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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 23: Parlainth, Weapons and Armor

* Parlainth

* Important in what it represents

* Review of Parlainth’s History

* Haven: An adventuring boom town

* Original boxed set available in PDF

* A full campaign setting on its own

* Lots of room for GMs to place their stuff

* Not fully mapped out on purpose

* The Map Wall

* Immersive in-character inserts and bits

* Laneways and Screaming Fountain

* 8-episode In depth podcast series from Live From Barsaive


* Geographic Overview of the City.

* Legends of Barsaive adventure series

* Classic Adventures

* Not just a high-Circle area, but be careful about danger level.

* Dan describes his group’s arrival at Parlainth.

* Use personalities and factions in Haven to drive adventures.

* Old-school dungeon crawl mega-setting… with an Earthdawn twist.

* Research and investigation are important. Lack of caution gets you killed.

* Strong reinforcement of Earthdawn’s theme of forgotten past.

* New Topic: Weapons and Armor

* “Living” Armors

* Magic weapon and armor discussion will be a later episode

* Armor doesn’t change your Defense Rating, it reduces damage dealt.

* Armor Defeating Hits and why they changed.

* Shields increase Defense Rating not Armor Rating.

* Earthdawn doesn’t have hit locations by default.

* We talk about hit locations a bit anyway.

* Third Edition’s Parry versus Avoid Blow.

* Josh is a fan of narrative differences rather than redundant mechanics.

* Shattering a shield.

* Weapons: No notable changes to basic stats

* Josh admits he didn’t look at them clearly.

* Quarterstaff discussion.

* The illusion of weapon variety and granularity.

* Weird armors and more variety.

* Not getting into bows and crossbows again.


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