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.


  • Confessions and Confrontations

    Confessions and Confrontations

    11/06/2020 Duración: 35min

    This week our heroes continue to receive visits from the Dealmaker, Rys. Will anyone accept the tempting offers? Please consider donating to the following #BlackLivesMatter funds if you are able to:

  • Vanishing and Visions

    Vanishing and Visions

    27/05/2020 Duración: 39min

    Our heroes steel themselves to face a threat they know not the scope of to save Serafin's village of Montepec. What will they find and what will stand in their way?

  • Flames and Flight

    Flames and Flight

    13/05/2020 Duración: 30min

    The Kutar are marching towards our heroes and the Ancient One they are trying to protect. Will they find a way to escape and preserve this entity? Or are they trapped inside a living mountain without time to escape?

  • Terror  Tea

    Terror & Tea

    01/05/2020 Duración: 33min

    Can our heroes make it through a city under siege to the Undying One they need to speak to? What dangers will they face and can chamomile tea save them all?

  • Bridges  Barricades

    Bridges & Barricades

    15/04/2020 Duración: 36min

    Our heroes face a siege that may overtake a city that potentially contains a crucial piece of the puzzle of the Eloi. Will they find what they need or are they needlessly headed into danger?

  • Stealth  Steppes

    Stealth & Steppes

    01/04/2020 Duración: 47min

    Our heroes depart the morning after a savage attack from the Kutar. They head towards Montepec and the troubles that they have foreseen, but what lies ahead of them?

  • Gossiping  Guarding

    Gossiping & Guarding

    19/03/2020 Duración: 44min

    Will the heroes make it to Kutar'tai? What happened to the camp they passed the previous day? 

  • Odysseys  Omens

    Odysseys & Omens

    11/03/2020 Duración: 52min

    Listen as Birch extorts Inday for snacks post-prayer and our heroes learn of more danger that lies ahead. 

  • The Forge: Apprentice to Master

    The Forge: Apprentice to Master

    04/03/2020 Duración: 01h51s

    Join Emma, Ben, and Brandon as they discuss character progression and leveling throughout a myriad of RPGs and Arcane & Iron.

  • Traveling  Talking

    Traveling & Talking

    26/02/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    Our heroes depart from the Lyceum to search out a race that may know more of the danger that lies ahead...

  • Lyceums  Lytasteums

    Lyceums & Lytasteums

    19/02/2020 Duración: 44min

    Their pancake map has led them closer to the Lyceum, and now our heroes must discover all they can from the tomes within. Will they be able to find anything?

  • Variant Rules: Problems  Pancakes

    Variant Rules: Problems & Pancakes

    06/02/2020 Duración: 50min

    It seems our heroes have some (personal?) problem(s!) to face. Will Birch reconcile with Hurain? Will Josephine figure out why her betrothed is suddenly her horse? And will the group find out how to leave this mountain?

  • Mountains  Madness

    Mountains & Madness

    23/01/2020 Duración: 55min

    Our heroes enraged the ancient race they had sought out for more information. They must leave and face the road ahead, but the mountain itself seems to fight against them. 

  • Thieves  Heroes

    Thieves & Heroes

    16/01/2020 Duración: 40min

    Our heroes try to find out more from these ancient beings about the planes colliding, while everything around them begins to crumble. 

  • Capers  Conversations

    Capers & Conversations

    13/01/2020 Duración: 47min

    Our heroes enter the home of the Eilings after everyone (but Kit) has taken a vow to preserve their secrets. Will they learn more from this ancient race about the threat that faces the realm or be forced to search elsewhere? 

  • Flurries  Farewells

    Flurries & Farewells

    01/01/2020 Duración: 36min

    The winds are shifting and our snow creatures are dwindling in their magic. Do they have enough to finish helping their creators before they turn back to pure snow? Guest Storyteller: Chris Van Houten Special Guests: Addie Gia & Tommy Cottin

  • Bunnies  Darkness

    Bunnies & Darkness

    18/12/2019 Duración: 41min

    The terrifying alien ice bunnies are approaching the lollipop fence as our snow heroes have readied for battle. Can they defend their humans and Earth from this threat, and at what cost? Join us this week for the next part of our Winter Arc. Guest Storyteller: Chris Van Houten Guest Players: Addie Gia and Tommy Cottin

  • Flurries  Blizzards

    Flurries & Blizzards

    11/12/2019 Duración: 48min

    Magical snow creatures are crafted when the wind blows from the Up, carrying with it magic and wonder. But are all things crafted with wonder wonderful? Guest storyteller Chris Van Houten Special Guests Addie Gia and Tommy Cottin of Waypoint Live and the (former) Essential NPCs Podcast fame!

  • The Forge: Ice, Ice Baby

    The Forge: Ice, Ice Baby

    04/12/2019 Duración: 54min

    Join us this week as we establish a world and create characters for a winter mini-series with guest storyteller Chris Van Houten. Ben, Brandon, and Emma will be at the table joined by Addie Gia and Tommy Cottin of Waypoint Live and the (former) Essential NPCs Podcast fame!

  • Compromises  Negotiations

    Compromises & Negotiations

    20/11/2019 Duración: 30min

    Our heroes have found their way up the mountain, but what information will they find inside? What will they have to sacrifice to get it?

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