Episode 54 – Adding Nostalgia Into Your Games

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It looks like we finally made it to 2021. While we are certainly hoping for a brighter future, we can’t help but be a tad bit nostalgic about distant past of our childhoods. In this episode, Adam, Chris, Crazon, David, and Ian discuss how to bring nostalgia into your games.

Talking Points: Nostalgia, Monsters and Other Childish Things, Little Fears, Kids on Bikes

Music: Unconscious by selfpity 

Actual Play – Call of Cthulhu – Reign of Terror – EP 1

June 2nd, 1789. As the stirrings of revolution take hold in Paris, a group of soldiers overseeing transportation of human remains from cemeteries are called away from their duty to investigate a murder.

Ian – Keeper

Adam – Michel Beaumains – Soldier

Ethan – Thierry Renault – Sergeant

Joe – Christophe Pressi – Soldier

Vince – Joseph Hugel – Provisioner

Actual Play – Delta Green – The Shallow Ones

Note: The following game is a spin-off game from our Ectozoic Park campaign.

Late Spring 1999/ Cave Run Lake, Kentucky. Following leads from an old company Project and it’s researcher’s notes, a Team was sent to investigate the national park. However, a week into their survey, the Team went missing. Now Cloutmann Chemicals and their Department of Environmental Concerns and Surveys have assembled another team to uncover what transpired near this artificial lake.

Adam – Brad Thompson – EPA Agent

Ian – Estevan Demon – Anthropologist / Ufologist.

Crazon – GM

Actual Play – Delta Green – Blacksat (2020)

Friend of the show Korie Khanyers invited me to join his group’s for a game of Delta Green Blacksat.  I’d played this scenario before, but Korie definitely brought something new to the table.  I’ve been looking forward to posting this game for a while. 

To learn more about Korie be sure to check out his Twitter @KorieKhanyers and on Instagram @Shaokhanyers.

Five astronauts and two specialist head up into space on a classified military operation to repair a secret spy satellite code-named BLACKSAT.  What first appeared to be a chance of a lifetime quickly escalates into introduction to otherworldly horror.

Korie – GM

Adam – Captain. Daniel Hamlet

Nick –  Major Dirk McMillian

Sarah – Doctor Deidra Turner

Red – Lt. Commander Lucy Belton

Actual Play – Tales From The Loop – Dream Machine PT 3

In this climatic finale to our first arc, the Kids must contend with Peter and his shadowy “friends”.  How will Oskar and Olaf face off against these terrifying entities and will the others be able to keep themselves out of trouble enough to help them? Only one way to find out!

Adam – Aiden – Computer Geek.

Chris –   Oscar –Weirdo. Aiden’s first cousin.

Ethan – Kip – Tech savvy hick.

Patrick – Olaf – Jock. Swedish exchange student

Vince – Zelda – Rocker and dreamer

Actual Play – Tales From The Loop – Dream Machine Pt. 2

Note:  As you may have noticed, the game I posted last month and the copy text didn’t match.  This series of games was a continuation of an early Loops game that I meant to post.  Since it is too late to fix that, I’ll make the original game a prequel.   – Adam

Our crack team of bumbling misfits has found a possible suspect for the strange happenings around town. Peter, a school dropout, has set himself up at a local store known as the Dream Shop.  In order to get to the bottom of this mystery, the kids come up with a plan to sneak into shop and figure out if Peter’s behind everything. Hilarity ensues

Adam – Aiden – Computer Geek.

Chris –   Oscar –Weirdo. Aiden’s first cousin.

Ethan – Kip – Tech savvy hick.

Patrick – Olaf – Jock. Swedish exchange student

Vince – Zelda – Rocker and dreamer

David – Frankie – Troublemaker with a heart of gold

Actual Play – Tales From The Loop – Dream Machine Ep 1

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

Actual Play- Apocalypse West – Gold Rush

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.

Episode 52 – Our Special Dungeons & Dragons Episode

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.

Music: Distant Stars – 01 Total Eclipse by Nathaniel Wyvern