Earthquake in New Zealand

There was an earthquake, followed by a large number of large aftershocks across a large swath of the country, in the South Island of New Zealand a couple of days ago.

Followed by some tsunami warnings which had people heading for high ground along a good chunk of the East Coast.

Followed by a storm which blew into the middle of the country to really make things difficult.

I have no idea whether it made the news in your area; We are, after all, right out at the raggedy edge of the world in some respects, and there are some fairly momentous things happening these days.
I’d like to let you know that the Big Red Couch crew are all fine.

  • (Craig) am in the UK, and would have to try very hard to get any further from the quakes.
  • Ben lives hundreds of kilometers from the events, and is unaffected. And until he read the news reports, unaware.
    (that said, some people in the same city did feel them)
  • Kevin & Tonya live much closer, and felt the quakes to be significant enough to seek shelter from any falling objects.
    (their cat slept through the whole thing)

Sadly, there have been fatalities from this; Two as I write this.

There’s no shortage of news reports from sources across the full range of reliability, but here, if you’re interested, is the Official Word from Geonet, who are the go-to people in New Zealand for this sort of thing – M7.5 Kaikoura Quake: What we know so far

And now, a request.

Please, if you don’t have an emergency kit at home, wherever home may be, put one together.
If you do have one, now would be a fantastic time to check that it’s up to date, nothing’s expired, the electrical bits actually work, … That sort of thing.

Epiosode Eighty Two – Alien Leprechaun

And It Was Aliens All Along – Is that really a creature of faerie you’ve come across? Does the Leprechaun actually need your help to get to their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Or did you just help a crashed alien explorer return to their spacecraft?

The Grandest Central Station – Workaday life in a ‘train’ station where the 08:15 could be coming in from absolutely anywhere, and the Starlight Express might not just be a fanciful name.

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A Big Red Christmas?


We’re going to have an episode drop just before Christmas day; Maybe the 24th, maybe the 23rd, depending on your time zone, and Ben & I are wondering about doing a Christmas Episode.

Specifically, we’re wondering if there’s anything that you all, the audient, would like us to do as a Christmas Episode?
We’ve done a holiday special before, and I’m not sure we’re ever going to top the idea of the Christmas Snake, but if there’s something that calls out to you and says “Those Hacks On The Big Red Couch Should Totally Do This Thing” ?

Well, you may well be right.

Cheers, and thank you for listening,

Audient Ideas About Dragons

TAZ presents us with his Dragon Hoard-o-matic.

Kedamono wonders about what modern-day dragons collect that still holds value, given that gold is better protected now. And what headaches that could cause for the Bureau 13 agents keeping an eye on their … collecting.
And what happens when a dragon wakes from centuries of slumber and doesn’t know, or care, how the world works these days.

Jason G. reminded us of modern-day dragons, and is probably horrified by where we went with it.

Here are some links to stuff we nattered about

Episode Eighty One – Banana Warriors Of Dimension X

Unraveling the impending demise of Genetically-Engineered Super-soldiers before it unravels them.
Defending your new home from the uptight a-holes you moved here to avoid, ideally without anyone local finding out you’ve moved in.
Skulduggery & Genocide among the multidimensional produce of the Vegiverse.
Comedic Confused Urban Fantasy Post Apocalyptic Cyberpunk gaming.

And we do terrible things to VeggieTales. And Mad Max 2. Simultaneously.

Here are some links to stuff we nattered about

Episode Eighty – Why Would A Dragon Hoard That?

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Dracoarchy in Action – “Yes, we elected a Dragon as our head of state.  His campaign had some very compelling points…      …and not just on his teeth.”

A horrifying discovery in the middle of the dungeon puts the party into high gear.  Reverse gear, that is, and wishing they’d dealt with the tricks and traps rather than just circumventing them.


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Gen Con 2016 – The Craig’s-Eye View On The Best Four And A Bit Days In Gaming

Gen Con

Kentucky Fried Gamers

Indiana Convention Centre

GenCon Post-Show Press Release


Questionable Content – Jeph Jaques
Something Positive – R. K. Milholland

Indie Games On Demand

RPG Design Panelcast
Pelgrane Press
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Doctor Who: The Curse Of Fatal Death

Cogs, Cakes, and Swordsticks
The Taking Of Beverly Hills


Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space
Thrilling Adventure Hour – podcast in the style of radio serials


Mikey Mason
Fear The Boot – rpg podcast
L.U.C.I.D. – Morning Skye Studio game using surveys to construct the plot

Ultra PRO
The Broken Token
Nights of Yore
Campaign Coins

The Laundry Files

Episode Seventy Nine – Crisis Angel Is A Douchbag

Big Red Couch - Episode Seventy Nine - Crisis Angel Is A Douchbag

Some people can keep their head in a crisis. But if it means that everyone else loses theirs, it’s probably best not to get them involved.

Stage magicians duel in the darkness behind the curtain, working to defeat frauds,  cultists, and sinister magical threats.

Crisis Angel to the rescue!  BTW, you’re coming with her.  Now.  Ready or not.

When their ward is driven to acts of horrible revenge, what’s a guardian angel to do?  Roll up their sleeves and pitch in?

There’s one every group of friends, right?  The high-maintenance, disaster magnet?  What happens when your group of friends wields incomprehensible cosmic power?


And from Mamading, the listener who tipped us off to the RSS going down, these ideas for our “Kansas is Vibrating” episode.

Following a underhanded preemptive strike (consisting of an upbeat teenager and her small dog) the inhabitants of OZ strike back at the realm that wronged them.

Kansas has been propelled into a hostile dimension, it’s citizens changing and gaining abilities that, if used wisely, but even see them through the peril ahead.

Some fiend has stolen the Sunflower state!  Battle hardened metahumans gather recover Kansas, and bring the thief to justice!

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Episode Seventy Eight – Kansas Is Vibrating

Big Red Couch - Episode Seventy Eight - Kansas Is Vibrating

The State of Kansas is leaving the Union: Economically, Legislatively, Administratively, and, with the aid of advanced rocket engines deep beneath the surface, Physically.

Loyal Kansans attempt to right the wrong of Kansas City, Missouri, by re-writing history. Sadly, time travel is an imprecise tool, and Kansas City has come adrift, moving from place to place in the present day, taking over the existing locations & population.

The Spirit of Kansas, tired of the State’s reputation as ‘boring’, is attracting attention by shaking things up in a very literal way.

Strange Vibrations beneath the very soils of Kansas?
Is it earthquakes? The result of fracking?
Nope; Space Maggots.

Space prospectors find the USS Kansas beached on an asteroid. How did she get there? And what happened to her crew?

Here are some links to stuff we nattered about

Episode Seventy Seven – This Island Universe

Big Red Couch - Episode Seventy Seven - This Island Universe


Trading ships running up and down a river whose shores touch different realities.

Building out from a the centre of a pocket universe, to uncover it’s boundaries and it’s secrets.

An artificial archipelago populated by the “insanely” wealthy, who suddenly have face an apocalypse and each other’s…    ..eccentricities.

Between the towering rows of crops and the treads of the machines that tend them, humanity ekes out an existence.

A slip of the tongue.  A case of mistaken identity.  Or the symptoms a partially erased alternative timeline?

Thanks to Taz and Burning for their ideas from from the Fear the Boot Forum thread!

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