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James D’Amato, the world’s foremost Kobold advocate, moved to Chicago in 2010 to train at Second City and iO in the art of improvisational comedy. He now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and teach die-hard Grognards new tricks.

Evil Campaign Episode Thirteen

Blue chases his goal of humiliating his political enemy, but in the process, he risks losing what he has with the people he loves most.

Tales from Spéir: The Luminaries

There are forces in this world that we’ll never understand. But we tell the stories none the less.

If you’re gonna be a Sky Jack you’ll have to learn Illimat. There are plenty o games to play with cards that suit people just fine. Sky Jacks have seen the world though, we don’t settle for just any game.

Illimat is the world’s game. Before the first sailor left port under the banner of a nation there was an Illimat waiting for them on a new shore. Like bowls, bags, and bows Illimat’s something all people of the world share. In the cities, you might find some university type who’ll try to tell ya that it came from some long dead nation and spread, but any Sky Jack can tell you that’s nonsense like the sailors knew before them. And the proof is in The Luminaires.

Just about every drunk who’s spent a late evening at an Illimat has found themselves staring at the cards at the corner of the mat musing on what they’re supposed to be.

If you’re lucky, like I was as a lad, you’ve heard some of the tales. The poor fellow who married a bird and chased her away, the maiden and the changeling who died for their love, or the lad who chased revenge into the belly of a whale.

A lot of folk around here think of these as “just stories” but let me tell you, leviathan and skyships are just stories until you see one right in front of you.

It’s hard to say what luminaries really are. Some folk think of them as gods, and I suppose that’s true enough for a few. The Forest Queen certainly has all the power and wrath of an ancient god. Others say they’re spirits or shades of folk that once lived. The Soldiers match that description true enough. It’s an all too human folly to try and find yourself in something that ain’t even remotely shaped like a person. The only concern The Island and The Butcher have for humanity is as prey.

There are lots of things the Luminaries could be. I find it most useful to think of them as stories that sort of, insist on themselves until they become true. Sky Jacks are allowed a certain amount of superstition. If you want to think of Luminaries as gods, spirits, or fates you be my guest. It’s certainly less complicated.

They might be known by other names in other tongues, but they are something shared by all of Spéir. Even if you never heard the tales, you know the stories. They are as present as the game, and they give it life.

But enough talk, throw down an Okus and let’s see if you can curry favor with a luminary tonight.

271. Fuck! It’s Dracula Part 1

3400 AD humanity has spread to the stars. One of the best paying and most dangerous jobs is to explore frontier planets and compile data to asses them for development. Our heroes Killdair, Archibald, Andreas, and Alan the crow find a rare and strange artifact that may be more trouble than it’s worth.

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270. Dear Elizabeth

Two friends separated by a short but insurmountable difference maintain their friendship by sharing the trials of Regency life by writing one another letters.

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Episode One Hundred One

The boys begin a desperate fight for their lives and the freedom of the Verpine people as they begin their fight with Inquisitor Sadet.

269. Scherzando! Part 2

The Sewer People fight for their lives against the Rat King and his army of bike messengers to restore the sexual compatibility of Chicago’s romance blighted population.

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Tales from Spéir: Corsairs

Before the fall, Corsair, Privateer, and Pirate were names The Nations gave to sailors who got on the wrong side of their wars. They talked about them like they were all raiders and thieves. It’s true that many who became Corsairs turned to raiding and thieving once they lost their nation’s graces, but most started as ships that had suddenly lost their fleets and had no ports to call home.

Of course we don’t have nations anymore. Today a Corsair is any Sky Jack that sails without the blessing of the Red Feathers. Just like the pirates who came before them, Corsairs sometimes turn to desperate measure to stay in the sky. It’s also true that they attack Red Feather ships. Red Feathers would have you think that Corsairs are just Mariners who took to the sky.

Now I might be just a lucky old Sky Jack who just happened to avoid the worst of them, but in my years I’ve shared drinks and an Illimat with more than a few Corsairs. They didn’t seem too different from your average Sky Jack to me. The largest difference probably being that they’re a bit more worn for their years. That and the stories.

If you ever get the fortune to sit at an Illimat with a Corsair you do yourself two favors: Don’t bet too much, and ask em for a story. Most Sky Jacks just get to go wherever the Red Feathers tell them, but Corsairs don’t have to go anywhere. They get to sail to places Red Feathers won’t even bother to chart. Some have even seen places that The Nations never even knew about. It’s not a popular opinion, but I’m fond of em.

Of course I never seen The Tempest. The first ship to be named a crew of corsairs.  But I know it’s real, and no matter what The Red Feathers tell you, I know she’s still out there, and even The Mariner might think twice about crossing swords with them.

I been around long enough to know that if someone tells you that any folk are monsters, they have a reason to do that what got nothing to do with their concern for your wellbeing. Even if The Red Feathers pay the checks that keep this belly fat they ain’t earned the right to tell me who’s a monster.

The only monsters on the Speir come from the sea. If you don’t remember any of my other stories, you’d do well to remember that.

268. Scherzando! Part 1

When the city of Chicago is hit with a romance famine, it’s up to a gang of sewer-dwelling heroes to get to the bottom of the mystery.

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Evil Campaign Episode Twelve

Blue takes the Bluebird crew to a tailor so they can arrive at the Imperial Gala in style.

Episode Zero

Welcome to Asians Represent! – a series of unfiltered conversations that celebrate the contributions of Asian creators to analog gaming. For the inaugural episode, hosts Daniel Kwan and Agatha Cheng discuss what the show is about, what listeners can expect, and why this podcast is important for the gaming community.”

If you have questions about today’s theme, the games discussed, or anything else related to Asians Represent, get in touch with us on Twitter @aznsrepresent or at aznsrepresent@oneshotpodcast.com

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Intro: Good Vibes by DJ Quads

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Outro: Explore by Ikson

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