140 – re:play Dungeon Academy 2

The Dungeon Academy students attend their first church service, a memorial to the student who was recently murdered under mysterious circumstances. Then they hit the books to try to solve a mystery and enter the first joust of the year, courtesy of the 1971 Chainmail rules.

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Headmaster Thoughts

I was rushing. I need to take time to let the different locations settle into the senses to get a feel for the campus. Maps and visual aids will help, but that’s no excuse to skimp verbally.

Also, on a research failure, I need to give you something else unrelated that fleshes out the setting. And I shouldn’t tell them the DC of research checks. And everyone who fails (or is in a group that fails) should take stress.

Dramatis Personae

Here are the NPCs featured in this ep:

Secundus, the murdered freshman

Anastasia, Warden of Saints

We don’t have pictures for all the PCs yet, but here’s what we do have so far:

Saggitarius (Tim)

Pluto (John)

picture of Pluto (John)

Luciana (Mason)

And here’s what the custom trifold character sheets look like:

Group Facing

Player Facing

Player Facing Expanded

And, last, here’s the turn-planning sheet that the players were putting their minis on in order to let the ref know what they intend to do on the upcoming turn:

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Church Music:

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122 – re:play City of the Crepuscular Queen 0/

We start our play of Daniel’s homebrew setting and system, City of the Crepuscular Queen. (Warning: mild Bloodborne spoilers.)

This episode starts with a discussion of mechanics and theory, intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards, using drama to structure your game, and giving creative pressure release valves.

Then Daniel moves into orienting the players on the setting, stuff they need to know in order to play their characters.

And finally we set up the first moment of actual play.

Theme music for CCQ is “Monarchy,” the title track of the album from Mosh: https://iammosh.bandcamp.com/album/monarchy

Episode image: public domain

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113 – Hexcrawls, Tomb of Annihilation, and Hot Springs Island

We discuss how hexcrawls can be compelling and how they can fail, exemplified in Tomb of Annihilation and Hot Springs Island.

Correction: Jacob contacted us to clarify that, while he did do all the layout himself, the art was done by Gabriel Hernandez, Eric Quigley, Cecil Howe, Billy Longino, Jason Thompson, Juan Ochoa, and Ron Guyett. And two others helped with the writing: Donnie Garcia and Evan Peterson.

To get more info about Hot Springs Island:

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112 (ggnoRE:PLAY) Limit Breaker – Tomb of Annihilation Part 4 Final

We continue our game of WotC’s newest module, Tomb of Annihilation. It’s a remix of Tomb of Horrors and Dwellers of the Forbidden City.

We have reached our limit. This is the final episode. Listen and see why. We’ll have concluding remarks and a review on our next episode.

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111 (ggnoRE:PLAY) One Hex Traveled – Tomb of Annihilation Part 3

We continue our game of WotC’s newest module, Tomb of Annihilation. It’s a remix of Tomb of Horrors and Dwellers of the Forbidden City.

We, uh, travel 10 miles in this episode. But that’s more entertaining than it might sound. We hope.

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110 – Death & Rez

We talk about death, resurrection, and getting on the same page as a gaming group.

Content Warning: GNS/Forgite theory is alluded and linked to.

Same Page Tool: https://bankuei.wordpress.com/2010/03/27/the-same-page-tool/

Brief talk of Creative Agenda: https://bankuei.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/creative-agendas/

Long Ron Edwards essay on it: http://www.indie-rpgs.com/_articles/narr_essay.html

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109 (ggnoRE:PLAY) Dinosaur Racing – Tomb of Annihilation Part 2

We start up a side-game of WotC’s newest module, Tomb of Annihilation. It’s a remix of Tomb of Horrors and Dwellers of the Forbidden City.

This time, it’s dinosaur racing. That’s it. Dinosaur racing and YouTube clips, the podcast.

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