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[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part IV)

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part IV)

March 27, 2018

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The spine-chilling conclusion! Our intrepid duo of investigators put the final pieces of the puzzle together and are forced into making an impossible decision.

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[Paladin] Character Creation

[Paladin] Character Creation

March 25, 2018

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The Order returns to the King Arthur Pendragon system for a jaunt through its cousin, Paladin: Warriors of Charlemagne. Join us as we go through the character creation rules and roll up four earnest young squires about to embark on untold adventures!

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[Esoteric Order Duets] “Questioningly” (East of Eden)

[Esoteric Order Duets] “Questioningly” (East of Eden)

March 22, 2018

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Aaron arrives in Kansas and finally catches up with Dawn, only to find someone else has caught up with her first. And that's only the beginning of his troubles...

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[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part III)

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part III)

March 20, 2018

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The investigators finally make contact with Rossi and discover unexpected layers of nuance in his tale. And also a delicious recipe for Dominican stew!

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[7th Sea Khitai] “Life-Giving Sword, Death-Giving Sword”

[7th Sea Khitai] “Life-Giving Sword, Death-Giving Sword”

March 18, 2018

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For this one-shot session, the group takes the 7th Sea: Khitai Quickstart rules for a spin. The lust for wealth and power leads to death, destruction, and shattered lives. Can our rag-tag band of heroes foil the sinister machinations of the villainous puppet master? Tune in to find out!

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[Esoteric Order Duets] “Endless Highway” (East of Eden)

[Esoteric Order Duets] “Endless Highway” (East of Eden)

March 15, 2018

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Aaron has an unexpected encounter at an El Paso truck stop, kicking off a harrowing journey along the benighted interstate, where he is both hunter and hunted.

Our primary recorder pooped out midway through the session. Fortunately, we caught the problem pretty quickly and only lost about 10 minutes of action (which we then summarize). However, you'll probably notice a drop in overall audio quality once we switch to our backup. Apologies.

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[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part II)

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part II)

March 13, 2018

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In this second episode, "Getting Into the Ring," our duo meets another duo (in the form of the mysterious Eliot brothers) and begins peeling back the layers of the onion. How long before they start crying?

And a big congratulations to Darker Hues Studios for landing Harlem Unbound in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum and The Newark Museum. These acquisitions are an acknowledgement of book's "artistic, scholarly and educational value"! Wowza! More details may be found here.

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[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #Done (Session Five)

[Shadowrun] Anarchy Is Dead: #Done (Session Five)

March 11, 2018

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We bring our brief Shadowrun experiment to an end in this, our 300th episode(!), wrapping up loose ends and establishing what becomes of our various runners, who begin the episode hunted by the authorities and in hiding. Can they forge a positive outcome from such inauspicious circumstances?

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Music by Nitro Nova.

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[Esoteric Order Duets] “Tear It Up” (East of Eden)

[Esoteric Order Duets] “Tear It Up” (East of Eden)

March 8, 2018

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Aaron crosses paths with an old frenemy in the most unlikely of places and must decide between vengeance and forgiveness...and this is only the first fight in what turns out to be a blood-soaked and fractious evening.

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[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part I)

[Esoteric Short Order] Harlem Unbound: “The Contender—A Love Story” (Part I)

March 6, 2018

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This month, a travel/illness-reduced crew is taking Darker Hue Studios' Harlem Unbound for a spin with the scenario "The Contender—A Love Story" by Bob Geis. The book is dual-statted for both Trail of Cthulhu and Call of Cthulhu; we opted for the latter system. The scenario is a slow-burn noir procedural that builds ever more to a truly unsettling climax, and we think you're going to really enjoy the ride.

In this first episode, "Sparring with the Champ," we meet our investigative duo and follow them to the Cotton Club, where they take a job from former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson to look into a mysterious death in the boxing ring.

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