Talking Tabletop is hosted by Jim McClure
This episode features James Michael Spahn. He is a freelance writer and game designer that has worked on The One Ring RPG, Swards and Wizardry, and has published his own game White Star. During this interview we discuss his early years in gaming, his growth in the RPG development world, and his passion for writing about Lord of the Rings. This interview gets very emotional at times, even for Talking Tabletop
This episode features a very special guest in Shanna Germain. Shanna is most well known as the co-owner of Monte Cook games and her amazing work on games like Numenera and No Thank You Evil. During this episode we discuss how she got into gaming, her passion for writing, her career as an EMT, what it was like professionally writing erotic, how she met Monte Cook, and the genesis of Monte Cook Games.
On this episode Is John Goodenough, A game developer for AEG. During this interview we talk about the sate of the publishing industry, what it is like being a full time game designer, and an interesting phenomenon called publisher speed dating.
This show features Neal Powell. Neal has been an active member of the tabletop community for many years and is a member of the DM’s Block podcast. During this interview we talk about Neal’s involvement in the community, how he got into podcasting, some tough times in his life, and what tabletop has meant to him.
This episode features the king of kickstarter, Monte Cook. Monte Has been in the RPG industry designing games for 28 years. He is one of the people responsible for the RPG rebirth in the 2000’s as Senior Designer of Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition. And in the present he co-owns Monte Cook games, the company that has brought you amazing games like Numenera, The Strange, and No Thank You Evil.
On this episode is Rob Schwalb. Rob is the creator of Shadow of the Demon Lord and was instrumental in developing many other tabletop games like D&D 4th edition, D&D 5th edition and Song of Fire and Ice just to name a few.
This episode of Talking TableTop features Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor. Grant and Chirs are independant game designers and the minds behind some amazing games like Goblin Quest, Havoc Brigade, and One Last Job. During the show we talk about these games and their current kickstarter Unbound.
This week’s episode features Shawn Merwin. Shawn has been a writer and director or organized play for over 15 years, he crafts games with Encoded designs, and he co-hosts a podcast called Down with D&D. In this episode we talk about the history of organized play, how it has changed an evolved over the last two decades, and his approach to designing games.
On this episode of Talking TableTop is part two of the interview with John Wick. In this show John and Jim Talk about one of their favorite past times, professional wrestling, John’s personal DM style, his post AEG design career, and of course his record breaking kickstarter, 7th sea.
This episode of Talking TableTop features part 1 of a very special guest and friend of the show John Wick. John has been a game designer for over 20 years and has designed games like Legend of the Five Rings, Houses of the bloodied, Cat, and 7th Sea. He is multi-time Origins award winner, has been one of the most influential RPG game designers ever, and he currently is running the largest tabletop RPG Kickstarter in history, 7th Sea 2nd edition.