27 episodes

An actual play podcast destined to try all that Powered by the Apocalypse table top role-playing games have to offer! From character creation and world building to epic finale, GM David leads a rotating cast of players through one-shot games in each new system.
Games featured so far include Apocalypse World, Undying, Ghost Lines, Brindlewood Bay and The Watch.

Trials of the Apocalypse Rhubabarbin Creative Collective

    • Comedy
    • 4.6 • 14 Ratings

An actual play podcast destined to try all that Powered by the Apocalypse table top role-playing games have to offer! From character creation and world building to epic finale, GM David leads a rotating cast of players through one-shot games in each new system.
Games featured so far include Apocalypse World, Undying, Ghost Lines, Brindlewood Bay and The Watch.

    TOTA: The Watch Ep. 2 ”The slightest bit of hope.”

    TOTA: The Watch Ep. 2 ”The slightest bit of hope.”

    The Field Marshall reveals The Watch's daring plan and Erdo's squad's place in it. Phee's new vision worsens her relationship with Pasac, and Tehti reaches out to dark forces for intel.


    CW: coarse language, war, violence, death, sexual innuendo, discussion of sex, military hierarchy, dissociation, grief, loss, strained familial relations, inter-player conflict


    [ 0:02:44 - The Apex and the Field Marshall ] 
    [ 0:15:13 - The Plan ] 
    [ 0:26:20 - Phee's vision, the fallout ] 
    [ 0:40:54 - Erdo opens up to Phee and Pasac ] 
    [ 0:50:06 - Tehti's tent, a dangerous vision ]


    Featuring: 
    | David as the MC | 
    | Dana as Tehti of Thayson | 
    | Emma as Phee of Molthas | 
    | Gel as Pasac of Toltho | 
    | Nyx as Erdo of Morsh |


    Follow us for show updates! 
    - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast -
    - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -


    Get a copy of Ash Kreider's The Watch! 
    - https://peachpantspress.com/tabletop/the-watch/ -


    Listen to Dana's show, Meddling Pod: 
    - https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/meddlingpod -


    Listen to Reed's shows: 
    Bring Your Own Mech: - https://anchor.fm/bringyourownmech - 
    The Deimos Paradox: - https://anchor.fm/reed-plays/ -

    • 1 hr 14 min
    TOTA: The Watch Ep. 1 ”It‘s been a year.”

    TOTA: The Watch Ep. 1 ”It‘s been a year.”

    Phee shares a memory of the day The Shadow came, Tehti does a bonk, Erdo gives a rousing speech, and Pasac flirts with... well, everybody.


    CW: coarse language, war, violent death, sexual innuendo, discussion of sex, military hierarchy, dissociation, grief, loss, strained familial relations, inter-player conflict


    [ 0:05:07 - Phee's Dream ] 
    [ 0:15:33 - Phee and Pasac discuss Loma ] 
    [ 0:24:06 - Tehti outside the tent ] 
    [ 0:47:17 - The doors of The Apex ] 
    [ 0:57:54 - Parda talks with Tehti ]


    Featuring: 
    | David as the MC | 
    | Dana as Tehti of Thayson | 
    | Emma as Phee of Molthas | 
    | Gel as Pasac of Toltho | 
    | Nyx as Erdo of Morsh |


    Follow us for show updates! 
    - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast -
    - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -


    Get a copy of Ash Kreider's The Watch! 
    - https://peachpantspress.com/tabletop/the-watch/ -


    Listen to Meddling Pod: 
    - https://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/meddlingpod -


    Listen and follow The Tabletop Tales: 
    - https://thetabletoptales.com/ -
    - https://www.instagram.com/_thetabletoptales/ -

    • 1 hr 16 min
    TOTA: The Watch Setup II

    TOTA: The Watch Setup II

    David, Emma, Gel, Nyx, and special guest Dana develop their characters and the world of The Watch.


    CW: coarse language, war, death, maiming, spiders, callous regard for human life, body modification, critique of cisheteronormativity, discussions of gender nonconformity, hormone replacement therapy, sexuality, spirituality, abuse of consent, patriarchy, capitalism and animal violence


    [ 0:01:09 - Erdo character ] 
    [ 0:07:37 - Tehti character ] 
    [ 0:14:00 - Pasac character ] 
    [ 0:24:02 - Phee character ] 
    [ 0:30:17 - Rank ] 
    [ 0:37:08 - Ties that Bind questions ] 
    [ 1:10:59 - Clan questions ] 
    [ 1:37:26 - Designing the Shadow ] 
    [ 2:05:06 - The Early Days questions ]


    Featuring: 
    | David as the MC | 
    | Dana as Tehti | 
    | Emma as Phee | 
    | Gel as Pasac | 
    | Nyx as Erdo |


    Follow us for show updates! 
    - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast -
    - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -


    Get a copy of Ash Kreider's The Watch! 
    - https://peachpantspress.com/tabletop/the-watch/ -

    • 2 hr 31 min
    TOTA: The Watch Setup I

    TOTA: The Watch Setup I

    David, Emma, Gel, Nyx, and special guest Dana learn how to play The Watch. Along the way, they discuss gender, patriarchy, and other themes central to the game.


    CW: coarse language, gender dysphoria, discussions of gender nonconformity, misogyny, sexuality, war, violence, patriarchy, and capitalism 


    [ 0:01:42 - Introductions ] 
    [ 0:06:21 - The Watch introduction ] 
    [ 0:07:56 - Gender roundtable discussion ] 
    [ 0:44:51 - Empathy and storytelling ] 
    [ 0:48:29 - The Watch basics and stats ] 
    [ 0:49:45 - Experience & jaded ] 
    [ 0:52:20 - Camaraderie & weariness ] 
    [ 0:55:45 - Harm ] 
    [ 0:57:56 - Hardship & basic moves ] 
    [ 1:07:10 - Mission & MC moves ]


    Featuring: 
    | David as the MC | 
    | Dana as Tehti | 
    | Emma as Phee | 
    | Gel as Pasac | 
    | Nyx as Erdo | 


    Follow us for show updates! 
    - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast -
    - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -


    The poem that Gel mentioned: 
    - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ww8jHmdaaE -


    Get a copy of Ash Kreider's The Watch! 
    - https://peachpantspress.com/tabletop/the-watch/ -

    • 1 hr 21 min
    The Post-Apocalypse: Brindlewood Bay

    The Post-Apocalypse: Brindlewood Bay

    Our Brindlewood Bay Murder Mavens reunite to record a retrospective on the game. 


    CW: coarse language, references to death, birds, cats, sexual inference and innuendo, mentions of alcohol


    [ 0:03:38 - System reflection ]
    [ 0:15:32 - Stars ]
    [ 0:26:19 - Wishes ]
    [ 0:33:29 - Behind the scenes ]
    [ 0:38:33 - Listener questions ]


    Featuring:
    | David as the Keeper |
    | Dempsey as Diana Ma |
    | Emma as Marion Berry |
    | Pat as Coach McMurphy |


    Follow us for show updates! 
    - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast -
    - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -



    Get a copy of our mystery Bitter Rivals!
    - https://additionaldavid.itch.io/bitter-rivals -



    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! 
    - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -



    Check out Jason Cordova's YouTube channel! 
    - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe5ZurPjTIy4pLZMLAPWiMx2VLV1MnqX- -

    • 1 hr 12 min
    TOTA: Brindlewood Bay Ep. 4 ”What happened to Rob?”

    TOTA: Brindlewood Bay Ep. 4 ”What happened to Rob?”

    The Murder Mavens embrace a dark theory, and questions get answers at the Brindlewood Air Bay & Bae.


    CW: coarse language, death, birds, cats, blood and gore, mild psychological horror, sexual inference and innuendo, mentions of alcohol and potential drug use


    [ 0:03:14 - Maven meeting at the park ]
    [ 0:10:41 - Cozy move ]
    [ 0:22:55 - Theorize ]
    [ 0:46:13 - Mavens break for brunch ]
    [ 0:50:45 - Brindlewood Air Bay & Bae ]
    [ 0:58:17 - Conversation in room 9 ]
    [ 1:21:35 - Final cozy vignettes ]


    Featuring:
    | David as the Keeper |
    | Dempsey as Diana Ma |
    | Emma as Marion Berry |
    | Pat as Coach McMurphy |


    Follow us for show updates! 
    - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast -
    - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -



    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's Brindlewood Bay! 
    - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/307416/Brindlewood-Bay -



    Check out Realms of Peril and Glory! 
    - https://art19.com/shows/rpg-realms-of-peril-and-glory -

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Salvos9 ,

Hilarious, Heart-warming, and Horrifying

Trials is a delightful time every episode. With a rotating cast and a variety of PBtA games they keep the show feeling fresh week after week. Impeccable audio, great players, and an exceptional GM narrating the stories. I’m constantly somewhere between the edge of my seat and rolling on the floor.

SkredlitheOgre ,

PBTA Goodness!

I heard an ad for this show in the Monster of the Week podcast Monster Hour and gave their Apocalypse World game and absolutely loved it. Honestly, I skipped Undying because the Session 0 made me kind meh about it, but I went back and listened to it after listening to Ghost Lines and I'm glad I did! It was a lot of fun and all of the PCs got what they wanted from the encounter!

David, the GM, is great at letting the stories flow with the players' decisions and keeping things moving and fun. The rotating casts make each game different, even aside from the different systems being used.

The use of sound design is great, too, especially in Ghost Lines.

Please listen to this podcast!

Cassiroll ,

A Little Bit of Everything!

I picked the Ghost Lines one shot for my listen! First off, the sound quality is great despite a disclaimer that it wasn’t up to par with their standard. Sounded crisp and clean to me! And I love music in the background of APs, it helps bring out the mood more when done well and I’d say they do a great job. The cast seems to have fun with their characters despite them being brand new, which is great for this kind of format. You need to be able to dive into a new persona quickly when you’re playing different PCs all the time and they do an excellent job on this adventure!

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