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











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.


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


Hosts: BK, and Mark. 


Feb 16, 2017

Episode 29 - It’s all in the reflexes, or Palace of the Jade Demon [Shard of Darkness]

china-1031557_1920.jpgIn the latest Shard, Darling_Rose and BK find Big Trouble in the shape of the the Jade Demon (aka Lo Pan) from The Book of Chantries.  They discuss the history of the Jade Dragon, and how to use this Nephandi and his minions for Mage (with some ideas for Kindred of the East, Vampire, and Werewolf for good measure).  

The recommended books for this Shard are The Book of Chantries, The Book of Madness, The Thousand Hells, and The Book of Crafts.  Remember that any titles purchased through our affiliate links help out the show.

The message boards mentioned by Darling_Rose can be found here and here.  You'll also find the links over at the Forum post for this episode.

As usual, drop by the Forum, the Facebook page, or send us an email via midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com.  Listener feedback is always appreciated, and we do acknowledge it on the air.

Next time, Pete and I suit up as wartime Consigliere to review a World of Darkness title and announce the first of our ongoing competitions - oWoD source books could be yours!

Hosts: BK and Darling_Rose.


Jan 15, 2015

Episode 10 - That good men do nothing: Halls of the Arcanum [Companion Reader]

raven-988218_1920.jpgGrab your Crusader Sword and Library card!  

Midnight Express wraps up the first season with a Companion Reader episode for 'Halls of the Arcanum'.  After discussing over holiday viewing (The Battle of Five Armies, The Equaliser, 47 Ronin, Age of Extinction, and Only Lovers Left Alive) the hosts review this addition to 'Year of the Hunter'.  

You'll find not only an in-depth discussion of the Arcanum, but tips for using this organisation both as NPCs and for a PC chronicle.

We also mentioned Lexicity as a good source for dead language material in the Public Domain.

Thanks again to forum user Wendell_Burke for the bumpers in this episode.

The books mentioned in this episode were:


Join us in thirty for the first episode of Season 2 - Changeling: the Dreaming!

Hosts: Adrian BK, Beckett, and Mark.


Dec 18, 2014

Episode 09 - Mage the Ascension [Game Line Spotlight]

man-1519667_1920.jpgMage: the Ascension: the game line that demanded three hosts across three time zones!

Adrian, Beckett, and Mark plumb the depths of purple and gold arcana to discuss Mage: the Ascension.

After an overview of the core concepts of the game they dive into advice on running Mage chronicles, tackle Avatar issues, elaborate on Paradigm and meet Paradox head-on.

You can join in the discussion at the forum, drop by the Facebook page, or send an email via midnightexpresspodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks to forum user Darling_Rose for the bumper, and you can look forward to more fan-created content in the new year.

In From the Bookshelf, the hosts give reviews of:


Stay tuned for the Companion Reader episode to Mage which will review Halls of the Arcanum.

Hosts: Adrian, Mark, and Beckett.