Sunday, August 16, 2015

[Pendragon] The Great Pendragon Campaign: Year 552 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Surluse

An eventful Winter Phase gives way to various plots and plans as to how best to help the ailing king and kingdom. But will seeking help from the Other Side lead to solutions, or only madness?

(A technical note: our audio recording experiments and upgrades continue, and this episode marks the premiere of binaural sound! Tremble before the positional, multi-channel recording!)



Featuring:

Dave S.
Des
Jen

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12 comments:

  1. And now, my thought process this evening:

    Hm, a crazy Winter Phase you say? I'm sure that'll be worth a listen before bed, and give me the correct amount of attention I wish to pay while I'm marking my students' final projects...
    ...
    Oh Leander, what a scamp you've been. I love Des trying to forge a coherent narrative out of the dice just relentlessly getting in the way of her plans. That was a pretty interesting turn of events I guess. Wonder if there's anything else.
    ...
    ...I'm failing this student and going to bed.

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  2. We'll miss you Daig. I'd say you were too good for this sinful Earth, but that would be a lie. You were absolutely too good to go out the way you did though. It makes Leander's confrontation with the Orkney's last session all the more pointed, especially if he had just found out that Daig had been killed by Agravaine (or perhaps they made a snide comment as he was walking away).

    I'm enjoying The Adventures of Sir 14, who I have no doubt will soon suffer some Aging Rolls to knock his HP back to where it's supposed to be. Doesn't fill the void completely, but it is great that he was welcomed into the group by being in proximity to Leander while his dander was up. I actually think a lot of people would admire Leander if he's in the right mood. He could just come off as self-effacing and modest. I hear women are drawn to that.

    And please explain to Sir Perry that the solution to all of life's problems is not murder. Most of them yes, but not when royalty is involved. Not royalty you've sworn homage to anyway. Usually.

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  3. That one had some high highs and low lows. The winter phase is my favourite and I'm pretty sure my players as well. Through the week I keep getting requests to make new backup characters so they can roll yearly events and solos. :)

    Which book did you find the adventure in? I want to run that at some appropriate moment.

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  4. Leander needs to get a yearly check to arbitrary for how he acts towards his Lady, especially the 'hate romance' he had with her

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    1. I dunno, I liked the moment last year when when asked point blank by Tristram and Isolt if he was having an affair with Orlande, he was shocked and invented a completely implausible but committed denial on the spot. That's because he still respects the law and decorum of the situation.

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    2. Yes that and he's still in love. Even during his worst hate-romancing he was still crazy in love. From Orlande's point of view she's been completely reasonable and given Leander chance after chance to prove his love and it's not her fault he sometimes comes up short. From Leanders point of view his heart has been toyed with and his desperate best efforts have been spurned.

      Like Jake said above, I love how Des builds a narrative out of random dice results. It makes for a very human experience and an emotional rollercoaster. You go from loving and hopeful, through crushing failure to sickening spite and back to having butterflies at the thought of seeing your special someone. Not very stable, but perfectly human. :)

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    3. Leander did lose 1 point from his Amor passion every year he was declaiming his hatred of Orlande. I tend to approach Just/Arbitrary as an application of broader moral principles. Law vs. Chaos, if you will.

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  5. Dangit, Daig. Why couldn't you have had an Happily Ever After?

    Well, since I'm taking the time to comment: I am awed by you guys' enthusiasm and ability to get 'into' the game and weave amazing tales from random dice rolls. David keeps amazing me as a GM in how adaptable and ready he is to take on any and all complication this game (and the players) throws at him, almost always having an answer or a challenge at the ready.

    Keep rolling with the rolls (and the punches), guys!

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    1. Thanks, Dag! Always nice to hear from a fan. :)

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  6. One question for David, one gift for David.

    What filter do you use to help make the game more listenable? I'm starting a podcast myself, and could use that tip.

    Here's the gift. For the next time the troupe is involved in an actual battle.

    http://tabletopaudio.com/ now has a Medieval Battle background event, twenty minutes in length, I believe. Quite useful!

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    1. Filter-wise, I use a program called Levelator: http://tinyurl.com/poppjzu

      I also sometimes use a function in Audacity if the AC and fan is too much, whereby you can pull noise out of the background: http://tinyurl.com/qj7pqmy

      Thanks for the link in return! Funny thing--I've had my speakers set up for the last couple weeks, but I keep forgetting to re-introduce background music. I'll definitely make use of that Tabletop Audio clip next time there's a battle...whenever that may be... ;)

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    2. Thanks! I appreciate the response. Game on.

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