Episodes
Justin connects with Tristan Zimmerman to learn more about his shanty hunting RPG, appropriately named Shanty Hunters. Tristan is the writer behind the popular Molten Sulphur blog, which offers up real world historical inspiration for your gaming table, and in November he’s launching a kickstarter for a game that combines his loves of history, storytelling, and sailing. In Shanty Hunters, you set out to capture and return rogue sea shanties back to shore. Using the gumshoe engine, each...
Published 10/22/21
Six months after their fateful journey through the Titan Mountains, the Fathiel Siblings find themselves living in Thistle Hold and no closer to learning the fate of their parents. But unbeknownst to them, darkness is growing and something much greater than themselves will draw them into the fate of Ambria, Davokar, and all of Symbaroum… Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from the first act of the Wrath of the Warden campaign from Free League. Win a Copy of Symbaroum Free...
Published 10/19/21
It’s too late. It’s too late for the elves to stop it. It’s too late for the caravan to escape it. It’s too late for Bellun. It’s almost too late for Ludo. All they can do now is face the darkness and hope the light still still shine long enough to defeat The Blightborn. Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. Abominations can not be reasoned with. They exist only to devour the living. They will never...
Published 10/12/21
Justin connects with Pete and Mitch from Imagining Games to talk all about their latest creation, the Chew role playing game! Chew is an award winning comic book written by John Laymen and drawn by Rob Guillory. It's absurd, it's dramatic, it's grim. As Pete puts it, it's The Wire meets The Boys at the bottom of a bucket of chicken. As fans of the comics Pete and Mitch now have the opportunity to bring this game to your gaming table. They share all about what this world is, if you're...
Published 10/08/21
The confession has been tabled and the Iron Pact reveals themselves. It will be up to the caravan and it’s defenders to decide the fate of their cursed pathfinders. But when the Iron Pact tells them the price one pays for breaking their rules, will the cost be too high to pay? Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. The threat of darkness and corruption is ever present. The church, the wizards, and the...
Published 10/05/21
Content warning: this week's episode deals with conversations of child abuse and racism with topics including Canada's residential schools and the 60's Scoop. This week we welcome back one of our co-founders, Mike Ashkewe, to hear him tell his story about where he's come from and where he's going. September 30th has been marked in Canada as National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, so we've decided to dedicate this episode to Mike's story. Along with being the creator and host of This...
Published 09/30/21
The Sunstone has been recovered and the path through the mountains laid clear but outside forces march towards the caravan and a darkness growing within will threaten the safety of everyone… Spoiler warning: This episode includes content from The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. This high up into the mountains everyone must work together to gather supplies and enough wood to keep the fire going and to stay warm. But be on your guard for beasts, and other...
Published 09/28/21
We welcome Kimberly Dewing who takes us Behind the Screen of a special game they ran for their on-going D&D gaming group. Wanting to do something special for spooky season, Kimberly only had to look to their shelf of boardgames for inspiration. When the players arrived for their game of D&D they were instead greeted with a candlelit table and a box of Betrayal at the House on the Hill. What followed was a memorable, scary, and novel game of D&D that Kimberly and her group talk...
Published 09/24/21
With passage secured the trio must now begin the perilous journey through the Titans. But when an item key to the caravan’s survival is stolen, the task will fall to them to track it down before the mountains claim more victims. Spoiler warning: This episode follows the first chapter in The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. In order to reach the queen city of Yndaros you must first complete passage through The Titans. In order to survive the long cold...
Published 09/21/21
Justin connects with Panny and Aled from Leyline Press who are currently kickstarting their very first product, a module for Mothership entitled, "Andromeda". Andromeda is a sci-fi horror setting that takes place in a station of the same name and the physical book itself is printed with special ink that will reflect UV light, a UV flashlight is also included if you back them on Kickstarter. Panny and Aled will share with us how they came to love tabletop, and OSR style games specifically,...
Published 09/17/21
Two siblings and their guide set out to cross the Titan mountains to reach a new promised land. At a campfire in the caravan camp strangers meets to share their stories… Spoiler warning: This episode follows the first chapter in The Promised Land adventure included in the Symbaroum core rulebook. The Dark War ended twenty years ago but the land of Alberator lies in waste. Following direction from their Queen Korinthia, the survivors have migrated north of the Titan mountain range into a...
Published 09/14/21
A new season of Terrible Warriors is about to begin. Before we start our game of Symbaroum, allow us to introduce you to the players who will bring our campaign to life. Patreon Supporters Can Listen Early Patreon supporters who are donating more than $5 each month can listen to the first story episode now, and will have early access every week for the duration of this campaign! Find out more by visiting patreon.com/terriblewarriors Our players are Mitch Wallace, Sean Horbatiuk,...
Published 09/07/21
We return to one of our favourite settings to create characters in the world of Eddy Webb’s Pugmire You may recall that we played this game back in season three with our Edmonton crew but even today I still find people who have never heard of this wild game about dog people going on adventures. Today I get to introduce the world of Pugmire to Kieran Bennet, from For Crits & Giggles, and our very own Jo Drummond and they get to introduce to their very Good Dogs! Keep up to date...
Published 06/25/21
Justin connects with Erwan Roudaout, junior producer at Six More Vodka and one of the makers behind Degenesis: Rebirth to talk about the history of Degenesis and changes they’ve made to their business model to ensure a long and lasting future for the series. Degenesis has an almost mythic reputation among those who play it. It’s art is beautiful, it’s presentation is stunning, and it’s world fully engrossing. So how accessible is it to new players? Is now a good time to jump into the...
Published 06/11/21
Justin connects with Mitch Wallace, co-founder of Penny for a Tale and one of the team leads behind Necrobiotic, which is currently in it’s final week on Kickstarter. Necrobiotic is a macabre dystopian setting where the dead outnumber the living and in order to farm enough food to survive society turns to their corpses, reanimates them as automaton constructs, and sends them out to work. Necrobiotic is also a tabletop RPG that chooses to use a deck of cards to generate characters and...
Published 06/02/21
We complete our Session Zero journey into the world of Dune: Adventures in the Imperium and get to know the three agents of House Iosys. Special thanks to Modiphius for sending us a copy of Dune: Adventures in the Imperium. You can find more information at Modiphius.com or on their DriveThruRPG listing. And also check out all the wonderful offerings at CGMagonline.com to learn all the latest in gaming and entertainment, CGM has been kind enough to host our podcast on their website...
Published 05/28/21
Our next Session Zero takes us across the Known Universe to seek out a home among the countless worlds of the Imperium so that we may create a noble house worthy of claiming the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. Yup, we’re examining Modiphius’ Dune: Adventures in the Imperium! Next week we’ll be back for Part Two of our Dune Session Zero where Brendan, Sean, and Justin will finally create their characters in Dune: Adventures in the Imperium. The sleeper will awaken! Special...
Published 05/21/21
Justin reconnects with Matthew Orr from Wet Ink Games as well as his business partner, and brother-in-law, Brandon Aten to learn more about Never Going Home, the amazing year they’ve had since GenCon2019, and the release of their new Campaign Dossiers. For everything Never Going Home and other games by Wet Ink Games visit wetinkgames.com You can also find their entire collection by visiting DriveThruRPG at: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9148/Wet-Ink-Games Or at Indie Press...
Published 05/14/21
Justin connects with Mattias Lilja, co-creator and writer with Symbaroum to discuss bringing their award winning setting to 5e. New Rules, Same World Free League Games has just launched Symbaroum for 5e on kickstarter and have set to translate their work of the dark forest into the more familiar mainstream ruleset. In our discussion we talk about Mattias’ history with playing Dungeons & Dragons to forming a publishing company to make games of his own. We later go over the...
Published 05/05/21
There’s wolves in them there woods but it’s those very same woods you have to get through to reach the next town over if you want to try their new brew, but you better pay off your chicken race debts before you leave! Under Hill By Water, by Josh McCrowell, is a game all about playing halflings in a small village who just want to live their lives in quiet and peace. Well… not too much quiet. They’re peaceful but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. In our second episode we help Lana pay off...
Published 04/30/21
For our first actual play adventure in over a year we've settled on playing a game that's all about having no adventures, thank you very much. Under Hill By Water, by Josh McCrowell, is a game all about playing halflings in a small village who just want to live their lives in quiet and peace. In our first episode we find out who our halfling characters will be, name the village and it's tavern, and populate the map with all manner of NPCs, meeting halls, and a guild. Welcome to...
Published 04/22/21
Welcome to our first attempt at going Behind the Screen, a more one-on-one conversation where Justin shares some tips and stories from his years running tabletop games. In our inaugural Behind the Screen, Justin shares the background story to his Sweetwater Bank campaign he created for 5th Edition D&D while he was hired to run games at Toronto’s Storm Crow Manor. The Challenge Justin had several challenges going into making this campaign. Primarily it needed to be able to...
Published 04/09/21
Session Zero returns as we journey into the Dark Forest of Davokar and are introduced to the world of Symbaroum. “Twilight Falls, Davokar Darkens” Symbaroum is a game that has been on my short list since I came into contact with it at GenCon 2019. I had seen it being offered by Free League and new that it had origins originally as a game only available in Swedish but I foolishly set it aside at the time as yet-another-sword-and-sorcery-rpg. Then I got to meet Mattias Johnsson Haake, who I...
Published 04/02/21
Justin connects with Daniel Kwan from the ENnie award winning Asians Represent! to talk about his actual play, Dungeons & Da Asians, and his recent writing work for Candlekeep Mysteries Teacher Daniel started off using Dungeons & Dragons as a teaching tool a The ROM, a museum in Toronto, where he used the game as a platform to energize kids imaginations to educate them on the different subjects available at the museum. From there he was invited to conventions like Breakout, where he...
Published 03/18/21
Production Note: We ran into technical difficulties with the record of Justin’s voice and were only able to recover a backup recording of his voice taken from a different microphone. Thanks for understanding and we’ll return to sounding like polished gems next week. We take a departure from meeting those who make our games to those who make our gaming tools. Justin connects with Anthony Sabatino the co-creator and composer behind the immersive tabletop music app, Tabletop Tunes. Music For...
Published 03/10/21