EHB Issue #29, part 2
The PCs are drawn overseas!
June 10, 2022
Issue #29 Even Heroes Bleed part 1
The fight with the Roadkill Wrecking Crew comes to a conclusion and the PCs contemplate their next move as they evaluate their priorities.
May 20, 2022
EHB Issue #28, part two
The battle at Fordhem ChemTech against the Roadkill Wrecking Crew comes to a conclusion.
April 24, 2022
EHB Issue 28 part one, Fight at Fordhem
While on tour of the Fordhem ChemTech research and development facility, the PCs get embroiled in stopping an EE-led heist.
April 19, 2022
EHB Issue 27 Subplots
This session suffered the error of having mine (the GM’s channel) vocals “off” during the recording/live streamed session. It has been edited to keep the players dialogue in tac and preserved here for the records. Session recap: Bug couldn’t make it so we spent the session on developing subplots going on in the game. Olympian gets a request from the FBEE to tour Fordhem ChemTech with Agent Madhur. Seems high tech firms in and around Capitol City are getting broken into and their proprietary technology being stolen. At the end of the session this is where the party ends up. Mettle arranges for the Mayor to make his monthly payment to keep our heroes off his back. He demands Jimmie Mac be the currier. The North Elmview meet does not go as planned as Ultra Rosa shows up and says she needs the $400K and Mettle reluctantly agrees to let her have it, in the interest of avoiding bloodshed. This is the Olympian’s first encounter with the violent vigilante. Mettle takes a meeting with Shango, the reformed gang leader of the Fallen Angles. Mettle will fund the purchase of a building in Elmview and he wants Shango and his crew to run a trade school for the disenfranchised there. Shango says he will believe it when he sees it. On Monday Olympian goes to Fordhem ChemTech to make a security assessment of the facility with Phillip Madhur, FBEE. A Dr. Janet Shane takes them on a tour of the facility. During the tour the high-tech thieves attack and the PCs engage!!!
April 18, 2022
Even Heroes Bleed Issue 26, part two The Congress of Truth
A shadowy organization makes its appearance to the PC heroes.
March 23, 2022
EHB Issue #26 part 1 The Lifeform
Olympian, Bug and Mettle confront the horrors beneath the Pawnsville Mine.
March 21, 2022
Even Heroes Bleed Issue 25 part 2
All roads lead to Pawnsville.
March 09, 2022
Even Heroes Bleed Issue 25 part 1 CCUMC
The PCs head over to Capitol City University Medical Center asking questions about the federally funded COVID-24 research lab. This takes the group in an unexpected direction.
March 07, 2022
EHB Issue #23 part two, Sewer Science
Bug and Mettle continue to explore the strange lab in the sewers beneath North Elmview with no sight yet of the strange Enhanced Entities they seek...
February 07, 2022
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #23 part one, Beneath Capitol City
We leap forward post-Capitol Point Casino. Bug and Mettle have the Russian and Chinese mobs running business according to the PCs instructions and the Mayor has backed the cops off of terrorizing minority neighborhoods. It is now July 1st, 2020 and the duo of heroes feel it is time to revisit the Cockroach Brotherhood, the strange beings encountered in the first smash issue of EHB, and see what their deal is...
February 04, 2022
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #22 Streaming Live!
Once again a truncated broadcast. What is missed is the confrontation with Endgame in his media control room with some still standing soldiers and a "refreshed" Troll. Bug and Mettle are able to convince the Russian mob boss that if they turned Shamrock Bane to them they would not tear down his hideout and not kill him. He took them at their word and the conversation continued. Mettle and Bug proposed to not destroy the Russian mob if Endgame doesn't move or sell guns and does not terrorize civilians and keep gang violence off the street. Endgame agreed to the terms but did not give our heroes much of a life expectancy when the majority of organized crime in Capitol City didn't take a shine to following Mettle and Bug's rules of playing nice.
January 29, 2022
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #21 part 2 The Battle at WCFL
Endgame springs his deathtrap! A combination of the BAM!-enhanced entity Troll and a massive, building-wide magnetic distortion field.
December 31, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #21 part 1 On A Mexican Radio
Mettle reviews the video of Shamrock Bane's kidnapping. Like Deckard in Blade Runner she enhances the cork-board conspiracy map and spots a closed radio station. Endgame, who is behind the Nefarious News Network, and Shamrock his captured news anchor, must be there!
December 27, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #20, Chinatown Deathmatch!
Taking UltraRosa's tip, Bug and Mettle raid a chines massage parlor to break up a human trafficking operation only to square off against Capitol City Ninjas!
December 13, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #19 part 2 Its Decided Then, Reign of Terror!
Bug and Mettle conclude the only thing for it is to take a reign of terror to Capitol City mobs and get them to knuckle under to their demands. What could possibly go wrong?
December 07, 2021
Issue #19.1 Even Heroes Bleed - A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation About Conflict
Bug and Mettle stop into an all night diner and over cheap black coffee discuss how to save Capitol City from organized crime.
November 29, 2021
EHB Issue #18 BAM! Bash (all the episode we got)
Bug, Mettle and Red (aka Blue Streak) conclude their deadly showdown with the Gulag Goons only to face more crisis and more confrontation! (Director's Note: The last forty minutes of the audio file got corrupted and is lost. For shame because the heroic trio confronts NTROBee at the Town & Campus book store. The eco-terrorist agreed to leave town and in exchange he wouldn't kill the innocent shoppers in the book store and they would step down and not try to detain him. Hero and Villain points were burned on the pyre of a truly superhero stand off!)
November 17, 2021
EHB ISSUE #17 #9 Ultra Rosa X-Over!
This episode suffered from Ultra Rosa's vocals failing to record, but it does represent the conclusion of the Capitol Point Casino adventure and the takedown of Big Boss Man, the ridiculously large mob boss running an illegal weapons operation on an Indian reservation, with human trafficking thrown in for good measure.
November 08, 2021
EHB ISSUE #16 The Russian Mob
The regular time line resumes with Red Runner finding out his dad is town and Mettle meeting with the Russian Mob who is looking to take over the BAM! drug trade in Capitol City. (Director's Note: A new supervillain was introduced this episode, NTROBee. An EE with control over bees. He attacks Red's dad, Andrew Meyers, at the Wayward Journey, the bar Red and his band Swollen Shut are playing. Alas this section of the audio was missed. After our mid-game coffee break I seem to have the bad habit of not hitting the record button again.)
October 31, 2021
EHB Issue #15 #7 UltraRosa
The Ultra Rosa cross over future adventure narrows to a close.
October 30, 2021
Even Handed Brutality - Douglas Cole Interview Part 2
Finally getting this long rambling second part of the interview up. Enjoy!
October 24, 2021
Even-Handed Brutality, The Douglas Cole Interview Part 1
Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic is out promoting his company's latest release Tower of the Moon and he takes the time to slum it around at the Vanishing Tower! This is part one of the interview where we get off into many roleplaying topics including the evolution of his 5th Edition fantasy heartbreaker Dragon Heresy.
September 19, 2021
EHB Issue #14 #6 Ultra Rosa X-Over
Chapter 6 Curtain Call The Heroes come to an impasse in their negotiations with White Lotus over the Capitol City sex trade. The Heroes resort to their fists and try to persuade the Chinese Gangster differently!
August 18, 2021
EHB ISSUE #13 #5 ULTRA-ROSA X-OVER Blood of Heroes, DC Heroes TTRPG session
Chapter 5 THE UNLIKELY TRIO OF BUG, ULTRA-ROSA AND RED RUNNER SUCCEED IN GETTING THE FEDS INVOLVED and THE NIGHTMARISH VIDEO OF THE NIGHT'S FIGHTING IS ALL OVER THE LOCAL MEDIA AND TWITTER-VERSE. THE WOMEN BEING TRAFFICED AT THE RESERVATION CASINO HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND ARE GETTING A CHANCE AT A NEW HOME AT RAINBOW'S END OR EVEN THE BALTIMORE. MEANWHILE, THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE PCs ACTIONS AND EXERT PRESSURE TO GET THEM TO CHANGE COURSE.
August 13, 2021
EHB Issue #12 #4 Ultra-Rosa
[fixed ending] Going Into The Gutter For The Girls, MEGS DC Heroes Bug has finished the escape tunnel, Red Runner and Ultra Rosa are ready with vans. Time to load the poor of Broken Village and get out of Indian Land. But Capitol Point Casino is there to stop them!
July 13, 2021
EHB Issue #11 #3 UltraRosa
The third chapter of the Ultra Rosa player arc, Capitol Casino Royale. Bug, Red Runner, and Ultra Rosa drive out to Capitol Point Casino convinced an important part of human trafficking on the East Coast can be confronted, and innocent lives can be saved.
July 12, 2021
EHB Issue #10 #2 UltraRosa
Seline Conner and Red Runner sit down to lunch with an agent with the BIA and assess what it will take to bust up the sex trafficking ring being run out of the reservation.
July 04, 2021
EHB Issue #9 #1 UltraRosa
Seline Conner has the same dream as her workmate. What they both have in common is the figure of Enhanced Entity Bug. Middle of the night or not, Seline needs to find out what is the deal with the local hero occupying their heads!
July 03, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed #08 part 2 Same As The Old Boss
While Mettle tries to set up a new world order in the criminal underground of Capitol City, the Heroes get word Shamrock Bane is in trouble. Bug and Red Runner respond, hopefully in time to protect the popular news reporter from channel 7.
June 27, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed 8.1 DC Heroes Meet The New Boss
The aftermath of Wotan's defeat is assessed.
June 25, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #7 part 2 DC Heroes Wotan Vanquished
In the West Virginia woods our superhero trio puts it all on the line to banish Wotan. The mysterious Voodoo comes to grips with its ancient enemy and Fenris bars the way to his master!
June 22, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #7 part 1 Wotan Confronted
The PCs agree to help the FBEE bring Wotan down once and for all!
June 21, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #6.2 DC Heroes Battle With The Civil Guard
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
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #6.1 DC Heroes Runs A Red Runner
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 Issue #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 Issue #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 Issue #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 07, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #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 vanishingtower.blogspot.com 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 06, 2021
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #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 Issue #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 05, 2021
Champions United #13 Complete Carnage
The fight with the Civil Guard and their Enhanced Entities takes a deadly toll on all sides!
January 02, 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 02, 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 08, 2020
Can you have too many charts!
Another question and answer session with superfan Mark from Britain.
November 06, 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 06, 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 06, 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
WHAT IS GOING ON IN CHAMPIONS?
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 05, 2020
What is going on in Rom’Myr?
Call in question from long time listener, long time player here at the Tower.
August 01, 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 04, 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 01, 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 04, 2020
last of on site con talk
wandering and talking.
February 16, 2020
more rando talk with gamers.
February 16, 2020
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 01, 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 02, 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 02, 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 09, 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