The Drunk and The Ugly
By Matt Campen
About this podcast
The Drunk and the Ugly is a role playing game (RPG) podcast with a focus on narrative gaming systems. These systems utilize a wide variety of rules and settings to create fantastic stories for both players and listeners. The cast relies on improvisation, weaving compelling narratives from disparate characters and viewpoints. From science fiction to fantasy, mystery to slice-of-life, the podcast covers all genres. While similar to a radio drama on the surface, the rules and randomization mechanics of the RPG systems affect the flow and decisions of the stories. There are no scripts and no filters. We invite you to join us twice weekly as we celebrate narrative, gaming, and storytelling. Also dogs.

Episodes (Total: 620)
yesterday · 01:25:32
The crew of the Brilliant Resolve showed their might in the Ring Master’s palace, proving they are the Saturday Night Slam Masters of Footfall. As they stumble from their victory and begin attending to the various wounds and concussions that title brings, they also find themselves in need of a new Void Navigator.  They have to head off to a local time ruled by a mob boss going by the name of Archimedes. They have very little information to guide them, except that their favor with this man can grant them or deny them significant access to Footfall.  Better to tread lightly. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms […]
May 19, 2017 · 02:37:45
In the investigation of the attempt to bury the previous burgomaster of the town away, our valiant party ended up sinking into the depths of a church, finding a young emaciated vampire kept under watch by his father, the priest.  After a harrowing experience realizing the danger that such a creature presented, moreso than they could have predicted, they emerged battered but alive. Returning with the news, they met back up with Ismark Kolyanovich and explained their circumstance.  The party was then able to persuade Irena Kolyana to come with them to the nearby city of Palas.  As they were preparing to leave, however, they came across a decrepit old crone selling apparently magical pastries.  This knowledge did not deter either Niccoli nor Faustus from consuming them and subsequently falling immediately into unconsciousness but feeling oddly at peace. Side Chatter MUSIC CREDITS: Dark Walk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS James – Conrad Starkherz – Paladin: An inquisitor of the Avacynian church, dedicated to the destruction of evil by all available means. His fighting skills are weathered by his age, but he has come to rely on his holy powers to protect him from both his foes and the memories of his past. Susan – Elyria – Druid: A young lady who made her home in the terrifying forest of the Ulvenwald. She is a thin girl of medium height with wild ginger curls all over her head. The first things noticed are always her red hair and her large green eyes. She was a young girl from Kessig who found she had fantastical abilities fled to live in nature when some disastrous things happened. She has fantastical powers that can change nature, but these powers cannot change her past. Axe – Niccolo Argenti – Rogue: A former Midnight Duelist, sworn to protect the streets of his home city of Nephalia from vampires and corpse-traders. After his brother Jacomo died in service of the Church of Avacyn, he became disillusioned and forsook his duties, becoming an apostate and blade for hire. Thirty-five years old, he’s managed to live to what passes for middle age on the blighted plane of Innistrad with the sharpness of his wits and the speed of his blade. Kevin – Faustus Pent – Wizard: University educated among the Ivory Towers of Nephalia, Faustus Pent made a career of creating clockwork devices […]
May 12, 2017 · 02:29:34
The crew of the Brilliant Resolve survived their transit through the warp, and came out the other side with some people and items of worth.  Former Lord Admiral Saint Macarius has joined their cause. The galaxy is not without a sense of balance as they have now been in regular contact with the Primaris Factotum, so the crew gets together their finest regalia as their ship is ripped apart and rebuilt to Warp standards. They find their way to the Grand Administratum to argue Faydra’s case of remaining a Rogue Trader. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms Herzog. She has a sick robo-bird named Charybdis. Travis – Mord Champier. 57 year old Seneschal […]
May 5, 2017 · 02:00:28
Shadowgrange was dead. Donavich knew this in his heart even as it trembled from dawn til dusk. The town had never been a metropolis or even a center for the rallying forces of cathars and hunters that passed through the outland valleys, but time had looked upon the town with vindictive disdain. In the flickering candlelight of the barren church, he tried his very best to pray, calloused pale hands clutching a silvered collar with all of the faith he had left. But after enough time passes faith is not a shield anymore. It is a tether. And he wasn’t sure how much he had left. His blood was so close to the surface, beating beating beating feebly but steady below the skin. In the quiet luminescence he felt the wounds and marks across himself, scarred, scabbed, and open in varying states of healing. He hoped it would be enough. But the scratching, a devilish and constant needle through his thoughts told him it wasn’t. He need be a provider once more. Side Chatter MUSIC CREDITS: Dark Walk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS James – Conrad Starkherz – Paladin: An inquisitor of the Avacynian church, dedicated to the destruction of evil by all available means. His fighting skills are weathered by his age, but he has come to rely on his holy powers to protect him from both his foes and the memories of his past. Susan – Elyria – Druid: A young lady who made her home in the terrifying forest of the Ulvenwald. She is a thin girl of medium height with wild ginger curls all over her head. The first things noticed are always her red hair and her large green eyes. She was a young girl from Kessig who found she had fantastical abilities fled to live in nature when some disastrous things happened. She has fantastical powers that can change nature, but these powers cannot change her past. Axe – Niccolo Argenti – Rogue: A former Midnight Duelist, sworn to protect the streets of his home city of Nephalia from vampires and corpse-traders. After his brother Jacomo died in service of the Church of Avacyn, he became disillusioned and forsook his duties, becoming an apostate and blade for hire. Thirty-five years old, he’s managed to live to what passes for middle age on the blighted plane of Innistrad […]
April 28, 2017 · 02:08:06
Their job finally complete and a foothold for a colony established, the Brilliant Resolve and her crew make way to their next destination. On their way to Footfall, the crew once again encounters the horrors of the warp. Their trip is filled with hallucinations, damage to the ship, and even possession. Having earned some shore leave, they set out to find a retired navy general to be the administrator of their new colony. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms Herzog. She has a sick robo-bird named Charybdis. Travis – Mord Champier. 57 year old Seneschal of the Brilliant Resolve. Old with a stooped posture and hawkish face, Mord comes […]
April 21, 2017 · 02:36:53
Ismark Kolyanovich is a confidant man. The world was hung heavy on his strong shoulders since childhood, and many things have left him in shadows of fate and grandeur of others that he felt he had not deserved. But earning your own grandeur is a luxury to the free. And despite his stature and good looks, he is most certainly not free. “I have faith Ireena.” he says, breaking the silence in the still and ravaged wooden room. The woman known as Ireena, deep red haired and dark skinned, stands opposing him as the sole other occupant of their once lavish quarters. “When was the last time we’ve had someone new?” Dark eyes scowl at him in reply as she perches herself on the edge of the stripped countertop. He shakes his head, feeling the weight of the world in his tense neck. “I hope you’ll listen when they come back.” he says after what feels like hours deadlocked in stillness. “And if they don’t?” It’’s a sharp, immediate reply. Her still face and dead words fill the room as he tries to think of an answer. He doesn’t. And the day goes on, until it becomes night. Side Chatter MUSIC CREDITS: Dark Walk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS James – Conrad Starkherz – Paladin: An inquisitor of the Avacynian church, dedicated to the destruction of evil by all available means. His fighting skills are weathered by his age, but he has come to rely on his holy powers to protect him from both his foes and the memories of his past. Susan – Elyria – Druid: A young lady who made her home in the terrifying forest of the Ulvenwald. She is a thin girl of medium height with wild ginger curls all over her head. The first things noticed are always her red hair and her large green eyes. She was a young girl from Kessig who found she had fantastical abilities fled to live in nature when some disastrous things happened. She has fantastical powers that can change nature, but these powers cannot change her past. Axe – Niccolo Argenti – Rogue: A former Midnight Duelist, sworn to protect the streets of his home city of Nephalia from vampires and corpse-traders. After his brother Jacomo died in service of the Church of Avacyn, he became disillusioned and forsook his duties, […]
April 17, 2017 · 03:16:53
Shortly after this group of perfectly normal kids went to a perfectly normal class outing to the local theater, finding themselves literally immersed in the show.  They discovered walking behind the set that things were more complex than they appeared on the stage and that the lead actor may in fact be in danger from the goings on.  It’s up to them to stop it. PLAYERS Axe – Eric Windholm. Creepy looking kid of 15.  Wears an eyepatch because he threw one eye away for magical powers. Nate – Cameron Cross. 16 years old, Goodwill clothes.  Pretends to be British and learned a bunch of magic as a kid. Definitely not John Wick. Manda – Elijah Grace.  17 year old gangly androgynous kid.  Has a strong sense of justice. Zach – Mary “Hellsdale” Dellsdale. Taciturn young woman who attends a french-style boarding school and wields a terrible demonic sword.  Also is kinda half-demon. Travis – Tommy Cashew. Dirty blond with a big wrench.  He’s totally normal.  Car might be magical.
April 14, 2017 · 01:35:02
A major windfall comes for the crew of the Brilliant Resolve.  In the encounters on her SOS response, Faydra has ended up with the Irradial Cogitator known as “Dead Heat.”  She now has it back on her ship and at her mercy for questioning and buckled down to a seat in a makeshift brig.  They find that he constructed the new megaweapon for The Schismaticus Collective on commission, with no particular ties to the organization.  In asking for help on how to destroy his creation, Dead Heat suggests that it may be far less simple than Faydra hoped. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms Herzog. She has a […]
April 7, 2017 · 03:26:53
Welcome to Innistrad, a plane draped in death and stubborn life. The humans that call it their home settle the lands, but as the night falls they are lost lambs among predators. In the light of the moon fierce creatures run, werewolves hiding amongst friends and family, vampires pursuing a meal with wild hedonistic abandon, and even the very dead risen from their tombs by unrest or call. And beyond them darker and stranger things lie in the deepest of shadows the valleys and forests have to offer. But all is not hopeless. The savior of humanity lives in this world. Flying overhead with an argent radiance, The Archangel Avacyn and her flights of angels protect humanity from that which lurks and plots in the black. Under her watch the Church of Avacyn centered in the walled city of Thraben pushes for peace and protection. the Cathar soldiers dressed in silvers and whites of the church serve the radiant Lunarch, the individual chosen by the angels to lead, and work to purge evil from the land. Though their challenges are many, trust in the angels is almost omnipresent; those symbols of faith and true belief having strength against the darkness. But the angels can’t be everywhere, or stop every injustice. And in the distant province of Stensia, the reach of the church is at it’s weakest, the craggy mountains and forever overcast sky hiding deep secrets and dangers. And so it comes to remarkable people to have the strength to change things; for better or worse. Side Chatter MUSIC CREDITS: Dark Walk Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS James – Conrad Starkherz – Paladin: An inquisitor of the Avacynian church, dedicated to the destruction of evil by all available means. His fighting skills are weathered by his age, but he has come to rely on his holy powers to protect him from both his foes and the memories of his past. Susan – Elyria – Druid: A young lady who made her home in the terrifying forest of the Ulvenwald. She is a thin girl of medium height with wild ginger curls all over her head. The first things noticed are always her red hair and her large green eyes. She was a young girl from Kessig who found she had fantastical abilities fled to live in nature when some disastrous things happened. She […]
April 1, 2017 · 00:54:15
March 31, 2017 · 02:33:20
Never has so much work gone into getting back what rightfully belongs to Faydra Ramirez.  In her quest to retrieve one of her family’s heirloom planets, she has been run through the warp multiple times from planet to planet doing favors for the planet’s current “owner.”  The Brilliant Resolve is now in pursuit of an SOS signal from a mechanicus on another planet claiming to also be part of The Schismaticus Collective.  If Faydra and her crew help them take back their own part of this space and keep out the warring factions, she’ll be party some answers finally. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms Herzog. She has […]
March 24, 2017 · 02:45:05
After a long voyage across Théah in search of an ancient map, the crew of the Fantoma Reine have finally collected and assembled the pieces and placed them in their receptacle in the ancient Canguin lighthouse.  The artifact directed them to sail far, far away in a direction that would lead them into heretofore unknown waters.  As the crew makes preparations for their most dangerous journey yet, they also write letters and make any final decisions should this voyage be their last. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me. Side Chatter Music Credits: “Achilles” – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Charlie – Nadire Fadila Demir. Overconfident sword dancer from the Crescent Empire. Joined up with the ship’s crew in hopes of taking revenge on the pirate faction that kidnapped her family. Susan – Francesca DiRagna. Righteous and pure Vodaccean nobility and Quartermistress. Seeks to avail herself of a terrible curse which was placed on her by another Fate Witch. Kevin – Valentin le Evariste. Hedonistic Montaigne nobleman and ship’s captain seeking fame and fortune on the high seas. Fancies himself a proud and dramatic hero. Wields an ancient puzzle blade and channels blood magic of Porte. Axe – Declan MacKeiran. Hot-headed Innis fist-fighter, Boatswain, and all-time surly rough-and-tumble street smart crewmember. Went out to sea to avoid a Geas placed on him and has since learned to roll with the punches. Matt – Anne Holmvik. Merchant, inventor, surgeon, and gunfighter, jack of many trades and master of none. A proud Vendel who has not forgotten the Vesten roots her country was founded on, she seeks to preserve the Living Runes without the necessary barbarism that keeps them alive.
March 17, 2017 · 02:46:50
At the request of Robert, the crew prepares to enter the warp to travel to the Rifts of Hecaton. The travel will be not without its usual perils, but the crew has some time to relax on their way. When they reach their destination, they meet a strange woman claiming to be part of The Schismaticus Collective, a secessionist group who wants their own corner of the galaxy. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms Herzog. She has a sick robo-bird named Charybdis. Travis – Mord Champier. 57 year old Seneschal of the Brilliant Resolve. Old with a stooped posture and hawkish face, Mord comes from a long line of […]
March 10, 2017 · 02:53:04
The crew of the Fantoma Reine has seen a lot in their journeys, and finally they have a moment to rest and recover from the perils of a few months on the high seas.  Declan’s family has been relocated to the empty manor house in Canguin, the Fey have thoroughly dissected Captain Valentin and uncovered a source for his Black Strands: his heart is freezing as a result of his hatred.  Before he can take time to resolve that, however, the crew receives word of an auction in Vendel for a particular Syrneth artifact that seems to be part of a larger one.  With 3 parts of the Map in hand, the crew heads out to try and pick up the last one. Side Chatter Music Credits: “Achilles” – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Charlie – Nadire Fadila Demir. Overconfident sword dancer from the Crescent Empire. Joined up with the ship’s crew in hopes of taking revenge on the pirate faction that kidnapped her family. Susan – Francesca DiRagna. Righteous and pure Vodaccean nobility and Quartermistress. Seeks to avail herself of a terrible curse which was placed on her by another Fate Witch. Kevin – Valentin le Evariste. Hedonistic Montaigne nobleman and ship’s captain seeking fame and fortune on the high seas. Fancies himself a proud and dramatic hero. Wields an ancient puzzle blade and channels blood magic of Porte. Axe – Declan MacKeiran. Hot-headed Innis fist-fighter, Boatswain, and all-time surly rough-and-tumble street smart crewmember. Went out to sea to avoid a Geas placed on him and has since learned to roll with the punches. Matt – Anne Holmvik. Merchant, inventor, surgeon, and gunfighter, jack of many trades and master of none. A proud Vendel who has not forgotten the Vesten roots her country was founded on, she seeks to preserve the Living Runes without the necessary barbarism that keeps them alive.
March 3, 2017 · 00:22:48
Getting a planet back has turned out to be much more difficult than Faydra Ramirez expected.  In their search of a distant planet, the captain and crew of the Brilliant Resolve are finding themselves deep in ruins surrounded by odd mechanical beetles.  They appear to be odd carrion feeders of both flesh and cybernetics.  Mysteries of the ancient ruins deepen. MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she hales from a deathworld, where she fully excepted to live a short, brutal and, perhaps, glorious life. Instead, she was conscripted into the Emperor’s military, where she served exceptionally. She was recommended to the Lord Captain for her martial and piloting prowess by Master at Arms Herzog. She has a sick robo-bird named Charybdis.
Feb. 24, 2017 · 02:42:46
After a harrowing battle with Kheired-Din and , the crew of the Fantoma Reine has to take time taking aboard the survivors of the Strange Skies and slaves who kept it moving.  Among the captured are highly valued members of the Corsairs, which Captain Valentin realizes can be used as bargaining chips in negotiating for others captured by vicious pirate group. Additionally, Declan makes arrangements for his family to be relocated to a much more secure location after the last few adventures have made it quite apparent that his time on this ship have accrued him a large number of enemies. Side Chatter Music Credits: “Achilles” – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Charlie – Nadire Fadila Demir. Overconfident sword dancer from the Crescent Empire. Joined up with the ship’s crew in hopes of taking revenge on the pirate faction that kidnapped her family. Susan – Francesca DiRagna. Righteous and pure Vodaccean nobility and Quartermistress. Seeks to avail herself of a terrible curse which was placed on her by another Fate Witch. Kevin – Valentin le Evariste. Hedonistic Montaigne nobleman and ship’s captain seeking fame and fortune on the high seas. Fancies himself a proud and dramatic hero. Wields an ancient puzzle blade and channels blood magic of Porte. Axe – Declan MacKeiran. Hot-headed Innis fist-fighter, Boatswain, and all-time surly rough-and-tumble street smart crewmember. Went out to sea to avoid a Geas placed on him and has since learned to roll with the punches. Matt – Anne Holmvik. Merchant, inventor, surgeon, and gunfighter, jack of many trades and master of none. A proud Vendel who has not forgotten the Vesten roots her country was founded on, she seeks to preserve the Living Runes without the necessary barbarism that keeps them alive.
Feb. 20, 2017 · 02:49:47
A group of perfectly normal kids is on a trip to the local theater to see a showing of their newest production.  They discover the performance to be highly engrossing and immersive.  The show comes to life and leaps off the stage, leaving them free to walk on and into it. Side Chatter PLAYERS Axe – Eric Windholm. Creepy looking kid of 15.  Wears an eyepatch because he threw one eye away for magical powers. Nate – Cameron Cross. 16 years old, Goodwill clothes.  Pretends to be British and learned a bunch of magic as a kid. Definitely not John Wick. Manda – Elijah Grace.  17 year old gangly androgynous kid.  Has a strong sense of justice. Zach – Mary “Hellsdale” Dellsdale. Taciturn young woman who attends a french-style boarding school and wields a terrible demonic sword.  Also is kinda half-demon. Travis – Tommy Cashew. Dirty blond with a big wrench.  He’s totally normal.  Car might be magical.
Feb. 17, 2017 · 01:56:04
In the year 40,000, all is war.  The Koronus Expanse is under attack from all angles by beings that want to destroy all organic matter from the system out of a need for sustenance or merely from spite.  Under such assault, the Imperium of Man cannot adequately meet all threats and thus contracts work out to Rogue Traders.  In the inside edge of the Expanse, we find one such trader, Faydra Ramirez, standing trial for the crime of Imperial Heresy. After a swift motion to an acquittal of Imperial Heresy but a conviction for smaller heretical acts, Ramirez finds herself one planet poorer, at great loss to the family fortune.  A silver lining appears to Faydra and the crew of the castle-like Brilliant Resolve, when the new owner of the planet contacts her and says she may have it back if she does him one small favor. . . MUSIC CREDITS Phantom from Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Axe – Faydra Ramirez. Forty-year-old Lord-Captain of the Brilliant Resolve and current bearer of the Ramirez Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade. After a scandal that eventually saw her family’s prized Garden World confiscated and resold, she’s become increasingly unwilling to compromise her Imperial ideals, even if it means losing a chance at profit. Or being reasonable. A military commander first and foremost, she relies on the expertise of her crew to keep the Dynasty’s accounts ready to fund the return of as many planets as possible to the Emperor’s light. Kevin – Herzog Luitger. 50 year old Master of Arms of the Brilliant resolve. Gray-haired and burly, Herzog is a decorated war hero from several campaigns in the Koronus expanse, bringing the word of the Emperor with fire and chainsword. When not serving with the captain, he can be found in the gym building his temple to the Emperor. Max – Diannde. Choirmaster Telepathica of the Brilliant resolve. Short and dark haired with unearthly pale skin and a golden bird half-mask gene fused over her eyes and permanently seen with her strange amorphous snake and a bottle of amasec. An artificial witch created by a clandestine organization aboard a void station, Diannde was conscripted for her well crafted powers by the Ramirez dynasty, to whom she serves more loyally than Empire command. Josh – Scylla. Thirty-ish Void Master of the Brilliant Resolve. Tall and well-muscled, she […]
Feb. 10, 2017 · 03:45:32
The crew of the Fantoma Reine is finally reunited with their precious ship, and Jeremiah Berek, the self-proclaimed pirate king, who has come to them asking for a temporary formal alliance against a greater threat.  Corsair captain Kheired-Din has dealt his ship a heavy blow and has been eliminating other pirates to establish himself as the one true pirate king.  This comes as a shock to the entire crew of the Fantoma Reine, who had last seen him trapped in the palace of the Sun King as the fuse was burning down on a few hundred pounds of gun powder.  Perhaps with less chaos and more firepower, the Fantoma Reine and the Black Dog can put him down for good. Side Chatter Music Credits: “Achilles” – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ PLAYERS Charlie – Nadire Fadila Demir. Overconfident sword dancer from the Crescent Empire. Joined up with the ship’s crew in hopes of taking revenge on the pirate faction that kidnapped her family. Susan – Francesca DiRagna. Righteous and pure Vodaccean nobility and Quartermistress. Seeks to avail herself of a terrible curse which was placed on her by another Fate Witch. Kevin – Valentin le Evariste. Hedonistic Montaigne nobleman and ship’s captain seeking fame and fortune on the high seas. Fancies himself a proud and dramatic hero. Wields an ancient puzzle blade and channels blood magic of Porte. Axe – Declan MacKeiran. Hot-headed Innis fist-fighter, Boatswain, and all-time surly rough-and-tumble street smart crewmember. Went out to sea to avoid a Geas placed on him and has since learned to roll with the punches. Matt – Anne Holmvik. Merchant, inventor, surgeon, and gunfighter, jack of many trades and master of none. A proud Vendel who has not forgotten the Vesten roots her country was founded on, she seeks to preserve the Living Runes without the necessary barbarism that keeps them alive.
Feb. 3, 2017 · 00:54:35
As it turns out, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  The magistrate’s investigation into Battle’s Respite has uncovered some dark sinister blood magic that has brought back the village samurai as a terrible tainted puppet controlled by blood magic.  The village must be purified.  Or maybe Kituski should just use his sword. Our apologies for this week’s episode as recording was not started until halfway through the game. PLAYERS Josh: Shosuro Shizuko, an upstanding Scorpion Bushi who is in no way a ninja or ninja-like entity. Honest. Distrusted even by other Scorpion due to the disloyalty of an ancestor, She makes masks as a hobby when she’s not skulking through the shadows. James: Kitsuki Noboyuki, a Dragon magistrate who is a student of the Kitsuki Method, which claims that weird stuff like evidence collection and observation should be used to determine the guilt of a suspected criminal, rather than just believing the word of the highest-ranking samurai present. A prodigy at investigation and a skilled orator besides, he’s physically and spiritually weakened by an old wound. Kevin: Isawa Daiki is an Ishi-ken of the Phoenix clan, one of the rare shugenja that can access the powers of the Void between all things alongside the elements and spirits. A skilled fortune-teller himself, attempts by others to discern his fate tell of a great destiny involving the mysterious Void Dragon. Max: Tsuruchi Yui, a skilled archer born into the Mantis Clan, who tracks criminals and enemies of the Empire with the help her trained hunting hawk, and is an adherent to the Wasp Code, a variation on the Bushido code of conduct the others follow