Intro to Role Playing Games

On the video we talk about getting started in Role Playing Games. 

Other Links and Info

Geek Collaborative Gaming for the GM less RPGs:  https://www.geekscollab.com/
Wendy’s RPG: https://www.feastoflegends.com/images/Feast_Of_Legends.pdf

Great Content Creators to Learn from:

Matt Colville
  * On Twitter as @mattcolville
  * Founder of MCDM productions
  * Author of Strongholds and Followers (Kickstarter)
  * Fantasy author of Priest (Ratcatchers series)
  * Running the Game on YouTube (this started right around the same time I began playing and running D&D)
Deborah Ann Woll
  * On Twitter as @DeborahAnnWoll
  * DMed the show Relics and Rarities for Geek and Sundry
Lysa Penrose
  * On Twitter as @lysapenrose
  * Behold Her Podcast is a monthly #podcast of interviews and audio stories from women in #TTRPG. Hosted by @mercyfuldm.      Edited by @rudybasso. @DontSplitThePod network.
Mike Shea a.k.a. Sly Flourish
  * On Twitter as @SlyFlourish
  * https://slyflourish.com – Sly Flourish: Building the Better D&D Dungeon Master
  * Author of The Lazy DM
Keith Ammann
  * On Twitter as @KeithAmmann
  * https://www.themonstersknow.com/ – The Monsters Know What They’re Doing
  * Author of The Monsters Know What They’re Doing: Combat Tactics for Dungeon Masters
Dael Kingsmill
  * On Twitter as @DailyDael
  * On YouTube as MonarchsFactory
Merric Blackman
  * On Twitter as @MerricB
  * https://merricb.com/ – Merric’s Musings: Reviews and Play

Great Prewritten Adventures to Start with:
  * A Most Potent Brew by Richard Jansen-Parkes https://www.dmsguild.com/product/186488/A-Most-Potent-Brew–A-Basic-Rules-Adventure?term=a+most+potent+brew
  * Rats of Waterdeep by Lysa Chen and Will Doyle https://www.dmsguild.com/product/240322/Rats-of-Waterdeep
  * The Witch of Underwillow by Merric Blackman https://www.dmsguild.com/product/191665/The-Witch-of-Underwillow

Basic Rules for D&D free at: https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/basicrules

Stories of Game
  * Used old character as addition to big bad guy.
  * Fought dragon, broke its paw with a Staff of the Woodlands.

If you would like to let us know what you like to see us change or add to the podcast please email us at podcast@TabletopGamingGuild.com

Tabletop Gaming Guild Podcast

Tabletop Gaming Guild podcast is all about the experiences and memories that playing board games with friends and family can create. We talk about our experiences in the board game hobby.

About Tabletop Gaming Guild

Tabletop Gaming Guild is devoted to supporting local tabletop gaming communities. We strive to help promote and support local gaming events and stores, and have a podcast to provide discussions about this great hobby. It is our belief that tabletop games can help bring people together and create a shared sense of community.

Tabletop Gaming Guild Info

Website: https://tabletopgamingguild.com/
Board Game Geek Guild: https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/view/2989
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Support Us: https://www.patreon.com/tabletopgamingguild

Top 10

Our Top 10

This is a list of our vary favorite top 10 games as of 2020. A full review of our top ten is available on the podcast player on this page. 

James Wilson:

10 Scythe

9   Dead of Winter 

8   Wingspan 

7   Twilight Imperium 4   

6   Blood Rage   

5   Terraforming Mars  

4   Lords of Waterdeep  

3   Descent Journeys in the dark 2nd edition  

2   Mansions of Madness 2nd edition   


Nathan Wilson:

10 Blood Rage    

9   Mechs vs Minions        

8   Scythe    

7   Dead of Winter    

6   Pandemic Legacy Season 1 and 2 
5   Cosmic Encounter      

4   Wingspan   

3   Mansions of Madness 2nd edition 

2   Terraforming Mars   

1   Gloomhaven     

Dan Regewitz:

10 The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire     

9    Catan 

8   Grifters  

7   Terraforming Mars 

6   The 7th continent  

5   Betrayal on the House on the Hill      

4   Eminent Domain     

3   Fortune and Glory  

2   Glory to Rome   

1   Magic the Gathering 

PGH Con Online!

PGH Con is a new tabletop game convention in the Greater Pittsburgh metro area. We were planning for our inaugural event this summer, but a global pandemic changed that! Still, we thought this was a great opportunity to use this momentum to shift online for our first gathering.
While Pittsburgh has several game conventions (all great) in the surrounding counties, it’s been a few years since there was a dedicate tabletop convention closer to the city itself. Pittsburgh is a sizable city with a really passionate gaming community! This made me wonder for a few years about when we’d eventually get a new convention. And I wondered. And wondered. I eventually I asked, “Why don’t I give it a try?”
I’ve been to a number of tabletop conventions over the years, big and small, regional and national. I’ve helped organize events for work in the past. I’m connected to a number of gaming groups within the city. I thought I’d try to combine all of these elements to start with something small and see where it goes. I recruited two friends with different skill sets to help out behind the scenes. 
Our original plan was to dedicate the (physical) con to split evenly between open board gaming and scheduled RPG events. The shift to online has made this a fun challenge. One thing I’m especially excited about is how the virtual nature of the convention opens up possibilities, since some physical limitations are gone—so, no worrying about flying in from Singapore (for instance), or rushing to finish a game because the venue is shutting down. 
Right now, we’re hoping folks will step in to submit tabletop game events they’d like to run. We’re looking specifically for board games and role-playing games, both organized play and not. I’m a big supporter of the Adventurers League organized play program for Dungeons & Dragons, so expect to see some AL tables. 
If you’re hesitant or unsure of how to host a game online, there are so many ways to do it. For board games, there are lots of programs or websites like Tabletopia, Tabletop Simulator, or Yucata.de that let you play a huge variety of popular (and lesser known) games. For role-playing games, Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, and even Zoom are great ways to get a game running. 
PGH Con Online (as we’re calling it) is going to be free to everyone involved, but we are asking that participants consider making a donation to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. 
If anyone has any questions about PGH Con Online, they can email me at pghgamecon@gmail.com 


Online Game Day With The Butler Library

The Butler Area Library Game Day will be hosted online due to the issues that the Corona Virus has presented. That means that you do not have to live in Butler now to participate in this fun community friendly event!

The event will still be held on July 18th starting at 11 AM.

We will be utilizing Discord to facilitate the event. To join our discord channel for this event please use the following link: https://discord.gg/XB3najn

We are also looking for people that are willing to be a DM for a RPG or run board games for the event. If you are interested in doing so, have suggestions on how best to run online board games, or would like to help in anyway please email me at JamesWilson@TabletopGamingGuild.com

We are looking forward to continue bringing the community together through tabletop games, despite the challenges that social distancing creates. Please consider joining this great community event.


Welcome to Tabletop Gaming Guild!

Tabletop Gaming Guild podcast is all about the experiences and memories that playing board games with friends and family can create. We talk about our experiences in the board game hobby.

Tabletop Gaming Guild Podcast

Tabletop Gaming Guild podcast is all about the experiences and memories that playing board games with friends and family can create. We talk about our experiences in the board game hobby.


James Wilson

James Wilson

I am the proud co-founder of Tabletop Gaming Guild and a tabletop gaming enthusiast. My goal is to promote Tabletop Games with community focused events and discussions. It is my belief that tabletop games are a great way to break down cultural and social barriers and help promote the formation of a strong community.

Nathan Wilson
Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson aka “ergophobe”

The creative media side and co-founder of Tabletop Gaming Guild with a background in media. Previously worked as a producer, director, video editor, technician, and occasionally an actor for various Singapore based TV companies.

As a relative new comer to the hobby I was quickly adsorbed by it. Encouraged by James Wilson and a desire to justify my ever growing collection of games; I joined as a founding member of Tabletop Gaming Guild. No seriously I don’t have a problem I can stop buying games whenever I choose to…

A proud member of Tabletop Gaming guild and Co-host of Tabletop Gaming Guild podcast

Dan Regewitz

Dan Regewitz

I cut my teeth on hobby gaming when I started to explore RPGs, including D&D when I was about 12. Then sometime in high school I was introduced to Magic: The Gathering by a friend. During the off-season of school, and later college I attended a summer camp where I was part of a gaming department. I ran card games, RPGs, and a smattering of minis for kids ages 7-17.

In November of 2008 I became a tournament organizer for Wizards Play Network and started to work for New Dimension Comics shortly after. I certified as a Magic: The Gathering Judge in late ’09, and was successfully promoted to Lv2 in Sept of 2015.

My discovery and growing fandom for the board game hobby started in 2011 or thereabouts. My first play logged on BGG was Ticket to Ride in Late 2012. Gaming has been and will continue to be a neccessary and exciting part of my professional and personal life.

Peter Bess
Peter Bess

Having only recently begun playing and collecting board games as a hobby Peter is the noob of our group. His main passion in gaming is playing TTRPGs such as Dungeons & Dragons and For the Dungeon. By day, he is a mild-mannered librarian; by night, he is just mild-mannered.

Favorite Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill