Jul 10

Campaigns: City of the Damned: Ep 1 – A Bard’s Tale

Hello and welcome to the Campaigns, the Actual Play Podcasts from The Rpg Academy. I am Michael and this is the first in a special series of the Campaigns.

This whole adventure, which i’m calling The Cursed City of Kalamot, or City of the Damned, is based on my Synergy concept of using a pack of Magic The Gathering cards to inspire a game.  Once all the episodes are out i’ll share the outline I wrote and used as my adventure guide.


1. Evan is playing a Wizard named Belial.  HIs Wizard is Atypical in that his power comes from a magical artifact he found while hunting/trapping in the woods. His Wizard’s Ball is based on the Wizard’s Glasses from the Stephen King series, The Dark Tower.  Mechanically, this is all just fluff, but in the game the Ball he found has taught him how to cast spells, but he can only cast them through the ball (he can still cast his cantrips without the ball, but that is it).  Evan’s PC (at the time, unnamed) feels like the Ball has been pushing him to leave their current town. Possibly to find another of this items.

2. Dustin is playing a Monk name Ando.  Dustin was a commoner who became injured and was taken to a monastery for healing. Once there he adopted their ways and became a student of Ang.  He became a favored student.  A schism was beginning to grow in the monastery concerning the future of their ways as Ang became ill. Ang summoned for the scrolls he had based his teachings off of to be brought to settle the schism but they were stolen on the way up the mountain. No one saw anything, but when they opened the locked case, all they found was an obsidian Tiger’s paw left in their place.

3. Nick is playing a Bard named Carter. His PC’s parents are part of a gypsy band of traveling performers. His Mother and Father are both very accomplished performers and musicians.  Nick’s Character was hoped to be a prodigy but never quite took to music/performing as his family. When he was quite young, his parents adopted a young child left on the side of the road. This new son, Scott, excelled at music and performing, quickly outshining Nick’s PC.  When he was old enough, Nick’s PC left his family and hopes to someday return having amassed fame and fortune to outshine Scott.

4. Travis is playing a Half-Orc Cleric named Glug. His Domain is War.  Travis wants to play him as a man caught between two inner conflicts. The human side of him wants peace, but the Orc side craves blood and war.  When he was first indoctrinated into the church one of his duties was to assist the Brewmaster. Over time his PC became a Brewer in his own rite.  He now spends his time in the world searching for new ingredients to try and perfect his signature draft.



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    • Jonathon on February 12, 2015 at 8:22 am
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    Second time around and still just as good as the first.

    Came back and listened to this episode again, and it is still great!

    What podcast is it that you talk about the synergy cards that you used to design this adventure?

    I find this a great way to design an adventure as the old (base it off of a movie or book) gets other players complaining. Though I enjoy it that way sometimes as I can visualize and enjoy it more when I play the game.

    Love the intro sequence and the players’ reactions to what it was. LOL

    Michael’s awesome accents are a must to listen to this podcast, especially his European and goblin accents. 😉

    Interesting location for the town. Swamps and mountains.

    Excellent cliffhanger. If it is, what it is, then its actions are spot on.

    We shall see…



    1. Jonathon,
      Welcome back! We do a recap episode of this series on Table Topics # 63
      where talk about the cards we had and how we used them.

      If you like voices, especially bad ones then you’ll be happy when you get to the Dragon Moon episodes where I play a PC with a terrible, terrible Jamaican accent. I do a great Zorf the in Secrets, Lies and the Unead (ep 13, I think he comes in) and the voice I use in Caleb’s yet to be released 5e game is . . . well, that one you have to wait for – but it’s awesome.


        • Jonathon on February 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm
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        Hello Michael-

        Good to be back.

        Between The Dresden Files books (physical and audio), Call of Cthulhu podcasts and The RPG Academy, have to do a rotation to get my fix. I am back to The RPG Academy and will finish up City of the Damned, Primeval Thule, Unlikely Heroes, Rocky, and Dragon Moon before deciding which direction to continue on with.

        For some reason I thought that it was right after the first episode, but after I listened to the podcast again, I heard you say after all of the adventure you would then post it. I will make a note of the episode and listen to it after I finish listen to all six of these.

        With all of your adventures that you have been designing for The RPG Academy, when is “Michael’s BIG BOOK of Adventures” going to go on sale? (Standing in line waiting for its release) 🙂



        1. Jonathon,
          Not sure about Big book of adventures, but we are working on a module we hope to release this year. We have it plotted and outlined and started a rough draft, but it’s going super slow, mostly because we are so busy on the other aspects of the show (podcast) that is taking off right now for us! So fingers crossed you’ll have an opportunity to see an official The Rpg Academy adventure this year!


        2. Jonathon,
          quick note: I think the Unlikely Heroes episodes are great, new system (Star Wars) and I enjoy the custom dice mechanics, BUT that series just stops at episode 9. It was taking too much time to edit those and I had to step out of that game so there wont be any more episodes of it. You may still enjoy the 9 out, but don’t want you to get overly invested

        • Jonathon on February 13, 2015 at 9:55 am
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        Hello Michael-

        Just to verify as I am listening to episode 62 right now, but the cards shown just do not seem to fit the City of the Damned adventure visually.

        Is the City of the Damned recap and synergy card explanation on episode 62, 63 or both?



          • Jonathon on February 13, 2015 at 9:56 am
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          The reason I had asked which podcast as you say 63, but the hyperlink is for 62.

        1. Jonathon,
          Just 63. There was a mix-up with the file so it’s labeled as 62 but was attached to ep 63. For some cards I used the title as the inspiration, others the text or mechanics and some the image. That’s part of the fun of Synergy is that the same card could impact a story multiple ways, all depending on who’s doing the session or what cards came before/after.


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