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Podcast #249: Playing D&D Without Playing D&D

Morrus, Peter, and Jessica talk about playing D&D without D&D.

This week, Morrus, Peter, and Jessica talk about playing D&D without D&D. In the news, One D&D survey results, the ORC License gets a new draft, Schwalb Entertainment will publish the modern-day Viking RPG When the Wolf Comes, and more! Plus a brand new sketch about naming an adventuring party.


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Homebrew and Hacking by PJ Coffey Homebrew and Hacking

Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition system category on DriveThruRPG DriveThruRPG.com - Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition - The Largest RPG Download Store!

In This World on Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lamemage/in-this-world

New Draft of the ORC License https://www.enworld.org/threads/paizo-posts-new-draft-of-orc-license.697758/

A5E SRD Website with information on how to use the different open licenses for gaming content Advanced 5E System Reference Document

The Lazy GM’s Resource Document The Lazy GM's Resource Document

One D&D Paladin and Druid playtest survey results https://www.enworld.org/threads/new-survey-results-druid-paladin-unearthed-arcana-d-d.697751/

Episode #238 with the One D&D Playtest for Druid and Paladin in the news section #238 How RPG Mechanics Influence a Game’s Feel and Tone | Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk

Heroes Feast sequel book announced (leaked?) by Amazon https://www.enworld.org/threads/the...ith-all-the-flavors-of-the-multiverse.697727/

Swamp Troll Witch(es) by Cats Have No Lord Swamp Troll Witch(es) - Cats Have No Lord | DriveThruRPG.com

When the Wolf Comes – Modern Day Viking RPG using Shadow of the Demon Lord https://www.enworld.org/threads/when-the-wolf-comes-is-a-viking-rpg-set-in-modern-day.697778/

The International Journal of Role-Playing https://journals.uu.se/IJRP

News Digest for May 19, 2023 (Victoriana RPG, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves home video bonus features announced, Alien RPG Tournament at UK Games Expo) https://www.enworld.org/threads/news-digest-for-may-19-2023.697818/

UK Games Expo Home

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Show Live Recording Event Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Show - UKGE Live Recording

German Folklore Map German Folklore Map – Sunken Castles, Evil Poodles

EN Publishing May Update Live Stream

Playing D&D without D&D

Basically 5e but not D&D:

Kobold Press – Tales of the Valiant aka Project Black Flag Project Black Flag - Kobold Press

Cubicle Seven – C7d20 C7d20: Our Design Goals - Cubicle 7

EN Publishing – Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition (A5E)

D&D 5e-ish:

M.T. Black Games – Iskandar Player’s Handbook Iskandar Player's Handbook 5E - M.T. Black Games | DriveThruRPG.com

Rogue Comet – Dungeonesque Red Box Dungeonesque Red Box Players' Guide - Rogue Comet | DriveThruRPG.com

Sigil Stone Publishing – Five Torches Deep Five Torches Deep - Sigil Stone Publishing | Five Torches Deep | DriveThruRPG.com

Basically D&D but not 5e:

Paizo – Pathfinder Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Unleash Your Hero! | Paizo

Pelgrane Press – 13th Age 13th Age

Not DnD - 13th Age 2nd Edition with Rob Heinsoo
D&D Retroclones list from Taxidermic Owlbear D&D Retroclones

5e-Powered games:

Standalone Third-Party Games Wiki on EN World https://www.enworld.org/wiki/dnd_settings/#3-standalone-third-party-games-8203


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Hosts: Russ “Morrus” Morrissey, Peter Coffey, and Jessica Hancock

Editing and post-production: Darryl Mott

Theme Song: Steve Arnott

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Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott


i love this, D&D without D&D/wizards, once again just like when Palzo broke off and formed Pathfinder which was just one company, but the whole OGL and all caused a much bigger divergence of people. Now yes, they did attract more people to the game and many will probably embrace the easy mode of 5e/one D&D but are these dedicated people? I think maybe a few, and of those most may start to look around and look back to older versions or 3rd part and discover what they are missing. And i really feel most will get tired and leave, much like those that play a video game beat it and move on to the next in-thing to do. And i really predict at some point D&D will be knocked off the top spot in the RPG hill, as to who it will be that will do it? not sure but i love the fact that in a way they caused a renaissance of old-school D&D and other new companies stepping up with their own versions of the game with a mix of different styles (shadowdark ).

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