67 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, 116 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.

    Episode 40 – Conan RPG (with Jason Durall)

    Episode 40 – Conan RPG (with Jason Durall)

    Download Episode Know o prince … the GROGNARD files produces another epic (take your time …). We’ve been playing Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed of, by Modiphius and having great fun emulating the Hyborian world of Robert E Howard. Jason Durall is an enthusiastic player as well as designer and he gives a great … Continue reading

    Episode 39 – Hawkmoon RPG (with Lawrence Whitaker)

    Episode 39 – Hawkmoon RPG (with Lawrence Whitaker)

    Download Episode Loz Whitaker from The Design Mechanism returns to face The GamesMaster’s screen. He talks about The Eternal Champion, Strontium Dog and Mythras. We have been enjoying a Hawkmoon series of adventures using Mythras using elements of Chaosium’s Hawkmoon and the Mongoose version. Doc ‘Con’ Cowie shares his First, Last and Everything. In a … Continue reading

    Episode 38 – Lyonesse RPG (with Lawrence Whitaker)

    Episode 38 – Lyonesse RPG (with Lawrence Whitaker)

    Download Episode Welcome to a new GROGPOD about a new game that we are very excited about. Lyonesse, Fantasy Role-Playing based on the novels by Jack Vance has been released by The Design Mechanism. We are joined by Lawrence Whitaker who tells us about the project and his formative years in role-playing. Daily Dwarf looks … Continue reading

    Start Here – The GROGNARD Files – Session Zero

    Start Here – The GROGNARD Files – Session Zero

    Download Episode Hello, my name is Dirk the Dice and this is the GROGNARD files podcast. If you are new here, then this is the place to begin as it provides a quick overview of what to expect from the GROGPOD. It’s probably best to start at the beginning, but time is precious, so this … Continue reading

    Episode 37 – Gamma World RPG (with Pookie)

    Episode 37 – Gamma World RPG (with Pookie)

    Download Episode Welcome to the post apocalypse with Pookie from Reviews from R’lyeh. We talk about how RPGs taught us everything we need to know about the apocalypse. Old Scouse Role Player shares his first, last and everything. Please support what we do on Patreon.

    Episode 36 (Part 2) Middle Earth Role-Playing (MERP) (with Liz Danforth)

    Episode 36 (Part 2) Middle Earth Role-Playing (MERP) (with Liz Danforth)

    Download Episode Welcome to the second part of the MERP episode. I recommend Menion (AKA Rob’s) podcast ; we speak to Liz Danforth – why not support her on Patreon? Thanks to Per Broden for his excellent First, Last and Everything, the an ad for our good friends at The Good Friends …. and we … Continue reading

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Mungo!!! ,

My COVID pod of choice

Thanks Dirk, Blythy, Daily etc. I don’t usually bother writing reviews so you’re honoured and very welcome.

During my lengthy furlough (soon to be redundancy) I have been listening to your whole back catalogue of Groggy, nerdery, all ile doing copious amounts of DIY!!! (I have come here to review as I cannot find a way to review on Acast). Very relaxing and due to your dulcet tones, soporific (its a wonder I got anything done).

Great stuff. A friend mentioned your podcast as Ive fond memories of playing WFRP (or Wufruf as Dirk would say). This prompted me to listen to the whole thing from start to finish. Great guests and excellent segments. I would class myself as a Grognard that started in the mid 80’s, only a few years behind yourselves, so my experiences are more or less the same. Red box D

MikeHTheGamer ,

The show goes from strength to strength

I happened across this podcast one day on Twitter and thought I'd just have a quick listen as I used to play RPG's back in the 80's.
I was hooked from the start, Dirks style of delivery and the genuine love that he and his co-hosts Blythy and Ed have for the games is simply infectious. Over the last 2 weeks I have listened to most of the back catalogue, as well as supported them on Patreon.

I may have also made a few purchases of games I used to own (back in the day)

Who knows maybe I’ll actually start playing Runequest again and head for the Big Rubble

But in the meantime I’ll just break open another pack of hobnobs and carry on listening to this fabulous show

Addendum

It’s been 18 months since I wrote the above review and I thought it was time to revisit it
It’s fair to say this podcast has changed my life as it awoke a longing to get out my dice and play games again, and now I find myself part of a whole new community and with a larger group of friends than before. The community of people who listen to this show are all amazing, they are welcoming, kind and willing to help people who want to join the hobby.
Over the last 18 months I have played multiple rpgs games, both face to face and online, I’ve attended events and I’m even running my own game, something that would have just been a pipe dream 2 years ago. I’ve also been introduced to many wonderful new games in that time all courtesy of this podcast.
But the question you must be asking is how can a show that started out looking at old games from back in the day stay relevant, well it has because the show has also evolved. It still looks at older games but it also covers games the presenters are now playing and follows their journeys through role playing in the 21st century and this discovery is as exciting for the listener as it is for Dirk and co.
I cannot recommend this show highly enough, it’s beautifully put together and is totally engaging

But beware as you might find yourself buying lots of new things that you never knew you needed in your life, but hey that’s not a bad thing is it?

Richgreen01 ,

Excellent stuff!

Thoroughly enjoyable podcast about RPGs back in the day (the 80s, when I first started playing) and today. I’ve enjoyed Dirk and Blythy’s roleplaying ramblings for quite a while now but I loved the latest Review of 2019 episode so much (with its excellent monologue about the joy of playing RPGs in the 80s by Alex Kelly, plus v. amusing pub dog), I thought it was high time I wrote a review. Excellent stuff!

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