Episode 150 – The Edge of the Abyss

By Tim Lanning on

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Tim founded GeeklyInc with Michael DiMauro way back in 2013 when they realized they had two podcasts and needed a place to stick them. Since then, Geekly has grown and taken off in ways Tim could have never imagined.

 

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Now that it definitely seems like there is no turning back, I guess we have to attack the fortress that lies within the abyss that used to be Caer. I don’t think I saw any dancing clubs to distract ourselves or any side quests to go chase. Which is a shame, since that thing looks terrible. I have a bad feeling we are not going to come home. Yep, someone has had their last hell wasp honey, if you get my drift. But, it is for the good of the entire planet, so what is one life? Just wish it didn’t have to be one of us.

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The adventure continues with Titus Harper (Tim Lanning), Thom the Dragonborn (Mike Bachmann), Aludra (Jennifer Cheek), Jaela (Nika Howard) and your Dungeon Master (Michael DiMauro). Don’t forget to follow our editor Steph Kingston (@stephokingston)!

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22 comments

  1. YAY!!! Congrats on your Sesquicentennial! Thank you so much for all the laughs and keeping me sane through all the dumb work BS! You all are so amazing! Been listening since the beginning, and I’m so glad you made it this far. Thank you!

      • More the cyclical argument. While yes it is important it’s not someone wants to constantly hear. It’s a big reason I did not enjoy the 3rd and 4th books of the Ender Series. It is real life, but that does not make it entertaining. With the amazing fan art of the fortress, of the heroes there ready to assault I came into this episode expecting to see how things played out only to get more bickering. =/

        • Don’t want to get involved in a flame war here, but I will say, if you want a steadily advancing story, there are plenty of audiobooks available, or you could always just listen to Critical Hit or Nerd Poker. The reason I (and I’m sure many other fans of this particular show), listen is to get the player/character interactions. I listen to audiobooks for my story stuff, I listen to RP podcasts for friends goofing off with one another. I want the back and forth between characters, I want the messing around with tangents. I listen to Drunks and Dragons because it feels natural, it feels like my old RP group before we grew apart; it’s like I’m back at the gamestore on a Saturday night with my closest buds, just having a laugh and playing some DnDs. Just relax, if it’s not for you, it’s not for you.
          To the Drunks and Dragons cast and stuff, keep up the good work! Love you all!

          • It is a valid point. I do listen for the cast interaction and how spontaneous it is. You never know WHEN someone is going to do something unexpected, but this is I believe the 4th full episode where they argue about who is going to use the hammer of sundering. 1st episode they all agreed on getting zurd to do it, 2nd was after Zurd died some time later and the 3rd was 149 and 4th was this episode. Nika definitely sounds like she’s NOT going to let this issue of Aludra using it go, so I’m sure once they get to that point it’s going to go all over again. Everyone wants progression. It’s why they listen to this show. If they were still pissing about at new new found land land trying to figure out what happened to them still, I doubt it would have lasted 150 episodes. I can accept last episode as being a set up, formation for the big attack. Understandable, but a 2nd episode of nothing but bickering is exhausting.

            I love the show, I love all the characters and think they do a phenomenal job(wouldn’t be 150 episodes into it), but it is up to the DM to get the story along as well.

          • “or you could always just listen to Critical Hit or Nerd Poker.”

            I actually stopped listening to nerd poker because I couldn’t stand how disinterested the players seemed in advancing the plot. I’d recommend listening to “The Adventure Zone”. Tim referenced it in a recent episode, it’s pretty spectacular.

            Also, I absolutely think that it’s fair to provide DrND with feedback, negative or not. I personally still like the show and the players, but when you have two straight episodes of planning, it just feels like your listening to a room of people decide what kind of pizza they want for two hours, fulling knowing the pizza is probably not going to be what any of them order once it arrives. It’s even more annoying when the player acknowledge that they’re doing it, that it’s not fun to listen to, then continue to do it.

            I’ve listened to all 150. I like the majority of it, I’ve donated via Patreon, I’m here every Tuesday for the next ep. It’s usually a very fun show. Feedback will help them make it even better one.

        • I got excited to make the fan art (thank you for thinking it is amazing btw) right after watching the live stream of these two episodes. I made a fan art of them preparing to assault the hard boiled fortress and that is all they really did in the episodes, prepare to assault the fortress.

          Many of the cast members got really pumped to start the assault by the end and are just as disappointed that all this is happening during their break, even Bachmann who is the most Laissez-faire of the cast.

      • Is your definition of things happening in the podcast saying the same things that happened last week? All that stuff you mentioned happened in 149. Where were the guest players or the epic reveal? You guys get so defensive when criticized yet you say at the end of the podcast to give you money so things “can get better with each episode”. Where is holding up your end of the bargain?

        • If I could write a script for the show, I would have had the group fighting an epic battle for episode 150. But our show is unscripted, and railroad tracks aside, some times things don’t go as planned. Leading an army and finally taking on the Big Bad that has been our nemesis for 3 years isn’t something you squeeze into a single episode because it will hit a round number.

          I could tell a few weeks ago that we weren’t going to make it to Fennekin by 150, so I thought it would be cool to have a really intense episode where the group decided who lived and who died. Maybe an emotional argument? Instead of that, we made a comedy show.

          I was maybe a little naive. If I could do it again, I would have given the group the tools to at least start the epic battle I’m hoping for. Instead we got a fun episode with a bunch of laughs, that didn’t really go anywhere. It happens. We are doing improv, and we will try again on the next episode.

  2. Great episode! Congratulations on getting to episode 150. You all were hilarious as always. Deciding who is to sacrifice themselves takes time to talk it out and so does setting stuff up for future episodes. Keep on keeping you, y’all!

  3. Combat is fun, but hilarious role playing is so much better. I loved this episode, especially listening to Thom and Aludra trying to be parents to Bucky. Plus, any episode with Old Man Weck in it is great in my book. Thanks for the laughs!

    I’ve been listening to the podcast for a couple of years now, and yet I can’t believe you’re already on episode 150! Thank you for entertaining us with such rich characters and relationships. You’ve inspired my creativity with the world that you’ve created, and I’m in awe at the amazing art that this community continues to produce.

    So, thank you, thank you, thank you, and congrats on episode 150!

  4. I liked this episode a lot. Pushing the plot forward is not as important as making me laugh, and the things that make me laugh with glee often are the sidetracks. The listing of different types of burritos for Wiggins was my favorite part because it was so out of left field and absurd. Aludra and Wiggins have great chemistry. I just worry that Wiggins’ burrito habit is becoming an addiction that will end badly. And by worry, I mean please lets have the characters have to deal with a little mouse addict always trying to score burritos and pawning their magic items for burrito money. Like in the film “requiem for a dream”

  5. Actually Tim-Tim, if you think about it, Nika had the last character who died – Jaela’s Brother. Also, I totally thought Thom would carelessly sacrifice himself. Whatever happened to Thom’s lack of concern to his well-being? x) Great Episode!

  6. I love the show and Thrifty is a great dm. That said, when the players chase their tails for episode after episode you have to prod them a little bit! Let them argue over the same old things next time and they’ll do it again. I could cope with Harper constantly dragging them back to his sister, it made sense for his character, this is getting dull though. Have none of the players thought about what their characters might do in the face of endless circular debate (e.g. jump out the church window!)?

  7. I just started listening a couple of weeks ago. I’m up to ep.21 right now. I accidently downloaded and listened to the intro to 152, I’m rather pleased to find 4/5ths of the original hosts are still playing/alive over 3 years later.

  8. Why isn’t the Adherant of Erathis not fighting tooth and nail to have the honor of swinging that hammer?

    Thrifty, don’t listen to those critics talking about how your players are dragging their feet and not advancing the plot. If they don’t like it then they can listen to the successful Dnd podcast that they have taken to 150 eps.

  9. I know I’m late to the show, but I thought this episode was great. I love the laughs and the cast. The bickering was totally in character which is just how RP goes sometimes. I started up a new campaign a few months back with my martial arts students. They love it. Most of them are kids, so I don’t recommend this show to them, but it give me plenty of ideas to run with.

    It’s a show where they play a game and interact with one another. It was a marginal progression of plot for this episode. More than anything else, the players are emotionally invested. Whatever the outcome, they will all be affected. A little bit of extra edging never hurt anyone. Let it build and hopefully you’ll be more satisfied with the results.

  10. I’m downloading dozens of episodes at once and listening in batches. I’m currently on 139. Been listening since June and I enjoy the banter but pleaaaase God can you learn how the rules work a little better guys? 5e is so straightforward, it’s exasperating to hear Nika and Bachmann discuss how Rage works – completely incorrectly – when it’s such a simple mechanic.

    Anyway, love the show, keep it up, oh and read the PHB some time guys it’s pretty insightful..

    ;P

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