Ross Payton

After Hours: Inferno – Journey Through Malebolge Book Two and Three

We have finally descended into the lowest pits of Hell! Caleb, Noah, Rob, and I will guide you through the last two books of Inferno, covering the sixth through ninth circles of Hell, plus the final escape! What weirdness will this cover? Quite a bit between all the MANY descriptions of room inventories and random encounter tables.

If you liked this episode, be sure to check out The Mixed Six
The Orpheus Protocol
Thinking Too Hard About Anime

Song: Into Hell by Makeup and Vanity Set

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RPPR Illustrated: Eclipse Phase – Know Evil – Earth Tier

Earth tier! A strange and twisty journey finally draws to a close to our first Eclipse Phase campaign.

From  the bottom left, we proceed from the party’s dramatic escape from the  close confines of Hotel California; Rogue AGI Augustine taking control  of a crowd of synthmorphs to draw the fire of a distant sniper on Vo  Nyugen; The agents get forked and sent on a doomed mission to the  haunting ruins of Tokyo; they witness the final stroke of the  conspiracy’s plans in the petrified forests of the Ozark mountains: The  final battle with Manjappa’s pet Titans in the Martian desert; and their  final point of departure- Warden’s SimulSpace watering-hole at the edge  of existence.

Looming over the journey we have (Bottom right) Q, the group’s newest addition, having just swapped his eye for wisdom plastic explosives and Manjappa’s synthetic assassin, Kill-E, smuggled  in the prosthetic railgun-arms of a colleague, and (top right) a very  special cylinder that caused a great many problems, and the shadowy  super-spook Manjappa, who, in the end, turned out to just be…some guy.

Your support of RPPR made this possible, both the artwork and the campaign itself! This year, I do plan to start a campaign of Delta Green using Impossible Landscapes but I have to finish reading before I start.

Art by Patsy McDowell

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RPPR Patreon Game mirror

We run games for $10 patrons every month via our Discord. These games are saved on a Youtube channel. I have copied every episode from the Youtube channel as a Mp3 and uploaded it to this folder. There are 147 actual plays here, with RPPR cast members running games for patrons and guest RPPR cast members.

Next week, we will resume early access with a one shot of Delta Green, with my 2020 shotgun scenario “The Contractors”.

Thank you for supporting RPPR and sorry about the minor screwup.

Get the link to the archive here.

After Hours: Inferno – Journey Through Malebolge Book One

Paul Elkmann returned to Hell after a 34 year sabbatical. Noah, Caleb, and Rob come with me to descend once again. Find out what the new version of Inferno holds for adventurers. From Styx mushrooms to the Tree of Good and Evil, there are a lot of new ways to TPK unwary parties. We slog through the diseases and marshlands of the netherworld for your entertainment!

If you like this episode and want us to finish the series PLEASE COMMENT AND LET US KNOW!

If you liked this episode, be sure to check out The Mixed Six
The Orpheus Protocol
Thinking Too Hard About Anime

Song: 4th by Gost

Download the episode here.

RPPR Illustrated: Eclipse Phase – Know Evil – Scum Swarm

The third tier of our first Eclipse Phase campaign has the Know Evil team visiting a scum swarm. From our artist Patsy:

“Here we have the Swarm orbiting high over earth, with highlights on, left to right:

Faiyun  (am I finally spelling that right?) fresh from the rejuvenation vat,  rescues a resleeved SAIROC’s ballet performance; graffiti relating to  the mysterious narrative entity Akaja; emotionally unstable  psychosurgeon DOCTOR MINDFUCK, Magda of the BOYTOY salvage cooperative,  resleeved for battle but still looking fabulous; Faiyun and Bartleby  enjoying their new bodies modelled on their favourite anime characters;  Maxwell, forced to shoot his own Mesh-Insert out of his neck and the  salvage operation goes terribly wrong; Gerard and Maxwell indulging  their cowboy fantasies as members of the swarm militia; The  centipede-oid leader of the rival DEVIL’S REJECTS salvage company; and  Preston, rocking the fashion world by announcing his break from his  employers while wearing a fabricated human-skin suit.”

Art by Patsy McDowell

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RPPR Illustrated: Eclipse Phase – Know Evil- Luna Tier

We continue on our Know Evil journey by exploring Luna! From the artist Patsy:

“The group’s madcap adventures as interplanetary  gonzo journalists for RELEASE THE KRAKEN are sadly interrupted both by  the machinations of the Proxies, their Firewall masters, and by the  mind-shredding horror of the Exsurgent threats they’re theoretically  meant to be pursuing.

I’ve also included a more visible WIP version of the Release The Kraken frontpage, in case anyone’s curious.”

Thank you for supporting the RPPR Patreon! Our After Hours episode will be out soon!

Art by Patsy McDowell

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After Hours: Judge’s Guild: Inferno – Part 1

We’re going to Hell! Judge’s Guild put out a module called Inferno in 1980, ostensibly based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. It’s a LOT. Caleb, Rob Stith (from the Orpheus Protocol) and Noah all followed me into this devilish scenario. We have so much to talk about that we are going to make a mini series of this journey as we could only get about halfway through the original module in this episode. There’s also a 2014 remake of the scenario that completes the entire 9 circles of Hell!

If you liked this episode, be sure to check out The Mixed Six
The Orpheus Protocol
Thinking Too Hard About Anime

Song: Lake of Fire by Gost

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RPPR Illustrated: Eclipse Phase – Know Evil – Venus Tier

Know Evil was such a long and complex campaign that no one image could include all of it. Instead, we’re going with an illustration for each of the tiers, starting with Venus! We also have some of the images as close-ups.

Clockwise from top, we have the Venusian pirates’ aerostats burning as  our heroes make their escape; S.A.I.R.O.C., the multi-ton spider-tank  with lots of love to give; The Claudias, a single ego powering a  multi-bodied crime syndicate; SAIROC earnestly befriending Augustine,  the devout but fantastically powerful AI; Faye-Yin freerunning her way  across the rooftops; Preston cleaning up at the mahjong table; Preston  Crowley, octomorph reality show star and swashbuckling swordmaster; The  mysterious Dr. Stefansson  in a child morph, commanding a fearsome  spherical warbot; Bartleby’s muse, the menacing March Hare; Bartleby,  traumatised psycho-surgeon and gunslinger; Faye-Yin sliding under SAIROC  amidst a fierce gunfight; Gerard’s brutal victory in the fighting pits  over his octomorph foe; Bartleby instigating a mass murder-suicide to  escape a virtual-reality hellscape; Faye-Yin Kirkpatrick, light-footed  legitimate businesswoman; Preston in a hermaphroditic pleasure-morph,  wreaking havoc with twin swords; Preston’s muse, the alluring Fhtagn;  Gerard, the bioconservative man-mountain gladiator; and the desiccated  remains of an unlucky worker on the THOUGHT station.

Art by Patsy McDowell  

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After Hours: Left Behind and d20 Modern Rapture The Second Coming

I recently found a copy of Rapture: The Second Coming, a d20 modern setting book and realized we had to talk about it here. But in order to understand this…unique setting, some of the RPPR cast (Caleb, Aaron, and Birk) and I watched the Left Behind movies. What is the Rapture? You can learn the theological background to this belief system with a 2 hour documentary on Youtube from Renegade Cuts or you can just listen to us dig through a weird book made in the height of the d20 shovelware era.