In a world where an epic band of adventures roams the countryside, scouring dungeons and facing grave threats to all of existence with marvelous magic and massive might, these legends shall be forever engraved in the tomes of history.THIS...is not their story.Parties & Parodies is the ever-going tale of the Order of the Half-Priced Heroes, a radio drama that follows the adventuring party on an epic quest as they strive to force back the shadow creeping across the land. Hosted and DM'd on WUOG 90.5 FM by their very own DJ Ninjay (with a rotation of victims — I mean other players), the show features 2-3 hours of comedy and heroism as the players try to foil the Dungeon Master's plans (after all, he IS the one controlling all the villains).
Parties & Parodies provides examples of:
Aerith and Bob: The Order of the Half-Price Hero has characters like Merthuvial, Kribnefka, Yaseilex...and Matt.
All According to Plan: The Shapeshifting party gives an outline of their first master plan to the heroes, only doing so because, whether or not the Order actively tries to subvert their plan, their was no chance of doing so; all available options would have led to the Order failing.
Deadly Upgrade: Since the heroes did not get enough power to beat the Big Bad simply by becoming epic demigods, they had to consolidate their power in Kribnefka.
Deal with the Devil: The members of the Order sign their souls over to Asmodeus, Lord of the Nine Hells, in exchange for them going back in time to before they released Tharizdūn. Unfortunately, they players didn't Read The Fine Print, so he only sent them back one round.
De-power: The Order, especially Kribnefka, rises and falls in power several times in the beginning of the second season.
Death from Above: Skullcopters can drop brown mold bombs (with alchemist's fire for automatic doubling its size), but they were absorbed by a sphere of annihilation the first time they were used.
Death Is Cheap: Rather expensive actually. Still little more than a temporary inconvenience.
Also, Asifa Skullhunter kicked Sid into a poisonous-spiked trap, of course killing him. He then was reincarnated as a Phanaton.
Deus ex Machina: When the players are forced to fight Tharizdūn, this is how they beat him every time.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Singularity of Cheese, caused by noting that the True Creation spell has a volume requirement, but no mass requirement. used to destroy Atropus, the undead afterbirth of creation
Elemental Powers: Worshipers of the Elder Elemental Eye are divided up into elemental sects, except those that know the real identity of EEE as Tharizdūn, which so far this story only reveals as being Lareth the Beautiful.
Game Master: The DM wears all of the hats featured in the article.
Lethal Joke Character: Somewhat subverted by the fact that he isn't truly lethal, but Kribnefka's Diplomat has two levels, but can achieve a 50 on diplomacy checks, making him able to stop all fights except against Tharizdūn, who was immune because of his portfolio and madness.
The Loonie: After the first few episodes, this ends up being pretty much EVERYONE except the DM, to various degrees.
The Munchkin: Kribnefka Terunterik is always trying to make broken characters. Also, the DM min-maxes about half of his villains, only for them to get killed off in silly ways (or the DM gets out-munchkin'd).
A rod of wonder roll actually does something useful when it removes Tharizdun's Well of Many Worlds, integral to his multiversal destruction plan, from existence... along with every other Well of Many Worlds in the mutliverse.
Soviet Supermagic: Kobolds have a teleportation network, spells that can create an entire city in a day, and of course research ANY magical items that come into their possession.