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Slack and Slash

51 episodes - English - Latest episode: 12 days ago -

Live-play tabletop role-playing in D&D 5e's Ravenloft setting. A party of middle-aged gamers portray hapless heroes on a quest to defeat the tenth-most famous vampire ever: Strahd von Zarovich. Combining Gothic horror with swords-and-sorcery fantasy, we use theatre of the mind to produce lush, efficient storytelling, with some goofy humour thrown in. http://slackandslashpod.com

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Episodes

#050: Strahdcast Ch.30: My Dinner is Andrej

September 07, 2021 17:00 - 2 hours - 80.5 MB

In a double-length season finale, the heroes finally reach Argynvostholt, where they learn the truth about the spell that brought them into Strahd's terror-filled Barovia... and where they come face to face with the most dreadful terrors yet!

#049: Strahdcast Ch.29: The Nature of Roads

August 31, 2021 17:00 - 1 hour - 50.9 MB

The heroes bid farewell to their Vistani friends (and lovers!) and ride up Mt. Ghakis to find the legendary... Silverhold. Silver Dragonhold? Silver Dragon Tower? The Tower of Silver?? The Dragon Temple of Vost-Gosh-Vosh-Hold?!?

#048: Fastcast: Escape From Vallaki Breakdown

August 25, 2021 21:00 - 28 minutes - 19.6 MB

Scott the DM describes the planning, prep, and execution of the D&D session that resulted in Strahdcast Ch. 28: Escape From Vallaki.

#047: Strahdcast Ch.28: Escape From Vallaki

August 25, 2021 21:00 - 1 hour - 55.3 MB

Immediately following their battle against Izek Strazni, the Baron's right-hand man, our heroes and their Vistani allies race to escape from Vallaki before the gates are shut. It's a non-stop thrill ride featuring mounted combat, vampire ambushes, and unintentional fratricide. Not to be missed!NOTE: For a behind-the-scenes analysis of this D&D session, listen to Episode 048!

#046: Strahdcast Ch. 27: Vallaki Nights Pt X

August 17, 2021 22:00 - 1 hour - 49.2 MB

It’s the claw-biting climax of the Vallaki storyline! After the heroes split up (always a smart move) for shopping trips, a bribe goes awry and the Baron’s lieutenant throws down the gauntlet. Which of our heroes will claim the title of Most Aggressive Bleeder? NOTE: Due to cloud gremlins and pandemic fatigue, this episode’s audio quality is not great.  Apologies and improvements ensue.

#045: Strahdcast Ch.27: Vallaki Nights Pt IX

August 11, 2021 22:00 - 1 hour - 41.3 MB

The six-vampire pileup at the coffinmaker’s shop continues. Ireena pops in to help; Dragomir struggles to interpret a dream message from his wolf mama; and the vamps find reason to question the wisdom of choosing a hideout surrounded by piles of sharp, broken wood.

045: Strahdcast Ch.27: Vallaki Nights Pt IX

August 11, 2021 22:00 - 1 hour - 41.3 MB

The six-vampire pileup at the coffinmaker’s shop continues. Ireena pops in to help; Dragomir struggles to interpret a dream message from his wolf mama; and the vamps find reason to question the wisdom of choosing a hideout surrounded by piles of sharp, broken wood.

#044: Strahdcast Ch.25: Vallaki Nights Pt VIII

August 03, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 48.2 MB

A routine search for some saint’s missing bones goes horribly, horribly wrong as the heroes pick the wrong boxes at Henrik van der Voort’s coffin shop. 

#043: Strahdcast Ch.24: Vallaki Nights Pt VII

July 27, 2021 21:00 - 1 hour - 41.8 MB

LUNA: Mistress left with three-legged man! DRAGOMIR: Someone with a cane, presumably. ANDREJ: Or maybe a really blessed man?   Come for the dick jokes, stay for the… sabretooth tiger?!?

#042: Postcast: Laird <3 That Monk he Played one Time

July 21, 2021 21:00 - 49 minutes - 28.8 MB

Things get hairy and boozy as Scott, David, and Laird reel from the stunning revelation that ended Episode 040. Then they reel through several glasses of gin, rant about bags of (chicken) holding, and pluralize “medusa.” Then things REALLY go off the rails.

#041: Strahdcast Ch.23: Vallaki Nights Pt VI

July 21, 2021 21:00 - 43 minutes - 30 MB

We’re back at last, with the fallout from our heroes’ disastrous night at the Vistani carnival. Burning wagons! Vanishing vampires! An escape artist escapade! Don’t miss this action-packed installment! Exclamation point!

#040 Strahdcast Ch.22: Vallaki Nights Pt V

July 06, 2021 22:00 - 40 minutes - 28 MB

It may be our drunkest episode yet! Rictavio (the archaeopteryx?) spins a yarn over dinner; Ralston breaks up with the Vistani (and gets deeply offended!); the second time is not the charm for the party’s foray into acting; and Andrei’s audience with Ringmaster Blink leads to a jaw-dropping double reveal!

#039: Fastcast: Colonialism and Indigeneity

June 29, 2021 00:00 - 24 minutes - 17.2 MB

No Strahdcast this week. Instead, in recognition of the recent discoveries at former Canadian residential schools, Scott talks about colonialism, cultural genocide, and the pitfalls of indigenous stereotypes – both within the game of D&D and in real life.

#038: Fastcast: Vallaki Pre-Post-Mortem

June 22, 2021 18:00 - 30 minutes - 21.1 MB

Scott the DM does a run-down of the busy town of Vallaki, pointing out design flaws and making suggestions so that other Dungeon Masters can make the most of the chapter in their own Curse of Strahd campaigns. WARNING: Spoilers abound!

#037: Strahdcast Ch.21: Vallaki Nights Pt.IV

June 22, 2021 17:00 - 1 hour - 46.8 MB

It’s the kind of fun you can only have in town: exchanging coins, hunting down holy bones, and bumping into random creepy aristocrats. “Do I notice any puncture wounds in his necky-holes?” Asks Ralston, and the answer may shock you! 

#036: Strahdcast Ch.20: Vallaki Nights Pt.III

June 15, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 52.6 MB

In which Andrej, Dragomir, and Ralston experience the most heart-stopping, blood-curdling terror yet in the horror-fraught realm of Barovia: stage fright.

#035: Postcast: Scott <3 Beer Blurbs

June 08, 2021 23:00 - 8 minutes - 5.91 MB

In a break between games, the lads sip “naughty and spiced” beer, and their diatribes grow accordingly naughty and spicy. It’s our shortest, most pointless episode yet! 

#034: Strahdcast Ch.19: Vallaki Nights Pt.II

June 08, 2021 22:00 - 1 hour - 48.3 MB

“Everything is cursed!” Ralston, Dragomir, and Andrej meet some of the colourful characters who inhabit Vallaki, and learn that by far the most frequent colours are blood red and pitch black.

#033: Strahdcast Ch.18: Vallaki Nights Pt. I

June 01, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 41.5 MB

The heroes and their Vistani friends ride into Vallaki, the largest town in the Darklord’s cursed domain. “It’s worse than Barovia. How can it be worse than Barovia?” Hey, at least the wolf steak is fresh. This episode features some of Scott’s worst accents, a lot of gratuitous flavour text, and a group of gamers having a very good time. And in case you’re wondering if the “Pt. I” in the title means this is the start of a new story arc, and a great place to jump on board… you’re very clever!

#032: Strahdcast Ch.17: Old Bonegrinder

May 25, 2021 19:00 - 59 minutes - 41.1 MB

RALSTON: So, you wanna go to the bone-grinding windmill, and… smell the air? DRAGOMIR: Yes. RALSTON: I got a good idea of what you’re gonna smell. It’s not gonna be awesome.  The heroes of Barovia make it through the mountain pass, but before they reach the Town of Vallaki, an accident on the road leads them to visit a windmill that smells as bad as it sounds.

#031: Strahdcast Ch.16: Faster Friends, Fuller Foes

May 18, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 41.9 MB

It’s an action-packed, hair-wraithing episode of suspense and stabbing, as the Vistani camp is besieged by phantom warriors whose hearts are all aglow with murder.

#029: Postcast: Postcast: Scott + Jason <3 the Team Story

May 11, 2021 20:00 - 33 minutes - 22.9 MB

Exhaustion battles nostalgia as brothers-from-other-mothers Scott & Jason go back in time to that golden moment when they first discovered D&D. And Scott is shattered to learn that Jason’s “first time” happened long before they met. But he gets over it pretty quickly. 

#030: Strahdcast Ch.15: Corpseholes of Barovia

May 11, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 55.5 MB

Ralston and Dragomir help the Vistani lay a companion to rest in a clammy catacomb. They soon find themselves in a pinch. Will Andrej arrive in time to save them from a primordial crustacean menace? Chuul never guess!

#028: Strahdcast Ch.14: All in Tents and Purposes

May 04, 2021 11:00 - 1 hour - 49.9 MB

A new journey – and story arc! – begins! On the road up to the mist-choked mountain pass, Ralston and Andrej whip up a circus act to secure their place amongst the Vistani, casting Dragomir as the whipping boy. When it appears the Vistani might be taking them down the river, the heroes must decide who they trust (Spoiler: it’s not the vampiress!). Expect some regrettable audio quality this ep, my journeymen. At least it’s not as bad as the puns.

#026: Fastcast: Expanding the Gothic with Sam Hirst

April 27, 2021 18:00 - 44 minutes - 30.5 MB

DM Scott welcomes a guest expert on all things Gothic: Dr. Sam Hirst, of Manchester Metropolitan University. Scott and Sam chat about the tangled origins of Gothic fiction; some of Sam’s favourite Gothic tropes and subversions; and how Gothic is Ravenloft, anyway?? Dr. Hirst is on Twitter as @RomGothSam, and runs the Gothic resource hub, romancingthegothic.com. 

#027: Strahdcast Ch.13: The Thin Salt Line

April 27, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 41.4 MB

Things get a bit bitey, as our heroes face off against Ingrid the vampiress and a pair of elephantine wolves inside the Vistani’s circle of salt. Expect a quantity of near-death experiences, garnished with horrifying transformations, and topped off with a hand-delivered missive from someone very Dark and Lordly… 

#025: Strahdcast Ch.12: Bled and Circuses

April 20, 2021 16:00 - 1 hour - 44.3 MB

The Darklord’s gaze has fallen upon the heroes, which means it’s time to make tracks! But since their best chance to hide from Strahd involves joining a cabal of sinister circus freaks, is the cure worse than the disease?

#024: Fastcast: The Vistani

April 13, 2021 16:00 - 22 minutes - 15.7 MB

The sinister Vistani have appeared in every iteration of Ravenloft since the beginning…  but are they an essential staple of Gothic fiction, or a culturally offensive stereotype? Scott and Gayle discuss the problematic legacy of the Vistani, and Scott describes how he has adapted them to suit his campaign. 

#023: Strahdcast Ch.11: Rubbing Shoulders

April 13, 2021 16:00 - 1 hour - 49.1 MB

A new story arc begins! The heroes agree it’s time to get out of town, so they introduce themselves to the Vistani, a band of traveling performers who can either help to protect them on the road… or pose a whole new set of threats!

#022: Strahdcast Ch.10: The Wolf You Feed

April 06, 2021 15:00 - 46 minutes - 32.1 MB

“Well, let’s just roll for initiative, shall we?” The Burgomaster’s mansion is under siege! As the unholy servants of Strahd seek to draw our heroes out, like lambs to the slaughter, Dragomir proves that he has the spirit of the wolf within him. Also in this episode: the mystery of the heroes’ centuries-long sleep is resolved – sort of.

#021: Fastcast: Campaign Changes Thus Far

April 06, 2021 15:00 - 25 minutes - 17.5 MB

In a tête-à-tête with any dungeon masters who might be listening, Scott the DM explains what changes he made to The Curse of Strahd campaign prior to its debut, plus what narrative details he has tweaked over the course of the first 10 episodes or so.  SPOILER ALERT: Gamers beware! This episode contains spoilers for the Curse of Strahd! 

#019: Postcast: David <3 Barbarians

March 29, 2021 20:00 - 23 minutes - 16.5 MB

Join the gang for a relaxed (read: inebriated) comparison between 5th Ed and previous editions of D&D. Laird expresses his desire to come back as a lich; Scott applauds the ethics of Hades; and David takes a nostalgic rampage down Barbarian Lane.

#020: Strahdcast Ch.9: The Broken One

March 29, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 43.3 MB

After much deliberation on who gets to sleep in which spooky bedroom, the heroes of Barovia snuggle down at the Burgomaster’s house for a much-needed long rest. But it’s hard to sleep when you’re surrounded by murmuring phantoms, zealous avengers, and hysterical priests. Also: what’s that rule about vampires in your house? “Always invite them in,” right?

#018: Strahdcast: Ch.8: Why It’s Called Death House, Part III

March 23, 2021 16:00 - 1 hour - 57.1 MB

Our heroes have found a secret staircase leading to the catacombs beneath Death House, but nobody wants to go first for some reason. In the climactic chapter of the Death House saga, Andrej gets angrier than ever, Ralston faces his greatest fear, and Dragomir learns all about saves vs. death. NOTE: This episode incorporates material from "Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd: Death House," a 3rd-party expansion by MandyMod (find it here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/345700/Fleshing-Out-Curse-of...

#017: Fastcast: DM Tips: Role-Playing Fear

March 23, 2021 16:00 - 23 minutes - 16.2 MB

DM Scott grabs the mic to expound upon one of tabletop RPGS’ perennial challenges: how can your game transcend from a collection of stats and experience points into a spine-chilling terror-fest? Scott shares tips for generating both in-character fear and meta-fear, while Gayle pauses to ask, “Why make anyone scared in the first place?” 

#016: Strahdcast Ch.7: Why It's Called Death House, Part II

March 16, 2021 17:00 - 1 hour - 58.4 MB

Replete with dread secrets, Death House seems to possess a deadly hunger, and the heroes are its next meal! Andrej fights face-to-knob with a killer door; Dragomir finds new uses for his spear; and Ralston foolishly reveals his deepest fear. Also… a letter from the Darklord himself?NOTE: This episode incorporates material from "Fleshing Out Curse of Strahd: Death House," a 3rd-party expansion  by MandyMod (find it here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/345700/Fleshing-Out-Curse-of-Strahd-Dea...

#015: Postcast: House Rules & Craft Brews

March 16, 2021 17:00 - 11 minutes - 7.66 MB

A quick aside about 5th Edition’s Channel Divinity feature, featuring a quick aside-within-an-aside about how IPAs are garbage.

#014: Strahdcast Ch.6: Why It's Called Death House, Part I

March 09, 2021 18:00 - 48 minutes - 33 MB

It's our title with the most numbers yet!!! The trail of their recently pilfered silver leads Ralston, Andrej,and Dragomir to an abandoned, indestructable, and very haunted house on the edge of town. Tempers flare and teeth are bared as the house begins its sinister work upon the heroes. The first of a three-part story arc, it's a great place to jump in.

#013: Postcast: Scott + David <3 Genre

March 09, 2021 18:00 - 21 minutes - 14.8 MB

Out of character but no less intense. David and Scott champion genre role-playing; Scott vows to mansplain Gothic horror at a later date; David distinguishes chocolate from fantasy (or something); both guys sound extra-white whilst raving about Lovecraft Country; and other ineffable, uncanny topics of discourse.

#012: Strahdcast Ch.5: The Ghost

March 02, 2021 18:00 - 48 minutes - 33.5 MB

Returning to the Burgomaster’s mansion, the heroes pursue sooty thieves and portentous phantoms, with limited success in both. Ireena performs a reading with her Tarokka deck to reveal the heroes’ path through the dark land. Also, this episode introduces Ireena’s familiar and the Slack & Slash mascot, Luna, into the campaign! 

#011: Fastcast: Talking Tarokka

March 02, 2021 18:00 - 23 minutes - 16.1 MB

This week’s Strahdcast includes a Tarokka reading. What the huh? Gayle and Scott explore  Curse of Strahd’s very own fortune-telling deck. We review the current 5th Edition deck and its function in the game; we expose some of the flaws in Ravenloft’s aleatory design; and Scott reveals his own plans to use the deck for motif-making and wild magic. NOTE: Players beware! This episode contains some spoilers for the Curse of Strahd! 

#009: Curse of Strahd Special Editions: Fancy & Fancier

February 23, 2021 14:00 - 23 minutes - 16.3 MB

Scott and Gayle review the two recently released special editions of Curse of Strahd, drooling over handouts, finger puppets, and sooooo many maps. 

#010: Strahdcast Ch.4: Church Service

February 23, 2021 14:00 - 45 minutes - 31.3 MB

Claws and fangs abound as the heroes square off against an undead son-of-a-priest and a (were)wolf at the door. 

#008: Postcast: Scott + David <3 Buddycasts

February 23, 2021 14:00 - 22 minutes - 15.5 MB

While catching up after a long time living in separate cities, David and Scott swap podcast favourites, daydream about perfect liveplay narratives, and chew the fat about the Golden Ages of Radio and Video Rental outlets .

#007: Strahdcast Ch.3: Maimed Rites

February 16, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 42.4 MB

As the heroes adjust to the nightmare to which they have awakened, they get to know the son of Barovia’s late Burgomaster, Ismark the Lesser, as well as his sister Ireena, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a familiar face from long ago. An attempt to bury the Burgomaster goes poorly.

#006: Fastcast: A Personal History of Barovia

February 16, 2021 20:00 - 18 minutes - 12.9 MB

In this bonus episode, Scott offers Gayle some context for the Ravenloft experience. The conversation starts with the classic “I6” module from 1st edition, wanders through the 2nd Ed. Demiplane of Dread, and steers clear of the dark times of 4th Edition before arriving at the present campaign.

#004: Postcast: Scott + Laird <3 Strahd

February 09, 2021 13:00 - 25 minutes - 17.3 MB

After the dice have been put away, Laird and Scott drink Belgian beer and reminisce about early D&D modules and the vampires they’ve loved (and hated). Bonus features include a (very) brief detour into Star Wars fandom, a definition of “epistolary,” and a deep dive into the roots of Gothic horror.

#005: Strahdcast Ch.2: The Mists

February 09, 2021 13:00 - 1 hour - 41.7 MB

The heroes cautiously explore the world into which they've awoken: a warped, cursed version of their beloved Barovia, bristling with zombies; barkeeps who act like zombies; and a Burgomaster who died trying to protect his children from -- you guessed it -- zombies. And worse! 

#003: Strahdcast Ch.1: The Cursed Queen

February 02, 2021 16:00 - 1 hour - 57.7 MB

THE SAGA BEGINS! Royal visitors come to the peaceful town of Barovia; Ralston the Novice takes charge of a crisis; Andrej gets outshined by Prince Sergei; and Dragomir sniffs out a hoard that comes with a catch.This episode makes a fine jumping-on point, but if you'd like to peek behind the D&D screen to see how the characters were created, start with #001. And if you'd like a quick intro to the main characters before the story begins, check out #002. So many choices!

#002 FastCast: Origin Stories

January 30, 2021 17:00 - 17 minutes - 12 MB

Meet the story's three heroes -- Ralston the Novice, Andrej the Bear, and Dragomir the Wolfboy -- in this short, introductory episode.NOTE: This episode isn’t strictly necessary to get into the story, but it helps.