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The heroes must stop Steel Facade before it's too late! But how? The team investigates the criminal organization and finds a black site. Delving into its depths, the team finds secrets, hostages, and a new foe to battle!Buy Future Denied to run it for your Savage Tokusatsu campaign!Ross as Luke Targ, a vaporwave DJThad as Randall Ames, an aimless d…
 
A true crime podcast and documentary crew has hired three investigative experts to help them produce a show about the Mackenzie Massacre. Years ago, a man named George Mackenzie murdered 17 men at a lodge in the Appalachian mountains in Tennessee. The crew soon discovers secrets in the lodge not mentioned in the murder trial but as they delve into …
 
Have you ever wished that your music could whisk you away to a fantasy world of corporate culture and values? If so, look no further than the dulcet MIDI-inspired tones of Muzakcore. A niche genre that embodies the musical spirit of being put on hold, sitting in waiting rooms, watching PowerPoint presentations, and of course, standing in elevators.…
 
News: Check out the schedule for our schedule for livestreaming on the RPPR Patreon Discord! Also, we’ve been posting some banger episodes on the Mixed Six, so don’t forget to check that out if you haven’t already! Synopsis: Caleb and I have recently watched the classic Argento film, Deep Red, and it sparked a discussion on investigative games. It …
 
New Veridian is a megacity on the bleeding edge. Vibrant neon signs cast each street in never-ending light, but the darkness of the back alleys is ever present. A group of friends gain strange powers during an attack at a local music club. The mysterious criminal organization Steel Fate wants to destroy them, but why? Where did their powers come fr…
 
Claire and Calamity are back! Claire has been commissioned to draw two local wrestlers as part of a promotion for an upcoming match for the backyard wrestling league. The duo quickly realizes something unusual is going on and begin investigating the league. A mysterious visitor who claims to be a Sleeper warns them but the scrappy pair are determin…
 
Inspired by the positive reception received by Miles to Midnight we decided to dig deeper into the genre of dark jazz. Dark jazz combines noir instrumentation with the cinematic sensibilities of dark ambient to produce music that is evocative and moody. We discuss two albums that take dark jazz and move in a funerary direction with haunting effecti…
 
The Eighth Sea regroups and recovers after the Mercury heist. Secrets are revealed and plans are made. Unfortunately due to real life circumstances, we were unable to finish this campaign. Maybe some day in the future, we will run a one shot or something to complete it. Who knows what the future holds? Next campaign will be a Savage Worlds mini cam…
 
Check out the Deck of Monsters Kickstarter! If you run Monster of the Week, the DoM adds a bunch of new monsters to help run a game without prep. The small town of Barracuda Arizona holds many secrets. At its local high school, a teacher, a student, and a few special friends investigate a series of break-ins of area homes, only to find a burglar ma…
 
Dream Catalogue is one of the oldest and most prolific record labels for vaporwave and beyond. Their founder, Hong Kong Express (HKE), has commented excessively (and sometimes controversially) on the future of the genre and how it should continue to evolve. In this episode, we talk about Dream Catalogue and what importance genre has, if any. We the…
 
After Mothra and Battra defeated Godzilla, a new agency called G-Force created a deniable black ops team for special missions. After a new kaiju called Malum arose, awakening Godzilla, the team heads out on their first mission. A corporation based on Tokyo may know the secret behind Malum's existence so the team must infiltrate their headquarters b…
 
How do you find new music? For some, this can be a difficult question as the landscape of music distribution continues to evolve. In this episode, we talk about some of ways we scour the Internet for new albums and artists. Even better, we get to listen to two new albums recommended to us by Ronny from Vaporspace StL. Join us as we discuss these tw…
 
The Eighth Sea needs help with the Mercury heist, so they're going to break a few people out of prison to get their help. They're locked up in a mining facility with high end security. The Eighth Sea must infiltrate the prison, find the prisoners, and get them out before the guards notice. If they succeed, they'll be one step closer to cracking the…
 
Caleb has restarted work on Slingstone, his superhero-slaying RPG. We have some playtests of the first version of Slingstone on RPPR B-Sides volume 5 if you want to hear that. I have an idea for a zine system-free version of Night Clerk, one of our more popular AP episodes. We also talk about creativity in the age of Covid-19. Music: Private Caller…
 
Claire (Stickypawz on Furryart) and her talking dog Calamity (only she can hear him) have learned of a mysterious diner. If you are the last person in the diner, you can have a conversation with anyone, living or dead. Finding the diner isn't easy though and she'll be competing against two other people who also want to have a conversation with the …
 
This episode we are joined by our good friend Bridget to discuss the music and sound design elements that go into making horror video games. Great games, like those we discuss, create an atmosphere of dread and anticipation while keeping the player engaged without becoming fatigued. The developers, working alongside composers and sound designers, m…
 
The Eighth Sea knows the location of an incredibly valuable data cache on Mercury. It's stored in an abandoned antimatter factory, supposedly infested with Exsurgents. The crew must get the data so first they have to scout the factory out and learn its defenses and weaknesses. First they have to establish a new hideout and get weapons and gear. Of …
 
A band of conquistadors has disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. A second group sets out to find them, but as they venture into the green valley, they find out that the indigenous people are not the only threat there.Special thanks to Noah from Thinking Too Hard About Anime podcast to run this game for us!Ross as Humberto the GamekeeperDavid as…
 
News: If you haven’t listened to Night Clerk Radio in a while, check out our most recent episodes. We’ve fine-tuned our editing, so they’re even better than before! The RPPR Patreon is back on track, after a slight delay last month. Be sure to check out our latest After Hours episode where we playtest a game about making up bad game ideas. Synopsis…
 
Dark ambient could not exist without movie soundtracks. The quiet moments of dread in a horror film sparked something in musicians and listeners alike - who craved more of these soundscapes of dread before the monster appeared. In this episode we look at two albums that are clearly linked to cinematic masterpieces of fear. They are also some of the…
 
As part of the Eighth Sea hides on an exoplanet, the other team travels to the Sun to pull off a daring scam. It turns out that space whales (whale uplifts sleeved in Surya morphs) race across the Sun for glory and reputation. Betting on these races is inevitable. The team realizes they can fix space whale races for a major profit, but that's easie…
 
A group of Base Riaders have all been approached by Vivien, a scarred woman with an intriguing tale. She claims to represent a group who have a lead on a particularly rich base. They do not have the power necessary to get particular items they want in the base, so they need their help.Will the team of freelancers be able to defeat the security of t…
 
What do we mean by the term "haunted music?" This phrase is rooted in the concept of Hauntology, a philosophical concept that refers to how we relate our memories to the past, whether that past is real or imagined, and how elements of those memories persist and "haunt" us today. Join us as we discuss how Hauntology relates to vaporwave and how it c…
 
The Eighth Sea has taken the polar base but can they catch the last VIP before they escape? The crew goes on a daring aerial chase but Martian authorities have noticed the assault and it is only a matter of time before they swarm the base. Their target is fleeing to another hideout, one with a dangerous secret...Tom as Lawrence Octomorph thiefAaron…
 
Helos, a Greek Occultist, has acquired a complete copy of Al-Azif. Having a desire to keep this acquisition secret, he has sought the most distant translator possible. Posing as a rich merchant, he has come to Saeferne Abbey and engaged the services of Albinus, a translator. His financial "offering" to the church has gained him access to Albinus, a…
 
We sit down with Caleb Stokes to discuss Cryo Chamber's 2019 release "Hastur," part of their Lovecraft Collection. This massive double album is a collaborative effort by over 20 artists who worked together to create its unique blend of sounds and textures. The result is a two and a half hour journey through an immense variety of genres and soundsca…
 
After the polar assault, the Eighth Sea has to lay low to avoid getting caught. Half the team hops through a Pandora Gate. While they wait on an exoplanet colony, the crew takes on a heist to pass the time. They plan to claim jump an archaeological dig site by forging proof of who first discovered it. Of course, nothing is simple or easy on an exop…
 
News: My book Zombies of the World is out! Buy it today! Don’t forget to check out Night Clerk Radio as well. Synopsis: We are preparing for a Blades in the Dark campaign, so Caleb, Birk, and I talk about planning heists as players. Heists are harder for some players to comprehend because force isn’t always an option. Discretion and cunning are har…
 
A dimensional intrusion threatens the city, yet only three supernaturally gifted heroes are even aware it exists. It manifested as an invisible bubble inside a city park. Everyone who has blundered into it has disappeared and no one has returned. The intrusion is slowly growing and may consume the entire city or even further. To stop it, the heroes…
 
Hypnagogia is the state of consciousness one experiences when transitioning from waking to sleeping. Hypnagogic vaporwave attempts to capture this sensation through the production of music that can be airy and ethereal or moody and ambient. Join Ross and Birk as they discuss one of their favorite sub-genres of vaporwave through the lens of two clas…
 
The Eighth Sea launches the assault! The Night Cartel's polar fortress is their last stronghold on Mars and if the Eighth Sea can destroy it and capture a certain VIP, they can remove the cartel from the planet entirely. But if the assault fails, the Eighth Sea will be wiped out utterly.Dan as Chaiu, an Uplift GatecrasherJay B as Eleazar, a Shoguys…
 
News: If you like this episode, consider backing the RPPR Patreon to get 4 years of After Hours episodes, plus early access to Actual Plays, and access to our Discord. I am streaming weird videos like my movie Motor Home from Hell! Also, my book Zombies of the World, is now out! Synopsis: Our listeners have been sending in some great review fodder,…
 
Content Warning: Reference to real-world tragedies in this scenarioFrom the Author: During quarantine, I was thinking a lot about the nature of grief, specifically how it diffuses when shared, how it spreads out and thins across distance and time. There is no mention of Covid-19 in the scenario, but this is my personal attempt at processing the sha…
 
Whether it hits you with aggressive 808 kicks or lifts you up with airy synths and trap beats, vaportrap offers a unique and wide-ranging blend of hip hop and vaporwave that can't be found anywhere else. In this episode, Ross and Birk talk about two classic vaportrap albums discussing topics such as production styles, the relationship between album…
 
The Eighth Sea knows how to assault the polar fortress of the Night Cartel. A daring plan to build a tunnel under the ice until they can breach the perimeter. It will take months but they have the time and resources. But as they dig, they find they are not alone. Someone built an underground facility and it may complicate the assault. The team need…
 
News: Zombies of the World is being reprinted in hardcover! Get a copy today! Also, check the BPB Twitter for our Savage Tokusatsu livestream dates. It’s now Sunday May 31 at 6 pm CST (it was moved after we recorded this episode). Synopsis: Savage Worlds is a popular RPG system and it’s easy to see why. Low price, lots of settings and quick to play…
 
Content Warning: This episode features brief descriptions of torture.Synopsis: Weep Not Manor is considered the nation's most extreme haunted house. Open only on Halloween night, only invited guests are allowed to experience the terrors inside. It is free, but getting an invitation requires a pre-screening interview. Three participants are about to…
 
Dungeon Synth is a genre that presents a unique blend of aesthetics by combining the fantastical themes of role-playing games with the moodiness and storytelling of dark ambient. In this episode, Ross and Birk listen to two albums from two very different periods in the history of Dungeon Synth and explore how the genre has evolved from its roots in…
 
In order to launch an assault on a polar fortress, the Eighth Sea must assemble an army. Quite literally that is. They must transport fabricators and raw materials across the Martian wastes in secret. Fooling the satellites and sensors of the authorities is one thing but surviving the hazards of the deep desert wastes is another.Dan as Chaiu, an Up…
 
We recently talked to Ron Parres, the organizer behind Vaporspace StL. They are launching a massive online vaporwave concert on May 22 and 23. Find out what the live vaporwave scene was like before Covid and what online concerts are like. Music Mentioned ---------------- Sound Market- Eco Regions Extra Breezy by Bonus Points Smoker's Lounge Deluxe …
 
We are adding weekly livestreams to the RPPR Patreon via our Discord! More info is available on the Discord so sign up today. I will be posting classic episodes of After Hours on this feed for the next few months but if you want to binge all of them, you can for only $2 a month. Synopsis: Did you know some people try to hypnotize themselves into be…
 
The year is 1880, and the posse is forming.It's easy to feel alone as the shadows gather and the pale moon rises over the High Plains. The Apache say that on nights like this, the cold wind from the prairie has a mind of its own - a malignant chill, born of the darkness, which eats at your warmth, and steals all compassion.It was a night like that …
 
Plunderphonics is a term coined by composer John Oswald in 1985. It describes any music that is constructed by mutating existing audio recordings into entirely new compositions. By making plunderphonic music artists tackle copyright law, fair use, the legitimacy of sampling, and numerous other issues surrounding the production of art in a digital w…
 
The Eighth Sea needs an army, so they'll have to steal it! A cult has a cache of weaponized egos, heavily modified through psychosurgery to serve as the perfect cannon fodder. It's stored on the cult's base on the asteroid Chicago 334. A plan combining deception and a stealthy raid on the base might work.Tom as Lawrence Octomorph thiefAaron as Simo…
 
The village of Penkurth relies on pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Stone. The shrine is reputed to heal many lingering ailments and the steady stream of travelers is enough to make the village prosperous. The denizens of the forest have stirred and threaten to cut off the village from civilization. Three travelers must try to bring peace to th…
 
News: Night Clerk Radio is now available! Birk and I have created a new music review podcast focusing on vaporwave, dark ambient, and other haunted genres of music. Listen today on your podcasting app of choice or on Youtube. Synopsis: Running and playing tabletop games online has become extremely popular lately so Birk, Kyle (from Best Pal Brigade…
 
Mallsoft is a subgenre of vaporwave that aims to comment on our relationship with retail spaces and consumerism. By emulating and sampling muzak, often mixed with field recordings of actual stores, Mallsoft creates a sense of occupying now abandoned shopping centers. Wander the aisles of nostalgia with us as we discuss two pillar albums of the genr…
 
A contact named Calamity wants to meet the Eighth Sea. She knows a way to strike back at the Night Cartel but she wants to meet in person at an outdoor festival. Is a public space safe enough and is her information trustworthy?Dan as Chaiu, an Uplift GatecrasherJay B as Eleazar, a Shoguysha Ego HunterJason A as Designate, an AGI hackerRenee as Cade…
 
RPPR’s most innovative GM, Bridget, and Fae have released the first chapter of their kinetic novel, Cry. It’s about “a road-tripping story about two cryptid-hunters. Follow the exploits of Lorelei Loveless, destitute witch, as she travels the countryside and comes face-to-face with the weird, the wild, and the forgotten.” I talked to them about how…
 
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