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Friend Quest

64 EpisodesProduced by Mikkel SandbergWebsite

A group of friends playing tabletop role playing games. Featuring: Erik Sandberg, Mikkel Sandberg, Paula Chew, Peter Freeby, and Weston Mangin. Support this podcast:

64 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

The Cocktail Party at the End of the Universe (A Sampling of Afterlives, Part 2)

February 1st, 2020


We get right to the action this time with the crew in the fight for their lives against a horde of creatures of nightmares. They escape with their lives and their sanity, but will it be enough to get out of this …

Snake-Demon Club (A Sampling of Afterlives, Part 1)

January 17th, 2020


After falling through a tear in space and time, Val, Henry, and OSLO end up in…well, hell. Or something resembling it. They embark on a journey led on by a mysterious, all-to-familiar figure. Val gets a tattoo, Henry …

I Would Like to do Time Travel, Please (Chester Electric Rehashed, Part 2)

January 3rd, 2020


Our friends meet an unfortunate end, but fear not! OSLO is able to salvage things and get Henry and Val back on their feet. However, what they …

A Jaunt Through the Sundered Land (Chester Electric Rehashed, Part 1)

December 27th, 2019


The crew of the Aboleth makes it mostly intact to the center of the planet where Chester’s castle is, and decide that yes, they would like a spot of …

History Repeats (Trials and Tribulations, Part 2)

November 5th, 2019


After making it through the review at TED HQ, our adventurers are ready to deploy on another mission, now with a new intern — Dakota. However, the new assignment is rather strange: the planet where they discovered …

Butt Sync (Trials and Tribulations, Part 1)

October 7th, 2019


The crew is back at the home base to face a trial — sorry, “review” — for the recent events aboard the Aboleth. In order to prepare for the tribunal …

Time Debris...From the Very Past (TED’s Runaways, Part 2)

September 10th, 2019


The party pursues Dakota and Seamus through the ship, but are unable to stop them before they evacuate in an escape pod. To add to the already precarious situation, the runaways accidentally fire a signal flare at the …

A New Friend (TED’s Runaways, Part 1)

September 3rd, 2019


After getting back to the present safe and sound, the crew on the Aboleth is forced to deal with yet another problem: Dakota, the woman who they …

Somethin’ Ain’t Right with Cousin Jacob (Traversing the Way-Back, Part 3)

August 16th, 2019


Our friends finally get some answers about what is going on in the strange realm they find themselves in, and it proves to be darker and more …

Blind Them with Science (Traversing the Way-Back, Part 2)

June 20th, 2019


The crew finds themselves in a bit of a pickle when the failed experiment takes them way, WAY into the past. But a new (potential) friend may be able to help them out. Val performs a PERFECT tackle, and Henry acquires a …

Forming a More Perfect TED (Traversing the Way-Back, Part 1)

May 25th, 2019


Our friends are back home, safe and sound, and they decide to have a crew meeting to decide the best course of action in order to safely investigate the “Book of Knowledge.” The players flesh out some more details …

You Wouldn't Download a Car (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 4)

April 23rd, 2019


It all hits the fan when the Aboleth starts hurtling toward the Elgin University’s gallery, where the controversial “Book of Knowledge" is on …

Libraries, Secret Labs, and Dives (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 3)

March 4th, 2019


The party continues to consult on the security systems at The Elgin University and make some intriguing discoveries. They also get into a lengthy …

Quality Assurance (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 2)

January 30th, 2019


The crew of the Aboleth sets out to inspect the security systems at The Elgin University. Val searches for escape routes, Henry chats up some of the …

Back to School (The Elgin University Evaluation, Part 1)

January 4th, 2019


Our friends receive an interesting request from Elgin, a nation on a distant planet: to inspect the security systems in the artifact gallery at The …

Even More Rules

January 4th, 2019


Welcome to another bonus episode of Friend Quest! Peter wanted to introduce some new game mechanics included in the FATE system, so this is a conversation we had at the beginning of the session around this. Feel free to …

A Mild Catastrophe (The Mail Delivery Malfunction, Part 2)

December 12th, 2018


The crew gets the ship back under control after the major malfunction that caused the artificial gravity to fail and sets out to investigate the …

Friend Ship (The Mail Delivery Malfunction, Part 1)

November 28th, 2018


After recovering from the WORST vacation imaginable, the gang is back at it again on the Aboleth. But something goes awry in the library, forcing the …

A Buttery Smooth Escape (A Terrible Escape Room, Part 2)

October 25th, 2018


The crew gets into a sticky situation while in the escape room and needs to make a daring escape; an unconscionable amount of hot butter is involved. …

BEARS?! (A Terrible Escape Room, Part 1)

October 10th, 2018


Our friends finally get to take a break from traversing the unknown and having their lives threatened, and are given some much-needed shore leave. Unfortunately, the task of choosing where to go for this mini-vacation …

Character Development. Hooray!

September 26th, 2018


As the title suggests, this episode is mostly character development. Sorry? Not sorry? Either way, there are characters, and they DO get developed a …

One Strange Shootout (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 4)

September 12th, 2018


This episode of Friend Quest is a lot like the inevitability of death; it stalks you, silent in its approach, you never see it coming, and it looks a lot like Ed Harris in Westworld...or something. I don’t really know …

2 Carl 2 Furious (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 3)

August 29th, 2018


After “dealing” with the manifestation of Henry’s mortal enemy, the brave explorers venture further into the wrecked ship. Henry is thoroughly impressed by one of the remaining survivors, Val gets a pretty bad boo-boo, …

Roll for "Sick Laser Skills" (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 2)

August 15th, 2018


Our friends investigate what’s left of the S.S. Kettle and make a startling discovery. Val calls for a quick team meeting in a derelict bathroom, OSLO frantically searches her database for all things related to “alien …

The S.S. (possibly another S, nobody really knows) Kettle (The Distress Signal Disaster, Part 1)

August 1st, 2018


The crew prepares for the next assignment: a search and rescue mission for the S.S. Kettle. There may be another “S” in there somewhere; the jury’s still out on that one. OSLO gets rid of some extraneous ordnance, Val …

Bringing Good Things to Life (The Chester Electric Encounter, Part 3)

July 19th, 2018


We wrap up this arc of the story with a trip to the center of the planet! On arrival at their destination, the party meets someone most unexpected. …

A Treadmill of Teeth (The Chester Electric Encounter, Part 2)

July 4th, 2018


Our brave friends/lab rats venture forth to chart out the “spaghetti planet.” OSLO just wants to get it over with, Val is absolutely PUMPED for the …

The Maiden Voyage (The Chester Electric Encounter, Part 1)

June 15th, 2018


The party embarks on their first officially-sanctioned-by-TED mission aboard the Aboleth to explore the unknown! OSLO saves everyone’s life, Val …

Science it Up with OSLO (The Systems Check Saga, Part 2)

May 24th, 2018


Things get complicated when our friends try to rectify the disappearing ship problem, and some tough decisions have to be made. Valerie gets to pilot …

An Auspicious Beginning (The Systems Check Saga, Part 1)

May 10th, 2018


Here we go folks, the first proper episode of Friend Quest, Season 2! We start off with character introductions: Peter takes on the role as our …

Friend Quest Season 2 Introduction

April 25th, 2018


It has arrived: Friend Quest, Season 2!

Well, sorta. This is more of an introduction to what season 2 is going to be about. A primer to the world we’re going to build. Think of this as the teaser trailer for a movie, …

A Great Victory at Great Cost (Finale Part 5)

April 11th, 2018


Well, friends, this is it: the conclusion of the first season of Friend Quest! Things get just a tad bizarre in the dreamscape as the party completes its mission. Leon slices up some dudes, Talkon smites some dudes, …

A Big Ol' Fancy Ball (Finale Part 4)

March 28th, 2018


The party makes it through the astral plane and into the dreamscape, but can they successfully invade Barzilai Thrune’s mind and brainwash him? …

Springing the Trap (Finale Part 3)

March 14th, 2018


In a last-ditch effort to get things set up for the ambush, our friends try some interesting tactics to pull it off. Talkon is still in a T-pose, Bea …

The Snek and the Carnival (Finale Part 2)

February 28th, 2018


Things get complicated for our friends when they are tasked with setting up the Occulus Drift modules at the Loyalty Day carnival. Will they be able …

Tainted Cheese (Finale Part 1)

February 14th, 2018


Well, this is the beginning of the end. For this season at least. Talkon is in a T-pose, Bea makes a furry friend, Susan joins a book club, and Leon finds his true calling: tainted cheese.

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The Story of Tonight

January 31st, 2018


Hey all! As promised, here is a recap of all that has gone on in the story so far. Then after that, we’re going to be heading into the finale of this story and wrap things up. And here…we…go!

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Blackmail. Shaken, Not Stirred, Part 3

January 17th, 2018


The group makes one final effort to extort Kirall, but will it be enough? Talkon (once again) is in a T-pose, Leon makes a rousing speech, Susan plays bad cop, and Bea just kicks it.

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Blackmail. Shaken, Not Stirred, Part 2

January 4th, 2018


Our friends locate their target, Kirall, at the Silver Shield Tavern, and things get interesting. Talkon is still in a T-pose, Leon prepares for the performance of his life, Bea turns into a shadow, and Susan has a real …

Blackmail. Shaken, Not Stirred, Part 1

December 20th, 2017


The party embarks on a dangerous mission of blackmail and deceit at a tavern. That’s right, we’re finally getting that classic, bona fide tabletop RPG tavern experience! Talkon is in a T-pose, Peter and Weston draw some …

That's So Traiven

November 29th, 2017


Ready for another crazy episode of Friend Quest!? This time, it comes down to the wire. Will our intrepid party be able to rescue Traiven from certain death? Bea is still in a T-pose, Leon gets all huffy and …

Close Encounters of the Stupid Kind

November 15th, 2017


Welcome back to a normal episode of Friend Quest! We’re picking up where we left off at the courthouse, with the party trying to create a distraction so their friends can sneak in and bust out Traiven. Bea is stuck in a …

No Guts, No Glory, Just Magic

October 31st, 2017


Things get a little spooky this time on Friend Quest with our Halloween special, complete with zombies, creepy towers, and an evil wizard. Well, ok, it’s not THAT scary. Actually, a fair amount of hilarity ensues. …

Player Interviews, Part 2

October 25th, 2017


This time, we get to hear from Erik and Peter about their history with tabletop games and get some more insight into creating their characters, Talkon and Susan, respectively.

Featuring: Erik Sandberg (@bradleesand), …

Player Interviews, Part 1

October 11th, 2017


We’re taking a break from the main campaign for now so we can sit down with the players and talk about our feelings. And also hear a bit about their background with tabletop RPGs and some of the inspiration for making …

A Tale of Fantasy Teslas and Seductive Screaming, Part 2

September 27th, 2017


The party continues to create a distraction outside of the courthouse so that their friends can sneak inside and break out the prisoner. Bea is still stuck in a T-pose, Susan gets the crowd pumped up, Talkon gets into a …

A Tale of Fantasy Teslas and Seductive Screaming, Part 1

September 13th, 2017


After freeing the prisoners from the makeshift prison at the Morning Wood lumber mill, our friends reunite Rexus and his mother. However, they have little time to celebrate because a situation comes up that requires …

A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 4

August 30th, 2017


This time, Mikkel (the GM) introduces a new mini game-system for the party to try out; not to be confused with a “mini-game system” a la Mario Party (sorry).

Featuring: Erik Sandberg (@bradleesand), Mikkel Sandberg (

A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 3

August 16th, 2017


The party continues clashing with these demon-worshiping cultists, and a new potential friend makes an appearance. Talkon takes on a superior foe, …

A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 2

August 9th, 2017


Let’s be honest: we all knew it wouldn’t be long before our friends got into a fight. Granted, they were trying to sneak into a prison camp run by a …

A Prison Break of Sorts, Part 1

July 26th, 2017


As promised, this episode is much more eventful than the last one. The party undertakes a dangerous mission to spring some prisoners out of a prison …

Extraneous Exposition

July 19th, 2017


I’m not gonna lie: there’s not a whole lot going on this episode. You know how there’s some things in life that are probably for the best, but you …

Stanley's Lab

July 12th, 2017


This week, the party explores a dark, creepy alchemy laboratory, knowing full well that there is an evil entity within it. What could possibly go …

Some Splainin' to Do

July 8th, 2017


Surprise! It’s a bonus episode! But don’t get too excited, we’re not continuing the story. Mikkel sits down with you and tells you a bit about his history with tabletop RPGs, explains the what and why of Pathfinder, and …

Afternoon at the Museum

July 5th, 2017


It’s time for a field trip! For science! Bea and Talkon are very perceptive, and Susan and Leon antagonize the game master. Again, for science.

Featuring: Erik Sandberg (@bradleesand), Mikkel Sandberg (@sikkelmandberg), …

Subterranean Scuffle, Part 2

June 28th, 2017


After dealing with the ruffians, our group of friends are reacquainted with an old-ish friend. Bea and Susan are trusting, Leon is very untrusting, …

Subterranean Scuffle, Part 1

June 21st, 2017


We’re going on a trip down a lazy river! But things take a rather deadly turn when our friends are confronted by a band of thieves. Bea uses a good …

Board to Death

June 14th, 2017


Y’all ready for a board meeting?! Rexus decides that they should sit down and have a formal meeting as the newly established rebellion (because they …

The Hunt for the Halfling Smuggler

June 7th, 2017


Join our friends as they explore the mysterious “Wasp Nest” below the coffee house. What dangers could possibly await them? Talkon leads the party …

Coffee Break

May 31st, 2017


This week, we’re going to slow things down a bit with a trip to the local coffee shop. Come on in, grab a drink, make yourself comfortable, and prepare to be transported away on the sweet, sweet sound waves of Friend …

Riot! at the Opera, Part 2

May 24th, 2017


Our friends can’t seem to stay out of trouble; one of these days it may be the end of them. Hopefully they can survive this riot long enough to …

Riot! at the Opera, Part 1

May 17th, 2017


Alright, things are really kicking off now! No more prologue, no more training wheels, and no more mistakes dammit! (Some of those statements are …

Prologue, Part 2

May 10th, 2017


Welcome back to the world of Friend Quest! Maybe one day we’ll come up with a cool name for this place…Friend Questiverse? Questburg? Friendville?

Prologue, Part 1

May 1st, 2017


Our adventure begins...well, sort of in the middle of events. Unfortunately, we were not able to record our first session, but fear not! Mikkel does a pretty mediocre job of summing up the previous events.

Join our …

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