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Celestial Crusade

This episode: A little time off gives Ket, Torq, and Randus a little time to play games with others.


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  1. Fan-Tastic episode, unbeliveable that you guys have gone 2 episodes without a single battle-encounter!
    Not like you guys….
    Really, really enjoyed the show, especialy Orem was played super well. That poor eladrin guy just needed some real food and a bath.

  2. Another show that is all RPing! I love it :) The fighting is fun in its own way but the RP-heavy episodes like these last two are the ones with the most replay value.

    Orem is certainly in a good mood right now. I think there was Valium in his sandwich or something. :)

  3. *pop* I figured I would stop in here to comment on how wonderful this podcast was.
    Amazing. Every session stand up on strengths completely their own, and I firmly believe that if the transitions were removed, it would be hard to pinpoint the recording session swaps- the story is laid out that well.

    I personally prefer roleplaying sessions to listen to (that’s probably because I’ve DM’d so much that in my entire D&D career (1.7 yrs!) I’ve played once. At a FLCS.

    This was a great slowdown in the action, off-topic but oxymoronically still relevant.

    Everyone got to play something different- Torq got to use his brain, Randus got to be a center of attention, Ket got to- be the only PC in a scene, and Stephen got to stay quiet for most of the session… I mean Orem…

    Also, since this is the point in time where I lost control of when I could jump forward on my personal timeline, I decided to sit back and watch.

    Question for Brian- Are you ever planning on making an actual minigame that can be played within a D&D session?

    Question for Rodrigo- Have you every run a game with numerous players? I have 9, and their schedules vary wildly. How would you deal with such a situation (we like to joke about them being sucked into the handy haversack, but it makes plot advancement problematic, and we want to podcast).

    Question for Alex- Are we ever going to get an episode where Matthew runs a game where your character saves the world at the cost of Stephen’s, Rodrigo’s, and Brian’s character’s lives? That would be epic.

    • AKA Alex

      Well they don’t call me Alexander the Great for nothing. Although I have been negotiating a smaller payment each time. I’d love to be on the show again and have almost come to the point where I regret going to Europe with my family and actually visiting The Carcasonne, as in the tile game of the same name. Actually had a decent sandwich there, only good one I had the entire time.

      Anyhow we’ll just have to wait and see and if you ever notice times where a player, especially Rodrigo, suddenly comes up with something more or less out of nowhere it is likely to be me in the background holding up fingers or flipping to the page in the book. Oh and I just don’t see me and Rodrigo sounding alike I mean not even the first episode where I am first on air or anything.

    • Rob (fka Smith) on

      Uhm, do you mean is Rob going to come up with a game we can play in session? Cause I’ve been the one naming them all, and I figured we’d leave it up to all of you to actually create the game for us.

  4. I didn’t listen but I just want you to know when I read the title of I read it in the voice of The Monarch from The Venture Bros.

  5. Just caught the last couple of episodes. Matthew – my first thought on Fluffy was that Torq would quickly bond with a “friend” who was reliable, dependable and has never made a comment on his orc heritage. As a bonus Fluffy can find a funnel cake stand anywhere in the city.

    Loved the role-playing. Looking forward to Orem and Randus spending an episode in their “laboratory” deciphering the mystery of the obelisks.

  6. Another awesome episode while I do love the narrative cast I kinda missed combat but still an awesome show. Also no offense Rob but I don’t trust Ket I think he has an alternative motive; I was worried when him and Orem went off on their own.

  7. I don’t know if it’s because I know Rodrigo is also a fan of Avatar, but I keep comparing the city of Erathis to the city of Ba Sing Se. The Cloud & Thunder waitresses all having the same name really echoed the tour guides of Ba Sing Se (women brainwashed to be interchangeable tour guides with the same name), plus the fact that criminals are made to work for the city also follows what happened in Ba Sing Se. Hopefully the city if Erathis isn’t secretely run by a bad guy too ;-)

  8. Wasn’t Stephen writing down how to play the games Ket was playing? I would like to know how to play the first one with the face cards, it sounded like Euker, but less complicated, and less cards.

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