GM Word of the Week

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For reasons which may, or may not, become clear, we’re going to spend the month of January talking a little bit about Tricksters. As loose themes go, this is probably the loosest, but we start with a pair of stories about Ravens. Tying them together is a discussion about smart animals and just what exactly it means to be one. So prepare for mirror tests and mask wearing in this, the first episode of GM Word of the Week for 2021, “Raven” If you like the show and want to help keep it ad free, head over to and select an option.
Happy Holidays! In this part: Microwaves Cochineal Following Eyes Not Tornadoes Yogurt Ester / Esther Nearly an hour of information and entertainment for your holidays. If you’d like to help support GM Word of the Week and get access to more monthly bonus episodes head over to
Happy Holidays! In this part: Thunderbirds Korea Hand of Glory Maid Marian Kung Fu Films Snow White Nearly an hour of information and entertainment for your holidays. If you’d like to help support GM Word of the Week and get access to more monthly bonus episodes head over to
The second part of our two-part Lost Episode 15 is now ready for your ears. In this: Follies, follies, follies! And also some Ha-has. It’s an exciting time as we go to the deserts of Africa and the gardens of England. If you’d like to help support the show, head to and pick your method. We’re happy to have you involved no matter which one you choose.
Welcome to the end of the year. Honestly, we’re as surprised as you are. In fact, we’re so surprised that we’ve been caught a bit off guard and left a lot of things laying around the place. Words mostly. It’s time to get them picked up and put away in an effort to leave this year behind us. But there are so many we can’t do it all in one episode, so we’re going to do two Lost Episodes in a row. No really. This is just the first. Inside you’ll find words about words, words about almost calendars, and words about the shortest president ever. Help support the show by going to and selecting any of our fine support options.
Oh sure, you can sit anywhere you like, but when certain people sit in unexpected places, people will comment. Which is why we’re looking at a very specific desk’s very specific story. Because some folks got all jumpy and you might as well know the story behind the story. So join us on at least two ill-fated explorations and find out what all the fuss is about as we take a close look at the Resolute Desk. Head over to our website at and click the yellow banner at the top to support the show on Patreon.
We use them everyday, but most of us never stop to really consider the contributions of the knife, fork, and spoon. But we should, because they marked a hallmark change not just in the tools available for feeding ourselves, but also the way we fed ourselves and how we behaved while doing it. You can find Bee Wilson’s book “Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat” at our affiliate link on Amazon: You can offer you support for No Shave November at
This year, as part of our annual Thanksgiving tradition, we’re looking at the things that make the food on our tables possible. We started with ovens in the last episode. So naturally it’s time to look at the pots and pans that go on that oven and help make the foods we like so much happen. From the earliest days we follow right along to the modern times and learn some surprising things along the way about how cooking pots not only changed the way we cooked, but also the things we could cook. And that changed everything. You can get Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson at our Amazon link: Help support Cancer Research and Prevention at our No Shave November page:
We enter the month of November eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving. Well, American Thanksgiving at least. And, as we have in the past, we will spend the month looking fondly at the feast. Except, this time, we’re looking at the tools and utensils that get the feast to the table. And to start with, we’ll discuss the most fundamental item of them all when it comes to preparing food, the oven. This month, we’d like to ask you to help support No Shave November and donate any amount you’re comfortable with to fund cancer research and prevention. You can read more about the program and make your donation at our team donation page:
To end our warm and fuzzy themed month, we’re asking you to help support cancer prevention and research through a donation to No Shave November at Thank you. Enjoy the episode.
First off, it’s not a tale as old as time. Other than that, of course, everything is completely totally accurate just as you believe it is. Except it isn’t. No, instead, the story of Beauty and the Beast was about some very different things when it was first written and you just won’t believe your ears when you hear us retell the original version of the story. Support the show you’ve come to know and love by going to and clicking the yellow banner at the top of any page.
In our month long pursuit of the warm fuzzies we were reminded of a listener request that definitely fit the bill. The love potion is a frequent contributor to the sort of fantasy adventure in which the participants are expected to participate in a regular comedy of errors. And, who but Shakespeare could be more responsible for such a thing. But in order to understand potions, and particularly love potions, we first have to look at the history and motivations for their use. So let’s do that shall we? You’re going to love it. We’re certain of it. Your support keeps the show going. Head inside and click the yellow banner at the top of any page to find out how you can help.
We begin October with a case of the warm fuzzies. See, we used to know a lot about cryptids and cryptozoology. One of our favorites was bigfoot. So, in this episode we’re going to go back in time to our younger selves and regale you with some of the stories about Sasquatch that really captured our imagination back then. Sit back and enjoy. And, if you have enjoyed, please consider supporting the show by going to and clicking the yellow banner at the top.
We really enjoy words. So much so that whenever we hear interesting facts about words, we kind of perk up and take notice. But sometimes the facts we here are a little suspect and so we do a bit of investigating to find out what the truth of the matter really is. And that’s how, if you aren’t very careful indeed, you start out talking about oranges and end up on YouTube. Join our Patreon and help support the show, we’d love to have you. For as little as a dollar you can get transcripts and early releases. Click the yellow banner at the top of any page to find out how.
We found ourselves between a rock and a hard place recently when we discovered our schedule was a bit off and we needed another episode. Caught on the horns of a dilema, we thought we’d be able to get some mileage out of one of the supposed siblings of the Chimera, Scylla. On the surface, it all looked good and made perfect sense. But, once we started digging we realized we were still stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea, and you can certainly see what that’s done to us. Maybe you can help us figure it out. If you’d like to help us out in other ways, say by making a small pledge to our Patreon or partaking of some of our merchandise, you can do so by heading to and clicking the yellow banner at the top. It helps to keep the show ad free and you get some neat perks to boot.
We’ve had quite the week on the West Coast, what with most of it burning, so naturally our attention turned to fixing the problem. Well, maybe not fixing, but certainly to those people and machines used ot make the problem go away. How did the first organized fire fighters come to be? Who thought it was a good idea and why? And more importantly, what does insurance have to do with it all? Listen in and find out on this late episode of GM Word of the Week. You can support the show in a variety of ways, to find out more, head over to and click the yellow banner inside.
As lost episodes go, this one has been pretty lost. For at least a year. But, never fear. We found enough bits laying around unused to make a healthy episode just for you. Together we can learn about poisoning, moose, some kind of owl goat cross breed, and bits of the sea. It’s all good fun on this episode of GM Word of the Week podcast. The Angry GM article on Bear Cavalry To find ways you can help support the podcast, check out our support page at
The Chimera has what one might call a complicated genealogy. But that’s okay because we like complicated things around here. No, really, we do. And nothing is more complicated than trying to figure out how the Chimera got to be like it is. So, that’s what we’ll do in this episode, figure out how the Chimera got it’s weird mix of traits. Along the way you’ll hear about Chimeras both real and imagined and learn a thing or two about genetics while we’re at it. Your support is important to us and keeps this show ad free. Check out to see how you can help.
It’s the end of August and we have no idea what we’re doing, so we pulled a listener request and here’s what we came up with. In this episode you can find out about horses named Silver, horses that might be dragons, and horses that fly except when attacked by a horse fly. And to get there, we only have to discuss a bit of genetics, a bit of Greek mythology, and bit about horses on hills. If that makes no sense to you, welcome to this episode of GM Word of the Week. Have a listen. If you would like to help support the show, go to and click the yellow banner at the top of the page. We’ve added new support options and some merchandise.
Oh we all know where this is going. Obviously, we’re going to discuss Robin Hood. Big whoop. Except, we’ve already talked about Robin Hood. A lot. Quite a lot, in fact. So, we’re going to have to do something else, something entirely unique within the world of games and gaming. We’re going to have to discuss reality. And what it really meant to be an outlaw in medieval times. That whole Robin Hood thing, as we have mentioned before, is definitely the product of a later time that had clearly swallowed the non-specific flavored sugar-water children’s drink of choice. Once again, we relied on Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira to help inform this episode. You can find the book at our Amazon link here: Join our Patreon and help support the show by clicking the yellow banner at the top of the page on our website:
How can you talk about the people of medieval times, if you don’t include the most important people in them, the kings. We discuss three kings that we all think we know everything about, but few folks actually do. In part because one of history’s most famous writers, turns out not to have been too truthful when he wrote about them. But it isn’t his fault as we’ll see, he just believed all the things everyone said about them and then wrote it down. And that’s why even the one he didn’t write about was still mistreated by those who did write about him. We’ve got merch! Check it out at Teepublic This episode was informed by the incredibly interesting book that is Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives by Alan Eriera and Terry Jones. Available on Amazon through our link. You can support the show and find our full episode descriptions at Clicking the yellow banner at the top will take you straight to our support page.
We consider them the lowliest of the low and just using the word peasant can cause offense in some circles. But it’s only because we don’t really know what we are talking about. If we did, using the word might be considered a good thing representing, as it does, a move towards independence, status, a greater freedom as well as an acknowledgement of where the real power lay in medieval society. But to find out about all that, you’ll need o listen to this episode. And, if you enjoy this episode, head over to and click he yellow banner at the top to join our Patreon.
We’ve talked about natural disasters before, but we definitely left out one big one: the tornado. Let’s correct that. Amid the discussion about how tornadoes work and why they always hit trailer parks, we’ll talk about the history of tornado science, what '“F numbers” really mean, and explain why for 40 years tornadoes didn’t exist. It’s a complicated business, these tornadoes, and we’re all a-whirl to talk about it. Help support the show by going to and clicking the yellow banner at the top.
Keeping track of what day it is is the least of our worries. But it is the most basic and therefore, the most important. Without keeping track of the days we can’t keep track of anything else but, how hard can it be? Well, come to find out, pretty darned hard as we’ll explore in this episode in which we discuss the development of calendars and just what makes it so difficult to have an accurate one. Join us, won’t you? Today. Matt Parker’s book Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World can be found through our Amazon Affiliate link: Support the show on Patreon, by going to and clicking on the Yellow Banner at the top of any page.
In our favorite RPGs, there is always a bit about sailing and naval combat. And that bit is usually wrong. Well, not entirely wrong, just mostly misplaced when you think about when our pseudo-medieval worlds are supposed to happen and compare it to when the sort of naval ships we’re meant to be sailing in were around. Once you do that, you start to see the problem: They weren’t around. So, let us help you sort the problem out by outlining the evolution of naval combat in three easy battles. You can grab a copy of Sons of the Waves: The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail by Stephen Taylor from our handy Amazon Link. If you’d like to help support the show on Patreon, you can do so here:
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Created by
Brian Casey
Podcast Status
Apr 21st, 2015
Latest Episode
Jan 13th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
22 minutes

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