Live from Barsaive: Episode 3

Episode 3 Highlights:

  • Part 2 of 3 in our series on the Twilight Peaks setting
  • How chiropractors are like highland trolls
  • 1879: Go pledge the Kickstarter even though Chad botched the explanation of the game
  • Chad’s experience of making one game per month for an entire year
Kickstarter campaign for the FASA game “1879”

  • Lou Prosperi

    Another cool episode! It never ceases to be interesting to me to hear (or read) people talking about the people and places from Earthdawn. We did some great world-building with that game, and I think it shows by the continued interest in the game and its setting. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Lou! I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Earthdawn is such a rich world, and it’s a privilege to be doing this.

      I just started reading your book, “The Imagineering Pyramid.” I instantly related to your description of how you feel in awe of the experiences created by the Disney Imagineers. I do have great respect for Disney, but my mind immediately went back to Earthdawn.

      Earthdawn is to me, what Disney has been to you.

      I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the book, and I’d love to talk with you more. Rachel would also. She is an absolute over-the-top crazy Disney fanatic (I mean that in a good way).

    • Eric Mansfield

      Well hello there Mr Prosperi! I’d really like to thank you for helping to make Earthdawn a thing that exists in the first place! Ever since finding it 25-ish years ago in a hobby store, its been my favourite tabletop RPG. Love the setting, love the mechanics and characters 😀

      • Lou Prosperi

        Thanks for the kind words, and you’re very welcome! 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you enjoy Earthdawn.

  • Telarus, KSC

    Really enjoying these so far, good work both of you. There are exciting things in the works for airships in ED4, I will keep you guys in mind when they are ready to beta-test.

    • Eric Mansfield

      I think myself and the rest of RPG Squad would be happy to help with some beta testing as well in our recorded campaign, if you’d like to have our opinions on things as well 😉

    • Yes, we would love to do some beta testing, of airships or whatever else you guys have in the works! We appreciate you keeping us in mind.

  • Eric Mansfield

    I like how 1879 was mentioned in this one. While the GM Guide is still being worked on, I’ve got a PDF copy of the Player’s Guide, which is complete already, from FASA’s online store. Its looking really interesting so far!

    • I’m really looking forward to it. I think as soon as I get my PDF copies we’ll probably start playing, at least a little. I’m not sure that we’ll be able to get a full blown campaign going unless we decide to take a break from playing Earthdawn for a while. (Even if we do take a short break, we’ll keep doing the podcast.)

      • Eric Mansfield

        Sounds like you don’t have enough time for me to talk you into GMing 1879 for RPG Squad videos then? 😉

        • Tempting, but I don’t think so. You guys play more in a week than I do in most years. 🙂

          I’d love to sit in on a game as a player sometime if you guys would have me. I’ve always wanted to try playing this “Earthdawn” thing that everyone keeps talking about. Always the GM, never a player.

          • Eric Mansfield

            More in a week than you do in most years. You mean, once? 😉 Actually, thats possible, most of my years have none, too 🙁

            You’re definitely welcome to join our campaign though, yeah. As often as you want to. We do want one more regular player if you had the time for it.

          • I’d love to play Earthdawn with you guys sometime, but I would not be able to commit to an ongoing regular time (which I know is a major pain to the GM).

            Maybe I could play a character that kind of crosses paths with your adventuring group from time to time but that isn’t a regular part of the group. I could design a character, or if it works better for your campaign I could basically take over whatever would have been a friendly NPC otherwise.

          • Eric Mansfield

            Both are good options, really. Talk it over with Unlucky Desperado tomorrow night 😉

          • I talked to him, and we’re going to see if we can put something together for a few games in the next month or two.

            I suggested that I play a non-standard race horror stalker who is also a time traveling Theran. He countered with an Obsidiman who is a salesman.

          • Eric Mansfield

            I’m not sure which one of you is worse XD

  • Trenton Vartabedian

    Hi there! I kinda just discovered Earthdawn and I’m wondering what edition would be the best one to start with? Thanks!

    • Hi, Trenton. Glad to hear you’re getting into Earthdawn!

      You can start with any edition, but personally I’d recommend 4th Edition. In my opinion some of the changes have made things smoother and easier to run. Before 4th, I played for years with 1st Edition rules and they work very well also, so you really can’t go wrong with any edition.

      Also keep in mind that the books from the various editions can mostly be mixed and matched, so if you’re running a 4th Edition game, you can use most source material books from previous editions, occasionally with some minor tweaks. Just be aware that some mechanics…for example some of the creature stats…have been rebalanced for 4th edition to make them work well with some of the rules tweaks.

      I’d also recommend that you may want to skip ahead to our “Earthdawn Crash Course”, episodes 16, 17, and 18. That series is geared around getting new players ready to play their first couple of sessions. It will give you a big picture overview of the setting as well as a plan of attack for which chapters to read first.

      We’ve done our best to be accurate in these episodes, but there are some mistakes, so make sure to check out the discussion on each episode’s page. Also, when in doubt, check the book and believe it over us. 🙂