155 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
    • 4.7 • 180 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!

    Let Us In

    Let Us In

    Let me outta here! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we check out Luka Rejec’s special Halloween scenario Let Us In (2021), a lean, mean, system agnostic horror zine that uses a timetable to keep play at a tight three hours. Black, white and orange goodness, all the way through.
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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!

    • 21 min
    Maze

    Maze

    Is it wise to follow the Minotaur around the labyrinth? This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we’re lost in Christopher Manson’s Maze (1985). This is an unusual book, part armchair treasure hunt (for a $10,000 prize), part pick-your-path gamebook. The aim of the game is simple: find your way to the center of the maze and back in the least number of moves, then answer a riddle. The deeply enigmatic art in the book is meant to transmit both question and answer, but it also creates a compelling dungeon-like environment of interest to RPG hobbyists.
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    We got you covered with Noble Knight through September 14 with code ARCANA. Use it for 10% off purchases online and in store!
    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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    Available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube and your favorite podcast clients.
    Send questions, comments or corrections to info@vintagerpg.com.
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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!

    • 15 min
    Dungeon!

    Dungeon!

    Down in the dark we go! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we check out the classic board game Dungeon! (1975). The origins of the game are entwined with the origins of Dungeons & Dragons, and all the dungeon crawling board games since owe Dave Megarry’s creation a debt of gratitude.
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    We got you covered with Noble Knight through September 14 with code ARCANA. Use it for 10% off purchases online and in store!
    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.
    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!

    • 14 min
    Cults of Cthulhu

    Cults of Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Fhtagn! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we check out Chaosium’s new Call of Cthulhu sourcebook, Cults of Cthulhu. Despite the big squid being in the title of the game, the Great Old One is oddly absent in the majority of the RPG’s material, partly because he’s snoozing on the job, mostly because Nyarlathotep, that ham, steals the spotlight. This book aims to correct that by sketching the history and structure of a global Cthulhu cult that’s a worthy foil for investigators. Who cares if he’s asleep when his agents lurk in every shadow?
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    We got you covered with Noble Knight through September 14 with code ARCANA. Use it for 10% off purchases online and in store!
    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!

    • 20 min
    Gamer's Handbook of the Marvel Universe

    Gamer's Handbook of the Marvel Universe

    Make ours Marvel! This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we take a look at TSR’s massive, 8-volume compendium of Marvel comics lore, The Gamer’s Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1988-1992). They’re like a monster manual of superheroes and villains, some awesome, some doofy, some downright perplexing. They also amount to being an interesting in-universe history for one of the most important transitional times in the comics industry.
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    We got you covered with Noble Knight through September 14 with code ARCANA. Use it for 10% off purchases online and in store!
    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!

    • 24 min
    Of Shadows

    Of Shadows

    This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we travel down the darkened hedgerows of British folk magic traditions with a look at Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (2016), from Strange Attractor Press. As the title says, this is a collection of objects selected by photographer Sara Hannant that present in all their shadowy glory a kind of whirlwind tour of occult and folk traditions of the British Isles. Beautiful in its own right, we talk about the ways it might resonate for folks who play RPGs.
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    We got you covered with Noble Knight through September 14 with code ARCANA. Use it for 10% off purchases online and in store!
    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!

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

Jill Lloyd Flanagan ,

Very likeable short form podcast

Always fascinating, the vintage rpg podcast offers snippets of knowledge from the Host’s knowledge of role playing games. I wish they would do a few more long form episodes but honestly the show is perfect as is

Teem Dodger ,

Uninformed

These guys seem to not understand the Basic D&D set. There are wilderness rules, and rules for strongholds. I guess they think the Rules Cyclopedia is a different system? Also, it’s always suspect when someone says they spent lots and lots of money on a book because it looked pretty, and then they say it’s amazing. Like, of course you think so. You spent a lot of money. This doesn’t tell me anything.

ggggreencat ,

Concise, affectionate, well-chosen details.

These guys have an almost uncanny knack for introducing an RPG, giving it context, sharing a grounding anecdote or two, and then leaving room to feel excited about it without getting into the weeds. Joyous, brisk, and easy to listen to.

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