Hello listeners! Welcome to the Character Creation recording for Wednesday Night Game’s Torchbearer series! Alex, Kaetlyn, Kolton, and Matt joined this series as players and Colin acted as GM and helped facilitate this recording session.
Today, you’ll get to listen to this optional content where we discuss rules of the game, character development and creation, group backstory, and some world building and discussion about tone. Really very standard stuff for our Character Creation series of episodes. Also par for the course is that this episode is longer than our normal 45 minutes to an hour long and clocks in at very nearly 1 hour and 30 minutes. Colin comes into this thing strong with some good tone setting… but then succumbs to the groups general silliness as the show goes on longer.
You’ll specifically get to hear us start to get to some Seussian antics latter on in the session. You’ll see.
Also, you’ll hear us mention James D’Amato’s Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide in this episode. It’s full of fun prompts and activities to help you flesh out your character’s backstories for any level of play for fantasy adventure games, or for writing stories! James doesn’t have a special site or online shop for this book, so you’ll just have to buy it wherever you usually buy your gaming books!
Hello listeners! Legends of the Five Rings has come to an end which means that we’ll be starting a new series next week!
The Wednesday Night Crew is excited to say that we’re gonna be presenting Torchbearer by Thor Olavsrud which was Matt’s pick in our rotation!
This game is similar to Mouse Guard, but a little more mechanically robust. Also similar to Burning Wheel, but a little less mechanically complex. We wanted to give it a try since it would give us a full view of the Burning Wheel system (except for Burning Empires, of course).
Content and tone wise, the game is a dungeon delver so it’s styled in the vain of old school Dungeons and Dragons games (right down to gaining XP for bringing back treasure instead of fighting monsters) or the Darkest Dungeon video game but without all the Lovecraft influences. Light and carrying capacity are emphasized mechanically in this game (which we’ll talk about in the episodes at length) and fighting monsters to the death is disincentivized (unusual for this type of game in the modern gaming landscape).
Colin ran the adventure from the back of the rulebook, Under the House of the Three Squires, and the players had an excellent time! Please come and join us next Monday for Character Creation where we sit around and talk about what kind of adventurers will undergo this perilous journey, and next Wednesday for Episode 1, Side A.
Welcome listeners to the final episode of our L5R series! The end has come and this is the last week you’ll hear these characters do their thing for a good long while.
As always for this series, Alex played Shinjo, Kaetlyn play Doji, Kolton played Shiba, Matt played Kakita, and Colin acted as GM.
In this episode you’ll hear the Cranes make some arrangements regarding communication to be sent to various factions and try to do some political maneuvering before they set out on some travel. During this time, Shinjo returns to Unicorn lands to tell of his failure to his Clan Leader. Far back in the Imperial City, Shiba has a spoopy vision and he gets to meet another kami of the realm… you know… like a Phoenix do.
Welcome listeners to the penultimate episode of our L5R series! That’s right. The end is nigh! Next time, L5R will come to a close and the week after that, we’ll bring you a new series! We’re very excited about the new show that’s coming up, but for now, let’s get on with the samurai action.
As always for this series, you’ll hear Alex play the party of Shinjo, Kaetlyn play the part of Doji, Kolton played Shiba, and Matt played Kakitawhile Colin acted as GM.
Preamble today before we get into the episode teaser: As you all might have guessed, we record our game sessions way in advance. This is mostly a byproduct of the amount of time we record for and then the size of our episodes. So we had a lot of backlog and therefore a lot of time for Colin to forget some stuff before editing this series.
So remember when we said that the crowning achievement of this series was episode 10? And that we were incredibly bummed that we lost it? And how a couple weeks ago Kaetlyn went through the trouble to re-record the lost material for all of you fine listeners? Well… That seems to have not really been necessary because Colin forgot some stuff before completing the edits on the series.
Some of that extra recording Kaetlyn made was recap material from before the prologue gap and was meant as a refresher for where some of the characters were and what they were doing before we got back to the “current” story line. Some of it was Jun’s story. And some of it was meant to get you guys up to speed on what had happened in the mass battle so you wouldn’t be completely lost when we continued the series.
The Good News: Jun’s story and the RP scenes surrounding it, were (apparently) on the last recording session of the series and were not lost. In fact, they’re in the recording that you’re about to hear right now!
The Bad News: We already spoiled the reveal of this story with Episode 10 Side A.
If you’d like to skip the story as we originally told it, you’ll find these timestamps useful. Jun’s story begins at 17:50 Jun’s story ends at 25:50
Please forgive Colin for this lapse in his memory. It has been a very long time since the crew played this series and he honestly thought that they played this scene out during Episode 10.
Otherwise, as always, enjoy the show!
Shiba goes to a party for the Empress and meets a mysterious person (who the audience and the players might recognize from somewhere) and the Cranes deal with their Jun situation by creating even more drama!
Welcome listeners to the continuation of our L5R series and the second part of Session 11! As always for this series, you’ll hear Alex play the party of Shinjo and Asahina, Kaetlyn play the part of Doji and Matsu, Kolton played Shiba and Mirumoto, and Matt played Kakita and Hida while Colin acted as GM (and filled in for Asahina during our Mass Battle).
In this episode you’ll hear us get a little loopy as we finish up our marathon of Mass Battling. Spoilers: We finish the Mass Battle by the end of this installment and we were very happy to reach the conclusion when we did!
As with last week, we wanted to say that the Mass Battle rules from Fantasy Flight Games is pretty crunchy by our standards so you’ll definitely hear us engage in some table chatter about rules throughout the recording. Colin has, again, done what he can to limit the amount of unnecessary or irrelevant talk (and talk about die rolling) to keep the podcast more listenable for you guys. Some of the information discussed was relevant to the ongoing narrative, so it stayed in because it was important. And some of it was funny, so it passed muster by virtue of comedic levity! Just know that he has done what he can to save you from the worst of it.
Last week we ended with the close of the story of Funaki, a Unicorn Leader, and this week you’ll hear us talk quite a bit about Baki, a Crab Leader who we had introduced in the tragically lost Session 10 Incident. In this episode he gets a little more screen time since our good girl Funaki was no longer there to capture our attention at the table.
Please come along with the Players as they find out how this battle is going to unfold and what happens to the remaining Unicorn and Crab forces as they struggle against the forces of darkness that are defiling their lands.
Welcome listeners to our return after a week’s hiatus! In this episode you’ll hear our synopsis of the highlights from Session 10 of our L5R series and the first part of Session 11! As always for this series, you’ll hear Alex play the party of Shinjo and Asahina, Kaetlyn play the part of Doji and Matsu, Kolton played Shiba and Mirumoto, and Matt played Kakita and Hida while Colin acted as GM (and filled in for Asahina during our Mass Battle).
In this episode you’ll hear the very important synopsis of the events of Session 10 but also the continuation of the aforementioned Mass Battle. We do jump immediately into round 3 of that battle but the turns we’d taken so far were included in the Session 10 Synopsis and Colin has provided a quick and dirty run down of the rules system that we followed to enact that battle as well so you’re not completely lost as to what the crew is doing immediately as they start up the show.
The Mass Battle is pretty crunchy by our standards and there’s a good amount of die rolling and some table chatter about rules throughout but Colin has done what he can to limit the amount of unnecessary or irrelevant talking to keep the podcast more listenable for you guys. Regardless of the amount of rules, there were several moments in this Battle that when viewed together created their own beautiful story and we felt that letting you guys hear how the system let us build those moments was better than just doing a synopsis of the Battle. This was a serious consideration since it took half of Session 10 and all of Session 11 to complete. You guys are in this for the long haul with us, so strap in!
… And by “technical difficulties” we mean our recording of Session 10 was corrupted and lost.
You have no idea how disappointed we are to have to share this news with you all or how sad it made us to realize that this was the reality that we live in. Session 10 was basically the crown jewel of our L5R series for reasons that will be made clear later. In order to be able to bring you the rest of the story of the Samurai we’ve been talking about for some weeks, we’re looking for an alternative method than the original recording to bring that story to you! Both for the current timeline and the prologue!
But in order to do that we need to take a week off.
This will allow us to make the appropriate arrangements so that we can get you an episode that meets our desires as storytellers and your standards as our listeners. You will hear that story, even if it isn’t as we told it at the table the first time… you’ll get the story…
So thank you for your patience this week and be ready to join us next week for the continuation of L5R. Again, we are so sorry that this information is coming to you last minute like this, and that the news sucks so much.
Hello! Welcome to Part 8 of the Prologue of our Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) series! Alex played Asahina, Kaetlyn played Matsu, Kolton played Mirumoto, and Matt played Hida in this series and Colin acted as GM.
Today, the Council of Evil is held in which the players talk mostly out of character about things their characters would know more about in character and I supply some (mostly) accurate lore for them based on Beta material supplied in the playtest packet we were playing out of and stuff I remember from a card game and reading the 4th edition players handbook once in college! … Please be gentle to us.
Hello! Welcome to Part 7 of the Prologue of our Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) series! Alex played Asahina, Kaetlyn played Matsu, Kolton played Mirumoto, and Matt played Hida in this series and Colin acted as GM.
Today the newly corrupted Mirumoto and the still to be corrupted Asahina face off in the hot-boxing tent of corruption with the Crane attempting to escape and the fallen Dragon doing his best to keep him there and breathing the tainted fumes and smoke of the Shadowlands.
Hello! Welcome to Part 6 of the Prologue of our Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) series! Alex played Asahina, Kaetlyn played Matsu, Kolton played Mirumoto, and Matt played Hida in this series and Colin acted as GM.
At the beginning of every session of the Legend of the Five Rings series, we played out the events of a prologue story with a second set of characters. You are about to listen to part of that story.
Today the the Crab Clan Samurai Hida and Lion Clan Samurai Matsu work to taint their companions with the Shadowlands’ influence while the Crane Clan’s Asahina and the Dragon Clan’s Mirumoto fight a desperate struggle in a the astral realm against a sinister shadow force.