Carnagecast 46: GMs’ Round Table

Carnagecast logo.In episode 46 of Carnagecast, Dan, Hunter and Toby return to the show to discuss Carrion Crown, but only just a little. It’s Carnagecast‘s first GMs’ round table conversation, where we share experiences running games, why we take on all that extra effort in comparison to playing someone else’s game, struggling with the conflict of GM ADD and never enough time to run all those sparkling ideas and the challenges of communicating one’s mental picture to the group without necessarily giving the whole game away.

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Carnagecast 39: Carrion Crown: Broken Moon

Carnagecast logo.In episode 39 of Carnagecast, Dan, Hunter and Toby return to discuss the third chapter of the Carrion Crown adventure path, Broken Moon. Our heroes ventured into the Shudderwood of Ustalav, wherein Victor the unflappable coach driver made his debut, resolute against the strains of ethereal music. At an exclusive hunting lodge and in the depths of the forest, there was a cavalcade of every NPC in Golarion, their names all embroiled in a “Slavic consonant pile-up,” as Toby put it.

Broken Moon is somewhat characterized by that cavalcade of NPCs, many of which monologue about the minutiae of local lupine politics. Still, the adventure works in a fun final setpiece which sees a showdown with Auren Vrood, whom the characters have chased since The Haunting of Harrowstone. Dan marks Broken Moon as his favorite chapter in the path to date. Hunter reveals just how much he loves to play the ghost NPCs.

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Carnagecast 37: Carrion Crown: Trial of the Beast

In episode thirty-seven of Carnagecast, Dan, Hunter and Toby return to the show to discuss their further adventures in the Pathfinder adventure path, Carrion Crown, following on from their first excursion in The Haunting of Harrowstone. From the sleepy village of Ravengro, the heroes stride further to the relative metropolis of Lepidstadt, embroiling themselves in the trial of a monster and nefarious doings of the Whispering Way.

Trial of the Beast saw the birth of Ustalav’s pickle motif, viz. the “mob of angry pickle farmers,” plus some of the most fun Toby’s had in the campaign to date in the titular court proceedings, but also warrants critique on the topics of tacked-on dungeons for the purposes of leveling and deprotagonization of player characters during narrative climax. Continue reading

Carnagecast 31: Carrion Crown: The Haunting of Harrowstone

In episode 31 of Carnagecast, Dan, Hunter, Toby and Tyler talk about their experiences playing the Pathfinder role-playing module The Haunting of Harrowstone, first part of the overarching Carrion Crown adventure path. Filled with horror tropes, from the Gothic to the Hammeresque, Carrion Crown kicks off a tour of the Pathfinder campaign world’s Transylvania analogue, Ustalav, with the charred remains of a prison teeming with ghosts and supernatural phenomena.

Prospective players beware, this is spoil-all episode as Hunter pulls back the GM curtain to give a peek at how he chose to use and modify the written adventure. Dan, Toby and Tyler share their perspectives as players in the campaign, as well as some insight into their characters. Continue reading

Carnagecast 23: Betrayal at House on the Hill Actual Play, Part 2

In episode 23 of Carnagecast, the Dan, a Dan, Hunter, Jake, Toby and Tyler wrap up their game of Betrayal at House on the Hill. Missy realizes deep in her gut that Madame Zostra has betrayed them all — and then stumbles upon a revolver and dynamite with which to resolve the problem. As the heroes race to exorcise the house of malign powers, Professor Longfellow finds himself scrambling for his life as basement rooms fall away into the inferno one by one. Continue reading

Carnagecast 21: Betrayal at House on the Hill Actual Play, Part 1

In episode 21 of Carnagecast, the players assemble to take on the new edition of Betrayal at House on the Hill, published by Wizards of the Coast’s Avalon Hill imprint, as discussed in episode 14‘s Autopsy of a Game. Toby recommends not blinking in the statuary corridor. The Dan realizes he’s really playing Short Round. Then he does something pretty spectacular.

Carnagecast 20: Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society and Android

In episode 20 of Carnagecast, Interview with the Gamer travels west across Lake Champlain to talk with Chuck Henry of the Nonchalant Gnome Gaming Society in Plattsburgh, New York. Chuck tells us about founding the Nonchalant Gnome gaming society, some of the methods and techniques to making a public gaming group welcoming to newcomers, growing the gaming scene in upstate New York and their participation in the Play in Public campaign to make tabletop gaming more visible to the public eye through teaching moments.

In Autopsy of a Game, Alex and Dan discuss Android, the science fiction noir detective game from Fantasy Flight Games. Players take on characters investigating a crime in the city of San Angeles, as well as wrestle with their personal demons. Alex’s enjoyment of the game has led him to GM it at Carnage two years running with no plan to slow down. Dan is a fan of the game as well, citing in particular the deep world-building found in the rulebook and flavor text of the game’s components. Continue reading

Carnagecast 14: Robin Lea of Peryton Publishing and Betrayal at House on the Hill

In episode 14 of Carnagecast, we go back to Peryton Publishing, this time to speak with the dark empress Robin Lea. She talks a bit about the games she ran at Carnage in Wonderland and her upcoming projects, both role-playing and fiction. Autopsy of a Game turns the incisive minds of Dan and Tyler upon Betrayal at House on the Hill, a horror game with a cult following. Continue reading

Carnagecast 11: Arkham Horror Actual Play, Part 5

In episode 11 of Carnagecast, we reach the conclusion of the Arkham Horror actual play series. It’s been a long, hard road for our investigators, struggling against alien horrors, the schemes of elder gods and pure chance itself. Who wins and who dies? Find out!

Ursula uses the word “caper.” Kate Winthrop finds herself in a strange high house in the mist. Patrice Hathaway busts out a little “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” to boost Agent Banks’ morale.

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Carnagecast 9: Arkham Horror Actual Play, Part 4

In episode 9 of Carnagecast, the travails of Dan, Hunter, Jessica and Tyler against the machinations of Nyarlathotep continue in the fourth part of the Arkham Horror actual play series. Mark Harrigan, like Chuck Norris, kills everything given sufficient clue tokens. Mayoral candidate Kane throws his weight around at the Arkham Advertiser‘s janitor.

Watch the Carnagecast feed for the final installment in this actual play series in two weeks’ time.

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