Of Steam, Steel and Murder

Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures
one shots

*Players: Richard, Sharon, Eldon and Chris

Beyond the Wall is an OSR/D20 system, in other words pretty generic BUT it arrives there in interesting story-game style ways. I collected a gaggle of players willing to give it a shot, and here is the mess we made.

Here is part 1
Here is part 2
Here is part 3

The audio was pretty bad once I got in to do the editing, something that I did not notice during the skype call itself. Mostly due to my microphone coming in waaaaaaay too low and having to compress the recording enough to match voice levels left a crap-ton of audio artifact. My apologies, it’s cleaned up the best I could manage.

Welcome Chris to the gaming group! He’s been a long time listener to the podcast and finally gets to join in a game.

Computer Disaster!

Well, the only Windows computer that I have in the house (unfortunately it IS the recording computer) died as I was trying to edit audio for the Podcast feed. Why do I use the windows box you ask? ….well, Powergrammo (the recording software I use) is Windows ONLY. I’m going to try and get something setup for the weekend so I can get back into the gaming and podcasting. I’ll keep people posted. Likely i’m going to have to build a new computer and find new software to use for the actual recordings as I don’t have the original Windows disks anymore to do the re-install – also windows 7 doesn’t like your hardware to change too much or it thinks you’re trying to pirate it. The hard drives are fine, and I still have all the terabytes of audio that still needs to be edited. None of that was lost. Anyways, I’ll keep you guys posted.

Deadlands: Tales From the Shattered Coast session 12

Players:Jamas, Richard, Nick and Sharon

Here is part 1
Here is part 2

Huzzah! Rescuing the audio files from the dead computer went well and I was able to get this game up and edited for the feed. Part 2 will be posted here as I am able, so if you listen to these things from here, you’ll get your part 2 well before it hits the feed. Keep checking back for it.

Nothing on the feed this week


Labor Day gave me an extended weekend that I spent primarily with the wife, so no audio got edited to post on the feed. Yes, yes I know there are terabytes of recorded audio sitting on this hard drive…right…here. Yup, sitting right there…unedited and not compressed into .mp3 format for podcast distribution. I may get something up (likely a Deadlands recording) mid-week, but until then the SSM feed goes silent.

You other GM’s that are part of the community, if you have something cleaned up, compressed and can give it an audio introduction and want me to slide a game or two into the feed, let me know. I’d prefer it be a one-shot or up to a 3 session mini-campaign that I can post over time. I’d be glad to also put a first episode of a longer game up if you want to include an intro or outro telling listeners how/where they can find the rest of your game.

Deadlands: Session 11
session, deadlands

Deadlands: Tales From the Shattered Coast part 11
Players: Nick, Jamas, Sharon and Richard

Here is part 1.
Here is part 2.

Our ongoing Deadlands game returns! Not much else to say, I’m still shilling for Aethercon and their online convention in November. If you listen and haven’t done so, please leave us some feedback on itunes or recommend an episode at RPG Podcasts

Hunter The Vigil: Actions Have Consequences - The Calculator
session, Nick GM, Hunter

Players: Bert, Sharon, Joshua
GM: Nick

I found these on my hard drive while cleaning out directories last night. This is part of Nick’s ongoing Actions Have Consequences story line set in the Hunter the Vigil/World of Darkness universe. I’m not sure exactly where it fits, as I seem to be missing some of the recordings, but it is self contained. I’ve split it into 2 parts:

Here is part 1
Here is part 2

Deadlands: Session 10
session, Deadlands

Players: Sharon, Richard, Jamas and Nick

Here is part 1
Here is part 2

Our Savage Worlds Deadlands game continues! Cowboy up and give it a try.

The ‘Of Steam, Steel and Murder’ game continues on hiatus, but will be returning soon! The final retail copies of the new FATE core book is out now from Evilhat and once I’ve gone over it and made a few tweeks for our particular game, more SSM episodes will hit the feed.

News - Aethercon!

If you listen to or play in this podcast, chances are you enjoy role playing and perhaps role playing online! If so, here is an online game convention that might just be for you:


November 15-17th this is the second year for this up-and-comer

Looks to be of some interest, check them out.

Esoterrorist actual play: The Store N Go Solution
session, one shot

Players: Richard, Sharon, Eldon, Joshua and Kikka

Here is part 1
Here is part 2

A one shot game for Pelgrane Press’s Esoterrorist game. It was intended to run in 2.5-3 hours but I may have drawn it out too much and will have to nip and tuck the scenario for it to fit in that time frame if I ever run it again. The audio is a bit noisy due to some microphone issues, Joshua drops on us after an hour or so (did you fall asleep again Joshua?) and Richard’s connection fails in the climatic scene! Ah well, I had fun and the players seemed to. Hope you listeners enjoy.

Note to said listeners….I made two changes in my audio editing flow, it would help to have an another ear or two tell me if the first part or the second part seems…easier..to listen to? Not necessarily better audio quality, just..easier. I don’t want to come out and say what I did, I want a fresh ear to tell me if it made any difference. Thanks!

The Quiet Year
session, out of steam players

Players: Eldon, Bert, J. Guilt, Joshua
GM: Collaborative game
The Out of Steam Actual Play Group

Here is the recording

Quite years Here is the finished game board from play.

The Quiet Year is a collaborative story telling game that uses a deck of cards and a sketchpad to play. There is no GM, but a moderator is used. This recording was part of the Out of Steam Actual Play Group’s usual Sunday game time, but we didn’t get to play the Laundry Files this time around. It was a fun game and it is more than likely that we did not interpret the rules as the creator wished.


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