Jan 4, 2018

Episode 37 - Hem-ka-Sobk, or Against the Cult of the Crocodile God [Shard of Darkness]


By Crom!

No, it’s not a long-lost Conan story, but rather BK and Wendell-Burke’s foray into the Hem-ka-Sobk.  Donning their fedoras, the pair delve into the darkest secrets and archaeological past of those who would eat your liver (without fava beans and a nice chianti), exploring the themes of redemption, whilst circling back to the question ‘how dark is your World of Darkness?

First covered in The Book of Crafts, these sinners-turned-cultists seem like a disconnected and odd addition to your oWoD games – until your hosts start connecting the dots across sourcebooks such as Rage Across Egypt, Chaining the Beast, Mummy Second Edition, and Bastet, and adding a dash of real-world history.  The episode rounds out with some plot ideas including the Hem-ka-Sobk, an maybe even alternate methods for PC members of the crocodile cult.

You can get your own copy of The Book of Crafts from our friends at Drivethrurpg, and support the show. 

Hosts: BK and Wendell_Burke











Dec 21, 2017

Episode 36 - Caution: Story frequently sideways [Storyteller Advice]


Returning for a secnd episode, Frozen Fallout gets comfy onboard the Midnight Express to share insights gleaned from the recent successful GenCon event 'Madison Under Seige'. As BK enjoys a cup of Earl Grey, Josh provides advce covering:

  • Secrets as part of a character's 'beginning equipment' 
  • Motivating players to stay 'in character' at the table (and in the LARP)
  • Pacing your story and planning for low energy or player fatigue
  • The qualities of a good Storyteller (for both LARP, and table-top), and
  • What to do if your game should be labelled 'CAUTION: Story frequently sideways'

The duo then turn their collective attention on the Storyteller's Vault, discussing considerations for new authors (especially relating to price points, and how we value free content), and then finish up with a brief overview of the latest titles for release at Drivethrurpg.

Drop by the forum, the Facebook page, or send an email to midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com to contact the hosts.

Josh has shared the Madison Under Seige Wrap-Up Video, Madison Under Seige Facebook Community, and the Public Game Files.  He can be contacted directly via Frozen.Fallout@gmail.com

The titles mentioned in Episode 36 (and available from Drivethrurpg via the affiliate links below) were:

Changeling: 20th Anniversary Edition 

Yours to keep (C20 Jump start) 

Dark Ages
Legacy of Lies (V20 Dark Ages Jump Start) 

M20: the art of Mage

M20 Cookbook 

Now in Print! Wraith: the Oblivion First Edition (in hardcover), and Mage: the Ascension Second Edition.


If you haven't already listened to 25 Years of Vampire: the Masquerade: A Retrospective then you need to follow the link and start (once you've finished our episode of course).

See you very soon for an episode that pits our hosts Against the Cult of the Crocodile God! By Crom!

Hosts: BK & Frozen Fallout 




Nov 13, 2017

Episode 35 - In the blood [White Wolf Magazine]

Plasma_Public_Domain_image_from_Pixabay.jpgWhilst a new episode has been long overdue, illness has stalked some of the Midnight Express crew.  What better way to head back into a release schedule than an episode looking at vampire health?  

Casting back to 1994, this episode draws on two White Wolf Magazine articles; from issues 39 and 44 (you'll find some links below if you'd like to purchase copies through Drivethrurpg).  The first covers a condition known as Schere's Disease and the possibilities for your chronicle, whilst the second complementary article explores the C-Factor, that mysterious serum at the heart of vampiric vitae.

Make sure that you drop by our Facebook page, the forum, or send an email (via midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com) with your ideas, or to suggest other sources of inspiration for this episode.

In the meantime, you can purchase Issue 39, and Issue 44 from Drivethrurpg (these are affiliate links that help out the podcast).  Stay tuned for new episodes in the very near future.

Host: BK


Aug 3, 2017

Episode 34 - It’s a TARP! [LARPing in the oWoD]

mask-2246314_1920.jpgIt's a TARP!  BK and long-time listener Josh join forces to discuss LARPing (live action role-playing) and TARPing (tabletop games that incorporate LARP elements) for the old World of Darkness.  Josh is the Lead Storyteller for Madison Under Siege, a GenCon TARP event that has grown to incorporate not just Vampire, but also Werewolf, Mage, and Hunter - all at one venue.

They discuss LARPing from the GenCon and Camarilla perspectives, with a focus on storytelling, making new players feel welcome, and the types of activities that make LARPing a great experience.  

Drop by our Forum, the podcast Facebook page, and remember to leave an iTunes review.  

The next episode will return to the White Wolf Magazine archive with a medical plot hook for Vampire.

Madison Under Siege uses a collaborative and open development, so Josh has shared links for listeners who would like to find out more.

Email Josh directly: Frozen.Fallout@gmail.com
The Madison Under Siege Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/MadisonUnderSiege/


Hosts: BK & Josh



Jul 27, 2017

Episode 33 - Ascension’s Right Hand [Reader’s Companion]

Ascension_right_hand.jpgHoly Paradox Batman! The Dynamic Duo of Mark and BK unearth the secrets of those few chosen (or blackmailed, or compelled) to join the Ascension War as the Right Hand of Mages.  They poke into the practices of the Traditions, Marauders, and even Nephandi to see how Custos are treated and portrayed in the World of Darkness.  Ideas for Custos-only games are discussed, as well as thematic considerations for cross-over games with Mage.


Despite Mark's recently unrepentant dalliance with TORG, he offers the expected high-quality and incisive commentary on the last book published for Mage First Edition.


Please note: Neither BK nor Mark are responsible for and outcomes resulting from the combination of this book and The Chaos Factor.  Do so at your own risk.


Join us via the Forum, Facebook, or email us at midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com.


Episode 34 will feature the frequently-requested topic of LARPing, as a listener joins BK in the recording carriage.


Hosts: BK, and Mark. 


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