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What Would The Smart Party Do?

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Gaz and Baz have spent decades talking about games, ever since University, which was far too long ago for their liking. All RPG problems were solved in whiskey-fueled late night sessions, with the disappointing realization they couldn’t remember any of it the following day being the only fly in the ointment. Now older, wiser and more experienced, the plucky duo have decided to commit their enthralling discussion to this new fangled podcast technology, in the vain hopes of capturing something useful or interesting. It should be a conversation starter if nothing else. Getting them to start talking was never the problem. Making them stop however…

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Gaz and Baz have spent decades talking about games, ever since University, which was far too long ago for their liking. All RPG problems were solved in whiskey-fueled late night sessions, with the disappointing realization they couldn’t remember any of it the following day being the only fly in the ointment. Now older, wiser and more experienced, the plucky duo have decided to commit their enthralling discussion to this new fangled podcast technology, in the vain hopes of capturing something useful or interesting. It should be a conversation starter if nothing else. Getting them to start talking was never the problem. Making them stop however…

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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?

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Gaz and Baz have spent decades talking about games, ever since University, which was far too long ago for their liking. All RPG problems were solved in whiskey-fueled late night sessions, with the disappointing realization they couldn’t remember any of it the following day being the only fly in the ointment. Now older, wiser and more experienced, the plucky duo have decided to commit their enthralling discussion to this new fangled podcast technology, in the vain hopes of capturing something useful or interesting. It should be a conversation starter if nothing else. Getting them to start talking was never the problem. Making them stop however…

Rank #1: Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part Two

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Episode 95 - Dungeon Master's Guide - Part Two (a.k.a. A Thinking DMs Book) With a surfeit of D&D designer guests and other goodness, the lads round off their current D&D coverage with a walkthrough of the second half of the DMG. What old favourites still languish in the book, and what exciting new gems? How has the last few years of gaming and writing thereof influenced this tome? When D&D 6 comes out - will we even still have a DMG? All this and more is discussed in this week's bumper episode. Look out for the bonus episode, with rolls on tables from the DMG and a live example of ideas for creating scenarios. Have you used the DMG in anger? Got thoughts on the book? Let The Smart Party know... Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!

Feb 23 2019
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #2: 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
53 mins
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Rank #3: Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan Interview

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Episode 86 - Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan Interview The prolific and talented Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan joins the lads for some gaming chat and excellent advice on writing scenarios. We cover the writing process, collaborating with others, creating specifically for convention games and why gaming books should be useful at the table, among other things. A lot of what Gar says makes perfect sense and our glorious listeners may wonder, as we did, why it's not just this obvious for everyone - but that's the mark of someone good at what they do - making it all seem to easy! You can find Gar on twitter, get some great stuff on his blog, or read more at the Pelgrane site. Gar's novel The Gutter Prayer is out January 2019, check out more on Good Reads: Want to chat about this or other topics with like-minded folk? The Smart Party are now on MeWe (the popular destination for those leaving G+). Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!

Nov 24 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #4: Social Conflict – I Hit It In The Ennui

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Episode 10 – Social Conflict (a.k.a I Hit It In The Ennui) What do you do when you’re playing a silver-tongued devil but haven’t got the words as a player? I can’t fence, but sword-fighting seems well covered in RPGs. Do you need a doctorate to play a scientist? All these questions are more are […]

Sep 02 2015
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Rank #5: Jonathan Tweet Interview

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Episode 76 - Jonathan Tweet Interview Legendary game designer and writer, Jonathan Tweet joins the lads this week, with news of his reboot of Over the Edge which you can still grab on Kickstarter if you're quick, great insights on D&D, Everyway, Ars Magica and much more. We get in a bunch of questions from our dear listeners and generous supporters and a couple of our own war stories too! 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 09 2018
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #6: Mike Mearls Interview

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Episode 92 - Mike Mearls Interview (a.k.a. Hit Dice are the new Healing Surge) Rare treat this week dear listeners, the lads interview Mr D&D himself right now, Mike Mearls. We cover current projects, what it was like taking over the helm, design choices and some nitty gritty details and listener questions, among many other things. Very insightful, and a charming guest, we look forward to inviting Mike back in the near future to answer more gems such as "What the hell is a hit point?" and "Why do you hate Warlords so much?". You can hear some more D&D content with our Dungeon Master's Guide overview (part one). Image culled from the D&D Beyond channel - worth checking out if you want more aids for D&D games. Mike's Happy Fun Hour is definitely good for viewing if you have any interest at all in design of classes for the game and that sort of thing. Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Many thanks to new Patreons, Nick, Matthew, Philippe and Dan! 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!

Jan 31 2019
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #7: Kickstarters – Crowd Source of Amusement

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Episode 9: Kickstarters (a.k.a. Crowd Source of Amusement) Kickstarter, IndieGoGo and publishers getting money in advance – what’s the state of play and what does it mean for getting games published? Does it help the small guys? All this and more…

Aug 31 2015
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Rank #8: Keeping Everyone Together – a Fighter, a Thief and a Magic User Walk Into a Bar

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Episode 6: Keeping Everyone Together (a.k.a. A Fighter, a Thief and a Magic User Walk Into a Bar…) You’ve sat down for a new game but you want to know how your group of adventurers fit together. Or do you? Why not just crack on with the adventure straight away? What happens when someone’s character […]

Jul 21 2015
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Rank #9: 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
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #10: This is a German Convention – Release the Kraken

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Bonus Episode – The Kraken This week I was at The Kraken, a gaming retreat in Germany, halfway between Berlin and Hamburg at a lovely Schloss. I managed to grab half an hour with head honcho Fabian Küchler to ask him about this idea of a gaming vacation rather than convention, what motivates him and […]

Oct 07 2015
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Rank #11: Games Workshop – The Ten Commandments

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Episode 15 – Games Workshop (a.k.a Ten Commandments) Games Workshop – that most divisive of topics, known to all the gaming world and yet so misunderstood. Or is it? The Smart Party podcasters used to work for the GW and have insider knowledge. Come join us and find out what life is like on the […]

Oct 16 2015
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Rank #12: Dungeon Master’s Guide – Part One

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Episode 91 - Dungeon Master's Guide - Part One (a.k.a. Generic Cleric) Arguably one of the most overlooked, under-read RPG books of recent years, the Dungeon Master's Guide has lots of interesting parts and deserves a more thorough look. Gaz and Baz take a wander through the first few chapters of this D&D staple and offer insights on the pages found therein! New DMs or old hands alike could gain something from delving into a staple of the RPG library. Looks out for a bonus episode, with rolls on tables from the DMG and a live example of ideas for creating scenarios. Have you used the DMG in anger? Got thoughts on the book? Let The Smart Party know... Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!

Jan 21 2019
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #13: First Time DM Experience

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Episode 82 - First Time DM Experience It's been many long years for Baz and Gaz, hazy memories of early games lost to the mists of time. What was it like to run that very first game? Well, that lads can't remember, that's for sure, so this time they're joined by delightful guest Nina (@humanbard) to talk about her first time behind the DM screen. Our guest has been playing for many years, and done podcasting and streaming, but that first time in charge of the game can be intimidating. But like all others, she's survived to tell her tale! Want to discuss further? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Buy the guys some Hobnobs by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a fanzine, scenario from Baz - and another from Gaz fresh out of production!

Oct 02 2018
51 mins
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Rank #14: Designing Scenarios

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Episode 83 - Designing Scenarios Scenarios are what it's all about! Thanks to glorious supporters on Patreon, The Smart Party have pumped out a couple of adventures - one whimsical from Baz and another more gritty from Gaz. This week the lads chat about the process of designing their own scenarios and some of the tips and tricks they've learned from their own writing and reading (and playing) other peoples'. Struggle to write your own stuff? Wonder what goes on behind the scenes? This podcast is for you! Want to discuss further? We're now on MeWe (the popular destination for those leaving G+). Find the lads via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Encourage the guys to pump out more content by becoming a Patreon supporter, this leads to the aforementioned scenarios, fanzine and more!

Oct 14 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #15: 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
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #16: ​​Being a Better Player – I’ve Painted Myself Out of a Game​

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Episode​ ​​7​​: ​​Being a Better Player (a.k.a.​​ ​I’ve Painted Myself Out of a Game​) ​There’s lots of advice for GMs, but how can we be a better player? Every day is a school day, so if only there was a podcast to help us with lessons on how to do a more sterling job of […]

Jul 28 2015
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Rank #17: 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
1 hour
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Rank #18: Troika! Daniel Sell Interview

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Episode 79 - Troika! Daniel Sell Interview Good friend of the show Ennie Award Winning Daniel Sell returns (last time was Episode 13!) to talk about his revamp of Troika! which definitely isn't Fighting Fantasy, winning Ennie awards and his delightfully hands-off publishing style. Fans of Hipster Planescape are in for a treat, as is anyone who likes something just a little bit different than the usual. Daniel publishes The Undercroft, a nostalgically pleasing hand-crafted fanzine, 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! Assist the boys grab more amazing guests by becoming a Patreon supporter, extra content is going on up on the Patreon site including a scenario from Baz!

Sep 05 2018
51 mins
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Rank #19: Bonus Episode – Runequest Actual Play

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Bonus Episode - Runequest Actual Play As a special feature, here's some actual play of the Free RPG Day adventure which is still available at the Chaosium site. The lads along with Mat Hart (currently warming up to release Dungeons & Doggies read more on Facebook here) faced the perils of Glorantha, as realised by Dirk the Dice from The Grognard Files. Something different to keep you going while we get more content for you dear listeners, many thanks to Dirk for helping out and doing an edit as well as ably running a fun session! Got games stuff to talk about? Give the lads your view via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly! Help keep the show running 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 09 2018
47 mins
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Rank #20: Con Games – Conventional Wisdom

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Epsiode 16 – Convention Games a.k.a. Conventional Wisdom What’s the difference between convention games and regular home games? Is D&D any good? What are the top tips for running convention games? Listen to Gaz & Baz as they give you their accumulated wisdow! Read more advice here and pay what you want! Why not become […]

Oct 23 2015
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