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Friends at the Table is an actual play podcast about critical worldbuilding, smart characterization, and fun interaction between good friends. Find us (and a listener guide) @Friends_Table on Twitter.
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Hey, everyone my name is Austin Walker, I'm the host, GM, and co-creator of Friends at the Table, which is an actual play podcast focused on critical world building, smart characterization, and fun interactions between good friends. Maybe you know some of our cast from one of the other podcasts that we do like Emojidrome or Waypoint Radio, or you heard us guests on something like the Great Gundam Project or the Giant Bombcast, or you saw the show's name in an article or had a very exhuberent friend recommend us to you with a lot of excitement. However you got here, thanks for giving us a shot! I'm going ot do my best to make sure that we don't squander that opportunity by giving you some advice on where you can start the show!  Because there is a LOT of show, and honestly there isn't just one good place to hop on--but I do have some thoughts on what might work best. Broadly, we're an actual play podcast, like I said before. Which means we play tabletop roleplaying games and story games in order to tell stories together. It's sort of like a collaborative writer's room with some dice thrown in. Thankfully in 2020 a lot of people already know what that is, thanks to shows like Critical Role or The Adventure Zone. So I'm going to talk assuming that you have some idea about what it means to be a podcast like ours. If you want something short and sweet to get to know some of us and the style of stories we tell, then check out the three part Fall of Magic series which starts at September 14th, 2018 in our main feed. It's a light, but melancholy story about magic leaving a fantastical world and a great mage and her companions who are on a journey to restore it. It was originally a series of live streams which means that things are kind of loose and playful, it all has a sort of of Studio Ghibli vibe. And again, 3 episodes, in and out. A great starting place. If you wanna stick with fantasy but want something a little meatier, then let me recommend jumping on board with Marielda, which starts on July 14th, 2016 in your feed. In Marielda we begin with Avery Alder's The Quiet Year to build a custom, industrial fantasy setting filled with ingenious inventors, curious creatures, and broken hearted gods, and then we play out a campaign in that setting using John Harper's incredible Blades in the Dark. Plus, it's a great jumping on point for our now complete Fantasy series Seasons of Hieron. Marielda is a prequel story, you don't need to know anything about Hieron before listening. And when it ends, the episodes that follow are a clip show of everything that came before Marielda, which means you can jump right in to the second season fo Hieron after you finish our campaign of Blades in the Dark. If fantasy isn't your thing, then we've still got a lot of options for you. Our current season, PARTIZAN, is frankly one of the best we've had. It takes place at the heart of a corrupt galactic empire, where the very first dreams of revolution begin to stir in those who live there. We play Austin Ramsay's Beam Saber along with some other games, and it's great. It's about compromised characters, backdoor politicking, and tremendously powerful robotic gods called Divines. If you like Mobile Suit Gundam or Escaflowne or Crusader Kings II, PARTIZAN is the place for you. Plus, if you catch up, you'll be able to listen week to week along with the audience which is always really fun. I suggest starting at PARTIZAN 00, which is a character creation episode, or 01 if you want to get right into it. If you want to hear how we first conceived of Divines, then you can go way back to July 15, 2015, when we started COUNTER/Weight, our first sci-fi season. We play a bunch of stuff again: We use Jeremy Keller's TechNoir and Haimsh Cameron's The Sprawl to follow a group of cyberpunks, fixers, and mech pilots, and we zoom out from time to time to use the faction rules in Stars Without Number to follow things frmo a grander, more faction-scale level. COUNTER/Weight is probably my favorite season all said, but it does get off to a sort of rocky start, so I definitely suggest PARTIZAN first, unless you're someone who HAS to hear everything in release order. Finally, there's Bluff City, which isn't in this feed, but its first season is free on our Patreon. You can access it by going to tinyurl.com/freebluff. Bluff City is an anthology series, where we use a bunch of different games, including Masks, World Wide Wrestling RPG, Inspecrtres, Fiasco, and others to tell the stories of an uncanny version of Atlantic City. It has some of my favorite moments and characters and player performances, and I really recommend that people give it a listen! There are so many other things I could reccomend, but these are best jumping on points. If you give them a shot and like them, then hit us up on Twitter at Friends_Table to get more recommendations of what to listen to (or ask our incredible fans using the hashtag #friendsatthetable. Like I said, we also have a Patreon, which you can reach at friendsatthetable.cash, which has a BUNCH of other stuff if you feel like supporting us after giving some of our stuff a listen. That includes Live at the Table, a monthly livestream where we do one shots of a bunch of different games, Tips at the Table a roundtable Q&A show where we answer your questions about RPGs, table manners, storytelling, recording podcasts, basically everything and anything people might ask. And I do a show called Drawing Maps, which is a mix of streamed stuff and podcasts where I pull back the curtain on my game prep and also take soem GMing questions from the audience. ALL of those things I said are part of the 5 dollar a month tier. There's more stuff after that, but honestly, even just that stuff is a lot to talk about. OH also, even 1 dollar backers get the clapcast, which is like the cutting room floor, out of character jokey bits from the warm up conversation before we start doing the main show recordings. It's all good, and it honestly is amazing the degree of support y'all have shown us there and honestly everywhere across the internet. We are a small show--much much smaller than I think people might assume--but our fans have helped us cast a pretty large shadow, which rules. So, I hope if you give us a shot, you'll see what those fans have come to love over the years too. And hey, if you give us a shot and it's not for you, then no worries, you gave it a shot, and that's all I can ask from anyone. Oh, and I should also shout out Jack de Quidt, another member of the cast who is also an incredible composer who does a ton of great music for the show. You can find all that music at notquitereal.bandcamp.com, including this song which is the intro to Fall of Magic. Thanks so much. Peace. A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
In our first episode, Austin staples "post-" onto the front of genres he doesn't love to create new ones he maybe likes more. You know, genres like "post-fantasy" and "post-post-apocalypse." Meanwhile, Art struggles with what faith after looks like after the end of the world, Keith wants to burn the past down, Ali finally gets her talking ghost sword, Jack designs a culture devoted to warehouses and index cards, and Nick thinks a lot about Elven privilege.   Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@KeithJCarberry), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
Our Dungeon World campaign kicks off, as the party lands on a strange island, dominated by a giant tower. Austin makes a beach landing seem much harder than it needs to, causing Ali to wonder if her armor is too heavy. Keith learns about what birds eat and Art learns how they talk. Jack admires some paintings. Nick demonstrates how to disappear completely, and at the worst possible time Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@KeithJCarberry), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt New Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart) A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
The party finally enters the mysterious tower on Eventide Island. Ali peaks through, hides behind, and struggles to open various doors. Jack and Art play a game of telephone with a very busy chef. Nick deals with lots of books. Austin wonders what knives think about. Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
The party confronts a small group of strange. Art continues to invent new titles for his deity. Jack helps Ali be even better at sword-ing. Nick continues to show off how invisible he can be. Austin does a terrible accent. Keith is currently a couger.    Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here. A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!  
A special double episode finale to our first adventure! The party continues its skirmish with the loyal servants of Good King Samot and then.... Art and Jack share a special moment with a beautiful man. Nick covets a book. Keith covets a knife. Ali has no patience for any of this.    Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
The start of our second Dungeon World adventure! Austin splits the party… permanently. Jack runs into an old friend. Ali plays it cool under pressure. Keith gets the group into a wicked boat party.    Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!! Save
The game shifts away from the Boat Party, and towards a group that's a little... colder. Andrew Lee Swan finally joins the battle. Nick's trademark spell goes a little wonky. Art leads the party astray.   Featuring Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
This week, Fero (Keith) stretches his sea wings, Lem (Jack) enters an oceanic battle of the bands, and Hella (Ali) decides that a boat full of hung over party guests is definitely a match for an Undead Pirate Lord's Galleon.  Meanwhile, Austin considers the shaving habits of the undead.   Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith Carberry Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)
Thorondir (Andrew) meets a cool new friend, the Great Fantasmo (Nick) makes a substantial effort to remain, well, substantial, and Hadrian (Art) says his prayers... or at least tries to.    Featuring Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
This week, Fero (Keith) learns to swim, Lem (Jack) connects with an undead pastry chef, and Hella (Ali) makes a decision that will change the course of our adventure.  Meanwhile, Austin develops a thing for chickens.   Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith Carberry Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!  
Hadrian (Art) struggles with divine vocabulary, Thorondir (Andrew) shows off his fancy Ranger skills, and the Great Fantasmo (Nick) explains thee intricacies of magical air mattresses.   Featuring Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
The group comes upon a curious city. Hella (Ali) tries shush her sword, Lem (Jack) catalogues everything, and Fero (Keith) is as quiet as a mouse and also is a mouse.   Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith Carberry (@somethingdumb), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith Carberry & Nick Scratch (@drevilbones) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)
Thorondir (Andrew) forgets what water is, Hadrian (Art) nearly sacrifices himself for his faith, and Fantasmo (Nick) finally proves that maybe he isn't completely worthless.   Featuring Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Nick Scratch Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
Lem (Jack) makes a new friend while Hella (Ali) and Fero (Keith) eavesdrop on all the city politics.   Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith J Carberry & Nick Scratch (@drevilbones) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!  
In the seaside port of Velas, it is Sun Day, the Long Day, the Day of High Sun, the most holy 20 hours of the year. Visitors from across the region have come to visit their families, to celebrate in the streets, and to sweat under the heat of Samothese's Gift. But when not everyone in town lives to see the sun rise, the party is recruited to investigate the murder... and the conspiracy behind it.    Inspired by Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, by Raymond Edwards, Suzanne Goldberg, and Gary Grady.   Check out the investigation documents here!    And the map of Velas here!   Ali Acampora (@ali_west) as Hella Varal Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan) as Thorondir Arthur Tebbel (@atebbel) as Hadrian Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry) as Fero Feritas Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) as Lem King Austin Walker (@austin_walker) as the GM   Produced by Keith Carberry Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Music by Jack de Quidt Map Art by Janine Hawkins (@bleatingheart)  
The party had just begun to piece together clues about the mysterious murder in the fields of Velas when a blizzard struck the city. Now, under terrible conditions (and with limited time), they must uncover the secret motivations and conspiracies behind the crime. Can they find justice? And if so, at what cost?   Inspired by Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, by Raymond Edwards, Suzanne Goldberg, and Gary Grady.   Check out the investigation documents here!    And the map of Velas here!   Ali Acampora (@ali_west) as Hella Varal Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan) as Thorondir Arthur Tebbel (@atebbel) as Hadrian Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry) as Fero Feritas Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) as Lem King Austin Walker (@austin_walker) as the GM   Produced by Keith Carberry Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Music by Jack de Quidt   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
  Austin scrambles to come up with interesting loot, Fantasmo (Nick) tests the limit of his fame and presence, Hadrian (Art) puts his neck on the line for his friends, and Thorondir (Andrew) learns that you can't go home again.   Featuring Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)    
Hella (Ali) tests the sharpness of her magic sword, Lem (Jack) tests the limits of a new friendship, Fero (Keith) tests the hardness of the floor, and Austin tests his ability to do a British voice.   Featuring: Ali Acampora (@ali_west), Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry), Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith J Carberry Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
Fantasmo (Nick) and Hadrian (Art) find out what it's like inside of a Snow Elf prison. Thorondir (Andrew) discovers that, even after facing down a being of living ice, the coldest things in the world are made of flesh and blood.   Featuring Nick Scratch (@drevilbones), Andrew Swan (@andrewleeswan), Art Tebbel (@atebbel), and Austin Walker (@austin_walker) Produced by Keith J Carberry (@KeithJCarberry) Cover Art by Craig Sheldon (@shoddyrobot) Intro Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal)   A transcription is available for this episode here.A full list of completed transcriptions is available here. Our transcriptions are provided by a fan-organized paid transcription project. If you'd like to join, you can get more information at https://twitter.com/transcript_fatt. Thank you to all of our transcribers!!
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Andrew Blatt

Mad respect for the solidarity but I think it's important to note that while police indeed shot Jacob Blake, he is still alive.

Aug 27th
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Jam

the way these two groups are slowly getting entagled with each other is sending me god I love this show

May 16th
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Jam

the divine future "hey lil mama lemme whisper in your ear"

May 2nd
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Jam

the music for the black century scared the shit out of me 10/10. thank you Jack

Apr 29th
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Jam

So You Accidentally Became a Terrorist Organisation

Apr 25th
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Jam

y'all just need to release a separate episode for the roast of Chrysanth Kesh

Apr 19th
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Jam

thank you for these down time episodes reminding me how funny both of these teams are, but like in opposite ways

Apr 17th
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Jam

*secret tunnel from ATLA plays*

Apr 16th
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Jam

God everything about this group is just so fucking funny

Apr 15th
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Jam

the sheer drama of it...incredible

Apr 11th
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Jonathan Hoover

awesome except for the guy eating hard candy halfway through

Oct 16th
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Zachary Heth

BOOM. POLYAM HELLA IS CONFIRMED. FUQ YASS

Sep 27th
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Haley CH

28:45 BOYFRIENDS

Sep 15th
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tyler timmerman

is the 5th milk iguana milk?

Jul 30th
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Jasper Davis

5 minutes in they take a break?

Jul 25th
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Jasper Davis

our of sync towards the end

Jul 23rd
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Libby Horacek

I love this show. Definitely recommend new listeners check out the guide on Twitter to see where to start -- personally I started with Marielda and I think that was a fantastic place to begin. If you want to get caught up faster, you can skip from winter to spring and listen to counter/weight and twilight mirage later. The autumn recap episode is all you really need from autumn, which had great moments but they were definitely still figuring things out then.

Jun 28th
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Christian Della Donna

10 full minutes of conversation about luxury boats. Classic FatT

Apr 22nd
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Joshua Maddox

God I wish there was some d&d

Mar 29th
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Joshua Maddox

okay so I like this podcast but it feels kinda off so far. I'm mostly finished with the first campaign and I guess I'm just used to D&D and not so improvised and on the spot world storytelling. That and the characters and GM kinda get on my nerves with weird calls.

Jan 30th
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