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DNA Podcast 096 – Rules Heavy and Lite RPGs

The Department of Nerdly Affairs
The Department of Nerdly Affairs
DNA Podcast 096 - Rules Heavy and Lite RPGs
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In this episode, Rob and Don are joined by their friend Jack Ward to discuss the difference between Role Playing Games that use detailed rules systems (rules heavy) versus those who use minimalist rules (rules lite) and how each affects gameplay. Along the way, the trio discuss lots of oldschool RPGs, Japanese vs. American RPGs, Console RPGs, and the direction that games are taking in general. All this, and slimes, are waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

What’s New With Phil and Dixie (Sex in D&D Joke)
Soft Sci-fi versus Hard Sci-fi
DNA Making the Biff Straker RPG with Jack Ward
Narrativist RPG
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons
Fallout IV
The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (game)
Star Fleet Battles
Space Opera RPG
Traveller RPG
Star Frontiers RPG
Star Frontiers: Night Hawks
The World of Synnibarr RPG
X Minus 1 – Cold Equations
The Ninja Crusade RPG
Phantasy Star
Dragon Quest Console RPG
Japanese Dragon Quest Slimes
Chocobo Horsebirds
Elephant bird
Cosmic Patrol RPG
Amazon Women on the Moon
It Came from the Late, Late, Late Show
DNA Horror RPG Episode
Gundam RPG
Vampire the Masquarade
Cartoon Action Hour RPG
Shadowrun 5th Edition
Lasers and Feelings RPG
Love and Justice RPG
Lasers and Feelings Hacks (Holy crap there’s a lot of them)
D20 Modern

New DNA YouTube Channel

At long last, I’ve gotten around to putting the complete collection of DNA episodes (to date) up on YouTube. They’re not annotated with images and clips (sorry, it would be too much to annotate 94 episodes), but they are available for listening and hopefully it will help to find a new audience. Also, if you prefer YouTube as your audio source of choice, or place to comment, we now have you covered!

You can use the link in this post, or the one at the top of the page to check them out.


Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all our listeners! The next episode of DNA will be released Friday, July 5th!

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The Next Episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs Will Air May 17th

Set your podcatchers, folks! The next episode of DNA goodness (or badness, since it’s about crime and villainy in pop culture!) will air on May 17th, 2019.

Don’t miss it!



Episode Delayed

The next episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs, an interview with J-Novel Club founder Sam Pinansky, will be released Friday December 7th.

Don’t miss it!


Next episode delayed until Oct 5th.

We’ll be releasing the next DNA episode, a monster 3 hour extravaganza about American Superhero Comics, on Oct. 5th.

Sorry for the delay.


Next Episode August 17th

Due to life and other unfortunate circumstances, the next episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs will be delayed until August 17th.

While you’re waiting, use the time to go check out the latest episode of the Sonic Society’s Summer Playhouse!


Show delayed until May 4th

Hi all!

Due to life getting in the way, our next episode will be released on May 4th.

Sorry about the delay.


Christmas Break

Hi Operatives!

The DNA podcast is going on a break for the holidays and will be back the first week of January. Don and I hope that you have a great nerdly Christmas and wish you and yours an awesome New Year’s! 
Stay nerdly!


With apologies 

Due to unfortunate life circumstances, this week’s episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs will be delayed until the 27th of October. 

Until it’s available, check out if you haven’t already. (You’re missing something awesome if you haven’t.)