The Gauntlet Podcast

This is a podcast about roleplaying games, board games, and the Jewish demon queen, Agrat bat Mahlat, Terrible Be Her Name.
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May 15, 2016

Dungeon World, with a shout-out to Michael Prescott’s Circle of Wolves (00:18)
Lovecraftesque (06:18)
World of Dungeons (14:37)
Monsterhearts (22:58)
Sins of the Father RPG (30:15)
High Strung (34:14)

Community Feedback
Isa’s character portrait by Dirk Leichty (39:35)
Gauntlet: Rubber City (41:29)
Tor Time (42:29)

Isa’s character

Dirk’s Patreon

Tor’s story

Our website:

Twitter: @GauntletRPG

May 8, 2016

Gauntlet NJ update (01:07)
The Final Girl (01:53)
Witch: The Road to Lindisfarne (02:56)
Space Alert (09:56)
Cheat Your Own Adventure (15:16)
A Branch of May (23:19)
To Serve Her Wintry Hunger (25:33)
Fall of Magic (28:52)

Community Feedback
Tor’s Temple Island story (36:18)



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May 1, 2016

The importance of transition sessions (00:21)
Some drive-by love for Lady Blackbird (08:51)
Rich’s game of Dungeon World with his wife & son (09:48)
Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (12:01)
A tale of two Masks (18:40)

Community Feedback
CATS story game set-up (25:55)
Sea Treasure Tables by Aaron Feild (35:47)




Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Apr 24, 2016

Play List
Various flavors of Pandemic talk (00:50)
2nd session of Mass Effect Worlds playtest (06:39)
Michael Prescott’s Circle of Wolves (11:57)
Star Wars Risk (16:24)
Feeling better about Monster of the Week (21:17)
Further exploring the lack of an Interfere move in Monster of the Week (24:46)
High Strung (28:09)
Marc Majcher’s Fluffy Bunny Tea Party (33:36)
Masks RPG (38:47)

Community Feedback
Inspirations for role playing in other mediums (a follow-up discussion from Jason’s The White Ribbon post) (43:58)
Using the lingo of comic books to describe a scene in an RPG (45:32)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (48:26)
Victorian novels, Disney characters, and other ways of informing characterization (52:35)
Our Play Aids folder (54:54)
Quick mention of Tor’s posts about playing games with his kid (56:13)

Apr 17, 2016

Something about strippers, booze, and cake (00:17)
Playtesting Mass Effect Worlds (02:09)
Dog Eat Dog (05:30)
Concept (09:23)
Enforcing tone - problems & solutions (12:20)
Teamwork in Monster of the Week (21:03)
XP and progression in Powered by the Apocalypse games (24:22)
“Use Magic” as a Basic Move in Monster of the Week (26:22)
The interplay between moves and fiction in Masks (28:40)
Imperial Assault (40:49)

Community Feedback
Rules & Rituals? Procedures & Protocols? Pernicious Pedagogies? (45:05)

Playing Dungeons & Dragons in VR (49:40)


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Apr 10, 2016

Play List
Pandemic Legacy (00:56)
Monster of the Week (04:39)
Dungeons & Dragons and XP on a miss (06:05)
Too many players at the table? (10:48)
Ninja Burger RPG (13:27)
Gauntlet City Limits (16:21)
Adventures on Dungeon Planet (17:05)
Vast & Starlit (20:40)
We create an alien race (26:25)

Giving Me Life
Finishing Mass Effect 2 (29:49)
Birthday resolutions (30:23)
Phones? Lasers? (33:59)
Phablet? Fablet! (36:07)
Room 237 (36:58)
Cheating at video games (43:00)
Enjoying spoiler culture (44:16)
Consumer-level VR (obvi) (45:25)
Our VR LARP future (48:32)

Thanks for 50 episodes! (50:30)


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Apr 3, 2016

Opening Segment
Dungeon World and The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions (00:16)
The glass cube (03:41)
Steve expresses his desire to play Dungeon World (06:04)
The importance of getting feedback from your group (06:45)
Getting a game back on track after it jumps the shark (08:06)
Monsterhearts is awesome (10:39)
Fiasco: Unaussprechlichen Klutzen (12:07)

Giving Me Life
GM Self-Improvement (15:00)
Thinking critically about your setting (16:15)
Baseball, I think? (17:43)
The Carcosa playlist (20:10)
Loving the Wednesday crew (22:26)

Main Segment
Ritual in Games (23:04)
Polaris’s use of ritual to enforce tone (24:00)
Society of Dreamers (26:17)
Helping dice in Burning Wheel (29:55)
Hand-shaking rituals in Beast Hunters (32:09)
Referring to players by their character’s name (34:49)
Archipelago III (38:23)
Start-of-game rituals and end-of-game rituals (41:23)
Meta/Out-of-character rituals (42:48)
Post-game rituals (46:46)


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Mar 27, 2016

In this episode, writer and game designer Anna Kreider joins us to talk about The Watch (and much more!). 


Play List
Star Wars World (00:44)
Masks (04:18)
Blades in the Dark (07:45)

Giving Me Life
Tetanus shots (16:29)
Co-designing games (18:00)
Slack App (19:44)

The Watch
Overview of The Watch (21:42)
Transgendered and non-binary characters in the setting (22:39)
Why is it important the protagonists are exclusively women? (23:33)
Gameplay structure (27:06)
Moves & mechanical frameworks (28:12)]
What’s next for The Watch? (31:45)

General Questions
How did Anna get into game design? (32:32)
Is hacking real game design? (34:38)
Diversity in gaming (35:55)

Final Question
Thou Art But a Werewolf (40:15)



Go Make Me a Sandwich:

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Mar 20, 2016

Play List
Monsterhearts: ISS Tsiolkovsky (00:40)
Dungeon World: Chain World (05:40)
Galaxy Trucker (09:04)
World Wide Wrestling (13:10)

Giving Me Life
Looking at the entire DriveThru GM’s Day Sale (16:55)
Gothic horror novels and Sister Wolf (20:51)
Playing games with kids (22:40)
Super Friends! (23:58)

Lamentations of the Flame Princess (26:22)
What is a retroclone? (28:09)
17th Century England (29:54)
Strong horror elements (31:03)
Why not just play Ravenloft? (33:12)
Thulian Echoes (35:27)
What would you warn players about? (37:17)
What do others love about the game? (39:05)
What do others hate about the game? (40:10)
GWAR (44:47)
Closing thoughts on Lamentations (46:23)

Sarah’s Upcoming Projects
Bluebeard’s Bride (46:46)
Velvet Glove (tentative title) (48:41)

Sarah’s Website:
Chain World Episode 1:

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Mar 13, 2016

In this episode, Rich, Steve & Jason originate the idea of the 'GGG player.' Here are the time codes:


Play List
World Wide Wrestling (00:32)
Star Wars World (12:08)
Apocalypse World PbP (20:36)

Pinterest Image Search (28:55)

Main Topic
The GGG Player (33:53)
Geared (35:52)
Giving (36:59)
Game (47:23)


Our Community:

Our Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Mar 4, 2016

Mark Diaz Truman from Magpie Games joins us this week to discuss his completely legit, not-at-all socially irresponsible game Cartel. Here are the time codes:


Play List
Imperial Assault (00:51)
Mouse Guard (04:41)
Legend of the Elements (08:44)
The Watch (15:10)

Giving Me Life
Training for Marathons (19:30)
Cord Cutting (20:29)
Prepping Star Wars World (21:28)
Dreamation 2016 (24:50)

Cartel and narco fiction (28:25)
The cartels and romanticizing violence (32:07)
Mexican culture and gaming (38:00)
‘External’ playbooks (41:10)
Having fun while playing unsavory characters (45:06)
What’s next for Cartel (53:41)
What’s coming-up from Magpie Games (58:29)

The Final Question
Continuing On Moonlight, from Episode 40 (1:01:04)



Magpie Games

The Gauntlet

Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Gauntlet Hangouts:

Feb 26, 2016

This week we are joined by Lowell Francis of the Play on Target podcast and Age of Ravens gaming blog. Here are the time codes:


Play List

13th Age (1:10)
Night’s Black Agents (4:43)
Star Wars D6 (14:38)

Giving Me Life
Baseball Tonight (18:16)
Origins Planning (20:06)
Owl Con (21:53)

Game Advocates - FATE (24:32)



Play on Target


Age of Ravens


The Gauntlet


Gauntlet Hangouts


Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Feb 19, 2016

This week we are joined by the awesomely talented and inspirational Meg Baker! 


Play List
Monster of the Week (00:40)
Freebooting Venus (4:13)
The Dread Geas of Duke Vulku (09:26)
Lacuna (12:04)

Giving Me Life
Museum & Game Design (14:50)
Rich! (17:20)
Her Story (17:58)

Interview Segment
Playing Nature’s Year (20:33)
Cider that definitely won’t kill you (26:26)
Emotion and vulnerability in games (27:49)
New game cycle (36:00)
Apocalypse World 2E (38:52)
The Final Question (46:16)


Night Sky Games:

Lumpley Games:

Unruly Designs:

The Gauntlet:

Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Feb 12, 2016

In this episode, we are joined by guest host Hannah Shaffer. Here are the time codes:


Games We Played

Noirlandia (00:31)

Legendary Encounters (05:15)

Hot Guys Making Out (09:56)


Giving Me Life

Birthday Week (16:45)

Owl Con (19:21)

Gauntlet NJ (22:30)


Interview Segment

Questlandia (25:59)

14 Days (33:55)

Games People Play (44:33)

Accessibility of games for new players (48:00)

Damn the Man and Sentencing Day (53:42)

The Final Question (56:46)



Hannah's Website:

The Gauntlet:

Gauntlet Hangouts:

Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Feb 5, 2016

In this episode, Dan rips my fucking heart out. Also, we discuss best practices for running a multi-session game as a one-shot. Here is the breakdown:


Games We Played

Codenames (00:40)

Ghost Lines (08.20)

Monsterhearts (13:25)

Dungeon World (totally not Jason)(18:07)


Giving Me Life

Wrapping-up a Long-term PbP (20:45)

Making a Murderer (23:28)

Dan ripping my fucking heart out (28:24)


Main Topic (34:15)


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Our Twitter: @GauntletRPG


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Jan 29, 2016

This week we are joined by Andrew Medeiros, co-designer of Urban Shadows and other fine Powered by the Apocalypse games. Here is a breakdown:


Games We Played

Hollowpoint (00:37)

The Watch (6:05)

Until Dawn(10:46)


Giving Me Life

Street Star (18:07)

Self-publishing (19:29)

Games with Massive Learning Curves (22:46)


Interview Segment

Urban Shadows (26:20)

The Forgotten (34:47)

Legends of the Guard (38:00)

Why PbtA? (41:28)

Drew's Inspirations (44:58)

In-production Heroines card game (47:39)

The Final Question (48:36)


The Gauntlet


Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Jan 22, 2016

In this episode, we introduce our new Game Advocates segment, starting with Dungeon World. Here are the time codes for this episode:

Games We Played
Bath Salts (00:23)
Remember Tomorrow (07:30)

Giving Me Life
Downsizing (19:00)
Comic Strip AP (22:57)

Main Topic - Dungeon World Advocate (26:59)

Jan 15, 2016

It's a short episode this week as we talk about the giant list of games we played over the holidays and what's been giving us life.  Also, because the people demanded it, this week's show notes are new and improved with time codes:

*Games We Have Been Playing*
Time & Temp (2:49)
Heroine (4:21)
AW PBP (5:45)
Kapow! (7:50)
Mysterium (12:25)
Microscope: Union (15:14)
Regency Ladies (20:53)
Metal Showcase 11 PM (22:51)
Downfall (25:59)

*Giving Me Life (31:53)*
Fit Kids & Couch to 5K (31:53)
D&D Beach Reading (35:06)
Tiny quad-copters (39:02)


Dec 18, 2015

It's a full house this week as Steve, Kristen, Rich, Dan, and Jason all talk about the games that meant the most to them in 2015.

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Dec 11, 2015

In this crossover episode with the Tabletop Superhighway podcast, Larry and Jesse join us to talk about our favorite gaming sessions of 2015. Games we discuss include:

Pathfinder (!), Apocalypse World, Lovecraftesque, Wandering Monsters High School, Renegade Jennys & Boilerplate Jacks, Dungeon World, Reign, Time Cellist, and much more!


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Dec 4, 2015

This week, Steve joins us to talk about what hot RPG gifts the kids are going to be talking about this holiday season.

Games: Mysterium, Apocalypse World Furiosa, Dread, Stars Without Number, Apocalypse World, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Sweet Agatha, Escape From Tentacle City

Join the Community:

Nov 27, 2015

In this episode, Kristen joins us to talk about making the transition between games that have you playing strictly "behind your character's eyes" and games that ask you to share in creating the fiction external to your character. 


Game we discuss this week include: Urban Shadows, Renegade Jennys and Boilerplate Jacks, Uncharted Worlds, Dungeon World, In a Wicked Age, Lasers & Feelings, and Apocalypse World. 


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Our Twitter: @GauntletRPG

Nov 20, 2015

This week we talk to Jason Morningstar about the Golden Cobra contest, the games he's working on, and prepping for a stint as an arcane janitor.

Games Discussed: Monsterhearts, Masks, Pandemic Legacy, Sweet Agatha, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Kaleidoscope, The Warren, Soth

Bully Pulpit Games:

Golden Cobra:

Beginner Larps
Larps from the Factory:
he Tribunal:
The Upgrade:
The Climb:

Metal Showcase 11PM:

The Gauntlet:
Gauntlet Hangouts:




Nov 13, 2015

In this episode, Rich & Jason discuss an article called "The 'Good Roleplayer' Doesn't Exist and Must Die," which can be found here:


We also discuss a bunch of games, including: Masks, Dresden Files FAE, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Star Wars D6, Funnel World, Meg Baker's Wishing Games, Fiasco, Lady Blackbird, Monster of the Week, and The Warren. 


The Community Feedback post can be found here:


The Gauntlet Community can be found here:


Our Twitter is @GauntletRPG


Our play community can be found here:



Nov 6, 2015

This week, Epidiah Ravachol talks with us about Worlds Without Master, running the long con to get players for the games you're interested in, and the myriad joys of accounting.

Here are the links for the final question:

Games discussed: Everything in Worlds Without Master (Swords without Master, Wolfspell, Enter the Avenger, Sorceress Bloody Sorceress, A Scoundrel in the Deep, Invisible Empire, No Longer with Us, Masks of the Mummy Kings), Meguey Baker's Wishing Games, The Final Girl, Ten Candles, Dread Geas of Duke Vulku, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Monster of the Week, Lovecraftesque, Usagi Yojimbo, Amazons, Golden Sky Stories: Fantasy Friends

Worlds Without Master:
Eppy's Webpage:
Meguey Baker's Wishing Games:

Other Links:
Children Falling Over -
Darth Darth Binks -

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