Episode One Hundred And Thirty Nine – “The Maltese Falcon gun, a famous weapon once owned by the King of the Popes”

Q: What does this obscure clue mean? What can it possibly be pointing to?
A: Whatever the PCs decide, because they’re the experts.

Society has fallen apart, and the world has changed.
Or Has It?
What if the world is fine, but your perception of it is wrong?

Wildly Anachronistic High-Action AlchemyPunk in the Holy Land!
Adventures in the Misunderstood Present!


Episode One Hundred And Thirty Seven – Telepathic Murder Ghosts Coming Out Of The Trees

Trees Hate Us; They’ve found ways to influence people & get into their thoughts, and now, not even paper is safe

The forests are desperately trying to redress an imbalance, but from a human point of view that looks a whole lot like people up and vanishing into the woods.

Big Paulie’s crew ended up owning the forest as part of a failed development scam, and when Carmine took over, he used it as a tax dodge and carbon credit scam, with a sideline as a Christmas Tree farm.
Turns out that Big Paulie monetised corpse disposal for half the state, and those justifiably pissed-off ghosts have started escaping from their unmarked graves by hitching rides on the Christmas Trees planted over their bodies.

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Episode One Hundred And Thirty Six- “I knew there was something I was supposed to do, but I can’t remember what it was…”

A group of total strangers who are distresingly familiar to each other attempt to work out what disaster befel their city, why they feel like they had something to do with it, and whether it could happen again.

The Universe is broken, the backup is corrupted, and you’re trying to rebuild from your own hazy memories of what it was like.
And maybe sneak in some improvements at the same time.

The Social Collateral system rewards helpful deeds & improves efficiency by ensuring that nobody can forget a task.
And yet it feels like that’s what’s happening, even though the system says it isn’t.

The World’s Greatest Genius needs a retinue of people to keep them on track & remind them to wear pants, and to stop anyone finding out that this is the case.
That’s where you come in.

Auto-Targeting systems mean that if you look human, and are a combatant, you get hit; The only defense is camoflage which obscures the human form.
In these dark times, Furries are our only hope for survival.

Airship Pirates stage raids on the Politico-Corporate Empire of the Mouse, rebroadcasting IP to anyone with the will to watch it and concealing their identities by wearing the cartoonish heads of the oppressor.

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Episode One Hundred And Thirty Five – Things Are Going Down At Disney Town

The AI cast members at the theme park became a vital part of the experience; A wild assortment of characters you could talk to who would always remember your name and were always happy to see you.
Then things fell apart, and the people stopped coming, and the cast members found themselves without anything to do.
So they went out to find out where the guests had gone.

Rather than put people in unconvincing suits, the Theme Park uses modified people, but for everyone who is convincing enough to be a star, there are many who just don’t make the grade. They can get some work, but they’ll never break out of the Park Ghetto of the not-quite-right.
Now that one of them has gone rogue and is committing unspeakable crimes in their shanty town, it’s up to a “goofy-looking” PI to find them and stop them.

“Camp”, by Faraz Shanyar

Faraz Shanyar’s Artstation Portfolio

Hot blob: vast patch of warm water off New Zealand coast puzzles scientists

Calypso Music

Mulling / Mulled Cider

Asimov’s Three Laws Of Robotics

Wreck-It Ralph

Disneyland Park (originally Disneyland)
Walt Disney World


Ellen Ripley

Lord Humungus
Immortan Joe
Mad Max Franchise

Defunctland (youtube)

Abandoned Mister Blobby Amusement Park
Footrot Flats
Footrot Flats: The Dogs Tale Tail
( I couldn’t find much of anything on the now-defunct Footrot Flats Leisure Park. Seems it only lasted a few years, got rebranded, and died. Here’s the best thing I could find. ~ T. Jones )

Rainbow’s End

Disneyland Paris

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Avatar (James Cameron/Giant Smurf)

Spirited Away

Bats Day

Kingdom Hearts

Vanellope Von Schweetz
Captain Jack Sparrow

Toy Story Franchise
Mad Max: Fury Road

Little Robots, Big World – The Gutter Skypes
This was a multi-episode game run by Trilobite; Links to the MP3 for the episodes as follows ~ T. Jones

The Brave Little Toaster
There Will Come Soft Rains, by Ray Bradbury

Zack Snyder
Justice League

The Snyder Cut

Blade Runner
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Bill Watterson
Calvin & Hobbes
Berke Breathed
Bloom County

Underground RPG

Buck’s Fizz (drink)
Bucks Fizz (band)

The Witcher (TV)

Cool World

Blacksad (comic)

Donald Duck

The Dresden Files

French Foreign Legion

The Crow
Dark City

Walt Disney

Tank Riot (podcast) and their Walt Disney episode.

(Regarding the “crude graffiti”, there is a story from Walt’s youth (recounted above at 20:55) which often involves mentions of corporal punishment. The Tank Riot crew briefly infer that it was subject rather than the permanence of the medium that inspired his fathers wrath. And then they repeated it as a running gag for the following decade. They are a true inspiration. ~ T. Jones)

Jacinda Ardern
John Key and “that photo.”

Episode One Hundred And Thirty Four – Tempest Redeye Flight

Tempest Redeye Flight
Tempest Redeye Flight

Trapped by the snow, the handful of passengers on a stranded air-liner find themselves retreading a classic story.

A Jovian gas extraction platform unexpectedly loses communication with it’s drill-head deep in the atmosphere below. Has the far end met with technical malfunction, a mutiny by the crew (or machinery), or something more sinister?

The first summit between the zombie nation and the terrified world that quarantined it is already off to a rocky start, so when a conspiracy is uncovered by a bi-partisan team of organisers they realise they will have to act to preserve the fruits of their work.

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Episode One Hundred And Thirty Three – Irritable Geography

Ben has a thesis on the role and point of travel in games, and the role and point of the encounters along the way.

Deities of the Land deal with a threat to their domain and the people living there; Possibly in between shifts at work.

Plucky youngsters save their home by enlisting the aid of the Spirit of the Town itself.

Teams of couriers venture through slightly alternate realities to keep their payload safe.

links to things we talked about

Episode One Hundred And Thirty Two – (Big Red) Couch Surfing

Big Red Couch Surfing

Couch-Hoppers – A mysterious ‘game’ found in a thrift store couch leads to hours of fun as you try to navigate alternate universes to find your way home.

Our Alternate Feed – A podcast discovers episodes they never made, in which people who sound and act just like them discuss events that never happened and things that don’t exist.

Remembering Big Red – A year after local surfing legend Greg “Big Red” Couch vanished while night surfing, people gather to remember him, and reflect on the year gone by.

Linky Goodness

Episode One Hundred And Thirty One – We HAVE Had Multiple Donkey Upgrades At This Point

episode 131 - We HAVE had multiple donkey upgrades at this point

Taz suggests a solo hex-crawler about exploring & prospecting to supply a newly founded colony.

“We have to remake the world in order to save it” isn’t a situation that anyone wanted to get to, but once we found ourselves at that point, it’s understandable that the panicked re-making might not go 100% as planned. Now, hand me that update for equine bio-accumulation & oxygen transport, and we’ll see whether we can get your donkey feeling better.

A group of folks transformed into beasts of burden come up with a cunning scheme to get greedy knuckleheads to drag them, braying and kicking, into the locations they’re cursed not to be able to approach.

Parliament of Northern Ireland

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction


Opium Wars

Torchbearer RPG

Man Plus, by Fredrick Pohl

Mad Magazine

Dead Space

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart

Yokohama Shopping Log / Yokohama Kaidashi KikĊ



Orbital Elevator

The Peace War & Marooned In Realtime, by Vernor Vinge
Dayworld, by Phillip Jose Farmer

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust


Thundarr The Barbarian
Thongor of Lemuria, by Lin Carter
( Oh Dear God, it’s one of a series. Craig, you are a monster for making me look this up ~ T. Jones )


Flatpack: Fix The Future


Log Horizon

Red To Green: The Evolution Of A City’s Abandoned Acres
( Christchurch Suburbs being reclaimed by nature ~ T. Jones )

Apocalypse World

Diaspora, by Greg Egan

Sayer (podcast)

Paranoia (Wikipedia)
Paranoia (Mongoose Publishing)
Red Markets: A Game Of Economic Horror

Boston Dynamics Big Dog
( ‘Dynamics’, not ‘Robotics’ ~ T. Jones )

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Feast Of Legends : Rise From The Deep Freeze
( Never thought I’d be show-noting The Wendy’s RPG ~ T. Jones )

Episode Thirteen – The President’s Earth Chakra Is Missing!