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

    • Games

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…

    2020 Vision

    2020 Vision

    Episode 115 - 2020 Vision

    (aka Get Your Earthdawn '93 While It's Hot)



    It's the year of Cyberpunk 2020 and lots to look forward to aside from monoblade katanas and trenchcoats. The lads go through some of the upcoming delights for the new year, games due to land, whispers of new things, plans for getting some gaming in and what they've already rolled dice on. Plus, some talk on going back to old games, new editions and how to get a gaming group together in busy times.







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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Review of 2019

    Review of 2019

    Episode 114 - Review of 2019

    (aka Making Up For The Deep Freeze)



    The lads look back at a year in gaming, when they've been up to, the pros and cons of playing D&D and what they might do in the new year. To spice things up, they are joined by special guests Dirk the Dice from The Grognards Files and co-author of Call of Cthulhu 7th ed, Paul Fricker of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast. Grab a mulled wine and mince pie, and settle in for an hour of top chat.







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    • 1 hr 8 min
    How To Be A Better Player

    How To Be A Better Player

    Episode 113 - How To Be A Better Player

    (Live from Dragonmeet, London, 2019)



    The lads have been down to London Village for Dragonmeet 2019. Among other fantastic activities, they hosted a seminar on being a better player. If you want great advice on quite literally upping your game, then look no further! Joined by special guests (co-authors of Call of Cthulhu 7th ed) Paul Fricker of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast and CoC Creative Director Mike Mason, the panel provided all manner of top tips and advice, to rapturous applause.







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    • 51 min
    Zachary Cox Interview

    Zachary Cox Interview

    Episode 112 - Zachary Cox Interview

    (a.k.a Best Left Buried)



    Creator of Best Left Buried by Soul Muppet Publishing and new Kickstarter Beneath the Missing Sea, as well as publisher of other independents, Zachary Cox joins the lads to talk about his latest creations, designing and publishing gamers, creator meet ups and what the heck is OSR anyway?







    You can sign up for Zach's mailing list here

    Join the discord for lively chat

    Old school it on Facebook too

    Find him on the Twitters! @JellyMuppet







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    • 58 min
    David Larkins Interview

    David Larkins Interview

    Episode 111 - David Larkins Interview

    (a.k.a Go Kill A Giant)



    Line Editor for the King Arthur Pendragon RPG, author of Berlin: The Wicked City and more, David Larkins joins the lads this time to talk about his writing and all thing Pendragon related. Hear about Greg Stafford's legacy, the future direction for the line, different modes of play and all the latest info on Chaosium's laser-focused Arthurian RPG. As well as thoughts on alternate settings, art directions and more, Dave chats about his design process and inspirations, a must for all Chaosium fans.







    You can find the free Greg Day scenarios, including Pendragon: Quest of the Red Blade and adventures for Call of Cthulhu, Runequest, 7th Sea and more by following this link.



    Fancy yourself as an artist or writer for one of the Chaosium game lines? You can find more about game content submissions here.



    Want to hear was actual-play sounds like and get some great examples of games in action? Dave's podcast has you covered.



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    • 1 hr
    Jeremy Crawford Interview

    Jeremy Crawford Interview

    Episode 110 - Jeremy Crawford Interview

    (a.k.a Illusionary Dragons)



    Lead Rules Designer for D&D, mind behind Sage Advice and Unearthed Arcana, and all round man on the scene for all D&D books, the lads were delighted to have Jeremy Crawford on for an interview. An insight into his daily work, lots of detail on the upcoming Eberron release, and much more, including advice for new DMs and some hints on the future of D&D.







    Regrettably there were some technical recording issues this time and so the sound losses are down to the vagaries of internet recording, rather than deliberate Dalek impressions from any guests or hosts.



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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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?

Sidney Roundwood ,

An excellent RPG-focused podcast with very friendly down to earth hosts

If you’re looking for an excellent RPG podcast with friendly advice of the role-playing game hobby (and gaming in general), I can thoroughly recommend The Smart Party podcast.

Both hosts and their special guests are insightful, knowledgeable and provide a detailed and expert coverage of Specific RPGs and RPG genres. The actual-play podcasts are also fun and well produced. The podcast flows really well, the hosts are fluent and have fun but also stay “on-message” and don’t ramble. Where the hosts review a product which they see some practical problems with, their reviews and criticisms are always thoughtful and polite.

It’s a complete pleasure to listen and I’ve really enjoyed adding The Smart Party to my regular weekly commute listening. I’ve been role playing and wargaming since the 1980s, but the hosts have introduced me to a lot of new things.

A great starting point is the podcast on the “Ten Commandments of Games Workshop”, which is terrific and conjures up great memories for any gamer growing up in the 1980s.

Well done guys! Strongly recommended!!

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