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The Vanishing Tower

The Vanishing Tower

By Jay Murphy
Jay Murphy's Home of All Things Vanishing Tower and his Attempts at Face-to-Face Roleplaying in the Wilderness
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Even Heroes Bleed Session #6.2 DC Heroes
The new trio of Superheroes end the confrontation with Wotan and his minions and now need to figure out their next move. The FBEE gives them that opportunity!
June 15, 2021
EHB.6.1 DC Heroes
Mettle and Bug look to crush the Civil Guard presence in Capitol City and they get help from a new Superhero (and PC) on the scene!
June 15, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Session #05.2 DC Heroes
Mettle must face the horrors in the sewers under the city while Bug tries to track down the intrepid reporter they put in harm's way; Shamrock Bane! 
May 17, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Session #05.1 DC Heroes
The PCs survive their first encounter with Wotan and take down the strange beings new avatar, that of the serial arsonist Jury being transformed into the living flame! Per plan, the FBEE show up in time to take the unconscious, but still fire-flickering form of Jury into custody. A serious threat to the safety of Capitol City has been taken into custody! Before the duo of Bug and Mettle plan their next move on Wotan and the Civil Guard they take care of some "regular" business.
May 16, 2021
Mark Probes Player Agency and I try to Give a Sensible Answer
Countinuation of our dialogue on roleplaying from the DM's view.
May 12, 2021
Can We Get Some Help Over Here?
Audio editing is a time consuming endeavor like none other, I assure you. I have been unable to keep up from listener Mark's great gaming questions directed here at the Vanishing Tower Podcast. Love to have some of you other listeners drop a line and pitch in with your own thoughts and attitudes in regards to these posts!
May 12, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Session #03.2 DC Heroes RPG
The second half of Issue #3 in this unique homebrew supers game utilizing the DC Hereos/Blood of Heroes rules.
April 7, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Session #03.1 DC Heroes RPG
Issue #2 recording went to hell in a handbasket. If you want a session report to keep up to speed shoot on over to where I have posted it. Issue #3 Sees our heroes intent on stopping the gang violence the Civil Guard is about to unleash on BLM protestors!
April 6, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Session #01
Where we are introduced to our new protagonists, Bug and Mettle! A couple of close-to-the-street good people with some extraordinary powers! 
March 17, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Session #00
The fate of Champions United! has been decided and the rule book is being changed. Blood of Heroes Special Edition is a clone of DC Heroes and the MEGS house engine which drove it. Think Action Tables and Results Tables! While Champions players stepped out, MEGS and BoH are still very much loved. Our first session of Even Heroes Bleed ended in a round-table discussion touching on several popular superhero ttrpg's. A nice primer before we jump into Issue #01 Creepazoid Cometh!
March 15, 2021
Rom Myr #34 The Forbidden Tower
Lumen is tasked with retrieving the yokeless egg if he wants to ascend to the powerful position of exchequer to the Visar.
February 16, 2021
Champions United #14 Wotan
The deadly toll is assessed after the confrontation with the Civil Guard.
January 5, 2021
Champions United #13 Complete Carnage
The fight with the Civil Guard and their Enhanced Entities takes a deadly toll on all sides!
January 2, 2021
Champions United #15 Dark Side of the Moon
#13 and #14 have not been uploaded yet. Those are sitting over at the YouTube Channel in unedited fashion if you can't wait for a cleaned up version, edited, to end up here. All I can say is since 13 and 14 things have just gotten stranger.
January 2, 2021
Rom'Myr Dying Earth Episode 33 pt. 2
The PCs marvel at the chaos they have wrought.
November 27, 2020
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #33 part one
The PCs attend the ball celebrating the new church which will handle the crown's business affairs. Rumer has it the Visiar may even attend!
November 23, 2020
Champions United #12 Ten Minutes Before Midnight (audio edit)
Knockout and Frog join the FBEE squad for a midnight drug bust and gun-fight. The duo are hoping for a shot at White Patriot.
November 22, 2020
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #32 Through the Silk Gate
The hero group has returned to the home campaign city, Valla'Tair. At least it is for Varidell and Cree. Lumin has forsaken his home of Averoigne to continue traveling with his slinker friends. Varidell has suggested he has some unfinished business in town!
November 14, 2020
Champions United #11 Ten Past Midnight (Radio Classics Edit)
After our heroes go their separate ways after several days slugging it out with dangerous EE's, they each find a rendezvous with their own destinies alone!
November 8, 2020
Can you have too many charts!
Another question and answer session with superfan Mark from Britain. 
November 6, 2020
Rom'Myr #31 (Prom Night Edit) Return to Rom'Myr
After weeks spent tramping through the multi-verse, the PCs return to the campaign world and starting campaign city, Valla'Tair!
October 30, 2020
Champions United #10 Afro-Brutality Released! (assault edit)
A screaming spirit of righteousness erupts from James Santavy, changing the crooked cop into the embodiment of soul sucking sorcery, Afro-Brutality. If this doesn’t give Knockout and Superfrog enough to deal with, the mysterious man of magic who just appeared declares the coming of Librarian! What does he want? Is he friend or foe?
October 22, 2020
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #30 (Studio Audio)
Another Episode of high fantasy ttrpg session featuring the Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game (BFRPG).
October 17, 2020
Champions United #09 Rise of Righteousness!
Superfrog and Knockout return to Capitol City with hard files they swiped from the Pawnsville mine.
October 10, 2020
Questions on morality and consequence
I answer Mark’s questions regarding explosions in Champions and morality leans of DnD
September 30, 2020
Table Top Play Quality and Objective Analysis
Mark, the unofficial co-host of the VTP, posts a question on topics close to mind and in current conversation!
September 18, 2020
Rom'Myr #29 (2/2) underbed audio mix
part two of the epic episode of the latest Rom'Myr game sessio.
September 17, 2020
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #29 part 1 of 2 (OldTowerEdit)
Episode so epic it has to be told in two parts!
September 16, 2020
Protection from Evil, too powerful?
Fan of all things VTP, Mark asks if I think the spell Protection from Evil is too power, and this happens to be something I've given some thought to.
September 11, 2020
What's going on in the 1e ADnD Modules?
Mark from the UK calls in with a particular question on past posts from the press!
September 6, 2020
Champions United #8 Poisoned Pawnsville (snappy audio edit)
Knockout and Superfrog return to Haram, WV to take a closer look at the secret lab under the Pawnsville Mine.
September 6, 2020
Rom'Myr #28 no frills audio edit
Toth, Lumen and Cree are joined by the vampire Eevaas and the assassin squad plunge through the mysterious mirror, hoping to end up in the Bishop's fortress itself!
August 31, 2020
Mark from the AUK asks about my choice of system and I give an answer.
August 21, 2020
Champions United #7 Battle of the Monster
Knockout and Superfrog, representing the FBEE, confront the transformed Dr. McKeever!
August 15, 2020
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #27 (Snappy Audio Edit)
This campaign continues and all the episodes are up on you tube. I'm going to start audio editing current sessions and post them here as well. Just like I'm doing with the Champions United game.
August 5, 2020
What is going on in Rom’Myr?
Call in question from long time listener, long time player here at the Tower.
August 1, 2020
Champions United #6 Night of the Leeches
Knockout and Superfrog see Wolf off in the Prelude. The gravely injured Dr. McKeever is laid out in the back. A dead lab tech is in the trunk. Wolf intends to drive to CCUMC and save his foster father's life. Meanwhile, Knockout starts trying to figure out this anthropomorphic creature and also gets ahold of the authorities. 
July 31, 2020
Champions United #5 The Sentence is Death
Wolf and Knockout try and save Dr. McKeever from the savagely transformed Dr. Farwell. Outmatched, who will come to their aid?
July 27, 2020
Champions United #4 Fractured Hopes, Fractured Lives
Wolf and Knockout make the deal with Icicle: Fake Serum Sample for the whereabouts of Dr. McKeever and Dr. Farwell. This takes the heroic duo to the coal mining town of Haran, WV and the Pawnsville coal mine. Here the hope to find the two missing doctors and stop whatever the kidnappers had in store for them...
July 4, 2020
Champions United #3 Clouds over Capitol City
Third session, first successfully recorded. Knockout and Wolf start dealing with the fallout from the first two episodes!
July 1, 2020
and final thoughts, Ghengis Con 2020
After recovering from the exhaustion I sum up the Ghengis Con experience for the Vanishing Tower!
June 29, 2020
Gamma World 1.5 Session 6
The gang of mutants takes on a tank like they are in a Band of Brothers episode! This is audio edited from live session for snappy playback,
June 29, 2020
Rom'Myr Episode #21 three thirds (3.3)
cont. from 2.3
March 20, 2020
Rom'Myr Game Session #21 second third (2/3)
see first third (1/3)
March 18, 2020
Rom'Myr Game Session #21 first third (1/3)
Vanishing Tower's house game. Runs every other week on a Sunday. The "chapter" listed episodes previous to this recording are edited audio of the game from the very start over a year ago. It is going to be hard to keep up with adding old sessions here to anchor while keeping up with the current campaign action. But I am going to try. So episodes listed with chapters is old, Game sessions listed in thirds (1/3, 2/3, 3/3) is the fresh hotness.
March 16, 2020
The Mathew Finch Interview
The VTP sits down with OSR luminary Mathew Finch of Frog God Games.
March 4, 2020
last of on site con talk
wandering and talking.
February 16, 2020
more mixing
more rando talk with gamers.
February 16, 2020
Saturday Morning?
More gamers talking games at a game convention
February 15, 2020
Some Ghengis Con Numbers
A short chat with Andrea, the owner of Ghengis Con.
February 15, 2020
The drama curve
nerds talking about ttrpg’s
February 15, 2020
A game of dune
first game of the day!
February 14, 2020
We have arrived!
Ghencon 2020. someone say room service?
February 14, 2020
Colorado’s gaming past
Blackhawk in Central city
February 13, 2020
Vanishing tower on the road
It’s gaming convention time stick around and followed the vanishing tower podcast all weekend to get you or lie from the floor looking on Genghis Khan 2020 Denver Colorado
February 13, 2020
The Dying Earth Episode #3 chapter 1 Zola the Thief and chapter 2 Crocodile Boots
The serial production of Vanishing Tower's house game. Edited for podcast playback!
February 13, 2020
The Dying Earth Episode #2 chapter 1 Teetering and Tumbling and chapter 2 The Fall of Athor
The ongoing house game of the Vanishing Tower. Brave, and foolish, adventurers explore Sky-Stone-River Place.  This game is run using the fine role-playing system from Chris Gonnermam; Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game (BFRPG).
February 1, 2020
The Dying Earth Episode #1 chapter 1 The Priests of Tlaloc and chapter 2 Sky-Stone-River-Place
The opening session of the ongoing house game of the Vanishing Tower. Brave, and foolish, adventurers take on work for the Priests of Tlaloc.  This game is run using the fine role-playing system from Chris Gonnermam; Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game (BFRPG). 
January 28, 2020
The Vanishing Tower will be at Genghis Con 2020
If you’ve never been to Denver’s premier gaming conventions Genghis Khan tune in to the vanishing tower life podcast February 13 through February 17 for all the action
January 21, 2020
What are we doing here?
The Vanishing Tower Podcast now attempts to upload recorded live sessions for ease of playback. This is an experimentation with the 250MB upload limit of Anchor. Hopefully this will make for an easy to grab, easy to listen to podcasts of actual OSR play by real life OSR players! This is an ongoing campaign and there is a lot of material ahead for your listening pleasure.
December 24, 2019
Episode 15 - My Player Wouldn't Do That (part 2)
The PC Dr. Norton continues to argue why the party's German Witchfinder must be put to death.
December 2, 2018
Episode 14 My Player Wouldn't Do That
A PC makes his case (in three parts) for slaying a fellow player.
November 11, 2018
Episode 13 renaissance apocalypse now
Another player character special edition audio session report from my clockwork and Cthulhu campaign
September 10, 2018
Episode 11 What Champions is Good For
Ruminating on my love and disappointment with Champions and supers role playing in general.
August 10, 2018
Episode 10 Chasing Gen Con
The Vanishing Tower searches for solid ground since the first objective is complete.
August 2, 2018
Episode 9 Players who do stuff
The conclusion of the three maxims of gaming series.
July 17, 2018
Episode 8 System Matters, but it doesn't
Part Two of my three gaming maxims.
July 13, 2018
Episode 7 The Ennie Picks
The Vanishing Tower votes.
July 13, 2018
Episode 6 A Player's Audio Session Report
My long running Clockwork & Cthulhu game has now a player dropping the occasional audio session report. I find this fascinating so share the latest one here on The Vanishing Tower podcast!
July 9, 2018
Episode 4 - Google Plus+
I get my first regular campaign game since forever running online
June 30, 2018
Episode 5 Gripping the Genre
Hard learned lessons the first.
June 29, 2018
Episode 3 - My Three Modules
Here are my three current favorite OSR modules of all time!
June 13, 2018
Episode 2 - The Break
Playing for real and drawing conclusions.
April 21, 2018
Episode 1 - The Genre Tree
A lost pilgrim constructs and destroys a gaming model.
April 13, 2018
Introductory Episode - Short and Sweet
Your introduction to The Vanishing Tower Podcast and what it is all about!
April 12, 2018