Friend Quest

Friend Quest

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A group of friends playing tabletop role playing games. Featuring: Erik Sandberg, Mikkel Sandberg, Paula Chew, Peter Freeby, and Weston Mangin. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/friend-quest/support


Snake-Demon Club (A Sampling of Afterlives, Part 1)
Jan 17 • 43 min
After falling through a tear in space and time, Val, Henry, and OSLO end up in…well, hell. Or something resembling it. They embark on a journey led on by a mysterious, all-to-familiar figure. Val gets a tattoo, Henry tries to talk his way into heaven, and…
I Would Like to do Time Travel, Please (Chester Electric Rehashed, Part 2)
Jan 3 • 45 min
Our friends meet an unfortunate end, but fear not! OSLO is able to salvage things and get Henry and Val back on their feet. However, what they discover next tests the adventurers’ resolve and, dare I say, their friendship. Well, maybe not their…
A Jaunt Through the Sundered Land (Chester Electric Rehashed, Part 1)
Dec 27, 2019 • 30 min
The crew of the Aboleth makes it mostly intact to the center of the planet where Chester’s castle is, and decide that yes, they would like a spot of tea from the robot that greets them. Peter introduces the group to a new mini-game that is used to flesh…
History Repeats (Trials and Tribulations, Part 2)
Nov 5, 2019 • 45 min
After making it through the review at TED HQ, our adventurers are ready to deploy on another mission, now with a new intern — Dakota. However, the new assignment is rather strange: the planet where they discovered Chester Electric that they had previously…
Butt Sync (Trials and Tribulations, Part 1)
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
The crew is back at the home base to face a trial — sorry, “review” — for the recent events aboard the Aboleth. In order to prepare for the tribunal — sorry, “board” — the crew members each take some time to get things in order. Henry does some light…
Time Debris…From the Very Past (TED’s Runaways, Part 2)
Sep 10, 2019 • 40 min
The party pursues Dakota and Seamus through the ship, but are unable to stop them before they evacuate in an escape pod. To add to the already precarious situation, the runaways accidentally fire a signal flare at the Aboleth, which would typically not be…
A New Friend (TED’s Runaways, Part 1)
Sep 3, 2019 • 43 min
After getting back to the present safe and sound, the crew on the Aboleth is forced to deal with yet another problem: Dakota, the woman who they brought back with them from the past, is on the run in the ship. Does she know of a new threat that our…
Somethin’ Ain’t Right with Cousin Jacob (Traversing the Way-Back, Part 3)
Aug 16, 2019 • 28 min
Our friends finally get some answers about what is going on in the strange realm they find themselves in, and it proves to be darker and more perilous than they could have ever imagined. Henry is quite diplomatic and Val is decidedly undiplomatic. Like,…
Blind Them with Science (Traversing the Way-Back, Part 2)
Jun 20, 2019 • 32 min
The crew finds themselves in a bit of a pickle when the failed experiment takes them way, WAY into the past. But a new (potential) friend may be able to help them out. Val performs a PERFECT tackle, and Henry acquires a flashy new piece of equipment.…
Forming a More Perfect TED (Traversing the Way-Back, Part 1)
May 25, 2019 • 45 min
Our friends are back home, safe and sound, and they decide to have a crew meeting to decide the best course of action in order to safely investigate the “Book of Knowledge.” The players flesh out some more details around how The Exploration Department and…
You Wouldn’t Download a Car (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 4)
Apr 23, 2019 • 67 min
It all hits the fan when the Aboleth starts hurtling toward the Elgin University’s gallery, where the controversial “Book of Knowledge” is on display. Can the crew stop this situation from going even more sideways? Featuring: Mikkel Sandberg…
Libraries, Secret Labs, and Dives (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 3)
Mar 4, 2019 • 72 min
The party continues to consult on the security systems at The Elgin University and make some intriguing discoveries. They also get into a lengthy discussion on the ethics of the services they are to offer, as well as what the scope of their assistance…
Quality Assurance (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 2)
Jan 30, 2019 • 36 min
The crew of the Aboleth sets out to inspect the security systems at The Elgin University. Val searches for escape routes, Henry chats up some of the security guards, and OSLO is grossed out by all the squishy, organic life. Featuring: Mikkel Sandberg…
Back to School (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 1)
Jan 4, 2019 • 43 min
Our friends receive an interesting request from Elgin, a nation on a distant planet: to inspect the security systems in the artifact gallery at The Elgin University and report on any vulnerabilities. Henry gets caught up in semantics, Val tries to be…
Even More Rules
Jan 4, 2019 • 13 min
Welcome to another bonus episode of Friend Quest! Peter wanted to introduce some new game mechanics included in the FATE system, so this is a conversation we had at the beginning of the session around this. Feel free to skip this if the metagame isn’t…
A Mild Catastrophe (The Mail Delivery Malfunction, Part 2)
Dec 12, 2018 • 46 min
The crew gets the ship back under control after the major malfunction that caused the artificial gravity to fail and sets out to investigate the cause of the problem. However, what they find will put their teamwork and resolve to the test. OSLO is adamant…
Friend Ship (The Mail Delivery Malfunction, Part 1)
Nov 28, 2018 • 45 min
After recovering from the WORST vacation imaginable, the gang is back at it again on the Aboleth. But something goes awry in the library, forcing the crew to work together to save countless lives. Or, at least one life. Ok, more like preventing a sprained…
A Buttery Smooth Escape (A Terrible Escape Room, Part 2)
Oct 25, 2018 • 31 min
The crew gets into a sticky situation while in the escape room and needs to make a daring escape; an unconscionable amount of hot butter is involved. Don’t worry, it’s worse than it sounds. Henry solves a mystery, Val is flabbergasted, and OSLO releases…
BEARS?! (A Terrible Escape Room, Part 1)
Oct 10, 2018 • 33 min
Our friends finally get to take a break from traversing the unknown and having their lives threatened, and are given some much-needed shore leave. Unfortunately, the task of choosing where to go for this mini-vacation is left to Seamus, the hapless…
Character Development. Hooray!
Sep 26, 2018 • 33 min
As the title suggests, this episode is mostly character development. Sorry? Not sorry? Either way, there are characters, and they DO get developed a little; do with that what you will. Paula decides that OSLO has a new trouble aspect, Weston decides that…
One Strange Shootout (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 4)
Sep 12, 2018 • 42 min
This episode of Friend Quest is a lot like the inevitability of death; it stalks you, silent in its approach, you never see it coming, and it looks a lot like Ed Harris in Westworld…or something. I don’t really know where I was going with this. OSLO has a…
2 Carl 2 Furious (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 3)
Aug 29, 2018 • 27 min
After “dealing” with the manifestation of Henry’s mortal enemy, the brave explorers venture further into the wrecked ship. Henry is thoroughly impressed by one of the remaining survivors, Val gets a pretty bad boo-boo, and OSLO saves the group from rapid…
Roll for “Sick Laser Skills” (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 2)
Aug 15, 2018 • 30 min
Our friends investigate what’s left of the S.S. Kettle and make a startling discovery. Val calls for a quick team meeting in a derelict bathroom, OSLO frantically searches her database for all things related to “alien ventriloquism,” and Henry comes face…
The S.S. (possibly another S, nobody really knows) Kettle (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 1)
Aug 1, 2018 • 33 min
The crew prepares for the next assignment: a search and rescue mission for the S.S. Kettle. There may be another “S” in there somewhere; the jury’s still out on that one. OSLO gets rid of some extraneous ordnance, Val has a heart to heart with Frank, and…
Bringing Good Things to Life (The Chester Electric Encounter, Part 3)
Jul 19, 2018 • 54 min
We wrap up this arc of the story with a trip to the center of the planet! On arrival at their destination, the party meets someone most unexpected. Henry finally gets to fulfill his duty as chief diplomat, Val tries to save a life, and OSLO is put in an…
A Treadmill of Teeth (The Chester Electric Encounter, Part 2)
Jul 4, 2018 • 33 min
Our brave friends/lab rats venture forth to chart out the “spaghetti planet.” OSLO just wants to get it over with, Val is absolutely PUMPED for the opportunity, and Henry discovers that he would be a VERY good dad (at least when it comes to driving a…
The Maiden Voyage (The Chester Electric Encounter, Part 1)
Jun 15, 2018 • 51 min
The party embarks on their first officially-sanctioned-by-TED mission aboard the Aboleth to explore the unknown! OSLO saves everyone’s life, Val wants a beach day, and Henry is in no mood to be adventurous. Featuring: Mikkel Sandberg…
Science it Up with OSLO (The Systems Check Saga, Part 2)
May 23, 2018 • 72 min
Things get complicated when our friends try to rectify the disappearing ship problem, and some tough decisions have to be made. Valerie gets to pilot a drone, OSLO gets re-acquainted with an old friend, and Henry is surprisingly competent at some tricky…
An Auspicious Beginning (The Systems Check Saga, Part 1)
May 10, 2018 • 27 min
Here we go folks, the first proper episode of Friend Quest, Season 2! We start off with character introductions: Peter takes on the role as our fearless leader and game master, and sets up the new world that we are entering; Mikkel re-introduces us to…
Friend Quest Season 2 Introduction
Apr 25, 2018 • 11 min
It has arrived: Friend Quest, Season 2! Well, sorta. This is more of an introduction to what season 2 is going to be about. A primer to the world we’re going to build. Think of this as the teaser trailer for a movie, but like, 100 times more epic! Prepare…
A Great Victory at Great Cost (Finale Part 5)
Apr 11, 2018 • 64 min
Well, friends, this is it: the conclusion of the first season of Friend Quest! Things get just a tad bizarre in the dreamscape as the party completes its mission. Leon slices up some dudes, Talkon smites some dudes, Susan slaps some dudes, and Bea summons…
A Big Ol’ Fancy Ball (Finale Part 4)
Mar 28, 2018 • 66 min
The party makes it through the astral plane and into the dreamscape, but can they successfully invade Barzilai Thrune’s mind and brainwash him? Talkon…is NOT in a T pose! But rather wears an absolutely superb mask to the masquerade ball. Leon goes with…
Springing the Trap (Finale Part 3)
Mar 14, 2018 • 28 min
In a last-ditch effort to get things set up for the ambush, our friends try some interesting tactics to pull it off. Talkon is still in a T-pose, Bea does a cool party trick, Susan insists she can fly (even though she clearly CAN NOT), and Leon tries out…
The Snek and the Carnival (Finale Part 2)
Feb 28, 2018 • 40 min
Things get complicated for our friends when they are tasked with setting up the Occulus Drift modules at the Loyalty Day carnival. Will they be able to pull off this crazy mission? Talkon comes down with a major case of T-pose syndrome, Bea gets in…
Tainted Cheese (Finale Part 1)
Feb 14, 2018 • 36 min
Well, this is the beginning of the end. For this season at least. Talkon is in a T-pose, Bea makes a furry friend, Susan joins a book club, and Leon finds his true calling: tainted cheese. Featuring: Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg), Paula Chew, Peter…
The Story of Tonight
Jan 31, 2018 • 25 min
Hey all! As promised, here is a recap of all that has gone on in the story so far. Then after that, we’re going to be heading into the finale of this story and wrap things up. And here…we…go! Featuring: Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg). Music: Time Drift…
Blackmail. Shaken, Not Stirred, Part 3
Jan 17, 2018 • 27 min
The group makes one final effort to extort Kirall, but will it be enough? Talkon (once again) is in a T-pose, Leon makes a rousing speech, Susan plays bad cop, and Bea just kicks it. Featuring: Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg), Paula Chew, Peter Freeby…
Blackmail. Shaken, Not Stirred, Part 2
Jan 4, 2018 • 33 min
Our friends locate their target, Kirall, at the Silver Shield Tavern, and things get interesting. Talkon is still in a T-pose, Leon prepares for the performance of his life, Bea turns into a shadow, and Susan has a real heart to heart with Kirall.…
Blackmail. Shaken, Not Stirred, Part 1
Dec 20, 2017 • 37 min
The party embarks on a dangerous mission of blackmail and deceit at a tavern. That’s right, we’re finally getting that classic, bona fide tabletop RPG tavern experience! Talkon is in a T-pose, Peter and Weston draw some pretty pictures, Bea enlists the…
That’s So Traiven
Nov 29, 2017 • 20 min
Ready for another crazy episode of Friend Quest!? This time, it comes down to the wire. Will our intrepid party be able to rescue Traiven from certain death? Bea is still in a T-pose, Leon gets all huffy and self-important, Talkon is nearly a victim of…
Close Encounters of the Stupid Kind
Nov 15, 2017 • 31 min
Welcome back to a normal episode of Friend Quest! We’re picking up where we left off at the courthouse, with the party trying to create a distraction so their friends can sneak in and bust out Traiven. Bea is stuck in a T-pose, Susan is domineering,…
No Guts, No Glory, Just Magic
Oct 31, 2017 • 135 min
Things get a little spooky this time on Friend Quest with our Halloween special, complete with zombies, creepy towers, and an evil wizard. Well, ok, it’s not THAT scary. Actually, a fair amount of hilarity ensues. Talkon is stuck in a T-pose, Leon swings…
Player Interviews, Part 2
Oct 25, 2017 • 55 min
This time, we get to hear from Erik and Peter about their history with tabletop games and get some more insight into creating their characters, Talkon and Susan, respectively. Featuring: Erik Sandberg (@bradleesand), Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg), and…
Player Interviews, Part 1
Oct 11, 2017 • 41 min
We’re taking a break from the main campaign for now so we can sit down with the players and talk about our feelings. And also hear a bit about their background with tabletop RPGs and some of the inspiration for making their characters. But mostly we just…
A Tale of Fantasy Teslas and Seductive Screaming, Part 2
Sep 27, 2017 • 39 min
The party continues to create a distraction outside of the courthouse so that their friends can sneak inside and break out the prisoner. Bea is still stuck in a T-pose, Susan gets the crowd pumped up, Talkon gets into a bit of fisticuffs, and Leon goes…
A Tale of Fantasy Teslas and Seductive Screaming, Part 1
Sep 13, 2017 • 53 min
After freeing the prisoners from the makeshift prison at the Morning Wood lumber mill, our friends reunite Rexus and his mother. However, they have little time to celebrate because a situation comes up that requires them to conduct another prison break of…
A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 4
Aug 30, 2017 • 45 min
This time, Mikkel (the GM) introduces a new mini game-system for the party to try out; not to be confused with a “mini-game system” a la Mario Party (sorry). Featuring: Erik Sandberg (@bradleesand), Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg), Paula Chew, Peter…
A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 3
Aug 16, 2017 • 73 min
The party continues clashing with these demon-worshiping cultists, and a new potential friend makes an appearance. Talkon takes on a superior foe, Susan adds to her fun little army of the dead, Leon gets rubbery arms, and Bea whips it out. Featuring: Erik…
A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 2
Aug 9, 2017 • 65 min
Let’s be honest: we all knew it wouldn’t be long before our friends got into a fight. Granted, they were trying to sneak into a prison camp run by a group of demon-worshiping cultists, with the primary goal of freeing said prisoners. What I’m getting at…
A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 1
Jul 26, 2017 • 69 min
As promised, this episode is much more eventful than the last one. The party undertakes a dangerous mission to spring some prisoners out of a prison camp. And wouldn’t you know it, but they come up with some of the most convoluted and insane ways to go…
Extraneous Exposition
Jul 19, 2017 • 50 min
I’m not gonna lie: there’s not a whole lot going on this episode. You know how there’s some things in life that are probably for the best, but you really don’t want to do them? Like going to the dentist. Or cutting back on junk food. This episode is kinda…
Stanley’s Lab
Jul 12, 2017 • 38 min
This week, the party explores a dark, creepy alchemy laboratory, knowing full well that there is an evil entity within it. What could possibly go wrong? Bea is strategic, Talkon blindly leads the way, and Susan and Leon use some WEIRD magic. Featuring:…
Some Splainin’ to Do
Jul 8, 2017 • 16 min
Surprise! It’s a bonus episode! But don’t get too excited, we’re not continuing the story. Mikkel sits down with you and tells you a bit about his history with tabletop RPGs, explains the what and why of Pathfinder, and defines a few terms that have been…
Afternoon at the Museum
Jul 5, 2017 • 33 min
It’s time for a field trip! For science! Bea and Talkon are very perceptive, and Susan and Leon antagonize the game master. Again, for science. Featuring: Erik Sandberg (@bradleesand), Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg), Paula Chew, Peter Freeby…
Subterranean Scuffle, Part 2
Jun 28, 2017 • 34 min
After dealing with the ruffians, our group of friends are reacquainted with an old-ish friend. Bea and Susan are trusting, Leon is very untrusting, and Talkon stabs a dude. Again. There’s also a lengthy out-of-character discussion about tacos. Sorry about…
Subterranean Scuffle, Part 1
Jun 21, 2017 • 32 min
We’re going on a trip down a lazy river! But things take a rather deadly turn when our friends are confronted by a band of thieves. Bea uses a good dose of trickery, Susan slaps the soul out of a man, Talkon charges into battle, and Leon is really put off…
Board to Death
Jun 14, 2017 • 47 min
Y’all ready for a board meeting?! Rexus decides that they should sit down and have a formal meeting as the newly established rebellion (because they clearly have nothing better to do). Bea is stuck in a T-pose, Susan attempts a hostile takeover, Leon is a…
The Hunt for the Halfling Smuggler
Jun 7, 2017 • 36 min
Join our friends as they explore the mysterious “Wasp Nest” below the coffee house. What dangers could possibly await them? Talkon leads the party into the unknown, Susan and Bea have a discussion on the finer points of fashion, and Leon takes point on…
Coffee Break
May 31, 2017 • 29 min
This week, we’re going to slow things down a bit with a trip to the local coffee shop. Come on in, grab a drink, make yourself comfortable, and prepare to be transported away on the sweet, sweet sound waves of Friend Quest. Leon is melodramatic, Talkon is…
Riot! at the Opera, Part 2
May 24, 2017 • 61 min
Our friends can’t seem to stay out of trouble; one of these days it may be the end of them. Hopefully they can survive this riot long enough to figure out what’s going on in this crazy town. Or…buy a sandwich perhaps? Talkon stabs a dude, Leon gives a…
Riot! at the Opera, Part 1
May 17, 2017 • 28 min
Alright, things are really kicking off now! No more prologue, no more training wheels, and no more mistakes dammit! (Some of those statements are definitely, definitely not true) But this episode does mark the start of the larger adventure that our…
Prologue, Part 2
May 10, 2017 • 51 min
Welcome back to the world of Friend Quest! Maybe one day we’ll come up with a cool name for this place…Friend Questiverse? Questburg? Friendville? Anyway, join us this week as the party must deal with the consequences of their actions. And by that, I…
Prologue, Part 1
May 1, 2017 • 36 min
Our adventure begins…well, sort of in the middle of events. Unfortunately, we were not able to record our first session, but fear not! Mikkel does a pretty mediocre job of summing up the previous events. Join our adventurers as they seek to recover a…