2.07 Chapter 7 – Recovery and Ruin

Jasmine, Bones, and Archer rest under the shadow of a looming danger, and Bruce Banner awakens in the darkness of Mirkwood.

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2.06 Chapter 6 – On the Banks of the Anduin

A sacrifice is made.

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All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at www.zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

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2.05 Chapter 5 – Into the Forest

The Old Forest Road harbors many dangers.

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All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at www.zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

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Going Non-Binary – The Narrative Dice System

If you’ve never played a game using the Narrative Dice System, it takes some getting used to–but it’s totally worthwhile. The Narrative Dice System (“NDS”) is used in two Role Playing Game systems created by Fantasy Flight Games; the Star Wars role playing games (Edge of the Empire, Force and Destiny, Age of Rebellion), and their recently published Genesys RPG system. We love using it for the Melting Plot podcast because it encourages more creative outcomes to actions.

The Narrative Dice System is different compared to other RPGs in that you don’t just succeed or fail. The NDS introduces another axis to your rolls with Advantage and Threat, Triumph and Despair. Instead of binary success or failure, results using the NDS can vary widely.

For example, when shooting a firearm in a binary “succeed or fail” system, you shoot your weapon and you hit or you miss. With the Narrative Dice System, there is often advantage or threat as well, so you hit or miss with additional effects.

A success with advantage might result in not only hitting your target, but also causing another positive effect related to the attack. Maybe your target falls prone or drops his or her weapon. A success with threat may represent hitting your target but granting one of their allies a benefit against you. A failure with advantage might be missing your target but hitting another advantageous object (like the control panel used to close the blast doors).

Triumph and Despair represent even more interesting outcomes. These symbols have 2 parts. They add a respective Success or Failure, and they also count as something of a “super” advantage or threat – think of it like critical success or fumbles in a traditional system. You can have some wild results, like a Success with Threat and Despair. The fun and challenging part is determining how to adjudicate the results.

Of course, you’ll hear plenty of great examples in the Melting Plot podcast! If you have any questions or comments about the system, post them below!  And of course, if you like our show, please rate, review, and subscribe!

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2.04 Chapter 4 – The Full Extend of Hatred

Comfort is fleeting for Jasmine, and things start to fall apart.

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All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at www.zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

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2.03 Chapter 3 – An Unexpected Arrival

A caravan full of strange people arrives at Forestside and danger looms as Iago catches up to Jasmine.

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All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at www.zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

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2.02 Chapter 2 – Conundrum

Jasmine enters Mirkwood and discovers the settlement of Forestside. There, she meets a man in a curious predicament.

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If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a rating and review. Another great way to support us is by telling your friends. A show like ours benefits greatly from word of mouth and your endorsement would mean a lot to us!

All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at www.zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

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2.01 Chapter 1 – A New Age Dawns

Middle-earth is in peril. Darkness has covered the land and all hope has faded as a young girl leaves her home in an attempt to save her father… and herself.

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If you enjoyed the show, please consider leaving a rating and review. Another great way to support us is by telling your friends. A show like ours benefits greatly from word of mouth and your endorsement would mean a lot to us!

All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at www.zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

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Who reads blogs, anyway?

Hail, loyal listeners!

We are starting a blog!  But why would we embark on such a perilous adventure?

…I mean, you’ve listened to the podcast, right?  The point of the show is to see how long we all stay alive – this is a walk in the park compared to that. Right?

But in reality, we just want to better communicate with our listeners. We want to create another avenue for listeners to find the show and get more information on our project, and to be able to talk about cool things and answer questions we can’t address in the podcast itself because Jeff edits out all the fun stuff!

So what can you expect in this blog?  We might:

  • Dialogue about behind-the-scenes stuff
  • Let you read about Jeff’s complaints on the group never following his plan
  • Discuss reasons for various decisions we made
  • Provide insight into the RPG system we’re using
  • Talk about player & character dynamics, and why Zach is the worst of us
  • Post funny bits and bloopers that had to be cut
  • Divulge lessons the group has learned as we’ve played
  • Interview players about their reactions to their characters’ imminent deaths
  • …and more!

We are hoping to release a new entry monthly, and we’ll announce newly published blog entries on Twitter, so make sure to follow us @PlotMelting!  As always, we love to hear your feedback, and if you have ideas for blog topics please make sure to let us know!

Stay tuned, Plotstronauts!

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Season 1 Breakdown

DO NOT ENTER, SPOILERS INSIDE!

The cast discuss season 1 of Melting Plot!

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If you enjoyed the show, please consider leaving a rating and review. Another great way to support us is by telling your friends. A show like ours benefits greatly from word of mouth and your endorsement would mean a lot to us!

All music was written and produced by Zachary James Kolkman. Visit his site at zacharyjameskolkman.com. Sound design by Jeff Henders and Zachary James Kolkman.

Thanks for listening!