I am going to write a summary of this show, provide a few timestamps for what I think some of the best parts are and then I'll give some overall impressions.
I'm sure a lot of you know this, but I want to be thorough:
A Brief History of Acquisitions, Inc: Acquisitions, Inc. started when Chris Perkins ran some 4th edition games for the makers of Penny Arcade. The first podcast was in 2008. You can access the old shows here or on this backwards list on the D&D site.
They eventually started doing live games in front of an audience. The first one was in 2010 at PAX Prime. It was a success and it has been getting bigger ever since.
Since 5th edition hit, they do about two live games per year. Each adventure is linked in some way to the current D&D storyline going on at the time.
You can find the live shows here.
A good quick way to bone up on the backstory is to watch the animated intro of each live episode. They tell you what happened last time and they are, in my opinion, hilarious.
Run Time: This show is only 30 minutes long! Most of these D&D shows are 2 or 3 hours and even the good ones can be painful to get through. This episode was real breezy and left me wanting more.
Warning: If you have any intention of watching this show, do so before you read this. It's an awesome session. There's no sense in having me spoil the cool stuff. Please come on back and read my thoughts when you're done!
(Jerry) Omin Dran - Half-Elf Cleric
(Mike) Jim Darkmagic - Human Wizard
(Scott) Binwin Bronzebottom - Dwarf Fighter/Barbarian
(Patrick) Viari - Human Rogue
OK, here we go. We have a sweet camera set-up.
While canoodling with Portentia, Jim found out that Dran Enterprises is being paid a lot of money to acquire 2 pieces of the Rod of Seven Parts. Holy crap. This is going to be awesome.
Portentia is something of an underling of a woman named Auspicia, who runs Dran Enterprises. Auspicia already has one part of the rod. She stashed it in a vault in a dwarven enclave run by Clan Horn. This vault is loaded with treasure.
Chris points out that Dran Enterprises is trying to buy out Acquisitions, Inc. The best way to prevent this would be to diminish their funds.
Omin, Binwin and Viari take her out for drinks to try and get more information out of her. They offer Portentia control of the Waterdeep Acquisitions, Inc. franchise. They get drunk.
We learn that Auspicia looks like an older version of Omin. We also learn that if Auspicia buys Acquisitions, Inc. she's going to fire Jim Darkmagic. She has another Darkmagic on the payroll! Jerry flips out over this.
The group is able to learn that this other Darkmagic is none other than Percival Darkmagic. The group last ran into him in a past adventure and lost sight of him when a flying mansion they were all in split in half.
Jim runs to the tavern. He is worried about the Darkmagic brand name. Apparently it was not trademarked.
Binwin knows that the Horn Enclave is full of shield dwarves. They're great builders.
Jim rolls to see if he has rod knowledge. He sure does. Here's what we learn:
- There was a war between Law and Chaos.
- The Guardians of Law are the Wind Dukes of Aaqa.
- The wind dukes made the rod to try to make the universe more stable.
- The rod was shattered when it struck Miska the Wolf-Spider.
- The seven pieces of the rod are frequently scattered on many worlds and assembled, only to scatter again.
- If the pieces are on this world, something momentous is in motion.
- Each rod piece has magic powers, and when they combine they have more powers.
- Viari heard a fragment of the demon lord has infected the rod. Ancient runes can help keep the rod from coming apart.
- The person paying Dran to get the rod pieces is someone named Stratovan.
Really Good: This is the easiest thumbs up ever. This show is great. Everyone is funny. It's laid back. The story is awesome. I am severely fired up to see Chris run some stuff with the rod of seven parts. I know that an entire episode of talking and backstory might sound craptastic, but this is very good.
Quality: The production values are really great. We get an epic animated intro, there's a bunch of cameras and we even get graphics that break down each roll. To top it off, we got a high quality view of the map. What a great set-up this is. It's nice and simple.
Scott Kurtz: It's funny, on these shows everybody else talks more but I always end up watching Scott. If you watch his face, you can see him reacting and kind of read where he's at. He's a very interesting guy. He's so inherently likeable.
The Rod: This show involves the rod of seven parts. If you want to brush up on your rod lore, I wrote up a Guide to the Rod of Seven Parts right here.