This week, we try out Blades in the Dark, a whalepunk fantasy RPG about daring scoundrels trying to claw their way to the top of the criminal underworld. Since the gates of death were broken, restless spirits have roamed the streets of Doskvol, along with darker things. Safe behind the lightning fences that protect them from the gigantic demons without, the citizens of the city form a closed system of factions jockeying for power. When a corrupt Bluecoat Inspector blackmails a no-account gang into being his personal saber in Doskvol’s underworld, he is merely looking for a group of disposable (and deniable) assets, but if they play their hand right, perhaps they can turn the situation to their benefit. After he instructs them to disrupt the operations of a local faction, they decide to rob a warehouse belonging to the group, and keep the spoils for themselves. With the tacit protection of the law, will they be able to pull off the job, or will unseen forces keep them from their first payday? Listen to find out!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—a time of peace and purchasing, of caring and consumerism, a season for selling. However, in the sleepy little town of Lawson, something sinister lurks among the aisles and shelves of a big box store, hoping to disrupt the hallowed spirit of capitalist fervor that has filled the hearts of the locals. When a man turns up dead and his son goes missing, it will be up to four fearless hunters to track the creature to its lair and stop the holiday terror at its source. Can they pull off a yuletide miracle with just three shopping days left to go before Christmas? Listen to find out!
This week, we’re playing another fantastic one-page RPG by Grant Howitt.
Some cute woodland creatures live in harmony in the forest with their beloved witch. One day, they returned from an errand to her cottage to find that their witch had been FREAKING MURDERED by a FREAKING WITCH HUNTER.
But they can still save her! All the woodland creatures need to do is bring the eyes of the witch hunter back to the witch’s corpse within 24 hours and she can be revived! But that means going to town, where all the humans are. Can a fox, two birds and a tiny, completely useless spider come up with a plan to save the witch? And just how useful can a light spell be? Listen to find out!
Welcome to Kitchen Arena, the ultimate gladiatorial battleground where the galaxy’s greatest chefs come to put their culinary skills to the ultimate test! During this episode, three competitors will face off against each other, and against the Chairwoman’s fearsome cooking automaton, the Plutonium Chef! One is a grandmotherly demon-lady from the “deep South” who wants to found a galaxy-wide empire and establish her own culinary dynasty to rule it. One is a nefarious master of the dark art of chili-mancy, hoping to re-anchor himself to the material plane and become the greatest gustatory spell-slinger of all time. Finally, a feisty mouse-girl who was formerly the co-host of a successful cooking show, and wants to show the galactic audience that she’s the big cheese. Do our contestants have any hope of winning, or will they find their dreams on the chopping block? Find out, in this Fate Accelerated one-shot!
Aboard his giant battle planet, a massive space station capable of destroying entire star systems, the fearsome Lord Doomicus attempts to crush the scrappy Insurgent Alliance once and for all. A giant battle planet doesn’t run itself,, however, and the totalitarian Dark Lord requires an army of support staff to keep his superweapon crushing rebellions. Among these are Rolfio Scantron, an IT professional with a bad attitude and an overly friendly helper robot named Chit Chat Chip, Cyborg X-32-11-A, a Lightning Soldier who met with an unfortunate demise and had his body parts re-purposed, and Dash Adventura, a junior-grade accountant who moonlights as DJ Dümstar at the forbidden Battle Planet raves. When the Insurgents make a daring attempt to raid the battle planet’s architectural library in search of the station’s plans, it will be up to these three nobodies to foil the enemy’s plans. Can they pull it off?