By Chaotically Neutral
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So five nerds enter a basement and try to be good at RPGs. Welcome to the Chaotically Neutral Podcast, an actual play RPG podcast. Currently we are running a campaign of MASKS: A New Generation by Magpie Games. Join four unlikely heroes as they desperately try to balance their super-heroic and mundane lives!
||CleanChaotically Neutral presents: Obsidian origin Part 2||S2E5||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaotically Neutral presents: Obsidian origin Part 1||S2E4||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaotically Neutral S2 Ep.3||Break Away||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaotically Neutral S2 Ep.2||The Breakdown||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRenegades S2 Ep.1 A Turn of Events||A Turn of Events||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeroes Ep. 11- Electric Fantasy- issue #11||The End of an Era||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRenegades Ep. 3 A Hero Appears||The Renegades come in contact with a force they simply cannot handle. A hero unlike anyone before, Aegis' perfect protector.||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRenegades Ep. 2 Making Trouble||The renegades came in with a Bang and really got the attention of quite a few professional Heroes. With this new weapon I think the distraction worked out for the Renegades, is there anything that can stop their momentum!?||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.10- Electric Fantasy - Issue #10||We're coming to the end here. An epic conclusion! A villain rises and puts our heroes in a very dangerous position. Will our heroes be able to defeat this villain in time to save the city from a fiery destruction? Let's find out.||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaotically Neutral Presents: Black Fox Origin part 3||The final confrontation between the old and the new generations. A clash of morals that lead to a very dramatic falling out. Make sure you check out Black Fox's song of choice during the...||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRenegades Ep1 Making a Name||The Renegades must make some noise to get the attention of the city to carry out the plan that they are getting paid to do.||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaotically Neutral Presents: Black Fox Origin part 2||The Continuation of the Black Fox Origin, looking deeper into the relations of a Renegade. Tension builds as Black Fox and his companions Phase Shift and Crush face off against a new enemy.||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChaotically Neutral Presents: Black Fox Origin||Black Fox remembers his time before our story. His time as Grey Fox, his old team, and his mentor work together to uncover the secrets of a heavily defended factory.||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.9 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #9||In this episode, Red Shadow talks to herself and then proceeds to assault a few people just trying to defend their property. Her and Stardust are great together. iTunes Twitter ChaoticallyNeutralCast@gmail.com||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.8 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #8||The heroes have found themselves in a strange and dangerous place. With little to no information, they press on. Can they make it through this maze-like dungeon? iTunes Twitter ChaoticallyNeutralCast@gmail.com||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.7 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #7||The long day continues on as the heroes find out more about Pixis and his plans. Can they overcome their exhaustion and push on for the sake of the city? Or will their own emotions get the better of them? iTunes Twitter...||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRenegades Ep0 - Trust Building Exercises -||In this special episode of Chaotically Neutral we take a peek into the lives of four supers who use their powers for...less than legal purposes. iTunes Twitter ChaoticallyNeutralCast@gmail.com||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.6 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #6||A choice was made....How will our four heroes deal with the consequences? iTunes Twitter ChaoticallyNeutralCast@gmail.com||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeroes Ep.5 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #5||A brand new week starts as the group deals with the fallout of the previous day. Days are taken to rest and reflect and the end of the week comes quickly. With it, arrives a terrible enemy. Bonds are formed, resolves are tested, and a sacrifice is...||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.4 - Electric Fantasy - Issue#4||Red Shadow and her rescuer desperately try to escape pursuing heroes while the rest of the group deals with the consequences of their actions earlier that day. itunes Twitter ChaoticallyNeutralCast@gmail.com||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.3 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #3||Red Shadow, Princess Punch and Arachne delve into the ruins of the science center in search of their friend, but something much worse waits in the shadows... itunes Twitter ChaoticallyNeutralCast@Gmail.com||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.2 - Electric Fantasy - Issue #2||Our Heroes get some much needed R&R after their fight with Armageddon, but the mysterious events surrounding the science center and Helios still weigh heavily on Nexus' mind.||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHeroes Ep.1- Electric Fantasy - Issue #1||Welcome to the First Episode of Chaotically Neutral Heroes! In this episode we cover character creation and our heroes get their first taste of battle with a powerful enemy!||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A Great Spin on Masks
When I was recently getting into Masks and learning how the game works, I was eager to find more Masks APs to better get a handle on the systems. This is the second one I found, and it's a great spin on the system that showcases some of the variants the game can accomodate. It makes for a grittier story that's well worth your time
Characterization, Character Development, and Relationships
These are the first three things I look for in any narrative entertainment, and CN has the first two in spades, and as time goes on they're rapidly getting better with the third. I'm just about to listen to episode nine, I have no idea what's going to happen, and the anticipation alone is getting me pumped!
The players are enthusiastic and unabashedly embrace their characters' qualities and flaws. The GM, in keeping with PbtA principles, is a diehard fan of the characters and wants to put them in situations that will push them to their limits. It didn't take long for this to become one of my favorite RPG AP podcasts. And that's on a list that also includes One Shot, The Drunk and the Ugly, and Role Playing Public Radio.
On the critical side, I think the GM introduces too many custom player moves, although this could be a side effect of the group using the variant rules for physical harm, which itself has led to some near-deaths that resulted in very intense scenes and character growth. I also think that the GM overuses the Take a Powerful Blow move, and too often he dictates the PCs' actions after dice have been rolled, rather than letting them say what they do and then having the dice dictate the consequence of that roll. But even in spite of these criticisms, it is one of the best APs I'm aware of. Everyone clearly trusts each other and is having a ton of fun.
And an extra thank you to Whelmed: The Young Justice Files for the interview episode that enabled me to discover this podcast.
Intense and full of fun!
I love how this game plays out. The crew makes the stories intense and enjoyable. The game play is interesting and keeps you locked in. It makes every choice feel like there are really consequences. The GM gets a little merciless on the players. Love this show!