In preparation for an upcoming Band of Blades campaign, Joe and Patrick join Adam to discuss how to run a Forged in The Dark game. In our discussion, we explore the mechanical differences between Blades in The Dark and Band of Blades.
Edit: Sorry, the wrong episode copy was attached to this episode. Everything has since been updated.
In a 1987 that never was, strange things are happening in Boulder City, home to the US Loop. Odd dreams plaguing students and adults, strange power outages, and a unique new pen pal all crop up as a group of kids try to survive school long enough to make it to Summer Break. Will they have what it takes in order to solve the mystery without getting grounded? Probably not, but hey, that’s part of the fun!
Adam – Aiden – Computer wiz
Chris – Oscar – Rebel, Aiden’s first cousin
Patrick – Olaf – Swedish exchange student
Vince – Zelda – Musician and dreamer
David – Frankie – Troublemaker with a heart of gold
A chance encounter with a wealthy miner sets a group of adventurers off to make their own fortunes. However, while riches await them, they must first make it there.
Birk – Hoarse Osborne – The Homesteader
Vince – Bones – The Lone Rider
Crazon – Damian Devens – The Junker
Chris – Billy Dodge – The Gambler
We ran this game using the Powered by the Apocalypse hack, Apocalypse West.
After four years of running an actual play podcast, we finally got around to playing Dungeons and Dragons. Since October has unofficially turned into D&D month for RPX, cast members Aaron, Ethan, and Nick regale us with their experiences both playing and running Dungeons & Dragons.
The great Fenrith bakeoff occurs every year during the town’s summer festival and showcases the talents of some of the area’s best bakers. As a party of adventurers enter the town on the eve of the competition, they soon learn that all is not right in small town of Fenrith.
Nick – DM
Adam – Ayas Yindove II, Elven Cleric of the Trickery Domain
Chris – Welgrace High-Hill, Halfing Rogue
Ethan – Wilhelm, Warforged Cleric of the Forge
Ian – Damakos “Leaf, Tiefling Druid
After a botched burglary attempt, Mordid Hightrap escaped from authorities stowing away ship anchored in the harbor – which then immediately set sail. With a member of the local authority onboard, Mordid attempts to pass himself off as a simple sailor – and then the storm hits…
Adam – Mordid Hightrap – Thief
Ethan – Dungeon Master
Special thanks to our friends from the RPG Logic Podcast for hooking us up with a copy of D&D Essentials.
The game is over, and all the ghost dinosaurs have been put to rest (for the time being), but that doesn’t mean the party has to stop there. Join Adam, Terra and Review Cultist as we reflect on our experiences playing children in One Less Die’s actual player Little Fears mini campaign, Ectozoic Park.
Note: The audio quality is a bit rough on this recording. Also, if you enjoyed the scenario you can find it here.
Statements from the Usher Foundation, an offshoot of their British analogue, the Magnus Archives. Statements recorded:
Case # 113237- Statement of Madeline Tyne, concerning a surgical procedure and an impossible labyrinth. Statement given June 27th, 1997. Statement recorded by Christopher Vandermeer, archival assistant Many thanks to Dr. Jim Naples from Beth Israel deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical Center, for his input and access to some of his articles.
Case # 930822 Statement of Michael Staine, concerning a road trip and a long road. Statement given January 9. Statement taken by Patrick Ligotti, Archivist .
Special thanks to Dr. Jim Naples for his medical advice on vestibular surgery.
Chris – Christopher Vandermeer & Michael Staine
Patrick – Madeline Tyne & Patrick Ligotti
Trigger warning: Spire deals with themes of racial inequality and fighting against social injustice.
Brother Knife’s identity has been revealed to authorities. Already, he has been arrested and executed. Since no one else from the crew has been picked up, it is safe to assume that Brother Knife didn’t break. Given the nature of their work, the crew has reason to believe that it was a fellow drow that revealed their companion’s identity. Loose ends have got to get tied up one way or another.
GM – Patrick
Adam – Opel – Bound
Chris – Pander – Firebrand
Ethan – Naro – Midwife
Vince – Scythe – Masked
Spring 1999/Drumheller, Alberta. A revelation brings the mystery man into the spotlight and more. A creepy estate merits an investigation when you’re a kid, for it’s likely haunted… undoubtedly so given the circumstances. But what ghostly creatures from prehistoria lurk in the shadows of this manor. How deep did the awakening dig in the strata of deep time.
Chris – GM
Terra – Jolencia Miller (10)
Adam – Timmy Jones (8)