This week, we talk with James Raggi of Lamentations of the Flame Princess about the deluge of new products he’s just put out, and about his philosophy of adventure design. We cover lots of ground in this one:

  • As previously mentioned, Alex lacks essential OSR survival skills.
  • Relatedly, the disastrous outcome of our recent runthrough of The Grinding Gear
  • Deconstructing the tropes of ‘D&D as setting’ and confounding player expectations
  • Failure as the best outcome
  • James’ move toward setting games on Earth, and away from fantasy worlds.
  • Secret History vs Alternate History. Also, Ken Hite.
  • How Alex is going to permanenently scar his children by making them play Death Frost Doom.
  • Which inappropriate horror films James and Alex both saw when they were much too young.
  • Why things are so tough for the titular Flame Princess
  • Much discussion of The Monolith from Beyond Space and Time, The God that Crawls, The Magnificent Joop Van Ooms and Death Love Doom