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sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



man I lost track of this podcast right before the Crick story and now I just finished that arc and it reminded me how fantastic this podcast is. I subbed to the patreon and now am gonna finish getting caught up.

There are other real good pocasts like Neoscum and Dragon Friends for capturing a less 'scripted' feeling RPG and all but I don't think any other podcast has had as many moments where people who play these games a lot can practically feel the GM rapidly reshuffling his plans in his mind because a player did something bonkers and somehow didn't die for it as this one.

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sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Not Operator posted:

I love every time Hardwon talks poo poo about Coldain, because it's impossible to tell how much is good role-playing and how much actual real adult man Jake Hurwitz getting jealous of an imaginary ex's new boyfriend.

Once more, the big treat of the Short Rest is hearing how into it they all are.

as a huge D&D nerd myself hearing how 100% into this Jake is coming from basically zero is genuinely heartwarming. There's a lot of toxic poo poo to deal with in tabletop sadly so it's really cool to hear a group with a brand new guy in it all so eager and happy and having a nice time.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Inzombiac posted:

I don't see how any of these smaller streaming platforms can survive if they have a paid sub.

VRV is dead and the one before it, despite having a good amount of content. I adore Um, Actually but there's no way I'm subbing for just that.

I wonder how much money Google is losing due to ad blockers on YouTube? If it's common enough, the small services are screwed either way.

is VRV dead? I figured since they were the actual media company who had rights to poo poo like Crunchyroll/Funimation and a bunch of nerd poo poo like Geek & Sundry/Rooster Teeth they were pretty secure. They've been scooping poo poo like that terrible Shudder site that had a bullshit library and some documentary site that has a bunch of garbo looking ones, so I figured they were consolidating a lot of these dumbass streaming things.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



yea I don't blame you there, everyone and their mom started a streaming service for a bit and they all had dumb names like "Spoink, the streaming service just for videos of cats jumping off things!" I use VRV just because it's cheaper than subbing to both Crunchyroll and Funimation and gets me some other dumb nerd poo poo.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Inzombiac posted:

Yeah but these folks gotta get paid.
Advertisers will pay a premium based in where the ad is located. At the end is seen as the worst because it's the easiest to skip.

yea I dislike them too but unfortunately you literally get more money for mid-episode ads and I really can't hate on guys in the fuckin podcast slash internet humor slash other misc projects business wanting to get the most they can. At least they're cute character ads.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Farg posted:

get mercer to play old cobb

he does a loving fantastic array of grizzled old man voices

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



tsob posted:

Hardwon asking Moonshine how she brought Triss to the edge in an awkward "I don't know this, but don't want to admit I don't know it, so let's compare notes" was fantastic. It's amazing how deep Jake has fallen in to the character after, what, one year of RP? That said, when I was listening to the Short Rest and they were discussing the date I started thinking how weird it must be to even act out being in love with a fictional character, who only really exists in discussion and not even as someone you can act against. Then they started discussing exactly that; though as they pointed out, Erlin does exist as Murph. Who is presumably one of Caldwell's best friends. Which, I don't know is that more or less weird really?

Also, I don't actually play any D'n'D and never really have, so I'm only going off superficial impressions here and can only really compare Murph's style to Caldwell, Matt Mercer (Critical Role) and Chris Perkins (Acq Inc), but Murph seems to use more variety in his encounters and the main "battle" in this weeks episode was a good example. The entire thing just being the Band of Boobs having to control an airship with rolls for how damaged it was depending on what actions they took was pretty cool.

Caldwell is interesting as a contrast, since he's more willing to roll with the gang's dumb poo poo and just incorporate it in to his game, with the Trinstagram stuff being the most obvious example and including it's own little game to indicate how well the cast are doing on it but Murph seems to have a really good balance between story and mechanics as well as between letting the players gently caress around and pushing them towards more dramatic/emotive stuff when they've been goofing around for a while.

Yea of the pack you listed I think Murph does most variety focused encounter design. Nothing wrong with classic D&D 'the giant is mad, you should put swords and spells in him' but having stuff like 'your airship needs to be controlled and if you do well you'll make it need less repair and poo poo' break it up lets the players have more room for roleplay. Though at least compared to the others he's not working with an unreasonably big party (CR) or a constant time limit looming over the session (AI) so I can see how he can stretch his legs more.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



There's not nearly enough animations but there is this masterpiece to make up for it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDHzqP5_aJw

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Yea I think he'd dig Goliath and Dragonborn most, if you like being fighty tough guys you can't beat 'basically a playable giant/dragon that won't break the party'.

I'm hoping for elf though just because A) I genuinely do think he could do some kind of fighty elf well, and B) it'd be real funny.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



tsob posted:

The Short Rests are often as entertaining as the actual episodes; usually because Emily sends the group off on insane tangents. Which have included, but are certainly not limited to: comparing Jake to a hawk and then saying Murph is like a pigeon, coming up with new characters Murph absolutely won't let her try (like a luche libre skeleton) and a song she made up about milk and nuts (or something) that makes no loving sense, and doesn't even match what she's doing while singing it but which she insists is the right way anyway. The group basically talk about the events of the episode, what they liked or hated, what they felt they did right or wrong etc. along with trying to get some information out of Murph about other possible actions they missed out on and so on. The Mixed Bags on the other hand have a lot less formal structure, and have included things like the gang watching a movie (Warcraft and FF7: Advent Children) or TV show (80's D'n'D animated cartoon and Game of Thrones finale) and then talking about it, going back to listen to the first episode and doing a Short Rest style talk about that or Short Rests for the Trinnyvale stuff. They also don't come out nearly as often, but I find the crew engaging enough that I'm happy to pay the extra couple of quid a month regardless.

yea I know every podcast has a patreon and it can be hard to get that sweet sweet bonus from everyone you like but man are Short Rests and Mixed Bags worth it if you enjoy the dynamics of these guys. They go between genuine good RPG talk to poo poo like "wanna hear my milk song?????" and it's a delight.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Not Operator posted:

Listen to 8‐Bit Book Club to hear Emily wish for huge boobs easily a dozen times, and obtain a greater understanding of how she designed Moonshine.

Emily using D&D to become a big titty bisexual fertility goddess and Jake is using it to be a big buff fighterman is the most D&D player poo poo ever and I love it.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



RC Cola posted:

Caldwell Tanner plays himself though.

yea Caldwell using it to just play A Very Good Boy, which is just him with magic spells, is also deeply on brand.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Not Operator posted:

This is admittedly pushing it as far as thread relevance goes, but Polygon do a board game show once a month, and Brennan Lee Mulligan is on the newest one.

Overboard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrjCPnbEMfE

I love Brennan.

"Now if this was a REAL war I'd get his coins...you're not even checking the rules, don't wanna check?"

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Farg posted:

i do gotta wonder what his plan was for 1v1ing a duke of hell. Even if he lands banish the party is still feebled and she just comes back in a minute

I think it was mainly a 'my character would do this, I accept that this will probably kill me if it goes as it seems but my character would do this' thing, I don't think there is a way pure mechanically that would end well

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



eke out posted:

i think there was also some "i'll just be ambiguous about my offer and then figure something out" but he wasn't actually ambiguous enough lol

yea that too, I think he thought he was being more sly than he was

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Farg posted:

donkey kong oneshot is here. be praying

a blessed day of thanks

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



The daughter of the coconut mother is real, and she's gonna make ya drink your own diarrhea

sexpig by night fucked around with this message at 17:19 on Nov 28, 2019

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



also as it goes without saying the Short Rest is golden for this too

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Jake's Banana Crimes are worth the 5 dollars

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



eh the terrasque was never that interesting though, it was literally just wizards going 'ok you need a baddie for your epic level games? here's this bullet sponge'. It's just a big stack of HP with all the normal strengths that being loving huge comes with, with a massive bundle of resistances and immunities and regen. It's not even that interesting as a baddie, it's just a literal force of nature that sleeps for eons, wakes up, rampages, sleeps again.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Nautical nonsense DOES be something I wish...

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



yea going with these smaller experimental 'let's just have fun for a few weeks and see what happens' campaigns is smart. I wouldn't want a whole podcast around what Caldwell was doing, but I very much enjoyed the little nibble we got and now am eager for Underwater Nonsense With Emily.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Jake going from 'I have never done a D&D before I hope I don't suck too bad' to 'I AM HARDWON' in like, not even one episode is the most adorable thing.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



Yea I mean the two 'veteran' players were playing a hick elf with a scramble boy familiar and a literal boy scout paladin so while they had more firm choices in character building they still were pretty open to goofing.

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



I already love this new series

sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



I've been really loving this new arc so far, fun group dynamics and so far been a good blend of stuff.

I will say though without a massive backlog to listen to I've gone back to 8BBC to relisten and I forgot how completely gold it was, so basically my brain has just been being baked by these nerds either laughing at insane things like 'leech father-queen' or just natural insane interactions like Emily earnestly asking 'what if the mario brothers were obsessed with bagels and not pizza' and everyone figuring out she was thinking they were TMNT.

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sexpig by night
Sep 8, 2011



eke out posted:

lmao the characters

emily: hedge witch
caldwell: alchemist artificer
jake: guy whose wife left him


so loving good, these guys and glass canon are just the absolute gold standard of dumbass actual play

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