It’s Podcast Tuesday! Which is not actually a thing as far as I’m aware but if I pretend it is then I might feel obligated to rec a podcast EVERY Tuesday and then I will have a series of lovely podcast recs, which I intended to make starting a bit ago, ahem. ANYWAY, onwards to today’s rec for your listening joy:
What is the name of today’s fine podcast goodness? Total Party Kill.
That doesn’t sound like it has much to do with Doctor Who. That’s because it doesn’t.
What???? I AM A WELL-ROUNDED PERSON, DAMMIT.
Hmm. All right, so what is it about? I’m glad you asked. It’s a group of friends playing Dungeons and Dragons, divided up into handy hour long episodes, with exciting cliffhangers.
I see. So, why would I want to listen to then instead of playing D&D myself, or going for some fine proper gaming of the variety with pretty colours and lights and stuff? Because it is ridiculously fun, and funny. AND you can listen to it and do something else at the same time. Personally, Total Party Kill allowed me to redecorate my dining room into my study/gaming room. I wouldn’t have got past the bloody ceiling (oh my God, if I never have to paint a ceiling again…) if I didn’t actually look forward to the awful ceiling painting because the rule was no TPK unless decorating.
Yes, yes, but apart from it assisting you with your home decor…? It’s both immense fun as an adventure and incredibly funny thanks to the people involved. The rules of the game are played dead straight and serious, but the gameplay is not. And seeing the DMs deal with the often outlandish and wonderful choices of the players is quite brilliant. It also helps that everyone can be terribly funny, though I have a particular soft spot for Katchka (sp?) the bard who strikes down virtually any foe with the fury of their cutting words.
Right, so where I can I listen to this? Over here. There are three campaigns so far, and a couple of one-off episodes. I rec starting with the first episode of the second campaign, as everyone knows what they’re doing, and it contains all of the best kobolds ever devised by anyone. OH THE KOBOLDS.
What’s a kobold? It’s a Germanic spirit that haunts underground places, and or a low-level mob that really likes candles…I don’t know what the D&D one actually looks like; they are underground, but not spirit-y.
You’ve never played D&D have you? No, I haven’t. SHUSHT. It’s on my Geek Bucket List.
And is this secretly your very favourite of all podcasts? It’s not a secret since I might have mentioned it once or twice, but yes, yes it is. It makes me laugh such a lot, and the combo of fantasy adventure plus many lols is very winning.