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 • 21 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!

    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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    Hang out with us on the Vintage RPG Discord!
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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!
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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!

    • 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.
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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
    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!
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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!

    • 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
    Return to Dark Tower

    Return to Dark Tower

    This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at another board game: Return to Dark Tower. This is Restoration Games’ new sequel/revamp of the 1981 Milton Bradley electronic board game Dark Tower that…if not a classic, certainly has a compelling mystique born from the intersection of its rarity, its D&D-like fantasy theming and its place at an exciting and highly nostalgic early era of consumer electronics. How does the new version hold up in comparison? Well, you’re gonna have to listen!
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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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Listener174 ,

My favourite RPG podcast

Hambone and Stu do an amazing job of breaking down rpgs new and old with humour in a open, conversational style that is the hallmark of any podcast worth its salt. They make you feel welcomed to the conversation and leave you wanting to play all the games they talk about. Great work fellas!

Cage1668 ,

Great podcast

This podcast is great. Brings back so many memories of playing role playing games.

Gotthammer ,

The best for Old and New RPG info!

This is my go-to podcast for information about great roleplaying games from the past as well as new ones from the present! Stu and John are excellent hosts - always interesting and informative. And even though they have their preferences in games, they're never superior about their loves in the hobby.

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