Press Kit

Who will you find on THE CHIMERA?

A haunted sword-mage.
A living financial instrument.
A fairy on the run from her past.
An enigmatic concierge.
A feline warrior bonded to a parasitic alien god.

 

 

The Chimera is an actual play podcast—in the vein of The Adventure Zone, Friends At the Table, and Critical Role—that uses tabletop role-playing games to create strange fiction across a variety of genres and game systems.

We strive to to recreate the experience of being at the table by showing the audience the storytelling process (including systems, decision-making, and the occasional digression), while using simplified mechanics to keep the action moving along.

Each season presents a new world, with new characters and new rules.

The Stories

Season 1 – The Old Bones

Genre: Scifi/Superhero
System: StoryPath (Beta version)

Inspired by cosmic superhero stories like Guardians of the Galaxy, Starjammers, Infinity Watch, and New Gods, The Old Bones follows the adventured of a crew of interstellar misfits (an obsessive scientist, a heretical cat-man, a disgraced lawyer/mech pilot, a light-eating bodyguard with a checkered past, and a living financial instrument) as they careen around the galaxy chasing the unknown–all while pursued by a heavily-armed law firm, a murderous chinchilla, various inscrutable space gods, razor-filled zombie slimes, and a mysterious financial holding company.

Season 2 – Misplaced

Genre: Fantasy
System: Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition (heavily modified)

Set in the venerable campaign world of Greyhawk, Misplaced is the story of five loose acquaintances who set off for a distant land, only to be shipwrecked on an unknown shore, beset by forces they can barely comprehend.

Can a haunted swordsman, a brewer priest, a caustic criminal, a living relic, and a golem without a past uncover the secrets of the Isle of Dread before they accidentally bring about the end of the world and/or have their minds devoured by a moss monster from beyond the stars?

Season 2a – The House of Black Lanterns

Genre: Fantasy/sitcom
System: Simple world (an apocalypse world hack)

A Misplaced spinoff, The House of Black Lanterns is a side-story that follows the strange goings-on at a haunted hotel & casino that drifts from place to place, existing between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

While the guests can gamble away their very souls, the staff must juggle the rigors of hospitality, the esoteric demands of forces they cannot entirely comprehend, and the constant risk that them might end up discorporated, petrified, transubstantiated, or worse–all while wearing a smile!

Season 3 – Gallows Hill

Genre: Urban fantasy
System: Storyteller/World of Darkness (mixed editions)

Whether in spite of its reputation or because of it, the city of Salem, Massachusetts has become a sanctuary for a diverse and eccentric array of supernatural individuals. In order to maintain the illusion of normalcy for the mortal population, a commission has been appointed to deal with incidents that threaten to raise public awareness.

Now it falls to an earnest werewolf, a skittish fairy, a brash vampire, a witch from another era, and an imperious mummified cat to get over their differences and keep the peace, lest their whole society come apart at the seams.

Schedule

The Chimera debuted on July 13, 2017, and updates every other Monday.

 

The Crew

Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson is a father and a Unitarian Universalist minister living in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Roles: Theron, GM (Misplaced, House of Black Lanterns, Gallows Hill)
Website:  http://kellywaj.com

Jeffrey Bard is a game designer living in sunny San Diego, California.
Roles: Ra’lethe, Sarsemion, Pix, “Coach” Jack Foxglove
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreybard/

Ethan Bremner sings opera and occasionally other things in the Boston area.
Roles: Mother Machree
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtC-izQidkvSxdLEtGSZlog

Josh Hall-Bachner (technical support) is a software engineer and IRL Octodad living in San Jose, California.
Roles: Ashlar, GM (The Old Bones)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/quincognito_

Vin LaBate (producer, director of scripted content) is a dysfunctional writer and game designer living in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Roles: Cidra, Golden-Eyed Rikashi, Lizzie Fairweather, Eightball
Games: http://MrReciprocity.itch.io Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrReciprocity

Braden Lamb (artistic director) is an illustrator and colorist of comics living in Salem, Massachusetts.
Roles: Dang, Brother Balmo, Zani, Miw
Website: https://shelliandbraden.com/

Kacey Smith is a human being and definitely not a trenchcoat full of cats. She does not live anywhere in Massachusetts.
Roles: Dr. Molly Harrow, Latchkey, Elodia Rarandra, Truly Reynard

 

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