side adventure marches on. The last side adventure was well received and we are back again and this time DM Carl is joined by Chris Holmes for a casual chat about house rules. Which rules they like, which rules they change, and which rules they completely ignore! So make up your own critical hit

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Oct 06 2018

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Adventure 146 – Save VS B/X Essentials

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A rules set? A restatement? Take a look with the Save or Die crew at this unique OSR product as we talk about B/X Essentials. This 100% accurate clone is an essential part of your complete B/X breakfast and will help any Dungeon Master understand the B/X game better. Listen now! Show links Necrotic Gnome

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Sep 19 2018

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Adventure 145 – D&D Arcade Game, A Fist Full of Silver Coins

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Welcome to the D&D World! Join the Save Or Die crew as they go back to the Arcade to talk about the D&D Arcade Game. Near and dear to the hosts this game is an incredibly faithful adaptation to basic D&D. So grab your fist full of silver coins, your best friends, and get ready

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Sep 08 2018

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Side Adventure 13: Yes, they are back, finally!

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Woooohoooo! The side adventures are back, finally! Back by popular demand! Join DM Carl and guest host DM Courtney on a new side adventure. As they discuss the benefits and disadvantages of two adverse stiles of play. Theatre of the mind vs terrain & miniatures. They’ll talk about their experiences, preferences and suggestions on using

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Aug 10 2018

43mins

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iTunes Ratings

81 Ratings
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Rhowell_1970

By Rhowell_1979 - Jan 07 2020
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This is a great podcast!!! Sure am missing new episodes. ☹️. Lots of inspiration for your own campaign and play. Going on my third round of listening to all the episodes again. Again thanks to the hosts for putting there time in putting these together over all those years. You can run over and listen to Save for Half and get an awesome podcast by Some of the former hosts. Thanks again! Rob

Great podcast!

By DM Jesse - Mar 08 2016
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You like Blue Box, Red Box, basic oldschool editions of D&D? Subcribe now!