Monday, June 13, 2022

Shownotes for Episode 76

Theme                                     Evan King - Enchiridion

Welcome                                 148 Barovian Castle

Previously On                          Scott Buckley - Legionnaire

Part 1 (Ring the Gong)            Evan king – Guardians

Pre-Combat                              Darren Curtis – The Black Blade

Combat Rounds 1a                   Anton Shilo – Niflheimr Viking Music

Combat Round 1b                     Scott Buckley – Goliath

Combat Round 3                      Makai Symphony – Epic Orchestral Battle Music/Dragon Slayer

Combat Round 5                      Evan King - Enchiridion

Combat Round 7                      Anton Shilo – Niflheimr Viking Music

Some  FX:                      


  1. Hey John, I've been listening to your podcast from the beginning over the last week or so and was amazed that I'd timed it just right to catch the finale.

    I wanted you to know that I have really enjoyed the experience and to thank you for dedicating so much time and effort to creating your wonderful show. Roll on season 2!! ;)

  2. Good timing, indeed, Colin. Thanks so much for the kind words of support! I am super stoked to begin Season 2 and start again from lowly level 1.

  3. John, thank you so much for a fantastic Season1. This finale was amazing and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! That was not the ending I expected we'd have! I'm very much looking forward to seeing what S2 brings!
    At some point, I'd love to see a post laying out all the house rules you ended up with by the end of the run since I know they did change a bit over time. Thank you again for all the hard work.

    1. Hey, Reese. Thanks for the post. You know, that finale ... well, I thought I might get some angry mail. Surprisingly, all the feedback so far has been positive. The dice were cruel though, weren't they?

      As for posting a rules/hack summation - I'm going to go one better and post a full reference complete with artwork fairly soon. Hopefully by mid summer it'll be available. Maybe sooner. I'll mention it on the show in the outro section when it's ready to go.

    2. Thanks for the reply, John. I'm very much looking forward to the TotM companion book - glad to hear you've got something up your sleeve. I'll keep keep an eye out for it.
      You always said the dice told the tale, and didn't shy away from the results. A cruel mistress at times, but oh what a tale you've woven from what they gave you.

  4. To the Author,

    I wasn't sure how to contact you directly and this was the only way I saw. I just finished listening to all 76 episodes or TotM.

    First off I loved the podcast, you created these characters, and given them a backstory and history (even the bad guys) which created a feeling of connection with them. The backstory of the 'angel animator (forgot his name) - the various backstories of the characters including the most recent one 'bread bag', the back story of the evil cleric ... to be honest the fact the fight was over quicker then you thought was not important - you were the story teller of the dice and they decided - this is what draws me as a listener in to the podcast.

    They were not dice rolls but were a tool to create a story and then you created a story around them. From the attribute rolls (why an attribute increased or did not), when a character missed with their attack or hit or even when a lock was picked or not. The dice was the vehicle and you the DM/storyteller created the story from them, for 'good' or 'bad' for the party.

    I still have a feeling of sadness when I think about 'Soulie' or 'Kaegan' (spelling) and remember how they died but more how they lived.
    I also like you were honest with the dice and how again they were simply the tool and the story was developed partly from this tool. Your narrative when it comes to certain dice rolls was also entertaining and engrossing - from fumbles to natural 20's.

    I did want to point out one thing I personally did not agree with the story, but I am a listener so take it with a grain of salt...

    The last quest of the hunt for the dragon. For me as a listener it did not make sense to have a small party, even if they were mid level characters, go hunt a dragon on their own when it had just destroyed and decimated a couple settlements and was known to be a very formidable foe. I would of thought it would of made more sense to go hunt the dragon with a troop of whatever fighting men were left from the dwarven city lets say there were 10-12 fighting dwarves left. Even if there were no fighting men left; from your description of the power of the dragon I could not see a party taking the dragon on at least at that time. Also when the party did take on the dragon they were all injured if I remember right, I realize that Harle' (spelling) felt a desire and need to kill the dragon quickly but it felt a bit rushed and like 'Your injured and most likely will die but good luck'. The ankheg quest and battle felt appropriate and made sense - and yet a foe seemingly much stronger then the ankhegs were met with a force 'doomed' to fail. I realize the party won and the dragon was killed, but this was the feeling I got from the confrontation.
    ... Again this is just my opinion take with a grain of salt.

    Even despite all the above I still enjoyed the story telling in regards to the fight and the happenings regarding the dice rolls, like how Harle' got picked up and tossed.

    I assume it must be hard to create battles that are challenging and not too easy for the party and yet not too strong else the story would be over too soon. I don't envy you.

    Thank you again for this adventure.

    I Greatly look forward to the new 'season'.

    1. Hey Soren, sorry for the delay in replying - my brand new computer died last Tues and is in the shop. Delays, delays (I'm using my old horrible computer in the interim). I'm really glad you enjoyed S1 and I hope you'll like the new direction of S2. I thought I should share the reasoning behind the final assault on the Agojen. Why didn't they bring an army? My thinking was this: most of the fighters were killed by the Ankheg and those who remained were 'civilians' for the most part. Also, even with an army, they still had to get up the mountain - a large force could never reach the top unseen and would be sitting ducks for dragon fire. The party didn't heal up and go in maxxed out because they knew that every hour was a risk - the dragon might fly off and torch some other settlement and add to the death toll of Thangar and Sachoross. Anyway, I hope some of that makes sense to ya and explains my thinking at the time. I'm grateful to you for listening and for your feedback, too! Thanks, amigo.

    2. Hi - thanks for explaining that, enjoying the new series also!

  5. Just finished Episode 76. I know late comer. I had one question, which may likely go missed. I understand. I tried searching for the answer but could not find it. I've listened to the moment more than once to make it clear. Apologies, I may be missing something important. But after Umura's sacrifice, as the party and the Dragon each had Init of 1, it seems Harl's and Gyrios's action were skipped and they went straight to round 6 when both Harl and Gyrios should have had attack actions left for their part in the round. Was the 'defensive stance' a story piece or was it a mistake we all make in the heat of such an event? Don't get me wrong. I liked the ending, it just that missed actions sit askew inside as is expected when we get enmeshed with the characters.

  6. Hi Shallow Lines & thanks for the comment. I really appreciate it when listeners clue me in on errors and goofs - Lord knows, I make a lot of them. This one, I've not heard before. Honestly, it has been a year and a half since I played through that battle and I haven't gone back for a re-listen recently. Normally I would immediately go and check it out, to try to fix the error... but this one is old enough that I think, if it's there, it's in stone at this point. TLDR: I probably did goof... I try to stick to rules and dice when I can and when it works for the medium. Cheers, and I hope you keep going with S2 :)

  7. Yeah. NP. I was just curious. Obviously that water is well under the mountain. I listen intermittently. Enroute to Ireland. Or, last week, with Covid...........gaming takes most of my spare energy. But when time, I will get caught up. Cheers.