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Earthdawn Survival Guide

112 EpisodesProduced by Josh H & Dan BWebsite

A semi-official podcast dedicated to the Earthdawn role-playing game, hosted by Dan Boice and Earthdawn developer Josh Harrison.Whether it's rules basics, setting lore, or behind-the-scenes insights, this is the place to start building your legend.


EDSG Episode 10: E-mail, Bartertown, and Dwarves

* Email: Pronunciation of Ayodhya?

* Email: Determining what spell is being cast when weaving threads?

* Email: Where is the info about Therans “pausing” the mana cycle?

* Email: Old plot threads or story hooks that weren’t followed up or that we used in our games?

* Places of Note: Bartertown

* Founded to avoid Throalic authority (and dodge taxes)

* Mercantile city not originally intended as a permanent settlement

* A hive of scum and villainy: Great for adventure hooks and interesting NPCs

* No slavery: it would draw Throalic intervention

* Magistrate Clystone: A self-interested despot; “mafia don”

* Setting inspirations: Persephone from Firefly; fantasy version of street-level from Blade Runner; Mos Eisley

* Good campaign hub or base of operations

* Namegiver primer: Dwarves

* Most populous Namegivers in Barsaive - one third of the population

* Not completely “Tolkien”; they developed beyond the archetype

* Builders of more than just artifacts; they build organizations, cultures, societies

* Strong commitment to family, including extended family

* Throalic attitude of self-assurance and cultural superiority can come across as patronizing

* Practical, blunt, paternal. Tradition of family history and passing on of knowledge, scholarship and philosophy

* Namegiver races are NOT monoculture! Blended groups with hybrid cultures.

* Toughness bonus is a solid reason to choose them.

* Solid choice for just about any Discipline, good choice for magicians.

* Female dwarves do not have beards.


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