Dream Warriors

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Between towns, the adventure party was plagued by lucid nightmares. Were they shared hallucinations? Confused visions of the past and future? Or was it really just a dream? This post discusses the mechanics and story impact behind Episode 24 of Podquest: No Strangers to Adventure. Like, it goes in deep. Learn how this played out behind the screen and at the table, as well  as how to run a session like this with your own party. Reading further may spoil events up to this point in our story!  Continue reading

Gnoman’s Case Files Part I

Gnoman Gumshoe is a gnome detective from the podcast Podquest: No Strangers to Adventure. This is an independent noir adventure set before the events of the podcast. As told by Gnoman (and written by Andrew Santoro)…

Part I

Her makeup is running. Her face is all wracked in anguish as she sobs. Don’t people know how ugly they look when they cry. I approach and place an arm around the gnome woman’s shoulders.

“B-b-but how can you not know where he is? They said you were the best!”

“And I told you I’m still working the case, Stella. It’s a big city and your husband’s a             little gnome but I always find what I’m looking for.”

I offer Stella a hanky from my pocket and begin to walk her out of the office.

“We’ll get him back, don’t you worry. I’ll be in touch.”

She thanks me and leaves. Poor Stella, her drunk husband wanders off one night and hasn’t been seen since. Sometimes I think us gnomes shoulda never come out of the woods, the big city can be tough on folks this small.

I plop myself down behind my desk, head heavy in thought. No one’s ever going to see that gnome again, this city chews people up but it don’t spit ‘em back out. Continue reading

Podquest: No Strangers to Adventure – A Close-up

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It’s finally here! A Podquest post! Let’s kick off with a close-up look at the three characters that will be dealing the damage, solving the mysteries, committing the crimes. The accompanying image is from the thumbnail artwork for the podcast: Kelsey’s interpretation of the three trudging through a magic/windstorm, in clothes probably a bit nicer than the characters usually wear.

On the left: Gnoman Gumshoe, a gnome private detective, played by Andrew. He’s a Ranger with a pistol and a large magnifying glass that not only aids in investigation checks, but can be wielded as a blunt weapon. His trench coat is so noir, but oversized, like Dad’s noir coat. And his shoes are made of gum (I’m still not sure if that’s canon or not.)

The tall, brooding wolfman in the center is Giacabo Pale Eye, a Druid Shifter, played by Nathan. Giacabo is half human, half wolf, half adventurer from an outcast tribe of Shifters afflicted by a mysterious blood curse, who’s also a doctor. An emerald-befitted mummified crow’s head serves as his source of magic, and a cane sword serves as his weapon.

On the right: Digby Sudsworth (Esq.), a dwarf Bard-tender, played by Dylan. Digby is a phenomenal listener and weaver of tales, which just so happen to be perfect tenets of a great barkeep and bard. On his back is a hefty keg of beer; while full it is a disadvantage to his dexterity, but swings like a mighty warhammer when attached to a handle.

Podquest: No Strangers to Adventure already has several episodes available for the listening! There is also a short introduction that captures the feel of what the show overall has shaped up to be. If you’re unfamiliar, the podcast is a live recording of the four of us playing our first campaign of Dungeons and Dragons ever. So far, playing 5th Edition has been incredibly fun and rewarding for us. Already, we’ve learned so much and have found a play style that’s relaxed and goof-friendly. The episodes follow an overarching cooperative narrative in an improvisational structure. We build a fantasy world together one joke at a time.

The decision to make this a podcast came easy; Andrew and Kelsey enjoy podcasting Big Money Movie Ideas already, and recording our D&D sessions together with friends is a way to share and document this cooperative storytelling experience. If you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons, it is amazingly rewarding creatively and socially. With a rule-guided framework, the cohesive story we’ve been able to spontaneously create together has been surprising, and surprisingly fun. As our story continues, we look forward to future guest episodes, more original music and artwork, and being able to share in all of this with you.

LISTEN TO THE INTRODUCTION: DON’T BE A STRANGER→