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Speculate! began in 2010 as a podcast for writers, readers, and fans, run by Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, two fantasy and science fiction writers. Brad stepped back from the show some years ago, and author Michael R. Underwood joined; the show then transitioned to an tabletop actual play podcast before author Brandon O'Brien officially joined Greg and Mike in 2020. In the nearly eleven years and 250 episodes of the show's run, Speculate has featured SFF authors, editors, and agents, deep dives into the worlds of speculative fiction and TTRPGs, and in-depth analysis of narrative structure in a variety of mediums. Join us to find out what the next decade will bring!

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Speculate! began in 2010 as a podcast for writers, readers, and fans, run by Gregory A. Wilson and Bradley P. Beaulieu, two fantasy and science fiction writers. Brad stepped back from the show some years ago, and author Michael R. Underwood joined; the show then transitioned to an tabletop actual play podcast before author Brandon O'Brien officially joined Greg and Mike in 2020. In the nearly eleven years and 250 episodes of the show's run, Speculate has featured SFF authors, editors, and agents, deep dives into the worlds of speculative fiction and TTRPGs, and in-depth analysis of narrative structure in a variety of mediums. Join us to find out what the next decade will bring!

    Episode 273 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Seven of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    Episode 273 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Seven of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    This episode carries content warnings for references to traumatic brain injury, childhood trauma, child labor, children in peril, and alcohol.



    Skelly remembers the bells of the orphanage. Ring tries to grab a ride. The crew regroups and heads back to Derrn’s.





    “The Case of the Cindered Seal” is a joint production with Greg’s Twitch channel, playing Blades in the Dark by John Harper. Brandon O’Brien (@therisingtithes) GMs for the crew of Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), Iori Kusano (@iorikusano), Jeoi Gawain Lin (@thisismydasein), and our own Michael R. Underwood (@mikerunderwood). Featuring a unique “Fugitives” crew sheet created by Brandon! (Available at https://therisingtithes.itch.io/)

    If you like what you hear, please tune in soon for more actual play content, and please spread the word about the show! Become a subscriber to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/speculate to get even more content (including special episodes, access to behind-the-scenes videos like GM streams and session zero recordings, plus other bonus episodes!).

    You can watch our other series “Splendour and Shadow” (playing Rebel Crown by Michael Dunn-O’Conner), at Youtube.com/ArvanEleron and catch new episodes live at Twitch.tv/ArvanEleron

    This episode was edited by the amazing Rudy Basso (find him at https://twitter.com/RudyBasso). As always, thanks for listening!

    • 37 min
    Episode 272 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Six of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    Episode 272 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Six of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    This episode carries content warnings for children in peril and alcohol.



    Fresh off a chaotic rescue operation, The Strange Friends scramble to regroup as they make their way out of Dunslough. Ash directs the young porters as a snowstorm kicks up. Skelly and Crossroads figure out how to move some inconvenient cargo.



    “The Case of the Cindered Seal” is a joint production with Greg’s Twitch channel, playing Blades in the Dark by John Harper. Brandon O’Brien (@therisingtithes) GMs for the crew of Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), Iori Kusano (@iorikusano), Jeoi Gawain Lin (@thisismydasein), and our own Michael R. Underwood (@mikerunderwood). Featuring a unique “Fugitives” crew sheet created by Brandon! (Available at https://therisingtithes.itch.io/)

    If you like what you hear, please tune in soon for more actual play content, and please spread the word about the show! Become a subscriber to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/speculate to get even more content (including special episodes, access to behind-the-scenes videos like GM streams and session zero recordings, plus other bonus episodes!).

    You can watch our other series “Splendour and Shadow” (playing Rebel Crown by Michael Dunn-O’Conner), at Youtube.com/ArvanEleron and catch new episodes live at Twitch.tv/ArvanEleron

    This episode was edited by the amazing Rudy Basso (find him at https://twitter.com/RudyBasso). As always, thanks for listening!

    • 36 min
    Episode 271 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Five of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    Episode 271 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Five of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    This episode carries content warnings for childhood trauma, flashbacks, children in danger, and divine visitation.



    While the rest of The Strange Friends escape with the young porters, Skelly faces off against Casta. The fight brings back memories of the bad times Skelly & Casta spent together at the orphanage. Crossroads links up with Skelly as things escalate again.



    “The Case of the Cindered Seal” is a joint production with Greg’s Twitch channel, playing Blades in the Dark by John Harper. Brandon O’Brien (@therisingtithes) GMs for the crew of Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), Iori Kusano (@iorikusano), Jeoi Gawain Lin (@thisismydasein), and our own Michael R. Underwood (@mikerunderwood). Featuring a unique “Fugitives” crew sheet created by Brandon! (Available at https://therisingtithes.itch.io/)

    If you like what you hear, please tune in soon for more actual play content, and please spread the word about the show! Become a subscriber to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/speculate to get even more content (including special episodes, access to behind-the-scenes videos like GM streams and session zero recordings, plus other bonus episodes!).

    You can watch our other series “Splendour and Shadow” (playing Rebel Crown by Michael Dunn-O’Conner), at Youtube.com/ArvanEleron and catch new episodes live at Twitch.tv/ArvanEleron

    This episode was edited by the amazing Rudy Basso (find him at https://twitter.com/RudyBasso). As always, thanks for listening!

    • 39 min
    Episode 270 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Four of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    Episode 270 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Four of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    This episode carries content warnings for divine magic, children in danger, firearms, arcane weaponry, injuries to limbs, and death.





    Crossroads flexes its powers to kick off The Strange Friends’ power play in rescuing the porters. Ring uses their Sergeant Voice to evacuate the porters. Ash gets another divine surprise. A fight breaks out in the warehouse, lit only by the flashes of gunpowder and electroplasm.





    “The Case of the Cindered Seal” is a joint production with Greg’s Twitch channel, playing Blades in the Dark by John Harper. Brandon O’Brien (@therisingtithes) GMs for the crew of Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), Iori Kusano (@iorikusano), Jeoi Gawain Lin (@thisismydasein), and our own Michael R. Underwood (@mikerunderwood). Featuring a unique “Fugitives” crew sheet created by Brandon! (Available at https://therisingtithes.itch.io/)

    If you like what you hear, please tune in soon for more actual play content, and please spread the word about the show! Become a subscriber to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/speculate to get even more content (including special episodes, access to behind-the-scenes videos like GM streams and session zero recordings, plus other bonus episodes!).

    You can watch our other series “Splendour and Shadow” (playing Rebel Crown by Michael Dunn-O’Conner), at Youtube.com/ArvanEleron and catch new episodes live at Twitch.tv/ArvanEleron

    This episode was edited by the amazing Rudy Basso (find him at https://twitter.com/RudyBasso). As always, thanks for listening!

    • 43 min
    Episode 269 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Three of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    Episode 269 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Three of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    This episode carries content warnings for abandonment, childhood trauma, children in danger, violent ambush, magic-induced disorientation.



    The Strange Friends infiltrate one of Aldo Booker’s warehouses to rescue some young Porters, with Skelly in overwatch position with Crossroads’ larger hull body. The players contemplate the warehouse as a Hitman level. Ash explores her divine gifts.



    “The Case of the Cindered Seal” is a joint production with Greg’s Twitch channel, playing Blades in the Dark by John Harper. Brandon O’Brien (@therisingtithes) GMs for the crew of Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), Iori Kusano (@iorikusano), Jeoi Gawain Lin (@thisismydasein), and our own Michael R. Underwood (@mikerunderwood). Featuring a unique “Fugitives” crew sheet created by Brandon! (Available at https://therisingtithes.itch.io/)

    If you like what you hear, please tune in soon for more actual play content, and please spread the word about the show! Become a subscriber to our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/speculate to get even more content (including special episodes, access to behind-the-scenes videos like GM streams and session zero recordings, plus other bonus episodes!).

    You can watch our other series “Splendour and Shadow” (playing Rebel Crown by Michael Dunn-O’Conner), at Youtube.com/ArvanEleron and catch new episodes live at Twitch.tv/ArvanEleron

    This episode was edited by the amazing Rudy Basso (find him at https://twitter.com/RudyBasso). As always, thanks for listening!

    • 40 min
    Episode 268 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Two of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    Episode 268 of Speculate!–Blades in the Dark–Part Forty-Two of The Case of the Cindered Seal!

    This episode carries content warnings for references to childhood trauma and children in peril.



    The Strange Friends make their way back to Dunslough, moving through the warrens to one of Aldo Booker’s warehouses. Skelly sees an old “friend” during her scouting run.



    And as they say in Duskwall, you kill two stones with one bird.



    “The Case of the Cindered Seal” is a joint production with Greg’s Twitch channel, playing Blades in the Dark by John Harper. Brandon O’Brien (@therisingtithes) GMs for the crew of Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), Iori Kusano (@iorikusano), Jeoi Gawain Lin (@thisismydasein), and our own Michael R. Underwood (@mikerunderwood). Featuring a unique “Fugitives” crew sheet created by Brandon! (Available at https://therisingtithes.itch.io/)

    If you like what you hear, please tune in soon for more actual play content, and please spread the word about the show! Become a subscriber to our Patreon to get even more content (including special episodes, access to behind-the-scenes videos like GM streams and session zero recordings, plus other bonus episodes!).

    You can watch our other series “Splendour and Shadow” (playing Rebel Crown by Michael Dunn-O’Conner), at Youtube.com/ArvanEleron and catch new episodes live at Twitch.tv/ArvanEleron

    This episode was edited by the amazing Rudy Basso (find him at https://twitter.com/RudyBasso). As always, thanks for listening!

    • 43 min

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