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This Old Sword

I began a podcast in April to talk about older versions of D&D, game ideas, and a lot of RPG things. I will soon post links to individual episodes with notes here.

Just like I have Paper Pills on this site for incomplete ideas, I have a feature called Paper Bullets for incomplete ideas there.

I am grateful for the very supportive OSR Anchorite group. Feel free to let me know what you think.


Episode 2 – The Black Hack

In Episode 2, I talk about one of my favorite systems, The Black Hack. The SRD for the first edition is located on Github. The SRD for the second edition is on the Open Gaming Network. The PDF for the 2nd edition is on DriveThruRPG.

I being with voicemails from fellow creators.

The first from Tim Shorts at Gothridge Manor. I respond by talking about a number of languages I speak incorrectly. I also mention 0e Monstrosities from Matt Finch and others.

The second is from "froth" of the Thought Eater podcast. This gives me a reason to talk about my favorite introduction to Tékumel, The Petal Hack by Brett Slocum.

Logan from The Swordbreaker podcast also calls in. I really appreciate all the encouragement from other podcasts. This, of course, provides yet another opportunity to talk about The Petal Hack. (Yes, I call it The Empire Hack three times. In my defense, I was sick.)

I also talk about The Teratic Tome by Rafael Chandler.

I mention two live streams on Twitter available here and here. Then talk about the joys of The Black Hack.

I don't get to the Outro because I feel guilty for the episode link.

My questions for you are:

What is your favorite book about Tékumel? Are there other non-European fantasy setttings you enjoy?

What's your favorite monster book in any edition?

This Old Sword: Episode 1

The first episode of my podcast is titled Fun Things. I spent time responding to other Anchor podcasters before sharing my own content in the next episode.

Tim Shorts over at Gothridge Manor talks about creating a naming language after a few calls-ins about whips. I leave him a message about my experiences with creating these languages and using them in-game.

Larry Hamilton at Follow Me and Die talks about the Read & Write Magic spells, so of course I feel the need to talk about how I don't use either of those spells as written in the rules.

Charles Thorin advises us to throw out our Monster Manual. I couldn't agree more and I go on to ramble about one-line stat blocks.

I worry about sounding pretentious.

By accident, I include an Intro to the Episode 2 about the Black Hack. I also manage to introduce voice messages, but don't actually include them until the next episode.

So all in all, I manage to record 1.25 episodes in my inaugural episode. Not bad for a cell phone and a free app!

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