After this Herculean effort, Hal kept recording and sharing his gaming sessions, and several other groups have since joined the ranks of the Site Contributors, including the Bradford Adventuring Guild, the Whartson Hall Gamers, the Pantsless Gamers, the Yorkton Gamer Guild, the Thistledown Gamers, the Order of the Ass, Kicking, and several others.
At this point, RPGMP3 holds over 1,000 podcast episodes available for free download (and yes, that's the correct number of zeroes), in addition to a collection of super-special Patrons Exclusive audio sessions, which are only available for donating members.
Pretty much every genre, setting and system of tabletop RPG has been playtested and recorded at one point or another, from the most popular games, e.g. Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, to indie darlings and cult classics.
The website can be found here, the file download page (where the podcasts live) can be found here, and the site discussion forum is here. (There's also an RSS feed with the 10 newest downloads, if you don't want to miss any of the shiny new podcasts.)
These podcasts contain examples of:
- Proud to Be a Geek: Unsurprisingly, since the majority of the participants are roleplaying gamers and, therefore, huge nerds, there is no end to the amount of geekery and nerdness that will accumulate in an average podcast episode.
- Running Gag: The contributor groups have all developed their own running gags and in-jokes over time, which they usually remember to explain to their listeners. (Usually.) Since some of the groups' members listen to the other groups' recordings, this can sometimes lead to inter-group commentary.
- Witty Banter: Pretty much every podcast on the site, regardless of which group its from, will invariably feature copious amounts of digression and discussion about anything and everything, e.g. the players' personal lives, other media, amusing anecdotes, and lots and lots of dick jokes. And others kinds of rude hilarity, of course. Luckily, most of the banter is highly entertaining.
List of characters:
- Captain Socrates: Human Airship Captain/Duelist/Escaped Mental Patient, played by Ross. The character was originally heavily inspired by his namesake in Edict Zero: FIS.
- Dr. Bartholomew Young: Overwrought Physician, played by Alec. Half man, half runic-energy-fueled machine, with a tasteful design aesthetic.
- Kieron Hammerfall: Andari Runecaster, played by Fin. Kieron is imbued with momentous arcane power, as well as the durability of a dry twig. He's a member of the Andari race, which means he's blessed with immortality (barring any unfortunate accidents - which, considering his virtually non-existent toughness, could involve being knocked over by a stiff breeze or something). Furthermore, Andari and technology don't mix.
- Mouse Sprocket: Ferren Wayfinder, played by Tina. Mouse is a cute little murine girl who can reduce a half-dozen grown men to chunky salsa in less than six seconds, using only her tail tip. She's quite fond of cheese. Mouse is often teased (unfairly) with the size of her ears; at one point, she was even described as "the lovechild of Master Splinter and Dumbo".
- Raven: Human Demonologist, played by Sophie.
- Sniffer: Human Tinkerer, played by Wayne. Takes care of minor mechanical repair jobs and shoots people. Although everyone loves a trip to the pub - particularly adventurers - Sniffer tends to gravitate towards watering holes like dandruff to a pristine shirt collar. He's manic depressive and (mildly) alcoholic, and starts each game session by randomly determining whether he's in 'Ecstatic' or 'Morose' mode, that day.
Part one, Murder at Sturmhalt, consists of four episodes, which have all been released to the public. Part two, The Black Swan, will likewise span four episodes.
The Knights Trilogy contains examples of:
- Ascended Extra: One of Herr Ranthos' retainers, the lady knight Herr Ludmilla Black, only played a minor role in Murder at Sturmhalt. She was promoted to full-time party member status in The Black Swan.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: See the entries for Gratuitous Latin and Canis Latinicus.
- Bathos: The Pants Campers tend to punctuate life-and-death drama with whoopie cushions and dick jokes.
- Burn the Witch!: During the final episode of Murder at Sturmhalt, Rosanna the servant reveals her magical powers, which she's kept hidden for fear of persecution. Quite rightly, as Elyas the squire immediately thinks she's an evil witch - despite the fact that she only used her powers to save herself and the others from the real evil sorcerer, who'd been murdering people at Castle Sturmhalt. As an additional, quite blatant reference to this and similar tropes, Rosanna is burned by the evil sorcerer's Fireball spell, and acquires a permanent burn scar.
- Canis Latinicus: The languages of Tropis sound strangely familiar, extending both to Canis Latinicus, as well as Dogski Russki and Woofwoofio Italiano, among others.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The original World of Tropis games were serious (and serial) offenders, in this regard. The players and the GM have mellowed a little, since then; they only cuss in every other sentence, these days.
- Darker and Edgier: The World of Tropis is practically fueled by grimdark. Presumably, the local flora must have adapted to a world where it always rains. (Usually regular old H2O, with an occasional brief shower of fire and brimstone.)
- Gratuitous Latin: The World of Tropis is a medieval setting, with plenty of... 'inspiration' from real world cultures. Latin isn't the only (dead) language that was butchered during the world design naming process, but it certainly gets a lot of screen time.
- N'arm: Daniel, the group's GM, always attempts to paint a serious and melodramatic setting, providing his group with an intense roleplaying experience. The players usually respond by dragging the tragedy past farce, and straight to slapstick.
- Rugged Scar: Elyas Wannerholt, Herr Ranthos' squire, gets shanked in the face during a combat scene. The resulting facial scars give him a certain degree of macho street cred, and a heroic lisp, like a veteran boxer or something.
- The Dung Ages: The World of Tropis is a Medieval setting, replete with war, pestilence, famine, and anarcho-syndicalist mud farming communes.
- Tragic Hero: Herr Gareth Ranthos has a dark past, which has left him grim-faced and discredited amongst his peers.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Daniel, the Pants Campers' customary ludo-narrativistic comptroller, exhibits unequivocal indications relating to a profound idiosyncratic preference for polysyllabic descriptive soliloquizing.
- Big Jack Brass: Sometimes referred to as Jon (not to be confused with John - see below). He's a talented cartoonist who's occasionally contributed character sketches for some of the various RPGMP3 gaming groups. His sense of humour is legendary, as exemplified by his most iconic character, Max Jollity, whose arrival is always greeted warmly by the other Whartsies.
- Weasel: Sometimes referred to as John, this player has a penchant for playing characters with their own agenda; characters with a strong... entrepreneurial spirit, you might say. Incidentally, he did not (allegedly) earn his nickname for this behaviour, but for playing a Toon character whose primary weapon was a gun that shot weasels.
- Aimee: Mandy's sister. Married to Brad.
- Brad: Married to Aimee.
- Brian: Muppet.
- Jack: Married to Mandy.
- Lockhart: This trained accountant and friendly neighborhood Pathfinder encyclopedia is usually always the Game Master, when the Yorkton Gamers settle down for a night of gaming. (As you might have guessed, they play a lot of Pathfinder.) Besides being a walking repository of rules trivia, Lockhart has also mastered a selection of delightfully cheesy fake accents, which allows him to imbue his NPCs with a variety of verisimilitudinous vernaculars. One of his characters, Brunsk the Barbarian, is particularly prolific, and has appeared in almost every Yorkton Gamer campaign, either as a recurring character or in a cameo.
- Mandy: Aimee's sister. Married to Jack.
Jade Regent is a Pathfinder campaign that introduces exciting rules for caravan travel, and for handling the slow development of relationships (and possibly even rivalries or romances, or both) between PCs and NPCs. Here's the first episode of the Yorkton Gamers' ongoing Jade Regent campaign.
List of characters & noteworthy miscellanea: (All NPCs are played by Lockhart, unless otherwise noted.)
- Ameiko Kaijitsu: NPC.
- Ash Lonechild: Human Summoner, played by Brad. Ash uses a creative form of nomenclature, when naming his many pets and helpers, both otherworldly and mundane. Examples include Misty the Succubus (see below), and Squirtle and Charmander (his horses).
- Harold Shinken: Half-Elf Cleric of Pharasma, played by Brian.
- Kelda Oxgutter: NPC.
- Koya Mvashti: NPC.
- Misty the Succubus: Eidolon (i.e. technically a class feature) belonging to Ash Lonechild; played by Brad. Misty is a bubbly, bouncy, charmingly naïve teenage girl with talents that make her invaluable to the team. She also happens to be a demonic Succubus from the deepest pits of the Abyss, who enjoys long walks on the beaches by the lakes of fire and brimstone, and occasionally starts singing while disemboweling people with her claws. She's really a very nice person, once you get to know her. Misty quickly developed far more personality than Ash (who's technically the real character), which has become something of an in-joke.
- Oathtaker: During their travels, the adventurers managed to find a magical tetsubo (a huge Oriental bludgeoning weapon) called Oathtaker. Apart from its obvious uses, it can also force people under a Blood Geas. It's currently wielded by Harold Shinken, who discovered that the Viking women of the Linnorm Kingdoms were very impressed by the weapon's... craftsmanship.
- Sandru Vhiski: NPC.
- Shalelu Andosana: NPC Elven Fighter/Ranger. (She's specialized in bows.)
- Skygni: NPC magically Awakened frost-breathing Winter Wolf. He swore a Blood Oath (under duress) to not eat people. Well, at least not the ones in the caravan, anyway.
- Spivey: NPC Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.
Harold: Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold?
Spivey: Oh, well... Desna gives me wings!
Misty: Her heart is made out of gold?! How do you know? [Visibly starts to ponder whether she should reach in, pull it out and check]
Harold: Y'know, with the Good Outsiders, I wouldn't be surprised.
Misty: [Grabs Spivey and shakes her] She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold?
Koya: Misty, that's not how we usually hug!
- Storm Blackfire: Half-Elf Barbarian, played by Aimee. Storm is the group's scout and combat expert. She's friends with Koya and (tentatively) Harold, and is even more friendly towards her childhood friend, Sandru. She's openly antagonistic towards Ameiko, and regards Ash as a nuisance. At one point, she acquired a magical glow-in-the-dark butterfly tattoo on a certain part of her body.
- Suishen: This sentient, talking katana was crafted for the noble Amatatsu clan, and is adamant in pursuing its mission to protect them. It's currently wielded by Storm Blackfire. Suishen bestows advice upon its wielder, along with several nifty powers, including the ability to Air Walk and Resist Cold. (Which was fortunate, since it meant that Storm didn't have to change her entire wardrobe when the adventurers' quest took them into the frosty Linnorm Kingdoms.) Oh, and Suishen can also turn people into sashimi, of course.
- Ulf Gormundr: NPC.