The Gygax Band Discusses Heavy Metal in Gaming – Ep 13

We chatted during this session with the Gygax Band to chat about their new album,  how they got started in D&D metal, and about the history of heavy metal in D&D!
In this gaming session, the Gygax Band Discusses Heavy Metal in Gaming!

Last time we sat down on the sofa, we chatted with the son of the legendary co-creator of D&D and owner of @GaryCon, Luke Gygax! This session, we have a whole new Gygax to chat with…the Gygax Band!!

Let’s hear from the members of the Gygax Band to chat about their new album, how they got started in D&D metal, and about the history of heavy metal in D&D!

Gygax [the band] was born from the ashes of Gypsyhawk by vocalist/bassist Eric Harris and guitarist Bryant Throckmorton. The band’s original lineup also includes guitarist Armand John Lizzy and drummer Justin Dempsey.

Named after Gary Gygax, the co-creator of role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Lyrics from “Lesser Magic”

How the mind of a man
can be swayed by the sleight of hand
Never once realized
witchery within the mind

Yeah!

Do not pay any heed to these blurring hands
There is nothing real in these shifting sands
Magick all abound of a lesser kind
Only as you seek will you surely find

Rituals to divine
Mesmerizing the passage of time
With sciamachy
Evoking the illusionary

Yeah!

Do not pay any heed to these blurring hands
There is nothing real in these shifting sands
Magick all abound of a lesser kind
Only as you seek will you surely find

Will you surely find
Hints of hidden signs
Power from inside

Do not pay any heed to these blurring hands
There is nothing real in these shifting sands
Magick all abound of a lesser kind
Only as you seek will you surely find

Do not pay any heed to these blurring hands
There is nothing real in these shifting sands
Magick all abound of a lesser kind
Only as you seek will you surely find

LAST CALL – The Rise of Boutique RPG Settings

Whether it’s Wendy’s or Old Spice, the the rise of boutique RPG settings has been an interesting thing to watch over the course of 2019.

Whether it's Wendy's  or Old Spice, the the rise of boutique RPG settings has been an interesting thing to watch over the course of 2019.
The rise of boutique RPG settings has been quite a phenomenon in 2019

Whether it’s Wendy’s or Old Spice, the the rise of boutique RPG settings has been an interesting thing to watch over the course of 2019. There have been several new settings, classes, and rules developed as marketing tools for various companies. They are clearly taking advantage of the recent rise in popularity of Dungeons & Dragons specifically, but role-playing games in general and the openness in which nerds of all varieties are finally able to talk about gaming without the huge stigma attached to it in the past.

In this Last Call, after chatting with Luke Gygax, we discuss how companies are using RPG as marketing material and how this could impact the industry. Is it really an effort to expand the hobby or is it just another marketing scheme?

Some of the companies that have been involved in marketing direct to role-playing gamers include:

What else have you seen that markets direct to gamers in a less-than-traditional way?

What are your thoughts on the whole thing?

Luke Gygax talks EVERYTHING Dungeons & Dragons – Ep 12

In this episode, Luke Gygax talks about Dungeons & Dragons, the history of the game and where he thinks role-playing games are headed in the future.

Everything Dungeons & Dragons with Luke Gygax

Last show we talked about the next generation of role-playing gamers. In this episode, Luke Gygax talks about Dungeons & Dragons, the history of the game and where he thinks role-playing games are headed in the future.

We discuss everything from the origins of the idea of a role-playing game in the late 1960s to the evolution of what it has become today. That and so much more. It is one thing to know the basic history behind role-playing games. It is entirely something else to get the names, dates, and anecdotes straight from the source.

We crammed everything we could into this 90 minute interview, so enjoy!

Sit back and enjoy an awesome ride with Luke Gygax as we talk EVERYTHING Dungeons & Dragons!

Luke Gygax is the son of Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax and literally grew up at the gaming table with the designers that founded the industry. He has authored several role-playing game accessories over his lifetime including Legion of Gold (TSR, Inc), The Blighted Lands series, and Plan B series (Good Omen Productions). He just finished a successful kickstarter for The Lost City of Gaxmoor 5e (Troll Lord Games) which will be delivered in the second quarter of 2020. 

Luke is best known for organizing Gary Con, a memorial game convention held in honor of his father. Located in Lake Geneva, WI where D&D was created, Gary Con attracts dozens of Guests and thousands of gamers. From the earliest days of role playing industry to the top designers developing the biggest games today.  Luke is active in the Los Angeles gaming community participating in streaming D&D games and interviews, and even hosting his own streaming event every July called Founders & Legends on Twitch.tv/GaryCon.  

Luke is a major with 30 years of service in the United States Army and he is currently serving as Deputy Commander for the 224th Sustainment Brigade whose motto is “The Dragonslayers”.