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Slack and Slash

84 episodes - English - Latest episode: 3 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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#083: Strahdcast Ch.58: All Guards Are Bastards

May 24, 2022 17:00 - 51 minutes - 30.6 MB

An old enemy turns up, wearing a new uniform and possessed of new, diabolical powers. 

#082: Strahdcast Ch.57: Like Eagles, When They're F**king

May 17, 2022 23:00 - 1 hour - 38.9 MB

After a harrowing escape from Castle Ravenloft, some divine guidance gets the heroes back on track: squatting, sponge baths, and haberdashery.

#081: Fastcast: Creating and Running Hazlik

May 10, 2022 19:00 - 19 minutes - 13.4 MB

Scott the DM shares his inspirations and role-playing strategies for Hazlik, the creepy-crawly NPC with all the juiciest secrets!

#080: Strahdcast Ch.56: The Only Way Out is Down

May 10, 2022 19:00 - 56 minutes - 39.1 MB

Seeking to escape the trap-filled cellars of Castle Ravenloft, the heroes strike a wary bargain with Hazlik, the Darklord’s vermiculous vassal.  Check out our sister 'cast: Cinematic Omniverse!

#079: Strahdcast Ch.55: Vilkomen Ill Omen

May 03, 2022 17:00 - 1 hour - 42.7 MB

The heroes have found their way into the Larders of Ill Omen under Castle Ravenloft. Here in the Darklord’s domicile, the shadows spring to life and gravity does whatever if feels like. How long can the heroes endure?

#078: Strahdcast Ch. 53: Baba Lysaga Babble n' Saga

April 26, 2022 18:00 - 1 hour - 50.9 MB

An unusual episode. We follow our heroes deeper into the Gloaming, and even catch a glimpse of Baba Lysaga. But then… Scott loses some audio and has to improvise.

#077: Strahdcast Ch. 52: Life's a Beach

April 19, 2022 17:00 - 49 minutes - 31.1 MB

The heroes enter the phantasmagoric, fey-haunted world of the Gloaming, and swiftly find themselves in too deep.

#076: Strahdcast Ch. 51: What Does "Eviscerate" Mean?

April 12, 2022 15:00 - 48 minutes - 31.6 MB

Andrej has a stoner moment; Ralston explains abominations to the kiddies; and Dragomir provides a pep talk that characteristically employs a bird analogy. 

#075: Strahdcast Ch.50: Vampires Are in Charge Here

March 01, 2022 20:00 - 1 hour - 61.5 MB

Holy hemoglobin! It’s a supersized season finale featuring the heroes’ long-deferred dinner with Strahd von Zarovich!

#074: Postcast: Scott <3 Rainbow Poddies

March 01, 2022 19:00 - 1 hour - 52.9 MB

Back by absolutely no demand whatsoever, it’s the drunken conversation that follows the game! We initially chat about Canadian politics, briefly dump on Walt Disney and Florida, and then settle in for an extended chinwag about Star Trek and vampire flicks. We get back to D&D talk around the 50-minute mark. 

#073: Strahdcast Ch. 49: Pack Tactics, Pt. II

February 23, 2022 00:00 - 1 hour - 35.5 MB

Clan Hemlock is on the defensive, but one of the Belladonna werewolves has a bone to pick with Andrej. He’s got ninety-nine problems… will lycanthropy be one? 

#072: Strahdcast Ch. 48: Pack Tactics, Pt. I

February 15, 2022 17:00 - 1 hour - 41.8 MB

The gin flows at the table and the blood flows in the story as the heroes clear out the werewolf- lousy caves of Clan Hemlock. 

#071: Strahdcast Ch. 47: Maybe You Should Hang Back

February 08, 2022 14:00 - 1 hour - 41.8 MB

The heroes repair to the Wizard of Wines to plan a raid on the local werewolf den. Andrej finally calls Ralston a “little b*tch.” 

#070: Strahdcast Ch. 46: Non-Stop Spoor

January 31, 2022 18:00 - 1 hour - 37 MB

The aftermath of Yester Hill finds the partly split, and meandering horseless through the (vampiric) mists. Plus: the werewolves of Barovia are preening for a throwdown!

#068: Strahdcast Ch. 45: Captain Bitey-Necky-Hole is Watching

January 25, 2022 19:00 - 47 minutes - 33 MB

Nadja is missing! Ez is in the Darklord’s thrall! Dragomir is on fire! And Ralston is so, so tired. 

#069: Fastcast: Prepping and Running Yester Hill

January 25, 2022 19:00 - 27 minutes - 18.7 MB

Scott the DM offers a post-mortem of the Strahd-tastic encounters at Yester Hill, providing fellow Dungeon Masters with tips for maximizing the environment’s potential for role-playing, combat, and story. 

#067: Strahdcast Ch. 44: Druid Teeth Soup

January 18, 2022 15:00 - 1 hour - 52.4 MB

As lightning blasts the ring of stones, a battle rages against a cult of druids and their berserker zealots. And the Darklord himself has a front-row saddle!

#066: Strahdcast Ch.43: Choose a Hill to Die On

January 10, 2022 20:00 - 46 minutes - 32.2 MB

The heroes ride to Yester Hill. Nadja ad Ezmerelda make for two increasingly unreliable sidekicks. Promises of druidicide are frustrated when the cult declares Andrej their Big Bear, which is as awkward as it sounds. 

#065: Strahdcast Ch 42: How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Darklord?

December 21, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 48.9 MB

Come in! Sit down! Have a cup of wine with the wereravens and listen in as the heroes form a plan to defeat Strahd von Zarovich. The drunker they get, the more awesome their plan becomes!

#064: Fastcast: Cinematic Omniverse Sneak Preview

December 13, 2021 22:00 - 17 minutes - 12.1 MB

Film fans rejoice! Enjoy this sneak preview of Slack and Slash Production's new movie-centric podcast, officially launching December 25 at slackandslashpod.com!

#063: Strahdcast Ch. 41: Thirteen Empty Barrels

December 13, 2021 22:00 - 1 hour - 41.6 MB

A full-flavoured victory at the winery, with some notes of mystery and an aftertaste of menace. That’s wine talk!

#062: Strahdcast Ch. 40: For all the Wine in Barovia

December 07, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 50.5 MB

The heroes assist a family of were-raven vintners with their druid infestation. Why? Because it might be their only chance to get completely s**t-faced! 

#061: Strahdcast Ch. 39: Abbey Normal, Pt. VI

November 30, 2021 13:00 - 48 minutes - 31.1 MB

The lowest level of the Abbey yields new insights, powerful artifacts, and an inevitable confrontation with the abomination that wears Tatyana’s face.

#060: Strahdcast Ch. 38: Abbey Normal, Pt. V

November 22, 2021 20:00 - 1 hour - 39.7 MB

A donnybrook with Ezmerelda keeps things hopping while the party awaits the Abbot’s return. Also, were-ravens!

#059: Fastcast: Role-Playing the Abbot and Vasilka

November 16, 2021 21:00 - 27 minutes - 18.6 MB

For DMs’ ears only! Scott offers suggestions for punching up two of Curse of Strahd’s most challenging NPCs.

#058: Strahdcast Ch.37: Abbey Normal, Pt. IV

November 16, 2021 21:00 - 54 minutes - 35.5 MB

The morally ambiguous Abbot flies off to rescue Nadja from the Gloaming. Left in charge of the abbey, our heroes open a prison cell and get hit square in the face with the force of nature that is Ezmerelda D’Avenir! 

#057: Strahdcast Ch.36: Abbey Normal, Pt. III

November 09, 2021 14:00 - 1 hour - 31.2 MB

Our heroes’ favourite NPC has been forcibly conveyed into the Abbot’s dubious care. Will Nadja get Dr. Moreau-ed? Or will Snakeflame befall a far more shocking fate?

#056: Strahdcast Ch.35: Abbey Normal, Pt. II

November 01, 2021 21:00 - 59 minutes - 35.6 MB

The Abbot offers our heroes some monkey’s paw-sounding boons if they agree to carry out a madman's errand. Also: research montage!

#054: Strahdcast Ch.34: Abbey Normal, Pt. I

October 26, 2021 16:00 - 53 minutes - 36.5 MB

t’s time for our heroes to meet the monks and monkettes of St. Markovia. They hope to find sanctuary, and maybe information that will help them confront the Darklord. They weren’t expecting it to be so… Dr. Moreau-y.

#055: Fastcast: Krezk Pre-Post-Mortem

October 26, 2021 16:00 - 30 minutes - 17.2 MB

Spoilers! Scott the DM takes you on a tour through the hamlet of Krezk, pointing out dungeon mastering challenges, suggesting modifications, and reporting on what worked best for his party.

#053: Strahdcast Ch.33: Greedyguts and Lonelybones

October 18, 2021 18:00 - 1 hour - 44.6 MB

Creatures from an odious children’s rhyme stalk Krezk. David responds by rolling four natural ones in a row. There’s only a 6.25e to the -6 chance of that!

#052: Strahdcast Ch.32: Have You the Brain Worms?

October 11, 2021 22:00 - 1 hour - 60.9 MB

The heroes arrive at the remote town of Krezk, but Ralston still languishes in a magical fever, and a scary, wormy, masked mage is haunting his dreams.

#051: Strahdcast Ch. 31: The Ride Down Mt. Ghakis

October 04, 2021 13:00 - 1 hour - 41.5 MB

We’re back! Curse of Strahd’s Season 2 premiere brings new terrors, including a living nightmare named Greedyguts and a psychic inquisitor with a thing for creepy-crawlies 

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

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

It’s a super-sized epic anniversary chapter, as well as the horror-rific conclusion to the first season of Curse of Strahd! The heroes finally visit Argynvostholt, but instead of recruiting allies in their fight against the Darklord, they find themselves in a “Ravenloftian Donner Party situation.” Not for the faint of heart (or stomach)!

#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?!?

#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!

#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.

#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!