Roll to Save

Iain Wilson

Roll to Save is a monthly(ish!)podcast dedicated to RPGs from yester-year. Episodes will cover the history of old roleplaying games, their backgrounds and their systems, as well as round table discussions where we prattle on about our fondest memories.  We also do a variety of actual play episodes and occasionally interview authors.

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Unboxing the Terrors of Space: A Deep Dive into Mothership RPG Kickstarter
May 7 2024
Unboxing the Terrors of Space: A Deep Dive into Mothership RPG Kickstarter
Get in touch with us!Discover sci-fi horror as we unwrap the Mothership RPG Kickstarter rewards and share our candid reactions. Picture the tense corridors of "Alien" and the haunting void of "Dead Space" as we analyze the game's system, designed for hair-raising one-shot adventures. Our friend Ryan hops aboard for this interstellar discussion, comparing editions and debating the impact of components from GM screens to cardstock figures on your gameplay experience. We also delve into the community's response to the game's delays and additional costs, highlighting the patience-testing journey from pledge to play.Navigating the oft-overlooked seas of shipping costs, we recount the tales of European backers grappling with exorbitant fees and the logistic loopholes that inflated delivery prices. Wrapping up with a look under the hood of Mothership RPG's gameplay, we discuss the stress mechanic's ability to ratchet up tension and the strategic decisions it imposes. The rulebook's approachability for rookies and richness for veterans receives its due praise, along with GM advice on creating an enthralling atmosphere. Contact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).
Call of Cthulhu Roundtable Part 2: Tabletop Terror and the Gamble of Crowdfunding Ventures
May 6 2024
Call of Cthulhu Roundtable Part 2: Tabletop Terror and the Gamble of Crowdfunding Ventures
Get in touch with us!Prepare to be immersed in the spine-tingling realm of Cthulhu board games as we continue to recount our harrowing yet delightful experiences from the comfort of our tabletops. From the sudden demise of the Mythos card game that left us in academic nostalgia to the complex machinations of Arkham Horror, our tales are fraught with the kind of player interaction that only eldritch horror can inspire. And let's not forget our own Matt Sanderson's confession of his seemingly bottomless pit of investments in Kickstarter campaigns. We navigate these treacherous waters, with Steve chiming in on the hack-and-slash frenzy of Death May Die, and together, we all tackle the eternal collector's conundrum—should these rare gaming wonders be played or sold?The episode takes a darker turn as we peel back the curtain on the challenges of Kickstarter endeavors, sharing the shock and awe of miscommunication and the financial nightmares of overambition. We swap war stories of the waiting game, punctuated by the Monster Apocalypse board game's infamous delays, before veering into a lighter comparison—the outrageous costs of RPGs versus the world's more nefarious indulgences. To top it off, we grapple with the new reality of post-Brexit collectible hunting and conclude with a sentimental roundtable: If we could each save just one Call of Cthulhu supplement from oblivion, which would it be? Join us and find out—we promise it's worth more than a dragon's hoard.Contact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).
An Odyssey into Cosmic Dread: A Roundtable Discussion on Call of Cthulhu
May 5 2024
An Odyssey into Cosmic Dread: A Roundtable Discussion on Call of Cthulhu
Get in touch with us!Step into the shadows with us and special guest Matt Sanderson, a distinguished author of the eldritch horror RPG Call of Cthulhu, as we convene for a spine-tingling, two-part roundtable discussion. Our personal forays into the game's chilling depths provide a backdrop to our broader conversation, which spans the intellectual challenges and invigorating horrors that have gripped players for over four decades. While we revel in the Lovecraftian lore, we also share tales from our latest gaming adventures across diverse realms from the neon-lit streets of Cyberpunk 2077 to the mythical lands of Theros.With Matt's insider knowledge, we dissect the evolution of Call of Cthulhu, reminiscing about our initial brushes with its dreamscapes and the transition to tales infused with fatalistic dread. The discussion turns to the artistry of running such a game, where creating connection and atmosphere is as crucial as the haunting narrative itself. We reflect on the exceptional scenarios that have kept us riveted, like 'Grace Under Pressure', 'The Walker in the Wastes' and 'The Burning Stars,' and the guidance that the rulebooks offer for weaving a tale that's equal parts horror and intrigue.Our conversation rounds off with a probe into the nuances of the Seventh Edition, comparing it to its antecedents and lauding the streamlined combat and character creation systems that enrich the storytelling experience. We then broach the delicate balance of fear and player agency, contemplating strategies and emotional considerations unique to horror RPGs. As our eerie journey concludes, we cast a glance at the versatility of Lovecraftian settings, from the Dreamlands to visions of 'Cthulhu in space,' showcasing the mythos' boundless potential to terrorize and enthrall. Join us, if you dare, for an odyssey into the heart of cosmic dread.Contact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).
Unveiling the Eldritch Lore: The Impact and Evolution of Call of Cthulhu
Apr 13 2024
Unveiling the Eldritch Lore: The Impact and Evolution of Call of Cthulhu
Get in touch with us!Step into the shadows of the unknown with us as we unearth the fascinating history behind the Call of Cthulhu RPG, a game that turned tabletop horror on its head.  We'll trail the game's evolution, from Sandy Peterson's early work to the atmospheric depths of the 1920s setting, and delve into the ingenious Sanity Score.  Prepare to celebrate the game's unique approach to horror as we guide you through its legacy, a journey not just for seasoned investigators but for anyone drawn to the call of the cosmic unknown.Our exploration doesn't stop at the game's inception; rather, it expands into the realms of Call of Cthulhu's thrilling expansions and the 7th edition's Kickstarter odyssey. Discover how this RPG has transcended time with globe-trotting campaigns like "Horror on the Orient Express," and how it has traversed different eras through supplements like "Cthulhu by Gaslight." We'll dig into the logistical labyrinth the creators navigated, revealing how a simple miscalculation in shipping costs almost sunk the company, and how the original masterminds saved the day. Embrace the refined mechanics of the 7th edition, and get a glimpse of the extensive catalogue of supplements that continue to bolster the mystique of Call of Cthulhu, ensuring its place at the pinnacle of horror role-playing games. Join us for an episode dealing with the birth and growth of a game that has captured the imaginations of players for decades.Contact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page). Contact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).
Token of Our Humble Love For you Day - A Paranoia Actual Play Podcast - Episode 4
Nov 22 2023
Token of Our Humble Love For you Day - A Paranoia Actual Play Podcast - Episode 4
Get in touch with us!Greetings citizen!Join Troubleshooter Rapid Response Team 413 as they take on another fun, routine task for your friend and mine, The Computer.  As with most Troubleshooter missions, this one will be perfectly safe for everyone concerned.This episode sees the team dealing with the consequences of messing around in a power plant, as well some very lively demonstrations of just how well protected a Comp Node actually is.  They also *gasp* try and attempt to accomplish their mission objectives.Naturally, it's a fiasco.Thanks to our cast of @manticoretale, @4cornersgames, @cowsquashmelon, @sidthehistorian, @dmgrun and @addryc1 - check them all out on Twitter!If you're wanting to see their podcasts then look no further than:The Four Corners Games PodcastTale of the ManticoreRun DMG on TikTokEMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogFRIEND COMPUTER: Keeley WilsonMUSIC & SFX: http://www.epidemicsound.comContact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).
Token of Our Humble Love For you Day - A Paranoia Actual Play Podcast - Episode 3
Oct 4 2023
Token of Our Humble Love For you Day - A Paranoia Actual Play Podcast - Episode 3
Get in touch with us!Greetings citizen!Join Troubleshooter Rapid Response Team 413 as they take on another fun, routine task for your friend and mine, The Computer.  As with most Troubleshooter missions, this one will be perfectly safe for everyone concerned.This episode sees our team explore RYI sector where they begin to suspect that Friend Computer isn't as...well..."stable" is a stretch, but isn't as "predictable" as usual.  They also explore a cubicle farm and a nuclear reactor, because we all know letting troubleshooters near a nuclear reactor is a BRILLIANT idea.Thanks to our cast of @manticoretale, @4cornersgames, @cowsquashmelon, @sidthehistorian, @dmgrun and @addryc1 - check them all out on Twitter!If you're wanting to see their podcasts then look no further than:The Four Corners Games PodcastTale of the ManticoreRun DMG on TikTokEMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogFRIEND COMPUTER: Keeley WilsonSPECIAL GUEST: Victoria MartinezMUSIC & SFX: http://www.epidemicsound.comContact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).
Token of Our Humble Love For You Day - A Paranoia Actual Play Podcast - Episode 1
Nov 22 2022
Token of Our Humble Love For You Day - A Paranoia Actual Play Podcast - Episode 1
Get in touch with us!Greetings citizen!Join Troubleshooter Rapid Response Team 413 as they take on another fun, routine task for your friend and mine, The Computer.  As with most Troubleshooter missions, this one will be perfectly safe for everyone concerned.This episode sees our brave team summoned to their mission briefing where they learn that they will be exploring a totally safe and doubtlessly disarmed missile silo, whilst also looking for game show hosts to interview. Predictably, there is singing.Not good singing.Thanks to our cast of @manticoretale, @4cornersgames, @cowsquashmelon, @sidthehistorian, @dmgrun and @addryc1 - check them all out on Twitter!If you're wanting to see their podcasts then look no further than:The Four Corners Games PodcastTale of the ManticoreRun DMG on TikTokEMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogFRIEND COMPUTER: Keeley WilsonSPECIAL GUEST: Kris BowserMUSIC & SFX: http://www.epidemicsound.comContact us at:EMAIL: roll.to.save.pod@gmail.comTWITTER: @savepodcastFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rolltosavepodWEBSITE: https://rolltosave.blogHOSTS: Iain Wilson, Steve McGarrity, Jason DowneyVOICEOVER LADY: Keeley WilsonBACKGROUND MUSIC: David Renada (Find him at: davidrendamusic@gmail.com or on his web page).TITLE, BREAK & CLOSEOUT MUSIC: Xylo-Ziko (Find them on their web page).