62 episodes

Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play anthology podcast telling humorous, thrilling, and heartfelt short stories with Powered by the Apocalypse games.

For each new system we showcase, we explain the basics of the game and collaboratively build our characters and the setting. You can start from the beginning, or with whichever story interests you the most! Games featured so far include Apocalypse World, Undying, Ghost Lines, Brindlewood Bay, The Watch, Monster of the Week, Pigsmoke, and The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.

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    • 4.4 • 18 Ratings

Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play anthology podcast telling humorous, thrilling, and heartfelt short stories with Powered by the Apocalypse games.

For each new system we showcase, we explain the basics of the game and collaboratively build our characters and the setting. You can start from the beginning, or with whichever story interests you the most! Games featured so far include Apocalypse World, Undying, Ghost Lines, Brindlewood Bay, The Watch, Monster of the Week, Pigsmoke, and The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.

    The Between Setup

    The Between Setup

    We get ghost-hunting in the wild west of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso! Meet our fallen pastor, industrious barkeep, bombastic Marshal, and sweet, inevitable death.
    CW: coarse language, sexual innuendo, references to: ghosts, Christian imagery, the Southern Baptist Church, violence, blood, death, maiming, mind control
    [ 0:06:49 - The Between, Ghosts of El Paso introduction ] [ 0:14:33 - Phased game structure ] [ 0:25:18 - Dice rolling, abilities, janus masks ] [ 0:43:18 - Setting details ] [ 0:45:17 - Playbook and character intros ] [ 1:14:41 - Dwelling and personal quarters ] 
    Featuring: | David as the Keeper | | Dave as Brother Gideon | | Emma as Lorelai Chambers | | Gwynn as Angel McCoy | | Pat as Marshal Jefferson Stockley | 
    Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/totapodcast -
    Follow us for show updates! - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast - - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -
    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -
    Get a copy of Daniel Qualls and Jason Cordova's Ghosts of El Paso! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/413131/The-Between-Ghosts-of-El-Paso -
    This arc of Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play podcast of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    The Between Ep.1 ”Ol’ El Paso”

    The Between Ep.1 ”Ol’ El Paso”

    The deputy declares two men and four horses dead from a wagon crash. A lady in a white dress was the only other present at the incident, but answers are hard to come by when your only suspect is a ghost.
    CW: coarse language, sexual innuendo, nudity and bathing, human and animal death, ghosts, violence, loss of agency, references to: Christian imagery, the Southern Baptist Church, violence, blood, death, mind control
    [ 0:04:18 - El Paso introduction ] [ 0:14:20 - The Deputy with bad news ] [ 0:29:32 - An artist's rendition ] [ 0:47:48 - Heading to the Carson homestead ] [ 0:54:50 - Danger in the graveyard ] 
    Featuring: | David as the Keeper | | Dave as Brother Gideon | | Emma as Lorelai Chambers | | Gwynn as Angel McCoy | | Pat as Marshal Jefferson Stockley | 
    Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/totapodcast -
    Follow us for show updates! - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast - - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -
    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -
    Get a copy of Daniel Qualls and Jason Cordova's Ghosts of El Paso! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/413131/The-Between-Ghosts-of-El-Paso -
    Watch The Between: Shadow Society! - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLe5ZurPjTIy5U42-PSnCi-ughPMC5dUq7 -
     
    This arc of Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play podcast of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.
     
    Attributions
    "00375 saloon doors 2.wav" by Robinhood76 is licensed under CC BY 4.0Music and SFX editing contributions from Wesley Bryan. Writer, Podcaster, voice actor. Voice of Henry on the Thornvale Podcast and Producer of The Story Vault podcast.

    • 58 min
    The Between Ep.2 ”It ain’t Sunday yet.”

    The Between Ep.2 ”It ain’t Sunday yet.”

    The Vigilance Committee split up to investigate the lady in white. Angel reads a startling headline, Lorelai casts her bones, Bro. Gideon tries to attract a new congregant, and the Marshal goes down and gets dirty.
    CW: coarse language, ghosts, alcohol, dead human and animal bodies, violence, loss of agency, falling from dangerous heights, references to: Christian imagery, the Southern Baptist Church, drunkenness, nudity and bathing, violence, blood, death, mind control
    [ 0:04:18 - Gideon uses a Janus Mask, enter Brandy Carson ] [ 0:14:35 - Lorelai in the barn ] [ 0:25:37 - Angel Flynn at the general store, enter Tessa Schuster ] [ 0:35:27 - The Marshal at Foothills Rd. ] [ 0:45:40 - Lorelai in the barn II, return to town ] 
    Featuring: | David as the Keeper | | Dave as Brother Gideon | | Emma as Lorelai Chambers | | Gwynn as Angel McCoy | | Pat as Marshal Jefferson Stockley | 
    Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/totapodcast -
    Follow us for show updates! - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast - - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -
    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -
    Get a copy of Daniel Qualls and Jason Cordova's Ghosts of El Paso! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/413131/The-Between-Ghosts-of-El-Paso -
     
    This arc of Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play podcast of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.
     
    Attributions
    Music and SFX editing contributions from Wesley Bryan. Writer, Podcaster, voice actor. Voice of Henry on the Thornvale Podcast and Producer of The Story Vault podcast.

    • 56 min
    The Between Ep.3 ”A price on safety.”

    The Between Ep.3 ”A price on safety.”

    A cart rolls into town with an elixir to cure what ails you: Ghost-Be-Gone. The Marshal threatens prison, Bro. Gideon recalls a letter, Angel spends a buck-fifty, and Lorelai condemns a man to death.
    CW: coarse language, ghosts, snake oil, child labor, alcohol, dead human and animal bodies, violence, references to: loss of agency, trafficking, war, falling, marriage, Christian imagery, the Southern Baptist Church, drunkenness, nudity and bathing, violence, blood, death, mind control
    [ 0:02:17 - Dr. Jedediah F. Clarkson's Ghost-Be-Gone ] [ 0:29:08 - Dusk Phase move resolution ] [ 0:39:12 - Stories around the campfire ] [ 0:45:26 - Answer a Question ] [ 1:02:48 - Mask of Lonesomeness ] 
    Featuring: | David as the Keeper | | Dave as Brother Gideon | | Emma as Lorelai Chambers | | Gwynn as Angel McCoy | | Pat as Marshal Jefferson Stockley | 
    Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/totapodcast -
    Follow us for show updates! - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast - - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -
    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -
    Get a copy of Daniel Qualls and Jason Cordova's Ghosts of El Paso! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/413131/The-Between-Ghosts-of-El-Paso -
     
    This arc of Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play podcast of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.
     
    Attributions
    Music and SFX editing contributions from Wesley Bryan. Writer, Podcaster, voice actor. Voice of Henry on the Thornvale Podcast and Producer of The Story Vault podcast.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Between Ep.4 ”Dearly beloved...”

    The Between Ep.4 ”Dearly beloved...”

    The Lady in White's wedding finally comes as an assemblage is called in El Paso, and a young family is haunted by the spirit of a cattle rustler. 
    CW: coarse language, ghosts, weddings, bereavement, guns, moths, horses, snake oil, alcohol, dead human and animal bodies, violence, references to: loss of agency, trafficking, marriage, Christian imagery, the Southern Baptist Church, drunkenness, bathing, blood, strangulation, death
    [ 0:03:33 - Unscene one, rolling for the assemblage ] [ 0:18:24 - Unscene two, layout the wedding ] [ 0:38:41 - Wedding ceremony, Unscene three ] [ 0:53:01 - Final Unscene, Janus Mask scenes ] 
    Featuring: | David as the Keeper | | Dave as Brother Gideon | | Emma as Lorelai Chambers | | Gwynn as Angel McCoy | | Pat as Marshal Jefferson Stockley | 
    Reviews us on Podchaser! - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/trials-of-the-apocalypse-1581506 -
    Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/totapodcast -
    Follow us for show updates! - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast - - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -
    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -
    Get a copy of Daniel Qualls and Jason Cordova's Ghosts of El Paso! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/413131/The-Between-Ghosts-of-El-Paso -
     
    This arc of Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play podcast of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Between Ep.4 1/2 ”Into the Dawn.”

    The Between Ep.4 1/2 ”Into the Dawn.”

    The players receive a variety of rewards for completing the Lady in White threat. 
    CW: coarse language, ghosts, weddings, references to: marriage, Christian imagery, the Southern Baptist Church, drunkenness, bathing, death
    [ 0:03:07 - Rewards from the Lady in White ] [ 0:10:26 - Award experience ] [ 0:18:59 - Select Dawn Questions ] [ 0:21:41 - Evaluate lingering conditions ] 
    Featuring: | David as the Keeper | | Dave as Brother Gideon | | Emma as Lorelai Chambers | | Gwynn as Angel McCoy | | Pat as Marshal Jefferson Stockley | 
    Reviews us on Podchaser! - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/trials-of-the-apocalypse-1581506 -
    Support us on Patreon! - https://www.patreon.com/totapodcast -
    Follow us for show updates! - https://twitter.com/TotaPodcast - - https://discord.gg/gpkdFtDqye -
    Get a copy of Jason Cordova's The Between! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360858/The-Between -
    Get a copy of Daniel Qualls and Jason Cordova's Ghosts of El Paso! - https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/413131/The-Between-Ghosts-of-El-Paso -
     
    This arc of Trials of the Apocalypse is an actual play podcast of The Between: Ghosts of El Paso.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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.

Charles92027 ,

Please keep it moving

I’m interested in the game Brindle Bay, so I downloaded those episodes to give a listen. The host covers the rules in great detail and does a great job explaining the game, which is what I’m here for, but he’s constantly interrupted by the same stupid jokes over and over. During the first 30 minutes of the show I find myself talking back to the show, saying, “move along”
I get that it’s supposed to be entertaining and funny, but keep it moving until you get to the actual play, the constant interruptions to make the same stupid jokes are just frustrating.

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!

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