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.


  • Talking with Ken Hite

    16/02/2016 Duración: 01h08min

    On this episode of Talking TableTop is a very special guest, the one and only Ken Hite. Ken is a professional game designer that has worked on GURPS, the Star Treck RPGs, Trail of Cthulhu, and Night's Black Agents as well as several dozen other projects. During this interview we discuss how Ken got into developing games, what the changing landscape has looked like for RPG designers over the last 30 year, and how me got into podcasting with his good friend Robin Laws.

  • Talking with Nathan Paoletta

    09/02/2016 Duración: 01h01min

    On this episode of Talking TableTop is Nathan Paoletta. Nathan is a profession game designer that has published such games as Carry, Masks of the Mummy king, and Jim's personal favorite, World Wide Wrestling. In this interview they discuss how Nathan got into designing RPGs, what it is like balancing a full schedule of freelance work and personal projects, and their favorite past time, professional wrestling.

  • 022: Talking with Ro of Gamers' Plane

    04/02/2016 Duración: 50min

    Ro developed Gamers' Plane, a play by post RPG site designed to expand the tabletop community. Ro and Jim talk about how Ro got into the world of tabletop, passion for play-by-post RPGs, and how playing has helped Ro deal with depression.

  • 021: Talking with Rich Baker

    26/01/2016 Duración: 01h02min

    Recap Rich Baker, a talented and experienced game designer, sits down with Jim to talk about how he got started in the industry with TSR, what it was like to work on 4/5 of the Dungeons & Dragons releases, changes within tabletop over the past 30 years, and his work with Sasquatch Games. Links Sasquatch Game Studio

  • 020: Talking with Chris of Misdirected Mark

    12/01/2016 Duración: 53min

    Recap Chris, from the Misdirected Mark podcast, sits down and talks with Jim about the current state of the industry, the brand that is Dungeons & Dragons, what it's like starting a production company, and shares some personal struggles he has dealt with. Links Misdirected Mark

  • 019: Talking about our news with Michael

    06/01/2016 Duración: 18min

    Recap Jim sits down with Michael, from the RPG Academy, and talks about how and why Talking TableTop will be switching to the One Shot Podcast network in the coming weeks.

  • 018: Talking with Caleb G

    29/12/2015 Duración: 56min

    Recap Caleb from the RPG Academy, a.k.a. Professor Crunch, talks with Jim about getting into gaming, his revelations about his changing interests in gaming and the RPG Academy

  • 017: Talking with Rob Stith

    22/12/2015 Duración: 59min

    Recap Rob Stith, a writer and game designer, sits down with Jim to talk about how a podcast brought him back into tabletop, talks through his current projects, and offers his experience with a range of different project types Links Reach of Titan

  • 016: Talking with Chris Foster

    15/12/2015 Duración: 41min

    Recap Chris Foster, a fan and active member of the tabletop community, talks with Jim about how tabletop helped him develop, kept a single group of people together, and distinctly different viewpoints for L5R

  • 015: Talking with Jack & Jeff

    08/12/2015 Duración: 51min

    Recap Jack and Jeff of Monkey House Games talk to Jim about game design and publication. They primarily talk about how after writing Villains and Vigilantes, they fight to save their own game. Links Monkey House Games Support Monkey House Games

  • 014: Talking with The Angry GM

    01/12/2015 Duración: 01h18min

    Recap The Angry GM, also known as Scott, talks with Jim about his beginnings, his future, the current state of the industry, the impact of crowdfunding, and other tabletop subjects. Links The Angry GM

  • 013: Talking with Emily

    24/11/2015 Duración: 50min

    Recap Emily is another half of the duo that hosts She's a Super Geek – a live play RPG podcast. Emily and Jim take some time to talk about how Emily got into tabletop, her first time as GM, character creation, and plenty more. Links She's a Super Geek Emily on Twitter

  • 012: Talking with PK Sullivan

    18/11/2015 Duración: 01h01min

    Recap PK Sullivan, a game designer and writer living in Chicago, takes the time to sit and talk with Jim about all things tabletop and game design. Links PK Sullivan's Blog and A Bit More Page

  • 011: Talking with John Zinser

    10/11/2015 Duración: 01h08min

    Recap John Zinser, CEO of Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), takes the time to talk with Jim not only as CEO, but as an active member of the tabletop industry. Among many other topics, they talk through the sale of L5R, John's first experience with tabletop and his experiences with starting AEG. John also highlights some reasons the tabletop industry hosts some of the most devoted members. Links Alderac Entertainment Group Fantasy Flight Games

  • 010: Talking with Phil Vecchione

    03/11/2015 Duración: 01h14min

    Recap Phil Vecchione spends some time talking through all the great ways he has taken part in the world of tabletop. Phil and Jim cover how life and tabletop can balance, how Phil started contributing to the industry, and the evolution of GM styles. Links Gnome Stew About Phil

  • 009: Talking with Michael

    27/10/2015 Duración: 01h40s

    Recap Michael, from the RPG Academy, takes some time and gets into some deeper tabletop subjects with Jim. Covering everything from how they got started in tabletop, challenges of running a podcast, and how life can affect, or be affected by tabletop. Links RPG Academy Show Notes 2:05: Michael and Jim talk about the extraordinary coincidences that marked their first meeting. 9:10: Michael talks about what got him into podcasting and how he came to start the RPG Academy. 14:09: Michael talks about some of the challenges and failures of running a podcast. 24:25: Michael talks about playing in the L5r game and his thoughts on running serious drama in tabletop. 35:34: Jim starts the hard questions early and Micheal talks about his unique perspective of the hobby because of dramatic life events.

  • 008: Talking with Mark Richardson

    20/10/2015 Duración: 53min

    Recap Mark sits down with Jim as they talk through his brand new game, Headspace, the art of Co-GMing, how Mark got into tabletop and game development. Links Green Hat Designs Mark on Twitter

  • 007: Talking with Chris Hussman

    13/10/2015 Duración: 01h06min

    Recap Chris, from the Fear the Boot podcast, takes some time to talk with Jim about gaming at conventions, evangelizing the hobby, and revisiting some notable past experiences. Links Fear the Boot, RPG Podcast Table Tales Show Notes 3:14: Chris talks about the limits on topics of discussion within the world of RPGs. 12:20: Chris talks about how his likes and tastes have changed over the last 30 years of playing RPGs. 19:05: Chris and Jim talk about conventions and what it is like to run games at conventions for people outside of the GMs normal friend group. 25:25: Chris talks about the expansion of the hobby and what his term "evangelize the hobby" means. 36:24: Chris gives advice on how to spread the hobby of tabletop RPs to people that are not familiar with the hobby. 52:50: The hard questions begin. 57:00: Chris talks about what it was like to write RPG games and his failure to get his dream job.

  • 006: Talking with Hamish

    06/10/2015 Duración: 57min

    Recap Hamish is a game designer from New Zealand. He sits down with Jim to talk about his game: The Sprawl. They also cover Hamish's love of action movies, the Tunnel of Love, what it takes to put out a game, what it takes to get into gaming, and many other tabletop topics. Links Hamish on Twitter Ardens Ludere Show Notes 1:51: Hamish and Jim talk about their love of trading card games and what it was like trying to get into the hobby in New Zealand. 8:30: Hamish talks about getting into game design with a Fighting Fantasy heart breaker. 13:44: Hamish introduces a new term "Tunnel of Fun", a consensual form of railroading. 20:54: Hamish talks about his love of action movies and how that has influenced what he plays and how he designs games. 30:40: Hamish talks about some of the hardships and difficulties he faced while making The Sprawl. 41:09: Hamish talks about designing games out in the open and what he thinks of the concerns of people stealing designers ideas. 52:33: The hard questions begin.

  • 005: Talking with James D'Amato

    29/09/2015 Duración: 01h44s

    Recap James D'Amato, the host and co-creator of the OneShot Podcast and the Campaign Podcast talks through a range of tabletop subjects with Jim. These two share their thoughts in designing an experience and system preferences, along with many more topics for all things tabletop. Links OneShot Podcast Campaign Podcast James on Twitter James on Redditt Show Notes 4:38: James talks about how he got into his final nerd frontier of tabletop game play in college. 10:04: James and Jim talking about the de-stigmatizing of the tabletop world and the impact of 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. 14:33: James talks about his enforced obligation to try a bunch of role playing systems and what he looks for in a new system. 25:35: James and Jim bring out their old debate of Feng Shui vs Legend of the Five Rings. 40:20: James talks about creating a "safe space" for tabletop play and the Legend of the Five Rings game from One Shot. 55:46: The hard questions begin.

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