Audioplay: Amber: NPiA

Found this fan-created piece on YouTube – really enjoying the listen. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Nine-Princes-in-Amber.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 10, The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle Okay, it looks like time for our first actual fight in the system, so I figured I ought to take the time to make sure I get it right – there are a few more moving pieces with combat than some other situations, because RPG. Anyway. First, to review: Brig has pushed up […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 9, The Gates of the Castle

The Gates of the Castle So I’ve been sick for about a week, and finally feeling well enough to get back to Brigitte and Ismark and Ireena. During the break, I spent a bit of time wondering if I missed a chance to swear a vow to Madam Eva – something about breaking the Vistani’s […]

Dark Designs in Verdigris – Session 2

Jamie and Kaylee get together and continue their misadventures in Oz Below. Also, we’re doing kind of a hacked system, blending DDiV with Ironsworn; I liked the idea of two emerald dice opposing the characters in Moves. Also, it’s nice to bring in progress charts for goals and fights. We’re keeping Talents from DDiV and […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 8, The Fortune Teller

The left fork of the road slants upward slightly, heading up into the mountains – it this road up which most of the spirits continue to travel. The right fork slants slightly downward, toward what looks like the base of the mountains, rather than their peaks. At the fork, I see Liqa, standing next Reinhardt. […]

Dark Designs in Verdigris – Session 1

Back in November, during a Masks dry spell, Jamie and Kaylee got together and started up something unsavory in Verdigris, the fallen city of Oz Below. Here’s the recording. We’re playing again this weekend. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/DDVerdigris-w-music_-_2019-11-17.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 7, The Ghost at the Gates

Last session, we talked with the village priest and buried the Burgomaster, which is about when we noticed the ghosts gathering at the graveyard gate, and I realized I knew one of them. Specifically, it’s the spirit of Reinhardt, my old mentor. I’m… guessing this next bit is going to suck a little bit. Brigitte […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 6, Gooooo-ing to the Chapel and We’re… Goooonnnna get Buried…

Okay, we’re heading to the northwest part of the village, E5 and E6, the church and cemetery. Sounds peaceful. Now, not to be too much of a gamer about it, but the thing is, I’m pretty sure the only way to get XP in the game is to make and complete Vows. “Free all of […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 5, The Burgomaster’s Home

Ismark leads us down the street, past Mad Mary’s to E4, which is the Burgomaster’s home. A weary-looking mansion squats behind a rusting fence. The gates are twisted and torn. The right gate lies cast aside while the left swings crazily in the wind. The stuttering squeal and clang of the gate repeats over and […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 4, The Blood on the Vine Tavern

Okay, so I’m heading back up the street from the home of Mad Mary, to the tavern. The GM is droning on about atmospheric stuff or… you know. Whatever. GM stuff. They do that. Now, somewhere in here, if you’re me (or most players I’ve played with since I was 10), you’ve tuned out the […]

Adventures of the Smartwood Kids – Ken’s 11th Birthday (adventure 3, part 1)

The kids and I get back into another story of the Smartwood kids (a ‘kids on bikes’ hack of Lasers and Feelings) – this time, it’s all about the weird runic symbols on Ken’s whiffleball bat, and how they got there in the first place. Here’s the video (with slightly leveled audio, because my kids […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 3, The Village of Barovia

I’ve finished a journey as part of a quest/vow (come to the aid of the village), so I’ll also mark progress. Since it’s a Dangerous quest, every ‘mark progress’ move fills two boxes. Now then, the village. Tall shapes loom out of the dense fog that surrounds everything, even in mid-afternoon. The muddy ground underfoot […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 2 – the Maiden and the Corpse

In the last ‘session’, Brigitte set out toward Barovia by way of the Old Svalich Road, made it to the gates of Barovia and (thanks to our second journey roll) found out things were going to take a bad turn. BUT FIRST, I need a bit of information for an NPC we’re about to meet. […]

Ravenloft Ironsworn, part 1 – The Old Svalich Road

So now I envision my character’s recent history – Brigitte doing the farwarden thing, which boils down to the Unappreciated Rangers of the North Job ™ – helping small communities with beasts and monsters, informal roadway patrols, whatever – but all the while she’s got her ear to the ground for word of farwardens who’ve […]

Ironsworn Solo Play – Ravenloft (0.2)

So, last time we did a bit of world building. This time, character. Envision – Our hero is a member of a freewarden order known as the Overwatch. She’s a younger warrior, mentored by several of the senior members. She’s a classic kind of armored warrior: heavy sheild, at least chainmail armor, whatever weapons come […]

Ironsworn Solo Play – Ravenloft! (session 0)

With the holidays looming, my schedule was basically nuked from orbit and much of my normal online/offline tabletop gaming (which wasn’t a LOT to begin with) was disrupted, to put it mildly. Then one of my Monday-night players linked Adam Koebel’s first look into Ironsworn – and reminded me of the game, which I’ve actually […]

Masks PA: Session 18, Part 2 – 2019-12-23 – It’s Comfort AND Support!

The team finally frees Colin from the Invictus addiction, drives back Cephalos, and learns more about the terrible psychic squid’s history. (And there was, as the title suggests, a LOT of comfort and supports.) http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Masks-PA-Session-18-Part-2-2019-12-22-It_s-Comfort-AND-Support_.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks PA: Session 18, Part 1 – 2019-12-22 – It’s Comfort AND Support!

The team finally frees Colin from the Invictus addiction, drives back Cephalos, and learns more about the terrible psychic squid’s history. (And there was, as the title suggests, a LOT of comfort and supports.) http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Masks-PA-Session-18-Part-1-2019-12-22-It_s-Comfort-AND-Support_.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks PA, Session 17, “My Head Hurts from Screaming – 2019-12-01

The team has had several months to track down clues bout Invictus. Ember does science. Palacine works on Colin. Sil makes connections in school. Everyone fights some invictus-powered criminals. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Masks-PA-Session-17-2019-12-01-My-Head-Hurts-From-Screaming.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

The Smartwood Kids: Session 5 (Halloween, pt 2)

We (myself, Kaylee, Sean, and Zoe) continue the adventures of Marzipan, Kenilworth, and Zoology Smartwood, as they defend the town from alien invasion on Halloween. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-11-29-Smartwood-Halloween-pt-2.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks: Phoenix Academy – Session 16 – Invictus Sucks / Tater Tots in Space!

The group argues about what to do about Invictus, and finally settles on sunbathing, snacks… and blowing up a space ship. The image for this session goes with events at around 2:15:00, give or take. Also, check out 2:20:45 for a preview of Masks: Phoenix Academy – The Musical! http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019-09-15-Masks-PA-Session-16-Screw-Invictus-Tater-Tots-in-Space.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window […]

Masks: Phoenix Academy – Session 15 – Regroup, Fail, Repeat

Intro Video! It’s Kaylee’s birthday, and the end of the first week of REAL LIFE high school for our players, so between birthday cake, rehashing school, decompression, and half the team needing an early bedtime for marching band practice the next morning… … and introducing some totally amazing character art I got commissioned for the […]

Hogwarts RPG

Spent the afternoon playing Hogwarts with the kids. Elici Davies (fifth year Hufflepuff), Emma Quinn (1st year Gryffindor), and Will Finnegan (third year Ravenclaw) are ‘siblings’ fostered by the same magic-friendly muggle family. I asked them for something weird that happens on the train ride (while will studied “A New History of Hogwarts” and ate […]

Working on a Thoughtful Representation of Drug Addiction for Masks

Hello! Things have been a little quiet on the Masks RPG front lately, because the end of summer is bananas for all my players. We haven’t been able to play face to face, but each player is getting a little Play-By-Post action in (which I’ll figure out how to share), and in the meantime I’m […]

More on the Adventures of the Smartwoods

The kids and I played the aforementioned Bikes and Books game a couple times over the weekend and Monday night, getting the Smartwood kids ever closer to figuring out how and why the Assistant Principle is trying to change the town’s history to make an entirely different list of people the heroes of Fayville’s illustrious […]

The Smartwood Children (a Lasers and Feelings hack for my kids)

This weekend has been chock-a-block with face to face gaming goodness with cool kids. Friday was the 14th session of Masks: Phoenix Academy game with Kaylee and the Jamies and, I think, possibly one of the best sessions so far. (Which is good, because we’re not going to be able to play again until something […]

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 14 – “Personally, I Vote for Monotone Screaming”

Intro Video! The team has a LOT of stuff going on. A LOT. So much happens, you guys. It’s one of those sessions where the most common roll is Take a Powerful Blow. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-07-06-Masks-PA-Session-14-Personally-I-Vote-for-Monotone-Screaming.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 13 – Fifty-five Minutes

The team plays super-powered musical chairs. Amazingly, no one dies. Many chairs were harmed in the filming of this episode. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-21-Masks-PA-Session-13.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS

Masks, Phoenix Academy, Session 12 – Meet the Parents

The team members each have a sort-of date… to meet their boyfriends’ parents. Oh, and it seem like Vanquish is sneaking secret soldiers onto the planet or something. Whatever. http://randomaverage.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2019-06-09-Masks-Session-12-Meet-the-Parents.mp3Podcast (randompodcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS