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Variant Rules

Variant Rules is a game development and actual play RPG podcast set out to develop the Arcane & Iron tabletop RPG system through storytelling, community feedback and mechanics discussions. We test the mechanics of a brand new system and tinker with game design by the best method possible: play.

We release two different types of episodes biweekly on Wednesdays: a core actual play episode featuring the campaign’s storyline, players and their characters, and The Forge companion episodes, where we discuss the system and how to play it with the game’s designer and its players.

Oct 28, 2020

Inday begins to explore the culture and the needs of Montepec following their occupation by the Empire. 


Oct 14, 2020

Sometimes being a DM/GM/Storyteller is hard. What can you or your players do to share the load? Try out the new story building mechanic designed by Brandon Raab, creator of Arcane & Iron. 


Oct 1, 2020

Birch finds his place among the people of Montepec through good food and conversation. But what happens when Brassley clearly wants to go on a journey?


Sep 16, 2020

This week our illustrious Alex Sanchez joins us to discuss his experience playing Arcane and Iron and his fabled character Birch.


Sep 3, 2020

Kit and Josephine explore Montepec in the weeks following the battle with Violet. Both are in for new experiences as they encounter forces they have not before.