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31 August 2015

E24: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 13: HELMED HORRORS AND MUSICAL DOORS)


After offing a Red Wizard at Castle Naerytar and acquiring the secret code word from him to actuate a subterranean portal, the PCs - namely, Lathandis (Wood Elf Cleric), Seren (Half-Elf Eldritch Knight), Erzo (Drow Rogue), along with NPC muffin Jamna Gleamsilver (Gnome Rogue) - are teleported, then emerge on the other side of... who knows where? Unlike the swampy, muggy atmospheric conditions at the Mere of Dead Men, the climate at this new and apparently remote locale is cooler, fresher, gusty, alpine- like. Upon materialization, the first thing they see, within arrow shot, is what appears to be a lodge of some kind, with snow-capped mountains forming the backdrop. Who or what else will they encounter? What, then, will the PCs do? Will they yodel-ay-hee-hoo? Listen in to this podcast episode and find out.



RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO Battle 5 (March of the Eagles soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

The PCs have gotten themselves in a pickle. Confined quarters with is guy is not good.

30 July 2015

E23: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 12: THAT WHICH DWELLS BELOW THE CASTLE)





Having finagled and rampaged their way past a band of Bullywugs at the entrance of Castle Naerytar, the PCs - namely, Lathandis (Wood Elf Cleric), Seren (Half-Elf Eldritch Knight) and Erzo (Drow Rogue) - make their way through the main level, managing to gain access below, with Lizardman Snapjaw and Gnome Jamna in tow... then to probe the dark depths. What will they encounter? Even after editing, the duration of this podcast is longer than normal. Ideal for listening if you're locked in transit or if working the late shift.







RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO The Gathering Storm (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim soundtrack, Jeremy Soule).

The situation in the subterranean caves is definitely off-kilter.

30 June 2015

E22: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 11: MERE MERE ON THE WALL, WHO'S THE FROGGIEST OF THEM ALL?)




PCs Lathandis (Wood Elf Cleric), Seren (Half-Elf Eldritch Knight), Erzo (Drow Rogue), along with NPC muffin Jamna Gleamsilver (Gnome Rogue), head westward out into the precarious Mere of Dead Men. Their guide, a Lizardman named Snapjaw, is leading them to Castle Naerytar, reportedly a hub for the Cult of the Dragon. Definitely, it is going to be an arduous trek. Will they be capable of surviving? How are they going to efficiently travel over difficult boggy terrain?  What will they encounter as they penetrate this swampy domain? There are rumors of strange creatures that go "ribbit".







RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO Calm 1 (March of the Eagles soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

Makeshift Castle Naerytar and surrounding swamp. Yes, rendering is a mess.

10 June 2015

E21: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 10: WHAT'S GOING ON?)




The PCs seem to have gotten themselves into a pickle while stopping off at the Carnath Roadhouse. Almost by serendipity, Seren (Half-Elf Eldritch Knight), Lathandis (Wood Elf Cleric) and Erzo (Drow Rogue) have foiled an  underground clandestine shipment of loot undertaken by some Lizardmen during the overnight hours. However, the Half-Orc Bog Luck and other NPCs have become aware that something unusual is afoot. Deadly confrontation occurs between PCs and NPCs. And where were those Lizardmen taking the crates?  Listen in to the podcast to find out what's going on.






RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO The Longest Walk (Midnight Run soundtrack, Danny Elfman).

"I smite thee !", Lathandis bellows to Seren. Jamna the gnome ducks.

01 May 2015

E20: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 9: ROLLICKING RUCKUS AT THE ROADHOUSE)





After the travelling for about one week northward on the High Road, the caravan stops off at the Carnath Roadhouse. The PCs - Seren (Half-Elf Eldritch Knight), Lathandis (Wood Elf Cleric), Erzo (Drow Rogue) - have been retained as security guards for the trip. Reportedly, this roadhouse is a locale where road building supplies are unloaded for ongoing work currently being conducted by the High Road Charter Company. But observations by the PCs and NPC encounters hint that other activities are occurring clandestinely... likely related to the Cult of the Dragon Queen.





RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / BACKGROUND MUSIC Dragon Age: Origins  soundtrack (Inon Zur) / OUTRO Lord Seeker (Dragon Age: Inquisition soundtrack, Trevor Morris).

All the action and intrigue in this episode occurs at the Carnath Roadhouse.

14 April 2015

E19: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 8: TAKE THE HIGH ROAD)






Party member Erzo (Drow Rogue) finds himself alone after the mysterious disappearance of his colleague. However, he is joined by two new PCs: Seren (Half-Elf Eldritch Knight) and Lathandis (Wood Elf Cleric), welcome additions to the campaign. The boys, along NPC Jamna Gleamsilver (Gnome Rogue), get hired by the High Road Charter Company to accompany a caravan headed out of Waterdeep, on the way to Neverwinter... purportedly. The editing is rather tight in this episode so, resultantly, the dialogue is quick and steady.





RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / BACKGROUND MUSIC Atmospheres (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  soundtrack, Jeremy Soule) / OUTRO The Stage is Set (Europa Universalis IV  soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

Timbits, jelly beans and Old Milwaukee Ice - culinary consumables to keep the DM cognizant.

26 March 2015

E18: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 7: DOPPELGANGERS, DAGGERFORD AND A DEATH)




The caravan continues northward. Next stop: Daggerford. But before then, Erzo (Drow Rogue) is going to spend  time intimidating passengers and use the nighttime hours to stealthily open crates in his insatiable search for loot. Mulinex (Elf Ranger/Druid) spends his time charming a young lady in a tavern at a Way Station, but is in for a surprise as to her identity. Two new NPCs are introduced into the campaign: a mischievous  gnome quite adept at circumlocution, and a mysterious human wearing a wool hat over his bald head... hmmm, what does that mean? Listen in for some clues.





RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / BACKGROUND MUSIC Atmospheres + Selected Compositions (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  soundtrack, Jeremy Soule) / OUTRO Caught Off Guard (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  soundtrack, Jeremy Soule).

The Way Station on the way to Daggerford. Something wicked that way comes.

06 March 2015

E17: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 6: BODACIOUS BLONDE-HAIRED ELF BIMBOS AT BALDUR'S GATE... AND BEYOND)




The PCs depart Beregost, continuing on their northward trek along The Coast Way, eventually reaching Baldur's Gate. Once there, they check out a magic shop, then, via an intermediary, head over to a tavern to meet with a Paladin, who provides them with an important contact which allows the PCs to travel as guards with a caravan, soon to depart the city. In tow with this caravan are suspected members of the Cult of the Dragon, including a bunch of weirdo theatre performers pretending to be Adventurers. Intrigue, awkward NPC encounters and combat ensue.







RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / BACKGROUND MUSIC Atmospheres (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  soundtrack, Jeremy Soule), Shining Serpent Tavern (Neverwinter Nights  soundtrack, Bioware Corporation) / OUTRO Menu theme (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

Caravan encounters overturned wagon and dead horses on the road.

10 February 2015

E16: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 5: RETURN THE MUFFIN, THEN NORTHWARDS WE PROCEED!)





After cleaning house in the cave system at the Raiders Camp, Erzo (Drow Rogue) and Mulinex (Elf Druid/Ranger) bring back their captured Spellcaster to Greenest for interrogation. Still, all clues on the nefarious activities regarding the Cult of the Dragon point northwards. So they head toward the coast, then northwards along The Coast Way. Assuredly, what they will encounter in their travels will be either bizarre or malevolent... and the ominous shadow of Tiamat looms. 







RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO A Cruce Victoria (Europa Universalis III soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

Strange things eventuate along The Coast Way in Faerûn.

20 January 2015

E15: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 4: EXPLORATION AND ANNIHILATION AT THE SUBTERRANEAN MUSHROOM PALACE)





Back in the Town of Greenest, Erzo (Drow Rogue) and Mulinex (Elf Druid/Ranger) are again retained to head back to the Raiders Camp and gather further information about the Cult of the Dragon. This time, to discover what is inside the large cave that was heavily guarded when last they were there. A parchment map of an underground system of rooms has been supplied to assist the PCs in their trek. But is it accurate and reliable? What will they find? This episode is a fast moving dungeon crawl, with hilarity and high strangeness to boot.







RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO Black Shield, White Cross (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

Cletus the Kobold likes to eat mushrooms, or at least he did before dying.

02 January 2015

E14: HOARD OF THE DRAGON QUEEN (SESSION 3: BIG MONEY AND A MONK AT THE RAIDERS CAMP)




Erzo (Drow Rogue) and Mulinex (Elf Druid/Ranger) are in transit to the Raiders camp, but first must deal with the rear guard. They are on a mission to retrieve a monk held captive at the camp and to determine where all the loot is ultimately headed. But how do they covertly penetrate a camp teeming with kobolds and cultists? The terrain is rugged and observers on the camp's watch towers constantly scan the horizon. Reconnaissance and deception, it seems, will be required. One thing is for sure, so long as there is hefty monetary compensation for the task, Erzo will stop at nothing to get paid. Listen along to this fun episode for the details. 






RPG / RULESET: Dungeons & Dragons 5e / d20 System

SUPPLEMENTS: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Kobold Press, 2014), Player's Handbook / Monster Manual / Dungeon Master's Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2014), Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast, 2008).

MUSIC / SOUND: INTRO Main Title (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive) / INCIDENTAL SOUND EFFECTS www.freesound.org / OUTRO War Without End (Crusader Kings soundtrack, Paradox Interactive).

As the session proceeds, the gaming table surface inevitably gets chaotic... evil.