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Roach Warehouse
Nov 1, 2010

If you haven't found any communists in your backyard, you're not looking hard enough!

inthesto posted:

As much as Ben and Edan mocked his speaking style, Dave is still definitely the best narrating DM out of all the actual play podcasts I listen to

Yeah it cuts both ways, he speaks/narrates with a particular inflection and rhythm that makes it easy to parody but its also super entertaining in its own right.

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Nuebot
Feb 18, 2013


Roach Warehouse posted:

Yeah it cuts both ways, he speaks/narrates with a particular inflection and rhythm that makes it easy to parody but its also super entertaining in its own right.

One thing I noticed, that they picked up on and mocked, was that he really does fixate on using specific words a lot from season to season. I started laughing at it too. Like ostentatious. Then one day I found myself just saying it in casual conversation and laughed my rear end off at myself while everyone looked at me weird because I don't think any of my friends even know what ostentatious even means.

Rody One Half
Feb 18, 2011



The stand up segment in 4.06 is a terrible vengeance from Dave holy poo poo.

eke out
Feb 24, 2013



LentThem posted:

I'm only up to episode 26 in that podcast but man there are already some amazing bits of backstory for these guys.

Hing: "When I was a child, one time my mother punished me by locking me in a chicken coop for 3 hours. Since then I've never been scared of birds...except maybe American Eagles."

On this note, just listened to episode 73 where Hing explains that his mom didn't allow him to drink from water fountains because she was an insane germophobe, caught him drinking from a fountain at school, and made him drink a whole liter of milk as punishment.

Ben: "The more I learn about your childhood, the less explicable your character becomes."

caligulamprey
Jan 23, 2007

It never stops.

inthesto posted:

Dave's greatest skill as a DM is knowing exactly when to take his hands off the wheel and let the players make unforced error after unforced error
Is having a completely separate person play the NPCs something that pops up in D&D much? Dragon Friends is the first time I've ever run into it (I've pretty much only heard TAZ and Harmontown/Quest, plus my own D&D experience is zero), and having the lack of full control plus Dungeon Dave's ability to adapt to that is what really drew me into the series.

Rodyle posted:

The stand up segment in 4.06 is a terrible vengeance from Dave holy poo poo.
They could have done it as a team.

inthesto
May 12, 2010

There is a point where we needed to stop, and we have clearly passed it.

BUT LET'S KEEP GOING AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!


Having a co-DM to play the NPCs is definitely not the norm at all. The only other podcast I've bumped into that does it is Neon Rivals Presents Tomb of Annihilation, and that's a very new one.

mikeycp
Nov 24, 2010

I've changed a lot since I started hanging with Sonic, but I can't depend on him forever. I know I can do this by myself! Okay, Eggman! Bring it on!

Having other people play NPCs is a key feature of Tenra Bansho Zero, a very good and cool game!

Psychepath
Apr 30, 2003


Ben and Edan and all the guests also let Dave come up with 10 times the NPCs of most podcasts without them all having a singular voice moving things forward.

And sometimes you get the Fae king and queen where they just get real horny, which a regular DM might not perform so vividly.

Organza Quiz
Nov 7, 2009



Yeah, having someone else play the NPCs is great but even better is having two people who bounce off each other and cut down on the number of times one person has to awkwardly converse with themself.

cave emperor
Sep 1, 2016



https://twitter.com/drgnfrnds/statu...3128645632?s=19

SpacePig
Apr 4, 2007

They want to murder you in a well!
Seems a bit harsh, but
apparently they want to,
it says here on this card.



This makes me very nervous. Every NPC is just going to be a homicidal maniac from the get go.

Not Operator
Jan 1, 2009

Not A doctor, THE Doctor!


So this is how Dragon Friends ends.

lol at "A Very Canonical Episode"

Rody One Half
Feb 18, 2011



not being australian it upsets me that I will not get to see this until the end of the season

inthesto
May 12, 2010

There is a point where we needed to stop, and we have clearly passed it.

BUT LET'S KEEP GOING AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!


I feel like the Hing DM sessions needs its own bingo cards with squares like "Hing forgets the premise of his own adventure", "Freezo is portrayed as the victim despite clearly being at fault", and "Dave blows apart Hing's climatic fight due to actually knowing the rules"

Pastrymancy
Feb 20, 2011

11:13: Despite Gio Gonzalez warning, "Never mix your sparkling juices," Bryce Harper opens another bottle of sparkling grape and mixes it with sparkling cider.

1:07: Harper walks to the 7-11 and orders an all-syrup Slurpee.

1:10-3:05: Harper has no recollection of this time. Aliens?


The No Difficult Questions Episode

Three-Phase
Aug 5, 2006

by zen death robot


I just started listening to this - this is the sort of funny thing I need right now to get through some really stressful stuff.

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Nap Ghost

I wish I could get Ben and Edan to come over and play the npcs in my games

inthesto
May 12, 2010

There is a point where we needed to stop, and we have clearly passed it.

BUT LET'S KEEP GOING AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!


https://twitter.com/JustinMcElroy/s...107980048392197

What monkey's paw do I need to wish on to get Justin McElroy to guest on Dragon Friends

Not Operator
Jan 1, 2009

Not A doctor, THE Doctor!


Ask Ben, I guess? He's the McElroy fan.

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Nap Ghost

Iíve started watching the ToA streams and thereís something that just feels slightly meaner about the players tormenting Dave when there isnít an audience to laugh at it. Also you have to look at him as he suffers, which makes it more personal. But Iíll get used to it.

And Iím only on episode 2, but they seem to have fallen back toward season one levels of knowing how to use microphones to create a consistently pleasing audio experience. Hopefully that gets better

SpacePig
Apr 4, 2007

They want to murder you in a well!
Seems a bit harsh, but
apparently they want to,
it says here on this card.


They start getting a bit more of an audience as the thing goes on, so that sort of helps, but Dave being visibly crushed by 3-5 idiots at any given time is still something you'll have to deal with.

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Nap Ghost

SpacePig posted:

They start getting a bit more of an audience as the thing goes on, so that sort of helps, but Dave being visibly crushed by 3-5 idiots at any given time is still something you'll have to deal with.

I mean, I knew what I was getting into, Iíll live.

Pastrymancy
Feb 20, 2011

11:13: Despite Gio Gonzalez warning, "Never mix your sparkling juices," Bryce Harper opens another bottle of sparkling grape and mixes it with sparkling cider.

1:07: Harper walks to the 7-11 and orders an all-syrup Slurpee.

1:10-3:05: Harper has no recollection of this time. Aliens?


When you all were saying there was a S3 payoff for Hing doing whatever he wanted, did you mean when Freezo loses his ties to magic and then has to kill Hing at the end? Just finished and Jesus christ, lol

SpacePig
Apr 4, 2007

They want to murder you in a well!
Seems a bit harsh, but
apparently they want to,
it says here on this card.


Pastrymancy posted:

When you all were saying there was a S3 payoff for Hing doing whatever he wanted, did you mean when Freezo loses his ties to magic and then has to kill Hing at the end? Just finished and Jesus christ, lol

Do you maybe mean famously depraved and gross serial killer Michael Hing?

Yeah, it's absolutely amazing. Not that it's really changed much so far, but it's still very funny.

Fishes_Swim
Aug 18, 2003

Free the rigatoni

SpacePig posted:

Do you maybe mean famously depraved and gross serial killer Michael Hing?



Sap Toad

Psychepath
Apr 30, 2003


Season 3 end spoilers: Has Dave ever said why he took magic away from the party in Freeside? It was deservedly vindictive but also didn't have a real payoff.

Bogan Krkic
Oct 31, 2010

Swedish style? No.
Yugoslavian style? Of course not.
It has to be Zlatan-style.


Psychepath posted:

Season 3 end spoilers: Has Dave ever said why he took magic away from the party in Freeside? It was deservedly vindictive but also didn't have a real payoff.

I'm 99% sure it was just to gently caress over Hing

Pastrymancy
Feb 20, 2011

11:13: Despite Gio Gonzalez warning, "Never mix your sparkling juices," Bryce Harper opens another bottle of sparkling grape and mixes it with sparkling cider.

1:07: Harper walks to the 7-11 and orders an all-syrup Slurpee.

1:10-3:05: Harper has no recollection of this time. Aliens?


I have to say that given the style of NPCs/bad guys Ben Jenkins plays as it's uncanny what Griffin McElroy used for his namesake in TAZ

Not Operator
Jan 1, 2009

Not A doctor, THE Doctor!


Griffin uses the names of fans from Twitter

e: wow, I really misread your post if I thought this was news.

Not Operator fucked around with this message at Jun 2, 2018 around 06:57

Green Bean
May 3, 2009


Psychepath posted:

Season 3 end spoilers: Has Dave ever said why he took magic away from the party in Freeside? It was deservedly vindictive but also didn't have a real payoff.

I think it's just a setting thing. In Shadowrun, magic doesn't work in space in general.

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Nap Ghost

Up to episode 2 of ToA, and every second of that talent show was incredible. Alex Lee slowly panicking as she realized she pimped herself into doing a half-orc rap musical was delightful.

Also, I'm enjoying having faces to put to the voices, but I'm getting very distracted trying to guess how old Benny Davis is. He's either a very stern 25 or a very gracefully-aged 50, I cannot tell.

Ainsley McTree fucked around with this message at Jun 2, 2018 around 20:58

Bogan Krkic
Oct 31, 2010

Swedish style? No.
Yugoslavian style? Of course not.
It has to be Zlatan-style.


Ainsley McTree posted:

Also, I'm enjoying having faces to put to the voices, but I'm getting very distracted trying to guess how old Benny Davis is. He's either a very stern 25 or a very gracefully-aged 50, I cannot tell.

SpacePig
Apr 4, 2007

They want to murder you in a well!
Seems a bit harsh, but
apparently they want to,
it says here on this card.


It's also fun that Edan Lacey looks exactly like I imagined him.

Pastrymancy
Feb 20, 2011

11:13: Despite Gio Gonzalez warning, "Never mix your sparkling juices," Bryce Harper opens another bottle of sparkling grape and mixes it with sparkling cider.

1:07: Harper walks to the 7-11 and orders an all-syrup Slurpee.

1:10-3:05: Harper has no recollection of this time. Aliens?


Edan has the best laugh in the cast

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Nap Ghost

Pastrymancy posted:

Edan has the best laugh in the cast

And someone on the stream said he looked like Pablo Escobar and now I can't unsee it

Not Operator
Jan 1, 2009

Not A doctor, THE Doctor!


Edan Lacey is the best thing Australia has ever accomplished, I feel.

exmarx
Feb 18, 2012




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Roach Warehouse
Nov 1, 2010

If you haven't found any communists in your backyard, you're not looking hard enough!

The crowd went nuts for Freezo's crit in the latest episode, in a way I was unprepared for and delighted by.

Ainsley McTree
Feb 19, 2004




Nap Ghost

Continuing my journey through tomb of annihilation; I absolutely loved Edan and the frog king doing drugs in the hot tub ("Yes! You get me! I'm SO glad I met you!")

It's criminal that this podcast isn't more popular than it is (I don't actually know how popular it is but whatever it is, it should be more)

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inthesto
May 12, 2010

There is a point where we needed to stop, and we have clearly passed it.

BUT LET'S KEEP GOING AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!


They pull in a bit over 1k a month on Patreon, so there's obviously a sizeable fanbase there, but nothing even approaching heavyweight status. I really want more people to discover the podcast, because at 3k a month, they'll start doing weekly releases.

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