Aug 07

Campaigns: City of the Damned: Ep 3 – Frog Guts

Hello and welcome to the Campaigns, the Actual Play Podcasts from The Rpg Academy. I am Michael and this is the the Campaigns:  City of the Damned: Episode 3 – Frog Guts.

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.


This episode picks up with the PC’s having returned the Celestial Flare to the wizened Goblin at Kalamot. He tells them that the Feather will keep the curse at bay of a few days, hopefully long enough for them to track down the thief and find the Ball of Miracles and return it. He tells them to head for Riley a nearby trading city as that is the most likely place for the thief to go to get out of the area quickly.


Travis and Nick were not able to play again this week, but we have Evan as Belial and Dustin as Ando and I play Carter and Glug as NPC’s.


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 5:57 pm
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    Group is getting kind of skimpy huh?

    Pretty soon it is going to be just Michael sitting in his basement by himself talking to himself producing solo-podcasts. :-/

    Interesting on the recording for this episode. Sounded like the two players had mic buttons that they would press, talk, and then release.

    The players did not seem that enthusiastic about being there to play. Would have been better with the full players.

    Excellent frog combat, with getting players to think and not attack certain areas of the frogs when…

    Pretty good episode with a lot of information to soak in.

    Nice cliffhanger with the…



    1. Jonathon,
      There was a time when I thought that might happen 🙂 Evan left the group shortly before this series finished (but we made it work). He and I are still friends, so it wasn’t anything ugly, just real life getting in the way (he got married and now has a kid!)
      When you catch up, it will all make sense.


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