GP has a simple format. Each episode features a guest who has played with the community and two hosts in a conversation about games. In the first segment, each person talks about a game they ran or played on the Gauntlet in the last couple of months: what it is, what they liked, what they were unsure about, and overall thoughts. In the second segment they talk about a topic of the guest's choosing. Each episode is 50-60 minutes and tightly edited.
This year we added two new hosts in addition to our existing three. David (@chapofsteel); Shane (@shane_marble); Rae (@temporalhiccup); Sherri (@auzumel); and me, Lowell (@edige23). That’s added new voices, expanded the games we can cover, and allowed us to rotate through our hosts more regularly. We’ve also made an effort this year to reduce the number of repeat games we cover. If we do cover a game we talked about in the last couple of months, we examine a different facet of it.
Besides our standard episodes, we released a good number of special episodes. Some we recorded specifically for the podcast and others came from Gauntlet Community Open Gaming Panels. And of course this week we released our Gauntlet Favorite Games of the Year 2021 episode which has all five hosts plus contributions from 22 community members.
We covered 46 rpgs on the podcast this year: Against the Dark Conspiracy, Alice is Missing, Bed, Breakfast, and Beyond, Before the Endgame, Brindlewood Bay, Brinkwood Legacy, cbr+pnk, Dune, Extreme Meatpunks Forever, Fate of Cthulhu, Fate: Skyship Concerto, For the Queen, Gauntlet Book Club, Godbound, Hearts of Wulin: Numberless Secrets, i'm sorry did you say street magic, Iron Edda, Kingdom 2E, Last Fleet, Little Katy's Tea Party, Ma Nishtana, Masks, Moth-Light, Naked City Blues, Neon City Overdrive, Night's Black Agents, Once More Into the Void, Paragon Systems games, Raccoon Sky Pirates, Rust Hulks, Ryuutama, Space Wurm vs.Moonicorn, Tales from the Low Cantrefs, The Between, The Veil: Inheritance, The Yellow King RPG, They Came to Play Ball, Thirsty Sword Lesbians, Trail of Cthulhu, Trophy Gold, Under Hollow Hills, Untitled Playtest, Vergence, Voidheart Symphony, Volley Boys
We did two episodes aimed at helping other online communities and groups: Podcast Production, the Gauntlet Process, How to Run an Online Convention, and Running One-Shots.
We did three panels from GCOG: A Talk with Zedeck Siew, Episode 212: Star Wars Saturdays Panel, and Panel: Hard Moves, Reactions, Consequences, and Devil's Bargains.
Finally we did two special episodes: Episode 200: Playing RPGs, which just focused on best player practices, and The Between Threat-Writing Contest Winners for Gauntlet Publishing’s special event.
Hosts Rach (@teddog) and Rich (@orklord) continue to expand their approach in this podcast focused on PbtA games. A standard episode has one or both hosts talking the designer(s) of a PbtA game in three segments. First “Read a Sitch” about a general aspect of PbtA rpgs. Then “Open Your Brain” to let the designer talk about the new or novel elements of their game. Finally “Act Under Fire” with the designers running a short AP sequence to give you a taste of the game. Each episode is tightly edited and runs 30-50 minutes.
This year they covered 18 games: Armour Astir Advent, Avatar Legends, Back Again from the Broken Land, Beam Saber, Blades in the Dark, Briar & Bramble, Brinkwood: The Blood of Tyrants, Copperhead County, Extreme Meatpunks Forever, Ironsworn: Starforged, Moonpunk, Moth-Light, Scum & Villainy, Shibuyan Knights, Stonetop, Thrilling Adventures!, Wicked Ones, Wolfspell
Over the summer they did a series focused on Forged in the Dark games, a PbtA-adjacent system. They covered seven games for this, a mix of old and new rpgs. That wrapped up with a special episode: Summer Series FitD- What We Have Learned
As well they released three special episodes. The first is a stand-alone: Starting a New PbtA Game which focused on best practices for all PbtA games. They also had two episodes in a new series “Take an Advance,” in which they have expert MCs come on to talk about how they run some of the classic PbtA offerings: Take an Advance... on Apocalypse World and Take an Advance... on Masks A New Generation
And finally just today, in time for the end of the year, they released Lessons Learned in 2021 and Rich and Rach's 2022 Gamer Resolutions.
Hosts Tom (@PorcupineRPG) and Jason (@jasoncordova6) continue to make this excellent OSR-inspired podcast the most popular on our network. Each episode the pair look at a OSR and/or classic rpg product and break it down in three segments. In “The Basic Crawl” they cover what the adventure is, how they’ve used it, things they liked, questions they had, and more. In “The Expert Delve” they use the adventure to explore a particular gaming topic like making monsters more interesting or running swamp-based games. Finally in “Companion Adventures” they present useful media for those wanting to run or play it. Each episode is about 30-50 minutes, again tightly edited by the amazing Rich Rogers.
Fear of a Black Dragon was fortunate enough to be voted one of the top ten podcasts in an EN World poll which is pretty cool. For more about that see here.
This year they covered 16 adventures from a diverse array of games. From D&D to Mothership, WHFRP to Call of Cthulhu, and more: An Unchained Melody (Orbital Blues), Baptism by Fire, The Bruja, The Beast and The Barrow, Castle Amber, Convergence, Death Ziggurat, Dream Factory, Empire in Flames (Part 1), The Ghost of Mistmoor, Halls of the Blood King, Hard Light, Leviathan , Maze of Nuromen, Prison of the Hated Pretender, Revolution Comes to the Kingdom, The Sea Queen Escapes.
And soon we will have the finale of The Enemy Within series!
This podcast is a mix of special episodes of The Sixth Ring with hosts Judd (@Judd_of_Kryos) and Jason (@jasoncordova6) as well as actual play series. With this year dedicated to home stretch efforts on the Trophy Kickstarter, something had to give. As a result we only released six episodes: three focused Sixth Ring shows (on Feasts, Dragons, and Trophy Dark) and an excellent edited AP from Jason and the ChimaeraCast crew running The Rime Palace incursion.
On the plus side, The Sixth Ring was nominated for an ENnie which is nice recognition for the effort and intelligence of the series.
We’re looking forward to new guests, new games, and new topics on our podcast network in 2022. We have several new possible projects we’re looking at including a Brindlewood Bay AP; a community-created AP series focused on “fan fic” games; and more. When we have concrete details we’ll get those out to you.
We want to thank everyone who has listened to any of the podcasts in our network. It takes a lot of care, work, and attention to detail to get those out there for you. Our shows are as strong as they are due to the work of editor Rich Rogers who makes every episode focused and tight.
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