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Save for Half is a podcast about Old School Games and the modern role playing games inspired by them. Join DM Mike, DM Liz, and DM Corbett as they discuss and review all the RPGs that made the 70s and 80s great, as well as their modern descendants and supplements.

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Save for Half is a podcast about Old School Games and the modern role playing games inspired by them. Join DM Mike, DM Liz, and DM Corbett as they discuss and review all the RPGs that made the 70s and 80s great, as well as their modern descendants and supplements.

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By wsteyert - Jun 24 2019
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I love the review format and discussion on various games. Especially OSR related products. How about Lamentations of the Flame Princess? Godbound or Stars without Number? Or Old School Essentials (when it ships in October)? Would be 5 stars if the discussion wasn’t constantly derailed by random bad jokes. But this is likely just personal preference.

An Old School Gem!

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Mike and Liz are back with DM Corbett in this Old School must-listen gem!

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Keep em coming!

By wsteyert - Jun 24 2019
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I love the review format and discussion on various games. Especially OSR related products. How about Lamentations of the Flame Princess? Godbound or Stars without Number? Or Old School Essentials (when it ships in October)? Would be 5 stars if the discussion wasn’t constantly derailed by random bad jokes. But this is likely just personal preference.

An Old School Gem!

By Wes Blair - Mar 12 2017
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Mike and Liz are back with DM Corbett in this Old School must-listen gem!
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Save for Half is a podcast about Old School Games and the modern role playing games inspired by them. Join DM Mike, DM Liz, and DM Corbett as they discuss and review all the RPGs that made the 70s and 80s great, as well as their modern descendants and supplements.

Rank #1: Episode 10: Holmes Basic Dungeons & Dragons

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It’s the grandaddy of Basic D&D, the blue book edited by Dr. J. Eric Holmes! This little gem from the late 1970s brings us the question of trying to sell RPGs in mass market stores. It also begs other questions, such as how many ogres you need to mug to level up, why unicorns blow, and what vampires are doing in a game that limits players’ characters to levels 1-3? All this and more will be answered on this episode of Save for Half!

No ogres were harmed in the making of this episode, not even the ones with 500 gold pieces in their bags.

Links mentioned in this show:

Holmes compares his D&D to Moldvay’s update
http://swordandshieldrpg.blogspot.com/2011/07/holmes-compares-his-basic-d-boxed-set.html

J. Eric Holmes site
http://www.holmeswest.com/

Manicorn (follow link at your own risk, and don’t say we didn’t warn you)
http://rlfcomic.com/toyetic/

Top 10 Ogre Colors
https://www.thetoptens.com/ugliest-colors/

Zenopus Archives: Holmes Basic D&D Blog
http://zenopusarchives.blogspot.com/

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Mar 26 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #2: Episode 9: Star Trek RPG by FASA

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Space is big, really big, but Star Trek by FASA is definitely bigger. Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the awesome spectacle that is the Save for Half Podcast crew Trekkin it up! With an Easter egg that you don’t have to wait for the end of the show to catch, because DM Jim is in da house! On top of that we have DM Jeff! Who is that, you say, well only the Trekkin-ist Trekkie to ever go on a Trek. You will get to hear about all the Trek you can eat! Learn the secrets of a forty year old game and then feel good about it later. So don’t walk, run! Unless you’re carrying scissors, then walk — to your local podcast dealer and download Save For Half Episode 9! Supplies are limited, act now!

No DM Mikes were harmed in the making of this podcast — despite his ominous silence…

Links mentioned in this show:

Star Trek RPG Resources: Frylock’s Gaming & Geekery
https://gsllc.wordpress.com/fasa-star-trek-rpg-resources/

The Old Dragoon’sBlog (DM Jeffís Blog)
http://theolddragoon.blogspot.com/

Royal Manticoran Navy
http://www.trmn.org/portal/

Star Trek: The RPG on Memory Alpha
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Role_Playing_Game_(FASA)

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Mar 01 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #3: Episode 10.5: Son of Holmes!

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It’s email time in the Halflings’ Hideaway, and after responding to some listener feedback we have a discussion with Chris Holmes! For those not in the know, Chris is the son of J. Eric Holmes, the author of Holmes Basic Dungeons & Dragons! We talk characters, his Tales of Peril project, purple worms, and…Herculoids?

No Tom Hanks were harmed in the making of this episode, not even Pardue the Holy man!

Links mentioned in this show:

Chris Holmes: Tales of Peril – Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pg/BlackBladePublishing/photos/?tab=album&album_id=758140394348915

AI Monster Manual
http://aiweirdness.com/post/172170729017/dungeons-and-dragons-creatures-generated-by

Bard’s Gate with the Frogs
https://www.twitch.tv/froggodgames

Black Blade Publishing (publisher of Tales of Peril)
http://black-blade-publishing.com/

Herculoids
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061262/

Mississippi Bones – Dungeon Hustle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDpKBYbODM

North Texas RPG Con 2018
http://ntrpgcon.com/2-current/20-ntrpgcon-2018

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

May 08 2018

1hr 11mins

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Rank #4: Episode 8.5: Gaming Magazines with Tim Kask, pt 2

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HUR-rey, HUR-rey! HUR-rey! Come one, come all to the Save for Half Sideshow! We read some more emails from the fans, discuss minis at the table, and move into Part 2 of our talk with The Curmudgeon himself—Tim Kask. This show he talks about his return to the hobby in the 2000s and his work as consulting editor of Gygax magazine. We wrap up with discussions of where publishing is going in the digital age, so listen!

No magazines were harmed in the making of this episode, not even the digital ones!

Links mentioned in this show:

Curmudgeon in the Cellar – Tim Kask
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGZxCpsSS2FlkBz-3G7R88uwHGXhj2ewh

Gygax Magazine #1
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/111516/Gygax-magazine-issue-1?filters=0_0_0_44499_0
Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Jan 23 2018

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Rank #5: Episode 11: No Home Like Blueholme

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Now that we’ve given our views on the Holmes Basic D&D game, your Triumphant Trio give the Blueholme Journeymanne RPG a gander. This retro-clone of the Holmes game moves beyond the Prentice rules with levels 1-3 and instead carries characters from levels 1 to 20, from beginner to the heights of power and prestige. Thrills, chills, and 3d6 in order await you in this latest show!

No Alignments were harmed in the making of this show, except by DM Mike!

Links mentioned in this show:

Blueholme Journeymanne rules
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/208800/BLUEHOLMETM-Journeymanne-Rules

DM Liz playing 5E with the Frog Gods
https://www.twitch.tv/froggodgames

Save or Die #117
http://saveordie.info/?p=1394

Tales of Peril — Black Blade Publishing
http://black-blade-publishing.com/

Catweazle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cgIHS7am9g&feature=share

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Jul 08 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 12: Boot Hill

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Saddle up y’all, and go for yer guns! The Halflings rustle up a passel of Western catch-phrases for this episode of the podcast! We’re covering Boot Hill (1st and 2nd editions) and talk about weapons, maps, guns and a surprising lack of “Men with No Name”(TM).

No outlaws were harmed in the making of this podcast, except when Liz shot Mike…but she didn’t shoot the deputy!

Links mentioned in this show:

Boot Hill at Noble Knight Games
https://www.nobleknight.com/Products/Boot-Hill

Rended Press: Old School Zines
https://rendedpress.blogspot.com/p/old-school-zines.html

Wikipedia – Boot Hill RPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boot_Hill_(role-playing_game)

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Sep 08 2018

58mins

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Rank #7: Episode 6: Classic Traveller by GDW

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Welcome to the Far Future as only 1977 can bring it to you! In this show the Halfling trio covers the granddaddy of all space-traveling Sci-Fi games, Traveller by Marc Miller and Game Designers’ Workshop. Starships, aliens, (non-light) saber-fighting (?), and death during character generation – You get it all!

Links mentioned in this show:

Chris “Clangador” Yoder’s Passing
https://www.facebook.com/Rassilon/posts/10212271869084243

GURPS Traveller by Steve Jackson Games
http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/traveller/

History of Traveller on the Traveller wiki
http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/History

The Traveller Book on DriveThruRPG.com
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/80192/CTTTBThe-Traveller-Book?src=hottest_filtered
Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Aug 16 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 11.5: Son of Blueholme!

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Once again the Save for Halflings dig through the emails in the Halfling Hideaway and answer questions from the listeners…some of them even true! After a break we travel through time and space to sit down with the Blueholme man himself, Michael “Vile Traveller” Thomas. We discuss his RPG, gaming in general, and accents. Lots of accents.

No Time Lords were harmed in the making of this podcast, not even the British ones.

Links mentioned in this show:

Blueholme Journeymanne rules
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/208800/BLUEHOLMETM-Journeymanne-Rules

Outdoor Survival boardgame
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1511/outdoor-survival

Stan Johansen Miniatures (RW009+)
http://www.stanjohansenminiatures.com/Road.htm

Catweazle Series 1 Episode 1 – The Sun in a Bottle (Part 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cgIHS7am9g

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Aug 14 2018

56mins

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Rank #9: Episode 16: Monsters, Monsters!

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Welcome to the mash…the Monster Mash? Your trio of Halflings (with a surprise 4th joining the cast) delve into an unusual little RPG of the mid-1970s called Monsters! Monsters! by Ken St. Andre. The author of Tunnels & Trolls decided to give the enemies of heroic parties their own side of the game, and we give you the goods….and the bads, and the uglies!

No Crones were harmed in the making of this podcast, not even the young ones!

Links mentioned in this show:

Check This Artifact Kickstarter by Jim Wampler
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/checkthisartifact/check-this-artifact

Monsters! Monsters! at DTRPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/84227/MonstersMonsters

Monsters! Monsters! hardcopy at Flying Buffalo, Inc.
http://www.flyingbuffalo.com/mm.htm

Swords of Jordoba (Liz & Jim Actual Play)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLptTCxApuRIinLEHii08sDQxW-V2V3d4U

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Feb 23 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #10: Episode 13: Call of Cthulhu

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Happy Halloween, Halfsies! The Halflings are back to celebrate the holiday with the granddaddy of all horror RPGS, Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu! We open the 1st edition box and look over the rules, the extras, and most importantly of all the insanities? Death, carnage, madness and flying head butts await you dear listener—in the internet’s greatest podcast brought to you by a guy from Wyoming and a couple of weirdos from Denton (the Home of Happiness!)

This podcast was brought to you by the number 2 and the letters IA!

Links mentioned in this show:

Call of Cthulhu from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_of_Cthulhu_(role-playing_game)

Chaosium
http://www.chaosium.com

Save or Die Side-Adventure #14 w/Chris Holmes
http://saveordie.info/?p=1687

Tickle-Torture
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickle_torture

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Oct 31 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #11: Episode 16.5: That 70’s (RPG) Podcast

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Jenkies! It’s time for another groovy episode of Save for Half! This time the Fab Four are joined by Jon Peterson, author of the book Playing at the World and all around fun guy from Yuggoth to discuss the RPG scene of the 1970s, a time where our hobby first got its roots set into the hearts and minds of millions. Fun, games, and fanzines are discussed, so take a listen on your 8-track, vinyl, or cassette!

No K-Tel records were harmed in the making of this podcast, not even for $19.99 + shipping and handling.

Links mentioned in this show:

Alarums & Excursions website
http://www.conchord.org/xeno/aande.html

Playing at the World on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Playing-at-World-Jon-Peterson/dp/0615642047

Playing at the World blog
http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

And find us on social media:

Save for Half at Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/saveforhalf/

Save for Half at MeWe
https://mewe.com/join/the_save_for_half_podcast

Mar 19 2019

56mins

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Rank #12: Episode 15: Avremier

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Welcome to the Halfling Hideaway of Save for Half! This show we’re looking at a modern set of supplements for the campaign world of Avremier by David A. Hill. It’s made to be run with the Original D&D rules (1974), but is flexible enough to run with most any A/D&D rules set. It’s a big project (Core setting book and 4 supplements) but luckily for us our good friend DM Jim from Frog God Games has joined us to complete this review! We look at the setting, new monsters and magic items, and ask the eternal question…what does this have to do with Patrick Swayze?

No Flutterpotami were harmed in the making of this episode, though we tried!

Links mentioned in this show:

Avremier on DriveThruRPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/240921/Avremier-Supplement-0

Mothshade Concepts on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MothshadeConcepts/

Patrick Swayze on IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000664/

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Jan 31 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #13: Episode 7.5: Gaming Magazines with Tim Kask, pt 1

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Back in the day, gaming magazines were the lifeblood of the role-playing hobby. News, plugs, variant rules—it was all in the pages of the magazines at your friendly local game store!

Tim Kask joins us for a discussion of his time and work on gaming magazines like The Strategic Review, The Dragon, Adventure Gaming, and Gygax magazine! Part 1 of 2.

No cats were harmed in the making of this episode, no matter what you hear. We promise.

Links mentioned in this show:

Adventure Gaming Magazine (Noble Knight Games)
https://www.nobleknight.com/ViewProducts.asp_Q_ProductLineID_E_807781699_A_ManufacturerID_E_1382552970_A_CategoryID_E_12_A_GenreID_E_

Breeyark.org
http://breeyark.org/

Curmudgeon in the Cellar with Tim Kask
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy14HVYrC7ZzviWLCJxzE4w

Dragon Magazine (- Annarchive)
https://annarchive.com/dragon.html

The Strategic Review (- Annarchive)
https://annarchive.com/files/Strv101.pdf

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Nov 14 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 7: Castles & Crusades

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This is it, the granddaddy of all the Old School Revival games! Castles & Crusades, published in 2003, has a loyal fan base that has put the PHB on its 7th printing, showing robust life in a field now crammed with retro-clones. Though C&C isn’t a retro-clone per se, it was designed to emulate old-school Fantasy RPGs in a way that Gary Gygax would be happy to write for. Sit down and enjoy as your Save for Halflings crack open this veteran game and see what ticks!

No Mikes were harmed in the making of this episode, no matter what you hear.

Links mentioned in this show:

Castles & Crusades forums:
http://www.trolllord.com/forums/

DrivethroughRPG Castles & Crusades:
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?filters=10126_0_0_0_0

Frog God Games 5E Actual Play – Rappan Athuk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csQcKycMeOo

Lone Ranger and Pizza Rolls
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE-NdrzfFOo

Shakedown: The Return of the Sontarans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B7-68Ah65I

Tabletop Radio Hour (episode 22)
https://tabletopradiohour.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/ep-22-steam-spy/

Troll Lord Games
http://trolllord.com/

Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Oct 12 2017

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Rank #15: Episode 8: SuperBabes—The Femforce RPG

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Excelsior, True-Believers! We’re putting on the spandex this episode for superheroic adventures; notably SuperBabes: The Femforce RPG published by Selex Inc. and Tri-City Games. Published in 1993, it reflects many of the comic book paradigms of the era as well as a couple of interesting innovations. Take a listen and we’ll bring you 4-color adventure as only audio can!

No jugglers were harmed in the making of this episode, not even Kid Jugular.

Links mentioned in this show:

AC Comics site
http://www.accomics.com/

Public Domain Superheroes
http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Public_Domain_Super_Heroes

SuperBabes Supplements Noble Knight Games
https://www.nobleknight.com/Product/2147386178/AC-Unbound

Wargames: Supers of the Cold War
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/69095/Wargames-1-Superhuman-Threats-of-the-Cold-War
Don’t forget to drop us an email at saveforhalfpodcast(at)gmail.com to give your opinions of the show!

Be sure to check out our forums at:

Save for Half at Original D&D Forums
http://odd74.proboards.com/board/77/save-half-podcast

Save for Half at OSRGaming
http://www.osrgaming.org/forums/index.php?board=37.0

Dec 10 2017

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