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Terrible Warriorsis an actual-play podcast all about the enjoyment of playing Tabletop RPGs. No matter if you have played them all your life, or have never picked up a d20, we’re here to show that anyone and everyone can play.

Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/terriblewarriors

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Terrible Warriorsis an actual-play podcast all about the enjoyment of playing Tabletop RPGs. No matter if you have played them all your life, or have never picked up a d20, we’re here to show that anyone and everyone can play.

Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/terriblewarriors

    Meet the Makers: Matthew Orr & Brandon Aten (Never Going Home)

    Meet the Makers: Matthew Orr & Brandon Aten (Never Going Home)

    Justin reconnects with Matthew Orr from Wet Ink Games as well as his business partner, and brother-in-law, Brandon Aten to learn more about Never Going Home, the amazing year they’ve had since GenCon2019, and the release of their new Campaign Dossiers.
    For everything Never Going Home and other games by Wet Ink Games visit wetinkgames.com
    You can also find their entire collection by visiting DriveThruRPG at: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9148/Wet-Ink-Games

    Or at Indie Press Revolution at: https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Never-Going-Home-Print-PDF.html
    Get connected with Wet Ink Games on Facebook at: facebook.com/WetInkGames
    And Matthew and Brandon invite you to join their discord channel by using this invitation: https://discord.gg/k3khpvb43Z
    Into the Wyrd and Wild: Second Edition is currently on Kickstarter and you can find out more by visiting: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jiangshi/into-the-wyrd-and-wild-revised-and-reprinted
    Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound

    Follow us on Twitter at @dicewarriors and you can support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/terriblewarriors

    Meet The Makers: Mattias Lilja (Ruins of Symbaroum 5e)

    Meet The Makers: Mattias Lilja (Ruins of Symbaroum 5e)

    Justin connects with Mattias Lilja, co-creator and writer with Symbaroum to discuss bringing their award winning setting to 5e.

    New Rules, Same World
    Free League Games has just launched Symbaroum for 5e on kickstarter and have set to translate their work of the dark forest into the more familiar mainstream ruleset.

    In our discussion we talk about Mattias’ history with playing Dungeons & Dragons to forming a publishing company to make games of his own. We later go over the intricate challenges of converting such a fully formed and robust game into the 5e ruleset, and what changes needed to be done to the game while preserving the core intentions. We also use this conversation to open up about the importance of having a discussion with your players about the settings you play in and the intentions you have with your games.

    Check Out Symabroum 5e
    The Kickstarter is almost over but you can check out The Ruins of Symbaroum by visiting their kickstarter page at kickstarter.com/projects/1192053011/ruins-of-symbaroum-for-5e

    Check out Symbaroum at symbaroum.com and visit Free League Games to find more about all the products they offer at freeleaguepublishing.com

    If you want to dive deeper into the Symbaroum community, Mattias invites you to visit their reddit page at r/Symbaroum and on facebook at facebook.com/FreeLeaguePublishing or facebook.com/groups/symbaroum.english

    You can follow Free League Games on twitter @FreeLeaguePub

    You should also listen to our previous conversation with the other Mattias who co-created Symbaroum here: https://www.terriblewarriors.com/episodes/symbaroum

    And we checked out Symbaroum in a previous episode of Session Zero which you can listen to here: https://www.terriblewarriors.com/episode/session-zero-symbaroum

    Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound

    Follow us on Twitter at @dicewarriors and you can support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/terriblewarriors

    • 55 min
    Under Hill By Water 02: Wolf Running For Very Brave People

    Under Hill By Water 02: Wolf Running For Very Brave People

    There’s wolves in them there woods but it’s those very same woods you have to get through to reach the next town over if you want to try their new brew, but you better pay off your chicken race debts before you leave!
    Under Hill By Water, by Josh McCrowell, is a game all about playing halflings in a small village who just want to live their lives in quiet and peace. Well… not too much quiet. They’re peaceful but that doesn’t mean they’re boring.
    In our second episode we help Lana pay off her chicken race debts by helping Bodo with his howling wolves problem by helping Hugo spread ghost rumours in order to scare the local tax collectors guild so that the group can join Nibs on his visit to the neighbouring town to try a rival tavern’s new brew to confirm the rumours that they have a better drink than the local Dog & Pool are as reliable as the rumours that Hob Libgin found himself an honest job!

    Life in Under-Moot is many things, but it’s never boring.
    Check Out Under Hill, By Water If this game sounds like your cup of tea be sure to check out the itch.io page at riseupcomus.itch.io/under-hill-by-water
    Special thanks to Sean Horbatiuk, Velvet Duke, and Jo Drummond for joining Justin at the virtual table to explore this strangely endearing game.
    Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound
    Keep an eye out on our Patreon Page at patreon.com/terriblewarriors where supporters will be getting a copy of the three character sheets we made and a detailed list of the 20 locations of Under-Moot.
    If you end up trying Under Hill, By Water with your group let us know by mentioning our twitter account @dicewarriors!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Under Hill By Water 01: Welcome To Under-Moot

    Under Hill By Water 01: Welcome To Under-Moot

    For our first actual play adventure in over a year we've settled on playing a game that's all about having no adventures, thank you very much.
    Under Hill By Water, by Josh McCrowell, is a game all about playing halflings in a small village who just want to live their lives in quiet and peace.
    In our first episode we find out who our halfling characters will be, name the village and it's tavern, and populate the map with all manner of NPCs, meeting halls, and a guild.

    Welcome to Under-Moot.
    Check Out Under Hill, By Water If this game sounds like your cup of tea be sure to check out the itch.io page at riseupcomus.itch.io/under-hill-by-water
    Special thanks to Sean Horbatiuk, Velvet Duke, and Jo Drummond for joining Justin at the virtual table to explore this strangely endearing game.
    Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound
    Keep an eye out on our Patreon Page at patreon.com/terriblewarriors where supporters will be getting a copy of the three character sheets we made and a detailed list of the 20 locations of Under-Moot.
    If you end up trying Under Hill, By Water with your group let us know by mentioning our twitter account @dicewarriors!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Behind The Screen: Sweetwater Bank

    Behind The Screen: Sweetwater Bank

    Welcome to our first attempt at going Behind the Screen, a more one-on-one conversation where Justin shares some tips and stories from his years running tabletop games.

    In our inaugural Behind the Screen, Justin shares the background story to his Sweetwater Bank campaign he created for 5th Edition D&D while he was hired to run games at Toronto’s Storm Crow Manor.
    The Challenge Justin had several challenges going into making this campaign. Primarily it needed to be able to pick-up-and-go with zero prep time and little chance to meet the players before their game. And since this game was designed for the DM&Dine Program it needed to be friendly to brand-new players as well as engaging for those who had been playing for years. The set up needed to be quick and it needed to be completed within four hours exactly, every time it was played. Finally Justin wanted to subvert some of the default assumptions of D&D and use this limited time to showcase all the different and varied ways a simple story like Sweetwater could play, this also meant that he wanted to create a story that could absolutely be completed with zero combat while also being open to the players who wanted to roll dice and cast epic spells to destroy their enemies.
    The Set Up The story of Sweetwater Bank is pretty simple. A tavern, run by a dwarf named Tarry, has recently gotten a reputation for an incredibly popular and possibly addictive mead. Those who try it swear it’s the best thing they’ve ever had and can’t wait to get back. In fact, many people who try it never leave and so a small village has built itself around Tarry’s Tavern solely for the purpose of being close to the mead so they can keep drinking it.
    However the players are hooked into the mystery, when they arrive they’ll encounter a Hill Giant that has stormed it’s way into town and collapsed into Tarry’s storehouse where all his mead is being kept. But not everything about this encounter, nor this village, is as it seems. Over the next four hours the players will be tasked with unravelling the mystery of Sweetwater Bank, foiling a plot to steal Tarry’s secrets, and deciding for themselves the fate of the town and it’s residents.
    Special Thanks Special thanks to Sean Horbatiuk for joining us so that Justin could bounce his rambling ideas off of him.
    Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound
    Keep an eye out on our Patreon Page at patreon.com/terriblewarriors where supporters will be getting a copy this month of Justin’s Sweetwater campaign. It will be rules-agnostic and can serve as a framework for a story set in the game of your choice.
    If you do decide to play Sweetwater with your group let us know by mentioning our twitter account @dicewarriors!

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Session Zero: Symbaroum

    Session Zero: Symbaroum

    Session Zero returns as we journey into the Dark Forest of Davokar and are introduced to the world of Symbaroum.
    “Twilight Falls, Davokar Darkens” Symbaroum is a game that has been on my short list since I came into contact with it at GenCon 2019. I had seen it being offered by Free League and new that it had origins originally as a game only available in Swedish but I foolishly set it aside at the time as yet-another-sword-and-sorcery-rpg.
    Then I got to meet Mattias Johnsson Haake, who I got to finally interview last month, and through him learned all about the long journey that Symbaroum and Mattias have taken together. I also looked a little closer at the game itself and what I found was an evocative world with incredibly immersive artwork, a long thought out and lived in history, and game mechanics that didn’t get in the way of it’s rich story about corruption, power, and nature.
    Three Corrupted Explorers To help guide us into Symbaroum we used their recently released Starter Kit to help describe the setting and then quickly opened up the main core book to create our own characters. Character creation was simple, for the most part, and all three of the characters presented in this Session Zero would make for a terrific long form campaign. This trio was hard to leave behind and I hope this isn’t the last time we visit this setting with them.
    You’ll meet Sean’s Farsig Unthist, a goblin with a thirst for magic, Velvet’s Gerundin, an elven changeling challenging their destiny, and Justin’s Daramei, a human noble who will compromise everything to gain the power he thinks he deserves. Together they’re all playing with the fires of corruption in their own way as they set foot into the Dark Forest, will they be able to save themselves or will they each drag the other into the darkness with them?
    Special Thanks Special thanks to Free League Games for sending us a copy of the new Symbaroum Starter Kit as well as the three book collection of the Core Rulebook, The Advanced Players Guide, and the Game Master’s Guide. Check them all out at their website as well as on Drivethru RPG.
    Shortly after we recorded this episode Free League announced that Symbaroum is getting a D&D 5e book made! Titled “The Ruins of Symbaroum” the kickstarter begins on April 13th and you can set a reminder by visiting their kickstarter page right now

    Today's Terrible Warriors were Justin Ecock, Sean Horbatiuk, and Velvet Duke

    Music is licensed through Epidemic Sound

    Follow us on Twitter at @dicewarriors and you can support the show by becoming a patron at patreon.com/terriblewarriors where patreon supporters will receive copies of the character sheets created in today’s episode

    • 1 hr 46 min

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Dommander ,

Absolutely amazing!!!

This podcast is a must listen to if you're into tabletop RPGs or just a good all around story to be told. I stumbled onto these guys because I wanted to hear game play on DC comics adventures rpg, and now I think I've listened to almost every episode like twice. Also code name Black Sounds really fun. Could you send me some info about this system? Amazing job guys and gals.

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