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City of the Damned (Complete)

City of the Damned is a short adventure Actual Play podcast, using the at the time most recent DD& Next rule set. It is being DM’d by Michael. This was written by Michael based off of a Synergy Session (using a pack of Magic: The Gathering Cards to generate ideas). It was used as a ‘try out D&D’ adventure for a new addition to the table; Dustin.

Our Players/PC’s

Travis – Playing Glug the Half-Orc Cleric of Battle who is also a Brew-master

Nick – Playing Carter, the Human Bard who can not escape the greatness of his half-brother Scott

Evan – Playing Blaine a wizard from humble beginnings who has his power thanks to a found artifact

Dustin – Playing Ando a Human Monk who is searching for a thief whole stole from his Monestary and left behind an Obsidian Tiger’s paw as a calling card.
WARNING – Most if not all of these podcasts contain adult content and language. Enjoy!!


Episode 6 –  Gotcha Now!

Episode 5 – Cue the Monsters

Episode 4 – Leap of Faith

Episode 3 – Frog Guts

Episode 2 – The Celestial Flare

Episode 1 – The Bard’s Tale


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    • Jonathon M. Johnson on July 16, 2014 at 3:34 am
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    Great episode and great first part designed adventure.

    Yes… Like all good adventures; start out with initiative. Which was interesting, thinking that this adventure should have started out with some roleplaying to get Dustin in with the groove.

    LOL You are not making it a good start for Dustin the newbie. Crit Fail; Crit Hit But sounded like Dustin had a great time.

    Holy crapzilla… Goblins, ogres, basilisk, and a DRAGON!!! And all at once at 1st level. Geez… Ha… Ha… You will find out.



    1. Jonathon,
      Thanks! I thought the 1st session went very well. Dustin is a pretty funny guy naturally, so I thought he would settle into role-playing easily once he was comfortable and i’ve found most people can grasp the roll-play parts first (high Strength means I hit hard, when I use my sword I roll a d8 and add 3) so it made sense to do combat first, in my mind, at least.

      In game Evan had said, ” you could let the Dragon eat someone,” and originally that had been the plan, but I didn’t want Travis to think his character had died so when he had already failed two death saves I called it there. That’s why I cut the battle early.


    • Scott on September 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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    Great podcast guys! Totally new to tabletop rpg but I started listening to the city of the damned series and I really enjoyed it. I subbed over on patreon and can’t wait to listen to some more games. Hoping to start my own group with the new release of space 1889. Keep up the great work.

    1. Scott,
      Thanks for listening, and more so, thanks for being a Patron. We’re trying to make the show better and better each week and your support can help make that happen. I’m not familiar with Space 1889, maybe we can do a Trial of it soon (if you’re really new you may not know those are our episodes where we try out new game systems!). If you’re on twitter or Facebook please connect with us there. We like interacting with listeners and that’s the easiest way to do so. If you have any questions (because you need help or just wanna hear us talk about something ), let us know. I have some Patron rewards that will be coming your way shortly.


    • Kasaris on November 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    Hello! I’m a newcomer in the D&D universe and I’m gonna DM (and play at all) my first game of D&D soon I hope… After listening some podcasts here, I like them so far, good job! I have a question for the campaign City of the Damned: do you use a pre-existing campaign setting for this campaign? Maybe you mentionned it in the podcast but I didn’t listen it all yet
    Also, do you have some advices for a noob DM? I don’t know like how to run battles smoothly or else, whatever advice you can provide!

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work here! I’ll be listening…

    1. Kasaris,
      Newbies are welcome here at the Academy. Happy that you found us and I hope you’ll stick around. Please let us know if you have any specific questions. Chance are we may have already hit a topic in one of our past episodes but I can direct you to the episode and if we haven’t hit it or hit it recently we might cover it again. We usually try to respond back as well so you get some advice right away.

      As for City of the Damned it was a home-brew adventure. Our Table Topic episode coming out this week is our recap episode and we go into some detail about that setting and I include copies of the maps I used and outline so you can run it yourself. It’s not fleshed out with stat blocks and encounters but it will get you going in the right direction.

      again, welcome!


        • Kasaris on November 19, 2014 at 11:05 am
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        Thanks for your reply and yes I’ll stick around for a while I think!
        I guess I’ll finish listening to City of the Damned this evening and listen some more campaigns tomorrow!

        I’m french by the way and yes, people in France play tabletop games/pen-and-paper RPG’s ! I also played a lot of Magic years ago and knowing that you can use cards to generate ideas and situations made me really curious about it!

    • Jonathon on February 13, 2015 at 8:33 am
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    Just finished up the adventure and over all, once again, Michael did a kickass job.

    Michael’s wealth of knowledge, along with table control to guide and keep the players focused was well heard.

    The adventure did seem a slight anti-climatic at the end and it could have stretched out another 15-30 minutes, but over all excellent.

    One thing I did like about his adventure was that Michael made all the players shine. I think that with the amount of outside adventuring that was done; a druid character would have been a great addition to the group.

    Good and interesting decisions and attempts (drunken seducing) were made that completed and backfired (drunken seducing) and drove the story forward.

    This 6 hour adventure is definitely a must to listen to as it has movie potential.

    Looking forward to more.



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