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Save or Die Podcast / Re: DMs Mike & Liz return to the Gag Men?
« on: March 11, 2016, 07:29:30 PM »
Hey Longfoot,

Its a two part show, with part 2 getting more into the nitty gritty of the module and its possible reskinning for lower levels. Warning! While there are some good ideas the storyline we were given is a bit silly. ;)

DM (Good at rolling with the punches...or "Duck"ing them) Mike

Save or Die Podcast / Re: DMs Mike & Liz return to the Gag Men?
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:25:11 PM »
Hmmm. I dunno, I'll have to email doug at ntxrpgcon.com won't I? :D

Seriously, while its a great idea I don't have a web cam so I'd be dependent on the con guys to provide something. I'll be at the NTXRPGC minicon next Sat and will ask them there.

Pity you can't make it this year, but there's always next year! Also, Rose City ComiCon should be closer to your part of the country?

DM (Good at running a joke into the ground) Mike

Save or Die Podcast / DMs Mike & Liz return to the Gag Men?
« on: March 09, 2016, 09:04:33 PM »
DMs Mike and Liz continue their running tour of podcasts during the hiatus by joining the Gag Men Corbett, Dave, and Michael to talk about the pros and cons of the classic AD&D module Tomb of Horrors. Thrills, chills, and duck jokes galore as they try to make  the tomb a 1st to 3rd level adventure?



DM (Good at touring the podcasts) Mike

Save or Die Podcast / DM Liz and Mike on Nerds Eye View
« on: February 23, 2016, 11:32:19 AM »
During this short hiatus of Save or Die, if you need your dose of DMs Liz and Mike check out episode 12 of the Nerds Eye View podcast on astronet radio! We spend an hour with the primo nerd Eric himself and talk about tabletop gaming in general and D&D in particular.


DM (Good at wandering around to other podcasts during the hiatus) Mike

Save or Die Podcast / Re: Save or Die on Hiatus
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:59:26 PM »
Actually Longfoot, the next recording we'd planned to do prior to the decision for the hiatus was SFH on Gamma World. We'll probably do a SoD first once we get back, but SFH is not stillborn. Just cooking a bit longer than expected. ;)

DM (Good at cooking?) Mike

General Discussion / Re: Can you beleive this?
« on: February 18, 2016, 12:20:31 PM »
Yeah, best of luck in recovery Mojo!

DM (Good at sympathy) Mike

Don't feel bad Dizzy, Liz is far more active on FB than me...and she missed 'em too! ;)

DM (Good at leaving FB to his wife) Mike

Good show, though I miss Nick, Sal, Matt's input. ;)

I know I'm kinda OS in my use of the "Internets" but I hadn't heard these controversies before. I assume they're mostly FB or G+?

I knew a guy back in the late 1990s that had charged to DM when he lived in Greece, but I never knew if the amount he charged was worth the effort. <shrug> I can't see doing it myself, but if someone can do it and have people return to his table to pay to play then more power to them. <shrug>

Like Dizzy I'd like to support my local FLGS but since I tend to mostly buy OSR product the support can't be anything but marginal. Fortunately my local store is also a comic book store so Liz can support without us buying the latest and greatest RPG product.

KS is a two edged sword. For small to mid level publishers its a Godsend because they don't have to risk investing in a product that might not sell. They know right out the gate if there's demand for a product or not. On the other hand it does open up the doors to fraud <cough Ken W. cough!> but its the nature of the beast. In fact if you look at old RPG/Wargame mags from the 70s and 80s you can see a similar problem with either preordering product that never appears or buying "lifetime" subscriptions to mags that go out of business in a year or two.  SPI was bad about this and they were the second largest publisher of Wargames in the 1970s and one of the big 3 in RPGs in the late 70s-early 80s.

I will agree that thanks to the Interwebbies its probably a bigger $$$ in the loss due to fraud but the concept (and danger) isn't that new.

DM (Good at avoiding lifetime subs to anything) Mike

General Discussion / Re: A New Old Treasure!
« on: February 10, 2016, 01:39:53 PM »
Hey, any game that gives stats for Satan and Jesus has to be worth at least a look, right? ;)

DM (Good at statting...God?) Mike

Classic D&D / Re: My Top 5 Favorite B/X Adventure Modules
« on: February 09, 2016, 01:19:43 PM »
Ok, first thing...I'm cheating. I've got two JGs and one Dragon mag adventure below. ;)

5. City State of the Invincible Overlord
THE home base for any party starting out their adventures. If you don't have Portown or a keep, then go with this.

4. Chapel of Silence (from Dragon mag #50)
I don't know what it is, but this one is great for open convention gaming. I esp. like the "silence" bit, but admit its hard to impose at the table.

3.   Frontier Forts of Kelnor (JG)
Sort of the ruined fort version of B1, complete with 25mm scale maps and tables galore to make an adventure in 10 minutes with dice. This was the first adventure I played in, and so it has a special spot in my heart.

2. B2
Like stated above, its not only iconic but very flexible.

1. Sample Dungeon from Holmes Basic
I've run this with both Basic and AD&D and works well. First encounter I had with the now traditional underground river!

DM (Good at JG-ing the list) Mike

General Discussion / Re: A New Old Treasure!
« on: February 08, 2016, 04:48:01 PM »
If you ever give it a try, let us know how it goes. I tried running a campaign of it back in 1981-2 and all I can remember is that we eventually gave up after 2 months because of the rules. I need to reread it again and see where we went wrong. ;)

DM (Good at remembering....stuff) Mike

General Discussion / Re: Using Basic, Expert and Advanced Interchangeably
« on: February 05, 2016, 12:43:58 PM »
But.....TACO!?!? ;)

Yup, same here. I guess we “knew” there were differences but except for one player <sigh> we didn’t sweat the small stuff. Like I noted on SoD, I don’t know any gamer personally that didn’t run Keep on the Borderlands with AD&D at one time or another.

Like Robert said, we were probably running as much Holmes with 1E trappings as “pure” AD&D 1E.

DM (Good at enjoying an occasional TACO) Mike

Save or Die Podcast / Re: Save or Die on Hiatus
« on: February 03, 2016, 02:35:59 PM »
Thanks for the kind words guys, it is appreciated!

As for new OSR product reviews, you should bug the publisher to send us a review copy if you want something reviewed. Its hard eough to keep up with the classic stuff ($$$) and we don't have a budget to do the show or anything. ;)

DM (Good at pinching his pennies) Mike

Save or Die Podcast / Save or Die on Hiatus
« on: February 02, 2016, 05:48:06 PM »

Dear fans of Save or Die,

We Dmigoes have always done our best to keep the community informed of events here at SoD headquarters, especially if there are any hiccups to our schedule. In this regard, we have to say that the Podcast will be on hiatus until sometime in March 2016. We will do our best to get back on schedule at that time, and if the delay is longer we will certainly keep you apprised of the situation.

We hate to do this, but we’ve all had sudden obligations that curtail our participation in the Podcast for the next few weeks. Between Liz’s voice acting classes, Jim’s work on GaryCon and MCC, and Mike’s recent additional load of classes we just can’t meet the schedule we’ve tried to keep up over the past couple of years.

Fear not, this is NOT the end of Save or Die…Just a small break. Thank you all for your loyalty to our Podcast and we look forward to sending you our thoughts (and Mike’s “Bah!”s!) soon.

The Dmigoes
DM Mike, DM Liz, DM Jim

Mojo, just ambushed by a wight. Nothing exciting. ;)

Dizzy, Jim got a new big-time microphone that was much better than ours. Thing is, it was SO good it was picking up all sorts of weirdness I'm afraid. :(

DM (Good at killing PCs, mostly) Mike

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