D&D and the Satanic Panic of the 1980s – Ep 21

The “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s was a time in which many people across the US (and perhaps the world) were fearful of the effects playing Dungeons & Dragons might have on their children.

The “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s was a time in which many people across the US (and perhaps the world) were fearful of the effects playing Dungeons & Dragons might have on their children. Specifically, would playing D&D turn them into Satan-worshipping murder hobos…in the literal sense. The Couch Wizards unpack this entire ridiculous notion and lay it all out.

Alex Kammer – Best and Worst D&D Modules – Ep 19

In this episode, we meet with Alex Kammer, game designer, Gamehole Con owner, and lover of tacos.

In our last episode we discussed tips with Thomas Koch on how to stream your D&D game . In this episode, we meet with Alex Kammer, game designer, Gamehole Con owner, and lover of tacos. We wanted to talk about the best and worst D&D modules published in the last 4 decades – and who better to cover this topic than the man who has, well, all of them!

Tell us in the comments what your most favorite and most reviled D&D modules are – we’d love to hear from you!

Game designer, thousandaire, collector, taco eater – Alex Kammer is a fancy lad who does as little as possible, but it always seems like it is too much.

His most recent big 5e book is Sea King’s Malice from Frog God Games, but you should not read it because it is scary. You will never get in the tub nor be able to look a jellyfish in the eyes again. He is the Director/Owner of some show called Gamehole Con and is one of the owners of True Dungeon. Finally, Alex really really likes D&D, like a lot – really to the point of not being reasonable or healthy about it.

Thomas Koch – Quests & Chaos – A Glimpse Behind the Stream – Ep 18

Last show we took a step away from Dungeons & Dragons and explored another popular RPG called Savage Worlds with its creator, Shane Hensley. On this show, we delve into something a little more technical in our chat and get a glimpse behind the stream – the D&D stream, that is – with Dungeon Master Thomas Koch of the Quests & Chaos YouTube Channel.

On this episode, we get a glimpse behind the stream - the D&D stream, that is - with Dungeon Master Thomas Koch of the Quests & Chaos YouTube Channel.
Thomas Koch of the Quests & Chaos YouTube Channel

Last show we took a step away from Dungeons & Dragons and explored another popular RPG called Savage Worlds with its creator, Shane Hensley. On this show, we delve into something a little more technical in our chat and get a glimpse behind the stream – the D&D stream, that is – with Dungeon Master Thomas Koch of the Quests & Chaos YouTube Channel.

Thomas and the Wizards chat extensively about what exactly goes into making a successful stream, what their show is and isn’t, and why so many who are attempting to make a name for themselves are not successful (like, you know, us! lol)

Thomas Koch is one of the founders of Quests & Chaos, a Tabletop RPG and board game steaming channel. Koch DMs a D&D stream called Chaos Agents, as well as hosting board game play-throughs and reviews. 

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”.

Ep 10 – How Art has influenced Role-Playing Games with Sara Frazetta

Sara Frazetta, the founder of FrazettaGirls.com and grand-daughter of legendary artist, Frank Frazzeta, joins the Wizards of the Couch to discuss how role-playing games have influenced role-playing games, and the fantasy and sci-fi communities in general.

Listen to how Frank found himself in the art world, and Sara’s take on why role-playing games have had such an amazing resurgence in the last 5 years.

From https://frazettagirls.com >> FRAZETTA GIRLS, LLC WAS FOUNDED IN 2013 BY FRANK FRAZETTA’S FAMILY WITH AN ULTIMATE GOAL; TO BRAND THE LEGACY OF FANTASY ARTIST, FRANK FRAZETTA! THROUGH ORIGINAL ART EXHIBITIONS, LICENSING WITH LIFESTYLE BRANDS AND IN-HOUSE MERCHANDISING, THE FRAZETTA GIRLS BRAND CONTINUES TO GROW WORLDWIDE.

Ep 08 – The Importance of Storytelling with Jim Pinto

Have Gamemaster’s lost control of their tables? Storyteller and prolific RPG creator, Jim Pinto, joins us on the wizard’s couch to have a raucous conversation around meeting player expectations, how gamemasters have lost control of their tables, what makes a good storyteller, and SO MUCH MORE. Join us for this awesome great time!

Jim’s current project – https://postworldgames.com/

Ep 07 – Worldbuilding Tips with Wolfgang Baur

In this episode on the Wizard’s Couch, we sit down to have a beer with Wolfgang Baur of Kobold Press (and TSR, among many other accolades) and discuss his background in the hobby, how long he’s been working on Midgard, and we all come up with some EXCELLENT tips for you to use when you are building YOUR campaign world!

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Ep 06 – Freelancing in Role-Playing Games with Stephen Radney-MacFarland and Beth Damis

Sit down with the Wizards of the Couch, Beth Damis of Penny Arcade, and Stephen Radney-MacFarland, freelancer and creator of the Delve RPG for deep dive into how to be a successful freelancer in the role–playing game community.

Interested in learning more about Penny Arcade, Acquisitions Incorporated, or the Delve RPG? Here you go!

http://www.acq-inc.com/
https://delve-rpg.com/

Ep 05 – Storytelling in your Role-Playing Game with Jon Messenger

Join the Wizards of the Couch on an epic journey of storytelling and adventure! In this episode we are joined by author Jon Messenger – the creator and progenitor of many books, but most recently of the Magic & Machinery series – a Sherlock Holmes-type story in a world of steampunk and magic.

Join the Wizards of the Couch on an epic journey of storytelling and adventure! In this episode we are joined by author Jon Messenger – the creator and progenitor of many books, but most recently of the Magic & Machinery series – a Sherlock Holmes-type story in a world of steampunk and magic.

The wizards discuss with Jon on how to string thoughts and ideas together into a cohesive story line AND describe all the work that goes into creating a good story for your role-playing game.

About Jon Messenger: For more than a decade, I have found a cathartic passion in artistic endeavors.  I’ve tried my hand at painting (which ended when my “moon” was fondly compared to a 2-year-olds version of the Death Star) and woodworking (at which point I realized I should not be allowed around power tools), before finally settling on writing.  Over the past decade my writing has gained a certain level of complexity and maturity, which is a direct result of my own maturing while serving in the United States Army.  I’m now an Army Major with multiple combat and humanitarian deployments.  I’ve found a balance in my writing between the realism of war (as seen in the Brink of Distinction series), difficulties of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (as seen in Rage), and the complexities of maintaining relationships (which is prevalent in all my writing).

I encourage you to explore my writing and the inner workings of my mind.  As always, I am forever open to you, as a reader, to ask questions and get brutally honest answers in return.

If you are interested in finding out more information about me or my writing, please contact me at the links above or below.