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Magic has burned the world, and you’re left trying to survive this world of dangerous monsters, psionic powers, and Sorcerer Kings. Dark Sun is one of the first non-traditional fantasy campaign settings published by TSR in 1991 for Dungeons & Dragons. One of the original creators, Timothy Brian Brown, joins […]

Episode 49: Dark Sun, or Basically Fantasy Australia


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Codename: Van Buren. This cancelled video game was what Fallout 3 would have been. But did you know that the design team made a pen and paper RPG to test? Chris Avellone takes over the Gamer’s Tavern thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers in order to tell us all about […]

Episode 48: Chris Avellone Takes Over – Fallout Van Buren ...


Ross and Sean are on a road trip! Gamer’s Tavern host and producer Ross Watson along with frequent guest Sean Patrick Fannon killed some time on their drive home from RinCon talking about what they did at the convention, how to argue about gaming effectively, the independent game movement, the […]

Gamer’s Tavern Happy Hour: Road Trip



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The forgotten campaign setting of D&D, as Ross likes to call it. The original creator of Birthright, Richard Baker, joins us to talk about the setting that just might have inspired Game of Thrones. You are a king, lord of your land with the divine right to rule – literally, […]

Episode 27: Birthright, or The Name Ed Stark Sounds Familiar


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Bum-ba-BAAAAH! Bumbumbumbumbum-ba-BAAAAH! This week, we talk about Super Hero games. Licensed from Marvel, DC, or independent publishers or game systems that created their own universe. What games are out there to sate your Silver Age or Modern Era lust? How do super-hero games differ from normal RPGs? Tune in to […]

Episode 23: Super Hero Games, or FASERIP is SFW




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How do game designers create the amazing worlds we all play in? How can you use their tricks to add more to your own game? Or do you want to become a professional yourself and publish your own game world? Colin McComb and Darrell Hardy join us to discuss one […]

Episode 16: Worldbuilding, or The Lady of Pain is Six ...


This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s the ones I’ve found after a couple of days digging around. What are these links? Submission guidelines for various game companies. If you have an idea you’d love to turn into a game product and want to go the traditional route, […]

Shortcut to the Gaming Industry



Is your New Years resolution to change careers into the gaming industry? Do you want to work with the big boys or be your own boss as a freelancer? Guests Sam Stewart and Sean Patrick Fannon join us to talk about how to break into the gaming business. If you […]

Episode 12: Getting into the Gaming Industry


Welcome to the Gamer’s Tavern. Have a seat and join us for You All Meet in a Tavern Episode 2, “What Makes a Game Fun” aka “How to Make Literally Dozens of Dollars a Year” with your hosts, Darryl Mott Jr. and Ross Watson. Ross spent the first half of […]

Episode 2: What Makes a Game Fun aka How to ...