At this point, it’s pretty clear my favorite podcast about role-playing games is Role Playing Public Radio. There’s a certain factor of attrition in there, as some shows faded away and I unsubscribed from others, but RPPR’s been there, practically from when they were posting dramatizations of Ab3’s actual play rants.
The form has changed over the year, as the regular RPPR crew expanded to include more than Ross and Tom, but the ethos and sensibility remain intact. Check ’em out!
Role Playing Public Radio boasts an embarrassment of riches from GenCon this year. In addition to their own wrap-up episode, where you can see the very impressive banner that called listeners to the meetup, they captured Diversity in Gaming from the staff of Paizo and the Campaign Doctors. I’m looking forward to hearing Luke Crane vehemently disagree with almost everything Caleb says.
And because that’s not enough, host of RPPR Ross Payton produces Unspeakable!, where you will find two GenCon panels on Delta Green. I particularly dug “Lovecraft Meets Tradecraft,” which was half Q&A and half reminiscing among the Delta Green luminaries Glancy, Stolze, Detwiller, Ivey and Hite.
Role Playing Public Radio first came to my attention, I think, through their audio skit adaptations of RPG.net poster Ab3’s stories about the off-the-wall crew with whom he used to roleplay. Take, for example, the archetypal tale Achy Breaky Mythos.
It’s been a very amusing ride since then. The two hosts of the show, Ross and Tom, have an amiably antagonistic relationship. While both have dry senses of humor, Tom’s is characterized by a kind of po-faced lunacy, as can be heard in the regular segment A Letter from Tom, wherein he may wax poetic about illithid or the awful depths to which his character descended in a particular game. Straight man Ross does his best to bear up in spite of it all.
The topics span the spectrum, usually with an eye to helpful GM advice, although there have been episodes directed towards players as well. There’s a strong bias towards modern and horror gaming — both have strong Call of Cthulhu backgrounds, and Ross is a contributor to the Monsters and Other Childish Things line with Curriculum of Conspiracy.
In addition to their audio plays, RPPR also has an impressive of actual play recordings. Right now a Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition campaign called The New World is in progress — which itself spawned a ransomed PDF supplement. Past highlights include a Call of Cthulhu scenario played at Gencon called Dig to Victory! and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, adapted from the L. Frank Baum novel.
The show sounds good, the hosts’ banter keeps things lively and the topics are varied and interesting — albeit sometimes just for how differently Tom or Ross sees something than I do. Episodes can be played directly from the website, as well as downloaded there or from iTunes. Check them out soon.