The Armchair Adventurers

The Armchair Adventurers are small FRPG group that meet monthly in Bolton. We first got together thanks to a ‘small ad’ in WHITE DWARF in 1983.

Armchair Adventurers

We got back together in 2010 to play Call of Cthulhu Masks of Nyarlathotep monthly for 3 years. Playing again reignited our passion for RPGs, so we returned to some more classic campaigns from our teenage years: Runequest BORDERLANDS, Traveller ADVENTURE, Runequest GRIFFIN MOUNTAIN and Call of Cthulhu FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH.

Our interest began to shift towards what had happened to RPGs during our period away from the hobby. Therefore we have explored RUNEQUEST 6, NUMENERA and NIGHT’S BLACK AGENTS.


16 thoughts on “The Armchair Adventurers

  1. I love the podcast and look forward to it every month.

    With that said, these past two episodes have focused a lot on D&D 5th ed. I really hope this trend doesn’t continue, after all this is the Grognard Files!

    1. Thanks for the feedback. We’re GROGNARDs but part of the schtick is to examine how games have changed since we last played them. We’re Old School, with a hint of new. Neo-Grogs. Feet in both timelines. Next time we’ll look at T&T and the recently published T&T delux!

  2. Hi love the podcast. I was born in Norway at the early 80 so im a bit younger than you are.But still I have always preferred the simulationist rpg games . And picked ut RQ 6 a few years ago after i got a bit tired of my old favoritt game Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. Where i have played 1 and 2 edition and it is one of these games that i both love and hate. But in needed new rules and a new setting. That when i found RQ6.

    I was a player for Rq 3 in the 90 but never was a gm. When i picking up the 6 edition i really got inspired to play again. I started to look in the nett for where to start on Glorantha. Its so big and intimidating. And i found you podcast after listening to the Tales of Mythic Adventure podcast.

    As a father i dont have that much time playing so part of the hobby has changed to reading rpg rules and settings. I like the whole show but my favoritt pars is Judge Blythy rule reviews. I am a fan boy :D.

    For now i have mostly played Mythical Britain and some viking age scenarios, and that is a good setting where i can use my experience as an archaeologist and commitment in the viking battle reenactment scene.

    Anyhow i hope that you could do a episode of Warhammer fantasy roleplay. From my point of view this game has a loot of element form both call of Cthulhu and runequest. And have some great scenarios.

    With friendly regard from Norway.

  3. Hello, I was searching for podcasts on Traveller and came across your 2 part podcast on iTunes. It feels like I am reminiscing with old friends as I listen to you speak. I still remember seeing Traveller sitting on a shelf at the hobby shop while my dad was shopping for RC airplanes back in 1979. The black books were sleek and mysterious. I didn’t even know what an RPG was for another year past this point when a friend introduced me to the D&D basic set. Unfortunately, I stopped playing RPGs and sold a bunch of them (Traveller, Space Opera, Living Steel, AD&D, Recon) after university in 1990 and didn’t come back to them until 2008. Recently I had the opportunity to meet Marc Miller at GaryCon 2017 last week. You can reach him at farfuture AT or his website in case you are interested. Thanks for all the awesome information! I didn’t realize that White Dwarf had so many Traveller ideas in them.

  4. Hi,

    I am really enjoying the podcast. I date from 1981 and was for my sins the first customer of GW Sheffield (managing to get served before the store even opened because they left the doors unlocked whilst stocking the store) and became a disciple of that 80s brush master the late Pete ‘Greblord’ Armstrong. I played anything and everything and gaming took me all over the place at a time when most kid’d parents wouldn’t let them even go into town on their own. I went on to manage and then own the Sheffield branch of Dungeons and Starships which as you’ll probably know was part of Chris Harvey Games, whose fanzines and catalogues were so much a part of my development. In 2011 my gaming memoir ‘Real Life’s A Bu**er – A Tale Of Sex Dragons & Rock ‘N’ Roll’ was published (a must-read if you want to laugh and cringe at the same time) and as it generates income I guess I have a lot to thank gaming for! Keep up the good work!

    Mark Hides

  5. Hey Mark

    I’ve read your memoir! It was something of an inspiration for the podcast as we started to do the same, writing a book to be published as an ebook, but we got bored and did the podcast instead!

    Thanks for getting in touch, pleased that you are enjoying the podcast.


    1. Thank you. I am binge listening as I work (I paint figures for a living having tired of Government service) and I keep thinking ‘Hey, that’s just like…’ which really reinforces my own sense of the similarities of experience within our age group. Pot plants, Runequest background, Traveller figures (still available from RAFM for pennies) and that sense that we were on the cusp of something which made us ‘higher’ – LOL.

      All the best,


  6. Brings up so many memories! I confess, I was never a tea-and-hobnob kinda guy, but Vimto and KitKats served the same purpose 🙂 Going to sound out game availability near me – all your fault! New CoC podcast very nostalgic – ah the joys of low SAN 🙂

  7. Keep up the good work chaps. Have become an avid listener of your podcasts since a friend recommended them to me. Often find myself nodding volubly in agreement at your many experiences and thoughts on RPGs as I’m transported back to the gaming hey-day of the 80s.

    I heard a shout-out in a earlier podcast asking for the experiences of those who gamed outside the UK. Maybe at some point I can contribute a few lines on what it was like to first experience, and then play, RPGs while living on a small Caribbean island some 35 years ago. Rolling D20s under a palm tree in the corner of the playground while the hot sun shone overhead is an experience I can commend to all.

  8. Dear Dirk and Blythy,
    Wanted to congratulate you on the podcasts, very informative and entertaining, your enthusiasm is contagious!. Only discovered them recently having come across your Apple Lane scenario on YouTube. Back in the day, early 80s, we were D&D, sorry, Advanced D&D players and although I can’t recall all the scenarios I do remember the excitement of the Against the Giants scenarios that were mentioned in the podcasts. Our sessions were great fun, usually accompanied by a chinese and a backdrop of The Stranglers (who don’t seem to feature in your play list!). In 83 I bought Runequest 2nd edition and attempted to get my mates to try it. we had a go at Apple Lane and I loved the more realistic mêlée, I thought SR was a great idea and no more making up where a plyer had been wounded instead the rules were clear that you had just lost your arm from that trollkin axe attack. Talking ducks aside l thought it looked fantastic. Unfortunately the consensus from my group was that it was unnecessarily complicated and we didn’t play as much as i would have liked. Well maybe I’ll have another go now that I’m officially out of cryo, just recently started plying Traveller with my son and other Dads so maybe I’ll introduce them to RQ or contact my original party through Roll20. Thanks again for the inspiration, cheers J.

  9. Hi Guys
    Recently discovered your podcast via The Friends of Jackson Elias and, as a fellow vintage gamer, I must say I’m thoroughly enjoying having Dirk and Blythy as travel companions on my drive too and from the day job. I nice blend of quirky but knowledgeable from tow characters who feel like the kind of folks I’d like to spend an evening bantering with over a few beers.

    Many memoires- I’ve thoroughly enjoyed diving back into the world of Traveller etc with you fellows. Never felt I managed to get Traveller feeling right- it was really tricky to get the mood locked down…


    Many thanks for being “my passengers” & a very merry Christmas to you

    All the best


  10. I only found your podcast when my favouroute Arabian porn site was hacked with links to a strange dark place near Bolton. Coincidentally and happily I had started Roleplaying again in the recent years after many, many years of absence from the hobby so this strange convergence of hobbies was fortuitous.

    I had recently picked up the James Bond RPG so I started there and then back to beginning and worked my way forward. I have very much enjoyed listening to the podcasts and it has taught me a few things;

    1. I regret not joining in an RPG session for Runequest many years ago.
    2. I really need to try Call of Cthulhu.
    3. I need to build up the confidence to start GMing again.

    I am currently playing a D&D 5e campaign over Roll20 every week. Roll20 has been a revelation, and I would recommend it to anyone struggling to get a regular group together.

    Anyway, carry on doing what you’re doing and I will try and say hi at UKGE!

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