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Where theatrical people play roleplaying games. Each season our players part-improvise a story in a new genre, with roleplaying game rules providing surprising twists and turns. Jump in at the start of any season! The story continues every other Tuesday; on the Tuesdays in between, Backstage episodes shed light on the game and storytelling mechanics behind the scenes.
 
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The Winter King is after a rematch. Our hunters prepare to take a stand and drive back an oncoming ice age. Programme notes This production contains fantasy violence. Congratulations to Ben Newbon for spotting Ellie’s cameo in Act 4! Follow Ben on Twitter @BenNewbon. Review Merely Roleplayers on Podchaser before 30 April and Podchaser will donate 2…
 
Meet Gwynned: shieldmaiden, banished warrior, divine. Gwynned was a holy warrior, a trusted shieldmaiden of the triple-goddess Morrigan. After defying her mistress she was banished to a lifetime of the mundane (in a somewhat different form) and now uses her divine skills to protect her new home. But she’d better keep her head down so as not to risk…
 
The hunters and National Trust bystanders take shelter in Brier’s tree. As the frost creature arrives memories of an ancient battle are rekindled and Gwynned attracts unwanted attention. Programme notes This episode contains fantasy violence and a brief mention of giant insects. Save the date! Blackshaw Theatre’s next live production, Trouble At Se…
 
Meet Brier: forest guardian, National Trust manager, monstrous. For as long as the Rosebrier Forest has existed, so has Brier. A shapeshifting fae guardian with a penchant for mischief, they are a generally benevolent fairy - just don’t accept a ride from them when they’re a horse. Join Strat as he fills in Brier’s character sheet with help from co…
 
There are many legendary nicknames in curling. The Wrench, Snake, Moose, Arrow, Ice Man and the Round-Mound-Of-Come-Around are only a few. But you may not have heard the legend of "Rock Bottom". Coach for Team Epping at the 2021 Tim Horton's Brier is Jim Wilson, aka R.B. Jim shares the origin of his nickname, some insight into Team Epping in the Br…
 
Our hunters become the hunted and a creature of ice and snow stalks ominously towards Brier’s tree. The race is on to beat it there, but it’s not going to be easy. Programme notes This production contains fantasy violence. Save the date! Blackshaw Theatre’s next live production, Trouble At Sea: A Miss McSkimming Mystery, will be on Saturday 3 July …
 
Meet Cameron: orphan, trained hunter, wronged. Something terrible happened to Cameron as a young boy that left a scar too deep to fully heal. Now wherever he goes so does his trusty axe, and behind him he leaves a trail of slain enemies. Join Chris as he fills in Cameron’s character sheet with help from compère Matt and fellow hunters Strat and Ell…
 
Rae Kells was prepared for the challenge. Her experience as a probations officer provided ideal training for work as a curling official. Her steady approach to controversial finishes at the 1993 Canadian Junior Women’s and ’94 Junior Men’s championships led to nearly 3 decades officiating regional, national, and international events, including four…
 
Two members of the fae court have been brutally murdered, but by whom and for what reason? The hunters start their investigation while on the other side of the forest something ancient, cold and malevolent awakes. Programme notes This production contains fantasy violence. Our promo this episode is for What Am I Rolling?, a twice-monthly roleplaying…
 
Matt and our new team of hunters get to know each other and their place in the history of Sherrydown. Programme notes This production contains fantasy violence. Our promo this episode is for Monster Hour, a grimcamp Monster of the Week actual play set in the town of Firmament, Colorado. Dramatis personae and other definitions Brier: a mischievous s…
 
Early morning sunlight streams down through the foliage of the Rosebrier Forest while a gentle breeze dances around The Grove of Oddities, carrying with it the scent of blood. Programme notes This production contains fantasy violence. If you enjoyed Vigil: Playtime, our first Main House production, you should pick up The Sherrydown Enquirer 1: Play…
 
The drunk AF cast share the superpowers they didn’t get a chance to use in the game and reflect on a job well done (they’re way too drunk to be discerning). Programme notes This production contains gross bodily humour, cartoon violence, and alcohol. Our promo this episode is for Penance RPG, purveyors of chaotic homebrew RPG bontent with a focus on…
 
After dispatching some of Dr Magnethands’ most dastardly minions, the heroes set off to her super-secret space base to put a stop to her plans for world domination once and for all… oh, and everyone is very drunk. Programme notes This production contains gross bodily humour, cartoon violence, and alcohol. If you enjoyed Vigil: Playtime, our first M…
 
Don Aitken misses corn brooms. With two players pounding in unison, the sound and rhythm was a thing of beauty. In the 1970s, Don practiced on linoleum during summer months and by winter, helped sweep up purple hearts, winning Quebec Provincial titles throughout the decade-first with skip Bill Kent and later Jim Ursel. His Brier championship victor…
 
The cast reminisce about times they’ve participated in what the theatre world refers to as a “wet run” while they come up with their eight suggestions for the game they’re actually supposed to be playing... oh, and Matt explains how the game works. Programme notes This production contains gross bodily humour, cartoon violence, and alcohol. Credits …
 
A team of extraordinary heroes is the only thing that stands between evil mastermind, Dr Magnethands, and total world domination... oh, and everyone is drunk. Programme notes This production contains strong language, gross bodily humour, cartoon violence, and alcohol. Our promo this episode is for Snyder’s Return, a UK based tabletop roleplaying ga…
 
The hunters look back on their adventures in the classroom and their battles against the playtime monsters. Programme notes Our promo this episode is for O.M.E.N. Investigations. They’re fellow members of the UK Tabletop RPG Podcasters community, and also playing Monster of the Week this season! Check them out if you want some much sillier monster …
 
Terry Jones wanted to have fun. As a kid he ran errands for the press box during the local baseball tournament and saw the thrill of being a sportswriter. Over his career "Jonesy" has covered it all, including succeeding Don "Buckets" Flemming as the curling scribe for the Edmonton Journal. Terry shares a secret to Don's success, reveals his own or…
 
Despite Graham’s magical mishap, the hunters make haste to capture the villain responsible for the playtime monster before another school day begins. Programme notes This episode contains loss of agency and a brief description of a recently self-inflicted wound. The town of Sherrydown is twinned with Whispering Pines, the not-so-ordinary summer cam…
 
Meet Graham: accountant, 100% certified “human male”, Summoned. Excel specialist and hat connoisseur Graham is here to help you with all of your accountancy and administrative needs. If you’re lucky, he may join you down the local establishment for a pint of alcoholic refreshment and a friendly chat about being a human being. Join Alex as he fills …
 
As Mick, Percy and Graham engage in a bloody battle with the playtime monster, Renko makes a surprising discovery in the school staffroom. Programme notes This episode contains bloody violence, including gun violence, and detailed tentacular imagery. Watch Jack and the Beanstalk, a semi-improvised panto created for streaming and incorporating rolep…
 
Elaine Dagg-Jackson pursued her passion to coach curling. The decision led her to amazing experiences across the globe and eventually her dream job as National Women's Coach with Curling Canada. Her introduction to the sport came from father Lyall, winner of the 1964 Brier and World Championship. Her first trip to the Scotties was in 1987 as the al…
 
Meet Renko: DoOm operative, investigative genius, Flake. Renko is no stranger to mystery - it comes with the territory after all. But has she bitten off more than she can chew in the sleepy and seemingly-friendly town of Sherrydown? Join Vikki as she fills in Renko’s character sheet with help from compère Matt and fellow hunters Chris and Helen. Pr…
 
Chaos ensues when Percy and Graham, left to their own devices at the school, attempt an experiment to manifest the playtime monster. Programme notes This episode contains violence, including blood and injury detail. Vote for the final, ultimate winners of the Audio Verse Awards 2020 Leave Merely Roleplayers a five-star review on Apple Podcasts or P…
 
Meet Percy: time traveller, illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron, Exile. What strange forces have brought Percy to the small, sleepy town of Sherrydown and why does the year 1666 send a shiver down her spine? Join Ellie as she fills in Percy’s character sheet with help from compère Matt and fellow players Chris S and Strat. Programme notes Our promo…
 
Bert Gretzinger has a few stories to tell. Born in Winnipeg, he spent his middle-school years in Calgary and eventually landed in Vancouver, winning his first purple heart as vice for Bernie Sparkes in 1976. After moving to Kelowna, Bert next won the BC Provincials in 1989 with Rick Folk. They lost to the Ryan Express in the Brier final and when Pa…
 
After a surprising revelation from Mick’s niece, Pippa, the hunters head to the primary school to conduct their investigation. Programme notes This episode contains dried blood and scarred arms. The Ragged Scratch Podcast, hosted and produced by our sound designer Natalie Winter, returns for season 3 on 19 November. Add it to your podcast app for 1…
 
Resby Coutts is a real life Les Nessman. Farm reporting was the primary job but having been a member of the Murray Nye team that lost the final of the 1981 Manitoba Tankard, curling was added to his radio duties. Resby shares how starting early at a one sheet club sparked a lifetime in the roaring game. We cover his playing years, the Brandon "Olym…
 
Compère Matt and the cast of Vigil: Playtime introduce their characters and come up with their connections to one another - and to the town of Sherrydown itself. Programme notes This episode's promo contains strong language. Our promo this episode is for Infinite Deer. Their new season started on 19 October, so this is a great time to jump aboard. …
 
The arrival of an unexpected traveller and a bloody disappearance at the local primary school spell trouble for the residents of the sleepy town of Sherrydown. Programme notes This episode contains implied offstage child endangerment. Vote for Merely Roleplayers in the Audio Verse Awards before 31 October. We’re currently through to the penultimate…
 
Now playing in the Merely Roleplayers Main House: Vigil. Sherrydown, Brackshire: a picturesque English market town with a failing high street, a struggling council, and a no doubt rich history that no one remembers. The Department of Omissions did its job keeping Sherrydown's wards strong and its fae community appeased. But the Department hasn't fa…
 
Originally published by International Podcast Month and shared with permission. Every September, International Podcast Month releases an all-new podcast episode every day. Find all the September 2020 episodes at internationalpodcastmonth.com. ——- Content Warning Violence The Game Beam Saber is a game about the pilots of powerful machines in a war t…
 
Coming soon to the Merely Roleplayers Main House: Vigil. Sherrydown, Brackshire: a picturesque English market town with a failing high street, a struggling council, and a no doubt rich history that no one remembers. The Department of Omissions did its job keeping Sherrydown's wards strong and its fae community appeased. But the Department hasn't fa…
 
In an infinite universe, across multiple timelines, we were never going to be able to witness everything. Here’s a selection of stuff we had to leave out. Season credits STARRING Ellie Pitkin, Alex Pankhurst, Josh Yard and Dave; Chris Starkey, Chris Buxey and Chris; Helen Stratton, Ellen Gould, Natalie Winter and Strat as themselves (sort of) (vari…
 
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