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Sentient Weapons & Cursed Items – Ep139

You cannot talk about sentient and cursed items without talking about Stormbringer
You cannot talk about sentient and cursed items without talking about Stormbringer

Mike seldom gives us magic items, as we have mentioned in the past, but on occasion he has given us ones that drive the story all by themselves. Adding sentient weapons and cursed items to you game can really spice up and steer the story in great directions.

If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.

Thanks to Erik Taylor for giving us this topic to work with.

Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Shannon, Jayson and Shawn

Intro: Shawn     

Outro: Shannon

Items Mentioned:

Dungeons & Dragons, Elric, Harry Potter, Shadowrun, Lord of the Rings


  1. Sam
    Sam December 10, 2013

    Listening to your discussion on talking magical weapons makes me wonder what is the line between NPC and sentient weapon? I have had very little experience with magic weapons, but it does seem that a plot hook or quest given by a sword rather than a king or wizard would be just as good.

    My favorite sentient weapon comes from a short story that takes place in the 1920’s when a witches familiar (which took the form of a revolver) takes revenge on the rumrunner who killed it’s master.
    We expect magic rings and swords, and AI has made talking computers mundane, but a magic revolver, or phonograph gives a fresh feel to a common idea.

      • Sam
        Sam December 13, 2013

        Feel Free. I’ve adapted (stolen) many ideas from this podcast.

  2. Tedopon
    Tedopon December 10, 2013

    Who wrote the caption this week? I loved the Elric books, but that picture has always made me cringe. I saw it and thought “here it comes”, but you left me hanging.
    Otherwise I love you guys, favorite gaming podcast. Keep up the good work…where’s Mark on the regular show lately?

    • this_is_Dan
      this_is_Dan December 13, 2013

      LOL, Eric always does the captions, and yes i am surprised on how tame it was given the picture, missed opportunity or high road i’m not sure.
      As for Mark i don’t believe he is gaming much and is doing his own thing.

      Thank you for listening,

  3. Sean
    Sean December 11, 2013

    Stormbringer does speak, on the final page of the final chapter of Elric’s saga. I won’t spoil it, but it’s one of my favorite lines and resolutions in all of fantasy literature.

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