UK Games Expo UK



Episode 73 – UK Games Expo Preview
(a.k.a. Bring Back The Beer Bus)

Spring has sprung, and that can mean only one thing, it’s nearly time for UK Games Expo! The lads are stalwarts of the show, and joined by fellow podcaster, reviewer and Expo veteran Iain McAllister of the Giant Brain to talk about what’s hot, top tips and generally enthuse about the event. You can read more detail of his Top Ten Hit List here.

Obviously listening to our excellent chat about Expo gives you all you need to know, but if you want more information, then head over to the beginner’s guide on their website for all the details you could ever want!

Going to Games Expo? Give the lads your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of something delicious from the Expo street stalls to sustain our intrepid reporters by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.



Downtime Abbey



Episode 72 – Downtime Abbey
(a.k.a. You’re Not My Supervisor)

What to do with those pesky players when they’re not delving in dungeons? How to convince the GM you need time to fanny around and go shopping for booster potions with real characters? Two sides of the same copper piece my friends, this week the lads talk about downtime or what goes on in games when you’re not doing the core activity (be that punching orcs in the face or using Traveller to model Elite). What do you do with your time outside of the usual stuff? Robin Laws once had a gaming group that would bang the table and shout “Next fight! Next fight!”, but the Smart Party like to think there’s more constructive actions that could be filling the gaming space.

Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.


New GM Advice



Episode 71 – New GM Advice
(a.k.a. Your Job Is To Lose Every Fight)

How do you go about running your first game? Do you want to be a DM, GM, LM, Referee or Keeper? Perhaps you’ve played for years but never run a game, maybe you’ve never gamed at all, is could be you tried running games and didn’t really get on with it. Fear not! The Smart Party are here to help. The lads go through how to go about running your first RPG with everything from whether you should buy and adventure, to giving yourself enough credit and the minutiae of wee breaks. They’re super keen to know how you get on should you try a game – so let them know – and please do share with any friends you think might benefit from some sage advice.

Run your first game? Need advice? Give the lads your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Enable the purchasing of more outrageous hats by becoming a Patreon supporter, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.



Dungeons and Dragons



Episode 70 – Dungeons and Dragons
(a.k.a. There’s this new game called D&D)

There’s a new hwatness on the streets that you may not have heard of. It’s called Dungeons & Dragons and has loads of editions apparently. Who knew? Baz and Gaz have managed a couple of sessions (after finally making a save versus paralysis), and what’s more have been on the same side of the DM screen for once. Baz patiently talks a sceptical Gaz through the joys of the Player’s Handbook and they finish off with a score out of five scimitars for the game. Join them on a magical journey, and discover the legality of Owlbears, how to fall down a mountain and how to turn a Halfling into Robin Hood.

Should the guys talk about the Dungeon Master’s Guide? Monster Manuals? More? Give them your view on a forum, via Facebook, on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys directly!

Deliver copper-painted platinum pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1. Already a Patreon and want to appear in a scenario? Drop the guys a line via the above methods and they’ll make something happen.



Urban Fantasy with Paul Mitchener



Episode 69 – Urban Fantasy with Paul Mitchener
(a.k.a. Liminal Advertising)

Special Guest time once more and the prolific Dr Mitch is on again. The lads talk about his new Urban Fantasy game, and indeed – what is Urban Fantasy? Does American Gods count? What about Young Adult novels? Liminal is out on Kickstarter with a bunch of stretch goals, all introducing different writers, Jason Behnke’s art and other frippery – giving the guys plenty to talk about. Mitch even sings at one point… but don’t let that put you off!

You can find out more on the Liminal Kickstarter here and should definitely check out the 7 Hills RPG convention. Jason Behnke is a fabulous artist – you should go to his site and give him money to do stuff.

If you wanted to get your hands on Monkey, go check out D101 Games, and to understand what the Monkey TV series is… click here.

The boys created a forum as a bit of a lark, but now it appears some people are joining in, so feel free to chat there if you wish! Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.



Roleplaying Games of the 90s



Episode 68 – Roleplaying Games of the 90s
(a.k.a. Gaming Like It’s 1999)

Let’s party like it’s 1999! Why not the whole decade? The lads take a trip down memory lane to go over the 90s (which only last decade right?) and talk through some of the key products, what’s still hot and what’s not – and maybe which games deserve another day (or never really got the day they deserved) in the sunshine.

The episode is dedicated to Mik Reed, who was a familiar avuncular face on the UK con circuit. Sadly, after a long battle with a mystery illness, he has left us. As generous and supporting in games as he was in real life, he never spoke ill of anyone and was a great contributor to the online as well as offline community. He’ll be missed.

The boys created a forum as a bit of a lark, but now it appears some people are joining in, so feel free to chat there if you wish! Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and you too can get great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.



You can find out more on Spaghetti Conjunction here and should definitely get yourself some Grognard Files action.


Greg Stolze Interview



Episode 67 – Greg Stolze Interview

Gaming Legend Greg Stolze joins the lads for a great chat about his many games and what he’s up to in 2018. Unknown Armies, Over The Edge, Godlike, Feng Shui, REIGN, Temintation Shock, short stories and novels – Greg has an impressive portfolio and plenty to talk about, so dive in and enjoy!

You can hear about about Temination Shock on Greg’s Soundcloud and read much more on REIGN and his myraid other writing projects on the Stolze site.

Deliver gold pieces to the Patreon fund, and we can keep producing great content – including a fanzine – Smartzine #1 has landed on doorsteps all over the place, from Bermuda to Beverly Hills (seriously!). At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing an adventure for supporters too – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.


Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.


A New Campaign 2018



Episode 66 – A New Campaign 2018

It’s the start of a glorious new year and the lads discuss what they’ve got for Christmas, how to start a new campaign, what new and exciting games they may be setting up for 2018 and other goodness. Do you remember Transhuman Space? That and more could be in the offing this year…

Give sacrifice to the Patreon fund, and we’ll keep attending great events, and recording more content for you, dear listeners. Both of you. At time of writing we’re at a sufficient level to get the boys writing a producing a fanzine – so in 2018 our loyal Patrons have even more to look forward to.

Check out their Facebook page. Find them on the Twitters: @the_smart_party or email the guys.


Rafael Chandler Interview



Episode 65 – Rafael Chandler Interview

Author of one of the finest novels of modern times (Baz knows his stuff on this), video game designer and RPG creator Rafael Chandler joins the boys for a discussion about his works and many other fun things!
Continue reading Rafael Chandler Interview


End of Year Review 2017



Episode 64 – End of Year Review 2017

It’s been a funny old year. Or has it? Baz and Gaz go over what’s been happening, talk about their favourites, and upcoming things that tickle their collective fancy.
Continue reading End of Year Review 2017