Tuesday, April 17, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Paranoia: "Robot Imana-665-C" (Part III)


Welcome back, Citizen! When we last left our Troubleshooters, they had been causing plenty of trouble of their own, with many accusations and even much physical violence. It’s not too late for them to straighten up and fly right, however! The Computer believes in them—don’t you?


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

[Paladin] "A Passion for Pippin" (Anno 766)

We continue with "The Adventure of the Jewel" as the young squires encounter a mysterious hermit, some angry villagers, and a dastardly lord. But no challenge is greater than that which confronts them from within the group...


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Paranoia: "Robot Imana-665-C" (Part II)


Welcome back, Citizen! When we last left our Troubleshooters, they were on their way to rendezvous with R&D and find out the details of their first mission, the diagnosis and repair of the malfunctioning Robot Imana-665-C.


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Sunday, April 8, 2018

[Paladin] "The Adventure of the Jewel" (Anno 766)

We get into our first proper session of PALADIN with an overview of how the system differs from the core PENDRAGON rules before kicking things off with a small feast and an important mission from Duke Thierry.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Paranoia: "Robot Imana-665-C" (Part I)

Greetings, Citizen, and welcome to Alpha Complex. Today’s mission involves three hapless Red-level Troubleshooters and their first assignment: to diagnose what has gone wrong with Robot Imana-665-C. Easy enough...right?



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: "The Contender—A Love Story" (Part IV)


The spine-chilling conclusion! Our intrepid duo of investigators put the final pieces of the puzzle together and are forced into making an impossible decision.


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Sunday, March 25, 2018

[Paladin] Character Creation


The Order returns to the King Arthur Pendragon system for a jaunt through its cousin, Paladin: Warriors of Charlemagne. Join us as we go through the character creation rules and roll up four earnest young squires about to embark on untold adventures!


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Questioningly" (East of Eden)


Aaron arrives in Kansas and finally catches up with Dawn, only to find someone else has caught up with her first. And that's only the beginning of his troubles...


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: "The Contender—A Love Story" (Part III)


The investigators finally make contact with Rossi and discover unexpected layers of nuance in his tale. And also a delicious recipe for Dominican stew!


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

[7th Sea Khitai] "Life-Giving Sword, Death-Giving Sword"


For this one-shot session, the group takes the 7th Sea: Khitai Quickstart rules for a spin. The lust for wealth and power leads to death, destruction, and shattered lives. Can our rag-tag band of heroes foil the sinister machinations of the villainous puppet master? Tune in to find out!


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Endless Highway" (East of Eden)


Aaron has an unexpected encounter at an El Paso truck stop, kicking off a harrowing journey along the benighted interstate, where he is both hunter and hunted.

Our primary recorder pooped out midway through the session. Fortunately, we caught the problem pretty quickly and only lost about 10 minutes of action (which we then summarize). However, you'll probably notice a drop in overall audio quality once we switch to our backup. Apologies.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: "The Contender—A Love Story" (Part II)


In this second episode, "Getting Into the Ring," our duo meets another duo (in the form of the mysterious Eliot brothers) and begins peeling back the layers of the onion. How long before they start crying?

And a big congratulations to Darker Hues Studios for landing Harlem Unbound in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum and The Newark Museum. These acquisitions are an acknowledgement of book's "artistic, scholarly and educational value"! Wowza! More details may be found here.


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Sunday, March 11, 2018

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #Done (Session Five)


We bring our brief Shadowrun experiment to an end in this, our 300th episode(!), wrapping up loose ends and establishing what becomes of our various runners, who begin the episode hunted by the authorities and in hiding. Can they forge a positive outcome from such inauspicious circumstances?


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Tear It Up" (East of Eden)


Aaron crosses paths with an old frenemy in the most unlikely of places and must decide between vengeance and forgiveness...and this is only the first fight in what turns out to be a blood-soaked and fractious evening.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: "The Contender—A Love Story" (Part I)


This month, a travel/illness-reduced crew is taking Darker Hue Studios' Harlem Unbound for a spin with the scenario "The Contender—A Love Story" by Bob Geis. The book is dual-statted for both Trail of Cthulhu and Call of Cthulhu; we opted for the latter system. The scenario is a slow-burn noir procedural that builds ever more to a truly unsettling climax, and we think you're going to really enjoy the ride.

In this first episode, "Sparring with the Champ," we meet our investigative duo and follow them to the Cotton Club, where they take a job from former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson to look into a mysterious death in the boxing ring.


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Thursday, March 1, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Ghost on the Highway" (East of Eden)

We kick off the second Story of the Chronicle, trying out a somewhat experimental improvisatory narrative approach. Where will Aaron's road lead him? Neither of us know! Let's find out together...



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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Bluebeard's Bride (Part 4)


In this finale episode, "Up in Smoke," the Bride seeks shelter from an unlikely ally, only to find herself in even greater peril. And, at last, the Final Room beckons...but will she use the key and open the door?


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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Bluebeard's Bride (Part 3)


In this episode, "Lost in a Haze," the Bride, under the influence of ghostly opium, stumbles deeper into the mansion, finding more horrifying evidence of previous wives and encountering her first servant—and a potential ally.


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #BestLaidPlans (Session Four)

Content warning: This episode features scenes of mass shooting and general gun-related violence.

The team puts together an intricate plan for taking out a blackmailing corp target. But in the world of Shadowrun, does any plan ever go off as intended?


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Bluebeard's Bride (Part 2)


In this episode, "The Horrible House," the Bride explores her new home and discovers that the horrors within are not only confined to the Forbidden Room...


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Sunday, February 11, 2018

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #MakeEmploymentObsolete (Session Three)

We're down two players this week, but that doesn't stop us from completing last session's run, albeit not without crossing paths with another of Seattle's more...memorable street gangs. Then it's on to planning and scheming the runners' next moves and further defining their social networks.




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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

[Esoteric Short Order] Bluebeard's Bride (Part 1)

Art by Rebecca Yanovskaya
We gather 'round to tell a terrifying fairy tale, courtesy of Magpie Games' RPG of feminine horror, Bluebeard's Bride. In this first episode, we review the conceit and rules of the game and then define characters.


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Sunday, February 4, 2018

An Introduction to the Order


New to the Order? Check out this introduction, covering our gaming and recording philosophy as well as a brief overview of our campaigns and game formats.


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The Great Pendragon Campaign

Pendragon Demos: Part I and Part II

Horror on the Orient Express

Neon Masquerade

Tiny Tournament Time

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Ways to Be Wicked" (East of Eden)

Aaron's whirlwind Vegas trip rolls on as he tries desperately to put out various fires and familiar faces track him down. The conclusion of the first Story of the Chronicle!



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Sunday, January 28, 2018

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #SoppingMoist (Session Two)

The team decides to celebrate the successful conclusion of a run with a visit to Stuffer Shack, with very messy results. Good thing they've got a milk run waiting for them—but it's never that easy, is it?



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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Satan Is Real" (East of Eden)

Las Vegas continues to extend its coils around Aaron, dragging him further into its most illicit, shadowy corners. But he's not the only one battling their Shadow...



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Sin City" (East of Eden)


Slots of fun! At long last, Aaron arrives in Vegas and finds it a very rough landing. The bright lights of the big city don't agree with his Gangrel sensibilities, but he has a grim job to do. Can he find the allies he needs to make it happen?


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #DoubleDippin (Session One)

We kick off our campaign in proper style with a run on a diamond exchange. Mayhem ensues, particularly since we got the combat mechanics slightly wrong...



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Dark Night" (East of Eden)


After avoiding a strange encounter on the Interstate, Aaron drives down his own lost highway and into a bloody encounter he won't soon forget.


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Monday, January 8, 2018

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: Character Creation (Session Zero)


The gang convenes for our first campaign of the new year: Shadowrun Anarchy. We go over the basics of the system (including a discussion of how the Cue System works...and what we think of it), then get into making characters, including a bit of classic cyberpunk life path generation at the end.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Lost" (East of Eden)

Aaron fights his way out of Fresno, paying a steep price in blood. His return to Los Angeles goes from bad to worse, and soon he's back out on the open road, smelling blood in the air...



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