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Category Archives: Field Recordings

Pod and video casts created by and for The Mad Adventurers Society on a variety of gaming related topics.

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep: Final! “Paladins”

Bright armor gleaming like the sun, and swinging holy swords to smite down the foes of all that is good and just, the Paladin is one of the greatest tropes in fantasy literature, and D&D lore. It is also one of the most maligned and oft abused classes, with more than a few parties dreading […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 90: “Wizards and Sorcerers”

Whether hunched over stacks of arcane tomes, or feeling the stirrings of unknown power from within their blood, the wizard and sorcerer are two of the most well known classes within D&D. Sharing many of the same spells in their repertoire, but handling them in very different ways, how they stand apart is often a […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 89: “Rangers”

Living amongst the wilderness, and traversing the myriad deadly terrains that make up the fantasy realms of D&D, few are as comfortable as the Ranger. Whether alone or in a group, these stalkers of the wilds are known to possess skills that allow them to survive and thrive in places that most others would perish […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 88: “Rogues”

Stalkers in the shadows claiming powerful talents among a myriad possible avenues of growth, the Rogue is a shifty, often maligned, lifestyle. However, as Adam and Jared discuss in this episode, being a rogue is more than SNEAK ATTACK and stealth, and they pull back the cloak of shadows that this class tends to so […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 87: “Urban Bounty Hunter/Mercenary Veteran”

Whether braving battlefields and clashing swords or skulking through the underbelly of the sprawling streets of a city in pursuit of the most dangerous game, there’s one primary factor that links the Bounty Hunter and the Mercenary: Coin. In this week’s episode, Leslie and Jared analyze these backgrounds and how using them effectively can add more […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 86: “Clerics”

Tied to divine powers, clerics are conduits of the Heavens, tasked with the mandate to enact the will of their deities upon the Mortal realms. This role comes with great and often misunderstood implications, even by followers of those very same deities, who may not grasp what it means to actually directly be the tool […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 85: “Listener Emails!”

After having languished unanswered in our digital mail slot for weeks on end, at last, the messages sent to us by our beloved audience would finally come forward. Rather than be given simple answers of text, the hosts of the show bring forth the questions for all to benefit from the discussion on such matters […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 84: “Archetype Follow-Up / GM Archetypes”

How do you know if a player is bored or engaged? How do you do everything as a GM? These questions are some of the many things thrown our way last week that we simply weren’t able to tackle in just one episode. Following up on the discussion of player archetypes from last week, our hosts […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 83: “Player Archetypes”

Whenever we sit down at the table to begin telling tales of action and adventure, each of the players is drawn there for a different reason. Whether it is to take on a role and wear a mask for the evening, or to fully enjoy the fantasy of clashing swords and the glory of ultimate […]

Stories of the Fifth Age, Ep. 82: “Fighters”

Masters of martial combat, in the many forms that it can take, the Fighter represents a bit of a unique premise amidst the classes of D&D. While most of the other classes offer specific styles or ideas to build around, the fighter is a largely blank slate. In this episode, our hosts discuss the Fighter […]