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Expedition to the Grizzly Peaks

How a lapsed gamer returned to the hobby and what happened to him on the way

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126: Secrets of Blackmoor, with Griffin Morgan

"What if everything you knew about the history of Dungeons & Dragons was wrong?" Griffin Morgan the film maker behind the amazing documentary 'Secrets of  Blackmoor, The True History of Dungeons & Dragons'.  Over a period of 6 Years, in 12 different Cities, and comprised of 200 Hours of Interviews, 20,000 Documents and  Photos. Griffin has made an unprecedented investigation into the history of D&D - the  game that created a multi-billion dollar industry. I was lucky enough to bag an interview with Griffin where he delved deeper into his personal history in the game we all love.https://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

1hr 3mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 1 : New York - The Carlyle Mansion

Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition.  Introducing the cast:  Claudia Stein, former U-Boat Captain in WWI, now a dilettante spending her summers in the Swiss Alps and her winters in Monaco. G.R.U.M.S. a rootin', tootin', rail riding hobo from Louisiana, never to be found too far away from a cat. Bill Rakesheare, a Scottish groundsman with a troubled past and a good throwing arm. Always has a wrench slipped up his sleeve Dr Gwen Grieves, a doctor up to her neck with the New York mob, she uses Morphine to ease her pain and memories of her dead husband. Cole 'Charon' Morteson, a horribly scarred PI who used to work for the NYPD  Marcus Abate, an academic with a wild streak, watch out for that switchblade. Likes alcohol in bags. In this first episode we have a recap of the teams adventures so far in Peru and New York and we begin in the Westchester mansion of Erika Carlyle, sister of Roger, the leader of the lost expedition to Egypt and Kenya. The have found a stash of his ancient and powerful tomes which they are casually perusing in Erika's library. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

1hr 28mins

28 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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BONUS: D&D 5e Actual PLay: The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness

My first ever D&D 5th Edition Actual Play. Listen if you dare to a 51 year old man play the Rick & Morty Starter Set adventure with his 3 1/2 year old daughter. All rude words have been substituted!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

18mins

1 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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111. The first fantasy campaign

Writing my first campaign and going off the deep end. Narrative vs Emergent game play. Mervyn Peake, Lewis Carroll, and Gary Gygax. Plus call ins from some old friends.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

30mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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114: Old Schools and Fantasy Trips

A rambling series of thoughts on travel, gaming and the Old Schools. With call ins from Jason (Nerds RPG Variety Cast) and Che (Roleplay Rescue).--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

27mins

11 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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107. Is 200 hours prep too much?

Going on at length about my ridiculous prep for Masks of Nyarlathotep--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

21mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 2 : New York - Trouble in Harlem

Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. The investigators head to Harlem to try and find help as they prepare to venture into the depths of JuJu House, but forces are aligning against them. Introducing: Claudia Stein, former U-Boat Captain in WWI, now a dilettante spending her summers in the Swiss Alps and her winters in Monaco. G.R.U.M.S. a rootin', tootin', rail riding hobo from Louisiana, never to be found too far away from a cat. Bill Rakesheare, a Scottish groundsman with a troubled past and a good throwing arm. Always has a wrench slipped up his sleeve Dr Gwen Grieves, a doctor up to her neck with the New York mob, she uses Morphine to ease her pain and memories of her dead husband. Cole 'Charon' Morteson, a horribly scarred PI who used to work for the NYPD Marcus Abate, an academic with a wild streak, watch out for that switchblade. Likes alcohol in bags.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

47mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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121: Racism and Gaming. The Judges Guild is judged.

Judges Guild were one of the originators of our hobby and it is extremely sad that their legacy is now destroyed forever by the unapologetic racism, anti-semitism and misogyny of the son and grandson of the founder Bob Bledsaw (his offspring have the same name and are II and III). --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

17mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 3: New York - Horror at Ju-Ju House

Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written  by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne  Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. The horrifying conclusion to the New York Chapter - our intrepid investigators descend in to the depths of Ju-Ju House. What mind melting monstrosities await them? Will they avenge the death of their good friend Jackson Elias? Will they finally get their hands on some nunchuks. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

1hr 15mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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108. Turkey run

A random collection of bits. Turkey carnage, angry at the OSR anchorites, "comedy", thank you's to Jason, Jeff and Spencer. And Out of Office.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

19mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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120: The Morning After the Night Before

How do we recover as a group from the events of last Saturday. It's been an emotional and tough few days of talking things out and processing feelings. But I feel optimistic finally that we can carry on. I don't think we are stronger for it, but maybe we will be better. I have also come to a decision about the game. We will be changing a few things and lets see. Thanks to all the call insJason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Che from Roleplay Rescue, Joe from Hindsightless, Barney from Loco Ludus, Daniel, and Josh from JB Publishing (Oxford comma!). Also thanks to TJ Drennon for the music as always. Follow him on Patreon. https://patreon.com/TJD--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

40mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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119: Is this the end?

A night of tension and disfunction. Is my Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign in a death spiral. Can we recover from the worst gaming session I can ever remember.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

15mins

2 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Masks of Nyarlathotep - Ep 4: New York - Lying Low

Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written   by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne   Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. After the horrors at Ju Ju House our intrepid investigators are taken to a safe house at Emerson imports where they nervously wait for passage out of America. Will the weird objects they recovered from that hellish basement prove to be too tempting to resist? What mind shattering revelations will happen when they delve into the foul books and objects that nag away at the edge of their vision.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

53mins

20 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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Forget Me Not - Ep 1: The Cornfields of your Mind

Grizzly Peaks Radio presents: The first episode of our new mini-series Forget Me Not. A Call of Cthulhu Modern actual play starring, Barney from Loco Ludus, Jason from Nerds RPG Variety Cast, Edwin the Diplomatist, and Ian (w/o podcast). Music clips from The Miraculous Mandarin by Bela Bartok--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

2hr 15mins

7 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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117: Gamers gone wild

The fallout continues from my 5e episode. Plus plenty of call ins and collaboration. Thanks to Daniel from NYC, James from Those Feckin' Books!, Joe from Hindsightless and Weal or Woe fame, Che from Roleplay Rescue, Barney from Loco Ludus, and some weird f*cker from Texas.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

37mins

25 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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106. The making of a DM

Wherein a 3 and a half year old girl takes her first confident steps into game mastering--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

18mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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124: When the dust settles

How do we move on from the loss of a player and what lessons can we take from it. A ton of call-ins from the lovely Anchor community to help me think through what to do now.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

35mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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113: GM'ing styles and Loco's Ludic Analysis

A show dedicated to an epic call-in from Barney from Loco Ludus. All about GM'ing styles, improv vs narrative, and a "take-down" of my Call of Cthulhu actual play!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

26mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Masks of Nyarlathotep - Episode 5: All Aboard The Mauretania

APOLOGIES ABOUT THE AUDIO QUALITY OF THIS EPISODE, I'LL GET BETTER I PROMISE :(. Grizzly Peaks Radio presents Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play. Written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis, new version by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward, for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. Ejected from their home and country our heroic investigators set sail for Southampton, England aboard the magnificent vessel the RMS Mauretania. What could be more relaxing than a 6-day cruise across the Atlantic. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

1hr 3mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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104. Tick removal and Cthulhu

Call ins already! This community is really engaged, either that or they are surveillance experts. Seriously though, lovely welcomes from Spencer and Jason (Keep off the Borderlands and Nerd's RPG Variety Cast). Real-time tick removal shenanigans. And it's Game Day.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/andy-goodman8/message

16mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #20