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The site slogan was originally a catchphrase that was used by Balazaar, a character from the inaugural World's Largest Dungeon campaign.
RPGMP3 is a website started by Richard "Hal" Halpin in 2004, for hosting his RPG Actual Play podcasts. Hal and his tabletop gaming group managed to hack 'n slash their merry way through the entire World's Largest Dungeon, recording the gaming sessions and uploading them to the site.

After this Herculean effort, Hal kept recording and sharing his gaming sessions, and several other groups have since joined the ranks of the Site Contributors, including the Bradford Adventuring Guild, the Whartson Hall Gamers, the Pantsless Gamers, the Yorkton Gamer Guild, the Thistledown Gamers, the Order of the Ass, Kicking, and several others.

RPGMP3 holds over 1,000 podcast episodes available for free download (and yes, that's the correct number of zeroes), in addition to a collection of super-special Patrons Exclusive audio sessions, which are only available for donating members.

Pretty much every genre, setting and system of tabletop RPG has been playtested and recorded at one point or another, from the most popular games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder to indie darlings and cult classics.

The website can be found here.

Podcasts hosted by RPGMP3 contain examples of:

  • Proud to Be a Geek: Unsurprisingly, since the majority of the participants are roleplaying gamers and, therefore, huge nerds, there is no end to the amount of geekery and nerdiness that will accumulate in an average podcast episode.
  • Running Gag: The contributor groups have all developed their own running gags and in-jokes over time, which they usually remember to explain to their listeners. (Usually.) Since some of the groups' members listen to the other groups' recordings, this can sometimes lead to inter-group commentary.
  • Witty Banter: Pretty much every podcast on the site, regardless of which group its from, will invariably feature copious amounts of digression and discussion about anything and everything, e.g. the players' personal lives, other media, amusing anecdotes, and lots and lots of dick jokes. And others kinds of rude hilarity, of course. Luckily, most of the banter is highly entertaining.

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    The Pants Campers: Knights Trilogy 
The Pants Campers devote the majority of their time and effort to their multi-part Knights Trilogy campaign, which is played using the Savage Worlds system and set in the home-brewed World of Tropis. It follows the disgraced knight Herr Gareth Ranthos and his retinue as they attempt to unravel murder mysteries and other ill-doings in a benighted realm.

The Knights Trilogy contains examples of:

  • Ascended Extra: One of Herr Ranthos' retainers, the lady knight Herr Ludmilla Black, only played a minor role in the first part, Murder at Sturmhalt. She was promoted to full-time party member status in the second part, The Black Swan.
  • Bathos: The Pants Campers tend to punctuate life-and-death drama with whoopie cushions and dick jokes, such as this one from the first session of Murder at Sturmhalt:
    Daniel: Look around you! This hall holds so many empty chairs... So many chairs that will never again see noble arse.
  • Burn the Witch!: During the final episode of Murder at Sturmhalt, Rosanna the servant reveals her magical powers, which she's kept hidden for fear of persecution. Quite rightly, as Elyas the squire immediately thinks she's an evil witch— despite the fact that she only used her powers to save herself and the others from the real evil sorcerer, who'd been murdering people at Castle Sturmhalt. As an additional, quite blatant reference to this and similar tropes, Rosanna is burned by the evil sorcerer's Fireball spell, and acquires a permanent burn scar.
  • Canis Latinicus: The languages of Tropis sound strangely familiar, extending both to Canis Latinicus, as well as Dogski Russki and Woofwoofio Italiano, among others.
  • Darker and Edgier: The World of Tropis is practically fueled by grimdark. Presumably, the local flora must have adapted to a world where it always rains. (Usually regular old H2O, with an occasional brief shower of fire and brimstone.)
  • Gratuitous Latin: The World of Tropis is a medieval setting, with plenty of... 'inspiration' from real world cultures. Latin isn't the only (dead) language that was butchered during the world design naming process, but it certainly gets a lot of screen time.
  • Rugged Scar: Elyas Wannerholt, Herr Ranthos' squire, gets shanked in the face during a combat scene. The resulting facial scars give him a certain degree of macho street cred, and a heroic lisp, like a veteran boxer or something.
  • The Dung Ages: The World of Tropis is a Medieval setting, replete with war, pestilence, famine, and anarcho-syndicalist mud farming communes.