159 episodes

Join Stu Horvath (Vintage RPG, Unwinnable) and John McGuire (Mai-Tai Happy Hour, Ham-Fisted Productions) as they delve into their favorite tabletop roleplaying games from the past, present and future!

The Vintage RPG Podcast Vintage RPG

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Join Stu Horvath (Vintage RPG, Unwinnable) and John McGuire (Mai-Tai Happy Hour, Ham-Fisted Productions) as they delve into their favorite tabletop roleplaying games from the past, present and future!

    Central Casting

    Central Casting

    If you like tables, we've got some books for you! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we check out Jennell Jaquays' series of Central Casting books, for use creating both player and non-player characters of alarming depth and, sometimes, bizarre circumstances. There are three flavors: Heroes of Legend (1988), our focus, which tackles fantasy backgrounds; Heroes for Tomorrow (1989), for science fiction characters; and Heroes Now! (1991), for characters from worlds not unlike our own.  
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    Use code DAYLIGHT with your purchases at Noble Knight! Our friends are their friends and get 10% off all purchases on the site or in the store! Good through May 31. It's Spring Sale time over at Noble Knight - our code doesn't stack cuz the savings are already so big! It'll come back online when the sale is over.
    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
    If  you dig what we do, join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! Patrons keep us going!
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    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
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    Intro music by George Collazo.
    The Vintage RPG illustration is by Shafer Brown. Follow him on Twitter.
    Tune in next week for the next episode. Until then, may the dice always roll in your favor!

    • 19 min
    Borderlands

    Borderlands

    This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we run to the border…lands. OK, never mind, I’ll leave the jokes to Hambone. For real: this week we’re talking about the RuneQuest box set Borderlands (1982), an excellent campaign about getting a job and doing it well. There’s no real narrative arc, no cackling villain, no dark plot. Stuff happens and the players take care of it, but the real point of Borderlands is to build and maintain a home in a strange land, a pretty unusual concept, then and now!
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    Use code DAYLIGHT with your purchases at Noble Knight! Our friends are their friends and get 10% off all purchases on the site or in the store! Good through May 31. It's Spring Sale time over at Noble Knight - our code doesn't stack cuz the savings are already so big! It'll come back online when the sale is over.
    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
    If  you dig what we do, join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! Patrons keep us going!
    Like, Rate, Subscribe and Review the Vintage RPG Podcast!
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    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
    Follow Vintage RPG on Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Learn more at the Vintage RPG FAQ.
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    Intro music by George Collazo.
    The Vintage RPG illustration is by Shafer Brown. Follow him on Twitter.
    Tune in next week for the next episode. Until then, may the dice always roll in your favor!

    • 22 min
    Dread

    Dread

    Aaaand we're back! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at the horror storytelling game Dread and its unusual method of task resolution (hint: it involves a Jenga tower). And heck, let's make it a double: we also discuss the storytelling game of doomed romance, Star Crossed, which also uses a Jenga tower!
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    Use code DAYLIGHT with your purchases at Noble Knight! Our friends are their friends and get 10% off all purchases on the site or in the store! Good through May 31. It's Spring Sale time over at Noble Knight - our code doesn't stack cuz the savings are already so big! It'll come back online when the sale is over.
    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
    If  you dig what we do, join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! Patrons keep us going!
    Like, Rate, Subscribe and Review the Vintage RPG Podcast!
    Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and your favorite podcast clients.
    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
    Follow Vintage RPG on Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Learn more at the Vintage RPG FAQ.
    Follow Stu Horvath, John McGuire, VintageRPG and Unwinnable on Twitter.
    Intro music by George Collazo.
    The Vintage RPG illustration is by Shafer Brown. Follow him on Twitter.
    Tune in next week for the next episode. Until then, may the dice always roll in your favor!

    • 18 min
    Players Handbook Rerun

    Players Handbook Rerun

    A rerun? Yep, sometimes you just gotta rest the brains. So have a remastered Players Handbook! Originally aired to a whole different world, on December 23, 2019.
    Original hype text: We crack the cover of the classic Players Handbook (1978) for first edition Dungeons & Dragons. We talk a lot about Trampier's iconic, forbidding cover, of course, but also dig into the equally iconic interior illustrations, the philosophical state of the game at the time, the D&D multiverse, the previous owners of our personal copies (who left their names in the front covers) and much more!
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    Use code DAYLIGHT with your purchases at Noble Knight! Our friends are their friends and get 10% off all purchases on the site or in the store! Good through May 31.
    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
    If  you dig what we do, join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! Patrons keep us going!
    Like, Rate, Subscribe and Review the Vintage RPG Podcast!
    Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and your favorite podcast clients.
    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
    Follow Vintage RPG on Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Learn more at the Vintage RPG FAQ.
    Follow Stu Horvath, John McGuire, VintageRPG and Unwinnable on Twitter.
    Intro music by George Collazo.
    The Vintage RPG illustration is by Shafer Brown. Follow him on Twitter.
    Tune in next week for the next episode. Until then, may the dice always roll in your favor!

    • 19 min
    The Fantasy Trip

    The Fantasy Trip

    Coming from an era of RPGs in which you could still get away with just naming your game Wizard, this week on the Vintage RPG Podcast we're looking at Melee, Wizard and the larger Fantasy Trip RPG. We focus on its innovative use of point-buy mechanics, but also get into the game's larger place in RPG history.
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    Use code DAYLIGHT with your purchases at Noble Knight! Our friends are their friends and get 10% off all purchases on the site or in the store! Good through May 31.
    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
    If  you dig what we do, join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! Patrons keep us going!
    Like, Rate, Subscribe and Review the Vintage RPG Podcast!
    Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and your favorite podcast clients.
    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
    Follow Vintage RPG on Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Learn more at the Vintage RPG FAQ.
    Follow Stu Horvath, John McGuire, VintageRPG and Unwinnable on Twitter.
    Intro music by George Collazo.
    The Vintage RPG illustration is by Shafer Brown. Follow him on Twitter.
    Tune in next week for the next episode. Until then, may the dice always roll in your favor!

    • 23 min
    Dragonriders of the Styx

    Dragonriders of the Styx

    Strap in, cuz we got bootleg toys! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, direct from the five and dime, we check out Stu's Dragonriders of the Styx toys from the early 80s. For a bunch of cheap fantasy toys, they actually have a fun and weird intersection with Dungeons & Dragons!
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    Use code DAYLIGHT with your purchases at Noble Knight! Our friends are their friends and get 10% off all purchases on the site or in the store! Good through May 31.
    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
    If  you dig what we do, join us on the Vintage RPG Patreon for more roleplaying fun and surprises! Patrons keep us going!
    Like, Rate, Subscribe and Review the Vintage RPG Podcast!
    Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and your favorite podcast clients.
    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
    Follow Vintage RPG on Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Learn more at the Vintage RPG FAQ.
    Follow Stu Horvath, John McGuire, VintageRPG and Unwinnable on Twitter.
    Intro music by George Collazo.
    The Vintage RPG illustration is by Shafer Brown. Follow him on Twitter.
    Tune in next week for the next episode. Until then, may the dice always roll in your favor!

    • 21 min

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