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Talking TableTop Podcast

by Jim McClure

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Talking TableTop is a weekly interview style podcast created for tabletop gamers. We talk with industry leaders to find out what makes them tick. Our goal is to celebrate this incredible community of people and offer an avenue for collaboration between ourselves, this community, and those pushing tabletop innovation.


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63. John Adamus

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Mar 21, 2017


This episode features John Adamus. A long time member of the RPG community and industry, John is preparing to launch his very first kickstarter for his game Noir World. During this interview we talk about life, health, and the reality of making your dreams come true.

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62. James and Kat

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


This episode of Talking Tabletop features James and Kat, the matriarch and patriarch of One Shot. We discuss what it is like working together in a creative environment, and their unique relationship.

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Satanic Panic Episode 14 - Invasion

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


The team was just getting to the bottom of their many mysteries when there was a knocking at the door, or rather an explosion at the elevator. An old friend has come to pay the agents a visit....

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61. Shane Harsch

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Feb 14, 2017


This episode features Shane Harsch of Legendsmith. During the interview we discuss how he got inot gaming, what he is doing with Legendsmith, and his projects Narosia and NOVA6.

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Satanic Panic Episode 13 - Revelations

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Feb 14, 2017


The team returns to the TPS headquarters with an new prisoner in the mad doctor they nicked from the stronghold. However, the interrogation of the doctor raises more questions than answers.

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Satanic Panic Episode 12 - Heavy Weapons

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 31, 2017


The team is in the midst of the TSR Stronghold. The only thing they have to help them... is a warehouse worth of machine guns. And mechanics! So many game mechanics!

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60. Eric Simon

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 31, 2017


This episode features Eric Simon the designer of Rockalypse. During the interview we talk about the game, his other project Steamscapes, and what it was like leaving the day job to do RPGs full time.

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Satanic Panic Episode 11 - Doctors and Demons

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 24, 2017


As the team infiltrates the TSR stronghold new information comes to light about the cooky old doctor and what resides inside Alexander. Also the team gets a potty mouth.

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Satanic Panic Episode 10 - The Doctor

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Thu, Jan 19, 2017


The team is on the outskirts of a TSR stronghold. While loaded down with the most guns they could possible carry, they decide to test the bounds of geographic reality.

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Satanic Panic Episode 9 - Georgia

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 10, 2017


In the aftermath of Inspector Acht's visit to the agency, Burt Macklin goes into business for himself. A few well placed lies, with the help a supportive superior officer, and the team is on its way to a TSR stronghold.

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Satanic Panic Episode 8 - Inspector Acht

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 03, 2017


The team returns from their mission out to Talawanda High school only to come under fire from a brand new threat. They must defend themselves from an inter-office investigation.

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59. Quinn Wilson

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 03, 2017


This Episode features Quinn Wilson of the Swallows of the South podcast. During this interview we discuss how his brother got him into tabletop, what it is like introducing new people to lore-dense games, and his efforts to expand the inclusiveness of the tabletop community.

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Satanic Panic Bonus Episode - Howard's Birthday

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 27, 2016


The team has been roped into a mission all of them have been dreading, attending Howard's birthday party.

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Satanic Panic Episode 7 - The Demon

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


The team has tracked the source of the demon to the basement of Talawanda high school, but this basement hold more secrets then anyone expected.

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58. Dan of Fear the Boot Part 2

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 20, 2016


This episode of part two of Jim's interview with Dan of Fear the Boot. During this interview they discuss video games, RPG's with Meta-plots, and the future of Fear the Boot.

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Satanic Panic Episode 6 - Room 204

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 13, 2016


Face with a possessed girl in the middle of a high school cafeteria the team takes drastic action to try and isolate the situation. However, unforeseen circumstances make this task far harder than anyone expected...

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Satanic Panic Episode 5 - Amy

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 06, 2016


After a harrowing engagement with a TSR Agent in Middletown Ohio the team is sent out to Talawanda High school on reports of a demon possessed girl. The insertion method of choice? 80's fashion and bad radio DJs.

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Satanic Panic Bonus Episode

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


On this special bonus episode of Satanic Panic, Dr Kessler, Alexander, and Macklin return from a botched mission and must try and talk their way out of a debriefing with Glen Dotson.

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57. Dan of Fear the Boot - Part 1

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


This episode is part 1 of a conversation with Dan, the originator of the Fear the Boot podcast. Fear the Boot is the longest running tabletop podcast and during this interview Dan talks about how it got started, his early days in tabletop, and his daily struggles this mental illness and abuse.

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Satanic Panic Episode 4 - The Agent

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 22, 2016


The comic store has been cleared, but Middletown Ohio is not safe yet. Alexander is in a bad way and trouble is brewing on the outskirts of town. One last basement to investigate, one last piece of information to be found, and one new agent added to the mix.

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Satanic Panic Episode 3 - The Sampson Family

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 15, 2016


A body was found in the basement of Open Page Comics, and an ominous sign carved into it's chest, "THAC0". The agents set up an interesting sting operating utilizing a complex market strategy for the store in an effort to find more information about the goings on in Middletown Ohio.

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Satanic Panic Episode 2 - Open Page Comics

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 08, 2016


The team is sent out to Middletown Ohio to handle an outbreak of tabletoppers in the local community. They find their biggest rival in an antagonistic quartermaster and a metalhead that runs a comic book shop.

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56. James Introcaso

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 08, 2016


This episode features James Introcaso. James is an ENnie award winning blogger, podcaster, and all around amazing person. During this show we talk about his early days in gaming, how he got into podcasting and blogging, and what it was like to win his first ENnie.

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Satanic Panic Episode 1 - Tabletoppers

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 01, 2016


The team of Dr Courtney Kessler, Alexander Ray, and Burt Macklin are sent on an operation in Ohio to handle a rouge group of tabletop players. They will have to deal with the dangerous of an unknown basement, an over-oppressive boss, the local librarian Eunice, and their own dysfunctions to keep the world safe from evil.

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55. Keith Baker

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Oct 25, 2016


This episode features Keith Baker the original writer of the Eberron setting for Dungeons and Dragons. During this interview we talk about his time as an MMO game designer, the design philosophies behind Phoenix Dawn Command, and his general love of tabletop RPGs.

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54. Jeff Barber

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Oct 11, 2016


This episode features Jeff Barber of Biohazard Publishing. Jeff is a game designer that made the Origins Award nominated game, Blue Planet. Now after many years away Jeff has come back to game design with his new game Upwind. During this interview we talk about Blue Planet, Jeff's long hiatus from game design, and the differences between publishing today and publishing in the 90's.

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53. Jim McClure Part 2

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Sep 27, 2016


This episode feature part 2 of the interview with Talking TableTop host Jim McClure. In this episode he talks about the story of how he came to join One Shot, the inception of Third Act Publishing, and he answers the hard questions he always puts his guests through.

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52. Jim McClure

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


On this episode of Talking TableTop the co-host becomes the... co-shot as Jim McClure is the one getting interviewed by Chirs of the Misdirected Mark Podcast. During this part one of the interview, Jim discusses his two different origin stories for tabletop, the genesis of the show, and many stories from his past.

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51. One Year Anniversary

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Sep 06, 2016


This episode is the one year anniversary of Talking TableTop and it features extra "after hours" interviews from past co-hosts of the show. In this episode we hear from Chirs Hussy, John Goodenough, John Wick, Shanna Germain, Grant Howitt, and Monte Cook.

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50. Matt Forbeck

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Aug 30, 2016


This show features Matt Forbeck, a game developer, freelance writer, video game writer, and novelist for over 30 years. If there has been a game product, chances are Matt has worked on it or knows someone who has. During this interview we talk about him launching his first gaming magazine when he was 16, moving to the UK to land a job in the games industry, writing 12 novels in a year, and his involvement with the Diana Jones awards.

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49. Chris Hussy

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


This weeks show features Chris Hussy. Chris is a member of the Fear the Boot Podcast, an RPG writer, and film maker. During this interview we discuss his time as a writer, what it was like running two failed kickstarters, and about his latest project, a star wars movie.

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48. Jim Crocker

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Aug 16, 2016


This episode features Jim Crocker. He is a brick and mortar game store owner that has been in the retail side of the game business for over a decade. During this show we talk about what it is like to run a game store, the changes in the RPG industry, and his involvement in Indie Games on Demand.

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47. Hans Cummings

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Aug 09, 2016


This episode features Hans Cummings. Hans is a tabletop player, blogger, novelist, and the submission coordinator for the ENnie awards. During this interview we talk about some of his past projects like running the same module in ever edition of D&D, what it is like organizing the ENnie awards, and the nature of novel publishing in the 21st century.

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46. Evan Torner

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Aug 02, 2016


This episode features Evan Torner. Evan is an RPG organizer for Games on Demand, and a game designer that has been in the hobby for over 20 years. During this interview we talk about the evolution of games, how academia and game design interact, and some of his personal philosophies on the subject.

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45. Rich Rogers

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jul 26, 2016


This show features Rich Rogers. Rich is a veteran podcaster, youtuber, tabletop gaming, and all around awesome person. During this interview we talk about what podcasting was like a during its infancy, how content creation has changed and evolved over the last decade, his love of Powered by the Apocalypse games, and we both just kind of nerd out about our love of tabletop.

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44. Tobie Abad

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jul 19, 2016


This episode features Tobie Abad. Tobie is a game designer from the Philippines that has worked on projects like A Single Moment, Sound of Water, Queer Gaymers, and 7th Sea Second Edition. During this interview we talk about what it was like getting into RPGs in the Philippines and the types of games he enjoys designing.

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43. Mark Diaz Truman

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jul 12, 2016


This episode features Mark Diaz Truman the owner of Magpie Games, a company that has made such amazing games as Our Last Best Hope, Masks, and Bluebeard's Bride. During this interview we discuss Mark's on-again off-again past with RPGs, his personal designing philosophies, and the details of what it is like to run the largest RPG kickstarter ever in 7th Sea.

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42. John Arcadian

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jul 05, 2016


This episode features John Arcadian. John is the Chief Gnome in residence at Gnome stew. During this interviews we discuss John's early days in RGPs, the bloody coup that resulted in him being the head Gnome, and what he thinks the future of tabletop content will look like.

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41. Nolan T Jones

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jun 28, 2016


This episode features Nolan T Jones. Nolan is one of the founding members of roll20, the world's largest online tabletop platform. During this interview with talk about the genesis of roll20, the early days of kickstarter, and anime, oh so much anime.

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40. Talking with Jason Pitre

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jun 14, 2016


This episode features Jason Pitre, an origins award winning game designer that has made games like The Spark RPG, Sig: The City Between, and Pasthuman Pathways. During this interview we talk about how he got into game design, trying to find an artistic voice, and the politeness of being a Canadian.

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39. Adam Kobel

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jun 07, 2016


This episode features Adam Kobel. Adam is best known as the co-creator of the Dungeon World RPG and as the host of various showss including being Roll20's GM in residence. During this interview we talk about his love of black metal, the inception of Dungeon World, how the gaming industry is evolving, and the future of RPG entertainment.

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38. DM Mitch

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, May 31, 2016


This episode features DM Mitch from the DMs Block Podcast. For those not familiar with DM's block, it is an RPG advice podcast where they present ideas and information to help DMs grow in the hobby. During this interview we discuss how Mitch got into podcasting, what it is like providing DM advice to the internet, and we share some of our favorite game stories.

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37. Will Hindmarch

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, May 24, 2016


This episode features Will Hindmarch. Will is an accomplished tabletop game writer and designer that has over fifty credits to his name while working on projects for Atlas Games, White Wolf, and his own company Gameplaywrite. During this interview we have an in dept discussion about Will's approach to game design, what it was like in the industry when he got started and how its changed over the last decade, and running projects through crowd funding.

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36. James Michael Spahn

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, May 17, 2016


This episode features James Michael Spahn. He is a freelance writer and game designer that has worked on The One Ring RPG, Swards and Wizardry, and has published his own game White Star. During this interview we discuss his early years in gaming, his growth in the RPG development world, and his passion for writing about Lord of the Rings. This interview gets very emotional at times, even for Talking Tabletop

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35. Shanna Germain

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, May 10, 2016


This episode features a very special guest in Shanna Germain. Shanna is most well known as the co-owner of Monte Cook games and her amazing work on games like Numenera and No Thank You Evil. During this episode we discuss how she got into gaming, her passion for writing, her career as an EMT, what it was like professionally writing erotic, how she met Monte Cook, and the genesis of Monte Cook Games.

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34. Talking with John Goodenough

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, May 03, 2016


On this episode Is John Goodenough, A game developer for AEG. During this interview we talk about the sate of the publishing industry, what it is like being a full time game designer, and an interesting phenomenon called publisher speed dating.

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33. Neal Powell

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Apr 26, 2016


This show features Neal Powell. Neal has been an active member of the tabletop community for many years and is a member of the DM's Block podcast. During this interview we talk about Neal's involvement in the community, how he got into podcasting, some tough times in his life, and what tabletop has meant to him.

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32. Talking with Monte Cook

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


This episode features the king of kickstarter, Monte Cook. Monte Has been in the RPG industry designing games for 28 years. He is one of the people responsible for the RPG rebirth in the 2000's as Senior Designer of Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition. And in the present he co-owns Monte Cook games, the company that has brought you amazing games like Numenera, The Strange, and No Thank You Evil. In this episode Monte recounts his early days coming up in the industry, what it was like developing D&D 3rd edition, his personal take on designing games, and of course all the wonderful things his company is doing.

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31. Talking with Rob Schwalb

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Apr 12, 2016


On this episode is Rob Schwalb. Rob is the creator of Shadow of the Demon Lord and was instrumental in developing many other tabletop games like D&D 4th edition, D&D 5th edition and Song of Fire and Ice just to name a few. In this episode Rob talks about what it is like being a freelance writer in the RPG industry, making the transition to being a full time writer and game designer, the current state of the industry, and his game Shadow of the Demon Lord.

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30. Talking with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Apr 05, 2016


This episode of Talking TableTop features Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor. Grant and Chirs are independant game designers and the minds behind some amazing games like Goblin Quest, Havoc Brigade, and One Last Job. During the show we talk about these games and their current kickstarter Unbound.

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29. Talking with Shawn Merwin

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Mar 29, 2016


This week's episode features Shawn Merwin. Shawn has been a writer and director or organized play for over 15 years, he crafts games with Encoded designs, and he co-hosts a podcast called Down with D&D. In this episode we talk about the history of organized play, how it has changed an evolved over the last two decades, and his approach to designing games.

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28. Talking with John Wick - Part 2

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Mar 22, 2016


On this episode of Talking TableTop is part two of the interview with John Wick. In this show John and Jim Talk about one of their favorite past times, professional wrestling, John's personal DM style, his post AEG design career, and of course his record breaking Kickstarter, 7th sea.

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27. Talking with John Wick

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Mar 08, 2016


This episode of Talking TableTop features part 1 of a very special guest and friend of the show John Wick. John has been a game designer for over 20 years and has designed games like Legend of the Five Rings, Houses of the bloodied, Cat, and 7th Sea. He is multi-time Origins award winner, has been one of the most influential RPG game designers ever, and he currently is running the largest tabletop RPG Kickstarter in history, 7th Sea 2nd edition.

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26. Talking with JM Perkins

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Mar 01, 2016


On this episode of Talking TableTop is an interview with JM Perkins. He is a professional writer, blogger and game designer that has an amazing passion for the hobby. In this interview we discuss his unique living setting called Salt in Wounds, his book called the Adequate Commoner, and what it is like being a professional writer.

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25. Talking with Rob Justice and Mike Curry

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Feb 23, 2016


On today's show is Rob Justice and Mike Curry, or as you may know them, the design team for 7th Sea. At the time of this episode the 7th Kickstarter has raised $667,000 and is only $15,000 away from being the biggest tabletop RPG kickstarter of all time and it still has 20 days to go. Rob and Mike are passionate game designers that took time out of their crazy schedules to discuss the record breaking kickstarter and all of the excitement that is 7th Sea 2nd Edition.

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Talking with Ken Hite

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Feb 16, 2016


On this episode of Talking TableTop is a very special guest, the one and only Ken Hite. Ken is a professional game designer that has worked on GURPS, the Star Treck RPGs, Trail of Cthulhu, and Night's Black Agents as well as several dozen other projects. During this interview we discuss how Ken got into developing games, what the changing landscape has looked like for RPG designers over the last 30 year, and how me got into podcasting with his good friend Robin Laws.

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Talking with Nathan Paoletta

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Feb 09, 2016


On this episode of Talking TableTop is Nathan Paoletta. Nathan is a profession game designer that has published such games as Carry, Masks of the Mummy king, and Jim's personal favorite, World Wide Wrestling. In this interview they discuss how Nathan got into designing RPGs, what it is like balancing a full schedule of freelance work and personal projects, and their favorite past time, professional wrestling.

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022: Talking with Ro of Gamers' Plane

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Thu, Feb 04, 2016


Ro developed Gamers' Plane, a play by post RPG site designed to expand the tabletop community. Ro and Jim talk about how Ro got into the world of tabletop, passion for play-by-post RPGs, and how playing has helped Ro deal with depression.

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021: Talking with Rich Baker

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 26, 2016


Rich Baker, a talented and experienced game designer, sits down with Jim to talk about how he got started in the industry with TSR, what it was like to work on 80% of the Dungeons & Dragons releases, changes within tabletop over the past 30 years, and his work with Sasquatch Games.

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020: Talking with Chris of Misdirected Mark

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Chris, from the Misdirected Mark podcast, sits down and talks with Jim about the current state of the industry, the brand that is Dungeons & Dragons, what it's like starting a production company, and shares some personal struggles he has dealt with.

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019: Talking about our news with Michael

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Wed, Jan 06, 2016


Jim sits down with Michael, from the RPG Academy, and talks about how and why Talking TableTop will be switching to the One Shot Podcast network in the coming weeks.

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018: Talking with Caleb G

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 29, 2015


Caleb from the RPG Academy, a.k.a. Professor Crunch, talks with Jim about getting into gaming, his revelations about his changing interests in gaming and the RPG Academy

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017: Talking with Rob Stith

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 22, 2015


Rob Stith, a writer and game designer, sits down with Jim to talk about how a podcast brought him back into tabletop, talks through his current projects, and offers his experience with a range of different project types

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016: Talking with Chris Foster

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 15, 2015


Chris Foster, a fan and active member of the tabletop community, talks with Jim about how tabletop helped him develop, kept a single group of people together, and distinctly different viewpoints for L5R

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015: Talking with Jack & Jeff

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 08, 2015


Jack and Jeff of Monkey House Games talk to Jim about game design and publication. They primarily talk about how after writing Villains and Vigilantes, they fight to save their own game.

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014: Talking with The Angry GM

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Dec 01, 2015


The Angry GM, also known as Scott, talks with Jim about his beginnings, his future, the current state of the industry, the impact of crowdfunding, and other tabletop subjects.

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013: Talking with Emily

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 24, 2015


Emily is another half of the duo that hosts She's a Super Geek – a live play RPG podcast. Emily and Jim take some time to talk about how Emily got into tabletop, her first time as GM, character creation, and plenty more.

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012: Talking with PK Sullivan

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Wed, Nov 18, 2015


PK Sullivan, a game designer and writer living in Chicago, takes the time to sit and talk with Jim about all things tabletop and game design.

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011: Talking with John Zinser

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 10, 2015


John Zinser, CEO of Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), takes the time to talk with Jim not only as CEO, but as an active member of the tabletop industry. Among many other topics, they talk through the sale of L5R, John's first experience with tabletop and his experiences with starting AEG. John also highlights some reasons the tabletop industry hosts some of the most devoted members.

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010: Talking with Phil Vecchione

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Nov 03, 2015


Phil Vecchione spends some time talking through all the great ways he has taken part in the world of tabletop. Phil and Jim cover how life and tabletop can balance, how Phil started contributing to the industry, and the evolution of GM styles.

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009: Talking with Michael

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Oct 27, 2015


Michael, from the RPG Academy, takes some time and gets into some deeper tabletop subjects with Jim. Covering everything from how they got started in tabletop, challenges of running a podcast, and how life can affect, or be affected by tabletop.

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008: Talking with Mark Richardson

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Mark sits down with Jim as they talk through his brand new game, Headspace, the art of Co-GMing, how Mark got into tabletop and game development.

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007: Talking with Chris Hussman

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Tue, Oct 13, 2015


Chris, from the Fear the Boot podcast, takes some time to talk with Jim about gaming at conventions, evangelizing the hobby, and revisiting some notable past experiences.

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006: Talking with Hamish

Jim McClure Author: Jim McClure
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


Hamish is a game designer from New Zealand. He sits down with Jim to talk about his game: The Sprawl. They also cover Hamish's love of action movies, the Tunnel of Love, what it takes to put out a game, what it takes to get into gaming, and many other tabletop topics.

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005: Talking with James D'Amato

Jim McClure Author: Jim McClure
Tue, Sep 29, 2015


James D'Amato, the host and co-creator of the OneShot Podcast and the Campaign Podcast, talks through a range of in-depth tabletop subjects with Jim.

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004: Talking with Darcy Ross

Jim McClure Author: Jim McClure
Tue, Sep 22, 2015


Darcy Ross – an evolutionary biologist, snail aficionado, gamer and amateur mixologist – talks through all things tabletop with Jim. They cover the worlds of Numenera and Legend of the Five Rings as well as tactics for being a successful GM through development of story, environment and character.

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003: Talking with Senda

Jim McClure Author: Jim McClure
Tue, Sep 15, 2015


Senda is half the duo that hosts She's a Super Geek – a live play RPG podcast. Senda and Jim take some time to talk through quite a few tabletop topics starting with Senda's love for playing a Kender, unique systems played in her podcast, the importance of ConTessa and the impact of celebrating an inclusive community, how podcasting revived her appreciation of games, and plenty more.

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002: Talking with Kat Kuhl

Jim McClure Author: Jim McClure
Tue, Sep 08, 2015


Kat Kuhl is the host and GM of the Campaign Podcast. She takes time to sit down with Jim and talk all things tabletop. Their conversation covers a wide variety of topics including, but not limited to: Watchman vs. Gundam Wing, the impact literature and storytelling has on her GM style, expressing emotion through tabletop role playing, and a full assortment of nerd hobbies.

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001: Talking with Rich Howard

Jim McClure Author: Jim McClure
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Rich Howard chats with Jim about how they got started in tabletop, Rich's love for aquatic campaigns, their personal legacies, Tribality.com, and Rich's incredible article: A Writer’s Guide to Roleplaying: Developing Character at the Table.

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0. Our Introduction

Jim McClure & Jim Merritt Author: Jim McClure Author: &Author: Jim Merritt
Wed, Aug 26, 2015


Our introductory episode, listen as Jim tells us all why he's excited to begin this journey into exploring the world of tabletop gaming.

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