I'm not a big podcast guy...
Oh how the times do change, don't they.
Bumping this thread because the resident frenchman was bemoaning the lack of things to listen to in chat.
My current roster of pods (RPG heavy up front, other stuff later):
One Shot Network - A Chicago based podcast network with a ton of great shows on a whole bunch of different RPG centric and adjacent topics. The central show is just called One Shot, and it's pretty much exactly what it sounds like, an anthology of one shots in a variety (like, a V A R I E T Y) of different RPG's. Usually 2-5 episodes per one shot at an hour to 2 hours a piece depending. It's nice because you don't need to commit to a massive story arc, you can just find a game that interests you and listen in. The performers are all incredibly talented improv performers and RPG nerds, so there's always a ton of great character and story work at play.
My personal recommendation for a series to start with (because it's my favorite): http://oneshotpodcast.com/one-shot/142- … the-beast/
Campaign - One of the other flagship shows for One Shot. Their long form campaign(s). The first campaign was set in the Star Wars universe, and the new campaign is set in an original universe based on the music of the Decemberists, (Basically Airship pirates with magic and zombies), also incorporates the Illimat board game in a really really freaking cool way.
System Mastery - 2 nerds sit around reviewing old, terrible RPG's. It's pretty dang fun. They also do a show called Expounded Universe where they read old Expanded universe Star Wars novels and review them (Review usually synonymous with "make fun of", but you know, potato potato), and they also do a movie review show reviewing new movies in theaters, and terrible old movies suggested by listeners.
Considering this forum, start here, Jef and Jon read Shadows Of The Empire: https://systemmasterypodcast.com/2017/0 … he-empire/
Neoscum - Shadowrun Actual Play podcast.
Hey Riddle Riddle - 3 improvisers who hate riddles sit around and try to solve riddles. Things get out of hand VERY quickly, it's great.
Improvised Star Trek - A 100% improvised new episode of a fictional Star Trek show every week, aboard the USS Sisyphus. (EDITORS NOTE: This is one of those shows that I reference CONSTANTLY when I talk to people about the power of long form improv formats).
Our Fair City - More of a radio drama than a podcast persay, but it just wrapped up it's 8th and final season, so it's got more than enough content to last you a while. Set in the post-apocalyptic insurance-company-turned-"benevolent"-overlords and last underground refuge of humanity, Hartlife. Featuring mole people, zombies, and the ever present eye of Hartlife. (Again, one of those shows I point people at for the power of the medium) I'm only on season 4, but it's absolutely fantastic.
Ologies - A new one for me so I haven't listened to a lot of episodes yet, but the ones I have are fantastic. Basically, Alie Ward interviews scientists and experts in a variety of obscure, strange and downright weird fields about the things they study. Part comedy, part science, part oh-gods-I-did-not-want-to-know-that-why-would-you-tell-me-that?!.
Lore - I think everyone knows about this one by now. Aaron Mahnke tells you spooky stories from history.
Welcome To Nightvale - Another one I'd be surprised if you haven't heard of, but just in case. Twilight Zone meets Douglas Adams in the small desert town of Nightvale where the local community radio host Cecil Palmer relays the news of the day.
This Podcast Will Kill You - Truth be told, I haven't listened to this much yet, but a friend highly recommended it to me so I'll pass it along. The 2 Erin's PhD, (disease ecologist and epidemiologist's) take you through the breadth and width of things that can kill you in all sorts of strange and horrifying ways; influenza, plague, HIV, Ebola, prions- you get the idea.
327 Pages We'll Never Get Back - Conor Lastowka and Michael J. Nelson (Of MST3K fame) read terrible books and talk about them. The titular 327 pages in reference to their first book, Ready Player One, oh yeah, strap the fuck in.
Hello From The Magic Tavern - Another improvised podcast (Can you tell I've got a theme going on here?). A few years ago Arnie fell through a magic portal behind a burger king and wound up in the magical land of Foon. Still getting a weak wi-fi signal through the portal he decided to make a podcast interviewing all of the strange magical creatures and characters of Foon.
No Such Thing As A Fish - The QI elves gather around a microphone to bring each other their favorite fact that they discovered that week. Basically a better version of QI where instead of cringy comedians trying to be funny it's intelligent and funny researchers sharing interesting things with no pretense.
The Technical Difficulties: Reverse Trivia - The precursor to Tom Scott and Co.'s fabulously popular youtube series, Citation Needed. Tom Scott reads the answers from a classic set of trivia question cards, and by classic I mean they're from 1984, to the panel, and they have to guess the question. If you like Tom Scott and any of the other stuff The Technical Difficulties have done, you should absolutely listen to this show if you haven't already.