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Five disaster teens find themselves the accidental wielders of elemental power suits and mecha steeds while charged with defending the earth... but their own messy lives threaten to be a bigger threat than robot kaiju, desiccated zombies, fae warriors, or a bigger menace from within. A fusion of tabletop RPG and radio drama, CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH features an original game system and stars veteran streamers, comics pros, and indie game designers in a fast-paced high-production value sonic adventure stretching from the halls of high school to enchanted taverns to the dark side of the moon.
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Learn more at www.champsionscast.com or on twitter at @champsionscast, and join the adventure!

Champions of the Earth Champions of the Earth

    • Leisure
    • 5.0, 70 Ratings

Five disaster teens find themselves the accidental wielders of elemental power suits and mecha steeds while charged with defending the earth... but their own messy lives threaten to be a bigger threat than robot kaiju, desiccated zombies, fae warriors, or a bigger menace from within. A fusion of tabletop RPG and radio drama, CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH features an original game system and stars veteran streamers, comics pros, and indie game designers in a fast-paced high-production value sonic adventure stretching from the halls of high school to enchanted taverns to the dark side of the moon.
Part of the Nerdsmith Network. #WeAreNerdsmith
Learn more at www.champsionscast.com or on twitter at @champsionscast, and join the adventure!

    Ep. 30: "A Better Life Right Now (Part One)"

    Ep. 30: "A Better Life Right Now (Part One)"

    Safely home from the Fae Realm, the Champions of the Earth complete their mission to rescue Esmond... only to discover the emotional fallout from their last adventure might be greater than they might have anticipated. Mel gets an admirer. Nico gets cold feet. Olive gets a cuddle. Martha gets some one on one...on one. Huxley gets... honest. 

    Champions of the Earth sends a big hello and all our love and prayers to each and every one of you during this crisis. We hope our voices make an hour of your time in isolation a little brighter. Thanks for being there. If you want to talk about the show, tweet @ChampionsCast and stay tuned for more. We're going to be back for as long as we've got spare content in the can.

    • 53 min
    Ep.29: "Empathy Check"

    Ep.29: "Empathy Check"

    King Summersquall is dead. A ghost army wreaks havoc in the Fae Court. The trial of Esmond Chong and the Champions of the Earth has become open combat. As the Champions reckon the worst of their actions and with continued changes to how their mecha steeds operate in this realm, the sky darkens... and the Fae Ultimate Champion arrives.
    Huxley takes responsibility. Mel goes on the attack. Nico holds it together. Martha lets go of more than just command. Olive places her faith. Hyde gives a gift.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Return and Redux: Live at IndieCade

    Return and Redux: Live at IndieCade

    We're (almost) back! In anticipation of the show's return from hiatus, we're releasing the complete LIVE SHOW from last fall's IndieCade...and with GOOD REASON. The events of that show greatly enhance Episode 29 which hits your feeds NEXT WEEK. After a year as an exclusive reward for supporting Nerdsmith, we're ready for everyone to hear this prequel. Enjoy and GET READY.

    Can't wait to be back.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep. 28: "When You Strike at a King"

    Ep. 28: "When You Strike at a King"

    The Royal Guards caught the Champions sneaking into the White Castle, but thanks to Olive, our heroes were escorted directly to the Fae Court. Now comes the moment of truth. The Champions found Esmond Chong, but rescuing him—and themselves—is now a matter for trial. Reeling from the shock they are not the first Champions to visit this court, can they make their case? And what of Hyde?

    Mel contemplates a trade. Nico drops a mask. Martha digs in. Olive drops a big weight. Huxley strikes a chord…and then strikes back.

    Reminder that this month, Reserve Champion can do it for the graham (wait, no, not s’mores!) – and rec the show on Instagram tagging @wearenerdsmith and using #ChampionsCast. Share the show, share art you made, share a favorite clip, and we’ll draw for some prototype swag as we enter production in this Summer of Zines!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 27: "So Much for Stealth"

    Ep. 27: "So Much for Stealth"

    On the run with the castle guard almost certainly alerted to their presence, the Champions take a chance on intel from Shadra the Black and search for the hidden back entrance…even though they’ve been warned of many dangers and potentially fatal terrors waiting that way.

    That is… if the Champions don’t take a shortcut.

    Nico makes a jump. Martha catches a wave. Huxley visits jail. Mel makes some noise. Olive makes a new friend.

    Nerdsmith is a diverse network of free content entirely supported by listeners like you. During our annual subscription drive, you have a chance to support your favorite shows and the entire network of creators—and get some great stuff in the process. To join the network’s members, visit nerdsmith.org/subdrive and use #WeAreNerdsmith to discover, share, and create with us.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 26: "Subterfuge"

    Ep. 26: "Subterfuge"

    Rested and recovered after their escape from the Giant’s Rest, the Champions find themselves in sight of the Castle—and the end of their quest. But before they can rescue Esmond, they need a plan of attack…and a way out. Nico gets a cuddle. Olive stands too tall. Huxley talks to trees. Martha’s in the middle. Mel changes outfits. Hyde recalls the castle. Someone gets knifed.

    Enter to win your own set of gorgeous dice courtesy of Die Hard Dice! The March giveaway winner will be chosen from the list of everyone who tweets or otherwise posts about their favorite NPC. Use #ChampionsCast

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

AnyAardvark ,

Obsessed.

My soul is warmed, my heart is happy, the theme song slaps and found family and friendship abounds. It’s all I ever wanted. Thank you💖💖

TheScrapSavant ,

One of the best

I heard about this cast about a week before this review and blew through it too easily. Some of the best RP across all live play RPGcasts, great story, delightful characters. I really hope they come back from their break soon cuz I am already hungry for more.

definexfreedom ,

Storytelling at its finest

I often find it a bit difficult to begin watching or listening to RPG campaigns, as (deeply!) fond as I am of the medium — most require a relatively significant time investment, and I find I have to be prepared to commit more time at the outset to something about which I’m uncertain vs. other mediums like TV shows, in which it’s generally much clearer much faster if we are suited for one another. Will I find my way in this world? Will I come to emotionally rally behind these characters? Will the style of roleplay and format and game itself fit my personal interests and preferences and brain space?

Sometimes, all of that feels like a heavy ask.

To say that Champions delivers on all of those things seems an injustice. By the time I had caught up, I was hardly breathing — every turn in the story, every emotional beat, left me absolutely delighted. (By which I mean: anxious, entertained, devastated, overcome — you know, “delighted.”) I’d been switching back and forth between this podcast and a few others, but about halfway through I physically couldn’t pull myself away, and marathoned the rest of this one in a weekend.

It really does (somewhat terrifyingly!) remind me what being a teenager felt like.

It also delivers the kind of roleplay and sincere emotionality and incredibly moving exchanges that even scripted and traditional forms of media can’t quite reach. There is so much to love about this show, and so much working in concert to make it what it is, but at its heart is the honesty of these teenagers who just keep trying.

Truly, it has filled my whole heart, and I am deeply grateful it exists.

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