Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 73

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion

Welcome                                  148 Barovian Castle

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire

Part 2                                       Tense Cinematic Instrumental Ambient Music by Argsound


Combat                                    RPG SOUNDS “Dark Continent”

Dramatis                                  RPG SOUNDS “Realization”

Some  FX:                      

Regal Rollers:


  1. If the dice decide, their fate is at hand indeed.

    1. The dice are kind sometimes. Other times, they are cruel.

  2. I just listened to this episode on my drive home. Let's just say I'm invested, immersed and enthralled, and so I've got all the emotions that go with that!

    I really appreciate the effort you put into this podcast. It's exactly what I've searched for, for years (wading through an ocean of lighthearted, goofy style actual plays, which just aren't for me). Yours is a masterpiece in storytelling. Thanks very much!

  3. Hey Goblin! Thanks so much for listening and for your support. I'm so glad to know that there are folks out there like me who don't care for the 'zany antics' style of RP that seems pretty much dominant these days. I hope you find the ending satisfying :)

  4. Now that this episode has had a chance to soak in I had a few comments. At first in my sadness of the PC death I grabbed my Moldvay Basic ... sure that Light prevented the target from attacking. My hypothesis was confirmed. For a moment I got some PC at the table grumpy at the DM vibes. "A fantastic character has died through no fault of her own! The DM is jobbing us here!" my 13 year old self thought. But then I remembered way ... way back. The fight with the Goblins and Dermund. You allowed Kagan to continue to swing despite being blinded. He hit (twice I believe), likely saving himself and possibly preventing a TPK and the end of the tale in the dank, dark hole in the King's Wood. So ... my frustration subsiding I realized that my virtual DM is both fair and equal in his rulings.

  5. You know, I think I had a later edition rule in my head when I did the attacking blind thing and just thought I knew the rule. Well, at least I was consistent in getting it wrong. Despite Aradine's fate, I prefer allowing the attack with penalty to a blanket 'can't attack'. At any rate, thank you for sharing in mourning Aradine with me!

  6. I agree with you, as it's a back breaking spell against any BBEG at low levels. On par with Hold Person but being usable on monsters. I'm more of a BECMI/Red Box/Rules Cyclopedia zealot and those rules codify it as follows

    (page 150 of the RC)

    -4 Penalty to Saving Throws
    -6 Penalty to Attack Rolls
    +4 "penalty" to Armor Class

    Even more vexxing, Power Word Blind (page 58, RC) is an 8th level spell and has a hit point affected cap is 81 (lol).

    Anyway, the history of Blind and the Blind leading the Blind is interesting in D&D. I think your ruling is a good compromise, it wasn't intended to be Hold Person.

  7. I've been binging through all the episodes over the last few weeks while at work. I'm glad I hit this one while I was at home. Holy hell what a gut punch! Absolutely excellently done!

  8. This is old at this point, so I don't know if you'll see this, but I just listened to this episode, I've been binging this show while working as a delivery driver.

    I went through the full Rollercoaster of:
    Oh no!... Wait no! They're okay, to actually bursting into tears at gyrados' acting. Holy cow I'm at a loss of words. Excellent show so far John!!!!

    1. Thanks, StellarCosmos - I really appreciate the note and I'm thrilled that you're digging the show!