Feb 15

The Campaigns: FAE Deadlands – Episode 4: Dances with Chupacabra

Hello and welcome to the campaigns, the Actual Play Podcasts from DnD Academy.

This FAE Deadlands, Episode 4: Dances with Chupacabra

This Campaign series is being recorded using Google Hangouts and the roll20.net plugin.

It’s being GM’d by Porter Williams (@Rzrstrm). We are using his A&A Method for FAE.

In our last episodes the PC’s were able to locate two of the Apache horses. Sebastian Kane promptly jumped onto one and road off, leaving the other two PC’s to fend for themselves.  Unfortunately for him, he rode in circles and made his way back to camp.  We pick up this episode right after he has lied to the others and tried to convince them that he wasn’t running away but was leading some vicious animal off.  Turns out, he was right.


The audio is terrible in this episode. There is a tinny and echoey quality that I couldn’t get rid of. I figured out why it happened and it won’t happen again, but this episode and the next is just awful. If you find you can’t get through this episode (or the last) i’ll post a recap before episode 5 so you can keep up with the story.

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    • Jonathon M. Johnson on March 10, 2014 at 8:49 am
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    HUH??? Porter “being the A$$hole GM that he is” GASP!!! LOL

    WTG Porter… Porter for President!!! – P4P

    A little side note away from the podcast subject. Headed on over to RPGpodcasts website and took a look at the 7th place ranked http://www.therpgacademy.com WOOHOO!!!

    What are those “Recommendations”? Different podcast rankings from 1-22?

    Is that something that you recommend on the RPGpodcasts website or is it on the http://www.therpgacademy.com website?

    Only 45 more recommendations to become 6th place.

    Ok… Back to our regularly scheduled podcast…

    OH NO!!! Not the Mexican Goat Sucker!!!
    He is soooooooo cute!!!
    Nom… Nom… Nom… LOL

    You say tomato, I say tomatoe; the players say Chu’pa’ca’bra, Porter says Chupa’cabara; are not syllables a bitch when they go in the wrong place? LOL

    Is Porter saying the name wrong or is this a different way to pronounce that creature’s name or is it not the Mexican Goat Sucker and just a different Arizonan desert creature of the night?

    Still trying to figure out the game play, so I think I might read up the FAE book and relisten to all of the FAE – Deadlands podcasts to see if I can figure it out better; just cannot get enough of that bottom of the coffee can sound. LOL

    Had no problem listening to this podcast with the echoing sound.

    Tune in tomorrow…

    Same Chupacabra-time…

    Same Chupacabra-website…



    1. Jonathon,
      If I understand your question correctly: each recommend adds to a cumulative total for our overall site/podcast. So one episode could get 100 recommends and another 1 and we would show a 101. I’ve seen some episode titles have a number like 7.1 next to them, I think that’s the number of recommends vs. the number of clicks (a ratio, but not sure how it’s calculated). The recommends are all through the RPGpodcasts.com website.

      Looking forward to your thoughts on episode 5 – not to oversell it, but it is a pretty great episode.

    2. Jonathon,
      Yeah, I noticed Porter was saying it differently that I thought it was pronounced (though, I’m a KY hick, so who I am I to judge – right?) so I wasn’t sure if it was something different or if he hadn’t heard of it before. Still not sure, but in the next episode he pronounced it the way I thought . . . oh well.

      FAE/FATE is pretty awesome, and nearly infinitely adaptable, but it does have a different ‘feel’ to it. I think it would make a great Star Wars game, myself. Though i’m liking Star Wars Edge of the Empire a lot right now.

    • Jonathon M. Johnson on March 13, 2014 at 3:19 pm
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    Hello Michael-

    Would be good to know how its calculated so you, or the listeners, can do what you or we need to do to raise your recommendations.

    Just looked at RPGPodcasts and you are still at 7th, but only 11 points to go to get to 6th; and then another 7 to get to 5th. Woot! Woot!

    Going to go listen to episode 5 again; just cannot get enough of Tatooine.
    ~”I thought you said you were blind.”



    1. Jonathon,
      I sent an email to ask what/where that ratio comes from. I’ll share as soon as I know.

  1. Jonathon,
    (and anyone else interested)

    I contacted RPGpodcasts.com and asked about the ranking structure.

    Essentially any recommends in the first week of release are worth 1 point, recommends the second week are worth .75 points, the third week is .50, fourth week is .25 and after that they no longer count toward your score. (each Recommend is still worth 1 point on the overall leader board – but the ‘what’s hot’ section which is featured on the page comes from those points. So the more recommends an episode gets (and the earlier the better) the more likely they will get featured on that what’s hot section and potentially get clicked on by new listeners.


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