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An actual play podcast of high adventure, low dice rolls and intermediate levels of terrible puns in which five old friends imagine ourselves to be dynamic and exciting heroes in a game of Dungeon World. Crudely Drawn Swords is a long-term campaign following a team of heroic(?) adventurers as they follow a quest that will take them through strange lands, across dangerous seas and on perilous journeys through unknown regions. If you are a fan of podcasts like Friends at the Table, The Adventure Zone, Critical Role, Acquisitions Inc or Campaign then our mixture of epic storytelling, memorable characters and hilarious antics will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Routinely contains strong language, extraordinarily bad accents and a certain inscrutable charm.

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An actual play podcast of high adventure, low dice rolls and intermediate levels of terrible puns in which five old friends imagine ourselves to be dynamic and exciting heroes in a game of Dungeon World. Crudely Drawn Swords is a long-term campaign following a team of heroic(?) adventurers as they follow a quest that will take them through strange lands, across dangerous seas and on perilous journeys through unknown regions. If you are a fan of podcasts like Friends at the Table, The Adventure Zone, Critical Role, Acquisitions Inc or Campaign then our mixture of epic storytelling, memorable characters and hilarious antics will put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. Routinely contains strong language, extraordinarily bad accents and a certain inscrutable charm.

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Fun fantasy

By TrippTripplets - Jan 06 2020
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Great production value and a compelling story. I listen while going to bed and find the squads comrade with infectious laughs leaving me with good dreams.

Epic

By Nrspdx - Dec 11 2019
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The last half of Season One (episodes 6-12) is some of the most compelling live play I have listened to and I have listed to a lot of live play podcasts (all of Spout Lore, Critical Role, Glass Cannon, Roll Dice and Cry, Friends At The Table, League of Ultimate Questing (so good!) and part of Chimaera Cast). Crudely Drawn Swords, like all new parties, takes several episodes to establish group chemistry. It also takes a number of episodes for some of the players to settle into a new game system. By episode 6, everyone is starting to settle in and episodes 7-12 are just epic! While the first few episodes didn’t grab me, by the end of season one I was very glad to have continued listening. Having just finished season one it is hard to tell where the story will go but I am hopeful that the Crudely Drawn Swords crew can continue to deliver the fun play represented in the last part of Season One. Give this podcast a listen, at least through episode 7.

iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
Average Ratings
30
1
0
0
0

Fun fantasy

By TrippTripplets - Jan 06 2020
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Great production value and a compelling story. I listen while going to bed and find the squads comrade with infectious laughs leaving me with good dreams.

Epic

By Nrspdx - Dec 11 2019
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The last half of Season One (episodes 6-12) is some of the most compelling live play I have listened to and I have listed to a lot of live play podcasts (all of Spout Lore, Critical Role, Glass Cannon, Roll Dice and Cry, Friends At The Table, League of Ultimate Questing (so good!) and part of Chimaera Cast). Crudely Drawn Swords, like all new parties, takes several episodes to establish group chemistry. It also takes a number of episodes for some of the players to settle into a new game system. By episode 6, everyone is starting to settle in and episodes 7-12 are just epic! While the first few episodes didn’t grab me, by the end of season one I was very glad to have continued listening. Having just finished season one it is hard to tell where the story will go but I am hopeful that the Crudely Drawn Swords crew can continue to deliver the fun play represented in the last part of Season One. Give this podcast a listen, at least through episode 7.

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Rank #1: S3E38: Kobold Together

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Saffron,

I’m really sorry we are taking so long. I wanted to destroy the sword to destabilise Hector's power. But Percy won’t let me. He thinks it’s too big a risk. I think we’re losing anyway so we should take a chance. I’m not going to debate it anymore and I’m not going to try and destroy the sword. But I am going to use the power available to us. It’s too much of a waste not to. I’ll try and get back as soon as possible. I’ve got a plan. It’s high risk, but the risk is only for me.

Bam

Dec 12 2019

44mins

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Rank #2: S3E36: Straight Up The Wizard's Sleeve

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How exciting for you! You’ve got the principles of the curse breaking just about right, but the danger with undoing a Great Work is that there are an awful lot of strands and many of them will be stretched very tight, like trees under a heavy snow ready to spring back the moment it starts to melt. When that balance starts to shift and the tension is released expect the power to be released unevenly and perhaps very suddenly. The best way to make it safe, aside from the usual glyphs of warding and slowing ( model the glyphs on a series of dams - you don’t expect any one to hold back the power, but together they should be able to even out the flow and make it more manageable ) is to stabilise as many cardinal points of the curse as possible - the more components of its original creation you have available to you, the better off you will be. Of course anything capable of anchoring this kind of power for any length of time is likely to be imbued with enough magic to have some degree of will of its own - be careful of them!

Nov 14 2019

1hr

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Rank #3: Episode 3: The Only One Who Can Bring The Rock

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Our heroes find their way out of a hole, perform an interrogation that makes them fortunate to be in a different world to the Geneva Convention and make a perplexing discovery about geopolitics.

Jan 14 2016

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Rank #4: The North Coast, Part 1

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The Hawks are back at sea and it was time for them to have a break, for us to follow some other characters, so in this episode and the next we will be learning about the heroic crew of The Ghost who are striving to navigate a perilous and uncharted ocean and bring their passengers safely to their distant destination.

Fortunately the crew consists of expert and talented sailors with years of experience on the seaways of the world. Unfortunately the cast consists of the same bunch of goons whose antics you have grown accustomed to over the last few years...

May 03 2018

48mins

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Rank #5: S3E29: Inflated Marble Sack

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In spite of our spy networks and the careful thought of our best minds, it is hard to grasp why this is happening to us. We lived in peace with Sudec for centuries - they were our friends and rivals. Then the cold revolution happened and suddenly they are driven by this furious goddess of the ice to overwhelm us? Why won’t they negotiate? Why are they always forcing onward with military might and and this power that cuts winter into the very heart of summer? What does Ulumbraya want from us?

It seems there is no way to find out, except perhaps to surrender and examine the effects of her terrible will as they are enacted and that would be a costly experiment indeed.

Aug 04 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #6: S2E01: Looks like curtains for our heroes

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Our heroes are back home in Farmouth, but it seems that those familiar streets are not as safe as they used to be. Percy moves up in the world, Bambari sucks on a scab, Tristan demonstrates the art of disguise and Enigma may be lion about something as our second adventure begins...

Jun 09 2016

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: S3E02: Little Mouthfuls of Bitter Sunshine

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The prospector's account continues thus:

"I was a little spooked by that and it gave me no inclination to return for some time, in fact I did find myself some sizeable copper ingots that would sell for good money if I could get 'em back to Merwall but I put off travelling back that way for a while and went further east a ways. Even spent some time around the Sleidlar and let me tell you them is good people once you get the hang of their manner of talking and way of living. Learned a lot there I most certainly did! Well anyways eventually I loaded up my mules and set out for Merwall which was a pretty travel but I knew it would reward me if I could get there with my goods intact and by the time I passed that glacier well I was in a hurry to be by it but things had changed a lot in those few years let me tell you. Those shacks and igloos were gone and instead there was a town of log houses and cabins all in neat lines and looking civilised like. I stopped though as briefly as I could for I had no inclination to involve myself far in their affairs. The people that had been there before still seemed to be around but there was something like an organisation now. They had some kind of mine of their own, right into the glacier and there was some kind of central building made of ice. I found a place to sleep the night, but I barely got a wink because I noticed that there was something like big glowing flames atop the glacier, but they burned green and lilac like the southern lights, but all bundled up and brighter for it. I asked my host about it and she observed that they had got brighter as they dug their way into the ice. She said that the light of those fires showed them the true way and that they could discover their true purpose now. She said her mind used to be confused and fuzzy but now everything was clear to her and I believe that she truly felt happy in that light. Well I suspected that singing would be clearer if I slept there that night, so I sat by the fire and didn't close my eyes. The next morning I left early, so tired I was stumbling even on that good road they had made, and never looked back."

"That was before all this recent nonsense started happening - but seeing how much that place had changed in a few years between one visit and the next, and remembering that voice in my dreams, I ain’t surprised something strange came of it. Not at all."

That is the whole of that report, save some superfluous mineralogical detail, but context for recent activity near SP. Hope the sea journey is comfortable and trouble free.

Saffron.

Jun 21 2018

56mins

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Rank #8: S2E37: Your chosen one?

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Financing a ship sailing for months through dangerous waters turns out to be a very expensive proposition, the hawks now realise they need to get hold of a lot of money, information, money, cosmetic surgery and money. Time to hit up their contacts and persuade someone to give them a huge amount of money for no good reason. Tristan gets seated, Percy gets his fortune, Enigma gets weird and Bambari gets lampshaded in this expository episode of Crudely Drawn Swords.

Feb 22 2018

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Rank #9: S3E18: Lead From The Front

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Your sister appears to be doing ok. She's anti stealing some gem we’ve been set up with. Before we pulled into your city we were on a boat. Someone stole my stuff and evidently sent a part of my magic mirror to a guy calling himself Death, bit much, and he’s set us up as revenge for killing his insane brother. I guess the mirror part was small enough to send on a well trained bird. It’s all been a bit much these last few weeks. I don't like the sea, I don't like the desert and I wish I was at home.

I dont think the Lunzideren have cats : (

Bam

Feb 01 2019

49mins

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Rank #10: Episode 4: A Fun Guy to Have Around

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Our heroes have left the old fort of Kel Teppey where their adventures began, but there is a hostile army between them and home and they are going to have to rely on their wits -and some unreasonably good dice roles - to get to safety. And that assumes that anybody anywhere on the podcast can tell left from right and east from west...

Jan 28 2016

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Rank #11: S3E05: Tristan and the Magic Wang

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As The Hawks realise that Tristan was not, in fact, hallucinating wildly it becomes clear that they need to take the threat posed by The Consumer seriously. Unfortunately, they are congenitally opposed to seriousness in all its forms, so this may prove a challenge far beyond their capacities.

Aug 02 2018

48mins

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Rank #12: S2E38: Someone get a duck!

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The Hawks have seemingly exhausted every opportunity to make an easy buck by simply asking someone to give them a huge amount of money and being given a huge amount of money and it seems that, filled with anger and resentment at the unreasonableness of not having won the lottery when they didn't even buy a ticket, our heroes will have to demean themselves with that most tiresome of trivialities, a sidequest. Percy discovers a crime, Tristan performs forensics, Enigma finds her calling and Bambari gets the bird in this ornithological episode of Crudely Drawn Swords.

Mar 08 2018

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Rank #13: S3E37: What Have I Got To Give?

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I knew that when you wandered out in the world you would be capable of great things and it sounds like that is exactly what you are doing! There won’t be many people around who have experience like you do.

The birds have told me about the soldiers at the edge of the woods, but fortunately they know that it is a narrow band of forest between them and the mountains and there isn’t anything to interest them this way except a narrow strip of marshy woodland. Most of them don’t question how they know this, but I’m sure you can guess.

Good luck in your grand working!
Mum.

Nov 28 2019

41mins

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Rank #14: S3E28: I Don't Remember You Being Naked

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Well, I am back in old Merrowvale. The palace is very different now - it feels empty without our royal father and quiet in the absence of Jasmine and Wintergreen, and yet there are people coming and going constantly as it has become something of a command centre for the war effort. Mother is holding up well, trying to ensure that the retreat northwards is orderly and we do not lose our precious troops trying to hold indefensible positions, but it is hard to see what positions will prove defensible against these beasts of war. Our southern army, lead by my older sister and the Preceptor of the knights of Akone, are now completely cut off in the southern part of the mountains but they remain a valuable asset They have been striking from behind the enemy front line, keeping supplies and troops from reaching the front line. If it wasn’t for them and the support of Batmazgorod beneath, we would already have lost.

Jul 04 2019

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Rank #15: S3E30: Ex Insidious Libera Nos

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I daresay things are going very well where you are now, you’re probably having a cheerful frolic through springtime on the plains. I will wager you don’t have to go to a single boring formal dinner with tiresome aristocrats and wealthy merchants all very keen to reassure us that they have always supported us and always will while we are quite aware that they would turn on us in a moment if they thought there was any profit in it. I do not trust any of them and I am glad to have Tartasha with me, I trust her scimitar far more than anyone’s good will.

I’m getting a bit frazzled from having to be a princess again. I don’t really enjoy it. I suppose that is probably why Jasmine is so determined to turn her back on it. At least she has not turned her back on us; assuming your mission proves as valuable as we hope, it may be that when the historians make a final reckoning of these events she proves the most valuable member of House LaGorge. I hope I will be around to dispute their findings.

Am I rambling? I think I might be rambling. Dutiful dinner calls. Enjoy your wonderful, empty, plains.

-Saff

Aug 15 2019

48mins

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Rank #16: S3E19: Park The Frog

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Bambari, good to hear from you!

Did you have a bound scrying mirror, by any chance? I have seen some of those, and they always seem to have some quirk or limitation. I once saw one that only showed images as though reflected in turbulent water, another that could dictate exactly what it perceived but at a very great length so picking out the relevant information was extraordinarily hard work. I even heard of one that manifested a ghostly arm with a paintbrush, capable of depicting what had been witnessed in watercolours with a degree of abstraction somehow dependent on the skill of the invoker. Of course I am not a smith-enchanter and this kind of binding magic is not usually the province of the church, but there is a relationship to an interesting piece of history here. It seems that at one time there was a very large mirror here in Aru-sha that was built specifically for a magical use. The histories of the city agree that it existed and that at some point it broke, or was broken, very unlucky, and what became of it after that is unclear except that my research suggests that the best scrying mirrors are made from fragments of that mirror. So it is possible that he did not have a part of your magic mirror, but instead he carried one that was made from a different fragment of the same original. If it was a good quality scrying mirror from the Western Kingdoms, the odds of that are fairly high.

Feb 24 2019

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Rank #17: S3E27: A Nightly Occurrence

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You do not give yourself enough credit - it was your work in deriving the shared principle between both pencil and eraser that made this possible. I suspect the alchemists and smith-enchanters who worked on Reaching Scrolls before never saw the value of the humble pencil, so you really showed those pen pushers.

Travelling is a little tiresome, so I will tell you everything I know of the Sleidlar, and once this paragraph is done I will go back to watching Alberado pass slowly along our larboard. Of the five peoples of the plains, the Sleidlar are by all accounts the most constrained, living only along the edges of the ice. People who have heard of them at all usually regard them as rustic reindeer-herders, but accounts from those who have visited their lands suggest that they lead lives well adapted to travel along the borders of the ice. In particular they have taken to taming and breeding many types of beast to help them in their work, from tiny mice and ferrets who help find and protect food caches up to vast shaggy-haired creatures claimed to eat whole trees and haul their larger buildings across the ice. The stories are both sparse and somewhat outlandish - for some reason those most disposed to distant travel seem equally disposed to completely making up their accounts of the far world - but they are consistent in describing the Sliding People as shaping the creatures around them to their need, which leads me to suggest they have some art or mastery in that direction..

This journey is arduous in the extreme. A steady wind blows out of the south, bringing cold and relentless damp even at this time of the year, and forcing us to tack endlessly, so progress remains very slow.

I hope that your travels are more interesting.

-Saf

Jun 20 2019

45mins

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Rank #18: S2E05: Here come the muscle-build men

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The Hawks make their way into the mansion where it seems a dangerous Icewatcher cell may be holed up, but can they locate their enemies without walking into any further traps, falling into any dangerous pits or accidentally burning the whole place to the ground? Percy gets everyone down, Tristan finds a catch, Bambari bricks it and Enigma goes in search of the satire in this enigmatic episode of Crudely Drawn Swords.

Aug 04 2016

43mins

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Rank #19: S2E04: What is wrong with this garden?

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Following Enigma's dashing rooftop chase, the Hawks have a destination- an old mansion on the edge of town and a very simple mission: Get into the building. How hard can it be? In this episode of Crudely Drawn Swords: Tristan shoots at statuary, Percy turns turtle, Enigma is effective and Bambari doesn't even want your stupid healing.

Jul 20 2016

52mins

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Rank #20: S2E28: Don't just stand there blubbering!

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It's good to help people and it is doubly good to help people who are on your side and making a big difference to the war that you are fighting in. However, it can also lead to some awkward conversations, tough negotiations and maybe just the mildest hint of murder. Tristan mediates, Percy makes his case, Bambari closes some doors and Enigma goes for the throat in this juridical episode of Crudely Drawn Swords.

Oct 19 2017

1hr 15mins

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