Episode 85 – We At Gencon!

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This week, the guys are at Gencon. NPC Chris took some time to chat with friend-PCs Tony and Matt about what they were excited about! Next week, we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled program! (36min)

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Episode 84 – Del’s Dont’s

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In this episode, NPC Del reveals his don’ts when it comes to playing in tournaments! (54min)

Things you may be interested in:

Machi Koro – A light city-building “intro” game!

WarmaHordes Faction Jerseys!

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Episode 83 – Travel.

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In this episode, the guys chat about Travel in RPGs! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Wizard Dodgeball – A fast and furious game for two-players!

Warmachine Tactics – A tactics game set in the world of Warmachine!

Unboxing Operation Icestorm – A sweet unboxing by the guys at Beasts of War for the upcoming Infinity starter set!

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TPK Behind the Screen – [redacted]

Behind the Screen -[redacted]

In this spoiler-tastic Behind the Screen, the guys sit down and talk about how the game went and the process behind [redacted].

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 4.

[redacted] – Episode 4

Welcome to the thrilling conclusion of [redacted]! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Episode 81 – Legen-Dary.

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In this episode, NPCs Aaron and Chris chatted with Devin Low, designer of Marvel Legendary! (66min)

Things you may be interested in:

Devin Low’s BGG Page

Marvel Legendary: Villains

Mouse Guard: Swords and Strongholds

Tianxia

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 3.

[redacted] – Episode 3

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Signals Media All Star Network.

Back in Fall of 2012, I was working in a shipping department. After exhausting every possible internet radio station I decided, “Hey, why not try one of those podcast things people are going on about?” I was still pretty heavy into World of Warcraft at the time and so I downloaded the Stitcher Radio App and just started listening to different casts, hoping to find one I enjoyed.

There were some not-so-good ones, and some good ones, but for me, one stood out among all the rest. It was a podcast called “Convert to Raid” and it was awesome. To be honest, after it everything seemed pretty lackluster. Convert to Raid had skits, a tremendous production value, a tight-nit group of hosts with varied personalities, and overall a cool feeling of POSITIVITY that many other WoW podcasts were lacking. It felt right. It is 100% because of Convert to Raid that I approached Aaron and Del about recording a tabletop gaming podcast. They truly inspired this whole thing.

On Episode 12, I relayed much of this story and through the medium of Twitter that episode found it’s way to the ears of Pat Krane, the host of Convert to Raid. He emailed us with some kind words, thanked us for mention, and encouraged us to keep at it. I geeked out a bit.

Cut to a full year later, and I receive another email, this one out of the blue, from Pat. He tells me he has kept up with our show and has been impressed with the quality of our product. He asks us if we would be interested in joining the podcast network he has put together, and of course we were intrigued. A few emails exchanged and a meeting over Skype later and we are proud to announce that we will be joining the lineup on the Signals Media All-Star Network this month.

We’re excited about the chance to be another representative for Face to Face games on the network, and encourage you to check out the other offerings there. Naturally, they have a collection of the best World of Warcraft podcasts on the net, but there also shows about podcasting, television, and popular culture. Make sure to check out Death D4 Dishonor, which is a D&D Actual Play podcast. The thing that binds us all is that we love what we’re in to, and want to share it with as many folks as possible.

What does this mean specifically for the NPC Cast? Well, not much really. You’ll hear a bumper from time to time but other than that you’ll get the same exact show we’ve done for the last year and a half. There will be other perks though. Forums will be up and running soon, we may be able to do some cross promotional stuff, and there is even talks about other avenues for more content. Most importantly for me, is I now have Pat Krane’s skype info and can call him if I ever have an audio question…and I have a ton.

Thanks again for supporting us like you do, time and time again. It really means the world to us. We promise that we are going to keep doing what we set out to do back on January 4th, 2013: Share our LOVE for tabletop games with everyone we possibly can.

- NPC Chris

TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 2.

[redacted] – Episode 2

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – [redacted] -EP 1.

[redacted] – Episode 1

Welcome to the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Antonio and Andy as they play some Night’s Black Agents!

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Episode 78 – Luchicago.

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In this episode, the guys continue crucible month with the designer of Trail of Cthulu and Night’s Black Agents: Kenneth Hite! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

Ken Writes About Stuff.

Lucha Libre Hero! – A wrestling RPG, but they’re superheros too!

Piledrivers and Powerbombs! – Another wrestling RPG!

World Wide Wrestling – A wrestling game powered by Apocalypse. Designed by Chicago’s own Nathan D. Paoletta!

Journeys to Somewhere Else – A Kickstarter featuring a book of John Avon art.

Penny Press – Be a newspaper baron in the yellow journalism era of old New York City!

Pack the Pack – A fast paced tile laying game of loot hoarding, satchel stuffing, gem matching and inventory management! I interviewed the designer, Meg McGinley, right here!

The Shadow Over Westminster – A co-operative horror deckbuilder set in modern day London!

Istanbul – NOT Constantinople.

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Episode 76 – Lost Vegas.

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In this episode, the guys continue crucible month with Friend-PC Michael of the RPG Academy! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

The RPG Academy – Friends of the show!

The Amberden Affair – A deception/intrigue game with a revolving miscreant imposter!

Sail to India – A neat game that is basically a sack of wooden cubes.

Origins – One of the largest gaming conventions in the country!

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Episode 75 – Going Starside.

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In this episode, the guys kick off Crucible Month by going starside with Mark Diaz Truman! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

Magpie Games – The company that Mark Diaz Truman co-founded!

Urban Shadows - An Urban-Fantasy RPG currently on Kickstarter!

Ghost Lines – An RPG by John Harper based on Apocalypse World.

The Propnomicon – A blog with sweet mythos-related things!

ArcheAge – A new fantasy sandbox-MMO!

NPC CAST T-SHIRTS!!!

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Episode 72 – Cartoons!

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In this episode, the guys make games based on Cartoons! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

THE GAUNTLET – A charity tournament on May 18th!

Privateer Press Pins.

The Queen’s Cavaliers – An inclusive  “clockpunk” RPG!

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Episode 71 – Chris’ Don’ts.

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In this episode, NPC Chris explains the 5 things he doesn’t do when running games! (61min)

Things you may be interested in:

THE GAUNTLET – A charity tournament on May 18th!

Dresden Lives – A Dresden Files LARP by Evil Hat!

Star Wars Age of Rebellion – The next installment of Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG!

The Bundle of Holding – Bundles of inexpensive RPG PDFs!

 

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Behind the Screen – Assault on Thunderscar!

Behind the Screen – Assault on Thunderscar!

In this special episode, the NPCs discuss the planning that went into Assault on Thunderscar! *WARNING – SPOILERS* (44min)

Check out Assault On Thunderscar:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4

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Tabletop Deathmatch: Pack the Pack

Interview w/ Meg McGinley:

NPC Aaron and Myself both had the chance to judge THE TABLETOP DEATHMATCH, a game competition put together by the fine folks at Cards Against Humanity! As the episodes air I’ll try to chat with the contestants and get their perspectives, as well as see how their games have progressed!

Next up is Meg McGinley, who designed a game called Pack the Pack. We chat about the switch from cards to dominoes, how tight the podcasting community is, and what she would change about the Deathmatch itself.

David Bednar – The illustrator for Pack the Pack.

Meg’s Twitter.

Games by Play Date – Meg’s gaming company.

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Episode 70 – The Raidy Bunch.

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In this episode, we talk about how we design dungeons! (66min)

Friends of the show: Sellsword Studio

Things you may be interested in:

Infinity- A minis game with a new edition coming out soon! [Trailer]

XBOX Originals - New television programming coming to XBOX. Including a possible DEADLANDS show!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – Assault on Thunderscar – EP 4.

Assault On Thunderscar – Episode 4

Welcome to the return of the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Matt and Kris as they revisit some old buddies and assault THUNDERSCAR!

Check out Episode 3 of Assault on Thunderscar.

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Episode 69 – Fate.

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In this episode, we talk about the Fate RPG! (61min)

Friends of the show: Sellsword Studio

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – Assault on Thunderscar – EP 3.

Assault On Thunderscar – Episode 3

Welcome to the return of the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Matt and Kris as they revisit some old buddies and assault THUNDERSCAR!

Check out Episode 2 of Assault on Thunderscar.

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Episode 68 – Ameritreasure.

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In this episode, we talk about “Ameritrash” games! (60min)

Friends of the show: DND Academy

Games we mention:

Eldritch Horror

Arkham Horror

Zombicide

Descent: Journeys in the Dark

A Touch of Evil

Last Night on Earth

Battlestar Galactica

Betrayal at House on the Hill

Castle Ravenloft

Rivet Wars

Civilization

Forbidden Desert

What we’re excited about:

Worlds In Peril – A supers game using the Apocalypse World engine!

Nyx-Fleece Ram – A card from the new MtG Set!

Dark Dungeons – A movie bringing Jack Chick’s 1984 masterpiece to the silver screen.

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – ASSAULT ON THUNDERSCAR – EP 2.

Assault On Thunderscar – Episode 2

Welcome to the return of the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Matt and Kris as they revisit some old buddies and assault THUNDERSCAR!

Check out Episode 1 of Assault on Thunderscar.

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Tabletop Deathmatch: Outer Earth

Interview w/ Paul Tseng:

NPC Aaron and Myself both had the chance to judge THE TABLETOP DEATHMATCH, a game competition put together by the fine folks at Cards Against Humanity! As the episodes air I’ll try to chat with the contestants and get their perspectives, as well as see how their games have progressed!

First up is Paul Tseng, who designed a game called Outer Earth. We chat about how well the contestants are getting along, how he felt about receiving critiques, and how studying graphic design has helped him in his game design.

Daniel Orellana – The artist behind the stunning visuals for Outer Earth.

Paul’s Twitter.

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EPISODE 67 – AARON’S DON’TS.

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In this episode, NPC Aaron explains the things he thinks you should NEVER do when running a game! (57min)

Things you may be interested in:

Habitat- A physics-driven strategy video game!

Combat Description Cards for Storytellers and GMs – What it says, act quick!

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TOTAL PARTY KILL – ASSAULT ON THUNDERSCAR – EP 1.

Assault On Thundescar – Episode 1

Welcome to the return of the NPC Cast ACTUAL PLAY! The guys are joined by Friend-PCs Matt and Kris as they revisit some old buddies and assault THUNDERSCAR!

Check out our first Actual Play: IN SEARCH OF THE UNKNOWN.

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Episode 66 – Wretches Like Us.

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In this episode, the guys rock out another Campaign Crucible! (71min)

Things you may be interested in:

The Arthur C. Clark Awards

365 Dungeons – A Kickstarter for a desk calendar featuring a new dungeon every day! (Pardon us, but yes…the campaign is over sorry!)

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Episode 65 – The F Word.

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In this episode, the guys chat about what makes a game FUN! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

Gaming For Fun – An awesome 2 part article by friend of the show The Angry DM!

MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research – Yeah, what it says.

Concept – A great party game!

Battle Systems – Sweet terrain for Sci-Fi games!

Posthuman Pathways – A new storygame by SPARK designer Jason Pitre!

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Where do you want your TPKs?

Hey everybody! As many of you may no doubt know, back in the day we had a series of Actual Play Episodes that we called “Total Party Kill.”  In these, we record some sessions of our favorite RPGs and let you listen in  to the hilarity that no-doubt ensues!

We’ve announced that we will be bringing them back, but need your help to figure out how we will release them! Take the poll below and let us know your opinion. Do you want them on a separate feed, on the same old regular NPC Cast feed, or not at all?!

Thanks!

-NPC Chris

Episode 64 – End Over End.

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In this episode, the guys chat about how RPG campaigns end! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

Tessen: A real-time card game for 2!

Bacterionomicon: A system agnostic monster manual where the monsters represent real life bacteria!

Warhammer 40k Conquest: An upcoming LCG set in the 40k Universe!

2Gms1Mic: Friends of the show…check out their podcast!

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Episode 63 – Worker Placement.

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In this episode, the guys answer a listener email and chat about Worker Placement board games! (63min)

Things you may be interested in:

Legendary: Paint the Town Red - An expansion for the co-op deckduilder Legendary!

Marvel Dice Masters – A Collectible Dice game!

Splendor – A card game about making jewelry!

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Episode 62 – Space Opera.

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In this episode, the guys chat about the Space Opera genre! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Battlecon- A card game that recreates the playstyle of classic 2D fighting games!

Dangerous Covenants- A sourcebook for Star Wars Edge of the Empire!

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Episode 61 – Deck of Cards.

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In this episode, the guys tackle the challenge of designing a game with a deck of cards! We also answer a listener email about keeping the group engaged! (58min)

Things you may be interested in:

AMP: Year One – An RPG about the first year Superpowers come into existence!

Cryptozoic announces a Portal Board Game

Duel Decks: Jace vs. Vraska - A new Duel Deck for Magic the Gathering!

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Episode 60 – Flashfic.

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In this episode, the band is back together to talk about non-linear story structure in your campaigns! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

Kolejka – A worker placement game that is a bit different!

Becoming – A storytelling game that follows a hero’s journey!

Conspiracy – A new Magic the Gathering expansion tailored for multi-player limited!

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Episode 59 – GMtervention w/ The Angry DM!

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In this episode, we’re joined by The Angry DM to give some tips about running your first ever RPG session! (65min)

Things you may be interested in:

The Angry DM’s Blog

Privateer Press 2014 Keynote:  Privateer announces some of their sweet upcoming releases!

From the Vault Annihilation: Wizards of the Coast announces their next reprint set!

WizKids D&D Minis: WizKids announced they will be doing a new line of prepainted minis for D&D!

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Episode 58 – From the Headlines.

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In this episode, we chat about getting story hooks from headlines! (57min)

Headlines Used:

Faith and fish: Castaway Recounts How He Survived 13 Months Adrift in Pacific

Solar Lasers, Ocean Power and Volcanoes: Unusual Energy Sources of the Future

Jeopardy!’ Champion Arthur Chu: Villain or hero?

Things you may be interested in:

Project: Dark- A stealth-based RPG on Kickstarter!

Slaughterball- “Genetically-engineered super-athletes clash in a remorseless steel pit.”

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Episode 57 – In Cold Blood.

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In this episode, we invite Friend-PC Mike Selinker to a Campaign Crucible! (75min)

Lone Shark Games: The Game company that Mike is President of!

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Episode 56 – Get Low.

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In this episode, we chat about running Low Fantasy campaigns! (75min)

Things you may be interested in:

TimeWatch: Time travel adventures in GUMSHOE!

Gravwell: A sweet boardgame about alternate-reality gravity because why not?

The Dire Wolf Project: These guys are making Dire Wolves for real. What could possibly go wrong?

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Episode 55 – Trad Games.

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In this episode, we chat about traditional games! SUPER traditional! (64min)

Things you may be interested in:

Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone- An epic Norse fantasy setting for FATE Core!

Hero Forge Customizable 3-D Miniatures- Entirely customizable figures on-demand!

The Magic the Gathering movie announcement

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Episode 54: You Want RPGs.

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In this episode, we tell you hot to get started playing RPGs! (70min)

Things you may be interested in:

Dungeons and Dragons- You know what this is, right?

Pathfinder- An RPG based off of D&D 3.5!

Savage Worlds- A generic RPG system!

Fate Accelerated- An even lighter version of the popular game FATE CORE!

FIASCO- A story-telling game for friends.

Hillfolk- The new RPG by Robin Laws!

Warmachine: Vengeance – An upcoming expansion for the Warmachine Miniatures Game!

On a Roll:Level Up Your RPG – A book full of theories and advice on how to both play and run RPGs!

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Episode 53: Promises Promises.

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In this episode, we give you our new year’s (gaming) resolutions! (45min)

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Lich, Lich and Karloff

Tony Connor Zombie Officestepped into the office and pulled his coat closer around him. It was cold in the entrance, colder than he was expecting.

“Lich, Lich and Karloff, just a moment!” the secretary chirped from her spot seated behind the desk. Tony tried not to recoil when he looked at her; her skin was missing and her exposed facial muscles shined around her green eyes. She was in a smart turtleneck that showed off her slim figure, the metal headset of the phone wrapping over her naked pate with just a bit of skull showing.

“How can I help you today, sir?” she said, beaming at him with a full set of perfect white teeth.

“Uh… I’m Tony Connor, I’m here for my first day. They said I had to get a badge first.”

“Oh, of course – the air-breather. Well, let me see if I can pull your file.” She scooted back in her chair and dove into a filing cabinet, pulling up a file in a green folder and held it up. “Here we go. Let me get Ravendark on the line.”

She pressed a page button on the phone and waited a moment. “Herb, I have that new hire here. You want to come pick him up? Wonderful, thannnnnks.” She pressed another phone button. “Sorry about that, who are you holding for? Oh, Hazimer the Mad, I’ll transfer you. Thanks again for calling Lich, Lich and Karloff.”

vampireofficechat-300x225Tony looked past the receptionist and into the endless sea of cubicles behind her. The phones rang in a staccato throughout the rat maze, and a few plants poked up here and there, but nobody was walking around. The murmuring susurrations of dozens of adjusters each working with a client become a dull background noise Tony worked to compartmentalize and ignore.

“There he is!” came a voice, cheerful and full, and Tony turned to see a pale man in a white dress shirt and maroon suspenders, sleeves rolled up, smile at him. His canines were elongated and his hair was slicked back forming a perfect widow’s peak. He had a coffee mug in one hand, and he took a sip, then licked the viscous red liquid off his lip and reached in for a strong handshake.

“Herb Ravendark, New Accounts, great to meet you Tony. Heard a lot of awesome things about your work over at Gojira Building Insurance, you come highly recommended. And so full of blood! Oh, but where are my manners. Let me show you around, get you your badge.”

“Thank you, Mr. Ravendark. It’s been a dream of mine to work in deep-space accounts instead of just colony worlds.”

“Tony, please! My father is Count Ravendark – call me Herb. We’re a family here. Come on, let’s get you set up.”

Herb took Tony on a winding path through the cubicle maze to a side room with a small machine attached to a camera set up across from a blue banner hanging by unfolded paper-clips from the ceiling.

“Now let me just get your photo here and the machine’ll spit out a badge for you, should get you to anywhere in the building except the floors staffed by the nightwalkers. We don’t have any lights on those floors, due to their condition, so it’s not gonna be much use to you anyway. Hold on a second, smile big, aaaaand… there we go. Should be just a few minutes. Tell me a little about yourself, Tony.”

“Well, uh… Herb,” Tony started. “My family is from a near-colony on Titan, we’ve been there since just after the Necrowarp opened up on Earth. I always had an eye for numbers, so actuarial work seemed like a good fit. I worked for local interests for a bit until I got my first chance at GBI, but I always wanted to work deep-space and colony insurance. It’s where the big boys play, right?”

“Oh, you have no idea, Tony. You ever write a policy for a colony ship? You wouldn’t believe some of the riders they tack on. Especially the Missionaries. They expect all sorts of exemptions because they’re bringing the holy word to a new system. Between you and me, I think they’re just trying to get out of paying.”

“And the pirates?”

“The pirates are very real, and a real problem. Any time you have established space lanes you’re going to have piracy. But you don’t need to worry about that. They know better than to try and come into to established space. And most travellers know enough to bring extra security. Usually the threat of resistance is enough to keep them at bay. They got complacent from years of feasting on unattended sleepships, now that the Necrowarp lets humans staff their ships with, pardon the pun, a skeleton crew of the undead to keep an eye on things, the pirates are really just more bluster than threat. Still, they can be a problem if the colony ship is on a less-used spacelane. Oh, your badge is done. Let’s get that on your pocket, here… oh that’s a good picture. Really brings out the blood in your neck. Come on, I’ll introduce you to your underwriting team!”

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Episode 52: The 2013k Casties.

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In this episode, the guys present the First Annual Casties! (74min)

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Episode 51: L, L, and K.

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In this episode, the guys hit y’all with another Campaign Crucible! (63min)

Some things we discuss on this episode:

Camp Myth:  A light RPG for that is great for new players and seasoned vets!

Legacy- The Testament of Duke de Crecy: A card game about making a family!

Mind’s Eye Theatre: A set of LARP rules set in the world of darkness!

NPC CAST: YOUR PLACE FOR FACE TO FACE GAMES.

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