DNA Episode 086 – Interview with Lee Gold

In this episode, Don and Rob sit down with the incomparable Lee Gold to discuss her life as an early RPG designer, editor of the long-running APA Alarums and Excursions, and filk songwriter. Along the way, the trio discuss the history of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS), how she started her APA, and some of Lee’s memories of the early days of fandom. All this, and a sample of Lee and her husband Barry’s singing, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Lee Gold Wikipedia
Alarums and Excursions
Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS)
DRAGON Magazine
Amazon Cannot Ship to Australia
Chivalry and Sorcery
Steve Perrin
Gary Gygax
Jackals Fattening on a Lion’s Kill by Gary Gygax
Could you repeat that in Auld Wormish? by Lee Gold
ORGINS Convention
Issac Asimov Foundation Trilogy
SLAN by A.E. Van Vogt
Lensmen by E.E. Doc Smith
Doomed Lensmen by Sybly Whyte
Skylark of Space
Filk Songs
Tunnels and Trolls (or here)
Superhero 2044
Toyo 2000 Basic Kanji Characters
Lands of Adventure RPG
Fantasy Games Unlimited
You Bash the Balrog and I’ll Climb the Tree
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
Liaden Series by Sharon lee and Steve Miller
In The Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
Lois Bujold’s Vorkosigan Series

DNA Podcast 050 – Horror Tabletop RPGs

In this episode, Don and Rob trip the night fantastic with their friend Chad and discuss the creepy subject of Horror Role Playing Games. Long regarded as one of the harder types of RPGs to run, the three probe the different types of horror RPGs and do an overview of the classics of the genre. All this, and more fun than that thing creeping up behind you right now, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

A History of Horror RPGs
Call of Cthulhu
The Dunwich Horror
Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic
Bureau 13 Novels
Planet Motherfucker RPG
GURPS Horror
Beyond the Supernatural
It came from the Late Late Late Show
Stellar Games
Vampire the Masquerade
Eerie: The Crime Crusher (I thought I heard a “poom”)
Dark Conspiracy
Grimm (this is the latest incarnation)
All Flesh Must Be Eaten


GURPS: Pokemon Rules

Don has been kind enough to collate the core of his GURPS:Pokemon rules into a PDF and share them with whoever wants to try running a GURPS:Pokemon campaign.




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DNA Episode 012 – Pokemon Turns 20!


In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Chad to discuss 20 years of Pokemon! They discuss how and why the phenomena has lasted so long, the origins of the game, and why a dark Pokemon movie is inevitable. All this, and a heaping helping of Nerd Rage is waiting for you in this, the 12th episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 


Things Discussed

Pokemon GO! (trailer)
Michael Vick
Persona Game Series
Don’s GURPS:Pokemon Rules
Pokemon Trading Card Game
Fossil Fighters Game Series
Proposed Jurrasic Park Human-Dino Hyrbrid Designs
Dinosaurs for Hire
Monster Rancher Games
Ultra-7 Capsule Monsters
Pokemon Original Concept Development Artwork
Dr. Demonicus
Pokemon Gangsta Rap