90 episodes

The GROGNARD RPG files is a podcast that looks at RPGs from 'back in the day and today'.

Each episode concentrates on the original rules of a featured game, our experiences of playing the game, PLUS excellent contributions from @dailydwarf selecting highlights from the halcyon days of White Dwarf magazine.

The GROGNARD Files Dirk the Dice

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    • 5.0 • 139 Ratings

The GROGNARD RPG files is a podcast that looks at RPGs from 'back in the day and today'.

Each episode concentrates on the original rules of a featured game, our experiences of playing the game, PLUS excellent contributions from @dailydwarf selecting highlights from the halcyon days of White Dwarf magazine.

    Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep. 54 (Part 2)

    Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep. 54 (Part 2)

    This is the second part of our exploration of Scarred for Life, the fantastic series of books about growing up in the dark decades of the seventies and eighties. Gen X-rated popular culture shaped our imaginations and informed our gaming. Buy the books here. Content warning for this one as we quote directly from a … Continue reading "Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep. 54 (Part 2)"

    • 1 hr 48 min
    UK GAMES EXPO 2022 – GROGPOD extra

    UK GAMES EXPO 2022 – GROGPOD extra

    Here we go! After a two year break, Dirk and Blythy are back in Birmingham talking about RuneQuest, DCC, Traveller, Conan, Old School Essentials and into the Odd. It’s good to be back. Why not support us on Patreon?

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep 54 (Part 1)

    Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep 54 (Part 1)

    The 70s and 80s were the golden age of dark popular culture and Scarred for Life have chronicled the TV, comics, adverts, sweets and others of the period in a conversational but forensic style. There are two volumes available with a third on its way at the end of Summer ’22, which will feature role-playing … Continue reading "Scarred for Life by RPGs (with Stephen Brotherstone) Ep 54 (Part 1)"

    • 1 hr 40 min
    RPG Book Club GROGPOD Extra (with Gareth Hanrahan)

    RPG Book Club GROGPOD Extra (with Gareth Hanrahan)

    Welcome, this is an extra-GROGPOD which is from a live recording made at this year’s virtual GROGMEET. Every month, on the first Sunday, the GROGSQUAD meet to discuss books from The Great Library of RPGs. This time we read The Gutter Prayer and invited Gareth Hanrahan for a Q&A session. If you would like to … Continue reading "RPG Book Club GROGPOD Extra (with Gareth Hanrahan)"

    • 57 min
    King Arthur Pendragon RPG (with David Larkins) Ep.53 (Part 2)

    King Arthur Pendragon RPG (with David Larkins) Ep.53 (Part 2)

    One of the foundational films that shaped the games that we played is Excalibur (1981). In this episode we look back on the film and consider how it can continue to inspire our gaming. To see some of the issues of Starburst that we refer to in this episode, you’ll find images over at Dirk … Continue reading "King Arthur Pendragon RPG (with David Larkins) Ep.53 (Part 2)"

    • 1 hr 36 min
    GangBusting RPGs (GROGPOD extra)

    GangBusting RPGs (GROGPOD extra)

    Join me as I take an idea for a walk across the Gangster RPG shelf in the GROGPOD den. It also features a sample actual play of GangBusters – The Vanishing Investigator. Games mentioned: GangBusters Gangster! Crime Fighter Fiasco Hillfolk Spirit of ’77 Cartel Blades in the Dark Wise Guys Also mentioned: Good Friends of … Continue reading "GangBusting RPGs (GROGPOD extra)"

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

artkuntz ,

No experience necessary

I wasn’t sure I knew enough or had enough experience when I first started listening to this podcast, however it has become one of my favourites. Even if you don’t know your runequest from your gin rummy you find this podcast warm and welcoming.
I must admit it helps to be of a certain age but I think there’s also lots to learn about stuff you’ve never heard of, games, TV and films. I must admit this podcast has cost me money as it’s made me drift over to eBay and track down some long lost titles.
Having not played an rpg for a very long time the huge amount of nostalgia in this podcast makes it feel like yesterday and makes me miss having less responsibilities and more time.
Put the kettle on, grab a packet of hobnobs and sit back and enjoy this audio geek treat down memory lane.

Ukstrategygamer ,

Nothing but bobbins and soothing nostalgia

When I first wandered into the Groglands, I wasn’t sure what I was listening to. There was an odd noise seemingly from a distressed ogre and then rambling nostalgia about a roleplaying game I hadn’t ever given much time to beforehand. I nearly hit the unsubscribe button but I was busy doing something else and couldn’t reach the player. So it kept playing. And playing. And playing. A few weeks later and now I’m all caught up. Not just with the pod. But with the early days of the hobby.

All the games I had not played. Plus the big ones I had heard of. I lived it as they relived it on every episode. Plus that magazine! The White Dwarf I knew was already a glossy brochure for miniatures. We had Dragon and Dungeon magazine. Sadly both gone now. But their love for this old Games Workshop was infectious. Not the GW that milked every penny out of you for overpriced miniatures. But a gentler, more civilised GW that sold roleplaying games and introduced the hobby to British kids.

Many days I have listened to Dirk, Blithey, Ed and their many guests talk about their love for the hobby. I’ve heard them change and grow and embrace the new games as well as breathe life back into the old. Dirk’s enthusiasm is contagious. These are not just grognards poo pooing the new stuff for the old. Their love for the hobby doesn’t just stop with nostalgia. They bring their northern dullest tones and charm to everything.

I got a lot out of this pod. I’ve laughed a lot. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve spent a lot of time and some treasure digging into games I hadn’t considered before. I’ve also got a glimmer of a community that I didn’t even know existed.

Highly recommended for true roleplaying game fans.

The Civil Shepherd ,

Thank you

What an absolute joy the files have been for me over the last three years. Dirk, Ed and Blythy have been company for me for the third year running in the autumn lambing shed. I am listening though the entire catalogue for the third time and now on episode 28. Each time through there are a few more purchases of the games discussed. Huge thanks for everything you do, what you have made has a wonderful nostalgic warmth and a great community that I look forward to seeing again at Grogmeat.

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