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This episode: Rob takes over as the Dungeon Master and spins a tale of Paladins and Dinosaurs. Meet the adventurers, the world, and the first conflict in this entertaining and engaging installment.

Paladins and Dinosaurs

Dino art by DR Studios

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38 Comments

  1. chris
    March 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    About the level of ‘out there’ that I was hoping from Rob. I would have never thought of this setting. I enjoyed it.

  2. Todd
    March 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    A very unique setting, I look forward to seeing how this plays out.

  3. Andante
    March 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    Woo, paladins and dinosaurs! Only one paladin though?

    iirc, Rob might have mentioned doing this skill challenge self-introduction thing before? Glad to see it in action. I think it worked rather well!

    It’s pretty cool to see Rodrigo in action as a player too. Did he blow on his dice before he rolled them? Matthew as a strategizing diplomat is fun to listen to, too!

    Aside from the “big names”, the dinosaur nomenclature is a bit confusing. Once upon a time, I might have recognized the names but not so much anymore.

  4. Callum
    March 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    For Stormwind Brokenhorn I envisage a young Charlie Sheen, especially through the strained “I am charming”.

    • March 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm — Reply

      FYI: Though you won’t hear me say it in the show, for the upcoming episode, I’ve written in my notes that our team is called “Team Winning…”

  5. Brad
    March 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm — Reply

    Oh my god Stephen I am loving your character.

    • March 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm — Reply

      Thank you. I think everyone has very fun characters that they are role-playing. It’s too bad this isn’t a video podcast as Rodrigo’s actions when he plays are hilarious! Brian’s Rockman is very interesting, and if you could see Rob’s facial reactions to Burai’s comments when he was interacting with “Dave the Barbarian”, you’d know everyone is running with these characters. With the exception of Matthew, I’m pretty sure we all had our character sheets for less than 24 hours.

      • March 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm — Reply

        With the exception of Matthew, I’m pretty sure we all had our character sheets for less than 24 hours.

        And even then, I hadn’t really done much more than let the character percolate in my brain…

        • March 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm — Reply

          Then it filtered through the right parts then, kudos on another great character.

      • Todd
        March 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm — Reply

        Is Stormwind a WoW reference Steven?

  6. Alexander D.
    March 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm — Reply

    Matthew’s character, Burai, reminds me of a character a friend of mine played in a game of Changeling: The Lost about a year back and its a fresh bit of nostalgia. Stephen’s character makes me smile, even when I don’t mean to. Rodrigo’s choices in character are also very well thought out and are entertaining as well. I hope to see how Brian’s character, and luck, pan out as the story goes along and I wish Rob the best of luck throughout this Campaign of his. PS: I love Dinosaurs, great choice!

  7. Beren1
    March 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm — Reply

    Several of the members, founding and otherwise, of CATT-G are paleo majors. Also good memory.

    You guys were having so much fun with this. And furthermore outdid yourselves.

    “And NOW I shall feed him… this fish.” “And that’s why he gets a canoe!”

    Rob: I was even making this one of the easier…
    Brian: Hey. Thanks.

    “*Mathew speak*”

    also I’m curious, did Rodrigo ever do the dinosaur being caught eating a sandwich motion during this episode? And I’m glad you guys are back in the roleplaying.

  8. LemmyCaution
    March 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    I was surprised at the scenario that Rob dreamed up, but not surprised that he was able to envision it. Not getting to combat *killed* me, but I do like a slow burn sometimes, and the startup with a skills challenge really worked well. Lots of fun role playing, and I am glad that Matthew stood back enough (but just enough) to let Rob have some control while still letting his usual hijinks ensue. Can’t wait for next week! Kudos, I’m yours!

  9. Vrynn
    March 4, 2012 at 4:57 am — Reply

    I was looking forward to this already (It’s always neat to see someone else in the DM’s chair, as well as seeing the approaches you guys take to new characters.), but it was even better than I expected.

    Rob’s created an interesting world that feels very unique for a D&D setting, and it was really fun to listen to Rodrigo taking a turn in the player chair (and demonstrating he’s just as creative a player as he is a GM). I’m really enjoying all the characters, though, and can’t wait to hear what happens next.

    I’m curious: How many episodes should we expect from this? Was it a one-session deal, a short mini-campaign or is it shaping into something longer? I’m naturally curious as to what’s next in-store for the Torqueltones, but am also excited for Rob’s game to continue for as long as it wishes.

    I find myself wishing you guys had the time, money and inclination to make a full-fledged campaign out of both! :D

    • March 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm — Reply

      More than you think, less than you want.

      • Vrynn
        March 5, 2012 at 2:06 am — Reply

        How cryptic, yet intriguing :D

        • Vrynn
          March 5, 2012 at 2:11 am — Reply

          Oh, and I’ve finally scraped together enough spare income that I can help out with a recurring donation – hope it helps you guys continue with more great content.

  10. Stan
    March 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm — Reply

    Native American… ish… dinosaur gods… one with a japanese title… I love it. Great episode, guys.

  11. litanyofthieves
    March 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm — Reply

    Damn, this is fun stuff! I found this so entertaining it almost made me forget the cliffhanger ending of Celestial Crusade!

  12. Kayla
    March 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    I’ve been working on a dinosaur-esque one-shot for some of my college friends for a little while now, and then this showed up and threatens to put my ideas to shame. Rob, this is excellent.

    “We few, we happy few, we band of lizards….”

    You, sir Matthew, are a lizard among lizards. I salute you. And of course I want to smack Stephen’s character, but in a good way, as is always the case. Hilarity on all fronts, gentlemen. Kudos.

    Tribe of the Feathered Change? That sounds like a good name for a rock band. *rimshot*

    Also, Rodrigo, how much would you want me to pay you to follow me around for the day and provide boss percussion?

  13. Marrco
    March 5, 2012 at 7:13 am — Reply

    What an entertaining show this was. Rob did an excelent job DMing, that’s a fascinating setting. New PCs are very very funny, I love them already. I can’t decide which one is my favourite yet since every single one is Awesome.
    Rodrigo is even funnier as a player, I can’t even pick which moments I enjoyed most: there were too many. Thank you guys, can’t wait to hear what happends next!

  14. Billy
    March 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm — Reply

    Jurassic Dorks

  15. J. R. Scherer
    March 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm — Reply

    Very fun episode! I liked how full of themselves everyone was, even Brian.

    Would it be possible to get a rundown of the cast of players and their characters with races and classes included?

    • foolsmask
      March 7, 2012 at 2:52 am — Reply

      Seconded! And maybe for the regular podcast as well? I mean all the characters, even the “other third/holy rollers”…if they got leveled up that high.(sounds like they did but I know Rodrigo wasn’t sure where to level them to at one point.) I know Orim is Spiral Tower and Torq is Iron Vanguard…but I never heard what Key and Randus went into.

      • Todd
        March 9, 2012 at 9:18 pm — Reply

        Ket is “God Fragment” and Randus is “Self Forged”

  16. Ryan
    March 7, 2012 at 4:19 am — Reply

    You’re all knocking it out of the park, guys. Thanks for the entertainment.

    Could we get a rundown on everyone’s race and class? I keep imagining everyone as dragonborn even though I know that they aren’t.

    Thanks again.

  17. Ryan
    March 7, 2012 at 4:22 am — Reply

    Wow, J.R. you beat me to it.

  18. StellarLeader
    March 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    I am fascinated by Rob’s setting. I want to see how does he deal with the custom Pantheon. I have one that I’ve carried on all the way from AD&D but there are some things that I haven’t been able to get right in 4th edition.

    All characters are so funny! People stared at me in the street everytime I started to laugh.

    I certainly miss the Torqletons, but this campaign looks like its gonna be very good as well.

  19. dp8351
    March 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm — Reply

    I’m having a tougher time imagining what everyone is, but I think that has to do with the different setting. Not being a D&D player, I have no idea what a Seder is either…

    Looking forward to the return of the Torqueltones, but these guys have some really good potential. Rob’s imagination shines through and I am looking forward to seeing how everyone plays it. Except Steven’s character, who will apparently be too busy partying with chicks to combat any coming menace.

    • March 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm — Reply

      a Satyr is a mythical creature with the head, torso and arms of a man and the legs of a goat. Often depicted with goat horns as well.

  20. Micah
    March 8, 2012 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    Great show! I love how he accomplishes the difficult task of shoving everyone into their character’s skin right off the bat by using a skill challenge that also forces them to roleplay. Such an awesome idea! Also, the whole dinosaurs worshipped as gods thing is very creative. When I heard dinosaurs on the previous show, I thought “well, guess I won’t be listening for a few weeks…” but I was pleasantly surprised! Keep the (critical) hits coming!

  21. Brian
    March 9, 2012 at 3:04 am — Reply

    I remember Rob talked in a previous episode about using the method of having everyone go in a skill challenge to prove why they’re so awesome and use it as a method to introduce characters to one another. It really works well to get everyone into their characters and show off what makes them unique, it’s an awesome method and one that I’m going to steal for my next game.

    • J. R. Scherer
      March 10, 2012 at 6:54 am — Reply

      I really liked that and plan on stealing it as well.

  22. Mark
    March 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    Loved this episode…and I think I’ve gone back and listened to Stormwind’s parts more times than I care to count. Hilarious. The skills challenge as introduction is something I’ve wanted to try if I ever get a chance to run a campaign (my group is geographically challenged and aren’t open to virtual gaming for whatever reason), nice to see it in action here.

  23. Douglas
    May 18, 2012 at 4:34 am — Reply

    Burai and his powerword, and a very “dragonlike appearance” I see what you did there.

  24. Splaa
    October 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm — Reply

    Love the show, it just goes to show how versatile and clever you guys are. although there is something I have been suppressing since the beginning and can no longer hold it in. please, please, PLEASE, please, kill off matthew the everlasting newb. Give alex his spot, please. Thanks and keep up the great work of showing people that your minds eye can show you way more than you could ever see on a television.

    • October 7, 2013 at 9:50 pm — Reply

      The irony is, I’ve been playing D&D longer than any one else on the panel. :)

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