Fireside 2.1 (https://fireside.fm) Explorers Wanted Blog https://www.explorerswanted.fm/articles Sun, 11 Oct 2020 15:00:00 -0400 Explorers Wanted Blog en-us Vote Explorers Wanted! https://www.explorerswanted.fm/articles/2020-audioverse Sun, 11 Oct 2020 15:00:00 -0400 explorerswantedpodcast@gmail.com 566e3077-6908-4aa5-a7eb-dc6954795885 We're nominated in multiple categories for this year's Audio Verse awards and it would mean the world to us if you were to give us your vote! The 2020 Audio Verse awards voting season is here, and our show is nominated in multiple categories thanks to listeners like you. The first round of voting has begun and runs through the 31st. We would love your support and voting only takes a few minutes.

Audioverse Finalist Voting Guide

Here are the categories we are nominated in:

  • New Improvised Production
    • Explorers Wanted
  • Player Director in a New Improvised Production
    • Daniel Andrlik
  • Player in a New Improvised Production
    • Stace Babcock
    • Sampson Davis
    • Alex Finn
    • Marietta Jones
  • Instrumental Composition for a New Production
    • Ninth World by Dave Sterling (our bangin' theme song)

If you enjoy the show, please vote for us!

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Player Intrusion #3: Li Ziqi with Sampson Davis https://www.explorerswanted.fm/articles/playerintrusion3 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:00:00 -0400 explorerswantedpodcast@gmail.com 5a80936d-d498-44e0-a9fd-d1c8966037d9 A key feature of Numenera is the GM Intrusion. With this mechanic, the GM offers a player an XP point to allow the GM to intrude on the current scene – in a way that often leads to more complications for the party. In that spirit, we include a segment called Player Intrusions in each episode. A Player Intrusion is a topic that a player would offer listeners an XP to check out.

In Episode 3 (air date April 22, 2020), Sampson Davis chose to speak about Li Ziqi. This blog post expands on his comments, transcribed here:

Daniel [GM] 01:01:20
We have a segment that we do every week called, Player Intrusions. Where we tell you about something that you should check out. This week it is Sampson's turn. Sampson what would you give our listeners one XP to check out?

Sampson [Dili] 01:01:34
I would give one XP to check out a YouTube channel called Li Ziqi, spelled L-I-Z-I-Q-I. Li Ziqi is a woman's name, she is a Chinese food blogger and her channel consists of 5 to 10 minute videos showing her from the harvesting of ingredients to her and her grandmother eating them. These traditional Chinese meals using traditional ingredients. And the video is like super chill, she doesn't talk or acknowledge the camera at all. So there's no real language barrier to deal with and it's just beautifully shot. Naturalistic. The farm is super cool that you see because it's all natural ingredients. I think everything is growing on this farm like every food that can be eaten by humans. And what isn't grown is found in the woods nearby. So you see it from ground up, everything made from scratch. Super chill if you need a new brand of wholesome content in your life. I would recommend Li Ziqi.


I had to know more, so I cornered Sampson on Discord and asked him the hard questions.

Q: How did you find Li Ziqi?

A: I first heard of Li Ziqi during a Game Grumps episode (I don't remember which one) and thought it sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot.

Q: Do you have a favorite episode? If yes, then which one is it?

A: My favorite ones are probably So this video called the life of chilli? chopped chili fish head,red oil sheet jelly| Liziqi Channel and 蒜的一生,实在想不出有创意的名字了!下次你们帮我想!The life of garlic~, mostly because I enjoy those main ingredients.

Q: Is there another show where you think there would be some fan crossover (kind of like, if you’re a fan of this you’ll be a fan of Li Ziqi)?

A: I've never before seen a food channel like this, so I can't think of any fan crossover. All I can say for sure is if you like food channels where it's not necessary to know the exact recipe, then you'll likely enjoy Li Ziqi.


Coming soon: Player Intrusion #4: 7 Wonders with Marietta Jones.

As always, you're invited to check out Explorers Wanted, our actual play Numenera podcast.

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GM Tips: The Power of the Recap https://www.explorerswanted.fm/articles/power-of-recap Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:00:00 -0400 explorerswantedpodcast@gmail.com 11cb2c6f-88b1-419b-b15e-24fb89d47c56 Every episode, I ask one of the players to provide a recap of the last session. This serves three important purposes that I’ll go over in detail in this post. Every episode, I ask one of the players to provide a recap of the last session. This serves three important purposes that I’ll go over in detail in this post.

For the Listeners

We release episodes weekly, but we cannot assume that our listeners will follow the same schedule. It’s incredibly helpful for a listener to have a sense of where the story left off before we jump back into gameplay. We publish our podcast episodes with chapter markers so that listeners that want to skip to the gameplay can easily do so.

For the Players

We have an amazing group of players that are very good at keeping track of the story, but it’s still helpful for them to all have a reminder at the beginning of an episode. This is particularly important on odd-numbered episodes since we record every other week, and the time between sessions can make it easy to forget certain details. This helps ensure that everyone can drop into their characters immediately and pick up where we left off.

I randomly select a player each episode for the recap so that no one person feels like they have to keep track of it all for the group.

Of course, the GM could simply handle the recap themselves, which brings us to the third reason.

For the GM

The player recap is incredibly important for the GM. Not because the GM doesn’t know what happened— they probably know better than anyone —but because it provides key insights into the campaign as a whole.

By having a player do the recap, the GM can identify which details from previous sessions stood out as important to the players. Often, if the player doing the recap misses something, the other players will chime in. The GM should resist the urge to correct or add details unless asked until after the player finishes their recap.

At the conclusion of the recap, it should be clear to the GM what elements they may need to highlight more in the upcoming gameplay to help guide the players. If the players have leapt to an incorrect conclusion, the GM can use the opportunity to decide whether to provide plot points or NPCs to help the characters course-correct, or, if the player conclusion sounds more interesting, to change the course of the story to align with what the players are already thinking.

Alternative Approach: The Adventure Log

An alternative that I am fond of is having players write adventure logs for the group, which serve as a record that players can use to base their recaps upon, as well as giving the GM deeper insight into what stuck out to the players. You can pull a wealth of insight from this, but it does represent a significantly higher workload on the part of the players, and the responsibility should be rotated among them so that no one burns out on it.

Take It For A Spin

If you are currently doing the recap for your players at the start of each session, I recommend you try switching to player-driven recaps and see what you learn. Make sure you set the expectation in advance though so that players don’t feel cornered. The goal isn’t for the player to fail, but rather to have their memories help the GM tell an even better story.

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Player Intrusion #2: Pets with Alex Finn https://www.explorerswanted.fm/articles/playerintrusion2 Wed, 15 Apr 2020 06:00:00 -0400 explorerswantedpodcast@gmail.com c9f9a059-5f25-4f15-8b19-7f6a87b0b7f4 A key feature of Numenera is the GM Intrusion. With this mechanic, the GM offers a player an XP point to allow the GM to intrude on the current scene – in a way that often leads to more complications for the party. In that spirit, we include a segment called Player Intrusions in each episode. A Player Intrusion is a topic that a player would offer listeners an XP to check out.

In Episode 2 (air date April 15, 2020), Alex Finn chose to speak about Pets. This blog post expands on her comments, transcribed here:

Daniel [GM] 57:42
What would you give our listeners an XP to experience?

Alex [ChaCha] 57:47
Animals, more specifically pets. But don't go out and buy a pet just because you want the XP, because that's not how pets work.

Daniel [GM] 57:58
What's awesome about pets?

Alex [ChaCha] 58:00
Right now, like my chubby, chubby dog, she is so happy to go on car rides. I tricked her to go on a car ride to the vet and she was just so dumb and happy to be in the car and she wanted to sit in my lap while I was driving, and she's just a sweet ball of love until you betray her trust in a reveal yourself to be a vet. She was so excited to meet new people until she found out they were vet techs. And then she's like, "Oh, hell no."


I had to know more, so I cornered Alex on Discord and asked her the hard questions.

Q: Tell us more about your chubby, chubby dog. (Name, breed, age, whatever).

A: Stellaluna, a.k.a. Stella, a.k.a. Babadook, a.k.a. Baba, about two years old and a "mixed breed" - also known as a pocket pittie.

Q: Do you have other pets? If so, what kind of pets and what’s the best thing about each of them?

A: My mom has a dog named Guinness who is a Wheaton Terrier and best thing is how excited they get when you get home.

Q: What is your favorite pet memory?

A: This sounds weird, but when I was a kid my older brother and I would dress our family dog up in my little brother's clothes and send her outside to greet him. She would get so excited she would pee the shorts she was wearing and we would just hear "Honey, no!"

Q: Do you have a pet cause or charity that you’d like to shout out?

A: I really enjoy rescues in general, all my family dogs have been rescues and they have been a really positive experience for our family. Yeah, they might have anxiety issues or be a little too food-motivated, but they bring a lot of joy and love into our lives. So do your research first, but please adopt and not shop.


Coming soon: Player Intrusion #3: Li Ziqi with Sampson Davis.

As always, you're invited to check out Explorers Wanted, our actual play Numenera podcast.

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Player Intrusion #1: Numenera with Stace Babcock https://www.explorerswanted.fm/articles/playerintrusion1 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 06:00:00 -0400 explorerswantedpodcast@gmail.com 4c83eb9b-c3fb-479e-9455-50cebf686b6b Player Intrusion is a segment we include in each episode. A Player Intrusion is a topic that a player would offer listeners an XP to check out. In Episode 1 (air date April 8, 2020), Stace Babcock chose to speak about Numenera. This blog post expands on her comments. A key feature of Numenera is the GM Intrusion. With this mechanic, the GM offers a player an XP point to allow the GM to intrude on the current scene – in a way that often leads to more complications for the party. In that spirit, we include a segment called Player Intrusions in each episode. A Player Intrusion is a topic that a player would offer listeners an XP to check out.

In Episode 1 (air date April 8, 2020), Stace Babcock chose to speak about Numenera. This blog post expands on her comments.


Why do I enjoy Numenera so much? It’s a question I’m glad I had the chance to answer in our first-ever podcast episode. I came up with two compelling reasons: the sense of wonder inherent in the Ninth World and the Cypher System itself.

A Numenera Nerd is Born

My first experience with Numenera was the CRPG Torment: Tides of Numenera. My favorite moment in that game, despite my many playthroughs, was immediately causing my own death in the opening scene. It surprised me, made me laugh, and I was hooked. My experiences with this game led me to sign up for a Numenera one-shot at a con, run by none other than our estimable GM, Daniel Andrlik.

A Childlike Sense of Wonder

That’s how I was drawn in, but what keeps me coming back is the sense of wonder. The world is wacky, strange, and thrives on the unexpected. It truly reminds me of when I was a wee, little proto-nerd, reading The Castle in the Attic and The Chronicles of Narnia. Remember the monopods from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? They blew my mind then, but they would be a tame addition to the world of Numenera.

Numenera is also a departure from the eurocentric fantasy settings I grew up with. Dropping into a medieval fantasy setting is familiar, tropey, and comfortable, and those can all be good things. But for me, Numenera brings back that childlike sense of wonder that I’ve lost (for the most part) with standard medieval or even science fiction settings.

The Super Simple Cypher System

The setting is great, but so is the Cypher System. It’s about as simple as you can get. The only dice the players need are a d20 and a d6. The GM needs no dice at all. Amazing, right? Especially given the depth of the system.

As a result, the focus stays largely on the world and on the players rather than on the mechanics. Combat is snappy, interactions are streamlined. There’s a lot of room left for roleplaying with a system like this.

Thanks to an incredible setting and amazing system, Numenera drew me in and never let me go. And here I am, years later, podcasting Numenera at the masses.

Earn Your XP

Are you ready to explore the Ninth World? Check out these excellent resources to help you get started:

How to Play Numenera by Monte Cook Games (YouTube)
Numenera Starter Set by Monte Cook Games
Explorers Wanted, our actual play Numenera podcast


Coming soon: Player Intrusion #2: Pets with Alex Finn

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