Hapless entertainer Jim Ryan pits his characters against each other in a series of no-holds-barred debates covering anything and everything about role-playing games. But can he do it in under five minutes? Tune in and find out!


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The theme for the Great Debate! is "Busybody" by Jason Shaw.


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Abject Podcastery

Suffering from podcast addiction? Can't get enough of that dangerous and delectable podcast nectar?

Here, let me enable you:

Atomic Array
Bear Swarm!
Bell's In The Batfry
Brilliant Gameologists
Fear the Boot
Have Games, Will Travel
International Detective Dragons From Outer Space
I Should Be Writing
Master Plan
The Adventures of Indiana Jim
The Clockwork Cabaret
The Game's the Thing
The Gamer Traveler
The Podge Cast
The Walking Eye
The WEIRD Show
This Modern Death
White Wolf Blogcast


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I recorded a one-shot I ran of Hex Games' "Monstersploitation" game Funkadelic Frankenstein on the Mean Streets of Monstertown and thought I'd share it with you.

WARNING: This Actual Play episode is explicit! (NSFW)

Direct download: FF_AP_01.mp3
Category:Actual Play -- posted at: 10:35pm EST

Howdy, folks! I've recorded a message for you!

The Great Debate! WILL return.

In the mean time, here's my new podcast: Crucible of Realms. Feel free to check it out!

Direct download: Announce_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EST

The Great Debate! has reached 50 episodes!  To celebrate Jim takes the audience behind the scenes - or at least, that's the plan...


(I ended up thanking quite a few people at the end of this episode - here are links for them!)

Melissa Avery-Weir - irrsinn.net
Tim White - Return to Northmoor & WTFAWD
Gregory Avery-Weir - Ludus Novus
Ed Healy - Atomic Array
Dan Repperger - Fear the Boot
Rob & the guys from The Bear Swarm!
Anim5 - IDDFOS & The Gutter Skypes
John Bell - Bell's in the Batfry
Indiana Jim Perry - The Adventures of Indiana Jim
Jennifer Hudock - The Goblin Market
Starla Huchton - The Dreamer's Thread
Jeff Greiner - The Tome Show
A. David Pinilla - The Podgecast & RPGPodcasts.com
Kevin & Jen - The Walking Eye
The Encaffeinated ONE - The WEIRD Show
Mark Kinney - All Games Considered & The Gutter Skypes
Shaun & Kristen - This Modern Death & 10 Minutes of Me
Stu & the guys from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast
Eddy Webb - The White Wolf Blogcast
J.C. Hutchins - 7th Son
Katharina - Every Photo Tells

The book I mentioned in the outro is called Abduction Etiquette, and is now in pre-order - feel free to check it out!

Direct download: Great_Debate_050.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

Is it better to use a pre-existing setting or one that's home-brewed?  Our resident demonologist and a lunk-headed superhero load up their intellectual artillery on the subject and fire it at one another.

Reverend Jedediah Black, Demonologist
Captain Radiant of the Integrity Force

Shoutout & Tarrasque Poetry:
Jeff Greiner - The Tome Show

Direct download: Great_Debate_049.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 2:39pm EST

Is it a good idea for GMs to pregenerate PCs for their campaigns?  A clone and a college professor talk about it.

Solomon Eldridge, Professor of Anthropology at Miskatonic University
Bob 3, Troubleshooter Clone from the Great Biodome (voiced by Jeff Greiner)

Direct download: Great_Debate_048.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

Which genre offers a better choice of playable creatures?  Fantasy or Science Fiction?  A spaceship pilot and a dwarven skyship engineer attempt to discuss the matter - hopefully without getting into a dogfight!

Major Hal Cross of the Interstellar Fleet (voiced by David Selby)
Soren Magnus, Chief Engineer of the Dwarven Skyship Flying Hammer

Direct download: Great_Debate_047.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 10:15pm EST

A recording of myself running a quick game of ACTION CASTLE for some bored folks at Dragon*Con who were waiting for a panel to start.

Parsely Games
The Walking Eye

Direct download: AC_AP_01.mp3
Category:Actual Play -- posted at: 10:58pm EST

Episode XLVI - Background Noise

How important is having a background story for your campaign?  A bounty hunter and a cleric sit down and chat amenably about the subject.

Father Vernon Corey, High Priest of the Temple of St. Wilford
Dr. Joseph "Doc" Anthrax

Direct download: Great_Debate_046.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

Not Going to GenCon - 2010

I didn't get to go to GenCon and decided to record a chat about it!  I commiserated with three other folks (Kim, Jason and Kent) who also didn't get to go this year.  Fair warning: we rambled for about half an hour!

Jason's Blog Kim's Audio Projects

For full show notes, go here.

Direct download: NGtGC_2010.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:21pm EST

Episode XLV - Getting a Transfer Slip

Is it a good idea to bring an old PC into a new game?  A cyber-hacker and a government agent delve into what it means to transfer your character.

Reflux (Live via the Neural Net)
Special Agent Jack McCandless

Intro by Katharina of the Every Photo Tells podcast.

Direct download: Great_Debate_045.mp3
Category:The Great Debate! Episodes -- posted at: 9:54pm EST