The Vanishing Tower
By Jay Murphy
The Vanishing TowerMar 25, 2023
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #41 The Battle Rages DC Heroes Actual Play Session
Hero Points are spent, Bashes are taken, and property is destroyed. It is another day for the Pantheon of Capitol City Heroes!
Issue #40 EHB, part one The Corrupt Congress of Truth DC Heroes actual play session
The heroes purge their path of henchmen as they look to confront Meteoron, the Master of Mental Control.
EHB Issue #39, part two Continued Confrontation on Starhold DC Heroes actual TTRPG session play
It has quickly become apparent the FBEE orbiting detention facility has been taken over by the Congress of Truth. Now they need to find out why!
EHB Issue #39 part 1, Sizing Up Starhold DC Heroes TTRPG Session
EHB #38 part two, Red Light District, DC Heroes actual TTRPG session play
Perlvag attempts to locate the dangerous succubus Xecula DeMarco loose in Capitol City before the PCs take off for High Earth Orbit.
Savage Swords of Xoth - USR Sword & Sorcery Actual Play Podcast - Fantasy TTRPGs
Nameless rogues in the city of Zul-Bazzir look for the least amount of trouble for the greatest amount of gain. Beggars, farmers, and sailors look to have one good night before the grim reaper calls their name.
Even Heroes Bleed #38 part one, DC Heroes/MEGS actually play session
The heroes uncover what the late Dr. Avery kept behind the magical ward in the wall at Avery Mansion, and they also support Donnah by attending the funeral of her murdered Grandfather.
Old School RPG's Fantasy Games Unlimited Space Opera: Techno-Clone Tales session #05
In trying to effect an escape from the United Catholic Church Grav Tank, the PCs and Maj. Tom of the 42nd Lift are shot down and crash land on the twisting canyon floor. UCC troopers spew forth from the grav tank and move in for the kill. Or are they?
Old School RPG's Fantasy Games Unlimited Space Opera: Techno-Clone Tales session #04
Emma Jones, ex-Space Marine, and Xara (calling herself Domino) the Ruxol-Made Clone, enter the strange alien structure buried under the low mountains of the Dismas steppe. Roman Pirch, the Panumanic Agent Provocateur tags along with three of the native Leo Tybins he has been able to befriend. Session 3 never made it to audio, so for a recap on what went down in that thrilling episode head on over to the blog. https://vanishingtower.blogspot.com/2022/10/fgus-space-opera-lower-frontier-session.html
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #37, part two DC Heroes actual play session
The conclusion of the Heroes journey to the Quarry of a Million Tragedies and their confrontation with The Engraver.
Even Heroes Bleed #37 part one DC Heroes actual play session
Mr. Zozo transports the group of heroes to the Quarry of a Million Tragedies to secure the magical ingredients they require to break the ward sealing the late Clinton Avery's secret vault.
Even Heroes Bleed 36 part two a DC Heroes actual play podcast.
Mr. Zozo, Olympian, and the transformed Donnah Hannah deal with the aftermath of the attack by Ruin Star, Earth Crush, and Blue Rush.
DC Heroes Live Roleplaying Session EHB #36 part 1,
Olympian and Mr. Zozo take Donnah Hannah out into the back yard of the Avery Mansion to see if they can teach her how to use her new elemental powers, but get more then they expected!
Old School RPG's Fantasy Games Unlimited Space Opera: Techno-Clone Tales session #02
The contract-clone Xara encounters our second NPC, Emma Jones, a discharged and disillusioned Space Marine, in the plaza of the smoldering United Catholic Church.
DC Heroes Even Heroes Bleed #35 part 2
Mr. Zozo and Mettle try to maintain Donna Hannah's sanity while figuring out how to break down a powerful ward inside the Avery Mansion.
DC Heroes Even Heroes Bleed Issue #35 part one
Mettle and Mr. Zozo bring an unidentified woman they rescued from the Black Enchantress back to Capitol City and try to find out who she is and why she was turned into an air elemental.
Old School RPG's Fantasy Games Unlimited Space Opera: Techno-Clone Tales session #01
A small group of strangers gather once a month to play Fantasy Games Unlimited's ttrpg Space Opera. If you have an interest in early 80's gaming here is this gem in action!
Our first character is a contract saboteur in Dismas City, a city under siege!
Capitol City Crime Journal - Red Report Issue #1, part 3
Ambushed by the Knights of the New Revelation, Ultra-Rosa and Olympian battle for their lives!
DC Heroes Capitol City Crime Journal, part 2 featuring Ultra-Rosa
The Olympian and Ultra-Rosa continue investigating the murders of members of the Church of the New Revelation!
DC Heroes Live Issue, Capitol City Crime Journal - The Red Report featuring Ultra-Rosa and The Olympian!
The Even Heroes Bleed comic book universe keeps getting bigger! The previous adventures of Ultra-Rosa are recorded in the special cross over episodes featuring a new Game Master (I played the NPC vigilante Ultra-Rosa), and we had an opportunity to continue the comics line recently when Mr. Zozo's Player couldn't make the session. Needing a name for when Mettle's Player takes the reins of the campaign world I've decided (in the spirit of The Punisher) Ultra-Rosa's comic will be called Capitol City Crime Journal - The Red Report!
I won't be around for the next session so we all decided this side adventure will continue in Mr. Zozo's own "comic", Road to Redemption featuring the Macabre Mr. Zozo. So listen further as Ultra-Rosa and The Olympian team up together for the first time and investigate the rash of murders involving the Church of the New Revelation.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #34, part 2
The assault on Ward Farm continues against unknown eldritch enemies!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #34 part one
Mettle, Olympian and Mr. Zozo hope to find the person behind transforming the elderly into mindless zombies and buying large amounts of automatic ammunition at the old Ward Farm in Tucket, MD. To find this person, confront them, and put a stop to whatever evil mystic bullshit they are up on at!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #33 Collins Gun and Ammo Supply
Olympian catches up with Mettle and the new member of the team, Mr. Zozo. They agree to search the end of the mysterious thread they have been pulling on which led to the nursing home filled with zombies!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #32, part two
Olympian and Mettle work the "Strip" looking for the whereabouts of the Roadkill Wrecking Crew.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #32 part one
For an AAR for Issue #31 please refer to the Vanishing Tower Blog at vanishingtower.blogspot.com. There you will find Issue #31 serialized in three parts.
Incredible Issue #32 teams up Mettle and Olympian together as they sniff out the trail of the Roadkill Wrecking Crew.
The Olympian Issue #1
The first smash issue of earths greatest protector.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #30 part 2 Draconis
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #30, part one, The Hothouse
Bug and Mettle uncover the remnants of strange experimentation on Paigo Caye.
EHB Issue #29, part 2
The PCs are drawn overseas!
Issue #29 Even Heroes Bleed part 1
The fight with the Roadkill Wrecking Crew comes to a conclusion and the PCs contemplate their next move as they evaluate their priorities.
EHB Issue #28, part two
The battle at Fordhem ChemTech against the Roadkill Wrecking Crew comes to a conclusion.
EHB Issue 28 part one, Fight at Fordhem
While on tour of the Fordhem ChemTech research and development facility, the PCs get embroiled in stopping an EE-led heist.
EHB Issue 27 Subplots
This session suffered the error of having mine (the GM’s channel) vocals “off” during the recording/live streamed session. It has been edited to keep the players dialogue in tac and preserved here for the records.
Bug couldn’t make it so we spent the session on developing subplots going on in the game.
Olympian gets a request from the FBEE to tour Fordhem ChemTech with Agent Madhur. Seems high tech firms in and around Capitol City are getting broken into and their proprietary technology being stolen. At the end of the session this is where the party ends up.
Mettle arranges for the Mayor to make his monthly payment to keep our heroes off his back. He demands Jimmie Mac be the currier. The North Elmview meet does not go as planned as Ultra Rosa shows up and says she needs the $400K and Mettle reluctantly agrees to let her have it, in the interest of avoiding bloodshed. This is the Olympian’s first encounter with the violent vigilante.
Mettle takes a meeting with Shango, the reformed gang leader of the Fallen Angles. Mettle will fund the purchase of a building in Elmview and he wants Shango and his crew to run a trade school for the disenfranchised there. Shango says he will believe it when he sees it.
On Monday Olympian goes to Fordhem ChemTech to make a security assessment of the facility with Phillip Madhur, FBEE. A Dr. Janet Shane takes them on a tour of the facility. During the tour the high-tech thieves attack and the PCs engage!!!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue 26, part two The Congress of Truth
A shadowy organization makes its appearance to the PC heroes.
EHB Issue #26 part 1 The Lifeform
Olympian, Bug and Mettle confront the horrors beneath the Pawnsville Mine.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue 25 part 2
All roads lead to Pawnsville.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue 25 part 1 CCUMC
The PCs head over to Capitol City University Medical Center asking questions about the federally funded COVID-24 research lab. This takes the group in an unexpected direction.
EHB Issue #23 part two, Sewer Science
Bug and Mettle continue to explore the strange lab in the sewers beneath North Elmview with no sight yet of the strange Enhanced Entities they seek...
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #23 part one, Beneath Capitol City
We leap forward post-Capitol Point Casino. Bug and Mettle have the Russian and Chinese mobs running business according to the PCs instructions and the Mayor has backed the cops off of terrorizing minority neighborhoods.
It is now July 1st, 2020 and the duo of heroes feel it is time to revisit the Cockroach Brotherhood, the strange beings encountered in the first smash issue of EHB, and see what their deal is...
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #22 Streaming Live!
Once again a truncated broadcast. What is missed is the confrontation with Endgame in his media control room with some still standing soldiers and a "refreshed" Troll. Bug and Mettle are able to convince the Russian mob boss that if they turned Shamrock Bane to them they would not tear down his hideout and not kill him. He took them at their word and the conversation continued.
Mettle and Bug proposed to not destroy the Russian mob if Endgame doesn't move or sell guns and does not terrorize civilians and keep gang violence off the street. Endgame agreed to the terms but did not give our heroes much of a life expectancy when the majority of organized crime in Capitol City didn't take a shine to following Mettle and Bug's rules of playing nice.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #21 part 2 The Battle at WCFL
Endgame springs his deathtrap! A combination of the BAM!-enhanced entity Troll and a massive, building-wide magnetic distortion field.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #21 part 1 On A Mexican Radio
Mettle reviews the video of Shamrock Bane's kidnapping. Like Deckard in Blade Runner she enhances the cork-board conspiracy map and spots a closed radio station. Endgame, who is behind the Nefarious News Network, and Shamrock his captured news anchor, must be there!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #20, Chinatown Deathmatch!
Taking UltraRosa's tip, Bug and Mettle raid a chines massage parlor to break up a human trafficking operation only to square off against Capitol City Ninjas!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #19 part 2 Its Decided Then, Reign of Terror!
Bug and Mettle conclude the only thing for it is to take a reign of terror to Capitol City mobs and get them to knuckle under to their demands. What could possibly go wrong?
Issue #19.1 Even Heroes Bleed - A Cup of Coffee and a Conversation About Conflict
EHB Issue #18 BAM! Bash (all the episode we got)
EHB ISSUE #17 #9 Ultra Rosa X-Over!
EHB ISSUE #16 The Russian Mob
(Director's Note: A new supervillain was introduced this episode, NTROBee. An EE with control over bees. He attacks Red's dad, Andrew Meyers, at the Wayward Journey, the bar Red and his band Swollen Shut are playing. Alas this section of the audio was missed. After our mid-game coffee break I seem to have the bad habit of not hitting the record button again.)
EHB Issue #15 #7 UltraRosa
Even Handed Brutality - Douglas Cole Interview Part 2
Finally getting this long rambling second part of the interview up. Enjoy!
Even-Handed Brutality, The Douglas Cole Interview Part 1
Douglas Cole of Gaming Ballistic is out promoting his company's latest release Tower of the Moon and he takes the time to slum it around at the Vanishing Tower! This is part one of the interview where we get off into many roleplaying topics including the evolution of his 5th Edition fantasy heartbreaker Dragon Heresy.
EHB Issue #14 #6 Ultra Rosa X-Over
The Heroes come to an impasse in their negotiations with White Lotus over the Capitol City sex trade. The Heroes resort to their fists and try to persuade the Chinese Gangster differently!
EHB ISSUE #13 #5 ULTRA-ROSA X-OVER Blood of Heroes, DC Heroes TTRPG session
THE UNLIKELY TRIO OF BUG, ULTRA-ROSA AND RED RUNNER SUCCEED IN GETTING THE FEDS INVOLVED and THE NIGHTMARISH VIDEO OF THE NIGHT'S FIGHTING IS ALL OVER THE LOCAL MEDIA AND TWITTER-VERSE. THE WOMEN BEING TRAFFICED AT THE RESERVATION CASINO HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND ARE GETTING A CHANCE AT A NEW HOME AT RAINBOW'S END OR EVEN THE BALTIMORE.
MEANWHILE, THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE PCs ACTIONS AND EXERT PRESSURE TO GET THEM TO CHANGE COURSE.
EHB Issue #12 #4 Ultra-Rosa
Bug has finished the escape tunnel, Red Runner and Ultra Rosa are ready with vans. Time to load the poor of Broken Village and get out of Indian Land. But Capitol Point Casino is there to stop them!
EHB Issue #11 #3 UltraRosa
The third chapter of the Ultra Rosa player arc, Capitol Casino Royale.
Bug, Red Runner, and Ultra Rosa drive out to Capitol Point Casino convinced an important part of human trafficking on the East Coast can be confronted, and innocent lives can be saved.
EHB Issue #10 #2 UltraRosa
EHB Issue #9 #1 UltraRosa
Even Heroes Bleed #08 part 2 Same As The Old Boss
While Mettle tries to set up a new world order in the criminal underground of Capitol City, the Heroes get word Shamrock Bane is in trouble. Bug and Red Runner respond, hopefully in time to protect the popular news reporter from channel 7.
Even Heroes Bleed 8.1 DC Heroes Meet The New Boss
The aftermath of Wotan's defeat is assessed.
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #7 part 2 DC Heroes Wotan Vanquished
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #7 part 1 Wotan Confronted
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #6.2 DC Heroes Battle With The Civil Guard
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #6.1 DC Heroes Runs A Red Runner
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #05.2 DC Heroes
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #05.1 DC Heroes
Mark Probes Player Agency and I try to Give a Sensible Answer
Countinuation of our dialogue on roleplaying from the DM's view.
Can We Get Some Help Over Here?
Audio editing is a time consuming endeavor like none other, I assure you. I have been unable to keep up from listener Mark's great gaming questions directed here at the Vanishing Tower Podcast. Love to have some of you other listeners drop a line and pitch in with your own thoughts and attitudes in regards to these posts!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #03.2 DC Heroes RPG
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #03.1 DC Heroes RPG
Issue #3 Sees our heroes intent on stopping the gang violence the Civil Guard is about to unleash on BLM protestors!
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #01
Even Heroes Bleed Issue #00
Blood of Heroes Special Edition is a clone of DC Heroes and the MEGS house engine which drove it. Think Action Tables and Results Tables! While Champions players stepped out, MEGS and BoH are still very much loved. Our first session of Even Heroes Bleed ended in a round-table discussion touching on several popular superhero ttrpg's.
A nice primer before we jump into Issue #01 Creepazoid Cometh!
Rom Myr #34 The Forbidden Tower
Lumen is tasked with retrieving the yokeless egg if he wants to ascend to the powerful position of exchequer to the Visar.
Champions United #14 Wotan
The deadly toll is assessed after the confrontation with the Civil Guard.
Champions United #13 Complete Carnage
The fight with the Civil Guard and their Enhanced Entities takes a deadly toll on all sides!
Champions United #15 Dark Side of the Moon
#13 and #14 have not been uploaded yet. Those are sitting over at the YouTube Channel in unedited fashion if you can't wait for a cleaned up version, edited, to end up here.
All I can say is since 13 and 14 things have just gotten stranger.
Rom'Myr Dying Earth Episode 33 pt. 2
The PCs marvel at the chaos they have wrought.
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #33 part one
The PCs attend the ball celebrating the new church which will handle the crown's business affairs. Rumer has it the Visiar may even attend!
Champions United #12 Ten Minutes Before Midnight (audio edit)
Knockout and Frog join the FBEE squad for a midnight drug bust and gun-fight. The duo are hoping for a shot at White Patriot.
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #32 Through the Silk Gate
The hero group has returned to the home campaign city, Valla'Tair. At least it is for Varidell and Cree. Lumin has forsaken his home of Averoigne to continue traveling with his slinker friends. Varidell has suggested he has some unfinished business in town!
Champions United #11 Ten Past Midnight (Radio Classics Edit)
After our heroes go their separate ways after several days slugging it out with dangerous EE's, they each find a rendezvous with their own destinies alone!
Can you have too many charts!
Another question and answer session with superfan Mark from Britain.
Rom'Myr #31 (Prom Night Edit) Return to Rom'Myr
After weeks spent tramping through the multi-verse, the PCs return to the campaign world and starting campaign city, Valla'Tair!
Champions United #10 Afro-Brutality Released! (assault edit)
A screaming spirit of righteousness erupts from James Santavy, changing the crooked cop into the embodiment of soul sucking sorcery, Afro-Brutality. If this doesn’t give Knockout and Superfrog enough to deal with, the mysterious man of magic who just appeared declares the coming of Librarian! What does he want? Is he friend or foe?
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #30 (Studio Audio)
Another Episode of high fantasy ttrpg session featuring the Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game (BFRPG).
Champions United #09 Rise of Righteousness!
Superfrog and Knockout return to Capitol City with hard files they swiped from the Pawnsville mine.
Questions on morality and consequence
Table Top Play Quality and Objective Analysis
Mark, the unofficial co-host of the VTP, posts a question on topics close to mind and in current conversation!
Rom'Myr #29 (2/2) underbed audio mix
part two of the epic episode of the latest Rom'Myr game sessio.
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #29 part 1 of 2 (OldTowerEdit)
Episode so epic it has to be told in two parts!
Protection from Evil, too powerful?
Fan of all things VTP, Mark asks if I think the spell Protection from Evil is too power, and this happens to be something I've given some thought to.
What's going on in the 1e ADnD Modules?
Mark from the UK calls in with a particular question on past posts from the press!
Champions United #8 Poisoned Pawnsville (snappy audio edit)
Knockout and Superfrog return to Haram, WV to take a closer look at the secret lab under the Pawnsville Mine.
Rom'Myr #28 no frills audio edit
Toth, Lumen and Cree are joined by the vampire Eevaas and the assassin squad plunge through the mysterious mirror, hoping to end up in the Bishop's fortress itself!
WHAT IS GOING ON IN CHAMPIONS?
Champions United #7 Battle of the Monster
Knockout and Superfrog, representing the FBEE, confront the transformed Dr. McKeever!
Rom'Myr Dying Earth #27 (Snappy Audio Edit)
This campaign continues and all the episodes are up on you tube. I'm going to start audio editing current sessions and post them here as well. Just like I'm doing with the Champions United game.
What is going on in Rom’Myr?
Champions United #6 Night of the Leeches
Knockout and Superfrog see Wolf off in the Prelude. The gravely injured Dr. McKeever is laid out in the back. A dead lab tech is in the trunk. Wolf intends to drive to CCUMC and save his foster father's life. Meanwhile, Knockout starts trying to figure out this anthropomorphic creature and also gets ahold of the authorities.
Champions United #5 The Sentence is Death
Wolf and Knockout try and save Dr. McKeever from the savagely transformed Dr. Farwell. Outmatched, who will come to their aid?
Champions United #4 Fractured Hopes, Fractured Lives
Wolf and Knockout make the deal with Icicle: Fake Serum Sample for the whereabouts of Dr. McKeever and Dr. Farwell. This takes the heroic duo to the coal mining town of Haran, WV and the Pawnsville coal mine. Here the hope to find the two missing doctors and stop whatever the kidnappers had in store for them...
Champions United #3 Clouds over Capitol City
Third session, first successfully recorded. Knockout and Wolf start dealing with the fallout from the first two episodes!
and final thoughts, Ghengis Con 2020
Gamma World 1.5 Session 6
The gang of mutants takes on a tank like they are in a Band of Brothers episode! This is audio edited from live session for snappy playback,
Rom'Myr Episode #21 three thirds (3.3)
cont. from 2.3
Rom'Myr Game Session #21 second third (2/3)
see first third (1/3)
Rom'Myr Game Session #21 first third (1/3)
Vanishing Tower's house game. Runs every other week on a Sunday. The "chapter" listed episodes previous to this recording are edited audio of the game from the very start over a year ago. It is going to be hard to keep up with adding old sessions here to anchor while keeping up with the current campaign action. But I am going to try. So episodes listed with chapters is old, Game sessions listed in thirds (1/3, 2/3, 3/3) is the fresh hotness.
The Mathew Finch Interview
The VTP sits down with OSR luminary Mathew Finch of Frog God Games.
last of on site con talk
Some Ghengis Con Numbers
A short chat with Andrea, the owner of Ghengis Con.
The drama curve
A game of dune
We have arrived!
Colorado’s gaming past
Vanishing tower on the road
The Dying Earth Episode #3 chapter 1 Zola the Thief and chapter 2 Crocodile Boots
The serial production of Vanishing Tower's house game. Edited for podcast playback!
The Dying Earth Episode #2 chapter 1 Teetering and Tumbling and chapter 2 The Fall of Athor
The ongoing house game of the Vanishing Tower. Brave, and foolish, adventurers explore Sky-Stone-River Place. This game is run using the fine role-playing system from Chris Gonnermam; Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game (BFRPG).
The Dying Earth Episode #1 chapter 1 The Priests of Tlaloc and chapter 2 Sky-Stone-River-Place
This game is run using the fine role-playing system from Chris Gonnermam; Basic Fantasy Roleplaying Game (BFRPG).