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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.

Whether it's rules basics, setting lore, or behind-the-scenes insights, this is the place to start building your legend.
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EDSG Episode 138 - Horrorspawn
* Horror constructs! * Can be used when a full-blown Horror isn’t appropriate to add flavor and mood to an adventure or location. * Black Mantis * Big, fast, nasty insect monster: Upper Journeyman challenge. * Has a little bit of a xenomorph vibe. * Bone Shambler * Undead construct, big ball of bones and spikes. * Slightly less tough than the black mantis but is still a fierce opponent. * Can overrun its opponents causing extra damage and knockdown. * Cadaver Man * Zombies… with an Earthdawn twist. High-Novice tier challenge. * Still retain some semblance of their personality. * FRENZY * Falsemen * Created by Therans as automatons * Strawmen and waxmen are low-powered, mindless cannon fodder in Parlainth’s War Games. * Stonemen and Steelmen are tougher, officers and commanders. * They often have a basic personality. * Ghouls * Flesh-eating undead construct, feral pack animals. Mid-Novice tier challenge. * Damaging venom that goes inert if the ghoul is killed. * More powerful “leader” is presented in the GM Guide. * Sidebar about the “Cadaverous” mask to turn any creature into an undead/cadaver version. * Jehuthra * Giant spider-like construct created from a Namegiver. Low-Journeyman tier challenge. * Magical abilities: Frost Web binds a target. * Iron Web creates maze that divides a group of targets that the jehuthra will hunt down. * Cunning but not intelligent. * Plagues * Tall, gaunt humanoid that spreads disease. * Not physically imposing as an opponent, but it has illusion abilities that allow it to infiltrate or operate unnoticed while it spreads its disease. * Disease is slow-acting and contagious, could cause lots of problems even after being defeated. * Qural’lotectica * Amorphous blob of a body with hooked tentacles and drinks blood. * Ambush predator, moves slowly but has a paralytic venom. * Resembles barnacles from Half Life. * Spectral Dancer * Created from highly charming and charismatic individuals, cursed to have no ability to interact with the physical world. * Best way to deal with them is to soothe their torment by connecting with them, a social challenge. * Stormwraith * Horror corrupted air elemental * Aggressive, vicious, electrical attacks. * Difficult to damage with physical attacks. * Notable hazard for airships and air mining operations. * Cadaverous and corrupted masks to make Horrorspawn from other creatures. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g 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
50:45
September 21, 2022
EDSG Episode 137 - River Travel
* All things nautical! River travel in Barsaive. * We covered individual vessels in Episode * Each aropagoi controls a section of the Serpent and its associated tributaries. * Trading cartels that have developed over generations for mutual economic benefit. * Most aropagoi are led by a shivalahala – the political, spiritual, and cultural leader of the entire cartel. * Historical perspective on the Serpent River trade * Bakshevas – a ritualistic toll extracted by the t’skrang who controlled a stretch of river. * The Free Trade Compact – the aropagoi retain exclusive rights to their tributaries, but the Serpent trade is open. * Standard unit of freight: the duari. A cask that holds 300 pounds of dry rice. * About 16 hours of travel per day, approximately 5 silver per day. * Brief comparison of riverboat versus airship travel. * Types of passage. * Freighter: mildly cramped, eat with the crew, may work to reduce passage. * Passenger line: Passengers only, planned routes and known stops. * Warship passage: Not commonly available, only adepts who can fight. * Ferry service: Crossing the river, low cost, no berths, short jaunts. * Dwarf barges: Easy travel downstream, must pay a riverboat to tow them upstream. * Showboat: Floating entertainment, carnival, or circus that travels the lower Serpent and Coil rivers. More diverse. * Lots of pop culture and historical inspirations in this episode for river travel flavor and story ideas! * River travel is a great source for color and excitement, and mot places in Barsaive aren’t too far from part of the Serpent River network. Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g 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
47:20
September 14, 2022
EDSG Episode 136 - More from the mailbag!
* Email madness! * We have a YouTube channel. Old episodes being uploaded. * Let us know if you want to help with captions/transcripts! * Email from Brendan: Using talents during Experience Death? * Email from Matthew: Enchanting a group true pattern item? * Replacing or altering parts of a thread item? * Further enchanting of thread items to add additional thread ranks? * Email from Captain Olimar: Iberian peninsula? * Territories outside Barsaive but not described in books? * Email from Bryan: J’role in his campaign. * Email from Patrick: Status of podcast listenership? * Thoughts on mass combat and player characters interacting with it? * Group masks in Empty Thrones page 213. * Band of Blades for other system ideas on large-scale goals and campaign integration. * Using Mystic Paths in earlier editions? * Comparison of different editions? * Email from Maciej: The Invae Burnings and Chorrolis? * Information on Landis? * Email from Bart: Ally spirits and overshadowing other characters? * Advice on handling GM burnout? Email: edsgpodcast@gmail.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeoifzUuBjez9V6wnvzom3g 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
01:03:22
September 07, 2022
EDSG Special Episode: Legends Vol. 6
* Legends Special #6 * Dan narrates tales from Legends of Earthdawn Volume 2: The Book of Exploration * The Lost Kingdom of Lasael * In the Bones of the Earth * Paradise of Swords * Chamber of the Ages 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
34:60
August 31, 2022
EDSG Episode 135 - High Circle Scout
* High Circle Scout. * Review of the Scout’s focus and role in the game. * Ninth Circle Discipline Ability: Supernal Awareness. * Warden Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Warden Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Critical Hit, Plant Talk, Relentless Recovery * Thirteenth Circle Discipline Ability: One With the World * Master Tier bonuses and Discipline talents. * Master Tier talent options. * New to the Companion: Eidetic Memory, Matrix Sight, Netherwalk, Second Chance, Soul Aegis, Spirit Strike * High circle build options and 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
33:53
August 24, 2022
EDSG 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.co