Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 42 – I’m Just Wild About Harrys, part 2

Things get a bit two Harry. Mercury frees his future self, “FTM” (Future Timeline Mercury) from a confinement trap at the Gale estate. FTM returns to the Bot’s home base. The team discuss a plan for closing the rift between worlds, centered on Ghost Girl and Jaycee. Aside from them, Mercury and Charade will go […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 42 – I’m Just Wild About Harrys, part 1

Things get a bit two Harry. Mercury frees his future self, “FTM” (Future Timeline Mercury) from a confinement trap at the Gale estate. FTM returns to the Bot’s home base. The team discuss a plan for closing the rift between worlds, centered on Ghost Girl and Jaycee. Aside from them, Mercury and Charade will go […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 41 – We’re in the Future, Let’s Split the Party!

This session is missing player-audio throughout. You can still pretty much figure out what’s going on. In summary… Ghost Girl and Concord make contact with Jaycee, now a Grail Knight. Charade assembles a dossier on future events: Rook and Jason Quill are in alliance, They are using a rift, centered on a Rook factory, to […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session Session 40 – Days of Future CRAP, part 2

The team learns that the mysterious “Bot” is a future Leo Snow. This Leo lost Pneuma to Rosa Rook and was depowered by a future Jason Quill, who now allies with Rook. Other members of the Menagerie, such as Concord and Mercury, are now unaccounted for. Our Mercury goes to find his future self. Ghost […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 40 – Days of Future CRAP, part 1

The team learns that the mysterious “Bot” is a future Leo Snow. This Leo lost Pneuma to Rosa Rook and was depowered by a future Jason Quill, who now allies with Rook. Other members of the Menagerie, such as Concord and Mercury, are now unaccounted for. Our Mercury goes to find his future self. Ghost […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 39 – Halycyon Beyond, part 2

A few days pass after the hospital attack. The team persuades AEGIS to release Vector. The Menagerie (including Aria, Otto, and the Phoenix) escorts Vector through a time gate to the future, to interview The Bot. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-05-14-Masks-Season-2-Session-39-Halcyon-Beyond-part-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 39 – Halycyon Beyond, part 1

A few days pass after the hospital attack. The team persuades AEGIS to release Vector. The Menagerie (including Aria, Otto, and the Phoenix) escorts Vector through a time gate to the future, to interview The Bot. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-05-14-Masks-Season-2-Session-39-Halcyon-Beyond-part-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 38 – In the House of Flying Accusations, part 2

The three Universal Concordance agents open a hole in the hospital wall. Concord leads the charge. Ghost Girl and Mercury protect the hospital and its inhabitants, while Charade and Link counter-attack. The agents beg off, and trade recrimination with the Menagerie. Charade has been injured and will get treatment. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-05-07-Masks-Season-2-Session-38-The-House-of-Flying-Accusations-part-2.mp3Podcast: […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 38 – In the House of Flying Accusations, part 1

The three Universal Concordance agents open a hole in the hospital wall. Concord leads the charge. Ghost Girl and Mercury protect the hospital and its inhabitants, while Charade and Link counter-attack. The agents beg off, and trade recrimination with the Menagerie. Charade has been injured and will get treatment. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-05-07-Masks-Season-2-Session-38-The-House-of-Flying-Accusations-part-1.mp3Podcast: […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 37 – In the Mind of Madness, part 2

Concord escorts Link and Mercury into the mind of Silver Streak to help him recover. Things go badly, during which time Concord calls Ghost Girl, who brings Charade along with her. The team reaches Streak and returns him safely to consciousness. Agents of the Universal Concordance appear at the hospital as they re-emerge. Intro music […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 37 – In the Mind of Madness, part 1

Concord escorts Link and Mercury into the mind of Silver Streak to help him recover. Things go badly, during which time Concord calls Ghost Girl, who brings Charade along with her. The team reaches Streak and returns him safely to consciousness. Agents of the Universal Concordance appear at the hospital as they re-emerge. Intro music […]

Masks Phoenix Academy, Actual Play, Session 01 – Comicbook Clickbait

Our first session with Kaylee and her friends as Silhouette, Ember, and Palacine. The team fights Voltaic, recovers in the Phoenix Academy infirmary, and finds their new base. My favorite bits: * Ember rising up above the crowd and denying their Influence, blasting Voltaic and revoking Influence from the whole Phoenix Academy student body. * […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 36, part 3 – Mother and Child

Concord learns that there are additional Concordance agents active. He, Link, and Mercury get Tempest’s permission (with difficulty) and re-enter Silver Streak’s mind to bring him back. Ghost Girl seeks out Charade for more information on her inter-dimensional travel tech, hoping it will be helpful in closing the breaches to the Sepiaverse. Intro music by […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 36, part 2 – Mother and Child

Concord learns that there are additional Concordance agents active. He, Link, and Mercury get Tempest’s permission (with difficulty) and re-enter Silver Streak’s mind to bring him back. Ghost Girl seeks out Charade for more information on her inter-dimensional travel tech, hoping it will be helpful in closing the breaches to the Sepiaverse. Intro music by […]

Thoughts After a Year+ of running Masks

Last night, our Monday-night gaming group wrapped up our Menagerie campaign of Masks, with the 63rd game session. (The podcast is time-shifted quite a bit – it won’t reach the end of the game until early June of 2019.) It’s been a great run; one of my all-time favorite games, not least because we ended […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 36, part 1 – Mother and Child

Concord learns that there are additional Concordance agents active. He, Link, and Mercury get Tempest’s permission (with difficulty) and re-enter Silver Streak’s mind to bring him back. Ghost Girl seeks out Charade for more information on her inter-dimensional travel tech, hoping it will be helpful in closing the breaches to the Sepiaverse. Intro music by […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 35, part 3 – The Wrathful Rampage of Rossum!

The Menagerie assaults the Two Rivers Nuclear Plant, where the Rossum clone is holed up. Charade angers (but startles) Rosa Rook by analyzing the situation and locating the plant. Inside, Mercury saves the lives of some tied up guards, at some cost to himself (as some booby traps go off). Charade and Mercury go deeper […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 35, part 2 – The Wrathful Rampage of Rossum!

The Menagerie assaults the Two Rivers Nuclear Plant, where the Rossum clone is holed up. Charade angers (but startles) Rosa Rook by analyzing the situation and locating the plant. Inside, Mercury saves the lives of some tied up guards, at some cost to himself (as some booby traps go off). Charade and Mercury go deeper […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 35, part 1 – The Wrathful Rampage of Rossum!

The Menagerie assaults the Two Rivers Nuclear Plant, where the Rossum clone is holed up. Charade angers (but startles) Rosa Rook by analyzing the situation and locating the plant. Inside, Mercury saves the lives of some tied up guards, at some cost to himself (as some booby traps go off). Charade and Mercury go deeper […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 34, part 3 – Daddy Issues

Mercury and Concord attempt to heal Silver Streak’s mind, and discover a severe guilt complex, possibly amplified by exposure to a Keynome. The attempt is thwarted by the presence of three hostile Concordance agents within the psychic space. Back at Has Beans, Lucius recommends that Ghost Girl recruit Armiger for future cleansing efforts. She witnesses […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 34, part 2 – Daddy Issues

Mercury and Concord attempt to heal Silver Streak’s mind, and discover a severe guilt complex, possibly amplified by exposure to a Keynome. The attempt is thwarted by the presence of three hostile Concordance agents within the psychic space. Back at Has Beans, Lucius recommends that Ghost Girl recruit Armiger for future cleansing efforts. She witnesses […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 34, part 1 – Daddy Issues

Mercury and Concord attempt to heal Silver Streak’s mind, and discover a severe guilt complex, possibly amplified by exposure to a Keynome. The attempt is thwarted by the presence of three hostile Concordance agents within the psychic space. Back at Has Beans, Lucius recommends that Ghost Girl recruit Armiger for future cleansing efforts. She witnesses […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 33, part 3 – A Team Divided

A few days pass, and assorted school shenanigans take place. Mercury talks to Tempest and convinces her to allow Concord to examine the comatose Silver Streak. Concord has a plan. Ghost Girl teams up with Lucius to try closing the hole in Oakland Cemetery. She is partially successful. Mercury manages to secure a date with […]

Ravenloft, via World of Dungeons, with Kaylee (video compilation)

Kaylee and I have been playing through the classic Ravenloft (I6) module, solo, using World of Dungeons. For quite awhile, we did it with Discord chat, but that led to a lot of me saying “Dude, seriously, post what you’re going to do,” and her say “I’m sorry – it’s just really easy to forget.” […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 33, part 2 – A Team Divided

A few days pass, and assorted school shenanigans take place. Mercury talks to Tempest and convinces her to allow Concord to examine the comatose Silver Streak. Concord has a plan. Ghost Girl teams up with Lucius to try closing the hole in Oakland Cemetery. She is partially successful. Mercury manages to secure a date with […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 33, part 1 – A Team Divided

A few days pass, and assorted school shenanigans take place. Mercury talks to Tempest and convinces her to allow Concord to examine the comatose Silver Streak. Concord has a plan. Ghost Girl teams up with Lucius to try closing the hole in Oakland Cemetery. She is partially successful. Mercury manages to secure a date with […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 32, part 3 – Future. Tense.

It’s a Link and Concord session! Link talks with Waters about Rossum and Vyortovia. Adam talks with his folks. Link and Adam actually talk to each other (!?!), give romance advice to Otto (?!??!?), and question the future-speedster who tried to kill everybody. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-03-27-Masks-Season-2-Session-32-Future.-Tense.-part-3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 32, part 2 – Future. Tense.

It’s a Link and Concord session! Link talks with Waters about Rossum and Vyortovia. Adam talks with his folks. Link and Adam actually talk to each other (!?!), give romance advice to Otto (?!??!?), and question the future-speedster who tried to kill everybody. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-03-27-Masks-Season-2-Session-32-Future.-Tense.-part-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]

Actual Play snippet: Dungeon World one-shot, Gauntlet Con

I’ve been GMing the same Masks game for over a year. Before that, there was a PBTA-based Star Wars game that ran for over thirty sessions. This isn’t to establish bona fides – I just want to point out I really like running PBTA stuff – as a game system, the mechanics suit me better […]

Masks, Menagerie Actual Play, Session 32, part 1 – Future. Tense.

It’s a Link and Concord session! Link talks with Waters about Rossum and Vyortovia. Adam talks with his folks. Link and Adam actually talk to each other (!?!), give romance advice to Otto (?!??!?), and question the future-speedster who tried to kill everybody. Intro music by Mikhael Bureau. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/2018-03-27-Masks-Season-2-Session-32-Future.-Tense.-part-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: […]