This collection of podcasts is just a drop in the bucket. There are so many podcasts out there, how do you discern which ones are good? That’s hard to answer, but we have assembled the following curated list of the ones the Rolling Boxcars team enjoys. We each have different interests and this list represents a cross-section of those interests. Many are linked to Podbean or iTunes, but they are all available from a variety of podcast services for your listening pleasure.
Actual Play Podcasts:
The Lovecraft Tapes
A long-running Call of Cthulhu story with a great cast of characters and gripping stories.
[Ended] Follow the zany Kids on Bikes adventures of this fun group of teen characters who seemingly find their way into trouble, a lot.
Short story arcs using various RPGs; a very dynamic cast of players
The Esoteric Order of Roleplayer
A mixture of short and long campaigns of various RPGs; Most known for their Pendragon, Call of Cthulhu, Paladin, and Vampire campaigns.
An ever-changing group of Canadian RPG gamers exploring various RPGs through one-shot games.
Skype of Cthulhu
Call of Cthulhu one-shot and campaign plays; Huge catalog to choose from.
A Long-running campaign following the adventures of the Orlando Ghostbuster. Note: Currently on hiatus.
An ever-changing group of RPG gamers exploring various RPGs through one-shot games.
A long-running campaign of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars: Edge of the Empire with Chicago based improvisational actors. Note: Star Wars campaign has completed and a new campaign has started using Fantasy Flight’s Genesys.
An actual play Star Wars podcast with a great cast of personalities
An actual-play Dungeon World podcast about being who you are by being someone different
Just Barbarian Things
A fun little actual play podcasts featuring a variety of role-playing games
Brits on Bikes
Listen to the crazy adventures of this group kids in a British themed Kids on Bikes game
To Morrows End
An actual-play of the game The Morrow Project using the 4th edition rules
Twin Cities by Night
A diverse actual play podcast that focuses on World of Darkness with a touch of other games
Dungeons and Daddies
A hilarious D&D 5e actual play podcast. This is a show you have to check out!
The Arkham Files
A nicely produced Call of Cthulhu actual play podcast
Ghostbusters: Ready to Believe
The adventures of a Ghostbuster’s franchise in Dallas, Texas using GBI rules
Into the Darkness
A fun Call of Cthulhu actual play podcast
Heavily focused on independent RPGs w/ a smattering of old school thrown in for good measure
Supporting podcast for Mutant Crawl Classics RPG and post-apocalyptic settings.
Supporting podcast for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition.
Dead Games Society
An examination of out-of-print games.
The Grognard files
A look at new and out-of-print games from a British point of view.
Save for Half Podcast
A review podcast that focuses on out-of-print RPGs.
Supporting podcast for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.
Miskatonic University Podcast
Supporting podcast for Call of Cthulhu RPG and horror gaming.
Good Friends of Jackson Elias
Supporting podcast for Call of Cthulhu RPG, horror gaming, literature, and movies. Hosted by Paul Fricker, Scott Dorward, and Matthew Sanderson.
Save or Die Podcast
Supporting podcast for Original and Basic Dungeons and Dragons.
Behind the Claw
Supporting podcast for Classic Traveller RPG. Note: Podfaded.
A discussion of various RPG topics. Hosted by Old Man Grognard Glenn Holstrom.
Roll for Initiative
Supporting podcast for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st Edition. Note: This podcast has ended
Podcast at Ground Zero
A discussion of post-apocalyptic through RPGs, movies, and literature. Hosted by Jarred Wallace and Adam Glancy
Tales from the Hydian Way
An RPG discussion podcast with Ben and Rissa talking about many different topics
On a Roll
Focuses on better storytelling, better playing, and better community through the belief that the only way to win an RPG is to have fun
What Would the Smart Party Do?
RPG industry interviews and general coverage of the various game systems
An audio drama about a group of friend investigating a local legend called The Blackwood Bugman (6 episodes)
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward / The Whisperer in Darkness
A modern take on the old story of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (10 episodes)
Welcome to Night Vale
Community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. (Ongoing)
The Orphans is a cinematic audio drama chronicling the castaways of the downed starship, The Venture
Campfire Radio Theater
Reminiscent of the spooky horror stories once told around campfires. Very immersive and some will make your skin crawl (Ongoing)
The Magnus Archives
A weekly horror fiction podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organization dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird (Ongoing)
The White Vault
The White Vault is a horror drama highlighting the written records of a repair crew on a remote arctic outpost.
Archive 81 is a found footage horror podcast about ritual, stories, and sound.
Charleston Time Machine
A look at the colorful history of Charleston, SC. Hosted by historian Dr. Nic Butler
Dr. History’s Tales of the Old West
True stories of the Old West taken from the Dr. History segment of “Zeb at the Ranch” radio show.
A historical look at various revolutions from their beginning to their ends. Hosted by Author Mike Duncan
Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast
Various topics on Japanese history and culture.
The History of Rome
An in-depth look at the history of Rome. Hosted by Author Mike Duncan
10 American Presidents Podcast
A closer look at various American Presidents. Note: Podfaded.
Learn the reality and truth surrounding some of history’s most interesting nobles
Bone & Sickle
Follow the history and origins of various legends, myths, and folklore. Hosted by Author Al Ridenour
Two best friends take a booze dive into Folklore, Mythology, and legend. Caution: Explicit language
Legends Myths and Whiskey Podcast
Narrations of various legends and/or myths followed by a discussion topped with a whiskey review. Note this podcast is no longer in production.
A look at conspiracies, pseudoscience, and misconceptions with critical thinking and a skeptical eye.
Voluminous: The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft
The HPLHS’ own podcast; reading and discussing HPL’s written letters
Exploring Appendix N literature and its uses in Dungeon Crawl Classics and other RPGs.
A narration of various books and novels of a pulpy nature.
The Lovecraft Geek
A literary discussion on Lovecraft and his work. Hosted by Robert M. Price
The Cromcast: A Weird Fiction Podcast
A literary discussion on Robert E. Howard’s and other pulp stories.
The H.P. Literary Podcast
A literary discussion on Lovecraft and other horror writings.
The Double Shadow
A literary discussion on Clarke Ashton Smith’s work. Note: Podfaded.
Levar Burton Reads
Levar Burton selects and reads a variety of short fiction. The fantastic production value and great stories make this a pleasure to listen to (Ongoing)
Original fantasy stories narrated by the author D.S. Tierney
A Podcast to the Curious – The M.R. James Podcast
A literary discussion on M.R. James work
TV & Movie:
Talking Apes TV: A Planet of the Apes Podcast
A review show covering all the classic Planet of the Apes movies, TV shows, and cartoons.
A review show covering the classic Planet of the Apes movies, TV shows, comics, as well as ape related movies like the many incarnations of King Kong.
If you have a favorite podcast that you think we should check out, comment below with the name of the podcast and a link to the show. We’ll be sure to check it out and if we like it, we’ll add it to the list.
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