About the Show
Happy Jack’s RPG Podcast is a roundtable discussion about RPGs. It includes tips and tricks about how to play a better game and how to be a better GM. It also includes copious tangents and a little profanity.
Meet the Hosts
Producer and Engineer
Stu Venable began roleplaying in the late 1970s, with the D&D Basic Set. From there he discovered Traveller and GURPS (his game of choice). After a decade-long hiatus from the hobby, he rediscovered roleplaying with D&D 4th Edition. He has since returned to GURPS, but he enjoys Savage Worlds, Traveller and is currently running a Legend of the Five Rings game.
He published a very controversial artile in Steven Jackson’s Roleplayer #24, in June of 1991, marking him as an asshole in the RPG community. To date, he has maintained his asshole status.
Outside of gaming, Stu sells truck parts, operates a project recording studio and makes music with his two groups, the Poxy Boggards and Celtic Squall. His first podcast, the Angryfolk Music and Infantile Comedy Show, had a listenership of more than 1500. For the betterment of the entire planet, this show has been discontinued and its archive deleted.
Contributor, Color Commentator
Stork is an old man with a big nose — and an even bigger bladder. He began playing RPGs in the late 1970s with Dungeons and Dragons. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he play many other RPGs and often waxes nostalgic about them.
He also LARPed in college, at a time when LARPing was so obscure that it escaped much of the ridicule it suffers today.
Contributor, Cosplay Correspondent
Kimi started her gaming career in the 1990s with video games, mostly MMOs. After she grew weary of farming gold and dealing with guild drama, she started tabletop gaming. She is the queen of sandbox games and heavily favors the ORE system. She is also famous for dressing up as Wonder Woman and using her |33+ cosplay skills to create cool props for her players.
Outside of gaming, Kimi enjoys costuming, reading comic books, drinking margaritas, and making music with The Merry Wives of Windsor.
You can read Kimi’s blog about gaming, cosplay, comics, ren faire and more at www.goldenlasso.net . Yes, even her damn blog was inspired by Wonder Woman.
Contributor, LARP Correspondent, Curmudgeon
Contributor, Chatroom Monitor
Contributor, Technical Advisor
Tappy began role-playing in the 1990s as a munchkining twinkie. He lives to break system and giggles with glee at every rules exploit he discovers.
He has played numerous game systems during the so-called “modern” gaming era. He has an extensive RPG collection so large than he’s no longer able to hide if from his wife. He is also a terrible lightweight when it comes to drink.
Gammon got into gaming in 1990 when he noticed mention of a game at the end of the Dragonlance books. His first gaming product, the 2e Ravenloft module Feast of Goblyns, has shaped his understanding of what makes a good game: Story, Paranoia, and Singing Wolves. Having limited experience with 1e and the basic boxes, Gammon cannot really be called an OSR grognard, though no matter how hard we try, we cannot turn him away from his love of hit points, THAC0, and Drizzt.
About the Music
Happy Jack’s RPG Podcast is recorded at the Angryfolk.com Studio, which is where most of the music you’ll hear on the show was recorded.
Here are links to the bands we’ve played on the show: