Beyond The Great Pine Forests of the North, beneath the jagged Knifecrag Mountains, there lies a treacherous maze of caves and tunnels known across the kingdom of Wohlsenshire as The Throatcutter’s Caverns. In order to reach the lair of the dracolich Isadora, The Nettlers must first brave the dangers within, including slave-driving deep elves and an unearthly magical force that permeates every chamber. As The Nettlers explore this dreaded subterranean labyrinth, they’ll find themselves confronted with the perils and curious offerings from the deep–but do these magical gifts come with strings attached? Plus, we reveal more about the party’s (counter)revolutionary activities over the past eight months, and Barnabas, their lost paladin, returns, bearing the scars of his time in exile. Will The Nettlers find what they’re looking for in The Throatcutter’s Caverns, or will something truly unspeakable find them first? Listen to find out!
This week, we wrap up Alex’s Call of Cthulhu one-shot, The Blackbourne Expedition! Miles from civilization in the arctic Svalbard Archipelago, our Investigators have discovered the isolated cabin where James Blackbourne and his fellow surveyors took refuge from the elements. When Doctor Appleton wanders off in the middle of the night, the remaining members of the party set off to track him down. Their search leads them to a set of puzzling animal tracks, into the heart of a dangerous winter wind storm, and toward a confrontation that could be the end of them all. Is there a connection between the mysterious tracks and Appleton’s disappearance? What dark purpose do the stone idols of the octopoid horror serve? What terrible fate befell James Blackbourne on Nordaustlandet? Listen to find out!
This week on Rag-NERD-rok, we have a bit of a departure from our usual fare: a Let’s Play of the storytelling board game, “Tales of the Arabian Nights!” Join our heroes as they set off from Baghdad on various quests and build their adventures with luck, cunning, and an array of random encounter tables. Will Ryan eat a meal on every continent? Can Alex find the mysterious love of his dreams? Will Erik inherit his father’s riches? Can Meyer refute a vizier’s terrible accusations? Find out, as they misunderstand their reaction matrices, accumulate contradictory status effects, and journey onward toward destiny!
In the cyberpunk future, when shady mega-corporations have the world in a chokehold, net-jackers and cyber-criminals make their living the only way they know how. Drex Hardline and his team of hackers, TekBunni and Terra-Flash, decide to break into the Cronos Biochem building intending to toss the company’s servers for corporate secrets that they can sell off for a quick payday. What they don’t know, however, is that Drex cut a deal with Mr. Q-Bit, President of Cronos’ Prisoner Rehabilitation program, selling out his two compatriots in exchange for a cushy job and a fresh start. Two years after their disastrous run, TekBunni has been uploaded to a time-dilated virtual prison where she’s serving three consecutive life sentences, and Terra-Flash, who was assumed dead after an explosion, has been replaced with a reprogrammed clone that is completely loyal to Cronos. When a scarred cyborg calling himself The Laughing Saint approaches Drex, now a VP working for Q-Bit, he’ll have to choose between his new life and the friends he betrayed to get it. Will these gritty anti-heroes get a second chance to make one last run? Listen to this unbelievably cyberpunk Fiasco to find out!
In the winter of 1920, a group of explorers set out from England to the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago to find the body of James Blackbourne, an aristocratic world traveler who died while working as a mining surveyor in the arctic desert. Blackbourne’s older brother, an academic socialite, has financed the expedition in order to learn his sibling’s fate, gathering a group of experts to assist him on his quest. There’s Anatoly Markov, former gamekeeper for the Russian Czar and newly expatriated arctic survival expert. Warren Appleton—of the Boston Appletons—was chosen for his completely legitimate credentials in a stunning variety of fields. Finally, there’s Kristopher Blackbourne, a distant cousin of the family working as a private detective in San Francisco. Armed with their wits and accompanied by their teams of sled dogs, these brave Investigators set out into the polar night to discover what befell James Blackbourne and his fellow surveyors. The horror they find in an abandoned shelter might just drive them insane, if it doesn’t kill them first.