Blades Ep 2: The Great Charity Box Swindle Pt 1

Season’s Greeting listeners! For our holiday horror special, here comes another slippery caper of Blades in the Dark!

With the terror of famine hovering like the ever present Doskvol fog, the Disciples of the Depths spring into action in what may be the biggest canned food scam the city has ever seen. After all, it is much easier to be faithful with a full belly, and if those nobles aren’t in a giving spirit yet then perhaps they need some convincing…

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Will Miss Ruby the Spider, Vand the Whisper and Veleris the Hound be able to push some good-natured nuns out of the pickled eel racket?

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Planescape Ep 4: Make It Rain Trotters Pt 2

Having blown their prior assailants into chunky salsa, the adventurers continue into the depths of the Hive and learn the finer points of mob mentality. Can Carson, Domingo, Valanthe and Snort find their quarry, let alone bring him back alive?

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Planescape Ep 3: Make It Rain Trotters Pt 1

Special guest stars Tom and Adam join the Liberation Industries team for another adventure in the mean streets of Sigil.

Can Carson the half-elf gunslinger, Valanthe the wood elf druid, Snort the high elf wizard and Domingo the anthropig mathematician survive a trip into the city slums to quell a riot before it goes critical? Maybe. There’s some sweet moolah up for grabs if they do…

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We’re going another round with Dungeons and Dragons 5th Ed, brought to you by the crazed machinations of Wizards of the Coast. Game on!

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Blades Ep 1: Ship of Fools

Join the Liberation Industries crew as they take John Harper and Evil Hat’s gripping crime romp Blades in the Dark for a spin.

Nothing is ever simple in Doskvol… at least not for cultists of the Lord of the Depths trying to spread the good word to the unbelievers. Will Vand the Whisper, Veleris the Hound and Miss Ruby the Spider be able to secure a haunted artifact without too many explosions or murders?

Of course not. But its the journey that’s exciting.

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The Hell Tithe Ep 3: Faeries, Pingers and Deep-fried Tape Pt 3

Happy Halloween you crazy listening types! Provided your on a northern calendar or not too held to southern harvest festivals…

Final preparations are made for Tweet’s gnarly as Halloween party, and last chances finally played out. Will Steve and John’s fledgling romance be dashed? Can Jess keep their obligations at bay? And above all, who will be offered to the Devil?

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Jason Morningstars’ works are available through bullypulpitgames.com. We have made extensive use of Fiasco in the past, so they’ve more than earned our endorsement.

We also used the resolution cards designed by Matthijs Holter’s charming freeform game Archipelago, available in English here.

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The Hell Tithe Ep 2: Faeries, Pingers and Deep-fried Tape Pt 2

The Liberation Industries Halloween Special continues, with the time to pay the Hell Tithe drawing closer…

In the leadup to Tweet’s awesome Halloween Party the faerie population of Wilmington make their opening moves to spare their kin; Jess struggles to convince Steve of his hidden heritage, while John tries to bargain with his deadly Night Court compatriots. Meanwhile, dating remains as complicated as ever…

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Jason Morningstars’ works are available through bullypulpitgames.com. We have made extensive use of Fiasco in the past, so they’ve more than earned our endorsement.

We also used the resolution cards designed by Matthijs Holter’s charming freeform game Archipelago, available in English here.

Astaroth Sigil Background by eleraama CC A SA

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The Hell Tithe Ep 1: Faeries, Pingers and Deep-fried Tape Pt 1

Every seven years, the elves must offer one of their own as sacrifice to the Devil on Halloween.

Special guest Seb returns to Liberation Industries for this Halloween special, in which we play The Hell Tithe; Jason Morningstar’s game of faeries, the Devil and fried fish. Ambiguously supernatural fast-food workers Jess, John and Steve must negotiate this terrifying time of year, with only their courage, a deep fryer and a pocketful of uppers between them…

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Jason Morningstars’ works are available through bullypulpitgames.com. We have made extensive use of Fiasco in the past, so they’ve more than earned our endorsement.

We also used the resolution cards designed by Matthijs Holter’s charming freeform game Archipelago, available in English here.

Astaroth Sigil Background by eleraama CC A SA

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Planescape Ep 2: You All Meet in a Cavern Ep 2

As their confusing and occasionally confronting trek into the basement continues, Valanthe the elf druid and Domingo the pig who isn’t a wizard must evade the wiles of adventurers fueled by beer, peanuts and insanity…

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Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition in full swing team!

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Planescape Ep 1: You All Meet in a Cavern Pt 1

With a group of competent, powerful heroes being… well above someone else’s pay-grade, Valanthe the long suffering elf druid and Domingo the enthusiastic anthro-pig mathematician must find a way to clear the tavern keeper’s basement of adventurers. How hard could it be?

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Things We Learned from Werewolf the Forsaken

Well, we certainly played a lot of it. There’s probably 45 or so hours stacked up in our backlog so far, so you would have thought we’d have picked up some Wisdom renown.

In short, we probably didn’t, and we’re the same dysfunctional freaks we started as. But here’s a few things for those who might be interested in WtF Second Edition who put their trust in internet weirdos.

Slice of Life

This may be our default means of playing, but the updated pack creation, Wolf Blood and Lunacy mechanisms play into this really beautifully. Your werewolf pack is, by default, part of a much larger community… which makes it real hard to take the Murderhobo route, as was seen in Payment in Kind. With Lunacy being less of the Masquerade protection it used to be, you can’t rely on people forgetting your carnage, and even PCs seem less willing to kill an enemy if its one that can fish up embarrassing childhood stories about them.

Tactical Nuclear Gauru

Yeah, the huge regenerative capacity of the war form has been a sticking point for some posters online, but in my mind it combines the best of the wuxia second wind trope and a weird game of mutually assured destruction. Lets just say that the advantage isn’t as huge as it seems once you fight people who actually have an idea how Uratha tick, which incidentally includes the ubiquitous swarms of spirits, the Azlu and Beshilu, and those oh-so-buff Predator Kings. Oh, and… any group willing to pin down a giant and devour them Lilliput style. Ouch.

Also, a well built Rahu is murder incarnate. Grandpappy Fever was no pushover, but sometimes your bonuses do lead to seventeen successes…

Harmony

This led to some fun moments of nudist comedy, but once the pack got to a balanced level it seemed to become less important. Perhaps a default “hit a breaking point and gain Conditions” would have been better, with Flesh-Locked and Spirit-Locked being the dramatic failures in either direction. I think the Harmony gauge is a relic from previous edition, but like all elements of the CoD toolbox, you can discard whatever you like. Which leads us to…

Conditions, Conditions, Conditions

These are great. Print the deck, and for any extreme occurrence, you have something tangible for the player to nurse. Love ’em, best thing God Machine did.

ROLL INITIATIVE…

… is something I don’t think I said once in all 29 episodes. Basically, we put a slightly modified Down and Dirty Combat system up front and center, as… well, Werewolf, to our minds, shouldn’t feel like an Errol Flynn thrust-parry-riposte-dodge-lock-break-taunt-repeat routine. You’re rolling at the same time as your opponent because you are crashing into each other at speed with each trying to tear something vital out of the other. We let defense count, as it pays to have a guard up, but otherwise we never used the turn-based combat system.

This Story is True

I quite like this little recurring phrase in the book, as it really drives home the fact that most of the Werewolf tribes’ founding mythology is… hearsay at best. In the end we kinda doubled down on this, with most tribes claiming their totem as the eldest, giving contrary information, and extolling the grand cosmic importance of the refreshments table.  This played into our new players insecurities, and it took a long time for the pack to shake the idea that Destroyer Wolf wasn’t a Pure totem. I also took some liberties with tribal backgrounds, but more importantly with their current human manifestations: Jonah’s Ivory Claws present themselves more like the Bene Gesserit than neo-nazis, the modern Blood Talons are mostly ex-military burnouts, and… well, it wasn’t much of a stretch to make the Hunters in Darkness completely nuts.

After all, just because your god is still up and lumbering around the Deep Shadow doesn’t mean they’re sane.

In Conclusion

We love Werewolf. That’s probably pretty obvious, but it is a rock solid toolbox for your middle-crunch gamer. If you wan’t to run a game that explores family, community, and the slow disintegration of a dying warrior clade, you can do a lot worse than this one.

Keep on rocking listeners.

Paddy

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