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Des Moines and Dragons

Des Moines and Dragons is a monthly podcast that features the city of Des Moines best and newest artists playing a variety of Tabletop Roleplaying Games. Each show's episode will be a continuation on the episode before until each game comes to a natural conclusion. We’ll do our best to stick to the rules as written, but occasionally our Game Master will adjust things as the scene requires.

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Episode 1 | Part (1/3)

Our first game takes place in a fantasy inspired kingdom, inside the Capitol City Al’LaleRuled over by an increasingly paranoid Queen, her kingdom is beset by Monsters, Rival Dukes, and Assassins. While her army and political machine focus on these threats, an organization called The Guild takes care of problems for the low born and peasant class.Our story follows Cadre 11A, made up of three adventurers working for The Guild.

59mins

14 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 13 | Part (1/4)

The ancient City of Quitir is on fire. Ornella and Orzok, at the request of the newly formed alliance have come to rescue ans many people as possible. This proves difficult when an old foe of Orzok's show up. Luckily Harbeck Thunderfist and the mighty apex predator named Azakir are there to help.Stay tuned to the end- a very special NPC shows up for a reunion of sorts.

1hr 5mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 5 | Part (1/3)

Having failed in their mission to keep the Prince of Al’Lale safe from harm Cadre 11A was sentenced to death. Luckily an old ally in the Helscribes Vouched for their exile instead of their execution. The Queen wishing to make an example has banished the party to the remote mountains known as the Nord Peaks. Home of Morsank Prison. A prison that no one has ever escaped from. A prison that is run by the inmates. The inmates being Orx Chieftains from the southern war.

54mins

5 Jan 2019

Rank #3

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Tidefall E2 (1/3)

Our adventurers found themselves at the end of Brass Guild's rifle. A ridiculous battle is fought, leaving our heroes, with more clues on ways to meddle int he Brass Guilds plans.This episode has everything, bombs, chaos, interrogating an NPC!Don't miss the second episode of our steampunk romp: TIDEFALL

1hr 7mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Tidefall E1 (1/3)

The world flooded, ruining civilization, were it not for the floating cities and zeppelins humanity would have been lost. Only the tallest mountain peaks remain of the land, while the rest lies beneath the sea. Full of intrigue and political backstabbing, the world now relies on the great Join our 3 heroes as they uncover mysteries, fight machine golems, eat spicy ramen, and more on the DSM&D show TIDEFALL!This game is an actual play steampunk narrative set in a post-apocalyptic landscape using the tabletop ruleset Genesys.

58mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 9 | Part(1/3)

A journey down river and across the midlands is the path forward. Cadre 11 A decide that heading out ahead of the Viscount's forces is necessary. Traveling overland and nearing the queens garden proves to complicate things. While we also get a peak at how Ornella and Harbeck first met.Additionally, a wandering and strange narrator makes his presence known to Harbeck with everything wrapping up in a fight for survival against a four hundred year old Apex Predator.

1hr 15mins

14 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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V1K1NG | E3-P3 "Jam Session"

On this special episode we do some time travelling and explore the history and conflict surrounding our characters.P1- First Contact With The EnemyP2 and P3- Frankie's Debt

1hr 3mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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V1K1NG | E1-P1 "Planetoid Blues"

EPISODE 01Ship: The Blue LucyLocation: Approx 200,000 Kilometers from Saturn's Moon "Callisto"Waking up from cryo sleep after a long haul, the crew of the Blue Lucy is looking for work. Captain Wenger has a plan for that as usual. He brings the team onto a junk bucket station "Gisha II" where he get's them intel.From there it's off to a remote mining asteroid to look for the bounty that the captain assures will bring in a huge pay day.“A blade of grass is a commonplace on Earth; it would be a miracle on Mars. Our descendants on Mars will know the value of a patch of green. And if a blade of grass is priceless, what is the value of a human being?”- Carl Sagan

1hr 6mins

29 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Tidefall E4 (1/3)

Last time on Tidefall...The adventurers were stuck in an explosive situation. Flip jumped onto the bomb to get the others out safely. After Salt fired a hail of bullets and Hera did some convincing to a group of thugs, they escaped, dragging the unconscious Flip to safety. They gathered themselves at the hotel room, and stashed the giant gun. Then they headed to the docks to find a transport ship to get out of the city and escape the pirates. The group split up (as heroes do). Hera walked on board past the Brass Pirates dressed as a noble while Flip and Salt climbed around on the edge of the ship. While waiting for the others, Hera became friends with the lovely old lady, Mrs. Beety. After arriving at Garensburg they again went their separate ways. Flip found an underground doctor that calls himself Billbobby who can heal revenants. Hera and Salt conducted their own research. Eventually they found themselves at another bar, interrogating a Brass Guild recruit. Hera got the kid to talk, but unfortunately his boss overheard. What will happen next? Find out, now.

57mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 8 | Part (1/3)

After a harrowing encounter deep inside the mountain, Cadre 11-A heads back to Juri to regroup and plan. Orzok opens up about his people to the south, Harbeck has wild and strange prophetic visions, and Ornella kills some enemies.Meeting up with the Viscountess and Viscount of Juri, the route forward, for the first time in a while- becomes very clear.

1hr 20mins

23 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 15 | Part (1 of 3)

Our final episode before the finale.It has all come down to this.Our foe makes their final parley.Ornella makes her choice.Harbeck fights a god.Orzok takes his throne.

1hr 1min

12 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Last Life Dante: Part (1 of 3)

Our First Episode of the New Show!Last Life takes Des Moines Iowa creatives and has them attempt to kill a boss at the bottom of a dungeon. They are alone and have only their weapons and wit to help them survive.Our first hero to venture forth is Sage Dantis, the Half Elf Wizard. Played by one of Des Moines most prolific comedians, Dante Powell!Dante Powell is a comedian from Bernice, Louisiana. He currently lives and performs out of Des Moines, Iowa where he moved in 2012 for a girl, but was too lazy to leave after she dumped him. Dante is best known for a photo of him holding a box of Cheerios that went viral. (He was offered temporary membership into the Illuminati, kinda viral...) Anyhow, if you don't like his stand up, please let him know, and he will be glad to introduce you to some other comedian who may be more your speed. Seriously, just let him know. We all wanna just have a good time! You're probably going to like his stuff, though.

55mins

6 May 2019

Rank #12

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Last Life: Cardboard Caucus: Part (1/3)

In the season premiere of Last Life we join local table top gamers Matt Kelly and Chris Conely of the newest and best Des Moines boardgame convention:The Cardboard CaucusA brand new convention to Des Moines for gamers of all kinds. Hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn in West Des Moines, this con has all the games and fun you need for a weekend of laughter, strategy, and excitement!http://www.cardboardcaucus.comTune in as our heroes attempt to seek out the hidden treasure of a dead giant, make friends with a demon girl, and make excellent puns the entire time (most of them are excellent).

1hr 5mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Last Life Mari: Part (2 of 3)

Last Life Mari: Part (2 of 3) by Paul Privitera

1hr 2mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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Last Life Mari: Part (1 of 3)

Last Life Mari: Part (1 of 3) by Paul Privitera

1hr 8mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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Last Life: No Sleep: Part (1/3)

Our next guest to head into the frozen north is the producer of the No Sleep podcast and Live Show. He's a comedian, graphic designer, and now a seasoned Dungeon Delver.The No Sleep podcast ranges from interviews with rising hip-hop artists, to the drunken screams of a beer delivery-man. You are guaranteed to learn something new about someone you might have heard of, and maybe a little something about yourself.On our episode today: Gudger the Half-Orc bard is relaxing in a hot spring when he is approached by a strange man. Having rescued the Ice Cream Emperor Allen Carver from Goblins, Gudger is somewhat of a folk hero in Teh-Ichal. Someone of such prominence would be an esteemed guest at any fancy party. On this special Halloween themed adventure follow Gudger to a dinner and enjoy the Des Moines Comedy Scene easter eggs throughout his harrowing night.

1hr 9mins

3 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Tidefall E4 (3/3)

Last time on Tidefall...The adventurers were stuck in an explosive situation. Flip jumped onto the bomb to get the others out safely. After Salt fired a hail of bullets and Hera did some convincing to a group of thugs, they escaped, dragging the unconscious Flip to safety. They gathered themselves at the hotel room, and stashed the giant gun. Then they headed to the docks to find a transport ship to get out of the city and escape the pirates. The group split up (as heroes do). Hera walked on board past the Brass Pirates dressed as a noble while Flip and Salt climbed around on the edge of the ship. While waiting for the others, Hera became friends with the lovely old lady, Mrs. Beety. After arriving at Garensburg they again went their separate ways. Flip found an underground doctor that calls himself Billbobby who can heal revenants. Hera and Salt conducted their own research. Eventually they found themselves at another bar, interrogating a Brass Guild recruit. Hera got the kid to talk, but unfortunately his boss overheard. What will happen next? Find out, now.

1hr 6mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 4 | Part (3/3)

Returning back from their adventure up North, the party is met by a city guard. He advises them to meet with the Master Sambridge, Ornella's father, as soon as possible. Verna received a letter from her family beckoning her back home and after a tearful goodbye the remains of Cadre 11-A head up to the Garden District to listen to Mast Sambridge's offer.

1hr 18mins

18 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Last Life Dante: Part (2 of 3)

Our First Episode of the New Show!Last Life takes Des Moines Iowa creatives and has them attempt to kill a boss at the bottom of a dungeon. They are alone and have only their weapons and wit to help them survive.Our first hero to venture forth is Sage Dantis, the Half Elf Wizard. Played by one of Des Moines most prolific comedians, Dante Powell!Dante Powell is a comedian from Bernice, Louisiana. He currently lives and performs out of Des Moines, Iowa where he moved in 2012 for a girl, but was too lazy to leave after she dumped him. Dante is best known for a photo of him holding a box of Cheerios that went viral. (He was offered temporary membership into the Illuminati, kinda viral...) Anyhow, if you don't like his stand up, please let him know, and he will be glad to introduce you to some other comedian who may be more your speed. Seriously, just let him know. We all wanna just have a good time! You're probably going to like his stuff, though.

49mins

6 May 2019

Rank #19

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Last Life Chris: Part (1 of 2)

Last Life takes Des Moines Iowa creatives and has them attempt to kill a boss at the bottom of a dungeon. They are alone and have only their weapons and wit to help them survive.Our third hero to head into the hellscape is Pades the Pied Piper. Another Bard... With also a knack for sneaking. Sort of.Chris Williams is our player this week and he has been a friend of the show since the beginning. Our first live show couldn't have happened without him. He is a theater performer, sound engineer, and now a RPG player. Chris can often be found working on the latest theatrical performance with many of the local theater companies in Des Moines. I'm lucky to have had Chris as my friend for a while now, and we are so excited to have this episode feature him, and his inability to sneak up on anyone.

48mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #20