164 episodes

Roll to Breathe is an actual play podcast focusing on story games. We play various long-form campaigns using the Powered by the Apocalypse engine, sticking to our tagline as best we can.

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    • 4.5 • 24 Ratings

Roll to Breathe is an actual play podcast focusing on story games. We play various long-form campaigns using the Powered by the Apocalypse engine, sticking to our tagline as best we can.

    Signal Light

    Signal Light

    Before we dive back into the world of our troubled teen superheroes, we take time to flesh out our version of Halcyon City.  Who is Maggie McIntyre, and who did she fight? Who is the ex-hero that killed Hal Monroe's team, and what is his history?  How many aliens have passed through Halcyon?  Why did the Good Boy pick that particular name?  All this and more will be answered in today's episode!  (Though if you don't like worldbuilding episodes, you can safely skip this and go into the next season without it.)
    The game we played today is Signal Light, a Masks-themed hack of Microscope.  Microscope was written by Ben Robbins; Signal Light was written by James Malloy.
    Show logo by Meg.Editing by Kyle.Original music by Avery Stemmler.Other music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
    Roll to Breathe is funded by Patreon. If you like the show, please consider backing us yourself!

    • 3 hr
    Summer Special

    Summer Special

    The breakout superhero team Final Hazard, after spending most of their summer apart, has gathered together for fun on the beach.  But leader Kim "Reversal" Nguyen (Holly), Davey "Doomzone" Domingos (Jovian), and Yoshiko "Black Cavalier" Yamaguchi (Bee) find their quiet afternoon rudely interrupted by a loud and bombastic supervillain!  Will the help of Celeste "Papillon" Blake (Chris) be enough to beat back the young girl and her army of strange dolls, or will they need the help of a mysterious interloper (Meg) to win the day?  Find out in this thrilling new issue of our brand new series!
    Episode art by Bee.Sound editing by Holly.Original music by Avery Stemmler.Other music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
    Roll to Breathe is funded by Patreon. If you like the show, please consider backing us yourself!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    New Faces, New Places

    New Faces, New Places

    The mysterious interloper in Final Hazard's first reunited battle introduces himself and asks to join the team.  They agree to drag him back to base and discuss a trial period, but not before the hopeful newcomer lashes out at one particular teammate.  Kim and Celeste ensure that Gacha!PON stops being a villain, and the last day of summer soon gives way to the new school year.  With almost the whole team actually going to the same school this year, what exciting hijinks await the teens in their everyday lives?
    Episode art by Bee.Sound editing by Holly.Original music by Avery Stemmler.Other music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
    Roll to Breathe is funded by Patreon. If you like the show, please consider backing us yourself!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Burning Bridges

    Burning Bridges

    Davey struggles with his internal antagonist at home, and Giger moves into Final Hazard's base.  Team leader Reversal has some questions for the new member, who divulges the details of his past.  Later that day, they are interrupted by a visitor to the base.  She seems friendly enough, but the team is determined to put her through her paces...
    Episode art by Bee.Sound editing by Kyle.Original music by Avery Stemmler.Other music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
    Roll to Breathe is funded by Patreon. If you like the show, please consider backing us yourself!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Thinking with Portals

    Thinking with Portals

    Kim and Papillon sit down with the brain behind f-no-reversal, Oscar, and learn his strange, sad story.  Once Papillon ensures her fanbase will not be disappointed, life returns to normalcy for a while.  Then, Final Hazard gets called to a real disturbance in action:  a strange portal has opened up downtown, spewing an endless stream of black ooze disrupting everything in its path.  What's more, one of Reversal's "villain rehab" cases, a shapeshifting alien called Quicksilver, is at the scene, suspected of being the perpetrator but swearing to their innocence.  Can the team pull together to beat this new foe?  What secrets await them at the scene?
    Episode art by Bee.
    Sound editing by Kyle.
    Original music by Avery Stemmler.
    Other music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
    Roll to Breathe is funded by Patreon. If you like the show, please consider backing us yourself!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    School Daze

    School Daze

    The members of the Final Hazard attend to their daily lives as things return to as close to normal as life gets in Halcyon City.  Celeste gets a date, hosts a stream, and helps one of her mundane friends with her problems.  Kim turns in a history presentation and gets ready for a big day after school.  Davey goes to try out for the football team, and Yoshiko follows to make sure he doesn't get hurt.  Across town, the newest team member ditches school to hang out at the arcade and meets a mysterious girl...
    Episode art by Bee.
    Sound editing by Holly.
    Original music by Avery Stemmler.
    Other music by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0.
    Roll to Breathe is funded by Patreon. If you like the show, please consider backing us yourself!

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

esspee394 ,

wonderful people, memorable characters, interesting games

all around wonderful podcast!

it’s great fun to listen to and it’s easy to fall in love with all of the characters that are played

feathered ,

good content made inaccessible by bad audio

I started with the Pittsburgh arc after seeing it recommended as a good example of the Urban Shadows game. Three episodes in, I am enjoying the characters and play and would cautiously consider this a very high quality actual play.

HOWEVER, the audio quality is so uneven that it’s almost inaccessible. I am very tolerant of audio issues if the content is good, but I am also slightly hard of hearing and have audio processing issues. In this podcast the volume is all over the place. Several players are extremely soft-spoken with voices in particularly high or low registers (combined with a poor mic or low recording volume?), and I I often can’t understand anything they say. Turning my phone volume up barely helps, and blows out my ears when the louder players laugh or talk. There are also a lot of echoes that can muddle with my audio processing.

I checked a few minutes of a newer episode and didn’t see an improvement. This audio issue is bad enough that I may not be able to muscle through, and even though I know audio equipment is expensive, I wish the creators would address this feedback. The content is great and deserves to be more easily accessible.

HBIC150 ,

Aging like a fine wine

I’ve listened to this group from the start and I have to say they are addicting. Their chemistry just keeps improving and “Steel City Rhapsody” is turning out to be such fun to listen to. It can feel like hanging out with a bunch of friends. A special shout out to the GM Kyle who really keeps things rolling.

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