By Tim Shorts
Become a Paid Subscriber: https://anchor.fm/gothridgemanor/subscribe Welcome to my Anchor channel. You'll find nothing serious here. I talk about tabletop RPG gaming with a focus on the older editions and retro clones. Some folks call it the OSR, I just call it gaming. If you like rolling weird dice, talking in weird voices and just being weird, pull up a chair and stay a while.
Gothridge ManorNov 25, 2023
So You Want to Be a Dungeon Master
I unbox the Jason Alexander book, so you want to be a Dungeon Master and cards I recently received from a Phil Reed Kickstarter... Enjoy!
Nov 25, 202313:54
Consequences for Choices in a Campaign
I love this topic. So much meat on the bone. I talk about how choices players choose echo for the length of a campaign.
Oct 27, 202320:49
A little bit about mine. A little bit about Rob's. And a little about ones I've backed.
Oct 13, 202312:08
Leaving an Enemy Alive
What? Leave an enemy alive? Why yes. Let's talk about the benefits of allowing an enemy to walk away. It's fun. Really.
Oct 06, 202319:49
Using Random Encounters to Enhance Your Game
I go through the years of a random encounter table. How to get the most out of a random table.
Oct 03, 202322:11
I went to ShireCon and all I got was this lousy podcast.
Sep 21, 202316:27
Hexploration with Ivy
Searching those mysterious hexes is a major part of old school gaming. I talk about it and then do an Unboxing of a Kickstarter with Ivy.
Aug 25, 202330:48
What game do you want to spend your precious time on?
A reaction to the excellent Roleplay Rescue podcast where Che and Jason have a conversation about this subject. I give my view on the topic with examples that I can remember while driving home.
Aug 23, 202311:33
Swords & Wizardry Complete
I opened another box. And I talk about it.
Aug 04, 202319:24
Will there be dice?
Just had a crap day, but then I had a notification my dice order came in. Will my crappy day continue our will there be dice?
Jul 20, 202316:36
The Battle of AI Art
We had a heated show on the Random Party Generator over at Tenkars Tavern last night. I share my take on it and how being the owner of the RPG Zine Group on Facebook, influences the future of zines.
Jul 15, 202316:52
OSE and Shadowdark a Match Made for My Campaign
Started a new adventure combining OSE and Shadowdark.
Jun 09, 202321:01
Security Taught Me More Than College
Jason C calls in! Apparently I can get messages. This episode I go down a non-gaming rabbit hole. I talk about how my security Work as a while taught me way more how to deal with people than college ever did. And a specific story about the time I worked security for a tarot card reader.
May 02, 202318:21
WotC Pinkerton's Come Knocking
Don't get early accidental access to magic the gathering cards or you may get a visit from the WotC heavies.
Apr 29, 202307:31
Getting Inspiration from Nonfiction Books
I find it lot of great material for games delving into books about small sectors of cultures, customs, and beliefs. I find the process a lot of fun and it adds a depth to my game.
Apr 28, 202310:57
New DM Guide Coming Soon
WotC had announced a new version of their DM Guide for the 50th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons. Why not.
Apr 22, 202323:30
Half-Races/My Kickstarter/ShadowDark/Running a Game for the Kiddos
I meander from discussing a little about the latest dumb ass focus instead of focusing on creating 'good' content. I quick swerve into my Kickstarter. The new laptop that'll be helping me with that. The amazing ShadowDark RPG and how I plan to use it to run a game for a group of teenagers. I haven't done that in a long time. I'm looking forward to it.
Apr 16, 202321:03
Learning the Difference Between What I Can Control and What I Can't
This episode is a bit more personal. It is a long journey of an episode of how I tie my life lesson into gaming. But I get there.
Feb 22, 202321:53
Adding a Supernatural Element into Your Game
I love spooky stuff. I love adding spooky stuff in my game. But the fantasy genre is difficult to work in supernatural elements. I hope to give a few nuggets of advice on how to work in the mystery of the supernatural.
Feb 13, 202324:11
The Bad, the Post Office, and the Good in Gaming
A calmer episode about the recent interviews with Kyle Brink and my not so nice thoughts about them. My battle with the post office. And Exalted Funeral's awesomeness.
Feb 12, 202324:20
OGL and Morality Rant
It's been a while. This episode catches up with what I've been doing. My rant on the current OGL bullshit. And I end it with one of my famous unboxings. Enjoy.
Jan 22, 202345:27
Inspired by Jason over at Nerd's RPG Variety Cast, I give examples of how evil, or perceived evil, campaigns can work. And why they can't.
Sep 29, 202215:51
Will WotC Make it Harder for 3td Party Publishers for 5.5?
Just a quick opinion of what I see coming.
Sep 23, 202213:22
Review of the Best Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle
I give my opinion on the newest Starter Set from Wizards of the Coast.
Sep 19, 202232:14
Unboxing: Swords of Cthulhu and The Redoubt of Chandra
I grabbed two OSR products from RPG Drive thru recently. Swords of Cthulhu is a source book to assist in adding everyone's favorite cosmic horror into their game. The Redoubt of Chandra is a short adventure through an undercity with even more evil cults. Can you have enough cults? Don't answer. I know.
Aug 27, 202238:46
Unboxing: New Big Dragon
I'm a big fan of anything Richard LaBlanc creates. I bought and went through two zines, The Dragon Horde, and a monster collection called Creature Cache. Get your copies on Lulu Publishing.
Aug 22, 202217:44
My New Top 3 Monsters
Another topic I stole from Red Dice Diaries podcast, choosing a new top 3 Monsters!
Jun 20, 202211:27
Ending a Campaign
May 26, 202210:05
Dealing With Shitty Players
I give a few brief tips on how to deal with problem players.
Apr 08, 202216:06
Do Dungeons Need to Make Sense?
Call ins from Matt Jackson and Rob C. And i take a swing at whether dungeons need to make sense.
Mar 31, 202225:41
In campaigns I run in my Komor Forest setting I use a thing called Divine Acts. I've taken the turn undead ability and fused it with a multipurpose tool. The effects are determined by the player and GM because these are not in the ruleset. It is a freeform tool to allow clerics to get their kiss ass holiness into high gear.
Mar 24, 202220:43
Old School GMs are Afraid of High Level Characters
I borrow and twist a topic from Rob C from the Down in the Heap podcast. He talked about why campaigns don't usually go much farther than 5th level. I say that old school GMs are afraid of high level characters.
Mar 19, 202231:03
Zombie NPCs and Generating Treasure for the Froghemoth
A couple of calls about my recent undead episode from Che Webster and John Large which led me to discuss my most recent creations, zombie NPCs. Then Cody M called in about the Froghemoth episode. Which now I need to generate magic items and treasure. I go over a few if items I plan to include.
Mar 01, 202225:41
How I use high level monsters in your game. In this episode I feature the strange, but wonderful Froghemoth. It turned out to be an epic battle.
Feb 23, 202209:59
Failure to Engage
Sometimes I don't get the job done. This week was one of those instances. I failed to keep each of the party members engaged.
Dec 09, 202106:23
Creating Interesting and Boring NPCs for Your Campaign
I give a few tactics on how I handle the brain of NPCs on my campaign.
Dec 06, 202111:03
I go through the different undead creatures and how I put my twist on them. To bring more opportunity for role playing and to keep the players terrified.
Dec 03, 202124:17
After Game Assessment
After last night's session my players and myself discussed their style of play and what I appreciate about each of their styles.
Dec 01, 202109:59
Why System Hopping is Bad
My take on gamers who system jump. How I believe it produces a bad habit and dissatisfaction with gaming.
Nov 17, 202110:47
Campaign Random Tables
With the fourth game behind me I thought I'd delve into why and how I use my random encounter tables to create rich and interesting encounters.
Oct 28, 202113:17
Catching up. Been gone for a bit. New campaign in progress.
Oct 26, 202107:43
What's been going on
Games I'm playing, my Kickstarter, books I got, and ivy being obnoxious.
Sep 24, 202114:14
Bronze Age and Post Apocalyptic RPGs
I concluded my urban crawl and Joe is going to run his fantasy heartbreaker Bronze Age rpg. And my attention is on post apocalyptic rpgs of late.
Aug 20, 202112:26
A Great Way to Handle a Character's Death
In my game with Rob Conley my character died, but he had a very cool send off.
Jul 29, 202107:17
Spear Witch Unboxing
A new zine distributor.
Jul 23, 202114:30
Deciding How and What Monsters to Use in an Adventure
Pizza run podcast. My alignment... Hungry!
Jul 17, 202117:21
I back Glynn Seal's plethora of zines Kickstarter. Got them today. Did an unboxing going through the 6th and 7th issues.
Jul 06, 202124:44
Adventure Development: Manifestations of Hate
It's Sunday. I'm on my deck. I'm pondering on an adventure to write. And I recorded it.
Jun 27, 202124:07
Robin of Sherwood: The King's Demon
Robin of Sherwood is one of favorite TV shows. I never knew they had a choose your own adventure series!
Jun 25, 202111:44
Got a copy of Neverland and my initial impression. Plus Libram Mysterium volume 2 came in.
Jun 24, 202109:04