Sunday, December 17, 2017

New Developments and New Podcasts

We've got a couple of new podcasts for you, but first some news!

The studio, after long last, looks like it finally coming back together!  That means the library will finally be back in its full glory.  There are other things in the work as well and there will be more updates over the coming week......but now onward to podcasts.

First up we've got Mike the half-human DM as he continues The Old School Dungeon Crawl.

Next up we've got some more Space Buccaneers!  This time around we've been selected by Captain Mansteel, a huge jerk and now commander of the forces of light in the galaxy, to go on a diplomatic mission through a jump gate.  The mission is highly delicate and will require some top notch diplomacy.  Of course talking isn't our teams strong suit, but blowing things up is.  I think you know how this is going to go.

And we've got a very special New School Dungeon Crawl.  Matt and Cris take over for a session to present Rook and Castle's Excellent Adventure!  Your favorite Paladin and Cleric take a group of adventurers to White Plum mountain to rid the world of evil in the only way they know how, with violence!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

We're Back

Well it's been a little while.  The Bards went to U-con and had an absolute blast.  Let me say that the Con-drop is real.  It took a good week to get back to baseline afterwards.  Also Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the Podcasts continue!

First up Our Gang heads to Adarie, as GM Eric puts it, the "Libertarian Paradise," which means a lawless festering hellhole.  Of course Alvilda, still upset about the death of Finney, gets way to attached to a one armed one leg beggar named Sven.  Of course this goes poorly.  And of course we talk another beggar into a deathbed Stormbull conversion and then perform some Stormbull assisted suicide.

Next up we have got some some New School Dungeon Crawl with Luke.  This time the group kills Lenny, you bastards!

We all remember our first time.  The investigators have made some bad choices and now everyone is going insane and the monster is starting to eat investigators left and right.  Join Mike as he runs Against the Trees, and kills absolutely every last investigator.

Next we have got some Star Wars Force and Destiny: Empire of the Destined Age.  In this session it's time to Shut Up Slave!

Keeper Alex takes the Bards on a magical journey to a land of friendship, magic, and the small joys of a peaceful life.  Just kidding, he runs some nightmare fueled Call of Cthulhu.

Star Wars Force and Destiny: Empires of the Destined Age continues, and it's a Medical Emergency!

A while back I bought Lamentations of the Flame Princess at Grand-con.  It is a throwback to earlier more lethal forms of Dungeons and Dragons, with a heavy dose of weird thrown in, which is one of the selling points and the reason I bought it.  I also ordered the module Death Frost Doom and ran it for the Bards, which involved them getting to the dungeon front door, freaking out, and then leaving without actually going into the dungeon.  Afterwards they all did some space drugs and a bunch of them died.  I mean, this was a debacle epic in execution.  Bonus points going for Mike trying to save someone from killing themselves and ripping their jaw off.  That 18 strength be a blessing and a curse!

Lastly we've got more Runequest!  Our Gang is still stuck in the hellhole, I mean Libertarian Paradise of Adarie.  Of course all the party members need to hear about how great Strombull is from Avilda and how he Rope-a-dope'd the Devil before he defeated him.  Stormbull had it all planned out from the beginning.

Even though U-con is over the Bards are planning to be out at Confusion this coming January, so we're in the pre-planning stages at this point.  We've also got a charity event coming up this Saturday, the 9th, to benefit the Grand Rapids home for Veterans (see our meetup for more details and times).  Also we are starting to set the groundwork for higher quality podcasts, but more on that later....

Goodnight Folks!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Last Week, This Week, and U-Con

Well U-Con is coming up soon, very soon!  November 17th through the 19th to be exact.  The Bards again will be there in force running tons of games.  Again I'll be running a three part Call of Cthulhu game called Cold Numbers, involving cryptography and number stations and madness, lots and lots of madness.  Come on down and play in some games with us if you're in the area.

Onward to Podcasts!

Last week we had some podcasts drop but I never got a chance to post it up here.  So last week!

 First up we take a trip to the horror that is the American Mental Health System.  Alex takes us to Dr. Bobin's memorial hospital.

More Star Wars Empire of the Destined Age.  This time it's a little bit of everything.

And now the podcasts for this week (also late).

More Rappan Athuk with Magister Mike Miller using the terrific Realms of Fantasy RPG system.  It is also a pay what you want right now so head on over and get yourself a copy.  But this time we disturb some tombs and get all of our stats drained.  Specters Suck!

Luke continues with the Old School Dungeon Crawl.  This time around in part one the characters just keep digging and in part two the party get a hold of dem bones.

Time to print out more character sheets!  Peace!


Friday, October 20, 2017


Well it has been a real busy couple of weeks, well more than a couple.  The Bards were out in force for Grandcon 2017, then we sent a contingent out to a small one day convention in Big Rapids, and then we had Continuum in Detroit!  It has been intense but awesome.  Our next convention will be out at U-con, and it is going to be fantastic. 

Some highlights from the one day convention in Big Rapids

  • I got to run my Dungeons and Dragons for Losers game, where you could play such exciting classes as a 3rd level Wizard School Dropout, a 2nd Level Stable Boy, a 2nd Level BusGoblin, or a 3rd level Hireling.  The players were absolutely amazing and had me laughing so hard I thought I was going to pass out.
  • I also got to play a 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game based off of Friday the 13th.  I got to play the stereotype of a kid obsessed with ninjas.  So of course my hero was the American Ninja himself!
  • Mike got to dry run his Exodus from Constantinople Call of Cthulhu game.
  • And again We Hate Bards closed down the convention by being the last people to leave the hall. 
And of course Continuum was excellent

  • The Bards got to meet John Wick and I got to watch John Wick.
  • I got to run another game of Kult: Divinity Lost, which is always a hightlight for me.
  • Luke, Justin, and Mike got to play in a game of 7th Sea GM'd by John Wick himself
  • There was a Pirate Party, with some very nice rum.
  • Mike again ran Exodus from Constantanople, but this time we made a huge mess of it.  Justin played a bare knuckle boxer turned bartender called "the Juice," which he would regail us with his many bouts against hilarious sounding opponents.  Myself and my friend Sara played a super wealthy couple who were as morally bankrupt as possible.  We may has spent half the game laughing so hard that Mike had to use his serious GM voice to shut us all up.  Mike if you are reading this, we are sorry, but it could not have been helped.  

All Right enough convention talk, onward to Podcasts!  A lot of Podcasts!

First up we've got some Rappan Athuk for you featuring the terrific Realms of Fantasy Gaming system.  This time around we fail, we fail a whole lot. 

And why not, how about a double dose of Rappan Athuk, you deserve it.  This time its a battle to the death over a pit of lava.  Lexi may be cursed, but she has a ring of fire resistance! 

Time for some Tremulus.  Now that our heroes are all bloodied by a Selkie mauling the only thing to do is to leave and come back with some reinforcements.  Enough Selkie kisses, it's time for Selkie Killing!

It's RuneQuest time!  Our Gang has a problem, mainly that a bunch of filthy Trollkin stole our stuff that we stole from other people!  Now is the time for Trollkin on Slyph Violence!  Blend them for Stormbull!!!

Next we've got a 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game One Shot DM'd by Ken.

And what would a huge podcast dump be without some New School Dungeon Crawl?  This time Luke takes the party to some Reunions.

And of course, more Old School Dungeon Crawl.  This time Mike leads everyone On the Road Again.  I'm sure it will be just like the book.



Friday, September 22, 2017

Farewell Grandcon!

Well our hometown convention is over.  Farewell Grandcon!  It was a whole lot of work, but again The Bards brought the games, full stop.  Some highlights from the convention floor:

  • We got to spend some quality time with our favorite vendors: DreamchaserThunderhead, and Realms of Fantasy!  
  • Ryan ran a Pathfinder game hack based off of Dwarf Fortress.  I have never heard people talking so serious about "mushrooms being in season."
  • Luke closing down the game room with Dresden Files.  He and his players were the last people to leave and most had been there for more than 8 hours.  I'm going to find out what is his secret and bottle it.
  • Matt covering the vendor floor, all weekend, like a machine.  Even with his injuries he has an 18 Constitution.
  • Mike, as always, was a gaming machine.  His games are always full!  How does he do it!  He's more machine than man!
  • It was Justin's first convention back since moving to Ohio.  He killed it, absolutely killed it and I don't just mean all the raiders he killed in the savage rifts game, well that too.
  • I got to run Tremulus and Kult:Divinity Lost!  In my Tremulus game one player left another player to die by pushing her out of a car, it was awesome.  In Kult there was a magic trunk filled with wonders and joy.  Just kidding it led to the inferno where their old art teacher from where they were kids turned into a monster.
  • Ben rocked it with Ghostbusters, and guess what, they crossed the streams.  
  • Wyl as always brought the DCC funnels!  And the Peasants rejoiced!  
  • Raven brought us some 5th edition games with a distinctly old school flavor in Iron Realms.  To no ones surprise they were a hit.
So ends another Grandcon in the bag.  Up next......The Continuum!

Oh and you thought I forgot about Podcasts......

Mike continues with his Star Wars Force and Destiny Campaign, Empires of the Destined Age.  In this episode they get harrier.

Next Cris takes the New School Crew to somewhere a little more Old School.  It's time for the fun house dungeon of death that is White Plume Mountian.

CN Luke takes the the New School Crew deep into the heart of corruption.

And lastly the second part of the Izendyll Resistance Rat Queen and Derp Boy.

Night Folks, it's been a long couple of weeks!