Podcasts & Streams

Sometimes the easiest way to learn is by listening or watching. In the last few years an explosion of quality actual play podcasts and streams have taken the tabletop RPG world by storm. Not only do they reveal the basics of roleplaying games, they also show how the setup and outcome of each game session is driven by the gamester and players. 

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Additionally, several high-quality podcasts and streams focus on providing reviews and tips. Here are a few of each to get you started:

Actual Play

Discussion, Reviews, Tips

  • Dicegeeks.com Tabletop RPG Show – No actual plays here. Interviews with writers, podcasters, streamers, game designers, and more are a hallmark of this podcast, which takes a broad view of the tabletop roleplaying hobby and encourages gamers to incorporate the lessons of storytelling from a variety of sources.
  • Effekt Podcast – If you’re into Year Zero Engine games (Coriolis, Tales from the Loop, et. al.), this podcast is a must-listen.
  • Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff – Hosted by legendary writer-game designers Kenneth Hite and Robin Laws, there are no actual plays, but plenty of wide-ranging discussion with a slant toward alternate history, occult/horror gaming, and campaign-building in this perennially award-winning podcast.
  • Mud & Blood – With a focus on dark, gritty games like Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Symbaroum, Degenesis, and the like, this podcast incorporates reviews, interviews, and actual plays.
  • Saving Throw – The crew at Saving Throw have produced a slew of videos, including their extremely popular How to Play Pathfinder series.
  • What Would the Smart Party Do? – This British podcast delivers interviews, analysis, tips, and more.

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