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Nov 1, 2022

The Darkened Threshold is a new podcast from The Gauntlet, coming in 2023! This is a sneak preview of the first episode; the show will launch with its own feed in late December. In the meantime, join us on The Gauntlet Discord server to discuss all things Brindlewood Bay & The Between.

Oct 31, 2022
Lowell and Sherri bring on José - Gauntlet player and facilitator

Show Notes:
00:01:31 - Sherri's Games Played and Spotlight - Dune 2d20
00:13:50 - José's Games Played and Spotlight - The Between
00:24:08 - Lowell's Games Played and Spotlight - Fading Suns: Pax Alexius

Second Segment
00:39:28 - José examines what's fun for him about storytelling in games

Giving Me Life
00:54:40 - Sherri enjoys the video game expansion Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
00:56:02 - José finds connections in nail-painting, binge-watches the show Schitt's Creek, and rereads the comic series The Sandman
00:57:29 - Lowell celebrates some of his favorite Shudder selections, particularly the documentary Queer for Fear.

Games discussed in this episode:

Dune: Adventures in the Imperium
https://www.modiphius.net/en-us/pages/discover-dune-roleplaying-game

The Between
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/the-between.html

Fading Suns
https://ulisses-us.com/games/fadingsuns/

The Gauntlet Links:

The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/

@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet
Oct 12, 2022

This is the audio from a talk by Lowell Francis about Legacy: Life Among the Ruins, a PbtA game of post-apocalyptic families and factions. Lowell (@edige23 on Twitter) walks through the facets of the game giving advice and insight, with feedback and questions from the seminar participants.

Resources

Talk Outline https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vK1SRtRdzGplWaYzNnV4Tjp338TPhirc9mfehJ35yjU/edit?usp=sharing

Example Character Keeper https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17n0XnLgmiuURhjJzTQhVoJ7KY2kLSuqz9s6c5Guv7ZM/edit?usp=sharing

Sample Map https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1zvNuu7WdtHXi9trLPZa1cROSMhV_kOPG9mEwWbqCofY/edit?usp=sharing

World Building: Collaborative Maps https://www.ageofravensgames.com/blog/world-building-collaborative-maps

Legacy: System Guide for New Players https://www.ageofravensgames.com/blog/legacy-system-guide-for-new-players

UFO Press

Sep 21, 2022

This is the audio of a seminar by ENnie winner Lowell Francis, ageofravensgames.com, talking about planning and running TTRPG mysteries. It's about 60 of talk followed by a Q&A. Lowell talks about his approach and best practices for running mysteries in rpgs. Topics include:

  • Kinds of mysteries (set, set variable, improv)
  • Plotting mysteries
  • The power of the timeline
  • Info handling
  • Keeping players involved
  • Table management and more.

You can find an outline of the talk here. 

Sep 8, 2022
Lowell and Shane bring on Rae - celebrated game designer and Gauntleteer

Show Notes:
00:01:24 - Shane's Games Played and Spotlight - Himbos of Myth and Mettle
00:14:55 - Lowell's Games Played and Spotlight - The Curse of the House of Rookwood

Second Segment
00:30:55 - Rae combines his first and second segment with a discussion about the design decisions and history of Apocalypse Keys

Giving Me Life
00:53:43 - Shane appreciates her start with weightlifting training
00:54:53 - Lowell talks about his productivity with Gauntlet projects
00:55:36 - Rae is in the process of relocating and enjoys a lot of aspects of his new house

Games and resources discussed in this episode:

Himbos of Myth and Mettle
https://maxwellander.itch.io/himbos

The RTFM Podcast
http://rtfmcast.com/

The Curse of the House of Rookwood
https://nerdypupgames.itch.io/rookwoodrpg

Apocalypse Keys (Kickstarter campaign launching Tuesday, September 13th)
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/apocalypse-keys

Libreté: A Game of Lost Children (English translation)
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/331600/Librete-A-Game-of-Lost-Children

Gauntlet Community Open Gaming:
The next Gauntlet Community Open Gaming weekend runs from Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th. Registration is currently open to sign up to play games with the Gauntlet community at this free event open to all!

Gauntlet Community Open Gaming Events
https://bit.ly/GCOGEvents

Gauntlet Community Open Gaming Information

The Gauntlet Links:

The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/

@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet
Aug 23, 2022
Shane and Lowell bring on Tyler - frequent Gauntlet GM and contributor to many Gauntlet initiatives including coordinating Gauntlet Facilitator Camp. We talk games and re-visit WWW from a GM's perspective. 

Show Notes:
00:01:14 - Lowell's Games Played and Spotlight - Dungeons & Dragons featuring the Eberron setting
00:15:24 - Tyler's Games Played and Spotlight - World Wide Wrestling
00:27:57 - Shane's Games Played and Spotlight - Hearts of Wulin

Second Segment [content warning: death; loss; COVID pandemic]
00:40:25 - Tyler talks about dealing with the loss of a long-time gaming friend and especially what it means for the gaming group and table
00:50:22 - End content warning

Giving Me Life
00:50:30 - Lowell highlights his experiences with the video game Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
00:51:38 - Tyler celebrates the breadth of movie and television entertainment available
00:53:16 - Shane recounts a pleasant local cinema viewing of Summer with Monika

Games discussed in this episode:
Dungeons and Dragons
https://dnd.wizards.com/
Eberron campaign setting
https://dnd.wizards.com/products/eberron
World Wide Wrestling
https://ndpdesign.com/wwwrpg
Hearts of Wulin
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/hearts-of-wulin.html

The Gauntlet Links:
The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/
@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG
The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/
The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet
Aug 18, 2022

This is the audio from a seminar on The Gauntlet Gaming Calendar by Lowell Francis talking about. TTRPG hacks: kinds, how to approach them, best practices, advice for creating new games and so on. The first part is a structured talk, followed by answering questions from seminar participants. Lowell focuses on how he approaches developing hacks, why you should make your hacks & reskins fast, and advice for the writing process. 

You can see the talk notes here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PeUPtKcO6HC9anP2ply3IvAR8WvpyDqCRfDc1O-4Tzs/edit?usp=sharing

Follow Lowell on Twitter @edige23

Jul 20, 2022

Lowell and Sherri bring on Steph (Chaotic) - prolific off-Gauntlet GM and contributor to the Gauntlet Blog

Show Notes:
00:01:12 - Sherri's Games Played and Spotlight - Voidheart Symphony
00:13:10 - Steph's Games Played and Spotlight - Nobilis
00:22:27 - Lowell's Games Played and Spotlight - Haunted West

Second Segment
00:34:46 - Steph discusses identity and the erasure of identity in the playing of games

Giving Me Life
00:50:50 - Sherri enjoys spending precious break time with the video game Cozy Grove
00:52:25 - Steph talks about their enjoyment of the Earthdawn Survival Guide podcast
00:54:15 - Lowell highlights a couple great songs from musician Sarah Barrios

Games and podcasts discussed in this episode:
Voidheart Symphony by Minerva McJanda
https://ufopress.co.uk/voidheart-symphony/
Nobilis: the Game of Sovereign Powers (2002 Edition re-release) by Jenna Moran
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/141424/Nobilis-the-Game-of-Sovereign-Powers-2002-Edition
Haunted West by Chris Spivey
http://www.darkerhuestudios.com/shop/5jzf1ll837tdgeyhcb1csp03d6qpsu
Dungeon Bitches by Emily Allen
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/375698/Dungeon-Bitches
Thirsty Sword Lesbians by April Kit Walsh
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/348096/Thirsty-Sword-Lesbians
Monsterhearts by Avery Alder
https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/monsterhearts
the girlfriend of my girlfriend is my friend by Sasha Winter
https://stargazersasha.itch.io/girlfriend
The Earthdawn Survival Guide podcast
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/earthdawn-survival-guide/id1483390217

The Gauntlet Links:
The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/
@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

Jul 6, 2022

David and Shane bring on Donogh - regular and prolific GM on the Gauntlet

Show Notes:
00:01:48 - Shane's Games Played and Spotlight - World Wide Wrestling
00:12:38 - Donogh's Games Played and Spotlight - Preparing for Paris
00:23:38 - David's Games Played and Spotlight - Wanderhome

Second Segment
00:39:14 - Donogh invites a discussion about how to choose which games to run and maintaining the confidence to keep running

Giving Me Life
00:54:50 - Shane continues her appreciation of Jane Austen adaptations with a recommendation of the new movie Fire Island
00:55:47 - Donogh talks about his household enjoying the series Ted Lasso
00:56:44 - David celebrates his recent opportunity to take a vacation

Games discussed in this episode:
World Wide Wrestling by Nathan D. Paoletta
https://ndpdesign.com/wwwrpg
Preparing for Paris by Logan Timmins
https://breathingstories.itch.io/preparing-for-paris
Wanderhome by Jay Dragon
https://possumcreekgames.com/pages/wanderhome
Playest signup for Tales from the Low Cantrefs by Luke Jordan
https://mailchi.mp/e09dbe1934fd/lowcantrefs

The Gauntlet Links:
The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/
@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG
The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/
The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet

Jun 13, 2022

David and Shane bring on Steven - frequent GM and player on the Gauntlet

Show Notes:
00:01:52 - Shane's Games Played and Spotlight - Macchiato Monsters/You Got a Job on the Garbage Barge
00:12:19 - Steven's Games Played and Spotlight - Monsterhearts
00:23:08 - David's Games Played and Spotlight - Red Carnations on a Black Grave

Second Segment
00:35:47 - Steven talks about the workings of the Gauntlet Reading Club

Giving Me Life
00:52:47 - Shane is enjoying the TV show Our Flag Means Death
00:53:21 - Steven has a good time with the video game Tunic
00:54:13 - David appreciates getting back into running

Games discussed in this episode:
Macchiato Monsters
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/264169/Macchiato-Monsters

You Got a Job on the Garbage Barge
https://amandalee.itch.io/you-got-a-job-on-the-garbage-barge

Monsterhearts
https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/monsterhearts

Red Carnations on a Black Grave
https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Red-Carnations-on-a-Black-Grave-Print-PDF.html

Montsegur 1244
http://thoughtfulgames.com/montsegur1244/

Stonewall 1969
https://asteriscoedizioni.com/stonewall-1969-english/

The Gauntlet Links:
The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/

@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet

May 19, 2022

@temporalhiccup and @auzumel bring on Kieron Gillen @kierongillen - comics writer and game designer

Show Notes:
00:01:24 - Sherri's Games Played and Spotlight - The Sprawl
00:11:08 - Kerion's Games Played and Spotlight - Girl Underground
00:22:22 - Rae's Games Played and Spotlight - Balikbayan

Second Segment
00:30:56 - Kieron discusses the inspiration, design, and philosophical underpinnings of DIE; The Roleplaying Game, on Kickstarter now

Giving Me Life
00:48:15 - Sherri enjoys online reactions to news about the upcoming game The Twilight Throne
00:50:17 - Kieron delights in the return of the show Derry Girls
00:52:21 - Rae joyfully recalls Big Bad Online

Games and resources discussed in this episode:
The Sprawl
http://www.ardens.org/games/the-sprawl/
On DriveThruRPG (NOON edition): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/184711/The-Sprawl----NOON
On DriveThruRPG (MIDNIGHT edition): https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/171286/The-Sprawl----MIDNIGHT

Girl Underground
https://girlunderground.org/

Balikbayan
https://temporalhiccup.itch.io/balikbayan

The Greatest Gamer
https://kierongillen.itch.io/the-greatest-gamer

DIE (the comic book)
https://diecomic.com/

DIE: The Roleplaying Game on Kickstarter through Friday, June 10
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gshowitt/die-the-roleplaying-game

The Twilight Throne
https://temporalhiccup.itch.io/the-twilight-throne

Big Bad Con
https://www.bigbadcon.com/

Big Bad Online 2022 YouTube videos
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY22glPJVwSLoU8rMdYmT6Z-edBV9WIau

The Gauntlet Links:

The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/

@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet

May 1, 2022
Lowell and Sherri bring on Mike Ferdinando - long-time Gauntleteer and experienced GM

Show Notes:
00:01:08 - Sherri's Games Played and Spotlight - Burning Hearts Forever
00:11:23 - Mike's Games Played and Spotlight - Spirit of '77
00:22:50 - Lowell's Games Played and Spotlight - The Fall of Delta Green

Second Segment
00:36:48 - Mike discusses bringing story game techniques to OSR play

Giving Me Life
00:48:36 - Sherri shares celebratory sentiments of the spring season
00:49:25 - Mike merrily marvels at season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery
00:50:18 - Lowell luxuriates in lacquer with a return to painting minis

Games and resources discussed in this episode:

Burning Hearts Forever
On Itch.io: https://worstgirleva.itch.io/burning-hearts-forever
On DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/377504/Burning-Hearts-Forever

Spirit of '77
http://www.monkeyfunstudios.com/products/spiritof77/

The Fall of Delta Green
https://pelgranepress.com/product/the-fall-of-delta-green/

Lowell's Gauntlet Blog posts about Fall of Delta Green
"Delta Green: Divergence Casefiles (Part 1)"
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/blog/delta-green-divergence-casefiles-part-1

"Delta Green: Divergence Casefiles (Part 2)"
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/blog/delta-green-divergence-casefiles-part-2

"Delta Green: Divergence (Campaign Concept & Scenario)"
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/blog/delta-green-divergence-campaign-concept-scenario

"Delta Green: Divergence (Casefile Critical Carbine)"
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/blog/delta-green-divergence-casefile-critical-carbine

"Delta Green: Divergence (Casefiles 3 & 4)"
https://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/blog/delta-green-divergence-casefiles-3-4

Delta Green: Divergence Sample Character Keeper
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Vg6vi3_5q8VeqRSHswhwbifzrRe0dDvjZ5xZQui8bXk/edit?usp=sharing

Delta Green: Divergence YouTube playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUKV1MEOXoTWDGqoZxv7tK5X69lYwdert

Old School Essentials
https://necroticgnome.com/

Gauntlet Links:

The Gauntlet website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/

@GauntletRPG on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet
Apr 22, 2022

Jonah Knight sits down with Jason Cordova to talk about Brindlewood Bay, coming to Kickstarter April 26th! 

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gauntlet/brindlewood-bay-cozy-murder-mystery-rpg

Apr 13, 2022
Rae and David bring on Andrea Rick - TTRPG designer (CuriousCat Games), graphic designer, editor, translator, and occasional educator

Show Notes
00:01:41 - David's Games Played and Spotlight - Masks: A New Generation
00:14:53 - Andrea's Games Played and Spotlight - The Girlfriend of My Girlfriend Is My Friend
00:30:36 - Rae's Games Played and Spotlight - The Twilight Throne and the Houses of Ruin

Second Segment
00:39:43 - Andrea discusses different ways of teaching people how to play story-focused games.

Giving Me Life
01:00:25 - David delights in a fancy birthday dinner experience
01:03:09 - Andrea appreciates Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery
01:05:10 - Rae revels in a return to Destiny 2

Games and resources discussed in this episode:
Masks: A New Generation
https://magpiegames.com/pages/masks

The Girlfriend of My Girlfriend Is My Friend
https://stargazersasha.itch.io/girlfriend

The Twilight Throne and the Houses of Ruin
https://temporalhiccup.itch.io/the-twilight-throne

CuriousCat Games
https://catcurious.itch.io/

Yazeba's Bed & Breakfast
https://possumcreekgames.com/pages/yazebas-bed-breakfast

TRANS FUCKING RAGE JAM
https://itch.io/jam/transrage

"The Puzzle-Maker's Paradox"
https://possumcreek.medium.com/the-puzzle-makers-paradox-f6371028b5b

"I'm common as muck and spent £150 in a Michelin star restaurant to see if it was worth it"
https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/im-common-muck-spent-150-23194880

Consider showing your support to these causes:
Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT)
https://www.transtexas.org/

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières)
https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

Gauntlet Links
The Gauntlet Main Website
https://gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Twitter
https://twitter.com/GauntletRPG

The Gauntlet Forums
https://forums.gauntlet-rpg.com/

The Gauntlet on Patreon
https://patreon.com/gauntlet
Mar 25, 2022
Lowell and Shane bring on Ben Bisogno - game designer and Gauntlet facilitator and player

Show Notes:
00:02:01 - Shane's Games Played and Spotlight - Bluebeard's Bride
00:11:02 - Ben's Games Played and Spotlight - Pictures in an Exhibition
00:24:00 - Games Played and Spotlight - Monster Care Squad

Second Segment
00:38:20 - Ben's thoughts on family-inspired game design

Giving Me Life
00:47:31 - Shane is enjoying the natural world
00:48:32 - Ben appreciates Floppy the chicken
00:50:02 - Lowell is having a great time playing Xenoblade Chronicles X

Games discussed in this episode:
Bluebeard's Bride
https://magpiegames.com/pages/bluebeards-bride
Pictures in an Exhibition
https://recreationalcannibalism.itch.io/pictures-in-an-exhibition
Still Life [PDF]
http://www.goldencobra.org/pdf/Still%20Life.pdf
Monster Care Squad
https://sandypuggames.itch.io/monster-care-squad
Ma Nishtana on Itch.io
https://manishtana.itch.io/ma-nishtana-rpg

Check out and subscribe to the Ma Nishtana newsletter at https://eepurl.com/hvAfNn

Consider showing your support to these causes:
Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) at https://www.transtexas.org/
Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) at https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Mar 3, 2022
Shane and Rae bring on Puckett - Gauntlet GM and player

Show Notes:
00:01:21 -  Shanes Games Played and Spotlight - Quietus
00:10:02 -  Puckett's Games Played and Spotlight - Our Family at Home Abroad
00:19:28 -  Rae's Games Played and Spotlight - Heart: the City Beneath
 
Second Segment
00:32:54 - Puckett's many Pasión de las Pasiones hacks!

Giving Me Life
00:50:02 - Shane is binging Jane Austen movies
00:51:04 - Puckett is enjoying tarot cards and getting game ideas
00:51:56 - Rae is loving some comfort flicks

Zinemonth info can be found here: https://www.zinemonth.com/
Feb 17, 2022

We talk with designers Rae Nedjadi and David Miessler-Kubanek about their experiences with playtesting tabletop rpgs.

Dexposure & Metatopia https://www.dexposure.com/home.html

Sword Queen Games: https://temporalhiccup.itch.io/ Sword Queen

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/swordqueengames

David MK: @AquaVertigo

Jan 24, 2022
Sherri, Lowell, and Shane talk about games

Show Notes:
00:00:57- Shane's Games Played and Spotlight - Night's Black Agents Solo Ops
00:11:00 - Sherri's Games Played and Spotlight - Trouble for Hire
00:23:01 - Lowell's Games Played and Spotlight - Tachyon Squadron
 
Second Segment
00:36:28 - 2022 Goals and Resolutions from the hosts

Giving Me Life
00:51:31 - Shane enjoyed The Sopranos
00:52:24 - Sherri is digging all... ALL of Poirot
00:53:42 - Lowell is loving The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
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