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Descent into Avernus Episode 56: What You Desire Most
The adventurers search an infernal marketplace in their hunt for the Sword of Zariel.
Power Word TALk: March 2023
How can D&D play a role in therapy?
Descent into Avernus Episode 55: Tastes Like Chicken
The adventurers try to escape from Lilxori’s devils and their war machines across the blasted plains of Avernus.
Descent into Avernus Episode 54: Lilxori
The adventurers battle the mysterious cambion Lilxori and her infernal biker gang.
Descent into Avernus Episode 53: Uldrak’s Grave
Who is Uldrak. and can his blood save us?
Power Word TALk: January 2023
Tal is joined by Matt, Rachel S., Deborah, and Luke to discuss predictions and hopes for D&D and the TTRPG space in 2023.
Memories of Holdenshire, Part 7: Finale
The strangers must survive a final confrontation with the kalkoi cult who stole their memories and killed their friend.
Dear Friends, Dungeon Masters, and Players
We have received some questions from our audience about the ways in which the OGL does and doesn’t affect the things that we do as Cast Party.
Episode 52: Mordenkainen
Mordenkainen shares secrets of Avernus.
Memories of Holdenshire, Part 6: The Man in the Purple Cloak
The four strangers finally track the mysterious cult to its headquarters – but will they arrive too late to save Belton Freedew?
Power Word TALk: December 2022
Tal is joined by the entire crew from PodCast Party: Descent into Avernus to answer listener questions about year two of the show. Happy holidays!
Memories of Holdenshire, Part 5: Summer Festival
Will the strangers get their memories back in time for the Summer Festival? More may depend on it than they realize.
Episode 51: Two Doors
The adventurers battle the most deadly fiend they’ve ever encountered.
Memories of Holdenshire, Part 4: Is it Cursed?
The adventurers explore the town of Hengistbury, hoping to unravel the mystery of their missing memories.
Power Word TALk: November 2022
Tal gets together with a group of players from one of Cast Party’s professionally-DMed D&D campaigns to discuss their experiences playing Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden.
Episode 50: The Demon Zapper
The adventurers face Haruman, herald of Zariel.
Memories of Holdenshire, Part 3: Granny Appleseed
Wanted for crimes they can’t remember committing, four strangers make a desperate bid to escape the city of Northminster in a stolen wagon.
Episode 49: Haruman’s Hill
The adventurers scour Haruman’s Hill for Zariel’s sword.
Memories of Holdenshire, Part 2: Are We Doing Crimes?
After learning that they’re wanted criminals, the adventurers are obliged to act the part if they want to avoid arrest for crimes they can’t remember committing.
Episode 48: Punch It, Wyzen
Lulu’s dreams reveal deadly secrets about Zariel, her sword, and the Hellriders.
Memories of Holdenshire Part 1: You’re Free
A new limited series actual play podcast from Cast Party and EN Publishing.
Episode 47: Raggadragga
An Avernian warlord is attacking Fort Knucklebone.
Power Word TALk: October 2022
Tal is joined by Matt Gordon and Rachel Tamarin to discuss one of our favorite D&D 5E adventures, Curse of Strahd!
Episode 46: Mad Maggie
The adventurers attempt to kill Mad Maggie, rescue her mechanic, and escape Fort Knucklebone.
Power Word Talk: September 2022
Tal is joined by EN Publishing Business Manager Jessica Hancock to discuss Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition
Episode 45: Fort Knucklebone
The adventurers take a leap of faith to escape the city of Elturel
Episode 44: Farewellturel
The adventurers plan their escape from Elturel, and bid farewell to loyal friends.
Power Word TALk: August 2022
The latest Dungeons & Dragons news, including One D&D, Unearthed Arcana: Character Origins, Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen, and D&D Japan.
Episode 43: The Ritual
Can our heroes free Ulder Ravengard from the Helm of Torm’s Sight?
Episode 42: Glory
A troubled night in the catacombs under High Hall Cathedral.
Power Word TALk: July 2022
An all-star panel of women discuss their experiences with Dungeons & Dragons.
Episode 41: For Those About to Vrock
The adventurers attempt to bring a stricken Ulder Ravengard to High Hall Cathedral.
Episode 40: Showdown at the Grand Cemetery
Gideon Lightward isn’t going to let our heroes just walk away from the Grand Cemetery.
Power Word TALk: June 2022
Tal is joined by professional Dungeon Masters Matt Gordon and Rachel Savicki to answer your questions about professional dungeon mastery.
Episode 39: Corbin Saves Our Asses
The adventurers discover the source of the demon invasion in Elturel’s Grand Cemetery.
Episode 38: Total Drechimation
The adventurers explore the Grand Cemetery’s chapel in their search for Ulder Ravengard.
Episode 37: Lightward
The adventurers scour the Grand Cemetery in search of Ulder Ravengard.
Power Word Talk: May 2022
Monsters of the Multiverse, Volo’s and Mordenkainen’s de-listed on DNDBeyond, counterspell, Madness, changes to races and monsters, Spelljammer confirmed, and more!
Episode 36: Bad Dreams and Holy Water
The adventurers meet Sister Pherria Jynks and her band of survivors below High Hall Cathedral.
Episode 35: Sanctuary
The adventurers descend into the catacombs below High Hall Cathedral in their search for survivors.
Power Word Talk: April 2022
Tal is joined by Dungeon Master’s Guild creators Sebastian Yue, Steve “Jaspor” Orr, Joe Raso, and Rachel Savicki. We have lots of advice for new creators who are getting started with developing and publishing their original content on Dungeon Master’s Guild. We discuss playtesting, editing, content choices, sourcing art and maps, marketing and much more.Continue reading “Power Word Talk: April 2022”
Episode 34: Damage is Damage
The adventurers search for survivors and battle fiends in High Hall Cathedral
Episode 33: High Hall
The adventurers reach High Hall Cathedral – but is it the safe haven they hoped for?
Power Word Talk: March 2022
Tal and Matt are joined by Andy Cannistra, Luke McCormick, and Rachel Savicki to discuss Dungeons & Dragons and kids.
Episode 32: Moonbeam
The adventurers are caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as they desperately try to escort a group of refugees to High Hall Cathedral.
Episode 31: Glaive and a Haircut
The adventurers brave a deadly crossing of Torm’s Blade Bridge.
Power Word Talk: February 2022
In a episode that is sadly abbreviated by technical difficulties, Tal is joined by Amy, Rachel, Other Rachel, Kristen, and Deborah to discuss the latest Dungeons & Dragons news.
Episode 30: Hellturel
The adventurers try to survive their first hours in Avernus.
Episode 29: Plane Shift
The adventurers go to hell.
Power Word Talk: The Future of D&D
Cast Party’s monthly chat show has arrived in your feed! Tal and Matt discuss the latest Dungeons & Dragons news, and what we expect, and would like, to see for D&D in 2022 and beyond.
Episode 28: Face Off
The adventurers fight to defend Little One, and consider a one-way trip to hell.
Episode 27: The Hells and the Hearth
The adventurers are offered a fiendish bargain.
Bonus Episode: Year One in Review
We answer questions from each other and the listeners about the first 26 episodes of PodCast Party: Descent into Avernus.
Holiday Special: Through the Devil’s Veins 2 of 2
We take a break from Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus for a year-end two-shot! THROUGH THE DEVIL’S VEINS is written and DMed by Tal Aviezer with regular players Andy and Rachel joined by special guests Amy Frey and Abby Wilde!
Holiday Special: Through The Devil’s Veins 1 of 2
PodCast Party takes a break from Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus for a year-end two-shot! THROUGH THE DEVIL’S VEINS is written and DMed by Tal Aviezer with regular players Andy Cannistra and Rachel Tamarin joined by special guests Amy Frey and Abby Wilde! Some music and sound effects in this episode are courtesy of Syrinscape,Continue reading “Holiday Special: Through The Devil’s Veins 1 of 2”
Episode 26: The Creed Resolute
Sylvira Savikas opens the infernal puzzle box and reveals its secrets.
Episode 25: Irony
The adventurers arrive at Candlekeep and decide the fate of Corbin’s sister.
Episode 24: Parkour-bin
Corbin’s past catches up with him, violently.
Episode 23: The Road to Candlekeep
The road from Baldur’s Gate leads south to Candlekeep, and a sage who can help unravel the secrets of the puzzle box.
Episode 22: Little Calimshan
The adventurers prepare to leave their home city of Baldur’s Gate, and we finally learn what really happened to Doctor Holk Thinster at Cliffgate Hospital.
Episode 21: Heavensfall
In the aftermath of the battle of Vanthampur Villa, the adventurers plan an escape from Baldur’s Gate.
Episode 20: Double Kill
A climactic battle rages beneath Vanthampur Villa to determine the fate of Baldur’s Gate.
Episode 19: Gargs
The adventurers finally come face-to-face with Duke Thalamra Vanthampur, architect of the plot to drag the city of Baldur’s Gate into hell.
Episode 18: I, Thavius
The adventurers finally come face-to-face with Thavius Kreeg. Is he the savior of Baldur’s Gate – or its destroyer?
Episode 17: Falaster Fisk
The adventurers face infernal foes in the tunnels below Vanthampur Villa.
Episode 16: Slobberchops
In episode 16, the adventurers come face-to-face with Thurstwell Vanthampur and meet the Vanthampur’s very usual house pet.
Episode 15: The Vanthampening
The adventurers infiltrate Vanthampur Villa in a desperate attempt to save Baldur’s Gate from a one-way trip to hell.
Episode 14: The Girl Who Lived
The adventurers pick up the pieces (literally) of their disastrous interview with Amrick Vanthampur – and meet a mysterious survivor from Elturel.
Episode 13: My Dinner with Amrick
The adventurers confront Amrick Vanthampur at the Low Lantern to learn what he knows about the crisis facing Baldur’s Gate.
Episode 12: The Low Lantern
In episode 12, the adventurers follow the trail of the Vanthampur conspiracy to the lair of their erstwhile benefactor.
Episode 11: The Druid, the Doctor, and the Divine
Hylan, Ofelia, and Corbin discover secrets, and keep a few of their own.
Episode 10: The Seer
The adventurers have escaped the Dungeon of the Dead Three – but was the raid a set up from the start?
Episode 9: My Brother’s Keeper
Mortlock Vanthampur explains what’s really going on in the Dungeon of the Dead Three – and the role his family has played.
Episode 8: The Choice
Beneath the streets of Baldur’s Gate, the adventurers face the loss of one of their own.
Episode 7: Dark Waters
The adventurers approach the heart of the Dungeon of the Dead Three – but the mission takes a desperate and deadly turn.
Episode 6: Choke Point
In Episode 6, the adventurers fight their way through the Dungeon of the Dead Three. Initiative sound effect by Humanoide9000 (Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LuisHumanoide.) Used under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
Episode 5: Fun Volcano of Blood
Welcome to Cast Party’s actual play podcast. In PodCast Party: Descent Into Avernus, Dungeon Master Matt Gordon leads players Tal Aviezer, Andy Cannistra, Carolyn Fox, and Rachel Tamarin from the shadows of Baldur’s Gate to the front lines of the planes-spanning Blood War. In Episode 5, the adventurers continue their raid on the Dungeon of the Dead Three. Initiative sound effect by Humanoide9000
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Episode 4: Into the Depths
Welcome to Cast Party’s actual play podcast. In PodCast Party: Descent Into Avernus, Dungeon Master Matt Gordon leads players Tal Aviezer, Andy Cannistra, Carolyn Fox, and Rachel Tamarin from the shadows of Baldur’s Gate to the front lines of the planes-spanning Blood War. In Episode 4, the adventurers explore a secret temple hidden in the sewers below Baldur’s Gate.
Episode 3: For Mom!
Welcome to Cast Party’s actual play podcast. In PodCast Party: Descent Into Avernus, Dungeon Master Matt Gordon leads players Tal Aviezer, Andy Cannistra, Carolyn Fox, and Rachel Tamarin from the shadows of Baldur’s Gate to the front lines of the planes-spanning Blood War. In episode 3, the adventurers continue their investigation into the cult of the Dead Three. But first they must survive a deadly fight with pirates at the Elfsong Tavern.
Episode 2: Dead-Eye
Welcome to Cast Party’s actual play podcast. In PodCast Party: Descent Into Avernus, Dungeon Master Matt Gordon leads players Tal Aviezer, Andy Cannistra, Carolyn Fox, and Rachel Tamarin from the shadows of Baldur’s Gate to the front lines of the planes-spanning Blood War. In episode 2, the adventurers arrive at Elfsong Tavern to question a spy named Tarina about the cult of the Dead Three. But surprises both supernatural and extremely physical await.
Episode 1: The Gate
Our adventure begins in the corrupt city of Baldur’s Gate.