An internet audio show about open and Creative Commons lore that you can reuse in tabletop game design and other forms of fiction. Releases in the free Ogg Vorbis, Opus, and FAAC (.m4a) formats. Reclaim folklore one tall tale at a time.

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The Maori creation myth and Matariki.

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Maori creation traditions

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No episode this week, due to packing up for a house move. Back next week!

Mixed Signals blog

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A look at the taniwha, from Maori legend.

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Taniwha on Te Ara
Tome of Beasts from Kobold Press (see the entry for Dragon, Sea)
Taniwha Magic the Gathering card

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One more episode about non-combat XP, this time quick-and-dirty homebrew options for exploration and interaction.

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Mixed Signals

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Non-combat XP in Pathfinder, using two rule systems already integrated into the Pathfinder system.

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Ultimate Intrigue for social interaction
Kingmaker for exploration

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C&C is branching out. To better reflect its parent website, Mixed Signals, the show will now cover not just lore but also open gaming in general. This is partly to buy time required for researching in-depth lore episodes, but also because it can be difficult to not talk about game mechanics when talking about the lore around a game.

In this episode, Klaatu takes a look at the 3 Pillar XP system developed by Wizards of the Coast for D&D 5e. The idea for this new system is to better reward players for exploration and social interaction, and not just combat.

Download a cheat sheet for this system at

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3 Pillar XP (Unearthed Arcana)
3 Pillar Cheatsheet

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More technology, this time from the early sf books Armageddon 2419 and the Airlords of Han.

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Philip Francis Nowlan

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The gods of the Norse pantheon, as defined by D&D, part 3.

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Technology and fantasy.

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Technology Guide from Paizo

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Norse mythology, part 2.

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Yggdrasil Compendium: an interesting look at a Nordic D&D setting

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A discussion of feats, and what makes characters unique, and how it all fits into 5e.

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Fifth Edition Feats by TPK Games (affiliate link)

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Turn to page 299 of your Player's Handbook, because it's time to review the Norse pantheon as D&D dieties.

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Herbalism and incorporating it into games.

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Herbalism by Dalagrath

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Learn about the magic of names with the Super Genius Guide to Name Traits. It's a fun way to gamify name creation for player characters, with a bunch of implied lore by nature.

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Genius Guide to Name Traits

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The final god of the Porphyra pantheon: Vortain, the chaotic evil bringer of chaos, the corrupt one.

The Porphyra pantheon was written by Christopher Kaiser, Perry Fehr, Mark Gedak, August Hahn, John Hazen, Sean Holland, Sam Hing, James H. Lewis, Chris Longhurst, Scott Messer, Sean O’Connor, David Nicholas Ross, and Jeremy Whalen. It is published by Purple Duck Games.

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Gods of Porphyra (affiliate link)

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All about haunted regions ("haunts" in Pathfinder), featuring an excellent guide by Super Genius Games.

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Genius Guide to Horrific Haunts (Mixed Signals affiliate link)
Game Mastery Guide

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Rajuk Amon-Gore, so bad he's good, or so chaotic he's bad?

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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The beasts (and constructs) of Pellucidar, the land at the center of the Earth.

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At the Earth's Core

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Mal, the chaotic evil god of annihilation, the destroyer of worlds.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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The environments of Pellucidar, a world within a world.

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At the Earth's Core

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Ul'ul, the Mad Maiden, the Vortex: the chaotic neutral goddess of art, madness, and storms. Hers is an appropriately tumultuous tale, so buckle up!

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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A review of some optional gem socketing rules, and the idea of upgrading items and powers with magickal gemstones.

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Magical gems and gear socketing by Greg Schreurs
Gem socketing: How to enhance your weapons by Anthony L.

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Explore the Earth's core! In this episode, Klaatu takes a look at the pulp fiction ideas of a hidden world at the very center of the Earth.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth
At the Earth's Core

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Rune magic is a great addition to magic systems, whether in a tabletop game, video games (like Witcher 2), or books. This episode takes a look at some of the mechanics and runes in Kobold Press's Deep Magic: Rune Magic.

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Rune Magic

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Hear all about the chaotic neuntral goddess, Nise.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)
Porphyra source books

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An extra episode to get you through the holidays: the Hyborian Age by Robert E. Howard, in its entirety, read by Klaatu. It's a little academic as lore goes, but it's the authoritative history of the world of Conan the Barbarian.

The Hyborian Age on

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Winter magic from Super Genius Games.

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Genius Guide to Ice Magic

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All about the chaotic neutral god, Nemyth Vaar, called Nemesis, the Knight Demise, the God of Betrayal, Insanity, and Revenge. Worshipped by fallen knights, mercenaries, and outcasts.

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Gods of Porphrya

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Wrapping up our exploration of the Conan universe, this episode mentions a bunch of elements, like Ophir, Xapur, Hyrkania (home to expanded universe heroine Red Sonja), and others, that didn't quite fit in any of the previous Conan episodes.

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Conan books on

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The chaotic good goddess, Yolana: the Twin Liberty, the Maid of Memory, the Truth Light.

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Gods of Porphyra

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Two factions by Brent Newhall: the Invisible Hand and the Blackblades.

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Geek Archaeology

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Crom, Set, Ishtar, Asura, Mitra, and more. Yes, it's an overview of ALL the gods in the Conan universe.

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Queen of the Black Coast
Black Colussus

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Tulis, the martyr. The chaotic good goddess of strength and defiance.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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The kingdom of Turan, along the Vilayet Sea, from the Conan the Barbarian universe.

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Shadows of Zamboula

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The chaotic good god, Saren the Untamed, of the Porphyra pantheon: the god of forests, animals, and lust. A god for druids, foresters, rangers, and sylvan creatures.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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The kingdom of Nemedia from the world of Conan the Barbarian.

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Tower of the Elephant

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Shade, the master of murder and god of subterfuge, from the neutral evil division of the Porphyra pantheon.

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Gods of Porphyra (Mixed Signals affiliate link)

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Learn all about the kingdoms of Koth and the land of Shem from the world of Conan the Barbarian.

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Black Colossus
Scarlet Citadel

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Lyvalia, the neutral evil goddess of deception.

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Zingara and Argos, two kingdoms of Conan the Barbarian's Hyperborean world.

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Hour of the Dragon

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Visit Aquilonia, the ancient kingdom situated between the Bossonian Marches and Nemedia. It's a frontier kingdom, holding fast against Pictish savages. Can it hold back the threat, or will its own internal political strife tear it apart first?

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Hour of the Dragon
The Phoenix on the Sword

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The evil continues. Stygia last week, the god of destruction this week. This episode introduces the neutral evil division of the Porphyra pantheon, starting with Fenris Kul. Grab your battleaxe and vulture.

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Get a tour of the mysterious lands of Stygia, a kingdom of Set worship, necromancy, and vampires. This is information taken from the original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard.

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Howard E. Robert stories on

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Myketa, a neutral goddess of Porphyra.

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Ferrakus, the neutral god of mining, stonecraft, earth, and caverns.

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Stat blocks for a Kala war party.

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Copyrighted history of Draconian races taken from the book DragonLance Adventures TSR 2021
Read up on the Kala, a Copyleft draconic race by Brent Newhall

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D&D 5e allows for playable Dragonborn, but so far lacks much information about the race. In this episode, Klaatu briefly talks about Draconic races since the early days of DragonLance, and then discusses the rich alternate history for the Kala, as developed by indie game designer Brent Newhall.

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Indian vampyre lore from Vikram and the Vampyre as transribed by Richard F. Burton in 1870.

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Vikram and the Vampyre

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Vampires before Bram Stoker.

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Vampyre by John William Polidori

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Chiuta, a true-neutral god of Porphyra.

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The neutral good god Veloria, goddess of adventurers and travellers.

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The neutral good god Paletius, brother of Camus. God of knowledge, magick, and the sun.

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Marie Corelli's Romance of Two Worlds, a Victorian treatise on the mysticism of electricity and a good primer on building up a fantasy-based science for sorcerers and wizards specialising in spells dealing lightning damage.

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The mysterious land of Leng revealed at last, and the final installment of Lovecraft's Dreamlands.

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Overview of the neutral good god, Neria, the dreamspeaker, the oracle of fate, the singer of songs.

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Inquanok, home to the descendants of gods.

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Rolterra, the lawful evil god of Porphyra.

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A tour of the island of Oriab, including the great Mount Ngranek. It's basically a Lovecraft resort. So don't fall asleep outside.

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Kamus is a lawful evil god from the Porphyra pantheon. Stop by and say hi to him in this exciting but informative episode.

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West across the Southern Sea, starting out from Dylath-Leen, with views of the Temples of Zak, the demon city of Thalarion and its eidolon Lathi, Zura the land of pleasures unattained, Sona-Nyl, Cathuria, and the void cataract, Oriab, and a mysterious sunken city.

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Other Gods by HP Lovecraft

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Eshsalqua, the lawful evil god of Porphyra.

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Visit the Cerenarian Sea, within Lovecraft's Six Kingdoms. It's should be horrific, this time of year.

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Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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Do you like the lawful neutral alignment? Then you'll love Shankhil, the god of transition, from Porphyra.

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What are the six kingdoms of HP Lovecraft's Dreamlands? Klaatu speculates, and then takes you on a tour to the magnificent city of Thran and the Oukranos River.

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Part 2 of the pantheon of ancient Egypt, as interpreted by Appendix B of the D&D Player's Handbook.

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Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine Pitch
Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt by Stephen Quirke
Player's Handbook

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This week, we take a break from reviewing open lore to meet one of its creators. In this episode, Klaatu interviews the very non-fictional Brent Newhall, a prolific game designer, creature creator, faction founder, and tabletop geek.

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A bunch of awfully good games by Brent
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Part 1 of the pantheon of ancient Egypt, as interpreted by Appendix B of the D&D Player's Handbook.

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Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction by Geraldine Pitch
Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt by Stephen Quirke
Player's Handbook

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Exploring the Moon of Lovecraft's dreamland realm.

New creatures: moonbeings, folk of Leng, men of Parg, cats from Saturn.

New locations: the moon.

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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Introducing lawful neutral god Linium, the forge father, from the Porphyra pantheon.

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Visit the underworld of HP Lovecraft's dreamland realms.

New creatures: ghouls, ghasts, gugs, dholes.

New lands: the Peaks of Throk, Pnoth valley, Vaults of Zin, and the Kingdom of the Gugs.

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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Introducing the lawful neutral goddess Ithreia from the Porphyra pantheon.

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Meet Toma Thule, a lawful good god from the Porphyra pantheon.

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Part 2 of 2. Finishing up the Gods of Pegana by Lord Dunsany. In this episode, the last couple of main gods, and thousands-and-thousands of house gods.

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Pegana d20 is a summary of everything discussed in this episode, as a free ebook
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Part 1 of 2. A look at the Gods of Pegana, a book by Lord Dunsany. This is an old book, and freely available on Project Gutenberg. It's definitely worth a read.

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Meet Aleria, a lawful good goddess from Porphyra.

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Purple Duck Games on Patreon

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Klaatu, who is not a lawyer, takes a break from the regularly scheduled programme to discuss open licenses and how to read them.

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Kobold Press

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A tour of the enchanted woods and countrysides of the dreamlands realm, around the river Skai, in the Six Kingdoms.

Three cities are covered in varying levels of detail: Nir, Ulthar, and Dylath-Leen.

One new creature type: the zoogs, with approximate stats.

Two gods are briefly mentioned: Azathoth and Nyarlathotep.

Priests of Nasht and Kaman-Thah maintain a cavern-temple and a pillar of flamethe, where they offer assistance to travellers on their ways to the dreamland realm.

One new potion: moon-tree wine, a zoog delicacy, served in a gourd. The wine is produced from a magical tree that grew from a seed dropped by someone on the moon. Like many wines, it is known to induce intoxication and drowsiness.

There is much more to cover, but this is a good introduction to the dreamlands. We will definitely be returning later.

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This episode covers Gerana, the Lawful Good goddess from the pantheon of Porphyra, and keeper of the Divine Record.

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The Gods of Porphyra

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New to the show? Start here.

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Dungeons & Dragons
Pathfinder, modern old-school D&D
Dungeon Raiders, a retro-clone of 1st Edition