Tale of The Manticore, a Dark Fantasy Dungeons & Dragons Audiodrama

Tale of The Manticore, a Dark Fantasy Dungeons & Dragons Audiodrama

Tale of the Manticore is a hybrid between a dark fantasy audio drama and a solo D&D RPG. The dice make all the important decisions and, as a writer, my job is to interpret them and tell their story. Part fiction, part game, it's the story where "Chaos rolls."

Episodes

April 14, 2020 27 min

The adventure begins.  A brief explanation of the podcast's goals, character generation, and the prologue. Join me for a hybrid RPG and dark fantasy, dungeons & dragons experiment in story-building.  (This is the remastered version, republished in Feb 2021)

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The true beginning of the tale – this is where the narration surrenders much of the decision-making to the whim of a set of dice.  Also, our characters’ first taste of combat. Plus, one character profile.

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April 17, 2020 26 min

The plot thickens when the party finds something very unexpected.  Plus, two character profiles.

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April 17, 2020 28 min

This must be dungeons and dragons because the party finds themselves exploring underground.  Plus, one character profile and a brief discussion of the world I have created for the tale.

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April 29, 2020 27 min

The exploration of the underground space below the ruined tower continues where several unexpected discoveries are made.  Plus, discussion of world building strategies & another character bio.

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May 15, 2020 27 min

The point of view shifts as we meet our first major antagonist and their stats and bio are created. The party continues their exploration of the underground complex.

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June 1, 2020 30 min

Exploration continues deeper underground.  We gain some insight into Umura’s history through a flashback.  In the end, the party makes a horrific discovery.

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June 16, 2020 32 min

A desperate and horrific battle unfolds deep below the surface.

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July 1, 2020 29 min

The party leaves the ruin and tries to escape the Kingswood.

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July 11, 2020 31 min

Welcome to the township of Burke.  Will the party finally get to relax? I wouldn’t count on it!

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July 21, 2020 27 min

The party has a chance to confront their previous captor.  A new phase of the adventure begins.

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July 23, 2020 7 min

Bonus Material #1: Mini Summary of Episodes 1-10

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July 31, 2020 32 min

The party has made a discovery in the woods that raises more questions than it answers.

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August 11, 2020 30 min

Into the caves …

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August 21, 2020 29 min

Will Umura's gambit pay off?

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September 1, 2020 30 min

The cliffhanger from the previous episode is resolved.

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September 12, 2020 27 min

Who said anything about leaving…?

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September 21, 2020 29 min

As soon as the arrow hit the ground at their feet, something wet and sticky fell from the sky…

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October 1, 2020 28 min

Time to head back to town.  That sounds safe enough…

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October 11, 2020 28 min

Aradine is locked in a cell overnight.  She is to be executed in the morning.  Is there any hope for her at all?

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