Monday, 15 September 2014

Hell 4 Leather, part 1

A Role-Playing Game of Bloody Revenge on Devil's Night

The Death of Nick Crow

In this episode, we play through a game of Hell 4 Leather, a Tarot-based game of vengeful murderous undead bikers. There are no spoilers here, so listen away as you please.

As always, be aware that the podcast is not really family-friendly, if that sort of thing bothers you. This particular game (specifically, episodes 3 and 4) briefly includes actual on-screen sex, for which blame the source material.

Episode 1

The Episode

Our game is heavily influenced by three key factors:

  • Drive Angry, and thence to Nicholas Cage's entire acting career
  • The fact that I (as so often) completely lack genre knowledge for the "vengeful undead biker assassin" genre (I can't imagine how that passed me by) and therefore substitute whatever I have lying around, which is my case was an 80s/90s Flash film, which I now can't find any evidence it actually existed. This happens to me more often than is entirely comfortable. It's possible it was the first few episodes of this TV series, on video, although it looked like a film as far as I remember.
  • We are very silly

Remember The Wolverine Law of Roleplaying: when lacking inspiration, always play Hugh Jackman

The opening section here sort of sets the theme for the evening - we're a bit self-conscious and fumbly about coming up with scenes, which is something we'll talk about in episode 5. Also I sort of mess with the mechanics by giving away too much about the death at this stage, because you're supposed to use revealing an individual's part in the conspiracy as a way to earn more cards in your hand. Oops.

Copyright and suchlike

Hell 4 Leather is copyright and/or trademark Price of Darkness Games. The podcast theme music is Vltava from Smetana's Má Vlast as taken from Wikimedia Commons under the CC0 licence. The episode intro is Hell Bent for Leather by Judas Priest. The outro is Bat out of Hell by Meat Loaf.

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