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Celestial Crusade

This episode: Orem pays a visit to the Dean, and then it is back to the Lair of the Raven Queen.


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. Yay, another episode with no combat! :D I love all this roleplaying. Thank you, Torqueltones, for making a loooong day in early holiday season retail better by giving me something fun to listen to on my drive in and on my break. Now, hold onto that obelisk! :D

    Also, why was Randus dreaming about elephants? Ah, well, at least he’s not dreaming about the flaming skeletons who cut his arm off anymore. (Can you tell I’ve listened to each episode like four times? :D)

  2. No mention of the Children of Seven? No Benny Hill music during the skill encounter? Fer shame!

    Seriously thou, it was a great episode, love the fact that the lack of fighting didn’t reduce the fun factor at all.

  3. Great show!

    A quick question for good DMs like Rodrigo. This episode seems to have a significant portion of the RP driven by a single character (This is NOT a dig on Stephen. He did a great job playing up Rob’s character, and brought some interesting light on motivations for a paragon path.)

    What do you look for/how do you plan for such a long stint of single character, especially when trying to engage all members of the party? Do you try to plan out ‘equal time’ with other characters later on (IE plan out a bit of story for Ket), work the adventure to highlight another player’s fun/skill (add in an extra encounter because you know Matthew likes fighty-fighty), or don’t do anything and figure it will work itself out?

    To put it more bluntly, how do you avoid getting a campaign that becomes X and his/her amazing friends?

    • Generally, it’s better to avoid this kind of situations. Although I think Mr. Lopez managed it magistrally. 4E moto is ”Not split the party” The biggest reason is thats it’s way easier for monsters to dispatch a party without a tank, a controller or a healer. Now, since this was really only a RP encounter, it was ok. But I think you should never plan your adventure by saying that each party member should receive the same exposure, but being story driven. In this case, it become more Orem and is wonderful pals because he was the more talkative. But the intruduction of Ket, a more leaderish type of character may balance that.

      Even if I don’t consider myself the equal of Rodrigo, heck I even DM in french and italian!, I think I must remind that the main reason for people playing table top RPG is to have fun. And the way to have fun at this is having a good story. Even if it imply that a smartass like Orem will receive more exposition!

  4. Hi guys.
    I love the show and I have listened to all of the episodes in season 3. I really want to get on of these shirts for Christmas and i suggest you think about expanding your episode scheduele. I get bored waiting for the next episode to come out and i sometimes lose track of the story. although it does help to have a recap at the beggining of the podcast, I would like the episodes to occur a little more frequently.
    Other than that I love the show and I play Dnd with my friends at my school. I recomend this to all of my friends and I support you guys fully. I do have one question though. Were did “Torqueltones” come from?
    Other than that I play Dnd in my free time and I read the novels by R.A. Salvatore. I make characters in may spare time and I have about 150 stored in my computer. I mainly GM and I sometimes play as a Gnome Bard from PH2. I try to get most of the books from my local game store and I would like to say to everyone except for Rodrigo, “Treat Him With Respect!!” I run an 7 person game and I play in an 8 person capmaign. He has it easy and managing the initiatives can be a chore sometimes but It would be a lot harded if you didn’t have a dozen and a half to look after.
    That aside I love the game and i would recomend you try the dungeon tiles for your next few podcasts. They are very handy and I use them for all of my campaigns.
    Thank you for the podcast and I hope the funnelcakes never spoil.
    All the best, Jason

    • There’s only one way the show will come out more often – if we have the funding for all of us to quit our day jobs and do Major Spoilers all the time. Since we don’t have 10 million sitting in the bank, don’t expect the schedule to change anytime soon, and quite possibly, depending on our current money in the bank, there may be longer gaps between shows. Thanks for listening!

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