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NPCs – Ep34

Every Epic Tale Needs a Strong Supporting Cast

The Non-Player Character, next a good plot, probably the most important aspect of a game. With strong NPCs a good game can become a great game.


This episode we  talk about memorable NPCs and what made them memorable. We also touch on the process of making an NPC memorable.


NPCs  – Ep34


Cast – Eric, Mike, Mark, Jayson and Shawn (oh yeah and Dan makes his late appearance… prima donna)


Running Time – 37:33


00:00     Intro

00:21     Topic: NPCs

00:50     TANGENT: Entourage

Item Mentioned: Entourage

01:44     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: The Usual Suspects, Dungeons & Dragons

04:00     TANGENT: The Never Played Star Trek Game

Item Mentioned: Star Trek RPG

05:26     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: Shadowrun

07:22     TANGENT: Dan Returns

07:29    Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Victoriana, Werewolf

13:57     TANGENT: Advancing from the Roots of RPG

15:25     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Dead Gentlemen Productions, Dragon Age, Resident Evil

36:51     Outro



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Actual Play Victoriana – Ep2

We continue the Case of Penny Austin.


In this episode, Reggie tracks down one of his contacts only to get himself involved in something that he didn’t intend. The Major and his men corner the elusive Robin Merriweather, but it is not as easy as they may have thought.


Running Time – 1:08:18


(Editor’s Note: As you may have noticed our actual play episodes will be a bit longer than our regular ones)



Eric – Narrator/Game Master

Mike – Dr. Vijay Safidbahd

Dan – Major Winston Parimore Barrington III, Ret.

Greg – Booker

Mark – Ford ‘Brick’ Maddison

Jayson – Lt. Reginald Higginbotham

Shawn – Lazlo Tiberius Beckford


00:00     Last Time

00:54     Intro

01:20     The Game Continues: The Penny Austin Case Part 2

1:07:31  Outro

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Alignment – Ep33

Lawful Good / Chaotic Evil

Many roleplaying games have a mechanic in place to gauge characters morality. In Dungeons and Dragons, that system is called alignment. It is one of the most misused and misunderstood aspects of roleplaying.


This episode we discuss the various alignment or guided morality in games and break down what we like and what we don’t.


Alignment – Ep33


Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark, Jayson & Shawn


Running Time – 39:31


00:00     Intro (featuring Pete Figtree from the Ruthless Diastema podcast)

00:40     Topic: Alignment

Items Mentioned: Legend of the Five Rings, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons, Hackmaster, Star Wars RPG, Stormbringer RPG

10:28     SIDETANGENT: The Video Game Perspective

Items Mentioned: Jade Empire, Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, Fallout, Infamous

14:14     Back on Topic

14:40     TANGENT: Affiliations

Item Mentioned: Maure Castle

15:45     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: True 20, Victoriana

21:09     TANGENT: Lawful Good Villains /The Wheel of Time

Item Mentioned: Wheel of Time

22:23     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: DC Heroes RPG

24:31     TANGENT: Batman vs. Punisher

Items Mentioned: Batman, Punisher

26:53     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Ravenloft, Hero System

31:30     TANGENT: Video Game Perspective Revisited

Item Mentioned: World of Warcraft

 32:40    Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Cyric, Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Game of Thrones, 7th Sea, Green Ronin

38:50     Outro