Torchbearer – Episode 04, Side A

Hello listeners! Welcome to side A of the fourth recording session of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers. Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

In this episode, we hear the protagonists dilly-dally about fighting the Stone Spider they’ve run into, they engage the conflict mechanics (eventually), and at some point we start up the sick Sack Rhymes again.

Really we’re just here to make jokes about the inventory mechanics with Torchbearer, so in that way, we’re winning.

Please enjoy the show!

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Torchbearer – Episode 03, Side B

Hello listeners! Welcome to side B of the third recording session of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers. Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

In this episode of the adventure, we hear how the protagonists go through camp activities, including finally getting rid of some of their conditions and recreating their ruined map before venturing back into the room with the fissure in the floor. They then ran into a danger of the dungeon that they’ve been seeing signs of but had not actually run into yet. That creature caused them to immediately reconsider every decision they were making.

We ended the session, as always, by giving out awards!

Please enjoy the show!

Torchbearer – Episode 03, Side A

Hello listeners! Welcome to side A of the third recording session of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers. Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

In this episode the adventurers continue their adventure through the caverns below the Inn. They discover just how dark and foreboding the place truly is. The brave fools then discover an obstacle in their path and another sign that points directly at giant spiders living in this deep place… And that’s all before they even get to make camp.

Please enjoy the show!

Torchbearer – Episode 02, Side B

Hello listeners! Welcome to side B of the second recording session of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers. Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

In this episode the meta discussion continues! Because the players are still recovering from the really rough time in session one and Jimmy fell through the floor at the end of the last episode as a result of a twist. Nilo nearly has a catastrophe, the party suffers a very terrible set-back, and then they deal with the fallout of Jimmy’s twist from his failed cartography roll. We cap off the night with awards and have some talks about how tough they are to give out.

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Keeping that Pun-O-Meter strong at 1, despite the presence of some pretty good jokes.

Please, enjoy the show!

Torchbearer – Episode 02, Side A

Hello listeners! Welcome to the second episode of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers. Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

In this episode we have a lot of meta discussion because the players had a really rough time in session one and needed to regroup. We talk about the current situation that they’re in, the rules that we’ve encountered and needed clarification on, and begin adventuring through the dungeon once more after the group decides that they need to get out of the Inn’s cellar and back up into the Inn proper to scavenge for provisions! This goes poorly… Huzzah!!!

Please, enjoy the show!

Torchbearer – Episode 01, Side B

Hello listeners! Welcome to the second part of the first recording session of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers! Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

We pick up with the dramatic conclusion of the encounter from the end of our last session and then delve further into the cellar of the inn. They found a barricaded doorway and then we discover something rather disturbing in the darkness beyond…

Please, enjoy the show!

Torchbearer – Episode 01, Side A

Hello listeners! Welcome to the first episode of our Torchbearer series!  In this series you’ll hear our cast struggle heroically through their adventure below the Inn of the Three Squires as first level adventurers. Alex played the role of Jimmithias “Jimmy” Dwindelberger, a Human Magician, Kaetlyn played the role of Aaron Gold, a Human Warrior, Kolton played the role of Horrace San Diego, a Human Cleric, and Matt played the role of Nilo Steelkin, a Dwarf Adventurer, in this series. Colin acted as GM, The Adversity.

At the beginning of this episode, you’ll hear the Crew use James D’Amato’s Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide to help them flesh out their group dynamic a little bit! The book is full of fun prompts and activities to help flesh out character backstories for any level of play for fantasy adventure games and they thought it would be fun to use it for this series. You’ll hear them go through three of the activities for “low level” characters and you’ll see that these activities are fast, fun, and engaging.

James doesn’t have an special site or online shop where you can buy his book directly from him, so you’ll just have to buy it wherever you usually buy your gaming books!

Once that’s done (around the 30 minute mark), the Crew gets right into the action and facing the party’s first formidable foe… a broken staircase! Seriously. You’ll see that they immediately realize how difficult facing challenges like this obstacle are in this game. Once they’re inside the building, they begin exploring and come face to face with a different danger…

Please, enjoy the show!

Torchbearer – Character Creation

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!

And now, please, enjoy the show.

Legend of the Five Rings – Episode 11 Side B

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.

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Our Pun-O-Meter is only at a 1 for today as there was basically no word play during this episode. Plenty of great laughs during the episode, but none due to those ever elusive puns.

Please, enjoy the show!

Legend of the Five Rings – Episode 11 Side A

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 Kakita while 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!

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Our Pun-O-Meter is only at a 1 for today as there was basically no word play during this episode but we still crack a few jokes here and there.