100 episodes

Gaz and Baz have spent decades talking about games, ever since University, which was far too long ago for their liking.

All RPG problems were solved in whiskey-fueled late night sessions, with the disappointing realization they couldn’t remember any of it the following day being the only fly in the ointment.

Now older, wiser and more experienced, the plucky duo have decided to commit their enthralling discussion to this new fangled podcast technology, in the vain hopes of capturing something useful or interesting. It should be a conversation starter if nothing else.

Getting them to start talking was never the problem. Making them stop however…

What Would The Smart Party Do‪?‬ The Smart Party

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Gaz and Baz have spent decades talking about games, ever since University, which was far too long ago for their liking.

All RPG problems were solved in whiskey-fueled late night sessions, with the disappointing realization they couldn’t remember any of it the following day being the only fly in the ointment.

Now older, wiser and more experienced, the plucky duo have decided to commit their enthralling discussion to this new fangled podcast technology, in the vain hopes of capturing something useful or interesting. It should be a conversation starter if nothing else.

Getting them to start talking was never the problem. Making them stop however…

    Shane Hensley Interview

    Shane Hensley Interview

    Episode 153 - Shane Hensley Interview a.k.a Shaken Not Stirred







    The lads were delighted to have one of their gaming heroes on this time, founder of Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Shane Hensley. He's created the best-selling, award-winning Deadlands, Hell on Earth, Weird Wars, and later Savage Worlds and many of its settings. He's also written for God's Own Game Earthdawn, TORG, and many other things, plus worked on computer games such as City of Villains. Chat covers everything from his classic games to getting assaulted by an orc!







    You can grab yourself some Savage Worlds goodness on the Pinnacle Website! Get yourselves answers and chat about Savage Worlds and other games on the Pinnacle Forums.







    If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.







    Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty







    We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we are open to development opportunities! :)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jason Cordova Interview

    Jason Cordova Interview

    Episode 152 - Jason Cordova Interview a.k.a Shouting Into The Void







    Jason Cordova joins the lads to chat about his own podcasting experience on Fear of a Black Dragon, hot indie rpgs like The Between and Brindlewood Bay, game design, streaming and much more!











    Follow Jason on Twitter. You can find out more about the Gauntlet and cool techniques and games on his website. Get your earballs around the excellent Fear of a Black Dragon here! Get yourselves a copy of The Between on Drivethru







    You can get Brindelwood Bay actual plays and more on his YouTube.





    If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.







    Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty







    We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Into The Odd Remastered

    Into The Odd Remastered

    Episode 151 - Into The Odd Remastered a.k.a You Were The First







    Good friend of the show Chris McDowall has remastered his well-renowned and critically-acclaimed Into the Odd in a new edition, teaming up with more good friends of the show, Free League! The lads go through design choices, graphics, how to write a game and much more in this busy episode!











    You can find out more about all Chris' stuff at his website. Jump on the Kickstarter here!







    If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.







    Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty







    We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Meguey & Vincent Baker Interview

    Meguey & Vincent Baker Interview

    Episode 150 - Meguey & Vincent Baker Interview a.k.a The Secret Is, They're Just Subsystems







    For the 150th episode, the boys needed something special, and what better way to celebrate than chatting to two of the industry's best and nicest game designers, Vincent and Meg Baker. Between them, authors of Apocalypse World, Dogs in the Vineyard, Psi*Run, Murderous Ghosts and more! A proper after-hours con type discussion occurs getting into the weeds of game design and how to be a better roleplayer.











    You can find out more about the Baker's games at Lumpley Games. Of particular note is their new game Under Hollow Hills, which you can get the playbooks and basic moves for on their site. Get lots of detail on Apocalypse World here!







    If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.







    Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty







    We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Advancement

    Advancement

    Episode 149 - Advancement a.k.a The Other Sin is 1XP







    Thanks to a Listener's Letter, this episode is all about advancement. Of course a lot of the chat is about XP and mechanically improving your character, but the lads also think about what else advancing a character could mean.











    If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.







    Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty







    We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Nostalgia

    Nostalgia

    Episode 148 - Nostalgia a.k.a The More You Look At It, The More It Looks Back At You







    Remember those Hovis adverts from back in the day? No? How about Cyborg Commando? The lads ponder on lost youth and the eternal question of not only can you go back, but should you? Numerous old games get a mention and the guys go through reboots and reskins and lots of other topics in a wide-ranging chat.











    If you dig actual plays and reviews of played modules, check out the new YouTube channel.







    Get in touch, the lads love to hear from you!Twitters: twitter.com/the_smart_partyEmail: thesmartparty@hotmail.comKo-Fi: ko-fi.com/thesmartpartyPatreons: patreon.com/thesmartparty







    We always welcome lovely reviews on iTunes or elsewhere too. If you're less keen, give us a shout, we'd are open to development opportunities! :)

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Asako Soh ,

Brilliantly informed RPG podcast

Very much enjoy listening to Gaz and Baz. Fantastic interviews with industry luminaries and discussions of key games. Despite danger to bank balance, really like the ‘games you should have’ episodes. Highly recommended

John Power Jr. ,

An eminently agreeable listen...

I find the best podcasts are those where it feels like you’re eavesdropping on a couple of mates down the pub and every week or 2 you get a little window into a conversation that’s probably been going on for decades.

When you do find these hidden gems it can often be irrelevant what the subject matter is, luckily though sometimes form & function combine perfectly and that’s definitely the case here.

If you’re of a certain age and into RPGs then you’ll probably find a lot to enjoy here, especially so if you’re British. Saying that this isn’t just another rose tinted nostalgia fest for people incapable of understanding that the reason everything seemed better when you were 13 was because you were 13 and hopefully life hadn’t beaten all the joy out of you by then.

In a week of ploughing through their archives I’ve already ordered a few games totally new to me like Troika! so if you want a relaxed stroll through the past, present & future of RPGs then you can do a lot worse than adding this to your regular listens.

Wayne Peters ,

Affable RPG discussion coming in your ears.

Famously, after winning the World Cup in 1963, Bobby Charlton and the lads were celebrating with a game of war. Bobby had to settle a dispute over who had won and suggested rolling a 12-sided die and adding their bend-bars skill. Thus Dungeons and Dragons was invented.
In modern times people with beautiful teeth and hair and Hwil Hweaton have popularised the Dungeons and Dragons hobby into a global multi-billion dollar industry presided over by Chris Perkins from his hollowed out volcano.
In this podcast, North meets South in an orgasmic audio orgy as two affable old duffers engage in thought provoking conversation about the Dungeons and Dragons hobby and all the other games that it encompasses. Is Earthdawn the greatest game ever written? Is Savage Worlds the greatest game ever written? What's the point of Clerics? Is Hot War the greatest game ever written and, why Pathfinder? just why?

Those who like this sort of thing will most assuredly like it.

How's that, lads? Nobody reads these things anyway, do they? It's the stars that matter, eh?

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