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The Spoony Bard's Aural Theatre

An episodic reenactment of older video games. Using the video games' original music and sound effects and using the dialogue as it was written in-game (for better or worse), we will "play" for you the entire game from start to finish.
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Dec 29, 2017

The Master is dead, but there's one thing left to do: destroy the Mariposa Military Base, the facility from which the super mutant menace is spawned.  It's also where Lou Tenant is, the hulking super mutant who almost beat her to death, who threw her in prison where Dogmeat was killed.  There are some loose ends to wrap up, and a facility to blow up.

Oct 31, 2017

After an inexcusably long hiatus, we're back with the tenth and penultimate episode of this season!  In this SPOOOOOKY episode, the situation in Adytum has been resolved, and with it comes connections and allies, resources and weapons, and most importantly the location of The Master.  With nothing else to do, our heroine Natalia and her new friends head Southward to the Children of the Cathedral.

Sep 15, 2017

Further evidence links the Children of the Cathedral to the mutant menace, but before Natalia can visit their grand headquarters, she needs to resolve the problem of Adytum and the Blades.

Sep 1, 2017

When Natalia wakes up, she finds herself confronted with an enormous mutant with a red eye fused into its socket and the most beautiful voice you've ever heard.  Natalia is in the Mariposa Military Base!  Armed with nothing but her wits and her dog, she must escape this place or be turned into a super mutant herself!

Aug 15, 2017

The Glow, a place where the radiation is so hot it can burn someone from the inside out.  The Brotherhood of Steel sent Natalia and her crew here to fetch something, and so they knock back a few anti-rad pills and descend into the pit!

Aug 1, 2017

Vault 13's water purification mechanism has been repaired and so Natalia's home is safe -- or it would be, if it weren't for those big green supermutants roaming around.  Natalia is given a new task: find out where the mutants are coming from.  She sets out once more into the wasteland with her companions Ian and Dogmeat, free from the restrictive time limit, and free to explore the wasteland at her leisure.  There is a lot of work out there for a mercenary, and maybe while she's indulging herself she can gleam something about the mutant menace.

Jul 15, 2017

With the water chip in her hand, she and her companions return to Vault 13.  With the new device activated, the vault can go on with clean water and everything works out just fine for everyone.

 

THE END

 

...but can everything work out just fine?  Not with those hulking green mutants around.  Natalia is given a second task, this time to investigate the source of these mutants.  This is for the good of the Vault; perhaps for the good of all the Wasteland.

Jun 18, 2017

Natalia returns from Junktown having thoroughly acclimated herself to the dangerous nature of the wastes.  She has guns, brass knuckles, experience, and most importantly, a dog.  But no water chip.

Time is running out for her and her Vault.  Perhaps someone in the Hub can point her in the direction of another Vault.

Jun 1, 2017

With the disappointment of Vault 15 behind her, Natalia and Ian venture forth from the bustling trading town of the Hub toward Junktown.  There are less leads suggesting a water chip might be obtained here, but it is the only other town for many, many miles.

May 15, 2017

Having failed to locate a water chip in Shady Sands, she and her partner head toward The Hub, hoping for better luck there, or at least a rope so they can further explore the ruins of Vault 15.  But what kind of people live in a thriving trading town in this wasteland?  How well will they take to one such as Natalia?

May 2, 2017

We kick off the new season with Into the Wasteland, the first episode in an 11-episode audio-drama adaptation of Interplay's 1997 classic CRPG Fallout: A Post-Nuclear RPG.

It's a much darker tone than last season; Fallout takes place in an alternate timeline in which a nuclear war led to the world being annihilated but for the survivors who hid away in underground shelters.  Our protagonist, voiced by RPG Rabbit who had narrated last season, is a descendant of some of those survivors, and she is being sent to the surface in an effort to save her people from water shortage.

This episode and the season as a whole owes much to the support and contributions of listeners and drama or video game enthusiasts.  Unlike last season, this one employs the voices of dozens of people from all over the world.  Thanks to everyone who contributed, and of course if anyone else wants to, feel free to send us an e-mail and we may be able to use your talent in upcoming seasons.

 

Apr 21, 2017

It's the end of our first season; while we get ready for the first episode of the next time, RPG Rabbit and Calvin Redburn spend an hour talking about what we learned, what we didn't learn, ideas for the future and also there are some skits and bloopers.

Apr 2, 2017

The final episode of this podcast's first season!  Cecil and his company have come a long way, climbed many a mountain and fought many a foe, and all for what?  What is this foul alien demon thing and what is his aim?  Perhaps these questions will be answered in a clear, concise way to satisfy everybody but also maybe not!  Find out!

And get ready for our next season: Fallout!  The first episode is rumored to drop May 01, so...let's hope we can adhere to schedule this time!

Thank you everybody who has offered their vocal talents for the upcoming season, and for those who tweeted or mentioned this podcast.  This is a niche audience, but there are probably a lot of people out there interested in just this sort of thing.  You can help us be more visible by rating us on iTunes or writing a review!  But it's cool if you don't; we're pretty excited we have as many people tuning is as we do.

Stay tuned; next season has a smorgasbord of actors from all over the world.  We look forward to seeing (er, hearing) how this turns out.

Mar 2, 2017

In this penultimate episode of this season, the party goes on a fantastic voyage through the giant hulking automoton.

Feb 15, 2017

The crew boards a spacewhale and soars across time and space to the moon.  Herein they meet moon monsters and moon men and moon memories make many majestic mysteries.  What happens on the moon stays on the moon, so it is here that our heroes share their darkest secrets with one another.  Maybe you already figured some of them out.

Feb 12, 2017

Here at the Spoony Stuidos, RPG Rabbit is super busy being in a play and also we work full time jobs and insert here a bunch of other excuses why it's taking so long to get Episode 10 in.  Well, it'll be here on the 15th, but in the meantime I (Calvin Redburn) wanted to give everyone a sample of what we're going to be doing in Season 02.  This is what basically will be the first scene of the first episode of the season.  We're doing some things a little differently and I wanted to see how it works.  This isn't the finished product, and even this scene will likely undergo some changes before the episode is released.  For now, we need to get back to work on Season 01.  The conclusion is quickly approaching!

Jan 16, 2017

The final crystal is within grasp, as long as nobody betrays the party!  Herein we complete a few side quests, discover the lucky fate of one of our favorite characters, and use an awesome new drill to free ourselves from these subterranean homesick blues.

Jan 1, 2017

Happy new year from the Spoony Bard!

In this installment, a cocky ninja prince joins the party and is almost as effective in combat as he is hitting on Rydia.  It turns out Dr. Lugae had a pretty warped imagination, committing horrible acts against Edge's parents that even the final fiend of the elements, Rubicant thinks is a bit excessive.  We spend the entire episode in the underworld and head to the Land of the Summons, that place where Rydia was hanging out and aging a hundred times the normal speed.  Hopefully Cecil won't be a graybeard when he makes it out of there!

Dec 18, 2016

"Everyone rushing towards death…" -- Kain

Rydia returns from some mysterious and vaguely explained land to aid our heroes in their pursuit of Golbez and his megalomaniacal machinations.  It's a long climb to the top of the Tower, and many give their lives in the effort to stop Golbez from realizing his dream.  Dwarves, the Eblaners, and the people of Baron unite to lay siege to this mysterious tower that holds the secrets.

Dec 2, 2016

To save Rosa, Cecil must hand over the crystal.  But will the personification of pure evil and destruction and lies stay true to his proposition?  We won't spoil it here!  In this episode, we are reunited with several heroes, and journey from the high skies to the deep earth where the truth lay buried.

Nov 15, 2016

Kain has offered Cecil a dark bargain on behalf of his master, Golbez: retrieve the Earth Crystal and exchange it for Rosa's life.  Cecil and his party travel to the city of Troia and seek out the Dark Elf in the Magnetic Cave, where it is said the Earth Crystal lay.  But how can they traverse the Magnetic Cave wearing so much metal?

Nov 1, 2016

RPG Rabbit and Calvin Redburn take some time off the regular episodes and instead talk about what is involved in creating this podcast, how it came to be, the mistakes that were made, and where we would like to see this podcast go in the future.  We also spent the weekend at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo so we talk about that for a little bit, too.

 

There is also a blooper reel.

Oct 15, 2016

Cecil forsakes his dark sword for that of a Paladin, but from what origin was this power bestowed?  It's a long road back to Baron and the path to redemption is wrought with the taint of evil. 

Oct 1, 2016

Cecil and his party lend their aid to the monks of Fabul, but when the new commander of the Red Wings appears, Cecil learns he must pursue a new philosophy if he is to defeat such evil. 

Sep 15, 2016

Cecil and Rydia seek out a cure for Rosa and meet a forgetful old man, our titular spoony bard, and witness the broad swaths of destruction Baron executes in pursuit of the crystals.

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