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About the Author
James D’Amato, the world’s foremost Kobold advocate, moved to Chicago in 2010 to train at Second City and iO in the art of improvisational comedy. He now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and teach die-hard Grognards new tricks.

18. Metatopia 2014

James discusses the outstanding Metatopia and talks game design with fellow rookie designers Jason Pitre and Mark Richardson

17. Alignment Part 1 with Ben Dutter

Plenty of OD&D concepts have fallen out of favor. Most of them died out because they put limitations on play. These days swords and sorcery systems are way less restrictive and f20 games are focused on customization. However, 5th edition D&D opted to keep alignment- which has some gamers scratching their heads.

70. Inspectres Part 1

Have you seen something you… can’t explain? Did you witness something… beyond explanation? Did something you beheld… defy explanation? You need to call Mark Summers (Alex Manich), Dillon Crackbacker (James Dugan), and Felix “Flex” Cockhammer (JPC)- the Spirit Snatchers!

69. Dracula Dossier Part 4

Vlad Dracula finally makes an appearance in this last entry in our Dracula Dossier series.Unfortunately only two agents happen to be around.Will this be the end of our intrepid hunters, or will they introduce him to two barrels of Christ’s peacemaker?

68. Dracula Dossier Part 3

Things are quiet on the Danube, too quiet. While our operatives are unraveling the tangled clues leading to Dracula a thick fog rolls in to surround the party boat. It’s probably nothing though.​

67. Dracula Dossier Part 2

The would be vampire hunters make their way aboard the party boat and onto the Danube. To find Dracula our heroes must acquaint themselves with the different figures involved in the Belgrade cigarette snuggling ring and the city’s “cultural elite.”Also they might want to check out the mysterious coffin in the cargo hold. Just sayin’.

Rapid Fire 1

James answers three listener questions in one episode! Gain insights on stronger performance and portraying ambivalence, co-GMing, and intrigue based role play systems.

Dracula Dossier Bonus Rules Explanation

The Dracula Dossier is launching on Kickstater today! We will have a Night’s Black Agents play-through on Monday. For now enjoy Kenneth Hite explaining some of the things that make the game special.

66. Dracula Dossier Part 1

This week James is joined by game designer, horror writer, and guest GM Kenneth Hite to preview the up coming Dracula Dossier by Pelgrane Press. To help out James got his old game master Zach Weber, fellow podcaster General Ironicus, and game designer Nathan Poletta.

65. S-N-HELL

This week James brings Johnny O’Mara, Spencer Hamilton, and Patrick McDonald on the show to celebrate the creepening of Halloween. In this game of Dread the boys get the chance to audition for SNL and it goes just about as badly as an audition could possibly go.