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A semi-official podcast dedicated to the Earthdawn role-playing game, hosted by Dan Boice and Earthdawn developer Josh Harrison. Whether it's rules basics, setting lore, or behind-the-scenes insights, this is the place to start building your legend.

Josh H & Dan B


    • Sep 28, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
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    • 155 EPISODES


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    EDSG Episode 139 - House K'tenshin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 43:00


    * The Nine Diamonds – House K'tenshin * Dominant aropagoi of the Serpent River's South Reach * Controls the Servos, Byrose, Iontos, and Tylon rivers. * Control of the Tylon is disputed with House T'kambras. * Personal identifier is a ruby and gold earring worn in the left ear. * Allied with the Therans in the past, still has close ties with them. * Operated as a kind of military autocracy; the shivalahala is a high Circle Warrior. * Tensions with Travar. * Founded around the start of the Orichalcum Wars about 1300 years ago. * Woke from their Scourge-induced hibernation late – not until the Therans returned to Barsaive. * Found that one entire foundation and its riverboats disappeared during the Scourge. * Invited members of House Carinci that were didn't want to return to Thera after first Theran War. * Sixteen massive towers, largest on the river, arranged in a diamond pattern. * Inner four towers have dry-dock facilities for riverboats. * When allied with the Therans, took t'skrang from the jungle as slaves (mainly to sell to Thera). * Alliance with Thera and the aftermaths of the wars have left K'tenshin in poor situation. * Not overt villains, but a convenient target to look down on and in a rough spot in Serpent River culture. * The Shivalahala K'tenshin – Warden-tier Warrior. Headmistress of the War College. * K'tenshin Council – 24 members from the aropagoi's 12 nialls. One member is the Advocate, who can veto the shivalahala. * K'tenshin numerology. * No direct representation of affiliated villages. * House K'tenshin's goals. * Josh theorizes potential updates for the current timeline. * The War College – Six year commitment, mostly t'skrang from House K'tenshin. * Ideas of working the War College into games. Find and Follow: Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 138 - Horrorspawn

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 50:44


    * Horror constructs! * Can be used when a full-blown Horror isn't appropriate to add flavor and mood to an adventure or location. * Black Mantis * Big, fast, nasty insect monster: Upper Journeyman challenge. * Has a little bit of a xenomorph vibe. * Bone Shambler * Undead construct, big ball of bones and spikes. * Slightly less tough than the black mantis but is still a fierce opponent. * Can overrun its opponents causing extra damage and knockdown. * Cadaver Man * Zombies… with an Earthdawn twist. High-Novice tier challenge. * Still retain some semblance of their personality. * FRENZY * Falsemen * Created by Therans as automatons * Strawmen and waxmen are low-powered, mindless cannon fodder in Parlainth's War Games. * Stonemen and Steelmen are tougher, officers and commanders. * They often have a basic personality. * Ghouls * Flesh-eating undead construct, feral pack animals. Mid-Novice tier challenge. * Damaging venom that goes inert if the ghoul is killed. * More powerful “leader” is presented in the GM Guide. * Sidebar about the “Cadaverous” mask to turn any creature into an undead/cadaver version. * Jehuthra * Giant spider-like construct created from a Namegiver. Low-Journeyman tier challenge. * Magical abilities: Frost Web binds a target. * Iron Web creates maze that divides a group of targets that the jehuthra will hunt down. * Cunning but not intelligent. * Plagues * Tall, gaunt humanoid that spreads disease. * Not physically imposing as an opponent, but it has illusion abilities that allow it to infiltrate or operate unnoticed while it spreads its disease. * Disease is slow-acting and contagious, could cause lots of problems even after being defeated. * Qural'lotectica * Amorphous blob of a body with hooked tentacles and drinks blood. * Ambush predator, moves slowly but has a paralytic venom. * Resembles barnacles from Half Life. * Spectral Dancer * Created from highly charming and charismatic individuals, cursed to have no ability to interact with the physical world. * Best way to deal with them is to soothe their torment by connecting with them, a social challenge. * Stormwraith * Horror corrupted air elemental * Aggressive, vicious, electrical attacks. * Difficult to damage with physical attacks. * Notable hazard for airships and air mining operations. * Cadaverous and corrupted masks to make Horrorspawn from other creatures. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 137 - River Travel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 47:20


    * All things nautical! River travel in Barsaive. * We covered individual vessels in Episode * Each aropagoi controls a section of the Serpent and its associated tributaries. * Trading cartels that have developed over generations for mutual economic benefit. * Most aropagoi are led by a shivalahala – the political, spiritual, and cultural leader of the entire cartel. * Historical perspective on the Serpent River trade * Bakshevas – a ritualistic toll extracted by the t'skrang who controlled a stretch of river. * The Free Trade Compact – the aropagoi retain exclusive rights to their tributaries, but the Serpent trade is open. * Standard unit of freight: the duari. A cask that holds 300 pounds of dry rice. * About 16 hours of travel per day, approximately 5 silver per day. * Brief comparison of riverboat versus airship travel. * Types of passage. * Freighter: mildly cramped, eat with the crew, may work to reduce passage. * Passenger line: Passengers only, planned routes and known stops. * Warship passage: Not commonly available, only adepts who can fight. * Ferry service: Crossing the river, low cost, no berths, short jaunts. * Dwarf barges: Easy travel downstream, must pay a riverboat to tow them upstream. * Showboat: Floating entertainment, carnival, or circus that travels the lower Serpent and Coil rivers. More diverse. * Lots of pop culture and historical inspirations in this episode for river travel flavor and story ideas! * River travel is a great source for color and excitement, and mot places in Barsaive aren't too far from part of the Serpent River network. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 136 - More from the mailbag!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 63:22


    * Email madness! * We have a YouTube channel. Old episodes being uploaded. * Let us know if you want to help with captions/transcripts! * Email from Brendan: Using talents during Experience Death? * Email from Matthew: Enchanting a group true pattern item? * Replacing or altering parts of a thread item? * Further enchanting of thread items to add additional thread ranks? * Email from Captain Olimar: Iberian peninsula? * Territories outside Barsaive but not described in books? * Email from Bryan: J'role in his campaign. * Email from Patrick: Status of podcast listenership? * Thoughts on mass combat and player characters interacting with it? * Group masks in Empty Thrones page 213. * Band of Blades for other system ideas on large-scale goals and campaign integration. * Using Mystic Paths in earlier editions? * Comparison of different editions? * Email from Maciej: The Invae Burnings and Chorrolis? * Information on Landis? * Email from Bart: Ally spirits and overshadowing other characters? * Advice on handling GM burnout? Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Special Episode: Legends Vol. 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 34:59


    * Legends Special #6 * Dan narrates tales from Legends of Earthdawn Volume 2: The Book of Exploration * The Lost Kingdom of Lasael * In the Bones of the Earth * Paradise of Swords * Chamber of the Ages Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 135 - High Circle Scout

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 33:53


    * High Circle Scout. * Review of the Scout's focus and role in the game. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Supernal Awareness. * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Critical Hit, Plant Talk, Relentless Recovery * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: One With the World * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Eidetic Memory, Matrix Sight, Netherwalk, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Spirit Strike * High circle build options and analysis. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSP Episode 134 - GenCon Report, Email, and The Dragons Network

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 68:15


    * Josh reports on GenCon 2022! * Status of various products. * Travel summary – kids' first flights! * Too much sun at the zoo. * Covid precautions and experience. * GenCon adventure and session reports. * Minimalist preparation and the lessons to be learned from it. * Hiccups and setbacks (and insights from those) * Bad behavior before and during the convention. * Email from Digital Hermit: Updating old adventures to fourth edition? * “Commoner” stat block supplement as a GM aid? * Soapbox moment: Earthdawn vs D&D, Shadowrun connections. * Email from Chris: Shosara questions. Firbruid? Dragons? * Other events or themes for Shosara? * City in a Bottle revamp? * Second email from Chris: Five ancient cities referenced in Travar book? * Print version of Misguided Ambitions? * Email from a different Chris: Circle advancement and acquiring new talents. * Email from Lee: Other uses for the Eye of Throal. * Suggestions on future topics. * Quick overview of the Dragons' Network. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 133 - The Eye of Throal

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 34:36


    * Secret Societies: The Eye of Throal * Hey listeners, is there anything you would like us to cover? Whether new or revisited? * One of the largest movers and shakers in the Secret Societies book. * Thera doesn't know who runs it, but it is revealed in the Throal sourcebook: J'role. * Five major leaders below the Senior Gatherer, only one known by the Therans. * Discussion in this episode about the “present day” Eye might differ from eventual published material. * One of the largest (if not the largest) intelligence network in Barsaive. * Essay focuses mostly about Throal's connections and interactions with other powers in Barsaive. * Partnership between the Eye of Throal and His Majesty's Diplomatic Corps * Role of the Eye in late first edition products and potential role in the fourth edition timeline. * Using the Eye of Throal in adventures and campaigns. * Not just an employer – use as a complicating factor. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 132 - High Circle Sky Raider

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 39:39


    * High Circle Sky Raider * GenCon! Josh talks about his (delayed) prep! * Technical problems continue! But not as bad as before! * Recap of Sky Raider themes and ideas. * Ninth Circle Discipline ability: Strength of the Sky * Warden tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden talent options. * New to the Companion: Lion Spirit, Relentless Recovery, Resist Pain, Storm Shield, Vital Ward * Thirteenth Circle Discipline ability: Stormcall * “Names are hard” and Josh goes through the math of the “big-ass lightning attack”. * Master tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * Josh misspeaks – Resist Pain would reduce effect of Wound-causing abilities, not Unflinching Fortitude. * New to Companion: Aura Armor, Champion Challenge, Critical Hit, Eagle Eye, Second Chance, Undermine, Weapon Breaker. * High circle analysis and build options. * Talent option system and making choices interesting. * Other Disciplines can deal as much (or more) damage, but the Sky Raider style is *great*. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 131 - The Liferock Rebellion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 28:05


    * Sorry about the technical and sound issues this episode! * Secret Societies: The Liferock Rebellion * What makes a “secret” society? * The founding of the Liferock Rebellion. * Omasu: Leader and one of the founding members. * Membership mainly obsidimen and t'skrang. * Josh defends Theran strategic decisions. * The Rebellion acts as a go-between and partisan force behind efforts to unite Barsaive against the Therans. * Omasu flexing his financial and political muscles. * Status of the Liferock Rebellion post-Second Theran War. * A second round of Josh defending the Therans. * Using the Liferock Rebellion in adventures and campaigns. * Use as an antagonist in Theran/Iopan campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 130 - Email and High Circle Nethermancer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 52:20


    * Sorry about the technical and sound issues this episode! * Email from Riley: Thoughts on grimoire prices. * Email from Brian: Second Chance can be decent, actually! * Email from Tim: Burned through episode archive! * Rites of Protection and Passage interactions with spirits, Passions, or Netherwalk? * Thoughts on lack of change in kaers during the Scourge? * Reason for kaer secrecy and trapped Horrors as mana level dropped? * Liferocks and obsidimen during the Scourge. * How quickly did the Mad Passions fall? Their questors? * Development of new spells in the setting? * Age of Exploration vs Looking to the Past? * Mystic Paths errata. * High Circle Nethermancer * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Otherworldly Willpower * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New in the Companion: Armored Matrix, Astral Pocket, Contest of Wills, Perfect Focus, Range Pattern, Safe Thought, Soul Aegis, Summoning Circle * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Astral Face * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New in Companion: Casting Pattern, Confront Horror, Effect Pattern, Lion Spirit, Resist Pain, Second Chance, Shared Matrix * High circle talent analysis and build options. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 129 - The Holders of Trust

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 42:44


    * Secret Societies: The Holders of Trust * Not to be trifled with! * Potential spoilers in this episode! * The Holders are the mechanism through which the Denairastas maintain (and expand) their control. * An intelligence network… but more. * Sworn to the scion of the Denairastas family first, Iopos second. * Iopos and its ruling cult of personality; authoritarian regimes. * Three levels. * Silver Branch: Public face, city guard, and army. * Judge, jury, and executioner. * Not swayed by bribes or corruption. * Patrol in “triads” – squads of three. * Copper Branch: Informers, intelligence gatherers, spies on their fellow citizens. * Unlike the Silvers, hidden, secretive. Could be anyone. * Operate in cell-like groups, passing information up the chain. * Informs much of Iopan way of life. * Gold Branch: High-powered, high-Circle agents and operatives. * Usually members of the Denairastas clan. * Operate in other parts of Barsaive in furtherance of Denairastas goals. * Association with House Ishkarat and the Firescale Moot. * Orichalcum Branch: Denairastas elite personal bodyguards. * Very skilled, high-powered combatants. Often enhanced with blood charms and other magic. * “The Broken Keys” – a possible Denairastas faction in Indrisa. * Recruitment to the Holders. * Commentary on the Holders and the Denairastas. * Ultimately petty but backed with incredible power. * Using the Holders in adventures in campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 128 - Emails!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 45:07


    * Avalanche of emails! * In case you missed the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter… * Email from Leamon: Breaking his no crowdfunding rule! * Email from Matthew: Running adventures at conventions? * Email from Jen: What books are necessary for running fourth edition? * Email from Stefan: Praise for the game and table tales. * Compatibility of Acrobatic Defense and Maneuver but not Anticipate Blow. * Seeing in Ethereal Darkness with Astral Sight? * Dispel Magic versus Suppress Curse? * Earthdawn audio books? * Survival Guide on YouTube? * Second email from Leamon: Kudos for the Safety Tools episode! * Experience of safety tools and game writing. * Email from Brendan: Questions about Life Circle of One spell. * What's the point of Aspect of the Cruel Physician spell. * Monetary value of a looted grimoire? Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 127 - High Circle Swordmaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 33:24


    * High Circle Swordmaster * Two-Minute recap of the Swordmaster themes and focuse * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Blood Bound Blade * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New in the Companion: Champion Challenge, Ethereal Weapon, Lion Spirit, Matrix Sight, Relentless Recovery, Spirit Strike, Undermine, Witty Repartee * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Audacious Bravado * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New in the Companion: Aura Armor, Bardic Voice, Chilling Strike, Resist Pain, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Unflinching Fortitude, Vital Ward. * High Circle talent analysis and build options. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 126 - Safety Tools with Rev Deschain

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 57:12


    * Safety tools with special guest Rev Deschain! * Rev's connection with Earthdawn * What are safety tools? What purpose do they serve? * The ability to “opt out” of content or themes you don't want to deal with. * The X-Card – Rewriting or reframing a scene to avoid upsetting material. * Lines and Veils – discussing what to include (or not include) and to what extent. * An ongoing conversation with respect for your fellow players. * If you're using tools, USE them! * Post game tools: Stars and wishes. * Positive reinforcement, not just watering down the darkness. * It can feel strange to start using safety tools. * The GM can set an example by laying out their own boundaries. * Bleed – when the character's experiences affect the player. * Player connection to the character, and character mortality. * Trust, and trust being broken. * An anecdote about harassment – players being turned off a game (or gaming in general). * Game as performance – safety tools in streaming or podcast games. * The Open Door – ability to step away from the table (or the game) if they find it is not for them. * Rev's GenCon dragon-girl anecdote. * Closing thoughts. * Find Rev on Twitter: @RevDeschain * The Critshow: www.thecritshowpodcast.com (or anywhere you find your podcasts!) * Critshow YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCritshow * Critshow Safety Tools Discussion: https://youtu.be/FqbTdDPcUgk * The TTRPG Safety Toolkit (curated by Kienna Shaw and Lauren Bryant-Monk): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/114jRmhzBpdqkAlhmveis0nmW73qkAZCj Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 125 - High Circle Illusionist

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 35:13


    * High Circle Illusionist * Recap of the Illusionist themes and style. * Circle Nine Discipline ability: Hide Matrix * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Armored Matrix, Astral Pocket, Range Pattern, Safe Thought, Undermine. * Circle Thirteen Discipline ability: Manipulate Reality. * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Bardic Voice, Casting Pattern, Effect Pattern, Impossible Hide, Second Chance, Shared Matrix, Soul Aegis, Witty Repartee. * Analysis and advancement options. * Hope you backed the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 124 - Cult of the Great Hunter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 47:26


    * Josh flaked out on finishing things up, so show notes are delayed! * This week: Some emails are answered, and we talk about the Cult of the Great Hunter. * Don't forget, the latest Kickstarter for the Grand Bazaar sourcebook runs through June 14! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 123 - High Circle Thief

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 51:34


    * Larcenical is still not a word! * Grand Bazaar Kickstarter running through June 14! * Plush Mountainshadow, new Namegiver and Verjigorm miniatures! * Vasgothia pre-art draft has been released to backers! * Production notes and upcoming episodes. * High Circle Thief * Recap of the Discipline's themes and focus. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Shadow Sight. * Warden tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden talent options. * New to the Companion: Echolocation, Escape Plan, Perfect Focus * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Shadow Meld. * Master tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * New to the Companion: Alley Cat Approach, Critical Hit, Defensive Posture, Disarming Smile, Fluid Movement, Netherwalk, Second Chance, Spirit Strike * Build paths and talent analysis. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 122 - High Circle Elementalist

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 32:30


    * High Circle Elementalist * Check out Episode 29 for Novice and Journeyman tiers. * Recap of Elementalist themes and focus. * Ninth Circle Discipline ability: Earth and Air. * Warden tier Discipline talents. * Warden tier talent options. * Thirteenth Circle Discipline ability: Elemental Form * Master tier Discipline talents. * Master tier talent options. * Build options and talent analysis. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 121 - Listener Email and The Iron Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 44:43


    * Email from Chris: Thoughts on an Alchemist Discipline * Email from Aaron: Outcast Warrior references * Ninth Circle Weaponsmith ability on items the adept has forged? * Urupa's Blue Rose and detecting Horror marks. * Various Mind Fog questions. * Notice Not question. * Email from Andy: Gauging an adept's power level through astral sight. * Magicians using shields? * Email from Jonathan: Mystic paths for antagonist groups? * Secret Societies: Iron Legacy * Devoted to Mad Passion Dis. * Focused on re-enslaving all orks, especially breaking Cara Fahd. * Led by Talyrin Kale, survivor of a kaer destroyed by ork scorchers. * Potential minor involvement in Empty Thrones. * Attacks ork settlements, especially merchant and supply lines. * Bands sometimes fly scorcher colors and attacks other settlements to stoke anger against Cara Fahd. * Simple, straightforward cult. * Excellent antagonists for a game set in or around Cara Fahd; or dealing with slavery and/or orks. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 120 - High Circle Troubadour

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 33:57


    * High Circle Troubadour * Review of Troubadour themes and concepts. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Unnatural Charm. * Warden Tier abilities and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Encore * Master Tier abilities and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * Build options and commentary for high circle Troubadours. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 119 - Emails and The Hand of Corruption

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 47:19


    * Email from Aaron: Adventure inspired by “Needful Things” without using a Horror? * Email from Andy: Update on new group. Questions about becoming an adept. * Legend Point costs involved with increasing Circle. * Email from Chris: Permanent pattern threads and Mystic Paths. * Secret Societies: The Hand of Corruption * Great villainous organization for just about any campaign. * Excellent thematic foil for heroic player characters. * Dedicated to worshipping oblivion. * Comparisons to Keys of Death. * Philosophy that the Horrors are part of the natural cycle to cleanse the earth. * Believe the Theran rites interrupted that cycle. * Pop culture reference: Harrow from Moon Knight TV series. * Three branches. * The Brokers: Agents and informants in society. * Wide-spanning, difficult to eliminate entirely. * The Assassins: Enact specific (murderous) plots to further goals of destabilizing society. * Often Journeyman-tier or higher adepts. * Ritualistic methods in contrast to Keys of Death. * Importance of the message delivered by their killings. * The Nihilists: Fanatics and planners. * Convert or subvert others into the cult (sometimes through magical means). * Motivations are important for all cults, not just this one. * Pop culture references: Ozymandias from Watchmen. * The Operative from Serenity. * Moriarty from Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes films. * Magneto or Lex Luthor * Develop a specific character to build as a long-term rival or antagonist. * The Hand of Corruption are suitable for any number of foul plots for your campaign and make a great long-term enemy organization. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 118 - High Circle Cavalryman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 37:58


    * High Circle Cavalryman. * Review of Cavalryman concepts and early Circles. * Check out Episode 24 for more in-depth Cavalryman discussion. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Shared Strength * Warden tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden talent options. * Discussion of lower Circle talents in Cavalryman Warden tier. * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Shared Spirit * Master tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * Josh's thoughts on the high Circle options. * Design sidebar about talents versus Discipline abilities. * In April, leave a review for us on Podchaser.com to raise money for charity. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 117 - The Keys of Death

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 47:28


    * Listener questions * Voice message from Chris: Question about Wood Skin. * Email from William: Horror Stalker references and inspirations. * Learning Craftsman or Entertainer through Versatility. * Email from Jesse: Tisoara and source material discrepancies. * Secret Societies in Depth: The Keys of Death * Cult dedicated to the belief that Death can be freed with enough blood being spilled. * “Questors” of Death * Can be hired or employed as assassins. * Long standing cult; dating back to centuries before the Scourge. * Other death cults exist in other parts of the Theran Empire. * Death has been a figure in myth, legend, and religious beliefs in numerous real-world cultures * Cult's strength in Barsaive likely due to proximity to Death's Sea. * Legend of Death's Capture by the Passions. * Undead and the Keys of Death. * Preferred targets include those who mock or defy Death in some way. * Sources of inspiration for members of the cult. * Highly secretive. * Death Robes * Using the Keys of Death in adventures in campaigns. * Josh recommends against strongly tying the cult to the Horrors. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 116 - High Circle Warrior

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 41:51


    * Warden and Master Tier Warrior * Recap of the Warrior themes and focus. * Ninth Circle Ability: Battlefield Awareness * Warden Tier Discipline Talents * Warden Tier Talent Options * Thirteenth Circle Ability: Elemental Warrior * Master Tier Discipline Talents * Master Tier Talent Options * Discussion and recommendations Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 115 - The Whisperers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 37:38


    * Email from K Scott: How do you get to Throal? * Email from Andy: Returning to Earthdawn, several questions * How many kaers remain sealed? (Ardanyan's Revenge) * How to avoid treading on other characters' toes as a Wizard? * When will Deeper Secrets come out? * Legend Point cost for magician spells in Fourth Edition? * Secret Societies in Depth: The Whisperers * Devoted to the Mad Passion Vestrial. * Rumor artists and gossip mongers dedicated to deceit. * Very informal organization. * Common feature: Lidded eye tattoo * Anonymous, decentralized * Driven by their acts of devotion, with occasional larger guidance from their patron. * Advice for using the Whisperers in adventures and campaigns. * Thematic ideas and connections for the Whisperers. * Unlike some secret societies, their presence doesn't necessarily define what the campaign or adventure is about. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 114 - High Circle Beastmaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 30:02


    * High Circle Beastmaster * Recap of the Discipline concepts and themes. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Tough Hide * Warden Tier Bonuses and Discipline Talents * Warden Tier Talent Options * New talents in Companion: Bloodhound Form, Burning Vigor, Chameleon, Defensive Posture, Eagle Eye, Goring Attack * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Bestial War Form * Master Tier Bonuses and Discipline Talents * Master Tier Talent Options * New talents in Companion: Alley Cat Approach, Animal Leadership, Aura Armor, Echolocation, Lion Spirit, Second Chance, Vital Strike, Vital Ward * Straightforward, not especially complex progression, just more stuff to make them better at what they do. * Go back to Episode 19 for more Beastmaster discussion! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 113 - The Force of the Eye

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 42:32


    * Email from Nick Lowe: Naaman's Hand, Vasgothia, and Parlainth. * Some insight from Lou Prosperi about the design goals of books like Secret Societies. * Quick discussion about Forge-related knacks for the Weaponsmith. * Secret Societies in depth: Force of the Eye * History of Kratas and how Garlthik came to power. * Crime syndicate that acts as a legal and enforcement power in Kratas. * Garlthik and the line he walks as a “Selfish Thief” * The Eyes' reach beyond Kratas. * Brocher's Brood * More about Garlthik's personality and history. * Terricia, Garlthik's top lieutenant. * Membership of the Force. * Fourth Edition status * Minor spoiler discussion for Empty Thrones * Amulets of the Force of the Eye * Using the Force in adventures and campaigns * Pop culture inspirations for Force-related stories. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 112 - High Circle Weaponsmith

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 40:42


    * Warden and Master Weaponsmith * Check out Episode 16 for Novice and Journeyman * Quick recap of Weaponsmith themes and focus * Warden Discipline Ability: Blood Bound Forge * Warden Tier Discipline Talents * Sidebar about First Edition Weaponsmith access to Elementalist spells * Warden Talent Options * New from the Companion: Lion Spirit, Matrix Sight, Relentless Recovery, Spirit Strike, Unflinching Fortitude * Master Discipline Ability: Mystic Grounding * Errata: 13thCircle Bonus should be Physical Defense * Master Tier Discipline Talents * Master Talent Options * New from the Companion: Burning Vigor, Ethereal Weapon, Resist Pain, Vital Strike, Vital Ward, Weapon Breaker * Analysis of high tier talent choices Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 111 - Naaman's Hand

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 25:29


    * Secret Societies: Naaman's Hand * Living Legend Cult * First appeared in Barsaive Boxed Set * Devoted to the pre-Scourge hero Naaman Y'ross * Multiple cults, conflicting beliefs about his fate * Overview of mentions in the published works. * History of Naaman's Hand as presented in Secret Societies * Some background spoilers * Weird magical theorizing * Example of early seed being brought back later. * Not presented as a setting-shaking group. * Ideas for using the cult in adventures and campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 110 - Live from FreedoniaCon 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 50:00


    * Live Q&A from FreedoniaCon! * Questions from LouP: Talent Pattern and Attribute Pattern talents in Fourth Edition? * Why only one talent option per Discipline Circle? * Questions from Svenn: Status of Magic: Deeper Secrets? * Spell design rules and updating older spells? * How large is Deeper Secrets going to be? * Looking at third party material (Codex Arcanum)? * Contest for fan content as part of new book? * English publication of German Kaers book? * Status of Grand Bazaar? * Questions from Joel: Favorite bit of Earthdawn lore? * Where would you start a Barsaivian campaign (running or playing)? * Where would you set a non-Barsaivian campaign? * What areas in Barsaive not yet developed would you like to explore? * Thoughts on other Great Dragons relations to Barsaive? * Plans for Fekara? * Morgan working up a non-caster thing? * Questions from Chad: Duration of spells and damage? * Questions from K Scott: Expanding elemental planes or other netherworlds? * Question from Lee B: Status of House Syrtis and the Prophetess? * Status of Vivane and southwest Barsaive? * House K'tenshin? Iopos? * Cara Fahd and Landis? * Future of the Legends of Barsaive? * Questions from Lee A: Thanks to the EDSG for our work! * Strategies for regularly using Surprise Strike in combat? * What if the Thief delays their entry into combat? * Damage potential for Thief Discipline? * Can you use Great Leap every round to trigger Down Strike? * Changes to racial Karma in fourth (and third) edition? * Would changing the karma die back to first edition rules break the game? * Do the Legends of Barsaive adventures require any special background or setup? * Cross-Discipline talent synergies are an intentional design choice to encourage cooperation within a group. * Question from Josh: Why is his cat clawing his leg? * Thank you everyone for your questions and feedback! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 109 - The Fellowship of Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 41:47


    * The live show from FreedoniaCon will be in the feed next week! * Secret Societies: The Fellowship of Night * Order of Nethermancers * Quick sidebar about Virag and whether she would be interested in the Fellowship. * History of the Fellowship * Based in the Delaris Mountains * A Horror corrupted a Liferock, it was killed by a Nethermancer banished from Landis. * The Fellowhip tapped into the Liferock's magic to survive the Scourge. * Loosely associated with the Skyseeker trollmoot. * Dedicated to the study of astral space and the netherworlds. * Thera has interest in the Fellowship because of their connection with the Liferock, and how they might use that on Ayodhya. * Note: This is less of a concern in the fourth edition timeline. * Possible consequences of the Fellowship's use of the Liferock. * Black Guard: Reanimated former members of the Liferock. * Membership includes Journeyman-tier and better Nethermancers. * Group True pattern, each member also bonded with a Black Guard. * Lifeshard: Magical item owned by each member of the Fellowship. * Discussion of the Fellowship as a possible Path. * The Chain of Skulls – the collected magical knowledge of the Fellowship * It has been stolen, and the Fellowship wants it back. * Many people would be interested in finding it, either for the knowledge it contains or to leverage favors from the Fellowship. * No updated information in ED4 about what is currently up with the Fellowship. * Adventure and campaign hooks involving the Fellowship. * Current goals of the Fellowship's current Grand Master. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 108 - High Circle Archer

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 39:50


    * Warden and Master Tier Archer * Reminder: EDSG Live at FreedoniaCon Sunday February 20 * Warden Discipline Ability: Blood Bound Bow * Recap of Archer Discipline themes. * Warden Discipline Talents: Blind Fire, Spirit Strike, Eagle Eye, Missile Lock * Warden Tier Talent Options * New talents: Chameleon, Critical Hit, Defensive Posture, Ethereal Weapon, Matrix Sight * Master Tier Discipline Ability: Perfect Shot * Master Discipline Talents: Influence Missile, Snapshot, Multi-Shot * Master Tier Talent Options * New Talents: Relentless Recovery, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Venom, Vital Strike, Vital Ward * Wind Bow is now a Missile Weapons Knack at Rank 8. * Josh's Master Tier analysis and talent choices. * Reminder: Get us your questions for the live show! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 107 - The Crownbreakers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 33:52


    * Email from Nanander: Origin of the Name of the Gauntlet Discipline. * Bonus accidental etymology lesson! * Live Earthdawn Survival Guide Podcast on February 20! * Secret Societies: The Crownbreakers * Cult of the Mad Passion Raggok * Small organization devoted to overthrowing any kind of authority. * Infiltrate communities and sow discord against its leaders. * Long term goal of undermining Throal and its authority by causing strife in its mountain communities. * No official fourth edition info but could have a role in present-day Barsaive. * Led by a high-rank questor Endaren Oakhaft. * Generational cult; very clear villains and antagonists. * Other agents of the cult. * Potential goals and activities of the Crownbreakers in the current timeline. * Another Raggok cult: The Hive of Ashes and Crarites. * Using the Crownbreakers in other parts of Barsaive, or as inspiration for similar cults. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 106 - High Circle Wizard

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 48:45


    * The Wizard: Warden and Master tiers. * Review of themes and core concepts. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Matrix Split * New Discipline talents: Eidetic Memory, Glyph of Unweaving, Glyph of Shielding, Concise Casting. * Circle Eleven Karma Ability. * Review of Warden tier talent options. * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Mystic Triangle * New Discipline talents: Glyph of Attunement, Glyph of Reversal, Spliced Weave. * Review of Master tier talent options. * Josh's Master tier talent picks and high Circle analysis. * Looking back at the Wizard progression in third edition. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 105 - Email and the Songbirds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 35:09


    * Email from Aaron: Another Outcast pop culture reference. * Email from Ted: Access to enchanting for the Shaman Discipline? * Email from Chad: Apologies for forgetting Dan. Question about Discipline talents versus Talent Options in the “All Talents to Advance” rule. * Secret Societies of Barsaive * Updates or changes to information in the book as of the current timeline. * A bit of development history and where Secret Societies fits in to events in Barsaive. * Essays are in-character as various reports and intelligence from Theran agents. * The Songbirds: Alachia's espionage and intelligence network. * Headed up by Vistrosh, the “exiled” blood elf in Kratas and head of Brocher's Brood. * Nobody knows Vistrosh's role in the organization. * Major focus of the Songbirds at the time of the book's release is on Aardela and her connection with the dragons. * Interested in information or events that would be of interest to the Alachia's Court. * Especially notable: Politics and machinations among the elven Wyrm Wood diaspora, especially Shosara, Sereatha, and the Seekers of the Heart. * Vistrosh's potential involvement or role in the new situation in Kratas. * Other Songbird hooks: Therans, Holders of Trust/Denairastas, House Ishkarat. * How Vistrosh sends information through the network. * Overview of Vistrosh's game statistics from the Third Edition Kratas book. * Songbird agent blood oath, possibility of the agents following a dedicated Path. * Adventure hooks from the original book. * Using the Songbirds in adventures or campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 104 - High Circle Air Sailor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 38:24


    * Warden and Master tier Air Sailor. * Go back to Episode 9 from Jan 22, 2020 for the Novice and Journeyman tiers and more commentary. * Brief recap of the themes and ideas. * More development work on the higher Circles than lower ones. * Warden tier abilities, bonuses, and Discipline talents. * Focus on talents in the Companion. * Warden talent options. * Master tier abilities, bonuses, and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * Discussion of talent choices based on style. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG 103: Enchanting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 57:25


    * Happy New Year! * Email from Ted: Outcast pop culture reference. * Enchanting * Disclaimer about optional status of enchanting rules. * Problems and hazards of enchanting rules and systems. * Goals of enchanting rules in fourth edition. * Primary methods of enchanting. * Alchemy skill: blood charms, common magic items, and consumables. * Role of alchemical enchanting in the setting. * Talent Knack enchanting: Living Armor, Spell Matrix Items, and Thread Items. * Knacks can allow an adept to make alchemical items. * Enchanting Process * Step One: Obtain the enchanting pattern. * The recipe or formula used to create a magical item. * Every formula has a rank that represents the complexity of the process and sets the minimum ability level required to make the item. * Multiple enchanting patterns can (and do) exist for each item. * This variety can be used to add color to the world, clues, or other story aspects based on the item's origin. * Learned like learning a spell, but no associated Legend Point cost. * Once learned, can make the item as often as time and materials allow. * Enchanting patterns can be learned from other enchanters, found in a forgotten kaer or as another reward, or made from scratch. * Obtaining the pattern should not be difficult unless dealing with potent or rare items. * Step Two: Gather the Materials. * Best source for adventure hooks and story content. * Generic alchemical materials and reagents of a value based on the item being made. * Expensive, special, or rare materials (e.g., magic creature parts, living crystal, orichalcum, True elements). * Left flexible for the GM to justify ingredients based on story needs, and the artisanal nature of enchanting. * Skills and talents that can be used to find ingredients. * Downtime gathering versus adventure based. * True elements * Step Three: Perform the Enchantment * Relevant skill or talent test against the EDN of the item. * High results can create additional doses or reduce time of the process. * Working as a group. * Living armor and shields follow the process of crafting in the Player's Guide. * Designing your own items. * The more different design aspects you use, the easier the EDN, but the harder it is to create the custom formula in the first place. * Reiterating tying the enchanting process into adventures and story arcs. * Questions? Send them in! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 102 - The Outcast Path

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 51:50


    * Paths in Depth: The Outcast * Development background for the path. * Originally the “Outcast Warrior” racial Discipline for trolls. * Very tied into highland troll concepts of honor as presented in the original Denizens of Earthdawn. * Path leans into the idea of an individual sacrificing something in the name of honor and gaining magical power in return. * Unlike other paths, no greater organization or structure. Intensely personal. * Review of three aspects of troll honor. * Comparison to Asimov's Laws of Robotics. * Ka'tosh – a category of honor Outcasts hold that is considered higher than the other aspects. * Starting as an Outcast versus having it develop during a campaign. * Doesn't necessarily warp the narrative the way some paths do. * Very heavy on the story and role-play. * Discussion of the essay and opposing points of view. * Pop culture references. * Josh disputes Dan's focus on redemption rather than sacrifice. * Becoming an Outcast. * Discipline affinities. * Passions and Questors. * Possibility of becoming eligible for the Path before Circle 5. * Ordeals and Advancement. * Outcast Half-Magic. * Path bonuses. * Path talents; new talent: Rite of Khopesh. * Honor points. * Outcast Path Knacks. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 101 - Email, Vasdenjas

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 49:53


    * Email from Sebastian: Thoughts on a homebrew alchemist Discipline. * Design insights on new talents and knacks. * Email from Chad: Group symbol and vinyl stickers. * Email from Lee: Pop culture and historical references for Alchemy. * Email from Aaron: Difference between “elder” and “great” dragons? * Dragons in Depth: Vasdenjas, aka Talespeaker * Killed during the assault on Sky Point during the Second Theran War. * Loremaster: Dragon equivalent of a Troubadour. * Keeper of the dragon's history and etiquette. * Believed in sharing information with the Younger Races, but selectively. * Preferred talking and diplomacy to fighting, but still powerful. * Laired in Mount Wyrmspire in the Scytha Mountains. * Very skilled at dragonsight, pattern reading, and thread weaving. * Helped develop the Dance of the Blue Spirits. * Rite of Succession to determine new Loremaster and the distribution of his hoard. * Talespeaker's servants and allies; drakes, Namegivers, and adult dragons. * Roles the adult dragons could play in a campaign as part of Vasdenjas's legacy. * Vasdenjas as a character from his appearances in Earthdawn products like Creatures of Barsaive. * Impact of his death on the setting, as well as from a meta-standpoint. * Other hooks and story ideas related to Talespeaker's lair and legacy. * Closing thoughts on our series about dragons. * Spotify's mobile app allows for ratings now! So please drop us a rating! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 100 - An evening with Opti

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 66:57


    * Episode 100! Thank you to everyone who has been with us on this amazing journey, and we hope you stick around as we continue! * Please forgive Josh's audio in this episode. We're not sure what happened. * We are joined by special guest Opti, aka O.C. Presley. * We talk about how Opti came to the world of Earthdawn, his experiences working as a freelancer in the RPG industry and starting his own company. * Opti talks about the lessons learned, the triumphs, and the struggles of launching Fragging Unicorn Games, their first Kickstarter, and delivering during the pandemic. * Visit their website and order Gangs of the Undercity: https://fraggingunicorns.com/ Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 99: The Messenger

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 59:32


    * Episode 99! Next week our 100th episode with special guest Opti, aka Scratch. * Paths in Depth: The Messenger * Development history; first appearance in RedBrick's Namegiver's Compendium. * Setting origins as obsidiman messengers being highly desired for inter-city communication. * Original version didn't feel like its role in a game was considered. * Pop culture inspiration: The Postman, Book of Eli, pony express. * Strong thematic presence in the setting and historical resonance. * “A collective of dedicated wanderers.” * Unsworn to any individual in a position of power; dedication to remaining neutral. * Relationship (or lack thereof) with Blood Wood. * Not just messages, also sometimes goods, but information also valuable. * Also a secretive cabal dedicated to keeping Barsaive free. * A network of wanderers is excellent at keeping its finger on the pulse of affairs in Barsaive, putting important information in the right hands at the right time to support their objective. * Reminiscent of the Harpers from Forgotten Realms. * Campaign hook: What happens to that kind of network if it is compromised or under the thumb of one who seeks their own power? * Potential for cloak-and-dagger, Cold-War-spy-thriller activity. * Perhaps the Messengers have insight into the deeper secrets because of their intelligence network. * Possibility of a secret group within the broader path; lower ranking members may not be fully aware of the spy network. * Favorable Disciplines: Illusionist, Scout, Troubadour, Thief. * Affiliated Passions: Floranuus, Lochost, Mynbruje, and Vestrial. * Questors are very rare because of desire to be independent from outside authority. * Initiation and Advancement rituals. * Solitude to the Messenger's duty. * Messenger work can form a solid adventure or campaign framework. * Advancement rank bonuses. * Talent options: Nothing unique or flashy. Abilities to help the Messenger do their job. * Knacks: Lots of tricks to enhance the talents and abilities most useful to the Messenger's mission. * Closing thoughts. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 98 - Email and Icewing

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 53:39


    * Email from RamethZer0: Discipline (or path) focused on alchemy? * If you can explain to Josh what gap needs to be filled by an Alchemist Discipline, please write in! * Insight from Lou about the choices were made by Living Room Games for Dvilgaynon and possibly why. * Dragons in Depth: Icewing aka Dollmaker * Silvery blue scales. * Origin of his moniker; ice storm summoned by his wings. * Very old, very large. * Main focus on creation and propagation of drakes, also knowledgeable about spirits. * Raised by All Wings along with Mountainshadow. * During the Age of Dragons, Icewing was charged with overseeing the relationship between the dragons and those they ruled. * Bears a grudge toward the dragons' “wayward children” and consequently the Theran Empire. * Along with Yuichotol, created the ritual known as the “Dance of Blue Spirits”, creating drakes. * Drakes were used heavily to disrupt Theran activity—reason for the Theran attacks on Yuichotol, Cloudtamer, and Icewing. * Gave the dwarf kings of Throal the longevity potions as a counter to the Theran plans. * Icewing's opinion of the Younger Races. * Sidebar about the Outcast's opinion of the other Great Dragons. * Works with Earthroot to manage the Kingdom of Throal. * Dicussion of Icewing and the status of Throal. * Relationships with other dragons. * Icewing's lairs. * Open to visits from younger races at his lair on Mount Vapor, provided you bring a suitable gift. * Drakes and other servants. * Did not shelter communities the way Mountainshadow did. * Involving Icewing in adventures and campaign arcs. * First edition adventure: Shattered Pattern * Icewing's goals and objectives. * Personality insights. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 97 - Purifier

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 45:05


    * Paths in depth: Purifier * Dan calls out his favorite quote from the essay. * Development history of the Purifier. * Current version is no longer exclusive to obsidimen, but still owes a lot of its lore and concept to those Namegivers. * Original version concepts were split into two paths (Brother of Stone, Purifier) and one Discipline (Gauntlet). * Focus on the natural balance of the natural world. * Strong concept on appropriate stewardship and care of the land. * Space within the concept for different approaches and extremes. * Does not have as much narrative gravity in terms of shaping a campaign's direction. * Purifiers and the Blood Wood. * Secondary goal of educating people in proper care of the land. * Kaliff sites; places reclaimed from corruption and damage. * Initiation and advancement; Ritual of Cleansing. * Naturally aligned Disciplines: Beastmaster, Elementalist, Scout. * Strong affinity with questors of Jaspree, though there could be some causes for conflict. * Karma Ritual modification. * Half-Magic additions. * Purifier advancement bonuses. * Path talent options; related to themes of investigation and healing. * New talents: Earth Bond allows adept to heal themselves or the land. * Purification: Dispel or remove negative effects, like a souped-up Remove Curse. * Path karma knacks. * Path spells – Patterncraft knack gives magicians access to thematic spells they might not otherwise be able to learn. * Earth Bond knacks. * Purification knacks. * Sidebar about healing or support roles in Earthdawn. * Pop culture and real world inspirations for Purifiers. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 96 - Emails and Dvilgaynon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 57:25


    * Email from Scott: Detecting dragons in Namegiver form. * Email from Ramethzer0: Questions about group patterns. * Email from Lee: Liberators and binding/commanding spirits? * Email from Mortium: Origins and fate of t'skrang. * Immortal elves? * Hestaby in the Fourth World? * Deep dive into metaplot links? * Shadowrun's HMHVV and Earthdawn Ghouls? * Dragons in depth: Dvilgaynon * Disclaimer: Much of the material discussed should be considered apocryphal. * Transplant from Cathay; supposedly came at Mountainshadow's request due to her knowledge of ritual magic. * Josh does some digital archeology for first edition references. * Usually appears in human form, Outcast has not confirmed her appearance as a dragon. * Dvilgaynon's name as a derivation of Chinese. * Sketchy information about her personality; enjoys puzzles and riddles. * Little material about Dvilgaynon in original sources. * Talking about good ideas in the essay. * Likely uses for Dvilgaynon in a campaign. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 95: Emails, Asante, and Nightsky

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 67:16


    * Follow-up comment about Aban and dragon colors as possible homage to Dungeons and Dragons. * Email from Rasmus: Episode dedicated to Alachia? * Using multiple masks on a creature? * Avoid Blow's all-or-nothing status? * Group patterns and thread limits? * New Legends of Earthdawn episodes? * New Earthdawn books? * Email from Sebastien: Shout-out for Lars and Steps! * Email from Aleyn: Why silver cost for Attribute increases? * Windling racial astral sight vs the astral sight talent from a Discipline? * Email from Matthew: Swapping a chosen talent option from a Discipline to become a Path talent. * Alternate approach to a Scholar? * Dragons in depth: Asante and Nightsky * Adult dragons, lair in the Caucavic Mountains * Rebellious, immature, and naïve. * Mated pair, breaking the mold of traditional dragon isolation. * Future plot seeds or just an interesting idea to explore? * Nightsky: Achieved adulthood just before the Scourge. * Did not have his own lair, sheltered with Earthroot. * Emerged very early post-Scourge and set out to explore the world. * Encountered the Earthdawn during his excursions, hint to its possible future appearance. * Asante: Another young dragon, feels compassion for the Younger Races. * Raised by Redwing, a Great Dragon that fell to a Horror. * Accidentally revealed some secrets to the Scythan dwarves, banished and came to adulthood in isolation. * Bears a grudge toward the Great Dragons about the Rites of Protection and Passage and protecting the peoples of Barsaive. * Banished again to her lair, strong independent streak. * As a pair: Shared experience of frustration and anger at the world. * The Outcast sees an opportunity for his offspring to bring the pair to their side against the Greats. * At the very least, could cause headaches for the Greats, opening opportunities for the Denairastas. * Connections with the Dream Spire Company of Throal. * Asante's eggs. * Lots of potential plot hooks and story ideas. * Only a couple days left on the Vasgothia Kickstarter! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 94 - The Liberator

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 59:18


    * Paths in Depth: The Liberator * Development history and perspective. * Origins in legacy of ork slavery. * Expanded to include any who feel the call to fight slavery and oppression. * Latest version deemphasizes slavery to expand story hooks and possibilities. * Josh talks about bringing modern-day perspectives into fictional situations (and the pitfalls thereof). * Possible internal disputes among followers of the Path. * Thematic ties to Lochost and Mynbruje. * Multiple Liberators in an adventuring group. * Narrative gravity and its effect on the campaign. * Pop culture and historical inspirations for the Liberator. * Pacifism and violence. * Commonly associated Disciplines. * Traditionally poor Discipline associations. * Passions. * Relations with other Paths. * Joining the Liberators. * Initiation: Old school versus new school. * Need for careful association, the oath demands a lot. * Karma Ritual and Half Magic expansions. * Rank progression bonuses and Path talents. * New talents: Sense Captives, Tyranny's Ruin, Shout of Justice, Liberation. * Liberator talent knacks. * Closing thoughts. * Don't forget to check out the Vasgothia Kickstarter! Running until November 19, 2021. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Podcast Vasgothia Kickstarter Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 57:06


    * Vasgothia Kickstarter Special – A conversation with writer Nick Lowe. * Nick's journey into Earthdawn and coming to work on the book. * Josh admits he hasn't read the book yet. * Why Vasgothia? And why now? * How true to the original work by Robin Laws? * Inspiration from Nick's own Vasgothia-based campaign? * Back to why this book now? * Connections between Vasgothia and Barsaive? * Cultural divide of Empirist and Barrite. * Home much of Vasgothia's mysteries are explained? * Research for inspirations outside Earthdawn? * Desire to hear from appropriate and relevant cultural voices. * What is Nick most excited for readers to encounter? * Any easter eggs or references to his own campaigns and game groups? * Not forgetting to focus on player characters. * Opportunity to play either Vasgothian or Barsaivian characters. * Advice or direction for gamemasters? * A team effort; not just Nick's work. * Anything coming up in the future? * Stretch goals: Tower levels, adventure. * Vasgothia on Kickstarter until November 19, 2021. * https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fasagames/eathdawn-4th-ed-vasgothia-and-champions-challenge-vol-2 Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 93 - Email and Aban

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 53:56


    * Email from Brian: Journeyman thoughts and path talents. * Email from Tim: Namegiver status of ogres. * Extensive discussion of what makes a Namegiver. * Vasgothia Kickstarter is live! * https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fasagames/eathdawn-4th-ed-vasgothia-and-champions-challenge-vol-2 * Dragons in Depth: Aban, aka Mistweaver * Like Usun, very insular and protective of her domain. * Raised by Cloudtamer, a now-deceased great dragon. * Youngest and only female great dragon in Barsaive. * Unlike Usun, involves herself more in provincial affairs, just secretly. * Very strong, physical dragon, one of the physically largest great dragons. * Very keen on and attentive to dragon rituals in order to assert her presence and authority in the great dragon council. * Sexism in dragon society, and a sidebar about such things in the game at large. * The Mist Swamps and the lost city of Yrns Morgath. * Theran interest in Yrns Morgath: Naaman Y'ross. * Aban versus the Therans and Cloudtamer's fate. * Metaplot implications for Naaman Y'ross. * Physical description of Aban; varied, but always dark. * Highly skilled in elemental and spirit magic. * Aban's connection with the Mist Swamps. * Inspiration: Swamp Thing from DC Comics. * Aban's servants. * The Castle of Assassins and the Hand of Corruption. * The Outcast's error. * Aban's real hidden servants. * Using Aban in adventures and campaigns. * This episode was cut off due to a power failure! Sorry for the abrupt end. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 92 - The Scholar

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 50:21


    * Paths in Depth: The Scholar * Originally the dwarf racial Discipline of Traveled Scholar. * Background on the original version. * Mindset of the Scholar and contrast to the Troubadour. * Inspiration drawn from present-day academia. * Inspirations for Scholar-type characters. * Indiana Jones, Doc Brown, Atomic Robo, the Librarians, Daniel Jackson from Stargate, Giles from Buffy. * Venturing into the field and getting involved. * Look back at the talent selection from the original Traveled Scholar. * Moving away from “Race as Culture”. * Highly organized and structured path. * Could involve politics and personalities of Barsaivian academia. * Suitability for game styles and flavor it can contribute to a campaign. * Becoming a Scholar; entrance exams and academic presentations. * Custom GMC: The character's advisor. * Passions, Questors, and the Scholar. * Initiation. * Possible source for humor and contrast to typical adventuring activities. * Karma Ritual Modifications. * Focused on a particular field of study, not simply the “know-it-all”. * Scholar Half-Magic. * Path bonuses and talent options. * New talent: Expansive Expertise * New talent: Applied Knowledge * Scholar Knacks. * Closing thoughts. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

    EDSG Episode 91 - Email and Vestrivan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 52:36


    * Email from Rasmus: Purchasable thread items from earlier editions? * Armor layering or stacking? * Dwarves getting lower initiative penalties for armor? * Flame Weapon on arrows? * Multiple Wounds from high damage results? * Chain casting-type ability for extended duration talents? * Creature Challenge Ratings? * Email from Jason: Thanks for the show. * Email from Shane: Taildancer tongue twister. * Email from Jonathan: Visibility of an active Bone Circle? * Picture or imagery for a bone spirit? * Why can't wing rats from Travar be used as animal companions? * Perspective of Journeyman following other paths. * Journeyman path talents and karma usage. * Dragons in Review: Vestrivan * The Horror marked dragon. * Vasdenjas's sibling, twin-shelled eggs. * Curious like his brother, reached out to the Horrors on purpose to learn more about them. * Thought by the Outcast to be two minds in one body—the dragon and the Horror. * Despoiler's lair in the Twilight Peaks, leads a cult of Horror worshippers. * Possible story hooks involving Vestrivan and his cult. * Vestrivan's game statistics and possible powers. * Vestrivan's appearance in the Second Theran War. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW

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