Talking Tabletop



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.


  • 44. Tobie Abad

    19/07/2016 Duración: 49min

    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. Check out our Kickstarter for Reflections it goes live today!

  • 43. Mark Diaz Truman

    12/07/2016 Duración: 01h17min

    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.

  • 42. John Arcadian

    05/07/2016 Duración: 57min

    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.

  • 41. Nolan T Jones

    28/06/2016 Duración: 01h07min

    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.

  • 40. Talking with Jason Pitre

    14/06/2016 Duración: 46min

    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.

  • 39. Adam Kobel

    07/06/2016 Duración: 59min

    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.

  • 38. DM Mitch

    31/05/2016 Duración: 58min

    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.

  • 37. Will Hindmarch

    24/05/2016 Duración: 58min

    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.

  • 36. James Michael Spahn

    17/05/2016 Duración: 01h05min

    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

  • 35. Shanna Germain

    10/05/2016 Duración: 57min

    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.

  • 34. Talking with John Goodenough

    03/05/2016 Duración: 01h03min

    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.

  • 33. Neal Powell

    26/04/2016 Duración: 54min

    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.

  • 32. Talking with Monte Cook

    19/04/2016 Duración: 01h01min

    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.

  • 31. Talking with Rob Schwalb

    12/04/2016 Duración: 01h04min

    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.

  • 30. Talking with Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor

    05/04/2016 Duración: 01h06min

    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.

  • 29. Talking with Shawn Merwin

    29/03/2016 Duración: 01h05min

    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.

  • 28. Talking with John Wick - Part 2

    22/03/2016 Duración: 01h07min

    On this episode eof 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. After the show Jim Talks about the launch of a new project Third Act Publishing.

  • 27. Talking with John Wick

    08/03/2016 Duración: 01h02min

    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.

  • 26. Talking with JM Perkins

    01/03/2016 Duración: 52min

    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.

  • 25. Talking with Rob Justice and Mike Curry

    23/02/2016 Duración: 56min

    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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