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Earthdawn Survival Guide

Earthdawn Survival Guide

By Josh H & Dan B
A semi-official podcast dedicated to the Earthdawn role-playing game, hosted by Dan Boice and Earthdawn developer Josh Harrison.

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EDSP Episode 134 - GenCon Report, Email, and The Dragons Network
* Josh reports on GenCon 2022! * Status of various products. * Travel summary – kids’ first flights! * Too much sun at the zoo. * Covid precautions and experience. * GenCon adventure and session reports. * Minimalist preparation and the lessons to be learned from it. * Hiccups and setbacks (and insights from those) * Bad behavior before and during the convention. * Email from Digital Hermit: Updating old adventures to fourth edition? * “Commoner” stat block supplement as a GM aid? * Soapbox moment: Earthdawn vs D&D, Shadowrun connections. * Email from Chris: Shosara questions. Firbruid? Dragons? * Other events or themes for Shosara? * City in a Bottle revamp? * Second email from Chris: Five ancient cities referenced in Travar book? * Print version of Misguided Ambitions? * Email from a different Chris: Circle advancement and acquiring new talents. * Email from Lee: Other uses for the Eye of Throal. * Suggestions on future topics. * Quick overview of the Dragons’ Network. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
01:08:15
August 17, 2022
EDSG Episode 133 - The Eye of Throal
* Secret Societies: The Eye of Throal * Hey listeners, is there anything you would like us to cover? Whether new or revisited? * One of the largest movers and shakers in the Secret Societies book. * Thera doesn’t know who runs it, but it is revealed in the Throal sourcebook: J’role. * Five major leaders below the Senior Gatherer, only one known by the Therans. * Discussion in this episode about the “present day” Eye might differ from eventual published material. * One of the largest (if not the largest) intelligence network in Barsaive. * Essay focuses mostly about Throal’s connections and interactions with other powers in Barsaive. * Partnership between the Eye of Throal and His Majesty’s Diplomatic Corps * Role of the Eye in late first edition products and potential role in the fourth edition timeline. * Using the Eye of Throal in adventures and campaigns. * Not just an employer – use as a complicating factor. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
34:37
August 10, 2022
EDSG Episode 132 - High Circle Sky Raider
* High Circle Sky Raider * GenCon! Josh talks about his (delayed) prep! * Technical problems continue! But not as bad as before! * Recap of Sky Raider themes and ideas. * Ninth Circle Discipline ability: Strength of the Sky * Warden tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden talent options. * New to the Companion: Lion Spirit, Relentless Recovery, Resist Pain, Storm Shield, Vital Ward * Thirteenth Circle Discipline ability: Stormcall * “Names are hard” and Josh goes through the math of the “big-ass lightning attack”. * Master tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * Josh misspeaks – Resist Pain would reduce effect of Wound-causing abilities, not Unflinching Fortitude. * New to Companion: Aura Armor, Champion Challenge, Critical Hit, Eagle Eye, Second Chance, Undermine, Weapon Breaker. * High circle analysis and build options. * Talent option system and making choices interesting. * Other Disciplines can deal as much (or more) damage, but the Sky Raider style is *great*. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
39:39
August 03, 2022
EDSG Episode 131 - The Liferock Rebellion
* Sorry about the technical and sound issues this episode! * Secret Societies: The Liferock Rebellion * What makes a “secret” society? * The founding of the Liferock Rebellion. * Omasu: Leader and one of the founding members. * Membership mainly obsidimen and t’skrang. * Josh defends Theran strategic decisions. * The Rebellion acts as a go-between and partisan force behind efforts to unite Barsaive against the Therans. * Omasu flexing his financial and political muscles. * Status of the Liferock Rebellion post-Second Theran War. * A second round of Josh defending the Therans. * Using the Liferock Rebellion in adventures and campaigns. * Use as an antagonist in Theran/Iopan campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
28:05
July 27, 2022
EDSG Episode 130 - Email and High Circle Nethermancer
* Sorry about the technical and sound issues this episode! * Email from Riley: Thoughts on grimoire prices. * Email from Brian: Second Chance can be decent, actually! * Email from Tim: Burned through episode archive! * Rites of Protection and Passage interactions with spirits, Passions, or Netherwalk? * Thoughts on lack of change in kaers during the Scourge? * Reason for kaer secrecy and trapped Horrors as mana level dropped? * Liferocks and obsidimen during the Scourge. * How quickly did the Mad Passions fall? Their questors? * Development of new spells in the setting? * Age of Exploration vs Looking to the Past? * Mystic Paths errata. * High Circle Nethermancer * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Otherworldly Willpower * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New in the Companion: Armored Matrix, Astral Pocket, Contest of Wills, Perfect Focus, Range Pattern, Safe Thought, Soul Aegis, Summoning Circle * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Astral Face * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New in Companion: Casting Pattern, Confront Horror, Effect Pattern, Lion Spirit, Resist Pain, Second Chance, Shared Matrix * High circle talent analysis and build options. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
52:21
July 20, 2022
EDSG Episode 129 - The Holders of Trust
* Secret Societies: The Holders of Trust * Not to be trifled with! * Potential spoilers in this episode! * The Holders are the mechanism through which the Denairastas maintain (and expand) their control. * An intelligence network… but more. * Sworn to the scion of the Denairastas family first, Iopos second. * Iopos and its ruling cult of personality; authoritarian regimes. * Three levels. * Silver Branch: Public face, city guard, and army. * Judge, jury, and executioner. * Not swayed by bribes or corruption. * Patrol in “triads” – squads of three. * Copper Branch: Informers, intelligence gatherers, spies on their fellow citizens. * Unlike the Silvers, hidden, secretive. Could be anyone. * Operate in cell-like groups, passing information up the chain. * Informs much of Iopan way of life. * Gold Branch: High-powered, high-Circle agents and operatives. * Usually members of the Denairastas clan. * Operate in other parts of Barsaive in furtherance of Denairastas goals. * Association with House Ishkarat and the Firescale Moot. * Orichalcum Branch: Denairastas elite personal bodyguards. * Very skilled, high-powered combatants. Often enhanced with blood charms and other magic. * “The Broken Keys” – a possible Denairastas faction in Indrisa. * Recruitment to the Holders. * Commentary on the Holders and the Denairastas. * Ultimately petty but backed with incredible power. * Using the Holders in adventures in campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
42:44
July 13, 2022
EDSG Episode 128 - Emails!
* Avalanche of emails! * In case you missed the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter… * Email from Leamon: Breaking his no crowdfunding rule! * Email from Matthew: Running adventures at conventions? * Email from Jen: What books are necessary for running fourth edition? * Email from Stefan: Praise for the game and table tales. * Compatibility of Acrobatic Defense and Maneuver but not Anticipate Blow. * Seeing in Ethereal Darkness with Astral Sight? * Dispel Magic versus Suppress Curse? * Earthdawn audio books? * Survival Guide on YouTube? * Second email from Leamon: Kudos for the Safety Tools episode! * Experience of safety tools and game writing. * Email from Brendan: Questions about Life Circle of One spell. * What’s the point of Aspect of the Cruel Physician spell. * Monetary value of a looted grimoire? Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
45:07
July 06, 2022
EDSG Episode 127 - High Circle Swordmaster
* High Circle Swordmaster * Two-Minute recap of the Swordmaster themes and focuse * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Blood Bound Blade * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New in the Companion: Champion Challenge, Ethereal Weapon, Lion Spirit, Matrix Sight, Relentless Recovery, Spirit Strike, Undermine, Witty Repartee * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Audacious Bravado * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New in the Companion: Aura Armor, Bardic Voice, Chilling Strike, Resist Pain, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Unflinching Fortitude, Vital Ward. * High Circle talent analysis and build options. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
33:24
June 29, 2022
EDSG Episode 126 - Safety Tools with Rev Deschain
* Safety tools with special guest Rev Deschain! * Rev’s connection with Earthdawn * What are safety tools? What purpose do they serve? * The ability to “opt out” of content or themes you don’t want to deal with. * The X-Card – Rewriting or reframing a scene to avoid upsetting material. * Lines and Veils – discussing what to include (or not include) and to what extent. * An ongoing conversation with respect for your fellow players. * If you’re using tools, USE them! * Post game tools: Stars and wishes. * Positive reinforcement, not just watering down the darkness. * It can feel strange to start using safety tools. * The GM can set an example by laying out their own boundaries. * Bleed – when the character’s experiences affect the player. * Player connection to the character, and character mortality. * Trust, and trust being broken. * An anecdote about harassment – players being turned off a game (or gaming in general). * Game as performance – safety tools in streaming or podcast games. * The Open Door – ability to step away from the table (or the game) if they find it is not for them. * Rev’s GenCon dragon-girl anecdote. * Closing thoughts. * Find Rev on Twitter: @RevDeschain * The Critshow: www.thecritshowpodcast.com (or anywhere you find your podcasts!) * Critshow YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCritshow * Critshow Safety Tools Discussion: https://youtu.be/FqbTdDPcUgk * The TTRPG Safety Toolkit (curated by Kienna Shaw and Lauren Bryant-Monk): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/114jRmhzBpdqkAlhmveis0nmW73qkAZCj Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
57:12
June 22, 2022
EDSG Episode 125 - High Circle Illusionist
* High Circle Illusionist * Recap of the Illusionist themes and style. * Circle Nine Discipline ability: Hide Matrix * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Armored Matrix, Astral Pocket, Range Pattern, Safe Thought, Undermine. * Circle Thirteen Discipline ability: Manipulate Reality. * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Bardic Voice, Casting Pattern, Effect Pattern, Impossible Hide, Second Chance, Shared Matrix, Soul Aegis, Witty Repartee. * Analysis and advancement options. * Hope you backed the Grand Bazaar Kickstarter! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
35:13
June 15, 2022
EDSG Episode 124 - Cult of the Great Hunter
* Josh flaked out on finishing things up, so show notes are delayed! * This week: Some emails are answered, and we talk about the Cult of the Great Hunter. * Don’t forget, the latest Kickstarter for the Grand Bazaar sourcebook runs through June 14! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
47:26
June 08, 2022
EDSG Episode 123 - High Circle Thief
* Larcenical is still not a word! * Grand Bazaar Kickstarter running through June 14! * Plush Mountainshadow, new Namegiver and Verjigorm miniatures! * Vasgothia pre-art draft has been released to backers! * Production notes and upcoming episodes. * High Circle Thief * Recap of the Discipline’s themes and focus. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Shadow Sight. * Warden tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden talent options. * New to the Companion: Echolocation, Escape Plan, Perfect Focus * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Shadow Meld. * Master tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * New to the Companion: Alley Cat Approach, Critical Hit, Defensive Posture, Disarming Smile, Fluid Movement, Netherwalk, Second Chance, Spirit Strike * Build paths and talent analysis. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
51:35
June 01, 2022
EDSG Episode 122 - High Circle Elementalist
* High Circle Elementalist * Check out Episode 29 for Novice and Journeyman tiers. * Recap of Elementalist themes and focus. * Ninth Circle Discipline ability: Earth and Air. * Warden tier Discipline talents. * Warden tier talent options. * Thirteenth Circle Discipline ability: Elemental Form * Master tier Discipline talents. * Master tier talent options. * Build options and talent analysis. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
32:30
May 25, 2022
EDSG Episode 121 - Listener Email and The Iron Legacy
* Email from Chris: Thoughts on an Alchemist Discipline * Email from Aaron: Outcast Warrior references * Ninth Circle Weaponsmith ability on items the adept has forged? * Urupa’s Blue Rose and detecting Horror marks. * Various Mind Fog questions. * Notice Not question. * Email from Andy: Gauging an adept’s power level through astral sight. * Magicians using shields? * Email from Jonathan: Mystic paths for antagonist groups? * Secret Societies: Iron Legacy * Devoted to Mad Passion Dis. * Focused on re-enslaving all orks, especially breaking Cara Fahd. * Led by Talyrin Kale, survivor of a kaer destroyed by ork scorchers. * Potential minor involvement in Empty Thrones. * Attacks ork settlements, especially merchant and supply lines. * Bands sometimes fly scorcher colors and attacks other settlements to stoke anger against Cara Fahd. * Simple, straightforward cult. * Excellent antagonists for a game set in or around Cara Fahd; or dealing with slavery and/or orks. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
44:44
May 18, 2022
EDSG Episode 120 - High Circle Troubadour
* High Circle Troubadour * Review of Troubadour themes and concepts. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Unnatural Charm. * Warden Tier abilities and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Encore * Master Tier abilities and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * Build options and commentary for high circle Troubadours. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
33:57
May 11, 2022
EDSG Episode 119 - Emails and The Hand of Corruption
* Email from Aaron: Adventure inspired by “Needful Things” without using a Horror? * Email from Andy: Update on new group. Questions about becoming an adept. * Legend Point costs involved with increasing Circle. * Email from Chris: Permanent pattern threads and Mystic Paths. * Secret Societies: The Hand of Corruption * Great villainous organization for just about any campaign. * Excellent thematic foil for heroic player characters. * Dedicated to worshipping oblivion. * Comparisons to Keys of Death. * Philosophy that the Horrors are part of the natural cycle to cleanse the earth. * Believe the Theran rites interrupted that cycle. * Pop culture reference: Harrow from Moon Knight TV series. * Three branches. * The Brokers: Agents and informants in society. * Wide-spanning, difficult to eliminate entirely. * The Assassins: Enact specific (murderous) plots to further goals of destabilizing society. * Often Journeyman-tier or higher adepts. * Ritualistic methods in contrast to Keys of Death. * Importance of the message delivered by their killings. * The Nihilists: Fanatics and planners. * Convert or subvert others into the cult (sometimes through magical means). * Motivations are important for all cults, not just this one. * Pop culture references: Ozymandias from Watchmen. * The Operative from Serenity. * Moriarty from Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes films. * Magneto or Lex Luthor * Develop a specific character to build as a long-term rival or antagonist. * The Hand of Corruption are suitable for any number of foul plots for your campaign and make a great long-term enemy organization. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
47:19
May 04, 2022
EDSG Episode 118 - High Circle Cavalryman
* High Circle Cavalryman. * Review of Cavalryman concepts and early Circles. * Check out Episode 24 for more in-depth Cavalryman discussion. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Shared Strength * Warden tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden talent options. * Discussion of lower Circle talents in Cavalryman Warden tier. * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Shared Spirit * Master tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * Josh’s thoughts on the high Circle options. * Design sidebar about talents versus Discipline abilities. * In April, leave a review for us on Podchaser.com to raise money for charity. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
37:59
April 27, 2022
EDSG Episode 117 - The Keys of Death
* Listener questions * Voice message from Chris: Question about Wood Skin. * Email from William: Horror Stalker references and inspirations. * Learning Craftsman or Entertainer through Versatility. * Email from Jesse: Tisoara and source material discrepancies. * Secret Societies in Depth: The Keys of Death * Cult dedicated to the belief that Death can be freed with enough blood being spilled. * “Questors” of Death * Can be hired or employed as assassins. * Long standing cult; dating back to centuries before the Scourge. * Other death cults exist in other parts of the Theran Empire. * Death has been a figure in myth, legend, and religious beliefs in numerous real-world cultures * Cult’s strength in Barsaive likely due to proximity to Death’s Sea. * Legend of Death’s Capture by the Passions. * Undead and the Keys of Death. * Preferred targets include those who mock or defy Death in some way. * Sources of inspiration for members of the cult. * Highly secretive. * Death Robes * Using the Keys of Death in adventures in campaigns. * Josh recommends against strongly tying the cult to the Horrors. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
47:29
April 20, 2022
EDSG Episode 116 - High Circle Warrior
* Warden and Master Tier Warrior * Recap of the Warrior themes and focus. * Ninth Circle Ability: Battlefield Awareness * Warden Tier Discipline Talents * Warden Tier Talent Options * Thirteenth Circle Ability: Elemental Warrior * Master Tier Discipline Talents * Master Tier Talent Options * Discussion and recommendations Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
41:52
April 13, 2022
EDSG Episode 115 - The Whisperers
* Email from K Scott: How do you get to Throal? * Email from Andy: Returning to Earthdawn, several questions * How many kaers remain sealed? (Ardanyan’s Revenge) * How to avoid treading on other characters’ toes as a Wizard? * When will Deeper Secrets come out? * Legend Point cost for magician spells in Fourth Edition? * Secret Societies in Depth: The Whisperers * Devoted to the Mad Passion Vestrial. * Rumor artists and gossip mongers dedicated to deceit. * Very informal organization. * Common feature: Lidded eye tattoo * Anonymous, decentralized * Driven by their acts of devotion, with occasional larger guidance from their patron. * Advice for using the Whisperers in adventures and campaigns. * Thematic ideas and connections for the Whisperers. * Unlike some secret societies, their presence doesn’t necessarily define what the campaign or adventure is about. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
37:39
April 06, 2022
EDSG Episode 114 - High Circle Beastmaster
* High Circle Beastmaster * Recap of the Discipline concepts and themes. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Tough Hide * Warden Tier Bonuses and Discipline Talents * Warden Tier Talent Options * New talents in Companion: Bloodhound Form, Burning Vigor, Chameleon, Defensive Posture, Eagle Eye, Goring Attack * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Bestial War Form * Master Tier Bonuses and Discipline Talents * Master Tier Talent Options * New talents in Companion: Alley Cat Approach, Animal Leadership, Aura Armor, Echolocation, Lion Spirit, Second Chance, Vital Strike, Vital Ward * Straightforward, not especially complex progression, just more stuff to make them better at what they do. * Go back to Episode 19 for more Beastmaster discussion! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
30:02
March 30, 2022
EDSG Episode 113 - The Force of the Eye
* Email from Nick Lowe: Naaman’s Hand, Vasgothia, and Parlainth. * Some insight from Lou Prosperi about the design goals of books like Secret Societies. * Quick discussion about Forge-related knacks for the Weaponsmith. * Secret Societies in depth: Force of the Eye * History of Kratas and how Garlthik came to power. * Crime syndicate that acts as a legal and enforcement power in Kratas. * Garlthik and the line he walks as a “Selfish Thief” * The Eyes’ reach beyond Kratas. * Brocher’s Brood * More about Garlthik’s personality and history. * Terricia, Garlthik’s top lieutenant. * Membership of the Force. * Fourth Edition status * Minor spoiler discussion for Empty Thrones * Amulets of the Force of the Eye * Using the Force in adventures and campaigns * Pop culture inspirations for Force-related stories. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
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March 23, 2022
EDSG Episode 112 - High Circle Weaponsmith
* Warden and Master Weaponsmith * Check out Episode 16 for Novice and Journeyman * Quick recap of Weaponsmith themes and focus * Warden Discipline Ability: Blood Bound Forge * Warden Tier Discipline Talents * Sidebar about First Edition Weaponsmith access to Elementalist spells * Warden Talent Options * New from the Companion: Lion Spirit, Matrix Sight, Relentless Recovery, Spirit Strike, Unflinching Fortitude * Master Discipline Ability: Mystic Grounding * Errata: 13thCircle Bonus should be Physical Defense * Master Tier Discipline Talents * Master Talent Options * New from the Companion: Burning Vigor, Ethereal Weapon, Resist Pain, Vital Strike, Vital Ward, Weapon Breaker * Analysis of high tier talent choices Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
40:42
March 16, 2022
EDSG Episode 111 - Naaman's Hand
* Secret Societies: Naaman’s Hand * Living Legend Cult * First appeared in Barsaive Boxed Set * Devoted to the pre-Scourge hero Naaman Y’ross * Multiple cults, conflicting beliefs about his fate * Overview of mentions in the published works. * History of Naaman’s Hand as presented in Secret Societies * Some background spoilers * Weird magical theorizing * Example of early seed being brought back later. * Not presented as a setting-shaking group. * Ideas for using the cult in adventures and campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
25:29
March 09, 2022
EDSG Episode 110 - Live from FreedoniaCon 2022
* Live Q&A from FreedoniaCon! * Questions from LouP: Talent Pattern and Attribute Pattern talents in Fourth Edition? * Why only one talent option per Discipline Circle? * Questions from Svenn: Status of Magic: Deeper Secrets? * Spell design rules and updating older spells? * How large is Deeper Secrets going to be? * Looking at third party material (Codex Arcanum)? * Contest for fan content as part of new book? * English publication of German Kaers book? * Status of Grand Bazaar? * Questions from Joel: Favorite bit of Earthdawn lore? * Where would you start a Barsaivian campaign (running or playing)? * Where would you set a non-Barsaivian campaign? * What areas in Barsaive not yet developed would you like to explore? * Thoughts on other Great Dragons relations to Barsaive? * Plans for Fekara? * Morgan working up a non-caster thing? * Questions from Chad: Duration of spells and damage? * Questions from K Scott: Expanding elemental planes or other netherworlds? * Question from Lee B: Status of House Syrtis and the Prophetess? * Status of Vivane and southwest Barsaive? * House K’tenshin? Iopos? * Cara Fahd and Landis? * Future of the Legends of Barsaive? * Questions from Lee A: Thanks to the EDSG for our work! * Strategies for regularly using Surprise Strike in combat? * What if the Thief delays their entry into combat? * Damage potential for Thief Discipline? * Can you use Great Leap every round to trigger Down Strike? * Changes to racial Karma in fourth (and third) edition? * Would changing the karma die back to first edition rules break the game? * Do the Legends of Barsaive adventures require any special background or setup? * Cross-Discipline talent synergies are an intentional design choice to encourage cooperation within a group. * Question from Josh: Why is his cat clawing his leg? * Thank you everyone for your questions and feedback! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
50:01
March 02, 2022
EDSG Episode 109 - The Fellowship of Night
* The live show from FreedoniaCon will be in the feed next week! * Secret Societies: The Fellowship of Night * Order of Nethermancers * Quick sidebar about Virag and whether she would be interested in the Fellowship. * History of the Fellowship * Based in the Delaris Mountains * A Horror corrupted a Liferock, it was killed by a Nethermancer banished from Landis. * The Fellowhip tapped into the Liferock’s magic to survive the Scourge. * Loosely associated with the Skyseeker trollmoot. * Dedicated to the study of astral space and the netherworlds. * Thera has interest in the Fellowship because of their connection with the Liferock, and how they might use that on Ayodhya. * Note: This is less of a concern in the fourth edition timeline. * Possible consequences of the Fellowship’s use of the Liferock. * Black Guard: Reanimated former members of the Liferock. * Membership includes Journeyman-tier and better Nethermancers. * Group True pattern, each member also bonded with a Black Guard. * Lifeshard: Magical item owned by each member of the Fellowship. * Discussion of the Fellowship as a possible Path. * The Chain of Skulls – the collected magical knowledge of the Fellowship * It has been stolen, and the Fellowship wants it back. * Many people would be interested in finding it, either for the knowledge it contains or to leverage favors from the Fellowship. * No updated information in ED4 about what is currently up with the Fellowship. * Adventure and campaign hooks involving the Fellowship. * Current goals of the Fellowship’s current Grand Master. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
41:48
February 23, 2022
EDSG Episode 108 - High Circle Archer
* Warden and Master Tier Archer * Reminder: EDSG Live at FreedoniaCon Sunday February 20 * Warden Discipline Ability: Blood Bound Bow * Recap of Archer Discipline themes. * Warden Discipline Talents: Blind Fire, Spirit Strike, Eagle Eye, Missile Lock * Warden Tier Talent Options * New talents: Chameleon, Critical Hit, Defensive Posture, Ethereal Weapon, Matrix Sight * Master Tier Discipline Ability: Perfect Shot * Master Discipline Talents: Influence Missile, Snapshot, Multi-Shot * Master Tier Talent Options * New Talents: Relentless Recovery, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Venom, Vital Strike, Vital Ward * Wind Bow is now a Missile Weapons Knack at Rank 8. * Josh’s Master Tier analysis and talent choices. * Reminder: Get us your questions for the live show! Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
39:51
February 16, 2022
EDSG Episode 107 - The Crownbreakers
* Email from Nanander: Origin of the Name of the Gauntlet Discipline. * Bonus accidental etymology lesson! * Live Earthdawn Survival Guide Podcast on February 20! * Secret Societies: The Crownbreakers * Cult of the Mad Passion Raggok * Small organization devoted to overthrowing any kind of authority. * Infiltrate communities and sow discord against its leaders. * Long term goal of undermining Throal and its authority by causing strife in its mountain communities. * No official fourth edition info but could have a role in present-day Barsaive. * Led by a high-rank questor Endaren Oakhaft. * Generational cult; very clear villains and antagonists. * Other agents of the cult. * Potential goals and activities of the Crownbreakers in the current timeline. * Another Raggok cult: The Hive of Ashes and Crarites. * Using the Crownbreakers in other parts of Barsaive, or as inspiration for similar cults. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
33:53
February 09, 2022
EDSG Episode 106 - High Circle Wizard
* The Wizard: Warden and Master tiers. * Review of themes and core concepts. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Matrix Split * New Discipline talents: Eidetic Memory, Glyph of Unweaving, Glyph of Shielding, Concise Casting. * Circle Eleven Karma Ability. * Review of Warden tier talent options. * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: Mystic Triangle * New Discipline talents: Glyph of Attunement, Glyph of Reversal, Spliced Weave. * Review of Master tier talent options. * Josh’s Master tier talent picks and high Circle analysis. * Looking back at the Wizard progression in third edition. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
48:45
February 02, 2022
EDSG Episode 105 - Email and the Songbirds
* Email from Aaron: Another Outcast pop culture reference. * Email from Ted: Access to enchanting for the Shaman Discipline? * Email from Chad: Apologies for forgetting Dan. Question about Discipline talents versus Talent Options in the “All Talents to Advance” rule. * Secret Societies of Barsaive * Updates or changes to information in the book as of the current timeline. * A bit of development history and where Secret Societies fits in to events in Barsaive. * Essays are in-character as various reports and intelligence from Theran agents. * The Songbirds: Alachia’s espionage and intelligence network. * Headed up by Vistrosh, the “exiled” blood elf in Kratas and head of Brocher’s Brood. * Nobody knows Vistrosh’s role in the organization. * Major focus of the Songbirds at the time of the book’s release is on Aardela and her connection with the dragons. * Interested in information or events that would be of interest to the Alachia’s Court. * Especially notable: Politics and machinations among the elven Wyrm Wood diaspora, especially Shosara, Sereatha, and the Seekers of the Heart. * Vistrosh’s potential involvement or role in the new situation in Kratas. * Other Songbird hooks: Therans, Holders of Trust/Denairastas, House Ishkarat. * How Vistrosh sends information through the network. * Overview of Vistrosh’s game statistics from the Third Edition Kratas book. * Songbird agent blood oath, possibility of the agents following a dedicated Path. * Adventure hooks from the original book. * Using the Songbirds in adventures or campaigns. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
35:10
January 26, 2022
EDSG Episode 104 - High Circle Air Sailor
* Warden and Master tier Air Sailor. * Go back to Episode 9 from Jan 22, 2020 for the Novice and Journeyman tiers and more commentary. * Brief recap of the themes and ideas. * More development work on the higher Circles than lower ones. * Warden tier abilities, bonuses, and Discipline talents. * Focus on talents in the Companion. * Warden talent options. * Master tier abilities, bonuses, and Discipline talents. * Master talent options. * Discussion of talent choices based on style. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @EDSGPodcast Josh on Twitter: @LoreMerchant Dan on Twitter: @boice_voice Get product information, developer blogs, and more at www.fasagames.com FASA Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fasagamesinc FASA Games Discord Channel: https://discord.gg/uuVwS9u Earthdawn Guild Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/earthdawnguild Earthdawn West Marches: https://discord.gg/hhHDtXW
38:25
January 19, 2022