Wednesday, December 27, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Will the Wolf Survive?" (East of Eden)


We return to the saga of young Aaron Evans, neonate and reluctant anarch. Having left Los Angeles in search of answers, he finds only more trouble awaiting him in Fresno...



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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "East of Eden" Teaser

On December 27th, 2017, a new chapter in our ongoing Vampire Duets series begins...



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[Esoteric Short Order] Velvet Glove (Part 4)

There's a rumble going down! But first the Mother Truckers have unfinished business with the Sons of Saints. This concluding episode is as explosive as pop rocks and soda!



Featuring:
Jen
Des
Sage
And...Edie the Dog

Sunday, December 17, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "Sacred Time"

For our final session in this mini-campaign, we check out the Sacred Time rules, including a hero quest to retrieve the soul of a recently-departed member of the party...



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Featuring:

Des
Jade
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] Velvet Glove (Part 3)


The penultimate session finds the Mother Truckers attempting to neutralize their closest competition via blackmail. Will their daring scheme pay off?



Featuring:
Jen
Des
Sage
And...Edie the Dog

Sunday, December 10, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "The Chaos Caves"

Having arrived in Snake Pipe Hollow, the group contends with more spawn of chaos before delving into a network of caverns in search of the missing priestess of Chalana Arroy. Will any emerge alive?

"Dragon Pass" by Hamppy



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Featuring:

Des
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] Velvet Glove (Part 2)

Art by Jenn Woodall

We finish defining the girls' gang and the City they dwell in, then join the Mother Truckers on a hot, lazy Saturday to see what sort of trouble they can get into. Turns out, a lot.



Featuring:
Jen
Des
Sage
And...Edie the Dog

Sunday, December 3, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "Snake Pipe Hollow"

Storm Season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing for our resident Uroxi: time to hunt some creatures of Chaos!

Preview art from the forthcoming 13th Age in Glorantha



The campaign wiki may be found here.

Featuring:

Jade
Des
Sage
Renae
David S.
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] Velvet Glove (Part 1)


This month, the Short Order takes on Velvet Glove, the RPG of 70s girl gangs with twitchy switchblades.



Featuring:
Jen
Des
Sage
And...Edie the Dog

Sunday, November 19, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "Gringle's Pawnshop" (Part II)

The party agrees to defend Gringle's Pawnshop from the baboon attack, but with reservations of their own. Will they be able to walk the fine line between honoring their agreement and minimizing simian bloodshed? And how will they handle the curveball coming their way?




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Featuring:

Jade
Des
Sage
Renae
David S.
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] "PX Poker Night" (Call of Cthulhu): Part II

This episode kicks off in full mayhem-mode and just doesn't let up. By the end, one of the characters is down...at the hands of another.



Featuring:
David L.
Sage
Renae
Des
And...Edie the Dog

Sunday, November 5, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "Gringle's Pawnshop" (Part I)

The group takes a look at the Seasonal Improvement rules before launching into that all-time Runequest classic: "Gringle's Pawnshop"!

The Axe



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Featuring:

Jade
Des
Sage
Renae
David S.
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] "PX Poker Night" (Call of Cthulhu): Part I

Jen Pearson takes the helm for this month's Short Order, transporting us to a miserable little flea speck of an Air Force base in Nebraska. Nothing important ever happens here...until one fateful poker night in 1995...



Featuring:
David L.
Sage
Renae
Des
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] "Rusted Veins" (Vampire 5th): Part IV

The party faces a crucial decision and makes their move. The final installment of the series!



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Featuring:

David L.
Jade
David S.
Jen
And Des as the Storyteller

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "The Third Eye" (13 Candles)


All good things must end, and so we wrap up Thirteen Candles. Join us as Charlotte completes her long and arduous path...and makes some truly unlife-changing decisions along the way.





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Sunday, October 22, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "The Broken Tower" (Part II)

We wrap our play-through of the Quick-Start adventure, in which we discover the joys of rune magic and the Runequest combat system.



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Featuring:
Jade
Des
Sage
David S.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] "Rusted Veins" (Vampire 5th): Part III

We return this week with Part III of "Rusted Veins" for Vampire 5th Edition. Ghosts from the Coterie's past return to haunt them as they encounter movers and shakers from Gary and points beyond...



The handouts can be found here.

Featuring:

David L.
Jade
David S.
Jen
And Des as the Storyteller

Sunday, October 15, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] "The Broken Tower" (Part I)

The group introduces their characters and we kick off the campaign with the Runequest Quick Start scenario, "The Broken Tower"...



The campaign wiki may be found here.

Featuring:
Renae
Jade
Des
Sage
David S.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] "Rusted Veins" (Vampire 5th): Part II

We return this week with Part II of "Rusted Veins" for Vampire 5th Edition. The coterie assembles at the behest of Gary's "Paper Prince" Modius. The job seems simple enough—but aren't those always the ones that come back to bite you the hardest?



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Featuring:

David L.
Jade
David S.
Jen
And Des as the Storyteller

Sunday, October 8, 2017

[Prophecies of Doom] Character Creation

A portion of the character creation session for our new Runequest: Glorantha campaign, in which we establish the characters' backgrounds in Dragon Pass.



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Featuring:
Renae
Jade
Des
Sage
David S.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

[Esoteric Short Order] "Rusted Veins" (Vampire 5th): Part I

The first installment in our new series of short-form episodes! This week is Part I of "Rusted Veins" for Vampire 5th Edition.

The handouts can be found here.




Featuring:

David L.
Jade
David S.
Jen
And Des as the Storyteller

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Preview: "Rusted Veins" Handouts

This Wednesday marks the first in our inaugural "Short Order" sessions: a convention-length scenario  parceled out into hour-long weekly installments, for those of you who prefer your actual-plays a bit more bite-sized...

And speaking of bites, we kick things off with the Vampire 5th Edition Alpha play-test scenario, "Rusted Veins". Resident vampire-lover Desiree takes the Storyteller's helm, and she really went all out with session prep, producing this brilliant set of character reference images to hand out to the players at the top of the scenario. Very helpful for keeping track of who's who.




Click on the images to embiggen, download, and use in your own sessions of "Rusted Veins"!

See you on Wednesday with a Short Order episode, and join us next Sunday for our first RuneQuest Glorantha session!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Revenge" (13 Candles)


Against her better judgment, Charlotte attends a Cainite New Year's Eve party...and all Hell breaks loose. The penultimate session of the chronicle.




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Sunday, September 24, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: Chronicle Post-Mortem


We meet to look back on A Chill Semester: questions are answered, secrets revealed, and new possibilities for future chronicles emerge.



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Featuring:

David L.
Des
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Windy" (13 Candles)


As Charlotte's cult continues to grow, dark secrets are brought to light, while things best left buried are consigned to the fire.




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Sunday, September 17, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever"


"Do not call up that which you cannot put down." The chronicle's finale.



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David L.
Des
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Blue Jay Way" (13 Candles)


With Charlotte back at the Parvo Doret, she begins re-establishing old connections and trying to turn up clues to the ongoing mysteries in her life. Christmas, predictably, ends in near-disaster.




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Sunday, September 10, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "Snowball Effect"


With snow falling on the CSUSK campus, ghosts and ghoulies are about. Contacts are made and information gleaned from subjects both living and dead, and a strange staircase leads the Oracle staff to a realm beyond to rescue one of their own.




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David L.
Des
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog and the Enormous Burrito

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Baby, Now That I Found You" (13 Candles)


Tensions explode in Topanga Canyon and much blood is spilled Who will make it out with their lives (or unlives) intact?




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Sunday, September 3, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "Cold Open"


Snow falls on San Kaissa! What strange goings-on could be causing this? The Oracle staff finally get some answers, but they may not be the sort they want to hear...



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David L.
Des
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Eternal Prison" (13 Candles)


The chronicle takes a distinctly Lynchian turn as Charlotte explores the halls and grounds of the strange asylum and begins to question what is real and what is merely illusion.




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Sunday, August 13, 2017

[Paladin] Special Kickstarter Preview Edition!


The Esoteric Order sits down for a special sneak peek session PALADIN, the new Pendragon-derived system currently Kickstarting!



Featuring:
Renae
Jade
Des
David S.
Sage
And...Edie the Dog

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" (13 Candles)


Charlotte is held in durance vile--will no one come to save her? Or must the ingenue at last transcend and save herself?




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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Little Girl Lost and Found" (13 Candles)


It's Halloween season in Los Angeles, and Charlotte sets out with her friends to explore a creepy abandoned amusement park. What they find there changes the course of their (un)lives forever...




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Sunday, July 30, 2017

[Vampire 5th Edition] The Last Night

With a rump Order meeting this week, we decided to take the "pre-alpha" 5th edition Vampire rules for a spin. What did we think? You'll just have to give it a listen to find out...



Featuring
Des
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Eventually" (13 Candles)

Charlotte gets her hands on the strange little book at long last, only to find the mystery deepening. Everyone wants a piece of the book...or her...or both...and she is left wondering who she can trust, and whether she does indeed know best.




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Monday, July 24, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "Frozen in Place"


The crew (well, three of us) formally convert to Chronicles of Darkness before getting down to the nitty-gritty of a team of frozen Manly Mantas (this does not end well), researching the commissary, and attending an impromptu Homecoming that we'll not soon forget...

(The session proper starts at 1:18:00.)



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David L.
Sage
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Candy Cane Madness" (13 Candles)

A night on the town turns at first eerie and then downright dangerous for Charlotte and her friends. Will the Angels' Flight spirit them straight to heaven?




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Sunday, July 16, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "Put It on Ice"


The Homecoming Game kicks off and it's rah-rah-rah for the fightin' Rooks. But while San Kaissa State dominates the field, the staff of the Oracle sneaks around the nearly-abandoned campus, putting more and more pieces together...and bringing back pieces from the other side of the Hedge...



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David L.
Sage
Des
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Reflections” (13 Candles)

Charlotte's first week in her new town quickly takes a rocky turn as she learns to look after herself and runs into a few new "kindred spirits."




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Sunday, July 9, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "A View to a Chill"


The staff of the Oracle push themselves to the breaking point, as internal strife threatens to tear them apart and two of their number fall through the snowy bracken and into a strange new land...



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David L.
Sage
Des
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] "Come to the Sunshine” (13 Candles)

After many years in her New Hampshire idyll, Charlotte is thrust quite suddenly into the harsh world of vampire politics. A cross-country train journey ensues and Charlotte finds a new haven.



Sunday, July 2, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "An Icy Reception"


The pieces start to come together for the staff of the Oracle, revealing some truly haunting possibilities.



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David L.
Sage
Des
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Sunday, June 25, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "The Freeze Out"


The Oracle staff is starting to catch heat for their persistent investigations into the strange past, present, and future of San Kaissa, but the weather isn't the only thing that's been acting ice cold (Barb, we're looking at you...).



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Featuring:

David L.
Jade
Des
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

[Esoteric Order Duets] Prelude: "Tomorrow's Girl" (13 Candles)

Part Two of our "extended prelude" covers Charlotte's vampiric education in the hills of New Hampshire, culminating with a shocking revelation from her sire that sets the chronicle in motion.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

[World of Darkness] A Chill Semester: "Cold Case"


The Oracle staff digs deeper into the mysteries haunting the campus of Cal State San Kaissa, only to turn up more and more leads and inscrutable motivations. Plus, one of the staff rekindles an old flame while another ends up on the wrong side of the law...




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David L.
Jade
Sage
Des
Renae
And...Edie the Dog

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

[Vampire: the Masquerade] "Underground"

All the reclusive Kindred author Walter Bukowski wanted was a quiet cabin far away from everyone else, a place to work on his next vampire-themed novel. Then a bunch of actual vampires started showing up at his door, chief among them a certain Aaron Evans.

A special "interlude" in our Duet Chronicles, with guest-player Jon joining us at the table for an evening of high weirdness.



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Featuring
Des
Jon

Sunday, June 11, 2017

[World of Darkness] "A Chill Semester"

After a four-year break, we return to San Kaissa to check in on the staff of the Oracle, where we find faces old and new...and a brand new mystery to unravel.



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Edit: Oh man, apologies to everyone: the dreaded buzz has returned! (For some reason, this only seems to happen when we play nWoD...) The good news is that it's fairly intermittent, with the worst bits between the 48:00 and 59:00 marks. :(

Featuring:

David L.
Sage
Des
And...Edie the Dog