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[Gallows Hill 04] Better Homes & Serpents
Jun 30 • 50 min
Location, location, location. ——- Track: Unknown DreamstateArtist: Unknown Music ConceptsAlbum: HomeLink: Track: Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.Artist: Kimiko IshizakaAlbum: The Open Goldberg VariationsLink: Track: AntipaticoArtist: J Hacha De ZolaAlbum:…
re: the world
Jun 14 • 1 min
Hey, gang. No new episode this week—there’s obviously a lot going on in the world, and I was already having brain issues on top of it, so instead we’re going to take a second to encourage everyone to do what you can to help move the world in the…
[Gallows Hill 03] A Tale of Two Corpses
May 31 • 68 min
In which no one has their preferred amount of available corpses. ——- Track: The Beauty of MathsArtist: MeydänAlbum: The Beauty of MathsLink: Track: The truth about your storyArtist: KomikuAlbum: ULTRA PERSON VOL2Link: Track: Unknown…
[Gallows Hill 02] Items Left by a Previous Tenant
May 17 • 70 min
Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy: Apples and quinces, Lemons and oranges, Plump unpeck’d cherries, Melons and raspberries, Bloom-down-cheek’d peaches, Swart-headed mulberries, Wild free-born cranberries, Crab-apples, dewberries,…
[Gallows Hill 01] Five White Marbles
May 4 • 85 min
A town meeting, at last. ——- Track: The truth about your storyArtist: KomikuAlbum: ULTRA PERSON VOL2Link: Track: Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.Artist: Kimiko IshizakaAlbum: The Open Goldberg VariationsLink: Main theme: Down Among the Dead Men (a…
Patreon Changes!
Apr 22 • 1 min
Hey, gang! As we’ve mentioned a couple times, we’re making some changes to our Patreon, and I wanted to take just a couple quick minutes to go over what we’re doing and why. We had originally intended to slowly ramp up our Patreon rewards so we’d have…
[Gallows Hill] Uncover Something Old, part 6
Apr 19 • 65 min
Winter. ——- Hannah Culbert () appears courtesy of Dames & Dragons (, ). “As If Everyone Were Dead” by The Flowers of Disgust is used entirely without permission, as is their wont. Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find…
[Gallows Hill] Uncover Something Old, Part 5
Apr 5 • 75 min
Autumn. ——- David Hanna () plays Randall on Bike Brigade (, ) and hosts Macintosh & Maud (, ). Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Ethan Bremner: …
[Gallows Hill] Uncover Something Old, part 4
Mar 22 • 84 min
Summer has come to Salem, and things are heating up. ——- Lydia Anderson () appears courtesy of Greater Boston, which can be found on your podcast app, or online at or .
[Gallows Hill] Uncover Something Old, part 3
Mar 9 • 61 min
Spring draws to a close. ——- Kitty Dorkling appears courtesy of The Mortal Path, which can be found on your podcast app of choice, or online at or Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: …
[Gallows Hill] Uncover Something Old, part 2
Feb 23 • 58 min
Spring begins. ——- Griffin Coldiron appears courtesy of Ghostlight Media. Find Ghostlight online at , and Another Path at . The Deep Forest is available at . Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online…
[Gallows Hill] Uncover Something Old, part 1
Feb 9 • 77 min
a new season; principles for a gothic punk world; the deep forest; setting the stage ——- The Deep Forest: Thanks to Serasomatic of the Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons actual play podcast Sacrosanct for performing this week’s intro! Find…
[HoBL 08] For a Few Lungfish More
Jan 27 • 71 min
The staff face an ethical dilemma. ——- Track: KomikuArtist: BlueAlbum: It’s time for adventure !Link: Track: AntipaticoArtist: J Hacha De ZolaAlbum: AntipaticoLink: Track: El DesgraciadoArtist: J Hacha De ZolaAlbum: AntipaticoLink: Track: Frozen…
[HoBL 07] A Fistful of Lungfish
Jan 5 • 53 min
A moth arrives, but it is not the only thing that arrives. ——- Track: BalanceArtist: KomikuAlbum: It’s time for adventure ! vol 2Link: Track: Princess Cheese BurgerArtist: KomikuAlbum: Poupi’s incredible adventures !Link: Track: KomikuArtist:…
[HoBL 06] Showdown at the House of Black Lanterns
Dec 1, 2019 • 58 min
A card is drawn.——- Track: El DesgraciadoArtist: J Hacha De ZolaAlbum: AntipaticoLink: Track: AntipaticoArtist: J Hacha De ZolaAlbum: AntipaticoLink: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: …
[HoBL 05] The Broken Glass
Oct 27, 2019 • 47 min
Unexpected tensions come to light! ——- Track: Green Leaves Artist: Jason Shaw Album: Audionautix: Acoustic Link: (sorry, freemusicarchive.org is down, will try to get a proper link later!) Track: Face to face tension Artist: Komiku Album: THE…
[IPM 2019] Stolen Stars
Oct 24, 2019 • 63 min
Look, a job’s a job. ——- from 2019 FEATURING () () () and that one other guy
An Announcement of Several Things
Sep 23, 2019 • 1 min
[HoBL 04] The Portrait of Lizzie Fairweather
Sep 8, 2019 • 37 min
Told you one of those people was going to be trouble. ——- Track: El DesgraciadoArtist: J Hacha De ZolaAlbum: AntipaticoLink: Track: BalanceArtist: KomikuAlbum: It’s time for adventure ! vol 2Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, &…
[HoBL 03] The Cat, the Rose, & the Serpents
Aug 25, 2019 • 45 min
One of these people is definitely going to be trouble, but it’s hard to be certain which. ——- Track: No Disclaimer Artist: Jesse Spillane Album: Art of Presentation Link: (sorry, freemusicarchive.org is down, will try to get a proper link…
International Podcast Month is coming!
Aug 25, 2019 • 0 min
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[HoBL 02] Plum Wine, OR The Eternal Conflict Between the Righteous & the Unholy
Aug 11, 2019 • 45 min
In which a small problem turns out to be a large problem. ——- Track: Lacrima DesperideArtist: Damiano BaldoniAlbum: Crystal LakeLink: Track: KomikuArtist: BlueAlbum: It’s time for adventure !Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss”…
[HoBL 01] A House of Strange Repute
Jul 28, 2019 • 53 min
Welcome, honored guest, to the House of Black Lanterns. How can we make you comfortable? ——- Track: Variatio 2 a 1 Clav. Artist: Kimiko Ishizaka Album: The Open Goldberg Variations Link: Track: Princess Cheese Burger Artist: Komiku Album:…
Game-Building: The House of Black Lanterns
Jul 13, 2019 • 78 min
We had an idea for what you might call a “non-standard campaign concept”, so we sat down to figure out exactly what a game about haunted hotel staff looks like. Join us for a chat, won’t you? ——- Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt…
Season 2 Wrap-up
Jun 30, 2019 • 58 min
With the first volume of Misplaced behind us, we discuss what worked, what didn’t, what we hope to see in the future, and whay mysteries remain! ——- Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: …
2.26 [Misplaced] Spiders & Flies
Jun 16, 2019 • 43 min
The end of the end. Of this part. Which was the beginning. ——- Track: plus Artist: Monplaisir Album: Pas chassé Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: …
2.25 [Misplaced] At Death’s Door
Jun 3, 2019 • 51 min
The beginning of the end. ——- Track: Something to saveArtist: KomikuAlbum: It’s time for adventure ! vol 2Link: Track: Down the RiverArtist: KomikuAlbum: It’s time for adventure ! vol 2Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber …
2.24 [Misplaced] The Boy Who Killed
May 19, 2019 • 43 min
In which our heroes discover that their greatest worries were nothing but an allusion. ——- Track: The Ultimate ThreatArtist: KomikuAlbum: It’s time for adventure ! vol 4Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us…
2.23 [Misplaced] The Best-Laid Plans
May 5, 2019 • 46 min
Step 1: Consult tentacled monstrosities.Step 2: Secure polarized nuclear jellyfish.Step 3: uh-oh?——- Track: DeepSea Artist: Damiano Baldoni Album: Old Beat Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online…
2.22 [Misplaced] When the Brass Ox Dies
Apr 21, 2019 • 63 min
Something has gone wrong at the Princess. ——- Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a mirror at midnight and…
2.21 [Misplaced] The Cards Are on the Table
Apr 7, 2019 • 70 min
Stephen the Rock. Kallista of Nyrond. Father Balmo. Aegwareth. Org Nenshen. Murlynd. Mordenkainen. Felbert of Rel Juros. Xerien Albhart. Keoghtom. Baron Lum. Yolande of Celene. Zagig Yragerne. Arnd of Tdon. ——- Track: DeepSea Artist:…
2.20 [Misplaced] The Mouse Trap
Mar 24, 2019 • 58 min
In which a series mascot is developed, at last. ——- Track: In the restaurant Artist: Komiku Album: THE GIRL WITH THE BASEBALL BAT Link: Track: Here’s Where Things Get Interesting Artist: Lee Rosevere Album: Music For Podcasts 6 Link: Main…
2.19 [Misplaced] A Long Rest
Mar 10, 2019 • 84 min
In the wake of their battle with Obliviax, the Four Acquaintances take a moment to get their bearings. ——- Track: Thinking of you Artist: Damiano Baldoni Album: Old Beat Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber …
[Exquisite Lich] Love & Thunder, pt. 1
Mar 3, 2019 • 107 min
(This episode is rated TRUE NEUTRAL for some strong language and intense combat.) Remy Dreamshout is a bard in love. But when he and his friends—two plane-touched sisters and a dark elf with a disturbingly green thumb—head into a rich neighborhood…
2.18 [Misplaced] “See You in Twelve Years”
Feb 10, 2019 • 52 min
Rikashi and Dharbin finally exchange notes, and nothing looks any better afterwards. —- Track: New Moon Artist: Dave Keifer Album: Howdy Persephone Link: Track: The Upside Down World Artist: Komiku Album: It’s time for adventure ! vol…
2.17 [Misplaced] The Second Death of Kallista of Nyrond
Jan 27, 2019 • 91 min
Predictable violence ensues. ——- The Friends of Obliviax: Mike Ryan of The Controller Throwers - @tcthrowers - https://tcthrowers.podbean.com/ Heather Welch of Sunshine and PowerCuts - @SunPowerPod - https://www.sunshineandpowercuts.com/ Alex…
Lateness Update Pt. 2
Jan 21, 2019 • 0 min
Short version: Episode 2.17 comes out on the 28th!
SEASON 3 TEASER: Return to the Old Bones
Jan 13, 2019 • 2 min
NOTICE: this teaser is for entertainment purposes only. Due to the fluid nature of time and causality, the events depicted cannot be guaranteed. Tract: Action Epic Artist: Komiku Album: The Binge Watchers: Score 1 …
Notice of Lateness & Some Other Stuff
Jan 13, 2019 • 1 min
Hey gang. Just dropping in to let you know that we’re going to be late this week—I’ve been dealing with some extensive dog health issues that have consumed a lot of time, energy, and sleep, and i’m just outta juice. I’m hoping we’ll get this episode…
[Misplaced] One Meal, Two Gifts, and Three Good Deeds
Dec 30, 2018 • 118 min
The Festival of Needs is upon us! Celebrate with Latchkey, Rikashi, and Ash as they enjoy traditional holiday activities such as starting a street brawl, taking a minor to a strip club, and playing wingman to a misguided tatooist! ——- Track:…
2.16 [Misplaced] A Riddle is Asked and Answered
Dec 17, 2018 • 100 min
Just good decisions, all around. The Friends of Obliviax:Chris Osborne — Play Comics , Meddling Kids Derek Graziano — The Sometimes Geek…
2.15 [Misplaced] The Final Test of Saint Wenta
Dec 2, 2018 • 68 min
In which Balmo makes a friend in an unconventional manner; Rikashi agrees to pilfer some spice; and Dharbin delivers a lesson on what should be cooked, and what should be burned. ——- Track: L’indovino Artist: Roberto Billi Album: Modernamente…
2.14 [Misplaced] A Particularly Informative Question
Nov 18, 2018 • 49 min
A hidden diary offers insight into the nature of the Chimera Project—but perhaps not as much insight as just asking. ——- Track: DeepSea Artist: Damiano Baldoni Album: Old Beat Link: Track: Bir Demet Yasemen Artist: Turku, Nomads of the Silk…
2.13 [Misplaced] Seafood Special at the Western Wind
Nov 4, 2018 • 66 min
OR “The King’s Last Crown” OR “Fish, Flesh, or Foul?” ——- Track: Variatio 19 a 1 Clav. Artist: Kimiko Ishizaka Album: The Open Goldberg Variations Link: Track: Backyard Adventure Artist: Hans Hylkema Album: Backyard…
2.12 [Misplaced] An Unintended Experiment is Rightly Left Alone
Oct 21, 2018 • 55 min
MORE CUBE ——- Track: DeepSea Artist: Damiano Baldoni Album: Old Beat Link: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a…
2.11 [Misplaced] When the Change in the Brandy Went Unnoticed
Oct 7, 2018 • 73 min
Sometimes a thing reminds you of another thing, and you get sidetracked. ——- Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front…
2.10 [Misplaced] The Scents They Brought With Them
Sep 23, 2018 • 67 min
THE CUBE ——- Track: DeepSeaArtist: Damiano BaldoniAlbum: Old BeatLink: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a…
2.09 [Misplaced] The Tragedy of Ybdob
Sep 9, 2018 • 72 min
Everything goes very well and no one has any regrets. ——- Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Track: The Ultimate Fight Between the Burning Match and the Empty Cold Room Artist: Parvus Decree Album: Box of Matches Link: …
2.08 [Misplaced] In Which Arson is Considered, Rejected, and Ultimately Embraced
Aug 27, 2018 • 71 min
OR “Chekov’s Hippogriff” OR “Chilling Cool & Safe In The Cube” Isle of Dread map: Track: DeepSeaArtist: Damiano BaldoniAlbum: Old BeatLink: Main theme: “Hoof, Heart, & Hiss” by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh…
PILOT: The Exquisite Lich
Aug 19, 2018 • 195 min
Coronation
2.07 [Misplaced] The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Aug 12, 2018 • 54 min
How To Win Friends And Influence People Into Betraying Their Commitments To Their Unconscionable Employers ——- Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a mirror at…
2.06 [Misplaced] A Contemptuous Stranger Intervenes
Jul 29, 2018 • 98 min
We were at the beach. Everyone had Matching towels. ——- Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a mirror at midnight and call her name three times] Kelly Weisman…
2.05 [Misplaced] A Neighborhood Meeting, At Last
Jul 14, 2018 • 90 min
Come, join us here by the fire. Have a bite of meat. Please don’t ask what kind of meat it is. How has your day been? I know you’ve been working hard. Relax. I think there’s still some beer left. And what a lovely night it is—look at all the…
2.04 [Misplaced] Spontaneous Combustion
Jul 1, 2018 • 74 min
What a stroke of luck? ——- Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a mirror at midnight and call her name three times] Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson: Vin…
2.03 [Misplaced] An Unsavory Meal
Jun 17, 2018 • 72 min
THE FROGHEMOTH ——— Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a mirror at midnight and call her name three times] Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson: Vin LaBate: …
2.02 [Misplaced] The First of Many Revolting Horrors Appears
Jun 3, 2018 • 44 min
Things go from bad to weird as Rikashi and Sarsemion calmly interrogate their shipmates, Latchkey notices they’re being watched, and the sea vomits forth a fun surprise. ——— Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden…
2.01 [Misplaced] The Doomed Voyage of the Five Acquaintances
May 20, 2018 • 115 min
In the city of Greyhawk, five individuals are united by circumstance: a brewer priest, a haunted swordsman, a living relic, a caustic criminal, and a golem without a past. Their lives are about to be turned upside-down by the drawing of a single card….
SEASON 2 TRAILER
May 18, 2018 • 3 min
In the city of Greyhawk, five individuals are united by circumstance: a brewer priest, a haunted swordsman, a living relic, a caustic criminal, and a golem without a past. Their lives are about to be turned upside-down by the drawing of a single card.
Season One Wrap-Up
May 6, 2018 • 59 min
As we bring this season to a close, the team sits down to talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what’s next. ——— Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: [Everywhere in time and space] Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard:…
1.20 [Old Bones] From Safety To Where
Apr 27, 2018 • 83 min
Sea of Malice, part 5 of 5
1.19 [Old Bones] Thieves Like Us
Apr 8, 2018 • 79 min
Sea of Malice, part 4 of 5
1.18 [Old Bones] Atmosphere
Mar 25, 2018 • 91 min
Sea of Malice, part 3 of 5
PREVIEW ADDENDUM: The Brewer Monk
Mar 18, 2018 • 31 min
Following on last week’s discussion, a brief chat about Braden’s character, Balmo!
SEASON TWO PREVIEW
Mar 11, 2018 • 79 min
This week, we’re doing some preliminary discussion about our plans for the second season of The Chimera. Expect to learn a lot about Greyhawk—like, a lot—as well as why we’re using Fourth Edition, exactly how badly we’re going to mangle…
1.17 [Old Bones] In A Lonely Place
Feb 25, 2018 • 54 min
Sea of Malice, part 2 of 5
1.16 [Old Bones] New Dawn Fades
Feb 11, 2018 • 104 min
Sea of Malice, part 1 of 5
1.15 [Old Bones] Stand And Deliver
Jan 28, 2018 • 101 min
All Our Yesterdays, part 5 of 5
1.14 [Old Bones] Golden Years
Jan 14, 2018 • 79 min
All Our Yesterdays, part 4 of 5
BONUS [Old Bones] Eating Light
Jan 7, 2018 • 31 min
The Rooiban palate is a curious thing. ——— Music by Matt Weber Find us online at: Josh Hall-Bachner: Braden Lamb: Jeffrey Bard: Kacey Smith: [stand in front of a mirror at midnight and call her name three times] Kelly Weisman…
1.13 [Old Bones] I Fought The Law
Dec 31, 2017 • 68 min
All Our Yesterdays, part 3 of 5
[Old Bones] EPISODE ZERO: Space Caviar
Dec 23, 2017 • 106 min
Happy holidays, y’all! This week, we have a very special episode about… uh… Okay, cards on the table: I haven’t listened to this since March, so I’m not 100% sure what’s in here. Character creation stuff, jokes, the particular…
BONUS [Old Bones] A Keen Legal Mind
Dec 17, 2017 • 16 min
BONUS Dr. Harrow plumbs the depths of a truly alien mind.
1.12 [Old Bones] The One That Got Away (the Tom Waits one)
Dec 10, 2017 • 94 min
All Our Yesterdays, part 2 of 5
1.11 [Old Bones] Memories Can’t Wait
Nov 26, 2017 • 75 min
All Our Yesterdays, part 1 of 5
BONUS [Old Bones] The Dream Journal of Theron Melanthios
Nov 17, 2017 • 24 min
BONUS Molly’s scientific investigation of her crewmates continues.
BONUS [Old Bones] Experience, etc.
Nov 16, 2017 • 10 min
Experience wrap-up from the Last Resort arc, and some other whatnot.
1.10 [Old Bones] The Old Ones
Nov 12, 2017 • 96 min
Last Resort, part 3 of 3
1.09 [Old Bones] Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
Oct 30, 2017 • 92 min
Last Resort, part 2 of 3
1.08 [Old Bones] Heaven or Las Vegas
Oct 15, 2017 • 116 min
Last Resort, part 1 of 3
1.07 [Old Bones] Fables of the Reconstruction
Sep 30, 2017 • 85 min
A House Built on Sand, part 5 of 5
1.06 [Old Bones] Life & How To Live It
Sep 17, 2017 • 124 min
A House Built on Sand, part 4 of 5
1.05 [Old Bones] Maps & Legends
Sep 3, 2017 • 117 min
A House Built on Sand, part 3 of 5
1.04 [Old Bones] Can’t Get There From Here
Aug 19, 2017 • 116 min
A House Built on Sand, part 2 of 5
1.03 [Old Bones] Feeling Gravitys Pull
Aug 7, 2017 • 126 min
A House Built on Sand, part 1 of 5
1.02 [Old Bones] Ballroom Blitz
Jul 24, 2017 • 99 min
To Excess, part 2 of 2
EXCITING BONUS MATERIAL and boring programming note
Jul 21, 2017 • 7 min
Short version: show updates every other Monday Long version: Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste brought death into the world, and all our woe […] [160000 more characters] Music by Matt…
1.01 [Old Bones] Lawyers, Guns, & Money
Jul 13, 2017 • 110 min
To Excess, Part 1 of 2
New Listener Guide
Jul 10, 2017 • 3 min
Hey, friends! Welcome to The Chimera! We’re an actual play RPG podcast bringing you strange fiction across a variety of genres and role-playing systems. In this little pre-episode, we’re going to do a quick rundown of our different campaigns to help…