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Narrative-first roleplaying, telling small stories in big worlds. Find us at flimsyrituals.com, with new episodes every other Sunday.

Currently playing Embrace. Join the defiant radicals, the Jubilant Maybe, as they fight the wealthy, the secretive and the weird forces that hold the city's future in their hands.

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These Flimsy Rituals These Flimsy Rituals

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Narrative-first roleplaying, telling small stories in big worlds. Find us at flimsyrituals.com, with new episodes every other Sunday.

Currently playing Embrace. Join the defiant radicals, the Jubilant Maybe, as they fight the wealthy, the secretive and the weird forces that hold the city's future in their hands.

Follow us on twitter @flimsyrituals
Find our website at flimsyrituals.com
Support us on Patreon patreon.com/theseflimsyrituals
Join our Discord discord.gg/jcWRCBt

    Ryne is now on Indiegogo!

    Ryne is now on Indiegogo!

    Ryne is now on Indiegogo! Help us print Ryne as a beautiful hardback book.

    Five years ago, we first started thinking about and making These Flimsy Rituals. We spent a year working out what kind of podcast we wanted to create, the kind of stories we wanted to tell and the world we wanted to play in. We sat down to play a game of the Quiet Year and built a community precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff. The people there would celebrate each year when the titan that had, over millennia, carved the canyon that surrounded the villages strode past. Then we drew cards and told the story of their one quite year of peace.

    An adventurous child climbed out on the branches of the Koak trees that hung over the chasm. A strange group known as the Parish turned up following a weaver named Vilte. A storyteller called Jeddah tried in vain to stop the takeover of the bullish stonemason, Aya. The Remnant didn't walk past. Vilte was poisoned. A Remnant of storm approached. The community fractured between those who chose to seek refuge in the caves beneath their village, and those who fled the coming of the Frost Shepherd.

    Then, we sat down to play a longer game in that world. We knew that we wanted something that created the kind of collaborative, narrative-focused game we loved, but we couldn't find the one that fit our world. So, we made our own. We called it Ryne.

    Five years later and Ryne has changed a lot from the game we started with in that first season. Its changed from a rough hack, a mash-up of bits from our favourite Powered by the Apocalypse games, into a game that we think is really polished, sharp and brings its own unique take on both PbtA and fantasy. 

    We're delighted to bring it to Indiegogo, to get one step closer to printing it as the book we dreamed of when we first started making it. Hardback, full of great art, with evocative details about our world and everything you need to play. We've spent a lot of time shaping, so it works for the stories you want to tell. When you play a game of Ryne, you'll make the world your own. Together you'll create titans of stone and moss and spirit, you'll detail their landscapes, and the people, flora and fauna that make their homes there. You'll tell stories of great journeys, of communities adapting to change, of impossible projects to heal fraying colossi.

    Ryne is a game shaped around our tagline, "Small stories in big worlds". We can't wait to hear about the world you create and the stories you tell within it.

    • 8 min
    Announcement: Ryne is crowdfunding on the 21st July!

    Announcement: Ryne is crowdfunding on the 21st July!

    Hello everyone! This is just a quick announcement to let you know that Ryne will be crowdfunding on Indiegogo this Thursday, 21st of July. Head to our pre-launch page if you want to find out more, and get notified when we launch!

    Ryne is the game that we played during our first season, Tiding. We've been working on it since before we launched that series in 2018. All told, we've spent probably five years turning it into the game that we want it to be. We feel like it's reached the point where we're ready to bring it to print. We're really proud of it and hope, especially if you're a listener, that it's something that will provide the perfect companion to our show with details about the world and rules for playing your own games of Ryne.

    We'll bring some more news once we go live, but for now we'd appreciate people signing up for our pre-launch. Basically, the more people that sign up before we launch, the smoother everything goes for us and it becomes more likely that we hit some of our more exciting stretch goals! We'll also be giving one person who signs up a free fabric map of Ryne, added to their pledge.

     - adam

    • 2 min
    Embrace 40: With These Words I Go

    Embrace 40: With These Words I Go

    "Regardless, we weren't in there long... A couple of nights, as best we could tell, before we were dragged out down Mawk's Mantle. That leaves us back where we started, I guess - the flickering dawn, the stage, the bismuth nooses, that bloody heron. Funny what your mind notices in the direst moments."

    ~~~

    Our ritual fades, our story ends. Behind the fallen arras, twenty years of asking and wondering. Nilkat and Belka stare into the cooling fire. They trace the knot and growth of exhausted timber, with only ash and ember to shape the phantoms of the trees that could have been.

    ~~~

    A finale, then. We play the HISTORY IS GONE BUT WE REMEMBER by Ben Roswell as we let ourselves drift from our tale of Ginnels and Swifts, the bastard nim Shifs and the defiant Maybes. We study the city from a distance, imagine the stories that could have been, those loose ends ready to be woven into our greater tapestry.

    ~~~

    Episode title from Camp Adventure by Delta Sleep

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    Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson.

    Produced by Thryn Henderson.

    Series art by Ben Swinden.

    Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Embrace 39: Choked By Your Embrace

    Embrace 39: Choked By Your Embrace

    cw: betrayal, death, violence, arrest  

    "Boctive Deign, Xenarus Crow, Neah nim Gorse - they’d fill the air with blood and smoke. Their treachery had already claimed Boleth and Serrivomer, they came for us next.

    There are those that rightly call the Lodge a sanctuary, but I will never step foot there again. For me that place is nowt but a tomb, in its halls our revolution is buried."

    In an instant, the violent arc of Galena's pistol brings down Embrace's dawn-blessed son and with it the revolution's fault lines are seared into reality. Oken lies dying, Ivar is fractured, Ezra faces an assassins blade, Neah frays at the seams, and Ash must decide where his true loyalties lie.

    ~~ PEOPLE ~~

    Altara nim Shif: Scion of the nim Shif family and their trusted enforcer.

    Boctive Deign: A charismatic member of the Wolves, whose radical treatises on Embrace are widely distributed and eagerly read.

    Crik Rise: Leader of the Flint Street Knappers. Once a friend of Ezra and Nilkat, but life has taken them on a different path.

    Flint Reccan: A former Jackal and companion of Oken, who stayed in Eolith as envoy to Bregu after the slaying of Relict.

    Galena nim Ovid: The imposing head of the Umbral Provenders and Ash’s aunt. She has ambitious plans for the city.

    Xenarus Crow: The cynical leader of the Triumphant Maybe and member of the Wolves.

    ~~ FACTIONS ~~

    nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades.

    Trusted: A small cell of revolutionaries loyal to Neah, headed by Ido Ozk Erut.

    ~~ PLACES ~~

    The Cut: A ghostly echo of Embrace. Caerdroia’s labyrinth unspooled into unknowable maze.

    Winter’s Lodge: A place pulled out from the cut. A shifting collection of mismatched architecture. A shell for the gall.

    ~~~

    Episode title from Loyalty Festers by Onsind.

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    Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals

    Find our website at flimsyrituals.com

    Support us on patreon patreon.com/theseflimsyrituals

    Chat to us on Discord 

    ~~~

    Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson.

    Produced by Thryn Henderson

    Series art by Ben Swinden

    Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Embrace 38: I Know Everything Must Die

    Embrace 38: I Know Everything Must Die

    c/w body horror, family conflict, betrayal

    “Embrace is a hole. A rip in the heart of the world. It’s like the gardens of Crown’s Ait - petal and green cloistered by wall from the world around. Ordered sweeps of fragant colour and soft, useless lawn. Beautiful, I’m sure, but that beauty belies the effort put into maintaining it”

    As the Gall blossoms into new life within Winter’s Lodge, betrayal and despair bury their roots beneath it. Hidden out of sight of the revolution, long laid plans break and new purposes are found. Duty and despair clash violently as those drawn to the Gall’s new beginning are at odds over what it means.

    Oken, Neah and Ash each find themselves grappling with destiny and choice.

    ~~ PEOPLE ~~

    Altara nim Shif: Scion of the nim Shif family and their trusted enforcer.

    Galena nim Ovid: The imposing head of the Umbral Provenders and Ash’s aunt. She has ambitious plans for the city.

    Mel: Once an envoy of the remnant, Relict. Brought to Embrace with Oken, she rebuilt her gestalt consciousness beneath the city. She now resides within Oken, dormant but attentive.

    ~~ FACTIONS ~~

    nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades.

    Trusted: A small cell of revolutionaries loyal to Neah, headed by Ido Ozk Erut.

    Umbral Provenders: A legitimised organisation of smugglers, who use the cut to smuggle contraband into and out of the city. Based in Atrium, they use criminality to enforce their hold there.

    ~~ PLACES ~~

    The Cut: A ghostly echo of Embrace. Caerdroia’s labyrinth unspooled into unknowable maze. A broken assortment of bismuth lined tunnels that runs over, under and parallel to the physical city.

    Winter’s Lodge: A place pulled out from the cut. A shifting collection of mismatched architecture. A shell for the gall.

    ~~~

    Episode title from Nothing Fades Like The Light by Orville Peck

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    Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals

    Find our website at flimsyrituals.com

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    ~~~

    Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson.

    Produced by Thryn Henderson

    Series art by Ben Swinden

    Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Embrace 37: Almost No One Makes It Out

    Embrace 37: Almost No One Makes It Out

    c/w violence, police, outer-body experiences

    “A tree of crimson and bone that grew down miles, visible despite the layers of architecture between, its every inch of growth fuelled by the centuries of us. Our blessings and our bonds, our lusting and loving and hoping and playing and learning and striving.”

    Ivar and Ezra watch the barricades of Tail's End and Loven Street become overwhelmed, as the Pale Lanterns arrive and turn the tide of the fight against them. Hopping from machine to machine, the pair watch the city struggle in snapshots of panic and violence, leaving more of themselves behind with each passing moment. 

    ~~ PEOPLE ~~

    Foible: The second ghostly member of the Jubilant Maybe. Kindly protest prepper. Was murdered by the nim Shifs and the Swifts.

    Nilkat: A former factory mechanic, turned revolutionary. A member of the Ginnels and our story’s narrator.

    Oxbow Lake: A member of the Jubilant Maybe, who joined them on the election score. Partner to Foible.

    Trilvo: The matriarch of Tail’s End. A doctor, used to working on ghosts and spirit.

    ~~ FACTIONS ~~

    Likelihood Lads: A group of bookmakers and petty thieves who run the Loven Street races.

    nim Shif: Embrace’s newest great family. Plotting to take over the city with silvered tongues and bloody blades.

    Pale Lanterns: A group once founded to guide stray spirits, but over time their purpose has slipped from benevolent, to enforcers, to oppressors.

    ~~ PLACES ~~

    Hinter Ward: Embrace’s southernmost ward. The north is dense tenements, while the south has been abandoned to marsh and spirit.

    Winter’s Lodge: A place pulled out from the cut. A shifting collection of mismatched architecture. A shell for the gall.

    ~~~

    Episode title from Almost Was Good Enough by Magnolia Electric Co.

    ~~~

    Follow the show on twitter @flimsyrituals

    Find our website at flimsyrituals.com

    Support us on patreon patreon.com/theseflimsyrituals

    Chat to us on Discord 

    ~~~

    Hosted by Adam Dixon. Starring Beck Michalak, Elizabeth Simoens, Ryan Evans, Steve Martin and Thryn Henderson.

    Produced by Thryn Henderson

    Series art by Ben Swinden

    Music taken from Kai Engel’s Satin

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

TobiTenkit ,

An Actual Play Show Like No Other

This story feels like one of those soft-spoken tales told over a campfire in the quiet dusk. I was hooked from the worldbuilding episodes and couldn’t put it down.

“Small stories in big worlds” really sums it up beautifully. In each season the way the characters care about the little corners of the world they occupy carries the weight of the story in a way that is so uniquely done it takes my breath away.

GloriaJoy ,

Delightful

This show is so wonderful. An AP podcast where the cast is inclusive, doesn’t speak over one another, and is sad but in the good way. My heart aches as I listen to this cast tell their stories, experiencing the emotional highs and lows alongside them.

Abigail/Abby ,

Give it a listen, it’s Brilliant

Honestly? I wasn’t big in podcasts before I started this one and now about 60% of my time is full of ttrpg podcasts.

This one is definitely my favorite, and I hope you all give it a listen to see if you like it.

If you care about audio quality, episode 11 is a good place to start!

I hope you give it a listen and love it as much as I do.

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