Held Action Theatre

heldAT_graphicYesterday, I launched a new thing: Held Action Theatre. Specifically, it’s an actual play podcast, where me and my role-playing friends record ourselves playing RPGs. It’s a growing genre in game-related media, from let’s play captures of video game play throughs, to cameras hovering over Magic and Netrunner matches to audio recorders at role-playing tables — my personal favorite is the ongoing lunacy of the crew over at Role Playing Public Radio.

The plan is to post recordings of one-shots periodically, usually broken into parts for ease of listening. We started with the World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl, a parody scenario written by “adventure coach” Bill Cavalier. Six hapless schmoes are pressed into rescuing Princess Bumblebottom of the halfling kingdom Turnipton. That sets the tone for the evening, I promise.

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There’s No Summarizing the Latest Installment of DCM Enterprises’ Lunacies

Der Chelonian in space.Are the continuing adventures of the employees of DCM Enterprises actually transmissions from the universe where Hunter S. Thompson was an avid role-player? This latest installment offers some pretty compelling evidence:

It was then that the charge was blown, and the battle was joined. Behind a rolling, flaming child rode a half-android monk riding a shark who decided to even things up a bit by casting a three-foot-high fog into the crag. The smell of burning hair extensions was only drowned out by the high-pitched screams of strippers who could not see the shark that was tearing through them to impale it with their stripper-pole spears.

DCM Enterprises Episode 84: A Chateau In Darkness…

Der Chelonian in space.The Return of DCM Enterprises gets a little frisky in episode 84, “A Chateau in Darkness…”:

Takemiya, being a monk, had avoided the undisciplined distractions of female attention for well over six decades. But even his untrained carnal senses were telling him that Grandma was all over his shit and if he wasn’t careful, they’d be making the Heavenly Banging Cannons before too long. He was already suspicious of the tea, and as his eyes scanned the room for a neglected houseplant in which to dispose of the liquid, he noticed more than a few things. Firstly, there was no bed. Secondly, there was a wheelchair in the corner that looked as old as Grandma herself. Thirdly, there was a rocking chair in the middle of the room. Not only was that a weird place for a rocking chair, but there was a small spot of dried blood on the arm…

New England Role Players Association Makes a Break for It

One Shots cover. Published at Atlas Games.

One Shots cover. Published at Atlas Games.

Jailbreak is a legendary scenario in some role-playing circles, particularly those that treasure its parent game, Unknown Armies. It has built-in friction among the player characters, as some play the inhabitants of a lonely farmhouse and others the convicts that invade it. It has high weirdness. It has ample potential for mayhem.

So of course, it’s a natural fit for the New England Role Players Association. Jailbreak is the podcast’s final post before their summer hiatus. You’ve heard of summertime reading. Well, here’s some summertime listening. Sweet dreams, everyone.

New England Role Players Association Demonstrate the Democracy of Death

Star Wars logo.

Things get grim in this installment of Halfway to Han, the New England Role Players Association’s Star Wars actual play series:

When Twi’Lek Noble Pratari Tara’Cahma is hired by the Sith and Republic to oversee negotiation talks pertaining to the peaceful transition of power on Coruscant…almost everyone dies. Some justly, some unjust. Death is the only truly democratic institution in the universe.

New England Role Players Association Chooses Sides in the Greyhawk Wars

Greyhawk: Wars cover.

Greyhawk: Wars cover.

This week on the New England Role Players Association podcast, they begin the second of three adventures centered around one particular story in the realm of Greyhawk:

After the elvish kingdom of Celene suffers and unprovoked assault from the neighboring county of Pomarj a counter offensive is mounted with the aid of the Ulek States nearby. The goal? To put an end to random raids once and for all? Vengeance for the towns and citizens maimed, killed and abducted from the assault? Perhaps the royals of the Ulek States and Celene merely want access to the wealth in the hills of the Pomarj? Whatever the cause, three men volunteer to join the fight and find themselves being sent on a scouting mission away from the battle lines . . .