Friends Like These Discussion Part 3

In the final Friends Like These discussion episode, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Leslie, Chris, and Brent reflect on their experiences playing the Friends Like These adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and discuss the end of Heroes of the Hydian Way’s first season and reveal the plans and cast of season 2.

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Legends of the Hydian Way: Darth Bane – Path of Destruction

If you’re coming into all of these reviews having only ever watched the Star Wars films before, you might be confused by a lot of the stuff that’s happened so far. Specifically, you may be wondering why there are so many dang Sith running around. After all, doesn’t Yoda make it pretty clear in The Phantom Menace that “Only two there are, a Master, and an Apprentice?” Why are there whole empires and families full of Sith running around. Today, we learn the answer to how the Sith of the past came to be the Sith of the actual Star Wars films.

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Episode 206 – The Cheese Wheel Tale

Ben, Rissa, and Leslie were talking about the absolute cheese that is in Star Wars and related products, how it’s baked into the essence of it, and discuss many ways to add it in and vectors to add some tension breaking levity to your adventures

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Friends Like These Discussion Part 2

In the second of a three part discussion, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Leslie, Chris, and Brent reflect on their experiences playing the Friends Like These adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and discuss the end of Heroes of the Hydian Way’s first season and reveal the plans and cast of season 2.

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Legends of the Hydian Way: Knight Errant

You may remember back at the beginning of all of this I that I remembered really loving a lot of the old Legends books back when I was growing up. So far, we’ve had some decent books, some interesting ones that didn’t quite measure up, and one really disappointing one. Today, my friends, we reach the first really, really good book in our Legends read-through thus far.

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Episode 205 – The Player Mayhem Tale

We talk about the players who shoot first and may remember to ask questions after they’ve looted the bodies. We get ideas on how to make the experience broader with them and how to try and how to make their actions matter to the stories you’re telling.

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Friends Like These Discussion Part 1

In the first of a three part discussion, the GM and players behind our Heroes: Ben, Kristine, Leslie, Chris, and Brent reflect on their experiences playing the Friends Like These adventure from Fantasy Flight Games. Along the way they answer listener submitted questions, goof off, and discuss the end of Heroes of the Hydian Way’s first season and reveal the plans and cast of season 2.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Annihilation

We come full circle in The Old Republic this week, ending as we began five weeks ago with a novel by Drew Karpyshyn. Now, if you’ve read my review of Revan you may think that’s a bad sign considering my thoughts on that one but honestly, I tend to really like Karpyshyn’s work, so let’s see how we fare with The Old Republic: Annihilation.

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Episode 204 – The Investigation Tale

Ben is getting ready to run Mask of the Pirate Queen, Rissa runs a bunch of investigation and mysteries for her players. Rissa gives insights from her many adventures and what has worked and what hasn’t.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance

The Old Republic setting provides a unique opportunity for Star Wars storytelling. Set against the backdrop of a cold war between Jedi/Republic and the Sith, authors can play both sides off of the other in a time of tenuous peace. Most other times in Legends the Jedi and the Sith are aware of one another pretty much go down like Mace Windu marching on Palpatine’s office. In order words, this is one of the only settings where both Jedi and Sith have to play nice and smile at each other instead of immediately going for the lightsabers.

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Episode 203 – The One Shot Tale

This week we’re excited to welcome James D’amato from the One Shot Network to talk about improvisation and some strategies to make it easier at the game table when players throw you for a loop.

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Friends Like These Epilogue

With the Battle of Xorrn over, one question remains for Kith Ursi’bek, Neema Talemy, and Matu Ordo. What comes next?

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Legends of the Hydian Way – Red Harvest

I suppose it was inevitable that even Star Wars would get caught up in the zombie fad that held most of Western media captive for more than a decade. The result is two books, one which we’ll get to down the line a ways, and this one: Red Harvest by Joe Schrieber.

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Episode 202 – The Captured Character Tale

A scenario that’s always hard to setup is getting player characters captured. We talk about how to make it more intuitive for the characters to be captured, how to deal with a near total party kill, and how to make it so the players get the idea to be captured ‘all on their own’

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Friends Like These Act 4, Episode 14 – “Light and Darkness”

Over the last month, Neema Talemy, Matu Ordo, and Kith Ursi’bek have saved a cruiser from a black hole, negotiated with Mandalorians, attended parties, freed slaves, and lost friends. Now, as the Battle of Xorrn enters its final act, they find themselves before the Imperial invasion’s leader.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Deceived

After last week I did not have high hopes for the rest of The Old Republic tie-in books. However, while Deceived is nothing groundbreaking, it is a nice, self-contained story that does an admirable job of setting up plot for the MMO while still telling a story in it’s own right.

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Episode 201- The Thisspiasian Tale

We started to talk about playing different species for your games and how to make it matter for your players. From how NPCs interact to how to set expectations at the table

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Friends Like These Act 4, Episode 13 – “The Cavalry”

As the Battle of Xorrn rages on, our Heroes split up to find a means to dispatch the Empire’s remaining walkers.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – The Old Republic: Revan

Hoo boy. Strap in folks, we’ve hit our first really bad one. I’ll warn up front that this review and book contain full spoilers for Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2.

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Episode 200 – The Closing Tale

Episode 200, you’d think we’d talk about something profound. We talk about one of the most profound things you can actually do for your campaign. How to end it. Three hosts talk about the different kinds of endings we’ve seen and give some advice for GMs on how to make it satisfying.

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Friends Like These Act 4, Episode 12 – “The Graveyard”

With the floating fortress destroyed and communications restored, our Heroes rush to support the west front.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – Lost Tribe of the Sith

One of the strangest things about reading Legends in chronological order is that it definitely wasn’t written that way and it shows. Much of the ancient history of the legends canon was told through comics in the 90s, with names like Naga Sadow and Marka Ragnos or  Ulic Qel-Droma and Exar Kun taking the spotlight. Later works will reference events in these comics but there was never an actual novelization of them which can confuse readers who wonder if they missed something. They did, but it’s in a comic series not included on the official timeline of books printed inside the cover.

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Episode 199 – The Challenging Player Tale

The topic of difficult players came up in discussion in the Tales twitter DMs. This brought up the different sorts of ways players and GMs can not see eye to eye on ideas and drew us to this episode topic.

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Friends Like These Act 4, Episode 11 – “Fortress in the Sky”

Fortifications in place, blasters charged, and traps set, our Heroes lay in wait to receive the next phase of the Imperial assault.

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Legends of the Hydian Way – Dawn of The Jedi: Into The Void

What’s this? Another “Something From the Hydian Way?” And it’s a text post? What could it mean?

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