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Minionworks - Actual Play RPG Podcasts

Welcome to the official feed of Minionworks - home of The Misadventures of Max's Minions, Troublesome Times in Tumbleson County™, Welcome to Dooneyland™, On Top of Mount Shasta™, Tales from the Old Man's Bar™ and other actual-play RPG podcasts! We are Minionworks LLC - a group of Houston-area gamers who, in 2014, got the bright idea to record our tabletop gaming sessions and turn them into a podcast. We’ve been regretting the decision ever since. Minionworks strives to produces quality, actual-play RPG podcasts to entertain gamers and showcase independent and unexplored RPG systems. We are also partnered with Freelance Heroism™, an actual-play podcast recorded by some of our fans who asked us for our help and advice and went ahead and made their own podcast anyway. You can learn more about us by visiting www.minionworks.net!

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Player Profile - Aaron Burkett

An introduction to Minionworks, our team members, and our podcasts.

9mins

28 Feb 2014

Rank #1

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The Forest of Blades - A Trophy Dark Incursion - Part One

Trophy is a tabletop roleplaying game about a group of treasure-hunters entering a forest that doesn’t want them there. Trophy is not one game, but two: Trophy Dark and Trophy Gold. In this one-shot series, Aaron Burkett introduces Nathan Lett, Carolyn Pagan, Jeremy Bulloch, Michael Clark and you the listener to Trophy Dark, a game of psychological horror following risk-taking treasure-hunters on a doomed expedition. Listen as the DM leads the quartet closer and closer to the heart of the forest where it does everything it can to tear them apart, drive them mad, and — if they’re lucky — kill them. The Trophy Roleplaying Game System, created by Houston-native The Gauntlet gaming community and featuring content by Aaron, is now available on Kickstarter!

59mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Ravnica: City of Guilds - Character Creation

Join Aaron Burkett as he leads Carolyn Pagan and Michael Clark deep into the worldwide cityscape of Ravnica! A perpetual haze of dreary rain hangs over the spires of Ravnica. Bundled against the weather, the cosmopolitan citizens in all their fantastic diversity go about their daily business in bustling markets and shadowy back alleys. Through it all, ten guilds—crime syndicates, scientific institutions, church hierarchies, military forces, judicial courts, buzzing swarms, and rampaging gangs—vie for power, wealth, and influence. These guilds are the foundation of power on Ravnica. They have existed for millennia, and each one has its own identity and civic function, its own diverse collection of races and creatures, and its own distinct subculture. Their history is a web of wars, intrigue, and political machinations as they have vied for control of the plane.

1hr 48mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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OTOMS 4.2 - A Minor Inconvenience, Part Two

Junie and the gang may now be under onus to the Shaggymen and Flim-Flam, but at least they've rescued Monty and Julian. Poor, severly beaten, nearly-dead, completely unconscious Monty and Julian. Desperate to save her companions, Aubrey has suggested that the group flee the closest medical care available - her grandmother's cottage on the outskirts of the mountain. Before you can say porca puttana, the party arrives at Mama Fazio's home where everyone's favorite Nona is ready to chop garlic and heal the wounded... and she's ALL out of garlic. Come for the limoncello, foccacia and bad accents, stay for the plastic-covered sofas, the lesson in Italian swear words, and the turkey basters. This is Mount Shasta medicine, Eye-talian style!

1hr 1min

30 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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OTOMS 2.3 - Enemies with Benefits, Part Three

The benefit concert may be over, but the weirdness has only begun. Junie, leaving the Triple-MS, has run across attendees wandering aimlessly throughout park grounds still under the influence of whatever was causing their odd behavior during the show. Meanwhile, Grey, Luca, Monty, and Aubrey have left the concert as well, heading towards a secret rendezvous point to square things up with Flim-Flam by giving him his green-eyed... kid. However, when the wandering concertgoers turn suddenly violent and the exchange of Flim-Flam's payment goes pear-shaped, the citizens of Mt. Shasta City will have their hands full with all the macabre the mountain can muster.

1hr 3mins

18 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Minions Reloaded™ - Abbey-Normal Behavior

The members of the Minionworks Podcasting Network are celebrating our Fifth Anniversary! Minionworks presents an audio-only rebroadcast of our livestream recorded on Friday, February 1, 2019 from Minionworks' Studio d20 in Houston, Texas. To celebrate this milestone, we've brought back the characters that started it all, picking up where The Misadventures of Max's Minions™ left off. Our "heroes" thought they were all done with their misadventure... but they were wrong. Dead wrong. The party owes a favor to the infamous Baba Yaga and she's come a-callin'. What does she have in store for the party? Listen in and find out! This episode features: "Texas Mountain King", arranged by Wendell Yuponce and Raoul Valve, used under license from G.B. Whale Music and "March of the Spoons" and "Fiddles McGinty", composed by Kevin Macleod, used under Creative Commons license from Incompetech.com.

4hr 23mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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Goremand! - Part 2

Join Aaron as he leads Carol, Larissa, Michael, and Suraj through a one-shot campaign where cooking skills are just as important as fighting skills! In the last episode, the crew of the JUMPCORP franchisee ship Moonshine had begun their first challenge against three other hopeful teams. Can our clever chefs create a culinary concoction while avoiding sabotage and attempted murder by the competition? Listen and find out!

45mins

28 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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Goremand! - Part 1

Join Aaron as he leads Carol, Larissa, Michael, and Suraj through a one-shot campaign where cooking skills are just as important as fighting skills! Deep in space, a JUMPCORP franchise serving aboard the Moonshine has been given an incredible opportunity. In celebration of the re-emergence of a long-isolated alien race, a massive cooking competition has been commissioned with a prize big enough to pay off your franchise fees and retire in style. The rules are simple - cook a meal, impress the judges. In this kitchen, however, there's more to fight over than just counter space, and surviving to the next round takes on a much more literal meeting. Can the crew of the Moonshine please the palates of the galaxy's most finicky judges, or will they end up in the main ingredient in their competitors' final course? Listen and find out!

55mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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Tumbleson 3.20 - Epilogue

Alexander St. John, pulp writer, and Patrick Ferguson, family pariah, haven't been seen since they fled after the events at Parcell State Prison. That's about to change. Join Aaron Burkett, Dan Freeman, and Carolyn Pagan as they help us catch up with the late Bobby-Jack McGee's favorite storyteller. What have he and Patrick been up to on the road and what will they find once they return to Youngtown? Listen and find out.

1hr 8mins

8 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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Tumbleson 3.11 - Support Your Local, Crooked Sheriff - Part Two

Horace has put together his campaign team and it's really gone to the dogs. Literally. As Sheriff Ferguson prepares to go stumpin' for re-election, though, someone... or something... is trying to escape from a hellish nightmare, held captive presumably somewhere in the county by assailants unknown. What more about the mystery shall be uncovered? Who (or what) is trying to break free? And what will happen if it does? Tune in and find out!

49mins

11 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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A Quick Note from Nate

We're taking a week off to recover from Chupacabracon V in Austin and to prepare for the start of an entirely new series here at Minionworks - "On Top of Mount Shasta". We'll be back next week with an all-new Tumbleson County and more details!

8 May 2018

Rank #11

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Tumbleson 2.24 - Urn-ing Your Keep - Part One

Just when poor Joey Stufkovsky thought he had seen just about all the weirdness he could take, Revenue Agent Simon Grey has returned to town and upped the ante. It seems the Yankee's inheritance has put him in the crosshairs of more than just his disgruntled uncle, Hickory. Now with the elder Harmon who-knows-where in Louisiana plotting his revenge and a missing family urn in the half-clutches of a dead man, it looks like Joey will have to secure himself one more strange bedfellow to track everything down. Will he find what he needs to claim the Harmon estate, or whill end up a pile of ashes himself?

1hr 16mins

1 May 2018

Rank #12

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Dooneyland 1.6 - A Castaway of Characters - Part One

An out-of-sorts substitute in a squirrel suit, a rattled rollercoaster operator, a suspiciously missing supervisor, an interdimensonal orgy, and on... fou... okay, NINE dead bodies. Chippy, Emmeline, Grayson, and Stephen have certainly gotten themselves surrounded by a very interesting cast of characters as all hell has broken loose at Dooneyland. When people are found hanging around the Castaway Tree on Walter's Archipelago... literally... it's up to the crew to clean up the mess while keeping the guests in the dark and discovering the truth behind the apparent suicides. Of course, to find out why people appear to be killing themselves, they'll have to keep from killing each other first.

1hr 9mins

30 Jan 2018

Rank #13

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Tumbleson 2.11 - Kids are the Damnedest Things - Part One

The Lonely Time - a mysterious time when some of Tumbleson County's children are led off into the woods and only some of them return - is just about to dawn on Youngtown once more. Five children are about to find themselves face to face with the awful truth behind exactly what happens. Join Aaron, Nate, Larissa, Suraj, Carol, and Michael for a special character creation session to kick off this story arc!

30mins

2 Jan 2018

Rank #14

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Dooneyland 1.2 - Welcome to Dooneyland! - Park Creation

We're releasing this episode a bit early in the event that Hurricane Harvey washes us down to Cancun. In the second part of the three-part Welcome to Dooneyland! premiere, Jeremy Bulloch, Ashley Crowder, Michael Clark, Larissa Erwin, Aaron Burkett, and Rick Perlini work together to build Dooneyland... brick by sadistic brick. Be sure to tune in over Labor Day Weekend when Nathan leads the gang in their first park misdaventure and, remember, Troublesome Times in Tumbleson County returns on September 18th!

48mins

26 Aug 2017

Rank #15

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Dooneyland 1.1 - Welcome to Dooneyland! - Character Creation

We're back, everybody! It's time to say Welcome to Dooneyland! - our newest podcast kicks off with the character creation session. Join Narrator, Nathan Lett, along with Jeremy Bulloch, Michael Clark, Larissa Erwin, Aaron Burkett, Rick Perlini, and newcomer Ashley Crowder, as they dive into Christopher Grey's "The Happiest Apocalypse on Earth" and bring to life a theme park that will capture your imagination... and probably your soul, too. Welcome to Dooneyland is Minionworks's third original actual-play podcast and joins Troublesome Times in Tumbleson County which will return for Season Two on September 11th!

1hr 21mins

22 Aug 2017

Rank #16

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Tumbleson 1.27 - Welcome to the Dollhouse

Zenobia, Sam, and Humphrey had gone back into the woods outside of Youngtown. The trio had set out to follow up on a little bit of Harmon family history in an effort to try and bring peace to Maxine Harmon, whose tiny soul had been trapped inside a creepy corn-cob doll. However, once out amongst the forest that doubled as the final resting place of many a Harmon girl, Samantha's sight zeroed in on a particular tree trying to branch out and touch someone. Have they found a way to bring closure to a little girl's spirit or will the tree's bite be worse than its bark?

43mins

13 Jun 2017

Rank #17

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Tumbleson 1.7 - Going to the Movies, Gone to the Dogs

With Horace and Simon on their way to New Orleans, attention turns back to Tumbleson where Bobby Jack has made himself a new, if not incredibly peculiar, four-legged friend. When the Irish wolfhound known as Wee Humphrey turns out to be more than just man's best friend, Bobby can't wait to teach him some new tricks which, apparently, includes a trip across the river to Jubilation to take in a matinee with Zenobia as their chaperone. Surely nothing can wrong when you have you popcorn and cartoons, right?

1hr 4mins

10 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Tumbleson 1.6 - The Trail to Terremal

Horace and Simon had managed to convince the mysterious Madame Marie Laveau to aid them in their search for the missing car of Otis Lee, a.k.a. The Rambler, who still currently sits in the Tumbleson County jail awaiting murder charges for the grizzly death of the son of the Governor of Not-Mississippi. The Queen of the Southern Winds has provided the lawmen with a hoo-doo-enhanced compass and needle that will supposedly lead them in the right direction. The question is - what awaits the Sheriff and Federal Agent where the needle points?

1hr 4mins

2 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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Tumbleson 1.4 - Blood's Thinner than Water in the Devil's Backyard

In the aftermath of Baird Taggert's untimely demise, things around Tumbleson County have gone back to... well... what passes for normal in Not-Mississippi anyway. In between baseball, a bank holiday, and business deals, the biggest story around Youngtown is the recent capture of serial killer Otis Lee, also known as the Rambler - but it's not his capture that's making news. Instead, it's the peculiar lack of action against Mr. Lee, who is as guilty as they come, that has the town in a tizzy. Rumor has it that the investigation has gone awry and no one involved, county, state, or federal, wants to take the blame or point a finger. Fortunately, however, Tumbleson's two "top" law enforcement agents have stepped into help... and stepped into a whole heap of trouble in the process.

57mins

20 Dec 2016

Rank #20