Episode 29 – A Disproportionate Response

By Tim Lanning on

About Tim Lanning

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.


This is an… interesting episode full of a bit of experimintation. Mostly we tried to really dig into the question of “What if?” and learned to live with the consequences. Join us as we explore the pirate island of Bowbreaker Bay searching for clues for the Lost Isle. Maybe we make a friend or two. Maybe we murder an NPC or two.

The adventure continues with Tum Darkblade (Tim Lanning), Thom the Dragonborn (Mike Bachmann), Junpei Iori (Steven Strom), Aludra (Jennifer Cheek) and your Dungeon Master (Michael DiMauro).

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  1. I discovered this podcast a few months ago and am going back from the beginning because I like the mix of gaming and humor. However, Stromm is a guy I would never be willing to play with. I actually get irritated just listening to it, and probably would have just walked out on him by now had I been there in person.

  2. I started listening to this podcast to get through work without losing my mind.

    Just want to say I was SO HAPPY when Thrifty finally put a consequence on Junpie doing something ridiculous by killing the old man.

    I honestly love the rest of the cast, have no complaints but Stromm tries to make himself the spotlight every chance he gets by just doing something ridiculous.

    Whereas Mike Bachman… is holy shit hilarious. His character is consistent and absolutely hilarious. Yeah he loves violence, maybe a bit too much. But that’s just his ‘thing’ you know. Also his comedic timing is spot-on. Mike Bachman is my DnD spirit animal.

    Sick of Junpie just doing stupid shit. Trying to be funny but just making shit awkward at all times.

    Reading up in the comments that he loses his spot… THANK GOD! That is the best news I have ever read/heard. He was honestly almost enough to make me stop watching..but then Mike Bachman would make me laugh hysterically and i would feel better.

    I feel like Aludra is herding cats with this group..she is like becoming the mom..despite not really wanting to lol.

    Its like an awkward family where Tum Darkblade and Aludra are the parents… of a dragonborn sex monster.

    Did i mention how funny i find Mike Bachman?

    And no homo… but if you are looking for a new best friend…

  3. Me again, still listening through the whole thing years after the fact. Not sure what all the complaints in the comments are about. You are real people who are more than just voices we listen to. Love all the characters I have no clue who’s going to eat it, and I know that no mater who dies I’ll miss them.

  4. I probably am not seeing everything but from just listening it sound like Strom was getting more and more fed up with getting shit on and ignored. So he finally broke and said fuck it. I’m not surprised by what happens in the next episode.

    Hopefully no friendships were damaged there.

  5. So I know I’m YEARS after the fact, but I restart the show during hiatuses to help catch back up, so I hear all of Junpei, and want to say this.

    I GET where a lot of people are coming from in their disdain, and near the end I agree he went off the rails. However I think it’s not entirely his fault.

    Now I love the hosts, so please don’t think I’m trying to diss or put down anyone. I come at this from the future and as someone who can’t see what was going on behind the scenes.

    I think Strom was ignored often at times, and whether or not it was meant in good humor, it seemed like it bothered him enough to drive his actions to what they became. I also think that this episode in particular put consequences in play that were seemingly out of left field for Strom. I understand what Thrifty was doing, and right or wrong doesn’t matter. But from Strom’s POV, it came across as extreme in regards to the pirates, and unintended with killing the old man. Could be have been given more warning with the attack being lethal? Yes I think so. Were the levels of those pirates possibly overly heightened? Sure. But that doesn’t make them wrong.

    I Personally always liked Junpei and felt that his attempts to derail could be silly and fun. As a player I understand the frustrations, but as a viewer it could enjoyable.

    Really I guess to make a long story short (too late), I think it was a “no one was entirely right or wrong” situation. The treatment of Junpei at times could be over the top and what I hesitantly call “rude”, but his behavior came across at times I’m sure as equally upsetting to others, and it forced a Catch 22. Does everyone suck it up and just let him be insane? Does he pull WAY back and ignore what he believes the character to do? There is no correct answer.

    Always sad to have seen him leave, but I can’t argue that the party did seem to gel a bit better afterwards (though his presence in combat was missed for awhile I will say).

    If anything I said feels like it was out of line I welcome it being called out. I truly think the podcast is excellent, I understand my opinion is lacking information, and I truly mean no disrespect.

  6. Also starting this years after the fact and I agree with Thamkin’s comment. No one seemed to remember Tum derailing the treasure room adventure by telling his siblings he straight up killed others of their brood. Everyone has made rash weird decisions. That’s what made the campaign so fun.

    Strom was often times ignored and I could hear that frustration ebb and flow through boredom and finally more brash actions. I felt for the guy as I listened since it often times seemed to be 2 (or 3 vs. 1), with Jennifer/Alludra mediating. Maybe more happened behind the scenes that we don’t know about, but from my listening in no way do I view Strom/Junpei as solely at fault.

  7. Pretty new to this podcast, picking it up years after the fact. I generally like some whackiness. Other podcasts I listen to are Glas canon and pretending to be People which play fast and loose with rules and story, and that’s one thing that appeals to me about this group. But this probably my favourite episode yet. It’s a perfect example of a DM reining a player in when they are going off the rails and becoming a bad team-player. I can hear that the group’s frustration with Strom has been growing over the last few episodes, ever since the fight in the trophy room. Strom has been getting more and more off-the-wall, and its been affecting the group. There s a good way and a bad way to play that kind of wackiness. Bachman tetters on the edge and sometimes crosses the line but he eventually seems to recognise when he’s gone too far and either shuts up, back-pedals or reels himself in. Strom doesn’t seem to have that same self-awareness. This is a perfect example of a DM who’s had enough, gently but firmly laying down the law to his players. Reading the other comments, it sounds like Strom doesn’t get the message and continues to push it. And it doesn’t end well for him. A more self-aware player would realise that his antics are disrupting the podcast and would tone it down. This was, in my eyes, fair warning from a DM to a player. It’s up to the player to heed that warning… or to not. Sounds like Strom doesn;t heed the warning.

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