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20 – Misfire – Outtakes Episode

Whoops. Amber had a really off day. Running one-shots takes a lot of mental energy it seems.

She tried to play Fate’s Fickle Winds by Nathan D. Paoletta with Brandon but they both had no energy. Lesson learned here: Don’t push yourself too hard! So no game this week, but here are the outtakes from Damn the Man and Lasers and Feelings!

19 – A Scoundrel in the Deep

Amber brings fire into the studio without telling Josh because that’s how she rolls. Look, it was worth it.
A Scoundrel in the Deep by Flavio Mortarino and Renato Ramonda is pretty dang cool.
Brandon plays a thief trying to escape The Tomb of the Deep with only a few matches to help light his way.

18 – Abnormal – Who Cares For John Barger

Pro tip: don’t take a business trip thinking you’ll have time to prep for games at night. That’s not how business trips work. And it’s why I ran Abnormal by Avery Alder instead of the Warren for this episode.

17 – The Witch is Dead – Raising Mother

There once was a beautiful witch named Esmeralda who was ever so gracious and kind. But not everyone believed in her practices and one morning her clever and sly familiars found her fucking murdered right outside of her cottage in the woods.

16 – Crystal Caper – MetaWarriors Pt. 2

It’s part 2 of the Crystal Caper one shot. The MetaWarriors made it to the moon and need to stop the evil space queen Astrid from doing…something…with…crystals? Will Amber’s players get it together and focus? *shakes magic 8 ball* Outlook not so good.

14 – Monsterhearts 2 – Fade to Black Ep02

We’re back for part 2 of Fade to Black! Brittney, Chad, and Jessica stir up their own personal drama while Mara seeks thrills and investigates her own death.

13 – Monsterhearts 2 – Fade to Black Ep01

Located in dusty New Mexico, John Randall High School is your average American educational institution. Except instead of hanging out at the mall, kids at this school prefer hanging out on the ‘Net. Oh and most of them are monsters. Literally. Amber runs her first medium level mechanics game for the first time: Monsterhearts 2 by Avery Alder!

12 – 14 Days – Week Two

This week’s episode is the continuation of 14 Days by Hannah Shaffer. Olivia had a rough first week while Ash seemed to sail through theirs. With a special event on the horizon, how do Olivia and Ash prepare? And will their preparations come with a cost?

11 – 14 Days – Week One

More empathy games! Yay! Amber and Kristin don the roles of two people who suffer from migraines and play 14 Days by Hannah Shaffer. In this episode, Olivia and Ash navigate 1 week juggling aspects of their lives knowing that a debilitating migraine may occur at any time.